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Scholarly Professor Harold J. Noble,
Returned from Year and Half Leave to
Orient, Impresses Scribe with Views
I* won ■! have taken less than five seconds
for the rankest correspondence school sleuth with
a degree, false moustache and tin badge to state
positively that Professor Harold J. Noble had but
recently made a long ocean voyage. The scholarly
historian came to his classes Thursday wearing a
grey tweed suit that looked like a newspaper that
had been mercilessly crumpled and then spread
out again. Not less than a month’s compression
in a well-filled trunk could have placed so many
creases where creases were never designed to be.
As a matter of fact, Harold Noble stepped off
the liner President Coolidge in San Francisco a
few days ago, after a fast trip from the Orient,
where he has spent the past year-and-a-half study
ing on a Rockefeller language fellowship. It was
the 19th crossing for the boyish-looking Noble
since he first left his birthplace In Korea as a
lad of 16 years, to attend Ohio Wesleyan univer
sity. In the subsequent two decades he sandwiched
an M. A. at Ohio State, a year at Harvard, a
Ph.D. at California and a few years at Oregon,
between frequent visits to the old homestead, and
three years of teaching and research there. His
father, a retired Methodist missionary, now lives
in California, but Noble has a married sister who
still resides in the Orient.
We asked Professor Noble, as an authority on
things Far Eastern, what would be the outcome
of a tangle between Soviet Russia and Japan.
"I don’t know,” replied Dr. Noble, increasing
our respect for his answer when it came. ‘T don't
know,” it seems, are the three words most often
used by those who deserve to be called authorities.
But if you ask us why that is, we don’t know.
“Nobody knows,” stated the professor, stepping
up the pace a bit, and putting a match to the
square bowl of his pipe. “Nobody knows . . . puff,
puff . . . what Russia can do . . puff, puff, puff
f . . That is, we know Russia has a large fleet
of planes . . . puff, puff . . . but . . . puff , , , the
discipline . . . puff . . . the high command . . . the
efficiency of the transportation . . . puff . . . these
are yet to be proven.”
Here Dr. Noble applied a fresh match to the
smouldering embers and inhaled feverishly for a
few seconds. When he had the furnace nicely
stoked, he continued.
against the English since the fighting began in
China. The Japanese accuse the English of
instigating resistance among the Chinese. They
sponsor mass meetings at which the generals
orate about the English menace. Many
Japanese servants have stopped working
for English families. It is sometimes unpleasant
for Englishmen on the streets. I was approached
several times by Japanese who asked rather bellig
erently whether I were English or American.
When I said American, they bowed courteously
and withdrew. Americans are the white haired
boys in Japan now.”
Professor Noble paused to instil new life in his
pipe, and then he resumed his quiet discourse.
"It has been estimated that Hong Kong could
be taken with the loss of about two or three
hundred thousand men, and Japan has its eyes
on the Dutch Indies and Australia too. Cer
tainly they would stand to gain more from Britain
in the East than from Russia if they won.
“That being the case,” continued Noble, “it is
difficult to understand Chamberlain’s tactics.
He has snubbed Russia instead of seeking a strong
alliance with the Soviet, the only power that can
give him a measure of security in the Far East.
If Russia stands strongly with England, even
though Japan captured British possessions, the
defeat of Japan by Russia would force restitution
at the peace conference.”
By this time the battle between Noble and the
pipe was reaching a stalemate. In desperation the
professor emptied the bowl and stuffed it full of
fresh tobacco. That done, another flame was put
to the weed.
“As for the present fight in China,” he said,
arising from his chair as the noon bell rang, “I
think both sides can last at least two more years.
The people of Japan are not enthusiastic about
the war but they are loyal and will support the
government. The talk about their going bankrupt
at some early date is hardly warranted.”
Dr. Noble knocked his stubborn pipe sharply on
the desk, glared at it a second, then thrust it in
his pocket and went out to breathe deeply of
the wood-scented Oregon air. For a moment he
stood, deep in thought, at the Thirteenth street
cuib. Then he spoke.
“So long,” he said.
By JIM BRINTON
Pushed into a position of in
significance last week, was a
problem of probably greater im
portance to America’s future:
the railway employees’ strike
announced to begin October 1.
But, just as Herr Hitler’s pro
ject announced to become oper
ative the same day, the R.R.
strike didn’t occur. Instead, it
was postponed for at least sixty
days when President Roosevelt
appointed a fact-finding com
mission to aid in mediation.
* * *
The Railroad Labor Act,
passed last session, offers Ihe
services of a National Mediation
board. Tins board failed to
bring peace, and the President’s
fact-finding board will carry on
from where the mediation board
* * *
The fight started last May
when the R.R.’s announced a
1 per cent cut in wages. R.R.’s
and employees, with a half cen
tury's battling experience be*
hind their respective belts, set
tled down to a long war. The
R.R.’s bought pages in leading
magazines to show the public
how entirely wrong the unions
were in their demands. Both sides
issue pamphlets for public con
The views are diametrically
opposite. The U.K.’s claim to In
paying 917,000 employees an av
erage of $1785 annually; unions
claim 1,7500,0000 employees re
ceive an average wage of only
$1115. U.K.’s claim an average
wage of 77.7 per hour; unions
claim 7^<y. The U.K.’s say railroad
revenue for the first 28 weeks
of ’38 will l>e 25 i>er cent under
the same |teriod for '37; unions
say revenue will lie greater in
’88 than in '37. And on and on
Both sides agree on one thing,
however; that there is some
thing wrong witli the railroads
and that something must be
* * *
Koosevelt. chose men well
equipped for cat and dog fight
ing for his board. Chief Justice
Walter Stacy, chairman, was an
arbitrator ten years ago in a
scrap between the Brotherhood
of Locomotive Engineers and
some of the southeastern roads.
Dr. Hai ry A. Mills, former head
of the Econ. department at Chi
cago U., was on the National
Labor Board in 1934-.15, from
1919 to 1923 he served on a trade
board for the Chicago Men’s
clothing industry. The third
member, James M. Landis, be
sides being law clerk to Justice
Brandeis after his graduation
from Harvard, served on the
Federal Trade commission in
1933 and on the SEC in 1934.
Judicial fact-finding will be
nothing new to men like these.
Whether or not they can make
the participants sec the light is
a different story.
Startling facts are bound to
come out, when and if the
board’s findings are made pub
lic. There will be facts con
cerning the railroad’s finances.
I.C.C.-set rates will be ques
tioned. In short, the R.R.’s
whole shaky structure will be
shaken to find out what is mak
ing it shake.
Next congress will receive
recommendations galore and
new railroad legislation may re
sult. An editorial feature in the
New York Times during the
summer suggested complete
government refinancing or out
right government ownership as
the only two ways out.
It seems that the problem
child that was so carefully
nursed during the I880’s and
90's has turned out to he a No.
1 senile case in 1938.
Although Mary Robert Rine
hart is better known for a rath
er tepid brand of romantic fic
tion which she regularly con
tributes to the women's maga
zines, her new novel, “The
Wall," should add to her stat
ue as a mystery writer.
Since the days of “The Bat",
.vhich has been used by hun
Ireds of murder tales and mov
es as a pattern. Mrs. Rinehart
las been crafty in fashioning
nystery plots. This may be be
cause she practices no baldly
vident deceptive devices and in
cludes a peppering of romance
dong with good characteriza
tion. She uses the “I* medium
n giving the feeling of vivid
aersonal experience, heightening
he general suspense of the
liece by alternating homely sen
suous detail and toned-down
sinister details of the murder
The "I" in this case is Marcia
Joyd, 29-year-old maid by
ihoice. She is getting along at
Subset, her nineteenth century
home on the New England
coast, left by her parents along
with a comfortable monetary
inheritance. But all isn’t so well
with her brother Arthur.
Arthur, it inconveniently
happens, is one of -that certain
hounded species of men, the ali
mony - paying, twice - married
husband. He is happy with
Mary Lou, wife number two,
and Junior, except that he has
to dole out a grand every
month, to his vixenish first wife,
Juliette. In fact, he is barely
surviving on what he has left,
when this old flame appears out
of the coastal fog and demands
a final settlement, a mere hun
Without a doubt, the ex-Mrs.
Lloyd is the perfect character
to be murdered, and promptly
there is a fatal clubbing. Also,
several disappearances, and a
strangulation to quicken the
pace. An unemphasized love
plot between spinster Marcia
and a young painter who lives
in a trailer is interwoven.
Then, there are a number of
rich society folk on Hock Island,
who want to get rid of Juliette
as badly, if not worse than Ar
thur does. A stock character
of Mrs. Rinehart’s, a sleep
walking old housekeeper, is in
cluded to add to the suspense
and eeriness which surrounds
Sunset. In the realm of arous
ing reader curiosity, the author
doesn't fall behind her contem
poraries. If she must be criti
cized, it is for the overdose of
sentimentalizing Marcia's child
hood reminiscences, w h i c h
slightly retard the plot’s pro
gress. And her ultra femininity
is a little stifling at times.
It’s not literature, but “The
Wall" should provide anybody
with a couple of evenings of
pleasant relaxation. A fifty
cent cigar to anyone who de
tects the murderer before the
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That Which Is Beyond Ourselves
CJELF-SUFFIOIENCY is a groat thing. Nations strive for it.
Individuals make a point of being proud of tlieir ability
to maintain it. College students are more or less endeavoring
to attain it through an aeeumulation of knowledge tbat will
en;u" ■? iheir* to understand the evev.is of life with which they
eome in contact.
From another viewpoint, however, this goal does not seem
ipiite as worthwhile. This attitude was brought up yesterday
by Dr. J. Hudson Ballard at his evening talk in the music
building when he defined an ideal as that which is beyond
one, but which is not impossible of eventual achievement.
& # # #
J.\ THE light of this definition—which seems a good one—
the self-sufficient individual loses much of the superiority
with which he is usually endowed. If he and his philosophy
is studied further, one becomes convinced that there is a
basic something missing.
The need for something beyond ourselves is not a new
need. It is not unique to this generation, nor are modern
collegians the only ones lacking it to a large extent. But1 it
is true that students, especially in these times, are definitely
lacking a good understanding of just what their ideals arc.
In many cases they may be possessed of vague concepts
which may move them to decisions; but for the most part
they are, we believe, lacking in firm, well-organized concepts
which would enable them to arrange their lives toward a
finer set of “things beyond themselves.”
# # * *
"^^TIILE TIIE University Mission is certainly not planned
to provide everybody with a set of ideals overnight,
it is designed to take students by the hand, as it were, and
lead them up the first few steps on their way to this
October 7 when E. Stanley Jones, Howard Thurman,
Grace Sloane Overton and others have left the Oregon cam
pus to carry the word to other university students, we will
not wake up suddenly to find a transformed student body.
But in the minds of those who will have listened to even a
little of their guiding explanations there will be beginnings
or enlargings of that which is beyond ourselves.
By A. K.
Casey’s at the bat again—off
to a cheering '38 start! Even to
the unobserving eye, comes the
antics of that Fiji playboy -
now knocking home runs in the
Theta house! Wonder how
many innings this game will
last—and whether Storkie will
start Swearing at competitive
elements within the tong?—
(and they do exist)! i
* * &
An ideal “collegiate” week
end was this last one! Descrip
tive words aid some on high
spots, such as: superior was
Tex Oliver’s “mike” voice;
clever were the yell leaders’
green and yellow shoes; almost
breathtaking was the attention
given the flag by the football
team while the band played;
grand was the baton exhibition
ist from the Sigma Chi house!
School spirit was strongly por
trayed but competition between
Cushing and the Associated an
nouncer existed. Everyone
wanted to yell, but couldn't, and
also listen to the conference
scores—so neither was given
deserving interest. —And where
was Joe E. Brown, Jr.?—(And
why can’t we yell for Oregon
like we do for California)—And
a lot more response from the
girls’ rooting section would be
appreciated—try a little heav
ier clapping next time!
* * *
Difference in opinion when it
comes to professors is always
amusing, especially when one
emphatically announces that it
is childish to seat students al
phabetically—and then comes
the next class, and the honor
able one takes out about forty
five minutes to seat all 80 of the
SPOTS: Calls for the Piggers’
Guide are getting more insist
ent! (You can wait a little
longer for her number — then
someone else will have it)! —
One prof remarks about all the
honey in his class, meaning one
on the roll answering to “Dar
ling,” and another one to “An
gell," who, incidentally, is a
very smooth - looking Tri Delt
pledge — Admirable .comments
are continually being made con
cerning Jay Graybeals pleasant
smile - Have you spotted that
wow of a red fox fur chubby,
owned by Helen Honovan, Alpha
Gam ? — Rhoda Armstrong,
former flash, is working at Gor
By V. GATES
We understand the contem
plated Humapities building on
the campus will not have a
room devoted to portraits of
Hitler and Mussolini.
We’re not sure what “Hu
manities” means in respect to
naming a building, but suspect
it won’t be used to study hu
manity. The place for that is
the College Side.
Wouldn’t it be better to build
“Humanity’s Building”? The
only difficulty we see is a great
waste in space. To fit the sub
ject of present day humanity it
would have to be circular. With
a merry-go-round in the middle.
* * *
And a calliope that plays:
“Where do we go from here
Add similie: As nominal as
the League of Nations.
Despite the geographical
paraodx, Czechoslovakia is still
left out in the cold. Seems
they’re too close to the Poles.
* * *
The amazingly dumb frosh
who wondered whether a Web
foot could have athlete’s foot
now stops us and asks if Bruce
Hamby’s “Duck Dope” is the
stuff football players drink at
* * *
The “Oliver Twist’” football
style of the W’ebfeet \vas a.|
chiropractor’s work-out to the
don’s — Feminine hair-do’s are
gradually falling down to their
normal length — All houses
ought to have two-party lines,
the telephone situation is ter
* * *
(This is to inform Jack Gav
in, Kappa Sig\ that he is un
knowingly being protected by
an SAE pin, though, at first, he
might look at it otherwise.).
LOST! THE DU CORD! Dis
appeared day before registra
tion, pledge and cord. Finder
please call 1138. (Had you
* * *
Every year, freshies get cut
er, so it seems, and the upper
class coeds find competition
greater than ever — unless
they’re pinned down—but who
wants to be pinned down—com
petition is the spice of life!
Prizes from a few sororities are
Jean Frink, Alpha Phi; Janet
Morris, Theta; Betty McNiece, -
Sigma Kappa; Winnie Miller,
Alpha Gam; and Charlotte Hill,
* * *
Once upon a time, a boy and
a girl went to a big college
lance. They dance a while to
the music of the band, which
a as very good, and then he sug
gested that they go out on the
balcony (where the cool breezes
□lew) and talk a while.
So they went out on the bal
cony (where the cool breezes
blew) and talked a while.
Was she mad!
MUST ABSOLUTELY men
:ion WB, otherwise known as
(Votta Boy, and Wind Bag
Brooks, my competitor. Says
re won’t outsnoop this column
st, but I'm sure he won’t be
beaten—-without a good try—
so, all you readers, adopt some
rind of a front in his presence
—(not to mention mine)!
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Students interested in forming
a Willis Mahoney for senator club
are going to meet today at 4 o’
clock in the College Side.
Master Dance will have its first
meeting of the term Wednesday
night at 7:30 in the dance room of
Gerlinger. Important senior and
junior members be present.
Fraternity house managers will
meet tonight at 6 at the Delta Tail
Order of the O meeting at Sigma
Nu house Wednesday noon. All
new and old lettermen requested
to be present.
Amphibian, women’s swimming
organization at the University,
will meet for the first time in the
Gerlinger pool at 7:30 Wednesday
Theta Sigma Phi, women’s jour
nalism honorary, will meet tonight
at 7 o’clock in room 105, journal
ism. All members and spring term
pledges are requested to be there.
Oregana editorial staff meeting
this evening, 7:30, room 101, Mc
Luncheon at Westminster House
at which Miss Grace Overton, one
of the University Christian Mis
sion group, will speak Call 2466
for reservations before 9:30 this
Episcopal students are invited to
attend the coffee hour at the home
of Mary Lou Evans, 434 E. 13th,
Friday at 4 p.m.
Episcopal students are urged to
attend the 7 o’clock communion
service to be held in the men’s
lounge of Gerlinger hall Wednes
At the beginning of the week
the infirmary list has increased
tremendously with the following
patients listed: Vesta Lowman,
Virginia Miller, Marj Crumbaker,
Eetty Hale, Mary Simmoms, Rob
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Individual attention given
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Wed., 7:30 P.M.
Private lessons arranged
to suit your schedule.
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