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:!i Fifty TABOO SMASHED ON WAR DRAMA BY A NEW PLAY "Seventh Heaven" Includes Sympa- thetic Study of a Very Human Catholic Priest. o to establish and maintain a national theater which shall uphold a lofty standard before all other theatrical enterprises; fourth, to stimulate the study of the drama of the past and of the present in our schools, colleges and universities, and, fifth, to organ- ize throughout the United States sub- sidiary associated groups to further these aims and purposes. Mr. Thomas says that no one then- By Michael Williams ter in New York will localize the na- Written for N C W C News Service tional theater of his vision: Real es- New Y ork.'"The Seventh Heaven," I tare motives, he broadly hints, have by Austin Strong, the success of which played too strong a part m similar I referred to in a recent letter  as a movements heretofore. '1he present matter of current news, not only most project has the backing of many corn- I strongly desewes its great success, merc]al managers. Two companies are[ but also has smashed one of the ta- to be organized if the plan is actually] boos of the managerial and editorial' realized. One company will play circles of New York which most need- Shakespeare and the other will play cd to be overthrown, highgrade modern comedy, and both For "The Seventh Heaven" is a war companies will travel through the play. The author has dared to take the great war as the background, and in a sense one of the main factors of his powerful drama in spite of the fact that for the last three or four years the men who control the magazines, thebook publishing trade and the the- aters have been almost solidly united in discouraging or rejecting all origi- nal work which dealt with the war. I do not mean war memoirs, or histories or scandals, or revelations, of course, but creative work. I personally know of most appealing and original ideag which have been denied their chance with the public because of this stupid and short-sighted attitude on .the part of those who so largely control the magazines and the theaters. However, the people of the United States have not forgotten that their young men fought in and won the world war and their natural desire to ee the greatest event of modern his- tory adequately dealt with in story and play will break the artificial, com- mercial barriers erected by the editors and managers. Austin Strong's play vill expedite the process. A Story of Regeneration Most of the critics of the daily press enthusiastically praised Helen Menken, the bright particular star of 'The Seventh Heaven," and the pres- ent chronicler heartily joins the vhorns. But their praise conveyed a strong impression that except for ' Helen Menken's work the play would :hardly have "got over." What I hlnk they have failed to see is the act that "The Seventh Heaven" has touched the public much in the same way as "When Winter Comes." For the play deals with human sins, emo- tions, sentiments, in a powerful and inspiring fashion. A story of regen- e_nation through great love, and of the coming of religious faith to a would- be atheist who won this great grace because of his love and his self-sacri- fice. "The Seventh Heaven" is an- other proof of a fact that all man- agers should heed, that the American public heartily relishes such a story when it is presented so movingly. "=incidentally, the gratifying fact must be recorded that the play con- tains one of the most convincing, sympathetic and thoroughly human studies of a priest that American drama has ever displayed. All of WJlich does not mean that "The Sev- enth Heaven" is a great play or a per- mammt addition to American 'drama. It iS perilously close to melodrama, and artificial in many scenes. Yet it is bound to have a sason or more of decidedly great popular success. More power to it. Of another popular success referred to in previous letters, "The Old Soak," byDon Marquis, I cannot feel tha so rmeh can be said in commendation. l'he character of the "Old Soak" him- is very well done, and so are the characters of "AI," the bootlegger, and the servant girl, the latter a truly Diekensian  figure whose story of the death of the parrot is likely to he es- tablished as a comic classic, But the .- ' play itself is a rambling, inconse- quential,, hackneyed thing. A splendid audeville sketch, thirty minutes of riceless amusement, might have been qdigttlled from the three hours' play. ,'Just the same, the vitality and humor rand whimsicat philosophy of Don Mar- qds, as' expressed through the figures ef Clem Huwley, the Old Soak, "AI" ad the servant girl pretty nearly jus- tify, or at least palliate, the dullness of  mch of the drama itself. National Theater Plans A project that should be of vital interest to the Drama Guild of the National Catholic Councils of men and women and parish dramatic clubs in general has been announced by Augustus Thomas, executive chairman of the Producing Managers' associa- - tion. A national theater, with ramifi- cations that will aim at utilizing area- ,/ tear dramatic societies, university dra-  marie movements, and Little theater gmlpn trouZhout the country'is to be establiJflled. The main objects of the new movement may be summarized briefly, , first, to foster ,public in- tin'eat lit drama as an art belonging  both to literature and the theater; so- , to pleoduee the beet type of plays IJmlcd by the best actors; third, country. University professors and patrons of art and literature like Otto H. Kahn will be associated with dra- matists and players like John Drew, David Belasco, Booth Tarkington, Channing Pollock and others. Hope to Get Hampden It is to be, hoped that Walter Hamp- den will be added tothis galaxy of experts and patrons. such fruitful and meritorious bringing the interest of the publk back to the foundation of modern English-speaking drama, Shakespeare. Other actors essay single parts from time to time, like Hamlet, or Macbeth; but Walter Hampden has devoted him- self for years to Shakespeare. Anyhow, this is another promising sign of a return to healthy conditions in the American theater. The Drama Guild of the N. C. W. C. has an op- portunity to play the part that Catho- lic interests should play in such a movement. AMERICAN SOCIETY CALLS FOR PROBE OF ALL SECRET ORDERS (By N. C. W. C. News Service) Washington, D. C., Dec. 26.Prac- tically every fraternal organization in the country would be investigated if the program now being put forward here by the American Society, an or- ganization with headquarters in New York, were adopted. The society's program calls for an investigation of the Ku Klux Klan to start with and suggests that the probe be extended to include the Masonic Order, the SUI. grave Institution, Knights of Colum- bus, American Jewish Committee Young Men's Christian Association B'Nai Brith, the Red Cross, the Od Fellows, the American Unity League, the Steuben Society, which is de- scribed as the reorganized German- American Alliance, the German-Alli- ance, the National Security League, and the Jewish-Irish Committee. To round out the plan the society aug. gests an investigation of itself. The rolls of the organization carry the name of Herbert C. Hoover for Distinguished service and Glfford Pinchot and General Leonard Wood as members of the board of directors. Rear-Admiral Caspar F. Goodrich is acting president of the society. All to Wear Specks Every person in the United States will be wearing eye glasses within 100 years, according to an English authority quoted in a report made to- "ay to the annual meeting here of the national committee for the prevention of blindness. The report, which called for greater safeguarding of the eyes of Americans, quoted Municipal Judge Blown of Philadelphia as declaring that poor vision was a contributory cause of juvenile delinquency. THE GUARD'IAN FACTS ABOUT FACES No woman's face lasts a man more than a year or two. However beauti- ful it is, he knows all about it. He may not be sick of it, but he ceases to take an interest in it. So long as one doesn't get repulsive, it doesn't matter what one looks like, you may catch a man with your face, but it's with something else you hold him-- with charm, if you've got any, with interest in his immensely important affairs, by making him feel he's a god, your god, and that nobody un- derstands him as you do.From "The Stiff Lip" by W. L. George. SEA FULL OF BOTTLES In the course of investigations in the distribution of larval fishes and other marine organisms the United States Bureau of Fisheries recently set adrift 1,500 drift bottles and by these it is expected to gather some very definite and valuable inf6rmation about the North Atlantic currents. The bottles are weighed so that they will float with but a small part of the neck ex- posed. Each bottle contains a card offering a reward of 25 cents if sent to the bureau of fisheries with infor- mation containing the date and loca- A. A. HALTES tion at which it was found. Mre than 200 of these cards were returned very promptly. The investigation is being conducted in cooperation with the In- ternational Committee oh Marine in- vestigation in which the Canadian and Newfoundland governments are repre- sented as well as the United States. PARENTAL OBJECTIONS The New Zealand government has come to the conclusion that many parental objections to the marriage of their daughters on account of age are unreasonable. Since early marriages are advocated by that state the gov- ernment has decreed that if a girl un- der 21 years of age can't get her par- ents' consent to her marriage she can cite her father or mother before the supreme court to give reasons for the withholding of consent. HEAT IN FAR NORTH For something like five weeks every summer more heat a day is received from the sun on a square mile in the arctic than at the equator, asserts Vilhjalmur Stefanson, in the National Geographic Magazine. 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It is even possible that tropical Africa, with its one or two snow-clad mountains, contains more permanent snow than do all the low- lands of arctic Siberia. If the scale of the universe were re- duced 6,000,000,000,000 times, the dis- tance from the earth to the sun would be represented by one inch distance of one light about one mile. The number of traced to polluted ice is small. Hail, all ye faithful souls Christ! May He give you is the one true Rest Christ, Who for us men and salvation was born of a pure and redeemed you with Hi Blood, bless you, and your discipline of watching pectatxon, and raise you up i of ludgment, and place Saints and Angels.---St. HIEGEL, THESSING & MARX Dealers in GENERAL MERCHANDISE Our Motto is: QUALITY, PRICE AND SERVICE Con, way, Arkansas Frauenthal & Schwarz Department Store CONWAY, ARKANSAS THE CHRISTMAS GIFT STORE Your gift wishfor any month to 80 years of age, can be gratified here. 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