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(BITTER-CHATIER and thoughts that flit hither and yon. What tune shall the keys play this time? Uppermost .i n everyone's thoughts is the world askew economically, but are we not all tired of speaking of ~hat? So tired that the prospect of war in the East IS a welcomed break. Although they are popping away at each other with lethal weapons, it is wrong to say tha~ it is war. Man-made rules are peculiar at times. s.o IS human nature. Janis-faced Japan smiles diplomatically at the rest of the world and frowns at the Chinese because they do not choose to buy. There are few rules of ethics, few ties of affection that will stand competition with the old law of selfpreservation. Ancestor worship is a form of immortalIty, therefore the more descendants, the more honor accruing to your bones and memory. Never the thought ?f birth control, and Malthus was right. The a~ithmetic ~ncrease of production will never parallel the geometric Increase of population. Nothing left but to bump off a few of the numbers of another and take the land for your own. b And how many have expressed to you the thought orn of a wish that a war would mean the upward n:uve of the economic cycle? The heart-rending agonies of conflict, to be justified on the grounds of the greater good of the majority, or the winning of a place tn the sun for a chosen people. How easy to believe, If you want to do so.

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Pardon the pun, but: The entire world is a banker, for the notes of Japan must be discounted. Adversity has its uses. So many have told us that they are reading the magazine from cover to cover. Possibly the budget does not permit as many of the n~wsstand group as formerly . Rather unkind, and we Withdraw it in the face of so many complimentary relllarks. We are glad to welcome two columnists to these pages. Reginald Price, Epsilon, promises prescriptions of a type designed to kill or cure. His farcical efficiency contest has its element of sarcastic seriousness and the protest of an officer who has frequent contact with them when he is willing to give so many points for reports correctly filled in w.ith the desired information. Peerings in the shadowed and hallowed past are Promised by Supreme Secretary leo Pou, something that should be particularly interesting to the graying alumni.



Speaking of prescnpt10ns reminds us of another medical practice, diagnosis. Dr. Suzzallo states in no uncertain terms what is wrong with us. You know, we had a feeling that all those things were gnawing at our vitals, but it was just too discouraging to sit down and list them. laziness might have had something to do with it also. Then, too, we always enjoy the game of kidding ourselves. Until recently we were of the belief that the fraternity was composed of the active members of the fraternity in the main; that with few exceptions, pitifully few, for a member to leave his chapter was to cast aside the bonds that tied him to the organization. But, happily, the trend of our thought is moving to the other side. The New York group is beaut.ifully organized and is working systematically in behalf of the fraternity as well as itself. Alpha Beta writes that the alumni of New Orleans have rendered them considerable assistance. We note the organization of an alumni group in Macon. The Roanoke alumni are not satisfied unless they are holding a conclave. The Birmingham alumni have shouldered some of the problems that face Alpha Eta Chapter. An article in this issue tells of the activities of the Philadelphia group. Chicago has gone out of itself to propose and push a conclave in its district. The Oklahoma city group is fighting shoulder to shoulder with the d1apter at Norman. The alumni clan is rallying. The increase of such and their active participation in the affairs of the chapters means a complete refutation of one of the major indictments of Dr. Suzzallo. And we will continue to pound at our weaknesses. When we are broke we find out who our best friends are. It takes a depression to prove the value and attractiveness of the simpler things of life. We just got through performing a most agreeable task-the writing of a letter of recommendation on a member of the fraternity about whom we could say a great number of good thiQgs and nothing derogatory. We could have said so many good things that we were faced with the need of toning down phrases in order that they might not sound flamboyant and insincere. We saw the man enter the organization and followed his career from then on. He gave the fraternity his best unstintedly and it in turn gave him its all. Affection, confidence, esteem, positions of honor were and are his.



But what torments oF pain you endured "Some of your ills you have cured, from evils that never arrived." ..