THE FACT THAT PLAY-Judging is not an exact science is inherent in the nature of the subject and is apparent from the behavior alike of the general public and of dramatic critics. No two persons react precisely alike to the same play because standards of judgment are based in no small measure on individual training and temperament. Not all the dramatic critics in New York have voted Maxwell Anderson's ""Winterset"" the best play of the season, but a large majority of them have done so, and a placque commemorating the awarding of the honor is to be presented to Mr. Anderson on the stage of the National theater in Washington next Friday night. The award is the first made by the recently organized New York Drama Critics Circle, 14 of whose 17 members voted for the Anderson Play. MAXWELL ANDERSON HAS had many evidences of understanding and appreciation since ""What Price Glory"", in which he and Laurence Stallings collaborated, made both playwrights famous. Two years ago the drama judges of the Pulitzer prize committee awarded first place to Andersen's ""Mary of Scotland,"" but the general committee overruled this decision and awarded the prize to ""Men in White."" Last year his ""Valley Forge"" was prominently mentioned for first place, but the .decision was given ultimately to ""The Old Maid."" It is no small achievement for an artist in a field of swiftly changing standards and demands to maintain his place, year after year, at or near the top, and Maxwell Anderson's North Dakota friends rejoice in his continued success. THE AWARD CARRIED THE following citation: ""The Circle's decision is based on the conviction that in ""Winterset"" the author accomplished the notably difficult task of interpreting a valid and challenging contemporary theme dealing with the pursuit of human justice in terms of unusual poetic force, realizing a drama of rich meaning, and combining high literary distinction with compelling theatrical effect."" A NEW YORK MOTORIST had his driver's license taken from him in court the other day because of his abnormally low intelligence. On examination he failed to identify a sign reading ""danger."" He admitted that he could neither read or write. He did not know what his religion was. He was unable to name the president of the United States, the governor or the mayor. And he did not know in what state he lived. There are others who could not answer all of those questions. Probably most drivers could name the state in which they live, but a fellow may often be in doubt as to what state he is in at the moment. BROOKLYN IS TO HAVE NO) circus this year, according to a decision by the city's light commissioner. License for the big show was denied on the ground that safety of children and property would be endangered, not by the professional people with the circus, but by hangers-on who follow circuses. This will be the first time in 52 years that Brooklyn has had no circus. YEARS AGO THE CIRCUS was denied a license in Grand Forks because its date conflicted with the fair date. So the big top was erected in East Grand Forks, and we all went to the show anyway. DR. EINSTEIN DOES NOT play chess. He considers it too great a tax on the mind. This seems a singular attitude for a man who juggles with mathematics the way that Einstein does. His point, however, is that when he is not at work he wishes to relax, and chess requires concentration. He has played only a few games of chess in his life, and those in his boyhood. Great minds work in different ways. When Napoleon was planning a military campaign he found chess helpful to him. ALEX M'KENZIE, once prominent in North Dakota politics, had a different system. He found that he could concentrate on political strategy while playing roulette.