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The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, February 07, 1951, Image 1

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« » * « t). ' B - C e^ffcel* eT Co^ eg> ! vie#) Y0 ; a ^ 5iu^ nt 3 cop^ eS Circulated to $**®5fore Than 90% of College Station’s Residents The Battalion PUBLISHED IN THE INTEREST OF A GREATER A&M COLLEGE Election Date To Be Set Monday For City Offices See Page 2 Number 87: Volume 51 COLLEGE STATION (Aggieland), TEXAS, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 1951 Price Five Cents Six Sweetheart Finalists Named Six finalists in the competi- lion for Junior Class Sweetheart were announced late last night hy Itob Chapman, selection com mittee chairman. Appearing in the run-off at the Junior Prom Saturday night will he Gayle MacKie, Ruth Ann Tipton, Mary Ann Pruitt, June Peevey, Charlene Thurman, and Lonnie Garrard. Lucky escorts will be, respec tively, Robert Bynes, Russell Smith, Jr., George Grupe, C. L. Ray, Bob Dobbins, and J o h n Tapley. Each of the girls was noti fied of her selection by wire last night. The preliminary judging was done by a student committee, headed hy Chapman. Railway Death Toll Reaches 75 In New Jersey; 500 Injured ★ ★ ★ 4 Allied Tanks Crush Reds Near Seoul Junior Sweetheart Nominees Mary Ann Pruitt ... is her name, and Fort Worth is the spot she calls home. Now get this. She is a doctor. Yep, at the ripe old age of 21, she has received a doctorate. Junior George Grupe of San Angelo will escort her. j Five Alarms Keep ■ City Firemen Busy t Fires, spread quickly by strong {breezes, threatened College Station at least three times yesterday, j None caused extensive damage. Two trucks answered the first call shortly after 1 p.m. Fireman found a grass fire spreading rap idly on the Ed Hrdlicka property just off the old highway. Flames menaced residences and Other buildings surrounding the large tract of land. A second call about fifteen min utes later brought a third truck to battle the wide-spread blaze. Light damage was inflicted to a barn owned by Hrdlicka and woodpiles and boxes in the yards of surround ing residences. Some homes were scarred lightly by the flames. _ Only reported interior fire was at the home of Dorothy Russians Claim Germans Plan New Agg ression Paris, Feb. 7—(AP)—Rus- ; sia declared in a note released by the French Foreign Office If yesterday that the most ag- f , gressive elements of Hitlerite I militarism again are raising their j beads and demanded that German > ^.militarization hold the top spot in & 'die proposed four-power foreign ministers meeting. Despite the strong wording, the Russians left the door open for the introduction of other subjects, as desired by the Western powers, if a conference is held. Similar notes were sent to the United States and Britain. The four powers have been ex changing views since Nov. 3, when Russia first proposed that the four powers discuss the disarma ment of Germany. The three Western powers re plied Dec. 22 that; a conference limited to Germany would be “in adequate and unreal.” They pro posed a preliminary conference to decide on an agenda that would take in the main problems respon sible for present “international tensions throughout the world.” • Russia’s reply, delivered to the western envoys in Moscow Monday, ' appeared to move slightly in the S direction of breaking down differ- I: ences over the scope and precedure of the projected meeting. But it , was evident some fine legal points remained to be threshed out. MacPeterson where a mattress caught fire. Sparks, apparently, had entered through an open window. The mattress was quickly extinguished. Pupils from Lincoln School turn ed out to watch the fire which at times threatened to approach the school grounds. Older students helped residents and firemen in fighting the fire. Lack of hydrants kept the three trucks racing back and forth to the nearest available source to replen ish dry tanks. Unique among the flame-battlers was L. L. Sweatt of tlie Campus Security Office who left the scene of the fire to return later jockey ing a Farmall tractor borrowed from the AH Department. Sweatt had secured the tractor to rescue a fire truck stuck in mud under lying the scorched field. His ef forts were to no avail—the truck had already escaped. Firemen checked the spread of the blaze early but remained about an hour extinguishing mi nor fires on the outskirts of the razed area,.. Cause for the fire was undeter mined. It apparently spread from the west portion of the field. A third alarm sent fireman back to the original scene to check a small aftermath of the first fire. The final call of the day sent the local department to the new incin erator to quelch a no-damage fire. The siren sounded about 6:30 p.m. Tokyo, Feb. 7—(TP)—Twin allied tank forces joined to day on the southern approaches to Seoul and killed hundreds of rear-guard Red troops in a vise of steel. The allied columns pushed their extreme western Korea front line forward 2 l /> miles in bitter fighting. Gains as high as four miles were made against reforming Chinese Reds who have retreated d 1 /* miles in the face of the two-weeks limited offensive of the U.N. The two raider tank columns smashed through minefields and rear-guard roadblocks for their linkup at 4:45 p.m. (1:45 a.m., CST) Wednesday TVs- miles southwest of Seoul. Hun dreds of enemy troops were trap ped and slain. , Allied warplanes and artillery piled up the Red toll. The heavy allied pounding— mounting with intensity each day- had cracked the main Communist defense line south of Seoul. New Red defense lines were being set up just south of the frozen Han River. Planks were strung across the ice in places to enable the Chinese to rush tanks, troops and supplies to their hard-hit 50th Army. Reds Pull Back Allied units captured a well-de fended hill two miles northwest of the deserted village of Anyang. With loss of their strongpoint, the Reds were forced to pull back to ward the Han. The weather was growing so warm that doughboys shed their parkas. If it gets much warmer the Reds south of the Han will have a thawed-out river at their hack. That would hamper a re treat. All bridges across the river are down. One allied tank force led hy Capt. Kenneth Fisher, Johnstown, Pa., found a big force of the Chi nese 50th Army behind anti-tank minefields around Mt. Choggye, 5% miles south of the Han. Chinese Flee Suicide squads of Chinese who were to detonate the mines fled as the allied tanks rumbled up. Amer ican soldiers detonated the mines and the tank task force rolled through. Its blazing guns caught the Reds on hillsides and in their foxholes. The allied gain in the west came simultaneously with a big break through by a South Korean force (See UN GAINS, Page 4) Admiral Decker Speaks Tonight Admiral Benton W. Decker, who retired from naval service in June 1950, will give some of the Japan ese thoughts and opinions in his talk entitled “Japan, the Far East and the Occupation” tonight at 8 in the Assembly Room of the Mem orial Student Center. The Admiral, former commander of the American Naval Base at Yokosuka, Japan will speak from practical knowledge about some of the differences between American and Japanese customs. The former naval base com mander is the first of five speakers scheduled to address the Admin istration 405, Great Issues class. Dr. S. R. Gammon, head of the history Department and chairman of the committee on great issues has announced the program is not only for the 405 class but for the general public. There will be no admission, he added. Yokosuka, located a few miles from Tokyo, was once the number one Japanese naval base. In the four years that Admiral Decker commanded the base, he developed it into the keystone of our navy in the Far East, Dr. Gammon said. Eric Sevaried, news commentator for the Columbia Broadcasting System, previously scheduled to speak was forced to cancel his en gagement because of recent inter national developments which re quire him to remain in New York. Scheduled to speak Feb. 19 is James C. O’Brien, chairman of the Manpower Division of the National Resources Conservation Board. ASA Gets New Unit Insignia Collar insignias will be going cy to the Signal Corps unit. , wholesale, this week in Dorm 8. Lieut. Col. Leonard F. Walker, For there may be a “mass brass” senior ASA instructor, presented sale from the Army Security Agen- the Security company with its new insignia yesterday afternoon dur ing a short retreat ceremony. Receiving the new unit brass was Company Commander Joe Wilhelm, senior dairy husbandry major from Dickinson. The insignia is worn in the Army as “staff specialist reserve.” For merly termed “staff and admin istrative reserve,” it .consists of a sword one and three-eights inches in length laid horizontally across the upper part of an open book. Beiow the sword and across the lower corners of the book are two laurel branches, crpssed at their stems. Since the unit was first organ ized here in the Fall of 1947, com pany members have been wearing the Signal Corps crossed flags. In 1947 the ASA was combined with a Signal unit, but became a full-sized company in 1948. That vear it won the Gen. George F. Moore Award, given annually to the outstanding company of the Corps of Cadets. Last year the company placed fourth in competition for the same award. Oriental Conditions Discussed in Panel By JOHN WHITMORE “We are about about a century behind in paying attention to the Far East and now it is blowing up in our faces.” This statement made by Col. Hayden L. Boatner, commandant and PMS&T, summed up a forum discussion of the Pacific area held last night in the YMCA. He assembled members of the Military Science staff who had ex perience in the Pacific area for the forum. Over one half of the total popu lation of the world is located in the orient, the forum pointed out. They pointed out this half of the world’s population was only' “found” at the time of the Industrial revolu tion in 1650. Panel Members Members of the panel and their specialties were Lt. Col. Chester C. Schaefer, New Guinea; Lt. Col. Shelly P. Myers, Philippine Is lands. Lt. Col. Jordan J. Wilder- man, Japan; Maj. Henry R. Greer, Southwest Pacific; Maj. William A. Burruss, Guam; CWO George W. Lynch, Korea; and CWO Robert B. Mills, Australia. One reason for the delay in American study of the Orient, they pointed out, was that most of the racial stock of this country comes from Europe. It was the consensus of opin ion of the group that the orientals resented outside influence of the occidentals. In regal'd to Korea, CWO Lynch, said, “The Koreans don’t give a darn if they have one of our bathtubs or not. All they really want is food.” Pressing Needs From their first hand experi ences the members of the panel Student Senate Scholarship Will Be Voted All students of the college will vote Thursday night to select a European country from which a foreign student will be brought to the A&M Campus. Sponsored by the Student Senate, the Campus Chest Drive this year will attempt to furnish money for two scholarships—the Twelfth Man Scholarship and the new foreign student scholarship. Thursday night’s vote has been set in order that the student body can select the homeland of the scholarship winner. Three countries will appear on the preferential ballot: They are Germany, Austria, and Norway, with a blank left for any write-in nominations the voter may have. Conducting the election are mem bers of the Senate’s election com mittee, aided by the various dorm and area representatives to the Senate. Result of the vote will probably be ready late Thursday night or early Friday morning, said Don “Red” Young and George Germond, committee members. Taft Won t Run For President San Antonio, Feb. 7—(A*)—The man who managed Senator Robert Taft’s three successful races for the Senate said yesterday the Ohioan won’t run for President in 1952. After failing twice to win the Republican Party’s nomination, Taft “just won’t put on any cam paign” again, said Willis D. Grad- ison of Cincinnatit. Gradison was in San Antonio for a meeting of the Association of stock exchange firms’ directors. He is a member. Woodbridge, N. J. Feb. 7 — (TP)—A packed Pennsyl vania commuter train swayed crazily on a newly-opened tres tle last night, then buckled and plunged down a 20-foot em bankment. Seventy-five persons were killed. It was New Jersey’s worst rail disaster—and the third big wreck in the Metropolitan New York area in less than a year. The three wrecks took a total of 182 lives. About 500 persons were injured as the 11-car train— “The Broker”—bounced off the tracks with a roar and tumbled down into a twisted mass of deadly wreckage. It was loaded to the aisles with homebound commuters — mostly from New York—on their way to Red Bank, Long Branch, Asbury Park and other communities on New Jersey’s wealthy north shore. Engineer Joseph H. Fitzsimmons, a veteran of 33 accident-free years on the road, blamed the overcrowd ed coaches and the new trestle for the tragedy. Alive but injured, the 57-year-old Fitzsimmons said from a hospital cot: “The moment my engine passed over the trestle and lurched sharp ly I felt the rest of the cars would never make it. told the audience in the YMCA Chapel some of the more pressing needs of the people in the coun tries they were associated with, An example of the thinking of the Korean people was further shown by CWO Lynch when he said many of the Korean Intellect uals looked upon a famine or an epidemic as a God send—it helped relieve the pressure of their fab ulous population. In contrast to this congested population, CWO Mills commented the average population in Ausrta- lia amounted to only 4 persons per square mile. He went on to praise the fighting ability of the “Aus- sies.” Filipino Theories On another spot in the unchart ed Pacific, Colonel Myers said the population in the Philippines was not too pressing. The Philippines, discovered by Magellan in the 16th century, are a key stepping stone in the Pacific. He also gave the two views of the Filipinos towards their independence. Independence is the best thing that could have happened to the country. This he said was the opinion of the higher class Fili pino. The upper brackets wanted the independence only for selfish rea sons and it was not in the best in terest of the masses. This forum was sponsored by the YMCA and is one of their regular ly scheduled discussions for the Spring semester. Speed Wasn’t Cause “I hit the trestle at about 25 miles per hour and the speed of the train certainly couldn’t be blamed for the crash. When I started to sway, I applied the brakes, hut it apparently was too late.” Passengers and at least one rail road detective—who did not give his name—disagreed with the engi neer on the speed of the train. The detective said it was going at top speed when it hit the trestle. The Pennsylvania, in a state ment, said a 25 mile an hour speed limit was in effect on the new track, opened to traffic less than five hours before “the Broker” cracked up at 5:43 p.m. (EST). The new track was swung about 50 feet from the old one to clear the way for the Jersey turnpike, bfg "cross-state highway now under construction. Others Had Passed The Pennsylvania said six trains passed over the new trestle safely before “the Broker.” The railroad said the trestle it self was not a factor in the acci dent—despite the engineer’s state ment. Class of ’52 Dines, Dances Saturday The 1951 Junior Prom, scheduled for Saturday evening will begin with an informal banquet at 7 p. m. in Sbisa Hall, according to Har old Chandler, junior class presi dent. Chandler will give the welcoming speech which will be followed by the invocation by Ken Wiggins. Charles N. Hielscher, professor of engineering drawing, will be the principle speaker on the program. The closing prayer will be given by James Lehmann. Highlight of the program will be the crowning of the queen. Of 18 pictures submitted, six will be j selected as the finalists. The queen ^ will be crowned during an inter- ; mission. Acceptance of entries is i now closed. The Aggieland Orchestra will | furnish music for the dance which begins at 9 p. m. in the Memorial Student Center. The dance is for mal and corsages are in order. All dancing is scheduled for the I Ballroom, but the entire upstairs of the MSC will be available for I the Prom. The MSC Terrace will be used for dancing if • the weather is favorable. Tickets will probably be taken at the foot of the stairs, Chandler said. Refreshments planned are punch with cookies or cake to be served in the Assembly Room of the MSC. If the Assembly is needed for additional dancing space, re freshments will be served in the adjoining meeting rooms. Banquet tickets are $1.50 a plate and tickets for the dance are $3.00 a couple. Tickets will be taken off sale Wednesday to insure adequate food and seating arrangements. Non-reg students wishing tickets should contact any First Sergeant or Ted M. Stephens, room 415, Dorm 1. Gayle MacKie ... is another credit to the Un iversity of Texas. Don’t tell her escort to the Junior Prom, Rob ert Bynes, but she lives in Little field Dorm. Her box number? Well, you’ll have to arrange with Bynes for that. Ruth Ann Tipton . . .sis one of six finalists selec ted for the Junior Prom’s sweet heart competition. A junior journalism student at TSCW, the blond-iful beauty is to he escorted by Russell Smith, Jr. Now on Newsstands Latest ‘Engineer’ Has B-36 Feature By ANDY ANDERSON The A&M Engineer is off the press and will be distributed to subscribers immediately. Put out by the engineering de partments, the magazine features in its January issue, “Probing the Mysteries of the Salt Dome.” The article is in connection with re search done at A&M by two men in the Geology Department, Travis J. Parker and A. N. McDowell. They undertook to find out about factors that determine the nature and origin of .these large sub surface features. Some of the the ories advanced on this subject are as follows: Meat Judging Team Wins Show Prizes Eight ribbons, a plaque and a spur tie clip were prizes won by members of the Aggie Meat Judg ing Team at the Southwestern Ex position and Fat Stock Show at Ft. Worth. Max Word, Ozona, was high man in the contest in beef judging, win ning the plaque and spur tie clip as well as a first place ribbon. He was also fourth in pork judg ing, fourth in lamb judging and sixth in the entire contest. Tom Harris, Gorman, was fourth in beef judging, second in lamb judging, seventh in beef grading, eighth in lamb grading and eighth in, the contest. Jackie Longbqtham, Snyder, was second in pork judging. The team as a whole ranked fourth in the contest, won by Ok lahoma A&M. 1) A very thick layer of rock salt deeply underlies the Gulf Coast, and other areas where salt domes are found, providing a source for the salt which makes the dome, 2) Under the extreme pressure produced by the thousands of feet of overlying rock, the salt acts as a plastic and will flow to points of least resistance, and. 3) The salt, being of lighter den sity than the overlying sediments, will tend to rise towards the sur face at a point of weakness, by the flowage of the salt'out of the layer into the zone of weakness. By investigating these theories, these men have done much toward helping the petroleum industry un derstand some of the mysteries be hind finding oil and other petrol eum products. Other articles included in th(y. magazine are “B-36”, which gives performance data on the worlds largest aircraft, “The Impact of Television,” a rundown on some of the problems that television faces in expansion and latest develop ments in the video field. Still others, include “Steel Stran”, a relatively new building product, “Health and Industry,” discussion of science and the work ing force, “Economic Aspects of Well Spacing,” and a controversial article entitled “Deferment of En gineers From the Draft—Yes or No.” Dr. J. D. Lindsay, head of the Chemical Engineering Department, explains his department for those students who might be interested in this field. There is, as usual, the humorous side to the magazine in “The Book Worm,” jokes that might be read and enjoyed by engineers and others not in engineering. Reserve Training Set for August Three Organized Reserve Units from this area will go to Fort Hood for summer field training Aug. 5- 18, Capt. M. B. Findlay, ORU in structor announced this morning. The Department of the Army has made it mandatory that members of Reserve units attend summer field training with units ordered to camp. Attendance is no longer optional with the individual re servist. Summer training camps will be held for local units as follows: 362nd Armored Field Artillery Bat talion, Headquarters Battery, “C” Battery and Service Battery. Award winners of the annual Houston Fat Stock Show A&M Scholarships receive congratulations from former winners and members of the college staff. Left to right they are C. N. Shepardson, Dean of the School of Agriculture; L. O. Tiedt, winner of the 1948 First National Bank scholar ship; Edsel Renken, 1951 Scholarship winner; Doug Symank, 1951 Cowling Winner; Charles Keilers, Cowling Winner in 1950: W. L. Penber- thy, dean of men; Tommy Thompson, chairman of the Dairy Calf Scramble.