The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, November 22, 1938, Image 4

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Iff THE ON HITLER’S NAZIS Uit Tuesday The Battalion reprinted 4 «U- torial from the Los Anceles Jahjior < olle^ CoUefian entitled “A Letter to Hitler." In riew ©f the recant outran on civilisation by the Naais under Hitler's leadership, the comment was not in praise of Dor Pneher. If it had been, we *a|ul4 not have pi f'-d It This week we received a letter - unsigned—criti- citinf The Batulion for printing it. ‘ S Now we find that The Battalion's attitude must be justified in order to satisfy the minority who may have some use for the fascists P In the first place, we h«(ld with ipt dictator, whether he be fascist or communist In the second pltce, we cannot see either fascistie or communistic philosophy as lofical or desifable. In the third place, we cannot but despise any government which atrikes at the very roots of civi lisation through oppression of minorities and being ia tolerant. Fer these reanons, we reprinted the follefciail’i editorial. The critriam which we received, however, was hot directed toward praising fascism ao much as toward pointing out that America may be the victim of propaganda again just as H was before the World War. In response to that, it may be pointed out that If straight news stories from reputable new! agen cies—Associated Press and United Press—sound like propaganda, then obviously something’s wron? either with the news agencies or Hitler, and we are very aiuch inclined to think it is the latter. Recently Jews have been so oppressed in Ger many that it is difficult for them to prevent star- vdtion. While by fer a majority of college students are wholeheartedly opposed to the Nazi philosophy and the means used in carrying 5t out, we interpret as a duty cd a college newspaper to tell the outrages to ! the fetr students who do not take interest In outside ; affairs through other newspapers and to offet | sensible attitudes toward these world events in I editorial columns. We believe, therefore, that the editorial wws j consistent with that concept of the duties of a -College newspaper and that the criticism was not ito older. I • Hhwever, we reprint below the letter which we received—but only with the added no further unsigned communications on controve topics will be printed in The Batulion: of criticism led note that sdntroversiai j AN OPEN LETTER TO THE EDITORS loF THE BATTALION . _L i • *1 ! j j ! • < • ! I have just been reading an editorial published in The BatUlion titled, “A Letter to Hitler”. Now I am not living under,the illusion that all that Herr Hitler does can be 'justified by us in the light of our otrn con victions, l^ui I do question the advisability of the recent widespread campaign in America to create a negative feeling in regard to Mr. Hitler. It seems to me that the editorial de feats its own purpose by the mt^ner in which it. was written. Of course I ant aware of the fact that the editor’ probably reihu^ it as a very excellent piece of satire, but it^ seems to me- that if the goal of most think- I - mg people is a peaceful relationship among the nations of the world, this particular piece of writing has missed that goal. In the first place, Instead of attempting to reUin an impartial attitude, the editors seem to haVu the express purpose and desire of lowing Hitler to the world as they themselves see him, arid to create a negative ide on the part of all readers with they come in roaUct in regadd to l TV Hitter. In the second place, the editkna of this, our school paper, sre act the only ones who | seem to have this objective. One has only to turn on the radio, or pick up a newspaper to read of the “oppression” which Hitler la practiced ia Germany today. Aa a ease in point I might refer to Dorothy Tbompoon’s night radio broadcasts, or the col- almost any of our daily ne*s eom- tators. Yet we never hear the other side of the argument, or whether or not Hitter is doing anything for the German people aa a whole. The question which arises as a natural consequence of this condition is: * Should we believe that Hitter has done nothing for Germany? Or should we believe that we are hearing only one side of the argument—are we the victims of propa ganda? ^ A number of historians in recent years have shown that propaganda favorable to the Allies, which was distributed in America prior to our entrance in the World War, was a great factor, aside frogs the economic rea sons, for our entrance on the side of the Allies. One of the most imporUnt of these historians ia Walter Millis, whose book. The Road to War might well serve as our guide during the present uncertain times. Another reason for opr entrance into the World War on the side of the Allies was the favoritism of the administration in power during that period toward the Alltel. , Jt seems to me that these conditions are being duplicated at the present time—Roose- vett> action in recalling our ambassador to Germany recently serves as only one more of s growing number of illustrations of the tendencies which are eventually go ing to force America to>join with England against Hitler. Now the point of this whole argument is not to criticise the actions of any particu lar person or group in regard to the present chaotic conditions, but to raise the question of whether or not wo are going to allow ourselves to be duped into fighting another war “to make the world safe for de mocracy". Perhaps I am mistaken, but I do not think that the candle ia worth the price— and I am not preaching economic isolation or nationalism, but rather I am making a plea for the use of common sense. BATTALION — A Owr . * V 1 » *“ l | ’ el > e K 'v t vjte Kryl’s Symphony Orchestra To Be ■ Presented Nov. 29 BY JACK PUCKETT Bohumir Kryl, nationally known musical conductor, and hia sym phony orchestra will present two concerts at A. ft M. on Tuesday, Nov. 29. The first program will be held in Guion Hall at 3:30 y. m. for the convenience of the high school and grammar school stu dents, and the second will be held that night at eight o’clock in the same place as a presentation of the Entertainment Series. Admission to the afternoon mat inee will be twenty-five cents for high school .and grammar school students and fifty cents for adults. All holders of Entertainment Se ries season tickets will be admitted as usual to the night program, with sing] admissions being $1.00 for t * the occasion. This program promises to be one the best of the entire season. II ;; THE BATTALION Entered as second class matter at the poet office at Callage Station, Texas, under the Act of Congress on March 3. 1870. Subscription ratea, $2.00 per year Advertising rates upon request. Office in Room 122, Administration Building. Toiefhone College 8. Office open from 11 s. m. aatil 4 f. m. daily. Represented for national advertising by Na tional Advsrtiwng Service, Inc, 420 Madfcon Ave, New York City. E. U DOSS EDITOR-IN-CHIBF W. I. SMITH ADVERTISING MIAN ACER jl . BID Payne. Janies Grits Managing Edit..™ George Pnlten, B. C Knetaar Assistant Advertising Managers Bob Oliver. Wayne Stark -4^ AwacMs M^Haw Oaten.-..— —Sports Editor Staff Photographer J. C Diets Qrcalstioa Manager Don McCkeeaey, H. G. Howard _ . _ t j- _ C P. DeVHMoa ELEVEN PROPHETS OF MODEHNITY XL Raymond Pearl: Statistics! Statistics! Certainly the “modem" man is more respectful qf statistics and of the statistical method of turning facta into truth, than the man of any other genera tion has ever been. In a sort of bull sesaioh, for example, I recently asked a biologist and a sociologist to name the most significant trends in their res pective sciences. Wothout any hesitation they both replied: “The application of statistical method." V Raymond Pearl of Johns Hopkins University has'>erhaps done more than any other one American to makr-ps statistically minded. Hia articles in Mencken’s oM^American Mercury and in Harper’s, and his highlyNreadable book, “The Biology of Population Growth",'enjoyed and discussed aa they were by thousands, have undoubtedly influenced in a “statistical" direction the minds of the people who have in turn .influenced most modem-minded n^en. Hence, even if you yourself never heard of Raymond Pearl, you probably owe to him, if you afe a “modem", some of your characteristic respect for statistics. I should like to recommend “The Biology of Population Growth" as a painless illustration of how a good statistician can make truth out of mere facta. By means of charts and curves, clear as crystal and much more entertaining, the book proves, among °4i*HK . w t f i i (Ij That the population of a country follows the same sort of growth curve as does the body of a man. That is, in any one period! such as our own, which begin with the introduction of power-driven machinery) the population of a country first in creases very rapidly, and finally flattens out into stability. This tendency is indicated on paper by curve that looks like an S pulled out rather flat and then tilted forward into a diagonal position across the page. Thus, we need not, it seems, Tees Dnrrew— JsHt Packed.... BUI M array A. A Wsrren TUESDAY STAFF * Sports Assistant Juki or Editor junior Editor Junior Editor B. F. Regers. A. J. Carroll, N. A. M«*ers, M. G. .Fnsrmaan, H. G. Tolbol- W. J. Sandidgs. J. R. Hood Lewis QierailUer, W. T. Cny, Grerg# Nas- taaer, R. A. Shields. Carter Bead J. A. StanselL E. 1. Inglefieid, C A. Rhode, A. K. Ad.ms, Poster Wtea, Bill WbalL M. H Bohmsoe. R. B. Sparks. 1 P. Davenport, J. W. Jenkins. L. J W,hrU Advertising Assistants FRIDAY BTAFF C W. Wilkinson ! L £*8* 1 F. H« L A. Newman. R. W B. W. GerUck, W. C. Editor Editor Editor Editor Billy Qarkaoa. W. DoAnaond Jr, Jack Routt; R. L. Adsm» worried about over-production. Unless a new era in production should set in, and so start a new cycle of growth, our population increase will diminish and then flatten out in due time. (2) the rate of ienrease of population tends al ways to be less in densely populated areas. (3) The rate of increase tends always to greater among poor people. (Raymond Pearl sug gests that this somewhat alarming tendency may . be counteracted to some extent by the wide and free dissemination of the knowledge and the means of birth control.) (4) Sexual activity tends to be greater among farmers, next among industrial workers, next among commercial people, least of all among professionals and “brain workers”. The narrow and mentally cramped lives that result from a poor economic and social environment actually tend to stimulate sexual activity. Such profoundly interesting generalisations as these are some of the fruits of the science of sta tistics. But of course, you may say, there have always been plenty of interesting generalisations, even before statistics were ever heard of. The truth is, I think, that what the science of statistics has really given to us “moderns” is a feeling of asaur ance that such swelling statements as the above are not only interesting but soundly built up out of mil lions of hard facts scientifically collected and scientifically interpreted. To the statisticians then, in general, and es pecially, I think, to Raymond Pearl, the modern man owes one of the most characteristic traits of ’ his modernity: An impatience with generalisations, however interesting and authoritative in tone, whkh are not solidly based not only on facts, but on facts turned 4nto troth by statistical method. BIOLOGY CLUB SBBS PERSON k t lij. m il BY BILL MURRAY It’s hard to believe that a person can be made to fall aaletp Mmw by showing him a tie pin. It’s even banter to believe that be can through suggestion be made so Id- sensitive to pain that he will not even feel a needle stuck through his flesh, or A flame burning kb band. Yet such things can be done, as proved by hypaotist Matthew Feinstein at -the meeting of the Biology Club'last Thursday night Fascinating indeed is the subject of hypnotism, one of the most ob scure and as yet incompletely ex plored mysteries of the human mind. Feinstein, a student of A. ft M. who has attracted much atten tion and favorable comment in this part of the country with his dem onstrations of hypnotism, present ed many of the amaxing angles of this subject to s large audience of Biology Club members and guests at their meeting in the lecture rooni of the Animal Industries Building at 7:30 last Thuradw allli ; j \ T . jjp f Df. C. H. Winkler, Head of the Psychology Department, gave a Kryl, a dynamic, fiery, but superb brief history of the study of hyp- conductor, is a thorough observer, notiatn, and introduced Feinstein, be has had forty years exper- i who lectur * d on hi * tor 7' ^ i # n . ,, , I types, and methods of hypnotism of eooert l.f., .11 of whKh fo||owt<J hj , ... continuously EN TOUR tnd of w.th n demon.tmion. H, firtt Uit- which thirty-two years he has been ed a number of boys to find out if conducting hia own musical organi- they would make suitable subjecta xstion, Hia only interruption from j ,or hypnotism. Unfortunately, fch- his field of work was during the e,lUM of Ue conditions of light. World War. noise, and other circumstances on- . favorable to the mental concentrs- Five superb soloists will be pre 1 OF IT— MESaT : t» mi AcfU, it io th, moo, tall will D*y Aggies will ha! Corps Trip to f . ; I if i sen tod on the concert. The beau tiful Dorothy Dickerson, soprano, and Burtis Preston, baritone, will sing; Pierian Zabach, violinist, and Barbara Le Bruit, harpist, will pre sent numbers; but the best solo of the evening will be presented by Kryl himself, with his magnificent cornet. Another achievement in Kryl’s career ia that fact that he is com missioned by the U. S. Government to supervise and direct the training of all Army bands in the various training camps throughout our country. Kryl is popular for his high class symphonic organizations, and for his unrivaled and unexcelled cornet solo, but what makes his name immortal is his vast contri butions to the cultural and educa tional field of our natioh. Student tickets for the remaining six Entertainment Series programs can now be purchased for $1.00 Every organization commander has several of these tickets and any one desiring one may purchase it from them. The six remaining programs are Kryl’s Symphony Orchestra, the Deep River Plantation Singers, Cornelius Vanderbilt, the Pnskuier Trio, John Patrick, and n swing or- cheatra yet to be named. It U sug gested that all students desiring those tickets purchase them within the next few days, as they will not be on sale after the Kyrl’s Sym phony Orchestra program. tion of those tested, only one that night was found to be a suitable subject, (although Feinstein has al ways before been able to hypno tize at least five of any group he has tested). Re then demonstrated on the sub ject he had hypnotized a number of almost unbelievable feats of hypnotism, making the boy reapond at the hypnotist's will to feelings of intense cold or heat, making him fell ’terror of tn imaginary lion, causing him to eat with relish a sour lemon which the subject was made to think was s sweet peach, having him sing “America” and d<> liver while in the trance a long oration in Latin (although the boy normally could remember very little of the language). The demonstration was mads to serve a scientific purpose, for by it Feinstein was able to prove in error the arguments of some pey- chologinM.who believe that ao change in the physic J functiens ia produced by hypnotii m. Before be ing hypnotized the tokjeet had a nearly normal pulaft of about 82 beats a minute, but white in the hypnotic spell his pulse fell to about 48. \ Feinstein concluddd his demon stration with two alhtost unbelit ve able feats of hypnotism. One was aa illustration of post-hypnotic suggestion, as follows: White the subject: was hypnotized Feinstein told him that the sight of a certain gold tie pin after being awakened would Again put hin4to sleep; and sure enough,! after Feinstein had brought him back to a normal state, the hypnotist as we| as members of the audience put him into a sound sleep merely* by showing him the tie p(n. Still more amazing was the test feat, which illustrate# bow hypno tism is noir being pdt to practical use in the field of surgery to render s patient who is to be operated on as insensitive to pain jas if given an anesthetic. Feinstein had his hyp notized subject hold out his left arm, then convinced him that his arm could feel no pain. And even though burning matches were held under his har\d, the subject held his arm oat rigidly, evidenead no feeling of pain, sn4 after being reawakened still felt no pain and suffered no 01 effects whatever Indeed, it was impossible to con vince him that his had been burn ed. consumed In Sbh y? Well, here’s a the amount They sa$ approximately 2000 pounds of j Hits toes, $700 pounds of BMSt, IS cases of eggs, 600 pounds of car rots or any green vegetables, 11$ loaves of bread. 190 pounds of but- teg, hH00 hotesekes, BOO | e« s meal, *00 rolls, and 9000 biscuit* Ice cream is served every third day and around 3200 individual eupa are aenmd. ] FT’ When chicken ia served, asually oa Sunday, about 1,400 pounds are required. For Thanksgiving dinner, the cadets will emit around 2,000 pounds of turkay. ; i, Milk consumed amounts to about 6,000 half-pint bottles s day All the milk, tee cream, choaoe, aad butter used by the mees hall ceases from the A. ft M. College Cream ery ’35 Ch«v. 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