The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, January 06, 1940, Image 2

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•SATURDAY, JAN. 6, 1940 PAGE 2 The Battalion STUDENT TRI-WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OP TEXAS A, & M. COLLEGE The Battalion, official newspaper of the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas and the city of College Station, is published three times weekly from September to June, issued Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings; and is published weekly from June through August. Entered as second-class matter at the Post Office at College Station, Texas, under the Act of Congress of March S, 1879. Subscription rate, $3 a school year. Advertising rates upon request. Represented nationally by National Advertising Service, Inc., at New York City, Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Office, Room 122, Administration Building. Telephone 4-6444. 1939 Member 1940 Associated Golle&iate Press BILL MURRAY _ LARRY WEHRLE . James Critz E. C. (Jeep) Oates H. G. Howard •'Hub" Johnson Philip Golman John J. Moseley EDITOR-IN-CHIEF ADVERTISING MANAGER Associate Editor Sports Editor Circulation Manager Intramural Editor Staff Photographer Staff Artist SATURDAY ST AIT 1 James Critz Acting Managing Editor Don Burk Asst. Advertising Manager W. C. Carter Editorial Assistant Junior Editors A. J. Robinson Billy Clarkson Cecil De Vilbiss Senior Sports Assistants Jimmie Cokinos — Jimmy James Junior Advertising Solicitors J. M. Sedberry - G. M. Woodman Reportorial Staff Lee Rogers, E. M. Rosenthal, W. A. Moore, Glenn Mattox, Les lie Newman, M. L. Howard. Bach, to Work We think it’s not yet too late to wish everyone a happy New Year. May A. & M, and the Aggies he blessed with the most successful and prosperous of years in the one now arrived. At last we’ve come to the end of the most hectic, the most triumphant football season in the history of A. & M., a season of which the team, the coaches, and the “twelfth man” may be justly proud. But now that the Sugar Bowl game is history, it becomes time for us all to start paying a good deal more attention to the more prosaic matter of books, classes, studies, grades. Doleful though that subject may be to some, there is still plenty of time and opportunity for all of us to catch up with our work and bring up our grades. There is no real reason for several hundred students to “flunk out” at mid-term. If we can just carry a small part of the en thusiasm of the football game cheering section into our work this next month, there need be no grade deficits. Thoughtless Act A complaint has been turned in to The Batta lion Office by a College Park resident from whose yard two beautiful cedar trees were cut by fresh men for company Christmas trees. The trees were part of an elaborate hedge on which the owner had spent considerable time and money, and the unsightly gap left in the hedge will cost even more to repair. Not only were the trees private property having no connection with the college, but they were cut from an eye-striking hedge that added to the attractiveness of the owner’s home. The freshmen committing this action should have been warned against such an occurrence, but even without such warning should not have been so thoughtless. Such a malfeasance ought never to have occurred, and such disregard for private pro perty and other people’s rights should be strictly guarded against in the future. Oil Tells Its Story The average person in Texas, unless an em ployee of an oil company or one who has made a study of the petroleum industry, has only a vague conception of the size of the business in this state, its importance to the state’s prosperity, its effect upon his individual welfare. The industry has grown so big and within so short a time that it has been difficult for the average person, reading of its development from time to time, to realize what has taken place or to appreciate what Texas owes to it—the things that it now enjoys but perhaps would not be enjoying were it not for oil development. Texas is the chief producer of the nation’s oil and one of the largest producers in the world. Forty per cent of all oil produced in the United States and 38 per cent of all oil produced in the world comes from Texas. Oil production and oil activity have reached into practically every county in Texas, to the benefit of the land owners, busi ness and citizens of those counties. Of the 254 counties in Texas, 136 are now producing oil and lease or other oil activity has touched all but 14. Production last year, under proration and neces sary holidays, amounted to 469,620,000 barrels, bringing in an income to the state of roughly one- half billion dollars for crude oil purchases alone. To this figure, of course, was added the millions paid out in refining, in lease and royalty pay ments, in actual drilling and other development expense. Directly and indirectly more than 500,000 persons are employed by the industry and oil money flows through the channels of commerce in all counties and in all towns and cities. None is un touched nor has failed to benefit by its spending power. Texas’ fine highway system and its fine and steadily improving school system are beneficiaries of oil development. The gasoline tax last year amounted to more than $40,000,006, three-fourths of which went to the state highway fund and one- fourth to the school fund. The oil industry last year paid in gross production taxes direct to the state, $13,681,672, which was in addition, of course, to the ad valorem taxes paid to the counties and the federal tax. The ad valorem taxes paid in the counties where development has taken place have been the chief source of revenue and the largest factor in their upbuilding within recent years. The state’s biggest taxpayer, the oil industry has not sought to evade its responsibility in this respect but as naturally would be the case with any industry of its size and rapid growth, it is ex posed to the danger of becoming a target for ex cessive increases—a danger that should be of as much concern to the public as to the industry, lest it be crippled and the state’s welfare be injured thereby. It is because the public lacks full understand ing of these things and their relation to its own well-being that the Texas Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association has launched a statewide newspaper advertising campaign to be conducted for a year. The advertisements will be strictly factual; the campaign informative and educational. A proper knowledge of the facts, rather than uninformed opinion, will be the sole objective. The association deserves to be commended for its action. Every Texan should desire to be fully informed about an industry that contributes so much to the well-being of his state, and should profit by it as much, if not more, than the indus try itself.—Fort Worth Star-Telegram. OPEN FORUM Courtesy On the Highways Texas A. & M. “Y” Cabinet College Station, Texas Gentlemen: Yesterday, while driving between Houston and Dallas I encountered two Texas A. & M. cadets along the highway and gave them a lift into Dallas. It has always been my practice to pick up college boys along the roads, particularly those who wear the uniform of the United States Army, for I realize that many of these boys are not in a fi nancial position to visit their homes except by this means of travel. I have invariably found them courteous and grateful for the assistance that is given them. What impressed me very much on the occasion just mentioned was a little card presented by Jim my Radford, of Denison, Texas, one of your stu dents, in which was noted his name and address, and also an expression of his gratitude for the ride. To me that was a most gracious gesture, and I feel sure will serve to bring much good will to your students. The spirit behind that lit tle card will go a long way to make upright and useful citizens of your undergraduates, and I want to tell you that whoever conceived the idea has done a great thing for your school. Very sincerely yours, Paul D. Torrey, Chairman, Topical Committee on Production Practice American Petroleum Institute. Books You'll En J°X By Dr. T. F. Mayo BOOKS PREFERRED BY STEPHENS COLLEGE GIRLS At Stephens College a “Reading for Pleasure” Library is maintained in the parlor of each dormi tory. Last year the following books were most popular in the dormitory libraries: Moats: No Nice Girl Swears. Phillips: Skin Deep Parker: Not So Deep As A Well. Undset: Kristin Lauransdatter. Cronin: The Stars Look Down. Post, Emily K.: Etiquette. Mitchell: Gone With the Wind. Buck: The Good Earth. Parlmer: Facts and Frauds in Woman’s Hygiene. Galsworthy: End of the Chapter. # Rutgers University has a new course in the organization of public relief. Intercollegiate athletic competition has been abandoned by Bard College. St. Mary’s University (Texas) owns a bus for athletic trips that holds 53 passengers. As the World Turns... By DR. AL B. NELSON Frank Murphy, former high commissioner to the Philippines and former governor of Michigan, present Attorney General of the United States, has been appointed to the vacancy on the Supreme United /States. Mr. Murphy will be remembered as the governor of Mich igan who defied the law by encourag ing the illegal sit-down strikes. Many will criticise the appointment of a man who has no respect for the law to a post on the highest court of the land. However, the desire to retain party harmony in election year will probably prevent a fight against his confirmation in the Senate. The New Budget proposed by the president would provide for an ex penditure of nearly nine billion dollars for the com ing fiscal year. This would be over two billion dollars more than our estimated income for the same period. land and France are sending war supplies and are land and Frace are sending war supplies and are talking of expeditionary forces, Sweden is sending organized volunteers, Italy has sent planes and volunteers, and the United States is sending money. The Hoover committee has sent over a quarter of a million dollars in the last few weeks, most of it raised in contributions of one or two dollars each. Madame Perkins, U. S. Secretary of Labor, who does not want Harry Bridges deported, appointed the dean of the Harvard Law School to investigate his connection with the Communist party in order to find out whether or not he should be deported. Many witnesses testified that Bridges is a Com munist, that they had seen him pay dues, but Landis ruled that he is not a Communist but is just a radical. Bridges is the alien leader of labor on the Pacific coast. The Rose Bowl game, whose victorious team was tied two times during the regular season, was given nearly two columns in “Time” magazine which gave only three lines to the results of the Sugar Bowl. (Editor’s comment: Fooey on “Time”I) Court of the Nelson THE BATTALION HOW LONG WILL IT LAST? mm w'wri Now if everyone has cussed and discussed the various bowl games and had his say about the game in New Orleans, we can settle back down and begin to think of movies again. We note that Kay Kyser brings his radio show to the movies in a picture called “THAT’S RIGHT YOU’RE WRONG” now showing at the Palace. I missed connec tions with the dope on this show, but boys that have seen it say it is a plenty good show. The four daughters and John Garfield return to the screen in a show that is a show in itself, but at the same time is more or less of a sequel to “Four Daughters.” This one is called “DAUGHTERS COURAGEOUS.” It is still con cerned with the daughters and their boy friends, but this time the tribe has to settle the problems of mama and papa. Claude Rains, as the ex-husband, returns home just as Fay Bainter, the mother, is about to marry a steady and re spectable business man. His charming personality soon wins over the support of the daughters, and he becomes a pal with Priscil la’s new boy friend who is a wanderer like himself. Quite a few stormy scenes occur before both Claude and John go off together to keep a date with the universe. About the closest the pic ture approaches the cutthroat type is the time the four girls gang up and shave Claude Rains month- old crop of whiskers. The prize for novel occupations should be presented to John Garfield who spent his time selling teeth from Moby Dick, the whale. This show lacks just a wee bit of rating three grade-points, but we’ll call its rat ing two plus. “FAST AND FURIOUS” stars Ann Sothern, who, if you will re member, made her name in a show called “Maisie.” The story involves her hubby, Franchot Tone. She tries to solve a double murder while Franchot gets involved in a deal in a bathing beauty contest. It is all very complicated but works out nicely in the end. At least the title fits. This show is also in the two grade-point class. WHATS SHOWING AT THE ASSEMBLY HALL Saturday 12:45—“DAUGH TER S COURAGEOUS,” with the Lane sisters and Gaile Page. Saturday 6:30 and 8:30— “FAST AND FURIOUS,” with Ann Sothern and Fran chot Tone. AT THE PALACE Saturday — “THAT’S RIGHT, YOU’RE WRONG,” with Kay Kyser and his or chestra. Army recruiting was stimulated by modern advertising methods to make a peace time record of 50,- 826 enlistments in the period be tween July 1 and November 9, ac cording to Col. Lloyd B. Magruder of the recruiting service. Congratulations To The NATIONAL CHAMPION FOOTBALL TEAM AGGIELAND STUDIO North Gate BACKWASH By George Fuermann “Backwash: An agitation resulting from some action or occurrence."—Webster. Somewhere in New Orleans . . . Jimmy Cokinos and Paul Lowry are telling one about a waiter in one of the Sugar Bowl city’s cafes. The two Aggies ordered a couple of cups of coffee without cream, and a minute lat er the waiter re turned and anx- i o u s 1 y pointed out, “I’m sorry but we’re out of cream. Would two cups of cof fee without milk do just as well?” . . . The Battalion’s ace photograph er, Phil Golman, was everywhere at once in the Louisiana city film ing the highlights of the three-day celebration. Some of his “shots” were used by United Press and other large news syndicates . . . Number one Christmas present was Jim Thomason’s quart of champagne which an Aggie fan gave him at the close of the New Year’s Day game . . . That New Orleans people were good to Ag gies is an established fact, but Jim Sedberry thinks that “good” is a mild way of expressing it. Jim lost his wallet in the lobby of the Roosevelt Hotel the day before the game and two hours later a native of the city returned it to him after spending that much time trying to locate him . . . And what about the Aggie junior who bought forty Christmas cards, addressed them, stamped them, and returned at the close of the holidays to find that he had forgot to mail the things! • Backwash takes time out to re mind the coeds of our too-distant Denton sister school, and others over the state, that 1940 is Leap Year. Please act accordingly! • Here’s one of the best poems to come the column’s way this year. Gat Garrison did the writing and your columnist believes that the poem expresses the opinion of the corps as a whole. You’ve been to the battles together; You took the foe as they came; And each time you were the win ner; And always you played the game. They saw you in all your splendor; They hailed you as greatest of ’39. To us you are the best in football history; To the Aggie cadets you’re the team of all time. When at last into the Sugar Bowl you crashed, Cheering thousands crowd into the stands; To watch that fighting power house, Crush the strongest foe in all the lands. A strong-hearted bunch of fighting men, A clean-playing team you’re known to all. You tackle hard and block ’em clean. You’ve the greatest backs that ever carried a ball. As season after season rolls by, Great team after team we’ll live to see But the best of all these mighty squads, You, old team of ’39, to us, will always be. • 1939’s football season is his tory, but its aftermath has left some top-notch gridiron giggles which the column passes on to you. One concerns a certain sports writer covering the Arkansas-Tex- as game which Jack Crain jerked out of the fire in the final seconds of play. After the game, the sports writer telegraphed a story to his paper with a lead which be gan like this: “God and Jack Crain today de feated the University of Arkansas Razorbacks by a score of 14-13 . .” The managing editor sent the rhetorically-gifted sports writer the following curt message: “Check up on rumor that Coach Fred Thomsen of Arkansas has protested game on account God in eligible for conference competition under freshman rule.” • The Aggie bedroom: Under the spreading branches of the Roosevelt Hotel’s mighty Christmas tree, some thirty-odd Aggies did their New Year’s night sleeping—what little of it there was. The next morning several still-reveling Louisianians woke the boys up and bought their breakfasts in a nearby cafe; and forty-cent breakfasts at that. Among those present at the not- so-swanky but somewhat gay party were J. C. Smith, A1 Knipps, George Ogdee, Richard Litsey, Don Ratcliff, C. A. Johnson, Dick Van Orden, Irwin Thompson, Max Rotholz, Keyes Carson, Perry Luth, Oscar Ebner, David Giles, W. T. Dorman, Ben Williams, and H. L. Hall. • The Fox Movietone.. Company has sent 400 feet of film in re spect to the Turkey Day game which will be shown in connection with all shows in the Assembly Hall today. After that the Fox Company will donate the film to the A. & M. Athletic Council. During 1940 WE WILL STILL BE SERVING THE NO. 1 Mexican Dinner E-TEX SANDWICH SHOP CONGRATULATIONS TO THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONS LET US HELP YOU TO MAKE 1940 Even More Prosperous and Successful Than The Past Year WE ARE READY TO SERVE YOU IN EVERY WAY THE EXCHANGE STORE ’ An Aggie Institution i. c f * » * * r p * ¥ \ < t ft