The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, January 09, 1940, Image 3

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Basketball Team Is Better Than Was
Supposed; Teams Shows Much Fire and Vim
Aggie Gagers Defeat Frogs, 44 to 31
Opener Easy
Win For Team
Aggie Swimmers To
Leave January 16
For Ten Day Trip
This writer received a joyous'
surprise Saturday night in the
way Captain “Woody” Varner and
his basketeers beat the visiting T.
C. U. team.
The Frogs lost, 41 to 57, to Rice
the night before and looked pretty
good in doing so, but they were
hardly in the same class with the
hustling cadets.
“Big Dog” Dawson gave us the
biggest surprise by scoring 10
points after being out for the team
only since the Sugar Bowl game.
He trailed Bill Henderson, the
high-point man, by only one point.
Dawson did not get to go the whole
contest because his wind is not
yet built up for the cage game,
but by next Saturday when they
meet Baylor he should be ready
to go the route.
Aggies Are First Southwest Grid Team
To Be Hailed As National Champs
S. M. U. went through undefeat--
ed and untied until the Rose Bowl
game in the 1935 season. T. C. U.
went through undefeated and un
tied including the Sugar Bowl
game last year and ended up by
sharing the national title with
Tennessee. But the Aggies went
through undefeated and untied, in
cluding the Sugar Bowl and they
are declared worthy national
■champs all by themselves this
THE TITLE. All of the above is
according to the Williamson Rat
ing System.
It is planned that this writer
will present Williamson’s All-
American awards to the Aggie
Stern Worked Rose Bowl Game In West
But Says, “My Heart Will Be In Dixie”
Received the following letter-f-
from Bill Stern. He wrote it be
fore the New Year’s game.
Dear Jeep:
Believe me I’ve never been so
touched in my life, as I was when
I received the wonderful “Aggie”
jacket, and I’m proud to wear it.
Consider me a member of the
student body, for I tell you of all
the colleges I’ve ever gone to any
place in these United States, none
impressed me as much as did Tex
as A. & M.
I’m sorry I’ll not be in New Or
leans to do the Sugar Bowl game,
but as Gillette Razor bought it,
and they advertise a shaving soap,
and as you know I’m on on Sun
day nights for Colgate Shaving
Cream, it just couldn’t be done. In
stead I’ll be in California doing
the Rose Bowl, but my heart will
be in Dixie.
Thanks again for this wonderful
remembrance of your splendid col
Sincerely yours.
Bill Stern.
That wacky song, “The Little
Man Wasn’t There,” was written
by a New York University educa
tion professor.
From 1934 through 1938, Texas
Christian University’s football
team was penalized 223 times while
its opponents were penalized 222
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Texas’ Bird Life
Is Richer Than That
Of Any Other State
Birds have an aesthetic and an
economic value far beyond the ap
preciation accorded them by people
generally. A prominent theologian,
himself a naturalist, once remark
ed that a man cannot be a bad
man if he is studiously interested
in wild creatures.
The above are the opening and
closing sentences of “Brief Stu
dies in Texas Bird Life,” by a
member of the Texas Game, Fish
and Oyster Commission’s staff, a
booklet with illustrations depicting
different kinds of birds, issued by
the Game Commission.
Texas, it is claimed, is richer
than any other state in the num
ber of birds and the variety and
species found there. Approximately
700 species and sub-species have
been listed. The claim is probably
well founded in the fact that
Texas is the largest in area of
all the states, with physical fea
tures of high elevations, plains
and sea-level. The warm climate
in winter along the Gulf coast
is a natural attraction to migra
tory birds and these supplement
the native variety which includes
the mockingbird and many others,
among which is the lovely plumed
American egret whose range is
on the Texas coast and, when the
nesting season is over, is some
times found wandering over the
southern and central part of the
state. This beautiful bird, with
others, once faced extinction when
it was hunted chiefly for the plum
age with which to adorn ladies’
hats. It was saved by the Federal
Migratory Bird Law of March 4,
In south-central and west Texas
it is probable there are more wild
turkeys than anywhere else in the
country. The turkey, distinctly a
North and Central American bird,
was introduced from Mexico into
Europe by the Spanish conquer
ors and subsequently brought back
to the New England States by
the Puritan settlers.
National and state achievements
in conservation of wildlife are im
portant for many reasons besides
adding greatly to the attractions
of recreational areas. The Nation
al Park Service in cooperation with
the United States Bureau of Bio
logical Survey is accomplishing
on a nationwide scale what the
Texas Commission and similar de
partments are doing in the sever
al states. The trumpeter swan,
largest of North American wild
fowl, like the erget had become a
vanishing race. Reports from Yel
lowstone Park show it is again on
the increase, there being 70 adult
birds against 44 in the flock at the
park last year. There are now only
about 200 trumpeter swans in the
entire country.
Dawson, Bill Henderson,
Tinker Leading Scorers
Saturday night the Aggie cagers
opened their conference schedule
here by beating T. C. U. 44 to 31,
and served notice on the rest of
the teams that the boys from East
of the Brazos are going to have to
be dealt with in all seriousness.
Last year the Aggies won only
two conference games, both of
those over these same T. C. U.
Horned Toads. The Toads did not
win a game last year. In fact,
they started this 15 game losing
streak with the last game two
years ago.
Tom Tinker stepped out and
looped a two-pointer to start the
fray and then added another. The
Frogs then pulled up to a 4 to 4
tie, but with Dawson and Tinker
“hot” in the first half, the cadets
pulled away and enjoyed a 30 to
14 lead at the half mark.
The Toads had a little better
luck in the second half, but with
Bill Henderson coming to life to
take high point honors during the
second period, they were never
able to catch the high-flying
Dawson was plenty good consid
ering that he has only been out
for the team since last Wednesday.
He started the game and was sec
ond in scoring, but he had to call
time out to rest and did not have
the wind to go the full tilt.
Baylor Next
Coach “Bear” Wolfe brings his
fast-breaking Baylor aggregation
here Saturday night and after
that fray a loti more will be known
about the strength of the cadets.
If the cadets have any hope of
winning that fray they will have
to hold down the point-making of
Creasy, an All-Conference boy last
For the past two years the
game between A. & M. and Baylor
at College Station has been the
big thriller for the home people.
The Aggies have played the Bruins
on even terms in those two games
and have split. Two years ago
the cadets won out in an overtimer.
It is hard to say just who the
Aggies will have in the starting
lineup this week. There is a bat
tle going on for a few of the spots
and it is only a guess who will be
looking the best by Saturday.
Texas A. & M. T. C. U.
Fk Ft Tp Fg Ft Tp
Tinker, f 2 2 6 Duckworth,f 4 0 8
Smith, f 3 17 Barron, f 2 0 4
Dawson, c 4 2 10 Billingsley,f 2 0 4
Varner, g 0 0 0 Best, f 2 0 4
Henderson, g 5 1 11 Abney, c 2 0 4
W.Adams, g 2 2 6 Groseclase.c 0 2 2
Stevenson, g 1 0 2 Monroe, g 2 1 6
Duncan,c 10 2 Holt, g 2 15
R.Adams, f 0 0 0 Canaday.f 0 0 0
Tankersly.g 0 0 0
Totals 18 8 44 Totals 14 3 31
Personal fouls: Duckworth 2, Barron 4,
Abney 2, Monroe 2, Holt, Billingsley, Best,
Groseclose 2, Tinker 2, Smith 2, Varner,
Henderson 2, R. Adams 2, Duncan 1.
The Navy Department, in an ef
fort to speed up the expansion of
its air forces, has streamlined the
period of training aviators in such
a way that the student now com
pletes his training, as naval avia
tor, in about eight months. This
has been accomplished by increas
ing the facilities of the Aviation
Training School at Pensacola,
Florida. More planes, more in
structors and more working hours
per week have been added to this
already busy beehive of aerial
The number of students to be
trained has already been doubled
and the Navy busy recruiting
young college men for this inter
esting duty. A Selection Board,
composed of Naval officers, is
busy traveling throughout the
South, holding meetings in most
of the principal cities.
To be eligible for this training,
candidates must be unmarried
American citizens between 21 and
27 years of age, and have a mini
mum of two full years of college
education. They also must be at
least five feet, six inches in
height, and weigh at least 132
pounds. They must pass a rigid
physical examination. Selected
candidates may have their choice
of time of going to Pensacola, as
classes assemble each month.
After the training period at
Pensacola, Florida, the students
are commissioned as officers of the
Naval Reserve, and sent to duty
with the aviation units of the
United States Navy. They receive
the full pay and allowances of
their rank.
To young men interested in avia
tion, this presents a marvelous op
portunity to acquire an aviation
experience which gives them an
unusually high rating in this pro
fession. Interested parties are
urged to write the Senior Member,
Naval Reserve Flight Selection
Board, U. S. Naval Air Station,
Pensacola, Florida.
With the fine weather Friday
evening, four games of speedball
were checked off the list. E Engi
neers claimed a win over G Infan
try, the leading crew, F Engineers
won over B Chemical Warfare, and
B Field Artillery downed L Infan
try. The fourth game was for
feited by C Cavalry to I Infantry.
Those games that were played
proved to be a bit faster than
usual due to the slight coolness
of the weather.
‘Unloaded’ Gun Kills,
Game Officials Warn
Austin, Texas.—With the hunting
season in full sway in Texas, the
executive secretary of the Texas
Game, Fish and Oyster Commission
has issued an appeal to every
sportsman to treat every gun as
if it were loaded, and has set out
a series of rules, which if observ
ed, would do much to lessen the
tragedies of accidents in fields and
“It is the ‘unloaded’ gun which
does the most damage,” the game
chief pointed out, “And if the fol
lowing rules are observed there
will be more sportsmen to take the
fields another day:”
Carry only empty guns, taken
down or with the actions open, in
to your automobile, camp or home.
Always be sure the barrel and
action are clear of obstructions.
Always carry your gun so that
you can control the direction of
the muzzle, even if you stumble.
Never point a gun at anything
you do not want to shoot.
Be sure of your target before you
pull the trigger.
Never leave a loaded gun unat
Never climb a tree or fence with
a loaded gun.
Never shoot air a float, hard sur
face, or at the surface of water.
Always remember alcohol and
gunpowder should not be mixed.
Times-do-change note. Gus-
tavus Adolphus College men have
handed down this order to their
feminine colleagues: “Don’t appear
to be a helpless and fragile crea
ture. The ‘clinging vine’ type went
out with the bicycle built for two.”
The tennis tournament will come
to the next to the last step tomor
row evening with A Field and C
Field due to scrap it out with
every trick one could find in the
bag to pull on the courts. This
ought to be the best match of the
year, even better than the final
which will be between the winner
and E Engineers.
A play-off for the league title
is League C is the hold-up of the
touch football play-offs. C Field
Artillery, F Engineers, and G
Coast Artillery are the teams in
the three-way tie. The first game
to break this will mean much,
since the top two teams of the
year, F Engineers and C Field Ar
tillery, are the teams concerned.
Others waiting for the final to
start include: 1st Hq. Field; I In
fantry; C Cavalry, which won over
B Field in a tie play-off; C Engi
neers; Infantry Band; Artillery
Band, which claimed League G
after tying with C Infantry; and
Hq. Signal Corps, which still has
one game to go but holds that
margin on its league members.
A Coast and A Signal Corps
have laid claims to the handball
championships and are waiting idly
by for the rest.
A Chem Warfare holds a four-
win record over C Coast and 2nd
Hq. Field Artillery who have one
loss marked against them, but
they still have one to go. This is
with C Coast Artillery. Looks like
there’s liable to be another of
these three way ties.
A new coating is sprayed on
finished steel, dries in 30 minutes,
resists abrasion, moisture and salt
air. It is removed with petroleum
Bill Cunningham, Sports Columnist,
To Write Of Aggieland In Magazine
Bill Cunningham, one of the-
most famous sports writers in the
business, was at A . & M. last Sat
urday to look over the college and
its campus for the purpose of writ
ing a story about the college in the
broad open spaces for a national
He is one of the greatest sports
writers of all times and his type
writer brings him in a mere $52,000
a year from various sources. Bill
is a feature writer for the Boston
Post, a paper he has been connected
with since leaving the Dallas News
many years ago.
Bill left the Dallas News, where
he was making $55 a week, to go
to Boston because his wife decided
she would like to live there. He
contacted the Boston Post and
asked for $50 a week and they told
him to come ahead. His first
check was for $75 and when he
told the paper they had made a
mistake, they told him to write his
■sports and they would tend to his
He first came into prominence
when Centre College played the
Texas Aggies. He was asked to
file 1,500 words on the game. He
went over his total before he
noticed and asked if that was
enough. The paper wired back to
“keep shooting.” When it was
completed he had filed many times
the first number.
While he was here he gathered
up a lot of information to use
about the Aggie football team next
Cunningham was originally from
Texas and said that he was glad
to be able to get back to Texas
and get another good look at it.
He has not had a vacation in 18
When he left the Aggie campus
he headed for Austin to get a
look at the Texas campus.
New Orleans "The City That
Care Forgot”, Says Scribe
Coach Art Adamson and his Ag
gie swimmers will leave on a ten
day trip February 16 to the North
section of the United States.
The ten days will be ten of
hard work with the team meeting
keen competition on the way up
and also on the return route.
On the 17th the Aggies will swim
against Oklahoma University.
After a brief stay in the Sooner
State, the squad travels on to St.
Louis, Missouri, where the water-
polo team plays the Merrimac Pa
trol on Monday, the 19th.
The next three days ' will be
hard and gruelling exercise for
the party. On Tuesday the swim
ming team swims against the Illi
nois University team and the
waterpolo team meets the Univer
sity’s co-champions. The teams
of Ohio State and Illinois U. tied
for the ’39 title in the Big Ten
Conference last year. These two
meets will be held at Urbana, Illi
Wednesday is the day set for the
match with the Illinois Athletic
Club at Chicago. This club is the
Senior National Water Polo Cham
Washington’s birthday, Thurs
day, the Aggies meet the Iowa
State tankers in a swimming meet
and a water polo game to furnish
the holiday sports feature.
After a day of rest and on the
journey back, they meet the Soon
er Aggies in a swimming meet that
promises to be one of the best
of the series.
Here is a commentary on thc-
city of New Orleans, home of the
Sugar Bowl, by Bill Cunningham,
ace reporter of the Boston Post:
There are those who undoubted
ly would call New Orleans a wild
and wicked city, comparable to
Sodom, Gomorrah or the carnal
creations of the degenerate Caesars.
There are others who can and do
call it one of the most delightful
cities certainly on this continent,
if not in the entire world. It’s a
matter of interpretation and the
unit of measure is the individual.
“The city, itself, is everything,
and it offers everything—the good,
the bad, the chaste, the sinful, the
beautiful, the drab; the inspiring,
the repulsive. If a man wants to
make an ape of himself, there are
plenty of places and people to help
him. If, on the other hand, he
wants to enrich his experience and
his knowledge in matters cultural,
artistic, historical and even relig
ious, unusual advantages are his
for the taking, even if he’s only
a visitor.
“If, as most do, he aspires to a
little of both, that can likewise be
easily arranged. Some call it the
city that care forgot. Others say
it’s the one American community
exemplification of the slogan, “Live
and let live.” Nobody bothers
himself with concern about any
body’s manners or morals except-
Campus Opinion
Supports F.D.R.
Although a good majority of
American college students con
tinue their approval of Franklin
D. Roosevelt as president, campus
opinion has not kept pace with the
increasing support that the United
States voter has been giving the
chief executive since the Europ
ean war broke out.
A coast-to-coast referendum of
collegians taken by the Student
Opinion Surveys of America
shows that more than three out
of every five “generally approve
of Roosevelt today as president.”
This is only nine-tenths of one
per cent less than the vote of ap
proval students gave F. D. R. a
year ago this month, according to
the continuous index of his pop
ularity that the Surveys has kept.
Significant are the comparisons
that now, after more than a year
of measuring student opinion, the
Surveys can make with other na
tional polls. It is clearly shown
that the moving world and na
tional events of recent months
have not influenced student opin
ion as much as national public
opinion, which since the start of
the war has far outstripped the
collegians in approval of the pres
ident. Here is the record:
Poll of U. S. voters: December,
1937, 55.5 per cent approved of
F. D. R. Now 64.9 per cent ap
Poll of U. S. Students: Decem
ber, 1938, 62.8 per cent approved
of F. D. R.
ing his own.
“There are no closing hours in
any of the thousand palaces of
pleasure except those enforced by
the exhaustion of the employees or,
perhaps, the exhaustion of trade.
The only time you can’t buy a
drink is when you haven’t any
money and then, likely as not, the
house will carry you on the cuff.
The last of the three nightly floor
shows in most places is staged at
3 a. m., but the drinking and the
dancing goes on as long as any
body wants to stay.
“Ornate gambling houses, sweller
than, more complete and operated
with as much dignity as those in
Florida, Saratoga or Havana are
officially and openly listed in the
guide books, complete with names,
addresses and how best to get
there. They’re beyond the city
limits in the adjacent parishes
(which means counties) of Jeffer
son and St. Bernard, but the taxi
fare from the heart of New Or
leans is 40 cents to one of those
places, 75 cents to another. Their lo
cation, outside the city limits,
makes them square with the law.
“There’s currently not a city in
the entire United States as “wide-
open” as New Orleans is now and
has been for years. Miami is but
a minor imitation. Havana and
the City of Mexico are the only
two that can give it an argument.
These are harder and more ex
pensive to reach, and their atmos
phere is “foreign,” whereas that of
New Orleans is mostly American,
with foreign trimmings in certain
parts of the town.
“New Orleans is like going to
college. You’re on your own. You
can attend classes or you can
flunk out. Smart people don’t
flunk out . . .”
Portable Typewriter
Call 4-6044
NEW YORK.—A Houston man
and two College Station men have
been named to important posts in
the organization of the American
Veterinary Medical Association for
1939-1940, Dr. Cassius Way of
New York City, president of the
A. V. M. A., has announced.
They are Dr. J. Gilbert Horning,
3611 Willia Street, Houston; and
Drs. Horatio L. Van Volkenberg
and P. W. Burns, both of the Tex
as A. & M. School of Veterinary
Medicine and Surgery.
Dr. Van Volkenberg has been
appointed a member of the Asso
ciation’s special committee on
Dr. Burns has been selected a
member of the sub-committee on
veterinary items of the National
Formulary Committee for the A.
V. M. A.
The men named today by Dr.
Way totaled 228 veterinarians in
every state of the Union, in Unit
ed States territories and in Canada.
They will head up the vitally im
portant work of the American Vet
erinary Medical Association in
public health, its widespread re
search activities, its animal dis
ease prevention program, its pro
gram for the improvement of the
nation’s- veterinary educational
facilities and its broad legislation
and policy activities.
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