The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, January 23, 1940, Image 2

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    -TUESDAY, JAN. 23, 1940
The Battalion
The battalion, official. newspaper of the Agricultural and
Mechanical College of Tejtfce: 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 ittarch ii, ibitf.
Subscription rate, $3 a school year. Advertising rates upon
Represented nationally. by National Advertising Service, Inc.,
at New York City, Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles, and San
Office. Room 122, Administration Building. Telephone
1939 Member 1940
Plssocioted Golle&ide Press
Tames Critz
E. C. (Jeep) Oates
R. <3. Howard
'Hub" Johnson
Philip Golman
John J. Moseley
Associate Editor
Sports Editor
Circulation Manager
Intramural Editor
Staff Photographer
Staff Artist
Charlie Wilkinson Managing Editor
Sam Davenport Asst. Advertising Manager
C. A. Montgomery Editorial Assistant
Junior Editors
Earle Shields Don Andrews
Senior Sports Assistants
Jimmie Cokinos — Jimmy James
Junior Advertising Solicitors
K. W. Hubbard J- D. Smith
Reportorial Staff
Bill Fitch, H. S. Hutchins, W. D. C. Jones, Joe Leach,
J. L. Morgan, Jerry Rolnick, J. C. Rominger, E. A. Sterling,
W. P. Walker, R. J. Warren
Patronize Your Advertisers
There is a reason for everything. There is a
reason for the advertisements in your Battalion.
They have not been casually inserted by mer
chants unmindful of the results, but rather they
have been carefully planned with a purpose in
Merchandise in the stores of Battalion adver
tisers has not been idly selected. It has been
chosen because YOU have shown them what YOU
want. When something new springs up on the
college campuses of the nation, Battalion advertis
ers bring it to you.
Nor can it be said that The Battalion accepts
just any advertising that comes its way. Adver
tising appearing in The Battalion represents firms
and merchants of a reputable and reliable reputa
tion. Their merchandise or services, represented
in their advertising, can be depended upon as being
exactly as advertised—else The Battalion would
not carry their advertising.
Cooperate with your Battalion advertisers;
patronize them. They are supporters of your in
stitution, of your ideals as Aggies. When you
trade with a Battalion advertiser something besides
money and a product or service crosses the coun
ter ... A feeling of cooperation and good will
hovers about.
So, once again, cooperate with and patronize
YOUR Battalion advertisers; they form a vital ele
ment in your college career here at YOUR college—
Texas A. & M.
Think It Over
Probably no clause in our fundamental law has
created more discussion than this and none is more
Physically, mentally, spiritually of course the
statement is dead wrong. No two men are equal
and we can even go further and state that of the
billions of humans who have lived since Adam no
two are equal. There is equality of sight only
.among the blind and equality of strength only
among the dead. Life means individuality.
The Declaration of Independence was written
from the standpoint of law, and from that stand
point “All Men Are Created Equal.”
Our country stands practically alone among
the nations of the world in giving no official titles,
recognition or legal advantage because of birth
<or wealth.
No person may make or execute our laws
Yinless that power be given them by the people.
We have no King ruling by Divine Right.
No Barons, Dukes or Counts who claim prior
rights because of birth.
No dictators may assume control.
When the race of life starts in our country
there is a fair field ahead for each of us. There
is no governmental handicap. In fact it is the
duty of the government to keep the field clear
and the race fair. The race “is not always to the
swift” but the reward at the end is measured on
ly by the way we have run the race.
This basic principle is expressed in all our
public institutions. Our public schools, not only
grade and high schools but those which furnish
technical education in the Arts and Sciences are
open to every student who can show his ability.
In many states complete college courses are avail
able to all who may qualify.
Our country gladly furnishes all this that the
path may be open equally to all. This truly is a
land of opportunity for every individual. No test
as to wealth or social class is applied. No ques
tion is raised as to whether the individual is a
Catholic, Jew or Protestant. This is no charity or
concession offered by one religion to another. Their
constituents were all here and did their part in
founding this country and as the result of that
long struggle in ’76 those of us here today can
claim this Freedom as a Right.
No other country in the world • gives such op
portunity for self development, yet many of our
shallow thinkers who succumb to propaganda are
serving as the first line of an invading army in
an effort to overthrow our Freedom and sub
stitute the goose-step of Germany or the firing
squad of Russia.
Horses are staging a comeback—according to
a news item. Not the ones we bet on.
Professor at the University of Oklahoma has
compiled a list of 10,000 superstitions. Including
the one that prosperity is just around the corner?
Not since the first time when there wa's a
write-up about the Y Cabinet’s hitch-hiking cards
has there been anything in The Battalion about
them, besides that letter of praise in the January
6 issue by that fellow with the American Oil In
I am not a member of the Y Cabinet—but I
think this move by them was one of the best things
that has happened around here. The boys in my*
house think it is a swell idea and will do a lot
to help the highwaying situation.
We failed to get any cards when they were is
sued, but I talked to Haines and he said that
the Cabinet would have some more printed if the
boys wanted them. I think that he should receive
much credit for this idea—and that the Y Cabi
net should be urged to have more cards printed.
Everybody I have talked to thinks that it is
a good thing and should certainly be continued.
(Editor’s note: The Battalion agrees with you
100 per cent, Parker. There has been no new de
velopment in regard to the new highwaying plan,
however, which is the reason we have had nothing
on it lately. But The Battalion is in favor of
any move which will improve the Aggie highway
ing situation; and we think that Haines and the
Y Cabinet deserve high praise for their idea. We
hope they continue and expand upon it.)
“Young Man With a Horn,” by Mrs. Dorothy
Baker. »
“Agriculture in Modern Life,” by O. E. Baker.
“Medicine at the Crossroads,” by Bertram M.
“Best Short Stories . . .” 1939.
“Living Bible” (Bible. English).
“Which Way America?”, by Lyman Bryson.
“May From Tibet,” by Clyde B. Clason.
“Hollywood Saga,” by De Mille, W. C.
“Four Ways of Philosophy,” by Irwin Edman,
“Corn,” by Paul Engle.
“Toward an Understanding of the U. S. S. R.,”
by M. T. Florinsky.
“Atoms in Action,” by George Russell Harri
“Rogue Male,” by Geoffrey Household.
“Right and Wrong in Labor Relations,” by Wil
liam Morris Leiserson.
“. . . The Importance of Living . . .,” by Lin
“Christmas Hiloday,” by W. S. Maugham.
Man, Your Manners—
Good manners are important in business; no
man knows when the lack of them will turn the
scale against him, lose an important sale or con
QUESTION: Is it necessary for a man to rise at
his desk to greet a business prospect
or business acquaintances who call
at his office? L. E. J.
ANSWER: It is courteous for him to rise to
greet a business prospect or any other
man when he calls at his office; it is
also good manners to rise when a
lady or elderly man calls at the of
As the World Turns...
Funeral services for William E. Borah were
held in Washington Monday. The Senator from
Idaho had been a member of the upper house of
the American Congress since 1907. During his more
than thirty years in the Senate, Borah made a
name for himself that will be long
remembered. His fame rests more
completely on his ability to oppose
moves than on his ability to pro
pose them. He was almost unique in
his ability to be a “no” man at a time
when “yes” men were so much in
Borah came to the Senate as a
progressive, but has been known for
years as a conservative. He achieved
his conservatism by the simple pro
cess of standing still. He believed
in 1940 many of the things he had believed in
1907—but beliefs that were progressive in 1907
are something less than progressive in 1940. Borah
at one time or another fought for the federal
income tax and for the popular election of United
States Senators. He took an active part in the
trust busting of the early years of the century,
and was, in general, an advocate of states’ rights.
As a self-constituted authority on foreign af
fairs he passionately advocated isolation for the
United States. His texts for American foreign pol
icy were Washington’s Farewell Address and Jef
ferson’s Inaugural Address. Following the advice
of these early American leaders he opposed the
League of Nations and everything else that might
give America a leading part in world affairs.
He was an opponent to be reckoned with for
he fought with the determination of a fanatic. The
tribute that the Dallas News found fitting for Joe
Bailey is also fitting for Borah. It is one in which
both his friends and enemies can agree, namely:
“He had the courage of his convictions.”
Texans will have several interesting political
fights to watch this summer. There will be the
governor’s race which again threatens to take on
something of the appearance of comic opera poli
tics. There will also be interesting campaigns for
the Railroad Commissioner and other state offices.
Long before these campaigns reach the boiling
point, however, there will be the fight between the
Roosevelt and Garner forces for control of the
state convention which will choose delegates to the
Democratic National Convention. All in all, Texas
will be engulfed with oratory, and what passes for
oratory, during the summer months.
George fuermann
"Backwash: An agitation resulting: from acme action or occurrence.”—Webster.
Down Military Walk . . . The
best inter-ramp communication
system the writer has come across
is that between G and H ramps
of Walton Hall. Powers Kirven
and Buddy Williams operate from
H ramp, the sys
tem being com
posed of the usual
microphone con
nected with radio
loudspeakers. It’s
all very handy,
especially when
engineering prob
lems arise in
rainy weather . . .
T.S.C.W.’s 2,800-
odd Sadie Hawkinses vote A1
Capp’s Li’l Abner their favorite
comic strip, Jane Arden and Dixie
Dugan being next in that order . . .
Ninety-nine dollars short: One of
the campus’ several confectionery
owners, George McCullough, was
recently asked to cash a check for
$1. George did so and was sur
prised no end when, a few minutes
later, the customer returned and
pointed out that the check was
made out for $100 . . . Welcome at
any party is Aggie Mike Soto. If
you’ve ever seen him dance the
conga-rhumba you’ll know why.
Mike, as you may have guessed,
is one of A. & M.’s 36 students
from Puerto Rico . . . And one more
item from A. & M.’s Denton sister
school: The T.S.C.W.-ites are ad
vocating Elsa Maxwell for the na
tion’s president. Elsa, they point
out -in their student publioation—-
The Lass-0—will run on a plat
form promising “A man in every
home.” . . . The English Depart
ment’s R. M. Weaver recently ex
plained to one of his classes the
meaning of the abreviation, “G.
T. T.” It seems that the term
is very proper legal vernacular in
the state of Tennessee. Back in
the days when Texas was begin
ning to take on a sizeable popula
tion the Tennessee law officials oc
casionally failed to locate a much-
sought criminal. The result was
the appearance of the letters G.
T. T* on the records—Gone to Tex
Somewhere in the interior of
Emily Post’s book on social be
havior she says: “Never remove
from your mouth anything which
you have pu Doubtless
Emily was giving serious advice
on the ground rules at the local
festive board, but she didn’t so
The point being—as one cadet
pointed out—what about tooth
The Junior Prom committee:
Class prexy Ele Baggett has
taken time out to appoint the men
behind the scenes on the junior
class’ all-important annual func
tion, the Junior Prom. The orches
tra committee is chairmaned by
Ed Felder, and with Ed is George
Taylor, Jack Hendrick, David Yar
brough, Ben Roberts, and Bill Beck
er. Bob Little heads the commit
tee on favors and programs, but
the other members of that group
have not yet been decided upon.
It’ll cost $7,000—and it’s worth
The Band is already making
plans to journey California-way
next October 12 when the Aggies
play U. C. L. A. in Los Angeles.
The college, of course, will try to
pay a sizeable share, but the Band
will still need to raise most of
the money.
To help make up the “Califor
nia, here we come” fund, Band
juniors are planning a music-
comedy review with a real “kick”
to it, but no definite announce
ments will be made until the begin
ning of the second semester. Large
ly instrumental in forming plans
for the event are J. H. “Hymie”
Focke, Pat Ledbetter, Pete Wehner,
Maurice McCall, Jack Nelson,
Charles Scott, and Charles Poulter
—but, as said before, all Band jun
iors are doing their share.
From verse to verse:
One of College Station’s Con
solidated School teachers recently
asked her class to try their hand
at poetry. Evidence that the world-
famous “Aggie Spirit” begins at
an early age lies in these bits of
verse written by pupils who will
be A. & M. and T. S. C. W. fresh
men about 1947.
The football boys are big and
And we are with them right or
In playing games they show
their might
And the other team always
looks a sight.
And here’s one that can’t be
Kimbrough, our star, stands six
feet two
When he hits that line he goes
on through.
The others block like an iron
But they couldn’t win without
John to jar.
Wherein “What I like (Or Don’t
Like) About T. S. C. W-ites” is
mentioned again:
The contest is a little more than
a week old, and there’s still three
weeks to go, but get your entry
in early... It’s simple: Write one
hundred words or less on the
above subject; send the entry to
the writer, Box 2279, College Sta
tion; and the contest closes on
February 15.
To the winner goes a Battalion
subscription (If he is already a
subscriber, the magazine and news
paper will be sent to any address
in the nation), and his entry will
be published in an early issue of
the magazine. The list of the
eleven judges has appeared in an
earlier column.
Thursday’s column carried an
item where at Garrison’s words to
The Beer Barrel Polka were pass
ed on to the corps. As predicted,
the words took hold and are al
ready a campus favorite. In the
same groove are the lyrics writ
ten by a Baylor coed to the tune
of Jack Littlejohn’s popular song,
“I’d Rather Be A Texas Aggie.”
She has titled the song “I’d Rather
Be A Baylor Girl” and, if you’re
familiar with the original, you
won’t have any trouble with the
substitute words.
I’d rather be a Baylor U. Girl
With an Ag'gie on the string
Than to have President Roose
Take me to swing.
I’d rather be at a ball
At dear ole A. & M. C.
Than to go to Mrs. Aster’s
Afternoon tea.
For I’m true to the boys of
Maroon and White
But I love the green and gold
‘cause I know its right
The boys are swell, old pal
You can always hear me say
For they really treat a girl
In a wonderful way.
I’d rather love a Texas Aggie
The mean old so and so
Than to love a boy from Texas
Who’s just rolling in dough.
I’d rather be an Aggie’s sweet
Oh what a guy—
Cause I’ll always love an Ag
Till the day I die.
/>y Dob NisbeE
The two selections Blue Barron
combines on record B-105j.9 were
composed under unique conditions.
The words for each selection w°re
written by famous lyricists, HOLY
SMOKE, Johnny Mercer; WHAT
KNOW, Johnny Burke. These
were published in a book entitled
“Song Hit Guild.” The purchasers
of this were granted the privilege
of submitting music to fit the
lyrics. Two unknowns, Royal
Marsh and Walter Behl, are re
spectively responsible)for the melo
dies played by Blue Barron. Both
numbers are of exceptional melodic
and lyrical appeal, and we swing
out on a limb in predicting great
things both for these two tunes
and the two new song writers,
Marsh and Behl.
Ray Eberle, whose song styling
is rapidly pushing him to the front,
sings both CARELESS and VAGA-
Call it coincidence or not, but
on Wednesday night there will be
two shows with Mickey Rooney as
the star, the Palace with “JUDGE
HARDY AND SON” and the As
sembly Hall with “BABES IN
As in most shows put out in
Hollywood, the antics of Mickey
as a young adolescent are horrib
ly overdone, even to the point of
being silly and ridicplous. How
ever the gullible American public
seems to like them, so as not to
row against the strong wave of
public opinion, the high rating of
three grade-points will be given
each of them. These are rated
not for what they are worth, but
for the probable enjoyment the
audience will receive.
With the same Hardy family sup
porting cast, Mickey is so sure of
winning an essay contest prize of
$50 that he buys his girl, Ann
Rutherford, orchids and buys him
self a tuxedo. Then he discovers
that the cash prize is offered to
girls only—the winning boy re
ceiving a set of books. Judge
Hardy, learning of his predicament,
offers to help him out if he finds
a missing girl with a middle name
of Volduzzi. On top of his trou
ble over his essay and the girls,
Andy’s mother becomes ill, with
pneumonia. As usual, however,
Andy finds a solution to his prob
lems and comes out on top.
In “Babes in Arms” Mickey is
starred with Judy Garland. The
two are the children of famous
vaudeville hoofers at the time of
the.fall of vaudeville and the in
troduction of the motion picture.
The families plan a comeback with
a tour of the country, but they re
fuse to take the children along. In
the meantime, Miss Steele, a local
welfare worker, threatens to put
the children in the county home
because, as she claims, they are
not being properly cared for.
BOND DREAMS, the two medium
sweet swing ballads Glenn Miller
offers on his record of the week.
CARELESS was written by Lew
Quadling, Eddie Howard and Dick
Jurgens, while VAGABOND
DREAMS is a Hoagy Carmichael
production with lyrics by Jack
Lawrence. First airing of both
tunes have met with above the
average audience reaction.
One of the most popular num
bers performed by Art Kassel and
his Kassels-in-the-Air is his unique
composition, HELL’S BELLS.
Here it is recorded just as the
Kassel group usually presents it
with a vocal refrain by “The Three
Romeos” and the ensemble chorus
with the clarinets playing a half
tone apart. The companion piece is
another novelty tune of a differ
written by Cavanaugh, Redmond
and Simon. Again, “The Three
Romeos” sing, this time about
something purchased in a pail for
a dime; cider, we believe.
Ozzie Nelson went to the Oscar
Hammerstein, II - Jerome Kern
score of “Very Warm for May,”
for material to be used in this,
his latest Bluebird record. HEAV
EN IN MY ARMS features the
voice of Harriet Hilliard and THAT
LUCKY FELLOW, Ozzie Nelson.
Both selections were recorded at
the medium sweet-swing tempo best
suited to the unique Ozzie Nelson
type of arrangement.
Mickey gets an idea to start a
show on his own, and he gets the
other vaudeville children to help,
and soon they are going strong.
Of course his best girl is the star.
Then along comes a screen star,
Baby Rosalie, who offers to fi
nance the show if she is given the
feminine lead held by Judy. When
Mickey consents, Judy leaves. At
the last minute, however, Rosalie’s
father drags her away, and Judy,
who has returned, is given the part
once more, and the show is a grand
success when Mickey imitates
President Roosevelt, Clarke Gable,
and Lionel Barrymore.
Tuesday and Wednesday—
Mickey Rooney and Judy Gar
Beginning Wednesday —
SON,” with Mickey Rooney,
Lewis Stone, and Ann Ruth
Wednesday and Thursday—
RETURNS,” with Nan Grey.
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