The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, February 03, 1940, Image 1

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    Avoid Registration
Waiting by Paying
Your Fees Early
VOL. 39 PHONE 4-5444
The Battalion
Student Tri-Weekly Newspaper of Texas A. & M. College
Official Newspaper of the City of College Station
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“Aggie Clambake”—4:30
Battalion Newscast—5:15
Z725 NO. 48
693 Students
Pay Second
Term Fees
Day Students Must
Present Authority
When Paying Fees
Almost 700 students have already
registered with the Fiscal Depart
ment for the second term by pay
ing their second-semester fees, ac
cording to an anouncement made
by officials of the department Fri
day afternoon. Official figures for
the first two days totaled 693
The department also announced
that contrary to previous registra
tions a large percent of the fees
paid were for the entire second
semester instead of until March 1.
Fees for the entire semester total
$140 for dormitory students and
$30.50 for day-students. Payment
for dormitory students until March
1, which is the smallest payment
that can be made, is $55.50. The
payment for dormitory students
for the entire second semester in
cludes board $81.75, medical fee
$5.00, matriculation fee $25.00,
room $20.00, and laundry $8.25. The
Y.M.C.A. privilege card is not in
cluded in these figures and is $2.50
extra if desired by the student.
In registration this semester a
day-student will be required to pre
sent either a day-student permit
or a fee receipt for the first semes
ter before he will be allowed to
pay the day-student fees for the
second semester. This rule has been
made to insure proper registration
of all students.
Fees for the second semester are
now payable and must be paid be
fore a student can register on Feb
ruary 9 or 12.
Dormitory students may also
sign up for their rooms in the
dorms following their payment of
fees at the Fiscal Department.
However, students registering for
rooms in the dormitories for the
second term at the Commandant’s
Office must sign for the rooms
that they are now occupying.
Ex-Aggie Named to City
Of Austin School Board
A. C. “Abe” Bull, ’16, bank
executive and civic leader, has
been appointed as a member of
the City of Austin School Board.
His term will run to April, 1941,
and he is the third generation of
his family on this board.
Following his graduation at A.
& M. and service in the U. S. Army
during the World War, he returned
to Austin where he has taken a
prominent part in the business and
civic life in that city.
Speaks at Baylor
Pictured above is Dr. T. D.
Brooks, dean of the School of Arts
and Sciences and the Graduate
School of A. & M. and former
Baylor faculty member. Dean
Brooks spoke Thursday at the ded
icatory exercises at Baylor Uni
versity, on the subject “An Alum
nus’ View of His Alma Mater.”
The occasion was the dedication of
the $250,000 Pat Neff hall and
acceptance of the $15,000 Cullen
F. Thomas carillon in the hall’s
150-foot tower.
New Water Mains May Be
Put Into Public Use By
Latter Part of February
Power for operation of the
pumps for the new water plant of
the City of Bryan will be turned
on Satxirday, according to City
Manager W. W. Scott of Bryan,
the necessary transformers having
arrived last week from Sche
nectady, New York, and installed
this week. Water will not be turn
ed into the mains until the final
test by the Lane-Texas Co., con
tractors for the project, has been
The directors of A. & M. and
City of College Station officials
have contracted with the City of
Bryan for a new water supply
which will come from the new
Bryan plant. A. & M. and College
Station together consume an aver
age of 750,000 gallons of water a
day, as estimated by the Buildings
and College Untilities Department.
The new system is designed to
supply this community with an
even greater amount of water.
The old water system here will not
be discarded but will be held in
reserve in the event of an unfore
seen fault occurring in the new
"Mail Must Go Through” Is
Motto of Bat’Circulation Staff
By A. J. Robinson
Service! That is the unspoken
motto of The Battalion Circula
tion Department, which makes
sure that The Battalion news
paper which you have in your
hands is delivered to you each
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
with certainty and punctuality.
The department, which also cir
culates The Battalion Magazine,
began to operate with efficiency
immedately at the opening of
school. Subscriptions numbering
5,800 were sold to students and
others during registration, which
was completed on a Thursday. The
following Saturday every subscrib
er had a newspaper! a record-
breaking compilation of rolls and
delivery in 48 hours!
The department sometimes has
its difficulties. During the recent
severe cold weather, the circula
tion staff, when going to work at
four o’clock in the morning, found
to its dismay that the automobile
used for delivery of the newspapers
was stalled. The Chevrolet, which
belongs to advertising manager
Larry Wehrle, was pushed out in
to the ice-covered street, but the
motor failed to respond. As a last
resort, H. G. Howard, circulation
manager, started to the ^nearest
-telephone to call the manager of
student publications, E. L. Angell,
for help while the balance of the
staff fought its way through the
cold wind to the Administration
Building to prepare the papers for
delivery. Mr. Angell used his auto
mobile to push the delivery car
to a start and, then, since The
Battalion had caused him to rise
so early, he took time out to read
one of the papers—at five o’clock
in the morning.
The circulation staff includes H.
G. Howard, Don McChesney, T. S.
Henderson, W. G. Hauger, and
Cecil Reavis. Deliverymen in the
new halls include Aubrey Hamil
ton, E. M. Shinn, W. G. Hauger,
Bob Landale, Cecil Reavis, Ed
Wilmeth, Taylor Garner, Albert
Yee, T. S. Henderson, Lew Ness,
and George Fuermann. Old-dormi
tory deliverymen include P
Cook, J. J. Pierce, W. I-
H. R. Miller, A ' cgS. ■
Marney, and T ' The
project b' is N. V.
The cii -uon of The Battalion
includes about 3,700 subscriptions
to the dormitories, and a mailing
list of about 2,100, many of which
go to T. S. C. W., other states, and
foreign countries.
’40 Seniors
Honor Class
Ball Players
Informal Ceremony Held
At Guion Hall Thursday
In an informal ceremony Thurs
day night on the steps of Guion
Hall Max McCullar, president of
the senior class, presented the ten
senior members and the coach of
the Aggie football team gold foot
balls as gifts from the A. & M.
senior class of 1940.
The ceremony, which is a tradi
tional affair held by the graduat
ing senior class to honor their
members of the team, held added
significance this year due to the
record year behind the team. The
team was acknowledged by almost
all football authorities as the most
outstanding team in the nation dur
ing the past season.
Gold footballs were presented to
Joe Parish, tackle from Van An-
styne; Joe (Jo Jo) White, end
from Amarillo; Walemon (Cotton)
Price, halfback from Newcastle;
Joe Boyd, All-American tackle from
Dallas; Hugh Boyd, end from
Jacksboro; Gus Bates, guard from
Fort Worth; Frank (Fim) Woods,
back from San Angelo; William
(Rock) Audish, back from Bren-
ham; William Duncan, end from
Henrietta; and Herbert (Herb)
Smith, end from San Angelo. The
senior class then presented Coach
Norton with a similar gold foot
In expressing his and the senior
members of the team thanks Coach
Norton stated:
“We wish to express our appre
ciation of the senior class for giv
ing us these footballs and I think
that it is a splendid idea and an
appropriate way for the class to
honor its players.
We wish to express our appre
ciation for the support which you
have given us this year. In the
past things may not have looked
so good but we are not looking
back and may I offer that advice
to the senior class. Don’t look
back, keep going.”
In Pony Express Style
“Bat” Staff Will Publish
Paper Through Week
Inquiries have been made
as to whether publication of
The Battalion will be sus
pended during examination
week. It will not be sus
pended, but will be issued
Tuesday and Thursday as
However, because of the
mid-term period, there will
be no issues of the paper ei
ther Saturday, February 10,
or Tuesday, February 13.
At the resumption of pub
lication Thursday the 15th,
all old staff members are
urged to return to their work
thoroughly imbued with “vim,
vigor, and vitality”; and all
men wishing to join the staff
are invited to do so during
the next semester.
Commemorative Issue Of
Aggie Wedgwood Plates To
Be Sold in Single Lots
For the first time since the
series was started, Aggie commem
orative banquet plates can be
bought separately. Heretofore the
plates were sold only in sets of
twelve but these sets are to be
divided and sold separately and
four cadets have been selected as
agents for the plates.
These students are Jack Calhoun
in Hall 12, J. G. Wortham in Pro
ject House 12, Roy Grobe in 26
Post-Graduate Hall, and Edgar
Butschek in Project House 16.
Only about 500 plates of the ori
ginal edition are left, but the sup
ply of regular edition plates is un
limited. To distinguish between
the original and the regular edi
tion it is necessary to turn the
plate over and notice a stamp show
ing a cadet standing at attention
which is only on the originals.
Josiah Wedgwood and Sons of
Etruria, England, makers of the
world’s most famous china plates,
have perpetuated memories of
campus scenes with pictures of
various dormitories in the center
of the plates. Around the edge is
a border of steers’ heads and em
blems of the different campus or
Rural Tax Course
Will Be Offered
Second Semester
Next semester the Department of
Agricultural Economics will offer
a course on Rural Tax Problems,
J. Wheeler Barger, head of the de
partment announced this week.
This course is offered only once
every two years to students inter
ested in this subject.
L. P. Gabbard, chief of the Di
vision of Farm and Ranch Eco
nomics of the Texas Experiment
Station, who has worked on prob
lems of public finance and taxa
tion in Texas for the past ten
years, will teach the course.
The course is listed in the cata
logue as Agricultural Economics
436 and will be limited to about
twelve or fifteen students.
, The course deals with a factual
survey of the development and
present situation regarding the
taxation of farm property; a criti
cal consideration of the system of
taxing farm property and com
pared with the taxation of other
property; a study of the adminis
trative aspects in the farm proper
ty taxation; and possible and pro
posed methods of improving the
taxation of this property.
Mr. Barger stated that anyone
interested in taking the course
should get in touch with him be
fore registration and make a res
ervation to take the course as not
more than fifteen students can be
competently handled. Economics
412, “Public Finance and Taxa
tion” is required as a prerequis
New Aggie Air Port, Hangar
Rapidly Nearing Completion
A Real Texas Aggie Family
Seated left to right, Robert Lanford, junior at A. & M. in B
Coast Artillery, L. L. Lanford, ex-Aggie of ’09; Scott Lanford, fresh
man in F Coast Artillery. Standing, Don Lanford, ’38, junior agrono
mist in the Soil Conservation Service at Marshall; and Rex Lanford,
freshman in F Coast Artillery.
If Aggie Wealth Can Be
Counted, Ex-Aggie Is Rich
Few will deny that L. L. “Farm--
er” Lanford, ex-Aggie of ’09, farm
er and ranchman near Blanket,
Texas, in Brown County, is one of
the richest men in the state. Part
of his wealth is with him above in
the form of four sons, one a gradu
ate of A. & M., and three in school
at the present time. In addition
to these four boys, Mr. and Mrs.
Best Thing To Do
About a Hangover
Is Don’t Get One!
LOS ANGELES.—There just
isn’t much medical science can do
about a hangover.
One delegate to the Western
sectional convention of the Amer
ican College of Surgeons described
the treatment, such as it is. He
explained that he desired anonym
ity, but said that in his past
as chief physician for a steamship
company he had seen some hor
rific hangovers in his time.
His suggestion:
“Don’t contract a hangover—
but what’s the use of going into
“Drink good liquor. Dilute it.
liberally with water. The water
will help eliminate the liquor.
Take a steaming bath. Take an
alkali. Take a bicarbonate of soda.
Take a sleeping tablet. Take a
good grip on yourself.
“If that doesn’t help, well, that’s
all we know.”
“Italy Was AH Right, But There Was Work To Be Done In
Egypt,” Stated the Traveling Aggie on His Way to Africa
(Editor’s note—This is the sec-4-ed in the seventh century, the Anti--f ish-American Bar where we sipped
ond of a series of stories on Eu
rope and the Near East as viewed
through the eyes of an Aggie. The
first of the series, which appear
ed in an earlier issue of The Bat
talion tells of the adventures of
eight college students, including
two Aggies, on their trip from the
United States to France during the
summer of 1938. The group is
>ound for Egypt to do geophysical
ork for an oil company... The last
^tallment ended with the boys on
a boat bound from Marseilles,
France to Naples, Italy.)
By A. C. Bassett
From Marseilles we took a trip
to Arles and Avignon which took
twelve hours of our sixteen there.
Arles proved very interesting with
her many ancient structures—the
Cathedral of St. Trophime found-
que Theater of the third century
with 1,600 seats, and the Arena
of the second century with 26,000
seats, where a bull fight was sched
uled for the next day.
We found Avignon equally as in
teresting with the St. Benezet
Bridge and the famous Palace of
the Popes. We spent only about
an hour in the Palace of the Popes
where you could easily spend days.
The French people seemed hap
py and very friendly, although
there were definite signs of poverty
far worse than our own. The soil
in the regions we passed through
was very rocky. Grapes, berries,
and hay were the only crops we
saw growing. Olive trees seemed
to do well on rocky hills.
After returning to Marseilles we
had dinner and met most of the
crowd from the boat at the Brit-
suds and danced with the good-
looking French girls until twelve
o’clock, sailing time. We all agreed
that the French girls are just as
good looking as they have the
reputation of being.
And on to Italy. We docked at
Naples the morning of the twelfth
day, drove through the town and
to Pompeii to visit the ruins. Pom
peii was rich in its preserved art,
skills, and architecture of two
thousand years ago. Cooking
utensils, glassware, dentist tools
and a number of other things show
a great resemblance to our modern
ones: The dice were identical.
The paintings on the walls and doz
ens of statues are well preserved.
From the remains of some of the
buildings it was easy to see that
(Continued on page 4)
Lanford have three daughters and
one other son.
Lanford completed a two-year
course in agriculture at A. & M. in
1909 and has been farming and
stock-raising near Blanket since
that time. The story of his life
should be an inspiration to every
American and might well be quot
ed as an example of what determi
nation, frugality, and family plan
ning can accomplish.
Each of these four boys graduat
ed from the Blanket High School,
after which they worked two years
each at home before entering Col
lege. Thus all of them helped Don,
the oldest, to finish school and he
in turn is now aiding his father
in sending the younger brothers to
A. & M. Rex, next to the oldest,
served four years in the U. S.
Navy after finishing high school
to save enough money to finance
a large part of his college educa
The boys were all 4-H Club mem
bers, winning a number of prizes
and trips in this way. They were
all Boy Scouts in the same troop
at the same time, each attaining
a rank of Life or Eagle Scout.
Mr. Lanford Sr. is a long-time
member of the Former Students
Association at A. & M. and an act
ive and loyal friend of the college.
Flying To Start
With Second Term
Four Training Planes
Already on New Field
Work on the new A. & M.
College Airport is rapidly nearing
completion this week with the con
struction of a new sheet metal
hangar and the grading of three
airplane runways, Gibb Gilchrist,
dean of the School of Engineering
and head of the new C. A. A. fly
ing course at A. & M., announced
this week.
The field, which is located just
west of Lake Shinola, has three
2,200-foot runways that are each
500 feet wide in addition to the
triangular center portion of the
The hangar is 80 feet wide and
100 feet long and is already well
under construction. In it will be
kept the four cub-plane instruc
tion ships to be used in actual
flight training of the C. A. A. fly
ing course being taught at A. &
Actual flying training will be
taught by the Kadette Aviation
Company which is headed by T. H.
Coffelt of Bryan. Ships to be
used in the course include one re
cently purchased Packard Cub and
three new Taylor Craft training
ships which were flown in to the
new Aggie airport direct from the
factory last week.
Some 50 students are now tak
ing the preliminary ground work
course and of these 40 will start
actual flying work at the start
of the second semester. The other
10 students will be alternates.
Flight training will start with
the second semester as it is ex
pected that the field will be in
spected and approved by C. A. A.
authorities by that time. Approval
must be secured for the new field
before actual student flying can
begin in the course.
(Continued on page 4)
Mr. and Mrs. E. R. Sims, of
Austin, have announced the en
gagement and approaching marri
age of their daughter, Margaret,
to Thomas Bittle Bagley, ’32, of
Houston, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.
B. Bagley, head of the Cotton
Marketing Department of A. & M.
The wedding will be solemnized
at St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church
at A. & M. February 10. Mr. and
Mrs. Bagley, elect, will make their
home in Houston, where Tom is
connected with the Houston Com
press Company.
Summer Short Course Plans
Made by School Authorities
By Bob Nisbet
Texas A. & M. is widely known
as the location of this or that
short course. Because of its geo
graphical placement, and also be
cause of its diversity of equip
ment, A. & M. is better qualified
than most institutions to care for
these short courses.
Three such short courses for this
summer have already been ap
proved, Col. Ike Ashburn has an
nounced. They are the Welding
Conference, the County Superin
tendents and Supervisors Confer
ence, and the Fireman’s Training
One of the most widely attended
of the courses is the Fireman’s
Training School, carried on through
the Chemistry Department under
the supervision of H. R. Brayton.
Over 500 firemen from throughout
the volunteer departments of Texas
will assemble at A. & M. on July
21 to undergo a six-day course of
study that will enable them to car
ry on their work against the most
deadly of man’s enemies. The
firemen will stay in the dormi
tories and will eat in the mess hall.
On the night of July 23 the smoke-
eaters will gather in the mess hall
for their annual banquet.
The Welding Conference is un
der the direction of the Mechani
cal Engineering Department, and
Bob Cook has been assigned the
task of arranging things for the
state’s welders. The conference
will begin April 15 and will last
until April 19. Two hundred or
more are expected for the course.
Dean Brooks and W. L. Hughes
have invited educators from
throughout Texas to attend a short
course known as the County Super
intendents and Supervisors Con
ference and Texas School Adminis
tration Conference. The date set
for the school for the teachers is
June 24 to 27. Two hundred teach
ers are expected to attend.
Colonel Ike Ashburn, executive
assistant to the president, has been
away most of this week, speaking
to various clubs and organizations
over the state. Tuesday he spoke
to the San Antonio A. & M. Moth
ers’ Club, on Wednesday night he
addressed the Annual Banquet of
the Kerrville Chamber of Com
merce and Thursday morning he
talked to the Houston A. & M.
Mothers’ Club at Houston.