The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, March 16, 1940, Image 2

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The Battalion
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 8, 1879.
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.
1939 Member 1940
Plssocided Golle&iaie Press
James Critz Associate Editor
E. C. (Jeep) Oates Sports Editor
H. G. Howard Circulation Manager
‘Hub’ Johnson Asst. Sports Editor
Philip Golman Staff Photographer
Staff Artist
J unior Editors
Billy Clarkson George Fuermann Bob Nisbet
A. J. Robinson Earle A. Shields
James Critz Acting Managing Editor
Don Burk Asst. Advertising Manager
W. C. Carter Editorial Assistant
V. R. (Red) Myers Jr. Sports Assistant
Senior Sports Assistant
Jimmie Cokinos Jimmy James
Junior Advertising Solicitors
J. M. Sedberry G. M. Woodman
Reportorial Staff
E. M. Rosenthal, Lee Rogers, Glenn Mattox, W. A. Moore,
Bob Parker, L. B. Tennison
Which Will It Be?
It was recently pointed out that this is one
of the extremely few general election years since
the Civil War in which the public hasn’t had a pret
ty sound idea of who the presidential candidates
would be. Generally the country has known long
in advance who was going to be battling for the
White House—the nominations of Hoover, Wilson,
Hughes, Franklin Roosevelt, A1 Smith, etc., were
practically dead certainties many months before the
conventions were called to order. Single recent
exception to this rule was when dark horses Cox
and Harding opposed each other.
The rumor always goes around about this time
that some vague and immensely powerful political
bosses have the key to the puzzle, and will put
their candidates over with ease and dispatch when
the time comes. But if that is so, every political
observer in the country has been fooled. Both
parties are divided within themselves to an abnormal
degree. And the ranks of both are alive with self
starters, favorite sons and others who are simply
itching to take the oath of office from Chief Justice
Hughes next year.
Starting out with the party in power, everything
hinges on what the President will do. If he wants
the nomination, it is hard to see how he can be
kept from getting it, despite the growing dis
affection of many prominent Democrats in public of
fice. Working on the assumption, which many do,
that the President does not plan to run again, and
is keeping silent only because he wants to keep his
party under control, the outlook for the Demo
crats producing a solidly backed candidate is not
bright. The McNutt candidacy seems to have blown
up. Garner could carry the Solid South and would
get considerable conservative support, but he is not
warmly regarded by the strong New Dealers. There
was considerable talk about the possibility of run
ning Robert Jackson some time back, but he does
not seem to have attracted any considerable fol
lowing: Frank Murphy, who used to be talked
about also, is on the Supreme Court and out of
active politics. Secretary Hull would probably
Slave the best chance of cementing together the war-
Ting wings of the party, but, due to his job, he
"has had nothing to do with domestic questions for
eight years, and his stand on many big issues of
'the day is not known. At the moment, however,
Bull and Garner seem to have the inside track.
On the Republican side, Tom Dewey has started
Tiis campaign in earnest. It has long been said of
him that no one knew much about his views save
in the matter of criminal law enforcement, and he
is offsetting this by making a series of major
speeches covering our principal problems. Strong
ly in his favor is his voice and radio personality.
Against him is the fact that men high in Republi
can councils would prefer some one older, and
with a longer and more varied record in public of
fice. So far, the political experts say he has
been no whirlwind in whipping up general en
thusiasm for the cause of the G.O.P., but he has
done better than anyone else.
Vandenberg is out for the nomination—and
he has the advantage of a long and capable record
in the Senate, plus an established machine. But he,
like Senator Taft, lacks color, which in this day
of the radio has become one of the most important
political assets. At the moment, these three men
are in the lead, with the other prospects far behind
in the race. But, as in the case of the Democrats,
anything can happen. There is an off chance
that a deadlock might result in the Republican
convention and lead to the nomination of some ex
tremely dark horse.
The recent polls indicate that the Democrats
still have the edge in popular fancy. They also
indicate that the President is still the most popular
candidate. But they do not give him any over
whelming majority—if he did win, the polls say, it
would be a comparatively tight squeeze. Rarely
has it been so difficult to forecast whether the
next administration will be Republican or Demo
Why Be ‘Sloppy’?
The remark has been heard more than once this
year that the cadet corps is looking “sloppier” than
ever before. Adverse comments have been made by
citizens of College Station and by visitors to the
campus, to the effect that far too large a pro
portion of the students wander about sloppily—
apparently heedless of whether their shoes are
shined, their hair combed, their faces clean, their
pants pressed, and their general appearance neat
and clean.
It’s embarrassing to have to editorialize on
any such subject. There’s no reason whatsoever for
the existence of any such condition. But it exists.
Of course, we’re not saying that a majority or
even a very large minority of the students are
guilty of such habits. But evidently, judging by
the comments, the requests we’ve had for editorials
on the subject, and what we’ve noticed ourselves,
the situation is worse than it should be.
Surely a student can stand a little “elbow-
grease” to keep his shoes polished, and can afford
the small cost of cleaning and pressing, and of
haircuts and other barber work, as often as really
needed. There’s no excuse for giving the school a
bad name by not taking pride in one’s appearance.
There may be reason enough for not being dressed
as well as usual when at work or play, but surely
there is none for walking over the entire campus
and giving visitors a poor impression of us—par
ticularly during this social season now well under
way, when so many visitors are on the campus
every week-end.
Think it over. Are you proud of your appear
ance ?
Gladys Swarthout
Praises Aggie Audience
March 9, 1940
Dr. T. 0. Walton,
College Station, Texas.
Dear Dr. Walton:
I must apologize humbly for not having writ
ten you sooner to thank you for your various kind
nesses, but ever since my return I have been re
hearsing every waking minute either for the
“Carmen” which I do on March 15th or for the
Carnegie Hall recital which we did two nights
ago. This is the first day off I have had so I
did want to send you just a couple of lines to tell
you how deeply I appreciated my experience at Col
lege Station. It was an inspiring audience to sing
for and the understanding hospitality which you ex
tended to me was indeed a rare and gratifying ex
perience. In particular I want to thank you for
sending me over to the plane, for that extra day
home which I only could have enjoyed by flying
meant so much to me particularly at this time
when I still have so much important work facing
I also want to sell you what an extraordinarily
gratifying response I have gotten from so many of
the students. I don’t think I have ever done a con
cert which has evoked such a volume of mail and
this is particularly heartening in view of the fact
that the program which I sang in Guion Hall made
absolutely no musical compromise whatsoever; in
fact, it is the same program I would sing in Carnegie
Hall—I did use three of the groups there last
Wednesday night. I hope that you’re going to con
tinue with the series of concerts for it will be a
source of joy to any true artist to appear for you.
Again, many, many thanks,
Most sincerely,
A. & M. Thanked For
Helping with Celebration
Dr. T. 0. Walton, President
A. & M. College.
My Dear Dr. Walton:
We appreciate very much the participation of
A. & M. College in the Independence Day Cele
bration at Old Washington. We considered it rath
er a treat to have the Band and Company C Infan
try of the cadets to participate. Their escort of
the Governor through the park to the amphitheater
was colorful and was enjoyed by everyone, and the
participation of the Band at the beginning of the
morning program was timely and much appreciat
ed. The Band concert in the afternoon brought
many favorable comments from musicians on the
grounds as well as from the general public which
was delighted.
Will you please extend our thanks to the offi
cial personnel of the college that aided us in making
it possible and pleasant for the cadets to partici
pate in the celebration?
If we were a coach, we would say “the team
Very sincerely yours,
T. 0. WOOLY, Program Mgr.,
Buddy Wright Post No. 48
American Legion, Dept, of Texas.
As the World Turns...
The “G” men are under fire from the poli
ticians now. They seemingly have been uncover
ing too much evidence against political friends of
the administration such as the Long machine in
Louisiana. Senator George Norris, the old “lib
eral” bellwether, and the new attor-
1 ney-general, Robert H. Jackson, have
been leading the attack.
|j Million-Dollar Bootleg Whiskey
indictment in New York State: The
|| government charges that the gang has
bootlegged enough “likker” to cheat
the government out of more than a
million dollars in taxes. And some
people were fool enough to believe
the “likker” politicians when they
assured us that legalizing whiskey would end the
bootleg racket.
* * *
The President’s order has taken away the in
dependent standing of the Farm Credit Administra
tion and has placed it under the Department of
Agriculture. Now it is another plaything of the
politicians who have changed it from an actual
farm credit agency to another “new deal” gift
agency to aid in winning the coming election.
* * *
The economy move in Congress has bogged
down at last. The Senate added more to the farm
bill than the House of Representatives saved by cut
ting everything else. The farmer votes have to
be saved to the party if the country goes in the
red a few more billions to pay for it.
Two-thirds of the Democratic senators have
been trying to eliminate the Hatch Bill which pre
vents the party in power from using government
employees to help win elections for it.
George Fuermann
"Backwash: An agitation resulting from some action or occurrence.”—Webster.
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Touch and go . . . All recordings
played in the dining halls Wed
nesday night were put on wax by
Lawrence Welk and his “Cham
pagne Music” orchestra . . . Add
ing more prestige
to WTAW’s Ag
gie Clambake is
the announce
ment that Jack
Littlejohn and his
Aggieland Or-
chestra will be on
iWh M J|jk the program on
alternate weeks.
. . . When a cadet
asked him for
some “humor” breakfast food, a
waiter queried, “What’s that?”
The reply was brief and pointless
—“Shredded whit!” . . A “bueno”
new song, but yet unnamed, and
one which you will soon be hear
ing lots about is the one recently
written by Wilbur Kuehne . . . Jack
Rudy’s regular Sunday morning
organ recitals have been moved up
thirty minutes. Now they begin
at 9 a. m., instead of half an hour
earlier, at the request of numerous
cadets who like to listen to the
programs but who do not like get
ting up too early on Sunday
Earlier this week a Baylor coed
called the Band dormitory and
asked for a particular cadet who
happened not to be in. “Is there
anything I can do?” the Bands
man answering the phone helpful
ly asked. “No,” she replied, “but
I’m heartbroken that he’s not
there.” “That’s all right,” the
cadet came back, “Friction tape
will fix that.”
Famous last words:
“Detail, sir.”
“The text book we will use this
term will be a new one just re
cently published and written by
the head of the department and
myself. It only costs $4.75 and
you can buy it at the Exchange
“The finals will cover ...”
“Flowers aren’t really neces
sary, but if you insist, orchids will
go very well with the evening
gown I’m going to wear . . .”
“What do you mean, couldn’t I
get a date? I always come stag;
it’s more fun . . .”
“I don’t want to seem unreason
able, but I wonder if I might have
another day or so on the report
due this morning? ...”
“You just don’t understand, Dad;
when a man’s a senior he just has
to have his own car . . .”
“You’re the first boy I’ve ever
“The prospects next year are
terrible. Half the squad graduated
and the rest are ineligible. . . .”
“It’s very hard for me to get
up in the morning, and besides my
alarm didn’t go off.”
Lu Dob Nisbet
Whoever made the statement;
that you see “MY LITTLE CHICK
ADEE” at your own risk is cer
tainly correct. Both W. C. Fields
and Mae West have always tread
ed on thin ice with the Hayes of
fice by pulling shady jokes and
playing dubious scenes, but to
gether they are really a pair. Wow!
Their picture is certainly better
or worse, according to our own
outlook, than either has ever done
alone. It is Hollywood history.
One thing to say, however, Mae
West is the kind that mothers for
bid their daughters to see, but
Fields is not the vulgar type. He
just puts out a low brand of coarse
humor that sometimes brings forth
gasps and blushes. They speak of
Mae’s wonderful complexion. Well,
they should—you can see it half
way to her waist.
But now to the chickadee. In
the cast besides Mae and W. C.
Fields is a little man who is well
known by his face in his excel
lent supporting and comedy roles.
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Notice the High
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and Comfort.
All made with
zipper flys.
With or
Although he is only four years
old, Eugene Crain of Memphis has
false teeth. They were made for
him by a dentist who found it ne
cessary to extract his teeth because
of infections which had set in.
bandit shows up and shoots the
rope in two. As for rating I’m
riding the fence—two grade-points.
It is reported that orders are
being placed for 16,000 trucks to
be used by the U. S. Army in con
nection with the expanded nation
al defense program.
Bethlehem Steel has restored to
retired workers the 15 per cent cut
in pensions made in 1932. About
1,700 persons will benefit from
this action.
Robert C. Hall, senior of A In
fantry, alias “Eddie”, alias “Alley
Oop”—winner of The Battalion’s
“Ugly Boy” Contest sponsored by
“Backwash”—the first of its kind
in the history of Aggieland.
On telephone books:
Bell Telephone will soon crash
through with another best seller
in the form of a new telephone
book. There are more copies of
this book than any other publica
tion, barring none. The book is
rapidly replacing the Sears Roe
buck catalog for versatility. It can
be used for a seat-raiser, wall
paper, scrap-paper, paperweight,
space-filler, doodling, and social
purposes, friendly and otherwise.
Not only that, but in most cities
the books contain, in addition to
telephone numbers, maps of the
localities, postal information, civic
facts, traffic regulations, health
rules, and generally serve as a sort
of citified and modernized Ency
clopaedia Britannica.
But best of all, they’re free.
He is Donald Meek.
The stars are cast in the fol
lowing roles:
Flower Belle Lee Mae West
Cuthbert J. Twillie....W. C. Fields
Masked Bandit....Joseph Calleia
Wayne Carter Dick Foran
Amos Budge Donald Meek
Ermingarde Foster....Anne Nagel
The time of the story is in the
’80’s, when stagecoaches were the
means of transportation and ban
dits were prevalent, especially
Hollywood’s masked bandits. Mae
West has to leave the little town
of Little Bend by order of the
“Ladies’ Law and Order League”
for her carryings-on with a mask
ed bandit who robbed the stage
and supposedly carried Mae off
with the gold. On the way out of
town she meets Cuthbert Twillie
who flashes a roll of stage money.
Mae marries him on the spot, and
repents at her leisure when she
finds the money is fake. Before
the end of the show she almost
gets him hanged but the masked
Saturday, 12:45—“HELL’S
KITCHEN,” with the Dead
End Kids.
Saturday, 6:30 and 8:30—
with Anna Neagle and Edna
May Oliver.
Monday, 3:30 — “THE
REAL GLORY,” starring
Gary Cooper.
Beginning Sunday—“MY
W. C. Fields and Mae West.
Until Tuesday “GONE
WITH THE WIND”, starring
Clark Gable and Vivian
The world’s youngest monarch
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Directed by Lewis Seiler and E. A. Dupont
Screen Play by Crane Wilbur and Fred Niblo
Jr. • From an Original Story by Crone Wilbur
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