The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, March 30, 1940, Image 1

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Above is shown the moment when the new water for College
Station first started to flow through the lines from the auxiliary
reservoir three miles north of Bryan. Twisting the wheel that opened
the valve that started the water on its way here last Saturday are
Guy Patton (left) of the Lane-Texas Company of Houston, the com
pany that drilled the new wells; and E. E. Payne of the Texas Auto
matic Sprinkler Company, which laid the lines and built the reser
The new water is 99.999714 percent pure, containing only 258.6
parts per million total solid, according to exhaustive tests made at
the well by the drilling company. This is approximately ten times as
pure as the former water supply, which contained 2,500 parts per
million of solid.
A. & M. Gets One Of Best
Water Supplies In Texas
By Bob Nisbet
Last Saturday morning at 11
a. m. two men twisted a wheel
that started the flow of new water
through the veins and arteries of
the water supply system of A. &
M. and College Station. Anxiously
awaited and somewhat overdue
because delay encountered in re
pairing a break in an old main, the
arrival of new water heralds an
event that will mean a great deal
to the college in the future.
Every ex-student of A. & M.
remembers the old water for the
“bad” taste. Visitors to the cam
pus invariably commented on it,
and the school had little reputa
tion for its “water.”
From one extreme to another,
the new water is claimed to be as
free from mineral and solid con
tent as any water in the state. The
final official analysis of the
water, as taken from the hydrants,
has not been made, but sample
tests run at the well by the drill-
•fing company ran only 258.6 parts
total solid per million parts of
water. This is extremely pure
when compared to the old water
that averaged about 2,500 parts
per million.
That such different waters could
be obtained by moving the loca
tion of the wells only three miles
seems strange, but it is explained
by the state geologist, who investi
gated the possibility, that a fault
in the earth’s formations runs east-
west just north of Bryan. Water
on one side of the fault is exceed
ingly pure, while the water on this
side contained mineral impurities.
For that reason, the moving of
the wells to the other side of this
fault was all that was needed to
give the communities of Bryan
and College Station the chance to
trade their old water for new.
Many people have complained of
the taste of the new water, that
it tastes bad, too. The real trou-
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Famed Author, Lecturer,
And Traveler Visits A.&M.
Famed author, lecturer, and
world traveler, Sherwood Eddy
will deliver the first in his series
of addresses at A. & M. Sunday
night in Guion Hall beginning at
Sponsored by the Y. M. C. A.,
Dr. Eddy’s addresses are open to
the general public, and the second
in the series will be held Monday
night, also in Guion Hall, at 7:15.
Dr. Eddy’s topic Sunday will be,
“Can Religion Build A New
World?” His topic Monday night
will be, “The Crisis In Europe And
America’s Responsibility.”
Previous to his lecture Sunday,
Dr. Eddy will address the meeting
of the Cosmopolitan Club in the
afternoon, in the Y. M. C. A. be
ginning at 3 o’clock. While on
the campus he will also speak to
the sociology classes.
Each year he visits the princi
pal countries of Europe to study
existing conditions. Fourteen times
he has visited Russia, Poland,
Germany, Austria, France, Great
Britain and the League of Nations
at Geneva. In intimate confer
ences and personal interviews, he
has constantly been in touch with
many of the statesmen of Europe,
its economists, and government of
ficials. On Dr. Eddy’s visit to
Russia in 1938 with his European
Seminar of winters and speakers,
The Battalion
NO. 68
Awards For
1940 Made
W. A. Becker, R. T.
Foster Selected To
Make 28-Day Trip
W. A. Becker and R. T. Foster,
junior students at A. & M., have
been awarded the Danforth Fel
lowships allotted A. & M. for the
current year, according to an an
nouncement today from D. W. Wil
liams, head of the Animal Hus
bandry Department. Becker and
Foster are both juniors in the
School of Agriculture. Foster is
from Sterling City and is in B
Company Infantry, while Becker
comes from Kaufman and is in C
Battery Field Artillery. Both have
compiled excellent records at A. &
During the last semester of
each school year juniors from the
School of Agriculture of each of
the thirty-seven agricultural col
leges in Canada and the United
States are selected to make a four
weeks’ trip with William Danforth,
one of the leading agricultural men
in the United States. Students
are picked who have made good
records during their three years
of college work.
The committee making the se
lection at A. & M. was composed
of D. W. Williams, chairman; C.
N. Shepardson, Ide P. Trotter, J.
W. Barger, D. H. Reid, and E. R.
•The trip, which will begin about
the last of July, consists of two
different phases. The first two
weeks will be spent at the Purina
Experimental Farm at Gray’s
Summit, Missouri, and at the
Purina Mills in St. Louis. At the
Experimental Farm the students
will get experience with the princi
ples of agriculture, and in St. Louis
much of the time will be devoted
to classes in salesmanship, adver
tising, merchandising, price fore
casting, office personnel, and the
operation and management of big
The last two weks of the trip
will be spent at Mr. Danforth’s
camp at Minniwanca, which is on
the shore of Lake Michigan. Here
the boys will get a chance to real
ly enjoy life. Everything is well
planned so that all will get the
maximum enjoyment possible out
of their stay there.
These Men Filed To Run For Office
he made a study of the situation
in government, industry, collective
culture, and the significance of
the Moscow trials. He visited the
battlefront in Spain. He met
President Benes and the leaders
of Czechoslovakia at the beginning
of the crisis there. During the
present year he has made a fresh
study of the outlook for war or
peace in the leading countries of
Europe, and of America’s foreign
After serving as Chief Clerk and
assistant instructor in the Mili
tary Department at A. & M. for
20 years, Technical Sergeant John
V. King has received notice of
transfer to the Philippine Depart
ment. Sergeant King has been
appointed warrant officer, U. S.
Army, effective April 1, 1940. He
will sail from San Francisco on
June 27, after finishing the remain
der of this term, and will prob
ably be stationed at the department
headquarters of the Adjutant Gen
eral’s Department in Manila.
Sgt. King served in the Montana
National Guard for eight years,
and was stationed at Douglas,
Arizona, during the Pancho Villa
uprising in 1916. He joined the
army in 1917 and went overseas as
a regimental Sergeant Major of
the 17th Field Artillery. During
his two years overseas he served
in France, Belgium, Luxemburg,
and Germany. He came back in
1919 and transferred to the 12th
Field Artillery at Fort Sam Hous
ton, where he remained until his
transfer to A. & M. in August,
1920. * j
Upper left, Bob Nisbet, junior
editor of The Battalion and can
didate for editor-in-chief dur
ing 1940-41.
Center, George Fuermann, jun
ior editor of The Battalion who
filed to run but was declared in
Upper right, A. J. Robinson,
junior editor of The Battalion
and candidate for editor-in-chief
during 1940-41.
Lower left, C. J. “Foots”
Bland, junior yell-leader and
candidate for chief yell-leader in
Lower right, Ernest R. “Bus
ter” Keeton, junior yell-leader
and candidate for chief yell-
leader in 1940-41.
Candidates Issue Statements
For the Forthcoming Election
Following are the statements-f-election. THIRD, during the past-fThe Battalion editorship until
Tuesday night’s yell practice at
which time I will state my plat
made by the four candidates now
in the running for two student
body positions which will be fill
ed by the general election Wednes
day—editor-in-chief of The Bat
talion and junior class representa
tive on the Student Publication
The junior yell-leaders will not
make their statements till the yell
practice Tuesday night.
Candidate for Editor
I am basing my candidacy for
Battalion editorship on the follow
ing facts: FIRST, during the past
two years I have worked in every
capacity on the editorial staff of
both The Battalion newspaper and
The Battalion Magazine, beginning
as a reporter and finally becom
ing a junior editor, columnist, and
feature writer for both publica
tions. SECOND, my work on The
Battalion has been consistent
throughout the year, and NOT a
concentrated effort just before the
year I have had one or more arti
cles in EVERY Battalion publica
tion, a statement no other candi
date could make.
In addition to these things,
while working in The Battalion
office and the print shop I have
been constantly studying the de
tails of newspaper management,
and I have started a personal
library of books pertaining to
If I become the editor of The
Battalion, I will have two main ob
jectives. First of all, I believe
that The Battalion is the STU
DENTS’ publication of which the
staff is merely temporary custo
dian, and my policies as editor
would be guided by the will of
the corps. Secondly, as editor of
The Battalion, I would do all in
my power to further the inter
ests and fame of Texas A. & M.
With these things in mind, it
is my sincere hope that you will
give me your consideration for
Candidate for Editor
During the past two years, and
part of my freshman year, I have
worked regulai’ly and conscien
tiously to help make The Battal
ion grow into a newspaper worthy
of representing A. & M. College.
I have acted as a junior editor
on the newspaper and also as a
junior editor on The Battalion
Magazine, both publications being
headed by the editorial office, and
have spent many hours in contrib
uting to the success of each.
Being a student in agriculture
and interested in following a
career of agricultural journalism,
I have not only taken journalism
offered by the college and obtain
ed practical experience from work
on The Battalion, but have devoted
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Bernie Cummins — Featured At Distinctive
Hotels In U. S. — To Play For Corps Dance
Bernie Cummins and his famed-f
orchestra with his beauteous sing
er, Connie Barleau, will again en
tertain A.&M. cadets tonight from
nine until twelve at the corps
dance in Sbisa Hall. According to
Charlie Hamner, senior social sec-'
retary, there will be no increase
in the admission charge of the
usual $1.00 even though this out
standing orchestra is playing.
At the Composite Ball last night
Cummins and his orchestra were
hailed as the best band that Chemi
cal Warfare and Signal Corps
boys have ever had, and was said
to have made this not only their
largest but also their best dance.
Cummins features, other than
the “Swing Songstress”, Miss Con
nie Barleau, his brother Walter,
'•■who sings the sweeter ballads.
The music of Bernie Cummins
has played the most distinctive ho
tels and night clubs in the coun
try of which the following are in
cluded: In the early days it was
the Pershing Palace, Chicago, own
ed and operated by A1 Tearney
who was then the president of the
Three I League and the Rainbow
Gardens in Louisville; the Palmer
House and Edgewater Beach Hotel
in Chicago; the Biltmore Hotel
in New York for three years; the
Castle Farms and Gibson Hotel
in Cincinnati; the Willows and Wm.
Penn Hotel in Pittsburgh; the Rice
Hotel in Houston; the Schroeder
Hotel in Milwaukee; the Hollenden
Hotel in Cleveland; and the Pea
body Hotel in Memphis.
Four Other
For Two Jobs
Board Acts On Many
Questions at Meet
George Fuermann was declared
ineligible to run for editor-in-chief
of The Battalion during 1940-41,
and Bob Nisbet and A. J. Robin
son, the two other candidates who
had filed for that office, were de
clared eligible, by the Student Pub
lications Board at an important
meeting Thursday afternoon in
Dean F. C. Bolton’s office.
Ernest R. “Buster” Keeton and
C. J. “Foots” Bland are the two
candidates for chief yell-leader
during the coming season, by virtue
of their having been junior yell-
leaders this year.
Roland Bing and Tom Gillis are
the two sophomores who are can
didates for next year’s junior class
representative on the Student Pub
lications Board.
The election takes place Wed
nesday in the Academic Building.
Fuermann’s disqualification came
as the result of a grade-point aver
age below that required by the
election rules, one part of which
states that a candidate to be eligi
ble must be a junior with a grade-
point average of at least 1.25.
Long expected to be a contender
for the editorship, Fuermann has
been active on The Battalion staff
in various capacities: primarily as
junior editor of the newspaper and
the magazine, including work as
a news, feature and short-story
writer. In addition, he has writ
ten the “Backwash” column during
all this term, has served as an
nouncer of The Battalion’s Fri
day afternoon newscasts on
WTAW, and served as managing
editor of the 1939 Summer Bat
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Ag School Secures
Noted Economists
For Lecture Series
Two nationally noted agricultural
economists, Dr. Benjamin H. Hib
bard will give four lectures during
the week beginning April 8th. His
subject will be “Recent Agricult
ural Policies”; “Foreign Trade in
Relation to American Agriculture”;
“Farmers’ Movement”; and “Land
Policies.” He will also conduct
three seminars for graduate stu
dents and staff members on agri
cultural economic problems.
Dr. Stokdyk will appear during
the week beginning April 15th. His
subject will be “The Financing of
Cooperatives”; “Cooperative Re
search and Services”; “Marketing
Agreements”; “Transportation
Problems”; and “The Place of Co
operatives in Agriculture.” He will
also conduct some special confer
ences for graduate students, staff
members, and cooperative leaders.
Dr. Hibbard is recognized as a
foremost agricultural economist.
He has served as head of the De
partment of Agricultural Econo
mics at Iowa State Cbiiege and at
the University of Wisconsin. He
is now Professor Emeritus of Agri
cultural Economics at the latter in
stitution. He is the author of nu
merous books and research publi
cations dealing with land policies,
marketing, taxation, and other ag
ricultural economic questions.
Dr. Stokdyk is president of the
largest Bank for Cooperatives of
the Farm Credit Administration.
For a year he served as Deputy
Governor of the Farm Credit Ad
ministration in Washington. Pre
viously he had at various times
been a member of the staff at the
University of Wisconsin, University
of California, University of Mis
souri, and Kansas State College.