The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, April 02, 1940, Image 2

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Tomorrow’s the Day...Let’s Vote BACKWASH
George Euermann
Well, Army, tomorrow’s the day!
Tomorrow’s the day your votes will determine next year’s editor-in-chief of The Bat
talion, next year’s chief yell-leader, next year’s junior representative on the Student Pub
lications Board which determines publications policies.
And tonight’s the night the annual special yell practice will be held on the “Y” steps,
when all the candidates will make their pleas to the corps and present their platforms for
your consideration.
Attend, and tomorrow state your choice with your votes. State the honest opinion you
have formed through the observation of each candidate’s work and abilities.
It’s a general election. Every student has the right, the opportunity, the duty, the
priyilege, of expressing his opinion.
Every student may vote—provided he presents in person at the. ballot box his yellow
slip—his receipt for payment of fees for the second semester.
Balloting will go on from 8 a. m. to 5:30 p. m., in the lobby of the Academic Building.
Representatives of each candidate and members of the impartial, impartially-selected
supervisory Student Election Committee will be at the ballot box during the day, to insure
complete fairness in voting. They will be present when the votes are counted. Everything
is to be entirely fair and just.
“Lobbying” by any candidate or any agent of any candidate will not be permitted in
side or at the entrance of the Academic Building.
Tomorrow’s the only chance you have to express your opinion. There are only two
candidates for each position; there will be no runoff.
So let’s make this election thoroughly representative. How about it, Army?
Don’t forget to vote. . . And by all means, when you go to the ballot box, don’t forget
to bring your yellow slips!
"Backwash: An agitation resulting from some action or occurrence.”—Webster.
Parade of Opinion
DEMOCRATS: With speculation on the third-
term aspirations of President Roosevelt holding
the limelight, collegians all over the nation are
turning to a consideration of the 1940 election
prospects of the Democratic Party and are discuss
ing the party’s possibilities with great interest.
Comment on the third-term issue seems about
evenly divided, with many urging the President to
make up his mind as soon as possible so the party
will not be split further. The Washington College
Elm is most vociferous in denouncing another term
for Mr. Roosevelt: “The life of the American people
will be imperiled by a third-term candidacy for Mr.
Roosevelt. Our national economy and political in
stitutions will be destroyed. War or peace, we sug
gest that Mr. Roosevelt declare his intention to
obey the unwritten rule against the third term.”
The University of Kansas Daily Kansan believes
the third-term controversy serves two purposes:
“The innocent one of providing a safety valve by
which today’s anxiety and alarm may be released,
and the more doubtful one of providing an effective
smoke screen that obscures all other important
Turning to the speculation over James A. Far
ley’s candidacy, the University of Minnesota Daily
said: “The Postmaster-General would no doubt make
a formidable candidate for the Presidency, being
an able politician who has a strong personal fol
lowing. He has a wide acquaintance throughout the
country, a thorough grasp of its many diverse prob
lems and would give a creditable account of him
self in the presidency. Mr. Farley is best known, of
course, for his political sagacity and his almost un
canny ability in divining popular trends. It is
doubtful, however, that a man of his unquestioned
political acumen would care to suffer the fate of
Alfred E. Smith.”
The University of Texas Daily Texan predicts
that President Roosevelt could not win the nom
ination or the election should “General Jim” desert
him: “A Farley walkout would be a blow to the
White House. Farley has a tremendous personal
following—a strong and genial personality, he makes
and keeps friends. As head of one of the most effect
ive political machines ever developed in this coun
try, he knows how to get results. And many a del
egate at the next nomination convention will “ask
Jim” before supporting or opposing any candidate.
Several of the college newspapers are thumping
for Cordell Hull as the nevt carrier of the Demo
cratic standard. On this subject, the University of
Iowa Daily Iowan says: “The greatest barrier to
the Presidency for Cordell Hull is his age. The
Secretary of State is 70, which doesn’t appeal to
most voters. As capable as Cordell Hull has been
in his political career, making few enemies in the
years since 1906 when he first entered Congress,
his age alone is enough to keep him from getting
the Democratic nomination for the Presidency. A
second barrier to the nomination of Hull is his re
lationship to Roosevelt in the party. Were Roose
velt to announce his intentions of running for a
third term, even the slim chance that Hull now
has to get the nomination would fade.”
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 Poet Office at College
■tation, Texas, under the Act of Congress of March 8, 1879.
Subscription rate, $3 a school year. Advertising rates upon
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Office, Room 122, Administration Building.
1939 Member' 1940
Associated Gofle&iate Press
James Critz
b ports Ed
Circulation Manager
Asst. Sports Editor
Staff Photographer
Staff Artist
E. C. (Jeep) Oates
H. G. Howard
“Hub’ Johnson
Philip Golman
John J. Moseley
Junior Editors
Billy Clarkson George Fuermann Bob Nisbet
A. J. Robinson Earle A Shields
Charlie Wilkinson .'. Managing Editor
Sam Davenport Asst. Advertising Manager
C. A. Montgomery Editorial Assistant
R. V. (Red) Myers Jr. Sports Assistant
Senior Sports Assistant
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
Take Heed ... Take Care
When driving, obey the traffic signals. What
is to be gained by shooting out from a corner be
fore the signal light turns green? There is noth
ing to be gained but tragedy, either in the form of
an accident or a traffic ticket. Most drivers are
just a trifle careless. They will do anything to
save just a few seconds.
A few years ago, in Chicago, the police depart
ment conducted a test in which one motorist raced
across town breaking every traffic law on the
books, and in which another motorist obeyed all
the laws. The law breaker, in a 23-mile race,
gained a mere 51 seconds.
If on foot, much cannot be gained by cross
ing the street upon hearing the warning signal.
Perhaps 30 seconds may be saved, but perhaps a
life may be lost. We Americans are always rush
ing some place and then waiting there for some
thing to happen. Take it easy. You’ll live longer,
both on foot and in automobiles.
How True. . .
How true is the reasoning of the newspaper
from which we reprint this comment:
“A newspaper can give people all kinds of
favorable notice, and free helpful publicity, but
never hear a word of comment or praise. However,
let one single unfavorable statement, whether true
or not, be printed, and the wolves will be on your
Associate Editor
Sports Editor
Inadvertently, a numerical error appeared in
an editorial in the last issue.
In stating that the contribution of $40 made
by the four classes to the T. O. Walton Portrait
Fund was equivalent to an individual contribution of
a dime from each of 4000 members of the corps, we
erred. Obviously, the number was intended to read
That’s a fair showing. Praise is due Max
McCullar and those other class leaders who led im
making the donation to this worthy cause.
We apologize for the error.
As the World Turns...
Insofar as activity is concerned, politics con
tinues to outweigh the war as a source of headlines.
In Texas the contest for the Democratic nomination
for the governorship is just now in
something of an “if” stage. Several
candidates have announced and are
already campaigning. The Fergusons
are apparently waiting for the post
card poll they requested to draft
them. Governor O’Danield has indi
cated an end to his period of inde
cision by stating that he will an
nounce his plans in a radio address
Wednesday evening. All of these
things being true, some of the haze.
R w. Steen should begin to fade from the picture,
and the complete field of candidates came clearly
into view by the middle of April.
The general supposition is that Governor O’Dan
iel will seek reelection. That is the customary thing,
and the average governor—having had a one-term
taste of the prestige of the office—develops an
appetite for a second bit. Then, too, a campaign
for reelection would be sufficient explanation for
the newspaper which the governor is going to be
gin publishing on Thursday. Mr. O’Daniel is not the
first governor to have had words with the big dailies
of the state, nor is he the first to establish his own
The Ferguson Forum is the paper of this type
best known to Texans. It was launched by Gover
nor Ferguson in 1917 just after his impeachment,
and has had an intermittent career. As a general
rule it appears when the Fergusons are seeking or
holding office, and quietly discontinues at times
when its publishers are not actively engaged in
politics. Incidently, it has at various times in its
career carried an impressive volume of advertising,
A campaign involving the Ferguson Forum and the
O’Daniel ******** would be interesting to say the
Texans are also involved to some degree in the
field of national politics. Just at present a campaign
is under way for Vice-President Garner. Another
group is busily engaged in sponsoring a third-term
movement for President Roosevelt.
Postmastei’-General Farley, who has announced
his candidacy for the presidency, is visiting in Tex
as this week, and it is safe to assume that he
did not come just for the ride.
In the spring of the year . . .
Beryl Ann Longino of Lufkin was
selected “Glamour Girl” of T. S.
C. W. in a recent election held in
Denton. As a result
she will receive a
trip to Hollywood
for a screen test at
Warner Bros. Stu
dio . . . Gladys
Swarthout, who
made a tremendous
'fk % hit here in her re
cent Town Hall ap
pearance, was chos
en as the best-dress
ed woman in America . . . For the
fifth consecutive weekend, “Tux
edo Junction” was again the most
oft-requested number at A. & M.
dances. Second in this week’s Ag
gie hit parade was “Put Your
Little Foot,” and “Indian Summer”
was third . . . Bernie Cummins’
pianist, Karl Radlack, and Aggie
Jack Rudy did some Saturday af
ternoon harmonizing via the organ
and the piano in Guion Hall . . .
Student opinion seems to be pretty
well grooved in respect to the va
rious orchestras imported this year
for dances. Bernie Cummins seems
to have a death grip on first place,
Lawrence Welk next, and Del
Courtney and A1 Kavelin tied for
third. These facts .are based on
the reply to a questionnaire given
63 cadets yesterday morning . . .
Although only half of the corps eat
hot cakes at one time, more than
16,000 are cooked each time they
are served.
This time and twice more:
In the three-hour span of Sat
urday night’s corps dance, song
stress Connie Barleau received
eighty-six requests for dates.
“Some of them,” Connie said,
“were hard to turn down.” Bernie’s
orchestra, by the way, was on the
Fitch’s Band Wagon last year and
will grace the program again this
May. An ardent sports fan who
picked the Aggies to win the con
ference last September, he pre
dicted that our main worries next
year would be S. M. U. and Baylor.
After seeing the Aggies play base
ball Saturday afternoon, he re
marked that he was particularly
impressed with Charlie Stevenson.
Bernie, incidentally, is sincere
about his love for sports and knows
personally many of the present-
day “greats” in several fields.
The line forms on the left:
Wife of the owner of one of
Bryan’s several hasheries, Mrs. J.
A. Arhopulos of the De Luxe Cafe
—who is better known as Katie to
the Aggie world—is still talking
about her trip to the Sugar Bowl
game in New Orleans. And not
without good cause, too; Katie, it
seems, found a $50 bill on the floor
of the mirror Room in the Roos
evelt Hotel on New Year’s Eve,
and she still has it. If you don’t
believe it, she’ll show it to you!
Backwash makes a nomination:
The honor of being the most bor
ing—sometimes almost ironically
humorous—of all advertising
schemes is evenly divided between
ads in movies and the afternoon
“soap operas” sponsored by El
Burpo Toothpaste, D and T Soap,
and others.
by Dob Nisbel
Beginning Wednesday at the
Palace is “THE GRAPES OF
WRATH”, claimed by some to be
the outstanding show of the year.
Of course they may be right—it is
a good show—but its purpose be
ing to carry an urgent message
doesn’t give it much time for en
tertainment. Nevertheless there is
some fine acting along with it and
for that reason it can’t be denied
its three grade-points.
INGTON” is the show that plays
at the Assembly Hall Wednesday
afternoon and night. Mr. Smith
certainly made a hit here some time
ago when the show played at the
Palace. After all it is seldom that
any producer will concentrate all
his best supporting stars into one
picture as was done in this one.
Since they are not leading ladies
and men, these people are better
known by their faces than by their
names. Some of them are in the
following cast:
Saunders Jean Arthur
Jefferson Smith .... James Stewart
Senior Paine Claude Rains
Jim Taylor Edward Arnold
Governor Hopper Guy Kibbee
Chick McGann .... Eugene Pallette
Ma Smith Beulah Bondik
The story concerns a young ideal
istic Jeff Smith, head of the state’s
Boy Rangers, who is appointed to
fill an unexpired term as United
States Senator. In Washington he
finds conditions so bad that one
man is practically running every
thing to suit himself, so he stages
a one-man filibuster on the Senate
floor to win his fight and also a
wife. Three grade-points.
Benefit show this week will be
for the Economics Club, “DARK
VICTORY”, starring Bette Davis
and George Brent.
Tuesday, 3:30 and 6:45—
with Stan Laurel and Oliver
Wednesday, 3:30 and 6:45—
es Stewart and Jean Arthur.
Beginning Wednesday —
with Henry Fonda and Jane
From a ‘Haunted House’ to a Model For
The Nation, Grew A.&M. Co-op System
By A. J. Robinson
An interesting story of the abil
ity of an idea to spread is found
in A. & M.'s project house system.
Taken more or less for granted
today, the system operating at
present to house around 900 Ag
gies, the greatest cooperative or
ganization of its kind, was started
as recently as 1932 with only one
very old building which was known,
before its employment as a dor
mitory, as “The Haunted House.”
The “Haunted House,” which
was turned into livable quarters
by Daniel Russell with the aid of
twelve students, was just a desert
ed two-story structure near the
Experiment Station Farm, but it
gave cause for the inception of the
Student Cooperative Housing Pro
ject which now consists of twenty
clean modern buildings, furnish
ing room and lodging for A. & M.
students at half the cost incurred
by those living in regular campus
dormitories. The project houses
Garrett Kemp Will
Talk on Geophysics
Dr. Garrett Kemp, distinguished
geophysicist and engineer of Dal
las, will be the special lecturer
for a three-day conference on prac
tical geophysics here on April 4-6,
according to Prof. H. E. Gross of
the Petroleum Engineering De-
pai’tment, who will be in charge
of the conference.
Dr. Kemp will deliver eight il
lustrated lectures, and round-table
discussions will follow each meet
ing during the conference. The
lectures have been planned espe
cially for petroleum engineers,
geologists and others interested
who strictly specialize in geophy
sics, and will give an insight into
this important phase of the petro
leum industry to all oil men. Any
one directly or indirectly interest
ed in the oil production industry
is invited to attend the conference.
Now a consulting engineer in
Dallas, Dr. Kemp formerly was
supervisory geophysicist with the
Atlantic Refining Company for 13
years, and for 20 years he was
professor of physics at the Uni
versity of Illinois and at Purdue
We can use several reliable college
men, during summer or full time, to
operate movie circuits in theatre
less communities. Earnings $50.00 a
week and better. Projection equip
ment, sound films, everything fur
nished. No experience needed. For
complete information write imme
diately to Southern Visual Equip
ment Co., Department , Box
2404, Memphis, Tennessee,
...And is ivryone
going there
these days?
are internally democratic in na
ture, with the students revolving
their duties and responsibilities.
But the idea that started with
the “Haunted House” did not end
its progress at A. & M. College.
In 1936, the idea was copied
from the A. & M. system by the
University of Texas which now has
houses for both boys and girls. And
the University of Washington took
up the idea; then the University
of California, and so on until to
day the project house system has
swept into colleges in Idaho, Iowa,
Kansas, Wisconsin,—all through
the Rocky Mountain States, the
Middle West, and the East. There’s
hardly a state from California to
Massachusetts that does not make
use of the system originated at A.
& M. College.
Portrait Fund
Is Augmented
By Bill Murray
Senior president F. M. “Max”
McCullar has reported to The Bat
talion that the freshman, sopho
more, junior, and senior classes of
A. & M. have each contributed $10
from their class treasuries to aug
ment the fund recently friitiated by
a voluntary group of Texas citizens
to commission Seymour Stone, an
internationally famed artist who
has painted portraits of many great
men, to paint a full-size bust por
trait in color of A. & M.’s pres
ident T. O. Walton.
The fund is now fairly well com
pleted, E. E. McQuillen, secretary
of the Former Students Associa
tion, stated yesterday. However,
more is yet needed, and any fur
ther donation that any student, fac
ulty member, citizen of College
Station, graduate or friend of the
college may wish to make will be
highly welcome. Contributions may
be made to Mr. McQuillen at the
Careful How You Arrange
Those Books on the Shelves!
Did you know?
Lady Gough of England wrote
a book on etiquet in 1863, in which
she states: “The perfect hostess
will see to it that the works of
male and female authors are prop
erly separated on her bookshelves.
Their proximity, unless they hap
pen to be married, should not be
Former Students Office in the Ad
ministration Building, or mailed di
rect to the T. O. Walton Portrait
Fund, 1603 Fort Worth National
Bank Building, Fort Worth, Texas.
The portrait will be presented
to the college, along with a beau
tiful scroll bearing the names of
all donors to the portrait fund.
Purpose of this drive is to manifest
the esteem of all those people con
nected with the institution for
President Walton, as well as to
make a gift of permanent value to
the college.
The portrait will likely be hung
in the lobby of the College Library;
and the scroll will be presented to
Dr. Walton as a memento.
War Booklets May Be
Obtained At Library
Dr. T. F. Mayo, college librar
ian, has announced that the library
has obtained gratis from The
Dallas News, one hundred copies
of a booklet “The First Six
Months of The War in Maps And
These educational and interest
ing booklets will be given away—
as long as they last—at the ref
ence desk in the main reading
Miss Margaret Pearce is in
charge of the desk, and cadets
and faculty members may get the
booklets during regular library
Many men still cling to knit Sport Shirts for
sports and knock-about wear—perhaps because they
like that “clinging” feel that knit garments give.
Whatever your reason for preferring the knits,
we have some very new styles to show you. For in
stance, shown here (left) is the short knit shirt with
short tight sleeves. It’s very new and very smart.
Mesh blazers (center) are also popular.
We have a choice group of the new styles from
$1.00 to $2.00.