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-THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 1940
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STUDENT TRI-WEEKLY NEWSPAPER
TEXAS A. & M. COLLEGE
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 ; also it is publisher
weekly from June through August.
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Station, Texas, under the Aet of Congress of March 8, 1879.
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J B. Pierce
P R. Vannoy
George Fuermann Acting Managing Editor
George Woodman Assistant Advertising Manager
Tom Gillis D. C. Thurman
Bob Myers Assistant Sports Editor
Jack Hollimon Junior Sports Editor
W. F. Oxford Sports Assistant
Z. A. McReynolda, L. B. Tennison, J. M. Speer
AT THE FOOTBALL GAME in Dallas Saturday 62
A. & M. cadets, who were standing outside the
S.M.U. stadium without tickets nor the price of ad
mission, were allowed to enter free of charge by the
manager of the stadium on the condition that they
stand on the track below the stadium on the Aggie
side of the field. Of course they accepted and rush
ed in a body to the spot.
Shortly thereafter the temporary bleachers at the
south end zone collapsed, injuring some 38 persons,
a few seriously.
In a prominent Dallas newspaper Sunday morn
ing the following report of the two incidents was
‘The mob of student gate crashers overpow
ered a policeman in a charge through the south
west gate and may have accidentally broken out
one of the stand’s supports, witnesses said.
A crowd of 100 students broke through the
southwest gate and scooted into the stadium just
uniformed policemen, wallowed them in the mud
before the bleachers toppled. They knocked down 2
and rushed into the stands. Joe Yonack, 2735 For
rest, a spectator assisting the ambulance crews
said the charge accidentally ended on one of the
stand’s supports. Inspector Charley Rader of the
Dallas Police department, who was standing close
by, believed the added weight caused the stands
It might have had something to do with it,*
E. C. Carter, one of the mud-splattered Univers
ity Park policemen, said,”
The Battalion takes time out to protest in the
light that some readers of this account might be
led to believe that those Aggies who entered the
game in a body, and who were the crowd of 100
students referred to in the article, were responsible
for this accident. Opinions are built around small
impressions. A. & M. prizes the good will gained
through appearances of the corps at corps trips and
athletic contests. On the basis of this news story
we stand to lose.
It is bad enough to get the credit for mistakes
we make, but it is bitter to have to bear the brunt
of those of which we are not guilty.
That the students immediately circled the track
to the Aggie side of the stadium and certainly did
not stop to sit in the stands that fell.
No one believes the officials of S. M. U. built
stands they knew would fall, not even the persons
that were injured. It would be absurd to imagine
the accident was intentional on anyone’s part.
The Battalion hopes that this explanation will
clear the corps of any responsibility for this acci
dent, and that the readers of this account will credit
the incident as “unfortunate.”
V. K. Sugareff
Mountain From Molehills
“FISH JONES” came to me the other day with a
tale of woe,” a certain senior said. “He complained
that he had twisted his ankle a week or so back and
had missed that much school lying on his back in
the hospital. The leg would necessitate crutches for
at least a month more. He had given up trying to
catch up in his studies as a hopeless task even be
fore he tried; he wanted to go home.”
“What did you tell him?” we asked.
“Well, I started out to give him a little en
couragement, and before I knew it I was giving him
a sermon in a true oratorical fashion. I can’t re
member my exact words, but here is something
similar to what I told him:
‘Don’t be discouraged too quickly, Fish Jones.
Your little bag of troubles are minor compared to
the troubles some men have encountered and have
‘Can you imagine a musician being deaf? Well,
Beethoven, one of the greatest musicians of all
time, was deaf most of his life. He never heard a
single note of his greatest work, the Ninth Sym
phony. He was ugly, hot tempered, awkard and
lonely. He had very few real friends, and he had to
struggle for money all his life. But in spite of these
great handicaps, Beethoven wrote some of the most
noble music that the world has ever heard.
‘Certainly you have heard the story of Glenn
Cunningham, the holder of countless world titles in
track meets. In his youth his legs were buraed so
badly he was given up as a hopeless cripple, but he
exercised daily to regain his strength. Soon he be
came so absorbed with his exercises that he con
tinued until he became a star.
‘Think of Helen Keller who was born deaf,
dumb and blind. You would wonder how on earth
the mind of a person, whose only contact with the
outer world was a sense of touch could be reached
in the first place. Then the fact that now she is a
well-educated person who can speak after a fashion
is astounding beyond marvel.
Here you, Fish Jones, are ready to quit school
and go home just because you broke your ankle and
missed a week of school. You should be ashamed.’
There was so much wisdom in the lecture I sur
prised myself almost as much as I did the freshman.
But at any rate he is still in school.”
Seagoing birds sometimes accumulate barnacles,
as do ships.
Texas A. & M. college has won more awards
than any other U. S. school in contests of the So
ciety for the Promotion of Engineering Education.
Fourteen universities and 10 colleges are main
lined by the 5,400 Jesuits in the United States.
“Alma Mater (Latin for ‘Beloved Mother’)”
came into collegiate use because a statue of Mary,
Mother of Christ, is placed over the entrance of
Bonn University, Germany.
Syracuse athletes are barred from competition
if they marry during the school year, unless the
ceremony takes place during a holiday, such as
Easter or Christmas.
BY DR. T. F. MAYO
Do You Want to Be President?
THE READERS (a very select group) of a little Co
lumbia Press publication, “The Pleasures of Pub
lishing”, recently voted that the following books
would be the most desirable for any candidate for
the American presidency to familiarize himself. The
College Library hereby offers the ten books to any
future presidential candidates who are at present
hiding their lights under Aggie uniforms. We have
also taken the liberty of guessing why each book is
particularly appropriate in this connection.
If the candidate knows (1) The Bible thorough
ly, he ought to have a pretty well-defined notion of
the difference between right and wrong, as well as
a definite preference for the former over the latter.
(2) Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath ought to
awaken him to the existence of hideous economic
inequalities in our democratic land, and, moveover,
make him loathe such inequalities and want to do
something about them.
(3) Hitler’s Mein Kampf would probably show
him what happens to democracies which fail to make
life bearable to their masses.
(4) Beard’s Rise of American Civilization will
train our candidate in detecting economic realities
through the mist of political and military events.
(5) Sandburg’s Abraham Lincoln will introduce
him intimately to the most nearly complete fullfil-
ment of the American ideal of personality.
(6) If he reads Emerson’s Essays, he will live,
for some hours at any rate, in a rarefied and stimu
lating atmosphere of high thinking and dynamic
(7) Marx’s Capital will make our candidate un
derstand (if he manages to get through it!) the only
honest and intelligent frontal attack which has ever
been made on our capitalistic economic system.
(8) In Plato’s Republic he will read the first re
corded attempt of man, the planning animal, to de
scribe how things ought to be.
(9) Familiarity with Shakespeare’s Works
should make him more understanding and therefore
less intolerant of his fellow-man.
(10) Reading Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, the
future President can hardly help becoming more
genuinely democratic, more proud and fond of the
best country in the world to live in, and more de
termined to get rid of the injustices and stupidities
that keep it from being even better.
(On special request, a few of these books will
be checked out, as long as they last, to non-candi
As the World Turns...
BY “COUNT” Y. K. SUGAREFF
THE NAZI MILITARY OPERATIONS have slowed
down measurably. There has been no major military
operation since the fateful fall of France last sum
mer. The Egyptian campaign has reached a stale
mate. If reports are true, the Italian invasion of
Greece is proving to be a costly adventure. A change
in the command of the Italian for
ces indicates that even the Italians
take a serious view of their mili
tary reverses. The Greek moun
taineers, aided by the terrain and
bad weather, have forced the Ital
ians to retreat from their original
advances into Greece. If Hitler
should decide to give the Italians
military aid in this campaign,
Greece might capitulate. But Tur
key has promised to come to the
aid of the Greeks if they are at
tacked by the Germans through Bulgaria, regard
less of what Russia may do. The English coopera
tion with the Greeks, though the nature of it has
not been revealed, must have been of sufficient mag
nitude to prompt the Greek offensive into Albania.
German air attacks on England and English ship
ping have caused a great deal of damage, but re
taliation in kind by the R.A.F. is, no doubt, creating
problems for the Germans.
On the diplomatic front Hitler has scored some
successes. Rumania is now completely under German
domination. Yugoslavia is subservient to the Nazi
economic system, but the Yugoslavs will fight if
their political independence is threatened. Hitler’s
recent visits with Marshal Retain and Franco did
not result in any decisive diplomatic victories. What
may ensue from Molotoff’s current visit to Berlin
is the subject of much speculation. The consent of a
high Soviet official to visit Berlin smacks of Cham
berlain’s appeasement tactics. The world must wait
for the significance of this visit. The democracies
had better not count on any Russian cooperation in
National defense progress—President Roosevelt
announced last week that the United States will
build 12,000 planes for England. Besides, plans have
been approved for 32,000 planes for the U. S. army.
The automobile industry is entering the field of
making plane bodies. There has been a steady rise
in the expenditures for national defense. Last June
the government spent $150,000,000 on defense pro
jects; during October that amount was nearly dou
bled, and by the middle of 1941 the government will
be spending more than $600,000,000 a month on its
“Backwash: An agitation resulting from some action or occurrence.”—Webster.
Once Over Lightly ... Supervisor
of Subsistance J. C. Hotard side
lights the day’s news with the an
nouncement that 4,500 pounds of
turkey have been bought for the
Thanksgiving Day supper Novem-
_ her 26. Incidental
ly, whatever your
turkey bill is, it
probably won’t be
as high as the mess
hall’s. At 22.60
cents per pound
dressed, the cost of
the 450 turkeys
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the 450 turkeys
will be $1,017 . . .
Life Magazine gets
Fuermann off one of the best
cracks of the year with, “In every
Italian plane that carries parachute
troops there is a crew of twenty
men: A pilot, a co-pilot, a naviga
tor, a radio operator, a parachutist,
and fifteen men to push the para
chutist out!” . . . Watch for more
pics of the A. & M. football players
in a future issue of Life. Nig Mil
ler, Houston photographer, was on
the campus Tuesday taking pic
tures for the magazine . . . And
what about the Bryan fortune tell
er who predicted that the Aggies
would lose to SMU by one to three
points . . . Story of the week is
the one told by Col. T. H. Barton,
Aggie graduate in 1899, at the Dal
las banquet honoring Dean E. J.
Kyle last Friday night. The story
concerns the ghastly crime of the
missing figs and, 42 years late, the
identity of the culprit is revealed.
Here’s the story in Col. Barton’s
“Authorities came to me that
year and said, ‘Barton, you seem to
know everything that is going on
around the college. Now, these
figs, nuts, and oranges have turned
up missing. If you’ll tell us who
got them, we’ll make you a cor
“Well, I’m ready to tell, and I
want my promotion to corporal.
Right down there, you see R. B.
Boetcher of East Bernard. He egged
me on to do it.
“And right over there you see
Hal Mosely, the former City Man
ager. He ate more of those figs
than any other single person.”
Colonel Barton, a former Dallas-
ite, is now an oil company exec
utive at El Dorado, Arkansas.
“I couldn’t look a fig in the face
for twenty years,” he said.
The Dallas corps trip resulted in
the usual crop of stories, big ones
and little ones, but there’s a few
which are credible enough to tell.
One of them concerns the 30 Army
officers who arrived in Dallas with
out advance room reservations. Of
ficials of the Adolphus Hotel came
to their rescue and provided cots
in four of the hotel’s meeting
rooms, but a few still had to sleep
on the floor. . . .The victorious
members of the football team were
treated to the largest steaks served
in the history of the Adolphus
Hotel a few hours after the game.
. . . Halls and lobbies of most down
town hotels were crowded with
sleeping Aggies Sunday morning.
Most of the hotels cooperated with
the cadets by furnishing blankets
free—as long as they lasted. . . .
Four Aggies — Gilbert Michalk,
Charles Wakefield, Albert Camp
bell, and Chris Schaefer—talked
with NBC’s ace sports announcer
Bill Stern, the night before the
game. Stern promised the four that
John Kimbrough would definitely
be on his all-American team again
this year. . . . Incidentally, many
Texans were disappointed because
they were unable to get Stern’s
broadcast of the game. However,
the NBC show could only be picked
up out of the state as the Humble
Refining Company owns broadcast
ing rights in Texas on all South
west Conference football games.
From Dr. J. S. McIntosh, director
of the SMU athletic council:
“I want to congratulate the Ag
gies on the victory of their team
Saturday. It was a magnificent
game, won by the superior team.
The game was very cleanly played
and was a real credit to Southwest
ern sportsmanship. I also want to
express my approval of the conduct
of the large A. & M. student body
throughout the game.”
From a member of the Dallas
Chamber iof Commerce:
“The A. & M. corps trip to Dallas
last Saturday was one of the finest
exhibitions of mass gentlemanly
conduct ever staged here in Dallas.
The city was actually ‘taken over’
by the cadets and the populace liked
it. The student body is to be con
gratulated on the fine way they
conducted themselves for they cer
tainly ‘sold’ A. & M. college to
Jimmie Lynch Jr.—Daredevil
They call themselves “Death
Dodgers” and it’s an appropriate
title. Sophomore Jimmie Lynch Jr.
is pust a part of the famed act
which is headed by his famed
father and includes two attrac
tive girls, Jacqueline (Bye-Bye)
Bodie and model Betty Middleton,
plus 20 males.
The Death Dodgers are the
people who do the best they can
to provide thrills by wrecking cars
—and their best is ace high. There’s
a practical side to the job, too, be
cause, like the famed Indianapolis
Speedway race each year, the Death
Dodgers serve as a test unit so
that the average motorist can enjoy
his Sunday drivihg.
Strangely enough, in the seven
years that the Lynch family has
been engaged in the hazardous
business none of the crew has been
killed or even seriously injured.
The job is risky, but the risks are
minimized as much as is scientif
During the past season—the sea
son usually runs from May 1 to
October 31—71 new automobiles
were bought and destroyed, repre
senting a retail investment of $78,
100. More than $385,000 has been
spent for new automobiles since
the show began in 1933.
The recent order from the com
mandant’s offide to the effect that
wool shirts must be worn at all
meal formations has caused a ma
jor cleaning and pressing prob
lem. A canvass of local cleaners
by the United States Bureau of
Statistics shows that more than
four hours are necessary to prop
erly clean a wool shirt if the thing
is to be dried before returning it
to its owner. Therein lies the
problem, because most Aggies only
own one wool shirt—the shirts be
ing an expensive item (about $12).
Thus, a cadet has four alternatives:
Make meal formations regularly in
a shirt which is constantly getting
dirtier and more odorous, miss a
meal entirely, wear a cleaned shirt,
but a wet one, or bid for the week
end’s “bullring” by wearing a cot
ton shirt and receive a few de
merits as punishment.
What to do?
When in Doubt About Your
Eyes or Glasses, Consult . . .
DR. J. W. PAYNE
Masonic Bldg. Bryan
AT THE ASSEMBLY HALL
Thursday 3:30 & 7:30—
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Milland, Patricia Morrison,
Akim Tamiroff, and William
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starring Lana Turner, Joan
Blondell, George Murphy,
Kent Taylor, and Wallace
AT THE CAMPUS
DOUBLE TROUBLE,” with
George Sanders, Helen Whit
ney, Jonathan Hale, and Bela
Lugosi. Aggietone News.
Friday — “ARGENTINE
NIGHTS,” featuring the Ritz
Brothers and the Andrews
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