The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, November 16, 1940, Image 1

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    DIAL 4-5444
The Battalion
DIAL 4-5444
NO .27
Eyes of Nation Centered on A&M-Rice Game Today
Fire Damages Sbisa Hall
Early Thursday Morning
Cause Not Yet
Known; Does Less
Than $1,000 Damage
A fire of undetermined origin
partially destroyed the basement
of the superstructure housing the
dish washing activities adjoining
the main building of Sbisa Dining
Hall Thursday morning at 10:35.
J. C. Hotard, Supervisor of Sub-
sistance, said that a possible cause
of the fire may have been spon
taneous combustion originating in
refrigerator insulation cork or com
position roofing which was stored
in the building.
A detailed account of the damage
is as yet unknown but Hotard
pointed out that the damage should
not exceed $1,000. The major por
tion of the damage was confined
to the cracked cement of the build
ing proper which was caused as
the cold water was poured into the
Besides the refrigerator insula
tion cork and the composition roof
ing, several bags of cement and a
few pieces of old equipment were
also in the building. The equip
ment, however, is valueless, Hotard
said, as it had been replaced with
modern devices.
The fire was discovered by a
dining hall employee at 10:28 a. m.
and was immediately turned in to
the Fire Department. The alarm
was misunderstood and resulted
in the three engines of the Fire
Department going to Duncan Hall
in the new area. The error was
learned in short order and the Fire
Department arrived at Sbisa Hall
at 10:45. Hotard declared that the
delay in the arrival of the Fire
Department had little effect in the
amount of the ultimate damage.
Hotard said that the debris would
be cleaned out of the damaged
building as soon as possible and
the place would again be used as
an equipment store room.
The tremendous amount of smoke
issuing from the fire did no dam
age other that to the clothes of
dining hall employees. The regular
routine of the dining hall was in
no way impaired by the mid-morn
ing fire which was finally put oi^t
at 11:40.
Poultry Husbandry
Students Make Trip *
To Ft. Worth Friday
Several students taking Poultry
Husbandry 301 left Friday morn
ing for Ft. Worth to make an ins
pection trip through the Swift and
Co. packing plant.
Marketing procedures to be
observed are killing, packing, grad
ing, and dressing of turkeys and
chickens. Egg breaking and cold
storage facilities will also be in
cluded in the trip.
Mr. Williams, instructor in the
Poultry Husbandry Department,
said the trip was made this time
of the year due to the Thanks
giving holidays just ahead.
Those making the trip are Mr.
Williams, trip supervisor, J. F.
Blanton, Max E. Maier, Ben P. Sul
livan, Pedro Chacon, Leo C. Hol
brook, William Karcher, and J. D.
Gillen, Jr.
Molyneaux To Lecture
Before Cosmopolitan Club
Lambert Molyneaux, assistant
professor in rural Sociology, will
deliver a lecture to the Cosmopol
itan club Sunday afternoon at 3:00
o’clock in the YMCA parlor. The
lecture, which is entitled “Pan-
American Relations” will point out
the probable causes of the contrasts
and differences of the North Amer
ican and Latin American people.
The Cosmopolitan Club, through
the efforts of it’s president, Por-
firio Cadena, is endeavoring to
build up a closer relationship be
tween the boys of North and South
The club is open to all who are
interested in building up good will
between the United States and the
Latin-American countries.
Metermen Have
Most Successful
Course In History
Southwestern metermen were
guests of the Electrical Engineer
ing Department this past week
when they met here for their an
nual short course. Professor Nor
man F. Rode, in charge of the
conference, said that this year’s
attendance of 115 members was
the largest meeting that the school
for metermen had ever had. Utility
metermen from Texas, New Mexico,
Louisiana, and Oklahoma attended
the school which is sponsored by
the Southwestern Metermen’s As
sociation. Officers of this associa
tion are Mr. John Price of Amarillo,
president, and Mr. H. L. Miller of
Houston, vice-president.
Several very interesting and ed
ucational talks on new develop
ments in electrical meters were
given at the meeting- Outstanding
lectures presented included those
by Mr. E. J. Boland of General
Electric Co., Mr. L. C. Blevins of
Westinghouse Electric Co., and
M. H. L. Olesen of Western Elec
tric Corp. Mr. Olesen also spoke
before the student A. I. E. E. meet
ing on Wednesday night.
Electrical metering instrument
exhibits were the key-note of the
course with exhibits of various
late developments in electrical in
struments by several companies,
including General Electric Co.,
Westinghouse Electric Co., Sanga-
mo Electric Co-, Duncan Electric
Co., and the Houston Specialty Co.
The last meeting of the week was
held Friday night in the banquet
room of Sbisa Hall with all mem
bers attending a dinner.
Brazos County
Advisory Group
To Aid Registrants
An advisory committee has been
appointed in Brazos County to as
sist registrants in the Selective
Service Draft in filling out their
questionnaires and to give out need
ed information.
W. S. Barron of Bryan is chair
man of the committee, and all
lawyers in Brazos County have
been designated by Mr. Barron as
members of the committee. All
these advisors furnish their as
sistance without any fee to the
The committee was appointed by
and is working in close collabora
tion with the Local Selective Ser
vice Board of Brazos County. Trav
is B. Bryan, whose office is lo
cated in the First National Bank
Building in Bryan, is chairman of
this board. At College Station Mr.
Casey is a representative on the
board and he is available at most
times to give any information to
students or registrants of College
Station who may need it.
Navarro A. & M. Club
Makes Dance Plans
In a meeting of the Navarro
County A. & M. Club held last
week, plans were made for the
annual Christmas dance, which
will be held at the Corsicana
Country Club. The dance committee
headed by Homer Pace of Corsi
cana, is now making arrangements
for a well-known orchestra.
The dance, which in years prev
ious hasn’t been looked on with
much enthusiasm, promises to be
the best one in the history of the
Officers of the club include
Pete Breithaupt, president; Rich
ard L. Hobbs, vice-president; Jack
Griffin, treasurer; and Washburn
Crawford, secretary.
Chemical Company
Research Men Visit
Entomology Heads
Three members of the Dow
Chemical Company research de
partment were visitors to the en
tomology department last week.
The research men, W. C. Dutton,
horticulturist; W. W. Allen, chem
ist; and Mr. Prendegast, entomolo
gist, were here for the purpose
of consulting Dr. S. W. Bilsing,
head of the entomology depart
ment regarding the results he has
obtained with di nitro ortho cyclo
hexaphenol used for the control
of pecan tree insects.
The chemical, which is called
di nitro for short, is a coal tar
derivative and has been in use in
California as a dust for the con
trol of red spiders on citrus fruit.
The Dow Company, which is
famous for some of its famed re
searches, is establishing a plant
at Corpus Christi for the purpose
of extracting magnesium from the
sea water. The sea water chem
ical will be used for the manufac
ture of insecticide.
Newly Organized
Military Engineers
Hold First Meeting
The recently organized student
chapter of the American Society
of Military Engineers held their
first meeting Thursday night. Cap
tain E. M. Anderson, Corps of En
gineers, U. S. Army, detached ser
vice, stationed on the Denison Dam
Project spoke to the chapter a-
bout the various phases of the en
gineering work being carried on by
the Corps of Engineers at the pro
Considerable interest in the new
chapter here at A. & M. was
shown by the parent society. A
telegram received by the chapter
president from Colonel J. Frank
lin Bell, executive secretary of the
national society, expressed the par
ent organization’s best wishes for
the chapter’s success and also sent
congratulations to the men re
sponsible for the establishment of
a student chapter of Military En-
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Ashburn Will Be County Chairman
During Celebration of Highway Week
Col. Ike Ashburn of College Sta
tion is to be chairman of the ob
servance of Texas Highway Week,
December 2 to 6, inclusive, in
Brazos County, it is announced by
the Texas Good Roads Association,
sponsor of the week.
Col. Ashburn has accepted ap
pointment to head the committee
to arrange and stage the Highway
Week program in this county and
will work out details and name
committees to assist with arrange
ments for the event, the Associa
tion’s office at Austin advises.
Texas Highway Week will be
observed throughout the entire
state during the designated week
by proclamation of Governor W.
Lee O’Daniel and the public is
urged by the proclamation to take
increased interest in their state
highway system and its needs. Of
ficials and civic leaders of the
state, counties, cities and towns
will lead in arranging public meet
ings and celebrations during the
period. The Texas Good Roads As
sociation and the State Highway
Department are cooperating in
helping plan state-wide observance.
The Governor’s proclamation
designating the week called upon
all citizens “to take inventory of
the manifold blessings brought to
them by the highways of this state,
to consider the progress that has
been made in the past towards a
completed highway system, and to
give serious thought to the future
highway needs of the state so that
4-Texas will continue to grow and
prosper as its system of highway
transportation is extended and im
Motor vehicle transportation has
experienced phenomenal growth in
Texas during the last two decades,
the proclamation said, and it point
ed out that in the last fiscal year
1,758,761 motor vehicles were reg
istered, as compared with only
434.628 in 1920.
Not only have peace time needs
for more and better highway rapid
ly increased, but now, in view of
die national defense program and
the mechanization and motoriza
tion of the rapidly expanding .Army,
new and heavy demands will be
made on the Texas highway sys
tem as a result, the proclamation
declared. Texas, being one of the
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Name of New Pie Is
“Kimbrough Special’’
Saturday afternoon when Jarrin’
Jawn Kimbrough fumbled on the
one yard line, Mrs. R. R. Thompson
of Bellville, Texas, who was listen
ing to the game over the radio
in her kitchen, got so excited that
she turned a coconut pie, that she
was cooking, up-side-down in the
pie plate. At first she thought she
had made a bad mistake, but the
pie turned out fine. She named the
pie “Kimbrough Special” because,
regardless of how it was turned,
it was still good.
Gerlach and Orchestra Replace
Aggieland Band Tonight at Corps Dance
By Mac Reynolds
It’s Saturday nite coming up a-
gain and it’s time for all fun lov
ing Aggies to howl. Something new
in the way of music for the corps
dance lies in the style of Eld Ger
lach and his Houstonians from
Sam Houston State Teacher’s Col
lege at Huntsville who will be fur
nishing the rhythm. That is for
the boys that like to go to Sbisa
Hall way for the regular 9 ’till
12, $1.10, swing session.
It’s an exchange affair because
Ed Minnock and his Aggieland
troupe go over to Huntsville to
play for an all college dance on
the Sam Houston campus. So far
the boys who just have to hear the
Aggieland—well, it’s not too far
,to Huntsville.
With Gerlach doing the down
beat, and his 16-piece orchestra
pacing the “Krupa-like” rhythm
of Henry Fulgham, former Bryan-
ite and red-hot drummer, all the
jitterbugs and would-be bugs are
sure of a session on the wax of the
old mess hall tonight.
Former Aggies are well repre
sented on the Houstonian outfit.
Ed Gerlach was Aggie Band ’41
a year or so ago, and Max Per
kins, deep-down clarinet and sax
player, was also Aggie ’41 a while
The boys that went to the Coun
try Club after the T. C. U. game
corps dance will remember that
the very danceable rhythm winging
out then was none other than that
of Gerlach and his musical show.
So, with the Houston belles close
by and the promised crowd for the
game today coming up from Hous
ton, bird dogging should be in for
a long stand.
Rural Sociology Group
Affiliates With Science Club
The Rural Sociology Club met
this week and decided to accept the
invitation of the United Science
Club to become a member organi
zation of that group.
Upon the completion of the reg
ular business Dr. Dan Russell led
the group in a round table discus
sion of the future work and aims
of the club. The subject of secur
ing speakers for the meetings of
the year was also discussed by Dr.
Russell, and it was agreed that his
offer to help the program com
mittee be accepted.
Don’t Blame Your
Vision When You See
Multi-colored Rabbits
If you happen to see a red or
blue rabbit running loose on the
campus, don’t blame your vision
or a trip to “Uncle Ed’s.” It will
just be one of the rabbits being
used in the genetics department.
Associate Professor of Genetics,
Dr. J. H. Quisenberry, has several
red, white, and blue rats and rab
bits in his experimental depart
ment. The animals are being stud
ied by students and scientists to
discover the explanation of why
some persons have red hair and
some have none. Included in this
group also are some “bald” rats
being used for the same purpose.
Tests on the animals have helped
to explain why some black cattle
have some red color in their hair.
The rabbits in the group exhibit
the most unusual designs, but the
rat is the best of the two types of
animals for research work because
they are very prolific and can
be kept cheaper in a larger num
The animals are on display on
the fourth floor of the Animal
Industries Building.
Fish Drawing
Contest Announced
Beginning about February 15,
1941 the tryouts for the annual A.
& M. Engineering Contest will be
held. This contest is open only to
freshman students taking Engi
neering Drawing at the time of
the contest. No professional or ad
vanced students are allowed to
participate. ’
There will be five different types
of drawings which will be made in
the contest. They are as follows:
shape descriptions or multi-view
projections (no dimensions), work
ing drawings, freehand sketchings,
letterings, and practical engineer
ing problems (descriptive geom-
The first prize winners in each
of the various groups will be pre
sented with mechanical drawing
sets, electrical erasers, and Edio
Lettering sets. These prizes are
given only to those who win the
local contest.
The winners of the A. & M. con
test are then sent to the national
contest, sponsored by the Society
for the Promotion of Engineering
Education which is being held this
year at the University of Michigan.
Texas A. & M. has set up an
enviable record in competition each
year in the national contest. Last
year, A. & M. students tied for
first place in the contest held at
the University of Southern Cali
fornia at Berkley, California.
During the past three years, A. &
M. has claimed more winners than
any other school participating.
Mr. H. C. Spencer of the local
Engineering Drawing Department
urges all freshman students who
are contemplating entering the
contest to begin now to improve
their work and strive toward a
goal of perfection.
State Insect Control
Section Reviews Work
The Insect Control Section of
the State-Wide Cotton Committee
held a meeting in the main confer
ence room of the experiment station
last Friday morning for the pur
pose of reviewing the general rec
ommendations on research, con
trol and extension work which were
made in this section of the state
in 1938.
This section has as its objective
the increasing of farm income by
lowering the cost of cotton pro
duction through increased yields
by means of insect control.
Among those present were Mr.
Eugene Butler, Editor of the Pro
gressive Farmer and chairman of
the section; Mr. Alston Clapp of
Anderson Clayton and Company of
Houston, secretary of this sec
tion; and Mr. Burris C. Jackson
of Hillsboro, chairman of the state
wide committee.
Aggies To Pit Mighty Line
Against Owls Ground Effort
Cattle Raisers
Board Now Holding
Quarterly Meeting
The Board of Directors of the
Texas and Southwestern Cattle
Raisers Association are now hold
ing their quarterly meeting on the
Texas A. & M. campus. The mem
bers of the Board of Directors ar
rived Friday morning. Many of the
members of the board ate lunch
Friday noon in Sbisa Hall.
Friday at 2 p. m. the directors
met in the library of the Animal
Industries Building and then went
to the lecture room of the same
building where they heard short
talks fey Dr. T. O. Walton, Dean E.
J- Kyle, A. B. Conner, director of
the Agricultural Experiment Sta
tion and H. H. Williamson, director
of the Agricultural Extension Ser
At the conclusion of the cus
tomary business program the di
rectors made an inspection of the
meats laboratory and other parts
of the Animal Industries Building.
A banquet was held for the
Board of Directors in Sbisa Hall
at 7:00 p. m. Friday and they
heard talks by different members
of the board.
There is no official program to
day. However, members of the
board have been urged to stay over
for the A. & M.-Rice football game.
Clements Makes Talk
To Fish & Game Club
Dr. Frederic E. Clements, asso
ciate in ecology, Carnegie Institute
qf Washington, made an address
to the Fish and Game Club this
week, discussing current problems
in conservation of soils, water,
vegetation, and in the field of
Dr- Clements is probably the
foremost living ecologist. As the
author of many books he has
achieved an international reputa
tion in his field where he has had
long and honorable service. Join
ing the staff of the Carnegie Insti
tute of Washington in 1916, Dr.
Clements has lived an exceedingly
active life making substantial con
tributions to the advancement not
only of plant ecology but of the
plants and animals.
Near Sellout
Expected As Sales
Exceed 30,000 Mark
By Bob Myers
Assistant Sports Editor
All eyes of the football world
will be focused on Kyle Field today
when the Texas Aggies defend
their conference championship
against the Rice Owls.
From all indications it will be
a case of the irresistable force
against an immovable object—the
force being the ground attack of
Rice and the object, A. & M.’s solid
line. In last week’s game, the Ag
gie line held from end to end
against the Mustang attack and
forced them into the air for thenr
yardage while the Texas Longhorns
suffered defeat at the hands of
the Owls’ ground attack. The pass
es completed by the Owls in this
game was nil, with only three be
ing attempted-
Not only will it be a battle be
tween two outstanding teams of
the conference, but too, will be one
between the fullbacks of each elev
en. All-American “Jarrin’ ” John
Kimbrough will be In the tailback
position for the Cadets and Bob
Brumley, line crasher for Rice.
In the stingy Aggie line will be
such players as Robnett, Pannell,
Henke, Routt, Vaughn, Sterling,
and Buchanan. This is the fast
charging line that has been open
ing holes in all of A. & M.’s opposi
tion this year and has All-Ameri
can material at both guards and
tackle positions on each side of
the line. 4
Backfield posts will be held by
Kimbrough, Thomason, Pugh, and
probably Conatser on the strength
of his performance in the S. M. U.
game last week. Pugh, Routt, and
Jeffrey will act as co-captains for
the game.
Coming from the Bayou city will
be such stalwarts as Weems, who
made the Longhorns look dizzy
with his broken field runs; All-
American candidate Fred Hartman,
tackle from Pampa; Livy Bassett,
guard from Brenham; Captain Tuf-
fy Whitlow, center from Wichita
Falls; and Jack Everett, line-back
er and blocking back from Put
Henry McLemore, national col
umnist for United Press, will be in
the press box along with other
outstanding sports scribes from
all over the state, and many from
out of the state will witness this
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A&A/I Has Only College Operated
Frozen Food Locker Plant in Nation
A. & M. is again able to boast-f
of something that no other col
lege in the United States has, be
cause the Animal Husbandry de
partment has just opened the only
college operated frozen foods lock
er plant.
This plant with its 220 individual
lockers is serving a dual purpose.
It not only helps train students for
positions with one of the 3,000 oth
er plants around the country but
also offers an opportunity to the
people in the vicinity of College
Station and Bryan to make a de
cided saving on their meat bill.
E'er a very reasonable fee a person
can now take a live animal to the
meats laboratory, have it slaugh
tered, dressed, and in several days
have a wide variety of steaks and
roasts in his locker. But the beauty
of the whole thing is that these
cuts can be kept for an indefinite
period and removed in as small
quantities as desired.
For those patrons who do not
wish to buy live animals, arrange
ments have been made for them to
purchase either whole or parts of
dressed carcasses directly from the
packing houses or from the animal
husbandry department.
Other than standard beef, pork,
and mutton items the plant is
equipped to handle deer, poultry
and even fruits and vegetables. In
the case of the meat items the
patrons give the directions as to
the way he wants his steaks and
roasts cut and then is concerned
no further until he finds the fin
ished product in his own locker.
After he gives his directions, the
meat goes through the frozen food
process which involves cutting in
individual wrapping in an air tight
package each separate steak and
roast. These packages are then
placed in the “sharp” freezer where
the temperature is 15 degrees be
low zero and are “quick frozen”
for several hours. From the sharp
freezes the packages are placed
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Horticulture Society
Seeks ASHS Membership
The A. & M. Horticulture Society
has applied for a membership in
the American Society of Horticul
tural Science as a junior member.
If accepted, the A. & M. chapter
will be the only college in the
United States to hold this
The A. S. H. S. members are
the outstanding horticulturists
in the nation and the A. S. H. S.
holds a mass meeting once each
year. The meeting for the hort
iculturists will be held in Dallas