The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, January 18, 1941, 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 ; also it 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. Telephone
Bob Nisbet Editor-in-Chief
George Fuermann Associate Editor
Keith Hubbard Advertising Manager
Tommy Henderson Circulation Manager
Pete Tumlinson Staff Artist
P. B. Pierce, Phil Levine Proof Readers
Photography Department
Phil Golman Photographic Editor
Jack Jones, T. J. Burnett, G. W. Brown,
Joe Golman, John Blair Assistant Photographers
Sports Department
Hub Johnson Sports Editor
Bob Myers Assistant Sports Editor
Jack Hollilnon Junior Sports Editor
Mike Haikin, W. F. Oxford Sports Assistants
Earle A. Shields Managing Editor
T. R. Harrison Assistant Advertising Manager
Junior Editors
Will O. Brimbcrry W. C. Carter Don Gabriel
Reportorial Staff
Charles Babcock, Herbert Haile, Paul Haines, Carl Van
Hook, J. J. Keith, Z. A. McReynolds, Beverly Miller, Ehrhard
Mittendorf, Jack Nelson, L. B. Tennison.
Maroon and White Quarters
A WORTHY undertaking for a worthy cause is the
benefit football game Sunday afternoon.
Why before now someone hasn’t thought of a
fund for students who are in need of financial aid
to take care of illness or accident is a mystery.
The proceeds from the game Sunday on Kyle
Field will go half to this Student Aid Fund. The
other half is to be contributed to Bundles for Bri
To put the affair over the cooperation of the
entire student body and of Bryan and College Sta
tion citizens will be needed. The cream of the in
tramural crop of football players will provide a
game well worth the time and effort to see, and
the patron will get his 25 cents worth as well as
contribute to the fund.
The Maroons and the Whites need supporters—
the Aid Fund needs the sheckels.
Bright as a Dollar
DON’T COME TO my classes with unshined shoes
and towsled hair. That’s what one professor said,
and he is not a member of the military department.
No boy can do his best work dressed in untidy
clothes. That is his theory, and such theory merits
From personal experiences it can t>e shown that
the man who wears a dirty collar to work will think
of the collar and slight his work. The fact he is not
as neat as he could have been will prey on his
subconscious mind.
Uncombed hair can keep a student from mak
ing his best effort on a quiz. Unshined shoes will
keep his feet tucked far under his desk.
Nothing is more inspiring to the morale than
a spick and span personal appearance. With a clean
shirt and a fresh press in the pants, a student can
defy the world. Otherwise he will hesitate to pash
himself forward.
Come to my class neat and tidy.
Quo ble Quo e3
“WE WHO ARE vitally interested in college ath
letics realize that they have not been perfect. Never
theless I venture to conclude that out of some
thousand colleges and universities in our country
there are not more than a dozen where athletics
have been over-emphasized.” Herbert Orrin Crisler,
head football coadh at the University of Michigan,
lays football’s faults to a small minority.
“For a Century or more industry has been
drawing freely on the stores of scientific know
ledge built up over the ages by thousand of name
less investigators, and doing so without concern for
its exhaustion and without conscious obligation to
contribute to its maintenance or replacement. Of
late the'margin 'between what we know and what
we use has grown alarmingly thin, and while we
may expect many significant gains in basic know
ledge to' come from industrial research agencies and
activities, it still remains true as always that our
major reliance must be on the great company of
scholars in universities and primary research a-
gencies, to whom the advancement of knowledge is
not a means to an end but an end in itself.” Dr.
William E. Wickenden, president of Case School of
Applied Science, reminds industry of its dependence
upon educational institutions.
—Associated Collegiate Press
How many books, watches, radios, etc, do you
have in “hock” ?
If there were a gambling house within a few
hundred yards of our campus and it was commonly
known that all the decks were “stacked”, all the
wheels “fixed”, and all the dice “loaded”, most of
us would, nevertheless, patronize it at odd times.
But the college, city, and state authorities would
soon arrange for its removal. It would be much more
sensible and easier, of course, for no one to con
tribute their available cash or belongings to the
place. But it doesn’t work that w r ay because all of
us are “chumps” at various times. Most of our
laws are designed to protect people from one anoth
er, or to punish them wdien they allow their desires,
ambitions, and instincts to overflow.
No, we haven’t been afflicted as yet with any
out-and-out gambling houses. But we are supporting
an establishment that puts the worst gambling
dives to shame. We who enter there have not the
remotest chance of winning—and admit it. Yes, we
mean the local pawn broker.
There is little need to discuss the principal ob
jection to the institution, but let us just take an
example: You decide you must have some cash
immediately and the “hock shop” beckons. You take
the typewriter the folks gave you for high school
graduation down to the “man”. The thing cost
around $50 and it is probably still worth at least
25 to a typewriter dealer, who could resell it at a
nice profit. The pawnbroker knows that too, but he
values it to you at $12.50-and says he might let you
have $10 on it. But, of course you have to leave the
typewriter there. And when you leave it there, he
is going to charge you $1.00 per month storage on
it. Of course, that is just a happy solution to the
usury laws, but it still costs you $1.00 per month.
That’s one good show a week, eight bottles of
Muhlbach, or 'about six packs of hard cigarettes.
And you didn’t want your typewriter “stored” any
way. But you think you need the ten dollars, so you
take the cash, and sign a little slip which says that
you will pay 10% on the loan per month for
“storage”, and will stand nonchalantly by and
watch your typewriter sold in the event that you
don’t pay the $1.00 “storage” charge each 30 days
.... and go on to Houston which you didn’t have
any business doing in. the first place, and blow the
ten, dollars on beer, women, and Stephen Foster
ballads. Then, let us say, you did not get back on
your financial feet for four months and six days.
By this time you have paid $4 “storage” charges ....
or you no longer have claim to a typewriter. To
get the machine back, you kick in another $11. That
little slip meant 30 days or fraction thereof, re
member? So you had the use of $10 for about 17
weeks and it cost you $5 plus the fact that you
didn’t have the use of your typewriter. That is
about 120% simple interest. Don’t you wish you
knew of some investment that paid off like that?
A bank wouldn’t have charged you more than 42
Of course, this isn’t the only place afflicted
with a pawn broker, but that doesn’t justify his
existence. We’ve no more need of such an establish
ment than we have of a lot of other things that we
do not, and will not, have. Some of us think that
there are. times when it is absolutely necessary to
pawn something, but toward the end of the year
when everything is already pawned, and you have
no books, slide rule, ring, or typewriter available,
you struggle along somehow. We could struggle
along the whole school year in the same way.
Why can’t we, through the proper authorities,
take the necessary steps to rid ourselves of this
Don Andrews, Jr. ’41
Dan Perkins, ’41
THE PRESENT College Regulations state in ef
fect that the total wattage allowed per room shall
not exceed 200 watts, the wattage of any single light
bulb not to exceed 75 watts.
We value our eyes. Under the best of lighting
conditions, studying every night will tend to strain
and tax the eyes. The I.E.S. lamps (also specified
in College Regulations) are specified to be used with
100 watt globes. The maximum allowable size globe
must, then, definitely underpower our lamps and
overtax our eyes.
Why does it matter if the total wattage per
room, 200 watts, is accounted from three under
sized bulbs or from two 100 watt bulbs that will
produce definitely superior lighting during study?
All the bulbs from a given dormitory are on the
same line and are lighted by the same generators.
The writers are not sympathizing with the use
of light globes whose total power is in excess of 200
watts per room. We simply ask that we be allowed
to distribute our wattage per room as we please
whether it be with Christmas tree bulbs, neon signs,
or a single 200 watt bulb in each room.
I. N. Hickman, ’41 R. E. Elliot, ’41
C. A. Lilly, ’41 A. V. Reyes, ’41
J. R. Lane, ?41 A1 Hobrecht, ’41
John H. Kenagy, ’41 P. M. Bolton, 7 41
W. J. Donwiddie, ’41 R. W. Olbrich, ’41
R. F. Fox, ’41 J. H. Cain, ’41
R. A. Lynch, ’41
As the World Turns...
hold up, or threaten to hold up, the national defense
program by strikes or threats of strikes in the ef
fort to profit at the expense of national security.
This type of blackmail has been successful in most
instances, the government mediators choosing to
force the employers to pay extra rather than offend
the C.I.O.
In a Mediterranean Sea battle
between German and Italian dive
bombers and a British naval con
voy the English fleet was victor
ious, driving the attackers away
without loss of a single merchant
ship which was under guard. One
of the British cruisers was severe
ly damaged and while being tow
ed into port it caught fire and was
destroyed by its crew. An Ameri
can naval officer was aboard one
Nelson of the British ships while the act
ion was going on, and this particular ship was
bombed for seven hours. The American officer was
along as official observer for the U.S. Navy. The
action was reported by an American newspaper cor
respondent who was also on the same British air
craft carrier.
Wendel L. Willkie has not only come out pub
licly in favor of the President’s plan for complete
aid to England, but he has also engaged passage on
the trans-Atlantic plane for Europe and is going to
England to study the conditions at first hand.
The President’s plan to loan war materials to
England is expected to pass both houses of Con
gress, but the little group of so-called isolationists
plan to exert themselves to the utmost to delay the
passage of the bill. If the bill can be delayed until
Germany carries out its spring attack the services
of these isolationists will have been of the utmost
value to Hitler.
The air and naval bases traded to the U.S. by
England in the destroyer deal have now been select
ed by the government and troops are on the way to
take possession of the base in Newfoundland and
to make immediate preparation for its use.
George Euemwnn
“Backwash: An agitation resulting from some action or occurrence.”—Webster.
The Way of Things
Germans are real
there’s no denying it.
. . .These Aggie War Hymn” is an example of
humorists; such a song and already three
songs are on the way to replace
Take the
front page of the current Facts it. One, written by Edwin Stead,
in Review, for example. There’s a j s particularly good and may soon
pic of Adolph wearing an ear-to t 0 p S on the Aggie hit parade.
ear smile as he Watch for a public appearance of
faces a group of al- this song within the next three
1 e g e d German mo nths.
workers-also wear- 0 • ®
ing ear - t o - e a r
smiles. The cap
tion reads, “Not gig Jawn Kimbrough’s fan mail
war, but peace! ru ns about a hundred letters a
Above is Adolph day during the football season. John
Hitler photograph- generally goes through the mail
ed when he is hap- personally and attempts to read
Fuermann pj es t: with h i s an d answer those which come from
workers for peace in a Germany friends. The rest are turned over
rid of class divisions. ‘It has never to his close friend, R. C. Couch,
been my intention to wage war, Aggie senior from Haskell, who
but rather to build up a state with answers as many as possible,
a new social order and the finest John’s favorite letter is one
possible standards of culture. Every received Jan. 4 from a negro boy
year that the war drags on is keep- j n San Angelo^ Here’s the letter,
ing me from this work,’ Hitler exa ctly as written:
said in a recent address.” Poor “i suppose this is rather rare
Mr. Hitler—dogged by this nasty receiving a letter from a negro
old war that he doesn’t want. One
can’t help but feel an inner glow
of satisfaction when one learns
that Mr. Hitler has never had any
intention of waging war—just a
victim of circumstances. . . .The
Jan. 13 issue of the St. Louis
Post-Dispatch contains a long art
icle which centers around the ac
tivities of Harvey Trewitt,* an Ag
gie-ex, as he goes through the
metamorphisis of becoming a lieu
tenant in the U. S. Air Corps. The
article, incidentally, is accom
panied, by six pictures. Harvey’s
brother, Manning Trewitt, is an
Aggie junior who says he would
like to follow in his brother’s
air corps footsteps. . .The current
ASCAP-BMI feud will result in
boy. But I must tell you my opin
ion Pf you. I think you are the
swellest football player of all
football players. The purpose of
this letter. I request of you your
.phohograph if that’s not asking
too much. I play football on the
San Angelo High Bobcats. Full
back position. You are my ideal
player. Say I hope while in your
professional career you will get to
play against Tom Harmon and
give him a good hard tackle. He
think he hot stuff. I have listen
to you play on the Radio ever
since you have been enroll at A.
& M .College. Oh I could say a
lot about your swell playing but
I guess it’s not necessary.”
In a manner which was sincere
r„^“ g W SOn Alle b n e ^ “
The playoff between regimental
football teams is going to come
off Sunday afternoon and it will
be a good opportunity to see a
game played under the new football
rules. Of course the rule changes
won’t make any major differences
in the game but that isn’t the only
reason to see the performance
either. The most important and
conspicuous of the rule changes is
that a player may be substituted
as many times as desired and may
speak in the huddle on the first
These regimental football teams
are going to have a lot of our best
friends on them and it is a good
chance to go down and see them
do their stuff. Because the teams
have not had time to practice theih-
selves into football machines, there
ought to be some fast action and
unexpected events. With game
time at 2:30 on Kyle Field, the
game will be a good way to spend
Sunday afternoon, and the gate re
ceipts will go to the Student Aid
Fund and Bundles for Britain on
a 50-50 basis.
something like installment eight in
the success story of Deanna Dur
bin. It shows her as a little peasant
girl in pre-World War I Vienna
who entrances the Emperor him
self with her singing. The person
who really entrances her is Robert
Cummings, whose role as drummer
boy in the emperor’s band fits him
pretty well. They have several lit
tle lovers spats which Deana car
ries off well but of course the worst
is bound to happen or it wouldn’t
be a show. f
The setting of “Spring Parade”
is just one World War too late.
Gone now are all the waltz centers
and emperors. Just what Deanna
owes her success to is a wonder
because she really isn’t very pret
ty. She is attractive and has a light
cheerfulness about her that people
seem to like. She also has a good
knack of introducing her songs
without producing the heavy oper
atic atmosphere which seems to ac
company Jeanette MacDonald when
she sings.
expressed the sentiments of
J 6500 Texas Aggies and a few thous-
tion s college song. The firm is also , . . T , • -j 4. n
& and Aggie-exes. John, incidentally,
ing Co. owns hundreds of the na-
sent the picture.
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an ASCAP subsidiary and, as such,
many colleges have found them
selves in the unique position of be- ^ ,
ing unable to air their own songs UHcirKSOn
on the nation’s radio waves. “The
(Continued from Page
Probably the hardest-hit man
in Kyle stadium last season was
Texas A. & I.’s great center,
Stuart Clarkson, Little All Ameri
ca nominee who tried to stop
Jawn at a time when the Has-
CAP has kept its membership to
a minimum. One hundred and for- Hurricane was loping along at
ty-one of its members are not a p re tty fair speed,
composers, but publishing corp- John hit Steuart so hard that
orations, some owned and control- Steuart > s hea d gear turned around
led by the movie industry. so ^ a ^. ^g ear f] a p S CO vered his
If you are a composer or a song- f aC e. The attempted tackle occured
writer, you cannot become a mem- near the sidelines in front of Ag-
ber of this exclusive club until gieland’s football sage, Trainer Lil
you have had five songs publish- Dimmett, and, as Steuart got to his
ed successfully—and not then un- feet, Lil asked him how much in
less ASCAP directors let you in. surance he had.
When you become a member, “Not enough to tackle that man
you sign away all performing rights again,” he replied with a smile,
to your past, present and future
work for a period of ten years. phrase seems to suggest may be
You are guaranteed nothing in seen from the sworn testimony
return for that. You serve a proba- 0 f ASCAP’s president during a
tionary period as a Non-Partici- 1933 lawsuit.
pating Member. During this period, i n 1933 about one-third of AS
usually one year, you get no share CAP’s income went to its manage-
of the royalties your music has me nt. Of its net income, after ex-
earned. What, if anything, you penses and operating costs, about
will receive after that depends upon half went, not to creative artists,
what a board of directors decides but to a group of 187 publishers—
to pay you. (There are no fix- and eight or ten big Hollywood pub-
ed rules. You are not paid, for ex- lishing corporations got the lion’s
ample, in proportion to the num- share.
ber of times your music is
ed or sung.)
The directors are elected by each
other. They are a monopoly with
in a monopoly. They cannot be
replaced or ousted by dissatisfied
members, and what they say goes.
During the only year for which
payments to members have ever
been disclosed, song writer mem
bers of the board averaged nearly
eight times as much for each per
formance as they voted to the rest
of the song-writer members of AS
ASCAP has only itself to blame tection.
for the growing public inquiry And that
The remainder (one-third of
the total income) went to AS
CAP’s “protected” creative art
ists, but even here there are some
strange facts. Ninety-seven per
cent of the creative artists’ share
went to about 280 members se
lected by the self-perpetuating
board of directors) and 8 per
cent went to about 825 members!
Briefly, then, 187 publishers
got 33 cents out of every dollar
and 825 creative artists got 1
That is what ASCAP calls pro-
W. J. Douglas, Jr.
General Insurance
Commerce Bldg
Phone Bryan 160
is the private club
about it. By “cornering” the “pop- which has cornered the copyrights
ular” music supply, it has made it on “popular music.”
virtually impossible for the large Broadcasting stations have been
number of composers outside of playing ASCAP music under a li-
ASCAP to gain a hearing on the cense which expired December 31,
air. It has refused to reach out 1940. Since then they cannot play
and take under its “protective” ASCAP music without violating the
wing the vast majority of creative copyright law. To renew the li-
artists for whom, presumably, it cense, ASCAP demands that every
was organized. It has kept a tight radio station in the country pay
hold on its monopoly for the bene- ASCAP a substantial percentage of
fit of a few—and in so doing it all its income—whether that income
has gone a long way toward des- is from music programs or news
troying opportunity for tens of broadcasts and other programs
thousands of young creative art- which use no music at all. These
That ASCAP has changed its
original character, is quite obvious.
It still boasts that it is “unincorp
orated” and “non-profit-making.”
The value of being unincorporated
is clear enough. It cannot be forced
to publish financial statements.
Its bookkeeping methods are a
closed book. Whether or not it is
quite so non-profit-making as the
demands exceed $9,000,000 for one
year. Unless these demands are
met, ASCAP’s music is “to be pull
ed off the air.”
The issue, as the writer sees it,
is clear. It is music monopoly.
Should any small group of men
anywhere have the vested right
to dictate what kind of music
America is to hear on the air?
Broadcasting wants to give
AGGIES, join us in giv
ing aid to Britain. See
the charity football game
and then remember to
see us.
J. C. Penney Co.
Bryan, Texas
its radio listeners all of the best
of all kinds of music—including
music represented by ASCAP.
And broadcasting believes that
song-writers should be paid when
their music is used on the air.
That is what copyright laws
are for.
But broadcasting believes that
one of its duties is to keep ra
dio’s opportunity an opportuni
ty for all composers and au
thors. That includes members of
ASCAP to whom ASCAP’s man
agement is not passing on the
royalties radio has been paying.
It includes those thousands of
composers and authors who have
been barred from adequate hear
ing simply because they have
not been elected to ASCAP’s pri
vate club.
Meanwhile, broadcasting is pre
pared for such an emergency. All
of the music of the people who
are not members of the ASCAP,
all of the music of other licens
ing agencies, dozens of whole cata
logues of music have been made
available to radio’s orchestra lead
ers and program directors.
And in order to amplify and
mjake this music more readily
available to the people, broad
casting stations have organized
Broadcast Music, Inc., which is
gathering and publishing a new
catalogue of music. A mutual un
dertaking by 406 radio stations,
Broadcast Music, Inc., will do the
job ASCAP has consistently re
fused to- do, namely, provide an
open door to radio audiences for
all composers and song-writers
who can claim the right to a hear
ing on the air.
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