The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, January 25, 1941, Image 1

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    DIAL 4-5444
The Battalion
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Z725 NO. 45
Most Valuable Player Award Given To Marion Pugh
Tour Duty Is Affected By New Ruling
Seniors Must
Report to Officer
Of Day Every Hour
In order to increase the military
efficiency of A. & M., important
changes affecting all classes have
been made in the method of con
ducting tour duty according to an
announcement Friday by Lt. Col.
James A. Watson, Commandant.
The new order affects juniors,
sophomore, and freshmen as well
as seniors. In commenting on the
change Col. Watson said, “the old
system was too unmilitary; there
was no sense to it.”
The new order states that se
niors will not be required to walk
off demerits but will be required
to remain on the campus and re
port to the Officer of the Day each
hour that he is being restricted.
This will be a formal report con
ducted in a military manner. Un
derclassmen will be required to
walk off demerits as usual, but
the tour area has been changed
from the Cavalry stables to the
parking lot immediately north of
the Petroleum Building. Col. Wat
son stated that all tour duty will
be conducted in a strict military
The new area was chosen because
it is much better than the stables
as it is secluded, dry, and within
easy access to all. Arrangements
have been made so that the Animal
Husbandry Pavilion may be used
during inclement weather. Explain
ing the changes the Col. said, “now
seniors can spend their time profit
ably” while on tour duty.
Wright Called
To Active Duty At
Fort Riley, Kansas
H. E. Wright, instructor in hort
iculture, has been called into active
service in the United States Army
and he will report next week to
Fort Riley, Kansas, where he will
be attached to the 314th Cavalry.
Wright majored in horticulture
and received his bachelor of science
degree in agriculture at A. & M.
in 1934. After graduation, he
bought a citrus farm in the Rio
Grande Valley and successfully op
erated the farm for four years. He
came to A. & M. in the fall of
1938 as an instructor in the Horti
culture Department and he has
taught in the department since
that time.
Unusual Fox
Squirrel Donated
To the A&M Museum
A fox squirrel with unusual col
oration which has frozen for two
years has been mounted by Randolf
L. Peterson, F Battery, C. A. C.,
senior from Roanoke, and will be
placed in the permanent collection
of the Texas Wild Life Co-opera
tive Association.
Instead of the customary gray
color on the back, the fur is white.
The face of the squirrel is mask
ed, for the white color begins
above the eyes and extends to the
base of the tail. Some coloration
is apparent along the spine, but
the belly has a normal red colora
The squirrel was killed by Joe
Taylor in the vicinity of the Nor-
mange State Park in the fall of
1937. Since that date, it has been
kept below zero temperature at the
Nash Drug Store in Normangee,
The specimen was donated to the
museum by Joe Bert Nash, soph
omore from Normangee.
20,500 NYA
Youths Get Jobs
In Last Six Months
During the past six months
20,500 youths have left National
Youth Administration Projects in
Texas for jobs in private industry,
military service, and other types
of employment, according to J. C.
Kellam, state NYA administrator.
This rapid turnover, Kellam said,
is making way for other boys and
girls who are unemployed; be
tween the ages of 16 and 24, in
clusive; out of school and who need
the work experience provided on
NYA projects.
On NYA projects in Texas 22,621
boys and girls now are receiving
work experience in manual types
of work and on resident centers,
local production projects, and con
struction projects. Peak employ
ment of twenty-five thousand
youths will be reached by Jan. 15.
This number represents the begin
ning of the increased employment
of jobless youth authorized by
Congress in October with a $32,-
500,000 supplementary appropria
T Club Benefit
Picture Show Is
Sunday Afternoon
The Cotton Bowl game and the
Rice-A. & M. battle will be the
big attraction of the annual “T”
Club picture show. The pictures
will be held at the Assembly Hall
tomorrow afternoon at 1 o’clock,
it was announced by Howard Shel
ton, president.
The New Year battle between
the Fordham Rams and the Aggies
should prove to be of great interest
to students as it was the hardest
fought battle for the cadets last
season. Pugh’s sensational pass to
“Bama” Smith is only one of the
many thrilling plays to be seen on
the screen.
In the Rice tilt, the Aggie reach
ed their definite peak for the 1940
season. The passing of Jeffrey and
Pugh, and the pass snagging of
Henderson are just a part of the
thrills that will be shown.
Loveless, Martin
Lead Seaboard Sales
Ford Munnerlyn, district manag
er in this territory for Seaboard
Life Insurance Company of Hous
ton, received a telegram from
Burke Baker, president of that
company, congratulating Munner
lyn and his associates on the year
just closed. The telegram said:
“Congratulations to you and your
associates on leading our entire or
ganization in new paid business
and in gain in insurance in force
for the year 1940. Congratulations,
also, to Sid Loveless on being com
pany leader in net production for
the year, and to Paul Martin for
having largest paid volume of any
representative of our company
during 1940.
“Your Agency now has over
$4,000,000 insurance in force on
lives of citizens of that district
and graduates of A. & M. College
who are now scattered throughout
the world. Your fine work helped
make this the best year in the his.
tory of our Company.”
Munnerlyn has just returned
from a three-day meeting of Sea
board managers in Houston, and
reports that his company made
new records during 1940 in new,
paid business, in gain in insurance
in force, increase in assets, and
additions to policyholders’ surplus.
“We are proud to have a part in
the excellent record our company
made during 1940,” Munnerlyn
Old Laundry Building Is Taking On
The Aspects of a Modern Aircraft Lab
Most Valuable
( PbtCjC'fL
Army Will Give Draftees, Enlisted
Men Opportunity To Become Officers
The army is preparing to open-
the way for draftees and enlisted
men to become commissioned of
ficers in order to give the nation’s
land forces more junior officers, it
was announced Thursday by Sec
retary of War Henry L. Stimson.
•the first of four successive courses
of three months each will begin
about July 1. The age limit was
set up to 36. At present the policy
sets the maximum age of 30 for
commissioning combat officers.
While word of the plan had not
reached Eighth Corps Area Head
quarters, Fort Sam Houston, it
was explained by Army officials
that the probable procedure for
enlisted men and draftees hoping
to try for commissions will be to
make their applications to their
unit commanders.
The application then will be for
warded through military channels
to the corps area headquarters and
from there to the War Depart
ment for final approval.
The Secretary of War said that
There are 27,200 officers on ac
tive duty, it was explained, in
cluding those in the Regular Army,
National Guard, and Organized Re
serve Corps, and by June it is
planned to have more than 97,000
in order to officer the land forces
of an anticipated 1,400,000.
Further provisions for applica
tion to the schools for officers in
cludes the necessity that candidate
complete at least six months ac
tive field service and must have
three months service remaining be
fore they are to be discharged.
One of the greatest current tech--fan
nical points of interest on the A.
& M. campus is the old laundry
building. It has been converted
into the aeronautical engineering
building to house the aeronautical
engineering department, headed by
Howard Walter Barlow.
Aside from offices and class
rooms housed in the building, a
modem laboratory, suitable for giv
ing efficient, practical training to
the students, is under construction
and is now nearing completion.
The Army Air Corps, independ
ent air lines, and aeronautical pub
lishing companies have been the
major contributing forces in the
expansion of the laboratories.
The United Airlines alone have
contributed to the department sev
eral types of equipment valued at
approximately $5,000. Among these
contributions is a three way cons
tant speed propeller of the type
used on transports..
From the Army Air Corps have
come four 450 horsepower pursuit
engines to be used for construction
al purposes and valued at $5,000
each. The Army Air Corps also
contributed a P T 3A trainer,
built in 1929. The trainer was orig
inally used by Consolidated Air
craft for primary pilot training.
The Army further contributed
parts of P-12 pursuit planes used
in class work to give the students
an opportunity to study the planes’
construction. Barlow stated that
estimated value of $10,000.
other parts given by the Army have
Other equipment housed in the
laboratory include the framework
on an Eagle Rock, two place bi
plane built in 1927 with an OX liq
uid cooled engine of 90 horsepower,
and a typical illustration of the
tube-like construction of air craft.
The Myers trainer, used for
the C. P. T. advanced training,
that just recently crashed here at
the C.A.A. training field, has
been loaned the college by the Ca
det Aviation Co. for research work.
Students have completely tom
down the engine and will reassem
ble it in the laboratory. Further
study of the modem all metal con
struction of the plane wall soon be
The first floor of the building has
been devoted to laboratory benches
and equipment to be used for re
search work by the students. The
first floor will also be used for
a small airplane lab which is now
under construction. The second
floor will be divided into two sec
tions; one will be used for the
senior design room while the other
section wdll be made into a con
ference room.
As further equipment the depart
ment will subscribe to several aero
nautical publications. These publi
cations along with the engine and
necessary manuals may be found
on the second floor in the confer
ence section.
Fireman Save My Child
A&M Volunteer Department
Is One of State’s Best Equipped
By Tom Gillis
“Fire! Fire!” is not a useless
cry at College Station, thanks
to the efforts of 17 volunteer fire
men who know just what to do
about it. When the siren atop
the Buildings and College Utilities
offices begin to scream, it is a
matter of only a few minutes be
fore one of the three trucks rolls
out of the garage manned by the
volunteers who have gathered in
answer to its notes.
And as the name volunteer im
plies, these men receive no pay for
their time and services spent in
learning and fighting fire. They
serve because they want to and
because they are of service to their
C. E. Bullock, who stays at the
station at all times, is the only
salaried member of the force. His
duties are to keep the equipment in
good working order and ready to
roll at a moment’s notice. He opens
the doors and starts the three
trucks when the alarm is sounded
and he does this so rapidly that
-he can start all three trucks be-"
fore Chief F. B. Brown, college elec
trician who works in the same
building, can get to the garage.
All the rest of the men are em
ployees of the B. & C. U. office
and are hence within short dis
tances of the fire equipment at
all times.
Fortunately, fires don’t happen
often, but when one is reported, the
telephone operator who receives the
call turns on the wailing siren and
phones the location of the blaze.
From there on it’s up to the
men who drop whatever they are
doing and come running to the
station. No thought is given to
what clothes they happen to have
on or what business they were do
ing because that doesn’t matter
when something is burning. As soon
as the compliment of 4 or 5 men
for any of the trucks arrives at
the station, that truck rolls out
and heads for the trouble. And in
short order the others follow.
Fire fighting is not just some
thing that you can pick up as you
go along. There is definitely a
team work and a knowledge of pro
cedure that is necessary to fight
even a grass fire. The members of
the A. & M. Volunteer fire depart
ment, along with about 600 others
from all over the state, are
taught the principles and methods
of modern fire methods at a five
day training school short course
held here each July.
You can’t fight a fire without
any equipment either, and the var
iety and extent of the equipment
here is more than most people
suspect. The station here is better
stocked than most fire halls in cit
ies of this size because of equipment
held here for the annual training
short course. The three trucks
which the department possesses
include one 750 gallon pumper
with 1500 feet of running hose, one
500 gallon pumper with 900 feet
of hose, and one hook and lad
der truck with 300 feet of ladders.
Always taken along to any fire
are the stretchers, first aid boxes,
inhalators, axes, shovels, nozzles,
and firemen’s togs of boots and
Thomason and Henke
Win Best-Blocking Trophies
Monday Afternoon
Classes Are Held
Today As Make-Up
Regular Monday afternoon class
es will be conducted this after
noon to complete the Saturday
afternoon make-up sessions brought
on by the early dismissal for Christ
mas holidays. This announcement
was issued from Dean Bolton’s
office with the morning paper.
As scheduled these special class
es will run as were conducted last
Saturday. Classes scheduled for
Monday at 1 p.m. will be held
Saturday at 1 p.m.
Of the four days of classes lost
by early dismissal, one was made
up by returning Thursday noon,
two are being caught in the final
examination schedule period, and
the other day remaining has been
taken care of by the Saturday af
ternoon classes as have been an
Plans Underway
For A Saturday
Midnight Show
Plans to run a midnight show
every Saturday night at the As
sembly Hall were announced re
cently by J. Gordon Gay, associ
ate secretary of the Y. M. C. A.
The plan at present is to begin
the show at 10:30 p.m. after the
second run of the regular Satur
day night show. At present two
shows have been booked for this
purpose, one of which was shown
last Saturday night.
Whether or not these late shows
will become a regular part of the
Assembly Hall’s regular weekly
program will depend on the avail
ability of attractive pictures as well
as attendance.
Due to the fact that the time for
the show to begin is around an
hour or more before the customary
run of other midnight shows a
large enough attendance is ex
pected to justify the permanent
inauguration of the plan.
Of Cotton Bowl Game
Broadcast as Surprise
By Hub Johnson
Battalion Sports Editor
Marion “Dookie” Pugh, who
started writing his record on the
West Coast against Santa Clara
season before last, was named the
most valuable player of the 1940
Texas Aggie football team by Toast
master Dough Rollins last night at
one of the largest grid dinners ever
held in Sbisa Hall.
Jim Thomason and Charlie Henke
were named the best blockers of
the backfield and line, respective
ly, and were presented with the
A. G. “Bert” Pfaff trophy. Thom
ason was also named co-captain at
the end of the season, teaming
with center Tommie Vaughn.
Cotton Bowl Broadcast
Immediately after the invocation
by E. J. Howell, Registrar,
the teams and visitors had the sur
prise of the evening thrown at
The first minutes of the third
quarter of the Cotton Bowl game
were broadcast from out of no
where and the Aggies in six min
utes topped the play that Ford-
ham had offered in the other fif
ty-four. A recording had been made
of the entire game and this part
chosen for the banquet entertain
Guests Numerous
Visiting coaches, players, news
men, and officials of the Cotton
Bowl game were introduced. Among
these were Dan Rogers, James
Stewart, Dick Arcade, Mack Bos-
wel, Felix McKnight, and others.
Cross Country and Fish
Colonel Frank G. Anderson,
coach of the cross country team,
presented awards to four letter-
men. These were Mayer, Wilmeth,
Elmore, and Laney.
Coach Hub Me Quillen presented
freshmen football players with
their numerals.
Varsity Awards
Gold footballs for watch chains
were presented the team by Dean
E. J. Kyle, chairman of the Ath
letic Council, on behalf of the
Council. This honor is paid every
championship football team.
Maroon jackets trimmed with
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Aggies Will Have fo Survive Only
One Friday the I3ih During Year
Superstitious Aggies who are al-+
ways carrying a lucky rabbit’s foot
and deliberately dodging black cats
breathed a sigh of relief as they ex
amined the 1941 calender. That day
of days, Friday the 13th, which is so
ominous comes but once this year.
Most Aggies are superstitious, but
they will be glad to know that a
year of salvation has arrived, for
1941 brings a year of new promise.
Unfortunately Friday fell on the
13th of two months last fall and the
jinxed day might have had some re
mote effect on another jinx we can
remember on November 28 at Aus
Since 1930 we have survived
Friday the 13th 16 times. The
year 1942 has something which only
occurs once in every twelve years,
three Friday 13’s will appear on the
calendar that year.
“Black Friday” this year will be
Friday, June 13th, and by that
time, school will be over for the
summer. Before Friday falls on
the 13th this year, the Aggies will
have passed through two sets of fin
al exams, held half a dozen or
more reviews, a whole spring series
of corps dances, taken dozens of pop
quizzes, had spring fever, celebrat
ed Mother’s Day and a multitude of
other important events.
Between now and that fatal date
we may enter a war, graduate the
argest class in Aggie history, pass
under five full moons, and have a
chance to attend church on any one
of 20 consecutive Sundays.
A. Harris Co.
To Present Styles,
Models for Cotton Ball
A. Harris and Company of Dal
las has accepted an invitation to
participate in the Cotton Ball by
furnishing their latest styles and
models, according to an announce
ment by J. S. Mogford, sponsor
of the annual affair.
A designer and publicity agent
will be sent to A. & M. next week
to study plans and arrangements
that student members of the Ag
ronomy Club made regarding the
pageant. They will work in coop
eration with each other so as to
produce a show far better than
previous pageants as far as color,
styles and make-up is concern
A. D. Jackson Addresses
Animal Husbandry Seminar
The animal husbandry seminar
class had as its main speaker at
its meeting this week A. D. Jack-
son, chief of publications, Texas
Agricultural Experiment Station,
who related his observations in
connection with the cattle industry
during his life time.
Mr. Jackson pointed out the value
of hybrid vigor in crossing cattle
and he discussed the different op
portunities in livestock breeding
work „ with hybrids.