The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, January 25, 1941, Image 2

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Page 2- THE BATTALION The Battalion 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 Tuenday, 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 request. Represented nationally by National Advertising Service, Inc., at New York City, Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Office. Room 122, Administration Building. Telephone 4-S444. Bob Nisbet Editor-in-Chief George Puermann Associate Editor Keith Hubbard : Advertising Manager Tommy Henderson Circulation Manager Pete Tumlinson 1 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 Hollimon Junior Sports Editor Mike Haikin, W. F. Oxford Sports Assistants SATURDAY’S EDITORIAL STAFF Earle A. Shields Managing Editor T. R. Harrison Assistant Advertising Manager Junior Editors Will O. Brimberry 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. play “God Bless America” at that particular point in the program. This was observed by the governor who requested the number be played later on the program. The only phases of the program absolutely synchronized were the correct number of the guns and the bombing planes which flew ovei’head at exactly 12:00 noon. It is believed that if all formal ceremonial ar rangements were placed in care of the Adjutant General of the State such confusion would never occur. All social phases could be left to the many other regularly appointed and self established groups. The Collegiate Review BE MEAN was the only rule for “Meany” day set aside by the Buchtelite, University of Akron student newspaper, as the day for students to grouse and gripe, the day to be mean to everybody. The old days of custard pie movies came back when a real meany tossed a piece of lemon meringue pie at a co-ed . . . and hit his mark. Another co-ed got her face washed in the snow. One meany poured water in a co-ed’s high rubber boots; another student got the hot-foot; while still another man’s shoe strings were tied to gether while he was sitting in the student building cafeteria. Ace High With the Corps THE FRONT PAGE of today’s Battalion includes an article concerning a change in tour duty regula tions. The front pages of many Battalions in the past few months have included stories concerning such things as the fact that juniors and seniors holding advanced R.O.T.C. contracts could purchase —without a cash outlay—tickets to the Cotton Bowl game; that a drum and bugle unit would soon start playing for all mess formations r at Sbisa and Duncan mess halls—thus making for more morale in the corps; that the War Department had granted Texas A. & M. college 100 additional advanced military science contracts; and so on through a long list of outstanding achievements . . . Achievements which represent a leaning-over-backwards attitude on some one’s part where the cadet corps is concerned. What those stories have not told The Battalion’s readers is the story behind each individual activity. Nor have the stories told who was doing the lean ing over backwards. But that makes a better story than the several news items themselves. Last September the college received a new com mandant and professor of military science and tac tics. The job is a tough one at its very best, but the man who began his work last September had a double-tough task. He was following in the foot steps of a man whose work was generally recogniz- as the best ever performed by an A. & M. com mandant—meaning Brigadier-General George F. Moore. So there was a lot of head-shaking and no little speculation concerning what sort of a commandant Lieut.-Col. James A. Watson would make. The corps wasn’t long in finding out. The afternoon (last summer) that Colonel and Mrs. Watson arrived on the campus they came across three student janitors—perspiring, dirty from several hours of hard work, and just a little rough looking. “Watson’s my name,” the colonel said and stuck out his hand. The three cadets introduced them selves and were in turn introduced to Mrs. Watson. The outcome of the whole thing was that the three students got in the Colonel’s car and took him on a tour of the campus. A day later the same three cadets had occasion to be in The Battalion office and throughout their hour-long stay they were rutted in one subject: To wit: “Our new commandant is a swell fellow—a regular guy!” That’s the way The Battalion feels about the thing. Colonel Watson is a man who has taken a sincere interest in the corps and the college. He has done so to the exclusion of all else. He’s a good thing for the college to have. And, most of all, he has the respect and co operation of the cadet corps. Inauguration Aftermath IT IS THE GENERAL Concensus that inauguration of the governor of a state should be dignified second only to that of the president of the United States. At Washington, all formal ceremonies for such an occasion are placed in the hands of army officials thru the secretary of war and the Adjutant General. The ritual as laid down in Army Regulations is strict and must be adhered to. At the recent inauguration of the governor of the state of Texas, established ceremonial forms were almost entirely ignored and the entire program was badly confused. The greatest cause of these conditions was that too many persons assumed authority and almost all instruction passed out were in conflict. To begin with, on the original program, the official state song, “Texas Our Texas” was entirely overlooked and in what should have been its place we were treated to a most profane musical jazz number. At the conclusion of the artillery salute, a composition by the governor was rendered, (Beau tiful Texas”), which altho being sentimental and not altogether unmusical, should not have displaced the national anthem, as vital a part of the salute as the guns. The national anthem was entirely overlooked and when attention to the fact was called, a band other than the official band was given the honor of playing it although it was the bandmaster of the official band who observed the oversight. The official ceremonies were announced to start at 12:00 noon. At 11:35 orders were given the official band to commence playing and the governor, staff et al, proceeded to the platform. This proved to be a feint or preliminary and the entire per- formance was re-enacted at 12:00 noon. Shortly thereafter one of the many self ordain ed bosses, chairmen or what not, announced that the program was ahead of schedule and that one of the bands should fill in time. This was entirely in error as the program started the band should Someone mixed up all the hats and coats in the checking room while someone else was dumping snow in all the boots. A student was given a raw hamburger in the cafeteria, so he took it into the kitchen and cooked it himself. Then he refused to pay for it. —Associated Collegiate Press FRANK LOVING PRESENTS: / Heard the Preacher Say MAN HAS ALWAYS explained the unknown by means of the supernatural. Primitive people could find no obvious explanation for phenomena such as rain; thunder and lightning; the movement of the sun, moon, and stars; or the changing seasons, and since he could not understand these things, he got around the dilemma by cooking up a bunch of gods to serve as explanation. A few races even attributed all this to one God. As our ancestors began to rea son out the basic causes of natural wonders in terms of familiar things, they began to draw away from the old ideas about supernatural being. In spite of this change, however, our race of humans has stuck tenaciously to a belief in a supreme being. This belief has come to be a source of inspiration to us to live better, kinder and more useful lives, yet we all have at times a feeling of uncertainly about the whole thing. We find that our experience teaches us explanations of things which we have been brought up to associate with a supernatural being, and worse yet, our experience demonstrates apparently outright contradiction of things we have been taught were axiomatic to our faith. A true scientific proof cannot be demonstrated on either side of the question, but one thing is certain—it is quite impossible for science to explain everything about anything no matter how small. There is al ways a final curtain, beyond which we can never see, an ultimate veil which no art or science can pierce in its experimenting. Hence we still have our realm of the unknown just as had the ancients—we have merely moved the realm to a little greater dis tance—and the only explanation for it seems to be the supernatural one. It is quite uncxplanable and that is in one sense synonomous with supernatural. Our minds cannot conceive of a God possibly, but neither can they see through the riddle of the uni verse or of even a blade of grass. In the fact of this, how can we afford to deny God in action if not in word! As the World Turns... Nelson BY DR. AL B. NELSON CHARLES AUGUSTUS LINDBERGH has testified before the foreign affairs committee of the House of Representatives. According to the latest news reports he believes that the United States should not help England, believes that the United States and England combined could not win the war, and said “I do not want either side to win the war”. That is the same as saying that he does not desire that Germany lose the war. Constant readers of the news dispatches will remember Lind bergh’s reports that the German air force could not be withstood. England has withstood the Ger man air might, and Greece has held up under the highly touted Italian planes, and military men are beginning to ask if Lindbergh was “deceived by German misinformation” or was only over-enthusiastic in the Nazi cause. The Nazi’s gave him a medal then and if he were just to hold up U.S. aid to Britain for two or three weeks Hit ler would probably give him another and consider it small pay. Davy O’Brien failed to obtain damages in Fed eral court for the unauthorized use of his picture in beer advertisements. The C.I.O. leaders should also put in their ap plication for Nazi medals, two or more additional strikes were called this past week in important plants working on national defense orders. The French labor unions did the same thing and were a major cause of the French downfall. Tactics of this type come very near to “giving aid and comfort to the enemy”. A stronger Driver’s License Law for Texas is being pushed in the Texas Legislature and is con sidered to have a fair chance of passage. The new measures would go a long way toward curbing drunken or irresponsible drivers. The most recent Gallup Poll records that two out of every three voters favor aid to England even at the risk of War. BACKWASH By (mm fuermann “Backwash: An agitation resulting from some action ar occurrence.”—Webster. Fuermann The Way of Things. . . .Seldom does a day pass that the college does not receive mail addressed to “The University of Texas, College Station, Texas” . . .Tact—in the Harris County way. Meaning the customer who walked into a Houston cafe, or dered a steak and, when it was pres ented to him, ask ed the waiter, “Do you think that’ll help me?” “Well,” the waiter replied, “If that doesn’t help ya, it’ll kill ya!” . . . Watch for a major upheaval where three of the college’s high student body officials are concerned. Backwash may be wrong on this tip, but, if it happens, the expose will come within 60 days and may be of enough importance to rock the state. It concerns capitalization on stu dent executive positions. . . . Evi dencing something or other where the corps is concerned, the total value of the items now in the Me chanical Engineering department’s lost and found office approximates $178.35. . . R. L. Hobbs has a good angle on the veterinary hospital. It concerns the freak animjals which have been known to occur in dreams of one kind or another. In the vet hospital’s reading room, there’s a collection of animals— all dead, of course—that no self- respecting female in the world of animaldom would admit being the mother of. There’s a calf with two complete heads and necks, and two fully developed pairs of front legs. Then, too, there’s another calf with two noses and three eyes—other wise normal. • • • Commercial Maybe necessity was the mother of an invention, but there are three Texas Aggies who are earn ing part of their college expenses through a unique plan. Three sen iors, they’re Tom Hill, Ike Jacobs, and W. L. (Wally) Heftdon, and shower shoes is the business they run. Wally first had the idea last March. It seems that a local store had obtained a few pair of similar shoes from Japan, and it occured to the three Coast Artillery men that—if production was available in Texas—they could become bus iness executives over night. They finally found a Sherman planing mill which would make the shoes for them. The original order was for a thousand pair—and, to date, most of them have been sold. “Now we’re planning a dainty little feminine number for our sister school T.S.C.W.ians,” Ike pointed out with a smile. • • • No Deal Many Aggies have recently been saving empty cigarette packages of a certain popular brand on the basis that the manufacturer would buy a “seeing-eye” dog for a blind person with the presentation of a given number of the packages. The company makes no such of fer, however, and in a letter to the writer an official explained that “We are at a loss to under stand how this rumor was started.” Later in the letter he explained the rumor wasn’t just confined to College Station. “We have received parallel requests from coast to coast, and the situation has caused the firm tremendous embarrass ment.” Many cadets had taken hundreds of the packages to local confec tionaries and drug stores, only to be disappointed. One case, in par ticular, is near-tragic. An Aggie living in the old area has a blind relative for whom the family had long tried to obtain a seeing-eye dog. Too expensive for the family to handle, the cadet had eagerly jumped at the chance to get a dog through saving empty cigar ette packages. When he finally learned that no such offer was made by the company, he had saved 4025 packages! Two unusual types of benefit shows are on the movie calendar for this week-end. The “T” Club is having one Sunday afternoon be fore the free show and the “Y” Cabinet is showing “NO TIME FOR COMEDY” at 10:30 Saturday night, after the regular show. The “T” club’s performance will show the movies of the Rice and the Fordham football games, fol lowed by the regular free show. Incidentally, the free show this week is a plenty good one. The idea of the show is more for the benefit of the football boys than anything else, but they’ve well earned it and then some. The “Y” Cabinet is doing an unusual thing in giving its show; not only are they having a sort of midnight feature but they are giv ing away prizes from the stage before the show starts. These priz es are donated by the local mer chants and will be given to the person whose ticket stub is drawn. “NO TIME FOR COMEDY” is the feature which will be shown. James Stewart and Rosalind Russell together are enough to give this a pretty good start to ward being a good show. Stewart is a young country playwright who marries Rosalind and writes com edy for her to star in. Their home is nearly broken up when another women inspires him to write a se rious play but it flops. This show has a strong cast with all of them good actors. Their characteriza tions of their various positions are standouts for good acting. They fit well into the blank space in the plot and put on some highbrow dialogue. The United States could do more toward promoting hemisphere good will by aiding interested South and Central American countries in es tablishing 4-H Club work than by loaning money for munition or air plane factories. TSCW Exchange Rifle Club Gets New Range To Prepare For Match Against Aggies By Dorothy Schmittgens Editor, The Lass-0 Aggie riflers had better look to their laurels because TSCW’s Rifle Club is practicing in its new range under Houston Hall every after noon. Five new guns, a range for off-hand shooting, and a range long enough for six targets for prone shooting are included in the advantages of the new building. Spring brings thoughts of last year’s victory over the gallant Aggies and plans are being made for their entertainment on the re turn match. Dead week has been lowered slowly into its grave together with all notebooks, term themes and re ports that were due by Thursday, and all students are trekking to the library for cramming, coming back to the dorms only for meals and to complain about their last final or the one to come. There is a premium at campus stores for coffee and ammoniated “cokes”, and dormitory windows are bright until the wee sma’ hours. W. P. A. Project Grandpa’s little red schoolhouse has faded into the limbo of the past. In its place has come the el ementary school with its own li brary, workshop, workroom, and specially equipped classrooms, such as the new model demonstration school and education building that was opened for inspection Friday night. A WPA project, the new practice building is a $100,000 en terprise and is directly opposite the library on the TSCW campus. Six badminton players from TSCW have already qualified to enter the second annual Inter-col legiate and Baylor open badminton tournament at Waco Feb. 6 and 7 where approximately 150 players from Texas and Oklahoma will compete. This year the. college will be rep resented by Daphne Suba, Mary Dell Stewart, Henrietta Greenberg, Gloria Suba, Laurel Jean Graham, and Betty Jane Foust. Last year no players represented TSCW al though some students were spec tators. Maurois To Lecture The first drama series program following final exam week is the appearance of Andre Maurois, his torian, biographer, novelist, and ; critic who will give a lecture Feb. 4 on “The Art of Living,” the sub ject of one of his recent books. Mr. Maurois has served his country in two world wars. In the first World War he was attached to the British forces as interpreter, and his first book is on English army life. In the second war he was as signed as a laison officer between the British and French general staffs. WHATS SHOWING /S/Vv AT THE ASSEMBLY HALL Saturd'ay 6:45 & 8:30— “CAPTAIN CAUTION,” fea- turing Victor Mature, Louise s\\p / Platt, Leo Carrillo, Bruce Ca bot and Robert Barrat. Saturday 10:30-“NO TIME FOR COMEDY,” starring James Stewart, Rosalind Unheard of Russell, Genevieve Tobine, Charlie Ruggles and Allyn Joslyn. “Y” Cabinet benefit VALUES 1932 Chevrolet Monday 3:30 & 6:45— Tudor - $66.45 “SKY MURDER,” with Wal- 1933 Plymouth ter Pidgeon and Donald Meek. Coupe $86.71 AT THE CAMPUS 1934 Ford Saturday—“SEVEN SIN-' Tudor $141.66 NERS,” featuring Marlene 1935 Plymouth Dietrich, John Wayne, Al bert Dekker, Broderick Craw- Tudor $183.35 ford, Mischa Auer and Billy Gilbert. Over 150 Cars To Saturday midnight, Sun- lay, Monday—“ANGELS OV- Pick From ER BROADWAY,” featuring Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Rita Bryan Motor Hayworth and Thomas Mit- Co. chell. Texas ships 90 percent of the Bermuda onions raised in the Unit ed States. OPENING ! West Park Barber Shop (Next to Madely Pharmacy) HARRY GORZYCKI, Manager formerly with Y.M.C.A. Barber Shop 21 Years MID-TERM CASH FOR YOUR USED BOOKS Your Every Need May Be Filled at YOUR STORE BOOKS DRAWING EOUIPMENT MILITARY APARREL TEXT BOOKS Bought - Sold - or Exchanged THE EXCHANGE STORE Dependability A * ' » 1> 1 4 V- I ^ * * ♦ t