The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, March 20, 1941, Image 2

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r r-'~ Page 2- The Battalion Something To Read STUDENT TRI-WEEKLY NEWSPAPER 'I EX AS A. & M. COLLEGE Tha 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, u.nder 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 4-4444. 1940 Member 1941 Pbsocided Go!!e6iate Press Bob Nisbet Editor-In-Chief George Fuermann Keith Hubbard Associate Editor Advertising Manager Editorial Assistant Tom Vannoy Pete Tumlinson Staff Artist J. B. Pierce, Phil Levine :— Proof Readers Sports Department Hub Johnson Sports Editor Bob Mytrs Assistant Sports Editor Mike Haikin, Jack Hollimon W. F. Oxford Junior Sports Editors Circulation Department Towny Henderson Circulation Manager W. G. Hauger, E. D. Wilmeth _ Assistant Circulation Managers F. D. Asbury, E. S. Henard Circulation Assistants Photography Department Phil Qolman — Photographio Editor James Carpenter, Bob Crane, Jack Jones, Jack Siegnl Assistant Photographers THURSDAY'S EDITORIAL STAFF George Fuermann Acting Managing Editor George Woodman Assistant Advertising Manager Junior Editors Tom Gillis D. C. Thurman V. A. Yentzen Reportorial Staff Lamar Haines, John May, Z. A. McReynolds, J. D. Mehe- gan, L. B. Tennison, Mike Speer, James F. Wright. Tacts in Review' COPIES OF THE PAMPHLET, “Facts in Review,” issued by the German Library of Information in New York City continue to flood the country and The Battalion office. The pamphlet, whose appear ance is almost as regular as the phases of the moon, is as subtle a piece of propaganda as can be found. Its clever wording evidences the master touch of the propagandist expert. Why does this country continue to allow the publication of material designed for the overthrow of the democratic form of government? Why doesn’t the F. B. I. or the Dies Committee put a stop to its distribution? The answer is Several-fold. Someone in 1775 said in substance, “I disagree with what you say, but I’ll fight for your right to say it.” That remai’k is the basis for the demo cratic principle of free speech and the reason why this country, as a democi'acy, cannot at this time deny freedom of speech and of the press to anyone— not even to Nazi-sympathizers. The presence of “Facts in Review” is another proof that democracy in the United States still exists. “Facts in Review” is not so radical a publication that it makes direct attacks advocating the over throw of the democratic form of government. Its edi tors naturally are too wary for that. Such would be just cause for its confiscation, war or no, but what it does is paint Nazi Germany as a land of paradise and a brother to all nations. It accuses Britain of conspiring to draw America into war and of being the aggressor in the current war. Its objective is to promote overthrow of U. S. gov ernment not by criticising it but by the indirect method of praising and advocating the dictatorship. Not until the United States declares war on Germany can such publications be stopped for not until then will its publication be a violation of the law. Its editors will see that it remains within the letter of the law. Such a thorn-in-the-flesh is the price we pay for neutrality. On the other hand what harm can the pamphlet do and what can it hope to accomplish? Pro-Amer ican citizens scoff at the sheet and toss it aside; those “on the fence” daily come into contact with tons of anti-nazi material poured through news papers and magazines; pro-Nazi, in the face of this counter-propaganda, would be pro-Nazi—with or without “Facts in Review.” Paradoxically the continued publication of the German Library’s pamphlet is the symbol of con tinued democracy and the standing indication of neutrality. OPEN FORUM “A STUDENT’S OPINION of a student’s opinion on the answer to strikes.”- Someone (we have never known who he was) once advanced the belief that persons of extremely great intellectual capacity tend to share a common train of though in many instances. We are sure that there are a number of truly great men associated with Texas A. & M. college who have never been given their just due. Let us pause and recognize a member of our student body who should by all rights fall in that category. Mayo Thompson, ’41, seems to have made a very thorough study of a current problem, the serious differences now arising between employer and employee in the large industrial centers, which is likely to become one of the largest stumbling blocks in the path of our present defense program. The proposal offered by Thompson is most timely and his interest in the problem and the at titude he takes are most commendable. However, the most striking element of this proposal is its noticeable likeness to a suggestion offered by one Dr. William M. Leiserson of the National Labor Relations Board. Both of the above-mentioned men seem to have a mutual interest in one of the popular weekly magazines—Mr. Thompson as a reader and Dr. Leiserson as a writer. We are justly proud of them in our midst. We would refer the reader to the March 22 issue of Colliers Weekly (page 74) so that he may more clearly and better appreciate these soft words of praise. Plagarism is a nasty word. Do you not think so, Mr. Thompson? Quotation marks are SO easy to use. Senior, ’41 Fifty-six major meetings drew 59,000 persons to the University of Hlinois in the last academic year. BY DR. T. F. MAYO Good Reading in the Bible Whatever else the Bible may be, it is certainly a whole library of fine things to read, sufficiently varied to suit any taste—well almost any. We all remember, of course, the touching and romantic “short story” of Ruth, who followed her young hus band ba<jk to his strange country, only to lose him. No other story that I know has a “happy ending” of such quiet dignity and rightness. Certainly no other story contains such a satisfactory mother- in-law as Naomi, to whom, by the way, is given the “best lines”: “Entreat me not to leave the . . . .” A thrilling play could be made of the familiar book of Esther, the courageous heroine of a court drama of intrigue. In fact such a play has been made of it by Racine, one of the masterpieces of French literature. Another Bible drama, perhaps even more thrilling, is not so well known. It is built around the scarlet figure of Queen Jezebel, probably the meanest woman in literature but also, somehow, (perhaps because of her amazing mean ness!) a fascinating creature. When she does poor Naboth to death to get his beautiful vineyard, you want to kill her. (1 Kings, Chapter 16). But when, after a long and thoroughly misspent life, her richly deserved punishment approaches, the old harridan meets it with such brazen nerve that she almost wins you over. “And when Jehu (her worthless son’s triumphant slayer) was come to Jezreel, Jezebel heard of it; and she painted her face, and tired her hair, and looked out at a window.” (2 Kings, Chap ter 9). Poor brave old thing! “And he said ‘Throw her down.’ So they threw her down—: and he trod her underfoot.” Grim stuff, but a good story. Job, I believe, is the oldest book of the Bible, written about the time that Socrates and Plato were serenly working out Greek philosophy. Beside being an interesting story, it tries (I think) to solve the problem: “Should a good man expect to receive his reward for goodness in the form of earthly bless ings?” or, to put it another way, “When misfortunes rain down on you, should you take this as proof that you have done something to deserve them?” Job’s answer is “No!” But aside from its narrative and philosophical interest, Job is worth reading for its truly magni ficent language: “The Lord gave and the Lord hath takfen away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.” “Where the wicked cease from troubling, and the weary shall have rest.” “When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy.” Hast thou given the horse strength ? hast thou clothed his neck with thunder?—He paweth in the valley, and rejoiceth in his strength.” If you are tough-minded enough to stand pess imism, profound but undaunted, read the Ecclesiastes, with its ripe sophistication, its grand organ music, its weary refrain: “Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.” If you like Ecclesiastes, you are grown up. J. G. Quick has been registrar at the Univers ity of Pittsburgh for more than 25 years. Carnegie Corporation, granting $650,000, led last year’s donors to Harvard university. As the World Turns... §! Sugareff THE BATTALION -THURSDAY, MARCH 20, 1941 BACKWASH Bg George fuermann “Backwash: An agitation resulting from some action or occurrence.”—Webster A Bird’s Eye View . . . Latest of the gag-terms given birth by the current war situation is “Khaki- m wacky”—meaning women who are crazy about men in uniform . . . Jay Dudley, Peck Clark and John ny Olsen are telling the believe-it- or-not story of a recent hitch-hiking trip to Houston. No. 1 in line for a ride was a cadet attired in dress uniform. Hanging from his side, of all things, was a slide- rule, “I’m going to show my girl how Fuermann ^ Works,” Was his only comment . . . J. Wayne Stark, Aggie-ex and a former associate editor of The Battalion who is now working toward a law degree at Texas university, recently en tered that school’s political arena by filing for editorship of the Cac tus, Texas U.’s annual publication. Observers from the Forty Acres say that he has a good chance, but there’s one thing which looms large in his path. For the past 22 years the Cactus editorship has been held by a fraternity man. Wayne is an independent . . . Many A. & M. employees, particularly in the mess halls, have already been drafted. By June 1 more than 100 will be gin the year’s training . . . Jay Cowan, Dallas freshman, is the cadet who’s doing most of the better-than-average commercial art work you see around the campus. His best job thus far is the 4x8 foot mural that gives Martin Grif fin’s office a bambo and South Sea island atmosphere . . . Out of the groove of normalcy is the ca det who sits in one of the rural sociology classes and blows smoke rings throughout the prof’s lec tures . . . Battalipn Magazine Ed itor A. J. Robinson is coming up with one of the mag’s best issues in many years. In the main, it’s theme is based on T.S.C.W. • • • examinations, the freshman was asked to relate his pre-college ath letic exploits to the assembled group. “Well,” the cadet drawled, “I did a good bit of football playing in high school.” “Where did you go to high school?” he was quizzed. “San Jacinto High in Houston,” he replied. “Did you make all-city?” “Yep.” “Were you any good?” “Nope.” “Then how come you made all city?” “That’s Houston!” • • • R.C.A.F. be by one of the finest orchestras in the south. One of the ten best shows of 1940 is being shown tomorrow for the benefit of the Economics Club. It is “ABE LINCOLN IN ILLI NOIS,” which was voted sixth by a composite group of movie critics and reviewers. For the important part of Abe Lincoln, they picked a natural in Raymond Massey. The tall, lanky fellow has a face so homely that it is ugly, and with a beard and a slight stoop he looks like Abe in the flesh. As in his real life, Abe got into plenty of scrapes with the town toughs but was always able to save his face by either whipping them or outwitting them with his tolerant, human philoso phy. His drawling delivery is so slow as to be sometimes painful but it is always worthwhile to lis ten to what he has to say. This show is a good biography of a great man. The parts are well played and it shows Abe growing up from youth until the time of his first election as president. It is well directed and presented. New York University’s reserve officers’ training corps has given basic and advanced courses to 699 students. Dr. Froelich G. Rainey of the University of Alaska has discover ed a town-site indicating a non- Eskimo race lived 100 miles above the Arctic circle thousands of years ago. Latest addition to the A. & M. contingent of members in the Roy al Canadian Air Force is Louis V. Girard, C Company Infantry soph omore. He reports at Ontario March 31; received his papers from Leslie Bland Dufton, British vice-consul in Houston; and hopes to be flying in Britain within six months. Behind his entering the R.C.A.F. is the usual story of Americans entering that service. For more than a year he had attempted to become a flying cadet in the U. S. Air Corps. Bad teeth, however, pre vented him from passing the rigid American physical examination. “Don’t worry about your physi cal,” he was told in Houston. You’ll pass okeh in Canada.” a • • Bob Groulx THERE IS NO ARGUMENT WHEN «, TALKING ABOUT THE MERITS AND ADVAN- TAGES OF MADE TO MEASURE CLOTHES BY KLING BROS. CHICAGO Finest Briar MEDIC® Sold, Featured and Guaranteed By Money n Bu! Can Buy ] GENUINE FILTERS FOR MEDICO PIPES PACKED ONLY IN THIS RED £ BLACK BOX Filtered Smoking in FRANK MED2C0 Pipes, Cigarette or Cigar Holders is bringing extra joy to armies of t smokers. Ifs the wisest dollar you ever spent. $22.50 to $41.00 Slacks $5.75 to $17.00 Reason One of the best of the current stories going the rounds concerns an A. & M. freshman who was be ing interviewed some months ago concerning his qualifications as a potential “Fish Sergeant.” As is usually the case in such He’s one cadet who has already completed most of his training in Canada. Now on sick leave (was hospitalized for a month with scarlet fever and a mastoid opera tion), he recently visited the cam pus as he passed through college on his way home—Harlingen. Recently married to Dorothy By field in Columbus, Ohio, he expects to receive his commission soon; does not expect to be sent to Britain because he’s married; will prob ably remain in Canada as an in structor; now receives $160 a month; will receive $240 after re ceiving his commission; and visited the military organization of which he was formerly a member, I Bat tery Field Artillery, while on the campus March 12. NORWOOD’S Bryan Thom McAn Shoes $3.40 LIFE INSURANCE GOOD IN EVENT OF MILITARY SERVICE Premiums guaranteed by United States Govern ment under Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Civil Relief Act of Oct. 17, 1940, on $5000 term, ordinary, limited pay or endowment Life Insurance Policy if policy has been in force and a premium paid 30 days or more before entry into military service. Approximate monthly premium for $5000, Age 22, 30 payment life esti mates to pay up in 22 years . . . $10.05 monthly. BY “COUNT” Y. K. SUGAREFF THE BATTLE OF GREECE is in the making. Hitler is not apt to attack Greece until he has exhausted every possible diplomatic device to disarm Turkey and Yugoslavia. Hitler’s agents are endeavoring to bring these two countries within the Axis orbit, or to insure their absolute neutrality in the battle of Greece. Both of these countries have promised > to remain neutral as | long as their territory is not in- | vaded. Still, Hitler does not feel safe p while both, Turkey and Yugoslavia, | keep large armies mobilized. Nei- | ther the Turks nor the Yugoslavs appear anxious to surrender their independence to the German army. They have been encouraged by the heroic exploits of the Greeks against the Italians and the landing of British troops in Greece. German diplomacy in these two countries is chiefly interest ed, like in the neighboring states, either to demobilize their armed forces completely or reduce them to a size which the German army can easily control. If the British are re-enforcing the Greeks with large numbers of troops and mechanized equipment, and Hitler is preparing to attack Greece, it looks like an admission on his part that the English might survive an all out German attack during this spring and summer. A victory for the Anglo-Greek forces in Greece might well mark the beginning of the end of the war. And with the increased aid from America, such an end is within the realm of pos sibility. Some people, though, seem to think that the battle of Greece is a side show. The “Business-as-usual” status in our economic outlook has been greatly affected by world condi tions. Two-thirds of the world is in a death strug gle. It is a struggle between the “haves” and the “have nots.” Our economic relations with the world have been so disrupted that we are beginning to feel the pinch. Cotton exports fell last January to a new low of 60,000 bales as compared with a million bales in the same month of 1940. Our industries are being geared to produce ships, munitions, and food for all those countries that oppose the totalitarian states. President Roosevelt has decided on a total victory for the democracies. A “super-mediation” board has been suggested to deal with strikes. The rise in prices in some commodities is closely watch ed by the administration. Mandatory priorities have been established on aluminum, machine tools, and on other materials as soon as the need arises. A broad licensing system has been established on exports. Over 2,500 articles are now under government control before exported. Our whole economic set up is being streamlined to meet the war demands of the democracies, “Business-as-usual” is fast be coming the business of producing war materials. For exact rate and application fill in below Inquiries invited. The Houston Symphony Orches tra is the Town Hall presentation for tonight and its reputation is all that is necessary to know that the performance will be worth while. The upperclassmen who have heard them in past years know that the orchestra makes a special ef fort to please the Aggies because of sentimental attachment to the place. They play a program largely made up of requests which were turned in to Town Hall several weeks ago. The whole orchestra of 77 musi cians is going to come here this time. 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