The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, May 01, 1941, Image 2

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The Battalion
The Battalion, official newspaper of the Agrienltoral 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
1940 Member 1941
Associated ColIe6iate Press
Bob Nisbet Editor-in-Chief
George Fuermann Associate Editor
Keith Hubbard Advertising Manager
Tom Vannoy Editorial Assistant
Pete Tumlinson Staff Artist
J. B< Pierce, Phil Levine : Proof Readers
Sports Department
Hub Johnson Sports Editor
Bob Myers ! Assistant Sports Editor
Mike Haikin, Jack Hollimon
W. F. Oxford Junior Sports Editors
Circulation Department
Tommy Henderson .... Circulation Manager
W. G. Hauger, E. D. Wilmeth Assistant Circulation Managers
W- D. Asbury, E. S. Henard ] Circulation Assistants
Photography Department
PW1 Golman Photographic Editor
James Carpenter. Bob Crane, Jack Jones,
Jack Siegal Assistant Photographers
George Fuermann Acting Managing Editor
George Woodman Assistant Advertising Manager
Junior Editors
Tom Gillis D. C. Thurman Y. A. Yentzen
Reportorial Staff
Lamar Haines, John May, Z. A. McReynolds, J. D. Mehe-
p»n, L. B. Tennison, Mike Speer, James F. Wright.
Putting a Tour Under Way
WHEN THE LAST NOTE from the Aggieland
Orchestra dies away tomorrow night, another Cot
ton Show—the tenth such function to be held—
will have been written off the books.
When that last note dies, another group of
students will have been enabled to further their
college course of study by making an extensive
tour through a foreign country. This opportunity
which is made possible by the proceeds from the
Cotton Show, is one that extended in like manner
by no other school.
The three winners of the cotton contest car
ried on each year by the agronomy department—-
the students most interested and proven most de
serving—will this year tour South America visit
ing such countries as Brazil, Chile, Bolivia and
When that last note dies, an established social
highlight of every year, will have come to a close.
It is an activity looked forward to throughout the
year, and it has been established and built through
the efforts of the students of the agronomy depart
ment. It is an activity that provides an out
let for a great many boys to exert their extra
curricular energies, and it is one that gives favor
able publicity to the school, making friends for the
school throughout the state.
When that last note dies, another tour will
be able to get under way.
Hitler’s Birthday
ly contain some very surprising comments, the
implications of which seem to have escaped brain-
trusters of the Nazi propaganda offices. Yester-
day’s Berlin dispatch in which Press Chief Dr.
Otto Dietrich released a statement on Adolf Hit
ler’s fifty-second birthday contains two such quo
Dr. Dietrich began by speaking of Hitler’s
“Napoleonic enterprises.” The comparison is cer
tainly apt, and Dr. Dietrich may have imagined
that the world would be much impressed by the
^comparison between Europe’s two greatest con-
vquerors of modern times. What Dr. Dietrich seems
to have forgotten—and what the rest of the world
cannot but recall with pleasure when Hitler is
compared to Napoleon—is that the French emperor
ended his days as an exile-prisoner.
And then, probably without meaning to do so,
Dr. Dietrich gives damning evidence of the per
version of Nazi thinking. According to Dr. Diet-
rich, the fuehrer’s military decisions are part of
his “creative planning.” For home consumption,
that statement might have been all right; but
the civilized world has not yet retrogressed to the
point where it considers the total destruction
incident to total warfare as “creative” in any true
sense of the word.
The efficiency of the Nazi propaganda ma
chine has been widely heralded, but the failures
in its attempt to convert the non-Nazi world to
totalitarianism far outweigh its successes. The
reason, it would seem from Nazi press dispatches,
is that the Nazis simply do not think as do more
civilized men and are incapable of understand
ing the workings of the non-Nazi mind, which so
often reads into Nazi statements implications ex
actly opposite to those intended by their author.
—The Daily Illini.
Quotable Quotes
■“The human world as we know it is the pro
duct of work—work with the hands or work with
the brain. Its progress is only made possible
by work. It is work which has lifted us out of
brute life. It may be work which is tiresome, it
may be work which is nerve-wracking or it may
be work which brings with it satisfaction and de
light. In any case it must be work. Everything
depends upon whether the individual human being
understands his work and what it means and what
part it plays in the human economy, and whether
he is ready and willing to do his very best to
make his work production and helpful to his fel
low-men.” Dr. Nicholas Murray Butler, president
of Columbia university, calls restrictions on output
of labor unfair to society and to the worker.—As
sociated Collegiate Press.
Phi Beta Phi has the largest membership of
any college sorority.
Something to Read
CULTUR.E, I THINK, is best defined as an inform
ed interest in anything for its own sake. Please
note that the place of honor in this definition is
given to “interest.” A genuine interest in some
thing or other is the basis of any culture that is
genuine. But an interest in a subject which is
not supported and fed and enriched by information
can hardly be called culture.
Again, if your “informed interest” is to con
stitute a part of your culture, it must be an inter
est in a subject for its own sake, not for what you
expect to make out of it.
Now for some illustration: If you are genuine
ly interested in photography and have learned a lot
about it, and if this intrest of yours is not de
pendent on the money or the credit that you may
expect to get out of photography, then you are,
to a degree, a cultured person. If photography
is your only informed interest, your culture is of
course not very broad, but it is at least real. Or
say you are a civil engineer, and have an inter
est in your bridge-building or what-not, over and
above the hope of making a few thousand dollars
and a reputation out of it. This margin of in
formed interest in bridge-building for its own sake
is culture.
It seems to me that a genuine and informed
interest, for the sake of the things themselves, in
horse-doctoring, or pig-raising, or tree-grafting,
is far more properly to be called “culture” than
an earnestly bright smattering of information about
“the higher things of life”—whatever they are.
As for the culture of the Aggies, I for one like
it. It is, I confess, in too many cases rather nar
row. It does not always “include informed inter
est for their own sakes” in things so desperately im
portant to every one of you as economic problems or
ethical values. It all too frequently skips such
richly rewarding fields of interest as music and
literature. But it does have the all-important vir-
ture of genuineness. It isn’t fashionable in the
dormitories, I understand, to palaver elegantly
about “the higher things of life” (terrible phrase!).
But it is fashionable here, I believe, to take a
lot of interest in whatever technique you are ac
quiring—an interest which goes far beyond your
of making a good living out of it. The culture
of the Aggies (what there is of it) is sound and
real. Its defect is .narrowness. How about cul
tivating a few more “informed interests in sub
jects for their own sakes”?
As the World Turns...
OUR “AID TO BRITAIN, short of war” policy
is approaching a crisis of great national magni
tude. Hitler’s success in the Balkans, his mmored
attack on the Suez Canal and Gibraltar, call for
duty a large portion of the British fleet in the
eastern Atlantic. He evidently
aims to split the British Em
pire into two parts—eastern and
western, and curb, if not totally
destroy, the empire’s life lines.
Several weeks ago Hitler extended
the Nazi blockade zone in the
western Atlantic, including Iceland.
Thus bringing the war to within
three miles of Greenland—rather
close to our Western Hemisphere.
While this might be merely a
paper blockade,' yet it challenges
our declared policy to defend this
hemisphere. We are, therefore, called upon either
to aid Britain with all our “might and main” or
just wish for a victory with “aid to Britain, short
of war.” It is a choice of far reaching consequences.
Secretary of State Hull said the other day, “aid
to Britain must reach its destination in the short
est of time in maximum quantity. So ways
must be found to do this.” Secretary of the Navy
Knox on the same day declared, “This is our
fight.” These words came from responsible gov
ernment officials who are in a position to know
the facts and weigh their importance better than
the ordinary citizen. Halfway measures and dela-
tory tactics invite defeat. The experience of thir
teen nations under Hitler’s rule now might help
us to formulate our future course.
Price control has made its debut in our na
tional defense. President Roosevelt has appointed
Leon Henderson, a new dealer, the price adminis
trator. We are spending billions of dollars for our
national defense materials. Consumers’ goods are
also in demand. Some industrialists and distribu
tors have raised their prices. A price control
agency could do good deal of good. It should
have an extensive power and ample facilities to
enforce established prices. Leon Henderson does
not have such powers, nor does he have the machin
ery to carry out a program of price control. A
beginning has been made, however. Prices have
been fixed on some war materials, such as iron
and steel, copper, lumber and aluminum. The list
is to be extended as the need arises. Mr. Bernard
M. Baruch organized “Industrial Committees” dur
ing the last world war for similar purposes but
prices did go up. Price control, agency, to be ef
fective, must have the power to fix wages and
prices. That, however, is too big a job for a
small Federal agency to make it work. Under
the Federal price control agency there should be
a state, county and municipal committee to guard
against “profiteering.” Rumor has it that price
control is to be enforced energetically. It remains
as a possibility.
An agriculture college freshman at the Uni
versity of Nebraska is getting by on a budget of
$1 a week.
A pastel drawing of Mrs. Wwight W. Mori'ow
recently was presented to Smith college.
Franklin and Marshall college is offering free
swimming instruction to all undergraduates.
George Fuermann
"Backwash: An agitation resulting from some action or occurrence.”—Webster
sionally ‘trade’
friend but
Touch and Go . . . One Texas belle,
a senior at Stephens College for
Women (Missouri), has a unique
point of view where A. & M. is
concerned. She writes, “God bless
A. & M.—a land where men are
white; above all else, free! We at
Stephens are bless-
;ed with only the
I little Kemper
;iboys, and that
^ makes coming to
i Aggieland, where
;cadets are allowed
j off-campus, a trip
le pleasure. Decid-
;edly contrary to
JA. & M., these
•Missourians have
never heard of
‘stags.’ They occa-
a dance with a
Oh! for A. & M.
where the stags are in the majority
and everyone has a license to cut-
in!!” . . . The first addition to thfe
Aggie hitch-hiking benches since
the campaign for their erection
was boomed last spring was made
three weeks ago by confectioner
George McCullough who financed
the construction of the largest one
yet built. Sixty feet long and
painted white, the bench is located
at the East Gate and serves cadets
hitch-hiking Houston way . . . One
of the recent additions to the col
lege staff (five months ago) is
C. A. Price, diow .acting assistant
in the editorial department of the
Texas Extension Service. One of
the most capable men associated
with the college, he was with As
sociated Press 45 years before be
ing retired and some of the tales
he can tell you concerning his ex
periences with AP will curl your
toes . . . watch for the unprece
dented musical review being spon
sored by the Student Engineering-
Council to become an annual fix
ture. The event is packed full of
'entertainment and may become a
highlight of the Aggie show year.
iness that takes on major propor
tions in a hurry. To wit: Forty
cadets are employed weekly to
make the corsages, the weekly
payroll runs between $100 and
$150 and supplies alone cost more
than $150 weekly.
Cadet taste for corsages is well
“Nine out of ten Aggies ask
for white carnation corsages,” A1
said, “because they usually don’t
know what color evening gown
their date will wear and the white
carnation corsage g-oes well with
“Of course,” he added, “we re
ceive requests for many other
types of corsages and occasional
ly—but rarely—we receive an ord
er for an orchid.”
9 9 9
The Annual Bill
Thus far this year Aggies have
spent $2,907 to make their sweet
hearts more beautiful via the flow
er route. That figure, of course,
doesn’t include the amount spent
with Bryan florists.
The business takes on a national
scale because the flowers used by
the student concessioners come
from Chicago, Denver, New Or
leans and Houston, being shipped
in special containers to maintain
their freshness.
Each weekend there are flowers
left over and these are given to
the college hospital.
Once the flowers are taken out
of their containers the work can’t
stop because the corsages must be
made while the flowers are still
fresh. That means that the cadet
employees work between 1 and 7
p. m. each afternoon when ^ork
is under way.
They can’t stop once the work is
begun, so the mess hall furnishes
sack lunches at supper time.
• • •
C. B. Oddities
• • •
On Flowers
There are at least two cadets
who can tell you plenty about
flowers—particularly about Aggie-
whims when it comes to buying
the things.
They’re A1 Lasell and Frank
Barnes, co-owners of the student
floral concession. In the main, their
job is to manufactui’e corsages for
the weekend balls and social func
They run an all-the-way bus-
Judson Lupot, local merchant
was King of the Cotton Ball in
1934. J. S. Mogford of the agron
omy department recently pointed
out that “Loupot got more thrill
out of being king than any other
king we have had.” Quoth Loupot:
“It’s little like a king -that I feel
today—I’m about to be drafted!”
.... And one of the former Cot
ton Ball king-s—1937—was only a
duke, or an earl, depending on
your point of view. He was Earl
T. Duke . . . Another Cotton Ball
king near-plugged the name of an
Above is a Backwash shot of Maestro Duke Ellington taken
at the conclusion of last Friday night’s Infantry Ball. Photograph
er Phil Golman set a chair on top of the piano and climbed aboard
to get this bird’s eye view of The Duke polishing the ivories.
Alpha Delta Pi sorority will cel
ebrate its nintieth anniversary at
its convention June 27-July 1 at
Hot Springs, Va.
Thursday — “DAWN PA
TROL,” featuring Errol
Flynn, Basil Rathbone, David
Niven and Donald Crisp. Al
with John Wayne, Francis
Dee, Edward Ellis and Wal
lace Ford.
Friday, Saturday — “TO
BACCO ROAD,” starring
Charles Grapewin, Marjorie
Rambeau, Gene Tierney and
William Tracy.
Thursday 3:30 & 6:45 —
Conrad Veidt and Sabu.
Friday 3:30 & 6:45—“GAL
LANT SONS,” featuring
Jackie Cooper, Bonita Gran
ville, Gene Reynolds, Gail
Patrick, Ian Hunter and June
Preisser. Benefit of Amer
ican Society of Military En-
Cotton Ball
One of the most im
portant dances of the
year means special at
tention should be paid
to the selection of a cor
sage. We have the pret
tiest corsages at the
most reasonable prices.
Prompt Delivery
Flower Shop
Bryan - Phone 2-2400
Only once a year under the title
of entertainment comes the Cot
ton Pageant and Ball Friday night.
The pageant is always an impres
sive spectacle as the duchesses, es
corted by some of our Aggie
friends, come parading down the
walk to show off their dresses. The
style show which is included will
be of more interest to the escorts
and women in the audience than
to the Aggies, but some of those
cotton styles can look plenty good.
And they model everything from
evening dresses to beach wear. The
dance afterward in Sbisa hall is
about the only Friday night dance
of the year which anybody may
The Singing Cadets are putting
on a second performance tonight
in Guion Hall at 7:30. Their first
appearance as a full length pro
gram during the Town Hall enter
tainment series brought such fa-
forable comment that this program
is being given for those who missed
it. Visitors on the campus, attract
ed by the Ag Day activities, will
find that the cadets have a good
choral style and a great deal of
originality in the selection and
presentation of their numbers.
Much of this originality and the
excellence of the group itself is
due to the efforts of Prof. J. J.
Woolket, the director, who has
tendered a resignation from the
post effective at the close of the
year. Under Woolket’s direction
for the past four years the singers
have grown in number and through
their state-wide trips have been
one of the best publicity agencies
for the school. Their program this
time will be very similar to the
one presented on Town Hall.
“GALLANT SONS” is to be the
A. & M. dormitory in the state
press—meaning Valton Hall, king
in 1938 . . . J. W. Pinson, social
secretary of this year’s Cotton
Pageant and Ball, has never at
tended a Cotton Ball.
benefit show at the Assembly Hall
this week, put on by the American
Society of Military Engineers. It is
about teen-aged kids, a subject
which is usually put out in a slip-
shop manner by some two-bit stu
dio, but MGM put this one out
and their reputation will tell you
it is no cheap production. It is
about the way two of the kid’s
fathers get into trouble and have
to have their gallant sons to help
straighten it out. Jackie Cooper
and Gene Reynolds are the two
specifically referred to as gallant,
but there is nothing wrong with
Bonita Granville and baby blond
June Preisser. With the adults in
the picture, Ian Hunter and Gail
Patrick, the show is genuinely sin
cere and borders on being a good
With another of their double fea
tures today the Campus has “THE
DAWN PATROL.” In spite of the
age of the show, the public’s inter
est in air defense has not lessened
and the feature has not lost any
thing. Errol Flynn is this time an
underling in a pursuit squadron
under cold blooded Basil Rathbone.
But Basil gets promoted, and
Flynn takes over the command and
orders others up to fight while he
sits at the desk. When David Niv
en’s kid brother comes up to join
the dawn patrol, Flynn finds the
responsibilities of a commander
and reasons for his cold blood. The
women in the show are nil because
it is all fight. It is a pretty good
little drama of wartime in the
air force.
Cadet Golfers Meet
“Team to Beat” Frogs
After enjoying a successful tour
of Fort Worth and Dallas, the
Texas Aggie golf team will take
on the T. C. U. Frogs, regarded
as the “team to beat” in the con
ference meet.
Curly locks are nice, but
they don’t look well
down over your ears.
Get a good haircut for
Y. M. C. A.
You may not have a new suit
for the COTTON BALL, but
if we clean your old one no
one will ever know the differ
Over Exchange Store
In New “Y”
Take Your Pick
You can buy a good used car from us with com
plete confidence — because we tell you all the facts.
1934 Pontiac 4-door Sedan $165
1935 Oldsmobile 4-door $250
1940 Nash Sedan $575
1940 Ford 2-door $725
1938 Olds ‘8’ 2-door $325
1936 Chrysler 4-door $300
Central Texas Auto Co.
Across from I.-G. N. Depot (Missouri Pacific)