The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, December 16, 1941, Image 1

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Four Candidates Declared Eligible for Yell Leader
Banquet for Employees Of F
25 Years is Friday Night
irst South American A&M Club is Formed
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The first organized A. & M. club in the history of South America was formed at Lima, Peru, when
a group of Aggies was formed in that section gathered to greet Dean E. J. Kyle on his recent
South and Central American tour. The picture was taken following a luncheon honoring Dean Kyle
at the Lima Country Club. In the group, top row, left to right, Louis Mantilla, Harvard, Sanitary
Engineer, Ministry of Public Health, Lima; Dean Kyle; Enrique Coronel Zegarra, ’29, Lima; E.
La Rosa, Director School of Engineers, Lima; and Dr. Robinson, ’22, U. S. Department of Agriculture,
Washington, D. C.
Bottom row, left to right, E. D. Hopkins, T9, Pan American Sanitary Bureau, stationed at Lima,
covering South America; Louis Montero, Director of Agriculture, Lima; N. Lockett, ’03; Carlos Figari,
’22; and Guilermo Bowden, ’22, both of Lima.
Yule Customs are Carry-overs
Of Early Religious Ceremonies
Of College Will Be
Guests for Occasion
The annual Christmas banquet
in honor of the college employees
who have been in service for twen
ty five years or more will be held
Friday night at 6:30 in the banquet
room of Sbisa Hall. This banquet
is held each year just before the
beginning of the Christmas holi
days, but had to be postponed last
year because of the change in holi
The honorees for this occasion
will be divided into two groups.
Last year there were seven em
ployees, including two colored ones,
who were to be honored. This year
there are nine employees who have
completed twenty-five years of ser
vice to the college.
The employees who had complet
ed twenty-five years of work last
year and who were to be honored
then are A. L. Darnell, Professor
in the Department of Dairy Hus
bandry; M. P. Holleman, Chief
Clerk in the Agricultural Experi
ment Station; S. C. Hoyle, former
editor of College Publications and
now Editor Emeritus.
R. E. Karper, Agronomist in
charge of sorghum investigation
for the Agricultural Experiment
Station at Substation No. 8 in Lub
bock; Dr. E. B. Reynolds, Chief of
the Division of Agronomy at the
Agricultural Experiment Station;
Cable Henry, colored janitor at the
college hospital; and Sam Step-
toe, a colored field helper in the
Department of Entomology.
The group of nine employees
who have completed twenty-five
years of service this year are: Miss
Lucy Brogdon, Secretary in the Ag
ricultural Extension Service; Dr.
F. B. Clark, Head of the Depart
ment of Economics; V. L. Cory,
Range Botanist of the Agricultural
Experiment Station located at Sta
tion No. 14 in Sonora, Texas.
J. B. Dorman, County Agent of
Newton County for the Agricultur
al Extension Service located at
Newton, Texas; Owen Garrigan,
Horseman in the Department of
Animal Husbandry; E. A. Miller,
Agronomist in the Extension Ser
Roland Nunn, Bookkeeper in the
Extension Service; M. T. Payne,
District Agent for the Extension
Service; and Dr. 0. W. Silvey, Head
of the Department of Physics.
Dr C C Hedges
Will Lecture About
Science and Warfare
Dr. C. C. Hedges will speak on
“Science in the Modern War” be
fore a meeting of the United
Science club to be held on Tues
day, December 16, at 7 p.m. in the
chemistry lecture room. Dr. Hedges
has had recent arsenal training
and is on certain defense commit
The United Science club is made
up of the members of the Biol
ogy Club, Pre-Med Society, Entom
ology Club, Fish and Game Club,
Kream and Kow Klub, Junior Col
legiate Chapter, American Vet
erinary Medicine Association, Geo
logy Club, and the American
Chemical society.
By L. R. Kimsey
A modern battleship can safely be
called the most complex mechani
cal unit known to man. The dates
of nearly all bluejackets on a
naval vessel eventually become
highly technical in nature. Each
man in a ship’s company must
know the principle and operation
of all intricate installations in his
On United States Naval ves
sels, the ship’s complement of men
is divided into divisions, accord
ing to the nature of their highly
specialized functions. As an ex
ample, in the gunnery department
Interviews For
Engineers Will Be
Held Rest of Week
Manufacturers of Motors
And Aircraft are Seeking
Students for Employment
Over 300 Engineering students
will be interviewed this week be
ginning Tuesday and lasting
through Thursday by representa
tives of several large manufactur
ing companies from all over the na
Throughout Tuesday the Boeing
Aircraft Company, represented by
Sitan of Seattle, Washington, and
a representative of the Texas Em
ployment Service, will interview all
engineering students interested in
obtaining a job with Boeing Air
craft. This is the first time a rep
resentative of Boeing Aircraft has
appeared on the campus to inter
view students.
Wednesday the General Motors
Corporation, represented by J. C.
Elhany of Detroit, Michigan, will
interview all prospective gradu
ates in Electrical Engineering, Me
chanical engineering and Industrial
Engineering. This is also the first
time a representative of Gener
al Motors has interviewed students
for employment.
Thursday will be devoted to a
program to be presented by West-
inghouse Electric Manufacturing
Company who will be represented
by a group of three men headed by
J. H. Belknap, manager of techni
cal employment. Beginning at nine
a.m. a group meeting of all stu
dents interested will be held in the
Electrical Engineering lecture
room. Following this the students
will be interviewed privately.
These interviews were made pos
sible by the efforts of the place
ment office of the Former Students
Authoress Writes
About Agriculture
Eleanor A. King, authoress of
national fame, is here at A. & M.
gathering material for her next
book which will present the story
of agriculture. It will be directed,
as Miss King said, “To all those
people who are moving back to
the land, and yet know so little
about farming.”
While at A. & M., Miss King is
conferring with Dr. T. O. Walton,
Director A. B. Conner of the Ag
ricultural Experiment Station, Di
rector H. H. Williamson of the Ex
tension Service, Dean E. J. Kyle,
of the school of agriculture, B. F.
Vance, administrative officer of
the Texas AAA office, Miss Mil
dred Horton, state home demons
tration agent, and a number of
research and Extension Service
Miss King’s latest book, “Bible
Plants for American Gardens,” was
published by Macmillan and Co.,
and the book she is now working
on will also be published by Mac
millan .
of a ship, we find a separate di
vision of Firecontrolmen, and se
lected men from the numbered di
vision also functioning under direc
tion of the gunnery department.
Thus in the gunnery department,
we find men with the following
ratings: Firecontrolman, Torpedo
man, Gunner’s Mate, Boatswain's
Mate, and Aviation Ordnanceman.
Perhaps of all these ratings,
landsmen in general and Aggies in
particular are most interested in
the strictly “Ordnance ratings” of
Gunner’s Mate and Firecontrolman.
Heretofore, naval strategists have
regarded the ship only as a means
By P. L. Downs, Jr.
Christmas really means, “Christ
the gift to men, women, and chil
dren.” To the English people we
owe the word Christmas—Christ
Mass—a religious ceremony cele
brating the birth of Christ.
December 25 is the accepted date
of the birth of Christ as He was
born at midnight on Christmas
Do you know why Santa Claus
comes down the chimney at Christ
mas time instead of coming through
the window? It is attributed to an
Old English custom of sweeping
down the chimney at New Year so
good luck could enter.
It is to the Hollanders that
we owe the custom of hanging up
our stockings. They placed their
wooden shoes before the large fire
place, but we Americans substitut
ed stockings because wooden shoes
wouldn’t stretch.
The holly wreath that we hang
in our homes was copied from the
English who believed the holly
leaves represented the thorns
Christ wore upon the cross, while
the little red berries were the
drops of His blood.
The giving of Christmas pre
sents brings out the thought—
“Peace on Earth, good will toward
It was General W. B. Booth,
founder of the Salvation Army,
who was once asked the question
if he were solicited to leave a mes
sage to the world what would it
be. He wrote only one word and
of getting the guns in a position
where they may be used effective
ly. The degree of effectiveness
attained then depends on the train
ing and discipline of “The men be
hind the guns.” Modern naval
guns are trained, elevated, and
fired by electrical impulse. It is
the duty of Firecontrolmen to keep
these vital electrical circuits and
receiving instruments in a good
state of adjustment and repair.
Men in the firecontrol division
man battle sations at gun direc
tors, rangefiends, in the plotting
rooms, at switchboards, data
(See NAVY, Page 6)
signed his name. That word was
Happiness is not seeking pleas
ure for ourselves, but doing the
necessary things for others.
I think we should pause long
enough to thank God for living
in a Christian country. You know,
I believe in prayer. My definition
of prayer would be—communicat
ing with God for that which we
desire—not deserve.
Did you know that Mohamme-
Drawing the attention of the
state to the efforts of the Army Air
Corps, and its work in the defense
of the United States, Coke R. Ste
venson, governor of Texas, pro
claimed December 14-20 as “Keep
’Em Flying Week.” The air corps
has become increasingly important
to the nation since the declaration
of war, and its work and the need
for still greater effort is being
brought before the public in this
In cooperation with the state
and county officials this week has
been designated as a period for
the corps to direct special atten
tion to the air service by a proc
lamation issued from the Head-
Seniors Mutl Have
Pictures In by Thur
Seniors are reminded that Thurs
day is the last day to turn in Sen
ior Favorite and Vanity Fair pic
tures for the Longhorn.
Pictures may be turned in to
J. B. Hancock in room 128 dorm
itory 4 or to Jack Grantham in room
118 dormitory 10.
Charges for the pictures are
$1.50 fo Senior Favorites and $3.00
for Vanity Fair.
Gilchrist Leaves
For Advisory Meet
Gibb Gilchrist, Dean of the
school of engineering, left today for
Washington, D. C., to attend a
regular meeting of the National
Advisory Committee on Engineer
ing Defense Training of which he
is a member.
He will return from Washington
on December 22.
dian, people pray five times daily,
but only pray for themselves—
never others? Christmas is a good
time to pause long enough to take
stock of ourselves and really see
of what value we have been through
the year to our neighbors, city,
county, state, and nation.
Let us all enter into the Christ
mas spirit, love one another, give
to those less fortunate than our
selves, and try to carry out Christ’s
quarters Corps of Cadets yester
15 December, 1941
Whereas: The United States
is now engaged in war with
foreign powers after having
been the subject of unprovok
ed and unwarned attack; and
Whereas, The flying forces
of this nation will be playing
a more vital role in this war
than ever before; and
Wheras, The attention of the
State of Texas has been called
to the duties and services to
country which the flying forc
es are rendering,
Now, therefore, to direct the
attention of the Corps of Ca
dets to this service of its arm
ed forces, Be It Proclaimed
that the Week of December
14-20 be “Keep ’Em Flying
Week” and the Corps of Cadets
is urged to cooperate with
civil and military authorities
in its observance.
Tom Gillis
Cadet Colonel
Similar proclamations have been
(See AIR WEEK, Page 6)
The December issue of
the Engineer magazine
will be issued tomorrow
night at 7 p.m. in the
basement of the Admin
istration building.
Navy Bluejackets are Among Most Technically
Trained of Men in United States Armed, Forces
A & M Will Observe “Keep ’em Flying”
Week in Accord With Proclamation
Voting in Assembly Hall
Is at 7 Tomorrow Night
Patterson, O’Connor, Ferguson, O’Leary
To Run; Brient Disqualified on Grades
A special election committee with Cadet Colonel Tom Gillis as
acting chairman announced yesterday that four boys have qualified
in all respects to be candidates for junior yell leader.
The four who qualified are Pat Patterson, James O’Connor, Ted
O’Leary, and George Ferguson.
The election, open to juniors only, will be held Wednesday night
at seven o’clock in the Assembly Hall. The ballots will be passed out
at the door upon entering, and at the end of the meeting they will
be taken up at the door.
Candidates to Speak
Each candidate will be given
Welty to Speak
At ROA Meeting
In Sbisa Tonight
All Seniors With
Contracts Invited
To Attend Banquet
Colonel M. D. Welty will address
the meeting of the Brazos County
Reserve Officers association to
night at 7:30 in the banquet room
of Sbisa hall. All seniors with con
tracts are urged to attend, Wil
liam Nash, secretary of the asso
ciation, stated.
Col. Welty will briefly discuss
the value of the ROA and will
introduce members of his staff who
will be asked to speak to the group
if they wish.
Captain Howard Badgett wiil
talk on reasons for joining the
ROA and E. L. Angell will speak
on “The Students Place In Na
tional Defense,” in which he will
urge students to stay in school.
Refreshments will be served and
the secretary states that an effort
will be made to let the group go
tn opportunity to speak to the as
sembled group and at the com
pletion of this, each junior will
scratch out all but his choice for
yell leader and will sign his name
to the ballot. The one receiving the
greatest number of votes will be
come the new yell leader.
Russel Brient also filed his
candidacy, but failed to qualify be
cause of a ^..10 grade point aver
age. To be eligible, each candidate
must have a grade point average
of 1.25 or better.
Petitions Required
Each one also has to have a
signed petition listing 200 names,
and had to have attended A. & M.
for a certain designated number
of semesters.
The special election committee
consisted of Warren Ringgold,
Dick Hervey, Austin Nance, Vance
Carrington, Edward Roeder, Tom
Gillis, Joe Skiles, and Homer L.
This is the second time in the
past two years that a special elec
tion had to be called. Last year an
election had to be held to replace
Bill Beck who joined the air corps.
Christmas Trees
Available at YMCA
Secretary Farly
Answers Pledge Of
A&M Support to US
Printed below is the letter re
ceived by Cadet Colonel Tom Gil
lis in answer to the telegram sent
to the President of the United
States pledging the all out sup
port of the college during the sec
ond World War.
The letter was as follows:
The White House
My dear Colonel Gillis:
Permit me, in the President’s
name, to thank you for your
telegram. The pledges of pat
riotic support which have been
received from the many, many
loyal citizens in all parts of the
country, have given the presi
dent strength and courage to
carry out the will of the Am
erican people.
For the splendid assurance
conveyed in your message he
is more appreciative than he
can say.
Christmas trees for campus or
ganization parties are available
at the Old Y.M.C.A. this morn
ing, M. L. Cushion, secretary of the
Y, announces.
Groups desiring a tree must
send a representative to sign for
it at the Y desk. The tree are on
the south side of the Y chapel.
Cushion requests that the trees
be returned as soon as possible af
ter each party so that they will
be available for the use of other
The fifteen trees are furnished
by the Y with the cooperation of
the college landscape department.
This is the third year that the Y
has obtained trees for campus fes
Baptist Church Has
Yule Program Tonight
The First Baptist Church of
College Station will hold its an
nual Christmas program tonight
at 8 o’clock. The program will be
“A Service of Candle Lighting
and Carols.” It will consist of mus
ic by the choir, music by the girl’s
ensemble, and a medley of carols
on the violin by Aggie John Mous-
Very Sincerely yours,
Stephen Early
Secretary to the President
Cadet Colonel Tom Gillis,
Corps of Cadets,
Agricultural and Mechanical
College of Texas
The Christmas message will he
read from the Scriptures and Rev.
R. L. Brown, pastor of the churcn,
will speak briefly on the Christ
mas theme. All students of the
college are invited to attend.
Credit is Army of Defense for
fFar Against Axis Propaganda
By Ken Bresnen
Credit, according to Nelson A.
Rockefeller, coordinator of inter-
American affairs, is the first army
of defense against the economic,
social and moral disorganization
that could soften Latin America to
the propaganda of the axis powers.
Twenty-one little republics to
our south can furnish us with many
of the necessities which we will
need to carry on the present war.
Our purchases of tin and tungsten
from Bolivia depend on credit;
credit backs our arrangements for
taking the entire strategic output
of Mexico and Brazil.
Great steel industries are being
built in Brazil which will permit
that country to build its own war
equipment and perhaps to help us
build ours. Twenty million dollars
of United States credit is help
ing to build these plants.
New types of tropical agricul
tural production are being spon
sored by American capital. Chem
ical and medical substances and
especially rubber are receiving
United States credit subsidies.
However, if hemisphere defense
is to function smoothly and ef
ficiently, more than credit facili
ties for one way sales is needed.
Just as our needs for Latin Ameri
can raw materials are important,
their needs for our manufactured
(See CREDIT, Page 6)