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The Battalion, official newspaper of the Agricultural and
Mechanical College of Texas and the City of College Station,
is published three times weekly, and issued Tuesday, Thursday
and Saturday mornings.
Entered as second class matter at the Post Office at'College
Station, Texas, under the Act of Congress of March 3, 1870.
Subscription rates $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
1941 Member 1942
Associated Golle6iate Press
Brooks Gofer ~i— JEditor-in-Chief
Ken Breenen - - Associate Editor
Phil Crown Staff Photographer
Sports Staff
Mike Haikln Sports Editor
Mike Mann Assistant Sports Editor
Chick Hurst. - Senior Sports Assistant
Advertising Staff
Reggie Smith Advertising Manager
Jack E. Carter Tuesday Asst. Advertising Manager
Louis A. Bridges Thursday Asst. Advertising Manager
Jay Pumphrey Saturday Asst. -Advertising Manager
Circulation Staff
F. D. Asbury, Jr. Circulation Manager
Bill Huber Senior Assistant
H. R. Tampke Senior Assistant
Carlton Power Senior Assistant
Joe Stalcup Junior Assistant
Tuesday’s Staff
Tom Vannoy Managing Editor
Jack Keith Junior Editor
Benton Taylor Junior Editor
Tom Lei and .... Junior Editor
Douglass Lancaster.... —Junior Editor
Tom Journeay, Harry Cordua, Bob Garrett, Ramon McKin
ney, John Baldridge, Charles Kaplan, Gerald Fahrentold, Bert
Kurtz, Bill Jarnagin, Bob Meredith, Bill Japhet, Jack Hood,
Jack Chilcoat, Bill Murphy, John Sparger, and Henry Holguin.
Recreation Surveij
Never before in the history of A. & M. has
there been as great a need for a well-round
ed recreational program as at the present
time. There is a demand far exceeding ex
pectations for recreational facilities. Be
cause of this growing problem the student
body is asked to help in finding and work
ing out the solution.
Through the cooperation of the land
scape art and physical education departments
questionnaires will be distributed to the
various organizations and then passed on
to the men to be filled out. The purpose of
the questionnaire is to make a survey of
the corps to find which sports are the most
popular and which are in the most demand.
After completing this check-up the recrea
tional program will try to follow the choice
of the corps and provide the facilities for
the sports which are most popular with the
The success of this undertaking will rest
with the students. This question is import
ant to every man who desires to develop
himself physically. Fill out the question
naire conscientiously, for your decisions will
be final.
Aims of a College Newspaper
Thomas E. Cassidy of the department of
English at St. John’s university, Collegeville,
Minn., submits the following article written
by an undergraduate, James Cullen:
The college newspaper has two primary
functions. (1) Asa newspaper it should serve
as a clearing house of information and pub
licity for the college and its activities. (2)
As the organ of the institution it should in
terpret the news, formulate and direct stud
ent opinion and endeavor to reflect the best
and the finest characteristics of the school
In its articles so that it may favorably im
press any “alien” readers.
College news should contain all the ad
jectives (complete, concise, accurate, un
biased, etc., ad inf., ad naus.) used to
describe good journalism. The style and con
tent of the stories may be closely modeled
on professional news work. Nonetheless, col
lege journalism does differ from profession
al work in that news is more personal and
informal in a college paper. The smaller col
lege and even the larger college paper can
speak of an individual on familiar terms that
will be almost completely understood by both
the students and the faculty. The clever
use of the feature story and the intimate
community life of a college makes it possi
ble to give writeups of famous visitors and
important events an informal slant that
would be far too familiar elsewhere.
AH news stories in a college paper are
subservient to the paper’s policy and may be
utilized as tools to influence opinion or to
create an impression. Favortism or prejudice
toward an individual or group, “burying” or
overplaying a story, or cheaply “press-agent
ing” a college are flagrant violations of this
privilege and as such are unethical. Giving
a group a boost in its new campaign, help
ing a team or coach out of a hole and taking
the wind out of “swellhead” groups are il
lustrative of the discreet use of this right.
The place for criticism is on the editorial
page or in the feature columns; elsewhere
it is mere backbiting and cowardice.—AGP
War Commentations
— By Walter F. Goodman, Jr.
Latins in their private life and in their pub
lic or politic life are famous for their indif
ference and mahana attitude. For years this
has been willfully condoned and passed over
with a smile by more energetic and more
time-minded peoples as an inherent and in
born trait but there are limits to everything,
even national custom.
Today Argentina is playing a dangerous
game; she’s on the fence and from all as
pects she refuses to get off. This fence runs
between two enemy camps locked in mortal
combat with each soliciting all the help and
aid it can to help it to victory in its greatest
The World Turns On
In Review—Two weeks ago an effort was
made to show that the existence of modern
science is contipgent upon constancy, and
predictability of natural law. Last week an
effort was made to show that in social groups
predictable behavior, as exemplified in indi
vidual and group disciplines, is essential to
harmonious working together of animals In
packs, people in groups, nations in leagues.
Each in its turn depends for success upon
the principle of disciplined loyalty of the
constituents to the group. Picture, for in
stance, what damage was threatened last
week by the return of disloyal “American
Citizens” (American traitors) in the role of
Nazi saboteurs. What would happen if all
our citizens should prove equally untrust
worthy? Weigh in your mind the world
shaking results of the vacillations of the
French nation during the past two years.
By her very unpredictability she has been
in effect an ally of Hitler.
Predictable behavior is based upon loy
alties—Loyalty implies that one will react
according to the pattern or law of his group
even though he suffers individually from
the act. Aggies fight for “Old Army.” The
team will scrap for the college. The dean
will defend “My Boys.” The teacher will
stand by his class. The captain stays with
his ship. We have not one but many loyal
ties, and these pre-determine our actions.
Anarchy is the result of loyalty to indi
vidual self interest. The group counts for
nothing; the individual is everything.
Totalitarianism is the result of blind or
forced loyalty to a leader. With the Nazi,
group interest counts for everything; the
life of the individual counts for nothing.
In a democracy there are as many types
of loyalty as there are individuals. Each per
son is free to weigh his own information and
act upon it. It is not surprising, therefore,
that Americans range all the way from
rank anarchists through all shades of loyal
ties to blatant totalitarians such as those
now being tried for treason.
Growing Loyalties Versus Treachery—
Democratic freedom implies freedom to
change loyalties. When we look about us,
we are astonished at the changes that have
taken place in the minds and hearts of our
people since Pearl Harbor. Suppose that on
that fateful day all our loyalties had been
frozen. Each man would have stuck by, and
fought for, the views which he held at that
time. Progress toward national unity would
have been impossible. It is a sign of open-
minded growth, and not a sign of weakness,
to change views when circumstances are
altered. Our former isolationists are not
traitors for having abandoned the lesser for
the greater loyalty.
Reaction at Saturday’s Rally—You can
predict an Aggie’s reaction to attacks upon
his college. This proves our unswerving loy
alty, but judged by certain reactions seen
and heard at Saturday’s rally, individuals
among us need to widen the fields of our
loyalties. One is not less loyal to A. & M. be
cause he is loyal to the navy, the army, or
to the cause of democracy. One is not dis
loyal when he admits that the enemy has
some better fighting equipment than we
have on our side. Somebody in the audience
scored ZERO on the untimely “raspberry”
about fighting planes.
Signed replies to this column are solicit
of all struggles. Argentina, an asset which
ever way she falls, refuses to succumb to
either side’s beckons but seems to be court
ing all the favors possible from both con
tingents—in short, she’s playing “hard to
get” and doing so profitably. Perhaps her
government knows today which road she
shall eventually take but finds it a lot more
profitable to wait and receive all the gifts
being given until which time one party Or
the other loses all patience and pushes her
out instead of trying to bait her any more.
At the least it is a most mercenary attitude
and an indiscreet use of her honor which
she professes is untarnished. I venture to
guess too, it will be a most unprofitable
game if carried much further, as there’s a
limit to everyone’s patience, and particularly
to one of the strugglers who despite having
Latin neighbors has no manana; for they
must fight tomorrow’s battle today if they
are to triumph.
Now Argentina is probably more Euro
pean than any other of the western hemi
sphere nations, but still she’s ostensibly and
basically Latin in every respect. However,
this by no fashion is a plausible excuse for
her recent and past actions in the field of
international relations. Argentina is really
within the limits of the camp of one of the
two combatants but so far is only an onlook
er, so she claims. It’s awfully hard to live
with a man and not be compatible with him
but if such a situation arises, there can only
be one outcome, a definite a break between
the two or an agreement of some sort with
a complete understanding so as to put each
other into the light as to what is the other’s
position or feelings.
If these men who are fighting are each
seeking an answer from this Argentinian
maid, all they can go on are her actions and
insinuations if she refuses to speak orally.
But the old adage is still revered and her
actions do speak louder than words and Ar
gentina must know it. And she must know
that unless she revokes the implications
given by them they are going to be final.
And they are going to be final to such an
extent that she’ll find herself an outcast of
a group from which she can’t geographically
escape, most unfortunately. No society
wishes to have to contend with undesirables,
so senorita, beware your step or thou may
get spanked roundly and soundly and sent
to bed for a very long time with only beef
and mate for supper.
“Stand by for a crash landing, Sarge!”
caips distraeflONs
Jack Hood,
“Backwash: An agitation resulting from some action or occurrence.”—Webster
Keep It Waving
In at least one college mess hall
in the U. S. there is a clever
method of persuading the diners
to go easy on the sugar. At the
University of Missouri they stick
a small American flag in the mid
dle of the sugar bowl as a re
minder . . . and the idea works.
The second teaspoon of sugar
makes the tea or coffee taste bit
ter—after a glance at the red,
white and blue . . . and besides,
the kids hate to take the sugar
out and let the flag fall.
Several New Jobs
Available Under
Civil Service
The United States Civil Service
Commission today issued a new
announcement for Custodial Offi
cers, junior grade, and modified
its requirements for Junior Public
Health Nurse. It also extended
until further notice the acceptance
of applications for Radio Monitor
ing Officer, $2,600 and $3,200 a
year, and for Bindery Operative
for the Government Printing Of
fice, 66 cents an hour.
Custodial officers will be ap
pointed to the Department of Jus
tice’s Federal Prison service, the
entire personnel of which is under
civil service. The salary for the
junior grade is $1,860 a year. Pro
motions are made on merit and
demonstrated ability. The work of
appointees may include receiving
inmates and instructing them , in
prison rules; laying out work as
signments and supervising groups
of inmates employed upon con
struction work, labor details, laun
dry and other maintenance shops,
and farm work; acting as referee
and directing recreational .activi
ties; and assisting in rehabilitative
Applicants for custodial officer
positions must be men between 25
and 58 years of age, in good physi
cal condition, and of fearless and
strong character. A written gen
eral test will be given to measure
aptitude for adjusting to the du
ties. Applications must be filed
with the Commission’s Washing
ton office not later than August
11, 1942.
For Junior Public Health Nurse
positions, $1,800 a year, there are
now no age limits. Registered
nurses who have graduated subse
quent to January 1, 1920, from an
accredited school of nursing hav
ing a daily average of 100 or
more patients, and have completed
or are enrolled in an approved
course covering 1 academic year in
Public Health Nursing, may ap
ply. One year of supervised experi
ence in general public health nurs
ing may be substituted for one
half of the year’s study in public
health nursing. The physical re
quirements have been greatly mod
ified. No written test is required.
Positions will be filled in the Pub
lic Health Service and the Indian
Service. Applications must be filed
with the Civil Service Commission
in Washington, D. C., and will be
accepted until further notice.
Full information as to the re
quirements for these examinations,
and application forms, may be ob
tained at the post office at College
Station, or from the Secretary of
the Board of U. S. Civil Service
Examiners, at any first- or second-
class post office.
Our Hero: Ensign George Gay,
who threw a real old-fashioned
tear in front of Hart Hall Satur
day . . . the only difference being,
he “gave” and then “took” from
everybody ... he had a fine time
. . . A San Marcos student burst
into class a half hour late, hair
tangled, make-up absent, panting
heavily, and displaying other
symptoms of a delayed alarm
clock. “You should have been here
30 minutes ago,” snapped the prof,
“Why?” she returned. “What hap
pened?” ... We always suspicion-
ed it: A TSCW instructor recently
phoned the commissary and asked
them ta send out some brains for
her class . . . This writer has a
high school class ring (Ysleta, ’42)
found on Kyle Field Sunday . . .
call and identify . . . Correction:
The number of Texans and A. &
M. men in the Tokyo raid has been
reported in at least four papers in
four different ways (we reported
two, which is wrong). This time
we say there were 16 Texans in
the raid, of which four are Aggie-
Exes: Lt. Col. “Jack” Hilger, ’32;
Lt. R. M. “Bob” Gray, ’41; Lt. W.
N. Fitzhugh, ’36; Lt. James Par
ker, ’41 . . . Aggie-Exes J. O.
Alexander, George Gorzycki, and
Marshal Spivey have transferred
to the QMC and are roommates at
Brownwood . . . Hold your nose,
here it comes: Mary had a little
lamb, it drank some gasoline, then
it wandered near a flame, and
since has not benzine . . . The new
dance slab, scheduled to be finish
ed for the big August 1 dance, will
be maroon cement (94 by 110 feet)
. . . the bandsand possibly will be
white to carry out the school color
scheme . . . START ANGLING
now for a good date for the Aug
ust 1 opening of the open air floor.
It’s going to be one of the sum
mer’s biggest and bestest . . . An
old maid went for a tramp in the
woods . . . the tramp got away.
The story of a pair of twins in
old Corsica is told in “CORSICAN
BROTHERS,” showing at Guion
Hall Tuesday and Wednesday.
Stars of the movie are Doug Fair
banks, Jr., Ruth Warrick and Akim
Fairbanks plays a dual role as
the two twins, sons of Countess
Franchi. At the birth of the twins,
the entire Franchi family is wiped
Civil Service Needs
Personnel Officers
The United States Civil Service
Commission today issued a call for
personnel officers, additional
nurses, and operators of calculat
ing machines and of tabulating
equipment, to further war work in
Federal agencies in Washington,
D. C., and throughout the United
Positions as Personnel Officer,
at salaries from $4,600 to $6,500
a year, and as Personnel Assistant,
$2,600 to $3,800, will be filled. For
the $2,600 positions, at least 6
years of progressive experience in
a personnel office, or administra
tive office responsible for person
nel functions, are required. Credit
will be given for recognized col
lege education, up to 5 years. Ex
perience limited to routine inter
viewing or supervision of clerical
work will be considered only for
the first 3 years of the required 6.
At least 1 year in personnel or
management work above that of
routine clerical is required for the
$2,600 positions. Higher positions
require additional appropriate ex
perience. There is no written test.
Tabulating equipment opera
tors are wanted for positions as
supervisor, $2,000 a year, junior
supervisor, $1,800 a year, and sen
ior operator, $1,620 a year. Appli
cants for supervisor positions must
have had at least 1 year of appro
priate supervisory experience which
included responsibility for the wir
ing or the setting of control pins
of all equipment. At least 6 months
of experience operating an alpha
betic tabulating machine is re
quired for the $1,620 positions. Ap
plicants must be over 18 years. No
written test is given.
Junior calculating machine op
erators paying $1,440 a year, will
be given a practical test; exercises
in addition, subtraction, multipli
cation, and division must be per
formed directly on the machine.
The lower age limit is 18 years.
Sufficient qualified persons to meet
anticipated needs were not obtained
from the recent calculating ma
chine operator examination. Per
sons who receive eligible ratings
under the previous announcement
need not apply again.
The Commission is seeking ad
ditional public health nurses for
the Indian Service, including Alas
ka, and the Public Health Service;
and graduate nurses for general
staff duty in the Indian Service,
including Alaska. Registered
nurses with appropriate nursing
education and experience may ap
ply. Graduation from high school
is no longer required.
out by their feuding enemies with
the exception of the new-born
twins. For safety’s sake, friends
of the family separate the twins,
bring one up in the Corsican for
ests and the other in Paris.
Twenty-one years later the
twins meet in the forest and set
out to avenge the deaths in their
family caused by the Colonnas—
their feuding neighbors. But these
are not ordinary brothers. They
are so bound together in their
souls that each feels the emotions,
pain and suffering of the other.
Both brothers are in love with
one girl, Ruth Warrick, as is their
arch-enemy Akim Tamiroff, head
of the Colonna family. One of the
Corsicans comes through all the
fighting and blood-shed and wins
the hand of the fair lady.
The Lowdown: we dare you not
to like it.
For those who read Damon Run
yon’s stories of American gangster
BABY,” shwing at the Campus to
day anti tomorrow, is a true-to-
form picturization of a typical
Runyon story. Chief characters in
the comedy are Broderick Craw
ford, Dick Foran and Virginia
As a convict on parole, Broderick
Crawford is ready to join his safe
cracking buddies and follow the
crooked and wide trail instead of
the straight and narrow one, when
Dick Foran the cop steps in and
insists on Butch taking a legiti
mate job. With his job as janitor
in an apartment house, he comes
in contact with a young widow
and her baby. The rest of the story
involves Butch and the baby.
The Lowdown: will tickle your
18,000 Texas Homes
Enjoy FSA Mattresses
Eighteen thousand families on
small farms and ranches in Texas
enjoyed comfortable home-made
mattresses and warm comforters
during the past winter, according
to Miss Mattie A. Trickey, state
home management supervisor of
the Farm Security Administration.
“Under the direction of FSA
home management supervisors,
men and women from low-income
farm families made 23,745 mat
tresses and 34,474 comforters dur
ing the past year and a half,” Miss
Trickey said. Cotton and cotton
goods furnished by the Agricul
tural Marketing Administration,
another agency of the U. S. De
partment of Agriculture, went in
to the mattresses and comforters.
“Chaperone your cigarets—they
should not be allowed to go out
alone,” warns Marvin Hall, State
Fire Insurance Commissioner, as
he points out that a high ratio of
residence fires are known to start
from lighted cigarets carelessly
tossed aside.
Box Office Open Till 10 P.M.
Double Feature
“Three Cockeyed
1:00 - 3:50 - 6:40 - 9:30
Brod Crawford Dick Foran
Virginia Bruce
2:18 - 5:08 - 7:58 - 10:48
Porkey Pig Cartoon
“Porkey’s Midnight Matinee”
Throwing lighted cigarets out of
car windows is a violation of the
law in California.
At the Campus
Tuesday, Wednesday —
“Butch Minds the Baby” with
Broderick Crawford, Dick
Foran and Virginia Bruce.
Also, “Cockeyed Sailors.”
At Guion Hall
Tuesday, Wednesday—“The
Corsican Brothers,” Douglas
Fairbanks, Jr., Ruth War
rick and Akim Tamiroff.
Guion Hall
Tuesday and Wednesday
3:30 and 7:00 P. M.
Corsican Brothers
Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.
Ruth Warrick Akim Tamiroff
Comedy and News Reel
Thursday and Friday