The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, November 03, 1949, Image 1

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Number 35
■ge’s Piano and Humor Smith Says Letter Houston’s Okii
Charm Spaijge Guion Crowd J
From the moment Victor Borge
first fell off the piano seat in
Guion Hall last nisrht ’till he fin
ally walked off the stafre, his aud
ience was in "stitches."
"What are quizes?’’ Borge asked
one of the students who was back
staire after the piano-humorist had
finished his concert, “Maybe they
are the cause of the lack of people
ih the audience?”
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The Danish musician played to a
crowd of approximately 600 people
Beasley Dedication •
Program Set Today
This afternc
dedicated by Dr
tural Research j
facilities for basic research in cotton genetics for the entire
Cotton Belt. ‘if T . ■ ,
■ ♦ A commemorative plaque will be
VW '1 R"! presented by friends of the late
Poultry Expert
Outlines Inbred
Hybrid Raising
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r.H, B. Wallace general man
ager of the Hy-Line Poultry
’ Ifarms of Des Moines Iowa,
outlined the inbred hybrid
system of poultry breeding to
.the Poultry Husbandry Club at
- their regular' meeting Tuesday
night, at the YMCA. .
Wallace said that he had been
•j interested in poultry production
Since high school years when-he
"kept a back-yard flock. When his
father went to Washington as Sec
retary of Agriculture in 1933,
the ' back-yard flock had to be
abandoned. '
' In 1936, Wallace, following the
practices of his father in the de
velopment of hybrid com, under
took the task of producing a hy
brid chicken that could be pro
duced commercially. Many of the
i, standard breeds were used in ex
perimental work during the first
years, according to Wallace.
A rapid system of inbreeding was
followed for four generations, using
almost entirely the brother-sister
mating. “Mortality was high and
discards came quickly, especially
in the third and fourth genera
tions," Wallace said. The inbreed
ing after that became less intense;,
ending with a final cross between
two inbred lines to produce the
Hy-Line. ^
Wallace said that selections were
made on 19 characteristics and in
cluded such things as exterioregg
quality, interior egg ! quality,
broodiness, maturity, and 1 j?gg
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The present breeding ; program
is conducted on three farms near
Johnstown, Iowa and one in New
York, and the testing program is
carried on in 14 states.
In 1942 thiire were 125,000 Hy-
Line chickens produced. In 1949
the production reached 15,000,000.
.Wallace says they do not feel
that Hy-Line chickens are the best
that can be produced, but he feels
that they are the best that have
been produced^.
In discussing the future possibiL
(See POULTRY, Page 0)
J. O. Beasley and accepted by
Chancellor Gibb Gilchrist on be
half of the A&M System at ,the
dedication ceremony. The plaque
will be hung in the 1 aboratory.
Beaslej^, who graduated from
A&M in 1932, was awarded a tra
veling scholarship by the Agronomy
Department while a student, and
he visited the outstanding cotton
merchandizing, processing , and
growing areas in the United States
and Europe.
Service With Experiment Station
He served - as assistant in the
Texas Agricultual Experiment Sta
tion’s division of agronomy until
1936. He received his Master’s De
gree from A&M in 1934 and his
PhD from Harvard in 1939, and
returned to work with the Experi
ment Station that year.
Beaslfiy was interested primarily
in the genetics and cyto-genetics of
cotton and specialized in the field
of interspecific hybridization. He
pioneered in the technique of doubL
ing the number of (^iromosones in
cotton and by this means was able
to obtain fertile hybrids between
many species which previously had
produced only sterile hybrids when
crossed. These discoveries opened
k new field in cotton breeding.
"Despite the comparative short
ness of his research career, there
is widespread appreciation of the
made to science and the improve
ment of cotton,” Dr. R. D. Lewis,
director of the Experiment Sta
tion, has declared. "Some of the
strains he reveloped Jiave become
the foundation of new stocks for
the Gotten Belt.” Beasley was killed
in Italy in 1943.
His memory is to be perpetuated
by the Uew $65,000 greenhouse and
laboratory unit on the A&M Cam
pus, which will provide facilities
for instruction, as well as basic
research, in cotton genetics and
The laboratory building houses
a genetic laboratory, a cytology
labratory, a seed storage and gen
eral work room, and a potting
room. The two greenhouses, with a
(total of 4,500 square feet of floor
-hpace, will make possible re
search on live cottop plants the
year ground.
! The resident instruction program
hasNalready attracted graduate
students as research assistants
^tSee BEASLEY, Page 6)
at his first visit to A&M. All of
them (enjoyed a side-splitting time
with Borge’s quick monologue.
He! started 1 off with a themef—
‘Happy Birthday," and played” it
like (such composers as 'Chopin,
Bachj Brahms, Wagner, Mozan,
and other old masters would have
composed the melody.
All: during the show Borge made
reference to the empty seats. After
his first number he said, "I feel
happy for those who weren’t
here,! they will be so happy in the
’ Before he played the sonata (he
composed at the age of seven, he
explained the four movements. The
first movement consists of a boy
and u girl. The boy is in love with
the girl, but the boy’s father does
not approve, so he tells the boy to
change. The boy goes into the next
rooni; and changes.
The second movement finds the
couple in a canoe—fishing.
In the fourth movement, the boy
is saving the girl’s life, by pulling
her to shore. The third movement,
natuially, was made up of the boy
standing up in the canoe.
“If you know the plot there] is
no need in playing it,” Borge said.
So be didn’t.
Ori'the serious side, Borge play
ed ‘’Claire de Lune,” (which , he
translated as “Clear the Saloon”).
After his reversal to serious
form the audience realized why the
critics -call his playing: the ’’per
fect touch.”
Back in the natural swing, he
played the “Blue Danube”—back^
Ap unscheduled joke in the pro
gram was provided by the piano.
The pedal started to fall off. Borge
made it seem like a part of the
show, but later apologized for his
statements. But as he said “Its
the truth.”
Another highlight of the pro
gram was when the Dexterious
Dane played and sang the tenor,
sopwino, baritone, and bass part
of ahe ojf Mozart’s operas.
During the second part of his
shove he read from Shakespeare.
He Used his system of pronouncing
the marks of punctuation. This
camp out making the Bard sound
like :a hive of angry bees.
iln addition to his musical abili
ties^: Borge is a cook. Tuesday
night, when he ariyer, Borge cook
ed up some Danish dishes and
American steaks. When he travels
he Carries a portable stove and re
frigerator, according to his mana-
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When asked bow Jie likes student
audiences in comparison to those
in night clubs, Borge said, "they
are quicker on the pick-up.”
During the backstage interview
matiy of the students asked him
to come back next year as a Town-
Hall guest. Borge seemed in favor
of this when one student remarked
that next time he would play to
a packed house.
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Patrides Granted Leave
Dr. G. A. Petrides, head of the
U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service
at }\.&M, has been granted leave
from the college to go on tempor
ary duty with the U. S. Navy.
Dir. Petrides left Thursday, Oc-
taber 27, for Bethesda, Maryland,
to go on temporary duty with Nav
al Reserve. He is expected to re
turn around November 16..
At present, he holds the rank
of Lieutenant in the Reserve
Strikers Endanger Corps Parade Pla^s
March Permit Cancellation Looms t j~ ■ ■ T Senior Talks With City Council ±
If Bt|8 Driver Walkout Continues
There is a definite possibility that the Houston corps
parade may be cancelled if the Houston Transit Company
bus drivers are on strike Nov. 12, Col. Melvin Smith, Hous-
toosMilitary Affairs Committee, baid yesterday.
Col. Smith spoke to a five-man corps trip arrangements
committee which went to Houston yesterday to map plans for
the corps parade.
Houston is already coping with three serious strikes,
Col. Smith said. Workers in the local steel mills and in the
chemical plants are on strike. In addition, every cpmmon
laborer In the city Is out on a >
$100 million construction strike.
If the bus drivers vote to strike,
and if that strik^ continues into
the corps trip weekend, Smith
said, then there is little hope for
city council approval of a corps
Smith said that the Houston
city police force was undermanned
for even normal work. And a bus
strike would tax th^ resources of
the already overworked police de
partment. .
There is a possibility, Smith
said, that the parade might be
authorized even if there is a bus
strike. Hov/ever, he indicated that
such a possibility depended entire
ly upon the seriousness of the bus
“This would be the first strike
of this kind that the Houston po
lice have ever coped with,” Smith
said. They will be the ones who de
termine whether or not we can
have the corps parade.”
Two parades, ihcluding a huge
Shrine parade opening the annual
Shrine circus, were called off this
Parade Plans Mapped
Smith said, however, that he be
lieved plans for the parade should
be completed. Arrangements neces
sary for the parade would then be
ready, and the corps could plan
its operations on the assumption
that the parade Would be haid.
^‘If (the police force says no par
ade,” Smith said, When there is
nothing we can do. But, if they
authorize the parade w r e’ll be
The route of the planned parade
has been approved by the city
(See PARADE PLANS, Page 6)
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Miss Pat Andrews of Corsicana,
sponsored by Bill Price of the
Aggie Band, is one of many con
testants for the title of queen of
the ABC Ball.
Engineer Delayed By
Lack of Ad Plates
The Engineer has been ready to
go to press for some time, Charlie
Schwab, editor, announced today,
but tho failure of certain advertis
ing plates to arrive, which must
be included, have beeh holding up
the printing.
The make-up should be complet
ed within the next few days and
the first issue will be distributed
before the cnjkof the week, Schwab
full Agenda Faces
Senators Tonight
The Student Senate will face a full agenda this evening
at their regular November meeting at 7:30 in the YMCA
Assembly Hall, reported Keith Allsup, senate president.
The agenda fixed by the Executive Committee includes
(1) consideration of a campus Chest campaign which would
-♦similarly to Community Chests,
Drivers Strike
HOUSTON, Nov. 3.—CP)—
Industrial Houston was with
out bus service today as strik
ing drivers and mechanics post
poned a vote on a company
wage dispute offer.
En Guarde
Bait Waiter Risks Life and Limb
For Story of Aggieland Gay Blades
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“Knock his sabre out of the
way, then, get in and slash him
punting old cigarette
heard these words.
I stopped hu
butts wnendJ
What was cpini
Coming off? Was some
one trying 4> get even with the
military department?
Feeling it tny Aggie duty to find
out who the assassins wen* plan
ning to kill, I listened further.
“My new epee is raally sharp.
Yesterday I drew blood from three
^men.” What manner of men are
these, I Mked myself.
Curiosity got the best of me. so
I met the men — Oua Minatrot
and Gerald Monks. They were
discussing the fencing team.
Trying to hide my leelinka about
missing a scoop on A killing, I
asked them a few questions about J
the sport. _
They Invited me up to the fenc
ing room on the. top floor of Dorm
16. I weht In amSsaw a group of
what looked like" men from Mars
slashing about with swords.
They had queer looking heads,
with compound eyes that looked
like those on a fly. Gus caught
mt . i s I tried to get out of the
dorm to call the KK’s, the Na
tional Guard, Orson Wdla, or
anybody who could help.
He explained {hat they weren’t
men from Mars, but fencing team
members with their helmets on. We
went back in and letterman Carrol
Bell took off his mask just to
show me he was human. I asked
him to( put it back on.
I gingerly felt one of the foils.
Gus said it had a blunt point on it.
Then he showed me it wouldn’t hurt
if he touched me. It didn’t! Maybe
that’* because it went in only
two inches. ;
Gus next showed me one of the
epee*. “This is what is called a
dueling sword” he said. "It does
n’t bend so much when It hits."
It did I’t!
I nursed my wounds while he
‘ ed the nomenclature of this
er. “This is what is called
groove. In the old dayt the
blood (idripped down thU grove
and wasn’t so messy, this also made
it easier to pull out of a man!"
“Ah" Gus said dreamily, "those
were the days!" Gus was a warm
hearted man.
The next instrument he showed
me was the sabre. The purpose
of 1 this instrument was to slash
an Opponent, (j U8 told me p-not
just tb gig him, as with the others.
There are two catting edges
on this weapon, allowing yon
to cut either backwards or for-
wards. All during this time he
was showing me how to hit with
Uj. ..
“This is really a nice clean sport,
full of interesting situations. You
have to out-figure your opponent
constantly," he said while he mop
ped the blood from the floor (by
accident he had made a slight
gash in my juglar vein).
Trying to get him away from
the weapons, I asked him inno
cently, “Did fencing just start
this year?’’.
He turned a lovely color of
rdd, with his ears turning an al
ternating green and blue. "No," he
said disgustedly. "There has been
some kind of n fencing team ut
A&M since 1908."
The only period that (here
hasn't been a fencing team was
between 1941 and 1946.
The team was started again in
1946 with no couch and only five
men who had never seen a foil be
fore. Before the season was over,
three of the men had to drop out
for various reasons.
“I coached the team and taught
them all I knew in about three
weeks," Gus said. i
In 1947 the team would have
folded up If a professional in Hous
ton hadn’t come down to help out.
The name of the man was A. B.
In 1918 the team won five out
of the seven duel meets in the
State competition. They lost to
the Galveston Buccaneers. The
Aggies were the only team that
Galveston beat.
Out of the 1948 team there is
onlyi one letterman, Gus Minstrot,
left on the team. J. C. (Sueck)
Fails wouldn’t enter competition
this year because of the time eli
gibility rule.
“Last year (Spring of 1949),
we came in second in the conference,
and we placed first second and
third in the individual competi
tions," Gus added.
Minstrot won first place in the
open sabre events. I. J. Buries won
first place in the open foil. Speck
Fails won the epee event.
The only meet the teams has,
had (his year was with LSD.
The competition was not for con
ference poinU, but the team won
in all three weapona.
By this time I had lost a lot
of blood, and a team member
Flank Ragusa applied n tourniquet
and started telling me about the
PE classes the team was sponsor
ing. “These air^ to create interest
in fencing.”
My condition had turned worse
so the other members of the team
carried me across to the hospital
for a quick transfusion.
(2) discussion of Dead Week reg
ulations, (3) and a report by
James McGrudder on date tickets
for Aggie football games.
Meeting Tuesday evening the
Executive Committee elected Jimmy
McGrudder chairman by acclama
tion. The Executive Committee met
with Allsup and three above men
tioned items were considered in
Campus Community Chest
Reasoning of the Executive Com
mittee to recommend favorably
that a Campus Community Chest
fund be raised was expressed by
Jimmy McGrudder, chairman.
Heretofore campus drives have
been carried on in the dormitories
through personal or outfit solicita
tions by student senators.
The Campus (fhest fund would be
raised during a single campaign
and all contributions to charitable
organizations during the year
would be taken out of the Campus
Chest fund. The executive Com
mittee favored that the fund be ad-
inistered by a student committee.
Dead Week regulations and ob
servances were introduced to the
Executive Committee by Walt
Zimmerman. He cited examples of
departments ignoring the optional
Dead Week ruling. The ruling pre-
■sently stands that each department
lias the choice to observe Dead
Weak or ignore it. j . j
Dead Week has come to mean
that no major quizzes v)ould be
given during the lust meeting of a
course during a regular semester.
Date Ticket Policy
Executive Committee members
appointed McGrudder to gain infor
mation from the Athletic Depart
ment on date ticket policy. Con-
sidcrobl Criticism has been direct
ed toward the Athletic Department
because date tickets arc being sold
for $3,60, McGrudder told the
committee. He will present to the
Senate the reasons given by the
Athletic Department for the sale
of date tickets at this price.
Listed also on the agenda were
the regular committee reports by
the chairmen Of the various
standing committees.
30 Students
Plan; to Attend
BSU Meeting
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Some thirty or more Aggie
students are expected to leave
this weekend for the annual
Texas Baptist Student Con
vention which is being held at
the First Baptist Church in Dal
las. November 4-6. Two of the Ag
gies, Earl Glenn Rose, Texas A$m
B. S. U. President from Abilene,
and Drexel Toland, A&M student
from Dallas, will appear on the
convention program.
Earl will be one of the speakers
in a student group telling of their
summer work, and Drexel will pre
side over one of the general ses
sions pf the convention.
Jackie Robinson, All-American
basketball' star and youth speaker,
will deliver the keynote message
Friday evening. Other prominent
speakers will be Dr. Raymond J.
Seegev, atomic scientist from Wash
ington, D. C. William Hall Pres
ton, Associate Secretary, of the
Southwest Student Department,
Dr. J. Howard Williams, state Bap
tist Secretary, Dr. Hugh A. Brimm,
sociologist, Dr. W. A. Chiswell,
pastor of the First Baptist Church
in Dallas, and Charles Wellborn,
youth evangelist.
To ( blend in with the keynote
messages, six choirs will appear
on the program during the con
vention. Along with the Phyllis
Wheatley High School Choir, which
is making its four state conven
tion, will be the Baylor B. S. U.
Choir, the Southwestern Singers,
the Hardln-Simmons A C a p e 11 a
Choir, the Wayland College Inter
national Choir, and the East Texas
Baptist Cpllege Choir,
Soijne 3,000 Baptist students are
expected to register for the con
vention according to Prentis W.
Chunn, student secretary in charge
of Baptist student work at A&M.
Registration will begin Fridayt
November 4, at 1 p. m.
Students from A&M planning to
attend the convention are: Wil-
man Barnes, Lytle H. Blankenship,
Billy Ray Boling, Charles Bruch-
miller, Steve Bryant, Charles H.
Burk, Harold Chandler, Taylor
Chandler, Jr., Tom Curens, Tom
mie Duffle, Robert Eaglesom Ed
Grounds, Thomas E. Henderson,
David Howard, A1 Johnston, Rob
ert C. Jones, Floyd Kernes, George
Laing, John Lewis, Edwin P.
Lloyrf, Bob Moore, Ed Moser, Jr.,
Paul Neff, Stanley Nelson, Ray
mond Roberts, Earl Rose, Ralph
Shannahan, Irwin Shields, C. Q.
Smith, Elwin Thedford, Drexel To
land, and Arlton White.
ND Scholarships
Given Southerners
Scholarships to the University of
Notre Dame will be awarded to
high school graduates of j^ix
southern states under the term§\of
the wiir of the late Augustus F.
Meehanj of Chattanooga, Tenn-
nessee. r
Meehan, in his will, established
in 1936 six tuitional and residence-
expense scholarships at Notre
Dailne for one student from each
of the states of Alabama, Georgia,
Kentucky, Tennessee, Texas and
The scholarships are available to
students who have completed high
school with a 90 percent general
scholastic average and have not
attended any college level j jifehool.
Any white, native born boy from
these states may enter competition
for the scholarships by taking the'
scholastic aptitude test and the re
quired achievement tests of the
College Entrance' Examination
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Interested students may obtain
full details by writing the Com
mittee on Scholarships, University
of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, In
Talks (With City council ■± i
Face Delay With Crowded Agenda ’
ly, stating the
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George Smith’s letter to Dean Pen
Houston A&M Chib’s objection to a midnight yell practice in
Houston, was entirely voluntary !and was in no way solicited,
Smith, chairman of the Houston A&M djub’s yell practice
committee told the Senior class's yell practice Committee yes*
terday afternoon! ’ i • ,
Meeting for lunch with the five-man group from the
senior class, Smith discussed with them the problem of con
ducting a midnight yell practice! in Houston. Smith assured
the group that his one desire in the yell practice issue was
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! hci* the m*pior claw's committee*
ni^etlwith the! Houston city officials
i fjelect n yell practice timfl ipui
ce; that w 11 work for the i>ef»t
ijijterCst of the college.
[Assuring the group that he did
npt want to inject his peraon-
al opinion into the issut 1 , Smith
8|id he wouhl do anything In his
iw<jr to arrange a hearing for fhe
with h»« ITniinInn rlfv! **
ij He returiicJ to Houston with the
list of t ic seniors to urrailgi
(the .earnest* possibly appoint
it with the Houston' ofmf '
Jean Kochner is from Dallas and
sponsored in the ABC ball qdhen
competition by Bill Richardson
of A Flight.
he Houston city ql-
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qu)t*st of the seniors t)o arrwige
Hpuston officials,
mith assured senior class prasi*
.lent Bobby! Byington that he
*jvou|d phony him (Byington) the
audience cptUd be m -
Singleton, ’29 New
Ford Executive
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■ William D. Singleton, Aggie-Ex,
has been appointed production: man r
ager of all the .Ford Motor jGohvjj
pany’s Division assembly plants un-^i
der M. L. Wiespiyer, manufactur
ing manager, L. D. Cusoe,: vice-
president and general manager of
the Ford Divisipih announced tow
A mechanical; engineering; grpdj
uate of '29, Singleton joined the
Ford Motor Company in 1931 as
a maintenance helper in the conj-
pany’s plant in Dallas! Later hC
was transferred to the Kansas
City plant as assistant mainten
ance foreman. In 1934, he returned
to the Dallas plant, and ift 1936,
he was promoted to general hotly
foreman at Fold's Memphis plant.
In 1941, Singleton joined the;
Army as u captain in the Armored
Corps. He was discharged )n 1946
as a lieutenant-colonel.
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On his return to the company!
Singleton was appointed : equip
ment engineer] for the Office of
Ford Assembly Operations at Dear
born. On February 1, 1948, he was
promoted to manager of t)ie Ford
Company’s plant in Chester, Pa.,
the position he held prior tp being
of all
moment an'
Tfie seriioi committee which )pet
was appointed ekrly
^ rning by senior class
president; Bvingi[.on, after he was
mtl'iorized (o do so at a, setyiiorj
glass meeting Monday night. ;( j
| Members of the committee arej
Janies “Red” Duke, senior .[(yell
leader froml B Troop; Jack Miller
student senator from E Air Force
Bill; Stoffregan, A Ord; John lay* •
lor,: C Trpo]); John L. Christensen,
Co- vice p esident of the senior
named praduej-ion manager
Ford Division assembly plants.
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roop; and Byington.
After thp noon meeting, Jj5mita
’issued a carefully worded fitato
meht to emphasize his openiri
marks on fthe„ motivation o;
first letter.)
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IBy inpuendo and.informal con-
versatiom With students” amit) I
said, “it wns indicated to me that '
Defen Penlerthy made no , sue i
request c}f the UoustOU A&M; Club I
or to any individual of thaticlul. j
“In fact, no official of this co -
legie made i|ny request of the Hour-
tori A&M “lub, or any individual
of I the club ” |
“The decision for the rl’quctt
(that there' be no midnight ye I
practice, contained in Smith’s or -
girrnl letter to I’enberthy)” was
formulated! and prepared by our
yell practice committee*, Sinit i
concluded,representing youtr
hoists, the Houston A&M Club.”
Through j-ari oversight, Smiti
said carllfer, his title as chairi-
mriiv of tjhe Houston club’s ye 1
practice committee wak not writtc i-
below his signature.
;He attributed much of the coi].
fusion suirounding the letter
this ommlssion.
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Cartoons and Girls
ABC Ball’s Theme
The theme of the decorations
for the ABC Ball will be eartoona
of Airforce, Band, and Composite
outfits, Jack Happy, of the Ball
Committee said today.
A committee of seniors will se
lect five girls as ABC Ball queen
candidates from those whose pic
tures have been submitted: Curley
Broyles will pick the qiieen of
the ball from tne five girl*. ’
Those eligible to attend the ball
arje cadets in the ABC group and
corps seniors with dates.
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the ARC Ball queen.
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