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American, French
iTroops Reoccupy
Korean Rail Center
■ Tokyo, Jan. 10——American
and French troops with tanks to
day founht back into the strategic
central Korean road-rail hub of
b The town had been abandoned to
the Reds Monday after two days
of tough fighting over it.
1 Field dispatches said a company-
size patrol smashed a Red Korean
counterattack and rolled into Won
ju from the southeast,
i The Second Division company
jwith French support drove through
...deep snow into Wonju along the
imain highway from Chechen.
I There were no Reds in the city,
AP correspondent William Barnard
reported from the Second Division
I Other elements of the division
■ground 100 yards closer to Wonju
from the south against a strong
■counterattack by six Red battal-
Begin Meeting
Here Today
Experts of the Agricultural
Experiment Station and other
: organizations will take part in
the program of the Texas Fer
tilizer Conference here Wed
nesday and Thursday.
Following the welcome by C. N.
Shepardson, dean of the School of
Agriculture, J. D. Prewitt, idee di
rector of the Texas Agricultural
Extension Service, will discuss the
national cotton program for 1951.
J. B. Page, professor of agronomy,
will explain why soils differ in
their response to fertilizers.
A symposium, “A Look Ahead
at Fertilizer Usage in Texas,” will
be led by J. E. Adams, head of the
Agronomy Department.
Dr. C. E. Ferguson, who recently
returned from 15 months in Europe
with the Economic Cooperation Ad
ministration, will speak at a dinner
meeting on “Some Observations on
European Agriculture.”
At Thursday’s session, W. O.
Cox, executive secretary, Better
Pastures, Inc., Houston, will speak
m “Building and Utilizing Pas-
lures in Texas.”
M. K. Thornton, extension agri-
iultural chemist, will discuss the
activities of the A&M soil testing
laboratory, and Dr. R. D. Lewis, di
rector of the Texas Agricultural
Experiment Station, will talk on
industrial aids to station research.
Freshmen Accept
Queen Pics Friday
The Freshman Ball Queen Com
mittee has announced that it will be
ready to accept pictures Friday of
candidates for the Freshman Ball
Any freshman may enter his
girl’s picture in the contest by sub
mitting a 5” x 7” or larger bust
portrait and snap-shot photo. The
girl’s name, age, measurements,
and addresses should be written on
the back of the portrait.
The name, dorm, and room num
ber of the freshman entering the
candidate should also be included.
A freshman from each company
will be chosen to serve on the
judging committee and to collect
the pictures from his company.
Pictures must be in by Jan. 20.
to enable the committee to pick the
six finalists.
ions. This force, fighting up the
main Chungju-Wonju road, last
was reported two miles from the
road center.
Assault Launched
The American-French assault
teams launched their assault to
retake Wonju in a swirling snow
storm Tuesday. They fought
through a hail of enemy mortar
and small arms fire.
Wonju controls a web of roads
leading into the heart of South Ko
The attack by the Second Divi
sion veterans of the Naktong and
Chongchon River battles of last
summer was the biggest United
Nations offensive effort in days.
“We are in contact with North
Koreans now and we intend to give
them hell,” the Allied commander
said as the attack started.
Christmaslike Scenes
Correspondent Barnard said the
battle scene was like a Christmas
card picture. He added:
“There was the soft white valley,
majestic frosted mountains and a
peaceful looking road. . . Snow
sifted down.
“But murderous enemy fire from
foothills . . . swept the valley and
the road. The thunder of Allied
artillery rolled continuously and
echoed through the valley and
around the peaks.
“Small arms fire crackled inces
santly. Enemy mortar fire found
the road. . .
“Allied soldiers with rifles lay on
their stomachs in the snow.”
Escape Threatened
The French-American force ob
viously was fighting to throw off
balance the Communist drive down
central Korea’s mountain roads.
The Red thrust threatened the Tae-
jon-Taegu escape corridor for
Eighth Army forces withdrawing
in the west toward the old Allied
Pusan beachhead.
General Mac Arthur’s Wednesday
afternooh war summary said a
“very large” Communist force
strung along a 70-mile front from
Osan to Wonju was “capable of
mounting a powerful offensive sup
ported in great depth.”
Three R&F Men
Attend AAAS Meet
Three members of the Range and
Forestry Department attended the
annual meeting of the American
Association for the Advancement
of Science in Cleveland, Ohio Dec.
Dr. Omer E. Sperry, Dr. Robert
A. Darrow, and Dr. Harold F.
Heady represented A&M at the
meeting of the national organiza
tion of scientists and affiliated or
Dr. Sperry and Dr. Darrow pre
sented papers at the Botanical
Section meetings of the Associa
Ag School Makes
Course Additions
Charles N. Shepardson, dean of
the School of Agriculture, an
nounced today several new courses
in Agriculture will be offered at
the beginning of the spring semes
These courses offered for the
first time at A&M are Physical
Properties of Soil, Soil Microbio
logy, and Dairy Manufacturing.
Bell to Speak
Here Thursday
P. R. Bell, a principal phy
sicist of the Oak Ridge Na
tional Physical Laboratories
of which A&M is a sponsor,
will give an open lecture on
“Scintillation Spectrometry” a t
7:30 p. m. Thursday in the Physics
Lecture Room.
Here under the auspices of the
A&M Physics Society, Bell will
also address a seminar in room
36 of the Physics Building at 1
p. m. Thursday on “Fast Electron
ic Circuits.”
Bell has been a leader in re
search in nuclear physics, electron
ic instrumentation, and radar since
he became involved in the Nation
al Defense Research Committee’s
nuclear project during his grad
uate study at the University of
Chicago in 1940.
He was a member of the Mass.
Institute of Technology Radiation
Laboratory from 1941-46. At Oak
Ridge, Bell has led the develop
ments in scintillation spectrometry,
one of the newer, and powerful,
techniques for measurements of
nuclear radiation.
’5# Vanity Fair Girl
Cherry Blair
Cover girl for this week’s issue of Collier’s and frequent visitor
of the campus, Miss Blair holds a number of beauty titles. The
Amarillo lass, a University of Texas sophomore, was included
in the Aggieland ’50’s “Vanity Fair” and a finalist in competition
for sweetheart of the Artillery Regiment in November.
Business Group
Opens New Offices
Daily Board Upped 12 Cents
To Meet Increased Food Prices
By SID ABERNATHY .the price the students now pay for
I m6£ils **
J] 1 ,® P^e of meals in both of Peniston further quoted the
A&M s dining halls will be in- m unn an( j Bradstreet report for
creased 12 cents per day or $3,60 1^0 j as {; W eek of December which
per month beginning with the
Spring semester, J. G. Peniston,
supervisor of subsistance, said to
Brought about by the increase in
price of food and a decrease in en
rollment, the price of meals in.
Duncan Hall will now cost mem
bers of the Cadet Corps $1.34 per
day. Meals in Sbisa will be boost
ed in equal amounts.
Board OK’s Request
A request for the price hike was
mailed to Dr. M. T. Harrington,
president of the college, on Jan.
1. The proposal was forwarded to
the Board of Directors and was ap
proved by letter. No special meet
ing of the Board was necessary.
In his letter to President Har
rington, Peniston wrote, “The in
crease in price of food supplies has
reached a point where it is im
possible for us to serve a satisfac
tory meal to the student body at
The Business Department has
moved into their new and modern
offices in the $115,000 wing on
Mark Francis Hall.
Seven class rooms and seven of
fices, as well as a supply room and
two modern rest rooms, compose
the wing.
Modern Features
Everything is modern. The class
rooms, which will go into use at
the beginning of the new semester,
are each of a different color
scheme. They have new and modern
heating systems and fluorescent
lights of the latest design.
Hat racks, coat hangers, and
book shelves add to the accomoda
tions designed for the students
comfort. Reversible movie screens
for the showing of pictures while
the rooms are lighted; also add to
the moderness of the rooms. These
screens are designed so the stu
dents may take notes about the pic
ture while it is being shown.
All new furniture is being install
ed as well as many new adding
machines and a special tabulating
Some of the furniture however,
due to the war effort, has been
delayed in being delivered since it
is of all-steel construction.
Venetian blinds are another con
venience in the class rooms, and
Craft Committee Sets
First Meet Tonight
The Craft Committee of the
MSC will hold its first meeting to
night in Room 2B of the Memorial
Center to elect officers. Carl
Moeller, sponsor of the group, will
be in charge of the meeting.
Aggie Debaters
the office of T. W. Leland, head of
the department, is equipped with
glass Venetian blinds, as well as an
attractive waiting room for the
added convenience of the student*.
Some classes will be he'fd in the
new wing, but due to lack of suf
ficient space, several classes will
still be held in Splinter Village.
In the future, the Business De-
pai’tment plans to take over all of
Francis Hall, when the Veterinary
Medicine Department, now occupy
ing the main building, moves to
their new building yet to be con
Sorrells Is New
Head of C of C
Joe Sorrells was chosen
yesterday to head the College
Station Chamber of C o m-
merce during the 1951-52 sea
The newly elected president re
places Hershel Burgess as head of
the city boosters.
Others elected include Marion
Pugh, vice-president; and John
Langley, secretary-treasurer. Dr.
M. T. Harrington, president of the
college, was named an ex-officio
member of the board of directors.
Mrs. Carlglynn Brod was named
by the C of C to represent College
Station at the Houston Fat Stock
Show and Livestock Exposition
parade. She will ride a horse along
with representatives from other
Texas cities.
The College Station Chamber of
Commerce’s Board of Directors is
made up of Frank Anderson, Ray
mond Rogers, John Longley, Josko
Roberts, Earl Cunningham, Dr.
C. C. French, Joe Sorrells, Ray
Oden, Les Richardson, Mrs. C. B.
Goddy, Ralph Rogers, Marion
Pugh, Hershel Burgess, Dr. R. L.
Hunt, Cotton Price, and Joe Moth-
Alexander Writes Article
On Disposal of Rainfall
“The contribution of Texas ag
riculture to the nation’s economy
will be determined largely by what
we do with out rainfall,” E. R.
Alexander says in an article in the
book, “Water and Man.”
This and other matters pertain
ing to water are pointed out by
the head of the Agricultural Ed
ucation Department. “The Texas
Farmer,” Alexander says, “is al
ready irrigating two and one half
million acres of land.”
Expansion of irrigation, he
writes, “Has reached a limit ex
cept in a few areas. Our State
Conservation Association is wisely
planning for conservation of ground
Alexander says “The program of
the State Soil and Water Conserva
tion Board is beginning at the
Forestry Service
Offers Seedlings
A half million free slash pine
seedlings, furnished by the Texas
Forestry Association and purchas
ed from the Texas Forest Service,
a part of the A&M system, are
still available to East Texas youth.
These pines are offered without
cost to schools, Future Farmers of
America, 4-H Clubs, Boy Scouts,
and other youth organizations. Vet
eran vocational agriculture stu
dents are also eligible.
Orders for the free seedlings will accepted after Jan. 10.
Photo by Battalion Chief Photographer Sam Molinary
Paul Jones, left, sophomore pre-law student from Dallas and
James Farmer, junior accounting student from College Station
are admiring the debate trophy they won when they defeated
entries from nine other colleges and universities! at the Forsenic
Tournament in Houston in November.
Kelleher Receives
Aviation Award
James F. Kelleher of Kaufman*
a graduate student in aeronautical
engineering has been named to
receive a scholarship awarded by
North American Aviation, Inc.,
Inglewood, Calif.
Kelleher, the son of Major and
Mrs. Frank W. Kelleher, will re
ceive $250 for the current school
North American makes the
award each year to help a grad
uate student fit himself “for a
career that will contribute to the
advancement of the aircraft indus
right spot—out on the land away
from the streams and the cities.”
Alexander issued a. warning that
“we must stop all wild flowing-
wells; we need to stop the pollu
tion of useful ground water by
salt water and other ground waters
carrying so much minerals that
the water cannot be used for dom
estic purposes or for irrigation.”
He said in the article that “our
lack of useful water is keeping
many large industrial plants out
of Texas. Expansion of irrigation
and increase of industrialization
have hit head-on in their need for
“Business men and farmers in
Texas,” he pointed out, “must join
together to solve this water prob
showed an increase in the price of
31 basic foods of 20.6 per cent
since the beginning of the Ko
rean war. Dining Hall figures
show an even greater increase in
price of food supplies purchased
during this period.
According to Peniston, this is
the first hike in meal prices since
Nov. 12, 1946, when the prices
were boosted from $1.10 to $1.20
per day.
Subsistance Department records
show that prior to World War II
meals cost students 69 cents per
Cadet Singers
Begin 4-Day
A four day road tour for 37
Singing Cadets began at noon to
day when they boarded a chartered
bus for Corpus Christi where the
first of five performances is sche
The first program will be pre
sented tonight at the Wynn Seale
Junior High School at Corpus
Christi. It is being- sponsored by
the Former Students Club there.
Thursday morning the cadets
will present a program at the Alice
High School at Alice, and Thursday
evening will find the group singing-
in the high school auditorium at
Harlingen A&M Mother’s Club
will sponsor the singers at the City
Auditorium Friday night. Saturday
night the Singing Cadets will end
the tour in the high school audi
torium at Refugio.
Performances in Laredo, Harlin
gen and Refugio are being spon
sored by A&M Mother’s clubs in
ehch of the cities.
The Cadets will return to the
campus Sunday.
At each of the performances,
classical, selections from Mozart,
Bach, and Palestrina, patriotic
songs including “Where in the
World But in America,” and a
number of spiritual numbers will
be presented.
Included on the program are the
traditional Aggies songs, and sev
eral novelty numbers.
Open House Day
Committees Named
Open House Day committees
were chosen yesterday at a regular
meeting- of the Inter Council in the
MSC Senate Chamber.
Members of the Follies Commit
tee are Doug Hearne and Lloyd
Manjeot. Heading the program-ex
hibit Committee is' Dick Goodwyn,
and assisting him are Herbert
Mills, Frank Sims, and Joe Perry.
George Charlton and Curtis Ed
wards are handling publicity.
Jack Humall will head the Con
cessions and Guide Booth Commit
tee, other members of which are
Bill Hollowell, Charles Copenhaver,
and Jack Berkner. Jess Mclver will
be in charge of housing arrange
Dick Tumlinson, president of the
Inter Council, will be an unofficial
member of all committees.
day. At the present time, meals
cost $1.20 per day.
Since students no longer pay the
mess halls for meals during
Thanksgiving holiday and Spring-
recess, this figures out to be an
increased cost of 69 per cent for
the student. However, in the same
period of time the price of food
supplies has increased 131 per cent.
Decrease Possible
“We have been extremely lucky
in keeping the prices down as long
AF to Offer
Two Courses
For Veterans
The Air Force ROTC has
received authority to continue
the enrollment of seniors and
graduating students in air
craft maintenance engineer
ing and air installations who are
qualified in all other respects for
admission to the advanced course,
and give them commissions at the
end of summer camp.
This includes seniors with either
one or two semesters remaining
before graduation.
Applicants under the above pro
visions must be qualified in all re
spects for admission to the ad
vanced course and for enrollment
in the two courses. Aircraft main
tenance engineering veterans must
also present a valid reason for
being unable to enroll in advanced
AF ROTC at the beginning of the
current academic year.
Prospective applicants should
contact Major Bowden in the air
craft maintenance section, or Capt.
Otts, air installations section in
Building D, for information and
Engineer Society
Schedules Meeting
The mid-win ter meeting of the
engineering drawing division,
American Society for Engineer
ing Education, will be held here
January 18-20.
W. E. Street, head of the En
gineering Drawing Department and
program chairman for the meeting,
announced that the group would
make an inspection trip to Humble
Oil and Refining Company, Bay-
town, and National Biscuit Com
pany, Houston, on January 18.
A dinner meeting of the execu
tive committee is set for 7:30 p.
m. in the Memorial Student Center.
On Friday, January 19, open
house will be held in the Engineer
ing Drawing Department, follow
ed by tours of the college.
President M. T. Harrington will
welcome those attending the meet
ing at a luncheon in the MSC.
AAUW Meet Set
For Wilson Home
Mrs. Robert Wilson will be host
ess to the Drama Group of the
AAUW in her home, 303 Marsteller
Drive, College Hills, Woodlands
section, Thursday evening at 8.
Mrs. Walter Delaplane will give
a reading of Macbeth.
as we have,” Peniston said. “If
prices decline, we will not hesitate
to request a decrease in cost to
students,” he added.
Meat products account for 45
per cent of the total cost of food
supplies for the dining halls and
in the past year the price of meat
products has increased approxi
mately 44 per cent. Groceries. Gro
ceries have also increased in price
but not as much as meats.
Examples of the increase in
price of meat products is shown by
comparing prices of January, 1950
with the price of the same products
in January of this year.
Meats Prices Increase
Steer and cow rounds have in
creased 56 per cent, boneless veal
chuck is up 45 per cent, boneless
beef chuck is up 44 per cent,
and salad oil is up 77 per cent
above the price of the same pro
ducts just one year ago. These are
not extreme examples but are re
presentative comparisons taken
taken from Subsistance Depart
ment records.
Further investigation of food
costs showed that in one week’s
time some of the products increased
in price by as much as 8 per cent.
As another example, the steaks
served at the Football Banquet
Saturday night cost $1.35 Christ
mas week. The same kind of steaks
are selling for $1.75 this week.
According to the most recent re
lease of installment fees payable
during the Spring semester, board
for February will cost $31.70;
March, $36.95; April, $35.65; and
May, $56.75. Fees for the semes
ter total $256.55.
Houston G-Man
Tells FBI Story
W. H. Story, special agent
for the FBI, of Houston,
spoke to members and guests
of the College Station-Bryan
AAUW Monday evening at
the Woman’s Club Building in Bry
The history and organization of
the Federal Bureau of Investiga
tion and its various functions was
described by Agent Story.
“Rigid requirements and inten
sive training must be undergone by
all FBI agents,” Agent Story said.
He pointed out that the Bureau is
not a judicial body, but is essential
ly a fact-finding organization and
does not attempt to evaluate an
investigation. It is concerned with
some 124 classifications of offen
ses which violate the federal laws,
Story said.
Previous to the presentation of
Agent Story, the club, in a short
business session, named Mrs. J. W.
Batts, Jr. to fill the unexpired
term of Mrs. H. P. Rigsby as sec
retary of the organization.
Texas’ First Big Gusher
R Vs and Band Lead Parade
In Spindletop Celebration
By GEORGE CHARLTON The parade began at two this sued, there is no intention of drill-
afternoon and lasted an hour and ing to such a depth.
Forty-five white coated members a half. Soon after the “spudding in”
of the Ross Volunteers Company The Spindletop celebration is ceremonies had concluded, the
left for Beaumont this morning to keyed to stressing the significance Spindletop Hall of Exhibits was
march in a parade and serve in an that oil has contributed to Ameri- formerly opened,
honor guard for the Spindletop 50th can progTess during’ the first half
Anniversaiy celebration. 0 f the 20th century.
The much-publicized event, in “Spindletop — where oil became
honor of Texas’ first big gusher, a n industry” isn’t just a catch
officially opened Saturday with the phrase. An almost inexhaustible
“spudding in” of a wildcat test in flow of fuel had been found for the
Sunset Park in downtown Beau- automobile, railroad, aviation, ma-
mont. rine transportation, and chemical
Today’s activities began with a and steel industries.
The importance of the Spindle
top discovery was emphasized at
Saturday’s ceremonies by John
W. Newton of Beaumont, chair
man of the Spindletop 50th Anni
versary Commission, and Mayor
Otho Plummer of Beaumont.
downtown parade led by the Ross
Volunteers and followed by the
Aggie Band. After the parade,
RV’s were transported out to the
famous Lucas Gusher, the country’s
first big well, for more official
ceremonies. And there also, a six-
man detail from the Volunteers,
fired a military salute.
After arriving in Beaumont
this morning, members of the
Company were taken to Lamar
College, formerly Lamar Junior
College, where lunch was served.
The exhibit is a historical and
education display of a rare col
lection of books, pictures, souve
nirs, and relics of 1901. Exhibits
trace 50 years of progress since
the turn of the century. There
are paintings of famous oilmen,
financiers, prominent citizens,
and leading women.
A few feet away from the Spin
dletop modern rig there stands a
replica of the wooden derrick on
the famed Lucas gusher.
After the ceremonies and dinner,
the RV’s will begin their trek to-
As hundreds of people stood on ward College Station via busses,
the Southern Pacific right-of-way, They are scheduled to arrive on
the ijnodern heavy duty drilling the campus around 9 p. m.
equipment started the bit on its Sunday, Gov. Allan Shivers will
projected depth of 5,000 feet. Al- officially proclaim January 10 as
though a Texas Railroad Commis- the Spindletop 50th Anniversary
sion drilling permit has been is- observance day.
Astronomy Course
Offered in Spring
By special request of the stu
dents, a new course in Astronomy,
Physics 314, will be offered in the
spring semester.
The course, entitled Introduction
To Astronomy, will be taught by
Professor J. T. Kent of the De
partment of Mathematics.
A three credit hour course, and
descriptive and factual in nature,
the new course will require no
mathematics other than algebra
and trigonometry.
A certain amount of laboratory
work will be introduced at the
discretion of the instructor.
The course will be a general
elective in all schools of the col
Hedgcock Attends
Writers Meeting
The annual national convention
of American Business Writers As
sociation held in Chicago was at
tended by E. D. Hedgcock of the
English Department.
The meeting was held in Hotel
Sherman from Dec. 27 to 29.
Hedgcock presided at a panel
discussion on report writing. The
panel discussed the title, “Report
Writing Outside of the Textbooks,”
and the practical aspects of re
port writing.
A large number of Chicago busi
nessmen and college teachers of
business writing attended the con
B. F. K. Mullins to Give
Speech in Washington
Professor B. F. K. Mullins, De
partment of Engineering Drawing,
will be the leader in “A Symposium
on Designi of Urban and Rural
Highway Intersections at Grade”
before the Department of Traffic
and Operations of the Highway Re
search Board.