The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, April 02, 1954, Image 1

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Number 210: Volume 53
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General Weyland
Believes If--Bom b
Will Insure Peace
Battalion Co-Editor
The former commander of the
Far East air force believes that the
hydrogen bomb and progress in
nuclear weapons are the “greatest
assurance of peace in the world we
Gen. O. P. Weyland, visiting here
yesterday for the annual federal
inspection re vie tv, said that he had
passed through the hydrogen bomb
testing site after the first bomb
test was made.
“It was a big bang,” he said.
Weyland,, who is on his way to
take command of the air force’s
tactical'air command, said he be
lieved we should keep out of the
war in Indo-China “under the pre
sent status.”
“We are already providing them
with the sinews of war—-guns,
planes, tanks, and money,” he
said. “It is primarily a. problem of
the French — let them do the
He called the Indb-china war “a
part of the world conflict of which
Korea and Malaya were the other
Weyland said that the Far East
air force, his former command, was
“oil alert. . . to guard against any
new act of agression in Korea.”
“They are ready for any even
“But I don’t think the com
munists will start anything,” he
/aid. “They have been warned by
»ur government’s statements that
A’e will not be bound by the Yalu
river and will not restrict our
selves to conventional weapons.”
Weyland said the Communists in
Korea have been active since the
armistice. They have re-established
airfields and moved aircraft to
them, he said.
“We wouldn’t let them do that
before the armistice,” Weyland
“There is no question in my
mind but that Russians were active
In the Korean war,” he said. “They
furnished modern equipment and
airplanes for the Communists
forces. I’m sure that some of the
planes were flown by Russian
pilots and that there were Russian
advisory teams with the ground
He said that he couldn’t prove
this because they never captured
any Russians.
The general flew in combat him-
jelf during the early part of the
tvar. He was grounded because he
tv ns considered too important.
“I guess I’m about the only
general officer that has ever looked
down the business end of a MIG
that was mad at me,” he said. ,
Talking about political conditions
in Korea now, Weyland said he
believed Syngman Rhee, Korean
piesident is a “very dedicated, very
patriotic” man.
“Korea revolves around him,”
he said. “He has done many things
for the country. They respect him
for it, and we should too.”
Weyland was in Korea for al
most four years. He will take com
mand of the tactical air command,
with headquarters at Langley field,
Va, about May 1.
He said he has no particular
plans for the command.
“I’ll just carry on the fine work
of Gen. Joe Cannon. Some changes
will probably take place, but I’m
not going in there to change
things,” he said.
A graduate of the class of ’23,
Weyland said he was pround of the
A&M former students that had
served with him in Korea.
“Whei'e ever there’s a war you’ll
find Aggies,” he said.
Senate Motion Asks
o Election Posters
Proposal Goes
To (Committee
THE GOOD OLD DAYS—Gen. O. P. Weyland, class of ’23,
talks things over with Ike Ashburn, who was commandant
here in 1923. Weyland is on his way to take command of
the tactical air command. Ashburn is now executive direc
tor of the Texas Good Roads association.
Says Former Roommate
Weyland Leader in School
“Gen. Weyland was a leader of
men even while he was in school
here. He guided the 2,000 men of
the cadet corps in their every
“They had to follow him. He
was the bugler.”
With this fascinating fact, the
former roommate of Gen. O. P.
Weyland, ’2<>, introduced him to
a luncheon audience that included
college officials, inspecting offi
cers, cadet officers, and members
of the general’s class.
The roommate, Dewitt Greer,
Texas state highway engineer, said
that he and Weyland came to A&M
and “thought they’d like to join
the band.”
“Opie started off as ninth cor-
netist and I stalled as ' fourth
trombonist. Soon Opie was first
cornetist, but I stayed on as fourth
trombonist,” Greer said.
The band, 36 men strong, was
living in Pheiffer hall at that
“It was very nice,” Greer said.
“Running wood and water in every
room.” •
In 1921 Weyland and Greer were
transferred to the newly-organized
Air Service, which later became
the army air corps.
“I guess Opie liked it,” Greer
said. Weyland, four-star general,
is on his way from his command
as head of the Far East Air Com
mand to his new air force job as
head of the tactical air command.
Sitting at the head table was
Ike Ashburn, former A&M com
mandant. Now executive director
of the Texas Good Roads associa
tion, Ashburn was commandant
when Weyland and Gi’eer were stu
“You can’t ram us now, can you,
Col. Ike?,” asked Greer. “I want
to tell these people about some
thing you wouldn’t have approved
Greer said he and the general
kept an electric toaster in their
room, which was against a college
rule that said students would have-
no electrical appliances in their
“The college had switched to
electricity, and I guess they were
short on money, like they always
are,” Gi'eer said.
“Anyway, some of my happiest
recollections of A&M are the times
we would put a shade over the
lights after taps and have hot but
tered toast from the illegal toast
er,” Gi-eer said.
After the luncheon, which was
given by President David H. Mor
gan, Weyland and eight of the
members of the class of ’23 that
were able to be here for the day
sat around and talked over old
They talked about the time they
decided to take a holiday for Ar
mistice Day. They started walking
to Bryan. By the time they were
half way there, the college broke
down and called the day a holiday.
While the classmates were talk
ing to each other, former comman
dant Ashburn walked up to the
group and said, “Alright boys.
Break it up!”
The group laughed, and remem
bered the time he had said the
same thing to them when they
were wrestling behind the dormi
tory after the junior banquet in
Travis Bryan, Bryan banker,
gave Weylancf an American Leg
ion Gold Life Membership certifi
cate at the luncheon.
Prof Just
Doesn 7 Exist,
Says Austin
The original anonymous pro
fessor has been located in, of
all places, A&M’s chemistry
A. F. Isbell, assistant pro
fessor of that department, re
cently wrote to Austin for a
copy of his birth cei'tificate to
keep with his personal records.
The reply to his request told
him that although he was 37
years old he still didn’t have
an official first or second
name on his birth record.
Isbell can now discard his
name of Arthur Furman, which
he never has liked, for a more
favorable one. Isbell said that
any name suggestions anyone
might want to submit should
be sent to him in care of the
chemistry department.
Science Meet
Will Begin
Here Today
Approximately 30 college
students and a like number of
high school pupils will present
research papers during the
spring meeting here of the
Texas Academy of Science today
and Saturday.
Dr. Charles LaMotte of the
biology department is in charge of
the collegiate division for under
graduates. Mrs. Dorothy Good
man, instructor at Stephen F.
Austin high school in Bryan, will
direct the junior division for high
school students.
The two-day session will be high
lighted by.addresses by Dr. Oiwille
Wyss, bactei'iologist of the Univer
sity of Texas, and Dr. Conway W.
Snyder, nuclear physicist from the
Oak Ridge National Laboratories,
at 11 a. m. Saturday.-
Dr. C. C. Doak, head of the
biology department, is coordinator
for all progi'ams of the meeting.
About 400 scientists, teachei’s of
science, and students are expected
to attend.
Center Schedules
Talk About
Battalion Staff Writer
Reuben A. Bradford’s, “Opera
Once Over Lightly”, will be pre
sented at 7:30 p. m. Monday in the
Memoi'ial Student Center ballroom.
In his show, Bradford takes the
starch out of operatic stiff-shirts
and breaks it down to the man in
the street.
The show began as a radio show
on WFFA, Dallas, and after three
years, NBS began broadcasting it
from coast to coast. Bradford re
ceive many letters from all over
the world praising the show.
Offers came from various as
sociations and institutions for per
sonal appearances and lectures.
With no campaign or management,
Bradford has appeared by request
before Rotary clubs, Lions clubs,
advertising leagues, Civic Opera
associations, students of various
colleges, federated music clubs,
and others.
Since the show’s beginning, Brad-
GOME A RIDIN’—Bobby Rankin, senior animal husbandry major from Wills Point and
president of the Rodeo club, gives an example of the event at the Intercollegiate Rodeo
heie now. There will be a performance of the rodeo tonight, tomorrow afternoon, and
tomorrow night.
College To Award
Scholarships Soon
Announcement of the winners of
the eight scholarships offered by
the college will be made soon, said
R. G. Perryman, assistant registrar
and secretary of the faculty com
mittee on scholarships.
Eighty-five students have ap
plied for these scholarships and
are being screened by a subcom
Winners will be recognized at the
Awards and Merits Convocation to
be held later this spring.
ford, has expended the talks to in
clude all serious music. He takes
Chopin, Brahms, Wagnei’, Puccini,
Stephen Foster, and Verdi over the
bumps without offense to the most
staid music-lovei'.
Cover Originals
Displayed in MSC
The work of outstanding Ameri
can magazine artists are on dis
play in the Memorial Student Cen
ter. The display will be up until
April 14.
The work of 25 artists, includ
ing Norman Rockwell, Robert
Fawcett and A1 Parker, is included
in the display. All of the paintings
are originals of covei's and illustra
tions from the Saturday Evening
Kenneth Stuart, art editor of the
Posti, selected the paintings as
“representitive of good examples
of art illustration.”
The exhibit is on tour of the
United States and Canada. It was
brought to A&M at the request of
Mrs. Ralph L. Terry, MSC ax-t
Joint Meeting Set
By Aggie AIIE
The A&M chapter of the Amei'i-
can Institute of Industrial Engi-
neex-s will have a joint meeting
with the Houston chapter of the
gi-oup here April 6.
The program for the meeting in
cludes a film on time and motion
study and a supper at the clay pits.
A motion to prohibit the use of signs in student elections
was referred to the senate executive committee by the stu
dent senate at its meeting last night.
Carroll Phillips moved that the senate recommend to
the academic council that signs for student elections be pro
hibited. The senate could not agree on the wording of the
The executive committee was instructed to meet before
next Tuesday so any recommendations to the academic coun
cil could be considered by the council’s executive committee
at its regular Tuesday meeting.
Earlier, Don Sheffield had moved that all classes be
asked to introduce candidates 4 ^
for class meeting. The motion
was defeated.
The senate will send flow
ers to Mrs. Irene “Mom”
Claghorn who is recovei’ing from
an opei’ation in a Houston hospital.
Mi’s. Claghorn is the superintend
ent at the college hospital.
Wallace Evei’sberg, chairman of
the hospital committee, urged any
one with complaints about the col
lege hospital to refer them to him.
Bill Rowland moved that the
senate have a smorgaihord style
banquet. The motion passed. The
banquet will be held in the MSC
May 11.
A motion to invite to the ban
quet the membei’s of next year’s
senate was referred to the banquet
committee. The new senators will
be elected before the banquet.
Monty Montgomery, chairman of
the muster committee, repoi’ted
classes will be let out at 4 p.m.
on Apxil 21 for the muster.
Sheffield said he had seen As
sistant Commandant Taylor Wil
kins about the policy prohibiting
the wearing of fatigues in the
fountain room of the MSC. Wil
kins x’efex’i'ed him to Colonel of
the Coi'ps Fred Mitchell. Sheffield
recommended that a committee be
appointed to see Mitchell. The
senate took no action on the rec
ommendation. «
Gilbert Stribling said the Moth
er’s Day service in Guion Hall
would include more religion than
in past years.
Journalism Class
Goes to Lufkin
Eai'l Newsom’s journalism 306
class ai'e in Lufkin today to study
newspaper management and pro
duction class.
This morning they were the
guests of Southland Papei' Mills.
In the aftei’noon they visited the
Lufkin Daily News and W. R.
Beaumier, publisher of the Daily
The class was to attend a ban
quet at noon sponsoi’ed by their
two hosts.
Membei’s of the class who ■ went
to Lufkin were Jim Ashlock, Harxi
Baker 1 , Gardner Collins, Jein-y
Wizig, Jerry Estes, Bob Hendx-y,
Bob Mayo, Jei'ry Sonnier, A1
Biuton, Jon Kinslow, Bill Shepai’d,
and Ray Smith.
House Speaks
Boyce House, Texas humo
rist, will speak tomorrow
night at the American Veteri
nary Medicine association
banquet and ball at Maggie
Parker’s dining hall.
House has written 11 books about
Texas, including “Tall Talk from
Texas” and “I Give You Texas.”
One of his books is on the all-
time Texas best-seller list.
His .Texas humor books went to
Texans in the armed fox-ces in
World War II. One commentator
Five Aggies To Go
To Tarleton State
Five A&M students will make a
goodwill trip Monday to Tai'leton
state college in Stephenville.
Students making the trip are
Glen Daxding, collegiate FFA chap
ter px-esident, and former Tarleton
students Heni-y L. Ayres, Herb
Wax'i'en, Sammy Tatum and Noel
The students will present a pro
gram at Tarleton to interest stu
dents in coming to A&M. In
cluded in the progi'am will be the
movie “We Ai’e the Aggies.” Each
of the students will make a talk
about A&M and answer questions.
J. R. Jackson, FFA chapter ad
visoi', will accompany the students
and speak on the “Opportunities in
Agricultui’e for College Txained
Campus Club Gets
Jersey Heifer
The Ki'eam and Kow Klub has
been given a Jei'sey heifer by
Evans Reese, owner of Reese Jer
sey farm of Waco.
The heifer was selected by a
committee of Club members at
the invitation of Reese.
Boyce House
said, “He set in motion a wave of
laughter which encircled the eai’th.”
House has also wi’itten several
sei'ious books about Texas.
Some of his ai'ticles have appear
ed in the Saturday Evening Post
and he spent four months in Holly
wood helping write the movie
“Boom Town.” Life magazine call
ed him “Texas’ number one boost-
er,” and he was recently the sub
ject of an article in Pai'ade, Na
tional Sunday magazine.
House writes a weekly column
and is in “Who’s Who in America.”
As a newspaperman, he gave the
stox-y about Old Rip, the Eastland
horned fi'og.
Agronomy Group
To Take Tour Soon
Agi'onomy juniox-s and seniors
will take a field trip to South Tex
as Apx-il 10—14.
This ti'ip for all classified men
in the depai'tment desii'ing to go
has been substituted for the cot
ton tour, which was made in pre
vious yeai's by only a few stu
dents selected on competitive ex
Proceeds from last year’s Cot
ton pageant will be used to help
finance the trip, which will in
clude points of agricultural in
terest in the southern pax-t of the
Hal Hegi is coordinator of the
planning committees, and Dr. R. C.
Potts is sponsor for the group.
Leaving by bus fxom College
Station at 8 a. m. Saturday, April
10th, the gi-oup will stop first at
Hai'pei'’s cotton and hybrid seed
farm at Martindale.
Weather Today
Clear to partly cloudy and a lit
tle warmer today, tonight and to
morrow. High temperature yes
terday 68. Low this morning 43,