The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, October 24, 1956, Image 1

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Amendment 3
Number 179: Volume 55
School Blast
Kills Two;
Gas Blamed
SOUTHMAYD, Tex. — (/P)
A shattering- explosion and
fire wrecked the upper floor
of a Southmayd elementary
school yesterday — only min
utes after teachers rushed 50 tots
outside when dangerous escaping
gas was smelled.
An investigating janitor was
killed and a high school junior fa
tally burned.
Heroes of the narrow escape
from disaster were two teachers,
who smelled the gas, and the prin
cipal, Mrs. Carl Riggers, who im
mediately ordered the school evac
The blast killed E. L. Dinwoodie,
about 65, the janitor, and fatally
burned a 16-year-old high school
junior, Larry McGee. They were <
the only ones in the 30-year-old
yellow brick school building in this
rural North Texas community near
the Red River.
The children thought they were
participating in a routine fire drill.
They were marched to a field 100
yards away and had been playing
games only a few minutes when
the building exploded.
“I saw the windows break and
then it blew up—just a great big
puff,'’ 10-year-old Ernestine Paver
The two-story elementary build
ing was heated by individual gas
Mrs. A. C. Gilmore, teacher, said
she smelled gas a little before the
10 a.m. recess.
“Mrs. Cummins, the first grade
teachei’, smelled it too so we went
to see the principal, Mrs. Carl
Riggers. She told us to have an
early recess and get the children
out of the building immediately.”
“The children were wonderful.
They thought it was a fire drill.
had been out of the building
only a few minutes when I heard
two muffled explosions and saw
smoke coming out of the building,”
Mrs. Gillmore said.
Superintendent H. L. Richardson
said the escaping gas was reported
to him and that he sent McGee,
to tell Dinwoodie.
“A few minutes later, I was sit
ting at my desk making out a list
of supplies when I heard a terrific
blast,” he said. “I ran out and
saw flames shooting out of the
windows on the second floor of
the old elementary school build
Richardson grabbed a fire ex
tinguisher and called to students
to do the same. He ran into the
bui’ning building but was first
turned back by flames when he
tried to get to the second floor.
When he was able to get up the
stairs he had to beat down a door
to get into the former cafeteria
where the blast apparently occur
Price Five Cents
Standing Co m in i ttees
Elected by Senators
RHYTHM AND BLUES STYLISTS, the Jodimars will perform tomorrow night in the
Tony Martin Show at G. Rollie White Coliseum. Three of them formerly were with Bill
Haley and his Comets.
Rock ’n Bop Martin Show
Takes Spotlight Tomorrow
Ticket Sales End
Student and student date
tickets for the Baylor Univ-
versity vs. A&M game will
go off sale today at 5 p. m.
Student date tickets are $3.50
and student tickets are $1.
A&M students apd residents of ■
the surrounding area tomorrow at
8 p.m. will observe the season’s
first musical attraction as the cur
tain rises on the Tony Martin Show
in White Coliseum.
Featuring a cast of 30 perform
ers with songs, music, comedy and
variety entertainment, the Tony
Martin Show combines talents
from four groups with Martin, in
ternationally known singing star.
The entertainment will be back
ed up musically by Tex Beneke
and his orchestra. Since its origin
during the days of Glenn Miller,
this band has been ranked one of
the top musical outfits in the na-
Car Seller’s
Mule Train
Beats Law
OMAHA, CP> — They took
Marty O’Hai-a’s driver’s li
cense away from him last |
week, but Marty was driving
again today, and legally.
He was piloting a small
faim wagon pulled by a pair
of burros.
O’Hara, 27, had his driver’s
license revoked under the
state’s 12-point suspension
system. He had been arrested
for speeding and for lane
“I make four miles an hour
at a walk and eight at a trot,”
he reported philosophically.
“Can’t do much better in rush
hours in a car.”
It also gives him a chance
to “relax, think and enjoy the
But there are some draw
backs to a man in O’Hara’s
He’s a car salesman.
tion and scores high in the re
cording field with numerous songs
popular in wax sales.
To contrast with the smoothness
of the Beneke band another high
light of the program will be a five-
man group of recording artists
known as the Jodimars.
The Jodimars were formed by
three former members of Bill Ha
ley’s Comets and have recently en
tered into the popular jazz and
rock ’n roll field, winning nation
wide attention with some best
selling records.
Members of the Jodimars, Dick
Richards and Max Daffner on the
drums, Joey. Ambi-ose on tenor
sax, Marshall Lytell on bass, and
Charley Hess on guitar, are ex
perimenting with the rock ’n roll
form of notes and noise and intro
ducing two part harmony with the
Amendment 3
Without a single dissenting
vote, the Student Senate last
night endorsed and pledged
their support to amendment 3.
Senate President Larry Pi
per opened the discussion and then
turned the explanation of the
amendment over to Jim Rowland.
Rowland pointed out the growing
concern of college officials
throughout the state as to the ex
pected enrollment of 123,000 by
1970. At pi'esent, 77,000 students
are enrolled in Texas colleges and
He explained how amendment 3,
by allowing up to 50 per cent of the
permanent fund to be invested in
stocks, will provide money neces
sary for the needed and expected
expansion of college building pro
When questioned on the risk of
the amendment,, Rowland outlined
the eight diffei’ent safety factors
provided in the amendment de
signed to make it almost “risk
rock and roll beat. Their theory is
that people want to dance to the
rhythm and yet fell that good mu
sic should be included.
Holding up other highlights of
the show are the Petticoats, the
singing sweethearts of Unique Re
cords. This trio has gained a rep
utation all their own in musical
circles catering to their particular
style of evening entertainment.
Tony Martin, of course, will pro
vide the top attraction of the show
with his song offerings and the
performing that has made him a
long time star of pictures, radio
and television and the night chib
Tickets for the show may be se
cured at the Student Activities of
fice and at Waldrop’s in Bryan.
Prices are $2.50, $2 or $1.50. The
attraction is not a part of Town
Publicity Topic
PR Meeting
Kamm Gives Definition
Of Student Government
Opening with a short talk by Dr. Robert B. Kamm. Dean
of Student Personnel and Basic Division, on student govern
ing bodies, the Senate last night completed electing standing
committee members.
Kamm defined student government as “that phase of the
total campus educational experience in which duly elected
representatives of the student body thoughtfully considered
matters of concern and then acted responsibly with regard to
these matters.”
As possible future Senate action he listed the develop
ment and adoption of an honor code, Hensel Park recreation
area and better relations between Corps and Civilians.
+ After hearing Dean Kamm,
the Senate opened the busi
ness part of the meeting by
electing Tom Harris as Senate
Chaplain. Jack Weatherford
replaced Jon Cobb as class of ’57
The remainder of the meeting
was spent in electing 42 members
of the Senate to the various nine
standing committees.
Executive committee: John
Specht, Bryan Dedeker, Morgan
Douglass, Fred McDonald, Harry
Green, Tom Miller, Bill McLaugh
lin and Joe Ross.
Welcoming committee: Bill Dor
sey, Charles Wilson, Cy Holley,
Robert Lowry and James Goode.
Election committee representa
tives: Tommie Hennard, Jerry
Gleason, Dick Noack, Ross Hutchi
son and Jack Weatherford.
Exchange store committee: Wil
liam McCarty, Durward Thompson,
Ray Bowen, Don Green, Tom Har
ris and John Thomas.
Hospital committee: Ray Mc-
Clung, Tom Upchurch, Bob Suro-
vik, Jay Bisbey and John Webb.
Texas Intercollegiate Student
(See SENATORS, Page 4)
Battalion Staff Writer
College students pi’efer the
Democratic party, according to a
national poll taken by the Associat
ed Collegiate Press. The Demo-
crat’s edge is slight over the Re
publicans and the Independents ai*e
close behind.
To gather opinions of party pre
ference, the Associated Collegiate
Press asked representatives from
every section of the country
whether they considered themselves
a Republican, a Democrat or an
Independent. After tabulations
were made the results were some
thing like this:
Men Women Tot.
Republicans 32% 35% 33%
Democrats 38% 45% 40%
Independents 25% 18% 23%
Other 5% 2% 4%
Democratic minded students have
consistent reasons for their choice
The majority feel the Democi’atic
Step-watch ing
Proves Costly
LONGVIEW, Texas, —
Cafe owner Albert Jones was
jailed yesterday because he
watched his step — the sixth
step too closely.
Liquor board agents Jack
Graves and Walter Sparks
noticed that Jones carefully
skipped the sixth step when
climbing the stairs at his
place. They asked him to re
peat his climb and again he
missed the sixth step.
They found 19 short pints
of wine under it.
Jones, a Negro, was jailed
on a charge of possessing wine
on premises licensed for beer
Publicity for the Student
Conference on National Af
fairs was the main topic of
discussion at a luncheon meet
ing of the Publicity Commit
tee for SCONA yesterday.
Bryan Dedeker, chairman of the
committee, discussed several meth
ods of publicizing the coming con
ference. Newspapers all over the
Southwest will be sent publicity
releases from the committee. At
present, several of the members of
the committee are compiling mail
ing lists. Particular emphasis is
being placed on sending news re
leases to hometown and college
newspapers of the conference del
Besides the members of the. Pub
licity Committee, several members
of the Public Relations Committee
of the Memorial Student Center at
tended the meeting. Roy Davis,
chairman of the MSC committee
offered the services of his group
to the SCONA committee.
Members of the SCONA Pub
licity Committee are John L. Mar
tin, James O. Manley, Don A. Web
er, James M. Teague, Kenneth
George and William H. Dorsey.
CS Chest Drive
Donation Pleas
Will Be Mailed
House-to-houae collections
will not be used in the 1956
A&M College-College Station
Community Chest - Red Cross
Drive after a decision of the
Board of Directors at a called
meeting in the Memorial Student
Center last night.
Instead, the Board voted to send
letters to all those who contributed
last year asking for the same
amount this year.
“Since 60 per cent of the col
lection effort was used this way
last year and only 2 1 4 per cent
of the total collected, we decided
to dispense with it this yeai’,” co-
chairmen Bob Reed and John Mil-
liff said.
In the budget hearing last week,
the board set a 1956 Chest goal of
$14,000 to be distributed among
13 agencies. The drive will begin
Oct. 29 and last until Nov. 12 with
contributions already being re
Secretary Herb Thompson re
quested that those businesses in
Bryan or College Station who wish
to contribute early to the drive
send their checks to Box 212, Fac
ulty Exchange, College Station.
Publicity Chairman Jack Tippit
asked for ideas on the design of
window signs for merchants who
contribute to the Drive.
. A display sign to show daily
progi’ess of the drive will be erec
ted at the traffic circle, according
to Tippit. Another sign is planned
for the North Gate area.
188 Students Treated
For Colds Yesterday
party is best because it is for the
“common man.” One college junior
commented that the farmer and
small businessman have thrived
under Democratic administrations
while another freshman coed said
the Democratic party best repre
sents the people of the country.
On the other hand, students who
considered themselves Republicans
had something to say too. One
freshman feels that the Republican
parity has better men to offer the
nation than the other pdrty. When
asked the question, some students
only said, “I like Ike.”
The Independents, who indicated
a stronger attitude than is us
ually ' found within the general
public, showed up in a strong third
place. The general opinion proved
they were more interested in vot
ing for the man, not the party.
The minority of the students
(lower per cent) just simply
couldn’t make up their mind.
Weather Today
Forecast is for clear to partly
cloudy skies with little change in
temperature. The 10:30 tempera-
Jones Gives Talk
To CS Kiwanians
Kiwanian Luther Jones gave a
repoi’t on last week’s District Ki-
wanis Convention held in Corpus
Christi to the weekly luncheon of
the College Station Kiwanis Club
in the Memorial Student Center
Box lunch sales for the TCU
game were a great success, ac
cording to members of that com
mittee. Over 700 boxes were sold
by noon and plans are being made
to pack 800 lunches for the Arkan
sas game.
Injured Freshmen
Conditions Good
Condition of James H. Bingham
and Cary E. Clements, band fresh
men injured in a two-car collision |
eight mile$ west of College Sta
tion Sunday night, is termed “gen- ?
erally good”, by Bryan Hospital
Late last night the hospital of
ficials said the two were still suf- j
Dorsey Explains
‘The 12th Man’
The refrain, “The Twelfth Man,”
describing the Fighting Texas Ag
gie Spirit, has been noticeably miss
ing at games and yell practice this
fall, but it is nothing to become
alarmed about, according to Bill
Dorsey, Head Yell Leader.
‘The Twelfth Man” is reserved
for those times when the Aggies
are being out scored,” explained
Dorsey. “This year we just haven’t
been outscored.”
Mrs. Ford Munnerlyn, of Bryan,
wrote both words and music to the
song in 1941, honoring the famous
Aggie Twelfth Man. Her husband
was an ex-Aggie, and a professor
of poultry husbandry at A&M at
the time she wrote it.
Battalion Staff Writer
Most of the students live
through Monday, but don’t quite
make it until Tuesday, Dr. Charles
R. Lyons, college physician said as
he considered the number of Ag
gies that had been stricken by colds
by Saturday’s weather.
“According to our Monday’s re
port the rain didn’t have anywhere
near the effect on the students
that it did on TCU’s football team.
Actually last Thursday and Friday
were busier days for us than Mon
day,” Dr. Lyons said.
Tuesday’s records showed that
188 students were treated for colds
at the clinic. Of these, 12 were
hospitalized as the hospital had
its busiest day in two weeks. This
number did not constitute an epi
demic, Lyons said.
Many of the students helped
their own cause along Saturday,
he said, by getting into dry clothes
right after the ball game. Dry
clothes and getting warm diverted
many a case of sniffles this week
end. Taking on an extra dosage of
vitamin C in the form of oranges
or other citrus fruits fortifies a
person’s system after being ex
posed to elements in the fashion
that some 42,000 fans in Kyle Field
were Saturday afternoon.
“One of the things that is more
responsible for colds than any
other,” Lyons said, “is lack of
sleep. By maintaining a steady
routine and eating a well balanced
diet many colds can be beaten
before they ever get started.”
With most of the student body
eating in the mess halls it is fairly
safe to venture that they have the
opportunity of eating three regular
meals. A routine should also be
set up for a regular amount of
sleep every night. Dr. Lyons said
that multiple - vitamin capsules
taken regularly are also a good in
surance against colds.
ture this morning was 78 degrees, ; fering fr'om cuts and bruises but
and yesterday’s high and low, 86 otherwise their condition is satis-
and 57 degrees. * factory.
SENIOR LIVESTOCK JUDGING TEAM MEMBERS (left to right) J. W. Gossett (coach),
J. C. Gregory, Bobby Wakefield, B. F. Douglass, Tom Darnell, Joe David Ross, Jim Ren
ick, Pat Garner and Bennie Eugene (Bud) Fichte.