The J-TAC (Stephenville, Tex.), Vol. 15, No. 11, Ed. 1 Saturday, December 15, 1934 Page: 3 of 4
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THE J-T AC
Season's greetings and quota-
tions of the number of shopping
days until Christmas. I am begin-
ning to think the white-bearded
gentleman in the red suit has the
better idea. Coming down chim-
neys would probably be far more
profitable than keyholing for the
purpose. Smuttier, anyway, and
after all, what kind of a column
Being all filled with Christmas
spirit (not the liquid variety), I
won't tell what I know about Mar-
garet Pruitt Wednesday night, but
I'm "stocking up."
Clever lad, Martindale. Always
thought he knew his ABC's and
women. Funny he doesn't seem to
discern between 3 and 30.
And Iris Higgins is still getting
in her eight hours a day with
Do we hear the jingle of bells,
or is it just the silver, gold and
Murph, on his way to buy Crew
The day's most fickle gentleman i
Sid Langford, Rarely see the same
smiling femmc with him twice in
A supremely now-and-forever
edition, Miss Jerry Black, 1935 A.
D., in fact.
To Davis on at last getting fall
guys on that red room.
To Wayne Evridge on the ac-
quisition of that bit of grace and
enchantment, La Chandler.
To Billy Pat Walker White on
his successful battle tour.
To Huiupah of the House of
Muiloy for no reason at all except
being allowed to live.
"Just a gigolo" — Remember?
Todd is reviving it, and doing very
well, thank you, according to bal-
Killian's secret passion.
The silver sandals and evening
bag Ada Jean will be wearing at
the Christmas dance were a Sap-
py Birthday from Howl Rowlett.
Ann McGill seems to be what
every Ag boy is asking Santa for.
She seems to be the particular
pride and joy of all the future
farmers as well as the constant
Bu it would have been a beauti-
ful report if you hadn't knocked
off your cap with your exuberance
and saber, Captain Friou.
Remind me to tell you privately
what happened last privilege
Yours till not a creature is stir-
ring—not even a mouse. — The
Gentleman at the Keyhole.
+ WITH OUE t
t EXCHANGES 1
Ex-students of Wichita Falls
Junior College are developing' a
student loan fund in memorial to
Verna Sellers, head of the English
department of the college from
1922 to her depth in 1939.—The
Only ten men were started for
the Texas A & I Javelinas in the
game with Daniel Baker. The Jav-
elinas dedicated the game to Allen
Barnes, Javelinas football star
who died two weeks ago. They,
inspired greatly by this dedica-
tion, won the game with a score
of 20-0.—The Collegian,
The NTAC Band began a three
day tour through East Texas on
December 12. The Band was sche-
duled to play at Rockwall, Green-
ville, Sulphur Springs, Commerce,
Kligore, and other cities in East
Texas.—Fort Worth Star Tele-
Just a definition of a college—
A place where one learns to make
a living by not earning a dime in
four years.—Rollins Sandspur,
Jack to John: "John, take a,
bath and get cleaned up and I'll
get you a date."
John: "Yeah, and suppose you
don't get me a date,"
Zoology Students Learn That Sponges
And Corals Are Animals and Not Plants
"I never saw a sponge that look-
ed like this thing! I don't even be-
lieve that it is one," a student ex-
claimed as he looked into a dissec-
tion microscope at a downy co-
coon-looking thing. The only
sponge that he ever saw was the
big bath type. True enough, it was
a sponge; but the technical name
is sycon—meaning sick. This
plant-looking creature is one of
a simple type.
The statement may seem crazy,
but all that a sponge is made up
of is a jelly-like substance called
gelatin and fibrous skeleton con-
sisting of many kinds of spicules.
The spicule is nothing more than
a minute part of the sponges skele-
ton. There is nothing else to the
animal as far as the body tissue
is concerned. The only muscular
tissue found on the sponge is
around the osculum (mouth). And
the creature has only one mouth,
the remainder oE the holes are
used in catching food and breath-
ing. Everyone believes that after
a little study of these harmless
Now, this is how the sponge
breathes and takes in food: the
sponge contractu and closes its
osculum; its pores every where
else are opened; it then begins to
expand and the water with small
organisms flows inward, next the
water flows into the canals to-
wards the central cavity or gastric
cavity; by this time the cavity is
filled with water, and no more
flows in through the canals; and
the little animal opens is mouth
to let the water flow out when it
contracts. That is how all the
sponges do, but their movements
are very slow.
Most interesting study of all is
that about the kinds of sponges.
The students craned their necks
to see the next specimen. It was
the Ieueosolenia; it looked like a
small bunch of roots and upright
short branches. The spongilla, a
small common sponge, grantia;
and dozens of others were studied.
The shapes wore like luce, small
trees, fans, baskets, chimneys, and
roots The largest was the bath
sponge found in the Mediterran-
ean and Caribbean, seas, dull gray
in color, and with no means of
protection. Some sponges are
horny and have limestone skele-
tons—that kind is unsuitable to
Coelentorata! What a name for
the poor innocent coral—and it
merely means hollow intestines.
In fact, the coral himself is noth-
ing but a tube-like structure with
finger-like tentacles. Leaving the
sponges to themselves the zoology
class studies the polyp, the coral
being among them. Polyp is a
Greek word for many feet—tenta-
cles being the fei>t.
The students looked through the
dissection microscope at a lonely
hydra all mashed out on a glass
slide. Some seemed to think that
it is a baby octopus. Drawings
were made of the more complex
body of the obelia, a plant-like
structure. It looks more plant-like
than the sponge. The jelly-fish
were next studied; the sea ane-
mone was the next; and last was
A piece of coral colony was used
for study. Strange as it may seem,
each small bud on a branched co-
ral is an animal. It is only one of
the hard carbonate of lime skele-
tons that we ever see on dry land.
The corals have the scientific clas-
sification as anthozoa, with means
flower animals; they are very bril-
liant in colors and unusual in
When the little polyp is alive, he
is very soft and delicate. Fishes
would like to make u nice meal on
the colony if it were not for the
very nice poison darts that this
minute animal carries in his ten-
tacles. When Mr. Coral Polyp is
hungry, he has his many tentacles
out feeling about in the water for
little marine bodies. When one
gets near enough, he grabs it and
fills the prisoner with the darts.
This immediately stops the strug-
gles, and the. prey is brought to
he oculum and devoured. The sting
from the coelenterates feels like
the kind from the stinging nettle
back on the farm. If a person ever
runs against a jelly-fish, he re-
ceives a very fiery sensation. The
poison darts give the pain by in-
The coral polyp lives and dies in
the same place where other ani-
mals of its kind have lived. The
colony will grow so large as to
make islands and reefs. The Great
Berrier Reef of Australia is over
1100 miles lond and encloses a
channel from 10 to 25 fathoms
deep and is in some places 30 miles
wide. AH corals are found in trop-
The scientific names of the coral
polyp eonolies are not hard to un-
derstand; but there are easier
ways to 'describe them: they re-
semble fans, brains, trees, feather
writing pens, tree stumps, cush-
ions, pin cushions with the pins,
orgdn-pipes, and many other
kinds. Their colors range from
black to snow white. The black co-
rals are; found in the Mediterran-
ean Sea, In the" tropical seas are
found the red, pink, grey, violet,
lilac, emerald green, yellow, and
mixtures of these colors.
The Calcareous skeleton of the
coral is formed on the inside of the
small animal from the inner layer
of tissue called eildoderm. Many
people become confused about the
coral. They either think that it is
made up of small fish or some kind
of sea plants. But it is made up
of neither; the hard skeletons of
the sessile animals compose the
limestone forms. Only the gelatin
tissues decay, leaving the skele-
ton that all are familiar with.
+• CADET AMD CAPSTETT2S t
Early to bed
Early to rise
And your girl
Goes with other guys.
The Dump girls really clean
house in a big way when the Fort
hoyg check rooms.
Seen together lately: Dorothy
Dale Key and Herbert Smith.
When bigger and better tests
are made, Miss Lewis will make
So Todd thinks Jo Francis is
the campus chump.
Certain girls in the Dump think
the football boys should know that
the season is over and dates are in
Poor little Hazel Wortham.
Won't she ever get caught up with
her work ?
Congratulations to Louise Roe
for being oft* the ten-hour list.
Pauline Starnes is planning to
.go home next week for the first
time since last Christmas.
"Doc" Wright, La. Trell Mc-
Guire, and Jane Goldbeck take the
prizes in skating this week. Nell
Roberts is improving.
Mary Ruth. Allison is going to
enter Texas University at mid-
term. We hate to lose you, Mary
Jack Fauntleroy received a my-
sterious looking red and green
package last week.
Rosamund Buchanan and Dor-
tha Sue James spent last week at
Seen together: Sammie Ruth
Casbeer and Ray Austin.
Helen Turner has adopted a cat.
Carolyn Slakieu spent last week
end in Lingleville.
Evelyn Fituhugh, how do you
like tho?e Comanche boys ?
"Oh, for more boys like the Col-
onel," says a certain Dump girl.
After careful study on "How to
enjoy an 8 o'clock class," it has
been found that the best way is
to spend the hour in bed.
Joe Headstream'b new glasses
tire very becoming.
It 13 rumored thai Watts gets
rp at 2 o'clock to listen to the ra-
Many hopes fe7l Wednesday
when Blair said to girls' chapel
that he isn't looking for a wife.
Such a nice boy, too.
Fish Reinhari really likes the
Subject of study: what can I
use for Christmas gifts?
T. A. Moore and Jeanette Eg-
bert seem to be getting along very
t To Santa Claus t
According to word received
from Santa Claus, most of the
Tarletonites have been good
enough to he remembered on
Christmas eve. In a recent inter-
view, Santa told a J-Tac reporter
that he has received a large num-
ber of letters from Tarleton stu-
dents. He' stated that most stu-
dents are very considerate this
year. He said that Will Port Hall
wants a real moustache, the Fort
boys want some new parlor furni-
ture, the library wants a police-
man to bring in lost books, Char-
les Miller wants a story for the
"girl back home," Bo Allen wants
a longer memory, Jessie Moody
wants a pair of skates, Mickey
Sporer wants a quieter hall, and
Miss Jones wants a class that can
understand at least one problem
With Santa Claus's permission,
we publish the following letters:
I am a little boy. My mother
says I have been a good little boy.
Please bring me a doll that will
go to sleep, a set of dishes, some
story books. I also want some or-
anges, apples, and red and white
Please don't forget my little
play mates, Nell Decker, Sid Gra-
cey, and Nancy Price.—Sid Lang-
We are two little girls and we
play together at Tarleton. Please
send us a real cold day so we can
wear our new fur coats.—(You
I have been a real good little
boy and I learn my lessons every
day. Please bring me a suck-strap,
a saber, and a few round buttons.
If you cannot bring these, I want
a chambray, size 50,—H. M.
nicely as do Taylor and Ann Mc-
Little Todd and his fellow musi-
cians are really good.
What does Austin mean by call-
ing a good freshman girl a chick-
Edwina, the little queen of Dub-
lin, has entirely too many dates
for a freshman.
Mary E. Jone's mother visited
htr last week end.
Cecil Albritton of the class of
1923 visited the campus Decem-
ber 5. He is now on the police
force in the Intelligence Division
at Los Aogeles.
Her father (belligerently):
"Young man, are your intentions
Her lover (hesitatingly) : "Are-
H. D. Barham, Prop.
East Washington St. Phone 87
Kun by College Students
-It's Economy to have your
Shoes Repaired at
Newsom Shoe Shop
Only 10 per cent of the univer-
sity students in Germany may be
women, according to a Nazi rul-
WELCOME STUDENTS I
NEW AND OLD
C. L. Cromwell
West Side of the Sqtiar#
ON YE TARLETON
Dr. J. S. Daniels
See Ma and sea Eottsr
RENT A CAR
For 5 Hours for $1.50
At the Rock Barn
South Belknap Phemj 7
CITY BUS, 5c
MaScoa t&o Loop Every 10 Minutea
Dr S. D. Naylor
OffiM Phone ISO
Residence Phone %!)
OABETS AND C0-EB3
W. F. WILSON
East Bide of the %uar«
DR. R. W. H. HAMILTON
Stephenville, —. Texas
T. M. Gordon, M. D,
PHYSICIAN and SURGEON
Office Over Service Drag Store
Kes. FIj. 458 Offiee Ph, 74
THE HUB BEAUTY SHOP
—The Oldest and Most Modem
Continuous Progress Since 1927
Wave Set 15c
Shampoo and Wave Sot 25e
Exclusive Ladles' Shop
A. L. PORTER, Prop.
DR. J. J. MULLOY
PHYSICIAN & SURGEON
Office Over Service Drug: Store
Office Phone ... 38
Residence Phone 59
Houra: 8-12 a. m.—2-5 p. in.
J. T. A. C.
City Barber Shop
L. D. MARTIN
R. E, COLE
P. H. LAOTJRESS, Prop.
Close — Convenient — Good Work
Tor College People, Who Care
Eioy Pointer, barber
Ina Harris, operator
Farmers-First National Bank
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