The J-TAC (Stephenville, Tex.), Vol. 19, No. 17, Ed. 1 Tuesday, February 13, 1940 Page: 1 of 4
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Tomorrow Is St. Valentine's Day, When The Gay And The Gray Joyfully Remember Dear Ones
Confucius say, "Come Valentine
Day, ali Nation's heart will swing;
and sway" with someone's thought-
Tomorrow, Wednesday, Feb. 14,
lifts the sun over John Tarleton
College's carefree campus to pre-
sent what is known universally as
St. Valentine's Day, the day when
sweethearts—-some young and as
spry as the deer in the wood, and
others old, gray, feeble—send and
reecive heartfelt remembrances to
the one most dear in their heart.
It's a great day . . . yes, 'tis.
Many are the persons who are
made happy with one thoughtful
gift, whether it be a pictured card
with an appropriate verse, a check
for $26, or merely a letter.
For years and years and years
this day has come and gone . .
for decade and decade and decade
someone has piped, "Happy Valen-
Then there's the comical side of
the traditional day when some
prank sends you through the mail
or by personal delivery a pamphlet
that perhaps will lampoon your
ecc'entricies or play upon your
senee of humor. Some read, "To an
old grouch," or, "Lest you for-
get that your friends are all in
front of you . . . not behind you,"
Mr; Webster, author of Web-
ster's Dictionary, should be an au-
thority on St. Valentine's Day. He
defines it thus:
"Valentine, n. 1. A sweetheart
complimented on St. Valentine's
Day; hence, one's beloved. 2. Some-
thing as an ornamental greeting
of a sentimental, or by extension,
comic character, sent, usually
anonymously, on St. Valentine's
Day" ■ 1
And there you have it. Are you
going to send one of those pic-
tured cards with a verse, a $25
check, or letter? Or, are you go-
ing to work a little fun on your
best friend with one of those sub-
tle comics with an anonymous
name attached to it?
SUBSCRIBE TO THE
STEPHENVILLE, TEXAS, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 1940
Federal Inspection By Colonel T. K. Spencer Set For May 2
IN VARSITY THEFT
Joint "Cased" by Pro-
The Texas Rangers who came
all the way from Austin Sun-
day to investigate the Saturday
night or Sunday morning rob-
bing of the Varsity have not
yet made any noticeable prog-
ress in the apprehension of the
culprits guilty of-making away
with a part of the amiable pro-
prietor's worldly goods. We do
not profess to ->e a sleuth, but
we feel t our duty to throw
some light on the case.
Someone Took a "Look-See"
The perpetrator of the dastardly
deed must have been fairly famil-
iar with the establishment, or (in
the vernacular of the underworld)
the joint had been cased prior to
the actual robbery.
Now it is fairly obvious that the
person or persons'~who~ made the
preliminary scouting would do so
in the guise of a customer in ol-
der to waylay any suspicion of
their intended misdeed. From this
we may conclude that the crinii-
, nal had at some time made a pur-
chase or at least bummed a match
from the place.
Needed: Thorough Check
As you can readily see, this nar-
rows down the field considerably.
We have now only to make a check
of all persons who have at some
time in their life been in the Var-
sity long enough to, gain a work-
ing knowledge of its various
means of entry.
The Rangers, who we do not
believe possessi the keen, analy-
tical mind so necessary to this
type of work, evidently have over-
looked this feature of the case, be-
ing content to merely walk in;
examine the means of entrance
(the back door in this case); take
a few fingerprints from the safe,
nickelodeon, and cash register; ask
pointless questions about cigarette
stamp numbers; and other aimless
questions so boring that we didn't
bother ourselves to listen.
Go to each of these people and
have them establish an alibi, seg-
regating the illogical stories from
the logical and making a thorough
investigation of the former.
(Continued on page four)
i'OIt THE WEEK
+ JVTac Staff meeting. T o'clock.
+ Ranger vs. Tarleton, 7:80 o'clock.
Decatur at IJeL'atur.
A.A.U.W. and Gramophiles In Con- ■
Gervatory, T :15 o'clock.
F.F.A. jneetiuir. Rec TTnlT V o'clock.
Lechirs by Upshur Vincent. Room A
211, 7:80 (/clock.
Texan Gulf Sulphur Illustrated Lei- ■
ture for agriculture students, Lit.- -
«u Auditorium, 7 o'clock.
CAA Instructor, Loves Planes Though
His First Flight; Once Flew Wiley Post
By WILBURN SALMON
Go-instructor with 0. R. Har-
well in the CAA flying school at
Tarleton is Charles Burrell Tibbs,
whose flying career reads like an
adventure story from Jules Veme.
The first time Tibbs ever saw
a plane an angered mechanic
threw a ball of adhesive tape at
him. The first time he ever flew
a plane, he crashed. The first time
he ever soloed, he crashed again.
Was Tibbs downhearted? Not
Tibbs. He loved flying. He loved
planes. He'd been loving them a
long- time; in fact, ever since he
was old enough to read ' about
It was in 1909 at the age of 12
that Tibbs first became interested
in aviation. A Frenchman had
come over to this country with one
of the first models of the Bleriot
monoplane and was exhibiting it
in county fairs throughout Illinois.
Young Tibbs went from his home
in Marion to take a look at it.
Inspects First Plane
Many cash customers were on
hand at the time, and wera pass-
ing along the ropes which inclosed
the plane to keep the interested
crowds from touching it. He be-
came tired of being pushed along
by the crowd and went under the
rope to inspect the plane more
closely. A nasty, dirty Frog me-
chanic suddenly raised up on the
other side of the plane and let
drive at his head with a hall of
adhesive tape. However, Tibbs
dodged it and fled so as to escape
the wrath of the enraged mechan-
Two years later he made his
way to St. Louis to begin his fly-
ing career right. He became em-
played by Tom Benoist, a French-
man who was experimenting with
"flying boats" on the Mississippi
river bank, and, while in his em-
ploy, made his first flight. The
plane had glided along the water
and then had begun to climb.
Thirty seconds later the motor
conked and the plane went down.
It fell into the Mississippi. Men
had to fish Tibbs out of the water
and carry him to shore in a row-
Cracked Up Second Flight
The second time Tibbs ever left
the ground in a plane he cracked
up again. It was his first solo
flight and he, having more' exper-
ience than some of his comrades,
attempted to show oil by doing
some fancy stunt flights. He gave
the ship the rudder and was sur-
prised out of his wits when she
began to bank steepy on one wing.
He tried to level the ship but there
was no use. He had lost control.
When he hit the ground he was
still alive but had two broken ribs.
During 1915 and 1916 Tibbs be-
gan his career as a barnstormer.
Those were the days of solo ex-
hibition flying. "Come one, come
all, see the darned fool break his
neck!" He had his base at Dallas
and barnstormed all over Texas
and Oklahoma. His act was known
(Continued on page four)
Old Drill May Be Revived This Fall
President Guy S. Ford of Minnesota
University Says Students of 1940
Are More Alert to War Propaganda
MINNEAPOLIS, MINN.—(ACP)—The University of Minnesota's
President Guy Stanton Ford, who during the World War No. 1 con-
ducted as stupendous a propaganda drive as this country has ever seen,
looks at the World War No, 2 and compares! it with the first wtih the
searching eyes of an expert. He finds:
(1) A changed attitude on the part of students and the public—an
"awareness" which was not present in 1914,
(2) A more alert student mind—"Propaganda must now be more
■ (3) A decision on the pa(t of
students to "put a ring of iron
around the United States" and a
refusal to be roused by anything
less than what appears, at least,
to be "an overt attack upon this
(4)"A general feeling in the
United States that we must take
some responsibility for peace and
reconstruction after the war."
On this first point, he says:
Awareness of War Today
"There is an awareness today
which was not present during the
last war. For instance, when I
landed in New York after my trip
abroad, the reporters all wanted
to know: 'When are we going to
get into it?' 'Will we get into it?'
'How long will it be?' The war
had then been under way about
On Lyceum Friday
The Continental Singers, direc-
ted by Ruby Spencer Lyon, ap-
peared last Friday night at the
college auditorium in a varied mu-
sical program including arias from
several operas, and special ar-
rangements of operetta and mu-
sical comedy selections.
The personnel of this delightful
ensemble included Miss Lyons-,
first soprano; Josephine Swinney,
second soprano; Evelyn Aimes,
David Johnson, first tenor;
Glenn Morning, second tenor; De-
ward Stack, baritone; Rodger Fee,
bass; and Fredric Sjobiarn, ac-
The highlight of the evening,
considering the reactions of the
Tarleton student body as a whole,
came when Miss Aimes, who was
formerly of the Chicago Civic
Opera, supported by the quartet,
sang "Invocation," and a group of
Negro spirituals: "Deep River,"
"Oh, yes!" "Old-time Religion;"
"Down by the River," and "Halle-
Three Cadets Made
Sergeants In Cp.
F Last Week
Three promotions were made in
the Cadet Corps last week upon
recommendation of Maj. James D,
Bender, P.M.S.&T. and upon the
approval of Dean . J. Thomas
Cadet Sergeant Jam.es C. Knight
was promoted to the rank of first
sergeant of Company F. Cadet
Corporal Carroll M. Olson, and
Cadet Private Donald W. Brown
were made sergeants in Co. F.
Company B Wins
Last Six Weeks
Company B, commanded 'by
Capt. Phillip L. Bible, Thursday
afternoon during retreat parade
was. announced as the winner of
the excellence streamers for the
six-weeks period ending January
27, and the second platoon of
Company A, commanded by 2nd.
Lieut, R. Q. Garrett, was named
the best platoon.
Second in military proficiency
for the period came Company A,
commanded by Capt. James Sades-
ky. Company E, commanded by
Capt. John F. Higgs was named
third place winner.
Company E under Capt. Higgs
relinquished the streamers to
Company A. The first platoon of
Company B, commanded by 2nd.
Lieut, Ellsworth Murtha, was an-
nounced second place winner for
platoon competition in military
proficiency and first platoon of
Company A, commanded by 2nd.
Lieut. Dextor Ator, and the sec-
ond platoon of Company B, com-
manded by Lieut. McRae Hill,
were tied for third place.
Every woman has a streak of
sanity in her somewhere.
FORMER MUSICAL COMEDY STAR,
NOW LYCEUM ARTIST, PROVES
GRACIOUS AND ATTRACTIVE
By SARA ANDREWS
Ruby Spencer Lyons, director of
the Continental Singers, is as
charming and gracious as she is
accomplished. She has poise and a
melodious, well-modulated voice;
she is friendly, unaffected, grac-
ious, and very attractive; in short,
she is everything that great wom-
Miss Lyons attended De Pauw
University in Greencastle, Ind.,
and studied voice in New York
and Chicago. She played the part
of "Sally" in Shubert's musical
comedy, "My Maryland."
Group Organized Three Years
She organized the Continental
Singers and began touring the
United States with them almost
three years ago. The Singers tour
in automobiles and play golf, ride
horseback, read, and go to local
theatres for amusement while they
are touring. On their way to Tar-
leton they amuse themselves by
inventing nicknames for each
other, such as Gladys Owartsouse,
Lillie Punk, Rosie Bumper, Ed-
ward McOuthel, Neo Manhattan,
John Charles Tomcat, Lord Belch-
more, and Eatsit Peanuts.
On this tour they had given per-
formances in Durant, Okla., and in
Commerce and Arlington before
coming to Tarleton. They left here
immediately after the program to
return to Chicago.
When asked if her parents were
opera stars, Miss Lyon laughingly
replied, "No, I guess I was just
the black sheep of the family."
Even Singers Like Hamburgers
Between bites of a genuine Tex--
as hamburger, Miss Aime3 re-
(Continued on page four)
MAJ. BENDER TO
OUST NEW BRILL
Simple, But Lacking-
In Precision, Dress
There is the probability that
next year the Tarleton cadet corps
will drill under old formations and
movements, according to a state-
ment released last week by Maj.
James D. Bender, P.M.S.&T..
According to Major Bender, the
new drill, which is as simple as
any could possibly be, was orig-
inated for 'the purpose of hasty
mobilization in the regular army
and National Guard, and not for
a R. O. T. C. unit. It is a drill
that enables a commander to move
his troops from one place to the
other in an orderly manner and
provides! simple formations from
which dispositions for combat may
be readily assumed.
It is Major Bender's opinion
that although the. new drill is
somewhat simplified, it is, in ex-
ecution, not as pleasing to the eye
as the old drill. Neither does it
develop leadership, precision, and
ability to command, as does the
Therefore, it does not suit the
needs of a cadet corps, although it
is perfect in every other respect.
The change has not been defin-
itely decided but it is very prob-
able that second-year cadets of
1940-41 will be learning another
Film For Students
Of Agriculture To
Be Shown Feb. 19
A film depicting entomology
and poultry husbandry will be
shown in the Little Auditorium
February 19 for the benefit of all
students taking courses in agri-
culture. Therg will be no admis-
This reel is presented for the
fir?t time by the Texas Gulf Sul-
phur Company of Houston under
the. direction of S. W. Clark,
Maj. J. D. Bender
CoL Spencer Assisting Col.
Keyes in Corps Area;
Military Ball in Evening
John Tarleton College's cadet corps will be given its annual
Federal inspection this year on Thursday, May 2, under a new
inspecting officer, Col. T. K. Spencer, according to a statement
issued Friday by Maj. James D. Bender, P.M.S.&T. Tha annual
military ball in the evening will climax the day's program.
Because Col E. A, Keyes, who has inspected the Tarleton unit
in years past, has so many ROTC units to inspect in the Eighth
Corps Area, Col. Spender, his assistant, has been assigned
to several schools, including Tarleton and NTAC at Arlington.
+" In a talk made to cadet officers
last week, Major Bender expressed
gratification that Colonel Spencer
would also inspect the cadet corps
of the North Texas junior college.
N. T. A. C. and John Tarleton
have been great rivals in the past
for superiority in drill. Tar-
leton having been acclaimed the
top-ranking school of the corps
area for a number of years in the
Tarleton Rates Tops in '39
Last year under* Major Bender,
the local cadet corps was rated
one of the best in several years,
and a top-ranking school in the
Eighth Corps area, which includes
several states. Chances for a unit
of the same skill and precision this
year are about as good as those
In the remaining month and
three weeks until the inspection,
the unit will be given every op-
portunity for improvement.
Bender Says "Attitude Excellent"
"The attitude of members of
the cadet corps," said Major Ben-
der last week, "is excellent. How-
ever, the corps needs a certain
amount of improvement before it
can obtain the rating it received
Federal inspection last year was
held on Tuesday, March 22. Since
the inspection is scheduled for
some date between Feb. 1 and
the closing day of school, Major
Bender purposely chose May 2 so
asi to give the corps ample time
for rounding off rough edges and
correcting several minor errors
seen every day.
The Battle of Flowers in San
Antonio, federal inspection, and
Parents' Day, will come respec-
tively within a period of ten days.
Ball Set For Evening
At one of the major social
events of the year, the corps will
be entertained in the evening with
the military ball which will, be in
charge of cadets and company
sponsors. Sponsors, assisted by
cadet officers, will have charge of
the ticket selling.
The first military ball was held
in 1936, Major Bender's first year
with the Tarleton unit. It was a
huge success, and since then the
ball has been held annually.
Many profs apparently don't
realize that while the Constitu-
tion may guarantee free speech,
it doesn't guarantee listeners'.
COUNCIL TO ACT
Final decision on the measure to
have students placed on the fac-
ulty discipline committee will be
reached tomorrow night when the
student council meets, according
to Joe Gracey, president of the
The measure was presented last
week by James Curtis Brown,
amiable president of the senior
class and also a member of the
council, who was hotly contested
and put off by other students on
the council for discussion and seri-
Brown in last week's J-Tac in
a letter to the editor gave his
viewpoints; as to the benefits of
student representatives on the dis-
cipline group, but found very lit-
tle support on the part of mem-
bers in last week's meeting.
The becrutched senior prexy ex-
pressed his opnion that such a
measure would create a friendlier
atmosphere among the students.
He did not say that the faculty
was wrong or misguided, but that
possibly a student could give a fel-
low student's viewpoint or attitude
Mildred Hewatt, Anita Steven-
son, and Kathleen Collum headed
the discussion contrary to the
Brown Bill, indicating that they in
general felt that the average Tar-
leton student was not of the ma-
ture mind and judgment to direct
decisions upon delinquent students.
They ' also felt, Miss Sevenson
mainly, that no student would be
willing to accept the responsibil-
ity involved while serving on the
committee, Dick Eddleman, junior
representative from Fort Worth,
was one of the few Brown sup-
porters. Bubba Jackson, a possible
Brown man, was absent.
(Continued on page four)
Dr. Scott Paints
Barns, Not Pictures
Dr. Verne A. Scott has threat-
ened to sue the J-Tas headline
writers for libel. They wrote ill
the Feb. 6 issue that he "enjoys
painting" rather than that he is
"interested in painting."
Now, when Dr. Scott enters the
classroom, his pupils give him the
sign, smirk in a coquettish man-
ner, and scrutinize his face for
signs of his "paint job."
When asked where he keeps hia
priceless works of art, he explaina
that once upon a time he painted
a barn. Secretly, he wonders how
long it will take him to live down
this humiliating experience.
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