The Thresher (Houston, Tex.), Vol. 4, No. 4, Ed. 1 Thursday, February 27, 1919 Page: 3 of 4
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THE THRESHER, FEBRUARY 37. 1019
jR:'ce's -Sendee JRecorJ
III. PtofenMv Hwoid Atbert WUtmn, F. R. 8., M. A. (Cambridge) D. Sc.,
(By Catherine Kuehn.)
It is with great pleasure and pride
that the students of Bice Institute look
forward to the return of Prof. Harold
Albert Wilson, who has been gone since
the summer of 1917 and who is expected
to return next month (March).
During the summer of 1917, while
still professor of physics at Bice Insti-
tute, Prof. Wilson was actively engaged
on anti-submarine warfare experiments
and inventions. He was so interested
in his work and so successful that the
government made him a research
physicist, and sent him to New London,
Conn., to the United States Naval Ex-
periment Station. Here he is serving
in the capacity of a civilian in the Anti-
submarine Warfare Service, and is not
attached to any military organization.
Like most government researches, the
nature of his experiments and inven-
tions are kept secret, but it has been
learned that his efforts have been very
successful, owing to the fact that he is
unusually well prepared for his chosen
branch of service.
He is a native of Montreal, Canada,
and completed his education in Eng-
land. He received his M. A. degree in
Cambridge, and his D. Sc. degree in
London, later being made a Fellow of
Trinity College, Cambridge University.
Then for several years he was professor
in King's Coiiege, London. From there
he went to McGiU University, where he
was a research professor of physics,
after which he came to the Bice Insti-
tute as professor of physics. During
his entire career as a physicist he has
been studying and making investigations
of problems of current interest, and
it is expected that he wiil have acquired
some advanced ideas about submarines
and physics in genera! when he again
resumes his duties at Bice.
HOW WE OHH.5 D/D JVOr WW /TV
OA' FORr woR7H >
As soon as we reached Fort Worth we
began to get a queer feeling that ail
was not weil. I don't know if thai
town affects every one that way, but if
a man can feel good in Fort Worth he
need have no fears of the hereafter.
We all felt like there was something
wrong, but we couldn't put our Hngers
on it until our master sleuth, Willard
Moore, rushed into our rooms in the
great Terminal Hotel and broke the sad
news. Everybody but Ding and the
coach had a iit, and Ding turned two
fiips. Itwasawful, unheard of, abso-
lutely without precedent. Never had
such a deed been perpetrated in the his-
tory of Texas basketbaii. We were as-
tounded. Moore had discovered that
we were to ptay in the basement of a
church. Now, you know that a church
is no iit piace tor a basketball game.
You're too iiable to be uneasy for fear
somebody wiil pass the plate. But such
was the case, we were to play in a
church, and no second choice.
So to the church we weu,t. It is typi-
caiiy a Fort Worth church, and the bas-
ketball court is typically a Fort Worth
court. It' there were another one like
it there would be more funerals. If
there were two like it there would soon
be an undertakers' union.
The "court" measures 20x45 feet.
No, this isn't a reception hall; it's a
basketball court. Yes, I know it isn't
big enough for a card party, but it's
made to play basketball on. There are
three wails around it, leaving one side
open for the bieachers, only there isn't
any bleachers; they sit on the Soor in
Fort Worth. There are no back boards,
they use the whole end of the build-
ing. Incidentaliy, the walls are hard
pine boards. Don't iose the significance
of that word "hard." They're harder
than Buddy's head. You know, reai
When we looked in on that marvel-
ous court we ail had the same feeting
a man has when he hears his mother-
in-law is coming to visit the wife. You
know how you feei when you go to a
clam bake and overdo the thing? Yes,
that's how we felt. And in a church,
too; no way to relieve your feelings
We spent a miserable ten minutes
dressing, and then the varsity went out
onto the court. For ten minutes they
vainly tried to coax that decrepit T. C.
U. ball through that iop-sided ring, but
to no avail. Finally, Frank Gerlach
got our new ball, and got one through.
It took him five minutes to recover
from the shock.
No sooner had Frank tossed that fa-
mous shot, than the whistie biew for
the start of the contest. At this point
we were introduced to the real sensa-
tion of the night. None other than the
referee. He was an interesting speci-
man. A sawed-off, hammered down,
chap, with a face only a mother could
love, and I imagine his mother must
have had poor eyesight; he inherited it
somewhere. He was the sixth member
J9y ROBB M.
of Horned Frog teams, and far the
most important. t-
The whistle blew, and the game
started. It was a beautiful exhibition
of three cushion biHiards. The T. C.
U. men would bank the bail on the
wails, the ends, the Hoor, anywhere,
and it would bounce off onto another
wail into somebody's hands, and two
points were counted.
During the first three minutes of
piay the referee didn't do much to aid
his team, but when he did start he
proved a valuable man. If you drib-
bled, it was iliegal; if you didn't drib-
bie, it.wtts traveling. If you fought
the bali, a personal foui; if you didn't,
delaying the game. When the six-foot
center climbed on Mac's back, it was a
foul on Mac for tripping. Every time
a Bice man got the bait, T. C. U. got a
free shot. Every time he caited a foui
on T. C. U. he rushed over to the coach
and apologized for it, and gave the of-
fending piayer a great deai of paterna!
advice concerning fouts in general.
When T. C. U. shot the ball for the
ring, he wouid rise on his toes, with a
"Come on, Bed" look, and snap his fin-
gers when it missed, or shout "Hot
Dog" when we missed one. t'Hot Dog"
is new stuff in Fort Worth.)
The first game went to the Toads
87-25, after forty minutes of hard
piaying on the part of the referee.
The second siaughter began at four
o'clock the next afternoon. Needless to
say, the referee was on the job again.
Bose was put out of the game for harsh
language, and in a church, too. Littie
Alex got the hook for "treatin' 'em
rough." The pool sharks continued to
bank 'em around the walis. They were
abiy assisted by the spectators, who
caimiy tossed the ball back to a Frog
when it went outside and they got it.
Here the referee was again of valuable
assistance to the home team. His
"Hot Dogs" feil thick and fast, and
Ding said he thought it must be a coun-
try fair, the way he was selling his
The reai crisis of the game came be-
tween halves, when the referee came
into our dressing room to whip Buddy
for his naughty taik. Poor, rough
Buddy; he ain't never had no Fort
Worth raisin' an' he don't know no bet-
ter. The referee was going to get right
on his neck until he saw big Alex
standing behind him, and then he cooied
down suddenly. He saved himself a
doctor biil right then, and coach saved
him a lot in the cemetery when he
ushered him out the door.
In the iast half the referee was again
loyal to his team, and so often did they
shoot and miss that it sounded like a
crap game the way his fingers snapped
and he yelled "Hot Dog." By calling
forty-six fouls the iast half he gave T.
C. U. their second victory 67-19.
Here's to that referee—he's a busi-
ness man. If we had the money he got
we wouldn't have slept two in a berth
E. B. L. 8.
The Elizabeth Baldwin Literary Soci-
ety meeting'of February 24 was devoted
to the study of Shakespeare's tragedies
and the manner in which he employed
the fool or jester in his piays.
Maud Campbell, speaking of Shakes-
peare's tragedies, told the plan of their
development, and then very concretely
showed how Shakespeare's tragedy pro-
duction was divided into two eras. She
pointed out that nearly without excep-
tion Shakespeare's tragedies deal with
real, throbbing, human being of the no-
The subject of Shakespeare's fools
and jesters was interestingty expanded
by Georgia Comfort, who read brief ex-
cerpts from various piays showing how
these characters were utilized. Trin-
cuto, Puck, Touchstone, Castard, La-
vache, Falstaff and Speed were a few
of the jesters whom Shakespeare em-
ployed at just the opportune moment in
some of his piays. Their purpose seems
to be to relieve tense situations, allow-
ing the audience to break away front
the high pitch of emotion at which they
might be held.
Margarette Atkinson, chairman of
the program committee, announced that
the next meeting is to inaugurate the
study of Great Women, and seiected
four members who wiii appear on the
An Oriental Potpourri.
Adored one, the memory of your giori-
Lingers with me day and night.
I seem to hear it even now,
Soft as the beams of the harvest moon
When it shines upon the goiden grain,
Sweet as the floating fragrance of
The cape jasmines of Southern Texas.
And when it comes over the wires!
Then 'tis alluring as a strain of music
From Spanish guitars,
Befreshing as the scent of new-mown
Wafted through the mid-summer heat.
Then the times when I am world-weary,
And you make nte once more
See the pure joy of "just living"
With your merry chatter,
Cheering as a giowing fireplace
In the winter gloaming,
Soothing as the breeze
That sweeps in from the Mexican Guif.
Do you think I could ever forget them?
Just the soultd of your voice,
Enchanting as the silver sheen
Of mooniight on a summer sea,
Betwitching as a fleeting giimpse
Of an o)d, old California garden,
Has more than once
Driven the "blue devils" away.
Once you were sad, and then I knew
That the oniy think that mattered to me
Was that you must always be happy.
Again I hear your voice as it was then.
Pianitive as the cooing of a wild dove
In the summer twilight,
And even the memory of it
Makes my heart ache to its depths.
Once in a while you read to me,
Bits of lovely poetry and prose
That you have discovered here and
Then your voice is more than wonder-
Majestic as the glorious sunsets
That dazzie one at the Golden Gate,
Sublime as Bethoven's "Moonlight So-
Charming as the quaint old Afro-Ameri-
Folk-lore that you sometimes read;
It never fails to hold me enthralled.
Then, there is the sweet memory
Of your song drifting o'er the waters,
Fascinating as the Aurora Borealis,
Haunting as the unique melody
Of Hawaiian guitars and ukuleles,
It lingers with me always.
But the dearest memory of them all,
The one the most precious,
Is that of your voice last night
As, in my arms, you told me "good-bye."
Blch as gorgeous Brazilian orchids
Nestling against old rose veivet,
Clear as the full-throated song
Of the soaring English nightingale,
Pure as the sparkling crystal dew
On the grass on a June morning,
Caressing as the magnolta-laden breezes
Of our own sunny Southland,
It made me see, once and for all,
That Love Is the greatest thing
In earth below or Heaven above.
A. L. T.
(URLS' TEXXI8 CLUB.
A silver interclass cup for the final
tournament, letters for the champions
in the Senior finals, a tits cup for the
holder of the highest score at the end
! of every month—these decisions show
that the Girls' Tennis Ciub is enthusi-
astic and means business. Every Fri-
day at the noon hour a meeting will be
heid on the tennis courts. A tennis
game wili be played in which a)i of the
members wili have a chance to partici-
pate. The piayer with the highest score
for four of these games wiii receive a
tin cup of honor at the end of the
month. A constitution has been adopt-
ed and the tennis ciub is going forward
with a "pep" which is sure to end in
a "spicy" success.
Y. M. C. A.
The ciass in the discussion of world,
problems was heid on iast Wednesday
night. Mr. McCa.Ham conducted the !
class, at which time he discussed the !
subject of "Ate We Facing a New '
World?" Mr. McCallam stated as in- '
cidents, to prove that this was a new
world, the congress of Versailles, Rus-
sian revolutions, breaking up of Aus-
tria-Hungary, rise of new nations such
as Poiand, economic conditions, labor
and industry questions, .and the spread-
ing of a feeling of brotherhood among
This discussion class will meet every
Tuesday night in the Commons at 6:30
p. m. You will find that it will be an
interesting and heipfui hour to you.
Cottle next Tuesday night.
ENGINEER) XG SOCIETY.
Last Thursday, February 20, the en-
gineers heid their second initial meet-
ing. The organization of the club which
was started at the first meeting, was
perfected and further pians laid for an
extensive program of good times and
interesting lectures to be enjoyed, be- j
ginning next term. New memberships )
were received and a great many Fresh- [
nten admitted to the organization. The !
advisory committee, consisting of one !
member from each class, was seiected, !
the three upper members by the presi- j
dent, Robert Landhant, and the Fresh-
men electing their own man. The con
mittee chosen was H. L. Beii, Senior;
Paul King, Junior; F. C. Koch, Sopho-
more, and Jack N. Meyer, Freshman.
The next reguiar meeting wiii be
heid in two weeks—Thursday, March
6. We are stili open for new members.
The Hail Committee wiii be very glad
to receive any communication of sug-
gestion from any student as to the gov-
ernment of the haiis. This applies es-
peciaiiy to the complaints about "grub "
in the dining room. If you have any-
thing to say, put it in writing, sign it
and ieave the communication in The
St. Paul's Rice Club meets every Sun-
day morning at 9:30, St. Paul's Church,
corner of Milam and McGowen. Ail are
cordially invited to attend.
Hurry up and get all of those pic-
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of those few who haven't complied here
are the ruies again:
1. Every one in "cits" except Seniors.
2. Freshmen and Sophomores go to
Gray's studio, over Kelsling's drug
store on Main Street.
3. Juniors and Seniors go to Ed-
wards studio on Fannin Street.
4. Underclass pictures $1.50, Seniors
6. Do it now!
Any one who has any good snap shots
hand them in to Miss Dean in the li-
brary for the Campanile. Hand in
either negatives or prints, and if you
want them bnck, put your name on
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