The Rice Thresher (Houston, Tex.), Vol. 36, No. 26, Ed. 1 Wednesday, January 5, 1949 Page: 1 of 4
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VOLUME THIRTY-SIX — NO. TWENTY-SIX
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 5, 1949
Dramatists to Present Three One-Act Plays January 11
Two Comedies, One
And Close Harmony
On January 13 and 14, Thurs-
day and Friday, the E. B.'s will
present their annual melodrama.
This year's presentation will be
"The Saga of the Sawmill" or
"Children Should be Sawed and Not
Heard." The usual hero, heroine, and
villain will be present, accompanied
by a can-can, and barber-shop har-
The Golden Nugget Bar (Varsity
Room) will be the scene of the per-
formance and admission will be $.75
a person. Characters will remain
anonymous until the night of the
Tickets may be purchased from
any E.B.„or in the Student Lounge.
Library Open at Nights
Beginning Wednesday night, Jan-
uary 5, the library room on the
ground floor of Lovett Hall will be
open from 7 P.M. until 10 P.M.
every nighty except Saturdaw and
Sunday, for r individual study. It will
also be open on Sunday afternoon
from 2 to 5 P.M. "
It' is hoped that this room will
afford dormitory residents a quiet,
well-lighted study hall, thus re-
lieving some of the congestion in the
An interesting pile of correspon-
dence in response to some articles
that appeared in local papers con-
cerning the Thresher's stand that
all qualified students, "regardless
of race, color, creed, or political be-
lief," should be admitted to Rice,
may be viewed today in the Thresher
office untilert p.m. All the' letters
are from non-Rice students or alum-
ni. The complete file of newspaper
clippings is also available today in
The Buildings and Grounds Com-
mittee has plans to pick an unspeci-
fied day next week and stop all cars
at the gates that do not have cam-
pus parking tags. Dean H. S. Cam-
eron warns that forewarned should
be forearmed. Students that do not
have tags may get them from the
Love o f Fish ing Prompts Scholar
To Build Sailboat -- at Eighty Years
by Finis Cowan
As one walks down 80th Street
along Bray's Bayou, he can see if
he looks to his left an elderly and
scholarly gentleman building a boat.
Dr. John W. Slaughter, Lecturer
Emeritus in Civics and Philanthropy,
was born eighty years ago on an
Alabama plantation. He eventually
took his doctorate at the University
of Michigan in 1901 and since then
has taught in England, South Amer-
ica, and at Rice.
In England, Dr. Slaughter learned
to sail and acquired a love for fish-
ing. Upon his retirement from actiye
lecturing at Rice, he began to look
for a sail boat suitable for deep
sea fishing. Good sail boats are hard
to find," so Dr. Slaughter decided to
biuid his own.
Every morning Dr. Slaughter
drives to the Bayou from his home
near Rice and begins work as soon
as there is enough light. He works
on his boat until noon or a little
after and then goes home to work
on his writing.
Dr. Slaughter is building his boat
chiefly from scrap lumber obtained
from the Olshan Demolishing Com-
pany. His first task was to lay the
keel, which is made of large timbers.
He stressed the idea that the timber
was seasoned and sound.
He obtained a plan from the son
of Joshua Slocum. Dr. Slaughters
boat will be on exact replica of a
boat built 40 years ago by Joshua
Slocum, who built his boat by him-
self and sailed around the world in
When asked whether or not he
would sail around the world in his
Dr. W. 0. Milligan Named Chairman of
SE Texas Section of Chemical Society
Dr. W. O. Milligan, associate professor of chemistry, has succeeded to
the chairmanship of the Southeastern Texas section of the American
Chemical Society, and will serve throughout 1949.
The actual election of Dr. Milligan took place a year ago, when he
was chosen chairman-elect, and automatically ascended to the chairman-
ship. His chief research interest has
boat, Dr. Slaughter very seriously
replies, "I would love to sail around
the world in it if my Mi's, had no
When completed, the vessel will
be a 37 foot sloop with a 14 foot
beam. It will have, of course, one
mast and a single headsail jib.
But, different from the conven-
tional sloop, it will have a mizzen
mast on the stern.
At the present time, he has laid
the keel, erected the sternpost and
The Rice Dramatics Club has an-
nounced that its three one-act plays
will be given next week. This will
be the second production of a sea-
son that started very successfully
with James Thurber's "Male Ani-
mal." In intimate theater style, the
"Male Animal" was played before a
Conventional staging will be used
for the three one act plays: "The
Boor" by Chekov; "Ways and
Means" by Noel Coward; and "lie"
by Eugene O'Neill.
"Ways and Means" is a comedy
a young British couple, Stella and
transom, and begun to install the
ribs. The keel is of heavy, seasoned Tob-v Cartwright (Ruey Boone and
timbers which Dr. Slaughter obtain- j Raymond Lankford). who visit a
ed from the Olsham Demolishing! wealthy friend (Beverly Hawkins)
Company and the sternpost is of the ! on Riviera. Having lost^all their
He now has three ribs erected, |
one in the stern and two at the bow.!
The ribs must be one and one-half J
feet apart all the way down the I
keel, so there are still many ribs to
The keel and sternpost are fast-
been in X-ray and electron diffrac-
tion examination of colloidal sys-
tems, particularly those of the hy-
drous oxides. Also he has workeff
with surface properties of colloidal
oxides and contact catalysis.
Dr. Milligan, who holds A.B. and
honorary Sc.D. degrees from Illi-
nois College and M.A. and Ph.D.
from Rice, has had approximately
60 articles published in various sci-
A Phi Beta Kappa and charter
member of the American Society
for X-ray and Electron Diffrac-
tion, Dr. Milligan sponsors the
Rice student affiliate of „the
American Chemical Society.
The Society will sponsor a lec-
ture by Dr. Paul O. Powers on re-
cent developments in plastics Jan-
uary 20 in the chemistry lecture
hall. The public is invited. In con-
nection with this, A dinner will be
given at the Sartta Anita Mexican
Restaurant. For reservations at
$1.50, call E. R. Scogin at C-1181 no
later than January 19.
The O. WrL. S. will present
their annual formal "Moonlight
Phantasy," Saturday, January
8, 1949 at the Elks Hall. Karl
Doerner and his orchestra will
provide music from 9 to 1.
Tickets are on sale in the Stu-
dent Lounge at $2.00' per couple,
Instructor Gets M.S.
ened together with bolts, most of
which Dr. Slaughter, has cut him-
Dr. Slaughter is building his
vessel upon land owned;, by the \ "i]e" leads
proprietor of a "bum boat', a float-
ing drugstore which sails out to
merchant vessels and sells them ,
merchandise. The proprietor of the
vessel has a shed next to the doc-
tor's embryo boat and Dr. Slaugh-
ter has a four feet by two box at-
tached to the side of the shed in
which he keeps his tools. «
He has several saws, a hammer,
a plane, a square, and an adze. This
ship carpenter's adze, which is a
cutting tool having a thin arching
blade set at right angles to the
handle and a spur head opposite the
blade, is his most frequently used
Henry Madison Morris, Jr., for- (tool.
mer instructor in civil engineering;
at Rice institute and son of Mr. and |
Mrs. Henry M. Morris of Houston,
money at gambling, the Ca*Hwrights
realize their difficult situation but
finally work out their problem in a
humorous and startling manner. Mr.
j Richard Warren directs this play,
| and supporting- roles are played by
j Marcia Weiss, Willie Pilcher, Geor-
The serious play of the trio, di-
rected by Henry L. Walters, is Eu-
gene O'Neill's "lie." The determina-
tion of a Scottish whaling boat skip-
per to fill his ship with a cargo of
to ^me" dramatic n.nd
serious consequence. The skipper
will be played by Arthur Cole and
his, wife bv Etta, Colish. Supporting
characters include Bob Borden, Hen-
ry Walters, and Pat Lipscomb, Da-
Calvin Clausel directs the third
play, "The Boor." A young widow
who has sworn fidelity to her hus-
band's memory encounters a rude
creditor with unusual results. Col-
leen Alessandra and Pierre Carpen-
ter play the leading roles; they are
supported by Harpy Clampett.
A-House will be the scene of the
plays. Tickets will go on sale short-
ly in the Student Lounge.
Seale Offers Voluntary Subscription
To Help Solve Campanile's Finances
A possible solution of the financial difficulties of the Campanile has
been- suggested by Betty Blount Seale, editor. She favore making sub-
scription to the book non-compulsory.
"We have a choice of either raising the blanket tax allotment, which
will displease many who don't feel they will get their money's worth, or
we can have a subscription cam-
paign at the beginning of each
Expalining that the Campanile
costs nine dollars a book to produce,
she added that three dollars at
present comes from blanket tax, and
three dollars from the additional
charge of having pictures made.
Thus the yearbook costs six dollars
to everyone who has his picture, in
it. The rest of the money j# raised
by advertising, except that the add
cannot always raise sufficient funds
ta meet obligations.
"If we raise the blanket tax, we*
will cause a lot of 'complaints,
whereas if we charge a flat rate of
six to eight dollars, we could print
fewer books and distribute them
only to those students who really
want them, and are willing to pay
She pointed out that at present
1500 Campaniles are distributed to
students. Only 1200 see fit to have
their pictures in^the book. "If those
1200 would be willing to pay a little
extra, we could stop printing the
other 800, and have more funds to
make th« book better," she revealed.
received his master of science degree
from the University of Minnesota in
commencement ceremonies Thursday
(Dec. 16). His major study for the
advanced degree \*%s hydraulic engi-
Morris got his bachelor of science
degree in civil engineering at Rice
institute in 1939 and later served
as an instructor there. He now
makes his home in Minneapolis.
If your organization has not hand-
ed in a list of its active members
to the Campanile Staff, please see
that this is done right away Fri-
day, January 7th, is positively the
last day on which these lists will be
The Campanile needs snapshots!
If you have some, give them to any
The Campanile Staff will meet at
12:00 o'clock Wednesday in A.H.
There will be a corporate com-
munion for members of Canterbury
club at 7 o'clock in Palmer Memor-
ial church Friday morning.
"Best Yet" Again-RI Magazine Goes Forward,
Latest Issue Considerably Cheaper, Too
by David Braden
The RI distribute^ Monday was the best so far published, being of
more general interest than the- previous issues and being considerably
cheaper in cost. It was given free not to increase circulation for this
issue which immortalized Saint Brady, but because the advertisers were
moved by the spirit of yuletide and footed the publication bill. The only
criticism fe that there is, perhaps, |ture bySamTEii^LEimerl's con-
tribution faced a scholarly article
too much Thresher in it.
En Garde provoked many a chuck-
le—especially the one about Mr.
Hudson and the l'at, which appealed
to our down-to-earth sense of humor.
The Platonic Dialogue of Cowan
and McGeever carried us logically
from-well reasoned premise to in-
by Prof. Girard. Unfortunately, per-.
haps, we read Eimerl's articlo first,
and when we got to Prof. Girard's
work, were surprised to see several
illustrations of Eimerl's advice to
budding writers. When we read
about Verlaine in Prof Girard's art-
evitable conclusion, the conclusion jc]e> we had but to look across the
being somewhat hazy. The article
would have been greatly enhanced
by a picture of the travelers in to-
gas and sandals as they trod the
Raymond Lankford's article on the
Engineering Lab directed at the
Academs is well done and should
satisfy the curiosity of those who
have been wondering what the un-
usual activity northeast of the Stu-
dent Lounge was.
The Passion of St. Brady was
cleverly done and showed much
thought, work, and the progress the
Pilgrim founders of RI have made.
Equally clever is A lesson in cul-
page to see that "an erudite refer-
ence to a little known work helps."
It is little known to us, anyway. The
only difference between Prof. Gi-
rard and the critic Eimerl describes,
is that Prof. Girard has the knowl-
edge" and ability and dispenses it in
a most admirable fashion.
Teacher's Pet by J. F. Whatley
should prove disconcerting to the
Freshmen math students who by
now will be wondering if they got
by because they were teachers' pets,
and -if they aren't doing that they'll
be cussing out their high school
math teachers. At any rate, it'll be
an excuse for flunking.
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