The Optimist (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 27, No. 14, Ed. 1, Friday, January 12, 1940 Page: 1 of 4
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I AROUND THIS
Tho halls In the boys' dorm nre
so dark above first floor that
tho only people on the campus who
can feci completely at homo aro
Leonard Burford and J. P. San-
ders. No wonder pcoplo shoot
firecrackers and burn trash bar-
rcls occasionally. It does light
Pcoplo are learning to pcrambu.
lato the halls by sense of touch.
But when tho touch comes as sud-
denly as it docs when jou bump
headlong into the center partition
or turn a corner too quick and
meet a solid angle of plaster in
tho pan your touch system is a
mite disrupted and you go vocal
Maybe it would help If we
had a handier way to get little
light bulbs for dorm desk
lamps so that Toms wouldn't
bo eternally hooking hall
lights for private consumption.
Perhaps mamma Mac could
check them out to us instead
of our having to go clear to
the bursar who sends us to
the president who sends us to
the dime store.
If tho superimposed paragraphs
have an editorial tinge forgive
me I almost burstcded my spec-
tacles in the gloom on the corner
by Bcarmcat's door a coupla
nights back and then fell in tho
trash basket trying to limp on in
It was no limp that let a cer
tain sonnj-boy break out of tho
third floor west storage room Sat
urday p m after only two well
directed pedal blows at the door's
Neither was it an inferiority
complex that led Mental Maul-
er Moscr to threaten to whip!
poor little Rassler Richey
within an inch of his life life
if he (Moser) were not releas-
ed pronto on that same Sat-
urday. Now tho campus is agog bo'
cause cither Moser or Hall had
enough fun on that date to pay
for the heckling they went through
before they got together. Because
they were boy-and-girling it again
Don't forget either that tho
pressure is on Duana In his dorm
quarters because during the holi-
days awhile back tho Moscr ro
dent consumed tho Thompson can
nry and now Roommate Thomp-
son is claiming n half-interest in
the poor little ground squarrcl or
Two Chambers roommates two
cyo patches That was what we
saw when wo came back from
seeing 1040 in Both Jitter and
Speck had Ironclad alibis but who
Pledges were victors In the
Kojle T&P depot incident re-
centlike. Not only did Jack
Dunn get a Up for her luggage
packing but the bell-hopping
pledges got a lift back to the
college and Evelyn White and
Skeet Holt the two actives
who had the pledges in
charge hadda walk back
Tho faco of our beloved D. W
Craln Is packing a powerful crim
son tinge nowadays at tho mcro
mention of tho recordings of tho
band's Monday nite program. Rea-
sonthe D. W. Crain vocal solo
which got itself broadcast in spito
of his good intentions "Repeat"
tho record hisses in Craln's best
directorial tones '
1 Another mark we almost forgot
'(Continued on Pago 2)
200 Attend Get-Acquainted Party
Sponsored By Church In Dining Hall
Leonard Burford J E McKin-
zle and several other masculine
members of the croud of two hun-
died students and church mem-
bers squatted in lino for nearly
five minutes in tho beanery last
Friday night ns Prof. J. W. Treat
endeavored to start up n game of
"Excelsior." And then alas they
found that none of them knew the
rules neither did J. Willie and
the principle was the same ns that
involved in snlpo-huntlng.
The occasion for this tomfoolish-
ment was an Informal get-togeth
er of ACC students and members
of tho College congregation of tho
church of Christ.
The affair in charge of Dr.
Treat and L. L. Smith got under
way with tho singing of "Swanco
River" "Home Fires" and other
old-fashioned community songs led
by W. H Free Then followed a
"BARGAIN NIGHT" IS TERM FOR
LOS ALEGRES PROGRAM MON
Students who were looking
merely for a picture show got the
shock of their lives or nt least
of tho evening Monday night at
tho Spanish Club program.
Skeet" Holt was first to as
tound the natives AHS visitors
and McMurry Spanish students ns
sho rolled her eyes and warbled
La Paloma" to Duano Moscrs
Miss Holt and Mr. Moscr wcro
both in Spanish garb ns was
Prof J. W. Treat who m.c.d tho
program. Also in costumes of
Spain were Mrs. Treat Marguer
Speech Institute At ACC January 20
For West Texas
High school speech students will
bo guests of Abilene Christian col-
lege at a free speech institute
Sponsored jointly by ACC and tho
Intcrscholastic League division of
tho University of Texas Saturday
January 20 This Is the Bccond
straight year that ACC has helped
to sponsor this clinic.
On the program are speeches
by Roy Bedichck director of the
Texas Interscholastic League; F.
L Wlnship dramatics director of
Intcrscholastic League; Fred Bar
Sports Editor Joins
Abilene Times Staff
Benjamin John Wayne Bailey
Tho Optimist sports editor has ac-
cepted a position as reporter on
the Abilene Times His employ
Selmn Chapmond i
Mexico must bo older than my
grandfather even somo of tho
mountains havo white toupets. And
I do believe they Havo dandruff
anyway something caused a fog in
tho mountains might havo been
Whew! And tho wall was satin.
So what! Chairs wero toak wood.
That's nothing. Mirrors wcro bor
dered with gold. But why notT
It was '"ailottn and Maxmilllan's
house tho Chnpultapcc palaco.
Tho front yard was a wholo park.
But when wo Baw tho chandeliers
wo just opened our mouths and
(If you wonder who "wo" is
it's Mrs. Scruggs Mr J. Willie
Treat Loulo Welch Arvln White
Nova Holt V. W. Kelly Mary Suo
Havins Betty Gray Nix and mo)
Kelly tho cameraman did all
right as long ns ho took pictures
of still objects. Jn Victoria hovr
PATRONIZE OPTIMIST ADVERTISERS
"A Glad Heart Maketh
ABILENE CHRISTIAN COLLEGE ABILENE TEXAS Friday January 12 1940
scries of get-acquainted games
climaxed bj tho "Excelsior" brain-
storm. R C Bell college Bible instruct-
or won a peanut hunt patterned
after the nnnunl Easter egg af-
fairs "The ACC girls' sextet sang nc.
compnnied by Gaston Cogdell"
said Lawrence Smith of their part
in the program. "I say 'accompan-
ied by Gaston Cogdell' because his
girl's in it and where she goes
Colin Smith spoke commending
the gct-acquainted type of pro-
gram He pointed out that better
acquaintance is the easiest path
to a clearer understanding of oth-
Pecan Krunches were served to
the assemblage which disbanded
after a final period of community
ite Anderson and Wnlter Dnugh-
crity who with professor Treat
composed a quartet which sang
"Ciellto Lindo" "Rancho Grande"
and Walter Daughcrlty's Spanish
version of "South of tho Border".
A group of Spanish students
who went on the clnss tour of
Mexico during the Christmas holi-
days staged a Mexican bargaining
scene starring Louie Welch as the
Jewcd-down Mexican salesman
The sound films illustrating
n trip into Mexico and back wcro
distributed by the Pan-Amcricnn
High School Students
ton ACC speech instructor; Comer
Cln debate coach Abilene high
school; Thomas A Rousse debate
conch at the University of Texas;
and Don H. Morris former head of
ACC's Speech department.
Tho Wildcat band will play
for the visitors in chapel. There
will be a demonstration debate
staged by AHS debaters at 11 30
with criticisms by Thomas A
Rousse A more detailed program
will appear in next week's Optl
ment will not interfere with his
class work or with his other com-
Bailey who took up his duties
the first of this week studied jour.
nnllsm under Paul Southern here
HEPBURN COWS DANDRUFFY MOUNTAINS
PYRAMIDS STUCCO JAILS
ever ho caught a barber and tho
barber razor In hand almost
caught Kelly. At lunch tho pro
prietor of tho restaurant asked if
any of our group wcro snap
shots then ho insisted that a man
in n white shirt was wanted by
tho police on the telephone. Tho
man In tho white shirt was Kelly.
It was a hair raising incident
even if Mr. Scruggs and Mr. Treat
Even if he had been jailed he
might havo been incarcerated in a
cuto little bluo and pink stucco
ono like we saw All it needed was
rosettes ruffles and rockers and
For every American filling sta
tlon there is a Mexican cathedral.
Most of them oro filthy with
Yes wo were in Mexico all right
but not tho Mexico wo knew.
Streets weren't crowded at all with
moon-eyed screnadcrs singing for
a Cheerful Countenance." Proverbs 15 :13.
Abilene Christian College
The above Inscription is on-
grnved on tho shiny new foot-
ball ttophy which will be pie-
scntcd to tho school In chnpcl
A rectangular gunmetal base
supporting two griddcrs who
flank a sixteen inch gold-finish
pedestal topped by n fho inch
portrayal of the Winged Vic
tory that's tho inadequate phy.
slcal description of this latest
addiion to our trophy case.
It enn all bo summed up in
the heart-thumps that surround
the statement "It sure is pur-
ty!" Debate Teams To
Baylor Meet Sat.
Three teams from ACC will en
ter the debate tournament at Bay
lor University tomorrow. Entrnnts
in men's debate will be Nick Craig
and Eugene Smith and Mnck Kcr-
chcvillc and Jnck Lewis. Burnya
Mac McII'am and Olive Jane Wil-
fon will team up against other
Members of the ACC delegation
will nlso enter the other contests
in poetry reading radio speaking
oratory and extempore speech.
Three years ago an Abilene
Christian team took top honors in
the Baylor meet which is the
roughest in tho southwest. Tho
present teams nre coached by Fred
Seventeen rooms in the bojs'
hall have received "A" ratings
since the Christmas holidays ac
cording to Mrs McFailand nib
Those nre 103 Frank Dunn and
Howard White; 100 James Fowler
and J D Cone; 108. the Dabney
brothers; 109 Bruce Prior and
Lojd Blxlcr; 110 Lloyd Connel
and Joo Templeton; 105 Orbm
Melton; 113 Ernest Brossard and
Kessler Ming; 127 Nick Craig and
J. II. Gnbbcrt.
James Johnson and Joe Hamp
ton in 213; 210 Gnrvin Toms and
Edgar Tipton; 210 Goodrich Hcjl
nnd L. L Anthony; 218 Harry
Cotham and Jack Lewis; 223 Wil
bcr Hebbard and Robert Shaffer;
220 Joo Clapp and Clifton Rog.
crs; 304 Leslie King and James
M Smith; 300 J. C Mann and
Charles Williams; 309 Charles
Whitcfield and John Sheffield.
hours nnd hours to a lady love got was at six o'clock in tho morn-
who sat on the balcony above lng. Suddenly out of nn almost
but there were balconies. deserted street corner camo tho
In fact all the serenading wo I squeaky salute of adolescent bugles
Past Present Future
H-SU ACC McM
SEE FILMS HERE
Pre Med clubs of Abilene Chris
tian College McMurry College
and Hnrdln-Simmons University
met nt the science room of Abilene
Christian College Monday night for
the joint monthly meeting of tho
After a brief business meeting
tho clubs were entertained with
the showing of two talking pic-
tures a late issue of "March of
Time" dealing with men of medi-
cine and n film showing the det-
rimental effects of alcohol.
Refreshments of coffee and
sandwiches wcro served to approx-
imately 35 members. Tho next meet
lng will be held at Hnrdln-Simmons
on February 1.
Magazine Off Press
By End Of January
The Pickwicker semester liter
ary magazine publication of the
Pickwickian club will bo off the
press around January 22 accord-
ing to an announcement made at
the club's regular meeting Mon
day by President J. P. Sanders.
Plans were made for n musical
program for next Monday's meet-
ing nt which members will hear
one of the symphonic recordings
recently purchased by the Coterie
club from the Abilene Reporter-
News. Members present at Monday's
gathering were Lea Short Bon
Bailey Lula Mac Starnes Patsy
Cooke Roberta Bcaman J P. San-
ders Betty Rose Henthorn J D
Reynolds Toy Fanning Bob Find-
lay BUty Gray Nix Leon Hen-
thorn and sponsors Mrs Retta
Scott Garrett nnd Jewell Watson
Hears Yale Prof
In Fort Wortl
Mrs Thomas Maynct Balcy
English instructor in ACC attend
ed a course of lectures on poetry
delivered by William Lvon Phelps
of Yale in Fort Worth Sunday
Mrs Baley took an extended
tour of tho Gulf coast during tho
Christmas holidays traveling from
Abilene to New Orlenns where she
attended a French teachers' con
vention She went to Pcnsacola
Fla from Now Orleans via Gulf-
port and Biloxi Miss and Mo-
PERVADE OLD MEXICO
Given By Play Production Class
"Mmlkin nnd (Manikin!') "Tho
Florist Shop" nnd "Curse You
Jack Dalton" three one-act plays
were presented Inst night by stu-
dent casts working under student
directors These plnjs were com-
plements to tho four staged just
before tho Christmas holidays
Awards wcro voted to tho best
actor the best actress and the
S3JJ0S OJJ1UO OIH JOJ JOJDOJip jsoqs
of plays but the results of this
selection were not known when
Tho Optimist went to press.
"Minikin and Manikin" Jack
Lewis' offering can only be de
scribed ns a pretty play It Is out-
standing for the picturesque imag-
ery with which tho author treats
the philosophy of inanimate things
and Kleta Hello Holt and J. D.
Cone did good jobs in carrying out
tho mccnanical characters they
were supposed to be.
Best philosophy of tho fantasle
was that pcoplo who move quickly
can never be as steadfast as quiet
A Time To Laugh
Next presented was a comedy'
Tho Florist Shop" directed by
Cleverly written this little ven-
turo into the realm of ha ha cen-
ters around the actions of one
Maude (Ocoee McCasIand) a shop
girl who metkmorphoses all over
tho shop to make her character
similar to the people she denls
with Perhaps a littlo too soft-
voiced for a part of this kind
Miss McCasIand played her role
well and came out with unusually
good emphasis in the last lines of
Slnvsky plnjcd by Dow Wilson
wasn't written in the script ns
Jewish as he could hae been Con
sequently ilson's interpretation
while seemingly conscientious left
the audience somcwhnt unsatlatcd.
Moving about with more vim than
nn old Jewish merchant the main
thing we remember about Wilson
in his role is that ho said to
Maude "You're fired"'
Robert Favor Ins Henry was
II 111. kw uiaiUkVtv .
pant in his role of tough and flip-1
Naomi Davis plavcd the part of i
Miss Wells a faded colorless ro-nnncc-hungry
dame engaged to
ono man for fifteen yenrs in nn
easy going manner nnd had the
privilege of saying perhaps the
best line in the whole play.
Mr. Jackson played by George
Aamon was smug and a wee bit
on the parsimonious side. Aamon
presented n fairly sincere inter-
pretation. Ah Melodrama!
The melodrama which closed tho
program "Curse You Jack Dal-
ton" was nothing if not melodra-
nccompanied by drums They real-
ly didn't havo to make so much
fuss wo would have gotten full
benefit nnywny when we hung so
far out over the window ledgo try-
ing to figure out why.
Mexico tho land of contradict
ions (sounds like a Travel Talk
in the movies don't it?) with her
Kathcrino Hepburn cows with
bones practically punctuating their
canopies with all her gaunt cac
ti her dirty straw brimmed hats
then tho ones with Dutch boy
haircuts and bangs with half tho
peoplo living in tho past and tho
other half in tho future with her
slow green rivers her hitchhikers
with red flags her magnificent
curtain of Mosaic at the National
Theatre in Mexico City and her
squawking wild parrots her glor
ious post written in museums
palaces cathedrals murals and
history books and her future
written in tho minds of Idealists
Robert Favor ns Henry was n ft.-.. .. . . ...
mi . .ii .f.i nnfi flln.tho.rouehly on the level with every.
matic And It was not nothing.
Jack Dalton was the sissificdcst
looking hero wo ever saw and
that is no slam on Leonard Woods'
usual manly appearance And Ruth
Mcrwin as heroine Bertha Blair!
Well In fact tho wholo cast
(just to get their names In they-
're: Anna Alvocada Laura Jano
Tidwell; Mrs. Donna Dalton
Edlthlyn Thompson; Egbert Van
Horn James Black; Richard Blafr
Duano Moscr; and EIolso Dalton
Arlene Logsdon) was on0 of tho
pcrfectcst melodramatic conglom-
eration of personalities we ever
But the play lacked polish and
dragged in spots in splto of tho
audience's hefty laughter and wo
couldn't help wondering just a lit-
tle if director Moser wouldn't bo
left up a creek without tho prompt-
er behind the curtains. Just ono of
the drawback of having too m&ny
genii in tho same aggregation.
All in all the evening's bill was
pleasing nnd a much better pen-
nies' worth than get at tho
Gem for tho mmc fee.
"Undo Bob" Pratt grandfather
of several ACC students including
the former Juanice Blakely and
Katheryn Pratt was buried Sat-
urday morning Jnnunry 0.
Funeral services were held at
Highland church where Pratt had
held membership Homer Hailcy
and Don II. Morris officiated.
This week's applause goes to
that pert little junior with tho
unfailing good nature and brilliant
smile Billle Louise Yatcr. P. S.
tho Louise is a secret.
Billie's outstanding characteris-
tic is her amiability. Sho never
shows evidence of vexation nnd is
hAflV. A Ulncnntn n .1 -
friends. While she cannot bo domi-
nated and stands her own ground
in every circumstance neither is
Boy friend Second Fiddle to Pooh
Her best friend is an immenso
white teddy bear called Pooh It
has been unofficially rumored that
young man who trgins his sig
nature with the second letter of tho
alphabet plays second flddlo to this
fascinating missile of passivity.
Next to Pooh Billio likes cats.
All kinds of cats especially stuffed
ones She has had Esmeralda a
brown feline foi four years and Is
passionately fond of her.
The smart simplicity of her
clothes label her as ono of tho
best dressed girls on tho campus.
She is so tiny she looks chic and
yes cute in anything sho dons.
Efficiency and haid study havo
shown their reward In good grades.
Sho will accept none but tho high
er grades as her membership in
Alpha Chi indicates English is her
Sort of a grown-up girl scout
she lights tho fire turns on the
lights and acts as a human alarm
clock for the girls next door every
morning Generosity is ono of her
Let somcono on her end of tho
hall dial to a good program fea-
turing an operatic singer nnd they
can expect a hasty call from Bil-
lle. Sho likes itl
Sho's not much at popping off
but pcoplo around ACC know Bil-
lle Yatcr Is around and that sho
is a genuine Wi'J'at
Nothing would bo done at nil
if a man waited till ho could do it
so well that no ono could find
fault with It John Henry New-
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