The Optimist (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 27, No. 22, Ed. 1, Friday, March 15, 1940 Page: 1 of 4
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Laugh ond the World Laughs With You Weep and You're A Cry-Baby.
ABILENE CHRISTIAN COLLEGE ABILENE TEXAS Friday March 15 1940
I AROUND THIS
"It pains mo deeply to have to
make this announcement
Thcro will bo no need for any of
you to attend classes from Thurs
day afternoon till the following
Tuesday morning" President Cox
will probably announce about next
"Wednesday. Spring holidays run
from March 22-25 inclusive ac
cording to the catalog. Whoopee.
Gaston Cogdcll was saved somo
embarrassment because ho couldn't
get what ho wanted last weekend
nt the Trinity speech tournament
Ho spent about fivo minutes try
ing to get in room 301 in the hotel
where ACC's speakers put up. Ho
Bhould have been trying to get into
404 where he and Fred Barton
were to spend the night. AHccn
Ott had the room below.
Cora Fayo Yater's break on tho
Bcnlor chapel program will bear
repeating. "Ever since I was four
teen years old I've wanted to ma
jor in home ec. It's one major I
could enter where I could branch
out into another subject." So said
C. F. with or without thinking.
Wo mit-velled TWO on their
homo court last Friday night with
only about twenty of us to do tho
yelling but wo had tho help of
a cymbal and Jackio Gilbert Mary
Frances Armor Claude i.ovoy
Dartha Faulkner and a few other
exes. We wcro proua oi us.
rtw Prior delnved the start
for Cowtown a whole hour Friday
morning. The bus was to leave
lth the team at 8. Instead it left1
nt nine. An hour stop-over for
BUlio Yater! And then Bruce Prior
forgot to take his duds along and
had to spend his time in Ft. Worth
without a change. My goodness.
If that's what two pictures and a
year's courting will do to a fellow!
ACC's Alpha Psi chapter has
given UP the idea of entering a
one-act in the McMurry convention
of all Alpha Psi Omega chapters
this week-end. Two of tho char-
acters in the play they had pre
pared lost their voices and n third
took hers to Louisiana. Now the
local chapter plans to give visitors
a morning coffee at ACC Satur-
day. DAILY DOZEN
Colin Smith has spoken publicly
on an average of once a day over
since he came to ACC. Recently
he spoke five times In a single
bctwccn-gct-up nnd go-to bed
ROW IS TO THE END
Ruth Mcrwin is a poor substi-
tute for a plow horse. Or oven a
plow pusher. Tho mighty mito took
over Doc Burgess' job for a mom-
ent Tuesday but decided to give
up her back-to-tho farm movement
after her furrow nssumed a cheap
imitation of a permanent wave.
'Masculinity on Ihe Natchitoches
speech tour will wear boots and
neckerchiefs as a result of quer-
ies voiced to last year's speech
trippers by tho Louisiana residents.
Tho Bayou Staters have tho idea
that everything west of Ft. Worth
is ranch so this year Fred Barton
and crew will show 'cm.
At last we'ro famous. In the
State Columbia. S. C Sunday pa-
per for February 18 was a full
Teprlnt of tho featuro story from
Tho Optimist telling about Bug
Bcndy's fall from nnd climb back
into his airplane. In a pro-story
note Tho State said "it having
been written by Leon Hcnthorn
ITciumably a student."
HERE ON MARCH 26
Senior Class Sponsors Appearance
Of Oklahoma Burro
Lairitcs will hac n chance to
see "Donkey Basketball" played
In Bennett gymnasium on the night
of March 20. On thnt date tho
senior class is sponsoring the np-
pearanco of n group of Oklahoma
burros in tennis shoes bucking
under the weight of two competing
teams as yet undecided.
Competition will be provided by
cither n senior-faculty battle a
struggle between McMurry and
ACC. or a fat-thin war.
r.heslev McDonald who went
down into Denton country Wed'
ncsday night to see a game of
"Donkey Basketball." says that the
game Is exceedingly fast and fun
ny. "If it lags tho donkeys' own
crs speed up tho game by shooting
stlmrlne wads nt the animals'
flanks'" says McDonald.
Publish First Of
Class Edition Sheets
Editors and Business Managers
Will Be Selected Next
Sophomores will publish the
first of the class editions of The
Optimist April 5.. Other editions
will bo: juniors April 12; fresh
men. April 19; and seniors April
20. These dates were determined
by lots drawn by representatives
of each class on The Optimist
The nowspapcr contest is an nn-
nUfll affair. Winning class is a
warded a plaque engraved with tho
name of the class nnd the editor
of the winning edition.
Editors nnd business managers
of each edition will be chosen in
class elections next Wednesday.
The editor and business manager
of The Optimist nnd the Prickly
Pear arc ineligible.
Because of the Easter holidays
there will be no Optimist next
Will Begin Work On Spring Op-
peretta "The Mikado"
The Abilene Chiistian College
A Cappclla Chorus will begin its
annual tour on Sunday. March 31.
Twenty-two members have been se-
lected to make the trip. They will
bo accompanied by director Leon
ard Burford and Mona Scih.
Beginning at Greenville the
itinernry will cover the eastern por
tion of Texas. The chorus will
not go out of the state this year.
Those making the trip are:
Soprano: Klcta Belle Holt J a
nolle Cathey Beverly Allen Ann!
Ice Summers. Lucille Roberson
Allco Alene Morion and Betty
Alto: Edlthlyn Thompson Jeanne
Lawyer. Jayne Kcrcheville Evelyn
Tenor: Louie Welch. Nelson
Slater Norman Whltofield J. H.
Gabbcrt Bois Stanford.
Bass: Way land James James
Black Henry Lynch. J. D. Cone.
Jim Young Slaydcn Hiler.
Programs given by the chorus
will include several to public school
groups as well as to church or-
ganizations. On its return to Abilene tho
chorus will begin Intensive work
on "Tho Mikado" tho Gilbert and
Sullivan operetta which it will pre
sent this spring.
CATS GO INDIAN.
HARES BITE DUST
Fourteen inexperienced archers
Wednesday banded together to hold
Texas' first Collegiate Bow and
Arrow rabbit hunt. The results
five dead rabbits nnd n dozen lost
The archers nil students of Ab-
ilene Christlnn College arc taking
a course in tho sport under W.
M. Dowcll. head of the physical
education department; they have
been shooting less than thrco
For their first encounter with
live targets several of the hunt
crs were using home made equip
ment. The hunt was held in the vi
cinlty of Fort Thnntom Hill res
ervoir near Abilene.
Dowcll and his students wcro
elated at the results nnd nre mak-
ing plans for regular hunts.
First Blood To Taylor
First archer to score was David
Taylor freshman from Abilene
who brought down a jackrabbit
on tho run from about twenty feet.
Most successful of the group was
James Burnett senior who killed
a cottontail and a few minutes
later drove nn arrow through
Rabbit Tries To Cheat
Buster Dixon freshman football
player from Ennis. qualified for
tho college track team when he
took off after a rabbit that was
carrying nway one of his arrows
Dixon placccl the arrow In the
middle of the rabbit's body but
the animal kept going. Dixon fol
lowed the animal for about a quar
ter mile gave up the chase in dls-
gust. Said the freshman "It ain't
right. I shoot the thing and it
runs off with my arrow. If it
ain't going to die. it ought to leave
my arrow behind."
SOUTHERN SPEAKS TO
ON METALITY MORALS
Paul Southern instructor in
ACC spoke last night at the
monthly meeting of the Lawn Pa-lenl-Teacher
Association. His topic
was "Mental Fitness and Moral
Music for the program was un
COACH MORRIS HAS OUTSTANDING
FIFTEEN YEAR RECORD ON CAMPUS
Nenrly forty years ago in Wheat
land a little town out of Dallas
was born Azbcrry Brltton Morris.
For the last fifteen years that
man whose name has been worn
down to simply "Bugs" has been
The coach at ACC.
And so it is in recognition of
Morris' faithful service to tho
school and to his own genial per-
sonality that we dedicate this edi-
tion of The Optimist in apprecia
tion of his life nnd labors in ACC
Started Football Early
Our records of his life from the
time ho was born until he entered
high school don't exist. But in
high school he lettered threo years
In football and was considered one
of the fastest men on cleats in
that section of tho state even
though his team was n very dis
rupted one nnd made very little
Morris entered A&M in the fall
of 1910 as tho understudy of Mc
Millan a quarterback who holds
permanent fame in the annals of
football history. A. B. lettered
that year even though he snw lit-
tle service. The following year saw
him filling tho big job of quarter-
back on a big team. In fact ho
lettered all four years of his col-
His senior pear was his big one.
Under the coaching of Dana X.
Bible now conch of Texas Univer
sity ho learned tho game of foot
ball as few ever learn it Bible
who has been recognized ns one of
tho nation's greatest coaches said
that Morris was the smartest quar-
terback that ho ever coached.
Uaye 200 Crowd for Rose Warner's
"Lacndcr and Old Lace"
This yeni's additions to the
Mclponienean Players Club had a
chance to see what they could do
dramatically in "Lncndar and Old
Lace" whin was presented for nn
audience of almost 200 Tuesday
night in Sow ell Auditorium.
With tho exception of V. W
Kcll.y. who acted as business
manager and Mrs. Eugene Smith
who carried the lead role of Miss
Mary Ainslce in the production!
tho entire staff and cast wore com
posed of freshmen and transfer
Tho piny a three-act comedy
drama was written by Rose War
ncr and directed by Mrs. A. B.
Morris with Mayme Gladys Pat-
Cast members were: Mary Ains-
lee Mrs. Eugene Smith; Jane
Hathaway Delno Wheeler; Ruth
Thome Lois McBride; Bcrnico
Carlton Martha June Scllen; Carl
Winficld Delbert Smallcy; Soph-
roney Trotter Edlthlyn Thomp-
son; Dr. Howard Patterson Henry
Lynch; Hepsy Elizabeth Strat-
ton; Joe Pendleton C. W. Den-
nis; James Ball Jim Young.
In charge of publicity were:
Lesta Womack Lcona Dngley
Bernadean Bennett an G. T- Mcr-
Leonard Wood acted as stage
mnnngcr with Billy Wood Del
bert Smalley and Paul Sherrod
working under him. On tho prop-
erty crew were Betty Hchihorn.
Billy Wood J. D. Cone and Mary
A jcvicw of tho play is contain
cd elsewhere in this issue of The
dcr the direction of C. M. Watson
ACC student and band director at
Lawn. Bradshaw and Wyllc.
W. L. Cooper cx-ACC football
lcttennan Trojnn tand A Club
member is now doing his interne
work in Parkland Hospital in Dal
Baseball Also His Dish
During his college days Bugs
also played an enviable brand of
baseball. Ho mado all-conference
two years at short stop and led
tho Southwest Conference in hit-
ting nnd stolen bases. Tho Detroit
Tigers bought him and farmed him
out with a semi-professional team
In tho Western Association nt Ard-
more Oklahoma. A knee injury
from football kept him from going
into the major leagues and ho
soon returned to football his first
t TT whiWkifn ill iii1
-.- vjMCf rjanWEMBI
BURGESS ON LAIR
With the whole west side of the
campus beginning to look like a
contour map of the moon nnd the
insatiable Mr. Burgess still plow-
ing it seems time to ask a few
pertinent questions. Ale they:
Laboring under the delusion that
thcio Iii not enough dust blowing
Angling for AAA funds by
plowing under every third grass
Being bribed by the Listerine
Company to plant a bumper crop
Providing a row for each and
every one to hoc to the end?
Digging trenches in case Mc
Murry besieges us
Making an addition to the cur-
riculum ''Observation and Prac-
Intending to plant castor beans
so that wo can strike oil on our
campus and outdo tho U of T?
Going to cultivate a new nnd
verdant crop of freshmen for next
Conducting a FFA (Future Fail
ures of America) project on "The
Sowing of the Wild Oat"?
NO and NO again nothing so
unique. The ground is simply be
ing stirred well to give the grass
another chance. It seems that
even a grnssblado likes variety.
Abilene Medic Talks
To Science Club Tue.
Dr. S. W. Bailey prominent Ab-
ilono nhvslcian. snokc to the
Science Club Tuesday night or
the uses and possibilities of sul-
fanilamide nnd its derivative sul-
Germans first produced this
drug before the first World War
from aniline dye. Their secret
has been the special study of Dr.
Bailey who administers sulfapyin-
dino in pneumonia cases.
E. L. Hang president of the
ACC Science Club was in charge
of Tuesday's program.
His first job ns coach was with
the Greenville high team.
In tho fall of 1024 he came to
ACC as head coach and has been
here ever since.
Despite the fact that this sea
son Morris won his first Texns
Conference football crown probab-
ly 1927 was his best year. It was
then his crew of battling bruisers
fought their way through nine vie
torics. losing only to a strong
team from WTSTC nt Canyon.
Is Non-Playing Cage Coach
Although Morris has never play
ed basketball he is considered one
of tho best cage coaches in Texas.
His teams have seldom finished
below fourth place. In 1938 ho
won for tho first time the Texas
Conference cage crown.
Tho heartbreaking loss of tho
title this year to Texas Wesleyan
is no reflection on Morris. In fact
considering the showing that TWC
Is making in the national collegiate
cage tourney in Kansas City his
team this year is really a credit
Two years ago ACC's new sta
dium was dedicated to Morris
But tho valuo of Coach Morris
is not told in tho amount of wins
and losses. Ho has gained a placo
in tho hearts of all his players
his associates and all who know
him. His coaching friends consider
him ono of the finest nnd regard
his knowledgo of football as tho
best and most complete of any man
in tho state.
Hats off to A. B. Morris a swell
coach a grand guy but above all
things A CHRISTIAN GENTLE
Nine Speakers Leave
For La. Tournament
Twent)-Slx Colleges Attended Meet
Last Year; ACC Is Entering
ACC speakers journeyed Into
the neighboring state of Louisiana
for this year's Louisiann
State Normal Forensic held nt
Natchitoches this week end. Tho
Laiiites left the campus early
Thursday morning with a squad
tf nine speakers.
This is the second year foi the
Wildcats to enter the tournament.
Last j car ACC speakers won three
places in tho meet which was at-
tended by twenty-six colleges nnd
universities. This year's forensic
promises to be an even larger af-
fair than last year.
This will bo tho last tournament
rt the year for the locals; how-
ever two matched debates aro to
be held on the campus within tho
next few weeks.
Those making the trip and their
divisions are as follows: Henry
Lynch oratory; Gaston Cogdcll.
oratory impromptu speaking and
indio speech; Eugene Smith im
promptu; Nick Craig radio speech:
Allecn Ott radio speech and poetry
reading; Jack Lewis impromptu
Thrco men's debate teams will
bo entered composed of Smith nnd
Craig Lewis nnd Mack Kcrcheville
nrl Jimmy Woods and Rex Kykcr.
Mr. Eugcno Smith Is also mak
ing the trip. Fred Barton forensic
conch iccompanled the group.
Band Begins Four
Day Spring Tour
Monday With Fifty
Schedules Sixteen Concerts
Four I)as on Road; Will
Play Contest Numbers
The Wildcat Band will begin its
spring tour Monday March 18.
D. W. Crain director announces
that the group will not go out of
Texas. Following its previous
policy tho band will present on its
program In each town numbers
on the high school band contest
Big Spring. Lubbock. Ploinvlew.
Pnducuh Childress and Vcmon
nro on the circuit planned for
fifty members of this year's 83-
piece band. Tho trip will be mado
in two busses and will Include
sixteen concerts four daily. Tho
tour will close on Thursday night
Mr. Crain was out of town the
first of this week completing the
schedule for the trip.
For tho regular ACC broadcast
over the Texas State Network last
Monday tho band played threo
marches. "Goliad" "Amparito
Roco." and "Pngeant of Columbia."
and the overture "Hero."
Variety In Lost-
Found: Somewhcro on tho ACC
campus everything from silk hand-
kerchiefs to Bibles.
The lost nnd found department
under direction of the students' as-
sociation announces that attend-
ants will bo on hand from 8 a. m
until 5 p. m. daily except Sunday
in room between tho dean's and
the registrar's offices All lost ar
ticles may bo claimed upon proper
Articles now in tho office ore
fountain pens pencils note books.
gloves belts silk handkerchiefs
keys books purses tie clasps
vanities and Bibles.
Tho department requests that all
articles found on tho campus bo
turned in at tho new office.
On TAKES FIRST
I POEM READING
AT TRINITY MEET
Cogdcll Craig and Smith Tako
Two Thirds and One Fourth
But Debaters Fold Up
Allccn Ott senior speech major
from Conway. Arkansas placed
first in the women's division of
poetry rending nt annual Trinity-
University Forensic Tourna
ment last week end. Miss Ott won
first over rcpresomtntives from
ten other colleges ond universities
of the Southwest.
In the men's oratory division
Gnston Cogdcll placed third with
an oration on tho subject of
Eugcno Smith forensic manager
of tho Wildcats tied for fourth
place in men's extempore speech
with the subject of a "Third Term
Nick Crnlg in tho rndio-spocch
contest tied for third with Rufus
Whitley of TCU nnd special elimi
nations wcro held to determine
the entry for the finals to bo
broadcast over WFAA with Whit-
ley getting the nod.
Debaters Out In Prelims
ACC's debate teams wcro elimi-
nated in the preliminaries with
tho three first teams composed of
Nick Craig ami Eugene Smith
Mack Kcrcheville nnd Jack Lewis
and Rex Kyker and Jimmy Woods
each winning two debates and los-
ing two. The team composed of
David Pursch and Robert Favcr
lost three and drew one bye.
Fred Barton forensic coach ac-
companied the speakers.
Morris Makes Chapel
To Temple Winners
Shanks Johnston Get Women's
Doubles Crown At
Badminton awards were mado in
chapel Tuesday morning to Doris
Johnston and Pauline Shanks who
won three places at tho state bad-
minton tourney in Temple last
week end. Awards were presented
by Don Morris.
Shanks nnd Johnston received
cups for winning first place in
women's doubles. Johnston receiv
ed a medal for second placo in
mixed doubles. Her partner in tho
hashed doubles play was Aco
Jones Abilene champion and stato
titlist last year.
"In three years of statc-wldo
competition. Abilene players havo
had nine of fourteen champion-
ships" said Morris in his presen-
tation speech. W. M. Dowcll. ACC
physical education professor is tho
"father of badminton In West
Former ACC Prexy
In Sweetwater For
Meeting March 31
Batscll Baxter former president
of Abilcno Christian college will
begin a gospel meeting March 31.
at tho Church of Christ in Sweet-
water. Baxter did special work in tho.
field of religion in tho post year
while attending Vanderbilt Univ-
ersity. Nashville. During this time
ho was on leave of absence from
Georgo Pepperdine college. Los
Having resigned tho presidency
of GPC last summer ho will re-
sumo his work thcro as a teacher
in the Bible department following
the eight-day Swcotwater meeting.
Charles Meeker of tho class of
'30. is now director of athletics
at the state orphans' hmo in
Waco. Ho has been teaching at
West until this year. During his
work In ACC ho lettered in ten-
nis and was a member of tho
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