Of The Houston Junior College
Houston, Texas Established 1928
Published semi-monthly during the
college year. Subscriptions, $1 per
year. Single copies, 10 centi.
vlanaging Editor A. Marks
Assistant Editor L. P. Marshall
News Editor Betty Covington
Faculty Advisor Fred R. Birney
Sports Editor V. F. Harrison
Feature Editor James Julian
Literary Editor Gordon Jones
Humor Editor Ruth Depperman
Exchange Editor .__ Wenonah Phelps
Gladys Howard, James Page, N. C.
Jensen, Herman Lewis, Wilma Lindsay, Walter Garrett, Grace Schoelman,
Anna Sloane, lone Brown, L. Ray Pell,
Mrs. Nannette Robinson, Frances Ne-
imith, E. O. Boulet, Cy Shaw, Flossie
ffhite and Gladys Jacobs.
Everybody said, "No Minnie, no party,"
and went home.
But the tragedy was not in vain.
Minnie lives once again. Any member
of the Pi Beta will fight at the sound
of Minnie's name being used disparagingly. Her name is forever on the
tip of the tongues of the Playboys who
will always love and fight for the honor of her name.
And that, dear readers, is why you
may receive the answer of "Minnie" to
any question asked by yourself. And
as you read these lines, may a tear
emit from your eye and you say,
"Minnie first, Minnie last, and Minnie
"Young people have not been corrupted by prohibition because young
people are not corrupt."
By making this sentence the keynote of his address, Dr. Daniel Poling
proved beyond a doubt that the young
people of today have at least one public champion.
"Always the few make the noise that
misrepresents the many" continued
Dr. Poling. "It is true that the young
people of today are faster than they
were a generation ago—a.s a result
of the machine age. Even the barnyard
fowl lives faster than his ancestors
did; if he didn't he'd never get across
Even (hough Dr. Poiing's address was
primarily in defense of tne "dry" movement, there was throughout it a strong
undercurrent showing his interest in,
his love for, and his faith in the so-
called erring generation. His sincere
admiration for the youth of America
even caused him to lack a certain
amount of unity in his address.
In his intense enthusiasm he could
not let the opportunity slip by of
showing one reason why he has no
fears for modern youth. "In the 1400
letters that I received each week from
♦he Youth of America, the chief ques-
ion that is asked is 'What must I do
o improve myself, to succeed?' When
he youth of a nation asks that ques-
ion consistently, the future of that
,iation is secure."
So many breathless observers of the
present younger generation have said
so much, written so much, and thought
so much concerning the present lack
of morals, the widening path to the
dogs, et cetera, et cetera, ad infinitum,
ad nauseaum, that there are few accusations left to be made.
But Dr. Poling made one of that few.
And, strange to say, it was not made
to youth, but to youth's critics. Concise, brief and straight to the point,
as well as straight from his heart, it
"Give the young people a good example instead of slander."
Houston Junior College is cooperative. It believes in co-operation
individually and collectively. That is,
the College itself is a sponsor of cooperative educational movements; and
it encourages co-operation of its pupils
with pupils of other colleges, and with
each other. This feature has been
stressed by Dean N. K. Dupree, and
other members of the faculty, and has
been indelibly impressed upon us—
anything to the contrary nothwith-
Collectively, this College is in hearty
sympathy with the advancement and
progress of all colleges, and it has for
its aim a high standard of regard for
educational research by all colleges,
and in any branch thereof, and be it
far from anyone connected with Houston Junior College to manifest anything save "kindliness to all and malice
Individually, then, we, who are pupils of Houston Junior College, regard
it a privilege to exhibit the same cooperative spirit this College stands
for, and we are ready to join hands
with our College Neighbors, the faculty, and each other, in carrying this,
the first necessary step toward
and recognition into effect.
Sam Tremont displayed much courage in the recent boxing bouta, but
last Friday he showed unequaled
bravery. It was in Mr. Miner's history class. The good natured prof
cracked one of his funny (?) stories
and little Sammy uped and raised a
1. Where is the oldest state university in the United States?
2. Why has Boston no great skyscrapers?
3. Does the earthworm possess a
4" How did the "Peeping Tom" tradition originate?
5. Are the front legs of a giraffe
longer than the hind ones?
6. Where can you go fishing with a
7. Why doesn't February have thirty
or thirty-one days like the rest of
8. What does the crocodile use as a
8. What product of coal is sweeter
10. Where is the Sewanee River of
the famous old song?
11. What animal flies?
12. Why does the United States import over 200,000 pounds of dandelion
roots each year?
13. Who originated the custom of
coloring and sending Easter eggs?
14. Where does cork come from?
15. In what free republic can no
white man vote?
16. What is the first line of the
famous poem, "Casabinaca?"
17. What animal walks on four legs
in the morning, two at noon, and three
in the evening?
18. What is the oldest of musical
• WINCHELUNG ABOUT
Do you rate around school? The
answer lies in the fact have you, or
have you not worn "Rip's" passion
hat. Overnight it has become a popular fad to wear the wo rid-renown
piece of head gear. Persons desiring
to be privileged with the wearing
should make application no later than
a week in advance prior to the time
desired. For a small fee students may
have their names written on the hat.
And believe me you, its a good way
to get publicity.
This L. Ray Pell belongs to the what-
a-man class. He takes six subjects and
has above s "B" average. Who said
a freshman doesn't have brains?
Run onto Lucille Cafcalas the other
day riding down the Main drag in a
Packard sedan; pea-green color. She
give me a cool once-over and then
flashed a knowing smile, that said,
"Oh, look what I found." ... To all
appearances the yo yo habit and roller
skating craze have captured the Hait-
chajaycee dopes . . . What the well
dressed student will wear or introducing "Harold Renfro, who along
with "Hamp" Robinson, is competing
for the honors that go to the sheikiest
looking chump. . . . John Hill wants
to learn how to rat, but aside from
Portia Garrot, he cannot find anyone
that will teach him and, since he is in
love with this "Throgmorton frail,
well!! . . . These Pi Betas certainly do
make the hops, parties, and etc. They
have joined with the T. A. T. outfit
and the result has been several hotcha
affairs - ■ . Our math prof, Mr. Keeler
or Alson to you, spends his spare time
talking to his good looking female
students, but the wise girls have already found that flirting does not help
their grades in his classes. . . . Leroy
Melcher brought a honey to Violet
Herbert's party and did she rate? . . .
And speaking of Violet; someone stole
the front wheel off her four-tone-
brown coupe. When the mechanic
asked her if she had any insurance
she said yes, but she meant life insurance. . . . Every day Art Burns
gets a love note from a baby-faced
brunette at San Jac. He's going steady
from what we hear. . . . Talk about
nerve. Bob Branham walked past the
girls dressing room the other day and
politely questioned if he could come
in and take a shower. . . . The answer
The recent boxing tourney held in
the school gym proved such a success
that more boxing shows are sure to
follow. Coach French expressed his
opinion that boxing has proved to be
a better drawing card than either
football or baseball among Junior
College sport circles. Here's hoping
they will have more as anything that
is a crowd-gatherer is rare and merits
1. University of Georgia, Athens,
Georgia—chartered in 1785.
2. A limit of 125 feet is placed upon
the height of buildings.
4. The original "Peeping Tom" was
a tailor who peeped through a hole in
a shutter to watch Lady Godiva make
her famous ride through the town, and
who was struck blind as a consequence.
5. No, the legs are all the same
length. The front legs appear to be
longer because of the sharp slant of the
body from the head downward to the
6. Certain small streams in Vancouver Island and in Northern British
Columbia are at times literally choked
with salmon, and the natives simply
toss them out upon the banks with
7. It did have until Julius Caesar
and Augustus each "stole" a day for
their respective namesakes, July and
8". A bird of the plover family picks
particles of food from the croeodil's
teeth when its mouth is open.
10. A small, unimportant and not especially beautiful stream in Florida.
11. The bat.
12. Because the root is used for
13. The Persians, it is thought—the
eggs being symbols of new life, coloring them red symbolizes the blood of,
14. From the rough bark of the cork
16. "The boy Stood on the Burning
17. Man (this is the famous "riddle of the Sphinx.")
18. The drum.
We farther note with interest that
Marion "Coconut" Adams still makes
his weekly trip to Saratoga to hunt.
Coconut takes his gun with him now
to avoid suspicion, but after making
the trips all winter he has his first
time to bring home any game. Poor
shooting, we would say.
The Cougar Scientists, through the
following article, give us some interesting facts in the scientific field. The
Cougar wishes to encourage contributions of this nature. Let's hear from
you again. Scientists! fEditov's Note.)
Assistant Editor Herman Lewis
Chemistry Amos Beeler
Physics and Biology ... P. L, Cooper, Jr.
ior Fred Page
English Correspondent .Louise Morgan
Sponsor _ S. L. Bishkin
No doubt, during the past week or
.wo you have been burdened with distracting sounds that closely resemble
'Minnie the Moocher." If you haven't
you're lucky—if you have you probably wondered why everyone picks on
Minnie. Here's how it started.
It seems that a certain clique of
students have banded themselves into
a club. The club members were gathered at a party and were fully enjoying themselves until the wailing
strains of "Minnie the Moocher"
pierced the air. The crowd went crazy
about Minnie. From that time on until
the party disbanded, the phonograph
worked double time to keep the tune
ever present. Finally the needle on
the machine cut the record in two
and the party became without life.
QUICK FREEZING SOLVES FOOD
Wouldn't it be great to be able to
>e some of the carbon dioxide (CO-2)
which is found so plentiful in the air
when so great an amount is wasted
annually? If one could utilize some of
this waste CO-2, he could save money,
but how could he do so? What could
he use it for?
Some wise person had these thoughts
in his mind and experimented. He
found that by letting carbon dioxide
escape quickly from a very compressed
supply, so compressed that the CO-2
was a liquid, it would solidify very,
very easily. When the CO-2 became
a solid, it was frozen, so to speak—
its temperature being some 56 degrees
Upon observing this fact, chemists
thought of commercializing CO-2 for
refrigeration. They have commercialized it, and now CO-2, known as
"Dry Ice," is used extensively in
shipping foods from one place to an-
Fish have to be kept at a very low
temperature in order to prevent them
from spoiling in transit. Dry Ice has
such a low freezing point that it is
a preferable refrigerant for preserving
fish. From experiment, it has been
found that foodstuffs containing much
water, when frozen slowly, tend to
spoil more quickly than if they were
frozen rapidly. The accountable reason
is that when freezing takes place slowly, the crystals of frozen matter are
very large and few in number. When
these crystals are large, they tend to
break the flesh apart, thus causing it
to deteriorate. To check this, some
agent with a very low freezing point
must be used. Foodstuffs are frozen by
CO-2 in forty minutes; whereas, by ice,
in twenty-four hours. Dry Ice passes
directly from the solid to the gaseous
condition, and surrounds the material
to be frozen with an insulating atmosphere of dry gas; thus the liquid
stage is omitted and another important problem has been solved.
TEARS A POWERFUL GERMICIDE
Tear drops may mean sorrow, but
chemically they are a blessing.
Tears are composed of a chemical
called "lysozyme," which is probably
the most powerful germ killer known.
Frederick Ridley, of the Royal Society of Medicine in London, experimenting with human tears, has found that
one teaspoonful of the pure chemical
contained in them has antiseptic powers equal to more than a hundred gallons of salty water against a certain
The same substance, he says, can be
found in the white corpuscles of the
blood which continually wage war on
destructive bacteria invading the body.
Eventually it may be possible to extract the powerful chemical in sufficient quantities from animal bodies to
place it in general use as a non-poisonous antiseptic.
WHAT DOES CHEMISTRY MEAN
"What does chemistry mean to me?"
said Mr. Narrowhead as he looked at
this page, printed with ink made by a
chemical process, on paper made by a
As he pushed back his cuff, bleached
by a chemical process, and laced his
shoes, tanned by a chemical process,
he glanced through a pane of glass,
made by a chemical process, and saw
a baker's cart full of bread, leavened
by a chemical process, and a draper's
wagon delivering a parcel of silk made
by a chemical process.
He pulled out his pencil, made by a
chemical process, and wrote a reminder
in his notebook bound by imitation morocco, made by a chemical process. He
rang a bell, the energy for which was
supplied by a chemical process, and
asked the office boy to get him some
Texas figs, the quality of which had
been improved by a chemical process.
Mr. Narrowhead then straightened his
tie which was dyed by a chemical
Finally, upon receiving the figs, he
bit one of them with disgust and
yelled "Chemistry doesn't mean a thing
If more of us really knew the significance of chemistry in our daily life,
how packed the chemstry classes
would be with eager students. This is
a chemical age, why not study some
DIAMONDS WILL SOON BE
It happens that one peculiar property of carbon prohibits the making of
large, clear, artificial diamonds more
perfect than most of the natural ones.
This property is that of being made volatile, or being changed directly from
a solid to a gaseous state; which means
simply that the melting point of carbon is higher than the boiling point.
Now, theoretically, if we could increase
the pressure on heated carbon, so as
to raise the boiling point so high that
it will be above the melting point, a
crystal clear liquid would be found,
which on cooling would crystallize out
as large, transparent, sparkling diamonds. However, while scientists have
not succeeded in doing this on a large
scale, they have been successful in
making small microscopic diamonds by
following this theory.
The French chemist, Moissan, did
this by the following process. He compressed pure charcoa (made from
charred sugar) into a soft iron
cylinder, and sealed the cylinder. The
cylinder was then packed into a carbon crucible with charcoal and heated
for a few minutes at the enormous
temperature of 4000 degrees Centigrade
by means of an electric arc. Then the
fiery mass was plunged into cold water
in order to cool it quickly. This action
required great courage on the part of
Moissan, because molten iron often
explodes violently under such conditions. The iron cylinder was so hot
that it remained red for several minutes while in the water. The outer
layer of iron solidified before the inner part and tus formed a hard cap on
the cylinder. Now, since iron expands on passing from a liquid to a
solid state, the inner portions attempted to expand on cooling, but due
to the hardened outer shell they could
not, and as a result, tremendous internal pressure was formed. This
pressure caused the carbon, which had
dissolved in the. molten iron, to crystallize out in the form of very small
diamonds. These were removed from
the iron by treatment with nitric iron
which dissolved the iron.
Scientists believe that the diamonds
of nature were made by a similar process, only on a much larger scale. Nevertheless, it is probable that diamonds
will be as common and worthless as
glass in the future when a process is
developed whereby they can be made
larger and cheaper.