On April 3
Published by the Journalism Students of the Houston Junior College
On April 3
"HOL'STON. TEXAS. FRIDAY. MARCH 20. 19151
H. J. C. REPORTER
Assistant Superintendent Gives
His Views Concerning
PROVE PRACTICAL MERIT
Describes Commercial Value of
This Training to
Values in education are difficult to
determine. If education were a material thing, visible, measurable, and definitely determinable, it would not be
difficult to calculate its worth. But
since the amount gained through the
various types of educational training
differs with each type of training offered and with the individual trained,
the question of value becomes very
complex and difficult to determine, according to G. T. Cunningham, assistant
superintendent of Houston schools.
Said Mr. Cunningham: "Measured on
a monetary basis in this commercial era
education is invaluable. Employers are
convinced of the fact that the person
who has attended college makes a better employe and will advance faster
and to a greater extent than will one
who has received less training along
educational lines. Oother things being
equal, when two applicants appear before an employer, the one having the
greater amount of formal educational
training is selected.
"At first glance it would seem that
the army would be the least interested,
of all organizations, in college training
for prospective aviators It is true that
until recently such requirements were
not high in this field, however, today
the applicant for an appointment to an
army primary training field for aviators must prove that he has successfully completed a minimum of two
years of college work, or that he has
had educational training of equivalent,
"Many persons today wish to measure all things by the dollar and cents
rule. While education does not adapt
itself to such a scale, it is nevertheless, a fact that in any line of industry, those men and women who have
the best equipment for their work are
the best paid. Outstanding individuals
have been highly successful with very
little so-called formal education. Yet
for one such person who succeeded
without academic training, hundreds
have been able to add to their yearly
salaries because of their advanced educational equipment, which enables
them to attain higher positions in all)
lines of business and industry.
History is filled with the men and
women who have achieved great
heights. Many of them lacked riches,
but most of them were trained intellectually. Culture and education go
hand in hand. For this reason, most
leaders of men who have gone down
in history have acquired, in one way
or another, a superior mental training.
"Today we place the names of such
men as Woodrow Wilson, Pasteur,
Richard E. Byrd, Calvin Coolidge, and
Oliver Wen del Holmes on the pinnacles
of the heights of fame. Comparatively
few individuals have achieved such
fame as these five. Yet they were not
'born to the purple.' Whatever success they have attained has been the
direct result o! their own abilities.
"Education is democratic. No rank
or title is necessary as a prerequisite to
becoming an educated person. Whatever ambition the individual may have
can be realized through the acquisition
of an educational training and through
"Education today, as never before,
trains every child for life. It does not
set the school child aside, apart from
the rush and turmoil of life, rather, it
guides and directs the education of that
child giving him only such knowledge
as will better prepare him for the part
he is to play in the business and professional world"
STUDENTS SEE DISPLAY
OF ORIENTAL RELIC IN
Mind pictures of other days and
other customs are created by the ancient go Id-embroidered Persian robe
owned by Prince Darab Mirza Kadjar
who allowed the garment to be exhibited before the journalism class at
H. J. C. on Friday, Feburary 27.
Weighing five pounds and nine
ounces, and made of the finest materials, this ancient garment brings a
strange note of contrast to present
day matter-of-fact atmosphere. Looking at it, one's mind involuntarily
wanders far in the past amid scenes of
oriental splendor. There come visions
of moonlit Persian gardens, soft eastern
music, Persian ladies of strange exotic beauty, dark intrigue, and sudden
death. Two of the owners of the robe
were assassinated. One wonders if the
bright scarlet of the cloth has been
mingled with the crimson of freshly
This regal garment was made in 1794,
and it was first worn by Agha Mohammed, who that year conquered Persia.
Because of his manner of handling the
affairs of his new kingdom, Agha became known far and wide as "Agha
the Cruel." No doubt many a trembling
wretch now wandering afar in some
oriental heaven—remembers thid robe,
worn by the monarch, as his last earthly scene before being beheaded.
In 1797 Agha the Cruel succumbed to
his own evil designs and was assassinated. The throne then descended to
his nephew, Fath Ali Shah, who founded the adjar Dynasty which endured
until 1929 when it was overthrown by
From the early owners the robe has
descended directly to the present owner, Prince Darab Mirza Kadjar, who is
an oil man. At the time of the Persian
revolution the prince was at school at
St. Cyr, France, and the robe was in
the hands of his uncle, Ahmed. After
the revolution Ahmed fled to Paris,
where he died insane.
Most of the time since 1849 the robe
has been in the state museum at Teheran, Persia. It was recently sold for
MISS GUNN HEADS
Considerable interest is being shown
in the newly organized honorary society at H. J. C.
This society is composed of students
who have made an average grade of B.
So far about 20 students have qualified
At a recent meeting of the society
Miss Earlene Gunn was elected president. Other officers are to be selected
at a meeting to be held at Mrs.
Brenders' office on March 27 at 7 p.m.
All qualifying students are requested
to be present at that time as pins are
then to be selected and a nania for
the - organization will be chosen.
To Receive Sweaters
Football lettermen of Houston Junior College will receive sweaters from
the proceeds of a dance to be given by
the school, April 20. This dance will
also serve to pay several bills that the
freshman class owe at the present time.
Pete Garrison, president of the Student Council, urged all to come to the
dance and make it a big success. He
stated that members of the Federated
Clubs of Houston will turn out in large
numbers for this dance and have pledg->
ed their support. They will also aid
the college by selling tickets for this
CUTS ENLIVEN COUGAR
Through the co-operation of the
Texas Engraving Company the Cougar
is enabled to enliven its columns with
cuts. The art work for these cartoons
and feature column cuts was done by
Miss Vandalia Mae Necco, who was a
student at H. J. C. last semester.
MAN LONGS FOR
H J. C. SPEAKER
Dr. E. P. West Speaks of Reasons
For Decay of Former
WARNS AGAINST DANGER
Speaker Advises Students to
Build Lives On Sure
Mankind has always longed for a
state of harmony that will endure, according ot Rev. E. P. West, pastor of
the Second Baptist Church, who addressed the student body at the regular
assembly meeting Wednesday.
Mr. West was introduced by Professor Miller who told of the speaker's
work among the young people of the
In his opening remarks Mr. West said
that he is interested in the Junior College and considered it a privilege to be
present and address the students.
He then proceeded to tell of the
many former nations and institutions
that have passed away, and he brought
up the question as to whether our nation is showing the same signs of decay
that were evident before the fall of
"Men have always longed for the
"city that hath foundations," something
that will last. Examples of this yearning are Thomas Moore's Eutopia, Augustine's City of God, and Milton's
Paradise Regained," said the speaker.
"Life to be on a firm foundation must
have seven pillars," he continued.
"These are stability, the dignity of
labor, purity in society, exaltation of
womanhood, education, freedom in religious worship, and harmonious home
Mr. West then pointed out the dangerous things to society which are:
Concentration of wealth among a few,
worship of wealth, corruption of
wealth, extravagance of wealth, and
ignorance of the common people; while
the things that have survived all evil
influences are the state, religion, the
Sabbath Day, the right of owning personal property, and the family.
IN CAR ACCIDENT
Mrs. Hannah Shearer, well known
librarian at Houston Junior College,
was injured iast Thursday evening
when she was struck by a Ford truck
while walking across a street intersection, near ihe school building. She
was knocked down and severely
At first complications were feared,
but later reports are that Mrs. Shearer
is recovering, and will soon be able to
resume her work at the library-
COLLEGE 'PHONE TELLS
VERY SAD TALE OF USE
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BY LOCAL STUDENTS
(Editor's Note: The following graphic
pictorial of the most intimate experiences of the college telephone was received, much to our surprise, only five
minutes before The Cougar went to
press, therefore we publish it without
Sometimes I wish I had never been
invented at all; for after all, I am only
a tool—a mistreated instrument and a
plaything of mens' vanity.
My only enjoyment in life is that
little rest I get on Saturdays and Sundays—but, oh my, how I earn that rest.
How I pay for every bit of it from
seven to seven-thirty on Mondays,
Wednesdays, and Fridays.
That awful half hour. The mere
thought of it makes me shudder so that
my wary bell tinkles without the usual
stimulus. Sometimes I think that it
will be impossible to emerge from that
hectic thirty-minute period without
having a melted mouthpiece; or without having had a cruel amputation of
the hook performed by some enraged
pre-med student all because a sweet
voice at the other end of the wire said
something about being dated up.
And what language those boys from
the Dental College can use. One would
think that it is my fault because nobody answers at the other end. I wish
I worked at a beauty parlor or a florist shop; then life would be worth living.
And out of all the places in Houston
that they might have put me, they
picked out Junior College. Were there
only some way I could arrange a
transfer; but I suppose there isn't. Or
if Junior College would only hurry up
and get a permanent building, but—
my gosh, there's that seven o'clock
FORD ROADSTER STOLEN.
Automobile thieves heve been active
in the vicinity of the Junior College.
At the assembly Wednesday evening
Mr. Henderson asked all students to
watch for the number "F16278" which
was on a Ford roadster that was recently stolen from a student who had
parked it near the college building.
BASEBALL PRACTICE BEGINS
The smack of wood against horse-
hide can be heard any morning at
West End ball park. Coach French has
a likely squad out for the Cougar nine.
Any one who wishes to try out may
report at the park any morning at 10
sort of imagination that brings
Is one that sees a distant summit, a general route to it, and just
where to put the feet for tho next
Miss Genevieve Pledge, student violin
artist at Houston Junior College, enter--
tained the student body at its weekly
assembly Wednesday at 7:30 p|m.
"I can just say that it is not jazz.
You must judge for yourselves," was al)
the introduction Miss Pledge gave to
her selections. Miss Vivian Kenney
was at the piano.
If the hearty applause could be taken
for the judgment of the audience, Miss
Pledge chose wisely and played well,
In response to the demand for an encore. "The World Is Waiting for the
Sunrise" was rendered.
N. K. Dupre, assistant director of the
college, issued an appeal for aid in
making the library a quiet room suitable for research and study.
Immediately following the adjournment of assembly, a call meeting of the
sophomore class was held in the auditorium.
STUDENTS PRESENT PLAY
AT RICHMOND THURSDAY
"Nothing But the Truth," the comedy
success presented at H. J. C. by the
student players, was presented Thursday ai Richmond under the auspices of
(lie Richmond public schools.
The members of the cast were accompanied to Richmond by Miss Neil-
wyn Turner, Willard Nesmith, and
Jack Thurman. Miss Turner played
during the entertainment
MISS FOWLER ILL
Miss Sammie Lane Fowler is reported to be ill in a hospital at Cameron,
Miss Fowler attended H. J. C. last
semester, but was obliged to withdraw
from the school because of illness.
Things are never as
eem, which means that
s happy or as unhappy
BRINGS JOY TO
Judd Mortimer Lewis Reads
His Own Poems at
Gives "The Old Wash Place,"
A Song of Mother Love
Judd Moritmer Lewis, Houston's own
poet, spoke before an interested audience of students and patrons of the college in the auditorium Wednesday
night, February 25.
"Uncle Judd," as he is familiarly
known, recited many of his poems, the
themes of which were love, home life,
and children. Humor also played an
important part in his recitations, and
he had the audience constantly in an
The titles of some of his poems are,
A Texas Boy, Love, Little Children'
and The Old Wash Place. He also recounted many incidents of his travels
which were especially interesting.
Round after round of applause greeted each of his offerings and the regular
assembly period was allowed to run 30
minutes over time for the popular
"Uncle Judd" is nationally famous.
His poems with their genial and inspiring atmosphere have cheered the
hearts of multitudes.
The sacrifices and heroism of a typical mother are poignantly pictured in
the famous potm The OJd Wash Place.
The students were interested to know
that Mr. Lewis wrote this jwem in a
little more than an hour as a result
of numerous requests for such a composition.
Mr. Lewis was presented by Mr. Harris who lauded the poet in his introductory speech.
LEWIS ENJOYS VISIT
That Mr. Lewis enjoyed his visit to
H. J. S. is indicated by the following
taken from his column. Platinum
Poitns, in the Houston Post-Dispatch;
Recently I visited the Junior College,
which functions nights at the San Jacinto High School, and learned much
which I had not known about this educational institution, about its faculty
and the student body made up of eighj
hundred individuals on their way to
making educated and useful citizens of
themselves. Houston knows very little
about the activities, the aims and accomplishments of Junior College, and
it would be well for our citizens to
avail themselves of the opoprtunity to
attend chapel there on Wednesday evenings from seven-thirty to eight o'clock.
Such a visit furnishes an experience
with 2 thrill to it.
H. 3, C. WILL DEBATE
WESTMINSTER APRIL 10
"Resolved, That The Nations of the
World Should Adopt Free Trade," the
first debate subject for the T. F. C. P. S.
meet of which H. J. C. is a member for
the first time in its history, is scheduled
for April 10, between H. J. C. and
Westminster Junior College at Houston.
April 24 marks the final debates to
be held at Temple Junior College at
Bryan. These debates will determine
the state champions.
Oratorial contest for both boys and
girls will be held April 3 at Westminster Junior College at Tehuacana.
One-act plays are scheduled for the
latter part of April at Hillsboro.
Dates for two special debates will be
announced later by Coach Harris between H. . C. and Temple Junior College at Bryan and H. J. C. and South
Park Junior of Beaumont at Houston.
Your sole contribution to the sum of
things is yourself.
I see only one means of knowing how
far I can go: that is by going.—Bergson.