The daily collegian. (University Park, Pa.) 1940-current, September 12, 1940, Image 3
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 1940 Nibbling At The News— Mr. Jackson And The 'Mosquito Boats' By. ROBERT H. LANE Buried in the text of Attorney General Robert H. Jackson’s opin ion on the transfer of 50 over-age destroyers to Great Britain, is the following clause . . . “It is pro posed to transfer . . . certain oth- er small patrol boats, which though-nearly completed, are al- ready obsolescent.” This proposal immediately raises the question as to what President Roosevelt is referring to by, “cer tain small boats.” Under the ques- tions on constitutional and statu- tory authority the Attorney Gen- eral defined the President’s “cer tain small boats” when he asked, “Do the statutes limit the right to deliver the so-called “mosquito fleet” now under construction?” • There cair" be no' doubt that President Roosevelt intended to transfer our “mosquito boats” along With the destroyers'to Great Britain. But even that statement is not significant in view of the admission that, the new craft are obsolete before they are ever completed. : Does the President, who inci dentally, is running for a third term, want the citizens of the United States to believe-that the - Navy Department is so inefficient that by the time construction is completed-, on a boat it is only fit to compete in a war that has end ed? Certainly the Secretary of the Navy is not approving: con struction of ships designed for the World War of 1914: ' The former leaders of France incurred over one-quarter of- that nation’s national debt in the con struction of the impregnable Mag inot Line, which was to make the French people “safe ffom all in .vaders;” Would ; the President have the American' people believe that the immense naval appropri ations are being used to build ships which under fire,- would re sult in an American version of France’s folly? "Fortunately for our navy, At torney General Jackson found no “loopholes” in the statute law which would have permitted the .President to trade our mosquito ' fleet along with the 50 over-age destroyers. The statement may-cause Secre tary of Navy Frank KnoX : consid erable embarrassment should • Congress decide to investigate the President’s statement that “small boats,' nearing completion, are al ready obsolescent.” If Secretary Knox claims that the boats are not obsolete, he will be subjecting, the Chief. Executive: tb the criticism that he is horse trading boats; necessary' for the ....defense of the United States. Should Knox admit- that the: boats are obsolete, which is high ly improbable, he will be guilty of gross-' inefficiency in" discharge of a public duty. This obvious discrepancy in statements will only be cleared up- if- an- investigation • occurs, • and ■ then, the Secretary of the Navy will be “caught between the devil and the deep blue sea*” PATRONIZE OUR ADVERTISERS New College Diner "LARGEST DINER IN THE WORLD" Between ihe Movies ; I r it. V-». 1.. • ■ t'■i■ • * * • 1 • ! x Always Open ■■; *i' t ■ ” i L ; ; : ; - ' '“ ' , «, , RUSSELL W. ADAMITZ. PROPRIETOR tart EtiSiSHUfSUS i ' ; j j a •} i '■ i For Willkie Vance McCormick, member of. the Board of Trustees and former chairman of the Democratic Na tional Committee, has announced that his papers, the Harrisburg Patriot and the Evening News, will support Wendell Willkie for president. ' Campus Calendar— Changes Made In Freshman Week The fractions, one-fifth, two fifth, etc., in the time table refer to the alphabetical arrangement of students scheduled to be each section of a class. This arrange ment - will be determined by scheduling officers. FRESHMAN WEEK CHANGES: Library Practice (LP) groups will meet' in the New Library in stead of the Carnegie Library; Section ENG-5-lE, Page 17 in the Freshman Week Booklet, 8 a. m. Tuesday, changed’ from X 3, 201 Eng C to X 3, 209 Eng C. Section ENG-5-lE, Page 17, 1:10 p. m. Monday, changed from X 2, 201 Eng C, to Ph C, 209 Eng C. * Section ENG-5-lE, Page 17, 3:10 p. m. Friday, changed from Ph C, 12 IH to X 2, 12 IH. Section LD-2-Women(L-Z),Page 19, 9 a. m. Thursday, changed to XI, Aud. Section LD-3-Men (A-E), Page 19, 3:10 p. m. Thursday, omit as terisk. TODAY: Fraternity pledging begins, 8 a. m. Freshman Week begins. President Ralph D. Hetzel will speak at the freshman convoca tion, Auditorium, 8 a. nr. Activities mass meeting, Audito rium, 8 p. m. i Collegian subscription campaign begins; 9 a'. m. TOMORROW: Religious mass meeting, Audi torium, 8 p. m. Student Union Dance, Armory, 4:10 p. m. SATURDAY: Women’s Recreation Associa tion Play Day. WRA Freshman mixer. Athletic Advisory Board meets, 10 a: m: : Freshman Dance', Rec Hall, 8' p. m. SUNDAY Required freshman chapel, Au ditorium, 11 a. m. ■ THE-DAILY COLLEGIAN Reader's Alley — A Reviewer Discovers 'Caribbean Treasure' NOTE: This column is open . to contributions from any stu dent or faculty member who feels articulate about any book he has read. Freshmen or pro fessors have equal chance of airing their reactions to what they read. There are only these restrictions: no volume which the reader feels called upon to denounce need be reviewed; an atmosphere of informality should pervade the paragraphs; this alley' is not a springboard for personal or political exhi bitions, nor for precious prose or pyrotechnic displays of lit • erary fancy-work. The general aim of this col umn is to provide a place wherein readers may comment on general reading with the in tention of stimulating other readers. 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As in his first volume, “Animal Treasure,” Sanderson - achieves that infrequent combination of in formation revealed in striking and dramatic prose, concerning what he found in caves, pools, tidal ba sins, under stones, in the branches of trees, and in the fetid jungle air. He can bring you to the edge BOTTORF BROTHERS BOOTERY WE CARRY A COMPLETE LINE AND ALL WIDTHS OF OFFICIAL U. S. ARMY ROTC SHOES Goodyear Welt and Solid Leather'Soles You’ll Find Our Prices Very Moderate for Quality ( Across from - Post- Office entranceson aelen street and beaver avenue - Merchandise SEE OUR WIMDOWS and-Dairy Store) PAGE THREE Kcepp-Baker Honored Dr: Herbert Koepp-Baker, di rector of the College speech clin ic, has been- elected first vice pres ident of the American Speech Cor rection Association, which held its annual convention at the College last week. of your seat, while you wait for a scorpion to sting him, a'jaguar to slash him, or a pirana to gash him. He fills in the more exciting epi sodes with many truths of the bi ologist’s lore, a running travel talk that is free from the usual sentimentality that swamps them, and a rapid-fire account of daily tasks and triumphs that reveal him as human, adventurous, cur ious, and intelligent. We won’t say that his wife, Alma, wasn’t equal to every startling crisis that confronted them, not that Sander son’s luck at finding natives and guides to help him wasn’t more chance than skill. You won’t have to be a botanist or zoologist to en joy every page PATRONIZE OUR ADVERTISERS FOR THE GIRLS VERY DRESSY SHOES For evenings and dress-up occasions FOR CAMPUS WEAR We have Ihe snappiest line of Brogans and Monk Oxfords you have ever seen, $2.95 to $3.95 FOR DORM WEAR Beautiful bedroom slip pers. Very comfortable and warm. FOR GYM Keds iS $l.OO to $1.65 —R. G.