Pampa Daily News from Pampa, Texas on February 20, 1935 · Page 8
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Pampa Daily News from Pampa, Texas · Page 8

Pampa, Texas
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Wednesday, February 20, 1935
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ffiGHT rfHfr PAMPA DAILY NSWS, Pftfftp:*, Te*M EIVEKING, WRXURY 20, 1938, THE BOARD AND SUPERINTENDENT (This article is front The American School Board Journal, from the article Some Functions and Responsi-- bilities of a Board of Education by Professor Clyde B. Mdrrie, Member of Ithaca, New York.) the Board of Education, City of will get together sooner of later. Insiders suggest.that the first indication of melting ice will be an assignment of that commercial attache. * * * * • New Deal lawyers would hate to, admit that they ever "fitrnA" o -Forlovnl iiirlo-O- "fixed" a federal judge. So would' the judge! One of the greatest responsibilities of a board of edu- catiort is the selection of a superintendent of schools. He is the responsible professional agent of the board who executes in all its details the educational program of the community. The wise board assigns to him a remarkable degree of authority, but this authority is, in turn, always fully counterbalanced by demanding compensating results. A board cannot properly function in executive matters but it can make possible by wise selection and appropriate assignment of responsibilities a comprehensive and integrated program of educational progress. As a board it may represent all the varied interests of the community. It may be composed of men and women of exceptional ability and unquestioned integrity. Each may, \yithout exception, possess vision, courage, and a sensitive consciousness of the common good, but for them as a board to put these ideas and ideals into practice, they must depend upon the superintendent. Probably no other criterion is more significant in determining the well-being of a school system than that of the cordial good will and confidence existing between the board and the superintendent. A function of the board of education which rises above formal organization, legal direction, and even the responsibility for insuring the regular operation of the school system is the fostering of a wholesome morale on the part of everyone concerned with the schools. Here is, to my mind, the deepest and most serious responsibility of them all. It is as subtle as it is serious. It is not controlled by legal enactment, and the mere letter of the law does not touch it. Rather does it rise to the realm of the spiritual, and yet it is by nature as sturdy, as strong, and as real as any building ever erected. Boards of education do not just happen. They have been evolved through the decades — supported by law and by public opinion. They are at times called upon to bear tremendous responsibilities during periods of distressing disturbances and strain. As they rise to the occasion, their greatest virtues may be found in quiet courage, mildness of manner, thoughtfulness, and the dignified 1 , though unflinching, refusal to become a party to a policy that is small, mean, or inimical to the common good. In times of stress a 'board of education can build morale into the lives of all concerned as no other group of individuals connected with out schools can. Theirs is the strategic position. If they hold steady and" proceed with high purpose their spirit becomes happily infectious. It is revealed in the confidence of the great public, critical though it may be, as it progresses through the exigencies of difficult times. But the great service lies not with the older generation. Boards of education deal in futures and are committed to the days to come. They envisage a better citizenry than has as yet been produced. They are sensitive to the personalities which through the public schools are creating their citizenry. They know that teachers may teach more through their manners, attitudes, and looks than through books. That teacher who is fearful that in times of stress, difficulty, and need she will not receive the full support of the system of which she is a part is — whether she wills it or not — implanting into the lives of her pupils subtle bits of 'fear, suspicion, shaken confidence, and even hatred itself. The formalities of arithmetic may be well taught, but if the morale of the school staff is undermined the formalities count for little in comparison. Morale and morals are often not far apart, and it is in such situations as these that they become all but identical. Buildings must be erected and equipped; courses of study provided; auxiliary services supplied and programs maintained; but the morale of eveiy person who plays any part in promoting the well-being of our children — teachers, parents, principals, supervisors, even the custodians and more obscure workers — is a serious responsibility as subtle as the air we breathe and likewise as inescapable. It tests manhood and womanhood at their best, and 1 believe constitutes the gravest and yet the happiest responsibility placed upon a board of education. But it happened recently in a case where constitutionality of an important act of Congress was challenged. Government attorneys wanted a quick decision,'on the important points raised, to guide them as to how far they might go without supreme court interference. If the case went against them in the lower court, they could get a decision from the supreme court months sooner than if they won it and then had to fight an ap- ffeated the Mexicans, but knowing that the defeat would, not be final, and that the entire Mexican army would be concentrated on the Colorado, he decided not to attack until he hwd word from Fannin. Then, too, he was far from his base of supplies, and it would be n fatal step to get himself penned in his own trap. An order from Houston for re- trent was given March 26. Soldiers anxious to fight openly grumbled at Houston's orders. They wanted td fight—they did not want to make a 1 cowardly retreat! Captains Mosely Baker and Wylle Martin joined peal. So they spoke to the judge, whose sympathies were New Dealish and might have been expected to rule for the government. The judge saw the point. The U. S. distnct attorney lost the 'case. The Department of Justice took an appeal direct to the highest court. Some time this spring you'll read the decision and it will be enormously important. Dusting The Covers Of Texas History For THE TEXAS CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION OF 1936 The bareheaded rider dashed off, leaving .p., family of three children and a tried-looking mother looking after him in bewilderment. He had told them to gather their belongings and flee—Santa Anna and his troops were going to overcome Texas. The result of Mexican rule would be disastrous. He told them the Texan troops were retreating, and that there were at least five thousand in the Mexican army. The man was one of the few deserters from the Texan army; the family was one of many who were to flee from their homes in great terror. It seemed as though the whole world were topsy-turvy. Houston had left Gonzales in flames on the night of March 13, and the homeless were in a sort of daze. If only the incessant rain would stop for just one day! Day after day, night after night the rain came; often in torrents, more often in a steady drizzle. The roads were slushy; mud gobbed up and made progress slow; swollen steams and rivers made passage impossible; the low prairies were flooded, clouds hung lovy over —. Discouraged families became more discouraged. It was difficult for worried mothers to keep up the morale of their children. Husbands and fathers were fighting with General Sam Houston—or else they had died at the Alama or Goliad. By the waters of the turbulent Colorado at near the present town of Columbus, Houston ordered a halt and called his officers for a conference. After a hurried meeting, William T. Austin, was dispatched to the mouth of the Brazos for altillery. The Texaiis must be prepared to meet their foe when the time came. Two days later the army. moved down stream to Season's Crossing, and remained there unty March 26. Generals Sesma and Woll arrived with 700 men at Burnham's Crossing the day Houston's force left. HE „ men, Houston could easily have de- each other in had been told disgust after they to get their companies in marching order. Tbjey would obey this one time, but if another plan as foolish and useless was made, they would refnse to cooperate. Thus we have the Texan army, distrusting their leader, anxious to fight, and accomplishing nothing for tlie time being. However, shortly all this was to be forgotten in the joy occasioned by the victory at San Jaclnto, which affords basis for Texas' Centennial celebration in 1936. - -^»p- DATES CHANGED AMABILLO, Feb. 20. (£>)— Dates of the AmarilYo Fat Stock show have been changed to avoid conflict with an annual convention of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers association at Houston. Grover B. Hill, president of the show, said the dates would be March 4-7 instead of March 11-14, as announced. The Houston convention Is to be March 12-14. THE PAMPA DAILY NEWS Publish evenings except Battm!!*, ttfc &»<!** tnotnlng by Pampft Dally NEWS, too., 838 West.Wis!tet» Pawpft* Tcxaa , «*~ t OILMOBS-.». mnw, oca. Mar.; PBttJP B* Pom, Business Met.; oijy E. HINB1J3, Managing Ejfltqt MEMBER OF THE ASSOCIATED PRESS.-Fnll Jje*sed ; Wire The Associated Bnw-B titled to the use for publication o* ail nemdispatches credited to.or not othewfce newspaper and also the locftl news ifcbliSbed hereiih All rights- for re-publication, patches herein also are reservwL- • _^ m*... ,<«,*** HM *«t «* Entered as second-class matter Marcn : 15, 1927,.6t the ppsto«lce ; at Pampft. Texas, under the Act of March 3, 1879. .-. SUBSCRIPTION BATES OP TH» PAMPA* DAIMT NEWS By CarriW In Pftmpft «_„,,_ * it On* Year W.OO Six Months ....;..*8XW One Month. ..$.60 One Week $.18 • By Btftil In Gray M»d Adjolnta* Counties One Year $8.M BlxMonths $3.78 Three Months $1.50 One Month $.80 ByMail OatoWft «»y and Adjoining Counties , __ Slit Months, 13.7*. yhree Months $2.10 One Month $.78 One Year .$7.00 NOmCE-It is not the Intention of, this newspaixsr to cast reflection upon the '}^ rs ^ nf ^_ a *|S?5 knoTMngly and if through error it should the management will appreciate having attention called to same, and will gladly and fully,' correct any erroneous statement made. Oil 011 WAY. ..I - -. By WILLIAMS WHEN YOU TOLDTMAT; MAN TH'DEPOT WAS OME BLOCK UR TH/ FIRST STR6ET7 ACROST TH'RAILROAD/ HE TOOK A DIME OUT OF HIS POCKET BUT WHEN YOU APDEEV'TH EIRE'S A SHORT CUT THPCJ ^EfcE'; WE PUT TH 1 DIME BACK/ "SEE HOW 'LITTLE IT TAKES TO OVERDO A x» n. THE NEWFANGLES (Mom'n Pop) THERE'S. THE ROLL ! ^ $ £5,OOO I'M PUTTING INTO THIS! WHEN OPPORTUWTY KNOCKS, OPEN THE DOOR NSD TAKE ""'V HER IN .' THE NEW DEAL IN WASHINGTON -BY RODNEY DUTCHER- NEA Service Staff Correspondent WASHINGTON—Smart lawyers in the government laugh when you question them a|bout constitutionality of the five billion dollar work-relief bill. They're worried enough, heaven, knows, about other New Deal legislation. But this huge spending program, carrying with it an unprecedented delegation of power tq the president, is something else. The lawyers make these points: 1. No act is "unconstitutional" until passed on by the supreme court, and! even then the. chief factor in the decision may be the state of a single, justice's digestion. 2. The money probably will be all spent and the exercise of the delegated powers a thing of the past before anyone can get a test case iip to the court. 3. The spending power of congress is unassailable in the courts. No: taxpayer ever had any luck in challenging it. A Mrs. Frothirigham who challenged graht-in-aid appropriations under the Sheppard-Towner maternity act was told by the supreme court she had ho standing as a taxpayer before the court. The State Department turned a cold shower on a certain influential group of American business men when it virtually dismantled the staff of our enibassy in Mosco\v The Commerce Department fellows had 1 been more -than sympathetic to this group's demand that a commercial Attache be assigned to Moscow. Every other major country which has diplomatic relations with the Soviet keeps a commercial representative there to collect authentic information as to the Russian market and American exporters have been especially anxious for simi- ' lar representation. An American commercial attache was stationed at fpetrpgrad before tne Russian revolution. But the State Department frpwned oft the idea while % $as trying to negotiate a debWrade Credit settlement ? with the Russians an4, now that negotiations are suspeixd- "ed and the embassy staff drastically reduced it appears certain we will be too proud to send an official to help dulate business. ~ isiaeuame.'m'eBBMtfe . wf VJ.JWM** <?«« ._ ions 0 QQQO n n n n Cathedral school at Canterbury, the oldest English school in the world, has an unbroken record of more than 1,200 years. CLARENCE BARRETT MYSTERIES OF LIFE © 1535 BY NEA SERVICE. INC. By COWAN HILE, BACK IN SMOOTHY SMITH'S BATHROO/V\,TUE SAYJS ON AMD ON AND OM\ I'LL JUST L£TTHW-<3OAK ^ IN ON TWQSE BUBIES-AY., OLD BOV,VOU'RE A GREW LITTLE SALESMAN HE AINT OFFEBIN' VlET WS BEST FRIENDS \NONIT • ITfAUSTBE ft. GOODTHlNGt} ANYONE VJOULO BE A SAP, NOT T'GRAB A. GOOD TWNCrUKE THAT, V/HEN HBfe ON THE INSIDE/LIKE YT1NDY IS' VAN DER MORGAN <=AY5 HE'D OUGUTA CLEAN UP A HUNDRED THOUSAND/ FOUR HUNDRED PERCENT-THET'S THE WAV THEM BIG FELLERS MAKES MONEV I'D LIKE YGAT f\ CHANCE AT GOOD WING LIKE. THAT' ONE MORE BAY, AND I'LL BE OUT OF HERE © 1935 BV NEA SERVICE, INC. M. ' By HAMUP< Over—Yet! ALLEY OOP 1 NEVER THOUGHT I'D MAKB - BUT I GUESS THIS MUST BE MY LUCKY DAY - HOPE I CAN GET OUT O MUP-HEAPOFA E E TO SEE. WHAT POPPED HIM ON HASNT MADE MOVE IN THIS DIRECTION By FLOWERS Strictly From Penury OH, DIANA! THEHE'S TH' BILL FEOM PLORISr f -•ANYWAV, I WISH WAS SOME SHOW APPRSClATlON I THINK. ALL THOSE YA SENT OURIN' 'DIANA'S ILUNESS HELPBD A LOT TOWARD ME 12 QUICK VOUNfi MAN, LIKE A WORD WITH SCORCHY SMITH • SOON AS THIS FINISHES CIRCUS f\cr, MAK<N<5 A PAS« IN FLAT FOR AAV SHIP,'/ IP ONE OF US CAN GET THAT REflf? MACHINE GUN, WE It XAVE ft HANGE «• .... AMP PlEN OF IT.' THOSE HITTW' TWAT ARMOR- Pt-ATINS ON TOP QFTHS FUSELW56 SQIWP UKE tIAU. ON OLD BARN WISH IT WAS ' IS eVNS 5PVRTIN6 & IEAP. AfAPDOC ROARS

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