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RICE Fehatn
IN TURNING the clock back with
a few extra spins we come to the
first day we saw a pretty fair pair
of football players—Don Hutson and
Sammy Baugh.
On this day in the
Rose Bowl, Ala
bama was playing
a Stanford team that
had at least five po
tential All-America
I mean Monk
Moscrip, Keith Top
ping, Bones Hamil
ton, Bobby Grayson,
Big Reynolds, 230-
pound Mueller and Grantland Rice
This Stanford team along the
ground was giving Alabama a fine
raking over.
It had speed and power, drive and
slash. It struck with pile-driving
But against this, Stanford was
taking a murderous beating through
the air.
The Phantom
There were two reasons—Dixie
Howell, Alabama’s passer, and Don
Hutson, Alabama’s phantom end.
Howell flipped and Hutson
On several occasions I saw Keith
Topping, Moscrip and Hamilton sur
rounding Hutson. You could see
that he never had a chance to han
dle Howell’s pass.
And then—suddenly—Hutson had
the ball and was on his way.
At the time, I admit I made the
error of criticizing Stanford’s pass
After the game I asked Keith Top
ping, one of the best ends in foot
ball, and one of the smartest, how
he and his mates let Hutson get
“I only wish I knew,” he said.
‘“We’d be all around him. We knew
where the pass was coming. We
knew how to break it up. I’d be
within two feet of Hutson. And then
something would happen suddenly.
He’d have the ball and be on his
way to another touchdown.’”
Later Proof
At the time this didn’t seem to
make much sense.
But Hutson cleared this Stanford
team of any defense deficiency in
later years when he came to the
For eight years he has completely
baffled and bewildered the best pass
defense the pros could throw against
Football has never seen anything
like him. Ask any pro.
Part of the answer—At Alabama,
Hutson could run the hundred in a
shade better than 9.8. He could
high jump six feet.
He has hands made of glue. He
has a body feint that is unbelievable.
Above all, he has Tris Speaker’s
knack of judging the ball’s flight to
a foot—and getting there. He doesn’t
have to follow the ball with his eye.
He knows where to be at the split
second, cutting in or out. Ask Curly
Lambeau, George Halas or Steve
Opposing players play Hutson.
Hutson plays the ball. I once saw
_him take a 62-yard pass from Isbell,
fake out three men covering him,
put on a final sprint and run for a
goal-to-goal touchdown. And this
was against the All-Stars. The best
from all the other teams.
Hutson comes under the head of
Artist—the greatest artist in his field
that football has ever known.
When it comes to explaining
genius, I quit.
About Sammy Baugh
The first time I saw Sammy
Ranch nnmainto a game, TCU
played against
Southern Methodist
in a battle for the
Rose Bowl choice
against Stanford.
Baugh provided a
shock. His best re
ceiving end had suf
fered a broken leg
on the first play of
the game. I think
his name was
Clarke. The passing
Sammy Baugh years carry an ero
In any event, in that game from
‘“far away and long ago,”” Baugh
started passing from his own 10-
yard-line, with his crack receiver
on his way to the hospital. Ninety
yards to a touchdown,
In one big moment, when Baugh
was surrounded and shut off, I saw
him throw an underhand pass for
27 yards and a touchdown.
», It was something beyond belief.
- I saw Baugh kick 60 and 65 yards.
I saw him tackling all over the field.
On that day at Fort Worth, Baugh,
6 feet 1, weighed 180 pounds. When
I saw him lately in a pro game,
eight years later, he still weighed
180 pounds—no alcohol—no nicotine
—in those eight years.
Dark, grim, serious, cold, hard
bitten, set to handle one of the tough
est of all jobs in sport.
He has proved what fitness and
.physical conditiou mean.
You can take all the stars of all
_time in football, but when it comes
to a matter of hard, cold effective
ness, I'll take Don Hutson, Sammy
Baugh and Mel Hein.
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Diplomatic dispatches from, Eu
rope report that the German death
rate is going up and the birth rate
is going down.
Also the number of German sol
diers killed or permanently disabled
since the war began now totals
1,900,000. This estimate made be
fore the Russian counteroffensive be
gan, and before the British turned
back Rommel in Egypt. Obviously,
therefore, the total is now well above
This does not include prisoners nor
men suffering minor wounds. If
these were included, the total casu
alty figure would be, according to
accepted military ratios, more than
twice the basic figure, or approxi
mately 5,000,000.
Meanwhile, exact figures on the
German birth rate have been re
ceived. These indicate the usual
wartime downward trend of births,
despite Hitler’s {frantic efforts to
make procreation popular. :
The birth rate was 20.5 in 1939
per thousand, 20.4 in 1940, 18.8 in
1941, but for the first three months
of 1942 took a drop to only 15.8.
Neutral diplomatic sources report
that business men in Germany are
beginning to foresee defeat. But
the people as a whole will not be
aware of approaching defeat, and
their morale will not crack, urtil
the German army suffers a major
military reverse. The heavy casual
ties, now comparable to the total
suffered in the First World war, are
not enough in themselves to cause
popular revolt, as long as the Ger
man armies successfully dominate
But when Rommel is cleaned out
of Africa, and when that news seeps
into the German consciousness, we
can look for popular discontent, plus
burning distrust of the Nazi mili
tary machine.
* * *
Those who expect the bombing of
Italy to cause a revolt of the people
are badly mistaken. The bombing
may knock out her industrial pro
ductiveness and cripple her fleet and
shipping, but will not cause a popu
lar revolt.
Reasons for this are two: 1. Nazi
troops have such a stranglehold cn
Italy that no revolt could gain head
way; 2. There are no leaders left
to head a revolt.
Italo Balbo was an opponent of
collaboration with Germany. He led
a spectacular flight of planes to the
United States, and was an admirer
of this country. But he differed with
Mussolini on African policy,” con
tending that Libya could not be
defended. Balbo died in what was
officially reported as an airplane
Pietro Badoglio was skeptical
about the Greek campaign, told
Mussolini he wouldn’t undertake it
without ten divisions and four
months preparation. Mussolini or
dered him to take one month and
four divisions. Badoglio is popular
among the Italian people, but too
old to lead.
Rodolfo Graziani was also skep
tical about the defense of Libya,
though largely responsible for pre
paring its defenses. Much younger,
he has broken with Mussolini and
is under surveillance, possibly under
Yet the sentiment of the people,
especially in southern Italy, is such
that they would welcome deliverance
from Mussolini and Hitler: U. S.
diplomats, waiting for release from
internment after Pearl Harbor were
told secretly by Italians: ‘We will
not forget!”’
There are many things they will
not forget, including the ludicrous
behavior of Mussolini, who conceals
his baldness and his wen by never
removing his hat before a camera;
the wild behavior of his daughter,
Edda Ciano; and the lavish enter
taining of Count Ciano, who- serves
soup-to-nuts banquets while the peo
ple eat a few ounces of rationed
As yet there has been no bombing
of Rome, but some indication of
what might happen was given early
in the war when the French sent
planes over Rome for four nights.
The people poured out of the city
on everything that had wheels, in
cluding push carts, bicycles and
baby carriages. Yet the French had
dropped nothing more harmful than
It is reported that when Allied
bombers come over the city, the
people kneel at the altar of their
patron saint, San Gennaro, and with
Mussolini in mind, say: *“Dear San
Gennaro, tell them he’s not here—
he’s in Rome!”’
* % %
Many an army official is over
cautious about speaking for publica
tion these days, but not Lieut. Gen.
‘“Hap’” Arnold, commander of the
army air forces.
Disclosing that U. S. fliers are
being turned out of preflight schools
at the rate of 40,000 a year, Arnold
was asked if the figures could be
“Why not?”’ he chuckled. ‘lt won’t
do any harm. Might do a lot of
good. llt’ll show the Germans how
many we've got!”’
Washington, D, C.
People Hate Mussolini.
On Heels of Gen. Rommel’s Westbound Afrika Korps
Britain’s eighth army has been hard on the heels of Gen. Erwin Rommel’s iauch-vaunted Afrika Korps,
pushing them westward towards Tripoli. Photo at left shows local Arabs, friendly to the once-again-invading
British army, gathered around British armored cars when the British occupied a wrecked town in the Libyan
desert. Dense smoke from a burning tank fills the background. Insets: Left, General Rommel, leader of
Axis desert forces, and Lieui. Gen. Bernard Montgomery, commander of Britain’s eighth army.
Anti-Aircraft Artillerymen ‘Keep ’Em Falling’
Men behind our big anti-aircraft guns must move with clock-like and flawless precision. The heart of the
anti-aircraft artillery is the battefy commander headquarters (left). Here in the underground station Lieut.
E. Seeleye, White Plains, N. Y., plots the progress of approaching planes. At his elbow Pvt. John Drtina,
Brooklyn, reports messages from the units on the range. Right: A 90-millimeter gun has just been fired. The
gunner’s last duty before firing a new round is to kick the shell case from the gun platform.
‘Phantom Ship’ Takes to Waters
Here is the phantom of the sea, a concrete vessel, completely auto
matic, crewless, and designed to travel in convoys of ten or more operated
by radio control from a master escorting vessel. Photo at top shows ship
being launched at West Palm Beach, Fla. Lower photo shows ship on its
way through inland waterways. The deckhouse is only temporary. This
is a 91-foot model. The larger ‘‘phantom” will be 260 feet long, difficult
to sight, and hard to sink. 4
He Fed Them Before—He’s Doing It Again
Former President Herbert Hoover, who fed the Belgians during World
War I, visited the stage door canteen and helped to feed some of the boys
who are doing the job in World War 11. He is shown putting sugar into the
coffee of Aviation Cadet Marion M. Powner, while Pvt. M. Walosky
awaits his turn, .
Egypt Celebrates
Fourth birthday of Egyptian prin
cess, Ferial, was a happy one. Fer
ial is shown with her mother, Queen
Farida, in their girl guide outfits on
the palace balcony, where they re
viewed a birthday parade by that
organization, which is similar to our
Girl Scouts.
Mugs From Trees
A visit to the giant Panama air
base makes one the recipient of an
individual, inscribed coconut drink
ing mug. Here Col. G. F. Hix,
commanding officer of the base and
originator of the idea, points to his
own drinking mug.
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CURTAINS and draperies—the
quickest way of transforming a
room! Make your own from these
clear directions and have your
choice of valance, swag, varied
draping and arrangement.
* * *
Pattern 443 contains detailed diréctions
for making curtains and drapes in a vari
ety of styles. Send your order to:
Sewing Circle Needlecraft Dept.
117 Minna St. San Francisco, Calif.
Enclose 15 cents (plus one cent to
cover cost of mailing) for Pattern
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mutton suet base. 25¢, double supply 35¢.
Blind Impulses
Unhappily, in the scales of hu
man judgment the clear -dictates
of reason are too often outweighed
by the blind impulses of the pas
sions.—Sir James Frazer.
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Why wheel alignment is' @ “must” in
rubber conservation. When a wheel is
only %-inch out of alignment the car
is being dragged sideways 87 feet
in every mile. That's tire scuffing at
its worst,
Transportation in private auto
mcbiles in 1941 totaled 501 bil
lion passenger miles, compared
with about 29% billion in rail
roads, about 27 billion in electric
railways, 25% billion in buses
and 1,370,000 passenger miles
on domestic airlines. Big num
bers, all, but they show motor
sransportation to be six times
greater than all other forms
It has been estimated that the
United States military service will
require 325,000i0ng tons of crude
rubber in 1943,
Overioading a truck tire 10 per cent
will cause a decrease of 18 per cent in
the miteage; 50 per cent overload cuts
mileage 60 per cent.
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