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Cost Will Hinder Texas Attendance At The Milwaukee Convention

The minimum cost for Milwaukee convention Aug. 17-19, for members starting from Houston, is $49.20, according to estimates.The round-trip bus fare is $29.70; hotel room rent, $7.50; board, $5.00; convention fee, $2.00; and incedental, $5.00.

All Texas members planning to go to Milwaukee should contact Tom Barnhouse, Houston. Tom is ‘41 convention directory, and he is gathering information about the ’40 Texas delegation to Milwaukee. Houston “propaganda” will be disseminated and all willing delegates will be decorated with ribbons reading, “Houston Next.”

Over the Plains

League City – Johnnie Vaglienti, new A.A.P.A. member, plans to buy a press next month. The Texas Star will appear in bundles soon after. Also, The Hobby Journal will be placed on a metal basis. His Journal is a monthly hecto paper covering all principal hobbies. This paper is undoubtedly one of the largest hectoed papers in existence – 20 large pages last issue.

Garland – Bill Bradfield has released membership cards for the up-and-coming Pals Correspondence Club. The second issue of the club organ is now in preparation. He is working on an A.A.P.A. paper to be called – of all things – The Typelice.

Houston – In referring to some of the rather doubtful humor and language that has seeped into ajay publications of late, Ethel Cook says, “I read awhile; then I must stop to blush awhile.”

Whither Goest Men?
by Ethel Cook

We constantly hear the men’s view on today’s war. They don’t ask what we women think – think we’re dumb, know nothing about war affairs.

Had we women anything to say, this war would never have started. Men with blood fingers clutch the trigger, thrill at the thought of war. Women stand helplessly by, but while men kill. it is the women they call upon to keep the country rolling. We women will manufacture their horrible implements of death, till the soil, and weld the shells – but know nothing of war!

No woman wants to find her son or husband in a mangled heap of human blood and flesh; yet, we sit back and watch them march off to their death. Perhaps they will come back. But how? Maybe a leg missing; maybe a hopeless invalid for life, but we’ll be glad they return alive!

The United States is not at war – yet – but everywhere we turn we hear the men folks yell, “We must protect American interests; we must join the Allies!”

And not once do they think, “How will it affect America?”

“It’s a man’s world,” they yell, “let us run it.”

They’re running it – into the ground!

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Education on Hobbies
by Johnnie Vaglienti

“Hobbies just aren’t educational” remarked Ruth.

“Hobbies are often a source of knowledge concerning different phases of life,” said Mary. “They bring about understanding; hobbies promote numerous causes.

“Let’s consider stamps, the king of hobbies. The entire story of the World War is told on stamps. France, England, Austria, Germany, and the smaller powers issued stamps commemorating famous battles, important buildings, generals, statesmen, and the conditions of war. There’s the entire story which some find it difficult to absorb from history books. Coins also have considerable educational value.

“Pencoratory’s chief motive is the promotion of peace. Does not international pencoratory bolster cooperation in world understanding? Pencoratory hands to you heretofore unrealized facts, which are related by pen pals in various localities. Also specimens for other hobbies may be swapped among correspondents.

“Postcard collecting presents to you in picture form information about the world’s famous places. Postcards illustrate customs and culture, and show how others live.

“Books offer fantastic as well as realistic tales in the form of novels, biographies and histories. Books help improve one’s vocabulary. Movies offer nearly the same advantages.

“Writing and amateur journalism tend to give practice in future positions. Most young writers and publishers have ambitions to continue their hobby as a vocation. Many other hobbies offer various benefits.”

“Maybe I’ve seen my hobbies from the wrong slant,” said Ruth. “I participate in quite a few interesting hobbies. In the future I’ll look at them from a different viewpoint. Such an attitude will help me in my school and social activities.”

Stackin’ ‘em Up
by Bill Bradfield

It is the duty of this scribe to review the five best journals in each bundle. My pix for April, which honored us with another two-ton bundle: The Grapevine – This newcomer certainly deserves first place not only for its excellent printing, but for its make-up and content. The Kansan – Always welcome. It has proven its AAPA value since number one. The Booster – Another of Kay’s swell papers. Ranks high because of recruiting editorial. Echoes – The increase was certainly a surprise. The &mpersand – The monthly humor paper. We all enjoyed “Type Shortage.” Honorable mention – The Optimist, Vox Juvenis, Topix and The American Index.

Although not as good in size, the May bundle has some good papers: The Roman Gazette – We’ve been wondering how this paper would turn out. Now we know (or do we?). The Printer’s Devil (April) – Better late than never. Good typography and content makes each Printer’s Devil rank high. The American Advocate – A fine first issue of a paper we hope to see many more times. The &mpersand – Your paper’s improving fast, Alonzo. HiLights – Congrats on Avilacs article, and good luck to the Southern Chapter, Luther. Honorable mention – The Pennsylvanian, The Optimist, The Printer’s Devil (June) and The Booster.

To the inactives – How about helping us to make each future bundle bigger and better?

Houston Plans Big Ajay Convention

July 10-12, 1941, will mark the most outstanding and successful ajay convention to date, say Texchap members. On this date will be held the Houston Ajay Jamboree.

The 12-feature program: 1. Welcome by mayor and Texchap; 2. Visit to offices of The Informer, “The guiding light of the Negroes of our great Southwest”; 3. Negro journalist speaker; 4. Tour of the plant of The Houston Chronicle, Texas’ greatest daily; 5. Tour of world’s first pine paper pulp enterprise at Lufkin; 6. Discussion groups led by outstanding East Texas journalists; 7. Ajay contests to determine convention champs in various fields; 8. Reports journalism in various sections, by members; 9. Debate on some prominent problem in the A.A.P.A.; 10. Ajay display; 11. Open forum; 12. Banquet and dance.

A convention paper will be issued daily during the convention. The fee of $2.50 will cover cost of badge, paper, banquet, and transportation to Lufkin. If there is a surplus, it will be used for bus fare to other places to be visited within the city.

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The Texan Journalist
Organ of the Texas Chapter of the A.A.P.A.

Ralph Brandt, Editor
Thomas Barnhouse, Asst. Editor

Published at Houston, Texas

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