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The ICT Insurance Company HOME OFFICE: Dallas, Texas BnJack Cag, President Owned by Union Members Building a Better America 320 f ;OE Ofi3 1 1r GROUP Social, Legislative Group Speaks for Half Million AUSTIN Representatives of some half a million Texans have banded together in a unique organization whose policies are a good guide to the current social thinking of liberals and working people in Texas unions. The Texas Social and Legislative Conference, first organized in February, 1944, speaks as well as any representative group can on behalf of participating organizations and individual members at large. It will be advocating its social program before this session of the Legislature. Among the groups affiliated, with the Conference now are American G. I. Forum of Texas, Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen & Enginemen, Brotherhood o f Railway Trainmen, Texas Democratic Progressive Voters League, Texas Farmers Union, Texas State CIO Council, Texas State Federation of Labor, Harris County Democrats, the Dallas chapter of Americans for Democratic Action and local chapters of the Conference in Bexar, Nueces. Travis, and Tarrant Counties, as well as a number of local unions. Delegates to the eleventh annual convention of the Conference in Fort Worth in November adopted a resolution urging Governor Shivers to call a statewide conference on traffic and industrial safety to be attended by representatives of city governments, industry, labor, insurance companies, and industrial engineering. Often unspoken criticism of the Texas Good Neighbor Commission came into the open in another of the resolutions. “Severely criticized” as a “wasteful expenditure of state funds,” the Commission was charged with failing to devote its attention “to the problems affecting the Spanishspeaking minority groups which forrrA one-fifth of the population of Texas.” On water policy, the Conference declared: “… Texas rivers were given by God to all the people who need their water and the products of the flow and the energy ‘thereby produced, and … we resist all efforts to turn these natural bounties into private gain or to cause them to go unused because they would make plentiful some product that a private corporation wants to sell at scarcity prices.” Full but frugal development, use and conservation of water and soil resources should be undertaken by THE STATE OF TEXAS, COUNTY OF TRAVIS In the name and by the authority of the State of Texas Notice is hereby given as follows : To: Grace Williams, Sadie Williams Baker, Lottie Ivory, Eulah Lee Pearson, Albert G. Pearson, Isaac Williams, Sallie Williams, Mrs. Lola B. Brown, Nannie Vance, George Sanders, Irene Simpson, Martha Anderson, Todd Anderson, Sarah L. Dedrick, Tillie M. Steward, Jewel D. Hamilton, Nellean J. Lawson, Thomas Williams, Della J. Phillips, Bessie C. Matthezws, Bernice Williams, Thomas Williams, Joe A. Williams, Dessie Williams, Walter Williams, Mary Williams, Thomas Williams, Jewel Williams, Louise Williams, Margie Williams, Gladys Williams, Pearl Williams, Alice Williams, and the unknown owner or owners of the property hereinafter described or any interest therein ; the heirs and legal representatives and the unknown heirs and legal representatives of each of the above named and mentioned persons who may be deceased ; and the cornorate officers, trustees, receivers and stockholders of any of the above named or mentioned parties which may be corporations, defunct or otherwise, together with the successors, heirs and assigns of such corporate officers, trustees, receivers’, and stockholders, any and all persons, including adverse claimants, owning or having or claiming any legal or equitable interest in or lein upon the following described property delinquent to Plaintiff herein, for taxes, to-wit : All that certain lot, tract, or parcel of land lying and being situated in the City of Austin, Travis County, Texas described City of Austin, Travis County, Texas ; and being the same property conveyed to Isaac Williams by William J. Mitchell by Deed recorded in Book V, page 56, Deed Records of Travis County, Texas. Which said property is delinquent to Plaintiff for taxes in the following aomunts : $182.44, exclusive of interest, penalties and costs, and there is included in this suit in addition to the taxes all said interest, penalties and costs thereon, allowed by law up to and including the day of judgment herein. You are hereby notified that suit has been brought by the City of Austin as Plaintiff, against the above named persons, and the State of Texas and the County of Travis, as Defendants, by petition filed on the 30th day of November, 1954, in a certain suit styled City of Austin vs. Lottie Ivory, et al for collection of the taxes on said property and that the Legislature in co-operation with federal and state agencies “and utilizing federal financial aid,” said the public power resolution. “A complete dam building program for flood control, generation of electric power, and water conservation” is favored. Expressing alarm at the appointment of members of river authorities “from the ranks of those who would scuttle the public power program or turn it into a bonanza for private business interests,” the Conference hoped that Governor Shivers would make such boards more representative of farmers and other consumers. Texas workers, said the Conference, are now divided into two groups: those protected by federal machinery f o r enforcing their rights to be represented by a union and to bargain collectively if a majority wishes, and those held to be working in intra-state commerce Phone Rates Up in Brenham AUSTIN Southwestern Bell obtained a telephone rate increase in Brenham last week and entered exceptions to a court ruling reducing its rates in Houston. A decision is pending in Austin on its rate increase petition here. By a 3 to 2 vote, the City Council of Brenham raised business phones $1.50 and one-party residence 50 cents to $5. Two-and four-party residence phones were increased 25 cents. A petition signed by 100 citizens backed up Bell in the increase request. Bell entered 46 exceptions to the recent ruling of District Judge Wilmer T. Hunt that the rates were too high in Houston. The City also objected to Judge Hunt’s ruling on 44 counts. Bell alleged the rates are too low, the City that they are too high. Austin’s City Counc41 will make a decision in about 30 days on a request for a 41-percent rate increase by Bell. Ed Gossett, former Congressman from Wichita County who is now chief counsel of the telephone company, said the increase would be less than 28 percent after allowance for higher taxes under the new schedule. suit is now pending in the District Court of Travis County 53rd Judicial District, and the file number of said suit is 99,773, that the names of all taxing units which assess and collect taxes on the property hereinabove described not made parties to this suit are, NONE. Plaintiff and all other taxing units who may set up their tax claims seek recovery of delinquent ad valorem taxes on the property hereinabove described, and in addition to the taxes all interest, penalties, and costs allowed by law thereon up to and including the day of judgment herein, and the establishment and foreclosure of liens, if any, securing the payment of same, as provided by law. All parties to this suit, including Plaintiffs, Defendants, and Intervenors, shall take notice that claims not only for any taxes which were delinquent on said property at the time of this suit was filed but all taxes becoming delinquent thereon at any time thereafter up to the day of judgment, including all interest, penalties, and costs allowed by law thereon, may, upon request therefor, be recovered herein without further citation or notice to any parties herein, and all said parties shall take notice of and plead and answer to all claims and pleadings now on file and which may hereafter be filed in said cause by all other parties herein, and all of those taxing units above named who may intervene herein and set up their respective tax claims against said property. You are hereby commanded to appear and defend such suit on the first Monday days from and after the date of issuance hereof, the same being the 14th day of February A. D., 1955 \(which is the reHonorable District Court, 53rd Judicial District of Travis County, Texas, to be held at the courthouse thereof, then and there to show cause why judgment shall not be rendered for such taxes, penalties, interests and costs, and condemning said property and ordering foreclosure of the constitutional and statutory tax liens thereon for taxes due the Plaintiff and the taxing units parties hereto, and those who may intervene herein, together with all interest, penalties and costs allowed by law up to and including the day of judgment herein, and all costs of this suit. Issued and given under my hand and seal of said court in the City of Austin, Travis County, Texas, this 30th day of December, A. D., 1954. 0. T. MARTIN, Jr., Clerk of the District Court, Travis County, Texas. 38-2 and therefore denied the protection of the federal laws. “Severely restrictive provisions of state law, passed in an era of hysteria,” are said to “transgress federal standards and guarantees.” The Conference asked that “the discrimination against intra-state employees” be wiped out by removing the restrictive controls of state law and leaving labor relations in the intra-state field to free collective bargaining, or by enacting a new state labor code regulating unions and also protecting their rights to organize. In such a code, the employer should be required to recognize and bargain with the representative selected by the majority of his employees, the Conference believes. Since cities have “no facilities for investigation,” the Conference said, a state agency should regulate “uncontrolled intrastate utility operations.” Specifically mentioned were intra-state long distance rates. Mrs. Margaret Carter of Fort Worth was chairman of the convention resolutions committee. Chairman of the Conference is Charles J. Morris of Dallas; vice-chairman, Jerry Holleman of Austin; secretary, Emilie Heinatz of Austin; and treasurer, Mabel M. Kuykendall of Fort Worth. Page 8 January 17, 1955 ILL ARE IN JAIL, BUT AUSTIN, Jan. 17Even though he acknowledges that the need to re-locate mentally-ill persons now in Texas jails with convicted prisoners is “desperate,” State Prison Board Chairman French Robertson does not plan to ask for new building funds from the Legislature. “Texas desperately needs facilities for housing the mentally ill Mexican Churches Enter West Texas Presbytery KINGSVILLE, Jan. 17 The Presbytery of Western Texas now contains fifteen Mexican Presbyterian Churches of South Texas. The churches were admitted at the two-day regular meeting of Presbytery here last week. In addition, ministers and ruling elders representing about 70 churches voted, 98 to 16, in favor of a proposed union of the three Presbyterian Churches in the United Statesthe Presbyterian Church, U.S.A.; the Presbyterian Church in the United States; and the United Presbyterian Church of North America. Voting is proceeding in all three of the national churches. THE TEXAS OBSERVER who run afoul of the law,” said Robertson, “but the cost for establishing such facilities would be tremendous.” The Board will not ask for funds, he said, “although we probably should.” The Board was told last week that riots threaten constantly at state prisons because mentally-ill inmates are used by “troublemakers.” Testimony from 0. B. Ellis, prison system manager, and George Beto, chairman of the board’s inmates committee, stated that mentally ill prisoners belong in mental, institutions. Beto said: “If they \(mentally-ill persons in in seeing that they were proved mental cases, they would not be in prison.” Austin McCormick, professor in the California School of Criminology, has reported that the Texas prison system is now equal with California’s as the Nation’s best. In 1947 he reported unfavorably on the Texas system. The prison population has increased in Texas from 5,000 in 1947 to 8,500 in 1955. Na Funds Appeal, Prison Board Says
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