`You Can’t Hide It, Honey, We Were Made for Each Other’ What this country needs is more middle-of-the-road thinking. How could we find our way through the hail-rent night without the compass of the conscientious moderate ? What would we do without the sturdy conservative to keep our ship of state on an even keel ? All hail moderation ! In moderation, of course. * At the Alamo the other day we stood before a painting of a man crossing a line and saying “Texas, my country.” “Look, Daddy, that’s Davy Crockett’s ….” The hostess told us about how the Alamo really looked when the seige came and why it was rebuilt in a different form. The four heroes on the tabletTravis, Bowie, Crockett, Bonham. The image of ol’ Fess Parker standin’ there swingin’ that rifle a man he was a man. Sing me a cottonwood song, gal. Sing me a cottonwood song. ** * Oh give me a home where the buffalo roam and the deer and the antelope play, where seldom is heard a discouraging word and the skies are not cloudy all day. Trxas Otisrrtirr Incorporating The State Observer, combined with The East Texas Democrat JUNE 27, 1955 cotil .f t i .?’;!c: , 3 Published once a week from Austin, Texas. Delivered postage prepaid $4 per annum. Advertising rates available on request. Extra copies 10c each. Quantity orders available. Entered as second-class matter April 26, 1937, at the Post Office at Austin, Texas, under the act of X41 arch 3, 1879. MAILING ADDRESS: Drawer F, Capitol Station, Austin, Texas. EDITORIAL AND RITSINESS OFFICE: 504 W. 24th St., Austin, Texas. Phone 7-4076 HOUSTON OFFICE : 2501 Crawford St., Houston, Texas \(Mrs. R. D. Randolph, Ronnie Dugger, Editor and General Manager Bill Brammer, Associate Editor Sarah Payne, Office Manager Jim Dyer, Circulation Manager We will serve no group or party but will hew hard to the truth as we find it and the right as we see it. We are dedicated to the whole truth, to human values above all interests, to the rights of man as the foundation of democracy; we will take orders from none but our own conscience, and never will we overlook or misrepresent the truth to serve the interests of the powerful or cater to the ignoble in the human spirit. The trouble with democracy is that politics is such a revolting business. The people are not sufficiently in control to make their politicians theirs. As Dorothy Thompson says, politicians are selfish. So is the money that elects politicians. Money in large sums must be had, and so, therefore, must politicians also. Even if the money comes from idealists, the politician still must cope with the blind spots among the people and the propaganda financed by the money from the non-idealists. So we have developed the High Cult of Prejudice-Massagers. We should limit how much money a man can spend to get elected. We should pay him enough to live well after he’s elected. We should make lobbyists tell what they spend and for what. We should send politicians and lobbyists who do certain things to jail. We should regard an offense against the general welfare by a politician feathering his nest as the highest offense in the heirarchy of criminality, because not directed against an individual, because directed against all of us. England has done this. Of course, the English are thereby deprived of certain pleasures. We should be grateful for Huey Long and 01′ Pass-the-Biscuits and Joe McCarthy. They died away, and we all had a rip-snortin’ fury while they hey-dayed, We note that the high pontiffs of the Harlingen school board have forbidden the 300 Harlingen schoolteachers from taking part in the elections of the Harlingen school board. One of the board members feels that the school administrators tell the teachers whom to support. Therefore, he reasons, we will tell them not to support anybody. If this is not the perfect course of freedom, at least they’ll keep their mouths shut_ Gentlemen, gentlemen, come to your senses. Is life so sweet, or peace so dear, as to be bought at the price of sinecure and silence ? No, no, a thousand times no ! We know not what others may do, but as for us, give us liberty, or give us a school teacher ! Preferably about 25, not yet embittered. ** * We can’t think of anything for our weekly dig at Gov__ br Shivers. What’g to be, done? Will the government fall because of an implied vote of confidence? Will the loyalists conclude we’ve sold out? Will the Republicans see this as is around the corner? We’ll try to think of something by next week, Governor, if you will just hold on a little longer. ** * Let those flatter who fear, it is not an American art. JEFFERSON Summ,ertime Bartlett Appears Exclusively in The Texas Observer TEXAS:AT LARGE Butler and Butler Confer iTvc *707* J ohn BellConsiders Running Again Two loyalist candidates for Governor, Ralph Yarborough and John White, aren’t sayin’ nice things about each other. Since both of them want to ride the same horse, it’s easy to see why. …. Some of the public relations aides of Governor Shivers appear to be angling around for new employment. The opinion grows Shivers will not seek re-election in 1956. But Richard Morehead writes in the Dallas News he is not through politically. …. Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Anderson’s unexplained resignation .and denial of “any political plans whatever” left hanging the question whether he would run for the governorship. He has appeal to liberals as a former adviser to . Gov. Jimmy Allred and to conservat ives because he voted for Eisenhower and served in the Republican Administration. Governor S h iv e r s wished him well in “any venture he associates himself with.” … National Chairman Paul Butler was scheduled to meet Jesse Jones in Houston and he conferred secretly \(at least they didn’t seem Houston conservatives the evening before his last speech in Texas. These were harmony moves. A magazine reporter found out about the Jones visit and thought he had a scoop, but then Butler simply announced i t Saturday night. An Observer reporter was tipped Butler was meeting in Room 1570 at the Shamrock with George Butler and other conservatives, so he picked up t h e house phone and asked for 1570. The conversation with the man at the other end went like this: “Is Butler there?” “George or Paul Butler you want?” ‘-`George.” “No, he just left.” “Well, is Paul there?” “Yeah warms talk to him?” “No, be right up.” He went on up but the party had broken up. ‘George Butler led the Texas Regulars’ revolt in 1944. Chairman Paul Butler told how the Kitchen Conference with Shivers came about in response to a question from an Observer reporter at an earlier press conference. Sources close to him had said that Shivers tried to get him aside all during the Governor’s conference in Washington, but he had been coy. Finally, at the Governors’ breakfast, this version went, Shivers asked a doorman to set up a brief meeting. They then met in the kitchen pantry. Butler said that “it probably was a combination initiative on the part of both of us” and that the intermediary was Fishbait Miller, doorkeeper of the House of Representatives. …. In Galveston, Mayor Clough, the clean-up-the-town mayor who turned out to mean “clean up” very chased some of the prostitutes out of downtOwn hotels. They now seem to be operating down around Post Office Street. He was not for More prostitutes but for keeping them in their place, it is explained. He is against .graft, and anti-graft Bill Kugle is standing on the sidelines chanting “you can’t have . ’em both, it just can’t be done.” . In Aransas Pass, Woodsboro, Goliad, Luling, and Gonzales, to say nothing of Austin, we are pleased to report that nothing of newsworthiness \(which,, unfortunately, excludes many intensely intranspiring. …. The Governor has now completed the process of signing into law new bills that cleared the Legislature. He vetoed a few at week’s enda w a ter conservation bill which erroneously included a provision to cancel unused portions of water permits after 10 years; the bill to return to scratching candidates names on the ballot instead of checking the one preferred; and a bill which would have required suspension of drivers’ licenses of persons convicted of driving while intoxicated. …. Bascom Giles lost a motion in Austin to quash a felony theft indictment against him. Trial is still scheduled July 5. …. Irving’s school system has been put on probation by the State Education Commissioner, but the chief meaning of this is that accreditation is not as of now denied, as many in Irving feared it might be. …. Speaker Sam Rayburn in Washington asked the President to endorse the bill removing natural gas producers from the jurisdiction of the Federal Power Commission. …. George Parr has dropped his $50,000 libel suit against Santos de la Paz, publisher of La Verdad, a bilingual paper. He gave no reason. …. Jon Ford, Capitol correspondent for the San Antonio Express, talked last week about certain state officials and their aspirations to higher office. He said quite a hassle is expected in the 14th congressional district o f South Texas when Congressman John J. Bell comes up for re-election next year. “This is assuming that Bell, who seems to be feeling considerably more chipper these days, his brush with legislative land investigators several months behind him, will be a candidate again,” wrote Ford. Eyeing the job, said the newsman, are Senator William Shireman, Rep. DeWitt Hale, and Rep. Curtis Ford, all of Corpus Christi, N u e c es County Judge John Young, and Cecil Burney, former president of the State Bar and now a special assistant to John Ben Shepperd in charge of the new land section.
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