OBSERVER REPORTER AT WORK 01′ Hound Dawg has been doing a lot of sniffin’ and pawin’ around the last seven monthsthe first seven months of the operation of The Texas Observer. The Observer has a policy against using the word “exclusive” in its stories, but 01′ Hound Dawg wants his readers to know about the bones he’s sniffed up for the first time. Reason he does is, if every present subscriber will get one new reader, the Observer will be in wonderful shape. You can use this list of exclusives in showing people what they’re missing not readin’ Hound Dawg’s favorite rag .. . Among the more notable stories in the Observer ,_,.iring its first seven months of publication: Running storiesincluding an exchange of w it es in whicn the Congressman seemed to deny his Involvementwhich finally established that US Rep. dorm v. Bell received large fees from promoters in the veterans’ land scandal. A special issue on January 31, “Veterans’ Land Scandal,” in which the financial connections between Bascom Giles and B. R. Sheffield, and between Sheffield and L. V. Ruffin, were first in which the absence of Governor Shivers and Attorney General Shepperd from most meetings of the Veterans’ Land Board was called to the public attention. A special issue on May 23, “Austin Lobbyists at Work,” on the methods and identity of the special interest lobbyists in Austin, on bribery, free-loading, coercion, and what the legislators themselves think of the lobbyists. An exclusive series on the second wave of censorship of books by the San Antonio Public Library Board. A series on the Port Arthur strike which played a part in its abatement. A series on the abominable conditions at Another special report ion the land scandal, in which Bell’s involvement was proved by photostat and Governor Shivers’s willingness to expedite group land deals was also established \(and for which, a month later, he had to answer An exclusive interview with Dr. Homer P. Rainey, including his analysis of the forces controlling Texas politics. A series of articles on Galveston Islandthe vice, the venality among local officials, and the refusal of state officials to enforce the law. A special report from Irving, Texas, reporting in full the complicated student, teacher, political factors which led to that Dallas suburb’s school blow-up. An exclusive report on the lobby-paid flight of twelve Texas legislators to some horse races in Kentucky as a part of the fight over a minimum price for natural gas. An exclusive series on the Constitution Party, especially in San Antonio. An exclusive series on “The Political Hucksters,” the role of public ‘relations men in Texas politics. Exclusive revelation of the machinations of a powerful private company in an effort special exemptions from insurance regulation through powerful friends in the Senate. An exclusive story revealing the fight between the Board of Control and the Hospital Board over a private company’s delay in delivery dates of state-bought merchandise. An exclusive statistical report on the separate and unequal schools of Texas. An exclusive report from Corpus Christi on derelictions in law enforcement therea report still causing repercussions. Exclusive publication of a series by our Cor pus Christi correspondent on an international claims game paid for by the poor of South Texas a series which was followed by indictment of one of the principals. An exclusive series on the financial policies of Jesse James, the State Treasurer, which have permitted him to sell boats to the State, accept very low interest returns on the State’s money deposited in private banks, and veto establishment of a bank which would compete with one he is interested in. First-hand character sketches on important TexansJimmy Allred, John White, Roy Hofheinz, Barefoot Sanders, .Timmy Phillips, Jerry Holleman, Will Wilson, Ralph Yarborough, Wright Morrow, Price Daniel, and many others. For the immediate future, the Observer is preparing series on the Board of Control and the Texas Railroad Commission and a series on “The Slums of Texas.” A special report on the Citizens’ Council of Kilgore. Last week, George Cook became the Observer’s subscription drive chairman in Orange Judge R. C. Musselwhite and Mrs. Lee Oliver are co-chairmen in Lufkin, Warren Fuller and H. D. Ard are Lufkin co-chairmen, and Mrs. Emil Zeller is cochairman with Dick Mason in Jefferson County. Page 8 August 10, 1955 THE TEXAS OBSERVER ork ships. Yarborough touched on the water problem, “graft and corruption in high places,” old age pensions, crime, narcotics, juvenile delinquency, higher education, and public health. Some samples: “The crime and naroctics and juvenile delinquency problems of Texas cannot be solved by tea party resolutions. “The meager old age pensions paid in Texas will not be raised by political evasion and double-talk. “A new climate of honesty is needed in Texaswhere lobbyists AUSTIN Texas gubernatorial candidates, the ones who are so obvious about it they don’t even have to announce their plans, were doing some active politickin’ last weekalmost a full year before the 1956 Democratic primary. Ralph Yarborough and State Senator Jimmy Phillips appeared on successive nights at the Old Settlers Reunion in Jim Hogg’s old home town of Quitman. Phillips had been stumping in West Texas earlier in the week. John White spoke in Kerrville Friday night and was in Dallas Saturday. The only announced candidate is former House Speaker Reuben Senterfitt of San Saba. He has yet to make a major speech, but last week he named his campaign manager for the 1956 racea political unknown named Kelly Owen. who farms and ranches near Senterfitt’s home town. Senterfitt announced for the Democratic nomination on June 7 and has since selected a 22member steering committee with a chairman in each congressional district. Senterfitt announced for governor early in 1953, and even opened his campaign for the 1954 race with a statewide radio broadcast, before the death of his father and possibly the decision of Governor Allan Shivers to run again forced him to withdraw. There is one other “announced” candidate for governor, but he has yet to make a formal declaration. He is J. J. Holmes, the Austin contractor who, with Cyclone Davis of CLASSIFIED ADS Help Wcinted STRINGERSThe Texas Observer is building up a, bank of reliable reporters all over Texas. Professional reporters of an enlightened tiirn of mind are urged to contact the Editor. –he Texas Observer. Drawer F. Capitol Station. ,Ist-in. ADVERTISING REPRESENTATIVES If you have some spare time and would like to help The Texas Observer grow, write the Business Manager for advertising solicitation forms. Percentage of sales .1 be arranged. The Texas Observer, Drawer F. Capitol Station, Austin. LEGAL ADS NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INCORPORATE A FIRM WITHOUT CHANGE OF NAME To Whom It May Concern : Notice is hereby given that Rex F. Montgomery, George R. Montgomery, Howard R. Hager, and W. M. Covin, partners, doing business under the firm name of A. C. Montgomery, General Contractors, a Partnership, intends to incorporate such firm without a change of the firm name. Signed this the 25th day of July, 1955. A. C. MONTGOMERY, General Contractors, A Partnership REX F. MONTGOMERY GEORGE R. MONTGOMERY HOWARD R. HAGER W. M. COVEN CITATION BY PUBLICATION THE STATE OF TEXAS TO Alfred Leonard Stanley, Defendant, in the hereinafter styled and numbered cause: You are hereby commanded to appear before the 126th District Court of Travis County, Texas, to be held at the courthouse of said county in the City of Austin, Travis County, Texas, at or before 10 o’clock A.M. of the first Monday after the expiration of 42 days from the date of issuance hereof ; that is to say, at or before, 10 o’clock A.M. of Monday the 12th day of September, 1955, and answer the petition of plaintiff in Cause Number 101,836, in which Dorothy .Stanley is Plaintiff and Alfred Leonard Stanley is defendant, filed in said Court on the 7th day of July, 1955, and the nature of which said suit is as follows : Being an action and prayer for judgment in favor of plaintiff and against defendant for decree of divorce dissolving the bonds of matrimony heretofore and now existing between said parties ; plaintiff alleges abandonment by defendant of plaintiff for a period of more than three years, with the intention on the part of defendant of making such abandonment permanent : plaintiff further alleges that three children were born of said union ; that said children are now living with plaintiff, who should be awarded their care and custody ; Plaintiff further alleges that no community property has been accumulated ; plaintiff further prays for costs of suit and relief, general and special ; All of which more fully appears from Plaintiff’s Original Petition on file in this office and to which reference is here made; If this citation is not served within 90 days after date of its issuance, it shall be returned unserved. WITNESS, 0. T. MARTIN, JR., Clerk of the District Courts of Travis County, Texas. Issued and given under my hand and the seal of said Court at office in the City of Austin, this the 29th day of July, 1955. 0. T. MARTIN, JR. Clerk of the District Courts, Travis County, Texas By GEO. W. BICKLER, Deputy Dallas, forced the 1954 gubernatorial race into a runoff between Shivers and Yarborough. Holmes will say he’s a candidate if anyone asks him, but no one has asked him lately. Settlers Hear Unsettlers The Old SettlersReunion in Quitman was the site of the week’s most colorful political oratory. Both Yarborough and Phillips struck some responsive chords in fishing around for next year’s issues. Both spoke within 100 yards of the Jim Hogg Shrine, on which the former Governor’s home now stands, and both had words of praise for the first native-born governor of Texas. Phillips lashed out at what he called “special interest boys” in the recent session of the Texas Legislature. He said the surface had only been scratched in the veterans’ land scandals. He stressed the need for charity hospitals where sick people without financial means could get treatmentone of his favorite filibuster subjects. He also described the trouble he had in conducting his one-man investigation of the veterans’ land scandals. He said efforts were made several times to stop the investigation when he tried to find out what happened, who caused it, and why it was permitted to happen. Phillips was running a one-man campaign against Attorney General John Ben Shepperd earlier in the year connecting Shepperd with the land scandal. Prior to that time, Shepperd had been considered the Number One candidate for gov CITATION BY PUBLICATION THE STATE OF TEXAS TO W. A. Holladay Defendant, in the hereinafter styled and numbered cause: You are hereby commanded to appear before the 126th District Court of Travis County, Texas, to be held at the court house of said County in the City of Austin, Travis County, Texas, at or before 10 o’clock A.M. of the first Monday after the expiration of 42 days from the date of issuance hereof ; that is to say, at or before, 10 o’clock A. M. of Monday the 29th day of August, 1955, and answer the petition of plaintiff in cause Number 101,830, in which Tena Holladay is Plaintiff ‘ ” W. A. Holladay is defendant, filed in said on the 7th day of July, 1955, and the nature of which said suit is as follows: Being an action and pr. :, -er for judgment in favor of Plaintiff an, 2 st Defendant for decree of divorce dissolving the bonds of matrimony heretofore and now existing between said parties Plaintiff alleges abandonment by defendant of plaintiff for a period of 11o2 than three years, witn the intentionAn tne part of defendant of making such abn.:.-n.i.ent permanent ; Plaintiff further alleges that no minor children are now living as a result of said union ; Plaintiff further alleges that no community property was accumulated ; Plaintiff further prays for costs of suit, attorney’s fees and relief, general and special; All of which more fully appears from Plaintiff’s Original Petition on file in this office and to which reference is here made; If this citation is not served within 90 days after date of its issuance, it shall be returned unserved. WITNESS, 0. T. MARTIN, JR., Clerk of the District Courts of Travis County. Texas. Issued and given under my hand and the seal of said Court at office in the City of Austin, this the 13th day of July, 1955. 0. T. MARTIN, JR., Clerk of the District Courts, Travis County, Texas THE STATE OF TEXAS To any Sheriff or any Constable within the State of TexasGREETING: You are hereby commanded to cause to be published, ONCE, not less than ten days before the return day thereof, in a newspaper printed in Travis County, Texas, the accompanying citation, of which the herein below following is a true copy\(but if there be no newspaper so printed in said county, Oen that you cause the said citation to be posted for at least TEN days before the return term CITATION BY PUBLICATION THE STATE OF TEXAS TO ALL PERSONS interested in the estate of John B. Hill, Sr., Deceased. No. 16,511, County Court Travis County. Texas. Sina Francis Hill, Administratrix thereof, filed in the County Court of Travis County, Texas, on the 29th day of July, A. D. 1955, her Final Account of the condition of the Estate of said John B. Hill, Sr., Deceased together with an Application to be discharged from said Estate. Said Final Account and Application will be heard and acted on by said Court on the first Monday next after the expiration of ten days from date of Posting or Publishing this citation, the same being the 22nd day of August, 1955, at the Courthouse thereof in Austin, Texas, at which time and place all persons interested in the Account for Firial Settlement of said Estate are required to appear by filing a written answer and contest said account a n d application should they choose to do so. The officer executing this writ shall promptly serve fhe same according to requirements of law, and the mandates hereof, and make due return as the law directs. Given under my hand and the seal of said court at office in Austin, Texas, this the 4th day of August, A. D. 1955.
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