“NEW REPUBLIC” ANNOUNCES an expote that’s’ rocking the U.S. . . . based on two years of research and travel. OIL AND POLITICS Six startling, up-to-the-minute articles from New Republic magazineyours FREE! This documented story of how the oil industry buys good will and tax benefits will be sent you as an extra. dividend . along with 20 issues of New Republic for only $2 . . . half the regular price. . .-. exclusive in NR New Republic, 1826 Jefferson Pl. N.W. Washington 6, D.C. Yes ! Send me, at no extra cost, the six articles on Oil and Politics. I enclose $2 for my half-price 20 week subscription to the New Republic magazine. NAME ADDRESS CITY Zone State \(T I The most exciting expose of the year will be sent you FREE! I I I I I I -MAIL THIS COUPON TODAY-1 IFINmmmIllmi From Texas to the Poor Abroad n Eight Years, Texas Farmers Give $800,000 in Crops For Distribution to the Needy through C. R. 0. P. AusTIN It may come as a surprise to some accustomed to stereotyping Texas farmers as provincial clods’ that they have given away $800,000 worth of their own crops in the last eight years for needy people abroad given it away with the clear understanding that it will go to the world’s needy regardless of their race, creed, or color. In addition, the -Texas part of the 22-state program has’. helped finance the distribution of about $10 million in American government surplus foods to the poor abroad. This has been accomplished . through C.R.O.P., the Christian Rural Overseas Program, assisted by Texas children who turned the customary cainraising of Hallowe’en into a trick-ortreat appeal that :netted C.R.O.P. $30,000 last year, and by preachers in local communities. . Every appeal along this line has to start with some formulation of the basic physiological situation: .”Two out of three people in the -world are so hungry that FOOD is their only aim in life,” as one C.RD.P. workbooklet puts it. :”Who will they :turn to for food ? ..:….C.R.O.P. food goes to more than 20.countries. .To orphans,’ aged, sick, homeless, refugees in Christ’s name,” Texas’s main contribution has been rice from the coastal plains and Wheat and cotton from the Panhandle. Texans have also given grain sorghums, but because of shipping problems these were converted to cash to support C.R.O.P.’s overhead .and pay for sending surplus food abroad. Since 1947, Texans have been helliing the program handsomely, with a spurt during the Korean war. The annual Texas contributiOns: 1947, $107,000 ; 1948, $27,000 ; 1949, $72,-000; 1950, $55,000; 1951, $101;000; 1952, $154,000; 1953,4188,000; 1954, $95,000; The national total for the same per iod is $13,500,000. Texas’s $789,000 is about 6 percent of that. Texas provided 275 bales of cotton from the Panhandle last year. Statistics on rice are incomplete \(the record ; but one man alone WillardRussell, a Houston lawyergave a carload of and is giving two carloads this year. Soine have given cattle, which have been converted into canned beef under an arrangement with a Fort Worth packing house. Abundant Scandinavia , also helps Norway sending cod liver oil and fish, Denmark cheese, and Holland 60,000 duck eggs for Korsa. -JOHN GILLIES, formerly an announcer and television director at WOAI in San Antonio, then a huckster for a time, and now returned to the missionary work to which he was introduced as a child by AUSTIN Atistin real estate and. insurance man, C. T. Johnson sued Ben Ramsey for $36,300 last week, then departed for Toronto, Canada, “to spend a week with-Billy Graham.” Ramsey defeated Johnson in last summer’s race for lieutenant governor. Johnson has now accused Johnson ; along with the Texas Press Associa tion, of violating the Texas Election Code provisions covering campaign spending. “I’m on God’s side, and I’m right, and they’re gonna wish they never heard of C. T. Johnson,” said Johnson. his parents, has set up , in Austinin the offic of thesponsoring Texas Council of Churches. ‘\(C.R.O.P. is a community appeal of the Church World Service, with the co-operation of 35 Protestant and Eastern Orthodox communions and 22 State CounGillies, -a quiet, young-executive type of fellow with a certain intensity beneath his surface, was born in Chicago, the son of a Lithunia-born father and a Pennsylvania born mother whose, ancestry was also Lithuanian. The-Gillies went to Lithuania in 1937-’40 and to Argentina in 1942’45 as Baptist missionaries. “It was largely evangelistic, I suppose, but in Lithuania my father had an orphanage, there was a lot of poverty even left over from World War I,” Gillies says. He worked with his father in Europe in 1947, distributing relief supplies to displaced persons. After his try at radio-TV and then “After I get these -guys I’m going after the giant,” he added. He identified the “giant” as millionaire contractor Herman Brown, close friend of Ramsey’s’ . Johnson filed .suit in 53rd District Court here, naming Ramsey;’ Vern Sanford, general _manager of the Texas Press Association ; and T.P.A. The action claims $12,100 *worth of political advertising placed for Ramsey -in Texas daily and weekly newspapers by Sanford-and T.P.A. was not reported during last summer’s campaign expenditures. The suit seeks $24,200 damagesa double penalty provided by the elec public relations, Gillies :just decided “I’m not a huckster”? and set about to find work in social Christianity. C.R. O.P. was ready-made for him. CR.O.P. establishes county organizations which then canvass the county with trucks, soliciting gifts of food, or money. Gillies will be co-ordinating the assistance of various groups and ‘,directing the program itself in Texas. Denominations affiliated with C.R. 4 O.P. in Texas are the Methodist; Presbyterian, U.S.; Presbyterian, U. S.A. ; Episcopal ; African. Methodist Episcopal ; Congregational-Christian Czech. Moravian. Brethren; Disciples of Christ; Evangelical and Reformed; and Evangelical-United Brethren. So also are the Texas State C.I.O. Council, the Texas State Federation of 1-2,7, bon, and United Church Women of Texas. The labor groups have contributed services, such . as printing, and funds out of their union treasuries. Helping Gillies are two area super=, visors, Rev. Ellis A. Todd, Plainview, and Rev. `S. M. Inman, El Campo. He, like all who dig in or dig down for the idea, is motivated by his own formulation of the basic facttwo thirds of the world’s population, one and a half billion people, go to bed hungry. tion codeplus a $12,100 attorney’s fee. The-suit will test constitutionality of the revised election code. Johnson got a deposition from Sanford several weeks ago, and at that time Sanford claimed that records showing how much political advertising T.P.A. handled for Ramsey had been destroyed “at least six months after .the ‘ election.” Johnson, at the time, had filed suit against T.P.A. and anticipated one against Ramsey. In last week’s action, he drOpped the first suit and filed against all threeRamsey, Sanford, and T.P.A. Johnson has said he plans to subpoena newspaper advertising records. Johnson Sues Ramsey, Others for $36,300 HILL COUNTRY It had been a hot Sunday afternoon’t drive from Wimberley, and it seemed the thing to dO to stop for something to drink in Kendalia. We’d had lunch in Wimberley, where the small town quaintness seems .a trifle contrived. One had the perspiring tourist, the plump lady in shorts and sunshades, along with the placid rivers and the tall, drowsy cottonwoods. We’d left Wimberley and driven south on Ranch Road 12 winding up . the hills from the valley of the Blanco River. Then we had turned west and kepi on top of the hills. Old stone fences meandered here and there, falling down, mostly, but,some were neat and looked strong asever. . Kendalia didn’t seem to be much, :but probably`it had never been much and so perhaps didn’t mind. The building on the left \(there are two buildtall stone structure of considerable age and rectitude. The ground floor housed a grcicery store. At one side stone steps led down to a cellar, and overhead hung a weatherbeaten sign. “CON RATH KELLER.” The building on the right promised more activity, thougha car stood in front ofit. It was a rambling twostory sheet iron affair, with sheds and leantos -tacked on. A garage section apparently had once been a livery stable. The main building was a combination of everything, a veritable history of merchandising. Auto parts lined one dusty wall, groceries another. A man got up from the ‘small audience ;watching cowboys blast their path across the television screen and fetched us our Cakes. We stood sip ping them; amiably, glad to be out of the sun. A *quilting frame, over a little way from the TV set, excited the .. ladies. The man said his wife was working the .quilt, and that the blue and white “K” design was for his son, Kenneth: Kenneth, eight or so, watch&I the cowboy movie, which seemed to be .approaching a ckimactic scene. He was more annoyed about our blocking his vision than pleased with the attention for his quilt. A little boy who had been watching ,the movie got up and ran across the street toward the “Con Rath Keller!’ The man said the stone building was a hundred years old and added gratuitously that “Rath Keller” is German for taverns. “This building here is a hundred. and twOve.” He himself looked youngabout 30 or 35. He’d .groWn up in Kendalia and had left to work at ua good jo.b in town. He’d gotten tired of it, though. “I told them they could take the job and lump it, and I came back home.” One of the ladies asked’ if there were any local points of interest. He pondered, pointed out a stone church building several hundred feet away, built in the 1870’s or 1880’s. When we left We drove on by the church building. It was small. The curved stone ‘facade on the front rer sembled the Alamo. A decrepit sign announced the “Kendalia: Methodist Church,” but the windows and doors were boarded up.’We looked through a crack in the door. The furniture was gone, but the floor seemed in good conditiOn. An advertisement tacked on the wall urged,that one ask for “Una Perla, por’ favor.” The little building had run the gamut from Catholicism to Methodism to Mexican dances to abandonwhicb ‘may have implications, if you think it over. Anyway, we got back into the car, and crossed the creek, and headed for Kerrville. . This -all happened some time ago, , but Kendalia probably’ hasn’t changed much.. Toll K. BARTON THE TEXAS OBSERVER Page 4 October 12, 1955 Notes on Kendalia
You May Also Like
The Texas Rangers are tasked with investigating corruption and crimes by public officials. Those officials are rarely held accountable.