Smith Leaves Texas AUSTIN Garland. Smith, resigned insurance commissioner, was subpoenaed by the Waco grand jury Monday but insurance Commission Chairman J -. Byron Saunders told D. A. Tom Moore of Waco by phone that Smith has left the state for some unnamed “Southern -state” to “recuperate.” Smith has been in a hospital recovering from inflamed ulcers. Subpoenas have also been delivered to Saunders and Commissioner Mark Wentz and to Vernon Sanford of the Texas Press Assn., Moore revealed. The one great rule of composition is to speak the truth. Thoreau ..rx.tth Obstrurr An Independent Liberal Weekly N ewspaper We will serve wr group or party but will hew hard to the truth as we find it and the right as we see it. Vol. 47 TEXAS, FEBRUARY 22, 1956 10c per copy No. 44 Lobby. Uproar Hits Austin 1 AUSTIN The United States Senate, which Lyndon Johnson had planned to keep wider a careful pacing during the election year, is now galloping unchecked into a Republican-originated challenge to the oil industry’s cherished depletion allowance -and a thorough probe into the Washington lobby. ‘ Not only Texas but national politics is shuddering under. the impact of the multiple thunderclaps leading up to the President’s veto of the Texas-championed Fulbright-Harris natural gas Senator Price Daniel is expected to announce for governor regardless of the veto, but -neither he nor Gov. Allan Shivers are expected to have the enthusiasm they had for Eisenhower in 1952. Daniel might declare for the Democratic presidential nominee before he is selected by the Chicago.conVen t ion . –,Few doubt that the prestige_ of some conservatives in ‘TexasDaniel and Shivers especiallyhas been damaged with Texas voters because of the Eisenhower veto. It is generally felt Eisenhower could not carry Texas again. From Washington,. dispatches and columns are reporting that Senator Johnson’s Senate leadership may come into question. Texas newsman Leslie Carpenter reports that Johnson is “all but completely removed from .speculation as . a vice presidential candidate this’ vear.” it is obvious that an investigation into the campaign contributions of Texas oil and gas. interests Will reveal that the bulk of the Texas delegation is underwritten in part by campaign AUSTIN Although still wincing away from a final statement of principle, the student-faculty publications board of the University. of Texas’ Monday night voted that it had found “some errors of faCt and some instances of questionable editorial presentation” in The Daily Texan, the student newspaper under fire from the university Board of Regents. Student Editor Willie Morris, the only dissenter to the finding, called it “direct appeasemeflt” of the Regents and “admitting to guilt.” He added : ;`1.f. we are going to. be completely honest, we should add the statement: `We feel that the Board 6f’ Regents disaurees with us on various political stands … in magnified, isolated .areas’.” The board. did not act on that suggestion. But Wednesday the publications board asserted the right of the editor to express his opinions on state poli.cies if he has laid a factual basis for them. The Regents and the Adrninistration have objected to editorials Morris has published in oppoSition to the _ Fulbright-Harris natural gas bill, in favor of school integration, in favor of higher state .taxes on. oil, gas, and sulphur, and critical of the Shivers Ad ..ministration, Senator. Price Daniel, ,nd Attorney ,General.John Ben Shepperd. Neff, a NeL i raska lobbyist for Superior Oil, inquired into the dispositions bill, found ,Ibirn leaning toward it but undecided, asked . Patman in the Shoreham Hotel for $2,500 to give to Case for his “campaign.” Neff went back to South Dakota with the money and gave it to a friend of Case. Case heard aboilt.it and spoke out on the Morris has also been prohibited from publishing editorials against the natural gas bill from The New York Times and the Christian Science Monitor. He calls this “a crime.” The students on the board sided with the faculty against Morris on the finding of factual errors and “questionable editorial presentation.” Morris said “we’re being talked out of our position on every point.” Olin Hinkle, journalism professor and a publications board member, suggested the board admit to the Regents only that they had “examined” some factual errors and “some instances of questioned editorial presentation,” but the board passed, the suggestion. by: Hinkle said it was “one last bit of weasel-wording.” The group prefaced its finding with a statement that the Texan has . given them cause for “much pride” and is “a student newspaper of the first class.” Dr, DeWitt Reddick, acting journalism dean and also on the board, said: “My major hope is that the Regents will decide the Boafd \(of Publicafairs of the Texan.” He objected to insistence by Morris on . freedom of the editor to comment on all issues, no matter how controversial, on grounds that the Regents “will think we are entirely dodging the issue.” Jack Holland, dean of men, said that the publications board. was in the position of a foreman o f a manufac Senate flooritself extremely unusual under the “private club” rules of the Senate. The bill passed the Senate, but the President vetoed it because -of what he called “arrogant” attempts ‘to. bring about its paSsage. He added a sentence about the next such bill needing adequate protections for consumers, thus leaving the Republicans free to state they defended the consumers -next summer. Daniel,. Shivers, Atty. Gen. John Ben Shepperd, and Republican Congressman Bruce Alger of Dallas all petitioned Eisenhower not to . veto the bill, but to no avail. in announcing that was made a few vote on the bill, re to those who will get the extraordinary of the bilk,. demanded full details and resented the timing of the announce-. ment. “We should know who the peo 7 ple are and whom they represent,” he ‘said. Case replied : “May I respectfully suggest that senators may not want to press the point too -far.”: He added he meant nothing personal. turing company who had been told by “the boss” he had made mistakes. “If you came back and said you’re studying it, you’d be looking for a job,” Hollandsaid. Meanwhile, one student member of the board, James Hall, editor of the college humor magazine, the Ranger, stated he has been threatened with disciplinary probation because of a headline’ joke in the current .issue of his magazine. The line read “I will be your valentine if you will be my concubine.” He said he had been called in ,by Arno Nowotny, dean of student life, and threatened with disciplinary probation “in indefinite terms” if the Ranger did not tone down. He said Nowotny also objected to an article ridiculing Albert Schweitzer, the samaritan in Africa, as “Albert Shyster.” Editorial comment developed on the Texan issue. The Jacksonville Daily News and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram sided with the Texan. The Dal las News sided with the Regents, -arguing that neither the Texan nor statehired professors should have the right to make public statements on politics from a partisan point of view. An outof-state reaction came from the St. Louis Post Dispatch, which pointed out that .the University of Texas has a $240 million endowment primarily from oil and gas and commented : “It is good to know that, oil or no oil, quarter of a billion dollars or no quarter of a billion dollars, young Texans are still thinking and speaking for themselves.” Allan May Rung. Phillips Is Out White to Say by March 1; Hart ‘Likely’ to Enter AUSTIN Governor Shivers said he, might run, again Tuesday. Jimmy Phi llips :dropped out, John Wliite almost jumped. in, and James Hatt said he would probably announce by March 1. PriceDaniel had a severe case of second thought after the President vetoed the natural gas bill, but is expected toannounce,-12.alph Yarborough watched silently, except he did remark with a laugh :. “It’s going ‘to be an interesting summer.” Phillips said he was getting out. of the race because he hasn’t been able to raise enough mopey. He said he had enough when he made his announcement. “I have been urged by friends from throughout the state .to run for re-election for governor,” Shivers said in a press release. “I am .seriously considering’doing so and will make a definite announcement about my plans within the next two weeks.” From Washington Senator Daniel responded :. “My oosition is Anchanved. I am seriously considering the race for governor. I will probably reach a decision after the farm bill is acted upon by the Senate. Nothing has happened that changes my posittion. As stated before .my plans are not dependent on what anyone else, may do.” Daniel said he is still considering the situationlie will make his plans known by March .1, tooand statements he has made since the veto in favor of a campaign to get new industries into Texas to use the state’s federally unregulated gas suggest he may be reconstructing his platform on this point in preparation for an announcement. White, ‘Commissioner of Agriculture, had his announcement in rough draft Sunday night and told a newspaperman he would announce noon 1VIonday. He then toned this down for the wire services : he would make his decision public by March 1. Monday morning,.Harttold the Oh, server he expects to make his decision known, “before March 1.” Asked if Senator Daniel’s decision would have any bearing on his, hr o . replied : “No, I don’t think so.” Is he sure he will annotince? “I wouldn’t put it that -way. It just seems more likely as time .goes on,”.he responded. Tax Benefit Challenged After Gas Bill Explosion The Fulbright-Harris bill would profits from laWs enacted …. In the have reversed a Supreme Court deci; light of evidence personal to me that sion that the Federal Power Commis. the bill has prospects of unusual mon. sion is empowered to regulate natural etary profit to’ some, and that with that gas producers. profit would go the means for a con ‘Howard Keck of Superior Oila tinuing effort to . influence -the course California based with headof government for’ private gain, I quarters also in. Houstonsaid he had must vote to maintain in people’s govgiven Elmer Patman, the company’s ernment the opportunity to control the managemeirt-zatinsel in Austin, $6,000 profits from a monopoly’product.” ,of :Keck’s.. “personal ftirtds. .—.101:-M—.Sen. Ealar.4.;;Iit_..\(1..A.,./X,rigi4, —ssor funds from the state’s leading indus-/ try. Senator Johnson said Monday he favors “a thorough and complete investigation of lobbying.” At first he rbaneuvered against, a thorough probe of the oil and gas lobby, but Monday he said he even ‘would have been in favor of the original proposal of Sen. It appeared at mid-week that’ Johnson prevail in their wish that the inquirybe conducted by a special Senate com mittee instead of one of the standing CASE, committees. , the $2,500 offer Four Republicans, led by Sen. Wil”weeks before the :tion to cut the oil depletion allowance “Government cannot remain free if to 15 percent from its present 27.5 those who write the laws are obligated percent. Student Editorials ‘Questionable’
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