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AUSTIN Interesting excerpts from the Cox Harmon conversation in which Rep. James Cox, Conroe, agreed to a $5,000 bribe from Dr. Howard Harmon, San Antonio: On Sponsorship Cox: … doctors and chiropractors are the ones that got me to introduce that thing…. Harmon: You mean the chiropractors got you to? Cox: Well, they were in on it. H: You don’t want to put 400 people out of jobs just because the chiropractors asked you to, that’s a chiropractic-naturopathic fight. H: Why did the chiropractors introduce this bill? Would you mind telling me that? C: I don’t know except that theyand I don’t want that going any further either …. It wasn’t the chiropractors as much as it was the medical doctors. The Bribe H: It would lead to … compensate further work on your part. you’ll want to compensate me for my services if we should work on this thing. Well, what do you mean compensate? Now let’s just sit downnow let’s put the cards on the table now …. Now how much as you all willing to H: What do you think it’s worth? C: Well, I don’t know …. H: Now I will say this, if you will withdraw 274 and give us a preference under this circumstance that you understand that the law was no good anyway and you introduced the bill to take it off the books and get it out of there …. I think it’s worth 5 G’s for you to do that if you will …. C: What kind of a deal would you make on it? H: What kind do H: I’ll give you $3,500 if you’ll help me to amend my law and withdraw 274 and that’s just between us. C: Well, now, you said ‘ 5 G’s awhile ago. H: Well, now, let’s cut down to 35. It usually does cost 5 G’slet’s cut it down. C: Why do you want to cut it down? H: Give us a break …. H: $3,500, how’s that? C: I don’t like that $3,500. H: Well, how much? C: Well, I’ll tell you what. H: Do you want less than that? C: No, I don’t want less I like that five better. H: You want 5? C: Tell you why, because there is some other guys I’ve got to take care of if I do this, if you intended to get your amendment passed. H: Will you assure it going through that committee for 5? It’s been pretty trying. Favorable committee C: Yeah, I know, but I’ve got some good friends on that committee …. I’ve got pretty goddam good power up there. H: And you’ll do the best you can? C: I sure as hell will. H: But you won’t for 35? C: No, because I’ve got some boys that have got to be taken care of in order to get the support I need. C: You see I have to work on the quiet on this. Certain guys have to be taken care of …. C: You see, there’s three guys I’ve got to take care of to pull this deal …. I can’t divulge their secrets …. H: You mean on the committee with you? \(No verH: And Jim, it has to be part of the deal, I mean, you can’t vote I won’t vote against you, I’ll work for you. H: And you can’t walk on us. C: work for you. H: That’s part of it. C: Yeah, you don’t know me. When I tell you I’m going to do something, I’m going to do it …. When you give me the money I’m on your side because I can collect Tuesday. C: You want me to help you, don’t you. H: That’s what we’re buying, isn’t it? C: All right I’ve got to pay off $1,500 to get my bill killed and get this other one go ing. H: All right. C: I’ve got to pay that off myself. H: All right, analyze that committee now for Inc. C: I got 12-12 I can carry right now. H: Well, that’s it. $100 a Day H: The first time in our history and the first time in our experience we don’t have a trained and professional lobbyist ‘up here and we picked the president of our association to take care of these things which requires time away from my office. Every day I’m up here costs me $150 …. H: And now, they say if I come up here and I spend $100 a day here in a hotel room, I’m chiseling on them. C: Um Hum. H: They think a man with an income like mine of over $50,000 a year is willing to come up here and argue and fuss and fight and yet I beat them out of $4,000. How in the hell do you figure that? I make more than that in my office in ‘four or five days. Others Mentioned C: Who’s going to carry it \(HarH: Well, it will be carried by Gonzalez, Bradshaw, and Herring, and F.L. C: Well, who do you have? You have Herring and Gonzalez and who else? H: Herring, Gonzalez, Herring, Bradshaw. C: Bradshaw knows everybody. He’s a good friend of mine …. Floyd is a good friend of mine. H: If the two guys sponsored by us won their elections by the most overwhelming majority of any electorates in the whole damn history of that county down there: that was Joe Lee Hensley and Glenn Kothmann and Sen. Henry Gonzalez. Henry Gonzalez ran against a four-year term man. He told me to my face, I’m against you and I don’t want any part of it. C: Who did. H: Lattimore \(presumably 0. E. Lat The Cox-Harmon Conversation Senators Deny And I said your goose is cooked you you …. And Henry Gonzalez is here. come on up. Thank you, sir. That is another member of the health committee. Mr. Oliver, uh, doesn’t mean talking any deal. The $56,000 Item H: The best thing is just like I talked to you, to pay you to help me and that’s it. C: That’s the only way you can get anything done in your business. I don’t mind telling you that. Okay, I know, this is my second session H: I’ll tell you what I did two years ago, Mister. Two years ago we had $56,000 that was spent in Austin two years ago. You don’t believe that? C: Yeah I believe you. You should have gotten what you wanted done though. H: Well, that’s what we made up according to our records. The Payoff C: I was told that you all would close a deal with me today on that proposition. H: Well, I’m ready to close it. I thought you ‘ had closed it with me. C: Yeah, I mean everything. They told me that you were coming down here today to close the whole deal. H: Well, I didn’t know what the deal was. C: Well, you were supposed to …. H: No, I didn’t know what the deal was, James. I, uh, the deal with me was talk to you and make a deal with you. And I said I damn sure will and I’lll tell you who told me that if you want to know. It was Verb Howard in Waco and, uh, you see …. C: I’ll see you next Tuesday. H: I would say just off hand that ‘you better give me till Wednesday …. Do you mind? C: Next Wednesday. Not later than that. Tie With Harmon AUSTIN Three senators named by Dr. Howard Harmon as friendly to the naturopaths in the Senate have disclaimed any legislative connection with Harmon. Harmon said on a tape recorded conversation with Rep. James Cox that Sens. Henry Gonzalez, San Antonio, Floyd Bradshaw, Weatherford, and Charles Herring, Austin, would help the naturopaths in the Senate. Said Gonzalez: “It’s the first time I ever heard of such a thing.” He thought he had met Harmon once, but “I never have anything to do with is a medical doctor.” Said Bradshaw: He had not talked to Harmon about any bill, but he had seen him around the Capitol. “I don’t know anything at all about it, although I have told the people of my district, both while campaigning and by letter, that I would not vote to outlaw anybody who is licensed doctors, chiropractors, naturopaths, Baptists, Methodists, or anybody else.” Said Herring: “I’ve never met Harmon and I never met any other naturopath in my life that J know of. I don’t know anything about it at all. I’ve never been approached and I wouldn’t be for their bill if it was introduced.” Harmon said in testimony before the House committee that he had named “any senator I could think of, and they certainly weren’t part of the bill.” The three senators he named are members of the Senate public health committee. Harmon has apologized for mentioning the senators. LEGALS 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 14th day of February, 1957. 0. T. MARTIN, JR. Clerk of the District Courts, Travis County, Texas. By ELI GREER, Deputy. CITATION BY PUBLICATION THE, STATE OF TEXAS TO W. A. Little, Pauline Sheldon, Pauline McFarland, Robert Giddings Sheldon, R. G. Sheldon, Charles A. Newning, .J. W. Hannig, Simeon J. Drake, James R. Sheldon, if living, whose places of residence are unknown to plaintiff; and if dead, the legal representatives of each of said named defendants, and the unknown heirs of each of said named defendants; the legal representatives of the unknown heirs of each of said defendants, if the unknown heirs of said named defendants are dead; the unknown heirs of the unknown heirs of said named defendants, if the unknown heirs of the unknown heirs of said named defendants are dead; Defendants in the hereinafter styled and numbered cause: You \(and each of yot are hereby commanded to appear before the 98th 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 8th day of April, 1957, and answer the petition of plaintiff in Cause Number 106,252, in which Marlton 0. Metcalfe is Plaintiff and all the persons to whom this citation is addressed are Defendants; filed in said Court on the 14th day of February, 1957, and the nature of which said suit is as follows: Being an action and prayer for judgment in favor of Plaintiff and against Defendants for title to and possession of the following described lands situated in Travis County, Texas, to-wit: Lot No. the City of Austin, according to the map or plat of record in Vol. 2, Page 158, of the Plat Records of Travis County, Texas; and Lot No. Sweetman’s Addition to the City of Austin, according to the map or plat records in Vol. 1 Page 58, of the Plat Records of Travis County, Texas; Plaintiff alleges that he is the owner in fee simple of the above described lands, claiming title to the same by virtue of the five, ten and twenty-five year statute of limitation and that on Feb. 14, 1957 he was in. possession of the above described lands and that thereafter on Feb. 14, 1957, defendants unlawfully entered upon and dispossessed him of said lands and withhold from him the possession thereof, thereby casting a cloud on Plaintiff’s title to said lands; Plaintiff further prays for judgment removing cloud from title, 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 18th day of February, 1957. 0. T. MARTIN, JR., Clerk of the District Courts, Travis County, Texas By GEO. W. BICKLER, Deputy CITATION BY PUBLICATION THE STATE OF TEXAS TO Eddie Joe Wesley Defendant, in the hereinafter styled and numbered cause: You are hereby commanded to appear before the 98th 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 8th day of April, 1957, and answer the petition of plaintiff in Cause Number 106,200, in which Douglas W. McClendon and wife, Ina McClendon are Plaintiffs and Eddie Joe Wesley, Clyde Raymond McKinney, Jr., and wife Gladys Ola McKinney are defendants, filed in said Court on the 8th day of February, 1957, and the nature of which said suit is as follows: Being an action and prayer for judgment in favor of Plaintiffs and against Defendants for title to and possession of the following described property, to-wit: The “N”, of Violet Crown Heights, County, Texas; Plaintiffs allege that on July 5, 1951. they entered into a sales contract with defendants Eddie Joe Wesley and his then wife, Mildred Wesley, for the sale of said premises and did deliver possession of such said premises to said Wesleys; that thereafter on Jan. 16, 1952, said Wesleys entered into an oral agreement to sell, transfer, convey and assign all their right, title and interest and equity to plaintiffs and on said date plaintiffs went into actual possession of said premises and made valuable and permanent improvements on same, and thereafter on Feb. 1, 1954. defendants Eddie Joe Wesley, Clyde Raymond McKinney, Jr., and wife Gladys Ola McKinney, entered upon said premises and dispossessed plaintiffs thereof and withhold from them the possession thereof to plaintiffs’ damage in the sum of $1,500.00, for which they pray judgment of the Court; Plaintiffs further pray for costs of suit and for relief general and special; All of which more fully appears from. Plaintiff’s Original Petition on file in this office and to which