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Two Senators In Open Feud AUSTIN It is a rare thing for a senatorial feud to come out in the open, but Senator Henry Gonzalez of San Antonio now charges that Senator George Parkhouse of Dallas has “exceeded the bounds of proper conduct” toward him. The Gonzales-Parkhouse feud started out as a friendship. The two co-signed a bill and everything was pleasant. But now Gonzalez charges in an Observer interview that Parkhouse has made insulting references to “Mexicans,” has told him if he didn’t recommit a certain bill he would “kill every bill you bring up” and every measure affecting Bexar County, and told another senator of him: “That little son of a bitch, I don’t trust him.” The trouble began with Parkhouse’s bill to repeal present penal code provisions making it mandatory for transit and tramway companies to give school children fare reductions on blocks of tickets of 20 or more. Parkhouse asked Gonzales to cosponsor the measure with him, and Gonzalez refused. At the first hearing before the judiciary committee, Transit Company representatives from several cities testified for the bill. and Gonzalez presented a copy of a resolution from the Bexar County Commissioners Court and several other resolutions against it. “It would put a burden on the poorer families through the school children,” Gonzalez says. Two weeks ago eleven San Antonians showed up to testify against it. Parkhouse said he didn’t want to hear any of them and moved to adjourn. The committee refused. James Lovering and Joe Mendiola of San Antonio, the latter a Latin-American, spoke for the delegation, and there were perhaps half a dozen other Latins in the delegation. As Parkhouse was leaving the chamber, says Gonzales, he heard Parkhouse say “Mexicans.” Another senator said he thought the reference had been to “lousy” Mexicans. The committee adjourned without voting on the measure. Meanwhile, Gonzales introduced a bill letting any county of over 250,000 population appoint a public defender if it wished. “Parkhouse told me,” says Gonzalez, ” ‘Don’t introduce it and if you do I’m gonna kill it. Furthermore,’ he said, ‘it’s a long-standing custom here that if a bill affects a senator’s county you have to get his approval to introduce it. That means Bracewell and me, and I don’t approve.’ ” Gonzalez asked Sen. Searcy Bracewell, Houston, who had no objection, and introduced the bill. Tuesday morning of last week, Gonzalez charges, Parkhouse met him at the back of the chamber “and in loud and insulting fashion accused me of bringing up the bill when he was sick … and demanded I recommit Vol. 48 The one great rule of composition is to speak the truth. Thoreau We will serve no group or party bur will hew hard to the truth as we find it and the right as we see it. \(1111 ,s1.0 4