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IN HOUSTON _ BELL INSURANCE AGENCY I awl CAROLINE STREET CA 8-4469 ALL RINDS OF INSURANCE SINCE 1821 BOW WILLIAMS1 f. Automobile and General Insurance Budget Payment Plan Strong Stook Companion 624 LAMAR, AUSTIN GReenwood 24645 Let’s Abolish Ike Pell Tax! COMPLETE INSURANCE SERVICE HALL’S WIGINTON-HALL LEAGUE CITY INSURANCE AGENCY INSURANCE AGENCY INSURANCE AGENCY Dickinson, Texas Alvin, Texas League City, Texas HOUSTON BUS STRIKE AVERTED WEEK IN TEXAS HOUSTON Mayor Oscar Holcombe averted a bus strike by yielding both to the Houston Transit Co. and to the union whose members were preparing to stop work to get a wage increase they felt overdue. Holcombe had the company given a $1 million a year fare increase to be paid by bus riders and the company granted the bus drivers increases which will cost the company about $300,000 a year. The bus company had refused to make any kind of offer when the Transport Workers Union Local 260 called for a 20-cents-perhour pay increase spread over a two year period, plus six paid holidays, an improved retirement plan, and some other fringe benefits. The union then took a strike vote that carried overwhelmingly. A federal mediator failed to budge the company, and the union ordered picket signs prepared for use after Saturday midnight. Houston newspapers gave bannerline play to the developing dispute. It was a hot potato for Holcombe, running hard for re-election to his twelfth term against three opponents on Nov. 16. Hours before the deadline for the strike all parties met at the home of the mayor, confined by the flu virus. ThereHolcombe got the transit company to agree to grant a wage increase of twelve cents an hour, with eight cents effective now, four cents more in the second year of the contract. The bus drivers also got their six holidays \(three this year, three sions, and some other new benefits. Holcombe called in the City Council, which immediately passed an ordinance to raise bus fares from 20 to 22 cents cash, or five tokens for a dollar \(instead Next day, the Houston Post tan a front page editorial headed “All Sides Deserve Bus Pact Credit.” MINNIN. ANNOUNCING the publication of Big D Is for Dallas Chapters in the 20th-Century History of Dallas By JAMES HOWARD Distributed by University Co-operative Society 2246 Guadalupe, Austin, Texas Available also from Cokesbury Book Store 1910 Main, Dallas and McMurray’s Personal Bookshop 1411 Commerce, Dallas Publication date: NOVEMBER 10 $3.25 In it, the Post threw bouquets at Holcombe, at Federal Mediator James 0. Hubbard, at ‘the union, and at company officials. Said the editorial, “Mayor Oscar Holcombe is to be commended for his major role in preventing the strike … “Federal Mediator James 0. Hubbard is also to be commended “Likewise, the union officials, headed by M. D. Hendrix, president of the Transport Workers Union, Local 260, and TWU General Counsel John O’Donnell; and \(Continued from was at fault, as he told them he was a Unitarian when he was hired. “I have simply resigned clue to religious pressure, and it is to the mutual satisfaction of both Baylor and myself,” he said. Reportedly there has been a resolution in the air at the Texas Baptist convention in Fort Worth against Unitarians teaching at Baylor. Last spring a ministerial student’s mother accused Hollein of proselytizing a student who became a Unitarian. \(“I was innoment chairman has told him White said “I shouldn’t plan to be a permanent member” of the staff, Hollein said. There had, said Hollein, been “some friction,” and though “it’s bard to put your finger on it,” he had been shown they did not want their faculty members to be Unitarians. Dr. White made a full statement in Waco late in the week upon returning from the Baptist convention. He denied the two profs’ departures had anything to do with any Baylor “narrowness” on religious views. He said the head of the speech department decided to release Hollein a year ago because of his “professional attitude” and that while he had told Willis it would be best if he affiliated with “one of our churches the company’s Executive President Carl Frazer, Industrial Relations Director F. R. Hutchison. and others acted wisely and prudently in reaching through honest collective bargaining a contract agreement.” Originally, the union had made demands which it estimated would cost the company $500,000 over the contract period, if granted in full. The bus drivers got 60 per cent of their original demands. Houston Transit Co., on the other hand, got a fare increase in our city,” he did not bring up renewal of contract. “The university is 112 years old and has always had people who were not Baptists on the faculty,” he said. “The proportion among the faculty is 70 percent Baptist and 30 percent others. The student body ; is 71 percent Baptists and 29 percent others.” White released a statement signed by members of the speech department calling Hollein’s release “e n t i r e 1 y justified” on grounds of an uncooperative attitude and other reasons. “The interpretation which the press gave” his earlier statement the reason was “inefficiency” was not correct, White said. Willis told him a few days before his resignation, “I am very happy at Baylor and want to stay,” White said. According to White, Willis told him he had not given up the belief in the Divinity of Jesus. “This certainly rendered any FORT WORTH Messengers at the Baptist General Convention of Texas meeting here approved resolutions urging greater separation of church and state and criticizing the presence of Catholic nuns in the public apply ing as well as urging apply ing the gospel of Christ to the race problem. “Our people have not only accepted garbed Roman Catholic nuns in the public school classrooms in numerous school districts over the state, but have also looked with approval on various schemes for teaching Bible in the public schools on public school time,” said a report adopted by the convention. Texas Baptists should stop their own compromises in the area, said the report. which J. B. White, city public service director, estimated would bring in an extra $1 million to the utility. So, apparently, the company came out of its collective bargaining with Holcombe about $700,000 to the good, after allowing for benefits worth about $300,000 to the drivers. Discussion of city operation of the bus company, under provi sions of the bill slipped through during the closing hours of the 1957 regular session of the legis lature, faded after the settlement. AL HEIKEN duress unnecessary even if I had thought of exercising any,” White said. “I counseled and reasoned with him, suggesting that since his faith had not radically changed, he should unite with one of our churches in our city. I did not tell him what he had to do, but what I thought he ought to do …. No statement was made about renewing or our not renewing his contract.” In Fort Worth, Dr. E. Hermond Westmoreland, president of the Baptist General Convention of Texas, said issues of pet sonn.el at Baylor were entirely up to the Baylor trustees. He added: “My preference would be that we elect only Baptists as members of the faculty, if qualified persons can be found for the positions. This embarassing situation should have been avoided by the exercise of proper care in the employment of persons who are sympathetic with our historic Baptist beliefs.” On race, the convention adopted recommendations that Christian citizens should refrain from engaging in or encouraging lawlessness, physical violence, or mob action, strive for good will, and do all they can to apply the gospel of Christ. The resolution recalled the words of Christ, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God.” Rep. Brooks Hayes of Little Rock asked the messengers not to seal their pastors’ lips on race, to seek a non-violent solution, to do justice in particular situations. “Where there is controversy let us ask no man to dilute his conviction,” he said. Another convention resolution expressed sympathy with oppuressed people of the world in their aspirations toward freedom and human dignity. The Baptists pledged increased missionary effort among such peoples. Southern Baptists have 1,200 missionaries at work in 38 countries. Gov. Price Daniel told. the convention that the Soviets’ greatest weakness “is that they are professed atheists.” He said the substitution of a prayer breakfast for the customary “cocktail hour” at his inauguration “has had a definite influence on people working in the Capitol.” ODean Robert G. Storey of the SMU law school was named a member of the new federal Civil Rights Commission by Pres. Eisenhower. OJohn H. Maxwell, president of two Fort Worth steel companies, is charged with evasion of approximately $6,000 in federal income taxes. OFederal District Judge Wil liam Atwell denied a request of the Dallas Independent School District that a three-judge panel hear their plea to be told whether to follow federal or state law 6n desegregation. ODr. Harold Vagtborg, of San Antonio’s S out h west Research Institute, told a’ meeting of scientists and educators that the six-state Southwest will, in the decade ahead, top the national average in growth and population gain. The region’s greatest need, said Vagtborg, is solution of its water problem. OHouston Power and Light Co. won a temporary injunction against picketing of one of its plants. The pickets are members of Office Workers International Union, AFL-CIO. OAsst. Atty. Gen. Jim Simp son, at Galveston, said a grand jury will look into “current” vice operations on the isle. Three brothels and at least one gambling operation are said to have re-opened since Atty. Gen. Will Wilson’s crackdown. ODallas banker Ben Wooten, speaking to a mortgage bankers’ convention, suggested the government should issue tax-free bonds as a means of combatting inflation and the national debt. OA Harris County grand jury no-billed City Councilman Shirley Brakefield. Brakefield had been accused of approaching two bond brokers with a $100,000 “pot” in connection with the annexation of land by the city of Houston. O”An intensely pragmatic America has not been too tolerant or generous with the speculative, wondering mind. Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of the egghead,” Dr. John T. Caldwell, president of the University of Arkansas, said in San Antonio. OThe Dallas News estimates the Lone Star Steel strike cost the economy of the regio:i around Daingerfield $1,400,000. OGulf Oil Corp. announced it will up purchases of cruces retroactive to Nov. 1in Texas, Louisiana, New Mexico and Oklahoma. The action reduCes purchaser proration by about 50 per cent. OFederal District Judge La mar Cecil dismissed the suit of Titus Edwards seeking to force the city of Marshall to desegregate its swimming pool. The city sold the pool, making Edward’s petition moot. OW. H. Auden, the Pulitzer Prize-winning British poet, will lecture at the University of Texas Jan. 11, 12 and 13. OThe Court of Criminal Ap peals reversed and remanded for new trial the conviction. of Cletus P. Ernster, of Victoria, who had been sentenced to five years in. prison for misrepresentation of a written instrument in a veterans land deal. Depositers in the defunct L. S. Trust and Guaranty Co. will not have a preferred status over other claimants in the distribution of liquidation funds by the state, the Austin Civil Appeals Court decided. THE TEXAS OBSERVER Page 4 Nov. 15, 1957 Two Unitarians Leave Baylor Baptists Nix Nuns in Schools