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U. T. ‘s Lack: ‘Broad Human Privacy’ AUSTIN \(Begins now a rather diffuse comparison of the Universities of My first Oxford essay, of course, was meant to impress. The tutor, a thin, stooped historian-philosopher-economist-sometimes classicist in square glasses, whose tutorial habits were to sink deeply into his easy chair near the fire, cross his legs, and look rather suspiciously at his students from his vantage point just north of the floor, had assigned me something on the Reform Act of 1832. I had loosened all the stops. The final paragraph was not conclusion but crescendo. I read the next-to-last sentence: “Just how close the people of England came to revolution in 1832 is a question we shall leave to the historians,” and William Blakley has probably tightened the senatorial race somewhat, but how much is widely debated. Texas Businessman vaguely quotes polls and pulse-takings indicating Yarborough ahead by but 52-to-48 now as against 53-28 in the first Belden Poll. Blakley’s crowds have been huge-8,000 at Longview, 5,000 at Dallas last weekalthough there was a free-food factor at Longview. The multimillionaire is pouring on the TV shows and leaning hard on the Sam Wood stories on labor contributions to Yarborough. On the other hand, Yarborough has not really campaigned yet, is expected to return to campaign all of July, made his first television speech \(from cumbent and a veteran of many campaigns he has considerable advantage. Price Daniel is privately not as sure as he is publicly that he’ll win without a runoffand neither are the hard-shelled pros. O’Daniel’s campaign is stalling perhaps because many people have decided he is a perennial candidate nowbut Gonzalez is picking up in spite of his organizationless campaign and his refusal to take substantial contributions. The viewpoint that Republi cans just foul the conservative nest was expressed explicitly in the El Paso Times, which editorialized: “We wish the Republicans in Texas would confine themselves to national politics and leave state politics to the Democrats. … All they have done … has been to split the conservatives.” Dick West, Dallas News edict said on his WFAA program: “You can go to the polls in the July primary and vote for conservatives Bill Blakley, Price Daniel, Ben Ramsey. If the Republicans have a conservative candidate, and your conservative choice as a Democrat loses, then you can switch in the November general election and vote Republican..” 1 The state Democratic execu tive committee has received no funds from Harris County Dallas County’s $7,600 quota. Jake Jacobsen, aide to the governor, confirmed to the Observer that he signed a bank note to get a loan for the committee. Faced with a deficit of about $45,000, Daniel called businessmen and lobbyists to the Mansion during the last month or so to raise money for the SDEC operation against DOT. \(The Observer’s story on this last was about to proceed to the closing statement. “But Morris,” my tutor interrupted, in a biting tone lightened with a smile, “we are the historians.” There it was, right at the start the assumption, this time not tacit, that Oxford education embraces you as a qualified entity, as an individual, as participant, not as interloper, in the deepening stream of learning. It was my earliest and most valuable lesson. It is also the hardest to learn. It has been almost two years since then, and sometimes that other University, the Texas one, seems of another realm, belonging with a set of experiences too alien, too removed, to be here with these. A university like Oxford; committed as it is to educating an intellectual elite sifted issue has not been picked up by / About 60 Travis County loyal ists ists met in Austin and resolved to form a county-wide Travis County Democrats shortly after the July 26 primary. Marcus Loftis was designated interim chairman and Alice McCrary coordinating secretary. Fred Schmidt, secretary of the state AFL-CIO and the speaker, said he believed the meeting was “historic” for the county. “Thus We Met,” a full-text account of DOT’s state con vention in Austin, is being dis tributed. Bob Eckhardt, Houston Political Intelligence legislative candidate, is shown giving the report of DOT’s steering committee; Sen. Ralph Yarborough’s speech is reprinted in full, but not those of other candidates who appeared. El Paso Herald-Post _said: “Blakley is going around the state posing as Bill the cowboy, all dressed up to fit the part except that, as a picture he circulates shows, he forgot to take off his bow tie and hide his French cuffs. Whatta cowboy! You will find nothing phony about Ralph Yarborough.” Ernest Joiner, Ralls Banner, IT Four or five schools to teach basic English to pre-school children of Spanish-speaking descent will be opened in Houston sometime in July. The League of United Latin American Citizens is sponsoring the program, and has also operated schools at Edna, Ganado, Vanderbilt, Rosenberg, Sugar Land, Aldine, Brookshire, Fort Stockton, and Laredo. IT Two Texans, Roy Rutter, 43, and James Pirtle, 30, both from Fort Worth, made plans for crossing the Atlantic in an 18foot fiberglass motor boat. “It’d be awful if some non-Texan did it first,” Sutter said. “If the weather’s good,” he added, they ought to make the 4,200 miles “right quick.” IT When two sisters, four and three, fell into a water well at Kilgore, a Negro, Claude Wheat, 35, Kilgore college maintenance man, heard their cries, jumped in the well and caught them up, and held on to a pipe until res cuers arrived with a rope. The Kilgore News-Herald proposed, Wheat for an award from the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission. through one of the most rigid procedures ever, and a university like Texas, dedicated to the American’s answer, education in the mass, stand theories, ways of life apart; the differences which separate them are almost defiant differences. When I left the University of Texas over two years ago, licking wounds after a particularly violent crisis over the Regents’ censorship of the student daily, I was prepared to disown and to forget. I am glad that this was impossible, and that over the course of many months it has been possible to rediscover worthy things, endemic things, at Texas: the broad strokes of Texas flash and color, the enthusiasm and zest and energy, the flavor and the fun; the tiny band of superior teachers, the material comforts, and of writes: “Bill Blakley may not be getting many Texas votes, but there’s no question about his eagerness to feed the population. He’s tossing big beef and ham barbecues all over Texas …” E. L. Wall writes in the Hous ton Chronicle of Blakley’s “astonishing” drawing power, says the free food and drink at Longview were “a customary inducement on such occasions.” San Antonio EXpress’s Jon Ford said Blakley’s political fortunes are “brightening” because of his large Longview and Dallas crowds last week. / Cuero Record editorialized with a letter from Kenneth Towery, who won a Pulitzer for his land scandal stories in the Record, is now on the Austin daily. Towery wrote warmly of Blakley as “a real nice individual” who “says things that need saying” but allows he “is going to have a hard uphill pull.” Towery calls Yarborough “Yardbird” and calls Gonzalez “the biggest joke of all.” 1 H. M. Baggarly, in the Tulia Herald, says that many of Blakley ‘s workers are not Demo crats . but Republicans: R. Q. Sil verthorne of Plainview, a Blakley county manager, “the very soul of the Republican Party in Hale County for years,” and C. I. Massey, Swisher County manager, IT With $520,000 already raised for an educational TV station in Dallas, E. 0. Cartwright, president of the Area Educational Television Foundation, said he will ask leading citizens and firms for the $370,000 additional money still needed. TI The University ‘ of Texas has acquired the Parsons Library, containing about 40,000 rare vol umes and several thousand his The Way of Life torical manuscripts. Mr. and Mrs. W. St. John Garwood, Mr. and Mrs. Will Clayton, and the M. D. Anderson Foundation of Houston joined UT’s Regents in securing the library. It includes Americana, the classics, art and the theater, graphic arts and the history of communication, the history of religion, travels and foreign cultures, and Europeon history and literature. In . Attendance has been lagging at “Drama of the Alamo,” the Paul Baker Baylor theater group’s presentation at the San Jose Mission outdoor theater every course, of course, the healthy \(if between the sexes, which certainly must be one of America’s soundest examples for European consideration. But it would be a mistake to gloss over the short’omings, the little faults and ughnesses, which in perspective now are just as harsh as they were then. Oxford, still medieval and quietly beautiful despite its invasion by industry and S.A.C. airmen, is dedicated to the simple academic proposition of spare time, an almost unknown phenomenon in the do-and-do-often climate of a UT. Grounded upon the ,tutorial system, with no official compulsion to attend lectures, Oxford makes of its students one formal requirement: the “whom everyone respects as a leading Republican.” ,/ Baggarly also slams Daniel for professing devotion to unity and majority rule while making “his untruthful accusations against loyal Democrats who have never worn prefixes and whom he knows are good Democrats.” “In 1956,” Baggarly says, 76 of the 84 delegates to the state convention from the 31st district voted for Asa Willis, Texline rancher, for committeeman. Daniel refused to accept him. Three times Willis was named the choice. … Three times Daniel refused. … Yet Daniel goes about the state in 1958 piously mouthing `majority rule.’ ” / Longview Daily News en dorsed Blakley and Daniel. Publisher Carl Estes had been criticallof Daniel for warning of new taxes but was pleased when Daniel denied anybody knows they are needed. Three Valley newspapers ran a governor’s poll and came up with 7,090 for Daniel, 3,040 for Gonzalez, and 1,040 for O’Daniel. They reported Ramsey ahead of Nokes 4-1 and John White with a safe lead over his two opponents. 600,000 copies of “The Price Daniel Story,” the governor’s chief campaign piece, are being mailed out. night but Monday through July 11. Tr Their hatches open to take on freshly netted shrimp, three shrimpers’ $10,000 vessel was inundated b3vheavy waves and sank as they swam to safety to a nearby shrimper in an incident 25 miles from Port Aransas. A shrimper crewman was reported swept overboard and drowned off the coast of Obregon, Mexico, in the Campeche Bay area last week. IT What happens to expatriates who return to Texas? In a feature on Jerry Bywaters, Don Freeman says in the Dallas News that artist-museum director Bywaters as a young artist on Paris’s left bank in the 1920’s sported a beret, beard, and walking stick, but, returning to Texas, became “re-Americanized.” One summer Lon Tinkle, also just returned from Paris \(and now the Dallas along Mockingbird Lane in Dallas with cane, waxed mustache, and clipped beard. Bywaters came upon him and said sadly: “Look, Tinkle, you’re no longer in Paris. … You don’t want to look like a Texan trying to look like a Parisian.” essay, written after as much, or as little, reading as one wants to do. Exams are comprehensive and come at the end of three years. The rest, all the rest, is up to the student. He can do what he wishes, read at leisure, take walks through the countryside, go to London, write poetry, sleep til noon. Term-time is short, and vacations are long: school is in actual session only six months of the year. The student is the sole judge of what he should do in the way of school work. I remember Harry Ransom deploring in a speech in the Student Union some years ago the lack of privacy which so well characterizes the University of Texas privacy in the broad, human sense. At Oxford, more than any place I have ever known, every man has it, and it is his own domain, not to be invaded. It is his physical privacy, the separateness of separate rooms, and it finds expression in the haunting loneliness of the place. But it is more than that. The community does not interfere with, and does not seek to judge, one’s personal habits. The young socialist I know who wears the same maroon pullover through most of the winter and sadly refuses to wear his false front tooth when the Tories have aggravated him, and the young lord with the pince-nez and the black cape and cane, do not attract active attention. There is none of the organized contemptuous cruelty of the dormitory. In personal eccentricities, and in the paths his mind takes, the Oxford student is protected by a soft, gentle tolerance. Here is ‘a pace of living shaped by no one but the individual himself. The pressurized round of committees; daily class assignments, semester exams, Round-Up floats \(now abolished at U.T., I not exist. It is to the young Britisher an acknowledged time for growing, and rare is he who does not discover ‘sooner or later there what kind of person he is, his abilities, his faults, his convictions, and his prejudices. WILLIE MORRIS Honest Reactions To the Editor: My impressions upon first meeting Henry Gonzalez at a political rally on a sandy field in north Houston: A hulking man with a large head and quick restive eyes alighting but momentarily on each subject of his gaze; quick, yet never seeming to be in a hurry; he moves so slowly through the crowd of well wishers, speaking quietly in a high yet pleasant voice colored with the soft inflections of a “San Antone” dialect; shaking hands, nodding briefly and smiling with the sudden appearance of a familiar face or voice in the crowd. Not a great man, probably, but somehow a real man in a time when they are scarce. His talk is