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SAY IT AIN’T SO, BILL! Neatto sawn YARBOROUGH THE PEOPLE’S SENATOR On Saving Democrats To the Editor: I find on the first page, Austin American, this morning: “A Look at Blakley: ‘He’ll Save’ Demo Party.” … I didn’t know that the Democratic Party needed saving. All the Democrats I know are in pretty good shapeeven in Cali forniaand all the Republicans are on the run, including Allan Shivers, Price Daniel, Willie Blakley, Ike, Sherm Adams, and Knowland. CONDE R. HOSKINS SR. 2842 Pearl, Austin Notes “There is nothing published in North Carolina to compare with the Observer.”Mrs. R. B. Simmerson, 1038 Third St., Spencer, N.C. “Whom the gods fear, they seek to destroy. The little Texans need a voice in our government as well as the big ones.”Lewis B. Griffin, 7613 Edna, Houston 17. Black, Red Future To the Editor: We must express our appreciation for Ronnie Dugger’s article in the June 20 Observer, ” ‘Compassion Without Terror’ Is Sentiment.” Sometimes those of us who are incapable of bringing ourselves to the point of sailing a Golden Rule try to bury feelings of frustration and despair about the black and red future that we face. Still, we know we cannot avoid painful thoughts for very long, and such articles as that one, well put together and with several telling quotations, remind us of that fact. The failure of the Golden Rule’s mission adds to the burden of “bitterness and terror” we all carry; nevertheless protests must continue. It is not easy to explain Texas politics to New Englanders, but it is a pleasure to introduce them to Henry Gonzalez, and amusing to be among people to whom a Democrat is, well, just not out of the top drawer. We are also enjoying challenging the tyranny of The New York Times with the Observer, the Texas Quarterly, and other, non-Texas publications … VIRGINIA AND DICK UNDERWOOD Sunbrook Rd., Woodbridge, Conn, Page 7 July 18, 1958 DO YOU TIEMEMBER the tragic story of Shoeless Joe Jackson? It was back in 1919, the year of the so-called “Black Sox,” when a few players on the Chicago White Sox baseball team threw the world series in exchange for money from gamblers. One of the players involved was that great hero of the diamond, Shoeless Joe Jackson. On one occasion a small lad, with tears in his eyes and holding a paper with the headline “Shoeless Joe accused of throwing World Series,” stood before his hero and said that phrase that has come down through the years: “Say it ain’t so Joe.” But Joe could only hang his head, In this campaign, a Madison Avenue-ese type promotion has attempted to bill multi-millionaire William A. Blakley of Dallas as “Bill” Blakley, the All-American Texan . , . cowboy hat, levi jacket and all. Now the proof has come out that this “Bill” Blakley, like A. B. Shoemake, paid three State Senators “legal fees” for his Guardian Life Insurance Company. Those three Senators were on the insurance committee, two were chairmen, and it would take a most naive brand of thinking to believe these “legal fees” were paid but for one reason. In this State’s tragic picture of scandal and fraud and bribery in high places, these payments to State Senators stand as one of the blackest marks. In addition to this, the Federal Trade Commission in Washington has clamped down on “Bill” Blakley and his insurance company for “fraudulent, misleading and deceptive advertising.” This is a melancholy spectacle. And so, we the voters of Texas stand like the little boy stood before Shoeless Joe Jackson, and we say: