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Over $133 Million Insuranat In Force Aitheottie4 INSURANCE COMPANY P. 0. Box 8098 Houston, Texas HAROLD E. RILEY Vice-President and Director of .Aireneiee LBJ Delegates Increasing U.T.’s Coach Royal Upholds Team’s Honor AUSTIN Skeptics about Sen. Lyndon Johnson’s seriousness as a presidential candidate must now cope with a report from Washington by Joseph Alsop that Johnson is the front-runner with the largest number of delegates nailed down, “solid commitments from 400 delegates,” plus another 50 likely. A total of 761 are needed to nominate. Alsop said that in general Johnson’s support is Southern. He notes that Richard Russell of Georgia received 295 votes in 1952. Johnson is “a Southern candidate” but with far more support than Russell had, Alsop wrote. States whose presidential votes Alsop says Johnson has sewed up: Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. Good chances for Johnson are reported in Alabama and Nevada. Alsop says John Kennedy is still ahead in terms of “birds-inthe-bush that seem well within his reach.” Sen. Johnson picked up an endorsement he may not relish during the Texas Manufacturers’ Assn. convention in Dallas. Congressman Phillip Landrum of the ninth district in Georgiacoauthor of the Landrum-Griffin bill which organized labor is vowing to avenge politicallytold the TMA Johnson is the “only man” who can win the presidency. “If the Democratic Party of the United States will have the good sense and ‘,exercise the good judgment that circumstances now prevailing indicate, Texas will be the home of the next president of the country,” Landrum said. “We in Georgia do not recognize Lyndon B. Johnson as Southern or Western,” he said. “We regard him as an American with superb executive powers.” He said he knew Georgia’s delegation to Los Angeles “would offer little support” to anyone but Johnson; and he said, “Johnson’s just a winner. He had some hard fights and close calls, but he’s got the ability to find a solution to every problem.” \(Landrum predicted unions will be brought under antitrust laws “unless some of the recent practices of the recent past are dissipated through democratic processes.” He said, “We certainly did not intend to destroy organized labor or the opportunity of the working people to organize,” said the bill “simply does not do that,” but instead “gives the rank and file of labor an opportunity to regain control of the union organizations’ activities from those who “BOW” WILLIAMS Automobile and General Insurance Budget Payment Plan Strong Stock Companies GReenwood 2-0545 624 LAMAR, AUSTIN Let’s Abolish the Poll Tax! moved into the unions to exploit them for their own ends.” Accentuating Johnson’s stance as a Westerner rather than a Southerner, the Johnson for President clubs in Texas have ordered 175,000 bronze lapel pins. Each pin features a wide-brim Western hat with the initials “LBJ” across it. Johnson boosters will sell the pins for $1. Larry Blackmon, executive director of the Johnson for President headquarters, announced the urging all local Johnson clubs to encourage payment of poll taxes. \(In Houston poll tax payments were reported 46 percent ahead of Ex-Vice President John Nance Garner accepted the honorary chairmanship of the Uvalde County Johnson club, with Dolph Briscoe, rancher and businessman, the chairman. Congressman John McCormack, Democratic leader in the House, said Kennedy is first and Johnson second in the race for the Democratic nomination. On the other hand, columnist Ralph McGill wrote that Johnson’s remark on his Western tour”I am not one of those cotton-picking Southerners. I am a Texan. And as such I am closely allied to this region of corn, hogs, and cattle.” has caused Southerners to “suffer in silence” but not to disown him, because they know he is their only hope for Los Angeles influence. Columnist Doris Fleeson said Johnson’s opposition in last week’s senatorial caucus on his control of policy committee appointments “represent the places and interests where the votes and the money come from to elect presidents.” She said Johnson is trying to build a party record, run for re-election, and run for the presidency all at once”a three-ring circus.” Ralph Blasted, Upheld Reaction continued to develop with respect to Sen. Ralph Yarborough’s vote last week with Senate rebels against Johnson’s appointing policy committee members. The Dallas News had a story by Allen Duckworth saying some of Yarborough’s. strongest. backers were “sorely disappointed” and Yarborough would have trouble for renomination today “outside of the Texas left wing and labor.” In the state convention, he said, “Opposition to the Johnson for President move will come from two extremesthe far left and the far right. Thus, ultra conservatives may find themselves in a political , bed with Yarborough, liberals, and labor. The situation has been building up for a long time.” The Fort Worth Star-Telegram ran a “pre-convention” cartoon of Johnson and Speaker Rayburn sitting before signs”Bless Our United Front” and “Texas Delegation”with Yarborough behind them sticking out his tongue somewhat moistly. The Cuero Record said Yarborough “doublecrossed” Johnson and “chagrinned and embarrassed” most Texans. On the other hand, J. F. Christian, president of the Orange County Democrats, sent a wire. to Yarborough \(signed “0 range County Democrats, J. F. Christian, “In withholding endorsement of Senator Johnson for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination and in voting for election rather than appointment of members of the Senate Democratic policy committee, you stand for thousands of Texas Democrats other individualwho believe that camaraderie among the members of our Texas congressional delegation is of less importance than the protection and upholding of the people’s rights to Democratic principles of government. “Also, you stand for all citizens of Texas, regardless of party affiliation, who believe it is the right and duty of voters to select party nominees without bondage thrust upon them by the personal commitments of party leaders.” \(A copy of this wire was sent In Houston, Jack Matthews, president of the Texas Democrats for Stevenson clubs, said all major Texas cities, including Houston, Beaumont, Orange, San Antonio, Austin, and Dallas, now have “active Stevenson groups.” By May, he said, there should be clubs in at least 200 Texas counties. Reps. Dean Johnston and Bill Kilgarlin, Houston, and Bob Wheeler, Tilden, are vice-chairmen of the Texas Stevenson clubs. \(Wheeler also ‘No Bigotry’LBJ In Washington, Johnson responded to the President’s message to Congress on the budget by saying that he is glad Eisenhower has “decided to join” the Democratic-run Congress in trying to balance the budget. Eisenhower foresaw a $4.2 billion surplus this year. Rayburn said the sum is a guess “but I hope it will be reached.” Johnson said Eisenhower’s budget assumptions were “questionable and at best speculative.” In a radio broadcast in Texas, Johnson said he “confidently expects” the Congress will reduce the President’s budget recommendations. He said that the debates on who should be president will include “no room for partisanship based upon bigotrybigotry of race, religion, or section.” A Democratic “Study Group” has formed in the U.S. House with 125 to 150 members. This is the frankly liberal group among the Democrats. The Texas Manufacturers’ Assn., in “The Manager’s Confidential LetterNot for PublicationTo the Members” dated Jan. 14, \(which reached the Ob”available records” that no Texas congressmen have joined the group. Forty-five members of Texas union labor, headed by Jerry Holleman and Fred Schmidt, have returned from three days in Washington visiting Johnson and Yarborough and their respective congressmen \(except Reps. Patman and Young, from whose districts bor’s Committee on Political Education meets on who to support for what Feb. 12-13 in Austin. The United Press International press service reported that $4 million to be requested from the Congress will be spent, under present Republican plans, for national park areas at Cape Code, Mass., Padre Island, Texas, and the Dunes of Oregon. Sen. Ralph Yarborough has a bill in the hopper to make Padre a seashore park. Before the Senate Rules Committee, Robert G. Storey, a Dallas lawyer, testified as a member of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission that “present denials of the right to vote on grounds of racial discrimination are an evil which AUSTIN Life Magazine’s report of racism on the University of Texas football team against Syracuse in the Cotton Bowl, and of dirty foot ball by U.T. players when they got behind and concluded the game was lost, has drawn remarks of upset, anger, indignation, and a sense of having been done wrong from U.T. head coach Darrell Royal. The Observer had occasion to ask Royal about the ‘subject this week, and Royalreturned to the city for a brief pause in the recruiting activities which occupy the time of college football coaching staffs at this time of yearcast light on his own attitudes about such alleged incidents and the present state of integration in University of Texas athletic competition. Syracuse won the game, 23-14. Royal charged that Life’s coverage was “the worst job in my opinion of reporting a football game I’ve ever seen.” He continued: “I don’t think Syracuse was dirty. I don’t think it was a dirty game. This reporting has marred a fine football game. Life tried to create a racial angle that does not existperiod. It wasn’t discussed before, during, or after the gameit just wasn’t there.” Life’s coverage was “strictly onesided. They did not talk to us and did not have the facts on the ball game, on the racial thing. They have taken a well-played, hard-fought game, a spectacular one, in which I might add the best team won, and in which there were no racial hard feelings whatsoever, and blown the thing completely out of line. They have taken the light off a good football game. “It was not a dirty game. Life said we got behind and wanted to win at any cost. We never did feel we were out of the football game. There’s not a coach in the country who plays football that have played teams with colored players three times before, and there were no racial incidents of any kindNebraska, California, Oklahoma. Heck, it makes us no differencethey’re right here on the campus. ‘Nigger’ Not Said “There was a brief flare-up between Larry Stephens and Brown The word ‘nigger’ was never used. Larry has assured me it was not used. As for what was said, he apologized that night. He and Gerlick were in an argument. Brown came in from the sidelinesLarry said Brown was cussing. It seems all right for a colored boy to be cussing, but not a white, at least in this case.” What did Stephens say he said? ” ‘You keep your black ass out of this.’ He told me, ‘Coach, I woulda said the same thing if he’s been red-headed. “Keep your red-headed ass out of it’.” He said he didn’t even notice Brown was a Negro while they were play What about the report that a U.T. player spat at a Negro Syracuse player? “That’s absurd. We are not gonna stoop that low. That’s petty and small and low. promptly can be cured by forthright and direct action” by Congress, including locally selected federal voting registrars. He ran into opposition from Sen. Sam Ervin, Democrat of North Carolina. That to me is absurd,” Royal said. \(Roy Wilkins, NAACP leader, said the spitting incident might hurt Sen. Lyndon B. Johnson’s presiRene Ramirez, a University of Texas back, has been called “Meskin” in games all year, according to press reports. What, Royal was asked, did happen to Ramirez? said some things uncomplimentary about me being a Mexican, but it wasn’t that bad. I think they were trying to get my goatheck, everybody’s done that!’ ” Royal said he asked Ramirez and all the other pliYers on the Texas side if they had heard anybody say “nigger” or “black son of a bitch,” and he said none of them had. “The whole thing was blown up.” Brown said afterward, ” ‘Forget it, it’s all over’,” Royal said, adding: “until he got back homeI don’t know who got to him.” Negroes Not on Team University of Texas President Logan Wilson has written the National Collegiate Athletic Assn. calling the charges of “dirty football” in the game “irresponsible, false, and slanderous” and asking NCAA investigation. Wilson said TV, news, and sports reports “were accepted as bases for derogatory comments in influential newspapers and magazines.” The University of Texas has many Negro students several hundred, in fact. The Registrar has stopped making a ‘separate count of them available to the press. The Negroes play freely in all intramural sports; they do not play in the intercollegiate sports. On this fact, Royal said: “We have not integrated football yet. There are a lot of problems that are still involved .. . Things are moving right along. A few years ago there weren’t any Negroes in the Texas Relaysnow one fourth or one fifth of the competitors are Negroes.” \(In. Austin integrated intercollegiate athletics at U.T. are reRoyal said he had read in a Dallas paper that Syracuse had a full-time coach assigned to finding out U.T. players’ nicknames and the names of their girl friends, “anything to rib our players.” He did not know this himself. Teachers Asked. If, Not Which AUSTIN The Texas State Teachers’ Assn. poll of teacher members now being answered circumvents the question of what kind of taxes should be passed to finance teachers’ pay raises by asking, on this subject, “Would you vote for the taxes needed for this purpose?”