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Sixty-nine Texas colleges and universities are participating in the federal ‘student loan program, Texas Businessman reported. Only three other states, California, New York, and Pennsylvania, receive more federal money. OState Sen. Crawford Martin of Hillsboro told Dallas Health and Science Museum members that the new federalstate scheme for medical aid to the aged will be recommended to the next legislature. Difficulties of the aged are not limited to the poor, “although financial security goes a long way to solve problems,” he said. OThe state liquor control board ordered a hearing October 24 to shut down the sale of mixed drinks in private clubs. A spokesman said the hearing was set after recent protests over “fly-by-night private clubs that are nothing but private saloonS,” and estimated there may be 5,000 such clubs in Texas. ODr. George Stuart Benson, president of Harding College, Ark., called for a stronger “selling job” on capitalism before the Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce. “Our way of life was built on three great pillarsfaith in God, constitutional government, and free private enterprise economy,” he said. “The Roman Empire fell THE TEXAS OBSERVER Page 2 Oct. 7, 1960 because of socialism and alcohol. ism.” He criticized the idea that professors must be “academic” in presenting capitalism, socialism, and communism without telling students how much better capitalism is. OA 1970 population of 12 mil lion, of which four out of every five persons will live in cities, Was predicted for Texas by R. A. Goodson, vice-president of Southwestern Bell. Addressing the Municipal League convention in Galveston, he urged “some real planning” be done to meet the challenge. OA moderate recession for the first half of 1961 was predicted by the Business Research Bureau at the University of Texas. Total sales for the first eight months of this year were two percent under the same period in 1959. OThe Texas Committee on Mi grant Farm Workers, a statewide organization, was formed in Austin. “Because these workers are completely outside the protection of most laws covering most other workers, and because they are underhoused, undereducated, and underpaid, they need the public concern of the citizens” of Texas, the committee declared. ODr. Logan Wilson and Dr. M. T. Harrington, chancellors of the University of Texas and A&M, called for increased appropriations for state-supported universities and colleges before a Dallas meeting. Wilson expressed confidence in Texans being “willing and able to underwrite a system of public higher education which will be more than equal to the responsibilities and opportunities of a dynamic era.” ONegroes picketed the H. L. Green variety store in downtown Dallas for storew -ide lunch counter integration. Joined by three white men, they picketed four at a time for three hours. Rev. Rhett James, pastor of a Baptist church, said picketing would continue daily until counters were integrated. They were heckled by a group of white youths and passers-by. OThe U.S. Attorney’s office in Dallas is conducting a close check on pornographic books coming into the city, officials said. U.S. Atty. W. B. West III said his department is “seriously concerned with obscene literature coming into the area from outside Texas.” A Dallas grand jury has been studying a number of paperbacks on sale at newsstands for possible obscenity. OTexans paid $2.9 billion into the federal treasury during fiscal year 1960, the Internal Revenue Service reported, a $290 million increase over 1959. Texas taxes accounted for more than three percent of the national revenues. The state maintained seventh place in the nation in taxes paid, behind New York, California, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Michigan. Good Turnouts fin Texas Cities For Observer DALLAS About 250 Houstonians came to the Observer’s meeting in Houston to hear and do some folksinging and talk about the future of the paper. Over last weekend and the first half of this week informal Observer committees for subscriptions and other support were formed in four Texas towns with state colleges in them. The rest of the editor’s circling of the state was to include meetings this Thursday through next Monday at Wichita Falls, Lubbock, El Paso, McAllen, Kingsville, and Corpus Christi. The Observer announces that subscriptions, which were about 5,300 at the beginning of the drive, have passed the 6,000 mark; that the patron subscribers’ fund now contains aBout $2,200 \(including funds for 200 new subscriptions have been earmarked for the library matching fund for the 500 subscriptions a Dallas foundation has offered to buy for all Texas college and publicly-supported local libraries; and that renewals at the $5 annual subscription rate have continued at a normal rate. Observer patron dinners are being planned for the Dallas-Fort Worth area and the Houston area sometime in November, after the eighth. Tentatively admission will be by patron support of $25 or five new subscriptions. Ben Ramsey, emceeing the Houston program, said he had had a running dialogue with the Observer for years as a reader and that the newspaper is indispensable to the state’s growth. The editor discussed the occurrence and development Of the paper, some stories on the staff’s project list, and the financial situation. He paid tribute to Mrs. R. D. Randolph, partner in and supporter of the Observer, as_a believer in the idea that newspapermen should run newspapers and “a fighter for the moral in Texas politics at a time when power was prevailing.” Rep. Dean Johnston closed the program with a further appeal for subscriptions and the announcement of committees working on various parts of the Observer effort in Houston. In Huntsville Sunday night at Sam Houston State Teachers’ College, the editor spoke to about 25 on problems and,policies of a state ‘liberal newspaper. Later in the evening an Observer committee was formed. The next day at Bryan, about 20 persons, many from Texas A&M, met to talk about the Observer and form a committee for the region. Tuesday night there was another organizing session with about 20 in Arlington. The fourth collegetown committee was formed Wednesday night at Commerce, home of East Texas State College. Fifty people were present. Shivers May Travel Campaign Notes g/ Reporter Magazine, com menting on Sen Kennedy’s Texas tour, said “certain significance” could be attached to “the mounting enthusiasm of Speaker Rayburn.” It was no secret, the magazine said, “that Rayburn had not been happy about the Kennedy nomination . . . or Johnson’s decision to be on the ticket.” Yet, after the huge crowds in El Paso and Lubbock, Rayburn “visibly changed his mind.” By the time the tour reached Dallas, he was predicting Kennedy would be ‘one of our greatest presidents.’ ” v “If Kennedy subscribed to the Baptist religion and the oil depletion allowance,” he would be sure to carry Texas and Oklahoma, UPI writer Preston McGraw wrote. But he has a “hard fight” in both states. v Herbert Meza, pastor of Houston’s Bellaire Presbyterian. Church and chairman of the televised session with Kennedy and the ministers, wrote in Texas Presbyterian that Kennedy’s “religious convictions are no longer on trial.” 100′ Sen. Johnson’s S o u t h ern swing will take him into Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia; Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana. An advance party of lady campaigners will include Mrs. Charles W. Bailey and Mrs. John Barclay of Austin, Mrs. Fred Gibbons of Houston, and Mrs. Bill Moyer of Fort Worth. Except for a speech in Nashville, Johnson has confined his campaigning so far to the North and Midwest. vor Ex-Gov. Allan Shivers may also campaign in other Southern states. Weldon Hart, his associate, said, “He’s willing to go outside Texas. But he has plenty to handle here.” g o or Bard Logan of San Antonio, Constitution Party candidate for the Senate, said in San Marcos the country’s two major parties offer voters a choice only “between one of the two socialistic party machines.” g o of Kennedy holds a slight, 51 to 48 percent, lead over Nixon in first results from Interstate Theaters’ ticket-stub balloting. In a straw poll conducted by the Rice student newspaper, students were 384-137 for Nixon. g o of Human Events, a conserva tive publication circulated nationally, is sending out reprints of the Richmond News Leader, entitled “Lyndon Johnson: Counterfeit Confederate.” g o or Some liberal political work ers in Houston, indignant about ministers backing Nixon, are inquiring into the implications for ministers’ tax-exempt status. goir Austin American said one of the “conspicuous developments” has been the Republican state organization’s attempts to keep its campaign distinct from Texans for Nixon. “Texas may be the only state in which voters are being told ‘you can vote Republican without being a Republican.’ ” g o of Texas municipal officers fa vored Nixon in a Dallas News survey, 169-109, with 21 undecided. Mayors and councilmen at Texas Municipal League convention were 117 for Nixon, 54 for Kennedy. Police chiefs and finance officers favored Kennedy. wor Gov. Daniel’s election as chairman of the Southern governors is an endorsement of the Democratic ticket, Stuart Long writes in Austin Report. g o of An editorial in Texas Indus try attacked Kennedy for failure to state his psoition on the oil depletion allowance and for his support of “further extension of federal power.” If the Democratic labor planks are enacted, the magazine said, “it would create a ‘heaven’ for ‘union bosses’ and officialsand a ‘hell’ for the individual worker.” Elsewhere g/ Lobbyist Ed Clark chal lenged the theory that U.S. Supreme Court decisions are “the supreme law of the land” in a talk before Texas judges. If they are, he asked, “how does the court have the power to keep changing the supreme law at will, like a super-duper legislature?” t o or The Institute of Public Af fairs at the University of Texas has published a booklet on the four constitutional amendments to be decided in the November voting. It sells for 25 cents. g o of Democratic congressional candidate Joe Pool, opposing Bruce Alger, charged that the Texas oil industry has suffered “more abuse and more financial loss” during the last five years under the Republicans than ever in its history. g o or Dawson Duncan of the Dal las News predicted that Reps. Tom James of Dallas, a conservative, and Bob Eckhardt of Houston, a liberal, will be opponents for the House speakership in 19G3. Redistricting may give city legislators a better chance to win the post, Duncan said. g o / Jim Clark, oil writer for the Houston Post, told a Houston meeting the petroleum indus
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