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trying to get a hearing on a bill to abolish capital punishment drafted by John Silber, president of the Texas society to abolish it. Silber’s proposal is that Texas replace the death sentence with “imprisonment in the penitentiary for life with parole rights restricted.” The Senate has ahead of it a tiring debate on municipal annexation. The House passed a bill by Rep. Henry Grover, Houston, restricting cities’ annexation rights. Opposing it, Eckhardt said it did not let cities control construction in peripheral areas. The House oil and gas committee is expected to report favorably Rep. Wayne Gibbens’ oil pooling bill to require owners of small land tracts to submit to compulsory pooling with other tracts for purposes of drilling oil. This is favored by major oil companies. Rep. John Allen, Longview, 8 The Texas Observer who opposes it, does not think it will pass the House. Bills have passed the legislature raising highway passenger car speed limits to a maximum 70 miles an hour, under some circumstances; legalizing Sunday bowling; and regulating the sale of insecticides. Important legislation that has passed one chamber or the other \(which one, in the previous levels of buy-it-or-putup-a-bond automobile liability insurand fish commission and the parks $200 million in bonds to, encourage million in bonds for state purchase of water storage space in federal resing veterans’ land program bonds In legislation affecting morality, Rep. W. H. Miller, Houston, has pending a bill to remove present exemptions, under the state obscenity law, of movies with the seal of the Motion Pictures Assn. of America, Inc., or which move in interstate commerce, or are foreign movies. Miller’s bill defines obscene movies as those which, taken as a whole, appeal to prurient interests with reference to statewide moral standards. Rep. Red Berry, San Antonio, has pulled down his horseracing bill as a hopeless cause. Instead he’s bucking for a statewide wet-dry election and the 18-year-old vote. Rep. Jake Johnson, San Antonio, admits his bill for mixed drinks is dead. A bill to legalize billiard tables and tax them, passed by the House, may be snookered in the Senate. Rep. Charles Wilson, Trinity, has introduced a bill to outlaw boxing in Texas, and Rep. Jim Segrest, San Antonio, proposes to illegalize electronic eavesdropping. One Way It Is Re S.B., No. 2, H.B., No. 14; S.B., No. 7, H.B., No. 18; S.B., No. 82, H.B., No. 20; S.B., No. 16, H.B., No. 34 .Re S.B., No. 156; H.B., No. 12; H.B., No. 755 Out at the edge of the town there was a plot, Acres of land, a stone house on the lot, There, Madame Huile, from Paris, France, in truth, Set up a boarding school to instruct the youth, Magnblya Academy & Finishin’ School it was called, Where boys and girls to belles and sirs were hauled; Time passed, the local high school it became, South Hog-Back High, its honest Texas name; The town grew west, a big, new school was built, Its name, of course, with a cheer-leader’s lilt Lone Star Big High; old Hog-Back High was soon Taken over by the junior college boom; Renamed, of courseAlamo Junior College Where native sons could pick up native knowledge; More years passed ; then a legislator’s plan: Appropriate, make junior into man ; Alamo Junior no more the name to be, But T. C. A. E. I., i.e., Texas College of Art, Education, & Industry; Its ed school president was discontent, The legislature listened to his scheme And backed up with tax deficits his dream; And soon a university shone forth, Universal All-Tex University, Of Art & Science & Business & Pedagogy, Of Texan Odds & Ends & Industry. Enrollment grows; from the state’s every county Come naive freshmen, seeking learning’s bounty, Naively thinking that the school’s big name Must be a passport to the rewards of fame; Fooled by this mouth-filling hunk of nomenclature Into thinking a school with that name must have stature; Deluded by the elementary trick Of hiding one’s folly in one’s rhetoric. E. G. FLETCHER