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Dr. Morris, former president of the University of Dallas, warned of atheism in the schools, subversion from abroad and within, and the United States’ “beating a constant, inexorable retreat all around the world.” Dr. Morris interested Bush when he said he was in the race “expressing a point of view that I feel must be imparted.” There has been speculation that Morris’ candidacy will attract, into the Republican primary, the larger portion of the partiFans of Gen. Edwin Walker \(138,000 votes Democrat next May. Speaking of the communists, Dr. Morris declares, “These people are winning.” His speeches mainly concern foreign policy : whether Mexico will recognize Red China this year, “putting the military under U.N. command,” and “the danger of disarmament.” His cam paign manager is Admiral Harry Sanders, retired, of Dallas. Jack Cox, the former Democrat who was the Republicans’ strong candidate for governor in 1962, told a closed-door session here during the weekend that he will not run for any office this year. Earlier a booster of his, who had been trying to get up petitions to draft Cox, conceded that he could not prevail on him to run. Don Juan or Don Quixote? Austin In tone and manner Don Yarborough, the Houston lawyer, ‘indicated he would run for governor when he breezed into the Capitol press room last week. All he said was that he was seriously considering doing so and wanted to hear from his friends. The question, he said, is not whether the labor leaders can wait two years, and not whether his own friends can wait, but “can the poverty-stricken people of Texas wait, can the little children who are robbed of opportunity wait.” He said substantially the same thing in a speech before the Democratic Coalition in Austin last weekend. Gov. John Connally had announced for re-election quite off-hand at a conference at the Mansion. Moving quickly but casually after the word got around Yarborough might run, Connally said, why sure, he’d run, and didn’t want to go to Washington “I’ve been there.” This obviated any hope Yarborough may have. had that President Johnson would be calling Connally to Washington in time to leave Yarborough a clear shot at governor. Yarborough may have chosen to hold a build-up press conference because he realized many of his supporters seriously doubt whether he can win. \(He said he’d make his announcement one way or another in “a few days,” at another conference, and might have done so by the time you strenuously to run, and not to run. He might also have had the poll tax situation in mind. Reports on the number of people paying it were “disappointing,” he said. If Connally was worried, he didn’t show it. He predicted Texas will go for Johnson about three to two. He said not to include him in any of the speculation about Johnson’s visit to Ralph Yarborough’s house, that he did not intend to interfere in anyone else’s business. He said he would call a special session if he had to in order to avoid having candidates for Congress run statewide, but not otherwise. He joked about the sling he was wearinga formal dress one, that he couldn’t wait to be invited out to wear. He has full movement of his fingers and doubts he’ll need ‘another operation on his wrist. The question turns on how much wrist action his injury will permit ; if he has 70 to 80% use of. the wrist, he will not have another operation. \(Congressman Jake Pickle said in Washington that he had learned, while talking to the governor and others during a visit to the hospital a week after the Nov. 22 shooting, that Connally would have died from loss of blood had it taken just five minutes longer to get him to the Yarborough, at ease and talking too rapidly for reporters to follow him closely, said he would not consider any race but governor. \(There had been much speculaburden would fall on his friends “in every respect,” and he wanted to get their advice, he said. \(“I think it’s a good idea to find out what kind of ground you’re plowing before you hitch up Old Red,” he “It is my feeling that President Johnson can only put through his program if leadership will get behind that program,” Yarborough said. “There has never been a better opportunity for the Kennedy-Johnson Democrats of this state to assert their leadership . . . when we have a President from Texas who asserts the same beliefs that we do.” Roy Evans, state labor secretarytreasurer, has been quoted that because Connally is “sort of a hero and martyr .. . we would not encourage Yarborough to ‘run,” and Hank Brown, the state labor president, that labor does not want a candidate “that would oppose a friend of President Johnson’s.” In the San Antonio Express, a labor spokesman, not named, was quoted saying that Don Yarborough apparently was listening to independent liberals who “hate Johnson and Connally,” and the Houston Post quoted a labor spokesman, not named, that Don Yarborough running would hurt the Democratic Coalition and was “silly.” “No labor leader in the state has attempted to pressure me not to run, despite rumors to the contrary,” Don Yarborough told the press. “And furthermore, I will not be subject to any pressure in making this decision.”‘ Alluding to Brown’s remark that Connally is a friend of President Johnson, Yarborough said, “It can be known throughout the state that I consider myself a friend, and am going to fight for the principles and ideals that are enunciated in his programso that makes me doubly a friend.” The question of impact on Sen. Ralph Yarborough’s renomination came up. There had been speculation that if Don Yarborough runs, Ralph Yarborough will get a stiff opponent. What about this? “I think it’s purely speculation,” Don Yarborough said. “My only consideration is based on what I told you, whether the poor or the indigent, those that have been passed by whether or not they can stand delay.” There was a full-dress discussion whether Don Yarborough should run at last weekend’s well-attended Coalition meeting. The Observer is told that Brown and H. A. Moon, a Fort Worth labor figure, opposed his running; the drift of the other talk favored his running. He was outside during the meeting, was invited in to speak, and went in and did so. Gov. Connally appointed Michael Myers, 27, of Olney, who worked in the Pickle campaign for Congress, an administrative assistant to handle correspondence, do research, and help in legal matters. The governor appointed Sherman Birdwell, Jr., an Austin funeral home operator, the employer representative on the Texas Employment Cmsn. to replace Pickle. Connally will address the AP Managing Editors Assn. in Austin Feb. 2-3 and will be honored at the Washington Birthday Celebration in Laredo Feb. 21-23. Yarborough on Houston Senator Ralph Yarborough of Texas passed some interesting remarks about Sam Houston in a speech in Houston on the first day of the sale of the Sam Houston commemorative stamp. He said in part: “Sam Houston is one of the giants of American history. .. . “He was no mere politician, bending with the winds of change. He fought a bitter, lonely, losing unpopular fight for justice for the American Indians. “He fought a bitter, lonely, unpopular losing fight against the Kansas-Nebraska bill and the extension of slavery. “He fought a bitter, lonely, unpopular fight in Texas against secession and disunion. And when he lost, they stoned and jeered him in the streets of the city of Austin. “In all of these fights, he was a true statesman, his positions were just . . . he was shunned because he was right, because he believed in the Union and in justice for all men of whatever race.” Senator Yarborough said. January 24, /964 5