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In Various Corners Larry King announcement’ of the ARA loan to Audio guaranteed the . firm’s soundness, several Texans invested in it and lost all. One man dropped $40,000. A retired Air Force officer plowed in $7000.” Ray Morrison is the state A.R.A. coordinator, and as such he has come in for criticism in Crockett for not investigating Dawson more closely in advance of the announcement from Washington. Morrison told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that the deal fell through because Dawson’s company could not produce its share of money for the factory. “It never reached our legal department for closing. We never disburse money until a plant is built; we’re absolutely safe on the money angle,” he said. Thus, no federal funds were lost. Sen. Yarborough presumably relied on Morrison’s findings and recommendations in the matter. The Star-Telegram quoted Crockett residents estimating the total loss by six Crockett investors in the company at less than $8000. Fred Pass of the Dallas News East Texas bureau quoted H. B. Knox, president of the development organization in Crockett, that half the $60,000 was spent on 40 acres of land, which is still owned by the group. Offered half the money back the other half being tied up in the land only three or four of the 65 persons who put up the $60,000 took back sums, which totaled about $1,000, Knox told Pass. Knox also told the AP the group expect to make about $10,000 on the land investment. Last Saturday the Houston County Development Foundation announced that it had asked Yarborough to “help us in his official capacity, and he did so promptly,” and that “the foundation has not suffered a financial loss because of recent developments. It is currently in possession of land, money, or improvements in excess of any funds raised.” Dan Julian, Houston County Democratic chairman, said the Digest article was prejudiced and designed to discredit the ARA and Yarborough, and accused the U.S. and East Texas chambers of commerce of sending field workers to Crockett to help the Digest gather material for the story. THE FIRST press release on the subject from Bush headquarters goofed. Bush was quoted saying that “it is a shame” that Texans pick up the Digest and read of Yarborough “holding hand with scandal,” and the release declared: “The citizens of the area raised $60,000 in cash, invested it in the company, and lost it because the project was a fraud and never started.” Thereupon Yarborough slammed this as “a basely false statement. The people of Crockett took the $60,000 they raised and bought land for industrial development. They used part of that land for the location of Timely Furniture Co. plant, and have been offered a 33 1/3% profit on the tract that was reserved for the Audio Electronics plant which wasn’t built. The reckless, irresponsible false charges by my opponent further demonstrate his untruth fulness and unfitness for the office of U.S. senator . . .” Senator Yarborough also released a telegram from the president of the Crockett community council saying the people of Crockett had not lost faith in the federal government or their elected representatives and “didn’t appreciate having our town linked with a nationally publicized attempt to smear our elected representatives.” Taking the story as “another in a series of vicious attacks on the ARA by the Readers Digest,” Yarborough said ARA has worked well, is a great law, “sound in law and in economics,” and has “sparked recovery” in many counties in Texas and the U.S. He specified that with ARA loans, Malakoff, Texas, has got a clay products plant, employing 70 people; Brady, a trailer-making plant, employing nearly 400; Athens, a pottery plant, employing 30; Jacksonville, a marble manufactory; Henderson, a manufactory, employing 32; Laredo, a project that trained and put workers in 400 jobs, and Texarkana is opening a tire plant that will employ 400. Bush came back saying the senator was “quick to accuse those concerned with lying, libel and subversion, but he explained nothing. . . . Did he or did he not Austin From news seeping out of Washington in recent torrid months, it would not surprise your correspondent to learn that our rotund Congressman-at-Large, Joe \(Whizchins in trying to run the four-minute mile. Though visions of Honorable Pool wheezing and puffing around the track while grimly girding spavined legs for a final kick toward the tape may stretch credulity past the snapping point, the thought is but a smidgen less ludicrous than developments giving birth to the weird notion. Suddenly this summer, our Texas-type statesmen up there in Wonderland-on-thePotomac seem afflicted with delusions of athletic abilities unsupported by their performances on the field of friendly strife. Reading the box score, one comes to two clear-cut favorite among our muscled congressional fellows from the Lone Star State haps not only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the noonday sun. First dispatch to excite attention of sportsmen was that one passing along intelligence of how Congressman Jim Wright had broken an ankle observing Independence Day. Let me be among the first to nail as slanderous gossip those varied rumors that Sunny Jim proved himself to have at come to Crockett . . . and speak at the ground breaking barbecue to encourage this unsound project which failed and lost money? . . . Why did he encourage this project when simple investigation would have proved it unsound? “Maybe the federal government did not lose money. And maybe the good investors of Crockett and Houston did not lose all their money. I hope not. But the fact remains that our senior senator encouraged the citizens to invest their money in an unsound project . . .” Bush said. TOUCHING BASE, in this controversy, with populist suspicions of Easterners, Yarborough said: “The fact that my opponent’s multi-millionaire father’s Wall Street investment banking connections enable the planting of false and libelous articles about me in national magazines like the Readers Digest will not enable the Connecticut candidate to buy a Texas seat in the U.S. Senate.” Bush said this statement by Yarborough was itself false, libelous, and hogwash, and challenged him to prove it or retract it. R.D. We shall have more reports on the Senate race next issue. least one foot of clay in any manner other than honorable. It is not true, for example, that Hon. Wright broke a bone trying to take pivotal position on the civil rights bill. Nor is there anything to the fiction that he is suffering from a severe case of Achilles Heel complicated by votes for the so-called Landrum-Griffin Labor Reform Bill and against anti-poll tax legislation, coupled with swollen ambition and inflamed liberals. Likewise, there is not one iota of fact to the purely malicious story that he pulled up lame rushing to answer the people’s clarion call to offer himself once again for the United States Senate. Lies, all lies.. . Nosir, Fort Worth’s favorite congressman snapped a tendon while engaging in a volleyball contest, and although I personally have always connected that particular game with giggling schoolgirls and fops who pomade their hair, I am willing to cast aside old prejudices and back Jim Wright in his choice of sport. I have long been convinced that Jim would not lend his talents to anything save that judged wholly respectable by careful majority count, so if volleyball is good enough for him then the rest of us simply must go along with the spoof. Wire dispatches did not indicate whether Hon. Wright did violence to his left or right foot in the September 18, 1964 7