Roberts, and Graham Purcell, all of Texas, were regular or occasional passengers on the airplanes of LingTemco-Vought and Tennessee Gas Transmission Co. An LTV official said that LTV employes get precedence over congressman if the waiting list for the company’s weekly Washington shuttle plane is crowded. Cabell was quoted as saying, “You bet I’ll stand up for LTV.” V “A dramatic thing .. . a clear-cut peace plan based upon one simple keystonethe will of the people.” Cong. Jim Wright was talking about the people of South Vietnam. He proposed a free election this year to be supervised by the United Nations and preceded by a six-week truce. The speech came as he asked the House to give unanimous approval to the $4.8 billion Vietnam supplemental appropriation. V Despite talk that House Speaker Mc Cormick favored giving the post to another state, Cong. John Young of Corpus Christi claimed the seat held by the late Albert Thomas on the House-Senate atomic energy committee. V Bypassing Cong. Lindley Beckworth, who was senior but said he was not a candidate, the Texas House caucus named Cong. Bob Casey to take the appropriations committee seat held by the late Cong. Albert Thomas, who had been the senior Democrat on the panel. Cong. Earle Cabell of Dallas replaced Casey on the House science and astronautics committee, the one Cabell wanted most when he went to Washington last year. V Cong. Bob Poage of Waco voted against the omnibus bill which created three new federal judgeships in Texastwo in the southern district and one in the west ern. He said the three judges already in the 12 The Texas Observer FUN TO READ! The IDLER is a lively, individualistic liberal monthly that entertains as it informs. Warm humor and cold facts mixed into a pleasant, personal and personable journalistic pot. Send $3.00 today for a year’s subscription. Money back if not satisfied. Discover THE IDLER and you will have made a new friend. THE IDLER 125 Fifth St., N.E. Washington 2, D.C. Please send me a one year’s subscription to THE IDLER. Enclosed is $3.00. Name Address Zip western district don’t have enough to do. U.S. Dist. Judge Adrian Spears, who has the western district’s Waco district, Poage’s, said, “My record speaks for itself.” $450 an Acre V In an unannounced meeting which they called an “administrative conference,” the Parks and Wildlife Commission voted Jan. 6 to double the acreage designated for the Lyndon ‘B. Johnson State Park, across Ranch Road 1 from the President’s ranch. One of the three commission members. is A. W. Moursund, principal trustee of Johnson business interests. A private drive headed by commission chairman Will Odom is getting money for the park land, and Odom told the AP that the state will have enough money to buy the land by the end of the year. He refused once more to reveal how much money has been gathered or who has given it. After the commission’s move became known this month, a score of the President’s neighbors met at Trinity Lutheran Church near the ranch and asked the minister, the Rev. Theo Sager, to help them write a letter protesting the loss of what Sager called “highly productive fields, homesteads on which they’ve lived all their lives.” The letter asked Johnson to use his influence with the commission to stop the park project. Sager gave the letter to LBJ’s ranch foreman for delivery. In an advertisement in Fredericksburg weeklies, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Sweeney, who live right across the Pedernales from the President, protested the commission move. They said they’ve been offered as much as $4,000 an acre for land the state has offered to pay $450 an acre for. V Washington newsman John Mort reports that Marvin Watson, according to fashion followers, is the first presidential assistant since Sherman Adams to wear trousers with double pleats. No Takers The Corpus Christi Caller-Times reported that 250 Texas school districts had not, at the first of the month, claimed $15 million in federal school aid waiting for them. If it isn’t spoken for, it goes back to the treasury. V Houston Mayor Louie Welch denied Negro pleas for a board to investigate police brutality, but admitted that Houston police have “failed miserably” to communi MARTIN ELFANT Sun Life of Canada 1001 Century Building Houston, Texas CA 4-0686 cate with Negroes. He had met two hours in secret with Negroes protesting a policeman’s slaying of Eugene E. Hill, a Negro wanted for questioning about a chicken allegedly shoplifted from a Houston market. Welch said the grand jury is the group to investigate Hill’s death, although the police prepare most of the material that panel will see. Police planned a separate probe. A proposed march on city hall materialized as a motorcade of 25 Negroes, who hung black ribbons on the building’s entrance and said a prayer. The situation in the ghetto has many Houstonians nervous. V The U.S. Office of Education ruling that “freedom of choice” desegregation plans must result in real integration caused off-the-record moans at the state board of education, the Dallas Morning News reported. Some 600 of the state’s 1,325 school districts must file compliance certificates, and the board scheduled meetings in Austin, Houston, Tyler, and Dallas to explain the ruling and its effect. Asst. Education Cmsr. Leon Graham said “actual” faculty desegregation must start in September. A Clerical Error rector of San Antonio’s Economic Opportunities Development Corp., was named to a national council of advisors to the Office of Economic Opportunity back in January, but then was notified a week later by William Crook, regional 0E0 director in Austin, that the appointment had been a clerical error. An Episcopal canon, the Rev. Gerald McAllister, had told an American Legion meeting that Koger was dropped because his, Koger’s, name was mentioned in a report of the House committee on un-American activities. Koger told the San Antonio Express that whether he, Koger, was a communist or is a communist is “nobody’s business,” but that he challenged “anyone who kriows me to name anything I’ve said or done that can be classed as un-American.” He added, “Father Coughlin would have been proud of Canon McAllister’s McCarthy-like remarks about me . . .” M The Bible Institute of the Air, Inc., scheduled a showing of “While Brave Men Die” in the auditorium of Houston’s Austin High School. Former HUAC luminaries Donald Bruce and Fulton Lewis III created the film about peace movements. M. Rex Westerfield, the John Birch So ciety’s travelling salesman, promised Tyler a JBS area coordinator as one of 22 planned for Texas. He called Tyler a JBS “strong point” but said that the strongest area was West Texas. Clark drew an audience of 1,000 in Dallas’ Baker Hotel. He told the crowd that he was a segregationist, but that his viewpoint on race “. . . does not affect my enforcement of the law fairly. We arrested some whites as well as Negroes during the demonstrations in Selma.” The Dallas County Forum for Support of Local Police brought him to Texas.
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