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Williams said junior colleges offering terminal training in vocational and technical fields are the most important form of higher education for “the people at large.” V Attorney general candidate Crawford Martin, speaking at Texas Southern University, came out in favor of continuing the law school at the Negro university in Houston, saying that closing it would be “mischievious economy.” Atty. Gen. Carr had taken the same position. But the education superboard thought differently and ordered law operations at TSU closed by 1973 and a report within a year from TSU and the University of Houston on the board’s suggested plan for an earlier merger of the two schools’ law divisions. Calvert’s .Shillelagh In a Law Day speech in Dallas, Chief Justice Robert W. Calvert of the Texas Supreme Court vented his wrath at draft card burners, conscientious objectors reluctant to accept hospital work, Negroes who ripped up the Georgia flag, the Austin demonstrators who left Mayor Lester Palmer hospitalized for exhaustion, and the Supreme Court of the United States for reversing Louisiana convictions of a library sit-in group. “One would think that the courtroom of the Supreme Court of the United States would be off-lithits to groups who have little or no respect for the law,” he said. V Former Railroad Cmsr. William Mur ray will be the moderator in Corpus Christi next week when TIPRO, the Texas oil independents association, celebrates its 20th birthday. V At the Los Angeles convention of the League of the United Latin American Albert Pena, and Judge Alfred Hernandez of Houston were among those promising demonstrations unless the federal government acts quickly to give Latins equal chances at jobs and education: Pena spoke at a banquet for those fifty who walked out on the rancorous Albuquerque meeting held by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission this spring. He said the President knows the Latins’ situation very well, but ignores it . . . Luther Holcomb, the Dallas minister on the EEOC, told a reporter that the commission has opened Spanish-language campaigns to advise Latins of their employment rights; an aide said no more conferences like the one in Albuquerque are planned. . . . Sen. Tower proposed including a Latin-American on the EEOC. . . . John Rogers’ article in the March issue of the Progressive, “Poverty Behind the Cactus Curtain,” alleged that “in most of the South Texas communities . . . not one penny has been spent” on Mexican-Americans through the War on Poverty. The Southwest regional OEO director, the Rev. William Crook, said in an unhappy letter that $11.8 million had been spent. Rogers said he stood by his statement, since the word “most” was the key, and hinted that a $2 million allocation for Laredo was a result of his article. OEO 8 The Texas Observer told the Observer Laredo’s plan was in the mill well before Rogers’ article saw print. Patriots’ Patrons Dan S m o o t, the superconservative broadcast commentator, got a $1 million bequest from the $5.5 million estate of Bedford Lewis of Los Angeles, a dog and cat food manufacturer. Lewis’ will also included $1.5 million to set up a group called Defenders of Liberty, a right-wing counterpart of the American Civil Liberties Union. DOL would defend “American citizens who believe and stand for the Constitution of our United States in its entirety, as it stood up to and including the year 1950.” ft The Amarillo High School Key Club, led by Charles Szalkowski, collected 15,000 paperback books to send to American soldiers in South Vietnam, but 300 of the books were discovered in a trash can behind Szalkowski’s home. Those 300 were brand-new copies of J. Evetts Haley’s A Texan Looks at Lyndon, Distortion by Design by the Rev. Billy James Hargis, and None Dare Call Lt Treason by John Stormer. “We decided not to accept any books dealing with religion or politics or which are obscene,” said Szalkowski. “If they didn’t want them, they could at least have returned them,” said senior student Randy Hays, the son of a Birch Society member and donor of the patriotic volumes. ft The school trustees of the Dallas suburb of Richardson voted not to comply with a federal desegregation order, explaining that the federal guidelines had not been written yet. The move endangers $77,000 annually which the schools were using for vocational education. ft Homer Smith, principal of John Mar shall High School in San Antonio, told the Dallas News that Students for a Democratic Society, a new-left group, is moving into the area of high school organization with a “High School Membership Newsletter” speaking out against control of hair and skirt lengths and in favor of abstention from prayer and loyalty oaths. Smith is the man who said that girls’ hemlines had to hit the floor when they knelt; some of his students started a cafeteria boycott in protest. The Houston Chronicle’s “Watchem” feature noted that schools in that city have been swept by the “Iron Cross” fad. Junior high school and high school students who wear the copies of the decoration call it a “surfer’s cross” and Watchem quoted one student who considered it an appropriate insignia for “those who master the waves.” V J. Evetts Haley is reportedly working on another book on Johnson. V The latest mailing from John Stanford of San Antonio includes a copy of the Worker of New York City, a communist paper. Liberal Activity hold a statewide convention in Austin, centering at the Villa Capri, June 17-19, after the second primary. V Witnesses angrily denounced discrim ination against Mexican Americans during a hearing of the U.S. Civil Rights Cmsn. in Corpus Christi . . . In San Antonio the Senate subcommittee on migratory labor headed by Sen. Harrison Williams, Jr., D-.N.J., heard protests against low farm-worker wages in Texas, proposals for farm workers unionization, and Texas Farm Bureau protestation that a minimum wage for farm workers would break farmers . . . The idea of a farm workers’ union continues to catch on, with J. ‘Elro Brown of Corpus Christi, international rep of the oilworkers in South Texas, advocating one. V The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reprinted Larry Lee’s “Night Talk at Gary” from several issues ago .. . D. B. Hardeman, ex-Sam Rayburn aide, is quoted that he will finish his Rayburn biography this year. V In recent city elections, Scott John son, an official in Huntsville’s bi-racial committee, and a Negro who has been critical of the demonstrations there, was elected to the city council there, the first Negro in office there since Reconstruction. In Waco, a Negro dentist, not regarded as a militant, Dr. G. H. Radford, was elected to the city council over three white opponents. Mortuary owner I. W. Brown was made a city alderman in Malakoff near Dallas. In East Texas, a tailor, John Miles, went onto the city Council by defeating a white incumbent. In Austin, a Negro, Mrs. C. M. Johnston, finished third for school board, but received every vote in two East Austin precincts. In Dallas, a Negro, Dr. Charles A. Hunter, professor at Bishop College and a pastor, lost his bid for the school board to Jerry D. Wheat, an executive with Lone Star Gas Co. The vote was 11,568 to 7,172. Dr. Hunter’s campaign manager was Edwin C. Washington, Jr., a member of the NAACP. Mrs. Juanita Craft, an NAACP leader, noting that Dr. Hunter got most of his The Sweet Smell Of Success Dr. Walter A. Quebedeaux, the official who checks pollution in Harris County, has named The Merichem Company as the area’s “polluter of the month.” Merichem’s president is John T. Files, one of the six men Gov. John Connally named last month to the Texas Air Control Board, which is supposed to stop pollution. Quebedeaux had complained about Files’ appointment, but Files, secretary-treasurer of the Texas Chemical Council, said there had been no complaints about Merichem “in a long time.” Quebedeaux’s “dishonor roll,” drawn up at the behest of The Houston Post, is based upon citizen complaints. He said that five complaints on five separate days last month were traced to a ground flare at the Merichem plant in the Greens Bayou area.