in hearings held by the State Finance Commission in the Dallas-Fort Worth area: failure to disclose rates and conditions of loans, overloading customers with side charges, failure to provide refunds in cases of prepayments, and harassment of debtors and third parties in collection activities. The commission was formed a year ago by the governor. The hearings will end next month and a report will be submitted to Connally. V Doubling tuition at state colleges to $100 will be considered Oct. 17 by the College and University Coordinating Board. If the raise is approved, it will be considered by the next legislature. Good Old Dallas v Dallas has been cleared of guilt for -the assassination. Dr. Joyce Brothers, visiting the city, says such a tragedy “is something that could happen anywhere in the world as in South Africa, for example.” San Antonio columnist Paul Thompson wondered recently why Dallas hasn’t built a monument where JFK was shot, quoting the whispered question of a San Antonio visitor. The Kennedy Memorial Plaza, to be built two blocks from the site, still awaits completion of plans to build a garage beneath the plaza. V The showing in Dallas last week of the widely noted JFK film, “Years of Lightning, Day of Drums,” evoked charges from a Minnesota Republican congressman that proceeds would help finance Democratic candidates’ campaigns. Similar charges had arisen out of Wisconsin and Iowa showings of the U.S. Information Agency film. The movie was shown at a $5-a-seat performance in Dallas, where sponsors have since promised that proceeds will go to a non-political cause, probably the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Showing of the film is scheduled in 91 theatres across the country before the November elections. V Another incident in Dallas of political leaflets being included in copies of newspapers delivered to homes has occurred. The Times Herald printed a brief apology to subscribers who received “racist leaflets circulated by the American Nazi Party,” which, the paper says, were inserted into copies of the paper after their delivery to homes in Dallas. “The Times Herald in no way is a party to the distribution of this literature,” the paper told its readers. V Dallas policemen are going through more riot training, this time nighttime firing practice. Officers are being trained to shoot accurately under conditions they might encounter on a dimly lighted streets, the Dallas News confides. V The Murchisons’ stock interest, worth perhaps $19 million, in Holt, Rinehart & Winston publishers has been sold to CBS. V Right wing Dallas broadcaster Dan Smoot is being sued for $500,000 by the Traverse City, Michigan, League of Women Voters. The league’s officers alleges they incurred heavy expenses as a result of Smoot’s million-dollar libel suit that wa ‘s dismissed earlier. Smoot had claimed he was libeled in a league publication in 1963 and in a letter the organization published in a newspaper. Federal Matters The successor to Nicholas Katzenbach as ‘U.S. attorney general may be a Texan, perhaps either Deputy Atty. Gen. Ramsey Clark or Leon Jaworski, a Houston attorney. In the meantime Clark was to assume duties as acting A. G. V Barefoot Sanders, former Texas legis lator and Dallas Kennedy-Johnson campaign director, is moving up in the Justice Department. Now assistant deputy attorney general, Sanders has been nominated to be chief of Justice’s civil division. V James H. Moyers. brother of ‘the White House aide, died of suicide, a Virginia medical examiner ruled. Moyers wa ‘s buried in Marshall. por Senators Tower and Yarborough split on three votes in recent days, Yarborough favoring, Tower opposing, ‘the increase in minimum wages and cloture to end the filibuster against the 1966 civil rights bill. Yarborough voted no, Tower yes on Dirksen’s proposed school prayer ‘amendment. In the House, Texas voted 14-6 for a $3 billion foreign aid appropriations bill which the House passed. In favor were Lindley Beckworth, Jack Brooks, Earle Cabell, Henry B. Gonzalez, George Mahon, Wright Patman, J. J. Pickle, Ray Roberts, Olin E. Teague, Mrs. Lera Thomas, Clark Thompson, Richard White, Jim Wright, and John Young. Opposed were Omar Burleson, Bob Casey, Eligo de la Garza, John Dowdy, W. R. Poage, and Joe Pool. Texans voted 13-7 against a proposed $45 million foreign aid reduction, which was defeated by the House. Opposing the cut were Beckworth, Brooks, Cabell, Casey, de la Garza, Gonzalez, Mahon, Patman, Pickle, Mrs. Thomas, Thompson, Wright, and Young. In favor were Burleson, Dowdy, Poage, Pool, Roberts, Walter Rogers, and White. Not voting on either issue were 0. C. Fisher and Graham Purcell. Consideration of Cong. Pool’s bill ‘bill against anti-war ‘activities has been indefinitely removed from the House schedule. V LBJ is down to 48% ‘approval in the latest Gallup Poll, th o ugh 50% Texans ‘approve of the President, ac cording to a recent Belden Poll \(which also showed Vice President Humphrey ap Harris nationwide survey reports that George Romney is rapidly catching up with LBJ in preferences for the 1968 presiden tial race. Romney trails 51-49% with John son behind only in the South. Six weeks before LBJ lead Romney 56-44% in another Harris poll. Belden has found that Texans are slowing down in their acceptance of ‘the Negro drive for equality, ‘though 50% or more accept sharing with Negroes railroad cars, restaurant, hotels, schools, churches, and jobs. But low acceptance was ex V The Texas State Bar Association is Nostalgia Last week Atty. Gen. Waggoner Carr made a flying trip from Austin to Mount Pleasant for an evening of campaigning. About 15 gathered at the airport, but only two six-seat airplanes were in sight, so someone asked John Stegall, Carr’s aide, what now? Stegall said no sweat; ex-Gov. Allan Shivers had a third plane for them; they were just looking for a pilot. In Mount Pleasant the festivities were presided ‘over by Rep. Neal Solomon ‘of that festive community. Doing the introductions, Solomon came to Land Cmsr. Jerry Sadler and introduced him ‘as “Land Cmsr. Bascom Giles.” The gathering was convulsed in laughter. embarrassed that three of its lawyer members now serving penitentiary terms are still licensed to practice ‘in the state, the New York Times reports. They are Clem McClelland, James Bryson Martin, and Sam Hoover. . . . W. 0. Shafer of Odessa, bar president, says a confidential statewide poll showed that lawyers rank next to last among professions in Texans’ esteem, one notch ‘above chiropractors. I/ Another draft system’s makeup has been questioned in Texas. Bexar County Judge Charles ‘Grace said ‘board’s don’t “truly reflect the make-up of the citizens of our county.” Two Latins and one Negro are included in the 34 members who serve on the eight Bexar draft ‘board’s. Earlier the composition of Harris County draft boards was criticized on similar grounds by two Democratic nominees to the legislature. V The conservative nature of the Univer versity of Texas campus Daily Texan was underscored in a recent editorial page article, headlined “Farm workers viewed a’s new victim-hero” and containing, for example, this paragraph: “One longs for the psychologist who will write the definitive study of the professional liberal cornmiserator and expose the precise nature of the guilt and inadequacy which drive him relentlessly to ‘seek out the sufferers of the earth. Such a work would truly be a national service, and its author should get at least $1.25 ‘an hour to write it” V A fictitious interview between Christ and Beatle John Lennon in the humor magazine at Texas Western ‘in El Paso has caused an upheaval on the magazine staff. One student staffer ‘has been relieved of duties, and the fate of the editor seems unpromising. In the interview the Beatles’ manager suggests that Lennon and Christ change places, since no one would know the difference, ‘and put out a Christmas album, “Mersey Meets the Messiah.” Christ is also made to say: “Hell, this could be a really swinging birthday,” and to express worry that “business might go to pot,” in which case “Dad might turn ‘over in his grave.” September 30, 1966 17
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