This is the exciting story of the most ‘colorful and controversial firearm of the 20th Centurythe Thompson submachine gun. It tells of the Thompson’s unlikely origin, its secret development, and the men who made it both famous and notorious: Irish rebels, the Dillingers and Al Capones; G-Men, gun-runners, and strikebreakers; the Marines in Nicaragua and Allied Soldiers in World War II. It is also the story of the illfated Auto-Ordnance Corporation and idealistic General John Taliaferro Thompson, who died regretting the gun that bore his name. The Gun That Made the Twenties Roar, is the first detailed historical account of the “Tommygun” and its times, complete with technical data, footnotes and index, a reprint of the original Thompson Handbook of 1921, and over 100 photographs, illustrations, and diagrams. A must for firearms historians, collectors, any gunbuff who simply likes good reading! THE GUN THAT MADE THE TWENTIES ROAR by WILLIAM J. HELMER $1.95 THE MACMILLAN COMPANY 866 Third Ave., New York, N. Y. 10022 Lamar State Campus A ‘Pollution Lab’ Polls taken by both sides show Republican challenger Paul Eggers running roughly 50-50 against Gov. Preston Smith as of now. This is very serious business for Smith and will have its ramifications, too, in the availability of money for various candidates in the senatorial race. 8 The Texas Observer Beaumont Lamar State College of Technology is . probably the only college in the state that offers major study in the effects of air pollution, complete with a lab: the entire campus. Located in south Beaumont, the college is across the Port Arthur highway from Olin Chemical Corp., considered by many to be the most flagrant violator of air pollution laws in the Beaumont-Port Arthur-Orange region. Testimony at a recent Texas Air Control Board hearing on Olin revealed some of the effects of the pungent hydrogen sulphide odor and fumes which pour from the plant’s stacks: Salt is being eaten out of the concrete at the Lamar Tech football stadium, located next door to Olin. A whole section of seats in the stadium must be replaced because the pollution has eaten the bolts from the chairs. Classes sometimes have to be dismissed because the odor and the smog is so bad. The plant, saying it wants to be a “good neighbor,” has started shutting Is dead almost we cut open her breast for the tit is too slow we need to get her milk faster The land is a mother the Maori say a mother that never dies Wharton MEETINGS THE THURSDAY CLUB of Dallas meets each nowntown YMCA, 605 No. Ervay St., Dallas. Good discussion. You’re welcome. Informal, no dues. CENTRAL TEXAS ACLU luncheon meeting: Spanish Village. 2nd Friday every month. From noon. All welcome. ITEMS for this feature cost, for the first entry, 7c a word, and for each subsequent entry, 5c a, word. We must receive them two weeks before the date of the issue in which they are to be published. down during football games because it was driving fans from the games. Numerous complaints are frequently received of the pollution eating paint from homes and cars in the area. One unconfirmed but oft-repeated report tells of a man’s facial skin being partly eaten away by an excessive dose of pollution while constructing the football stadium several years ago. Olin sought a variance to the end of 1970, saying it plans to spend $600,000 on antipollution devices. Despite the fact that the state hearing examiner accused Olin of acting in “bad faith” in waiting so long to begin fighting pollution, it appeared the variance would be granted. Incredibly, one Olin official actually insisted that Olin should be considered exempt from state air pollution laws because it takes wastes from other plants to make its products. In other words, Olin is doing everybody a favor by producing the effects listed above. How about that? KIM McMURRAY Mr. McMurray is on the staff oa the Beaumont daily. Pollution Watch Texarkana The formation of pollution watch societies throughout the state has been suggested by Jim Presley, an Observer contributing editor and the newly elected president of the Texarkana Anti-Pollution Society. “We have a number of interested citizens active,” Presley writes the Observer. “We are just getting started. Among other things, we are interested in getting in contact with other similar groups in Texas and in Arkansas, if there are any, in order that we may mutually profit from an exchange of ideas and experiences. “We have a number of quite serious pollution problems here, in addition to the usual auto exhaust pollution that all areas are experiencing. Our role as of now is to do what we can as a private group to stop it and to make the people in this area painfully aware that they are facing extinction.. “It has occurred to me that a statewide organization could be called TAPS, too, for the Texas Anti-Pollution Society, if enough people are interested,” Presley says. He invites those interested to write him care of TAPS, Box 674, Texarkana 75501.
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