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Deduaa AUTOMOTI V E WE REPAIR ALL MAKES mobE.LS TONE-1″ 6 0.04 ,*15s goet4 $i 85 opp 1-14 71-\(i 5 R b master charge j 2915 ei” !Mt TAT/t11,wl C/110 i CD 359 Dallas GALLERY 600 Contemporary Paintings, Sculpture, Prints THE FINEST TRADITIONAL FRAMING Custom Plexiglass and Custom Welded Frames 600 West 28th at Nueces . . . phone 477-3229 ‘:. ”” ‘ ‘ ‘ . What’s for lunch? Washington, D.C. You haven’t, perchance, read Mrs. Ed Clark’s book, have you? Australian Adventure, Letters from an Ambassador’s Wife, by Anne Clark, UT Press, 1969, $7.50. Dreadfully remiss, I just got around to it recently, and fearing that a few others are likewise negligent, I would like to share with you President Johnson’s ambassador’s wife’s insights into that savage and English culture of Australian, her vicissitudes there relieved by occasionally revelatory visits from Texas and American types. “Yesterday,” Mrs. Clark wrote home soon after the Clarks’ arrival, “I had the intellectuals for lunch.” Another time, “We stopped for the night in Alice Springs, a Godforsaken little dump, not even picturesque. We saw our first aborigines there.” Other times, “. . . our first guests were the Dillon Andersons and the Frank Michauxes from Houston. . . . John Harper, president of Alcoa, was here last week. .. . Saturday morning we received . . . a banker from Melbourne and a friend of the A. G. McNeeses from Houston. . . . “Last night . . . we waited for the arrival at eight o’clock of Ralph Hall, a member of 12 The Texas Observer IObservations the Texas Senate, who is traveling with two associates in the aluminum business.” The life of an ambassador’s wife is one whirl after another, giving a dinner for Esso officials, a luncheon for a New York banker and Stuart Peeler of Southern Union \(the railroad, not the long president of U.S. Steel, and dining with “the General Motors brass Bonner, Wilson and Knudsen.” Once the Clarks even had to fly, in a small plane that was sent to get them, to the King Ranch stud farm in Australia. But my favorite among all these occasions, the one I wish I had been invited to, is this one, as described by Anne Clark: “Next night we dined at Government House ladies in tiaras marvelous meal that started with melon and black caviar and went to chocolate profiteroles, and that fruit course where they eat and peel bananas with knife and fork, but, as I say, the English furnish me with lots of genteel amusement.” Between having intellectuals for lunch and peeling a banana with a knife and fork, what real Texan wouldn’t take a break at the King Ranch stud farm? Ironic injustice Nathan Cohen of the Monarch Construction Company, now defunct, charges himself with bribing John Dowdy, with $25,000 to get Dowdy to use his influence to get various criminal charges against Cohen and Monarch dropped. Cohen charges that Cohen’s $25,000 bribe worked for four and a half years, but that then the heat returned. Cohen has testified that in January, 1970, FBI agents \(acting under the legalized eavesdropping practices that Dowdy, as a champion of law and order and an enemy of the rights of strapped a tape recorder to Cohen’s back, and sent him in to record a conversation with Dowdy. On the basis of the tapes, the United States has been prosecuting Congressman Dowdy at nearby Balitmore for bribery. Presumably the jury will have ruled by the time this is published. I have not gone over to Baltimore for the trial, because I have never been interested in Mr. Dowdy, except as his consistent re-election from his district was interesting information about the political views of that area. \(The only contemporary Texas congressman who has ever been as far right on the issues as Mr. Dowdy was one of the fuzzy-minded liberals for whom Dowdy has contempt, I loathe the government’s means of gathering evidence against him. Nevertheless, here it is, the transcript of the tape recorder converstation between Cohen and Dowdy, spread across a page of the Baltimore Sun, and if the people of Baltimore can read it, so can the people who elected Dowdy. Cohen and the government allege that Cohen and Myrvin C. Clark, former sales manager for Monarch Construction Co., delivered the $25,000 to Dowdy at the Atlanta airport on Sept. 22, 1965. Myrvin Clark has pleaded guilty to a charge of carrying the alleged bribe to Dowdy. Here are some excerpts from the transcript that has been admitted into evidence in Dowdy’s trial: Excerpts from transcript of conversation between Nathan Cohen and on Jan. 20, 1970, at the latter’s Congressional office in the Rayburn Building in Washington. Cohen: You know, this Monarch thing has been, you know, like for years already, years and years and years, and just never seems to go away. It, uh Dowdy: We got so damn much stuff z ‘ Since 1866 The Place in Austin GOOD FOOD GOOD BEER 1607 San Jacinto 477-4171