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As up to-date as the 1970 elec tions, this introduction to Texas politics by Anderson, Murray, and Farley concentrates on description and analysis of political institutions, processes, and behavior. Behavioral and traditional approaches are combined within the central framework of political processes. 1971. Paper. 327 pages; $3.95. HARPER & ROW 49 East 33d Street New York 10016 1817 600 West 7th Austin, Texas 78701 Enter a 1-year subscription, at $7.35 1THE TEXAS OBSERVER’ street 1 [ Check enclosed [ To be billed I I I I I I I I I. I .1 I I . . delights in expbsing the peccadilloes of the Texas establishment . ..” THE PROGRESSIVE, November 1968 “Time and again since its first appear I ance in 1954, the Observer has cracked 1 stories ignored by the state’s big dailies and has had the satisfaction of watching the papers follow, its muckraking lead.” NEWSWEEK, March 7, 1966 lemoommosilesomminummaudil stock fraud scandal, the governor, like Speaker Gus Mutscher, was reluctant to appear on television. His confidence has returned now, and he is accepting as many TV engagements as he can squeeze into his schedule, using the opportunity to point out that he vetoed Frank Sharp’s banking bills. It’s a pretty effective point, since few television interviewers have the knowledge of state politics or the agressiveness to ask Smith about the $125,000 profit he and his business partner, Elmer Baum, made on stock purchased with an unsecured loan from Sharpstown Bank. Not guilty, said the jury in the Corpus Christi trial of State Sen. Jim Bates. Bates, acquitted of charges of receiving a stolen diamond, says the Texas Rangers and the Department of Public Safety attempted to frame him. The diamond was never located. Charles Schnabel, secretary of the Texas Senate, offered important testimony in the proceedings when he said Bates answered 22 roll calls on the day he was alleged to have been in Rosenberg having the diamond appraised. The prosecutor accused Bates of using falsified Senate records in his defense. The State of Texas is appealing a federal court rulingto divide equally the 16th century relics found off the Texas coast five years ago. The state maintains 10 The Texas Observer THE TEXAS OBSERVER on microfilm. The complete backfile, since the first issue in December 1954, will be available. For prices and other information contact: Microlihning Corporation of America a subsidiary of THE NEW YORK TIMES 21 Harristown Road Glen Rock, N J. 07452 201 447-3000 that it has full title to the priceless artifacts because they were discovered within her tidal waters. Platoro, Ltd., an Indiana-based treasure-hunting firm, claims ownership through salvage-at-sea rights. The treasure, found on a sunken Spanish galleon, caused one of the more amusing debacles of the 61st Legislature. Land Commissioner Jerry Sadler, who had signed a contract with Platoro, was furious when reporters and state officials started snooping around his office, trying to find out what was happening with the treasure. He choked a House member, tried to strangle a radio reporter and generally refused to cooperate \(Obs., Aug. 15, the snuff-dipping state official and Sadler was defeated for reelection the very next year. A new cure for ennui! Seven members of the volunteer fire department of Genoa, a suburb of Houston, have been charged with setting at least 35 fires since 1968. No one was injured in the blazes that have occurred in rural areas. The firemen, who put out all the fires they are charged with starting, allegedly said they turned to arson because they were bored. Worst New Song of the Month: “We Are the Dallas Cowboys.” The refrain goes thusly: “0, we are the Dallas Cowboys. Dallas Cowboys. Dallas Cowboys. Number One. Yes, we are the Dallas Cowboys. Dallas Cowboys. Dallas Cowboys. Number One.” city state zip it . . always impious. We recommend it.” I. F. STONE’S BI-WEEKLY, May 31, 1971. I I “I think The Observer ranks with The Progressive as one of the two most useful papers in the United States.” JOHN KENNETH GALBRAITH, Sep. 16, 1970 “The Observer rates high among my favorite reading.” ARTHUR SCHLESINGER, JR., May 18, 1970 I I “One of the best publications in the country remains The Texas Observer.” THE NEW YORK POST, Dec. 18, 1969 it . . probably as close as any publication in America to the high European standard of informed reportage and commentary.” THE SOUTH AND THE NATION by Pat Watters A journal of “considerable influence in Texas public life.” THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW, Oct. 22, 1967 I I With “influence felt far beyond the state borders.” TIME, Sept. 27, 1968 “The conscience of the political community in Texas …” .THE NEW REPUBLIC, Nov. 20, 1965 “A respected journal of dissent.” THE NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE, March 2, 1969 that outpost of reason in the Southwest .. .” NEW YORK REVIEW OF BOOKS, April 11, 1968 it . . . that state’s only notable liberal publication . . . ” THE WASHINGTON POST, Nov. 25, 1968 I I I I I