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\\30 400 i te# ,s6s9 Cfcce v,o410 ‘ vos t ece 4 \\a2 05-2’ Information for Historians, Researchers, Nostalgia Buffs, & Observer Fans Bound Volumes: The 1976 bound issues of The Texas Observer are now ready. In maroon, washable binding, the price is $15. Also available at $15 each year are volumes for the years 1963 through 1975. Cumulative Index: The clothbound cumulative edition of The Texas Observer Index covering the years 1954-1970 may be obtained for $12. Index Supplements: The 1971 through 1976 paperback supplements are provided at no additional charge to those who purchase the cumulative index at $12. Subscribers who do not want the cumulative index may purchase any of the supplements separately. The price is 50c for each year. Back Issues: Issues dated January 10, 1963, to the prsent are available at 50c per issue. Earlier issues are out of stock, but photocopies of articles from issues dated December 13, 1954, through December 27, 1962, will be provided at 50c per article. Microfilm: The complete backfile scription to the microfilm edition is $15. To order, or to obtain additional information regarding the 35mm microfilm editions, please write to Microfilming Corporation of America, 21 Harristown Road, Glen Rock, N.J. 07452. Observer Business Office. Texas residents please add the 5% sales tax to your remittance. Materials will be sent postpaid. THE TEXAS OBSERVER 600 WEST 7 AUSTIN 78701 Box 13. . . speculate that Lyle was trying to influence the investigators by pointing out that only Truman’s conservative opponents were griping about the election reOn Sept. 28, the day after Johnson talked to Truman on the train in Texas, Hoover sent a memorandum to Alexander Campbell, referring to the JohnsonStevenson run-off. What Hoover said about the election is not divulged, but the memo summary does say Hoover told since Judge Davidson’s hearings were still in progress \(they had begun on Sept. tion requested by your memorandum of Sept. 9, 1948, in abeyance.” A month before the general election, Poole wrote Clark, “It is your -duty to uphold the Constitution and enforce the laws of the United States of America, and as a result I am asking you to order the FBI to make a complete and thorough investigation.” Clark forwarded the letter to Campbell. Two days later, on Oct. 10, Holmgreen advised Clark that under Texas law, the ballots would be destroyed 60 days after the primaryi.e., on Oct. 27. He pointed this out “so the evidence would be preserved.” This gave the FBI two and a half weeks to save the ballots, but nothing was done. On Oct. 19, in broad daylight in San Diego, Duval County, a janitor burned the ballots, eight days before such destruction would have been legal. On that very day, Campbell wrote Bob and Sara Roebuck Anchor National Financial Services 1524 E. Anderson Lane, Austin bonds stocks insurance mutual funds optional retirement program Hoover, “Please reinstate this preliminary investigation” to “determine whether there are indications of fraud in [the Johnson-Stevenson election amounting to a federal violation.” Campbell advised Hoover that Houston conservative leader Lamar Fleming had complained that about 200 votes in Alice had been added late. By Oct. 25, Hoover told Campbell the Houston FBI ” [had ] been instructed to give this matter expeditious attention.” The Johnson Library file contains only one complete FBI memoone from JEH to AMC, dated Oct. 28, 1948. Results of preliminary FBI interviews had been discussed with assistant U.S. attorney William R. Eckhardt in Houston, who had “requested that the Bureau discreetly determine the exact location and availability of all ballots” cast in the first primary in Jim Wells and the run-off in Jim Wells and Duval counties. On the night of Oct. 27, by phone, Campbell told B. S. Odem, the U.S. attorney in Houston, to follow up available leads, but warned “that no further action should be taken until further instructions are received from the [Justice ] Department.” Campbell also told the U.S. marshal in Houston he did not want an effort made to locate the disputed ballots, because a Senate subcommittee investigating the election would find them. \(The subcommittee on elections and privileges indeed tried to find the balCampbell also wrote Hoover: “As stated to Mr. Odem, it is not desired that an actual investigation of the ballot destruction in Duval County be made, but rather we are interested at present only in a general report for background purposes, since the investigation so far does not indicate an investigation as such of the ballot destruction.” This gobble-degook tells the story. Stevenson’s people kept plugging. San Antonio lawyer Josh Groce told the FBI that he and other Stevenson attorneys had “ascertained that 200 fraudulent votes were cast for Lyndon Johnson.” Hoover reported to Campbell on Nov. 16 La Fonda de la Noche Southwestern Cuisine Liberal Food Conservative Prices 2405 Nueces –c .03:, 474-7562 THE COMMODORE HOTEL On Capitol Hill Owned by Texans. Run by a Texan. 520 N. Capitol St., NW Washington, D.C. 20001 16 SEPTEMBER 23,1977