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FOUR " i ~ · « . . BECRIEY POST-HERH,» A. REPUBLICAN NEWSPAPER FOR W YEARS PUBLISHED EVERY BUSINESS DAY BY BECKLEY NEWSPAPERS CORPORATION 33S-343 Prince St. Beckley. '.V. Va. T«?l*nhrtr.»fi -- A H Rffrwtrrwrrc RwkJev 253-3221 Secor.d-class mail privileges a'-'.r.crized a: post of- tc«s a: Beckley. W. Va., arxi Kir 100. W. Va. E. J. KODEL National Advertising Representative WARD-GRIFFITH COMPANY. INC. New York. Chicago. Detroit, Atlanta. Boston, Charlotte, Philadelphia. Pittsburgh, Sar. Frar.cisco. Los Angeles. CreesvJie " MEMBER OF THE ASSOCIAT£D~~PBESS The Associated Press is entitled to the use for republicatior. of all the local rws prated in tfci* r. as well as all AP raws dispatches. Can West Virginia Get Good Government?--III (Continued From Page One) the Department of Commerce where the foul-ups seem almost endless. He has never served at any other level, being unwilling to start in a lesser job to gain experience and prove that he deserved to move higher. Rather he wants to start at the top in the state and then move on to Washington, presumably. THE WORST OF ALL THIS, however, is that Smith seems to have a double standard. One set of standards is for himself and his cronies. The other is for everyone else. For example, Hulett Smith has been attempting to brow-beat his opponent with, not facts, but insinuations that the state cannot stand another four years of administration by Cecil Underwood. His claim goes back to the supposedly "sloppy" right-of-way acquisition practices of Underwood's State Road Commission. It built considerably more roads than the current administration, but it had to pay high prices for right-of-way to do so--to Hulett Smith in one case. In Hulett's eyes, this makes Underwood guilty of some sort of "crimes" on the part of various road commission underlings. On the other hand, however, when the activities under the Department of Commerce bring about indictments in Kanawha County, including the indictment of one of Hulett's employes therein, he sees this as having "absolved" him of any blame. He wasn't indicted, just one who was supposed to be doing his bidding! This "absolves" him, yet! * if * IRONIC IN THIS RESPECT is the fact that the State Road Commission really is an independent agency. Once confirmed by the State Senate, the road commissioner is subject to the governor's bidding only if he is cooperative and thankful for the appointment. If the road commissioner wants to "go his own way," he can do so and none can say him nay. This is not true of employes of the commissioner of the Department of Commerce. * * * HEARKENING BACK to the administration of Governor Underwood, there is much to be observed. And, obviously, there is little really subject to strong criticism or we would have been hearing considerably more about it, and in great detail. Underwood makes no claim to have been perfect while he was in the governor's chair. He merely points out, justifiably, that his stewardship saw more and better roads built over the state than in any other administration and a generally better and more reliable government for the benefit of its citizens at a cost of something like $41 million a year less than the present Barren government is spending. The "jumping" Charleston Gazette, which supported Underwood at the last minute in his 1956 campaign and then went neurotic and wild over what it had done in supporting a Republican, has primarily objected to just two of his appointments. The jumping Gazette began upbraiding him even before he could take his oath of office. The editors apparently thought he should have an outline of four years of activity in the office ready for them to approve or disapprove before he took office. No doubt they thought their last minute rush for the bandwagon should have given them some sort of unofficial veto power. When it did not. they turned pouter for four years--now eight. TC IT ir CECIL UNDERWOOD IS the only governor the Mountain State has ever- had who was willing to put his record on the line for a vote by the people and ask for a second four-year term in the office. He also is the only governor we have had recently who did not come out of the office a greatly wealthier man compared to his status going into- his term. Had any of the other governors of recent years come back four years later and sought the office again.'with the possible exception of Gov. Okey Patteson, we do not doub; that they would have virtually been run out of the state. They knew it. too, because they had beer, grabbing everything that was not tied down in the 'statehouse, so to speak. Now the people of West Virginia have the opportunii-j to reward comparative excellence by returning Cecil Underwood to the governor's office. And in doz/ic so, they will be rewarded by putting at the helm an honest man who has not only proven his qualijicaiujTtx, bid nas a full jour years of experience in the job, plus 12 years of prior legislative experience. If West Virginia can get good government, a vote for Cecil Underwood is the surest and quickest method at the moment! Top 0* The Morning The Food Was Fine, The Crowd Good By EMILE J. MODEL The ox roast for Cecil Underwood and his supporting Board of Public Works candidates at the Dry Hill- Prosperity Fair Grounds Tuesday night was really quite a shin-dig for this era. There were well more than 1,000 people there to hear the former governor, congressional candidate Jim Comstock, and Louis Reed, Donald Michels, Donald Carman, and Nicholas Homes. The meal itself was a big part of the attraction. Mrs. Natalie Austin was in charge of the food arrangements and did a simply marvelous job. Everything was delicious and our younger son claims he went back for "fourth's"' -- a fourth helping -from the kitchen. We overheard a family of Democrats in which the wile was telling a "surprised-to-see-you" Republican that when she found out about it, she Jet her husband come home to no food on the stove so that he would have to take them all to the ox roast. In any case, 816 tickets were sold in advance for the dinners and some 200 more paid at the door. There were others who came to hear the speeches but had not been there to eat. Not only were the bleacher seats at the show ring packed, there were almost as many more standing all around. Some sat in their cars to hear as best they could. We saw Dr. Bill Richmond and he asked us relay word they should turn up the loudspeakers. Dr. Bill's looking good again, too. Of course, he cannot run any foot races, but we've seen him out and about two or three times. The loudspeakers were already as high, as they would go, but he should have been able to turn on his car radio to hear the speech by Underwood which was broadcast. -O-It would appear that City Editor Roy Harmon on The Register is getting worried. Not only did he use almost a column of space yesterday afternoon on a story about Hulett Smith speaking in Hinton -- where The Register is not delivered at aH -- he failed to have a single word about Underwood's appearance here where the former governor took The Register to task a bit and replied to the old and often-repeated charges made by George Titler that were spread across the top of the Tuesday afternoon front page. This is what Harmon and The Register deem fair reporting and unbiased news coverage, we suppose. It doesn't surprise us a bit. But we must say we are disappointed in the former assistant editor oi the Post- Herald, brother John. Oh, yes, Harmon was urging all the Democrats to vote for Smith as well as Johnson because "every so often I run into a lifelong Democrat who has been brain-washed by one of Cecil Underwood's disciples," meaning one planning to vote for Johnson and Underwood. But finally Harmon got around to writing, "I suggest that those who want a Republican governor should go all the way and also try to get a Republican president, so they will at least vote for harmonious efforts." (See, well even pass along the gist of his stuff for our readers') --0-We would beg to differ, however. The important place for more harmony is not between president and governor, but between governor and Board of Public Works -- and Legislature. Here's where you should be consistent. If you vote for Underwood for governor, you should vote for some Republicans for House of Delegates, State Senate, and such offices as secretary of state, auditor, attorney general, and such. We DO need both parties in this state -- badly! -0- It has never been announced, but both Johnson and Goldwater received by mid-September more threats than any other presidential candidate since Al Smith. By now, they have probably both set new records. We haven't yet heard who leads between them in that category. Top of the morning! BECKLEY POST-HERALD, BECKLEY, \V, V A., THURSDAY MORNING, OCTOBER 29,196-1 Repair Job QUESTION: What do people mean when they speak of the "fatherhood of God" and the "brotherhood of man"? Do you believe in these liter- 3 l l y ? . . J.D.D. ANSWER: This i? a misunderstood term. All men are brothers, in the sense that we have all descended from Adam. We are brothers in the human family. And God is our Father. m the sense that we were created by HIM. But there the metaphor breaks down. The Bible says. "In Adam all men die. but in Jesus Christ shall all be made alive again." When man sinned he forfeited his right to son- ship, and can only be reinstated through Jesus Christ. That is why He died--"to reconcile us to God." * Jesus Christ is the only one in earth and heaven who can restore this lost relationship, and make com- H»eic iiiw idiuiiy oi vivxi. iue people of the world we live in hardly act like brothers. They fight, deceive, harass, steal from each other, and murder. True brotherhood can only be restored, and the fatherhood of God realized, through Jesus Christ who reconciled, redeemed, and regenerates man. Andrew fully-- Yesterday And Today-Greenbrier's Notable Shue Murder--III By SHIRLEY DONNELLY After the ghost of Zona Heaster Shue appeared to her mother, Mrs. Mary He aster, in the Leivasy Mill section of Meadow Bluff District in Greenbrier county in 1897, telling that Edward Shue had killed her--Zona --the people believed the Godly mother. In prayer and class meeting in her church. Mary Heaster gave her testimony and amplified her experiences with Zona's ghost and what the ghost told her. Prosecuting Attorney John A. Preston believed Mary Heaster regardless of what o t h e r s thought and said. As the sworn protector oi the state and the prosecutor of those who offended against the peace and dignity Preston launched out in the case that was to prove that Edward Shue killed his wife, Zona. PRESTON MADE HIS own private investigation. He rode into Meadow Bluff District and questioned the people as to what they knew of the happening. Dr. J. M. Knapp, the neighborhood medicine man, was asked if there was any possibility his diagnosis of what killed "Zona Shue might be wrong. He admitted he could be mistaken. Prosecutor Preston ordered that Zona Heaster Shue's body be dug up and a further examination of it be made to determine the exact cause of the woman's death. A restlessness on the part of the public needed to be set at ease, or else have the guilty one brought to jusice. Shue was notified by Preston in Drew Pearson- at his blacksmith shop that his wife's body was to be exhumed. Shue kne'w what that meant, too. INTERESTED VOLUNTEERS were on hand to dig up the dead woman. There was a morbid curiosity on the part of many and there were more men to dig up the coffin than were needed. Preston directed that the coffin with its remains be taken to a nearby one-room school. Once in the schoolhouse, all persons but Dr. Knapp and Prosecutor Preston, were excluded. But Mrs. Mary Heaster jvas outside. After Dr. Knapp "re-examined the dead body it was returned to the grave "and reburied. Zona had been murdered! 4 Henry Gilmer took Edward Shue in charge and took him to the jail at Lewisburg. Gilmer was assistant prosecuting attorney. SHUE WAS INDICTED. His case had the county by the ears. William Rucker " and James Gardner were attorneys for the accused Shue. Gardner was the first Negro lawyer to practice in the circuit courts of West Virginia. Gardner's office was in Lewisburg. Of course, the state had to admit that its case rested on unusual evidence, something not mentioned in law books, the supernatural, the testimony of a ghost! And the word of a woman who said what the ghost said. Dr. Knapp ate crow! He was wrong in his first guess about what produced Zona's death. Mrs. Martha Jones and Andy Jones were sworn and testified to Shue's actions that January morning. They told a simple, straight story. But the dead girl's mother presented the testimony that convinced the Jury- MRS. HEASTER TOLD in steady detail about the four times her daughter's ghost appeared to her. Jurymen hung on her words and spectators in the old courtroom craned their necks and cupped their ears to catch every- word. She was honest and simple hi her story. No objections from the counsel for the defense. That mother quoted h e r daughter at length. Shue had fussed about what Zona had for supper and flew into a rage when Zona pointed out it was a good meal, good enough for any man!_ Then Shue grabbed her face in his hands and wrenched her neck and broke it. Mrs. Heaster said the ghost appearance was no dream. Shue denied everything on the stand. WHEN BOTH SIDES rested in the case and it was given to the jury, the 12 men deliberated an hour. "Guilty," was the verdict but mercy for Shue was recommended. Shue was sentenced to' Mbundsville for life. But the public was not satisfied. A mob formed, rope and all. George Harrah, neighbor of men in the mob, sent the sheriff the news of the mob. Sheriff Nichols talked the mob into breaking up and returning to their homes. To forestall further mob action, Shue was rushed to the state penitentiary where he died in 1905, after serving eight years of his natural life sentence. The Shue murder case and trial attracted nationwide attention. Kansas Believed Leaving Its GOP Ways T*vr ·pmn'ri' -»r t · _ _ . _ _ _ ·* EN ROUTE -- Most amazing phenomenon of this election is the probability that Lyndon Johnson, a southerner, will carry the Republican Civil War-torn state of Kansas. This is a state which fought the battles of John Brown and abolition long after John Brown was moulder- ing in h i s grave, a state where I spent some time in my youth listening to a staunch Republican grandfather vow that Kansas would never go Democratic. It hasn't since 1936 but it probably will next week. Reason for Kansans' waywardness today is chiefly its political isolation and worry over Barry Goldwater's haphazard statements about getting us into war. Such statements. "I'll have to admit that possibly I shoot from the hip." made to Der Spiegel during the San Francisco convention, or his Salt Lake City statement last May 5. "I don't want to hit the moon. I want to lob one right into the men's room of the Kremlin and make .^re I hit it," are among those that have made Republican Midwest voters run to the Democratic bomb shelters. IT EXPLAINS ALSO why Bar ry's staff pulled backstage wires to get the dramatic nuclear war movie "Fail Safe" sidetracked until after the election. The film shows a bombing of Moscow--by mistake. As Kansas voters know. 5n contrast of GOP platform adopted under Goldwater's eye at San Francisco called for the abolition of ine · hoi hne" between Washincton and Moscow to prevent accidental war. The Kansas trend toward Johnson began last summer with the editorial support of a publisher who has supponed Republicans since the days of U. S. Grant --Jack Harris of the Hutchinson News, This was followed by an unusual split among Kansas Newspapers -- about 50-50--between Johnson and Goldwater. Usually there is about one Democratic paper in the entire state, that of John Montgomery, publisher of the Junction City Union, now running for Congress in the Second District with a good chance of winning. Montgomery is called "Mr. Kansas" by Jim Farley. GOLDWATER HASN'T been helped in Kansas by his campaign oratory. Editor John Mc- Cormally of the Hutchinson News said: "Goldwater is even funnier when he is trying to be serious than he is when he's try-- ing to be funny. But because you suspect he's serious, you can't laugh." And the GOP candidate for governor. William Avery, also hasn't helped Barry much. Bin has been a Kansas congressman for a long time, a faithful, unspectacular follower of the right. Nobody much ever bothered to examine Bill's congressional record when he was merely running for the House. But in statewide campaigns it's different. Today voters find that Avery voted asainst practically even- piece of legislation that would benefit small farmers, plus some that would benefit big farmers. He voted against the wheat- cotton bill which added an extra $400 million income to the 1964 wheat crop: against the Food Stamp Act. the voluntary feed grain bill, against extension of the Sugar Act, the emergency feed grain bill, against anti-poverty, against the public works bill and against rural electrification, although 91.000 Kansas farm familipc share in the REA program. BUT AVERY'S MOST interesting vote of all was against the now popular Tuttle Creek Dam. built to prevent catastrophic Kansas floods in his own district. This project has become so valuable that two weeks ago Avery suddenly reversed himself and made a statement in the Congressional Record trying to claim credit for the dam. His statement was made of course as his past record was beginning to catch up with him. but in 1955 (June 16) he was almost tearful in urging Congress to vote the other way. "Mr. Chairman. I spoke to the committee yesterday on my objections to Tuttie Creek in my district of Kansas," he said. "I plead with you today that this appropriation be deleted, at least for this session of Congress." And when the next session rolled around, Avery was right back with his blocking tactics. "My position in regard to the construction of Tuttie Creek is the same as it has been ever since its original authorization in 1938." he said. Now that the dam is built and Bui is running for governor hindsight is better than foresight and he claims credit for it . THE POLITICIAN WHO has teen yelling most about government subsidies in the Northwest is Don L. Short, the ebullient, sometimes vituperative GOP congressman from North Dakota. There are several things the voters know about Short, amon* them the fact that the John Birch Society gives him a perfect score for voting their way. The voters also know Short has a ranch in the Badlands and gets the benefit of leasing low- cost government land--an indirect form of subsidy which he seems to appreciate. But what the voters do not know is that this enemy of subsidies wan't at all bashful about applying for a government sub- sirjv tchon irO'.J?hf hit t*»« Vr»rt*? west in 1961. " Congressman Short applied for government grain in order to feed 195 cows, 35 two-year- old heifers, 20 heifers under two years, and 10 bulls, or a total of 260 head. The anti-subsidy congressman got 182,000 pounds of feed at 63 cents per bushel for barley. Was Not A Republican! WASHINGTON - There H a villain in the Waiter Jenkins tragedy and he is not a Republican or even a dissident Democrat. The name is Lyndon Baines Johnson, President of the United States, and the charge is slave-driving. Psychiat r i c experts are still vague as to what triggers a man's lapse into sexual deviation; they are only sure that it is latently within us all. But in this house, the most significant portion of the FBI's report is its notation that many of those interviewed about the case observed that Jenkins' two arrests on morals charges "occurred during a period of extremely intense emotional strain and physical exhaustion in Mr. Jenkins' life." Any reporter acquainted with White House routine could have stated it in much simpler language, many months ago: Lyndon Johnson worked Walter Jenkins too hard. Tins IS NOT A CRIME that cries for the President's immediate impeachment. Lyndon Johnson is only one of many offenders in a city whose officials seek constantly and frenetically to enhance their careers at the expense of the hired help's health. Hubert Humphrey's staff toils often by the light of midnight oil, and so do the men and women who serve Barry Goldwater and Bill Miller. At the State Department and the Pentagon, the 15-hour day is normal at the higher levels. But because so many officials are guilty does not legitimize the practice. And it is especially reprehensible in the White House, where a careless word or a weary decision can affect the national security. JENKINS TOLD the FBI that during the Oct. 7 episode in the men's room of the Y.M.C.A. "his mind was befuddled by fatigue, alcohol, physical illness and lack of food." White Houso doctors reported he was "suffering from gross fatigue and overwork." No wonder. Since Lyndon Johnson became vice president, working long hours of overtime had become Jenkins' way of life. Even after his Oct. 7 ar- retrt, he returned to the White House and worked until midnight. At 9:35 one recent night he still had 89 telephone calls waiting for him to answer. And as early as last November, after the assassination of President Kennedy, Jenkins was warned by his doctor that his blood pressure was climbing dangerously. IT IS NOT THE PURPOSE of this piece to attack Lyndon Johnson as heartless. His affection for Jenkins was, and is, genuine. And Johnson has not spared himself in a job that has no quitting time. But Lyndon Johnson cannot evade the charge that Walter Jenkins was the victim of the egotism of a President caught up in an unceasing drive to insure his own personal and political security. Citizens who work for their government are perhaps a special breed. Some serve Belfless- ly, as did Walter Jenkins. Others keep their gaze riveted on the main chance. But even the rascals remain human beings dogged by "the ills that flesh is heir to." And Walter Jenkins' flesh, weakened by long hours at his desk, was an invitation to those ills. Mel Heimer-New N.Y. Police Academy Has A Gruesome Museum Snydar NEW YORK - Things one New Yorker thinks about: Thirty-seven years ago the tabloids bad a field day with a m u r d e r i n ~TM-these p a r t s , when a woman n a m e d Ruth Snyder and her lover, Judd G r a y , belted h e r h u s b a n d t o death w i t h a sashweight -- and if you are old enough to remember it, and would like to wallow , , in w i s t f u 1 Academy nostalgia for a remembers her. bit, New York's new S10 million Police Academy building is the place for you. Basically the academy is for the training of the 1,500 recruits who join the local gendarmerie's 26,000-man-and woman squad each year. But it also includes a museum of sorts, and some of the evidence from famous cases is on display -- including the Snyder-Gray sashweight, the bottle of poisoned booze that Ruthie first tried on her spouse, the gauze pad with which he was chloroformed and so on. ACTUALLY, THE EXHIBITS are there mostly to familiarize policemen with the kind of stuff they're apt to run into while on duty. There also are on hand a collection of Chinese betting slips -- cops can spot the ordinary police-number betting slip, but the Oriental is something else again -- the lathe and other items from the workshop of George Metesky, the "Mad Bomber, police blotters showing the violence in which more than 1.000 persons died during the Civil War draft riots in New York, et cetera. The academy is by way of being a fabulous place. "The men and women in training not only receive a four-month course: they also can qualify for a degree in business administration, with a major in political science. The public is permitted to tour the place twice daily, and see experts at work in the laboratory, medical bureau, ballistics quarters and other areas where the chores of solving crimes are in sway. There's a swimming pool arid a pistol range, too -- although the pool isn't chiefly for recreation. It's used to teach water- rescue techniques. FUNNY BOOK: Mike Jackson's "Sugar and Spite,' in which, he notes, he rhapsodized New York while living in Los Angeles and penned his stuff about California while in Manhattan. Now a L. A. Herald- Examiner columnist, Mike says of his second novel, "Karen Ellis," that he made "30 dollars less on the book than the girl who typed it for me." . . Jackie Kannon's Ratfink Room is a year old and he claims he has greeted 76,124 customers, "of whom 8,956 were drunk on arrival." . . . Young punks held up a couple of hansom-cab passengers in Central Park the other day -- the first time within memory that such a caper had been pulled. Fellow drivers (they're all old-timers in high silk hats) say it was good for the thugs that Matt Sheehan the driver, didn't know his cab was being burglarized. "Sheehan is a fast man with the whip," they declare. "Those guys would have been in for a tough time if he had gotten into action." SAM LEVINE IS GETTING into that Shirley Booth-type rut- being cast in bad plays. The artistic Mr. Lcvine got good notices for his new one, "The Last Analysis," but the play was a dud. . . .New York's hotel owners may band together u put up a big convention hall for the city, at an estimated cost of from $30 to $60 million. Acco rdin g to Joe Binns of the Hilton hotels, the Coliseum is adequate for certain conventions and expositions, but not the large ones that draw up to 70,000 delegates. . . .According to the City Youth Board, there are 181 "fighting gangs" in New York and 248 "peripheral" gangs, involving some 16000 adolescents -- including 3000 gins. . ,-Benedict Declares Byrd Believes In Segregation By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS U. S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd was c a l l e d a segregationist Wednesday by his opponent for re-election. Republican Cooper Benedict In a news conference at Charleston. Benedict said he agreed with Byrd's no vote on the Civil Rights Act in the last Congress, but on different grounds. Benedict said he was opposed to the bill en constitutional grounds, but that Byrd's vote was based on his belief in segregation. ' The Republican cited Byrd's former membership in the Ku Klux Klan as an indication of Byrd's racial views V-. v : i _ r j .. «*t,.iu¥r;Luv, ij'iii Wai jiuiiip- ing for re-election in Pocahontas County where he told a Marlinton audience West Virginia can expect more increases in federal funds for soil and water conservation projects. "Federal participation in projects to conserve and improve our soils has increased each year," Byrd $a'd. He said funds I from Washington to West Vir«in- ia for such programs have gone up from $2.6 million in 1963 to a projected $3.4 million in 1965. B^ict ai so told newsmen that Byrd has been almost hiding from the public: refusing to list a phone number in Washing- fa" °w m his hometown of s °- He said Byrd's reluctance to ..t wlth . Jthc People is because he would like to avoid facing questions on jiisj-ecord." Chamber Study Course Starting A course in Economic Under- 0 , sponsored by the Beckley-Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce, gets under way tonight, according to W. A. Thorn- nfll m, chamber coordinator of i business - government relation. James C. ffiggins, Beckley at! torney, will be moderator for the 17-week course to be held m the chamber conference room weekly at 7:30 p.ru

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