The Brazosport Facts from Freeport, Texas on May 27, 1957 · Page 4
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Freeport, Texas
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Monday, May 27, 1957
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fc JJ&$^ v '*i.g^$ 1 *zj$/j^'+ r T -i *v ' ^i* " v?f: antf In tit r y arti 1 - iiH DISfASESt SALK One* tt effective vaccin« It found, tone dfse*Hi te* Slay to «B*Wpi». 6ueh • disease t. smallpox. 11 a large •art tit the mintryi population tt vltdftated, the "chain of infection" i* Broken afld the virus fades out The game it true for diphtheria. But polio vaccination works differently. It setg up antibodies ifi the bloodstream that prevent the polio virus front attacking and destroying the nerve centers. A person thua protected against paralysis, however, can still harbor the polio virus in his system and can still transmit it to some* 6«e else — hk family, his neighbors, the people with whom he works'. Evd^fmNiy* Ml sfiott) rt^drdl^d of vaecinatton, is a potential carrier of Jgflj CANNOT N£W ARRIVAL Silk m*iftt wifned: -*Y<mr nei^l^i Vtctifiation won't protect you." If yew want protection against paralytic poli6, you must get it y6m«#f. £ven if every other: person ia your town wew vatelnated afid yott were not, you would still be in the category designated a* "susceptible to paralytic $6110.* ,-.'••.. •:-. '••-. '.... •-••• though fh* '•vViSbwi fa already causing a detllne M polio lases among childrro, most susceptible adults are still without protection, through their own apathy. In this fight, the number of adult breadwinners are afflicted, bringing economic disaster on thefc? families, is alarming. Paul Harwy News... LITTLE MiN MUSI TOPPLE GREAT If PAWt HAHVEY There win always be utti« persons jealous tt resentful of the success of Others. Jackals, who yap at the heels of the lion. In every public place Jot Louis eaters there is sure to be ost of these who puffs oat fcis chest like a banty rooster and says, "You're not so tough!" And if you do hit that UsMl of SUT. he's right. h tt Mi that prominence carries this unnecessary burden but, as old Homer McKet used to say, "You always find the most •tabs under th* tre« with ft* best apples on it," I know utterly nothing nout horse racing. I know of iMdie Arcaro only from the reputation he has spent a lifetime building. Yet, la. no reason at all, it has become fashionable arwmd New York tracks for th* rallblrds to boo Arcaro, Whether he wins or losec. S6ra*tlme* for laughs, perhaps. But cruelly, nonetheless. N* champion anything is insensitive. Th* other day at Jamaica Eddie rode an. odds-on favorite ta a race for two-year-olds" .. . and lost ' , Th* hone had early speed, but slowed to a trot la the stretch. When Arcaro weighed in after the race, th* needier* on the clubhtuae and grandstand lawns hooted at htm. Eddie bit his lip, said nothing. la the next race, Eddie rod* another strobg favorite. This one sustained his speed and wen going away. What happened? Eddie brought th* horse back to the winner's circle and got another chorus of boos. A few fair-minded fans cheered. Eddie (Tinned, cautiously. But as h* was walking away, a brass- lungsd character shouted, Don't look so pleased With yourself, Eddie. I could have win with that horse!" Eddie winced noticeably, shook his head slightly, and walked off In silence. Th* psychologists can understand and explain what it Is that makes the small man feet tall if h* can chop off the legs of the giaiiu But th* explanation is little comfort to the target of their barbs. la th* political arena and th* prize ring, in the medical and scholastic fields, la entertainment and In every profession that permit* personal prominence, there are gen- uic* giants to whom monuments will be raised over their grave* ... By th* very lynch mob* that prematurely put them, there. On The Side... FAT BOY SCAN DANCE; GIRLS CAN'T Br E. T. DURUM) BUSY MINISTER Th. Rev. Randolph Ray of the Church of the Transfiguration (The Little Church Around The Corner), Manhattan, officiated at 39 marriages in one day. If that isn't the record for marriages in one day in the same church by the same minister, what i«? •OHOWRTTTJia Carrie Jacob* Bond collected over $250,000 la royalties for her song "The End of a Perfect Day." Or. th* other hand, H. P. Danks sold th* rights o' "Silver Thread* Amon th* Gold" for $11. D*nk> mad* ocOf flS preflt on th* deal, M h* had paid Eb*a Sector* $3 for th* lyrics. unhappily married man can succeed in life if be stays married. So claims aa alleged expert oa life among th* married. That claim is not .too per cent correct Abraham Lincoln was unhappily married. WOMEK It was Bellamy Brooks who said, "Women are wise offhand and fools on reflection. Take your wife's first advice, never her second" .. . That so many women suffer from ailment* caused by ilUfitting shoe* is not surprising when you consider that designer* of feminine footwear ar* confronted by th* fact that the femal* sex has 85 differeat type* of feet ABIDES Edgar Wallace was probably the speediest writer 1» literary history. In one year, 1927, Wallace wrote 26 novels and six plays!, All the novels were published. All th* plays produced. . . . Minnesota, "Th* Land of th* Sky Blu* Water," continues to point With pardonable pride that it has 10,000 lakes. That's lots of lakes, but Florida la* 20,008 more lake* than Minnesota. PHQBIAl Ha* your daughter any phobias? Not aadrophobi*, I hope. That is * fear of men. Jan* Russell one* confessed she suffers from androphoU*. However, hers is just a mild CM*. Jan* do** not suffer in the presence of on* man. But when near three men •h* get* nervous. AMONG THE MARRIED How many days are there between your brtbday aad that of th* girl you married? Th* reference Is to month* and days, not yean. Tor example, U your birthday Is July S and your wife's is July W, there ar* 3T days between your birthdays. Th* chmce* for a divorce for a couple *re greatly decreased if ther* are only 60 days or lew between their birthdays. Or, so say th* stargazers. DOOS - What breed of sporting dogs is th* best retriever? That's what • BaUimoreaa asks. ( don't feel qualified to answer this query.. However, it i* difficult to top the springer spaniel as • retriever. Some wringer* have such "gentl* laws" for retrieving they can carry an egg without breaking it • - o — •IDEIWHT* Dtsjce *xp*rts appear agreed that most (*t me* art good d*ncers, while most plump womep an very heavy on their feet when trying to trip the light fantastic ... No ASKOTO Queries from clients: Q. Who are the oldest triplets in th* United States? A. rec. ord i* held by tho** Marlboro, Mas*,, triplets named Faith, Hope and Charity. They are »9. All are widows. Names are Mrs. Faith MacDonneU, Mrs. Hope Daniels. Mrs. Charity Murphy . . . Q. From what part of Ireland did th* Flaherty • originally com* from? ' A, From th* County Galway. They Oalw*y as "The Ferocious Ah Editor's... COMMENT It was to be expected that the Brazoria City Council, which for the past three years has been gathering speed and direction in its desire for city improvements, should come Up with Uie present ptjram of tax equalization. During these progressive years, the city council has had occasion to ask the people for money to pay for improve- 'ments, and the clear majority in favor of bond funds indicates that the public is in accord with the council in want' ing a better,city. "Mu«WK progress hail 5 been 1 ; made during the yean of J. O: Fossel's tenure as mayor.. Mayor Earl Cameron and the rest of the council are energetic and have the same attitude. ' * . The present stumbling block to city improvement is the status of the tax rolls. The council knows that property Values are not equal, and so does' the public. This means that some people, are not paying then- share of the cost of city faculties, and some are paying more than their share. This is a condition* that would eventually undermine .public confidence in the council and its improvement program. People certainly are concerned about the cost of improvements, the need for them, and economy in paying for them. But they are traditionally far more concerned about whether the cost if going to be shared fairly. Equalizing taxes is not a sim- pte-or an MS* Job. If the city. : ^council goes through with their 'plan of hiring a firm of tax appraisers, it will take this firm three month*, working , fun time, to complete the job. •Obviously, It would take a group of'l«r cJttwns, in the capacity of * board of equalization, far longer to do so. Citizens of the town cannot contribute that much time to the city. Also, $•> public could never free themselves from the doubt that » l&al group, wsth their, wany, ties of friendship and blood In the city, would not show favoritism. Appraisal firms cannot show favoritism. Not only would they have no reason (or doing so, but the demand for their services depends to a large degree on their reputation tor in* tegrlty. , The 'manner in which all these firms operate is very similar,*-though each has slightly different techniques for reaching the same result. They establish the value of land — residential, commercial, and other — through checking recent sales in the county clerk's office. • , - Values of buildings are established by measuring, the* ac» •'• tastf'square, footage of floor plans. This U multiplied by the prevalent cost per square foot of replacing a building of'sim- ilar material. .< : Finally,-this figure is modified according to the condition ot the building. A run-down house or store will be given a lower value than a new one of the same size and type. When hearings on the chang- .. ed value* are set, member* of the appraisal firm sit in with the board ot equalization to show each owner that appears how the value on his property was arrived at. This is the only way. But there is a complication, . for the city's program, in that ; they have requested the school district to adopt a similar plan in order to cut the costs to each. Here U where there is going to be trouble. For the inequities in property values in the city is nothing compared to the inequities' that exist In the school district between city . property and rural property. If the Brsaoria area i* Uk* •very other public body in this county that has had an out- aid* turn oppnusai, an inventory will show numerous cases of rural property valued U 910 an acre , alongside identical property that has recently sold for $300 an acre. There is no question g| the fairness o| Junng an outside firm. Therefor* it can safely be assumed that every person who howls is one who ii paying less that bis share of the school district costs, and wants Try and Stop Me -By BENNETT CERF- were known in rUherW*.' /""HIEF BENDER, a full-blooded Indian, und one of baseball's V. immortals, won many a gam* tot Connie Mack's, famous Athletic*. One day *>dy stopped B*n4*r <od MM, "How era you be an Indian? I always thought Indians wore feathers." ' . •• - rget, madam." replied the Chief courteously, this is th* moulting By GLENN HEATH to continue doing so. Chances are that this group of property owners, outraged at the though of being actually forced to pay on the same basis as everyone else, will bring a petition. Unfortunately, the petition will probably contain the names not only of those who are paying less than their share of the taxes, but also those of people who have been sold a bill of goods to the effect that the only reason for reappraisal is that taxes are going to be raised. •• This 1s not likely. Neither city uor school district 4s . at , present contemplating any great change in their budgets. So if there is no more money to bespent, the total of taxes collected is the same. This means that the ersult of the appraisal will be either a lowering of the ratio of assessed values to actual values, or a lowering of the tax rate. ,.80 those who are now paying anywhere neitr their share of th* taxes will probably end up with less taxes to pay after the appraisal. Naturally, those now paying considerably lers than their share will pay more. But here is another factor thai is particularly ,i'.nnw.:.nt to the city— one which may mean a great saving to the city. This involves what is called the "debt ratio," and Brazorla's is uncomfortably high. A debt ratio is the amount of a city's bonded indebtedn*sa la comparison to Its ASSESSED VALUATIONS. , It Is obvious that U city property is on th* Ux rolls tot halt of what Us actual valu* is, th* debt ratio 1* going to be twice what it shculd be. And when bonied buyers make a bid on city bonds, they consider a city's debt ratio in totting their interest rates. Naturally, they dont tak* the time to appraise the actcal value in the town: ttwy just go by what Is rendered on Uw tax • rolls. As aa actual fact, the low value* on much of BrazorU property has caused so high a debt ratio that the city Is severely penalized In the interest rate they must pay on bonds. Taxpayers must pay this interest difference. So U property values ar* raised higher, future inmpovemeuts will cost taxpayers leu. City officials in Lake Jackson, Out*, and Velasco, where property has teen appraised by outold* firms, will tell any person who asks that this was the wisest thing the city ever did. , On* of the best r«co«imejj- dgUons for the prograia com** 'from A. A. McLean, who has had experience in th* use o» outside lirm u city mata- »f*r for Velasco and l»t*r tor L«ke Jackson. There's a great d**l of meaning in his statement that "most of the people who complain that taxes «re top high will admit that they »re equal" :> lnil 0i.AiiMiNe SfASSfWUP _ wttitk . A» • w* * * «tt ft Alt Stasseh Wademy' n BI wntt it tttfi a wtsow fcssfooiK »n«Btti jagum sta» movement ot ttawld ft. tea toward ft new at»d in established fact. He has W* reached It yet, tot Stassen tt moving. The current issue of New«- Weefc relates that President El- i%nhower's appointment* secretary, Bernard M. Stanley, re* etsntiy was discussing privately some of the Republican presidential possibilities tot 18«0. He mentioned several did add- sWl* "You would make a big will- take to underestimate Stass«n's ability M a campaigner." ' Political writers who buried Stastett last year after his flukey effort to prevent re- nomlna.tion of Vice Pregldent Richard M. Nixon now are taking another look. Stassen still is a lone way from « position which would enable him to make asubstan- tial Challenge for the i960 fce- pubUran presidential nomination. Me has powerful political «n- emle* including most conservative Republican* and. especially ft-* 1 lartlsaiM of Vice President Vlxofl. Present J«b Htlpful Stassen's return from political obscurity, of course, must com* about wholly from his job as United States disarmament negotiator. For some weeks now he has been receiving headline credit for some of the progress toward an armaments agreement with the Kremlin. There has not been' much progress, but even a little has been enoutrh to give Stassen much urgently needed good publicity. -• ttt the , , flaltf i« <Wt c-l reach. Any Amerwan wnote name *M flfestaWiiUr Me* elated With MBfiHOm «to. within retch aFtM voters would become » erearwiimcal figure in the tftHtfd States, H« would Be hard to beat Ml national convention of m an tlee- U<m ' C«uU §e Sit***':' Stassen could be that American. The odd* art afaliut him, u tor no other reaien than that he U dealing wltn th* Kiiistans. He may not bring it off, probably won't But these thoughts lUrely art running t h r o u 6 h Stassen's mind. He is a politician and h* is ambitious, twice an afgres- give candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, three times elected governor of Minnesota. He Is now 90 years old. The word in mid-winter was that Stassen hoped to run next year for 'governor of Pennsylvania for Stasien'i project. If Staisen appeared next year, however, in th* role of the architect of substantial world disarmament the enthusiasm of Pennslyvanls, Republicans might be considerable. A Republican governor of Pennsylvania, of course, would have a respectable claim on the 1960 Republican presidential nomination. Considering his record, that seems to b* what Stassen wants. Stranger things have happened, although not often. Religious Slants ... EUROPE IS CURIOUS ABOUT FULL CHURCH B T LOUIS CASSELS tj. P. Siaif WASHINGTON — (IB—The historic axiom that the Chris, tian church thrives best under persecution is being proved anew in modern Europe, a Lutheran leader contends. West o{ the Iron Curtain, said Dr. Carl. E. Lund-Qulst of Geneva,, Switzerland, "th* churches are free — and half empty." To the east, where Communist satellite governments are actively harassing religion, "Christians are making heroic sacrifices to remain loyal to their faith." As executive secretary of the Lutheran World Federation, Lund-Qulst has traveled thousands of miles in the past few years to visit churches on both sides of the Iron Curtain and in many countries of Asia and Africa. He U in the United States to prepare for the' assembly of the Lutheran World Federation, which will be held in Minneapolis Aug. 15-25. Contiadicto History Lund-Qulst said in an interview that European Christians are "intensely curious" about th* apparent religious revival in America. It seems to contradict th* lesson* of history, as well as the current experience ot European churches, for U. S. church membership to reach record-breaking peaks in a life of great material prosperity. In th* nations of Western Europe, b* said, whtr* living standards also ar* high and where churches enjoy th* same freedom and privilege* •s American churches, ther* is "nothing remotely comparable" to this country's upsurge of religious interest .,.," "Attendance at most of th* Western European churches I* very low. The mass attitude toward religion seems to b* generally One of Indifference, 1 ' he said. But even America's concern with religion pale* by comparison with the Tervent at* tachroent" of Eastern European Christians to their persecuted churches. "The greatest story in Protestantism today 1* the coura- geaus reslsanee which East Germany's 18 million Lutherans are putting up against a tremendous effort by the Communist government to get them to desert th* church," h* said. Children Threatened Lund-Qulst said East Oer. man children are under "Urri- ble pressure" from the government to tak* th* so-called "civil confirmation oath," •wearing loyalty to Communist principles and to Soviet Russia, a* a substitute for th* traditional rite ot church confirmation. A t**n-ag*r who re/use* to tak* the oath is warned that he can go no further in school, that be will have no chance to get a good lob, and that his parents may be ousted from their homes and Jobs. Despite th* threat*, only 4 per cent ot th* last German children who reeched coo- Communism over tit* church, Lund-Quist said. DAILY CROSSWORD, ACROSS 1. Coin (Iran) 8. Partly open 9. Slimy JO. Marked It, Capital (Nor.) 13. lUfzr 14. employ 11. Small plot •f ground 16.T«lTurium (sym.) IT.PUm (Aiif ) 1A< l&fcji t 19. Met* cat 4fl SViltMM 3. FUM ' 4. Measure (Annami 6. Sooth* «.C*itoir capriciously 7, God of tht sky (Babyl.) 9. PMturt gr**s 9. Mumbl* 11, luppoM* 13. Macktre). Ilk* fish (pl.) 10. Part of window K. Strip** 19. Cob or ' n*ap 21. S*!l 32. An), mat's skin 24. Usy.r 28. Inl«t (Nor.) M.Kin4 of wool 21. Canary 29.SPSW 31. Taut 54. Notches m u -<•) 1 : V.' HI •1UVMU IJH < I *lMKr*«*'* 85. Comfort M-Bortw «8.»tJim4»U» JT.TwJwr* (po*t) Jl.Altewanc. "Every great (dentine LouU Agajsiz points put, *|a** thrown three stsget. First, people *»y with fee Bibl«. they *»y It has been di|cov*red b*fc*». Lastly, - Double Feature ftb. and Mrs. William A. M W» , th* parent* of twin* ||ay both * son and daug> THE BRAZOSPQRT FACTS V*B<* OunpbjU Mat* b* bus «*Mr*d to* y*trt st mtnitt life mtrri«4 onjy tw«nty-»ix, everlasting to everlasting, thpu «rt «l.M*e«ur* (HrtT ww* 1 ** Our jbfavenly Fsth**, w* fhea art «W c«ter of our U* «ujf k'ffMNR i» *j| th* * U, N** *M** te

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