The Brazosport Facts from Freeport, Texas on June 17, 1957 · Page 2
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Freeport, Texas
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Monday, June 17, 1957
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fag* f diforiaf.. * THE PACTS 5TH AMENDMENT IS PROTECTION, BUT ABUSES MUST BE CURTAILED You'vt heard t lot about th« Fifth Amendment to th« U. S. Constitution In recent years, morMO lit recent W**l«. especially during th* Semite committee hearing* on misuse of labor union funds by union officials. Dav« Beck Sr.. president of the Teamster* Union, testifying before the Senate committee on charge* of diverting thousand* of dollar* in union funds to personal u««. invoked th« Fifth \mendment mor« than 30 time* in two ippearance* before the c-ommitte*. Beck invoked the ''Fifth" when asked whether h« knew hi« son, Dave Jr. Later, when Dave Jr. was ?um- mo«i*d b«for« 1he commitle* he also II«K) th« F\fth to avoid answering question* whether he knew Davt Sr. Thene are .extreme example* of how 1h« amendment ha* been abused from time to time. We hav« heard former government officials use its protection to keep from answering questions concerning certain things that went on under • their administration, and w« have heard of well-known gamblers and racketeer* plead the Fifth to avoid certain prosecution. Now we hear a labor union leader and his son who "grew fat" off the labor of workingmen saying to those who would see that justice is done. "I refuse to answer on the grounds that it might incriminate me." The Fifth Amendment was placed in the Constitution a§ an additional safeguard to the inalienable right of every man to refuse to testify against himself — not to protect criminals and other transgressors who do not hesitate to wip« their feet on the Constitution Paul Harvey News... RASCALS WANT RESPECTABILITY • T PAUL HARVBY Oil on the Cicero vd« of Chicago wi'v* watched the ri«« and dem'»* of hoodlum* of »]' siren over 1h» y««rs. Th« "big" ones ex- P'.O' .fd th. specific opportunities of their time*. Where AI Capon* capitalized on prohibition, today'! syndicate bow ipeciali/en in narcotics . . . And jtittifie* hi* levtth livinl with a caroouflag* of l«gitimat« bu«in«« inl«r.*ti. In l»rj. part, political pressure ha* replaced the submachine »uo. Protection in bounght and »o)d ov.r 1h« n,iint«r. in»t««d <* under it. But howev*r their -weapon* and tactio* h.Nt been altered to fit new circumstance*,, • psychological molivation remains un- cliank'd. Th« hoodlum Urn want* to get rich. H» nfxl want* power. H. KM* •»••»• r«^»»ot«bW«y. !n that third »tae» of th. development of his d««ir.«. h« encounter* th* fruitrating, teuifymg roaliration that it ran't b« bought. However unncrupulou* a man or heinoii* ho ciim«, h. generally want, a "better life" foi hi« children. Disco«ri»a~ that 1hie »oci»l acceptance ,, ,> be lntW" 1 borrowed, or stolen ha* led m.rif be« »ioo«i* Imto a final agoor «' «- »>»itt»n »»*««< *»oi*tr and eventual »«H-de- '•truchoM. The boM ««««*<er el lUd Chliu 1* Pre- mi-.r Chou En-l*i. Ho WM abl« to wealth an4 bargaia fo- power. Y»t •» Fe». i » Colombo, C.ylon, »• •tripred nalnd hi* miwabl. s.lf and th* age- less pattern wa« fulfilled. H« it denied recognition, respectability, and in Asia "face" i» still terribly important. '"Why should wt alwayi have to listen to tht word* of the President of th* United SiatM 1 " h. demanded angrily when reporter* asked about those imprisoned American*. "Th« United States does not recognize China," Chou protested. •Read carefully thes* lines, anel*.) "It tth« United State*) obstructs Chirtt, an embargo against China and i* hostile to China. "Whr don't our Auan friend* appeal OB our behalf to th. United State* to change it* policy toward China?" Hi* lac. fluthed. H. continued, "Even without th. recognition of th* United States, China will continue to exist and can work with ev.n more vigor! . "Let th. United States continue not to recognii. u* for 10, 100, even 1,000 year*! Chin* will not topple." Well ... Shaketpeare said, "Methink* he doth pntert too much." Much h* been *aid and written about what'* wrong with our foreign policy. Let it be h*re recorded that this, at leait, i* right about it. Despite Britain'* callou* sellout, we refused t« dignify thi* gangster government by diplomatic recognition. Her*, it least, we hare ttrv«4 notiti that it motxter cannot ihoot hi* way into th* good neighborhood. He cannot buy nodal acceptance in our hcua*. He cannot blackmail er bribe or thr»*t*B •r force hi* way in. On this, at Last, we have not compromised our national honor . . . yet. On The Side ... MOWING LAWNS AIDS LONGEVITY • T c. V. Are you a iu(f«r«r from th*! highly Irritating affliction i:*ll«d "hay fever"? WTiera do you fo 1. »e«k relief rlurinj the hay J»v«i «.»»on' Tti« Hay F<ver Hi-t-ven- non Sonets of N.w York City piihlinhM a pamphlet which li«i« a number of I rajwood free *r»a* where relief from the ailmwil can b. obt*in«d. It *l*o pnb- liihxl a p«mpM«l titled | ••H»y J'.ver Relief Hints And another cMlin* NM;II a "Xonft.v and l**inon Ha Kever Diet." Incidentally, 100,000 turferer* tram hay New York- Ciiy. MOMM AND WOMKff A* you probably know, th< top of an Iract a raad.r'i attention catcher." A« for .Kamplt, • Sht Di»cov.f»d The Thre« Telltale Places When Ago Sho»,s Tim." Thai in a potent eypciu-hitr for feminine reader*. What do you *by arc in. three telltale pUcev wh«t« a woman'* ag« show* first? 1 bftb.v. ih. n*ck and hand* are two but hav< no iclection for Ui« third. CAMUg Ac<-oro»nj u> hoylu" Ji a. eicpreMicm *U11 u&4gd mut'ti !>y card playeri in dUcUM- ir,| rulM or \u« garni*. Hoyl«, who died in 17«t, \viul« alioiii onlj three card gamec: piquet, \ sud quadnll*. The booic litl»d -The Cumolel* (*»iduU>ei" by Albert Oitrow d?ai« * tsh over 350 different card game*. U i& «aid m«i« a>'« about 8& ynilli&n card playen in Ihift country. t4y favorite tard game !.« auction pinwnJ*. THE BRAZOSPORT FACTS fever line at th* designed to at- railed an "ey.- Im* reading, .rt«,aeeg» at lub«t4. loc L11H . U.n,, BU1TO& uc [liicclur LOHQEVITT Eugene Christian, author of "How To Live To B* a Hundred Year* Old" died at *9. Eujen* Brewer, the invenUr oi th* lawnmower, liv.d t« b. ov« a hundred year* old. Me attributed hi* longevity to the en*rci*e he had mowing lawns. Show thi* te your huiband, lady, when he start* to complain about having to mow th* lawn. fllH Reference to the Biblical tale of Jonah and the whale frequently inspire* an argument a* to whether any fish can swallow a man. A white ihark can. In fact, a white shark can iwallow a horM or bullock. A sperm whale can alto iwallow a man. It ha* been claimed that a iperm whale actually did (wallow an English sailor named James Hartley, who was subsequently rescued and lived to tell the talc. GREATEST HITTER What ballplayer rates being styled "in* grcateit hitter of all time"? You say "Babe" Ruth. I don't agree. In my rating the "Babe" i* third. Ty Cobb i* firit, Han* Wagner second. Speaking of Ruth ai * hitter, hi* average in batting againtt hi* DMnui* "Hub" Pruitt was .186. That'* really weak hitting. A pitcher wouUI b. ashamed of that average. In one season th. "Babe" batutd against Pruitt ID times ai.d struck out K times! COMPLAINT Women ar« still complaining thai while married and single women on b* distinguished by th* UM of "Mu«" or "Mr« ." there u no tirailar method of distinction for th* male >ex. I have no solution for thi* problem. Perhapt a man should be called "Matter" until he i* married and "Mr." after he ha» become somebody's husband. However, how about those married career women woo continue to use the "Mut"? Juit what it the idea of that? Then take th* femaU* wiio do use in* "Mri." How can you tell whether a "Mr*." it married, U a widow, or i* a divorcee? c«.it4J I 00 ,••, aU» 17. »a. U).'*€ atanULt M B*. All B.kil SIDELIGHTS New Yorker J'atiier for the 11 "I'll at u unusual inform* me h* bec«n,t a *1 tune at the a£e of 54. but i.ot tu. iecord. The di»ungi.ioheti author, Dale Carnegie, became a father lot th* fust time at tti« age of (4. . . . Tne old maid characLer continues to be popular on television programs. Thig is because humor concerning old maids give* married women a foclinj of superiority. until it becomes an instrument through which they can escape punishment for wrongdoign. We should never !ose sight of the Ttact, then, that th* Fifth Amendment is and should remain one of the strongest, bulwarks against governmental encroachment on the rights of men to be free. If we did not have th« Fifth Amendment, we would probably have more houses of correction. For many innocent people would have becor.J victims of a system that had no checks and balances, so to speak. We should.never tamper with the principle upon which the Fifth A-nfind- ment was enacted, but the 'overall protection it furnishes should b« more jeverely defined so a» to prevent the escape from justice of people who abuse the privilege. While tht Fifth Amendment guarantees that no person shall be compelled to testify against himself in court or other proceedings, it does not forbid the imparting of information that if necessary to serve the ends of justice. i Between these two extremes lies the solution to the problem of stopping the Fifth Amendment abuse. Some people who invoke the Fifth have something to hide. Others are simply using their constitutional privilege "to avoid having truthful testimony turned against- an innocent person. . . This is a right w« should guard Milously, hut those who have something to hide should never be permitted to hide it behind the FJtth Amendment. ' and Bmoria County, Monday June 17 Foreign News Comment... ALLIES ARE GAINING MID-EAST STRENGTH V FOR VICTORY An Editor's... COMMENT Oil Dittntion Last Monday Commissioners Court got two different petitions on the same lubject. Knowing that there was a great deal of hidden meaning in the difference* between th« two, the Court »et two diff«rent hearings, one on each, of the'petitions, and in the order in which they were received. The subject of both petitions U the setting up of a hospital district, which would have a governing body that could levy a tax to pay for constructing and maintaining a hoepital. Thi* hospital district would be very similar to a navigation district in the manner in which It financed projects and administered it* business. If the hoipital district is rver created, it would b« the first in Texas, for this particular type of political subdivision was created at the Legislative cession which ended la*t month, through a bill sponsored by Senator Jimmy Phillipi. In explaining the reason for the two separate hearings on what would appear to be the same nropu>:al, Co/ Court had thi* to say, in a prepared statement: "The reason tor , . . letting two separate hearing* on th* propoaed hospital dlttrict . . . is because the two petition* for such a dutrict are for alightly different area*." , That'* the priie-winner. Un- leu this writer comes onto a truly superb example, thii statement will probably come up with The FacU' engraved certificate for the Undcriute- mt-nt of the Year. Becaui* ou« of th.o*e petition* would like about one- third of th* ar«a and two-lhrid* of the population from the original hotpitul district pro- poul, fre.zinf out most of those who bad sponsored the l.ojpital district in the firit place. The reason for the dist. ntion is the quectton of location of the hoipital to be created by the hospital district tax revenue.. Thi* Isn't simpi* — on* of the two cities thai de.-nands the hospital kite hat moat of the ' population and most of the voting power; but the other hai molt of the tax valuation that ruusA provide the revenue (or building the hospital. Here's the problem Uut am- rd liosoital in Ajvin, An^letou, hospital id .iivin, jkigleton, i'leepoit, and Plant B. West o/ the Brazos there is no hospital nearer than Bay City. Tiiit means that thoie ia West Columbia, Brazoria and Old Ocean must use th« facilities in Bay City, Augletoo, or Brazosport. This we«tern part of the county has enough population to .'eel the pinch of not having a nearby hospital facility, but not enough to Justify one that would have to pay It* own way. Also, because of the hospitals already created, this area could hardly expect the rest of the county to vol* for a hospital financed by a county bond Is- »ue, particularly when mo*t of the members of Commissioners Court have expressed tbcej- selvei as being opposed to a tax financed hospital. The id« of creating a hospital dutrict originated with a group of community leader* In West Columbia. There was little public knowledge of thi* work. Member* were deliberately secretive, knowing of the opposition that would explode when the project became known, and knowing that opnositlou would kill the proposal If It came before legislation made the project possible. The opposition cornea from Sweeny, and for this reason: West Columbia in the largest city in thi* area proposed .is * houspilal district; West Columbia Imists that if there is a hospital dutrict, the resultant hospital will be built In West Columbia; and West Columbia has the backing of Brazoria in this demand. But in the immediate vicinity of Sweeny are the oil fields that are expected to produce the built of the tax revenue with which to pay for the hospital. Sweeny groups would like to have the hospital in Sweeny, but they have indicated they are willing to compromise with a location somewhere in between th* two i-iti'-d. One su^- gesuon is that it be located in the vicinity of Black's Ferry, where a new bridge U tu be built across the San Bernard. The West Colubia group indicate* that they will hear of no compromise. The hospital will be built in West Columbia. A hospital district would ,>a created through the favoraL.e vote of a majority of thoa who cast ballots in a special election for tnat purpose. But Coinmi-;- sioner« Court mutt receive a petition signed by at leait five per cent of the eligible voter.; In a district, then hold a hearing on the petition, before au election can be called. The Wtst Columbia group proceeded with the drawing up of a petition for Uie originally- planned district, which includes all Precinct 2, md all ai Precinct 4 that i* west of the Brazos River. But the Sweeny group be*t to it. They drew up i pa- By GLENN HEATH tition that called for a hospital district that included all of the land in th* county wt«t of the Sen Bernard River. Thi» wou!d let out West Columbia and Bra- zori* both. And |f this propoinl is adopted, the site of the hospital Would naturally be in S veeny. We*t Columbia could not rto th* same In their petition. Their? has to include the Sweeny area, for otherwise there would not b« enough taxable property, within the rate limitation* of the bill, to build or run a hospilii'. Sweeny* petition, turned in by Sweeny Mayor Ray Whitmire, wan preiented first, and the hearing on U will be at 10 a.m. on Aug. S. Weit Columbia's petition, transmitted by Joe Biry, will be heard that afternoon at 2. There ha* been very little Information reaching the public on this matter, and only when the Sweeny petition appeared did this reporter understand why. The firtt knowledge ofy this hospital plan came some two months ago In a conversation with Sen, Phillips, who said he had just succeeded in pushing through Senate Bill 450. which would authorize the hospital ditrict a* soon as the governor signed it. Jimmy suggested tiiat further Information could be obtained from Jo« Bjry at West Columbia. The writer callad Joe Biry, asking for details, and met with a refusal so rudely belligerent that the obvious thought ihat came to ir.iud way, "v^hal are these people trying to put over?" A few questions her* and there turned up the informal ton that the hospital pirima**! '-vas the wurk of A lOiM'riiUpe o/ i".e Braioria County Chamber of Commerce;. So tlie rcuorier called its manager, Lts Kelk-y. Kelley clammed up also, but in a more civil manner than Bay. explaining th»t there were opponent* that might kill the Ijill if they knew aboi.'t it. Fiom )iia conversations, it appears that Jimmy Phillips was unaware of the factions when he pushed the bill through. Tlie wiiole thiug may possibly be for naught. Comrots- kioneri Cuurt has taken tht precaution uf a>king Attorney General Will Wilson to givt an opinion on whether the bill ii constitutional. Also, obseiven from both tide* of the fence art afiaifi that it the two ftfcituu don't get together, they may create »ucii rewntment that the vot- *n would turn down toy pro- international B T CHARLES M. MeCAHK UP Staff Cotrwpondenl Th* TTM n.w* on the balance ihooi: A 22-day French cabinet crls is was ended when Maurice Bourges-Msunoury was confirmed as premier in Parliament. . , Bourges-Maunoury received a confirmation vote of 2«-' 94 in the National Assembly, the controlling house of Parliament. He will lead a coalition cabinet ba.ied on his own Radical Socialists and the Socialist Party as successor to Socialist Guy Mollet. who v.-as over• thro-vn on May 21. Bourges - Maunoury* pro- .ci-am is similar to lhat of Mollet. But it differs in one important respect. Mollet's solution for the Algerian revolt, France's No. 1 ' 'problem, was to insist on a cease-fire before he proceeded with plans for a lar^p • easure of horn* rule' The new premier iroposcs to proceed with reforms ai once. But Bourges-Mavmoury may not last long. He does not command a majority of votes in the 596-member National Assembly. Seventy-three members abstained from the confirmation vote. He could be overthrown at any time — and he it pledged to pursue unpopular policies, including an austerity tax program, which led to Mollet's fall. There were several developments in th« tangled Middle Eastern situation. Diplomatic relation* betw«HJ unti-Comrmmist Jordan and pro - Russian, anti - Western Egypt neared the breaking point. Jordan's young King Huftrtm ordered the Egyptian .military attache and the Ejyptfan consul general In Jerusalem out ol the country. The military attach* wai accused of plotting to assassinate) "members of the royal family —meaning Hussein. Pro-Western, anti-Communist Premier Saini el Solh of Lebanon won a big victory over leftist, pro-Egyptian opponent*. Government candidates'won !• out of 22 seats In a parliamentary election. The developments in both Jordan and I^banon increaned th* Isolation in the Arab world of President Gamal Abdel Naiser of Egypt. Russia received a *lap, too, Th- United States, Britain and Frnn-e sharply rejected « Soviet Russia.i call for a Big Four conference on 'he Middl* East. The place for discussion of the problem, the Allied governments said in similar notes, Is the United Nations. Harold Stassen, chief United States disarmament negotiator, returned to London after conferring with Secretary of Stat« John Foster Dulles. His visit was due to complaints by the Western Allle* that he had outlined nevf American disarmament proposal* to Russia but not to them. Stassen will try to straighten things out when the London talks are resumed early next week. National Report ... OUR DOLLAR FALLING FASTER AND FASTER By LYLE C. WILSON WASHINGTON —UK— Closer to home and pocket than nuclear fall-out or the effect of tobacco smoke,on the human lung is that beautiful item, the United States dollar. It is not pretty to contemplate the possibility of physical deformities among humans caused by nuclear fallout. There is nothing attractive about lung cancer. That beautiful United Stales dollar is «going to look as bad as either or both of the foregoing if the | -esent trend of creeping inflation continues. Inflation 1s a college word which doesn't mean much to living Americans because they never have been up against what the word signifies. Outrun* ET.rrthing The word signifies a situation in which money goes bad —goes so bad that shopkeepers don't want it, so bad that wait- 'ers prefer a cigaret to money us a tip, bad enough that a man with a pocketful of dollars might die of starvation while gazing into a food store window. When inflation really gets going in. a national economy it outruns everything. Not even the most generous employer can raise his em- ployes' salaries fast enough to provide a living wage. The first babies to whimper for food and finally to starve to death are the i-hildren of persons on fixed incomes. The first adults to go are pensioners ^nd others whose incomes also are fixed. Inflation is deadly stuff, like cancer and, maybe, more than fallout deformities. The inflation of currency is reflected in a steadily descending purchasing power of money. It can be a slow and gradual process as presently in the United States, or it car, strike with snake suddenness after some national catastrophe, such as defeat in war. Like A Snowball Gradual inflation is Ilk* a down hill snowball. It picks up speed or momentum, and if it picks up enough It becomf.1 uncontrolled inflation. That is the point of no return. Btyond that point He« immeasurable human suffering and absolute economic chaoe. There is an inflation snowball in the United State* today and it is rolling down hill accumulating speed. The grade is not yet very steep and the point of no return still i* some distance in the future, just how far being a matter oi considerable dU- pute. The United Press reported from Washington on May J4 that the cost of living rose to another record high in April. If that trend long continue* the rate of inflation or reduction in the dollar'* purchasing power may be expected to accelerate to 1 per cent, 2 per cent — even 10 per cent—a month. Penny by penny, the dollar's value would shrink until, finally, a dollar would buy nothing at all. At that point of no return the American way of life will have had it. An item about girl'* best friend: sales of diamonds have reached a new high. Th. Diamond News, official publication of tho South African Jeweller'* Association, report* diamond tales last year at 74,546,010 pounds, or $208,628,828. Nearly three fourths of the total went for gems; the rest wer. «0> for industrial use. DAILY ACROSS 1. Seaport cSp I I SalUAed to the full 11. Btn*At 12. Po*ltlv* electrod. 13 Siuioru 14. Plantt J5 V«x it. Not many 17 Cimi* labor ) 18 Cutldltdup :l Tnric. tm-tt.t 22. Puohc notic« 23. Owned 24. Bounding hn* 25 Templet (Chin.) 27 Gal* 19 Edge 30. Like 32. Wheel groove 33. Sntppuh. Ji Pronoun 3« Rough lav* (pl.> 37. Solar deity 38. Country lEur ) 40 Claw 42 Lucky number 43 And. 44 Rub out 45 Sport* DOWN CROSSWORD, 4. AffecUdly 25 KetU* any (dial.) 24. Under. 5 Mui'a nick- world nam* (poaj ) nod 8 Kept 27. Con- 7. Afreth liuuon 8 Heavy U. Gltarn weight 30. On 8 Brought out th* 1J Crav. beach 18 MenthaU 31. Shift* 18 Meil 33. County find ) auuu MUC •-' UJIUU .'JLutUlll SO UH7111 I'-rJi:' i.r-jna-:., nuu. t-'nn;-j. 4 uu .tz n 20 Loit.r Zl Contraction Ipoet ) 74 Coarnt honuny •*4w4*>'» i 31. Polynuiut 34 Mohainme- Zt Mall k*v«r- drink 40. Children'* gam* 41. Th* w*4ltl* (Bltl) r %

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