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Freeport, Texas
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Thursday, July 4, 1957
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Editorial ,.. _ SHOULD U.S. AW AIT OVERTHROW BEFORE JUDGING SUBVERSIVES? Not since th« 1930's when President Franklin D. Roosevelt tried to "pack " the U. S. Supreme Court for nullifying some of his petlislation, including the controversial National Recovery Act (NRA), ha* there been a stronger move to curtail the power of the court than is now shaping up in Congress. Angered by some of the court's recent decisions, especially on requiring the government to open secret files to attorneys for defendants in federal criminal cases, members of thfe House of Representatives have introduced a constitutional amendment that would require justices to b* reconfirmed by the Senate every four years. The amendment was Introduced by Sen. Eastland (D-Miss), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Sen. Olin D. Johnston (D-S. C.), a committee member. Eastland called the move "an attempt to save our form of government-" Almost simultaneously, Reps. Andrews (D-Ala) and Mason (R-I11) sponsored a movff to win support in the House of impeachment proceedings against all members of the high court. Specifically, the House resolution calls for impeachment of the court because it set aside three contempt of Congress convictions growing out of investigations of communsm by the Senate Internal Security Subcommitte and the House Committee on Un-American Activities. The kgislaton also joined in a move to nullify the high court's order that FBI files b* turned over to defendants in federal criminal cases. Sponsors of the action contend that this particular ruling makes it impossible to successfully prosecute federal cases involving subversives. Some newspapers and at least one member of Congress have defended the Supreme Court. The newspapers contend that the court's rulings in the controversial cases struck • blow for the rights of individual*. Sen- Estes Kefauver of Tennessee said he would not go along with any congressonial move to curb the court's power because "we have got along well under this system. We need the protection offered by the Supreme Court." The Facts cannot agree with th« argument that some of the court's decisions in recent weeks struck a blow for individual rights—not when people who are sworn enemies of this government were permitted to go scot free. These people cannot claim that sort of liberty because they seek to destroy a system which upholds human dignity and prevent! encroachment bv tht goverhment of human rights. People who advocate the overthrow of this government should not be permitted to live under democracy's protection. And if they are allowed to do so, they should then be required to answer for their actions. The Facts believes the Supreme Court erred when it reversed the conviction of the California Communists on a technicality. The court's interpretation was that these defendants did not implement their advocacy of forcible ovethrow of the government by action, snd therefore were not guilty of advocating forcible overthrow. The question comes to mind: Must we wait until they have overthrown the government to try them? The only way we can remedy a Supreme Court decision is by legislation, and the only way we can curb the court's power is by constitutional amendment. And the only reason a member of the court can be impeached is for incompetence or malfeasance in office, which charges must be brought and prosecuted by the House of Representatives. Thoughtful consideration should be given to any change in our present judicial system, whose cornerstone is the Supreme Court. If there is a need for change the people must decide at the ballot box- We can never afford to lose sight of the fact, although we may be angered by some of the court's rulings. that it represents the most essential facet of democratic government. If there were no Supreme Court the country would eventually be ruled by Congress. The people would have no appeal and we would no longer have a democracy. While The Facts believes some of the court's decisions have not been for the best interests of the nation, we still would not advocate irrational action, such as was witnessed during the Roosevelt administration, beoase such action is more often motivated by politics than a desire to keep the country free. If thfs seems to have been both a defense and a castigation of the Supreme Court, that's exactly what it is. The Facts believes that errors m?-'o by any agency, of government from city council to the U-S. Supreme O. can be corrected without scrapping a workable system. Wherever the human element is present, there is always error. And since no system is perfect we must weigh our errors on the scales of common sense and seek the kind of remedy that judgment dictates. On The Side: TRUSTWORTHY BLADE IS SCARCE IT z. v. The first man to shave daily was Scipio Africnaus, the great Roman general. I don't know what kind of blade h» used. Nor do J know what type of shaving implement Mare Antony used. History tells vis Marc shaved >0 times over before going to call on Cleopatra. Evidently Cleo was much opposed to Jive o'clock shadow. I shave daily. The morning shave and shower I ie one of my minor pleasures. Gets the day off to a I good start. This daily shave I is occasionally marred by | the unexpected dullness of a new blade. So I am always I searching for a blade I can j trust. At present 1 am ex-{ perimenting with a newly introduced patented blade made of Swedish steel. If it turns out to be unusually good, I will report on it for the benefit of other daily shavers among subscribers. But the scorn that I feel for you now Has even more luxury in it. Thus whether we're on or we're off Some witchery seems to await you To love you is pleasant enough,, Ohl 'tis delicious to hate you. BRUNETTES As you know Anita Loos made over a million dollars from her monumental work titled "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes." Then as A sequel Anita wrote a book titled "Gentlemen Many Brunettes." Anita is a brunette. i'ia Zsa Gabor commenting on the last nam- td opus, said, "Gentlemen marry brunettes. .U doesn't mean anything, I got married when I was e redhead. Also when I was a blonde." ASKING Queries from clients. Q. I say that though. Chicago is tailed ''The Windy City," New York is windier. Right? A. Quite right, sir. There are 15 cities windier than Chicago. New York is the^windiest major municipality in th« United States . . . Q. Are you familiar wj'.h a poem including the line, "It is delicious to hate you"? A. Poern you have in mind If undoubtedly that by Tom Moore which So<'§ as follows: When I loved you 1 can't but allow, I had many an exquisite minute. RECORD What is the United States record for weight of twins at birth? Gerald O'Connor 01 tht; Borough of the Bronx, New York, weighed nine pounds, two ounces at birth. His twin sister weighed nine pounds, 13 ounces. That is said to be the New York State recrrd for heavyweight twins at birth. It is interesting to note the father of these twins is of Irish descent. This is more support for *.ne claim that women with Irish husbanas itie mere likely to give birth to twins than other wives. I have also heard of a pair of Atlantic City, New Jersey, twins now 1(J years eld, both measuring six feet, four inches, both in the U. S. Marines. They are Thorn- is and Jesse Hellyer. Their father's mothc-r was Irish. Publuhtd Mor.ditT tHiojitil FriCjar ftfu-rno<,!i* KL FcMport, TCA&U, br Beview tublifchcr*. IDC JAMKS 8. MABOS3, 1H ................. GUCKN HEATH .............................. EUITOB K. Dahlstrum ............. AdV€rti*ing Director Btucom .................... AdvbrtUiug Manages Fnenr" ....................... M«cb4Dical SupL SAYS SHE "I am 12 years old and a regular reader fit you"- column," writes Lois Waldsmith. "I disagree with your selection of our three g.eatest Presidenls. My selection is as fcl- lowa. 1. Lincoln. 2. Washington. 3. Franklin D. Roosevelt. I am a Republican but I still like Roosevelt." Daubr Mi McMurrw fierntae BU4er. .. >•«*. Editor .ii,o;u Editor Office U^n«xcr cacrlir— -S1.09 per moalb, $1200 w j«ar. By m^it jlr&E9li» Counlr — |J.OO l*r muuUi, 1 12. Oil txr jOuitide Bruari* Coucii/— On« >«AI-, iu S7.»S, tfajM nonttti »3 JO. All mail iuticrintic/oi U «*rmo«, «* l*mi c!»M Butter Hire* SI. I9E2. >t u>. Vretpert, Tex**, Poet O&iiM, uadet Ui* Act ot Coa. pee* *f Much *. ""<>• PASSING BY Joe Oeschger. Major league pitching slur of the yesteryear. Was one of the pitchers in '.he longest major league game of all lirne. That 2ti inning contest between the Bostuii Braves and Brooklyn Dodgers m 1320. Joe ivas on the mound for the Braves. Lean Ca- cioio, for the Dodgers. Both pitchers went the iull route. Final store was 1-1. Ofcicas-r iil- iuwcd nine hiu. Cadoxe 15. 'OSPORT facts f M*OfM 0f CH MMHMif E^pPlflet* WBaWflBvW^*"!' . EDITOftlAl PAGE _ Page 4 Brazosport and Braioria County, Thursday, July «, .1.967 JIM BISHOP: Reporter WORD DIDN'T ARRIVE IN TIME Someone air.'?; t forgets to pass the worn . . . He studied the snow and he didn't like it,~lt was'flat and percale white, finly where the black bare trees stood were there any blue shadows. "J don't like this," he k»pt saying to the kid who led the ammunition. "This is not a good snow for us." The kid patted the machine gun. "Sarge," he said, "when we spot them coming, just open the thiottie i,n this baby and we'll hose 'em down." "Spot what?" the Sarge said in whispery irritation. "What, for God's sake, can I spot when they come through there in white parkas? You seen them. If you spot anything, it's a brown rifle, not a man." "We gonna get them white parkas," the kid said proudly. "Just like the heinies." He made a sacheting motion with his body. "I wanno do some sneakin' over the snow in them white jobs." "Is the 171st in place?" the Sarge said. He was always a worrier and he had an old soldier's habit of fretting more about his support than the enemy in front. The kid jerked a thumb at a snow dune. "We got machine guns behind that, and over there in them trees, and where the road starts uphill." The Snrge grunted. He was supported. He w«n satisfied. He braced himself behind the heavy gun and squinted over the top of the brown muffler at the woods and the snow. "The radio says thii is the battle of the bulge," the Sarge said. ,"Well I got news for them. This is a battl'; of ghosts. Now you sec 'era and now you don't." "We're getting the parkas soon," the kid said. "Mehler told rne. Ju:,t nobody knows when, that's all." "Who said this?" the Sarge said. "The lieutenant. The major told him we're going to get the white parkas ahead of everybody, jirst^ outfit." ;'"jfne Sarge slapped a hand at the kid. The kid looked. He saw nothing. Dy squinting his eyes, ripples of snow moved. The ripples were men. The kid sucked air as he always did when,-a.t last, danger walked up to him and shook him by the hand. "They're sneaking back to their own lines," the Sarge said. He looked toward the 171st. Not a sound. He nodded to the kid. "They ain't getting back," he sai In a normal tone of voice. He leaned on his gun and a little yellow and pink tongue flickered like a burned out acetylene torch. The din was deadly. The 171st. Not a sound. He looked down at the road. Not a sound. He nodde to the kid. "They ain't getting back," he said in a normal tone of voice. He leaned on his gun and a little yellow and pink tongue flickered like a burned out acetylene torch. Later he found that this was the first American outfit to get the white parkas . . . The admiral was on his own bridge. Below, the waters of the South China Sea moved by in the night at 15 knots. He was a calm admiral. A good man. He had his task force inside a bottle. This was the first time that an American fleet had moved in the South China Sea. He was taunting the Japanese Navy. The admiral had many things on his mind. His staff was always moving onto the dark bridge, saluting, giving him information, getting decisions, and moving off. The admiral was worried more about submarine;; than the Japanese fleet. Fifteen hours axo, the DO's had picked up pings on their sounding devices. The subs were out there some- where, shadowing his fleet. He'd have been moving at 26 knots, but he needed to conserve fuel In case of a fight. It was a clear night. Ahead and to the right and the left and behind him he had destroyers roaming at high speed up and down the flanks. Sometimes, in the quiet, he could hear the whoomp of the ash cans. Ha had good people out there. He knew it. , At 3:15, he was dozing in a baseball cap when the horizon was lighted by silent white flashes. There was an action to port. He picked up his phone and asked about it. No one knew anything, yet The flashes died and the sky reverted to velvet. The admiral waited for news. Whatever it was, it was over. His phone buzzed. He picked it up. The news was that the destroyers had picked up a whole squadron of Japanese torpedo boats coming up out of Mlndoro Strait. One of the tin cans had flashed for a recognition signal, but another couldn't wait and fired her forward five inchers. Then everybody zeroed In. Three torpedo boats had been sunk. Two were in flames. Three were up on the -beach. The admiral hung up. In his fatigue, he remembered now that he had ordered a squadron of American PT boats to work with the destroyers. He forgot to tell the DD skippers. Someone always forgets to pass the word. . . Looking Back Try and Stop Me -By BENNETT CERF- TTHDHMIDABLE LOOKING female entered a china shpp and *- informed the proprietor, "I've just bi..!:en an entire set of oiihes ov*r my fool husband's head, f ' :•> -;et a new »et to replace the broken one. What's the cheapest you've 6 ot?" The proprietor's mind didn't work as fast a* his customer spoke. "Broke a whole set of dishes over your husband's head!" he echoed incredulously. "Did you kill him?" "Of course not'." ihe snapped. "If I bad, should I be wanting any more dishes?" 4-U At one of the "Big Ten" vnivcriitie* there wu an ever-50-erudite English professor with t,n ev^r-^a-lnsatiable thirst. In hu cups, he delivered orations studded wiLh Greek quotations and six-syllable word*. The Indulgent btr- Under who extended him credit cilled him "My fried cgj-heid." C 1M7, t/ Jitiuui Ccrl- CUUiliUted* by Kug Fvf.ujti gyuiicttc. IT HAPPENED . . . JULY 4 t yeais ago Donald W. White and Wallace Koenning. from the Lake Jackson Christ Lutheran Church are attending Bible Camp for a week at the Circle K Ranch at Hound Rock. 10 years ago Mr. and Mrs. Marvin C. Johnson, residents of Freeport for over 25 years, left today for Knaxville, Tenn., whern Mr. Johnson has accepted a promotion as superintendent of the Knoxville district for American National Life Insurance Co. IS y*»s ago Preston Coots, Ben W«l»cr and Henry Curbellp, three JTreeporl High School graduates have enlisted with the U. S. Marines and reported for duty in Houston on Monday. duty in Houston on Monday. o T-3 IS » floating ice island ;u»t 400 mUej couth of the North Pole, according to. the editor of a science magazine. If you haven't already made vacation plans, maybe it'i an idea—. ! I ! ! ! I Hew York CUy has launched * yeti-loaff drive againet uu- nectiiaty BO!M. Zadok Dura- kopf says he hope* the id»a gou o»er wllh fonlgn N«wi Comment... SCIENTISTS MKWOSI MORE NUCUAR ARMS Br CHARLW M UP «ta« C«T« vr »»••» WW«B«^— — The London disarmament negotiations «PP*«r Jo h » ve reached the critical stage. Harold Stasnen, chief United States delegate, and his Canadian, British and French colleagues are offering Russia a series of proposals which include a suspension of nuclear Weapons test*. It is indicated that the proposals represent the limit to •which the Allied countries are prepared to to In search of agreement. Hence, It seems to be up to the Soviet government to accept the proposals substantially as they art If It reilly desires to join in a historic "first step" toward a broad disarmament treaty. For the first time, the Soviet government 'has shown a disposition to make concessions that woul guarantee the Allied toimtrlen against its evasion of any armaments limitation agreement. Agre* To Inspection Notably, Russia has swung around to the idea of accepting a system of inspection to guarantee fulfillment. This Is- a radical departure from the Russian tradition of secrecy which the Communists inherited from the Ciarlst regime. In recent we*ks, however, the United Sttfc* "•• rtiueh more cautious about Ml own position. • ' ^_ Adm. Arthur ft. ftMferd, chairman at the Joint chief* of staff, hM contribute* to caution in Washington. On May 10, Radortl sat* to correspondents In Washington that he didn't like th« nmf things were going. Don't Trust HutttaM "We can not trust the Ru*> sians on this or on anything," Radford said. "The Communists have broken their word with every country with which they ever had an agreement." President Eisenhower t*l4 at t pres* conference on May 22, however, that something "Just h»s to bt done" to itlrt disarmament. Me agreed with RdafoH thH It was necessary to be caution* in deatlng with a government that "has a history of break. ing treaties." But he said that the United States must not be "recalel- trant" or "plcayunlsh" in negotiations. American caution w»» further increased when on Jun» 24 three leading scientists told Eisenhower that the United State could now make a hydrogen bomb that was nearly free of radioactive fallout. They urged further development of nuclear weapons. Thtt would mean further teefc. e • • • National ftoporf IKE BILL COULD END CONSERVATIVE SOUTH ' BT I.YLE C. WILIOH WASHINGTON —<uv- it is six months now since President Eisenhower sent to Congress a four-point program to compel southern states to accord certain civil rights to Negroes. The four points were these: —E stab fish a bi-partisan commission to investigate civil rights violations and to make recommendations. —Create a civil rights division in the Justice Department. —Provide "new laws to aid In the enforcement of civil rights." —Permit the federal government to act in civil courts to Impose civil rights by Injunction. Russell F1«T« Press Point four would permit punishment without trial by Jury of persons who obstructed civil rights for Negroes as defined by law and the Constitution. This is the point most actively assailed by southern Democrats in Congress and it Is the point in which compromise might finally be had. The administration bill Is likely at this session to be amended to provide for Jury * trials or to die in Senate fill- buster. A similar bill sponsored by Eisenhower died last year in Congress. * The Issues have been widely debated but not yet to the extent to which they would be explored if the Senate filibuster developed. Son. Hlchird B. Russell <D- Ga.) Tusjday accused American newspaper and radio-television media of "abuse of the constitutional guarantee of freedom of the press" through a "campaign of deception" about the real objectives of pending civil rights proposal. Russell said the bill had come along behind a smoke screen of propaganda that it was mainly a bill to insure Negro voting rights whereas its real purpose was to give the federal government unpreced- Negro children to attend school together. to attend school together. The Eisenhower bill unquestionably Is intended to arm thst Justice Department with power to speed through the court* the racial integration of the southern school system. It appears to be no less directed, however, to bring ta the polls those southern Negroes who do not or cannot vote. Ere On Polls It is racial integration In the schools which fires the South to angry protest. A general movement of Negroes to the southern polling places on election day, however, would reshape the south* ern way of life about as much and as rapidly as the mixing of white and Negro children In the schools—and, perhaps, re' shape things too in the North and West. Several factors, including poll taxes, tend to reduce the Negro vote. Conservative southern politicians who win comparatively safe seats in the House or Senate remain a long time. Their power multiplies with combining for years to oppose) they achieve committee chairmanships and enormous authority to help or hinder legislation in their field. The southern conservative bloc in Congress (omewhet balances the comparatively radical northern Democrats. Conservative southern Democrats and conservative northern Republicans have been cornbininb for years to oppose and sometime* to defeat the left wing elements of both par- tier;. It is. a fair assumption that the conservative southern politician will begin to disappear from Congress if and when the) southern Negro vote Is cast. Thereafter, the conservative voice in Congress will have just about the force and volume of a piccolo section in • 331-man brass band. DAILY CROSSWORD Acmosa l.Fof and •mokt 8. CriM, U a. crow >. Tally 10. Ftluh 12. Dtcret <rr. law. 11. English coins 14. Abyuts 11. Encouiu «rtd II. Exclamation IT. Sa*h U»p. DOWN 1. Public writer 2. Humbled 3. Metal-btar- Inf rocks 4. Obtain 5. Contends 6 Incite 7. Skin tumor 8. Scented pe4 a. Flavor ll.Uetens 15. Interfere! with 18. Sprite IK. Furious attack 11. Writ- Ing fluid 22 Devaur- ed 24. Timid 25. Choo- In'a forte It Variety of chicory 21. Klowers 2t. Know vehicles 31. More ("UUili I'l MI.k'1 M.I I I!.,..1(1 I . i.l' I 4>'.M ( taeve 34. Movable •; barrier 35. SUnd up 37. Cutting tool of dawn It. Over (pa«t.) 30. »upply again 22. Stud nous* builders insect* 25. Snoop ' 37. Cartridges 30. India (poet) 31. Pigpen 32. Trouble J3. Public notice 34. Fuel 31. Govern 14. Jewiah month 31. Unbending St. Elliptic*! 40. Burned material 41.1 '/* tf

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