6 WED " J U LY t« 1964 ' Loke Charles American Press BY MCKE/THEN Severance Tax Bill Is Signed BATON ROUGE (AP) - An indefinite extension of the natural gas severance tax went into effect today, just in time. Gov. John McKeithen signed the emergency legislation into law Tuesday along with several other legislative acts. Two cents of the 2.3 cents levy on each 1,000 cubic feet of natural gas would have expired today had the governor not signed the bill. The full levy brought in about $172.5 million in the current fiscal year. It is estimated the tax will bring in $184 million in the fiscal year begun today. Much of the revenue from the tax is used to support teacher salaries. Extension of the gas severance tax was part of McKeithen's plan to promote new industry in Louisiana. IN MISSISSIPPI McKeithen signed several other bills. One creates a new judgeship for the 20th judicial district, made up of St. Charles and St. John tiie Baptist parishes. Other legislative acts signed by Gov. McKeithen would: Exempt from the state sales lax retail sales of pesticides used for agricultural purposes. Require that all packaged powdered and skim milk products be labeled as to grade. I Authorize the State Board I of Health to promulgate rules i prescribing sanitary standards | and grade labeling require- 'ments for all milk and milk products, including p o wdered milk. Include milk cooperatives among milk buyers which may be bonded for manufacturing t and distributing milk products. Tourisf Bill Is Approved By Senate BATON ROUGE (AP) - The Senate voted 39-0 approval Tuesday of a House-passed bill to create a Louisiana Tourist Commission. The measure was returned to the House for concurrence in Senate amendments. The legislation backed by Gov. John McKeithen would separate the tourist bureau from the State Department of Commerce and Industry and give it a separate govern i n g board. With the tourist commission will go the responsibility f o r operating the Hot Wells Mineral Spa near Alexandria. Parolee Bill Awaits House Committee OK BATON ROUGE (AP) - A House committee prepared to act today on a Senate-passed bill to block quickie paroles. The bill was sponsored by Sen. Adrian Duplantier and Rep. Salvador Anzelmo, New Orleans. The legislation arose out of n New Orleans case s e ve r a 1 months ago in which members of the former parole board were criticized for granting quickie paroles. The bill would repeal the board's authority to grant immediate paroles to first, offenders, requiring them to serve at least one-third of their sentences un- • less granted a reprieve by the j governor. I On June 4, the House killed \ similar legislation by Rep. Tay| lor O'Hearn, Cacldo Republican. ; O'Hearn, however, had at| tempted to buck a committee rejection of his proposal, and I lie Io»t a House floor vote 14-76. ! The O'Hearn bill would have • required criminals convicted of felonies to serve at least one; third their sentences or o n e year, whichever was greater. Baytown Police (Chief Quits Due To 'Harassment' BAYTOWN. Tex. (AP) - Police Chief Robert L. Forchee, who has led a campaign against gani/ations, has turned in his resignation. j He said be was quitting because of "'harassment of his family by politically motivated Hearing Set On Police Jury Bill by Senate BATON ROUGE (API - A Senate committee set for hearing at 2 p.m. today a H o ti s e- passed bill to allow police juries to decide whether to operate on a parish unit system. Sen. W. L. Ratnbo, Gcorce- town, asked senators to notify their police jury secretaries flic , bill will be heard by the Senate Judiciary C Committee! The law requires parish police juries to use a unit system of operations, rather than a ward system. Some police juries have drawn criticism in legislative audits for failure to comply. In ft meeting Tuesday, f It e committee sent to the Seriate floor fln administration bill to authorize the collector of rcve-; nuc to withhold one per cent, ! of sales tax on motor vehicle j sales collected for parishes and ; | municipalities. j The percentage would meet; 1 the cost of collertinR such tax- les. The House voted 101-0 ap-: • proval of the measure earlier, i A House-passed bill w h i c h j would remove limitations on building and loan associations: advancinR money to persons al-; nvirly owint; them money also won committee approval. ( Wrong Skunk Is Easy to Identify '• WINTHROP. Wash. (APi- This casr nf mistaken identity • had a certain air about it. John Dnbrilz was missing one of his pet deodorix.cd ^kunkv He thought lie spotted the animal in a pit near a neighbor's house. Dabritz hopped into the hole to pick up the little rascal and hopped back out in a hurry. Wrong skunk. Teacher Pay Resolution Is Approved BATON ROUGE f AP) - The House Education Committee approved a resolution Tuesday urging Gov. John McKeilhen and the Legislature to give top priority to a teacher pay raise once funds are available. [t was sponsored by Rep. Lawrence Gibbs, Ouachita Parish and others. Gibbs is House Education Committee chairman and the chief House leader for the le.'irhor.s pay raise prog ram !,;i;--s(vl early in the session but killed in a "Senate committee. Site of Student Search Quietens PHILADELPHIA, Miss. (AP) —This little town—cast into national prominence 10 days ago by the baffling disappearance of three civil rights workers—is almost back to normal. The search for the missing trio goes on. There are no more anxious groups of residents crowding street corners. Discussion of the mysterious disappearance is limited to quick questions and occasional jokes, A week ago today, a large force of FBI agents, state highway patrolmen and other investigators moved into Philadelphia to comb the hills and swamps o! Neshoba County for clues in the disappearance of Michael Schwerner and Andrew Goodman, two white New Yorkers, and James Chaney, a Negro from nearby Meridian. Dungaree-clad sailors from the Navy's air field at Meridian joined the search by order of President Johnson. The trio—part of a task force working on a summer-long Negro voter registration campaign in this racially troubled state- were last seen the night of June 21 after posting $20 bond when jailed on a speeding charge. Residents of Neshoba — it means "wolf" • in Choctaw— I were at first resentful of the in! vasion by investigators and < i nearly 100'newsmen. i } "We're not accustomed to! ' large numbers of strangers descending upon us at once and asking a lot of questions," said • a local businessman. i Last week it was difficult to tell if a warning to stay off the ! streets after dark was a warning or just 'friendly advice. I At Jackson, civil rights lead- 1 crs announced they had dropped | plans to send volunteer college ! students into parts of the state j because of a "pattern of terror and vigilantism in the whole southwest and in the area northeast of Jackson." ! Robert Moes. director of the I Council of Federated Organization's summer project, said paid staff workers — more experienced in civil rights work than j the volunteers—probably would I be sent into southwest Mis- j sissippi to assess the situation. | COFO is coordinating the civil ; rights drive by the National j Association for' the Advance- i ment of Colored People, the Congress of Racial Equality, the Students Non-Violent Coordinating Committee and the Commission on Race and Religion of the National Council of Churches. Bicycling Enters New Golden Age WASHINGTON (Spl.) - A ra- j idea of putting pedals on the. ; pidly growing army of cyclists j front wheel. His heavy wooden is pumping the United States ; machine with iron-shod wheels | into a new golden age of the j gave a tooth-rattling ride and i bicycle. ! was aptly called the "boneshak- • Some 55,000,000 bicycle riders ' er -" ', now pedal along American: in England, ilie boneshaker streets. They range from four- i W as transformed into the pre- \ year-olds propped up by "train- 1 carious high-wheeled bicycle i ing wheels" to active octogen- j w ith the saddle well over the ; arians keeping their arteries j large front wheel. Known as the ! soft. j "ordinary," it was the first \ Dr. Paul Dudley White, the j really practical bicycle. Bui it j heart specialist, recommends a ' required courage and persist- j daily spin on a bicycle as a '. ence to master. An instruction means of keeping physically fit. manual advised, "It is an ex- The 77-year-old physician is an i cellent thing for a beginner to ardent cyclist himself. learn to fall properly." Dis- Dr. White and Secretary of mounting was, in fact, a con- the Interior Stewart L. Udall trolled crash. officially opened American Bike The ordinary was introduced Month in May by leading a tp America at the Philadelphia caravan of Congressmen on a Centennial Exposition of 1876. It bicycle ride down Capital Hill. was imrnec jiately popular, and Udall then endorsed a cam- a cam- improvements appeared in rapid paign to build more bicycle suc . ccssion: thin steel tubing, pneumatic tires, wire spokes, at lasti trails and paths. Cyclists in the United States ring seats and frustrated by (he dominance .s By the middle ISbO's the "safe- a crax.e—\vt. are of the automobile. Quiet country lanes are rare these days, but Boston, Chicago, and Washing- ty" bike with moderate-size ton are among the cities lead- wheels, chain drive, and brakes ing a revival of bike paths, had evolved. A drop-lrame mod- the National Geography Society el allowed ladies to ride with gays. decorum—provided they had a A few cyclists brave the haz- : P™per f^ort. The Gay Nine- ards of big-city traffic, snaking ties u>hered in a c.\ cling craze their way easily through lines when the nation took to two of slow-moving cars. A New wheels, and Mi!e-a-Minute Mur- York executive - who pedals phy. who auamrd that r-peed on through Manhattan with an at- a bicycle, was a national hero, tache case strapped to his bike The craw ditd a^ the. autu- —emphasizes the convenience mobile developed. In r t c e n and discounts the danger. "It's years, cycling has made a really quite safe," he explains, strong comeback, though it's not "Everyone thinks, 'Look at that fool on the bike. Let's stay away from him.' " Dedicated cyclists agree with the devotee who called the bicycle "the most ingeniously sim- •ple, efficient, and economical means of transportation and recreation ever devised by man." It was not always so An 18th-century French bicycle consisted of a rough wooden bar supported on tuy v.hce"!? and carrying a sparsely padded saddle. The device had no altering mechanism, no pedal;, and no prospect of success. A modification of the vehicle put the front wheel in a movable fork, and—viola—bike steering w as born. 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