The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas on January 16, 1961 · Page 4
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The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas · Page 4

Baytown, Texas
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Monday, January 16, 1961
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JiJUl Monday, January to, Cd/'f or/'o/s— Did Reporters Let VP Down? Vice President Richard M. Nixon has permitted a story to leak into print conceming his unhappiness over the political attitude of reporters who covered him during the recent campaign. Nixon, according to his "friends," believes that most of the reporters were hostile to him and to the Republican party, and that their attitude played a part in his narrow defeat at the polls. One news story expresses Nixon's resentment against what he considers biased treatment, particularly in view of the fact that he and his wife went out of their way so often to cultivate good relations with the press. Nixon's attitude has caused some surprise in Washington press circles. There is a high degree of resentment behind the implication that press would accord better treatment to an individual because he entertains them. Reporters who covered Nixon during the campaign insist they were objective and truthful in their work and claim that Nixon is trying to blame them for the shortcomings in his own campaign plans. There is one other fact worth mentioning in this controversy. Nixon mostly paid attention to the heads of newspapers, wire service, radio and television bureaus. He worked hard at establishing cordial relations with them. However, he had little to do with the lower levels of working reporters in the capital, and virtually nothing to do with many reporters from other cities who were assigned to cover parts of his campaign. If Nixon ever compared a list of reporters who covered his campaign with his "party" list of Washington correspondents, he would be surprised at how few names matched. Inaugural Dress The Inaugural Committee has sent out informal memos to governors, high political appointees, and distinguished individuals concerning proper dress for the Kennedy inauguration. For the big event itself—the swearing-in ceremony —it will be top hat and striped-pants morning clothes for the men, short formal dress for the ladies. The Inaugural Ball will prefer white tie and tails for the men, • short or long gowns for the ladies, but black tie will also be acceptable for all but the most important males For the Gala, where Frank Sinatra and his Hollywood pack will try to erase the Democratic debt with entertainment, it will be black ties for the men, short theater gowns for the ladies. For the rest of the functions, business suits and street dres* will be acceptable, unless milady ha* an unusual hat or hairdo she wants to display. Disabled Benefit A private armaments company near Washington is •uccessfuii/ utilizing disabled persons from th* National Orthopaedic Hospital in reconditioning wartime guns which are being resold to sportsmen. The men, many of whom have not been able to find employment elsewhere, are paid for their effort. But the real benefit to them comes from the experience and the realization that they can do productive work* Members of Congress and the Department of Health, Education and Welfare are watching the experiment closely for a possible key to the rehabilitation of millions of disabled persons. Guns may, after all, be the means to happiness for many handicapped persons. Assignment: Everywhere By Mai BoyU NEW YORK (AP) — Things a columnist might never know if he didn't open his mail: What is the most dangerous hour of the week lor heart attacks?...A medical survey found it was 1 o'clock Sunday morning. Maybe because of two much Saturday night celebrating? Sign outside an air-conditioned restaurant in Tokyo: "It's fleezing inside!" Even vegetables take medicine now. A new for plants is said to help them offset the shock and strain caused by heat spells, cold snaps and too much or too little rain. Science has found that a newborn baby is 77 per cent water. Most veteran lathers we have talked to feel this figure is too low. ' Americans buy between 8 and 10 million used cars a year. More than half the automobiles you pass on the highway—-or that pass you—have had two or more owners. Our quotable notables: "Conceit," said Bruce Barton, "is God's gift to little men." In colonial America, families usually gave a mourning ring to a preacher for conducting a funeral. A minister could measure his lifetime popularity by the number of such rings he received. Some collected thousands. Every human being is a crowded strolling universe to lower forms of life. The average person pastures about ID trillion bacteria on his 19-square feet of skin. Want to present your best girl a really unusual Valentine gift? Send her a mile of pennies. The cost: $220—not including delivery charges. But it'll prove to your sweetie you're one guy with a lot of common cents! Everybody has a favorite old saying. Here's singer Tommy Hazard's: "Taking the least line of resistance is what makes both men and rivers crooked." Published afternoons, Monday through Friday, and Sundays by The Baytown Sun, Inc. at Pearce and Ashbel in Baytown, Texas. Fred Hartman Editor and Publisher Jim Boone Business Manager Preston Pendergrass Managing Editor Beulah Mae Jackson Office Manager J. T. Bowling Circulation Manager ADVERTISING DEPARTMENT JohnWadJey ••—•; Manager Paul Putman • •- Ret *» Manager Oorrie Laughlin National Manager Sun's Houston Telephone Number, CA S-2S43. Represented Nationally By TexM Newspaper Representative!, Inc. F. 0. Box 301, Bmytown. Subscription Rates By Guitar fl.« pet Month - J17.40 per Yc»r Mail r»t«* on rajues*. »« ***** ctass matter *t ft* Baytown, TMCM, Post OtBc* ureter OK Act of Congress of March 3, 1878. MltMflF.Tt OF THK ASSOCIATED PUMB itelnvfTriy to tn* HOT for > nrifl" SIAMESE TTODfS OF 1961 Drew Pearson Says- WASHINGTON — It's very solicitous of kindly Congressmen Carl Vinson of Milledgeville, Ga., and John McConnack of Boston, both Democrats, to propose restoring President Eisenhower's pre-White House rank of five-star general. Before they get too worried over whether Ike can live in retirement on the J25,000 pension and the 550,000 tax free expenses that he automatically gets anyway, they ought to take a good look at the estimates of Ike's wealth. Part of them are official, because Dee made part of his income public during the 1952 campaign. It then became known that he was paid $635,000 by Doubleday for his postwar book, and only paid a capital gains tax — the last author, incidentally, so permitted. Since then a careful survey by Fletcher Knebel of the Republican Des Moines Register put Bee's net worth in 1957 at $1,000,000. Col. John Eisenhower, it was estimated, would inherit $700,000 after taxes. This i* in happy contrast to the day when the President'! mother said in 1946 that her son, a poor boy, had applied to West Point without quite knowing what West Point was all about because someone had told him it was « good place to get an education for nothing. Since the 1957 estimate, however, the President's wealth has further increased by gifts and improvements to his Gettysburg farm; and in these days when Democratic oil leaders in Congress are jockeying for position and reshuffling Senate committees in order to protect the oil depletion allowance it's only fair to examine the background of the men who have contributed to the President's very complicated and unusual farming operation. One of them, Billy Byars of Tyler, Tex., happeas to be a big oilman. The other, George Allen, is a director of about 20 corporations, is also engaged in profitable oil operations with Maj. Louey Kung nephew of Chaiang Kai- Shek. Byars and Allen together pay the expenses and losses for the "Eisenhower Farms," and maintain a joint bank account for this purpose in the Gettysburg National Bank. Since 1931 the chief outlays for the "Eisenhower Farms" have been: Construction of show barn $30,- 000; three smaller barns about 522,000; remodeling of schoolhouse for home for John Eisenhower 510,000; remodeling of Ike's main house $110,000, landscaping of 10 acres around Eisenhower home 56,000; salary of Gen. Arthur S. Nevins, the farm manager (at 510.000 a year) $90,000; assistant manager's salary and expenses for six years 560,000; average for hired hands about 5180,000. Total: Around 5508,000, of which a substantial portion has been traced by the York (Pa.) Gazette to oilmen Byars and Allen. Under the laws of the United States, valuable gifts cannot be received by public officials, and when Harry Tinman accepted one 51,200 deep freeze, he was castigated by most of the American press. Therefore, at a time when Kennedy's new Secretary of Defense is being scrutinized by Senate Democrats for any possible conflict of interest, it's amazing that press associations and most major newspapers have taken such a lackadaisical attitude toward Eisenhower's unique farming operation. The New York Times, for in- stance, called Gen. Nevins "a neighbor friend who supervises the work on the President's 500-acre farm." It completely glossed over the fact that Kevins' salary is paid by two silent partners, one of them a big Texas oilman. MY ATTEMPTS to reach silent partner Billy Byars in Tyler brought the response that he was out, or. when he appeared to be in, he would not come to the phone. However, other Texas oilmen describe Byars as a highly successful independent operator, who has been close to the famed Clint Murchison and the late Sid Richardson whose attorney and estate manager. John Connally, is to be Kennedy's Secretary of the Navy. Byars is reported to have an interest in the Murcain racing stables, owned by Mrs. Virginia Murchison and Mrs. Effie Cain, the latter being the wife of Wofford Cain, head of Southern Union Gas. It was they who gave an Irish stallion, Leslie Boy, sire of 1958 Preakness winner Royal Orbit, to Col. Gordon Moore, Mrs. Eisenhower's brother-in-law. Try and Stop Me -By BENNETT CERF- HOLLYWOOD BIT PLAYER who fancied himself as a Lothario was boasting about his conquest on location in the San Joaquin Valley, "My first night there," he announced, "I had dates with Sally, Irene and Fido." "Fido!" echoed a friend. "That sounds like a dog to me." The bit player was overcome with a rare burst of honesty. "If you think Fido was a dog," he confessed, "You should have seen Sally and Irene!" * • • Sign spotted at a drive- In movie in Texas (where else?); "Please answer your car phone promptly to avoid disturbing other patrons." 1-13 TODAY'S GRAB BAG THI ANSWiR, QUICK) 1. What man, along with Jam** Monroe, helped frame the Monroe Doctrine? 2. Who was the first English printer? 3. In French history, what was *. Dauphin ? 4. Do«* Kant** border on Arkansas? 5. Who wrote the play "Ton Never Can Tell"? IT'S BUN SAID It is at least ait difficult to •lay a moral infection a* a pfty- one.— Charles Dickens. FOLK OF FAMi-OUESS THE NAME » HAPPENED TODAY Nineteen yc»rs ago today film •tar Carole Lombard, wife of the tote Clark Gab)*, wa* killed lit * plane crash near LM Vegas. WATCH YOUR UNOUAOI LITIGATION — (lit-e-GAY- «hun) — noun; the process of contesting at law; a lawsuit. Origin: Latin. TOUt PUTURt A telr mewwre of RIICCCM yvmr way In ImtlneM and matter*. Today'* child wlH to kM-M*rte4. George Gobel offers this advice absolutely free to the gardener* of America: "Don't look down on the lily, for, gardeners, if you do. Some day that selfsame lily may be looking down on you." O 1981. by Bennett Cert. Distributed by King Feature* Syndlc»t« ly NAN JONES Ctn/rof Prtis Writer U. S. mint. Who was he? 2—When the astronomer above died in 1796, this doctor delivered a famous eulogy. With him, he had been active in the revolt of '.lie colonies; he signed the Declaration trf Independence and helped form the Constitution. Before and after the Revolution he taught chemistry and medicine, part of the time at the University of Pennsylvania. Surgeon for the Pennsylvania navy and surgeon-general for the hospitals in his area, he developed a successful treatment for yellow fever. Like his friend, he served as treasurer of the U. S. mint. Who was he? (N»m« mt bottom of column) HAPPY BIRTHDAY To Ethel Herman, s\i\<jrr fiml comedienne; Jerome (Dizzy) Dcnn, fnrmrr baseball star, find , Fulfjfncio Batista, ex-president \ of Cubfi. HOW'D YOU MAKt OUT? 1. John Quincy Adams. 2. William Caxton. 3. The oldest son of the king of France, x 4. No. 5. Oorge Bernard Shaw. 1—The first paper mill In America was established by this man's great - grandfather, a Dutch Mennonitc. After an uncle willed him his books on m.-Uhe- matics, the boy developed sijch a genius for the subject that he is said to have discovered calculus for himself at 19. Later, surveying with instruments he made himself, he established the boundaries of Pennsylvania, The state legislature and Princeton University helped him finance an observatory; it was h«, the. first American astronomer, who inaugurated spider lines in the telescope focus. A Revolutionary leader, he also served as director of the Assignment: Washington By RALPH do TOLEUANO WASHINGTON — Nikita Khrushchev is again pounding the Mbl* With hi* shoe. The victims of his anger now are not the • Western "imperialists" but Soviet economists whom he calls "figure - jugglers." Comrade Khrushchev's outburst comes at a bad time for the bemused and timorous "task force 1 ' appointed by President - elect Kennedy to report on U. S. versus Communist growth. Mr. Mr. Kennedy's scholars trot out the tired old statistics of Soviet achievement — the same statistics that Comrade Khrushchev now labels fraudulent — to prove American weakness. The Soviet dictator's most recent target has been agriculture, but the same irate sentiments can be as easily be applied to industry in the USSR. For the glowing accounts of "progress" in the workers' fatherland as conveyed to the West by Communist speechmakers — and parroted by guilt- ridden intellectuals — are systematically denied in the small print of Pravda, Izvestia and other official sources. The Soviet farm problem, a plaguing one for more than forty years, is a case in point. Since the Revolution, the Kremlin has made a massive push in agriculture. Mechanization of farms has increased some 500 per cent In the last twenty years, the number of agricultural mechanics has about doubled. In the same period eight times as many specialists have been sent to the collective farms. Fifty times as much artificial fertilizer is being plowed Into the soil today as in 1913. Vast new areas of "virgin land'' have been opened to farming. All this sounds very impressive, but what has it achieved? The last figures issued by the Soviets themselves show that it has been mighty little. In 1913, for example, the per capita yield of gram was 514 kilograms. In 1953, it was down to 435 kilograms. In 1959, it was only 59s kilograms despite tremendous expenditures by the Soviet government to make an agricultural breakthrough. It has been going down since, owing to a decline in the productivity of the collective farms. Productivity is, of course, the key to the Soviet farm problem. The almost fatally unmechanized peasant agricultural economy of 1913 produced o.82 metric tons ol grain per hectare. (A hectare is roughly 2.5 acres.) The latest statistical figures available to the West show that alt the misery of collectivization and all the fancy planning of socialism have raised the grain yield almost negligibly to 1.04 metric tons per hectare. Even these figures are suspect. For as the Soviets themselves admit in their periodic! bouts of "self-criticism," many collective farms meet their "quotas" by going out into the open market, paying premium prices, and then selling "their" produce to the government at a. loss. In livestock, prize bulls are frequently slaughtered so a* not to fall below quotas set in Moscow. IB industry, the Soviets play another game. They announce high production goals with a great fanfare. This makes the propaganda splash. Then the goals are cut back drastically, but with no publicity. At the year's end, it is enthusiastically announced that all the production goals have been reached, with the implication that the original figures still obtain. In 1960. for example, there was a cutback of 29 million kilowatt hours in the goal for electricity. 78 million tons in coal. 7 million tons — or over 13 per cent — in pig iron. (These figures, incidentally, come from Comrade Khrushchev himslef.) Capital construction slumped badly in I960, even by the figures the Russians have given us. The Soviets claimed that 1,000 new industrial enterprises began operating in 1959, but only 271 in I960. The result ot tliis decline indicates a marked slowdown in industrial growth. From the welter of incomplete and contradictory statistics the Soviets throw at HIP West, a group of professors sitting in Harvard or at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology can find what Ihey will — and arrive at any conclusions they desire. The test is not in what the "figure jugglers" claim, but in what actually exists. The Kremlin dreams of competing with the West in the small car field. Price-wise this is possible, for the Soviets frequently soil far below cost in order to undercut the West. But the cars are simply not available, and all the efforts of the Kremlin planners have failed to raise the total Soviet annual production of cars and trucks to 600,000. Other Views EDITORS SPEAK WAVXKSRORO NFAVS. VIR'SIMAX There's growing concern over tho trend toward socialism that is so evident todny in the United States. Paternalism, once described by Americnns. has crept inlo just about every activity and grows in stivnctth eru-h year \Ve look to government for more and more and to ourselves for less and less. This has brought government competition with private business and government control of all business. Kow things ean now be done without approval of some federal .Theory with the Internal Revenue Service loading the paek. In the frenzied competition 1o dispense security, business itself, has boon forced into tho rare-. Fringe fwnefits provided employes represent from 25 to M per cent of national industrial payrolls. Rogarrfloss of governmental or business paternalism there comes a time when each of us must work. It may be old-fashioned but no substitute has yet bee* found. How Do You Stand ? •Y OX WASHINGTON — Acting on instructions from President - elect John Kennedy, James Landis (one time dean of the Harvard law School) who has held numerous appointments under Democrat administrations, has prepared what is described as a critical analysis of federal regulatory agencies. According to a Washington UPI dispatch this 29,000 word report was completed on a hurry-up basis and will be the blueprint followed by the Kennedy Administration to "reform the federal regulatory agencies, raise their ethics, and wipe out backdoor contracts." Landis quite naturally becomes the special White House assistant commissioned to reform the Federal Communications Commission, the Interstate Commerce Comis- sion, the Federal Power Commission, the Federal Trade Commission, the Civil Aeronautics Board, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the National Labor Relations Board. Landis has had some experience having served as chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission and as chairman of the Civil Aeronautics Board 1 . All governmental agencies could stand improving, and I am sure that all of them would benefit from helpful criticism. To my mind, the interesting and revealing point about Ihis operation lies in"the fact that Landis' criticisms and Landis' suggestions follow precisely the universal lament of the radical liberals. According to newspaper dispatches Landis deplores the fact that these federal regulatory agencies do not have sufficient power. This is the starting point for all liberal reform, give the government more power and we can expect perfection. The second complaint is that the regulatory agencies are not adequately financed. Members not having sufficient entertainment funds of their own are sometimes constrained to accept entertainment from individuals and corporations under scrutiny by (he commission. Additional funds are always suggested by the liberals and the combination of power and money is the echo of an old chorus we've been hearing from the throats of the radical liberals since tha day GOLDWATEK . Ari«. Roosevelt descried (lie coii.sriv.i- tive platform promises on which ho was elected. It simply doesn't occur to Landis, or to any liberal reformer, that what is really needed here is more integrity. If poorly paid public officials will accept entertainment, which limits their ability to render an impartial judgment, is anyone so naive as 10 believe that by merely raising the pay, we will raise the integrity of the susceptible administrator? Do we guarantee the infallibility of the administrator's judgment by increasing his authority? In many instances the free people of this land are .subjected to unwarranted interference and unnecessary meddling on the part of these federal regulatory agencies. Under the Truman Administration the record was filled with numerous instances of favoritism and wrongful action. Recently we had a noticeable lack of integrity displayed by a Democrat who was an Eisenhower appointee to one of these commissions. Additional power and additional money will not solve the problem. I would suggest it would ba more to the point if the President - elect and the people together joined to demand absolute integrity on the part of their pub- Me oflicinls. How do y n n stand; sir? Tied Candidates Look For State Law Escape PINELLAS PARK. Fla, CAP)— Two city council candidates are digging into Florida law to determine if they can get out of drawing lots to break a tie in their race. Stephen Bednar and Donald Raine received 453 votes each in recent municipal elections for the council post. Three recounts failed to break the tic. They were scheduled to draw lots, as provided in state law. to determine the winner at a council meeting Thursday night. However, both men said they wanted to exhaust al! ofher means in order not to "gamble" for the post. Know Your Bridge -By 0. JAY BECK6R- FAMOUS HANDS West dealer. Neither aid* tulneraM*, NORTH + 1043 4JI075 • KJ* flOOTH 4A.K88S West North. East South Pass Pass 14t Pas* 2+ Pass 2 Pass 3 V Pass 3 Pasa 4 <|b PaM Opening lead—jack of clubs. If you're a good bridge player, it helps to be lucky as well as clever, and if you regularly combine the two factors, It may make you well nigh invincible. For a sample of how these Ingredients, properly mixed, pio- duce good results, we have this hand from the national Masters Pair Championship played In New York in 1956, The event was won by Alvin Roth and Tobias Stone, who completely outdistanced the huge field. It was one of tho- winners' lucky hands, as w« shall see, but it was not unmixed with a modicum of skilL Stono (South) found himself playing 1 six spades after a series of optimistic bids. On tha surface, tho contract Menu Impossible to make, sine* declarer ha* to take care of » diamond lover and a string- of club* a* wwll, The clubs can b* estabUshod by ruffing', it la true, bat not without eventually trumping 1 Vritl» tha queen of adts, -which in turn estab- llihes »tramp trick for the datum. Bat Sons made the slam, despite the hazards involved, by timing hia plays correctly anil avoiding 1 a diamond loser. Hw trumped the club lead in, dummy and led the ace of hearts. Then he ruffed a heart, ruffed * club, and led the queen of spades before ruffing 1 another heart. When Stone next cashed tb* A-K of spades, hla hand was reduced to the A-9 of diamonds and A-9-8 of clubs. East's hand conaisted of tha K-J-2 of diamonds and K-Q of clubs. Stone led tha aca and another club. Eaat won and returned a, low diamond. This rolled around to the queen andt the rest of the tricks went to Stone. Had East been shrewd enough to drop the K-Q on the early club plays, he would have avoided the endplay and defeated the contract. That was where the luck element came in. All of which goes to prove that it't better to be lucky than clever. Daily Crossword -KING FEATURE ACROSS 5. Molybd*- 21, Herb L Philatelist's num (sym,) oC book 6. Helmet* chicor; 6. Organized shaped family athletlci (hot.) 22. Let 11. A Marx 7. Armenian it brother river stand 12. Roasted 8. Witty (print chestnuts' saying- 23.Thistl< smell 9. Issuing lik* 13. Girl's name forth plant (poss.) 10. American 25. Fruit 14. Click beetle painter drinks 15. Sentence (poas.) 29. Court structures 14. Digs out decree 17. Right guard 18. Greek (La.) (abbr.) river 31. Boy's 18. Alms box 19. Nlpa palm nicknt 19. Mature 20. Most S3- Indian 20. Spanish prepared muske 23. Solar disc 26. Sweetsop 27. Proficient persons 28. Speck 29. Biblical character 30. At home 31. Portends 35. Moths 37. Weight of one rupee 38. Retinue 39. Small gorge 40. Doctrine 41. Faultily DOWN 1. Excla- matlons 2. Astor, M. P. S. Breakfast cereal 4. Th« second 1 ' J S t//> •)•> 34 2* >a JO 3S ^ 40 I /^^ 11 3 $ 13. ^ 3* •4- 8 % M * ^ >t> ^ =9 % % 4 *; % Sf JRTlMNI f mft'c Esj'J [AiP^L ) mpffji '-' jBpM ismm L^MbA ,-SSi^ mm te,3 il^n LllTjS M.C.A Skturdky'ti Aniw«F 33. Old measures of length, 31 Speaks 38. Martini «n« ingredient 39. Gallium tball (sym.) a. ^ %? 3 * 7 // / ^'<£ 13 V a % •i % 3i. 17 ^ " [O % •*

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