40 Low Teniqht BAl'SHOKE WEATHER — Cloudy with ..showers through Thursday, becoming much colder late Wednesday night and Thursday. Low of 40 expected Wednesday night. Fresh southerly winds, shifting to northerly Thursday. UP '•'- THE SUN GIVES FULL COURAGE Of, '£ HOMETOWN NEWS WITH SPECIAL TREATMENT TO , ^ STATE, NATIONAL" AND LOCAL NEWS , , VOL. 34, NO. 197 BAYTOWN, TEXAS Wednesday,'January 20, 1954 TODAY'S NEWS TODAY TELEPHONE: 8302. Fiv. Cmfs P«r Copy ESCAPED CONVICT NABBED IN BURGLARY Senator Warns Of 'Strike Against Coffee WASHINGTON, Jan. 20 —UP)— Sen. A. S. Mike Monroney (D-Okla.) warned the coffee .industry Wednesday that if it keeps shoving prices up, it may "break America's 'coffee-drinking habit." Monroney spoke out after major food chains Jumped prices on national brands three cents a. pound—-to $1.08—and experts said the worst is yet to come. His warning came as a move Rained momentum to force coffee prices back down by boycotting-.the beverage. Word of the first "organized resistance"" came from Rhode Island, where the state restaurant association voted to banish all signs advertising coffee ajid substitute poster pushing milk, tea cr chocolate. Other restaurant associations across the country were considering similar steps- Wholesale coffee prices are soaring because Brazil's coffee bean crop was cut severely last- year by frosts. Brazil is this country's chief supplier. So Jar retail prices have not been affected too much. A spot check by the United Press showed that prices for a pound of coffee have been holding- fairly steady. For the last three weeks it has been 95 cents in Detroit and 96 cents in Sail Francisco. But experts fear that when the wholesale rise begins to tell retail prices .may climb to as much as 51.20 a pound. And there are reports that cof- 1'ee already costs 15 cents a cup in some restaur- an'S. Officials at the Agriculture , Department said gloomily it may be "one or two years" before production catches up with demand and there is a firm trend toward lower prices. PYY's March South To New Homeland FANMUNJOM, Jan. 20 —UP— Chinese and Korean .war prisoners trekked "southward • Wednesday night under the glare of giant searchlights in. a dramatic and'fin- al' rejection of their Communist .held homelands. They, ignored frantic Communist "come home" pleas . and death threats as they began their long- awaited march to freedom .shortly before 9 a.m. (6 p.m. cst Tuesday). . „ . . .Before sunup- all of the 22,000 former Communist soldiers were expected to be on their way to.new lives as free men in South Korea and Generalissimo Chiang Kai Shek's bastion on Formosa. . • '• • Sii-Year-OId Boy When Truck Strikes Bicycle Jimmy Wayne Roe, six-year- old son of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse W. Roe of 510 West Miriam, is in serious condition from injuries received late Tuesday when he was struck by a truck as he rode his bicycle across Riggs at Duke. Jimmy's left leg was crushed, he had a cut.extendingvfrom : the .left side of his nose to the outer edge of his eye and 3ie suffered severe body bruises. He was dragged 89 feet by "the truck, driven by Edison Davis, 56, negro truckdriver for Gray Lumber Co. Witnesses to the accident said the little boy apparently rode his bicycle directly into the path of the truck without seeing it. Davis tried to stop to avoid the accident, •but was unable to do so they told Sgt. Herbie Freeman who investigated. The child was taken to San Jacinto Memorial hospital in an Earthman ambulance. Davis was Riven a ticket for driving a truck with defective brakes. The Communists .-failed to back up a broadcast warning that prisoners leaving the Indian compounds .would be machine --gunned, and none of- the men- glanced back at the smoking camp they.left behind. Some had set fire to their tent s and straw mats. At first ther e were shouts of jubilation and mass singing, but as the 'day wore on they crossed the line quietly. .The first group of Chinese, led by a" drum and bugle corps which had fashioned instruments out of beer cans and scraps of prison camp metal, boarded. American ships at Inchon. They wer e to leave at dawn for Formosa." W. I. Brough Awarded High Scouting Honor Baytown area Boy Scout leaders received special recognition and honors at the Sam Houston Area Council's annual meeting Tuesday night at the Pace hotel. W. L,. Brough of Highlands, neighborhood commissioner, for Pack, Troop and Explorer Post No. 87, received the highest award that can be given to.Scouting volunteer on a local council — the Silver. Beaver/. •-; ., W. J. Strickl&r of Baytown, former Bast Harris district chairman, was elected vice president of the • council. Frank Goss, a retiring vice president, was, named chairman of the new Scout camp development program for the coming year. Brough was one of 10 outstanding Scout workers to receive the coveted Silver Beaver award. Brough has served as neighborhood Scout commissioner for several years, and has also been a Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, Explorer advisor and committeeman. He has served on all seven of the East Harris district operating committees and the commissioner's staff. He was described, in the citation which accompanied the award, as the "key to Scouting in his community." Besides being active in civic, welfare and church work, he has been active in Scout work for the past 15 years. . Strickler, who has been a sparkplug in Baytown . civic, welfare and church..affairs, has 'been active in Scout work for the past 12 years. He Served ag district chairman last year, being replaced by W. C. Jackson this year, has been a member of the council's executive board and has. held every office in the East Harris district. >-'-':•'' Ray H, Horton .pfr-Houstoh was elected pfesidentiof ' ; the council, replacing HowardV-Tellepsen, who has served for the/ipast two years. Horton has been serving as vice president and chairman of the finance committee. Other officers arc P. P. Butler, treasurer; Dr. Ray Black, com- (Sce Brough—Pug<: Two) Cocky Kidnap Suspect Says Sun Spots His Arrest 'All A Mistake' Awards Banquet CA-fTOWX JAVCEES will announce. the outstanding "young man" and "senior citizen" of the year at their annual awards banquet at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Kiverview Inn. Arthur F. Lorton Jr., of Houston, ex-FBI agent and now a vice president of the National Bank of Commerce, will spealc on "Building America." City Taxes Due JAN. 31 IS the last day to pay city taxes on real and personal property. City Tax Assessor-Collector C. E. Hanratty warned Baytown property-owners Wednesday. Penalties and interest on delinquent payments are added to unpaid taxes on Feb. 1, he said. Arot/nd Town GENE WPJOHT. ono-time Baytown resident, is planning to be one again real soon, he says . . . N. O. Morrison got himself fastened in a zippernd coat and could not unzip . . . Nice to hear that Ann Harrell is feeling; better and better . , . Get well wishes to Jfrs. S. T. Taylor . . . Mat-tie Skcete seeing her guests out the front door and dashing out the back to make a necessary weekend trip . . . Wade Callam all dressed up for a wrecker-ride. . Did Glen Harbour attend 1 the old school convention ? ... He was all hepped over such an idea last year . . . J. L. Dunn, Bob Stipe and Roger Wcathcrspoon subjects of a pleasant little plot which probably won't work anyway . . . R. Robson knows where he will be npxt Monday night, Bcla Watson carefully concealing his excitement at becoming a grandfather . . . Mrs. W. E. Lawhon working eariy aivd late on a funrT-raising campaign . . . Wylc Ferguson relaxing with his feet up as high as his head . . . Sol Gr>!rJ?\vorth is taking that re-st- -.vilhout-responsibility he promised himself, according to his friends. . . . Buck Davis returning a telephone call with promptness. By HENRY RIEGER SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 20-UP •^Cocky Harold Jackson, 57, accused of masterminding the kidnap of a wealthy realtor, said Wednesday that thfi victim "just came to visit" and that the two "formed an attachment for one another." But his confederate, Joseph William. Lear, 43. gave police a ste-p- by-step 'account of how the two men abducted Leonard Moskovitz, 36, and held him for 64 hours while newspapermen "sat' 'on the story for fear disclosure might cost Moskovitz his life. The kidnap was one of the best- history of crime reporting. It was not disclosed to the public until early Tuesday when Moskovitz was rescued and his abductors seized. Jackson is a former private detective who turned to crime. Lear described himself as an "unemployed" hearing aid salesman. Moskovitz, who operates a real estate business with hi s identical twin, brother, Alfred, rested safely at home Wednesday with his wife and two sons. The climax in the dramatic ca.se came early Tuesdav when Lear was arrested in a public telephone booth as he arranged for payment of a 5300,006 ransom with the victim's brother, Alfred. Lear told police the whole story and led them to the kidnap house where the victim Wtis rescued and Jackson was taken into custody. Johnson Heads Palsy Group Early Supporter Of Treatment Center A. N. Johnson, one of the early supporters of a Baytown cerebral palsy treatment center, has been elected chairman of the Baytown Society for Crippled Children. The society is the operating body of the present cerebral palsy cen- tr, 1209 Morris. Johnson was elected 1 at a mect- A. N. JOHNSON ing-.of the board of directors Tuesday nig-ht in the Community house. The meeting was helfl after the annual membership meeting of the society. Johnscn succeeds Mrs. E. J. Gray at the post. Other new officers are C. E. Smith Jr., vice-chairman; Mrs. .1. M. D. Heald, secretary: R. D. Martin, treasurer. Dr. Julian Spring, Mrs. J. B. Krenick and Mrs. W. A. Thomas were also named to the executive board 1 , which meets monthly. Other new members of the board of directors, from which the officers and members of the executive board are elected, are: Mrs. Ray Weaver. Beta Sigrna Phi; Mrs. Knox Beavers, Jaycee- etes; Mrs. N. A. Baiimann, Knights of Columbus; Mrs. Ancel Boswell, Epsilon Siprma Alpha; Mrs. E. J. Gray, Pilot Club; Mrs. Fred Hederhorst, AAUW; Rev. P. Walter Henckcll, Elks; Mrs. A. N. .Tohnson. Delta Kappa Gamrna; rJov. Wayne McCleskey, Ministerial Alliance; Mrs. Cecil Phillips, Minerva club; Mrs. C. E. Pierson, constitutional appointee. Also Tom M. Ponder, Parents group; James Sherwood, Kiwanis; Mrs. Darrell Tuck, American Legion Auxiliary; Mrs. Marvin Wal(See Palsy—Page Two) North Koreans looked . stoically .from openings in their boxcars which''they had boarded for the southward journey .to relocation centers at Pohang and Kunsan'in South Korea. Release of the prisoners .ended an unwavering UN ; fight against holdins them - indefinitely. Indian guards called the roll; giving each man a final chance to change his mind, but only 49 Chinese and 3.1 Koreans out of. the first 11,298 men released chose to return' to communism. The Communists made no physical efforts lo stop the prisoners, as armed American soldiers and South Koreans stood .. • • MARILYN'S 'EX' — James 35. Daugherty, 32 (above), is the Ix>s Angeles policeman who used to be married to actress Marilyn Monroe, newly become Mrs. Joe DiMafrgio. Daugherly said he first was introduced to Marilyn by her foster aunt, and they were married six months later. He said her sudden ambition to become a film star caused the ... .breakup.. .• He; tdM reporters he is happier with his present wife and three daughters than with. ••Marilyn"; (International) •HUNTER' SAVED — Fished out of the Los AiiRcles river by his mother and iiuiit during a "hunt for a whale," 2-year-old Grady Brcazzeal Is shown under wraps after being revived by the firo department. His cousin, Glen lircuxzenl, 3, is shown with him, along with bis mother and Dr. Arthur Frost. (International) HELD IX SLAYING — Father of five children, 29-yenr-old Charles E. Rogers has been charged with first degree mur- ilpr by Albany, X Y., police, who say that he admitted the brutal shiyinjc of Mrs. Elizabeth Walsh, R"), a resident of the. rooming house where Rogers also lix r ed. The elderly woman was strangled, slabbed with scissors and slashed with :\ butcher knife. (International) Barbers Hili Schools Sell Bus To Principal The Barbers Hill school board has sold an OTd school bus to its elementary school principal, Tom M.inison, on a high bid of $176.50. Mani.son was the highest of four bidders for the vehicle. He will use it in operation of his Camp Tahoe for boys on Tri-City Beach road. The bid.? rang-ed from $75 up to Manison'g .$176.50. The bus was a o-i-passengcr 1950 model Chevrolet The bus was sold Monday night at a meeting of the Barbers Hill board. It has already been replaced by a new bus, Supt. J. J. Jenson said. She's Rip-Snorter -Norther Hits Texas By UNITED PRESS A rip-snorting frigid front roared into Texas 'Wednesday far ahead of schedule and sub-zero temperatures and wind-swept sleet and ;snow were predicted- in its wake. The sharp-edged front -tor e - southward, across the state on strong . north' winds, plummeting balmy temperatures : with shocking suddenness as it hit. Indicative of the abrupt weather change riding '••-.with, the Canadian- born air'mass' was'the .way it hit Oklahoma City, dropping 'the mercury from a shirt-sleeve 55-degree .reading to 28 degrees in an. hour's time with gusts of wind up to 50 miles per hour. By mid-morning, the front had whipped into the Northern Plains Sudden Shock Wednesday night's predicted low of 40 will be a' rude jolt for Baytonians after Tuesday's high of "3 and low of 63. and was knocking at the Red River boundary to the north as it headed for an early-afternoon, appearance' in the Dallas --Fort Worth area. At 8:38 a.m., the bone-chilling cold had tumbled the thermometer to 16 degrees at Dalhart and 21 at Amanllo in contrast with eariy- morning lows of 33 and 37 degrees, respectively. By Thursday morning, the U.S. Weather Bureau predicted five below - zero readings in the upper Panhandle, 5 to 15 degrees in the South Plains; 10-20 degrees from the upper PPCOS Valley eastward and in the northwest section of North - Central Texas; 20-35 degrees elsewhere in North- - Central and West Texas; 22-32 degrees in the northwest portion of South Central Texas, Trinity River Coffee Drinkers Fight Polio Channel To Liberty Eyed Fourteen cafes and seven drug stores wil 1 co-operate in a "coffee day" on Jan. 29-Jf.or the March of Dimes- Mrs.' A! Moskowitz, chairman of the cVfee day arrangements, announced the names of the co operating- firms Wednesday and asked Baytonians, to help in the'success of coffee day by drinking coffee in one oif'tbc e (a ' l sitji!ishn)ents that day. AJ1 proceeds from the sale of coffee will go to the March of Dimes. Customers may pay as much ni they wish tor their cotlee. DALLAS. Jan. 20 —UP—Army / Cafes co-operating are Nu-Gulf, Tri-City, Brown's Chicken Shack engineers have issued an interim/ No. 1 and No. 2, Moreno's, Gonzalez, Harbour's, Humble Waffle shop, report favoring certain improved- ~ " -—..— -.-- — ments on the Trinity River, principally on what they call' the "Channel to Liberty." % jr Col. Herbert,.^ Vogifrsouthwest • division chief''of the Corps of Engineers, ,,s«(!d Wednesday'the interim report had two main recommen-. datipfis concerning the project at Libirty, Tex.. •It suggests that the project_ be modified to provide for a"navjga- tislli lock located, in a cut-off chan- and for a .gate-controlled river version channel. .. These recommendations are de- ;ned, Vogel said, to prevent any ciease in salt water intrusion wiich might otherwise result by ason.of the navigation improve-- rri Lone Star cafe, Prince's, Henke's, Morroll 1'ark Drive-In, Royal and Victory. Drug stores Include I>eggetl/s, the two Tri-City pharmacies, Gunter's, and the three- Scarborough's stores. Mrs. Mbskowitz asked'that any additional firms who want to : heln in the' ."cbJIee day" to call her (3-1332) or Mrs. B. M. Knowlcs (3-1442.) -.'•-. Parr Says He Carried Binoculars, Not Gun ent. Th e estimated- first cost of the ALICE, Tex., Jan. 20 —UP— George Parr, : millionaire political boss and former sheriff, has .denied he was carrying a pistol/at- an opposition political meeting. "I had a pair of 'binoculars," new- work to the government was Parr said Tuesday night when ask- listed *t SO million and the total ed about the alleged offense which annual cost of maintenance for the led to a brief but bloody fist fight modified .project. 5465,000. wil)l lhwp v^"' •""»<""•« Certain cpi'iditions of local co-op- eiation were outlined if modification of the projtct Avi"s^final approval. One conation calls for local interests to fufnish free to the . . . ...... , government. all-4aiVlsi. : : easements nephe<f,^Ar-cher Pnrr, who suc- er he nor his uncle planned to press the matter. "I'd just as soon forget about the whole thing," Archer Parr said. "It's all over as far as we are concerned." with three T.exas Rangers. Parr was late to a scheduled appearance in Jim Wells county court Monday and the Rangers wore sent to find him. Before he went to. court, , .Parr and his grand jury, which was scheduled to meet Wednesday. Raeburn Norris, V!)th judicial district attorney j said, however, the matter probably would be discussed, by the grand jurors.. "When you get 12 grand jurors and righls-af-way project. £or the cee'ded" him; as DuvaL'county sher- together- they usually -4 -discuss J. R. Barsalou Succeeds Yount As MBA Chief J. R. Barsalou Jr., assistant (process superintendent at the Baytown Refinery, is the new president of the Mutual Benefit A-ssn. Barsalou was elected lo succeed outgoing President E. E. Yount Tuesday night at a meeting of tho MBA board of directors. Other new officers an; Knox T. Beavers, vice president; and W. B. Patterson, secretary-treasurer. H. C. Moran is outgoing vice president and Beavers served last year as secretary-treasurer. Barsalou, who served last year aa an. MBA director, has been a member of the organization since 1S36. Other MBA directors are J. C. Bcvers, M. V. Berry, L. L. Lawless, J. H, Savage Jr., F. L. (Pop) Shi_res and B. E. Yount. Income Tax Time Has Come iff, became embroiled with—the. state officers. . George Parr's ear was twisted by a Ranger aide, radio technician ''Carl Putnam, until it bled, and Ar'ujicr Parr's glasses were knocked 6M;,, But IV Duval sheriff said ncith- everything that's happening in the county," Norris said. George'Parr, afler his ear was twisted, pleaded not guilty to the pistol carrying- charge and asked for a jury trial. He said ho only watched the meeting of the Freedom party from an automobile, Congressional Roundup: long Session Seen Unless St. LaWrence Vote Readied Ag am We don't like to bo unpleasant but the time is coming when we must settle up our dobt to Uncle- Sam—income taxes, that is. And Charlns A. Neff Jr. of the Baytown office of the Internal Revenue Service will be at City Hall from 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday from now until March 15 to assist taxpayers in filing their returns. Neff said returns can he prepared quickly and more accurately if each person wanting assistance will bring a prepared list of all items of income, business expenses and such non-business deductions as contributions, taxes, interest, medical expenses and professional expenses. He also asked that persons having business or rent income involving depreciation bring a copy of last year's income tax return- In addition, W-2 statements from all places where employed during 1953 will be needed, French Seize Port HANOI, Ind 0 - China, Jan. 20 —UP—French commandos seized the vital port of Thakhek from the Communists Wednesday, reuniting divided Indo - China and reopening the Mekong River to traffic. The commandos swarmed into the almost daserted crossroads village on the Thailand frontier and were joined shortly afterward by an armored column movii.g north from Seno Air Base. WASHINGTON, Jan. 20 —UP— The Senate was warned Wednesday to expect long sessions unless an agreement is soon reached for a vote on the St. Lawrence seaway proposal. Republican Leader William F. Knowland said he may call the first night meeting of the new session Wednesday night to help end the six-day .old debate on the "id- minislration-sponsored measure. Other congressional developments; AIR ACADEMY The House was scheduled to consider a bill authorizing the Air Force to establish its own service academy. The proposed "West Point of the air" might cost as much as S175. million. UN-AMERICAN Members of the House Un-American activities committee battled over the legality of Chairman Harold H. Velde's firing last week of Louis J. Russell, the group's chief investigator. The dispute has sidetracked the committee temporarily from its primary function of searching out Communists. SHAKE-DOWN A behind-the-scenes investigation by tho State Department has failed to turn up evidence that some of its employes engaged in a $150,000 "shake-down" of a friendly foreign country. The charge of possible wrong-doing was macln last year by Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy (R- Wis.), chairman of the Senate Permanent Investigating subcommittee. CHARITY RACKET Officials of th« Disabled American Vetcrfins denounced a New York state legislative committee for charging that tho DAV was a "charity racket," They replied to the charge in a hearing before the House Veterans Affairs com- YoungVetera!i Is Run Down Near Tower By ROSALIE MYERS An escaped convict who bought a bus ticket from Houston to Beaumont, but droppecT off in Bay town and burglarized the Tower Drive-in Tuesday night, is back where he started from. Calvin Oliver Hensley, 26, a slender, almost bald Air Force veteran, was surprised in the act of burglarizing the Tower Drive- in about midnight when the drive- in owner, Emmett Hutto, went by to check the place before going home. Almost three hours later, Hutto and Officers C. O. Davis and J. M. Meadows, ran him into an impenetrable thicket of briars in a field near the drive-in, and captured him. He had robbed a cigarette machine and juke boxes of $35.94. Every on - duty and off - duty policeman was called out to search for the burglar when Hutto notified police. They finally gave up the search and 1 returned to the police station, but Hutto insisted that the ma-n was sUil somewhere nearby. Ha could not escape from the area without crossing a road, and he had not been seen by anyone stationed on the .roads surrounding the' .cTrive-in. Davis.. and Meadows decided to return 't to • .help Hutto ' find the' man. They trailed him through the mud and weeds to the thicket while Hutto guarded the roads. Once Hutto heard a frightened bird dying through the thicket and fired a double-load'of buckshot from a .shotgun right' over the man's head. Soon after that Hensley suddenly stood up in the brambles, hands over his head and shouted "Here I am!" Ordered to "come on out", he refused and told the officer to come got him. Later, he said he knew better than to move; that's a good way to got killed for :running from an officer." After his capture, Hensley was turned over to Deputy Sheriff R. E. Easloy who filed charges against him for bur'glaryiand thcfL injustice of the Peace Roscoe Zierlein's court". " '' Hcnsicy said v h& was a trustee at the Huttonsvllle Medium Security Prison when he walked away from the place and came to Houston in November, He was serving from two to ten years for breaking and entering in West Virginia, ho snld. He seemed undisturbed by hU (Sec Arrest—Page Two) Company 'E' Practices Alert Here Tho practice nlert staged by Texas National Guard, Company E, 143rd Infantry Regiment in Bnytown was more than 60 per cent effective, Capt. John Kader said Wednesday. The National -Gimrcf, presuming that nil modern forms of communication were out of operation, alerted all members by messenger. Out of town members of the company were notified through the Buytown police department radio and the Texas Highway patrol. The purpose of the alert, Capt. Knder snici. was to sec how long it would 1 take.to assemble the Nn- Uonal Guard unit under the same conditions ns existed, after the Waco tornado when all modern means of communication were disabled. Eisenhower Took Office Year Ago Today He Faces Another Year Of Personal And Party Crisis By LYLE C. WILSON WASHINGTON. Jan. 20 — UP- Dwight David Eisenhower Wednesday faced a year of personal and party crisis as he celebrated the first anniversary of his inauguration as 34th president of the tJnited States. Mr, Eisenhower became president at 12:32 p.m. one year ago Wednesday, the office technically having been vacant since 12 noon when Harry S. Truman's term ended. The new President favored a homburg over a silk topper for the big show and a homburg boom widelv was predicted. Nothing much came of that. The administration devoted the following 12 months to a remarkable firming-up of United States foreign policy, to ending the shooting war in Korea and to a broad study of domestic problems and policies. Mr. Eisenhower used a year to chart his course. That brings the President to today, engaged now in unfolding for Congress' election year action a controversial domestic program which will make or break his administration. The climax of this political drama will come next Nov. 2 when the voters will determine whether the President and his party have made good. Mr. Eisenhower has chosen to fight a political war of many fronts in the critical months ahead. The 1953 policy studies substantially covered the field of domestic problems and the first few of a scries of many messages already in 1954 have gone to Capitol Hill. Messages on Taft - Hartley amendments. Social Security, farm relief and public health insurance followed the all-inclusive State of tho Union message. A budget loaded with disputed proposals will bo presented to Congress Thursday. As the fateful year begins, there is trouble in the farm belt and on thr labor front. There is tnlk of recession and fear of depression. Group To Begin Study Of Teacher Pay BULLETIN AUSTIN", Jan. 20 —UP— A 25- mcrnbcr committee named jointly by Gov. Allan Shivers and the Texas State Teachers Association Wednesday approved a compromise teacher pay proposal eallinjf for a 5402-a-ycar salary boost- AUSTIN, Jan. 20 —UP—Members of a teacher pay committee named jointly by Gov. Allan Shivers and the Texas State Teachers Association were scheduled to meet Wednesday and consider a compromise drawn by a subcommittee. J. W. Edgar, state education commissioner who ha s been moderator of thp 25-member group, said he was hopeful an agreement could be reached. The meeting originally was scheduled a week ago. but was postponed because several members couldn't attend. The compromise called for S402 annual pay boosts for all public school teachers and a change in the formula for local contributions to the minimum foundation school fund. Local districts now pay a set amount — S45 million a year — but, under the compromise, would pay a fifth of the cost and the state the remainder. Thp meeting was regarded as especially important as Shivers said agreement bv a substantial majority was on« of the conditions which would determine if he calls a special session of the Legislature to deal with the teacher pay problem.. The 1953 Legislature considered the question, but its solution called for more money than there was in the state treasury and the bill died for lack of funds.
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