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Wugtam* *•* Sunday. February 27, 1966 Editorials And Features Powers-Mossier Trial May Be Hearing Close One of the most celebrated criminal trials in the nation's history appears to be nearing an end in Miami. Mrs. Candace Mossier, 47, and her nephew, Melvin Lane Powers, 29, are being tried for the murder of Mrs. Mossler's husband, Jacques, at the Mosslers* apartment in Miami last year. The state contends the pair conspired to murder the elderly Mossier to perpetuate a love affair and to gain control of his millions. The state apparently has proved that there was a love affair between the aunt and nephew — and one of the defense lawyers said he was willing to admit it had been proved .. . . but up to now the case against Powers, accused of having committed the murder, has been circumstantial. There were no eyewitnesses. Florida law permits convictions in capital cases on circumstantial evidence — provided the state can take a set of circumstances and so entangle a defendant in them that proof of guilt is indicated. In some states, murder and other capital crimes must be proved "beyond reasonable doubt." This would seem to rule out conviction on circumstantial evidence, since there would always be doubt, reasonable or not. The state in the Mossier case has made every effort to build a strong circumstantial case against Powers by introducing witnesses who testified they were offered money by Powers to kill Mossier. One of the witnesses testified he was given a "down payment" on the murder of Mossier by Mrs. Mossier. Another testified that Powers told him (in jail in Houston) that he, Powers killed Mossier. Such testimony would indeed be damaging to the defense if it had come from persons other than convicts, as two of the men were, but in any case doubt would arise as to the character of any person who would even discuss murder for pay. Percy Foreman, one of the defense lawyers, evoked laughter by spectators at the trial when he asked one of the convicts on cross-examination: "Knowing yourself as you do, and if you were sitting in this jury box, would you believe a word you said?" We do not envy the Miami jury its job. After days of testimony, some of which was conflicting and at variance with information presented in court by investigators, it must decide whether to convict or free the charged couple. This won't be an easy decision, regardless. rt.«.i-»3U-Of .* -*^!*^**r#&. : i&^*^^ ^^^"^"•^^^'fo^^;^ The City Hall Scene By BEE LAXDRtZM Sale of the 52,490,0000 of bonds Thursday night was another step in the five - year program to improve Bay-town's municipal facilities. The sale had been delayed from last fall in an effort to sell the bonds to best advantage of Baytown. As it turned out. the bonds sold at a higher rate than they would have brought if sold last fall. This resulted from a rather rapid increase in interest rates for municipal bonds during the last three weeks. The interest rate on municipal bonds began declining in December and the decline continued through January. A decision to sell S2.490.0000 of the bonds was made by the city council last month. At that time the bond market indicated an interest rate of around 3.6 per cent. But the average rate offered by the lowest bidder Thursday night was 4.05843 per cent for the revenue bonds and 3.9492 for the general obligation bonds. This difference between 3.6 per cent and the rates at which the bonds sold will amount to many thousands of dollars over the •maturity period of the bonds, which averages approximately 13'i years. City council members discussed the bond market situation with Thomas Masterson during a special meeting on Thursday morning at the Holiday Inn. Masterson, of Underwood. Ncu- haus & Co.. the city's fiscal agent, gave the councilmen an indication of the interest rate they couid expect on the bonds. The fiscal advisor said the question facing the council was whether the? expected rate was acceptablc. The council could have, at that point, decided to postpone the bond sale in another effort to obtain more favorable market conditions. None of the council members indicated a desire to postpone the bond sale. Mayor Seaborn Cravey pointed out that money from the bonds is needed now. The council plans to award contracts soon on street im - provement projects, sanitary sewer lines, the new city hall and the community center. Thursday night the council authorized the advertising for bids on some of these projects. The bonds sold Thursday plus 5300.0000 sold late last year to Citizens National Bank make a total of S2.549.000 sold to date That leaves 32,549,000 unsold from the 55,239,000 o£ capital improvement bonds approved in the March 6, 1955. election. Remainder of the bonds will be sold later as the money is required for making the planned improvements. City council members believe they are faced not only with selling the remainder of the current bond issues but also the need for additional issues within the next few years if expected industrial expansion develops. Masierson said Thursday that the approach he recommends on selling bonds is to sell them when the money is needed. Councilmen stressed the need to avoid trying to outguess the bond market. One bright aspect of the current situation is Baytown's favorable bond rating. The city's bonds are in the top category of the "A" rating. Masterson said probably no more than eight or nine Texas cities are in that category. Austin and Dallas are the only two cities in the state with "AA" rating. Optimism was expressed by Mastcrson about the possibility of Baytown's bonds being rated "AA" within three or four years. He based this on comments made by rating service officials in connection with obtaining the current rating- Mayor Cravey and City Manager Fritz Lar.harn. who went Daily Crossword Puzzle i. 5. 9. 10. 11 12. !4 ACROSS Blemish Metcred cars Petition Verbal Cravats G>,If cl;;b Upstanding fip:ro India.", jv.v.!- berrics Art Siiic-.vays Turkish title Cu.-i-y and K;Mare. at 3. Roman money 4. Sun god 21. Abie's girl 22. Setting 5- Dam's name. 23. Geo- in part . Music. literature. etc. . Ciidsei Heavy'.::u-:-5 Sun-.oan •.v.-irrii'r 32. Agree merit 13. A cut of moat lf>. G:rl's name IV Goais 19. Sky-pod 11. metric path 2-S. Diving bird 27. Jour- r.cyed 2S. Epochs 29. Free yesterday's Answer .>«. t ricKiv Dear 33. The things 39. Grass a ia hei-e mowed 34. Tu:t" 40. Armpit 3'-.. Desc-rib- 42. Delightful :r\z; !3 do'.vr,. exc!an-.a- perhitps tion 3'.t. 31. 40. 41 42. 43 44 . Put . E;:r.c!ios . AiUiered animal . Acquaints. as the freshman rlrts.- . Xickel: sym. . Group of t'.vii Exclamation of surpnsc- . Spartan nitifjistratei? Copied . Rational Woo is me . Looked at . Well- known Nathan nowx . Revolves . Sec 12 across Zfa 50 JS 58 41 18 39 ib £7 iH 44 40 Ib id i7 ii 44 to New York in connection with obtaining the rating, were impressed by the reception they received from investment bankers. Cravey and Lanham were accompanied to New York by Masterson. The three men had lunch in New York with former Bay- tonian Ike Hall and a representative of Standard & Poors, a bond rating service. Hall, a Humble Oil & Refining Co. employe who was transferred several months ago to New York, served as co-chairman of the Capital Improvements Program citizens advisory committee.. : : Mayor Cravey reported that Hall gave the rating service official a graphic explanation of the Capital Improvements Program and Baytown's economic conditions. Masterson said the rating i-er- vice officials %vere impressed by the City of Baytown's genera! financial condition, the quality of the indusctry in the Baytown area and the city' good record of financial reporting. City Manager Lanham reported that one of the rating service officials pointed out that Baytown is somewhat unique among Texas cities of its size in that it has both the Humble industrial complex and the U.S. Steel Corp. development. This bright industrial furture means, of course, that Baytown city, school district and junior college officials are going to be much concerned with bonds in order to meet the growth needs of the community. The Sun's TeieScope By CVXTHIA LOWRY AP TV-Radio Writer NEW YORK (AP)—It costs a lot of money to turn out television shows, even poor ones. Jackie Gleason's Saturdav night hour, for example, has a production budget of around 5180.000 a week and the bill for the show when the cost of airtime is added, brings the tab well over S30Q.OGD. The so-called "cheap shows" — those with 540.000 production budgets like "To Tell the Truth" and "I've Got a Secret" — build up expensively. With time costs they come to well over 5100,000 per evening show. This season s crop of hour programs have budgets ranging from around $130,000 per episode upwards. Variety shows with their needs for new sets and costumes weekly, not only run high, but do not have much re-use value. But the half-hour situation comedies, knocked out for sums ranging from $55.000 to 59,0,000, are like money in the bank. Not only can they be rerun during the summer season but can later be sold and resold profitably as syndicated series. Lucille Ball, who each season flirts with the idea of quitting the weekly show grind, has once again come to terms with CBS for another season of "The Lucy Show." Recommended weekend viewing: Saturday — "The Jackie Gleason Show," CBS, 7:30-8:30 p.m., 50th birthday party for the star with Milton Berle, Arthur Godfrey, Bobby Darin and Connie Francis. Sunday — "Issues and Answers," ABC, 1:30-2 p.m., with Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey reporting on his recent trip. Peace Has New Import To Israel TEL AVTVI, Israel (AP) _ The Hebrew word for peace — "Shalom" — has been taking on more significance in this country of 2.6 million persons. Officials still talk of the danger of war, but there appears to be less tension here now than at any time in more than a year. The reason? The protagonists themselves. Western observers say. The Arab-Israeli frontiers are relatively quiet — compared to a year ago. The Arabs have slowed to a near standstill their projects to divert the headwaters of the Jordan River — Israel's major life-giving supply. The Israelis seem to be more concerned with internal problems such as the spiraling cost of living and how to better enjoy that living. The Hebrew stage has excellent productions of "Fiddler on the Roof." "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" and "Oliver." The Theaters are doing a good business — along with other movie shows, nightclubs and restaurants. An exhibit of Picasso paintings and productions of opera have been packing them in. Tel Aviv streets are clogged with late model cars. "Its a status symbol," moaned one hard-pressed taxi driver. "I know people who are pax-ing for driving lessons when they don't even own a car." The Israeli Foreign Office takes a dimmer view of the "Shalom" era here. "Actually, the situation is causing us more concern now than it did a year ago," said one Israeli official. Recent disclosures of arms deals in the Middle East show there is a definite buildup, he said, adding: "And we blame the entire buildup on the United Arab Command." Earlier this month, the State Department disclosed it has sold Patton tanks to Israel. Jordan, Israel's neighbor, received Patton tanks last year. The Soviet Union has made massive arms sales in the region — mainly- to Egypt, Syria and Iraq. America also has sent antiaircraft missiles to Saudi Arabia and Israel. There are indications Iran also received Hawk ground-to-air missiles from the United States. Lebanon has purchased 12 French Mir- age-m fighter-bombers, it is reported. Ironically, the Israelis see their own military potential as helping to stabilize their neighbors' borders. One Israeli explained: "One wonders what would happen to Jordan if Egyptian President Nasser's troops were to be sent there in any fight with Israel." Therefore Israel must continue to arm itself to prevent the Arabs from attacking, he said. He added: "What we want i s peace. And the only way we can keep it is to be strong." Bible Verse AND HE said to them all, if any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross dailv, and follow me. Luke 9:23 i.--:^'-?-.-^- if V \ *.•/•* ^*- i£f//V^K Washington Merry-Go-Round — Viet Nam Debate Held At Britain's Request Bv DREW PEARSON WASHINGTON — There were two inside reasons why the United States appeared to walk up the hill to the U.N. Security Council on Viet Nam, then walk down again — away from debate. Reason No. 1 was because Prime Minister Harold Wilson of England asked us to. Reason No. 2 was because the Russians, while not asking a postponement, made it diplomatically clear that it would put them in a better position with the Chinese. The British request was made because Prime Minister Wilson was going to Moscow and hoped that he could do some good with the Russians prior to any forensic slugging match in the Security Council. He hoped to persuade the Russians to join Britain in reviving the former British-Russian partnership for peace in Indo-China. Wilson had previously requested President Johnson to hold off bombing North Viet Nam until his trip to Moscow, but the President did not do so. So it was decided that the United States could at least honor the request for debate postponement in the U.N. SECOND INSIDE reason was Fred Hartraan Editor and Publisher James H. Ha!e General Manager Preston Pendergrass Managing Editor Beulah Mae Jackson Assistant To The Publisher Bill Hartman Assistant To The Publisher Ann B. Pritchett Office Manager ADVERTISING DEPARTMENT John Wadley Manager Paul Putman Retail Manager Corrie Laughlin National Manager Entered as second class matter at the Baytown. Texas, 77521 Post Office under the Act of Congress of March 3, 187S. Published afternoons, Monday through Friday, and Sundays by The Baytown Sun, Inc.. at 1301 Memorial Drive in Baytown. Texas. P. O. Box 308, Baytown 77521 Subscription Rates By Carrier S1.60 Month, 519.20 per Year Mail rates on request Represented Nationally By Texas Newspaper Representati%'es. Inc. MEMBER OF THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The Associated Press is »nt:tlerf exclusively to the use for republicatior. of any news dispatches credited to it or not otherwise credited in !h!s paper and local news of spontaneous origin published herein. Rights of repu&iicatior. of ail other matter herein are aiso reserved. considered even more important — namely, the strategy of not playing into Chinese hands by putting the Russians on the spot during their bitter debate. On March 29, one of the most important Communist conferences in the last 48 years will be held in Moscow. It will see a final showdown between the Russians and the Chinese, with possibly a diplomatic break resulting. Russian politicians have been traveling around the Communist world campaigning for the votes of Communist countries against the Chinese. The situation is not unlike an American election during which, at times, Khrushchev deliberately tried not to City Okays First Step For Paving En Oak Addition Initiation ordinances for paving the Oak Addition streets and Alabama Street were passed by the city council during its Thursday night meeting- City Manager Fritz Lanharn explained that approval of the initiation ordinances is the first step in assessment of adjoining property owners for their costs of the paving projects. The council authorized engineer Johnny Busch to advertise for bids on the projects. The bids will be opened at 2 o.rn. March 24. After the bids are opened property owners will be notified about the cost to them, and public hearings will be held on the projects. Cost estimates were given to the property owners when petitions for improvement of the streets on participation basis were circulated. City Manager Lanham said the city's part of the cost of improving the Oak Addition streets and Alabama Street will be paid from bond funds approved in the March 6, 1965 election. rock the international boat in favor of the American right wing. Likewise, it was decided in the Johnson administration not to do anything which would rock the boat in favor of the Chinese. The U.N. Security debate would hav e put the Russians on the spot by forcing thern to veto peace talks. Th e Chinese have been pounding them with the accusation that they are the "lackeys of American imperialism," trying to pull "American chestnuts out of the Viet Nam fire." Ambassador Arthur Goldberg had a two-hour session with President Johnson irneediately after his return from Honolulu at which time it wa s decided not to proceed with a U.N. showdown over Viet Nam now. This column can reveal that the above reasons were among the most important factors discussed. CHAIRMAN PAUL Rand Dixon of the Federal Trade Commission, trained by Sen. Estes Kefauver as a rootin'-tootin' trust- tuter. is now following milk- and-water policies that would make Kefauver turn over in his grave. For five years the Trade Commission has been dawdling over unfair monopoly charges brought against the Community Blood Bank in Kansas City. An FTC investigator made a thorough probe. Extensive hearings were held. It was conclusively shown that certain Kansas City patholo- Jfists, working inside certain hospitals, boycotted the blood of one blood bank in order to favor a doctor - organized blood bank. Despite the findings of monopoly and trade discrimination, Chairman Dixon is still sitting, holding up action. LC Regents Heard CD Chiefs Plea Fletcher Hickerson. director of Baytown Civil Itelense, urged the Lee College Board of Re gents Thusday night to consider fallout protection in construction of new buildings that are proposed in the March 5 bond election. '•The time to consider protection is at the time of construction." Hickerson said. The Baytown area has about 16.000 spaces in fallout shelters for 40.000 persons, Hickerson told the regents. The fallout shelters and the number of persons that can be accomodated are: Baytown - La Porte Tuennel: 4,500~ Citizens National Bank: 732 Memorial Baptist Church: 116 Humble Oil and Refining Co. main office building: 2,869. Esso Research Center: 4,035 San Jacinto Methodist Hospital :497. Hickerson said the new Ross Sterling High School will have fallout protection because of the nature of its construction. A prevalent idea, he said, is that fallout shelters have to be under the ground. He said his own fallout shelter at his home is above ground. Three ways to increase fallout shelters are to add to existing buildings, build them at private homes and incorporate them in new buildings Hickerson continued. "Architects say shelter can be incorporated with little or no extra cost and can be above ground." Hickerson said. "Every building has some natural shield against fallout." He pointed out the lack of windows in the Sterling High School building will provide protection against fallout. School buildings are desirable fallout protection locations but their locations are best known in a community, he said. "This insurance is a small cost for the lives that couid be saved." When asked about present protection in existing schools here. Hickerson said there was not any protection except on a limited basis in the swimming pool areas of Robert E. Lee High School and Carver High School. At the conclusion of the board meeting, the regents asked architect James Davis whether fallout shelter pians were being considered in the new buildings at Lee College. "I am aware of the requirements." Davis said. Basically it is a matter of mass structure and there are a number of things we can consider." Baytown Youths Invited To TV Show Audition Talented youngsters from the Baytown area who are interested in appearing on Houston Lighting & Power Co.'s monthly television program "Salute To Youth" will have an opportunity to audition Thursday, March 3. Talent scouts from KTRK-TV. channel 13. will hold auditions at Robert E. Lee High School beginning at 8:30 a.m. Those interested in an audition should contact the school office. They will be looking for young people between the ages of 14 and 20 who are outstanding in the fields of entertainment, athletics, arts and crafts to appear on the program. "Salute To Youth" is a full- hour television variety show, in prime evening time on Channel 13, sponsored as a public service by Houston Lighting fe Power Co. The next program will be telecast at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 31. Know Your Bridge By B. JAY BECKER TODAY'S GRAB BAG By RUTH RAMSEY Central Press Writti ! BORN TODAY "Fats" Domino, actresses Made; Born in 1846 i;-. Scott County. ; iaine Carroll, Betty Hutton and Iowa. William Frederick Cody ; Margaret Leighton, comedian ' won the nickname "Buffalo i Jackie Gleason. actors Robert THE ANSWER, QUICK! 1. Who invented the c,n\ screen for military use ~! earthed See is covered \ ^.^^ ™?ly?_*?_? *»2: \ ^' da ; ^ > ! '.! a m f-^ ™« by glaciers? 3. Who won the first "best I actor" Oscar? j 4. What name did the Romans I give Ireland ? ; 5. Wnat people perfected the \ first practical alphabet? YOUR FUTURE Progress will be aided by a stroke of luck. Today's child : will be keenly intuitive. : For Feb. 27: Unexpected opportunities will present them- ; er supplying buffalo meat to the j Tony Randall, baseball's Grover cons truction I Alexander and "Preacher" Roe. gangs of the i Born Feb. 27: Poet Henry W. trans conti - I Lo n g fel i olv _ authors James Farn e n t a 1 rail - j rel i irwi n Shaw and John road. Prior to I Steinbeck, jurist Hugo Black, this he had j historian Arthur Schlesinger, Hrton i r*/~iTiTr- _ _. . _ _~ . . been a Pony actresses Joan Bennett, Eliza- Express relay be th Taylor and Joanne Wood- nder and, dur- war d. actors William Demarest ing the Civil : and Franchot Tone, goif s Gene War. a scout ! Sarazen for the 9th ! Kansas Caval- ! ry i IT HAPPENED TODAY After a n - j On this day in 1870, New- selves. Today's child will be a : other hi'.ch in the Army. Cody York's first subway was opened profound thinker. appeared on the stage in the ! to the public. leading role of a melodrama j On Feb. 27, 1782. the British written for him by Ned Bunt- House of Commons voted line, one ot the most popular of | with America , ^^ WATCH YOUR LANGUAGE CORDIAL — - (KOR-jel)— adjective; hearty, warm, friendly; invigorating or stimulating:. IT'S BEEN SAID Strength of mind is exercise, not rest. — Alexander Pope. the "dime-novel" adventure au- | thors. Later, with his own troupe, "Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show." he toured the U.S. and Europe. Others born this day are: author Victor Hugo, jazzman HOW'D YOU MAKE OUT? 1. Thomas B. Hine. 2. One-tenth. 3. Emil Jannings. 4. Hibemia. 5. The Phoenicians. East dealer. Both sides vulnerable. NORTH 4 Q 10 9 V A 62 + ft 4 2 4.K J 74 KAST <|»7543 2 WEST AA6 V K 10 9 8 4 3 + A75 A 92 ^10963 Jt 65 3 SOT'TH 4 K J s ¥Q~5 4KQJ J. A Q 10 8 The bidding: East South West North Pass 1 NT 2 V 3 NT Opening lead— ten of hearts. It is difficult to invent a new- play in bridge, but this hand features a play which comes close to hitting the mark. It arose in a pair tournament many years ago. None of the South players .succeeded in making three no- trump, but later analysis ro- vealed that the contract should have been made. The p'-ay went more or less the same at all tables. West led a heart, dummy played low, and South took the jack with the queen. After cashing four club tricks, declarer led either a diamond or a spade, West taking the ace and returning a heart. Declarer could have cashed eight tricks at this point, but when he tried instead for a ninth, West promptly took the other ace, ran his hearts, and South went down two. Al! the plays seern so natural that it is not easy to see where declarer went wrong. Yet the plain fact is that each declarer missed a golden opportunity to make the contract. The winning play is to allow East to capture the opening heart lead with the jack! Once declarer does this, he is bound to make nine tricks. Assume that East returns a diamond. West takes the ace, all right, but what can he play hack? A heart permits declarer to score the queen and make ten tricks; any other return gives South nine tricks. Of course, it can be argued that ducking the jack is fine when you see all 52 cards, but the play can be adequately supported on pure logic. It is certainly reasonable to assume that West has the two missing aces for his overcall. It is also very likely that West has a six-card suit, and, in any event, this should be assumed— since the contract cannot be made If he has only five, whether the heart lead is taken or not. All signs point in one direction. The jack of hearts must be ducked. 3S66. King Features Syndicate. Inc.)

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