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Honest About Profession Bordello Madam Seeks Nevada Assembly Slot UDA JUNCTION.N Nev. (AP) -- The woman rang the doorbell but didn't step inside. . "I just stopped by to shake your hand and .to let you know we're on your side," she said. "You have my vote --" The woman paused, "--and you have my .husband's." Beverly Harrell thanked her. She'll need -every vote. She might not be the only shady lady, or gentleman, in politics. But she's honest about it. Beverly Harrell is a madam. She runs a. bordello. And she says so. Five-foot, blue-eyed Beverly is a candidate for the Nevada State Assembly. That probably makes her the only madam in politics. At least, no other candidate anywhere in the off-year elections seems to be challenging the distinction. Some people hereabouts think Beverly might win. Her chances? "Pretty fair, actually," allows Bill Bagdad, Esmeralda County probation officer, who stops in now and then at the Santa Fe Saloon in Goldfield, 15 miles up U.S. 95, for a beer. The Santa Fe is the oldest saloon in southern Nevada. It's in musical comedi- companies, "Okla American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She became a dancer, singer, played Broadway, off Broadway, ' ' " Â·S, road L , ^...Â« lorna," . "Finian's .Rainbow," 'As You - L i k e It," "Snow White." And she went to Hollywood to become a star. "I ran across a lot of people," she says. And they all noticed Beverly had another talent. "They all said I had mangerial qualities." So she started a system of call girls. With six or eight young ladies, depending upon the vagaries of the business, she catered to movie actors, producers, attorneys, politicians and the police. "The upper echelon of Hollywood and Beverly Hills, you know." LIFE COMPLICATED But life got complicated. "Nip and tuck with the gendarmes, you know." For the New York stage. Beverly had changed Harrell 16 Richards. For Hollywood, she had changed Beverly to Lori When she fled the gendarmes however, and drank in grea' gulps of Nevada honesty, Lor Richards became Beverly Har rell again. She opened the Cot irown. She installed a library or her ladies -- "from Scho- lenhauer," she says, "to Nietzsche." She attracted the attention, if, among others, Jack Anderson. He said in his column: The Jnited States government, up- lolder of law, order and the public health, morals and wel- "are, was the landlord of a bawdyhouse. LEASE CANCELED The Bureau of Land Management canceled her lease. Beverly Harrell appealed to the Department of the Interior Board of Land Appeals. "They didn't know what to do with me," she laughs. "So they pul me in one little cubbyhole, and then in another little cubby hole." In 1973, she exercised her option to buy the property and mailed in a check for $935, the purchase price. That did it. Check declined Appeal denied. Beverly hired a lawyer am sued. U.S. District Court ruled against her. In April she got an evictioi notice in the mail, giving her 9C one Of the better listening posts tontail Ranch at Lida Junction days to get off the property. in these parts: acres of sage- ~" ~ ' -brush, mountains, old mines and ranches. "She's a serious candidate," vouches Jim Grogan, proprietor. "In my considered opinion, s h e . h a s a. considerable c h a n c e . 1 ' Grogan's eyes twinkle. "The nice thing about Beverly-is that I don't think she would steal much." PROSTITUTION LEGAL Prostitution is legal here. Nevada leaves outlawing it up to each of its 17 counties. Only two have -- Clark County, which is mostly Las Vegas, and Washoe County, which is mostly Reno. Others have gone so far as to declare it legal by county ordinance. Some, like Esmeralda, ban it from, within five miles of their inhabited areas. Titian-haired Beverly Harrell came, to Lida Junction, a fork in the road where U.S. 95 meets Nevada Route 3, seven years ago. It was in the middle of the Ralston Desert. Las Vegas was 2% hours south; Goldfield a quarter of an hour north, and Lida, a town consisting 'mostly of a million-acre cattle ranch west. At the two-mile air. of wind-benl trees and dozens of cottontail rabbits.. Beverly is a nice Jewish girl was 20 minutes junction were a strip, a clump from Brooklyn. She is "the daughter of an upper-middle class faniily. She was educatet at a private school and at the and called it "The Friendliest 'lace in Nevada." Of the 25 to 0 other bordellos in Nevada, =he likes to think the Cottontail offers quality over quantity. "I do not run a factory," Beverly Harrell says. She leased a chunk of private property in the south\yest corner of the junction under the wind-bent trees. She joined four house trailers with what she calls, with a straight face, catwalks. She installed a bar and rooms for a . handful of girls. She advertised the airstrip as a convenience for private pilots, rler first day of business was Oct. 13, 19G7. She was, she says, "thirtyish." She did well among denizens and flatlanders alike. But the private land was expensive. Just 2,000 feet south was property owned by the U.S. government and administered by the Bureau of Land Management. Like the rest of the land to the horizon, it was barren. And it was available. Beverly paid the government a visit. "I said, 'I am Beverly Harrell, and I own the Cottontail Ranch, a Nevada .bordello. I would like to lease some land.' " In July of .1970, the Bu- of Land Management agreed to lease her its property at $100 a year for three years with an option to buy. And Beverly moved. She added a fifth house trailer. She drilled a well. She built a front porch and stained "They said I violated m; lease because I ran a bordelt Now keep in mind that I old them I was Beverly Harell, that I owned the Cottontail Ranch, (and that) they g a v e me the lease knowing it was a " lordello ... I did everything penly . . . I did not misrepresent (myself). Everybody at he ELM knew who I was. But still I lost the case." . The eviction notice got Bcv.er- y Ilarrell to thinking. "If any federal judge ruled lonesty," she figured, "he would be saying U n c l e Sam could indeed be the landlord of a bawdyhouse." And how would that play Peoria? But . .'. "I am not a quitter. I will never give up," she decided. "The next best thing thai I can do is try another lega channel. The thought occurrcc to me that there was going to be an Assembly seat (open up' in my counties, and I said, 'Le me try for that.' " MOVES OUT On June 17, she moved- the Cottontail, catwalks and all, of the government property am back by under the stand o wind-bent trees. She added a sixth house trailer. She begai planning for a swimming poo and overnight accommodations She slipped into somothir^ more comfortable --? j e a n s owboy boots, broad-brimmed at and a western shirt, with n Indian necklace: turquoise ome days and hishi beads on thers -- and started campaigning earnest. "I'll show them how to run an orderly house. 'I think it takes a madam of an honest bordello to show hem how to run an honest system." She decided against a campaign manager or press agent. She accepted only small contributions which she calls nothing arger than $25. She supervised he printing of her own posters, mumper stickers, brochures. She remembers one man say ing: "Beverly, you got on this goddamn horse, now you rie it to the finish." She remembers another small and bearded, stopping her on the street. "Just a min ute, Beverly." And he dug into his pocket and he pulled ou some ' old beat-up wallet, jusl crammed full of things, and h pulled something out of the wallet, and he said, "You see that?". And it was a voter's registration. And he said, " want you to know this is tli first time since lfl4Q-somet!ving or other that I'm going to vote and that's because of you." She remembers the peopl vho have stopped by the Col- ontail. There was the woman vho pledged her vote -- and cr husband's. "There have wen at least a dozen -- at leasi hat. And the women at the 'firs. 'Don't worry, we're be lind you 100 per ccntJ " Of the hundreds of people she has talked to, a handful havi said. "Well, I'll Ihink about it.' )nly one has refused to talk li ler. Beverly tells them she wouli jiush for construction of a sub sidized custom mill in the area where the small miners coul bring their ore. "A custom mi! for custom ore." And lax relief for senior cit zcns. And a slatc-r::n educationa program to control vcnerea disease. Statewide legalization of pro; (itulion? "No. I think it should be county option." But Uncle Sam would get h comeuppance. Beverly says she would woi to force the federal governmei to turn its properly in Nev. da over to the state for disti bution to the people. "Did yo know the federal government owns 80 per cent of the land in Nevada? I'd like lo see the the people get that land back." Northwe'st Arkansas TIMES, Sun., Aug. 25, 1974 * HA FAYKTTIVILLE, ARKANSAS NEWS WHILE IT IS NEWS IN THE TIMES ADVERTISEMENT-. NEW ENERGY DIET WITH iinseng Root plus Vitamin "E plus C" Supplement Gives Fast Weight Loss LOS ANGELES (Special) - lecont discoveries have now produced an energy diet that quickly works wonders on overweight people, and reportedly is Saining great popularity across he country wilh glowing reports of oasy weight loss "while still eating almost as much as you want." 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Dr. Bishop stated that we make a great mistake in education "that is geared to the needs of the lower achievers at theat Ihe expense of Ihe gifted students." Education-should be "oriented toward individual a c h i e v e m e n t , not toward common standards for all." He continued, "Every student, black or white, male or female, rich or poor should have the common opportunity to become the uncommon individual." He summarized in saying that "we must resist the trend toward reducing educational standards to the lowest common denominator." In my View, Dr. Bishop e x p o s e d not only ( great contempory failure education but also in government. Legislation and money poured on the people by Con- gress'and the President will not make a success of people whc refuse to pay the basic price oi success which.is discipline and responsibility. We must teach our children.;.and learn it. 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You only postpone the in- 'itable reality. So many folks eem to be more interested in What'6 in it for me?" rather nan "What needs to be done?" here is a subtle philosophy oating in our society that eems -to say "anything you ant and need should be yours r nothing." LIFE ISN'T like that. Nor is ealily. Difficult things need to e learned. A price must be aid. Hard knocks must be ken. Demanding jobs must be erforrned. Conflict must Be ccepted.- There is nothing easy bout greatness. Our public school teachers nd administrators face an phill battle against over- helming odds. Their primary b can't be simply to teach EC's, 2 times 2, and "when as the War of 1812?." They lust first communicate to our oung people the "gut issues" what it means lo be human . responsibility, ideals, com- assion, discipline, equality, eedom, rights, authority, hese great truths, tragically, o ongcr are the bulwarks of ur homes. 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