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Advocate (Newspaper) - January 1, 1964, Victoria, Texas THE VICTORIA ADVOCATE 118th 237 TELEPHONE M 6-1451 VICTORIA, TEXAS, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 1, 1964 Established City's Fiscal Status Better By Audit Shows Steady Rise In Balance Over 4 Years By TOM E. KITE' Advocate Staff Writer Having shown an operating surplus for the past two fiscal years, the city's net cash position has im- proved a total of in the past four years ac- cording to the 1963 audit released Tuesday by City Manager John Lee. The audit, representing the city's condition at the close of business last Sept. Was prepared by Roy L. Pope' and Spillers Co. of San An- tonio. General Fund Rise In an audit message to City Council and the administration, Pope wrote: "Your special attention is called to pages 64 and 65 of the statistical section of this re- port. The extent of improve- ment in the city's financial position and the direction of emphasis in its provision of services may not be readily ap- parent from a cursory appraisal of an annual report. LBJ Signs Works Bill Reluctantly One Provision Is Criticized JOHNSON CITY, Tex, 'resident Johnson considered vetoing a public works bill but signed it Tuesday with a protest that one section lands congressional committees unconstitutional power. That section bars the Panama Canal Co. from disposing of any real property without advance approval from appropriate con- December ts Coldest In 49 Years Temperatures for the month of December were the second owest on record here and the coldest In 49 years, reports the U.S. Weather Bureau office at "During the past four years the emphasis upon public safety (fife and police protection, pri- public works and cap- ital outlay reflect concern for betterment of essential services to the citizens, while, at the same time, equipment (the tools for improvement) and streets and drainage have received in- creased attention. Compared to 1959 "This progress is seen to be more remarkable In view of the steadily improving position of the general fund. Perhaps the brief summary will help make tins progress There follows a statistical comparison of operating costs as compared with revenues be- ginning with Oct. 1, 1959. On that date, the city completed its 1959 budget year with a deficit of The deficit on Oct. 1, 1960 was reduced to and by Oct. 1, 1960, had been reduced to The first surplus is shown on date of Sept. 30, 1962, when city revenues exceeded expenditures by On Sept. 30, 1963, the fiscal year, the surplus (not ending bal- ance, but excess of revenues over expenditures) was 657.39. Show Cash Assets "What this said Fi- nance Olfieer T. L. Davis, "is that if the city had been a pri- vate business and had liquidat- ed on Oct. 1, 1S59, it would have had debts of By con- trast, if we had liquidated on Oct. 1, 1963, we would have had cash assets of "This means, as shown in the figures, that our overall cash position has improved in four years by a total of 187.49." A number of factors are point- ed out by Lee in a message (See CITY, Page 8) Tester Field. The thermometer averaged 48.8 degrees, which is 8.4 de- [rees below normal. In 1914, the coldest December oa record had an average temperature ol 47.6 degrees, slightly more than a degree less than this Decem- It.. vv.-. There were four freezing days during last month, with the coldest temperature recorded on Dec. 23 of 23 degrees. The cold month ended a dry year' for the Victoria area. The Weather Bureau reports the total rainfall for 1963 was 22.07 inches, which is 14.13 inches below normal. It was the dries! year since 1956, when only 17.1! inches were recorded. The December rainfall was 1.90 inches, or .71-inch below lormal. It rained more than a naif-inch on only one day; .10 inch or more on five days and .01-inch or more on nine days The high temperature for the month was 79 degrees on Dec, 7. There were eight clear days, three partly cloudy, 20 cloudy and one with dense fog. Bob Tharp among those'of fering a hearty season's greet- ings Gladys Faltysek wear- ing a new and chic hairstyle Harry Huber downtown on an errand for his daughter Nello Tafini getting taken the "long way home" through the park Brcnda Coward ant Gayle Martin, up on their his lory scrap books and almost morning. ready for school to start. the L. E. Sllverthorns of Austin, in town briefly Phyllis Buck- ert sharing the same birthday as her godfather, Vincent Fritz on New Year's Eve the Jerry L. Fattens getting caugh sleeping late Jack Kay do ing his good deed for the day Monde. RfcoUill! in town for the holidays from Fort Polk La. The Eddie Hauschlld In Kingsville to greet the NEW Year with the B, M. Ditgals Pee Wee Mullenlx gelling off to finish the deer season Vic Hybner, among the many fish ermen, looking for a good day to practice his favorite sport 18 Gents Rosy 1964 Foreseen For Area's Economy gressional committees. Executive Powers Johnson said four U.S. at ;orneys general have held the Constitution is violated by such "delegation to congres- sional committees of powers which reside only in the Con- fess as a whole, or an attempt o confer executive powers on '.be committees." In view of that, the President said, "it is my intention to treat he provision as a request for in- formation and to direct that ap- The S4.4-billion Public Works Bill, which President Johnson signpd Tuesday, includes for projects in the Vic- toria area. The largest appropriation was for the Mala- gorda ship channels. Follow- ing il in size was for the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, Guadalupe River channel to Victoria. Others were Port O'Connor dikes, Giilf Inlra- coastal Waterway channeled" Palacios, and the Guadalupe and San Antonio Rivers, propriate legislative committees be kept fully informed" about Panama Canal property. Johnson made it clear in memorandum to Secretary of the Army Cyrus R. Vance, who oversees the Panama Oanal Co. that the company is not to re- gard the provision as requiring committee approval or disap proval of specific transfer of its property. Bill Provisions The bill Johnson signed also provides: construction funds for many flood control, navigation and reclamation projects of the Army Engineers and the Recla malion Bureau; operating funds for the Atomic Energ; Commission, the Tennessee Vai (See LBJ, Page 8) CHURCH LOOTED 300 Year-Old Rosary Stolen By JAMES SIMONS Advocate Staff Writer A 300-year-old rosary with crucifix encrusted with 22-karat gold which once was the prop- srty of Pope Gregory, who gave !t to King Philip of Spain, has jeen stolen in one of the rarest :hefts in the history ol Victoria County. The rosary was removed from a shatter-proof glass case in the vestibule of St. Patrick's Cath- olic Church in Bloomington on Dec. 2. The oniy one of its kind, the antique item had been on dis- play in the church since its erection in 1960, and was do- nated by Mr. and Mrs. Patrick H. Welder, who also donated the church in memory of his par- ents, the late ,Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Hughes Welder. It was acquired by the fore- bears of the donors after it had been handed down as a gifi from Pope Gregory to King Philip to Queen Christina and to Christina's grandson, Alfonso of Spain. No value has been listed but the Rev. Gino Bernasconi says the gold in the rosary alone is worth at least a pound and a half, or Because of its history, it would be safe to say that the rosary has an unlimited value. The rosary consists of 55 hol- low gold beads a quarter-of-an inch in diameter on a gold chain 52 inches long and is mounted on a red velvet pillow gold wire. The cross is hand-carved in ornate filigree figures. Father Bernasconi said he'dis- covered the theft on a Monday night when he -opened the church on returning from out of town. He said he had announced in church on the previous Sun- dday morning that he would be absent. The church doors were closed during Father Bernasconi's jrief absence which he says is a common practice when he is away. The hinges on the door case were loosened with what pos- sibly was a screwdriver after entrance to the church was gained from a bedroom in the adjoining rectory. A sheriff's office report made (See ROSARY, Page 8) JUSTIN WILSON Noted Humorist To Speak Here Justin Wilson of Baton La., will use his fractured French to entertain Tthose attending the an- nual meeting and leadership recognition dinner of the Victoria Chamber of Commerce the evening of Jan. 21. Ben Hitterskamp, chamber manager, said the bayou lingo expert has notified local officials that he Eddie McCoy Honored As 'Carrier of the Year' House Fire Does [n Damage A fire at the Don Miles resi- dence, 302 E. Red River St., Tuesday afternoon caused an es- imated damage. Firemen contained the blaze o a bedroom and had it under control ten minutes after an- swering the alarm at p.m. Fire Chief Casey Jones said he fire was set by a child play- ng with a cigarette lighter, damaged were a mattress led spring, box spring, carpet, canopy and wallpaper. The room received considerable smoke damage. The damage estimate includ- ed to the home and Eddie McCoy, 16-year-old son el Mr. and Mrs. C. E. McCoy of 1701 E. Rosebud St., has been named the "Advocate City Car- rier of 1963." He received a trophy and Savings Bond re- cently at the annual Christmas Dinner for Advocate city car- ers. The annual award is based on percentage of prospects obtained as subscribers during the year, on degree of achieve- ment in rendering satisfactory service to subscribers, prompt- ness in paying monthly news- paper bills, general atlitude and route management. Eddie began serving as car- rier salesman on Advocate city route No. 53 on April 1, 1961. Five months later, on Sept. 1, 1961, he assumed an addition- al route, No. 74, and has been serving both routes since then. He delivered Advocate during the past year an av- erage of about 144 copies each During the year, he received 11 complaints of service, or an average of ono for each Advocates delivered. He signed up 50 new subscribers during the year. Eddie paid 10 of his monthly newspaper' bills on the first day of the month. On (hose other two months, September and December when the first of the month foil on a Sunday, he paid his bill on the preced- ing day on Saturday. Eddie has been awarded res- ervations on carrier trips to Lan- da Park, several Southwest con- ference football games, twice on two day vacation trips to Con- (See CARIUER, Page 8) TOP CARRIER Showing trophy and Bond awarded him Cily Carrier 1063" is Eddie McCoy, 16, son o( Mr. and Mrs. C. E. McCoy. o the contents. Firecrackers accounted for .wo other alarms during the day. Small areas of grass were burned over a railroad right-ot- vay in the 2300 block of North Main Street and on highway de- )artment Jock of property in the Soliad Drive. can appear hero on that date. Wilson, who has become na ionally famous by telling tories of swamp land humor s currently much in demanc is an after dinner speaker iifterskamp said the local or ganization is fortunate in being able to secure him for the an nual banquet. Finds Humor He has entertained thousand on television and by record ngs, as well as at his manj icrsonal appearances from coast to coast. From his Cajun leighbors, he learned a par icular way to talk. This as socialion with the of French now living in Soutl Louisiana has given Wilson an understanding of their distinc lialect and earthy humor. H inds great humor in the work le lives in. The humorist, who by profe's sion is a safety consultant, i continually sifting new stone rom the swamp land. Wilson >elieves people take them ;elves too seriously, and doe lis best to do something abou Praises Choice Commenting on the choice o iVilson as the guest speaker (See SPEAKER, Page 8) Today's Chuckle We may not be the first to reach the moon, but we'll be (he first to send II foreign aid. THE WEATHER Clear to partly cloudy and a little warmer Wednesday and Thursday, Variable winds 5 to 10 m.p.h. Wednesday, becom- ng southeasterly at 8 to 18 m.p.h. Thursday. Expected tVednesday temperatures: Low 30, high 60. South Central Texas; Partly cloudy and a little warmer Wednesday and Thursday. High Wednesday 45-55 north, 55-60 south. Temperatures Tuesday; High 53, low 30. Tides (Port Lavaca Port O'Connor Lows at a.m. Wednesday and a.m. Thursday; highs at p.m. Wednesday and a.m. Thursday. Barometric pressure at sen level: 30.33. Sunset Wednesday Sun- rise Thursday This Information bated on data from U.S. Weathu Bureau Victoria Past Year Ended In Rising Trend By HENUY WOLFF JR. Advocate Staff Writer Comments from Victoria business, professional and civic leaders indicate they have only rose crayons to paint the new year's colorbook. They are hoping its pages will become as rosy as present conditions suggest. Not only was everyone interviewed optimistic about the 1964 economy, but they feel their favorable forecasts are well founded. Last year had its drought, which reached into ag- riculture's pocketbpok, and there was the normal run of yearly ups and downs, but yearend figures show Victoria has completed a good year. Most spokesmen say the year ended on the up- wing, which they consider a good sign for the future. President Harry Slotnitk of the Downtown 'rogress, Inc., an organization of businessmen in the owntown area, called husi- ess condition during 1963 some _ 2 Umcers Injured In Viet Nam SAIGON South Viet Nam distinguished alum- ni of West P6ist are among the walking wounded of yearend combat in South Viet Nam'a anti-Communist war. They are Brig. Gen. Joseph ;V. StilKvell Jr., class of '33; and Lt. William S. Carpenter Jr., class of '60. Football History A paratroop officer who maifc iports history in 1959 as foofc jail's first "Lonesome Carpenter, 26, was hit by a Red guerrilla's bullet near the elbow of his right arm in a skirmish Saturday on a cane field 15 miles outside Saigon. Stilwell, 51, son of a famous World War II general, was among four Americans slightly wounded by flying fragments f the best in several years. "I would say the f outlook is )r continued growth matching hat of the city and its trade Slothick said. County Judge Wayne Hart- man predicts 1964 will be an- ather year of progress and irosperity for Victoria County. a severe drought, vhich obviously curtailed our agricultural income, we en oyed a period of steady and substantial .growth in 'ho judge said, adding, "This jrowth is amply reflected in all yearend figures compiled and released. I am confident that with our continued cooperative efforts in this behalf, and with a little more favorable weather conditions, we can look for- ward to an even bigger and letter year ahead." Mayor Kemper Williams Jr. said, "I look for the year to be a further realization of the confidence of the people of Vic- ioria and surrounding area in ;he future prosperity of our Gulf Coast." "We have already witnessed the increased activity from in- dustry and agriculture in this he noted. "The continu- ing flow of new citizens is fur- ther proof of this confidence. Victoria in the past few years (See ECONOMY, Page 8) Advocate Open Until Noon The Victoria Advocate business office will he open from 8 a.m. to noon Wednes- day. Noon will he the deadline for placing classified adver- tising to appear in the Thursday edition. Christmas Tree Torts' Discouraged by Firemen Playing with discarded Christ- mas trees can be a lot of fun, but it can also be dangerous, Victoria fire officials warned Tuesday. Specifically cited as a danger in the event of a fire are Christmas tree "fork" built by youngsters on vacant lots and in back yards. Fire Marshal George Sirmon said that if fired there would be nothing left of a 12-foot tree but the stems in 40 seconds time. "If one of these forts catches fire with some youngsters in- side, we're going to have some he warned. Fire Chief Casey Jones joined Sirmon in asking that the dis- carded Christmas trees be left out for pick-up by the city sanitation department, sched- uled to start Thursday. Both men pointed out that the trees are fired easily, explain- ing the department has had four calls during the holiday season to grass fires started by firecrackers. Sirmon also said it was a violation of a city ordinance to Ireec up on vacant when Communist ground fira ripped into their armed heli- copter and shattered its plastic bubble over the Mekong River delta Monday. Stilwell, com- mander of all U.S. Army sup. port units in Viet Nam, suffered cuts on his neck. Grenade Blast Carpenter knocked out a Com- munist Viet Con position with a grenade after the one bullet punctured his arm and another slammed into the radio on his back, spinning him around and felling him. "I lay there a few minutes and then threw a grenade at their position, about five yards he said. "One of the Viet Cong jumped up, but one (See OFFICERS, Page 8) lots. The ordinance prohibits the dumping of Wash on lots and covers Christmas tree forts, he said. Both officials congratulated Victorians on their holiday safe- ty record up to date, explain ing the department had not re ceived a single call in reference to fires started by Christmas tree lights or Christmas deco- rations. Yule Tree Pickup Begins Thursday The city sanitation depart- ment will start a special vehi- cle on a Christmas tree collec- tion program Thursday, City Manager John I-ee said Tues- day. "We won't be able to get them all Thursday, but we'll Lee said. This formally signalled the end of the holiday season, which will see city hall and all other government offices closed here Wednesday. Most businesses except the usual service institutions will be closed on Wednesday also. VOUR. CARRIER. AND MAKE THIS VOUR. RESOLUTION Get the most out of IMf by reading The Victoria Ad- vocate regularly. Help your Advocate carrier-salesman succeed by having pay- ments ready when he calls by to collect. Please see that receipt is filled out properly. 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