Advocate (Newspaper) - January 14, 1964, Victoria, Texas 118th 250 TELEPHONE HI VICTORIA, TEXAS, TUESDAY, JANUARY 14, 1964 Established IMS 10 Cents Baker Link To Vending Payoff Told Land Venture Also Described WASHINGTON Senate aide Robert G. Baker was described to Senate investi- gators Monday as a powerful man who demanded a month in got for helping arrange a vending machine contract. He was pictured also as hav- ing picked up about in a Florida land venture with Sen. George A. Smathcrs, D-Fla. Milton Haull, a Labor Depart- ment management analyst who said he helped Baker prepare his federal income tax returns, told the Senate Rules Commit- tee about the Florida real es- tate investment, Smatliers said in a statement that he offered a share in the investment to Baker, who "had a young and growing He said Bakers share had yielded slightly over year over the past seven years. 'Powerful Man' Smathers added that he Is not involved in any other busi- ness ventures with Baker. The "powerful man" descrip- tion came from Ralph L. Hill, termer president of the Capitol Vending Co., Inc., who testified at the committee's second pub- lic hearing into Baker's outside business activities. The committee is trying to de- termine whether Baker made Improper use of his office to further his business ventures while he was secretary to the Senate Democratic majority. Baker quit under fire last Oc- tober. Referring to a franchise for installing Capitol's vending machines in the Falls Church, Va. plant of Melpar, Inc., an electronics firm with defense contracts, Hill said: "I understood he (Baker) had the influence to get it for Cap- itol and to keep it." Hill, who said Baker once re- ferred to him as a fellow South Carolinian and "a good Demo- testified he paid Baker over 17 months, after per- suading him to reduce his ori- ginal demand, "for getting and keeping the contract." Switching Contract Then, last March, Hill said, Baker told him that Melpar's president, Edward N. Bostick doesn't like you" and was switching the contract to anoth- er firm. "So Mr. Baker gave and Mr, Baker took away, is that right? asked Sen. Carl T, Cur- tis, R-Neb. Hill nodded. Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va. asked Hill if his company ever gave "any kickbacks or payola" to anyone other than Baker. Hill replied, but he said his company never before had a contract as big as the one at Melpar and "we couldn't afford to lose it." Hauft, a surprise witness, tes- tified that Baker had been en- gaged in a joint venture with Smathers and Scott Peek, for- mer administrative assistant to Smathers. Hauft said he didn't know the details. A former Internal Revenue Service employe, Hauft said that in preparing Baker's 1962 income tax return he was given memoranda radicating that Hill had made payments to Baker. COURTHOUSE BLOCK Court Authorizes Judge To Make Property Offer By ROY GRIMES Advocate Staff Writer Victoria County Commission- ers Court unanimously approved an order Monday authorizing County Judge Wayne L. Hart- man to offer the city of Victo- ria for its one-half of .he courthouse block as the site :pr a proposed new county of- iice and courts building. The order also authorized the county judge, in case the offer s accepted by the city council, :o go ahead and execute all in- struments necessary to complete .he transaction. As signed by Judge Hartman, Com. Pat Moore of Precinct 1, "lorn. V. H. Weber of Precinct Com. W, S. Caraway of Pre- cinct 3 and Com. Frank Bar- nett of Precinct 4, the order gave the county judge the fol- lowing specific authority: "It is hereby ordered that Vic- toria County, Texas, be, and it is hereby authorized to pur- chase from the city of Victoria, Texas, the north one-half of Ihe city block now occupied by the county courthouse build- ings and jail building, and the city jail building and fire sta- lion, for the sum of and Wayne L. Harlman, county judge of said county, is hereby authorized to offer to make such purchase from said city and to do all things and to ex- ecute all instruments necessary to complete said transaction, if said offer is accepted. Such pur- chase shall be subject to the city's furnishing good title to said property, and approval of said title by the county." The action by the commis- sioners court was taken with little discussion, but it marked a long and definite step toward realization of a project which has been in a stage of indefi- nite talk and study for years. The county's offer of for the city's half of the courthouse block was based on an ap- praisal by the Ron Brown Co., Victoria real estate appraisers and consultants, which figured the current 'fair market value of the property at that amount. (Sec COURT, Page 8) Talks Hit [mpasse tn Panama U.S. Rejects Pact Review Citizens Hospital Lauded by Court For the first time in its his- tory Citizens Memorial Hospital ment of said hospital has been uch that no part of said Charlcy Lanik inquiring abou the price of young men pc: pound Nancy and Mac FRANK H. GRAIN Judge Grain Files for Re-Election Dist. Judge Frank H. Grain iled for re-election to the 135th District Court Monday, subject o the Democratic primary elec- ion May 2. Also filling was Dist. Atty. Viley Cheatham of Cnero, who lad previously announced his ntention to seek re-election. Judge Crain filed his candida- cy with Miss Lorraine Voigt, secretary of the Victoria County democratic executive commit- ee, without making a formal announcement. All three commissioners of Victoria County Drainage Dis- rict No. 3 filed for re-election o two year terms. They are !arl A. Johnson, Louis Pozzi and H. M. Hobbs, of tile Lone Tree community. Only one of the incumbent commissioners of Drainage Dis- rict No. 2, Bill Bayer of Bloom- "ngton, has filed up to now for and no candidates have filed for Drainage District No. 1. The filing deadline for can- didates in both the Democratic and Republican primary elec- tions this year is Feb. 3. finished 1963 with no financial assistance whatever from Vic- toria County, and this accom- plishment of a self-sustaining operation prompted a commen- datory resolution Monday from the county commissioners court. County Auditor John C. Bi- anci reported that in 1963 the county-owned hospital had re- ceipts of against dis- bursements of This meant that the hospital in fact showed a profit of for its 1963 fiscal operations. In the resolution adopted unanimously to commend the ospital board and staff, the mmissioners court made these >servations: "Citizens Memorial Hospital is county-owned institution of icloria County, Texas, and is peraled by a board of man- ers consisting of the Rev ohn Newton, chairman; Dave ack, Harry Maddin, John Kil- jugh, Morris Shattuck and red Stockbauer, and an admin strative staff headed by Mrs. Dorothy Svvickheimer, hospita' dministrator, all of whom work n close cooperation with the ledical staff. "For the past several years le sum of has been udgeted by Victoria County ach year to help defray the ost of operating said hospital "It has been made known to ds court that during the cat was needed nor expended.' Then the resolution went on o state that board of man- gers, the hospital aclminislra- or and administrative staff and le medical staff of Citizens Me- morial Hospital should be com mended for the efficient manner in which said hospital is being Derated and this court's sin :ere appreciation is hereby ex pressed to them for their dili lent efforts in this behalf." McCrackin completing an atler- work project Sue Wade planning to do very little on her afternoon off Mrs. John Alkek Jr. reminding Bon Aire Garden Club members of the change of the meeting place lo the home of Mrs. J. M. Rey- nolds, 210 Yucca Drive in Trop'i- cal Acres, at 10 a.m. Wednos day Mrs. Jimmy Cowing ill at Citizen's and planning to be there on their wedding an- niversary, Wednesday Mrs. Edith Rucker among the first to follow newspaper instructions about car inspections Dr. and Mrs. Edward Ehlcrt oul early and office bound Bob Granger explaining "curi- osity is healthy" and didn't kill 'Man of Year' Indicted by Jury BROWNSVILLE, Tex. Lamar Evans, the 1963 Bay City Young Man of the Year, was in dieted Monday on throe counts of embezzling funds from the Bay City Bank and Trust Co where he was employed. The federal grand jury indict ment accuses Evans of embcz zling a total of last sum mer. U. S, Atty. Gerald Mize o Houston said Evans will be ar aigned in Houston in about twi veeks. Evans, 29, the assistant vice iresidcnt of the bank, wa quoted Monday as saying he ha assies by surprise, but diplo mals were sure the Cuba irime minister came to see nore help for his ailing econ omy. Castro implied as muc in an arrival speech in than ins the Soviet Union for th help it has given Cuba so fa Today's Chuckle Alimony is like paying in- stallments on your car after it is wrecked. oii Assigns to Sukarno WASHINGTON (AP) Pres- dent Johnson is sending Atty en. Robert F. Kennedy to con- er with President Sukarno o ndonpsia in Tokyo, the While [ouse announced Monday night Kennedy, who undertook some missions for his rother, the late President John Kennedy, is coming to the Vhite House Tuesday morning o confer with the President on le trip to the Orient. Andrew T. Hatcher, assistan Vhite House press secretary aid the troublesome Malaysian ituation will be discussed be iveen Kennedy and Sukarno vho has promised lo crush th lew Malaysian federation. ndar year 1963 ihe mannge- Warm Up Due Here After Low of 22 The weatherman predicted a low of 22 degrees for Victoria Tuesday morning, but the city's siege of cold weather may hi Hearing an end. A spokesman at the U. S Weather Bureau at Foster Fielc said it should warm up gradual y Tuesday, and that Wednes day would be mostly cloudy am 'armor. If the mercury plummets to 22 as predicted for Tuesday morning, It would be the cold- est reading of the winter. The: irevious low was a reading of 23 degrees on Dec. 23. Elsewhere over the state, rvarnings for a-deep freeze were losted again for the Lower Rio Grande Valley, and tempera- :ures as low as two degrees be- low zero gripped Dalhart in the Texas Panhandle. The lush area at the south- ern tip of Texas escaped a pre- dicted freeze early Monday, the Associated Press reported, but the Weather Bureau said tem- peratures before sunrise Tues- day would range from 24 de- grees in the upper Valley to 29 on the coast, with a s 1 ow warmup to follow. At dawn Monday, it was 3 degrees above zero at Amaril- lo, 5 at Lubbock and 9 at Mid- land. The Weather Bureau forecast rain or snow for all sections of Texas starting about Wednes- day, with the heaviest falls in East and South Central Texas. PANAMA (AP) The United tates and Panama, in a first tep toward settling differences, agreed Monday to create a joint authority under the Organiza- lon of American States to keep he peace in the Canal Zone. However, talks aimed at re- toring diplomatic relations, >roken off by Panama at the icight of the crisis last week, rere deadlocked over Panama's lemand for a U.S. pledge to re- 'iew the Panama Oanal Treaty. Sources inside the OAS peace ommission meeting, suspended ifter the impasse arose, said he United States refused to tromise under pressure to re- 'iew the pacts under which it controls the canal. However, U. S. and Pana- manian negotiators resumed :alks Monday night. Likes Progress Amid signs of decreasing ten sion Thomas C. Mann, personal envoy of President Johnson, paid a fa'rewell call on Panama President Roberto Chiari before eaving for Washington to report :o Johnson. Mann voiced guarded opli mism as she talked to reporter, ust before entering the presi- dential palace for his second mealing with Chiari during his stay. "I am grateful for 'the prog- ess we made in restoring peace and law in Panama anc Lhe Canal he said. Panama broke diplomatic re lations with the United States and demanded revision of the 31-year-old Panama Canal Trea ty in the wake of a flag-raising incident at Balboa High School last Thursday that sparked clashes between Panamanians and U.S. troops. Offers Offices The fighting and other vio- lence look the lives of three U.S. soldiers and 21 Panamanians. U.S. property was attacked in Panama City and other places in the country, causing thous ands of dollars in damage. The OAS commission, en- couraged by its success in cre- ating the joint peacekeeping authority, offered its good of- fices to the United States anc Panama in a move aimed al Stormont Quits As College Dean, Vice-President Last of Bonds Sold by Trustees Teacher Pay Hike Discussed; Grid Stadium Issue Tabled heir restoring diplomatic rela- (See PANAMA, Page 8) LBJ Rates Security of Canal 'First' WASHINGTON dent Johnson conferred Monday night with key officials he sen o Panama and the White House said afterward that "the Unitec States cannot allow the securit; of the Panama Canal to he im periled. The statement said that thi 'resident "continues to belieyi that the first essential is main :cnance of peace." But it also said that: "We have a recognized obligation ti operate the canal efficientl; and securely and we intend t icnor that obligation in the in .erest of all who depend upon it." Yoakum Trustees Study Vote System Advocate Cucro Bureau YOAKUM The Yoakum Ichool Board discussed the pros and cons of the plurality and losition systems of electing school board members but took 10 action at its meeting Mor.- day night. Supt. Harold Ksiape said the board could still adopt he position system for we elec- ion in April at the February meeting if the members so de- sire. School districts the size of Yoakum may now have board members seek election by po- sition, rather than all candidates running for the two or three va- cancies that are caused yearly ay terms expiring. Board member Dr. A. A. Mg- aroff said he is against the po- sition system for four reasons. He said it would discourage can- didates from running because they would have lo seek elec- tion over a certain candidate. He said the position system, by which candidates announce for a certain position on Ihe board, would give minority groups a belter chance to win elections. Supposedly, Mgbroff pointed out, the minority party could "flood" one position with candidates, and then only vote for one of the minority candidates. He said all the oth- er candidates would split the vote. He said under the. position system a board member whose erm expires could file for an- other position in an effort to ;et another member off the -id. The doctor said he is also against changing the system oi electing board members be- :ause once the change was made .here would be no going back to the present plurality system. Under the plurality system all candidates, regardless of th een listed as 44.6 acres, and as 'about 45 acres" at earlier reelings, but a survey cor- rected the final figure at 47.00. The purchase price is called a specia' an acre. Trustees neeting two weeks ago to selecl he engineering firm to design he stadium, but failed to come o a decision after one and a lalf hours of discussion. Monday's vote was merely i .echnicality, correcting the size jf the tract for the minutes o: :he board. But before the vote Tmstee George Shields asked: "Can we postpone voting on :he issue was promptly defeat ed by a vote of 4-2, w'ith Trus Conde Anderson, Joe Mi lam, C. M. Ferguson and Gradj Yarbrough voting against it. "I can't see any advantagi n discussing it right Vlilam said. Milam added that he was go ng on a trip soon and wpulc je gone for an indefinite amount of time, but said h hoped the board would dela any final decision on the stac urn until he returned. Th board agreed to do so. Monday's action, or in-action eft the stadium issue hangin up in the air again, although seems obvious now that t h structure will not be complete! be constructed. The tract had by next fall, as had first bee now, the th 47.0 hoped. As things stand plan to purchase acres from J. L. Miori Is in its final stages of completion, wit Hie legal instruments in t h hands of attorneys of hot parties. But after Monday's meeting, the stadium itself seemed no closer than it was three months ago when the issue was first raised. The sale of bonds was not earmarked for any specific purpose, but will be applied generally lo finish financing the (See SCHOOL, Page 8) To Remain 4s Evening School Chief Conversion Set For Dormitory By HENRY WOLFF JR. Advocate Staff Writer Trustees of Victoria College, vho met Monday for their first egular session of the new year iccepted a request by Dr. John V. Stormont that he be re- ieved of his duties as vice- iresident and dean. The seven man board selected Dr. Roland E. Bing, now as- istant dean, as the new dean iffective July 1, the date Dr. stormont's duties in that admin- stralive office will end. Dr. Stormonl will become the direc- or ot the evening school and vill lake over some assign- ments in the college's day pro; gram. President J. D. Moore told the ruslees that Dr. Stormont made the request for a change in his status to give him more time o devote to other interests. In making the change, the board eliminated the office of vice-president. Dormitory Conversion In other action, the trustees approved a recommendation by VIoore that the firm of Ault and Rick be engaged as architects lo draw plans for changing the college dormitory into a class- room building. They also ap- proved the conversion of two classrooms to a chemistry labor- atory. Dr. Bing came to Victoria Col- lege in 1954, and has been the assistant dean since 1959. His first duties were as director of the evening school and as di- rector of counseling and guid- ance. Before coming here, ha was director of student publica- tions and journalism instructor at Texas and received his Ph.D. degree at the University of Texas. His major is in the field of psychology. He was born at Hempstead, the son ot a medical doctor. Dr. Stormont came to the col- lege as dean in 1949, and was made vice-president in 1959. He was previously dean of Schrcin- er Institute and served on the faculties of the University of Texas and Texas Western Col- lege. He is a graduate of Aus- tin College and the University of Texas. DeWitt Commissioners Okay Airport Contract Polls Open at 8 In Board Races Polls will be open at 8 a.m. Tuesday for the election of di- rectors to the Victoria County Water Control and Improvement District No. 1 and No. 2. Each board will elect two new directors. Qualified voters in District No. will vote at the Bloominglon Fire Station. Candidates on the ballot are Veto Finley and Mar- cus Coyington. District No. 2 votes at the Pla- ccdo school gym. Candidates are incumbent Mike Schiwitz and W. J. MeFarHn Jr. Write-in voles will be accept- ed. Polls close al 7 p.m. By BEN PRAUSE Advocate Cucro Durcau CUERO The final obstacle to Hie proposed city-county im- provement project at Cuero Municipal Airport was over- come Monday when a favorable attorney general's opinion was read at the meeting of DeWitt County Commissioners Court. City officials who were pres- ent to hear the opinion were to take part and sought the at- torney general's opinion after a number of citizens filed an Without Difficulty President Moore told the trus- tees, "We are very fortunate to have a man of Dr. Sing's abili- ties in our system. He is one who cari step into his new post without difficulty." Robert Moore will take over some of the duties now handled by Dr. Bing, including testing and psychology classes. He will devote his full time to the day school program after the change becomes effective. President Moore called the remodeling of Ihe present dormitory an economy move. "The additional classroom .space will take care of two vears noted. Propos-d plans call for converting building into seven clas and nine offices. injunction against the commis- He noted that' some Ivpc jf sioners. The plaintiffs in lhejncw scholarship arrangement case claimed commissioners Mayor Bill Nami, Cily Manager! Jim Fulton and Cily Attorney ,uThe commissioners answered will be worked out to take were using equipment, material] of thc few students who usually and men on property not owned by the county and where the law made no provision for the riri Frank Sheppard. (See DEAN, Page 8) the petition and said Partly cloudly and warmer On a motion by would beITucsday and Tuesday night. er Bonnie Buenger, the only as voled unanimously to enter a contract with the city on the project. Fulton is to meet with the court Wednesday to work out details of the agreement. Buenger said construction work may begin before Feb. 1. One of the snags that delayed the project was an earlier opinion from the attorney gen- eral's office which stated a county could not take part in a similiar project unless t h e county owned part of the land. The contract the county will enter with the city wil! see the county given a five-year part ownership in the airport. At the end of five years, the enIIre air- porl properly will revert back to cily ownership. Work nearly began last year, A federal grant of approxi- mately has already been approved. The agreement that will be entered by the city and county was part of the file that was sent to Austin for study by the attorney general's staff. The term of the proposed agreement is from Oct. 1, 1063, through Sept. 30, 1968. Under terms of the agree- ment, the county will bear one half the cost of labor and ma- chinery incurred in construc- tion and marking the runway and a connecting taxiway turn- around, and ereclion of fencing. Funds received from the gov- ernment will bo applied first to reimburse the city for the cost (See AIRPORT, Page 8) Wednesday mostly cloudy and warmer. East to southeast winds 5-15 mph. Tuesday, be- coming southerly 10-20" mph. Wednesday. Expected Tuesday temperatures: Low 22, high 52. South Central Texas: Clear to partly cloudy and warmer Tues- day. Increasing cloudiness and warmer Wednesday. High Tues- day 45-55. Temperatures Monday: low 25, high 42. Tides (Port Lavaca-Port O'- Connor Lows at a.m. and p.m. Highs at p.m. and a.m. Wednesday. Barometric pressure at sea level: Sunset Tuesday, Sunrise Wednesday. This Inrarmatl'on based on data from Ihe U.S. Weather Bureau Victoria Office.