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Advocate (Newspaper) - January 23, 1964, Victoria, Texas THE VICTORIA ADVOCATE 118th 25D TELEPHONE HI t-HSl VICTORIA, TEXAS, THURSDAY, JANUARY 23, 1964 Established 19M 28 Cents Bench Acts To Speed Hoffa Trial Takes Over Quiz of Jurors CHATTANOOGA, Term. (AP) bristling defense pro- tests, Judge Frank Wilson took over lawyers' questioning of jury prospects Wednesday for Teamsters Union President James K. Hoffa's jury-tamper- ing trial. The action, at the start of the trial's third day, carried out a threat made by the judge four hours earlier in an effort to speed things up. It also brought two motions for a mistrial, both overruled. There were cautious forecasts From both government and de- fense attorneys that a jury might be sealed Thursday, after the judge finished questioning >f jurors. The judge, who said he hoped lo select the jury Wednesday, [ailed. Eleven Chosen The jury box, filled with 12 prospective jurors and four al- ternates during the lunch re- cess, had only 11 occupants when night came. The govern- ment rejected two of the pan- slists without giving a reason, and the defense excused ar.oth- only Negro. The judge txcuscd three others for a va- riety of reasons. The defense still has 10 per- smptory is, triallenges (or no specified rea- the government four. Wilson made it clear that he the jury to be com- pleted Thursday. Six Defendants Hoffa and five others are ac- (used of trying to influence jurors in his 1362 conspiracy trial in Nashville, which ended In a hung jury. During the first two days, only six jurors were seated tentatively and one of them later rejected. The judge then announced: "At the rate we have been go- ing, it will take three weeks to select a jury. This court will Sake over the examination at this time." Several defense lawyers lumped to their feet to protest. Ignored Judge. The judge ignored them, and began his questioning in a rather folksy style. But his ex- amination brought from Harvey Silets, Chicago lawyer, the mo- tions for a mistrial. "Has anyone contacted you about serving as a juror or at- tempted to influence you in any the judge asked each juror. Silets contended the ques- tion contained a "clear infer- ence that someone may have tried to influence them." Mislrinl Motion The other mistrial motion was on a statement by the to each prospect: "The based luctgG tourt has concluded that it necessary lo keep the jurors to- eelher." This was an allusion to Bis decision, announced Mon- rtay, to lock up jurors for the duration of the trial possibly ss long as two months. Both motions were overruled, as well as several other motions aimed at delaying or continuing the case The judge appeared to be (AP Photo) SOME BULL ABOUT Carl Swan- son of Onamia, plans to ride his Hereford bull, Randy, to Texas to promote beef consump- tion because he says people don't know enough about beef and don't eat enough of it. His dog, Blondie, shown with him during a practice ride, also will make the trip. Order Let On Fishing Pier Advocate Austin Bureau AUSTIN Mercer Construc- days. begin within a mailer oi tlon Co. of Edna has been A work order dated Wednes awarded the contract to com- day was issued ih Austin after the State Board of Contro pier authorized by the 58th Leg- awarded Mercer the contract on islature, and work apparently asking many of the questions isked earlier by the lawyer. For example: "Do you belong lo a labor If so, "would lhat influence your thinking in this case, either for or against either "What organiza- (Sec TRIAL, Page 10) Inez Names Chairmen for MOD Events Several new chairmen have been named for the annual March of Dimes project of Inez, scheduled to be held Feb. 1 al Inez Community Hall. Mrs. John Franz and Thomas Eager have been named chair- men of the kitchen, while Mrs. Herbert Heller and Mrs. Dixie Harding will be chairmen ot the coffee stand. Arnold Dono'uu and Garland Sandhop have been appointed to the advertising committee. The program will begin at 5 p.m. Feb. 1. A highlight of the annual project, which raised ap- proximately one-quarter of the amount contributed in Victoria Joe Hosier and family back in town after a four of duty in the armed forces, and set- ting up homestead at .305 N. Hummel Keith and Larrj County last year, be the sons of Mr, and Mrs. George Totah, receiving original drawings from Al Wiseman, arlist on the Hank Ketchum team for Ihe "Dennis Ihe Men- ace" book, whom Ihcy met on a recent trip to Califoria Fred C. Kirkham wanting to set the record straight on his pro fcssion which is architect ra ther than attorney Mrs. Betty Smith at the Home Dem- onstration Agent's office won- dering whose sweater was left at the H. D. Harvest Coffee and was never claimed Butch Ahslon's main topic of conversation these days being the new baby d a u g h t e r, Melissa Gail Rick I.oyd student at Henderson Junior College, due home today for vacation with his parents, the Lynn Loyfls Mrs. 'Esther Trillins proud of her bright blue automobile Sanford Ran come explaining that he is not carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders Paul Tindol explaining how he stays busy Earl Neisser feeling better after the virus. cake auction. Bob Masscy will je chairman of the auction com- mittee. J. P. Mikus and Lcroy V. Rep- ta are co-chairmen for the Inez ivent. A dance will follow the auction, with music furnishec ay the Tony Janak orchestra of Yoakum. Tickets for (he dance will be priced at each for men, and 75 cents each for wom- en. A. J. Prukop is in charge of tickets for the dance. Chil- dren under six will be admitted free. A doll cake on a milk glass sland will be given away at a ticket drawing. Hamburgers, cake, coffee and other beverages will be sold in the campaign drive. Mikus, and Repka extended invitations to all residents of this area to attend and participate in all of the event's. a low bid of according .0 Weldon Watson. Watson is executive director of the Stati Parks and Wildlife Department Tfie order provides that the work is to be completed in 75 working days, meaning that i will be available to area fisher men late Ihis spring. The 58th Legislature gave au ihorizalion for the old Highway 35 causeway between Port La vaca and Point Comfort lo be converted into a public pier af ter the new causeway was com pleted, and budgeted for Ihe project. Hurricane Carla severely dam aged both new and old slruc lures in 1981, however, and de iayed the work on the pier. Somi 162 feet of the pier was com pleted in 1903, and under thi Mercer conlract it is to be extended some feet usin( salvaged materials from the ol( causeway. It will angle northeast for 3, 200 feet from the Port Lavaca side when completed, then turn DO degrees in a northwesterly direction for another 126 feet terminating at a shallow reef Canada's Chief Talks WithLBJ Agreements Signed by Pair WASHINGTON linister Lester B. Pearson of Canada said Wednesday the dif' erences between President 'ohnson and French President Charles de Gaulle are "not at 11 unbridgable." But he declined lo lake on the ole of "friendly broker" be- ween the U.S. and French gov- rnmenls. Both sides said the While louse talks went well. The cor- ial atmosphere was aided by he signing of two U.S.-Canadi- ,n agreements. River Improvement One of Ihe accords is designed o carry out development of Ihe Columbia River system which rosses the U.S. Canadian apundary on its way lo the Pa- ific. The other, signed in a sepa- ale While House ceremony, vould create an international 3ark at Canada's Carnpobello sland, summer home of Ihe ate President Franklin D. Roosevelt. And in a joint communique, ohnson and Pearson reported a number of areas of agreement n matters ranging from dis- armament to sharing some de- cnse production. Plan Economic Study With economic differences a major continuing cause of U.S.- friction, they decided o establish a high-level com- mittee to study prospects for esf City Manager John Lee. The program, authorized by ouncil on Jan. 6, provides that there drainage is not a neces- ;ary factor the city will ilacktop streets without requir- ng installation of curb and gut- cr and underground storm sew- rs. Owners of abutting properly vill be assessed at a rate of il per front foot, as compared 0 the newly established rate jf per front foot where curb md gutter is installed. Council Monday evening set 1 public hearing for Feb. 3, at 5 p.m. on the first strip paving project. Cost was estimated at with property assess- thorities agreed that Pearson reported on De Gaulle's views in more than two hours of pri vale talks with Johnson. And they both said Pearson did not try lo act as a friendly broker to patch up the differ ences. Pearson said the idea of a Di Gaulle-Johnson meeting in Can ada was never brought up in ei ther Paris or Washington am "I'd be very reluctant indeed t act in that role at the presen don't think the two mei need a broker." Pearson, who arrived Tuesda afternoon for his first busines meeting with the new Pres dent, began the day by layin a wreath at the Arlington Na tional Cemetery grave ot ih late President John F. Kennedy Then he went to the Whit House for two hours of talk with Johnson on a wide range o subjects. Both men, in obvious gooandrio as a mediator in the Southeast Asian crisis that has jilted Indonesia and the Philip- lines against the infant federa- :ion of Malaysia. Seeking to promote summit talks between Indonesia, Philip pines and Malaysia Kennedy said he will have a fuller state- ment Thursday and that he un- derstands Sukarno also will is- sue a statement. Both Unsmiling Kennedy and Subandrio, who also is Indonesia's foreign min- ister, emerged from the meeting together. Both were sober anc unsmiling. Subandrio sale nothing about this windup ot a tour lhat had previously taken Kennedy to Tokyo, Manila and the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur. U.S. Ambassador Howard P Jones, who attended with Ken nedy, said he was encouraged "There were full and frank he said, "but the talks went very well." Talk Canceled A Foreign Ministry spokes man, Ganis Harsono, saiii later lhat a formal conference origi nally scheduled for Thursday is canceled and that instead then will be an informal discussion between Kennedy and Sukarm after a morning meeting of thi supreme operational command. This command, Indonesia's top policy-deciding body, will mee to hear Sukarno's view on hi: talks with President Johnson': special envoy. Harsono announced Kenned; will cut short his visit by a east half a day and leave a 3 p.m. Thursday. He said it ap pears Kennedy has an appoin nent for a banquet in Bangkok Thailand. There is a strong likV lood that Kennedy will mee Thai officials, who also hav jeen working for a settlement o Ihe Malaysia issue. There was no immediate ex )lanation from U.S. or Indoue sian sources why Kennedy wa cutting short his visit. President Sukarno's island na ion Is an archfoe of Malaysia ighting that collection of for WASHINGTON (AF) Irresponsible Panamanian ifficials and Communist agitators were the "real ;atalysts" in. the bloody riots there, a House spokes- man on Latin-American affairs said Wednesday. Rep. Armistead Selden, chairman of a -louse Inter-American Affairs subcommittee which mer British colonies with an of a11 The Texas state economic boycott and encour-] agement of guerrillas raiding its states in Borneo. three years to Lowery made the day anolher after bold break for freedom. That escape occurred Jan. 27, 1961, and also involved a kidnaping. Lowcry's firsl hostage In Wednesday's escape was Dr. Everett L. Wiggins, 35, a resi- dent physician at University Hospital. As they left the hos- pital building, Lowery forced the cab driver, William McCoy 44, to drive them away. Wiggins and McCoy were re- leased unharmed a short time later near one of a complex ol (See MURDERER, Page 10) Wade Vows To Fight Shift Of Ruby Trial DALLAS Dist. Ally, fenry Wade said Wednesday he vill fight any attempt to move he Jack Ruby murder trial rom Dallas when a change of hearing is held Feb. 10. At that time Dist. Judge Joe Brown will hear arguments on i defense motion to move the rial, now set for Feb. 17 in his court. The defense contends that be- cause of news stories published Dallas it will be impossible for Ruby to receive a fair trial Soften has visited Panama, said "Panamanian officials are not innocent bystanders in the re- cent unhappy events." Inflammatory Reports He said Panamanian radio stations, "which are owned by prominent political figures in the republic, broadcast inflam- matory reports of the flag inci- dent and (he subsequent rioting. These broadcasts intentionally incited people." here. Ruby, a night club operator, is charged with murder in the 24 slaying of Lee Harvey Oswald, accused assassin oi President John F. Kennedy. Os- wald was also charged with murdering Dallas police officer J. D. Tippit about an hour aftei .he assassination. We think (he Ruby case should be tried right here, be- cause any place you send it you will have the same Wade said. The district attorney said thai a recent appellate court hearing involving the trial of West Texas (See WADE, Page 10) By TOiM E. FITE Advocate Staff Writer The off street parking or- dinance which drew severe criticism at City Council meet- ing Monday probably will not be re submitted for at least 60 days, City Manager John Lee said Wednesday. Lee was directed by council to make a study of the ordi- nance requirements, along with Chief of Engineering John Bal- usek, and make recommenda- tions for possible revisions. Tha ordinance sets requirements as lo the number of parking spaces which a firm must provide on its own properly. "I want to check back with other cities on how their or- dinances -are working, and I want to check with our Inter- national Cily Managers Office in Chicago to see what they Lee said. Other Cities Studied Other Texas cities mentioned by the manager would include Corpus Austin and Dal- las, which Architect Fred C. Korkham told council all have less stringent off street re- quirements than had been pro- "For one thing, I want lo find out how their ordinances are Lee said. "While it s true they have less stringent ordinances, it may be that the officials there wish they had sliffer requirements, I just want to see how it is working elsewhere." Lee said, in addition, that "I still feel we need something" in Ihe way of an off-street park- ing ordinance, and recalled that the Panamanian specifications city's master set up in the plan "were de- "II may be that the zonian school children were insensitive :o a delicate political Selden added in a speech to the rlouse. "But the real catalysts to Ihe tragic riots of recent weeks in Panama were the Communists, who seized an op porlunity to foment violence, and those Panamanian officials who aroused the people's emo- tions, (hen could not contain them." Selden called for serious ex- ploration of "possible routes outside the Republic of Panama for the construction of nu- clear-blasted, sea-level canal. "If by their irresponsible lead- ership the ruling group in Pan- ama cause the bypassing of the Panama Canal as a major route in hemispheric and world com- merce, they will have to an- swer to their own people for their folly." Selden said that to Panamani- an politicians the canal has (See OFFICIALS. Page 10) BOOKMOBILES Rolling Library Service To Be on View Here A two day demonstration and showing of a Texas State be by Library bookmobile will sponsored Jan. 30 and 31 the Victoria Bronte Public Li- brary on a schedule covering both the city and the county. The bookmobile is a special- ly designed and fully equipped van offering rolling library serv- ice to rural and suburban read-1 Dynamite Blast At Quarry Kills 3 MIAMI, Fla. (AP) Three men were killed and tons of heavy machinery was wrecked Wednesday when two tons of dynamite exploded at a rock quarry northwest of Miami. The gigantic blast rocked oth- er industrial operations in the vicinity and sent a shock wave thundering across metropolitan Miami. as far as Blscayne Bay and Miami Beach, approxi- mately 15 miles from the blast site, at the edge of the Florida Everglades, felt or heard th explosion. Library currently has a number of these bookmobiles operating on multi county schedules in various sections of the state, and in several instances their operation has been taken over by local sponsors in cooperation with the State Library. Trained library consultants will be on hand to explain book- mobile features al designated locations in' both the city and the county, and the public is urged to visit one or more of the demonslralions. The two day bookmobile schedule has been announced by Mrs. Joe Petty of the Book mobile Publicity Committee as follows: For Thursday, Jan. 30: a.r.i. to a.m., De- Leon Plaza. a.m. lo p.m., Tot- ah's Motel, Houston Highway 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., Lone Tree Shopping Center. p.m. lo p.m., Vlc- loria Bronle Public Library, Moody and Commercial, 7 p.m., Town and Country Shopping Center. The rural schedule for Friday, Jan. 3t: n a.m., Telferner. a.m., Bloomington. 1 p.m., Mission Valley School. p.m., Nursery School. In a joint teller of invitation lo the Victoria City Council and the Victoria County Commis- sioners Court, the publicity com- mittee noted lhat "bookmobiles should function for the greater advantage of both rural and suburban taxpayers and resi- dents. It is sincerely hoped that you will take this opportunity to see somehting sorely needed by this city and county and thai you will urge others to do so." The Texas Stale Library has developed its bookmobile li- braries to meet the basic needs of the communities they will serve, including general books on child care, cookbooks, how to-do-it books, manuals on in- terior decoration, house plan- ning and reparing, along with (See LIBRARY, Page 10) signed to take care of Victoria when it is triple its present size." Appeal Provision The city manager said he felt that at least 60 days would be required to make an adequate re-study of the situation and re- vise the ordinance. When the ordinance is re submitted, it also is to have provision for a Doard of appeal which the or- dinance previously under study did not have. This was one of Ihe major criticisms raised Monday evening. Lee gave no indication as to what might be done with re- gard lo criticism by Kirkham that the ordinance errs in at- tempting lo set up specifica- tions by every business by name, and paradoxically is too general in other terminology such as its failure lo define the word "office." For Each Business The brief ordinance contains a 9 page addendum, printed double cplumn on each page, listing businesses and the num- ber of parking spaces which each business must provide. Kirkham said these should be collected into more general groupings which might cover new types of businesses as they develop. Revision of the ordinance is not likely to quiet all objections, however. Practically every phase of the master plan, for which the city paid some 000 six years ago, has met with massive resistance when at- tempts were made at imple- mentation. Buried 4 Years The present off-street parking ordinance is a section lifted (Sec CITY, Page 10) THE WEATHER Mostly cloudy and mild Thursday and Friday with fog Thursday morning. Southerly to southeasterly winds at 8 to 18 m.p.h, Expected Thursday temperatures: low 62, high Soulh Central Texas: Cloudy 76, through Friday. Thursday. Little Fog early temperature change. High Thursday 72-82. Temperatures W c d n e sday: low 61, high 76. Tides (Port Lavaca Port O'Connor Highs at p.m. and p.m. Lows at p.m. Thursday and a.m. Friday. Barometric pressure at sea level: 29.92. Sunset Thursday Sun- rise Friday This Information based on data ;