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   Advocate (Newspaper) - December 20, 1964, Victoria, Texas                                THE VICTORIA ADVOCATE 15 119th 227 TVLZPHONK HI l-USt VICTORIA; SUNDAY, DECEMBER 20, 1954 so CITY COUNCIL AGENDA Rare Tax Cut m View K For Auto Owners of City By TOM E. F1TE Advocate Staff Writer City Council is expected to vote Victorians a rare tax reduction Monday afr by abolishing the ad valorem tax on personal automobiles. The reduction won't be much in dollars and cents, but a majority of council- men have expressed opinions in the past that it will have much more significant morale results. The has been characterized as "unfair" to the approximately 40 per cent of automobile owners who tually pay it, since it is consid- ered almost impossible tax economically unfeasible to enforce payment among (hal majority which docs hot choose to pay it voluntarily. If approved, the tax saving to car owners would take effecl Jan. that Victorians will still owe the car taxes for which they recently received bills, but they will not receive bills next fall when the next city fiscal year begins. The fiscal year begins on Oct. 1, and taxes assessed as of the previous Jan. 1 become duo on that dale. All Personal Property Proposed abolition of the tax poses an interesting study in legal requirements as compar- ed with practical application. The state constitution provides that "all personal property" shall be taxed on an equal basis by Texas political subdivisions in past limes this meant bank accounts, jewelry, furni By LEE JONES Associated Press Writer AUSTIN CAP) This is about two pennies that lifted the state )f Texas out of financial eih- aarassment and added a new burden to your family budget. Multiplied over and over again, this is the two cents tax subtracted from almost every dollar Texans have dug from their jeans since Sept. 1, 1961. That was the day the 2 per lure, clothing "and 'literally cent "limited sales and use everything that a person owned from his shoos to his mustache One by one, many personal possessions have been dropped from various lax rolls over the years; banks long ago succeed ed in getting deposits taken off for the reason that property is tax" imposed by the first called session of the 1961 legislature went into effect. dreamed. But despite evidence hat a growing Texas economy will push revenues even higher n coming years, indications are taxed of Jan. 1 of each year and plain that members of the 59th many people simply took all Legislature have taxes on their their money out of the bank on minds again. The reason is an Dec. 31 and didn't return it un- assortmenl of pressures for new from wiu presented cnmo cnonriino til some time later. It practically wrecked book- keeping systems. Auto Tax Lingers The automobile tax has linger- ed on, hut the problem is this: It costs more to engage an at- torney and go to court than a taxing agency can realize from the taxes involved. Some five years ago in Victoria the city, county and Victoria Indepen- dent School District launched a concerted action to bring hun- dreds of these cases to court. The effort was only partially successful. One of the primary results was that after a judgment had been obtained against the auto- mobile in question, the con- stitution popped up again to forbid attachment of a families primary transportation. In great majority of the cases, the taxing agencies found they sim- ply had won a moral victory; they had a judgment which could not be executed, after having gone to the expense of court action. Temporary Rise For a while, payment of auto- mobile taxes rose significantly, percentagewise, but by 1964 they were back about where they were when the city, county and schools decided to get tough five years ago. Last August Mayor Kemper Williams Jr. proposed that the city consider dropping the tax, but since 1064 tax bills were then being prepared and'the an- ticipated revenue had been in- cluded in the budget for the fis- cal year which was to begin on {Sec CITY. Page IDA) spending. Most senators and represenla- :ives answering an Associated Press questionnaire listed taxes among the top 10 issues before he legislature convening .Jan. 2. Taxation was placed among he top four issues by many. "If the ad valorem (property) .ax is repealed as favored by the state leadership, the 59th can only raise teacher pay and mprove higher education.at the price of a substantial tax said Rep. Charles Wilson of Trin- ty. "The major divisive issue vill be whether the money will come from doubling tuition and of 1B62 when Dr. Noel Tello of axing food or whether a por- ion of the burden, be borne else- where." Some legislators have talked .juardedly about stripping away seven weeks, where he could he biggest exemption from the stay with the Tello family and ..Jack Hoort in Christmas mood Mrs. Marvin Car- ruth and daughter among the Christmas shoppers just In lime to let a lady with packages inside Vkar Nor- wllh his Mr. and Mrs, Norman Albertaon Sr., in Okla- who is also chairman of the homa City this week Sam Johnson due in from New York where he Is studying for bis board of advisors for the Sal- vation Army In. Victoria. To carry Its Christmas Cheer program to successful comple- explalning how much be CM tion, the Salvation Army needs work into a schedule ta one least more to provide PhD FranklinWehhnara day Thelma Bright to cele- brate a birthday today and Mrs. Frank Kalinowski due birthday congratulations Mon Sales Tax Battle Due in Legislature Lucrative Levy May Be Boosted; More Money for Education not sent back to the 1961 ses- sion. After a stormy regular ses- sion that deadlocked over taxa- tion in Us final minutes, the fii-st called session of the 1961 legislature passed the "limited" sales tax bill. It became law without the signature of Gov. Price Daniel, who had called a similar measure "obnoxious and nequitable." The take for fiscal 1964 pleas- (See BATTLE, Page 10A) The levy has ucrative than prt Us Proved more sponsors Mayor Kemper Williams Jr. Monday night during the joint Christmas program of the Mothers and Fathers Clubs of SI. Joseph School. The program will begin at p.m. at the school cafe- teria. Jorge Alcocer, the Mexican Consul for Corpus Christl, will also give a brief address at the program. The 16 students represent the largest number participating in the program since it began two years ago. It all started in the summer :ax groceries if necessary o expand and improve state ed recently to ask the legisla- ure to allow cities to levy a 1 o Hi per cent sales tax, with approval of voters in the indi- vidual municipalities. Twelve cents of every state revenue dollar comes from the sales tax. In the 1964 fiscal year, which closed Aug. 31, the tax brought in This xMSted the three-year take to more than half a billion dollars. There is little doubt that the ax ended years of red-ink book- ceeping and provided same ex- jansion in state services. But hat doesn't mean everybody ikes it. A labor leader says it soaks the poor while placing a relatively lighter load on corpor- itions and the rich. The levy has become such an accepted if not too "act of Texas economic life that :he bitter legislative tax fight of 1961 seems almost forgotten. Through the last half of the 1950s and into the 1960s, the catch-all general revenue fund was in almost constant trouble. The was months behind in paying its bills. Something had o be done, Some members of the J959 leg- slature talked up a sales tax as the remedy and many of those who pushed hardest were Military Takes Over In Viet Nam Coup Aimed At Buddhists SAH30N, V1H Nam Sunday (AP) Leaders of the Viet- namese armed forces carried out iwift purge Saturday night, dissolving the powerful ligh national council and ar- resting :many political figures, The-purge was rot aimed ei- ther at the chle( of state or the prime minister. The entire cabinet apparently will stay in office. Major Force But in carrying out the purge, the newly-formed military, coun- cil has clearly emerged as the major force in the South Viet Nam government. Sunday's purge was clearly aimed at the Buddhist political uprising. Buddhist leaders at headquarters said they Welcoming Of Students Set Monday Sixteen exchange students extremely angry at develop- ments A military communique read over Saigon radio at 7 a.m., Sai- ;on time, (7 p.m. EST Satur- lay) said: "Special action has been tak- tn because we trust the prime minister and chief of state and we do not the high national council." Nine Arrested Seven of the nine active mem- of the council were arrest- ;d and paratroopers are looking for another one. Among the. council members arrested was South Viet Nam's leading Buddhist layman, Mai Tho Tiryen, appointed vice president of the World Buddhist Association at a meeting in In die last week. Military high command head- quarters In Saigon remained leavily fortified through the light. Troops did not appear in Saigon streets, but teams of Mexico City suggested to Bro- ther Leo Scholz that it might be interesting to send a Vic- toria boy to Mexico City for attend classes at Institute Mexico. In return, Tello's son could return to Victoria during And the board of directors of the middle of the whiter, when the Texas Municipal League vot- Mexico schools dismiss for the "summer" holidays, and live with a Victoria family here. Brother Leo agreed that It was a good idea, and began (See STUDENTS, Page 1BA) WEATHER Cloudy and a little warmer Sunday through Monday, with occasional light rain or drizzle. Winds southeasterly 8-18 mph. Expected temperatures Sunday: High 54, low 44. South Central Texas: Mostly cloudy and a little warmer through Monday with occas- sional light rain or drizzle. Highest Sunday 58. Precipitation Saturday: .01. Total for the year: 33.26. Temperatures Saturday: High 41, low 32. Tides (Port Lavaca Port O'Connor Lows at a.m. and p.m. Sunday; highs at p.m. Sunday and a.m. Monday. Barometric pressure: 30.36. Sunset Sunday p.m.; sunrise Monday a.m. Weather extremes for this dale: High 82 in 1916; low 19 in 1924. This Intormantn on d from the U.S Burtau Victoria Offlet. Mrs. Emory PowHsky enjoying this time of year, and especially hearing from old friends Ross Lovcl keeping up with the many activities of friends and doing business too Cliff Berlman Jr. getting in the holiday mood Llllie Mae Duran expressing concern for those children with birthdays so close to Christmas Henry Sassman never too busy to stop for a friendly exchange of in- form a lion Mrs. Forrest Segar getting those last minute packages mailed B. D. Reynolds, en route to the Post ___ Office, and arriving at a door just about everyone else's at 60 additional requests will be approved before the program is Was closed out this year. Both funds and time are run- Like Us, Salvation Army Has Its Money Troubles Santa Claus Is in trouble. His problem is money, like this time of year. Santa's predicament requests for food baskets. It Is anticipated that, between 50 and man AlbertMM due for a visit brought to light Saturday by City Airy. Argyie McLachlan, food baskets for needy families, McLachlan satd. Through Saturday, the Christ- mas Cheer program had inves Md norovid lornt 223 ning short, McLachlan said, and Victorians who plan to assist the annual program are urged to their contributions MOD as possible. Donations thus far have amounted only to about Chuckle Now that wlatcr has ar- rived, watch that freeqr their New Blast Holds U. S. In Icy Grip Fires, Wrecks Mount Higher By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Sighs of relief at the passing of the extreme cold spell were changing to moans Saturday as vind-whipped snow, sleet and 'reezing rain invaded many sec- police swiftly carried arrests.' Streets Calm The streets of 'Saigon___ mained calm and normal Sun- day 'morning. Several thousand Buddhists fathered at 'their headquarters For a continuation of their pro- test demonstration against the government. The purge came on a day that authorities had expected to aring trouble from both the Buddhists and ths Viet Cong. It was the fourth anniversary of the founding of the National Liberation Front of South Vie! the political arm of the Red guerrillas. Police and the army had beea on alert for some stroke of terrorism to mark the anniversary. The Buddhists meanwhile planned to dramatize their cam- paign to topple the government by a mass rally. Some Buddhist sources said a monk might com- mit suicide by fire. Americans in Saigon, if at all possible, remained indoors; U.S officials feared the Communists might strike directly agaihsl some Americans. The 17-member High Nationa Council was formed in Septem- ber to oversee the transition from military to civilian rule. II was South Viet Nam's closesi official agency to a national leg- islature. It had authority to Install a government. Its chairman had the official title of chief of slate. The new government took over just two days short of the first anniversary of the ouster of the late President Ngo Dinh Diem. One Dead, 6 Hurt In Auto Accidents ions of the nation. Snow, sleet and rain fell throughout the East and in much of the Midwest. Dreary weather extended as far south as Georgia and Alabama. Driv- ng was hazardous. In Chicago, wlice reported, auto accidents zoomed to 300 an hour from a normal rate of 30 an hour. Rain and sleet also fel) in Texas and Oklahoma. The latest front, which began lasting the Pacific Northwest Friday night, brought many ar- eas of the Weet Coast several inches of snow and a glaze of ice. In eastern Oregon the snow was being closed to traffic. Police in the area were pleading with residents to stay home if possible. In Portland, Ore., snow was also drifting. Freezing rain struck Salem, further south. out the was, California. the mountains in On the East Coast, the fail :nd of the week's polar air was [ceplng temperatures near zero ;ln Garrett County, Mary- land's traditional Icebox, a low of -6 was recorded early Satur- day. Roads in the area were slippery from three Inches of snow that fell Thursday. Broute Library Opening Re-Set Victoria Bronte Public Libra- ry will not re-open Monday as formerly planned since there is still some work to be done re- arranging books following a re- modeling and expansion pro- gram. Tentative date for reopening is now set as Monday, Dec. 28, with the library remaining closed throughout next week. WITH BUDGET LBJ Plans Yule at Ranch WASHINGTON (AP) President Johnson is flying to Texas Sunday to spend the Christmas holidays, but he is taking his toughest budget problems with him. Budget Director Kermit Gordon will be aboard the presidential jet when it de- parts in late afternoon or early evening along wllh three large containers filled with budget dala. Mrs. Johnson is going with the President, but it nol known whether the John- 25 Persons Die in Fires Over Nation By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Twenty-three children died in house fires in five states Satur- day, less than a week before Christmas. Other fires killed three adults and heavily dam- aged the Neirrian-Marcus de- partment store in Dallas, Tex. 1 Four children burned to death Saturday ..night near Logan, West Virginia, while their par- ents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Mint- rier, were away shopping. The two" boys and two girls, ranging In age from 4 years to 9 months were i trapped.-in an upstairs bedroom by the fire, which'fire- men said might have been start- ed by a faulty gas hea'ter. State .police said they had been left in the care of their iS- year-old aunt, who. was having dinner with her family door when the fire broke out. An eclipse of the moon helped save three children from fire deaths. The tragedies came only _ day after 20 elderly persons lost their lives in a Fountaintown, Ind., nursing home fire one that firemen said might have started in mouse nest. Six of the nino children _. Elbert Turner Cox, 40, a steel- worker and part time cab driver of Warren, Mich., a Detroit sub- cnuwirt (See FIRES, Page IDA) son girls, Lynda Bird, 20, and Luci Barnes, 17, would accompany their parents or join them later for Christ- mas at the LBJ Ranch. Press Secretary George E. Reedy said cabinet officers and heads of agencies also will visit the ranch during thp President's stay there to discuss final budget figures for the fiscal year starting next July 1. Except for Christmas Day, Reedy said, the Presi- dent plans "very intensive budget activity while in Tex- as." As the budget situation now stands, Johnson will have to make final decisions on money requests for 10 mayor departments and agencies. There are approximately 70 departmens and agencies, of which 25 have objected to the amounts recommend- ed by the Budget Bureau. Of this total, a budget of- ficial said, 10 remain to be decided finally. Budget requests submit- ted in August totaled billion for the next fiscal year., Budget officials de- clined to say how much this has been whittled down so far. And the figure does not Include money for any new. 'federal programs which Johnson will Include in his budget message to Congress next month.' Johnson has said that he faces a difficult job in keep- ing the budget within billion, and indicated that he might not be able to do so. For the present fiscal year ending June 30, budg- et requests totaled billion. Actual spending now is estimated at billion. INDEX f.t Artrotafv ......S-A Farm ......n-A Mwfc.....FUN .....FUN Oil Soortr ......FUN TMIU ...FUN Sta. B Boot. CKuWM .......1M Woran'i ART AT THE MUSEUM Christmas Is in the Air By MARILYN WAIDA Advocate Women's Editor McNamara O'Connor Museum has taken on a holiday air for its art exhibit this month sented by members of the toria Arl Guild. A wide variety of paintings are on display from 24 artists. Mrs. Ed Fasnacht with the as- sistance of the Devereux School students decorated the Christ- pre- Vic- mas tree for the art gallery, and since Mr. Pribyl was from Vien she has displayed antique children's toys Including a min ialure trunk, a carriage, a wick er doll buggy and other tiny toys of the past. A nativity scene dene by Fer- dinand Pribyl in 1898 for fam Hies in Victoria and Helletts- ville is also on display at the nuscum. A mural represents an Austri an village and country side THE YULE GATHERING Mrs. Edwin Pribyl points to a model vil- lage Christmas scene which has been' in her husband's family since it was Pribyl, a native of The model is now on display at McNa- mara-O'Connor Historical and Fine Arts Museum. (Advocate Photo) na, Austria. Each figure Is painted in minute detail am pegged and numbered to go inlc the scene. The scene is 18 fee wide and is owned by Ihe artist's grandchildren, Adolph Priby] Edwin Prbyl, and Annie Haub- oldl. There are seven such scenes in existence, one belongs to the Fred Stockbauer family of Vic toria, another will be displayed dauehler in the Parish Hall at Halletts ville, another is in West Texas The murals and figures take on a three-dimensional quality, The Three Wise Men done Johnny Gieb of 3409 Avondale will also be on display at the museum Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m The art exhibit end nativity scene will be open each Sun day until Jan. 12, from 3 to p.m. Paintings and artists on exhib- it for the Art Guild include: Palm, by Vernon McMullen; The Story, by Patricia Wil- liams; Landscape, by Gary Roth; Pigeons, by Thaline Bunnell; Marine, by Jean Fran tenburger; Pomegranates, by Blan Sheppard; Landscape, Ha Nichols; by Mary Lou Klotzman; Aut umn Landscape, Bevls Warner, Fairy Fantasy, by Frances Fol se; Charcoal Still Life, by Joyce Ritchey; Tennis Shoes, by George Kelster; White Coral, by Lota Clark; Sunflowers, by Glo- ria Don-is; Pincushions, by Pol- ly Livingston; Senora Pena by Jo Caldwell; Seascape by Dat- hart Windberg, oo loan from Rockport Museum of-Fine Arts, GUu Bottles, by Mrs. Lora Rlt cfaey; Drapery by Ronald Hoff man; LoU Beyer; Pigeon Nest by Madeline O'Connor; Flowers by Margaret Vladdox; Eggplant by Marie Dunn and Charcoal Still Life by Ufcnttar Fttlv. Pre-Dawn Crash Kills Victorian Six; Mishaps AdcL to Toll By JAMES SIMONS Advocate SUff Writer An outburst of traffic acci- dents across the county Satur- day left a 51-year-old Victoria man dead and six more persons njured, including three ser- iously. The death of Homer Melvto Wilburn, 51-year-old welder who resided at 1705 Wildwood St., as the result of a car-truck :ident over a mile east of the oily limits on the Houston lighway, was the first fatality n eight months and snuffed out chances for a record low city-county fatality total for the 'ear. Wilburn, who had recently gone to work in Louisiana, was pronounced dead on arrival at a local hospital following the a.m. collision just west ot the Palace Bowling Center. Hit Head-On Highway Patrolman Dalton Meyer said Wilburn's east- bound vehicle veered into the west bound lane and collided head-on with a truck-tractor and semi-trailer driven by A. Donald Armstrong, 29, of Hous- ton, an employe of Pepper Rendering'Co. The left front of both were the v points as Armstrtng m ade 'a futile at- tempt to swerve to the right shoulder to avoid a collision, according to Meyer. The impact swung the Wil- burn vehicle around to its final resting point by the left front door of the huge truck which was pulling an empty trailer. The car was demolished and damage was inflicted the left front of the tractor. Seven FaUlitief The fatality ran the city- county toll to seven, matching Ihe previous record low estab- lished in 1946 when there one city death and six fatalities on county roads. The seven deaths for clude four In the county and three in the city. The lowest yearly total for county road fa- talilies alone Is six, in 1964 and 1959, meaning there is S.UU a chance for some record low total being eslabllshed yet Funeral services for Wilburn will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at McCabe Carruth Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. J. L. Franks officiating. Burial will be in Memory Gardens Cemetery. Resident n Years Wilburn had resided in Vic- toria 13 years, moving here from Greenville, Miss. He wag born in Carrolton, Miss, on June 6, 1913 to Uie late Robert E. and Maude Trunnell Wilburn. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. H. M. Wilburn of Victoria, his slep-mothcr, Mrs, R. E. Wil- burn of Greenville, Miss., a daughter, Mrs. Troy Howard of Victoria; two sons, Robert A. and Rpyce Wilburn of Vlctorja; five sisters, Mrs. Marie Luten of Chicago, III., Mrs. Grace Ramsey, and Mrs. Hoy Mitchell of Greenville, Miss., Mrs. Leora Ellen Brewer of Columbus, Miss, and Mrs. D. D. Meyres of Memphis, Tenn. and three grandchildren. First of Flurry The Houston Highway acci- dent occurred about 40 minutes after the first of the flurry of (See CRASH, Page 61 Entries In Contest Siily-one entries were re- ceived for the annnal Vic- toria area Christmas Light- in; Contest sponsored by the Advocate and Central Power and Light Co. Contest rales are that the displays mast be lighted be- tween and 14 f.m. through Tuesday. will be auoonced day. First prize wffl be HM, with rf MS asrf two of to be awarded. For Ihe eenvealeoee those personi; who woaM like (a make a tour of the displays, a list of Is provided on Page JA.   

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