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   Advocate (Newspaper) - December 22, 1964, Victoria, Texas                                THE VICTORIA ADVOCATE 119th 229 TELEPHONE HI t-Uft VICTORIA, TEXAS, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 22, 1964 ZiUbltltMd Cents Personal Auto Tax Abolished by City CHRISTMAS SCENE Members of the First Christian Church at Ben .Jordan and Colorado streets afe presenting a living Nativity scene from 7 to 9 through Thursday evening. The large, attractive display, complete with a live burro and somo sheep, is manned by three shifts of members each night. The church first began Nativity dis- plays in 1955, but on occasion has been; unable to provide Ihe annual display, as happened last year when it had to be cancelled because of street work around Ihe church. More than 150 members of the congregation have a role, either on or back stage, in its presentation. (Advocate Photo) LBJ Holds The Rein i On Budgets! JOHNSON CITY, Tex. (AP) .Presidenl Johnson all bui buttoned up the budgets for the Interior, Labor and Commerce Departments Monday, appar- ently on a hold-the-line basis. Figures were withheld. Tuesday, Johnson and budget Director Kermit Gordon sit as a board of final appeal on the De- fense Department budget of around billion. This is about one-half of; Ihe government's total spending budget. .The President mel with three cabinet officers Monday and even the wives sal in for a while STRICKEN SHIP and offered suggestions. Al the same lime the chief executive also kept a close eye on the new military coup in South Viet Nam, aides said. This may come up Tuesday 'along wilh budget matters, when Secretary of Defense Rob- ert Si McNamaru'arrives with Joint- Chiefs of 'Staff. Secretary of the. Treasury 'Douglas Dillon also is flying down from Washington Tues- day. Chances of keeping the budget below billion for the second year in a row Johnson has hinted this may not be possible hinge lo a major exlenl on the size of the defense budgel. McNamara has said many limes he thinks it can'be held to about Ihe same level as this year's billion, despile such factors as a hefty military pay increase. This was the picture of three other departments following huddles at the LBJ ranch: Secretary of Commerce Luth- er Hodges said thai "basically" there will be a decrease in his department's spending for the 1966 fiscal year starling July 1. The October estimate for this year's lolal was million. Secretary Stewart L. Udall predicted Interior Department spending will be slightly up, (See LBJ, Page 8) after Ihe resl of Ihe crow had abandoned ship, the captain and Ihree crewmen of an American freighter awash in the Atlantic were reported safely removed late Monday. Their rescue by the Coast Guard cutler Rockaway cli- maxed a tense, drawn-out dra- ma on stormy seas. They had stayed alone aboard :he stricken vessel, the Smilh Voyager' for a nighl and most of a day, after the rest of the 42- man crew had take to lifeboats and been picked up by another ship. Four men died in the opera- ion. As for those wto remained on the ship, the Rockaway radioed at p.m., that it had "Smith Voyager four survivors aboard. Vessel still 'afloat. "Injuries ap- pear minor." Previous messages had indi- Mrs. E. R. Rode leading a caroling party from Twin Pines Rest Home ending up on the airport .runway and letting Franklin Wchlmiinn lead the way home Dr. C. S. Bing- ham coming up with some really harmless Santa stories Jack Harris getting in some practice for a "Santa" routine Mrs. Pat Kandis up all night baking fruit cakes Mrs. Clarence Alienhoffcr cre- ating a Live Oak Christmas tree, like grandmother used to have, but discovering grandmother didn't have central heat and Ihe dry atmosphere Roger Daw son jusl setting out on a Christ- mas shopping tour and offering favors to friends along the way Jake Pina in a good humor, but happening to be in the right spot at the right time Clif- ford Griffith wondering why ev- eryone is worrying about his age, but taking it as good hu- mor A. J. .Carter off to the dentist, but not looking happy about it Andy Knowles swamped with Christmas rush, bul Ed- die lUnschIM marking birthday today Robert Martian tak- ing a long lunch hour Burch Set Skipper Among For GOP tn Showdown to WASHINGTON   1 CrlUciil'p'olnl We have almost reached point in the process of our so- ciety where it is: unpopular to be tough and popular to be crit- also sat in on the morning ses- he said i.tUli rinl'l.i.ntn.. fVinnallv a "1 sipn witli Goldwater and agreec with Miller's one-vote-is-enoiigh assessment. Richard M. Nixon and other party leaders such as Gov. George Romney of Michigan Both sides presumably ,said ?ureuh v they are dealing from strength. INDEX step down unless he has broac support within Ihe party, nol jusl a simple committee majori ty. Burch made no claim Monday of broad supporl within the committee but said that as o now he can count 65 "very sol- id" votes on the 132-member national group. ical. It is getting to a. poin where accept Ihe word of a juvenile delinquent or a common crook over that o; Connally scored a "lack ol awareness, of appreciation by the average person of problems not directly his own...... Connally said h.e "might have some specific recommendations to make to the legislature" on traffic laws. "They may be fairly he sjHd; Avery, the mayor of Midland read a statemenl' in which hi asked for "the advice apd thi assistance of the governor's of fice." He cited as causes or contributing factors of fho crime increase crowded court (See CRIME', Page Local Woman Discovers A Very Merry Christmas Travel is educational; and sometimes much more than thai. Because of a Irip she took earlier Ihis year, Mrs. Dwain Floyd of 2206 E. Cotyrnd St. is celebrating this Christmas in a manner completely new to her. She is exchanging gifts with a son, a daughter-in-law and two granddaughters for the first lime. The Advocate carried'the'first half of'the slqry last April 3, when Mrs.'Floyd was aboard an airliner bound for Idaho to meet a son she had not seen for 11 years when he was 14 and knew her only as Leona, a friend. They'had become separated when he was nine months old and she was divorced from her first husband. She saw him only friends make contributions lo twice when he was four and their favorite charities in lieu of when he was 14. "I know it's going lo seem a little strange for a few she told a reporter. It didn'l at all. "He came straight to me and said, did you have a nice she recounted Monday. "Then he pul his arms around me. It was just wonderful." With only slight differences, her 5t6ry of the next two weeks sounds just about like any olh- member of Junior League, Co- er grandmother's visit. The lonlal Dames, Magna Charter daugmer-in-law she met, arid Dame and various other civic the two children, were ailing with flu and she took over. "I cooked his breakfast the next she said, "and I hold him 'this is the first time I've, fixed breakfast for you in a long time." He came around Yule To Be Warm., Dry A warm and hospitable holiday is in store for Vic- torians, wealherwise. The Monday 5-day fore- cast from U.S. Wealher Bu- reau at Foster Field calls for temperatures of two to four degrees above normal, with possibly "a little cooler weather near the weekend." Most Important after grey and gloomy pre-Chrisl- mas week, however, was the part which said: "I.idle or no precipitation." This means that holiday travelers should at least have dry highways in this area. Walkouts Staged on 42 Piers NEW YOUK A dock strike was ihrealoned anew Monday as dissident longshoremen slagec wildcat walkouls m New York and Baltimore, and union talks with Gulf Coast shippers dragged on. The walkouls lied up 40 piers in Now York and two in Balti- more. The work stoppage start ed Sunday night in New York upon expiration of an 80-day no- strike injunction obtained by the federal government. Thomas W. Gleasoh, presiden' of the AFL-CIO Internaliona Longshoremen's Association mcl wiht lop aides on the situa tion. After a Iwo-hour meeting Gleason said-all local union! have been directed lo holt membership, meetings to ex plain in detail the terms of proposed new contract, "There seems to be a grea amount of confusion and fake information among the mem bershin pertaining lo the'con Aboh'tion of the automobile ax came by tacit agreement alher than by vote, since the ity cannot legally abolish the ax but can agree not to assess t. All members of the council md Mayor Kemper Williams Jr. expressed themselves as be- ng in favor of "not collecting he tax from anyone unless we an collect it from and agreed that under present circumstances It cannot be col- ected "from everyone." It was understood that Tax-Fi- nance Officer Tom L. Davis sim >ly will nol include automobiles in the city tax roll for the 1965- 66 year. This will apply lo per- ional family cars only, and own he said in a statemenl. All locals have been ordere< to vole for acceptance or rejec tion of Ihe proposals Jan. 8. Union leaders approved las week a proposed new contrac with New York shippers, whid would permit gradual reduction in the size of work gangs in re turn for a guaranteed annua wage and other benefits. The union had struck when Us he old contract expired Oct. 1, bu men were out only a few days when President Johnson set the Taft-Hartley law machinery in (See STRIKE, Page 8) Trash Pickup Schedule Cut There will be no trash pick up by city sanitation crew. Thursday and Friday of Christ mas and New Year weeks, ant no garbage pick-up Friday o cither week, Supt. Felix Loya said Monday. Crews will work their regular schedules through Wednesday and then return to normal oper ation the following Monday. There will be garbage pick-up each Thursday, Loya said, bu urged thai containers be placet out by 8 a.m. "We'll be moving righ he said. The city dump also will closed each Friday o( the Iwo holiday weeks. MRS, LEON A ADAMS FLOYD With Her New Family the table and kissed me on the1 forehead." 'It's about time, don't you he said. The son, Claude Lynch Jr., is a mechanic on bombers of the Strategic Air Command and is now a staff-sergeant who may be going to Viet Nam soon. The family won't be in Victoria for holidays, except 7; is Wednesday, in spirit. But you'd hardly know Wealher extrt it to hear Leona Adams Floyd Ik. "He's just like me. He even (See WOMAN, I) Mayor Refuses Offer of Land By TOM E. KITE Advocate Staff Wriler In a far-ranging session Monday, Ciy Council abol- shed personal automobile taxes, turned down an offer f a city block of land free, opened the way for Down- own Merchants Association to provide a free circus in anuary, discussed stadium access roads with Victoria ndependent School District trustees and disposed of a lumber of lesser items. crs of fleets and commercial vehicles will continue to pay the .ax. Offers Block Dr. Winton D. Coleman made ,he offer of "a city block bound- ed by Brazos, Sabine, Azalea and Nimitz streets for a city lall site so that you won't have o go to the expense of moving out of this building during con- struction." Mayor Kemper Williams Jr lhanked Dr. .Coleman for his offer but said "I think it was generally understood" before .he recent successful bond issue thai. ''Ihe'i city hall would be aiiilt right here on this site.' i asked, however, if any coun- cilman wished lo make any comment. Backs Mayor Councilman C. C. Carsner Jr affirmed the m ay or's st a lemenl as lo the prior general under- standing, and there was no fur- Jier discussion. Dr. Coleman said later Ihe offer was made on behalf o: limself "and my associates." Carsner also asked.about the necessity of moving out of the present city hall, and Williams said architects have advisee lim il-will be cheaper'to move .0 a lemporary location than tc !ry to complete. onq phase ol he city hall building program and then move into il on a lem- porary basis while work is con- inuing. Asks Street Block. Billy Smith, representing Downtown Merchants Associa tion, appeared before counci wilh Gene Tracy, general agen or Paul A. Miller Shows, to sk permission lo block Off Main Street for seven days, Jan. 17- 23, between Goodwin Avenue and Juan Linn Street, for the iroposed carnival, Tracy said Hie show will in- clude 20 world-famous acts vhich have appeared eilher on he Ed Sullivan TV show or Ihe Don Ameche International Show- ime. He said the show has ap- jenred throughout the United Stales, including several Texas cities, in trade promotion pro- rams and has been well-re- ceived. Four shows a day, all free, vould be prascnlcd from Jan. 18 through Jan. 23 featuring acts. In addition there will be ides for which a nominal charge will be made. For Fire Lanes Cross-streets would remain open, and in addition Tracy said show would be set. up lo provide for fire lanes. In addi- lion, he said the show carries ils own insurance and power syslem and lhat il will employ off-duly police and firemen to handle traffic and other prob- lems. He. said ;lhe: show (would be set. up. on and evening, 'Jan. 17, and would be removed after the final Jan. 23 performance. "By Sunday morning we'll be gone, and you'll never know we were there except that I'll guar- antee .you that your, streets will be.cleaner than, they have ever been Tracy assured council, i Approval of the plan came on a motion by Councilwoman Bca Martin, seconded by Council- man John Slockbauer. President A. T; Ragan Jr., arid five members of Die board of Irustees appeared to askf council for extension of 'Airline Drive and construction of a cross-street linking wilh Miori Lane, lo serve.a proposed new (See TAX, Page g) Today's Chgckle Wheti you borrow money, borrow from a pessimist; he never expects to gel It back. CHURCH COLLECTION Bandit Trio Escapes With in Cash WEATHER Clouds and fog diminishing by mid-morning Tuesday, becom- ing clear to partly cloudy through Wednesday. Southerly winds 8 lo 16 m.p.h. Expected Tuesday temperatures: High 70; low 52. South Central Texas: Clear to partly cloudy Tuesday and Wednesday except considerable cloudiness with occasional driz- zle and early morning fog near the coast. High Tuesday 68-78 except 60-68 near the coast. Temperature Monday: High 63; low 54. Tides (Port Lavaca -Port O'Connor Lows at p.m. Tuesday and a.m. Wednesday and high at p. m, Tuesday and a.m. Wed- nesday. Barometric level: 30.18. pressure at sea Sunset Tuesday. Sunrise extremes for this date: Low 21 in 1929; high in 1921. This inJdrmiiiun uaicd on Iron U.S Wnlher Buritu Victoria PATERSON, N.J. (AP) Three gunmen took over a church rectory Monday to am- bush two bank messengers and escaped with in cash from a bank truck. They also took from Ihe church. The gunmen, wearing Hallow- een masks, worked swiftly and quietly, vanishing less lhan half an hour after they arrived at the rectory adjoining SI. Antho ny's Church about a.m. During the operation they manhandled four priests, a jani- tor and Ihe two guards, hand- cuffing the priests and then trussing all seven men together with strips torn from wall drapes. One priest was tripped and kicked as he tried to run back upstairs afler he descended un- knowingly into the holdup scene. Road blocks were set up to seal off escape routes from this city of ten miles west of New York City. Deputy, Police Chief William Ludwig said the robbers were professionals who were well- versed in the route and schedule of the bank messengers. panel truck belonged to Ihe First National Bank of Pas- sate Counly, St. Anthony's was the last of three churches on its regular Monday morning route. The messengers had' just picked up Sunday collection money from two other churches. Thny would have continued to three branch banks (o deliver, ilhc large cash amount pickedi up earlier from the main bank for Christmas week require- ments. The taken from St. An- Ihony's -Church had been in an open safe wailing for the bank truck. The bandjts reportedly left the deposits from the other two churches in the truck, along with in change for the banks. The First National Bank's loss was totally insured, according to vice president John Anderson. The bandiLs got inlo the side- slreet rectory while mass was being said next door in the church. The Rev. Allilio Giovannini, 54, was Ihe first person seized afler saying mass. He came into the rectory through a door con- necting wilh Uie church. The masked bandits were there. Giovannini said the recto- ry door lo Ihe slreel Is kept locked, but I hey could have en- (See TRIO, Page 3 SHOPPING DAYS TILL CHRISTMAS   

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