New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 23, 1980, New Braunfels, Texas
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(USPS 377-880)New Braunfels, Texas
West German visitor feels right at home
By HENRY KRAUSSE Staff Writer
Dr. Peter Hermes, West German ambassador to the United States, visited New Braunfels Wednesday and told his hosts at a luncheon at the Faust Hotel, “I don’t feel strange here at all. I feel at home.”
Hermes recalled being invited to Texas by President Lyndon Johnson, in Germany to visit Chancellor Ludwig Erhard.
“When he told Erhard to come and see him on his ranch, he made it more attractive by saying there were German settlements in the area.
“I really don’t know if Erhard ever made it to New Braunfels, but I made it,” he smiled as his audience, members of the Chamber of Commerce and the German-American Society here, applauded.
It was the first time a German ambassador had visited the city, and Hermes impressed many with his courtesy, humor, and genuine interest in local history.
“He radiates warmth,” exclaimed Mayor Max Winkler, who made him a Burgermeister of the city of New Braunfels during exchanges of gifts and speeches after the meal.
“A relaxed, normal individual,” summed up Chamber President Elliot Knox.
“He has the mark of true greatness,” Master of Ceremonies Verne Schmidt, a German-American Society member, said as he led the luncheon guests in a toast.
Earlier, a reception at the Sophienburg Memorial Museum gave Hermes a chance to meet his hosts, sample some locally-made wine and recieve a tour of the exhibits, conducted in both English and German by museum director Margaret Fields.
Author Curt Schmidt autographed a copy of his “Jahrbuch,” a traditional collection of folk sayings, verse and almanac.
“Humor is the life jacket in the stream of life,” Schmidt wrote, in German, inside the cover before presenting it to Hermes. He gave a copy to Dr. Eleanore Lin-smayer, German Consul General in Houston, with the inscription, “Good friends are the flowers in the garden of life.”
Linsmayer, who has visited New Braunfels before, convinced Hermes to stop here.
“They gave me such a warm welcome. I was so impressed by my last visit, I highly recommended it to the ambassador. He’s very much interested in the historic
background of the region,” she said.
Indeed he was.
“We took him by the statue of the German-American immigrants at Landa Park. He read it thoroughly and commented on every paragraph,” Winkler said.
Most of Hermes’ luncheon speech harked back to the original settlers of the area.
“They came to a strange country. They left a country where the prospects were grim. There were too many people, and they had just survived the Napoleanic wars.
“I came to see for myself how those settlements have done in the past and how they are doing today. I’m very pleased to see how typical New Braunfels is of the history of the United States.
“It was symbolic of what this country was to become. They came here to become Americans, without losing their heritage. Many nations settled in the United States — all of them have a right to claim the United States as their own.
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“New Braunfels is not only a place where that heritage is present, but where the founding of the United States is visible,” Hermes said.
Secretary and Assistant to the Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger said Hermes “made it a point to come to Texas because it was important, not only for business interests but because of the large German ethnic element in this state.”
The ambassador’s tour started Tuesday in Houston. He arrived in New Braunfels by private plane and drove to Fredericksburg following the luncheon here.
He was to spend the night as a guest of ladybird Johnson at the IJ3J ranch, and is scheduled to lecture at the University of Texas in Austin today. Then he will fly to Dallas and meet with the business community there, Ischinger said.
“Since he has taken his post as ambassador, he has been trying to cover, in his first year, the most important centers in the United States. He has been to Chicago and will try to visit California later this year,” Ischinger said.
Dr. Peter Hermes, West German ambassador to the United States, makes a point (above! ckftatg a (un- ^ cheon held in recognition of his visit yesterday. Hermes, who has been touring Texas, showed a great deal of interest in the history of New Braunfels during a brief tour of the city and the Sophienburg Museum. At right, he inspects a bottle of locally-produced wine being held by Tom Purdum, Chamber of Commerce executive vice president.
Stuff photos by John Seater
HOUSTON (AP) — Texas House Speaker Billy Clayton and two Austin attorneys lashed out at their accusers in the Texas Brilab trial after the trio wai cleared of influence-peddling charges that threatened to scuttle carefully nurtured reputations and careers.
Clayton, Randall Wood and Donald Ray were found innocent of six counts of bribery, extortion, racketeering and conspiracy by a federal court jury Wednesday afternoon.
The three maintained throughout the trial they had been manipulated and entrapped by convicted felon the FBI hired as an informant to assist the agency in the 10-month undercover sting operation.
Ray was quiet and soft-spoken throughout the lengthy trial, but after the verdict he blasted U.S. Attorney Tony Canales of Houston, who aided the prosecution.
“He is a small-minded politician using this case for his own advantage,” said Ray, 39. “I will ask for a U.S. Senate investigation of the FBI activities in the Brilab case.”Texas house speaker and attorneys acquitted of influence-peddling in Brilab trial
Clayton, the three-term speaker from the farmlands of West Texas, handed Canales a wooden stake after the verdict. On the stake were two plates.
One was inscribed with a Canales quote from August of this year, “I want to drive a stake into the heart of Billy Clayton.”
The other plate read, “Oh Lord, make my words tender and sweet today, for tomorrow I may have to eat them ”
On his way out of the Federal Building Clayton told reporters, “I told you news people this would happen. This has been an experience I never expected and don’t want again. But the verdict supports my belief in the court system. We are now going away for a few days rest.” Wood also chided the federal government and Canales for bringing the case to trial.
“The real tragedy was not the fact we had to go through this mess,” said the 36-year-old attorney. “The tragedy was that a jury had to put a stamp of disapproval on what our federal government did.
“There will be from now on some concern about anything done by the FBI and that is a shame. But the responsibly must rest on the shoulders of U.S. Attorney Tony Canales and his assistant, (chief prosecutor) Ron Woods.”
Wood said he would have done nothing different and Canales also defended his role in the prosecution.
“This case had to be tried,” he said.
Prosecutors contended Clayton accepted a $5,000 bribe and the promise of $500,000 more a year from labor leader L.G. Moore to reopen the bidding on a multi-million dollar state employees health insurance contract.
Clayton denied repeatedly on the stand that he had ever accepted a bribe. He acknowledged receipt of the $5,000 but said he considered it a campaign contribution that he intended to return.
The veteran legislator has been embroiled in a heated bid for an unprecedented fourth term as speaker, but declined to say Wednesday night if he still is a candidate.
Moore, regional director of the International Operating Engineers Union, also was indicted on the charges and is to be tried later.
The government’s presentation relied heavily on secretly recorded tapes of conversations between the defendants, FBI informant Joseph Hauser and Moore.
But jury foreman Tye Holman, a retired rancher, said it was the tapes that convinced some jurors to vote “not guilty.”
The panel spread eight hours of deliberations over two days, spending much of Wednesday listening to five government tapes.
“There were some who were pro-conviction,” Holman said. “I was in the three to four category. We would ask them ‘what is bothering you about it?’ After we listened to the tapes the second time, it started to clear up.”
The trial centered around a Nov. 8,1979 meeting between Clayton, labor leader Moore and Hauser, who was posing as a representative of Prudential Insurance Co.
At that meeting in Clayton’s office, the
speaker accepted $5,000 in cash from Moore.
The government claimed Clayton accepted a $5,000 bribe to reopen the rich state employees health insurance contract, one that has annual premiums of between $84 and $105 million.
Ray and Wood were accused of agreeing to accept payments to use their knowledge and influence at the state capital, where both had worked before entering private practice, to get the contract for Prudential.
During the trial — one of the most sensational state political scandals in this decade defense attorneys portrayed Hauser and Moore as “liars" bent on trapping the influential speaker.
Juror Jiiiuny Haynes said his decision became a choice of believing Clayton or Hauser, who now is serving a 30-month prison term on insurance fraud charges.
“It was like two worlds fighting, with Clayton in the honest world,” Haynes said. “And I think Joseph Hauser is one of the finest crooks in the
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premier resignsMcKenna looking for 'right' personRussian
MOSCOW (AP) — Soviet Premier Alexei N. Kosygin has resigned “on health grounds” and been replaced by his first deputy, Nikolai Tikhonov, the Soviet news agency Tass reported today.
The 76-year-old Kosygin, premier since 1964, has been ill most of this year, reportedly with heart and circulatory problems. He is said to have suffered at least one heart attack in the past. He was last seen in public Aug. 3 at the close of the Moscow
Tikhonov, 75, has been performing Kosygin’s duties in recent weeks.
Kosygin’s resignation leaves President Leonid I. Brezhnev, 73, as the last member of a one-time Soviet leadership “troika” with Kosygin and then-President Nikolai Podgorny. Brezhnev, who is general secretary of the Communist Party, took over Podgorny’s presidential post in May 1977.
The three had inherited power from
Nikita S. Khrushchev when Khrushchev was ousted in 1964.
Kosygin, whose resignation came as little surprise, had gained a reputation as a great survivor of Kremlin infighting.
After Podgorny’s ouster, Kosygin occasionally helped Brezhnev with his duties when the Soviet president suffered health problems. But Kosygin’s own health became an increasing problem in the past year, keeping him away from public activities for months
The process of finding a replacement for McKenna Memorial Hospital administrator John Svoboda must be thorough to find the right person, board president Elliot Knox said today.
Not only will that person need to be capable of handling the day-to-
day situations that arise in a complex medical facility, hut he or she must also handle a wide variety of unforeseen problems which could come up as the hospital begins a building program to expand facilities
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