The Canadian Record (Canadian, Tex.), Vol. 66, No. 32, Ed. 1 Thursday, August 11, 1955 Page: 2 of 10
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And Above Shivers, Too!
It Is difficult to imagine just what advantage
Governor Allan Shiver* thought he gained by
•dating conservative Democrat Wright Morrow
his pest as National Committeeman from
It may be that Shivers is a wily enough poli-
tician to retain the leadership of Texas Demo-
Cnts after next year, but we doubt it. By ditching
III good friend Morrow as an act of political ex-
pediency, he has lost the confidence and support
Of many Conservatives who have backed the
Governor to the hilt in previous campaigns.
And by bowing to the left-wing leadership in
the National party, he may have ingratiated him-
self with the party's big wheels at the national
level, but it is extremely doubtful that he has
attracted the support of any of the left-wing
Democrat faction in his own state.
Without vest-pocket control of the party in
b. it's hard to see how Shivers hopes to be
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Entered as second class matter December 20,1945,
•t the Postoffice at Canadian, Texas, wider the
act of March 3, 1879. Published each Thursday
afternoon at Canadian, Texas, by the Lockhart
Publishing Company, a Texas corporation.
Why Wail Until . . .
. . . The Horse Is Stolen?
Why wait until a grand jury meets?
Why wait until a-newspaper unearths a scan-
Anyone who handles public funds should be
required by law to publish a full accounting of
same at regular intervals.
Frankly — both the lawmakers and the public
are to blame for thievery in public office.
Every state in the Union, with few exceptions,
and Texas is one of the exceptions, requires that
every public official who handles public funds
publish a full accounting of same at stated in-
When the legislators fail to act, it is time for
the people to act. It is time for the people to
take a hand in drafting legislation, or electing
men who will do so.
During the last session of the legislature there
were two bills introduced by Representative El-
bert Reeves of Matador, to force publication of
financial statements by the Commissioners'
Courts, the school districts, and by other groups
handling public monies.
Why weren't these bills passed. That's what
the people would now like to know.
We think the people should ask their elected
representatives just why those bills were not
Any state failing to pass such legislation is
guilty of tempting public officials to pocket the
people's cash. It is just as guilty as the man
Who takes it.
Theft of public funds is not uncommon in such
states where financial reports are not required.
And thievery will continue until such time as the
people demand of their elected representatives
that laws be passed that remove such tempta-
tions, by requiring published reports of all re-
ceipts and disbursements by all officials en-
trusted with the collection and distribution of
in much of a bargaining position In ths na-
tional party councils noxt ysar. And if ths
Governor manages to retain control now. he's
going to have to pass something of a political
Texas Liberals, who were not at all impressed
by Shivers' peace-making compromise at Wright
Morrow's expense, are going to be as bitterly op-
posed to the Shivers' leadership in the future as
they have been in the past.
And Texas Conservatives, who managed only
by crusading fervor to retain control of the state
party machinery for the Governor a year ago,
may find it "hard to muster enough zeal to tear
their shirts off in support of the Governor again
after his quick about-face with the National
The Morrow ouster may be accepted by the
professional politicians in Texas Conservative
circles as a pardonable act of "political exped-
iency," but it was from the rank and file politi.
cal amateurs who backed Shivers with almost
religious fervor because he stood publicly for the
principles in which they believed privately that
the Conservative strength came . . . and to them,
"political expediency" is just another name for
an unsavory double-cross.
Wright Morrow personally is of little import-
ance to these rank-and-file Democrats . . . but
Wright Morrow stood for something which was
important . . . the right of Texas Democrats to
name a Committeeman of their own stripe to
the National Democratic Committee.
The National Committee, by refusing to recog-
nize Morrow as a spokesman for the Democrats
of Texas because he opposed their own political
views, struck a blow at Democratic principles-but
strengthened the determination of Texas Con-
Allan Shivers, by knuckling under to the Na-
tional Committee in the name of political ex-
pediency and permitting the national party lead-
ership to dictate to Texans the character of their
representation, struck a lower blow . . . and not
only weakened his own leadership but knocked
the props out from under the Conservative Demo-
crats who put him in power.
It doesn't surprise us particularly to learn that
Allan Shivers thinks lightly of the idea of put-
ting "principle above party" . . . but it does
surprise us that he underestimates so completely
the sincerity of his Texas supporters who do
subscribe to that idea.
A lot of Texas Democrats who sincerely be-
lieve in putting principle above party may find
it even easier, when the 1956 party conven-
tions roll around, to put principle above Shiv-
Popularity at Polls . . .
... No License to Steal
To the surprise, apparently, of practically ev-
eryone . . . including both the defendant and
the state's attorneys ... a ditsrict court jury in
Austin last week returned a verdict of "guilty"
against former Land Commissioner Bascom Giles
and set the penalty at three years in the state
The state's case in this first of a series of trials
slated for the ex-Land Commissioner on charges
growing out of the Veterans Land Fund scandal
was admittedly weak . . . based in a large mea-
sure on circumstantial evidence . . . but the
jury was obviously in no mood to blink at tech-
The positive action of that Travis County jury,
it seems to us, may very well reflect the feeling
of a majority of Texas citizens ... a feeling of
solid anger against trusted public officials who
dip their fingers into the public till.
That anger is not directed at Bascom Giles,
the man, but at Bascom Giles, the public official
. . . because he accepted a public trust and be-
Other public officials at all levels of govern-
ment may profit from Bascom Giles' example.
Popularity at the polls cannot be construed as a
license to steal from the public pocket.
• • •
An optimistic optimist is a man who figures
that when his shoes wear out he'll be back on
1. kit the Truth?
2. Is It Fair to All Concerned? .
3. Will It Build Good Will and Better Friend-
4. Is It Beneficial to All Concerned?
— A Good Yardstick for Everyday Use —
Last Saturday marked the
tenth anniversary of the big
boom ... the explosion of the
first A-bomb ever Hiroshima.
The date might have slipped
our mind entirely ... although
ten years ago we mentally
marked it on our calendar as a
date we'd never forget . . . ex-
cept for a news release from
the Post Office Department
which has Just turned up in
the mall concerning the issu-
ance of a new "Atoms for
Peace" commemorative stamp.
The atom has come a long
way in the ten years since that
first "Model T" bomb burst over
Hiroshima . . . and so have a
lot of us who were deployed
strategically in the far Pacific
sweating out the orders that
would have sent us into the
scheduled invasion of the Jap-
anese Islands. "Atoms for Peace"
had a different meaning then
than now . . . the A-Bomb in
August of 1945 meant the end of
the war and the short way home
for Americans in the Pacific . . .
and there wasn't any thought
then about -what the A-Bomb
might mean in the future. The
misgivings came later.
The Post Office Department's
new commemorative stamp,
however, marks the first tod-
dling steps toward a world
goal of lasting peace . . . and
we fervently hope that it works
that way. The inscription on
the stamp reads "To find the
way by which the inventive-
ness of man shall be conse-
crated to his life." and ifs
taken from an address by the
President of the United States
to the United Nations.
One hundred and twenty mil-
lion of these Atoms for Peace
stamps have been issued, each
carrying its dramatic message,
with the idea that the stamp and
its message of hope will circle
the world. It's a three-center,
which should guarantee it a lot
The Post Office Department
missed a fine opportunity to
put its public relations plan
to use. however, when it sent
out the news release about the
new stamp in a "franked"
postage-free wrapper. We wish
that Postmaster General Sum-
merfield had taken the trouble
to affix one of the new stamps
to the wrapper of each copy of
his hand-out. thereby not only
illustrating the stamp itself
but the use to which it should
Anyhow, we hope that this
special issue of stamps will be
used for mailing . . . instead of
winding up, as most limited
special issues do ... in the al-
bums of stamp collectors. Its
message to the world is one that
deserves the widest possible cir-
* • ♦
The Postmaster General, in
his speech at the dedication of
the new stamp, called it "an
ambassador of good will and
hope." We wish he had set the
rest of us an example by us-
ing it that way instead of just
talking about it
• • •
"A good sermon," observes a
minister friend of ours, "helps
people in different ways. Some
rise from it greatly strengthened.
Others wake from it greatly re-
These boys sure think of all
the angles to persuade us
backsliders to get to church on
"Don't worry too much about
what lies ahead," advises the
Second Street Philosopher. "Go
as far as you can see, and when
you get there you can see far-
• • *
Maurice Hobdy, whose Hob-
dy Motor Company Is celebrat-
ing its 22nd year as Canadian's
Ford dealership, says that he
started out in business In Ca-
nadian as the local dealer for
the "Star" . . . and if you can
remember that automobile,
you don't need to worry about
• • ■ •
Our Most Eligible Bachelor
says that men would be a lot
better off if they stopped trying
to understand women and just
enjoyed having them around.
Don't stop trying.
JINK/ ' * <!§wK ®. ?
In Storing Grain
COLLEGE STATION, Aug. 8—
Prospects now indicate Texas
will contribute its share of what
forecasters say will be one of
the nation's greatest harvests of
feed grains. The grain sorghum
harvest has already reached cen-
tral parts of the state, and as it
moves north and west, storage is
likely to become a problem.
W. S. Allen, extension agricul-
tural engineer, offers suggestions
which can help solve grain stor-
age problems. He says most
problems encountered in storing
grain can be traced back to
moisture. Excessive moisture in
the grain when it goes into stor-
age leads to insect, heat and
In tests made at the Beeville
Experiment Station, research
workers have found, says Allen,
that a moisture content above
12 per cent is too high for safe
storage. Grain sorghum put in
storage with a moisture content
below 12 per cent has been stor-
ed for as long as 23 months with-
out serious losses.
Some system of drying is ad-
vised for removing excess mois-
ture from the grain to be stored.
Allen says three methods were
used at Beeville. They included ■
sack drying which is best for
drying planting seed; batch dry-
ing—drying grain in layers 6 to
18 inches thick; and bin drying
which means drying the grain in
the bin or bins where it is to be
stored. The latter method is par-
ticularly suited for on-farm in-
Allen suggests to farmers who
plan to do on the farm storage,
a visit with your local county
agent. He can provide plans on
storage facilities and informa-
tion on problems which are like-
ly to cause trouble during the
storage period. Ask for a copy of
L-201, Drying Small Grain and
B-246, Drying Grain With Un-
Rom where I sit...// Joe Marsh
Coming beck from Balesville
the other night I noticed • power-
ful light st Whiter Fisher's Duck
Farm. Seemed to be shining out
over the water.
i I stopped to ask Vhitey what
went on. He took me down to his
pond and pointed out a 200-watt
bulb - rigged up on a pole about
three feet above the surface. The
flight waa attracting thousands
■of insects for the ducks to eat.
| Seemed kind of odd to me -but
,Whitey was enthusiastic. "Best
'idea I ever heard of," he claims.
Keeps the feed bill down-and
the bug population, too. Why do
you suppose I never thought at
From where I sK, Whiter* the
type who'a always ready to pio-
neer a worth-while new trick. Me,
I stick to old methods. Just a case
of personal feeling, I guess . ..
like the way you may prefer coffee
with meals while I always prefer
a traditional glass of -beer. Not
that Td claim you're wrong-re-
spect for the other sun's opinion
is my "guiding light"
Copyright, 19SS, United States Brewers Foundation
Trade In Canadian
ifs always the last key you
try that opens the lock.
Radio & TV Repair
Opening Monday, August 22
I will appreciate the business of you
people in Canadian and vicinity. ..
and offer you prompt and qualified
Radio and TV Service.
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Ezzell, Ben. The Canadian Record (Canadian, Tex.), Vol. 66, No. 32, Ed. 1 Thursday, August 11, 1955, newspaper, August 11, 1955; Canadian, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth183760/m1/2/: accessed November 16, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Hemphill County Library.