Palacios Beacon (Palacios, Tex.), Vol. 49, No. 22, Ed. 1 Thursday, May 31, 1956 Page: 2 of 8
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PALACIOS BEACON. PALACIOS. TEXAS
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Thursday, May 31, 1956
PUBLISHED EVERY THURSDAY
PHONE 5181 Advertising Rates On Request
PUBLISHER MRS. J. W. DISMUKES
EDITOR ED COOPER |
ASSO. EDITOR & ADV. MGR. JESSE V. DISMUKES |
BUSINESS MANAGER HUGH J. DISMUKES
Entered at the Post Office at Palacios, Texas, as second class mail
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WE STOP ALL SUBSCRIPTIONS AT EXPIRATION
IN PALACIOS HISTORY
FROM OUR EARLY FILES
IT MUST BE STOPPED!
Any erroneous reflection upon the character,
standing, or reputation of any person, firm or
corporation which may appear in the columns
of the Palacios Beacon will be gladly corrected
if brought to the attention of the publisher.
By ED COOPER
Cafemen will tell you that there
are a thousand ways to make a
hamburger, but the result is usual-
ly the same—except some are bet-
ter than others and some people
like onions and some people don't.
But you'll never meet a cook
that doesn't think his system of
making a hamburger is the best.
There's just as many ways of
going about the printing and pub-
lishing of a newspaper, and you'll
not find an editor or publisher who
doesn't think his way is the best
in his particular situation.
But just as hamburger must
have meat to be a hamburger,
there'are iseveral unchangeable fac-
tors involved in the production of
a newspaper. JThe "meat" is in-
cluded in every newspaper, al-
though some editors may be stingy
■with it and put on a little more
"lettuce" or trimming.
It will toe the purpose of .this
article to explain to you, the read-
er, the subscriber and the news
source, our method o'f building our
To begin with, every story print-
ed in the Beacon will be judged on
its own merit. Where the cafe cook
can fry hamburgers to the taste of
each individual, removing onions
when called for, or using mayon-
naise in place of mustard if the
customer prefers, a newspaper
goes to hundreds of "customers"
can't be changed to fit each
Criminal and court news is dif-
ficult to report, especially in a
small town. It is often very easy
to write a factual report and still
give a misleading report on the
actions o'f a man who may be en-
tirely innocent, or relatively so.
We will also judge these stories
on the basis of their individual
news value, with these policies to
Names will not be used in
juvenile cases where those in-
volved are under 18-years of age,
except in very serious offenses
such as murder or armed robbery.
Names will not be used in cases
where those involved are under 21-
years of age, except when they are
habitual violators of the law and1
have become a continuous threat
Stories concerning people who
have been charged, but not tried,
for misdemeanor offenses will be
considered very carefully before
publication. Often they won't be
published, or the names will not be
used, depending on the news value
in each particular case.
Often—almost daily—a news-
paper is asked to give special pub-
licity to various "good causes",
such as the organization of a civil
defense unit, a Red Cross Drive,
As in all other instances, we will
judge these "causes" on their own
merits and are always proud to
act as a "co-ordinator" in bringing
our community together to do those
There are many times when pub-
lic agencies become involved in
discussions or meetings that are
Those stories effecting the most I no^ worth publishing, or not fit to
number of peoplo- will be given j Publish. W hen no official action
10 YEARS AGO
A report by Mayor Claybourn in
regard to purchasing the IISO
building to be used as a hospital
was one of the high points of the
regular meeting of the Chamber
of Commerce Tuesday night.
Claybourn said that due to the
fact material is unavailable, and
increased construction cost, it
would cofet double the amount
voted for the bond issue to bifild a
He then said that the USO build-
ing was soon to be put up for sale
and might be purchased at an
Mayor Claybourn also received
word that the Texas Railroad
Commission denied the Texas and
New Orleans Railroad permission
to suspend passenger service on
the run between Wharton, Bay
City, Blessing and Palacios.
Landon E. Gist received fen
Award of Merit from the Matagor-
da County Chapter of the Ameri-
can Red Cross in recognition of
his loyal service in the 1946 cam-
paign for funds.
15 YEARS AGO
Memorial Day services were be
ing arranged by the American
Legion and Roy Hofheinz, county
judge of Harris County, was to be
the principal speaker.
The Flower Show held by the
Garden Club was visited by more
than 350 persons and all marvelled
at the beautiful flowers and plants.
The American Legion Auxiliary
sold 780 poppies Saturday.
The 20 graduates of P. H. S.
were told by Rev. Cliff Titus at
commencement that true education
is marked by a great faith.
Approximately 1,000 people at-
tended the formal opening of the
summer recreational program for
military and civilians at the High
School grounds Friday night.
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The Sporting News reports Um-
pire Jacko Conlan as saying he
can't remember having called a
strike against Hank Aaron of the
Braves for more than half the
season last year. Milwaukee's
young slugger just won't let a
good one go by.
Germans are not permitted to
accept a Nobel Prize.
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places of prime importance. These
stories are usually concerning the
action of public agencies such as
your c/ity government, school board,
chamber of commerce or naviga-
tion district board.
These public officials are your
agents, elected or appointed to
their jobs and trusted to work for
the benefit of the public. There-
fore, we 'feel that it is our duty to
report their actions as closely as
possible so that you may know
what they are doing and can make
your own decision when you reach
Laws of the press springing
from the federal constitution gives
newspapers and magazines, radio
and television and all mass medias
of communication a great amount
of freedom in reporting the actions
of public officials and agencies.
This freedom is often taken un-
fair; advantage of, we admit, but
it is one of the foundations of our
Democracy and like all privileges,
should be regarded as such.
lOur policy here will be to give
you as much meat as possible, but
we'll cut the lettuce, or trimmings,
as much as we can. However, in. all
cases, we'll try to show the rea-
sons behind the decisions made by
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is taken, or the meeting is not a
regularly scheduled one and not
authorized for official action, these
meetings may be sailed "private
and not divulged to the public.
A reporter or editor is almost
always acceptable to being ad-
mitted to such discussions or meet-
ings "Off the Record". This means
he is bound by his honor not to
print the happenings he witnesses
while so bound.
Of course, a reporter couldn't be
"off the record" in any instance
when official action is taken. Al-
so, he may refuse to go "off the
record" when he feels certain im-
portant facts are being hidden
from the public eye and he might
be required to become a party to
anyone withholding public infor-
Just like the cook who forgets
to take the onions off your ham-
burger, every reporter makes mis-
takes and has errors of judge-
ment—sometimes losing a friend,
just as the cook will often lose a
But we appreciate a co-opera-
tive news source, just as the cook
appreciates an understanding cus-
tomer, and when you give a re-
porter that "little extra help" in
obtaining his information, your
story will probably have that lit-
'tle "extra ■something" whenever
possible, just as the cook throws
in a few extra French 'fries for his
20 YEARS AGO
Mary Alleen Elliott and Dixie
Brown received degrees from Bay-
W. Milton Thomas, 13-year-old
son of Mr. and Mrs. W. C- Thomas,
was killed near the J. K. Darnall
home north of Palacios. He and
Edward Linquist were riding their
bicycles and Milton was hit by a
passing motorist as he was at-
tempting to cross the highway.
Mr. and (Mrs. Raymond Waters
of San Antonio announced the
birth of a baby girl.
The home of J. W. Haynes on
Ritchie Avenue was badly dam-
aged by fire of unknown origin.
The Texas Centennial theme was
used at the annual banquet of the
P. H. S. Alumni Association. Mrs
H. H. Loos was toastmaster.
Harley Snider and Cherry Price
were presented the athletic medals,
Officers elected were H. V. Barr,
president; John C. Richards, vice-
president; and Mrs. Wm. Clement
25 YEARS AGO
John L. Stall died at his home in
Francitas and remains interred in
the Palacios cemetery.
June 29 to July 5 were dates an-
nounced for the B.Y.P.U. Encamp-
Judge Carpenter returned to his
home in Bay City after attending
a three months session of the State
Legislature as representative 'from
Brazoria and Matagorda Counties.
Herri Dunant, founder of the In-
ternational Red Cross, was one of
the first two men awarded the
Nobel Peace Prize in 1901.
30 PEARS AGO
J. H. Allen of Gulf purchased
the Pickwick Bakery from O. C.
Arnold, who had owned and oper-
ated it for 19 years.
W. A. Smith was elected super-
intendent of the Palacios schools
and Mrs. J. A. Frady, principal.
Other members of the faculty in
eluded Misses Melba Nelson, Nora
Hayes, Claire Partain, Martha
Langham, Vera Tanner, Lorena
Ifland, Cecil Grant, Victoria El
der, Irene Batchelder, Louise Par-
tain, and Ima Frazier.
By CLARK W. THOMPSON
Some highly controversial legis-
sation is still to be considered dur-
ing this session of Congress.
Among other things, the President
has urged the passage of federal
aid to education. This, I believe,
you and I have already agreed on
—it is not what we want. Certainly
the letters I have received are al-
most unanimously opposed to it.
Another item on the President's
list is 'foreign aid. The House Com-
mittee has made a drastic reduc-
tion in the amount the President
requested. If I vote for any at all
it will be for as small an amount
as possible, and then only if I can
be shown that it is necessary to
our national security.
One of the measures passed last
week was the so-called farm bill. As
I write this letter it is on the Pres-
ident's desk for his signature or
veto. If he signs it and the bill be-
comes law, here are some of the
1. It authorized a $1.2 billion
soil bank to be put into operation
this year, but does not call for
prepayments to farmers this year,
2. A directive to the Secretary
of Agriculture to sell up to 5 mil-
lion bales of surplus cotton at
competitive prices in the world
3. A two-year freeze on the na-
tional cotton and rice acreage,
and state cotton allotments cannot
be decreased more than 1 c/r.
4. The Secretary of Agriculture
may, if he wishes, put into effect
a two-price system for rice.
I don't believe this bill pleases
anybody, but it was the best mea-
sure that could be passed this
year. Certainly, it doesn't provide
the relief needed so badly by fami-
ly farmers, and our Sub-committee
on Family Farms hopes to recom-
mend additional measures very
The House of Representatives
and the Senate Committee acted
favorably on a serolution which
will keep the Texas City Tin
Smelter in operation until January
31, 1957. During that time the
government is directed to make
every effort to find a purchaser
who will continue to keep the plant
as a going concern.
The Senate also passed a mea-
sure to extend the Federal Hous-
ing and G. I. Home Loan Pro-
grams. Some of you will be in-
terested in knowing that they ap-
proved an amendment to increase
FHA home improvement loans to
$3,500 from $2,500, and extended
the time for payment from three
to five years. Now the bill goes to
the House Committee where fur-
ther hearings and study will be
Last Thursday a delegation from
the Mid-Coast Water Development
and the Calhoun County Naviga-
tion District appeared before the
House Public (Works Committee for
authorization of the Matagorda
Ship Channel. Judge Howard Hart-
zog made a fine presentation in
behalf of the group. He was join-
ed by Dr. R. J. Roemer, Alton
White, Frank Wedig, Ernest Radt-
ke and Ben Sloane o'f Calhoun
County, and Charles Luther of
Matagorda County. The Committee
appeared to bo highly impressed
with the project. We expect favor-
able action within the next two
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Dad Baker retired from active
dairying—seven or eight years ago
—but still keeps a half-dozen pure-
bredfl more or less as a hobby.
Dad goes all-out for these six.
Temperature-contrdlled barn, ex-
pensive feed:. .. the works. As a
result his milk has a low bacteria
count,, a high Butterfat content.
And as a favor to neighbors, he
sells it just two cents above the
Recently, a neighbor com-
plained—asked if she couldn't get
the milk "at cost" Dad agreed,
sent her a bill for exactly what
the milk cost: 75< a quart.
From where I sit, It's easy to
misunderstand if you don't get
all the facts. That's why we ought
to consider the other fellow's
viewpoint before we talk out. For
example, you have your reasons
for liking particular beverages.
I have mine. And whether we're
talking about buttermilk or beer
...let's try to respect each other's
point of view.
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35 YEARS AGO
Mr. and Mrs. Laurence Miller
announced the birth of a baby girl.
IMiss Lurline Dawdy and Alice
Duller were among the nurses to
graduate from the John Sealy Hos-
pital in Galveston.
Mayor Sartwelle proclaimed the
week beginning May 30th as Clean
Collegeport citizens observed
the community's 12th anniversary
with a free barbecue. More than
300 were in attendance.
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Partly because styles change.
The frames of yesteryear are a
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Investigation of today's mod-
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