The Cameron Herald and Centinel (Cameron, Tex.), Vol. 89, No. 24, Ed. 1 Thursday, September 23, 1948 Page: 1 of 12
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VOLUME NUMBER 89
CAMERON, MILAM COUNTY, TEXAS. THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 2:i, 1948
STEVENSON VICTOR IN FEDERAL COURT
YOEMEN PICKED TO WIN DISTRICT 21-A FOOTBALL TITLE
BAND MARCHING CONTEST HERE OCTOBER 30
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Publisher of The Herald, sunr
moned to the Commisioners Court
late Thursday, heard a limited ex-
planation of the court’s side of the
conditions at the Prison for the
The Court refers to the place as
the Milam County Home. It sort of
mitigates the awful stigma. Reminds
me of how Dr. Cervitus was shot.
They permitted him a blindfold so
he could not see the firing squad.
The Court’s side has to do with dol-
lars, not human need in that sense
they will “exceed the budget" very
much to relieve suffering.
I found three of the Commission-
ers reading a copy of The Midget,
just off the press. Another copy was
on the table and some figures were
pointed out. We had made a mistake
in listing a number of items accred-
ited to the coming budget. A correc-
tion will be found in another column.
The court was most kind to an
erring publisher and I enjoyed my
brief visit. Conn Isaacs went to his
office and got some figures and the
case of the Court, in part was out-
lined. Present were Judge Dan Tyson,
W. W. Markham, C. S. Raney, T. F.
Locklin and Byron Neal.
Commisisoner Locklin obliged me
with a pencil with a funny gadget in
the top and I wrote down what they
told mo. Commissioner Raney asked
the Auditor to tell me that the coun-
ty spent around .$500 each to main-
tain the inmates at the farm in 1947.
The total budget would indicate
that, except that not all of it went
to the individuals. There were some
extras but in the main it did cost
the tax payers $5000 to keep their
bodies and sotils somewhere within
Mr. Isaacs looked very efficient
when he began reading those figures.
This was to clarify the mistake we
had made. The items credited to the
1949 budget were in reality expendi-
tures already made. Mr. Isaacs had
a complete break down of the budget
but here are some of the principal
items, already paid for this year out
of the 1948 budget: Clothing $91.64;
utensils $2.9<>; shoes repaired $5.35;
wood, wood chopping and hauling
$233.13; gas $67.90; lights $74.76;
water $43.75; drugs $19.15; soap,
tobacco and snuff $67.07; miscellan-
eous $47.30. It is important to un-
derstand this money has already been
spent and came out of the 1948 bud-
get and has nothing to do with the
I was told that Judge Tyson had
not mentioned the matter of the
Budget. We had just made a plain
mistake. “Just leave the judge out
of it,” said Commissioner Raney.
Commissioner Markham asked me
if I had forecast the score in the
Cameron-Caldwell football game for
Friday night. I told him that I had
not and that in predicting the out-
come of the Cameron-Burbank game
I had been a little too far down in
that gopher hole, in fact had sunk
down to the level of the community.
Everybody looked sort of bored.
Actually the county spent $80.99
over the budget for the “Home” in
the 1947 period. It cost the tax payers
$5080.99 to keep the poor on the
farm out of the 1947 year budget. We
got to keep those budgets separated.
Now, the 1949 budget was adopted in
August of this year as provided by
law. So in August 1948 the budget for
1949 was adopted. There is no way
to help the poor more than is already
provided. The county issues a notice
each year that the budget will be
SETTLED WEDNESDAY \\\ car CRASH HERE BRING 25 BANDS HERE
Coke Stevenson won the first round
in the federal court proceedings in
Fort Worth Wednesday morning when
Judge Whit Davidson ruled that the
court has jurisdiction in the election
Lyndon Johnson attorneys contend-
ed that the court is without jurisdic-
tion. Judge Davidson twice on Tues-
day over-ruled a motion by Johnson
attorneys to dismiss the suit.
. With the ruling that the court has
jurisdiction trial will proceed. There
was no way to tell how long the case
would be under trial. It was announc-
ed at noon that Stevenson attorneys
planned to begin testimony before
the court to prove fraud in the elec-
tions held in certain south Texas
counties, notably Jim Wells where he
alleges the box was stuffed with
200 votes for Johnson. ,
Many are confused over federal
court action in a primary election
case. The law is new, only about 2
years old and is known substantially
as a civil liberties bill.
Johnson is only the party nominee
by certification. He has not been
elected and until someone is elected
the U S Senate would hardly rate
Judge Davidson in an off the re-
cord suggestion, said he wished both
sides would agree to have names
placed on the November ballot and
let the people settle the matter.
Stevenson said he would agree but
there was no indication from John-
son since he has been certified as the
result of official returns from the
August 28 primary.
In Brown county 1700 votes were
thrown out because election judges
failed to write their names on the
back of them as prescribed by law.
Lyndon Johnson’s attorneys have
said that in Brown county enough
Stevenson votes were thrown out to
give Johnson a much larger majority
than he now has, even though the
200 Jim Wells county votes are not
counted for him.
November election ballots will soon
be in the hands of printers and the
U. S. Senate race will have to be de-
cided by a write in provided the liti-
gation delays the case too long.
Mrs. Eula Safley of Belton nar-
rowly escaped death Thursday after-
noon near Pettibone on highway 36
when her car was overturned.
Mrs. Safley sustained a fractured
hip and other injuries. She is in St.
Sheriff Carl C. Black went to the
scene of the wreck. He said that Mrs.
Safley’s car skidded on lose gravel
and left the highway and was over-
turned in a ditch.
Mrs. Safley, sister of former State
Senator, Roy Sanderford of Belton,
was on her way to Lake Charles,
Louisiana. She was driving a 1949
Ford. She was thrown clear of the
machine. An ambulance was sum-
moned and she was taken to the hos-
MRS. W. C JOODY IS
MILAM HOME ADEN!
Mrs. W. C. Moody of Minerva has
accepted appointment by the Commis-
sioners Court as Home Demonstration
agent for Milam county.
Announcement of her appointment
was made late Monday. She was
named at the meeting of the court
here on last Thursday.
Mrs. Moody is an experienced Home
Demonstration agent. Before her mar-
riage she was an agent in an ad-
joining county and was very success-
ful in the work. She is also a former
District Clerk of Milam County.
The Home Demonstration Council
protested the action of the court in
failing to increase pay to retain Miss
Ezelle Jones who resigned to take
a similar place in Bell Ciunty.
The Council will meet in Rockdale
Wednesday. Mrs. Moody whose ap-
pointment becomes effective Sep-
tember 22, will attend the meeting in
Relatives and friends have receiv-
ed announcements telling of the ar-
rival of a seven pound and five ounce
son born to Mr. arid Mrs. W. T. Hef-
ley, Jr., at Austin, August 29, 1948,
who has been named, William Mar-
shall Todd Hefley.
THIEVES PILFER MS
AT SANTA fE STATION
Mail sacks in the baggage room at
the Santa Fe Station were robbed
early Tuesday morning, it was dis-
closed here to-day by Sheriff Carl
W. DuBois, Santa Fe Agent, told
| the Daily Herald that the sacks in
| the baggage room, were slit with a
j knife and contents scattered about
the entrance. The sacks were near
the door of the baggage room and
since there is no evidence that the
door to the baggage room was en-
tered, the thieves are believed to
have reached through a small open-
ing or under the sliding door, ripped
the sacks and pulled the contents
outside the door.
A glass window in the negro wait-
ing room had been broken but this
may not have had anything to do
with the robbery since no entrance
to the baggage room could be gained
in this manner.
The robbery was discovered by T.
C. McLeod who goes on duty at 1
a. m. There was no one on duty at
the station after the early evening
force went home until the early
Region three high school band
marching contest will be held in
Cameron on Saturday, October 30, it
has just been announced by Francis
Cox, band director at Yoe High
The marching contest is officially
sponsored by the Texas Interschol-
astic League. Mr. Cox says it is the
first such event since the end of the
The region to participate in the
contests here is made up of 15 coun-
ties from Dallas north and south to
Williamson. Bands from each county
and perhaps more than one from a
county, should be here for the con-
Mr. Cox estimates that some 25
bands will be here. These bands fall
into a number of classifications AA-1,
A, B, C, and E. Judges for the con-
test have been selected from among
leading band men of the state.
Commenting Mr. Cox said:
“Each band in the marching con-
test will perform certain required
military maneuvers for the judges,
plus anything else original that can
be done in the time limit set for each
band on the field. In judging the
bands on the field, the judges use a
pattern which makes no use of the
old “first place", “second place” rank-
ing, but each hand is rated against
a standard of perfection, thus set-
ting up grades of “first division”,
etc. Thus the hands compete not
against each other but against a set
standard. More detail on these tech-
nicalities will be given later.”
morning duties performed by Mc-
read and publicly heard on a certain j Leod. , 1947.
day. If you didn’t go you don’t have | Packages in parcel post shipments On September 1, 1947 the county
(turn to page twelve) j were found as far away as the small j had ginned only 3399 bales.
park site surrounded by shrubbery.
One box contained a pair of shoes
valued at $15. The box was found and
the shoes missing. The thieves also
rifled a parcel post package contain-
ing bill folds and belts destined lo-
cally and made by the tannery at
Yoakum. False teeth mailed by Dr.
James Watson, Cameron dentist, were
found in the small parksite.
There was no way immediately to
estimate whether the thieves took
other mail, including letters. Ernest
Paschall, special agent for the Santa
Fe, was here early Tuesday from
his offices in Temple to investigate.
Local officers were also on the job.
OP 10 SEPTEMBER 1
Milam county had ginned 10,435
bales of cotton up to Scpteml>er 1 it
was reported by R. W. Upshaw, spe-
cial agent for the Department of
This is the first report to be re-
ceived by The Herald for publication.
The report reveais that almost three
times as much cotton had been gin-
ned from the 1948 crop to September
1 as compared to the same date in letic, and military activities. He is
attending one of the oldest military
schools in the Middle West as Kemper
begins its 105th academic year.
GOOD TEAM TO CITY
Lief Erickson’s Brenham Bulldogs
are good, so advance information in-
The Brenham team will be here
Friday night for Football’s 1948 in-
augural on Yoemen field.
Brenham has played two games
They have not been scored on. They
are a passing team. Cameron defeated
Brenham in 1947 in Brenham hut had
all kinds of trouble.
Out at Yoemen stadium Coaches
Leo Jackson and Dick Young are
putting their charges through a rig-
orous routine of practice, stressing
every known defense and offense. It
should be a bang up ball game and
should bring one of the largest crowds
in the history of the local school.
Bob Wilkinson,, left end for the
Yoemen, has been able to get out and
exercise some. His left shoulder is
coming around and he may be able
to get in the game Friday.
Fans are getting in the groove over
the 1948 Yoemen. They look like re-
peaters in the District race. Thy are
rated the Number one team in Class
A in Central Texas.
Barring injuries the team should
go places. There is a serious shortage
of reserve men and this will count
heavily against the Yoemen when the
going gets hard later on in the sea-
Team spirit is high. The backfield
is as good as the 1947 team and a lot
faster. The line under Dick Young
is performing miracles.
Cadet H. II. Stedman
Enters Boonville, Mo.,
BOONVILLE, Mo., Sept. 16—Cadet
H. H. Stedman, son of H. H. Sted-
man, 605 East 23rd St., Cameron, has
nrolled in Hemper Military School
at Boonville, Mo., for the 1948-49
school year and is engaged in a co-
ordinated program of academic ath-
Sports writers generally toy with
the fancies of football fans and make
distracting predictions about who
will finish in what and where at.
Since the matter is open for com-
ment and speculation The Herald
figures it might as well get on the
limb too. Big Wigs who “once shook
the hand that,” are settling the
Southwest Conference race early. It’s
Texas, of course. How much of the
bee is in that sort of thing can lie
speculated about. They may be gold
in them thar hills but theys a lot
of rough road between here and thar.
We pick Cameron to win the 21-A
District title again. That would make
it 4 years in a row. Right now the
Yoemen are rated No. 1 in Class A
in central Texas. The road is rugged
from here on. There is nothing very
certain about the outcome. We pick
the Yoemen solely on the analysis
that the district this is wide open.
There are no outstanding teams.
The Yoemen as a guess for first
place must be qualified some because
the team has no reserve strength.
Fans have been buoyed up some by
the early season showing. The boys,
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21 Cases Filed Over
Week End By Officers;
Drunks and Fighting
Officers here had a busy time over
the week end. In all there were 21
WASHINGTON, Sept. 21—Rep.
W. R. Poage, 11th district, was assur-
ed by army engineers today they are
requesting the Bureau of the Budget
for "a sizeable sum” in next year’s
budget to add to the funds already
appropriated for building Miller
The hearings with bureau chiefs
are now under way at the Budget
I’oage, realizing this, took the op-
portunity to remind urmy engineers
and Budget officials of the worth of
Construction of the dam has not
begun although $500,090 was ap-
propriated by the last congress.
Contracts for tne work will prob-
ably not be awarded until the first
of next year, Poage said, for two
reasons. Army engineers who have
been taking core drills for a dam
site say they have been running into
caves. The other reason is that they
want to get sufficient funds on hand
so that when the work once starts
it need not be stopped. That is un-
economical and troublesome, they
The Cameron Daily Herald is pri-
vileged to-day to carry an important
cases filed, three in city court and j expression of thanks from the Mexi-
18 in Justice Court,
The city court cases were all for
drunkeness. In justice court they
varied, some for drunk, some for dis-
turbing the peace and one for ag-
gravated assault and one for carry-
ing a pistol and reckless driving.
The main show occured in the Black
Belt where negroes were enjoying a
dance at “Greta’s” place. Richard
Bailey, negro was taken to Newton
Memorial after he had been slashed
with a knife. Willie Holloway was
placed under arrest and has been
Warren Lockhart, white man, of
Caldwell and employed in Cameron
is facing charges of reckless driving
and carrying a pistol.
Lockhart was arrested Saturday
afternoon. The negro celebration
broken up by the knife incident, oc-
cured Saturday night.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Reid and
daughters spent the week end with In'*
brother, Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Reed
and family in Dallas.
can Colony officials.
Friday afternoon, three officials,
all identified with the Committees
set up here in company with W. J.
Rice, were welcome visitors in the
office of the publisher. They came
not only to thank the people of Cam-
eron, but also to express their ap-
preciation to these newspapers for
their share in the recent Good Neigh-
Victor M. Bermudez, as spokes-
man, requested The Herald to ex-
press through its columns, the grati-
tude of the Mexican people for the
generous share the citizens generally
had in dedication ceremonies Satur-
day, September 4 of properties re-
cently by the Colony. Also
they expressed appreciation for the
cash contributed by business men.
J. B. White, the publisher was treas-
urer for the fund of several hundred
Present for the expression of
thanks were Estanislado Villo Nu-
eva, President of the Honorary
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Rural Back Woods Counties Get Run Around
At Austin Says Cantrell; That Is Why Texas
Rural Roads Association Was Organized
DALLAS, Sept. 29—“If we don’t
get the Texas back country out of the
mud all the rural population is going
to pack up and move to town,” said
James C. Cantrell, president of the
Texas Rural Roads association, here
Cantrell, McKinney banker, spoke
at a convention of the County Jud-
ges’ and Commissioners’ association
“In Collin county there are now
omo 22,09<i fewer people living in
rural sections than there were in
1900,” Cantrell declared.
“Rural roads are the No. 1 politi-
cal problem in Texas today. And it's
going to take more than $20,000,000
to solve this problem.”
Governor Beauford Jester earlier
had told the conveniton that “I shall
recommend to the 51st legislature
that a nappropriation be made in the
amount of $20,600,' iOO from the sur-
plus funds in the general revenue for
the construction of all-weather school
Jester said “the common goal is
to take the rural areas of Texas out
of the mud once and for all.”
Texas is a long way from getting
out of the mud, the president of the
American Institute of Local Highway
Administration said at the convention
He is A. J. Thelan of Madison, Wis.
He said Texas ranks near the bot-
tom among the states in the matter
of all-weather rural roads. Only 33
per cent of Texas’ secondary roads
are hard-surface, he said, as com-
pared with 83 per cent in Wisconsin.
“Bad country roads are a city prob-
lem, too,” Cantrell said. “These mud-
dy roads are big factors in causing
milk for Dallas to be in short sup-
Cantrell said the Rural Roads as-
sociation was formed “because we’ve
been getting the run around in Aus-
The Rural Roads association was
organized by the County Judges and
Commissioners association, by the
Texas Association of Rural Letter
Carriers and several other groups.
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