The Cuero Record (Cuero, Tex.), Vol. 70, No. 309, Ed. 1 Thursday, December 31, 1964 Page: 2 of 8
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Jury On Cigarettes
A Jury recently found for the defense (a tobacco
company) In denying damages t* an estate because of
the death of an individual from lung cancer, the de-
ceased having been a three-pack-a-day smoker.
An earlier court had held cigarettes were one of the
causes of death, but had also denied damages.
We do not believe tobacco companies can be held
responsible for deaths resulting from lung cancers,
which are the probable result of heavy cigarette smok-
ing, any more than whiskey producers can be held res
ponsible for deaths attributed to excessive drinking.
On the other hand, since science has dramatically
Indicated that heavy cigarette smoking does often cause
lung cancer and death, the companies would better ful-
fill their responsibility the public if a warning were
contained on each package of cigarettes.
It would be good if such a warning were also in-
cluded on the labels of alcoholic beverages. The dangers
of excessive alcohol, however, have long been known
and the sale of alcohol to minors is banned in many
forms in many areas. But the sale of tobacco has not
been limited and there is not sufficient acceptance of
the harsh light of scientific truth concerning the dang-
ers of excessive smoking and inhaling.
That is why it would be both prudent and, in the
long run, profitable, for the tobacco companies them
selves to take the lead in providing the public an ade
qi.ate health warning on each cigarette label.
[; ^mats Abroad
Prom time to time there are reports of lengthy stu-
dies concerning the role of our ambassadors and min-
1 ,.rs abroad. They usually conclude with a plea for
giving our diplomats more authority and less interfer-
ence (especially if diplomats or ex-diplomats are writ-
ing the reports).
It is certainly true that special representatives of
the President or visiting firemen in the form of offi-
i s from back home, often muddy waters. They some-
t. :es talk too fast, commit themselves to too much and
do not understand intricacies of situations in which
they are attempting to deaL
Some tragic failures in the field of American for-
eign policy can be traced to the habit of various Presi-
dents in sending their special representatives abroad
to talk to various leaders in countries on critical or vex-
ing problems. It would only be honest to say that good
has also been accomplished in some cases also.
Visiting dignitaries, including Senators and Con-
gressmen, can create problems If not careful with their
words and yet, it is good for them to see situations first-
hand, for their directly represent the American voter,
the ultimate boss in a democracy.
And so it is a balance that we need today. Diplo-
mats in the foreign service do not represent the people
directly, nor are they always in touch with the home
front. They should be required to visit the United States
frequently. And official overseas visitors and special
envoys should be required to attend reasonable briefings
about countries they visit, if they are to speak out, to
press or radio.
Cn Average Students
It’s report card time for many school children a-
..rcss tl?e country — and whether Johnny or Susie brings
hc-.e an A, B, or C will mean peace or war in some
l .u .holds.
Most teachers try to be fair, and to evaluate a stu-
dent’s basic ability and his performance with a fair
g.ode for each student.
But sometimes its Mom or Pop who can’t under-
stand when Junior comes home with a couple of “C’s”
on his (or her) report card. They often forget they
brought home a few "C’s” themselves.
All students can’t be geniuses. And even if they
could, it wouldn’t always be evident early (e. i. Einstein
and Churchill.). An average student should make aver-
age grades, and most children are going to be average
students. We should remember that simple fact.
SJIjr (tern firrorb
Pntillntied Each Afternoon Except Saturday and
By THE (HERO PUBIJHHINO (JO.
Ilf E. Main (Jnero. Texas
Second clast postage paid at CUero. Texas
By TOM ANDERSON
The Secret Service
Washington, D. C.
Dear Secret 8ervice:
The newspapers report that
you are gathering information
on all individuals, organizations
and gtoups posing a "potential
physical threat" or "embarrass-
ment” to President Johnson,
Vice President Humphrey or
members of the Cabinet. All
government agencies and de-
partments, state and local police
authorities have been told to co-
operate in this gigantic drag-
net, the like of which has never
been conducted by our govern-
ment in peace time history; or
by any other government in a
free Republic. The Warren
Commission has recommended
closer relations between the Se-
cret Service and other govern-
ment agencies, including ex-
change of information on ail
persons regarded as "potential
threats" to the President.
Now let us consider who it is
who is a "potential threat or
embarrassment” to the Presi-
dent. There are an estimated
40,000 American Gomrats, a-
mong whom are doubtless many
potential Lee Harvey Oswalds.
Are they the threat to the Pres-
How about die Comrats who
recently led the students in riots
which took over the University
of California? Under the guise
of free speech, these anarchists,
with the backing of the faculty
by an 825 to 115 vote, demand-
ed the right to freely advocate
on campus any cause - legal,
or illegal, violent or non-violent,
Will the Secret Service chastise
those students and faculty mem-
bers, or will you concentrate
on the John Birch Society, one
of whose leading programs is to
"support your local police”?
In 1958 the late Congressman
Francis Walter, Chairman of
the House Committee on Un-
American Activities, published
a report saying; “...The Krem-
lin has succeeded in enlisting,
as a conservative estimate,
more than one million Ameri-
cans ...There are at this mom-
ent the equivalent of some 20
combat - ready division of ene-
my troops on American soil."
Are the "liberals,” fellow-tra-
velers, Comsymps, aliens, mis-
guided clergymen and teachers,
who are playing footie with the
Communists, the poten t i a 1
threat to the President and our
government? Communism i s
the most diabolical criminal
conspiracy in the annals of
man, and the Communists’ un-
swerving goal is and always
has been to overthrow our gov-
ernment, by force if necessary.
Yet “ OUR" Supreme Court
has ruled that it is not unlawful
for Communists to plot the ov-
erthrew of our Republic by
force, so long as they don’t act-
ually try it. Are these the guil-
ty? Or, are people who write
books fike The Gravediggers,
A Texan Looks at Lyndon and
None Dare Call It Treason cau-
sing the “embarrassment”? Has
it become unlawful to plot the
overthrow of Socialists like Hu-
bert Humphrey, by peaceful
means through the education of
the American people? Have we
reached the point now where
, those who are trying to save and
! restore our Constitution are the
subversives? “Treason doth ne-
ver prosper, what’s the reason?
For if it prosper, none dare cal!
I intend to continue to em-
barrass the President whenever
I believe it is my moral and pa-
triotic duty to do so. It is my
opinion that he is a . power-
mad, ruthless and vindic t i v e
man who is converting our once
free constitutional Republic into
a socialist - labor - welfare,
skinny - dipping dictatorship.
All I ask is a free trial. If con-
victed, I would want permission
to leave. Or are we beyond that
Sincerely for God and Country,
rDteie. prone PATIENT, DOC!
Haunting new romantic novel by
FRANCES DEAN HANCOCK
THE FLOWERING VINE
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By United 1’rew* International
Today is Thursday, Dec. 31
the last day of , the year.
The moon is approaching Its
The morning stars are Venus,
Mars and Mercury.
The evening stars are Jupiter
French explorer Jacques Car-
tier was bom on this day in
On this day in history;
In 1879, Thomas Edison gave
the first public demonstration
of the incandescent lamp.
In 1880, Gen. George Mar-
shall was bom. He served as
secretary «Jf state and secretary
In 1890, Ellis Island in New
York harbor, became the re-
ceiving station for all immi-
grants coming to the United
VV7HEN the Flowering Vine
” was empty of patrons at
half-past three, Cecily Pinchon
telephoned Dr. Cheney’s apart-
ment, but got no answer.
The restaurant was very busy
that evening, and it was almost
eleven o’clock before she was
finally ready to leave. She mode
one more attempt to get Dr.
Cheney on the telephone—again,
with no result.
It was a misty night with a
hint of rain In the air, and she
stood for a moment in the court-
yard thinking over her problem
She had promised to help res-
ale Dupree, but there anaa now
only one day in which to talk to
Cheney and persuade him that
Tes3ie must not go with him to
the haunted house.
The street seemed strangely
silent and her eyes caught the
top of the stairway that ran be-
tween the Flowering Vine and
the art gallery. It led up to the
second-floor landing and from
there one used the inside stair-
way. It had been built so that
anyone living in the top-floor
studio could get home without
going through the gallery,
which was closed at night.
Perhaps this was a seance
night and Cheney was Just not
answering nls telephone. But
even Cheney wouldn't Ignore a
persistent ringing at his door-
She stepped out of the court
and turned resolutely to the
stairway. She noted that, as
usual at that hour, the New Art
Gallery was closed, but she
could see lights Inside. Paul
Dane and Vincent Leary were
probably hanging new pictures
or packing sold ones for de-
She walked up the stairs and
paused for a moment. Her self-
confidence was beginning to fade
and the tdea of breaking In on
a seance seemed rather frighten-
ing. But if there was a seance,
her entrance might break It up
and Tessie would come out of
her trance and know that she
hadn't forgotten her promise.
So she walked determinedly.
She was as relieved os dis-
appointed when, after repeated
pressing of the buzzer and In-
tervals of listening for some
sound within, she gave up and
started down the stairs.
She had not reached the land-
ing when she neard running
steps coming up. It was too late
for concealment and she nad
lust time to wonder how she
could explain her appearance
there at that time of night when
Paul came bursting up the
stairs, his hair standing on end.
his face and hands smudged
with dirt, and his eyes ablaze
with excitement. He stood for a
moment staring at her, then
burst Into speech.
“My vine has flowered. Wait
until you see the flowers—Oh
brother, wait until you see.”
Vincent was right behind him.
He also looked excited, but was
less noisy about it than Paul.
He expressed no surprise at
seeing her there at near mid-
"You get the things, Vince,”
Paul said, ’’and I'll go down and
She followed him down and
into the studio.
“Look—my vine! See how it’s
All Cecily could see was that
the hole In the pavement looked
much larger than It bad the
last time she saw It, that, far
from flowering, the vine was
lying at one side, apparently
tom up by the roots.
There were other things on
the floor—a small wooden chest
that seemed to be falling to
pieces, its rusty lock lying be-
side it, and in the chest and on
the floor around it, a lot of rusty
junk, mostly metal but with
some broken ooxes that nad
once been lined with velvet.
“But what is it?”
Paul bent down and picked
up a chain and began to rub 't
with a handkerchief already
soiled from previous work.
"Madame Lalaurie's—at least
if Vince is right about this real-
ly being her house. Anyway—
I IE GAVE Cecily the chain,
* * which she could now see posing
was made of cut red stone:
linked by filigree gold squares.
“Do you suppose they're ru- fence.'
and placing them on newspa-
Cecily found a ring that
looked Uke an emerald sur-
rounded by rose-cut diamonds
There waa a chatelaine of sil-
ver. tarnished black. There was
a diamond pendant on a chain
that waa probably gold. Cecily
found twelve gold spoons and a
silver filigree mustard pot. Aa
she worked, she became con-
vinced that these things oad
never belonged to Madame La-
laurie. Some of them were ob-
viously very old, but most of
them looked early Victorian or
Vincent must have had the
same suspicion. "And when you
talk to reporters, don’t mention
Madame L&laurie, Paul," ne
•The main reason is that we
don't want to upset the Tourist
Bureau. They've located the La-
laurie house at eleven forty Rue
Royal, and that’s where it’s go-
ing to stay so far as I’m con-
cerned. In addition, I don’t
think this stuff is old enough.
I’m no judge, but perhaps Ce-
cily can help us date 1L"
The chest was empty now, ail
the objects spread out on the
newspapers. Vincent picked up
the crumbling box and went out
to deposit It in the alley.
"1 suppose Vince is right,”
Paul said. “Even if we couid
keep it, thered be trouble dls-
ot it—questions asked
and all that. Id feel like a thief
looking for a trustworthy
bles?” she asked in an awed
whisper, and the next moment
she was down on the floor with
Paul, eager to help him delve.
“When did you find It?”
“Tonight. You know 1 said
there was something down there,
stones or cement, i thought, in-
terfering with the growth of my
vine. So while the place was
empty, 1 was trying to clear It
out. First, i ran into some wood
splinters and then the metal.
It was all bound in metal. After
that, 1 forgot my vine, poor
thing. I never thought it would
flower like this.’’
Vincent came back and Im-
mediately began sweeping the
remaining debris Into the hole
Paul had excavated.
“Now well carry the loot
upstairs," Paul said. "Will you
come with us, Cecily?”
Nothing could have stopped
her. Vincent nad hurried them
so that she had scarcely had any
lime to examine the different
objects tliat she had taken out
of the chest.
There was a bracelet, and
she wanted to find out tf the
Jewels in it were rubies, or only
garnets. There was something,
MARCH OF EVENTS
TO POINT THB WAT
By HENRY CATBCART
Central Press Wasking ton Writer
TWrASHINGTON—President Johnson’s blueprint for re-ahap.
W ing the federal government Is still a few weeks In the
offing. It will be contained in the three messages which a
president annually submits to the Congress, plus a fourth—
his Inaugural address.
The latter is expected to be, by tradition, the broad outline
_ of his hopes, aspirations and goals during his
MppjH term in the White House. Here, he probably
rfv-’ % will place greatest emphasis on his move to-
ward the “Great Society."
ig f The other three messages—the State of the
Union, Budget and Economic Report—will
it” contain the real meat of his Immediate pro-
M\ * JK gram. Including a general outline of his leg.
M Jm lalat,v* program, his approach to foreign af-
fair* and Ws views on economic trends in
'IfflHflHHjH the U. S. and what to do about them.
m| Johnson has often characterized himself as
a liberal in terms of human needs and a con-
The Budget servative In financial matters. The sum total
of his messages will demonstrate how sue-
What's the cessful he has been In striking a compromise
size f between these two obviously clashing terms.
Johnson’s financial conservatism will best
be demonstrated in the size of the spending budget he proposes.
He’s working for — and most people believe he’ll succeed —
holding this figure below $100 billion. On the revenue side,
he’ll probably program a deficit of several billion dollars—far
less than the $11 bililon-plus deficit originally planned for the
present fiscal year.
His consideration of human needs will show up In the anti-
poverty program. Here his modest requests will fall short of
what many In the social welfare field deem minimum.
As to the economic message, it may contain some surprises.
It will hold out hope for continuation of the unprecedented
four-year period of uninterrupted prosperity, but for the first
time In recent years win rales warning signals about the need
to be prepared for some economic slippage.
• e • •
• BRAINSTORM—A fellow we know got an Idea for a cartoon
the other day, but Instead of passing It on to one of his col-
leagues In the newspaper business, he decided to try a flyer In
the business himself.
The cartoon Idea was to depict a caricature of Barry Gold-
water dressed In the gray uniform of a soldier of the Con-
federacy and carrying a rebel flag of Civil War vintage. Under
It waa to be Written: Tergit, Hell.'"
This entrepreneur spent some of his own long
green to get the thing copyrighted and bad a
batch of them printed up. He anticipated it
would be a gag item for gleeful, victorious
To bis surprise, he's gotten some orders, but
mostly from Republicans. He’s pleased, of course, to find his
newly-developed business sense was right, but he’s disturbed,
Up until now, be always thought the Democrats held a mono-
poly on political humor.
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8. Small rocks
as if eaten
tion of iris
33. Gave, aa
35. Part of
38. A branch
41. Organ of
43. River; Sp
Vincent came down, carrying too, that looked like a tiara, but
a broom and a bundle of old
“Empty It as fast as you can,’’
he told Paul. “You can carry
everything upstairs and exam-
ine it there. I don’t Imagine
we’ll be allowed to keep the
stuff do you?”
“Why not? Finders keepers
all over the world.”
“No. Things Uke this must be
turned over to the proper au-
thorities. If they’re really valu-
able, they’ll be put in one of the
Vincent had spread a thick
pad of newspapers down and
now all three were lifting things
out of the disintegrating chest
From the new novel published by Avalon Books: jj Copyright. 1964. oy Frances Dean Hancock.
Distributed by King Features Syndicate.
that had been Paul’s find and
it was so dirty that until one
cleaned it up a little, it would
be difficult to know whether It
was gold and emeralds, or
whether is was what they called
She knew that the word "cos-
tume” for fake jewelry waa fair-
ly recent, and anyway, who
would have put stage jewelry
with valuable things that must
have been hidden around 1862
or 1863. when New Orleans was
threatened by the Yankee fleet?
Treasure found Is net al-
ways treasure claimed. Con-
tinue the story tomorrow.
States on the Atlantic Coast.
In 1946, President Truman
proclaimed the end of World
GREYBULL, Wyo. — (UPD -
Persons living in Powell, Cody
and Lovell, Wyo., had telephone
service during the state’s re-
cent cold snap, thanks to Mor-
ris Avery of GreybulL
Avery, a helicopter pilot, spent
three days flying over the tele-
phone lines. The prop wash
from the chopper blades blew
heavy frost from the lines which
had disrupted service in the
DENVER —(UPD— A hooded
gunman came ug, behind Mrs.
Shirley L. Howe'
manded she turn over her mon-
“Oh, drop dead,” she told
“I’m not fooling — gimme the
money,” he Insisted.
’’I’m going to tell you some-
thing, buddy, ’ she replid.
■’I’ve got my gun with me and
I'm going to blow your head
The startled robber turned
and ran. Mrs. Howell said she
18. Not many
20. At home
21. God of war
30. Not bold
38. Sister In
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