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Scene From Top 0’ The Hill
By: Jack Kelly
All kiiws of guessing games
aid going og around Washington
the-e days. Political guessing
games, they are. Naturally, what ccuid you expect up here?
Even the World Series didn’t
make much of an inroad on the
bt js who keep the games going
cn politics. A big quesu n is:
“Who will run with Nixon?” but
the real knocker is “Will Lyn
don chocse Bobby?” How about
that one. Ridiculous on the face
of it? 1 agree. However, seme of
the guessing beys ’make out a
right good case. Their thinking
seems to run along the lines that
a straight Nixon-Johnson ccnlest
might leave an awful let of vot
ers sitting at home without a
care as to winning with either of
them. Ergo, ti becomes impirt-
I ant to pick a mate who will put
\ ya little spizz in the t : cket. Defi
nitely, a Lyndon-Bobby ticket
would make a lot of people hit
the voting machines. For vrfrm
they would vote would be a bit of
a question though.
Old Ike gave Nixon a bit of a
“kiss of death” the other day
when he named a half a dozen
or so Republicans who cou’d
get the nomination and forg et to
include Nixon until after Miss
Mamie whispered into his ear,
whereupon the elderly ex-Presi
dent added, in effect, that there
was. of course, always Dick
Made me feel sorry for Nixon.
He deserves more at Ike’s hands
than that. He can’t even erme
out and call Ike a such-and-such,
or say rr imply that the Gener
al is possibly getting senile or
short memoried, or anything
’ like that. Nixon just has to put
f on a grin and make be’ieve it
I didn't happen and besides Ike
vdidnd mean anything personal.
In regard to the LyndomjJobby
ticket, there are who
da’m that when Bobby returned
from Europe some months ago
and made with the mouth about
peace talks with the Viet Congs
and China that Lyndon did not
care for them and sent for the
New York Senator and chawed
h : m up into little pieces and spit
them out. Then concluded with
some remarks that within six
months Bobby would be nothing
and fnrertten. and politically
dead-duckish. Now 9ome of the
guessing-bovs, at that time, in
terpreted the remarks to mean
that Lyndon had a Peace Treaty
caning along in some six mon
ths or so. However, th&t time
limit has now passed and Bobby
is still cn the lively side and
still a thorn in the Boss's side.
Nobody loves a lively thorn but,
in politics, it has to be dealt with
st mohow. Even the guessing
boys adtnit that if Lyndon had
his "druthers" he would drouth
cr not take Bobby for -anything.
But, they “but” you. Lyndon
likes to win more than he likes
to lose, and a win with Bobby
would be better than a lose with
out him. -<~
They could be right, yet, until
they prove they are, I won’t go
too much for their theory. How
ever, if it did come to pass, and
that team got elected, wouldn’t
it be something to watch? Bobby
would refuse to do anything ex
cept what the Constitution re
quires, to wit, preside over the
Senate. He wouldn’t be about to
accept any foreign assignments
to attend birthday part ; es in
Sumatra and things like that. I
bet Bobby would schedule a
News Conference every Monday
morning and sort of give a run
down of the errors that the
‘‘Chief’ made the week previous.
These news affairs could be the
funniest ever held —for all ex
cept the “Boss.”
What would happen to Hubert?
How could they dump him?
Hubert could be disposed of
very simply. Appoint him to a
Cabinet spot or one of the num
erous Bureaus in Washington.
Hubert is a loyal man therefore
he would have to accept the for
tunes of politics. He is also a
competent man therefore he
would do a good jcb in the ap
pointment, whatever it might
be: Secretary of C''mmeree?
Why not? That job has been em
asculated since the advent of the
new Cab ; net position of Secre
tary of Transportation has come
into being. How about Secretary
of State? That used to be a ter
rific job No more, though. The
Defense and the White H'nfte
have run that one fre lo these
many years now. Then again,
why not set up a new position,
eav. Secretary of Miscellaneous
Affairs? That would be a terrific
catch-all and would have a whip
ping boy handy at aH times.
Aotually, the “Boss” would on
ly have one running- argument
W’th in the ur , ‘V , '’y event
that thev should team together
and get elected. It would have to
do with the itinerary for travel.
It would appear highly dubious
that the new Veep would go in
to Texas for any fund-raising
dinners or any other kind. Con
versely, I feel too confident of
the “Boss’s" good judgment tor
even consider that he might ac
cept an invitation to address any
group in the entire area of New
England. As a result, the Coun
try would have the benefit of
two hired hands staying on the
j<b in Washington and this novel
situation might well prove bene
ficial to the voting public, de
spite the fact it would cut down
lots of useless news being print
ed in the papers.
Personally, I don’t place too
much credence in the potential
of a Lvndori B~bby ticket al
though I do admit cf the possi
bility. Politics makes strange
bed-fellows and v'ce-versa. Now,
since the polls taken seem to
be a guidii/g con
cerned. we tmgm^iust\ get us a,
situation. "\J) / /
Tis Better to Light a Candle
Than to Curse the
Darkness... i
Aud umu abiitetlj faitlt, luiyr, aui) l
diaritg, tlira tljrre; but the greatest 1
of these is rljaritg. j
1. (Ciirinthiaiis: / |
Itbaplrr 13. llrrsr 13 *
One Gift Works Many Wonders
Written in memory of my
Grandfather, A. Erskine Miller.
By: Vlnita Miller Deyton
It is autumn.
The rustling of dying leaves of
The unwavering chant of the
cha-thas Verify it.
And he is gone.
No large-type print announced
His passing; no business stopped
Because he is no more.
No history book records deeds
of ha,
No multitudes heard his words.
Few knew the map we mourn.
He was a plain man:
No pretense in his speech; no
In hs manner or his dress.
He sought no fame; desired
No wealth Perhaps
You wonder why he is so missed.
The great did not know hkn.
But the poor did. .
He was to them a friend.
The sick knew him. .
They expected his humble efforts
Their bodies and spir.ts to mend.
The troubled knew him,
And drew strength from his pre
Because he had known trouble
and overcome.
The wayward ones knew him
And respected hjn for the man
he was:
A just one.
The Christians knew him
His life was an open book.
Each page a worthwhile page.
The bus nessmen knew him
As a law-abiding citizen.
His debts were always paid.
How is it
That a body of clay
Can hold all he was?
And how does the soul within
Make a body so dear
As his was to us?
He was strong enough
To be tender.
Oh! How tender were his ways!
He had experienced enough
To understand.
He understood . . that’s a lot
to say.
Inside that body was a soul
That caused h m
Never to mistreat a feliowman.
He was honest enough to see
His family just as they are,
As few parents can.
He had known want.
But had learned contentment. .
No one ever heard him complain
In life he knew much happiness;
But, too, he knew pain jH
heartbreak and care;
No matter . . he remained the
Let it be said of him that
He was what God intended him
to be:
He was wholly a man.
Ah! Pap-paw.
The emptiness you left
Ever seems to grow.
It’s because there’ll never be
Another like you.
I wonder, did you know—
Did our blundering words
And the things we did
Show you what you meant?
If not, I pray God to tell you.
For only He knows
How much you are nltsaed.
Your feet took careful steps
The ; r echoes effect our every
They will as long as we live.
Your hands—so calloused by toil,
Seemed never to take,
But always, somehow, to give.
There was something about
your smile
That burned itself
Into our hearts and minds.
You could laugh. You had
A sense of humor
That trouble and pain could not
Thank God for memory!
In ours we have you yet.
We still srn le at some joke you
Or at something you said.
Our lives are still enriched
Because of the prayers you
Pap-paw, the gardens have sur
rendered to the weeds;
The a‘r is cooler now.
Many birds have flown.
There hills you knew so well
Are a«*a ! n Dented orange sad
red and brown.
And you are gone.
It is autumn.
Your toil'ng is done.
Your harvesting is begun.
By: Robert E. Lee
(For the N. C. Bar Association)
What are the proposed amend
ments to the Constitution of
Noith Carclina to be voted upon
at the general election on Tues
day, November 7, 1967?
Six of the seven proposed
amendments deal with the elec
tion cf members of the General
Assembly. One deals with the
compensation to be received by
the members and presiding offi
cers of the General Assembly.
The proposed amendments im
posed upon the General Assem
bly the duty to revise the geo
graphical districts from which
members of the General As
sembly are elected “at the first
regular session convening after
the return of every decennial
enumeration taken by order of
Under these proposed amend
ments each member of the Sen
ate and House of Representatives
of the North Carolina General
Assembly must reprerent, as
nearly as may be, an equal num
ber of inhabitants.
These amendments become
necessary as a consequence of a
United States Supreme Court
Under the language of the
proposed amendments each Sen
ate and Representative district
must at all times consist of con
tiguous territory; and no county
can be divided in the formation
of either a Senate or Represen
tative district, V
Heretofore, / thi compensation
of the memoer-s and presiding
officers of the General Assem
bly has been fixed by express
provisions of the Constitution.
The present Constitution says
members of the General Assem
bly “shall receive as compensa
tion for their services the sum
of sls per day (S2O per day for
the presiding officers of the two
houses) for a period not exceed
ing one hundred and twenty
days.” In addition, while engag
ed in legislative duties, they
may receive “such subsistance
and travel allowance as shall be
established by law.”
The proposed substitute pro
vision reads: “The members and
officers of the General Assembly
shall receive for their services
a compensation to be establish
ed by the General Assembly. An
increase in the compensation of
members 'hall become effective
at the beginning of the next
regular session of the General
•• • •
Do the proposed constitutional
amendments change jhe number
of members of the General As
No. As provided in the Con
stitution, there will continue to
be fifty members of the Senate
and one hundred and twenty
members of ihe House of Re

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