National Affairs: Trouble with Texas

Texas' handsome Governor Allan Shivers drove up to the executive mansion in Springfield, Ill. one morning last week, doffed his broad-brimmed straw hat, and hurried in to talk to Adlai Stevenson. He wanted a straight answer to a question that looms mighty big in Texas: What is Stevenson's stand on tidelands oil? Should the states or the Federal Government control the oil deposits in the tidelands, the submerged strips between low-water mark and the offshore boundaries?

The two men talked for 4½ hours. In mid-afternoon Shivers came out smiling, said he was going to mosey around and might look at Abe Lincoln's...

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