Even up against tough Texas competition, Rep. Jim Scheuer, a New York Democrat, won the ninth annual Congressional Club chili cookoff against 14 other congressmen, including House Majority Leader Jim Wright. The judges, from the Joint Chiefs of Staff, were Air Force Gen. Charles A. Gabriel; Army Gen. John A. Wickham Jr.; Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Paul X. Kelley; Navy Adm. Ronald Hays, vice chief of naval operations; and Lt. Gen. Jack N. Merritt, director of the Joint Chiefs. Scheuer, who is also famous as a harmonica player (he won a 1933 harmonica championship), played "The Stars and Stripes Forever" and "The Skaters Waltz." And he would have played even if he hadn't won . . .

Two wealthy Texas ladies, A.M. Muncries and Frances Hanson, had lunch at the Four Seasons hotel Tuesday and liked a couple of Donald Vogel paintings they saw there, but didn't do anything about it. Yesterday, however, as their limousine was taking them with their husbands to National Airport where a private plane waited, they decided they had to have the paintings. They telephoned from the limo, returned to the hotel, and rushed back out with three paintings under their arms as the limo driver was telephoning ahead to tell the pliot takeoff would be delayed. Texans know how to get what they want . . .

Begin with a quarterback, end with a quarterback. With Joe Theismann briefly single, look to former New York Jets quarterback Joe Namath for marital bliss. He appeared on "The CBS Morning News" yesterday with his wife Deborah, who announced they are expecting in October. If it's a boy they're thinking of "John Jeffrey." A girl will be named "Jessica Grace" . . .