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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - February 5, 1962, Abilene, Texas "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS ORRDES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT 4- JU M 81ST YEAR, NO, 233 _________________ ABILENE, TEXAS, MONDAY MORNING, FEBRUARY 5, evnvrj SPUDDING GREW These happy fellows got the Promising Oil Co. No. 1 Fair Park to drilling back In 1938 at the West Texas Fair Grounds. From'loft, Homer Simons, E. A. Urigrcn, Frank Kelley of Colo- rado City and A. J. Not shown are such Promisors as General Counsel Harry Ratliff of C-City, Spiritual Adviser ,Ohio Bristow of Big Spring, et al. Students of business and eco- nomics, we present herewith what we promise is a final chap- ter-on that sterling organization of some years Ego, The Prom- wing Oil Co. of Colorado City. We cnn but hit the high points tri its history. It attracted to its (ilos miles of newspaper clip- pings it was cagy enough to acquire an Abilene agent, the late Charlie Ellis, wit as well as oil editor of this newspaper be- fore he went to give his life in World War II. Rumor says the Promising Oil Co. can be traced back to a certain domipo hall in C-Cily back in the law '30's. A porter there was promised pay and promised it again, ife so noted the promises and it so happened that the Promisors took his complaint, "You keep prom- and turned it into a name and themselves into a company. The company was not a part- nership and not a corporation. ]l dealt only in futures. Mostly distant futures. R. T. Dockrey was its pres- ident and the rest of the 35 members were vice presidents. Except Harry Ratliff, whose law office just happened to be near the domino hall. He was gen- eral counsel. And except, Bai- liff recalls, Obie Bristow of Big Spring. lie was vice president and spiritual adviser as well. The Promisors pulled Ihcir firsl business coup in and promptly formed a subsidiary, Pikes Peak Club. Gov. Allrcd had won Pikes Peak in a Cotlon Bowl bcl wilh the Colorado governor. The Promising Oil Co. pro- duced a lease from the Gover- nor to drill a well on Pikes Peak when the hill was moved lo Mitchell County. The Prom- isors promised that Ihe C-Cily promised to keep Ihc peak forever capped with ice and snow. The Promisors did some muttering over delay of their Pikes wildcat. The Stale was very slow in moving mountains those days. The Promising Co. bought some leases. Heal wild wildcat stuff because it could afford no other. It. even sold a lease in Scurry and made enough money to declare a dividend- paid on bedsheet she checks. The company thought big. Then the -Promisors filed for and got permission to drill n vildcat at the West Texas Fair Grounds during, of course, Ihe ?air. Application was to drill 'with cable tools and cork- screw." Contract called for the drilling to continue lo: 1. Pro- duction; 2. Quit; or, 3. 60 feet. A record crowd turned out for be spudding of the No. 1 Fair Park. The Promising Oil Co. came n a caravan from C-City lo the :rair grounds. There were speeches and ceremonies. Ral- liff, Ellis, Dr. Harry Logsden, J. C. Watson, A. C. Humphrey, D. H. Jcfferies, Art Frazier, J. C. Hunter Si-, E. A. Ungren, S. B, Roberts, Earl Cypcrl..all hose names, nnd more were in .he stories. Art Frazier was the contra c- :or and Ihe firsl day the crew made enough hole lo almost cov- er Ihe bit. "lUmning high and looking the rumors said. Next day (here was more news. The S. B. Roberts Co, and the In and Out Oil Co. asked for and ;ot from JP Theo Ash an in- junction. The Hardly Able Oil Co., through ils Andrew Howsley of Albany, joined. Things got confusin'. Dist. Judge Milburn Long stepped down from the bench lo be plaintiffs' attorney. Roberts' at- torneys, Grisham and King, de- cided to represent the defend- ants in the absence of Ratliff. Bond was set at which, by its puny size, so in- sulted Ihe Promisors thai they sent their said porter lo sign it. Ash decided to Ihrow both sides in jail. The drilling crews went right ahead as long as Ihe Fair lasted. And, finally, Ihe whole thing was transferred lo the League of Nalions, a proper enough place for such zany do- ings lo land. Files of the Promising Oil Co. died out in 1042. In the last let- ter Ratliff wrote and it was to the president of Finck Cigars, who was trying to collect for some seegars the porter had bought the genera] counsel declared the company was still a going concern. "We're all go- ing lo the war." But there is one footnote to the Promising Oil Co. business denlin's which needs to be noted, cruel though the' mention of it may be. That lease the fellows sold to make the only profit they ever divided? It's now lousy with oil wells. Somebody else's. 18 KILLED Airliner Crashes In Central Peru [LIMA, Peru fAP) A passen- ger plane crashed In (he moun- tains of cent ml .Peru Sunday. First rcporls said IB Including four Americans had been killed. site o{ Hip, crash was lo- cated 10 miles northwest of Tingo Maria, a tiny community on Ih led batik of Ihe lluallnga Rivei nboul 215 miles from Lima. Authorities Identified Hie plane only as belonging to Fnucelt lines. Cuba Getting Large Number Of Red MIGs By. LEWIS GULICK WASHINGTON (AP) Cuba now has 50 to 100 MIG jel fighters and may be receiving some So- bombers and short-range in new Communist-bloc arms shipments, according lo in ormalion received here. Experts estimated Sunday the otal worth of Red military assist- ance to Prime Minisler Fidel Cas- ro al some million so far, :ounting bolh hardware and tech- nical help, wilh most of the arms deliveries completed in a 12- rrionth period ended last August. They believe a fresii flow of Red weapons is starling after an .iritis-assimilation period which began in Cuba last summer. In his phase, Soviet-bloc inslructors Castro forces along Communist lines. This information was made ivaflabte to the U.S. delegation at he just-concluded Punta del Este conference of hemispliere foreign minislers. The Council of the Organization of American Stales meets Wednesday to follow up' on Punla del Eslc recommendations against the Caslro regime. These ncluded a clampdown on illicit Cuban arms shipments to other Wnerican countries. By getting some 200.COO mod- ern small arms from Ihe Red bloc, Castro was reported able to e I e a s e older, Western-made veapons for subversive opera- ions in this hemisphere. Current information here is that n a first round of massive rnil- tary assistance, delivered main- y between the fall of 1960 and ate summer 1961, Ihc Commu- nist bloc shipped to Cuba: 50-100 j jet fighters; 150-200 medium ind heavy lanks; 50-100 assault guns; pieces of field ar- .illcry; pieces of antiair- craft arlillery; 500 mortars; 000 small arms; trucks and other vehicles. While Cuba is airiong Ihe small- er Latin-American countries, il las buill up Ihe biggest military establishment. Castro 3AV 3103 j 9908 xa oo S3ivs Associated Press (if) H JairMSaS WltJOUOtW Lasnes JFK For Banning Imports Leader Predicts Latin Revolution WHERE BROTHERS BURNED Two brothers, Bobby Ray, 22, and Ronnie Lee Hamilton, 18, died and a teen-aged girl, Miss Vesta Reed, 17, was burned critical- ly in an apartment house fire in Dallas early Sunday. Three firemen were in- jured in fighting the blaze. (AP Wirephoto) DID SPEARS LIE? Airliner Bomb Story Rejected HAVANA (AP) Prime Minis- ter Fidel Castro Sunday night hurled a scathing indictment at the United Stales and accused President Kennedy of compound- ing "felony with hyprocrisy" with his ban on Cuban products. 'The old order is Castro told a roaring mass of sup- porters as he spoke under a pow- erful bank of spotlights. He roared his defiance of the Organ- ization of American States, which voted lo expel his Communist re- lime, and he predicted revolution llould sweep Latin America "like march of giants." The bearded Castro called Ken- edy "impudent" for his order 'riday lightening the U.S., eco- omic squeeze on Cuba. U.S. administration officials in Washington eslimate the action cost Cuba million a year will be a severe blow lo Cas- plans to export communism other Latin-American coun- rics. Castro submitted lo a monster rmvd spread in front of him a o-called Declaration of Havana enouncing the United States and ther countries be accused of fos- ering what he called the hemis- iliere's many ills. As the crowd bellowed its en- dorsement, Castro offered a com- larison of Cuba and the United ;tates. He said: "Cuba votes for eul ure, the United Stales for ignor- mce...Cuba for industrialization he United States for underdevel pmenl...Cuba for truth, the Unit d Slates for Hie lie...Cuba for lib ration, the United States for op iression...Cuba for socialism, the United Stales for capitalism." "Revolution is he aid. "It is determined by llic Conditions a! misery in which flan lives in Latin America." Castro said the United Slale. tad suffered a major defeat ar he Punla del Esle foreign min- sters conference which ended asl Thursday. The bearded prime minister See CASTRO, Pg. 2-A, Col. 5 By CHARLES STAFFORD TAMPA, Fla. (AP) _ William Allen Taylor Jr. said Sunday his 'alhcr could not have carried a jomb aboard a National Airlines plane two years ago unless "he MRS. JOE C. JAMKS fourth candidate Mrs. James Will Seek House Seat Mrs. Joe C. .lames of V26 Haw- thorne St., announced Sunday nighl that she would bo a candid- ale for Slate Representative, Place 2, subject to Ihe aelion of the voters in (he Democratic primary, May. 5. Mrs. James said she file for the office Monday nnd make her formal announcement wllliin Ihc next few days. She will be opposing Don Norris nnd A. C. Kyle on the Democratic lickcl. Ed Templelon has filed See CANDIDATE, Pg. 2-A, Col. (vas eilber hypnotized or drugged." The plane, flight No. 967, dis- appeared into the Gulf of Mexico wilh 42 persons aboard on Nov. 16, 1959, while en route from Tampa lo Dallas. Convict Robert Vernon Spears told his story to Edmund A. Bark- er, radio and television news di rector for station KRLD in Dal- las. The slory was copyrighted by the Dallas Times Herald. Young Taylor, 19, a bookkeeper, called it a fabrication by Spears: Spears is serving a sentence in Alcalraz on a charge, ironically, of stealing Ihe ulcler Taylor's car. A 67-year-old naluropalh, Spears was on the passenger list for flight (107. He had insured his life for S121.000 and was arrested by BI agents in a Phoenix, Ariz., motel two months after the plane TI disappeared. In interviews with Barker, Spears said be had asked William Allen Taylor of old friend with whom he had served time in make a bomb so that he could "take care" ol a woman witness against him in a Los Angeles abortion case. Spears said he came to Tampn lo discuss the plans. Taylor, ho said, lold him he wanted lo go lo Dallas to gel a brace for his injured neck asked to use Spears' airline lickcl because he was in so much pain he could nol drive. Spears said ho lasl saw Taylor walking through Ihe door to the airport wilh (he homemade bomb wrapped in a package under his arm and carrying a small bag The FBI in Washington would answer no questions alxjut Spears' slory and imposed a strict clamp down on information about the case. Young Taylor, interviewed Sun clay at Ihe home of his mother said the convict's slory conlra diets cvcryting he has said (ire viously. !lc added lhal an inves tigalion had shown Spears as ,1 practitioner of hypnosis. Taylor said his father couldn'i have made bomb. "He didn't know anything about jombs at he said. "He wouldn't even adjust Ihe carbure- tor of his car. The FBI wenl through everything he and :lug into his background and round nothing lo indicate that he nad any knowledge of The youth, who was then a high school senior, said he saw his fa- ther and Spears in a hotel llw night thai flight 967 took off, and "bolh were in good spirits." His father did not complain of a sore neck, he said, although he had suffered a neck injury four or five years earlier in an auto- mobile accident. Mohon Viewing New House Post COLORADO CITY District Judge Eldoii B. Malion loomed Sunday as a likely candidate for 'cxas Congressman-at-Large. lie told The Abilene Reporter- News Sunday night he was strong- ly considering making the race. Monday is Ihe deadline for filing for office. He said he would go to Austin Monday. If be enters the race, he would file bis candidacy with Ihe Stale Democratic Parly head- Ihcre. Mahon is judge of the 32nd Dis- trict Court which serves Mitchell, Nolan am! Fisher counties. Texas will elect a congrcssman- al-large this year as a result of one congressman from (he increased population shown in the 1060 census. The slate legisla- urc last year failed to redistrict Ihe stale, so Ihe congressman will be elected at large and will serve Ihe entire slate. Texas has 22 other congressmen serving thai number of districts. "In recent days, I have been encouraged to run for congress- Judge Mahon said. "Today (Sunday) I have had many urgings from over Texas and they have been most encouraging." Three Democratic candidates have announced thus far for con- grcssman-al-large. They arc County Judge Woodrow Bean of El Paso, Warren Moore, Tyler WEATHER J S. DKPABTMHST OK WEATHER BUIIKAU tiifalhrr .Map. imjre I ABILENE AND VICINITY (Il'idta w tulpsj l'nrlly cloudy and lurninK sh.irply older Monday vvllh the weather clear to arily clouilrr and miller Monday and Icinday night. Partly cloudy to cluuily Tuesday. Ilish Monday, -KM5; low Mond.ii icht, near 25: hUh Tuesday, near 43 NCHITI! WEST TKXAS-Clcar to Cilrllv Monday and Tue.sday. Windv anil colder Monday. lllsh Mon- lav 3-2 North lo 55 Somh. TKMPKIMTUIIES iunilay >.m. Sundaj p.m. 56 7fi 51 7H low lor 34-hnurs 59 73 High anil 82 ;md 51. Jlitfh nnd samp d.ite last yetir- 59 ncl 3-2, Sunset last nitjht: 6il5; sunrise today: :30: sunset irnii.ehl: JInromelcr at 9 p.m. Humidity at 20 per ocnL (onnally 'Very Likely' Candidate J. Ed Connally of chairman of the Slate Democratic Executive Committee, said Sun- day it was "very likely" that he will file Monday as a candidate "or from Texas. But, he added, he was nol mak- g an announcement of his in- tentions Sunday. Connally said he will go to Aus- tin Monday, the deadline for' filings, and accept filings from a number of candidates, including Gov. Pi-ice Daniel, who has an- nounced he will seek reelection. "And 1 rather suspect thal's (Connally's filing) whal will hap- pen." He explained he wants to "hold off" on lus filing until all others are through. Connally said he had "pretty well covered Ihe slate" in making his political plans and if he runs for the newly-created posl, "I will devote full time to and carry on an extensive state-wide campaign. He added he would have cam- paign managers in different areas as the election is state-wide. He would not say Sunday who any of Ihe managers would be. Connally also said he would ten- der his resignation as executive committee chairman if he decides to mn for congressman. Some of Cunnally's friends in Abilene and around Ihe state re- vealed last week the 52-year-old oilman was strongly 1, making Ihc race, but at that Connally was in New York City and unavailable for comment. Sunday he saiO'he was in New York strictly on business and had not gone to Washington to discuss hi.s plans The new congressional post was brought about as the result of the I860 census, which gave Texas its 23rd member of Ihe House. Throe other Democrats have an- nounced for the Moore Mauley Head and Wood- row Bean There are also two Re- publican Miller and Desmond Barrv. C47 Crash Seven on JUDGE EI.DON B. MAHON fining to Anslln lawyer, and Manley Head, Aus- tin attorney. Mahon,