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Ada Evening News, The (Newspaper) - July 8, 1962, Ada, Oklahoma Mysterious Lights Ramble In Pasture Near Allen By W. L. KNICKMEYER You can say one.thing definite- ly: some lights have been seen by night in a field.on the 4B Ranch near Allen. Beyond that, it's all pretty spec- ulative. The lights may be supernatural. They may' be.foxfire, will-o'-the- wisp, ignis fatuus, or some Bother natural, though mysterious, phe- nomenon. -Or they may indicate that the Martians have landed in Pontotoc County and are working a night shift to consolidate their beachhead. waited. And after awhile, sure enough: Lights. "They, looked like balls of col- ored Starns says. "Like fireworks, but there was no noise with it, and no sparks. There was ______r....... u a glowing ball, close to the ground and when he stopped to investi-jand other balls went up and out gate he learned they were loaded from that and fell back to t h e with Allen youngsters who h a d i ground." thing may be an elaborate hoax. The lights were first reported to the NEWS by Bill Starns, who saw them one 'night when he was starting on a hunting trip' in the area. Starns says he found seven or eight cars parked along the road, come out to "watch the lights." The mysterious 'Slams was told, had been appearing with some regularity, -almost every night for several weeks. On the other hand, the whole! Starns joined the group a.nd NEWS Reporter Observes Lights On Busby Ranch By JOHN BENNETT If this "Fireball Mystery" isn't solved soon, my'medi- cal bill will look ridiculous. Curiosity and doubts drove me to chiggered-bitten- legs and mosquito swollen arms and all because of another reporter. W. L. Knickmyer's account of the glowing "Fox or what have you caused it all. I had to go see. So one night last week I took a trip out to where the mystery fire balls have been see at the Busby Ranch. It was about 11 p. m. when'I rolled my car to the vant- age point overlooking the area where the weird "lights'" were reported. A group of Allen teen-agers, lighted by a quarter moon, were grouped near the fence line surrounding the field. They were waiting for the nocturnal appearance. I ap proached them, noisely crashing through weeds to the fence line, and they reproached me. "Keep it low, will After hearing what they knew about the thing one guy, Ronnie Black, reported he had witnessed the phe- nomonen for a year we walked through the knee-high weeds right up against the barbed-wire fence and took our posts. "Just look down a boy said pointing to the dim outline of trees about 600 yards away. "That's where they always start up." We waited about five minutes, all the time whisper- ing theories, and shifting restively while chiggers crawl- ed up our pants legs. Across the field the moon showed'the dinr-outline of corn stalks next to plowed ground.. The corn field dis- appeared into trees that grew In a ravine. I was about to give it up when one of the teen-agers said something. "Did you see he asked non-chalantly. "Nope." "Well look down again pointing to the spot where the lights usually appeared. And there it was. It looked orange, like light filtering through trees from a window of a house. And that's what I thought. "That's just a house I scoffed. The boys and girls answered in chorus if that was a house light it was the first one they had ever seen that danced and changed colors. And by golly it did. It started glowing bigger and bigger and giving off a diffused orange, then red, then yellow light. For a full five minutes the light glowed like a dying ember. Then things started happening. The lights began to dance. They flickered eerily up and down like a bouncing luminous ball, then darted sideways. The single ball of light appeared about three feet in diameter. "They're starting up someone said excitedly. "You just stand still now and we may see something." During its fantastic flight back and forth, it changed colors: first orange, then yellow, then red. But it stayed in one general area, behind what looked like a sparse growth of trees. As we watched, one of the boys, Ronnie Black, told how a week ago a piece of the ball of fire bounded away (Continued on page three) The fireballs Starns saw came in various colors: green, yellow. some of the Allen boys told him they'd seen them bounce around over the field. Starns estimated the lights glowed for 15 or 20 seconds before going out. Distrustful of the exhibition, Starns charged out across the field to where he had seen the there he saw another light, a blue glow, close to the ground, in the woods beyond the field. A few seconds later, a similar light glowed, perhaps a quarter mile from the first. attention until it transpired that it was made by the lights of a cari- occupied by a highly inebri- ated citizen who was sleeping off his drunk. After awhile.somebody than eight cars, with something drove around and turned off his ed back into the boondocks, faint- ly skeptical but ever hopeful. Starns was there ahead of me, with a couple of his fellow-em- ployes from Also no less "And nobody could run thatjlike 20 teen-aged Allenites. Also lights as an act of Christian kindr Starns comments. I Marshall Erwin, foreman of the ness. _ _ J i.1_ _i_ T_ _ ...I__ 4- fnr. .i.Unl nA _ fast, Starns was convinced that hei4B, who came to see.what all the open ground I couldn't find a sign o( a track. red and blue. -They were 15-18! There weren't any cords or wires inches in diameter. .'that might have been used to The ones Starns watched went: set the things off." ,vhen they-hit the ground; but While Sta king around got into the act. The boss said it sounded like a good story and told me to check it out. And shortly after nightfall, about 9 o'clock, I much interested in seeing them because he left almost at once. The rest of us waited. There was a white glow off across the turned off the highway and head-jfield to the left..It attracted some And we waited.' Meanwhile I talked to a few of the regular visitors. Johnny Plunk said he'd seen the lights pre- viously: his description matched Starns' pretty closely. Harvey Huckeby also confirmed th'e exis- tence of the lights and said they moved around all over the field And Bruce Roark added that he'd, been hearing about some sort of lights over in this area ever since he was little but had never actually seen them until re- cently. After that, things got confused. There were too many people, and it was too dark, to keep track of who was saying what. But all the stories were-fairly consistent, with no more varia- tion than you'd expect from a group of eyewitnesses. And the speakers were sincere. It was evi- dent that something had been go- ing on in that field. Some of the boys had brought their girl friends with them, and I tried questioning one of these. Her description didn't add much. "You she said. "Just lights. Moving around." She moved.her hands and added with pleasing candor, "It scares me." Some of the boys professed to have "chased after" the lights, biit with no more success in catch- ing them or finding explanatory evidence than Starns had had. Another boy's attitude was a lit- (Continued on THE ADA EVENING NEWS 59TH YEAR NO. 100 ADA, OKLAHOMA, SUNDAY, JULY 8, 1962 36 Pages 5 CENTS WEEKDAY, 10 CENTS SUNDAY Youths Find Italian Plane In Jungle North Of Bombay HARJO NO. Service Oil Company neared completion of its third well in tha South Allen' Field this week. Here racks of drill item ftand on the floor, after being pulled in preparation for casing jetting which was scheduled Saturday. Melco .Sem-. inole, is for" a test of'-the Viola and Wil-' cox formationi will be early next Staff Explorers Locate Rich Oil Formations In Allen Area A decision to explore paid off this spring for Cities Service Oil Company. Following a calculated guess and deeper drilling, the com- pany tapped two rich formations previously never tested in the South Allen Field. The big discovery for the little field tapped the rich Viola and Wilcox formations at depths around 3950 and 4000 feet. The field, which was develop- ed in 1927, has pumped and flowed out of the shallow Gil- crease and Cromwell sands (about 1000 "We had never before tested the deeper said a Cities Service spokesman, "so we went in this spring hoping." The hope paid off in one of the best producers discovered by Cities Service in this area. And the field looks promising for future drilling. "We've drilled two good ones, are on another and have two. more said the spokesman. The company completed the second well Perry No. 22 on May 26, about a mile from the South Canadian River in the heart of the pool. The first Perry 21 proved a good producer beside neighboring No. 22 and both were dual-completion wells. Perry No. 22 gave an initial of almost 1.000 barrels daily. On state potential of the Viola limestone, from to feet, the well flowed at a daily rate of 770 barrels. A test showed some pretty en- couraging results for Cities Service. a 10 hour flow test produced 321 barrels of oil to the tanks through a inch choke with- a flowing tube pres- sure of. 160 pounds. The ratio between oil and gas was 112 to 1. The Viola lime rests .above the Wilcox. Both are Ordovician in period. The Viola's thickness is about the-same-on both-No. 21 and 22, as is the Wilcox. And both Perry 21 and 22 are dual completion wells that is both the Viola and-Wilcox for- mations produce through the (Continued on Two) Steed Offers Proposal Aimed At Foreign Oil AN ancient cabin is near the place where mysterious light! have been spotted on the Busby Ranch. Some folks say the cabin almost 100 years old is haunted, and think the lights have something to do with the old building. Even without lights, the rustic log cabin is pretty Staff TULSA Tom Steed is up in arms over imports of for- eign oil into the United- States. In his fight to cut oil imports, Steed this week introduced in the House a 27% per cent depletion allowance for production of oil and natural gas outside the United States by domestic companies. The bill, referred to the House Ways and Means Committee, was the first of three retaliation meas- ures Steed promised when his pro- posal to amend and revise the for- eign trade bill was defeated. His next rebuttal steps include a bill to cut domestic depletion allowances for big companies, and a bill to require U.S. flag ship- ment of crude oil. Introduction of these measures is planned as the trade bill progresses toward en- actment, he said. Steed believes that petroleum is the one indispensable, source of energy, and that unless something is done to change the import trend the United States is faced with disaster. Not only is the trend harmful to the domestic economy, he re-j cently told the'House, but it con-j stitutes a reliance upon uncertain' sources for petroleum and its pro- (Continued on Page.Two} U.S. Blasts Secret Bomb Atop Ground CAMP MERCURY, Nev. (AP) United .States fired a secret low power nuclear weapon a few feet above the desert Saturday in the first resumption of aerial nu- clear testing cm its own soil since 1958. 1 The Atomic Energy Commission i and the Department of Defense said the explosion was to test the effects of nuclear weapons. The mighty blast may be a prelude to tests next week using troops in atomic battlefield'con- ditions. Such tests have been re- ported forthcoming, without offi- cial confirmation. Secrecy cloaked Saturday's test at the Nevada.test site. Roads to the vicinity blocked, and .outside observers were barred. Fate Of 94 Is Unknown; Shepherds Find Wreckage Amid Flurry Of Reports BOMBAY, India (AP) Police said early Sunday two shepherd boys found the wreckage 'of a plane believed to be an Alitalia jetliner that disappeared with 94 per- sons aboard. They said the wreckage was sighted on a hill in the jungles about 50 miles northeast of Bombay. Officers at the town of Junnar reported the body of one man apparently a European had been found in the wreckage. They said an Italian lira note was found nearby. There were no immediate reports of other victims. The police placed the crash site 14 miles west of Junnar. The announcement came after unconfirmed reports reached the Santa Cruz Airport in Bom- bay that the wreckage of the Ital- ian DCS had been sighted by a truck driver, near the town of This meant'it had an ex-' plosive force'up to 20 kilotons, equal to tons of TNT. In view of the security regula- tions, there was no immediate description from, the scene. The blast was expected to produce the familiar mushroom cloud and to send dirt, dust and debris show- ering high above the desert floor. Tremendous though it was by conventional standards, Saturday's shot was a pygmy in the Atomic Age. It .was a fifth as powerful as Friday's gigantic H-bomb blast from a chamber 650 feet deep in the ground. Off-site radiation was predicted to stay well within established ranges, but the .Atomic Energy Commission was monitoring ra- dioactivity up to 300'miles away. The explosion came after two at Camp Mercury and the other in the Pacific were postponed for 24 hours or more because 'of unfavorable weather conditions. Unfavorable weather caused re- scheduling of a high-altitude nu- clear warhead firing, mounted on a Thor missile, above Johnston Island 750 miles southwest of Honolulu. It was re-set for between 4 a.m. and a.m., EST Sunday. The Camp Mercury test Satur- day was the first atmospheric shot in Nevada since 1958 when the United States, Great Britain and 'the Soviet Union agreed to halt nuclear testing. American at- mospheric tests have been made recently in the Pacific. Forty-two underground nuclear explosions in Nevada have been announced since last September. Published reports said soldiers were expected from Ft. Lewis, Wash., over the weekend to pre- pare for secret battleground .ma- neuvers. There was no official confirmation of the reports, but dozens of. tanks.rolled on flatcars through nearby Las Vegas Fri- day. ifo..' ._._._ Khed, about: 60 miles east of Bombay. Rescue teams were sent to that area. 'Earlier police investi- -gators had been sent to Murbad, about 50 miles in a more south- easterly direction from Bombay, to check into reports that wreck- age of a plane had been found there. They said this report had come from a government official at Murbad. The'big Italian jet vanished Sat- urday in a monsoon rainstorm moments before it was due to land at Bombay. There had been fears the plane was down east of Bombay in mountainous jungles inhabited by snakes, 'leopards, tigers and the Warli and Katkari tribes, who still use bows and arrows. Six planes of the Indian Air Force were called off at nightfall. But police patrols in jeeps con- tinued the search through an area of several hundred square 'miles. Continued rains hampered the search. In places the jungle is thick and trackless, making location of any wreckage difficult. On the theory the plane might have flown on west of this port and plunged into the Arabian Sea, the Indian government also or- dered naval vessels to look for wreckage. Alitalia Airlines said its plane, on a flight from Australia to Rome, carried 85 passengers and a crew of 9. It was not known whether any Americans were aboard. The airline said the plane last reported it was about eight miles (Continued on Two) VIENNA ____doctors will .go, Monday in a demand for an increase of fees from the sick- ness compensation funds, a gov- ernment-controlled health insur- ance pool compulsory for all workers and employes. Only emergency teams wfll re- main on duty in hospitals and first during the 24-hour expert is a person who who knows all the answers if you ask the right questions. (Copr. Gen. Fea. Corp.) Doctors In Austria Get Strike Idea aid stations walkout The strike, called by the Aus- trian Chamber of Doctors, comes at the height of a major domestic crisis which erupted last week in a series of strike threats from the country's postal -employes and police and gendarmes. The postal employes demanded a substantial service bonus, the po- licemen an increase of salaries. The postal strike, called during the absence of Chancellor Alfons Gorbach in Moscow, was averted in a last-minute compromise which led to a split in the govern- ment coalition. The doctors' strike movement originated in Vienna after the in- surance fund turned down the de- mand to raise doctors' fees by 65 per cent under a new contract. Doctors throughout the prov- inces decided to join the strike in support of their Viennese col- leagues. The doctors said their contract fees have been lagging considera- bly behind, compared with wage increases of other groups. The doctors said a physician gets only about 25 cents from the fund for a call on a patient. The fund has some doctors under contract to give free serv- ices to the insured. Because doc- tors in Vienna do not now have a contract, patients must pay doc- tors in cash and then try to get their money back from the fund. The doctors have increased their fees and the patients may. get only part of their bill reimbursed. The strike announcement brought a wave of protests from Tade unions. Space Unions Set July 23 Strike Date BURBANK, Calif. for workers have set a strike for July 23. They -said it would cripple the United States aerospace industry. The strike decision was reached Saturday at a meeting between top-level negotiators of the national Association of Machinists and the United Aerospace Work- ers, AFL-CIO. A walkout would involve produc- tion workers at missile and air- plane plants throughout the na- tion, as well as at many missile bases. The -announcement came a few days after a clear indication from a federal official that the admin- istration would' step in to avert any, tieup in the sprawling aero-. space industryTWhat action might be taken was not disclosed. Unless contract agreements are reached by July 23, union nego- tiators said, the two unions will strike' all plants of Lockheed, North American, .Douglas, Gener- al Dynamics-Convair, Ryan Aero- nautical and Aerojet General throughout the United States. Workers also will be called off the job at these missile bases: Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.; Pacific Missile Range; Cape Canaveral, Fla.; Sheppard AFB, Tex.; Dyess AFB, Tex.; Walker AFB, Roswell, N.M.; coln AFB, Neb.; Warren AFB, Cheyenne, Wyo.; Fan-child AFB, and missile bases at White Sands, N.M.; Omaha, Neb.; Pittsburgh, N.Y.; Forbes, Kan.; Shilling, Kan.; Altus, Okla., and Neosha, Mo. Negotiators said the companies will be given notice of contract termination on July 13, with the strike date set for 10 days later. The strike date had been set ten- tatively a few days ago. Federal Mediator Walter Mag: giolo said a few days ago that Labor Secretary Arthur Goldberg won't tolerate a walkout in the huge aerospace industry but did not indicate what action the ad- ministration, toight take in event a strike was called. (Continued on Two) OKLAHOMA Clear to part- ly cloudy and warm through Sunday night; widely scattered late afternoon and nighttime thiradershowers extreme west portion; low tonight 66-76; high Sunday 90-100. High temperature In Ada Sat- urday was X, after a Friday night low of 75; reading at S p. m. Saturday, 93. Reapportionment Calms County Political Scene By ERNEST THOMPSON The Pontotoc County political scene, like the rest of the state, is marked by sort of an expectant hush as legislators and candidate's await a decision on re- apportionment. The general feeling here is that Gov. J. Howard Edmondson will not call a special session of the legislature, but will instead .at- tempt to push for a vote on an initiative petition now tied up in court. Failing in most politicos feel the Governor will toss the ball back to "the three-man federal court which declared Oklahoma's current apportionment laws un- constitutional three weeks ago. Several alternate plans have been proposed. The latest one is being talked up by Jake Blevins; Ada attorney and a man close to the Edmond- son administration. Blevins says a similar decision in Tennessee was worked out when the legisla- ture made a "substantial start" toward reapportionment. He there- fore proposes to reapportion the state senate on the basis of popu- lation, leave the house of repre- sentatives, -as it is (for the time being) and'alleviate the need for a complete shakeup 'in the legis- lature. At .least--ons candidate thinks the court may assume au- thority for making all the candi- dates in 'the state run at large in the November general election. Still another alternative would be for Edmondson to call a spe- cial session with the previous agreement that a majority of the legislators would limit debate to the question of reapportioning themselves according to the pres- ent constitutional formula. This is deemed highly unlikely because it would entail many legislators voting their own districts out of existence or at least 'taking on new electoral territory. Getting a majority to agree to here 1 limit idiscussion to- reapportion- ment is another problem. A state! senator from southeastern Oklaho-' ma has been quoted as saying j Edmondson "wouldn't dare" call a special session because many legislators have threatened var- ious "investigations" of the gov- ernor's office itself. While the letislative problem is still up in the air, candidates for governor are quietly making the rounds of the state, prior to a big 'push in the fall. 'W. P. "Bill" Atkinson, the Democratic nominee, was in Ada last week for a Chamber of Com- merce meeting. He made some friends here when he: pledged unqualified sup- port of a new water pollution lab- oratory planned for construction south of Ada. Henry Bellmon, the Republican standard-bearer, was also in southeastern Oklahoma and Pon- totoc County. He spent Thursday night at Irl Rhynes' ranch, south- east of Ada, where he toured the site of a giant Republican rally in mid-August. Barry GoIoTwater, a conservative spokesman for the G.O.P., will attend the rally. Bellmon also attended an infor- mal meeting at the Coalgate Chamber of Commerce Friday morning. With him were h i s family and some members of his state staff. Four Pontotoc County Republic can candidates were on the tour with Bellmon: J. W. Albritton (state Bob Cox (repre- sentative no. Ted Seaman (representative no. and Charley Truitt Bellmon continued his swing through southeastern Oklahoma Friday and Saturday as he visit- ed Atoka, Antlers, Hugo and oth- er-cities. .If appears both candidates are holding their fire until later in the campaign. Neither has shown much enthusiasm about taking a stand on reapportionment while the current crisis is still pending.' In earlier statements, both candidates supported constitution- al reapportionment ;