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Uranium Sitting in Kenedy I Mr. Evans Thinks It Cures . Corns, But Author Can’t Say KENEDY Kenedy, always up with the times, has taken up uranium sitting. An edifice has been rented for that purpose, and all corners with their sundry ailments can sit till their heart’s content. The current rate is twobucks a sitting. One having the two bucks can come in, flop in a chair, and let the gamma rays course through one’s tootsies until one’s nose lights up like a neon tube–=if he has a couple of hundred years to wait. I have heard that some of the patientS in other_ sitting houses were bothered by cows coming in and licking their faces while they were busy at their health pursuit, but as to whether they considered it part of the treatment or raised objections, I am not qualified to say. Hugh Smith, Rart owner of the Kenedy enterprise, says that it helped cure his corns. Mr. Eugene Echols, a 92-year-old retired undertaker, stated that if he made one more trip he’d feel like a 16-year-old boy again. Mr. Evans, who owns the shed where the medications take place, stated that he had not been in there sitting. When asked why he did not take advantage of this wonderful new phenomenon, he replied that he had nothing wrong with him. He further stipulated that one doesn’t go to the doctor when one is feeling well and that he didn’t see why he should sit in the uranium dirt under the circumstances. He said, however, that he was certain of its health-giving powers. WANTING TO BE on the safe side, I asked a local doctor, who threatened dire consequences if I used his name. One never knows when one might get run over by a truck, especially when one writes for the Observer, and get under his care, so I heeded him. He stated that he had no objections to the populace sitting in the uranium dirt for two reasons. “rn the first place,” he said; “I have that won’t harm them, since the dirt is not concentrated enough to do any harm. There are instances of people working in a watch dial factory who got contaminated by the concentrated radioactive substances they were working with, and not a thing could he done to get the substances out of their systems, so the material slowly burned them up and made their life span much LEGAL ADVERTISEMENTS CITATION BY PUBLICATION rHE STATE OF TEXAS TO Vernon E. Begley. Defendant. in the hereinafter styled and numbered cause: Witness, 0. T. Marti*. Jr.. Clerk of the District Courts of. Travis County. Texas. Issued and given under ‘my hind and the seal of said Court set office 4a the. City of Austin, this the 1 4th day of October, I966. O. T. MARTIN, JR. Mork of the District Courts, Travis County, Texas. By MAIM BALLARD, Deputy. shorter than it ordinarily would have been. We have substances now that will stay radioactive in the body not longer than ten minutes. These are not harmful, but anything that we can’t .remove will kill you. “The second reason I have no objections is that people can squander their money any damn way they see fit and it is their own business. They can drink,it up,. throw it away, gamble it, or lose it, and they have a perfect right to do it. Or they can go sit in the uranium dirt.” A man with the state health depart ment stated that there were no beneficial results to be had from the uranium sitting houses and forbade them to advertise the effects as medicinally beneficial. One geologist stated that his examination of the radioactivity in the uranium houses he had visited showed that there was more uranium in the granite of the State Capitol than in any of the uranium sitting places he The Texas Mind The Texas Observer Page 6 October 26, 1455 had visited. So taxpayers take heed: -anyone desiring uranium sitting treatments need _riot bother spending the two bucks with these commercial houses. Just go down to the State Capitol, take off your shoes, and stick your feet up against the wall. There’s plenty of room for everybody, even legislators. \(You understand I wouldn’t want anybody to get acctised of DALLAS Would that the Observer had an artist on its staff ! Being a humble enterprise, we must Merely . report the Tekas art exhibit at the State Fair here, sternly repressing all plebeian responses that we may be spared the long look down ‘the patrician nose. Presented annnally: in connection with the State, Fair, the exhibit this year drew 474 works from 296 “Texas artists,” with 84 . pieces selected for exhibit. \(A Tekas artist is -not defined, but the judge, Lloyd Goodrich, associate director of the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, wrote: “It is _refreshing to find in Texas much art that. seems to spring naturally from the soil’ and climate and CITATION BY PUBLICATION THE STATE OF TEXAS TO James D. Tapley, Dfendant. in the here. inafter styled and numbered cause: , to appear before the 126th District Court of Travis County, Texas, to be held at the courthouse of said county in the City Of Austin, Travis County, Texas, at or before 10 o’clock A.M. of the first Monday after the expiration of 42 days from the date of issuance hereof ; that is to say, at or before, 10 o’clock A.M. of Monday the 5th day of December, 1955, and answer the petition of plaintiff in Cause Number 102,642 in which Katherine B. Tapley is Plaintiff and James D. Tapley is defendant, filed in said Court on the 18th day of October, 1955, and the nature of which said suit is as follows: Being an action and prayer for judgment in favor of Plaintiff and against Defendant for decree of divorce dissolving the bonds of matrimony heretofore and now existing between said -parties. Plaintiff alleges cruel treatment on the part of defendant toward plaintiff of such a nature as to render their further living together as husband and wife altogether insupportable. Plaintiff further alleges that no children were born of said union and no community property was accumulated. Plaintiff prays for costs of suit and relief, general and special ; AU of which more fully appears from plaintiff’s original petition on file in this office. and to which reference is here made; If this citation is not served within 90 days after date of its issuance. it shall be returned unnerved. WITNESS, 0. T. MARTIN, JR., Clerk of the District Courts of Travis County, Texas. Issued and given under my hand and the seal of said Court at office in the City of Austria, this the 18th day of October, 1955: 0. T. MARTIN, JR. Clerk of the District Courts, ‘ Travis County, ‘Texas By ELI GREER, Deputy MALE HELP WANTED Make $185 and Up every week. Fell or part time. Take orders for America’a largest Belling, nationally advertised Liernid Fertiliser since 1946. WRITTEN GUARANTEE. No investment ‘Excellent opportunity for expansion. Write “Na-Churs” Plant Food Co., 4 412 Monroe St., Marion, Ohio. 264 creeping socialism, but it should be all right if you sit still ; I haven’t seen where anybody was leveling any pronouncements against sitting SocialMR. BEVINS, a geologist with the Texas Company, was sitting beside me in a cafe a while back and I asked him if he had been sitting in the uranium next door. He said that he had been walking on radioactive thaterial all his life, since all dirt has some radioactivity in it, and he felt that he was as healthy as he was going to get from it. Any uranium ore of commercial value cannot be sold for private use. All such uranium must be sold to the Federal Government. The local health hucksters have ignored the Karnes County uranium supply and have imported their uranium from Comanche County. This has irritated some local patrons. There was,a story of an incident in a Comanche County uranium sitting house. It seems that some fellow with a peg leg ‘got there early and covered his stump with the dirt. The place later filled up and when he deemed his audience of sufficient size, he pulltd the stump out and said, “Oh my God, look-*hat it did to me.” Two women fainted and the rest bolted for the door. regret that I have no personal attestations to make, all -my experience ‘with elixirs having come in bottles orcans and not from the ground, ex cept by a circuitous route. _DAN STRAWN character of the state, that has the virtues that cone frona .the artists’ identification -with his surroundings, and that at the same time speaks in the universal language of form, color, and Many of the subjects were more or less consciously indigenous : Michael Frary’s “Oil Rig” and’ Wilfred Hig gins’s “Texas Gothic,” James L. Fra DeForresC H. Judd’s “Caddo Lake Pier,” .Betty \\’inn’s “Mossy Bayou!’ Frazer’s paintingan asocial treatment-communicates some of the dark texture of West Side life, and Judd gets through with some of the eerieness and beauty of the TexasLouisiana border lake. There were four purchase awards. The State Fair of Texas bought Seymour .Fogel’s “The City” for $1,000 for the permanent collection of the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts ; Everett Spruce received $750 for his “Autninn Landscape,” also for the DallasMuseum, bought by the Dallas Art AssOciation ; the San _ Antonio Art League collection receives Donald Weisivann’s “Port Control” through the Julian Onderdonk Memorial Purchase -of $500; and the Dallas Museum receives Luis Eades’s “Summer Gatden” through the Auto Convoy Company Purchases of $250. All four purchase winners are from Austin. Other oil painting awards : John Guerin _, Austin, ‘Deep Water Station,” $150 Joan Hierholter, San Antonio, “Spring,” $100 ; Olin Travis, Dallas, “Lakeside,” $100; Kelly Fearing, Austin, “St: John in the Wilderness,” $100 ,%; Harry Akin, Dallas, “Scapula,” $100 ; Michael Frary, San Antonio, “Oil Rig,” $100; Annabel Berry, Dallas, “Call of the Whippoorwill,” $50. Eleven sculptures were exhibited, with the only prize, the $100 Straus Frank .,Company award, presented to Don Bartlett of Austin for his plaster sculpture, “Prelude,” in which nudes, a young man and a young girl, Are kneeling, flank to flank, perhaps. with . sadness. C h a rl e s Umlaut’s “MOther and Child,” a wood sculpture, is also very moving. R.D. OILMAN PATRON He Buys 100 Paintings AUSTIN A Texas oil man has sent out a scout to buy painting’s by 100 tf the leading artists of Texas, and they will be on ekiiibit in Dallas October 30. The oilman, D. D: Feldman, is also giving prizes totaling $3,000. The matter first came to our attention in a letter from an official of an art museum in a Gulf Coast city -. He wrote that the collection is coming to his city at no cost, with beautiful programs and local press receptions thrown in for good measure. “I. can’t quite understand it,” he wrote. “All this. is highly unusual., So are the prices Feldman has paid for these 100 pictures. On top of all that he’s giving a $1,500 top prize … All in the name of giving back something to Texas. It seems to and to to a real honest promotion and so far I’m all for it ; however, it’s my first taste of anything like this coming out of a Texas oil millionaire.” What motivates Ftldman? News releases by a public relations firm he has retainedCharles Russell and Associates, Dallas-,put it different ways. Feldman “became aware of the tre mendous influence -of the artistic growth in Texas” and decided on the collection to “encourage and aid those artists who are making such an important contribution to the state’s cultural growth.” Again, he wanted to help stir interest in “contemporary Texas art” and let Texas art be enjoyed and known “beyond a small circle of art devotees.” Feldman, a native Texan, graduated \(Traduated from Cornell in 1925 and went to work in the oil fields. He founded his own company and now has interests in nine states . and several foreign countries. He is 49. The collection was assembled by Tom Douglas, identified as an old friend of Feldman’s and “a wellknown d,esigner and patrdn of art.” Douglas went to every art center in Texas, as well as “the junioil colleges, the smaller cities, and many out of the way places.” He leceived the advice of artistic authorities. A desire. that the collection be representative was evidently quite important, as it is referred to several times in the public relations literature and in a pamphlet describing the collection. The purpose of the collection, which will be permanently housed in Dallas following its tours, is “to create a wide interest in contemporary . Texas art and encourage Texas artists.” Three judges have been chosen Frederick S. Wight, director of Art Galleries at the University of California, Katherine Kuh, curator of modern painting and sculpture at the Art Institute of Chicago, and Edgar Schenck, director of . the Brooklyn Museum of Art. First prize is $1,500, second $750 ; third WO, and two honorable mentions, $100 each. The exhibit will be taken on a tour of Texas cities, and the painting. voted most popular with the public will win a,-$50 prize. After that ‘a national tour is planned. It is all very umisual, but there don’t seem to be any questions Charles Russell and Associates can’t answer.