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foreseeable condition, "might well be forced by the commission
to give away his gas on the theory that he had already received
his maximum return." Nor is much understanding of this tightly
regulated industry shown in the statement that the preferred
use of domestic consumption "can outbid industrial uses" even
in producing areas (where there is current excess supply) and
"even though the gas must be transported long distances to the
centers of population for domestic use." The increment in indus-
trial uses in producing areas comes largely from industries for
which the cost of fuel is so great a factor in their operating costs
that location is determined by cheap gas. The long distance lines,
if they do not determine the market for Texas gas, do determine
its price in producing areas but they were not built and could
not be built solely to transport gas for domestic consumption. A
consideration of the statistics given in the chapter on "Utilization"
suggests that more than half their throughput is for industrial
and commercial use.
For all of these criticisms, however, it is hoped that this study
will run through many revisions and become the standard work
on the subject.
E. DEGOLYER
Texas Lawyer. By Ben Richards. New York (Pageant Press), 1953.
Pp. 1+233- $3.00.
Ben Richards of Dalhart, Texas, has been a practicing attorney
for many years. Currently the president of the North Plains Bar
Association, Mr. Richards formerly served as County Attorney of
Dallam County and later as District Attorney of the 69th Judicial
District after studies at Sam Houston State Teachers' College and
the University of Texas School of Law. A background rich in
legal experiences has enabled the author to record the joys and
tribulations encountered in the public and private life of what
many would call the typical Texas lawyer of a generation or
two ago.
Written in a light, easy style and in a highly readable manner,
the novel traces the career of El Chiquito, the son of a Civil
War veteran who was taken to Texas at an early age by his family.
Settling in East Texas, the father managed to acquire a farm

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