The Shamrock Texan (Shamrock, Tex.), Vol. 34, No. 204, Ed. 1 Thursday, January 6, 1938 Page: 3 of 6
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Thursday, January 6, 1988
THE SHAMROCK TEXAN, Shamrock, Texas
Riddle Of Ancient Stones
Shaped Like Boats Solvedf
Texas Scientist Believes
AUSTIN. (UP) — Canoe-shaped
pieces of stone about three inches
in' length have puzzled anthropolo-
gist.? since the neatly hollowed-out
bits were discover in parts of
outhern and southwestern United
Designated a s "boat - stones,"
much speculation was indulged in
by scientists regarding their origin
, and use. Dr. J. T. Patterson, pro-
fessor of Zoology at the University
of Texas, believes he has found the
In a current scientific bulletin of
the university he gave the result of
, fils investigation of more than 250
widely-collected specimens and con-
cludes that the boat-stones were
ued as balances and ornaments for
throwing sticks which preceded
bows and arrows as weapons for
prehistoric dwellers in the area.
To the layman the use of the
boat-stones may mean little. To the
scientist it helps chart early life in
Suggestions that the boat-stones
miht have utilitarian purpose came
from J. . Pearce, professor of an-
thropology in the University of
Texas. Heretofore the stones were
considered merely charms, orna-
ments or gorgets. Extensive and
careful investigations support Dr.
Pearce’s view, Dr. Patterson said.
At one time in the investigation
more than 250 specimens were dis-
played on the laboratory table. Since
stone artifacts are made by hand
no two pieces are identical and the
250 were arranged and re-arranged
many times until they had been
sorted into 38 classifications. This
left 28 odd pieces Impossible to
classify. The classifications first
established that the boat-stones
had been made in the area itself.
One of the boat-stones was fash-
ioned from ealeolite-syenite, a ma-
terial found only in a restricted
area about Little Rock, Ark. Others
were from Louisiana, Arkansas, Ok-
lahoma and Texas.
Prevalence of end notches and
keel groves in the tiny stone canoes
led to the conclusion that they had
been attached to a throwing stick.
Tehse, Patterson believed, were used
for ceremonial purposes. A few, too
small for throwing sticks, were
thought to have been charms or or-
naments patterned afte the ones
used on weapons.
Some of them were highly decor-
Boat-stones have been found over
a wide area. Farthest point west
from which a boat-stone find has
been reported is Taylor county,
Texas. Dr. Cyrus N. Ray of Abilene
discovered it. A few have been
found east of the Mississippi river.
One of the important collections
was gathered by Harry J. Lemley of
Hope, Ark. Texas collections stud-
ied by Dr. Patterson were furnished
by Texas Ranger Captain R. W.
Aldrich of Austin, W. I. Jenkins of
GROUP WILL MEET
ALL CLUBS URGED TO SEND
DELEGATES TO SESSION
HERE JANUARY 11
The Wheeler County Home Dem-
onstration clubs recreational asso-
ciation will meet in Shamrock Tues-
day night. Jan. u, Mrs. Hester
Dodson of Twitty chairman, an-
This will be the first meeting of
the association this year and two
couples from each demonstration
club in the county will be present
for the program. Several Important
business matters will come up for
discussion and election of officers
will be held.
Delegates who attended the Pam-
pa recreational school last week
will give their reports.
The meeting will be held at the
I. O. O. F. Hijll, Mrs. G. H. Burk-
halter, chairman of the program,
said. The program will open at 7:30
and refreshments will be served.
Chemistry had its origin in an-
Tyler, P. H. Walser of Bryan and
A. T. McDannald of Houston.
Specimens collected by various
Oklahomans were included in the
study through co-operation of the
Oklahoma Archaeological associa-
tion. The Museum of the American
Indian, New York, and the National
Museum, Washington, also furnish-
ed records of boat-stones for the re-
earch. Numerous Louisiana finds
were included and classified.
We wish to announce that W. L. Hill, well known former Shamrock citizen who has
made his home in Elk City the past several months, has purchased an interest in
the Burcham & Son Furniture company. In the future the firm will be known as
Burcham & Hill Furniture Company. We are holding an Opening Sale in our new
location at 408 North Main Street (Across street from The Texan office) Friday
and we invite you to come and inspect the many unusual bargains we are offering.
Starts Friday, January 7th.
Here is a suite to grace any
home. Well constructed to
last many years, it is beau-
tifully upholstered in mod-
ernistic Nub-Yarn. Be sure
and see it.
(This Picture Not Exact Reproduction)
4-PIECE BEDROOM SUITE
Here is a sturdily built Crestwood suite of excellent appearance. (? A
A most unusual value during our Opening Sale ................................
New Patterns, Special-
New mixed cotton staple
throughout. Made to last a
long time. Yes, sir, you
read the price right the
A pretty piece of furniture
for your living room—and a
swell extra bed at night. Our
Opening Sale is all that makes
this low price possible.
SOME REAL BARGAINS
IN USED FURNITURE
We have a complete stock of used furniture
—living room, bed room, dining room and
odd pieces. We picked this furniture up at
bargain prices and we are offering it to you
at money-saving prices.'
Attend This Opening Sale in Our New Locaiton
BURCHAM & HILL
408 North Main
Across Street from Texan Office
DIVISION OF 1L
PRESENT SET-UP MAKES FOR
TOO LONG SCHEDULES,
Come To The B&L And Save!
RANGER (UP) — School board
members here are on record favor-
ing division of the famed "oil belt”
district of Texas Interscholastic
League high school play to eliminate
long conference schedules.
The present 10-member district
allows little opportunity to engaged
out-of-district teams since the rules
prohibit more than 10 games in a
regular season. Three other high
schools, Odessa, Lamesa and Wink,
are seeking to attain class “A” rat-
ing and to play for the state cham-
pionship in the Central West Texas
The Ranger school board suggest-
ed that the high school here be
bracketed with Eastland, Cisco,
Breckenridge, Brownwood, Mineral
Wells and Stephenville. All except
Mineral Wells belong to the present
district and Mineral Wells plays
with Fort Worth teams. Eastland’s
board of trustees also has approved
the proposal, which would allow
four regular games each year out-
side the conference.
A econd district would be com-
posed of Odessa, Lamesa, Wink, Big
Spring, San Angelo, Sweetwater
and Abilene. One usggestion was to
provide an annual Thanksgiving
Day contest between winners of the
two “oil belt” districts. This would
keep balance in the present system
of bi-district play-offs and obviate
the necessity of re-arranging the,
OF WINTER MERCHANDISE
It Will Pay You to Be On Hand Early Friday for This Bargain Feast!
'ut Mmm Save on
Our Choice Winter Dresses, formerly priced from $10.75
to $22.50, have all been placed in one AA
big lot. Our Clearance Price, your choice____ IJUiwU
Another group Winter Dresses at $1.98 and a third
group at $2.98.
GOOD FOR 40 VFARS
TAPPING OF RICH DEPOSIT
NEAR BRAZORIA GIVES
TEXAS BIG SUPPLY
HOUSTON.—A rich sulphur strike
in 1937 assured Texas a big supply
of brimstone sulphur for the next
The big Clemens dome near Bra-
zoria was tapped just as three of
the state's oldest deposits faded out.
The dome will be mined in 1938 by
the Union Sulphur Company of
Several minor strikes, notably in
Duvall County and in Matagorda
and Brazoria counties, were report-
ed, but because of the expense prob-
ably will not be mined for several
Mined for Five Years
As the Union Sulphur Company
prepared to mine the Clemens dome,
the big Hill dome in Matagorda
County and the Bryan mound and
Hoskins mound near Freeport, saw
their last production. The mounds,
the oldest in the state, have been
sloughing off for three years.
The huge Boling dome near New
Gulf, the largest brimstone sulphur
find on the Gulf coast, is good for
another 40 years of production at
the present rate of consumption.
Texas Gulf Sulphur Company of-
ficials said. The dome has been
mined for five years. A million tons
a year have been removed and the
dome is estimated to have 45,000,000
tons of recoverable sulphur.
Texas Leads World
Pyrites sulphur domes have been
found on the Texas and Louisiana
coasts, but the sulphide mineral Is
far under the value of brimstone
sulphur, which sells for $18 a ton.
The brimstone price has varied but
little during the last 25 years.
Texas sulphur mines now produce
around 1,500,000 tons annually and
lead the world in production of
Sulphur wildcatters, operating
much in the same manner of oil
drillers, have bored holes all over
the rich oil country of South Texas.
The big companies have their own
crews out digging too.
Usually most strikes are kept
quiet until the operators are ready
to begin mining. Oil wildcattlng so
far overshadows sulphur wildcattlng
in this area that seldom does the
public realize a sulphur strike has
Salt mining, notably around
Hockley, is another mineral wealth
that has boomed In South Texas
this year, although salt mining Is
yet far from a major industry in
the coastal area.
A Three Days’ Cough
Is Your Danger Signal
No matter how many medicines
you have tried for your cough, chest
cold, or bronchial irritation, you can
get relief now with Creomulsion.
Serious trouble may be brewing and
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with any remedy less potent than
Creomulsion, which goes right to
the seat of the trouble and aids na-
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mucous membranes and to loosen
and expel the germ-laden phlegm.
Even If other remedies have failed,
don’t be discouraged, try Creomul-
sion. Your druggist is authorized to
refund your money if you are not
thoroughly satisfied with the bene-
fits obtained from the very first
bottle. Creomulsion is one word—not
two, and it has no hyphen in it.
Ask for it plainly, see that the name
on the bottle is Creomulsion, and
you’ll get the genuine product and
the relief you want. (Adv.)
No Matter What You Need,
It Will Pay You to Attend
One Lot of 75
72 by 84 Nashua Blankets, tegular
$3.95 Value, OA AC
72 by 80 and 72 by 84 Blankets,
reg. $2.75 and $2.95 A Q
Values, NOW ....... $l»e/0
B. & L. Department Store
“ALWAYS SOMETHING NEW”
FRIDAY & SATURDAY
Seedless Grapefruit, Texas Marsh, good size............ 10 for 29c
nice ones, peck .................
ORANGES, medium size,
well bleached, stalk
COFFEE, Maxwell House, 1 tt>........ 25c
COFFEE, Maxwell House, 2 lbs. ............................ 49c
COFFEE, Maxwell House, 3 lbs............................... 73c
PRUNES, cello bag, 4 lbs......................................... 25c
SOUR PICKLES, quart.............................................. 15c
RAISINS, 2-ft bag ... ....................... 15c
RAISINS, 4-ft bag............................29c
FLOUR, Pride of West, 48 lbs.............................$1.19
PEANUT BUTTER, full quart, 2 lbs.....................25c
CANDY, new shipment, 74-fi
good assortment, lb ............................................ *
APRICOTS, syrup pack, No. 2 Vi can........................19c
BLACKBERRIES, Concho, 2 No. 2 cans................25c
PEACHES, Libby or Del Monte, No. 2'/i can........19c
STANDARD TOMATOES, No. 1 can........................5c
STANDARD CORN, 3 No. 2 cans.......................... 25c
CORN, Country Gentleman, OKp
Del Monte, 2 No. 2 cans ..................................
PURE MAID PEAS, medium can ............................ 6c
OREGON PRUNES, Brimful, gallon........................34c
TAMALES, Ratliff’s, 2 regular cans...................... 25c
PINK SALMON, OfiC
Alaska, two 1-lb cans
PURE PORK SAUSAGE,
Country style, 4-lb. bag.....72c
BABY BEEF ROAST,
Finest quality, fat, lb. ..
Best grade, fat beef, lb.
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Bones, Percy. The Shamrock Texan (Shamrock, Tex.), Vol. 34, No. 204, Ed. 1 Thursday, January 6, 1938, newspaper, January 6, 1938; Shamrock, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth526182/m1/3/: accessed April 19, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Shamrock Public Library.