Official report to the House of Representatives of the 58th Legislature of Texas Page: 24 of 94
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A. I asked him. He didn't say anything, so I didn't
ask him anything else.
Q. What did you ask him, Mr. Moore?
A. I asked him was the well crooked.
Q. And what did he say?
A. He didn't say any`thi :g.
Q. Did he refuse to answer or just-A.
I didn't push him.
Q. Was that the end of the conversation?
A. Yes, sir.
He also owns an interest with Scates in the Sexton Lease, which lease also
contained a kicked well. He owns other interests with Carter-Jones Drilling
Company, H. F. Richardson, Paul Lange, Henry Gossett and Fred Whittaker.
Moore then testified about his interest in the Free Lease which had rapidly
declined in production when he bought it in 1958. When asked about his purchase
of this kind of lease, he testified:
A. Well, really I am not sure that it was worth that much,
but I think we bought it on a junk basis.
Q. Yes, sir?
A. We probably figured out what we thought we could salvage
for it. And then we paid just a little bit extra and run it
through with an A. B. C. proposition.
Q. And you sold the production payment to First State Bank.
Do you recall the term of that production payment?
A. I don't know whether I follow you, but I think it would
be three-fourths of the total production.
Q. I mean the term in years.
A. Not until it was completely paid out.
Q. I see, you mean it was an open end production payment?
A. (Witness nods head)
(After the well had produced for some time, it was then curved out by Nelson Decker
and L. D. Murphy. The curve-out was sold for $2. 60 a barrel or a total of more
than $15,000. )
On his relationship with Murphy and Decker he testified:
Q. Do you know Mr. Murphy?
A. Yes, sir.
Q. Have you ever had any business dealings with Mr. Murphy?
A. No, sir.
Q. Have any of your partners, Mr. Scates or Mr. Cook, to
your knowledge, ever had any business dealings with him
which pertained to anything that you all are mutually
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