Official report to the House of Representatives of the 58th Legislature of Texas Page: 78 of 94
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A. Yes. We promptly filed Motion to Vacate the Order, sustaining
the Motion and asked to be heard, of course, to be heard
on the merits but actually we had to establish good cause for
the motion. We filed a petition in Judge Moore's court setting
up the matters that led up to the misunderstanding on it and
asked for a new hearing which was granted on the Motion to
set the first order aside, but after hearing us on that matter
Judge Moore concluded that we hadn't shown good cause, so
he upheld his original order. That left us no other remedy
except to appeal to the Texarkana Court and that appeal was
and while it was still pending we finally effected settlement
in the main suit down there in Judge McKay's Court in
Smith County where plaintiff was able to recover substantially
all that he would have been entitled to anyway, so the Texarkana
appeal was then dismissed.
Other names familiar to the hearings mentioned by James Lewis included Ed
Stanley, H. F. Richardson, Pleas Dawson, Nelson Decker and E. J. Pryor.
He was asked the number of wells which were suspect to him in 1953 at the
time he made his report. He answered:
Well, General, of course, I have no way of knowing then with
certainty, and I have no way of knowing now with certainty, the
suspect wells that I had reference to that were in fact bottomed
outside of the lease. But I know that there must have been more
than a. hundred that I mentioned in this informal memorandum of mine,
even as early as '53.
Q. Would you, at that time, have any knowledge of, or any
occasion to believe that any of the Railroad Commission
personnel had been bribed?
A. Well, I always had occasion to believe that, General Wilson.
I was--I was the instigator in two or three different prosecutions
where Railroad Commission members went to the
The next witness was Nelson Puett. He had been with the Petroleum Board
from 1940 through 1960, being chairman from 1955 to 1960. He indicated lack of
faith in Ed Stanley and L, D. Murphy.
. . I hope they were not, but they told me that Murphy was
shooting craps with some of the known hot oil men, having
$100 bills, he had $100 bills and was shooting craps.
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Texas Legislature. House of Representatives. General Investigating Committee. Official report to the House of Representatives of the 58th Legislature of Texas, book, 1963; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5869/m1/78/: accessed July 28, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .