Official report to the House of Representatives of the 58th Legislature of Texas Page: 80 of 94
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a lot of checks payable to slant-hold specialists, the
whipstock boys and there were many of those checks
by operators actually there--they were payable to those
men and in one instance we have a contract over there
where a whipstock man agreed--no, he guaranteed a
well from way off from the East Texas Field for so much
money, he guaranteed the production of the well which
didn't have a chance in the world if he went straight but
he knew his business so well that he could guarantee that
well for so much money.
Mr. Hollowell: What was that guarantee? Was that guarantee in
A. Yes, it was in writing..
Mr. Witts: Who made it?
A; I don't know whether that was Pryor or just who that was.
Mr. Hollowell: That is in the records of the Federal Petroleum Board?
A. I would say that it is in the record of the Federal Petroleum
Q. Well, if it is in the Federal Petroleum Board at this time,
we haven't found it too available.
Mr. Witts: Did you see the 26-page memorandum that Mr. Lewis prepared?
A. Yes, sir, I saw it and those are some of the checks--some
of the checks that I mentioned listed in there that I am telling
you about. I think the whole thing is listed in there. The
whole thing. It is the whole story.
He had also suspected Nelson Decker and so reported that to the RRC, but without
action ever having been taken.
A. ... I knew I gauged a well with one of my agents just to be sure
that my agent, that the federal government agent, was right
and we had it and I know what it was and then Mr. Decker
gauged it and it was missed. Our gauges, we gauged say one
barrel or two barrels and he gauged eight barrels and it was
given them transfer of an allowable which gave him several
a good many thousands of dollars which
he wasn't entitled to and I had to report that.
He verified and corroborated the testimony of Mr. Lewis in response to an inquiry
Q. Well, was it (Lewis testimony) substantially correct, Mr.
A. Yes, it was.
The next witness was George Reed of the Department of Public Safety who was recalled
to submit additional testimony concerning the identity of L. D. Murphy and
Robert V. Jobe.
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