Palacios Beacon (Palacios, Tex.), Vol. 41, No. 30, Ed. 1 Thursday, July 22, 1948 Page: 12 of 16
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Whatever you may call our economic system
— most Americans believe in it because it
Yet, right at this very moment, forces and
influences are at work within this country
and without which are attempting to destroy
the ideals that made America great. These
evil isms are a threat to our prosperity and
Time and time again it has been proved and
demonstrated that all other systems fail
miserably in doing what our free enterprise
system does so well — namely, giving the
greatest good to the greatest number.
We all know the tragic, heart-rending stories
of countries which have embraced undemo-
cratic forms of government and methods of
So, beware of people and of creeds which
may try to hurt the American way of life.
And be deeply, keenly appreciative of a
system which is working constantly for your
benefit, and which has made Americans the
most prosperous and happy people on the
face of the earth!
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PALACIOS BEACON. PALACIOS. TEXAS
Thursday, July 22.
PORT LAVACA ALUMINUM PLANT
TO AID IN POWER SHORTAGE
The Aluminum Go, of America,
in establishing its huge processing
plant near Port Lavaca, is carry-
ing out a plan of helping industry
to overcome the continuing nation-
al shortage of electric power, ac-
cording to an article appearing in
Friday's issue of the Southwest
Edition of the Wall Street Jour-
nal, published at Dallas.
Natural gas will be used for fuel
in the company’s own power plant
at Point Comfort, Alcoa officials
pointed out. The article, received
from the Journal from its Pitts-
burgh Bureau, follows:
PITTSBURGH — American in-
dustry was called upon this week
to assist in solving the “tremen-
dous problems” caused by the na-
tionwide shortage of electric
Roy A. Hunt, president of the
Aluminum Co. of America, declar-
ed that, “while the government is
earnestly seeking solutions to the
serious and continuing national
shortage of electric power for in-
dustry, private enterprise must
make active efforts to aid in re-
lieving the shortage.”
The Alcoa president pointed out
that the electrochemical industries
of which the aluminum industry
is one, are entirely dependent on
steady, uninterrupted electric pow-
er, in large quantities and at eco-
nomical rates. He said even tem-
porary drops in power supply
mean long, costly shutdowns and
production interruptions in alumi-
Mr. Hunt said that Alcoa’s re-
cently announced plan for con-
struction of an aluminum smelting
works in Texas, which will include
a power plant using natural gas
for fuel, is an example of what
industry can do to meet the short-
Alcoa’s proposed smelting works
will be capable of generating ap-
700 million kilowatt
hours of electricity annually. Con-
struction will be started immedi-
ately, he said, and operation will
begin within two years.
The Texas project, Mr. Hunt
added, will help ease the situation
which has prevailed for many
months in areas where lack of suf-
ficient power has resulted in cut-
backs in Alcoa plants. It will also
serve to replace the company’s
obsolete smelting facilities at its
Niagara Falls, N. Y., works, which
will be closed in 1949.
Mr. Hunt stated that the capac-
ity of the Texas plant will be ap-
proximately 75 million pounds of
aluminum yearly. When opera-
tions begin, he said, it will mark
the company’s first major peace-
time use of other than hydroelec-
tric power for aluminum produc-
tion since the earliest days of the
“Demands for aluminum has
continued to increase at a high
rate,” Mr. Hunt declared, “but alu-
minum production has had to be
curtailed rather than expanded
because the nation’s present elec-
tric power resources cannot meet
FEW STUDENTS, AND NOT MANY TEXANS KNOW
COLORFUL HISTORY OF LONE STAR STATE FLAG
The outstanding fact about rail-
roading in this country is that it
is the best railroading in the world
—the best in service, over the
longest network of lines, and the
safest in operation.”—Editorial in
New York Journal-American
By TOM McCORMICK
(Sam Houston State Journalism
HUNTSVILLE, July 16-Yes,
Texans are proud of their heritage
and of their Lone Star flag, but if
Sam Houston State college stu-
dents are indicative at all, most
Texans are vague on their flag’s
A poll was taken here to find
out how much students actually do
know about the history of the
One hundred students were in-
terviewed. In that group, 74 could
describe the flag, nine knew how
many flags Texas has been under
and no one knew who designed the
present state flag.
It should be mentioned that most
of the students who described the
flag had te look at it flying over
the campus to make sure they had
the bars in the right place.
One grammar school teacher
working during the summer on her
M. A., said, ‘I teach my students
all about the Texas flag every year
but right now I can’t remember a
thing about it.”
Just for fun, Mewhinney, the
Houston Post’s question and an-
swer man, who’s supposed to know
all the answers, was called and
That savant described the flag
readily enough and ended up by
telling the interviewer a few things
that he didn’t know.
Back to the students again. The
nine who knew how many flags
have flown over Texas couldn’t
Actually, the Indian flag was
first,, followed by those of Spain,
France, Mexico, the Texas republic,
the Confederate States and of
course the Stars and Stripes.
Texas has also had a goodly
number of unofficial flags. Some
authorities list thirteen of these
but history books show quite a
difference of opinion as to the ex-
When Santa Anna was taken
prisoner at the Battle of San Ja-
cinto an April 21, 1836, he crit-
icised General Sam Houston for
Texas’ lack of a recognized flag.
It wasn’t until the third con-
gress met in Houston on January
25, 1879 and officially adopted the
Lone Star flag that the state had
an official flag.
The flag was designed by Dr.
Charles B. Stewart, a signer of
the Texas declaration of Indepen-
dence in March, 1838, and a former
executive secretary to Henry Smith,
the provisional governor.
No one knows exactly why Dr.
Stewart chose the lone star as an
emblem but it is known that the
ancients of India, Persia and Egypt
used the same symbol to denote
sovereignty. Apparently, indepen-
dent Texaais of that time thought
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Dismukes, Mrs. J. W. Palacios Beacon (Palacios, Tex.), Vol. 41, No. 30, Ed. 1 Thursday, July 22, 1948, newspaper, July 22, 1948; Palacios, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth724396/m1/12/: accessed April 22, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Palacios Library.