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Telling a West Texan about sandstorms is like talking to a postman about carrying the mail--he knows more about it than you dol My earliest recollections of sandstorms are those of my years in New Mexico where, had there been as many cultivated acres as we have here, the buffeting sand and gravel would have blasted the hide from an elephant. I can still remember the feel of gravel pelting my legs as I did my chores--gathering eggs, feeding the chickens, and gathering wood and kindling for the morning fires. l have never been on the High Plains during a really bad sandstorm, nor was I in Oklahoma in the dust-bowl days when farmsteads were literally buried under the swirling, smothering dunes; but I have seen all the sandstorms I ever want to see. Women who live in modern weather-stripped, insulated, air conditioned houses cannot imaginemunless, like me, they can remember less fortunate days--the problem of housekeeping during the sandstorm season. Many, many farmers, as well as townspeople, lived in houses where, as the saying went, "You could throw a dog through the cracks." Most country houses had no foundations and no weather stripping around doors and windows. The sand hardly Pool Tournament Tuesday, Nov. 13 Entry fee $2.25 1st and 2nd place trophies Large Hamburgers 40c each Nov. 3 thru Nov. 11 KEMP'S DRIVE-IN & ARCADE paused on its way in. Perhaps you had planned to have the home demonstration club at your home in the spring, or special company was coming, and you had cleaned your house to shining perfection. At bedtime the night before the event you thought, "Boy, I'm in good shape tonight, Tomorrow will be a breeze. All I'll have to do is to get my refreshments fixed." Naive soul[ In the night the wind arose, and by the morning the dust was swirling in eddies around the farm yard, By mid-morning the sand was really getting in the air, and streaks of brown dust began to appear on the window sills. You could see a fine film on the floor, and the shafts of sunlight filtering in were opaque with shining dust particles. By the time your company was due that afternoon, in spite of all your furious dusting, sweeping and mopping, your furniture, your house plants, every accessory and doodad was covered in a thick layer of dirt[ But one consolation was the fact that every club woman present had the same disheartening mess in her own housel The next morning was clear and still, so you started in and cleaned again. (1 used to wonder what they meant by "spring house cleaning." I did that about three times a week!) Maybe by the time you got through cleaning the sand was blowing again. Next day, same procedure[ I have a friend who tells about moving to West Texas from the East many years ago. The first time it came a sandstorm, they moved all the furniture out in the yard and cleaned every nook and cranny. The next day the sand came again. They had been appalled when none of the neighbors moved their furniture MRS. NORMA SELVIDGE, right, dudrman of the Doaley County Living History Commission, signs the lease on the property the cemmlsslon is acquiring for bl-centennlal activities. Also participating in the ceremony ate R.A. Yatbreugh, left, lxldeat ef the Greenbelt Water Authedty, and Jimmy center, manager of the anthodty. The property involved below the dam off Greenbelt Lake. The site will be various BI-Centennial projects. [Press Photo by Richard Clarendon, Texas THE DONLE'Y COUNTY STATE BAN, K Acc00t service . COndV::ci:;::b, l:;fae:y records.., plus a favorable connection with a strong financial institution. Where could you get a better deal? The Texas Assoelution of Counties has called for the defeat of proposed Constitutional Amendment No. 6 in the Nov. 6 election that would grant district courts equal authority with county courts in probate cases. Kenneth Douglas, executive director of the association, said Monday night, "Amendment No. 6, if it is passed, would potentially cripple county government by taking away much of the responsibility of the counties to its residents. "The legislature would be weakening county courts and would be doing little more than pushing more cases into already overcrowded district courts," he said. Douglas was in Amarillo to speak against the proposed amendment before county officials and on a local television station's political affairs program. Proponents of the Amendment No, 6 say the measure would ensure that a person well versed in law (district judge) would set over probate matters that would have potentially legal complexities that a lawyer would have knowledge of over a lay person. Currently, county judges do not have to be lawyers, but district courts and higher courts require lawyers as their judges. Douglas uld "county judges in Texas are doing an excellent job in probate matters. Most of the cases of probate brought before them can be handled by lay persons." Douglas, an attorney who served as county judge 16 years in Corsicana (Navarro County), added, "While I was on the bench, only two cases were ever appealed. One of those was destined for district courts anyway, and the county court procedure was merely a formality." Persons in favor of the amendment say the amendment would permit probate matters in counties where the judge is not a lawyer, to be heard initially in a district court. Booster Club to meet The Broncho Band Booster Club will meet Tuemtay at 7:30 p.m. in the Band Hall. A report on the EMil Supper, Rummage Sale, and the Uniform Fund will be given. There also will be a program detolling the work involved in putting on a half time show at the football games. All members are urged to attend. Representative Cates attends conference State Representative Phil Cares attended the Governor's Conference on Rural Development in Austin last Tuesday, October 23. The purpose of the Conference was to inform the legislators attending of ways to assist local governments in providing essential public services for their citizens, and overcoming financial, social, and environmental problems. Several workshop sessions were held in order for the legislators to become more familiar with problems in rural development. Workshops that were held included Economic Development, Housing, Natural Resources, Transportation, Health, Education, Human Resources, and General Government. Representative Cates commented, "Governor Briscoe is exerting positive leadership through programs such as the Conference on Rural Development. This is impressive that in this day and time, when absence of strong leadership at certain levels of government is rampant, our governor exerts this interest in our rural problems and needs." Representative Cates was again in Austin on November 1 to attend the presentation of the proposed new Constitution to the House of Representatives. Elementary News Hi from C.G.S.! The first graders were guests of Mrs. Heath's room for a Halloween surprisel The world series of kick ball has started at the fifth grade Heath vs. Jones. Winner will be announced next Sunday. The third grade seems to be enjoying the new building, especially Ray C. Who Is Black Jack? Call Mrs. Land or Coach Bromley and find out. World series standings stick out: Heath - 3, Jones - 1. MEMBER FEDERAL DEPOSIT iNSURANCE CORPORATION We ate proud of our Bi-centennial project that we will soon begin. The second grade has a few fighters. Bye till next week. At the same time, they note, simple probate matters continue to be handled in county courts. Douglas countered, "As it is now, the county judJ available any day of the week to render services that are nee A person can reach him at any time. "But in a multi-county district with a district court presil over matters, a person would have to wait until the district j came to that county." He added that the proposed amendment is part of see the entire judicial process presided over by judges. It is another step in the direction of taking the cO judge out of the judiciary and giving the legislature the autl to determine jurisdiction in matters of probate." Those in favor of the amendment say it would eliminate a in the appeal process and would save the parties the state time and money. Douglas argued, "The district court docket would be wills, ruling son mental commitments, signing legal certificates. The courts already are ovecrowded and this do nothing more than further overload them." He added, "I don't see how this is going to speed I judicial process. It also will mean that more district jud,, have to be appointed just to handle the probate load.  He said, also, that such cities as Houston and Dallas ] have their own probate courts are not really troubled ] matter as some have argued. Douglas said that most of the county judges who are la are opposed to the amendment. He added that those judgeS do not hold law degrees are for the most part opposed t 0! amendment. . .on Broncho dV thrash !}:!i Claude in 47-6 Clarendon's Jnnior Varsity gained some measure Thursday night when the Claude JV came to town. pasted the junior Mustangs by a 47-6 score. The game started out on a decidedly dismal note, as took the opening kick-off and ran it back for a 6-0 lead play from scrimmage. Clarendon came back to take the Larry Shields' 3-yard run and Barry Schafer's extra-point Clarendon never lost the lead again, and the score at the the first quarter was 13-6, in favor of Clarendon. The half-time was 25-6 and at the end of the third quarter was 31-6. Larry Shields led the Clarendon scoring, touchdowns. Allan Hamilton, Mike Newhouse and Calloway each scored TD's for Clarendon, and Schafet extra-point kicks. The defense even got in on the scoring Walter Riggs downed Claude's q two-pointer. Coach Doug Keeney said "We just outplayed them The score indicates how much the junior Bronchos them. Keeney summed things up by saying, on them well and our defense played really well. We everybody and had no serious injuries. We just got with Colts shut out The Clarendon Colts hosted the McLean Thursday and took a 14.0 decision over the visitors. Weatherton opened the scoring for the Colts with a in the first quarter, and then widened the Clarendon lead 65-yard burst in the second quarter. John Hall ran' for the extra points after the second touchdown to make it , the half. According to Coach Pete Bromley, the Colt ball on McLean all night, and the defense played a good "They played a good ball game. The whole job," Bromley said. Seventh grade d Ciarendon's seventh grade football team traveli! Shamrock Thursday and dropped a hard-fought 12-0 de Shamrock's seventh. Shamrock recovered a Clarendon the Clarendon four-yard line to set up a second touchdown. Clarendon played Shamrock to a draw fto until the last play of the game, when Shamrock put the I from 15 yards out to make the final score of 12-0. According to Coach Bob Lemons, the Clarendon teat well in spots. He especially singled out the defensive good performance. The Colts finish their season Thursday night at they travel to Wellington. !W it1 One of the biggest bargains you'll ever find is our Checking dry. The cloud, however, came up exceedingly fast, preceeded by a raging sandstorm, and I had to start taking them in almost as soon as 1 had finished hanging them. Some of the sheets and cuptowels bore evidence of that red stain as long as there was a piece of them. That storm was what we refer to as a black duster when house lights are turned on and people stay home, for car lights will not penetrate such a storm. Farmers were particularly tried during the sandstorm seasons. Many times--and this still happens at times--I have seen the sand literally strip young cotton of foliage, leaving only rows of naked stubs; or young maize sheared off at the ground. The farmer was forced to plant again, with double expense and double labor, perhaps to have the same thing happen again. Numberless times my husband has come in at night almost unrecognizable under a thick coat of sweat and dust, limp with fatigue, and his eyes bloodshot from the abrasive sand. Fighting wind erosion is a nagging, sickening, frustrating task. it seems paradoxical, but most of us in the West have seen hard, pelting, washing rain, followed in an hour or so by a blinding sandstorm. But then, the West is a land of paradoxes. Such rains and sandstorms are the most damaging kind since the fields are too muddy to support sandfighting equipment. Sandstorms are by no means a thing of the past, but farmers have learned better farming and have better equipment to cope with them. And we farm wives have better housesand vacuum cleanersl black cloud handing low in the west when I began to hang the clothes, but I thought there would be plenty of time for them to :ut 1 .tlOg tr ih:Ybhigs a:r t:w,n d(r::a:di ?onneeh adtld lnC t r 1 t:v l:ve n w:th Association wants election defea