Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona on February 17, 1952 · Page 3
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Sunday, February 17, 1952
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' ALL EDITIONS Sunday, February 17, 1952. -Tlie Arizona Republic, Plioenix,- ArizonaV; Page3: Baby Volcano Stages New Show For Mexico Visitors This is another in a series written by Morgan Monroe, Arizona Republic staff writer, on his observations in Mexico. Monroe is studying economic and cultural phases of Mexican life under a Keid Foundation scholarship. By MORGAN MONROE RepubUc Staff Writer WMIW mm IF 0j 0 URUAPAN. Mexico, Feb. 16 Paracutin, Mexico's baby volcano, is putting on a fiery new show in preparation for its ninth birthday this month. The spectacular volcano, now more than 1,500 feet high, was born nine years ago as an uninv pressive earth crack in the middle of a cornfield near this colonial town in the state of Michoacan, Today it is belching new wealth into Mexico's scenic west-central area. Paracutin's latest outburst drawing .streams 01 tourist cars along the highway from Mexico City to Guadalajara. Once again planes are taking off from the cap ltal day and night to carry sight seers and photographers over the impressive scene. HARDLY HAD the news broken that Paracutin has entered another phase of intense activity when the area was thronged with new hordes of tourists. Few have ever before seen an active volcano. To many old hands in Mexico the current flare-up recalls mem ories of nine years ago when re ports were first flashed from here that the world's newest volcano had been born. This writer was not here at that time, but remembers it distinctly. The story gave stateside newspaper copy desks a bad time in the first few days when wire service dis patches identified the location both as Parangancutiro and Paranga ricuticuaro a large mouthful in either version. COPY READERS became civil again when the name was short ened to Paracutin. By 1946, when I first saw it in action, it was strapping three-year-old with name that even railroad conductors could pronounce. The story of Paracutin is one of those sagas of apparent misfor tune that often have turned out to be disguised bonanzas in the his tory of Mexico. On the morning of Feb. 20, 1943, Dionisio Pulido, a Michoacan farm er, was plowing his corn patch when he saw a small crack in the field. A thin wisp of smoke rose from the cracked earth. PULIDO AN observant fellow with a keen- memory, recalled series of earthquakes which were felt throughout the state a lew days before. Promptly he rushed to the village with the jaw-break ing name to warn his neighbors that another tremor was being hatched right in his cornfield. But nothing happened. Later in the day awed villagers edged near the field to watch the smoking fissure open wider. At 10 O'clock that night a geyser of lava, ashes, and dust suddenly issued from the cornfield with a deafening belch. and the world had a new volcano. Ten weeks later the baby had 76 Arizonans built a smoking cone 1,100 feet high. Pulido's cornfield and his village disappeared, except for the cross atop the village church. It could still be seen, protruding from the lava flow that engulfed buildings and surrounding fields. PLTIDO AND his neighbors, driven from their homes soon after the volcano was born, thought the Lord had been very unkind to them until news of the eruption brought money-spending travelers from all over the world. In a matter of weeks the volcano became the most important tourist attraction in Mexico. . After World War II travel to the area set new records, although by 1946 the volcano had quieted down considerably and was not as spectacular as it had been in its first year. Now it's starting all over again. This attractive colonial town, founded in 1533 by the Spaniard Fray Juan de San Miguel is again proving inadequate to house all those who wish to stay overnight and see the baby kick up after dark, when the fiery display is most striking. PARACUTIN'S APPEAL appears endless. It draws all types from all places. Some stay several days. They buy large native straw hats to keep ashes out of their hair, ride up to the edge of the lava flow on horses, and make thousands of snapshots. . The story is told here that when President Truman visited Mexico more than five years ago one of the things he most wanted to see during his three-day stay in the country was Paracutin. His plane circled the flaming cone for several minutes. Upon hearing this a Wisconsin tourist, obviously a staunch Republican, quipped: TLL BET Joe McCarthy's com ments often remind him of all that fire and brimstone!" Volcanoes often are killers, but Paracutin has a clean record: it has yet to claim a single life. Even during the present flare-up local farmers trust it. They continue their chores a few feet from the edge of the red hot lava flow that inches its way down from the cone. Mexican geologists say the new activity does not necessarily mean that new cones will appear it's just the way some volcanoes behave as their ninth birthday ap proaches. What has happened to Pulido and his three neighbors who owned the land on which Paracutin sprouted? Well, they sold what they considered to be their worthless parcels Of lava-covered soil for ! 100 pesos each (about $12), and figured it was a good deal. Dr. Gerardo Murillo, Mexico's famous painter of volcanoes, bought the land and owns Paracutin. Shortly before his death the late Robert Ripley tried to buy the volcano from Murillo. Believe-it-or- not the doctor refused to sell at any price. He likes volcanoes. LIGHT PIPE Mrs. Dorothy Baker, 98 pounds, holds two 20-foot joints of a new lightweight pipe manufactured in Sand Springs, Okla., of reinforced glass fibre. (AP Wirephoto) Steer Shot Doivn On Second Escape RUSHVILLE. Ind., Feb. 16 (AP) Police had a rodeo of sorts with a half-ton Guernsey steer that ob viously didn't want to go to mar ket. Just short of the Rush County frigid lockers Friday, the steer hurdled the side of a truck and galloped off to the west side of the city. It took three policemen an hour. to corral the steer and get it back into the truck. Then, on the second approach to the locker slaughter pens, the animal jumped out again. The chase started up again. The trail ended at the city disposal plant. Patrolman Don Lloyd crept up on the tired steer and finished it off with two bullets. 30-FbOT TUNNEL tSHORTEST NORFOLK, Va., Feb. 16 The Bee Rock Tunnel, 30 feet long, on the Louisville & Nashville Railroad near Appalachia, Va., is the shortest railroad tunnel in the. United States. A DECISION I'VE NEVER REGRETTED . . . Enrolling in Tire COMPTOMETER SCHOOL Felf & Tarrant Mfg. Co. Steven J. Mack, Mgr. 407 GOODRICH BLDU. 14 NORTH CENTRAL Phone 3-4731 Join Services Lt. Col. George O. Reed, commander of the Phoenix recruiting station for the army, air force and marines, announced Saturday that 76 Arizonans had been accepted for military service. Phoenix men are Marvin E. Zeiser, 1W7 W. Osbom Rd.: William B. Long Jr., 2941 is 3;"tn ut. ; uereu rt. -.nesici . j.rt c. Virginia; John M. Houghton. 905 W. Wil- T T anislnn. 541 W. Virginia: Howard L. Robinson, 1927 N. 31st PL ; Guy Hackett. 611 N. 6th St. ;, Donald D. r.nnhcil -ISIS Simspt Dr.: Kenneth L. Henderson, 1924 E. Henshaw Rd.: Johnny H. Godfrey, 100T E. Smith; John H. Allan vi4 T! Ptrsrtillv: Rudolf Moore, 3314 E. Maryland: Billy R. Newman.1315 S. 16th St.; Konaia A. naymona, Roosevelt; Floyd E. Cowart, 2422 W. iiirimm iwir CI fhrtstooher Jr. 305 E. Mohave: Joseph L. Silvio. 131 W Granada: Robert J. Sehnert. 949 W Glenrosa; Winfred Shoulders. General Delivery; Calvin R. Hines. 5200 N. Seventh Ave. ; Harry B. Lee. 727 E. Adams; Bobby J. Heath, 112 S. 36th St: Louis C. Schlotman, 1519 E. corona; Marian h. vvaiKins, n . O. rJl T Oa nVin 136 E. Sherman: Hubert W. Hatch. 2433 E. Jelierson; ana .ari no tiuuon. Tucson: Antonio R. Valeniuela, William V. Nogales, Frank D. McDaniel, Reginaldo o. Aimazan, nooen r.. r iooa. josepn . Guillen. James A. White. William L. Bartreau. and Harold V. Wall. From other Arizona towns: Mesa: How-rd Q. Robertson Jr., Noah L. Green Kenneth W. McCIeve, Albert Grisson .Tnhnnt ConzAies. and John G. Matheis Kafford: Glen F. Mathews. Inosente C. Tlawia mrri !na A PlRKpnrin. Cnnnnlpr! Charles W. Eaton, Carlos S. Vetia. and Andres V. Diwnas. wunams: jose h, Otero and Herchel F. McKeever. A jo: .Tnhnnv A Canez and Ray E. Morones, Coolidge: Roderick R. Browns and George K. Gallaher. Randolph: Oliver W. White and Clyde W. Monday Jr. Winslow : Robert V vil nd Terrence L. Metzarer. Superior: Ramon A. Hernandez and Joe L. Loreto. Philip K. Simms Joined from Miami; Leonard D. Chieo. Topawa; Allon L. Campbell, Glendale: Eldon H. 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