The Corpus Christi Caller-Times from Corpus Christi, Texas on August 18, 1971 · Page 19
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The Corpus Christi Caller-Times from Corpus Christi, Texas · Page 19

Corpus Christi, Texas
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Wednesday, August 18, 1971
Page 19
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4B CORPUS CHRIST! TIMES, Wed., Aug. TS, 1971 Texas Is Wonderland Area Full of Marvels By ROBERT E. FORD' Asvwlqted Press Writer One of the great things about Texas is tfoat no matter what sort of trip you take by car, the countryside flashing past is a constant wonderland. It is if you really look. The route, for instance, from the hot pavement of the Fort Worth and Dallas re-, ·gion, through Waco, Temple, Austin, San Antonio and on to Corpus Christi is filled with marvels. Then back through Victoria and you're passing new and fascinating scenes. TWs column's annual rush into the outdoors and fresh a ! r was through just that territory. Since J. W. Potts is retiring from the Texas Agricultural Extension Service, perhaps we'll steal some of his expertise on farming to lead off. For about two decades, you have been reading Ports' reports each week from College Station on the Texas farming and ranching situation. So to the farm report: Texas has one of the greatest mesquite and Johnson grass crops on record this year.. The cacti aren't doing bad, either. This applies everywhere. Beyond that, the crop situation depends on where you are at the moment. Somewhere southwest of Austin, the late and unlamented drought left its scars. Some corn and other crops never got more than six incites tall. Evidence is plain that many fields were abandoned for the year. Somewhere around Sinton on the route to Corpus Christi, what could be the world's greatest crops began to appear--even before the latest round of rains. Fields of grain sorghum are so beautifully uniform that they appear to be one gigant'c red-orange tableland. It is being cut. Cotton could hardly be better, although just the sight of it can arouse bitterness in an old country boy who once crawled up and down the rows picking the lint. They do it Lost in Texas FORD mostly with machines now. Really, the country arpund Austin can appear beautiful, including grasslands, even in a drought. You run into a lot of German place names in that territory. On the return trip, too, Germanic names appear from Victoria north. And in the countryside near Schulenburg, Weimar and such places, the views should be in a picture book -the manicured pastures, the rolling hills, green valleys. Which poses this question: Does it rain more on descendants of Germans than on other people in times of droughts. Adding to the picture-book views a r o u n d Austin are church steeples peeping out from the hills here and there -- isolated, away from any community. Perhaps the rural church really isn't dead. Then for contrast you see in the distance a vast gash in the earth. Strip mining is not unknown to Texas. Route 77 was a new one to this column. Along some of the stretches of highway, strenuous efforts are being -made to get rid of mesquites. And where this is done, grass grows bountifully. Somehow it came as a surprise to find highway signs around V i c t o r i a warning "Watch Out for Deer." You never think of deer on the coastal plains -- only in the Hill Country northwest of Austin. But. deer once were everywhere in Texas. Perhaps they're coming back. Deer on highway are not much of a threat in the daytime in the hot summer. Like everyone else, deer prefer the coolness of shade, even if it is only the shadow thrown by a mesquite. . T h e r e aren't any hills around .Victoria, the map as r serts. No hills, that is, until you try to pass someone on a two-lane highway. When you attempt that, you'd think you'd missed the" highway and ended up in the Rocky Mountains -- small edition -- with just enough mountain so that you can't get around sluggards on the road. Not everything has turned out well for everyone in Te'x- as. A highway marker tells the motorist he is passing through the town of Hope. But Hope was lost. It consists of 'one filling .station, store and living quarters, as far as the driver can see. The establishment is closed and abandoned. Literary note: It isn't an "epidemic" when an animal disease is widespread. It is an "epizootic?' So says the dic- -tionary, But might as well try to halt the,ocean's tide as to convince people they should speak of an "epizootic." This brings to mind the seemingly thousands of horses on pasture around Victoria -s l e e k , vigorous, seemingly happy grazing on the. tall grass. . · This was during the height of the horse encephalitis epizootic. Which led a youngster to roll down a car window as he passed the equines and shout: "Don't forget to get your V- E-Eshot!" Nearly everybody likes horses. · . : Unionist Hits No-Strike Plea SAN FRANCISCO (ffl -- As the 48-day-oId West Coast dock strike continued without an end in sight, a top official in the Alameda County Labor Council has denounced President Nixon's call for a moratorium on strikes during his 90-lay wage-price freeze as "ridiculous and I think it's illegal." The comment from Richard Groulx, c o u n c i l secretary, came yesterday, as did an announcement from the longshoremen's union that its president, Harry Bridges, would hold a news conference at noon today to discuss the dock strike and the'President's policies. The news conference is the first called by the union since 15,000 dock workers shut down 24 West Coast ports July 1. The federal government's chief labor mediator. J. Curtis Counts, asked union leaders yesterday to end work stoppages and return to the bargaining table during the freeze period. Groulx was sharply critical of this. The administration is "saying we can't even strike to seek pay raises which would be effective after the freeze," he said. Bridges, leading the first West Coast dock strike since 1948, has said non-wage issues are more significant than money demands in the dock strike. The Pacific Maritime Association, the employer organization has r e j e c t e d the ILWU's demand for jurisdiction over stuffing and unstuf- ing cargo containers in off- dock areas. T h e Teamsters U n i o n claims jurisdiction over this area of cargo handling. CLOCKS for every room in the house. You are cordially invited to see our collection. «£ TURNER JEWELRY, me Hamlin Shopping Center 4030 W*fctr W. wit It RCI^T «*l| Dial 852-O361 And now a word about New Extra Crispy Chicken from Kentucky Fried Chicken: I can hardly get a word in edgewise around here, but I'm Regular Kentucky Fried Chicken and I'm just as "fingerlickiri good* as ever. 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