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Legal Speed Limit Sometimes . (^ . . - i · · · · « . ,. . - . · . · · - - ' · · · · Too Fast for Safe Driving CLUE TO ATLANTIS? -- Top: The shoreline at AnSedonia, 70 miles north of Rome. Italian archaelogist Constantino Cat'toi believes this shore shows evidence of giant rock sculptures of animals which he is convinced were made by people of the lost continent of Atlantis. At top of the rocks is a medieval castle which has connection-with the Atlantis theory. Bottom: A tracing of the photo, made by Cattoi, which he has filled in to show his conception of the sculptured animals. He believes they guarded a city which may have been the caoital of Atlantis. The city, Cattoi thinks, is now underwater. (AP Newsfeatures Photo) ANCIENT CIVILIZATION By FRANK BHUTTO J ROME, May 1. w--The lost continent of Atlantis has fired man's ', imagination for centuries. ; Ancient Greek legends told of n highly civilized popple living : on 0 Western land named Atlantis. An ideal political state flour. ished there, Then came a mighty disaster and Atlantis disappeared. Was the legend, true? Did At- lantls exist? : After 40 years of study, Italian '; archaeologist Constantino Cattoi ^ ;:ays the answer is yes. He believes he has uncovered definite dues to the lost continent. Giant BsH Cattoi visualizes Atlantis as originally having been a giant belt of land stretching from Asia to Cen. 'ral America. Gradually, he theorized, parts of the land disappeared beneath the sea until three ';;reat bodies remained. These, he identifies as: Lemuris, linking what now is India and Africa; Atlantis, .covering most of what, now is the north- cent i-a I Atlantic Ocean, with an arm callod Tyrhennia reaching eastward to.what'is now Italy; and ; Mu, a giant Pacific land body reaching from the present Hawaii'. ;'.n islands as far south as the Society Islands and as far west as the Carolines and Marianna Islands. "That much must be speculation," Cattoi said in an interview. "It is patched together from leg, onds of many countries--the Aztecs, the ancient Egyptians, the Greeks. But there is a remarkable identity of*, the ancient lore about what happened next. About 10,000 years ago a final cataclysm i destroyed Atlantis, the last of the three islands. The ancient Egyptians seem to have been the news carriers. It was pas'sed on to Plato, who wrote vividly of it." Tells of Legends What force destroyed Atlantis? The secret may be locked forever in the past. Plato spoke of earthquakes. Cattoi tells of legends which indicate a series of disasters. He thinks there may possibly be a connection between these stories and the flood of 40 days described in the Bible. The Italian archaeologist even has speculated that somehow Nature might have created a natural atomic explosion. "It sounds incredible hut think -of I h n force which would have been , required to destroy a continent-and remember what happened to the Pacific atoll where the H- boinb was tested," says Cattoi. "I tested some of the believed locations of lost cities of Alantis with a geiger counter. In one instance the reading was very high." Cattoi and his wite, also an archaeologist, believe that in 40 years of work they have traced five sunken or buried oitios which once belonged to Atlantis. All slipped beneath the sea or were covered over by land mass when Atlantis sank, they are convinced. Near Gibraltar One is near Gibraltar. Another, which Cattoi believes may have been the capital, is at Anscdonia, 70 miles north of Rome. Striking unexplained stone figures exist on the shoreline Uiorc. Still another, lie believes, is the sunken city of Lylybeo, near Marsala, Sicily. The most; recent find is the ancient city of Cosa, off Mt. Argentario, near Orbcstcllo, Italy, which Cattoi says ho located last year.. He also claims credit for finding the Etruscan city of Capt-na, some 20 miles north of Rome. "Wherever traces of sunken or buried cities have been found, also there are in the vicinity giant, weathered rock sculptures cut millnniums ngo by highly civilized men," Cattoi. said. He exhibited dozens of photographs into which the figures of lions and dragons could be read. Cattoi is convinced these sculptured boulders and massive walls arc the work of the people of Atlantis, They portrayed animals and mythical characters, such as the one-eyed giant Cyclops. Work of Man "For years t these sculptured stones have been considered just prankish works of Nature. Not so. They were the work of man," said the Italian. How did they survive the forces which destroyed a continent? "My theory is they rimmed the cities as a warning to those who would molest the state either from within or without. When the cities slipped into the sea, the figures still remained on what now is. the AUTO GLASS fROMPT-- EXPERT SERVICE Discount' to Insurance Co. an ·H »Mr« nf ^HirHfnry.wrvIr* Perkins Auto Gloss Co, . 317 Anbrwy H. Ph shoreline. I also have found them in high mountains where a city is believed underground now." Caltoi is convinced that an expedition to excavate at the loca tions he and his wife have Mis covered would load to' fabulou; discoveries as well as definite proof that Atlantis existed, Hi; thcoi-ies on the underwater citie now are based on shore sfudic_ of t!ie sculptured sites and on relics brought up by fishermen Privately Financed Next month, with private finan cing, he expects to use underwater cameras to study Cosa, the city beneath the sou near Orbetcllo A film will also be made of the shore sculptures in Italy and Sicily. CaUoi's goal is to find further financing on the basis of the film taken in the upcoming investigation. Someday he would like to load an elaborate expedition including divers, sonar lo chart (he ocean bottom and, perhaps, underwater television. Cattoi is a retired Italian air force colonel, one of the mos ! decorated Italians. His interest · _ . archac-oloRy began in World War I when he discovered a gian sculptured stono head on the cres of a peak on the I tab-Austrian front. He came to public notice in his new field in 1023 when the 36th Italian Geological. Congress heard a glowing tribute of his work from Gabricle D'Annurizio, Italy's dashing soldier poet. D'Annunzio praised Cattoi's pioneering use of the airplane in archeo- ogicnl research. The short, intense Italian met his wife while doing research in central Italy in 1029. Since then they have worked together and he credits her for leading him to many finds. His travels have carried him across Europe and to the United States. The Latin Academy of Sciences and Arts, a private organization in Rome, recently named him director of classes for study of Atlantis. All Pro-Bear(l Candidates Win In Irving School Board Election IRVING, May 7. (AP)-Backers of ousted Supt. John L. Beard won a smashing victory as all seven members- of the pro-Beard slate were .swept in as_school board \ members' today. " . · . _ The anti-Beard slate failed to [and a single post although"-less than 300 votes separated the: candidate reeeivliTg~tiie"liighest vote total'and'the lowest. It was the third" time'./.within ix weeks weary Irving voters balloted - over the boiling school controversy, ignited when Beard was fired by the former school board'.'in February. ' were John T. Andrews 1.709 votes; Walter Hansen .1,710; VV. E. Hodges, 1,693; Russell Horn, 1,720; R. C. Reese, 1,703; Dr. p. J, Scott, 1*714; and Jack Williams, l,7il. ; · · The total vote was 3,298, some 400,shy of "the number that turned out when the Irving Independent School District was abolished. Horn, .president of the present board, said the new board would await a decision from State Edu- cation Commissioner J. W. Edgar on Beard's appeal on his dismissal before the board selects a superintendent. The seven men elected today will begin ' two , and three-year terms as' soon as the present board canvasses the returns. Horn said" the pre sent ac ting" superintendent, Ira Lasater^ want ed to return to 'his job as principal, and Horn added that he felt if Beard was not reinstated the board will go out of the system to find a replacement. By BILL WAtRAVEN The well-dressed, middle-aged woman stood before the bench'in corporation court and defiantl;- asserted, "But _I wasn't going but 30 miles an hour." - .*' The defendant was obeying the legal speed limit, the policeman who investigated the woman's accident testified. He pointed out ne bad ticketed her for exceeding a safe 'Speed. From testimony the court agreed with the accident investigator's action and the woman paid a fine. Actual Difference Zhukov Hits U. S. Bases, 'War Plans' MOSCOW-, Sunday, May 8 _.. Marshal Georgi Zhukov, Russian defense minister, today accused the United States of surrounding the Soviet Union and Red China with military bases "designed for waging atomic warfare." The former comrade-in-arms of President Eisenhower and British Field Marshal Lord Montgomery in the campaigns against nazism signed a four-column article in Pravda in connection with the 10th anniversary of VE Day. Zhukov himself was in East Berlin for the anniversary. Sees War Preparation He accused "ruling circles" of the United States and Britain of preparing for a new war against the Soviet Union and its Communist allies. He also assailed the United States for using the first atomic bombs against Hiroshima and Nagasaki and killing thousands of "women, children and old men in cities which had no military importance." Zhukov did not mention President Eisenhower by name, nor did he make any reference to correspondence he has conducted with the President recently. It has been speculated that this correspondence might tend to improve Soviet-American relations. Sharp Contrast The article was in sharp contrast to Zhukov's mild May Day speech a week ago. In that speech he did not mention the United States by name, and he declared Soviet policy stood for a solution of "all disputed questions by negotiation." He said, however, that the rearmament of West Germany made it necessary to strengthen Soviet security measures. "Though many people would be inclined to believe that the 'safe speed ]imit' and the 'legal speed limit' are the same, there is really quite a difference," Sgt. Howard Hewlett of the Police Accident Prevention Bureau said. Hewlett explained that, according to both state law and city ordinance, the, safe limit governs speed considering road conditions at a given time. The legal limit is set forth-by speed signs. "Most people never worry about what constitutes a safe speed until they are in an accident," Hewlett said. Often their first knowledge of such a speed limitation is gained . from an accident investigator. · May Have Bearing "In fact," Hewlett commented, "exceeding a safe speed never becomes a violation until a subject becomes involved in an accident. Then it may have a bearing on who was at fault in the accident." . The woman who was fined driving in a 30-niile zone. However, her accident occurred at a busy intersection at a rush hour, a road condition which made a speed of 30 miles an hour hazardous. "Such a speed through any intersection is too fast," Hewlett said. He listed other conditions which would make the legal limit excessive. Among them were low visibility caused by fog, dust or rain; slick pavement, heavy traffic, and congestion of narrow streets. "The legal speed limit is always excessive in residential areas where children may be playing," Hewlett said, "and" at nighttime when visibility iir poor." 20 inpli Uccommended Motorists should not trust the other fellow io stop because they have the right-of-way. "It is better to slow down to a speed where you can stop i£ you have to in spite of the fact that the-light is green," he said. "That's why a 20-mile-an-hour speed is recommended at intersections." Hewlett picked- up a stack of accident reports from last week. "Here are three accidents in one day where both drivers thought they had the right-of-way." He pointed to one of the cases showing a diagram where, two autos met squarely in the center of an intersection. "Both of 'the jiimiiuiiiiiBiHMMaBMMBi G E N U I N E I O R K ROOM AIR CONDITIONERS Hindu Dies After Talk On Woman's Rights NEW DELHI, India, May 7. (AP)--A member of Parliament collapsed and died today seconds after speaking against a hill to give Hindu w o m e n properly rights. The death of Hira Singh Chin- aria, 60, a member of Prime Minister ·, Nehru's majority Congress Party, led to adjournment of Parliament. Register Now: Summer Fall Terms Srnsratr rm«c« r n r turn :.,4. S. KINDERGARTEN 1$J--2nd-~Jrd GRADES Day Car*--Trans ports Han M U S I C PrivaU Instruction Alt Agei Violin, Piano, Voice All Initrumcnfs ACCREDITED STAFF -- STATE LICENSED 3046 SOUTH ALAMEOA TU4-9315 Browai Stiider AGENTS 705 WILSON BLDG. "The Two Harttords Agency Member of O. O. 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It was determined, the ordi nance reads, that on the basis o an engineering and traffic investi gation that the speed permittee by state law at the intersections and streets is greater than is reasonable or safe under the conditions found to exist, "Everyone seems to think that accidents only happen to the other fellow," Hewlett : said. "If that were the case, we wouldn't have any accidents." Corpus Christ! Caller-Times, Sun., May 8, 1955 Overtime Likely For Legislators Spending, Taxing Unsolved; More Tax Hearings Monday · o */ '·'· . · ' . . · Related stories o n page 2A , ' ' · ·'. AUSTIN, May 7 (AP)--With the state's two major problems--spending and taxing--still unsolved, Texas lawmakers today faced the prospect of having to work far beyond their automatic pay cutoff Tuesday. How far depends on how hard and how smoothly the legislators \yant to work without their customary $25 a day,- suspended by the constitution after a session's 120th day. - . . The giant $l',4-billion spending 1 over $100 of jewelry, furs and measure for state services was still in a joint House-Senate conference committee trying to reconcile differences between the two houses. Work was expected to be finished next week, but House and Senate concurrence are still necessary. Taxation appeared to be in a high state of uncertainty. The Senate State Affairs Committee conducted hearings all week- right up to Saturday noon--and still has more hearings next week. Shivers Says They Can Gov. Shivers said at a late-in- the-week news conference he thought the session's task could be completed in two weeks--if the lawmakers work hard. The estimate obviously did not allow lor any filibusters, deadlocks or other snarls -- all of which are always explosive potentials in the waning days of a isession. The state affairs committee has completed hearings on all tax proposals contained in the House-passed omnibus tax bill and has turned to hearings on proposed amendments. Hearings STesterday Hearings today were on amendments proposing gross receipts levies on storage warehouses, airlines, real estate brokers, parking lots, chain stores and sales clothing. There were no appearances for or against the jewelry-furs-clothing levy. Hearings were set for Monday on proposed state income taxes, tax hike, a manufacturers "value- added" tax, a tax on natural gas ''dedicated" to long pipelines, and a proposal to equalize natural gas and oil production taxes at 6 percent. Peron's Police Arrest 12 More Top Catholics Reuters BUENO.S AIRES, Argentina, May 7--Poh'ce today arrested top leaders of tho Catholic Action, leading Roman Catholic organization, in the 'latest phase of the church-state dispute, At least 12 leaders were known to be detained, including the president of the central junta, Luis Parrigi. Police s e a r c h e d the homes of those they arrested. TERMITE CONTROL SERVICE Guaranteed C. C. Exterminating Co. 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