Council Proceedings: November 1, 1907








City of Fort Worth

COMMISSIONERS GEO. MULKEY, Police & Fire. G. H. COLVIN, Finance. SAM DAVIDSON, Street & Pub. Bldgs. LEE STEPHENS, Water Works.

SIDNEY L. SAMUELS, City Attorney. W. J. GILVIN, Assessor & Col. T. H. HUBBARD, Sec'y Water Works E. C. WOODWARD, City Engineer.

J. H. MADDOX, Chief of Police

Fort Worth, Texas,

Hon. Geo. H. Mulkey, Police & Fire Com.

Dear Sir:

I would recommend that you appoint E. J. Scott as Sanitary Officer, to fill the place formerly filled by J. Matt Perley.


J. H. Maddox Chief of Police


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FILED Nov 26 1907 WJ Estes City Secretary

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Fort Worth, Texas, Nov. 26th 1907.

To The Honorable Mayor And Board of Commissioners, Fort Worth, Texas.


In view of the fact, that your compeditors have publicly attached your honorable body for your action in awarding The Texas Bitulithic Company the contracts for pavements to the amount of 114,000 sq. yds. and the further fact that they have inspired a protest from the people Capt. Paddock. Believing the Honorable Secretary of the Fort Worth Board of Trade would not do knowingly do your honorable body a wrong, we therefore, take the liberty of answering this attack on your honorable body and the wisdom of its action, as follows;

1stAs to the General Supply & Construction Company being a local Company and being entitled to more consideration than the Texas Bitulithic Company.

The President of the Genral Supply & Construction Company, Mr. F.O.Brown lives in Dallas.

The President of the Texas Bitulithic Company also lives in Dallas.

The representative complaining for the General Supply & Construction Company, Mr. John B.Hawley lives in Ft.Worth.

Mr. F.V.Lanham the representative of the Texas Bitulithic Company also lives in Ft.Worth and owns his home in your city.

Within the past month adherents of the General Supply & Construction Company have been claiming the Dallas contracts because they were a local Company and represented home industry, their very name was solected to indicate them as any thing but a local institution, and we respectfully ask if the citizens of Ft.Worth will be willing to be taxed to support this company who never offered you paving within 17¢ per sq.yd. as cheap as our company have now offered you the same construction.

2nd As to the bids received Nov. 15th.

The General Supply & Construction Company in a paid adver-

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tisement in the Ft. Worth Record of November 23rd says their bid of $2.10 per sq.yd. for Bitumnous Pavement included grading.

Their bid reads as follows;

"Bituminous Pavement as per attached specifications $2.10 per sq.yd. with a five year guarantee". The Specifications attached and on which the bid was made, made no provision for excavation and certainly to claim that their bid included an item not mentioned in the specifications as part of them, is we think presuming on your intelligence as well as a bare-faced attempt to mislead the public and change their bid.


The Asumption of the General Supply & Construction Company that their bid for a so-called Bituminous Pavement on a specification hardly covering one-half page of letter paper, and that your Honorable Body and the tax payers of Fort Worth would consider their offer as covering a permanent road construction and equal to The Bitulithic Pavement,is asking the public to expend their money on and untried experiment.

To illustrate the absolute ignorance and lack of scientific knowledge of Bituminous Paving construction in preparing their specifications, The General Supply & Construction Company in providing for Bitumins say "to said mineral aggregate shall be added a Bituminous Cement 99% pure, according to accepted chemical anzlysis, in sufficient quanity to fill voids and give excess, and the whole mass then heated to a temperature satisfactory to the Engineer of this City or his duly authorized assistant." You will notice this provides for heating the stones and Bitumin after they have been incorpuated, a process absolutely impossible and never has or never would be attempted by any one familiar with Bituminous Road construction.

It being necessary even when laying Asphalt composed of sand and asphalt only, to heat the sand separately before incorpuating the Bitumin or Asphalt.

Again he says "Bitumon of 99% pure. This reads well but in paving parlance does not spell any thing, for instance, a diamond and a piece of anthrocite coal are both absolutely pure carbons, and would pass this chemical analysis for purity, yet one would make very poor fuel and the other poor jewelry,

We quote you from the unknown words Bitulithic specifications

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which requirements are as follows " the Bituminous composition or cement shall in each case be free from water, petroleum oil, water gas or process tars, and shall be especially refined with a view to removing the light oils,naphthalene, or other crystalline matter susceptible to atmospheric influences".

The Bitumon the General Supply & Constructionoffer which we understand to be refined by tharrogatinge Texas Company from Texas oil, has been tested and rejected in many previous attempts to use it for paving purposes, and we respectfully refer you to Mr. Clifford Richardson's book on Asphalt Pavements as to the value of this class of material as well as to any dis-interested experts in this line.

The General Supply & Construction in arregating to its self the the ability to reproduce the equal of the Bithulithic Pavement without any ap experience in this class of paving construction, with a Bitumon known to be valueless for the purpose, representing that their specifications calls for a pavement equal to Bitulithic that confesses on the face that they do not realize the necessity of even heating the mineral aggregate as a peliminary to incorpuating the Bitumon, that leaves the temperature entirely to the City Engineer, regardless to their own responsibility.

They claim that granite is better because it is granite, nearly all granites are useless for the purpose, and only one granite in the whole LLano district is really useful, and Burnett granite is absolutely useless. Their specifications make it the duty of your Engineer to be an expert on mixtures and paving constructions, as Mr. Hawley claims his specification to be better than Bitulithic, not with standing the above we quote from the City Engineer of Baltimore, and when that city was offered a substitute for the Bitulithic pavement, Mr. Fendall said to Mr. John Hubert, Esq., Charman of Committee on highways: "Dear Sir- Answering the questions prepounded to me regarding the securing of competition between Bituminous, Macadam, and Bitulithic, so as to secure paving equally as good as Bitulithic, I beg to adsise to that I do not know how to prepair such specifications.

Bitulithic is in a class to its self. The methods and plans for playing the pavement are patened, these methods and plans so far as I can judge give the best possible results that can be gotten in the

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