Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - February 7, 1938, Abilene, Texas Che "WITHOUT, OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES7 W E SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY -AS IT VOL LVf I, NO. 262 Associated ABILENE, TEXAS, MONDAY EVENING, FEBRUARY 7, 1938-TEN PAGES. PRICE 5 CENTS SIGNAL FOR SWEEPING MURDER INVESTIGATION- Body Of Missing Tennesseean Found Near S water Firestone Dies In Sleep At Florida Winter Home Rites For Rubber Magnate To Be Allred Renews Attack On Oil Lease Policies Requests To File Suit On Nueces Tract AUSTIN, Feb. James V. Allied renewed Ms at- tacks on the land leasing policies of Land Commissioner W. H. Mc- Donald today -with an official re- Quest; to Attorney General Wil- j Ham McCraw that suit to cancel j a tract of public land in Nueces j countj" leased by McDonald be I instituted immediately. The tract j was No. K in the Laguna Madre i j The governor said the tract j comprises 62 acres, was leased j Jan. 18, 1937, to Herbert MaHinson j of Dallas foi cash and three- j sixteenths royalty if oil should be j produced. j There also were provisions for an additional three-sixteenths roy- alty when each -well drilled paid the lessee cash, but if artificial means hould have to be to lift the oil then the royal- ty should drop back to five-six- teenths. The governor said the land com- missioner made no requirement for drilling the tract although at the time ii was located adjacent Flour Bluff Oil field CAREER CLOSED HARVEY S. FIRESTONE C Of C Studies Proposed Aims Suggestions Vary From Rail way To Fish Hatchery Held In Akron Details Of Last Hours Withheld By Spokesman MIAMI BEACH, Fla., Feb. 7. (AP) Harvey S. Fire- stone, the rubber magnate of Akron, Ohio, died at his win- ter home here early today. Announcement of his death was made by his son, Russell A. Firestone, in the following statement "Harvey S. Firestone passed away in his sleep early this morning1 at his home here. The funeral will be held in Akron later this week." 69 LAST DECEMBER Firestone was 69 years old last Dec. 20. He had suffered from ill- ness intermittently in recent years Airport Radio Project Begun Survey Plot For Five Towers And Facilities Building Suggestions varying from ing s, railroad and getting a fish hatcherv located in Abilene to t supporting a oser election were being i "not examined by an Abilene chamber of i ago" but his health was good when he the arrived on his birthday for his an- nual winter sojourn at his ocean front estate. The rubber manufacturer held an build- optimistic outlook on life and his last interview, on his arrival here, a -c-, ,_ to tne -tipur Oil Held and j commerce committee todav I iarSe degree is now onset oy actual production i I regulation of ind i ,1 -i s-pmnnc Trpra 990 feet distant- No well has been j sestions drilled on the land, he added. REJECTS BIB "When the land commissioried let this bid to Herbert Mallroson j the organization's it was evidently worth more than j 1938. See LEASING, ?g. 9, Col. 8 results of a Doll! j Michigan Floods Menace Hundreds Temperature Rise Breaks Ice Jams DETROIT. Feb. than 500 families were driven from their home today as floods broke ice jams in rivers through- out southern Michigan and sent torrents raging over lowlands. A temperature jump to 58 de- grees Sunday brought thunder- storms, rain and hail after two near record cold waves. Washed-out bridges. flooded lowlands and homeless families were reported from Holland on the west, north to the thumb district and south to Detroit. A huge ice jam blocked the mouth of the Clinton river near Mt. Clemens. Sheriff's deputies fought to evacuate more families after a night- in which hundreds were threatened. good they were a year but attributed that condition to government industry" If we want to regain prosperity cfcface on.. saicL" ;Tn other still "depends on two work and pro- i ducticn. and these in turn are de- jjdty of the committee is to go ov- j pendent on the release of capital er the suggestions, select those j "Tire first incentive toward its which seem most worthwhile and i release would be the repeal of the practical, and present these at the j undistributed profits tax and the banquet to be held tomorrow night j repeal of the capital gains tax" at the Hilton hot-el. After a short j His principal diversion in lat- years had been putting a program for i discussion of the suggestions pre-! I sented. some of them will be adopted! and included in the chamber of i i commerce work program for I93S. I "The committee already has a i large number of suggestions." said j j Malcolm Meek, president of the I j chamber we would welcome! i many more both from members and j non-members. There is still time to j j complete and return the blanks which have been received, or obtain one from the chamcer oi commerce I office. We are especially interested j in these results because they are our i I one reliable index of what the nub- i ter golf ball FIRESTONE, 9, Col. 4 Admiral Assails Alliance Reports Pacts Not Navy Leahy Says Goal See C. OF C. Ps. 9T Col. 7 Six Killed as Fast M-P Train Wrecks the Mis- tracks at yesterday What Is Your NEWS I. tt? BEXTON. Ark.. Feb. old model car stalled on souri Pacific's rr.ain line a country-road crossing and wrecked "The fast pas- senger train eastbound from Dallas to St. Louis, bringing death to six persons. The victims, crashed and scalded as the front part of the train piled up. were three members of the train crew and three negro passengers. A half dozen ethers aboard the train, carrying; 77 passengers, suf- fered minor injuries. Railroad officials estimated ''The Texan" was traveling at 70 miles an hour when the locomotive struck the car and jumped the tracks. j The big engine bogged down in i j soft mud and overturned. Cars im- i mediately behind were hurled past it, ripping open their sides. Steam j from the engine shot into the first day coach, accounting for the passenger deaths there. WASHINGTON, Feb. miral William D. Leahy, chief of naval operations, told the house naval committee today that the navy expects to solve its defense problems "without alliances" and has no "foreign Asserting he wished to clear up any mixmcterstanciiryj that may have arisen from his previous asser- tions, the navy's highest ranking of- ficer said: "The navy has no thought of ob- taining assistance froir any other nation. It has no thought of giving assistance in the solution of the problems of any other nation. "It has no foreign commitments. "There are no understandings re- garding assistance to be given, or received. "There has been no talk of giv- ing, or receiving, assistance." Leahy's refusal last week to dis- close publicly the nature of dis- I cussions Captain Robert Ingersbll. head of the navy war plans di- i visions, had recently with the Brit- ish admiralty had brought specula- tion in congressional circles as to a possible understanding with Brit- ain. Leahy's categorical denial of any commitment- to any foreign nation I was given in testimony on legisla- i tion to authorize a naval expansion program. Construction of another unit m all-year, all-weather coast to coast air highway which passes over West Texas began today. The unit is the radio range station being lo- cated about a mse east of Abilene. Joe Sebacher of .Eilenwood, Kan- sas, contractor for the project, R, A. Hall, also of Eilenwood, electrical foreman, and Robert Alpher, de- paraaeni of commerce engineer, the location this morning. The construction shack has already been built and !Alpher and his two assistants were surveying. anJBOO foot square'plot for tfie towers and" the facilities building. About ten local men will be used in the construction said Se- bacher, He that his part of the job will be completed in about two months. The. contract was awarded to Sebacher by the de- partment of commerce January 26, on a bid of Equipment of the radio beam sta- tion will consist of five steel towers 131 feet high set on concrete foun- dations seven feet deep and about the same width. Construction of the foundations was expected to i start Tuesday morning. Four of the towers will form a square with the fifth being located, slong with the facilities building, in the center of the tract. The four will be ussc for sending the beam signals and the fifth will be for broadcasting messages to plane pi- lots. The facilities building will be a small stone structure to house the electrical equipment of the station and provide office space for the range operator. The Abilene station, with its call letters A P, will overlap the beams of Fort Worth and Big Spring. I: will replace the small station near Santo. "The range said William Gottlieb, of the Abilene airport See AIRPORT, 9, Col. 5 Picture No. posse which conducted'the successful search. for the body of Jesse H. .Pender- grass, elderly Tennessean, on the Withers ranch southeast of Sweetw-ater Sunday morning. Standing together in the. center of the picture are Fire Chief A. C. Forgay, who helped lead the search, and Fireman Andy Means, one of two men who found the body. With Means at the find was Fireman Weldon Patterson, who is shown second from the left. Picture No. T. Pender- grass, 73, of Meadow, Texas, brother of ths deac man. who was exactly four years his jun-" ior. They would have celebrated jointly their birthday on Decem- ber 8 had Jesse Pendergrass, completed his journey from Ten- by Soy Prime, Jr., No- lan County Staff Cam- eraman. nessee to Meadow. There was a striking resemblance between C. T. and Jesse, said relatives. Picture No. V. Pender- grass, 58. another brother, a farmer, also living near Mead-" ow.'He and C. T. came to Sweet- water Saturday after three Boy Scouts on a hike had come across the handbag belonging to Jesse Pendergrass. AFL Voids Mine Workers' Charter -The MIAMI. Fia.. Feb. American i-edera'ion of Lab-r ecutive council announced today :t had revoked ihe rharter of the United Mine Workers of America. At the same time the council re- voked charters of the Union of Mine. Mill and Suelitr workers and Federation of Glass Workers of America. A resolution adopted last but not annDunced until toda.. .Vi.a the AFL regarded the unioii'i ac- tivities in the committee for indus- trial organisation as "an actual srd complete withdrawal" from the. fed- eration. LOCALE OF SENSATIONAL S'WATER ASTIR AS CHAPTER IN NEW TRAGEDY IS WRITTEN By PREXY ANDERSON' lonely confirmed. SWEETWATER. Feb. has i Tne fears are strengthened Sat- By AP Feature Service Each question counts 20; each part of a two-part ques- tion. 10. Score of 60 is fair; 80, good. Answer on page 10. 1. Who is this explorer? What does he want to do with balloons? 2. Is "green mice'' the nick- name of (a) animals used in influenza experims b) a type of Italian bomT5mgrplane, or (c) a new branch of the Russian secret service? 3. The resignation of Repub- licS.n Senator Steiwer gave the Democrats one more member in the Senate. True or false? 4. How old is the Hitler re- gime? 5. Why did a Cleveland man lease ths residence of the late D. IN FIRST ELECTION OF Taylor Voters To Write Verdict On Proposed Local Option Dog Measure At Polls Tomorrow Taylor county citizens will begin j mass meetings, radio broadcasts judges, their march to the polls early i and through the public forum col- j precir.ct court house. Tuesday morning for the first time 1938. Many more will fol- -.hiring Tomorrow the duly constituted voters will adopt or reject, a state local option law for registration and tax of all dogs in the county. Merits and provisions of the law have been debated pro and con dur- ing recent weeks. Like all con- troversial questions, both sides of the dog daw issue have found ar- dent supporters. Public opinion, as evidenced at umns of the Reporter-News, has been sharply divided. No addi- tional meetings are planned but the columns of the Reporter-News re- main open to friends and foes of the" proposed law. But after today arguments end. The verdict will be written tomor- row at the polls. There has been much uncertainty about where to vote, County Judge Lee R, York stated today. AS a re- sult. Judge York has prepared the following list of election boxes and j Z. D. Hailey. Precinct station, Fifth and Butternut, C. C. Sellers. Precinct park auditorium. Mrs. Dallas Scarborough. Precinct. Motor company building, J. G. Dodge. Precinct station. Fourth and Cedar. H, J. Hanks. Precinct station, sixth and Orange. E. E. Hollingshead. Precinct Park school. J. See BOG LAW, Pp- 6, CoL 7 chosen Sweetwater as the locale of several sensational crimes in re- cent years. And Sunday the town is denied its usual Sabbath quiet. It :s astir from early morning until nightfall. Another grim chapter of tragedy is being written swiftly, cap- ped by the finding of the body of Jesse H. Pencergrass. Pendergrass is a 68-year-old Ten- nesseean who starts from his middle Tennessee mountain farm home in November to visit brothers in Mead- ow. Tex. He lingers on a stopover at Sweetwater for at least four long for his own good, for the consensus that his death is a murder is held by officers in- vestigating the case. The officers range from city police to a federal agent. The spot where Firemen Andy Means and Weldon Patterson come upon his remains at a. m. is on the Henry Withers ranch five and a half miles southeast, of Sweet- water. It is not far from the west shore of Lake Sweetwater. where on August 15, 1936. the bocy of G. H. Jones. 52. Trent storekeeper, is found. Jones is the victim of a "triangle" revenge slaying, for which Clarence Duncan now is serving a pen term. Firemen, members of r.he sheriff's and police departmenrs and a few i others early in the morning begin i the hunt for Pendergrass, '.as; seen i trudging the road in that vicinity on bitter cold November 21. i By 9 a. m. Sunday Regional Ex- ecurive A. J. Stiles and Scoutmaster Garland Vinson are well under way with organization of a Boy Scout j party to aid in the search. Before they are ready to join in. however, word comes there is no need for them. Worst the ec- centric out-of-stater has met foul i i play or perished of exposure on a urcay when Boy Scouts Fred Allen Wilson. 12, and Jack Forgay and Jesse Ray Penton, 13. Boy Scouts on a projected 14-mile hike, make a find. It is an old handbag, later identified as belonging to Jesse H. Pendergrass. They stumble across it on the four-section division of the Withers ranch, a mile and three- quarters northeast of the where Pandergrass body has Iain more than two months. Jesse Ray. Fred Allen and Jack are unimpressed by the importance of their discovery. The bag contains articles of clothing, and other per- sonal effects. The boys are mainly interested in two old fashioned straight edge razors. Their hike is Sec SIDELIGHTS, PIT. 10, CoL 2 The Weather ASILSN'E c' afid warmer tosicht Tuesday. West Texas: Partly tonicSt Tuesday: in "north ar.a ess: tral portions tonight. East Texas: PartJy cloudy, warrne northwest and r.orih" centra! niRhr: Twesaay partly cloudy, -a-arir.c interior. "Richest temperature yestrrdav st temperature Reative humidity Throat Wounds Believed Cause Of Man's Death Case To Be Submitted To Nolan Grand Jury At Special Session Tomorrow; Robbery Seen As Possible Motive SWEETWATEB. Feb. of Jesse Pendergrass will be returned to CookviUe, Temr, his home, for buriaL Officers were advised this morning two nephews, H. V. and B. M. Carr, would arrive this afternoon to accompany the remains there. Meanwhile, Jasice of the Peace Shook withheld his Inquest verdict and said the case would be submitted to the Nolan county grand jury, called into special session tomorrow aorninjr. Charles Paxton is jury foreman. By FINIS MOTHEESHEAD Staff Writer SWEETWATEE, Feb. 7._His brothers learned Sunday why Jesse H. Pendergrass, aging Tennessee farmer, failed to arrive for a winter-long visit in Terry comity. Possemen organized at daylight found Ms decaying re- mains in a lonely pasture near Lake Sweetwater. The discovery ended a two-month search, instituted when relatives began to fear Pendergrass, had met with foul play. It also was signal for a sweeping- murder investigation. Justice of the Peace S. H. Shook expressed belief the dead man had been slain. "I'm convinced he was Shook said Sunday night. He withheld a formal inquest verdict until after a hear- ing which was to be held sometime today. Marks on the blackened and wasting remains led C. C. Mc- Carty, of Ada, Okla.. special investigator for the Santa Fe rail- way, to decide that Pendergrass' throat had been slashed. Working with Dr. George A. Gray, Nolan county healtH officer, and other peace officers, McCarty made minute exami- nation of the remains and clothing snipped from around the body. They also found evidence of knife wounds on both arms, as if the elderly Tennesseean had fended off an assailant, and what was believed to be a bullet hole in the right ankle. Large Sum Of Money Believed On Victim What happened'-to a large sum-of'money Pendergrass supposed 10 have carried his'person was another question Re- latives said the dead man withdrew a bank account of more than 000 beiore leaving his CookevtUe, Term, There was another and unverified report that .sale of farm property had netted Pendergrass approximately shortly before his departure for Texas. Although close-mouthed concerning the investigation, officers in- dicated that robbery was considered the motive for the Pen- dergrass was murdered. They had no explanation, however, for more than which was m nis pockets when, the body was discovered. Secreted beneath a optioned flap in the Tennesseean's underwear was 595, in BOtes of So. Sio and denominations. In his trousers were nine bills and in change. Seven persons were being- held for questioning Sunday nisht. but Chief of Police N. B. Hall said none was a suspect Three of those _ being grilled were negroes, one a woman. Of the remaining four, at i least one was a woman, possibly two. "Nobody is beins accused of announced Halt He returned here late Sunday from Fort Worth to find the investigation in progress. The probe apparently centered on a hotel near the Texas Pacific railway depot, where Pendergrass reportedly spent a night after his arrival in Sweetwater. Chief Hall said all those from whom statements were sought had been taken to view the grisly remains. One, a middle-ased negro, was visiblv shaker.. "No sun. I never seen him.n he declared. The' black's face was ashen. and a hat in his clenched hands shook violently. Searchers Discover Handbag In Pasture Special Agent McCarty. who said he had been working on the dis- appearance' mystery a week, arrived here four days ago. Three Boy Scouts, two of them 13 and the other only 12, were re- sponsible, however, for Sunday's in the case. They were Jack Forgay. sen of Fire Chief and Mrs. A. C. (Ace) Forgay: Fred Wilson, son of Mr. and Mrs. John M. Wilson: and Jesse Ray Penton, son of Mr. and Mrs. F. S. Penton. All are seventh grade students in the Sweetwater junior high school. The trio was on a 14-mile hike Saturday to Lake Sweetwater, a jaunt by which its members were to pass a Boy Scout test. The boys stopped to eat their noon lunch in a pasture of the Henry Withers ranch, southeast of Sweetwater. One stumbled across a handbag and the three Scouts opened it. Inside they found a quantity of clothing and other personal effects, packed neatly and obviously undisturbed. They debated whether to carry the bag back into Sweetwater, vetoed the idea. Instead, the boys ap- propriated two straight razors and a pair of speciacles. With boyish lack of regard for significance of the find, they carved lengths of leather from sides of the bag. These they showed to Forr gay and his wife when the couple met the hikers two miles from town. or. their return journey. The boys had abandoned their trip to Lake Sweetwater, deciding they had walked far enough. The fire chief, after delivering a lecture, reported the discovery to pc'.ice. Two brothers of the missing man were summoned from their homes near Meadow, in Terry county. They are I. V. Pendergrass, 58, and C. T. Pendergrass, 73. Contents of the handbag were identified by the brothers without dif- ficulty as property of the disappeared man. Texas Relatives Join In Search For Body In Sweetwater the Terry county men joined Roy Pendergrass, whole- sale grocery salesman, who lives here. He is the son of C. T. Pender- Accompanying them here were Jay arid Carl Pendregrass, sons of I. V. Pencercrass. Others who came along were Sheriff C. D. Gober and Deputy "j. H. Hamilton, both of Brownfield. Hamilton is related to the Pendergrass family by marriage. Sweetwater police disclosed that the bag had been found out kept secret the site. They were guarding against a horde of curious Who might destroy valuable clues. Sunday morning a searching party was organized. It consisted principally of city and county peace officers and members of the fire department, headed by Chief "Forgay. Hunting independently were the youthful discoverers of the evidence. They rose early, thumbed a. See BODY Page 10. Col. 6________________ Woman Arrested Here For Questioning A younj: and attractive blonde told police she was 19 years Sunday night in the Abilene city jaiL She was arrested yesterday afternoon at the request of Sweet- water officers, who" had telephoned the Abilene police depart- ment a short time earlier. "We have a warrant for the Sweetwater department ad- vised, giving the jrirl's name and description. "Hold her and we'll come after her." No further notice had been received early today. The prisoner, apparently one of the seven persons whom Chief of Police N. B. Hall said were being held for questioning; m a Sweetwater murder investigation, was taken into custody at small hotel on South First street.'