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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - February 8, 1938, Abilene, Texas VOL, LVI I, NO. 263 (ATI OFFENSE TO FRIENDS YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT V IK EX-CONVICTS' TRAILS MEET ABILENE, TEXAS, TUESDAY MORNING, FEBRUARYS, 1938. PRICE 5 CENTS One Dead. Another In Jail After Abilene Shooting rjpPIPPBS CTPT vwTTM-ixTstn OFFICERS SIFT BAFFLING EVIDENCE Pendergrass Case To Grand Jury Today IfsOogDayF MURDER INQUEST VERDICT; REVEALED CLUE, MAY GET REWARD Polls As County Ballots On Law .Voters Required To Present New 1937 Receipts The dog will have his day at the polls today. Volers of Taylor county will poll their opinions on enactment of the state local option dog law for con- trol of the canines, a move request- ed by numerous livestock owners Unwittingly, the three Sweet- water Boy Scouts shown above played important roles In the Pendergrass murder mystery. Their discovery of a handbag on a lonely ranch started of- ficers on a successful search for the body o[ the elderly Ten- by Roy Prim Jr., Nolan County News. nesseean. They'are Je-sse Ray Penton, left. Jack Forgay, cen- ter, and Fred Allen Wilson, Of- ficers say they are In line for a good share of the reward offered by the family for find- ing Pendergress. Sweetwater Lads Who Uncovered Clue Thai Cracked Pendergrass Case Become Objects Qi Envy, Awe To Classmates BV SWECTYVATER, Jeb. 7. Pred Allen Wilson, 12, Jack Forgay. 13. and Jesse .Ray Penton, .13, move In a different world this week. Friday they were jiist three more grade school student, probably a bit bored by the commonplace. of their routine. Today they were re- garded with envied awe' by their classmates. They men of mys- tery. They had crashed the news. Developments of a Boy hike on K'htch they started Satur- day afternoon included the uncov- ering of the major clue in a. ipur- der mystery that.hid the. city o! Sweelwater agog'over the weekend. Tramping the rusged. rock strewn terrain of the Henry Withers ranch a few miles southeast of here, they found a weather beaten handbag. It was identiiied as the property of Jesse H. Pendergrass. 68, of Cookeville, Tenn., and its discov- ery prompted a search which: re- See UNCOVER, ff. 6, Col. 5 Election Judges: In order (hat the public may be informed u soon a, pomible of the outcome of the dot- law flection, all election are requested to phone results, col- lect, (o the Reporter-N'twi al soon votej are counted. but opposed by many dog owners. Polls will be open from 8 a. m to 7 p. will' be presided over by the regular list of judges, appointed by che com- missioners' court a few weeks ago It will be the first county elec- Three or more .Those voting THINK KNIFE WOUNDS CAUSE Decomposed Body Of Tennesseeon, Long Missing, Found Near S'water By FIHIS MOTHERSHEAD Bounty and sUto officer, ight were sifting a maze of conflicting evidence to separate fact from rumor u they investigated the death of elderly Jesse H. Pendergrajs. Their probe continued well into the night in preparation for appearance Tuesday before the 32d district court grand jury District Attorney Outlaw, who confessed frankly we are without any valnabl said grand jnrors had been summoned into thei third session' of the curren term of court. WORTH COMPLETE PROBE "We're going to lay our cards o the he said, "and map more intensive investigation, x x This caw, on basis of what we ready have learned, merits- thorough probe, i X x." The decaying body of Fender grass, missing since late in Nov ember, was found Sunday when a tion ol the year, others will follow Abilene C-C To Feast Tonight directors, and stibsequent an- More than 250 Abilenlans and 100 out-of-town guests hnd made re- servations yesterday, and more are expected to buy tickets today. Tick- ets will remain on sale throughout the day unless the crowd becomes to large for the Hilton hotel ball- room. The banquet will slart p.' m. With President Malcolm M Meek presiding, Dr. T. S. Knox, pastor of First Prcsbycrian church, will the invocation. The ballots will oe cast tor live new directors, to succeed Meek, Bc.-nard Hanks, George S. Ander- son. H. O. Woolen and D. H. Jef- fcrics, retiring. A committee to can- vass '.he results will retire from the scene. After banquet festivities. T. N Carswcll, secrctary-manaser. 'wili present his annual report. Enter- tainment will be given by the Abi- lene high school quartet, under director of Louise Nelson. Jack Fry's orchestra will furnish muslt After inlroducllon ot guests, pro- gram of work will be discussed A committee has ocen tabulating siir. geslcd objectives as submitted by various members of the chamber BRADFORD SPEAKER Ralph Bradford, United stales chamber of commerce, Washington will deliver the main address. Then the session be climaxed by the report oi the- flections com- mittee. Balloting for directors is ex- pected to reach an nil-time high in Interest this year, with numerous men mentioned for the posls. Name Winters Man On UCRA Beard ATOTIH Rb. 7 V. Allrert today iiamed c Winters to the Upper Colorado river board, succeeding the law T, Coupland. Powers Join In Piracy Patrol LONDON. Feb. Brit- ish measures against Mediterran- ean piracy supported by both France and Italy were disclosed today amid growing indications of moves toward a new Anglo-Italian friendship. Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden told the cheering house ot commons of orders to the reinforced warship patrol to "sink at sijht" any sub- merged submarines In the western Mediterranean. Insurgent Spanish warplanes menacing neutral ship- ping, he said, would be tired on. The patrol ot more than 10 war- ships is maintained by the three powers under the Kyoti anti-piracy accord of last fall. ANGLO-ITALO TALKS At the same time it was disclos- ed Eden and count Grandl, the Italian smbassador, had two long conversations during the week- end. Their discussion ot the whole range of issues disturbing relations of the two countries caused hopes of speedy progress toward a new understanding. Talks Phlpps, the British aicated that France had been drawn into the conversations. Tlie apparent Imminence of friendship talks between and Italy was shown by carefully phrawd replies to n bar- rage of questions dealing with re- ported Italian Implication In the 'Iracy outbreak and Italian -id to he Insurgents m the Spanish civil will be required to show new 1937 poll tax receipts, unless exempt. AT 31 BOXES Voting will be at the 31 boxes customarily used f0r elections, In- cluding six within the city of Abi- lene. The boxes, ire fire _-atton Httli 'and Butternut, Pair Park auditorium, Shelton Webb Motor fire station at Fourth and Cedar, fire station at bixteenlh and Orange, North Park school building, Hamby school American Legion recreation hall McMurrj. filling st of Sayles and South Fourteenth Mrs. Nancy Narcross residence at Caps, w. O. W. hall at lye Le- vjnes building at Buffalo Gap Hog- Merkel fire station, county barn sheJ> school, Potosi Home State bank. Caps Merkel box at Caps, Hunters store building at View, First State bonfc at Tuscola, ff Mrs. CH'al0' es house at Iberis Tj-e- a ers j-e- Merkcl box at Tye, J. R. Keelings store at Lawn, Blair school, Bank of Bradsnaw man school. at Bradshaw, Lins- Father Of Callahan Sheriff Succumbs BAIRD, Feb. -John T. Edwards, lather of Sheriff R, L Edwards, died here today. He was 83 years old. Funeral services will be helcTat 51s afternoon at the Methodist church at Eula. The rites will be read by the Rev. George Parks of Roscoe, formerly pastor of the Baptist church of which Mr Edwards was a member at Eula Stop School Due To Scarlet Fever TRENT, Feb. 7- Public schools at White Plat, six miles west of here in Nolan county were closed fodny for sn Indefinite time by the order of the county health officers. Superintendent Roy Morris said t, f ivjj iMinris san he action was taken as a precau of scarlet fever. Two cases reported In the White Flat munlty. were conv posse searched a desolate pastur< near Lake Sweetwater. An autopsy disclosed marks which led investigators to believe Fender grass, a retired farmer, had died o knife wounds. C. C. McCarty o. Ada, Okla., a special investigator employed by relatives, said he was convinced the dead man's throa had been slashed, that he had re- ceived knife wounds In both aims arid that there was a bullet hole in his right leg. Early Monday afternoon, Justice of; the-Peace !S.-H, Shook filed an open verdict a' cautious tii- quest Sunday; Me found dergrass ,.-'was murdered at' the hands of a person or persons un known." MOVE SECRETLY After announcement Sunday night by Chief of Police N. B..Hall that seven persons were being held for questioning, investigators' today surrounded their progress with close secrecy. Besides tity police, the depart ments of Sheriff Tom Wade and Constable N. D. Beeves and Detec- tive McCarty, sheriffs from two Soulh Plains counties and a Texas ranger tonight had entered the case. A federal operative from the Dallas office of the department of justice, whose name was wllhheld also was on the scene. Contradictory statements indicat- ed discord was slowing their pro- gress. Officers either refused to comment, cryptically reported "no or Issued "don't quote me" statements deprecating theories of other investigators. In all, nearly a score of peace officers were pursuing their various courses. Relatives of the dead man mean- while awaited arrival of two nephews from Cookevllle, Tenn., from which Pendergrass had been traveling for an extended visit with PENDERGRASS, Pf. 5 Architect Named On Hospital Dormitory AUSTIN, Feb, 7 board of control today chose architects to design Improvements costing an es- timated at eleemosynary institutions in the fiscal jear be- ginning Sept. 1, 1938. Officials said contracts for the work probably will be awarded just before the new fiscal period begins Improvements by Institutions types, costs and architects includ- ed: Abilene slate hospital, dormitory Cask-ill i- McDanlel Abilene Physicians' cottage, Gasklll McDanUI. Solons Urge Stronger Capital Gajns Tax, Wage-Hour Bill, Repeal Of Profits Levy in Paris between Foreign Yvon Deltas and Sir Eric Britain Some diplomatic circles felt the Germany u ily hart Influenced tlic new Ital- ian altitude toward Drtlnln. These circles said Preniicr Benlto Musso- nl was ptrlurWft over Ihe rcsul- n ihreat new nazl activity In central Europe. WASHNGTON. Feb. 7-W- More than thirty house liberals jointly urged upon President sen Roosevelt today a legislative pro- gram calling tor a wage-hour bill. rctcnllon of the miich-crillclzcd undivided proms lax and slrong- cr capital Led to the White House by Rep. Mawrlefc, they asked, in addition, dlrect (arm 0111 axsurlng [arm prices cqimlltng the cost of production at least, snd permanent public works pro- capable of absorbing all the able-bodied unemployed. "The president listened Men- Maverick said, "and Ihefl made a general comment reiwrter asked" "He's always lo Ine heavy-voiced Texan replied. While strongly urging the reten- tion of the undistributed profits tax, the group suggested two changes: An amendment to permit small corporations to "accumulate mini- mum out Of earnings tree of tax. An amendment to give stock Top Price At Swater Sale 47 Animals Sell For Average At Wimberly Farm ___BY HARRY HOLT SWETTWATKH, Feb. 7. ty-two buyers took advantage at bargain prices here today in the second annual Wlmberly Hereford farm sale. Forty-seven animals sold for an average of with 30 fe- males selling: much better than the bulls. H. H, Wilkinson, president of the Continental National bank, Port Worth and owner of a ranch at Big Spring, paid for the show lelfer, Grebe 16th, to top the sale. 15-nionth-old heifer was grand females at the South- eastern at fall. VV FROST SECOND HIGH Jack Frost of Dallas, owner of :he White Hat. ranch at Blaek- weil, paid for the second high- sriced animal of the day, Princess 1th. George Glass of Mld- and was the leading purchaser of females, buying eight. L. B. Jackson of Rlngland, Okli., new buyer In this section, paid SMS for the top bull, Ambrose Domino 1st. J. D. Patterson of 'eacock was the leading buyer of bulls during the evening. There Vis a good representation, of Hereford breeders the sale oday, and many ranchmen of West Texas were on hand when bidding started at the fair at 1 p. m. MITCHAM'S NEXT Many breeders left after the sale or Cfsco to attend G. P. Mitcham's Irst auction sale, Tuesday. The Xrteman County Breeders and J. C. DibreN Sons sale will be Wed- See W1MBEXLY, ff. It, COL. I .ocai Legionnaires To Fete Nat'! Head More than 200 reservations have oeen received for a smoker to be iven by Parramore post of the American Legion Wednesday night n honor ol Danle! J. Doherty, nat- onal commander. The smoker will follow a public Kidress by Doherty In the city hall teginnlng at 7 o'clock, to which the ublic Is invited. At the same time as Doherty is onored with the smoker, tcDonald post, 109, of ill be entertained. The Abilene post will be paying their western eighbors off for winning a wager FIND BODYOFTEKINESSEEAN Of the posse of more lhan twenty'men who hunted south- east of Sweetwatcr for the body of Jesse H. Pendergrass. Ten- [ISlltl -Photo by Ro y Prim Jr., Nolan County News. It- fell !o the lot of the two men shown here to make the find. They are Firemen Andy Means, left, and Weldon-patters'on. All Service Seen BV LOUIS f. LOCIWER -In which Abilene lost by icmng its membership quot the not as Ex-scrvice men have also ivitcd from all surrounding towns "eluding Albany, Angelo' weetwater. Midland, Mineral Wells' Rotan, Winters and all towns this de of Lubbock. The Weather AJILK.VB ANn ViriXITV profits, and permit their deduction In computing the tax to be paid Otherwise. Maverick and his col- leagues were fcr the tax as a means Of preventing evasion of the iiidivlduM Income tax by tie wealthy" and of giving "to ail uveslors, as wcll as large, right to determine them- selves how they shall use' or re- Inven Ihclr share of the pioflts of corporate enterprise." r HOt R 1____ 1.... 8 W M ii _ This impression was gained from reliable foreign office circles as von n y at mountain home PURGE? Even Ulrlch von Hassell, recalled ambassador to Rome, is regarded as "too these sources said, and consequently would not be sent to London as von Ribbentrop's successor. It had been assumed uni- versally he would get that post. According to the best Information available a further purge ot the army as well as a' diplomatic clean- up will tcke place. Of the nrmy changes the new task assigned to General Waiter von Reichcnau is assuming more and more Interest. He was placed In charge of the fourth army group but with jurisdiction also over Bavaria ivhere he previously had commanded at Munich. In view of the strained relations between Germany and Czecho- slovakia and Germany's pronounced interest in the Nazi minority across the border, this ardent party man may be called upon to act very quickly tn the event of untoward In- cidents at the frontier. DIPLOMATIC APPOINTMENTS Hitler's reorganization of the gov- ernment the Rome, London, Tokyo, and Vienna embassies vacant while the ambassador to Russia has not been at his post ior some time. Ebcrhsrd von Stohrer, now am- bassador to the Spanish insurgent regime, will go to London according to the present plans. Count Freid- Ste X.AZIS, Ff. 6, Col. 7 Farm Bill Okeh Sought Today WASHINGTON, Feb. 7 mid, cries of "gag house eaders decided today to try co pass he administration's revised crop ontrol bill In five hours tomorrow The rules committee voted to ask ie house to limit consideration of he draft prepared by a joint sen- te-honse committee. Representallve Martin (R-Mass) sslstant minority leader, charged he administration was "afraid to et the people knoiv what's In that HI.'' "It's a gag rule." he said. "They re trying to shut oif debate in one ay on a bill we don't know much bout yet." On the other side of the capitol. Senator Frailer who served n the ssnatc-house committee, pre- Icted trouble in the house if the eadership tried to pass the measure ulckly. "It's impossible to understand the bill In one Frazier said. Majority Leader Raybum <D-Tex) predicted, however, the bill would be pisjed "by a good majority." Without it. he said, "the country would be In chaos" because farmers would not know how to proceed with their spring planting. Controls over production of major crops are provided. They would be carried out, through a system of benefit payments and loans on stor- ed crops. When supplies reached ab- normally high levels, the marketing of crops would be controlled, if two- thirds of the farmers voting In referenda approved. Comonche Man Shot, Relative Gives Up BROWNWOOD, Feb. 7 R. L. Daniels. 23. Comanche county farmer, died in local hospital this afternoon Irom a gunshot wound In the forehead. W. G. Chancellor. 30. brother-in- law of Daniels, surrendered to of- ficers in Comanchc and is being held in connection witii the case. The shooting occurred fcv'tronl of the Chancellor home in Comanchc this morning. Daniels and his wile rslrang- said. Murder Charges Lodged Against R. Montgomery E. E, Tucker Is Victim; Old Feud Thought Trouble By BRUCE FRANCIS Trails of two men who had been convicted jointly of crime crossed yesterday afternoon at South Seventh and Oak streets. One of the pair, E. E. Tucker, 35, was mortally wounded and the other, Roy L. 41, surrendered and was in Taylor county jail last night, charged with murder. Tucker died at p. m. at Hendrick Memorial hospital from three 32-20 pistol shot wounds. The shooting occurred at a service station at Oak and South Seventh streets about DROVE TO HOSPITAL Immediately alter being- shot Tucker staggered back to his own car and drove three miles to hospital. Beginning about he was on the operating table aiore lhan an hour. Tucker's only statement after reaching the hospital was that the shooting was caused by "the same old thing." He didn't regain con-' sctousness after the operation. Tucker was hit In Ihree two of them vital. One slug entered the side of his mouth and the right" side of his Jaw, tearing two teeth! out. The second shot hit him just under the stomach and ranged slightly downward into his .ink's? tines. Doctors said the intestiaei were pierced four of' domen, just above the to the right.. SURRENDERED Montgomery went directly Irom the scent of the fatal shooting to MURDER, 19, CoL 4 Harvey Firestone Dies In Florida MIAMI BEACH, Fla., Feb. S. Hrestone, a "farm ioy who built one of the largest rub- jer businesses In the world, died of a blood clot near his heart as he slept early today. The 69-year-old industrialist met a. peacelul end in the great man- sion of Harbel Villa, an ocean front estate he acquired in ]S2t. Of his large family, only a son, Russell A. Firestone, was reported :o have been on hand at the time. Mrs. Firestone and their four other sons were believed to be in the north and a daughter, Elizabeth, at Smith college, where she is a sen- 'r. funeral will be held In Ak- ron Friday. The cause of death was coronary artery thrombosis, the conjnary ar- :ery being one of two main vesseU leading from the heart. Charge Winters Man With Bigamy BALLING ER, Feb. B, allard, Winters, charged with big- amy in a complaint tiled by a Cis- co woman, remained in the Runnels county jail here tonight in lieu or bond. Ballard was arrested in Winters during the week-end and at ar- raignment today waived examining rial. Ballard formerly resided at Cisco but has been living at Win- ers for the last few months. Operators Seek New Gas-Oil Ratios As Commission Hearing Begins At Midland MIDLAND. Feb. 7 Stanollnd Oi! and Gas company presented at a railroad commission hearing today evidence tending to show that remedial measures have reduced gas consumption of 20 wells in the north Cowden field of Ector county and recommended that maximum gas oil ratio of the pool be reduced from 5.000-1 to 2.000-1. Stanolinrt's evidence bclore the hearing to determine eitielcnt rallos in 17 We.n Texas fields rep- resenting 50 per cent of the West Texas Permian basin, was that gas consumption had been reduced. The hearing will continu: tomor- row. Conimi.wloner E. O. Thompson ordered testimony ended In a dis- mte between ot Texas jeolojlsts aiqt opfratorj'ln the Pen- fell, Wartdell pool? be- cause some attorneys were absent, E. A. chairman of the engineering committee for I the -The Goldsmith field In Eclor county, said the average gas-oil ratio of 331 wells in the field was reduced from 7200-1 to 2400-1 between July and December through setting of for- mation packers and employment of squeeze jobs, H. S. Forgcron, pro- ducer In the field, agreed that pro- gress In conservation was being made but said It appeared to him wells with the highest sas-oil ratios have the highest allowable. R. S. Dewey, Humble Oil company engineer, proposed that cementing of casing under pressure In f the Means field, Andrews county, i county, bo required only 24 hours and the Henderson field, Winklw instead of 48 hours, and that drill- ing of plugs be permitted In H hours Instead of 71. Operators mutt no objections to this propotd. Dewoy also proposed that only two strings of pipe be rnjulred except in a well-defined high f