Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - February 8, 1938, Abilene, Texas
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Pendergrass Case Probed By 32d Jury
S'water Coroner Finds Verdict Of Murder
SWEETWATER. Feb. 8.— (AP)
—Divergence of official opinion cicadid today investigation of the death of J. H. Pendergrass, 68-year-old Cookeville. Tenn., traveler whose body was found in a ravine near here.
In face of an inquest verdict that the man was murdered by a person or persons unknown. Sheriff Tom Ables of Lubbock and Tom Wade of Sweetwater said in a joint statement today that they believed the aged man wandered into a pasture, became lost and died of exposure.
SWEETWATER. Feb. 8. — The death of Jesse H. Pendergrass, 68-year-old Cookeville, Tenn., resident who disappeared here more than two months ago, was being investigated here this morning by the 32d district court grand Jury.
The finding of the aged man’s decaying body in a desolate pasture near Lake Sweetwater Sunday morning was the climax of weeks of apprehension on the part of relatives that he had met with foul play on a trip which was to have taken him to a brother's home in Meadow.
Justice of Peace S. H. Shook yesterday held to this same theory in returning a coroner’s verdict that Pendergrass “was murdered at the hands of a person or persons unknown.’’
Distict Attorney George Outlaw was working with the grand Jury this morning. Their work was experted to continue far into the day. Although several persons, includ-
Se* PENDERGRASS. Pg. 9. C ol. 6
Assault Trial Is Set Wednesday
Special Venire Of 150 Called In 42d Court
Trial of Pat Adams, ministerial student at Hardm-Simmons during the fall semester, on a charge of criminal assault on an Abilene high school girl will be called by Judge M. S. Long in 42d district court Wednesday morning.
A special venire of 150 men will report for duty when court convenes at 9 o'clock.
District Attorney Bob Black advised today that the state wilt announce ready when the case is called. Defense attorneys had given no indication of their plans.
Adams was arrested and indicted January 28, was arraigned in 42d district court the following day and his trial date* fixed. The offense for which he was indicted occurred January 27.
Adams pleaded not guilty when arraigned before Judge Long.
Hp is the father of two children, one an infant less than a month ald.
400 ABILENE. NEIGHBORS DUE TO ATTEND C OF C FEAST
Directors' Election, Secretary's Report,
Address, Program Are Highlights
Almost 300 Abilenians and IOO representatives of towns throughout West Texas are to gather at the Hilton tonight for the annual membership meeting and banquet of the Abilene chamber of commerce
Scheduled to start at 7 o’clock, the gathering tonight will show the largest attendance of any such meeting held in recent years.
Outstanding events on the program are the election and announcement of five new directors for the organization, secretary’s report, selection of a pro
IN ANSWER TO SOLON’S QUESTIONS—
Hull Denies Foreign Alignment
DYNAMITE FINISHES NIAGARA FALLS BRIDGE DRAMA
Big Steel, Unionists Resume Confab
NEW YORK. Feb. 8. (UP)—Representatives of the United Stat es Steel corporation and the Steel Workers organizing committee, C. I. O. affiliate, today resumed negotiations for renewal of the union’s contract with "big steel.”
Technically, the negotiations affected only the contract with the Carnegie-Illinois Steel corporation, largest U. S. Steel subsidiary, but any agreement would apply to all subsidiaries and would serve as a pattern for new contracts with other companies.
gram of work, and the address by Ralph Bradford, guest speaker for the evening.
Dr. T. S. Knox, pastor of the First Presbyterian church, will give the invocation to open the program.
Ballots bearing the names of fifteen men selected by the nominations committee as eligible for directorship will be distributed as soon as the guests are seated. Five of these names will be checked and the ballots returned during the course of the meal. A committee to canvass the ballots will then be selected by Malcolm Meek, president These men will report on their tabulation later in the program.
Jack Fn s orchestra is to play during the banquet period.
At the close of the meal. T. N Carswell, secretary-manager. will present a report of the past year.
TO INTRODUCE GUESTS
Following the report, the Abilene high school quartet directed by Leuise Nelson will sing. Guests from surrounding towns will be introduced and the program will be returned to business for the evening.
An outlined program of work for 1538 will be discussed and a commit- i tee report on suggested projects by various members of the cham- j ber will be presented. These pro- I Jects will be discussed with the possibility of including them in the work program.
The program will then be turned over to the guest speaker.
As the climax to the evening, the names of the new directors will be r.moused Chamber of commerie Officials report that Interest in the election is unusually high this year and a record breaking vote is ex- > pected.
Retiring directors are Malcolm Meek, Bernard Hanks, George S. Anderson, H. O. Wooten and D. | H. Jefferies.
Thompson Decries Excess Oil Output
Commission In Midland Meet
MIDLAND. Feb. 8.— .-P>—Col. E O. Thompson, chairman of tire interstate oil compact commission, predicted today that to balance supply with demand a curb of oil production. equal to 14 per cent below the bureau of mines market demand for January this year, would be necessary.
Thompson, here Tor a Texas railroad commission hearing, In a statement yesterday, said it was "foolish and wasteful to produce unneeded and unsalable crude,’’ and declared consumption had not used up gas and oil on hand.
The bureau’s estimate for nationwide requirements for January was 3,406.800. For Texas the estimate was 1,350.000 barrels.
The railroad commission proceeded today with its study of gas-oil ratios for 17 West Texas fields representing 50 per cent of the West Texas Permian Basin.
Holders of interests in the north Cowden and Goldsmith pools, Ector county; Means pool, Andrews county; Henderson pool, Winkler county; south ward pool and Pecos pool, testified yesterday.
Farm Measure Meets Delay
Kansas Solon Forces Quorum Call In House
WASHINGTON. Feb. 8. T—Administration leaders, bent on jamming the revised farm bill through the house, encountered delaying tactics today.
Representative Lambcrtson <R-Kas) forced a quorum call at the opening of the session when Speaker Bankhead counted less than 200 present.
Leaders anticipated other roll calls would be demanded by those incensed at a proposed five-hour limitation on farm bill debate. Bankhead and Majority Leader Rayburn asserted, despite the cries —chiefly from republicans that a I “gag’ was being applied.
In the senate, Guffey <D-Pa) urged opponents of the anti-lynch- | ing bill to permit it to come to a vote so the supreme court might pass on its constitutionality.
He said the opponents “should not, as members of this body, usurp the functions of the judiciary.”
Preceding vote on the farm bill itself, the rules committee asked house members to agree to vote on the bill after five hours’ discussion without amending it or objecting to individual provisions.
7” 'presentative Martin (R-Mass), 1 assistant minority leader, said, “if that isn’t a gag rule there never was one.”
Representative Short (R-Mo) charged that the administration was attempting to “cram down our throats a 121-page bill which mem- i hers had not had time to examine. I Representative Page <D-Ga> said that he could not figure out some parts of the complicated measure after 60 hours of study.
Some democrats joined republic- i ans and progressives in declaring that the measure differed materially from either the senate or house j bills passed in December. A joint committee was appointed before
See CONGRESS. Pg. 9. Col 7
Senate Shelves Foreign Policy Probe Request
Pittman Reads Letter From Secretary;
The Answer Is 'No' On Three Queries
WASHINGTON, Feb. 8.—(UP)—Secretary of State Cor-dell Hull in a letter read to the senate today denied that the United States has any alliance with a foreign power or any agreement concerning use” of the American naval forces.
Chairman Key Pittman, D., Nev., of the senate foreign relations committee, read to the senate a letter from the secretary in which he answered: ’ No.” To three questions raised in a resolution introduced yesterday by Sen. Hiram W. Johnson, R., Calif.
The resolution, which Johnson said was designed to clairfy rumors that there was an understanding or agreement with Great Britain, had asked whether there was any alliance with whether there was I *
This fireworks-like picture shows the fallen Honeymoon bridge at Niagara Falls as a
half ton of dynamite with discharged beneath it in the darkness, breaking it inot four sec
tions which engineers hope will sink quickly when the river ice sheet begins to break up.
Former Convict Charged In Abilene Slaying Case
I Ex-Pal Shot At
ALLRED CALLS FOR FILING OF MORE SUITS TO VOID LEASES
Requests Action Against 9 Jefferson Tracts Awarded To Harwell, Others
Justice Ash Sets $2,000 Bond For R. L. Montgomery
AUSTIN, Feb. 8. (.Tt—Governor j because of the strong prospect of
James V. Allred asked the attor- oil production.
Arrangements Made For Firestone Burial
MIAMI BEACH. Fla . Feb. 8 (UP»—-Preparations were made today for the burial of Harvey S. Firestone in a village cemetery near the humble Ohio farm from which he rose to fame and fortune as a manufacturer of automobile tires.
The 70-year-old industrialist died yesterday of a heart attack at his winter home. Harbel Villa. His body will be placed aboard a special car attached to a Seaboard Airline train leaving here tonight. It is scheduled to arrive in Akron Thursday.
At Akron it was announced that the body would lie in state at Harbel Manor, the family home. Thursday. Funeral services will be held at IO a. m. Friday with the Rev. Walter F. Tunks of St. Paul's Episcopal church officiating.
Burial will be at Columbiana, Ohio.
IN OPENING BUSINESS SESSION
Hill Country Firemen Elec t Junction Assistant Chief President, Pick Ma son For Next Parley
BALLINGER, Feb. 8. 'SpD—Leon Powell assistant chief at Junction, was elected president of the Hill Country Firemen’s association this morning at the opening business session of its semi-annual meeting. Mason was awarded the August convention. Eden and Coleman also invited that meeting. Three hundred and fifty were registered at noon. Tile delegation was expected to reach 500 bv night.
Other new officers include Ranee Pettit, chief at Brownwood, first vice president; Alfred Gromatsky, chief at Eden, second vice president, the Rev. Max Wilkins, Ballinger, chaplain. John M. Hawkins, chief at Junction, is lifetime secretary and he began his 20th year today.
Presentation of service buttons Lo members of the Ballinger Volunteer Fire department, preceded this morning's convention business session. Recipient* of this honor
and their terms of service were; W. H. Embry. 3 years; Gerald Black, 5 years; E. A. Miller, five years; K. V. Northington, Jr., 5 years; George McMillan, IO years; O. K. Morgan. IO years; J. D. Motley. 15 years, and Chief Chester Cherry, 30 years. Chief Cherry also was presented a gift by members of the Ballinger department.
Opening at the city hall the meeting was called to order by Jim Hash of Ballinger. Mayor Estes Lynn welcomed visitors and the response was by Judge W. H. Franks, Menard.
The morning’s entertainment featured Jo Ann Glover, a reader.
The convention proper was called to order by George Johnson, Santa Anna, retiring president. Secretary Hawkins called the roll following invocation led by the Rev. Max Wilkins, Ballinger. Tire morning's address was by Frank Williams, A. and K college extension service,
Fire chiefs and their wives and honor guests of the convention were guests at luncheon of the Ballinger Rotary and Lions clubs at the Central hotel.
Memorial services were held at 1:30 p. rn. In the afternoon session Olga Juniger, representing the state fire insurance commission, spoke on "Benefits to be Derived From Fire Prevention Taught in Public Schools." M. R. Reid, department of public safety was to kpeak on Public Safety." A first aid demonstration was to be given by the Coleman fire department.
Beginning at 4 p. rn. the convention's mast colorful feature, the races and pumper drills, were to be held, with all of the ll member towns of the .association, except Ballinger, entering teams. The
See FIREMEN, Pg. 9, Col. 7
ney general’s department today to file suits seeking to cancel nine more state leases awarded by Land Commissioner William H. McDonald.
The governor maintained McDonald did not accept the highest bids on the tracts, which are situated in th( Gulf of Mexico adjoining Jefferson county. McDonald has contended the accepted high royalty bids were the best
Program Slated For Scout Fete
Celebration Is Set Friday Night At First Methodist
As thousands of Boy Scouts of America celebrate the 28th anniversary of scouting in this nation, plans for the birthday banquet of the Chisholm Trail Council. Ab -1 lone scouts, Friday night went forward today.
Tile program will start at 7 30 Friday at the First Method: ;t church. President E. S. Cummings j will be master of ceremonies.
Scouts themselves will have al-rro>t complete charge of tile pro- j giam. However, short talks bv | business men of Abilene will be heard.
A tenderfoot scout from Troop 13 in Abilene will speak on “Why I Became a Scout." Troop 3 will furnish a second class scout to speak on “My Experiences in Tenderfoot and Second Class Scouting."
“Has my Experiences as a Tenderfoot. Second Class and First Clas.'- Scouting Been Worthwhile” will be the topic of a first class scout from Troop 7.
Frank Arroyo. Trop 12, will speak on Why I Want to Become an Eagle Scout.” Eagle Scout Alex Bickley, Troop 8. will speak on “Influence of the Boy Scout Convocation at the National Jamboree."
Scott Gaines, acting general, said yesterday he would comply with Allred's request to seek cancellation of a lease in Laguna I*adre near Corpus Christi to Herbert Mallinson of Dallas and associates Mallinson won that award with a high royalty bid In competition with high cash offers.
Mast of the Jefferson county awards drawing Allreds criticism were to I E Harwell of Burkburnett and associates. These and the Mallinson lease rn Laguna Madre have figured prominently in the senate committee investigation of McDonald now in recess.
Much of the governor's 2,000-word letter to the attorney general's department concerning the Jefferson county awards was devoted to hi.; interpretation of testimony in the investigation.
Roy L. Montgomery, 41, an exconvict, this morning was charged attorney justice of Peace The© A*h’s court with the murder of E. E. Tucker. 36 The dead man. a former partner of his slayer In Taylor and Callahan county criminal offenses, was mortally wounded about 3:45 Monday afternoon. A service station at the corner of Oak and South | Seventh was the scene of the firing ' of five pistol shots that sent Tucker to the morgue and Montgomery to J Jail. Ill feeling between the two men brought on yesterday’s argument and shooting. Sheriff Sid H. McAdams stated today.
Montgomery waived examining
any agreement for the use of the navy or whether there was any agreement for the U, S. navy to patrol certain waters in a certain contingency.
Johnson’s inquiry was Intended to cover all possibilities of a foreign entanglement on the part of the United States.
“The answer,” Hull informed Pittman in regard to all three questions “la no.”
As a result of the secretary's letter, consideration of Johnson’s resolution was indefinitely postponed by the senate, an action tantamount to killing it.
Hulls answer to Johnson's inquiries came as senate tension heightened over explosive questions of foreign affairs and national defense policy.
Pittman, chairman of the senate I foreign affairs committee, an au-i thoritative spokesman on questions of foreign relations, in an unusually j frank exposition of his views warnW that continuation of the present 1 trend in world affair* will “inevitably result in war” in which democracies will be at a disadvantage.
Unless a change can be brought about, he said, it is the duty of the United States to prepare its defenses “without regard to cost.”
In an unusually frank discussion of current international conflicts , wfre Only Abilene
and crises, Pittman contrasted ti c w*., «•*>-<> available ann the infnr.
Voting On Dog Law Is Light
City Likely To Cast Big Margin Against Proposal
Voting at I o'clock todayon a pro-posed local option dog law could not be compared with the bombardment of arguments, pro and con, which preceded election today.
Only 338 ballots had been cast at I p. rn. In Abilene's six boxes. Rumor was that the urban vote will be a large majority against the law lf early ballots are any indication. Today there had been even lighter voting during the first five hours than on January 20, when Abllenian* went to the polls on the parking meter issue. The I p. rn. total had been 383; the whole day s balloting 1,161.
However, the proposed dog law had incited much more argument than had the parking meters. Poi two weeks, ranchmen have been pitted against pet owners in a battle of words on whether the law would be fair to dog-owners and sheep* raisers.
All of Taylor county, at 31 boxeg*
policies of the democratic nations as represented by the United States, 1 Great Britain and France with the dictatorial governments of Japan, Germany and Italy.
• World conditions.” he said, “are
boxes were available and the infor* mation came by the grapevine route, A reporter checking with unofficial sources tabulated the following: Fair Park—53 ballots, about 2 to I against the law.
McMurry filling station—52 bal*
getting progressively worse—much lots, five to on* against.
“The so-railed authoritative governments have been consolidating and strengthening war instrumen-
trial when arranged before Justice talities and the so-called democrat-Ash and his bond was fixed at $2 - ic governments have been progress-000. which had not been perfected m
today noon. | DEFENSE. F, ». CU •
DIES AT HOSPITAL
Tucker died at 6:35 last night in Hendrick Memorial hospital. Al-
The Jefferson county leases for though mortally wounded, he had which Allred asked cancellation were driven his automobile to the hos-
all the tracts from 68 through 77 except 72, on which a well is going down. They were awarded on the minimum cash bid of SI per acre, with McDonald turning down cash bids ranging up to $51 per acre.
The governor voiced the opinion at his press conference that tracts 16 and 18 in Laguana Madre, which were leased on a high royalty basis, were unproductive and the sta’e therefore had lost the amount of the rejected high cash bids.
Gaines commented Allred’s request for attempted cancellation of the leases that "it will take a little time to study the facts in each case.”
"We will file any suits which the facts justify,” he said.
pital from the spot where three slugs from a 32-20 Colt’s six-shooter tore their way through his body. After driving the three miles to the nospital. Tucker staggered out of his bloodsoaked car and into the building. He was rushed to the op-
See SLAYING, Pf. 9. Col 7
Third Suspect In Stolen Truck Case Is Arrested Today
Butternut street fire station-votes, small majority against.
Shelton-Webb motor company—39 votes, four to one against.
Cedar street—61 ballots, light ma* jority against.
Orange street fire station—35 bal* lots counting not started.
Every School Child On Under-Nourished List Receiving Milk
Buffalo Oap-Lake early in December.
Abilene area It had been
Allred To Capital
AUSTIN, Feb. 8.—(API Governor and Mrs. James V. Allred left today for Washington and the dinner which Vice President Garner is giving for President Roosevelt next Friday.
Crop Loans To Be Made Soon
WASHINGTON, Feb. 8- IPI—
The farm credit administration announced today emerger. y loans will be ay&ilable within ten days to financially distressed farmers for planting spring crops and for feeding their livestock through the growing season.
The loans, authorized by congress from a $34,000,000 balance of a DALLAS. Feb. 8—«Ti-Clyde East-similar loan appropriation last year us. United States district attorney, will be limited as ii the past to said today about half of the $28,-farmers unable to obtain credit else- 500 stolen from a mail car last fall where. The maximum loan per en route from the Dallas Federal farmer will be $400 Interest rate Reserve bank to O'Donnell, Texas will be 4 per cent a year. had been recovered.
A third suspect In the theft of a truck and three bales of cotton near Lamesa in December was arrested shortly before noon today by Con- j Every child on the list of those stable W. T. McQuary and Deputy in the city schools known to be George Bosley. No charges had been under-nourished is receiving milk filed against the three men in daily through contributions to the custody. P-'i. A. Milk Fund. Mrs. Margaret
The stolen truck was found in the Schmidt, United Welfare associa
tion executive secretary, reported yesterday to Mrs. Edith C. Smit*,
.‘tripped of tires snd other; saleable stcm«r>-treaSur,r of the fund, .rnuorin. Cotton on the truck In ord„|n „ (
.hen It was stolen was gmned and(0f ^ wld J
sold before the truck was stripped I dlrtc(ors f ,h, demonstrated
Recover Hoi! Of Moil Pouch Loot
WHAT IT MEANS-
ABILENE and vicinity: Tartly cloudy and warmer tonight; Wednesday . partly
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STALEMATE ON THE BATTLEFIELDS
the singing. Troop Methodist church will be the hos
El Paso First For Gas Rate Survey
AUSTIN, Feb. 8. (UP) El Paso will be first city to get a gas rate survey under the recent order of the state railroad commission making its experts available to cities and towns. Commissioner Ernest O. Thompson has telegraphed Mayor
I .owe at tamer raters this morning SO
As chief of bureau for the Associated Press in London. J.
C. Stark holds a box seat for 1938 s international drama. From this perspective he reports a conclusion about the "next war” which military experts are drawing from th' two being fought today in Spain and China.
By J. C. STARK
LONDON. Feb. 8. UP—A ray of hope has come out of the wars in China and Spain.
They have struck a blow, some gy j close observers believe, at the pop-:*a
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I the su vey has been grimed. R«utiv* Tumidity II* sa* Is*
ular theory that the next great war
The Spanish civil war has drag-t ged on for more than eighteen months. A few months ago. an early victory for j General Francisco Franco was forecast in many quarters.
The Spanish govern rn e n t ’ s big offensive at Teruel, resulting in a rout of the insurgen t s J. C. STARK quickly changed the situation. Now impartial ob-
their confidence that at least $75 more would be donated this month. It will take that much more money in February to pay the milk bill at the end of the month. And, that does not mean a full quart daily for each child; many are getting only a pint, but all are getting some milk.
Donations this week include $30 from Pang burn’s, Si from an anonymous donor, $2 from the Mystic Weavers. $10 from Longhorn Creamery.
Floods In Eastern Michigan Recede
DETROIT, Mich., Feb. 8. (UP) — Flood waters which swept over eastern Michigan, causing heavy property damage and much suffer* ing, receded slightly today with cessation of rains and slightly lower temperatures.
The rains and unseasonably warm weather had crumbled ice jams.
The slowly subsiding waters left broken communications, crippled bridges, and more than 500 homeless families.
would be a short, decisive otic with servers are predicting a long strug the advantage in favor of the ag
See WARS, Pg. Col I
MARSHALL, Feb. 8.—(IP)—A pistol-waving, unmasked youth today abducted two convicted women burglars from the automobile of Sheriff G. H. Barrett of Pittsburgh, disarmed the officer and fled.