REG builds 25 miles fence
GARDNER BUILDS 25-MILE 25-MILE 25-MILE FENCE ABOUTPRESERVE Believes It Has Angered Arkansas Arkansas Neighbors, but Won't Abandon Plantation. Russell E. Gardner thinks a wire fence he Is building around his 7000-acre 7000-acre 7000-acre hunting preserve and plantation at Fruta Landing, Ark., is responsible for the animosity of some of the residents thereabouts. The fence is five feet high, and Is intended to keep pothunters pothunters off the preserve. Press dispatches Friday' said that Gardner had deserted his preserve on account of threats against him in anonymous letters. Gardner admits the threats, but denies that he has abandoned abandoned his preserve. "I'm a hunter myself," he observed. "The sign of the skull and cross bones doesn't frighten me. I came up to St. Louis to spend the holidays. Early In January I'm going back to my plantation plantation and kill turkeys. Fence Will Be 23 Miles Long. . "I've spent 15 years building up that place, Improving it and stocking It with big game, and I expect to; enjoy It. Those threats came from pothunters, who want to hunt on my grounds. I am putting up a wire fence which will be IS miles long when completed, and I have game wardens patroling It. In that country you have to hunt on horseback, and the wire fence will prevent prevent pothunters from getting In. "When you try to Improve a rural community community of that sort you create a lot of talk. Some of the residents didn't like it because I offered a $1 bonus for every" rattler killed on my place. They said it was one way of increasing the negroes' wages. The first year I offered offered that bonus they brought me 103 rattlesnakes. The reservation is practically, practically, clear of them now. "I built good houses for the 600 negroes negroes on my plantation, and I see that tney are well fed. That Created some talk, too." Spends Money Lavishly. The report that Gardner intended to abandon the place arose from the fact that he put It in the hands of a firm of local real estate agents. He did this, he said, so that it would have constant attention. He spends less than, half his time there. The plantation Is south of Memphis, fronting three miles on the Mississippi River. Gardner has extended lavish hospitality to his friends there. Gardner, reputed to be a millionaire. is one of the unique characters of St. J Louis. He likes to spend money better than he likes to make it. Once he gave away $10,000 among the employes of hU buggy manufacturing plant, and at another another time ha took them all to a theater. theater.