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500 SO. PEORIA ST
TEL. MONROE 353
THE DAY BOOK
JOHN D,:ROCKEFELLER'S ''EXPLANATION" OF
MERRITT DEAL PROVES IT WAS CROOKED
'Stanley' Determined Rockefeller and Gates Shall Be
Brought Before Committee and, Taken, Apart So
People Can "See What Make Them'Tick." .
It's all a.mistakeabout John
D. Rockefeller or hiswpjflin min
ister's, clothing everh'aving done
'anything mean or nasty or low
'to' the Merritt brothers. v '
- "Rockefeller says so -himselL
He' has issued a statement'from
Standard Oil headquaftei sj New
.York hot an explanation, you'
understand, but a statement
Carping critics might'call'-iGa
.peculiar statement. For"in stance:
.-"'According to'ifhe neyer cheat
.ed the Merrjtts outcfcmiUions.
-Jn factyhewas a soft of generous
.old-SanjtaClaus to, the Memtts'.
- He saved them from ruin." He
Jen t-them money. He? charged
low rate.qf interest.'.. He never
called any loans on them after
,ruining their credit. He, gave
.them any amount of-'cbgnces-to
' get their property back.
Thel only trouble with .the
.statement, is "that it doesn't ex-t
piaiir in ine lcabi wiuu hi iuuii
;der he was doing with the Mer-j-itb
brothers' property how he
xame to be in a position to give
ithem a chance to get their prop
erty back." . ' -
It doesn'&tell anything about
how it came that the ' Merrif ts
owned a railroad and valuable ore
properties, .before, they .entered
into negotiations with the .Rev.
-Frederick Ti Gates,' and after
they had done so; found them
selves cleaned out.
There's another peculiar, thing
about Rockefeller's statement.
In jt-is;inpluded'a cypy ofia cute
little ddcutnent signed iSy" r the
jwhole Merritt family. , : -.
Ihis document absolves Rock
efeller of all attempt aC fraud-' It
is beautifully--written; in legal
language, and .says definitely that
4he goQ"d Rockefeller never de
frauded or misrepresented things
tto the Merntts. ' -
And it ds Signed by the whole
Taken by itself, the document
.woulbVprovcthe Merritts-had lied
before theStanley 'Investigation
.- But,- unfortunately for its ef
fect, the Merritts told all about
;that document to, j the Stanley;
committee before Rockefeller "is
sued his statement." "
- ''Lon" Merritt told the commit
ter hpwjvheinf sick at, heart oyer.