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LAKE FOREST RICH PEEVED BECAUSE NEW TAX
COLLECTOR WANTS THE TAXES PAID
The rage for tax-dodging has
struck the fashionable colony of Lake
Forty residents"" of the "million
aire'se village" are up in arms and
threaten to pack up and move.
And all because there has finally
crept on the Board of Review of Lake
County one assessor who has the
nerve to ask the millionaires to pay
their proper taxes.
The man is Thomas Appleton, as
sessor of Shields township, in which
Lake Forest lies.
Appleton is well known to the mil
lionaires. They managed to defeat
him several times in his race for vari
ous political offices.
But recently the other people of
.the little township, who weren't in
terested in tango teas and horse
shows, who didn't have several auto
mobiles or several acres of ground,
woke up to the fact that for the little
cottages they owned they were forced
to pay almost as much as the men
with all the land.
And then they began to listen to
Appleton. They realized why the mil
lionaires were using their money to
keep him out of office. Then the
people showed their strength. Apple
ton was elected assessor.
As the MdCormicks, the Armours,
the Swifts, the Piries and all the oth
ers feared, Appleton immediately got
The assessor went through all the
tax lists. Then, quite calmly, he be
gan to adjust. And his adjusting
meant that the big people were or
dered to pay many thousands of dol
lars more in taxes.
Their howl went up. Appleton was
jumped on. He was accused of dis
criminating against several of the
millionaires in order to incur favor in
the eyes of the poor residents of Lake
Forest. But he is standing by the ta
figures and he says they shall be pajd.
.The millionaires cry that they will
move out of the little place if some
thing isn't done. Appleton says they'll
have to move out if something isn't
They held a meeting behind closed
doors at the Hotel LaSalle. Three
other members of the Lake County
Board of Review were there. They
hurried back to Lake Forest with in
structions to curb Appleton. But the
new assessor is keeping right on.
Edward Putnam, one of the col
lectors, says it would be a terrible
thing if Lake Forest lost all its nice
silk-stocking residents. He believes
it would be to the advantage of the
people out there to allow the mil
lionaires to come in at reduced rates
rather than lose them for good.
The big ones who are leading the
fight against Appleton are: John V.
Farwell, Granger Farwell, David B.
Jones, Cyrus McCormick, Byron L.
Smith, Clifford W. Barnes, Augustus
A. Carpenter, Clyde M. Parr, H. B.
Clow, Carter H. FitzHught, Hugh J.
McBirney, Edward L. Baker, John A.
Pirie, Jr., Edmund A. Russell, Frank
lin P. Smith, Ezra J. Warner, Jr., Har
old F. McCormick, Louis F. Swift,
Henry C. Durand, A. A. Sprague, A.
L. Baker, Charles I. Gangler, Arthur
Meeker, J. Ogden Armour.
Little Freddie having reached the
mature age of three, and being about
to discard petticoats for manly rai
ment in the form of knickerbockers,
his mother determined upon making
the occasion a memorable one, and
the breakfast-table was laden with a
good fare as the new-breeched infant
was led into the room. .
"Ah," cried the proud mother,
"now you are a little man!"
The fledgling was in ecstasies. Dis
playing his garments to their full ad
vantage, he edged closer to his
mother and whispered:
' "Mummie, can I call pa Bill now?"