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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, February 04, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 2',
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has not carried through hundreds of
cases referred to ft for prompt atten
tion and prosecution.
"I would like to see Maclay Hoyne
clean out the county attorney's office
and get a strict enforcement of tax
laws in that -department of the
Edgar believes .a terrific"job' is' in
front of any public official who tries
to get the tax laws obeyed just as
those laws stand on the books.
He smiled when asked to tell what
is needed in order to force rich tax-
dodgers to pay up in the same way
as the httle house owner. He has
battled the rich taxdodgers in courts
for over five years.
If they are chased out of one hole
they run into another. And there are
so many different holes of legal pro
cedure into which they can run that
any man expecting to make rich tax
dodgers come across must expect a
long, weary, cunning war. That is
the way Edgar looks at it after his
many fierce tussles with corporation
lawyers m the courts.
A judge in open court taking
money from the lawyer of a tax
dodger is one of the incident Edgar
cites to show the leaning of courts
he has appeared in. When the Mar
shall Field estate tax was cut $768,
000, a reduction from $1,768,000 .to
$1,000,000, Edgar was in court as
"the people's lawyer." His position
in Chicago is somewhat like that of
Louis Brandeis in Boston.
The Field tax case was turned over
by Judge Walker to his master in
chancery, Sigmund Zeisler. Judge
Zeisler handed down the decision
which cut off three-uarters of a mil
lion dollars from the city and coun
ty. After giving out the decision, he
said that he was under the law en
titled to a fee.
In open court Attorney Mcllvane of
the firm of Wilson, Moore &McIl
vane, representing the Field estate,
smiled as though it was a pleasant af
fair to him and offered Zeisler $500.
Zeisler took the money. It was all
right, penectly legitimate, nothing in
the law against if. IJut it stands as
the biggest fee of the kind" ever earn--ed
hi Cookxpunty and what the law
yers say about it outside of court
would be called contempt of court if
it should be said to Zeisler on the
bench in his official capacity as an ex
pert on.tax equity.
An assistant in the cpuhty attor
ney's office is credited with making
that office a good b,ole for taxdodgers
to use in running away from the law.
This assistant was keen, resourceful
and knew the ins and outs of law.
His name will probably be dragged
into the cases to be brought before
the grand jury by State's Attorney
Maclay Hoyne this month.
COULD BE MORE PARTICULAR
She I wouldn't many you if you
were the only man in the world.
He You bet you wouldn't! If I
were the only man in the world I'd
be mighty fussy who I picked out.
Certain bamboos of the mountains
of the Malay Archipelago have been,
found to store large quantities of nat-'
urally filtered water in spaces be
tween the joints of the stem a val
uable resource for travelers in emer