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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, October 28, 1914, LAST EDITION, Image 2

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Records of all -candidates have
been carefully looked over. And these
three are the only ones officers of the
Teachers' Federation feel sure will
give a fair and square assessment
that will in the end get more tax dol
lars for the beneflof school chil
dren, school buildings and school
teachers.
Margaret Haley, organizer of the
Teachers' Federation, told the 800
women at Delano school. She said:
"One great coal company has the in
side track in this city. This company
sells coal to owners of big loop sky
scrapers and when these owners of
skyscrapers come across and sign
coal contracts with this great con
cern, they do-not expect to be soaked
with high tax assessments when they
appear before the board of review."
Fred Upham, an officer of the Con
sumers' Co., was formerly a member
of the board of review.
Roy 0. West, now a member of
the board of review, is a political ally
of Upham, and was close to Fred A.
Busse of the old Busse Coal Co.
Fred Blocki of the board of review
is an officer of the Consumers' Co. at
a reputed salary of $25,000 a year.
Miss Haley explained that the
board of review has the last say on
tax assessments- It refuses to obey
the supreme court orders. It has the
power to fix how much or how little
shall be the taxes of any property
owner in Cook county! By letting
millions of dollars of downtown real
estate go free from taxes, this board
cripples the school system and all
other public works. She said:
"A coal company is the owner of
this piece of machinery, the board of
review. It is a better machine in their
business than all their motor trucks.
"The motor trucks haul the coal,
but the board of review sells the coal,
brings in the business, gets the big
contracts.
"One of the men who has become
a millionaire on the board of review
is Roy O. West. He has been on the
board sixteen years. I knew him
when he was an impecunious lawyer
without clients. Now he is wealthy.
"A few years ago the. fact came
out that he was attorney for 160 cor
porations. In other words, Roy O.
West was fixing the public tax assess
ments or corporations who had him
on their payroll as their lawyer.
"Fred Upham, one of the best -
known heads of the local coal trust,
was on the board of review more
than twelve years. When Upham
stepped out his shoes in the board of
review office were filled by another
coal man, Fred Blocki, whose con
nections with the Busse coal inter
ests are well known. -
"Now, who shall we pick as our
candidate for the board of review In
this campaign. Frank S. Ryan and
Isaac Powell are both politicians.
"Towner K. Webster is a -business
man well known in the labor world.
Webster has served on arbitration
boards, picked as the umpire for his
fairness. Webster was a leader in get
ting workmen's compensation laws.
He was one of the first employers to
declare that money should be set
aside in evry factory for the repair
of broken workmen just the same as
for the repair of broken machines.
He is widely known for his speeches
and writings on workmen's compen
sation. Towner K. Webster is the
only man running for the board of
review who gives us any hope of get
ting more tax dollars for a better
schol system."
Miss Haley went over the records
of candidates for the board of as
sessors in this way:
"Aaam won ana vviuiam a. n
Weber: These two men arc now on V
the board of assessors 16 years. Dur
ing that time they have never pub
lished lists of real estate owners and
assessments as required by law ex
cept once when compelled through
court action brought by the Teach
ers' Federation. Both were against
woman suffrage. Reactionaries. Back
numbers.
"Dennis J. Egan; Corporation al-

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