PERJURY INDICTMENTS HINTED AT IN THE
WEBB CQFFEE-TAX CASE
One of the biggest coffee custom- I their business positions. The facts
ers in Chicago was represented before we have collected are so extensive
the special grand jury on taxes yes- that we know these men are either go-
terday. George-- A. Baird, commis
sary agent of the Pullman Co., testi
fied. This corporation has been let down
easy on tax assessments and State's
Att'y Hoyne aims to show every con
nection on how Tom Webb, a sworn
tax officer of. Cook county, handled
the tax schedule of the Pullman Co.,
the biggest coffee customer of Tom
Webb, president- of the Puhl-Webb
Co., wholesalers of coffee.
At the start of the tax probe
Hoyne said if evidence was found to
convince himthat tax officials were
violating their oaths of office he
would prosecute them in each case
for malfeasance in office.
Charles H. Gray, manager of the
Chicago Beaclrhotel, was another
witness on coffee contracts. Next
Tuesday the jury will hear Abe Frank,
manager of Rector's, Edward Witt
berg, steward of the Hotel La Salle,
and Charles McHugh, proprietor of
the Lexington hotel
Salesmen for the Puhl-Webb Co,
have been busy making affidavits
lately setting forth that Thomas J.
Webb is an honest man and never in
all their sales of coffee have any of
these salesmen ever hinted to a cus
tomer that Tom Webb, the taxofficial,
has an especially kindly feeling to
ward his customers and remembers
them when their schedules come be
fore the board of review.
So many of these affidavits have
been made and they go into such ex
treme details that it is believed Ass't
State's- Att'y Hayden Bell had this
testimony in mind when he told re
porters last night:
"We are armed with information so
we can check up on nearly every
point in the testimony. We know
whether witnesses are telling the
"truth or whether they are protecting
ing to tell the truth to the grand jury
or tnere will De indictments for per
jury returned against them.".
Charles Hadesman, head of a
wholesale grocery firm, testified yes
terday. It was understood his testi
mony had no bearing on the Webb
Oscar H. Peterson, bookkeeper for
the Continental Clothing Co., appear
ed. He was asked about valuations
placed on the company's stock after a
fire in September when the company
asked insurance adjusters for $300,
000, though the tax schedule of the'
stock was one-twelfth that amount.
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TO APPROVE ALL MEASURES
Paris, Dec. 23. Unanimous ap
proval of "all government measures to
b'e presented to parliament is assured
tod&y. Adjournment is expected to
be taken tomorrow with all measures
enacted and the session marked by
unprecedented patriotism, and en
thusiasm will pass into history.
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"Ive got a penny to buy a Iollypop"
with, James. If you .want half I'll
let you walk to the store with me."
"Tut-tut, Mabelr cut' it out Don't
'rmake me effeminate!"
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