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HOYNE SAYS THE ROSENWALD TYPE MAKE
A JOKE OF ILLINOIS TAX LAWS
Julius Rosenwald 'will have a reg
ular trial in a criminal court where
regular trials of pickpockets and
burglars are held."" -
Prank J. Walsh, clerk of the crim
inal court, issued a capias today for
Rosenwald. It will be served Mon
day. Rosenwald will then give bond,
it is expected. The date of his ar
raignment and trial will be fixed next
State's Att'y Hoyne said today he
did not believe Sydney Adler, attorney
for Rosenwald, has picked any real
hole in the indictment returned
against the Sears-Roebuck million
aire on Thursday.
"Mr. Rosenwald had every chance
to obey the law," said Hoyne. "He
refused every one of several chances
given him to make a disclosure of
personal property as the law requires.
"The question is: Is Rosenwald or
any other man big enough to do this
and get away with it?
"He was served with a blank
schedule and notiged to report his
personal property to the board of as
sessors through filing that schedule.
He refused to do this.
"He was invited to come before the
board of review and make a disclos
ure of his holdings He refused.
"Again in a suit in Judge Owens'
court he had an opportunity to make
a disclosure. And he refused.
"This is a case where a man says:
I won't obey the law. It is doubtful
if there Is any other citizen in the
community who is a better example
of the citizen who makes a farce of
the Illinois tax laws.
" "Before our work on these tax
cases is finished it will be shown con
vincingly why we selected certain
prominent individuals for prosecu
tion. "The only way my office can call
attention to the widespread abuse of
tax laws is to deliberately select some
of the best known and "wealthiest
members of the community. Wd
have selected between 100 'and 150
men of this class and the board of
assessors under our direction served
these men with notice v to file
"Fifty of these prominent citizens
were served. When we were later in
formed of individuals and corpora
tions who refused to file schedules we
notified them that if they came in and
made a disclosure of their personal
property they would not be prose
cuted." The indictment of Rosenwald re
turned Thursday was based on three
counts. It says he "owned, held and
controlled personal property consist
ing of watches, clocks, household f ur
nitcre, and 147,701 shares in Sears,
Roebuck & Co. of the value of $25,
000,000 lawful money of the United
States of America, all of which said
personal property was required by
law to be listed by him for taxation
for the year A. D. 1914, the same not
being exempted by law for taxation."
On May 1 "the said Julius Rosen
wald was furnished by the board of
assessors with printed blank sched
ules in due form of law and the said
Julius Rosenwald did not, nor did any
one for him on the day aforesaid or
any other day list said personal prop
erty under oath and deliver to the
board of assessors."
The Chicago Teachers' Federation
is following the Rosenwald case -with,
special interest. T five per cent sal
ary raise was given the teachers last
May, but the salaries can't be paid
till there is more tax mney coming
"Dropped a little fct roulette while
I was abroad," remarked the ice-man.
"Can't beat that game," said the'
"Wasn't trying to. I just wanted
to see how it feels to lose money."