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r SCHOOL QUIZ PROVES PROBING
TEA NO IMPORTANT RESULTS
Ralph Otis and Meyer Stein met
' yesterday for their regular polite
bout at the hearing of the senate in
, vestigating committee on schools.
i Questions and answers were interest
ing. Otis is a member of the school
board which the senate body is sup
posed to be rigidly investigating. In
cidentally, he is connected with the
Otis family, which, through the Otis
estate, holds a fat school lease on the
property at Madison and State
streets, most valuable in the city. "
Stein is attorney for the senate
commission, which, according to dis
patches from Springfield, was created
in a queer manner. The legality of
its operations will be questioned soon.
School leases came up in the
course of the "rigid examination" this
morning. Stein's questions and Otis'
answers carefully pointed out that
the school board should have given
in to the latest school lease grab
rather than tie up the rents to come
from State street properties during
Otis, called as an expert on school
questions, freely outlined the policies
of the board and presented more of
his "suggestions for improvements."
"When the board of education re
fused to accept the appraisal of Ber
tram Winston, Simon Strauss and
Jesse Holdom, was it because this ap
praisal was too low?" Stein asked
"Oh, no," was the reply. "It was
because the board did not agree with
the manner in which the three ap
praisers arrived at their conclusions."
At the outset of the school lease
discussion, Stein suggested that the
property acquired by the Chicago
Tribune from the schools in the in
famous "midnight lease" deal, be left
out in considering the school block
from Madison to Monroe and from
State to Dearborn sts.
"Let as exclude the property of the
Chicago Tribune when talking of this
matter," asked Stein. He gave no
reason for this action in the case of
The efforts of both seemed to be to
decry court action contemplated by
the school board to throw out the
last appraisal on the State st. scohol
lands. This appraisal gives many;
State st school land leaseholders
even lower rent than they have been
paying, in spite of a clause in the
leases" which says that the valuation
shall be raised as the value of the
property increases Rental is based
on 6 per cent of the value.
"If the appraisal is accepted the
school board would lose about $60,
000. Am I right?" asked Att'y Stein.
"Right," answered Otis. "But the
matter might be tied up in court for
six or seven years and in the mean
time the school board will lose the
use of the rental."
"This would amount to about
$275,000, would it not?" asked Stein.
"Yes, and more," declared Otis. ,
"It would come to $300,000."
Otis, when quizzed on the matter
of school sites intimated that one
man should have control of the selec
tion of sites. This would do away '
with any graft which now exists, he
TO PROTEST BRITISH SEIZURES
Washington, July 22. An ap
proaching crisis in dispute with Great
Britain over her stoppage of Amer
ican cotton shipments to neutrals
Learned that state department and
President Wilson have been given
masses of information regarding cot- ,
ton shipments, for use in preparing '
another protest against British seiz
ures. o p
Jackson, Mich. Edward Madden
and Mrs. W. H. Palmer, widow of Dr.
Palmer, former prison physician, shot
and killed at woman's home. John
Carsons, son-in-law of Mrs. Palmer,