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J AS. KNIGHT ACCUSES SENEY, ROGERS & CO.
OF $60,000 SWINDLE
James M. Knight, son of Clarence
Knight, former president Oak Park
"L," says he has beenswindled out of
$60,000. According to ins charges
now being heard in Judge Wells'
court the bunco work was done by
Seney, Rogers & Co., real estate and
building construction operators in
Continental & Commercial bank bldg.
Rowland T. Rogers of Seney, Rog
ers & Co. happens to be a nephew of
Henry H. Rogers, chief lieutenant of
John D. Rockefeller in growing the
Standard Oil Co. from a small lizard
to a vast octopus.
So here we have the son of a trac
tion official accusing the nephew of
a Standard Oil magnate of what?
Well, simmer it down and Knight
charges that he handed, passed, con
veyed, slipped into the mitts of Seney,
Rogers & Co. $60,000 worth of securi
ties, among them $30,000 of real es
tate mortgages made by one Anna
McKernon, $10,000 of Victoria thea
ter 2d mortgage bonds, $7,400 of Peo
ple's hospital bonds.
Seney, Rogers & Co. then handed,
conveyed and slipped into the mitts
of James Knight bailee receipts for
the $60,000 worth of securities. Then
what? Well, months went by. Then
James Knight went to Seney, Rogers
& Co. and asked them would they
kindly either give him his bonds and
mortgages or else give him cash for
"Nothing doing; we can't see you;
your face is a blank here and you
don't get nothing nohow," was the
summarized reply of Seney, Rogers
& Co., according to Knight So
Knight has entered a tort action
any lawyer will tell us what a tort is,
though we don't know any more af
terward than at first and the action
is on in Judge Wells' court A jury
was picked yesterday.
Heavy batteries of lawyers are on
Payne, Strawn & Shaw are for
Knight, with Edward W. Everett as
pleader. For Seney, Rogers & Co.
talking is done by Adams, Crews,
Bobb & Westcott Both of these
firms have slammed the ball for Big
Biz many times and some live action
is looked for when they get going
Ralph Crews, for instance, is no
small potato. He was picked by J.
Ogden Armour to ride with Armour
on a railroad train to Washington,
D. C, last year and help Armour bust
into the White House and tell Presi
dent Wilson where to get off and get
on in the British holdup of $15,000,
000 of stock yards stuff bound for
FORM NEW BOYS' BROTHER
A new Boys" Brotherhood Republic
is being organized.
The one whose destiny Jack Rob
bins has guided on the West Side has
proved a distinct success. There
were dubious ones at first, people who
thought the movement nothing but
a new fad, but there are no doubters
now among those acquainted with
the work of the brotherhood.
Temporary headquarters for the
new republic are in the Y. M. C. A.
building, Ashland and Division st
When the membership becomes lar
ger and a permanent organization is
effected the new republic will have its
own capitol, as the one on-the West
Side has. Twelve charter members
were accepted into the new republic
Ralph Goodman, ex-mayor of the
Western republic, win have charge of
the organization work in the new
Northwestern republic. A mission
ary campaign is being conducted
among the merchants. On the West
Side all merchants are in favor of the