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formation Is refused aldermen. Other
deals involving other members of the
school board will come to a show
down before long, it is expected.
Aid. Rob't M. Buck for the schools
subcommittee reported these facts
today, showing Mrs. Thornton as a
nifty real estate trader to the finan
cial advantage of her sister and hus
band: Two lots at 2922-24 Kedzie av. are
owned by one Bessie A. Hanson. Mrs.
Thornton has a sister named Bessie
A. Hanson, who lives with her at
2524 N .Kimball av. The records of
county treasurer and collector, show
that F. E. Thornton has paid the
taxes on the property, for the last
two years. Mrs. Thornton's husband
is Dr. F. E. Thornton.
This real estate at 2922-24 Kedzie
av. was ordered bought by the school
board in actions on Jan. 19 and Feb.
2. A price was to be fixed by Condem
nation proceedings. The land was
to be used by the Avondale school as
Following Buck's report, commit
tee voted to send the school board a
warning that this particular real es
tate deal shall stop right where it is.
If the school board should go ahead
in tne purcnase ana disregard tne al
dermen's warning, a special meeting
of the council will be called.
State's Att'y Hoyne is reported to
have had a stenographer on hand
today getting the facts. Aid. Ken
"We are bringing out the facts
now. Whether there is any criminal
law applicable we are not sure.
There are statutes which specify
that public officials shall not in their
official capacities buy and sell to their
own financial gain." f
Mrs. Thornton was asked to come
to the council schools committee to
day with a chance ta answer. She
didn't take the chance.
Aid. Buck's report was probably
one of the most complete of its kind
that has ever been brought to a- coun
cil committee. It gave the numbers ,
1 of pages in official records tracing
ownership of the land to Bessie A.
Hanson and the payment of taxes by
F. E. Thornton. The one link miss
ing in the chain of evidence is the
identification of Mrs. Eva H. Thorn
ton as the sister of Bessie A. Hanson
and the wife of F. E. Thornton.
School board secrecy of operation
is handled by Aid. Buck this way in f
his report: '
"The report of the buildings and
ground committee of the hoard of
education, submitted to the board
and later to the council, was similar
to the scores of other reports con
cerning the acquisition of property
for school purposes.
"These reports purport to give full,
detailed data concerning purchase
and property. As a matter of fact,
the names of the owners of property
are given only in some instances.
"The name of an owner can be
suppressed and not become of the
"Under present practice names of
owners and sellers can be withheld
from members of the board and of
the city council by the simple device
of the owner not making a proposal
to the board of educationas to what
price he will accept for his property."
School board members and em
ployes were asked to come before the
committee 'today and help straighten
out the "business" methods now op
erative under Pres. Jake Loeb. These
were requested: Trustee Harris
Huehl, chairman sites i committee;
Jofin A. Guilford, business manager;
Lewis E. Larson, secretary; Mrs.
Eva H. Thornton, trustee; Dr. F. E.
Thornton and Miss Bessie A. Hanson.
All stayed away except Huehl. He
told the committee "he took cogni
zance and would report to sites com-
mittee of school board.
Huco, Okla. Three posses seeking
J. P. Marlow, who last night shot his
wife and two men while enraged over
neighborhood gossip that he had il
licit relations with his own daughter.