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all concerned, if any of the' rent-'
dodgers go bankrupt or choose to
disappear the people of Chicago, pa
rents, school children and teachers ,
will lose whatever tens of thousands
of dollars may. be involved.
"Legal fraud" committed by Cir
cuit Judge Jesse Holdo'm, Simon W.
Strauss, mortgage bankers, and Ber
trand M. Winston of the law firm of
Winston, Payne, Strawn & Shaw, ac
cording to allegations in the briefs
of Att'y Shannon, are the main
cause of the tangle.
These three citizens acted as ap
praisers of the school land on which
the eleven rent-dodgers are located.
On their valuations the rent would
be reduced 20 per cent Shannon
says, Holdom, Strauss and Winston
are pulling off a "legal fraud" in
knocking down rentals on State
street while rent is being jacked up
everywhere else in Chicago.
The rent-dodgers offer to pay their
rent, butonly'on condition that they
get receipts for rent "paid in full" at
the 20 per cent reduced rate, which
Shannon calls a "legal fraud" rate.
In blunt words, what Shannon asked
Judge Smith, to do Nov. 1 was like
"Make these scho&l land renters
pay their rent at the figure they, think
is right. Then hold the money in
court here or in a bank while the
courts settle just what the fair and
square rental is." . '
Judge Smith refused to order any
such action and awarded a victory
to the Chicago Title & Trust Co., Mc
Vicker's theater, Saratoga hotel and
a total of eleven lessee.
Next week Shannon will file the
eleven suits in appellate court.
"Transcript of what took ,place in
Judge Smith's courtroom Nov. 1
showsjhat Att'y Shannon said to the
"There is due now $350,000. Un
der the contract these people are oc
cupying these premises and have !
been for 18 months without paying
-a -cent.- The order which your honor .
suggested you are going to enter in
this case will cause litigation pf two
years' standing and the amount will
be over $1,000,000 by the time we get
through the supreme court. All the
time these tenants under such condi
tions occupy that property. The
property they are on is trust prop
erty. The fund is a public fund itnd
it belongs to a particular fund, the
payment of teachers' salaries, and
that fund is now jbelow what the ne
cessities of it are for use to maintain
the schools fcere and the theteach
ing." Judge Smith was asked to enter
an order that "the defendant (Chi
cago Title & Trust Co., trustee for.
Sebree estate) keep alive his ten
ders heretofore made by depositing
within a short day herefrom the sum
of $91,368, and that he deposit in the
future, during litigation, the sum of
$15,228 on each eighth day of" No
vember, February, May arfd August '
oi eacn year, as quaneny yearly
"I do -not see what right I have to
adjudicate on that," responded Judge
"Will your honor enter an order
denying that motion in each- case?"
"Yes, I will enter an order deny
ing that moon in each case."
MINNESOTA GUARD BALLOTS
ARRIVE IN ST. PAUL
St. Paul, Minn., Nov. 11; The Min
nesota voting commissioners with
2,156 ballots cast Tuesday by Minne
sota guardsmen on the Texas' border
reached St. Paul at 10:05 a. m. They
.were rushed to 'the state' house,
where the packages were delivered
to Sec'y of State Schmahl.
These packages were at once dis
patched unopened to the county
auditors throughout the state. .
Anderson, S. C. Five companies
of South Carolina coast artillery ar-
rived to prevent disorders in connec
tion .with strike -of textile mill operators.