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Wo nre having qiti tc a grcnt ileal
oT wlntery weather at present.
Miss Mabel McSliorry of Mt.
.ion spent Saturday and Snndny
with her parents near hero.
Miss May Wolfe of the O. U.
Hpent Sunday at lioir.e.
The social given by the u. V.
M, S. on last Sa turclny evening
was well attended.
Mr. C. W. Cox who has been
sifk for the past two weeks ha
again taken up hi work in the
Mips Fretlu McSherry spent
Tuesday night with her sister,
Mrs. McDowell. .
Horn on March 1 to Mr. and
Mrs. ."John Morris a boy.
Mr. .1. II. Schery and daughter
Mabel spent Sunday in Kelsonville.
Miss Eftie Wolfe spent Tuesdny
night with Fannie Iieutcr.
l'retty invitations arc out for an
Epworth League social to be given
by Misses Mae and Kflio Wolfe at
their country home near here.
f J raft! Graft! Graft!
Why not call it stealing instead of
graft, so the public will know
what you mean.
Do you realby think Governor
Pattison 19 responsible for this bad
weather, or do you think Divine
Providence is trying to snow the
Mr. Joseph Elosser, son of J. L.
Klos3er, is having a severe attack
Mrs. G. W. Ross recently spent
several days with Dr. and Mrs.
Hyde, of Nelsonville.
Mr. Sam Smith had business in
Nelbonville one day last week.
Mr. .John Griftlth recently had
business in Strnitsville.
Mr. Wm. Christian, of Long
Mrotli, was seen hero last Sntur
Miss Janet Russell nr.d sister
lJuth, from near Kelsonville, were
been here last Sunday.
Mr. John Shimk, who has been
confined to his bed all winter, is
improving slowly ..
Mr. Tvobcrt Coffey and son hnd
business in Columbus last Sunday
a week ngo.
Several from here went on the
I'llnll-ul tt-ntll iillir.l rnrnnA UAunl
last Sunday enrouto'to Strnitsville
from Murray City.
After Judas betrayed his Lord
for DO pieces of silver ho after
ward was sorry for his sin and re
pented. Hut after George II. Cox
and his gnng betrayed the people'
ui iimiMium vwuiiiy 101 minions 01
pie!t!s of .diver ho never hns shown
any signs of rt pontanee. Don't
you believe that Christ drove it
better sot of men from the temple
with llio lush than has been run
ning the statu for tho Inst hi
years? J do,
U.S'OI.K II E7,. .
. Chapel Ridge.
Chas. Davis, Will Bamliart and
Less Lemon vent to Bloomingville
last Saturday to attend the tele
phone meeting. Hut they failed
Harvey Johnson and son called
on A, Schaal ono day last week.
Mrs. Jim Cain culled on Mrs.
Win. Harfthnrt last Friday,
l$hrsteel made n (lying trip to
Luurclvillo last Frlduy,
Mrs, Adam Solum! culled on
Mrs, C'hus, Lyons last Thursday,
Miss Kitu Steel called on Mrs.
Mary Aroerino Inst Saturday,
Mr, Jim Williams uiid Miss
Xzma Vest attended ohuroh nt St.
Johns last Thursday evening,
A. Sohaal was a buBinotn visitor
l Mt, Pleasant one day last'week.
Mr. Hurley Kulklouoh and Mlea
I'lara Defrenbaugh nttondod tlio
exhibition nt II. A, Gordon's
iohnol l3t Saturday afternoon,
Mr. and Mru. Will arnhurt
were the giiefa of Mr, and Mrs.
D, Mount lust Sunday.
Mr. nnd Mrs. Earl Steel wero
the guests nf Mr. and Mrs. Jim
Cain last Sunday.
Adam Schaal called on Hnryo
Johnson last Saturday.
Mr. Walter Pleukharp nnd Miss
Clara DcU'enbnugh were the guests
of Mr. and Mrs. Will llaralinrt
last Sunday evening.
l)nn Buck is making ties for
Howard North was seen on
Main street-one day Inst week.
Homer Kitchen called on C. II.
Uciohley one dny last Vuck.
Hoiohley one dny last Vuck.
Mr. S. I). Ovitt, of "Eagle Mi
pnrehnst'd a line three year old
nude of films. Lyons Inst Tuesday.
John Mnuk has bought the farm
belonging to Mr. Hen Allan.
Mr. George Dennis has purchas
ed the farm of Mr. Tom Allison,
and will move his fnmily to their
new home in a few wcckH.
--'Mr. Joe Dncis was the guett of
Mr. and Mrs. Jim Cain, Fridny
Mr. nnd Mrs. Joe Arnhart were
the guests of Mrs. M. M-. Hlack-
ston last Sunday.
W. P.. Dobison called hn Chas.
Lyons last Saturday.
Last Sunday evening Will Ilnni
sbcr and Allen leichle3' went over
to Nuben Kidge to escort two
young ladies to church at P.loom
ingville. They only had one horse
and buggy, so they decided to
leave the rig and walk to town
with the girls. After church was
out Ruben Linsie walked up and
took the girls out of church and
went homo with them. Later on
two young men wero seen winding
their way back to Nuben Ridgo
after their hoi so, which had been
left stnnding. Tho next time
noys you go a coumng take your
horse with you.
Charley Schrader has purchas
ed a new buggy. Clear tho track
Jacob Ellinger is no hotter at
Have pntiencc boys, the ground
hog will soon have ins time in.
Frank "Wright, of Rush Creole
hns moved into this valley, we are
glad to receive such an honorable
Charley and Dan Walters wero
callers In our valley laPt Sundnj'.
I Mr. W. K. Englo is repairing
his house hore, which is soon to be
occupied by Frank Dlabennet.
AVell ! well ! where is that pike
so long tnlked of; wo need it bad
Sam and Andrew lie! her are
hauling lumber from Lowis Ruff's.
Ed. Gunner attended church at
Rockbridge, Saturday night.
Well Dogwood Jlottom has quit;
say can't 3-011 And another writer
It aooins so long since wo saw
1 any news from hero that some
thing must hnve quit living or
Public sales have boon nuinot
0118 In this pootion viz; J. W. Lin
ton on tlio 8, Mm, Thoinan' Lan
ning tho 12, and A. .1. Ameriue
tho M, uiid Bnowy ns was the-day
there wns a large crowd at Mr.
merino's salo and most things
offered brought very fair p"Hces.
Wa nre wondering how soon the
ground-hog can give up his job of
weather making and unless ho
quits soon we will have to oiler n
premium for his scalp and a ohro-
mo for 11 more mild manager of
Mr. Chas. W. ShIihhI m.aoiwi I
through our oity Saturday on
route to the Queen City going in a
sleigh and how le that for March
The inclement weather has been
a hinderance for bodjo puplU to
attend sohoo! as enow is deep and
muddy roads and shoes raveling
at the heels makes it unpleasant
to venture out.
Mr. Adam Sohaal passed through
here for Logan Saturday doing a
large amount of trading at our de
partment etoreu, '
Wm. A. Horn U In the general
deltwy Iiumqmi taking Juy one
Hhi . . -" "& n
route, lumber unci pickets nnolher
mid tlio third to llio titblo wlierq
liu Buys Bintfl him imicli llio bout.
Mr. L. H. iMlils, thu cliuinilfii
corn grower, has not planted all
of his corn yet hit hopes to finish
in due time, and tho clod-masher
who tries to beat him in. corn
growing must put on his armor
and hustle for victory.
Thoconl mines- hero nro not
rushing things ns formorly nnd
not much will bo dono now until
after tho joint conforeilco at ln
diannpoljg the 10, when if 1111
ngrticinont is reached nnothor
year's business will bo booming in
the several mines.
Dnrlcy West says his clerJcnl
duties are improving and us he is
a hustler in his lino you can wager
on success wliero he is omployod.
Arthur Wurtman is striving to
learn bookkeeping nnd should
nothing bei'nll him lie will nst
likely succeed. '
Nate Nimon will soon movo on
to the Amerine property down on
on West Itrrmd street, nnd do con-
sidcrnhl'e farming on said farm
A. J. Amorinc will soon movo to
Knox County, Ohio, whore his
dniighter lives, with whom he ex
pects In stay this summer or mny
be longer. V
Miss Myrta Nixon is still very
poorly and no hopes are entertain
ed for her recovery, at times her
allictlons nro nlmosfc boyoud en
durance, yot sho seems very cheer
ful, and meets all who visit her
with n smile.
Order of Sale.
Ily vlrtuo or mi tillns order of Iho Probnte
Court of Ifocuini; County. Ohio. I will olTer
for solo ns public auction 011 tlio
28th Day of April, J 906,
iW oun ircloc'c nf said dny, on tlio promises
liclow clescillied, In .flultcro.-k Township,
II OrklllLT OoillltV. Ohio tlm r.illnu'lntr .In.'
s-i-lhcd rool ootiito. sltunto In mild coiintv
undstiit.'.iind in tlio township of Paltered;
to-wlt: lieln tlio enst half of thu South
wort iiuarler of tcc-tion tlilrrnmi of snhl
township, county nnd state nnd containing
(STi) clglity.flvu nnroa moro or less.
Tonus 01 salornsh.
Admliiihtriitor.ot tho ustnto of
Henry V. .smith Deceaied.
Allen II. McRrnom and
O. W. li. Wright
Attornt-ys for AdmlnUttator.
To License-Hawkers, Peddlera nnd
Hucksters in the Public Streets,
within tlio limits of the lncor-
' pornted Village of Lognn, Hock
ing County, Ohio.
.SECTION 1. Ho ItordnlncdbytlicX'onn
cll of the Vllliiganflj'ignii, Hooking count v,
Ohio, Hint It slinll bo 1111 In vf ul for imviicr
non oriioiK'iiiHlohnwIt, ueddlo or liuokster
In the public streets ormnrkets of Kind VII
Iiiko. nny Roods, wnro.s or meroliniHllNo or
othernrtlcleornrtlclos of vnluo or no vend
or sell,tlie sunie, oxcopt products of his own
raising or nny nrtlclo or nrtloles iiininifiio
turedby him, -vllhout Ilrst hiivln(,'ol)tulned
11 license so to do im herenfter piovldod.
HKCTION 2. Thnt llin innvnrnf cni.i ,.n.
Inco In hereby iiuthoizod and Diupoworndi'
iniiu iiuiMiu iu hhcu jierflou or lipisonti
to vend or sell 11s linwters, peddlois 01- luiclc
Htori, us in Biild llrst. section described, upon
hn or thoy first piivinrt to lilm ns mayor for
tho usooi mild vlllngo, u sum not less tlmn
one tlollni- nor more thiin llv flollni-H pur
dnv for onch such person who slinll bell n
HUfTION :i. Thnt If nny norfon or nor.
KonuMml vlolntn tho provisions of tlilsor
(UiMU)pe. he 01- they klinll upon conviction
therwif heforo tliu mujor "of wild vlllncn ho
lined in nnysumnolovc-oedliiL' ii.nAiu-mi.
ly-llvndnl(nrs .for oneli dnv auuh nermuiii
orperbon xlinll soil us nroioMihl nnd the
cosisof such prosooutlim, nnd tuny bo com
inllteclto the vllliigo prlnon until such ilnu
and costs nro-pnkl.
SUCTION . All ordlnnnce.s or pnrts of or
dinances Incoiislstnnt herowlthm-o Iferehj
SECTION' fi. TliU orillnnneo shall take
effect nnd ho In full force 11 nnd nrtor the
eiirlk'Ht iicrloilnllnwcd law.
rnsseu un.i me www any nr Mnrali, 10M,
.7. II. IiOWjIHOX, -Mayor.
1 K Cleric.
Notion In hereby clvon I hat tho following
account nnd vouchers lmvo been filed In
the I'rolmto Court of llocl;lnn county, Ohio,
fomecondund lliml xiiLtlumeiit, John u, An
dfi"wn. guardian of Chester A.Todd, lloniar
I. Todd. and Knoliel M. Todd, mlnois, nml
the unrnn will come 011 fur IienrliiKon the
''thdnyof April A. I). 1WW. at IOo'cIobU a.
111. or ns noon thoreaftor nt miiy bo cnnvenl-
.March 2-.,ew I'robntoJiulgo,
To prevent and punish fast driv
ing and riding on tho public
high waya of the Incorporated
village oLLogan, Stnte of Ohio.
Hell ordered by llio council of the vlllnxo
of I-oRiiu, Htnteof Oliloi
Hi:oTION I. That It sliall bound It 9 hero
by irndft unlnwful forimv pomou to driven
vehlcloofuiiy kind or ride nny animal, or
'" ar,.T,1.n? "f tho piopelllnKofn vehicle en
tlio publlclilKhwiiy of said Vlllngoot lie
Him at a upend fiulur thun H inlleaim hour
": ;"",7!v R ' ruiiiiKon nay of the high
""j""' "" y (unii in turn nr
uroas I10111 ono hluli way loitnotlior tilxli
wnv of tnld Vlllngo nt 11 ioe faster than
iiiuyiiiiiiiui miiu ui 1110 niiiniiiiao urovon
or rkl leu.
BKO-VIONS, Atiy person violutlnif nny nf
Ijte.nr.tVlmoriH of tliopreveoillng Htollon
mil he rtned not morotliuo nay nor lew
than live dollars
HKOTIONS, All ordinances or parts nfor.
dlnances here'ofore piuSedby thacouiicllof
ald Vlllugo of 1.0mm oj the aubieot of lust
driving nre hereby repcAlul.
HKirtiptH, 'fliUordJniincoiuKll taUeef
fictauU beln forco fimaund utter tho ear.
Passed tliln the IDtli day of .March. wa,
nvm I IJontAi niiunvu u,v mw.
Notlco of Appolntmont.
KfttatO Of ltOlirf Mviira tlnflanaml rri.a
uudersluiied ha been imiuiiniu.i .. mi .,..,n:
lledtnKMutor of IliBWltl and of the ex-
lit of Mtmnr Myers late of Tlooklinr Ci mi
Wv iTncauuiul llnlml tl.l. t. .a. " .
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March 8.a-w. $&,.
Editor iJeiiHK'rut-Scn thiol ;
In nuawnr to tlio story of miwt nun
aftlotJs Inlk Mint our ouinity ihwr
IMpjrrt oontninoil Itltltlll IllHt WHOR
siKiiatl by Mrnnrs. Dnvoiuirt llnnton
on tlm fltttlllon (inastlon, 1 lirvyji lliis
to ray Talk Ih clicnp, but It takes
monov tn buy Knnd horses and lor my
part 1 care but litllo what la Bald.
My fdalllous Imvo plonty of buBluesB
to Riilt inc-iintl what nil outnldo com
potttoro'cati say nKluat tiiom wont
hurt Iinj: very little as ovorybody
knows ltls without i'onuontion nnd
only splto work anil 1 nut surprised
I ovon liavo tlio credit from Alosara.
Davey and Barcbm of bnvlng bad
oven 0110 Rood spcod protluoliiR stal
lion but ttioy say bo is dead. J thank
II10111 for even that muoh orodit.btit if
you all romombor when lio was living
ho roc tho hot nlr, (nokcappiUR talk
jast tho snmo ns tlio prcsont ones nro
Rotting It, and If you romombor tho
same party bad just about tho sntuo
newspaper matter afloat, regarding
the grand old I1010 "Aloot, ' lint,
told tho peoplo thnt time wonld chow
who had tho host stallion. So it did,
nnd you woro nil convinced, wlion it
was too Into nnd tlio snmo thing will
bo shown again and tinio will eon
vinoo you who hns tho IiIrIi class
Htnlliona aud who lias not. .Tast keep
your oyOB on thorn and thoir RotJ and
yon will soon soo that what I toll yon
Now, my competitors undertake to
sot a priuo on my stallions as to wiint
they wbnld bring in a high class
liorso salo. For this important) infor
mation Ve would say ''ruts I" They
surely nro not accustomed to buyirjR
IiIrIi class horsos or they wonld not
make such rotten statomonts, as for
ono of my yonug stallions i'i question
I have refused $IoOO twloo ctila win
ter by good parties who Know tho
vnluo of such horses. Lcs than DO
daysiago one of tho loading nion ' of
tho Washington Uombination Horso
Salo company ot Washington 0. H.,
to bo hold April 10th to Mth, said
that while one of thoir lirm wonld
give $1500 for him thoy wonM-gcnr-anteo
me a rise of $1500 "if lJwonld
catalogue him to' sell In theif com
bination sale of wlueh thoy already
had !)50 head ot high class liornos
oatnlogued for the April salo. Mr.
S.uulers further sain that? iu going
from place to place soliciting high
class speed stntf for the Washington
sale, ho never heard of a young borpo
praised and talked of so highly by
horsemen ovory wliero as being snoli
a wonder and such a high cluss speed
prospect" as my young stallion if
any one doubts thlR statement, just
drop" Mr. Sanders n lino and sen what
ho' says aud in myl'oplnion all tho
horseB that MossrsDavey nna Harden
own oombtiiud would not bring that
Bat I dou' care if thoy say he is
not worth thirty oeuts; that don't
make it so, or don't hurt tho horse
or his huuluosB
It must hart tho other fellow
Lor lio would not hollow. I told the
Washington pcop'Ie just tho same as 1
told tho Canadian people when thoy
offarod $1500 for this young stallioi',
that if thoy gave 52000 for him thoy
oonld have Inm, but now I amlglad
they did not take him.nt
a9'that prlco would uot touch him
now. if ho Is of the cross roads var
iety as our neighbors say, but I
assure you he Is ,too Rood to"1 trido
sight nuseeu. lint 1 thank thnl Lord
that tho verdict and slander of two
parties tines not rale the intelligent
pooplo of this community.
Out of the 10!) iutollleunt farmern
who passed in Juid out of my breeding
barn this past week inspecting ray
stool: of whiqh so much newspaper
notoriety hus been honid tho major
Ity of them mako tUi. usual remark
" Von have shown the people to thoir
satisfaction and wo onees yo IU do
it again " Alt 1 as): is for time and
I will convinco you and as for myself
thoy may think nnd say of mo what
ttiey oliooso. I am here, always have
been hero aud always oxpeot to be
hore. 1 urn willing! to tofca my
olmnoes with tho balnnoo. I gaoFB
the publlo knows Mr. Davoy and Mr
iiurdeu. Mr. Davey is much oldor In
the horso business thau I am and
should bo muoh wisnr than I, while
Mr. Uutden is very new hi the horse
business and likely knows muoh moro
jmbout Bhuving aud hair dressing 'ban
ho does about tho cluss of stallions,
aud porhaiw ho mlssasl his calling
whou ho cot in the horso business
Altlfbugh I have nothing to say about
tho men or their stock ns the peoplo
tolrniB tliff mnn that praises iilu
neighbors and nolgblmr'H took hns
moro friends 111 business titan the
ones who lights his neighbors aud
uoighbnr's stock and praisea his own.
tlut I gness It won't hurt much
as ovorybody known It Is all for cptto
Now just ono word about tho bpo
ond t raen vrluoliaqoh a warm
breeze seems to b stirring nut! of
which 110 doings have yet been done
'The honorable mayor put the lid on
from uBiug tho street ami any person
with naif judgment knows horses
can.t race on rough and unoavoti
roods in the winter time aud ns for
mine ho elmlUnot attempt such dan
gerous road raqing as he Is too val
uable, but any time the tracK is in
shapo my horse Is rondy to clean or
get cleauod'aud f lie gentleman who
boats htm when ho Is ready to race
will beat 3:10.
B. 0, RUBLE.
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I WHY THE. CONSTITUTIONAL
I ' TAXATION AMENDMENT
I SHOULD BE ADOPTED
I AS PnOPOSED UY OHIO STATE BOARD "Or COMMERCE.
(To tbo People of Ohio;
?4 couforinlly with the require
itient.1 of your state constitution your
taxation eysUiia Is based upon a eon
eral property tax.
How tlws Qi;neral Property Tax la Re
garded by Those Beat Qualified
to Upeak With Authority.
Professor Ktlwbt It. A. Sellgman ot
tho Columbia University says:
"Practically, tlio general properly
tax as actually- tulmlnlstoreil today la
beyond nil pet-adventure the worst
tax known In the civilized world. It
was the Hist crude attempt to-obtulu
a semblance or eciulty, and measur
ably succeeded Iu primitive commiml
jtles. But as Boon as modern condi
tions appeared the practice engen
dered such misery Unit Is was com
pletely abolished lit every country
but the Uultod Stutea."
LnwHon Purdy, secretary Now York
Tax Kcforiu Aasoclatlou, says:
"I contend that no law provhllug
for' the taxation' of all property at its
true valuation and by a unirorm rale
can be equitably administered, or can
be administered with even such do
cent approach to equity As tho em
ployment of human agents permits in
tho case of laws based on true .prin
cipled and intelligently framed."
The Ohio Tax Comn.lstflon of 1S9.1,
appointed by Governor William Alc
Klnley, In describing the practical ef
fect of the general property tax as
administered in Ohio, says:
"The system as it is actually admin
istered rosults In debauching the
moral sense. It is a school of per
jury. It sends large amounts of prop
erty into hiding. It drives capital in
large quantities from the state.
Worst of all, it imposes unjust bur
dens upon various classes in the com
lmiuity; upon the farmer in the coun
try, all of -whose property is taxed ho-
cause it is tangible; upon the man
who is scrupulously houest, and upon
the guardians, executors and trustees
whose accounts are matters of public
How You Attempt to Enforce the Law.
You have the most efficient and
minute scheme of assessing all class
es of property which has been devised
in any state. Every citizen Is bound
under oath to make u complete return
of bin property In detail. If he de
clines to make the statement required
by law, a penalty of 50 per cent is
added. In addition to this, you have
enacted and enforced a tax inquis
itor law which gives the county com
missioners power to make contracts
with persons who may give Informa
tion which will-result in placing per
sonal property on the assessment roll.
Under the act passed In 1885, appli
cable to Hamilton aud Cuyahoga
counties, the amount authorized to be
paid to Informers was 25 per cent.
Under a general law, passed In
18S8, applicable to the entire Htate,
tho amount authorized to be paid was
20 per cent of the amount recovered.
Failure of the Law.
How have you auccesded In your
attempt to tax all property at its true)
value iu money at a uniform rale?
What is the actual result of your
attempt, by means of the tax inquis
itor law, to placo all personal prop
erty on the assescment roll?
Tho following tables will show you:
Tables from Auditor of State's Repot t
Showing Taxation of Moneys, Cred
its and Personal Property In Ohio.
Value of All Moneys' In Possession or on
Deposit Subject to Order.
Cuyahoga Humllton Entire
County. County. Stute.
..,4'JUt0.3 J8.53J.50S JK.Sll.SU
.. 1,410,395 2,203,887 31.271.-J5S
.. 1.671,241 1.707.908 33,7ti,B50
.. a.O'BO.ltiS 1,223608 61,425,131
All Credits After
Bona Fide Debts.
. 1,1(2,213 5,129,103
. 8,811,925 5,S22,244
, 3,ll,820 1,77,115
Value of Personal Property.
Years. Cuyahoga. Hamilton Entlr
County. County. Stnte.
1SSI ,.13,601,399 155,535,739 tJ51.1SS.016
18S5 .. 29,597.480 61,564,88 509,913,980
133 ,. 33,58,000 51,600,000 531,994,001
1901 .. 00,211,825 S4.tS4.4I0 (02,739,148
The money on doposlt In Ohio in
national and stnte bunks, as officially
reported for 1901, wua $352,000,000.
Thin record of your experience
ahould satisfy you that the onrorce
ment of the taxation provlsioua of
your oouijtttutlou, fn their uplrit and
letter, Is an Impossibility. . YOu can
uot reasonably expect to succeed In
dolug that which has been thoroughly
tried und abandoned by every civil
ized country In the world.
The General Property Tax Has Bean
Abandoned by Every Civilized
Country Except the States of
ti;e American Union.
The attempt tq assess all personal
property, including mouoya and cred
its, at full value and at a utilfornt
rate, has Invariably failed wherever
tried. I'or centuries, In every couti
try having a taxation system, at
tempts to do this were made. Laws
havo prescribed the severe penalties
of Imprisonment, tortures and death
to aid the enforcement of the general
property (ax for the taxation of nil
personal property, but puceeas has
never utetnded the effort. All suon
attempts have been abandoned iu
every civilized country except the
states of tho American Uulou. Is u
not time for Ohio to make good hz
claim to being a civilized mute by
abandoning this rule of barbarism?
Failure to Equalize the Value ol
Your attempts to enforce tho taxa
tion provisions of your constitution
have resulted in a double failure.
1. Y014 have failed to secure the
listing of all pergonal property.
2. You haye failed to atsseas all
Hated property at Ha true value tn
Tlierd aro now pending In tlio Gen
eral Anieinbly bills based upon
1 complaint that the owners oj cer
tain classcn of property nre not pay
lag their fair Shure of taxes, lloforo
these bllln are given uerlous consid
eration, those who aeok relief from
taxation through a demand that valu
ations be Increased pn others' prop.
erty should be required to show that
their own property is assessed for
taxation nit Us full and truo value In
money. If this be not done, and their
detnanjL be granted, It will result in
enabling them to escape a still larger
share of taxation thun thoy aro now
dodging by means of their own under-,
Ily the tends of the law, the owner
of any properly that Is ussomied ut
less than 11h true value In u.oney ps
capes thu payment of his fair share)
of taxes by menus of such undervalue
atlon. In the light of this fact, the
most pertinent question of the day la:
Why have you found It Impossible,
during a cen'airy of experience, to de
vise rules and methods for making
valuations of all property for the pur
poses of taxation, and to secure pub
lic officials with sufficient honesty,
Intelligence and courage to make all
valuations as. required by your state
The answer to this question will
not be found in the incompetency of
'members of the General Assembly,
who enact such laws, nor in the in
competency or dishonesty of public
oQlcials whose duty it is to enforce
the laws and to correct the valua
tions placed by owners upon their
property listed for taxation. It will
be found iu the instinct of self-presN
ervatiou, deep-seated in human na
ture, which makes all men kin. Kvery
taxpayer knows that If lie values" his
own property, at its true value in
J money he will havo to pay more thau
bis rulr share of tuxes because outer
taxpayers do not so value their prop
erty. He also knows that he can not
bo list his property and pay the uni
form rate upon such valuation with
out having his business destroyed. For
these reasons undervaluation begins
with the taxpayer. It is confirmed by
the boards of- assessois, who seek to
dodge a share of county uud statu
taxes for their respective districts by
holding down aggregate valuations.
Fundamental Cause of Undervaluation.
The cause of an evil must be under
stood or tho remedy devised for Its
cure will not be effective. The error
la taxation -legislation of attempting
to secure the'llstlug of" all property,
tho assessing of all property listed5 at
Its true value in money, and the levy-
lug of a tax upoa such value ut a unl
rate springs from the superfilclal as
sumption that failure to list property
uud the undervaluation of the prop
erty llated la wholly due to selilsh
ness aud dlilhoaesty.
The cause of these evils is more
forceful thau a mere desire to dodge
tho payment of a fair share of tuxes.
Tho course taken is compelled by the
injustice of the laws requiring the
listing of all property, the valuation
of all property at its true value in
money and the assessment of taxes at
a uniform rate upon such valuation.
Secretion and undervaluation are the
only weapons of defense a taxpayer
can use to protect his business from
spoliation that would inevitably re-1
suit from a partial enforcement of
Partial Enforcement of Laws the
Cause of Greatest Inequality
Every Intelligent taxpayer knows
what would happen to him if the laws
should be strictly enforced ss to his
property and not to tho property of
1. Ilia idle' money earns no in
come, A tax upon its value, ut the
average rdto. for the state, wouldJcon
Cacate 2.8t per cent of its total
2. Depositors in savings banks;
Interest-drawing depo its In commer
cial banke; lenders of money on com
mercial paper, on mortgages or on
bonds of corporations, would' have, In
some cases nil; und In all cases about
one-halt of their Income (ut present
Interest rutes) taken from them.
2. Building und loan associations
would ha taxed on the truo value of
the mortgages they hold and thus Buf
fer a confiscation of one-half of their
4. Investors would be taxed on the
market vidua, of all stocks of private
cojporatlona owned by them, Mer
chants, bankers uud manufacturers
would btr taxed on all amounts duo to
them ou account ot their business
6. Farmerei would bo taxed on the
true tulue of their farms; their uu
uold products; the money they re
ceived for all products sold. If on
hand; on the "true value of uny evf-1
.1.1nun A .Inl.. V.l.l 1... .1 IM At...-
dances of debt hold by them If their
money was loaned out; on any per.
soual property thoy may have; on
property covered by nny mortgage
they may have given.
The enforcement of such conditions
upon ono taxpayer; or one cluss of
taxpuyeres, und not upon all others,,
cun nave out one result the destruc-
i . , .. .. . i
ttou o( the business ot those tax
payers whose property Is fully listed,
fully valued and fully taxOd. while
property of the. other taxpayers Is not. ,'
A careful examination 'of this state
ment should convince you that the
vlU of secretion aud undervaluation
cau uot bo remedied without chang
ing the taxation provisions n your I
state coustltutlon, It should also sat
isfy you that a proposition to forca
bULuyimc iuuui uu mii vuiusiiun
upn one class o property, while leav-
log conditions ft- all other. classes of
property unohanged, Is monstrously
unjust. Being so convinced, as uu
lionoat man you will indignantly re
pudlata tun Msuaptloa that you will
LIEUT. F. S DAVIDSON.
TIE ENTIRE SYSTEM.
y. 8. Davidson, Lato Ideut. U. S.
Army. "Washington, D. C, care U. B.
Pension Office, writes:
"To my mind there is no remedy 1
for catarrh comparable to Peruna.
It not only strikes at tho root of the
malady, but It tones and strengthens
the syst'em In a truly wonderful)
way. 1 hat has been its history 10
my case. X cheerfully ami uniiesi-1
tatlngly recomnvmd It to those j
afflicted as I havo been." h H.
If you do 'not derive prompt and sails
factory roshJts from tlio use of Peruna,
write at onco to Dr. nnrtman, giving ft
full Btaton5fl4,of your caao, and ho will
bo pleased to give you his valuable ud
Address DrTHartman, President of
Tho flartmaa Sanitarium, Columbus',
Ing bribed- tiiereto by the bagatelle of
benefit that may accrue to you
through any possible reduction in'
your- owii ,taxes"""thus secured. No
man wlio honestly and intelligently
dofdrea Just aud equal taxation can
stand for such a proposition.
The Best Policy to Pursue.
You can not have a system nf just
and equal taxation without properly
ameudiug your state constitution on
the subject of taxation. It Is, thars
fore, wise statesmanship and sound
public policy to cease patchwork leg
islation und concentrate all effort
upon scouring the necessary-amendment
to the constitution and tho
formulation of a system of taxation
that will bj Just and equal for tiver;
interest, that will so diffuse the but
deu otsiale and local taxation tha
no taxpayer or class of taxpayers wV
be undervalued or overtaxed in co: L.
uarisoii with all others.
T L-ltftU, Olll.ll ti Olftnm ma. Tin .... i
.w.v tt dui.1i n aj ivui lit&u LO uc i
Vbied. I know of lln servinn nf irnstap
value that can be-tendered to-tho peo
ple of the state than to clear the way
of all obstructions and to devise and
put such a system Into successful op
eration, ine .possession or sucn a l
system will do more to attract busi
ness enterprises to the state than tho'
advertising of all other advantages It
The. people of tho state can be as
sured that-iu this whole matter there
is but onepurpose to be served, au-i
that is: "To make Ohio the best stats
In the Union In which to earn a llv-
,n own property ,nd operate
To accomplish this purpos" U
should bo your unchanging and in
flexible policy to stop all patchwork
legislation and to Insist upon tho sub-.
mission to the. people of the Constitu
tional Taxation Amendment ua pro
posed by the Ohio State Board of
Commerce.. IleBpectfully submitted,
Ohio State Board of Commerce.
Allen R. Foote, Commissioner.
BOARD OF COMMERCE
Prepares Bills for Legislation
The Utmost Cars.
Columbus"! O, The Ohio State Jour
nal editorially comments on tho im
portant worjc of drafttngfhllls for pre
sontution to the legislature. Among
other things, T'he Journul says:
Tho druft ot a bill to be presented to
the legislature for enactment into law
Is an Important task. Not everyone
can. do It. SMost of the bills ottered
are cumbersome, complicated, Illogical.
The point .is to make the real pur
pose of a statute definite and strong,
and then build about It such appli
ances as may be necessary to carry It.
Drafting legislation Is serious work,
and only those who havo made a
science of It should be permitted to do
it. There should he some liiHliumen
tallty beside, the vaulting ambltlou of
tho InexpniMjici'd legislator to formu
late a duty for the people tu observe.
There has been uluth trouble on this
score. There has been muoh lack ot
profitable leHlalutlon, lifccuustf It was
PAt limilHlli' .'I I f ... I ,1 ...1 t.k ft U1I.1.I
cot propei ly ai tended to. It would
pay the stale to spend thousands ut
dollars to have It legislation run
through sclonltilc' huuda before enact
ed, rather than trust it to luexperieuc
ed aud empirical treatment.
One of the most serious tasks por-
formed by the' Ohio State Upard of
rt i .. it. .. . i'. . i hi .
Commerco is that of- iuuuilug bills
for the lojjlslutlvo hopper. Mvery bill
pressnted by this organisation u re
vised and thoroughly criticized by ex
perts before It is Introduced. The best
lawyers pass upon legal points aud
Mble nion tlioioughly conversant with
the Impact of proposed laws pass upon
their applicability uud practicability.
Wicked and JWd of It, "
"You know Aloxiuulpr wejit Iiecgine
there were no more worlds to egunuor,"
'-q a uave neard,"
"Know why Totighbov looks so
"Not fpr the sumo reason?"
"No. IA. similar one. He Is aore be.
cause there are only t,eu eoiumtfua.
wonts t braV."
pcM,t , aiyj: to uea hjmswc, be.