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BOPKINSVILLE KENTUCKILN, NOVEMBER I
an Be Saved Tc
By The Appoint
ment Of Adequate
Justus Goebel Makes
Strong Appeal for Pro
tection To People's In-
k Open Letttr He Asks Tkt
;. Lawyers Known To Be
Loyal To tke Cause Of the
People and Free From Cor
poration Taint be Employed
In the Suits Against Tax
4 Dodging Corporations
. Frankfort and Covington, Ky.,
October 3l'st, 1912. ,
To Hl3 Excellency, Governor James B
McCreary; to. all Administrative and
Legislative offlco?B of the State and
to all citizens of the Commonwealth
who are Interested In equal and uni
"Tell my friends to be brave and
fearless and loyal to the great com
These last words of ray assassinated
brother, William Goebel, have a sacred
Jiisniflcance to me and when in Sep
' orombcr, 1009, I again commenced to
take an active interest in our State':
affairs, It was not to gain political fit
Vcr.' fcp there Is no office I would
have; hut .lt was with hope and-con
' fidenco -that, my work would, during
the administration of- tha present stats
cheers, cpen up an opportunity for
lisntueky to take up William Gcqbers
v;:k- -where the assassin's bullet had
iatirruptod it, and huthat event every
Ctirteer-t cf our government would
3, .thereto- cy -vclcfana' Action- "nicsl
fccUtivc, vigorous and Ioval support.
' Relief Muet Come.
Necessity for action in the interest
cfithe people has grown.as years have
p&sed until it has developed Into what
Is "to-day a crying shame and from
which relief must come.
Too long, altogether too long, has
there been unjust discrimination
ntfjiinst the people,- u;)ju3t and burden-
semfe taxation upon the people, as
compared with what has been required
to be paid by the big corporations of
our State. Corporation lawyera have
boastingly said the death, of William
Goebel was a benefit to the corpora
tions. If this was true, the question
is," how" much longer shall the people
be- held in bondage because of his
God knows the corporations now
suing the State have been able to pro
cure (ana the woru procure is usen
advisedly) Immunity long enough from
paying their' just share of the taxes.
X' hundred million dollar Increase
in rhe value of corporation property
for taxation opens a now era In the
State's affairs, and has awakened the
people, and brought' them to a realiza
tion of what has been done to them,
and there wiy be a further -awakening,
which will correct abuses equally
as great as unequal taxation. A true
.wakening of the people has come,
and henceforth every man who would
Jiold office must be a prpgresslve, and
lio imitation will satisfy them; they
agvlll sweep asjde and into oblivion as
;2tf)ld chaff any ,man- who hesitates or
wares stand in the way of betterment
of conditions and improvement in ev
' ery way fcr the whole people,
.No, one doubts, had William Goe
bel. been permitted to live, that which
was done last month by the Board of
Valuation and Asessment would have
been, dono more than a decade ago,
o'ahd ."to-day, Sustead or the large cor
. pcratlons fighting in the courts ana
by sinister motheds, endeavoring lo
nernotuate unJrst and unequal t'asa-
Gj tic n,. to throttle the action of thl?
fcSs?" State Taxing Board, the first to act fi'-
ly- In the Interest of the people, th&
wpulU long ago have boon paying: into
'Itfio State, county and city treasuries
tholr jfist proportion of taxes.
It la, vory evident that in Ken
tucky, us in other States, big corpora
tions will never pay a cent more oi
taxes than, they are made to pay.
' Take the caso of the C. & 0. R. It.
In 1911 thlB road, on its entire sys
tem in-Kentucky, paid taxes on a to
tal valuation of only $9,313,270, where
as the street railway company of the
city of Louisville was made to pay on
a valuation of $10,800,000. The C. &
n Tl Tim in 101 u&ld taxes on a fran
chise valuation of only 2,171,li, a
1811 o a valuation of only UJ,,
JUSTUS GOEBEL. GOV, J. B. M'CREAftY.
Kentucky Delegates From State at Large to DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL
COtyVENINON, BALTIMORE, JUNE, 1912.
350, irhereas the Board found theli
1912 assessment should be $18,798,63.0.
The C, N. O. & T. P. R. R. in 1901
paid taxes oh a franchise valuation
of only $3,110,197, and in 1911 on a
valuation of only $3,559,320, whereas
(he Board fotlnd their 1912 assessment
should bo $10,674,200. The I. C. In
1901 paid taxos Qn a franchise valua
tion of only $1,989,870, and In 1911 on
a,, valuation of only $4;510,320, where-.1
as tne uoara lounu. tneir iiz assess
ment should be $14,746,857. The- L. &
N. R. R. In 1901 paid taxes on a fran
chise valuation of only $6,504,879, and
In 1911 on. a valuation of only $11,
Ran wtiprpnn the Board found
their 1912 assessment should bo $15,-'
Tho Covington companies In the J
past paid as little, proportionately, a3 at their command through the power
did most of the above mentioned com-1 and Influence that comes of the tre
panies, and without exception all mendous amount of money represented
these companies and tho two others
suing wanted the same assessments
for 1912 that they had In 1911. The
Board of Valuation and Assessment
based their 1912 assessments on con
vincing proof of values placed before
them, and the assessments are uni
formly just and fair, and of the more
than four hundred corporations as
sessed, only seven have protested in
the courts, and these are among those
that have always proportionately paid
In the last twelve years the State,
counties and cities have been robbed,
and tho Avord robbed is ,the only word
that "fits the case, of more than ten mil
lion dollars in taxes.
In thq years from 1902- to 1911, in
clusive, a period of ten years, there
has been, an average 'increase in the
franchise assessments of the four larg
est railroads of the State of only 1
per cent yearly, and this almost un-
believable record of astonishingly
small Increases was made in the ten
best years for earnings that the rail
roads of this country ever saw.
The picture here presented of the
previous inadequate franchise assess
ments is astounding, but when one ex
amines into the situation regarding the
tangible assessments made by Rail
road Commissions of the properties of
six of the corporations now suing the
State, the word "astounding" is inade
quate and must be here supplanted by
the word dumfounding to state more
correctly what the tanlgble assess
ment picture actually presents.
Work Is Delayed a Decade.
Take the case of the C. & O. R. R.
and the records show that the t - ngible
property of this company in 1892,
twenty years ago, was assessed at
$8,019,577. In 1911 notwithstanding
the extensions made in mileage cf
road, double tracking of a vast system,
acquiring much new real estate and
probably more than doubling their
equipment of engines and cars this
company's tangible property was as
sessed at only $6,270,270, or 21 per
cent less than In 1892, twenty years
In 1892 tho market price of C. O.
stock was around 11 cents, and to-day
the stock of this company is selling
at 81.5 cents, and the capital stock
has been increased to one hundred
million dollars. Further comment to
show that our state has been lobbed
Is unnecssary. The tanglbb property
of the C, N, O. & Tj P. R. R. waa assessed-
in 1911 for less than It was as
sessed In 1900, and but little more than
In $90, notwithstanding tho groat im
provements made by the company.
The other railroads havo been similar
ly Inadequately assessed on their tangi
ble property for many years.
In, May, 1910, a prominent official oi
one of the companies suing, Btated that
the special 'interests had In years past
controlled the state's taxing boards,
and tho records- apparently prove he
told, the truth in that Instance. He
also s'tated that he would control the
preseut Board of Valuation and As
sessment, but la this he has provon an
Board Acts For People. . ,
To date tho people have wen, audth
Board of Valuation vand Assessment,
cpns-stlng of Henry' M. - Bosworth
chairman j Tom S. Rhea and C. F
Crecollus, has finished Its work fc
1912, and, thank God,, for once' It ha;
acted In the Interest of the people.
Until this year tho Board of Varu"
tton and Assessment has been co
trolled in tho Interest of tho b:5
porations by some hook or crcolt o''
or friendship, political favor render
or to be rendered, bribery or Intiml
Nation, but never before has the state
county or city been given what it wai
rightfully entitled to. .
The eight suits that have been
brought against the state must be
fought through all federal and state
courts, and are of vital Importance to
our people. They Involve for the state
$382,389, and., for tho county and city
fgxlng. districts' $823,896, -or a 'total,
The railroad, companies,- realizing
the magnitude of this fight and anx
ious to w(n put, not alone from a finan
cial standpoint, but to prevent the
great public denouncement that Is
bound to come In the wake of a vie-
tory for the state, are calling up the
wonderful array of legal talent that is
in their combined capitalization of ap
proximately one billion dollars.
Master Legal Minds.
Among tho master legal minds that
are already engaged in preparing the
defense of the suing corporations are'
Trabue, Dolan & Cox, of Louisville, for
the Illinois Central Railroad Company;
Galvin & Galvin, of Cincinnati, for the
Cincinnati, New Orleans & Texas Pa
cific Railroad Company; John' T. Shel
by & Son, of Lexington, for the Chesa
peake & Ohio Railroad Company; Col,
Henry L. Stone, Holm Bruce, C. H
Moorman, R. A. Colston, of Louisville
and Browder & Browder, of Russell
vllle, for the Louisville & Nashvillt
Railroad Company; Beckham & Mc
Quow.n.ot .Frankfort, and Ernst, C
satt & Cottle, of Cincinnati, for the
South Covington & Cincinnati Street
Railway Company and the Union
Light, Heat and Power Company; Max-
well, Ramsey & Graydon, of Cincinnati,
for the Adams Express Company and
for the Southern Express Company.
In addition to this galaxy of legal
talent, the suing corporations have a
vast army of busy workers who never
appear in the limelight or In the court
room, .and they may bo described as
research lawyers, accountants and
statisticians, who are a .mighty sup
portive element to the men who will
present the cases and make the pleas
Without detracting one iota from
tho splendid ability and known loyalty
to the state's Interests possessed by
the attorney general, James Garnott,
and his threo assistants, the common
wealth's legal force, as" compared with
that of the corporations, must seem
inadequate, Indeed; and when it is
taken Into consideration that the at
torney general's ofTlco has a multi
plicity of cases and mattors of state
to fully employ their attention, and
that the present situation comes in
tho naturo of an emergency unfore
seen and unprecedented in the state's
history, the urgent necessity for the
employment of other able lawyers as
a suppbrtlvo forco 10 the attorney gen
eral becomes quho apparent.
Ability, known kyalty to the cause,
and assured freedem from corporation
taint should bo the gauge tp govern
In the selection cf attorneys to assist
In tho, defense of tho state's interests,
Justus GocbsPa Interest.
My interest in tho work Just com
pleted by the board wa3t and is; dif
ferent from, and greater than, that 'of
any man in Kentucky, or elsewhere
even though' ho may have been con
nected with tho v.ork. Lovo of my
state and love, for and memory of -my
assassinated broth; r, - wljose brain
work constructed and whose blood
stained the statutes which made it
possible to do what the Board of Valii
ation and AsEcejunent has just com
p.loted, havo compelled of me the serv
Ico I havo rendered-in the matter, and
without official dutfr resting -pn mo, 1
have given untiringly and almost con
stantly moro than fivqunonths of time
energy and study to these assessment;
in tho Interest of the stqie and its peo
ple; to the exclusion of every othex
interestbusiness and personal.
Therefore, with euch an Interest and
with the knowledge that I have gain
ed through my labors, I feel that I uio
qualified, amply qualified, to mako "an
appeal, in the name of the 400,000 tax
payers of tho state who furnish seven
eights of the revenue for tho state'f
government, and who for mauy years
havo withstood the burden of unequa
taxation, to the administrative and
legislative oillcets of the state to sup
port . the governor with ualltntted
means for the necessary doiense oi
the, people's Interest and cases,
There are men ,who havo said in
places that In the employment of At
torney John L. Rich the state had gone
far enough, but to such men I would
say, "Is your only interest the welfnro
of the people, and .havb you proven
that there Is no other Interest that la
great! 'with you than tho people's in-
Every Citizen Interested.
We have been, and are, dealing In
this itvlth a matter which is vital to,
and affects tho comforts of every
home, no matter how humble, and the
pocketbook of every taxpayer in the
commonwealth, be ho laborer, me
chanic, farmer, merchant or of any
other rank or station. All have theii
interest In what wo have been flghtc
lng for moro nearly equal taxation
and rolief from corporation oppression.
Tho question is, shall tho causo oi
our taxpayers bo defended at tho bar
of justice by an array of counsel of
tho correct standard and In keepiag
wltli tho greatness and importance of
therfe cases, which Involve, not only
$L205,785 this year, but millions upon
millions in years to come, and if the
assessments are uphold, mean to this
generation and generations yet unborn
In Kentucky, lesser tax to pay, and to
the stato adequate revenue for every
purpose of government, economically
"Most respectfully yours,
Mrs. J. B. McKenzie has returned
from Rockbridge county, Va., where
she spent several months, the guest
Webb Bell got home just in time
to register for the election. He s
been traveling much in the past two
month and he says that Wilson's
carrying Ohio is just as certain as
anything in the woald.
Mrs. Robert Morris is visiting in
Miss Mary Warheld, of Clarksville
returned home last evening after a
snort visit to Miss Annie Forbes.
Miss Florence Matlock, of Bowling
Green, is visiting Miss Alice Rad
Mrs,.W. W. Joslin and Mrs. C. W,
Keach are at home after a visit to
relatives in Tennessee.
da'pi R. C'P. Thomas, of Bowling
Green, was in the city the latter part
of last week on business.
Forest Stowe, of Redlands, Cal ,
is visiting his kuncle, County Clerk
R. T. Stowe.
William ,Hewell has resigned his
position with J. E. Anderson & Co.
and has gone to Evansville, Ind., to
accept a similar position with a shoe
house in that city. His many friends
regret to see him leave, but wish
him much success in his new home.
.Mrs. W. A. Radford is visiting
friends in Louisville.
Visited Madisonville Saturday
And Dr. Amoss Made A
Madisonville, Ky., Nov. 4. Three
hundred tobacco growers, members
of the Farmers' Union of this county
met at Richland Saturday morning
and marched to this city in a body
and in (he afternoon a meeting was
held at the u.bernacle, Mr. Barrett
state secretary of the union, and Dr.
Amoss, of: Ca dwell county, were
presont snd muue addresses. The
meeting was. held to discuss the to
bacco pituatioti and other matters of
intertst to the farmers of the
county, " ;.
Whfc'Not Get Together.
"It nov? appears certain that Chrit
tian is tohuve a county fair at Hop-
"Ic lookVb,us like it would be ad
vantageous?) x H concerned if the
Bowling' Gen, AdairViile, Eikton,
Dunbar'sjpava and Hopkitjayillo us
sociations'would get together and
form a fmrcireuit
"This wbu'ld do away with the
possibility of a conflict in dates, and
would further insjre ench associa
tion much? large; and better exhibits,
as well as a creator variety of side
a tractions, than any of them could
hope to secure iu its individu al ca-.
psci'y. THh suurirestion id respect,
ful.y HubmUtMV E'kton Times. '
The 1 iv says that tho clerk of an
election CRM i wear in the two judiis
u o the shtfrjtf and then $Ubsr r e
of tlf three cut swear i i Mierk
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