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.Cin Be Saved To
Ely The Appoint
ment Of Adequate
Justus Goebel Makes
Strong Appeal for Pro
tection To People's In-
Open Letter He Asks That
Lajvyers Known To Be
Loyal To the Cause Of the
People and Free From Cor
poration Taint be Employed
In the Suits Against Tax
- Frankfort and Covington,- Ky.,
u - October 31st, 1912.
.To His Excellency, Governor James B.
McCrearv: to.all Administrative and
.Legislative officers of the State and
"to all citizens of the Comirionwealth
who are Interested in equal and uni
"Tell mv friends to bo brave and
fearless and loyal to the great com
These last words of my assassinated
V brother, William Goebel, have a sacred
'' significance to mo and when In Sep
tember, 1909, I again commenced to
take an active Interest li our State's
affairs, it was not to gain political fa-
'" vnr fnr liorn la Tin nfflpA T Wfllllll
'" ?.have.; but It was with hope and con
V'fldence that my work would, during
"' s ,the administration of the present state
" "' "nflflnprs. nnnn ud an ODDortunlty foi
Kentucky to take up William Goobel's
work where the assassin's bullet had
llntnrninted It. and In that event every
ArlnnortmnTlt nf nnr COVPrnmpnt WOUld
w ffifve thereto by voice and action most
4f "5 f positive, vigorous" and loyal support.
I1 ' Relief Must Come.
'Necessity for action in the Interest
"of the people has grown as years have
passed until It has developed into what
Is to-day a crying shame and from
which relief must come.
Too long, altogether too long, has
l there been unjust discrimination
against the people, unjust and burden
some taxation upon the people, as
ifc compared with what .has been required
to be paid by the big corporations of
'" our State. Corporation lawyers have
boastingly saiti the death of William
Goebel was a benefit to the corpora-
tions. If this was true, the question
ls, how much longer shall the people
be held In bondage because of his
God knows tho corporations now
- ' suing the State have been able to pro
" cure (and tho word procure is used
- adviBedly) Immunity long enough from
paying Wielr Just share of the taxes.
.A hundred million dollar increase
ia the value of corporation property
" for taxation opens a new era In the
. State's affairs, and has awakened tho
jP '"people, and brought them to a reallza-
J tlml of what has been done to them,
'v and there will bo a further awaken-
ing, whlc.h will correct abuses equally
as great as unequal taxation. A true
"?- awakening of tho people has como,
and henceforth every man who would
hold office must be a progressive, and
no Imitation will satisfy them; they
will sweep aside and Into oblivion as
old chaff any man who hesitates or
dares stand In tho wuy of betterment
"of conditions and improvement in 6v
ery way for the wholo people.
aV "'No one doubts, had William Go'e-
fl v"- bel b'oen permitted to live, that which
f' was dono last month by tho Board ol
Valuation and Asessment would have
been done more than a decade ago,
and to-day, Instead of tho large cor
porations fighting in the courts and
by sinister methods, endeavoring o
perpetuate unjust and unequal taxa
tion, to vtbrottlp the action of this
State Taxing Board, the first to act ful
ly in the intorest of the people, they
would long ago have been paying Into
tfie State, county and city treasuries
their Just proportion of taxes.
It 1b very pvldont that in Ken
tucky, as in other States, big corpora
tions will never pay a cent more ol
y taxes than they are made to pay.
t Take'tke, case of the C. & O. It. It
; In 1911 this road, on Ha entire sys-
:"" twa la Kentucky, paid taxes on a to-
j!,7, tal valuation of only $9,313,270, where-.
Jl . as tke street railway company of the
'"' lty of Louisville was made to pay on
'J ' vakwtlon of $10,800,000, The C. A
.v. -lln. R. Jul 1901 paid taxes on a trait
1&!r ,'fclM valuation of only $2,171,189, and
X 111 m a TalwttoB at wly $J,7,
Kentucky Delegates Frpm State at Large to DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL
CONVENINON, BALTIMORE, JUNE, 1912.
350, whereas the Board found thelt
1912 assessment should bo $18,798,630
Tho C, N. O. & T. P. R. R. in 1901
paid taxes on a franchise valuation
of only $3,110,197, and In 1911 on a
valuation of only $3,559,320, whereas
tho Board found their 1912 assessment
should be $l(r,674,200. The I. C. in
1901 paid taxes on a franchise valua
tion -of only $1,989,870, and In 1911 on
a valuation of only $4,510,320, where
as the Board found their 1912 assess
ment should bo $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,
899,200, whereas tho Board found
their 1912 assessment should be $45,
428,074. Tho Covington companies In the
past paid as little, proportionately, as
did most of the above mentioned com
panies, and without expeptlon all
these companies and the two others
suing wanted the same"""dssessments
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 tho last twelve years tho State,
counties and cities have been robbed,
and the word robbed is th only word
that fits the case, of more than ten mil
lion dollars in taxes.
In the years from 1902 to 1911, In
penoa or ten years, mere
has been an
in average increase in me
franchise assessments of the four larg
est railroads of the State of only 1
per cent yearland this almost un
bellbvable record of astonishingly
small increases was made in the ten
best years for earnings that the rail
roads o'f this country ever saw.
Tho picture hero presented of the
previous Inadequate franchise assess
ments Is astounding, but when one ex
amines into tho 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 dumfoundlng to state more
correctly what the tanlgble assess
ment picture actually presents.
t Work Is Delayed a Decade.
Take the case of the C. & O. R. R.
and the records show that the tangible
property of this company in 1892,
twenty years ago, was assessed at
$8,019,577. In 1911 notwithstanding
the extensions made In mileage ol
road, double tracking of a vast system,
acquiring much new real estate and
probably mora than doubling their
equipment of engines and cars this
company's tangible property was as
sessed at only $0,270,270, or 21 per
cent less than in 1892, twenty years
In 1892 tho market prico of C. & p.
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 stato has been tobbed
U unnecssary. Tho tangible property
of tho C, N. O. & T. P. R?R. wad. as
sessed in 1911 for less than it was as
sessed in 1900, and but little moro than
In 189Q, notwithstanding tho great im
provements made by tho company.
The other railroads have been similar
ly inadequately assessed on their tangl
ble property for many years.' ,
In May, 1910, a prominent official o!
one of the companies suing, stated that
the special Interests had In years past
controlled the state's taxing boards,
and the records apparently prove he
told the truth in that Instance. He
also stated that he would control the
present Board of Valuation and As
sessment, but In this he has proven an
Board Acts For People.
To date the people have won, and th
Board of Valuation and Assessment
consisting of Henry M. Bosworth,
chairman; Tom S. Rhea and C. F
Crocellus, has finished its work foi
1912, and, thank God, for once It hai
acted in the Interest of the people.
Until this year the Board of Valua
tlon and Assessment has bees eea
trolled in the Interest of the big Wr
peratloBs.by soaae hook or erook, eiea
r" frlalp, peUUeal fare- rWderel
GOV. J. B. M'CREARYj
or to be rendored, bribery or Intimi
dation, but never before has the state.
county or olty boen given what it was
rightfully entitled to.
The eight suits that have been
brought against tho stato must be
fought through oil federal and state
courts, and arotf vital importance to
our people They Involve for the state
$382,389, and for tho county and city
taxing districts $823,396, or a total,
annually, of $1,205,785.
The railroad companies, realizing
tho magnitude of this fight and anx
ious to win out, not alone from a finan
cial standpoint, but to provent the
great public denouncement that Is
bound to come In tho wake of a vic
tory for the state, are calling up the
wonderful array of legal talent that Is
at their command through the power
and influence that comes of the tre
mendous amount of money represented
iri 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
tho Illinois Central Railroad Company;
Galvln & Galvln, 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, Helm Bruce, C. H.
Moorman, R. A. Colston, of Louisville,
and Browder & Browder, of Russell-
vllle, for the Louisville & Nashville
Railroad Cohioanvr Beckham- & Mc-
QU0WDf 0( prankfort, and Ernst, Cas
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 tne limelight or In the court
room, ahd they may be 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
the splendid ability and known loyalty
to the state's Interests possessed by
the attorney general, James Garnett,
and his three assistants, tho common
wealth's legal force, as compared with
that of the corporations, must seem
Inadequate, indeed; and when it is
taken Into consideration that tho at
torney general's ofllc'e has a multi
plicity of cases and mattors of state
to fully employ their attention, and
that the present situation comes in
the nature of an emergency unfore
seen and unprecedented in tho state's
history, fthe urgent necessity for the
employment of other able lawyers as
a supportive force to the attorney gen
eral becomes quite apparent.
Ability, known loyalty to the cause,
and assured freedom from corporation
taint should be the gauge to govern
In the selection of attorneys to assist
In the defense of tho state's interests,
Justus Goebel's Interest
My Interest In tho work Just com
pleted by the board was, and is, dif
ferent from, and greater than, that ol
any man In Kentucky or elsewhere
even though he may' have been con
nected with the work. Lovo of 'my
stato and love for and memory of my
assassinated brother, whose brain
work constructed and whoso blood
stained tho statutes which made It
possible to do what tho Board of Valu
ation and Assessment has Just com
pleted, have compelled' of me the serv
ice I have rendered in the matter, and,
without official duty resting on me, 1
have given untiringly and almost con
stantly more than Ave months of time,
energy and study to these assessments
In tho Interest of the state and its peo
ple, to the exclusion of every other
interest business and personal.
Therefore, with such an Interest and
with the knowledge that I have gain
ed through my labors, I feel that I am
qualified, amply qualified, to make an
appeal, In the name of tho 400,000 tax
payers of the state who furnish seven
eights of the rovenue for the state'!
government, and who for many yeari
have withstood the burden ot unequal
taxation, to the administrative and
legislative officers ot the state to sup
.port the governor with unlimited
uienns for the neceseary defense of
the people's Interest ana 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, "la yojjr only Interest tho welfare
of the people, and havo you proven
that there Is no other Intorest that Is
greater with you than tho people's In
Every Citizen Interested.
We have boon, and aro, dealing in
this with a matter which Is vital to,
and affects the comforts of every
home, no matter how humble, and the
pocketbook of every taxpayer In the
commonwealth, bo he laborer, me
chanic, farmer, merchant or of any
other rank or station. All have tholi
interest In what we havo boen fight'
ing for moro nearly equal taxation
and relief from corporation oppression.
The question Is, shall tho causo ol
our taxpayers bo defended at tho bat
of JU8tlco by an array of counsol of
the corroct standard and In keep lac
with the greatness and importance ol
these cases, which involve, not only
$1,205,785 this yoar, but millions upin
millions In years to come, and If the
assessments are upheld, moan to th'.t
generation and generations yet unburn
in Kentucky, lesser tax to pay, and ta
the state adoquato rovenuo for every
purpose of government eoonomlcall)
"Most respectfully yours,
. "JUSTUS GOEBEL"
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