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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, January 20, 1912, Image 19

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-. New York,' Jan. 20. The
rubberneck wagon is passing the
corner, of Fifth-av and 39th-st.
The man with the megaphone
calls out: "On yer Jeft, ladies
an' gents, behind the high fence,
next to the old house the only
place in Greater New York where
they hang clothes out to dry on
ground that's worth $250 a
square foot!
The megaphone man is uir
iloubtedly correct in his assertion.
The only possible error may be
in the valuation he puts on the
two lots back of the rhigh .fence,
but most real estate men would
uphold his estimate.
The old house to , which the
megaphone man refers, was built
years ago by a man named
Wendel. - It is occupied to
day by his daughter, Miss
Mary Wendel, whose wash
ing is hung out to dry in her
"sjde yard," consisting of
two full-sized building lots
fronting on the avenue. She
also has another use for the
yard. Her dpg takes his ex
ercise in it.
On lower Broadway, in' a
building SO years old, there
is a door which says, "Mr.
Wendel's Office." You go
there if you want to talk to
John W, Wendel. You have
to go, because he doesn't
have any telephone, and he
doesn't bother about answer
ing letters that don't have to
be answered. You will gen
erally find Wendel in, por
ing over his ledgers.
He is gray-haired, quiet, polite.
On an old iron safe in a corner
is a cardboard sign which reads:
"No property for sale." That is
the Wendel family motto. That
is why the old Wendel house
stands at Fifth-av and 39th-st.
with the dog playing and the
clothes fluttering in the adjoining
lots. All over New York there
are- holdings of the Wendels,
most pf them old buildings, none
in the market.
But the Wendels( will rent to
tenants, who will pay the rentals
asked, no matter whether they
think them reasonable or not, and
who will make all improvements
and alterations at their own ex
pense. If you don't like Wen
del's terms you needn't rent from
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