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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, January 16, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 10

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Hugh Craig, who made single tax
stick in a city of plutocrats.
Piedmont, Cal., Jan. 16. Hugh
Craig, mayor of this suburb of XDafc
land' where only multilmilliptiaires
live, has, despite violent protest of
the rich men, inaugurated single -tax
and made his municipality a model
for equal taxation.
"The law requires that property be
assessed at. its full market value,"
explained Mayor Craig. -"In most
cities it is assessed at about 25 per
cent of its market value and the im
proved property is penalized by be
ing forced to pay the bulk of the taxa
tion. The only, way to reduce the
taxation of any county is to equalize
the assessments which are shame
fully unjust to the small home
owner." Imagine the storm of protest that
arose when Craig, "a nut on the sub
ject of tavation," raised the assess
ments of the rich men of Piedmont to
something like the actual value of the
land. Land that had fqrmerly been
assessed at $150 an acre was raised
to $3,000 an acre despite the howl
from the capitalist-owners. The
same land is now on the market for
from $8,000 to $16,000 an acre.
"The bulk of the revenue of taxa
tion," says Craig, "comes from the
enterprising business man and the
home builder. The real estate shark
who holds land for unearned incre
ment is profiting by the labor of oth
ers. -Every assessor is a law unto
himself and there is no pretense un
der the present system of taxation of
making the land pay the bills."
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Men and women in Wisconsin who
love one another well enough to
marry, with the very proper idea of
living together in love and honor for
the rest of their lives, are up against
an (obstacle which many believe will
depopulate the state, increase the
numbgr of common-law marriages,
permitted under the laws of the state,
or may be the cause of even greater
The obstacle is the eugenic mar
riage law, which went into effect on
Jan. 1. The day before it became
effective n,early 100 marriage li
censes were issued in one city; on the
first day it was operative none were
issued and since then, according to
report, few if any applications for
marriage certificates have been
made. One couple, refusing to abide
by the provisions of the law requiring
a physical examination at$3 per ex
am., went to a lawyer and drew up a
legal contract making them man and
wife under another Wisconsin law.
Regardless of how advisable
that law or any other proposed reme
dial measure might be, if nation wide,
the fact that laws can be evaded by
crossing a state border line or by
taking advantage of some other law.
makes them absolutely null and void
as far as the purpose for which they
were framed is concerned.'

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