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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, November 18, 1914, LAST EDITION, Image 4

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Taxes dodged on the Marshall Field
estate were discussed in State's Att'y
Hoyne's office today. Maxwell Ed
gar, the attorneywho has a suit pend
ing in Circuit Court calling for the
payment of $768,946.40 of taxes on
the Field estate, laid before Hoyne
the evidence and the arguments on
which he claims that amount was
fraudulently knocked off from the
just taxes of the estate in one year.
This evidence, it is believed, will
' be presented to the grand jury now
in session afi a specimen case show
ing how thei'tax laws fail to get some
of the big fellows to come across.
William P. Struckman, one of the
county attorneys fired out of office by
Hoyne, figures as a defendant in the
suit Edgar has pending. Edgar places
on Struckman part of the responsi
bility for the sweeping reduction in
taxes handed the Field crowd.
Hoyne has openly stated he be
lieves some of the cleverest lax-fixing
was rigged up in the county at
torney's office before he took pos
session last spring.
The suit for Field taxes was filed
in 1908. Edgar says he has not been
pushing it because he has been wait
ing for Supreme Court decisions on
other tax suits which would have a
bearing on this one. The inventory
of the Field estate filed in Prpbate
Court in 1907 showed personal prop
erty worth $42,851,814.13 at par and
worth $54,000,000 in market value.
Just a year before this same per
sonal property was assessed at $17,
000,000 by the Board of Assessors
and raised to $25,000,000 by the
Board of Review.
This property, which consisted of
stocks and bonds in railroads, TT. S.
Steel Corporation, Pullman Co. and
other companies, was assessed at full
value and collectors' warrants issued
for the executors of the estate to pay
$1,768,946.40. Then, according to
Edgar's bill of complaint, "Harry A.
Lewis, county attorney, entered into
an agreement or arrangement to
compromise the amount due for
taxes and to settle for less than its
full value by which the executors of
the estate should pay the county
treasurer of Cook county $1,000,000
in full satisfaction for $1,768,946.40."
The assistants to Harry Lewis, both
Wm. E. Struckman and Charles J.
Jones, were made parties to the suit.
Max Hoffman of 1251 Halsted st.
was among witnesses before the
grand jury yesterday. It was rumor
ed Hoffman gave the same-vague and
-evasive answers to questions as he
did ir, Judge Owens' court last week.
He couldn't remember who the man
was that came around to his store
every year and "fixed" his tax
schedule. Couldn't remember wheth
er he paid taxes last year. All he knew
was that the men who fixed the tax
sctiedule was a politician. Didn't re
call whether he swore to a schedule.
Hoffman, according to the rumor,
was told he had better come back be
fore the grand jury today with a bet
ter memory or frfce action for per
jury. c o
In a report issued yesterday Oscar
F. Nelson, chief state factory in
spector, urges immediate changes in
laws to protect working population of
state from harmful processes of
In his report Nelson says a large
percentage of those engaged in the
manufacture of tinware, car seals
and bearings contract lead poisoning
and that, in one instance, b out or
every 100 are on the sick list in an
insect powder factory."-...
Illinois affords its. 30,000 painters
little protection, according to the re
port, which also urges tnat wooa al
cohol be added to the list of danger
ous substances.
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Minneauolis Robbers store $1,000
jewelry from window of J. B. Hud
son & Son. "- a
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