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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, January 06, 1915, LAST EDITION, Image 2

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chistc and disgraceful situation that
has ever been presented to the people
of this county.
"We now have a majority of the
daily newspapers openly advocating
a violation of the revenue laws and
heaping editorial praise upon arch
"According to one morning news
paper, the chief justice of the crimin
al court, George Kersten, sought to
bring about the recall of an indict
ment actively and aggressively.' The
article in question shows that some
one has disclosed grand jury secrets
to a newspaper, apparently for the
purpose of Impressing the public with
the idea that Mr. Julius Rosenwald
is not a bad citizen, even though he
habitually violates tie revenue law.
"The form in which that article ap
pears shows that the facts, assuming
them to be facts, could have come
only from the chief justice of the
criminal court or from my office. It
did not come from my office. The
law as laid down in that article and
described by Chief Justice Kersten
is not the law i nthis state, and no
such defense as that attempted in
the article was presented by any of
the defendants who appeared before
Former Judge John E. Owens.
"I believe that attempts have been
made to intimidate members of the
present tax grand pury, with a view
to interfering with them in the dis
charge of their duty.
"I shall suggest to the grand jury
this afternoon that they withhold,
for the present, consideration of in
dictments against the list of viola
tors I named the other day, and, in
the meantime, I shall file complaints
in the county court or municipal
court against those guilty of misde
meanors. "The Chicago Daily News last
evening devoted considerable space
to dealing with my personal property
schedule, without pretending to as
sert that there was anything wrong
with it.
"The Daily News, with more-grace,
might have dealt with the personal
property schedules of its owner, Mr.
Victor P. Lawson, which were the
subject of discussion bythe Chicago
Inter Ocean a year or so ago.
"One reading the Chicago Tribune
this morning might suppose I paid no
real estate tax upon my residence.
If the public is interested in my
taxes I will say that my real estate
tax was $250, and I venture to say
that in view of the value of the prop
erty it compares very favorably with
any real estate taxes paid by any of
the owners of the Chicago Tribune,
or by the corporation, itself.
"I regard all these personal refer
ences as unimportant and unfortu
nate .except insofar as the attempt"
is disclosed to make a hero and a
martyr out of one citizen guilty of
violating the law merely because he
is a manof vast wealth. As I have
repeatedly said, he is only one of
the violators, even though a prom
inent one."
The Mann act hearing against
Frank Casse, the jolly traveling sales
man, has been continued until Satur
day. Yesterday Mrs. Esther Deagen, St.
Paul widow who claimed she was
brought to Chicago, robbed and de
serted by Casse, refuesd to prosecute.
She said that in answering questions
of TJ. S. Commissioner Louis Mason
and Ass't TJ. S. Dist't Att'y Epstein
she might incriminate herself.
In spite of the assurance of both,
men that anything she might say
would not be used agahiBt her she
refused to testify.
Casse was arrested about two
weeks ago in a south side chop suey
restaurant in company with Ruth Al
len, to whom he was engaged. He
telephoned Mrs. Deagen to say good
bye and the call was traced. Upon
his arrest Miss Allen offered to tes
tify against him.
She will do so Saturday t

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