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Gee whiz, folks, but these are
tough days for the rich.
The State street stores are pleading
poverty and want the rest of us to
cut down their taxes;
That means that the" rest of us
must pay 'em.
The biggest property owners in
the loop are the Marshal Field heirs,
two lads who have several hundred
millions coming to them some day.
And now Levy Mayer, the rich
man's lawyer, wants real estate valu
ations for taxation reduced for their
Of course, they won't sell any of
that property at reduced rates, be
cause it's growing in value all the
But it looks as if now is a good
"time to plead poverty and sneak out
of paying their fair share of the taxes.
The more property a rich man
owns the more he hates to pay taxes.
And they think State's Attorney
Hoyne is a bad citizen because he
wants the rich as well as the poor to
( How would it do for the poor to
raise a fund to start soup-houses on
And to furnish gasoline and oil for
Pity the poor rich!
' Why even Mr. and Mrs. Katherine
Barker Spaulding have only $60,000
a year out of an Income of a million
and a half.
If this thing keep up some of our
'very best sassiety people will have to
get down to three meals a day;
And quit feeding the family dog on
But then Tom Webb, Frank Ryan
and Fred BlocM of the Board of Re
view are always kind and generous
to our very best rich.
But the Trib and News should
worry they're on school land and
don't rob anybody but the public
So they are in position to start a
Relief Fund for the rich.
Now we all know that somebody
has to pay taxes. We have to have
the money to run the county and city
and state government
If the taxes of the rich are reduced
the taxes of the poor will have to ba
increased. That's the game. YOU
PETERSON OPPOSES CUTS IN
The Baldwin senate committee,
conducting its "Investigation of
school affairs, has been carefully
drawing witnesses from among the
school board members in its quiz.
Every one of them had knocked the
organization of the teachers and the
way things are run by the board un
til Charles S. Peterson, chairman 5f
of the finance committee, was called.
Peterson said that most of those
who had talked so well for the trust
newspapers did not know what they
were talking about jfc
He said that the deficit which The
board faced had not been caused by
a raise in the salaries of teachers, as
several "big business" men have
claimed. It was because 40,000 more
children had applied for seats in the
schools during the last two years.
He told the senate committee the
best way to make up the deficit was
to borrow and that to take the money
from the salaries of teachers was
wrong. They are getting less today
than years ago, he declared, "because
of the high cost of living.
Myer Stein, with an eye toward
the newspaper men, brought out one
terrible point yesterday. Pianos could
be taken from schools without requi
sitions if the engineers were not hon
est and if no one missed the instru
ments. Trust papers played it
"So could desks, tables, books,
chairs, in fact anythingwportable, If
there was dishonesty," declared an
interested listener. "We are no more
immune from burglars than any oth
er corporation. ,