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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, October 07, 1915, LAST EDITION, Image 7

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Anybody who wants a good sample
of bum bookkeeping on public money
can find it in the annual report of the
South Park commissioners.
Pages and pages of figures and no
information on the real stuff wise cit
izens want to know.
What are the cash deposits of the
South Park commisisoners? l isn't
What bank keeps the cash? You
can't find it in this annual report.
How much was the interest on cash
deposits and was a fair and square
amount of interest paid for use of
war time cash?
George Reynolds, president Conti
nental & Commercial bank, is the
treasurer of the South Park board.
If he furnished directors of his bank
as loose and meaningless a report as
the annual park board George Rey
nolds would get one loud horse laugh
and be ushered out of office in about
the time it takes to fry an egg.
Of course George Reynolds is not.
responsible. It is the South Park com
missioners who are. They go pn year
after year, offering this muddy, mud
dled annual report.
As we turn the pages of the report
we see that it cost $6.31 to clean ma
nure from Jackson park boulevards
and $14.91 for the same kind of work
on Washington park boulevards.
And we learn it cost $36.8.69 in 1914
to feed the squirrels and birds of the
South park system.
What we can't find out is whether
there was $1,000,000 or $2,000,000 on
deposit in some bank and how much
interest was paid on the cash.
The South park system owns
2.043.98 acres of the best land in the
city and has taxing powers in a dis
trict of 92.6 square miles. It is the
richest taxing body pro rata in Chi
cago. Its real estate alone was val
ued by the commissioners at $6,238,
60.13 on March 1, 1914. Its total
assets, according to its own report,
are $24,973,203.96.
Yet an interested reader can go
chase himself all around the pages of
this annual report and find not a line
on who keeps the cash and how much
interest is paid on it
President of the board is John Bar
ton Payne, beef trust lawyer, member
of the law firm of Winston, Payne,
Strawn & Shaw, the highest-priced
railroad and interstate commerce
lawyers in Chicago.
Joseph Donnersberger, auditor, is
former president of the Chicago Real
Estate board. Charles L. Hutchinson
is president of the Corn Exchange
bank. Albert Mohr is a millionaire
iron founder of South Chicago.
These are the commissioners,
strict business men, who require all
reports on cash rendered to them by
their employes to state where the
cash is and how much the interest
amounts to.
That thousands of decisions hand
ed down in the county courts by
county judges have been illegal be
cause of the manner of appointing
these jurists is the claim of State's
Att'y Hoyne. He is taking two cases
into the appellate court to decide the
Country judges have been called,
into Cook county for service l)y
judges of the circuit court Hoyne
says this is not the proper method
and that the supreme court only has'
the right to assign men to county
Great numbers of decisions, involv
ing thousands of divorce cases alone
where litigants may have again mar-
ried, may be declared unlawful and
the cases reopened.
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Total number of blind persons in
tae world js estimated at 2,390,000s

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