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jjlf T&XW 4V57sr?k h- pvi -v" '. VOLUME XVI. (Eljicnrja ipfagle .aw. aaa m .. 'bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb-b aaai . . .jbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbv TIE TIH 10ST fit Ml! Tax Fixing as a Fine Art Cease In the City of Chicago. The Men Who Have Their Property Left Off the Lists Are Trembling. Tax Dodgers Kay Squirm, but the People Are Arouied and Must Be Appealed. One of .the Biggeit Business Blooki in Northwest Chicago Untaxed Lait Year. One of the largest luminous blocks In Northwest Chicago was left entirely off the tux lint. In the vault of the Taxpayers' De fense 1cnguo nre documents relating to tax "fixing" nud tax "Uxors" and their pntroiiH. President Holbrook claims these, with the assistance of witnesses who will bo called, will bo suflclent evldcuco to Justify tho September grand Jury In ludlctlug some leading corporation attorneys, buslneu men and "go-betweens" on tho charge of conspiracy to defraud tho county. During tho last month over 100 cases of proimsed or completed "tax Axing" or scaling of asscastneuts have been re ported to tho league. In many of these case tho name arc known of the "go betweens," who, It Is alleged, approach ed property owners and claimed to be ablo to reduce their assessments for a compensation. A number of tho tax "fixers" are also known by name, who, It Is claimed, wore paid money to se cure reductions of south town assess ments and whose clients were usscsscd at au nhHtinlly low rute. One of these persons whom tho grand jury will bo asked to luveitlgato Is au attorney who Is a graduate of Yale Uni versity. Tho league claims to have a witness who will swear that this attor ney met him opposite tho Commercial National Hunk ouo ufternoou recently and nsked him If he wanted his assess ment "fixed." It Is said tho witness will further testify thut tho attorney then toid him that ho hnd made "a pot of money" for himself nud Quunlng tlxlng the usscsBiuent of over tlf ty Yale graduates who wcro largo property owners tu tho South town. Tho wit ness, It Is asserted, will also sweur that tho attorney plainly said that for u stat ed sum ho would get Quunlng to reduce tho assessment of tho witness' south town property, and then Informed the witness that ho must cull the following Monday to "llx tho matter up," us tho attorney was going to leave town ror u vacation. In another caso ouo of tho largest cor porations operating lu the county is Im plicated, It Is claimed that evidence will bo brought beforo tho grand jury which will liow that the attorney of this corporation, whoso Interests spread all over tho world, actually paid a "go between" several thousnud dollars to have Assessor Uuuulng and another as sessor reduce tho company's assess ments. It Is claimed that this "go between," who Is a livery man, with tho money so obtained durlug tho past two years has built an expensive sta ble. Evidenco will bo shown tho jury, It Is said, thut one of the members of a prominent Jackson street (Inn himself paid u south town assessor a sum of 'money to reduce tho linn's assessment 1o a reasouablo rate. Tho man who claims, to have submitted to this levy from tho assessor Is said to explain that his company was assessed at au ab- surdly high llgure, uud had to use money lu self-defense, A manufacturing Arm's senior mem ber Is reported to have told Chairman Allen of tho County Board Flnunco Coiumltteo In coulldeuco that a West Town assessor visited hlin at tho com pany's ottlco and offered to "llx tho as sessment to suit" for tho sum of 1,200. He will bo astted to npiieur beforo tho Grand Jury to glvo testimony. Kvi denco will bo shown tho Jury Implicat ing tho nephew of u former member of Congress from Chicago lu attempts to blackmail certain South Town linns into paying him to hnvo their assess ments reduced, A free-lance barber who visits tho houses of prominent backers and thero shaves tho magnates baa his headquarters lu the downtown plt Must ofllec of a lending Ilonrd of Trade oper ator and packer. He will lie called be foro the Jury. It Is claimed that this man bus acted as a "tax adjuster" for some years. An effort will be made also, It Is said, to get ouo of tho active members of a real estato Ann controlling several largo ottlco buildings to tell the result of an Interview ho had with Assessor dunning some weeks ago. It Is claim ed that tills real estate man has made no secret of what ho asserts was a proposition on tho wrt of the assessor to "llx" tho taxes of tho ottlco buildings If tho proper "arguments" wcro used. In speaking of tho matter Wednesday President Holbrook said: "Tho pres ence nud active labors of go-betweens have been known to the property-owning public for years, and now a num ber of Arms are willing to help us lie fore the Grand Jury. It Is ou their tes timony wo hope, to punish the conspira tors against tiie county according to their crimes." A jMjtltlou has been brought to the attention of the Finance Com mittee of the County Hoard alleg ing that the assessments ou three pieces of downtown proierty are too low. Tho property occupied by A. M. Itothschlld & Co.'s dejuirtmeut store Is affected. Tlie complainant Is John A. Hell, ngent for Jonathan Clurk, owner of 120 feet of the property, which Is as sessed at 103,000. The contention is thnt If 03,000 s an equitable assess ment ou this 120 feet the assessments on tho rest of tho uren occupied by the department store are too low. Tho In stances cited are tho Arst eighty feet, owned by II. Keep and A. Keep, and assessed at $37,000; eighty feet held by the Northern Trust Company as trustee nnd nssessed ut $10,020, and the corner of Van Hureii and Htuto streets, owned by H. a. Foreman, aud usscsscd at 45,100. Chairman Allen bus found that the eighty feet owned by II. Keep was as Messed 5 47-04 percent., tho eighty feet owned by tho Northern Trust Company at 5 6-7 per cent., tho piece nt tho cor ner of Van Huron and State streets at ft 0-88 per cent., tho property of Com plainant Clark at 0 10-34 per cent, of tho Swift commission valuation. Taking tho stand that ho Is dealing with a professional tax dodger, a strong and caustic letter has been addressed to George M. Pullman by 85. S. Hol brook, president of tho Taxpayers' De fense League, iMr. Holbrook has opened tho vials of his wrath nud poured the coutents over tho inultl-inllllonalro lu n merciless Howl, lie has compared the palace car magnate to tho anarchist lu tho slums; has referred to his class as a menace to the laud; n host of genteel criminals; beggars who ply their calling at the front doom of those beforo whom they stoop to ask a sordid blessing. The occasion of tho open letter Is the tlgurcsut whlchthc millions of property owned by the Pullman Palace Car Company hnvo been assessed. Instead of $3,000,0011, which tho pres ident of tho league declares should bo tho valuation placed upon tho com pany's assets, according to tho corpora tion's own estimates, tho aggrcgato as sessments amount to 1,G01,055. Laud estimated by tho leaguo to bo worth 840,000 nu aero Is assessed at $741, and other glnrlug discrepancies aro pointed out In tho exhaustive report of values uud assessments which accompany tho open letter. Tho writer refers to tho strlko of 1804 and points out to Mr. Pullman tho fact that at tho cost of moro money to tho Government, Stato and city than they I havo over or possibly will ever receive jfWraWW.'SfitV'"' w"-i- w ic.w"'ii- tr'T''1" i - - it '-r !!. .r-rtr-t-wytv " CHICAGO, SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 1897-TWELVE PAGES bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbV v'j&IbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbI BBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBv '"SSBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBS from tho Pullman Palace Car Company Its property was protected during tho strike. Ho asks what has Pullman done In return. Tho answer Is fortacomlng: "Some one has generously loaned to the as sessor u smoked glass, through which to strain his virtuous eyes when he was estimating tho value of your property." Iu conclusion tho writer says: "It Is cruel, it Is dishonest, It Is criminal to let the humble taxiuiyers, who seldom ask for protection, bear tho heavy bur dens they are uow carrying, while some rich corporations shirk their duty nnd escape by methods that demand the attention of tho grand Jury." Martin It. Madden has returned from Europe. Thnuk goodness! Our fond est hopes are realized. With Gnhnn and Madden back from Kuroiie the contract season may now bo said to bo fully opened. Frank T. Heunett Is about the cheap est specimen of a statesman lu the City Council. Acting Postmaster Cuhlll has return ed from his vacation. Alderman Heunett Is n tine man to Impugn tho word of Chief of Police Klpley. Wo could show Mr. Klpley a document slgued by Mr. Heunett which mlglTt explain what we menu. It has not beeu definitely decided as to who will succeed Tom Gahau as chairman of tho Democratic Central Committee. Probably a Wesi Slder. Graft ou tho School Hoard Is said to bo better than ever. 'Wind Pig" Bennett Is what the Thirty-fourth ward stntosinuu is called by some of his colleagues. The administration will support eith er Tom Gallagher or Patrick Morris for alderman In tho Nineteenth ward against Powers. Tho court maillarof Major Fred Boy er of tho Adjutant General's ohlee will be next lu order. Information ns to the whereabouts of tho Arm of Peter & Prolwt will bo thankfully received at Tho Euglo olllce. Tho same Is true us to ouo Thomas J. Peter. Alderman Bennett's constituents would like to kuow whero ho can bo found. Alderman Alwart's ordlnnnco to II ceuso awulugs Is almost ready for pas sage. "Marty" Madden has returned from Europe to reorgnnlzo tho Republican party, Tho Republican party must bo ev-fts; "INDEPENDENT IN ALL THINGS. NEUTRAL HON. RALPH M. EASLEY. Secritary ot the Civlo Federal on ol Cnloago. badly off If It im-d as a trailer tills cheap chaw, who never stood up for a friend. Alderman Barry, the ullor of the Council. Is sImo said to he the best-nu-liuvd mail in the Usly. Aldcrmaa Bennett's proposed tax on baby carriages ought to the defeated. Bennctt-aiud Alwurt. the twin freaks of the Council, are iilKaysii demand at roll calls. Alderman Gnr.r.olo I jnvparlng au ar ticle on what he knows altout checks. The Eagle s In a position to say that he knows a great deaL DoaMlc- & Chniulicrlnln Is the iiauiu of ouo of the very best contracting Arms in the country. They have a very low bid lu for the Ave years' garbage work, considering the known tluniiclnl backing aud strength of the Arm. If you wuut to lose money Invest lu any of the Klondike schemes. They are all worked by sharpers. Tho September edition of the Review of Itovlews has a ningnlliccut article on "Caucus Reform," from tho pen of Hon. Ralph M. Ifcisley, of the Civic Federation of Chicago. Hun, I). W. Ackermun Is not seeking any ottlco, but his old-lime friends pro pose to send hlin buck to the City Coun cil next spring from the Twenty-eighth Ward. Them ore very few Democratic as pirants for Congress lu the Sixth Dis trict. Hon. A. W. Maltby could put up a great tight for Congress lu the Sixth District. If tho Democrats of the Twelfth Ward nominate Rivers McNeill ror Alderman he will poll a great ote. There will bo a grand swimming x hlbltlou ami content for prizes ut the Kndlsli Natatorlum, rll Wells street, on the night of Sept. SO. Pat Morris still has his war paint on, and proposes to win the Aldcrmnuh! light In tho Nineteenth Ward uoxt spring. noth Mayor Harrison and Chief Kip ley had somo Interesting things to say Wednesday regarding the attack mndo ou tho pollco department relative to tho so-called "blind pigs" and gambling re sorts In tho prohibition district of tho Thirty-fourth ward. It wits charged lu a certain morning paper thnt tho places were operating under pollco pro- tectlou nnd au alleged intervlow be tween Chief Klpley and Aldermnu Heu nett was published. Mayor Harrlsou said: "If there aro KsMBBBBBBBBBBBBBar IN NONE" any such place operating under police protection the complainants have but to establish their statements us facts and the police otUcers will bo Immediately uiscluirgetL Hitch things don't go un der this administration, and all that I require Is proof of what tho alderman from the Thirty-fourth ward charges." Chief Klpley said: "The Interview publlslH-d wits false and did me a great Injustice. No such things as related were said by me or Alderman Heunett. When I do know you may he sure there will Ih neither, gambling uor Illicit liquor selling there. If thero Is ouythlng of the kind there uow." City Collector Martin has taken out warrants for a number of delinquent real estate brokers who have not paid license. C. U. Gordon & Co., real es tate brokers, lift Denrlwrn street, aro delinquent. Postmuster Gordon, how ever, declares that ho has severed his connection with tho Arm. Warrants havo been taken out for the arrest of the following: Keyes & Co., 107 Dearborn street. A. Dclumatcr, 88 Washington street. A. S. Selb, 107 Dearborn street. E. I. Muyuurd, lift Dearborn street. C. U. Gordou & Co., 115 Dearborn street. K. C. Cleaver, 113 Dearborn street. George aud F. G. Wright, 104 Dear born street. A. A. Ames, 1-10 Dearborn street. F. C. Wood, 04 LaSnllo street. E. C. Cole, 04 LaMallo street. H. S. Bruckett, Stock Exchange. W. II. Hussy, 110 LuSnllo street. O. F. Glbbs, 110 LuSuno street. Fred G. Fisher, Rookery Building. E. II, Peters, Rookery Building. G. C. Morgan & Co., 145 IwiSullo street. James It. Mny, 04 LaSallo street. .lames G. Cozzens, 07 Washington street. J. A. J. Lee, 100 Washington street. C. A. Bellamy, 100 Washington street. H. B. Bell, loo Washington street. C. F. Meyer, 100 Washington street. W. S. Schrndor, 100 Washington stive;. I. S, Lemon, 120 Raudolph street. W. J. Elllngworth, Si Qulncy street. Kluiiy & Stnudlsh, 108 Dearborn street. A. C. Tlsdell, 14ft LoRullo street. Georgo C. Whipple & Co., GO Dear born street. E. C. Hullug & Co., 103 Dearborn street. Tho warrants will bo served by agents of tho city collector durlug tho week. Tho period for which tho Hccuso fee Is duo begun May 1. Tho telegraph manual Issued by tho Western Electric Company will tench any ouo tho art of telegraphy. To get a copy address Department 0 G, West ern Electric Company, 242 South Jef ferson strcot, Chicago, and Inclose two- cent stamp. ::". " " "'j iiMitwpwgYrfrV,-;rr...--i 7, ,,,.". .,".. mm bills The Civic Federation Has Been Hard at Work on Tbem for Several Weeks Past. There Is Some Doubt, However, About a Special Session Being Called This Year. The Governor at Present Doei Not Think That One Ii at All Necessary. Should He Change His Mind the General Assembly Will Reconvene in November. A conference between otllcers of tho Civic Federation, members of tho Coun ty Hoard, nud the Taxpayers' Defense League will soon lie held to discuss tho question of n sjicclnl sesslou of tho Leg islature for the purpose of passing n revenue bill. President Henly nnd n majority of the County Hoard, ajso tho leaguo people, say they aro anxious to have Gov. Tanner convene tho Gen eral Assembly for this purpose. The federation people claim to be equally Interested In this matter, but they also urge the necessity of n new primary election Inw, and now, since tho Irregu larities lu Chicago's assessments hnvo beeu mnde so apparent, contend It Is a measure that should go hand lu hand with the desired revenue reform. At tho same time It is poluted out thnt the Governor nud his advisers are deeply concerned In a loopitortlou merit, Cougrcsslonully and Scnntorlally, of the State. So one of tho arguments advanced Is that these three things could be lucorKrutcd In the call for a special session. However, opinion Is divided ns to whether the movement should take into consideration anything more than a revenue bill. It Is said tho Governor will not act unless ho can hnvo assur ance that tho autl-machtne, or Madden faction, that prevented the passage of an apportionment bill nt tho regular session, withdraws Its opposition nnd lets his redisricting of Cook County and the Stato go through. At federatlou headquarters It Is be lieved that the distribution of Federal appointments for Illinois will do much to withdraw this opposition. It Is claim ed that Jonnthaii Merrlam, Clnrk J. TIs del aud W. G. Cochran, leaders of the autl-machtno light nt Sprlnglleld, aro all to bo supplied with plums from Washington. On tho supposition thnt these appoint ments will bo made the federatlou peo ple think nil obstacles to a spe.-lal ses sion nt which a reapportionment of the State can bo put through will disap pear. They recognize, however, thut both tho Cook County machines will set up a stiff objection to any primary election law being enacted at a special session. Tho proposed conference, therefore, will bo held to determine Just what course to pursue. The federation has Its petitions to the Governor In circulation, aud Secretary Easley said they were being slgued by a largo number of voters. Bids for substructures on four uow bridges on tho drainage canal held the drainage commissioners lu a two hoars' session Wednesday afternoon. Tho pro posed structures aro to bo swing bridges, one ou the Chicago nnd Calu met Terminal Railway, one ou tho Chi cago, Madison aud Northern, two for tne Atchison, Topckn uud Santa Fe. Sixteen bids wcroMucd and read. Tho bids were referred to tho engineering committee. No action was taken lu regard to river Improvement. 'Mayor Harrison und Commissioner of Public Works McGnuu expect to leuvo Saturday for a two weeks' tour of tho largo Eastern cities to iuspect garhngo crematories. After two hours of wrangling over tho union labor problem ou Wednesday nluht tho School Hoard concluded noi to go on record for'tho present and ap pointed a committee ot Uvo to sea If thero was not somo way to arbitrate tho strlko on school buildings. Trustees Gallagher, Pcttlbouc, Keating. Marl; nnd Hnrrls wero named and were In structed to report back to tho board without taking any doAnlto action. Tho coutest between tho advocates of NUMBER 414. m wm the labor clause and Its opponents was precipitated by tho report of Attorney Morrill, which was adverse to the board, declaring for union men a against non-union laborers. He said, however, the board might be Justified upon occasion to adopt n union clause. Trustees Brcnan, Gallagher, Keating nnd Sherwood led the tight for the union cnttse, nnd Trustees Pcttlbom, Strong, Mark und Cameron opiosed It. The board nlso'udopted without dissenting vote the recommendation tif the Judiciary Committee to tight the suit of the Civil Service Commission, which Is seeking to bring the school matters under Its control by u di'clsloa of the courts. "Nature smiles through sunbeams" is the trade mark of the Sunbeam Incan descent Lamp Company. "Wiring Tables; How They 'A Made, aud How to Use Them" Is tho title of u Itook recently publWhcd by Tlios. G. Grler. While the Itook deals with u technical subject, It Is wilt tea with u view of reaching every one In terested In electrical work. Teclinlcnl terms nre avoided, nnd the language Is clear to those not iostcd In electrical matters: 70 pages, 7xft Inches, bound in cloth; price, 1. Edward R. Grler, 1430 Mouadnock Building, Chicago. The Hoard of Education has Anally locked horns with organized labor. The Interests of a few thousand chlldrea kept out of school nre not considered. Rabbit-Ear Wheeler's Chicago City Railway Company Is defendant In u bill for Injunction tiled In tho United States Court. Elbert R. Robinson, iui Inven tor, Is tho complainant, aud ho alleges that the street railway company Is us lug t',300 wheels In Its rolling stock which are manufactured according to n pattern upon which ho has applied for a patent nud which he Invented. Pending the Issunneo of the patent he asks for au Injunction restraining the railway company from manufacturing more of tho wheels. Georgo E. Adams Intimates that be will not accent a Congressional nnniin ntlon to till the vncuncy caused by the ueaui or .Mr. uooke. Ik not Mr. Adams premature? He has not been otllclnlly Informed of tho death of Mi-, .ioi.-. nnd tho great Governor of Illinois, the commander-in-chief of Huckncr, hav ing been told that a vacancy docs exist In this Congressional district aud uskc to stnto when bo proposed to call a spe cial election, promptly asserted that he hud no Information of the death of Mr. Cooke and no Intention In the absence of such authentic Information io call au olllclul election. The great panjandrum of llllno'i knows very little, It Is true, but lit might hnvo known, even oillelally. that a vacancy existed lu that particular Congressional district, for It Is his duty to take cognizance of certain notorious facts, Just as It Is the dti.y of a Judge to declare without hearing evidence on tho point thnt tho day Is day. thnt night Is ulght, Thursday Is Thursday, or any other generally known nnd undisputed fact. Narrow minds, however, nto always technical. They do not know otllclnlly that which they know as a matter of course, and they hem nnd haw nnd set un llttlo obstacles thnt In their onlulon aro great constitutional Impediments to action that should bo as mntter of course. It Is tho duty of tho Governor to call an election In order thnt tho district may bo represented In Congress at the December session. Ho hnti not yet iJB'H$HVntt 4MlAii!i. a!2teftf. fr. . vw-i-lt..