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VOL.VI.NO, 43. $1.00 A YXAB. TOPEKA, KANSAS, OCTOBEE 24, 1894 OFFICIAL STATE PAPER. MONSTROUS RASCALITY! Another Chapter From the Becords and the Notorious BIOGRAPHY OF E. N. MOEBILL, Showing How Ha Avoids Paying Taxes On the Property Ha Has Stolen From His Victims Mora of His land Deals. The more the business lif a of E. N. Morrill is held up to publio view the darker it appears. Even it he were not a candidate for cffice it would be well and proper to expose his methods and call publio attention to them, just as you would the tricks of the ordinary confidence man, or of the "sharp" whose picture adoma the wall of the rogues' gallery, The publio should know all about these eooundrels, that they may by some means be turned from the error of their ways, or at least that hon est men who earn their living may take steps to deliver themselves from fur ther impositions. For any man who lives oil the industry and toil of others is an imposition on his community. If any man avoids paying his just share of the taxes which are necessary to the support of publio institutions, he is disloyal and a burden to society. And it appears that E. N. Morrill is just about that kind of a man. After years of scheming and triokery, during which he accumulated a vast amount of wealth he did not earn, he now seeks to avoid the burden of taxation and to let it rest on the families of those whose very flesh has been coined into money for his cof fers. The records of Brown county show that in 1893 E. N. Morrill listed his per sonal property for taxation as follows: Proverty. Value, Eleven horses I 840 Thirty-five cattle 355 Twenry-two hogs 55 Farm Implements 10 Three pleasure carriages. 100 Three gold watches 30 One piano 50 Corn and oats 25 All other personal property 200 Total IL155 Deduct constitutional amount. 200 Total taxable property f 965 In 1802 he listed fourteen head of horses valued at $565, and eigbty-one head of cattle at $865. The other items were about the same, except "all other personal property," which is put in at 1250, and the total for that year was $1,740. In the aaaaeaora' blank on which the Above statement was made were a great many items subject to taxation which Mr. Morrill seemi to have overlooked. Amos? them were: Tk'.i td jyarclry. . All interest on bonda of the United States. All bonds and interest on bonds of any state, county, district or municipality. All other bonda not exempt from taxa tion. Stock in any company or corporation. Shares in national banks. Moneys. Credits, less legal deductions. Judgments. Notes. Mortgages. E. N. Morrill has a financial rating of upwards of $100,000, and in addition to his banking business he deals in lands, mortgages, bonds and other kinds of commercial paper; yet in 1892 and 1893 he failed to list anything for taxation under the above headings. Is there a man in Brown county who would believe such a statement to be correct? If there is, let him go to the county records and.find it to be a lie. This year Morrill opened his heart when he listed his personal property for taxation. Perhaps it was because he intended to be a candidate for governor, or it might have been because he was ashamed of Kansas and wanted to make the assessment rolls show up a little more respectably. Maybe he was a lit tle ashamed of himself, and concluded that he would help his tax-burdened fel low citizens to the extent of a few dollars. Be that as it may, he screwed up his generosity and listed $2,000 under the head of "Credits," or rather listed $6,000 with "legal deductions" of 04,000, leav ing $2,000. This, added to $745 in live stock, carriages, jewelry, etc, made $2,745, the total amount of his personal property assessment, which, at the aver age rate of levy would make his personal taxes a little over $100. In 1892 they were $65, and in 1893 $39. Now, a glance through the mortgage records of Brown county discloses a number of items on which Morrill would have paid taxes if he had an honest hair in his bead. A tax payer is supposed to list each year whatever taxable property was in his possession on March 1 of that year. The assessor's blank on which Major Morrill listed his property reads: "Statement of personal property in Hiawatha township, Brown county, Haa, in the possession or under the control of E. N. Morrill, liable to taxation on the first day of March, 1894," etc Fol lowing are a few of the items referred to above, such as are easily noticed, on the record, our reporter not having had time to make a search for all the items on record. If the reader will notice the dates he will see that here is an aggre gate of nearly $14,000 which Morrill should have listed under the head of mort2t&i3f and if he did not want to I pay tiiea ca it he should have sworn in some "legal deductions" to offset it. These are items of recorded mortgages and mortgage notes. They are all mads payable to E. N. Morril), and were not yet cancelled on the 17th inst: A mortgage of $3,200 by W. E. Myers and wife, filed January 7,1892,8 per cent, interest A mortgage for $650 by Robert An drews and wife to E. N. Morrill, filed March 2, 1892. This mortgage was filed a day too lata for assessment that Jyear but it was early enough for the two suc ceeding years. A mortgage for $600 by John H. Max well and wife to E. N. Morril, filed July 39, 1892. A mortgage for $200 by James Ilayi and wife, to E. N. Morrill, filed Febru ary 9, 1893. A mortgage for $3,320 by V. A. Mor grave and wife to E. N. Morrill, filed March 15, 1892. This mortgage was can celled March 16, 1894, and should have been listed this year. A mortgage of $500 by William Hall and wife to E. N. Morrill, filed February 18,1893. A mortgage for $500 by Ira W. Don- sart and wife to E. N. Morrill, filed March 12, 1893. At the bottom of the blank on which Morrill listed his (personal property for 1894 we find this: "I do solemnly swear that in the above statement I have truly set forth all personal property which by law I was required to list, either on my own account or on behalf of others, accord ing to the best of my knowledge. Signed E. N. Mobxiix." Is it possible that this man's memory is so bad that he could not recall more than $2,745 worth of personal property in his possession and subject to taxa tion? mobx 07 morrill's laud swindles. The Advocate has already stated that Morrill mads most of his money by questionable land deals in connection with the St. Joseph and Denver City railroad company and an eastern land syndicate, and has given his personal experience to a number of his victims. All the evidence that might be given to strengthen the case and prove him the moot cold-blooded schemer that ever posed for publio favors would make a large book. "We do not need the testi mony of criminals to make the case, but only that of men who have led an honest life. Here is a letter which explains itself: Easoir, Jiwxix Co., Kajt., October 3, 1894. . 0. Parks: Old Niiohbos, Fbiisd ud Cou&idi: Allow me to congratulate you for helping to show up what a thief and sooundrel E. N. Morrill is. I read your statement in laat week's Topeka Advcoatb. He stole the $180 from you. If tomt poor man Lid taken that many oents from him, the poor man would go to the penitentiary, and why not he? Simply because the neh mania controlling and running affairs. You can judge from this that I am a Populist. I voted my last republican ticket in 1383 when the 82,000 majority was for the g. o. p. The Coffeyville dynamite plot first opened my eyes. Then cams the murder of Bam Wood. Reading D. 0. Zeroher's Stubborn Facts, and his letters to Troutman makes the reoord blacker and blacksr. I hope we will be able to elect the whole Populist tioket this fall. We are pretty sura to carry this county. We are all well and hope you and all the old neighbors are well.'. F. CoitSAD. The statement of J. 0. Parks, of Washington, Kaa, was published Sep tember 26. But here is another case, tks particulars of which we get from the Washington Republic, and which makes the ordinary confidence man appear as a saint compared with E. N. Morrill. gxoxob b. Wilkinson's experience. la 1885 E. N. Morrill sold to George E. Wilkinson eighty acres of land in Wash ington county, for which Wilkinson paid $128 cash and gave five notes for $102.49 each, due in one, two, three, four and five years, with interest. Morrill gave a war ranty deed for the land, but had the notes made payable to his partner, C. II. Janes. Wilkinson soon learned that the land belonged to P. J. Bean and wife, Mrs. Bean, formerly Lydia J. Kile, having homesteaaed it in 1870, before her marriage. He demanded his money and notes back, but did not get them. In 1889 Janes brought foreclosure suit against Wilkinson and the Beans, to collect on the notes. The suit was dragged along until 1891, when it was decided in favor of the defendants. The trial brought out the facts that Bean and wife owned the land and that Janes knew it; that it was one of thoee cases in which a patent had unlawfully been issued to the railroad company, and that this shadow of a title had been trans ferred to the land sharks represented by Morrill, and that it was the evident pur pose of Morrill to get what he could out of it by foul means. In rendering his decision in this case JUDGE 8TTJRGES SAID: That the said grant to the railroad oom pany never attached to said described land for the reason that the said Lydia J. Kile, at the time the grant took affect, had a valid pre-emption olaim thereon and there fore that the said patent is null and void as to vesting any title or interest in said land in or to said railroad company. That the said patent being null and void the Raid railroad company obtained no right or interest in or to said land and none has since existed thereunder in its assigns. The deed of said Monill to said Wilkin son having oonveyed no title, the oonal der ation for which said note and mortise were given asd mosey paid haa wholly CorJt'.TM-J on pr ,