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WOHAN ACCUSES A TRUST
Mrs. Rodney B. Swift Makes Counter Charges Against International Harvester Company BRINGS SUIT AS STOCKHOLDER Would Restrain the Combine From Illegal Acts Lest It Lose Reputa tion and Right to Operate .That the directors be, prohibited from taking rebates from railroad companies. That they be compelled to make honest returns of property for assess ment purposes." - - ". That they be restrained from cer tain unlawful acts in which, they are alleged to have been engaged in pur suance 'of a conspiracy alleged ..to have been entered into by them, to obtain a monopoly of the manufac ture and sale' of harvesting and other agricultural machines. HILL TO ANSWER NEW CHARGES ' Shicago, 111., June 23. Mrs. Mar p-aret ft. Swift, wife of Rodney B Swift, the official of the International Harvester company accused or wort ins "confidence games" on his em ployers, has replied in defense of her busband by exDloding a counter mine of charges and accusations under the big corporation. Corruption is one Charge , In a bill in chancery filed yester dav bv ex-Judge Hiram T. Gilbert, her husband's attorney, it is charged thai, the harvester company has cox runted legislators in three states, has evaded taxation, has practiced fraud and deceit in securing control 01 com peting companies, has made enormous profits by the prices charged ior us agricultural implements, has paid bribes to labor leaders to prevent strikes, and has done numerous and sundry other' "unlawful acts," the re cital of which requires 119 , pages of printed matter. In connection with the charges 243 mipstions ' are directed at Cyrus H. McCormick, president of the com pany, and other directors against whom the bill is filed, including the following: Harold F. McCormick, Stanley McCormick, George F. Baker, Cyrus Bentley, Paul D. Cravath, Wil liam Deering, Charles Deering, James Deering, Elbert H. Gary, John J. Gles sner, Richard F. Howe, Abram M. Hy att, William H. Jones, George W. Perkins, Norman B. Ream, Charles Steele, Leslie D. Ward, Nettie F: Mc Cormick, Anita McCormick Blaine. Mrs. Swift a Stockholder. Mrs. Swift has been a stockholder In the company since May 1, when she secured possession of thirty "Mc Cormick certificates" issued, to Sam uel D. Porter, with a par value of $100. each. These certificates were issued by the company as a means pf rewarding employes having a rec ord for continuous and good service by . giving them an interest in the profits. When her husband, who had been bead of the patent department of the company, was sued for the recovery of $25,000 he was alleged to have taken by fraudulent manipulation of the price paid for a patent corn shredder, and afterwards was sued also for the recovery of the -"certificates" given him for his services, all his shares, "represented by certificates were transferred to his wife. She thus became a stockholder, and since Mayl has held 225 shares of stock.: It is as a shareholder that she files the bill, alleging that the unlawful acts of the director are bringing the company Into disrepute, injuring the t nrmrtv interests of the stockhold ers, and tending eventually to de stroy the value of this property. Prayer of the Bill .,'- Mrs. Swift" prays that the company be reauired to account for money which is alleged to have been , mis- used and further: Accused of Falsifying Accounts to Defraud Philadelphia John W. Hill, former chief of the bureau of filtration, was arrested again on charges of forgery and fal sifying certain books and papers for the purpose of defrauding the, city of Philadelphia. After a hearing lastiDg nearly six hours he was held in $2,000 bail for trial. His arrest was a great surprise, coming so close on his statement of innocence of forgery and falsification of records on which he was held in ,$8,000. The principal witness against Mr. Hill was S. G. Garrett, a former em ploye of the filtration bureau. Evi dence was produced to show, that work done by Daniel J. McNichol, a contractor, was padded and that the city was defrauded put of about $40, 000. ; Counsel for the defense claimed that the evidence produced did not prove Mr. Hill guilty of the offenses charged. There were many rumors afloat that as a result of the arrest of Mr. Hill other persons of prominence in municipal affairs will be arrested, but ud to the present time nothing has developed. Mayor Weaver has de cided on a special session of pity councils to take up the- matter oi city finances and to consider propo sitions for the removal of dangerous railroad grade crossings. 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