Gamblers Carry Their Wars Far.: Shannons Fight Against Payne is Now Before Attorney-General Ellis of Ohio., Daily Racing Form, 1907-02-07


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GAMBLERS CARRY THEIR WARS FAR. Shannons Fiqht Aqainst Payne Is Now Before Attorney-General Ellis of Ohio. Cincinnati. O.. February II.— -Several weeks ago William Shannon, the principal owner of the Essex Park racetrack at Hot Springs, erected a building in the suburbs of Newport, Ky.. in which he pro-paaed to conduct a poolroom in opposition to that known as Hiiber"s Gardes in the same locality and hacked by OeUa, .viler ,v Tilles. who hare an in Iciest in the Oaklawn -track at Hot Sori:ie.s. when Shannon asked for the betting service furnished from racetracks by the Interstate News Bureau it was denied him. The Interstate News Bureau araa Incorporated in the state of Maine. John A. Payne. of Cincinnati, who formerly operated poolrooms in Covington. Ky.. aad elsewhere, is at the head of i. and it is understood that among Ihose Interested with him are Vila. Adler O Tilles. Shannon net Hied to get service direct from the tracks. In this he failed. Then he attempted to take the service from the boards in the room of Hithers Garden. Here agaia he was blocked and wis compelled to close tile room. Then he hired lawyers and tried to get the prose eating attorney for this county to take action against the Interstate News Bureau, the Western Union Telegraph Company, the Cincinnati Telephone Com pany and the American Hell Telephone Company to prevent their disseminating the racing news on the grounds that it was abetting an unlawful business. and in the ease of the telegraph and telephone com panics lie set forth the allegation that they were violating their charters Failing here, attorneys Crosley and Rogers hare put the matter before Attorney -General Wade II. Fills at ColumbUS and the hearing as to the advisability of bringing quo warranto proceedings against the companies named will be on February 2.".. L. B. Chorrington. one of the managers of the Citizens League in Columbus, seeing an opportunity to cause trouble for the poolroom Which is in operation in the north of the capital city, has asked and been allowed ta make an additional complaint against the Interstate people and the telegraph and telephone companies. This is hut another illustration of the damaging extent to which gamblers will go in their efforts t take something or keep something from one another. Among those who have the l ost interests of the turf a! heart and who would save the great thoroughbred breeding industry from possible destruction, there is no sympathy for these people. There was never a time that poolrooms were a bUMLfil to racing, though ia their lirst days some of the racing associations were inclined to welcome their establishment under the mistaken idea that they were educational insti tutkms — that eventually they would bring more people to t lie tracks. This fallacy lias been exploded. When the poolrooms are wiped out and the control of the tracks in tin west and south is taken from the hands of gamblers, thinking people say, there will be a Change of sentiment in siales like Illinois. Ohio. Indiana. Tennessee, bHaeuui I ami Ar kanaaa.

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