Shilling Granted License: Newly Built Maryland Racing Commission Takes Step Against Harmonious Turf Rule, Daily Racing Form, 1921-07-06


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SHILLING GRANTED LICENSE Newly Built Maryland Racing Commission Takes Step Against Harmonious Turf Rule. BALT1MOUE, Mil., July 5. After a stormy, prolonged and secret session, during which the plainest sort of language is said to have been used, the Maryland Bacing Commission voted to grant former jockey Carroll Shillings reinstatement and issue to him a jockeys license. Action on the application of H. Guy Bedwell was postponed until July 8. The original vote on Shillings ease was two to one. Chairman Jame- A. Latane and minority Commissioner E. Clay Tinianus voting for the license. Jervis Spencer, Jr.. the new commissioner, voted originally against it. and his vote stood when the meeting had ended and the doors were thrown open to newspaper men. Then Chairman Latane was asked whether the vote was unanimous. He persistently evaded the question, asked a dozen times, declaring. "It is the commissions action. Pressed further, he called Mr. Spencer to a corner of the room for a whispered conference. Mr. Tinianus joined this later. After it Mr. Latane announced that he was authorized to say, "The vote to grant Shilling a license is unanimous." Mr. Spencers vote, it was learned on excellent authority, was changed during the whispered conference in the corner of the room, when Mr. Latane argued that it would look better to the public if the commissions action were given as unanimous. . It is probable, however, that Commissioner Tinianus, at least, will insist at the next meetng of the commission that Mr. Spencers vote cast oiiginally be recorded in the minutes of the meeting. Oratorical fireworks and several verbal tilts between State Senator William I. Norris, Shillings counsel, and Mr. Spencer enlivened the argument which Senator Norris made for his client. It is said that protests were filed on Wednesday against the two licenses by. William P. Kiggs of Pimlico and Spaulding Lowe Jenkins of the Laural track, who arc understood to have intimated to the commission that neither Shilling nor Bedwell should be allowed to run at Laurel or Pimlico even if granted licenses. . . . - .j.,- -Hidevelopeir3at the-hearing "thitt .most of the written charges filed against Shilling and Bedwell related to an alleged altercation between these two and a visitor to the stable of Bedwell and Harford county.

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