To Take Active Charge: Judge Murphy Plans to Come to Chicago February 15, Daily Racing Form, 1922-12-23


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TO TAKE ACTIVE CHARGE Judge Murphy Plans to Come to Chicago February 15. Will Then Assume Management of JTcw Washington Park Breeders Association Organization AVork Completed. Judge Joseph A. Murphy is arranging his plans so that he will bo in Chicago on February 15 to take active charge of the New Washington Park Breeders Association affairs. The finance committee has accepted the plans and specifications suggested by engineer William J. Murray and carried out by Scott C. Dyer, the architect. The final and complete view is now in the hands of the artist and will be ready for publication in the course of ten days. The plans proper show the clubhouse, conservatory, paddock and grandstand, the judges and timers stands and the stretch and infield. Racing at New Orleans ends with the beginning of Lent and Judge Murphy is footloose to take up his activities in Chicago. Realizing that there is an immense amount of work to do the Judge has suggested that the various heads organize their own committees and perfect the organization so that there will be no delay when once the work is commenced. The clubhouse, the golf and athletic features will all come under a social organization and while a part of the mother bedy it will practically be a separate department and naturally will have a distinct committee that will operate that end of the business. The Judge has outlined his ideas and plans for a social list, including a 2,500 limit, all applicants to be passed upon by the membership committee, with proper indorsements by two reliable business men, with the understanding that the club reserves the right to accept or refuse the application, as it sees fit. In other words, it will be parallel with the organization of the old Washington Park Club of twenty years ago, whose social functions were known the world over, and Judge Murphy feels confident, with the new outer drive completed, the boulevards direct to the dunes, which is practically completed, the Lincoln and Dixie Highways, the direct boulevard system down Michigan Avenue to Riverdale, will give Chicago an opportunity of taking advantage of a really first-class club with all advantages. The organization of the club proper is now being arranged and in the course of the next few weeks will be launched, prospectus issued and a committee of twenty-live selected to arrange preliminary details. CHICAGO ORGANIZATION. The financing, the money for the organization as a whole, has been taken care of, other than a specified amount for those who are entitled to recognition and are deserving of getting in on the ground lloor, and Judge Murphy was emphatic in declaring that he wanted to make the New Washington Park Breeders Association a Chicago organization pure and simple, and while ,500,000 was practically subscribed, in order to make it a popular affair the little fellows too should be entitled to buy one share of stock if they so desired, and in due time all will be invited to come in. In making a canvass of leading business men all have been more than pleased to lend their assistance to the undertaking and many who have not been approached have willingly come forward and asked to be permitted to serve on the committee of organization. Fifty-one of Chicagos leading financial citizens have come forward and have signified their willingness to back the entire proposition, but in order tp make the proposition a concrete affair have insisted that Judge Joseph A. Murphy be put in full charge, thereby satisfying themselves that the organization will have a standing to commence with, with absolute cleanness, free from any cliques or organizations. The Judge has accepted the leadership without any strings and it is up to him to go ahead and use his own judgment. The only suggestion the fifty-one offered is that a plant be erected that will top anything in the world, and from the present outlook Chicago will have such a place when the next official American Derby is run.

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