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Michigan HBPA Rejects Detroit Purse Proposal Increase of 00 Daily Turned Down; Call Meeting for Tuesday DETROIT, Mich., June 15.— The executive committee of the Michigan division of the Horsemens Benevolent and Protective Association, today rejected the, proposed purse increase as set forth by the Michigan Racing Association on June 14. The Local HBPA executive committee has scheduled a general horsemens meeting for Tuesday, June 19, at 7:30 p. m., to be held at Castlegarden Hall, -28900 Plymouth road. Officials of the Michigan Racing"" Association have been invited to attend the session and R. O. Read, national president of the HBPA, wili be on hand. The increase as offered by the Michigan Racing Association ~was for 00 per day during, the succeeding four-week period with no increases in the prevailing minimum purses. The MJR.A. offered to up purses only for horses entered to be claimed for ,500 for the final three weeks of the present meeting, a possible further increase of 00 per day on the same basis. President E. E. Dale Shaffer, of the M.R.A., issued the following statement: "I am pleased at the prospect of a meeting between management of Michigan Racing Association and the horsemen who support our meeting. " "I appreciate the invitation of Dr. Lindy vice-president of the -Michigan HBPA division and his associates for us to. be able to present our side of the purse picture. It would be financially impossible for us to accede to their -proposals. Our counterproposal, based on our cost and taxes, is -all that we can afford to offer this year. "We will have the highest purses we can afford now and in the future, however, we feel that our stockholders have a right to a reasonable return on their investment. Im certain that on Tuesday, our position will be clarified to the satisfaction of our horsemen. "As to Dr. Lindys charge that we failed to voluntarily raise our purses at the end of the first week, Shaffer stated: "We were ethically bound not to raise them by Lindys ultimatum that in 14 days we would meet for purse discussion. We could not, without consulting them, raise the purses and htye had pre-determined the date for discussion."