New Orleans Racing Plans to be Adhered To, Daily Racing Form, 1914-11-29


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NEW ORLEANS RACING PLANS TO BE ADHERED TO T The edict of Governor Hall of Louisiana that the Locke law must be respected and observed in the carrying on of the forty-day race meeting scheduled to open at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans January 1 will make no difference in the plans of the jirbmoters of the meeting. Daily Racing Form yesterday received authoritative information, in relation to the matter in the shape of the following telegram from the Business iMens Racing Association of New Orleans, under whose auspices the meeting will be given: We have not changed the plans or methods in reference to racing in New Orleans. All assurances will lie given to horsemen that the forty-day meeting will be conducted in accordance with the laws of Louisiana and there will be no interference by the government under our charter." New Orleans. La., November 28. "There will be no occasion for Governor Hall or the local authorities to interfere with the race meeting which will open at the Fair Grouuds January 1, as our association is on record as being against any attempt at bookmaking or any other violation of the Locke law." This is the substance of a statement issued today by the directors of the New Orleans Business Mens organization interested in a revival of tu sport here following information from Baton Rouge that Governor Hall had been informed the business men here planned open violations of the law and had gone so far as to sell the bookmaking privileges to a Chicago firm. It develops that the moving spirit in the agila- rf, tion against the race meeting here is Joseph V. Knight, who has at times been employed as a press agent by racing associations. Mark Boasburg, known as Jack Sheelian, bookmaker, came here recently. Boasburg alleges that the New Orleans association has denied him the privilege of book-making and has sold the rights to a Chicago concern. Rev. Mr. Wcrlein. pastor of the First Methodist church, admitted today that Mr. Knight had called to see him and given him information as to how betting would be done here during the race meeting. Mr. Knight is also said to have seen numerous other persons here and told them practically the same thing. Explaining his position Knight said today that "For the past fortnight I have been conducting an independent inquiry in Maryland and New Orleans to determine for the benefit of horsemen interested whether the conditions here bear out the representations made to the horsemen by Joseph A. Murphy, manager for the Business Mens Racing Association. The conclusions reached as the result of my investigation, the results of which wilt be submitted to the horsemen at Charleston next week, briefly summarized, are as follows: "That violation of the Locke law will not be tolerated, although it is tacitly understood among the horsemen and other race followers in Maryland that oral wagering on the New York plan would be feasible here. The Locke law and the New York statute are so widely at variance in their phraseology and intent that the conduct of oral wagering here, as the New York state authorities permit it. WQuld be impossible." !

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