Maryland Reformers Get Hearing, Daily Racing Form, 1922-02-01


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1 ! t * ■ I MARYLAND REFORMERS GET HEARING BALTIMORE. Md.. January 31. — A hearing was given the eppeaeats of race track betting by the house judiciary committee this afternoon in the chamber of tlie house of delegates at Annapolis. The Rev. W. W. Davis, secretary of the Anti-Race Track Gambling Assstiatloa. opened the proceedings by calling attest!— to the ownership of the Maryland tracks, saying that most of the tracks were controlled hy outsiders and that the New York Jockey Club was the real boss of Maryland racipg. William Silver of Aberdeen, president of the Ami Gambling Association, read I mass of figures taken from the annual report of the Maryland Racing Commission, showing that more than $.14. 000.000 was spent at the foil- big Maryland tracks last year. He declared that the ra e Iracks were making Maryland a Monte Carlo, destroying the business of the community. Mr. Silver read a letter from F.mory L. Cobientz of Frederick, chairman of the ways and means committee of the last house of delegates, deploring the alliance between the state government and the race tracks through the taxation arrangement ef-j focted bv the Burke racing e miuission law. Mr. Cobientz said he was a director of two cor- porations which had sustained shortages within the list year, due to employes tietling on the horses and that these shortages had been made good by placing mortgages on Hie homes of parents of the employes. . , . John R. Cary of Baltimore read resolution* adopted by the Federation of Churches condemning I race track gambling and Joseph Cudlipp, repre senting the Boy Scouts, spoke in favor of the anti- ; gambling bill. Dr. John M. T. Finey read resolutions adopted by the Baltimore Pre-hytery condemning race tiack belting.

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