"We have a great field of class runners and also hundreds of honest runners like yourself, but the rest of the mob is made up of cheats and liars who do not tell the truth on their entry blanks. It is an impossible task to screen them. I threw out some, but the number of cheats is abnormal.
"Enough complaints. It is still the greatest race, and someone can take my place. I hope you can run a satisfactory race without too much suffering."
Golf courses, always in danger of selling out because of the two-way pressure of rising taxes and inviting real-estate prices, found an ally in William Scott, attorney general of Illinois. In a speech at a golf seminar near Chicago, Scott said, "It does not make sense to tax golf courses out of existence and then ask taxpayers to buy them back in order to preserve open spaces." Not so optimistically, he did not see Illinois giving golf courses tax relief for another five or 10 years.