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Ted Madden last night denied a University assertion that he knew that the Western Avenue property upon which his golf range is located has been for sale for number of years. In replying to a statement made by Henry H. Cutler, University representative in the dispossession proceedings, Madden said "it simply isn't true."
Madden had announced Wednesday that he intended to sue the University for $50,000 damages incurred when the University decided to sell the land to Sears Roebuck Co. Madden claimed that University authorities had promised him "first chance to buy" should the property ever be offered for sale.
When he was denied this opportunity, Madden said, the estimated $40,000 he had spent on improving the range land was lost and he was refused loans to finance a new range by Boston bankers on the grounds that the Harvard action had termed him a "doubtful risk."
Madden revealed last night that some one once mentioned to him that the University might be tempted to consider a "good offer." When Madden asked what the offer would have to be, he was told, "somewhere around $500,000."
According to Madden, he was reassured at this time that if the University should ever decide definitely to put the land up for sale he would be asked to make an offer. "I was never given this chance," he said last night.
Cutler said yesterday afternoon that he hadn't heard about the suit until he read it in the morning's CRIMSON. When asked what he intended to do, Cutler said, "I guess we'll just have to turn it over to our attorneys."
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