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duced expenses, would return to
the government the total cost of
The rates then could be made
simply to cover the cost of the
service, and messages would be
carried to 30,000 or 40,000 points,
where letters are delivered, but
which no telegraph company is
ever likely to reach, because it
would not pay to organize a sep
arate service, for the small busi
ness to be done, while it would
cost the government practicably
nothing, inasmuch as it is already
covering all these distant fields.
I am clearly of the opinion that
the government owes it to the
business interests and the family,
life of all the states to take pos
session of the telegraph compan
ies, by purchase, under the old
act of 1854, when the first line in
the country between Washing
ton and Baltimore was sold to
what is now the Western Union.
The use of existing government
buildings, owned or rented, would
give splendid facilities at no in-,
creased expense. An organized
service can easily be made equal
to the present behind-the-times
telegraph service. The rates un-
der the government could prob
ably be cut in half, and 25 words,
instead of 10, could be sent with
out any apprecable cost.
I am fully convnced the gov
ernment will never properly do
the postal work until it uses elec
tricity in some form. To receive
letters and other mail and store
them away for shipment in bulk,
more or less slowly, once a day,
or even every hour, when a wire
and a telegraph instrument or
telephone might connect the
major part of the postoffiles,
seems an antiquated anomaly.
The matfand the telegraph "are
the life currents of business, and
to a large degree of social life,
and the private monopoly of
either system must go, and go
"Is it true," asked Sallie, "that'
the blind can determine color by
the sense of touch?" "Sure," said
James. "I once knew a blind man
who could tell a red-hot stove just
by putting his finger on it."
It has been computed that eight
or en rabbits eat or destroy as
much grass as one sheep.
WHAT HAPPENED IN CHICAGO TODAY
Arman Polkin, 32, 673 N. Clark
st., and Tony Rezzo, 19, 814 Aus
tin av., fined $25 and costs for
D. J. McAllister, 42, 4338 W.
Monroe St., real estate broker, ar
rested, charged with obtaining
money .under false pretenses.
Harold Pickett, 14, who ran
away from home in KankaTcee,
asked police here to find -his
friends on Huron t. Locked up
"If your girl becomes ill while
riding in your auto, hold her hand
and go clow rathe rthan try and
get her home quickly." Tudee
pVtahoney. Yes, judge, but sup
pose she s not that kind of a girl.