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CHICAGO FEDERATION OF LABOR CONDEMNS
SUFFRAGE EDITION OF EXAMINER
THE DAY BOOK
AnAdless Daily Newspaper.
N. D. Cochran, sgggs 500 South Peoda St
Editor and PabUsher. tJ398, Tel. Monroe 353. . .
VOL. 2, NO. 249 Chicago, Monday, July 21, 1913 ONE CENtj
HAS THE CHICAGO TELEPHONE CO. At
DEAL ON TO BUY AUTOMATIC?
And Is That Why It Is Trying to Put Automatic 'Phones
Out of Commission? If so, Isn't Now a Good
Time for Chicago to Go Into the
' Telephone Business Itself?
Has the Chicago Telephone Co. already made a deal to buy the Auto
matic Company and absolutely control' the telephone business of Chicago?
Why did the Chicago Telephone Co. order customers to throw out the
Automatic telephone, and forcibly take out the Bell "phone when customers
refused to obey the orders to throw out the other?
If the Chicago Telephone Co. is permitted to absorb the Automatic and
thus control the two companies, will it compete with itself by selling Auto
matic service cheaper than its own service, as is done now?
Or will the big company gradually drive business away from the Au
tomatic until there is nothing left in Chicago but the one big company,
with an absolute monopoly of phone service?
And then will it force the people who use telephones to pay back to the
big company the price it paid for the little company?
The money must come from somebody, and as there is nobody to soak
except the users of telephone0, it's a. cinch they will have to foot the bilL
What would Chicago 'gain by permitting the Chicago Co. toabsorb the
Wouldn't the people gain far more by going into the telephone busi
ness themselves than by permitting a privately-owned corporation to have
And when will the city get a better chance for municipally owned tele
phones than now, when, it might buy put the Automatic itself?,