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The telephones now used by the Chicago company are not the best in
the market Some people claim the Automatic 'phones are much better.
But it is a lot cheaper to keep the old 'phones than to take them out and
replace them with good ones. Hence it would be better "business" for the
Chicago Co. to control the situation and make the people be satisfied with
the old 'phones they no w -have.
This is an interesting problem in city government for the new women
voters to study while they are studying municipal conditions. They might
try to find out why -the Chicago Co. is trying to get- rid of Automatics all
of a sudden, and whether it is merely preliminary to gobbling up the smaller
company and forcing everybody to use Bell 'phones only.
They might find that there is in Chicago a completely equipped tele
phone plant that will probably be wrecked and put on the junk pile, unless
the city itself gets control of it
The day is bound to come when the people of all Anlerican cities will
be convinced that the telephone is a natural monopoly, and ought to be
publicly instead of privately owned, and 'phone service made much more
general, convenient and cheap. And that can be done only when the users
of 'phones are not required to pay for telephone service a price which will
pay interest and dlviderfds on watered bonds and stock.
And it might pay council to investigate both companies thoroughly
before permitting them to consolidate and become a monopoly over which
the public will have little real control.
This is merely a matter of business, but it should be made the kind
of business it actually is the people's business, the business of the citizens
of Chicago who now use telephones and the thousands of others who
would use them if the cost were as low as it could be made and ought to
SWISS GUARDS THREATEN TO
Rome, July 21. The striking
Swiss Guards, the "army" of the
Vatican, today notified Pope Pfus-X,
through Cardinal Merry del Val,
papal secretary of state, that the en
tire corps would walk out of the Vat
ican unless Colonel Repond, their
commander, be immediately dis
charged. The Guards complain that Repond
drew his revolver and flourished it at
them when they presented their
grievances to him. Repond. is ex
pected to resign immediately.
The trouble started when Repond
went away on. his wedding trip last
week. Repond's nephew, Captain
Glasson, was put in command of the
Guards. Glasson starting enforcing
military discipline. The Guards, who
always have been accustomed to live
easily and high, objected strenuously.
NATIONAL OWNERSHIP OF COAL
MINES IN UNITED STATES
Washington, July 21. The in
creased price of coal and the threat
of still further increasing price as
cold weather comes was the sub
ject of a special conference which
Mayor Fitzgerald of Boston had this
week with President Wilson.
Fitzgerald favors a resolution
which will be introduced in the House
in a few days by Representative
William F. Murray (Dem.) of Mass
achusetts, looking to the national
ownership and operation of coal
mines in the United' States as a
means of relief from extortion prices.
This is directly in line with the Poin
dexter bill, which would empower the
federal government to open up and
work coal mines in Alaska.
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