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Co., any sum it may fix for the automatic plant, after ,the parent company
has bought the plant from the tunnel company?
There is an unlimited opportunity for frenzied financiering" here, with
the blue sky as the limit.
What lie telephone trust will soak the telephone users will be limited
only by its own greed.
There is absolutely no business sense to the proposition. The city is
asked to give away for no compensation at all what is worth millions to a
No attention need be paid to the whine of the tunnel company that it
is losing money on its telephone service. It still has the tunnel system,
which it got originally by ja. trick and with Its telephone franchise. If it
wants to give up the telephone business, why not give up the tunnel busi
The tunnel company now pulls a long face and says it can't raise the
money necessary to extend the service to a paying point. The chances are
it doesn't want to. The company lied when it asked for a franchise for a
telephone company, and the safest assumption for the city ti make is that
it is lying now.
But even if it is telling the truth, there is no sense in the city giving
back what the company paid for Its whole franchise tunnel, telephone and
all and that Is, lower telephone rates and better service. It would be bet
ter business to make the company live up to the letter of its franchise, or
forfeit the whole thing, tunnel, telephone and all.
The agreement already made by the tunnel company to sell to the
'phone trust is a brazen violation of the terms of its franchise; and the city
would be justified in forfefting the whole franchise, and taking over the
tunnel as well as the telephone system.
The user of a Bell 'phone who fondly imagines that the junking of the
automatic won't effect him Is fooling himself. He will have to pay his
share of whatever it costs the Bell to junk the automatic; for the 'phone
trust will be able to tax Bell users In the aggregate all that both companies
are now collecting for users.
. For in fixing rates the city can't get around the provision in the Bell
franchise which permits it to earn 7 per cent on its capitalization, or its
investment; and the city has no way or preventing the Bell trust from sell
ing the automatic to the Chicago Telephone Co. for several times what the
Bell trust pays the tunnel company for it.
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POLICE BAFFLEDBY HOLSTEIN picking: blackberries southwest of
MURDER NO ORDINARY CRIME Chicago.
Was 13-year-old Bennie Holstein, .. C?um8J?nC(S convince the po-
lino tnot trio nrim a. nrno nnf
who was murdered in a clump of i MnSLTV mnrA n m.t,f Wo uaan
bushesln Morgan Park after he had
been bound and gagged with his own
clothing; the victim of a gang of boy
bandits, or was he slain by a degen
erate, who then mutilated the body?
The police are wrestling with these
two problems in an effort to solve
the crime,, which was discovered late
yesterday when two teamsters stum
bled over the body of the lad while
committed by boys, whose minds had
been affected by stories of bandits.
From what can be pieced together
by the police, the crime is an exact
duplicate of the murder 'of little Jos
eph Josephs of Buffalo a year ago,
whose body was dismembered after
be was slain. J. Frank Hickey is now
serving a twenty-year sentence for