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of the activities of the National Wo
men's Life Saving League, which has
now established branches all over the
United States. Many of the most in
fluential women in the country have
become members, the object being to
encourage swimming and all forms of
life-saving methods among women.
They hope, among other things, to
make swimming a part of the regu
lar education in the public schools.
In Great Britain, Germany and many
other European countries children
learn to swim at the same time they
write and read. Thus the general
health of the population is improved
and many lives are saved.
Mrs. Uncle Sam hopes to see the
same plan adopted in this country.
THE DAY BOOK
Editor The Day Book:
As a reader of your daily, it affords
me much pleasure to note that you
are helping Chicago maintain her self
respect by bringing to her citizens'
attention the true facts in the tele
phone deal. Why are not the big Chi
cago dailies aiding in this fight? I
will appreciate it if you will refer this
question to your legal department,
giving me my answer through your
Can the Telephone Trust, if they
take over the automatic telephone,
enforce collection of back bills of the
Automatic Telephone Company. If
my information is correct there is
upward of $300,000 of outstanding
collections which the Automatic
Company have "wiped" off their
books through the medium of their
"adjusting department," who have
taken in some cases as low as ten
cents on the dollar in the settlement
of telephone bills. According to the
terms of the Automatic contract, its
terms cannot be changed by anyrep
resentative of the company, nor can
any agreement be entered into on
any other basis than the terms of the
original contract. Hence if the con
tract is legal, the so-called "adjust
ment" could be taken as a temporary
expedient to raise much needed cash,
but still leave the subscriber liable
for the balance of the bill.
If rumor is correct, the American
Telephone & Telegraph Company
have taken the $300,000, or more, of
outstanding bills as an asset of the
Automatic Company, and intend to
enforce collection of this amount, if
Chicago sleeps and permits them to
get away with it. You can readily
see where the Telephone Trust would
be in a position to enforce collection
of these accounts where the Auto-'
matic Company was not. They can
insist upon payment of these bills,
or take out a subscriber's Bell service.
Will appreciate your views on this
(My legal department is on a vaca
tion, but I guess the 'phone company
can do even worse than that if coun
cil let's the deal go through. N.
That Telephone Deal.
Editor The Day Book:
Wouldn't Tt jar you if you were
an alderman, and your election was
brought about by union labor votes,
and you voted to permit The Amer
ican Telephone & Telegraph Comr.
pany, the mother of the Bell TeW
phone Company, to gobble up the
Independent Company, thus killing
for all time the only union telephone
job Chicago has ever had, if the union
labor voters should be so inquisitive
as to ask you why you had sat quies
cent, and let the deal go through,
now honest, wouldn't It jar you.
Aid. Martin Healy was elected by
union labor, was business agent of
Electrical Workers' Union No. 9 in
fact just prior to his election, and
electrical workers of all locals will
look to him as their champion in thi&
fight which will annihilate them in
the telephone field if the deal goes
through. Speak up Martin; don't be'
bashful; we have never known you
to be bashful before.
A Happy Reader, j