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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, September 06, 1913, NOON EDITION, Image 8

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COST OF AUTOMATIC 'PHONE
"SERVICE IN CHICAGO
Editor Day Book:
A reader of The-Day Book has ask-'
ed the writer to explain-the statement
made in his article in The Day Book
of Sept 2, fourth paragraph, in which
I refer to the cost of automatic serv
ice in Chicago. He asked now serv
ice that I said was costing one and
one-fourth cents to produce could be
sold for one cent per call?
This seems a proper query, and" I
am obliged to the reader for calling
attention to it, for by so doing he has
called to my attention the thought
that I intended to make clear in the
article when originally written.
The plant and organization of the
Illinois Telephone & Telegraph Co.
is in no wise a normal one, and there
fore the product of the institution is
of necessity abnormally expensive.
Just as an instance, what do you
think of a company the size of this
one paying its president, who is not
a telephone man, $50,000 a year, as
was recently stated in the daily pa
pers; itsvice-presidentwho is not a
telephone man, $15,000 a year, and
its general manager, "who is not a
telephone man, $10,000 a year, with
other expenses in proportion?
Don't you think one and one-quarter-cent
service doing' pretty good at
this rate? Then compare it with
what the Bell people told the council
committee it cost them to give serv
ice in Chicago (nearly three cents),
and I think you will agree with me
that the automatic system has made
a pretty good showing right here in
little old Chicago.
Twas service manager until I had
worked myself out of a job Ay getting
the automatic service up to the high
est point of efficiency ever reached
in Chicago or any other place, and
then succeeded a man who had held
the place of commercial superintend
ent for about a year whose experi-
o-nna hnrJ nil TlfifiTl aRflllirari In tha
circulation department of a news- I
paper. He cameto' the company and
was put on a salary of nearly $5,000
a year, and it took the management
that long, because of their own inex
perience, to find out that he was cost
ing them three times as much as that,
'instead of representing an asset to
the institution.
Penny service would pay the city
of Chicago enough to run a general
information bureau out of the profits,
and give the people an additional and
valuable service 'that the telephone
companies refuse to give them now.
Did you ever try to call up the rail
rpads to inquire about the time that
some train was to arrive? If you did
you know the value of some better,
agency for such information.
Harold 0. Stroud.
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ADMIT MEN HAD TO WORK 12
HOURS A DAY SOMETIMES
Complaints against the working
conditions on the Chicago & West
ern Indiana Railroad made by the
employes were heard by the arbitra
tion committee now in session in the
federal building.
The officials of the road admitted
that the men were sometimes com
pelled to be on duty twelve and thir
teen hours a day, but said it was pos
sible for the men to make just as
much money on that road as any
other.
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TIP FOR THAW AND JEROME
Muncie, Ind., Sept. 6. Addie Hol
comb, a young colored woman gave
Thaw and Jerome pointers on the
habeas corpus proposition by grab
bing the corpus and running away
with it. She had brought proceed
ings to get her six-months'-old baby
away from its grandmother, and,
tired of the delays of the law, she
borrowed the baby while the case
was pending and ran out of the
courthouse with it. Addie has the
baby and the habeas corpus is now
up to grandma. -
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Cobblers do not model cobble
stones.

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