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TELEPHONE DEAL UP TO THE
Monday night's sessibn of the city
council will be one of the most im
portant ever held by that body. For
on that night the question of the gob
bling of the Automatic Telephone Co.
by the American. Telephone & Tele
graph Co. will come up
The garbage deal is paltry com
pared with this. And the city admin
istration having hopelessly failed in
that matter must now make good in
this more important business. Aid.
Chas. E. Merriam will head the fight
for the people against the steal.
Just who will be the floor leader
of the fight for the 'telephone trust
hasn't been decided. But there are
Meanwhile the Telephone Users'
Ass'n and several other societies are
busy in their campaign to get better
and cheaper telephone service for
Petitions are being circulated by
the Telephone Users' Ass'n calling
upon the mayor and the city council
to block the effort of the 'phone mag
nates to establish a monopoly and
have the city take over the automatic
The petition ,begs them to guard
the city's interests and prevent the
aldermen from committing, a civic
iniquity. Already there are several
The Women's Party of Cook Coun
ty, wliom the hide-bound old political
bosses are now forced .to consider,
have also "taken up the bludgeon for
the people. And under the critical
eyes of-the newly-enfranchised vot
ers the aldermen will be forced to go
slow or'commit -political Suicide. It's
a question whether Aid. Chas. Twigg,
a staunch telephone'eompany adher
ent, will lose his monopoly-born cour
age under those critical eyes.
Corporation Counsel Sexton will
be forced to give his opinion on the
legality of the merger. Itiooked as
though he was up against it a few
weeks ago when he tried to pass the
buck to Att'y-Gen. McReynolds "and
wring an opinion from him. But Mc
Reynolds looked upon the buck with
cold eyes and sent it right back to
The Progressive Club is the first
important political organization to
take public recognition of the gravity
of the question and it will be brought
up at their weekly meeting tomorrow
Aid. Chas. E. Merriam, Harold D. '
Stroud, organizer of the Telephone
Users' Ass'n.; Wf Clyde Jones, Rev;
Preston Bradleyand C. B. Strouse
will speak on the' matter. The two
topics for .discussion will be:
1st. Is 'the proposed sale of the
automatic system a steal?
2nd. If the Council ratifies the sale
Will it betray the city's interests? :
The Eighteenth Ward branch of
the Socialist Party has unanimously
endorsed the petition circulated by"
the Telephone Users' Ass'n. 1
They have also ordered their dele
gates to the party's county commit
tee to take the matter up with that
body with a view to taking such steps
as are necessary to aid the city id
getting control of the automatic plan!
and running it as a municipal enter-
TO DEBATE "AMERICAN POPE"
New York, Oct. 9. Preliminary
debate will be held today at the1
Cathedral of St. John the Divine on
question of "American Pope" for the?
Protestant Episcopal Church. A head;
euciesiatiuc, auuougu not necessar
ily, called a "pope," is favored by the
High Church party, which, it is mt
derstood, will bring forward the
question of changing the name of the
church to "American Catholic." The
Low Church party is bitterly opposed
ta such changes. "
SAYS BIBLE IS TOO CLASSIC "
Richmond, Ind., Oct. 9.' Horace
Swan, a prominent English member
of the Friends Society, has discov-
ered what is the matter with the!
Bible. Too classic. TO appeal to 1915
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