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fer considerable deprivation in con
sequence. But this is a co-operative
arrangement. In a. great many in
stances we have as many settlers on
our wires for their convenience and
to help them as the load will carry,
But in returri'we have agreements
with then! providing for the free use
of such lines by forest officers for
official business, and that companies
and settlers furnished with this serv
ice shall make all reasonable efforts
to notify forest officers of forest fires
in the vicinity of telephone stations
.on such lines. It works both ways,
We help them and they help us. Very
often this is the cheapest possible ar
rangement for both of us.
"In a few cases, where the condi
tions demand it, we make a charge
for maintenance. For instance, we
built a line from Cody, Wyo., up to
the Shoshone river, as I recall, and
between the boundary of the forest
and Cody-r-a distance of thirty miles
several ranches wanted telephones."
We reached an agreement with them
by which they helped to build the
line in return for the right to have
service over it. But, in addition, a
maintenance charge was made."
"What tangible return is the gov
ernment getting out of its telephone
system?" I asked.
"I figure out that the expenditures
that we have made in permanent im
provements in telephone lines brings
in an annual rturn, represented by
property saved from destruction, of
many millions of dollars."
"How extensive Is the system and
what does it cost Uncle Sam to
build?" I queried.
"Up to the first of July, 1913, and
beginning back in 1905," said Mr.
Graves, turning to a compilation
which he had before him, "we had
constructed approximately 15,000
miles of line. During the last fiscal
year we constructed 3,800 miles. The
average construction cost is approxi
mately $50 per mile of line. As to
the maintenance cost it is very small.
We use our own rangers and forest
employes to a large extent in con
struction and maintenance work,
and they make repairs and exten
sions as part of their ordinary duties.
In fact, we have issued, pamphlet of
instructions for them."
HERE'S.A BATH TABLE FOR BABY
A pair of hinges and a few pieces
of board are all that is necessary. If
the wall of the bathroom can be used
for the purpose the wall end of the
hinges can be fastened directly to
the wall, just oyer the bath tuh. A
smooth piece of plank just the width
of the tub is then fastened to the
hinges and. a hook is placed in the
wall so that the board can be swung
up against the wall and fastened out
of the way.
If desired a leg can be fastened to
the board on the outer end sothat
the board will not need to rest on
the edge of the tub when in use,
With a board in place mother can
rest the baby upon it while she giveg
it its daily bath. And the table will
be found useful when one wants to
wash small things in the bathroom.
Caller Is your husband in, Mrs,
Maguire? Mrs. Maguire Tis, sor.
Caller I'd like to see him. Mrs. Ma
guire Ye can't, sor. He's in. for