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Joint postal operations show a deficit,
while in many of them the surplus is
I have before me a list of the sixty
principal cities of the United States,
"with their telephone rates and popu
lations. Thirty-six of these cities,
with an average population of 188,
629, without a competition, pay an
average rate of $81 per 'phone. The
other 24 citips, with an average
population of 342,486, under com
petition, pay $53 per 'phone.
In any other business this expe
dience would prove the argument for
competition. But in the telephone
business competition makes the sub
scriber pay for two complete sys
tems, simply duplicates of each other.
"Regulation" as a method of relief
has proven to be illusory. I go to a
private monopoly and say:
"If you will reduce your rates one
half I will guarantee that the traffic
"How about my profits?" he asks.
"Will they increase?"
I cannot assure him as to that,
naturally, he laughs at the whole pro
posal. I make the same suggestion
to: the Postmaster General, and he
''What I may lose in profits the
people will gain many-fold in service.
I lose 1 per cent in one pocket, but
gain 100 per cent in the other, since
file people and the postal organiza
tion are convertible terms."
TELEPHONE TOLLS HERE AND IN OTHER COUNTRIES
Country. 25 miles. 300 miles. 500 miles. 700 miles.
Italy . ..-. .
Denmark . .- . ..
Germany..'. . ........
Austria . r
Hungary . . ..... .:.
Average continental :rate. . .
Bell Company's rate1.
. IT , CAN'T BE DONE
.05 .35 ' '
.07 .54 -
.10 , .38
.07. , .30
.25 : 1.80" .'
"It matters not hoyr strong a punch
you have, you caa't blac.k a potato's
IN A FIX-
With a smile oh his rubicund fea
tures, the hotel manager was peace
fully enjoying forty, winks. Business
was booming; the place was full.
Knocks on the door of his sanctum,
however, brought liim back to earth.
In staggered a perspiring waiter.
"P-p-p-lease, sir, he stammered,
"I'm in a terrible fix. A gent has just
ordered roast mutton."
"Well, what of it?" came the exas
perated answer. "There's plenty oij
it, isn't there?"
"Yes, sir," breathed the distracted
knight of the napkin. "But he's al
ready had one portion, as venison."