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automatic phones. If the city consents to the purchase of the automatic
by-the Bell, the Bell can take over control of "ie automatic company and
The Penny Phone League reports that already the Bell Phone Trust
has strengthened its monopoly by purchasing the following patents: Lor-imer-Lin-Lundquist
patents, $600,000; North-Auto-Manual patents, $375,
000; Stromberg-Carlson patents, $250,000; Kellogg Switchboard & Supply
Co. patents, $25D;000; American Automatic Telephone Mfg. Co.'a patents,
$75,000. These patents and shop rights give the BeU Trust a monopoly of
apparatus and equipment, with a few exceptions, and the most important
exception is the one the trust will get if Chicago consents to its purchase
of the Chicago Automatic.
Chicago is the center of the telephone manufacturing industries, but
the number of independent phone manufacturers here is growing less, be
cause the trust controls the Western Electric Co. and compels all companies
controlled by the Bell to buy from theJVestern Electric.
In speaking of the Bell Trust I "refer to the American Telephone &
Telegraph Co., which owns 95 per cent of the Chicago Telephone Co., ac
cording to the report made to the city by Prof. Edward W. Bemis on the
investigation of the Chicago Telephone Co. by the committee on oil, gas
and 'electric light.
I will take up other phases of this matter from day to day.-
ONE MAN'S OPINIONS
BY N. D. COCHRAN.
Horses and Humans. In a hu
mane letter to the Daily News, Ber
tha Rousseau Lievans criticizes own
ers who work half-starved horses,
"One should not patronize a man
who has ill-fed horses. That is
equivalent to assisting a scoundrel.
Also, if women would carry home
small parcels when they go shopping,
they would be as angels of mercy to
poor, tired out, overworked delivery
True too true. But that isn't half
the story. All over Chicago there are
thousands of half-starved or at
least poorly-nourished men, women
and children, whose masters pay
them such beggarly wages that their
life Is one never-ending struggle to
keep body and soul together. And
some of the masters who half-starve
their human slaves have sleek, well
fed, well housed, well-groomed de
When a horse dies it costs real
money to replace, him. When a man.
or woman dies, there is always an
other to take the vacant place.
Should one patronize a man who
has ill-fed humans working for him?
Humane societies are for animals.
We have none for humans. Human
ity is too cheap.
Come With Clean Hands. In an
editorial on "Schools And the Citys
Growth," the Daily News says:
"The fact remains that some way
ought to be devised for meeting the
added requirements due to the city's
growth without seriously hampering
any of the schools' activities. The
school board members should look
well to the growing expenses and ask
themselves whether they are not lay
ing out money too lavishly at the top
of the school system Instead of at
the bottom. If a tuition fee Is to be
charged one must think that it
should be charged in the nigh schools
instead of in the night schools."
In that connection I suggest that
if newspaper-bossed school boards
hadn't frittered away land in the loop
that belonged to the public school
children of Chicago the Board of
Education would have Income