call instead of a nickel, and a phone in every Chicago
This situation is brought about by the tunnel com
pany seekingto have the Council give permission to the
tunnel company to sell out its phone system to the Chi
cago Telephone Company or the Bell Telephone trust,
which will enable the trust to establish an absolute phone
monopoly in Chicago.
The work of the phone trust and the tunnel company
to influence Council to grant this permission is not done
in the open. The influence of public service corpora
tions and their financial allies is generally exerted in
secret. The reason for this is that such influence is sel- '
dom exerted for the public good, but too often for pri
vate profit through special privilege.
The people, however, through the various tepresenta
tive organizations, are making their moves in the open.
They appear publicly before YOU in the public interest.
And YOU, every member of the City Council, are a serJ
vant of the people.
Nobody is objecting to a square deal for the tunnel
company, or for the telephone trust. Nobody wants a
false count for the public benefit. The people ask only
an honest count. What is wrong about that?
Why should any councilman object to it?
If YOU can't trust the people, who are acting for the"
public good, how can YOU expect the people to trust
I suggest that you play fair with the people in the in
terest of a square deal for everybody and every interest
At a special meeting of the gas,
oil and electric light committee,
scheduled for late this afternoon, ac
cording to prediction, the nine alder
men who voted against having citi
zens on the committee to ascertain
the number of automatic subscrib
ers were going to back down.
Aid. Jas. B. Bowler will introduce
a resolution asking that the mem
bers of the committee reconsider
last week's action. He will propose
that the mayor have the power to
appoint the citizens. If he does this,
Aid. Merriam will fight to have Aid.
Sitts, chairman of the gas-oil com
mittee, given the power of appoint
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