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SPEAKER WILL TELL OF PLAN TO
PUT OVER PHONE DEAL
The telephone situation in Chicago
will be discussed by a local speaker
following Congressman David J.
Lewis at Orchestra -hall next Monday
night. A committee from women's
organizations, labor bodies and the
Penny Phone league will pick some
body to tell in a short and straight
way of the attempt of the Bell phone
trust to monopolize Chicago and the
chances for a city-owned automatic
system with penny-a-call service.
Aid. Charles B. Merriam was asked
to speak. He replied that the city
council meets Monday night, but if
the council adjourns or he is able to
get away early enough he will pre
sent the phone situation at Orchestra
"At the meeting Monday night ad
dressed by Congressman Lewis would
be a proper time to discuss the pos
sibilities of the city of Chicago sell
ing the automatic system to the U. S.
government," said Merriam.
"If the attempts to gain possession
of the automatic system should re
sult in the city getting ownership of
it and at the same time the federal
government should postalize wire
communication, it would be practica
ble for the city to sell to the federal
A testimonial from Julius Rosen
wald on how the automatic phone
system works at the Sears-Roebuck
& Co. plant is being distributed by the
Automatic Electric Co. at the Na
tional Independent Telephone ass'n
convention, Hotel La Salle.
A letter signed by Rosenwald says:
"We installed the Automatic tele
phone system in 1905 and our calls
at present approximate 18,000 per
day. We have found the cost for op
eration nominal and the service very
satisfactory. In fact, we consider
the system superior to any other on
the market. We have just placed an
order for 50 additional switches."
F. T. Wilbur, telegraph superin
tendent of the Illinois Central, says i
they have 85 lines and 20 extensions
at their Burnside shops and the serv
ice is "very satisfactory."
Morton L. Johnson of the Penny
Phone league says there are hun
dreds of testimonials of this sort
showing that the automatic service is
"satisfactory" and it has been the
slander bureaus of the Bell phone in
terests and the newspapers taking
Bell money for advertising that have
discredited the automatic in the
minds of people who have not actu
"Where the automatic phone sub
scribers have not got satisfactory
service," said Johnson, "it's been be
cause they had no chance to get
service. The financial wreckers and
dark lantern workers who have op
erated the system never gave it a
fair tryout. Even at that I believe
it is conceded phone service couldn't
be much worse than what the Bell,
the Chicago Telephone Co., is giving
subscribers these days."
The count of automatic phone
subscribers by the public service de
partment has been completed. Work
now is on shaping all the figures into
PROBES HIGH COST OF BREAD
Temporarily sidetracking his per
sonal investigation into the rising
price of wheat Dis't Atty Clyne yes
terday began to question bakers to
learn whether the recent increase
was through an "understanding" or
through a genuine shortage of flour.
"I intend to find exactly how much
flour the millers have on hand and
how much the bakers here," said
Clyne. "I want to find out if it is
true that bakers have run out of
flour and have been compelled to
purchase more at .higher pricts.
Meanwhile the wheat investigation is
being carried on by assistants.
Supt. Whitman of the House of.
Correction said that it costs the
Bridewell 24 cents to bake a loaf of.
bread at the present cost of then;
flour, which is $4.80 a barrel