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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, January 29, 1916, NOON EDITION, Image 2

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Phone users gain nothing at all by the .city giving its consent to this
deal. The city gains nothing. The only gainers are the owners of the
bonds of the Automatic Co. and Og. Armour is said to be the big holder
and the phone trust. For the phone trust will junk the Automatic plant,
remove a possible competitor and establish an absqlute phpne monopoly
in Chicago.
When you get downTtorass tacks the ordinance ought to be entitled
"An Ordinance Giving the Telephone Trust Permission to Establish an
Absolute Monopoly in Chicago, and Make Phone Users Foot the Bill."
Before Bill Thompson was elected mayor, Sam Ettelsen represented
the phone interests; and worked and argued with aldermen to get this deal
through council for his clients. He was assisted by his law partner, Dan
Schuyler.
Then Mayor Thompson made Sam Ettelsen corporation counsel, in
which capacity he is supposed to give legal advice to the city.
I don't know whether Ettelsen threw up his Job with, the phone inter
ests when he took the job as corporation counsel, but even if he did you
can bet he don't throw up his friendship for his phone clients, or his
partisanship for them.
It is true that Mayor Thompson appointed Walter Fisher to represent
the city in this phone deal, but it is also true that Fisher was appointed
to represent the city in the traction deal of 1907 and YOU know what
happened to the city in that deal. It made municipal ownership practically
impossible, because of the fact that the price the city would have to pay
for the surface lines under the unification ordinance of 1907, climbs several
times as fast as the city's 55 per cent piles up as a purchase fund.
For illustration President Busby testified at the street railway arbi
tration hearing that if the city had taken over the surface lines in 1907
when the Fisher ordinance was passed, the price would have been $50,000,
000 BUT, if the city were to have bought the lines last year the price
would have been $145,000,000. That is, the city had saved $16,000,000
toward the purchase in 8 years (out of the 55 per cent) but the price had
jumped $90,000,000.
If YOUR alderman votes for that telephone grab, he will vote to estab
lish a telephone monopoly and make phone users of Chicago foot the bill.
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USE
FIFTY BELIEVED DEAD IN THE
CALIFORNIA FLOOD
San Diego, Cal., Jan. 29. Rescuers
were fighting their way today to Otay
valley, where a dam of city's water
supply broke late yesterday after
noon and was reported to have let
wall of water 30 feet high rush down
on many ranches, killing at least 50
persons. Loss of life has not been
confirmed. Scores said to be miss
ing. Area 15 miles wide and 2 miles
long was said to have been laid
waste. Destruction of all telephone
lines to stricken district gave first
warning of the disaster.
PUBLIC SCHOOLS WILL
TRAVEL PICTURES
That the board of education mean
to utilize motion pictures in their
school work is attested by the fact
that they have purchased from the
United Photo Plays Co. a complete
set of the famous Dorsey travel pic
tures which were made in the Orient
by Dr. George A. Dorsey, formerly
curator of anthropology for Field
Museum of Natural History.
Twenty-eight reels showing pres
ent day conditions in Japan, China,
Ceylon and India go into the film li
brary of our local schools.

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