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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, June 27, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 4

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CHI. PHONE CO. STOCKHOLDER ASKS FOR A
DECREE TO STOP SALE OF AUTOMATIC
Otto Cullman, stockholder Chica
go Telephone Co., today filed suit in
federal court asking Judge Lahdis for
a decree to stop the sale of the au
tomatic phone system to the Chicago
Telephone Co.
Cullman is a member of the Pub
lic Ownership league. His attorney,
Fayette B. Munro, said arguments
will be made before Judge Landis
Wednesday and Thursday, probably.
If Judge Landis should refuse an in
junction it is planned to carry the
case to the Highest court.
As a stockholder whose financial
interests are involved, Cullmah asks
the court to separate the Chi. Tel.
Co. from ownership and control of
the American Telephone & Tele
graph Co. It is charged that the A.
T. & T. aims at destroying all com
peting telephone companies and in
working its purpose it is violating the
Sherman anti-trust law.
It contracted "for the purchase in
its own name with the Chicago Tun
nel Co. for the purchase of its entire
telephone plant for the sum of
56,300,000 and did so consummate
such a contract for such purcase of
July 8, 1913; and on Oct 29, 1913,
the agreement was amended so as to
include certain tunnel or franchise
rights in and under the streets of
Chicago without any further consid
eration. "The property so contracted for
was not worth to exceed $1,500,000
and the purpose of securing said
plant was to destroy the same and
stifle a competing plant and to final
ly secure for its subsidiary company,
the Chi, Tel Co., a monopoly of tele
phone business within the city of
Chicago and within states connect
ing thereto.
"By and through said agreement,
it was the purpose and intention of
the A. T. & T. to destroy a large
inter-state business which the Chi
cago Tunnel Co. had created by con
tracts with other telephone compa
nies. "The said exorbitant price which,
the A. T. & T. agreed to pay for said
property was for the purpose of elim
inating and destroying the growing J
competition of the Chicago Tunnel
Co. and to secure for itself, through
its long distance business, and for
the Chi. Tel. Co., a complete and ab
solute monopoly."
"If sale is consummated the Chi.
Tel. Co. is liable to be fined for vio
lating anti-trust laws of the United
States and said fines would material
ly reduce the value of the property of
said company and injure your or
ator." Parties to the suit made defend
ants are Union N. Bethel, Alonzo
Burt, D. Mark Cummings, Angus S.
Hibbard, Marvin Hughitt, Chauncey
Keep, Robert T. Lincoln, Wm. H.
Miner, John J. N. Mitchell, Bernard
E. Sunny and Theodore N. Vail.
If Cullman gets what he asks for,
the court will order the A. T. & T.
to drop the Chi. Tel. Co. from its or
ganization, own no stock, not vote at
any stockholders' meetings, nor re
ceive any dividends from the Chi.
Tel. Co.
WAR BULLETINS
Berlin. Continuing successful
counter offensive against Russians
Germans stormed enemy lines west
of Sokul, taking several hundred
prisoners.
Berlin. Intense British artillery
fire on both sides of Somme reported. f
French attacks west of Thiaumont
works. and southwest of Fort Vaux
without result
Paris. 3 French aeroplanes, hurl
ed shells on German ships off coast
of Belgium yesterday.
Further progress for French troops
in region of Thiaumont works,
northeast of Verdum.'

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