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, Railroad Commission Gi
Increase in Telephone Ra
Rates in all exchanges o
Southern Bell Telephone compa
South Carolina will be increase
proximately 20.72 per cent in ac
. ance with the terms of an ordi
sued yesterday afternoon bj
state railroad commission agr
to the company's proposed
schedule. The various increase
into effect April 1.
The Southern Bell Telephone
pany filed its petition for a rat
vision in South Carolina with
commission last October, the
creases asked aggregating a gel
raise of approximately 25 per i
The commission, after nume
hearings and an exhaustive stud
the documentary evidence sut
ted, approved the company's prc
ed rate revision schedule with
two exceptions. The proposed
crease for farmers' lines and fs
ers' exchange service was deniei
was also the elimination of free
terchange N service between to1
the exchanges in which are less 1
three miles apart. Charges were
thorized, however, for this in
exchange service between to
more than three miles apart, p
tically substituting for this free
change service the long distanc?
vice now employed in commun
tion between the great majority
towns in and beyond the borders
the state. The charges, authori
by the commission in its order ]
terday, for this interexchange ?
vice averages approximately one c
per mile, ranging from ten cents
25 cents. No increase in toll char
has been authorized.
The schedule of rates which
commission's order puts into effe
carries an aggregate increase of
proximately 20.72 per cent, for
exchanges of the company m 1
state. This average increase is n
however, to be applied generally, 1
towns and cities served by the co
pany being divided into-eight grov
with the same rates applied to all <
changes in each group. In this w
the charges in at least one tov
Cowpens, which now has a rate c
of proportion with exchanges of si
ilar size in the state, will be reduc(
The present charges in Cowpens f
one party line is $3.50, while und
the group plan the rate for such lin
will be only $2.25.
Increase for Columbia.
Columbia and Charlestan ha
been placed in the highest group wi
the following schedule of charge
For one party business telephones,
rates inceased from $5.50 to $6.6
for one party inwards telephone fro
$2 to $3.50; for one party messaj
rate, from $4 to $4.80; for four par
flat rate, from $3.50 to $4.20. E:
' tension telephones are scheduled fi
, . $1.50 for flat rate business telephom
j and for $1 for messenger rate phone
? The present rate on extension f<
both classes of business extensic
telephones is $1.50.
For residence telephones the on
party flat rate would be increase
by the schedule from $3.25 to $3.9(
)' the two party flat rate from $2.65 t
$3.30 and the four party flat rat
from $2.25 to $2.70. Extension tel?
phones for residences from any kin
of telephone are placed at $1.25.
For group one, including the Bier
heirn, Cowpens, Jonesville, Pendle
ton, Seneca, Society Hill, Walhall
and Westminster exchanges, the rat
will be: One party business line
$3.25; two party businessiines $2.75
, four party business lines, $2.25; ex
tension sets for business lines, $1.50
one party residence lines, $2; tw<
party residence lines, $1.75; fou
party residence lines, $1.50, and fo:
extension' sets to residence lines
$1.25. The number of subscribers ii
thc exchanges range from 20 to 55
Allendale, Barnwell, Blackville
Denmark, Hnoea Path,' Johnston
Leesville, Liberty, Pelzer, Pickens
Piedmont, Prosperity, St. George anc
Whitmire are grouped together, witt
the following rates : ' One party busi
ness lines, $3.60; two party business
lines, $3; four party business lines,
$2.40; business extension telephones,
$1.50; one party residence lines,
$2.40; two party residence lines,
$1.80; four party residence lines,
i$$1.50, annd residence extension sets,
$1.25. The exchanges in this group
humber subscribers ranging from 67
to 114 for a single exchange.
The rates for Bamberg, Batesburg,
Belton, Cheraw, Clio, Dillon, Easley,
Edgefield, Greer, Hartsville, Latta,
Marion, Mullins, McColl, Timmons
ville and Summerville are: One party
business lines, $3.90; one party in
ward lines, $2.50; two party business
lines, $3.30; four party business
lines, $2.70; business extension sets,
$1.50; one party residence lines,
$2.40; two party residence lines, $2.
10; four party residence lines. $1.80,
and extension sets for residence lines,
$1.25. Subscribers in the exchange of
this group range from 107 to 369.
Rates for Group.
. Aiken, Bennettsville, Camden, Clin-1
ton, Newberry, and Union are sched
uled for the following rates: ' One
party business lines,, $4.55; one par
ty-inwards lines, $2.75; two party
business lines, $3.90; four party bus
iness lines, ?3.25; one party residence
lines, $2.90; two party residence
lines, $2.60; four party residence
lines, $2.25. Extension sets for busi
ness lines are scheduled for $1.50
and for residence lines at $1.25. The
number of subscribers in this group
range from 362 for the smallest ex
change to 664 for the largest.
Group four, inwhich the subscrib
ers range from 586 to 1,207 per ex
change, includes Darlington, Flor
ence and Orange/burg and has the fol
lowing rates: One party business
lines$5; one party inwards lines $3;
two party business lines, $4.35: four
party business lines, $3.75; one par
ty residence lines, $3.10; two party
residence lines, $2.50, and four party
residence lines, $2.15. Extensions
for business lines are $1.50 and for
residence lines, $1.25.
The rates authorized for An Merson,
which numbers 1,299 subscribers,
are: One party business lines, $5.40;
one party inwards lines, $3; two party
business lines, $4.80; four party bus
iness lines, $4.20; one party residence
lines, $3\30; two party residence
lines, $2.70,and four party residence
lines $2.40. Extension sets are sched
uled at $1.50 for business and $1.25
for. residence lines.
The rates for Greenville and Spar
tanburg, which number respectively
3,752and 2,727 subscribers, are: One
party business linfes, $6.25; one party
inwards lines, $3.50; one party mes
sage rates business lines, $4.80; two
party business lines, $5.60; four par
ty business lines, $4.35; one party
residence lines, $3.75; two party resi
dence 'lines, -$3.75 ; two party resi
dence lines, $3.10, and four party
residence lines, $2.50. Extension set
rates proposed are $1 for business
lines and $1.25 for residence lines.
Under the terms of the commis
sion's order all other special rates
charges and practices for telephone
equipment and service now in effect
will be continued without increase,
among these being the additional
charge for lines extending beyond the
city limits of 42 cents for each quar
ter of a mile or fraction thereof.
To Retain Jurisdiction.
The commission also retains juris
diction of the case for the purpose of
making such rate changes as further
investigation may make necessary,
requiring the company to file with
the commission at semi-annual peri
ods financial statements setting forth
the results of the operation of the
company's contention that improve
ment of telephone service in the state
was being delayed by the lack of
funds, also orders "that a general
improvement in the telephone service
throughout the state shall be expe
dited with all possible haste and
such changes .additions and better
ments shall be made as well, with the
greatest possible dispatch, supply
telephone service to all persons who
wish such service and that the service
shall be brought to the highest pos
sible state of efficiency."
The company in filing its petition
for the increase offered in support
of its prayer that it was not earning
a fair return on its property invest
ment in South Carolina. The return
in 1919, the company stated, was on
ly 1.31 per cent. The proposed rate
revision schedule, which was adopted
in part by the commission would, the
company stated,, give a net return of
4.89 per cent on its South Carolina
property investments. This, company
officials said, was inadequate but
would in some measure enable the
company to obtain the capital neces
sary to make improvements. The com
mission's order, which eliminated two
sections of this schdule, will there
fore hardly enable the company to
make even this estimated return.
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By FREDERICK HART
(? 1921, by McClure Newspaper Syndicate.)
Pretty Marguerite Stanley1 looked
discontentedly out of the window at
the slanting lines of the rain that beat
the dust in the road to lathery mud
and dripped musically from the gut
ters around the broad piazza of her
"Of course," she said to her moth
er, who was sewing In the next room,
"of course, it had to rain-on this day
of all days! I believe nature has a
special grudge against picnics. Yes
terday was clear, and clay before yes
terday-and I'm sure that tomorrow
will be. But today-"
"Well, dear, if tomorrow is clear,
you can have your picnic then." Mrs.
Stanley's voice was absent. She wt*
considering a problem in embroidery
and was not just sure how to attack
it. Her daughter's petulant voice re
plied : "Well, if we put it off till to
morrow it'll rain tomorrow-that's
sure." Mrs. Stanley made no reply
and Marguerite rfcrned to contempla
tion of the dreary rain.
Suddenly her face changed from an
expression of woe to one of wonder.
Through the driving rain that ren
dered objects indistinguishable at any
distance ? ligure, oilskinned and sou'
westered, was beating its way like a
schooner tacking against a strong gale.
The figure carried something bulky
under its arm, and it was coming up
the sidewalk toward th? house-yes*
It was actually turning in at the gate.
Who would come so early In the morn
ing and in such weather? The figure
vanished as it mounted the front steps,
and an instant later the doorbell
pealed. Marguerite, in her haste to
"You're Crazy! You Can Stay, of
see who it was, hurried to the door
ahead of th?3 maid, and in a moment
was confronting a familiar figure who
stood, grinning and dripping, on the
"Why, Billy Watson!" she cried.
"What on earth aTe you doing out in
such weather? You must be soaked
your shoes! And what's that you have
under your arm?"
Billy Watson grinned wider and
shook himself. A process that caused
Marguerite to retreat hurriedly out of
range of the flying drops that shot
from his oilskin. Then he spoke.
"Today's the day of the picnic, isn't
it?" he demanded. "And it's too rainy
to go to Bogg's Woods. So I thought
I'd come up here and have a little
picnic of ray own-with you."
"Oh!" Surprise held Marguerite
speechless. Billy went on.
' TheitH? some junk to eat in that
bundle, and it didn't get wet, either.
I brought sandwiches and cake, and
there's coffee in a thermos bottle. I
suppose you have something, too. We
cnn have our own ? ?c right here in
"You're crazy ! You can stay, of
course-but why did you bring the
things to eat? We'll have a nice lunch
with mother, and get some one over in
the afternoon to play bridge, and-"
"We will not!" Billy's voice was
very definite. "After I went to all
this trouble to lug this food and such
over here-and you offer me lunch!
I'm going home." He turned toward
the step, but she caught his arm and
dragged him inside. "Come in, Billy,
and don't be an idiot," she said.
"We'll eat anywhere you want, only
come in before you catch your death
Mrs. Stanley greeted Billy warmly,
for she knew and liked him ; hut she,
too, seemed unimpressed at the idea of
a picnic lunch. "I'll rell Dinah to lay
another cover for lunch." she said,
and vanished on her mission, despite
the protests of her guest.
Left to themselves, the two stared
at one another for a moment, and then
Marguerite burst into laughter. "Your
picnic isn't going to work. Billy," she
said. "Even mother won't let you be
have like a heathen. You'll have to
eat a respectable luncheon, and play
bridge In the afternoon, like a good
Billy Struck an attitude. "Xever!"
he declaimed dr?maticnlly. "Nevor
shall I be balked of me fell purpose!
I bare decreed a picnic, and a picnic
there shall be! In one second and a
half, gentle maiden, you will find your
self transported into the midst of
that rug'll do," he suddenly added,
dropping his pose. "It's green. Come
here." He caught Marguerite by the
arm and made her sit on the rug.
"You are now seated in the midst of a
bosky dell," he announced. "This"
dragging a fern from its place in the
window-"represents the official: boskl
ness. I now spread the cloth1"-his
handkerchief was laid flat on the
floor-"and, dragging up the picnic
basket, our hero and heroine fell to
with a will !" He suited the action to
the word, and opened his bundle, dis
closing some discouraged-looking sand
wiches and a huge slice of chocolate
cake. "Hooked it from the kitchen
when Sally wasn't looking," he an
nounced proudly. "Bat, pretty crea
. ture^eat!" Offering her a sandwich.
"Ugh! They're all soggy!" Mar
guerite was too weak from laughter
"Sandwiches are always soggy at
picnics-confound itl ? knew I'd for
"I forgot to bring an ant. All pic
nics are attended by at least one ant.
I could have got one as easily as not.
The party is spoiled. Why was I so
"Billy-" Marguerite choked over
her sandwich, "do you know you're an
"I'm always idiotic at picnics-have
another sandwich? No more? Then
we must consider the eating part fin
ished., We shall now recline on tlie
rocks-those cushions will do nicely
and consider the universe in its more
peripatetic attitudes-let me help you
over the fallen log to your niche In
the cool granite." Escorting Mar
guerite gravely to the pile of cushions
he had thrown on the floor and sink
ing down beside her. "What a won
derful , view from here ! Your eye
sweeps over the magnificent perspec
"Billy! Did I say you could hold
my hand?" .
"Ever3'body holds hands at picnics,
and, anyway, I intended, on this par
ticular picnic, to-I say, Marge!"
She was looking away from him, ap
parently absorbed in contemplation of
"Wh-what is it?" Her voice trem
"Could you-do you think-would
you care a little bit for an awful
Idiot? I've waited so long to say this
that I thought I'd die if I didn't get it
out." He was still clinging to her
hand and she did not take it from
him. Slowly she turned her head,
and in another moment she was look
ing Into his eyes. Her voice was low,
but it did not waver.
"Billy, I've cared for a long time. I
do love you. Billy dear, and-oh !"
It was a long kiss, and neither of
-Jthera heard the tinkle of the bell an
" nouncing lunch. But when Marguerite's
mother came into the room they were
decorously clearing up the litter they
"For goodness' sake, -what have vou
two children been doing?" exclaimed
Billy grinned happily.
"We've been picnicking," he an
nounced. "And-I think we've some
thing Ui tell you."
WRITERS TOO SELF-CENTRED
Err in Making Members of Their Own
Profession Heroes, ls Charge
Made by Critic.
Someone is always explaining what
Is the matter with American literature,
American drama and even American
poetry, and the latest diagnosis is* that
they are suffering from in-breeding.
The critic who has made this dis
covery says that the literary and dra
matic world has become too self-cen
tered ; is going around in a circle in a
manner which produces wheels within
wheels ; and for this reason authors
and playwrights are forever flying off
at an inartistic tangent and produc
ing jazz literature and drama.
The favorite hero of the novelist is
the novelist, and he writes too much
about his early struggles with a cold
and hard-flsted world; the dramatist
takes the poor, oppressed writer of
plays, or for a diversion, the poor but
gifted actor, as his hero and draws
out their life story of discouragement
and suffering and final tiiumph to a
The poet is even accused of prefer
ring to write of a poet rather than of
anybody or anything else on earth ; of
the poet whose sorrows have pressed
so heavily upon him that he is forced
to cry out in sounds which, being inter
preted, are poetry. To one who gives
this criticism consideration there
seems to be something in it.-May
Stranathan in the Pittsburgh Dispatch.
' The head of oDe of the departments
.iu a certain downtown store is in
clined to be plump. She spends a great
deal of time and also money in re
ducing, and as she calls it "grooming
and dressing* so that I look more
slender than I really am.'*
Now, the janitor of the store is a
large, fat colored woman, who has
never heard of'reducing, an>l whose
dresses are built on even more ample
lines than her figure. Also she is very
fond of the head of this 'department.
The other day when she happened to
he near her she noticed that she
seemed rather tired. "Oh, Miss T-,"
the old janitor* exclaimed, "do sit
down and rest a minute. Most of these
people don't understand how you feel,
it just takes us avoirdupoises women
to understand each other's feelings.
Indiunapolis News. _ .
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It is possible to make provision ?against needy
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count at the bank? Are you preparing for the days
when your earning powers will decrease or possibly
cease altogether? That's something for every man
and woman to think about.
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