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UNIYEBSITT MISSOUMAJf, SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 1912.
Many if the so called Silver
polishes contain ingredients
of an acid nature to dissolve
or cut off the tarnish. Be
ware of surh polish. There
is a perfectly harmless polish
that lines the work with no
bad effects. It has chen
satisfaction and earned the
praise of Columbia house
keepers. Regular sies 25c,
gallon package for Si. 50.
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MR, HUDSON'S REPLY
doubt have been able to at least save
the principal to our stockholders. At
the present time Hannibal has but
one telephone exchange and in my
judgment, it will he a long time be
fore another one is attempted in this
Yours very truly,
(Signed) J. 1 llinton.
The two plants were consolidated
and the present rates, the same as
Columbia, agreed upon for the pres
ent as a compromise.
But this is not all. There are hun
dreds of such instances, but it is a
little hard to get the facts until the
plants are sold, because most of them
their plants were almost completely
destroyed by rust and rot and tney
had no money with which to rebuild,
they realized that something must be
done, and during the past year the
competing companies have been "get
ting together" until today most com
petition in Missouri has been practi
cally wiped out, excepting St. Louis
and its smaller plants, including Se
dalia. I know personally that rates
are to be increased at various points
where they are now so low that a
profit is impossible.
In a letter dated Louisiana, Mo.,
Oct. 31, 1012, Mr. J. C. Thornton,
General Manager Buffum Telephone
"Our Fulton exchange was pur
chased by the Buffani Telephone
Company along with other property
when they were serving less than 300
subscribers, and the rate was fixed
by franchise at $1.00 and $2.00 per
month, and while the number of sub
scribers has increased to 9S9, we
have so far been unable to secure the
proper rate, tnererore are operating
the magneto system, which was orig
inally installed, which you must
know is far behind the times for a
town the size of Fulton, but we can
tare heaiilv in debt, and to make the
real facts public would destroy their j not rebuild and put in the latest ap-
' Credit parmus umi? a iulu i;uii uc Buuuiuu
I I that would justify an additional m-
The company at Jefferson City is vestment. While the Louisiana rate
. prouauiy one or me most innominate, is $1.50 and $2.30, semng 737 sub
in the state. This company accepted scribers, after allowing depreciation
a franchise limiting rates to $2.50 for of Q'r and the actual cost of opera
i business and $1.23 Tor residences. The tion. our net loss for the year 1911,
i company, finding it could not lie at I not including interest on the Invest
itive rates, put all $1.23 telephones ' ment. was something oer $1000.00.
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on party lines, and charged $2.00 for
'all private lines to residence. To
aoid the ordinance the company fur
nishus an extension set to all private
line residences. The company has
j never paid a dividend, and neer will
I earn one at the present rates.
I Springfield is in a very similar con
! dition. There were two plants there,
I botli losing money. One was operat
I ing under a franchise fixing rates at
$30 a year for business service and
$20 a year for residences. This com
pany finally sold to the other com
pany. The rates were increased to
$42 a year for business and $24 for
residences. The citv contended for
(Signed) J. C. Thornton,
Who has "paid the freight" during
this era of agitators, promoters and
competing plants? The people have
been paing for two telephones at a
cost of about double of what as good
service costs in Columbia. -
Furthermore, the simple "rat" for
direct lines indicate very little as to
what a telephone plan is receiving
for its service. For instance, the Co
lumbia rates are quoted as $3.00 and
$2.00. As a matter of fact out of
1,919 telephones working in this ex
change onlv about 300 are under the
the $30 and $20. The issue was taken I S3.00 rate, "and onlv 292 are on the
to court, where it was pending a year' private line residence rate of $2.00,
or two. Judge Willard P. Hall of. leaving over 1200, over two-thirds.
Kansas LIty was appointed a referee. ' work-in? on nartv linos, mnstlv at
After hearing much evidence he re
ported, holding that the rates of $42
and $24 were not too high; in fact
held that a rate of $30 and $20 was
$1.30. so that the average is only
$1.74.0 per month.
At Sedalia, where the Bell rate is
$3.00 and $1.75, the average is $1.93
Prices: 50c, 75, $1, $1.50
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confiscatory, but at the same time as against the Columbia average of
neia me company was uounu uy me
, franchise bought of the other com
i pany which fixed rates at $30 and
i $20. The telephone company filed ex
ceptions. Pending these exceptions,
, the company, fearing the courts
j would sustain Judge Hall's opinion
j that the company must comply with
i the terms of the franchise bought.
compromised on rates of $36.00 and
$22.00 for a term of five years, which
term has not expired.
This is the storv of Springfield, as
(set out by Mr. G. M. Sebree. attorney
of the company, and whom many Col
jumbia people know.
Of course these conditions seem
remarkable, and they are.
Naturally you ask why. The an
swer is very simple. The Bell Tele
phone Company had a monopoly of
the business, through patents. It
cost a great deal of money to intro
duce the telephone. Consequently
rates for serwee were high. Finally,
when the Bell patents begun to ex
pire, what are known as the Indepen
dents entered the business, and built
competing plants in many places. As
Omar Gray, editor of the Statesman,
and who has had about 10 years ex
perience in the telephone business.
I says, the telephone business is the
biggest money-maker on -paper and
j the poorest money-maker in operation
I the genius of man has devised. The
Independents accepted the paper the-
, ory and made their rates so low that
it was impossible to make a profit.
I Furthermore, material and labor have,
j advanced so that it costs about twice
I as much to furnish service as it did
10 or 13 years ago. The Bell people,
J of course, where competing plants
i were built, were compelled to meet
competing prices, and the merry war
has continued until the last year or
' two, the Bell losing money, the Inde
pendents losing money. Finally when
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At Hannibal, where the rate is the
same as Columbia, the average rate
per month is $1.89, and at Moberly,
where the rate is $3.00 and $1.75, the
average rate Is $1.84 as against $1.74.6
But this, even, is not the fairest
test. You pay for electricity, gas and
water according to the amount used,
and everj- intelligent person knows
that is the only fair way to measure
the cost of telephone service. On
this basis we have the following as
indicating the amount received by the
companies named for service, to-wit:
Moberly, 1,356 telephones
received per 100 calls $1.03
Boonville Home, 656 telephones
receives per 100 calls 96
Boonville Bell. 262 telenhones
receives per 100 calls 88
Hannibal, 4,447 telephones
receives per 100 calls 87
Fayette, 702 telephones
receives per 100 calls 85.7
Sedalia Home. 1.272 telenhones
receives per 100 calls 84
Chillicothe, 1,300 telephones
'ceives per 100 calls 83
Sedalia Bell, 2,307 telephones-
receives per 100 calls 81
Jefferson City, 1.366 telephones
receives per 100 calls 73
Louisiana. 757 telephones
receives tier 100 calls 70
Columbia. 1,919 telephones
receives per 100 calls 61
This indicates clearly that for ser
vice used the Columbia plant receives
less than any point mentioned.
But rates in many places have not
gone through the cut-throat process
as they hae in this and some other
The following points are in Wiscon
sin, which has the most active and
efficient commission of any state in
the union and which has absolute
supervision over telephone rates.
We quote private lines only, as fol
lows: Waukesha, 1,602 telephones, business
$3.50; residence $2.00.
Beloit, 1,419 telephones, business
$3.50; residence $2.00.
Marinette, 1,341 telephones, business
$3.50; residence $2.00.
Lake Geneva, 918 telephones, business
$3.50; residence $2.00.
Manitowoc. 1,324 telephones, business
$3.50; residence $2.50.
In Michigan the plant at Calumet,
1,730 telephones, receives $4.00 for
business and $3.00 for residence, and
at Kenominee, 913 telephones, the
company recedes $4.00 for business
and $2.50 for residences.
At Warren, Pa., where there are
1,700 telephones, the rates are $3.50
At San Angelo, Texas, with 1,400
telephones, the rates are $3.00 and
A letter from Mr. C. L. Meyers,
Commercial Superintendent Cumber
land Telephone and Telegraph Co.,
dated Naslnille, Tenn., Oct. 29, 1012,
says in part:
"In Louisiana and Mississippi, in
an exchange with 1000 telephones,
and not more than 2,000 telephones.
we charge, for direct line business
telephones, $4.00 per month each, and
for direct line residence telephones.
$2.00 per month each. In some few
j of these exchanges, we have party
line rates of $3.00 for business tele
phones, and $1.50 per month for resi
dence telephones. Some of the ex
changes are mageto and some are
In Tennessee and Kentucky, in ex
changes having from 1.000 to 1.5C0
telephones, we are making a rate of
$3.50 per month for direct line busi
ness, and $2.00 per month for resi
At Tiffin, Ohio, 2,125 telephones.
rateB are $3.50 and $2.00.
Phoenix, Arizona, 1,500 telephones,
rates $3.50 and $2.50.
Staunton, Va., 900 telephones, old
style, $3.00 and $2.00.
St Louis, which does not cover as
large a territorv as does the Colun
bia exchange, though of course they
have more tnlenhnnps. tho Kinlnr-h
rates are $6.00 and $4.00. just double
tne Columbia rates, and the Bell is :
little higher. People in St. Louis sup
port two systems and pay $12 for
business and $8.00 for residence.
But the question is not as to what
rates are at other places. The ques
tion is, are the people of Columbia
being charged more than a fair price.
We have offered the only solution of
that question, and shall be glad to see
the question officially determined, as
it can be if an honest and intelligent
effort is made to do so.
As to the installation fee, that is
absolutely just and reasonable. The
City Council evidently thinks such
charges are right, because the city
charges $2.50 for merely running an
electric drop from the pole to the
house, and if the drop has to be run
more than two spans, the charge is
The city puts nothing inside the
house, while the Telephne Company
not only runs the drop to the house,
but wires house and puts up the tele
phone. In addition the city requires a de
posit of $15.00 every time they put
a meter in a house, and if the custo.
mer has no meter the city requires
a deposit of an amount that will coei
the probable bill for two months.
After paying the city from $2.50 up
to whatever the cost may be for
stringing a drop, and after paying
some contractor full price for wiring
your house, though you may have had
the best electrician in the country to
do your wiring, you must pay the city
another dollar for inspecting this
wiring before you are permitted to
connect the wires.
This looks very much as if the
council tnougnt sucn cnarges were.
If a citizen desires to put in a
sewer, one must pay the city $3.00
for a permit, and then pay 25 cents
more for issuing the permit. If de
sired to make water connections one
must pay the city $2.50 to tap the
Certainly this looks like the City
Council feels that the laborer is
worthy of his hire," and that "He
who works must eat."
It costs approximately $75 per line
for permanent improvements to get
ready to install a telephone. This is
permanent. Then it costs on an av
erage of $15 or more to install a tele
phone. This is temporary, and ma
not remain in service two months.
Certainly, if the people of Columbia
are to pay the entire cost of connec
tion with the electric light plant,
which they have paid for and own. j
and in addition deposit $15.00 to se
cure payment of bills, one should not
complain at paying about one-fifth
the cost of temporary connections
with the telephone plant, which has
not cost them a cent, but which has
been paid for entirely with private
funds. The interest on the $15 de
posit with the city would soon
amount to $3.00, and this deposit
must remain as long as the customer
uses electricity, so that the interest
continues to pile up.
There are many features of tele
phone business which render such a
charge almost a necessity. For in
stance, we collect after the service is
rendered. Other companies almost
universally collect in advance. There
are numerous removals. Without an
installation fee some people will have
the 'phone taken out one day, move
to another house and order a new
'phone the next day, to avoid a re
moval fee. We charge a uniform
price of $1.00 for removing a tele
phone from one house to another.
Only a few weeks ago a subscriber
wanted his 'phone moved. He re
fused to pay a removal fee at first,
but finally did so. It cost approxi
mately $25 to move this $1.50 'phone,
which would not yield $25 profit in
100 years. If it had not been for that
installation fee he would have or
dered the 'phone out, and afterward
ordered a new one. There are many
such cases and other provoking oc
currences which the installation fee
But with all this an installation fee
is a very doubtful and unsatisfactory
proposition. Companies have tried
various plans to protect themselves,
but have found nothing entirely satis
factory. The State Commissions of
Louisiana and Mississippi approved
three different schemes, of which one
provided for a $5.00 installation fee,
and a $2.00 removal fee.
Hence, as this matter is doubtful
at best and as it is a pleasure to
meet and suggestions of the Council
we can and do justice to this busi
ness, we have concluded instead of
an installation fee to require a de
posit of $3.00 to be credited at the
end of the year.
We apologize for this large recital,
but some people have been deceived
into honestiy believing they were
paying more than a fair price for
telephone serwee, and we felt this ex
planation was due them.
We take it that our proposition to
to the Council covers all matter
raised by the resolutions of the
Council, and that nothing further
need be said.
J. A. HUDSON.
November 2, 1912. (adv.)
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W. T. Cross Lectured There.
W. T. Cross of Columbia, secretary
of the State Board of Charities and
Corrections, gave an illustrated lec
ture on the "Alms Houses of .Mis
souri" at a meeting of the Kansas
City Bar Association in Kansas City
H. E. DrMIlI Visits Here.
Homer E. Driskill. of Rich Hill,
Mo., is visiting H. Luther Fry. a
junior in the School of Journalism.
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