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THE ROCK ISLAND .ARGUS. WEDNESDAY. SEPTEIBER 31013.
MOLINE'S SECTION OF THE ARGUS
Day's . News Happenings in Rock Island's Sister City
HURLS BIG AUTO
TRUCK Of F.TRACK
Driver and Helper for Hue sing
Bottling Works Possibly
ACCIDENT ON THIRTEENTH
for the American Motor Car company
and went, when the affairs of that
concern were closed,. tQ the United
States. Motor company. Later he was
with the Studebakers and the concerns
under the control of John Willys.
Raymond Trauwaen and Theophlel
' Meeuros In City Hospital
Former's Condition Critical.
SCHOOLS NOT TO
PLAY THIS YEAR
Moline and Rock Island WiH
Not Now Resume Athletic
S1LVIS BOARD IN
FAVOR OF BRIDGE
Adopts Resolution Favoring
Erection at Colona Site on
Athletic relations with Rock Island
J high school will not be resumed this
ijear. This was the statement of
'superintendent Max son at the meeting
i of the board of education last even
ling. There, was no discussion of the
The board settled Its long standing
dispute with the Central Union Tele
phone company, which had objected to
putting phones In the schools to be
paid for during only the nine months
i when school was In session. The com
Ipany finally agreed to accept these
(conditions and instruments will at
jonco be installed in all buildings,
i Bill aggregating $9,404.35 were al
' lowed. Plans for the new high school
were submitted to the board arid re-
Raymond Trauwaen and Theophiel
Meeuros wen seriously, possibly fatal
ly injured last evening when the
Hueslng Bottling works auto truck on
which they were riding was struck by
a Rock Island freight engine at Thir
toen'h street, Moline. A third man
who was riding on the truck at the
time escaped by jumping. The vic
tims of the accident were picked up
vncontcloua and taken to the city hos
pital, where they were received.
Trauwaen Is the more seriously
i.urt of the two. He was driving the lferTed to the committee t0 ex.
Recording Sftrefary R. E. Crane. "
Manufacturers "lodge- No. 485, I. O.
O. F., elected last night as follows:
Noble Grand Arthur Abrahamsoa.
Vice Grand George Johnson.
Recording Secretary George, Mer
rill. A number of members signified their
intention of accompanying the degree
team to Minneapolis.
truck and was caught and held fast In ;
Lis st at when the big machlno rolled
over and over after the impact. Hi
head Is a mass of ruts and bruises and
cne car was nearly torn off. He may
be internally hnrt. Meeuros was
thrown clear and his head struck a
rail. One of a number of cuts in his
scalp la tbrt-e inches in length.
Trauwaen. when he recovered con
scicusness, told his story of the acci
dent. Ho said he was driving north
on Th'rteenth Btrect about 6:30 with
a load of cases of empty bottles.
Meercs, his helper, wa3 riding on tue
load back of the seat
amine and report.
HITTING A RIG
Geneseo Autoist Pays Fine and
Settles With Frank Pulcher
whose name is unknown, was with
At the crossing over the Rock Is
land tracks the watchman was off
11. H. Llttlo of Geneseo. who was
Another man 'arrested on suspicion of having been
driver of the automobile which struck
Frank Pulcher's buggy In front of the
McKinley school in East Moline Thurs
day night, today appeared in the court
duty, the gates there not being oper- j f j , wheelock and admitted
ated after 6 o'clock. The driver saw
no tra'n approaching, the track at the
"west being hidden by a house. When
.ho was fairly on the track Trauwaen
raid he saw a switch engine backing
down on him from the weat. drawing
a string of cars. There was no time
to stop or to jump. By opening the
throt'le the driver thought he had a
chance to get out of the way and this
was the course he took. The engine,
however, was traveling faster than he
hid supposed and It struck the rear
part of the truck and threw it 20 feet
or more, rolling It over several times.
Trauwaen, held in his place by the
wheel, was found in the wreckage
when help came. Meeuros was lying
some distance away and .both were
Dr. A. H. Arp was called and or
dered both men removed to the hos
pital. There he was" assisted by Dr.
E. A. Edlen.
BOTII MVK IX HOCK TSI.AXD.
Trauwaen has been In the employ
of the Hueaing Bottling works of
Rock Island for' a number of years.
He is 38 years .of age and lives at
1316 First avenue. Rock Island.
Meeuros is 23 years of age and lives
at 1521 Second avenue, Rock Island.
He came to this country from Belgium
only a fsw months ago.
that he was the man wanted. He paid
a Cne of 9.05 and settled for the
damage.';, which amounted to more
than $100. Little said he was slightly
Intoxicated and that he had a woman
with him. Her name was not learned.
Little, it will be recalled, was picked
up by Officer Ted Anderson after the
accident in which Pulcher's rig had
been demolished and himself, his 17-months-old
babe and sister-in-law, Nel
lie Vick, hurt Little protested his
Innocence, but tried to brush the offi
cer off the running board on the way
to the station by driving close to trees.
.Strong resolutions were adopted by
the Silvis board at its meeting last
evening in favor of the immediate
erection cf the proposed bridge across
Rock river at Colona. The county i
board is urged to submit the matter
cf a bond issue for bridge purposes to
.a vote of the people, if other means
of raising the money cannot be de
vised: After the preliminary - Stated
ment of fact, the resolutions say:
"Be it resolved, "by the- people of
Silvis, through their representatives
on the board of trustees: That the
supervisor and assistant, supervisor
of this, the township of Hampton, be
instructed to use their utmost en
cteavors to induce the board of super
visors of. Rock Island county to raise
the proper fund by bonded indebted
ness cr in one of the many other ways
possible, anoTthat said supervisor and
assistant supervisor be further in
structed to vote for a measure before
the coming meeting of the board of
supervisors, requesting the state's at
torney of this county to withdraw
Rock Island county's objections to the
mandamus proceeding now pending
befcre the circuit court of this coun
ty, which mandamus proceedings were
filed by Henry county."
One of the trustees. In discussina
the resolution, said: "Rock Island
county has no bonded Indebtedness
and is not in financial straits, contrary
to the general impression. If the super
visors are not willing to finance this
matter otherwise it is their duty to at
least submit the question of issuing
bonds for bridge purposes to the peo
ple." Judging by sentiment expressed by
members of the Silvis. board they are
willing that the county should take
charge cf the Rock river bridges at
Milan, provided the Colona bridge is
An ordinance for the paving of
Fourth avenue from Eighth to Tenth
"streets with brick was passed. This,
with the proposed paving of Eighth
street from First to Fourth avenue
will give continuous paving from
First avenue through the park on the
hill. The two paving projects will be
tauen into the county court by Attor
ney L. M. Magill this week.
Opening and paving of Ninth street
from, First to Fourth avenue was dis
ciied and It is likely that this im
provement will be undertaken shortly.
COVER BIG FIELD
JOHNSON ASKS 3
Former Mayor of East Moline
. Puts Puzzling Problem Up
to the Council.
MUTUAL RELATIONS AND INTERESTS"
OF THE BELL SYSTEM AND THE PUBLIC
The suit brought by the United i
NO ACTION : IS TAKEN
Y. M. C. A. Proposes to Take
Up Many Diversions, With
The athletic program for the Moline
Y. M. C. A. will be broader than ever
this season. Basketball is to be taken
up as soon as the weather Is cool
enough and a strong team will be de
veloped. Interest in the factory base
ball league has prompted a movement
fjr mi indoor baseball league. The
cl urcl league ' which last year was
participated in by the First and Sec
ond Congregational, Methodist and
Baptist churches, will be revived. Vol
ley ball' will be played on the tennis
courts, for the present. Soccer foot
ball win be taken up among the young
er boys. The game of gymnasium
polo, which is similar to roller polo,
will be played.
Little will be done till after a meet
ing of the classes is held on the even
ing of Oct. 6. There will be a ban
quet and a noted, director of athletics
will probably be here to speak. Fol
lowing is the schedule which has been
adopted to govern classes:
Business men Monday, Wednesday
Tri-City Home Automatic Telephone
Company Again Endeavors to
Secure, a Franchise.
Who is entitled to the salary as
mayor of East Molipe for the. last
three months of Dr. G. F. Johnson's
term? That is the question which the
city council, must soon decide..
At its adjourned meeting last night
that body received a request from Dr.
Jbhnsan, whose term expired last
spring, and who removod to California
three months before that time, to send
the salary 'for- the period or-'else ac
cept his resignation dated at tire time
he left the city. Mayor Johnson did
not resign and during the time he was
away Grant Fair acted in his place.
While City Attorney Railsback is of
the opinion that, the claim of Dr.
Johnson will stand n case the resig
nation is not accepted as he suggests,
he also holds that if the records are
arranged so as to show, the city was
without a mayor certain Improvement
and other ordinances passed during
the period will be invalidated. The
council took no aeon on the matter.
After another application from the
Tri-City Home Automatic ' Telephone
company for a franchise had been
received it was decided to meet In
... . ' ' ' j A (committee of the whole next Monday
c-. mors, over "o years Monday and . . , it ,
Wednesday, 8:15 p. m.
Young, men, 18 to 25 Tuesday and
Thursday, 8:15 p. m.
Dormitory men Tuesday and Fri,
day. 6:30 a. m.
Men's leaders Tuesday, 7:15 p. m.
Boxing - and wrestling Monday,
Wednesday and Friday at 8:15 p. m.
DRAW MORE CASH
Assistants Will Receive $5 In
stead of $4 Per Day for
FIREMEN IN DOUBLE
PLAY MAKE 2 OUTS
The city flro department made a
double play last evening, two fires be
ing put out In a continuous perform
ance. The first alarm came in at 805
and called the force to rooms over
1322 Fifth . avenue. A gasoline stove
had exploded and set fire to- the wall
paper and lace curtains. Damage was
confined to a few dollars. Before the
three companies had left the scene
they received a, call to the home of
R, J. Vincent, 910 Twenty-eighth
street, where a blaze had broken out
In some old clothing in the attic from
unknown cause. This fire was also
TWINS DRINK OUT
OF KEROSENE CAN
Three-year-old Boys Sample
' ."Grocer's Wares Left on
NORTH STAR BENEFIT ASSN.
IN PROSPEROUS CONDITION
A loan of $40,000 with Rock Island
county real estate as security, was ap
proved at the meeting last evening of
the North Star Benefit association.
The treasurer's report showed that
there is $165,000 now on hand. AH
debts are paid and there are no death
claims a outstanding. The society's
membership is growing.
VELTUM, RESCUED FROM
WATER, HAS PNEUMONIA
George Veltum, who was so nearly
drowned Monday evening in the Y.
M. C. A. swimming tank, is suffering
from pneumonia and the physician in
charge. Dr. A. H. Arp, considers his
Town Clerk George M. Gould enter
tained tha town board so well last
renlng at his borne, The Elms, on
Rlrer drive, that the main business of
the evening, the appointment of a suc
cessor to the late Hans P. Roseberg,
was laid over and will be attended to
at a special meeting this evening. Bills
will be allowed at that time and the
advisability of purchasing an adding
machine for the use of the town of
Mr. Gould served a catfish dinner to
the present and a number of former
members of the town board, together
with representatives of the local press.
Afterward there was an informal pro
gram of addresses. Mayor M. R. Carl
son presiding. At the business ses
sion which followed It was Toted to
advance the pay of the deputy asses
sors who assisted H. M. Oldefest town
hip asses tor last spring, from $4 to $5
per day for time actually employed.
It was argued that the work was done
more expeditiously than ever before.
P. R. Ingelson presented the matter
for the deputy assessors.
A FINANCIAL SUCCESS
That the baseball tournament held
at Browning field was a financial suc
cess was shown last evening when
the four teams, which participated,
held a meeting to settle the financial
end of the undertaking. It Is likely,
as a result, that there will be anoth
er tournament next year. The total
expenses were $115. The money left
after paying all expenses were dlvld-
I ed among the four teams 40, 30, 20 and
10 per cent On this basis the Tigers,
who won the long end of the money,
secured nearly $100.
( Richard and Robert Smith, 3-year-old
twins of Mr. . and ' Mrs. Henry
Smith, 1719 Twelfth avenue, were
made critically ill late yesterday after
noon by drinking kerosene from a can
which the grocer's boy had delivered
and left on the back porch. ' Both sus
tained severe' burns in the throat and
stomach, but the prompt action of a
physician saved their lives.
The youngsters were playing In the
back yard .nd their mother heard one
of them coughing. Going to the door
she found Robert had just taken a
swig from the can, while Richard was
in the act of duplicating his feat Dr.
Perry W!7.el was called and brought
the tots through without serious harm.
MAQU0KETA TO COPY LOCAL
MANUAL ARTS BUILDING
O. Z. Cerrin, local architect has
been engaged to draw plans for a
manual arts building for the Maquo
keta. Iowa, public schools, to cost
$20,000. Mr. Cervin planned the new
manual arts building In Rock Island,
which the Maquoketa board inspected
before engaging him to undertake the
work which It has in charge. The Ma
quoketa building will have all modern
TO INSPECT BRIDGE
SITES ON THURSDAY
! Moline suoervisors will eo on Thurs
day to inspect the sites proposed for
the bridge across Rock river, Colona
and Cleveland. The start will be made
from the Commercial club rooms at 9
a. m., and they will travel in autos.
A number of others are expected to
make the trip. While the supervisors
generally consider the site question
settled in favor of Colona, they are
willing to again listen to the argu
ments on the other side.
AUTO COMPANY ENGAGES
. ADVERTISING MANAGER
President W. H. VanDervoort of tha
Mollne Automobile company of East
Moline today announced that the
company has secured the services of
L. M. Bradley as advertising manager
and assistant to Sales Manager C. H.
VanDerroort This Is the first step
in an elaborate advertising campaign
which the company proposes to con
duct .'Mr. Bradley has had much ex
perience In the work. He formerly
Vaa assistant general sales manager
ARRESTED FOR THEFT HE
HAS ACCUSER ALSO TAKEN
Christ Michalakes, after being ar
rested charged with the theft of $50
from a Greek coffee house at Fifteenth
avenue and Tenth street Mollne, swore
out a warrant against the owners of
the place for-sellinc-beer without a
license. Both hearings will take place
Many Pigeons. Fly.
Over 200 birds were entered in the
pigeon liy from Annawan Monday.
Theodore VanderWiele won first prize.
Julius 1 Roeta second, and Leon De
Ruter - third. The birds made good
Return From Long Trip.
Oscar Isaacson and William Mueller
arrived home yesterday afternoon on
their motorcycles after having cover
ed 400 miles in three days. They rode
to this city from Olivia, Minn.
evening to consider the matter. For
a number of months the company has
been endeavoring to get favorable ac
tion, but without success. Promoter
Stanton, who attended last evening's
meeting, was given to understand that
there would be no use to try to get
together If he would not consent to
payment of a cash bonus and the plac
ing of all wires in the fire limits un
derground. HELD WORTH 31,000.
Five years ago when the Central
Union company secured a franchise it
paid the city $1,000. It is now felt
that with the growth of population a
phone franchise now ought to be
worth double that sum. Mr. Stanton
grew enthusiastic in telling the coun
cil of the success of independent com
panies in other cities and opined that
his company would put competition
out of business if given half a chance.
He said he expected to have 200 men
at work in Rock Island soon. The
company has" secured franchises in the
three cities without payment of a
bonus in any case. "
The annual appropriation ordinance
carrying $58,430 for the year ending
March 31, 1914, which has been in
effect for several months, was passed
to conform to the state law.
Leonard Fones was approved as po
liceman, making the third man on the
night force, in addition to the watch
man maintained by the merchants in
the business district. Fones will patrol
the new shop3 addition.
Klem & Sons, who are grading the
Twelfth avenue hill, were advised to
sprinkle Thirteenth street to keep
down the dust, on pain of forfeiture
of the right to use the street
Washington Representative Levy
of New York introduced a resolution
to direct the attorney general to sus
pend proceedings in the federal dis
solution suit against the United
States Steel corporation on the ground
that it has expended $1,575,000,000 for
labor in the last ten years, decreased
the cost of producing steel and aided
in increasing iron- and steel exports.
"Can be depended upon" is an ex
pression we all like to hear, and when
it is used in connection with Cham
berlain's Colic, Cholera and Diarrhoea
Remedy it means that it never fails to
cure diarrhoea, dysentery or. bowel
complaints. It Is pleasant to take and
equally valuable for children and
adults. Sold by all druggists. (Adv.)
OF LOCAL INTEREST
OBITUARY RECORD II
Bound Over for Larceny.
William May of Butte, Mont was
bound over to the grand Jury in the
sum of $100 by Justice Wheelock to
day on the charge of larceny. He
Is accused of taking a pair of trou
sers from Sam Rubenstein, owner of
a clothing store on Third avenue.
Jennie Zamis, 3-months-old child of
Mrs. John Zamis, died at the home,
350 Ninth street yesterday of sum
mer complaint. The father died a
few months ago. Funeral services
will be held at St Mary's church
Thursday morning at 9 o'clock. Rev.
J. S. Kelly officiating. . V
AH the news all vbe time - Thf
J. V. CLAAR HEADS LODGE
Chosen Noble Grand by Odd Fei owa,
Who Postpone Degree Work.
Officers were elected'last evening
by lodge Xo. 13S, I. O. O. F. Installa
tion will take place Tuesday, Oct 7.
Initiation work will not be begun till
cooler weather, after the degree team
returns from the conclave at Minne
tpol'.s. Officers chosen last evening
are : '
. Koble Grand J. V. Claar.
Vice Grand E. A. Rhydenhaar. '
Watertown village board passed the
tax levy ordinance at its meeting
Tuesday evening. The ordinance car
ries $1,850, $550 for officers, $500 for
streets and alleys, $500 for printing,
light and fuel, and $50 for health. Per
mission was given to the state'to lay
a sewer from the hospital for the in
sane across Second and Seventh
streets and Twelfth avenue, ending a
long controversy with the hospital of
ficers and insuring better sewer serv
ice for the big institution on the hill.
Some People We Know and We Will
Profit by Hearing About Them.
This Is a purely local event.
It tock place In Rock Island.
Not in some faraway place.
You are asked to investigate it.
Ask to believe a citizen's word;
To confirm a citizen's statement.
Any article that is endorsed at home
Is more worthy of confidence
Than one . you know nothing about
Endorsed by unknown people.
L. Range. 723 Seventeenth street
Rock Island, 111., says: "In 1897 I gave
a public statement recommending
Doan's Kidney Pills. Since them I
have used them once in awhile and
tbey have kept me free from kidney
complaint For many years my back
was in such bad shape that I could
hardly more. The action of my kid
neys was irregular and painful and I
was in bad shape when I began using
Doan's Kidney Pills. I got them at
the Harper House pharmacy and they
restored my kidneys to a normal con
dition." For sale by all dea?ers. Price 50
cents. Fos'ter-Milburn company, Buf
falo, N. Y, sole agents for the Uniteo
Remember the name Doan's and
take no other. (Advertisement)
CONTROL OF HARDWARE
PASSES TO NEW HANDS
D. H. Duncan has secured the con
trolling Interest in the Froyd Hard
ware company, whose store it at Fif
teenth street and Sixth avenue. An
ton Froyd, head of the firm, will con
tinue in charge till a competent man
is secured to succeed him. Then he
will devote his time to the affairs of
the Moline Mutual Fire Insurance
company of which he was one of the
organisers. Mr. Froyd has been in
business here 20 years. He took Ca
nadian land and city property in ex
change for the controlling interest in
the hardware firm, which is capitalized
States questioning the purchase of cer
tain telephone properties in the north
west, as well as the pending Interstate
Commerce Commission telephone in
vestigation, have caused many inquir
ies. ' Without taking up anything going
to the merits of these proceedings, it
has seemed proper to us to state gener
ally what has beon our policy and pur
pose in the conduct of our business.
We have found, or thought that we
had, that our interests were best serv
ed when the public interests were best
served; and we believe that such suc
cess. as we have had has been because
our business has been conducted on
We believe that our company has an
interest as vital, as that of the public
in the proper administration of the
problems of electrical inter-communication.
The success and prosperity of
our company depend upon a solution of
these problems which shall be sound
from both the standpoiat of the com
pany and the public which it serves.
Following our own best judgment,
supplemented by the best obtainable
advice, we have endeavored to do what
would, best serve the public interest;
wherever possible our plans have been
disclosed to the pjublic in advance, and
whatlia3 been' done in carrying them
out has been along ordinary business
lines, with the implied, and generally,
with 'the expressed approval, authoriz
ation or consent of the municipal and
state authorities directly interested.
Our effort has been not only to obey
the law, but tor avoid everything which
might even have the appearance of an
attempt rt evasion.
Our business methods and policy,
and practically all of the details as to
the transaction of our business, are
matters of common knowledge and are,
and for many years have been, well
known to the government. We will
willingly furnish the government any
additional Information which is in our
possession cr under our control, and
will cordially cooperate with it in ob
taining such further information as it
may require. Every possible assistance
will be given by us to the courts in
their effort to determine whether our
policy is or has been inimical to the
public interest. We desire that any
thing wrong be corrected; we will vol
untarily rectify auy wrong that may
be pointed out to us: and, so far as it
may be determined that our policy or
any act under it is against the public
interest, we will promptly conform to
We believe that if each of our ex
changes were made an independent
unit and if each connecting line were
put under a separate control, the effect
upon the telephone service of the coun
try would be a condition so intolerable
that the public would refuse to submit
to it and would immediately require
such physical connection and common
control of these various units as would
amalgamate them into a single system.
Physical connection in the case of tele
phone or telegraph does not mean
transfer of messages from one line to
the other. It means such a connection
as will permit one person to have the
actual possession of the particular line
of communication from one end of it
to the other and this can only be given
efficiently by exchange systems and
connecting lines under a common con
trol; and that is what the Ball Sys
In this connection, and for general
information, we wiil restate the policy
which controlled the build'ng up of the
Bell System, and our belief as to what
a telephone system should be, and what
are its relations to the public.
We believe In and were the first to
advocate state or government control
and regulation of public utilities; that
this control or regulation should be by
permanent quasi-judicial bodies, acting
after thorough investigation and gov
erned by the equities of each case;
and that the control or regulation, be
yond requiring the greatest efficiency
and economy, should not Interfere with
management or operation. We believe
that these bedies, if they are to be
permanent, effective and of public ben
efit, should be thoroughly representa
tive; they should be of such character
and should so conduct their investiga
tions and deliberations as to command
such respect from both tha public and
the corporations that both will without
question accept their conclusions.
We believe that the public would In
this way gt all the advantages and
avoid all the manifest disadvantages
of public ownership.
We believe that centers of business
and pojl ilat'on exist for the conveni
ence of the public as a whole, and that
no such center can prosper without
sufficient and efficient means ci inter
course with other centers and tributary
territories; that snch means con only
be afforded by prosperous utility and
as to make it possible to obtain the
maximum development by making it ;.
IPssible for every cne to be connected'
who will add to the value of the sys-.
tern, thus giving the greatest value to
the greatest number; that the Inter
dpendecs of the telephone service and
the value of complete and universal
inter-communication justify and re-!
quire some services partly at fh? ex
pense cf the whole for the benefit of
We believe ti at the highest commer
cial value can only be attained by one
system under one common control and .
that it cannot be given by independent
systems unless they are operated un-1-dcr
agreements which result in one:
common control and one common in-.
terost, in effect making them a single.
system. We believe that rates should .be so
adjusted as to afford the company suf- -ficient
revenue to pay sijch wages and'
comi nsation as will secure the moot,
efficient service; to mainta'n the very
highest and most advanced standards
of plant and apparatus; . to carry on
such scientific and experimental re
search and inventions as to apparatus'
and methods as to insure the highsst
standards, and to carry to reserve and
depreciation such amounts as will en
able the company at any time to re
place old ulant and old methods as fast
as they may be developed and found :
to be to the advanta-ge of the service.
We believe that, In addition, such fair
charges should be paid upon the in
vestment in plant as will enable the
company at any time to obtain money
necessary to provide tho plant requir
ed to meet the continuing demands of
the public; and in order that waste.
and duplication of effort may be avoid
ed and uniformity of purpose and com
mon control be enforced, that there
should be a centralized general admin- x
istration in close communl cation with ,
and having' general authority over the
whole on matters common to all or
matters of general policy.
Wo believe that any surplus beyond
that necessary to equalize dividends on
a fair basis should be used by the com- '
pany for the benefit of the public and
should be inalienable for any other ;
purpose, and should be either invested '"
la revenue-earning plant until neces- 1
sary to substitute plant which may be-"
come inadequate or obsolete, or should
bo used to make the service cheapar
We b lieve that under proper gov- '
ermnental control and regulation the
profits from promotion or operation al-
lowed to be distributed should not be '
so large as to -warrant or tempt com
plete duplication of plant and organiz- j:
ation, with its duplication of its capital
charges and its organization, operat-i
ing, maintenance and depreciation ex- ?
penses; and we do jjot believe that j
utilities giving at fair rates an efficient '!
and sufficiently comprehensive univer-.,
sal service should be subjected to lim-.
ited competition, not giving such ser--vice.
Competition which ignores the;
obligation to furnish a complete and i
comprehensive service is not competi
tion, is not for the benefit of the nub- j
lie in that it does not reach the whole :
If. therefore, complete duplication.":
with its dual exchange connection and
dual bills for service, is a prerequisite ,
to complete comuatitIon, government
control and regulation cannot go hand ,
in hand with competition.
- Wo relieve that the record of the
P-" SystJin will be accepied bv the'
public as fullv In accord with these.
u.uuiauons. c. onsisient adherence to
this policy has-given the public of the
liaited States the best most com pre-'
hensfva and cheapest telephone service .1
in the world and made. the liell stand
ards the standards of all naticus.
To remove any possible excuse for '
misapprehenHion on account of the
many misleading statements which
have! been circulated as to the alleged 1
unnecessary and over ' capitalization
and excessive charges of the Bell Sys- j
tern, the iollowlng statistics are given. ,
Except wiiere stated, the figures are
for the Hell System; that is, tne Amer
ican 1 elephene and Telegraph, and Its -.
The entire Bill System on June 30. ,
1913, had outstanding in the hands of
the public obligations (I. e.. notes, open '
accounts, bonds and shares) to the '
par value of $776,OiM.MWO.
The book value of the total tangible
assets, which is considerably less than
their replacement value, amounted to
$:m;0,00o,iuo. Many appraisals of prop- "
erty included in these assets have been '
made, tuwl most of them under the Oi
iection of public authorities. In no
castt has the value as it stands on th:.' .
books failed to .be sustained, and m
most cases it has been very largely :
The total dividends and interest raid :
during the year 1912 amounted to only
Cl per cent on tha average of Its out- ..
standing obligations, and to less than
5 per cent on the average value of its .
The actual cash which has beenprid :
Into the treasury of the American Tel-
ephone and Telepranh comoanv on ac
count of the canital obligations now C
outstanding amountsto$22.000,(OOmore i
i ban the par of such outstanding obli- .
gations. : r
The associated companies collected
from the publ'c and pal back in taxes '
over $10,000,000 during the vear 1912.
The steadily Increasing necessities of -the
public net only for additional but
ior new K-lenaone service can only be
service comnanien and that fair mfa i met. by new construcl'ou. involving
.1 capital c
TO PLAN REORGANIZATION
Conference Called on Home Building
and Loan Association.
Officers of the Mollne Home Build
ing and Loan association will confer
this evening at 7:30 with the home
building committee of the Greater Mo
line committee in regard to the re
organisation of the association for
which a stock selling campaign has
been conducted with success. The
meeting will be held at the Commer
cial club rooms.
Breaks Her Arm.
Mrs. Charles Friberg slipped on the
wet grass at her home, 440S River
drive, yesterday afternoon and broke
both bones of the left forearm.
are essential to prosperous companies.
We do not believe that any public I
either desires or can obtain, nor can 1
any service or utility furnish, perma
nent and efficient service at less than
cost. Including capital charges. We bs
lieve that ultimatsly the public either
directly or indirectly pays the Iosse3
involved In the efforts to furnish such
service at less than its fair cost, either
through the loss of the capital involv
ed, the losses Incident to poor service
or the necessary increase in charges
required to play for duplication of cap
ital. We believe that the highest commer
cial value of the telephone service de
pends on its completeness on the ex
tent and comprehensiveness of the fa
cilities for lnter-communication, not
only between individuals, but between
centers of population; that no isolated
section can be considered independ
antly of any other section or of the
whole; that rates must be so adjusted
pital outlay. To meet these demands
during the six and one-half years from J
1U07 In .lnn 'WX irwliini vo tho In. J
crcaee In telephone plant was as fol-
lows: Toll line wire increased from
1.400.000 miles to 2,242,000 miles- ex- :
change wire Increased from C.OTjO.OOU -miles
to 13.00u.000: the number of ex-
chance stations incrFased from 2,730,-i
000 to 5,200.000: the number cf sta-.
ttons of Indenendent compan'es con--ncctfid
with the Bell System is about
i'o.ooo. The number of emnloves in -th
Bell System, not including: the em- ,'
n'ove of connected companies, on Dec. '
31. 1912. was 141.000.
DiTinp- this same nerlod the number
of shareholders of the American Tele
phone and Telenrach eomnany. not In- U
clr.rtins either the asoc'ated or con- '
rrted companies, increased from 17-
000 to about 54.000. About 47,000 "
sharEholders hold less than 1C1 shore i
each: II.oOO shareholders hold from '
100 to 1,000 shares each: 347 rhare
holdcrs hold from I.OOo to 5.0HO ahares-1'
each, wh'le there are only 1C shar-.. .'
holders of 5.000 shares or ,over in
their own right.- A majority, of he '
shareholders are women. - . i ; -'-
mm TELEPHONE AND TELEGR4F11 CO.'
Tiico. R. Vail, Praidcal