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said Bone. "Either the automatic
goes out or out comes our 'phones
Which is it to be?"
White laughed. He did not believe
that any public service corporation,
even in Chicago, would dare-use force
to put the Bell's ultimatum into effect
"Don't you see we HAVE to have
both phones in our business," he said
"You CAN'T have 'em both," said
"But why?" asked White.
"Just because," said Bone, ilium'
inatingly. - f
"But don't you see that what
you're saying, to me, is just like my
grocer saying to me: You bought
a basket of peanuts from my rival
last night; just for that you can't
buy any more groceries from me at
all, and if you've got any of my gro
ceries about you now, you've got to
give 'em up?"
Bone just stared.
"And don't you see also," asked
White, "that if you tried to pull any
thing like this across a state line
you'd find yourself being prosecuted
by the government so fast it would
make your head swim?"
"That's all I came in to say," said
Bone, backing out the door. "Out
goes the automatic or out comes the
White still laughed. Neither he
nor his partner believed the Bell ac
tually would take out their tele
But to make sure, White went to
a lawyer, and asked him if the Bell
Company could take out the 'phones
forcibly within the law.
"Certainly not," said the lawyer,
indignantly. "Certainly not! The
idea! They can't do anything like
that. You go home and keep both
'phones; the Bell people can't take
So White went back to his partner
comforted, and thought little more
about Bone's threat.
But what a corporation can do
within the law, and what it does
without the law anyhow, are two en
tirely different things.
Yesterday afternoon, a -Chicago j
Telephone, wagon, backed" out up to
Rankin & White's drug store.
Three men got off the wagon and gb
entered the store. A clerk asked
them what they wished.
"Come to take out your 'phones,"
said the leading man, shortly.
"But I can't allow you to do that
until the proprietor comes In; he'll
be in Jn a few minutes if you'll, just
wait." - - -
"Get out of the way, you dam. nig
ger," said the telephone company
agent, and he and his men went to
work on tie booths.
Half an hour later, the Chicago. i
Telephone Company's wagon,, drove '
away from Rankin & White's irug.
In it were three men and the rem
nants oftwo telephone booths.and in
struments. In Rankin & White's drug store
there was a gaping space against-one ,
The Day Book went to Alfred R..
Bone to find out if the Bell Company
was going to make a practice of do
ing this over the entire city. Also to
inquire if the practice was going to.
be extended to all offices and homes
Bone first was asked about the re
moval of the Bell 'phones from. Ran
kin & White's store.
"I don't know anything about it,",
he said at first.
The reporter contrived to revive
Mr. Bone's memory and Mr. Bone re- )
membered about it
"Why did you remove the 'phones
and was your doing so legal?" asked
the reporter. . ,- j
"Certainly it was legal," said Bone.
"We never do anything illegal." "
"Can you show me the section of j.
the law which -permits you to go-
upon anotner man s property and
forcibly remove telephone booths on
which he is paying you rental?" ask-
ed the reporter.