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control of a wonderful invention, which it could lock up in its vaults and
deprive the people of the whole country of its use.
It asks Chicago to help the trust eliminate competition not only in
the city of Chicago, but in the entire United States; and to deprive the
people of Chicago and the entire country of the use of a wonderfully useful
If the users of the automatic telephones want to prevent this gigantic
deal going through they have little time to Ipse about getting busy.
. It is reported that the deal between the two companies has been agreed
to for over a year, and that all that blocks it is the city's consent to the sale.
The newspapers of Chicago are strangely silent. Nothing is being
done to protect the interests of telephone users. Even the bare news of the
gigantic deal is being suppressed; and all the people hear is that two tele
phones are a nuisance, and that one telephone is much more convenient
- The Day Book suggests that users of automatic telephones organize
at once a telephone users' association to protect their rights; and if the
users of Bell telephones could see that this means as much to them as it
does to users of automatic 'phones, every telephone user in town who isn't
controlled by the trust would join such an association and fight to save
Chicago and the country from a gigantic telephone monopoly.
The council committee on gas, oil and electric light is having a hearing
on this very matter this afternoon. It is hoped by the frenzied financiers
who are' trying to pull off the deal to rush the thing through council next
Monday night, before the people can find out what is on.
. In the meantime watch how YOUR favorite paper handles this story,
and then guess whether it is working for the telephone trust or the people
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WHAT ARE THE WAGES PAID
GIRLS IN CHICAGO?
Portland, Ore., July 24. The first
conference called in the United
States under a compulsory minimum
wage law has decided that $40 a
month or $9.25 a week is "the sum
required to maintain in a frugal but
decent condition of living a self-supporting
woman employed in a mer
cantile establishment in Portland."
The conference consisted of rep
resentatives of employers, employes
and social workers. It will recom
mend the establishment of $9.25 a
week 'as the compulsory minimum
wage for women to be established in
Los Angeles' surprise for Sec'y
Daniels is a lot of pretty maidens
dressed up in pants for a maritime
dance. A winner! Josephus will sure
ly take in that town again on his
CAR AND HOSE CART CRASH
FOUR FIREMEN HURT
Pour firemen were cut and bruised
and passengers in a Milwaukee ave
nue car were thrown into a panic
when a hose cart of Engine Company
No. 40 crashed into the street car at
Dearborn and Washington streets
while responding to an alarm.
The car was running east on
Washington street when it came to a
sudden stop. The driver of the hose
cart was unable to turn his horses,
and the pole on the wagon penetrated
the rear of the car. The horses were
thrown to the ground, but were not
The firemen hurt were Capt. G. H.
Thompson, M. L. Sullivan, driver; C.
A. Collins and W. J. Carey, pipemen.
Huh! President Wilson's way out
of that Mexican scrape is easy. Rec
ognize both the Constitutionalistas
and the Huertatistas,