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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, August 27, 1913, Image 30

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his satelites are so imbued with an
assinine stubbornness that even in
the face of the ridicule and resent
ment of the men who are paying
their per capita tax into the Build
ing Trades Council that they will
continue with this Bocalled Union
Labor Day Edition in the Hearst
papers of Chicago, but take it from
one who is in touch with the move
ment that the days of this class of
so-called labor leaders are drawing
to a close in the city of Chicago.
It will be remembered that in a
recent edition of the Chicago Exam
iner great jubilation was expressed
by O'Donnell & Company in regard
to the manner in which their ideas
were successful in settling the recent
lockout in the building trades in the
city of Chicago, but we who are in
a position to know the trend of events
can certify that the reason that the
lockout failed was because the vari
ous employers' associations connect
ed with the Building Erectors' Asso
ciation refused by a vote in their
meetings to ratify the lockout order
coming from the Executive Board of
the Building Erectors' Association;
so that it will be seen that all of the
bunk sent forth in regard to an arbi
tration plan settling that controversy
is manufactured from whole cloth.
This statement by me can be readily
verified by consultation with mem
bers of associations who refused to
lock their men out; hence the failure
of the lockout. Arthur Thorp,
12 W. Indiana St.,
Chicago, El.
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Editor Day Book:
Automatic telephones should be in
use all over Chicago today. Chicago
gave a telephone franchise to the Illi
nois Telephone & Telegraph Com
pany in 1899, on a promise that a
competing telephone systom of auto
matic 'phones would be built.
This company has spent nearly
$40,000,000 in building freight tun
nels during the fourteen years and
less than $6,000,000 in building the
automatic telephone system, that it
promised to give the city's telephone
It had to be forced from time to
time into spurts of development, but
did not at any time do more than
actually required to hold its fran
chise. It has shown bad faith all along
on the telephone matter and finally
entered into a secret deal with its
competitor contrary to the provi
sions of the forfeiture clause in its
franchise to sell out.
It now comes before the Chicago
Council and asks to have that body
of the people's representatives ap
prove the sale, so that it will not have
to bother with this mere adjunct to
its tunnel railroad business. Will the
council grant what it asks?
At the recent gas, oil and electric
light committee meeting, when the
matter came up, there did not seem
to be but one member opposed to the
sale, nor were the ethics of the trans
action considered.
The only question was that of the
value of property to be sold for $6,
300,000 which was raised by Aid.
Merriam, and an appraisel is now be
ing made'. The city should tell the
company to carry out its part of the
bargain of 1899 or turn the telephone
plant over to the city.
A municipal telephone plant for
Chicago is an immediate possibility,
and is the only honorable course for
the city to take in this matter. A
modern automatic telephone plant
will ultimately give us penny service
as against three, four and five cent
service of the monopoly.
The Telephone Users' Ass'n,
29 LaSalle St
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Every year over sixteen million
sheep and Iambs are slaughtered in
Australia for export, and beef total
ing over 100,000,000 pounds is sent
out annually for oversea consumption.

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