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BELL TELEPHONE COMPANY
HAS AUTOMATIC SYSTEM
By Harold D. Stroud.
It has developed from recent au
thoritative information that the Bell
Company is offering to sell automatic
telephones in England, France, Ger
many, Canada, AustraliaNew Zea
land and other foreign countries.
The Western Electric Co. has a
.branch factory at Antwerp, Belgium,
where most of the automatic appara
tus is made which is being offered to
the foreign trade.
This factory is in charge of Mr.
Frank McBerty, formerly an expert
on patents for the Western Electric
Co., which is the manufacturing de
partment of the Bell Company. Mr.
McBerty worked for a number of
years with a corps of high-salaried
engineers and experts at 72d and A
streets, New York., perfecting the
system now being offered in the for
eign field in competition" with that of
the pnly other automatic telephone
system not under their control,
. namely that of the Automatic Elec
tric Company of Chicago.
It is a peculiar and significant fact
that, while they are advocating auto
matic service and praising it to the
skies in foreign countries, here in the
United States they are making every
possible effort to suppress it, because
of the fear that the far superibr ser
vice given by automatic telephones
will create a sentiment that will com
pel them to replace all their ex
changes with the more modern kind.
To say that this is short-sighted
policy is a mild criticism. They must
know they cannot stay the march of
progress, and even if they could buy
the patents, factory, etc., of the Au
tomatic Electric Co. the courts would
compel them to furnish the equip
ment for modern exchanges to any
one who could purchase it, so that
there is no danger of the source of
supply being cut off.
Municipalities can now and always
will be able to buy automatic tele
phones if they want them, and the
next ten years will see a great move
ment in the direction of municipally
owned telephone systems in the
United States. It is the only correct
solution of the problem. This is gen
erally agreed to by those who study
the matter at all seriously.
MRS. EATON'S TRIAL ON
Boston, Oct. "14. The trial of Mrs.
Jennie May Eaton, charged with the
murder of her husband, Rear Admiral
Joseph Giles Eaton, began today and
Mrs. Eaton was taken in a closed car
riage to the courtroom, closely
guarded against any crowd that
It is believed that the proceedings
will last several weeks. The prose
cution contends that the admiral was
poisoned, but it is not known wheth
er the authorities have succeeded in
locating the source from which Mrs."
Eaton is supposed to have obtained
THE HIGH COST OF COURTING
Cleveland, O., Oct. 1.4. Hight cost
of "courting a girl" is shown byitem
ized statement which James H. Fort,
suing Mrs. Kathryn Bowers-Williams
for breach, of promise, submitted to
court. Fort also asks $35,000 for in
jured feelings and broken heart.
Amusements for 35 weeks, $70
Railroad fare for trips to visit Mrs!
Bowers and pleasure jaunts, $722.88
One pair of gloves, $2.50. Willow
plume, $7.00. Handkerchiefs, per
fumes, etc., $6.80. Two pairs of
"I don't think your father feelss
very kindly toward, me," said Mr.
"You misjudge him. The morning
after you called on me he seemed
quite worried for fear I had not treats
ed you with proper courtesy."
"Indeed! What did he say?"
"He asked me how I could be so
rude as to let you go away without,