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sistance from them. r
Pa keeps asking me when 'it Is to
be. I think pa wants my room. It's
the best room in the house. But I
haven't set the date f orthe. wedding
My fiance doesn't seem to under
stand the delay. He says I ought to
fix a definite day and then get busy
on my trousseau. I find that's one
thing I object to. Working on a
trousseau helps pass the time away.
What I want is something to make
the wedding day look so far off that
I'd really be anxious to overtake it.
I can't get excited at all over my wed
ding. Probably if I go away a while and
don't see Cuthbert, I will feel more
like wanting him. Yes, that's what
I need a parole!
So, without saying anything to
Cuthbert, I packed up and went on
a visit to my Aunt Salsify in Connec
ticut. As soon as the train started
a great weight lifted itself off my
chest. I hadn't a care in the world.
I read a magazine and ate caramels
with all my former girlish artlessness.
OUR TELEPHONE AND TELEGRAPH CHARGES
THE SCANDAL OF PUBLIC SERVICE RATES
BY DAVID J. LEWIS,
Representative in Congress and
Father.of Parcel Post
Our telephone and telegraph
charges are the scandal of public-
service rates the world over. And.
yet our postal rates rank among the
lowest of all. Among twenty-one
principal countries, only Japan, with
a letter rate of iy2 cents-, is lower.
But our telegraph rates are the high
est; we rank 15th among 15 coun
tries. The result of high rates is that
we can use the telegram but little.
We rank but 9th as users among 17
countries, with about one (1.10) tele
gram per capita, as against over eight
in New Zealand, where wage levels
and social conditions are like our
Our toll or long-distance telephone
rates are even iriore aggravated.
They are based on a scale of 6 mills
a mile, i. e., the rate for 500 miles
$3 for three minutes, the nearly uni
versal conversational unit.
The American toll rates run from
four to eight times those of Europe.
The result is that Germany shows
over five "long-distance" talks per
capita per annum, and we but three.
In number of such talks per 'phone in
use we are near to the bottom of the
list, with 13 countries ahead of us.
There are only three countries in
which the average charge per local
telephone call exceeds the rate of let-
ter postage. The Bell rate makes us
one of these three. In the other thir
teen countries the local call averages
but half .the postage rate. Here it
runs above the letter rate, and in the
large cities runs from once to twice
the street car fare!
The unlimited yearly rates of Lon
don are $82.79; Paris, $77.20; Berlin,
$43.20, and Stockholm, $24.44, alto-
gether $227.63. The rate for a lim
ited service of. 5,700 calls a year,
about 15 per' day, in New York is
$228. Washington pays $168 more
than Amsterdam, at $26; Rotterdam,
$36; Auckland, $34.09; Tokio, $34,
and The Hague, $26, combined, for
unlimited services. For smaller
towns, the annual rates rim from as
low as $8 per annum jn Norway to
$14 in the Netherlands, while in
Switzerland, afteF the second jrear,
the measured rate is $7V72 plus a
cent a calL But in all these countries
the telephone has been postalized and
the user gets the benefit of the pub-
lie service motive.. ' .
It is only fair to ask, do these rates
The only general answer which can
be given to this question is that in no
country where the telephone and
telegraph have been postalized do the