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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 datefor the wedding yet 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 oyer 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. (Continued.) 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 Vfe cents, is lower. But our telegraphrates 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 an"d social conditions are like our own. Our toll or long-distance telephone rates - are even more aggravated. They are based on ,a scale of 6 miils 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 subh talks per 'phone in use we are near to the bottom of the list, with 13 countries ahead pf us. There are only three countries, in which the average charge per-lecal teiepnone can exceeas me rate or 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 rims 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 run from as low as $8 per annum in Norway to ;$14 in the Netherlands, while in Switzerland, "after the second year, the measured rate is $7:72 plus a cent a call. But in all tnese countries the telephone has.beeri postalized and the user gets the jjenefrt of the pub lic service motive. It is only fair to ask, do these rates pay? The only general answer which can be given to this question is that in no :ountry wnere tne teiepnone ana .olograph have been postalized do the-