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ONE MAN'S OPINIONS
BY 1M. D. COCHRAN
Boll 'Phone Users. Subscribers to
the Chicago Telephone Co. may think
they are not interested in the matter
of the 'phone trust taking over the
automatic, but they ARE.
It is proposed that the Bell 'phone
trust shall take over the 'phone plant
of the tunnel company and pay for it
$6,300,000, that money will come out
of the pockets of the subscribers of
the Chicago Telephone Co. For un
der the terms of its franchise the Chi
cago Co. has the right to add this
amount to its capitalization; and
that means 'phone rates would be
charged that would pay the interest
on the additional capitalization.
I can't see why council should se
riously consider granting the request
of the two 'phone companies and give
the city's consent to the merger. The
city will get nothing in return for the
grant aad will put its own neck in
the noose of the 'phone trust.
Besides, council would throw away
the best chance any large city in the
country has to establish a municipal
'phone system, with a 'phone in every
home and the best possible service at
a penny a call.
There is no doubt in my mind
about the tunnel company having
forfeited not only its telephone rights,
but its telephone system as well.
There are two forfeiture clauses in
the original grant; one forfeits the
plant to the city if the automatic
hasn't 20,000 bona-fide subscribers;
the other provides for forfeiture if
the tunnel company sells out to any
other 'phone company or enters into
an agreement to sell out.
The automatic is actually serving
20,000 bona-fide subscribers and it
has entered into an agreement to sell
its plant to another 'phone company;
for both companies are asking coun
cil to give the city's consent toa sale
already agreed upon as to terms.
It means millions to the 'phone
trust to get the city's consent; but it
also means millions to 'phone users
for council to refuse to give that con
sent, and to go ahead and establish
a municipal 'phone system, using the
infinitely superior automatic service.
1 It Pays to Be Rjch. For instance,
a man whose taxes might amount to
several thousand dollars can fail to
file a schedule, AND
Be fined $150.
But the man whose taxes wouldn't
amount to $20 can't afford to fail to
file it might cost him $150.
Here's a biblical quotation:
"To him who hath shall be given,
and from .him who hath not shall be
taken away even that which he
Or words to that effect.
The custom is to take away from a
man even what he hasn't got.
We say we no longer imprison for
debt, but we DO.
We fine a man for some offense. If
he has the money he pays the fine. If
he hasn't the money he goes to'
So we really send him to prison for
not having the money to pay a fine.
The rich man can pay the fine and
go out and do it again.
If this world doesn't make you
laugh it makes you cry.
But it pays to be rich. In some
My guess is, however, that State's
Attorney Hoyne won't put the law on
the little fellow who fails to file.
That would be one way of evening
things up just a little bit
I make the prediction that if a fel
low's taxes wouldn't amount to over
$20 Hoyne won't bother him.
I'm merely guessing that he is after
the fellows he ought to be after the
The play, "Damaged Goods," has
given Los Angeles "a splendid moral
impetus," it is announced. They're
going to examine and isolate all va
grant women. So they won't con-
taminate the vagrant men, probably.