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SOME THINGS A FIFTY-BUCKS-A-DAY EXPERT
DON'T KNOW SHOWN IN PHONE HEARING
Kempster B. Miller, known as a
"telephone engineer," who got $50 a
day for 100 days valuating the au
tomatic phone systenr-for the city
council gas-oil committee, was a wit
ness before state utilities com'n to
day. Answering questions of Fayette
Munro, attorney for Public Owner
ship league, he gave these figures on
what the automatic phone system is
Reproduction cost, or what any
body would have to pay out if they
wanted to build another system like
Junk value or what you could sell
it for as scrap, $949,689.
Value to the Chicago Telephone
After looking over these figures,
Munro asked Miller who it was that
advised Banker Charlie Dawes and
Banker Dave Forgan to issue
$4,000,000 of receiver's notes to push
the automatic in a business way.
Miller said he didn't know, but it
was reported an engineer, B. C.
Groh, gaye the advice on which this
big money plunge was taken by the
The Los Angeles automatic phone
system is a go and a winner, Miller
testified, even though it has a pow
erful manual system to compete
Q. If an automatic system is once
successfully established can it be op
erated cheaper than the manual
A. I wouldn't want to answer that
until I had made a study in a large
Q. Do you agree with the showing
of Former Public Service Com'r
Montague Ferry that inter-connecting
service between manual and
automatic systems is practicable?
A. It is quite feasible technically.
To all questions on what is the
competitive value of the automatic
,or just how much cash it's worth to i
the Chi. Tel. Co. to choke off all au
tomatic competition, the $50-a-day
engineer wouldn't answer and said
Interesting witnesses to come are
Chauncey Keep, the Marshall Field
estate representative on the Chi.
Tel. Co. directorate; Morton L. John
son, president of the Penny Phone
league and one of the organizers of
the Public Ownership league, and
Montague Ferry. ,
The world's greatest newstraitoc
is still snarling and barking at the
heels of the president.
Kick back, Woodrow. Hit 'em a
swift kick in the face.
Senator Ham Lewis says he will
decide whether he will permit the
confirmation of Chi.'s new post
master. "Lord love us, how we apples
Ham's head is so swelled he has
to reach out with a garden rake to
By the way, why doesn't Willie
Hearst invade and pacify Mexico all
It's his ranch, not Uncle Sam's.
That flood of telegrams to Wash
ington might have been more effec
tive if not so well organized.
It was overdone. Too much ma
But it was nuts for the telegraph
The bloodthirsty gringos who want
an army to go kill Mexicans are not
Let em alone and the Mex will kill
Prominent Methodist ministers
join in argument that rule against
members' dancing -should be abolished.
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