OTHER BIG CITIES MAKE AUTO
PHONE SERVICE A CO. '
' Automatic phone systemB are
working well in all the large cities of
Earope ana 'behind the cattle lines
of the big war, 'according to testi
mony of Montague'Ferry befof e state
utilities commission i Wednesday.
Ferry was public sesvice commissiOn
er under the Harrison administra
tis, and is a telephone engineer and
I puDiic uumy expert, ne saiu tue
' best telephone . engineers" in. the
. world are for the. automatic phone
system as againstthe Bell inanual
system on points of. quicker connec
tion, cheaper operating cost and
secreey of connections.
Fastening the Bellmanual system
on Chicago by. junking the auto-
. matic is not a good telephone policy
for the city of Chicago, according to
Ferry. Behind the grab of the auto
matic is the big wire communication
trust, the American" Telephone &
Telegraph Co., killing a competitor,
" " in his view.
J "I do not hold any theory that the
Chicago Telephone Co., having once'
obtained a complete monopoly, is
going to makeR easier for. the, city 1
to own and operate a phone system
of its own," ran his testimony. The
-American Telephone & Telegraph
Co. has so far successfully thwarted
and postponed municipal ownership
of any telephone system in the IT. S.
. "Technically, the automatic las
shown superiority.' In San Fran
cisco, operated under an efficient
' . management, phone users were able
v to get connections in 3 seconds."
Com. Yates .If you had to .settle
it yourself would you decide that
cities iri IHInoisshould be permitted
( to have dual phone systems?
' Ferry Dual systems are not ideal.
But I w,culd rathei have a dual sys
' tern than ruthless monopoly fixing
intolerable rates based on fictitious
Yates The reason. I ask is be
cause we are going to be confronted
.with -that very question.
Ferry A measure of competition
is desirable. In Chicago, for instance,.
it is entirely practicable that inter
connection can be established be- ;
tween automatic and Bell systems"!.
That done, any automatic subscribe,
.ers.who wanted to talk tjo a Bell sub- ,
scriber could do so. And vice fersa. '
Public Ownership league, Penny
Phone league. Teachers' Federation,
Women's Trade Union league, Chi
cago Federation-' of Labor, Central
Edgewater Improvement ass'n and
25th Ward Civic club had represen
tatives at hearing. After, conference
today independent phone companies
will withdraw from suit if -granted
long distance ' phone connections
with Chicago: Etablic Ownership ,
league wU14hen carry on fight alone. "
' Federation-. of Men Teaohers, Wom
en Teachers and High School Teach
ers dine at City club at 6 p. m., FrL
Speakers: Edgar Lee Masters, John
Fitzpatrick and Aid. Rodriguez.
t Herbert' Bigelow, pres. of Ohio's'
fourth constitutional: convention,
will adddress Single Tax club, FrL,
8 p. m Schiller hall, 64 Vk Randolph,
oil "Old Age Pensions for America."
Jewish Educaitonal alliance ban
quet. Sun. night; 1243 N. Wood. Max
Shulman; main speaker.
Vaudeville benefit for Milwaukee
Downer 'college endowment fund,
Central Music hall, 64 E. Van Buren,
Tues., May 23.
Concert for Korostishever Educa
tional league, Br. 540, Workmen's'
Circle, West Side Auditorium, Tay
lor and Racine av., Safe, 8 p. m.
Federation of Women High School
Teachers meets FrL, 4:30 p. m., Cty
qhib. q o
New York. Harrv Lauder has (riv
en the allies $500,000 don't faint
he gave it to them in "time," not in -money.
Canny Scot said he had giv
en mac mucu appearing at many en
tertainments for soldiers. .
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