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Handed to the City Council Committee
on Gas, Oil and Electric Lights
by the Hello Trust
Company Will Tell People the Time Free
But They Must Pay for All
Emergency Calls.
If a Robber Is
Out the
Telephone Company Says
' to Twenty-Five
The Telephones Monopoly Is going to
do wonders for tho people.
It Is going to tell tho tlmo of day to
persons using pay-ln-ndvance ntckel-ln-thc-slot
mnchlncB froo of charge.
All customers dropping a nickel In
the slot for the purpose of asking the
time of day will have their nlckol re
turned. Think of Itl
What stupendous generosity!
An employo of the Tolephono Com.
pany told the City Council committee
on gas, oil and electric lights about it
and the admiration excited for tho
good hearted telephone company was
The Telephone Company's hired man
did not tell the, committee that the
company would return all nickels paid
In advance for wrong number.
Oh, no.
He did not tell the committee that
the company would refund nickels
where other service called for was not
He simply gave the committee to un.
derstand that the company would tell
the subscribers the time of day, it they
asked for It, but they must put their
nickel In the slot first and then the
good-hearted company would return It
to them after looking at the clock and
telling the hour.
Really, the Telephone Company
must think the population of Chicago
it one vast Joke.
It has so much fun with It.
The company, through lta employe,
Informed the Council committee bland
ly that the prepayment device would
prevent emergency calls. .
But what of that when the customer
can get the time for nothing.
A burglar may break Into a bouse
where there la a defenseless woman
and she cannot call for help or utilise
her telephone until ahe hunts around
and finds a nickel.
A bouse may be on Are, but the Tele
phone Company wants that nickel be
fore the firemen can be called.
The company wonts the City Coun
cil to help It out In this pay-in-advance
scheme because it says that the people
of Chicago cheat it out of $18,000 to
$25,000 a year on the old system of
This gratuitous Insult to a long-suffering
public was permitted to pass un
challenged by the aldermen.
"The prepayment devices," the com
pany's agent told the committee, "will
save between 918,000 and $25,000 for
the company each year. That tho com
pany loses approximately that amount
each year by telephone users 'cheating'
there is little doubt
"We have been gradually installing
these devices for several years, and
we think they are giving universal sat
isfaction to more than 76 per cent of
our subscribers. The devices elimin
ate interruption by operators and In
sure more rapid connection.
"It has been said that the devices
Will not permit of emergency calls.
That is true, but we have had no com
plaints about that feature. The de
vices arc- installed in many largo cities
and are giving satisfaction."
Street improvements in the down
town' district and along business thor
oughfares in different parts of the
city must all be paid for by owners
of property directly benefited by the
improvements, and the general fund
from taxea of the entire city will no
in the House or
Subscribe" Must
Nickel for Help.
That Chicago People Cheat It Out of Eighteen
Thousand Dollars a Year at Present.
longer bo used In any way to sharo
payment for tho Improvements upon
a plea of public benefits.
This Important ruling, which will
placo the full burden upon tho prop
erty owners along business thorough
fares and exempt tho small homo own
ers nnd taxpayers on residence
streots, was mado public by County
Judgo Owens and Attorney Philip J.
McKcnna, counsol for tho board of
local improvements. Lawyers repre
senting downtown property owners
sought for days to prevail on Judgo
Owens to rule that tho Improvement
of downtown streets and of such busi
ness thorougmfareB as Commercial
avenue, Madison street, .Milwaukee
avenue, Lincoln avenuo and Wont
worth avenue conferred a special pub
lic benefit for all taxpayors, so that
a sharo of tho cost of Improvements
upon such business thoroughfares'
could be paid for from tho general
Did you ever keep tab on the total
of "wrong numbers" you get on the
telephone every day?
That North Side sensation-loving
preacher who assailed Harry Gibbons
in a talk last Sunday has earned the
well-merited contempt of thousands of
Mr. Gibbons' friends. Harry Gibbons
is a man .whose standing In the bus
iness community la above reproach. A
man devoted to his family and re
spected by all with whom he has had
dealings, no frothing and thoughtless
words spoke of him by sensation-mongers
can hurt bis standing in this com
munity. People who pass by the big cold
storage warehouses bavo been Inter
ested the last few days In watching
case after case of cold storage eggs
loaded on the wagons belonging to
prominent concerns, for salo In the
market as extra choice "firsts.."
That San Francisco telephono deal
was pretty well shown up by Detective
Burns In the graft exposures out there.
Now that Chicago has landed the
Republican National convention all
efforts will be centered on landing tho
Democratic also. Several new mem
bers of tho Democratic commltteo
which Mayor Harrison appointed to
procure contributions for tbo conven
tion met with tho original five mem
bers of tho Iroquois Club Tuosday af
ternoon, Those present were: John
W. Eckhart, chairman; CbarloB J.
Voplcka, secretary; Michael Ztmmer,
James Sowers, William L. O'Connell,
Charles H. Wacker, James Simpson,
Charles A, Stevens, J. O. Vaughan,
Simon Fish and J. S. Ager.
Alexander H. Revolt, the well-known
Chicago merchant and public-spirited
cltlsen, made the opening address at
the National Business Congress at tho
Congress Hotel.
Mr. Revell In his speech gave the
following alms .buslnoss men should
work fori
First A more stable tariff schedule.
Second An amended Sherman law.
Third A complete working regula
tion and not a "busting of trusts."
Fourth The defeat of self-seeking
political agitators who continually
a Fire Breaks
Drop a
mako for disordor and disorganize in
dustry. Fifth Party names in politics that
will mean something, or fairly stnblo
party principles that wo can hew to.
Sixth A slnglo six or eight year
term for our President
Seventh An established selitimonf
that will not tolerato in tho futuro tho
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comparatively new and Increasing
practice of a President leaving Wash
ington on short or long trips, tho ap
parent purpose of which is politics.
Eighth A preparation, legally, com
mercially and politically to handle
American Industry In n comprehensive
far-reaching way.
Aldermen who favor the telephone
monopoly will be redlstrlctcd Into prl
vate life by the people.
The whole country demands the
crushing of the butter and egg trust.
The people are watching the tele
phone light closely.
The butter and egg trust should be
mashed. It Is a robber of the poor
and an oppressor of everybody.
Drop a nickel In the slot and get a
"wrong 'number."
The lead-pipe cinch, drop-a-nlckel-n
hem Is a sure thing for the
Work on that new harbor Is slow
but sure. Plans for the first steps
in Chicago's new system of harbors
were submitted to tho Council Com
mltteo on Harbors, Wharves and
Bridges Tuesday afternoon by tho
board of subway and harbor engineers.
City Englneor John Erlcson, chair
man of tho board explained the plans
method of proccduro In the meetings
to bo held on the harbor question. As
sistant Corporation Counsel Maclay
Hoyne will render legal opinions as
to the rights of the city to condemn
certain properties, nnd will draw up
ordinances necessary to carry tho
work forward.
Tho plans as submitted to tho com
mltteo call for nn expenditure- of
$5,000,000, subject to a bond Issue at
tho Spring election. Tho first struc
ture as proposed will bo two piers
2,500 feet long, each 250 feet wldo,
nnd separated by 250 feet of water.
Tho favored location for the piers Is
at tho foot of Illinois and Indiana
streets, but Is necessary because of
condemnation dlfllcultlcs, they may
bo built nt the foot of Ontario and
Erlo streets.
One pier will bo for freight and will
bo fitted with railroad tracks and other
facilities. Tho other plor will have
passongor facilities on tho top deck,
Including a moving sidewalk, for hnn-
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President of the United 8tatos Brewing Company.
dllng the large crowds. Each pier
will have three decks, tho lowest one
being given over to cold storage.
How many times do you got the
right number on the telephone?
The People of Chicago Pray for De
liverance from the Grasp of the
Awful Bell Monopoly.
Chicagoans Forced to Pile Up the Profits of
Three Different Corporations and Thus
Boost Stock Dividends.
The Bell Monopoly Owns the Local Telephone Company and
the Western Electrical Company and Makes One
of Them Patronize the Other.
As the Bell Company Wants a Big Profit Itself It Is Easy to See Why
Telephone Bates Are to Be Baised.
The Telephone Trust has com
menced a bitter and an uncalled for
attack on the Mayor and honest aldor
men of tho city of Chicago who are
fighting for the peoplo's rights against
a heartless monopoly.
The Telephone Trust is opposed to
tho honest, capable and efficient serv-
Ice that Mr. J. Ogdon Armour and his
colleagues are prepared to give to the
city with their automatlo service.
The Telephone Trust has changed
managers in Chicago and hat decided
to throw dirt upon honest men in the
city government who oppose Its dom
ineering and extortionate methods.
The Illinois Tunnel Company nas
fully compiled with the tonus of Its
ordinance and yet the gratters union
Is not satisfied.
It wants tho Illinois Tunnel Com
pany which has expended over $2,300,
000 In Instruments, wires and station
equipments, to bo forced to give up
all of this to satisfy tho Telephone
Any alderman who votes In favor
of nn increase of rates for the Tele
phono Monopoly will be beaton to a
finish the next time ho runs for office.
According to some accounts several
mon who are working for tho mon
opoly and Its franchise may not be
residents of Chicago when the next
election comes around.
The Telephone Monopoly is busy
circulating "ugly rumors" about the
Corporation Counsel, the Mayor and
the honest aldermen who are standing
up for the people's rights.
"Ugly rumors" is good.
Aldermen who are anxious to learn
the truth ought to inquire into the de
tails of the passage of the telephone
ordinance five years ago.
"Ugly rumors"!
Well, there are some pretty ugly
rumors going the rounds Just now.
But the Mayor, Corporation Counsel
and honest aldermen are not the ones
affected by them.
A watchful eye Is being kept on the
situation by too many people to have
It easily misunderstood.
A new report has been ordered on
the books and accounts of the Tele
phone Trust
When the aldermen get that report
they ought to be In a position to low
er rates.
If they raise them thoy will raise
something hotter than this climate
has been for the past few weeks.
From a learned "Expert's" reports
to the City Council we learn that:
Telephone rates should be raised
because the Bell Telephone Company
owns the local telephone company. '
Because the Western Electrical
Company Is also owned by the Bell
Telephone Company.
Because the local telephone com
pany U obliged to buy all of its equip
ment and necessaries from the West
ern Electrical Company.
Because neither the Western Elec
trical Company or the local telephone
company would have big enough prof
its to suit the Bell Telephone, which
owns them, If Chtcago people were
not pressed for a little more cola and
their telephone rates ratted.
Because the local telephone com
pany has Increased its capital stock
from the original $500,000 to $27,000,
000 and $5,000,000 more in bonds.
Because the stockholders would not
get big enough dividends on this Im
mense stock issuo if the people of Cut
oago were not squeezed.
Therefore tho telephone company
has the nerve to ask tho City Council
to raise the rates on the people of
The people of Chicago are to be used
as serfs by the telephone monoply and
the last drop Is to be squeezed out of
In the meantlmo it would be well for
the aldermen to lnaulre Into iSa
leged relations, in the past, of certain
city officials with the above electrical
company, the twin of the local tele
phone company, bath being owned by
the Bell monopoly.
The telephone gang want the conn
ell to raise the rates on all phone.
To abolish all flat phonos and makeV
everybody takes measured service.
To put a nickel In every phone be
fore connection Is made.
Fire Marshal Seyferllch asserted
that as practically one-halt of the Are
and police alarms are received by tele
phone, he did not favor the general
Installation of the "pay-ln-advance"
type of telephone Instrument now be
ing placed In various parts of tho city
by the telephone company.
From the learned telephone expert
whose report waa submitted to the
City Council la May, 1911, we lean em
pages 40 and 60, that the BeU Tele
phone monopoly that reachea all over
the country, owns a controlllag inter
est in the local telephone company aa4)
the Western Eleotrlcal Company, "TM
latter Is purely a manufacturing com
pany," saya the report, "engaged la
the manufacture of Bell telephone ap
paratus and eupplles." la 1904 a con
tract was entered lato between the
local telephone company and the eleo
trlcal company, both of them owaef
by the Bell monopoly, whereby the
local company agreed to purchase all
of its supplies from the electrlo com
pany. Under the terms of this con
tract the electrical company agrees to
deliver to the telephone company r.U
telephone appliances manufactured ai
der the license of the Bell Telephone
Company. The local telephone com
pany, on the other band, agrees to pur
chase all Its supplies from the eleo
trlcal company.
Here we have a fine sample of how
the parent monopoly makes the sub
sidiary monopolies pile up profits for
each other and the publlo pays the
On page 62 of the report of this
"Expert" to the City Couaoll we find
the statement made that the Bell mce
opoly charges a rental of 63 ceate per
station for each set of Instrument!
This would amount to $ltl,tM
yearly, but the expert discovered that
the local company really paid the
parent company $365,711 last year.
About this enormous overcharge the
"expert" naively says on page 69 of
the report now in the hands of the
Council committee: "la Justification
of the payment of the difference be
tween these amounts, or $919,411, the
Chicago company receives certain
services from the parent company
which it is claimed are worth the
amount paid.
These service consist of technical
advice and counsel and the use of ap
paratus patented by the parent com
pany. What do you think of tbatT
And then the aldermen are asked
to raise the rates on the people te
help the local company out.
Any alderman who votes to raise
rates should be outlawed,
Rates are twice as much as they
ought to be at the present tlmo. They
should be reduced.
The telephone monopoly obliges the
users of nickel phonos to guarantee 6
;rr ,r.r v" ?nlB!
' of nickels falls short of the rumntee

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