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littered Second Class Mttr October 11. 189, at the Pott
Office at Chicago, Illinois, under Act of March 3rd, 1879.
Entered aa Seeond Clue Matter October 11, ItM, at the Pott
Office at Chicago, Illinois, under Act of March 3rd, 17.
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The Progressive Strength in the Legis-
lature Will Stand by the Governor
and Aid His Reforms.
This Will Give
No Bi-Partisan Alliance or Other Scheme Can Break Down
This Combination Which Has for Its Object
the People's Rights.
Any Movement Put on
of His
Governor Dunno will have a solid
working majority behind him in tho
. legislature
Tho Progressives will unite with the
majority of tho Democrats to curry
out tho reforms to which the now
oxecutiva is pledged.
This will bo good news for tho peo
ple. Sonator Walter Clydo Jones, tho
able leader of tho Progressives, has
spoken in no uncertain tono on tho
"The Progressives will do what wo
can to bring about a nonpartisan or
ganization of both Houses," ho said.
"If wo fall, all right. Wo can stand
thnt. Wo will only try harder tho
next time.
"Dut this much is a certainty, wo
bollovo in all the things to which
Governor-elect Dunno is plodgod, tho
Initiative, tho referendum, a corrupt
practices act, the direct election of
Senators, the curtailing of profligate
expenditures and tho rest.
"So long as tho Governor shows
a disposition to fight for thoso re
forms we aro with him, and wo aro
with him as against any bipartisan
alliance which any one may seo fit
to form."
Senator W. Clyde Jones, in an In
terview on legislative matters, said:
"The members of the legislature be
longing to tho Progressive party are
not concornod at the present tlmo
with the subject of the United States
Senatorship. Wo are united and stand
as a unit In our desire to co-operate
with all like-minded members, regard
less of party, to secure tho organiza
tion of House and Senate along right
"Wo do not proposo to bo diverted
from that high purpose by any fac
tional controversies. It will be a
serious mistake for any one to at
tempt to interject Into our proceed
ings a contest over the Senatorship,
thereby introducing a disorganizing
Influence at tho very time when we
of tho legislature wish to stand and
must stand united for good govern
ment. Such parties will not only In
jure the cause of tho Progressive
party and of tho wholo people, but
will bo standing in their own light.
They will be liable to find themselves
considered last whon tho tlmo doos
arrive, it at all, when tho subject
of tho Senatorship becomes a live or
a proper issue within tho Progressive
Tho proposed reduction of the num
ber of police stations from 45 to 25
is good newB for thieves and holdup
men. Thero aro too few stations
now and a lessening of tho number
moans longer trips and more delays
for patrol wagons.
Candidates for Aldermen are crop
ping up In every ward in the city,
Chief Justice Harry Olson of the
Municipal Court sent a letter to Dr.
George B. Young in answer to Dr.
Young's recent criticisms of the muni
cipal court bailiff's office. He declar
ed that each complaint made by the
health commissioner bad been Investi
gated and that In every case except
one tho complaints were found to bo
without cause. Dr. Yovag U lnfc:mcd
that his letters to Bailiff Thomas
Hunter will not be recognized In the
the Executive a
Out the Wishes
Foot to Muzzle the Governor in the Discharge
Duties Will Not Go Through.
future and thnt If ho desires any stays
of execution ho will havo to mako ap
plication through tho City Prosecu
tor's 'ofllce.
Reorganization of tho offices of
County Recorder, Circuit and Superior
Court clerks, which would mean a
saving of $C3,320 annually to taxpay
ers, was recommended In a report sub
mitted by tho Chicago Bureau of Pub
lic Efficiency to tho committee of
Judges who will pass on tho employ
ment of additional help for county of
fices for tho ensuing year. Tho com
mltteo is composed of Judges Bald
win, Smith and Walker of tho Circuit
Court. It has taken the report under
Marshall Flold & Company havo
again proven themselves to be good
business mon. Whon thoy boo what
thoy want thoy got It oven If U'b
a street.
Tho Legislative Voters' Leaguo Is
preparing to tako up tho question of
nonpartisan organization of the next
general assembly today. Members
elect of tho 48th assembly asked tho
leaguo heads to aid "In this reform
movement. Reports are the league
men will give aid, although thoy will
not attempt to take the Initiative or
appear to attempt -to dictato tho or
ganization. In tho local flold tho Municipal
Voters' League calls a meeting before
aldermantc elections at which plans
are formulated and a commltteo on
committees named to mako up the
standing committees of tho Council,
It Is something after this idea that
Is wanted by tho Legislative Voters'
No raises aro In storo for tho county
President Peter Bnrtzen and mem
bers of tho board of county commis
sioners mado Jest of tho rumor which
gained currency In tho county build
ing that ro-eloctcd membors wero con
templating to voto n ralso in tholr sal
aries beforo tho inauguration of tho
new administration.
It was said that tho commissioners
havo prlvatoly considered for somo
tlmo tho plan of raising tholr salaries
from $3,000 to $5,000 a year.
"Tho wholo thing originated with
some practical Joker or plpo dreamer,"
said Commissioner Georgo Sultan as
ho dismissed the topic,
William C. Hartrny, attornoy and
mombor of tho board, said such a
movo could not bo mado under thb
law. Salaries aro fixed in the annual
budget, ho said, and tho incoming
board makes the budget.
The Tolephono Trust will be fought
by tho people until It ceases to be a
monopoly and until Its charges are
as reasonable as the government It
self would chargo for similar public
' People who Imagine that the pass
ing of an ordinance by tho City Coun
cil will do away with a public demand
for better conditions and lower rates
In the telephone service are mistaken.
The telephone Is a necessity to the
people and no one knows this better
than the monopoly whjch controls It.
The purchase of newspapers or the
purchase of public officials will not
Free Hand in
of the
help tho causo of monopoly.
Tho newspapers which support mo
nopoly havo lost tholr lnfluonco with
tho public, which Is Intelligent and
possessed of a good memory.
Public officials who glvo away tho
people's rights or show favors to tho
telopbono monopoly will not bo for
gotten. On tho contrary, they will be prop
erly branded and will bo rotlrcd to
prlvato llfo.
Tho peoplo are In no framo of mind
to be trifled with, Thoy are showing
this overy day and at evory election.
Tho man who sells them out to a
trust may win the approbation of
soma mtlllonalro-owned dally paper,
but the common citizen, who is in-
suuoa, negiectea ana overcharged by
the telephone service, will not' forget.
Thero Is one thing that the average
voter has a knife up his sleeve for.
That thing Is tho public official who
favors tho Telephone Trust.
The people' want the aldermen to
"ring off" the Telephone Trust
It has had too firm a hold upon the
people of Chicago and they demand
relief from lta dutches.
Its eardrum destroying service, ac
companied as It Is by a regular fan
fare of. "wrong numbers," inattentive
operators and slow responses to re
quests for telephonic connections are
matters of current comment, i
The prlco of the service is alto
gethcr too high and the people do
mand a reduction in rates.
As for competition tho very thought
of stifling it makes the public indig
nant. Tho public knows that with
out competition tho telephone monop
oly would bo unbearable.
State legislators, councllmcn, bank
ers and others from Cook county will
hold a Joint mass meeting for the dis
cussion of a plan to safeguard deposi
tors In prlvato banks beforo tho legis
lature convenes In January.
This Is ono of the plans expected to
result from tho session of tho sub-corn-mltteo
of tho city council legislative
commltteo named Wednesday to con
sider tho Ccrmnk bill for supervising
prlvato banks.
Tho proposed discussion will bo
held beforo the next meeting of tho
sub-committee, and In this manner tho
nldcrmcn expect to work out tho best
"I am In favor of such a meeting
and discussion," said Mayor Harrison.
"It will give tho sub-commltteo a
chnnco to hear every vlow."
Threo propositions wer laid tcnta-
tlvoly beforo tho session Wednesday,
ono thnt of Alderman 'Cermnk, an
other presented by State Senator Sam
uol A. Ettclson, and tho hlrd outlined
by Albert Hnontzo, president of tho
Chicago-Illinois Prlvato (Bankers' as
sociation. Tho report of the Dawes
commission is favored by tho associa
tion. Every tlmo you go to tho telophdno
you feel liko voting against a. man
who favors tho Phono Trust.
Tho Council committee on streets
and alleys set May 1, 1913, as tho
dato when all obstruction must bo re
moved from the sldowalkB in tho
downtown district.
Mayor Harrison sent to tho Coun
cil n list of obstructions furnished,
including about 000 between Lake and
Van Duron strcots, and tho river and
Lake Michigan.
Trap doors, steps lending to base
ments, bay wlndbws, show windows,
and signs and baibor jvolos arc among
tho obstructions named.
The enormous dividend paid s Mi
stockholders by the Telophono Trust
Progressive Leader in ths Legislature.
are wrung from the pockets of the
poople by excessive telephone charges.
Telephone rates must be reduced
and In tlmo they will be.
The fact that one city council will
barter away the people's rights Is no
reason why succeeding councils should
do the same.
The fight for cheaper telephone
sorvice will go on until It Is won.
The public Is watching the tele
phone situation closely. It has been
milked so long to keep up big divi
dends', that a reduction of rates all
along the lino Is demanded,
The campaign for cheaper telephone
service has just begun. All the "ex
perts" In the world cannot stop It.
High Price of Living Made Still Higher
by Antics of the Awful Telephone
Trust in Chicago.
Nickel in Advance Tacked on to Every Order
Telephoned to Butchers or Grocers by
Chicago Housewives.
If the Demands of the Telephone Gang Are Acceded to
by the Aldermen There Is No Limit
to Living Cost.
The Truth Is that the Company Can Well Afford to Allow a Rebate
of Two Cents on Five Cent Calls.
Tho telcphono trust wants to add
to tho high cost of living.
It wants all phones in Chicago
placed on tho nlckel-in-advanco basis
nnd it hns tho gall to ask tho Alder
men to sanction this robbing.
Under tho proposed scheme, every
time n housewlfo ordered a pound of
butter by telophono she would havo
to deposit a nickel Loforo telephon
ing. Dut tho telophono trust must havo
victims, otherwise It could not con-
tlnuo to pay olght per cent per annum
In dividends to Its stockholders.
Tho peoplo of Chicago aro looked
upon by tho trust as easy marks,
In 1900 Chicago telephones aver
aged IS calls per day. They now
average G calls per day. Tho com
pany Is consequently getting mora
money than ever for bad sorvlco.
Tho taxpayers of Chicago are
beaten out of thousands of dollars
annually by the telephone trust.
Everybody knows that In all outly
ing districts and ovon in some locali
ties In the loop district, tho telephone
trust is not required to bury its
wires. Costly brick, asphalt and ce
ment alloys are laid all over the city
In which telephone poles are erected
and aro permitted to stand. Who is
in on this graft?
If tho Council nbolTshcB tho flat
telophono rato for tho reason that tho
telophono trust asks It to abolish it,
then tho Council should order tho
company to glvo a robato of two cents
upon every flvo-cent call. Tho telo
phono trust complnlns that flat rate
phones Increase Its burden 25 per
cent. Thnt users of fiat rato phones
only pay ono and a half cents a call,
whllo tho wholo sorvice, medium
and flat, costs tho company over two
cents a call. Very well, lot tho Alder
men sny to tho phono crowd: "Wo
havo cut off 25 per cent of your bur
den. This will IncronHo your rovenue.
Glvo tho peoplo tho benefit nnd lot
them hnvo n robato of two cents on
overy call."
Tho tolephono trust Is away behind
tho times. It Ib behind tho times be
causo It would cut Into Its olght per
cent nnnunl dividend to bo abreast
of the times. Tho spirit of tho times
calls for automatic service England,
long backward In telophono service,
Is forging nhend of ub by installing
tho automatic system In all of her
largo cities. Tho automatic system
gives Instantaneous service, without
mistake, Tho trust system Is tho
limit In mlstnkos, backwardness and
Tho phone trust gnvo in on Its do
mand for a nickel for telling people
the time. How conslderatol
Tho telophono trust could mako
money it its sorvlco was limited to
threo classes of tho measured va
riety at $9, $12 and $20 por year.
Dut It wouldn't pay eight por cent
What bunk tho tolephono trust is
giving tho public! Owning tho tele
graph as well as tho tolephono sys
tems of tho country, It promises o
glvo ponslons to Its employes. Judg
ing from its past, just beforo tho em
ployes aro old enough to got n pon
slon thoy will bo discharged without
Tho Telophono Trust In ordor to
throw dust in tho eyes of tho public
has announced that It has sot asldo
ten millions for ponslonB to Its em
ployes In all tho companies thut It
If tho Telophono Trust can afford
to divide ten millions of dollars as
pensions to Its employes after paying
eight per cont dividends to its stock
holders, then tho city council ought
to bo convinced that It can start a
big reduction In tolophono rates,
All of theso millions come out of
tho pockets of tho peoplo and tho
victims of a monopoly aro not apt to
fool tholr burdens llghtoned by honied
talk about pensions for employes.
Tho people demand relief from tho
telephone burdens,
Thoy will keop on domandlng ro
Hot until they get It.
Tho head of tho principal part of
the Chicago end of tho trust Is quoted
In a dally paper as saying:
"Tho live Bell Tolephono Com
panies, with headquarters In Chicago
tho Chicago Telephone Company,
Central Union Telephone Company,
tho Cleveland Tolephono Company,
Michigan State Tolephono Company
and Wisconsin Tclephono Company
will adopt tho pension, disability ben
efits and insurance plan In behalf of
their employes.
"Tho approximate number of em
ployes in tho uvo companies operat
ing in tho Uvo states of Illinois, Wis
consin, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio, Is
Tho trust claims to havo over 300,
000 customers In Chicago alono.
Why doesn't it do something for
its customers?
People will keep on asking why.
Tho Chicago Telephone Company,
which Is suffering so much from
want of funds, according to certain
city "experts" that It will have to
ralso telephone rates on tho poople
In order to exist, paid 8 per cont in
dividends last year.
Think of it I
Eight por cent on twenty-seven mil
lion dollars!
This Is tho company thnt started
with a capital stock of half a million
and now has a capital stock of twenty-seven
It pays 8 por cont annual dividend
on twenty-seven millions and puts up
a twenty-two story modern c-fflcf
building besides.
The people of Chicago are such
easy marks that the phono crowd want
to get more out of them and asks for
on Increase In rates nt tho hands of
the City Council.
And two "experts" agree that this
"poor" company is losing money!
In 1911 tho Chicago Telephone Com
pnny pnld 8 per cent in quarterly divi
dends of 2 per cent March 31, 2 per
cent, Juno 30; 2 por cont, September
30; 2 per cont, December 30, 1011.
Here is a nice ltttlo nest egg of
$2,1CO,000 divided up among the stock
holders, When to this is added tho profit!
paid tho "parent" Boll Telephone
Company, tho amount grabbed off tho
peoplo of Chicago Is simply enormous.
Instead of raising tolephono rates,
the City Council should lower them.
When the Beit monopoly was work
ing overtime to got tho city council
to knock out tho Illinois Tunnel Tolo
phono Company's frnnchlso Mayor
Harrison expressed himself ns bollov
ing that hotter service could bo ob
tained from a duul telophono sorvlco
than from a slnglo one.
"In overy Instance that I hnvo boon
personally Informod of," ho said, "tho
two systems havo been about as choap
to tho consumer as ono. Competition
sooms to produco better sorvlco. I
really bollovo that better sorvlco can
bo expected from two companies than
from ono."
Tho Phono Trust wants tho City
Council to maintain its high rates,
A telephone company that paya
eight per cent dividend! on twenty
nine millions of stock Is making to
much money. The people are paying
too much for telephone service.
Tho city ought to get what Is com
ing to It out of tho tolephono com
pany's gross receipts. Doos It?
Tho Telophono Trust should bo dissolved.
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