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Some Independent Failures.

Seattle Society has 109 Members. Bondholders of the Lakeside Telephone The Pacific Telephone Society of Seattle, Company of New York have instituted fore- organized on October 15, is prospering beclosure action against their company, which yond the most sanguine hope of its oris alleged to be bankrupt.

ganizers. The society had 109 members on The Citizens' Telephone Company of the occasion of its first meeting of the new Sioux Falls South Dakota, has defaulted year, held on January 7, in the class rooms the payment of interest on its bonds and at 1103 Third Avenue. fears a suit to foreclose the mortgage.

Election of officers had been held at the The Franklin Telephone Company at meeting on December 17, and the new ofFranklin, Indiana, has announced a raise in ficers were installed as follows: C. Lambdin, rates amounting to 50 cents per month. In President; T. L. Chambers, Vice-President; the meantime patrons are complaining of C. B. Bennett, Secretary; G. M. Noltner, poor service.

Treasurer. In Wichita, Kansas, the independent com- The Magazine Committee, composed of pany says that it can not install more tele

Messrs. Knago, Lambdin and Noltner, adphones until more money is secured, and vised subscription at once to the Scientific that more money can not be secured until

American with supplement, the Western more bonds are sold, and that more bonds Electrician, Jourral of Electricity, Poa er can not be sold until rates can be raised.

and Gas, Electrical Age, Electrical Reviea', The City Council of Flint, Michigan, has and Electrical and Engineering Age. The granted the third telephone franchise to report was approved. Joseph W. Martin of Detroit. The resi

A committee composed of Messrs. Grifdents of Flint presumably will have one fith, Ohlson, and Kliphardt reported that the telephone in the parlor, one in the guest treasurer's books had been found correct. chamber, and a third for the use of the cook The lesson books—Part 2, Arithmeticin the butler's pantry. Such progress is were distributed with instructions by Treasworthy of emulation. It is possible to con- urer Noltner that the problems were to be ceive of a city so abundantly supplied with solved and brought to class at the next telephone systems that the coachman can meeting. It was decided, on suggestion of have his particular telephone and the coach

Mr. Noltner, that the society obtain from man's small boy can have a telephone in the American Correspondence Schools of place of a Teddy bear.

Chicago Parts 1 and 3 of the series of inRates of the Rochester Telephone Com- struction papers, making a complete set for pany have been raised 25 and 50 per cent, each member. effective January 1.

In place of the regular study of arithmeThe Jamestown (New York) Common tic, the time was devoted to a practical demCouncil has advised the citizens by formal onstration of the workings of the Puolson resolutions to protest against new rates Telegraphone. Mr. O'Reilly, agent for the adopted by the Home Telephone Company. instrument, explained its advantages, and The new rates call for an advance of 25 per Division Superintendent Corcoran gave a cent.

demonstration. Mr. O'Reilly complimented In the January 4 issue of The American the society on the success which has atTelephone Journal is a programme of the tended its meetings. Annual Convention of the International In- Mr. W. H. Hennessey, Division Wire dependent Telephone Association, which Chief, was called upon for an address and will be held in the Coliseum Annex, Chi- talked on maintenance and construction, cago, January 20 to 23, 1908. Among the tracing the history of telephony briefly from papers which will be presented is one en- 1876 to the present day. Mr. Hennessey titled “Ilow to Raise Rates " by L. A. Her promised to address the class on storage batrick, Freeport, Illinois.

teries at a future meeting.

Studying Telephony in the South.

A Blue Bell Social. The Southern Division has noted with A most successful social evening was held considerable interest the articles in The Pa- in the Kearny Office, San Francisco, on CIFIC TELEPHONE MAGAZINE referring to Thursday, January 9, for the purpose of raiswork of the telephone meetings, etc., in ing funds for the Blue Bell Library. The other divisions and wishes to call the atten- entire sixth floor of the Exchange Building tion of the readers of the magazine to the was decorated with flags, bunting, ferns, fact that the Main Office in Los Angeles and Aowers. About 200 guests were preshas had for two months a series of meetings, ent, including a delegation from Oakland held under the auspices of the Main Office headed by Miss Davis. Several officials of School of Telephony, of which Mr. John the Company attended and gave brief adAdams, Wire Chief, is Chairman and Mr. P. dresses, among them being Mr. W. J. PhilJ. Ramsey, Secretary.

lips, Division Superintendent, and Mr. M. The first meeting was held on the first D. Sedam, City Chief Operator. The reTuesday in November, and Mr. Ramsey ceipts of the evening totaled $76. The folgave a paper on the history of the telephone, lowing program was given, after which icewhich took up various phases of the de- cream and cake were served : velopment, and in an instructive and popu- Overture; remarks by Librarian, Miss S. lar manner discussed the various ideas on

Welch; vocal selection, "Love Me and the common battery, etc. This paper was fol- World Is Mine,” Miss Hawkins; comic recilowed by one on Induction Coils by Mr. tation, Miss Grothman; vocal selection, George Eagan.

“Will You,” Irene Sugarman; remarks by The second meeting was held the last Miss M. Hartery; vocal solo, “Dear Girl,” Tuesday in November and Mr. Earl Hoff

Miss Russing; recitation, “How Private gave a paper on bells, taking up all classes Reilly Died," Mr. Van Buren; vocal solo, and describing thoroughly their construc- Mr. Riley; rag time song and dance, Miss tion and use.

E. Pries; comic recitation, “From MisOn the first Tuesday in December a very souri,” Miss T. Matthai; vocal solo, “School interesting illustrative talk on the Wheat- Days,” Miss Culligan; sword dance in cosstone Bridge was given by Messrs. Flint, tume, Miss King; recitation, Mr. Nestor; Clark, and Doss. This was by far the most vocal selection, Miss Flint; closing remarks, interesting of the meetings held so far.

Miss A. Anderson; music by the orchestra. The papers at all meetings have shown an exceptional amount of forethought and interest in the general welfare of the men at

Opportunity's Reply. tending, and interest in the general work They do me wrong who say I come no more, taken up by the various members for the When once I knock and fail to find you in; Company in the various branches of their

For every day I stand outside your door,

And bide you wake and rise to fight and win. calling. The meetings are well attended. The members have organized a baseball Wail not for precious changes passed away ; team and four practice games have been

Weep not for golden ages on the wane; held during the past month.

Each night I burn the records of the day;

At sunrise every soul is born again. The team anticipates several good games before the season is over.

Laugh like a boy at splendors that have sped;

To vanished joys be blind, and deaf and dumb; My judgments seat the dead past with its dead,

But never bind a moment yet to come. Don't block the channel. That was the

-Walter Malone. trouble—through a spirit of fault-finding they got themselves swung around so they · blocked the channel, and had to be dyna- It is a good plan to do the hardest work mited, and, no longer being a help, they had first-after that the comparatively easy job to be removed.Hubbard.

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In the East and Middle West the freaks From reports which have been made by of the weather cause much more telephone these men from time to time, it is found that trouble than on the Pacific Coast, but there the principal cause of our toll line trouble are some places where snow and frost work in these districts during the winter is due havoc. In the Siskiyou Mountains and the to the fact that ice forms on the wires, makSierra Mountains the maintenance of toll ing a solid foundation for the falling snow. leads is a serious problem, for the snow The snow will cling to these ice-covered attains a depth of from five to twenty-five wires, forming a cable from four to eight feet and the temperature sometimes reaches inches in diameter. This enormous weight 20 degrees below zero.

overcomes the tensile strength of the wire, The winter season in these mountains and in consequence either the wires break, commences in the middle of November and the cross-arms pull off, or the pole gives lasts until the latter part of May, during way, or in some cases the three conditions which time all work must be handled by may prevail, and the entire lead go down; trained men, as the work is extremely difficult and dangerous. The men must be physically fit and expert snowshoe men, possessed of great endurance, and able to stand extreme hardship and cold.

Between Colfax and Truckee, California, and Reno, Nevada, approximately 100 miles, this entire distance can be patrolled only on snowshoes, and when on cases of trouble our men are compelled to follow directly under the lead, climbing high mountains and crossing deep chasms, through snow which in places is over twenty feet deep. Every foot of the lead must be watched closely until the trouble is located. These have been taught by bitter experience to follow the lines closely, for there is hardly one who can not remember having missed the trouble by skirting the mountains and gorges and being compelled to go back over the lead again.

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then again, to relieve the tension, the wires in the mountains. Repairman Henderson, may suddenly be freed from this heavy bur- on returning from a trip, found his home den, allowing them to spring up with great completely buried in snow, except where an

, force, thus pulling off the cross-arm opening had been made by shoveling. The breaking the wires, or crossing the lines camera caught Henderson in front of his through vibration. Very often huge limbs home, while Mrs. Henderson stands before from some giant of the forest, weighted by the Cisco Hotel, a two-story building, the snow, break and fall on the lead, tearing roof alone appearing above the snow. The down the entire lead at times for a distance pole shown in the second picture, almost of several poles; then again an avalanche buried in snow, was submerged under a of snow may carry the lead entirely away. bank which extended eight feet above the

The pictures show typical winter scenes top of the pole.

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meetings by the Division Superintendent, Mr. John Kearns, by Mr. Dunphy, Division Wire Chief, and Mr. McGuire

The Paper in this magazine

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Much Interest in Trans-Bay Plans. Operating employees in San Francisco and the cities across the bay are much interested in the new system for long-distance trans-bay talk by the two-number method.

Meetings of Chief Operators and Supervisors were held in Oakland on January 16 and 17, and these meetings were attended by Mr. O. Cole, Jr., Superintendent of Traffic; Mr. J. P. Downs of the Traffic Department, and Mr. J. W. Newell of the General Superintendent's force. Mr. Newell gave practical demonstrations and explained in detail how the new plan was expected to work. The Oakland Division was represented at the



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COLLECTION RATING. Percentage of money outstanding at the end of December, 1908, to the total amount of the bills rendered subscribers for the month, and percentage of number of unpaid accounts at the end of December to the number of accounts. Note—The percentage of unpaid accounts is figured on the basis of number of accounts rather than number of stations, which was formerly the basis.

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Coast Division. Hollister

3 Monterey

7 Palo Alto.

11 Redwood

30 Salinas

4 San Jose.

19 San Luis Obispo. 4 San Mateo..

20 Santa Cruz..

8 Watsonville

7 Inland Division. Baker City, Ore... 1 Colfax

24 L'ayton, Wash. La Grande.

0 I.ewiston

12 Spokane

28 Walla Walla..

1 Oakland Division, Alameda

11 Arcata

11 Berkeley Eureka

7 rerndale

2 Napa

1 Oakland

19 l'etaluma

11 Richmond

21 San Rafael

21 Santa Rosa..

0 Ukiah


11 7 Olympia

3 1 Visalia

14 8 Healdsburg 2


1 Fomeroy 2

Port Townsend 18


Southern Division. 4 Oregon Division.


11 5

1 Alhambra

25 16 Albany 30 Seattle

15 22

10 Colton

27 25 Ashland 20 9 Tacoma

23 1

8 Fullerton

18 12 Astoria

0 0 9


Cottage Grove. 12 4

Sacramento Division.


5 3 Eugene

38 5 Auburn 11

! Long Beach

7 8 Grants Pass 13 8 Chico

40 3

3 I os Angeles.

31 10 Hood River.. 67 24 Colusa

14 2

10 Ontario

32 22
104 23 Grass Valley.

11 Orange

19 13
6 2 Marysville
31 4 Pasadena

4 3 McMinnville 13 7 Oroville 11 2 Redlands

4 2 1 Medford 23 11 Red Bluff

3 2 Riverside

10 8
10 Newberg
84 26 Redding

10 San Bernardino..

17 11
9 Oregon City.
0 0 Reno

15 San Diego..

19 10
0 Pendleton
15 12 Sacramento

9 San Pedro..

30 14
11 Partland
27 13 Woodland
15 7 Santa Ana.

4 4 10 Roseburg 23 3


Santa Barbara. 6 Salem

10 San Francisco Division. 25 9

Santa Maria

14 6 The Dalles.

19 13 San Francisco..... 55 Santa Monica.. 21 15 Vancouver 5


30 18 11 Hillsboro 68 29 San Joaquin Division.


6 4 7


12 Puget Sound Division.

7 29



Summary by Divisions.
4 Aberdeen
15 1 Hanford

15 10 San Joaquin....

12.6 5.8 1 Anacortes

12 Lodi
3 0 Coast

14.2 6.8
1 Bellingham
7 3 Madera

6 Puget

16.9 8.6
9 Centralia
2 2 Merced

9 9 Inland

.21.0 8.4 6 Chehalis 22 4 Vodesto

5 5 Oakland

19.3 11.8 17 Ellensburg 46 16 Porterville

11 6 Southern

.24.5 9.4 12 Everett 9 9 Selma

6 2 Oregon

.26.6 11.5 0 Hoquiam 14 10 Stockton

9 6 Sacramento

34.7 8.2 13 North Yakima. 38 9 Tulare

9 5 San Francisco....55.0



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