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Proceedings of the House, 1892
Volume 398, Page 915   View pdf image (33K)
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Subscribed and sworn to before me this — day of
March, 1892. HORACE W. UPPERMAN,
Notary Public.
In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand
and my national said of office on the day and year last
above written. HORACE W. UPPERMAN,
Notary Public District of Columbia.
The complainants attempted to make up their case
by offering the following proof, to-wit:
That in the following named cities the prices oppo-
site them are charged for annual rent:
Albany. $40; Buffalo, $40-72; Syracuse, $36; Day-
ton, $36-60; Toledo, $36-30; Cincinnati, $50-120;
Columbus, $60; Pittsburgh, $100; Richmond, $60.
A deduction was sought to be made from these
facts that the telephone rates cdarged in Baltimore
city were excessive, but they utterly failed to show
that the condition of.telephone service in said cities
were identical with those in Baltimore. In other
words, when the petitioners endeavored to show that
the rates charged in Baltimore city were excessive, and
should be lowered by reason of comparison with the
rates and charges made in other cities, it
was obviously incumbent upon them to show
that all the conditions attending the tele-
phone service were similar—the cost of plant,
the kind of service, in fact all the conditions sur-
rounding it ought to be shown. This the petitioners
utterly failed to do, and in no other way have said
complainants attempted to show that the rates
charged in Baltimore city are excessive and extor-
Your committee is pleased to state that the tele-
phone companies offered to submit to the examin-
ation and scrutiny of the committee, their private
books and records, instead of which, by reason of a
lack of time, a sworn abstract taken from them was
furnished your committee and is filed herewith.
Your committee beg leave to assure the House
that in the consideration of this subject, they have
striven to ascertain the rights of both parties in in-
terest, and to determine the matter in a manner which
shall not be unfair to either.

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