August 14, 1913

Alleging that its charges are insufficient to yield a return sufficient to pay operating expenses, and that its business is being conducted at a net yearly loss of $29,735, the Home Telephone Company of Southern Oregon has filed a petition with the state railroad commission petitioning under the public utilities law for an increase in phone rentals over those now charged in Medford and Jacksonville.

Rates petitioned for Medford and Jacksonville are for business one-party phones from $2.50 to $3.50 per month; business, two-party, from $2 to $2.50 per month; residence, one-party, from $2 to $2.50 per month; residence, two-party, from $1.50 to $2 per month; residence, four-party, from $1.25 to $1.75 per month; suburban, eight-party, from $1.50 to $2 a month, Farmer switching service from $3, $4.20, $5, $5.40, $7.20 per year to $8.40 per year.

Complete figures are presented of the company's investment, cost of operating and receipts. Even with the increased rates asked, which are permitted under the company's franchise, the receipts will still fall short of amount necessary to pay a return on the investment, declares the company.

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That W.F. Arant, deposed, superintendent of Crater Lake Park has not yet realized his removal is shown by the following report of a Klamath Chamber of Commerce meeting taken from the Northwestern:

"Attorney Carnahan switched the subject off freight rates to that of what he considers the great injustice done to W. Frank Arant. 'We have thousands of acres of land in Crater Lake Park and other federal reserves, yet not a Klamath Falls man is in charge. It is the duty of the chamber of commerce,' said Mr. Carnahan, 'to see that Mr. Arant is backed up and justice is done.'

"W. Frank Arant, formerly superintendent Crater Lake National Park, is speaking of his change of office that he was asked by his many friends not to submit to an unlawful removal. On speaking of his removal, he said he did not believe it was proper; that right should prevail always.

"I was not fighting for myself," said Mr. Arant, "but for the people. We must stand together to be vindicated. There was no document or visible authority. I was simply thrown out and it was not very pleasant. I was encouraged to make a stand. We are in a lawful cause and if we make a lawful fight we can win our fight for Klamath Falls and Klamath County."


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