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intervals after you have completed dialing, which in-
forms you that the called telephone bell is ringing.
If, after hearing this signal for one or two minutes,
you obtain no answer, it indicates that there is no one
within hearing distance to answer.

The busy signal is a "buzz-buzz-buzz" sound, heard
after you have dialed, which informs you that the
called line is busy. When this signal is heard, hang
up the receiver and dial again a little later.

Either the ringing or busy signal should come on
the line soon after the complete number is dialed. If,
after waiting for about a half minute, you have not
heard either of these signals, hang up the receiver for
a few seconds, then remove it and dial the complete
number again. If after a second attempt to get a
number, you have not heard either the "ringing" or
"busy" signal, dial "114" and report the condition
to the "Repair Department," using another telephone
if necessarv.



Hang up your receiver. This will disconnect your
telephone from the called teleplione. Leave vour re-

ceiver on the hook for a few seconds before starting
to make another call.


To obtain a connection w^ith a county subscriber
from a machine switching telephone, dial the number
as listed in the directorv. For example in calling
6-8012 R 11, dial the figures 6-8-0-1-2, then the letter
R and the figures 1-1. An operator will answer, and
request the number you are calling. Repeat the num-
ber to her and she will complete the connection*


To call a Woodlawn number Machine Switching
subscribers will consult the d rectory, and after se-
curing correct number, dial the figure "8." A "Wood-
lawn" operator will answer. Give her the Woodlawn
number you are calling and she will complete your

For example in calling "Woodlawn 325," dial the
figure "8" and when the Woodlawn operator answers
say: "Woodlawn 325." After giving the number
to the operator, remain on the line until the called
number answers or the operator reports on the call.


On calls for Bessemer consult the directory, and
after securing correct number, dial "Operator." When
the operator answers, give her your own telephone
number and the Bessemer number desired.

For example: "This is 3-4786 calling Bessemer
125." After giving the number to the operator, re-
main on the line until the called number answers or
the operator reports on the call.


If thete are other telephones on your line, always
listen for the dial tone before starting to dial, to be
sure that the line is not in use. If no dial tone is
heard, ask if the line is being held, and if no response
is received, hang up the receiver for a few seconds
and then make another attempt. If after you dial
you hear another party come in on the line, or hear
successive clicks in the receiver, it indicates that an-
other party on your line is trying to call. Inform
the other party on tfie line that the line is in use,
and request him to hang up his receiver. When he
does so, if neither the ringing nor the busy si^rnal is
heard, hang up your own receiver for a few seconds,
then remove it, iisten for the dial tone, and dial the
complete number again.


If vou wish to be connected with either of the other




parties on your line, it will be necessary to dial a
special code number instead of the regular listed tele-
phone number. These code numbers and the name
and telephone numbers of the other parties on your
line will be furnished to you in post card form.

After you have finished dialing the code number,
hang up your rece'ver. Your bell, as well as the bell
of the other party on the line, will ring at brief inter-
vals. When the called party answers, your bell will
stop ringing. Y<vj should then lift your receiver and
talk to the party answering. ; .

If your bell does not stop ringing in from one to
two m nutes, it indicates that there is no one within
hearing distance to answer the called telephone. You
should then stop your bell from ringing and free the
line from the connection by removing your receiver
from the hook for a few seconds and then replacing it.




Remove the receiver from the hook, listen for the
dial tone, and then place your finger in the opening

directly below the finger stop (which is the opening
through which the word "Operator" is seen.) Turn
the dial around until your finger strikes the stop, and
then release the dial. When the operator answers,
give her your name, telephone number and address,
then explain the situation and she will assist you.


Obtain from the latest directory the telephone num-
ber desired and call the operator in the usual way.
When the operator responds with "Number, please,"
give her the number slowly and distinctly.

In calling, give the telephone number ao listed. Al-
ways be sure to give all initial zeros, pronounced

To recall the operator on a connection, move the
receiver hook up and down slowly five or six times
at intervals until the operator answers. A quick
motion is useless, as it does not work the signal lights.
If the person or firm you wish to call is not I'sted in
the directory, call "Information." Do not hang up
the receiver until you are through with the connection,
as this gives the operator a signal to disconnect.



Experience and careful investigation of the entire subject has demonstrated the fact that certain service connection
charges covering to some extent the average cost of the initial expense of establishing service for new subscribers and of
furnishing additional facilities to old subscribers should be paid by such subscribers and should not be borne by the entire
body of telephone users. Therefore, a uniform schedule has been prepared which embodies rates that should not retard
telephone development in any section and will place upon subscribers responsible therefor a portion of the costs incident to
such service connections, leaving the balance as a charge on the business generally. This schedule applies as follows:


1. For individual and Party Line Service $3.50

2. For each extension station connected with any class of telephone service 3.50

3. For Private Branch Exchange Service the charge for establishing service connection:

(a) For each trunk line connecting the Private Branch Exchange with a central office 3.50

(b) For each telephone connected to the Private Branch Exchange except Operators' Telephone Sets .'. 3.50

4. To cover in part Directory, Accounting, Circuit and Switchboard expenses in cases where service is established by
the use of instrumentalities already in place in the Subscriber's premises and no change is made in the type or
location of such instrumentalities, each main station, $t.50.


The chprges for moves and changes in equipment will be as follows:

1. For moving a telephone set from one location to another on same premises, a charge of $3.00.

2. For moving any other equipment or wiring from one location to another on the same premises, a charge based on the
cost of labor and material.

3. For change in type or style of telephone set, a charge of $3.00.

4. For other changes in equipment or wiring, a charge based on the cost of labor and material.

5. The Company will, subject to the usual charges above set out, install or change the location of a telephone provided
it has facilities avaiiai>ie, at as early date as practicable, and iJic coituiiiuiis uituci vvhicU i( Is iheii wui'iiiiig perniil.


Incorporuted .


Fage SIX

Fire, Police and Telephone Service Calls













(To obtain a telephoue number not listed ia the

REPAIR DEPT. ____li4.

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(To report a telephone out of order, t


BUSINESS OFFICE— 1715 6th Ave., N 4-9010.



Applications for Service

Changes in Service

Directory Listin^rs

lUrectory Advertising

Inquiries rejrardinjr bills or charges

To report unsatisfactory service of any kind

Ma nailer's Office


(To report, a fire)

POLICE CALL— (Central Station) 3-1212.



(To summon police)

''Another One of Those
Wait-a-Minute Calls'*

BILL, I feel like hanging up on a man who orders someone to get me on the tele-^
phone and then makes me wait until he is ready to talk.

"It is one of the biggest discourtesies in business today.

"My time is worth money. There's no reason why I should waste it waiting for some
man to complete a call HE started.

"If people who call me had as high regard for their time and my good will as I have
for my time and their good will, they would do as I do when I start a call, be ready to
talk the moment the connection is established."

Of all bad telephone habits the one most universally condemned by business men is
the "wait-a-minute" habit. It is a habit that not only causes loss of time and business
friendship, but often turns away profitable trade.

When YOU START A CALL, the courteous, business-like thing to do is to remain at
your telephone and be ready to talk.

When YOU RECEIVE A CALL do what you want people to do when YOU call—*
answer promptly.

Bell System


One Policy, Onm System, Unbfermal Service


Rules and Regulations Applying to All Subscribers Contracts



Economical operation of the telerthnne Viu>;.s, to secure protection to the
whole body of rate payers and to the business itself, reyuires that the prop-
erty be built and operated in accordance with a definite plan under which
specified classes of service are regularly furnished in specified areas or types
of areas. The Telephone Company therefore does not undertake to furnish
any desired class of serTice at any desired location, nor does it undertake
to extend its plant to rem-ote sections where such extension is not warranted
by public necessity as distinguished from personal desire, except where pro-
tection is afrurded.

The general olan for fumlshiiiR telephone service as authorized In the
General Exchange Tariff is based on a classification of areas by types for
the determination of the classes of service available and for the applica-
tion of rates.


The Company's contracts rnverinK the furnishinit of telephone mrricA
are ordinarily for Initial term periods of one month. Under some spe-
cial conditions involving unusual installation costs or involving the lit-
stallation of special equipment, contracts ma.v be required for longer
initial term periods.

The Telephone Company's obligation to furnish telephone service It
dependent upon its ability to procure and retain suitable facilities and
rights for the construction and maintenance of the necessary circuits.


The charges and regulations specified in the Company's General Ex-
change Tariff apply in connection with ail classes of service, equip-
ment or facilities furnished by the Telephone (.ompany.

No charge Is made for providing new pole line construction oo public
highways, when the subscriber is located within the i .. rate area.

No charge Is made for providing and maintaining new pole line con-
struction along public hiiihways outside the base rate area, when such
pole lines are to t>e used in serving subscribers ia general.

Except as provided above, when an applicant for service is located
outside of the base rate area In territory where new pole line construction
is required and the cost of providiiiR the necessary additional poles is
more than three times the annual raileaee charge for the circuit thereon,
connection with the Telephone Company's system is provided in one of
the following methods as the applicant iL:a>' elect:

The subscriber may bear the cost In excess of the amounts specified
above of providing the poles and pay extra exchange line mileage charges
for the -necessary circuit. Ownership of such poles is vested in the Tele-
phone Company. Maintenance of poles and circuits is at the expense
of the Telephone Company.

The subscriber nt his own expense may furnish the portion of pol*
line and circuit from his location to an agreed upon point of connection
with the Telephone Company's system. The subscriber is required to
maintain or bear the expense of mainulning his portion of the pole line
and circuit and also to bear the expense of Installing and maintaining
the station equipment, except that when the station Is brought to the
Company's central office for repairs, no labor expense incurred for such
repairs is charged to the subsoriber. The subscriber is charged extra
exchange line mileage charges for that portion of the Telephone Com-
pany's circuit outside of the base rate area. Ownership of the portion
of pole line and circuit provided by the subscriber is vested In the sub-
scriber. Ownership of the station equipment is vested in the Telephoue

Poles on private property to he used in serving an individual sub-
scriber must in all cases be furnished and maintained at the «»-
scrlher's expense. Ownership of such poles on private property is vested
in the subsrril)er.

No charge is made for furnishing and maintaining poles on private
property when such iwles are to be used to carry circuits serving sub-
scribers in general. In such cases, ownership of poles on i»ivate prop-
erty is vested in the Telephone Company

Whenever It becomes necessary to replace poles on private proi>erty.
the new poles are furnished only in accordance with the arrangement*
specified above.

All cirr uits on p<iles en private property are owned and maintained
by the Telephone Company.

When a specified type of construction is desired by a subscriber, at
for example, when underground .service connections are desired In places
where aerial drop wires are regularly used to reach subscriber's prem-
ises or where the individual requlrenrenta of a subscriber make the In-
stallation unusiMlly expensive, the subscriber is required to bear the
cost of such si>eclal construction or installation.



A schedule of fixed charges is established covering the connection of
a subscriber's station with the exchange of the Company, and covering
the charges for moves and changes. These schedules of charges are pub-
lished in detail in this directory.

Telephone equipment and facilities are furnished for the use of the
subscriber, employees, agents or representatives of the subscriber or mem-
bers of the subscriber's domestic establishment except in connection with
semi-public telephone service and cvcept as tlie use of the service may
be extended to joint users.

All equipment furnished by the Telephone Company shall remain the
property of the Company. Such equipment shall not be used for any
toll or consideration to be paid by anv other person than the subscriber,
nor for performing any part of the work of transmitting, delivering or
collecting anv message, where any toll or consideration has been or It
to be paid any party other than the Telephone -Company, without the
written consent of the Company.

Subscribers mav not disconnect or remove or permit others to disconnect
or remove any apparatus installed by the Telephone Company, except upon
the written consent of the Company.


The telephone equipment, apparatus and lines furnished shall be care-
fully used and no instrument, appliance or device, of any kind, not
furnished by the Telephone Compatty shall t>e atuched to or in any
way used In connection with such telephone equipment, apparatus and
lines In case anv Instrtiraent. apparatus or device of any kind other
than that furnished by the Telephone Company Is atta(lied to or cmi-
nocted with any part of the Company' ■» property, the Telephone Company

reserves rhe right to remove such instriunents. apparatus or device and
to suspend or discontinue service without any claim on the part of the


No binder, holder or auxiliary covers shall be used in connection with
any telephone directory furnished by the Telephone Company.


The subscriber has no property right in the telephone number or any
right to continuance of service tlu^ough any certain central office and the
Telephone I Company may change the tel«plione number or the central office
designation whenever it deems it desirable in the conduct of its business.


When party line service is furnished, the Telephone Company may in
consideraiiuii of the rate at wliich service is furnished, establish and
furnish service to one other subscriber in the case of two-party line
service, and other subscribers lu the case of multi-party (more than
two-party) line service. The Telephone Company reserves the right to
cancel any two-party line or multi-party liiie contract, upon thirty days'
notice, whenever in the judgment of the Company, the use of the sub-
scriber holding such contract is such, from large use or other causes, as to
Interfere with the reasonable use of others connected with the same line.

All ordinary expense of maintenance and repairs, unless otherwise
specified in the General Exchange Tariff or the Local Exchange Tariffs,
is borne by the Telephone Company. The subscriber is billed the actual
cost of each telephone instrument or piece of apparatus injured or de-
stroyed otherwise than by unavoidable accident.


The subscriber shall pay monthly in advance or on demand all charges
for exchange service and equipment and shall pay on demand all charges
for toll service. The subscriber assumes respoDsibility for all charges for
exchai ge service and toll messages originating at the subscriber's station,
and for toll messages received at the subscriber's station en which the
charges have been reversed with the consent of the person called.

All charges due by the subscriber are payable by the subscriber at
the Telephone Company's Commercial Office or at any other agency
duly authorized to receive such payment. If objection in writing is not
received by the Telephone Company within thirty days after the bill it
Tendered, the account ' shall be deemed correct and binding upon the

In the event of abandonment of the station, the non-payment of any
sum due or any other violation by the subscriber of the Telephone Com-
pany's rules and regulations applying to subscribers' contracts or to the
furni.shing of service, the Company may without notice, either (a) suspend
servire until all violations have ceased, or (b) terminate the sub-
scriber's contract without suspension of service or (c) following a sus-
pension of .service, sever the connection and remove any of Its equip-
meat from the subscriber's premises. When service has been suspended
for non-paym<'nt of charges, restoration of service is made upon payment
ef charges due, and in addition a restoration charge of $1.00.

When instruments have been removed for non-payment, the contract
is considered to have been terminated. Reinstallation of service may be
made only upon the execution of. a new contract.


In view of the possibility of errors and difficulties in the tranamiaeion
of messages by telephone and the impossibility of fixing in all cases the
causes thereof, the subscriber assumes all risks connected with the
service, as the Telephone Company cannot guarantee uninterrupted work-
ing of its lines and instruments. In case service is interrupted other-
wise than by the negligence or wilful act of the subscriber, and al-
lowance is made, computed on the basis of the minimum monthly rate
for such of the telephone service equipment and facilities furnished at
are rendered useless or inoperative. Such allowance covers the period
the interruption continues after notl«e in writing is received by the Tele-
phone Company. No other liability shall in any case attach to the
Telephone Company.

For the purpose of Inspecting. repa?ring or removing any part of the
Telephone Company's equipment, apparatus and lines on the aubscriber't
iwemises, the Company's employees shall have access thereto at any
reasonable hour.

No liability shall attach to the Telephone Company by reason of any
defacement or damage to the subscriber's premises, resulting from the
placinii af the Company's Instrumentj. apparatus and associated wiring
on such premises, or by the removal thereof, when such defacement or
damage Is not the result of negiigeiue on the part of the Company or
Its employees.

The Telephone Companv shall not he liable for damages or statutory
penalties in any case where a claim Is not presented in writing within
sixty days after the alleged delinquency occurs.

When suitable arrangements can be made, lines of other companiet
may be tised in conjunction with the Telephone Company's lines in es-
tablishing wire connection to points not reached by the TelephMie
Company's Mnes. In establishing connections with the lines of other
companies the Telephone Company will not be responsible or liable roc
any action of the connecting company.

The Telephone Company will not transmit messages, btit offers the
use of its facilities when available, and will not be liable for ««>"
in transmission or for failure to establish connection. Employees of the
Telephone Company are forbidden to accept either oral or written mei-
tages to be transmitted over the lines of the Company.

Public Pay Station telephones are equipped with coin collecting de-
Tlces. These coin collectors are of two t.vpes. One type requires that
tl!e coin be deposited to signal the operator. If for any reason the con-
nection is not completed. Uie operator will return the coin through slot
at lower left of the telephone set. The other type of coin collector doet
not require the coin to be deposited until request to do to is made by
the operator. Instruction cards are displayed with each public pay
station telephone explaining the operation and patront should obaerv*
and follow those instructions when making calls.


Telegrams may be transmitted to and received from telegraph offlcet
by telephone. To send a telegram or cablegram, call by name or dial
the number given in directory, for the telegraph company desired. By
arrangement with the Western rnlon Telegraph Company any telephone
subscriber may have charges for messages received or sent by Western
Union Telegraph Company charged to hia telephone and collected with hit
telephone blU.


How to Make Out of Town Calls


To- aid in deciding what type of call will best serve your purpose, it
will ,be helpful if you will read completely the following paragraphs.


THERE ARE two general classes of Long Distance calls, Station-to-Station and Per-
son-to-Person. Rates for Station-to-Station calls are lower than rates for Person-to-
Person calls. Station-to-Station rates are further reduced during certain evening and
night hours. Person-to-Person service includes Appointment and Messenger calls.

// you can give the telephone number of the distant subscriber on any
class of call, your call can be handled more promptly.

Station-tO'Station Service

^)fm On/^JSeffhone ioJmther

A Station-to-Station call is one on which you agree
to talk to anyone available at the called telephone.
The best way to make a Station-to-Station call is to
first give the Long Distance operator your telephone
number and name, then tell her you wish to make a
Station-to-Station call. If you know the number of
the distant telephone give it directly to the Long Dis-
tance operator, if you do not know the number, say
to the Long Distance operator, for instance, "I want
Mr. John Brown's residence, 250 Sayre St., (Name of
city or town)" Be sure that you do not specify any
particular person to whom you wish to talk in making

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