Business: Telephone Nuggets

In rural regions of the U. S. the old custom of "listening in" on other people's conversations over party telephone lines still prevails. Last month in Washington the Federal Communications Commission started listening in on The Telephone Company (TIME, March 30). In the past fortnight the Commission's dapper young inquisitor, Samuel Becker, has picked up the following nuggets, most of which in any comprehensive investigation of American Telephone & Telegraph Co. could hardly be rated as more than prime gossip :

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