Gas question letter from "a Cumberland woman"
THE GAS QUESTION AGAIN ?
(An Open Letter to the Citizens of Cumberland)
Ye Gods: It makes one weep to think of the inconsistency of the gas consumers of this city, that is the men.
The City of Cumberland enjoyed the wonderful price of 35c per 1000 ft. for Natural Gas for 13 years: five years of which time, by the original franchise with the City, the Gas Company could have raised, the price to 50 cents without asking anyone for the privilege. They had the inalienable right, signed, sealed and delivered, but they did not do so.
Two years ago their wells petered out, and we had nothing, not even enough to blow out a match. It was not their fault, nor ours; the wells went dry. What would you have been willing then to have paid for Gas? You used coal oil, coal with all the bother and dirt at about twice the expense. You used electricity at about four times the expense. You even tried to cook in your furnaces, and we all know the result, spoiled food, utensils ruined and patience about exhausted.
The next year we entered into another agreement (after the Public Service Commission gave them the right to raise the rates to 50c) and we agreed to the raise with the provision that we MUST have Gas. In order to meet this ironbound agreement, the gas company was compelled to buy gas to meet our requirements, and they did furnish us with an ample supply, but this contract could not be made for more than one year. And now this present year rolls around and the Public Service Commission again says they can charge 5 cents more than last year; what are we to do? Say No, and have no Gas, or say Yes and get Gas. Well we did exactly what you would have done, we signed on the dotted line. The price was fixed; we had to pay, but we did get the guarantee that Gas must be furnished or rebates be made.
The above are simple facts explained in so plain a manner that all may understand.
The average consumption of gas in Cumberland is about 2000 feet per month. Thee raise will amount to 10 cents per month or $2.40 per year, the price of one theatre ticket. Ask the housewife who has to do the cooking (not the man) which she would rather have.
If you are not willing to pay this insignificant sum for one of the greatest conveniences in this city, you have the remedy in your ownhands. Take it out.
A Cumberland woman.
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