Kendall Chronicle (Kendall, Mont.) 1902-190?, January 20, 1903, Image 5

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Kendall, Montana, January 20, 1903. 5. MINE OWNERS' TESTIMONY Philadelphia, Jan. 17.—The pro!' ('eedings before the anthracite coal strike commission consistect: princir pally in the calling of witnesses by the Delaware & Hudson company to tell the conditions existing in and about the collieries and to refute cer- tain testimony presented against the company when the miners' side was being heard. In the absence of Chair- man Gray, who is ill, Brigadier-Gener- al Wilson assumed tne duties of chairman. Abel I. Culver of New York, comp- troller of the I)elaware & Hudson company, who wa.s on the witness stand when the commission adjourn- ed Saturday, was again called up to testify yesterday. Mr. Culver said that the wage statements handed In on Saturday are final and that the miners' representatives have agreed that they are a fair presentation of the case. General Wilson hoped that the representatives of other com- panies would be able to arrive at some understanding with the miners in the presentation of statements as the Delaware & Hudson company had done. Mr. Culver was cross-examined by C. S. Darrow for the miners. S. C. Rose, of Scranton, superin- tendent of the coal departetnnt of the Delaware & Hudson company, who testified on Saturday, was retailed. He stated that several of the com- pany's collieries were flooded as a re- sult of the strike of tae steam men on July 2. On cross-examination he said he would sooner see the mines flooded with %sister than to submit, to the um reasonable demands. tie 'considered thee trikers were dictating to the company, sad rather than Stirrender a principle, he would let the proper ties be damaged. George Anderson, of Scranton, a clerk in the coal department of the company, presented numerous sta- tistics bearing upon the issues before the commission. One of the state- ments showed that 2,388 of the com- pany's 12,208 employes have been working in . or kbobt Vitnes from ten to sixty years. He produced data showing the workings of the com- pany's relief fund, with which more tnan 5,000 of the company's employes are connected. The workers pay to the fund one day's pay each year, and the company contributes an equal amount. The men who are injured receive $6 a week for three months, and in case of their death their heirs receive $50 for funeral expenses. The men receive $3 a week for one year and $1 a week for one year for each child under twelve -years old. The company fixed $2.18 as the amount a contract miner snould con- tribute as a day's pay. Mr. Anderson also presented a statement showing that the twenty- five collieries of the company lost 368 ten-hour days in 1901, for which the employes were responsible. Of these 115 were lost on account of picnics and other holidays (not in- cluding legal holidays), fltty-nine days on account of Mitchell day, and other days, and fifty-four days on account of the strikes. Another statement admitted show- ed that during the strike, ended in the laj r, tfr part of October, twenty- eight - eollieriee lost 110 eays, reduc- ing the coal production of the com- pany 92,581 tons. The men had been requested to work on Thanksgiving day and New Year's but they ignor- ed the request, he said. None of the miners worked on • alitchell day,\ he added, and twelve collieries were idle the day after Christmas. Me. Darrow on cross-examination, disputed the method of witness in ar- riving at conclusions containe., in the statement. Witness said he procures most of his information regarding the loss of time from the foreman of the company, and in answer to a question by Mr. Darrow, said he never knew of a foreman turning in a report show- ing that he (the foreman) was re- sponsible for a colliery being idle. Thomas R. Thomas, outside fore- man at the Jermyn coiliery of the company, tolu the difficulty he had in inducing the men to mine more coal. He produced a paper alleged to nave been draw up by local union 125, wnich stated that any man loading more coal in the heading than are al- lowed in the chambers would be ex- pelled from the union. Two men, he said, violated this alleged rule of the union and their tools were destroyed and one of their houses was dynamit- ed as the result of not restricting their daily output. The two miners referred to, Mi- chael McHale and Harry Gilbert, were put on the witness stand and corroborated the testimony of Mr. fhomas, who, on cross-examination, said he was always willing to meet grievance committees of his own em- ployes, but he would refuse to meet officials of the union who are not em- ployed in the mine over which he has charge. He added, he had never re ceived orders from the company of- ficials not to deal with the officers of the union. On redirect examination he said the contract miners averaged about four houra a day, and that he had talked with union men who said they . were not favorably 11301110d toward the organization, but that they were compelled to belong to it. William Dettrey, of Neuremburg, the newly elected president of dis- trict No. 7, of the Miners' union, against whom It was testified last week, that he said non-union men should have their throats cut, or should receive a \good thumping \ was summoned to witness stand. fie dented the charge absolutely and several witnesses were called who corroborated his statements. Presl . dent Dettrey took o- ••i In to while he was on the stand 'hat his family was annoyed and his n , ,.se stcned by enemies of the union while t.t.t was away from home on bu i losa coanected with the union. Edward Davis, foreman of the Langcliffe colliery, and H. T. H foreman of the Plymouth No. 6 col- liery, and Frederick Hadmal, fore- man of Plymouth No. 3, all testi,lad that since the strike of 1900 the minors and laborers will not load as many care as they did prior to the strike. The men were willing, but were afraid of expulsion from the union. Mr. Hughes told of how a portion of the men in his colliery struck because the company could not, pay for standing props, and that one chamber in the mine was boy- cotted because it was hard work. A certain mark was placed in the chamber, he gala, and when a union man was asked to work there and Saw the mark, he refused to do it. Mr. Hadinan told of difficulties he had in filling a place where a union man had been discharged. He said it was the rule oi the union that no union man should take another's place. G -THE WEDGE BU P. LEARY, Proprietor A Well Assorted Line of WINES, LIQUORSANDCIGARS COMFORTABLE, COZY CLUB ROOMS Opposite Post Office and Shaules' Hotel, Kendall, riontana Stephens' Hotel K N I .1 I. I. Pioneer Hotel of the North Moccasin Mining Distr t. FIRST CL4SS 4CCOMMOD4TIONS. TrIBLE SUPPLIED WITH THE BEST IN THE .41./IRKET Fit ED. L. ST E I' h ENS, Prom:dor. UNION STAGE LINE WEAD 6t BLACKWELL, Proprietors FAST TlrlE BETWEEN KENDALL AND LEWISTOWN Stage Leaves Kendall Daily, Sundays Excepted, at 8 a. m.; Return- ing, Leaves Lewistown at 3 p. m. H. Smith, agent at Kendall. Montana Saddlery Co., agents at l.earatowii We have leased the livery stable in Kendall formerly operated by Day ,tz Tullock and have for hire good horses and stylish rigs. Weed & Blackeell. 0 A COAL IS CHEAPER THAN WOOD TRY IT AND SEE MACE & SHARP HAVE THE BEST COAL IN MONTANA Place Your Order With Any Driver of Our Watons in Kendall. Kendall Stage Co M o nt a na Ra i roa d Company Operating Between Kendall and Lewistown Leave Lewistown Daily, except Sunday, at 9 A. m., reaching Ken- dall at ii:3o a. m. Leave Kendall Daily, except Sunday, at 3 v. m., arriving at Lewistown at 6 p. m. FOUR HORSE COACHES Ample Accommodations Extra accommodations for baggage of commercial travelers. MARTIN CLAUSEN Nearest rail line and quickest route to the new gold camps of the Judith Basin. Direct com- munication with Northern Pacific railway at Lombard, and with I stages to and from Lewistown at Harlowton. Eve. 9:00 cm, Lombard Arr. 0 05 p.m. Arr. 1:411 Herlowtoo L•.. 3:30 p.m. Daily, Except Sunday F. T. ROBERTSON, Supt. Lombard, Montana. ROOT. RANTOUL, M'gr, Agent at Kendall Helena, Montana

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