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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, February 19, 1912, Image 14

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MILLION MINERS TO QUIT WORK FEB. 27 IF WAGE
INCREASE IS REFUSED; POOR FACE COAL FAMINE
London, Feb. 19. The great
strike of all coal mine workers
throughout the United Kingdom,
throwing out of work more than
a million mine workers is due to
commence Feb. 29. That was as
sured after the poll of all of the
federation miners, some 600,000
men, who voted three-to-one to
walk out.
The Newcastle exchange states
that there is little or no coal to
be had now, for everyone with
command of coal is holding for
fancy figures. Th,e prices have
already advanced so high that
the poor have to sit in fireless
houses.
The conciliation board has so
far failed to affect a settlement
The men want the minimum
wage plan of payment. In Staf
fordshire, the men demand that
they get at least 7 shillings
($1.68) a day. - In South Wales
the desired minimum wage is 8
shillings.
Of the million workers, 80 per
cent work underground. The
death by accident rate has risen
froni 1.29 per 1,000 in 1900 to 1.43
in 1909.
The masters are willing to
grant the minimum rate to work
ers in abnormal places, wheYe
death or a crippled life is more
apt to be the miners' reward.
"We look like being in for one
of the biggest struggles ever
known," said James Haslam, a
member of parliament, and chief
official for the Derbyshire miners..
"If there is to be a strike, the
million miners will be followed
by another million of other in
dustries and there will be civil
war in no time. Nothing like it
since the 'seventies will have been
seen," he added.
"The proposed system of pay
ment of a fixed minimum rate of
wage to each person working in
the mnes, rrespectve of the
amount of work performed s one
which is quite impracticable and
cannot be conceded," said David
A. Thomas, managing director of
the Cambrian collieries combine,
and head of the "masters' organ
ization." '
CAN YOUJDO IT?
Continuous Triangles.
Can you make the above figure
without taking pencil from
i i, i i i
paper. It's easy when you know
how. Start at the black dot.
You can cross other lines as often
as you like, but vou must not iro
over any line twice.

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