Scranton, Pa. The consump
tion of anthracite has been from
30 to 40 per cent above nonttal
owing to the hard winter. The
stock of coal oh hattd at the frn'nes
is reported as very low. Probably
th;ere are not more than 4f000,000
tons held in reserve altogether.
Normal stocks are usually be
tween six and seven million tons.
Pittsburgh , Manufacturers
show that they are banking on at
least a 30 day mine tieup. Prices
have been slowly but steadily ad
vancing. The Pennsylvania rail
road,' for the fjrst time ia seven
years, -has -begun to stock coal
heavily. Orders . have ( gone
through the system to'orepar e for
a long strike. The United States.
Steel corporation, for the first
time, is stdring coal, not only in
its grounds, "but t the mines.
Cleveland--THe stampede for
coal, has only started here. Man
ufacturers are grabbing all they
can get. Prices, are jfbing up.
The Standard. Oil has bought
25,000' tons. VgfcanY lots- and
basements are being used to store
coal in. Dealers say 'the supply
of soft coal will be exhausted in
three or four days after the strike
starts. " Cleveland is the central
selling point for" the Ohio and
West Virginia coal fields and an
important shipping port for the
great latest , v '
St. Paul, Mifth. An expert on
coal says the consumption in the
northwest can be tajceh care of
with supplies already at the. head
of the great lakes and contracted
St Louis Manufacturers say
tha.t Illinois coal is plentiful and
many industrial companies havef
supplies th&t will carry them
through 60 days. Also they are
banking on many sinall. mines
throughout the southwest operat
ing through the stride. Th.e San
ta Fe and Frisco railroad systems
have both announced they woujd
not stock up, but would depend
upon the non-union mines, forj
Omaha The local market wiljb
not bp effected by the strike a
much as the eastern markets on
account of the Colorado and
Wyoming coal . being available
after April first. Almost all of,
the large steana plants ihay
stofed 30 to 90 days' supply. ft
is reported thai! 50 per cent of the
towns in, Nebraska are out of
Ijard coal. .
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Throwing rice at newly niar
ried couples is an ancient 'cus
tom, originally intended to re
mind thehV that 'they shculd'
"multiply and replenish the
earth" rice being the most pro
lific of grains. '
Her Beau "She's got lovable
eyps, kissable lips,4 a huggable
.shape, and holdable hands !"
vJIer Little Sister "Yes, and.
she's got removable 'hair, adjust
able lips, colorable bj-ows, ahd a"
transferable complexion." ,v
bh, majha, the Henjs sitting
on the vacuum cleaner.
Maybe she is' only trying to lay;
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