NATION-WIDE STRIKE -IS
Cleveland, O., Marph 21. At
the nodn adjburnnient of tele
conference between-the coal min
ers and operators, in the. Bitimiih
ous fields of Ohio, Pennsylvania',
Indiana and'Illinois there Was'no
prospect of,an agreement being
reached. l ' " 'xi '
The two factions are split wide
apart in acontroversy'over a
wage increase. The ",J operators
are demanding a ten cent-a tdn
decrease in' the .present .scale,
while the miners are holding out
for a " corresponding -increase 'on
a run-of-the-mine basis! "Wifh
this 20 cent difference 'an amic
able adjustment seems hopeless.
Leaders on both sides have tak
en a decided stand, and emphat
ically declare they will not re
cede from their 'respective posi
tions. As a consequence, a nation
wide strike, in bituminous arid an
thracite fields)' appears inevita
ble. In the soft icoal district it is
thought that the suspension of
work April 1 will be of short du
ration, pending arbitration of the
Big business is bound to take
a hand in the settlement of the
-difficulty. If a general strjke is
called a coal famine, will-result,
arid industries-Avill be paralyzed.
The moneyed interests are ex
pected tb stand behind the opera
tors, though theyxmay ordenthat
certain concessions be granted"
the miners to avoid a walkout.'
Washington,, March; -21. Se-
retary of Comm.erceland. La,bor
Nagel called;at the White House
to talkover "the coal strike situa
tion, with thiejiijesfdent. It was
sjiid that 'the president has de
cided not to enter into the'matter.
ik any capacity at present, and
that the announced. visit of John
Mitchell to the WhiteHouse will
'' ' PbOR SANDY! ,
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4.The youngScotchman ,-, never
liked' his ,inother-ih-law and this
weighed heavily on the mind of
his wife, who was ill.-
Calling her husband to Kef
bedside, she said to him, "Sandy,
lad, I'm verra jll and I think I'm
gang to dee, and before I dee, I
wapt you o gie me a promise."
"I'll promise," said Sandy.
"What is it?"
"Weel, I ken that when I dee
I'll have a fine funeral, and I want
you to-rjide up in front in a car
riage wi' my mither."
"Weel," sadly responded San
dy, "I've gied ye my word, and
it's nae me that's gang back on
that, but I'll tell ye one thing,
ye've spoilt the day for me."
Friend Was your play much
of a success?
Author Success! Why, the
women wept so much "that most
of them' went home with their
Lock-step two-step is the lat
est dance. Maybe it 'isn't so bad
as it' sounds. '
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