capitalfsts, to full recognition as an organization and to 'bargain
collectively' for the-sale of our laDor-power and the adjustment of
working conditions. - ' "
.1 '.-We claim that theteadiy increase in the cost of living entitles
us to the modest and reasonable advance in wages that we ask, so
that oun-standard of livjng may not betoo-greatly reduced.
Weinsist upon the right to a voice in thVnuhiber of hours that
we, shall labor so as to safeguarjjHhe health of the men in the mines
and also furnish employment to such-of our members'who are voluntarily-idle.
' .We demand to be heard in the matter of enforcing the intro
duction of safety-appliances to reduce accidents in the mines-. During-the
10-year period of 1899 to 1910, inclusive, in the tljree an
thracite districts alone, 6,553 men were killed and 12,368 jinjured,
making-a total of killed and injured of 18,91. (
v- Conditions' in the bituminous'fields ate equally as bad. Twen
ty thousand men were killed in the foregoing period and three times
as many-injured. At present about 300 men are killed annually.
- The men of the mines furnish the,' greater portion of he light,
heat and power of the world and thereforewe have a right to ex
pect as a matter of simple, justice, that our men, women and .children
be permitted to enjoy a small share of this nation's wonderful social
progress, that their burdens'of toil may be lightened, their homes
brightened and life be made more worth, living. ,
r I-feel certain that the great heart of the American -peopleeats
in sympathy with the struggles of the 750,000 miners who ,are en-
deavoring not onty to uplift themselves, but to assist in improving
the bonditions of mankind as a whole.
.'-- We ask a fair consideration, of out claims on the part of all citi
zens who stand for a square deal-, and are willing to abide by the re
sult, feeling certain that public opinion, almost as a whole, will en
dorse our cause.
JOHN P. WHITE.
t ' o o
Jack (quoting Hamlet)--If
thou, wilt needs marry, marry a
Ethel Oh, Jack, this-is so sud-
den: Boston Evening Trans-1
St Petersburg will spend 50,
000,00Qior anew waterworks and
Somehow or other all the news
papers seem to play thevsoft pedal
on the fight being made by the
Republican Progressive ticket,
with Walter C Jones at its headr
Yet'that same crowd was strong
enough with the people not long
'ago to-beat the political machinP
ists and nominate Merriman "for
mayor. And they are having big
meetings in this campaign.
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