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PRACTICALLY ALL MINES
ARE SHUT DOWN'
Cleveland, Ohio, April 1.
Practically ever coal mine in the
country was shut down today ,as
a result of the order sent out last
week by President j'ohn P. White
of the United Mine Workers.
The prospect of an early re
sumption of work in the bitumin
ous fields is bright, but in the an
thracite districts the outlook is
uncertain. President White will
hold furthe'r conferences with
President Baer of the anthracite
operators in an effort to arrive at
a compromise agreement similar
to that reached in the bituminous
fields, and which is now being
submitted to a referendum.
In (the bituminous district of
which Pittsburg is the center, the
suspension of work may last but
three days. Delegates to the dis
trict convention will decide
Wednesday whether the men
shall return to work pending the
outcome of the referendum vote.
Interest in the controversy is
centering in the district councils
throughout the soft coal regions.
It rests with them whether the
men shall return to work or stay
out until the vote on the com
promise is completed.
Springfield, HI., April 1.
Seventy-five thousand miners are
idle in Illinois fields, according to
estimates given out by the United
Mine Workers. Every mine in
the state is closed. Officials do
not expect the referendum vote to
"be taken before April 10, "and pre
dict there will little work in the
mines during April.
Wilkesbarre, Pa., April 1.
Mining in the anthracite fields is
completely paralyzed today.
Operators will make no attempt
to work their properties until
after the conference April 10.
Little trouble is expected. The
arrangement of another joint
meeting has cleared the atmos
phere, and there is no bitter feel
ing between employers and em
ployes. It is generally believed
the ultimate basis of settlement
will be a ten per cent increase, the
mend emanding 20 per cent.
In the districts of Shamokin,
Pa., and Cincinnati, Ohio, 75,000
men were idle this morning, ac
cording to information here. Re
ports from other districts are that
the men have been a unit in quit
London, April 1. Returns re
ceived up to noon today, and in
cluding every coal mining'district
in. the country, although many
are far from complete, show that
the proposal for the return of the
miners to work under the recent
ly passed minimum scale bill, has
carried in a ratio of about 3 to 2.
W. Lon Johnson, clerk of
Stevens county, Wash., said he'd
sit through a sermon if the Rev.
E. A. Wells, of the Methodist
church at Colville, Wash., would
stand on his head on a stbol in the
court house. Minister took the
dare, and Johnson went to