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average of $1.35 a ton, including
operation and maintenance and over
head expenses. And Uncle Sam is
doing better right along.
In June of this year the cost was
$1.33 a ton. For July the figures will
probably be $1.25 a ton, says W. S.
Arthur, the project engineer, and still
less for August. Eventually, says Ar
thur, he expects to lower the cost to
$1 a ton, by operating the plant the
year round and doing more "room
work.'' The more coal he dig's, the
cheaper he can dig it.
In private mines in the same terri
tory timbered like the government
mine, it costs about $1.50 a ton to dig
To deliver that private coal to the
government power plant would have
brought up the cost to $2.50 a ton.
The city of Williston has been pay
ing from $2.24 to $2.50 a ton for pri
vate coal to run its water and power
So much for Uncle Sam's business
shrewdness in mining coal cheaply.
But how have his miners fared?
Well, they're " not complaining.
Uncle pays the "going rate," thereby
playing fair with private operators.
But he gives the miners better work
ing faculties, so they dig more coal
and make more money. And he can
get all the miners he wants, when
he has steady work for them. He
gives the preference to married men.
If they're experienced men, hired
for emergencies, they get $2.50 to
$3 a day. The "skinners" (mule
drivers) make 50 cents more.
But nearly all the men are skilled
Typical Williston Miners, Husky Young Americans, Making$4 to. $5 a Day. ""