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INJURED IN FEDERAL BUILDING
NO REDRESS AGAINST GOV'T.
About two weeks ago Lawrence
Donahue, a latter carrier, in the main
postofflce had his skull crushed by a
heavy wrench falling from the sec
ond floor, which is being remodeled
for greater working space. He is at
St. Elizabeth's Hospital in a very
critical condition. If he recovers it is
probable 'that he will sustain a per
manent defect to his brain.
As soon as Oscar Nelson, state fac
tory inspector, heard of the accident
he sent Deputy Inspector Sheldon to
investigate. He was' refused admit
tance by Postmaster Campbell, on the
ground that he had no jurisdiction
over federal buildings. But the state
office argued that it had jurisdiction
over the contractor, under the work
man's compensation act.
Notice was served on Bolter & Son,
who are doing the work, to erect a
scaffold and canopy to prevent things
from falling on the heads of the car
riers and clerks. They complied two
Donohue has no redress against the
government. Unless he wins in a
civil suit against contractors he can
get no compensation, as would be the
case had the accident been committed
by a federal employe.
Nelson has just returned from
Washington, and has induced Con
gressman Martin Madden of the post
office and post roads committee to
include a provision for injury com
pensation for postal employes in the
appropriation bill to be presented to
the present session of congress. This
provides for full pay the first year,
half pay the second year and $2,000
in case of death. This ip the same
as the railway mail clerks' injury
compensation provision, the only fed
eral employes allowed compensation
for injuries, as it is recognized that
the work is extra hazardous.
What is said to be the largest tree
trunk in the world, measuring 145
feet in girth, is at Mixtla, Mexico.
A REPORT ON INDUSTRIAL AND
New York, Dec. 15. The New
York Herald, which published a re
port as to industrial and commercial
conditions, says that a policy of re
trenchment is in force in manufac
turing centers of East. Working
forces have been cut down and many
skilled and unskilled workmen are
without employment. This is espe
cially true in cities where steel in
dustries are centered.
The report further states: "Men
who analyze the causes of fluctua
tions in trade and commerce in the
North Atlantic states have no hesita
tion in ascribing the failing health of
trade in their locality to the enforced
entrenchments in the railways pend
ing a decision on their application to
the Interstate Commerce Commission
for an advance in freight rates.
States reporting business "fair,"
were: Maine, New Hampshire, Ver
mont, Massachusetts, Connecticut,
Rhode Island, Nebraska, Iowa, North:
Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota,
California, Oregon and Washington.
New York, New Jersey, Pennsyl
vania and Delaware reported business
"at a standstill."
Ohio, Indiana, West Virginia, Illi
nois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Kentucky,
Tennessee and Missouri reported
business "below par."
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A SCHOOL BOARD, POME
Fill the following able pome out to
Molly So you are really engaged
at last? Tm awfully glad to hear it,
dear! Angeline Yes, I was sure you
would be; you may have a chance