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IN TWO PARTS.
..TRUE TO THE.
DEMOGRflTi? PRST
In Victory or Dsfiii.
VOL. VII.-NO. 11.
XOll FO L K, VA., SATURDAY. OCTOBER 13, 1900.
THREE CENTS PER COPY.
CONDITION OF
AFFAIRS IN CHINA.
Admiral Remey Cables His De?
parture From Chinese Waters.
CLAIMS FOR INDEMNITY.
The Stnto Department at Washington IIa?
ltocelvcd Several Claims Against Clilnu
for Property Destroyed?Silver Captured
at Tien Tain Ilehl In Trust-Sincerity of
Imperial Killet for l'nnlsliment of I'riuco
Tunn and Others Doubted ? Further A?l
vauco of i in- Qormaua Will bo Opposed.
(By Telegraph to Virginian-Pilot.)
Washington, D. C, Oct. 12.?Admiral
Homey to-day cabled the Navy De?
partment of his departure from Chi?
nese waters. He goes on his Ikigshlp,
the Brooklyn( from Taku to Che Poo,'
thence to Nugaski, Japan. Although
his dispatch does not announce his
movements from that point, it is the
understanding at the Navy Depart?
ment that he will next go to Cavlto.
This move will take the headtiuartcra
of the Asiatic station bade to Manila,
leaving the squadron in Chinese water.-!
Without an admiral in command, unless
Admiral Remey should determine to
have Admiral Kcnipff return there.
For the present, however, there is no
BUCh determination.
Admiral Remcy's dispatch is as foN
lows:
"Marines embarked on Brooklyn,
Zafil'O and transport Indiana, /.aliro
carries the cavalry. Brooklyn goes to
Che Ppo end Naguskl. Indiana Sulla
shortly. Borne sick rneii sent to hospi?
tal at Yokohama. ?.Ubers will be re?
moved soon IIS possible and hospital
at Tlcn Tslh closed. New Orleans re?
main! at Taku. Monpcacy winters in
Pel Ho river. REMEY.'.'
CLAIMS FOR INDEMNITY.
The Stale Department has received!
several claims by American missiona?
ries and business men for Indemnity
oil account of less of properly In Chitin
as a remit of the Boxer uprising. The
department. In each case, has notified
the claimants Hint, tis yet, It has not
takon tip for consideration the method
of collecting auch indemnities, and ha ?
supplied them with the regulation clr
cuitir containing information as to the
method of filing claims.
THAT CAPTURED SILVER,.
It is understood that the final dis?
position of the silver, some $27?.OOO In
amount, taken by the American mu?
rines at the capture <>f Tien Tain, may
bo determined by Congress. In the
meantime ih" silver is being treated as
a trust fund, of which the govern?
ment is the custodian until a deter?
mination is reached as to its rightful
disposit ion. '
ANOTHER INVASION CONTEM?
PLATED.
Berlin, Oct. 12.?An official contradic?
tion has been published of the reports
that an Invasion of Shan Tung pro?
vince is contemplated.
gone After the czar.
St. Petersburg, Oct. 12.?The Chinese
Minister lure hns left town. It Is be?
lieved he has gone to the Crimea to
sec the Czar.
SINCERITY <il-' EDICT DOUBTED.
Paris, Oct. 12?A dispatch received by
tlie I lava's Agency from Tien Tsin,
nays:
"The general opinion of those,know?
ing Chinese ways is that the order for
the punishment of the high officials
contained In the edict of October 1 will
not bo executed. The edict is Insin?
cere.
"It Is affirmed thnt I.l Hung Cluing
ha:; been ordered to 1 eject ill)?the (|e
mnnds for territorial compensation and
other war Indemnities.
"The troops at Pekin are suffering
from typhoid fever and dysentery."
CHINESE WILL OPPOSE GERMANS
Berlin, Oct. 12.?A dispatch received
here to-day from Shanghai says a
veiw serious view is taken at Field
Marshal Count von Wnldersee's head?
quarters in Tien Tsin ?>f the revolu?
tionary movement. At Canton a false
alarm October 7 caused the Chlnesa of?
ficials there to protest against any oc?
cupation of Chinese territory, The
Yang Tse Viceroys, the dispatch says,
openly affirm that they will oppose any
advance of the Germans into Khan
Tung province.
money for imperial TUEAP
ury.
Berlin. Oct. 12.?A Shanghai dispatch,
dated Ol l'o\ 6r 11. says the Chinese Cus?
toms Bank has remitted .'HIO.000 tools to
the Imperial Treasury and is preparing
to send more.
GROVER CLEVELAND
HE HAS NOT CHANGED HIS OPIN?
ION SINCE lSfi?.
(By Telegraph to Vlrglnlan-Pilot)
Chicago, Oct. 12.?A special to the
Tribune from Louisville, Ky., says:
Kx-lTosldent Grovor Cleveland has
replied to a letter written by Mr. John
S. Green, of ibis city. Inquiring if the
former President bad changed his
views 011 the financial question as ex?
pressed in his letter to Chicago busi?
ness men on April 13. 1805. Mr. Cleve?
land, in his letter, which Is daied Buz?
zard's Bay, October 7, 1"00, replies as
follows:
"I have received your letter, enclos?
ing a copy of my letter, written more
than five years ago to the business men
of Chicago. 1 had not seen it in a long
time, but It seems to me 1 could not
state the case better at this time if I
should try, I have not changed my
opinion, us then expros-sed, in the
least."
CHAIRMAN JONES' COMMENT.
Chicago, Oct. 12.?Senator Jones,
chairman of the Democratic National
Committee, said to-day. in reference
to the letter of former President Cleve?
land, made public in Louisville. Ky.:
"Everybody had known for live years
what Mr. Cleveland's views were on
the money question, and we did not
expect any change. His letter, there?
fore, does not seem to have any-sign!
flcance. It should be remembered In
that connection that he has also ex- I
pressed his warm condemnation of
President McKlnley's expansion poli?
cies." ,
PURSUING THE REBELS.
Hong Kong, Oct. 12.?Admiral Ho is
pursuing the rebels in it northeasterly
direction from San Chun.
A British expedition consisting of the
Twenty-second Bombay Infantry, with
artillery, is going to the Kowloon Hin?
terland, though the district Is reported
quiet.
ACTION OF REFORMERS,
Hong Kong, Oct. 12.?The reformer.
Sun Tat Sen, according to dispatches
from Canton, has unfurled the reform
Hag in the Important town of Wol
Chou, on Fast river. This act has
given rise to considerable excitement
In military circles In Canton, as It is
believed that the object of the reform?
ers in raising their Hag at Wei Chou
Is to denude Canton of troops so that
they can seize (ho city.
A SERIOUS SITUATION.
, London. Oct. 13.?The Times has tho
following from Hong Kong, dated yes?
terday:
''The Situation In tho AVcl Chou pre?
fecture Is serious, in six districts the
cities nre in tho bunds of rebels. If
an outbreak should occur in Canton,
its suppression would be difficult."
NOT TO OPPOSE ALLIES.
Condon. Oct. 12.? Dr. Morrison, wir?
ing to the Times from Pekin under date
of October 11, says: "The Chinese of?
ficials declare that Stringent orders
have been sent to provincial ofHclals
not to oppose the advance of the al?
lied column."
THE DOWAGER EMPRESS RE
SI'< ?NSIBLE.
London. Oct. 13.?The Times publishes
to-day Dr. Morrison's mall accounts
of tile events that led up to the siege
of Pekin. He says that the Boxers
only became important after the Ger?
man occupation of Kino Chou, ? The
Chinese were ascribing the disastrous
drought and famine, with other
troubles, to tho Judgment of heaven for
the usurpation of the Empress Dow?
ager, She seized upon the Boxer move?
ment, according to Dr. Morrison, as a
means of diverting popular wrath from
herself to the foreigners, and appoint?
ed Vu listen, founder of the Boxer
sedt, to be Governor of Shan Tung, in
March, 1899. Thus, under imperial pro?
tection, the Boxers ftreached the doc?
trine that it was the foreigners and
NOT ACCORDING TO QUEENSBURY RULES.
not the Empress Dowager who had
aroused the wrai h of the < ?? nis._j
?!\>:u.i I?????;:ai? gunnis kt the ii'v.aiHiii ]
arrived. The Boxers became increas?
ingly nudai louS; and things went, from '
had to worse until'tin- legations were
ordered to quit l'ekin and Huron von
KClteler was killed. There is not a
shadow of a doubt that Ills murder was
deliberately planned by the Empress
and executed by an ofl'cer resplendent
in tho uniform ch the^i M t iai troops.
ADMIRAL DEWEY.
ANOTHER DENIAL THAT HE PRO?
MISED THE FILIPINOS IN DE
PEN DENCL3.
(By Telegraph to Virginian-Pilot.)
Washington, Oct. 12.?The State De?
partment to-day issued a rcpoat from
Consul General Wtldmnn, at Hong
Hong, commenting on a loiter ad?
dressed hy j. Alejandrlna July 22 last
to Senators Hoar arid Pettlgrew. In
this letter Alejandrlna related the sub?
stance of an alleged Interview with
Admiral Dewey, in which the Admiral
promised the Filipinos Independence.
Mr. Wildman, in his report, says Ale
jnndrina never saw Admiral Dewey,
although he visited the Olympia and
was subsequently taken to Manila on
the collier Narishen.
I The dispatch from Mr. Wildman
?was referred to tile Navy Department
for the Information of Admiral Dewey.
j who in his reply commented thereon
as follows:
"Attention Is invited to the fbltow
! ing extract from page 172. Report of
the Philippine Commission, Volume I:
?' "No alliance of any kind was en?
tered into with Agulnaldo, nor was any
promise of independence made to him
then or at any other lime.'
"The :?.ime i.= true of Alejandrlna
I (whom, to the best of my knowledge, i
have never seen), and of all other Fili?
pinos."
Ono Hundred Cases Yollow Fovor.
(Ry Telegraph to Virginian-Pilot)
Havana, Oct. 12.?One hundred and
thlrten new cases of yellow fever have
been officially reported October 1. There
Is no longer any doubt that the dis?
ease has attacked Major Peterson, chief
commissary, and Frank Hayes, general
manager of the Havana branch of the
North American Trust Company, who
were taken ill yesterday. Miss Natalie
'Brown, n. stenographer in the employ
of the trust company, is also down with
the dlseaap, The company's offices will
be closed to-morrow for disinfection.
OHIO'S EX-ATTORNEY
GENERAL FOR BRYAN.
Hon. Frank S. Monnett's Address
in the Capital City.
AN ATTACK ON THE TRUSTS.
President McKinley, Attornoy-Geuoral
Griggs und Other* Ilnro l*araly?ed tlio
Executive Arm or the Ciovernmeut for
the I.ail Four Tears, ami Prevented the
Enforcement of Ilm Common Law ami
the Statute Law-A aiiignifU-ent Tribute
to Bryan, the Democratic Caiulldatc.
(n.v Telegraph lb Vlrglnlan-Pllot.)
Columbus, O., Oct. 12.?A large au?
dience attended a meeting to-night at
Hie Columbus Auditorium, addressed
by Hon. Frank S. Monnett, former At?
torney General of Ohio. Air. Monnett's
Bpcech was devoted wholly to trusts,
and contained the first public declara?
tion of his Intention to support Mr.
Bryan. Mr. Monnett reviewed the
prosecutions against various trusts,
combinations and monopolies which bo
bad undertaken while Attorney Gen?
eral of the State, and then said:
MR. MONNETT'S SPEECH.
"Wo nominated a President from
Ohio, who promised tho people in fair
phrases that be would enforce the anti?
trust laws of the United States, includ?
ing the Sherman anti-trust act. How
has he enforced it? Attorney General
John W. GrlggS has under him seven?
ty-six- district attorneys, scattered
throughout the various States of the
Union, the duty of each and every one
of which is to enforce this anti-trust
act, and, according to his official re?
port, May 20. 1900, to Congress, out of
thirteen suits instituted under this law
three have been begun under his ad?
ministration. This Is tlio magnificent
record of the present national admin?
istration. The trusts utterly failed In
defeating (ho Sherman anti-trust act.
They were completely routed by' the
Jmll. lal'V in Ihe linal tost in tho Su
preme Court, and they have now he
gun the dangerous policy of paralys?
ing the executive arm by means that
are so palpable that he who runs may
read; and none but the most skeptical
can fail to be convinced."
In conclusion, Mr. Monhett said:
A CRIME.
'?I believe that William McKinley
and John Qriggs, his Attorney-General,
and his executive officers, have wilful?
ly, purposely and knowingly paralyzed
the executive arm of this Government
for tho last four years and prevented
the enforcement of the common law
and the statute law, both criminally
and civilly, against these law violators.
And the hour has now come, tho onlJ/ ,
I time we will have for the next four
years as Voters to legally and consti?
tutionally smite them for their hypoc?
risy nnd lo resent this violatln of ofll
cial duty.
TRIBUTE TO BRYAN.
"William J. Bryan may not accom?
plish all that we expect or all that we
hope for in this behalf, but I believe
htm to be thoroughly honest, sincere
and a determined man, and while I do
not agree with him In all that he ad?
vocates, yet I am forced to take one
side or the other on this great ques?
tion which for the masses is the para?
mount issue, nnd In the name of pa?
triotism and fur the sake of our Re?
public I propose to cast my vote for
that fearless, upright champion of the
people, William J. Bryan.
Tho English Elections
(By Telegraph to Virginian-Pilot)
London, Oct. 12.?In the western di?
vision of Monmothshlrc Sir William
Vornon Harcourt, Liberal, hns been re- !
elected with a majority of :i,575, secur?
ing 5,970 votes as against 2,401 cast for
I. Gardner, Conservative.
! The fact that Sir William Vornon
Harcourt, like Sir Henry Campbell
j Banncrrriah, was re-elected with a
I largely diminished majority, is regard?
ed by the Ministerialists as virtually
a victory for them.
Honry Youtsoy's Condition
(By Telegraph to Virginian-Pilot)
?Georgetown, Ky? Oct. 12.?Henry
Youtsey was still in a stupor to-day.
! His pulse was weak, but his physl
, clans expressed the belief that he will
i be able to face the Jury to-morrow in
j his trial on the charge of being a prln
1 clpal in the Uocbcl shooting.
THE DEMOCRATIC
STANDARD BEARERS.
Mr. Bryan Spends a Day in the
Buckeye State.
SPEAKS AT SEVERAL PLACES*,
i _____
Does Not VTnnt to bo Elected Coder Fnlao
FretonseR?Stirred by tin Inquiry About
Itnce Discrimination-A Touch or Mill
lurlsni at Portsmouth -Tlie Interest* of
the Soldiers Safest In ibe Hands of the
Common People?Uon. Adlal K. Steven*
-oo iu Maryland.
IBy Telegraph to Virginian-Pilot.)
Portsmouth, Ohio. Oct. 12.?Mr.
Bryan com luded the first day of his
Ohio campaign in this city to-night,
He was met at tlio depot by a torch?
light procession and escorted to a
Square In the center of the city, where
he Bpoko from a platform In tho open
air. The meeting was by tar the
largest of the day. and it was thor?
oughly enthusiastic, Tlio Republicans
also held a torchlight procession In the
city to-night, with speeches in a public
hall by Senator Spooner and ex-Cpn
gressman Bynum. As a consequent e
the City was full of red lire and polit?
ical enthusiasm. A majority of the
meetings during the day were not bo
largely attended nor so demonstrative
as those of the Indiana and Illinois
tour of last week. Hain threatened
during the greater part of the day.
' SCORNS FALSE PRETENCES.
When Mr, Bryan was Introduced at
Springfield some enthusiastic admirer
In the crowd shouted: ?'Hurrah for the
farmer President." The exclamation
at trat ted Mr. Bryan's attention, and
he snid:
"I don't want to be elected und? r
false pretenses, I am not a farmer; I
am nn agriculturalist; you know the
difference between them? A fanner is
a man who ma U-o^ Ms nmn?;- r,n
{he farm and spends it in town, while
an agriculturalist is a man who makes
his money in town and spends it on
the fnrm."
RACE DISCRIMINATION.
At Greenfield Mr. Bryan was inter?
rupted by an elderly man In the crowd,
who asked a question about race dis?
crimination In North Carolina and then
partially disappeared behind oilier peo?
ple standing near him. The Inquiry
seemed to stir Mr. Bryan considerably,
and he replied with soirte warmth, say?
ing: "Don't hide, I want you wle re
I can sec you when I answer your
question. Now let mc tell you thai an
educational qualification has been im?
posed upon Porto Bleo by the Republi?
cans which disqualifies S3 per cent. of
the colored men of voting age in that
territory."
Thro old gentleman retorted that he
did not believe the statement, where?
upon Mr. Bryan continued:
"Well, I can show you a bulletin is?
sued by your own Administration as
recently as the 29th of lost August in
which it is stated that 83 per cent, of
the colored population cannot read and
write. And this educational require?
ment deprives that percentage of the
people there of the right of franchise.
Dou you know what percentage Is af?
fected by the North Carolina law? I
can tell you that it Is a good deal small?
er per cent, than that affected by the
Porto Rlcan restriction. Don't you
think you had better reprove your own
Administration for Its acts In Porto
Rico before you complain of North
Carolina?"
A TOUCH OF MILITARISM.
Mr. Bryan began his speech at Ports?
mouth at 8 o'clock, and he had no sno:i
er commenced than a bugle was sound-1
ed on a house top across the street.)
There were other noisy demonstrations'
and It looked for a time as if there
were to lie unfriendly Interruptions.
Mr. Bryan caught the situation prompt?
ly and he sai l: "Perhaps this Is sim?
ply a 'touch of militarism.' This turned
the laugh of the crowd upon the bugler
and he was heard no more for a tine-,
though he sounded his horn at Intervals
during tho evening.
AT KIONTON.
Kenton, Ohloj Oct. 12.?It had not
been tin- intention of the Ohio State
Democrat!' Committee that Mr. Bryan
should begin the speech making fea?
ture of his Ohio tour until the town of
Bowling Green should be reached. This
plan was. however, interfered with to a
slight extend by the demands of a
number of people who gathered about
Mr. Bryan's c;\r In the Toledo depot bo
fore the truln pulied out from that
point.
The next speech was made at Howl?
ing Green, twenty miles out. and the
third at Flndlay. tbe center of the Ohio
gas belt. Mr. Bryan announced dur?
ing the breakfast hour that Mrs. Bryan
would join him on tho '27th instu.il In
New Yoik and remain with him liiere?
after until the close of the campaign:
Ho said that after leaving New York
and making the lour of West Virginia,
Maryland. Delaware and New Jersey,
he would again return to the Empire
State and probably make several
speeches on the occasion of this second
visit.
At Bowling Oreen Mr. Bryan espec?
ially urged the Importance of electing
a Democratic House of Representa?
tives.
SPEECH AT FIN DD AY.
A fine audience greeted Mr. Bryan
upon his arrival at Flndlay a* ^r30. an.I
be made a speech of live minutes at
that place. He said. In part:
"Possibly It is not necessary to sffenk
Ion? on the trust question, for people
learn more by experience than they d">
by speeches, and a speech can only
point out the lessons of experience. It
used to he that if a mill cloned down
under the Democratic administration
every Republican paper Mid editor
pointed to the mill and to Iis smoke?
less chimneys as an evidence that
Democratic policies were destroying
the Industries of the country. But now
when a trust buys a plant and closes
it down no Republican says a word
about It. You will tlnd that the trust
will (lose more mills than any policy
that any other party ever stood for." i
INTERESTS < ?F SOLDIERS.
Dayton, O,, Oct. l-'. ?William J. j
Bryan addressed a large crowd this
afternoon upon the Dayton Fair
Grounds. Speaking Of tho claim that
the interests of H?e soldiers were safest
in the carts of the Republican party,
Mr. Bryan said:
"The soldier Is In innre danner if his
lnl( rests are leH to the men who
stand at the bead of great monopolies
than he Is If ho leaves his Interests lo
those who belong to the common peo?
ple. I would go further than that. I
will say thai the welfare of the Futon
soldier and his pension are safer in the
hands of a Confederate soldier than
in the hands of a ?real nnopoly, for
the Confederate soldier knows some?
thing about the sacrifices of war, while
the heads <>r syndicates only know war
as an opportunity for the accumulation
ot great lor tunes out of the people's
sufferings; Bui the Republican insults
the soldier when he assumes that a
so|,l|,r had no interest except In the
amount of his monthly or quarterly
pension. The soldier is a citizen. He
was a citizen during the war. when he
was willing to risk his life in his na?
tions defense. If he was willing to
lieht to haVe one republic Instead of
two. he will be willing to vote now to
hei p that on-- republic from becoming
in. empire, if he was willing to fight
in order to wipe out of the Declara?
tion of 'Independence an exceptional
clause that excluded the black man, he
will be willing to vote now to keep nn
othor exceptional clause from being put
Into the Declaration excluding the
brown man. The BOldlcr who did nut
1 i la ve that the black man ought to be
sold for a thousand dollars will not be
in I a vor of buying Filipinos in a Job lot
at two dollars and a half apiece."
STEVENSON AT WAYLAND.
Hagerstown; Md., Oct. 12.? The Demo?
cratic candidate for the Vice-Presiden?
cy and those who are with him on a
tour through the Sinti' reached Ha?
gerstown shortly before 1? o'clock tills
evening after u ride of 20 miles over
the mountains us the guests of Colonel
Dnughman, Mr. Gorman's chief lieu?
tenant. On the way over several stops
were made. When he entered the city
he met with a reception which was lit?
tle short of an ovation. The streets
were lined with people, many houses
were brilliantly illuminated and tire
works biased am! sntuttercd in every
direction. Before entering tin- ball Mr.
Stevenson took tin a position on the
Steps of a bank opposite tic hall and
spoke to an overflow meeting. From
the bank steps lie went to the Academy
of Music, where a crowd, which tilled
every available Idt of space In the
-house, awaited him ami applauded
vigorously when he appeared leaning
on the arm of General Kyd Douglass'.
Colonel Buchanan Schley, a relative of
Admiral Schley. Introduced him and he
took up tin- subject of Imperialism.
Mr. Stevenson made a non-partisan
speech during the day at Frederick.
CRANDPA HOAR.
SPEAKS AT A REPUBLICAN
RALLY IN MASSACHUSETTS.
(By Telegraph to Virginian-Pilot)
Concord. Mass.. Oct. 12.?Senator Geo.
F. Hoar delivered an address at the
Republican rally held here to-night,
lie analyzed briefly the Democratic
platform; held Mr. Bryan responsible
for the adoption of the war treaty and
said the Democratic leader was not
sincere on his altitude toward Impe?
rialism. He said:
"There are undoubtedly many per?
sons In the Republican party who have
bet n carried away by the dream of em?
pire. They mean. I have no doubt, to
hold on to the Philippine Islands for?
ever. But they do not constitute the
strength of the party. I believe Aguin
aldo and Mahini entitled to self-gov?
ernment. I have little resi cot for the
declaration of love of liberty of the
men who stand with one heel on the
forehead of Booker Washington, of
Alabama; and (In- Other on the fore?
head of Robert Small, of South Caro?
lina, and wave (he American ting over
Aguinnldo and Mablnl. You are not
helping the cause of inti-imperlallsni
by Koing into partnei -hip with Bryan
ism."
PRESIDENT'S CABINET.
MEETS AND DISCUSSES THE PHIL?
IPPINE TARIFF.
(By Telegraph to Vlrglnlan-Pllot.)
Washington. Oct. .12.?The Cabinet
meeting to-day developed nothing of
special importance. The time was oc?
cupied largely in a discussion of the
revision of the Philippine tariff now
In progress by the Philippine Commis?
sion In Manila. The annual reports of
the members of the Cabinet were talk?
ed over Informally, the President ex?
pressing the wish that synopses be fur?
nished him as soon as convenient for
review In his next message to Congross
which is now being outlined. It Is ex?
pected that he win devote a consider?
able share of his time, prior to his re?
turn io Canton, about ten days' hence,
to. work upon tho message.
A CONVENTION
OF COAL MINERS.
A Day Devoted to Organization
and Speeches of Delegates,
MORE CONCESSIONS DESIRED
The Trend of Kpronrks Indicated That the
Ten Ter Cent. Advance In Wage? Will
Not be Accepted Concessions in Other
Grievances are Desired?An Unwoilily
Uody-The Opening Remarks of I'resl
dent Mitchell, of the United Mino Work?
er* of America,
(Bv Telegraph to Vlrginlan-Pllot.)
Scranton, Pa., Oct. 12.?Eight hun?
dred and fifty-seven miners, who hold
in their hands the power to end or con?
tinue the anthracite coal miners strike,
which has been In progress for more
than three weeks, met In convention
here to-day tor the purpose of consid?
ering the 10 per cent, net advance in
wag'ts offered by the operators, and
adjourned until to-morrow without
taking any action on their employers'
proposition. Itoth of to-day's sessions
were devoted to organizing the conven?
tion and to speeches by many of the
delegates on the mine owners conces?
sion. It was hot expected Hint any?
thing would be done to-day outside of
a general exchange of views. The con?
vention, after It was permanently or?
ganized, went Into secret session, but
it was learned from authoritative
sources that nothing of a definite na?
ture was suggested which would lead
to a solution of what is, to the miners,
a knotty problem.
THE 10 PER CENT. INCREASE.
from the trend of the remarks of the
delegates it was gathered that the 10
per cent, proposition, as it now stands,
has very little chance of being ac?
cepted, The delegates seemed, it was
learned, to be almost unanimous that
the operators should Brat make con?
cessions on the other grievances before
the i in reuse is accepted by the mine
workers. Circa I stress was laid on the
necessity of abolishing tin- sliding Scale
and substituting therefor a tonnage
basis on which to tlx the rate of wages.
The proposition of having the opera?
tors guarantee a fixed time for paying
the advance was also thoroughly dis?
cussed, while not a few delegates said
they would be satisfied with nothing
but a more liberal increase of wages.
MODE OP PROCEDURE.
The mode of procedure la a matter
which is now occupying the attention
of the labor leaders. In ease the con?
vention comes to a definite understand?
ing on some proposition, the question
has been asked hew the operators will
be advised, in view of the fact that the
latter have repeatedly said they would
not recognize the union. President
Mitchell will not discuss that phase of
the question and none of the other
labor leaders will venture an opinion,
hu.wlg., smlO-prxf kdodwE If,.a A
DEFINITE CONCLUSION NOT EX
PECT ED.
That the present convention will not
come to a definite conclusion is the
general belief to-night. It is the opin?
ion Of several of the labor leaders that
the convention as at pr l Sell t COIlSt i
tuted Is a little unwieldy. There was
a movement-on foot to-day having for
its object the submission of the va?
rious propositions as they are suggest?
ed by (he delegates to a committee ap?
pointed by the convention for consid?
eration, this committee to report to
either this orjB second convention. This
movement*however, did not gain much
of a start. Some of the delegates think
that the whole subject should be left
in the bands of the National officers,
as hinted at by President Mitchell in
his brief remarks just before the con?
vention went Into secret session. Mr.
Mitchell is very popular among tho
miners, as was shown by the enthusi?
asm displayed as he delivered his open?
ing address.
PRESIDENT MITCHELL'S OPENING
REMARKS.
President Mitchell called the conven?
tion to order at 10:J0 o'clock and ad?
dressed the delegates, saying:
"For the llrst time in many years
the operators have recognized your de?
mands for better conditions of em?
ployment, and have offered tin ndvrihoo
of ten per cent, in your wages. I am
well aware that this advance Is not
satisfactory to you. You have fi It. and.
with justice, that a doftntte period of
time should be named during which
this advance should remain in force.
Your experience where wages are based
on a sliding scale has been -so unsat?
isfactory to you that you believe that
the sliding scale method of determin?
ing wages should be abolished, you al?
so believe that the laws of Pennsyl?
vania should be obeyed by the coal
companies, and wages bo paid twice
each month, you reserving the right of
spending your earnings wherever you
choose.
"Whether it is better at this time to
Insist upon u contplance with all your
demands is a question which you, who
are most interested, are called upon to
decide. Personally l have hoped that
we should be able at some time to e?
Continued on Page 6.
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