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REMEMBER the McCurtain Mine DisasterThepSwat the AIM
to the laboring
utions getting a
u want to al-
THE H1R1TISH MINER.
How He Spends Tils Sixteen Hpurs of
riom lho lionaoa spuere.
ine average coal minor lives in n !
village atfait from other kinds of tern Coal .operators' Association,
flJin. The village Is a cluster of nnd n 8i,nIiar commltto of twenty
mean cottages huddled with their sjx mino workers of Missouri, Kan
flat faces to the road. There is no I sas Arkansas and Oklahoma began
front garden; no area railing to place their biennial joint conference at 10
the common hlgMvay at a respectful 0'ci0ck Wednesday morning in the
distance. The mlrieir enters his castle Long building, Kansas City, to ad
over no drawbridge, but from a hugt a scale of wagcfor the next two
path of black clinker. The clinker yeais, and to settlo all difficulties
path is separated from the high that have come up in the two years
road by a gutter, and down this just past. The conference will be
putter dirty water creeps from pud- j continued again this imornlng. The
e, , sea conference yesterday was a get to-
The home of the coal miner is srpthor nipptfno-
rear to his work.- It Is owned by
the colliery company which gives
h m his pa. Sometimes he is so
lucky as to pay no lent and in quite
many cases he can have free coal.
But he lives an unlovely life. Let
us look inside his home. There is
a vommon living room into which he
enters directly from the slieet. Be
hind there is a back kitchen which
serves as laundry and bathroom, for
the miner is much given to tubbing
and must have some place where
water is hand. Upstairs theie are
two rooms, or perhaps three, and
the stahvavse to these leads between
Partition Avails w hich. senarat thn.
front room from the back. With aj
family and a lodger the accommoda
tion teems a tight fit. But we must
lemember that the miner Is not al
ways at home at night and the chil
dren sleep vita their mother wheth
er the husband Is at homo or not.
Ab they grow up they earn money,
and a larger cottage may be rented.
before this stage is reached the lod
ger may bo dispensed with or given
leduced terms in consideration of i mar in August next,
sharing his bod with one of the l have been a indent of this sec
joungsters or sleeping in a folding!11011 for twenty two years. I tormu
chair In ono of the rooms below. I ,a-ted the oal1 for the filvt democrat
The basic fact of the miner's Ic Convention held in the Indian Ter
home life, however, is that there is r'tory that sent delegates to the na
ioo much of It. By act of parliament , tional convention at Chicago in 1892,
1 e can work only eight hours a day. and ha.'ve .labored incessantly and
This leaves him sixteen for other uneel shly since that time to fur
purposes. Now, a man cannot fill ' ther the lnterest of the democratic
sixteen hours out of the twenty-four Party- In common wRh all good citi
in ust RnHmr nnd siooninh- on.i ni ens I am interested in the mater-.
.'q Lsune time kep" himself fit. So
riTV'nppena thatvduringabout sixto;1' S eyry cuyown, village, ana
ffcflfoura ovSry "Say tho coal" m!h- Mnlet ",ere,n- l tuIs reason I
xy&a in the nosition nf n nfinmnn a In fvor of GOOD ROADS lead-
Iclelsure without having very much Ing from the county seat in every F Normal Schools," Mr. C. S. Whit
, "' ",lcy to spend. Too jiuch lelaure diiectlon to the remotest neighbor-1 ney, Principal East Ward, Durant
.sfi.ov good for the soul cf any n..in
H lequhcs an apprentice n Mleiss
to enable the leisured classes lo fill ed by tlle Countv Commissioners
their times and yet keep out of mis- wlth very llttle cost to the ta-pay-chief.
If those who have been born ' ers and no greater service can be
in the purple sometimes fall, how-
can we expect the coal miner to suc
ceed to a quite marvelous extent,
notwithstanding his monotonous sur
roundings. He might be less suc
cessful in living a decent life If he
had more money; one need not go
into that. The temptation of redun
dant wealth is too remote at pres
ent, whatever result may follow thq
strllre now in progress, When the
coal miner is above ground, bow
dees he dispose of h's time? Thi3
is only another way of posing tuo
uiestion of "How does he live?"
And this inquiry is germane to the
caption under which the present ar
ticle is written As to his home life,
It is obvious that his home can be
oniy a place to eat and sleep In
Yet he is not without resources. He
does not play golf; that is too ex
pensive a pursuit. But he general-
Iy has a bicycle, he often keeps pig
eons, and ho may Indulge in a dog
which knows what to do when a
hare Is in sight. The redeeming
feature of the pitman's life is that
it is usually lived on the verga of
the country. There aie d'stricts
where coal mines are so huddled to
gether that large towns are formed
around them. Moro generally they
are scattered about, and the mining
village clusters around not more
map naif a dozen j U-licafls. Beyond
lm.o la V. .,., i . ,.,
""""" "ia uvu mwufi not jiure- i.ve in occonung a canditlata for mat were represented, namely, Al
quently preserved for gdme, or there ' Sheriff of Plttfabaig county, I do not ' derson, Bokchlto, Pauls Valley
may Le rl:h pasturage within easy' claim to Lev the only Democrat. Goodland Acadnrav. Wjinnnnni'
-distance, and the miner who has a
tuumry-ureu wuo may Keep a cow ' am wor'ny, aid if elected, 1 will
or two and sell milk to his neigh- make PJ isburg rounty a clean, t-ob-bors.
In Durham especially ono cr and hcrvvst official. I will be
finds men who are colliers and farm true to the ncot,le of th cimitv. 1
lauorers oy turn as occasion serves;
but in nearly all colliery districts
gardening Is the hobby of the seady-
f r I tin r11lot nnrl n la nmnn ln
steady-going 'than not. The garden
may not be attached to his cottage,
it seldom is, but he can get a gar
den allotment within a short dls
tanca of his cottage, and when he is
digglng the land and planting the
eed he is keeping out of mischief at
.eyes have seen those homes, also
jey have been down into tho pits.
TWe pltB aie much more cozy.
MEET TO ADJUST WAGE SCALE.
Operators nml Mine Workers Repre-i
hcnt Four States.
A commlttee of fourteen coal op
nrafAN rnr,.a0nHnn- n,o sn,iti.ui
James Elliott of McAlester, Ok.,
is chairman ofthe Joint conference
The Mino Workers are represented
by President J. Blecs of Richmond,
Mo., district No. 25; Alex Howatt,
Pittsburg, Kas., ditrict No. 14, and
P. R. Stewart, McAlester, Ok., dis
trict No. 21. The coal operators
are headed by their president,
Charles S. Keith .president of the
Central Coal and Coke Company.
P. S. Lester Announces For
To the Democratic Voters
Third Commissioner's District
Pittsburg County, Oklahoma:
In obedience to a petition signed
by a large number of democrats
uirougnout tne uistrict requesting'
mc to become a candidate for com-
mlssloner of the third commission-
er's district; I hereby announce my
candidacy for that office, subject to
tho action of the democratic pri-
ial development, ,of.Pittsburgv coun
I100"s turouguout tne county.
Tnese things can bo accompli
lendered to the people generally
than the building of a system of good
loads thioughout the county. In
holding for the office of County
Commissioner, I am prompted by a
desire to promote the welfare and
aid the upbuilding of Pittsburg
With this brief statement, I sub
mit my candidacy to the democratic
oteiu of the third district.
PRESTON t. LESTER.
JOHN P. GILES FOR SHERIFF,
To the People of Pittsburg County:
In presenting my candidacy for
Sheriff of Pittsburg county, to the
Voters. I desire tn Rnv thnt T -u.nu
born in the town of Portlavaca, Lava
county, Texas. My father was kill-
ed by a horse when I was one yeai
old and when I was one year and a
halt old my mother moved to what
was known ss Indian Territory. I
nave uvea nere ever since, i was
raised on the farm near the little
town of Whltefield, in what wa-ii
Known as bwnasboy county, after I
Was grown and married I moved to1
what Is now known as Pittsburg
county, where I have lived for 18
1 linvn llOcll r n n fnvm nil .....
life, and I r.wn thn fnrm wiim-o i imw'ad th nthor oivfnon hii, t,i.i
. .... .... .
worthy of the place, but feel that I
..'II show no 'MorB to any ono.
JOHN P. OILhS
W' V' " Fr Superior Court
The Miner la authorized to an-
, "ounce W. V. Buckner as a candl-
date for the office of Superior Court
clerk of PittRimri? emmtv An ov.
ded announcement will appear
later on in the Miner, concerning ills
KREBS, OKLAHOMA, THURSDAY, APRIL 11, 1912
THEl SOI T1JEASTERN STATE
JChe meeting of the Southeastern
Teachers' Association held hero
April 4th-Cthnvas unusually success
ful. Although this was the first
meeting of th"o newly organized as
sociation, the attendance far exceed
ed expectations. The utmost enthus
iasm and harmony prevailed during
all the sessions". Excellent addressea
were delivered by Mr. E. P. Proffltt,
Stato Public School Inspector and
by President Murdaugh of the South
eastern Stato Normal School. Much
regret was expressed that State
Superintendent Wilson was unable
to be present. Superintendent Ncely
of Bryan counjty was elected presi
dent of the association.
The programme In full was as fol
lows: Tlmrsdny, April the Fourth.
Eight Fiftoen P. M.
Music -The Normal School Chorus,
MIbs Isabelle M. Brown, Director,
Department- of Public School
Music, Southeastern. State Normal
Address Hoin Robt. H. Wilson,
State Superintendent of Public
Reading Mrs. Joe Lou Adams, De
partment of English and Expres
sions, Southeastern State Normal
Music Southeastern Normal School
Address Mr. Edwin S. Monroe, Sup-
erintendent of Muskogee City
Music The Normal School ChoruB.
Chairman for the Evening Edmund
D. Murdaugh, Ped. D. LL. M.,
President of the Southeastern
State Normal School.
One Fifteen, P. M.
Address "Some Teste of the Effi
cient Teacher," Mr. W. C. Can
terberry, Superintendent City
Schools, Marietta, Okja.
Mr. Fred E. Tucker, Superinten
dent of Carter County Schools
Mr. J. P. Battenburg. Sunerlnten-
Paper "The County Institute and
tiie Summer Term of the Stato
Mr. J. G.
Mr. J. H. Johnston, Tishomingo,
Mr. T, D. Felts, Superintendent
Chairman for the Afternoon C. L.
Neely, Superintendent of Bryan
Saturday, April tho SiUh.
Address "The Teaching of Primary
Reading," J. E. McKean. Ped. D..
Director of the Traininc School
Denartment. Sniithenptern stntJ
Piano Solo Miss Alice McKinney,
Department of Instrumental Music,
Southeastern State Normal School.
Round Table "Teaching of Ele
mentary English,' Mr. A. S.
Faulkner, Department of English,
Southeastern State Normal School.
Bofore one of the largest crowds
ever assembled "in the local ball
park, the third annual inter-schol
astic hiirb Rohnni fii,i rt,i ti
meet, held under the auspices of
. . " ""-- - IW..A IWH1.D
me southeastern State Normni
I School and directed by Professors
Laird and Gllliland, proved to
one of great success.
Ardmore easily repeated her per -
formanco of last year by taking the
silver loving cup. Ardmore had a
stronger team this year than ever
llaflfn nn1 nc n .nnH lLt jt a ..
in... to bvuuuio
' Kingston, Krebs, Tishomingo, Mar-'
ietta, Pontotoc, Armstrong Acadeniy,
migo, wooaviue, MUburn and Ful
som Grove, By winning nine firsts,
six seconds, and four thirds, or a
total of sixteyseven points of the
tjiirteen events, it gave them a lead
that the other teams could not over
conie. Armstrong Academy was sec
ond with a total of eleven points.
Of the Individuals entered. C. Neil
son of Ardmore was the best star
He won four firsts in the five events
iu wnicn ne was entered.
The town was filled with about
one thousand visitors, many of whom
came in from Ardmore on a special
train. All but four records of ast
.year's meet were broken.
A PROMINENT WEST
I i..u .uj-mirLiiuunmjmm-iii. imiMiiMMiaMlMM I
HON. J.ELMER THOMAS,
1Q0 yd. dash; C. Neilson, Ard
more, first; P. Neilson, Ardmore,
second; Grisham, Marietta, third.
Record 9 4-5S.
ft Shot put: Anderson, Ardmore,
Shot put: Anderson, Ardmore,
first: McCorckle. Kingston, second?
ItmaQl!(Imohird . Req.otrt'
39Xft, - rl&m , A
'220 'yd. Jdasho: NIlsonr - ftrfi -
more, flrstr Rov. AldnrRon. sflponrl : I
more, first; Roy, Alderson, second;
Frazier, Armstrong, third. Record,
Running high "jump: Pitman, Ard
more, first; Nixson, Wapanucka, sec
ond; Powell, Krebs, third. Record
5 ft. 4 in.
220 low hurdles: P. Neilson, Ard
more, first; Ayers, Woodville, sec
ond; Kaneubbe, Armstrong
emy, third. Record 29. 8S.
Rvinnlng uroad Jump: C. NeUson, ,
Ardmore, first; P. Neilson, Ardmore, j farming and stock raising as an oc
eecond; Roy, Alderson, third. Rec-I cupation all of my life. When I
ord 19. 4S. left Texas, I moved into what is
440 yd. dash: C. Neilson, Ard- known now as Pittsburg county llv
raoie, first; P. Neilson, Ardmore, I ing on a farm twelve mlies north-
second; McCorckle-iCingston, third,
I Record 5GS
more, first; Pitman, Ardmore, sec-(Texas, and after graduation Irani
ond ; McCorckle, Kingston, third. ' thd high school there I took two
Record, 103.5 ft. courses In credited business schools.
Half Mile: Miles, Pauls Valley, I feel that I am thoroughly quali
first; Keneubbe, Armstrong, second; Ued to fill satisfactorily the respon
Dltzler, Ardmore, third; Record, 2- j Bible position which I seek, and ex
10. I pect to make the race solely on my
Pole Vault: Powell, Krebs, first; own merits.
P. Ne'lson, Ardmore, second, Mc-I I have olway been a Democrat In
Charren, Ardmore, third. Record,
Mile Run: Miles, Pauls
Hatema, Armstrong, third.
High Hurdles: Pitman, Ardmore,
I K P Ie,.lso1n Ardmore, second;
McCharren, Ardmore, third
",, t , ?: ArmstronS Academy,
.7 KIn?ston, second; Goodland
In the tennis doubles, Darrough
and Freeman of Hugo carried off the
l honors, while Darrough was
lOinmnlnn In cttKrlou"
champion in singles".
In base-ball, Kingston defeated
Caddo, score, 2 0; Southeastern de
feated Woodvillo, score 4-0; and the
Durant Team ot the Aexas-Oklaho-ma
League defeated the Armstrong
"Indians," score 7-u.
Carl Morris to Referee
The fifteen round bout to mor
rowm night (Friday) at Krebs'
Fair Grounds between Tom Ab
bott and Charley Ross promises
to be one of the biggest pughstic
events of the season. Every
thing is in readiness for the affair.
ou take, al-
of LAWTON, OKLAHOMA
Felix Gillock Announces For
To the Democrats ojM?lttlmrjr, h '
.W. ntriniinm. -u, " . '
VfiAJjAr parefui J, & s
decided to mat, ... 7 JtZ
dlerk o'Plt'sbu , .uww-sd
tiii, ''nnfinn nf rhn ,i.,,.f ( .J V
the action of the democratic pri
I am a Texan by birth and a Ken
tuckian by blood, my patents cdmfng
from Kentucky. My father served
In the Confederate Army under
Morgan, and moved to Grayson
County, Texas, about 1873. I was
bojn in Walnut Bend, on Rod river.
Cooke county, Texas, about fifteen
miles northeast of Gainesville. I was
raised on a farm and have followed
"west of McAlester, and all the prop
erty l now own Isln Pittsburg coun
Anderson, Ard-. ty. I was educated In Gulnosvllle,
politics, believing In supremacy of.
democratic government. Inni oppos
Valley, I ed to machine politit und will hot
RecoidJoin in any combination to further
my Interests in this race. I promis
ed that If I am elected to this office,
I will givo the same my undivided
attention and all parties having busi
ness with that office will receive
prompt and courteous attention.
I am loyal to my friends and my
party and if I am successful In this
race, I promise them they will have
no occasion to regret the selection
they hae made.
FELIX G. GILLOCK.
Two Thousand copies
of the Oklahoma Miner,
giving in full detail the
official report of the re
cent Mine disaster at Mc
Curtain, will be issued,
Subscription to the Mi
ner $1.00 per year, inng- j
le Copy 5 cents. I
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