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The Joke of the Season the Oklahoma State Tax League of Oklahoma City
KREBS, OKLAHOMA, THURSDAY, NAY, 2, 1912
NOT TO SUSPEND.
MINERS AND OPERATORS
REACH NEW AGREEMENT.
OKLAHOMA COAL DECREASE.
CANDIDATE FOR RE-ELECTION
A dispatch from Kansas City nays
that a small sub-committee lias been
appointed to try to arrange a con
tract between the miners ana opera
tors of the southwest and It U pre
dicted that a settlement of some
kind will hava been reached by tbc
last of this week.
The sub-committee is composed of
three operators, the three distri t
mine presidents, besides four ex-of-ficio
members. The opoiatori are
Messrs. Fleming, Jenkins and El
liott, with Messrs. Keith and Ryan
as ex-officio members, and thy min
ers representatives are PiC3ldentd
Howat, Mooney and Stewart, -with
Vice President Hayes and National
Board Member Farrington as ex-officio
To Ho No Suspension.
The following letter, written at
Kansas City, under date of April
27. is being sent out tiom here tc-t
day by District Secretar Fied Holt
to the various locals:
"To the Various Local Unions, Di--
tricts 14, 21 and 25 Greeting: j
"At a meeting of the conference
committee representing disfilcts 11,
21 and 25 we had under consideia-'
tion the continuation clauso a3
lelates to continuing at work after
May 1st pend ng the negotiations
for the new agreement as provided
in the third clause.. It was decided
unanimously by, thecommItte3 lep-
V9nuSg distftcts V4, 21 aud po lor,
thO-1 mines to continue at work until
efficial orders are Issued to suspend
work. You are therefore instructed
to continue at work until authoiiz
eu ottic.ally to suspend work.
"Signed In behalf o" tli3 confer
"President Dist. 14.
"P. R. STUWAKT,
"President Dist. 21
"Piesident Dtst. 23.
"FRANK . HAYES,'
U. M. W. of A.'1
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The Oklahoma Miner
Fort Worth, Tex., April 30.
Agi cement was leached between the
coal mino operators of Texas and
the representatives of the coal mine
workers or union miners today, and
that agreement has been taken back
to the various camps to be voted
upon. It is expected the action of
the conference will be confirmed
and, in that event, the formal sign
nig of the agreement, binding for
two years from April 1, 1912, will
The agreement is on the basis of
the Cleveland agreement, which pro
vides for an increase of 5c per ton
for mining and 5.26 per cent in
crease In the day wage and for dead
work scale. The working condi
tions which prevailed in the expir
ed contract are contained in the
Dates Back to April 1.
The United Miners of America, '
working in Texas, 'belong to District t
21, and a national board member
has been" present at all of the con-
terences as well as representatives
of the at eral camps. About a '
month ago, at a conference held in
this city, an agreement waB mad to
continue the old contract in force
to May 1, 1912. It was a part of
that agreemnt that any increase in
wages should date back to April 1,
aml that will, of course, lo done in
the event of the ratlficatbn by the
miners, wnich is confidently anti-
The conference will remain in
sesslon here uutu Tnursday by
which time the ratification of the
agreement for the new contra it is
Says Dispatches in En or.
Ed S. Britton, of SCrawn said
theie was an erro in a .dispatch
printed in The News Monday morn
ing which it was stated that tbt
, . ,, T . . bl , i Consequently when mining was re
work at the Lyra and Strawji mines ' , , . , . "
I sumed and demand was unprecc
had been suspended. Manager dentedly heavy tne Iabor 8upplv way
Britton says the mines have not entirely inadequate,
been closed down a day. Workj : naddition to other disorganiz
wontt on as usual on the dates tho ing influences, the coal Industry o!
dibpatch said the mines had bub-, the Southwest has suffered from the
ponded work and are working as continued comnetltion of nhenn fnl
usual today. There has been no
iiiBpension of work in those camps,
Large Falling Off in 1010 As Tom-
paicd Willi Output of Year
Oklahoma's coal production In
1910 was 2,046,220 short tons, val
ued at ?5, 867, 947, a decreaso of
473,161 short tons as compared with j
the tonnage for 1909, according to
Edward W. Parker of the United)
States Geolftgical Suney.
Oklahoma was one of the states
moEt seriously affected by the pro
longed strike of 191p. Naturally, in
anticipation of the suspension of)
operations, the mines of tho Missis-,
sippl Valley legion were operated
with unusual activity during the
first three months of the year, and
abouflio per cent increase over the
normal tonnage was von during tho )
time. After mining was genorally i
lesumed in September there was a I
strong effort made by both operators '
and miners to make up for lost
time. Thus, although tho strike"
lasted for five and a half months
and considerable atlrlltlnnni ttm
as required to put the mines in'
work,nB order, tho actual loss in I
ProductIon in proportion to
f, y S !
In Oklahoma the production de-,
crea8ed from 3,119,377 short tons,
valued at $5,867, 847 in 1910, a dif-
ference against 1910 of 473,151
short tons, or 14.17 per cent In
quantity and of $385,420, or 6.16 '
per cent In value. Because of the
shortage qaubed by the strike tho
average price per ton advanced from
?2 in 1909 to ?2.22 to 1910.
The suspension of mining In tEi)
Southwestern states gave exception
al opportunity for coals from Colo
rado, New Mexico and Alabama to
make new and heavy inroads upon
the markets naturally tributary to
Oklahoma and the adjoining sates
of Arkansas and Kansas. It also
gave substantial encouragement to
tho development of lignite in Texas,
and to the expansion of Its use, but
probably tre most serious effect, be
cause more lasting, was the mlgra
tl n of the miners to other states
where mining was not interrupted.
oil and of natural gas.
The number of men reported as
employed in the coal mines of Okla
homa in 1910 was 8657, who work-1
ed an average of 144 days. The
number of men on strike was 8213
and the average time lost by each
man was 152 days so that tho Idle
ness way equivalent to 99 per cent"
of the time worked. The quantity
of coal produced for each man em
ployed in 1910 was 300 short tons
for the year and 2.13 tons for each
The coal-bearing rocks of Okla
homa trom a part of what la known
as the Western interior aoal Hold. '
They extend from what was Indian
Territory, into Kansas on tne north '
and into Arkansas on the east.
Within the state this field has an
approximate area of 20,000 square
miles, underlying the western half
of the area formerly known a? the
Cherokee nation, the whole of vhat1
was the Creek Nation, and small
portion of the former Chlokasaw
Nation. The total area underlain
by workable cool is estimated to bo
about 10,000 square miles. Tho
coals, of which there are ten or
more beds, vary from a medium low
on the one hand to high-trade bitu
minous, approaching semi-anthracite
on the other. Some of the high
grade bltummouB varieties po3SC3B
coking qualities. Several hundred
coke ovens aie in operation in tho
eastern and western parts of what
was the Choctaw .flold. Much of
HON. JAC& LOVE of the
the eJak that is produced is washed
and turned Into coke.
AVILL TEST MINE OPENING.
State Inspector Royle Outers San
IJois Company Shafts Closo'l.
.'Oklahoma City, Ok., May J.
State Mine Inspector El Boyle vill
go to McAlester, scene oi the mine
disaster of MarcZl, aad test the
matter of opening San Rois Coal
company mines Nos. 1 and 3, which
were closed by his order following
the explosion In Noo. 2, and reopen
ed by the receivers Tuesday morn
ing under an order of the federal
court of the eastern district.
Tho receivers and mine ofliciais
declared that the assumptloi ot
jurisdiction by the federal court
robbed Boyle of furt'nr authority,
and served notice that they would
send men into the wo 'kings. Eole
was advised that hish notices ord
ering tho mines closed lnd been
torn down but that two men .vent
into the mine.
"I believe that the time has come
to find out how far they tan go and
what authority the state has in pio
tectlng the lives and safety of tho
men employed In the mines," Paid
McCUKTAIN MINE REPORT SOON.
Oklahoma City, Okla., May 1.
State Mino Inspector Boyle expects
to have his official repor: covering
the McCurtain mine disaster Teady
fcr the public during tho week. Tho
only missing man wa3 found in o:ii
of the mine entries .i few dayj asjo,
and It Is thought to b-3 O. Prlnta, an
Italian. This fixes the number dead
at 73, whereas 25 wero rescued
alive. The report will call atteii
tion to the necessity of legislation
tending to reduce tho hazard of mlr.
lng. LOOK AT LINE-UP.
When you receive literature fiom
the Oklahoma Tax League, just no
tice who" are the officers and pro
moters. You will find C. F. Colcord,
a wealthy real' ettate oyner of Ok-
lahoma City who was round by tho
tax ferret to owe ?75,000 taxes that
had escaped his attention, and for
which a suit was brought to recov
er. You will find Ed. Cooke, bank
er who owns one of tho finest resi
dences in Oklahoma City aud who in
io.mi1 to be worth over $250,000, yet
who was found on the tux rolls to
have but a few dollars personal tax
what would be expected of ono of
the boys at the fork of tho creek.
There is John Shartell, of the Okla
homa Stieet Railway company who
represents something over a million
dollars of property for his company,
and then there is Joe Huckins who
is reputed to be worth some little
money, but whose personal tax is
what would bo expected of a tenant
in a flfteen-dollar-a-month houso.
Joe's big hotel in Oklahoma City
would lead one to believe that he Is
possessor of some personal property.
Now ou men on the farms and in
town you men who have all ytm
possess right out in sight wheie all
the world can Bee it, what do you
think of these Oklahoma City men
woith their thousands and hundreds
of thousands, but who pay taxes on
no more personal property than you
what do you think of them as
men leading a fight against higii
If they would pay their propor
tion of taxes, you would have to
bear less of the burden. These men
are the ones, too, who have always
shouted the hardest for bonds in
Oklahoma City, until now the inter
est on those bonds aud sinking fund
amount to more than it costs an
nually to run the state government.
Yet, with all this, they are making
a fight against the state adminis
tration and for "turning tho rascals
out" when the records show that
they have been escaping taxation,
thus forcing the small taxpayer to
bear the burden.
Look at the line-up of the men,
befoio you fall over yourselves fol
lowing them off. The have an
other motive, and It Isn't because
thoy are bleeding at evory pore lor
tho taxes you have to pay.
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