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U~]KITONTANA MINES have a large surplus of coal at this time.
J-* J- Steps have been taken by the operators to interest the
consumers of North and South Dakota in storing Montana coal during
the spring and summer. If coal from the Montana fields, could be
shipped into the western part of the Dakotas extensively during the
next few months, it would mean that the Montana mines couid oper
ate steadily. They could also increase their producing capacity and
be in position to completely supply the home demand when coal is
again at the height of its consumption.
Montana coal from the mines at Roundup and from the Bear Creek
field stores success/ally and if the consumers will burn the fine coal
during the warm weather and leave the big lumps for the winter,
there is no reason why bins should not be filled during the next few
It must be remembered in connection with the storing of coal
that these are war times," says United States Fuel Administrator
Garfild. Coal consumers must be prepared to make sacrifices.
The Zone System may compel some consumers to use a different
grade of coal than they formerly burned. Warning hag been given
that the best must be made of such conditions.
Montana now has a surplus of good coal for shipment to the west
ern part of the Dokotas. Much of the same coal is going into the
storage bins of individual consumers in Montana and if the consumers
of the Dakotas, west of the Missouri river, will place their orders at
once, there is no reason why they should not begin the next winter
well prepared against the cold.
Ve reproduce above a statement sent out bv the Fuel Administra
tor for state of Montana. This is a condition of affairs that should
work for the benefit of all who live in the Dakotas provided they
take advantage of the condition and put in their coal supply as sug
gested this spring. We could never see the benefit of waiting until
the last minute to get our fuel when we know very well that we are
going to need it and that we have got to have it We hope to benefit
by this condition at this school and are planning to have coal all
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