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The Butte inter mountain. [volume] (Butte, Mont.) 1901-1912, October 21, 1902, Evening, Image 1

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The following statement is respectfully submitted to the
citizens of Butte and the people of Montana, in view of the at
tacks which are being made upon the Amalgamated company, and
the reports which have been spread concerning its alleged designs:
The policy which we are, and have been endeavoring to pur
sue, is one of appeasement, of conciliation and of good will,
wherever possible. The Amalgamated is not a political organiza
tion. It has no quarrel with the democratic party; it has no
quarrel with the republican party, nor with any other legitimate
political organization. Its purposes are industrial. Its aims
and desire are that it be allowed to pursue its business without
unjust attacks. It is its privilege to protect its property and its
rights. It must and will stand for their protection.
Our companies constitute the largest industrial interests
and enterprises in the state. Our industrial policies have for
their object the development of the resources of the state; our
companies have invested millions of dollars in Montana. We are
entitled to the right guaranteed by the constitution of Montana
that, "right and justice shall be administered without sale, de
nial or delay." We ask for no special favors and for no privileges
not accorded to all, but we are entitled to the same rights as
every other citizen and corporation. We ask for nothing more;
we should be given nothing less.
With regard to labor, our record speaks for itself. It should
not be necessary to notice the malicious reports put in circula
tion by evilly disposed people for the purpose of filling the peo
ple's minds with apprehension and dread.
The eight-hour law was put into effect by us without any re
duction of wages, without even a suggestion of a desire to de
crease wages. It was put into effect without questioning its
validity. It went into operation in the mines on February 1,
1901, three months before the law itself took effect. Its introduc
tion in the smelters -ommenced at the same time and gradually
proceeded to completion before the law became effective.
I have already publicly declared the settled policy of the
Amalgamated on this question. It has been determined definitely
and finally so far as our companies are concerned. The eight
hour system will forever remain in force. It is of no interest to
us whether the law be constitutional or not. It is of no interest
to us whether the law shall remain on the statute book or not.
The action we took was not decided upon lightly, nor without full
consideration. The rule would not be changed even if the law
were held unconstitutional or were repealed.
Miners Decide to Let Com
mittee Named by Roosevel
Act in the Matter.
Mitchell States the Case to the Conven
tion of the Men Who Have Made
Such a Stubborn Fight and the Rep
resentatives of Local Unions Think
They Can Safely Trust Their Cause to
the President of the United States.
Washington, Oct. 21.-President
Roosevelt has summoned the strike ar
bitration committee to meet here Friday
at 10 a. m.
Wilkesbarre, Oct. 21.-The mine
workers' convention has accepted the
arbitration proposal, declared the strike
off and agreed to return to work on
Thursday morning next. The resolution
was adopted at 11:55 today and the
strike is thus declared off. The vote
was unanimous. It was decided that
all men needed to place the mines in
condition can return to work at once.
Convention adjourned sine die.
Great cheers greeted the announcemcnt
of the result. The resolution as adopted
carried with it a declaration that the strike
is off and provided for an immediate re
sumption of work in the coal mines
throughout the anthracite region.
President Mitchell told the convention
that President Roosevelt had informed him
that he would call a meeting of the arbitra
tion commission immediately after the
convention's acceptance of the proposition,
and Mr. Mitchell gave it as his opinion
that the finding of the arbitrators would
be announced within a month.
What Mitchell Said.
The end of the convention and of the
great strike which has lasted five months
suddenly appeared close at hand. Presi
dent Mitchell, after the convention had
given itself over to heated debate for an
hour and a half, arose and calmly told the
delegates that it must be apparent to all of
them that there was no doubt whatever
that the president's proposal would be
There had been a renewal of the serious
opposition of the steam men and heated
words had passed between delegates. Ex
planations of the president's proposal had
been made in four languages. There seem
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We have no intention or desire to have the law
repealed, or to have its validity questioned. We are
committed to it. The political parties are all com
mitted to it. It is now on the statute book. Let it
remain there forever.
In other departments than the mines and smelters the hours
have been reduced. This has been done in the case of the engineers
and firemen, and in many bri cles of outside' labor, at notable
instance being that of the men employed in the saw mills and
lumber camps. The number of employes who have been benefited
by these reductions amounts to many hundreds.
We are ever ready to resist coercion or unjust aggression. On
the other hand, we have shown ourselves equally disposed to make
suichi concessions as a cafe and conservative, yet progressive,
policy would permit. We have o desire to increase the hours of
labor. In no instance have we'ttempted to do so. In every casie
where there has been a chan t has been in the nature of a re
duction of the working hou We have no desire to redu lce
wages. In no case have we ucd them, and in some cases we
have increased them. It is no .'rt of our policy to disturb con
ditions or to diaupt the ,elat a between ourselves and our em.
These companies and th interests are here to, stay. They
will be here as long as the mi hold out. It is with them that
the vast majority of the workin non of Butte will have to deal in
the future, as in the past. It il upon them that Butte must in a
large measure depend for the; maintenance of its business and
prosperity. They are the foundation and the mainstay of the
prosperity of Butte, and to naismall extent of that of the state.
They are permanent institutions and enterprises. The same mnay
be said of their plants and interests at Anaconda, Great Falls and
other parts of the state.
I cannot believe that the copimmunity wants to be at war with
us. I cannot believe that the pretended political parties, organ
ized by designing litigants in order to further schemes of spolia
tion, will receive the support od any large portion of the people.
Impartial justice administersl in orderly course is the sum
and substance of the rights of suitors. More, or less, means in
justice and wrong-sometimes spoliation. It is for the IXnºple
to secure and maintain impartial tribunals. Legal controversies,
however extensive or regrettably, should be fought out in a legiti
mate way before honest courts and honest juries without dis
turbing or distracting the community.
These opponents of ours have not been content to halve their
cases settled in this manner. They have even organized parties
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Clerk and Recorder Wceston has finally
succeeded in having the usual Silver Bow
county election contest referred to the
supreme court.
There are two parties in this county
claiming the name "democrat." One is
led by S'nator W., A, Clark and the other
by F. Augustus Heinze. Both have nom
inated full county tickets and, of course,
but one of them can be placed upon the
official ballot. Mr. Weston, it is under.
stood, has been to both parties and re
fused and threatened, until Walter M.
Bickford, C. F. Kelley and R. Lee Word
of counsel for the Clark ticket, have com
menced original proceedings in the su
preme court to decide the matter.
Mr. Bickford and Mr. Kelley went to
Helena last night and filgd the applica
tion today for a writ of mandate, com-rl
Ielling and ordering Clerk Weston to place
the (lark ticket on the official ballot.
It is not known yet on what date the
hearing will be set but it will presumably
be in the course of a day or two.
The whole question hinges upon the
meeting of the democratic county central
committee at which the lHcinze hoodlum
element was so much in evidence, making
it impossible for the committee to do busi
of their own and haveI dec,'latrel al open and hitet r war agllainst
us. They have alvolwedly uarriyed tI eielvs enem(i ies. Trhey,
hrve sucwcee'ded in In5curing Illlilleiitt' with sotlve of tIIl h'N('r po.
litical organizations. Wh'y t hese orgainizalions should have sveetn
fit to join hands with our emliiinies ntrd not he dise'usistl.
We may eneiim i: If men will raise the black hl.g against us.
if pi o)ple W llit to 1lie I t111' ('II(' 1it'S, \v(' 11111ist 11e'(1s rI'('g'll'd t h 1111 aas
It is not 'necessariy for our prosperity thint. alilny tcompanty or
individual should he driven out. We have no purpose of driving
anyoe iout. Theli w%. rstate is witness that it ha1s been the pu1
x..we of Il iWe (' ('II d(estroy eI) texistencell. of oulr collllanlica
and to coniscrlate 1' l'pro]xrt(is. IIt, in Ihey who ire the co',fll.
eatelo. N('v'erall I e more notable ealss broughtl, agaliinst iti
seek I1lI' forfeituil d onfiset'ionl ol) f ouir pI'Ioperit's and the
appointument of ir T ers for Ihem. It is Ihey whoi seek to do! Ith
driving out.
\We shall to1 Iriveu out. The ultimate result of his st'hem1e
of de.tr111lioun ( I he in doubt. Yet, it re1uuin11 1rue (hat1 it
tenlltilry Kiu. lt 1f should aIteni d the plins of our em'Inies, ri.
ceiversllips, su1Spe11ionl of wor'k, closing downl of nineit, diistr'A,
and l'rhias11 t lIin.o'iol diosst er to uinny, would follow. Tlitme
nlight. l ie , t il lpo'ri11 , but 'et ,nlo , lilt' h less s.'i'iu.11s.
it set'.'1s stI'11 li ge ihi at, iu the l' 'e11 t'ent ' of I11it.s i .111pi' i ingu
evils the hl git' of ai tn11i-t'o l apuy ti wn shot hl I 1' ,r e iv'. ailly sr'itu1i
~onsidetl tion i ls ai s illiose'td l liticall issue. Neither the. su1''es,
nor the ,llefet of tany pari y ori faction' in this elilllllliignu tu Italilka
this ai oune'-.miºitluy towni. Neither ' ulhi subh su1ittess t1or defeat
lrevent. the Iw ilisilion by our l)uple of fny desiI'le' property.
I)esir'llilt' Iol'H'tly rtni1 usua111y, Ile mi gl ift IItlh Iotr, l ie have the1
aIpital with which ti buy. EveIry sensible Imu kno1,\\s ith111 the
Amaulgaim11ed people roull even buy tlle properlies of the 11nitle
Coln'tr , omlauny if Ihe'y sulvied t hen, for they c'ulhl pa y Iho
pricle. The stock of the united copper rnlpany itself is for snto
on Ile murkei. I wouhl notu he liitlhnll to dealh for it, i11 spit, of
any vow that might lie supposed to pr]venl any dir',e de,:ililng
with, or sale to, theIl Ailllgalllimiaietl.
''ihere are in Ithis wairfare smi rl'es of dalt ger iiand sisssibl,' evilf
seriously t4 i. e a ipprleheldedl. ()iie woll h I' hIe t . 's11it off tIh le se.
('t54 of t ,t InIfti itl' i s plais (ofh coi itrlt t io.lln.. .\ ot lher' is t Ih' i'ret'aL
tlion of Ia spirit. of llntalgoni$a( hitn'll ll lw o and ll i lil o tyII eri( . .A
third is the deiov'eltipeit of iant ive st rif'e or untagonism Is 'l 'tween
thiH 'omnmunitiy anld flt large c|ml' lpa nies operillinlg here.
None of the'se evils will iprttoeel from tihe A.ilgam.latilell;
none of these dlantgers arise( f'omll its polic'ies i'r at' tii. II will
not ,e dilieiult to p]lre the responsibility where it properly bc, .
longs. WM. Nt'ALIA)N.
BIlutte, Montan1ia, Ortol.er 20, 19)02.
Who Aroused the Enthusiasm of the Dil vonrres Last Evening With a Masterful
Spe ech.
Dillon, Oct. 2,.--The political speech
of the campaign was made last eve'ning
by Former Senator .ee Mantle to an audi
ence that packed the Dillon theater from
wall to wall and from stage to rear. Every
seat was taken and many were conitent to
stand in the aisles and around the doors.
There was the lack of the usual bond
fires to draw a crowd, as the city oflicials
had refused to allow fires to be built in the
streets on account of threatened danger
from a fire which was left burning fromt
the democratic rally of Saturday night.
This made little difference in the en
thltusiasm aroused. The former senator
was escorted to the hall from the hotel by
half-a-hundred prominent republicans to
the tune of "Marching Through Georgia."
As soon as the party made" its app,.arance
on the stage it was greeted with an ova
tion and the cheering was loud and pro
White Acts as Chairman.
Former Governor White was chairmian
of the evening and in introducing the
speaker he said in part.
"The gentleman who will speak to you
tonight needs no introduction. lie has
lived almost within a styne's throw of ,s
for many years. Twenty years ago he
caime to this state with a widowed mother
and without any of the educational ad
vantages which are vouched to our chil
dren today. Ily application to his studies
in the time he could spare from that ocr
cupied in earning his livelihood, he has
been able to overcome all obstacles and to
fit himself for the high position he holds
Mr. Mantle was greeted with cheers
anrd when thie applause died away ie said
that wherever he went he found an unt
anitmity among republicauts that has been
sadly lacking in the campaigns of the past
few years, and he was nmore than a little
pleased to find that the same conditions
prevailed in old Heaverhead.
lie also found quarrels among the dem
ocrats and wating factions, each striv
ing with tile other for the mastery. lie
said the comniton people were tiled of all
this dissension and they proposed to do
away with it by votirng with the republicans
n11 the election to occur less thatn two
weeks from today.
Our Poor Progress.
lie spoke of the great progress and
prosperity that is in evidetnce in every
part of the union an:d told how Montana
was not getting its share that was due her,
sayinlg : "Today, my friends, Montana,
rich beyond all co,,iltrelhension, has been
obliged to stand hatmiliated and ashamed
at the rear of the great procession of
prosperity. This c,:oilition has Iprevailed
because the democrats in charge of the
govertnmtent of our state have not been able
to take advantage of our great possibili
"Public money has been squandered,"
he said, "taxes have been increased. cor
ruptio htas been allowed to run wild.
The good name of the state has beep
dragged in the mire of public scandal, and
a trail of inlfamy has blazed all of the
way from the capital at HIelena to the cap.
ital at \Vashinlgton ants in the corridors of
the national assenmbly, the- story of Mon.
atitna's shame has been told. The duty of
(Continuced on Page Four.).

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