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CHIEF MINE INSPECTOR IS BIG MINE OWNER; CALLS
MEN "DOMESTIC SERVANTS" AND "CRIMINALS" "
Charleston, W- Va:, Sepf. 19.
No wonder the miners of West
Virginia went on strike; no won
der fhey are ready even to fight
for improved conditions.
The story of how, the children
of miners were born, in bare
shacks because mine guards had
driven them from their homes ; of
how some of the children were
born dead because Inine guards
Hfe :-- --.-SHI
Tiati so terrorized the mothers, al
ready has.been told.
rBut that is not all, ndr-mearly
all of the wrongs of the mine
slaves of West Virginia.
1 John Laing, chief inspector of
mines, "and as such swornjto pro
tect the miners, is one of the most
powerful mine barons in the state.
- And here is what Jqhn Laing,
sfate inspector of mines and mine
owner, says of the men he took1
oath to serve and protect from in-
"The men who stirred up the
struggle of the miners against the
guard system, the lobby system
and other things they call their
wrongs are criminals.
"There is no outrage in putting
miners' families out of their
homes, because, under the law ofi
West Virginia, atminer is just like
a domestic servant."
That was the state inspector of
mines who said that, and said it
publicly, too. The only wonder is
he didn't substitute "slaves" for
"domestic servants." It would
have been more truthful-, any-f
The other mine owners, like
John Q. Dickinson, H. T. Davis
and James R. Thomas are mild
compared to Laing.
They think the same as Laing,
but they haven't the gall to spit
it out in so many word's. They
hide their sentiments in a bunch
of fine language, and' technical
But Laing, who is paid good
money by the people of West Vir
ginia to look after the miners, is
as frank as he is brutaL
Laing has been mine inspector
for three years. He is president
and manager of the Wyatt Coal
Co., owning four mines in the
Cabin Creek, now under martial
law. These mines have an out
put of 5,000 tons a day.
He also is president of the Mc
Alpine Coal Co., Raleigh county,