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NO STRIKES OR DISASTERS IN UNCLE SAM'S
COAL MINE HE'S SQUARE WITH HIS MEN
Scene in Uncle Sam's Coal Mine: John Hutchinson and Antone Salono
Preparing for a Blast in the Nine-Foot Vein.
By W. Hi Alburn.
Williston, N. D., Aug. 25. In a
previous article I have- told how
Uncle Sam mines coal at Williston
cheaper than- the private operators,
and at the same time pays" his-miners
more money and- makes them more
comfortable. As evidence of this, the
entire force of a neighboring, pri
vately owned mine recently came
over to the government mine when
Foreman William Hutchinson needed
But there is another vital question
in the operation of a coal mine the
question of SAFETY. You may want
to know what Uncle Sam is doing to
protect the life and health of his
miners and how he treats them when
they are injured.
First, let us take the case of Eric
Larson a married man, who had his
leg broken in the Williston mine in
1911. He was disabled for three
months and a half.
His pay-had averaged $4.72 a day,
net. So Uncle Sam calmly paid him.
$4.72 a day during those three
months and a half, just as if he had
kept on working all the time.
If Eric had paid the $1 a month
"hospital fee" that is optional with
the men, his doctor and hospital bills
would have been paid, too.
But now consider this remarkable
fact. Eric!s case shows the only se
rious injury that has occurred in
Uncle Sam's mine in five years of
operation. There have been no fatalities.