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OPERATORS DENY REJECTION OF THE MINERS
DEMANDS TRY TO INFLUENCE PUBLIC Pottsville, Pa., Feb. 4. Anthracite the difference and profits of the coal coal operators authorize denial of trust. statement that they met in New York yesterday and rejected miners' de mands. " - - Meeting was held to frame state ment of explanation which appeared as an advertisement throughout east this morning. A tremendous publicity campaign to gather public confidence on their side, long before negotiations start, has been launched in New York. "Dope" is daily being handed out to news syndicates andlpapers through- side of the controversy. The same advertisements, which appeared in the papers today, are ap pearing all overithe country. The coal dealers tell how they come so near breaking even in their business that "it is a matter of indif ference whether or not these mines are operated." It states that the de mand for a 20 per cent increase in wages alone will cost coal users an nually $23,000,000 and that the price will go up 60 cents a ton. Forgetting their overcapitalized plants and their big dividends for the moment, the coal trust passes the buck to the housewives and home owners of the country. They say if the consumer is willing to pay the increase a disastrous industrial war will be averted. One peculiarly significant para graph is in the story sent out from New York by the International News Service. It is: "As steam coal is sold at less than the actual cost of production the entire burden of the increase will fall upon the householders." It means the railroads, who were separated from their coal lands by the TJ. S. supreme court, have con tracted for coal at less than it can be mined, thereby making the home owner and small consumer make up GERMAN BOMBARDMENT HEAVY OFFENSIVE NOT BEGUN Paris. Heavy artillery fighting, particularly in Alsace, reported, but no indication that great German offensive forecast by military critics has actually begun. London. 21 Zeppelins and 8 other German dirigibles have been destroy ed since beginning of war. Reported disaster to one of the German sky dreadnoughts in the North sea after the Monday night raid on England is accepted as true. London. Captain of the British steamer Commodore, submarined in Mediterranean Wednesday, reported to admiralty that submarine carried no colors when she approached. London. 2 German regiments, first to appear on Greek border, have ar rived north of Lake Doiran in region formerly occupied by British. Vienna. Austrian aeroplane raids on Albanian ports of Durrazo and Va lona greatest aerial activity of Aus trian air squadron since beginning of war. o o FENDERLESS AUTO TRUCK RUNS DOWN AGED MAN A fenderless auto truck maimed another aged person yesterday. The car is owned by Morris & Co. Dwyer Jewett, 66, 2674 Warren av., attempted to cross Madison st. at S. Campbell av., when a heavy fen derless auto truck swerved down on him. The aged man tried to jump from the path of the big machine, but was r struck and rolled along the street , The police were told that the acci dent was unavoidable and the driver, Charles Haneley, 6108 Carpenter st, was not held. Jewett suffered severe injuries to his head and back. He may live.