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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., Oct 31.? ?othinff less than a modern miracle, t appeared early today, can prevent i strike of the bituminous coal ujners of the nation at midnight to ll jrht. B?3fween four and five hundred housand men, according to estimates ? a?ie at the headquarters of the Jnited Mine Workers of America, II lay down their tools in open de bute? of high officials of the Fed irai and State Governments. ' What They Want. The men demand a eix-hour day, a re-day week, and a SO per cent wage scresse. The4r employers contend they have D agreement with the miners which rill extend until peace is formally ?relaxed. The exact words of the ?ontract are that it shall remain in orce for the "duration of the war.* Miners contend the contract was wrminated when the armistice was ?rao?. If the strikt? continues for three ?reeks, industrial activities may be ?rought to a stop. Railroads proh ibir will not be able to continue operations; other public utilities rould face a tie-up and every indus ry ?a the country would be affecte?!. More than half the miners in the untry are members of the miners' ion. <T)fficia;s of the arrton are con Ident that at least 20&0C0 mere than fee total union mems*rshsp will join ? the strike. *** 111 Be Loss? Ms-Hun On<je the strike is called, negotia tions to end it will have to extend ?ver a long period, it was pointed out oday. The strike cannot -be ended _iacept by action of the ?icale commit Ie.r sanctioned by a general mines' onver.tion. When negotiations are opened, ?embesrs of the scale committee would ?a?-Krt with the operators. After their agreement is reach?d. a general ruin ar*' convention will have to bo call d to ratify this agreement. islven if federal government interferes a the situation and takes over con sol ?ft the mines, the men will not go sack to work, John L. Lewis, acting ?resident of the miners, stated to lay. Miners wl?l not return tr? work. :ept through the_ instrumentality the United Mine Workers of letica." he declared. Union lead i expect the ?trikc to center in the si 0eld* of Pennsylvania and West *ru|*a. The most powerful organi wlth the ercception of HHnoie. *e grouped around ?^lttsls^rgh. The linois district ha* 79.176 members. ? Pennsylvania district No. 2?the arfleld region?there are 39.6-47 un i members; No.. 5. western Penn ylvapia. has 36S22; No. 37. West Vir nia, :>7.305, and No. 1??. the re? ainder of Welt Virginia 36.3S0. The ?a Indiana districts have about 25, O members; No. ?. 4:?.?<0?. The re aindarr are scattered throughout neteen States. Tweaty-flve members of the execu Bive board remained in session with ??Ion official* today. They probably III not hold a continuous session dur? a the strike, however, it wet* stated. Rumor? were current early today hat Federal action in the coal strike ?Id be taken bare within a few ?**?*?? >epeurtment of Justice agents were ?a conference at the Federal building ?vntil long after midnight. C. B. Ames. ? ssistant Attorney General, was ex pected to arrive in Indianapolis from ?\ ?shington during the day. MINERS' CHIEF'S ATTACK ON THE PRESIDENT Jf ? ? The tnxt of the telegram stnt tj Secretary of Labor Wilson by John L. Lewis, miners' chief, regarding the impending coal strike, follows: "Your telegram, 2?th inst.. waa read by me to assembled confer ence of members of our Interna tional executive board, scale com mittee of.central competitive field. and presidente of our various dis tricts yesterday. On behalf of conference I am authorized to make you this reply: "Scale committee representing United Mine Workers convened with operators of central com petitive field at Buffalo Septem ber -? and presented to operators the wage demands aa formulated by our international convention which was thoroughly representa tive of the views of our mem bership. Operators declined to consider the merits of our de mands nnd refused to negotiate on a. basis which would be produc tive of any results. After *ne week adjournment was taken to reconvene in Philadelphia Octo ber 9 and Joint sesi?n of three days was held in that city. Miners' representatives made every effort to negotiate agree ment, but were met by uncom promising refusal of coal opera tors to consider merits of our position. Nn Orator ihn In ?i?ect. "At that time no strike order was in effect and none would have been Issued had there been any constructive suggestions of a competent nature offered bV the coal operators. Miner?.left Phila delphia conference with deepest reluctance and heavy hearts. Later en when we were called into conference by yourself at Washington day by day we reiter-' ated we were anxious and willing to go into joint negotiations with out reservations, having in mind only interests of our people, for purpose of negotiating wage agreement which would avert strike^ la bituminous industry. "Our position remains the same today. We shall hold ourselves^ in readiness to attend any Joint <onfer.ence which^nay be arranged by you upon fair basis and stand ready to reconvene international convention of our organization whenever our ?rale committee h,as received an Honorable proposition , for presentation to auch conven tion. Attack I pon President. "Permit me to say to your. sir. the unprecedented and unwar-' ranted action of Cabinet and I resident of the United States in issuing statement of Saturday last ha? done more to prevent ?luiactiry settlement of impend ing strike and working out of wage agreement than any other' clement wh'ch has entered Into situation. Tfte^ President's State ment is a fiercely partisan docu ment because it attacks the inten tion of the mine workers without even suggesting that mine opera tors may have brought about thia unhappy situation, and further be cause threat is made to exercise full force of Government to pre v-nt stoppage of work without any corresponding threat to exert full force of Government to en force fair working conditions and a living wage. "it is, indeed. ?, sad commen tary upon the principles of square dealing when the President of the X'nited States and his Cabinet, by unanimous vote, ally themselves with sinister financial interests which seek to deny Justice to la bor and precipitate our country' into industrial turmoil. The Presi dent states: ?The mine workers' propected strike is not only un justifiable, but unlawful.' He states further: 'It is wrong both morally and legally.' In other words, the ?resident says it is a crime for the miners to strike Virginia Hunting Season Opens Saturday, Nov. 1st Get Tour Hunting Needs Here and Get the Game. 12-eaiiare Resalaglna Anton? at Ir ff" "? 1 ?, Loading- ?.ana. .specially priced at IS-amnae RemlnaMon Six Shot Ii?p?ii?r (.?. A bargain at.....? ?4I.OO 13 t? 20 rsss? nh.i.a anus-lr bnrrel bammrrlru ??ana. Guaranteed one year. S3&JM? U-stange enable barrel hammer (.an. ^TrIcmn iuaranteed. $21.00 $45.00 ?le bnrrel S37.00 fienaia? Ontflt Free With All (?una Porchaaed Here. Hunting Boots, ?10.00. $6.00 Army Shoes. $4.95. Herrmann?. Army Shoes, $7.0?. Hunting Coats, $3.50. These Bargains for Friday and Saturday Duxbak Waterproof Coats, $9.00. Hunting Pants, $2.00. Heavy Khaki Pants, $4.00. Khaki Waterproof Caps and Hats, $1.00 and $1.75. I WaIford's,909Pa.Ave.N.W. I and threatens punishment for the crime. ?? "May I point out to you that under the laws of the United States beyond any Presidential amendment or abrogation it i* not a crime to strike, it cannot be made a crime to strike, and that an individual cannot be punished for striking as for the commis sion of a crime. Charge? I ?urpafion??. "The President of the United States is. the servant and not the master of the Constitution. The Constitution is the supreme law of the land. In the interpreta tion and application of the Con stitution the decisions of the Su preme Court are final authority. "The President's statement threatens Invasion of constitu tionaj snd inalienable rights of American cltix?**ns.?? It is the cli max'of long series of attempted usurpations of executive power. ? "The*- Presidential statement an nounced as its excuse for threat eningVlnvasion of constitutional rights 'that tho war itself is still a factor.' Two days later, how ever, in a ? eto message to Con gress, the President refused to approve of enforcement of an act which he said -was passed by rea son of the emergency of war and whose objects have been satis fled in the demobilisation of the army and navy.' If the President wa?? right on Monday. I submit, sir. that he waa wrong on Satur- ? day. ??Sanctioned Peonase.** "The Presidential edict threatens to deuy to mine, workers protec tion of both the Thirteenth and Foj?fteenth amendments to the CiTtreti tut ion'. " Tney are threat ened with Lnvoluntary servitude by the Presidential attempt to make -a' refusal* "to work, indi vidually or collectively, a crime. "This despite the Supreme Court has repeatedly held that under these amendments a laborer can not be forced, even under guise o? a contract obligation, to ren der involuntary service. The Su preme Court of the United States always has asserted 'there is no more ? important concern than to safeguard the freedom of labor upon which alone can enduring' prosperity be based.' "It Is difficult to believe that the President would have issued such a document had he been physically capable of obtaining first-hand information .and of exercising his own unlnflt. ?nced intelligence ia this most Important problem. Yet his statement threaten* the mine workers with a sanctified peonage; demands that they per form Involuntary service; pro claims a refusal to be a -crime when no such crime exists, nor can such a crime be defined un der the Constitution.^ "Th? right and the duty rests upon free American labor to maintain unimpaired the consti tutional privileges and guarantees of nil American citlsens. The United Mine Workers of America believe the great majority of our citizenship will resent any tres pass upon these principles. "IOHN L. LEWIS. "President United Mine Workers of America." ME COAL HERE FOR ALL PURPOSES (Continued from First Page.) 10.00Q District employes, more than 60,Of>d*school children, and thousands of Inmates of charitable and penal Institutions. Tho figures submitted to Secretary Lanci and to be given oui at the In terior Department, were satisfactory. With large quantities already stored In bins, supplies in the coal yard and on the way. the Government will be able to supply s'team for Its machinery snd warmth to all dependant upon it until December J5, at least. Be-* fore that tinte the Government will have attained sufficient control of the strike situation to have added to the existing supplies, it is be lieved. There is little dang?***, as Govern ment officials saw it today, that the executive. legislative . or judicial branches of the Federal and District governments will, have to slow down their activities owing to a coal short 'age produced by the strike which starts tonight. Public Utilities Well Off. Of practically equal importance to the continued functioning of the Gov ernment is the operation of the city's public utilities without diminution of service to the public. Lighting, heat, transportation and telephone service must go on uninterruptedly in Wash ington, If in no other city in the coun try. As for gas, both for lighting and heat, the outlook is splendid. The Washington Gaslight Company does not use much bituminous coal. It has on hand sufficient anthracite coal to supply gas for at least four months to come. There is at present no threatened strike in the anthracite regions, and the company's supply on hand will be added to as fast as possible. The Potomac Electric Light and Power Company, which supplies elec tricity for the District, Including Gov Which, Will \bv* Use? A Poisonoui labtet Ott A liarmles? Powder? ?brS?afe Personal Hyftiene Leaders of the Opposing Forces In Impending Coal Strike ? A-MttrelveU ?JcJvtv? The position of the Government was set forth in a statement by Attorney General A. Mitchell Palmer, part of which follows: "The pro posed strike would be a more deadly attack upon the life of the nation than an invading army." The attitude taken by the mine workers at their recent confer ence in Indianapolis is a defiance of the Government's effort to pre vent the paralysis of the country's industries. STATISTICS ABOUT BIG COAL STRIKE Number of bituminous miners, 655,000. Paid up union membership, 351,687. Mines operated by union men, 4,167. Tone of coal mined weekly, 11,000,000. Union fund reported back of strike, $15,000,000. ?rnment needs?, has only two weeks' supply of co?T in hand, and Spperin-j tendent Sinclair was today arranging; to take the matter of continued sup plies up with the fuel administration or some other Government agency. ??, ?..?? Further Supply. The Government will undoubtedly pee that this company has priority of the highest kind in, the distribution of whatever coal may be on hand, or which may be mined during the strike. The immense plant of th? company at Henning furnishes the current for the' railway lines of the Washington Rail w?vyid Electric Company, and fall-! ?Ure t? get. "coal would mean a dark W?shington anH cessation of trans portation on lines which carry half the people of the city to and from work. The Capital Traction Company, which furnishes its own electric cur rent, is a little better off than the Potomac Electric Light Company. Vice President Hanna said today that his company has about thirty tons of coal on hand, and will begin efforts now to have coal diverted to It bo there will be no interruption -to transportation on any of its lines. Depend On Kleetrlcrty. Most of the Industries of Wash ington are operated by electricity and not by steam from coal, and their continuance depends to a large extent upon the electric outlook. Hotels, apartment houses, office buildings, etc., are heated in this cityj from bituminous coal, comparatively ? little anthracite being used. As a general rule, these establishments were said today to bo fairly well sup- ? plied, at least all those that have been ', far-sighted and prudent. The coal dealers also have on hand fairly good ? supplies of bituminous coal. Tbx? an- ' tracite supply is not large, but thou-' 'sands of thrifty Washingtonians have .' the satisfaction of knowing that their | coal bins look mighty comfortable Just at this minute. Mild Weather Ifaa Helped. The mild weather of the last month has conserved the coal supplies of Washington. In few apartments or houses have fires been kept going for heating. Never lias nature been kinder to the public: The oldest farmers around Washington cannot remember when the mild weather has continued for so long in the fall. Some vegetables now are being marketed that have in past years been killed by frosts weeks- before this time. Cows still are "feeding in pastures on fairly green grasses. The average date*, for the first kill ing frost In this region is said by farmers to be around October 12, yet there has not, to this time, been a sign of even light frost. \?i ill Watch rt-1??? Boom ? ?? Clarence Wilson, chairman of the fai> price committee of Washington, will keep a vigilant eye on coal prices. Any attempt by any person to take advantage of the present sit uation will quickly receive Mr. Wil son's attention. Here is a man who has given over two years of his time to the people of the District, without a penny of salary, when he could have been making thousands of dollars as one of the District's leading ?lawyers. His heart is in the work of protecting the public, and shrewd gentlemen, who may see an opening here to exact fancy prices for coal, are going to be jerked up without warning. BAR "RUBBERNECK" AUTOS AT STATION Justice Stafford of the District Su preme Court, today, held that the spa' ?- immediately in front of Union Statiori "is not a public highway, but is ' the property of the Washington Terminal Company. In keeping with this decision, the court granted a per "petual injunction against the Interna tional Auto Sightseeing Transit Co. from parking Its rubber-neck wagons in front of the station. The company, according to the de cision, is prevented from soliciting patronage between the station build ing and the south line of the com pany's property. It allows the use of this space for such tlm?f, however, as may be reasonably necessary for the purpose of discharging or receiv ing patrons. Quickly Conquers Constipation Don't let constipation poison your blood and curtail your energy If your liver and bowels don't work prop- G????G?'G IITXLE IVER erly take CARTER'S Little Liver Pills today ? ???? ? ??**** and your ^ |j"ILLS trouble will ???????e???? cease. For dizziness, lack of appetite, headache and blotchy skin nothing can equal them. Purely vegetable. SmaU Pill Small Dose?Small Prie? DR. C ARTERS IRON PILLS, Nature's great nerve and blood tonic for Anemia, Rheumatism, Nervousness, Sleeplessness and Female Weakness. Otsoslae Bast betr sigillar* sl>>ia***<?i*.-*C T?eNew?J)MU F at Fourteenth _? Tonight With Hallowe'en Supper Dance ?in the Crystal Room ?from 9:30 to 12:50 ?Novel Souvenirs ?Unique Decorations ?Special Menu ?Attractive Music $2.00 Per Cover To be sure of accommodations reserve your table i?\ once. Comfortable capacity only will be entertained. G. F. Schutt, Prop. Augustus Gumprccht, Mgr. STRIKE WILL I (Continued from First Page > 160.000 miners will strike In Pennsyl vania, Ohio, West Virginia and Ken tucky. The chief danger spot in this district I? apparently West Virginia. A big force of regular troops bas been ordered into that State. The great industrial belt around Pittsburgh will be hard hit. Officiale of tbe miners 'union claim that the corporations in that sone bave only about thirty days' reserve .supply of fuel on hand. ? great scramble for coal is report ed from the Middle West, especially Illinois, the third largest coal-produc ing State in the country. The retail fuel reserve in Chicago Is reported to be at a low ebb, but most of the pub lic service corporations amf the pack ing plants are said to have enough coal on hand to run them for a month or more. .tiM?oo to ?lult In Krntaeky. Strike leaders claim that. 30.000 miners will quit In Kentucky. There are a number of small mines ia Illi nois and Kentucky worked by their owners, but their production is so small that It cannot be counted. So far the owners of big mines in the Middle West have made no move to ward using strikebreakers, it was said. In Alabama the biggest coal-pro ducing State In the South the union officials claim that $0 per cent of the 27.000 miners will quit. State troop's may be distributed through the Ala ORDER OF PRIORITY FOR COAL Coal will be allocated in tbe foilowin?? order of priority, Di rector General Hines has an nounced: 1. Steam railroads: inland and coastwise vessels. 2. Domestic, including hotels, hospitals, and asylums. 3. Navy an?.: army. 4. Public utilities, includine: plante and such portions of plants as supply light, heat and water for public um 5. Producers and manufac turer.?? of food, including refrig eration. 6. National, State, county and municipal government emergency requirements. 7. Bunkers and other marine emergency requirements not specified above. 8. Producers of news print paper and planta necessary to the printing and publication of daily newspapers. bama coal fields If disorders break out. as preparatory steps In this di rection have already been taken. The railroads have been taking over great reserve quantities of coal in the West. 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