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Copper Companies Reduce Wages Af
ter Conference With Employes and Secretary of Labor Last Saturday, February 8, wages were reduced $1 per day by the mines of Butte. The new scale fixes .he wages of miners at $4.75 per day; shaft miners, $5.25; journeymen, in various crafts connected with mining, $5.50. These wages aye 50 cents above the wage contracts under the sliding settle with the price of copper ranging around 18 cents. Although the fixed prices, of copper during the war was first 26 cents and then 23, the wages paid according to the sliding scale rep resented 32 cents. A comparison of 2 the wages actually paid during the war and those that would have been paid if the companies %od adhered to the sliding scale is given below: Com^Nirison. War Sliding Basis scale $5.00 Price— 26-cent copper in Butte $5.75 20-cent copper ln Butte 5.00 18 ; cent copper in Butte The announcement of the cut was 4.50 4.25 4.75 and generally anticipated in Butte, also in other sections of the west where similar condtioins prevailed in connection with the oopper mining in dustry. Representatives of the crafts involved had attended the conference of mine workers with Secretary of Labor Wilson when the copper situa tion was fully discussed and agree ment was reached that the operators could not continue production under conditions that prevailed during the war. Statement by Manager. The formal announcement of the change of wages was made by John Gillie, manager of the Anaconda company, in the following statement: "The condition of the copper mar ket prevailing Since the armistice has made it impossible to continue sub stantial copper mining operations un der the present wage scale. These conditions are fully and accurately set forth in the statement given out by the federal department of labor at the end of the conference between the department officials, labor represen tativs from the copper districts and certain of the officials of operating companies, just concluded at Wash ington, and which statement Is being published quite fully in the press. "Since the cessation of the war un til February 1 there were practically no sales of copper, but in spite of this the operators have maintained scale of wages paid .prior thereto. Even at the present quotations of 18 and a fraction cents, the sales cover but a small proportion of the pro However, the resumption of the duction. copper quotations by the Engineering and Mining Journal gives hope of a market which may permit the copper operations to continue. Compulsory Situation. "The officials of the Anaconda com pany, while they are compelled to make substantial reductions in the to make wage scale, are reluctant these reductions down to the letter of scales in the contracts and sliding force with its employes, and it has been decided that until further notice it will pay upon these contracts and sliiding scales, with an addition there to of 50 cents per shift, be in force commencing February 7, 1919, is clearly shown by the notices posted at the different mines and plants today, as follows: Notice to Employes. " 'Since February 1 the Engineering and Mining Journal has published quotations for copper ranging from 18 to 18% cents per pound, the quota tions for February 5 being 18 to 18% The scale to cents. " 'The Anaconda Copper will, commencing February Mining company 7. 1919, without altering or affecting any existing contract or obligation, pay Its employes the scale of wages pro vided for in the different wage con tracts and sliding scales paid, and, un til further notice, in addition to said «ales, will pay 50 cents per shift extra. Commencing February 7 Ithe wages for regular miners will be $4.i5; shaft miners, $5.25; journeymen In the dif ferent crafts, $5.50, and wages of other employes will have like reductions. " These wages Will apply while cop per sells from 17 to under 19 cents, and, until further notice, will not be reduced If the copper price should fall below 17 cents. ' 'ANACONDA COMPANY." ' Labor Bureau's Statement. of the statement given out ' MINING COPPER Copies by department of labor at conference from labor representatives districts and department offi between copper cials, under date of February 5, have been received In Butte. The statement says: 'The conference of the workers in mines of Arizona, Utah with the secretary the copper and Montana of labor came to an end yesterday, and the representatives of the men left last night to lay the results be Before fore their respective unions. the following leaving Washington statement of present condition of the Industry was agreed upon to copper be submitted to the workers: "No market since armistice Sales for lost 75 days don't was signed. amount to 6 per cent of output. "Copper stocks on at mill hand smelter, in transit and at refineries about 1,000,000,000 pounds, represen.t *175,000,000 tied up 1n stock. Ing over "The seriousness of this surplus stock of 1,000,000,000 pounds of cop Is the fact that it would all be basis of per [produced in th© (maximum cost, with the expectation of realizing 26 cents per pound. "Fbr every cent less than 26 cents the producers will lose $10,000,000, so that 18-cent copper means a loss of $80,000,000, which is a very serious factor of demoralization apart from practically no sales for the last 90 j days and little in sight. Stagnation of Market. "Stagnation expresses the market condition today. "Copper production in 1918 averaged 200.000. 000 pounds per 'month, or about 00,000,000 pounds for the year— against a pre-war production of 1, 500.000. 000 pounds. "Normal consumption before the 2 war, about 125,000,000 pounds per month, divided nearly equally between home and export trade—the larger be ing the export trade. "When peace Is proclaimed and the necessary foreign credits are estab lished in tbis country to finance for eign sales, the normal sales may be recovered and even exceeded to. say, 150,000,000 pounds per month, but we can hardly expect the sales to warrant production of 200,000,000 pounds per month, as during the destructive con sumptifon of the war. "The advantage in operations in the near future will be confined to the more favored operations of low-cost products with modern equipments. "The problem now before us is -how best bo safeguard the industry to in sure continued operations and a living wage. 'The terms of the various sliding scales automatically regulate wages according to the market price. No Sales. "Current wages for January, the terms of the sliding scale, are paid on basis of 30 to 43 cent copper, although the December market price for copper was 26 cents, os fixed by the war industries board—but no sales "Wages are, therefore, 50 to 75 cents higher on the war basis than they would have been on a peace basis ac cording to the sliding scale. "The absence of any market neces sitates reduced production. "Only the most favored conditions could continue operation on the 19 cent copper at present cost, and then only if a market can be found for pro duction, as all have reached the limit of their ability in carrying surplus 1919, on stocks. "Both producing and consuming representatives of strenuously endeavoring the immediate market for their pro Tliey are receiving the of Secretary the industry are to improve ductlon. heartiest co-operation Wilson of the department of labor, Secretary Red field of the department of commerce, Secretary Dane of the department of the interior, Secretary Glass of the treasury department and Eugene Meyer, jr„ managing director of the war finance corporation. "Secretary' Baker and Secretary Daniels are being asked to co-operate with the industry in the handling of the government supplies of copper and scrap copper and brass. "It must-be realized that the end : of the war destroyed the principally consuming market. The building up i of the peace market is being pushed] as rapidly as possible, but necessarily requires a little time. "A clear understanding of the ex isting conditions which is difficult on all sides, will, it is hoped, furnish a basis for imutual understanding. "On the signing of the armistice, the following conditions existed: "1. The copper producers had very little copper sold ahead, as the needs of our government and of the allies, which were taking close to 90 per cent of the entire production, were being supplied monthly as required. "2. At the request of 'the war In dustries board the mines continued to from the middle of November run until th© end of the year at a fairly high production in order to keep the employed awaiting develop ■labor ments. "3. There now exists an unsold stock of copper In process from the mine to the refinery or In finished form at the refinery of approximately 1,000,000,000 'pounds, must be borne in mind, has been pro duced on a basis for wages of a 26 cent price and none of It has been marketed or can be marketed at that price or anywhere near it. This copper, It Copper in France. "4. A stock of copper Is found to be on hand In France, England and Italy which, wh41e small for war-con sumption, is a considerable amount in Large amounts of scrap peace times, metals are for sal© in connection with the cancellation of munitions manu factoring programs. "5. Foreign governments, having at 23 to 26 purchased their capper cents, are remarketing under govern ment control the stocks bought at those prices, and meanwhile are dis couraging, and 1n some coses prohibit ing, imports of new stocks. "6. In the domestic market manu facturing industry finds Itself sudden ly cut off from ita business on count of the cancellation of the muni The renewal of ac tlons programs. industry takes time to bring peace about, and a gap In the business is the result. "7. The combination of the cessa tion of export trade and the interval required to turn war industries into industries has brought about peace declining prices ln copper as well as other commodities, and while prices are falling buyers lack courage to purchase. Present »nd Future. i "This is a summing up of the con ditions which have brought about the existing situation, but the present and future interests us even more than the imst. It appears that: j "1 The using up of accumulated I stocks is progressing, even though it may b " * ,lo " 1> ' ln Ku rop© l,n<1 ln America. With the coming of peace, northern neutrals and central empires, as well as the rest of the world, will need capper and the manufactured j fat'" 18 in which copper is an important Part. | "3. Telephone and telegraph com parties have a large amount of post poned construction work which must soon be placed. "5. With the better understanding of the very great increase in the cost of production that has occurred in the "4. With the coming of spring con siderable construction work may be expected and orders will undoubtedly be placed which require copper. last five years confidence will be re tsored to buyers and they will accord ingly come into the market, probably at present level of prices. "6. Giving credits to foreigners for exports will greatly facilitate market ing of copper and other products, ered." American This is now being consul The Resolution. The conference also adopted the following resolution: "Whereas, the copper industry in peace times has always upon export trade for over half its depended production; and "Whereas, It appears upon reliable authority that foreign countries have great difficulty at the present time in financing purchases of the products of our country; and to the best "Whereas, We deem it interest of labor and industries in tbis j country to help to remedy this tern- | porary breakdown of the machinery of international trade: "Re it resolved, that this meeting of representatives of the labor of the industry do urge and recom copper lunend that congress pass such legis autborizing government aid as lation will furnish the necessary long term credits to facilitate the resumption of our export trade in agricultural products and .manufactur ed goods." materials, raw ALASKA MINES. in Production Owing Large Decrease to High Costs. The mines of Alaska yielded in 1918 products worth $28,900,000, according to preliminary estimates prepared by Martin, of the U. S. geological interior. G. C. survey, deportment of the Although Alaska mining was versely agected by shortage of labor and by high costs of so ad and shipping supplies that the value of the output fell nearly $12,000,000 from 1917, the still far reater than production was in any year before chief mineral product is cower, which 69,426,000 pounds, valued $1?180i000j wvs mined in 1918. go] ^* output> worth ,, daoe , rs yielded $6,100,000, was 060>000 less than in 1917 and was th ' e smallest since 1904. : f ?7m tonfi <)f coal , worth $435,000, s4 g nificant as the on i y ,marked ad i ncg over ,be production of 1917, as f;|r t(he ]areesrt „ )a ] output in Alas Alaska's 1915. of at The of $10,000,600, The mining ka mining, and as the probable be ginning of a substantial coal Indus produced in 1918 Alaska also try. silver worth $870,000; tin worth $90, 000; lead worth $85,000; chrome ore, tungsten, palladium, platinum and an timony aggregating $117,000; and pe troleum, marble, gypsum, bricks aggregating $120,000. tal yield of Alaska mimes since 1880 has been more than $419,000,000. this, gold was worth $302,000,000 and copper $105,800,000. lime and The to Of MINES OF NEVADA, The Silver State Made Reduced Out put in 1918. The value of the gold, silver, cop per, lead and zinc mined in Nevada in 1918 was over $45,000,000, according to the preliminary figures compiled by Victor C. Heikes, of the United States geological survey, department of the interior. This is a decrease of over $9,000,000 from the output of 1917, when the mines produced $54, 424,580. The decrease was general, and in point of value the largest de crease was that in copper, which amounted to more than $7,000,000. You have probably observed that when some people apeak their minds they don't say much. % m [W1*J t HOLDS ALL RECORDS Sizes and Forms carr/ed in stock Exclusive Agency "Lidgerwood" Hoists, Etc. All MACHINERY EQUIPMENT CO. WESTERN /VNID mnii| sranniiJ! South 5 Stevens Street, SPOKANE _ COEUR D'ALENE COMPANY PRE SENTS SITUATION TO MEM BERS OF CONGRESS j * Tariff protection for the producers 0 j antimony must be secured in or llor t0 the industry upon ^rentable basis. This is the condition ! that confronts the Coeur d'Alene An- j tim«my Mining conii«i>y, whose mine : near the mouth of Fine creek is believed to contain the largest body o;' high grade antimony in tlie United But the comlpany is unable to compete with ores produced by foreign cheap labor, and is therefore making a determined effort to secure a protective duty on imported ores. A few months ago H. J. Hlbsehman, States. peared before it San Francisco and submitted an vice president of the company, up the tariff commission argument in support of protection for American producers, and has since spent considerable time in Wushing ton in order to interest members of congress in the subject. A report of the results of his work was presented at the recent meeting of stockhold ers, from which it appears 'that no re lief can be expected from the present congress, but that favorable action may be expected from the republican congress after March 4. Mr. Hilbsch man's report is dated at Bayonne, N. J., January 11, and Is here produced: Mr. Hibschman's Report. "I have recently made two trtps to Washington to see what could be done about getting a higher duty im on antimony entering the posed United States, but I have not attempt ed to make any report because 1 am waiting for a copy of the tariff com 'iiiiission's report on the subject, which was iln the hands of the printer when 1 was in Washington but should be available within the next few days. That report will make quite a differ ence with us, because if It is favor able it will stive us a lot of work. However, even if unfavorable, we need not quit, because I have been assured that we will be permitted to present to the ways efnd means committee all the evidence we had in San Francisco and anything else we care to offer. "In Washington I found this: "First, there will be no tariff legis lation, except possibly with reference ito dyes, during this session of eon "Second, the new congress, coming in March 4, will prepare a new tariff bill and put it up to the president to sign or veto. "Third, Congressman Fordney, of Michigan, will be chairman of the ways and means committee, which charge of the preparation will have of the bill. "Fourth, Fordney, himself, gave me an opportunity to discuss the subject with him and assured me of bis* per sonal good will towards our contention that we need protection. He will give us every opportunity to present our case, regardless of the tariff commis sion's report. "Fifth, I interviewed four senators and six members of the house, and every one of them will give us his support. Mr, Smith was particularly cordial, recognizing the fact that we are operating in his district. "I have also had several confer ences with officers of the Magnolia Metals company and their active support, suggestion I have been trying all week to see Mr. Meeds, of the Western we will have At Mr. Powell's Metals company, but so far I have not We can be succeeded in seeing him. however, of their support. sure, "Taking everything into considera tion, I feel hopeful of relief, but it must be apparent that it will take time and work and attention, we should plan to be represented In Washington whenever, after March 4, the committee is ready to take up the subject of antimony." Stockholders' Meeting. The annual meeting of stockholders of the Coeur d'Alene Antimony com pany was held January 16,, when the following officers and directors were elected: M. E. Jolly, president; C. P. Blankenship, vice president; C. Powell, secretary-treasurer. The only change was in the election of Blankenship to succeed Mr. Hibsch In fact M Mr, man. An assessment of 3 mills per share levied, which -will x>rovide funds was for sinking the shaft and other ex penses. NOTICE OF LOST CERTIFICATES, - To Whom It May Concern: Notice Is hereby given that the un dersigned has lost or misplaced the Mowing certificates: Certificate No. 14290 for 300 shares of Caledonia Mining Company stork, K dated August IS. ISIS. Certificate No. 17226 for 200 shares j^ted'june'l. DUS."* C '° mpany ' Ltd ' Certificate No. 17929 for 100 shares dated* JuK 6. llie"* t,m * Pany ' ' p erson g art , warned against ne jgotiating or attempting to negotiate the above mentioned certificates, and thirtv* dVys Tron date* hercof 'ai'pllca^ tion will be made to the secretaries of a;said companies for the Issue of cer-' numbers Und * m0UntS Dated this 30th day of January, 11919. WILLIAM GORMAN, 1338 Missouri Ave., Butte, Montana. J30-F20-4t SUMMONS. ln tile District Oourt of the First Ju dicial District of the State of Idaho, in and for Shoshone County. Zelda Pearl, plaintiff, vs. William E. „„ 1Vi1 !' 1 ' defendant. ... I he State of Idaho sends greeting to William E. Pearl, the above named, defendant : You are hereby notified that a com plaint has been filed against you in the District Court of the First Judi clal District of the State of Idaho, in »nd for the County of Shoshone, by the above named plaintiff, wherein it is alleged that plaintiff and defendant Intermarried at Spokane, Washington. on or about June 21, 1916, and ever slnce have been and now are husband and wife; that plaintiff is now and for more than five years last past was a resident of Shoshone County, State of Idaho, residing at Falcon in said county and state aforesaid; that de fondant for more than one year last past has wilfully neglected to provide Mining and Development Companies of the Coeur d'Alenea Assessments Levied, Meetinge Called, Delinquent Lists— Doings of Companiss of Spscial Intsrsst to All Stockholders. ASSESSMENTS LEVIED. Buffalo Mining Co,—Levied Septem ber 30, 10 mills, payable November 5 to Oeorge Dunham, treusuror, Bruns wick hotel, Missoula, Mont, quent galo December 4. Postponed to April 4, Delin Coeur d'Alene Antimony Mining Co. —Levied January 24, 3 mills, payable i March 1 to C. M. Powell, secretary, Pine creek, Kellogg. Delinquent sale March 22. Friend Mining Co. —Levied January 18, 3 mills, payable February 19 to William Schlerding, treasurer, 310 Empire State building, Spokane. De linquent sale March 15. | Guelph Mining & Milling Co. —Lev led May 7, 10 mills, payable to A. B. I Corby, secretary, Kellogg. Delin quent sale postponed to February 14 Highland - Surprise Consolidated Mining Co.— (Levied August 29, 1 cent, payable to Chas. Weigand, sec retary, Kellogg. Delinquent sale postponed to March 1. ' Old Veteran Mining Co. —Levied January 6, 2 mills, payable February 10 to L. L. Bralnard, secretary-treas urer, Wallace. Delinquent sale March 1st. Rainbow Mining A Milling Co. — Levled December 19, 2 mills, payable February 6 to R. P. Woodworth, sec retary-treasurer, 746 Peyton building, Spokane. Delinquent sale March 7. Daily Quotations of Silver, Lad, Zinc and Copper Which Are the Actual Basis of Settlement The accompanying table gives ths luotatlons of silver, lead, sine and ■opper as obtained by the Engineer ng and Mining Journal and which are generally specified as the basla of set lement ln ore contracts with ths imelters. The quotations published In he daily press are usually higher for, the reason that they repreaent sales □ small Tots, while the figures here ] given are based on large tranaactlona LEAD ZINC COPPER January Sliver N. Y. St. L. Sl L. 5% 5.15 6.60 101 % 23 @5% @5.20 101% 5% 5.10 6.65 24 @5% @5.20 » 6.65 5% 5.10 101 % 25 @5% @5.20 6.55 5.00 5% 101 % 27 .4 @6.60 @5.20 4.92% @5.17% 4.92% @5.07% @5y« 6.60 5.10 101A 28 * @5.15 6.65 5 101 % 29 . @ 6 % * Undetermined. MONTHLY AVERAGE PRICE8 OF METAL8, 1918. As Dstsrminsd by ths Engineering end Mining Journel. Zinc ILL. 7.881 7.688 7.186 Copper N.Y. Lead ■t. L. 6.684 6.899 7.091 8.701 Silver N. T. .87.702 .86.716 .88,082 .95.846 .99.605 .99.500 Lead N.T. 6.782 6.978 7.201 8.77* 6.818 7.611. 8.033 8.050 8.050 8.050 8.050 6.664 MONTH— January . February . March . April . May . June . July .. August . September . October . November .. .. December. (a) No market *1.506 11.600 16.609 11.699 6.716 7.114 6.704 7.791 7.611 7.760 7.750 7.760 7.750 7.760 6.838 99.625 96.999 18.099 91.909 19006 6.686 .100.292 .101.125 .101.1*5 .101.126 .... 101.126 9 . 09 * 8.481 6.141 <*> 7.118 9.824 necessaries for plaintiff the common of life beeause of his Idleness, proflig acy and dissipation, although he has the ability so to do; that there are no Children of the Issue of said marriage . .. _ , . .. |and no community property of said marriage wherefore plaintiff preys 11 ' 1 *''"'™ aKalnstdefendant thftt th» bonds of matrimony between herself and defendant be dissolved. And you aro hereby directed to ap l>mr and answer the said complaint within twenty days of the sendee of this summons If served within said Judicial District, and w ithin forty jdays If served elsewhere; and you are further notified that unless you so appear and answer said complaint within the time herein specltled, ths plaintiff will take Judgment against you as prayed in said oomplalnt. Witness my hand and the seal of said District Court, this 1st day of February, A. D. 1919. HARRY A. ROGERS. Clerk. By L. L. BRAINARD, Deputy Clerk. (Seal) THERRETT TOWLES, Attorney for Plaintiff, Residence and P. O. Address' Wallace, Idaho F6-M13-6* NOTICE OF THE ISSUANCE OF AN ATTACHMENT. the Dls , tr i ot Court of the First Ju dielal District of the State of Idaho, ln and for the county of Shoshone. c L Hewltt an( ] h. W. Ingalls, plain tiffs, vs. Spokane MetalB Recovery Company, defendant. State of Idaho, County of Shoshone, ss. Notice is hereby given that on the 1st day of February, A. D. 1919, at tachment Issued In the above entitled action against the property of the aforesaid defendant, Spokane Metals Recovery Company, for the sum of $2368.85 with Interest thereon, togeth er with $275.00 penalties, $500.00 attor ney's fees and the costs of this action. Witness tny hand and the seal or said District Court, affixed this 3rd .day of February, 1919. HARRY A. ROGERS, (Seal) Clerk District Court, I By L. L. BRAINARD, j F6-20-3t Deputy. Success Mining Co.—Levied Decem ber 20, 2 cents, payable January 17 to Herman J. Rossi, treasurer, Wallace. Delinquent sale February 28. Syndicate Mining dL Exploration Co. —Levied January 14, 1 mill, payable February 15 to Loula 8tevena, secre tary, Wardner. Delinquent sale on March 15. Tarbox Mining Co.—Levied Decem ber 20, 10 mills, payable January 24 to R. E. Seysler, secretary, Wlall&ce. De linquent sale February 21. Postponed to March 8. Western Union Mining Co.—Levied September 3, 5 mills, payable October 15, to Ben L. Collins, 1210 Old Natlon Della* Wallace November 15. Postponed to February •|15. el bank building, Spokane. quent sale at court house, STOCKHOLDERS' MEETING8. Tamarack & Custer Con. Mining Co. —Annual meeting to be held ln the Day building, Wallace, on Wednesday, February 26, at 2 p. m.—Harry L. Day, secrotary. • Copper King Mining A Smelting Co. —Special meeting to be held at Mul lan on Saturday, February 15, at 7:00 p, m., to act on proposition to lease and bond property for $260,000.—H. W. Ingalls, secretary. and are generally determined from re porta mad# by producer and sailing agencies. Both the New York and St. The quotations for spelter are «er prime western brands. To arrive nt ] the New York price add 21 cent* per j100 pounds to the St Loula price. Louis prices or lead ere given, the dif ference being due mainly to the differ ence in freight between the two points.