OCR Interpretation

The Birmingham age-herald. [volume] (Birmingham, Ala.) 1902-1950, June 15, 1906, Image 5

Image and text provided by University of Alabama Libraries, Tuscaloosa, AL

Persistent link: https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85038485/1906-06-15/ed-1/seq-5/

What is OCR?

Thumbnail for 5

Fire and
Earthquake! \
Every Safe Deposit Vault in
'Frisco has been opened. Not
j a single person who had a
box rented in any of them
has suffered so much as the
scorching of a deed
Our Safe Deposit Vault is as
safe and secure from fire and
quake as any in 'Frisco
Rent a box and know that
what you have is safe.
$3-00 and up per annum
r Birmingham Trust &
Savings Co.
Washington, June 14.—Forecast for Ala
bama: Fair Friday; warmer in the inte
rior; Saturday fair to fresh south winds.
Forecast for Mississippi—Friday and
Saturday, light to fresh south winds.
Local Weather Data.
Birmingham, June 14, 4 p. m.
Maximum temperature .78
Minimum temperature . 66
Mean temperature .72
Normal temperature .
t>eflciency of temp, since Jan. 1. 277
Rainfall since 4 p. m.. yesterday.67
Rainfall since Jan. 1 24.48
Deficiency of rainfall since Jan. 1— 3.43
Weather Report.
Temperature and precipitation as report
ed at the weather bureau for select sta
tions during twenty-four hours ending at
10 a. m.: Temperature. Rain
Mln. Max. fall.
Anniston . 66 78 .72
Atlanta . 60 72 . 04
Boston . 66 76 .0
Charleston . 76 84 .02
Chicago . 54 64 .08
Cincinnati . 58 64 . 66
Galveston . 76 88 .0
Jacksonville . 74 86 .14
Knoxville. 60 70 . 02
Los Angeles . 54 74 .0
Macon . 70 82 .01
Memphis . 60 74 .0
Meridian . 64 84 1.54
Mobile . 74 84 .06
Montgomery .. ;. 68 80 . 60
Nashville . 00 64 .10
New Orleans . 72 84 .10
New York . 62 72 .0
Norfolk . 62 64 .10
Pittsburg . 66 70 .16
Portland. Ore. 44 62 .0
St. Louis . 54 70 .22
San Francisco . 50 <18 .0
Savannah ...,. 76 78 .0
Vicksburg . 64 84 . 02
Washington . 52 62 .34
Officer in Charge.
An old white mao, one-legged and on
crutches, whose n^ie Is supposed to be
Alexander Volt was run over last night
about 10 o'clock at the Eighteenth street
crossing by A. G. S. freight cars and
Instantly killed.
A. M. Stephen, the flagman at the cross
ing, said that at the time of the acci
dent two freight trains were being
switched on the two last tracks at the
crossing, and that he was swinging the
red lantern as a warning to people to
keep off the tracks. Immediately after
one of the trains had passed the old man,
who was going south, was seen to attempt
to cross the second track on which A. G.
S. switch englfle No. 131 whs backing five
or six freight cars. Before he could call
out three trucks had passed over Volt's
An ambulance from Lige Loy's was
summoned and the body was taken to
that establishment, where it will remain
today awaiting news from friends or rela
tives. No papers, except a letter from
the mayor of Decatur stating that the
bearer, Alexander Volt, was known to
him, and worthy of consideration, were
found. The body was cut in two, and the
remaining leg severed.
Charged With Assault With Intent to
Kill on Negro.
Joe Gerst, a saloon keeper at
Avenue C and Twenty-tirst street, was
arrested late last night by Lieutenant
Eagin and Policemen Cole and Ray on
a charge of assault with Intent to murder
Charlie Crawford, a negro. The negro
was shot In the side, and It is said he
will not live. The officers say that a
negro called "Red Shirt” and Crawford
got in a fight at Gerst's saloon, and out
of this grew the trouble in which they
said Gerst was engaged. They said fur
ther that Gerst followed the negro Craw
ford to Avenue C and Twenty-second
street, in front of his house, and there
shot him. Gerst denies knowing anything
about the shooting.
Let the diet consist of foods
that are nutritious.
is made by a physician and chem
ist and leader of the world in
pure food products. Its daily
use helps to regulate the bowels.
IO cents a package.
For mIo by all Grocer* u
Ninth District Will Hold a Con
Democrats Are Getting Busy In Jeffer
son County and Several Interesting
Features Promised—Guber
natorial Appointments.
Chairman Julius W. Davidson of the
republican executive committee of the
Ninth congressional district, issued a ca-ll
yesterday for a meeting of the commit
tee in Birmingham Saturday, June 23, at
12 o’clock.
The object of the meeting is to de
cide upon a time and place for the
holding of a district convention.
It is expected in republican circles that
this move on the part of the district
organization will stir the state organiza
tion to action and frorp the sentiment
generally expressed In the party it is
believed that plans for a state conven
tion will follow at an early date.
Following is the call of Chairman Da
The Call.
Birmingham. June 14, 1906.
The members of the exeoutive com
mittee of the republican party of the
Ninth congressional district of Alabama
are hereby called to meet In the city of
Birmingham at 12 o’clock noon, June
23, 1906, for the purpose of naming the
time and place for holding a district con
vention; fixing the basis of representa
tion in the same, and for the transaction
of such other business as may legally
come before the committee. The presence
of any members of our state committee
and other republicans, whether residing
within or without the district, is requested
and their advice solicited as to the policy
our party should pursue this year.
J. T. BLAKEMORE, Chairman.
A Republican Talks.
"Since District Chairman Davidson has
called the Ninth district committee to
meet in Birmingham June 23, republicans
are somewhat stirred up, and something
will be doing.” said a prominent repub
lican last night after seeing Chairman
Davidson’s call.
"As Is well known to the republicans
of the state, Mr. Davidson has openly de
clared that he Is in favor of an aggres
sive fight all along the line, from gov
ernor down. His friends claim that fully
90 per cent of the party in the state de
sire an early meeting of the state com
mittee that provision may be made for
the holding of state, district and county
"The call for the committee meeting ex
tends an invitation to members of the
state committee and other prominent
party men, and asks their views on these
important questions and no doubt many
will respond.
"This is a great republican year, and
the republicans seem all over the state
to want an opportunity to do something,
and we think we can elect many of our
candidates if our party leaders give us a
chance. Nothing will be accomplished If
nothing is attempted.”
County Politics.
While state political matters are engag
ing most of the attention of the people,
the contests for offices In Jefferson coun
ty are not by any means being neglected.
Perhaps the most Interesting feature of
the county campaign is the race for
sheriff, for which place eight men are an
nounced. These candidates are all making
thorough individual canvasses of the
ccunty and the result is very doubtful
at this time.
Three or four men seem to be popular
favorites, and even those who seem to
know most about the possibilities in Jef
ferson county politics seem to be uncer
tain of the result.
It is believed by some that t'he campaign
will narrow down to three or four candi
dates before the primary in August, while
others are of the opinion that all the
eight candidates now in thefrrace will
complete the running. If all remain in
the race it is said that the uncertainty
of the result will remain until the votes
are counted, as it is hard to tell just
where every man’s strength will affect
the other candidates.
Legislative Race.
The contest for representative to the
legislature is also presenting some Inter
esting features, and promises to become
more exciting before the race is over.
Fifteen candidates are already In the field,
and it is expected that this number will
be greatly increased before the final con
Several issues are being Injected into
this campaign that promise interesting
complications before the election. Of
course, the railroad rate question is a
leeMHlig Issue and will affect every candi
date Ifi the race, though he takes any
stand oh t'he issue or not.
Proposed municipal legislation will also
cut a large figure in the campaign. A
Greater Birmingham bill will be intro
duced at the next legislature and a
strong effort made for its passage and
a general bill regulating municipal af
fairs will also engage the attention of the
next assembly.
Municipal Laws.
The municipalities of the county are
giving a great deal of attention to the
Issue and will look out for representatives
who will take care of their Interests. It
Is said that the munolpal laws of the
state have been greatly neglected and
need revision In many respects, while new
laws are in strong demand especially In
the matter of extending the city limits.
In some sections of the county the pro
hibition and dispensary question is being
raised and will have to be taken into ac
count The labor element Is also promi
nent and will have to be taken into ac
count by ambitious law makers. There
Is a strong anH-boycott sentiment and
it is said that one or two candidates will
pledge themselves to the repeal of the
boycott law recently enacted.
One or two of the candidates already
announced for the legislature have placed
themselves on record as favoring more
pensions for Confederate veterans and
better schools over the state. Other lead
ing issues may be raised before the elec
Candidates Announced.
So far as known the candidates already
in the field for the various county of
ficers are as follows:
For sheriff, Hugh McGeever, Albert
Stratford, J. H. Downey, J. P. Stiles,
The Rev. Dr. H. M. Whorton of Phila
delphia, one of the moat noted revivalists,
spent yesterday in Birmingham. He was
passing through en route from Gadsden to
Carbon Hill, where he goes to hold a
union meeting for the Baptist, Methodist
and Presbyterian churches under a tent
which haa been secured for hts meet
Dr. Whorton in speaking of his meeting
at Gadsden said It was one of the most
successful he ever held. He said Wed
nesday night the large. Methodist church
at which he was preaching was crowded
and after he had finished his sermon and
asked any who wished to confess Christ
to come forward, suddenly the electric
lights went out. The congregation, he said,
sat very quietly untiL a few lamps and
candles could be had/ when the offer
was again made. Thef silence and dark
ness seemed to have a striking effect
on the congregation and the result was
that many Joined the {hurch.
It will be remembered that Dr. Whorton
held revival meetings in Birmingham last
year in November, Reaching for two
weeks at the First Baptist church and
two weeks at the MPbuthsldo Baptist
church. At both meetings he had many
At a moating of the Birmingham Press
club held at the city .hall yesterday
afternoon a movement was begun to erect
a suitable monument over the grave of
Ijuclen Jullen Walker at one time one
of the best known newspaper men of
The following committee was appointed
to suggest plans and report to the club
June 28: J. A. Rountree, Max Karpeles
and 8 J. Btockard.
Harry Jones, E. I* Higdon, W. W. Wat
kins and Tom Pounds.
For the legislature (seven to be elected!.
R. F. Dovelady, Pratt Olty; H. A. Hag
ler, Warrior; Dr. M. C. Ragsdale, Mc
Calla; L. J. Haley, Birmingham; W. F.
Urquhart, Birmingham; 8. W. Johns, Bir
mingham; Walter Newberry, Birming
ham; H. C. West, Birmingham; W. W.
Shortridge, Ensley; J. li- MaJJaffee. Ens
ley; Curtis Shugart, North Birmingham;
Henry White, Birmingham; J. C. King,
Birmingham; John T. Glover, Birming
ham, and W. T. Stewart, Birmingham.
For county auditor, John McCoy and
Robert Morris.
For senior Judge of the criminal court,
Von I.. Thompson and Daniel L. Greene.
For .wsoclate Judge of the criminal
court, Samuel E. Weaver and C. \V. Hlck
For road supervisor, J.' Ed Halgler, Joe
Hill and Joe 8. Davis.
For state senator, C. P. Beddow and
the Rev. Edgar W. Jones.
Other Possibly Candidates.
It is generally understood that other
candidate for Judge ami associate Judge
of the criminal court may announce in
a few days, and the names of several
prominent Birmingham attorneys are be
ing mentioned for the peaces.
It is generally believed that the list
of candidates for sheriff is closed, and
that the fight is now on in good earnest
for this office, only change expected is
the possible retirement of one or two of
the candidates already mentioned, though
who may retire seems To be a matter of
conjecture, and no one is specially men
tioned in this connectjjin.
It is almost certain 'that other candi
dates will shortly announce for the legis
lature, and this promises to be one of
the most spirited contests in the county.
John H. Miller, William Walker and Ed
D. Smith are prominently mentioned in
connection with the race for state senator
from Jefferson county.
Legislative possibilities.
Among the probable candidate that may
yet announce lor tjhe^ legislature from
Jefferson county is Dr. William G. Hurd
of Bessemer, City Attorney Romalne
Boyd of Ensley Is alfol>elng solicited by
his friends to make the race, and is ex
pected to make his announcement In a
few days. He has the public indorsement
of the mayor and city council of Ensley
in a resolution adopted* at the last meet
ing. If he makes the race, it is said that
he will do so on platform, advocating new
municipal laws. Former Deputy Sheriff
Jerry Fountain of Bessemer is promi
nently memtioned as a probable candidate
for the legislature.
Gubernatorial Appointments.
Dr. R. M. Cunningham will address the
voters at Pineapple tod^y, and tomorrow
he will go to Camden and Pine Hill, where
he will make speeches, fe. B. Comer will
make speeches at DemOpolis, Fawnsdale
and Union town today k^d., tomorrow.
While no other joint debate has been
arranged between thf twm candidate for
governor, It is expected *that others will
be arranged during the coming weeks be
fore the primary and the campaign is
expected to be one of the warmest ever
pulled off in the slate.
Bitten By Dog.
Whitney, the 7-year-old son of Dr. and
Mrs. J. E. Dedman, of d>27 Twelfth ave
nue, south, was bitten Wednesday by a
neighbor’s dog while playing In the street.
- '• > «*
There was only eight picnics scheduled
for today against twenty-one yesterday in
Birmingham and suburbs, seven for which
the Birmingham Railway, Light and Pow
er company furnished special equipment.
No accidents occurred at any of the
picnics yesterday on the car line.
The following is a list of the picnics
scheduled for today:
Prom Nint'h street and Third avenue one
car to go to North Birmingham park.
From Crew's station, in South Ensley,
one open car to go to North Birming
ham park. t
From Southern club, Fifth avenue and
Twentieth street, one car to South High
From Twelfth avenue and Twenty-fifth
street, one open car to North Birming
ham park.
n rom Rising station, two cars to go to
Ensley and East Lake.
From Sixty-third street, Woodl&wn, two
cars to Liberty park.
From Avenue E and Nineteenth street,
one car to Avondale.
From Pratt City, two cars to North
From Bessemer, two cars to East Lake.
Rain interferred with several of the
picnics yesterday, which were called off.
The weather was very disagreeable for
the ones who did go, the grounds being
wet and a drizzling rain falling at times.
. __ i

The report of the Alabama Oar Service
association for the month of May will
show' that about (50.000 cares w'ere bundled
which is a slight decrease from the num
ber handled during the corresponding
month of last year.
The decrease is due to some extent to
the small movement of pig iron. The small
movement causes a decrease of several
thousand in the number of cars handled.
The movement of iron this month has
been but little t>etter than it wfas last
month according to the statements of the
railroad men and the furnace men.
A number of officials of various rail
roads were in Meridian yesterday to in
spect the new’ union passenger station
there with a view of taking 4tt over. The
station has been completed and the con
tractors announced some time ago that
they were ready to deliver it to the roads.
The station is used by the Mobile and
Ohio, the Southern railway, the Alabama
Great Southern, the New Orleans and
Northeastern, the Alabama and Vicksburg
and the Vicksburg, Shreveport and Paci
j The station w'as slightly damaged in
the cyclone whloh swept over Meridian on
March 2. It was Just on the edge of the
cloud and only a portion of it W’as dam
The instruction car of the Queen and
Orescent route has been in Birmingham
some time, and the engineers and other
employes of the road are brushing up
on the use of the air brakes. The car
Is equipped with all the latest air brake
appliances, and has an engine for fur
nishing the air and operating the appli
ances. The developments in air brakes
are so rapid that engineers are required
to be constantly studying them in order
to keep abreast of the times.
A family reunion of the freight traffic
men of the Southern railway will be held
at Lako Toxaway on June 23. B. H.
Shaw', assistant general freight agent in
Birmingham, will attend the meeting.
J. M. Denyven, general freight agent
of the Mobile and Ohio railroad, and
J. D. Grant, assistant general freight
agent of the New Orleans and North
the Vicksburg, Shreveport and Pacific
! were in Birmingham yesterday.
! George S. Gibson, traveling freight agent
J of the Southern railway at Anniston, was
| in Birmingham yesterday.
H. VV. Miller, commercial agent of the
Chicago, Cincinnati and Louisville, with
headquarters 1n Atlanta was in Birming
ham yesterday.
A. D. Lightner, general agent of the
Frisco system in Birmingham, is in St.t
I The Alabama Great Southern has com
j mcnced installing a block signal system
- between Woodstock and Tuscaloosa, and
I when this work Is completed, a large
portion of the south end will have block
signals. Following that the road will com
mence installing block signals on the
north end, commencing at Chattanooga
| and working towards Birmingham.
! Several kinks will be taken out of the
Alabama Great Southern at Trenton, and
! tihere will be a grade reduction for about
I three or four miles at the same place. A
i fill several feet deep will be made, reduc
| ing the hill which has given the road
more trouble than any others.
When the reduction in grade is made
, Hie heavier trains can be operated on
! that end, especially' freight trains. With
: the grade at present heavy trains are
apt to get stalled on the knob. At the
same lime the line will be shortened about
three-fourths of a mile by' building a
direct line to replace the curves at this
point. Trenton is eighteen miles south of
Work has been commenced on the
bridges on the south end, and when they
are rebuilt and made much stronger,
heavier equipment will he operated be
tween Birmingham and Meridian. With
the bridges in the present condition, it is
not possible to use the heaviest equipment
on the line.
Marriage Licenses.
Marriage licenses have been issued in
the probate court as follows:
Robert J. Johnson of Middleboro, K,v.,
to Miss Mary L. Barbour of Hopkins
ville, Ky.
Joseph Louis Hill to Miss Lucy Emmett
F. C. Turner of Corona to Miss Clara
O. Spencer of Birmingham.
Robbed of Watch.
Annie Ross, a negro woman, who lives
at Avenue A and Twenty-fourth street,
reported to the police last night that she
had been robbed of a gold watch, and
that the* negro man who she suspected of
the theft had taken the train for Mem
phis. She also stated that the negro had ,
Jumped his board.
Fourth Day of Convention Was
More Interesting
Committee on Resolutions Reports.
Negro Hospital Seeks Aid—Frater
nal Delegates Address Conven
tion—Other Business.
The fourth day’s session of the conven
tion of District No. 20, United Mine Work
ers of America, was held In Qelder’s hall
yesterday. In addition to the regular
routine business scheduled for the day.
quite a number of the delegates availed
themselves of the opportunity' to express
themselves on the floor when different
questions were brought up under the head
of miscellaneous business. Large cards
with a printed abstract of the act to
regulate the mining of coal In Alabama
were distributed over the bouse in order
that the delegates might prepare them
selves to follow closfijy the discussion
that was to come in regard to this act.
Aspirants for the office of sheriff kept,
the convention stocked with cigars of
various brands and clouds of blue smoke
were continually puffed up Into the air.
After the convention had been duly
called to order and the preliminary bus
iness transacted, the committee on reso
lutions made its report, the following
clauses of which were adopted by the
“Resolved, That we ask the convention
to have contracts printed in book form
so that each miner in the district can
have a copy, under recommendation of
local union 2214.
“We the members of local union 2539.
while on strike, have been and are now
threatened with a danger which If con
tinued will prove disastrous to tlm In
terest of the striking members of said
local. The danger is threatened by owners
of houses occupied 'by members who are
engaged in the strike, and we seek re
lief through the hands of our brethren
while in convention. Therefore, be it
resolved that this convention will assist
them by immediate action that will pro
vide some way for striking members to j
escape the danger pointed out to them.’
Condemn Action.
A resolution offered by local unions 1290
and 405 condemning the practice of certain
companies of deducting house rent due
them from subscriptions t hat pass through
their hands was also adopted.
The other clauses were either tabled
or referred to other committees.
Under the head of miscellaneous busi
ness President Flynn read a letter which
! he had received from Chief Mine Inspec
tor Gray some days ago. in discussing
tills communication, tile president stated
that In his opinion the Inspector wants to
throw the responsibility for accidents on
the miners in all cases. He also read cer
tain sections of the mining act to show
that his contention was right, and took
occasion to say thut with one exception,
the Imard of examiners is composed of
mine operators.
Mr. Flynn also read to the convention
the following letter which he received
Wednesday from Mr. Gray:
Gray’s Letter.
Birmingham, Ala.. June 13. 1906.
Mr. Kdward Flynn, President District 20,
United Mine Workers of America, Bir
mingham, Ala.:
Dear Sir—I see from the press thut the
tendency of the convention Is to think
thnt my set of rules is to work a hard
ship on the miners, it Is not so Intended.
I I have compiled some data which will |
i probably show to the convention that
I have practically "hit the nail on the I
In 1906 there were li.900,153 tons of coal I
mined in Alabama, the most ever mined
In one year in the history of the state,
of this 3,462,845 tons were mined by union
labor, which is 29 per cent of the coal
product that year.
There were 178 mines operated in 1905,
43 of which were worked by union labor,
which Is 26 per cent of the entiro num
There were 17,218 men working In and
around the mines of Alabama in 1906. of
this number 5876 were working at union
mines, which is .341 per cent of all t’ho
men in and around the mines.
There were 185 persons killed In 1906,
132 of these were working at union mines,
which Is .713 per reht of all the fatal ac
cidents in the state. You thus see that
while you only produced 29 per cent of the
con I. with .311 per cent of the men. yet
yen produced .713 of the accidents; of
course the Virginia mines is Included in
ihls lot.
You know that in Alabama or In any
other stale nr country that from 50 to 65
per cent of the accidents, as a rule, hap
pen from falling root and sides; and
again, about 90 per cent of these happen
at the working face; and. again, there nre
quite a number of accidents caused from
making up and handling dynamite astd
powder, and accidents from these two
causes are generally brought about by
carelessness and recklessness on the part
of the deceased.
Will Make Rules.
Rules for working the coal, otc., here
tofore have been made without consult
ing tIlls’ department, if asking the ap
proval of same, and when tills department
has attempted to change the rules fur
working coni at the union mines. It has
| hren unable to do so, the miners clalm
! jpg that under the law we 'hod no right
I to interfere with previous rules and regu
lations. and for thla reason I have no
tified your convention what they may ex
pect, and It will he unnecessary for you
to make any rules at all to work Vhe
coni and prop the roof, as this department
will make such rules, as required by sec
tion 10 of the mine law.
In order to stop ns many accidents from
falling roof, windy shot, and the handling
of powder arid dynamite, the method of
working the ronl. timbering the roof and
handling explosives lias got to he changed
if this department has to file suit against
every operator, foreman and miner In the
France. Germany and Kngland have
systematic rnleR for timbering, and their
percentage of accidents is smaller by a
good deal than any other country, and I
don't see why not only the mine In
spectors of Alabama, but every miner and
operator, should not want the same care
and protection In Alabama. It will not
take any more timber or any more time,
consequently there will be no more addi
tional expense nr labor on either side.
There Is not a concern that manufac
tures explosives of any kind that does
not send out a set of very stringent
rules for the handling of their explosives
and I think for any man nr body of
men to object to the rules that 1 have
made Is simply helping to dig his grave,
and to deprive our good women and inno
e< nt children of their support and tender
earn of a husband and father.
Hoping that your convention will enter
into this with the same spirit that the
mine Inspector haa gone Into It. I am.
very truly, GRAY,
Fhlef Inspector.
Criticises Gray.
President Flynn brought statistics to
show that more men have been killed
per ton of coal mined during the admin
Every Dollar Saved
Makes Saving Easier
A savings account with the Citizens Savings Bank
not only enables you to keep what you save, but it
increases by the addition of 4 per cent., compounded
twice a year.
Office hours
from S a. m.
to B p. m.
evory day.
/iTiimt (llllll/f HiUlZ
m Smtam na Sam a turn /wwmu /quo
viulliv ,/Hiim/PHnn
Tha bank
la opan It
8:10 p. m
Bfricers—J. B. Cabba. President; ti. n. »iav Derry, vica rruiuaw
Charles M. Spencer, Treasurer; C. Q. Davidson. Secretary and Auditor,
Directors—J. B. Cabba. * F. Roden. C. O. Simpson. J. H. Reblnsea, ■- B.
Smith. H. H. Mayb rry. Louis Odder*. B Spencer. Maaaa Levy, J. W.
Donnelly, Harry Jor«a. J. Beecher Adams. T. H. Aldrich. Jr.. F. B. Yetldlng.
Bertram Jacobs. J. G. 'Vhitflah' H. C. Abbott. W. L. Murdoch, A. W. .Valaaa,
Cbarlaa A. Stillman. E. G. Cala of Birmingham; C. O. Burns af Now York.
Istration of Mr. Gray than during the
administration of his predecessor, Mr.
Hooper. He also stated that the Inspector
had approved a ruling at Piper No. 2,
lust after the accident in that mine, al
lowing the drilling of eighteen inch holes
>n the level, that no man who understood
his business and had a regard for hu
man life would have thought of sustain
ing. Other members of the convention
also took occasion to condemn the rul
ings of the state inspector.
The following committee was finally
appointed to draft resolutions on the
letter: James Savage, Joseph Wall work,
Tames Boykins and H. C. Henderson. This
committee will report to the convention
this morning.
J. R. Kennemar. delegate to the last
State Federation of Labor, next told the
convention of the matters of Interest
that had come under his observation dur
ing the deliberations of that body. This
was accepted by thfe convention ns the
report of the delegate who had been sent
to the federation.
After his address, Vice President Greer
introduced a committee of twro negro
women, who came to the convention to
speak in behalf of the colored hospital
that it is proposed to erect at Smith
field. Mrs. J. R. England, the well known
educator and charity worker, then made
a strong appeal to the miners to help
in tlie movement by adding to an annual
appropriation of $25 which was formerly
voted to the cause and to pay up back
money which had been allowed to lapse.
This matter was taken up at the aft
ernoon session and after lengthy dis
cussion was referred to the different
Fraternal delegates from the Alabama
State Federation of Labor and the Bir
mingham Trades Council were introduced
about 11 o’clock and delivered short
speeches of interest to the miners which
were liberally applauded.
Anti-Boycott Law.
C. C. Houston, representing the State
Federation of Labor, spoke briefly on
the righteousness of unionism. In the
course of his talk he took occasion to
condemn in scathing terms the anti
boycott law. He urged the union men
to realize the opportunity they have, the
unanimity of voting, to put their own
representatives in office.
Andrew Marx, president of the Bir
mingham Trades Council, advised the
miners to stand together and use only
goods bearing the union label.
J, Ft. Drake, secretary-treasurer of the
Alabama State Federation of Labor, told
tin* members of the convention that lie
came as the representative of the general
labor league committee to invite the
miners to take part In the labor day
celebrations which they propose to make
unusually attractive this year.
The speech of F\ P. O’Brien, represen
tative from the Bartender’s local was a
vigorous arraignment of Mr. Gray and
his policy. He said:
“Cheer up, you are the fighters of the
day,” and told the miners that they have
the support of the Trade’s Council in
their tight.
Other committees that were not ready
to report yesterday are expected to be
heard from today, when the. convention
takes up the order of business at 9
In connection with the speech of Mr.
Fairley Wednesday, condemning many of
the specifications of the inspector, Mr.
Gray lias addressed to him the following
Letter to Fairley.
Birmingham. AJn., June 14, 190f».
Mr. W. R. Fairley, Board Member District
No. 20, l\ M. W. of A., F+irmlngFiam,
Dear Sir--! see from the papers that you
are putting up a howl about my require
ments of the miners in the working of
the coal and timbering the roof of the
Alabama coal mines. And the only point
you have tried to make is on brushing
gas. this is In rule eight, which you have
either misread, or cannot understand plain
Bnglish, or have maliciously misstated
the contents of the rule in order to
prejudice the minds of the delegates so
as to divert their minds from the status
and conditions of the facts as they stand
today in our mines as a whole, and the
conditions as regards the strike situation.
The rule reads. "No man, (miner or any
one else) must attempt to brush out t
gas without a safety lamp to examine
the place with, to see if it Is all out. When
brushing gas all lamps must be
blown out where gas is liable to be brush
ed onto them or swept by the air current
on them. This means blown out, not set
back at the cross cuts, but the light
blown out.”
If you are as familiar with the condi
tions that exist in the mines, as you
would have people think you are, you
would know that there are a number of
miners who do not wait for a fire boss
to come and brush out the gas. but take
the responsibility on themselves to brush
out the gas, without permission, and with
out a safety lamp. You would know also
that tlie mines that make gas to amount
to anything in this state, brattice the
place with plank or cloth, in rooms, or
leave an opening behind the gob in the
entries to carry a current of air around
the face to sweep out the gas, and you
would further know, 1f you wrere posted
so well, that the heavy shooting done by
the miners without any preparation shoots
out, tears down, and ^otherwise destroys
tlve 'brattices placed the companies to
carry air in to the fa<V. When shot down
by the miner the air of course oannot
get to the face, and the companies have
to go in and replace it to be shot down
again when the miner fires his shot in
that direction again, and of course the
practical man knows that gas will ac
cumulate in such places.
The point made by me in rule eight, is
that tiie miner must not brush the gas
unless he be given a safety lamp, and
permission to brush out the gas when he
will have shot down hfs brattice.
Gas Will Accumulate.
You know also that in driving entries,
air courses and up sets, that cross cuts
have to be made and that they are hardly
ever less than 30 feet apart and in the
up sots as soon almost as they are start
ed gas will accumulate in them and it
has to be brushed out until it is up far
enough to put up the brattice, and that
you cannot put the brattice right up
to face, as it will be In the way. This is
the case especially in pitching seams.
Now. if the miner would cut his coal
or mine it, as required in rule one, he
would not shoot it so hard, and there
fore. be would not shoot out this brattice
that was put there by the company to
protect his life.
You seem to think that the 17.000 or 18.
000 miners in Alabama are not In the
least responsible for anything whatever.
Some of the other states have mor«*
stringent laws by far than those rules
made by me. and they put the miners In
the chain gang for violation of them,
tkm.s are carried out, that they will re
duce the earning capacity of the miner,
which in my opinion will result In the
i opposite, for you. or any reasonable man,
knows that when anything Is done In a
systematic way It gives better results
than to do it without a system.
You further maliciously misstated farts
when you say that the companies have
viola .ted the tnln** law' for years and I
have not prosecuted any of them, you
show your lack of knowledge of condi
tions again. I have prosecuted one. case,
and union miners, gray-headed with age,
and who have worked in many coun
tries, states and different coal mines ns
you have, went on tile stand and swore
that I was wrotig. and that the mines
were safe; that a man could climb a lad
der 212 feet out.of u shaft, with hot steam
pipes and a 3 inch exhaust pipe from
a steam pipe in it without any incon
venience to a man, and they further
swore that one hole with a plank par-;
tltlon built In It made two openings. So
you see what I. am up against w'hen Ii
hit you and your gang, and how hard Iti
is to convince n court or jury under such
circumstances, and 1 am not in the lea*t
surprised at your sarcastic remarks, for
' I know' It hit you in a tender spot.
Misstate Facts.
You know too that all the explosions
from windy shots that have killed more
than two men at a time In Alabama,
happened at union mines. There were
I in 1906 11,900,153 tons of coal produced
j in Alabama, the most In any year in
| the history of the state. Union labor
[ produced 29 per cent, of It. .341 per cent of
the labor was union. Twenty-six per centi
in number of mines were worked by
union men.
There were 185 men killed in 1906, 133
| being union men, which gives you .713
per cent of all the accidents last year. I
What do you think of that, with all your
scientific and practical knowledge you
seemed to he possessed of? Don’t you
think It is time some one wa.s coming
to your rescue?
I expect to enforce these rules and in
making your contracts you will have to
make them subject to rules made by the
chief mine Inspector of Alabama. I will
say here that a general rule will not
apply to the state, therefore, the most
of the mines, or mi%es in the different
coal fields, will have to have special
rules to meet the conditions that may
arise at different places. There are but
two things that will prevent me from
carrying these rules out. the legislator®
or the supreme court. Yours respectfully*
Ghlef Mine Inspector.
I siAnd Safety
I it already. Fallorv ,hel? examnu a„h,aV' paS5ed ,hr“*'> I
j with us. xample and open an account I
I A d°"ar Wi" d° ™ch more as you choose. I
j American I
j Trust and Savings Bank. I
I F K| Fh,sl Av<noe and Twentieth Street M m I
I M Birmingham, Ala. F TO 1
j MLE Safely and mjl

xml | txt