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Veteran Coal Operator Thinks
Proprietorship is Cure for
Partnership in the Community
I An / !<% a f \ At i aI AM O a a #J
ICIlUb iu ucvciup uuuu
"Uncle Dan" Howard has been
mining coal in central West Virginia
section for more years than is allotted
as a life span to the average man
It is not true that when the white
men took the land from the Indians
"Uncle Dan" came over from hit
mine and demanded that he be permitted
to operate his property unmolested
on a threat that otherwise
he would go over to the redmen, but
he has been here almost that long.
All of which is preliminary to the
declaration that "Uncle Dan" has
studied relations between employei
and employe from every angle that
has developed in a half century and
more of active life. Just now he is
operating the Snake Hill mine, neai
Clarksburg, and he is proud of the
fact that one-half of his employes
own their own homes. Incidentally,
he never had a strike on his hands
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developing and maintaining amicable
understanding between the operatoi
and the worker is for the latter to
own his own home," said "Uncle
Dan" to a Telegram reporter. "Not
only does it tend to make him content
to remain on his job but it gives
him an insight into the responsibilities
of capital. Immediately he feels
l the obligation of ownership to himself,
to his neighbor and to the government
he quits theorizing on abstract
platitudes and red-Hag waving
' denunciations.
"Fifty per cent of the miners in
the Snake Hill property are horne
owners. I haev aided those who have
asked for help in getting this start,
but most of them have taken the in*
itiative on their own responsibility.
Almost from the beginning there was
a small group of workers who
grew tired of paying rent. What
they accomplished in dollars and
cents with the ultimate reward of
LUIU^ICIC liLIC ttda d IC^i&Uli to Ulllcls.
"But the rent saving was not all.
The cold fact of a possessed asset
in the real properly was not all. The
sentiment that attached to a home
and which can never be awaked by
a house for which the occupant is
paying rent to a landlord assayed the
larger value. I find that it fostered
ambition to earn more and tc work
intelligently. Unconsciously it developed
efficiency. The men were
placed instead of considering their
jobs transient opportunities for wage
making. The result was that they
planned ahead, and any man in normal
health who will devise a svstem
whereby his expenses will not overlap
his income, and apply that plan
during his working years, is sure of
competence when the time comes that
he wants to rest.
"There will always be a percentage
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! of drifters in any industry. The
Curse of the Wandering Foot,' was
! what the late James Whitcomb Riley :i
j called it in one of his poems. And
these men woh go a-gypsying when- ;
ever they have enough dollars to
make an audible jingle are not desirable
employes to any operator.
Their interest in the property is couiiueu
to pay envelopes. There is no
co-operation, no spirit of mutual welfare.
But the vagabonds who love
the open road which leads aimlessly
to nowhere do not stay in a community
where the majority of the
workmen own their homes. Now and
then one good worker comes, catches I
the atmosphere, makes an initial payment
on a home and so long as he
is fairly treated by the employer he
i will be loyal and industrious.
"1 predict the solutiou of labor difficulties
will come from such a
method. The elimination of the i
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wanderer who is without delinite purpose
will be effected by the home- ,
owner. And because it is his home (
he is going to take an active interest
in the politics of his city and state. I
he is going to have vital concern in }
i the schools, in public improvements 1
i and in law and order, lie is a part j'
I of the community."
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(Continued from Page 6.) '
j the machinery, apparatus and wiring
i in their charge in safe working coni
dition; tbey will be sure that those
I they have pieced in charge are sober,
[and reliable and they will encourage'
them to report promptly anything thatj"
they may notice that would lead to j 1
danger. i *
It means that when a fatal or very j
!serious accident happens it should be!*
thoroughly investigated, so that the 1
cause, if possible, may be known and, '
having ascertained it, such reguia- i
tions. or devices or bolli as are hosi1 I
;calculated to prevent a recurrence!
should be promptly made or supplied
ind obedience to, or use of them en- j
forced as far as practicable. Having!
bricflv dwelt on a few or the important '
Drill Method of Undercutting Co
OIS, President
R, Secretary
F ranco
phases of the meaning of "Safety
first," may we not ask: What would
>e the result if each one did Ills best
o carry out its requirements? There
:oiiid be but one answer? a very large
eduction in the number of fatal and
lerious injuries. This indeed would
wove that safety was the tirst eonsid>ration.
Should it not be a labor of
ove and not a task to accomplish
his, or does the yellow streak rathet
ban the spirit of the Good Samaritan
predominate in us?
Practically all of the mining corporations
in Central West Virginia
ire sincere subscribers to every
vord of the "Safety First" doctrine,
rhe earnest efforts which the mining
executives have made and are makng
to Impress upon the workers the
ieed for their co-operation is ani>lv
verified. The region enjoys a
iistinction of few accidents iu the
early toll of lives and non-fatal vic.ims
of disaster.
The miners have come to realize
hat the precautions adopted are for
heir safeguarding. They have been
jonviucod that when a superintendent
calls work off for an hour or a
lay because some danger Is discovered
by the (ire boss on his Inspection
trip it is better to take his word
or the hazardous condition, rather
:han take a chance, and risk being
maimed or killed. Antagonism to
preventive measures is disappearing,
md in time the work underground
will be as safe as any occupation
jpen to our laboring men.
Where there's a will there's a way, is
m old proverb. h.et us demonstrate
liat we have the will and we will surev
Und the way. Foruet not the cries
ind sobs of the widow and orphan,
lor the groans and anguish of the injured,
but be up and doing in the mater
The drying,of a single tear hath
3f honest worth than shedding of
seas of gore."
(Continued from Page 5.)
:hat they grow to splendid manhood
ind womanhood on such a diet.
"When they move to the mining
:owns, with store shelves filled viritl.
flittering cans and bottles, bewilder
ment naturally follows. 1 have beei.
in mining camps where social di|
junction apparently was derived from
Lhe variety of these new foodstuffs
which appeared on the table. They
buy without knowing what is in tlu
cans and eat without caring what
the particular combination will do
al in Central West Virginia.
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Miners and
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] to their health. I recall one home 1
visited where there were on the table
four different varieties of canned
vegetables, three of jjellies -and a
can of Callifornia cherries. And my
j hostess mid never eaten any of the
articles before, didn't know whethei
or not she would like them bin
bougtit the stuff because the ouiei j
covering of the receptacles delighteu j
her eye. And on top of that she fried j
them all, including the cherries.
Curtains or Canned Si nil?
"1 had speech with the lady, much
earnest and eventually convincing
speech. 1 pointed out tnat tbe amazing
variety ot tood, much of it useless
or certainly of little value ex
i cept as a gastronomic excursion, j
uiun't harniouize with curtuiuloss j
, windows , and beds without counter-j
| panes. In the end she permitted me ,
| to supervise purchases. la two!
1 mouths the grocery hill was cut in
I half, sunlight tllterod through preu>
j curtains, and the top covering ot Uu
jbedclothes was an attractive i;<,>.i sat
istying white. And she did not lose j
her social standing because ot the j
"These are the ends toward which
we- are working, and oddly enough
the men ot the district are usually
j the last to permit the work, and the
111 st to appreciate It. For instance
t had an appointment to confer with
i a board ol trustees of a mountain
j school district. 1 told them 1 wanted
j to give cooking lessons iu the school
. house, and explained how 1 could
] show their wives and daughters
' whereby not only would the store
bins be cut down but that health iuipru\oioent
would follow.
The verdict was given by the chair;
man who, after hitching his gnllus
j and shifting his tobacco quid, spat
'copiously and said: '1 alius allowed
womenfolk learned lo cook at Lome,
i They cum to school to larn to read
and write and ligger.' But where
such permission is readily given tin
majority of the uudienccs have been
i men. . ml tn'-y have gout* home a no
told their wives and paved the wry
i for me *o gain entree to their i;it>:)1
"D ; and 10 their, co ' deuce".
( artlen Contest Succeeds.
' i>i:r first eitort vss the establisli'
nieri of the visiting nurses' work.
Our rt.-crnd was a flower and vegetable
garden contest, recently decided,
and which was successful beyond
our anticipations. We published
booklets, beautifully illustrated,
with a simple, direct appeal to our
people to plant, and grow whatever
they thought they would best, like.
Prizes were offered for the best results,
and when the list of awards
as announced had been made there
were so many others who deserved
recognition that we added to the
Pool-T owr
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Foundry, I
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Jeneral Manager
I & Co
Shippers of
Gas CoaJ
rg, W. Va.
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number of substantial expressions of
cbuuuendntion originally planned.
"In the beginning little was said
of the economical phase of the experiment.
We tried to show that not
only was the ground being wasted
when nothing was produced upon it
but that tlowers and the vegetable
garden plot made the difference between
a house and a homo. 1 had
pictures of what we had accomplish*
v d in i tie Kentucky division of the;
c onsolidation Company and else-i
whore in the coal regions of the'
chillili. it is wonderful what a few
plants of Virginia creepers will do |
.o hide iiit vigty house exterior, or'
what four or live rows of bright- j
niled tlowers will accomplish in light
trig up u gloomy perspective.
lic.sult.s I'lir Uenchliig.
"Next yeiir we will show lit ilol-'
isirs and cents what those gardens j
will yield. Two or three of the con- |
(.est.auts proved it without urging i
tins past. summer. One-old lady marnoted
twenty-live bushels of peppers
front a tiny plot ol' ground, and au- !
oilier sold $12.75 worth of onions*
front her garden. In the cooking
school demonstrations which are con
tinued through the school year spo-I
cial emphasis is laid upon the results !
of too much meat eating, and the j
greater value of a partial vegetable
"The aesthetic value of those little '
gardens is far reaching. It seems us
if the pretty blossoms awaken a sense
oi beauty long sleeping. J-J via once
uppeurs in changes in the interior, of
u desire for pictures and of color
combinations which make for harmony.
It becomes easy lo point out
that cleanliness Is above all things
the most beautiful ami the most satisfying.
It is the first step In a
Steel Timbering of Mine W<
lsnend Goal
- Producers?Shippers ....
Pittsburg Vein C
^urnace, Grushed and I
lokeless and Splint Gc
>ke Co.
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larger iutorest in lire, and the possibilities
of expansion are illimitable.
So we began on the garden.
Co-o|?ornUou of Teachers.
"The teachers in the school generally
are with us heartily now. It
has not alvvuys been so. Just as at
llrst the operators saw in welfare
work nothing of practical value so.
I regret to say, many of the teachers
assumed the attitude that it was unnecessary,
was poiulcd nowhere and
could not arrive at any dcliuito dosti
tuiitou. it upset tUo old order and
therefore was useless. liut welfare
work has proved ltsolt' splendidly iu
all directions, so that today we count
the instructors of the children our
close allies.
"For the long winter mouths,
when life narrows to the walls of
the home and the school, entertainment
Is provided. Moving picture
dims are sent to the different camps,
some of them educational but most
of them frankly l'or amusement.
There will be talks?not lectures but
talks?oil subjects of everyday interest
to the men and women and
children, and social events will be
planned. There is so much to bo
done. To repeat, there is neither beginning
nor end. Jane Addams and
Hull House, Mary McDowell aud the
University settlement back of the
stockyards, both of Chicago, aud other
pioneers In tlio work have experiences
covering decades, and always
and ever there is something
new, somu discovered anglo of humanity
that cries out for development,
or some inspired way revealed
to point tlio path which will lead
to emancipation of minds and lives
cheated by environment and traditions
of the fulness which Is right
fully theirs."
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