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,_ wbbkly Miiviiva review MTABLISHEDJN_1868 _ ~ EAST ELY, WHITE PINE COUNT^ ITOVADA, SUNDAY, AUGUST 17, 1919. ~ VOLT XLVnir~N<rT8 PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION ORDERS NEVADA NORTHERN RT. TO RESUME QUILT MIXED TRAIN Lat« Developments in the Wage Controversy Between Carrier Company and Employes Show Strike Situation Still Continues in An Unsettled Condition. The Public Service Commission Ijiougii J. <1 Schrugham, has issued ,n order to »he Nevada Northern gaiivay company, that the railway ompiiny a* once resume a daily mixed train service. th<* tiniiort being that ihtb -nice he over the main iiDt. between Ely and Cobre. for the ariose of transporting Ttaid supplies and the conduct of sucii business » th« needs of the community require The appended interview, given the Tews by Vice President and Oenenil Manager L U Cannon, together with copies of telegrams and correepond •nce tietween local and state officials and representatives of the railroad ompany and employes, shows the talus of the situation at the time of ioing to press this morning, which ndicatps that the matter of trein i«rvi<'p is still in an unsettled condi non When a representative o? tin News esterday asked General Manager Pannon if he hud anything new to of fer relative to (he strike situution. t Mr C.innou replied "No, there is nothing especially new, but my attention has been call ed to the fact that the citizens of the Ely district are not taniiliar with th-1 difference <>f pay that the Nevada Vorthern railway has offerer' it" shopman as against the wages paid by Federal controlled roads to their shopmen Prior to the recent offer of the increase of seventy-five cents per lay. this company was paying it* shop crafts $5.7S ner day. which was thirty-one cents per day in excess of that paid tty the Federal toads at Montello, Klko and all other points In the I'nited States where Federal shop craftsmen arc employed The additional offer of seventy-live cents, therefore, iu craa*es the difference between the amount paid by Federal roads and that of the Nevada Northern railway to one dollar and six cents i«)r da' of eight hours. This is a fraction over 81 cents per hour "The shop crufts of the Federal ontmlled roads have made a demand »n the director general fot an In Wtasc of twenty-five per cent over their present pay, which would mean 16.80 per day, or an Increase of fl.SV per day. In order, therefore,, to moot the sit untlon that might obtain, I addroaa* a communication to Commission* «r Shaugluioxsy under date of the **th Instant, ns follows; ■> F. Fhattghnessy, Chairman. Public Service Commission of Ne J '"ada, Ely, Nevada. Itear Sir: With reference to vour meeting with the citizens of Ely, this ■afternoon, and particularly while 1 *u being cross-examined by Attor ■♦y Jurieh, who asked whether the company would arbitrate the wage question, and I replied that they would not After 1 left the meeting 1 under wood. indirectly, that the commit toe °f our shopmen made the statement that they wouty return to work pro dding the company would arbitrate 'he wage question. *f 1 have been correctly Informed. " would worn that a basis of arbltrn ti°n submitted on the part of the 'otnpany might be favorably receiv ed bv the shop employes. This com* pany, therefore, makes the follow proposition Hum the men rptnrw^at onc« to 'heir respective avo<HtionM*l the of er <>f increased pay ns made by the 1 otnpany, such wages to remain in * P< 1 until a decision Is reached be 'treen the Director General and the i *°P erafts under Federal control such wages are agreed upon which re advantageous to the shop em h °yes of the Nevada Northern rall »)’. the latter company will adopt such wages effective as of July ItUli, It 19 Yours verv truly. I- G. CANNON. V P. * 0. M. I this morning received the fol io" mg reply from him Ely, Nev., Aug 14, 1919, Mr L. O. Cannon. V. P & G. M., Nevada Northern Kail wav Co, East Ely, Nevada Dear Sir:—I have your lettir 12th in re offer Nevada Northern railway to arbitrate wages. The Commission made substantially th«. same pro posal without success during the meeting, and therefore do not be lieve It will be profitable to pro ceed further along such line Very truly yours. !. F 8HAUOHNES8V. It will be noted in our letter to Commissioner 8haugbnesay that the ’oinpany was willing to grant the wages finally decided by the Director General If in excess of the rate of $6.GO which we have offered effective July 16, 1919. If, however, the set tlement between the Director Oener (Continued on Page Four) Pres.Sanfordof Labor Union Gives Views Ely, Nevada. Aiik 14. l«li' Kditol White Pine News: Wishing to place befor*. the publie our side ol the strike situation 1 take this opportunity to write you an open letter, and respectfully request that you publish same on the front paee of your next issue. The lust few days has developed a tather critical situation with respect to the dally train service between Ely and Cobre and the railway company has caused notices to be jwsted to ihe effect that the service would be entirely discontinued after Saturday, August 16th, for the reason that there are no workmen to keep the < ngiues In repair 1 fully agree t^tb Mr. Cannon, the general manager of the Nevada Northern, that It is im possible for the railway company to oi<erate its trftins without men to keep them in running order, but h maintain that the train service is be ing discontinued for the purpose of obtaining the sympathy of the pub lic, and that no honest effort has been made by Mr Cannon to keep up the train service. At the hearing conducted before the members of the Public Service Commlalaon of Ne vada, held at the Court House yes terday, the meii agreed to submit their differences' to arbitration aud to allow the members of the Public Service Commission to net as the Ar t>lt ration Hoard. This arrangement, however, did not meet with the ap proval of Mr. Cannon; In fact, he ab solutely refused to submit the ques tion to arbitration regardless of the personnel of the board. With reaped to the situation at Huth and McOilf. I am satisfied that the employer of the Nevada Consolidated Copper com pany would not have walked out had the company caused notices to la* posted forty-eight hours previous to the time of the walk out announcing an Innragtir in wages ot 7.’> per day, hut would have accepted same under protest, continued working, and sub mitted tiie difference of 25c to arbi tration. No such notices were posted by the company until after the men had held a meeting and decided to quit work In asking for an advance in wages amounting to fl.00 per day we are simply asking for a restoration of Wright Is a Victim of Mysterious Shooting J. H. Wright of McGill diet! at the Steptoe hospital Friday night from the effects of a bullet wound In the stomach. The details surrounding the death of the unfortunate ntau are rather obscure. Mrs. Wright appeared be fore District Attorney Edwards this morning and related that the acci dent occurred Friday morning while Mr Wright was preparing to go on a hunting trip. She said that her hns- ] band was getting his guns ready and w hite he was so engaged she left the ] bouse for a short time, when she heard a shot and upon returning to the house met her husband who cried that he had shot himself by dropping his un She railed lor assistance and the injured man was taken* to the Steptoe hospital where it was discov ' red that the bullet h.id entered the ] stomach and passed out through the back. Kittle iio(>e was held out for recovery by the attending physicians and the wounded man passed away at 8:20 Friday evening. The wound is believed to have been made by a bullet from a .38 caliber revolver. Mr Wright lived at McGill, where lie was formerly employed by the Nevada Consolidated company as an engineer on a dinkey engine. He is survived b> his wife and two chil dren, His mother, Mrs. Morelander, of Idaho Falls, and his broiher, W. B Wright, of Midvale, l tali, arrived in Ely last night The funeral will be held from the Wilson-Bates under taking fmrlors Monday afternoon. The members of the U. of L. F. and K. lodge of Ely have taken charge of the funeral arrangements Articles of ln< orpot-ution Kited. The Nevada Oil Hast it cotu|>any ha* tiled a copy of the article* it Incor poration with County Clerk Oldfield The incorporators are Milton M. Deth. M. Mathews and L. C. Thomp son. all of Tonopoh. Tit* capital stock of the com pan > is $200,000, or two million shares at a par value of ten cents per share the wage seal* which was in effect iu \ January and February of this year, and in view of the ever increasing cost of living 1 ask it such a demand lean be considered unreasonable" Do I you stand for th« law of the greatest | good for the greatest number, or for the greatest good for the few ' We have surrendered every demand made upon the company except that of an increase of wages and the difference of 2:'>< per day that now stands in the wa> of settlement of the strike amounts onlj to one clay's profit to the company according to figures in our possession and which we have every reason to believe are correct. It has been stated that within a few months the price of copper will be sufficient to guarantee the in crease asked for. but we feel that the stockholders are better able to wait for the higher price of copper and the increase in dividends which accom pany it than are the men who earn their dally bread by the sweat of their brow. The laborer is worthy of hts hire and the contented workman boosts the profits of his employer by willing hands. Who Is blocking the wheel* of progress, the man who quietly bears the self-inflicted punishment of un (Continued on Pngn Bight) AS MEDIATOR IN STRIKE, MILS END Chief Executive and Local Committee Now Seeking Results with Jackling in California. Governor Boyle, who arrived last Saturday, spent Sunday and Monday In consultation with the committee of the workmen and Manager Lakcnau of the Nevada Consolidated Copper company, and Manager Cannon t<f tile Nevada Northern railroad, hut w’as unable to arrive at anything that would indicate an early settle ment of the controversy. Tuesday morning the governoi uni representatives of the local union left for Salt Lake City to meet with Managing Director Gemmeit and later went to San Francisco with Federal Conciliator Davies to consult with Colonel D. C. Jackling. No news had been received in Ely last night relative to a settlement and the conditions remain un changed The men are going About quietly and indulging in very little discus sion. S. McCluBky, representing the Mine, Mill and Smeltermen’s Union. O. M Kern of the grand lodge of the B L. F. & E„ J. A. Sullivan of the national organization of Steam Hhovelmen, and A. J. Phillips( repte senting the grand lodge ot O. R . C visited Fly during the week and con ferred with the different representa tives of the local brancehs of the unions affected and later went to the Salt l^ake conference. Telegrams received yesterday from Senator Henderson and from Govern or Boyle indicated that both the fed eral and state authorities would soon take steps to help out the situation relative to mail service and some mode of tiansporting food stuff into the district. J. A. Phillips of the order of Hail wav Conductors, and N. C. Brian, rep resenting the combined crafts, who have been in Salt T ake City in con ference with Director Gemmell, re turned last night to Ely. When met by a representative of the News last night and asked as to the meet, they replied that nothing productive of re sults had been arrived at during the conference. They reported that Federal Con ciliator Hymel Davies and Governor Boyle had proceeded to San Francis co to meet with D. C. .Tackling. General Manager Lakenan left yes terday morning for San Francisco, where he will take part in the coun cil of the government men and oper ators J. D. Wallace Appointed I*. M. J. D. Wallace has been notified that his appointment as postmaster for Ely haH been confirmed by the senste. He will take charge of the local office as soon as his commis sion, signed by the president, is re ceived. PUBLIC, TAKE NOTICE! »♦»«»♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦< Autos Daily for Cobre LEAVE ELY 5:00 A. M. Tonopah, Sunday and Wednesday LEAVE 7:00 A. M. Ruth, Kimberly and McGill All Hours PROMPT SERVICE ON ALL TAXI CALLS Merchants desiring express or other matter leave orderc at Main Office. Ely, Phone 26. United Stage and Taxi Co. Anthony Jurich Asks Special Legislation Attorney Anthony Jurich. believ ing that special legislation is needed to bP operative in times of such emergency as exists in the industrial and social activities of Ely district, has addressed the following commu nication to Governor Emmet I). Boyle: August 16, 1919. Hon. Emmet L). Boyle, Corson City. Nevada. My Hear Governor: As you are thoroughly familiar with the situation in this district by reason of your efforts to adjust the industrial dispute between the allied interests and‘their employees, it must have occurred to you, the Inadequacy of the present laws applicable to the situation. Not only do we *ind no means whereby the employers and employees can be brought together, hut we also ilnd that a public utility the railroad—Is defying the state. In view of the existing circum stances and the further tact that tho same situation will arise from time to time, I recommend for your earn est and serious consideration, the calling of a special session of the legislature for the purpose of having enacted into law a. measure provid ing for compulsory arbitration, also amending the public service utility act so as to provide ways and means for the enforcement of orders issued by the Commission. Very truly yours, A. JURICH Hoard Conitleiee Work. Monday was the last day of the meeting of the board of equalisation when the examination of the tas roll wag completed. All matter* re'atlve to the adjustment of valuation* on the roll will now be taken up diiect Iv with fht Tax Commission a* Car sen City. Do Not Wish to WorkHardship, SayStrikeCom. Ely. Nev„ Aug 15. I<*»)'. Editor White Pine News: We. the Nevada Northern railroad shop employes, feel that »e have been censured by the remarks of a few and we wish to submit our de mands so that all may see and judge for thenis' lves. July. 1918, the government arbi tration granted the Nevada North ern employes a ten per cent increase amounting fo $0.62^ based on the high cost of living On Februray 11 and March 1, 1919, the railroad com pany without auy consideration what ever, cut the wages $1-02. We pro tested the cut, claiming that the high cost of living still existed, only intensified. We have been informed by a busi ness men's committee that foodstuffs ore getting scarce end if something can't ire done the situation will be come very serious. It is not our desire to cause any one any Inconvenience or suffering, but we fuel that we are so justified in our demands that we have agreed to settle the matter by arbitration, which the railroad company has re fused to do. We ask that our wages | be put back on the same scale pre vious to the cuts of February llth and March 1. 1919. and retroactive as to same We were asked to send five men back to work to keep the main line in operation, in the first place no one would go because they would not feel justified in helping the railroad company prolong the strike while their brothers were out going hun gry. In the next place if you were fight ing a man it would be poor policy on your part Co give him a club to beat you to say that the men on strike are only asking a living wage, and are willing to consider any fa'r proposition put before them. DAVID REESE, Secretary Strikers Committee. Petition for I setters of Administration George Glannopulos has filed a pe tition for letters of administration In the estate of Oust Bregan, deceased. The estate consists of personal prop erty amounting to less than $2,000. i-= OPEN MEETINGS Citizens Take Up Matter of Stoppage of Rail road Traffic with the Public Service Board. Following the publication in the News laBt Sunday ol the letter by Vttorney Jurkh to J. F. dliaughnessy. chairman of the Public Service com mission, in which he made a formal complaint relative to the discuutinu cnce of trains by the Nevada North ern Railroad company, a mass meet ing was called by Chairman Haley, oi tliu litlzens committee, to discuss he situation confronting: the district, in the matter of an adequate food supply. Many eloquent speeches were made during the evening ano the result of the meeting was the ap pointing of a committee to investi gate local conditions and be ready to report to the state commission when it arrived in Ely for a formal hear ing The provisions ol the railroad's charter and franchise were touched upon at the meeting, by Attorney Charles A. Walker and Fred Clark, the first mayor of Ely, Attorney Walker having drawn the charter for the operation of the road. This phase of the controversy is one that may come into prominence, if for specified reasons there is a long con tinuance of the non-operation of trains, although as yet no definite action has been taken. Commissioners Shaugnuessy and .1 G. Scrughnm arlved in the city on Wednesday and the hearing was held in tiie district court room in th:- aft ernoon. The court room was filled with business men and representative citizens who took a deep interest in the proceedings. The citizens' comniittecj, composed of George N. Doyle, N\ H. Chapin. G. R. Hoag. K. \V . Millard and Charles Oeterlund stated the conditions of affairs as found by them as soon as Commissioner Shaughnessy formally opened the hearing by stating the purpose of the investigation Anthony Jurich, attorney for the committee, then called upon Kranl i. McElroy of the Campion Commer cial company, Bernard Dederlchs of ihe City Market. ThomHs Haley of ♦ lie Ely Meat company and William Ackerman to state the condition of the food Block in the district. The testimony of these representative merchants indicated that many ar tides of food stuff were already ex hausted and unless immediate relief was granted the shortage would be re-allzod by the consumer The representative of the railroad, Vice President and General Manager 1.. G. Cannon, was then asked to state the railroad side of the question and explained the controversy betweeu the shopmen and the company. He declared that the work of preparing engines was In the hands of one mau and that although he was doiug alT that was in his power he was a mar past the ago of fifty and the work was too much for him. lie also salo that if the strikers would supply the company with one machinist, one imilerinaker two helpers and a car cleaner, it would be pocslble to run a dally mixed train, but otherwise the company would be compelled to dis continue the train service altogether The proposition of furnishing the inquired men had been transmitted to the workman, tut the request had 1 cen refused. Attorney C. K. Handwright sub in it ted the statement of the work men's side of the case on behalf oi the committee of employes and de clared they were willing to submi’ the case to arbitration. This was re fu«ed by Mr. Cannon on behalf of tne company. Commissioner Hhaughnessy, after asking if anyone else had anything to offer, closed the oroceedlngs am stated that the commission would take the case under advisement Herman Wise and F. W. Hall were out after the chickens—aago variety — last Sunday, .lust fair luck re ported.