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f t Magnificent Showing in Output and Operation
Last Year
No Labor Troubles Nor Strikes Nor Suspen
sions for Any Cause
Immense OutputLarge ImprovementsIncreased Capacitylight
Accident Record Hopkins County People at Large Have
Cause for Congratulation at Existing Conditions
Answering your favor of the
21st inst I beg to hand you here
in a brief statement as to the
operations of the coal mines of
Hopkins county for 1809 There
were no labor troubles nor strikes
nor suspensions from any cause
The years record must be very
gratifying to everybody
The production of the several
mines for 1898 and 1899 is as fol
lows fractions of tons being
Mini Tons 1898 Tons 189S
Burlington No 9 172053 222410
Ileinecko160683 179005
Diamond 154549 169835
St Charles 182210 141270
Earlington No 11 103944 140170
Ornbtreov 60911 70794
Carbondale 41180 07466
Monarch 51841 04209
Hccla 88810 02088
r Arnold655 j7
Oak 1111111011 35000
0 t 1oihll 0 1 205700
Gain over 1808 ttlfrner cent ooa
091 tons
The aggregate record of all the
mines for each mouth of the year
as to greatest and average num
ber of employees and tons of
coal produced is sliown in the
following table
Month Orost Average Tons
Employees Employees
January 1003 1500 12510448
I February lGOO 1001 107488i7
March 1087 1699 12211107
April15U 1430 0049771
May1452 H17 8001892
Juno 1479 1460 8054880
July 1521 1400 8897902
August 1093 167091U207
September 1710 1093 10910380
October 1717 1095 11200988
November 1724 1iM 11591282
December 1723 1080 11544920
Total tons 120570000
About 74 per cent of theout
put was machine mined and
about GGl per cent of it was
marketed outside the State i
The improvements at several
mines were quite extensive and
costly Ohief among which I
mention The opening and
splendid equipment of the Arn
old Mine by the St Bernard
Ooal Company at a cost pf 18
000 This new mine produced
nearly 1Q000 tons in December
and bids fair to be one of the
most productive in the county
The StBernard Goal Company
in May lost by fire its coal wash
ing and coke crushing plant at
Earlington A now plant has
been constructed at a cost of 10
000 It has a capacity to wash
over 400 tons of coal per day
This same company also opened a
new mine at St Charles which
has a capacity of 200 tons per
Various improvements and re
pairs were made by the Reinecko
Coal Company at its mine such
as the erection of a bcick boiler
and engine house 50 by 75 feet
the installation of four new steel
boilers each with a capacity of
150horsepower also one 275
horsepower Atlas Automatic
Engine one Westinghouse 150
K W Generator one 80horse
power Atlas Engine for coal con
veyor one twelve ton electric
locomotive Jeffrey type three
Jeffrey Electric Chain Codl Cut
ting Machines three same kind
coal drills three Harrison Mining
ing Machines i between 75 and
and 100 tons of new fortypound
steel rails laid on tracks on all
mine entries new coal elevator
new pumps and various other
matters costing in the aggregate
over 40000
ThoOrabtreo Coal Company
also made ninny valuable im
provements at its mine such as
putting in a 70ton Fairbank rail
road scales with a 00foot plat
form also a rope haulage plant
complete with a capacity of 800
toilS to bring coal from the
mines over a track 2000 feet
long all at a cost of about 8000
The Monarch Mining Company
added about 3000 worth of im
provements to its mine such as
one new 100 Ie W Dynamo and
one new Atlas Engine
The accident record is very
light Excepting one death there
were only a few slight and unim
portant injuries Time one death
was a youth of 14 years who lost
his life on the outside at Oak
Hill Mine While jumping from
a mine car as it was going down
the track on the incline Two
other deaths occurred during the
year one in Diamond and one
in the Barnsley mine but thai
victims were not employees of
the comphny and wore only in
the mines temporarily without
the knowledge of the company
and neither the company nor this
office can be made in any sense
responsible for such accidents
The principal coke producing
plant in the State is the one
operated by the St Bernard Coal
Company at Earlington It con
sists of 104 ovens and gives em
ployment to sixtytwo men not
included in the number of coal
mine employees as given else
where in this article Its pro
duction during 1899 was 85487
tons against 20542 tons for 1898
The company is building twenty
five new ovens and a largely in
creased product may be expected
for 1900
As regards the coal mining in
dustry of the State Hopkins
county stands preeminent in
many respects
FirstIn its large area of un
developed coal of thick veins and
superior quality
SecondIn the large per cent
of its population employed in the
industry and the still larger part
receiving benefits therefrom
ThirdIn its many large
splendidly equipped and product
lye mines
FourthIt leads in coal pro
duction Of the entire output of
the State for 1899 of 4495000
tons it produced 1205700 tons
or much more than onefourth
the entire output of the State
FifthIt has the leading com
pany both as to coal and coke
production the St Bernard
Coal Company The production
of this companys several mines
during the year was 777250 tons
SixthIt has the leading
mines The first or largest in
output for the year being that of
the St Bernard Coal Company
No 0 at Earlington which pro
duced 222410 tons while the
third fourth fifth and sixth in
amount of production all belong
to this county being the Rein
ecko 8d 179005 tons the Dia
mond 4th 109885 tons the St
Charles 5th 141270 tons and
Gthv the Earlington No 11 140
170 tons
On the whole record as made
Individual on Bank Suffcrln hoss radish Guess Ill have to go to tho
boneyardSt Paul Pioneer Press
with present conditions and
future prospects the entire peo
ple of the county may well con
gratulate themselves on the ex
istence in their midst of siiQh
favorable conditions for living
and wealth and should strive in
every honorable way to maintain
them G W STONE
Inspector of Mina
Rev John M Croweto Lecture
Rev John M Crowe tho eloquent
preacher and lecturer will deliver
his famous lecture That Wife of
Yours nnd her Husband at tho M
iR Church South hero next Wed
nesday evening at 8 oclock Mr
Crowo Is well known here having
conducted a three weeks meeting
here last spring after which he gave
a lecture that captivated his audi
once As our Earlingtou people
know he Is one of the finest speak
ers over heard in Earlington This
lecture Is one of the finest of his pro
ductions and has been delivered toI
many highly pleaded audiences It
is inptruotivo as well as aMusing and
Our people who fail to hear it will
miss a rare treat Tickets will be on
sale at this olllce
Y M C A Meeting a Success
Tho Y M C A meeting at the
Baptist Church in Mndisonvillo
Sunday afternoon was an Interest
ing one Interesting talks wore
made by Messrs Howard Caldwell
I Bailey and En Bourland The
choir rendered some excellent
Miss Phi Poynter of Owonsboro
has been appointed to act as sponsor
for the Kentucky division U C V
Made dof a Hopkins Couuty Boy by
General Henry W Lawton
OrlenU A Pritohett lately private
Secretary of Major General Henry
W Lawton was in Earllngtbn Mon
day calling on friends Mr Pritchett I
hnd received instructions to report I
for duty to Major General Otis at I
Manila and to yo by the Atlantic
and Mediterranean routo on a vessel
to sail from New York in n fewdays
He talks most interestingly about
his experiences in the Philippines
where h6 was with the General until
tholatters death on the field If
Orlean returns to Manila lie will
find It somowhat more monotonous
for his time will be taken up wholly
with office work in that city While
with Gen Lawton Orlean frequently
volunteered and Was permitted to
accompany tho General on expedi
tions after the Filipinos and this
hroko very effectually the monotony
of clerical work or inactive residence
In the city This way Orlean had of
going with the General obtained for
him honorable mention from Law
ton one of Americas greatest sol
diers in time Generals report of a
certain expedition Mr Pritchett
did not know of this until after Law
tons death and hence must be Very
proud of it Following is a copy of a
letter of Lieut Col Clarence II Ed
wards stating the matter in Gen
Lawtons words
Manila P 1 Dec 1 1899
To Mr Orlean A Pritchett
Stenographer to Maj Gen Lawton
SIuI have the honor to inform
you that the Division Commander
Major General Henry W Lawton
U S Volunteers in his final report
dated October 1 Itifli of an Expedi
tion to the Province of Cavite Luzon
P 1 Juno lOthto 22d1899 saw fit
to mention favorably your services
during that Expedition
111113 following Is an extract from
tho Generals report of that Expedi
Mr O A Pritchett Civilian
I Clerk had shown at tho Battle of
I Santa Crow and during tho Expedi
tion to the Province of Lnguna on
April lOtli last coolness under fire
to which he voluntarily wns xposed
throughout that engagement and
during tho almost continuous flght
ing of Demo 10th ho was ceustantly
present with the Division Com
mander and in the absence of all
staff officers and aides twoor three
times om that date carried messages
and orders under fire His horse
was soot from under him on this oc
casion The valuable services ren
dered > on both of these occasions
entitle Mr Pritchett to upward and
recognition Very respectfully
Lieut Col 47th Infty U S V
ActgAsst Adjutant General
Official R SRnLJJI
Captain and Assistant Quart
ermaster U S A
Mr Waverly Baker and Miss Cole
man both of this city quietly hied
themselves away to Evansville
where they were united In marriage
Monday afternoon They returned
to this city whore they will reside
Dont nil to hear Rev Mr Crowe
Wednesday evening Mnrch > 7 at the
1C E Church South
Board Member Boston Tells How Striking Miners
in the West Live on EightyFive Cents
a Week
J 0 Wood Co Offer the Same Support to
Hopkins County Miners If They Will Join
His Order and Strike
Contrast With Prosperous Condition of Our
Good Miners
One year ago the miners em
ployed by the Big Four com
panies in Arkansas Indian Ter
ritory Kansas and Missouri were
getting good and satisfactory
wagesplenty of work and all do
ing better than for many years
when the walking delegates of
the U M W of America ap
peared on the scene As usual
these thrifty delegates who get
well paid salaries and expenses
for their efforts in starving wo
men and children see Bostons
letter made great promises of
support if these welltodo min
ers would only join the order and
thus enable the order to manage
the business of the UBig Four
The smooth talk of the delegate
the rich promises and the usual
harangue about the frights of j
the miner won the miners over
and they became members of the
organization and struck But
the Big Four didnt care to
change managers preferred to
keep charge of their own busi
I ness and at onco proceeded to
fill up the mines with new men
Many of the old miners went to
j work but many others preferred
i to take eightyfive cents a week
and stand put for their rights
the rights according to Bos
tons letter of starving their
wives and children
In the same column of the
United Mine Workers Journal
from which Bostons letter is
taken is a letter from T D
Wood the President of the
U M W in Western Kentucky
advisingthe miners of Hopkins
that they should join his organ
ization and strike and get a pos
sible eightyfive cents per week
or 382 per month with the
striking brothers in Arkansas
Missouri Kansas and Indian
Following arc the letters in
part giving the parts pertinent
to the situation
Huntington Ark Feb 17
Editor Journal I thought i t
might be of interest to our read
ers to tell them of some of the
experiences Imet with in my
travels in Arkansas I arrived
in the State of Arkansas on the
18th and on the 14th myself and
Brother Struple boarded the
train for Jenny Lind Ark
On our arrival at Jenny
Lind I found quite a different
status of affairs from what I
found there eleven months ago
Then I found the miners living
in houses fairly comfortable
Now what a change I asked
Brother Strublo where tho union
miners lived Ho said in Union
town over there in the1 woods
I was anxious to see Uniontown
so we wended our way toward
that noted citya It fr fr
After Supper wo went to the
meeting over the store I do not
know whether we were taken
for coons or not but we were
treated to a smoking which
came from below and which in
convenienced us for some time
but we finally got the atmos
phere cleared and proceeded to ex =
pound the principles of unionism
After the speaking was over the
local committee went into session
and it was heartrending to hear
the reports of suffering that was
going on in Uniontown Stories
of shoeless and clothesless women
and children It was a moonlight
night and having to leave early
in the morning we decided to
take a stroll through Uniontown
and as we passed along through
the leafless trees first over a
ditch then along a little valley
then qy er the hill we saY 1aTO
sions of all descriptions Soine
of clapboards some of slabs
some of domestic and some of
ducking As I looked around
and saw the white tents gleaming
in all directions it reminded mile
of time silent graveyard It being
midnight all was dark arid quiet
with the exception of a hacking
cough from some restless child
It was not a question of room
in Uniontown but something to
cover the head We saw a light
not far away and proceeded to
ward it and we found ourselves
up against the white house for
here was where the president
lived I The white house I would
judge was about ten by twelve
feet three feet at the sides and
seven feet in the center made
out of domestic They had
mother earth for a floor and ai
little coal stove A bed and a
couple of store boxes answered
for chairs a large store box for a
table safe cupboard and ward
robe I noticed several rents in
the building and asked if it
leaked and they told me theyr
never had any trouble in that
direction only when it rained
Not only were these people living
in tents but living on 85 cents
per week doing this rqth pi thai
go to work for the Big Four
fighting for their right to belong
to a union of their craft It
Central City Ky Feb 16
Editor Journal With your per
mission I will attempt to let the
know what we are doing in Ken
clans can write for themselves1
t1I Time minors are all
working steadily Baskett miners
tire still idle Mr Blair super
union men Hopkins county
miners are getting a little warmed
up Mr Adkiiison has issued a
new ironclad but the miners ro
fused to sign it consequently a
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