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Comptroller Ridgely De
clares He and the Secre
tary Are in Thorough Ac
cord Over Bank Plans
Says Discretion Is Joint and That
Releasing of 33000000 Was
Fully Concurred in Before An
Reports that the Comptroller of the
Currency had nullified the recent order
of Secretary Shaw releasing for circu
lation some 33O00000 held by national
banks as a reserve against deposits ol
Government funds were circulated so
persistently yesterday afternoon that
Comptroller Ridgely issued the follow
ing statement
The report that 1 have overruled
or attempted to overrule or shall
attempt to overrule the Secretary of
the Treasury in the matier of re
serve on Oojernment deposits secur
ed by Government bonds is wholly
false and unfounded Before the de
cision was reached and the an
nouncement made by the Secretary
that no reserve need be maintained
against Government deposits secur
ed by Government bonds the Secre
tary nnd I had several times discuss
ed the matter and vc are in full
accord as to the policy of his an
nouncement and the way in which It
shall be carried out
The discretion is joint The sta
tute says the Comptroller of the
Currency may notify any association
fc whose lawful reserve shall be below
the amount above required to make
good such reserve and If such asso
ciation shall fail for thirty das
thereafter so to make good its re
serve the Comptroller may with
the concurrence of the Secretary of
the Treasury appoint a receiver
etc The Comptroller cannot act
without the concurrence c the Sec
retary and the Secretary cannot act
without the Initiative of the Comp
troller The discretion Is therefore
Joint and the final decision must
be with the Secretary
Secretary Shaw therefore has exer
cised the discretion vested in him and
with the full concurrence of the Comp
troller relieved the banks of the ne
cessity for maintaining the -25 per cent
reserve azalnst the S134j997830 ofJ3ov
crnment funds on deposit with the
banks thus releasing for circulation
some 33000000
-The Secretary holds that the United
States bonds deposited against these
funds are ample security for the Gov
ernment and it is therefore not neces
sary to lock up such a large amount of
money in addition The banks how
ever are still required to maintain a
legal reserve of money against individ
ual deposits
Comptroller Ridgely said last night
that he had no Idea how such a rumor
had originated He had been in perfect
accord -with the Secretary of the Treas
ury In the matter and the order made
public In Xevr York recently by Secre
tary Shaw had had his full approval be
fore It was announced
Secretary Shaws order permitting the
banks to ue the reserve on Government
deposits will remain in effect until the
return to the banks of the money used
for the movement of crops makes it no
longer necessary As the crop move
ment has already reached Its height the
Treasury officials think the banks will
from now on Increase their cash and
that there is no probability of a strin
gency In the money market
Suffering From Disease of Retina Phy
sician Says Unable to Get Ahout
Without Aid
BALTIMORE Oct 3 Araost totally
blind and otherwise physically weat
Senator G G Vf st is In Baltimore seek
ing to recover his sight at the hands
of a specialist He is undergoing treat
ment with Dr Henry r Carrey who
treated Senator Hernando Money or
Senator Vest came over from Wash
ington last Wednesday He is unabl
to get about without the aid of an at
tendant An examination oy Dr Car
rey disclosed the fact that his patient
was suffering from a disease of
retina of the eye He will remain here
until his Senatorial duties call him
back to Washington
Vacancy Caused by Death of Sidney V
Willson Filled by the
PreUdentRoosevelt yesterday filled
the vacant cftlce of pension agent
at Washington by the appointment of
Capt John K King of Baltimore to
succeed Sidney L Willson deceased
Captain Kings visit to the temporary
White House Thursday in company with
Senator McComas led to his selection
yesterday He is at present deputy col
lector of customs at Baltimore
Captain King Is a Loyal Legion man
and a member of the Grand Army and
- rtrtitMnYirtr nf thf lnltnr
2aUon The position of neusion agent
Jn Washington pays iuuu a yerj
kFSIS yLaii w sA jJJfcJj
Impression Given in Dispatch
to Paris That Venezuelan
Government Army Has
Been Definitely Beaten
Rebels It Is Known Surrounded
the Presidents Forces and Cut
Off Communications Unable
to Enter Caracas
PARIS Oct 4 A dispatch to the
Matin from Port of Spain Trinidad
says that a battle was foushl on Oc
tober 1 between Venezuelan goveri nient
forces and the revolutionists the re
sult of which is unknown
The rebels surrounded th government
force It -is thought tht President
Castro with his army attempted to en
ter Caracas but was unate to 1o so
as the rebels were numerically stronger
than the government troops and cut off
the latters communications
There is intense excitement in Cara
The impression is that the war ii
nearing Its end and that President Cas
tro has been definitely beaten
French Prisoners Freed
The dispatch adds that news has leen
received from Canipano to the effect
that the French consular agent at that
place and the manager of the French
Cable Company who were arrested by
order of General Vellutini have been
The French population are very in
dignant at the arbitrary acts of General
Vcllulini who is the son of a French
man and was destined by President
Castro to represent Venezuela in
Energetic action on the part of the
French governmentjs expected
Absence of Captain Prevents
- VessersCommissflDTrc
BOSTON Oct 3 Because of an oc
currence which Is rather unas in
the course of naval affairs the gun
bout Bancroft which was to have gone
into commission at the navy yard late
Wednesday afternoon is still inactive
at one of the piers there
Arrangements had been made by tho
officers to tnsfer her to the active list
but her new captain Lieut Com Abra
ham E Culver did not appear Up to
9 oclock tonight he had not arrhed
nor had any word aft to his whereabouts
been received at the office of the com
mandant Usually the officers report
several days in advance of the day st
for commissioning the ship to whlh
thev have been assigned
Commander Culver had been onut
at the Bureau of Ordnance WashirJton
and was detached a few days aguben
the orders for him to take comand of
the Bancroft were issued
Gilded Barges Used to onvey Guests
to the Sunder
PEKIN Oct 3-
e Dowager
nrnss todav nave reception at inc
summer palace for10 ladiesof the se-
eral legations
Two gilded o towed by a
steamer and IV other V five boats
manned oy oamen for tucr
ifl kdies children
barges convey
interpreters llnisterCongor and the
doyen of iniIomatl corIs vav cf
the grand nal l0 l summer palace
where thearl tooc hreakfast at 11
This vs the laEestv reception the
rjnacerinpress h el or given for the
foroien adies
The Iucha say
A treij with the United
that Prelent Ialma is in a
nrfcult nositlonj The paper under-
sinds that thelenns offered by h
yiiited States at a 20 per cent reduc
tion of its taririn r turn for large re
ductions in tlieiibnn duties on Ameri
can products phis wouid mean the
shutting out ofmports from other na
tions and a gr reduction in the cus
toms receipts ldcli wouid embarrahi
the republic mcially The Lucha
holds that af V cnt reduction n
the Americaiiriff In favor of Cuba ii
too little iniurn for what the UnlteJ
States asks Jm Cuba
HAVANA1 3 At a meeting of
the cablnrlaJ it was decided In
view of are cs of the
emcrs le presieeut to sus
pend resrons adopted by ayuntu
mlentos J that the Secretary of gov
ernment k the ayuntaiIentos and
councils forward transcripts of the
tesolutlo they adopt hereafters
When the guests invited to the con
ference had taken seats President
Mitchell and his fellow workers lo the
left of the Executive Attorney Ceceral
Knov and Commissioner Wright in
front of him Secretary Cortelynj at his
side and the six coal magnates on his
right hand President ItooscvOlt read
the following address
I wish to call your attention to thu
fact that there are three parties nlfected
by the situation in the anthracite trado
4 the operators the miners and the
general public I speak for neither tlu
operators nor the miners but rnr thu
general uublic The questions at issue
which led to the situation affect Imme
diately thu parties concerned the oper
ators and the miners but thu situation
itself vitally affects the pulilic As
long as there seemed to be a reasonable
hope thrt these matters could he ad
justed between the parties it did iot
seem properllo me to intervene in any
Disclaims Right to Interfere
I disclaim iiy right or duty lo In
tervene in this way upon legal grounds
or upon any official relation that 1 bear
to the situation but the urgency mid
tiie terrible nature of the catastrophe
impending over a large portion of our
people in the shape of a winter fuel
famine impel roe after much anxious
thought to believe that my duty requires
me to use whatever inlluence I person
ally can to bring to an end a situation
which has become literally intolerable
I wish to emphasize the character of
the situation and to say that Its gravity
Is such that I am constrained urgently
to insist that each one of you realize tin
heavy burden of responsibility upon him
Wo ate upon the threshold of winter
with nn already existing coal famine
the future terrors of which we can hardly
yet appreciate The evil iiosslblllties are
so far reaching so appalling that It
seems to me that you are no- only justi
fied in sinking but required to snk for
the time being any tenacity as to your
respective claims in the matter at issue
between you
In my judgment the situation im
x v
kv2iiftJJ r
peratively requires that you meet upon
the common pltne of the necessities of
the public With all the earnestness
there is In me I nsr that there be an
immediate resumption of operations In
the coal mines In some such way as will
without a days unnecessary delay meet
the eying needs of the people
I do not Invite a discussion of jour
respective claims and positions I appeal
to your patriotism to the spirit that
sinks personal consideration and makes
Individual sacrifices for the general
West Virginia Operator s to
Confer With President
coul operators representing coal com
panies of this section went to Washing
ton today to confer with President
Itoosevelt on the coal shortage
It is said the companies have a solu
tion in regard to the shortage of coal
and they are going to try to get the
President to intercede for thorn The
coal companies have been in communi
cation with President George P Haer
of the Heading Hallway system urging
him to let the lialtimore and Ohio Hall
road have a large number of iaic en
gines and coal cars on his railroad to
ct coal to markets from here
They offered him the customary price
of 1C an engine nnd agieed to take all
of the engines lying Idle and all coal
cars he would lease them Coal com
panies are rushed w ith orders Every
day they receive orders that they can
not llll
IteiiresentatiesVif big coal markets
are hero buying till the coal they can
The trouble is the railroad companies
cannot handle coal owing to the fact
that hey have neither engines nor cars
NKW YORK Oct 3 -Arrived Cam
pania Liverpool Philadelphia South
ampton Augusto Victoria Hamburg
Arrived out Moltke from New York U
Hamburg Columbia from Now York at
Hamburg Lucania from New York at
washing tcxst satcjkday October 4 1602
Strike Leader Declares It a
Fight to a Finish
The coal operators have neither
regard for their former employes
nor for the public
The strike will go on
I am firmly convinced that the
miners will win
In our proposition we agree to
immediately resume coal mining
Statements made by John Mitch
ell president of the United Mine
Workers of America last night after
his conference with the presidents
of the coal carrying roads at the
White House
When President Mitchell emerged
from the White House at Ti Ao oclock
yesterday afternoon after hains been In
conference with tlio coal operators and
the President for more than two hours
he looked rale and appeared somewhat
nervous as if he had been under severe
mentnl strain With difficulty he made
his way through the crowd of two hun
dred or more Interviewers toward Penn
sylvania avenue where he took a car for
his hotel
At that time he would only say
There has been no settlement of the
strike This was the first intimation
received nn the outside that tlieio had
been a failure to reach an agreement on
the part of the operators and the repre
sentatives cf the miners
The coal operators had departed de
claring that they would say nothing
If Ihe president of the mine workers
-ns ilisnnnointed he was still deter
mined and his determination was mani
fest In the statement which he made
Inst night In which lie declared that tho
strike would go on and that the miners
would ultimately win
Mr Mitchell feels that the miners
representatives had decidedly the bet
ter of the conference yesterday for
the reason that they submitted a defi
nite proposition agreeing to abide by
the decision tif a tribunal of arbitra
tion named by the President and fur
thermore pledged the members of Jhc
union to begin the production of coal
at once pending a settlement of the I
questions at issue This proposition the
operators one and ail refused absolutely
to consider
Joined by Gompers
Mr Mitchell and his colleagues Fahey
Duffy and Nichols arrived in Washing
ton shortly before 1 oclock yesterday
morning and registered at the Hote
Fritz Reuter They arose early and
Samuel Gompers president of the
American Federation of Labor was one
of their first caIers With him Mr
Mitchell conversed while taking his
breakfast but to others the miners
president refused to discuss the mis
sion in Washington or any phase of the
A few minutes before 11 oclock ac
companied by tho district presidents
ho boarded an Avenue car and rode to
the temporary White House The dis
trict presidents Fahev Duffy and Nich
olswere assured before cominr here
of admission to the conference al
though I hey had not been included in
the original invitation
uijuii receipt 01 me irosiilent s re-
quest Mr Mitchell asked that he be al
lowed to bring with him the three men
named nsil the assurance was given
him that they would be welcome Mr
Mitchell felt that in a conference with
a half dozen coal operators tho as
sistance of his associates might be
valuable In the way of suggestion and
They reached the White House
promptly at 11 oclock and were shown
at once to the front room on the second
floor where the President sat awaiting
them in his rolling chair and clad in
a figured dressing gown Tlere was a
formal exchange of greeting on all
sides and without further loss of time
the President proceeded to read the
statement which ho had prepared
The conferees were each provided with
a copy and listened attentively When
tne President had concluded Mr
lmmeuiaieiy arose and said iu
Mr President the miners are ready
and willing now to arbitrate We are
willing Mr President that you should
name tho arbitrators nnd we will agree
to abide by the decision We ill fur
ther agree to resume the mining of coal
at once pending a settlement of the
questions and Issues by the tribunal of
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Mr Mitchell Defines Posiion of he Sinking Miners
John Mitchell president of the United Mine Wprkers of America last
night gave out the following statement
At the mo aing session of the conference with the presidents of the coal
carrying railroads President Roosevelt outlined the purposes for which he
had called the operators and miners together After he had concluded his
statement the committee of miners at once proposed to refer the question and
issues of tlie coal strike to the President for adjustment
At this time the conference adjourned to meet at 3 oclock -At
3 oclock the miners submitted the following formal proposition
Washington Oct 3 1002 Mr President At the conference this
morning we the accredited representatives of the anthracite coal mine
workers were much impressed with the views you expressed and the dan
gers to the Welfare of our country from a prolongation of the coal strike
that you so clearly pointed out Conscious of the responsibility resting
upon us conscious of our duty to society conscious of our obligations to
the 150000 mine workers whom we have the honor to represent we have
after most careful consideration and with the hope of relieving the sit
uation and diverting the sufferings and hardships which would inevitably
follow jn the wake of a coal famine decided to propose a resumption of
coal mining upon the lines hereinafter suggested
Before doing so Mr President we desire to say that we are not
prompted to suggest this course because of any doubts of the Justice of
our claims In deferring to your wishes we are prompted by noear on
our part of our ability to continue ho contest to a successful issue
thanks to the generous assistance rendered us by our fellow workers in
this and other lands thanks to a justlce Iovlng American public whose
sympathies are always on the side of right we are able to continue the
struggle indefinitely J
But confident of our ability to demonstrate to any impartial tribunal
the equity of our demands for higher wages and Improved environment
we propose that the Issues culminating in this strike shall be referred to
you and a tribunal of your own selection and agree to accept your award
upon all or any of the questions involved If yoir will accept this re
sponsibility and the representatives of the coal operators will signify
their willingness to have your decision incorporated in an agreement for
not less than one year or more than five years as may be mutually deter
mined between themselves and the anthracite coal mine workers and will
pay the scale of wages which you and the tribunal appointed by you shall
award wo will immediately call a convention and recommend a resump
tion of work upon the understanding that the wages which shall be paid
are to go into effect from th6 day upon which work is resumed
Very respectfully yours
President U M W of A
District Presidents U M W of A
The coal operators each read a reply to our proposition in which they
refused to accept the services of the President or a tribunal appointed to de
termine the issues of the strike and in Ptatcmcntsjndulged In
abuse against me raiiiefsorgnStzatfon 5ndits ofllcTalsr
It was evident to the miners representatives that the -coal operators
have neither regard for their former employes nor for the public which is
suffering so much for lack of fuel As a consecuenre of thorefusal of the
operators to cither grant concessions or defer to impartial arbitration the
coal strike will go on
I am firmly convinced that the miners will win although wo deeply re
gret the refusal of the railroad presidents to defer to the wishes of the na
tions Chief Executive The President expressed the hope that there would
be no lawlessness In the coal fields and the representatives of the miners as
sured him that their every effort would be exerted to maintain peace
Mr Mitchell was asked if the President gave any indication of approval
of the proposition submitted by the miners
The President did not say anything about it he replied but in his
formal statement this morning he said that he wished an immediate resump
tion of work In our proposition we agree to Immediately resume rnnl Tnln
Were the merits of the case touched upon at the conference
No not to any extent
Words in Which He Urged
Settlement of Strike
Reply of Mr Baer of Reading Railzoad to the President
To the President of the United States
We understand your anxiety is forcibly statement you read
to us this morning to bring about an immediate resumption of operaions in the
coal mines In some such way as will without a days unnecessary delaymeet the
crying needs ot the people We infer that you desired us to consider the offer
of Mr Mitchell verbally made this morning expressing and speaking for the
United Mine Workers to go back to work If you would appoint a commission to
determine the questions at issue
You distinctly say that you Do not invite a discussion of your our respec
tive claims and positions But we assume that a statement of what is going
on in the coal regions will not be irrelevant- We represent the owners of coal
mines in Pennsylvania There ore from fifteen to twenty thousand men at work
mining and preparing coal They are abused assaulted injured and maltreated
by the Uulteu Mine Workers They can only work under the protection ot armed
guards Thousands of other workmen are deterred from working by the intim
idation violence and crimes inaugurated by the United Minp Workers over
whom Jthn Mitchell whom you invjted to meet you Is chief
I need not picture the dally crimes committed by the members of this or
ganization The domestic tranquillity which every constitution declares is the
chief object of government does not exist in the coal regions There is a ter
rible reign of lawlessness and oritne there Only the lives and property of the
members of the secret oath bound order which declared that the locals should
have full power to suspend operations at collieries until the non union men
Joined their order are safe Every effort Is made to prevent the mining of
coal and when mined Mitchells men dynamite bridges and track3 mob train
men and by all manner of violence try to prevent Its shipment to relieve th
The constitution of Pennsylvania guarantees protection to life and property
In express terms It declares the right of agqulring possessing and defending
property to be Inalienable When riot and anarchy too great to be appexsed by
the civil power occur the governor of Pennsylvania Is bound to call out the
State troops to suppress it He must fearlessly use the whole power of the
State to protect life and property and to establish peace not an armed truce
but the peace of the law which protects every man at work and going to and
from work ire has sent troops o the coal regions Gradually the power of the
law s asserting itself Unless encouraged by false hopes order will soon be re
stored and then vc can mine coal to meet the public wants If the power of
Pennsylvania is insufficient to re establish the reign of law the Constitution of
the United States requires the President when requested by the Legislature
and the governor to suppress domestic violence You see there is a lawful
way to secure coal for the public
The duty of the hour is not to waste time negotiating with the fomenters
of this anarchy and insolent defiance o law but to do as was done in the war
of the rebellion restore the majesty ol law the only guardian of a free people
and to re establish order and peace at any cost
The government is a contemptible failure it it can only protect the lives
and property and secure the comfort of the people by compromising with the
violatjrsof law and the instigators of violence and crime 5 - -
It- lsinoretmportant to teach ignorant mcdwellingamognsf
mlslcdand used ns tools bycltlzcns of other States that at whatever oost and
inconvenience to the public Pennsylvania Vill use the whole power of govern
ment to protect not only the man who wants to work but his wife and children
while he Is at work and to punish every man who by instigation or by overt
acts attempts to deprive any man of his liberty to work
Under these conditions we decline to accept Mr Mitchells considerate offer
to let our men work on terms he names He has no right to come from Illinois
to dictate terms on tiic acceptance of which anarchy and crime shall cease in
Pennsylvania He must stop his people from killing maiming and abusing Penn
sylvania citizens and from destroying pioperty He must stop it because it is
unlawful and not because of icy bargain with us
We will add to our offer to continue the wages existing at the time of
strike and to take up at each colliery and adjust any grievance this further
condition if the employers and employes at any particular colliery cannot
reach a satisfactory adjustment of any alleged grievances it shall be referred
to the judges of the court of common pleas of the district In which the colliery
Is situated for final determination
Effozls of Mz Roosevelt to
Secure Settlement Fail Be
cause Mine Ownezs Scorn
fully Decline to Hear Pzo
posals of Any Character
Nations Chief Executivz
Puts His Plea on the High
Plane- of Public Necessity
and Impending Peril of a
Coal Famine
President TJooseveltg gootl offices1
proffered in s broad spirit of patriot
ism and humanity have been sharply
declined by the men -who really or
nominally manage the jprotip of rail
ways known as the coal roads
Judged b the surface indications
the anthracite strike is no nearer a
isettleuient this morning than it was
before the President invited the rep
resentatives of the warring interests
to meet him in conference in Wash
Two of the men to whom the
President sent invitations did not
come These were President Oly
phant of the Delaware and Hudson
Railroad Company and A J Cas
satt president of the Penns1 1
Railroad1 OIj i - -
Willcos lI
r 7
ware and Hudson- ascitis representar
tive and Mr Casatt got -word to
Washington early yesterday morning
that he was too busy with important
affairs of the Pennsylvania Railroad
to confer with the President at this
time on the subject of the settlement
of the coal strike or the effecting of
some practicable arrangement where
by the dread and distress of the coun
try may be relieved by te resnmp
tivtof anthracite production tomeot
actuation which in its menace- to tun
social nrTer and industrial security
of the nation is almost unparalleled
The persons who attc nded tile con
ferences were
President Eccsevelt
Attorney General Srcx
George B Cortslyou Secretary to the
Carroll D Wright Commissioner of
John Mitchell president of the Mine
Workers Union
Thomas D Nichols Thomas Duffy
and John Fahey miners union distiict
George F Baer president Readins
W H Trussdalc president Delaware
Lackawanna and Western Railroad
E B Thomas chairman of the board
Erie Railroad Company
Thomas F Fowler president New
York Ontaiio and Western Railroad
David Willcor vice President Dela
ware and Hudson Railroad
Jehu Markle coal operator
Two meetings -
day At 11 oclo
visitors assembl a
White House at c
tations to the 1
tary George It C --
with great respe i
Ifest Impatience - f -
advice of the nations Chief Magistrate
The seal of silence was upon the lips
of every man who emerged from tas
morning conference
Rumors ilew thick and fast thLt the
scene President Roosevelt and
the representatives of the coal roads
and anthracite mines was stormy in the
extreme What truth there is in these
rumors is impossible to verify
In less than fifteen minutes the visi
tors departed from the White House and
went their respective ways to prepare
responses to the Presidents strong mes
sage of advice and admonition
They reassembled in the Presidents
room at 3 oclock in the afternoon and
for more than- two hours this second
conference was in session It was then
that the President listened to the re
sponses to his appeal made by the men
he had asked In the name of the peopld
of the United States to compose their
differences at least Jong enough to re
store to Its normal condition the na
tions feeling of security
The toal road presidents and the mine
operators are as defiant of the President
of tho United States as they are of the
men who arc demanding of them a high
er wage on tho penalty of permitting no
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