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H AUG ATTJCK NEWS
' X number of persons employed in
the Phoenix shop have arranged for a
Straw party to-night to go to the Ox
ford hotel.
Two laige straw parties from Wa
terbury passed through here last night
on their way to Beacon Falls, where
they had arranged for a good time.
The deep sea wave can be found at
John R. Birney's, to-night, Phoenix
avenue, Waterbury.
W. K. Birdsall, the Maple street
toewsdealer, is confined to the house
by sickness.
John Trowbridge, who has been con
fined to the house for several weeks
past, is able to be around again.
It is expected that a large crowd
(Will attend the social and dauce to be
piven by the German Catholic society
In Harugari hall to-night. Tickets
are 15 cents each person.
Three exciting basket ball games
are booked for to-night at the opera
house, when the three Ansonia teams
,will play three local teams. The first
igaine will be between junior teams
from the Y. Jr. C. A. of both towns
and the second game between the reg
ular Y. M. C. A. of each town and the
last game between the Ansonia High
school and the Naugatuck High school
teams. Great rivalry exists and as
the A. n. S. boys have a victory to
their credit the local boys are deter
mined that they shall win to-night. Ad
. mission to all three games is 25 cents
for men nd 15 cents for ladies.
A number of the local firemen at
tended the annual concert and ball giv
en by 'Webster Hose company .in An
feonia last night. All report an enjoy
able time.
At the opening of the superior court
In Waterbury Tuesday it is thought
that the cases of Dunn and Yannilla,
Charged respectively with burglary
and assault with intent to kill, will be
assigned for trial.
An enjoyable crowd appeared to be
present at the social given by the Odd
Fellows in their hall last night.
At a test held in the Y. M. C. A. gym
nasium Thursday night, the following
persons passed: Iline 73, Sullivan 77,
Porter 70, "Waters S, Gordon 05, Don
nelly "j!. Burlingame CI) and Suily 44.
This was a test in the general gym
nasium work and it is held once in so
often to determine the standing of the
(different classes.
An accident happened to the ma
chinery of the old shop yesterday after
Boon, which will, in all proba!'
cause a three or four weeks' shut
Hown. About 2 o'clock, from what
cause is unknown one of the bevel
gears broke right in half and the teeth
were knocked out of the other and be
fore the engine could be shut down
the shaft became twisted from the
same cause., The breaks are all very
bad and it will take from three to four
Weeks to fix them up.
Charles AY. Mayser, of Xew Haven,
In a statement which he gave out yes
terday, said that lie would be in the
best possible condition for his wrest
ling match with John K. Kelly. May
ser stated that he has helping him to
get into condition some of the fastest
amateurs in this part of the country.
This match is to lie held in the opera
liouse on Thursday evening. February
2S, 1901. Tickets are to be 50 cent's
each person.
The local branch of the X. A. TJ. C.
have appointed Carriers Maher, Woos
ter, Fairbanks and Walsh to represent
them at the state convention, which is
to be held in Middletown on Friday,
February 22.
Thomas Powell, of Bristol, who has
been visiting friends in town for the
past few days, returned home last
night.
Frank Brennan of Maple street, who
has been visiting friends in Ansonia,
has returned home.
The Klark Scoville company will
start their week stand at the opera
house Monday night with "Our Ger
man Friend," and will present an en
tire change every evening throughout
the week. Prices are 10 cents for any
Beat in the house on Monday night.
A fencing class was started at the
Y. M. C. A. rooms last night, with Mr
Sanborn as teacher.
Miss Maggie Dunstan of Main street,
who has been ill with the grip for
the past few days, Is able to be around
again.
A large number of tickets have been
feold for the benefit dance to be given
toy the Ladies' auxiliary, A. O. H.,
In Hibernian hall Monday evening,
February 18. Admission is 10 cents
each person.
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" -The -"borough -workmen are busily
employed these days cleaning but the
catch- basins .-and also the gutters
around the town. -5
The many friends of Fatrick Sulli
van of Oak street, who has been 111
with the grip for the past week, will
be pleased to learn that he is steadily
improving.
James Murnane of Boston was in
town yesterday on business.
James Cronin of Xew Haven was in
town yesterday on business.
There was no session of the bor
ough court this morning.
WATERTOWli JOTTINGS
The charge of non-support, by Mrs
T. Smith against her husband has at
tracted quite a number of our citi
zens, and many have been to Winsted,
where the trial took place, as witness
es. Some of the testimony was quite
sensational. Some of the young men
took it into their heads a short time
ago to go to Mr Smith's and tar and
fea?r him, but abandoned the idea
when one of their number received a
charge of shot. Mrs Smith said that
he did not injure her, but compelled
her to write a letter, while he held a
revolver over her head, saying that if
she didn't do as he commanded her
he would shoot her. Lawyer
O'Xeill appeared for Mr Smith
while Judge lioot was counsel for Mrs
Smith. It is thought a decision will
be rendered some time during the com
ing week.
The doctors are finding great diffi
culty at present in attending the many
cases of la grippe. In some cases
whole families are aftlicted with this
disease.
William McGowan is on the sick list.
William T. Benjamin, the Woodbury
and Waterbury stage man, while on
his way from Waterbury to Woodbury,
met with an accident in a large drift
of snow in front of James Wooster's.
and was delayed for a day and a half.
IT. L. Jeffrey has left with Mr Zeid
ler, the barber, ' a specimen of the
much dreaded enemy of ail fruit trees,
the San Jose scale.
The masquerade ball given by the
Knights of Pythias in the town hall
last night was largely attended. A
great deal of fun was had and the
masks were of many descriptions.
The house occupied by Howard Free
man in Xannowaug was burned to the
ground yesterday about 11 a. m. Yery
few articles were saved.
Arthur Warner, who was taken sud
denly ill a few days ago, is reported as
much improved.
The K. of P. are preparing for their
tenth anniversary, which is to take
plac e Thursday. April -?t!i.
G. M. Summers recently purchased
a new horse. '
Don't forget the dance to be given
in the town hall Monday evening un
der the auspices of the G. W. and S.
C. Tickets are selling for 25 nits each
person. The grand march will begin
at 8:4.j sharp.
The Xew York residence of Homer
Heminway was quite recentlv robbed,
but the burglar was captured.
0AKVIIXE HAPPENINGS
There will be iho usual services in
the Union chapel and All Saints church
at the usual hours, 'and Sunday school
in St Mary Madgalone church.
The ball given by the Twentieth
Century club last evening was largely
attended. There were many from
neighboring towns. The music was
line, and all seemed to enjoy the danc
ing. Much credit should be given to
the young ladies of the club for the
successful arrangements, and if a
attendance is a criterion to go. by the
ball was a success.
A very interesting letter has just
been received from Harry Andrews,
who is iu Cuba.
The prize for selling the most tick
ets for the ball last night was won by
Miss Agnes Baer, a pearl and silver
paper cutter.
In the Truman Smith case, which
was tried in Winsted this week, an ap
peal from probate was taken. The
witnesses were from this village.
Mr and Mrs William Main have re
turned from Yerniont. where they
have been for some time past.
Mr Stoddard of Bunker Hill is suf
fering with a severe attack of grip.
John Holihan is assisting Mr Lewis
in his wagon shop.
Thursday evening, in honor of St
Yalentine. a sheet and pillow ease
masquerade and surprise party was
given at the homo of the Misses Ida
and Begdy Krantz. A very enjoyable
time was had by all.
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"When "did you get It filled?"
"Last week, sir."
"Last week! It was three days ago,
or I'm a striker! What on earth did
you do with half a pint of cod liver oil
In that time?"
Sanders shook his head and smiled
faintly, but did not yenture to say any
thing. "Have you been greasing your boots
with it? I'd be willing to swear that
yon have, only half a pint wouldn't oil
more than one of 'em. Well, bring it
here. I'll fill it this once and that's all.
What did I give it to you f or,2 Xo you
remember?" ""
Sanders kept discreet silence, and the
doctor said to Stuart: "It isn't cod liv
er oil exactly; it's a new preparation
that I have just had sent up from Chi
cago, and it has been of some use in
lung troubles. I think perhaps I'll let
him have another bottle. He has a bad
cough." As if to second the doctor's
statement, Sanders gave utterance to a
hoarse rumble that was on the same
large scale as himself and shook the
bottles . on the doctor's dispensary
shelves. The doctor measured out a
quantity of the medicine, picked but a
new cork and as he handed the bottle
over said cheerfully: "Now, Sanders,
of course you will forget everything I
tell you, but I want you to remember
that if you don't follow the directions
on the bottle j-ou are liable to fall down
dead any minute. Well, is there any
thing more?"
The miner was shuffling his hand
down in his pocket among a lot of loose
change.
"How much is it?" he finally asked.
"Oh, well, that's all right," said the
doctor, turning red. "Keep it to re
member me by. I'll make you a birth
day present of it. But, mind you, no
more medicine from this office till the
strike is ever. I can't afford to doctor
a thousand.men for nothing."
Sanders went out, and the doctor
turned to Stuart and said: "I thought
I might as well let him have it. Tshaw!
I'm too easy. But Sanders has got
consumption. Awful queer how these
big follows catch it."
Just then there was a tap on the
door, and before the doctor could call
out the door opened, and a little old
woman came in. She had a very sad
face and looked like one of those per
sons who know life mainly through its
troubles.
"Doctor," she said after bowing to
Stuart, "mo old man is sufferin terrible
this moruin. 1 want ye to send him
somethiu to ease the pain a bit."
"Where is his pain?"
"Eh:"
"1 say where Is his pain in his head
or feet?"
"In his back, doctor, an he is howlin
like murder for somethin to ease him.
I come right down here. The doctor,
he said, would give me anything I
needed."
"Yes, that's it. The beggars dori't.
care if I go into bankruptcy and ruin
through giving them anything they
need."
The doctor rose and went over to his
dispensary shelves. After a very care
ful search he selected a bottle and
poured from it into a small one, wrote
directions, pasted them on and gave
the medicine to the woman.
"Here, now, Mrs. Binney, I know
just what your husband's trouble Is.
He strained the muscles of his back
that time hej got caught between the
timbers in the De Mott mine."
"Yes" the woman's face lighted up
with some pride "Jim held up the tim
bers until the other men crawled out."
"That's so. Well, I don't mind help
ing him. Use this as I have directed,
and it will give him some relief." '
The woman thanked the doctor, and
as she turned to go she wiped her eyes
with her sleeve. The doctor followed
her out into the hall, and Stuart could
not help hearing him say to her, "I'll
be out to see Jim this afternoon, tell
him, Mrs. Binney."
He came back and sitting down at
his desk thumped it hard with his fist.
"That's the last case I'll take till the
strike ends. The only way . to bring
these people to terms is to treat thera
sternly. I tell you, Stuart, I can't af
ford to go on giving medicine and serv
ice this way. It will ruin me, and, toe
sides, it isn't professional"
There was a timid knock at the door,1
and the doctor caught up a medical
magazine, opened it bottom side up
and turned his back to the door. There
was another rap, and then,' as the doc
tor made no sound, the door opened,;
md a bey about 12 years old came Id
"Fattjjtr'8 been hurt said ihe Z)ou. r '
timidly and stood with his cap la his
hand, looking first at Stuart and then
at ie doctor's back. - : ,
"Father's been hurt. He Is pump man
at Davis' mine. , Be wants you to
come right up." .
'Up where n asked the doctor with
out turning around: t-TT.f
"Up where we live.- 'i ? ' .-
"The same place." - - '''--..
"What's his name?" A " '
"Why, -you know his. name,: doctor.
Sou have seen him before.'?:- - - 5
The doctor wheeled around and roar;
ed: "Well, do I know the names of a
thousand different men like that? Who
is your father?" , '
"Pump man in the Davis mine." f .
"yell, there are six different pump
men up there. Which one is he?"
The boy began to get scared and
backed toward the door.
"What's the matter with youf fa
ther?" asked the doctor more gently,
rising and reaching out for his black
case and putting on his hat. '
The boy began to sob. "I don't know.
He's hurt."
. "Well, you run down and get into my
buggy and, sit there . till I come. Hur
ry, flow?" The boy "baCEed'out of the
door and tumbled down the stairs. .The
doctor gathered up his things and,
shouting to Stuart, "This case seems
to call for my help," he dashed out of
the room.
There was a drug store directly un
der the doctor's office, where a case
of candy was kept. Stuart, leaning
out of the window, saw the doctor
come out of the store with a bag of
something which he gave to the boy.
Then getting into the buggy he started
off at his usual express rate and dis
appeared in a great whirlwind of red
iron ore dust.
Stuart smiled and said to himself:
"Dear pld Doc! I was going to say
that his bark was worse than his bite,
only it's all bark." His face grew
stern again as he saw from the window
a sight that was growing familiar to
the people of Champion.
It was now about 11 o'clock, and into
the open space around the band stand
in the center of' the town square the
miners were -beginning to come in
groups of twos and fours and by little
companies. They came in from their
homes out on the hills, each miner car
rying a stick, the uses of which be
came more apparent as the men formed
afterward in marching order.
The different miners' bauds had al
ready gathered near-the stand. They
united in the playing of several stir
ring pieces while the crowd was gath
ering. Yery fast the square filled up.
At last, as the clock on the tower point
ed its hands at a quarter after 11, 4,000
men were packed into the open space
surrounded by the town buildings.
Stuart remained looking out from the
doctor's office window. The whole
scene was before him. He could hear
as well. Since that first day when he
had come home from his European trip
he had seen the miners together in this
way several times,, but today he was
impressed more than ever jvith the ap
pearance of the men, with their rude,
misspelled banners,1 with their music
made entirely hymen but of the mines
who had trained themselves with great
patience to play inarch tunes. More
than all, he was struck with the faces
of the men the stolid,' dull, but deter
mined look that, most of them wore.
He was impressed with their general
appearance as human beings making a
fight for a few more cents a da3-. And
with all the rest he could not help feel
ing that the men regarded him as an
aristocrat removed' from them by his
whole life, so different from theirs,
and unable from their point of view to
sympathize with or understand them.
"And yet," Stuart said to himself,
with a sigh, "I would almost exchang
places with nearly any one of them. I
mean that I am not where I can use
what I was born into as I would like to
use it."
The bands stopped playing, and a
miner went up into the stand. This
time it was not EJ'c. The men all un
covered their heads. It was very quiet.
The people of Champion stood looking
on from the sidewalks, the church
steps, the railroad depot platform and
the store and office windows. The man
in the stand lifted up his face and of
fered n short prayer.
"O fitcd, grant us a blessing today as
we go to our place of meeting. Be
with us there In our council together.
Grant that we may be led to do the
right. Keep us all from trespass or sin
or drunkenness. And when we have
ended our strife here below, may we
all, ma3ter and men, meet in heaven.
We ask it for Jesus' sake. Amen."
Stuart heard every word of the pray
er from where he sat. There was
something ' indescribably sad to him
in the whole scene. The miners put on
their hats, and the bands at once
(struck up a lively tune. The men be
gan to move out into the main street,
forming a double line or column four
abreast. The bands marched each one
ia front of a section or division of the
line of march. The men at a signal
Ehouldered their sticks, and, accustom
ed by this time to the marching, they
presented a military appearance as'
they swung past the church and into
the road leading over to the park,
where they now held a daily meeting
at noon.
Stuart watched for Eric and as he
came by called to him from the win
dow: "I'll drive over. My horse and buggy
are here."
Eric waved his hand' "and went by
without replying. Stuart came down,
and after the columns of men had
passed he drove along at a little dis
tance behind them. ,
All the way over he was debating
with himself what he would say.. It
was the first time he. had really met
the men. ' A great many of them did
not know what the feeling of the new
mine owner was. They supposed that
Ross Duncan's son was like the fa
ther. Others among them had known
him as a child and boy and liked him.
He was a favorite in the town. Many
a rough, reckless, stolid ' Dane , and
Cornishman had admired the lad who
had been so fearless in going' up' and
down the shafts. There was a good
deal of favorable comment among the
men in line oyer his coming out today.
' So when he finally came into the park
and was met by a committee there and
escorted up into the pavilion where the
speakers went he faced a great crowd
that wad in the humor to give.him fair
play at least. A thousand more men
had come in from the other ranges,
and an audience of over 5,000 was
packed deep all about the-pavilion.
Sturtrt could not remember afterward
aft that was said that day by himself
or the men. Eric had spoken briefly,
nod then In behalf of the union so re
cently, formed he said that he bad the
luVS. -jlK latrydocUff be owner. .pf
the Champion mines, Who .would ad
dress the meeting. ... .
. Stuart had never spoken . in public
except on a few occasions in, college
rhetorlcals. He was noorator, and he
knew it. , And yet as. he rose to speak
to this outdoor gathering in a position
that might have tried many experi--enced
speakers he felt a sense of relief
and a certain pleasure.
He began at once with a statement of
his willingness to grant the men their
scale of wages. '..
"If I understand the situation," he
said, "the demand made by the con
tract miners is for $2 a day on account
of the danger of the work and because
the companies have been paying only
$1.90 for more than a year now. I be
lieve the companies ought to pay that
price. I might as well say that I do
not believe you have taken the right
course to get what you want. I cannot
sympathize with this strike. I do sym
pathize with your demand for $2 a
day."
"How about the rest of the compa
nies?" asked a voice.
"Aye, that's it. How about the lower
range? What's the mind on that point?"
said another.
"1 cannot answer for them. I am
here today to speak for myself. If the
men who are employed In the Cham
pion mines will come back at any time
now, I will give them what they ask
for."
This statement was greeted with
cheers, but at once there followed a
storm of cries from all over the park.
"All or none'."
"Union rules first!" . I .
"The owners 'must treat With the
union!"
"We'll never go back on terms that
shut out part!"
"Stand together, men! That's what
the owners does!"
"Yes, they fixes wages. We fix they
if"
Eric stood up and waved his hat.
There was a gradual settling down of
the confusion, and as he stood there,
evidently waiting to be heard, the men
soon became quiet again. Stuart ad
mired his control of the crowd. Eric
had great influence with it.
"Brothers," he said slowly, "I be
lieve we have reached a critical point
in this movement. Here is one of the
owners who has expressed his willing
ness to grant our demands. The ques
tion now is, Shall the Champion men go
back to their mines while the rest con
tinue to deal with the other owners?
This Is a question, for the union to set
tle." "Eric," spoke Stuart in a low tone
as he stood close by him, "let me say
a word or two more, will you? I be
lieve the decision of the men today
will be a serious one, and I want to do
all I can to make it right."
Erie at once raised his voice. "Men,
Mr. Duncan wants to say a word
again. I am sure you will give him a
careful hearing."
"Aye, that we will!"
"He's no bad for a millionaire!"
"Give him a chance. He doesn't often
have it!" shouted a voice with a touch
of irony in it.
Stuart took advantage of the lull that
followed these and other shouts to
speak as he had never thought of doing
when he came to the park.- He believ
ed that the result of the men's action
would be exceedingly important for
themselves and himself. He had never
had such a great desire to explain his
own jittitude toward the whole prob
lem of labor and capital as it affected
him.
It is . net possible to describe his
speech. Eric thought at the time that
it was. the best speech he had ever
heard from a. moneyed man. At times
it was impassioned, then quiet and con
versational. It is doubtful if very
many of the miners understood it as
Stuart meant. He was in reality voic
ing a policy for the men of money
which he afterward followed out with
some changes.
This much he made clear to the men:
He sympathized with their demands
for larger , wages, while he could not
agree with their methods, and he would
do all in his power to give them their
Just demands as far as he was at liber
ty tc act independently. He told them
he was going to Cleveland the next day
to confer with the other mine owners
and would use all his influence to get
the others to agree to the rise in wages.
He repeated his offer to treat with the
thousand r more men employed in the
Champion mines at any time they
chose to return. As he closed he made
an appeal to the men to use reason and
spoke of the religious influence that so
far had prevailed for the good of the
community. '
There ran through the whole of Stu
art's speech this second time "a passion
ate desire to be understood as a man
before men. He had never before had
such a longing to be understood; neither
had he ever felt thegapbetweenhlmself
and the men to be so wide and deep.
As has been said, it is doubtful if parts
of his speech were understood at all by
the men. '
As soon as he finished there was a
great uproar of applause and shouts.
Eric himself could not restore quiet.
The committee politely asked Stuart
to leave the park while the union went
into a conference over his proposals.
Stuart was glad to get away. He felt
exhausted with his unusual effort.
It was- 3 o'clock in the afternoon
when Eric came to the house with the
news of the decision reached by the
miners' union. Stuart at once saw by
his face that the situation was. serious.
"The men voted by a large majority
not to go back to work till all could go
back on the same terms that is, they
demanded that all the mine owners rec
ognize the union and make terms with
it for 'all the men." r
"Do you mean that the men who
work in the Champion mines refuse to
accept my offer of the wages they de
mand?" '
"Yes that is, the Champion miners
will not go back until the other owners
make the same terms' you make and
make them to the union."
"Which means simply that this strike
is a deadlock," replied Stuart decided
ly, "for I know the men at Cleveland,
and they will never agree to any such
terms." , ' ' , ; .
The miners will not agree to any oth
er." Eric spoke quietly, but sadly., .
' "Eric," said Stuart suddenly after a
pause, "tell me frankly, as brother to
brother, is this a reasonable-step for
the men to take? ' Do' you believe the
union will make anything by such ac
tion? Is tt 1uat or fair'!. --' v - ,
- Eric's' face .worxed under" a passion
ate feeling.' - Then he said Tlie-tnon
have a right to combine for-mutual
support. ; In ythis Instance ' they feel
driven to it by. their condition. Why
should not labor seek -to defend itself
as capital does? You---that Is, I mean
the mine owners generally get togeth
er in a combine and .fix wages. ' Why
should not the miners get together and
have a say . about it?;. We have been
working for years at the price set by
men at a, distance who never , saw a
mine or a miner, ' far less went down
into the ground to see what, the labor
is. These men sit in nice upholstered
offices in elegant buildings and make
it their business to get just as much
out of the iron ore as they can... The
wages of the men are cut every time
ore falls in price. Instead of taking it
out of their own large dividends in the
years when they have made enormous
profits every time there is a depression
in the market they cut this end instead
of theirs. You know this is the' case,
Stuart. -
"Three years ago a dozen men in the
iron industry grew to be millionaires
from the profits of this metal which
God put in the ground for the common
use of man. During that year the min
ers received only fair wages. Since
then financial depression and a drop iu
the price of ore have followed. What
do those men do who have in prosper
ous years made their fortunes? ' Do
they say, 'We will draw on this re
serve, and in order that the miners
may not suffer we will declare smaller
dividends and lose something?' No;
they say at once, 'Cut down wages, be
cause ore is cheaper, and we cannot af
ford to lose.' And who suffers? Not
As soon as he finished there icas a great
uproar.
the mine owner. He eats just as good
food, goes to Europe in his steam pal
ace, drives his elegant carriage, keeps
up his amusements. But the poor man,
to whom every cent means something,
goes without the common necessaries
of life, and his wife and children suffer
be-cause the millionaire who made his
fortune on his business is not willing to
share a part of it during hard times
with the men who made possible his
wealth with their labor. I tell you,
Stuart, my heart is on fire with these
conditions, and no man knows how the
workinymen in this country feel unless
he has been one himself. As to the
union, it is an organization that has
sprung up out of wrongs that are sim
ply de-rilish in their human selfish
ness." Stuart sat with his head bowed dur
ing this speech. Then he said gently:
"What if the union develops the same
kind of selfishness in the workiugmen?
Whattften?"
"Then the workingmcn will sIT-jr.
Thai is inevitable."
"V'hat if ths mine owners decide to
put new men into the mines?"
"Then there will be trouble."
"Do you mean that you will incite
the men to violence?"
"Good God, Stuart, you know I will
not! I shall use my utmost power to
prevent anything of the kind."
"But what if it cannot be prevented?"
Eric said nothing. His face changed
with a torrent of feeling and passion.
"If it comes to that, let God be judge
if the owners and not the men are real
ly the ones most to blame. I "shall use
all my influence to prevent violence or
lawlessness. The union has a right to
combine for such wasres as it thinks
fare just. It has no right to prevent
other men from working at any wages
they choose to take. Since I joined the
Salvation Army I have become con
vinced that the only permanent basis
for any true settlement of labor' and
capital differences must be a religious
basis that is, Christian." '
Stuart listened with . an interest he
felt to be genuine. "How did you hap
pen to join the Salvation Army, Eric?"
"It's a long story. I'll tell ydu some
time, not now."
"I've heard part of it, but I want you
to tell me all of it."
"I can't now. I must go. I have
hardly had a minute's time to myself
since this movement came on. I must
be going now. You leave for Cleve
land': "Tonight. I want to be there to
morrow. I can tell beforehand what
the companies will say. Is there no
other way out of it?"
"I don't see any," replied Eric.
The two men shook hands silently,
and Eric went out. -
Stuart went down on the -night ex
press and next day at Cleveland was
in conference with the other . owners.
The result of the conference- was what
he had anticipated. The terms of the
union were rejected. It'wais decided
by the other owners that a force of
men should be at once placed at work
with steam shovels on the -stock piles
so as to move the ore, - and in case
there was trouble the troops would be
called out. . Stuart refused to take ac
tion on his own mines. He would not
yet precipitate matters by getting new
men either -for the ''Stock- piles or the
mines. He came back home, the next
day with the feeling that' he ws at
present in a condition of Indecision and
waiting. He could not sympathize
with the strike, he did. not believe the
union was wise in refusing t let. the
.Champhn miners go tp work,, and he
could not-help feeling that a great ca
lamity of some kind was impending.
It was two days after .his return that
the event occurred which really shaped
and molded his whole after life. The
mines were still manned by pump men'.
They had not been, called out by' the
union, for the reason! .that if once-the
water in the mines rose above the dif
ferent lexels and flowed .tpamoug the
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timbers the mines would become jruln- j
ed, a'd the loss would be as heavy f0fr
the in in ers, as .the; owners in -case the i
"strike "ended and- work "Was again re- -sumed.
From six to eight men remain-1-4
:ed at each mine. There were an engi-
neer, an assistant engineer, two. Are- ,
men and three or four pump men, aCr'x( j
cording to the size ad number Ol ,
pumps. These were kept going day
and night, as the water rose very rap- 5.
idly if left to flow. . V s
Stuart had gone up to ' the Davis
mine, one of the newer ventures of bis
father and recently developed. " Its .
greatest depth was 900 feet .It had a 1
manhole with ladders and a shaft at w.
some distance from it for the "skip 01
iron carriage used for hauling ore to
the surface. There were six men at -?
this mine in charge at this time. - -,
Stuart had come to the engine house
and was talking with the engineer
when Eric came in. -
Stuart called him over to the dry
room, where the miners changed their J
clothing for miner's dress.
"Erie, I want to go down Into the
mine. Won't you go with me? I want -..
to see again for myself what the work
is, ani besides there is a new pump at
the bottom that I want to look at." '
Eric consented, and the two soon bad
on. the miner's dress and were going .
down the ladders. It was getting late in v
the afternoon, and they left orders with .-..'"
the engineer that when they gave the
signal from the bottom he might let
down the skip, and they would come ."
up in that. '
For an hour they explored different V
levels. Stuart was restless and seemed -
Intent on realizing as fully as possible
just how the miners worked. He climb
ed up into difficult places and-even
fired off a blast ia one chamber, using
one of the powder sticks left by the
men when they came out.
. At last he and Eric stood at the bot
tom of the mine. - This was an excava
tion about 14 feet across, and the wa
ter ran in very much as if it had been
a cistern. By leaning back against the
ladders the light from 900 feet above
could be seen. Eric was sitting thus
with his back to the ladder rounds and
his feet in the water which ran over
the floor of the mine about four inches
Vleep and Stuart was examining the
pump at the other side of the shaft
when a terrible thing happened. A
noise like the roar of a torrent grew
about these two men, and before Eric
could get out from his position against
the ladders a mass of iron ore came
rushing down the manhole, breaking
out rounds of the ladders as it fell, and,
bounding from side to side, struck Eric
on the shoulders with terrific force and
threw him p"i downward in the wa
ter. StuarH-as at his side in a moment
He ra.ed him and by the light of the
camv in his hat saw the nature of the
accident. He could not think whethei
the mass had fallen or been thrown
purposely into the shaft. lie dragged
Eric away from the foot of the ladder
He was seriously injured. With the
one thosight of getting him to the top
as soon as possible Stuart seized the
lever nt the bottom of the ore shaft
aud palled k back as a signal to the
engineer to let down the skip. There
was no answering signal, and Stuart
pulled the wire rope again. Still no an
swer. He looked up through the main
shaft. Y.'hat was that? The pump had
suddenly stopped below. But what was
that great light at the top? It must be
nearly sundown now. Something was
c:i fire! The truth flashed upon him
that the ecgine house over the irw 1
shaft was oa fire. The ladders afford
ed escape -for a mr.n possibly, but r.?.i
incumbered with a body, and a dl
body perhaps at that. Stuart daah'.1-!-water
iu Eric's face, and he groaiiot;.
He was not dead, but unconscious. A:;.i
then the whole sitnr.tion forced itself
He supported Erie as best he could,
into Stuart's mind. He was a prisoner :
with a helpless wounded man at the
bottom of a mine 900 feet dP. the en
gine house was on fire or some accident
had happened to prevent the lowering " '
of the skip, the punips had stopped, and
the water in the mine was rising rapid-, -v
ly. It was half way to his knees now. (
He pulled the lever again andvagaia,
and ia his excitement shouted like a
madman. There was no answer from ' ,
above. The manhole ladders were stm
clear.' Even as they were, with the
broken places, he was strong andvig-
orous and could climb out. But not
with the burden of Eric. At that mo
ment a charred fragment of wood float-yT'
ed down the ore shaft "and droppefl ' ,
hissing in the water. He realized that
he stood in the presence of death.. He
offered a prayer for help. He sup- -ported
Eric as best he could. . The wa
ter was now above his knees and rap- -
idly rising. ,'' ? r -
' tTo be Continued.) -?
. An Opportunity. or
A number of years ago Adolf WciK j,
zel,' the great German artist, always a
man of wonderful powers of observa-
tion, consented to act as mentor for a
group of young artists, and, having '
posed their model one morning, as ,-i
was his custom, he left them to their
work. The model, it seems, was nevr
to the profession and unequal to the
strain of remaining immovable In Cam A
position, and so promptly fainted: '
While, the young , men - were making. 'a
futile attempts at : resuscitation, -'nov'
of their, number ran excitedly to theft "
master's studio, informed him what??
had happened and asked what fo do. :;-f
"Do!" exclaimed the herr. professor
"Tlie best tiling you -rah do ts' tO bei'
it. You may never have another IT""
opportunity,'
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