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SCRANTON, PA., THURSDAY MORNING. SEPTEMBER 4, 1902.
quay and Penrose
A Gomplete Presentation o! the
Operators' Position .Upon the
Anthracite Goal Strike.
BEFORE THE OPERATOR
By Season of Varying Conditions It
Is Impossible to Adopt a Uniform
Scale of Wages for the Whole Min
ing Region A Few Things That
Cannot Be the Subject of Arbitra
tionThe Showing of the Balance
Sheets Final Conclusions Are to
the Effect That When Men Go Back
to Work They Shall Be Paid the
Same Wages as Received Prior to
the Strike The Company Will Not
Discriminate Against Union Men.
ly Exclusive Wire from The xs'socl.itcil frets.
Philadelphia, Sept, 3. President
George F. Baer, of the Reading com
pany, and United States Senators
Quay and Penrose held a long confer
ence this afternoon In the executive
offices of the Reading company in this
city, at which the anthracite coal
miners' strike was thoroiiRhfy dis
cussed. At the conclusion of the con
ference, Mr. Baer issued the following
reply to Senators Quay and Penrose:
i' recognize that it is your right and
your duty, as senators representing tho
great state of Pennsylvania to do 'what
ever cun legitimately bo done to end a
strike that so seriously affects business
and brings so much suffering to the wo
men and children of the coal regions. Tho
newspaper stories that I said, "The strike
was a private affair which did not con
cern the pulillc," is, like much of tho
stuff they make me say, a reckless fabri
cation. Tho Issues involved are matters
of great public concern. Tho prico of coal
to the manufacturers and 'the many
thousand worklngmcn In the cities Is just
as Important as the tariff, and there can
bo nothing of greater conscnuenco to the
people of this commonwealth than tho es
tablishment of law and order in the coal
regions, so that every man desiring to
work shall bo free and safe, "none daring
to molest him or make him afraid."
Now, what I have said is that tho
management of business belongs to tho
owncs. In tho case of tho coal com
panies, tho law casts tho management
and control on the directors and officers,
whose responsibility Is to their stock
holders, to the state and to' tho public.
The right of the stockholders Is to have,
good management and a fair return on
his Investment. Tho obligation to tho
state Is to conduct tho business In strict
conformity to the laws It has established.
Tho duty of the public Is, so far as prac
ticable, to conduct the business so as to
add to tho common welfare.
Problem Before the Operator.
To mnko tho application: The coal
operators say that they caitont mine coal
because the miners make demands which
render It Impossible to mine coal profit
ably, and that the state hns enacted laws
prohibiting the employment of men In tho
mines unless they have worked two years
in anthracite mines, and therefore they
cannot, for tho time being, mine coal.
How, then, under thetc circumstances,
can there bo any violation of public duty?
If we yield to tho extravagant demands
of tho minors, wo will lose money, If we
attempt to Increase the price of coal, wo
will destroy thn Industries depending
upon tho anthracite fuel. If wo Increase
the price on the domestic sizes, we will
be called robber-barons, oppressors of tho
poor, monopolists and enemies or man
kind. Wo have concluded, therefore, thnt
our duty to ourselves and to the public
will best he served by standing firmly on
First That the wages paid in tho nn
thrnclte coal regions nro, compared with
tho wages paid In like employment, fair
and just, and that men willing to work
honestly can earn moro money on tho
prcent basis of wages than In any other
Industry engaged In producing common
articles of necessity In tho United Stntes.
Second Tho wages cannot bo Increased
without Increasing the prico of coul, and
to Increase tho prico of coal will restrict
the market and drive the public to use
bituminous coal, a cheaper and mora
abundant fuel, and that a restricted mar
ket will curtull production nnd result In
depriving the miners of regular employ
ment. 'I'UIrd That wo are not fighting labor
organizations. Wo fully recognlzo tho
right of iiifn to organlzo and protect
themselves from oppression and to bene
fit themselves In any legitimate way.
lint wo do oppose their unreasonable In
terference with tho discipline and ordi
nary management of our business. We
will not permit them to select our em
ployes. Neither politics, religion, nation
ality or membership In labor organla
tlons shnll debar any competent man
from working for w. Wo are fighting tho
battle of freedom fof tho Individual, and
lilt right to labor on his own terms,
Fourth That It Is by reason of vary
ing conditions at each mine. Impractica
ble to adopt a uniform scalo of wages
for the whole region. Hut that at each
colliery every complaint and gilevnuco
will be taken up and Investigated by the
superintendents and adjusted whenever
It Is Just. I personally offered to Mitchell
and Ills district president to go with
them and Investigate any grlovance.
Cannot Be Settled by Arbitration,
You tee, senators, none of theso things
can be tho subject of arbitration.
You cannot 'ai 1)1 trate a iiucstlon where
an Increase, will destroy (ho business and
a decreaso will ho. unacceptable to the.
workmen. A fieo man cannut bo com
polled to work, nnd an owner by the same
rule cannot bo. made to do buslnes at a
Wo cannot arbitrate " question ns to
whether mining operation and business
generally shall bo managed undi'r the
common sonso rule of law and equity,
by tho owners and the servants they haye
selected, or by labor organization.
You cannot arbitrate the right to se
lect your own workmen.
You cannot arbitrate the right to pio
tect your property and youi workmen
from the mob nile of labor organizations
who boldly uroclulm u purpose to destroy
propel ty n - 'ndenvor to make their
proclamations Vctlvo by killing and In
juring their ' W workmen who re
fuse to Join V. Vlr lawlessness. When
Joint Mitchell gVed the engineers, lire
men nnd pump "4Jto desert ;thelr posts,
ho knew that ii the operators could
supply their places tho mines would bo
destroyed nnd with their destruction, 140.
000 men with their wives nnd children de
pendent upon their labor would be do
pilved of work for a long time.
The operators were compelled to em
ploy police at their own expense to guard
the new men emnlovcd to man tho pumps
to save their mines. The whole power of
Mitchell's organization was used to pre
vent pumping. The men nt the mines
are fed and lodged there, protected by
armor suaids. Each colliery Is In a
stato of slego. The guards and tho law
authorizing them are denounced, and
when private citizens like Beddall nro
murdered the stiUe authorities are de
nounced for sending troops to preserve
tho peace. Today that gallant soldier.
General Oobln, who fought with such dis
tinction In our civil war. and than whom
no '.dter man lives, Is bitterly maligned
for protecting tho property and lives of
Can such questions he arbitrated'.'
In fact, we had a seiics of conferences
before the strike began, which were prac
tically efforts to arbitrate.
Declaration of Shamokin Convention.
You will recall that the Shamokin con
vention, which declared nono but union
men should bo permitted to work In tho
mines, Invoked the aid of tho Civic Fed
eration. At the request of tho Civic Fed
eration, the representatives of the coal
opeiators mot a committee of tho Civic
Federation. Air. Mitchell, who is the
head of tho anthracite miners nnd his
three district presidents. One whole day
was consumed In frco and open discus
sion, and after this meeting we ad
journed for thirty days, Mitchell agree
ing to wltrjdrii'y the order which had
been Issued to the men not to work moro
than three days per week after April 1.
At the expiration of thirty days, wo
again mot tho Civic Federation and Mr.
Mitchell and his committee together with
a delegation representing the local mine
organizations, at which meeting there
were twenty or moie miners or mlno
workers. Every phase of the situation
was fully and fairly discussed, and'at tile
end of the discussion, at tho request of
the Civic Federation, a committee was
appointed, consisting of Mitchell and his
three district presidents (Messrs. Fahy,
Duffy and NIcholls), and Messrs. Trues
dale. Thomas and mjsolf on the part of
Tho distinct understanding, expressed
In tho resolution, passed by tho Civic
Federation, was that the commltleo
should report to tho Civic Federation nt
a meeting thereafter to bo called, and
that no ono should make pulillc tho result
of tho conference prior to the assembling
of tho Civic Federation.
AVo spent two whole days re-discussing
tho wholo matter. Wo exhibited all tho
papers, and offered to produce all the
books that would throw any light on
We told them thnt tho epndltlons In tho
coal regions during the past year, slnco
tho union had been organized there, were
Intolerable; that notwithstanding tho ad
justment of 1900, In which a general ad
vance of 10 per cent, (which actuully be
came 10 per cent, at tho Rending col
lieries), from tho first of April, 1901, to
the first of April, 1902. there had been
10:! strikes In mines operated by tho coal
companies alone, and wo did not know
how many among tho private operators.
Wo showed them that for some myste
rious renson the miners only worked from
four to six hours per day, and that when
they had produced at tho mines sufficient
coal to earn about $2.no per day, they
would quit work; that the product of tho
collieries had been reduced about 12'
per cent, and that In tho case of tho
Reading company It amounted to a loss
of 1,000,000 tons. Wo produced thn pay
rolls to show the number of men em
ployed, the average paid per day, and tho
classification of tho men. These payrolls
showed that the lowest scale of wages
was So cents for boy slate pickers. Tho
average pay per day of all tho men and
boys 2tl,270 in nil employed by the Phil
adelphia and Reading Coal nnd Iron com
pany amounted to $1.S9. Wo showed that
that In 1S99 the cost of labor In mining a
ton of coal was $1.0;, and tho total cost
of u ton of coal at tho mines was $t..rS;
that In 1890 the labor Increased to $1,12
per ton, and tho total cost at tho mines
to $1,G, and that In 1891 the labor cost
was $1,"G and tho total cost at the mines
was 51.82. For tho ten months ending
April :i0, 1D02, the labor was JUS and tho
total cost $1.99 per ton, It must bo un
derstood that this Is tho Rending com
pany's cost. Tho greater part of Its out
put Is from Its own lands, hold In feo;
and tho question of royalty paid on
leased lines Is, relatively, a small Item.
The Balance Sheets,
Wo also showed them the balance
sheets of tho different companies,
To meet their assertion, that whilst tho
coal companies woro not making money
the transportation companies were, we
showed thnt thn three principal anthra
cite, coal carrying companies, tho Rend
ing, Lehigh Valley and Frio had not paid
dividends on tlieln stock for years, nnd
wo went Into full dutnlls on this subject,
Wo produced tho records showing tho
sales of coal, '
Wo showed them how that forty per
cent, of tho anthracite coal Is sold in
tho market bolaw the cost of mining, be
cause of the competition of bituminous
coal, That steamboat coal Is used ut
most exclusively In pig iron furnaces, tho
price of which Is regulated by the price
of coke, Thnt rice and smaller sizes of
coal aro sold ns low as 41 cents per ton,
Buckwheat nnd pea are sold ut low
prices tho highest price being $1.0.1 for
pen, This puts tho wholo burden of any
advance In prico on the sixty per cent, of
our production, which consists of domes
tic sizes. All tho other sizes must be
sold In competition with bituminous coal,
and they must bo sold to enable us to
compete with bituminous coal, or they
cannot bo sold. Any rise In the price of
these sizes falls upon the working men,
mid everybody who uses this cual, which
Is used primarily only for household pur
poses, and not for manufacturing, We
told them that If we Increased tho price
of coal tho cry would be raised that the
coal barons were oppressing tho poor,
We explained to him, how, la prior
years, by reason of tho overproduction
of anthracite, steady work hud not been
given the miners, but that during the
past eighteen months the consumption of
anthracite coal has so largely Increased
as to enablo the market to tako all that
could bo mined, and that the difficulty
now was not In the market, but In the
fact that for reasons which wo could not
control, (ho men would not work us
many days or hours ns they should, nor
mine as many tons of coul per day, us
could bo readily mined in a reasonable
day's work, and thereby Ihcren'Be their
For reasons satisfactory lo tho mana
gers of the Civic Federation, another
meeting was never called to hear the re
port of tho Biib-comtnlttec appointed, nnd
after we adjourned the United Mine
Workers stnrted the machinery of their
organization In motion, ulul tho strike
I have beeu Informed on reliable ati
Ihorlty that Mitchell and his committee
earnestly opposed till strike, but that he
hnd mnde so many promises that wjicn
tliu convention finally acted, Mr. Mit
chell's udvlce was not taken and by a
small majority a strike was ordered.
The Finnl Conclusion.
Our final conclusion, gentlemen. Is to
repent what has been said from the be
ginning that' when the men go back to
work they will lie paid tho wages which
were paid prior to the strike and will be
continued In accordance with the notlco
hcrclnlorc given, nnd If the men at cuoh
colliery go to work, every grievance or
complaint which they may have shall bo
honestly nnd fairly considered and de
cided. We will not discharge any of tho
men who have taken the places of the
strikers, neither will wo discriminate
against the men who have 'been in tho
strike, unless they have participated In
the violence and crime which has pre
vailed slnco the strike began.
To make any other terms would be lo
surrender tho management to an organ
isation which has been lawless and would
lead to continued persecution by them of
tho men who have stood faithfully by
You see, senators, we have discussed
this whole subject fully, and I have en
deavored to shoxf you that sound busi
ness mnnngement makes It Impossible to
Increase wages. We know that the wages
are fair and relatively high, nnd that If
the leaders of the bituminous mlno
workers hnd not, for selfish purposes in
vaded Mie nnthraclte Held?, our men
would have continued to work peaceably
1 regret that no other solution enn bo
found, but you will see how Impossible
It Is to overlook the controlling business
conditions already pointed out.
Mr. Mitchell Silent.
Wllkes-Barre, Pa., Sept. 3. President
Mitchell' was shown a copy of the state
ment issued by President Baer this
evening, but he positively declined to
make any comment on it.
He Suggests an Organization
of Operators and Workers
to Avert Strike.
By Kxdushe Wire from Thp Afsntlatnl Press.
Washington, Sept. 3. Carroll D.
Wright, labor commissioner, today Is
sues a 10,000 word report on tho un
thraclto coal strike.
It Is dated June 20, and bears tho
following note by Attorney General
Knox: After carefully going over Mr.
Wright's report, the president submit
ted it to the attorney general, nfter a
careful recommendation said that the
president had no power to tako action
In the matter. The report is accord
ingly made public.
After reviewing at considerable
length the origin of the strike and his
methods of Investigation and present
ing the complaints nnd arguments
made by both sides It concludes:
First That tho anthracite employes
should organize an anthraclto coal minors
union, in Its autonomy to bo Independent,
but affiliated with tho United Mine Work
ers. In tho conduct of tho affairs relat
ing to the anthraclto coal regions, th,o
new union should preservo Its own an
tonomy and bo financially responsible for
Second That It would be reasonable
and just for tho operators to concede nt
once a nine-hour day, but that this
should bo dono for the period of six
months ns an experiment. In order to
test the Influence on the production
with tho guaranty of production is not
materially reduced Micro the agreement
shall bo made for a moro permanent re
duction of time.
Third To have a new organization,
composed of-representatives of operators
and of tho new union, to try all griev
ances as they ailse shall bo lefeued for
Investigation, and when two-thlids of tho
committee reach a decision that decision
shall bu final and binding upon both par
tics. Fourth That tho first duty of such
joint board of conciliation shall he to
enter Upon a thorough examination and
investigation of nil conditions relative
to mining anthiaclte coal; such Investi
gation or examination to be made
through employment of experts to bo su
lected by tho joint commtslson.
Fifth That whenever practicable and
whero mining Is paid for by the ton, nnd
until the Joint committee referred to
shall havo made Its report, coal shall bo
paid for by the ton and bo weighed by
two Inspectors, one representing tho op
erators nud ono the men.
Sixth That there shall bo no Interfer
ence with non-union men,
Seventh That wheievcr practicable
collective bargains shall bo mndo rela
tive to wages, time and other conditions
under rules to be established by tho Joint
committee referred to.
Tho conclusions stated above, Mr, Pres
ident, seem to mo in Mio light of all the
evidence that has been furnished mo to
bo reasonable and Just, 1A11I should they
bo adopted with somo modifications por
haps hero nnd thero would lead to a
more peaceful and satisfactory condition
In tho anthracite coul fields.
They may not lead eventually to per
fect pence, nor to tho mlllunium, hut I
believe they will help to nllay Iriltatlou
and reach 'tho day when tho nnthraclto
coal regions shall bo governed with great
er and higher moral piluclples than now
generally prevail on cither side. '
Nomination Papers Filed,
By Elulve Wire from The AtsocUted freii.
Hnnlsburg, Sept. 3. The ceitlllcato of
nomination of the candidates nominated
by the antl-I'attlson faction of tho Union
party today at Philadelphia was tiled
tonight In tho statu department. The
candidates are Samuel W. Pennypacker,
for governor; William M. Brown, for
lieutenant governor, nud Isaac B, Brown,
for secretary of Internal affairs, tho rcg
ular nominees of tho Republican party.
Convicted of Murder.
By Exclusive Wire from The Augciited Pr.
Bellefonte, Pa., Sept. 3. Frank Beck
with, who In February lust Bhot his wife,
was today convicted of murder in thn
becond degico. A motion (or u now trial
Gathering Marked bu Riot
and Disorder from Start
HELD IN PHILADELPHIA
The Regulars Captured by the
Pennypacker People The Second
Convention, at Continental Hotel,
Endorses Former Governor Pattl
son Rioting and Disorder in the
Regular Gathering Knives Drawn,
Pistols Flourished nnd Blackjacks
By Exclusive Wire from The Associated Press.
Philadelphia, Sept. 3. Tho factional
fight In tho Union party over the en
dorsement of Samuel W. Pennypacker
or Robert E. Pattlson as the guberna
torial candidate to head the state
ticket, culminated today In the holding
of' two conventions.
The regularly called convention to bo
held in Musical Fund hall, was cap
tured by the Pennypacker people and
endorsed the complete Republican stato
There was rioting nnd disorder from
start to finish. Knives were drawn,
pistols flourished nnd blackjacks used.
The second convention met this af
ternoon in the Continental hotel. It was
directed by State Chairman Ritter, and
endorsed former Governor Pattlson, the
Democratic nominee for governor; G.
W. Guthrie for lieutenant governor, and
Lewis Emery, of McKenn.
Last night a force of Unionists was
placed on guard at Musical Fund hull
to prevent the opposition from taking
possession of the place today. The regu
lar delegates were admitted singly and
were closely scrutinized before being
permitted to enter. After all had been
ndmitted, the doors were closed and
At 11 o'clock, the hour when tho con
vention was to be called to order, tho
Pennypacker adherents presented them
selves at the hall and demanded admis
sion. Being refused, they forced open
the street doors and made a rush for
the hull, which Is on the seeond'lloor of
the building. As they (Scrambled up tho
stairway, shouting and cheering, the
regular delegates hurled chairs down
the passageway. Some men were struck
by blackjacks. No one was seriously
Injured, and the Pennypacker delegates,
who were led by William IiKnlght,
Jr., of this city, swarmed Into the hall
and took possession of tho front scats.
State Chairman Rlttcr culled the con
vention to order, and Secretary George
E. Mupcs lend the call for the conven
tion. The state chairman then ordered
the roll called. Immediately there was
a storm of howls and cat-calls from
Knight's followers, mingled with tho
cheers of the regulars.
Chairman Breaks His Gavel.
Although the noise xyns deafening a
delegate succeeded in nominating
Wright as temporary chairman. The
regulars howled him down and Chair
man Ritter broke the handle of his
gavel rapping for order. The delegates
surged Into the aisles, hooting, whis
tling nnd cheering, while Knight and
the chairman were endeavoring to ar
gue the legality of the former's ques
tion. Suddenly about fifty of the
Knight followers who had forced their
way to the front dashed-for.ward, and
Knight wns lifted bodily upon the
stage. Many blows were struck during
the ,mlxup. lie immediately organized
the convention and the temporary offi
cers were mnde permanent as follows:
Chnlrman, William R. Knight; sec
retaries, Frank Comlskey, John Tack
ner, I, A, Shermer, of Philadelphia, and
W. H. McErwen, of Mercer; tellers,
George W, Wiggins and William Camp
hell, of Philadelphia.
Chairmen Ritter and Knight both or
dered tho roll cnlled and Knight's sec
retaries having the stronger voices out
shouted Col. Mupes. As the secretary
called each county and delegate's name
he was answered by cheers nnd shouts
and It was Impossible to say whether
the delegate hud answered,
Although owing to the noise a speak
er's voice could not be heard In the
first row of seats, Pennypacker and
the two Browns were named and nom
inated as rapidly us the secretaries
could cull the roll. The Pennypacker
delegates answered each name In cho
rus and the confusion was augmented
by the howls undUeers of the Union
ists. The tellers announced that Penny
packer had received 330 votes; William
M. Brown, 327, and Isaac II. Brown, 310.
The total vote was COS, On motion of
A. II. Puwden, of Lnncnster, the plat
form of the Union party last year was
While this was In progress, Secretary
Mupes proceeded to cull the roll and
Chairman Ritter kept up a rataplan
with his Ruvel,
In the meantime, former Postmaster
Illcks, who was scheduled for tempor
ary chairman, sat at the rear of the
stage nnd took no part In the pro
ceedings. Finding themselves unable to proceed
with tho business of the convention,
the regulurs contented themselves with
hooting and Jeering the speakers who
were forced to abandon their attempts
to address the convention,
Police Are Powerless,
Police Captain Humm.and a squad of
reserve policemen were In attendance.
Chairman -Ritter appealed to tho former
to quell the disturbance, but the police
were apparently powerless.
After 'the nominations hud been
mnde, Chairman Ritter, through tho 'In
fluence of Chalrmun Knight, secured
order foi u, few minutes. The state
chulrmun then anonunced that the con.
vcntlon would adjourn, tu meet at 3
o'clock nt the Continental hotel.
When the Unionists hnd withdrawn,
Chairman Knight addressed the con
vention, He said:,
"State Chairman Hitter called this
convention, which wns his right. Be
yond thut ho had no further authority.
We have organized this convention and
made nominations, and we propose to
stand by them. The state chnlrman
Imp seen fit to withdraw and call an
other convention. The courts will have
to decide whether the nominations
made by us or whether those to bo
mndo by the other convention aro le
gal." After having been routed out of their
hall, Chairman Ritter led the delegates
to tho Continental hotel. The conven
tion was called to order by State
"As you all know," said Mr. Rlttcr,
"an organized mob intcroferd and pre
vented the proceedings of the conven
tion In Musical Fund hall. Pursuant
to the right Inherent In any organiza
tion, I adjourned the, convention until
this afternoon, rather than bring Into
personal physical conflict u body of
gentlemen with a mob of toughs."
The Rump Resolutions.
The following 'resolution, offered by
Delegate Clark, was unanimously
Resolved, That tho convention of tho
Union party of Pennsylvania, assembled
in the city of Philadelphia In tho after
noon of September 3, 100'.', herewith makes
protests In tho Interests of decency, free
speech nnd free popular government,
against tho Interruption of tho proceed
ings of tho convention In Musical Fund
hall this morning by a gang of ruffians
acting In the Interests of the Quay ma
chine. Judge Pennypacker and tho main
tenance of the lawlessness and crlmo
which have, characterized the dominance
of the commonwealth and the city of
Philadelphia by the followers of Senator
Quay. No moro scandalous nttempt was
ever mado In this city to prevent citizens
who are striving for good government
nnd the promotion of righteousness from
carrying tho work forward.
If tho people of Pennsylvania shall not
condemn at tho polls,- this wicked Invas
ion of tho most sacred rights of citizen
ship, they will give their sanction to
what Is in fact a blow at the very vitals
of popular government and will express
their approval of the direction of public
affairs by the criminal classes.
Tho roll-call by Secretary Mapes
showed 386 delcgutes riresent, of whom
forty-two were from Philadelphia. The
total representation in the convention
is 508; that from Philadelphia, 94.
Permanent Chairman Hicks, In as
suming the chair, paid a glowing trib
ute to the courage of "our little state
"I know of no more fitting rebuke to
the machine, which is responsible for
the disorder of this morning, than for
overy, man in sympathy "with, this
movement to'vole for'Frunk M.' Rlttcr
as the successor In the United States
senate to Mr. Penrose."
After the routine 'work had been dis
posed of, the convention endorsed Rob
ert E. Pattlson for governor; G. W.
Guthrie for lieutenant governor, and
Lewis Emery, of McKean county, for
secretary of internal affairs.
The platform adopted endorsed the
national administration, condemns the
last stato legislature und denounced the
stute organization of tho Republican
All Reports Predict Increased Ma
jorities for the Party at the
By Exclusive Wire from The Awoclatcd I'resa.
Philadelphia, Sept. 3. The Republi
can state committee met today and
heard reports on the outlook for the
coming campaign for governor. Among
those present was Samuel W. Penny
packer, the party candidate for gover
nor. All the reports received predicted
Increased majorities for the Republi
can ticket this fall, In his speech to
the committeemen, Chulrman Quuy ud
vocated a new ballot law, and a reso
lution was presented by former Lieu
tenant povernor Watres, which wus
adopted, calling for the appointment
of a committee of five to frame a new
primary ballot law. A resolution cull
ing on the state candidates to refuse
all nominations except that of the reg
ular Republican party was not passed.
In an address to the committee Sena
tor Quay referred to the coal strike as
"This committee should do something
to relieve the situation In tho anthra
cite coal country. The people of the
district affected by the strike are Penn
sylvnniuns. The soldiers sent there to
preserve order are Pennsylvnnlnns.
You see there Is a common sympathy
between strikers and the soldiers.
Therefore, It Is entirely proper and
purely a Pennsylvania matter that tho
Republican pnrty, the custodian of the
state's property, should do something
to bring about n cessation of the pres
ent condition of the strike."
David II. Lane, of this city,, then
offered a resolution calling for the ap
pointment of a committee of seven to
visit the state authorities at Harris
burg and endeavor to bring about a
settlement of tho strike. The reading
of the resolution wns greeted with ap
plause and It was unanimously adopt
ed, Senator Quay will announce the
committee tomorrow, .
Seven Hundred Lives Are Lost in
By i:xclulvo Wire from The Associated Pros.
Vienna, Sept, 3. News bus been re
ceived hero from Tlllls, Trnns-Caucasli,
Russia, of a landslide which occurted
August 17 In the vicinity of Mount Kus
bek, and whloh resulted In tho destruc
tion of eomo twenty villages and tho loss
of nearly seven hundred lives.
Seismic disturbances seem to havo
started a glacier which swept down a
valley and destroyed everything In Us
Lehigh Valley Station Burned.
Special to tho ScrantoiuTl'lbuue.
Tunkliunuock, Sept. 3. The Lehigh Val
ley railroad station ut Luceyvlllo wus de
stroyed by tho ut ubout 3 o'clock this
morning. Tho origin of thu confiugruttou
ESCAPE FROM DEATH
'TWAS A JOHNSON CONVENTION.
The Street Railroad Magnate Made
Dy Kxclushe Wire from The Associated Pre..
Cedar Point, Ohio, Sept. 3. The Dem
ocratic state convention todny nomin
ated the following candidates:
Secretary of stntc, Rev. Herbert S.
.Blgelow, Cincinnati; supreme Judge,
Michael Donnelly, Napoleon; food und
dairy commissioner, Philip H. Uruclc,
Columbus; member of state board of
public works, Joseph J. Puter, Hamil
ton. The convention was principally the
occasion of booming Its presiding offi
cer, Mayor Tom L. Johnson for the
presidency und of Introducing Into
Ohio politics, Rev. Herbert S. Blgelow,
pastor of the Vine Street Congregntlon
ul church nt Cincinnati. The session
lasted less than three hours nnd had
only one ballot, most of the time be
ing devoted to speeches.
It was a Johnson convention through
out, although Mr. Johnson himself was
more conciliatory today than at the
preliminary meetings of the past two
dis. The platform was adopted as It
came from him through the committee.
The state central and executive boards
were both organized as he suggested,
and the state ticket, with a single ex
ception, wns nominated by acclamation
as slated by Johnson men. All the pro
ceedings were conducted with despatch,
In nccoruanco with what was known as
the Johnson programme, and the chair
man was made tho hero of tho day In
every possible form of demonstration.
The, only contest for a nomination In
the convention was for food commis
sioner. Ex-Mayor Bruck, of Columbus,
was nominated over Senator Krauss, of
Cleveland, a neighbor and personal
friend of Johnfon.
Governor Stone thinks by
This Means Strike Could '
End in Thirty Days. , i
s. , , , '9m fit
By Exclusive Wire from The Associated Press.
Pittsburg, Sept. 3. "An extra session
of the legislature would cost the state
less m,oney than It Is costing to main
tain the militia in the anthracite region
to prevent and suppress riots."
In theso xvords Governor W. A. Stone
Indicated to a few of his friends, during
his visit here, his purpose to call an
extra session of the Pennsylvania leg
islature und try to end the anthracite
coal strike. Mr. Stone Is said to believe
thut by this meuns an end of the strike
could be made In less than thirty days.
The plan he proposes Is a compulsory
arbitration law. Under a carefully
thought out scheme which he has pre
pared, a committee appointed under his
proposed new law would arbitrate the
strike, whether the strikers or the op
erators xvere willing or not. Ample pro
vision xvlll be made to compel both
sides to accept the award. Governor
Stone is confirmed in his belief that his
proposed compulsory arbitration law
would stand the most severe tests In
the courts. The principle which will bo
Involved to compel the parties to the
great labor dispute to submit third
parties to pass upon their respective
rights Is that the general publlc rights
are greater than those of either.
The courts have repeatedly upheld
this principle. t
The scheme Involves n sweeping ap
plication of the principle of the injunc
tion both against capital and labor,
DRIVERS AREFlNED ON
- CHARTER OAK CIRCUIT
Called Upon to Pay $100 Each for
"Laying Up" Heats The Big
Dy Exclusive Wire from The Associated Pre.
Hurtford, Conn,, Sept. 3. Drivers
Geers, Hudson and Snow were each
lined $100 for "laying up" heats at the
Charter Oak park races today, lu tho
first nice, the 2,09 puce, Hudson laid up
Twinkle. In t)ie second race, the 2.15
trot, Geers held up Prince of Orange In
the first nnd second heats. Snow laid
up Fanny Dlllard In the 2.04 pace. Sum
maries: 2.09 cluss, pacing; purse, $J,000; divided;
mllo heats, best tluee In live. Dan R.
won. Time, 2.07'j, 2.0U, 2,0',j, 2.07W, 2.0.ri.
2.1U class, trotting; puvse, $1,000; di
vided; three In five, Prlucu of Ornngo
won. Time, 2,01)Vs. -'.(jK?;, -UO',4, S.12',4, 2.10 u.
2.01 class, pacing; purse, $1,500; divided,
Audubon Boy won. Time, 2.034, 2.03J4,
2.2.1 class, tiottlng; purse, fl.MO; divid
ed; thieo In live, Dulco Cor won. Time,
2.11',, 2.15U, 2.12i.
PIRE THIS MORNING.
An alarm of lire from box &.", comer
West Maiket and Winona streets, was
sounded nt 2.30 o'clock this morning, The
lesldenco of Michael Dovlrie, of West
Muikot street, wus completely destroyed,
Tho loss could pot ho ascertained.
By Exclusive Wire from 'I lie Associated PreJJ.
New York, Sept, 3. Arilved; Grof
Woldersee, llnmbuig. Cleurcd; Preld
crlch iler Qrosse, Bremen via Cherbourg;
l,u S.ivole, Havre. Bulled; St. Paul,
Southampton; Majcctlc, Quecnstoxvu and
Liverpool. Naples Arrived; I.ahn. New
York for Genoa (and proccede). South
ampton Arrived; Philadelphia, Noxv
York. Llyerpool Arrived; Oceanic, Now
York via Qucenstown. Rotterdam Ar
rived; Rotterdam, Now York via Rou
logno Sur Mor. Cherbourg Sailed: Knls
eiin tyuila Thciesla (from Bremen and
Southampton), Now York.
The Tallu-ho In Which He and Partu
Were Riding Is Smashed bu
a Trolley Gar.
AGENT CRAIG KILLED
Mr. Eoosovelt's Face Is Cut and His
Back Is Bruised The Driver of tho
Coach Severly Injured Accident
Occurs Near Lenox The President
Deeply Grieved at the Death of
By Exclusive Wire from The Associated Press.
Plttsfleld, Mass., Sept. 3. President
Roosevelt had his face cut and was
bruised severely In a wreck of tho tally
ho on which he was riding near here
this morning. As the coach was being
drlx'cn diagonally across the tracks' of
the PlttFfleld and Lenox street railway,
a trolley car dashed into It at full
speed from the rear and smashed the
vehicle to pieces. A secret service man
who was guarding the president was
killed, Secretary Cortelyou was cut se
verely, and several other members of
the president's party xyere more or less
hurt. The president's driver sustained
a fracture of the skull. The coach
horses were killed Instantly.
The accident caused an abrupt, change
In the president's plans. AH his ap
pointments for the day In the Berk
shire district and In Connecticut wero
cancelled, and he decided" to return to
Oyster Bay direct.
The point at which the accident oc
curred Is ubout one and one-half miles
from this city, near the Plttsfleld Coun
try club, on the Plttsfleld and Lenox
As the president's carriage approach
ed this crossing nn electric car xvas
heard coming along at great speed, ap
parently trying to pass ahead of tho
procession. Secret Service Ofllcer Craig
appreciated 'the danger and he arose
beside the driver and turning around
signalled the, motorman to hold back.
The warning was disregarded and the
next Instant, in view ,of hundreds o'f
people, the electric car crashed diagon
ally against the carriage, causing the
xvheels to collapse, splintering the side
and running" down the near horse ol
tho wheel team, killed It Instantly.
Tho occupants xvere thrown Into the
midst of the wreckage. Secret Servlco
Agent Craig fell under the car and his
skull xx-us fractured and the upper part
of bis body was badly mangled. The
driver, Pratt, also xvas caught us he
fell and he xvas Injured mainly about
The president, although partly burled
by the splintered fragments of the car
riage, extricated himself and he xvas
seen to have sustained only a cut on
the cheek. Governor Crane was not In
jured. The president directed that Craig's
body be cared for. He sent couriers
ahead to prevent cheering and to an
nounce that he xvould go at once to his
train, which had been sent ahead to
The president stopped for a few mo
ments at the Hotel Asptnwall, xvhere
the party xvas to have had luncheon.
He made a brief announcement of the
accident to tho people who xvere gath
ered on the steps.
lie deplored the death of Craig. "He
xvas the most faithful man I ever
knew," he said; "my children fairly
The excitement xvas Intense, nnd re
norts Hew thick nud fast that the
president had been killed.
A witness of the accident said that
the inotorman wns speeding his car in
order to reach tho club. The presi
dent, Goxenior Crane and Secretary
Cortelyou, he adds, were piled up In a
heap. The awe-stricken crowd which
witnessed tho accident, rushed to the
president's carriage, fearing that ho
would not bo found alive.
The motor-man-of the car, a man
nnmed Mnddon, and the conductor,
Kelly, xvere arrested nnd brought to
Tho president asked the motorman,
"Why xx ere you' running your ear Ilka
that?" which brought only tho re
sponse, "Because I had tho rlsht of
Thn president said that xvhen he saw
the car coming at such terrific speed ho
felt that all In tho carriage would sure
ly bo killed. '
Could Not Equal His Hecord.
By Exclusive Wire from The AsaocUted Preu.
Philadelphia, Sept. 3,-The great stal.
lion, Dan Patch, uttempted to lower the
xvnrld'a pacing record of l.KU on the
mllo track of tho Belmont Driving club
today but failed in tho effort, his time
being two minutes flat. Just beforo tha
tilal, a light rain fell, which mude the
truck u trllle slow. Dan Patch was paced
by his running mate, Tom Nolan. The
time by quarters follows; .29', .B4, i-S,
YESTERDAY'S WEATHEH. r,
Local data for September 3, 1001:
Highest temperature 78 degrees
Lowest tempernturo St degrees
S a. m ,,,.,.... 72 per cent,
S p. m 72 per cent.
Pteclpltation, St hours ended 8 p. in.,
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for Thursday nnd Friday: Eaat- -f-
crn Pennsylvania Showers Thurs- 4
day, folloxvcd by dealing and cool- 4
er; fresh south to west winds; Frl- 4-
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