The Scranton tribune. (Scranton, Pa.) 1891-1910, November 01, 1902, Image 1

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Whatever Decision Is Made Altect-
ino Waocs Will Retroactiuelu
Take Eited Nov. I.
Another Preliminary rinding Is
Likely to Be Made Regarding the
Questions Which Were at Issue
During the Strike With These Out
of the Way There Will Be No Par
ticular Occasion for Haste in
Framing the General Report Inde
pendent Operators Notified That
They Are Welcome to Present Their
Case Commissioners Visit the
Manville and Take a Trolley Ride
Through the Mining Suburbs.
The mine strike commission yester
day gave out a statement making pub
ic a decision that any change made
n wages shall take effect ns of today,
N'ov. 1. The statement reads as fol
lows: "Voted, unanimously, that If the com
mission, at the conclusion of its hear
ings and deliberations, makes any
award affecting existing rates of wages,
such awards shall take effect from
Nov. 1, 1002."
The recorder of the commission
states that this resolution was adopted
by the commission because it felt that
it was important to make its investi
gations deliberately, and that it might
jo wrl). in order to relievo Itself from
vressui'e from any source which might
a use undue haste, to inform the oper-
tors and the miners that should the
investigation and the deliberations fol
lowing it warrant any change what
ever, either in the way of increase or
redaction of wages, such change should
be from a certain date, thus enabling
ill parties to facilitate their calcula
tions. Will Facilitate Calculations.
ThlsTs the first decision made by the
commission and an important, one.
As stated by Recorder Wright, it
will facilitate calculations, in that it
gives notice to both parties to keep
records of earnings, but In addition to
(bis, it will have tho effect of tending
to relieve any restlessness that might
result from the sessions of the com
mission being unexpectedly protracted.
The decision. In a way, Is a victory
for the minors. In the arbitration
proposition made to President Roose
velt by President Mitchell, of the mine
workers, it was stipulated that tho
finding as to wages should retroactive
ly take effect the day the miners re
turned to work. The operators' propo
sition, under which In a slightly modi
fied form the commission was appoint
ed, contained the provision that tho
day on which the finding as to wages
should go into effect should bo left to,
the commission.
It Is not exactly what the miners
contended for, but substantially com
plies with their contention. If they get
a raise in wages, they will enjoy the
benefit of the raise for cvci-y day after
work was resumed, excepting nine, the
number of days intervening between
resumption of work and Nov. 1.
District President Niehnlls said the
decision was eminently satisfactory to
the minors. Superintendent Reese A.
Phillips, of the Delaware, Lackawanna
and Western mining department, when
asked If the finding was satisfactory
to the companies replied "Unquestion
ably so."
Commissioner Wright stated to a
Tribune reporter yesterday that the
commission Is considering the exped
iency of making a preliminary finding
regarding tho ciuostlons at Issue during
the strike and having this feature of
their task out of the way, proceeding
-more leisurely with the work of for
mulating their report on mining con
ditions and whatever recommendations
they may havo to offer for the pre
vention of future strikes.
Base of Grievances.
The three matters which the cum
mission contemplates rendering the
earliest report on are, increase of
wages, shortening of hours and weigh
ing of coal. These formed the base of
tho grievances emanating from the
Bhamokin convention, and the demands
made by tho miners and refused by the
operators. With decisions rendered In
these matters there would be no par
ticular necessity of the commissioners
limiting any great sacrifices in tho In
teres t of haste,
While It Is not definitely decided that
this Idea will bo adopted, it Is almost
n certainty that it will be, The com
mlssloners view It with favor und can
be looked to for an announcement any
ay that the idea will bo carried out,
'ine pian Is almost suggested bv tho
instructions under which the commls-
iion is working. Substantially, they
Iuuei iuok 10 decide tne mutters in dls
ute In the last strike these three par-
uuiur manors aim then report a
Jinpiete working agreement for a
eriod of five years. Tho three "strike"
luestlons could bo dealt with and the
rihion announced; afterwards they
m uo m me jmai and genera flnd-
ts. There may be some objection to
own, out, it there Is. it has not as
buggested Itself.
U the commission Is bent on rench-
aecision on the "strike" nuestinnn
lut delay Is evidenced by the en-
iney are displaying in prosecuting
vur. corning, afternoon anil
fo they keep to their task, per-
ueuner ineir private business,
personal comfort, nor tf. other con.
slderatlon to Interfere. ,4 Ah them In
their momentous public
Are Working Hard.
Of Itself, their nnhesltancy, not to say
anxiety, In undergoing extreme hard
ships that they may prepare them
selves to readily und Intelligently ap
preciate the testimony that will come
to them when the formal hearings
are under way, Is evidence of much
zeal. To see gray-hnlred men like
Hlshop Spaulding, Judge dray and
General AVIlson, unused as they have
been recently to great physical exer
tion, tramping for miles over rough
roads, In the dark mines, most of the
time, In stooped positions, breathing the
smoke and dust of the workings anil
coming out wet and grimy, Is a sight to
inspire a sermon on self-sacrlllce. Only
a little less fatiguing and none the less
distasteful is it to younger men of the
commission, yet all go at their duties
with zeal. And on top of it nil, they
are not only making these and the
other sacrifices for no remuneration
other than the feeling that a duty is
being accomplished, but with the possi
bility always existing that their ex
penses will have to be paid out of their
own pockets.
How long the commissioners will be
engaged in their task none of them
have the remotest idea. They propose
to spend some few days more person
ally examining the mines and talking
with miners. Next week, it is expected
the taking of testimony will be com
menced. When the miners' statement
Is ready for presentation, a. session will
b.e hold to receive It. The operators
have stated that they can present their
counter-statement or answer in three
days after the miners' statement is re
ceived. With both statements In hand,
the commissioners will, likely, want
some little time to peruse them, and,
having acquainted themselves with the
claims and counter-claims, will be
ready to call witnesses.
To Hear Small Operators.
What may have the effect of some
what prolonging and possibly compli
cating the hearings was a decision ar
rived at by the commissioners in a con
ference conducted yesterday morning
before starting out on their day's trav
els. This was that all independent com
panies and individual operators should
be notified that they will bo given the
siinm privileges as the big' companies
in the bearings. If any one of them
or all of them jointly wish to be heard,
by written statement, witnesses or
counsel, they will have- that privilege.
Letters were sent to sixty-seven of
these operators yesterday morning, ap
prising them of the commission's ac
tion. There was no bar at any time to
any operator being heard, it is slated,
but the commission thought it best to
have the Independent operators under
stand they were free to come before the
Yesterday morning the commissioners
spent two hours and a half under
ground, and In the afternoon made an
excursion by trolley In and about
Heranton, viewing various of the min
ing suburbs. Today they will go to
AVilkes-Harre, at S o'clock, over the
Delaware and Hudson road, and spend
the day viewing the conditions there.
It Is likely they will go into either the
Woodward mine of the Delaware. Lack
awanna and Western company, in
Kingston, or the Prospect mine of the
Lehigh Valley company, in North
AVIlkes-Barre. It is possible, too, they
will visit Ashley or Sugar Notch.
Nothing detlnite was decided upon
further than that the day would be
spent In the Wilkes-Rarro region.
Spend Sunday Here.
Tonight tho commissioners will re
turn to Scranton to spend Sunday. To
morrow morning they will go to the
cathedral to hear Bishop Spaulding,
who has accepted Bishop Hoban's In
vitation to preach at the 10.30 o'clock
mass. It is probable that tho commis
sion will leave Sunday night or Monday
morning for Ilazleton, to spend sev
eral days there and in the Schuylkill
The Manville mine in Ureen Ridge,
operated on alternate months by the
Delaware, Lackawanna and Western
and Delaware and Hudson companies,
was tho one visited yesterday.
The party consisted of thirteen per
sons, and Included six commissioners,
tho two assistant recorders, Mosely and
Nelll; General Superintendent C. C.
Rose, of the Delaware and Hudson
company; General Superintendent Reese
a. runups, or tho Delaware, Lacka
wanna and Western; District Presi
dent T, D, N'icholls, of the Miners'
union; P. V, Tolnn, president of tho
Manville local and an employe in the
Manville, and one newspaper corres
pond' nt, who represented the other
news gatherers. Foreman William
Watklna and Fire Boss Peter Compteas
went along as guides,
The party which visited tho Forest
City mines Thursday wus too large
and for this reason the number of
persons permitted in the mine at one
time was cut down. Recorder Wright
did not accompany the party owing to
a pressure of work In connection with
the Investigation.
Asked Many Questions.
They Inspected practically the entire
underground workings, und us on
ThurVduy, found much to Interest them,
They asked numerous questions of all
men they encountered iu the gang
ways or chambers, and did not seem to
mind the discomfiture of the trip. The
Manville Is said to be one of tho worst
mines In this region for the miners to
work. Tho veins of coal are not more
than three feet thick on the average
and the miner has a more dlillcult time
In getting the coal out than where the
seam Is thicker, The commissioners
walked several miles through the gang
ways, and owing to the exceedingly
low roof they had to do their tramp
ing almost continually In a stooping
position. After tho arbitrators had
been In the workings an hour Judge
Gruy who Is over six feet In helghth
decided that his back ached enough
mid he came lo the surface accom
panied by Bishop Spaulding and Super
intendent Rose.
Altogether the commissioners Inspect
ed three chambers Where minors were
at work at tho face of the breast blast
ing coal. The fjrst bn'ast visited was
2,000 from the foot of the shaft. There
the Investigators found a miner hud
his helper at work, General Wilson
and Messrs. Clark and Parker crawled
Into the three foot horizontal opening
between the rock out of which the coal
was being' taken. The commissioners
presented a novel picture as they sat
around with llamlug lamps In their
hands listening to the grimy digger
giving his testimony.
Interviewed Miner.
The miner was asked how much he
made a day, how many cars of coal he
was able to get out, how many hours
he worked, what he paid his helper,
how much he made per month before
the strike, and numerous other ques
tions. General Wilson was the chief
Inquisitor and was ably assisted by
his colleagues. The representatives of
the operators and also the two repre
senting the miners Interjected ques
tions to bring out points favorable to
their respective sides. The miners' re
presentatives and tho company olllclals
often differed in some of their own
statements made for the benefit of the
The visitors were then taken four
thousand feet in another direction to
where a miner was working In an
accumulation of water. This miner
was questioned principally regarding
the water. He told of bow he takes It out
every morning before doing any min
ing, and also told the commissioners
what compensation he received for do
ing it. He called attention to the loose
rock overhead which made bad roofing
it often falling and compelling him to
spend considerable time in improving
conditions about the breast. In reply
to a question as to how much he got
for removing the rock be said: "We
take it out for the good of our souls."
After the commissioners, superin
tendents and the miners' representa
tives had asked him Innumerable ques
tions, the party journeyed up a plane
or tunnel to the second vein, which
measures from two feet four inches to
two feet ten inches In thickness. At
the end of one of the chambers of this
seam of coal, the commissioners were
shown by Mr. Tolan how tho miners
drill a hole in the narrow space. The
visitors then returned to the surface.
Matter of Topping.
On the way lo the first breast, im
mediately after being lowered to tho
bottom of tho shaft, which is about 3115
feel from the surface, Superintendent
Ruse called tho commissioners' atten
tion to a train of mine cars filled with
coal. The rules of the company require
that there must be six inches of top
ping on each car. Tho cars exhibited
were filled only to the top edge of the
sides. In commenting on this to tho
commissioners, Mr. Rose said it was a
"sample of how tho company Is im
posed upon by some of the men."
Before coming out tho party was
photographed in a chamber by a rep
lescntative of one of the New York
Illustrated weeklies.
It was nearly 1 o'clock when the party
returned to tho hotel, but at 2.30 all
were out again aboard a special car for
a trolley excursion to the mining sub
urbs. The purpose of the excursion was
to see the general character of the
homes In a mining community. Tho
car was run first through West Scran
ton to Taylor, then back to Scranton
and out tn "Sport hill," Dunmore, and
then to Throop, reaching the city on
the return trip at 5.30 o'clock.
The party remained on the car
throughout the whole journey. Mr.
Nlcholls was desirous of bavins the
commissioners Inspect the interior of
some of the poorer class of miners'
homes, but as It was considered some
what indelicate to do this without first
having received permission from the
occupants, it was decided to put off
this part of the investigation until
later. Mr. Nlcholls will arrange to have
the commission Invited to visit some of
the homes later. The operators will
likely arrange to have the commission
visit some of the better class of homes.
Local members of the party sat with
the commissioners, pointing out to
them the interesting views that pre
sentcd themselves en route, and answer
ing the questions which tho scenes
In tho evening the commissioners had
their usual conference, and at an eariv
hour went lo bed, thoroughly tired after
a long and arduous day.
The Great Son of Robert McGregor
Makes Good His Claim to
Championship Honors,
By Kxchiilve Wlie from The .Undated lies.
Memphis, Term., Oct. 31, Creseeus,
the great son of Robert McGregor,
mudo good his claim to championship
honors this afternoon at the Driving
park iu a remarkable exhibition of
speed and stamina, The horse was sent
against the world's two. mile trotting
record of 4.2SM, held by Onward Silver,
and completed the circuit twice with
out a break in -1.17 fiat, clipping IHi
seconds off the former record. Both tho
horse and Mr, Ketcham, who drove
him, received an ovation from the large
crowd present. Time by quarters; S3,
LOG',, 1.39, 2.10, 2.11, 3.13, 3.15, 4.17,
Another brilliant performance was
that of Prince Alert, who went against
the pacing record for gedlngs or 2.00?;,
made by himself. Driven by Demarest,
the horse moved away like clockwork-,
reaching the quarter In 29. the half In
B9, tho thrue.-nuarters In 1.2951, and
beating the former record by three
quarters or n second, the time for the
mile being 2.00 flat.
Governor's Appointments.
0 Exclusive Wire from The Associated frui,
Hariisbnrg, Oct. 31. Governor Stone, to.
day apoplnted Spencer K. Ollbert. of
llurrlsburg. trustee of the statu Insane
hospital located hero
37,600 AHEAD
The Republican Managers Give Out
This Statement Alter a
Thorough Canvass.
Places His Plurality nt 40,000 at
least in the State Confident An
nouncement Made by Chairman
Dunn Democratic Claims Declared
to Be Greatly Exaggerated Hig
glns Brings Cheering News from
Up the State.
Xew York, Oct. 30. New York slate
Is being claimed today by a plurality
of more than 37,000 by the Republican
leaders. After a consultation with
Governor 'Odell, Col. Dunn, the state
chairman, issued a statement making
tills forecast with no uncertain tone.
The talk of the Republican workers
from the governor and Senator Piatt
down, Is today bouyant and assured
to an extreme. They firmly believe
that If the voters do their dutj. Odell
will be re-elected Vy a conclusive ma
jority. The following is Col. Dunn's state
ment: I am entirely conlldent as to the out
come of this state. The Republican or
ganization throughout tho Interior was
never in better working order than it is
today. Reports, which havo come to us,
Indicate that Governor Odcll's plurality
in tho state will bo 37,0O. even if tho
claims made at tho Democratic headquat
tors of Now York and Kings counties had
any substantial basis. Wc havo tho best
of reasons to believe that these claims are
greatly exaggerated. Iu that c.vcnt Gov
ernor Odcll's plurality will be largely in
creased over tho figures given above.
I urge upon all Republicans and inde
pendent workers in tho state tho neces
sity of vigilant efforts until the closo of
tho polls, that tho affairs of the stato
of Now York may continue to be admin
istered with the same ability, honestly
and economy as during Governor Odcll's
first two years.
That tho claims made at the Demo
cratic headquarters of Xew York and,
Kings counties "will fall far short" Is
regarded by. the Republican leaders as
a foregone conclusion. The assurance
that tho upstate organization is in its
usual working trim was hailed with
delight by tho Republican followers.
It makes Odcll's victory a certainty, It
Is universally proclaimed.
About the Harlem Eiver.
On good authority it can bo said that
the Republican prediction is based ion
at least a lead for Odell of 113,000 above
the Harlem river. This would allow
the boasted claims of the city Demo
crats as some 77,000, a lead which the
most acute local politicians are both
loth to allow "Sport" and his fellow
leaders. In fact the Republicans really
believe they can apparoach 120,000 or
more up-state and cut the Democratic
lead below well down tinder 75,000.
Frank W. Hlggins, the Republican
nominee for lieutenant governor, called
on Governor Odell today with excep
tionally cheering views from up the
state. His figures as well as those of
the majority of the up-state leaders,
make the estimate of Col. Dun above
the Harlem river seem extremely low.
Tho colonel is conservativeness Itself,
however, and he refused to alter his
earlier figures, preferring to be on the
safe side.
"Cattaraugus, Cayuga and, In fact,
all the counties up my way are rolling
up tremendous Republican majorities."
said Mr. Higgins. "The whole state
is aroused and the Odell sentiment is
rampant from boundary to boundary.
It looks like a sure thing, provided
tho voters do their duty, as we have
every reason to believe they will."
A Salute Is Fired in His Honor nt
Fort Santiago.
By Exclusive Wire from The AssocliteU Treat.
Manila, Oct. ni.-Genoral Miles, who
reached here yesterday on the Culled
States transport Thomas from San Fran
cisco, disembarked this morning. A sal
ute In bis honor was fired fiom Fort San
tiago. General Davis and a squadron of cav
alry mot General Miles at tho landing
place and escorted him to tho Malaeunun
palace, where Governor Taft and tho
other members of the civil commission
awaited thu visitor. The garrison In Ma
nila will bo reviewed by General Miles to
morrow, Tho general's plan for a tour
of tho archipelago has not yet been coin
pletcd, j
Four Men Die from Effects of Gas
at Niagara Falls.
By Kuluthe Wire fiom The Atsuilutcd l'resi.
Niagara Falls, N, Y Oct. ill.-By a slid,
don rush of gas, supposed to havo been
nulfuruted hydrogen, four men were killed
and Unto seriously affected near tho
Twenty. fourth street heading of tho big
tunnel trunk sower tonight.
The. dead are: Lawrence Fisher, George
Rhodes, colored! Hugo gwunson and Will
iam Hradlsh,
Of tho Injured, Romano Kovlch is not
expected to live.
Steamship Arrivals,
Uy Kjduslve Wire from The Associated I'reii.
New York, Oct, 31. Arrived; GermaKge.
Liverpool. Cleared: Luhn, Genoa and
Nuples; Rotterdam, Rotterdam via Hon.
logno; Finland, Antwerp: La Oascogne,
Havre; Ktrurlu, Liverpool. Sailed: Rot
terdam, Amsterdam; Celtic, Liverpool,
Cherbourg Arrived: Columbia, Now
York via Plymouth for Hamburg (and
proceeded). Qucenstown Arrived: Lu
canla, New York for Liverpool (and prp.
cecded). Naples Arrived: Allor, Now
York for Genoa and proceeded. Boulogne
Sur Mer Sailed: Statendam (from Rot
terdam), Now York.
Senator Quay Denounces Some of the
Democratic "Roorbacks."
ByDxcluslte Wire f rent The Axoi'lattit lr(M.
Philadelphia, Oct. 31. Chairman M. S.
Quay today said: ,
"Among other 'last cards' being
played by thu Democrats In the closing
boms of the campaign, Is the circula
tion of u statement to the effect that, If
the Republicans control the next gen
eral assembly, they will repeal the law
compelling miners to secure certificates
of competency and skill, before being
permitted to mine coal: also that the
law enacted at the last session of the
legislature, providing for Inspectors,
will bo declared unconstitutional.
"It is my opinion that no credence
will be given such 'roorbacks' us these,
but In order that there may bo no mis
understanding, I pronounce these stories
false. A repeal of the bill providing for
certification of miners, or the question
of the constitutionality of tho mine In
spectors law, litis not and will not be
raised by the Republican leaders. Such
canards as these are being circulated
at the eleventh hour In the hope that
they will influence voters In the anthra
cite coal districts. They will fall of
their purpose."
Illinois Association Makes Reply
Through Their Commissioner,
Hermann D. Justi.
By Exclusive Wire from The Assocuted Pren.
Chicago, Oct. 31 The "Rlaek Dia
mond" tomorrow will say that the Illi
nois coal operators' association, through
its commissioner, Sir. Hermann D.
Just!, has declined to answer certain
questions propounded by President
Mitchell, of the United Mine Workers
of America. These questions were:
1. The views of tho Illinois operators as
to the responsibility of the miners' or
ganization. 2. Tho advantages of joint contracts
wtlh that organization.
3. Their approval of Us methods of dis
ciplining its members,
4. Their views concerning the reason
ableness and conservativeness of its of
ficers. Mr. Justi, in his reply to Mr. Mitchell,
said that, up to this time, the anthra
cite strike commission had not called
for any testimony from the bituminous
operators In Illinois, and the associa
tion had decided that none should be
given until called for by the commis
sion. Mr. Justi added that, should the an
thracite strike commission find it nec
essary, during Its investigation, to for
mulate a scries of questions, the bitu
minous operators would answer them,
and "will give tho composite opinion ot
all the operators of the State and will
speak through their association."
In Mr. .Tusti's opinion, it would bo
discourteous to the president, and to
tho commission appointed by him, to
anticipate in any way any questions
they might ask.
He Is Greeted by Large and Enthu
siastic Crowds An Address
to the Teachers.
Br Exclusive Wire from The AsocUtecl Pret
Lebanon, Pa., Oct. 31. Judge Penny
packer was greeted here this after
noon and tonight by enthusiastic
crowds of at least 5,000 adherents. The
Lebanan county teachers institute,
which was In session, adjourned and
899 teachers, the full quota of the county
inarched to the rooms of the Lebanon
County Historical society In the court
house at 3 o'clock when Judge Penny
packer delivered an address of a char
acter In keeping with the name of the
A reception followed at the Kagle
hotel. Tonight a mass meeting was
held at the opera house at which Judge
Pennypacke'r, Congressman Olmstead,
Supreme Court Reporter Schaeffer and
Attorney General Elkln delivered
speeches. Judge Pennypacker talked
on the general Issues of the campaign.
He expressed himself confident that the
entire state Republican ticket would
win out with handsome majorities. He
thought there would be an unusually
heavy vote polled, as he believed vot
ers were more alert than ever this
Chief Factory Inspector Campbell
and Others Make Speeches.
By Kscliuivo Wire from The Astlated I'rwi.
Pittsburg, Out. 31. Opinions clashed
at tho second day's session of the Penn
sylvania Congress ot Mothers. James
Campbell, of HarrisUtug, chief factory
Inspector for Pennsylvania, spoke on
"Children in Factories." Ha contended
that the age of thirteen wus enough lo
allow a clillil to acquire a foundation
of education.
Mrs, Florence Kelly, of New 'York,
replied to Mr. Campbell. She said con
ditions In Pennsylvania are no better
than other states, that this great In
dustrial state brings up a shameful
rear In the matter of employing child
labor and that the stato has gone back
live numbers iu comparison with other
states of the Union, because ut the
growing Illiteracy of her children.
The Rev, 'Dr. J, Levy made an ad
dress on "Progress In Economic Re.
The general subject of "Menaces to
the Home" was discussed tonight. Rev.
AY. L. Wnrdster, of Philadelphia, spoke
on "Social Evils," discussing profanity.
intemperance, gambling and other social
Pensions Granted,
By Exclusive Wire (rem The Associated Pi mi,
Washington, Oct. 31. Pensions granted:
Henry Hockenbcrg, Wllkes-llano. jr.';
minors of Andrew R. Pagan, of Archbald,
French Mine Owners Prefer to Deal
with Their Men Alone.
By Kxcluilv Wire from The AnocUteil Pre.
Paris, Oct. ;it At a meeting of the. coun
cil of ministers today, Premier Combes
announced that the icports received from
the mine owners showed a disposition to
open negotiations with tho slilkcrs. This
Is taken to indicate that the companies
havo advised the government that they
prefer to deal directly with their men In
stead of accepting general arbitration.
There were two collisions between strik
ers and cavnlry at Mosselx last night, Tho
strikers attacked tho huadqunrtcis of the
coal company there, but were repelled by
cavalry. One soldier wus wounded.
At Lens, Deputy liasly, head of the na
tional commltteo of tho miners, had an
altercation with a gendarme who was
guarding a house occupied by non-strikers.
Tho deputy was roughly handled and
used his cane on the gendarme. Tho
crowd and other gendarmes joined In the
row. but nobody was hurl and no arrests
were made.
A clash between stilkcrs and gendarmes
Is also reported from Lourches.
St. Ktlenno, Fiance, Oct. III. The mali
ngers of certain coal mines where- the
miners are on strike havo written a let
tor to the prefect of th department ot
Lobe saying that they consider arbitra
tion premature, as the demands of the
stilkcrs have only Just hecn received. Thu
managers .vay they will submit these de
mands to their respecthe boards of di
Soldiers Marched to Tlueir Armory
at Noon Yesterday Thanked
by General Gobin.
Hy Kxcliiiive Wire from The Associated Press.
Wilkes-Barre, Oct. 31. President
Mitchell has all the data prepared
which ho intends to present to the in
vestigating commission when It is
called for. Ho has statistics from
nearly every colliery In the anthracite
region, showing what wages the em
ployes earn; what it costs to live,
school facilities, duration of school
term, etc.
The Ninth regiment broke camp at
noon today. The troops marched from
the camping ground to their armory
in this city. When they passed the
Hotel Sterling, they were reviewed by
General Gobin. The Hue was baited,
and General Gobin publicly thanked
Colonel Dougherty and the officers and
men of the command for the excellent
manner in which they all did their
duty. Ho said every citizen in the state
should be proud of the citizen soldiery,
who nobly responded to the cull to pro
tect the commonwealth from peril.
Colonel Dougherty called for three
cheers for General Gobin, and they
were given with a will.
Charges Made Against Some Harris
burg Mayors Being Investigated.
Special to the Scranton Tribune.
llurrlsburg, Oct. 31. At a meeting of
tho councilmanic committee to investl
sato the charges made by Mayor Mc
cormick that former Mayors Patter
son and Krltcliey did not pay all of the
fees, etc., they collected into the city
treasury, a further communication was
received from Mayor McCormlck to
the effect that he will show the com
mittee that police officers under Frit
chey had collected money from street
exhibitions nnd not paid it over; that
fees collected for serving subpoenas by
policemen bad not been paid over, but
collected by Chief of Police Kaut, and
divided with two outsiders, and stat
ing that If the committee so desires,
Mayor McCormlck will furnish it evi
dence to show that police protection
was afforded gamblers, bouses of 111
fuiue, speakeasies and crooks for a
money consideration.
The evidence tonight was to show
that Mayor Frltchey had been paid by
the county, as fees in court cases and
collected ns fines, etc., at his office,
about $2,300 more than be had paid to
the city. Witnesses were also ex
amined to show that as police officers
they had served subpoenas, but the
chief of police collected the fees, which,
further along, It will be shown that he
kept and divided.
President Thanks Carpenters.
Uy Kxchuiie Wire from 'I he Associated I rem.
Washington, Oct. 21. After bioakfahtiug
at tho white house this morning. Pros),
dent Roosevelt Informally received ltd of
the mechanics and laborers who have
been engaged upon thu repairs of the
mansion. The president stood upon the
front parch of thu while hous and greet
ed the workmen as they passed, bavins
a pleasant won! and smllo for each. Ho
thanked them In a body for having fa
cilitated by their work tho completion
ot thu repairs lo tho mansion thoichy en
abling him at once to occupy It.
Would Not Work on Saturday,
Hy i:iliiilve Wiro from The Av.oil.ilcd I'lfs.
Washington, Oct. St. Win. L. Quack,
enbusli, a clerk In the appraiser's ofllco
In Now Vork has been discharged be
causu ho refused to work on Saturday.
Mr, Quacluubush H a .Seventh Day Ad.
ventlst. For sonio time his wish not to
work on Saturday has been compiled with
but when tho Increase of work Iu the ap
praiser's oflh'ii necessitated Ids attend,
nui'u on that day he declined to woik and
was accordingly dismissed.
Burglar Wymau Re-captured.
Vy Inclusive Wire horn The Associated Presi.
Nyack, N, Y Oct. Sl.-Fiauk Wyman,
a prisoner convicted of burglary, who es.
caped from Rockland county jail on April
13, after murdorously assaulting tho jailer
and who was recaptured In New York
last week, was today sentenced to twenty,
four years and six months' imprisonment
In Sing Slug prison. Wyman makes the
claim that he paid tho jailer 1160 to per
mit his escape. The charge 1$ being in.
vcstlgated by, the. authorities
Practlcultii Admits That the Next
House ot. Representative! Will
Be Republican.
The Rainbow Man Sees the Hand
writing on the Wall nnd Practical
ly Admits That tho Republicans
Will Be Victorious on Tuesday
Next Calamity Administration
Recalled by Cleveland's Tnlk.
Dy Kieluvlve Wire from The Assoeltled Treii.
Washington, Oct. 31. Senator James
K. Jones, chairman or the Democratic,
national committee, In a statement
made here, practically admits that the
next house of representatives will be
controlled by the Republicans.' The
reason for it, he intimates, Is the "gen
eral belief In the rectitude, sincerity
and courage of President Iloosevelt
which has aided the Republicans much
mme than they will ever know."
There could be no higher tribute than
this to the great influence which the
president's personal popularity exerts
upon the pending campaign. What Sen
ator Jones admits Is In line with all the
other Information that comes to Wash
ington. Chairman Babcock, chairman
of the Republican congressional cam
paign committep, and his associates
have informed the administration that
the outlook for Republican control of
the next house is very bright.
Mr. Babcock seems to be entirely con
fident of the result. He his written to
friends here that he docs not see how
tho Republicans can carry toss than two
hundred congressional dlst.-lcts. As a
matter of fact, he believes- they will
carry several more. The Democratic
congressional committee doe-.1 not offer
any figures to combat this ch.lin of the
Republicans. In fact, the tommlttce
does not seem to know exact y where
It stands. Apparently from the kind of
assertions put out the committee is ob
livious to tlie fact that the reapportion
ment law has gono into-effect irrcertaln--states.
Chairman Griggs has been
claiming certain districts in Pennsyl
vania which went out of existence with
the redisricting of that state two years
As if the outlook' were not already
bright enough the administration Is
gratified that Grover Cleveland should
reappear as an advocate of the Demo
cratic ticket. The speech which Iir
made at Morristown, N. J last night,
is believed here to be the most power
ful argument for Republican success
which has appeared during the cam
paign on either side, it confirms what
members of the administration have
mistrusted from the beginning that the
real issue of the Democratic campaign
is a "tariff for revenue only," such as
wrought disastrous results exactly ten
years ago.
Is to Seek Birda on the Farm of Rep
resentative Rixey of Virginia.
By Kicluslre Win from Tktifioclited 1'rtii,
AVashlngton, Oct. 81. President ItoostM
velt accompanied by Secretary Root,
Secretary Cortelyou and Surgeon Gen
eral Rlxey, of tho navy, left hero tonight
at U o'clock on a special train for a gun
ning expedition near Manassas, Va.
Tho open season for wild turkeys and
quail begins la Virginia tomorrow, Tim
party are traveling over the Southern
railway as far as Manassas, where th
train will he side-tracked und tomorrov
tho party will shoot over tho farm of
Representative Rlxey, of Virginia, a
brother of Surgeon General Rlxey. Tho
president and Ids traveling companions
spout tonight on the cars. A stenog
lapher. two secret service men and sev
eral servants are with tho party.
Trouble Brewing Over the Discharge
of Welghmen.
0 Kivliuive Who from lhe Aswcited Trew.
WUUfS-Ilaire. Oct. ill. Trouble Is thicut-
ened at tlio four mines operated by tho
Kingston Coal company and which em
ploys V.TuO men and Imi.vh. 'file company
officials served notice on the two weigh
men today that tltoh presence on the cobi
pauy's property was no longer desirable',
Tho welghmen are in I no employ of tint
miners and look alter the weighing and
Inspection of the cos. I In the Inteicsta' o(
tho miners. A coiunillli of the United
Mine Workers will w.ill on General Bi.
peilutundent William tomorrow and tin.
less the wclghuieii are allowed to remali
a slrlko may be oulend.
Corporations Chartered.
Uy Kxchisive Wire from The .-ot ijted Pun.
Harrlsburg, Oct. 31. -charters were Is.
sued by thu statu department today to the
following corporations: The Valley Hurt?
Vein Slate cdmpuny, I'lirliuuilale; capital
.'.,u00, ' Hermaiice Maililne. company,
Wllllamspoit; capital, H'ihom.
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Local data for October Ul, IPo.'.
Highest temperature ,... rl degree
Lowest temporaturo ,,,, ,,, :i."i degrees
ttelutlvo humidity;
S a. in. ,.. Tii per cent,
S p. in '" per cent,
Precipitation, '.'t hours ctulud 6 p. tn.j
none. ' '
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L T -Al
Washington, Oct. 31.- Forecast
4- for Saturday und Sunday: Kuatern -f
4- Pennsylvania fair Saturday and 1
4- Sunday: light vnilablo winds be-
4- coming fresh south.