The Scranton tribune. (Scranton, Pa.) 1891-1910, November 24, 1902, Image 1

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SERIOUS REPRISALS
ONVEIMJELA
Great Britain and Germanu are Act
ing' Tooether In Matters Re
lating to Present Affairs.
AN UNDERSTANDING
HAS BEEN REACHED
Arrangements Made with the Wash
ington Government Do Not Protect
Castro The Venezuelan Protest
Against the Action of the British
Sloop of War Fantome in Entering
the Orinoco River in Spite of the
Blockade Has Been Received.
3y Kxvlmlvc Wire from 'flic Associated Pre.
London, Nov. 22. Great Britain is
contemplating: serious reprisals against
"Venezuela. The Associated Press Is al
so officially Informed that Great Brit
ain Is acting with Germany in all mat
ters relating; to the present slate of af
fairs In' Venezuela. Whether the con
templated action will take the form of
n joint naval demonstration, accom
panied by or following: the severance of
diplomatic relations, Is a matter now
being: discussed In Berlin and London.
There is reaspn to believe that the
British government lias been either of
ficially or otherwise Informed that tho
I'nited States will not Intervene In any
demonstration having' the object of pro
tecting; the property rights of British
citizens or their Interests in Venezuela.
The irpnrts that Germany and Great
Britain have been urging Minister Bow
on, at Caracas, to join in the combin
ation aie discredited here. It Is pointed
mil that both Herlln and London have
a thorough understanding' with Wash
ington regarding; the main features of
Die policy involved, which, it Is main
tained. In no way encroaches on the
Monroe .Doctrine.
The Venezuelan protect against, the
action of the British sloop of war, Fan
tome, in entering the Orinoco river in
pite of the blockade has now been re-
reived by the British. foreign office, but
it' W only one of many which have been
coining in for the last, month. The
foreign office vlevys this and tlie others
inerely'us an endeavor, to offset the re
peated strong demands made by the
Uriti'-h minister at Caracas.
A foreign office official said to a rep
resentative of the Associated Press:
"We regard this latest publication as
merely an endeavor to cover up the
real Issues and blind the eyes of other
nations to our frequent demands for an
explanation of and reparation for the
treatment of British subjects or their
properly. We have received absolutely
no satisfaction. The Venezuelans ap
pear absolutely hopeless. We see noth
ing for it but the most serious meas
ures." The presence of a German squadron
In the Caribbean sea, It Is believed, may
to some extent, be connected with pos
sible joint actio" qu the part of Great
Britain and C .many.
DYNAMITINGOUTRAGE
AT MAHANOY CITY
The Most Destructive That Has
Occurred in tho Coal Regions
Since the Strike Began.
B.v Kxi'lusbe Wlro (rum'XIic A.ssoi Liti'd I'cmi.
Mnhanoy City, l'ai, Nov, 'Si. Tho
most destructive dynamiting outrage
that has occurred in tho coal region
since the strike began was perpetrated
here at 5 o'clock this morning.
The dynamite, with fuse attached,
was placed on the bar of the saloon of
Christopher Portland, The front part
of tho building wan bluwu across the
street unci tho adjoining buildings on
cither side were badly wrecked, Win
dows were broken in every house In
the square.
Portland and the other members of
tho family sleeping on the third
lloor and escaped without serious lu
xury, although they were tin own from
their beds. Portland's I wo sous urn
non-union men ami worked during tho
strike.
POINT UWA ROW.
SCvfo Prominent Cubans Are Called
Into the Affair at the Instance
of Kntherino Tlngley.
B Exclutlvc Wile (rum The Assia-IjUvI 'rei.
San Diego, Oil., Nov. 23, The contro
versy over the Point Lomn Brotherhood
ecliool was given a new turn tonight
by the arrival of Euillo ilnrcadl,
mayor of Santiago tie Cuba, and Sen
or Ortlzn, proprietor uf the newspaper,
El Cuban Libre, of that city. They
have come at the Instance of Kuther
ine Tlngley, direct front Cuba. They
were met at New Orleans by Dr.Lopezu
nn agont of Mrs, Tlngley, who acts as
their interpreter, and tliey proceeded
thence directly to this city, They will
proceed from San Diego to Washington
to express their views to tho authori
ties there. ,
Commissioner Sargent delayed hkj
dipaituie from tills city so that he
might meet them and they were at a
conference last night.
Steamship Arrivals.
lly Kichubc Wire Irom The Associated Pre..
Liverpool, Nov, ii. Arrived; 1'mbrla,
Now York via Queenstown. Suiled;
Cieorglc, New York. Moville-Arriveds
Columbia. Now York for Cllusgow (and
proceeded. Plymouth-Arrived: Uluech
er, New York for Cherbourg and Ham
liurg mid proceeded. Oueenstown-Sai!eJ
'.mr,wutu tain Uveri&iL y.-.y York.
MAY HAVE N BURIED ALIVE
Evidences of i . ''uggle in a Coffin
Exhume ' v. El Paso.
Ky Kxi'lulu' Wlie hoi ? Aa-oi-iJltd Piom.
Kl Paso. Texas, Nov. 23, Upon ex
huming the body uf a man named
Mitchell, who died mysteriously ut
Chihuahua, Mexico, after having been
Insured by the men In jail hero, who
are charged with defrauding' n Now
York life Insurance company. It Is al
leged to have been discovered that the
man had been burled alive.
This was shown by evidences of a
struggle in the collln, the mouth being
open, the nrms against the lid and the
palms turned upwurd.
GENERAL SANTOS
IS SATISFIED
The Military Director of the Colom
bian Revolution Sends Congrat
lations to General Herrera.
Hy Jixdiwlvc Wile irom The Assooiilorl I'n-ss,
San Juan, Costa Rica, Nov. 2H. Gen
eral Vargas Santos, the military di
rector of the Colombian revolution has
sent the following message to General
Herrera on tho occasion of the signa
ture of the treaty of peace at Panama:
"Let us congratulate ourselves. I
have full confidence In you. May this
solemn act establish a true republic."
In an interview, General Santos said:
"My hopes have been realized regard
ing the termination of the war, if the
solemn treaties Insure the rights of tho
liberals as citizens of my country. I
am satisfied that the hard lesson that
has been received by the Liberals and
Conservatives in the lighting of the past
thirty-seven months will never be for
gotten. We are not seeking government
offices, but only want due representa
tion of our party i.n congress and in
the municipalities and a respect for
private property. There is a neefl of
organizing a fair judicial power and to
make the liberty of the press effective.
We want to have the right to educate
our children according to our wishes
and we demand honesty in the man
agement of the public treasury, which
so far has been at the disposal of priv
ileged families, resulting in the reduc
ing of the majority of the people to
.' poverty. When 1 have received a copy
of the peace treaty I shall decide as to
my future movements. I have received
many congratulatory telegrams."
General Vargas Santos shows remark
able energy considering his advanced
age of 72 years.
JUSTICE PECKHAM
NOT A CANDIDATE
Col. Rice States That the Judge Could
Have Had Democratic Nomina
tion for Governor.
By Exclusive Wirt horn The Associated Preei.
New York, Nov. 23. Colonel W. Rice,
of Albany, who was United States civil
service' commiss.ioner under the last
I'lcveliiud administration said today:
"It may interest some fellow Demo
crats to know that so distinguished
a member of the purty as Justice It. W.
Peckham, of the United States Su
premo court, was offered, so fur as
any one but the convention itself could
do so, the last nomination for governor.
At Mr. Hill's request I went to see
Justice Peckham the middle of August
nt Saranao Lake, where he was spend
ing the summer, and informed him
that while It was not within the power
of anyone to tender a nomination, it
was Mr, Hill's desire that he should
allow his name to come before the
convention: that Mr. Hill and others
believed there was a probability of
the election of tho Democratic ticket;
that Judge Gray was to be ro-nomln-ated;
that tho other names on the
ticket would be those of men of high
character and ability and that. If elect
ed governor, he (Justice Peckham)
would bo Inevitably the most promin
ent Democratic candidate for the pres
idency In isni, and that ho would have,
so far as Mr, Hill could promise It, tho
ardent support of New York state In
the national convention. Justice Peek
ham replied that even the certainty
of an election as governor and after
that, the assurance of the nomination
for president would not swerve him
front his determination not to be a can
didate for political office. Personal
reasons compelled him to this decision.
"I Imvo Justice Peckhain's permis
sion to make this entire Incident pub
lic." STANTON MINE TO RESUME.
Ily KMiudte Wire Irom The Associated I'refs.
Wllkes-Barre, Nov, 23. Tim Stanton
mine of the Lehigh and Wllkes-Burro
Coal company has been chared of
water at last and will bo ready, to re
sume operations In a few difys, During
the high wnter last March the lower
workings of the colliery wuie sub
merger and before It could be pumped
out the strike ennio on.
This left the mine at the mercy of the
water. When tho strike was declared
off a large force of experienced men
were put to work and they fiimllysue.
e-eulcd In pumping all the water out.
The colliery employes 700 men and boys
and the resumption of work wl add
l,r.0() tons to the dally output of coal.
Labor Union Condemns Assassination
By Kxdmlvn Wire Irom The AssocliUd Prrtt
Tclluildo, Col., Nov. 23.The Tellurldo
Miners' union has adopted resolutions
condemning tho "cowardly assassination
of Arthur L. Collins, general manager of
the Smuggler-Union Mining compuny, as
being wholly opposed to the policy And
spirit of organized labor."
MACVEAOH'S STATEMENT.
Explains That Railway Corporations
Offered Increase of 10 Per Cent.
Uy Kuliulve Wire (ruin The Awchlol Pi .!,
Philadelphia. Pa., Nov. 23. The Pub
lic Lodger tomorrow wljl publish n
statement by Wnyne MueVeagh, cover
ing the efforts that have been made lo
bring iboiit an amicable adjustment of
the dispute between the anthracite coal
companies and their mine workers.
Mr. MueVeagh suys:
"The parties on both sides were con
testing (W'er.v Inch of ground when the
great railway corporations volunteered
an advance of ten per cent. In wages
to their employes.
"As soon as such advance was an
nounced, It seemed to be taken for
grunted that, knowing the advance
two years ago, a like Increase would
now be granted the miners, and the
question of wages being out of the way,
there was a general feeling In favor of
trying to adjust the other difference.
"While I was still cross-examining
Mr. Mitchell, I was asked to meet him
and his counsel In conference to make
an effort to reach some adjustment ot
an amicable nature. We discussed the
matters In dispute on different occa
sions, and at great length, and at last,
by the Invaluable assistance of Mr. E.
13. Thomas, the president of the two
companies I represent, the basis, as he
thought, of a possible adjustment was
reached, and when It was submitted to
other gentlemen, who with Mr. Thomas
had signed the letter requesting the ap
pointment of the commission, they all
concurred with Mr. Thomas In approv
ing it as a basis of negotiations."
PRESIDENT ELIOT
EXTOLS LABOR UNIONS
Comprehensive Statement of His
Views on the Benefits That Are
Derived from Unionism.
By K.u'Jushc Wire from 'Hie Axsudaleil Press.
Cambridge, Jlass., Nov. 23. In an
address at. a. private meeting of the
Colonial club of this city, President
Eliot, of Harvard, made a comprehend
slve statement of his views on' labor
unions. He said that the work of the
labor unions must be counted among
tho efforts to make the lot of mankind
more satisfying and luippicr, and that
their strength lay in their belief in
this work as their mission. He then
enumerated the conditions,, which he
designated as humane conditions of
employment those to which laboring
men may rightly aspire. First was a
rising wage based on increased ex
perience, attainments and age; second,
steady employment after adequate pro
bation; third, the opportunity for tile
worklngman to establish a permanent
homo: fourth, conditions which ennble
him to give his employer generous ser
vice, and to take pride in it: fifth, the
right to a pension on disability, which
gives throughout life relief from one
great anxiety, and that public consid
eration, which goes with a steady job
and a self-respecting, though humble
or unobserved career. These live con
ditions of humane employment, Presi
dent Kliot said, weie realized today In
Harvard university. Plainly they were
not realized in the great American in
dustries employing unskilled labor.
Another serious difficulty with Ameri
can employment was that It was spas
modic. Complaints from employes
were often made the ground for dis
missal. The present antagonism of employ
ers and the unions was the fault of
both parties, but on the whole the for
mer were more to blame because their
situation was more comfortable and
their education superior. The indus
trial community was under many obli
gations to unions for the evils they
have mitigated, such as poor sanitary
conditions in factories and unreason
able number of hours of work, child
labor and the company store.
The oligarchy of capital had combined
effectively, and the corresponding com
bination of laboring men was a whole
some check upon that oligarchy. There
was no question that the labor union
hud come to stay. One part of its
cause was Injured by certain evils, One
of these evils was the limit .placed on
the number of apprentices, whereas in
the learned professions every encour
agement was given to the training of
novices.
Other evils werolic limitation of out
put which destroys the self-respect of
the efficient workman, and the uniform
wage, which was a cruel reaction on the
less capable workman, because with a
uniform wage he loses his Job at every
slack In business, whereas If he were
paid according to his earning capacity,
his employer could afford to keep him
the year around. A fourth evil was the
violence, which was an Inevitable fea
ture of every strike In Industries em
ploying unskilled labor. Tho unskilled
laborer on strike had no other weapon
unless It were the boycott, which was n
cruel, cowardly interference with the
rights of all the people,
President Eliot declared that he saw
grounds for hoping that the relations
of capital and labor would be improved,
In spite of their present unintelligent
antagonism, partly by frank publlo dis
cussion of abuses, partly by pre-or-rniiged
agreements for conciliation of
arbitration, and partly by the service
which labor unions would render to
capital through their constant com
mand of the labor resources of which
oapltiil comes In need,
DEATHS OF A DAY.
By Exclusive Wre Irom The AmocIjIhI Press.
Washington, Nov, 23. Major Walter
Held, a well known officer of tho sur
geon general's department ot tho army,
died here today, Major -Held was sunt to
iluvaua to Investigate tho yellow fever
situation and It was largely through his
reaeniches. that tho determination wus
reached that the disease was communi
cable through iliu mosquito.
Baltlinoie, Mil,, Nov. 23. Joseph M.
flushing, u well known and prominent
merchant died suddenly today. Ho was trj
years of age, and conducted the booksell
ing and stationery business established
nearly a century ago by ids father. H
was president at the time of tils death
and for many years previously of the
Maryland Academy of Arts and Designs.
KRUPP NOT
A SUICIDE
The Great Giinmaker Who Passed
Awau Sat'urdau Died a
Natural Death.
PHYSICIANS AGREE
AS TO COMPLAINT
His Medical Histoiy for Several
Years Past Indicates That He Was
In Delicate Health for Many
Years His Scheme for Improving
the Well-being of the Lower Class
es The Xabor Colonies' large Con
tributions. By Exclusive Wire Irom The Associated Pies.
lierlhi, Nov. 23. The first assumption
that Herr Krupp. the great gumnuker,
whose death was recorded yesterday,
committed suicide, is yielding to :ne
clse and abundant testimony to the
contrary. Prof. Ulnswanger, a physi
cian of the highest standing, was In the
apartment adjoining Herr Krupp's
sleeping room when he was stricken
Saturday morning, and Dr. Pabl, Herr
Krupp's family doctor, also was In the
room. They summoned several other
physicians ond It is regarded as being
beyond belief that all of them should
have connived at a concealment of the
cause of death which they as.crlbe to a
stroke of apoplexy, induced, they add
unofficially, by mental excitement from
which Herr Krupp was suffering.
Her Krupp's medical history for sev
eral years past indicates that he was
in delicate health. He was asthmatic,
had a weak heart and was subject to
fainting spells.
He fell to tho ground unconscious
while in Genoa several years ago and
again while at dinner at a. hotel here
eighteen months ago. He had been
warned to avoid over-fatigue and worry.
He was nt Hamburg Thursday last and
at the Hamburger Hof it was observed
that he was in a highly nervous con
dition, and scarcely In control of him
self. His condition accounted for the
presence" of two physicians in the bouse
at the time of his death, one of them
being Prof. I3lnsvanger.
Mrs. Krupp was sent for from Jena.
She Is suffering. from a nervous malady
but was brought to Essen in a special
train, arriving there this morning. The
funeral has been fixed for Wednesday.
Chancellor Von Buelow, all the minis
ters and a great number of other of
ficials, following- the example of the.
emperor, have telegraphed their con
dolence to the widow. Herr Krupp
leaves two daughters who are at school,
one named Barbara, aged 17, and the
second named Bertha. 1." years old.
His Labor Colonies.
Herr Krupp's favorite study was lo
think out schemes for improving the
well-being of the lower classes, which
he applied practically to what are
called "labor colonies." He assented
seemingly to most socialistic princi
ples, except that 'referring to the
wage system, averring that the wage
earners were not yet sufficiently devel
oped or self-controlled to regulate for
themselves a Just system of division ot
profits. It Is mentioned as an odd
chance that a man who applied social
reform ideas In so extensive a way
should have been crushed by u social
democratic newspaper which, however,
regarded his measures to ameliorate
the condition of the laborers as not
touching the question of economic in
justice. Herr Krupp's father started the sys
tem of modern dwellings for the work
lngman as a matter of expediency, and
Herr Krupp himself appears to have
developed them from conviction and In
accordance with his ideals. He owned
n.-lGfi dwellings, each, to whulever group
it belonged, being constructed with
variations In the architecture to avoid
monotony. Kach house had n front
yard In which were bits of ornamental
gardenings; the outside coloring and
the Interior decoration gave a certain
aesthetic unity, while there was plenty
of space and light.
Herr Krupp bad also a variety of In
stitutions, some of them rather singu
lar, such as "bachelors' homes" and
widows' retreats." Besides convales
cent hospitals and orphanages, he had a
pension fund for his employes amount
ing to $I.12,",000, He contributed last
year, as required by the law, $372,000 to
the National Insurance fund, and gave
voluntarily $-1,080,000 to other Insurance
funds. Notwithstanding his benevolent
interests In the laborers, ho was an
autocrat In the management of his con
cerns. IU was almost unknown by
sight to bis workmen, and rarely vis
ited the works or even his offices. He
spent several months every year, on the
island of Capri, and managed his gun
works, rolling mills, Iron mine mid ship
yards by letters and telegrams.
Unlike his father, Herr Krupp took
no Interest In the technical side of his
business, yet In fifteen years he more
than doubled the fortune he inherited.
Since their foundation, the rjsseu fac
tories have turned out -11,000 pieces ot
artillery, Herr Krupp resented being
culled the Yuur.nit king," and he said
that half of all the output of his works
was civilizing products, such as rail
way and merchant ship material and
structural steel,
The Socialist Vote,
By Kxvluvhu Wire Irom The Astochteil Press.
Clirard, Kan., Nov. 2.), The Appeal to
lieasou, having completed the canvass,
places the Socialist vote In tho United
States of tho recent election nt 4,noo. Tho
heaviest Socialist vole was polled In
Massachusetts, 'V,i:.
Bigr Fire in Baltimore.
Dy Kiclushe Wire (rum The Associated Press.
Baltimore, Nov. 2-J. A flro today In the
umbrella manufactory of Guns Bros, did
tuO.OU damage to tho building and 'stock.
Both were fully Insured. The oiltsiii of
the flro Is uukuown.
REGULAR AND SPECIAL TERM.
District Attorney Lewis Has Pre
pared His Trial Lis'ts.
District Attorney William K. Lewis
has prepared his trial list for the two
weeks' term of criminal court which
opens Monday, December 1, and the
special term which opens December in.
The first case on tho list Is that against
Thomas Prlstosh, Harry Slmrach and
Hurry Shiibah, charged with the mur
der of .Tames Winston, u non-union
man, near Olypliitnt, on September 2,".
The Scranton-Flnn libel case Is the
first on the list for the second day of
the term. On the third day n large
number of the Municipal league cases
are listed for trial, among others that
charging Anthony Duuleavy with per
jury. At the head ot the second week's list
Is the case ot Wladlslaw Knoatano
wlcz, who killed a man In North Scran
ton In July, 1901, and was arrested a
few months ago In Detroit and brought
back here for Irlnl,
Altogether there are 3Ct cases on the
list for the regular term and 172 for the
special term, A considerable number
of the cases on ench list concern
breaches of the peace during the late
coal strike.
YALE IS AGiiNTHB
FOOTBALL CHAMPION
The Sons of Eli Down Harvard The
Winners Score from Touchdowns
Pinal 23 to 0.
By ExcliMhc Wire from The Associated Press.
New Haven, Conn., Nov. 22. Yale Is
again football champion. In the pres
ence of twenty-eight thousand specta
tors, she today established on Yale field
her claim to supremacy, overwhelming
the Harvard eleven by the big score of
23 to 0. The wearers of the blue crossed
Harvard's goal lino for four touch
downs, from which three goals
were kicked, while the Crimson players
fought vainly to pierce the defence ot
their hereditary enemies. It was ample
revenge that Yale took for the bitter
defeat of a year ago, when Harvard
snowed the Now Haven team under to
the tune of 22 to 0. Coming, at it does,
on the heels ot Yale's decisive triumph
of a week ago over Princeton, today's
game puts Yale securely at the head ot
the football procession of 1002.
All the experts who saw the game
were agreed that the eleven that won
today's game was one of the best that
ever wore the Yale uniform, if, indeed.
It fell short of being the very best of
all. The game was won by straight,
hard, football, that left not the shadow
of a doubt of Yale's superiority. Only
twice did Harvard dangerously threat
en to score. Once was In the first half,
when, with the score 12 to 0 against
them, the wearers of the crimson made
a sterling and persistent brace by
means of which they managed to buck
the ball clear from their own 50-ynrd
line to Yale's 8-yard mark, only to lose
it by a fatal fumble, apparently made
by Marshall, the quarterback.' The sec
ond time when Harvard had a chance
to score was in the second half, when,
with the score IS to 0 against them,
the Cambridge players lined up to s,top
Yale's forwards from breaking through
in time to prevent Marshall from kick
ing a goal from the field. The quarter
back fell back to the 33-yard mark,
when he made ready to try, and made a
clever trial, well guarded by his 'mates,
but the try went a bit wide, and he
missed the goal by about a yard. That
was as near as Harvard came to scor
ing. VIOLENT RIOTS IN TOURS.
The Singing of Revolutionary Songs
in Alcazar Music Hall the Cause
of All the Trouble.
By i:ilnsive Who trom The Assudaicl I'urs.
Tours, France. Nov. 23. A violent
riot broke out tills evening in the Al
cazar Music hall In this city owing lo
the singing of antl-mllltury songs by
one of the performers. A party of offi
cers belonging to the Garrison of
Tours who, dressed In mufti, were oc
cupying the stalls, hissed tho songs,
while the public in the gallery ap
plauded' and threw missiles at the offi
cers, wounding several of them. The
occupants of the galleries then Invaded
the lloor of the hall, where a free light
ensued until the police elenred the
building.
An autl-mllltary demonstration in
the streets followed, a crowd escorting
the singer, tho cause of all the trouble,
home, and slnglnc revolutionary pongs.
The rioters attempted to mob nil the
officers they met on the way, but a
squad of police and infantry succeeded
In protecting the officers and order
finally was restored, although tho
streets are still being patrolled by
troops,
INJURIES PROVED FATAL.
Stephen Reap Badly Hurt on Cannon
Ball Road,
Stephen Heap, of 510 Beech street, re
ceived Injuries on Saturday while at
work on the miw Cannon Hall road,
which resulted in his death some hours
afterwards at the Lackawanna hos
pital. He was engaged with several other
workmen In moving a wooden black
smith shop which was lifted off its
foundations by a derrick, Tho tuck
ling slipped while the shop was in the
air and it fell striking Heap and bury
ing him beneath It. iris skull was
fractured and he received other In
juries which caused his death after
he had been taken to the hospital. Ho
was a married man and Is survived by
a wife and several children.
Landslide on the Lehigh Volley,
lly Kieludvi' Who Irom The Asiechted Pices.
WIlkps.H.llTO. Nov. 2.1. A Imnw In ml.
slide occurred on the Bowman's Creek
uruncn ot mo i-nign vauoy railroad
this morning. The trucks wore covered
with two feet of efirth unci rock for nearly
two miles". A largo force of, men were put
to' work 'and at u late' hour tonight tho
road' was open for traffic. There were no
tiulus due at Dia time tliu allUo uccuried.
BIG CONFERENCE IS
ON FOR TOMORROW
Committee of the Independent Oper
ators and Presidents of Coal
Roads to Come Together.
WANT TO KNOW
At a Meeting of the Independents Held in This 'City Saturday
Night a Committee Was Appointed to See the Heads of
Coal Companies and Ascertain What Big Companies
Propose to Do to Make It Possible for the Inde
pendents to Go Along on the Amicable
Adjustment Proposition.
Independent operators to the number
of twenty-eight, representing practi
cally all the anthracite region, met in
their headquarters , in the Connell
building', Saturday night, and decided
to send a committee to New York, to
morrow to have arl understanding with
the big companies ns to whore the in
dependents stand in the negotiations
for amicable settlement of the strike
isf.ues.
The committee consists of Hon. W. L.
Connell, of tho Green Ridge Coal com
pany, of Scrnnton, and the Knterprise
Coal company, of Shamokln; J. L.
Cake, of tho Clear Spring Coal com
pany and Raub Coal company, of
Pittston; J. L. Crawford, of the Peo
ple's Coal company, of Scranton; C.
V. Simpson, of the West End Coal
company, of Scranton; E. B. Sturges,
of the Pine Hill Coal company, of Pino
Hill; Hon. W. AV. Watson, of the Mt.
.Tessup Coal company and the Mooslc
Mountain Coal company, of Scrnnton;
If. C. Tteynolds, of the Wyoming Coal
and Land company, of Scranton, and
Joseph J. Jermyn, of .Termyn t Co.,
of Scranton.
The arrangement of the details ot
the meeting with the coal presidents
was left to Mr. Simpson. It is likely
the meeting will take place tomorrow
morning at the office of one of the big
companies in New York.
It is understood the independents will
go before the coal road presidents with
a determination of securing .assurance
that if the strike controversy Is to be
settled out of court, the big companies
will make it possible for the Independ
ents to go along by granting them
some new concessions In the way ot
freight laics.
Till independents argue that their
profits arc regulated b.v the carriers.
They have no source ot income other
than what the big companies allow
them for coal. The big companies can
grant an advance in wages ond other
concessions to the miners and charge
up tlie increase partly to freight prof
its and partly to coal profits. Tlie
Independents must bear tho Increase
tohdv from their coal profits.
The independents in common with
the carriers, declared in May last that
they could not grant any Increase In
wages lo the miners. They still hold
to that contention and stand-ready to
prove It before the commission. To
silently acquiesce, now, in the big
companies' proposition to advance
wages would be to confess thot, in
May last, Ihey told what was not an
exact fact.
Conditions Are Unchanged.
The Independents maintain that what
they said last May is still true, mid
Unit If the big companies propose to
establish n higher rate of wages for
them (the Independents), it Is up to the
1 Ig niinpanles to do something to make
It possible for them lo bear the In
crease, J, L. Crawford, of the Independent
Operators' association, said Saturday
evening:
"Our position Is so strong that we
cannot afford to agree to any settle
ment reached on the basis arranged by
other parties, A carefully prepared
statement, sworn to, will be submitted
showing that our average rate of wages
paid Is $774. :o. Mr. .Mitchell classed $000
us a fair living wage.
"We do not Intend to be engineered
out of court by any menus, and we are
not going to change our views. We will
submit evidence which will surprise the
commission. We Intend to be heard be
fore the commission," lie declared, "and
wo are going to maintain that posi
tion." The independents may not go before
tho coal road presidents as suppli
cants. It' they choose they can go into
tho meeting with a club. It Is a well-
known fact that the independents ale
not fixedly adverse to ivcognlulng the
Hulled Mine Workers. In fact some
of them have declared it would be
economy for them to grant substan
tially all the miners ask Including rec
ognition of tho union If In return they
could receive assurance of Immunity
from strike troubles.
This being true, It Is not Impossible
that the Independents may go so far
nn to say to the coal presidents thut
If they (the Independents), lire not
properly taken care of they will offer
fifteen per cent, advance In wages,
eight hours nnd recognition of the
union as u basis of settlement.
It wob only In dribs nnd by hints the
Information as lo the true feelings of
the Independents was gleaned. The
official statement given out regarding
.Situiduv uleht's meeting contained no
THEIR STANDING
Inkling of any belligerent tendencies
on the part ot the independents. "Our
committee is simply going to New
York to find out in what way we arts
to co-operate In bringing about the
proposed amicable adjustment," Is tho
story coming from the meeting and
echoed by Individuals who attended.
Miners to Take a Hand.
The miners are using their best en
deavors to conciliate the Independents,
whose "bomb shell" at Saturday morn
ing's session of the commission was
looked upon by the miners as a possi
ble serious obntiiele to settlement ''out
of court." Clarence S. Darrow, chief
counsel for the miners, and Ira H.
Burns, of counsel for tho independent
operators, are to have a. conference
this afternoon at Hotel Jermyn. This
conference was arranged at Mr. Dar
row's request, before h left for New
York Saturday night In view ot the
action of 'tho Independent Operators'
association, Saturday night, it is like
ly very little will coma of the Darrow
Euins conference.
One main objection of the independ
ents to the settlement of the contro
versy "out of court" is their fear that
the commission will dissolve without
dealing with tho "non-unionist" prob
lem. The independents have a sreater i
proportion of non-union employes than
the' big companies, and feel greatly
obligated to those men for standing by
them during the strike. They vnnt
that the commission should hear In de
tail what they have to present on this
matter and to como out In strong lan
guage in support of tho proposition that
it Is the inalienable constitutional right
of a man to work without let or
hindrance from a union.
This, however, is not likely to cause
any trouble, as the commissioners have
not surrendered any of their jurisdic
tion and do not propose to shirk any
responsibilities. The "non-union" ques
tion will be dealt with fully. If deemed
necessary the commission will take tes
timony on it, even though every other
matter is brushed away by amicable
settlement. One of the commissioners
said: "We are working- under two
charters. Even though every strike
issue was settled, we will be called upon
to deal with the matter of preventing
future controversies."
Regarding the present negotiations,
ho said: "Everything in dispute during
the strike, us I understand it, is ten
tatively adjusted. We have no official
Information lo this effect, but that Is
what I gather from the incidents of the
past two days. The commission, ot
course, is not bound to ratify the agree
ments that will be arrived at by the
parties, and will not ratify them unless
they meet with our approval. The com
mission will not lose sight of the fact
that the public Is a party lu this
cause."
' How- It Came About.
It now develops that It was the com
mission which first suggested the possi
bility of an amicable settlement, When
It was seen how smoothly the hearings
were proceeding: and how really friend
ly and courteous the opposing parties
were one to another, It occurred to th
commissioners that It was just possible
that some, or probably all, of the main
contentions could be eliminated by the
parties coining; together "outside of
court. "
Tho commissioners, privately, sent for
Attorneys Darrow and MueVeagh, who
up to that time seemed to be the lead
ing counsel, respectively, for the two
principal parties nnd put to them the
proposition of andcable adjustment, Mr,
MaoVeagh went to New York, saw the
be.Mls of the coat companies and came
back with the offer told about In Satur
day's Tribune. Adjournment was then
had to give opportunity for working uut
the details. The counsel for the differ
ent companies went home to see their
respective presidents, and today will
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YESTERDAY'S WEATHER.
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WEATHER FORECAST,
Washington. X c. 23. Forecast
for Monday ami Tuesday: Eastern
l'otinsylvyiil.i--l4'iilr nnd warmer
Monday: Tuesday fair; brisk aouth-
west to Doutli winds.
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