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Tin Gontroversu Between Coal
Operators m Miners Uninn
Up to Strike Commission.
All Prospects' for an Understanding
Between Operators and Miners'
Union Outside of the Coal Strike
Commission Come .to a Sudden
Termination CoaJ Operators De
cline to Meet Mr. Mitchell in
Washington In the Judgment of
the Operators It Is Best for the
Present to Go on with the Hear
ings Before Commissioners.
lly lixcliiiive Who from The Associated Picm.
New York, Nov. 2j. A serious hitch
occurred today In the plana for a set
tlement of the coal controversy by con
ference between the coal operators and
the miners' union, and It is now almost
certain that the final adjustment of the
paints at issue will be referred again
to the Gray commission. At a meeting
today of the presidents of the coal
roads and a large number of independ
ent operators, a strong protest was en
tered by the latter against treating di
rectly with the miners.
An invitation to meet Mr. Mitchell at
Washington on Friday was declined
peremptorily and it was agreed unani
mously that In the judgment of the
operators it was est, for the present,
to go on with the hearing before the
A Sudden Termination.
Washington, Nov. 23. All prospects
for an understanding between the Unit
ed Mine Workers and the coal oper
ators, odtside the Anthracite- Coal
'Strke,- Commission, came to a sudden
termination late this afternoon through
the reply of a dispatch to Wayne Mac
, eagh, representing the Pennsylvania
,Coal company, .and the Hillside .Coal
company, notifying him that at a meet
ing of the anthracite coal road men in
New York today it had been decided
not to grant an Interview to Mr. Mit
chell and his associates, which had been
suggested for Friday next. The an
nouncement, coming as it did after an
all day's conference In this nity, be
tween Mr. MaeVcagh and Mr. Mitchell,
and his associates, attended part of the
time by Carroll D. Wright, in an en
deavor to adjust some details of the
n-oposed agreement between the oper
ators and the miners, completely sur
prised every one here. From a reliable
source it is learned that the proposition
that the operators meet Mr. Mitchell on
Friday nest was made at the Instance
'if Mr. MacVeagh, who was no less sur-
jiised than Mr. Mitchell himself at the
urn affairs took today.
Mr. Darrow's Statement.
From statements made by Mr. Dar
,'ow early in the day, the Impression
had spread that a complete agreement
would be effected at today's conference,
but when the meeting broke up, Mr.
Darrow road to the newspapermen in
the corridor outside a statement which
made it clear that no dual agreement
had been reached and that no further
conferences were likely. The statement
was as follows:
The main featiues la the controversy
have been agreed upon. Minor details are
unsettled. What these main feature and
minor dotails are, 1 am not at liberty
to stati'. The main features, I tuny say,
have beeif , correctly or nearly correctly
Stated In the public press (a ton per cent.
Increase In wages and a irino hour day),
There are so many Important neonle In.
forested that It Is dlfileult to como to an'
understanding quickly, as further In
formation Is needed, My own view Is
that a settlement will bo reached In all
he details, As far as Mr. MacVeagh Is
imcerncd ho nominally represents only
he Jhie Interests that is, the Peunsyl
Vanlu Coal coniany and the Tllllsldo
Coal company-hi this mutter, Broadly
speaking, ho represents more. W'u have
been going over the propositions buck
and forth and have not yet concluded,
A'o will meot again at 2 p. in,
If wo can agree nn all the points at Is
sue and I believe wo can the work of
tho anthracite coal strike commission
will be made much easier. Their work
will go on, however, and our agreement
will become a part of their award,
Mr. Mitchell was shown the dispatch
from New York, telling or the action
of the operators. He simply smiled rind
said that ho had not asked for the con
ference, hut that when It was suggested
to him if it would be agreeable- to meet
the operators, he said it would, Mr,
Jlnrrow and Mr. Lloyd, however, wero
outfcpoken regarding tho action of the
operators, Mr, Par row said that It was
now "up to tho operators," and that he
would return at once to Scrnnton, and
on Tuesday nex would oppear-'beforo
tho commission r ndy to go on with tho
hearing. Mr, Lloyd, holding In his hand
the Associated Press dlsputch, referred
to the fact that Friday's conference had
been suggested In order to adjust some
matters on which there was still some
"Yet," said Mr, Lloyd, "these "same
men, who only last week wired the
commissioner their assent to the gen
eral provisions 'of the tentative agree,
nient, and upon tho strength of which
tho commission adjourned for a week In
order to glvo the parties time to como
together, now go completely hack on
their former action and call It all off.
we are satisfied to go before the com
mission and continue tho hearing," I
Messrs. Mitchell, D-airow and Lloyd
, v
loft here nt ovcr the Pennsylvania
railroad for t Yiton
Ho Expresses Mnion That the
Strikers Will V -Mr. Darrow
and Mr. Lloyd Sarcastic.
Hy Reclusive Wire from TlicA-isou'iled I'rens.
Philadelphia, Nov. 23. President
Mitchell, of the United Mine Workers
of America, accompanied by his coun
sel, C. C. Darrow and H. D. Lloyd, ar
rived here from Washington at 10
o'clock tonight. The three gentlemen
engaged rooms at a hotel, and will
leave for Scrnnton tomorrow morning.
Mr. Mitchell was questioned concern
ing the status of settlement of the mine
workers' strikers. He said:
"Counsel for the operators and some
of the operators have laid before the
presidents of the railroad companies a
tentative proposition which had. been
drafted jointly by the representatives
of the railroad companies and counsel
for the miners. The railroad presidents
wired tho strike commission that tho
general terms of the proposition were
satisfactory, so that the minor details
could bo adjusted later. This message
suggested that tho commission adjourn
until December 3, In order that these
minor details might be adjusted." Mr.
Darrow here interrupted by saying the
initiative was taken by the operators.
Mr. Darrow said: "When the commis
sion adjourned It was understood that
a satisfactory adjustment of the differ
ences would be made. The commission
ers were so confident of this, that a
substitute committee, consisting of
Messrs. Clark, AVatkins and Parker,
was appointed to adjust the minor de
tails. Attorney Wayne MacVeagh,
counsel for the Hillside Coal company
and the Pennsylvania. Coal company,
requested Mr-. Mitchell and ills counsel
to meet him in Washington today, for
the purpose of working out the details
ot the strike settlement. While we
wero in conference with Mr. MacVeagh,
it message was received -from" the coal
road presidents, announcing that the
first provision was n'bt satisfactory and
that the coal companies would prefer a
continuance of the hearings before the
arbitration commission." Mr. Mitchell
declined to" express any opinion regard
ing tho attitude or the coal road prcsi
dents. Mr. Darrow, however, said:
"They have gone squarely back on their
word." Supplementing this, Mr. Lloyd
"We have no knowledge of the cause
of the action of the railroad presidents,
except the announcement followed u
conference between tho independent
operators and the coal road presidents."
Mr. Mitchell was asked If lie consid
ered that the action of the coal road
presidents had weakened their cause
befoie the commission. He said: "I
don't want to say what they have done,
but I will say 1 think we will win out."
Letter Written by Ambassador
White Regarding the Hebrews.
Il.v Dxolmhe Who irom The Afeoi-laluil J'reas.
Berlin, Nov. 25. A private letter
written by Ambassador White to Ileiiiv
Seligmau, of Fraiikfort-on-the-Main re
garding the treatment of Hebrews in
Jtoumanla, appears In the Frankfurter
Zeltung today. The letter which was
not intended for present publication,
Is In part as follows:
The Roumanian atroohles-nre simply
monstrous and startle the civilized
world. I have just received the Rou
nuinlun bulletin. No document equals
It in cruelty; since the series of laws
with which Louis' XIV persecuted the
Huguenots. Hut even these, which
have hitherto been regarded as the
acme of cruelty, are exceeded by those
in the bulletin. 1 cannot believe thnt
right thinking Roumanians or the civ
ilized Powers can illlniv tlila ,nn.lltli.n
of things to continue. It appears to be
open defiance of law, Justico and com
mon decency,
.Mr. White will present his letters of
recall to Kmperor William Thursday at
noon, and afterwards, with his wife,
will take luncheon with th mnor,.
and empress,
Ex-President Cleveland to Spenk.
l)y llKohnhc Wile irom The Associated I'rus,
Philadelphia, Nov, 'J5. Former Presi
dent Cirover Cleveland has accepted an
Invitation to pieslcle at a public meeting
to be held hero on December 11 in tho in
terests of tho Manual Training and in
dustrial School for Colored People, .Mr
Cleveland will make an, address. Among
tho other spoakeis will bo former Post
master Ciencral Charles Emory Smith,
Colonel A, K. McCluro anil Hooker T.
Steam Boiler Explodes.
Bj Eicluiive Wire fiom The AisocWted I'rm
Lebanon, Pn Nov, 23. A steam holler
used to run farm machinery on one of tho
dairy farms of a, Dawson Coleman, near
here, exploded at noon today. The barn
ISO feet long, was set on flro and de
stroyed. Abraham Pecker and Adam
Boyle wero badly burned. Tho live stock
was saved,
Willlamsport Development Co.
lly Excludie Wire frurn 'flip Associated 1'iess,
Dover. Del., Nov, .-Certificates of in
corporation wero today filed as follows:
The Interstate Development company, of
Wllllamsporl, Pa., to acquire telegraph
nnd telephone lines, etc. Capital, 2w..
m ii
Steamship Arrivals.
0 Eicluitve Wire from The AJsocUted Piai.
New York. Nov. 2o.-Arived: Tq'urlc,
Liverpool. Cleared: Majestic, Liverpool.
Sailed: Cevic, Liverpool. Poulogne Ar
ijfccd: SUtcndam far ' Rotterdam and
Say Americans Hire Away Their
Men and Get Better .Work.
lly Knelwhe Wire irom The Awclitcil 1'rcfs.
London. Nov. 25. The American plan
of paylnggood wuges and encouraging
employes to Increase the dally output,
which was Introduced by the manager.
of the American .electrical works nt
Manchester, has been protested ngnlnst
by the .Employers' Federation of that
district. The federation asserts that the
labor market Is being' demoralized and
their works am drained of their best
men by the Americans. The Americans
pay their laborers twelve cents nn hour,
against nine cents paid by the Hiitlsh
employers, and get double the amount
of work accomplished.
The Americans intend to Ignore the
protest. They say the British work
man Is capable enough, but he Is de
moralized by low wages and the domi
neering of tho English foremen, ngnlnst
whom they have no redreRS. The Urlt
Ish employers blacklist the men their
foremen discharge and are attempting
to prevent the American concern from
employing them. The Americans, how
ever, propose to stand aloof from the
Employers' Federation and carry on
their works in their own way.
Wera on the Verge of Striking, hut
Finally Submit Grievances to
Mr. Duborrow.
By i:i'lii;lvo Wire from The Afoclateil 1'iew.
Altoona, Pa Nov. 23. The employes
of the Pennsylvania railroad telegraph
shop were on the verge of striking this
morning. Their grievance Is that they
have not received the ten per cent. In
crease in wages supposed to have been
granted to all employes east of Pitts
burg and Krie recently, but Instead
have been cut in their earnings from
twenty-five to seventy-fjve per cent.
They say tho unfair methods of the
foreman of the shop are responsible for
this reduction In the wages, and as a
result there came near being a walk
out this morning. After a more thor
ough discussion of the matter, how
ever, it was decided to see the higher
officials before resorting to a strike in
order to get their demands.
Accordingly, a committee of five
union men was appointed to call on It.
N. Duborrow, superintendent of motive
power, and state to him the grievances
the men in the telegraph shop complain
of. Mr. Duborrow received the com
mittee in a very cordial maimer and
promised to investigate the matter and
see that the wrong the men complain
of was righted.
Doctors Are Strongly Inclined
Accept Accident Theory.
By Kxc-liiitc Wire fiom The Assodatul l'ies.
Paris, Nov. 23. In spite of the rigid
censorship which has been maintained
by the oiiicials and by ihe commission
of American doctors concerning the re
sult of the autopsy conducted by the
latter on the body of .Mrs. Ellen Gore,
it is learned t ro'ni an authoritative
source that the doctois tend individual
ly to the acceptance of the theory ot
,an accident or the probabilities are
that their official report will strongly
incline to that theory if it does not
positively assert It, thus bringing the
French and American doctors into
agreement and relieving the ease of
any International significance.
It is clear that tho American doctors
are Impressed by the thoroughness
with which the French surgeons Inves
tigated the case and they are not In
clined to raise a professional Issue,
At least two nf the American doctors
hold an outright accident theory that
they will seek to have that view ineor
pora ted into the official report.
Strawberry Belt Washed Out Many
Ballroads Tied Up.
By Inclusive Wire irom Tho Axoekteil l'iea.
Dallas, Tex,, Nov. 2,"i. As a-result of
continued heavy rains throughout
north and northeast Texas yesterday,
the situation is more serious than
ever. Klvers are overflowing their
banks in many places nnd railroads
aro almost all heavy sufferers. The
Trinity river at Dallas is rising ut
the rate of one toot per hotri-, and
the other streams are In like condi
tion, The Texas and Pacific tracks
are washed out both east and west
of Dallas, and the Shreveport branch
of the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Is
tied up.
Trains on the cotton belt are seri
ously delayed, and the lied river, near
Texarkanu, Is on tho rampage. lie
ports from Tyler say that the straw
berry growing district has been seri
ously damaged. In some, Instances en
tiro fields have been ruined. Country
roads are damaged to tho extent of
many thousands of dollars.
Prizes for the Ninth Begiment.
Uy F.ichwlu' Wire fiom The Anuihted press,
Wllkes-Bnue, Nov. 2..-At thu Ninth
regiment armory this evening several
companies were awarded prizes for the
good showing they made at the last an
nual Inspection. General (iobln and stuff
wore piesenl. Oeneial CJobln presented
the prizes, After the presentation don'
eral Gobiii uud staff vwuv banqueted at
the Westmoreland club by the Ninth reg.
Imont officers.
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Legally fianged for Assault.
lly Ktclume Wlie from The Aic-laled l'res.
Llncohivllle, N, O,, Nov. L3.-Calvlu Kl.
Hot was legally hanged here today for
criminally assaulting Mrs. Caleb Drown,
near here, about two mouths ago, After
lepcated unsuccessful attempts at lynch
Ing, a special term of court was called
and sentence of death passed,
Target Practice. in Pacific.
0 Exclushe Wire from The Associiled l'rei.
Santa Barbara, Cat., Nov. 23. The
cruiser Boston has arrived hero from
southern waters. It Is said that tho Pos
ton will remain hero two or thrceo weeks
for target pracilco and that the New
York and Marhlehcad aro under orders
to Join tho Boston lu Santa Barbara chan.
nel as soon as possible.
Protest of
Individual Goal Operators Object
to the Proposed Plan to Settle
Differences with Miners.
To Consent to a( Settlement Upon
Basis Suggested, It Is Declared,
Would "Forever Establish the
Power nnd Perpetuate the Injus
tice Perpetrated by the United
Mine Workers" Independent Coal
Operators Desire an Opportunity to
Present Their Sida of the Case
Before the Public, nnd Deplore a
Proceeding That Would Effect a
Compromise Reflecting Upon Their
He Kxclusivc Wire fiom The AsscHudril Pies.
New York, Nov. 2.1. The Independ
ent coal operators protested today to
the coal-earrying railroads against the
proposed plan to settle differences with
the mine workers' union. One of the
reasons advanced by the Independent
operators is that such a settlement
upon the basis suggested would "for
ever establish the power and perpetu
ate the Injustice perpetrated by the
United Mine Workers."
Tho following statement was given
out this afternoon by C D. Simpson,
representing the Independent operators:
Scranton, I'.i,, Nov. 22, line.
To Messrs., Baor, Thomas, Trueulalc,
Olyphitnt, ' Fuwler and AValler, presi
dents. Gentlemen: The undersigned Individual
coal operators whose pioduct is carried
over one or the other of your respective
railroads, having learned that efforts aio
being made to effect a settlement of the
questions now befoie the Anthracite Coal
Strike conAniisIuu, of which the individu
al coal operators have been made a party
at the request of the commission, and a
number of your corporations, beg leave
respectfully to enter their vigorous pro
test against any such settlement to
lie made at this time and set forth the
following among niiiuy reasons:
1. We believe that such a settle
ment at this time and upon the basis
suggested would forever establish
the power and perpetuate the injus
tice perpetrated by the United Mine
2. That such settlement would be
in the eyes of the public, a confes
sion that we have heretofore been
guilty of all the offenses charged
against us by the said mine workers.
3. That we have, and believe that
you liave, such a perfect and com
plete defense to the allegations made
by the complainants before the com
mission, that nny money award the
commission would render would bo
far less than the amount we under
stand that it is proposed to concede,
especially to miners and their labor
ers. 4. That aside from any money
considerations, this commission, com
posed, as we believe, of men that are
absolutely fair, unbiased and of un
usual experience and good judgment
in their findings, will make such
declaration as will for many years
put a ban upon unlawful practices,
oppression by non-union men, un
justifiable demands and other griev
ances that we have been suffering
under since 1000, when the union
first took possession of our property.
If on the other hand this settlement
be made now when not a single wit
ness has been called on our part or
on your behalf, it will be an absolute
and distinct surrender to the miners'
union nnd the troubles nbove object
ed to will not only be continued, but
so magniiletl as to be absolutely un
bearable. The healings before tho Anthracite Coal
Strike coiiimhslQii present the best op
portunity that the coal operators have
over had of presenting their case before
the general public who are really an im
portant thlid party, since abstracts at
jeast of tht'se proceedings are published
nil over the I'niled Stales and It is a
duty that wo owo to ourselves as well
us to them to prove that the continued
and lepoated charges of Injustice, barbar
ity and extortion are absolutel;- un
foiiuiU'd: all of which the individual
operators at least propose to do.
Tlie case as prcsentrd already shows
such weakness that we believe they
were almost disheartened when the sug
gestion fur a compromise were made.
Wn believe that any surrender on our
part which would bo practically what
this compromise would amount to, would
be by far the most serious mistake ever
made In the anthracite coal business.
iHIgned) Clear Spring Coal company, by
.1, U Cake, general niana'gur: Clear
Spring Coal company, by W. If. Genr
hiui, secretary; Jerrnyii & Co., Joseph
Jerinyn; the Mountain Jossup Coal com
pany, limited, W, W, AVatson, treasurer;
The Alooslo Mountain Coal company, V,
W, Watson, treasurer; The West Knd
Coal company, by C. B. Simpson; IVo.
pie's Coal company, by J. L. Crawford,
president; The Stevens Coal company,
Henry Kingsbury general malinger;
Klllot McCluro & Co., Itlversldo Coal
company, J, N. Ttlee. vice president and
general maiiiiserj Tho I'hiu Kill Coal
company, Kdwnrd Sturges, president;
Tho Clarcnco'Coal company, by Edward
Sturges; Robertson & Law. the Dolph
Coal company, limited, by K. H. Dolph,
fecretury; Austin 'Coal company, by W.
G, Robertson, president and general
manager; Carney & Brown, Black Dia
mond Coal company, by AV, (I, Thomas,
president; Tho Raub Coal company, by.
J, L, Cake, vice president; Tho Knter
Piiso Coal company, per V. II. Gear
hait, president; Tho Green Ridge Coal
company, by AV. h. Council, treasurer;
T)io Wyoming Coul und Ijind company,
by H. C, Reynolds; Tho Nay Aug Coal
company, by AA', J. Hand, president;
William Council & Co., AVIIllani Council.
Mr, Simpson's Kemnrks. '
The .protest was presented by" Mr.'
Simpson, w)io said:
lu iuaklmr our 'protest against us;',
present settlement ot the question' at
lsue, we desire to emphasize Certain
points of material Importance. 'During
the last live months no consistent effort
has been made to Inform the public of
tho true state 'of affairs. Consequently
It has uccepted the miners' version and
believes we nro treating our1 employes
fairly, defrauding them of tholr earnings
and preventing them-from muklng a dc
cont livelihood.
It Is our opinion, anil one upon which
wo aro very determined, .that we owe It
to ourselves to hnve this Investigation
continue In order that testimony may bo
taken- which will prove clearly to the
public at large that the wages wo have
paid nnd the treatment accorded1 our men
have been fair and that tholr earnings
have been largo In proportion to the In
telligence required uud their willingness
to work.
To common labor, the dally wage has
been small, but no loss than It receives
fiom tlie same class of work In any Indus
try, and more thiin on your railroads. Wo
do not give mechanics' wages to the
man to handle a pick or wheel a byrfow.
As to the miners, It can be shown that
their annual earnings arc more than the
amount called fair wages, which was
specified by two witnesses called for thu
plaintiff. Their wages per hour are great
er tliun those of skilled mechanics work
ing and, living lu the same region, and
they work less hours per day through the
year and consequently, through their own
choice, less days per year, since the op
erator must employ a large number of
men In order to secure the output which
might be produced by a fraction of that
number. This Is very readily suscepti
ble of proof by our books and those of
other mining companies You will llnd
that the men ho have the largest earn
ings are those who have worked steadily.
Just as a mechanic must, while the small
earnings have Invnrlably been to those
who have given little time or care to their
labor. The advantage given by nn un
usually good chamber Is temporary and
has a relatively, small effect upon the
average yearly earnings.
Miner and the Mechanic.
Again, It must bo remembered, when
comparing u miner with a mechanic,
that the latter must start as an appren
tice, receiving posMbly sixty cents a day
during his first year. Jn tho second year
ho may earn a little more, still more In
tho third, ad during tlui fourth about
$1.23 a day. After that his wage Is from
$".ri0 to i a day, according to his skill
and good fortune in seeming a desirable
Compare this long period of work and
small earnings with the apprenticeship of
tho miner. An Immigrant, just landed on
Ameiiean soil, speaking one or two words
of Kngllsh, utterly ignorant, is eligible,
as a miner's laborer, to a position which
gives him the opportunity to learn and to
acquire his miner's certificate, while earn
ing between $:.' and $.'.40 per day. Is there
nny comparison'.'
Let the commission bring out these mat
ters. Tills testimony can costly be se
cured. Its presentation and the publicity
which can bo given to It will be of Inllnlte
service to every mining company. The
public will have an opportunity of seeing
the other side. The men themselves will
talk about it, about how much a miller
can earn. Tho mechanic who finds that
he Is working more hours for less money
than the miner will talk. Unemployed
labor will learn of the opportunity for
comfortable earnings, and will talk, and
the minors, when they enter Into u dis
cussion with other workers, will not bo
long In seeing that they have bad the
opportunity and have made good, earn
ings, and become Jealous that their field
will be entered by others who wish for
equally good fortune. Such testimony
will clear the atmosphere of much of the
maudlin sobtiment which Is apparent.
Thus for the general effect of the tes
timony presented has given undue prom
inence to Mr. Mitchell. In the four and
one-half days In which he was kept on
the stand, tho only point of value ascer
tained was that he was In sympathy with
the miners and was not familiar with an
thracite mining. Half an hour would
have answered the same purpose,
and prevented many sympathy-creating
generalities. Ho said that oth
ers knew tho situation better they
would be called. Probably these
poisons nro to bo the next witnesses fur
that side, and If they are men with u good
record for faithful work, cross examina
tion will show what we have alreaaj
stated that thefr earnings are sufficient
and this could then bo supported by our
own witnesses. But our local attorneys,
and the superintendents nf tlie collieries
nro best fitted for such questions. They
are familiar with the ilel.ills and can
bring out the pi oofs.
Should Be No Compromise.
AVo think it highly desirable that any
attempt at a compromise should imme
diately stop; that the investigation should
continue, and that one or two of the In
dividual operators, with your representa
tives, should collect and tabulate tiguri's
of earnings for the purpose of presenting
them lu evidence. After that our wit
nesses can appear.
After struggling through the last live
mouths, with their losses and annoyances,
it is a little matter to wait a short time
more. A good tight Is never useless, and
If lu thu end wo should not win, It
would he better lu liavii ended with tho
dignity of a strong effort than lo weakly
go on our knees now, when we know the
other side has practically eiiausted It.i
Statement by Mr, Baer.
Now Vurk. Nov. i!o, The meeting: of
the Independent operators 'and rail
road officials lasted about an hour und
at Its dose President Fowler, of the
New York, Ontario and Western, said
that President Baer, ot the Heading,
was preparing a statement, Later,
the statement was issued and Mr, llaer
left at once for Philadelphia,
After mentioning, at the outset the
names of the private operators pres
ent, the list being the same as set
forth In the protest of the Independent
operutors, together with the naiiio of
John Murkle and a few others, tho
sui(.enieut given nut by Mr. Itaor says;
"They (the private operators! met
the coal presidents who had signed the
leiinesl of the president of the United
"They presented a protest against
any adjustment being iiindo 'at this
time, insisting that the principles In
volved were so serious und affected so
inaiiy interests that it was necessary
lio w to have the commission bear all
the facts and puss its judgment upon
the whole controversy,
"Mr. Simpson, tm chairman, read a
paper expressing their views, and oili
er gentlemen expressed decided opln
Ions, "In tlie midst of tlie conference, the
request came from AVashliigton to the
operators of. both classes to meet Mr,
.Mitchell and his associates next Fri
day morning lit 10 o'clock, The parties-present,,
without dissent, Instruct
ed Mr. Hjior to make the following
iinswer: ' j ',
" 'Tho conditions ure such that no
substantial progress cau'be mudu by
the suggested meeting. The general
judgment of the operators is thnt it
will bo best, for tho present, to go on
with the heating.' "
The list of operators present besides
those who signed the protest, Includ
ed, according tto the stufeinont Issued
by Mr. Biter, Lewis Kellly, president
of the Lehigh Coul it nil Navigation
company, nnd Mr. Taylor, of the St.
Clair Coal company. They are calljd
"operators from other regions."
A Complete Resumption of Work
Dy llvrliiihe Wire from Tlie Aoci.itcil Pi ess.
Havana, Nov. 2.". Tho Central Lab6r
union tonight decided to call off the
strike and committees were appointed
to Inform the various unions of this
There probably will be a complete
resumption of work tomorrow.
Albany Railway Employes Offer to
Assist Schenectady Men.
By Dxelmlve Wire from The Associated l'le.-n.
Albany, Nov. 23. There is a new
complication In the Schenectady boy
cott by reason of the action last night
of the Albany branch ot the Amalga
mated Association of Street P.ailway
Employes. This resolution was adopted:
Resolved, That Division No. 14S, Amal
gamated Association of Street Railway
Kmployes of America, Indorses the action
of the Schenectady Trades assembly und
pledges Its hearty support as far as it is
In their power to maintain the same.
A committee was appointed to visit
Schenectady, report to the Trades As
sembly there the action of the associa
tion, learn if the local association will
bo a. factor in a movement to induce
people not to patronize the road under
the existing circumstances and report
to the Albany members at once.
The Schenectady railway runs into
Albany over the lines of the United
Traction company. It was said this
morning that the probabilities are that
the local organization will not report
In favor of any radical action. Six
days' notice must be given the railway
company of an intended strike, and it
Is understood that the Albany branch
tit least Is thoroughly equipped to meet
any emergency and that the men are
aware of it.
Schenectady, Nov. 23. The news that
the Albany division of the Amalga
mated Association of Street Railway
Kmployes had indorsed the boycott was.
received in this city today without any
accession of interest. The more' con
servative persons In the Trades assem
bly do not think that it will affect the
decision tit the regular meeting tomor
row evening, when the question of rais
ing the boycott will come up.
There will be another meeting this
evening of the committee of citizens
that was organized last week for the
purpose of protecting, as far as pos
sible, tlie interests of the city.
Police Take Woman with Newburg
Child in Custody.
Br Ku'lnsive Wire from The Aasoclittd Presi.
Norwich, N. Y Nov. 23. Mrs. Susie
Ward was arrested here today at the
request of the chief of police of New
burg, charged with kidnaping the
eighteen months'-old child of her sister-In-law,
Mrs, William Schultz, of New
burg. - .
Eire This Morning.
A fire broke out at is o'clock this
morning ill the dwelling house at 1217
North Washington avenue, owned and
occupied by -Mrs. Mary .Ionian. An
alarm was sent In from Box 04, at the
county jail, and soon after the fire
men arrived the flames were subdued,
The fire was of Incendiary origin and
started in the cellar. No one was In
the houso ,at the time, Mrs. Jordan
being a patient lu one of the hospitals.
The Interior of the house nnd con
tents were quite badly damaged. Tho
loss could not be ascertained.
Wanton Shooting.
U.v Kkdutlve Wirn from The Aswiiited I'rMi. e
Jamestown. N. Y Nov, 23. Today AVII
lls 3 J. Duncan, a farm hand employed at
Maple Springs, Chautauqua Lake, fired a
shotgun tit Kdgnr Lewis and his four-year-old
daugiiter who wero passing.
Tho child was seilously Injured. Lewis'
Injuiles are not serious, Duncan was ar
rested while hiding In a burn and was
lodged lu J.ill, There Is no known eaiuo
for the act.
Mr. Baer Denies Rumor.
lly i:elude Whe pom The Asioeiateil 1'ie.r,
New York, Nuv. '.'3. President Outgo
F, Baer, of tho Philadelphia and Read
ing, today denied tho report that he has
been elected president of the Lehigh Val
ley to take tho pluco of President Walter,
who resigned last week, Aualn Mr. Baer
was asked whether lbs report was true,
ho replied: "No, and I never will be.'1
Jenkins Defeats Carroll.
Ur Kitiuilrc Wire Irom The As.otttt,l I'riw.
New Yoik, Nov, 23. In a cl'ivrr wrest
ling bout, catch as catch can, Tom Jen
kins, of Cleveland, defeated Joe Carroll,
of , Ireland, tonight lu Madison Square
Garden, Jenkins had a decided iidvuntago
lu weight as he scaled U'J pounds while
Carroll weight only 170. The mutch was
best two out of three falls. Jenkins
scored the Hist two fulls,
A Bay Sta,te Commission. Busy.
Uv Kicluslvr Wire from The Auochted. i'rcti.
Boston, Nov, 23. Although tho .entire
force of inspectors of the Massachusetts
cattlo commission has geeu working hard
for tho pasttwo weeks, hoping to stamp
out tho foot and mouth disease, It was ad
mitted today that the disease has become
almost cpldcmlo in this stato. Many new
pases have been reported- in town of
tu$U'ru uud central Massachusetts,
The nUiturie of the Colombian Gov
ernment Removes All Hope
ot Quick Action.
No "Ultimatum, but the Colombian
Minister Says He Cannot Adopt
Our Last Proposition as a Basis of!
Negotiations Chances of Renewal
of Negotiations Are Not Very,
By ll.xeVslio Wire from The Associated rhei.
Washington, Nov. 23. Secretary Hay,
in presenting the subject of the canal
negotiations to the cabinet today, was
not able to report that any progress
had been made during the past week.
In fact, it appears that the negotia
tions had conic to a dead stop.
AA'hlle no such thing as an ultimatum
has passed, the present situation may
be described in tlie statement that the
Colombian minister here, Concha, had
distinctly informed the state depart
ment that he cannot in behalf of his
government accept the Inst proposition
of the United States as the basis ot a
canal treaty.
The slate department has. already let
it be known that It has come to the end
of Its concessions, so the chances of a
renewal of the negotiations In the neai
future are not very bright.
Recommendations by the Superin
tendent of Public- Instruction.
tj Kielusive Wire from Tbt AuocUted 1'rew.
Harrisburg; Pa., Nov. 25. The annu
al report of Dr. N. C. Schaefer, super
intendent of public Instruction, for the
school year, ending th first Monday
ot last June, waa today submitted to
Governor Stone. ' 5Ch report recom
mends that tho number of school di
rectors in townships be-reduced from
six to five to avoid the frequent dead
locks in the election of teachers and
the selection of text book's. ' ""'
The report also suggests local legis
lation to avoid the clash between the
compulsory educational bill and vac
cination laws so that parents may be
required to i have their-children vac
cinated. It also suggests that one enu
meration instead of two, during' the
odd years of all children between six
and sixteen years for school assess
ment purposes would be a saving of
money in every county.
Dr. Schaefer commends the teachers
who spend much of their time at sum
mer schools. He recommends some
provision for summer training for
those teachers who . cannot afford to
attend summer schools a great dis
tance from their homes. He thinks a
modest appropriation for the mainten
ance of one or more summer schools
where ambitious teachers can combine
study and recreation jvould be wisely,
The appropriation of $30,000 has stim
ulated; tho establishment of high
schools in a number of townships. Dr.
Schaefer recommends that this 'appro
priation be doubled by the next legls,
lature. He says something should bo
done' to raise the minimum salary of
teachers. Good work cannot be expect
ed from teachers who get less than $30
a month. Increase of the appropria
tion lias not increased the salaries ol
the teachers.
Thirty Coal Cars Jump the Track.
Brakeman Injured.
By Kiclushe Wire from The Assoolited PrMi.
Vllca, N. Y Nov. 3. Extra No. S37,
a coal train on the Delaware, Lacka
wanna and Western railroad, was
wrecked at Clayvlllo tonight. About
thirty cars jumped the track, and
seven or eight wire demolished, The
track was torn up for a considerable
The accident was due to a defective
wheel, Hrakeniau Smith, ot Utlca, Is
slightly hurt. It Is not thought the
tracks will be cleared before morning,
All trains on the division hayo beet
abandoned for the night.
Colonel Ochiltree Dead,
lly i:diMf Wire from The Associated i'rc..
Hot Springs, Ark., Nov. 23. Colonel
ThomaH Ochiltree died here at 1 o'clock
today ot heart trouble. He had been In u
sinking condition since yesterday, morn
ing and it Is a surprise, to Ids physicians'
as well as to other that ho lived until to"
day. He was conscious this morulng'but
soon grew much worse,
Pension Granted.
Br Prlulif Wire from The Atxielitnl Trui.
AVashliigton, Nov, S3.-- Andrew Ulntz, nf
Wyoming, has been gianied u pensloe
of K
Local data for No ember i'i, ij'n;
Highest temperature .,,,,,',,,,,, V dr-grvtn
Lowest temperature ,, 10 degrtea
ItulRtlvu humidity!
ii a. m. .,,,,,,.,, , , 5S percent.
S p, m 02 percent.
Precipitation, 'Jt hoiirs ended 8 p. rn.g
H fH H v-r-f ft-H
Washington Nov. 25. Forecast
for A'cdnesda. and Thursday;
Eastern Peiinn.vlv.inla Rain Wed
nesday; Thursday fair and b'me
what cooler; brisk northeast
winds becoming west.
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