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Charleston Gazette (Newspaper) - August 7, 1976, Charleston, West Virginia The Charleston Gazette the state newspaper Charleston West Virginia saturday morning August 28 pages 2 sections 15 cents Valley edition s Miner unanimous in pushing strike by Edward peeks editor striking miners crowd the front Lawn of the Capitol to listen to speakers urge them on in their fight against Federal court fines. The picture was shot from Capitol s front Steps. Morris Harvey College looms in the Back ground. Gazette photo by Lawrence Pierce striking West Virginia Coal miners and those from surrounding states voted Fri Day at a mass rally at the state Capitol to continue the Wildcat strike that has idled More than miners. The vote was unanimous by a show of hands accompanied by yells of approval after several speeches by strike leaders from eight districts of United mine work ers. Police estimated the crowd at 500 in front of the Capitol on Kanawha Boule Vard but other estimates ranged up to the rally was billed As a show of Unity in the strike against Federal court injunctions. It was called by a new group known As districts 17 and 29 miners to Stop the injunctions. It turned out in tone to be decidedly anti Arnold Miller ump president who has been trying to get miners to end the three week old strike that now affects eight states. Speakers and placards referred to Miller and one speaker said to the roaring approval of listeners that he was a Candi Date to unseat Miller As president. The candidate Eugene Conn of Tornado told the crowd Arnold Miller should be arrested for impersonating a Conn 49, a native of Logan county said he worked 20 years in the mines. He is a Black lung victim. Another speaker Fred Harris an employee of Cannelton Coal co., said "1 think Arnold Miller is the biggest part of your trouble. The Coal operators dressed him up and put him in a suit. His head has swollen so big you think he s got the at about the same time he was being attacked at the rally. Miller said else where in Charleston that the ump inter National Board will meet monday in Washington to take up the strike Issue. Miller also called upon strikers to attend a Public meeting at 11 . Sunday in Cedar Grove to discuss the strike with him. The International Board will meet Miller said because of the Gravity of the situation in the at the rally Douglas Wriston of District 29 said nobody is going to Stop this strike until we get what we want. Local Union presidents and District presi dents Ain t going to Stop it and Arnold Miller sure As hell Ain Wriston repeated demands for All court injunctions to be dropped against ump units and members and for All fines sus pensions and other penalties to be dropped. Members of District 29 will take the strike into Alabama next week Wriston said. Five or six mines Are already out there but the press won t Tell you he added. Hayes Holstein president of local 1759 in Cedar Grove where the strike began said he was quoted correctly in Friday s daily mail about seeking an end to the strike because it appeared that striking members of his local and others weren t getting enough support from ump min ers. But Holstein told the gathering that he had changed his mind since talking with leaders and rank and file miners at the rally from Illinois Kentucky and Ohio. Everyone agrees to keep this strike he said. They want the courts out of this and they want All fines and injunctions he noted however that a Telephone poll he made showed that 11 miners out of 12 wanted to go Back to work. Local 1759 miners struck Cedar Coal co. Over the Issue of posting an outside communications Job. . District court judge Dennis Knapp fined the local and added a penalty for each Day they remained out of the pits. He fined the local for disobeying an injunction. Please turn to Page 2a. Col. 1 income tax freeze Bill passes Senate 5 City political figures hit Coal Bonanza by James a. Haught five Charleston political figures have scored a Bonanza on a Raleigh county Coal lease. They invested and stand to reap More than million by merely signing their names to pieces of paper. Ironically county commissioner John d. Jack Catalano put up the entire in reporter vestment but will least profit. Others in the Windfall Are county Pur chasing director William Allen former magistrate Gay Jake Barker former gubernatorial aide Curtis Trent and Long time state Highway Engineer Arthur k. Banks. Banks will scoop up the greatest share and reportedly May become a millionaire from the transaction. Barker and Trent stand to gain possibly each. Catalano and Allen will collect each but the commissioner will net Only after deducting his investment. Reports have been circulating that Banks obtained a lucrative lease to sever Al Hundred acres of prime Coal land near Beckley for Only and the group Good morning better carry umbrellas today because there s a Good Chance Well have some showers today and tonight. It will be cooler today and sunday with highs in the Low 70s and lows in the 50s. Look for weather details on Page 2a. The world the state Johannesburg South Africa api thousands of Blacks chanting and demanding Freedom now clashed with police for the third straight Day Friday in the riot torn township of Soweto. Details on Page 9a. Beirut Lebanon api palestinians trapped in besieged Tal Zlatar refugee Camp stormed a mercy Convoy Friday in an attempt to escape causing the International red Cross to cancel further missions to evacuate wounded persons. Details on Page 9a. Mountain ministry. Page 7a. Area Church activities. Page 7a. State centers Aid per month. Page 8a. Price says Field violated pact. Page 12a. Cable to service expansion promised. Page 12a. Mesa becomes tougher. Page 12a. Used car new status Symbol. Page 6b. Parlayed it into millions by reselling the lease to a new Beckley stripping firm Coolridge Energy corp., created by de troit investors. Allen confirmed the reports thursday night. He said that about a year and a half ago. Banks Trent and Barker came to him to discuss the prospective lease. They wanted to buy it he said. Allen said the proposal sounded Good so he outlined it to Catalano wealthy Beer distributor and trucking firm owner. So i met with them Down at Jack s commercial carriers and Jack wrote a personal Check for Allen told the Gazette. Please turn to Page 2a, col. 2 Washington a passed a Bill Friday night that freezes income taxes and makes billions of dollars Worth of changes in the taxation of Busi Nesses and investors. The measure which has something for just about everybody was approved 49 to 22. Sen. Jennings Randolph do. Va., voted for the Bill while sen. Robert c. Byrd was not recorded As voting. Most importantly the Bill would extend through dec. 31, 1977, the individual and business tax cuts enacted last year. They Are Worth about a year ago to a typical family of four. The measure debated by the Senate for nearly six weeks Aims to simplify the tax filing process while creating new tax Breaks for College students working parents the elderly and housewives. Despite a fight by a bloc of liberals the Bill carries a Long string of tax advantages for High income investors and businesses. But it would end some abuses of tax Shel ters and make it More difficult for the wealthy to avoid taxation altogether. The Bill is sharply different from the version passed by the House last year. A Senate House conference will have to re Concile the differences later this month. As a whole the House Bill is less Gener Ous to High income investors and businesses. The Senate Bill however Aims to prov Ide specific Relief to of College students by allow by Jim Luther the Senate special tax credit for a col. 3 Charleston at Rhode Island rained out . Steel ump reject arbitration . Steel corp. Failed to get an injunction against striking miners Friday after company and United mine workers attorneys agreed not to submit their dispute to arbitration. . District judge . Hall first or dered the parties to arbitrate. He said the question of whether the current strike is in violation of the implied no strike clause in the ump contract is for an arbitrator to decide. Following a noon recess both parties involved in the Case told judge Hall that they did t want to go to arbitration. The attorney for . Steel said he did t know if the firm would Appeal judge Hall s Rul ing. . Steel filed suit last week against eight Union locals representing its employees in Wyoming Mingo and Mcdowell counties. The suit stems from the current Wildcat strike that has idled miners throughout the state. Charles Schroder a company accountant from Bluefield testified Friday that the strike was costing . Steel ?93.000 a Day in fixed costs. Schroder said he did t know the extent of company stockpiles. He was questioned by James Haviland a ump attorney who attempted to show that company had t suffered irreparable damages As alleged. In ordering the parties to arbitrate. Judge Hall commented i m not Here to resolve the strike but to give people their rights under the he said the recent . Supreme court ruling known As the Buffalo forge Case is in line with the . Steel suit. The parties have agreed to Grieve and Arbi trate not to judge Hall said in Reading from the supreme court opinion. The . Bridge.4b comics.4b crossword.4b editorials.4a horoscope.16b markets.10a obituaries.11a television.16b want ads.6b-15b Washington Washington record number of jobs could not keep Pace with the nation s expanding labor Force last month sending the unemployment rate up 0.3 per cent to 7.8 per cent in july the government said Friday. Details on Page 8a. Washington Treasury department audit of the government financed . Railway Assn. Has found what it considers to be widespread misuse of Federal funds for uses ranging from Golf club memberships to. Lucrative consulting contracts for sex officials. Details on page9a. A false religion seeing his ministry As a Radical one the Rev. Thomas Hartshorn a former medical student says the american Way of life is As anti Christ As nazi Germany. For a look at this unique minis Ter see today s pastor profile by George Steele on Page 6a. Enthusiastic supporter of the miners strike yells encouragement to a speaker Dur ing Friday s rally. He identified himself Only As a Miner from Megis county Ohio. Addition Al photos on Page 16b. Gazette photo by Leo Chabot

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