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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - June 6, 1907, Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE AND TABER EVIDENCE Station of Coal Commission Ea4�4-Divert* VUwi of Wifoeiaes Expretted-Operators Object to Compensation Aet and Run of Mino Basis off Pay. The Conl Commissions cont iitucH lis Bitting in Lothbrldge 1o tho mid of tho week. Too l wo ehiof witnesses wore W. l>. L, Hurdle, superintendent of the Albert n lliillwny ntwl Irrign  Hon mine nnd I' I.. Naismith, gen  ager of tho Canada West Coal and Coke company's mine at Tatar, discriminated ngoinst union men and ho was supported in his contention by William Murdock. They both declared that nt n time when this com- ernl manager of Hie snnm coni|mti.v. pany wore ndvcrtislng for men they  to I It expressed opposition to the'applied for positions. _Dix.cn asked eight hour Imnk to linnk �lny nml u com|)ciisut Ittii net. The most Important nnd interest -lug witness of Thursdny nflorniun wns W.ll.L. Hurdle, suporlivWiidoiit of the (lull mines. Ho wns opposed to I bo eight hour tiny nnd the compensation art. He has been n mine man oger for twenty-five years' nod ly opposed to tho eight hour bnnk to Imnk law. They were now only getting eight hours actual work from their men, as it took an hour to gel into tlie mine ami to work and an hour to get out. With an eight hour bank to bank law, they would only gel six hours not -unl work. Such a law would reduce tho output .1110 li ns a day. When asked if they could not add a night shift, Mr. Hurdle said it. was possible but that It would menu Increase on the cost, of production. Mr. Ilnr-dfo d'.d not favor a compensation net tin.ugh he admitted the (Salt company frequently allowed employees who were injured I heir full or halt wages vhl'o nwny from work for such reason. A com|ieiisatIon law wen Id encourage men to be actors. He thought a fund contributed tiv by ment, to provide aid in cases of filial accidents and sickness would be During the evidence there wore sev-all right. oral spicy passages between Mr. Hurdle nnd Commissioner llayson. The In tier asked, "When iloes your ngreem.nt with the men expire'.'" '"We have no agreement." was reply. "I understood you had." "Vou undoes!nod wrong." At another pcrioil Mr. asked, "Why had the inin, fused me a job, when they ing lii-li to work all the time." ' I may hnve thought you looked suspicious," replied Mr. Ilardie. "Vou know we swid nil agitators tit the Pass." them their names Hiid'when told he *nld he dill not nM them. Ills refusal to engage thorn they claimed wns due to their Idem Mention with the union. Miller said n man named John Hishop had I eon working t nt this mine and wns dismissed. No reu-son was given nnd the belief nmong the men was that he was dismissed ah emergency supply �( oowl k�ul on hnnil. IIH mine could not stocknmch n* the conl deteriorated. They might storo safely for three ion four months but beyond thnt the danger point was reached. The coal had to beput under cover, and even then it. deteriorated In Its full value. He was entirely opposed to a compensation act such as existed in British Columbia, but would not object to the Nova Scotia law, which the government, miners nnd operators contributed to ns a comiffmsntion fund. An eight hour Itw would Increase the cont of coal to the consumer. Every hour cut oh men nt a decrease In product  ion of 100 tons. Ho contended such a law would effect the Lethbrldge mine to a far greater extent than nny other mine in the country, owing to the time .lost in entering the mine nnd leaving It. Mr. Patterson member of the International board of the United Mine Workers was an interested attendant At to-day's sitting. Tho commission beentiNe he wns a union man. These |,vi" "My conclude Its session here witnesses also contended thnt union � to-morrow. Frank wilj be t.ho next men were often put nt work nl which It wos impossible to make living wages. Miller sold his wages for the | Inst twelve days in the Consolidated mino hnd been $36. He never averages *.1 n day. Munlock said he 'erntors in the prairie country in rued 82.25 a day. lioth men maintained the ventiln -tlon in the Consolidated mine was General Manager Nnisnillh of the Halt company, was a witness again today, nnd his statements are worthy very bad. Frequently they bad to , �' attention of all conl consumers and liy off work owing to impure air. jthwt is that it Is imperative that Chief Justice Hilton advised the un-' l,-Consolidnied m'ne, complained of the'fn,'� '* is paid'for as an inducement water in the mines. He said o|tern - t�/ the miners to nvnke as much lump tors .should be compelled to put inni1'0"' ,,H possible. Uy making alllump pump. He works at contract labor, I h0 is letter olt nnd we are better off. and ho maintained ho could make us | ' "dor the run of Hie mine system; much in eight hours ae ten. Murdock|''10 miners are not ns cnivful in was naked: "IV> you think a com - 1 loading the cars as result of percon- pensation law would offeet older �ml !��* "fK"wl *�'>� eonsi�le.i,b|y lcs.s|BC1,, fi7lh\" totiw'atcin next ve�r. weaker men im getting work?" and M',nn under tho screened conl method, he replied: "No, I do not. There are 1 it '� ti'o slack thnt Is left, after Jobs in mines where weak men are; �eiwning it is u complete wnsls as just ns good ns strong men." Hel,m''0 is "� niarket for It. They gave was an experienced man and never ""'"^ nwny to local manufacturers in took chances in a mine. He was al- i l-e'hbrldgo. On the run of the mine vays very careful. Mr. Murdoch bas's they would have to |>ay for u Btat�il his wages during the winter 1 great pert ion of slack, and fire clay. ....._ months did not average $15 a fort- I Mr. Nalsmilh p.iint^l out that on i c'^\ ol. |tnU.h of nlfi!,"" ;:'Wn0", C�n' ':,,sis n ,0n *a� W 1IM railway track. When ,,v of Andrew Wilson, n Scctchmon of H , -�.�� pounds, while on run of mine lhcHe ,r|c au.hos ,ro n,lkwliev. youra ex,h.,ience, earns �:t � day at ! " �,,s 3.310 pounds. . Iy fi|r|nffr |n ^ Qmn om| the Thistle mine at Wood,hk-ker. He I HihU.ry. he said, hnd proved that' , thp ,,, ,0| OB fc||| wn |am, | wants a legal eight hour day and a more nnrkoinble conl was secur.nl on j ,,,,,,,, ^ ,u u that ^ an nol compensation. He complained of the a screened coal system thai, inn of ,,owwj (0 Mw|> It must be remem- ventilation of the mino. It wns al- | niinea. He nd.niU.Kl thnt he did not ^ ^ ^ know of any other mine in Canada ,the cotmnon _ If the patches I* closely wutclted and llii.v treat ment stcurifustly curried out f�ir a year or two, there should net le a givut deal ot trouble from Canada thistles. This weed has lioen found growing out on the prairie where the wind has blown the seed, prolmbly years ago from some Lawn Mowers, Refrigerators Screen Doors, Screen Windows Ice Cream Freezers, Water Filters Ice Picks, etc., etc. We carry the largest stock ever carried in Lethbridge. Drop in and see them. A positive pleasure to show you goods. ways good when the inspector came around and ho suggested that the >n-s|iecton should not notify the opera COAI. MlXIN't! IIKAI.TIIV. j Mr. Ilardie declari-d that statistics that worked on a screened coal bnsU The only other witness of the day lor when, ho intended to visit a mine j �"s ',ohn l^hop of Tnber. Ho is u In thnt wnv he would he able to dis-! "�'�'> ">"�- �nd for thnt reason Ik. cover the actual conditions at the h� is not lo Kot work "l nines. Tlie men wero afraid to re-! tl�e present lime at that place, port to the inspectoc for fear the! "�, worked for the Canada West operator would henr cf it nnd, dis-:t'"n' ami Coke company for tendnys charge them. Wilson lielicvcul n miner j I'-adlng cars for a man who had the should be. paid for whatever he loads eonlrncl for that work. He says on a enrt. nnd ns far as he is con.; Mnnasc-r Dixon ordered the contrnc-ivrmNi he never loads anything hut �" dismiss him. No reason was G. L. VROOMAN HUSH MUX DIIOPPKO. Royal North West Mounted Police. given. The contractor said he was satisfied with his work, llishop sa.vs the best of conl. Joe Cnsnrl, SO yearsi a miner, was proved coal mining In h.....(,. of the'not satisfied with conditions nt the. IiL wns hecause ho wns a union man. healthiest classes of labor The death Western Canada Conl company'smine I another mine he wns "frozen out" rate nninig conl miners was low. The ( nt TnK-r. He hii.vs the mlnn is poor-, l�ing tol" oilier men were asked to go and powder is frequently left in the mine. ';'* l,(,�o '����' olid the vontilatiou though, It is taken out before the in- i were bad. Tho roof a few days after for unscreened ,,nl. as they would ' sooctor conies. He claims Manager J in entry has since been have to |my for n lot of dirt. 1 Dixon din�s not live up to his agree- rlosod up. He was not offeivd vork for iln swds need n�t of necessity j sprout in 'the snmo field in which the jpacent 11.nt grew, but may le blown ! by the winds 10 miles away, und the fanner muy very often lie protecting j himself ns well as his neighbors by , dcMroy'ng an odd bunch of Cnnudul London. May flO.-The sltimtiou re-I thistle out en the pruirie. It Is in suiting from the rejection of Mr. Bir I the beginning of things that a little roll's Irish Council bill by the l>uh-j work counts and it will nay every j I'm convention continues to l� ihe | farmer to remember this wlien ho uppermost topic of discussion in poll Imvs u patch of Canada thistle ellh- tical circles in the I'nited Kingdom. |t.\,\V.M. Police, at the following | or .n Ids own land or out on the As forecasted In these dispatches, the | | ,cos on the dates named: 'pruirie. 'me sure is In its death throes, and j Maple Qreek, June Mill, 1007 ! .ii # it is I el loved in nuthnmtive quarters j Pitting Atray-WttMcM wA Fiw l,mt 08 " ,osul1 �' tno i,r,,lo,,^'d HOItSr.S will Im* purchased for the liO li. it.", dfgives the year around. Mr. Ilardie would object to paying Muiiy a hous' other part of the mine. He Peeked in the fall. In many cases, ihoy would Im-er wages of the men a law, with us nnd finds it does not I wns also discharged from another thertj certainly is reason for this fear twenty per cent In order lo .spmli/e suit him. he breaks it. If we ^ues  mine and no reason was given. ||0 because tho articles have not been; mailers. ||-V paying on the sci.....nwl.tlon him we are fired." is the way 1 hlnwv�d the action t.f nil fhe o|>ern - thoroughly donned. If moths or their coal basis men were careful to keep he put it. tors towards him on account of hlspB�!K are loit iu the folded articles, out ilu> dirt. j Dr. Mewbuin. for 21 yearn physic - active connection with tho union.  | l.hoi* is sure to lie u largo colony of Three iioii-iinii n Illinois, Kobrrl inn to the minors ut Ijethhridgc.sald He believed in tho eight hour day. ! ''vue, which will oat their way, Xasmitb. John Craigg and Andrew (that the minors worn nearly always had worked ten hours a day in 'llirotigh tho woollen and fur articles j Queen i-mployeil in the |^>thi..-i� �� in good health. This is due. ho  'he old country, but he suid in the |in ,,u' vicinity. On tho other hand mine. guv,. ,.\ id.....e tod iy. ,u>d np  I thinks, to their regular kind of work Inst two hours the cmpuny did not if eloseia and oilier receptacles are penr.il lolHn entire accord with the and the even tempera turn of the mino , gel much work out of him. A man juwde absolutely .clean, and th?n eoiiiiitioiis he.v. They oariuil *:i.;in I The Inst witness of tho dnv wns could not work hard for ten hours rented with some insecticide, and if' ix day ami were skilled miners. Mr. Peter I,. .Xnlsinith, general nwnagor \ steadily in a mine. He favoivd a | �'�* K�nu.-nts. ure made iwrfcctly fr.v Xnismith thought eight hours n day of the Unit Conl Company. Ho wns :compensntion act, il made masters .frw,n '"!*�,�''s n"'1 their, eggs, the would only giie six hours actual ipiostloned lirst about the coal slurt- and men careful. Masters alv ays fur- J housekeeper can go away with an work to ih�. company. A out in the nue of last v inter, and said his mine nlshed more protection when Mich aiii0"1**' '"'"d. ' | had not bevn affected very much by act was in existence. In the mines* When ready to put away furs. shortage of cars. He imagined tlie he had worked in Alberta ho was fre-j thora or voollens. Iiu\e some in; C p:il. hnd confiscate*! about 500 or �iucnlly without timbers, but ho said �heeta or cotton bags. Per gariuir.s �00 tons of their conl in six months'that if a com|ieiiKatlon act had been thai are to lie hung up the bags are Craig said com|wiisntl.m Inw in Scot-j The output �f the mine in April hud in oxlstonat the o|h perfectly sound, in their power. It is nn open secret. hn\e good feet, short strotrg I nicks. working hours would mean u redue -lion of the men's wages. An ad -\alien in wages would necessitate an ndiaiice in (he price of'coul. Mr. old miiier.i. Mr. Queen did not !�'- I'urclinMil 0..*t00 tons. Tho daily out on hand. lievo iu compulsory hours. Kach mine put of the mine at present is between : I llrush the furs, nnd shake well. Hung in the sun tor keverul hours. If you {have a suspision thai there aee eggs  in the furs, convli each piece of fur . ;we!l. Pin tho articles in the shoots, ought to lie allowed to regulate, its 000 to 700 tons, which is about the A writer in the 'Vi.ung Woman' own hours. As fur us Im knew the normal summer output. In tho win - tolls of a lady, a devoted mothers' compensation art workedl sutlsiiictor- J tor it is as high as 1,200 tons of meeting lender, who overheard one il v in Scotland. The three meiispoke screened conl. The consumption of of her proteges swearing horribly.!r".'' �" lnc shK"** I1'" Utile wuds of highly of the Cult mino, saying they coal last winter was double that of At the next meeting she expressed jc�tton batten, dampened with oil 01 worked in a mine with more, the previous winter. , ncr Indignation in unn�iisured terms, j ce''(u"- '*ainl the joining of the box with oil of cedar iiuvui conveniences nnd hen 11 liter It vns a very safe mine Working miners fioiiv Tuber np|icnr-til liefoiw the conl commlesion nn Friday and argued iu favor of an eight-hour law and a workmen's com pensa'tion act. They claimed that ns much coal could be produced in eight hears as ten because the men would work harder. A ten-hour day taxed the energy of tho man too heavily and at the end of eight hours his working capacity had boon reached. Homo of tho witnesses work oight hours bank to bank at present in wj'jh pa|tor. (nit on the regular cover awuy iu closet or store- Mr. Naismith. whilo in favor of a Wh 11 the gathering broke up she wVn �" �f veciar. then line with proper observance of the Sabbath. ! posted herself nt the door tf. shake l>ai,or- the box is rull, cover thinks that a strict enforcement oflhni'ids with the memiiers. The first thu pioscirt. Lord's Day act will cut j to go was a woman never sus|>ecicd 1,n.'l lM,t oft' per cent, of the cars required of foul language. She, with hop and 1 ,no,n-from tho railroads, and the mines' angry fnco, etclaimoa, 'I shall never will bo eom|Hdlod to close down on come n^nln.' Itelore the lady had iv-Moudny, owing to tho fact that they ' cove rod her astunishment, another worn not able to get a supply of cars will, Oh. miss, if I'd 11 knowed ns on the other bund, that Sir Anthony is extremely anxious to retire ami it is practically certain thnt he has tendered his resignatioh. It is known also thnt the government is ( anxious to relnin in service tho un-1 dor secretary, and it is thouglit proli able that he will, yield to ministerial pre�suiv for tho present nnd only re-lire when things luue o 11 un lo to the Par  tianviit of Camilla, al the next Session thereof, fur an Act lo im-orpor-ale a Company to lie culled "The Northern Kmpiiv liiiilvvuy ('ompany" with power io construct a railway from a point on I lie International llouixlarv' Lino east of i'ardsioii in the I'lovinee of Albortn. thence in 11 1101 Iherl.v diieetioii through ix'tll bridge to I'.nt .MeMiirruy. thence in 11 generi.l'y. nortli-westerly direction passing at 01 near 1'Wl N'eriiiillion, to a point in the boundary line between the Province of llritish Columbia and the Yukon Territory ut or near Lower Post in the said Province of llritish Columbia, thence in u genera I ly north-westerly direction through the Vuki 11 Territory byway of Dawson City to a point on the International Itoimdnry between the Yukon Territory and Alaska, with further power to construct ami operate a brunch line from a point on the main line oast of Victoria fol -lowing generally the North Hunk of the North Saskatchewan Diver lo the City of Kdmoiiton in the I'ruv  ince of Alberta. Government ci tic Province of Alberta. NOTICE TO ENOINEKitS. NOTICE LS HKUKRY GIVEN that an cxniiitintiUon will be held by Mr. .Ins. Iluxton, of Calgary, a duly appointed Inspector of Steam Hollers for the Province of Albertn. at Calgary. May 17th and 18th. (Flro Hall) High Diver, May 20th. (Astoria Sample doom); Nanton May 27th, (Niintoii Hotel Sample Room): llirtsholm. Muy 20th. (Albert u' Sample Room). Macleod. May 31st. Pincher Creek, dune 1st. (Arlington Sample Doom). Prank, dune ilrd nnd Itli (Frank Hotel Sample Room) l.ethhridgv, dune 7th and 8th, IA. II. .V: I. Heading Doom); Raymond, .lime loth. (Town Hall.) Cnrdston, .luue 12th, (Cahooli Sample llooin). At V o'cl ok A M., for the purpose of giving engineers und apprentices un opportunity of (nullifying for fori Ideates under the provisions of the Steam Hollers Act. 1000. \pplicaliou for examination should be made to the above named Inspector or lo JOHN STOCKS. IMpuly Minister. Hcpmtioent of Public Works, Kdmon-1. n. Alberta. McKenzie & Roy ELECTRICIANS Ih'iilera in ElHutrieul appliances. AFotorr, Private Telephones, An-iiiiiiciiitorN, Kli'otrotiera, Sliatiee, ct'. Consult ns for ecotiomioal house liuhtiiiK- Ollice Ked|Mtlt St. Loth bridge Phone m Wanted. Altottt 40 Aores, close to oity, to sub-divide by purchaser with $5,000 �ash to |my down. Give looation, price and best terms. Box S, Herald Office. .1. 11. T. CARON, Solicitor fi-r tho Applicants. IIORSKS STRAYED. reward will be paid for tho ro-turn of throe horses, viz., one mure light bay about 700 Ins., one colt '1 years old, dark bay about 1000 lbs.; 0110 nui 10 two years old, sorrel I, 'all are branded 8 D on left shoulder land vonied by same letters inverted Haled nt Ottawa litis IHth day May A. lb, 1007. tt-13-20-27-4. of on left h'p. .1. MOR0AN. Lethbrldga. ;