The commoner. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-1923, December 01, 1922, Page 4, Image 4

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Municipal Coal Yard
The municipal coal yard In tho city of Lincoln,
which was established by Mr. Charles W. Bryan
.a.year ago last October and operated so success
fully during last winter,r'was opened again for
bus.'ness in October of this year, and has been of
great sorvico to the joal consumers of Lincoln.
As -Mr. Bryan, who established the municipal coal
yarifancl has operated It, has been elected as, go'vi
ernor and will resign. In a. f e w days:ns-cjtr court
oilman' and superintendent of the' municipal coa,l
yard to assume his duties as governor, he has
made a report of the first two and a half months
operation of1 the municipal coal yard commenc
ing October lof this year.. The report below
covers the, activities pf the coal yard up until
the time' Mr. Bryan terminated his connection
With it, giv'ng the reader -considerable valuable
information as to the coal business.
Owing to tho coal strike, .which, ,was' brought
abouf: by tho coal operators, the quantity of coal
above ground was groatly diminished during, the
summer of this, year, and this was takri, as an
excuse by thp cqai operators to advance thp, price
at the nifties when the miners commenced work
hi the all. , '.. .,
.The municipal coal 'yard in Lincoln com
menced: buying first class bituminous, screened
lump 5alfrom the centraf Illinois district in
October at $5.50 per ton at the mine and fixed .
tho delivery price at the Consumer's bin in Lin
coln at :$ 1,00 a ton. DurnTglthe -latter part of
October, the prce of coal was reduced at the
mine, 50 cents a ton, which was promptly given
to the coal consumers in Lincoln. During No
vember the price of the same- coal at the mine
was reduced another 50 cents a. ton, and later
anaddit'onal 25 cents a ton, and thes.e cuts were
passed along to the consumer.. This enabled the
municipal coal yard- to reduce tho delivery of
- coal to $1,0.50 and later to $9.75, and then, find
ing that he profits in. were such
thati-lt.was not necessary, to continue such a man- '
gin between the purchase price, and the soiling
price, another 25 cents -a ton was, cut off of the
delivery price,; and! tho-municipal coal yard in
Lincoln is now, delivering coal at "$9. 50 a ton.
TJUs $.9.50 price makes ian allowance for a dol
lar a ton which is paid for hauling, hich leaves
a.),Qut,,75 cents for; overhead and. contingencies,
wlich-mightv include, unexpected losses such as
weigh fc shortages between the purchase weight
by.iho car andthe delivery weight, by the wagon t
or on :accountof an excessive'-aihount of slack,
eXcy nm car of coal which woul(T"br!ng up the
lQsarfrppir re-screening abo.vo. the average .bss
.pm such sources. . '- . .N '
UTlie tgrado of coal that the municipal coal yard
. teaselling delivered at the -consumer's bin at
"$9.00 per ton , was being sold by private dealers
at from 11 to $13 per ton, but the fact that the
municipal coal yard fixes'a reasonable price' for
d&Dl-and sollsjust one' grade, which is a high
; class coal suitable for practically all domestic fc
purposes, it affects, the price of all kinds' of Coal
that the private dealers handle, arid the public"
not only get the "benefit from the savings where
they buy direct from the municipal coal yartf,
but the existence of the municipal coal yard
'causes a saving to all coal consumers on allkinds
of?.cpal" regardless of whether theyCbuy it from
tiie-'municlpal yard on. whether it is bought from
private dealers. The municipal coal yard starts
tiompotitign between trie municipal yard and pri- )
vato dealers, where prior to tho establishment of
tho municipal coal yard there was no compoti- '
tion among the private dealers, and the Ipublic
was compelled to pay about $4.00' a ton more,
for their coal than a reasonabloSprico ora roa- ""
sonable profit would warrant. Mr. Bryan has
demonstrated in tho city of Lincoln that a gov.
ernmont can protect its people from being plun-
derod in he essential necessaries of life if it de
sires to do so. ; ' - , .
After reducing the price of coal this tall sev
oral dollars a ton and paying the entire operant- y
Ing expenses of the. municipal coaldepartment.
without requiring any capital to. bo advanced by
tho taxpayers and without" using any ''mpjiey
other than the receipts from the sale of the coal
itself, the municipal coal yard has made a net
profit of $1,7,04.41 from Oct. 1, 1922 to Dec. li; -j922,
iri handling "a little-more than 3,000 tons ,,
.yf coal
- Mr. Bryan givesjup ' the managament of the
coal' yard with considerable rogretr to take up his
duties as governor. Mr. Bryan's campaign for
governor was made on the issues of restoring the
, state government t& a business basis, reducing .
the cost of government and to bring the control"
ot the state gbvernment under the will of .the
people by a re-arrangpment of the plan under
which the state government now operates. ""
Mr. Bryan is now getting his recommendations
ready to present to thp legislature. The detailed
report of the municipal coal yard's activit'es as
presented by Mr. Bryan in. his final report to the
city council which covers the full report for th6
twp. months and eleven days during .the time the -
cbig yardhas been open this fall and followed"
by a separate report covering the eleven days in
December-is as follows:' " i
, fc '." - OeCL.l:to Dec 9 inclusive.
Total number ofcars?T)Ought .64
Tonnage bought, Trackweight,
Tannage sold to D(ec. 9. .,3023 tons
Tonnacro sold & nnt dp.-"
- ScJ'eenings "v'3jrtoisi J .
' Lumn .,...,.l'ton, -4tohri
Slirinlc .l ....fCvi
Cash', on hand Dec, k - "v
App. -.j i . .-.. .. . .vrrr $10,000.00
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"W n'TTilLjr 1
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y .:
C03 ton,
23 loin
Cash ree'd , on sales "t"6- ' ''
13,522 09
G.547 98
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Total .,;.. ..... -. ;.. x- "t . $20,070 07
Cash paid out Coal. '.'$'. G ,200 6 '
Cash pa'd out4-D,elivery 7723.45 '
Cash paid but T. t. ."U.'-' s-3'.8-5 ( 7,095 4 6
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ApprppriatiortV ' ' ,$10,000 00
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-. .. x. .t, ....... . . .p 4,8 11(1
Total aepostited ,jy:r. .?3,842L23
Warrants paid ' '.:, . .-,. . . 29V6'a2l75. "
Net in Treasury w..$ 2!f.i8'
- Cash on hand C.-boxT JHs3.i3
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j, ' t, $ 2;97.4.61 . '
Bills 'due" on CoaU$71-3.55 T'' '"
BlllS due on Dei? . L65.00 ?-xl'
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87.8. 5 5-
'-Over sales' . .-. ..: .
.. !tV" '' $l,6Vtft9lY
"Invoice ?of coakbn 'hand . 2350 "
Net profits to-.'date ...'.$ 1,7 O"-!,
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45 tons
Invoice pn hand
r'' 4
Total shrink, at wagons
Total shrinlc'at mine I
Cost of overhead per ton
jCost of shrinkaty wagon
Cpsf shrink at'Jnine ;
Net profit per Hon'
$.26 1-3
.13 ,,.
.05 2-3
2 95 2'.. tons'
'42 tons
30 Cons
Average selling price at' car
Average overhead .cost
$1-101 ' '
Average cost per ton F. O.
B. Lincoln ......
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Net profit per ton .,; .56
Total cost of coal bought $26,751'.92.
Total cost of coal de-
livery , 3,012.85
Total" cost of coal .over-,
liead .7 ' ..796.53
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OlThe passage of the ship suhsidybill by a bare
majority of only twenty-four in a House more
. than two-thirds Republican . in its membership
jsva virtual condemnation oflhe ddministration's
position on the subject.' Sixtynine Republicans
vqted With the Democrats while" only four Demo-
f cr'ats voted with the Republicans. The chances
are strongly'in favor bf d.efeat of' the bill In 111 0
Senate rvvhere discussion can be mpre extended
and where the agricultural states have a larger
proportionate representation than in the House.
If there isso large a revolt against. the Repub
licans' leadership in- the preSe'nt'corigress, what
, may we expect in the next when the progressives
'hohMhe balance of power? '."'
Total Sales'
"Total Oversold
$3 05 61; 30
The Democratic party is fortunate-in the re
election of her-far-west senators: Jones of New
Mexico, Ashhurst of Arizona, Pittman of Nevada,
King of Utah, and Kendrick of Wyom'ng-all
strong men-r-have been returned by their con
stituents, for another term" of six. years. They
will .be-powerful aids to' the party in the import
ant work Whe.elerof Montana suc
ceeds Myers, and ex-Congressman Dill succeeds
Poindexter in Washington. This, gives us eight
Democratic votes in the; Senate 'from the moun
tain and Pacific states. (
Net- sales "of coal de-7
livered . . .' $32,242.2"1 r
Invoice on hand ' -"
.3 tons, Screenings ( " $5 $15.00)
jl con Lump (- ,'.. 8.50) xp ,'
. '23.50'
The- fascist! the volunteer organization of
citizens who-have taken control of tho Italian
government, has raised .two hundred and fifty
million dollars by popular, subscription to defray
the deficit in the national budget for the cur
Tent year. We may expect the Republican -r-ganization
to father a fascisti, movement in this
country most any timp if it works so conven
iently as all that.
Total!; net. profit
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$ 1,704.41
' f fqrDec, l' to'. 9 inclusive. H-
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Tonnage oh
.- comber 1
Rec'd atyard to Dec. 9 ,
-, Total
Tonnage sold during-De-
ce,mbor to the 9th. . .'. 644 tons
Tonnage oversold or de-
" livered . .' -"'45
626 tons 626 'tons'
The' various financial letters, that come out
of Wall street these days'-all prophesy that an
other price ise is on-.its way.' This, iseono f
the ways by which the profiteers are able fo
get highei' prices. Tbp command a means of
making the people believe - that higher prices
are inevitable br merely saying they are com" c,
and then the big follows see that the prophecy
is made good.
The President wants the Labor Board trans
ferred to the Interstate Commerce commiss.oi
and its findings iade -binding." Rot yet, com
pulsory arbitration un-American.
Invoice $tcoal onjhand
599 tons
The President,-in his'.annual .message to con
gress, acted wisely in recommending remedial
legislation in behalf of the farming interests.
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