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THE BEE: OMAHA, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 1914.
flINERS PAID SMALL SDMS.5
ilany Deductions Made from Pay of
frORK IS DONE BY CONTRACT
t Miner StrlUrn Hlrli Vein nnd
Makra Good Wnm' Unto 1 II c
tlncctl In Xext Contract
Grnrc Chnrurn Mnile.
tho Colorado coal field was Intro
duced today before the Ub-commltteo
of the houve committed on mines an-1
mining, which Is lnvetttft&tlng tho coal
Satvatory Valentin, ft Sicilian, told tht.
commltteo that ho had been brought to
Colorado from Pittsburgh through decep
tion and forced to work In the Delague
mine. One of his fellow Mrlkcbroakers,
he declared, was shot and killed by an
unknown person In the mlno.
James Adams, the Voting Mlssourtan,
who last night testified Ihftl he was held
prisoner In the DelugUe mine, was re
called to Identify the contract under
which he said he was brought to Colo
rado, lie was unable to Identify posi
tively his own signature The alleged
contract, produced by counsel for th
i FIVE DAYS WITHOUT SLEEP
Witness in Colorado Strike Inquiry
Tells of Aots of Military.
SUSPECT MADE TO STAY AWAKE
iHANCOCK. Jllch.. Feb. 10. Tho con
cessional Investigators resumed their In
(ulry Into conditions In the copper coun
ry promptly at 9 oclock this morning.
O. N. Hilton, counsel for tho Western !.,,, nnr..r i,i .h tlmor. in work
in the mines as a strike breaker.
federation of Miners, read Into the record
horo notations on miners' pay envelopes
show tho low monthly wage earned
jy some workers under the contract ays-fin,
Despite the iact that It was tho coldest
fay of the Winter on tho range, the hall
as well filled, principally with strikers.
hen the hearing began.
Deductions for such Items as "hospital,
lore and buaul" were snown on some of
"We will piovc," said Mr. Hilton, "that
many Instances the mining company
tould take out of the employes' pay
ho amount owed It and then would pay
ho storo keeper and trie boarding house
ceper from what was left."
The exhibits covered a wide period,
bine dating back a.i far as 1S9S.
Mlncrn Work on Contract.
At the suggestion of Mr. Casey of the
bmmlttee, A. W. Kerr, assisting Hilton,
kplalned the system of pay used by the
bmpanles. All under ground workers,
keept the miners, he said, were paid a.
ay wage. The minor worked on con-
William J. Hlckard, president of the
alumet local of the Western Federation
t Miners, then resumed the witness stand
Sid continued tho story ho began last
Mr. Howell asked the witness it a
hlner was not ablo to make more by con
flict: than on a fixed dally wage.
Rlckard said he could during tne term
t his contract It he happened to atrlko
good vein, bul in that case he waa cut
'own when tho time came to make a
lew contract. It was for that reason,
io said, that the men demanded a mini
mum wage of $3 a day.
"What would happen If a miner refused
contract tendered him by a mine boss?"
,sked Mr. Kerr.
"He would have to work somowhero
jlse," the witness replied. Ho added that
miner who took such action would find
lfflculty In finding employment in this
lection because most of tho mines were
fwned or controlled by one corporation,
he Calumet & Hecla. He made tho state
ment that a man of his ase could not af-
brd to leave one company's employ oe-
auso their companies would not take
n a now man who was over 40.
Tho witness told about the miners
bcal union and Its connection with the
Western Federation. A strike was or-
ercd by referendum vote, although, he
laid, the federation officers opposed It.
SI ore Work Demuiidcd.
Tho men Insisted on going out, because
(ondltlons were growing woree, saia
How 7" asked Chairman Taylor.
'More work was demanded of tho men;"
jeplled the witness.
Chairman Taylor asked tho witness to
Ive specific Instances where more work
las required. Rlckard said the lnstalla-
lon of tho one-man drill had put an
dded burden on the minors and tram-
hers, who were lorcea io move vweHiy-
bur care of rock dally Instead of sixteen
r eighteen, as formerly.
"You think, then, that the companies
ave been Increasing their efficiency at
le expense of the men?" asked the chair-
"I certainly do," ho answered.
I Rlckard was cross-oxamlned by Allen
f. Rees of counsel for the mining com
)anles'. "You have said that when you were
mployed In the Atlantic mine you wore
ompelled to patronize the company
tore" began Mr. Roes. "Do you think
ou would have boen discharged If you
tad dealt with stores In Houghton?"
"I certainly do."
"Do you know of anyone who was so
Salvatorle Valentin, n Sicilian, waa
called as the next witness for tho
strikers. He said he came to Colorado
from Pittsburgh, at the solicitation of a
man who was seeking 2,005 .men to work
In the mines In the Trinidad district. He
signed a contract oh December 13. he
declared, In which he was old, accord
ing to his statement, that thcro was no
strike in Colorado.
When tho train reached Trinidad, he
said, all tho curtains In tho coach wero
closed, and tho laborers' aboard were
taken to the Delcgila mine.
He waa not permitted .to go outsldo
the camp to buy beer and tobacco, and
was guarded by soldUrs on the way to
and from his boarding House. One of
his companions, he testified, was shot
and killed while In the, thine. He did
not kr,ow who did the shooting, but ho
saw tho body carried out 6f the mine by
militia men, ho said. Vallontln said that
after the shooting he tried to leave the
mine, but was told ihat he was Indebted
to the company $136 for loots and trans
portation. On the morning 6f January
2S ho again demanded his release and was
given a military escort from the mine
to a boarding house. Reaching there
he was told that he must pay the com
pany's $136 before he would be permitted
to leave the camp. 116 tried, with sev
eral companions, to go out one of the
gates, but was stopped- by soldiers. That
night, however, he and forty-soven Ital
lans succeeded In passing tho guards. Ifo
went to tho strikers' camp ut Ludlow.
On further examination the witness
said ho served In tho tJnlted Btates army
In tho Philippines.
"Did you have any trouble whllo In
the army?" he was asked.
"I got shot In tho back," ho repllod.
Tho witness said before he had con
suited the United Mlno "Workers' attorney
at Trinidad relative to securing a return
of the money ho had paid for transpor
tation to Colorado. Tho attbrney advised
him not to seek legal redress, ho said.
"I'm going to hunt up the fellow who
got me to como out here," ho volunteered,
"What will you do when you find him?"
asked Representative Bryncs.
"I'm going to shoot him,' was tho cool
"How much time will you give him to
pay you your money back?"
Tho witness further swore that he had
heard Adjutant General John Chose In
struct his men, In clearing the streets of
Trinidad; to "kill as many as they wanted
Later the witness said his father was a
Further questioning developed consld
craftlo doubt as to Whether- tho name
Valentin was that of tho witnoss, himself,
or that of a relative. Attorneys and com
mitteemen wero frankly puzzled and at
a loss to determine what tho' witness was
trying to say.
Just before luncheon recess the witness
was excused, tho committeemen appar
ently having decided that ,no further in
formation was to bo secured from him,
Illegal Imprisonment and anarchy wero
met by countercharges of violence and In
surrection nt a stormy session of tho fed
eral strike Investigation commission yes
terday afternoon. State officials uul
labor leaders were tho witnesses.
1311 Gross, superintendent of the
Colorado Freo Employment bureau, who
llOIti; CHARGES OF PEONAGE
Iclllnn Snyn He Wm Kep tUnder
Gunrd of Soldier.
DENVER, Feb. Io. Further testimony
eslgned to establish charges of peonage
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ROME, Italy, Feb. id. A consultation
In regard to the condition of Charles A.
Comlskcy, president of the, Chicago, club
of the American league, was held today
between Dr. John Edward Jones, Amerl
can consul at Genoa, and Prof. Giuseppe
Bastlanallt. a leading Roman specialist,
It was decided to submit Mr. Comiskey
to an examination under -X-rays.
Dr. Jones related to the professor the
circumstances under which" he had been
called to give medical attention to Mr,
Comiskey, who was taken seriously ill
yesterday while traveling by' train from
Naples to Rome with the' members of
the Chicago and New York base ball
Mr. Comiskey, who .had .been some
what Indisposed before boarding the
train at Naples, suffered from a sovero
rhlll after passing Caterta and his
symptoms rapidly became siish that his
wife and other relatives who wero with
him became alarmed. They called Dr.
Jones, who diagnosed tho case as
severe attack of Indigestion, with
larked cardlao symptoms.
Today's consultation between Dr. Jones
ind Prof, Blastenelll lasted more than
nn hour. The professor submitted the
patient to a rigorous examination, cs
peclally on the chest and abdomen. Ho
declared that all Mr. COmlskey's Inter
nal organs were In excellent condition,
except that there was a suspicion of
stomach trouble. It was1 therefore
agreed to subject the Pftlient to an
x-ray examination on Wednesday at
Mr. Comiskey was much better today.
but on the advice of the physicians he
will remain In bed the whole, day.
ottllcra Stationed In Front of 111
OH Throw Wnter on Hint
Chnrgrn of 1'conrtKC Arc
) In these mines wns among tho hlghrst
knonn In mining; that '-human llfo was
taken and considered ns less than that
of a mule"; that many of the miners
wero compelled to work' "In a veritable
Inferno" nl often had to bo taken out
unconscious. There was no ventilation
In somo o,f tho mines and no water to
drink except that which seeped through
cracks In tho rocks.
CAN'T REMEMBER BROTHER
(Continued from Pago One.)
DENVER, Feb. 10. Charges of peonage jdrcn. Francos, uged 11, and Frank, Jr.,
aged 6, he kissed his wife goodby, re
marking, 'I've got tho best little woman
In tho world,' and went to his office,
whero ho worked for an hour. Ho then
put on his hat nnhd cont and started to
lcavo the room. 'Oh, Frank, thero's your
keys,' remarked an employe, pointing to
tho ring. 'I'll bo back In a minute,' io-
this moment not a friend or relative has
1, title Girl Dlrn.
"Two weeks to the day, after his leav
ing, his little girl, Frances, contracted
pneumonia,, nlid died within forty-eight
"On November loth by brother-in-law,
l C. Fowler. Kansas City, received a
telephone, call from i..yons, Kan., from
Frank, who declared ho had regained his
memory and would lenvo for homo nt
once. Ho said he did not remember or
know wherti ho hhd been. Fowler, un-
tho unfortunato man of
death, and as a result
received no response over tho wire.
A week Inter a telcgrnm from my
brother was received by Fowler from
Hutchison, Kan., asking for funds to
continue his Journey from Santo Fc,
hero he already had transportation.
"owlcr wns asked to meet him there
"From then until January 1 wo lost all
trnck of Frank, when In responso to ad-
ertlscments which I placed In a num
ber of papers throughout tho country, I
received a message, from S. F. Odell nt
Clear Lake, la., ns follows: 'Your add
sounds samlllar and It may be you are
I wired back tho telegram ho had on
his person when picked up and nlso wired
F. Young, mayor of Clear Lake, who
responded promptly thnt Odell wns work
ing In the office of the Weekly Mirror
that city. I wns preparing to lenvo
for Clear Lnko, when I received anotlur
messngo from Frank, saying, 'You aro
mistaken In mnn, will seo you on way
'Tho wlro from tho Omaha police Sun-
ay wns tho first word wo havo heard
Clarence Finch spent tho greater part
of tho morning attempting to bring back
noma traco of memory to tho mind of his
brother. Pictures of tho man's wife,
children and homo wero not recognized
by him, but n photograph of his mothor
o remembered. Tho brothers loft police
headquarter and obtained rooms at tho
'nxton hotel preparatory to their leaving
for homo Wednesday morning.
Frank remembered that ho had worked
as police reporter on a St. Joseph dally,
and In his pocket carried a knlfo which
ho declared lie had Becured whllo cm
ployed there from a man held for mur
der by tho name of Tom Smith. In an
envelope a number of confederate bills
wero found.. "I got them In a poker
game at Clifton Forge, Va.," ho de
clared wjth a smile. From a noto book
It was found that he practically visited
every section o( the country n his wan
derings, of which- places ho can gIVo
pyfof accounts. Becnuso he wns found by
tho Qmaha police his relatives have been
tiaved the expentio of a nation-wide
tearch for him.
Finch Is 4J yenrs of nge and was edu
cated at Bakors' university of Baldwin,
Kan. Local physicians declaro. Jt Is pos-
lblo that association with hs folks and
.homo surroundings may bring back his
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BINGHAMTON, N. Y., feb. lo.-Rocco
Parse, a laborer, was 'killed as a result
of the earthquake shocks here this after
noon. The tremors caused a cave-in of
n trench In which he was Working.
NEW YORK, Feb. W.-Points as far
north as Montreal and as far as Phila
delphia felt distinct earthquake shocks
of various varying Intensity between 1:31
and 1:37 o'clock this afternoon. Indica
tions were that the entire northeastern
tectlon or-the United States was in the
zone of tremors. At 'no point Included
In the first reports was serious damage
In New York rtate tho tremors wore
recorded In New York City, Albany,
Rome, Syracuse and other points. In
Canada shocks were felt at Montreal.
Ottawa, Toronto, Preacott, Brockvllle
and other places. The shock also was
felt at Philadelphia, throughout Con
necticut and in Massachusetts.
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who has been 111 for several weeks with
peritonitis, Is much Improved today Ac
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to leave her room for a short time to
previously had testified thnt ho believed ! plied Frank. From thnt moment until
peonago was practiced In the coal fields,
continued his testimony with an attack
upon the militia and the military methods
of handling tho strike situation In south
ern Colorado. Ho said that Mario Zcnl.
arrested ns ft suspect, was kept awake
five days nnd nights.
"Tliey posted sollders In front of his
cell," ho declared, "and those soldiers
threw water on him and stuck him with
their bayonets when he tried to go to
sleep. Zcnl afterwards wns released."
Orjinulr.cr on Stiinil,
Tho house commltteo called to the stand
AdolDh Germcr. International organizer ! wittingly, told
of the United Mine Workers of America, his daughter's
Ho testified that ho was arrested at
WalBenburg, held nlno days, then released.
'What was tho chargo mado against
you?" ho was asked.
"None thnt I knew of," was the reply.
Ho said some of his mail was never
delivered, and thnt all the letters ho re
ceived whllo ho wns In Jail had been
opened by tho military authorities.
Major Edward J. Boughton, Judgo ad
ocato of the National Guard of Colo
rado, cross-examined tho labor leader.
"Don't you Know you wero held on
suspicion of Importing nrms after tho
disarmament order wns Issued?" ho de
manded. "You did buy arms, as a mat
ter of fact, didn't you?"
I did buy orni3," calmly replied tho
Representative Byrnes asked Germcr
hqw many guns he had purchased.
I bought twenty-five or thirty rifles,"
was tho answer.
To Protect Property.
I got thorn to protect our property
after mine guards had shot down a num
ber of our peoplo on the Btreets of Wal
senburg, and wo had learned that they
planned to raid our headquarters.
Edward V. Brake, deputy labor com
missioner of Colorado, testified that ho
had no personal knowledge of peonago
In tho mines. Ho declared that at the
Colorado Fuel and Iron company's steel
works at Pueblo a private employment
agency charged workers H a month for
keeping them In employment and that
tho company deducted this amount from
"Why did not you prosecute tho com
pany ana stop tills illegal pruuutai
asked a member of tho committee.
"Most of these cases are In Las Animas
and Huerfano counties," ho assencu.
'It's hard to explain these matters to
you gentlemen, but anybody who lives' In
Colorado knows you can t prosccuio any
body in those counties."
Hnrd to Convict.
"Furthermore, 1 can say without fear
of contradiction that there's notiung
harder In this state than to get anybody
Drosecuted for anything. It's very seldom
vmi enn convict anybody Jn iiuoriano
county If he's cot any inenas, me
deputy labor commissioner continued.
'Jeff Farr, the sheriff, selects tho juries,
and they're picked to convict or acquit,
Just as the case may do.
"How oes Sheriff Farr get elected?'
ho was asked.
I'd hato to say, but I have my sua
Fred Herrlngton, ono of the attorneys
for the mine operators, leaped to his feet.
I want to protest, for tho sake of the
dignity of tho state," ho Interrupted
"This has gone far enough. If ho has
any fncts to back up these accusations,
he should state them."
Chairman Foster suggested mildly that
the commltteo wished to probo thoroughly
Into all tho causes of thp strike. Ho
nrrtoreil. however, that the relet enco to
"suspicions" bo stricken from tho record,
Kvnli Aaka Questions.
Then Representative Evans asked:
"Do you think you have constitutional
government In Colorado?
"Personally I do not."
Judge Jesse O. Northcott of Trinidad
of counsel for tho operators In crosH-ox
amlnatlon usked: "For what length of
tlmo has constitutional government not
obtained In Colorado?"
"In my Judgment it hasn't obtained
since Peabody sent state troops into Crip
Die Crtek In 19M."
.The witness then explained that ho did
not moan that constitutional government
had been suspended all over the 6tate
but that anarchy had prevailed In tho
strike regions during tho various times
they had been occupied by .state troops
He admitted, upon further questioning,
that ho had no personal knowledge of
Juries having been selectoJ by Sheriff
Probe In ailclilttim.
HANCOCK, Mich., Feb. 9.-Federal In
vcstlgatlon of the conditions In the cop
per countfy was formally Instituted to.
day by Representatives Taylor of Colo
ratio, Casey of Pennsylvania and Howell
of Utah, members of the house subcom
mlttee on mines and mining.
Chairman Taylor in opening the Inquiry
explained the purpose and Invited all
who could shed any light on the con
troversy to appear before the committee
O. N. Hilton, appealing for the West
rn Federation of Miners, asserted that
Inasmuch as tho committee, had decided
that the strikers' side would bo heard
first he would suggest that the causes
leading up to the alleged conditions be
the first subject of Inquiry as necessary
to determine the Justice or injustice of
the miners' contentions resulting In the
"Wo are prepared to show," said Mr.
Hilton, In his opening statement, "that
for a long number of years there have
been engaged In the mines boys from
13 to 1C years of age and that there has
been an unparalleled condition of affairs,
I believe we can show that many who
entered the mines as boys and who have
worked all the time up to the present
date, never have averaged 3 a day for
Prepared to S1iot.
"We will show that it has been Impos
rlble for men to get work unless they
traded at certain stores," he continued
"When they were hopelessly In debt they
were denied houses to live In unless they
continued to patronize these stores.
Mr. Hilton said the rate of mortality
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Party Bosses Inquire
WASHINGTON, Feb. 10,-llepeal of the
provision of the Panama canal act ex
empt' ng Anclcm coastwise ships from
tolls, favored by President Wilson, Is td
be made n subject of consideration nnd
action by a democratic caucus of tho
Thrrt this would bo n wise and neces
sary course In tha Interest of party har
mony and tho nation's foreign policy Is
tho conclusion of administration senators
who havo discussed tho subject with the
How soon tho caucus will bo called has
not been determined, but sover.il senators
today nsscrted tho democrats would get
together to weigh tho situation ns pre
sented by tho president and settle for
themselves tho whiolo controversy.
Tho fact that tlio democratic party en
dorsed tho toll exemption policy nt tho
Baltimore convention, these senntors nnd
President Wilson hold, should not bo a
subjeo of opon controversy nt this time,
becausu conditions Involved In tho tolls
question havo changed since that time.
TEXAS BANKERS PLEAD
, FOR A REGIONAL BANK
AUSTIN, Tex., Feb, 10.-8ccrotary of
Treasury MoAfloo and Secretary of Agrl
culturo Houston, tho regional reserve
bank organization committee, today heard
tho bankers of Texas In support of their
contention that a reserve bank should bo
established In this stnto to nccommodato
tho cotton, cattle nnd grain Interests of
Representatives from Houstcn, Fort
Worth and Dallas set forth tho advan
tages of their cities ns financial center.
Several of tho speakers favored St. Louis
If n Texas city wero not o bo chosen.
Kansas City wns nlso suggested an n
logical point. The committee will lcinvj
for Now Orleans tomorrow.
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8HRGENT, Neb., Feb. 10.-(8peelol.) -James
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for two hours from heart failure when
found. Ho leaves a widow nnd nlno chil
dren, one daughter being married.
Fred Cram died this morning of kidney
trouble He had been In tho llvo stock
buying business hero for ten years. Be
sides his parents, who reside lu Burwell,
ho lenvo thrco brothers, ft widow and a
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Willow Springs Brewing Co.
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UllltC llll. 13111 Ol, PHONE DOUGLAS 1300.
Consumers, Phone Your Orders to Douglas 2108
or Douglas 1306.
122-124 North Fifteenth Street.
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