National Affairs: Bituminous

Van A. Bittner, representative of the United Mine Workers in West Virginia, wired Secretary of Commerce Hoover that soft-coal producing companies were attempting to break their wage contract (negotiated at Jacksonville, Fla., a year ago last spring). He said that attempts were being made to lower wages 50%, that armed gunmen were being employed to intimidate the miners, that hundreds of miners were being evicted from their homes by their employer landlords, that, if the Federal Government did not take a stand against the breaking of the wage contract by soft-coal miners, the...

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