COAL: Markle's Conference

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The anthracite mining strike last week passed its fourth month. The 158,000 miners are estimated to have lost more than $100,000,000 in pay. The operators have lost four months' operating profits. Last summer the operators and miners tried to come to an agreement; the negotiations failed and were broken off before Sept. 1, when the strike began.

Although outsiders made efforts to effect an agreement, the operators and miners did not meet again in conference to settle the strike until last week. Then...

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