Business: Coal

A reconsideration of the Jacksonville union wage scale for bituminous coal districts is to come up shortly, and as the result, foreboding consumers, fearing a possible strike, are buying supplies in huge quantities. Current shipments of bituminous are exceeding those of like periods of recent years. In Pittsburgh the retail price of bituminous, delivered to homes, rose to nine dollars a ton last week.

One factor in this demand for soft coal is the continuing British coal strike. Four million tons of U. S. coal have been going to Great Britain.* But equally important...

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