Business: Coal & Irony ^

Enoch Kuklinskie Jr. was 35, married and a coal bootlegger. He and his 60-year-old father got their livings from a hole on a mountainside north of Shamokin in the Pennsylvania anthracite fields. The hole was on Stevens Coal Co. property which was not being worked. Like 3,500 other unemployed miners around Shamokin, the Kuklinskies mined coal on company property, called themselves bootleggers. The company called them thieves. Like the others they made about $4 a day digging coal out of abandoned shafts, selling it to independent truckers. And like other bootleggers they never...

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