COAL: Preliminaries

In heroic days, now several centuries past, when two opposing armies debouched upon a field of battle, each advanced a herald to warn the other of its aims, the intentness of its purpose, the justice of its cause, the dire results to be expected if the other did not summarily yield and to hold forth the promise that all would be well if its demands were immediately complied with.

This procedure is still observed between coal operators and coal miners when they are about to join battle over a wage scale. It was...

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