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Order of the United States Fuel Administrator of Aug. 28, 1918, Effective 7 a. m., Aug. 29,

1918, Fixing Prices at the Mine for Bituminous Coal Mined in Mason County, West Virginia.

Applications having been made to the United States Fuel Administrator for a revision of the prices of bituminous coal mined in the County of Mason, in the State of West Virginia, the United States Fuel Administrator, after due consideration of such applications, acting under the authority of an Executive Order of the President of the United States dated 23 August, 1917, appointing said Fuel Administrator, and of subsequent Executive Orders, and in furtherance of the purpose of said Orders and of the Act of Congress therein referred to and approved August 10, 1917,

Hereby orders and directs that bituminous coal mined in the County of Mason, in the State of West Virginia, may be sold at prices f. o. b. cars at the mine not to exceed $2.30 per net ton for run of mine, $2.55 per net ton for prepared sizes, $2.05 per net ton for slack or screenings, plus the 45¢ allowance for wage increase, if the producing companies are entitled to add such allowance under the President's Order of October

1917. This order to become effective at 7 a. m., August 29, 1918.

H. A. GARFIELD,

United States Fuel Administrator. WASHINGTON, D.C., August 28, 1918.

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Order of the United States Fuel Administrator of Dec. 6, 1918, Effective 7 a. m., Dec. 7,

1918, Firing Prices at the Mine for Coal Mined by Three Forks Coal Co., in the New River District, West Virginia.

Application having been made to the United States Fuel Administrator for a revision of prices of bituminous coal mined by the Three Forks Coal Company in the New River District, in the State of West Virginia, the United States Fuel Administrator, after due consideration of such application, acting under the authority of an Executive Order of the President of the United States, dated 23 August, 1917, appointing said Administrator, and of subsequent Executive Orders, and in furtherance of the purpose of said orders and of the Act of Congress therein referred to and approved August 10, 1917,

Hereby orders and directs that bituminous coal mined by Three Forks Coal Company, in the New River District, in the State of West Virginia, may be sold at prices, f. o. b. cars at the mine, not to exceed $2.55 per net ton for run of mine, $2.55 pet net ton for prepared sizes, $2.00 per net ton for slack or screenings. To these prices may be added the 45c allowance for wage increase if the producing company is entitled to add such allowance under the President's Order of October 27, 1917. This order to become effective at 7 a, m., December 7, 1918.

H. A. GARFIELD,

United States Fuel Administrator. WASHINGTON, D. C., December 6. 1918.

Subsection 2.-Wyoming.

Order of the United States Fuel Administrator of Oct. 1, 1917, Efective 7 a. m., Oct. 1,

1917, Fixing Prices at the Mine for Coal Mined in the State of Wyoming. To all persons, firms and corporations engaged in the mining and production of coa)

in the State of Wyoming:

The President of the United States having heretofore, on or about the 21st day of August, 1917, by virtue of the provisions of an Act of Congress known as the Food Law, ordered and directed that coal mined in the State of Wyoming shall be sold at

the following prices to wit: Run of mine, $2.50 per ton, prepared sizes, $2.75 per ton, and slack or screenings, $2.25 per ton; and an application having heretofore been made to the Fuel Administrator for a revision of the said prices applicable to the said coal mined in the State of Wyoming, and the said application having been duly considered by the Fuel Administrator;

Now, by direction of the President of the United States, the Fuel Administrator hereby orders and directs that, until further order in the premises the above mentioned prices for coal mined in the State of Wyoming be and the same hereby are modified, pending further investigation, in the following particulars and in no other: Coal mined in the State of Wyoming may be sold at prices not to exceed, for run of mine, $2.50 per ton, prepared sizes, $3.50 per ton, and slack or screenings, $1.25 per ton. These prices shall become effective at 7 a. m., October 1, 1917.

H. A. GARFIELD,

Fuel Administrator. WASHINGTON, D. C., October 1, 1917.

Order of the United States Fuel Administrator of March 7, 1918, Effective 7 a. m., March

11, 1918, Fixing Prices at the Mine for Coal Mined in the States of Montana, Wyoming and Utah.

To all persons, firms and corporations engaged in the mining and production of coal

in the States of Montana, Wyoming and Utah:

The President of the United States having heretofore, on or about the 21st day of August, 1917, by virtue of the provisions of an Act of Congress known as the Food Law, ordered and directed that coal mined in the States of Montana, Wyoming and Utah should be sold at the prices named in said order; and applications having been made thereafter to the United States Fuel Administrator for a revision of such prices applicable to coal mined in said States;

And the United States Fuel Administrator, after due consideration of said applications for revision of prices, having ordered and directed that coal mined in the State of Montana should be sold at the following prices, to wit; run of mine, $2.70 per ton, prepared sizes, $3.60 per ton, and slack or screenings, $1.50 per ton, and that coal mined in the State of Wyoming should be sold at the following prices, to wit: run of mine, $2.50 per ton, prepared sizes, $3.50 per ton, and slack or screenings, $1.25 per ton;

Now, the United States Fuel Administrator, after further consideration of the said applications for revision of prices, acting under authority of an Executive Order of the President of the United States dated 23 August, 1917, appointing said Administrator, and in furtherance of the purpose of said Order and of the Act of Congress therein referred to and approved August 10, 1917,

Hereby orders and directs that coal mined in the States of Montana, Wyoming, and Utah may be sold at prices not to exceed, for run of mine, $2.65 per ton, prepared sizes, $3.30 per ton, slack or screenings, $1.50 per ton. This order to become effective at 7 a. m., March 11, 1918.

H. A. GARFIELD,

United States Fuel Administrator. WasHINGTON, D. C., March 7, 1918.

Announcement of the United States Fuel Administrator Relative to Mine Prices of Sub

bituminous Coal Mined in Wyoming.' The United States Fuel Administrator announces further classifications and prices of sub-bituminous coal at the mine in the following State:

These prices do not include the 45-cent allowance for wage increase under the President's order of October 27,

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Section 2.-Orders of General Application to Mine Prices of Bituminous

Coal.

Executive Order of the President of the United States of Oct. 27, 1917, Effective 7 a. m.,

Oct. 29, 1917, Issued as Publication No. 2-A of United States Fuel Administration, Increasing, Subject to Conditions Stated in the Order, Prices at the Mine for Bituminous Coal by the Addition of 45 Cents per Ton.?

THE WHITE HOUSE,

Washington, D. C., 27 October, 1917. The scale of prices prescribed 21 August, 1917, by the President of the United States for bituminous coal at the mine, as adjusted and modified, by order of the United States Fuel Administrator, to meet exceptional conditions in certain localities, is hereby amended by adding the sum of 45 cents to each of the prices so prescribed or 80 adjusted and modified, subject, however, to the following express exceptions:

(1) This increase in prices shall not apply to any coal sold at the mine under an existing contract containing a provision for an increase in the price of coal thereunder in case of an increase in wages paid to miners.

(2) This increase in prices shall not apply in any district in which the operators and miners fail to agree upon a penalty provision, satisfactory to the Fuel Administrator, for the automatic collection of fines in the spirit of the agreement entered into between the operators and miners at Washington, October 6, 1917. This order shall become effective at 7 a. m. on October 29, 1917.

WOODROW WILSON.

I These prices were fixed by order of the Federal Fuel Administrator for Wyoming. The original order cannot now be found.

? On January 25, 1918, the following formal ruling interpreting the President's Order of Oct. 27, 1917, was issued by the United States Fuel Administration.

On October 26, 1917, the United States Fuel Administrator H. A. Garfield, wrote a letter to the President of the United States in reference to a proposed increase in wages of mine workers in bituminous fields On October 27, 1917, the President of the United States issued an order granting an increase amounting to 45 cents per ton in such wages.

It has now been brought to the attention of the Fuel administrator that consumers having contracts for the purchase of coal, made before August 21, 1917, at prices below the President's prices, have been notified that this letter and this order put upon them the obligation to add to the price named in such contracts, the 45 cents increase specified in this order of the President, although the contracts contained no provision for a variation in price to correspond with changes in wage scale. This is not correct. Neither this Executive Order nor Mr. Garfield's letter in any degree lessens or affects the obligation of the vendo named in the contracts which contain no such clause, to make deliveries under these contracts at the price named therein."

Regulation of the United States Fuel Administrator of Oct. 31, 1917, Stating the Condi

tions of Compliance with the second Express Exception of the President's Order of Oct. 27, 1917, Increasing Prices of Bituminous Coal at the Mine 45 Cents per Ton.

The United States Fuel Administrator announces that in carrying out the terms of the President's order of October 27, 1917, permitting an increase of prices theretofore fixed for the sale of bituminous coal, he will ept as satisfactory in cases where conditions do not render an agreement possible the following as a substantial compliance with the second express exception of the President's order: The posting of a notice at the usual place for posting notices to employees, containing the following announcements:

1. An increase of wages effective November 1, 1917, and continuing through the period of the war, but not exceeding two years from April 1, 1918, substantially as provided in the Washington agreement of October 6, 1917.

2. The United States Fuel Administrator has directed that if any mine worker or group of mine workers in any way interrupts the operation of the mine or causes a strike, the operator shall deduct from the earnings of each employee, except those who continue at work, the sum of $1 per day for each day or fraction thereof that such mine worker fails to report for work.

All questions arising under the foregoing provision are subject to review by the United States Fuel Administrator.

3. If a mine is closed or the men locked out by an operator, without just cause, the United States Fuel Administrator will impose upon and collect from such operator a fine at the rate of $1 per day for each mine worker affected.

All fines imposed under this order shall be paid to the American Red Cross through the United States Fuel Administrator.

4. Every mine operator shall file with the United States Fuel Administrator regular reports, on prescribed forms, giving him such information as will enable him to enforce the foregoing order.

H. A. GARFIELD,

United States Fuel Administrator, WASHINGTON, D. C., October 31, 1917.

Order of the United States Fuel Administrator of Feb. 6, 1918, Directing that the Terms of

the Presidents Order of Oct. 27, 1917, shall Not Apply to Coal Mining Operations in

Alabama. To all persons, firms and corporations engaged in the mining and production of coal

in the State of Alabama:

An agreement having been reached by the Mine Operators of the State of Alabama and the Mine Workers of Alabama, whereby a scale of wages for miners has been fixed which is satisfactory to both the operators' and the miners' committees, and the same having been approved by the United States Fuel Administrator; and it having been further mutually agreed between the Mine Operators of the State of Alabama and the Mine Workers of Alabama that the above wage agreement modifies the Washington Wage Agreement of October 6, 1917, in so far as the operators and miners of the State of Alabama are concerned;

The United States Fuel Administrator, acting under authority of an Executive Order of the President of the United States, dated 23 August, 1917, appointing said Administrator, and in furtherance of the purpose of said order and of the Act of Congress therein referred to and approved August 10, 1917,

Hereby orders and directs that the terms of the Washington Wage Agreement of October 6, 1917, and of the orders of the President and the United States Fuel Administrator of October 27, 1917, allowing 45 cents to be added, until further notice, to the

selling prices established by the President, shall not apply to any coal mining operations whatsoever in the State of Alabama.

H. A. GARFIELD,

United States Fuel Administrator. WASHINGTON, D. C., February 6, 1918. Order of the United States Fuel Administrator of April 29, 1918, Effective 7 a. m., May

15, 1918, Revoking and Cancelling Order of Feb. 6, 1918, and Permitting Addition of 45 Cents per Ton by certain Alabama Operators.

An agreement bearing date April 20, 1918, having been entered into between a committee representing the mine operators of the State of Alabama and a committee representing the mine workers of said state, whereby a scale of wages for mine workers in the State of Alabama has been fixed, to become effective May 15, 1918, which agreement contains a penalty provision, satisfactory to the United States Fuel Administrator, for the automatic collection of fines, in the spirit of the agreement entered into between the operators and miners at Washington, dated October 6, 1917,

The United States Fuel Administrator, acting under the authority of the Executive Order of the President of the United States dated August 23, 1917, appointing said Fuel Administrator, and of subsequent Executive Orders, and in furtherance of the purposes of said orders, and of the Act of Congress therein referred to and approved August 10, 1917,

Hereby orders and directs that the order heretofore made by said United States Fuel Administrator bearing date February 6, 1918, which provided that the Executive Order of the President dated October 27, 1917, allowing the addition of 45¢ to the applicable Government mine price of bituminous coal, should not apply to any coal mined in the State of Alabama, be and the same hereby is in all respects revoked and canceled as of the fifteenth day of May, 1918.

And hereby further orders and directs that all operators in the State of Alabama who have put into effect the scale of wages provided for in the aforesaid agreement dated April 20, 1918, between the committee representing the Alabama operators and the committee representing the Alabama mine workers, may add 45¢ per net ton to the applicable Government mine price at date of shipment on all coal shipped by such operators on and after 7 a. m., May 15, 1918.

H. A. GARFIELD,

United States Fuel Administrator. WASHINGTON, D. C., April 29, 1918. Order of the United States Fuel Administrator of May 24, 1918, Effective 7 a. m., May 25,

1918, Issued as Publication No. 26 of the United States Fuel Administration, Reducing Prices of Bituminous Coal at the Mine in all Producing Districts Ten cents per Ton.'

WASHINGTON, D. C., May 24, 1918. The President of the United States, having heretofore by Executive Order, dated 21 August, 1917, under authority of an Act of Congress known as the “ Food and Fuel Control Act” and approved August 10, 1917, fixed the prices for the sale of bituminous coal f. o. b. mines in the coal-producing districts set forth in said Executive Order and,

The United States Fuel Administrator, acting under authority of an Executive Order of the President of the United States, dated 23 August, 1917, appointing said

1 On May 25, 1918, the effective date of the 10¢ reduction order, the following ruling construing the order was issued:

“The effect of the Order making a reduction of ten cents per net ton from the mine price on all bituminous coal shipped after 7 a.m., May 25, 1918, is that no one shall ask, demand, or receive, more than the applicable Government mine price thus reduced, for any coal shipped after 7 a. m., May 25, 1918, unless the same was shipped pursuant to a bona fide contract enforcible at law entered into prior to August 21, 1917. Contracts made between August 21, 1917, and December 29, 1917, do not authorize any exception to the above. Contracts made after December 29, 1917, must, under the provisions of the Order dated December 24, 1917, contained in Publication No. 10, provide that all shipments thereunder shall be at the applicable Government mine price at date of shipment."

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