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As soon as the Local Committee's recommendations r lative to the gross margins to be established have been approved by the State Fuel Administrator, it is your duty to see that (1) the retailers are immediately notified of the retail gross margins which have been established, (2) that these margins are strictly adhered to, and (3) to report any violations thereof to the State Fuel Administrator.
UNITED STATES FUEL ADMINISTRATION,
States Organization Division. By W. E. Hopy.
Section 2.-District Representatives. Statement of United States Fuel Administrator Dated December 21, 1917, as to Duties
and Powers of Deputy Distributors, Afterwards Called District Representatives. The appointment of Mr. D. R. Lawson as a Deputy Distributor of the United States Fuel Administrator in the Fairmont District of Virginia marks a further step in the plan of decentralization of the Fuel Administration and promises more effective co-operation between the Fuel Administration, the coal producers, and the railroads. Mr. Lawson's appointment was made after assurances had been received from Mr. C. H. Jenkins, President of the West Virginia Coal Operator's Association, that the appointment would be satisfactory to the Association and to all the operators concerned. It is the policy of the United States Fuel Administrator to appoint as Deputy Distributors only men familiar with the coal industry and acceptable to the coal producers of the district in which each is appointed.
The Deputy Distributors are not to be confused with the Fuel Administrators, whose duties and responsibilities remain as heretofore. The duty of the Deputy Distributor is to facilitate the shipment of coal to meet emergencies on requests and orders from the United States Fuel Administrator and from the State Fuel Administrators, to make equitable allotment of such orders among operators, and to keep the Fuel Administration at Washington informed of conditions in each producing district. Authority is not given to the Deputy Distributors to determine priority of needs, nor to prefer one consignee over another. This authority is reserved to the United States Fuel Administrator and, when so authorized, to the State Fuel Administrators. It is to be noted that the agency is intended primarily to meet emergency needs. Under normal conditions, the purchaser will be left as free as the war emergency permits to deal directly with the operators producing the coal.
A Deputy Distributor will eventually be appointed in each producing district. The plan contemplates also the designation of a representative of the railroads to advise with the Deputy Distributor in each producing district, and the Executive Committee of the American Railway Association has been asked through its chairman, Mr. Fairfax Harrison, to cooperate by appointing such representatives.
H. A. GARFIELD.
Form of Letter of Appointment of District Representatives. DEAR Sır: To facilitate the apportionment and distribution of bituminous coal and to assure prompt and equitable allotment of emergency orders among shippers, you are hereby appointed District Representative of the U. S. Fuel Administrator in
for the purpose named below. You are directed to establish the necessary organization to properly conduct the activities of this office. (1) On receipt of requests for fuel from State Fuel Administrators and on
receipt of requests and orders for fuel from the U. S. Fuel Administrator, to allot such requests and orders to the individual shippers and mines in the above named area as equitably as possible, and with a view to securing prompt compliance with such orders without undue hardship to individual shippers.
(2) To report to the U.S. Fuel Administrator in detail on each request received
from State Administrators and describe the action taken, including the
name of the shippers or mine to which the request or order was allotted. (3) To arrange with each individual shipper and mine in your district for
notice to you of production, working time, free coal, and shipments. (4) To compile reports of production, working time, car supply, shipments,
and free coal and to report such figures to Washington in totals at the close of each week, beginning at once. Forms for reporting this information
will be forwarded to you as soon as prepared. (5) To comply with all instructions issued by the U. S. Fuel Administrator
governing the conduct of your office and to recommend to the U. S. Fuel Administrator, from time to time, any changes in practice which
might result in more efficient administration. Your appointment as above is to continue at the pleasure of the U. S. Fuel Administrator and may be terminated by him at any time, as the exigencies of the business may require or as his judgment may deem proper.
All reports and communications regarding the operation of your office should be addressed to Mr.
U.S. Fuel Administration, Washington, D. C.' At least until other arrangements are established, it is understood that the expense of conducting your agency will be borne by the individual shippers and mines in your district under a co-operative arrangement to be established and agreed upon by them. Please confirm at once by wire your acceptance of this appointment. Yours very truly,
H. A. GARFIELD,
Form of Notice to Shippers of Appointment of District Representatives. To all shippers of bituminous coal in
GENTLEMEN: Enclosed you will find copy of a letter appointing Mr. at ..... District Representative of the U. S. Fuel Administration for the coal fields of
to serve as representative of all individual shippers and mines in that area.
He will receive requests from State Fuel Administrators, and orders and requests from the U. S. Fuel Administration for the shipment of bituminous coal for emergency use, and will allot such requests and orders among the mines, shippers, and operators in his producing district in a manner which in his judgment will prove most equitable.
Untilfurther notice you are instructed to refer any requests or orders for fuel received from any other members of the U. S. Fuel Administration to Mr. action. The proper discharge of Mr.
's duties will require a hearty co-operation on your part and prompt compliance with his requests. It will be necessary for you to furnish him with certain statistical data, which he will treat confidentially.
This appointment has been made to facilitate the operation of your business, and therefore to aid in meeting a national emergency. It is done with the full belief that the appointment of one man to represent all individual shippers and mines in your district, who by reason of his proximity and familiarity with the business will
1 Until January 24, 1918, the name appearing in this paragraph was that of Mr. L. A. Snead. On that date the name of Mr. J. D. A. Morrow was substituted. On and after March 20, 1918, the name of Mr. A. W. Calloway was substituted for Mr. Morrow's name.
: This paragraph was ornitted in letters of appointment issued after March 28, 1918.
be in a position to allot the Administration's orders to the best advantage, will very
H. A. GARFIELD,
List of District Representatives and Assistant District Representatives with Dates of
Appointment and Definition of Territory Covered by the Particular District. District No. 1. Central Pennsylvania.--Comprises three sections of the coal fields of central Pennsylvania.
Section A. Huntingdon and Bedford Counties-operations in Somerset County served by the Pennsylvania Railroad and operations on the Pennsylvania Railroad between Cresson and Blairsville as well as the South Fork Division and the Indiana Branch.
Section B. Center County-Cambria County (except that part listed above) Eastern part of Indiana County and all operations in Clearfield County tributary to the New York Central and Pennsylvania Railroads.
Section C. Operations on the Buffalo, Rochester & Pittsburgh Railroad in the western half of Indiana County. Operation in Armstrong County on and tributary to the Buffalo, Rochester & Pittsburgh Railroad and the Buffalo and Susquehanna Railroad. Operations in Clearfield County tributary to the Buffalo, Rochester & Pittsburgh Railroad, also Jefferson, Elk, McKean, Cameron and Clinton Counties.
Dist. Rep. J. P. Cameron, Altoona, Pa., Jan. 30, 1918.
District No. 2. Western Pennsylvania north of Pittsburgh.—Comprises the coal fields of Pennsylvania in Armstrong, Butler, Clarion and Mercer Counties and the northeastern section of Lawrence County and the extreme southwestern corner of Indiana County along the Pennsylvania Railroad.
Dist. Rep. F. B. Reimann, Butler, Pa., Jan. 28, 1918.
District No. 3. Pittsburgh and Panhandle District.--Comprises the coal fields of Pennsylvania in Allegheny, Greene and Washington Counties, Westmoreland County west of and along the Youghiogheny River, and the extreme northwestern corner of Fayette County. On February 19, the four Panhandle Counties of West VirginiaBrooke, Hancock, Ohio, and Marshall-were transferred from District No. 6, and became a part of District No. 3.
Dist. Rep. R. W. Gardiner, Pittsburgh, Pa., Jan. 28, 1918.
District No. 3A. Westmoreland; Irwin Gas Coal, Ligonier, Latrobe, Greensburg.-Comprisos Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, on the Pennsylvania Railroad, main line and branches, north of Ruffsdale, excepting Sewickley branch connecting at Young :vood, between Pitcairn and Blairsville intersection. This does not include mines on the Pittsburgh Division of the Baltimore & Ohio, or river mines on the Youghiogheny River.
Dist. Rep. Julian B. IIuff, Greensburg, Pa., March 29, 1918 (resigned).
District No. 3B. Connellsville Region.-Comprises Fayette County, Pennsylvania, south and west of a line from Banning Station through Whitsett Junction to Brownsville, except operations on the Baltimore & Ohio at and cast of and connecting at Indian Creek; also operations in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, on the Pennsylvania Railroad at and south of Ruffsdale, and operations on the Sewickley branch connecting at Youngwood; also operations on the Baltimore & Ohio in Westmoreland County on the Mount Pleasant branch, connecting at Broadford, but not including operations on the Baltimore & Ohio along the Youghiogheny River or river mines on the Youghiogheny River.
Dist. Rep. C. E. Lenhart, Uniontown, Pa., April 9, 1918.
Dist. Rep. John C. Brydon, Cumberland, Md., Feb. 2, 1918.
For operations in Maryland and in Mineral, Grant, and Tucker Counties, West Virginia
Asst. Dist. Rep. J. M. Cover, Cumberland, Md., Mar. 15, 1918. For operations in Somerset County on or tributary to the Baltimore & Ohio and Western Maryland Railroads; and in the Indian Valley District in Fayette and Westmoreland counties, Pennsylvania.
District No. 5. Fairmont-Clarksburg.--Comprises the coal fields of the following counties of West Virginia: Barbour, Braxton, Gilmer, Harrison, Nicholas (Gauley District of B. & 0.), Lewis, Marion, Monongalia, Preston, Randolph, Taylor, Upshur, and Webster.
Dist. Rep. D. R. Lawson, Fairmont, West Virginia, Dec. 21, 1917.
District No. 6. Eastern and Central Ohio.-Comprises the coal fields of Belmont, Columbiana, Carroll, Coshocton, Guernsey, Harrison, Jefferson, Mahoning, Noble, Portage, Stark, Tuscawaras and Wayne Counties of Ohio. This district originally included also Brooke, Hancock, Ohio, and Marshall counties of West Virginia, but on Feb. 19, 1918, these counties were transferred to District No. 3.
Dist. Rep. J. B. Zerbe, Cleveland, Ohio, Jan. 24, 1918. (Resigned.)
District No. 7. Southern Ohio.-Comprises the Crooksville, Hocking, Jackson, Pomeroy, and Ironton coal fields of Southern Ohio and in Mason County, West Virginia.
Dist. Rep. W. D. McKinney, 44 E. Broad St., Columbus, O., Jan. 7, 1918.
District No. 8A. Big Sandy and Elkhorn.-Comprises the Big Sandy and Elkhorn coal fields of Northeastern Kentucky, comprising Boyd, Carter, Floyd, Johnson and Letcher Counties and Pike County, except operations on the N. & W. Ry.
Dist. Rep. C. M. Roehrig, Ashland, Ky., Jan. 29, 1918.
District No. 8B. Hazard.--Comprised to Sept. 3, 1918, the Hazard field in Perry, Breathitt, and Lee Counties, Kentucky. On Sept. 3, 1918, the coal fields in Morgan County, Kentucky, were added to the district.
Dist. Rep. R. A. Hord, Lexington, Ky., Jan. 28, 1918.
District No. 9. High Volatile Fields of Southern West Virginio.-- Compri-es the ccal fields of the following counties of West Virginia: Boone, Clay, Logan, Lincoln, Wayne, Mingo, Kanawha, Putnam, and Nicholas (Gauley District C. & 0.) and, also, that part of Pike and Martin Counties in the State of Kentucky which is served by the Norfolk & Western Railway and its branches.
Dist. Rep. A. H. Land, Huntington, West Virginia, Jan. 3, 1918.
District No. 10A. New River and Winding Gulf.--Comprises the New River coal field in southern West Virginia comprising operations on the Chesapeake and Ohio Ry. south and east of Hawk's Nest, and all operations on the Virginian Railroad.
Dist. Rep. W. R. Zimmerman, Charleston, W. Va., Jan. 29, 1918.
District No. 10B. Tug River and Pocahontas Fields, W. Va., and Virginia Anthracite Field.-Comprises the Tug River and Pocahontas coal fields in southern West Virginia, and the Virginia anthracite fields in Virginia, comprising all operations on or tributary to the Norfolk and Western Railway in West Virginia east of Panther and embracing Mercer county and parts of McDowell and Wyoming counties West Virginia, and Montgomery, Pulaski and Tazewell (east of Richlands on the N. & W.) counties, Virginia. This district originally included also the Clinch Valley coal fields in Virginia extending along the N. & W. Ry. as far west as Coulwood, but on Feb. 20, 1918, these fields were transferred to District No. 11.
Dist. Rep. E. J. Howe, Bluefield, West Virginia, Jan. 29, 1918.
District No. 11. Clinch Valley and Southwestern Virginia.-Comprises the coal fields of southwestern Virginia in Dickinson, Lee, Wise, and Russell counties, and Tazewell county from Richlands west. On Feb. 20, 1918, the Clinch Valley coal fields in Virginia east of Coulwood were transferred from District No. 10B and became a part of District No. 11.
Dist. Rep. G. D. Kilgore, Norton, Va., Feb. 4, 1918.
District No. 12. Southeastern Kentucky, Tennessee, and Georgia.--Comprises the coal fields of Georgia, Tennessee, and the counties of Bell, Harlan, Knox, Whitley, McCreary and Laurel in Kentucky. On March 22, 1918, operations in Clay County, Kentucky were added to District No. 12.
Dist. Rep. E. R. Clayton, Knoxville, Tenn., Jan. 23, 1918.
Asst. Dist. Rep. Jonas M. Waffle, Sec. Indiana Bituminous Coal Trade Bureau, Terre Haute, Indiana, March 19, 1918.
Asst. Dist. Rep. C. J. Fletcher, Sec. Knox County Coal Operators' Association, Merchant's Bk. Bldg., Indianapolis, Ind. Mar. 19, 1918.
Asst. Dist. Rep. H. W. Little, Sec. Southern Indiana Coal Bureau, Room 510, Old State Bk. Bldg., Evansville, Ind., March 19, 1918.
Asst. Dist. Rep. Eugene Wardlaw, Sec. Block Coal Producers' Ass'n, Brazil, Ind., March 19, 1918.
District No. 16.' Illinois.--Comprises the coal fields of Illinois.
District No. 17. Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Teras.-Comprises the coal fields of the above mentioned states.
Dist. Rep. H. N. Taylor, Keith & Perry Bldg., Kansas City, Mo., Feb. 6, 1918.
Asst. Dist. Rep. D. F. Cushing, 404 Polk Bldg., Des Moines, Iowa, Feb. 19, 1918, for Iowa.
Asst. Dist. Rep. Chas. Markham, Leslie Bldg., Kansas City, Mo., Feb. 19, 1918, for Missouri and Kansas.
1 On March 19, 1918, Districts 15 and 16 were consolidated and placed under the jurisdiction of Dr. Honnold, Mr. Hall becoming deputy District Representative under Dr. Honnold, and Messrs. Walle, Fletcher, Little, and Wardlaw were appointed assistants to Dr. Honnold for Indiana.
On May 18, 1918, Indiana was again denominated a separate district as District 15, and Mr. IIall again became District Representative.