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July 31, 2011

(The Spirit is pleased to share with our readers vignettes of life in the 19th Century as originally reported in past issues of the newspaper. These reprinted stories include their original headlines and spelling.)

Local Intelligence
(March 25, 1896)

GOOD NEWS FOR MINERS
The B., R. & P. Coal & Iron Company
Voluntarily Advance Wages

Orders were recently received from officials of the B., R. & P. Coal Company containing instructions to advance the price of mining to 40 cents per net ton on April first, and notices to that effect have been posted at all of the company's mines. This is an advance of five cents per ton over the present rate, and will be welcome news for the miners. It will also tend to create a feeling of confidence amongst the men that the company is willing to advance wage when conditions warrant it.
The Clearfield, Beech Creek and Cambria regions have made a similar advance, which, we understand, was the result of a general conference amongst the operators.
The following notice, signed by General Manager, Lucius W. Robinson, was posted at the various mines on Monday:
"On and after April 1, 1896, the price of mining will be advanced to 40 cents per net ton, and all labor in proportion. The same price and same conditions restored as prevailed when we paid this price for mining."
Since the above was written we learn that the Berwind-White Company will also give its miners an advance of five cents per ton, and restore all conditions existing previous to the last reduction. The miners are of course highly pleased at this action on the part of the company, and express their appreciation without reserve.

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Gone to Alaska

W. H. Hile and Henry Rhoan, of this place, left last Thursday morning for Alaska, where they expect to sojourn for six months hunting gold. They are not going up the Yukon in the interior, but will gather up gold dust and nuggets along the coast. They took plenty of bags along in which to put their gold, and do not anticipate any trouble about getting home with all they gather. The pleasures and miseries of life are nothing more than likes and dislikes, and if men enjoy hunting gold, why then we say, hunt gold.

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