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TABLE VIII-OOMPARATIVE TABLE OF TONNAGE AND

YEARS, 1889

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VALUE OF COAL MINED IN MISSOURI FOR THE PAST SIX TO 1894.

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36,497

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153,512

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755, 2781

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14,916

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54,571

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19,677

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30,117 30,038 97 50,164 85 62,085 65 83,818 92,179 94 128,869 50 73,863 70 713,039 762,740 88 699,927 35 700,562 56 31,172 34,574 50

32,590 25 38,365 50 34,660 40,874 00 76,097 16 57,749 75 30,517 21,977 03 26,179 35 36,769 50

3,810 00 2,544 00 1,666 00 6,230 00 1,299 000 240 2,340 00 4,503 00 2,190 00 7,554 14,920 20

10,398 77 3,000 00 3,096 00 1,620 00 3,511 4,400 001 7,152 80 5,721 50

1,960 5,718 50 10,520 00 10,042 50 48,366 53,300 00 68,983 00 73,328 50

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3,907

3,492 1 70 1 50 20

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$107,581 $116,883 143,554 00 172,483 20 198, 357 +3

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2,929, 174 3, 234,351 3,480,866 833,825,828 57 3,999,681 17 3,013,076 1,318 1,264.054 ACCIDENTS IN COAL MINES.

In the report of last year we made a prediction concerning accidents for this year as follows:

“We are fearful, however, that the current year will not reduce the number of accidents, as there has been introduced in our State within the last few months, many miners foreign to and so unfamiliar with our methods of mining, and the character and nature of our coal, that many accidents are anticipated as the result.” This prediction has been fulfilled, as 33% of the entire number of fatal accidents that occurred, happened to late importations of Alabama negroes brought to this State to take the place of striking miners. Many others met non.fatal accidents. When a strike occurs, the operator, in his effort to keep the mine in operation, or for the purpose of defeating the strikers, or for both reasons combined, too often permits the employment of a class of men that "booger” up a mine, cause accidents and bring about much trouble and uneasiness, simply because, as a rule, they are not reliable or practical miners, but on the other hand, a reckless, indifferent and totally unworthy set, as may be evidenced in their disposition to defeat fellow-laborers, no matter how just the miner's claim and act may be. There are more than enough miners to do all the work in mines that may be offered within the limits of the State, and no difficulty would be experienced in securing a full complement of practical and worthy miners at any time. The situation could be greatly improved for the operator and miner, if some legislation or understanding between operator and miner could be arrived at, by which a man, before entering a mine as a miner, should be made to establish the fact that he had served an apprenticeship at mining, and that an apprentice or helper be permitted to engage in work under the supervision of a practical miner, and do only such work as may be suitable for the inexperienced. There is a looseness connected with this feature of coal mining not permitted in other lines of business. In almost all other kinds of trade, men are employed because of their fitness and qualification to perform understandingly the work given them to do; and if miners were paid by the day instead of by the bushel or ton, how long would it be until the present character, capacity and class of men employed in the mines would be revolutionized? Then, if upon a purely business proposition, it is expedient to employ only the practi

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