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HEARINGS

BEFORE A

SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE
COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION AND LABOR

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

EIGHTY-SECOND CONGRESS

SECOND SESSION

ON

H. R. 268

A BILL AMENDING PUBLIC LAW 49, SEVENTY-SEVENTH
CONGRESS, PROVIDING FOR THE WELFARE OF

COAL MINERS, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES

HEARINGS HELD AT WASHINGTON, D. C.

FEBRUARY 18, 19, 20, AND 21, 1952

Printed for the use of the Committee on Education and Labor

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UNITED STATES

GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE

WASHINGTON : 1952

COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION AND LABOR

GRAHAM A. BARDEN, North Carolina, Chairman AUGUSTINE B. KELLEY, Pennsylvania SAMUEL K. MCCONNELL, JR., Pennsylvania ADAM C. POWELL, JR., New York

RALPH W. GWINN, New York JOHN S. WOOD, Georgia

WALTER E. BREHM, Ohio JOHN F. KENNEDY, Massachusetts

WINT SMITH, Kansas WINGATE H. LUCAS, Texas

CARROLL D. KEARNS, Pennsylvania CLEVELAND M. BAILEY, West Virginia THRUSTON BALLARD MORTON, Kentucky LEONARD IRVING, Missouri

THOMAS H. WERDEL, California CARL D. PERKINS, Kentucky

HAROLD H. VELDE, Illinois CHARLES R. HOWELL, New Jersey

CHARLES E. POTTER, Michigan
ROY W. WIER, Minnesota

RICHARD B. VAIL, Illinois
BOYD TACKETT, Arkansas
ERNEST GREENWOOD, New York
CARL ELLIOTT, Alabama

FRED G. HUSSEY, Chief Clerk
JOHN O. GRAHAM, Minority Clerk

JOHN S. FORSYTHE, General Counsel
DAVID N. HENDERSON, Assistant General Counsel

RUSSELL C. DERRICKSON, Investigator

SUBCOMMITTEE ON COAL MINE SAFETY

AUGUSTINE B. KELLEY, Pennsylvania, Chairman WINGATE H. LUCAS, Texas

SAMUEL K. MCCONNELL, JR., Pennsylvania CLEVELAND M. BAILEY, West Virginia THRUSTON BALLARD MORTON, Kentucky CARL D. PERKINS, Kentucky

CHARLES E, POTTER, Michigan BOYD TACKETT, Arkansas

RICHARD B. VAIL, Illinois

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CONTENTS

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LIST OF WITNESSES 1

Statement of —

Alexander, Arch J., chief, Department of Mines, State of West

Virginia --

287

· Batten, 0. S., Pikeville, Ky., representing the Kentucky Coal Associa-

tion.

314

Bishop, Hon. C. W. (Runt), a Representative in Congress from the

State of Illinois.-

112

Boyd, Degen, Fort Smith, Ark.; president, Arkansas-Oklahoma Coal

Operators' Association..

194

Chapman, Hon. Oscar L., Secretary of the Interior, Washington, D. C. 7

Eadie, Walter, director, Department of Mines and Minerals, State of

Illinois..

303

Ferguson, Charles, acting director, safety division, United Mine

Workers of America -

372

Forbes, John J., Director, Bureau of Mines; accompanied by M. J.

Ankeny, Chief, Coal Mine Inspection Branch, Washington, D. C.;

James Westfield, Chief, Accident Prevention and Health Division,

Region 8, Pittsburgh, Pa.; and Donald G. Welsh, Chief Counsel,

Bureau of Mines, Department of the Interior.

24, 31

Hall, R. E. L., counsel, National Coal Association, Washington.

116

Hartman, R. H., Kingwood, W. Va.; member, Central West Virginia

Coal Producers' Association.

189

Howes, A. L., president, Central West Virginia Coal Producers Associa-

tion, Clarksburg, W. Va..

179

Hyslop, James, president, Hanna Coal Co. division, Pittsburgh Con-

solidation Coal Co.; chairman, safety committee, Ohio Coal Associa-

tion.

274

Lewis, John L., president, United Mine Workers of America

452

Mohney, F. H., executive secretary, Mineral Producers' Association,

Kittanning, Pa.

347

Price, Hon. Melvin, a Representative in Congress from the State of

Illinois

3

Ramsay, Hon. Robert L., a Representative in Congress from the

State of West Virginia -

355

Saylor, Hon. John P., a Representative in Congress from the State of

Pennsylvania

370

Schorr, Ed D., attorney at law, Columbus, Ohio, representing the

Ohio Coal Association, Central Pennsylvania Coal Producers'
Association, Western Pennsylvania Coal Operators' Association,
Northern West Virginia Coal Association, Northern Panhandle of
West Virginia Coal Operators' Association, the Illinois Coal Oper-
ators' Association, and other bituminous coal-mine operators who
are not members of said associations.

203

Sittler, Hon. E. L., Jr., a Representative in Congress from the State

of Pennsylvania

368

Solari, J. G., assistant to the president, and secretary, Peabody Coal

Co..

284

Stewart, G. A., executive secretary, Central Pennsylvania Open Pit
Mining Association, Philipsburg, Pa..

335
Tetrick, W. Guy, member, House of Delegates, State of West Virginia. 184
Thurmond, W. R., secretary, Southern Coal Producers Association,
Charleston, W. Va..

149
Supplemental information filed by witnesses is listed in index

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