Clipped From Pittston Gazette
Philadelphia, June 15. The suit brought by the owners of the defunct Baltimore Federal League " . club h gainst organized oaseoau was dropped today in the district court, Presage - of this action came - yes yes terday when the plaintiffs suddenly rested their case. . STRIKE MAY RESULT IN ABANDONMENT HALLSTEAD MINE Because of the refusal of two em ployes to join the United Mine Work ers local, composed of the colliery's workmen, 400 employes of the Hall - stead colliery, of the Lackawanna Co., at Duryea, went on strike this morn ing. At the same time the company posted notices ordering the men to ike their tools out of the workings. and the rumor is that the comDanv intends to abandon operations at the Hellstead. The foremen have been not ified that their services at the colliery will not be required after today. For the past six months trouble has been brewing at the Hallsteact. the tin - on mine workers being dissatisfied with the attitude of the two men who would not affiliate themselves with the local. They are both well known residents residents of Duryea and are old emnloves of the colliery. It is understood thai hey are opposed to the union as a matter of principle. A meeting of the mine local. No. 02, was held yesterday afternoon in Y use's Hall, on Main street - Durvea. The meeting was presided over by Joseph Barleky, the president. , The ntmoers decided unanimously not to return to work until the two men cined the union or left the colliery. This morning (jeneral Superintend ent lnglla visited the colliery and con - ilted with K. P. Thomas, colliery jperintendent, in an effort to adjust he trouble, tout without success. Today the Federals said they wished wished to go no further in the matter. Thoy had charged thnt organised baseball was a trust and acting as such, had strangled the Federal League and then failed to recompense Baltimore when the peace pact was made. Damages of $000,009 were asked. Groups " of employes were seen on the streets in the vicinity of the colliery colliery and on Main street, Duryea. One of the strikers said that a grievance committee had been appointed and that unless the matter is amicably set - t)ed an effort would be made to call out all the union employes of the Lackawanna Co. in the district. Today the following order was posted posted at the colliery: NOTICE All men formerly employed at tho mines are requested to take out their tools by 'June 15th, 1917, as this mine will be idle until further orders. By crer of K. P. THOMAS, Colliery Sup't. Duryea people are much exercised over the turn that affairs have taken, fearing that the trouble means an indefinite indefinite suspension of work at the Kallstead, Which i.s one of the leading sources of support for the town. It is located in the heart of the town, close to the Lackawanna Railroad station. It has been in operation for a great many years, but was idle for, a. long period, during - which the workings were flooded with water. Later the company made extensive improve ments, removed the water und resumed resumed operations. It will mem a heavy tlow to the town if the colliery is abandoned.