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PAGE EIGHT. 1HJS DAIL.T COURIER, CONNELLSVIIiE PA THURSDAY, MASCH 14, 191S. WHYCOALJOBBERS' COMMISSONS WERE ORDERED STOPPED Hot to EllnUmate Boaa Fide Dealers, But to Cmt Out the Fictitious. TOQ MUCH "SWAPPING* Of Coal by Producers "Who Agreed to Act M SÂ«lw Agents lor Each Other; Too Kaaj- Jobbing Conpuie* Or- ttt CnUect In explanation o! the reasons call- Ing fortn the order stopping the payment ot comnussjoas to jobbers for tbe sale ot coal, and /in answer to tbe numerous protests that have been filed n g n!wi t the order becoming effective April 1, the Fuel Ataimtration has laaued the following statement These protests are based upon die falao assumption that the revocation oi that regulation will drive the Jobber oat of business The Fuel Administration disclaim* anv iateabon to eliminate legitimate jobbers trom the coal busaess. It bas not only recognized raeJr importance to the conduct of the trade, but fans announced its Intention to so fix I price* ot caul at the mmfÂ« as to enable the mine operators to compensate the jobbers for their services. Tue Fuel Administration insiat that bona fide Jobbers Trill not be forced out ot business by the proposed change. They will simply be compelled to look to the operator for their compensation as they we-e accustom eti to do before the allowance by the Fuel Adcunisteaoa at tie margin. Ic view ot the protests, however the Fuel Administration baa deemed it adnaable to make a more detailed statement t*"" it has done heretofore, o' the circumstances that impelled it to take tbe proposed action. Prior to the entrance ot the United States into the war and for nearly threÂ» months thereafter, tbe jobbei bad always bought from tbe operator for less than the retailer could buy direct. In other -words the pnce to the retailer was the same whether he bought, direct from tie mim or through the jobber The so-called jobbers margin was an. innovation. Alter the Fuel Admhntration bad been organized and the President had fixed the prices of coal tke practice of allowing the jobber to add his com mission to those prices was continued. Under thÂ« regulations issued by President Wilson August 23 1917, a Jobber is defined as "a person (or other agencj) who jMirchases and resells coal to coal dealers or to consumer* without physically handling 1' on, over or through his own -vehicle dock trestle or yard ' After several months of operation under the practice of allowing tn jobber 'o add a corn-mission, or margin to the p-ice of coal at the mine, Jt de\ eloped that ttas margin was being charged and collected in many ways not contemplated bv the Fuel Administration Agencies whicn while techmcallv jobbei s, were not ouch in fact, or were ciosel} affiliated with the operators for whom they "acted collected the jobber s margin * men thus became a mere increase in thi profit o! the operator One o[ the method* by which tnis profit Â»as obtained by the operator was, the practice of swapping coal. Two operators would agrafe to act, as jobbers tor each other in the sale o their output, each collecting the jobber s margins Another practice was that of organ izing subsidiary companies, the soli function of which was to act as thi ostensible jobbers of the producing companies by whjch. they were ownec and to collect tbe commiacioii allowed by the Fuel Administration The effect of these practices was to add trom 15 to 30 cents a ton to the cost of coal to the consumer for services that vtre merely fictitious, and to give operators indulging in such prac tk.es a greater profit than that obtained by those of their competitors who employed bona fide jobbers. Tbs business of the bona flde jtobher suffer ed materially by reason of these practices. I Officials of the Fuel Administration felt that a coutiiKMince of the commission oVfovraaca to jobbers would be tantamount to a tacit consent to the operation of these fictitious Jobbers; Effective supervision of the business o( individual operators and jobbers and investigation ot their relations could not be undertaken by the Fuel Adminlatratlon became of thÂ« expense andt he amount of labor that would have been entailed. After a thorough investigation of every phase of the situation, which included conferences with repreaeata- tives of every branch ot the coal business the Fuel Administration decided fiÂ»* the only solution was to recommend to the President the revocation ot the regulation allowing ttt* com DHMUcm or margin to the jobber and as a substitute tbe fixing of prices of coal at the mine that will enable tbe operator to compensate tbe bona fide jabber for bis Cervices. B UY War Savings Stamps,--today, tomorrow, every day. Every stamp yon boy it a shot at the Kaiaer. Every stamp you buy is a step nearer your own financial independence. Nothing safer or surer. T HE present displays of children's apparel rank well above tbe showings ot past years, and Opening Days Â·will find them quite m keeping with the displays for men and women Every mother should give You Are Cordially Invited to Be Present at Our Thursday and Friday, March 14 and J5-During Which We Offer Double Gold Bond Stamps With Every Purchase Two events in one--Connellsville's premier Spring Style Show and a sweeping merchandise reduction of 8'" in the form of DOUBLE GOLD BOND STAMPS. There will be no music, but double stamps will be given with every purchase except of Edison Phonographs and groceries We believe you will favor this new plan over the old, inasmuch as it means an actual saving. Think what this means to YOU and to our other hundreds of friends, with Easter only two weeks away and entire spring wardrobes yet to be purchased. Our advice to you is buy liberally--while the saving may be had--while styles are new--while choosing is certainly at its very best. The store will be decorated as an appropriate setting for the beautiful new creations Â·which will be presented. COATS At $15, $19.75, $25to$79.5C Double Stamp* Save 8 Per Cent Smart models that express authentically the very best Dame Fashion has to offer for the Sprmg season 1918 Coats lor Â·wo- men, for misses, for juniors, for children-in varieties of fabrics and colors to please every taste. Doable Stamps for two days-buy your coat now and mate the saving SUITS $19.75, $25, $35 to $69.50 Double Stamps Save 8 Per cent. Plain tailored, semi-tailored and,dressy styles, showing all the new effects in coats, skirts and trimmings Materials and colors are about equally varied--quite the most distinctive assortment we have ever offered at this time The Easter Suit should be purchased on Opening Days while Double Gold Bond Stamps are given DRESSES $13.50, $14.95, $25 to $69.75 Double Stamps Save 8 Per cent. Here la splendid array are all the newer effects in. serge, wool jersey, Foulards, georgette and a host of other popular materials. Models to meet every style and price requirement of the woman and miss in quest f a Spring frock for street and afternoon wear Bny now--get double stamps. Dress Accessories Spring Neckwear, Handbags, Gloves, Handkerchiefs, Ribbons,-and Connellsville s largest and most select line of Toilet Preparations-attractively arranged for easy inspection and choosing Ifs a wise woman who buys full supplies while double stamps are given. New Styles in Spring Blouses Exquisite Blouses which Fashion has crowned supreme for 1918 Beautiful, original styles in crepe de chine and georgette of fine, shimmering- quality and m a complete range of new Spring shades Cotton Waists in variety of styles and colors that leaves nothing desired. The accepted modes m Millinery and its many delightful variations of style, trimming and color, will be specially exhibited Thursday and Friday The Millinery displays alone would be sufficient to attract hundreds oÂ£ visitors should no other department in the store participate at all. Hats ITOM uaar anUjoriUUTe somreos will bo Mm, p*rtrÂ»jtaf moft e*rctrÂ»e)j the troe trend of npnog fashions. Tailored Hits, Sporta Hats Dress Hate--TtoaLj of Umm eopin of Kcpeuitre taipor- tatiow--ottÂ«rs by fnaoos Mew loit k*igÂ«rc. All inUt a dwrn and boaty oU theur own. The price rang* is aoffleientlr inde to permit erery woman a suitable choice no matter irhat she deeires to pT Add to tbis the attraction of Doable Stamps and its easy to understand whr so BIMJ- women will buy hts here Thursday and Friday Men's Clothing Handsome new Suits and Topcoats, new Hats, new Caps, new Shirts and new Shoes--together with any of the small items a man win need for Easter or any time this Sprmg, specially displayed for Thursday and Friday and sold with double stamps. Floor Coverings Handsome room size Rugs, small rugs just as attractive and many of them matching -- New Carpets -New Linoleums--all of sound, dependable quality and attractive in pattern and design Double stamps, equivalent to 8%, is worthy of serious consideration. Silks Wash Goods Woolens Â·ttVtK FAILS TO END MISERY OF PILES Stop* Itching At Once "Hundreds ot peopl* In this lidnlty" Â·tya PvuxsoB. "know of the mighty he*l- ln* powÂ«r of PETERSON'S OINUME?Â«T in ccxetu emit rheum, old sorts itching *tlo Â·ictn, plxaplM Â»nd alt dl*MSe* of the akin Vkty knot? lt t cuTÂ«r thes* ailment*--that It te nurantted to care-them," Now 1 "want to s*y to every sufferer from Â·tit*, cither blind, hleedlar or itching that l_wjn rnanmte* that a *Â» cent box of Â·r Tovr 4rncflÂ»t will return jocri _ __ 7f*tÂ« I iniftTtd terribly -vrttb Itch,-1 fay *Â»4 bttMHnr pfte* I tried ererrthlnr Â·ad dÂ«r*}r*d e? Â«r*r retting rid of them. \ It (.TV* IM ffrcvt pleumre to ^tate thftti frttttOK * OtatnÂ»caC ewtirely cared me and i 1 ilnetrelr rvcomncnd it to *11 suffer*rÂ» --I TMITS tratj DÂ«TW A. Stvwur, Sapt of , BoflWo. N X. ' Thousands of Yards Shown Doable Stamps With All. Beantifnl shimmering silks for the Easter wedding gown, delicate silken fabrics for your finer blouses, serviceable silks in gay colored stripes and figures for your sports skirts,--and the handsome black silks so much in demand Prices moderate m every case--and the extra concession of double stamps with eveiy pnrchasf Featured for First Time On Spring Opening Days. Ton can Judge for yourself when you see them, whether there ever were more beautiful designs in the newest of colorings, all ready for the making Prices are as moderate as we can make them, and many a woman will want to buy a dress or two while Double Stamps are given For Suits, Coats, Dresses An Interesting Showing With gowns made upon simple lines, beauty and distinction must come from the fabric. We had this in mind when choosing our dress goods. No fabric is missing, no color is miesing that fashion demands It is an. extensive showing with every wanted quality included On Opening Days is a sensible and economical time to buy.