From the Cincinnati Enquirer via the Logan Banner of Logan, WV, we find this editorial about coal dated 8 February 1927:
Coal is one of the present greatest factors in the life of civilization. But for this “bottled sunlight” we should have little other light or power. We ride the street cars, pass under the luminance of arc lights, enjoy the soft glow of the incandescents; we operate our mills and factories, we speed across the continents and oceans on trains and steamers largely because we have coal. Some day something else may take its place, but at present coal is the nerve of modern life and industry, of trade and commerce.
In the program being carried forward to make this city better known to its own people and to other peoples, the Chamber of Commerce does well to stress the importance of the city as a soft-coal center. The city is, in fact, the soft-coal center of the nation. The great cosmopolitan communities of the country would often be in hard way but for Cincinnati and its facilities with reference to soft coal distribution. We not only are the gateway to the South, but the gateway through which flows the essence which fires and lights practically the life and industry of the mightiest nation on the face of the earth.
The coal of West Virginia and Kentucky makes life brighter and more worth living on the island of Manhattan; it goes to the areas of cold and bleakness on, and beyond, the Northern lakes. It helps to feed the trains and ships which carry millions of passengers and billions of dollars worth of freight. It helps to light the Statue of Liberty and warm the halls of legislation. Blow out, over night, the effectiveness and influence of Cincinnati to serve the nation and chaos would be invited for a time.
There is a good deal to be known about Cincinnati–much that is valuable to the city, and much that is of value to the nation and to the world.