From the Logan Banner, of Logan, WV, comes this editorial dated 3 October 1913:
Miners Earn What They Get and Get What They Earn
We do not and never have denied the right of laboring men to organize and unionize. They have the natural and legal right to do so. In most trades and callings they ought to do so. But a lot of honest, toiling, contented men, who receive full pay for every hour’s work, should be left free to pursue their work, undisturbed by agitators and trouble makers–and so long as an organization proves a menace and a curse to those it already embraces, it will certainly be left alone by those who think and see and read and know. The miner’s life may not be one of perfect peace; whose life is? But the miners of this section seem to have sense enough to rather bear the ills they have than fly to others that they know not of.
The operators here pay their men better wages than any other class of workers receive, as an average. They house the men well. Men are encouraged to raise gardens and reduce the cost of living. Take the U.S. Coal & Coke Co. for example: Employees are contented, live well, work hard and receive good pay: this company, perhaps by reason of its vast backing and newer workings, has a vast host of satisfied, contented workers. They earn what they get and get what they earn. Any person can go and talk and see; in fact, yearly we and others are invited to visit and inspect their homes and gardens and workings. Other companies are in like condition; operators and men seem to understand each other and the men receive a fair deal. Anyone can come here and see for one’s self.