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On Johnny Mitchell's Train, song lyrics
Song: On Johnny Mitchell's Train
I'm an honest union laboring man,
I struck(6)(7) a place called Coatesville,
When I landed in New York City,
The small operators they were pl'adin',
1 - From Minstrels of the Mine Patch by George Gershon Korson, published by University of Pennsylvania Press, 1938, p. 237-239.
2 - George Frederick Baer (1842 - 1914), lawyer and president of the Philadelphia and Reading Coal and Iron Company who represented all the coal mining companies in the 1902 strike.
3 - Financier John Pierpont Morgan.
4 - Durkin probably refers to the 1895 lawsuit of Durkin versus Kingston Coal Company and Jones, which found that the mine owner was not liable for the deemed negligence of a foreman.
5 - In 1890 the United Mine Workers of America had been created for the bituminous coal mine workers and then spread to the anthracite coal mines. In 1899 John Mitchell became the union's President. Mitchell pledged to fight the wealthy and powerful who controlled the industry on behalf of the 150,000 miners and to unite the workering, with a particular focus on mending the mistrust between English-speaking and Slavic miners.
6 - The Greatest Strike Ever, by Scott Connelly, 2010, about the 1902 coal miners strike, from the Pennsylvania Cener for the Book, Pennsylvania State University.
7 - More information on the The Coal Strike of 1902: Turning Point in U.S. Policy, U.S. Department of Labor, plus from the Clarence Darrow Digital Collection on the The Anthracite Coal Strike, from the Law Library, University of Minnesota, USA.
8 - Charles Michael Schwab (1862 - 1939), in the steel industry, and in 1900 talked to J. P. Morgan about creating a steel monopoly. In 1901 Unitd States Steel Corporation ws created and J. P. Morgan made Schwab its first president. Of course huge amounts of coal were used in the making of steel, an iron alloy.