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INVESTIGATION OF LABOR TROUBLES IN PENNSYLVANIA.
[To accompany bill H. R. 12654.]
FEBRUARY 27, 18-9.-Referred to the House Calendar and ordered to be printed.
Mr. TILLMAN, from the Seleet Committee on Existing Labor Troubles in Pennsylvania, submitted the following report, with the separate views of the minority:
The resolutions of the House authorizing the appointment of the committee are as follows:
On the 17th of January, 1888,
Mr. ANDERSON, of Kansas, offered the following resolution; which was read and referred to the Committee on Commerce:
Resolved, That the Committee on Commerce is hereby empowered and directed to investigate forthwith the extent, causes, and effect upon interstate commerce of the continued failure by the Reading Railroad Company to transport such traffic, and to report to the House by bill or otherwise for consideration at any time such legislation as is necessary to secure to the public the regular and complete execution by a railroad company of its obligations to serve as a common carrier of interstate commerce. Such investigations may be made by a subcommittee at such places as it shall deem proper, and the said committee, or subcommittee, is hereby authorized to send for and examine persons, books, and papers, and administer oaths to witnesses, and to employ a messenger and stenographer; and the expenses of said investigation, not to exceed $5,000, are hereby authorized to be paid out of the contingent fund of the House in the manner now provided by law.
The Committee on Commerce kept the matter under consideration until February 2, 1888, when it reported the resolution favorably to the House, but suggested amendments which, after discussion participated in by Messrs. Anderson of Kansas, Clardy, Brumm, Rayner, Randall, and others, resulted in the passage of the resolution in the following amended form:
Resolved, That a special committee of five of the House of Representatives be appointed to investigate forthwith the extent, causes, and effect upon interstate commerce of the continued failure by the Reading Railroad Company to transport such commerce, and to report to the House, by bill or otherwise, for consideration at any time, such legislation as is necessary to secure to the public the regular and complete execution by a railroad company of its obligations to serve as a common earrier of interstate commerce, and to investigate the difficulties existing in the Schuylkill and Lehigh coal regions of Pennsylvania between the corporations mining coal and the miners, and to further investigate all the facts in relation to the mining corporations and individual miners of anthracite coal in connection therewith, and all the facts in relation to the matter, and report the same to the House, with such recommendations as the committee may agree upon; and that said committee be authorized to sit during the session of the House, and at such places as it may find necessary; to employ a stenographer, to administer oaths, examine witnesses, compel the attendance of persons, and the production of books and papers; and the expense of such investigation shall be paid out of the contingent fund of the House.