Report of the committee of the Senate of Pennsylvania: upon the subject of the coal trade

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Página 39 - ... in proportion to the Tariff, nor does it appear to have been influenced by the rates of duty — for, in 1821, when the duty was one dollar and eighty cents, the...
Página 100 - In order to come within the provision of the constitution of the United States which declares that no state shall pass any law impairing the obligation of contracts...
Página 95 - We sent down a considerable number of arks, three out of four of which stove and sunk by the way. Heavy, however, as was the loss, it was lessened by the sale, at moderate prices, of the cargoes as they lay along the shores or in the bed of the Lehigh, to the smiths of Allentown, Bethlehem, and the country around, who drew them away when the water became low. We were just learning that our arks were far too large and the loads too heavy for the stream, and were making preparations to build coal boats...
Página 97 - ... was spent by him in endeavoring to introduce it to notice, but all his efforts proved unavailing. Those who deigned to try it, declared Col. Shoemaker to be an impostor, for attempting to impose stone on them for coal, and were clamorous against him. Not discouraged by the sneers and sarcasms...
Página 34 - Virginia, and westward ; coal may be said to be present, to a greater or lesser extent, in all the western counties, with the exception of Erie, in which it has not been discovered. The counties of Bradford, Lycoming, Tioga, Potter, McKean, Warren, Crawford, Bedford, Huntingdon and Centre, lie partly in and partly out of the coal field. The counties of...
Página 3 - It has raised up in our formerly barren and uninhabited di-.tricts, an intelligent and permanent population, and converted the mountains into theatres of busy life, and our hitherto waste and valueless lands, into sites for flourishing and populous villages It has Opened a new field for the investment of capital, the expenditure of labor, and the pursuit of all the purposes of civilization and society. Its benefits are not alone Confined to those engaged immediately in the trade, but are becoming...
Página 97 - Col. George Shoemaker, procured a quantity of coal, from a shaft sunk on a tract he had recently purchased on the Norwegian, and now owned by the North American Coal Company, and known as the Centreville Mines. With this he loaded nine wagons, and proceeded to Philadelphia; much time was spent by him in endeavoring to introduce it to notice, but all his efforts proved unavailing. Those who deigned to try it, declared Col. Shoemaker to be an imposter, for attempting to impose stone on them for coal,...
Página 38 - Pennsylvania, stated that among other points they had been led to consider " whether the bituminous coal of Pennsylvania can be brought into general use east of the mountains for manufacturing purposes ; and be transported to the eastern markets upon such terms as to supersede the use of foreign coals.
Página 9 - Labourers and mechanics of all kinds, and from all nations, thronged to the place, and found ready and constant employment. A new era seemed to have dawned in the mountains. The wilderness was subdued. The coal basin seemed to be literally running over with active and resolute adventurers; a rapidly growing population became established; the wild animal was driven back to give place to a host of miners, who now pierce its thousand hills.
Página 20 - Lehigh hiave been subjected , to hardship or inconvenience, ,it has been done • according to law;, and perhaps few other companies, with powers and privileges of like extent, would have exercised them with greater lenity or with more advantage to the public.: No complaints are. known to exist, excepting in relation to the transportation of coal. — Indeed, if the public had any assurance that the policy of the company would remain as now established, there would be little necessity for. legislative...

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