Clipped From The Courier-Journal
i MELVIN BECKLER, Lynch, Ky., says: "I start from home in the morning about 5:45. The starting timt in the mine for the man trip is 7:00. After we receive our lamps we have to walk up three-quarters three-quarters three-quarters of a mile to catch the man trip. I work about nine and a half miles under under the mountain. It takes about an hour to an hour and fifteen minutes to make that trip. Then we get our explosives at the man station, station, walk about another half mile or three-quarters three-quarters three-quarters to the working face. The starting time is 8:00 o'clock; quitting time is 4:30, with a thirty minute dinner period. We ualk back out and catch the man trip. They claim you start out at ten minutes to five. Then you spend another hour and a half getting out. In the wintertime it is dark we spend about twelve to twelve and a half hours underground, underground, and from the time you leave home until you get back it is a good fourteen hours in order to work seven and a half hours at the working place, because there is a half hour period there for lunch."