Executive Order 2690-A

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The following regulations shall apply to the intrastate, interstate, and foreign commerce of the United States, and the prices and margins referred to herein shall be in force pending further investigation or determination thereof by the President.


Jobber's Margins.
  1. A coal jobber is defined as a person (or other agency) who purchases and resells coal to coal dealers or to consumers without physically handling it on, over, or through his own vehicle, dock, trestle, or yard.


  2. For the buying and selling of bituminous coal a jobber shall not add to his purchase price a gross margin in excess of 15 cents per ton of 2,000 pounds, nor shall the combined gross margins of any number of jobbers who buy and sell a given shipment or shipments of bituminous coal exceed 15 cents per ton of 2,000 pounds.


  3. For buying and selling anthracite coal a jobber shall not add to his purchase price a gross margin in excess of 20 cents per ton of 2,240 pounds when delivery of such coal is to be effected at or east of Buffalo. For buying or selling anthracite coal for delivery west of Buffalo a jobber shall not add to his purchase price a gross margin in excess of 30 cents per ton of 2,240 pounds. The combined gross margins of any number of jobbers who buy and sell a given shipment or shipments of anthracite coal for delivery at or east of Buffalo shall not exceed 20 cents per ton of 2,240 pounds, nor shall such combined margins exceed 30 cents per ton of 2,240 pounds for the delivery of anthracite coal west of Buffalo. Provided that a jobber's gross margin realized on a given shipment or shipments of anthracite coal may be increased by not more than 5 cents per ton of 2,240 pounds when the jobber incurs the expense of rescreening it at Atlantic or lake ports for transshipment by water.


  4. Effective September 1, 1917, the maximum prices per ton of 2,240 pounds free on board cars at the mines for the grades and sizes of anthracite coal hereinafter specified shall not exceed the prices indicated in paragraph 5 when such coal is produced and sold by the Philadelphia & Reading Coal & Iron Co., Lehigh Coal & Navigation Co., Lehigh & Wilkes-Barre Coal Co., Hudson Coal Co., Delaware & Hudson Co., Scranton Coal Co., Lehigh Valley Coal Co., Coxe Bros. & Co., Pennsylvania Coal Co., Hillside Coal & Iron Co., Delaware Lackawanna & Western Railroad Co., Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Coal Co., Susquehanna Coal Co., Susquehanna Collieries Co., Lytle Coal Co., or the M. A. Hanna Coal Co.


  5. The grades and sizes for which the maximum prices are specified are as follows: White ash anthracite coal of the grade that between January 1, 1915, and January 1, 1917, was uniformly sold and recognized in the coal trade as coal of White ash grade; Red ash anthracite coal of the grade that between January 1, 1915, and January 1, 1917, was uniformly sold and recognized in the trade as coal of Red ash grade; and Lykens Valley anthracite coal that is mined exclusively from the Lykens Valley seams and of the grade that between January 1, 1915, and January 1, 1917, was uniformly sold and recognized in the coal trade as coal of Lykens Valley grade.
    White-ash grade:
    Broken..................................................................................... $4.55
    Egg......................................................................................... 4.45
    Stove...................................................................................... 4.70
    Chestnut.................................................................................. 4.80
    Pea......................................................................................... 4.00
    Red-ash grade:
    Broken...................................................................................... 4.75
    Egg.......................................................................................... 4.65
    Stove....................................................................................... 4.90
    Chestnut................................................................................... 4.90
    Pea.......................................................................................... 4.10
    Lykens Valley grade:
    Broken....................................................................................... 5.00
    Egg........................................................................................... 4.90
    Stove........................................................................................ 5.30
    Chestnut.................................................................................... 5.30
    Pea........................................................................................... 4.35


  6. Producers of anthracite coal who are not specified in paragraph 4 shall not sell the various grades and sizes of anthracite coal at prices that exceed by more than 75 cents per ton of 2,240 pounds free on board cars at the mines the prices enumerated in paragraph 5: Provided, That any producer of anthracite coal who incurs the expense of rescreening it at Atlantic or Lake ports for transshipment by water may increase the price thereof by not more than 5 cents per ton of 2,240 pounds.


  7. Producers of anthracite coal specified in paragraph 4 of these regulations shall not sell anthracite coal to producers of anthracite coal not specified in paragraph 4.


  8. Dealers and selling agents shall not sell coal produced by the producers included in paragraph 4 on the basis of the prices fixed at the mine for coal produced by producers not specified in said paragraph.
Signature of Woodrow Wilson
Woodrow Wilson 

The White House,

August 23, 1918.


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