National Geographic : 1918 Feb
Coal Facts from the Fuel Administration I U Production In 1916 approximately six-hundred million tons of coal were mined in this country. By working under great pressure during 1917, and in spite of shortage in labor, the mines in creased this record output of 1916 by fifty-million tons. The nation, how ever, is still short of the amount re quired for the conduct of the war by fifty-million tons. This coal cannot be mined. It must be saved. Increased Consumption The great increase in consumption is caused by the necessity of Transporting our troops to France and keeping them warm when they get there. Heating properly the Army Can tonments in this country. Coaling our navy under war conditions. Producing large quantities of guns, gun carriages, small arms, am munition, explosives, aeroplanes and other army and navy supplies. Building ships to replace those sunk by German submarines. The Government wishes the country to be thoroughly informed regarding the facts set forth above. The Hercules Powder Company is glad to give them wide publicity both as a patri otic duty and because of the intimate rela tions which exist between it and the country's coal supply. A large part of the explosives "Mention the Geographic-It identifies you." Conservation Imperative To help supply the fifty-million tons we are short is the patriotic duty of every American. This can only be done by the saving of coal at every possible point. Travel no more than is absolutely necessary. The less passenger traffic there is the less coal the railroads will burn. Use gas whenever possible for cooking and heating. A ton of coal manufactured into coal gas gives as much heat as four tons burned in your stove or furnace. Do not heat unoccupied rooms or have the temperature in other rooms higher than necessary. A mean temperature of 68 degrees is recommended. A shovelful of coal saved daily in each of 15,000,000 homes means a saving of fifteen-million tons a year. Reduce the use of.gas and electric light. SAVE that extra shovelful! * employed in mining the coal used to warm our homes, turn the wheels of our industry and commerce, and forge the weapons of our armies is manufactured by the Hercules Powder Company. And without the use of explosives only a small part of the six hundred - million tons referred to above could have been produced. HE!CRULES POWDER CO. Chicago Pittsburg, Kan. Denver Pittsburgh, Pa. Hazleton. Pa. Salt Lake City Joplin San Francisco Memphis St. Louis New York Wilmington. Del. ____ _ _ _________________------------------ ' OMM Y , ,Yf :, °" .