Hard on White Waists. The coal mine labor troubles now fomenting all over the world led Samuel Sam-uel Gompers to say at a Pittsburgh dinner : "Nobody would deny justice to the coal miner, for what life is so laborious, labor-ious, Irksome and dirty as his? "I heard a story the other day about a Pennsylvania woman who complained complain-ed because her cook put seven white shirt waists in the wash every week. " 'Why, Emma,' the woman said, 'my own daughter doesn't dream of putting put-ting seven shirt waists a week in the wash !' " 'Maybe she don't, ma'am,'. said Emma, Em-ma, 'and maybe she ain't engaged, neither, to a coal miner what insists on bard spoonin' every blessed night.' "