National Guardsmen on duty at the Christian County Coal Field in Kincaid, Illinois. National Guardsmen march after 4 were killed in a riot at the coal field. Houses damaged by bombs. People pull out furniture and other belongings from the houses. Belongings outside a house. Guardsmen patrol the area after a mine labor trouble. The guards on duty
The 1933 World's Fair in Chicago, Illinois. The Avenue of Flags. A huge crowd at the fair. Postmaster General James Farley formally opens the fair. A crowd at the carnival-like "Midway" of the fair. Huge statue of a boy in a red wagon.
A film dramatizes the use of safety instruction in coal mines in the United States. The Tippleville coal mine. Interior of a house. Mary Kincaid in the house. Lucky Burns arrives and talks to her. He proposes to her. Mary rejects the proposal. Lucky says that Mary's brother Dick Kincaid is earning enough money to take care of himself and her mother. So she should not refuse his proposal for any reason. She replies that she could never be happy with a man who is always taking chances. She says this as Lucky has denied to take safety lessons in the mine and has also said that the most of the course is taught by fellows who never worked in a mine. Dick arrives and asks them to have food. Mary further says that her mother has suffered a lot as her father was like Lucky and always took chances. She recalls the incidence. Her father was working in the mine with other miner. The miner warned her father of a loose piece of rock over him. Her father replied that the rock wouldn't fall and he would take it down when the car is loaded. The rock suddenly falls over her father. She says that her father was killed and then her mother had to suffer a lot afterwards.
A film titled: 'When a man's a miner' dramatizes the use of safety instruction in coal mines in the United States. View of the coal fields called Tippleville. Houses along the sides of a street. A banner on a building reads: 'Troy's Pocket Billiards'. Men standing outside the building and talking. One of the man is Spike Sherman, who is a motorman in a mine. Dick Kincaid and his sister Mary Kincaid arrive near the building. Men talking about the girl. A man asks Spike why he was jealous of Lucky Burns if he was not crazy about the girl. The men argue and fight.
A film dramatizes the use of safety instruction in coal mines in the United States. The Tippleville coal mine. Lucky Burns and Dick Kincaid working in the mine. They talk about the work. Dick asks Burns whether he wants or not to drill a 'snubber' there. He refuses and says that they will give more powder to the top shots. They enter the mine the next day to start the work with their tools and equipment. They look at the area they were working on. Their shots were standing up. Dick says that they will have to work and dig the shots down. They load loose coal in cars. Burns suddenly falls and gets hurt by a mass of coal. A miner tries to help him and get him out of the coal pile. He applies a tourniquet to stop bleeding. Exterior of a house. Injured Burns seated outside the house. He reads a booklet about first aid. Dick standing nearby. He tells more about the instructions given to them during a safety course. Dick says that he can get copies of any of the booklets from the U.S. Bureau of Mines. They talk about a topic in the booklet that shows how barricades saved lives during mine disasters. Burns realizes that he was wrong in not attending the safety course. Mary Kincaid arrives and talks to Burns. He talks about information given in the booklet. The information is given about the fact that half of deaths in mines are caused by falling of roofs and coal over workers. Exterior of a house. A woman comes out of the house and meets a man.
A large crowd of visitors walk around a garden in the grounds of the Chicago "Century of Progress" World's Fair of 1933-34. People move on paths between the gardens. Some sit on benches by hedges. Posts on the paths contain signs pointing to various exhibits at the fair. An aerial tramway called the "Skyway" carries riders above the fairgrounds. Flags fly in background. Extremely dense crowds of visitors move through a main concourse of the fair.
A car (1933 Hupmobile?) moves slowly through the crowd. Large umbrellas at outdoor cafe in background.