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Rock Island Daily Argus.
VOL. XL NO. 223.
KOCK ISLAND, THURSDAY JULY 14, 1892.
Single Copies B Cent
Per Week ISM Out.
Th e London
in the three cities.
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Tais lot are nice new suits well wo th
what we claim they are.
$5 00 to $7.00 for
Elegant suits for the money.
The place to tiade.
Your choice of an' $2.50 to
$3.00 suits in the house for
Just the thine.
Thin Coats and Vests.
$2.50 to $5.00 for
Money saved by trading with us.
Fancy and white Vests
$1 50 to $1.75 grade for 1.00.
2.00 to 2.50 1.50
8.00 to 3.50 " " 2.oo
This is a good time to
get a good outfit cheip for
Sax & F ice.
The Lond on
Clothing House !
in the three cities.
$13.50 to $16.E0 for
This lot are bis, values ever shown.
$7.50 to $9.00 for
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Your choice of any $3.50 to
$4 50 suits in the house for
Boys' Star Shirt Waists.
75c to $1.50 your choice for
Money saved by trading with us
50c grade 25c
75c to 1.00 grade 50c.
Bring this with you and
get what you need.
Clothing House !
in the three cities.
$18 00 to $22.50 for
This lot is good enouch for any gentle man.
Come gee 'em.
$10.00 to $12.00 for
Nice stylish suits, new this season.
The place to trade.
Your choice of any $5.00 to
$6.50 suits in the house for
The proper caper.
50c to 75c for
Money saved by trading with us.
Madras and flannel shirts
1.00 to 1.25 grade for 75c
1.50 to 1.75 " i;00
2.oo to 2.5o " i.50
We are the leaders of
low prices. Come look
through our line and see if
there is something you
DEFY THE SOLDIERS
Coeur d'Alene Strikers Too Nu
merous to Tackle.
NONUNION MEN ROBBED AND SHOT
Twelve Corpses Found at One Point
A Regular Insurrection
Bridges Blown Dp anil Two Mine Own
er. Captured a ml Hold a Hostages
All the Mines Fixed to Explode If the
Troops Interfere Martini Law Pro
claimed anil More Soldiers Sent For
wardNo Battle Yet The Congres
sional Inquiry at Pittsburg Testi
mony of Amalgamated Men and others
Quiet at Homestead.
CHICAGO, July 14. The following is the
situation In the Coeur d'Alene mining re
gion as per dispatches received here from
that section: The strikers have posses
sion of the telegraph and telephone offices
at Wardner and other Coeur d'Alene
points. They have blown up railroad
bridges and prepared to fight the United
States troops. Tuesday night a gang of
strikers overtook seventy unarmed non
union men at Old Mission, about twenty
miles this side of Wardner, robbed them
of their wages and fired on them while
running away. Two non-union men were
killed; others escaped to the Woods and
Proclamation of Martial Law.
Governor Willoy has issued a proclama
tion placing Shoshone county under mar
tial law. A message from Wolf Lodge,
near Old Mission, states that a relief party
has found the dead bodies of twelve non
union men in the bushes and swamp. The
tracks nd bridges have been destroyed in
the vicinity ;f Mtdlan and Wallace and
the wires have been cut.
V ill light the Troops to the Death.
Tl e union men propose to light the
troops to the death. All the Coeur d'Alene
mines are tilled with explosives prepara
tory to general destruction. It is reported
that the union men have taken Van IJ.
Delashmutt, of Portland, William I
Sweeney and other mine owners anil will
hold them ah hostages until the trouble !
is .-. tiled.
Too Many for the Troop.
At Cataldo three companies of United
States troops came upon a body of strik
ers but did not attack them owing to the
latter being too strong. The general com
manding lias wired for more troops and
five additional companies have leen for
warded. They will rendezvous at Cataldo.
No doubt the miners w ill make a tierce
Bgbt when at tacked, Us they are armed !
with Winchester rifles and will take j
ii speratc chances.
THE HOMESTEAD INVESTIGATION.
Statesmen Obtain a Lot of Varied In
PmSBUBO, July 14. When thecongres- I
sional committee resumed its investigation I
yesterday morning Frick continued his
testimony, giving farther details of the!
employment of the Pinkcrtons. He evaded
a question ail to his direct responsibility.!
lie closed by going over the table of wages
paid the men, and Boatner asked if the'
amount paid the men was for themselves, I
and when Frick said, "Yes, sir," Boatner
aid: '"Well, those are the highest wages I 1
ever heard of." Captain Rogers of the
steamer Little Bill, detailed the trip to '
Homestead, llesaid James H. Gray accom
panied the party as a deputy sheriff. There
were boxes of rifles on board, bat they
were not unpacked at the start. "The
barges had nothing but the ordinary sheet
iron lining, the same as all barges. As the
mill nun ran along en shore tiring on us'
twenty-five minutes lefore we landed the
Pinkertons unpacked the arms."
Sheriff Mct'lcary's Statement.
Sheriff McCleary was the next witness.
lb: said: I was notified by Knox and
Seed that there would be a strike and '
that they had arranged to get MX Pinker
ton watchmen. They asked if I would
deputize them. I did not reply until I
had seen my lawyer. Mr. Petty, and sng- '
gested that they get watchmen: I then I
told Mr. Petty to tell Knox and Bead that '
if the Pinkertons were to be watchmen !
and were to be in the mill, which might
he in danger, I wanted to be judge of the j
contingency. Afterward I was served j
with a notice that I must protect the
Homestead property On Tuesday, July i
6. I started out to secure deputies, getting '
twelve. My deputies were kept out of the
Works." He then related his experiences 1
with the strikers substantially as they I
have been reported in these dispatches. j
President Weihe Kxarulued.
Weihe, president of the Amalgamated
association, was the first witness sworn ''
for the iron workers. He explained the
rocking of the "sliding scale," but added
nothing to the two statements O'Don
nell'sandthe advisory committee's which
have been printed in these dispatches, as
to points upon which the tueu differed
with the company. Taylor asked why the
men thought they were justified in taking
possession of the mills, and Weihe replied
that he did not think any Amalgamated
man thought so. To questions as to the
practicability of statutory arbitration
Weihe, though saying bethought it would
come to that, evidently did not approve
0PaweH Qlsoe Testimony.
Weihe -a ri the trouble was that the
manufaci urers would not show what the
exact cause of production was and then
added that if there were no minimum,
the big firms could cut rates, to which
Counsel Knox replied, "The Arm concedes
the justice of a minimum." Then Hugh
O'Bonnell took the stand and detailed
the actions of the Homestead people, say
ing that guards were set around the mills,
but told not to use force, but to keep
everybody out of the mills by "peaceable
means." He didn't remember exactly
what took place between himself and the
sheriff, but didn't think McCleary de
manded possession of .the works.
Doestrt Know Who Hied First.
When asked to recount the proceedings
at the riot he asked if he was compelled to
answer, and was told no. He finally said
he was aw akened on that night about 8 a.
m., and went to the river, w here he saw
men with pistols and heard shots. He ad
vised the men to put the pistols away, and
addressed the crowd. He couldn't say who
fired the first shot, ami declined to tell any
thing about the attempt to fire the barges
with coal oil. Late in the day he advised
a parley, which resulted in the surrender
of the Pinkertons, the stipulations being
that the men were to suffer no harm, and
that the arms were to be packed. These
stipulations were diregarded by the mob
in spite of the "efforts of our men."
Opposition to the l'lnt-rtons
Wheu a-ked why the working people
were so opposed to the Pinkertons he said:
"It may have been in this case due to the
iactthat five men had been shot dead
and many others wounded. Tin y looked
upon Pinkertons as armed invaders, and
as allies of the capitalists. Also that if
the Pinkertons gut possession that they
would aid the firm in bringing in non
union men." John Mcl.uckie, the bur
gess of Homestead, was next sworn, and
proved to be the sensation of the day. He
gave au account of the origin of the
trouble that differed in no material par
ticulars with those already known.
CHARGES A GIGANTIC CONSPIRACY.
The Tariff on Steel Itillets Keduced as
He was asked to make a statement in
his own way and said. "I wish to be put
on record to this effect: I think it a
gigantic conspiracy on the part of this
company and its representatives, aided
and abetted by vicious legislation, created
with a view to depriving the workmen of
this country of their most sacred rights
under the constitution of life, liberty and
the pursuit of happiness. I think that
fact has been pretty clearly demonstrated,
and if an opportunity was afforded, I
think we would have no difficulty in
establishing the truth." The trouble three
years ago was gone over, and lie told how
alout 150 deputies went to Homestead on
one tram and were "induced to leave" on
Wanted to Itoh thel.ahorer.
Said McLuckie: "Then came the Mc
Kinley tariff bill, reducing the tariff on this
very identical article on which our
Wages was based, viz: steel billets, and
raised the tariff on all other articles of
production. It was a gigantic conspiracy
to rob the laboring man of a fair day's
wages for a fair day's work." The com
pany held mortgages on much of the prop
srty occupied by the employes, some of
whom hail bank accounts. The Pinker
tons were cutthroats, thugs and lawless
invaders. There would have been no re
sistance to lawful authority. There had
been, however, in many parts of the coun
try. Taylor Want Some Particulars.
Judge Taylor here interposed au objec
tion to any suc h "sweeping declarations"
as he termed them.
Oates Your idea, then, is that the com
pany, after having obtained a scale of
wages based on the market value of steel
billets, caused the duty on steel billets to
be reduced? The witness replied "Yes."
He declined to say whether it was true
that the less the tariff the less the wages,
and said that high tariff did not always
secure high wages, but agreed that the
cause of reduction at Homestead was the
lowered tariff and increased production. He
explained that the company could make
money hy this process of reduction of tariff
because billets, while fixing tlie price of la
bor, were a small item in the productive ca
pai ity of the mills.
Coming ytighty Close to Statesmen.
Judge Taylor asked who were in the
alleged Conspiracy and Mcl.uckie replied
the Pacific railway people, the Carnegie
interests, Krick and "quite a large circle."
"Any member of congress?" asked Taylor.
''The bill was passed," said McLuckie. But
to proposition that a majority of Congress
must have been involved he said he did
not say so. "I am not here to insult this
committee." The Pinkertons were a class
of men owned and operated by unscrupul
ous capitalists. Taylor said that was
probably correct. "I have no sympathy
for them myself."
Nothing Too Good for Workiugmeu.
Taylor referred to the number of com
fortable homes at Homestead, and Mc
Luckie quickly asked if he thought them
too good, to which Taylor was quick to
reply not half goisl enough, but suggested
that a very prosper.. us town had grown up
"under the plan." "All of which denotes
progress," replied McLuckie. Taylor
closed with the hope that it might "imme
diately resume its customary condition."
A WORKMAN GIVES HIS VIEWS.
He Say. Carnegie Pays the Lowest
Waest of Anybody.
The next witness was William Roberts,
an employe of the armor department at
Homestead and one of the scale commit
tee. He complained that Frick was arbi
trary, would not discuss matters and
sent in an ultimatum almost as soon as
the scale negotiations begun. He said
that Potter, manager of Homestead mills,
said that such men as Roberts were mak
ing too much money, and that Potter told
him personally that his "little gold mine"
would be closed up after July. The men
had done everything to secure a peaceable
adjustment, and if the conferences
had been continued it would have been
The Witness' Own Wages.
Asked what his wages were he said that
Frick said he earned tl44 in May. He had
worked for (98, the variation being due to
breakage, etr. Improved machinery in
creased the output, as the company claim
ed it also iucreased the labor. The reduc
tion proposed was 18 per cent, is his de
partment, and that generally the reduc
tion affected those getting the least wages
they being reduced rather than those
getting the highest.
A Comparison of Pay.
The witness said that in the American
Iron works a roller was paid 70 cents a
ton; at Homestead 22 and 23 cents, the dif
ference in output being in favor of the
American works. A Homestead plate
roller gets 14 cents per ton; at Jones &
Laughliii's, 78 cents. Rollers' wages
at Homestead averaged $10 perjday against
$25 and $30 at other mills. At this Bynum
seemed surprised, and asked if there were
FJx-lierlir (iray's Testimony.
Ex-Sheriff Gray said he went with the
Pinkerton men to Homestead to preserve
the peace. Previously he had leen told by
the men that they would not be responsi
ble for the admission of any one to the
mill. The Pinkertons were ordered not to
fire until some of their own number had
been wounded. Asked who commenced
firing he replied, "The mob."
"You swear the firing began on the
He then told again the story of the fight
at Homstead, in which there was riothiug
new, and the committee adjourned for the
Situation at Homestead.
HOMKSTKAD. Pa.. Julv 14 All la antsA
here. The strikers had a report yesterday
. that 4i0 non onion men were en route, but
j they ditl not appear. The advisory com
mittee came near being arrested yesterday.
' A reporter was taken before them by a
g vng of Btrikers because he was seen tak
j ng down names. They were the auto
I graphs of reporters at Homestead which
I lie wanted as a souvenir. He explained,
and the committee let him go. General
Snowden heard of it, and told the reporter
to identify the men who interfered with
' him ami tlipru-oiilil 1... .,.r. .i. ,! f, . - .
J ....... .... ... . . - n v. i ... .iriuuu,
but the reporter declined on the ground
that no reporter's life would be safe if he
He graua camp ol Confederate veteT
aus is in convention at Jackson, Miss.
LIVE STOCK AND PRODUCE MARKETS.
Chicago, July 11
Following were the quotations on the
board of trade today: Wheat -July, opened
Ws1 . closed 77Hjc; Sept.mlier, opened 75ic
closed Ttittjc; Dei-ember. .,; . ue i 78jr, closed
79c. Corn July, opened closed 49-4c;
September, opened 47!v, closed so; October,
opened 4tc. closed ttffB. Oats- July, opened
56e. closed aOHc; August, opened 9Sq, closed
'ASyc; September.opened :ttc,cloredajc.Pork
July, opened jil I'.'U,. closed ; H.7TH,. Septem
ber, opened (12.10, closed $11.95; Jan
uary, opened tlMB, closet $13.30. Lard
July, opened JT.r.'H. closed 87.i7H-
Live stock Prices at the Union Stock
yards today ranged as fod-iws: Hogg Market
Bctive on pacslllt and shipping account, and
feeling rather stead y;o'd grades tirm common
lots easy; - au s ranged at $.! i55.7." pigs, $5.60
C.IW light. $".'Vi "i 71 rough packing, $j.imj
i.!j mixed, and ?;"..' heavy packing and
shi spins lots
Cattle Market fairlj active on local and
shipping account; good grades iu demand at
5jl0c higher; lomnion lots weak; quotations
ranged at $5.3 .t.75 i-hoice to extra shipping
steers, S4.75&&. 5 good to choice do. $4..t5
4.7U fair to go od, $4 ."5&4.30 common to medi
um do, IMOQ4J0 buti hers' steers, $265j&
a.7ii stovkers, Jx.30 U.35 Texas steers, i-i.i&
3.95 feede s. $1 75.3.50 cows, $3.03.7j bulls
aad 00i.4.75 veal calves.
Sheep Marki t fairly active and prices un
changed; quotations raugel at $4.355.3u per
liw ltjs western. $4.3)atl.2 natives, $.1.703.5.00
Texas, and t6.t0gj7.00 lambs.
Produce: Butter Fancy separator. 30c;
dairies, fancy, fresh, ltntl'c- Eggs 13c per
doz, loss off. Live poultry -He-is. 13c per lb;
spring chickens, 17e roosters. 6c; spring
ducks, 1 l-Hc; turkeys, mixed, Oiffle Po
tatoes Hnrbauks, 4Uc per bu; Hebron 303
': Tet.ti...se, Hose. 9Z"AS.3o per bbi.
Strawberries Michigan, Sl.2adI.7S per 18-qt
case. Raspberries Ke.l. Sl S'tsiOU per 34-pt;
black, per 1.75 L-qt; 1 2.-0 lti-qt case. Biackber-ries-2UO;i3.00
per 4-qt case.
New York. July 13.
Wheat-No. 2 red winter cash. fCc; July,
8311:; August, S.)ic; Septemlier, 83Sgc. Corn
No. 2 mixed ca.-h, Stc; July, 45c; August.
53c. Oats steady. K 6 Not quoted. Barley
Nominal. I'ork Trifle firin-ir; old mess,
Il-.ooy.13.ilU Lard September. 7.SB; October.
Live Stock Cattle Market opened active
but closed dull; i nnimo:i to medium natives
sold Ilk- per lun ilis lower: poorest to best na
tive steers, SS.53QS.& per lbs; Texans and
Ooloradoa, S2...,(.t.tH; bulls aud dry cows.
8.00 - V Sheep and Lambs-Market fairly
una: sheep, 54.':.'.e,rt.3a ier H"'lbs; lainos, Uf
7.73. Hogs -Nominally steady; live hogs.
85.9u&&ai per lnulbs.
The I.nrai .llarket.
Bran -S6e per cwt.
Ships'iiff tl.OU per cwt
Hay Timothy. S1H&13; prairie, lOail : clover
SltaiO; baled. SU On.
Butter Fslrto choice, L'S-Jc; creamery, MCjStc
Eirgs Frest. He : packed. 10c.
Poultry Chickens. lu&l-'H ; turkeys. liUc
ducks. l'-'Hc: geese, 10c.
FKl IT aim VKOSTABLES.
Apples tS.-Jo4t?i;.75 perbbl.
Cattle Butchers pay for corn fed steers
3'Si-lc; cows and neifcr, liHJc; calves
2. Hogs -4c.
i Hard 7 5"&7 75.
Soft 2 J03 30.
Common boards $16.
Joist Scantling and timber, IS to 16 feet, $18.
Kvirry additional foot inlengtb 50 cents.
X A X Sbinglas iS 75.
Lath Si 50.
Fencing 12 to 16 feet $18.
ocS boards, ronghSll.