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' inr i I fors-? - "WRtfAr' ' -" .i - r -a;' m V V ' i1! " " -a?4i yi-i;!3 x vA ' ' - iitfPinill If A MG9 kii AViY V I r ir i?f. It- kfe 1 1 I "Cr 155 ter k I 4 w 4 & - "STearly Sutoscriptlori, $S.OO. EIGHTH TEAR. THE GREAT RAILROAD STRIKE. The Texas Pacific, Under tho Protection of the United States Courts, Rons Trains Ia(cfct New Concerning thcfcilxir Trou bles. AT OMAHA, NEB. Omaha, March 16. The Missouri Pacific runs into Omaha over the Union Pacific track for a distance of eighteen miles. Yes terday an attempt was made to start the Missouri Pacific freight train out of this city, but five men captured the engine, and made tho engineer and fireman surrender. They then ran the engine back to the .round house, and put out the fire. The men who captured the engine are said to bo the employes of the Union Pacific and Knights of Labor. It is rumored here that tho Knights of La bor have ordered all employes of the Mis souri Pacific in Omaha to refuse to handle freight or perform oiher duties, and that the order will order will go into effect to-day. OVEBTTJBES BEJEOTED. St. Louis, Mo., March 10. Vice President Hoxio received the following letter to-day: Sedalia, March 15. , . M. Hoxic, First Vice President: It has been intimated to mo that a com mittee of Knights of Labor, composed of railroad employes, would bo admitted to a , conferenco with you in regard to tho difli cultics now existing with slid employes and the railroad company, the Gould southwest ern system. If it is your wish, such committee is ready at such time and place as you may deter mine. Signed Mabttn Ibons. Chairman Knights of Labor Executive Com mittee. To this, after acknowledging its receipt, Mr. Hoxio replied as follows: "While I am alwajs ready to comply with, and hear any complaints of employes, I can not see that a meeting with the committee such as you propose, would adjust the trouble as I am informed that tho reason for is ing difficulties was the discharge of 0. A. Hall by the receivers of the Texas & Pacific railway, a road not under my control, and with a management in which I have no voice or authority. "I would further state that tho action ta ken by our late employes has so reduced our traffic that we shall not soon again require ns many men in our shops as heretofore, but all good men who desire emplojment, and are acceptable to our superintendents, will hereafter, as heretofore, be well and promDtly paid for services rendered, and if they have any complaints I will take pleasure in meet ing them for that purpose. LSigned H. M. Home.-" GOrNO BACK TO WOBK. St. Louis, Mo., March 1C Receiver Brown, of thoTexasfc Pacific railroad, tele graphs to Vice President Hoxie that he has sixty seven men at work iti Marshall (Tex.) shops, thirty-four of them being old em plojes who struck, and that he expects many more. At Big Springs, Baird and Fort Worth, ho says, they hae men enough for tho present wants of the company. the outlook. St. Louis, Mo., March 17. The thirteenth day of tho Gould system strike opened with as little, if not less hope of speedy resump tion of freight traffic as ever. Vice Presi dent's Hoxie's reply to Martin Irons, chair man or the Knights of Labor executive com mittee, inclines many to tho belief that the company will attempt no settlement with the strikers as a body, but will wait until the number of new men employed on the lines shall be sufficient to carry on tho busi ness. Should this prove true, it is understood by the Knights of Labor here that the order which called those out who are now striking, mM be followed by one which will cause every Knight employed upon the Gould roads and their southwestern connections to leave work. The situation so far as tho East St. Louis men are concerned, remains un changed. The men are at work as usual this morning; and it is understood their grievances will bo remedied without resort to a strike. A QUIET DAT. Sedalia, Mo., March 17. To-day has been the quietest since the strike has been inaugurated. Neither party has made a move, and the absence of excitement makes the strikers very restless. Tho grievance committee of engineers of the Gould system, except the Texas Pacific, haB been in session here again to-day but their doings are a profound secret The chief, P. M.Arthur, is expected here to morrow morning, when it is possible that light will break from that quarter and trains begin to move. OKDEES FEOM THE CIECCIT COUKT. Kansas City, Mo., March 17. Tho Mis souri Pacific company obtained an order from tho circuit court to-day, forbidding the strikers from trespassing on the company's grounds or interfering with its property. An endeavor will bo made to serve the writ on individual strikers named in the com plaint. All was lifeless in the freight yards to-day. QBAND MASTEB TOWDEBLT. St. Louis, March 17. T. V. Fowderlv. Grand Master Workman of the KnightB of ljaoor, ana cnairman or tho national execu tive committee of that order, passed through this city to-night on his way to lvansas City. His mission, it is said, is to meet and con fer with the delegates from the five district assemblies, which embraces the entire Mis souri Pacific system-of roads, in regard to tho strike now existing on that system. He would not talk about the strike during the few minutes he was here. , IN A FA1B WAT TO SETTLE. New Obleans, March 18. The strike on tho Texas & Pacific railroad and other rail roads of the Gould southwest system, is in a fair way to settlement at last, by arbitration of the United States circuit court in the case of Halljtho workman discharged at Mar shall. This was the cause of the strike. The employes have insisted that Hall was dis charged because he was a Knignt of Labor, and the receivers hold that tho discharge was made for incompetency. Yesterday a delegation of local Knights of Labor called upon Receiver Sheldon, at his office here, and had a satisfactory interview with him. The delegation said to tho re ceiver that the discharge of Hall was the sole cause of the trouble, and inquired if some plan could not be adopted by which the cauBe of the discharge could be ascer tained, and the whole question settled by ar bitration. Governor Sheldon said the receivers had no intention to do an injustice to Hall, and and were willing to submit the question of his discharge to the court . St. Louis, Mo., March 18. The general impression prevails this morning in railroad circles that the Gould strike is nearing an end. Tho resumption in this city of subur ban passenger traffic without any -violence from the stokers is looked apon as a hopeful 25?Sr P re-establishment of the freipht trnffin at other points is regarded in tMaamelight. WHAT OBAHD XJJKft rOWDZBXT BATS. KuRUsCm.Mo, March 18, Mr. Pow- derly, when 6een by our associated press representative, expressed a willingness to give the public any information in his pos session so far as the interests of his mission permitted. He would, ho said, probably bo able to speak more definitely later in tho evening regarding the proceedings of to-day. He said: "I had a desire to come upon the ground and learn the truo inwardness of the strike, and ascertain exactly the situa tion as I could not do it at a distance of over a thousand miles. At the same time I re ceived a request from the local orders to join them here and endeavor to secure a settlement of the matters at issue between tho railroad officials and themselves. We have spent tho day in consultation but I cannot yet speak as to the result of our de liberations." "Will you state whether you have opened communication with the Missouri Pacific officials?" "I have not, but I am free to say that I intend to seek a conferenco to-morrow with Mr. Hoxie, and expect to leave to-morrow night for St. Louis." "If a meeting can be arranged, then any settlement which might bo made would be arranged at St. Louis?" "Yes; it probably would be." "Why was Kansas City selected as the place for the conferenco of the various as s jmblies to-day?" "I cannot say. I am not aware of any sig nificance in the selection." Hero tho inter view was interrupted, Mr. Powderly being called to attend a meeting. On returning therefrom he said: "I have since learned that the conference was held hero for the convenience of the Union Pa cific delegates, and a3 a central point." "Will you state what the strike is for?" "That is whf 1 1 came to learn, and I have not jet succeeded entirely. The men have complaints that the company has not kept its agreement of a year ago. There is some question as to wages; and tho discharge of employes also enters into the matter. Can didly, I do not see the necessity for this strike, or its continuance. In fact tho day for strikes is past. I never ordered one in my life, and with two exceptions never failed in an endeavor to meet tho employers for a settlment of the differences with the em ployes. I have just telegraphed to Vice Piesident Hoxie, asking ror a conference." "Can you give the dispatch?" "Yes; it is short, asking simply if ho will meet the committee and myself for the con sideration of pending difficulties, and if so, where and when." "What was the temper of tho discussions to-day?" "Entirely calm and rational. The men appear desirous of a speedy termination of the difficulties, so are disposed to be concil iatory, so far as may be consistent with their position. A session is now in progress which will probably continae all night. The alter native of a refusal on tho part of Mr. Hoxie to meet us is under consideration, but no de cision has been reached. I do not anticipate a reply from Mr. Hoxio before to-morrow, but it is my belief that tho strike will be ended within a very few days." In speaking of tho reported settlement of the Texas fe Pacific troubles, Mr. Powderly said he was not informed as to the details, and tho report was not generally credited among the Knights. He thought an arbitra tion by a United States court would be de sirable. St. Louis, Mo., March 19. The hopes for a settlement of the strike upon the Gould southwest system in tho near future, seems nearer realization this morning than at any time during tho present difficulty. Tho in terest in future developments is equally di vided between tho course which the dis charged mechanic Hall, at Marshall, Tex., shall pursue, and the reply of Hoxie to Mas ter Workman Powderly, now at Kansas City. Many feel confident that the submission of Hall's grievances to the United States court will result m ending the strike on the Texas & Pacific railroad, which ever way the judge of the court should decide. A movement by tho Missouri Pacific em ployes, however, of grievances other than the discharge of teis man, warrants tho be lief that a separate settlement of tho diffi culty among thm must be arrived at before tho strike on that road can end. jat gould's beplt. Chableston, S. C. March 19. Reports of the action of the Dallas Merchants' exchange and tho citizens of Greenville, Texas, in passins resolutions denunciatory of the strikers and strike methods, were forwarded to Jay Gould here, and he has sent the fol lowing lelegram in response, addressed To the Citizens of Dallas and Greenville, Texas: No words of mine can sufficiently express my appreciation of the kind words of en couragement and good advice contained in your dispatch. The present strike through out the system was ordered by officers of a secret organization, because a neighboring railway, in control of the highest court in the land, has seen fit to discharge one of their emplojes. With no other comnlaint against the management of the Missouri Pacific, and without any warning or shadow of justification, tho entire business of four states and one territory is completly para lyzed, and millions of resident citizens are deprived of railway facilities, on which their entire prosperity depends, in their enjoy ment of which they have legal rights para mount to any secrot organization, becauso their rights are secured to them by the laws of tho land. Tho Missouri Pacific em Dloves 14.319 men. Of these 3,717 only are concerned in the pres ent strike, so that in addition to these 3;700 conspirators, who are by force and intimida tion stopping trams, are thereby dennvinc the remaining 10,900 of their co-laborers of their daily earnings. Will not the public soon learn that it is they that pay the railway tolls: that the rail way is its clearing house to receive and dis tribute this fund, which is full sixty per cent of the gross earnings of the railway, and when they do, they will probably find some method to regulate and control labor en gaged in railway transportation, and thus prevents such strikes. (Signed) Jat Gould. HOXIE REFUSES. Mr. Hoxie after deliberation, in a lone letter refused to meet Mr. Powderly. That gentleman replied as follows. Kansas Uitt, Mo., March 19, 1756. To H M. Boxie, First Vice President Missouri Pacific Railway Company, SU Louis. Since you will not meet with me as gen eral master workman of the Knights of La bor, I must decline to meet with you in any other capacity, and the responsibility for the future continuance of the strike must cot be charged to the Knights of Labor, since the executive officer of that order will not be permitted to meet and co-operate with you. It was my intention, 'had vou consented to meet with me, to endeavor to effect such a settlement as would prevent anv impositions Demg pracuceo upon ice employes of the company oy subordinates, and put an end to strikes on your lines for the future. Signed T. V. Potokkly.- WILLAOTAB XXDIAXOBS. Kansas Cm, Mo., March 19. Governor Marxnaduke, of Missouri, and Governor Martin, of Kansas, hare decided that the public interests tender it necessary for them to act as msdiatom in the present airilBB. STOOKI F-AJfcadXNGr THE BASIS OF WA-KEENEY, They have prepared a proposition which, after consideration, has been accepted by the strikers, and the two governors left to night for St. Louis to lay it before the rail road officials. The men agree to go to work on the basis of the settlement adopted at the close of the strike a year ago; that is, they will come back upon the terms of tho agreement in force at the time of the struck, simply mak ing a request that tho question of increas ing the wages of bridge and track men be taken into account. The matter of Hall's reinstatement on tho Texas & Pacific is not mentioned in the proposition. Mr. Powderly did not leave for St. Louis as he had intended, but is in secret confer enco with the executive delegates this even ing, and has not been interviewed here since his receipt of Mr. Hoxie's reply to his re quest for a meeting. The general feeling here is one of strong hope that the intrusion of the Btate execu tives will secure a settlement, and an early conclusion of the strike. now rr LOOKS. St. Louis, Mo., March 20. The refusal of Hoxie, first vice president of tho Missouri Pacific railway to confer with Powderly, looking to a settlement of the strike, lessens the chance of a speedy adjustment between the company and its employes. No extension of the present strike to other railroads besides the Gould southwestern system is expected, unless the efforts of the governors to bring about a settlement fail. The conference of Governors Martin and Marmaduke for the first day amounted to nothing. A circular issued by tho executive board of the Knights of Labor has been posted up in various places here, and sent abroad, re questing mechanics and laborers to keep away from all points of the Missouri Pacific system, until the existing difficulties aro set tled, xho local situation on the Missouri Pacific and Ifon Mountain roads remains unchanged. Suburban trains ran regularly to day, but no effort was made by the com pany to start out freight trains. Everything has been very quiet in the yards and about the shops. The business men of Fort Worth, Tex., held a meeting and passed a series of reso lutions condemning the strikers in vigorous terms. A STATEMENT OF GBIETANCES. Kansas City, Mo.. March 21. The Times publishes a statement compiled by the sec retary of district assembly 147. Knights of Labor of the grievances presented at the conference held here this week by the vari ous executive boards. It is asserted that numerous and serious violations of the agreement of 1885 were made by the Mis souri Pacific officials, and that several at tempts were made before the strike to place their grievances before Mr. Hoxie, but that he would not give any attention to their complaints, or when he did respond would not give them any satisfaction. THE KNIGHTS ENJOINED. TorEKA, March 20, The Missouri Pacific railroad company, by Messrs. Everest fc Waggener and Rossington, Smith & Dallas, its solicitors, filed to-day in the United States circuit court for tho district of Kansas, its bill in equity against R. Stone and three hundred others, late employes of said rail way, charging the defendants and other par ties unknown with a conspiracy to abandon the service of said railway and to as sume the custody and control of its jards, locomotives, cars, tracks, machine shops and other property of the railway; to refuse to permit any work or labor to be per formed for the railway company by its late employes, or any other persons; also, charg ing the defendants with stopping all its work in its shops and yards, and preventing the handling of its freight and the move ments of its trains, and preventing 'the railway company from carrying on its busi ness as a common carrier. That all of said acts complained of were and are being done in obedience to a peremptory order issued from an organization known as the "Knights of Labor" of North America; that said organization, among other pur poses, was formed for the express purpose of controlling its members as to when, how and upon what terms its members should enter the services and continue in the service of said railway com pany; that its members are under a secret obligation assumed by them to yield implicit obedience to the order and requests of its officers and committees. The judge of the United States circuit court issued upon the bill filed an injunction and proper order to place the railway company in possession of its property and re strain the strikers from interfering with the movement of trains and to desist in their interference with the business of the com pany or in any manner to prevent the per formance of its duties as a common car rier. The federal power is thus directly invoked. The caso is regarded as a test one and as striking a severe blow at tho disturbers. WHAT THE BATLBOAD COMPANY WELL DO. St. Louis, Mo., March 22. In reply to communications from Governors Marma duke and Martin, seeking a settlement of the existing Missouri Pacific labor troubles, Mr. Hoxie replies as follows: Hon. John S. Marmadoke, governor of alis souriandHon.' John A. Martin,covemor of Kan sas: Dear Sirs I beg respectfully to acknowl edge the receipt of your communication of this date, stating, that after a conference- at Kan sas City with a delegation of employes you consented to visit the under signed and urge the continuance of the agreement between yourselves and other state, officials and the management of this company on March 15, 16S5, and, if deemed advisable, recom mend such modifications of said agreement as might be thought just to all concerned. I note with pleasure your conclusion after investiga tion that the agreement of March 15, 18S5, has been kept inviolate by the Missouri Pacific railway company, and that the present 6tnke could not have been and was not based on a violation by the management of this company of the terms of said agreement; and I havo carefully considered your recommendation that this airrfio- ient, which you concede the Missouri Pacific railway company is no longer under any obliga tion to observe toward those of its employes who have abandoned its service since March 5, 1S86, should be restored and continued. On March 10, 1SS6, this company inserted in newspapers on its line and posted in pnbbc places upon its property, tho following adver tisement: " Good and competent men will be employed without reference to their pa6t or present rela tions to this company or their connection with any society or organization, open, secret, secular or otherwise. Sunh as are accepted will be paid the rate of wages recom-s mended bv the coventors and othpr state officials of Missouri and Kansas when the labor troubles of March, 1885, were adjusted, the same as have beeen paid by this company since that date. what the coxpant will do. The above wo"notice was designed as a continu ance so far an the rate of wages is concerned of me agreement of March 15. ltao, and is still in force, thus anticipating the recommendations which you make as to the amount which em ployee should be paid. "In addition to the foregoing action of this company, which is in accord with your recom mendations as to wages, this company is farther willing to pay to its employes a rate of wages equal to that niw being paid by railway com panies in the suae section of country. The farther provision of Bid agreement rela tive to notice ia esse of redaction, of wages is Botobjeetiaaable to this company sad will be eoatmoed. "Xoar next sad iaal neoowemdetion that this KANSAS, SATURDAY company re-engage in its, service all of its old employes without prejudice to them on account of tho existing strike, so far as the business of the company will justify their re-employment, is acceptable to this company with theso qualifica tions: The men who have )ieen engaged under the advertisement of March 10, 1886, will be continued iu our employment. We can not ro- engage or continue in our employ any persons who havo actually en aged in ths destruction or injury of the com pany's property or who havo advised such de struction or injury, w e shall give preference to those of our late employes who have families and own homes on the lines of the road. It is to bo remembered that tho loss of traffic caused by the present strike, will, to a considerable extent, reduce the necessity of employing as many men in our shops as heretofore." "Thanking jou for tho consideration you have given tho subject and trusting your action will result in an early resumption of traffic, I am your excellencies' most obedient servant. a. M. MU-VUS.-Frst Vico President of tho Missouri Pacific Rail way Company," WILL NOT ACCEPT THE TEBMS. St. Louis, Mo., March 22. Every indica tion points of the fact that the executive committee of District Assembly 101 will not accept the terms of settlement as laid down by Mr. Hoxie. TEXAS & PACIFIC SHOPS BUBNED. . Bio Spbings, Texas, March 22. Last evening fire was discovered in the oil house and paint shops of the Texas & Pacific rail way. Within the space of five minutes the flames spread over the entire floor ing of the large building, and before a dozen people arrived it was evident that no efforts could save the building, and it was entirely dsstroyed. Tno loss to the Texas & Pacific company will approxi mate 15.000, owing to the largo amount of btock on hand which was not insured. There are no doubts that tho fire was the work of an incendiary. Great indignation prevails. The Knights of Labor are accused of com plicity in the fire, though this is all specula tion. THE SWITCHMEN STEIKE. Kansas City, March 22. At 9 o'clock this morning the general sounding of all the locomotive whistles signalled the inaugura tion of another Btrike at that hour. The union switchmen in every railroad yard in the city quit work, and the freight business generally stopped. The Chicago & Alton made up a train by the help of non-union men and sent it out, but the strikers are said to have boarded and stopped it at the eastern city limits. The Wabash is working n small force sufficient, officials say, to handle the city freight and being under the protection of the federal courts hav invoked the protection of the United States marshal. Amass meeting of strikers was held at noon. At present the cause of the strike cannot be learned. Some of the men say they had orders from tho headquarters of the Knights of Labor. The switchmen had made a general demand for an advance of wages a wepk ago of the various roads, and it was granted. There are fl j ing rumors to the effect several other departments are to be ordered out. Business at tho stock yards is about sus pended, and the board of trade quotations dropped two cents in as many seconds. The local railroad officials say that tho strike is a complete surprise, and that no complaints had been made. Orders have been sent to points' beyond to refuse all perishable freight. Fifty crews of yardmen, on the eleven roads, are out. Plankington & Armour discharged a fourth of their men to-day, and tho great smelting works at Argentine will be com pelled to close. Large quantities of perishable goods now here in yards. The strike said to have been ordered by switchmen's union independent of K. of L. A meeting of representatives of all the eleven roads is being held here this after noon. WHY THEY STBUCK. Tho following statement hasebeen pub lished by the committee of the Switchmen's union. To the Merchants and Citizens of Kansas City and vicinity: The switchmen of the various yards of this city and vicinity deem it due to you as citizens and friends to make a brief expla nation of our walkout this morning, and the reasons therefor. We sent several requests to our employers on the 9th day of March, among them one iopayus the standard wages paid to switehmen in Chicago. They met us in session at tho union depot Satur day, the 13th, and we and they made a verbal contract that was published, or at least part of it, in the daily morning papers, Monday, March 14th. Since that time the switchmen have lived up to their part of the contract, but some of our superintendents have violat ed and evaded the spirit of that contract, and as we treated with them as a body of the whole we expect them to live up to their contract as a whole; but as one or more vio lated it, we claim they all did so. We now come out to demand the standard wages paid switchmen in ChicagOj 111., and the signature of the various superintendents to such an agreement. We are sorry if we cause you loss or trouble, but we feel that we are right and will not agree to go to work until we have settled our difference with our employ ers. Respectfully: The Committee. THE KNIGHTS ISSUE A STATEMENT. The following was issued by the Knights of Labor at a late hour last night: To thi public A statement in reply to H. M. JIoxiefs letter to the governors of Missouri and Kansas: In response to the proposition contained in a note written Mr. Hoxie by the govern ors of Kansas and Missouri, and also the re ply of Mr. Hoxie to the governors, we beg to state: First, that while in conference in Kansas City we were sent for by the governors, and out of respect for them a committee was appointed, consisting of employes of the Gould roads only, which met with them and by request noted the cause of the present withdrawal of active labor from the roads of the Gould southwest system. " On their suggestion these gentle men agreed to see Mr. Hoxie and attempt a settlement if possible. It was agreed to in deference to their wish, thst we should sub mit to them all our grievances with the un derstanding that they would arrange a meet ing between Mr. Hoxie and ourselves. They desired permission to settle as best they cduld on understanding that we would abide by their decision. To this we demurred, unless we were first permitted to pass on the terms of the settlement. With this under standing we consented to their interposition between Mr. Hoxie and themselves. Mr. Hoxie refused to receive a delegation from the employes, or the Knights of Labor, and the governors received from Mr. Hoxie the document published yesterday, which was given to the press, even before we were per mitted to see it. Now. in justice to our-, selves and the troth of history, we desire to make the following points of fact: First The interpositions of the governors was voluntary on theirpart, coming to Kan sas City and seeJapttafe interview with our uutiru. . f -l Second Wi tjtfaem the privilege of adjusting oar accepting terms snbinittinfir them oi settlement i to this 1 approval, notwith- yum l Mr. Hoxie's all awl IE5. 886. turned them over to the press and public be fore we were even permitted to see them. Third We condemn the governors for saying that the Missouri Pacific has kept its agreement and holding that the present strike releases the road'from the obligations of the agreement. The committee claims to havo evidence that the men received less wages after the strike of 1883 than before, which was a violation of the agreement. That bridgemen have been compelled to work over-time, without receiving the agreed pay. That men have been discharg ed contrary to agreement and that the com pany, by creating dissatisfaction, induced men to leave, and afterwards re-employed them at less pay. The committee holds that the action of the Texas & Pacific re ceivers showed their intent to use the United States court for dishonorable purposes. Re garding the alleged violation by strikers of the agreement, the strikers maintain that the agreement did not bind them to any thing on their part. In conclusion tho address says: The truth is simply this Mr. Hoxie wants trouble; he has provoked it; he is still inciting and mak ing an innocent public pay the price of his perfidy. How long will the public consent for Gould and Hoxie thus to rule or ruin? We wait to see. By the order of the executive board of dis trict assembly 101. INJUNCTION PAPEBS SEBVED ON.STBTKEBS. Atchtlon, Kas., March 22. United States Marshal Jones and Deputies Curries and Sharritt arrived here to-day and served in junction papers on a large number of strik ers. No attempt was made to move freight trains from this point. Nine engines were found disabled in the Central Branch shops on Sunday morning. Trains have been started for Atchison from Greenleaf and other points, and are expected here to-morrow morning. It is given out that any in terference with them will be followed by ar rest by the United States officers. The feel ing among the citizens against the strike is increasing. St. Louis, March 23. The prospects for a settlement of the Missouri Pacific trouble are no better to-day than at any time during the fight. A member of the executive com mittee said last night: "The worst is yet to come. I dread it, but there is no help for it. If we were to submit now and return to work without having been recognized as Knights of Labor it would beadeffat, not only for U3 but for labor unions, trades assemblies and for every labor organization in the whole country. We feel that the issue must be met now. The present conflict is between us and the railroads only. We will wait three or four days in the hope that some way towards a settlement may be opened, and then if the situation remains unchanged for the better, every freight train on every road out of St. Louis and every fast train running out of Chicago will be stopped. If this shall fail to force the com panies to recognize us, the strike will then be extended to all eastern and southern roads, embracing the entire country. And it it comes to the worst, the strike will be made to embrace every large manufactory and every extensive business industry in the country. The management of tho Missouri Pacific railway company announce with equal positiveness that they will make no settlement with the strikers as Knights of Labor. Kansas City, March 23. There is no change in tho situation at the railroad yards this morning. Two-hundred switchmen are still out. No freight is moving. There has been no disturbance of any kind. A great many of the wholesale and job bing houses aro discharging their men and suspending business for the present. A freight train was derailed by the strikers near Sedalia, and several men injured. Vice President Hoxie has offered rewards for the arrest and conviction of any person destroy ing the company's property, or conspiring to do so. At Atchison the guards at the round house were surprised by thirty-five or forty masked men, who, with drawn revolvers took the guard in charge and disabled twelve locomotives. They also seized a freight train outside the city limits, killed the en gine, and threw tho coupling pins into the river. CONGRESSIONAL. SENATE. In the senate, March lGth, the chair pre sented a letter from the secretary of the navy transmitting information, copies, drawings, etc., of the recent survey of the Nicarauguan route made by Civil Engineer A. C. Mencool. Referred. The chair also presented a letter from the secretary of the interior transmiting information in regard to the land grants of railroads in Kan sas. Referred. Committee on finance re ported adversely on the bill introduced by Senator Mahone to allow a draw-back on imported tobacco. Placed on calendar. Among the reports was one by Blair on pen sions, being the bill for the relief of honor ably discharged soldiers. On motion of Mr. Van Wyck, the house bill, increasing tho pen sions of soldiers widows was taken up. Sev eral amendments were offered and agreed to, but after considerable debate by Butler, Logan, Cockrell, Ingalls and Jackson, the fear became general that the widow's in crease of pensions would be postponed by sending the bill to the house with so many amendments that it would involve debate. Motion was made by Mr. Wilson to recon sider the senate's action amending the bill. This motion was agreed to. All the amend ments then were disagreed to, and the bill passed as it came from the house. It now needs only the president's signature to be come a law. It increases the pensions from 8 to 12 a month. At 2 o'clock Mr. Cul lom took the floor in the senate, to speak upon Mr. Edmunds' resolution, but gave way to Mr. Morrill, who then addressed the senate upon the resolutions. Others fol lowed, and, finally, pending debate, the sen ate adjourned. In the senate on March 17, the chair pre sented a letter from tho secretary of the treasury, transmitting the report of Special Agent Spalding in relation to the fraudulent importation of Chinese into the United States. Referred. Collum moved to make the inter-state commerce bill a special order for next Tuesday week. Plumb objected, however, the matter went over. Van Wyck offered the following resolution: Resolted, That the commissioner of public lands be directed to examine the nature and 'extent of the alleged useless destruction of timber on public lands adjoining the line of the Northern Pacific railroad, particularly by the Montana Improvement company, and what, if any, additional legislation is nec essary to protect the timber on the public domain, said committee to have power to send for persons and papers. The resolution was agreed to. The chair laid brf ore the senate the new electoral count bill, and the bill was passed. The Edmunds resolution reported front the judiciary committee was then laid be fore the Benate, and Mr. Dolph resumed the floor and continued bis remarks in favor of the majority report of the committee. P,end , xim uewue una imnma aujuunaeu. , lathe senate on March 18th, the so-called argent deficiency bills were ealled up, aad the senate concurred with the boaee of rep leaeutatives feat win itmam involved im the H , JJrWssml , X expanded far 111 tmmntH of GCh t were not properly of on "urgent deficiency" character. The senate passed a bill to au thorize the Sellingham Bay Railway & Navigation company to build certain bridges in the the territory of Washington The senate also passed, without debate, the bill providing for a commission of five persons to investigate the alcoholic liquor traffic; its relations to revenue taxation, and its general economic, criminal, moral and scientific aspects. The senate also passed the bill providing for the study, in tho schools of the territories and the District of Columbia, of the nature of alcoholic stimulants and narcotics. Tho senate passed a bill to remove the charge of desertion from the records of tho adjutant general of the army against soldiers who re-enlisted in the late war without hav ing received a discharge from the first regi ments, provided tho secretary of war shall be satisfied that the re-enlistment was not to secure a bounty. Mr. Logan called up his bill to increase the efficiency of the army. It was amended and ordered reprinted. At 2 o'clock the unfinished business was placed before the senate, being the resolu tions reported by Mr. Edmunds from the judiciary committee, expressing the senate's condemnation of the attorney general for refusing to furnish the papers called for by the'senate. Pending debate on tho resolu tion the senate adjourned. Blackburn presented a memorial of the legislature of Kentucky urging the passage of a bill to prevent the retirement of Rear Admiral Juoyett, of the United States navy. Referred. Coke called up the biU to re-establish the national live stock highway, and to promote commerce in live stock between states. The bill sets apart for ten years as such highway, the public lands in range 41 along the eastern line of the state of Colorado, it being a fractional range, av eraging above twenty miles in width. The bill passed. Plumb called up the bill for he relief of the heirs of legal representatives of certain recruits for the 14th Kansas caval ry volunteers killed at Lawrence, Kansas, August 31, 1863, by guerrillas. The bill passed. Davies called up the bill authorizing the president to appoint Lieutenant William P, Randall, United States navy,, lieutenant commander, and to place him on'the retired list with such rank. Bill passed. The sen ate having read and passed all pension bills favorably reported on the calendar, Blair called up the bill recently reported by him from the committee on pensions. After seme debate, the hour of 2 o'clock arrived, and the chair laid before the senate a com munication from the secretary of tho treas ury. "To the president pro tempore of the senate: I have received1 a resolution of the senate dated February 24, 188G, adopted by the senate - in executive . session At this point something seemed to have burned Clerk Gilfrey's mouth, for with a quick in halation of breath he stopped short, folded up the paper, and handed it back to the president pro tempore, who announced that the communication would be with held for executive session. The incident created for the momenta buzz of suppressed excitement in the chamber, followed by a deep silence. Mr. Piatt was the first sena tor to recover his voice, and ho inquired of the chair whether the communication was marked "executive." President pro tem pore, Sherman, replied that it was not. Mr. Piatt submitted that in that case it was for the open session of the senate. The president pro tempore said he felt bound to submit the motion to the senate in execu tive session. After a pause Mr. Cockrell in quired what had become of the letter of tho secretary of the treasury. The president pro tempore replied that on examination the letter was found to be an executive doc ument. Tho chair then placed before the senate tho resolutions reported from the judiciary committee regarding the refusal of the attorney general to furnish papers called for by the senate. Mr. Spooner re sumed the floor, and his speech in support of the resolution reported by the minority of the committee. The senate then ad journed till Monday next. In the senate on March 22d, Mr. Wilson, of Iowa, presented several memorials from the legislature of Iowa among them one urging the passage of the Des Moines river land title bill over the president's veto. Among the bills introduced and appropri ately referred was one by Mr. Cockrell, at the instance, he said, of 'the Merchants' Ex change of St. Louis. Mr. Logan submitted tho following resolution, and asked that it might be printed and lie over, saying he would call it up at some future day, and sub mitted some remarks on it: Resolved. That the sessions of the senate, commonly known as executive sessions, so far as they apply to nominations, confirmations or rejections, shall hereafter be held with open doors, and that a public record of the same shall be kept, the same as of legislative sessions. The resolution was ordered printed, and to be laid over. Mr. Ingalls offered a resolu tion calling on the postmaster general to in form the senate whether he had received a resolution of the senate, passed on March 4, which asked as to the number of fourth class postmasters removed since the 4th of March, 1885, and if the resolution had been received, why it had not been answered, and when a response might bo expected. On ob jection the resolution went over one day. The urgent deficiency bill was laid before tho senate which,' on motion of Mr. Allison insisted on its amendment and agreed to a committee of. conference. The chair laid before the senate Mr. Logan's bill to increase the efficiency of the army. Mr. Logan, at the suggestion of the secretary of war, moved for some further amendments of detail to the bill, and they were .agreed to. Pending debate the senate adjourned. In the senate, on March 23d, the bill was passed, granting a pension of 2,000 a year to General Hancock's widow. Further dis cussion was had upon Senator Logan's bill to increase the efficiency of the army, and upon the judiciary committee's resolution respecting removals from office by the presi dent, but no final action was taken. Upon motion of Mr. Van Wyck the senate took up the bill to confirm entries heretofore made upon public lands in accordance with the rulings of the land office, in force at the time the entries were made. Mr. Plumb 6uzeest- ed that an amendment be made declaring mat tne measure snail not apply to scrip en tries. Mr. Van Wyck accepted the amend ment, and the bill was then passed. In the house on March 16th, under the call of states the following bills and resolu tions were introduced and referred: By Mr. Oates, of Alabama, amending roles so as to prohibit the speaker from receiving any reso lution authorizing the appointment of a committee to accompany the remains of any deceased representative, or senator, beyond the corporate limits of the city of Washing ton. By Mr. Anderson, of Kansas, to amend the act toaidin the construction of telegraph lines, approved July 24, 1886. The bill pro Tides that every telegraph company which shall have accepted the provisions of this act herein before provided, shall be, and is, hereby prohibited from engaging in the eol lectkm, or selling election news, or other news reports of entrant events of the day, ex espt. quotation of stocks and eonuaacaial markets. Br Mr. Comas, of Maryland to aa- lalilii ill ssimgihaiil-tasa branch of the post. Single Copy S Cents. NUMBER 5. souri, for the appointment of a commission to investigate the war claims of loyal citi zens residing in the border states. By Mr. I Reagan, of Texas, to provide for a confer- ence of American nations on a common. standard of silver coin. By Mr. Raid, or North Carolina, directing the committee ois education to report the Blair educa tional bill forthwith with such recom mendations as it may see proper By Mr. Goff, of West Virginia, a resolution calling upon the secretary of the navy for information concerning the progress of the work upon the naval vessels. By Mr. Voor hees, of Washington territory, Proposing a. constitutional amendment prohibiting poly gamy. The senate bill passed, authorizing: the comptroller of the currency to permit: the receiver of a national bank to use the trust funds for the purchase of property up on which the clerk holds a mortgage or other evidence of indebtedness. Adjourned. In the house on March 18,jn tho con sideration of the bill conferring jurisdiction, on the court of claims to investigate private domestic claims other than war claims against the United States were renewed. Mr. Warner, of Missouri, the author of the bill, explained its provisions, and advocated its passage as a matter of justice to claim ants, and a measure of relief to congress. Mr. Gibson, of West Virginia, and Mr. Pettibone, of Tennessee, while favoring the- tenor of the bill, objected to the exception of war claims from its provisions. Mr. Springer said that the war claims committee would prepare a bill covering those claims. Pending a demand for the previous question the morning hour expired, and the bill went over as unfinished business. The house then went into committee of the whole, with Mr. Townshend, of Illinois, in the chair, on . the Indian appropriation bill. Tho consid eration of the bill dragged drearily along, no amendments of any importance being offered, and such as were offered being ruled out on points of drder after long and unin teresting discussion. After finishing forty two of the forty-eight pages of the bill, the committee rose and the house adjourned. In the house on March 19th, after a num ber of bills of a private nature were reported,, the house went into committeo of the whole, with Mr. Hatch, of Missouri, in the chair, on tho private calendar. The only bill which gave rise to any discussion was one to change the rank of an officer on the retired list of the army. The bill authorizes the president to select from the colonels on the retired list one of the officers who served as chief of ar tillery during ths war, and .place him on the retired list with the rank of major general The bill is intended to apply to Colonel Hunt- It met with a good deal of opposition, prin cipally from the republican side: Mr. Price,, of Wisconsin, and Peters, of Kansas, object ing to it as class legislation, and Mr. Reed,. or Ainine, placing nis opposition on consti tutional grounds, as being an infringement of congress of the executive function. Mr. Laird, of Nebraska, made the strong est speach in its support, and declared that congress was just as competent to exercise legislative and executive functions as the gentleman at tho other end of the avenue. He praised the opinion and judement of tho gentleman from Kansas (Mr. Peters,) and slightingly referred to the facttaat neither Mr. Price nor Mr. Reed had been in the war. Pending action the committee arose and half a dozen bills were passed. The house took a recess until 7:30 tho evening session to be devoted to the consideration of private pension bills. At the evening session thirty pension bills were passed. The last bill to be considered was that of granting a pension of 2,000 a year to the widow of General Hancock. Bingham, of Pennsylvania, eloquently sup ported the bill. On the question of passi-ir the bill the vote stood 25 to 4. Price, Zach Taylor, Johnson,, of Indiana, and Winans opposing. Price then raised the question of no quorum. The previous question was, however, ordered on the bill, and it goes over until Monday. Adjourned until Satur-' day. In the house on March 20, Mr. Crisp, or Georgia, was elected speaker pro tern., dur ing the temporary absence of the speaker. Under special order, a limited debate on the adverse report on the free coinage bill wos begun. The debate occupied the entire day's sesaion, and, pending it, an adjournment, was taken. In the house on March 22, qnito a sensa tion was produced when the chaplain devot ed his opening prayer to an invocation to God to rid the land of gamesters, whether in. cord3, dice, chips, stocks, wheat, bucket shops, or boards of trade, and to lead the people to know that money making, other than by tho sweat of the face, was contrary to His laws. The prayer was ordered to bo inscribed in the record. A session was or dered for Thursday night for the considera tion of resolutions relative to the death of Joseph Rankin, late a representative from Wisconsin. The house then proceeded to the consideration of pension bills, and the bill granting a pension of 2,000 a year to the widow of General W. S. Hancock was pas32d, r Yeas, 169: nays, 47. Under the call of- states, the following bills, and resolutions were' introduced and refer red. By Mr. Anderson, of Kansas, to create a committee to arbitrate in cose of labor strikes. By Mr. Van Eaton, of Mississippi, proposing a constitutional amendment pro hibiting polygamy. By Mr. Swinbourne, of. New York, to reduce the salaries of all pub lic officials whose salries have been increas ed by congressional enactment sinco 1860 By Mr. Merriman, of New York, for th& issue of United States coin notes. By Mr. Warner, of Ohio, to define the unit of value and regulate the coins, of the United States. By Mr. Lefevre, of Ohio, for the better regulation of appointments to West Point,, and to bring that institution and the army more in accord with a republican form of government; It provides that cadets shall? be hereafter selected and appointed from the sons or descendants of soldiers who served. in the late war, and where they cannot be had from the younger enlisted men in the army. Further that when a cadet shall grad uate from the military academy he'shall be assigned to the army a3 an enlisted manr and shall serve as such in the field for the term of one year, with pay and allowance ac cordingly, xnen, aiier serving one year as a corporal and ono year as a sergeant, he shall be eligible for appointment to the rank of second lieutenant. At the end of the call the house adjourned. 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