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The Brotherhood of Telegraphers In
augurate Their Walk Out.
Business a Little Delayed, but Still Be
ing Handled in Good Shape,
Which the Telegraphers Deny Reins*
Their Signal for Revolt,
Their Telegraph Offices not Being in
the Least Disturbed.
They Resolve to Stick and Make Brac
ing Up Speeches.
And Report New Operators as Being
Rapidly Secured at the Most
Important Points.
The Associated Press Will Furnish Re
ports Without Interruption.
Given in Detail from Correspondents of
the "Globe."
In St. Paul.
At an eariy hour Thursday morning the
following order was issued by the head of
the Brotherhood of Telegraphers in St.
St. Paul, .July 19. 2:10 o'clock a. m.—
Brethren, greeting ! The company will not
treat with our representatives. I am therefore
instructed to notify you to cease work at 12
o'clock, noon. Washington time, Thursday, July
19, ;it 11 o'clock a. m., St. Paul time. " Stand
true and firm to your principles. Remember,
we are asking «>aly what they (theW. U.) took
from us in 187b by the imfamous eliding scale
(they took 25 percent, from us in that year.)
We aM strong, and with firmness can show we
are men. Do not unlawfully act. Treat your
officials with respect and courtesy. Meet in our
kail at 2 o'clock p. m., sharp.
Yours Fraternally, W. M.
Those who were in the night service re
ceived the order during the night, and as
the others came on duty in the morn
ing the order was promulgated to them.
All the day force resumed work at the morn- i
ing hour as though nothing important
was at hand and the work went on as usual
during the eariy forenoon hours. Prompt
ly at 11 o'clock the operators to the num
ber of about 40 in. the Western Union office
walked out and the strike here was fully
inaugurated. They halted a few moments
on the street in the neighborhood of the
telegraph otVice and then proceeded to the
corner of Third and Cedar, where their
hall is located. The telegraphers
and their sympathizers made
quite a crowd for some time on
the street corner and then gradually dis
persed for dinner.
A short time before the operators went
out a report came over the wires that Gen.
Grant had dropped dead in New York of
apoplexy. This report was entirely
false, and it was currently reported that it
was used as a device to notify the men
that quitting time had arrived. Such an
outrageous falsehood does not seem to
have been necessary in view of the order
which we quote above, something similar
to which was promulgated during Wednes
day night in every prominent city in the
country. The telegraphers indignantly
deny that they started the story or had
anything to do with it and the following
note has been sent the Glove:
To the Editor of tha Globe:
Please contrail [<:■ the statement that the ru
mor about Grant's tailing <lc;ul was tho signal
for the telegrapher's to strike. Thorv -whs noth
ing known about ;' '■ (i-;.-:: rumor by the opera
tors here until long after it was out on the street.
The operators received their instruct!. me to
Strike at 11 a. m. early this morning. The ru
mordid nol imongstthem and had no
connectioi with the striko whatever, and in jus
tice ;■> them should be contradicted. The
bers of the brotlu riuio.i here wish me to mako
this n quest of j ou.
A. E. Chantleb.
At 2 o'clock in the afternoon a
meeting of the brotherhood was
held at their hall on the corner |
of Third and Cedar streets. Members
had been busy in the meantime in hunting
operators engaged in other business and i
urging them not to aid the telegraph com
pany, and reports at the meeting were to
the effect that all such who were visited
had promised not to interfere. Seven
new members were also initiated and
reports were received that operators
employed in railroad offices would
refuse to do any commercial busi
ness. One railroad operator who had
so refused was discharged but
the other operators employed by the road
in the city notified their (superintendent
that if that was to be required of them
they would leave their instruments, and
their comrade was reinstated. It was also
reported that the telegraph superintendent
on the Northern Pacific had asked his
operators if they were willing to aid the
Western Union and they had unanimously
refused. These reports were commended
and applauded as they were made and
numerous bracing up speeches were in
dulged in, after which the meeting ad
journed until to-day.
"This message will have to be taken
subject to delay," was the information
vouchsafed a customer by the receiving
clerk at the main office of the Western
Union as the pointer of the clock touched
11 a. m. Mr. Wilson, the general manager
of the office, immediately went up stairs
to take charge of an instrument and was
joined by Mr. Willard, an employe in the
business department. Two lady operators
remained and Mr. McMichael. the general
superintendent of this division,
came down from Minneapolis, mak
ing a force of five operators to handle the
business. Messages were taken "subject
to delay," but as the business public knew
the strike was in progress, there was not
the usual number of messages filed, and
the same situation existing in the East,
there were fewer messages to be received^
and as a consequence all the business was
handled by the limited force in very good
shape and with a rapidity and promptness
which surprised their customers. The
day associated press report was much cur
tailed but at night Mr. Curry, the chief
night receiver of Associated Press report,
was promptly on deck, and as he is one of
the most rapid and competent operators
in the entire country, the report came in
good shape and the Globe is enabled to
supply all the current news of the world
this morning notwithstanding several
thousand operators are absent from their
Mr. McMichael was seen during the
evening and stated that the compaßy was
putting forth every effort.to handle* busi
ness and secure operators to fill the places
of the strikers. They were meeting with
gratifying success and he was in receipt of
reports (from various prominent points
showing that operators were being rapidly
secured to do the pressing work. There
would be some delays for a day or two. but
from present indications they would soon
be able to handle business as before. The
strike was only serious in the larger cities,
as but few of the smaller offices were in
volved. In his district there were but few
of the smaller offices embarrassed
at all. In some only the manager
remained, but the volume of business at
such points was not so great but that it
was being handled in fair shape. The
company would spare no eifort to serve
the public and from the experience thus
far he had no doubt of their ability to
meet the demands in a manner that would
occasion much less damage and incon
venience than had been anticipated.
Globe representatives talked with num
erous business men who were large
patrons of the telegraph, and while they
did not assume to be champions of the
telegraph company the almost unanimous
sentiment was adverse to the method
resorted to by the brotherhood of tele
graphers to carry their point. Brokers
and merchants all agreed that
such a movement to disarrange business
was one that could not be justified, and
while not assuming to pass upon the
merits of the controversy, the hope was
universal that the telegraph companies
would be able to restore their former fa
cilities without delay.
A call at all the railroad offices elicited
the fact that their business was proceeding
as usual, without the least embarrassment.
One railroad man said:
"We employ our own operators and they
are satisfied. They may belong to the broth
erhood of telegraphers and sympathize
with the strikers, but as they are at work
for us and paid by us, and only incidental
ly serving the Western Union, if at all, we
are not affected in the least, and do not
apprehend any difficulty in doing our bus
iness as usual."
This is a fair sample of the replies to in
terrogatories at all the railroad office?. At
all important points there are commercial
offices as well as railroad telegraph offices,
and while both use the same wires a strike
in the commercial office has no effect upon
the railroad service. Where the office is both
railroad and commercial the operator is
almost invariably employed by the rail
road, and hence not involved in the strike.
This makes the strike much less formid
able than it otherwise would be, for while
tho Brotherhood probably number from
| fifteen thousand to seventeen thousand
■ members a comparative small fraction
absolutely left their situations.
Tlie Strike in Mintteaixtlis.
At 11 o'clock the dispatch announcing the
sudden death of Gen. Grant was received,
and all the brotherhood operators quietly
j walked out of the office withou t making
any demonstration or saying anything of
importance. Until afternoon there was
practically nothing done in the way of
transmitting messages. Ia the afternoon
Supt. McMichaels and Manager Tattle
went to tlie operating room and went to
work receiving associated press dispatches.
Few business messages have been sent,
but to-morrow the outlook is more prom
ising. To a reportor, Manager H. A.
Tuttle made the following statement of
the status yesterday afternoon:
"( )f the twenty-two operators employed
by us, Messrs. Parker, Hogan, Van Ber
gen, Cox, Rogers, Rosebrook, Packard and
Maguire have gone out. There are be
sides several night operators to hear from,
but the supposition i? that they will go
out. Miss Harris, tho operator at the
Nicollet house and Miss Yaw. the East side
operator, whom we depended upon almost
to a certainty, also went out, and those
j stations are vacant. We have just had a
! telegram from Genera! Manager Eckhert.
informing us of tho general walk out. and
containing assurances that there were
plenty of operators ready to fill vacancies
j at the old prices and the delay will be only
j temporary. We have in this office opera
tors sufficient to carry the most important
business and at most wo will not be incon
j venienced more than a couple of days."
The Strike EJsirherr.
1 Special Telegram to the Globe. ]
Chicago, Jnly 19 . — The telegraph oper
ators in the Western Union, Mutual Union
and Baltimore & Ohio offices of this city
left their tables at five minutes past 11 to
day and went out on a strike. There are
310 operators in the employ of the three
lines, 235 in the Western, 50 in the Mutual,
and 25 in the (Baltimore & Ohio. When
the hour arrived there arose a great shout
at the operating room of the Western
Union on the top floor of the Union build
ing, corner of La Salle and Washington
streets, and when the boys put on their
coats and marched down tD
the street they were loudly
cheered. They formed in the street under
the leadership of the chief of the tele
graphers' brotherhood, and marched
through the streets to Ulrfch's hall, the
headquarters. Later on the girl operators
also quit work, and were vociferously
cheered as they left the Western Union
office. Not an operator was left at the
Mutual Unioa office, aad only about thir
teen at the Western,
Chicago, July 19, lla. m.— At 12 o'clock,
Washington time, the main body of the
army of operators in the Western Union
office, in this city, went out on their strike.
It 13 estimated to exceed 100 operators
who went out. There was some cheering
as they filed out but nothing boisterous.
Outside the building a great crowd had
gathered to witness the column of strikers
make its appearance. When the operating
room had been cleared it was found that
forty operators were still at their desks,
exclusive of twenty-one chief operators
and the officials. The full effect of the
strike cannot be Rtated at this writing, as
there is a natural confusion anticipated by
the officials growing out of the large exo
dus, but it is expected the office will be
in fair working condition by nightfall.
The Wheatstone system of the company
is in full operation, by which all the New
York business can be taken care of.
Col. Clomy has received advices
to the effect that the Omaha, St. Louis and
Cincinnati offices are in fair shape and
will be able to work along with their re
duced forces. Shortly after the strikers
had left the building operators from out
side began to make their appearance in
the operating room and were given
places .
11:50 a. m. — Officials now confidently
assert that with the force now at their
command and with certain pryspect of
new men the public business can be han
dled without serious friction.
New York, July 19. — The executive com
mittee of the Brotherhood of Telegraphers,
in their paper issued to-day, publishes an
official statement which justifies their pe
tition for increased pay, and assaults the |
telegraph companies for reducing their
salaries and refusing to raise them again.
New York, July lit. — The report that
Gen. Grant is dead eae no foundation.
Tee telegraph operators here have struck
and are now leaving the building at noon.
The executive committee of the brother
hood which had been in session this morn
ing sent a letter to General Eckert this
morning. It said "On Monday the 16th
instant the committee of telegraph opera
tors submitted to your consideration a pe
tition entrusted to them for presentation,
to you by the brotherhood of telegraphers .
You expressed your doubts as to the au
thority of that committee to speak for the
employes of your company, and have
failed to respond to that petition, and
your letter to R. C. Clowny, general super
intendent, discloses to the public the fact
that you were informed of the nature of
your employes' grievances before they
were presented. Under ordinary circum
stances it would require but
a short time to arrive at
a conclusion as to what steps you would
take, but snowing as we did that the mat
ter had been thoroughly discussed long
before we waited upon you, it was not
unreasonable to expect an early reply. It
is due to the interests you represent, to
our organization and particularly to the
general public that these matters be
speedly adjusted and the responsibility of
any future action placed where it properly
belongs. It is with an earnest desire for a
harmonious settlement of these difficulties
and a regard for the social and business
interests of the people that we send this
last appeal for recognition of rights and
redress of grievances of your employes."
No reply was received to this address,
and the committee which met this morn-
ing at 11:30 o'clock, took no action upon j
it. It was decided only to hold a pralimi- !
nary meeting this forenoon, and after a j
short session it adjourned. Nothing was I
done except to issue directions to all the i
departments and chiefs in the employ of j
the company to notify the operators under j
their charge to present their grievances, if ,
they had any, to the committee, and that ,
such action would be taken as might ,
be thought proper.
A survey of the field at 10 o'clock re
vealed some startling changes m the state j
of affairs. An unusual number of people
blocked the entrances to tho building, and j
this crowd was composed of curiosity j
seekers and messenger boys in equal num- I
ber. Many operators sought jthe head-,
quarters on Courtland street, and it being ''
a Mne day many were off to the soa coast. '
It was the common expression that they ■
would take their summer vacation in the ;
Catskills. In the general office on the
third Uoor nobody was to be
seen save the messenger boys and
one or two clerks. The reason of this was
learned during a visit to the operating
room. There were found Jay Gould, Gen
eral Manager Eckert, General Superinten
dent Tinker, Assistant Manager Bates and
others of the general officers, who were
making a tour of the room, and the gold
and stock department. They gave valua
ble aid and advice and expressed [them
selves much pleased that the situation was i
no worse. As one of the officials remarked
"It looked an hour ago as if a sleet storm i
had struck the wires, but now it seems to [
have been merely a rain storm."
The actual count of operators showed
15(i at work. Of these, quite a number,
were girls and some were employes who I
had not for some time served at the wires. '
A few inquiries were addressed to these
man who remained. They elicited the fact
that many of them were in the last strike,
and did not care to hazard their chances in
another one. These were for the most part
of an older grade of operators.
The messenger boys and girls remained
and were flitting about as usual, not hav
ing left. A large majority of the Wheat
stone operators remained. Oat of 110
ladeies employed, Manager Deally esti
mated about twenty had left their places.
The night force consists of from eighty to
100 operators, and it is expected by the;
manager that not less than forty will ap
pear for duty to-night. One of the direc
tors of the company who has most feared
ihe result of a strike said, Ci We shall have I
hard times, but we shall get through. So
far it is much better than I expected.
At a meeting of the operators this after
noon addresses were made approving the
strike, and a resolution was passed to
abstain from the use of intoxicants during
the continuance of the strike. John
Campbell, of the telegraphers' executive
committee, received letters from the
president of the amalgamated iron and
steel workers in Pittsbnrg, wishing the
telegraphers' movement every success.
Campbell sent a reply saying the tele
graphers would do nothing to disgrace the
cause of labor, but that at the same time
they were determined that their rights
should be respected and their grievances
In Brooklyn three men were seen to
throw the trunk of Capt. Grove of the ship
Lawrence DeLap overboard, containing
£2,000 and $4,000 worth of jewelry belong
ing to his wife, was picked up by river
thieves.who rifled it. The wife and child of
Capt, Grove were saved. Twelve firemen
were badly injured by the falling in of the
burning roof of the pier, but only one is
thought to be fatally hurt. The ship De
Lap was burned to the water's edge. She
was valued with cargo at $15,000. The
ship Col. Adams was burned at the pier.
The bark Perseverance floated into the
stream and was burned to the water's edge.
Total loss now estimated at $1,000,000.
Pittsburg, July 19. — The telegraphic
strike was inaugurated at 11:47 this morn
ing. At that hour, at a given signal, every
member of the brotherhood quit work, and
coming out of the several offices, formed a
procession and marchecl to headquarters,
where a meeting was held. A canvass of
the offices a few minutes later found fifteen
men at work in the Western Union and
three in the Baltimore <fc Ohio. The num
ber of men who came out are as follows :
Western Union company, 67 ; American
Rapid, 16; Baltimore «5t Ohio, 7; and
Mutual Union 4 . The Western Union are
receiving business as usual, and say that
beyond a delay there will be no interrup
tion, and claim that within the next
twenty -four hours the foroe will be increas
ed materially. The Baltimore & Ohio are
also receiving additions. The Mutual Un
ion and American Rapid are refusing
everything, including the United press
matter. The strike created great excite
ment, and the streets in front of the offices
were thronged all day.
St. Louis, July 19.— Fifty -four of the
seventy-five operators of the day force on
duty in the Western Union left their in
struments promptly at 12 o'clock Wash
ington time, quietly left the building and
marched in procession to the hall which
they will make their headquarters during
the strike. There was no special manifes
tation of feeling on the part of the
operators as they filed out of the office,
but several of the older employes of the
company evidently left with much regret.
Of the number that abandoned their posts
about one-half were women and girls.
Those who did not join the strikers
quietly remained at their instruments, and
in ten minutesthe flurry was over and the
office was again ready for business. The
force now in the office numbers about fifty
and business is moving with reasonable
celerity to all the chief trade centres of
the country excepting New Orleans, which
has not yet been heard from. Fully sixty
five operators can be mustered for work
and this office may be regarded as well
manned and able to transact all business
Washington, July 19. — Nine of the day
force of the Western Union main office
worked through the day and it is under
stood that five of these promised to return
to work to-morrow. Nearly all, if not
all the branch offices closed this afternoon.
Three members of the regular night force
besides night Manager Young reportedjfor
duty to-night and the manager has other
assistance, but what it is cannot be ascer
tained. The day and night
force of the Western Union
main office consists of about twenty men
Bach. When the day force went off duty
the wires were nearly clear only about
fifty messages remaining on file. At the
American Rapid office the manager and
one operator remain on duty and six men
have struck. An operator who announces
himself as one of the officers of the local
organization of the Telegraphers Brother
hood and authorized to speak officially,
communicates the following information:
The rumor which was pread abroad
soon after tho strike began.&nat a false an
nouncement of the death of Gen. Grant,
was the signal for the operators to stnke,
is untrue. The order to strike was pre
pared last night. At the same time a let
ter to G. M. Eckert was drawn up. It was
communicated to the Brotherhood before
7 o'clock this morning by means j
of cipher, the simple transposition words.
The executive committeof the Brotherhood
have not autocratic attributed
to them. They have been acting within j
instructions which were formulated by a j
conventionn of "delegates held some !
months ago in a western city. The only j
discretion! to be exercised by them pre- i
vioua to trie inauguration of the strike, !
was in the matter of the date on which the '
bill of grievances should be presented to
the companies, and this dis
cretion was limited to a time
between June 1, and August 15. The pa
per would have been presented on the 15th
inst.. but for that day was Sunday and the
following day, the 10th, was accordingly
selected. It wps part of the instructions
of the executive committee that in case
the demands were not conceded within
forty-eight hours after the presentation of
a bill of grievances, a strike shQuld fol
Chicago, July 19.— Reports have been
received by officials of the company here,
from superintendents at various points,
telegraphing to the ecect that at Cincin
nati everything is working elegantly in
that district. Every office is fully equipped
except Cincinnati, which has thirty-live
operators now and more coining. St.
Loui3 is working every circuit with sixty
nine operators. Full day force on duty.
A good working force is on duty
at Cleveland, Detroit and Toledo,
and more coming in. At Minneapolis j
all the circuits were manned by op. m. I
Omaha will have nearly a full force at the
principal points by to-morrow morning —
any number volunteers. Don't worry this
district. San Francisco has a regular
force of twenty-eight operators, and but
sixteen joined the strike. All the vacan
cies will be filled to-night. At St. Joseph,
Mo., the full force have returned to work,
and claim their going out was through a
misunderstanding. Dcs Moines has only
one striker.
Indianapolis, July 19. — Promptly on re
ceiving the signal "General Grant dropped
dead," two-thirds of the operators in the
Western Union office left their desks.
There are now eighteen first class opera
tors on duty and the ranks are |filling up
rapidly at the larger offices ia the state
outside about half the force is left at
their desks, Logansport, Lafayette
and Richmond being the exceptions, at
which points the full force remained on
duty. The telegraph officials express the
opinion that they can weather the storm
and fill the strikers' places fully in a short
Chicago, July 19. — Superintendent
Clowry has received advices from St. Lou
is, Omaha, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, San
Francisco, Cleveland and Minneapolis,
which indicate an almost similar condition
of affairs, and that all those main distribu-
I ting offices will be able to handle the busi
ness without any material delay. Addi-
I tions to the working force in this city
have mainly come from the outlying
country towns. The Baltimore & Ohio
company was badly crippled by desertions
' from its offices, and made no attempt to
I transact business during the day. During
the afternoon the striking mem
bers of the brotherhood held
a meeting at their hall,
but transacted little business, and the
time was consumed in getting reports
from the outside districts. The strikers
claim to be confident that the company
wili have to accede to their demands, and
contend that, while the company is mak
ing a show of having a force on hand, it
is made up largely of unskilled men who
cannot care for th 9 business properly. The
railroad offices are closed, and persons
making inquiries are directed to the prin
cipal office of the telegraph company. No
disturbances of any nature growing out of
the strike were reported during the day.
New Yobk, July 19. — General Office of
the Associated Press, To Editors: The
Associated Press is likely to be well pro
vided for during the strike. The Western
Union officials express an intention of
serving the papers well and satisfactorily,
and claim to have sufficient facilities for
doing the press business. The operators,
who have always received the best of treat
ment when employed by the press,
are also disposed to aid »in
the transmission of press news.
For a few days there may be some neces
sary delay and it may for a while be wise
to curtail the volume of the news in some
degree, but there will be no perceptible
change in our business. The news coming
from Washington, Baltimore and Phila
delphia and sections tributary to those
cities will be as full as ever and there will
be no diminution in the amount of cable
but rather the reverse.
| Signed,] Wm. Henry Smith,
General Manager,
Louisville, July 19. — The telegraph
operators here all struck at 12 o'clock,
Washington time, and the Baltimore &
Ohio office was deserted. Of over thirty in
the Western Union, four remained, but five
additional have already been secured, and
more will come this afternoon. The
Western Union say they will transact all
necessary business.
Detroit, July 19. — A majority of tele
graph operators of the Western Union
office in this city at 11:30 this morning left
their desks. A small force remained
which is disposing of the business in the
best manner possible under thd circum
Cleveland, 0., July 19. — At nineteen
minutes before noon all the Western
Union operators, except five, left the keys
aad struck. The Western Union is steadi
ly filling the vacancies at the operating
tables accepting all business as present
ed. It expects to be in usual working
condition in twenty four hours. The
American Rapid office closed to business,
but the Western Union force is not affect
Boston, July 19. — All the operators here
but two have struck, and woman operators
have also gone out, but four out of twenty -
five being left.
Boston, July 19. — The working force of
the Western Union telegraph offioe in this
city now consists]of about thirty operators,
comprising officials, clerks and office boys,
who have been pressed into service, and
Ivro operators who did not join the strik
ers. Four wires are in operation between
Boston and New York, and pome business
is being done over other New England
Petersburg, Va., July 1!). — Only one
operator in the Western Union office went
out. Work goes on as usual.
Chattanooga, July 1!). — At 5:30 p. ra.
two operators out of thirteen employed
here notified the manager that they would
cease work. Business is going on unim
Worcester, Mass., July 19. — The men in
the Western Union office, with a single ex
ception, and all the men in the Rapid
office struck.
Providence, R. 1., July 19. — Every
man of the Providence Western Union
office is at his post and will remain. Busi
iness is being forwarded to ' all the offices
excepting the larger cities with the usual
promptness, and the usual commercial
news for the board of trade was received.
Communication is had with all the offices,
but business is necessarily somewhat sus
Pittseubg, July ID. — On account of the
telegraphic communication with the oil
regions being almost suspended, the rates
which opened at £1 advanced to §2.50 and
clo?ed at §1.50.
Monteal, July 19. — Andrew Allan, pres
ident of tho Montreal Telegraph company,
while admitting the injury the strike will
do trade, jet felt the company would over
come it as successfully as the Allan firm
had beaten the great organization of Ship
Baltimore, July 20, 2 p. m. — At the
main office of the Western Union Tele
graph company eleven of the day force
left. It is not known how many left the
branches . The superintendent is of the
opinion that he can call in a sufficient
number, probably twenty-eight in all, to
handle all the business. In the Baltimore
& Ohio office there are eight operators at
Augusta, Ga., July 19. — Fourteen of the
Western Union office men struck to-day
at noon. Including two of the number of
clerks, live available men are at the keys.
The branch office operators up town at the
Planter's hotel have also gone. All are
quiet and orderly.
New York, July 19. — A general order
has been issued from the Western Union
office stating that all business will be ac
cepte d snb ject to delay.
Washington, July 19. — At Ip.m. ten
men of the Western Union Telegraph com
pany's day force in the Washington office
had stopped work . Nine were yet in the
office, but the manager was not sure that
all would remain. Nearly all the members
of the night force are congregated on the
sidewalk at or near the office. The mem
bers of the brotherhood connected with
the Baltimore & Ohio company are out, as
well as those of the Rapid Telegraph com
pany. The active officers of the brother
hood are authority for the statement that
no strike is to be apprehended from the
operators working wires leased by brokers,
newspapers or private individuals, where
such operators are employed and paid by
the lessees, unless an attempt is made by
the Western Union company to utilize
these operators in handling matter con
nected with the business of such private
firms. An authoritative statement from
the strikers, presenting the case from
their standpoint, is premeditated, and
probably wiil be given out this afternoon.
Manager Whitney says he has sufficient
force to handle all the business offering
thus far, and is confident he will be able
to continue to handle it.
New Orleans, July 19. — Of forty-two
operators employed by the Western Unio n
company in this city, thirty-seven struck.
The company obtained five other operat
ors, enabling it to handle the press reports,
cotton and produce exchange reports and
a quantity of general business .
New Haven, Conn., July 19. — Three of
the best operators of the Western Union
company struck at noon, but by closing
the branches in the city the main office
has sufficient operators for ordinary busi
ness. All the Rapid company's operators
were at work, not belonging to the Broth
erhood, but are instructed to refuse all
messages for New York.
Cincinnati, July 19. — At the main office
of the Baltimore and Ohio every operator
went out and business was wholly sus
pended. The same happened at the main
office of Mutual Union. On 'change no
messages were received or sent by either
of the three companies having offices
there. At the Western Union office a
guard was immediately placed to prevent
outsiders entering the operating room.
All the operators about the office were put
to duty up stairs. Notice had previously
been given to all operators not members
of the brotherhood to come in case of a
strike. A number of responses have
been made already and a force of over
thirty operators are now on duty. Supt.
Mailer says this is the only office in his
district seriously crippled, and that but
one operator has struck at Columbus
while Dayton, Springfield and other points
have a full working force.
Atlanta City, N. J., July 19. — Robert
Garret, of the Baltimore & Ohio Railway
company, left here by a special car at 7
o'clock this morning. He had had no con
ference with the committee of telegraph
operators who were to have arrived here
last night, they having missed connection
of trains. Garret then telegraphed he
would meet them in New York,
Tobonto, Jnly 19. — About sixty opera
;ives and clerks in the Great Northwestern
felegraph company's office here struck at
loon to-day. There is disaffection also at
ither points along the line. The vacated
situations were rapidly supplied by re
:ruits, and general business, though some
what retarded, is not seriously interrupted.
By to-morrow, or next day, the company
expects to have the strikers' places filled.
Toledo, 0., July 19. — The telegraphers'
strike involved all but six of the Western
Union operating force here. The men re
tired from the offices simultaneously with
those at other points, and without demon
stration of any kind. Their places were
partially supplied with but little Jelay,
and business has been kept moving with
out seiious interruption. The railroad
offices are not affected.
Cleveland, July 19. — The Western Un
ion company, by making a temporary
draft on other departments, has more oper
ators at work to-night than customary and
handle all the business presented where it
has connection;. Most of the old opera
tors living here, who were in the strike of
1SG!) are working tho keys to-night, some
remaining in their plaeee, others volunter
ing to'jtaka the place of the strikers. Only
two who were in that strike are in this
The T^ong-IJuried Missive Kesurrected—
An Old Suit Revived.
[Special Telegram to the Globe.]
New York, Jnly 19. — Edward Philp won
a victory to-day in his suit against Geo-
Bliss for $100,000 damages for malicious
prosecution in connection with tho Morey
letter. The cause of action set out in
amended complaint is twofold. It charges
the defendant with having maliciously
prosecuted the plaintiff upon a charge of
forgery and libel before Noah Davis, a
justice of the supreme court of New York,
who, after h earing the proofs and allega
tions of both parties in regard to the al
leged crimes, held the accused to await
the action of the grand
jury, and with having subsequently
caused the plaintiff to be indicted for
criminal libel. The amended complaint
goes on to say: "A nolle prosequi of the
indictment was entered, and since that
time the defendant has not prosecuted the
complaint or indictment, but has aban
doned the same." The defendant de
murred to the complaint on the ground that
it does not state facts sufficient to con
stitute a cause of action. It was argued
that to maintain such an action as this,
the plaintiff must establish that the prose
cution against him has terminated in his
favor; that the prosecution was malicious,
and was simply an act of a lawless mob
acting without authority. Chief Clerk
Brown, of the state department, said in
formation would probably be received to
morrow from consul at Monterey; before
this was received it was useless to specu
Virginia Republicans.
Richmond, Va., July 19. — The state
central Republican committee have elect
ed John F. Desendorf chairman, vice J.
Gocbane, resigning. A resolution was
endorsed condemning the national admin
istration for throwing its influence against
the Republican candidate at the instance
of the bosses of the Readju3ter party, and
in removing from office the Republicans
who have always been active in the sup
port of the party, and placing in their
positions men who refuse to acknowledge
themselves Republicans. A resolution de
clared that James G. Blame was the choice
of the Republicans of Virginia for presi
Tlie Ex-Vice President.
LSpecial Telegram to the Globe. 1
Bloomington, 111., July 19. — Ex-Senator
David Davis, who is spending the summer
at his home in this city, is kept very busy
traveling around McLean and adjoining
counties, looking after his numerous
farms, superintending the extensive im
provements which were commenced early
in the winter. H9 will spend August at
Saratoga and in the White mountains.
;n t o. 201.
London, July 17. — The twelve riflemen
who are to shoot against the Americans in
tne international match at Wimbledon on
Friday and Saturday, were selected this
morning, as follows: Private McVittie,
First Dumfries regiment; Corporal Bates,
First Warwick; Corporal Parry, Second
Cheshire, Sergeant Dods, First Berwick;
Maj. Young Twenty -first Middlesex; Maj.
Paarse, Fourth Devonshire; Quartermaster
Goldsmith, First Gloucester; Capt.Godsall,
Second Bucks; Private Lowe, Thirteenth
Middlesex; Maj. Humphrey, Cambridge
University rifles, and Private Wattleworth,
Fifth Lancashire.
London, July 19. — The local government
board nave issued a memorandum enjoin
ing measures of precaution against the
introduction of cholera ia the cities and
towns of Great Britain. Dispatches from
Alexandria states that there is a panio in
that city over the appearance that cholera
is increasing and business is entirely sus
Dublin, July 19.— Four farmers have
been arrested near Newry for beating near
ly to death a man who took a farm from
which a previous tenant had been evict
London, July 19. — The European press
regard the appointment of Waddington as
French ambassador at the court of St.
James as a pacific act. It is rumored that
Admiral Peyton will succeed to the com
mand of the French in Madagascar of
Admiral Pierre should be removed for his
action at Tamative.
London, July I!>.— Sir Charles Michael
Woolsey, baronot, was married to-day in
the Pia cathedral, Kensington, to Miss
Anita Theresa Murphy, daughter of D. T.
Murphy, of San Francisco, California. The
ceremony was performed by Cardinal Man
ning. Among those present was Lowell,
United States minister. The pope sent his
blessing to the wedded pair.
Berlin, July 19. — Lennig or Lerring, a
German-American student who killed an
other student in a duel near Winzburg, is
a resident of Philadelphia.
The public prosecutor demanded an
anti-Semitic deputy, named Onody, bo
summoned as a witness. Onody threat
ened the prosecutor with a stick in the
streets, and challenged him to a duel. The
prosecutor declined to accept for the pres
Tunis, July 19. — A Maltese recently im
prisoned here by the French for engaging
in a fracas with an officer has been re-
Pesth, July 19 . — According the official
returns the condition of the crops in Hun
gary will be an average yield . Wheat and
rye is generally good throughout the coun
try. It is expected that barley will be be
low the average. Oats are everywhere
Madrid, July 19.— A credit of 1,000,000
pesetas have been voted by the govern
ment to defray the cost of all possible
measures to prevent the introduction of
cholera into Spain .
The king, Alfonso, has informed the
cabinet that he will start for Germany on
September 1 .
The senate have voted the budget.
Paris, July 19.— The fact that Lord
Lyons, the British ambassador here, is to
start on his annual holiday on Saturday
next is considered conclusive proof that
the differences between the two govern
ments relative to the proceedings mi the
French at Tamative are in a fair way of
amicable settlement .
London. July 19. — The sergeant-at-arms,
house of commons, to-day reported to
that body that Bradlangh has brought an
injunction against him, to restrain him
from preventing Bradlaugh from entering
the house.
London, July l'J. — The goreiEment states
that the sultan of Turkey has claimed the
right to sanction auy change in tho char
acter of the Suez canal.
London, July 19. — The committee of
the International Literary association have
prepared a draft of the international copy
right convention for the conference in
Berne in September.
Vienna, July 19. — At the trial at Nyrgh
haza of the Jews charged with the murder
of a Christian girl, a constable deposed that
he was compelled under orders to bas
tinado the prisoner and torture him with
thumb screws.
Berlin, July 19. — The harvest in Prussia
promises well, especially in the northeast
ern provinces. It will be less in Pomerania
and Brandenburg, and the wheat in the
former is below the average. In Schleswig
Holstein, Westphalia and Rhenish, Prussia,
the drought did much damage. Fruit and
beat roots are everywhere good.
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