THE MINNEAPOLIS JOURNAL
PRICE TWO CENTS.
JUST A TRIFLE
But One Heat Prostration Re
RELIEF IS GENERAL
Though There Is Yet No Feverish
Demand for Furs.
ICE AND WATER FAMINE AVERTED
.Minneapolis Ha* Narrowly Escaped
a Most Serious Experience.
Cooler Weather To-morrow.
WILLIAM H. IDE, 71 years of age. re
siding at 2627 Columbus avenue; Saturday.
MISS CORNELIA BEERS, 81 years of age,
residing at Jones-Harriaoii home; Saturday.
REPORTED LATE SATURDAY.
Fred Johnson, Twenty-eighth avenue S and
Lake street, overcome while at work in
sewer excavation at Park avenue and Thlrty
flrst street. Will recover.
J. S. McCall, ISOo Lyndale avenue N, pros
trated at Sixth street and Plymouth. Taken
to his home; will recover.
Carl Schafter, a blacksmith, overcome while
at work at Thirteenth avenue S and Fifth
street. Taken to the city hospital. Will
E. D. Buell, a letter carrier, prostrated
while on his route.
Mrs. Daniel Coffman, 712 Eleventh avenue
SE, 7. years of age, overcome while at work
in the home.
Adam Sabelman, a peddler, 508 Third
street N, overcome on his wagon. Not seri
James Bissell, Heunepln avenue and Sev
enth street, overcome at Hennepin and Sev
enth. Not serious.
••Billy" Clark, city hall Janitor. Case not
Miss Amelia Ronberg, 2321 Fourth street
N, overcome at Minuehaha Falls. Taken to
Swedish hospital. Will recover.
J. L. Gallup, Huron S. D., overcome on
his way from Minneapolis to Stillwater. Con
dition not serious.
J. Knutson, mill hand; not serious.
Police Officer James O'Neill; not serious.
Michael Hanley; not serious.
Walter Conant, saloon porter; not serious.
Ole Nelson, 2626 Colfax avenue, overcome
while attending a picnic at Minuetonka.
Taken to Excelsior in an unconscious condi
tion, but will recover.
Joseph Gratzuell, North Minneapolis, over
come at Lake Park, Minnetonka.
A pitiless sky, dead atmosphere and
three successive days of hot weather near
ly used Minneapolis up. Had it not been
for the break in the rise to-day, it is
impossible to estimate the suffering that
would have ben entailed. It will probably
be cooler to-night and people will be able
to catch up on sleep and thus be better
prepared to withstand the attacks of Old
Sol. The cloudy to-day have covered the
face of the sun and the consequent reduc
tion in temperature has ben a great bless
ing. Yet to-day many are suffering from
the effects of the terrible heat on Satur
day and Sunday. Business firms report
that many men are off as a result of in
disposition, but only one heat prostration
has ben reported to-day.
The following table will show the steady
advance in the temperature, which if con
tinued no one could fcave withstood.
Temperature— 12 13 14. day.
At 9 o'clock 80 83 86 84
At 12 o'clock 86 92 93 89
At 2 o'clock 88 96 ?6 91
Maximum for day... 90 98 96.6 91
The local weather prediction is for fair
weather to-night and Tuesday. The
weather bureau advertises cooler weather
for western Minnesota. Mr. Outrain's
report for Sunday morning was:
The temperatures continue high over the
corn and wheat belt and have risen de
cidedly in the Minnesota district, over which
the maximum ranged from 90 degrees, at
Langdon. N. D., to 105 degrees. Dry weather
has continued except for occasional very light
local showers from Ohio to Kansas and Ne
This morning's report shows a little
change. It is:
The temperatures continue high over the
corn and wheat belt, but are slightly cooler
in eastern North Dakota Local rains have
occurred in eastern North Dakota and at
Crookston, Minn., at Aberdeen and Redfteld,
S. D., and occasional light local showers in
the other districts except Dcs Moines and
It Was Hotter Once.
Minneapolis has not yet reached the
record temperature of the local weather
bureau. One hundred degrees is the high
mark which the thermometer was rapid
ly approaching by successive advances. On
Saturday the maximum was 98, which is
reduced to-day to 91. The reports from
. the country as a whole as noted by Ob
server Outram are not especially en
couraging. Te report for Sunday morn
reporting. Max. Mm. iuch.
Chicago, 111 24 90 60 0
Columbus, Ohio 17 86 66 .01
Dcs Moiues, lowa 12 100 68 .02
Indianapolis, Ind 11 92 66 0
Kansas City, Mo 16 104 70 .01
Minneapolis 17 9S 72 T.
Omaha, Neb 14 102 74 .01
St. Louis, Mo 11 9S 66 .01
This morning the situation was as fol
reporting. Max. Mm. inch.
Chicago, 111 24 92 66 0
Columbus, Ohio 18 88 80 .02
Dcs Moiues, lowa 13 100 64 0
Indianapolis, Ind 11 94 70 T.
Kansas City, Mo 17 104 70 T.
Louisville, Ky 16 94 .70 T.
Minneapolis 17 98 70 .10
Omaha, Neb 14 102 72 .01
St Louis, Mo 11 96 70 T.
The temperatures continue very high in
the whole central part of the country. Yes
terday's temperatures were also high, being
from 102 to 106 degrees in South Dakota and
uoints in southern Minnesota; 104 at Hough
ton, Mich.; 102 degrees at Marquette, Omaha,
Kansas City and Oklahoma; 100 degrees at
Montgomery and 98 degrees at Minneapolis
and Duluth. There have been light rains
during the past twenty-four hours in the
eastern parts of the Dakotas and in the Red
River valley part of Minnesota. It is slight
ly cooler than it was yesterday morning in
western Minnesota, North Dakota and Mon
Yesterday a Scorcher.
Minneapolis sighed for a whiff of air
from Calgary yesterday. The minimum
temperature there was 42 and the highest
68. The fact that yesterday was Sunday
was undoubtedly the salvation of many
persons in Minneapolis. The workingmen
had knocked off for the day and conse
quently no heat prostrations were re
ported from the manufacturing part of
the city. Many who were compelled to be
out in the heat were able to lie by on
Sunday and were spared much discomfort.
The street rail-way company reports no
lay-offs on account of the heat but many
men were indisposed although they are in
a draft of air all the time while on duty.
It is supposed that this very condition
makes the operating employes more sus
ceptible to the heat when they leave a
run. Manager Hield reports that the busi
ness of the company was interfered with
Sunday by the hot weather, an unusual
circumstance, as a hot day usually drives
the people to the cars for comfort's sake.
Horses were great sufferers. Many
owners and drivers of the faithful animals
display great care for the welfare of the
dumb beasts and the run on horse hats at
the stores has been steady. The trans
fer companies and the livery men gave
their horses a rest as far as possible yes
terday. Even the sparrows retired from
business and stood about with their bills
In many places the lawns were badly
csorched by the sun. The asphalt pave
ments were so soft that the imprints of
feet, horses' hoofs and tires remained on
the surface. The narrow-tired wagons
made deep indentations, but the asphalt
companies do not expect any special diffi
The letter carriers were greatly incon
venienced Saturday by their work in the
sun, but only two cases of illness are re
ported to-day as a result of heat.
The messenger companies report that
their boys are so tough they can stand
anything. They have experienced no
Serious Famine Narotvly Averted.
The ice and water companies are hard
hit by the torid spell. The employe* are
so busy that they refuse to stop and talk.
A manager of one of the water companies,
however, stopped long enough to say that
if Monday had been as hot as Saturday
and Sunday nobody would have water, ice
or anything. The demand on them was
more than doubled Saturday, and as their
business is the supplying of a necessity to
warking men, hospitals and the big stores,
the strain is terrific. The greatest capa
city of this water firm is usually 12,000 to
15,000 gallons. But the demand has gone
up to 20,000 gallons and they were utterly
unprepared for it.
The ice companies report that the de
mand has been tripled during the heated
term. This morning nearly every private
refrigerator was empty and had been
since Sunday night. > To deliveries are
made on the first day of the week, and the
wagons have been extraordinarily busy to
day. In some sections the teams made a
second trip to supply the demand.
The demand for water in manufacturing
plants was illustrated when one of the
big firms let all employes on the fifth
floor go Saturday afternoon, because they
could not fill the demand for water.
Eighty gallons were carried into the
building and were taken up as fast as the
water could be poured into the coolers.
Succumbed to Heat.
Thus far two deaths have been caused
in Minneapolis by the heat. William H.
Ide, 26^7 Columbus avenue, who was over
come on Fifth street opposite the court
house Saturday afternoon, died before
medical aid could reach him. Mr. Ide
was 71 years of age and was employed as a
bookkeeper by Edward J. McColl, 423 E
Miss Cornelia Beers, 81 years of age,
died from the effects of the heat on Sat
urday. Miss Beers was 81 years of age
and a resident of the Jones-Harrison
home for aged women at Cedar Lake.
Serious cases of prostration were those
of E. D. Buell and Mrsfl Daniel Coffman.
Mr. Buell, a letter carrier, was prostrated
a year ago and the effects of the heat
Saturday, when he was again overcome,
were much more serious as a result. He
will probably recover.
Mrs. Coffman, 712 Eleventh avenue SE,
is 77 years of age. When she was over
come Saturday it was feared that she
would not recover. She is improving
slowly and will probably survive. She is
the mother of Mrs. Schaeffer, police mat
PROSPECTS FOR EARLY RELIEF
Temperature Begins to Droop—Re—
liorts From Everywliere.
Special to The Journal.
Calumet, Mich., July 15. —The past two
days were among the warmest of the year.
Although the heat was intense, a single
prostration and no deaths is reported
throughout the county.
Dcs Moines, lowa, July 15. —There was a
slight break in the hot spell to-day. At
10 a. m. the record was 82. Light clouds
and a light breeze.
Lincoln, Neb., July 15.—A thunderstorm
during the morning brought hardly enough
rain to lay the dust and cooled the air
only momentarily. At 9 the temperature
was 91 and mounting over two degrees an
Omaha, July 15.—Although the tempera
ture to-day has been moderated by a
cloudy sky, last night was probably the
hottest night of the present spell. At 7
a. m. the thermometer stood at 81 and
the rise since has been very slow. Rain
is reported at Lincoln, Ashland and Fre
mont, Neb., in small quantities, and
thunder storms are reported in eastern
Kansas City, Mo., July 15.—Conditions
in the southwest favor isolated showers
to-night and Tuesday but there is not
much change in temperature in sight.
Light showers fell last night at Springfield
and Lamar, Mo., and at Manhattan, Kan.
They served to cool the atmosphere for a
few minutes, but resulted in no material
benefit. The temperature is hovering
Showers fell at Atchison, Kan., in
parts of Dickinson county, central Kan
sas and in Cowley county, along the Okla
homa line. In Cowles county it was the
first rain in five weeks and came too late
to help early corn.
Topeka, Kan., July 15.—An hour's rain
is reported to-day along the Ottawa
branch of the Santa F» road at Neosho
Rapids, Clare cor.nty, and Gardiner.
There also were slight rains east of To
peka. There was OLe death here last
night from the heat.
Chicago, July 15.—The official tempera
ture at 10 o'clock wf.s 78 and a moderate
breeze was blowing from the lake. The
sun's rays were tempered by light clouds.
St. Louis, July 15.—Cooler weather pre
vailed here to-day. At 12:30 the mercury
Joplin, Mo., July 15.—A violent thunder
storm prevailed here to-day and broke the
protracted hot wave.
Jefferson City, Mo., July 15.—Governor
Dockery, who has received many re
quests to issue a proclamation calling
upon people to observe a day of fasting
and prayer that the drought might be
broken, to-day set apart Sunday, July 21,
on which the "people are requested to as
semble at their usual places of worship to
invoke the blessings of Almighty God."
Little rain has fallen in Missouri since
Ashland, Wis., July 15.— The weather
since Friday has caused a fierce run on
pharmacies and hosDitals. While no
deaths have yet occurred, the populace is
badly effected. Numerous fainting spells
are reported throuchout the city. Ferry
boats plying on Chequamagon bay run ex
cursions to the islands regardless of their
schedule and are heavily patronized.
James Leavett, a traveling salesman
from West Superior was overcome last
evening and taken to Dodd's hospital.
His temperature was 107. The patients in
the hospitals about the city are suffering
Pierre, B. D., July 15.—Yesterday broke
all records. The average temperature
being 83. The maximum was 105. It wa3
the fourth day with the maximum over
100. A cool north breeze is blowing this
morning and there is temporary relief.
Fergus Palls, Minn., July 15.—The gov
ernment thermometer registered 100 in
the shade on Sunday. Grain suffered con
siderably. Showers cooled the atmos
phere at 6 o'clock this morning.
MONDAY EVENING, JULY 15, 1901.
House Republican Caucus Is
POWER OF PROTECTION
High Tariff Men Likely to Control
SOME ANTI-HENDERSON TALK
Reported Plan Not to Re-elect the
Speaker Because of His Tariff
Views Only a Bluff.
From TKti Journal liurtau. Room. 48, JPo»»
Washington, July 15.—The suggestion
has been made that the best way for the
republican party to settle the question
A COOLER PLACE.
Satan—This is too hot for me. I think I'll sneak back home until this hot spell is over.
of tariff revision is by a caucus of house
members next December. Congressman
"Joe" Cannon of Illinois has been cred
ited with originating the suggestion, but
he says that he did not make it. It is a
suggestion that will appeal with great
force to the party as the tariff discus
sion grows in intensity with the nearer
approach of the opening of the session.
If the caucus is opposed no doubt the
ultra protectionists of the east will be
responsible. The tariff revisionists, count
ing upon what they will say is the jus
tice of their cause and their growing
strength, will be quite willing to submit
their claims to a caucus. The protec
tionists will probably be unwilling to do
From present indications, the protec
tionists will control the situation. They
may not have an actual majority of the
house, but their following will be so
strong that the revisionists will tie un
willing to invite the internal strife and
disorganization that would follow the
victory of their cause. Besides, the pro
tectionists control the money bags of the
party, which is important.
Recently there has been some talk in
the east about not re-electing Hen;*?rson
as speaker because he comes from the
west, and is presumably in favor of tariff
revision. This talk originates with the
high protectionists, but need not be taken
seriously. It is at best merely a bluff.
To overthrow Henderson, no matter what
his tariff views or what his environment
in the west, would be to invite the strug
gle which the tariff folks are very de
sirous of preventing.
Congressman William Alden Smith of
Grand Rapids, Mich., who was in Wash
ington a few days ago, said to The
Journal correspondent that he was in
favor of having the tariff revised, if re
vision were deemed necessary, by the
friends of protection. This view will
doubtless be shared by all republicans,
and will prevent Mr. Babcock from ac
cepting the aid of the democratic members
of the ways and means committee in re
porting his bill. Last spring Mr. Babcock
could have had his bill reported by the
aid of democratic votes, but declined.
Whatever is done, it appears to be the
feeling that the republicans within them
selves ought to do It. Any aid rendered
by the democrats would be subject to
great suspicion. In the first place, the
democratic party is proverbially and by
tradition favorable to low tariffs. In the
second place, it would gladly lend itself
to the Babcock or any similar scheme if
by so doing it could stir up strife in the
In the same way
BOLTERS that the action of the
Ohio democratic con-
IN OHIO. vention has doubt
of the national organization, so, doubtless,
doea the action of the ten democrats who
met yesterday in an office building in
Cleveland foreshadow tli« channel by which
opposition campaign managers will try to
profit by the latest change in democratic
plans. There will be efforts of republican
campaigners to laugh Bryan's personal
following out of the reorganized demo
cratic party. Several party newspapers
are already trying It. They believe that
Bryan In his five years peregrinations has
attracted to himself many personal ad
herants wlio may now be switched out of
the democratic party If it be made to'ap
pear that their hero Is being badly treated.
The action of the gold democrats in bolt
ing Bryan's nomination in 1896 and 1900
will encourage these 'Bryan adherants to
adopt the same tactics themselves, now
that the party In Ohio has gone under
gold leadership and seems likely to do
so as a national organization. It is said
that the ten men of Cleveland will soon
issue a formal statement of principles and
hold a convention in Columbus July 31.
What strength they are able to muster
will be significant of the opportunities for
cleavage In the national organization, for
the Ohioans have been about as strong or
silver, particularly the democrats, as any
people east of the Missouri. It is in the
Ohio valley states that any cleavage of
this sort would be disastrous to demo
cratic prospects in 1904, and hence the de
sirability of having Its strength tested
Judge M. C. Burch,
PROSECUTING special assistant at
torney general, has
MONTANA OASES gone to Michigan for
ten days or two
weeks. Special attorney Maynard, who
was recently appointed to conduct the
suits against Senator Clark and others
In Montana for illegal timber entries, is
also in Michigan and it is probable that
he will make a report on the indictments
recently obtained at Helena. Plans for
the conduct of these cases will be ma
tured while Judge Bunch is away and the
government will be prepared to push
them to Judgment when they are called for
trial next fall.
—W. W. Jermane.
Washington Small Talk.
Rural free delivery service has been ordered
established at Diagonal, Ringgold county, and
Lineville, Wayne county, lowa, to begin
The controller of the currency has author
ized the First National Bank of Elk Point,
S. D., to begin business with a capital at
$25,000. The officers named are George R.
Freeman, president, and H. B. Beckwith,
Postmasters appointed to-day: Minnesota-^
Blackberry, Itasca county, A. E. Grant; Mc-
Hugh, Becker county, O. C. Nelson. North
Dakota—Halliday, Stark county, W. A. Ray;
Omega, Ransom county, Inga Oeder.
Charles A. Towne spent a few hours in
Washington last Friday, en route to New
York, where he is attending to business for
his Texas oil interests. He seems to care
little for politics and declined to discuss any
of the questions of the hour. Apparently, Mr.
Towne is rapidly becoming a "plute." It is
understood that his prospects in a financial
way are exceedingly bright.
Congressman Fletcher was enjoying him
self in Berlin at last reports received by his
private secretary in this city, and was un
certain where he would go from that place.
His health has been good. Aug. 11 he will
arrive in New York on his way home. From
New York it is likely he will come to Wash
ington for a few days, going hence to the
Buffalo exposition and thence to Minneapolis.
Now that the old frigate Minnesota has
been put out of the way, there ought not to
be any serious difficulty in securing the
promise of the navy department that one of
the new war vessels already ordered built
shall be named for the gopher state. Senator
Clapp took this matter up with Secretary
Long last winter, but received no encour
agement, the old Minnesota being in the way
at that time.
HE STEPPED INTO SPACE
Accident to a. till water ■ Man in the
'. ' Went. '/.■ :;' ■.' ■■
Special to The Journal. _i.
- Still water, Minn., July 15.—A telegram
from Portland, : : Oregon, states that L.
Sargent, : manager of the till water Manu
facturing company, } who was on his way
home from Hawaii, was severely hurt by
walking : out of the \ back end \of a train.
He intended to step into a dining car,
which had been - detached. His , injuries
, are painful but not serious. -H
A LITTLE \ GIRL LOST.
Special to The Journal.
Red Wing, Minn., July. 15.—The 7-year-old
daughter of O. . P. Velvang went on a ; bluff
to pick flowers yesterday ; morning. Search
ing, parties. have failed to find her and it is
feared she was killed or kidnapped.
: A BRAKEMAN DROWNED.
Special to The Journal. . "-- . *• "'
Cumberland,'- Wis., July 15.—William Bish
op, aged" : 22, brakeman on the Omaha road,
; was ;^^ drowned iat Sh«ll ' lake ; yesterday while
; swimming. Bishop's': home *m * at* Calumet,*
Miob. ~ . % I - ' - .:; , j
Determined Campaign Begun
for This Object.
DEEP PROBLEM FOR US
How the Cuban Friends of Annexa
ISLAND'S WELFARE AT STAKE
As Annexation I* Bound to Come,
the Sooner the Better, They
Hmw York Sun Saoctaf Mmrvlom
Washington, July 15. —The campaign
for annexation to the United States
which has been started In Cuba brings up
one of the most important questions that
will be placed before the president and
Secretary Root by General Wood when lie
comes to the United States.
That a campaign to that end is being
engineered by some of the most promin
ent and conservative Cubans has been re
ported in Washington from Havana. The
leaders in the movement are said to be
those who favored the acceptance of the
Platt amendment and who were well
satisfied and pleased with the action of
the constitutional convention in placing
that matter in the constitution of the
The adoption of the Platt amendment,
however, does not go far enough, in the
opinion of the annexation. It places
the Island under the protection of the
government of the United States, but it
does not provide for the economic situa
tion that will confront the rulers in the
new government. Beyond this protection
the conservative Cubans don't look for
any assistance from the United States and
none can be accepted, as Cuba is legally
a foreign country. The proposition for a
reciprocity agreement between the two
countries is not regarded with much
favor by many members of congress and
there is certain to be a fleht in congress
if any reciprocity treaty is arranged, be
cause of a clash with local interests.
The annexationists realize the difficul
ties in the way of the new government
and say the only way out of them is union
with this -country. In furthering their
cause they have appealed to the conserva
tives among .the islanders. They address
themselves to "all who live from their
labor, agriculturalists, great and small,
the merchant, the industrials and the
landed proprietors and all who desire for
Cuba order, progress and prosperity." It
is pointed out that Cuba is "near a mone
tary crisis, the country is exhausted and
impoverished, and much time is to elapse
before it gets on its feet if we don't have
the acumen to select the only straight
and sure road on which to reach an
exit: that is, annexation to the United
States. That annexation will have
to come at all events there re
mains no doubt, but there Is
a great difference between having
it soon, by a timely request, and hav
ing it come after a long process which
may exhaust the little strength remaining:
in the country."
This Is the Charge Agalnat an As-
Distant F. M. In Porto Rico.
Washington, July 15. —A cablegram from
San Juan announces the arrest on July 10
of Rlcardo Navarez Rivera, assistant
postmaster at Mameyes, Porto Rico, for
embezzling letters containing valuable in
REDUCTION IN SUGAR.
New York, July 15.—Arbuckle Brothers
have reduced the price of refined sugar 10
12 PAGES-FIVE O'CLOCK
NEW STEEL STRIKE
President Shaffer's Order Obeyed in
All Mills of the Tin Plate, Sheet
and Hoop Combines.
Strikers Protesting That Their Cause
Is Just and Bound to Be
% Pittsburg, July 15.—The etrike of the
members of the Amalgamated association
employes in the tin plate, sheet and hoop
mills, which was ordered Saturday night
as a result of the disagreement between
the conferees of the United States Steel
corporation and the Amalgamated associa
tion was generally observed in the Pitts
burg district this morning. At the mills
where the strike order extended the
skilled workmen who are under the control
of the union failed to put in an appear
apce, or if they did go to the mills, It was
merely as spectators, with no intention of
working. The strike order is being ob
served at all mills of the tin plate, sheet
and hoop combines.
President Shaffer is In communication
with lodge officials at all these plants and
he is confident that the association will
make such a strong showing on this pre
liminary suspension of work that a gen
eral strike of all the mills of the United
States Steel corporation will not be neces
sary. This latter proposition is the strong
card which the Amalgamated president
has up his sleeve, and which he threatened
to play if an early adjustment of the diffi
culty is not made.
Like the Homestead Strike.
This strike bears a resemblance to the
historical Homestead strike in 1892 in
that it is not a question of wages but of
recognition of the Amalgamated associa
tion. The association insists upon union
izing all of the plants of three companies
in question. The manufacturers refuse to
grant this demand and say that the indi
vidual contracts with workmen which are
in force at .a number of the plants must
The Painter mill of the Steel Hoop
company on the south side is shut down.
The men have joined ' the Amaglamated
association and this morning none ,of the
workmen save four or five Hungarians
and six boys showed up. It is estimated
that between 700 and 800 men are out.
The management refuses to talk. The
Hungarians were hauling away finished
material and the boys were working in the
machine shops, the only department in
the mill where a wheel is turning. The
strikers are keeping away from the plant
and there is not a person loitering about
the place. Everything Is unusually
The tinmill at Monessen, Pa., which is
non-union, was running as usual to-day.
The Lindsay and McCutchen plant of the
American Steel Hoop company in Alle
gheny is albo idle and the Star and
Monongahela plants of the American
Tin Plate company are closed. The
Painter and Lindday and McCutcheon has
been looked upon by the opponents of
the United States Steel corporation as the
strongholds of non-unionists in the hoop
The prompt action of President Shaf
fer in thus forcing the fight early and
carrying it into his opponent's camp was
looked upon as evidence that the strike
will be one of the most spirited in
President Shaffer was pleased with the
reports from the two strongholds and he
declared that not a wheel shall turn in
either the Painter or Lindsay & McCut
cheon works until the strike shall have
been settled. He said the Painter plant
was pivotal with respect to the other non
union plants of the steel hoop company
and that the men elsewhere have prom
ised, if the Painter mill would join the
strike movement that there will be no
trouble in organizing the remainder of the
plants. He said that there is no ques
tion that the men will respond, as they
Lave been anxious to join the general
movement and were held in check and
kept at work by the direction of the
Amalgamated officials. x
President Shaffer says the movement
will be carried to the other plants not
now recognized by the combine as under
the wing of the association. He looks for a
general response to his strike order, as the
men have been awaiting Just such a com
mand since July 1. He declared the men
are prepared to fight it out on the original
lines "until doomsday."
In certain circles a quiet interest is
manifested in the effect the strike may
have upon Carnegie industries, especially
the steel mills at Homestead. Thesemill3
are generally supposed to be non-union.
But the same was thought of other mills
until they suddenly popped out as pretty
well unionized. There have been recent
visits of Amalgamated officials to Home
stead that are somewhat suggestive.
Many a hint has been thrown out by
Amalgamated men within the past few
days that when the association should
feel the need of showing it 3 strength the
steel combine folks would be amazed.
Aside from any interest the Amalgamated
people may have in Homestead, it is pos
sible the American Federation of Labor
has interenched Itself there. If the strike
shall be prolonged many interests will be
sure to suffer. The strikers probably can
take good care of themselves. Work is
plenty on all sides and besides the Amal
gamated association has a strike fund
in bank which is said to amount be
tween $200,000 and $300,000.
Railroads win be among the greatest
sufferers, as a long strike would greatly
decrease the shipment of mill products.
Building contractors and others using
iron and steel also will come In for
much loss. It is even possibleb uilding
operations might be seriously hampered.
The demand for coke coal will fall off,
and the possibilities of the strike, gen
erally, are startling.
Satisfactory, Say Strikers.
At the headquarters of the Amalga
mated association to-day it was said that
the situation was satisfactory. President
Shaffer took personal charge of the cam
paign to-day. The executive committee
of the Amalgamated association has
placed the fight entirely in his hands.
Secretary John Williams said this morn
ing: "Every tin plant in the country Is
closed down." Another official said:
We have closed two of their mills that
they considered as non-union plants. They
are the Lindsey and McCutcheon plant of
the American Steel Hoop company, and the
Star tin plate mill of the American Tin Plate
The Scottdale and Old Meadow mills are
still running and President Shaffer said:
We could call them out, but they are -work
ing under an agreement and we do not
want to break their contract. Things are
just as I expected. In the rush -we over
looked one place and an important place, too,
and this morning I got a telegram asking
what's the matter with us. It is a tin mill.
He refused to say where it was located.
In reference to the report that the manu
facturers had made a proposal for an
other conference, Mr. Shaffer said that
no intimation had been received by him
that they had any idea of asking for a
second meeting in the near future. That
was a matter entirely with them.
Dispatches received up to 10 o'clock
at the Amalgamated headquarters report
the following mills closed: The Star Tin
Plate Works, Monongahela Tin Plate,
■ Demmler Tin Plate, the Kensington Mills,
the Connellsville mills, the Cannonsburg
Mills, and the Dewees Wood Sheet plant
. At the Lindsay and McCutcheon plant
in Allegheny 250 men were idle. Of the
twenty-two furnaces only two are re
ported in operation, being worked by a
few puddlers. A number of strikers were
standing around the plant, but there were
no indications of any disturbance.
Largest of Plants.
The steel branch of the labor associa
tion says the sheet steel fight will owe its
success to its ability to bring out the men
employed at the great works in Vander
grift, Pa. This plant is the largest of its
kind in the world, and already some of
the mcii are members of the Amalgamated
association. It is claimed that before the
day is over a portion, at least, of these
mills will be idle. At 11 a. m. no report
had been received from the men-employed
there, but Vice President Reese of the
first district is,at work, and although he
refuses to talk it Is known ho is making
strenuous efforts to bring the Vander
grift men out. The strikers have been
counselled to observe the strictest order,
and they have also been asked by Presi
dent Shaffer to keep away from the dif
Reports received at Amalgamated head
quarters say every steel hoop plant in
Pittsbu/g excepting the William Clark©
Sons company, is idle, and all the sheet
mills have closed down. Only one tin
plate mill in this district is in operation.
The Labelle tin plant at Martins Ferry,
Ohio; Laughlin Tin Plate works and the
Aetna Standard plant at Bridgeport, Ohio;
Cambridge, Ohio, plant, and Greenville,
Pa., works are all shut down. The Aetna-
Standard company employes 3,000 men,
and the Cambridge company 800 men, and
they are all «ut.
At Newcastle, ' Pa., 1,200, all Amal
gamated tin workers, are idle to-day,
and when stocks now on hand are used
up the other employes will have to quit
and 3,500 will be idle. At the Rellsville,
Ohio, plant, all the men employed except
fifteen have joined the Amalgamated as
sociation. Efforts to run the mill have
been abandoned for the present.
"All Our Men Ont."
"All of our men are out and the condi
tion for which we have been preparing
these three years and more and against
which we have repeatedly warned the
manufacturers, now confronts the latter,"
said President T. J. Shaffer this morning.
'The gratifying unanimity with which our
men assented to the strike order is a
vigorous and sufficient refutation of the
statements of interested persons on the
other side of this controversy that the
strike is one of the officials of the Amal
gamated association and not of the men.
As showing that the iron, steel and tin
workers appreciate the gravity of the
present situation and the imperative duty
devolving upon them, there are some
works that we could not reach Saturday
night in promulgating the strike order,
and yesterday and this morning we have
been in receipt of indignant protests from
those lodges inquiring why they were not
ordered out. They are out now; in fact,
all our men are out, and the works of
the three underlying companies of the
United States Steel corporation are tied
up as tight as an estate in an English
chancery .court. And so they will remain
until the companies concede the Just de
mands of our men."
Secretary Treasurer John Williams of
the Amalgamated association says the
action of the men all over the country
could not have been more general. Con
tinuing, he said:
In an interview in this morning's pap«rs
Mr. Arms is reported as saying that the
manufacturers Insisted on protecting the
non-union men in the non-union plants, many
of ■whom do not want to become union men.
I hardly think that Mr. Arms would make
a statement of this kind, as his past record
has always been one of fair dealing with the
Amalgamated Association. No one knows
better than Mr. Arms himself that if the
harriers were torn down from the non-union
mills we could organize them all inside of
two days. This has been demonstrated by
the voluntary closing of 'all plants of the
American Steel Hoop company. The only
reason that the manufacturers gave that the
previous conditions should exist was that
they were afraid the Amalagamated Asso
ciation would attain too great power, and
It was necessary that they themselves hold
the balance of power. The manufacturers
are refusing us the right that they exercised
themselves in forming the combination. They
used force in some Instances, it is believed,
in securing some of the plants now in their
company. We do not propose to coerce men
into Joining our organization, but merely ask
for recognition, and I am certain the men
now at work In non-union mills will volun
tarily and gladly Join our association.
Wage Advance Offered.
The 4,500 employes of the National Tube
company at McKeesport were notified
to-day of a voluntary advance in wages
of 10 per cent. The men are not organ
ized, but the Amalgamated association
was making efforts to induce them to
join the union. Several months ago the
men demanded a 10 per cent advance,
but were refused.
The W. Dewees-Wood plant is idle
to-day. The plant had been partly idla.
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