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THE MINNEAPOLIS JOURNAL.
PRICE TWO CENTS. 'OMAHA' FOLK TO TALK AGAIN Little Progress Made in To- day's Conference. WHATMORECANWEDO? This Is the Attitude of the Rail road Officials. 4 WRITTEN ANSWER PROMISED To the Formal Statements and De mands Made by the Minneapo lis Shippers. Vice President Clarke, speaking for the Omaha road, after an extended confer ence with the Commercial club committee to-day, said that he did not see how the road could, at the present time, agree to grant any of the concessions asked by the Minneapolis business men. Arrangements were mad© for another meeting at which the officials of the road are to present In writing their answer to the written ar gument put forth by the business men. It Is now up to the council. The road was represented by General Counsel Thomas Wilson, General Superin tendent Trenholme, and Vice President James T. Clarke. The Commercial Club committee was composed of George H. Partridge, F. F. Lindsay, E. C. Best, S. H. Hall, and Ernest F. Smith. Of the alder men present there were President Jones, and Chatfield, Merrill and Rand of the council committee on railroads. Mr. Partridge started the ball by reading from manuscript the argument of the com mittee stating why Minneapolis was en titled to the concessions asked. A full synopsis of this argument is given below. Following Mr. Partridge, Mr. Clarke spoke for the road. He said that the com mittee's statement contained too muob de tail and statistics to allow him to an swer it comprehensively. It would be un fair to expect it. In a general way he did not believe that the statement that the Omaha road had acted adversely to the interests of the twin cities in rate matters could be borne out. He disputed many of the statements contained in the committee's arguments on the ground that they were based on suppositions, that the figures were incorrect. Mr. Clarke said that anything tbat he might have to say would concern thw Omaha road only. The Omaha did not control the North-Western. In order to serve its patrons in Minneapolis better, the road was preparing to expand its fa cilities here -and in that connection had asked for small concessions. He did not think it fair to attach to this request the various other subjects that had been brought into the controversy. Omaha rates were as favorable to Minneapolis as those of any other road. Rates from tide water to Minneapolis were less than from tidewater to Chicago or St. Louis. He said that the Omaha road had not the power to readjust rates. It had always been willing and always worked to get the best rates possible for the twin cities ay its interests were here. He, as traffic manager for the Omaha, had no more to do with the North-Western road than he had with the Milwaukee. Later in the conference Mr. Wilson said tbat the Omaha and North-Western were as ac tive competitors as the Omaha and Mil waukee. Distance Tariff Opposed. Referring to a distance tariff such as is in operation in lowa, he claimed that it would be an injury to Minneapolis. It was impossible to get away from the prefer ential system of freight rates without in- Jury to many communities. He asserted that all would concede that the adjust ment of grain rates as affecting Minne apolis, made by the Qyiaha, was satis factory. In Milwaukee's contention for lower grain rates, the interstate com merce commission had ordered the Omaha to reduce its rates to Milwaukee, while the Minneapolis rates had remained the same. It was now in contempt of that decision, having refused to comply. An (analysis of adjustment of rates to-day would show an advantage for Minneapo lis. "Whatever I should pledge myself to do in rate adjustment," said Mr. Clarke, "I could not carry out. We are in competi tion with other roads. We make no pro gress by arbitrary action. We must nego tiate. If wo reduce rates others will fol low and the relations of rates generally would remain unchanged," Mr. Smith asked Mr. Clarke whether if Minneapolis merchandise were paying twice as much per mile as Chicago merchandise, it would not be better for the roads to ad just that matter instead of having it made a subject of legislation as was the case in lowa. "That course is open to you," answered Mr. Clarke, "tout when a maitter of that kind is taken to the courts all interests are considered. As I said before, I think a distance tariff would be a bad thing for you." Mr. Clarke also adverted to the quick freght service of the Omaha to southern points. Mr. Partridge and others of the committee noted some exceptions. Alderman Merrill asked Mr. Clarke if it were true that Minneapolis paid twice as much for the same service as Chicago, as the committee claimed. If it were true, Vas there «ny help for it? Mr. Clarke said that he had never heard of such a basis of comparson in his forty years of railroading. He knew of no way that the condition could be Improved, as other factors would immediately follow up the reduction. He contended that the distributing rates out of Minneapolis were relatively fair now. He insisted that the Omaha did all in its power to bring dairy shipments to Minneapolis. In reply to a question from Alderman Chatfield, Mr. Clarke said that lie would tt» willing to specify within * few days where the argument of the committee was wrong. As to train service, Mr. Clarke did not believe that the present arrangement was a disadvantage. The fact that 100 more people got off at St. Paul daily than Min neapolis proved nothing. People did not buy tickets at random. They knew which town they wanted to go to. Mr. Partridge took issue with the Omaha official on this point. Broufflit to an Issue. Alderman Merrill finally brought the discussion to a head by asking the Omaha official what he was willing to do for Min neapolis in the way of concessions. Mr. Clarke said that he knew of nothing further that the Omaha could do. General ■ Counsel Wilson answered the request for moving the shops and head quarters from St. Paul to Minneapolis. He drew a fine moral point . that while there was no contract, the Omaha was under an agreement with St. Paul to keep the shops there in return for a tract of ground that had been given the road. Mr. Smith said that Minneapolis would make good the forty acres. Alderman Jones thought that in the absence of a distinct contract Mr. Wilson was drawing the moral point too fine. Superintendent Trenholme said that it would cost $2,000, --000 to move the shops to Minneapolis, and that under present, conditions it would be impossible to organize the shops here on an operating basis. Alderman Chatfield questioned the agreement as being of an enduring nature. Mr. Clarke also added that it was impossible to change the location of the general offices. In addition to extra expense, they had to consider the interests of its employes, many of whom had homes in St. Paul. Mr. Wilson closed the conference with a general "jolly" for Minneapolis. The next conference is to occur within a week. FLOUR CITY'S ARGUMENT Unanswerable Statement of Its De- \ mands on the Omaha Road. The committee's argument covered the concessions asked of the Omaha by the business men at the meeting of the coun cil committee. It stated that the business men wanted the council to be fair and liberal in its treatment. of railroads and expected like consideration for the city from the roads. Freight rate discrimination against the twin cities and , in favor of St. Louis was the first topic handled. In the discussion the committee treated the Omaha as a part of the North-Western system and there fore a Chicago road. ;If the Omaha were. nDt a part of this system, said the com mittee, it would have long since have in sisted that the twin cities be treated as a Mississippi river point in the matter of freight rates. The committee insisted that it was hardly worth while to consider the position that the Omaha and North-West ern were competing systems. A majority of the Omaha stock is owned by the North- Western. . - St. Louis vs. Minneapolis. The committee cited the following on ' the rate to and from New England and seaboard points: . . . . . . The roads east of Buffalo get the - same amount as their proportion of freight charge, whether the goods are- consigned to the twin cities,, Chicago or St. Louis. The lake haul should toe practically the same to Lake Su perior points as to Chicago, . as the distance is the same. . St. Louis is 280 miles from Chicago, her nearest lake port. - The ; twin cities are 150 miles from Lake Superior.- The twin cities are entitled to a lower rate, as the all-rail rates are governed by the lake and rail situation. Instead of that, the twin cities pay $1.15 first-class and St. Louis 87 cents. The business done by the twin cities last year was greater than that done by St. Louis in the last years on which it worked in the old rate. The population of the twin cities is larger than at the time that St. Louis was granted the new rate. On account of size and volume of business the twin cities are entitled to the same consideration that was granted St. Louis. St. Louis jobbers to-day are working twin city territory thoroughly. This Is because St. Louis has a lower all-rail rate to and from the east than these cities. The twin cities are entitled to protection. The argu ment may be made that the North-Western cannot control the trunk lines east of Chi cago in making an attempt to secure this rate. The St. Louis roads had the same question to meet in 1876, and accomplished their object. Minneapolis flour and grain are kept on a comparative basis with St. Louis on rates to the seaboard. What argu ment can be applied in the case of flour that does not apply with even greater force to the merchandise shipper. The Chicago Problem. On the request for a readjustment of freight rates south and southwest of this city, and a more favorable train service to place Minneapolis on a fair basis in com peting with Chicago, the committee made the following illustrations: The charge for hauling a car load of mer chandise amounting to 10,000 pounds, first class freight, from Chicago 100 miles toward St. James, Minn., is $15.72. A similar car load from Minneapolis, 100 miles toward St. James, is $31.15. The charge for hauling such a car load 100 miles towards Winnebago City from Chi cago is |18; from Minneapolis, $26.25. For the same car load from Chicago 100 miles towards Marshall, Minn., the charge is $15.75; from Minneapolis, $34.45. As a general proposition, on merchandise moved from Minneapolis and St. Paul to all points in southern Minnesota, northern lowa and South Dakota, the freight charge for a given service is twice as large as when the goods are moved from Chicago. A Question -of Time. Merchandise from Minneapolis to points west of Tracy, Minn., approximately 150 miles, requires the same length of time in transit as merchandise from Chicago, which is 500 miles away. To points on the Fre mont, Elkhorn and Missouri valley several hundred miles nearer Minneapolis than Chi cago, the time in transit from Minneapolis is nearly double that of goods from Chicago. This detrimental condition of service exists on all lines. Chicago is favored in every particular of freight and passenger service. For us to accept the usual arguments, that your road of itself can do nothing to wards adjusting these rates were you so disposed; that other lines traversing this territory must be consulted, would be to further consent that our rights as a jobbing center be ignored. The interstate commerce commission has passed upon several cases similar to our own and decided that "agree ments between carriers, though designed to secure orderly and lawful operations of the roads, cannot be permitted to fasten upon neighboring localities a relation of rates which is unnatural or unjust. We are confident that, were the interstate commerce law in the shape In which we be lieve congress intended to have it, empower ing the commission to enforce its own rulings we could secure relief. We are furthermore persuaded that Its order would be for a gen eral reduction of rate* between the twin cities and the territory in question. We do not wish to be understood as advocates of the curtailing of railroad revenue, but we can no longer consent to the continuance of this an noying and injurious condition of rates. It may be that rates from Chicago into the ter ritory in question are too low, but if that is true, it is now too late to make euch a claim, as they have been in effect too long and wlli certainly never be advanced. The lowa Case. For the purpose of comparison we desire to refer to another matter with which you are Continued on. Second Pxare. WEDNESDAY EVENING, JULY 17, 1901 JAPAN WINS ADMIRATION Withdraws Her Request for Increased Indemnity. CLAEIFIES SITUATION The Blockading of Negotiations Is Thus Happily Averted. THIS MEANS A LOSS TO JAPAN Onr Government "Will Try to Secure Compensation for Her in Some Other Way. Washington, July 17.—1n a spirit which has aroused the keenest admiration of the state department, the Japanese gov ernment has met the difficulty growing SHOOTING THE WHIRLPOOL RAPIDS. out of the preference of her request for an increase of her indemnity by withdrawing that request. The result is a substantial loss to Japan. She asked originally for $23,000,000. This figure was more mod erate than any of the other powers which played any prominent part in the Chinese campaign and represented the barest ex pense of the undertaking. It was fixed upon the idea that payment was to be made in cash by China. Confronted with the bond payment, the Japanese government asked that her al lotment be increased to $27,000,000 in bonds to make good the loss she would suffer through the sale of the bonds. As soon as some of the other nations found that the allotment, as originally fixed, was in danger of being disturbed they came in with increased demands, and thus it is that Japan, finding that insistence upon her demand will blockade the negotiations at this phase, has withdrawn her request, for the present at least. It is safe to as sume that the United States government will do what it can to secure compensa tion for Japan in some other way in the future. Mr. Rockhill, our special commissioner at Peking, has been instructed to give the consent of the United States to the discussion of the proposition to Increase the Chinese custom duties in order to provide means for the payment of the in ternational indemnity. Our government is still opposed to this project, and the instruction is sent only in deference to the universal wish _for a speedy conclu sion of the negotiations at Peking. It is learned that the hitch in these negotia tions, the most baffling that has yet oc curred, is due entirely to the issue raised as to the increase of customs. Disposition of Manchuria. It is understood to be the desire of some of the great powers that the disposition of Manchuria shall go before the ministers at Peking and be finally determined by a joint agreement among the powers. Although no definite step has been taken in that direction, it is being discussed by foreign representa tives stationed here who fully expect that the plan will be adopted. Russia, it is be lieved, will be reluctant to agree to it. Attention has been directed to the latter by reports that Russia had resumed nego tiations with China regarding Manchuria. As to the report that Russia will pro claim Nu Chwang to be a Russian port, it is pointed out in diplomatic quarters that Nu Chwang is a treaty port and, as such, open to the commerce of the world under the existing tariff regulations with China, and foreign merchants have the right to trad© and to conduct establish ments there. These rights of trade can not be diverted, in the opinion of diplo matic officials, toy the Russian proclama tion unless the powers previously give as sent. Thus far, however, there has been no request from Russia or China for any change in the status of Nu Chwang as one of the treaty ports. DANISH CABINET RESIGNS. Copenhagen, July 17.—The De Sehested ministry, formed April 27, 1900, has resigned King Christian has requested the ministers to retain their portfolios pending the ap pointment of a new cabinet. J NAVIGATION AIDED Year's Work in the Way of Northwestern River Improvements. From The Journal Bureau. Room 45 Tost Building, Washington. ;■:;;. , Washington, July 17.—The annual re port of Major Townsend of the engineer corps on the improvement of the Missis sippi river between the mouth & the Mis souri and St. Paul was received at the war department to-day. It sayß that un der various allotments made by congress operations have been carried on by hired labor and th© use of the government plant at La Crosse harbor and other points on the river between St. Paul and Winona. Work was carried on at Tee-pecota point, where eleven wing dams and 150 fee( of shore protection were built. In the vicin ity of Wilds Landing six wing dams 2nd 600 feet of shore protection were built. From Winona to La Crosse dams were built and repaired and all contracts com pleted. From Winona to the Wisconsin river work was carried on in the vicinity of Richmond, Winters Landing, Dakota, Dreshbach and La Crosse. Twelve wing and closing dams were built and 2,845 feet of shore protection were placed. From the Wisconsin river to Bellevue minor construction work was continued and some dredging was done near Dubu que. In La Crosse harbor the lateral bulkhead and cross dam were built and filling between bulkhead and levee com menced. The work during the year has re sulted in an excellent channel. The ex penditures on the section of the river in charge of Major Townsend aggregated $565,752 for the year. The net expenditure since the improvement was commenced wa559,998.64. Major Tawnsend estimates that $1,000,000 can be expended during the next fiscal year. The annual report of Captain J. G. War ren, in charge of river and harbor work on the west shore of Lake Michigan, shows that by dredging at Menominee harbor the twenty-foot channel provided for in the original project has been ob tained. The benefit has been the straight ening of one of the angles in the channel. He estimates that $13,750 can be expended for maintenance during the next fiscal year. The operations on the Menominee river consisted of the removal of shoals in the channel. Major Warren says that $6,600 is required for the restoration and maintenance of the channel. He also recommends the consolidation of the proj ects of the improvement of the Menomlnee river and harbor under one project. Advices have been received at the war department that Lieutenant Alfred H. Morgan of Minneapolis, Postmaster Love joy's brother-in-law, has passed the exam ination for a second lieutenancy in the regular army. He will shortly get his commission. Washington, July 17.—Major J. C. War ren, in charge of river and harbor work in the Milwaukee district, has made the. fol lowing recomemndations for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1903: Sturgeon Bay and Lake Michigan, $33, --500 for completng existing project, ship canal; Ahnapee harbor, $28,000; Sheboy gan harbor, $48,400 for completion of project and maintenance; Harbor of Refuge, Milwaukee, $187,000 for main tenance; Milwaukee harbor, $112,500 for maintenance; Waukegan, $100,000 for con tinuing project. Washington Small Talk. Robert J. Tousley, of Ellendale, and Harry J. Nierling, of Jamestown, N. D., have been appointed railway mail clerks. Postmasters appointed to-day: Minnesota —Swan River, Itasca county, J. M. Ady. lowa—Lone Rock, Kossuth county, S. A. Tyler. SMALLPOX AT REEDSBURG, WIS. Special to The Journal. Baraboo, Wis., July 17.—Six families are quarantined at Reedsburg. with smallpox. There are about twenty cases in all at that place. Hill a Northern Pacific Director ' New ; York, July 17.— J. Pierpont Morgan announced this afternoon that J. J. Hill, E. "H. Harriman, H. McK.; Twhombley, William , Rockefeller and f Samuel ; Rea; will be elected ,to the ? directorate fof the Northern '„ Pacific J company,';, to „ fill* vacancies „toi be created- • •- ' r '"" ~ '".;". 11;" • ' '■ HEPBURN VS. HENDERSON Move to Lessen the Speak er's Power. TO CHANGE THE RULES lowa Man Determined to Accom plish This Result. HENDERSON'S CHANGE OF FRONT Now That He Is Speaker He Objects to Belli* Less of a Czar Than Tom Reed Was. Affair Y*rk Sun Spttolal Sorvlao Washington, July 17.—Speaker Hender sons' autocratic power is threatened from within the ranks of his own party; not only within bis party, but within the delegation from his own state of lowa, now solidly republican. The man who purposes to undo his col league who presides over the house is Representative "Pete" Hepburn. Mr. Hepburn Jhas long been an advocate of a change of the rules of the house of rep resentatives so that the power of the speaker to control legislation in that branch of congress should be curtailed and the conduct of the business of the house be left to the majority. He began a fight for a change in the rules before the meeting of the last coagress and while the speakership campaign was in progress. He had quite a following among the republicans, who promised to support him in the battle. Mr. Henderson himself, prior to his election, and while he was anxiously try ing to get votes, intimated that he would be willing to sanction a change In the rules; that he did not care to have so much power in his hands. After his elec tion, however, he frowned on any attempt to amend the rules that made Reed famous, and, despite Hepburn's repeated efforts, forestalled all attempts to make him less of a czar than was his prede cessor. \\: Mr. Hepburn is determined that there shall be something more than intimations' and half-way promises at the beginning ■ of the next ; congress. ■■"'.: He has begun a i campaign for the amendment of the rules and is claiming the attention of the members who : have . visited Washington while Ihe has I been ' here to Henderson's alleged : abuse of power during the last I congress. >. He has * many V supporters and [ has been' in constant correspondence with members all over the country asking their support in this movement. .-■•. He promises i to make it lively for Mr. i Henderson and I the J committee on | rules, which, ; with th« speaker ,at .. its head,: ; dictates the I measures ; that shall. be considered by the house. -: ;'■".-. . - .'■ ■ :. - ■ -.. -' ! LYNCHED ITALIANS Their Government Taking the Mat ■ '■"■/: ter Up With Washington. ; Washington, July i 17.— Italian gov ernment has i taken cognizance of a recent affray at 7 Brwin, ;t Miss., in which it ;. is claimed two, Italians were lynched; and a:' third seriously wounded. - .The I facts have.been; communicated to the foreign office ; at v Rome , and the * Italian V ; embassy here has made representations to s the state I department. i*~ At • the " same \ time j the : Italian :•. authorities are f pursuing .an in vestigation ,: of I their own h through their consul at New Orleans and their consular agent , at - Vicksburg; Miss.; which ris - not far from the scene of the ; alleged trouble. 12 PAGES-FIVE O'CLOCK. TO OPERATE STEEL PLANTS NONUNION Managers Contemplate a Move That Is Expected to Cause Serious Trouble. Employing Companies Lose $210, --000 and Workmen $156,000 Daily by the Strike. Pittsburg, July 17.—According to figures compiled by the Pittsburg Dispatch, the steel strike is daily costing the three companies involved $210,000 and the workmen $156,000. It is estimated that in the daily loss of nearly 23,000 boxes of tin plate a day, the American Tin Plate company is daily losing over $90,000, while the loss to the canning companies unable to secure their material is enormous in addition. Practically no stocks have been carried and consumption has kept pace with the production for some little time past. About 700 tons of the 1,000 tons daily production of the American Sheet Steel company is being lost, and this represents a loss each day to the combine of at least $50,000. The loss to the gas stove manufacturers is also great, as the mills are closed which made a specialty of stove iron. This is the heavy season for making stoves. About 2,000 or 2,500 tons of steel hoops, bands and cotton ties are being lost daily by the American Steel Hoop company by reason of the strike, and this presents a daily loss in money of $70,000. It is estimated that the men are losing in wages $150,000. The tin workers will lose in addi tion, $6,000 daily. In addition to all of these losses, the many and varied industries crippled now and in prospect represent losses to the men of large sums that cannot be computed now. The Amalgamated men are said to have a fund of over $200,000 with which to keep the strike going, and the many Amalgamated men em ployed in the various mills still operating will go a great way toward keeping the sinews of war in good condition. Pittaburg, July 17.—A threat by District Manager Perslfer F. Smith of the Ameri can Sheet Steel company to start the Wellsville rolling mill and operate it, as it has been in the past, by non-union men, was the only new feature in the strike sit uation this morning and the eyes of all interested were turned to that plant. Up to 10 o'clock, however, nothing had been heard from Wellsville at the head auarters of the Amalgamated association in this city. They refused to believe that the Wells-ville mill had started up and said they had every reason to believe the plant was eaut down and ■will remain so. A dispatch to the Associated Press from Wellsville, Ohio, at 10:30 o'clock, says: The strike situation here remains as it has been ever since the men were called out of the mill. P. F. Smith, manager for the American Sheet Steel company for the Pitslourg district, was here Tuesday and !n an address to the mill men declared that the mill will be run as a non-union mill. He has orders for the mill to start this morning. In response to Smith's order about thirty men went out to work. Two of them were members of the Amalgamated Association. The manager of the mill con cluded that thirty men were not sufficient to man the crews, and the attempt for the present has been abandoned. It is said non-union men from other places will be ■brought here to-day, in which case serious trouble is feared. May Import Workers. Now that Manager Smith has declared himself, it is thought the managers of the other non-union plants also will make an effort to resume within a few days and developments of an exciting nature are expected. It is known a gang of men are at work at the Dewees Wood plant of the American Sheet Steel company at McKeesport, clearing up and making re pairs, and a well-defined rumor was prevalent on the south side of this city to-day that an effort is to be made by the mill officers in the Painter plant to break the strike by bringing workers here from out of the city. In confirmation of this, for the first time since the strike began, watchmen armed with clubs, pa trolled all sides of the mill this morning. None of the strikers were to be seen about the property and everything was quiet. The mill officers declined to dis cuss the matter and said when they are ready to move they will do bo without any noise. For the present nothing Is being done, they said, beyond cleaning up the mills and making repairs that had been neglected owing to the rush of busi ness. The Wood plant is closely guarded also and the strikers look for the manu facturers to attempt resumption next week. On the Other Hand. In direct opposition to Manager Smith's India's Worse Famine Coming Hmw York Sun Snmcfal Mmrvlom. London, July 17.—India is threatened with famine to an extent unparalleled in the history of that country, according to Romesh Duett, a distinguished Anglo-* Indian of the imperial revenue department. In an interview Duett said: England's oppressive and frequently illegal financial treatment of India is largely responsible for famines. Unless this system is radically changed, the Indian empire will live in a perpetual shadow of famine, with its attendant misery and death. The famine in Bombay has con tinued two years, and is entering on the third season. This is a condi tion absolutely unknown hitherto, and unless rains bring relief it is Impos sible to foresee the bounds of the disaster. Practically the only remedy is to reduce the present iniquitous and burdensome land tax, which, in the northern provinces, takes half the landlord's rental and in the southern provinces one-third of the produce of the soil. These impos sible proportions are collected with rigorous severity and are not always strictly legal. Gould Bitten by Rockefeller Hmw York 9un Samolal 3*e Woe. New York, July 17.—According to a stry going the rounds of Wall street, Joha D. Rockefeller, Jr., has been the one man who has caught George Gould napping. It is said that Gould and young Rockefeller, having been together in the recent Northern Pacific deal, came to admire each other's nerve. They decided to put Missouri Pacific up to 150. So they began to buy Missouri Pacific away down about par. This was Just after the big panic. As a result of their persistent buying, speculators were astonished to see Missouri Pacific go sailing up to 120. At that figure there was a suspicious hesitancy in the upward movement. "Some one is selling Missouri Pacific short," says Gould to Rockefeller. "No, I guess somebody is unloading some long stock." Rockefeller replied. The price fell back two points and the Gould renewed hia buying with energy and raised his price to 124%. It wavered again. Thousands upon thousands of; shares were purchased by Gould, but the price would not advance. Finally, on the day the dividend was declared, it is said that Mr. Gould discovered that young Mr. Rockefeller had unloaded no less than 60,000 shares af the high figures. Goui4 declaration and the evident prepara tions at the Painter and Woods works, an official of another of the companies interested, who did not want his name used, asserted that the companies have no intention of starting their plants. The same official said something might be done in ninety days, but he would not say whether that was the time the officials expected the strike to last. What the manufacturers generally think of the strike cannot be learned. All information at the offices of the com panies or at the mills is denied. The explanation offered is that there is nothing to give out or that order has gone forth forbidding anyone to talk. President Shaffer is etill hopeful of an early settlement of the strike. The in formation he received from the strike centers to-day was quite meager. This he interpreted to mean that the strike is going on well. Nothing further has been done In ref erence to the issuance of a strike call to the Amalgamated men In the mills of the United States Steel corporation outside the three companies against which the fight is now directed. He will issue the order only when it become* necessary he says. It is evidently th« purpose of the association to confine ita fight for the present to the three com panies now involved. Dispatches from Scottdalo report th« efforts of strike organizers at the old Meadow works up to this time as hay« ing been fruitless. A number of em ployes declared that they will not strike under any circumstances. At Saltsburg everything is moving har moniously and a strike is not appre hended. The plant is running in full witll three mills, and the men are apparently a unit against striking. Urged to Organise. The executive committee of the Amalga mated Association sent a circular letter this morning to the sheet workers of Vandergrift, Leechurg and Apollo, making a strong appeal to them to organize. These daces are still at work and what effect this circular will >have cannot be stated as yet; but as these mills are among the largest in the country, the out come will be watched with great interest. Two independent concerns — the Licking Rolling Mill company of Covington, Ky., and the American Car and Foundry com pany of Detroit. Mich.,—sent the signed scales to Amalgamated headquarters to day. The strikers' officials say the steel bar mill of the Mingo Junction plant of the United States Steel corporation closed this morning. The shut-down affect* about 100 men. Only one furnace was in operation at Lindsey & McCutcheon's to-day. An an nouncement was made that if the matter shall not have been adjusted before even ing, all the strikers at the Lindsay & McCutcheon plant will go to the Mononga hela Iron and steel company's plants at Six Mile Ferry, where there is work tot