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Cnn A<«o, February 29.— Within twenty
four hours, possibly, the Burlington strike
will 1« ended. It is said that President
Perkins to-night personally met Chief
Arthur aud reached a partial understand
ing. When they separated it was with
the agreement that they should come to
gether to-morrow and resume considera
tion of the difficulties l>etween the com
pany and the men, bringing it, if possible, to
a mutually satisfactory conclusion. The
details of the conference were not made
public, but the impression was thought to
lie created that the strike was largely the
result of a misunderstanding on both sides.
The only persons present at the meeting
besides PerkiDs aud Arthur were Mr.
Sargent of the Firemen's Brotherhood, Mr.
Perkim' private secretary and a prominent
Knight of Lalior.
Ï be officials consider their prospects very
Mattering and predict the resumption of
the entire passenger service within two
days. The members of the Brotherhood,
as iar as ascertained, to a man, ignored the
company's notice to report at noon to-day
or consider themselves discharged.
Bate last night Mr. Perkins admitted
that he bad been in conference during the
evening with Messrs. Arthur and Sargent.
Jle declined to say whether any result
was reached or who had inaugurated the
proceedings. Chief Arthur and Mr. Sar
gent were still more reticent. From
another source it is learned that the mis
understanding, which was removed, lay in
the tact that Perkins had declined to meet
the strikers grievance committee and had
placed the matter in the hands of General
Manager Stone. Mr. Perkins misunder
stood and explained why he could not
possibly have come to Chicago at that time.
Arthur and Sargent agreed that under the
circumstances it could not have beeD ex
pected that be should have met the com
mittee then. The engineers demands
were gone over in detail and Chief Arthur
showed where several concessions could be
made provided the mileage system and
wages asked were conceded. The ground
having been fully cleared an adjournment
was laken. Perkins' purpose being, it is
understood, to consult with General Mana
ger Stone and Chief Arthur and Sargent to
conter with the chairman of the strikers
permanent committee on grievances.
Chicago, February 29.— General Mana
ger Stone to-day sent a loDg letter to all
division superintendents in which he says
the company in extremely anxious that
such of the old men as are competent,
solier and industrious should come back to
their service. The time is at hand, he
says, when a great deal can be done by
personal talk to induce good men to give
up what must inevitably he a contest full
of disaster to them if proceeded in. He
says the company fully realizes the situ
ation and knows the difficulty in filling
places with good men who know the road,
and knows the losses of a prolonged con
vict. All this has been fully considered
and taken into account, hut it is simply
impossible for the company to yield to the
demands which have been made. The
impossible
demands which have been made. The
General Manager hopes therefore that
those holding postilions in the service,
which will enable them to do so, will nse
the utmost exertion to convince the men
by moral persuasion and induce them to
come back into service satisfied to let the
company and its officers manage its own
property.
Desvkb, February 29.—The Brother
hood ot Locomotive Engineers and Fire
men held a secret meeting here to-night,
which was largely attended by men from
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learned that they adopted resolutions en
dorsing the Burlington strikers, and re
solved to stand together as a man for their
demands. They denounced any attempt of
violence against the men whom the com
pany may put on their engines, or the de
ittrnctiou of property, and agreed, in case
of a demonstration of this kind, to offer
their services to suppress it. The company
got out a train for the East this evening,
but without any passengers—the first since
Monday afternoon. The engine was in
charge of W. J. Gillen, who has been em
ployed in a photographer's gallery in this
city lor three or four years past.
Chicago, March 1.—The Burlington
oliicials are more confident than ever this
morning. They said that a number of
freight trains in Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri
and Illinois, have been moved. Some
through trains came in this morning, and
a full suburban service is in operation.
Almut two hundred Reading engineers
have arrived and were being examined to
day, and many of them have already
la-en put to work. The men are hopeful
that the strike will be settled at the con
ference to-day.
Kansas City, March 1.—The conference
committee of locomotive engineers from
Chicago arrived here to-night for the pur
pose of arranging matters with the Rook
Island road, that company having com
plained that the strikers have been ob
structing their business at Kansas City.
After consultation with the railroad
officials the committee bound itself to see
that the Rock Island freight engineers
were not interlereil with, and also gave
permission t o the Rock Island to handle
the passenger business between Kansas
City and Cameron, Mo, between which
points the company uses the Burlington
tracks. Trains ran to-day about the same
u y caterday.
Chicago, March 1—Late to-night it
War! given out that Grand Master Sargent
hal sen* a telegram to Henry Waltou,
chairman of the executive board of Loco
mo* ive Firemen requesting him to see
all members on the Reading road that
have taken the places of the men that
went out 1 lecember 24, 1887, and request
them to sever their connection with the
company, and saying that they waiuld be
paid until they could find employment else
where, ami allow the men now oat to re
turn to work. It was further said that
this would assist the Brotherhood to win
the struggle with the Burlington road.
Mr. Walton wired that ht would at once
transmit the necessary orders to the
brotherhood. Chief Engineer Arthnr then
transmitted the following:
Edward Kent, Chairman Executive Board
of Engineers. New York :
Go to I'hi.'adelphia at once and use your
inlluence to get all Brotherhood engineers
w ho took the places of the Reading strikers
to leave the service of the company, fur
nishing them the financial support of the
Brotherhood. The C., B. & Q. are using
the strikers to heat us in the contlict. We
must checkmate them.
(Signed) P. M. Arthur.
Eighty of the Reading engineers who
arrived here Wednesday night to take
places on the C., B. & Q. returned late to
night.
The local press bureau at a late hour to
night furnished the following:
Intelligence of undoubted reliability
was secured at a late hour to night to the
g feet that the chairmen of the engineers
and firemen grievance committees of all
railroad lines intersecting, parallel to, or
connecting with the C., B. & Q.'s system
w ill meet in this city to morrow or next
day. This meeting is preparatory to a
general strike upon all those lines. This
includes the C., M. & St. P., C. & A., Wis
consin Central, Rock Island, Minnesota
and Northwestern.
Cm< ago, March 1.—The trump card
Kat the strikers are holding in reserve
A as den ribed by a general manager of a
road other than the Bnrlington, terminat
ing here. He said: "Granting that no
compromise is arrived at between the Bur
lington road and the striking engineers and
that company succeeds in filling the places
of the strikers, there is another that will
present itselt which will not only em
barrass the Burlington company but will
prove dangerous to other corporations. The
Burlington, with all its locomotives man
ned, can resume its local business and suc
cesslully conduct it, but there it will stick.
Through business it cannot do. If the
Brotherhood of Engineers should take a
stand against it they could aDd probably
would refuse to haul trains in which Bur
lington cars were made up, and such action
would be ell'ectual in blocking through
business. If connecting lines should insist
upon the performance of the service it
would precipitate a strike on their own
roads, and there is not much doubt that,
under these cirenmstances, they would re
fuse to accept Burlington cars. That com
pany would have one resource. It could
transfer its freight at terminal points to
foreign cars, but this would be an expen
sive process and would place it at a latal
disadvantage against other roads. The
Burlington road to-day moved a larger
nnmber of passenger trains than in any
previous day this week, and also repoit a
partial resumption of freight traffic on
most of the divisions. They succeeded in
getting four switch engines at work in this
city and cleared out quite a nnmber of cars
from the lumber district."
An evening paper to-day asserted that a
conference had been held between President
Perkins, General Manager Stone and T. E.
DeWiller, representing the engineers and
firemen. This was emphatically denied
this morning by both sides.
Chicago, March 1 .— It appears that
Secretary Cahill brought Chief Arthur
and Grand Master Sargent official infor
mation that 150 members of their or
ganization had taken the place of Knights
of Labor on the Reading road. They as
sured Cahill that they had previously no
other knowledge than vague newspaper
reports that this thing had occurred. Both
express willingness to request their men
to quit the Reading employment. In re
turn Cahill agreed to keep the 150 or 200
Reading engineers in the city from taking
places on the Barlington road. These
men, it was agreed, would be held back
twenty-four hours, and if the Brother
hood men quit the Reading road the
Knights would return home. After this
settlement was made Mr. Arthur and his
comrades seemed more cheerful. Chair
man Hodge, of the grievance committee,
said complaints had reached him that
several roads were violating neutrality
agreements. He declined to say which
were the offenders, but the Rook Island
and companies using the St. Louis bridge
were on the list. Secretary Debs, of the
Firemens Brotherhood, said that unless
this assistance was stopped a general
strike would be ordered within lorty-eight
hours.
Albuquerque, N. M., March 1.—All
the freight conductors and brakemen on
the Atlantic & Pacific road went out on a
strike last night. The new superintendent
wanted to reduce the wages marly one-half,
which the men would not stand. Freight
trains arriving here are abandoned, but
everything is quiet It is understood that
the engineers offered to join the strike if
the other men wished it so, but they re
fused. Everything in the freight line is at
a deadlock.
Albuquerque, March 1.—The trouble
between the conductors and brakemen and
the Atlantic & Pacific company, as
given by the strikers is as follows : "We,
like the men on all other roads, are paid a
certain amount per mile. Our new super
intendent, who recently arrived from
o . mm is* du cuiupciiiuK US tO
do an extra amount of yard work, for
which we receive no compensation, thereby
preventing us from earning what we con
sider fair wages. When our committee re
monstrated with him and asked him to
rescind the order he refused to do so, aDd
replied that he could procure plenty of
men in Georgia who would work for $45
per month, and if necessary, he could run
his trains with negroes. After becoming
satisfied that not
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satisfied that we were not receiving proper
treatment and had no redress, we con
cluded to go out." *
The Pacific road is making an effort to
fill the places of the strikers with raw
men, but the effort so far is not very suc
cessful. The strikers are perfectly quiet
and orderly, and no demonstration of any
kind has been made to indicate any dispo
sition to resort to violence. The strike
affects about 700 men, the majority of
whom are married.
The strike of the conductors and brake
men on the A. & P. road is complete
throughout the entire line, and business
on the road is virtually suspended. West
bonnd passengers coming into Albuquerque
are sent to California around by the South
ern Pacific.
Chicago, March ,2.— Arthur and his
lieutenants and officers on the Burlington
road both report no important develop
ment in the strike situation this morning.
The road claims to be making steady gains
in their fight, that the passenger service is
practically the same as before the strike,
and they are moving freight on every divi
sion of their line to-day. Not one of the
Reading men whom they employed in the
strikers places has yet deserted.
At the Brotherhood quarters it is learned
that men will be sent to the Pennsylvania
regions where they will endeavor to per
suade the Brotherhood men on the Read
ing railroad to carry out their part of the
bargain made between Chief Arthur and
the K. of L. yesterday.
It is also learned that unless the North
western & St. Paul, Chicago & Alton and
the Chicago & Illinois railways cease aid
ing the Burlington railway, as it is claimed
they have been doing, a strike will be
ordered on all their lines to-morrow after
noon. A conference of the officials of the
lines mentioned will be held here to
morrow.
Chicago, March 2.—The agreement be
tween the Brotherhood of Engineers and
Firemen and the Knights of Labor had no
apparent effect on the nnmber of appli
cants at the Burlington oftices this morn
ing. A majority of the men, however,
look more like firemen than engineers. The
officials of the company claim that the sit
uation is steadily improving. Fourteen
passenger trains were sent out from Chi
cago to-day and sixteen came in. The
company commenced running coal trains
on the Chicago division to-day, and they
claim that they are running freight trains
on the greater part of their system.
At the roundhouse on 12th street the
foreman said to a reporter, to-day : "I am
tired at looking at some of the men em
ployed to take the place of the strikers.
The engines are in a horrible shape. Three
of our finest locomotives are ruined and
others are badly broken down.
A most important move was made to
day by Chief Arthur in the strike. The
following telegram was sent to each fire
man of the general grievance committee
of the Brotherhood of Engineers and Fire
men on the following lines of railroad, viz. :
Chicago & Northwestern, Chicago & Alton.
Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific, Wabash &
Western, Missouri Pacific, Union Pacific,
Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe, and Wiscon
sin Central :
Dear Sir and Brother :—\ on are
hereby authorized and ordered to come to
the city of Chicago at once and report at
headquarters. There are many important
matters to consider in connection with the
C , B. & Q. strike, and your immediate
presence is imperative. Be prepared to
convene your committtee from here at a
moment's notice.
Chief Engineer Arthur to-night gave out
a long statement concerning the position of
the engineers and firemen as to their pres
ent attitude toward the Burlington road.
In it he says in part: The men are strik
ing, not to compel the railroad company to
pay for services they do not perform,
nor to compel the company to accept blind
men to run engines. Neither do the men
demand that the company shall furnish
free passes for all the relatives. The main
issue is: Shall the Chicago, BnrliDgton &
Qaincy railway pay the same wages for the ,
same work, that is paidy by 90 per cent of
I the mileage of all railways in the United
S States. This is almost the only question
at Issue. The principle of grading, men
according to years ot service as engineers,
adopted by the Chicago, Burlington &
! Qaincy, is illogical and unjust. Under
; tUat system every man serves from three
to five years as fireman, when he is sup
posed to be an apprentice, learning the
rudiments of engineering. He then takes
a place as hostler, and runs the engine
from the round house, in which capacity
he may serve for a year or more. Before he
gets a switching engine for another
year or two, when he may get on the road
By this time he has served an apprentice
ship of from five to nine years, and still
the company expect him to serve three
years longer befor he gets full pay. There
is no other trade in existence that is asked
or would submit to the injustice of being
a candidate for the superannuated list be
fore becoming a full Hedged master of his
trade. There is practically no difference
in the service rendered or the reeults to
the railway between an engineer of the
first grade and one of the third. There is
no trade or calling in which years of ser
vice determine a man's ability, as an engi
neer of one year's service is often better
qualified to run an engine than one who
has had twenty years experience. There
is one and only one just rule to deter
mine the question, and that is equal pay
for equal service. In the present contro
versy the engineers and firemen can af
ford to lose the fight, but there is no pos
sible way in which they can recede from
their demands on the question of wages,
except a sacrifice of their entire organiza
tion. There is no other way out of the diffi
culty but by concession on tLe part of the
company on the question of wages, or
a fight to the bitter end.
Denver, Col., March 2.— The situation
on the Bnrlington to-day is unchanged at
this point, the company sending ont bat
one train to day and that was the local
mail train. They are making no attempt
to get eastern business and will not guar
antee anything. General Agent Crosby
said this evening that while the road was
doing some business on the eastern line, he
could give no idea as to when they would
begin receiving freight or passenger busi
ness in this city. They had a train in at
1:30 a. m., consisting of six cars, the engine
run by a man named Jefferies who
some railroad men say was found on a
ranch near McCook, the same train t hat
was sent out this forenoon with two local
mails and about fifteen passengers. The
afternoon train from Chicago is reported
three hours late, and is said to be the
through Kansas City and Omaha mail.
Gillen the photographer, who took a train
ont Wednesday, burned the engine so
badly that it had to be side tracked at
McCook in a ruined condition. The com
pany officials deny that any of Pinker
ton's men are employed by them on the
Colorado division at the committee rooms
of the Brotherhood to-day. Some very
encouraging telegrams were received from
Chicago and Omaha and the strikers ex
press themselves confident of ultimate
8 U chiuago, March 2.—Up to midnight
nothing definite had been learned at the
strikers' headquarters as to whether the
Brotherhood men on the Reading road
were withdrawing from their places in
compliance with the arrangement made
between Chief Arthur and representatives
between Chief Arthur and representatives
of the Reading Knights. The principal
event of the evening was the arrival here
of fifty Canadian engineers to take situa
tions on the Burlington road. Little ap
prehension was apparent between the
Brotherhood leaders over this accession to
the company's strength. They stoutly
maintained that the Canadians would be
promptly deposed of under the federal
statutes prohibiting the importation of
foreign contract labor.
Philadelphia, March 2.— General
Superintendent S weigert, of the Reading
Railroad Company, said this afternoon:
"The reports from the west telling about
hundreds of discharged Reading Railroad
engineers taking the places of the strikers
on the Burlington road, are greatly
exaggerated." On referring to the records
Swiegert found the entire number of loco
motive engineers who left the service of
the Philadelphia & Reading during the
recent labor disturbance was 109. Road
Foreman Cobson and Master Mechanic
Vernon both declared that not more than
twenty brotherhood engineers were em
ployed by the Reading company during
the strike.
Chicago, March 2.— One of the chief
topics talked of in railroad circles to-day
was the alleged threat of the engineers
and firemen to extend the strike to tbs
lines connecting with the Barlington roads
if such lines sold the latter's tickets. The
threat was received with surprise by vari
ous officials seen by representatives of the
Associated Press. They all declared that
they were maintaining strict neutrality in
this direction as well m in matters of
handling Burlington care, etc.
Chicago, March 3.—The meeting on
Monday of the chairmen of the grievance
committee is looked forward to with great
anxiety by both Burlington officials and
Brotherhood. Upon the outcome of this
meeting depends the future course of
Chief Arthur. The officers of the Broth
erhood now admit that nothing satisfac
tory will come of their order to engineers
and firemen of the Reading road to quit
work, and the dispatches from the East
this morning confirm the belief, as only
about thirty of the Reading men were in
duced to go back to their homes.
Linneaus, Mo., March 3.—At breakfast
this morning G. H. Bostwick, Barlington
railway bridge foreman, fatally shot John
Roxy, a striking engineer. To avoid
lynching Bostwick was brought here, and
is now under arrest. Boetwick claims that
he has been sworn in as a deputy sheriff.
He had charge of an engine when Roxy
and others approached the engine and en
deavored to take charge of it An alter
cation ensued and Roxy drew a pistol.
Bostwick then shot him in self-defense.
New York, March 4.—Representatives
of all the roads centering in this city were
present at to-day's meeting of the Brother
hood of Engineers to take action on the
Bnrlington strike. A long set of resolu
tions were adopted, in which the various
railways supposed to be secretly aiding
the Burlington were denounced. It is de
clared that the engineers as an organiza
tion are justified in resorting to extreme
measures in overcoming this outside inter
ference. It was recommended that if the
trouble is not settled in a reasonable time
all Brotherhood men upon connecting lines
with the Burlington system resign on a
given date, and if this is not sufficient to
gain their just and reasonable demands
that the entire organization throughout
the United States, Canada and Mexico
join with the strikers in a universal de
mand for their acknowledged rights.
The resolutions ask that the first step
should not be taken before the 15th of
this month and the second not earlier than
the 30th, so that the traveling and busi
ness public will be inconvenienced as little
as possible. It is the unanimous senti
ment of the engineers assembled that
every division of the Brotherhood through
out the United States should immediately
call special meetings to take action upon
these resolutions and notify the grand chief
engineer of their decision in the matter ;
also that the delegates hold themselves in
readiness to attend the special convention
of the grand international division of the
Brotherhood of Engineers on short notice.
In consideration of the business interests
, of the country we sincerely regret the
necessity of resorting to these extreme
measures and trust that our friends will
not be slow in placing the responsibility
where it belongs.
Upon the penurious and tyrannical man
agement of the Chicago, Burlington &
Quincy system one of the delegates who
was present at the meeting said : "The
prevailing sentiment is that the Barling
ton trouble must be fought ont to a"suc
cessful determination at all hazards and,
although the engineers regret resorting to
extreme measures, they are determined to
carry their point, even if they have to stop
the turning of every wheel throughout the
country."
Chicago, March 4. —The report that
the engineers and firemen of the Chicago,
Burlington & Northern were to strike was
ascertained to be true, and at midnight
Vice President G. B. Harris, of the Bur
lington & Northern, was closeted with
President Perkins, of the Burlington &
Qaincy. Mr. Harris had been served with
a notice to-night. It was the result of a
meeting of engineers and firomen held
this afternoon at La Crosse.
The notice was substantially that if the
Burlington & Northern did not cease inter
changing traffic with the Burlington &
Quincy before 7 p. m. Monday, the engi
neers would strike in a body. Vice Presi
dent Harris refused to be interviewed re
garding the situation, but sent out word to
an Associated Press representative that
interchange of traffic would not stop. The
message from Mr. Harris added : ''The
company proposes to ran the Burlington
& Northern road themselves.'''
Lincoln, Neb., March 4 —Business on
the Burlington system in this State was
resumed yesterday,all trains being run ex
cept the through trains which have been
delivered to the Burlington & Missouri
River road by the Chicago, Barlington &
Quincy from the east. Filly-seven com
plete train crews from the east arrived Fri
day night and were put to work. So far all
have given satisfaction. The B. & M. offi
cials say they are prepared to handle fast
passengers and through freights as soon as
the C., B. & Q. can «and them ava their
part o f the system.
Chicago, March 4— Chief Engineer
Arthur took a rest to-day. It was at one of
the busiest days that he and his lieutenants
Bave had since the Burlington & Quincy
strike began. All were recuperating their
energies for the meeting to-morrow morn
ing, which is to determine whether or not
the engineers and firemen of the western
and northwest railroads will go on a strike.
Among the first things said by Mr. Arthur
to the reporter was : • "You can deny offi
cially that there was any secret meeting of
the chairmen of the grievance committees
held yesterday—t-uch as described in a
morning paper. It is utterly false. The
tact that the Northwestern railroad still
holds the classification system is well
known, but no meeting was held to discuss
that. No session of the grievance com
mittees have been or will be held until
to-morrow."
Chief Arthur then went on to chat
about the state of affairs in the Burling
ton strike as viewed by himself and com
__ "Osa. bv, aie uiUBl
reassuring- The fact that for seven days
there has not been a break in the Brother
hood ou this line is of itself of a most re
assuring nature. On the contrary, we are
in receipt hourly of letters and dispatches
from all over the system showing the
loyalty of the men."
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loyalty of the men."
"Is it not a fact, Mr. Arthnr," was
asked, "that all western roads are giving
the Burlington a moral support, which,
being equivalent to a financial one, gives the
Brotherhood a clear right to discontinue
work on these outside roads ?"
"I have no means of knowing that out
side roads are giving the Burlington their
moral support. If they are it is in viola
tion of a solemn pledge from the managers
of other roads that they would maintain
a strict neutrality. Id giving a party
moral support one is not maintaining
neutral ground."
"If you found that other roads were
doing this would you order a strike?"
"If a grievance of that nature was
brought to my attention I would carefully
look into it."
"Is it not probable that Congress will be
called on to investigate this strike?"
"Congress will not be asked to look into
it by us. There is no necessity for an in
vestigation. What has been done was
done openly and has been given to the
public through the press."
"In your opinion, could the management
of the Burlington have had mercenary
motives in permitting the strike for the
purpose of depressing stocks and buying
them in at lower figures ?",
"No. I think the Burlington manage
ment is miserly, not mercenary. They
profess a willingness to pay their men as
much as tflttr neighbors do, and yet they
will not."
"Do you believe that all of the 300 men
sent forward for distribution on the Bur
lington for the past three days are bona
fide engineers and firemen ?"
"Oh, I have heard rumors, but I am not
going to follow the çourse of the Burling
ton and talk about neresay matters, but I
will say this : I know of my own knowl
edge that it is impossible for the road to
get competent engineers to run lines for a
year to come. It can't make them from
the stock they have."
"On what do you base the assertion ?"
"I have statistics in my possession show
ing that there are not 300 idle competent
locomotive engineers in the country out of
employment, not counting, of coarse, the
Brotherhood men on the Burlington."
"And you are confident of winning the
fight ?"
"If the men stand firm it's beyond a ques
tion that we will."
Chicago, March 5. —Chief Engineer
Arthur's headquarters presented a lively
scene this morning. The room was crowded
with members of the grievance committees
of the various western aDd northwestern
railroads, representing both the engineers'
and firemens' organizations. They had
come from as far as New Mexico in re
sponding to the calls of Chief Arthur to the
Barlington strike. All seemed in hearty
accord with each other.
At 10 a. m. the meeting was opened by
Arthur. None attended other than the
grand officers and chairmen of the griev
ance committees. The proceedings of the
meeting were of the mœt secret character.
It was expected that the deliberations
would last possibly all day.
Chicago, March 5. —The Chicago, Bur
lington & Quincy ran into and from the
Union depot this morning with pretty
much the same regularity as they did the
day before the strike began. Early this
morning the notice posted in the conduc
tors' room showed that all trains wonld
run to-day on schedule time except three
through trains, which had been abandoned.
All the engines, both in and out, are
manned by new men, none of the officers
of th < road acting as mechanics on any of
them. About one hundred were beiDg ex
amined as engineers at the offices of the
company this morning. They were mostly
men who arrived from the east yesterday.
To-day freight is being received for all
points east of the Mississippi river, and to
morrow it will be received for all points up
to the Missouri.
Chicago, March 5.—Authentic infor
mation was brought to Chief Arthur's
headquarters to-day that six engine crews,
composed of Reading Knights of Labor
engaged by the Burlington road, have de
serted their engines at Galesburg. Four
other crews left at Aurora.
Chicago, March 5.—The fact that the
delegates from the Brakeman's Brother
hood were present at a meeting of the griev
ance committee to-day indicated ODe object
of conference. All engineers who could be
induced to talk said that the brakemen
were with the strikers. Mr. O'Brien, of the
press committee, when asked if a strike
was contemplated on the Northwest road,
said the utmost good feeliDg exists be
tween the officials and engiueers of that
road, and a strike ou that road had not
been discussed, that is as a division mat
ter. It is the inteutiou of the engineers
to confiue the strike, if possible, to the
Burlington system. "What aboDt the
strike on the Burlington & Northern ?"
"The grievance committee on that road '
replied O'Brien, "has reported that they
have examined into the matter and find
no grievance exists, and the officials have
undertaken to be perfectly neutral in the
matter." General Passenger Agent Mor
ton in speaking for the company this af
ternoon said he was of the opinion that
the liackbone of the strike was broken.
"We are running a sufficient number of
passenger trains" said he, "to accommo
date all that business, and our freight
traffic has nearly assumed its normal con
dition. We have all the engineers and
firemen we can handle, and have in
structed our eastern agents not to send us
any more men unless they happen to he
thoroughly competent engineers. In the
event of a strike on the Barlington «Sc
Northern, that company would probably
take the men we cannot use ourselves."
* Chicago .March 5. —About four o'clock
thi (afternoon the general manager of the
C., B. & N. called at Chief Arthur's private
room. Mr. Harris is manager of the road
on which the strike was ordered to occur
at 7 o'clock this evening. The road ex
tends from Savanna, Ills., to Minneapolis,
Minn. Chief Arthur came from the griev
ance committee room to meet Mr. Harris.
Mr. Harris requested Mr. Arthur's assis
tance in averting the threatened strike.
To this Mr. Arthur replied that he had not
been consulted by the men about striking,
and theretore if they had struck it was
their own fight. He could not interfere
either for or against either side.
This made it necessary for Mr. Harris to
discuss the differences with his own men.
The grievance committee ot the road was
called in from the general meeting and a
talk was had. An hour's discussion re
sulted in an order to the men not to strike,
and the whole matter is held in abeyance
until the chairman of the committee can
reach home and have a talk, though Chief
Arthur and Grand Master Sargent utterly
refused to permit any questioning concern
ing what had been goiug on in the meet
ing
It was learned from one who occupies a
position of importance in the committee
what bad transpired. "Iu the first place,"
said he to an Associated Press reporter,
"Chief Arthur called the heads of the
grievance committees together for the pur
pose of ascertaining how the engineers and
firemen of the roads centering in Chicago
felt toward the Burlington men.
He wanted to be sure of his position be
fore he took any fuither steps in regard to
the Burlington management. Wh«n the
meeting openedTne Chief requested a full
and free report from each chairman. He
asked them not to blind him by giving ex
asked them not to blind him by giving ex
aggerated reports, but simply say wheiher
or not the men on other liDes were willing
to back him np if he still fought the
cause of the Burlington men. Ooe by one
the chairmen reported, and it is a fact that
all reports were of the same tenor—a'le
giance to the Chief and moral and mone
tary support to the fullest degree. This
accounts, for the universal good humor of
the delegates when they separated and the
confident air of the Chief Engineer and
Grand Master this evening.
"Did the Chief issue auy orders to his
subordinates or indicate &dj line of action
for the future ?"
"No sir, he did not. He thanked them
for their loyalty. Told them to go to their
various divisions, report to the men that
he was in the fight to win, and if they
stood firm to the pledge given at to day's
meeting he would win the Burlington
fight, and that in short order." An
attempt was made this evening to obtain
an expression of opinion from the officers
of the Burlington road as to whether they
were in favor of a congressional investiga
tion of the strike, by Congressman White's
resolution in the house to-day. None of
them would see the reporter in reference to
the matter.
Chicago, March 5.—Grand Master Sar
gent, of the Brotherhood, was shown a re
port of the proceedings in the House of
Representatives, in which White, of Indi
ana, proposed to send a congressional com
mittee to investigate the Burlington rail
road strike. "You can say for me," said
Sargent, "that we are perfectly willing that
any committee composed of practical rail
road men should examine and pass upon
our demands at any time. We have been
ready at all times to meet the officials of
the C., B. & Q. road and settle our griev
ances in an amicable way. We are not asking
them to pay any more wages than is paid
by all lines running out of Chicago. We
are perfectly willing to have Congress ex
amine into the matter and see if they can
bring out a settlement. This strike is not
of our seeking, but we know that the de
mands of the men are just, and we can
readily convince any intelligent man of
that fact, and should the Burlington offi
cials to-day accede to our demands, which
are, namely, three cents per mile for pas
senger service, four cents per mile for
freight service, and 60 per cent, of the
above rates to firemen, the wheels of the
entire system would be moving in twelve
hoore."
Chief Arthur said : "I heartily endorse
Sargent's words."
New York, March 5.— A a State meet
ing of the Brotherhood of Locomotive En
gineers a long statement was issued to the
public in relation to the condition of that
organization to the Burlington strike.
After referring to their financial resources,
which are ample, the statement says :
We say to the public that the Brother
hood has not abandoned its conservative
ideas where they will avail in obtaining
justice, but in our present issue we are
prepared to go as far as necessary to ob
tain our just and acknowledged rights..
The statement that the younger and more
pugnacious element of the Brotherhood
has obtained control of its destinies is un
warranted and misleading. On the con
trary, it is the universal custom for the
veterans to do the talking in compliance
with the habits of discipline engendered
by onr profession. In conclusion we deâire
to ask those who may be ihclined to doubt
the wisdom of our present action the fol
lowing question : Is it less reasonable or
fair for the engineers and firemen to make
common cause against a stubborn cor
poration, than for the managers of the
railways of the country to make com
mon cause against us in this particular
case by secretly supplying the C., B. <& Q.
managers with men in their time of need
and thus conspiring for our defeat?
Thanks are extended to the newspaper
press, with one or two exceptions, for the
courtesy and fairness with which they
have treated the engineers' side of the
case. All they ask is fair play and no
favors.
Philadelphia, March 5.—A union
meeting of seven lodges of the Brotherhood
of Locomotive Firemen, of Philadelphia,
was held to night. The approval and en
dorsement of the strike io the West was
enthusiastic and confidence was expresced
in its uPimate success.
Resolutions were adopted warmly cham
pioning the cause of the striking Brothers,
and pledging support. The question of
ordering all members of the Brotherhood
now iu the service of the Reading company
to go on a strike was informally discussed,
but do official actiou was taken.
Chicago, March 6. —The strike now
resolves itself into a game of freeze-out.
That is practically true this morning. If
the engineers carry oat the promise made
yesterday it will have the effect of pre
venting the Barlington road from doing
any through business. The officials say
they are prepared to abide by this deci
sion, and will confine its business entirely
to the territory covered by their system.
They claim they have filled 60 per cent of
the places of the strikers, and say they
only want 75 yer cent, as the road before
the strike had more men than needed.
They expect to be ready to receive live
stock and perishable freight Friday.
Minneapolis, March6—Superintendent
Harris, of the Chicago, Burlington £
Northern railroad, received notice this
evening that the engineers on his road
would go out to-morrow morniDg at 10
q'clock. Mr. Harris does Dot know what
phase of the difficulty has caused this
move. The road is not running more than
fifteen engines and apprehended no diffi
culty in keeping trains in motion. There,
is a general feeling of uneasiness amoDg
engineers and firemen on all roads center
ing here. At • meeting held to-day a
strong feeling was developed against an
interchange of traffic with the Burlington,
aod an impression prevails in railway
circles that it will take but little to make
the strike general throughout the North
west
Threatened Strike.
Chicago, March 4.—At a meeting to
day of 1,200 painters, members of the
Knights of Labor, it was resolved to strike
on March 15th it their recent demand of a
minimum rate of 371 cents an hour for an
eight hour day was not complied with.
The carpenters ere also threatening to tie
up all building operations iu the city next
month if the demand for 35 cents an hour
is not conceded.
1140 K. K. ACCIDENT.
engers Killed and
W ouuded.
San Antonio, Tex., March 1.— Whiles
freight train was crossing the Hondo bridge
on the Southern Pacific road this evening
the bridge gave way. Captain Etheridge,
a stock dealer, and Robert Hardesty, a
brakeman, were killed and Conductor
Davidson and Brakeman Hall were badly
injured.
Chattanooga, March 5.— The passen
ger train on the Cincinnati & Southern
railway, due here at 10 o'clock last night,
was wrecked at Oakdale, eighty-three
miles noith of this city. Four persons are
said to have been killed and many
wounded.
Nebraska City, Neb., March 6 —About
1 o'clock to-day a freight train of the
Kansas City, St. Joe Sc Council Bluffs road
run by a new engineer, was derailed six
miles south of East Nebraska City by a
tin ha vim/ Wn nliuwl Cx»cW.
Before the passenger which was following
conld be flagged, it ran into the rear of the
freight, wrecking a number of care and the
engine. A number are reported injured,
among which were the engineer and fire
man of the passenger, but none fatally. Two
men were arrested on suspicion.
CHEAP SUGAR.
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CHEAP SUGAR.
Claus Spreckels Interviewed oil
subject.
New York, March 6.— Claus Spreckels,
sugar king of the Pacific slope, arrived
from Philadelphia late this afternoon and
registered at the Holl'man House. The
owners of real estate besieged his rooms
to-night. Many came with fully prepared
plans of desirable sites on which to locate
a sugar refinery. Spreckels spoke frankly
about the object of his eastern trip. He
said he had determined to invest nearly
$500,000 in a large refinery in the East, at
either New York, Baltimore or Philadel
phia. He had no doubt of its success. His
plans for a refinery had all been made,
and the only points under consideration
are the location and capacity of the build
ing. To run a refinery water front and
railroad facilities were of course necessary.
Mr. Spreckels said that Philadelphia had
offered two good sites, having both re
quirements. Another consideration was
fuel, and in Philadelphia it was much
cheaper than in Baltimore or New York,
while labor was just as cheap. The capa
city of the proposed refinery is to be 4,000
barrels per day, and may exceed that
amount. Speaking of the "trust," Spreckels
said : "Of course, my aim in patting up a
big refinery is to fight the sugar trust,
shall oppose that corporation, tooth and
nail. It has been stepping on my toes in
California, and several of my com
petitors out there have joined the
syndicate, and I intend to do all I can
to break it. I have emphatically and re
peatedly refused to join the monopoly, al
though very heavy pressure has been
brought to bear upon me with that end in
view. I shall go into the open market and
buy sugar, just as Havemeyer and others
do. A portion of my supplies I may ship
from Spreckels' plantation in the «Sand
wich Islands, and I can sell sugar as low
as the trust can. There is a bitter feeling
between some of the members of the trust
and myself, because of my persistent re
fusal to join them, but I can fight it out."
Spreckels said his beet sugar manufac
tory in California would be in operation
next fall, and that machinery now in
course of construction in Europe will ar
rive in this country in about two months.
The failures which have resulted in the
experiments in producing beet sugar in
this country, principally in California, were
caused by inexperienced workmen. Spreck
els, in conclusion, reiterated his determi
nation to carry out his plans for a refinery
of his own in the East.
COLORADO TRAGEDY.
A Contractor Killed by a
Denver, February 29. —A special to the
Republican from Las Animas, Col., says:
M. F. O'Reilly, the contractor of the new
court house of that place, was shot and
killed by Fred A. Hall, a well known Den
ver architect, at the Leland Hotel, at noon
to-day. The County Commissioners thought
O'Rielly was using inferior material in
the construction and sent for Hall to come
down and inspect the building and make
a repoit. Hall's report justified the opinion
of the commissioners and while being read
at the session of t he board this morning
O'Reilly violently attacked Hall. Friends
separated them and kept them apart until
noon. When the latter entered the dining
room of the hotel O'Reilly again attacked
him, knocking him down. While lying
on the floor Hall pulled a revolver and
fired four shots, three taking effect is the
body of O'Reilly, who staggered to the
office door and fell dead. Hall was arrested
but was immediately released.
ft O It DER TROC II LES.
f ailli nnd Hloodv Fi
laws.
ght With Ont*
Austin, Tex., March 4. —The collision
between an American sheriff aod Mexican
soldier-«, at Eagle Pass yesterday, proves to
be substantially as reported last night.
The Mexican captain obtained permission
from the customs collector for a lientenant
and four men to come over to look at some
horses. Iostead they searched for a Mexi
can who had deserted some days batore
aud, catching him, endeavored to drag him
across the river, maltreating him fright
fully. Deputy Sheriff White commanded
them to desist, whereupon they drew their
revolvers and threatened to kill him.
White ran to the sheriff, who summoned
two citizens to his aid, and overtaking the
Mexicans at the bank of the river, a pitched
battle ensued. One of the Mexican soldiers
was killed and another mortally wounded.
Others received several flesh wounds.
Deputy White was seriously injured.
United States Consul Allan has telegraphed
an account of the affair to the Secretary of
State.
Galveston, March 5 —A dispatch from
Matamoras says : Advices from Deva De
canales, in the southern part of the State,
say that on the morning of the 28th ult.
that place and the l'iaeho ranch were at
tacked by a party of nineteen or twenty
men from Escandon. commanded by
Tbraulio Cervantes. At both places bloody
contests took place. At Deva Alcalde,
Juan Sanches aud his daughter were
killed, as were also Manegildo Ruiz, Epip
hirno, Roderguez, and Crecerncio Munoz.
At Piccacho they killed President Julio
Acuana and his son, Pablo Bustamente and
Analdomau Medardo Lopez and Memecio
Jurez. Ul the attackmg* party one Por
iirio Zapata was killed. The loes on the
part of Lleva was nine men and one girl
killed. The loss of Ezoondon were one
killed and a number of persons wounded.
The fight is said to have been a most
bloody one. It appears that the assailants
first attacked Lleva, killed and wounded
many of the most prominent citizens,
robbed the post and stamp offices and
sacked several stores. They then, after do
ing all the damage possible, retired.
As far as can be ascertained the names
of the attacking parties are as follows :
Brauloilo Cervantes. Reyes Badillo. Jose
Monter. Agapato Noreiga, Fanstino Rodri
guez, Desidero Lemur, Irenco Francisco,
Nicholas Sanchez, Emilo Ariaa, Nicholas
and Fernando Rogue, Cleofar Lopez and
Pilar Cervantes.
Gen. Theta at once ordered troops from
the various quarters to actively pursue the
bandits. Two of them, Nicholas ami Fer
nando Rogue, were captured atGarmauvae.
At Hermanos ranch, near Lampasas Fran
cisco «Sanchez was run down and captured
by a squad of the Thirteenth Cavalry un
der Cornet Canter. Sanchez was well
armed and mounted and tried to resist
arrest.
OPIUM SMUGGLING.
Watertown, February 29.—The report
of United State Treasury Agent Norris
WSdsIow on the opinm smuggling case dis
closes the fact that a large consignment of
goods, which was very probably opinm, was
shipped from a station in this connty on
Nov. 10, 1881, consigned to M. H. Whitney,
Kansas City. A letter from Mrs. Whitney
contains an account with items for travel
ing expenses from Portland to Seattle and
return three times, $37 56, fare to Erie, Penn
sylvania from Portland, $100, and other
items. «She claims a balance due her of
$319. Letters from Chinamen about ship
uieiits or sweet noney ana money due
them are also contained in the report.
There is also a letter to Major Brooks, Col
lector of Customs, complaining that the
government officers at Puget Sound pur
posely allow and encourage smuggling.
The letter is signed "American Citizen. '
Another letter, of which the seal is broker,
though the stamp is uncancelled, is to
Major Brooks, collector at Port Townsend.
Washington Territory, from T. R. Stevens,
Victoria, B. C., and declares that Gardner
not only owned the chest that was seized
there, but also the opium that was in it.
How these Utters came into Gardner's, pos
session is not known. Other letters indi
cate that Gardner is a man of many aliases.
CHINESE RESTRICTION.
A Hill Defining the Law
Subject.
on the
Washington, February 29.—The bill
to amend the Chinese restriction act was
reported favorably by «Sherman, from the
committee on foreign relations. The bill
provides that the words "Chinese laborers"
and "Chinese passengers" shall be held to
include and mean any persons of the Chi
nese race without regard to the govern
ment to which the Chinese may owe al
legiance and without regard to the port,
place or country from which he or she
may come to the United States.
The second section provides that
all Chinese laborers who departed from
the United States between the 17th of
November, 1880, and June 6th, 1882, hav
ing at the time of departure the right to
return to the United States under the pro
visions of the treaty between the United
States and the empire of China bearing
date of November 17th, 1880, shall avail
themselves of such right so secured and
return to the United States within six
months after the passage of this act. Every
Chinese laboreror so departing who fail* to
return to the United States within the
said six moi bs shall be taken and deemed
to have Wi.«ved his right to retnrn under
the provisions of the treaty and shall for
ever hereafter be excluded from the
United States.
«Section three reads as follows : That
the certificate provided by the act of May
2d, 1872, to be delivered to Chinese de
parting from the United States for the
purpose of identification on their return
shall, ninety days after the passage of this
act, be such as the .Secretary of the Treas
ury shall from time to time prescribe, and
the Secretary of the Treasury shall have
power to make all needful rules and regu
lations to prevent the entry into the
United States of any Chinese who are de
nied the) light so to enter. Any acts of
Congress relating to the entry of Chinese
into the United States are hereby amend
ed so as to conform with this act.
Rrutal Assault.
Kansas City, Mo., March 6.— At Inde
pendendence, Mo., last night, Mrs. Libby
Hebarden was brutally assaulted by Dave
Fisher (colored). He was arrested at
midnight and lodged in the county jail,
but on account of the talk of lynching Mar
shall McGavan to day decided to remove
the prisoner to this city, and shortly after
4 o'clock this afternoon he started for the
depot, followed by a crowd of a thousand
men and boys crying "lynch him," etc,
but tue Marshal and his deputies got their
man safe aboard and arrived here to-night.
A number of negroes who were in ihe
crowd assisted in getting Fisher on the
train, for which the mob turned on them
nd severely beat several. One white man
was slightly cut by a negro he had at
tacked.
Public Debt Statement.
Washington, March 1. — Tùo debt
statement iseued this afternoon shows that
the reduction of the public bebt during
the month of February amonnled to
$7.756,366. Total cash in the
$572,390,989.
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