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Brotherhood Drivers of the Union Pacific Refuse to Handle Burlington Traffic. Switching Crews Suddenly Taken and Declare They are Unable to Work. 111 . UNION PACIFIC IN TROUBLE. Sudden Steppage of Freight Traffic at Oma ha. OMAHA, March 14.—At 2 o'clock this moriiiDü every switch engine in the em ploy of the Union Pacific railroad had its fires drawn, and stood silently in the round house. No freight left all night. Ordina rily from eight to fourteen freights depart from here daily. The sndden sickness which developed among the engineers yes terday at sight of Burlington cars contin ued to spread. When the night crew's came on and found a "Q." car on, nearly every one was side-tracked. This morn ing eighteen engineers were sick, and only lour of the seventeen yard engines were*at work. A freight train bound west, with one "Q." car in the make-up waited for a crew, but one after another pleaded sud den illness, until the car was marked "in bad order," and set out, when Engineer Murphy convalesced and took the train out. Two crews of engineers in the day service and two night crews have unit the service altogether. The grievance committee held a con sultation with General .Superintendent Dickinson daring the day, the outcome of which has not been revealed. As, how ever, a number of sick employes have returned to work, the general impression is that the road will not compel the men to handle Burlington freight. The answer of Nicholas Weeks, repre senting the Union Pacific engineers, was filed to day in the U. S. court, by their attorney, General Cowan, in the injunc tion suit. The answer, which is quite voluminous, denies the allegation of the bill, which alleged that the Union Pacific refused to exchange traffic with the Bur lington & Missouri, handle its freight, etc. The an-wer avers, on the contrary, that the Union Pacific does exchange traffic with the complainant and handle its cars in the same manner as those of other roads, and this performance of duty on the Union Pacific on the pAt of its engineers and firemen, the answer claims, to be the cause of the present suit, as under taken and instituted by a perfect under standing between the two roads for the purpose of libelling, intimidating and op pressing the defendants to the bill, and this action is claimed to have the effect of making the engineers subject to every arbitrary order that the railroads may issue for the benefit of the Burlington & Mis souri by either driving out of employment the engineers or compelling them to work for inordinately low wages. The charges are denied in detail, and the sole reason of the strike is claimed to be the inability of the engineers to sup port, maintain and educate their families becomingly on the wages paid them by the Burlington & Missouri road. The tyranny of the road is complained of, and ail legal means to resist, whether by meet ings on the part of the engineers or other wise, is claimed as a right. In conclusion, the answer denies the power of the court to compel him or any of the defendents to con tinue at work whenever it is his or their desire to quit, 'and asked that the tempo rary restraining order be dissolved. The answer was a surprise, and further time was asked by the Burlington & Missouri couusel in which to submit the affidavits denying the statements contained in it. The Union Pacific attorney urged a speedy decision, as it was of the greatest im portance to the interest of the road. Judge Dundy, however, deferred the hear ing until Friday. THE SITUATION. What the Result of a General Strike Would Amount to. CHICAGO, March 14.—-Anxiety among representatives of the railroads deepens as the uncertainty of the situation increases. They hope the conservative influences un der Arthur may prevail over radical forces and prevent a general strike. If that calam ity should befall them they would hold the Chicago & Burlington railroad company responsible for it, rather than the Brother hood, for which organization they have a feeling of respect. The situation as regards thatjroad was outlined to-night by a promi nent railroad official who was in consulta tion with others during the day. He said : "The Chicago, Burlington & Quincy rail road company is wholly responsible tor the demoralization of rates in the northwest as well as for the strike. The building of the Burlington A Northern by officers of the C. B. & Q. was a stroke at other roads as well as an imposition on the stock holders of the latter. It is not necessary to point out the interests of a few men in the result of general demoralization. It is appareut to all familiar with the railroad business. On this account there is little sympathy with the C. B. & Q. company at present." "What," asked the reporter."is the quick est way of ending this strike?" The railroad official said, in reply : ' It could be brought to a speedy close if the other roads would combine and serve a no tice on 1 he C. B. & Q. ; that they had to do so for the »rotection of the business interests of the country, as well as for the protec tion of their own interest. The fact is there is great danger to the whole country in the present situation. If there should be a general strike everything would be para lyzed, and if the Brotherhood should be destroyed great danger wonld threaten the country which, perhaps, few have thought of." For years the organization of the Brother hood had stood as a conservative element amidst the agitations throughout the country. It has denounced that most cowardly weapon used by the Knights of Labor, the boycott, and has rendered in this a very important service to society. Now suppose the Brotherhood, ander Chief Arthur, is defeated in this contest and either the radical element gain permanent control or the organization is broken into fragments, what will be the almost certain result ? The boycotting organizations will gain recruits from the engineers and fire men and there will be no longer a con servative labor organization in this coun try to resist the radicalism. It is a ques tion whether the other railroad companies can afford to have the C. B. & Q. succeed in its contest. Certainly the country is in the presence of a great danger." The reporter asked if there was a likeli hood of the companies combining. The officer replied that he coaid not say. "If they had the courage of their convictions they wonld speedly settle the difficulty." Confirmed. Washington, March, 14.— J. B. Nash, Associate judge of the Supreme Court, Washington Territory. TERRIBLE TRAGEDY. Killing of a Deputy U. S. Marshal. Raton, N. M., March 14. —This morn ing, at 8 o'clock, Deputy Sheriff G. W. Cook shot and killed Deputy U. S. Marshal Frank Catlin, in a house of ill fame in this city. The killing was the result of a hard feeling which originated over the last elec tion, since when it has been regarded as only a question of time when one would meet death at the bauds of the other. Catlin bad been drinkiDg hard all night and at the hour mentioned the men went to the house for the purpose of serving a warrant on the inmates. While there a dispute arose over an arrest made by one of them a few days before. Both pulled their revolvers when Cook grabbed Catlin s right arm and Catlin seized Cook's pistol. In this position they straggled about the room for some time, when Catlin's pistol discharged, the ball grazing the other man's face. Cook finally succeeded in getting his pistol pointed towards Catliu when he fired, the ball striking him under the left arm and shattering his shoulder blade. Cook then fired three more shots into the wounded man's head, scattering his brains all over the room. Catlin lived for an hour but in an unconscious condition. Cook then walked out of the house and gave himself up and was lodged in jail. Both men have a great number of followers and it is feared more trouble will result over the shooting. TERRIBLE AFFAIR. A Young Woman's Eyes Destroyed by Vitrol. Springfield, Mo., March 14.—Dr. Geo. M. Cox, U. S. pension agent at Sprinfield. Mo., induced Miss Effie Ellis, the mistress of Fenton Cox, his son, to enter his car riage with him, and when she was seated he struck her over the head with a bottle of vitrol, breaking the vessel and smearing her face and head with the acid. Her screams attracted the attention of the police, who released her from the frenzied physician, but not until her eyes were burned out and her hand some features destroyed by the powerful vitrol, which burned out in the gashes made by the broken glass. The agony of the woman was intense, and she now lays at the point of death. Fenton Cox met Effie at a Wisconsin watering place last summer and brought her to Springfield, and since has pursued a course of de bauchery and ruin. The doctor by legal means broke up a variety show his boy started with Effie as the leading lady and drove her out of town, but the boy fol lowed her to St. Louis and continued his reckless course, in six weeks throwing away $2,000 on her and disgracing himself in other ways. Before meeting with her he had been a promising lad, and bis sud den rain distracted his parents and drove his father the the terrible crime. Springfield, Mo., March 19.—Dr George Cox was in court this morning to explain why he annointed Effie Ellis with carbolic acid last AYednesday. He waived examination,and was bound over to answer to the grand jury in May, and was released on $5,000 bonds. Fenton Cox, the way ward son, and the injured girl, were in court, and were held as witnesses. Fenton says there will be no prosecution, and the girl abides by the decision of "her boy," who has thrown over home and inheri tance for her. _ _ __ Western Union Revenue. New York, March 14.—The earnings of the AVeetern Union for the quarter ending March, estimated $1,250,000 interest. The dividend and sinking fand payments require $1,220,003, leaving a surplus from the quarter's earnings of only $29,997. The surplus on January 1,1888, was $1,393,741, making the total estimated surplns to April 1,1888, $7,423,710. The gross earn ings for the quarter ending December 31, 1887, were lully as large as expected, being within a fraction of $5,000,000, but the cur rent expenses of the Baltimore & Ohio sys tem were temporarily increased by the large outlay of money to cancel future obligations of useless offices, leases and other contracts. The cost of repairs and maintenance also greatly increased during the last and current quarter, owing to the number of suow and sleet storms. New Jersey Blizzard. Patteron, N. J., March 14.—The snow storm which set in Sunday night is the greatest ever known here. The fearful gale piled up enormous drifts and did great damage. The drifts in the streets were fifteen to tweDty feet high. The inmates of many dwellings were completely shat in. Hundreds of commuters, who left here for New York Monday morning, were snow bound in the cars for two days a few miles away and could not get either way or com municate with their families. There were hundreds of narrow escapes from perish ing in the streets here Monday night. The police rescued scores of men, women and children who had to sleep in the station houses. Many buildings were damaged by the wind. The Market Street Methodist church spire was bent and twisted. Mills were unroofed and huge trees blown down. Several persons are reported here as miss ing and are perhaps lost in the snow. There are fears of loss of life in the country dis tricts. Coal and milk are scarce and poor people are suffering for the necessaries of life.___ ______ Blizzard Prices. Albany, N. Y., March 14.—A number of members of the State legislature who have been snow.bound near Sehe nectady arrived to-day. The whole crowd of legislators played poker for thirty-six hours without sleep. Pies cost $4 a piece, sandwiches 50 cents, and hard boiled eggs 25 cents. A bottle of liquor was sold at auction on the train and brought $50. Victims of the Blizzard. New York, March 15. —Hourly reports are coming in from the surrounding towns of fatalities resulting from the storm. The names of 26 persons have come in who perished and of several who are missing. Grave apprehensions are felt for pilot boats, 12 of which are still at sea. New York, March 16.—The list of the victims of the recent snow storm, so far reported, amounts to thirty persons. The weather is cloudy and warm this morning and ;tbe snow is fast disappearing. The main thoroughfares are all cleared. Reading Strike at an End. Philadelphia, March 14.— The long and stubborn strike of the Reading em ployes was officially declared off to-night by the convention of delegates representing the Assemblies in the Reading employ. The convention and men were given the right to apply for their old positions as individual s. ( _ __ Russian Colonization Scheme. St Petersburg, March 19. 1 he gov ernment has submitted two measures of interest to the council of the e "P ue - first is a measare to promote the coloni zing of the Black sea ^d taucasian co^st by Cossacks. The object of the second measure is to organize the whole northern Caucasus as a Cossack district on the Don Cossack system. This scheme presents STdlffcnlty in that it compels some- en tirely European communities to conform to the features of Cossack life. SANTA FE STRIKE. Brotherhood Engineers Quit Work and Tie Up the Road's Traffic. No Good Reason Assigned for This Action, and Chief Arthur Expresses His Disgust. He Directs a Revocation of the Strike Order and Summons the Responsi ble Party to Chicago. A SURPRISE. Strike on the Atchison, Topeka A Santa Fe Road. Kansas City, March 15.—The engi neers and firemen on the vast system of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe company went on a strike at four o'clock this after noon. The strike created intense excite ment and surmise, for the road has not been handling Burlington freight. That the strike was ordered by some one in au thority there is no doubt, but in this city the men profess ignorance of the issuing of any such orders, and say they have quit because they are "tired." The first indi cation of trouble here was at half-past 4 o'clock this p. m. AVhen the Osage City express was scheduled to depart Conduc tor Murray gave the order to start, when Engineer Higgins quietly stepped from the cab and refused to pull out. At the same time Higgins left his engine at the Union depot forty men employed in the Santa Fe freight yards at Argentine quit work, all declaring they were tired. Noth ing positive can be said as to the origin or cause ot the strike. The men had a griev ance a month ago, and had a conference with the officials, and were granted all they asked for. Resolutions were adopted by the grievance committee meeting at Topeka some days ago, threatening to strike if the company accepted any Bur lington freight. But it has been under stood that the Santa Fe was not handling any boycotted business whatever. Striking for Increased Wages. Pueblo, Col., March 15.—The strike of the engineers and firemen on the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe railroad is on hand, and it is understood goes into effect at 12 o'clock to night on the whole of the Santa Fe system. The men are not striking against moving Burlington cars, but for a standard of wages. From what can be learned from the men themselves their grievance is the same as that of the Bur lington engineers. WITHOUT GRIEVANCE. Managers of the Santa Fe Strike Declare They Don't Know W hat It is For. Kansas City, March 16.—The strike situation on the Santa Fe road is un changed this morning. Not a wheel is turning except those of a few switch en gines. No trains have been moved in any direction, and the officials refuse to receive freight of any kind. The Union depot pre sents a regular Castle Garden appearance, as hundreds of emigrants have been brought in here, whose destination is somewhere on the line of the Santa Fe. An official of the road said he wonld have trains moving to-morrow, but the outlook at present is not llattering for the road. The managers of the strike absolutely deny giving any orders for a strike. The engi neers say they have no grievances, but say they will not rest until the Burlington road comes to terms with its employes. A CAUSELESS STRIKE. Chief Arthur Directs That the Atchi son Order be Revoked. Chicago, March 16. —When questioned regarding the strike on the Atchison sys tem Chief Arthur said : "It is beyond my power to give you any explanation for this action. The men have not notified me and I am completely in the dark. If the com pany have not broken its agreement with the men they have done wrong and must suffer the consequence. It is nothing less than an open rebellion, for it looks much as if the men were tired ef the grand offi cers' advice or wilfully disregarded their duties to the laws and constitution." The following message was sent to Con nor, chairman of the grievance committee, yesterday : To J. 0. Connor, Chairman : It is reported here that yon have ordered the men to quit work. Revoke it. Your grievance can be sttled here by Mr. Smith. Come to Chicago by first train. (Signed) P. M. Arthur. The officers of the company say the ac tion of the men is beyond their compre hension, as the road had not been handling Burlington freight. Santa Fe Situation. KansAs City, March 16. —Interviews with a number of the striking engineers on the Santa Fe railroad develop the fact that they have examined the list of stock holders on the C., B. & Q., and the Atchi son, Topeka and Santa Fe, and find that a considerable number of the Santa Fe stock holders are also largely interested in the "Q." They say that they came to the conclusion that they would dip into both pockets at once and let these men feel the full effects of the strike by crippling their resources. All trains on the Gould System are now moving promptly on time. The following dispatch sent from here last night. "H. B. Stone, general manager of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy, Chicago: We wish you to understand that we will hold the Burlington system for all dam ages to our company on account of the strike." (Signed) Superintendent Atchison Company. Reports from points on the line show a complete blockade of both freight and pas sengers. Train No. 5 was abandoned, bat overland No. 3 got off at 11:36, manned by Ben Wharton, a non-brotherhood man, as engineer, and his wife as fireman. The Excuse Given. Topeka, Ks., Mach 16.—Reports from the superintendents of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe road state that the engineers and firemen have gone ont Ml along the line and bnsiness is practically suspended except the passenger trains now on the road, which will be ran to their destination. General Manager Goddard says the amount of perishable freight on his line between California and Chicago is nnasnally large, amounting to abont eighty-five car loads. In addition 1,100 car loads of merchandise are tied up cn the various divisions. At a meeting of engineers and firemen last night it was claimed that the strike was doe to the company persisting in handling Burlington freight ENGINEERS STRIKE Embarrassing Situation ofthe Kansas Companies. Topeka, March 16.— The engineers and firemen of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe and the Sonthem Kansas companies went oat at 4 o'clock yesterday afternoon having previously stated that they had no grievance against these companies whatever, and that if they left their en gines they wonld do so for the purpose of assisting the strikers on the C., B. & Q. The following is an order issued : Until farther orders you will stop taking freight for points on reaching it by each line. An effort will be made to move what passenger trains we can, bat the pas sengers should be given to understand that we do not agree to take them to their destinations, and where they have pur chased tickets we will redeem them so far as this line is concerned, if desired. W. F. White, Gen'l Traffic Mgr. The company hope to be able to send out a train to-morrow in the event the strike continues. It is the impression here that the matter will be settled before many days. The Union Pacific officials deny that there is any truth or probability of a strike on their lines. The men have given no notice that anything of the kind would occur, as they have no grievances that the company is not willing to settle promptly. There can be no foundation for the rumored strike on that road Sun day morning. THEY TURN BACK. Santa Fe Engineers Dissatisfied With the Strike, and Will Besinne Work. Chicago, March 17.—The union griev ance committee admitted this morning that the reports which they gave to the Associ ated Press yesterday were untrue, and had been given simply to -create a scare throughout the United States. There was no truth that the roads would be called out one each day. This morning there was a large defection from the Santa Fe strikers, which was the result of a warm fight in the session of the committee held last night. At the meeting sixteen of the engineers said it was their intention to go to work to-day on the Santa Fe. At thi9 there was a great stir among the engineers, and for the first time since beginning the strike members of the committee are out among the men pleading their cause. On the Ft. Scott road everything moves smoothly, and there is no indication of trouble anywhere. The Missouri Pacific and Union Pacific officials say they antici pate no trouble, and have made no arrangements looking toward a strike. Assistant General Superintendent Spoor, of the Santa Fe, says his road will be running in good order before ni^ht, as a number of the men have announced their intention of returning to their cabs when called upon. The engineers will not talk, and those who are managing she strike were looking very disconsolate over their brothers. Chair man Hotchkins, of the Gulf grievance committee, was very non-committal as regards matters under his jurisdiction, but stated that no strike had been ordered yet on the Gnlf. NOTES OF THE STRIKE. The Brotherhood Well Heeled With Funds and Able to Prolong the Strike. Kansas City, March 17.—At 10 o'clock this morning the Fort Scott & Gulf trains were all moving promptly and with regu larity. The situation on the Santa Fe is unchanged. There is no switching being done in the yards. Chairman Carroll, spaking in regard to the published reports of the financial strength of the Brother hood, said : "It is true there is $300,000 in the contingent fand, but in addition to that we have a building fund in our treas ury amounting to $560,000. This can be used to pay the expenses of the strike, if necessary. There are 27,500 members in good standing, and each of them can put up $100 at at a moment's notice, if it is necessary, and you see we would then have $3,610,000 for fighting capital. Officers in the Dark. Chicago, March 16.—Information ob tainable here in regard to the strike of the Brotherhood engineers and firemen on the Atchison system is very meagre. Vice President Smith said this morning that they were still in the dark as to the cause of the men's action, and that they would not decide on any line of action until they were thoroughly informed of the situation both on their own account and connecting lines. The superintendents of the Atchi son's California lines were notified yester day that the Brotherhood would strike to day until the company refused to handle "Q." freight. Smith has not yet been notified as to the action on the Gulf, Colo rado & Santa Fe. On the Atchison proper the strike appears to be an assured fact, al though several trains are still running. At the headquarters of the Brotherhood but little information has been received from the Atchison strikers. Chief Arthur said that he had a dispatch from Chairman Connor. He claims that the company has violated their promise of strict neutrality, but he will give no particulars. The local situation is practically unchanged this morning. All lines with the exception of the St. Paul are handling "Q' cars, and do not anticipate any trouble ou the part of the Brotherhood. The Strike Fever. Kansas City, Mo., March 16.—An As sociated Press reporter visited the rooms of the union grievance committee at the New Albany Hotel, and in response to a question as to their future action was told by Chairman Carroll that the men on the Kansas City, Ft. Scott & Gal veston would leave their engines at 4 o'clock this p. m., and furthermore the men wonld go out and stay out until the "Q." matter was settle. The men of the Missouri Pacific are very uneasy, and this morning a delegation of them visited the rooms of the committee and asked for orders to strike. This was not granted, but the inference is drawn from the conversation with the committee was that the men on the Missouri Pacific would go out to-morrow, and the Union Pacific nen would go ont on Sunday. The committee says positively that there can be no com promise in this matter, but not a yard ■♦rill be run until the men (are reinstated in the ____ Ready for W ork. Kansas City, March 17.—At 11:05 o'clock this morning No. 71, on the South ern Kansas road, palled slowly oat of the depot with a non-Brotherhood man at the throttle. The regular Denver express, on the Santa Fe, was run oat at 11:25 by an engineer, Win. McMillen, notwithstanding the open solicitations of the committee. As hi started an engineer, standing in a group near by, said : "Well, boys, McMil len has gone ont, and we might as well all go. I'm going to my engine whenever they call me." While this did not meet with a hearty response, the quietness which pre vailed showed there was not mach dissat isfaction with the feeling expressed. ORDER REVOKED. Chairman Connor Respects the Authority of Chief Arthur and the Santa Fe Men Return to their Posts. Full Resumption of Passenger and Freight Traffic Along the Line of the Road. Legislative Matters in Both Branches of Congress the Present Week. An Enabling Act in the Senate for the Admission of South Dakota. Thomas L. Kimball Appointed Acting General Manager of the Union. Pacific. Ordered to Resume Work. Topeka, March 18. —This afternoon at 4:20 Chairman Connor wired General Man ager Goddard as follows: J. S. Goddard:—T he engineers and firemen wiil resume work. (Signed) J. CONNOR. Traffic Manager White says all trains from the Missouri river to the Pacific will be in usual condition for business without delay. There is no blockade aDywbere and trains are in good shape to move at ouce. SANTA FE STRIKE ENDED. Trains Again Moving with Usual Regularity. Kaksas City, Mo., March 18.— -The Santa Fe strike is over. The following of ficial notice was issued at 6 o'clock this morning : Kansas City, March 18,1888. To the Engineers and Firemen on the Santa Fe System : I am advised by your Grand Chief to re quest of you that you will return to your respective positions at once. Farther, that I repair to Chicago to adjust ail misunder standing. (Signed) J. Connor, Chairman General Grievance Committee. Trains were moved to-day with some regularity. The California and New Mex ico leaves at 10:10 a. m., and the Denver and Utah express, due to leave at 11:16, were consolidated and left at 11:30. No. 71, Southern Kansas, left at 12:14 a. m., thirty minutes late. The Colorado express, due at 6 a. m., arrived at 6:45. The east bound California and north bound Kansas express, due to arrive at 4:30 and 6:15 p. m. respec tively, were reported abandoned. Trains on the Kansas City, Fort Scott & Gulf road all went out on time this morning, with no indications of trouble. The depot has presented a quiet appearance all day, as there wa9 little interest taken in the move ment of trains, and the general feeling was that the strike was over. As one of the men mounted his engine to take ont a train, an old engineer, standing in a gronp near by, turned to his companions and said : "Well, boys, fall in; the last man logo back will be the one who gets left. It is only a matter of time now " The prediction was verified when at 6 o'clock Chairman Connor's notice was is sued. The men took the matter philsoph ically, and this evening nearly all of them present in the city were applying to Assis tant »Superintendent Spoor for orders of transportation, etc. THE AGREEMENT. An Interview With Chief Arthur. Chicago, March 18.— Chief Arthur was asked to-night what he thought of the de cision of the Santa Fe men to return to work. "I am glad they went back," he said. "I advised them to go back because I did not think there was sufficient canse for the strike. I communicated with Mr. Connor, chairman of the grievance committee, and asked him to have the* men retina to work and then come to Chicago to settle the matter with Mr. Smith." Grand Master Sargent said : "The men on the Santa Fe went back at six o'clock." He had no information as to the cause of the strike or what had induced the men to go back, beyond the fact that they had a conference with the officials of the road at Kansas City or Topeka, and that an agreement was there made that the rail road would not require the meu to haul any Burlington freight, and they went back on the strength of that agreemnu. ALL AT WORK. Brotherhood Engineers Return to Their Cabs. DENVER, March 18.—The Santa Fe strike at this point ended to-night. While the Brotherhood were holding a meeting at their hall, at 7 o'clock this evening a telegram arrived from the chairman of the grievance committee at Kansas City, order ing the men back to work. No explana tion was given for the order being issued. The meeting was immediately adjourned, and the men went to the shops and re ported ready for duty. The passenger train arrived from Kansas City at 3 o'clock this afternoon in charge of a scab engineer, and was taken out at 10 to-night by a brotherhood. Trains will be running on schedule time to-morrow. The grievance committee of the Rio Grande held a meet« ing last night, at which the strike on both the Santa Fe and Burlington was thor oughly discussed, together with the prob abilities on the other roads centering in Denver. Chairman Rice to-day stated that the rumor that the Rio Grande engineers wonld strike iu a few days, was false in every particular. The Rio Grande is haul ing no Burlington freight, and the men have no grievance, and consequently will not go ont. La Junta, Col., March 18. —The engi neers all reported for duty at 5 this after noon. The men were ordered to return to work in the morning. Meeting of the Grievance Committee. Kansas City, Mo., March 18— Chair man Connor returned from Topeka this morning, and at once called a meeting of the committee and it is understood that preparatory steps toward issuing the notice was taken at this meeting. Connor left for Chicago at 4:30 this afternoon, and was fifty miles ont of the city by the time his letter was promulgated. The prevailing opinion here is that the conference at Topeka had considerable influence toward bringing abont the settlement. The ex strikers here assert the company has agreed not to haul Burlington freight. Strike on the Manitoba. Minneapolis, March 17.—The switch engineers on the Manitoba road have struck ou account of "Q." cars, and it is said the engineers will strike to-morrow. The eugineers on the St. Paul, Minne apolis & Manitoba will go ont to-night. The whole system of 2,600 miles is in volved. PUBLIC LANDS. Forfeiture of All Railroad Lands Recommended. Washington, March 15.—Although the House committee on public lauds directed the preparation of the general bill for for feiting railroad land grants, the whole sub ject was opened up a fresh to-day by the action of the sub-committee, which report ed bills for the complete forfeiture of the Northern and Southern Pacific railway land grants and a partial forfeiture of the grant to the Hastings & Dakota Railroad Co. The represention of these reports oc casioned discussion, from which it appear ed that there was a misunderstanding on the part of the members of the purpose of the resolution adopted at the last meeting of the committee. With a view to clear ing this and defining the sentiment of the committee, Stone, of Missouri, otl'ered the following resolution : Eesolred, That the committee adopt the the principle declaring the forfeiture of the entire grant (where the roadi» were Dot com pleted in contract time). Herman moved, as an amendment, that the Norther Pacific be excepted from the operation of the rale, and argued that tùe committee should first report the bills for feiting the granted lands opposite the un constructed parts of the roads. This subject was carried back to the po sition which it occupied before the preced ing meeting, and an attempt was made to vote on it. The motion went over till the next meet ing. ^ ^ ___ TELEPHONE CASE. Decision iu Favor of Bell, the Court Standing Four to Three. Washington, March 19.—The Supreme Court this morning delivered an opinion in the Bell telephone case. In considering the question of the alleged anticipation of Bell's invention of the telephone by Reis in Germany, the court holds that Reis dis covered a means of transmitting musical tones and DOthiDg more. Bell's patent be ing for the process or art of transmitting speeeh, would have been just as valid even if he bad used the apparatus of Reis in de veloping it. The court holds that the ap paratus of Reis was not successful in trans mitting speech ano that his invention was not in aDy respect an anticipation ol the discovery of Bell. The dissent of justices Bradley,Field and Harlan in the telephone case, is based upon Erawbaugh's claim. These three justices are of the opinion that the evidence overwhelmingly show that Drawbaugh was the first inventor of the speaking tele phone, althongh he was unconscious of it, and was not aware of its importance. Justice Bradley read a decision dissent ing from the decision of the court. Jus tices Field and Hsrlan also dissent, and justices Gray and Lamar did not set in the case. The Bell patents are therefore sus tained by a majority of one, the court standing 4 to 3. THE LIQUOR TRADE. The Right of the State to Control the Traffic. Washington, March 19.— The bill in troduced by Frye, to apply the laws of the several States relative to distilled and fer mented liquors to such liquors when they have been imported as well as when manu factured in the United States, was reported adversely by Senator George, to-day, from the committee on judiciary. A minority report was also presented. After a long discussion the majority came to the follow ing conclusion : It should not be overlooked that the province of state control over what con cerns police regulations, domestic health, general good order and well beiDg within each state is, under the constitution, as secure against intrusion from federal au thority as the regulation of foreign by the general government is from encroachment upon that province by state anthority. In the opinion of the committee it is best to leave the question as it now is, a judicial one in the highest interest of both the federal regulations of commercé and state control of its police authority. The minorty report, signed by »Senators Wilson. Ingalls and Edmunds, says it wonld seem that the legislative and judi cial departments of the government concur in answer to that character of legislation presented by this bill is within the consti tutional power of congress; that it does not violate the injunction of the constitu tion, "that all duties on imports and ex cises shall be uniform throughout the United States." The importer of ardent spirits or of any other aiticlé of foreign pro duction is entitled to no greater protection ander the constitution than is the dealer in like articles of domestic manufacture. The one pays an internal tax, the other pays a tax levied by the custom house, and what congress may constitutionally say alwut one it may repeat as to the other. MUST PAY THE TAX. The U. s. Supreme Court Decides Against the W, U. Telegraph Co. Washington, March 19.—A decision was rendered to-day in the case of the W. U. Telegraph Co. vs. the Attorney Gen eral of Massachusetts. This was a suit to enforce the collection of a tax levied by the authorities of the Stats upon the tele graph company and for the purpose of en joining that company from further opera tion of its telegraph lines within the limits of the State until the tax has been paid. The court holds that the tax assessed against the company is a valid tax. The judgment of the couit below that "the sum claimed by plaint iff to be due for taxes, namely $10,618, be paid to said State by the company with interest thereon," is without error and so much of that judgment is affirmed. That part of the decree of the circuit court, however, which awards an injunction to restrain the company from carrying on its business in the Stute until the tax is paid is reversed for the reason that if Congress had authority to say that the company might operate its telegraph over the post roads, as we have repeatedly held it had, the State can have no authority to say that it shall not be done. __ U. S. Supreme Court Decision. Washington, March 19.—A decision was rendered in the case of Bowman Bros, vs. the Chicago & Northwestern railroad company, which involves the validity of the statutes of Iowa forbidding railroad companies to bring intoxicating liqnor into that state unless such company has been furnished with a certificate from the county auditor of the county where the liquor is to be transported, showing that the consignee is legally authorized to sell it. The court holds that the power to regulate and forbid the sale of a com modity after it has been brought into the state, does not carry with it the right and power to prevent its introduction by trans portation from another state. The section of the Iowa statute of April 5, 1886, which prohibits railroad companies from bringing liqnor into the state is therefore declared to be invalid and the judgment of the U. S. Circuit court for the northern di8trictof Illinois is affirmed, Chief Jastices Gray and Harlan dissenting. NORTH AND SOUTH. Trying to Arrange the Differences Be tween the Two Presbyterian Assemblies. Questions at Issue Relate to Colored Com municants and Political Deliver ances. CHURCH UNION. Action of the Presbyterian Church iu Regard to Negro Communi cants. LOUISVILLE, Kv., March 15.—By general consent the correspondence resulting front the conferences held here last summer of the representatives of the Northern and »Southern Assemblies of the Presbyterian Church, looking to union, is now made public. The only differences found to ex ist were on the question of negro com municants and political deliverance. At first these general assemblies approved of the plan suggested by the conference, that the colored people be organized completely into a separate church, the Presbyteries to have, however, the same representation in the general .assembly as the whites. On the question of political deliverances no agieement was not reached. The gen eral assembly quotes their doctrine to this effect: "The svnods and councils are to handle or conclude nothing but that which is ecclesiastical, aud are not to meddle with civil affairs." Decisive action will be taken on May 1st, when the two assemblies meet,and the opinion prevails that an agreement will quickly be reached on all points. A DENVER TRAGEDY. Kills a Man and Then Takes His Own Lite. Denver, March 19.— The insane jeal ousy of Chas. Sweigkart, a German about 40 years of age, was a tragedy here at noon to day which resulted id the murder ol George Vreiner and the suicide of »Sweigkart. The latter was divorced from his wife two years ago in this city, since when he has been residing in Utah. He returned trom'there this morning, went to a boarding house kept by his late wile, three miles from the city, and demanded his breakfast. The woman refused, saying her attor-.ey advised her to nave nothing to do with him. He immediately drew a revolver and tired three shots at her, with out effect. The woman ran screaming from the house, Sweigkart following her. She jumped into a hack standing in front of the door, iu which the man had driven to the house. The driver put whip to his horses and drove rapidly away, but not befoie the in sane man had fired three shots into the carriage, neither of which harmed the woman. He then returned to the house and opened fire on Chas. Reahm and Geo. Kreiner, two boarders who bad just enter ed the house drunk. The former's right arm was broken while Kreiner received a ball throngh the temple and died instantlv. Sweigkart then pointed the revolver at his own head and sent a bullet through his scull, scattering brains and bones all over the room. The murdered man had boarded in tbe Sweigkart family for ten years, and the opinion is that the latter thought improper relations existed between Mrs. Sweigkkart and Kreiner and it so worked upon his mind that it drove him to the deed. The woman denies that any relations of the kind existed between them SEVERE SNOW STOR»M. Thirty Villages Ruined by Floods. Berlin, March 18—The whole north ern and eastern portion of Germany has been visited by a severe snow storm. There is so much ice that communication with Sweden has been suspended for ten days, and with Denmark for six days. The Swedish envoys appointed to attend the funeral of Emperor William have not yet arrived in this city. Disastrous floods are reported throughout Hungary. Thirty villages have been ruined and the town of Szathmar Neimeth partly destroyed The towns of Bekes and Czaba are mei.anced and the inhabitants are struggling for their lives against the overflow of the river Koros Many houses have already fallen. Denver, March 19 — A severe storm of wind, accompanied by snow, raged through out the Rocky Mountain region from 11 o'clock last night till 4 this morniDg. The suow fell to a depth of four inches, which drifted in the cuts of railroads so that it was almost impossible to day to move trains. The passenger and express trains on the transcontinental roads, due here to night, were abandoned. The weather is warm, and if it continues so the blockade will be raised to-morrow. Chicago, March 19.—»Specials to the Daily News from Council Bluffs and Sioux City, Iowa, and Hastings, Nebraska, report the prevalence of severe snow and wind storms with a drop in temperature. Travel on railroads iu those sections is greatly de layed. Norwich, Coho., March 13.— Frank Hopkins, aged 60 years, and Mrs. Emiline Whitney, his housekeeper, aged 70, were found dead near their house, in Putnam, to-day. They had perished in last week's storm. Raging Blizzard and Floods. London, March 19.—A heavy blizzard is raging southeast of England. The 9torm is slight in LondoD. The storms in France and Germany continue. In Spain the storm is very heavy, especially in the north. In in the south Spain floods are doing enormous damage. The rising of the Tiber, resulting from the recent fall of snow, has flooded the lower quarters of Rome. Floods are reported in Russia, caused by the melting snow. The Emperor of Austria gives eight thousand florins to the sufferers from floods in Galicia. Burned to Death. Chicago, March 18.—Mrs. William Dal ton was burned to death with her four year-old daughter in the Tremont house fire on »Sonth Clark street early this morn ing. Abont a dozen other persons made their escape in a semi-nude condition. A dissolute tailor who was evicted from the premises for non-payment of rent, is sup posed to have set the place on fire. Blaine to Return Home in June. London, March 19.—James G. Blaine, in a private letter written from Florence, says he will visit London in May and reach New York about the end of June. His return to America, he says, lias no political significance whatever, and he will under no circumstances personally partici pate in the coming presidential canvas. Largest Steamer in the World. London, March 15.—The new Inman Line steamer, City of New York, was lannched in the Clyde to-day. She is the largest steamer in tbe world with the ex ception of the Great Eastern.