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A WAGE CLIPPER.
Cutting Dollars From the
Railroad Men's
Salaries.
PROSPECT OF A STRIKE.
More Mileage, Longer Honrs
And Less Pay for
Trainmen.
ECONOMY IS THE ORDER.
Tha Encineara Arc Up In Arms and
Boane of Tbem Threaten to Walk
Oot—Details of tha
New Order.
The Southern Paoific tailroad salary
clipping machine was started up yester
day and tbe dollars that it sliced off the
thousands of employeea of tbe company
will run np into the hundreds of thou
sands—that is, if a sirike does not inter
vene and the company sustain a set-off
by a tie-up.
While on Friday many of the railroad
boys did not believe that tbe cut would
be put into effect at this end of the line,
general orders issuod yesterday dispell
ed all their donbta. On the blackboard
at the San Fernando street depot was
posted tbe ominous order. It isominous
in more ways than one. To tbe men it
meana a loss of from $10 to $40 a month,
To the railrsad company, if tbe men do
not acquieee, it means another tie-up of
tbe lines and a corresponding loss of
hundreds of thousands of dollars.
These propositions were discussed
among the railroad boys up and down
tbe River stations, and if what tbe boys
said is any criterion tbey wiil not sub
mit to tbe reduction.
THE OFFICE BOY EXEMPTED.
Tbe situation ia a moa; peculiar one,
md a study of tbe orders posted in tbe
onnd house shows tbe finesse of a mas
er band. Tbe cat applies to all em
iloyeesat this end of the line, from the
;eueral agent and division Buperin
;endent down to tbe office boy, who re
vives only $20 a month and is ex
impted. The same lucky fate fell to the
ard switchmen and their meagre ealar
es are nnafTeoted, for the present at
east. The exemption of tbe yard
iwitchmen is where the finesse comes
in, for as one railroad man pat it, "Tbe
switchmen bold the key to the situation,
ao to Bpeak, and without tbem the com
pany would be unabie to make up and
send out trains. In explanation the man
stated tbat it is a comparatively easy
matter to get engineers and train men,
but when it comes to handling switches
for tbe calling out of cars
and making up trains a man mint know
tbe yard and each switch bar perfectly
else there is liability of heavy damage
through the smashing and derailing of
cars.
HOW IT EFFECTS LOS ANOELES.
In this end of the state the men on
three divisions are affected by tbe cut.
They are tbe Yuma and tbe two hill di
visions, one of tbe latter extending to
Fresno and the other to Santa Barbara,
fhe men who will suffer most are tbose
who have tne run to Yuma. In tbe first
place tbey have tbeir lay-off in this city,
which used to be -IS hours, reduced to 24
hours, and in addition to this 400 miles
of travel waa recently added to tbe run :
tbia amounts to about if in a month, for
which tbey receive nothing. The men
on the main line going north, who for
merly ran to Bakersfield, now have to
carry the trains through to Fresno, and
in addition to the extended mileage
suffer a reduction of $10 a month. The
Santa Barbara run is unchanged so far
ac mileage is concerned, but the salary
clipper gets away with an average of $10
a month on each men's salary.
In this city tbe clipper was set to
work not only in the general offices but
among the train dispatchers and tele
graph operators, and the waybill clerks
and tbe freigbthandlera. All Buffered
alike, and, aa stated, with tbe exception
of the switchmen and the office boy,
none were overlooked. The head train
dispatcher, who heretofore received $175
a mouth, will now receive $160. The
$150 men will hereafter get $140. The
night operators at tbe stations along the
road, whose remuneration for a 12-hour
watch was $05, most hereaftor etay up
and take train orders, the eligbtest mis
take in which might involve the lives
of thousands, and be happy on $60 a
month. So it is all through the line. In
conjunction with the work of the salary
clipper the axman has been ordered to
Stand by and the beads of two engine
•rews running out of here over the hill
er Mojavo division are to fall. Tnis
will be accomplished by the cutting out
of two engiuea on the main line to San
Francisco. Heretofore eight engines
were required to do tbe work between
here and Bakersfield. Now six will
handle the trains between this city and
Fresno.
WHAT THE MEN SAY.
The men in the local offices, including
the train dispatchers and clerka, do not
have much to cay in regard to the cut.
In fact, tbey decline to he interviewed.
Not co, however, with the motive power
men and the train bands up at River
station. They are loud in denunciation
of tbe cut, especially tbe engineers. It
was yeHterday forenoon when Pat
Sheedv, local master mechanic, posted '
tbe schedule of tbe cut in the round
house at Kiver atation. The order was
Signed by Master Mechanic H. J. Small,
whose headquarters are at Sacramento,
Then for tbe first time the men believed
it. There it was in black and white.
Runs extended, lay-offs shortened and
pay decreased.
When the full meaning of the orders
were comprehended there were mutter
ingß of discontent and in some cases
open threats of rebellion. Tbe cooler
beads among the men advised caution
and not one of tho hoys walked out of
his position, althouzh it ie probable tbat i
mmc action will be taken in regard to '
tho mattsr within a tiav or two.
To newspapermen the engineers were
loth to talk about the matter at present.
°->a aamn who pulls a passenger train.
■aid, however, tbat tha reduction would
in all probability lead to another strike.
"Beoause" aaid be "tbe cut is a breach
of faith ao far ac we are concerned on
tbe part of the railroad."
"When weatayed by tbe oompany dur
ing tbe big etrike it waa with tbe under
standing tbat tbe company would stand
by us, and tbat we should have our reg
ular salaries year in and year out. Now
they come in, give us longer runs and
longer hours, and put our salary on a
par with tbat paid a new engineer on his
tint rnn. I for one don't propose to
stand It, and T don't think tbe other
boyi will, but I can't say. It is a serious
question. It is probable we will hold a
meeting in a few days, and then some
definite action will be taken."
A BREACH OF TRUST.
"The railroad people think they have
it all their own way," said a man, as
he came from housing bis engine, "bnt
in this case I think they have bitten off
more than tbey can swallow. We trust
ed tbem last June and stood by them,
and now tbey tell us we must work for
less money. As soon as we find just
where we stand we will act, and I don't
think tbe railroad will get the best of it
as tbey did before."
Another engineer who was ap
proached showed a conservative vein.
"It is too early yet to discuss the mat
ter," he said. "Wait a day or two. No,
I don't know whether I would go out if
the other boys do. It is a matter tbat
requires consideration. The country is
full of unemployed railroad men and tbe
railroad knows it. Tbey could get three
men for each of onr plaoes within a day.
The only place tbey would be weak in
case of a general walkout would be the
yards, and it is not probable tbe
switchmen would walk out, because
their salaries have not been touched,
and tbey have no grievance against the
company."
THE STRIKERS EXPECTED IT.
"It is just what we expeoted||'' said an
ex- railroad man who was lounging about
the Arcade depot. "We told the engi
neers when tbey refused to walk out
last June tbat Old Hnntington, Towne
and Fillmore wonld give tbetn the worst
of it. We've got the laugh on them now,
and I'm glad of it. No, I don't believe
they'll strike, and I don't believe the
other boys would stand in with them if
they did."
''The equalization of salaries is a
great thint,," said a railroad man; "a
great thing for tbe railroud company,
but it don't equalize worth a cent. It
is figured out so tbat engineers who
formerly got $5.50 a day will now get
$4, while those that got only $4 will get
$3, and tbe $3.50 men will get the same.
It's a big thing for the company, and no
mistake, but then tbe Southern Pacific
ie a great company. Down on the
desert division, where the coat of living
is about triple what it is here, the scale
is reduced about 33 per cent, while
up on the Sacramento hill division, that
part of tbe road between Sacramento
and Truckee an increase of about 10
pet cent in salaries has been made.
Then further on, over tbe Central Pa
cific out in Nevada, on the Wadsworth
division, salaries have been slashed all
to pieces. "But then this is tbe wav
the big company usually discriminates."
"The engineers themselves only are to
blame," said an uptown employee.
"Tbey made a barrel of money pull
ing engines during the strike, and took
tbe company's word for it that they
would be cared for. Some of the men
running out of this city dur
ing tbe time ol the strike
and the month following made
as high as $350 and $400 a month. It
was this money bait of the oompany
that held the men. Now that ths com
pany baa things its own way tbey pro
pose getting even. They have added up
the enormous salaries paid engineers
duricg tbe strike and made it a ground
to reduoe wages. Tbe result is the gen
eral cut."
RAILROAD NOTFS.
The Santa Fe company will fly kites
next week without tails. They are
souvenirs and are in tbe shape of a kite,
containing views and descriptions of
places along the route of the famous
kite Bhaped track.
W. L. Benbam, assistant general
freight and passenger agont of the Mich
igan Central road, who has been in tbie
city several weeks on a visit, left for the
eaet over the Santa Fe line last evening.
The Santa Fe and Southern Pacific
companies report heavy west bound and
light eastern passenger business.
W. C. Rinearson, general passenger
agent of the Queen & Crescent road with
headquarters at New Orleans, is in the
city.
A Tenderfoot Kobbed.
Ida Arbuokle, the young woman who
was arrested on a grand larceny charge,
was called into the police court yester
day and her examination set for the 18th
instant. She was released on $1000
bail. The woman is accused of robbing
a man named J. W. Hildreth of $25
while she was sitting on his knee in tbe
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PURGED OF CONTEMPT.
C. J. Woolotr, Cited for Contempt, Hear,
tho Hint Aot Road.
O. J. Woolner, esq., who has attracted
some little attention while acting aa at
torney for Robert Asbworth, convicted
of manslaughter, in connection with the
killing of Manuel Watson, appeared
yesterday morning in department one
before Judge Smith.
He appeared to show cause why be
should not be punished for oontempt in
keeping the court waiting for bim, on
Friday morning, for nearly three quar
ters of an hour.
Judge Smith can be very dictatorial
when he eees fit, and he saw fit yester
day. Mr. Woolner stated that his watob
had stopped and he did not learn of the
time nntil descending the elevator in
the building where bis office is located.
He presented affidavits from tbe young
lady typewriter, who was busy in bis
office at tbe time, and also from the
elevator boy, but tbey were of no avail
in moving tbe court.
"I don't suppose," said Judge Smith,
"that there is an attorney at this bar
who is not in the habit of timing his
watch every day ac be passes along
Spring street. I do ao myself regularly.
From a layman, one unaccustomed to
our business, I might be inclined to al
low some latitude, but in your case, sir,
1 can only consider it negligence and
carelessness, and 1 won't accept yonr
statement as excuse. If this court had
to depend on the whims and freaks of
tbe watches of attorneys the business of
the court would be brought to a stand*
still. lam inclined, however, to pass
the matter over, Mr. Woolner, and the
order is that tbe writ be discharged."
"I thank you kindly, your honor, for
your leniency, and I assure yon I appre
ciate it," and Mr. Woolner, looking
greatly relieved, made his bow and re
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JOHN CRAIG, MURDERER.
Application for Further Delay In Whioh
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Yesterday in department one B. W.
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