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Teacher's Scream as She Hears
Burglar's Voice in House
Seals Fate
Enters Parlor and Uses Pistol
When Three Women Hesitate.
Makes His Escape
[Associated Press]
SPRINGFIELD, Mass., .March 31.—
•Miss Martha li. Blackstone,
daughter of J. c. Blackstone, was
murdered by a masked burglar In the
home of Mrs. Sarah J. Dow at Round
lull tonight. Miss Harriet Dow, daugh
ter of the house, was shot in the head
and removed to a Springfield hospital,
where she is dying. The murderer es-
if caped.
The police have no description of the
slayer except the one Mrs. Dow and
j her daughter Lucy were able to give.
J The police say in a general way the
■Vi crime resembles those of the men who
terrorized the city last fall.
. Mrs. Dow, her two daughters and
Mlc;a Blackstone. who was a guest for
thought, wen! seated In 'ho sitting
room of the home, about a small table,
solving a picture puzzle, when the In
truder made a demand for money from
' the dining room. **
They looked up to see a masked man
in tho dark doorway threatening them
with a revolver. Mrs. Dow retained
her composure and replied, "We have
no 'money," but Miss Blackstono, In
fright, ■ Jumped to her feet and ran.
screaming Into a reception room to the
right of the living room.
"If you want to be killed, keep on
screaming,"' the burglar shouted, and
tired as he spoke, the bullet entering
Miss Blackstone'a left breast. Death
- followed Instantly.
The murderer hardly paused to see
his victim fall before he turned the re
volver on the group, shooting Miss
Harriet Dow in the head. He then ran
to the front door, leaped over the piaz
za rail and disappeared.
The four women were alone #n the
house, and the murderer probably knew
this. . • ,
The man probably entered the house
while tin- family was at dinner and had
concealed himself. in a closet. Mrs.
Dow locked all the windows' and doors
about 7 O'clock, and the police found
all the locks turned and windows fast
Both Miss Blackstone and Miss Dow
were teachers In the public - schools.
Miss Blackstone was 39 years old and
Miss Dow about 30. ■
Miss Dow's skull win- fractured, and
trepanning will be resorted to In an
effort to save her life. The murderer
. caped through a grove surrounding
the house.
/ Miss Black Stone graduated from
' Smith college in 1893.
Escapes from Patton Institution
by Seizing Bridle from
Woman's Hands
I Special to The Herald.]
Snatching the bridle of a horse from
the hands of Mrs. Kdwin Wuite and
Imping on the animal, Antonio Torres,
an inmato of the I'atton asylum, this
morning Moaped, and although fol
lowed by a poSM of attendants on
horiebACk Mid hi automobiles, he has
not been captured tonight.
Mrs. Walte, with Mrs. B. Scott Blair,
wiir of the tuperintendent of the in
stitution, anil other women wire
honebaok riding. They had occasion
1.1 dismount, and one of the horsea
roamed away. •
It was while attendants and patients
about tin' grounds, were endeavoring
to capture the loose animal that Ton.
tapped up behind,, Mrs.'; Waito and
notched the bridle from , her hand.
She attempted to stop his escape, but
ho leaped on the steed and rode away
at top speed.
The maniac made Ills escape by
crossing the.Santa Ana wash and was
thought- to bo headed towards Oolton
and Riverside. Torres was not a vio
lent patient and was allowed the liber
ty of the grounds.
Formal Request to Be Registered
Refused by Clerk
manding the privilege of participating
in the next state election and all others
to follow, representatives of the Votes
for Women Club of California made a
formal request on the local registrar
of voters today that their names be
enrolled on the great register.
C. H. King, a clerk in charge of the
bureau, explained that under the law
he could not qualify women as electors.
Mrs. Keith, honorary president of the
Women's club, called his attention to
a sign outside the doors that bade all
citizens eiiter and register. King ac
knowledged that the women are citi
zens, but passed the matter up to the
elect ion commission.
The women promised to appear be
fore the commission on Anril 4 for a
For Ixm Aiirpli-n mid Vicinity—Fair Fri
day) continued warm) light north wind.
Maximum temperature yesterday 79 degrees.
Minimum temperature M decrees. .
Death of old ml.Her In Bawtell* Jail remits
In charge of inhumanity. * PAGE 9
Injunction suit to prevent city ' taking .
garbage from betels reveal* fortune In
refuse. . PAGE 5
Leslie natrls' trial for alleged theft be
gins before Jury. PAOE 5
Derkum will try to lower De Roster's time
In motorcycle exhibition at Ascot park
Sunday. „ PAGE 11
Two embezzlers confess and are placed on
probation; roqulred to make good by
monthly payments. i PAGE 5
Hollywood Cemetery association »ill peti
tion council to deny request for abandon
ment of burying ground. I'AOK 9
Politics sizzling In Annandale school dis
trict, where efforts are being made to
defeat members of board. PAGHJ (
Harbor sea sheet crop disappears and
private persons are reaping'profits.
Justice of Peace Ling baffled by fresh-egg
problem. PAGE I
Puente hills farmers terrorized by moun
tain lion. PAR 8
Plan breeches buoy for surf victims at
Long Beach. PAGE 4
Good Government association Is problem ,
to parties. PAGE 4
Possibility that Works may have no op
position for the senate excites politicians.
Woman alleges arrested maiden rtole her
clothes. PAGE 7
Preliminary hearings of F. W. Bayllss
and wife, both facing court charges, go
over until April H. PAGE 7
V. M. C, A. celebrates "second aviation
week" with banauet. at which Presi
dent Letts Is host. PAGE II
Improvement associations will give
pupils outing at Sunset hills. PAGE 16
Burning of city's garbage new plan of city
council. . "AGB 6
Editorial, Letter Box, — •*<*.zx**ma. FAGi: 4
Marriage licenses, births, deaths. FAQS li
Society, clubs, music. PAGE 7
News of tho courts. PAtiß 6
Municipal affairs. PAGE 5
City brevities. s PAOE 6
Mines and oil fields. PAGE 13
Markets and financial. PAGE 12
Sports. I'AUIS'IO
Automobiles. PAGE 11
California Congress of Mothers deplores
existence of double standard. I'AGE It
Biggest plow manufacturing concern in -
the world will Increase wages of its
employee. ' PAGE 16
Chlno citizens ask court to Interfere with
Methodists building church. PAG 11
Committee named to prepare tentative
plans for Improving Carmellta grounds
at Pasadena. PAOE 11
Asylum madman escapes on horseback.
Eleanor Bears, society girl, begins walk
from Burllngame to Monterey on wager;
covers forty-three miles In twelve hours.
- PAGE 1
Italy of engineer, I shot by Bakersfield " so
ciety man, found banging on a* fence
rail. PAGE 2
Delegates to T. W. C A. conference at
Santa Crux enjoy an excursion to big
tree grove. PAGE I
Former probate Judge In Columbus, Ohio,
Indicted for bribery, goes to Jail himself,
refusing to give ball, eon gets him out.
Mayor Gaynor starts long expected shake
up In New York police department. PAGE 3
William Brand, taken from Pennsylvania
prison to Pittsburgh confesses receiving
bribes. '• PAGE 1
Wealthy grand Jurors In New York refuse
to i indict employers charged with con
spiracy against union. PAG 3
Taft says east Is more potent In congress
than west because It keeps representa
tives in service tor long periods. PAGE 1
Vice president of American Surety company
tells of paying $6461* to get bill through
New York legislature. PAGE 1
Senators ask Root marry questions In the
- course of his three-hour speech In sup
port of the railroad bill. PAGE 2
New Jersey officials seek extradition of
Armour and other Indicted meat
packers. PAGE 1
Three hundred mariners strike In New
York harbor for more pay and less
I, work. PAGE 1
One woman killed -and another Is
wounded by masked burglar at
Bprlngneld. Mass. PAGE 1
Three hundred thousand cos^ miners
quit work at midnight In thirteen
states. ;•;■;; .page 1
New bill being framed to stop trans
actions In cotton futures. - PAGE 1
Admiral Fournler believes conflicting Inter
ests of United States and Japan In far
east likely to cause war. PAGE 3
Details of great storm off Japanese coast
show more than 1100 fishermen were
drowned. PAGE 3
House of common* fighting to strip lords
of veto power. • PAOE 3
General. election in England within six
weeks Is predicted. PAGE 3
[Associated Tress]
COLUMBUS, 0., March 31.—The
Franklin county grand Jury'last night
returned forty-nine indictments against
six men on the charge of rendering
false bills and collecting money thereon.
Those Indicted are Judge John T. Gale,
president of the Ruggles-Gale com
pany of Columbus; G. T. Rugglea, vice
president of that company; George E.
Wood, flerk, under former Secretary of
State La., 'n; Harry E. King of War
ren, former clerk under Railroad Com
missioner Morris; J. E. McCafferty
and J. T. .Paine.
Gale, a foiner probate judge, went
to jail voluntarily rather than giy'j
bond for his appearance for trial. Al
though an aged man, he passed several
hours in a cell, nervously smoking a
cigar. Finally he was persuaded by
oil son to give bond and was released.
The Indictment against Gale charges
that ho gave bribes to George E.
Woods. It Is the sequel of differences
between the partners in the Ruggles
<;,ile company. Gale has gained con
trol of the company after much fight
ing. It is) charged that he expended
$345 in giving bribes.
Harry E. King of Cleveland, former
clerk in the state railroad commis
sioners' office, indicted with Gale on a
similar charge, gave bond in tho sum
of $1000. . '
s 8

New Jersey Officials Are After In
dicted Millionaires—Lat
ter Resist
[Associated Press]
NEW YORK, March 31.—Requisition
papers for the extradition of J. Ogden
Armour of Chicago, who was recently
indicted by the Hudson county (New
Jerßoy) grand Jury for conspiracy in
controlling prices of meat products,
were filed with Governor Fort at
Trenton today by Prosecutor Garven
of Jersey City.
Requisition papers wore tiled several
days ago with Governor Fort for the
extradition of Louis F. Swift and Ed
ward Morris. It Is understood that
before Governor Fort will sign the
papers he will hear argument by coun
sel for 1 the Indicted men showing they
were not in New Jersey at the Ulna
the lwlietments Were found aeri.nst
them and that they are not liable to
Atalntic States Keep Same Men
as Representatives, Is
Reason Advanced
[Associated Prr-.«s|
WASHINGTON, March 31 .—President
Taft, In an address before the Ohio as
sociation of Washington tonight, point
ed out that the dominating power of
eastern states In congress lies In tho
fact that they keep men in offlco when
they place them there. He contrasted
tho Influence of the east in legislative
matters with that of the west.
"Why is it," asked the president,
"that the small states of the east exer
cise ao much power In congress? It is
not because an eastern man has more
capacity in the matter of legislation
than a western man. It is because
when the eastern states get a good rep
resentative they keep liim as long as
he lives, and then he has an influence
that vastly exceeds the. mere numeric ni
representation in politics.
"I don't know whether this is quite
germane to the subject of this occasion,
but it occurs to me to say this because
l as though we are all Interested
in having Ohio well represented and in
having Ohio make herself felt In the
legislation of this country by adopting
a system that will certainly bring
about the weight she is entitled to."
[Associated Frees]
TRIESTE, Austria, March —The
fiercest tornado in years, accompanied
by a heavy snow, has caused Immense
damage and loss of ' life in southern
Austria.' A passenger train was
blown ; off the . rails near Muggia and
rolled down an embankment,. killing
four persons and injuring eighteen.
i Steamship navigation lias been [ sus
pended and great damage was wrought
in' the new harbor. Several steamers
of' the Austrian Lloyd line : dragged
their anchors and narrowly escaped
disaster. '■ '
• VIENNA, «' March 31.—This city is
'Buffering greatly from a heavy, snow
storm, which has extended, over a con
siderable part of the country, f Many
accidents. are reported and several
deaths, : and. the, tramway, .;.. telegraph
and telephone services are • practically
at a standstill. __ \
LONDON, March 31.—Marie Coivlli,
the novelist is seriously ill of pneu
monia .it tier homo, Mazon Croft,
Ktrntford-on-Avon. Her condition has
given rise to considerable alarm.
Surety Company Official Testifies
in New York Fire Insur
ance Scandal
Henry C. Wilcox Says Statement
Startled Him-Compro
mise Effected
[Associated Press]
"VTEW YORK, March-31.—How WII
NEW YORK, March 31.—How Wil
liam H. Buckley, accelerator of
-*•" Insurance legislation, . and the
late "Andy" Hamilton, keeper of the
life Insurance "yellow dog" fund of
former years, worked shoulder to shoul
der, oiling legislative wheels at Albany,
was brought out today at the fire In
surance inquiry conducted by William
H. Hotchkiss, state superintendent of
Hamilton, the evidence showed, re
ceived no less than $8999 from certain
companies In 1901. Hamilton's name
was put on the record through the tes
timony of Henry C. Wilsox, vice presi
dent of the American Surety company.
In 1901 WIICOX testified the fire Insur
ance companies caused to be intro
duced in the legislature a bill to ex
empt unearned premium reserves from
Mr. Wilcox wanted to have the
casualty and surety companies includ
ed in the exemption and accordingly
went to Albany. He tried to get Sen
ator Raines and Assemblyman Lewis
Interested, but failed. Then he Runted
up Buckley and told him his troubles.
Buckley, he said, told htm that Ham
ilton was the one to help him. Buck
ley telephoned to Hamilton and said
Hamilton agreed to take It up.
Wilcox left Albany and the amend
ment went through as desired. When
it was all over Hamilton sent a bill
for $10,000 to the American Surety com
"Did he tell you he had to pay out
any of the money?" the witness was
asked. ..
"He conveyed to me the suggestion
that he had assumed obligations which
he could not meet unless the full
amount were paid."
This was as strong as Wllcox would
put It. He thought the bill too large,
but as a compromise, he.said, he sent,
three checks to Hamilton aggregating
$6469 Later the National Surety com
pany paid $2530 to Hamilton.
George P. Seward's charge that Ed
ward A. Brown offered In 1892, In. be
half of Senator "Big Tim" Sullivan, to
have any Insurance bill killed for $10,
--000 was corroboroated In some details
by K. E. Clapp, formerly of the Fidel
ity and Casualty company, of which
Mr. Reward Is president.
Elijah R. Kennedy also testified dur
ing the afternoon session. Kennedy In
1901 got through a bill exempting re
insurance reserves from taxation at a
cost of $13,311 to the fire Insurance
companies. Mr. Hotchkiss produced a
transcript of Mr. Kennedy's account
with the Nassau bank. It showed the
deposit of $8311 from the underwriters
board to Kennedy In May, 1901, it be
ing all but $6000 of the $13,311. The
$5000 was afterward made up to Ken
nedy by the late George P. Sheldon,
who collected the fund from the com
panies. __^_~«____ ;
Pittsburg Man Leaves Prison to
Tell Story-Three Take
Immunity Bath
[Associated Fresiil
PITTSJU'H'i. March 81.- William
Brand, formerly president of the com
mon council, who was brought from
the penitentiary to testify before the
grand Jury, today contributed his full
confession to help the graft probers In
trailing the men "higher up."
Brand's confession and that of
Charlei Stewart leaves but one more
Important witness to be heard, it Is
said. This witness is Councilman Hugh
Ferguson, who was at tho courthouse
today leaking an opportunity to tell
his story.
More directors and employes of
banks were before the jury today, M
were also two young women, Betale
Curry and Nellie Sherlock, telephone
operators at the Farmers National De
posit ban];.
Three more councilmen took the "im
munity bath" by pleading no defense
to charges of taking bribes. These
were Samuel Poster, who admitted
getting $400 from Stewart for his voto
on the bank ordinance; T. O. Atkin
son who confessed to receiving a bribe
of $100 from Dr. W. H. Weber for his
vote on a street ordinance and $500
from Stewart to support the bank or
dinance, and John McCartney, a form
er selectman, who said he got $400
for hi* votes on both ordinances.
Under threats of commitment to jail
fourteen of the men recently indicted
appeared otday with bondsmen who
gave bail of $5000 for their appearance
in court later.
TOKIO, April I.—Prince Tomosada
Iwakura, minister or the imperial
household, died today. H<' wai former
-1 vice crand chamberlain, privy coun
cillor and director of the peerage. He
was born In 1851, and was the oldest
son of the late Prince Iwakura, a lead
ing Imperialist in the struggle that
led to the restoration.
// lißif^lLl
Society Girl Now Walking 105
Miles on Wager—Covers
43 in Twelve Hours
SAN JOSE, March 31.—Miss Eleanor
Sears, the Boston society girl who
startled the fashionables of Burlin
game yesterday by asserting that she
could walk from Burlingame to Mon
terey, 105 miles, in sixty hours, is on
her way. She arrived here at 2:30 this
afternoon, rested until 5 o'clock and
then resumed her tramp. At 7 o'clock
she had reached Edenvale, eight miles
BOUth, and at 8:15 she arrived at
Coyote, five miles farther. It was her
plan when she left here to stop at GU
roy for the night.
Miss Sears expressed a willingness
yesterday to walk against any woman
athlete over the course sho Is now
covering. No one accepted the chal
lenge, so she laid a wager that she
could walk the distance in sixty hours.
Her time from Burlingame to San Jose,
thirty miles, was eight and one-half
hours. The day was hot and she
showed some fatigue, but after resting
here she said she felt completely re
freshed. She lost considerable time to
day trying to dodge many camera
operators >vho tried for snapshots from
many vantage points.
Mi:S Sears expects to cover the 105
miles In fifty-five hours.
Miss Sears reached Morgan Hill,
twenty miles from San Jose, at 11
o'clock, and after a rest of fifteen
minutes started on her way again, de
termined not to stop for the night
until she reached GUroy. She Is ac
companied by a party of friends In
two automobiles. Stuart Lowry has
been walking with her during the
Sub Committee on Agriculture to
Eliminate Futures in Cot
ton Exchanges
WASHINGTON, March 31.—1t is
probable there will be a new cotton
anti-option bill, likewise to be known
as the Scott bill, to cover amendments
to the original measure introduced by
Chairman Scott of the house commit
tee on agriculture prohibiting transac
tions in futures in commercial mar
It is practically settled, as far as the
sub-committee on agriculture is con
cerned, that the grain exchanges will
not be affected by the proposed legis
lation, the subcommittee taking the po
sition that there is no sentiment in
the west for such elimination of the
grain exchanges, as in the cotton ex
changes, and the grain representatives
who testiiled before the committee,
made a better showing than the cot
ton exchange officials presented.
Thre was no final action at this
afternoon's session of the subcommit
tee, but probably by Saturday morning
a bill designed to stop effectually fu
ture dealings on the cotton exchange,
will be ready for submission.
The full committee will not meet un
til the middle of next week.
John Howard of Whittier Said to
Be Dying in Suburban
John Howard, a Whittier ranchman,
- us shot last night by a Mexican cat
tle rustler, whom he was pursuing to
recover a stolen horse. He is dying
in the Whittier hospital. Deputy sher
i"s organized a posse late last night
and a dragnet has been spread for
miles in the vicinity where the crime
was committed.
The Mexican, whose namo could not
be learned, was discovered by Howard
in his own, corral. The rustler was
j leading tho horse out, and when How
| ard appeared he Jumped upon the
• horse's back and dashed away. How
ard, taking another horse, started in
j pursuit, whereupon the Mexican wheel-
I id in his horse and fired several shots
! from ii rille ho was carrying. Howard
toppled from his mount, severely
; wounded. He was hurried to the Whit
j tier hospital, but It is not thought ho
' ian recover. • ,
SINGLE COPIES: hally, 2ci scndat, s«
Q±l>l Ijc-LjH* on trains, s cents
Operators in Block Field Grant Increase of
Five Cents an Hour; Officers of Na
tional Union Confident
Employes Expect Shutdown to Last Month
and Have Stored Much Fuel in An
ticipation of Long Struggle
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., March 31.—Thomas L. Lewis, president
of the United Mine Workers of America, said tonight that 300,
--000 coal miners have quit work pending agreements regarding
wage scales. The distribution of the strikers in this record-breaking
struggle is given as follows:
District Men Out District Men Out
Western Pennsylvania .. 100,000 Michigan 3,000
Ohio 47,000 Kansas, Arkansas, Texas,
Indiana 18,U00 Oklahoma 25,000
West Virginia 10,000 Colorado 5,000
Illinois 72,000 Western Kentucky 5,000
lowa 15,0001
INDIANArOL. , March 31.—Three
hundred thousand organized miners jpf
the bituminous coal fields of l'fnnsyl
\ -inla, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, lowa,
Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma and Ar
kansas quit work at midnight tonight,
l mling settlement of a new wage
President Thomas L. Lewis of the
Un:ted Mine Workers of America de
clared a total of 300,000 men had quit
work. Other officers said the walkout
was not a strike, but merely a suspen
sion of work because no wage scale
had been made to replace the old scale,
which expired with March.
The miners demand an increase of
pay, in tome Instance! of 5 cent! a
tin and in other instances more, with
certain changes in working condi
Confidence was expressed by the
operators that there would be no long
suspension, or coal famine, us large
quantities have been stored in antici
pation of the walkout.
While the miners predict the sus-
P nnion will be cut sliort by a prompt
signing of wage scales, some of the
operators maintain the mines may be
kept closed for a month or longer.
The first settlement came In an an-
nouncement from Brazil, Ind., the cen
ter of the Indiana block field, where
the demand for a 5-cent increase waa
granted. The conditions In the various
■tatei, reported to the national union
l.ea<l .uarters, follow:
Illinois—9oo mines closed, 72,000 min
ers out; join conferem ■•■ on *t|M
called for Monday In Chicago. Oper
ators say men demand increase of 10
cents a ton; possibility of a four
months' shutdown; two months supply
of coal on hand; no immediate coal
famine in Cl.icago.
Indiana —18,000 miners out; confer
ence arranged for Wednesday at Terre
P ennsylvania—loo,ooo men out; tem
porary scalo exoeeted by Saturday; set
tlement of the" powder question to be
held in abeyance.
lowa—ir>,ooo miners oat; every mine
in lowa closed pending settlement of
the wage scale.
Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma and Ar-
kansas —Comprising the southwestern
Interestate field, 25,000 miners out;
early settlement expected; miners as
sert they have $400,000 to carry out
0hi0—47,000 miners out; state le.ider
declares It is a brief suspension; at
Loraln steel plant shut down and
threw out 4000 men because of coal
Reviewing the situation President
Lewis said:
"When the national executive board
adjourned tonight we all felt the pros
pect was very satisfactory for the
miners. In many districts it is now
only a question of the miners and op
erators sitting down together and talk
ing over business.
"In eastern Ohio, where we expected
strong opposition, it is reported three
of the largest companies are ready to
sign the contract we formulated at
our recent meeting in Chicago.
"In Indiana and the Hocking dis
trict in Ohio, we will reach a settle
ment next week. There probably will
be more difficulty in western Pennsyl
vania and in Illinois, where the pow
der and shot flrers' wage questions are
Miners and Operators Are Far
Apart on Question of
Fair Wage Scale
[Associated Press]
KANSAS CITY. March 31.—Approx
imately 35,000 union coal miners quit
work in the southwestern field, com
posed of the states of Missouri, Kansas,
Oklahoma and Arkansas, today.
The men went out quietly. They
were ordered out from the miners'
headquarters at Pittsburg, Kas.
When the operators learned of this
move they requested the men to re
move their tools upon leaving the
shafts today. This was done.
Engineers, flremsn and pump men
irttfne remained at work. It is said an
effort is being made by miners to in
duce these workers to quit. The oper
ators, however, profess no fear on this
3oth miners and operators predict a
i long, determined fight in this field.
[Associated Press]
Last month an effort was made in
■a joint convention to reach an agree
ment. It was a stormy meeting and
at no time were tiey near a settle
The operators claim they cannot
grant the increased wages demanded
by the men because of the competition
Ironi non-union men and dealers in
fuel oil and pas is too keen.
For thirty days railroads and other
consumers of coal have been,
storing fuel and no immediate famlno
Is feared.
CAisoclated Press}
NEW YORK, March 31.—About 15i>
masters and 150 pilots of New York;
harbor, members of the American As
sociation of Masters, Mates and Pi
lots quit '.york at midnight, putting
out of service seventy-flve tugs be
longing to four trunk line railroads
and the pilots and masters employed
by Arbuckle Brothers' sugar refinery,
which owns a small fleet of tugs of its
Four h.mdred cook«, firemen anit
deck hands, less certain of their
ground, decided to hold their Jobs for
the present.
In a statcnjent the companies said
they had received applications for
work from 1000 men in Albany, Boston
and New York, and that their boats
would run as usual within a few hours
after the strike began.
The strike affects the freight traffic
of the harbor only.
Under the provisions of the admiral
ty law officers holding federal licensee
are forbidden to go on a strike on pen
alty of losing their licenses, without
which they cannot obtain employment.
Therefore the men chose to resign,
but it is understood their action fol
lows a refusal of the four roads to
grant their demands for less work ana
more pay.
Three roads agreed on a settlement
during the day and averted trouble.
The other roads have appea'ed to the
department of commerce and labor.
The four railroads affected are Hie
Delaware, Laekawanna & Western;
the Central New Jersey, the Baltimore
& Ohio and the Lehigh Valley.
The New York Central; the New
York, New Haven & Hartford and tho
Erie reached understandings, the terms
of which are not given out.
The Pennsylvania recently offered its
men a 6 per cent advance in pay, con
tinuing the vacation of one week with
pay which they now enjoy, and giving
them every other Sunday oft.
The offer was voluntary and the men
accepted It.
From the other roalf, however, they
demanded $5 a month advance in
wages, one week's vacation and every
Sunday off, and have declined a com
promise identical with tho Pennsyl
vania, settlement.
ST. LOUIS, March 31.—Nine hundred
coal mines in Illinois closed down this
afternoon and tonight and 72,000 min
ers Stopped work. Tho mines will be
ClOMd until a new wagu scale is
signed, the old agreement expiring at
5 o'clock today.
When the whistles blow at the "end
of the day shift the miners walked out
with their Implements and the work
ings wertf turned over to the pumpmen
and engineers, who will be the only
men at work tomorrow morning. The
mines wrtll be closed for probably six
ty days and possibly for four months,
according to statements by members
of the operators' executive commit
O. L. Garrison, president of the BiK
Muddy Coal and Iron company and a
member of the committee, says the
operators are willing to grant an in
crease In wage* but will not pay tho
shotflrers, and it Is upon this latter
point negotiations may fail.
LOUISVILLE, Ky., March 31.—More
than 3000 white and negro men, women
and children, employed in the Ameri
can Tobacco company stemmerios,
struck today for higher wages. Twice
today the police were called to keep
the strikers and their followers orderly
as they marched from one factory to
another. Ten arrests were mail' .
Nearly 5000 other employes threaten to
strike in the plug tobacco and cigar

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