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J4ttere<l aa aernntl riaaa matter Jan. I. 1111. at the peat effhe at Clinton. Ill. tin Irr the act of Mar< h 1. 1171.
Vet. 1 CLINTON, ILLINOIS, JULY 1, 1513 No. 27
What Are You Going to Do
About It?
Tlie General Managers’ Association—an organi/ation representing all American
railroads—has derided that tin- growing discontent concerning wages and working
conditions among tln ir employes must lie eradicated, and to this end the organized
efforts of tin1 workers are to he treated with a proeess of extermination
The ultimate object of the General Managers’ Union is the annihilation of all
labor organizations. However, ui their efforts towards this end. they have not in
augurated a general warfare—a universal campaign of destruction hut are per
forming tlnir operations spusmndieally and in those ehannels of tlnir jurisdiction
where they have decided that the employes are awakening to their class interests,
and are combining their efforts in mass organization, such as lias developed among
the employes of the Illinois Central and Hamilton lines.
War was declared by the General Managers' Union mi the men on the Illinois
Central and Harnman lines, bceaiiKc there was a imssihility of the newly-formed
eomliinati"ii of tlie workers attaining it degree of effecti\cm *s and thus intruding
u|miii the sacred rights of the labor exploiters, whose interetrts are represented bv
tlie General Managers' Association.
The survival of the lalmr organizations d'-jH-nds upon their intelligence, and
upon their organization ami combination ii|>mi the same lines as those upon which
the General Managers' Union is organized Swear allegiance to the same law of
unification, and pay tribute to the same ceremonies which govern simultaneous ac
tion, harmony of efforts, solidarity of interest and all of that which is essential in
the recognition of a one.ness and unity of all the scattered forces.
A solidarity of action is the indispensable adjunct that must be developed
within the labor movement. Inflammatory strikes must become universal. The
strikes of today must become general, and when this jaunt is attained, that social
cancer known as the strike will cease to exist, because it will then he so expensive
and unbearable that ull corjsirations, in cotii|>liance with economic laws, will seek
amicable adjustments of all labor controversies.
For twenty-one months un economic rebellion has prevailed on the Illinois
Central and Harnman lines. Iaitcr, the emjiloyea of the 1’ere Marquette were
forced out on strike by the same organization that precipitated the Illinois Central
and llarrinian lines strikes and all other railroad strikes. Some twenty-five railroad
organizations which are as yet slaves to the classification of labor and class legisla
tion, are now anil have been for the last few months in conference with the rep
resentatives of the General Managers' Association, in an effort to obtain an in
crease in wages and the amelioration of working conditioas. But all these or
ganizations could uot have encountered more disrespect if they had been told to go
back home and keep their mouths shut.
The general Strike inevitably must come in the end. It is the only solution.
It will force the Managers' Union to cease their regime of warfare. The work
ers should orgunizo everywhere for a general strike. I.ct the agitation for a gen
eral strike become epidemic. 1s t there be a development in the labor movement
of that unity which has made itself so conspicuous in the Qenoral Managers’ Union.
1s t the working slaves rebel against their industrial masters, showing their dis
content in a general strike, and the labor jiroblenut will ho solved. The general
■trike must some day be the final action. What are you going to do about it?
Willie i* one ui the striker*, before the
war he explained to the boys his methods of
treating scabs, and we expected that it would
l»e neccs-ary to draft all the student* in the
school* of embalming and anatomy to take
care of Willie** victims, lie threatened t<>
tall the -tnkc prematurely by dashing through
the shop with hi- red bandanna in the air, and
when the union voted an assessment on all
the members who departed before the strike
was over, Willie was there tor a heavy assess
When the strike was called Willie was
placed under guard, for the boys didn't want
tlicir union disgraced by Willie's direct action.
However, after several days of vigilance, it
was discovered that Willie was perfectly
harmless. He could pas* by a scab and leave
bun unmolested The day when the cross
roads pickets were taken to jail Willie packed
lus trunk and purchased a ticket for a junc
tion on a foreign road where a friend was to
get him on the pay r 11
Gee, but this departure of Willie’s wa* a
pathetic one. How vigorously he shook our
hand- in that farewell on the station platform?
While awaiting the arrival of the night ex
press that was to take him far away, he said
with a show of sincerity that it wa- for the
be-t that be go to work and send his money
home so that we could get the cross mad*
picket- out of jail and purchase coal and
groceries for the needy one*.
W’iIIic was a good enough fellow. He meant
to do well, but be was all wind. After a few
month*' absence he sent back instruction* for
ti- t<» *tick it we bud to eat snow bull*, also
informing the boy* that be bad loo-ened up
t • the extent of purchasing a ten cent ticket
on a rattle for their benefit and that lie hoped
flu* philanthropic a*turn would do much for
the promotion of the great cause.
Willie wa* home on a visit the other day
He looked a* n lie had fallen off the counter*
of a haberdashery emporium He wa* stuffed
into a corset shaped coat, he had *ix inch cuff*
on his peg top*, hi* bread hook* were done
up in French kid-, and be wore a l.ong 1-land
derby on hi* water brained repository The,
| rvtrn. r territory adjoining Ins kisser showed
| the effects <t h«a\y manicuring, and putting
it mildly, Willie came home in baby doll style
The wot gate pickets met Willie brushing
up the street as they were on their way to
drive a w-oden monument on Hill Casey's
grave at the cemetery. Casey was killed by
the marshal m the Fuller store riot. Willie
told the hoys all about hi*, one hundred dollar
job, saving that he had come home to make
a deposit of live hundred. He sniffed at the
inferiority of Case>’s wooden monument and
-aid that Casey was a good enough fellow,
but Casey should have done as he did and
got out before the war broke out. He ex
cused himself for not paying that assessment
he had levied before he left by stating that
s**nie one, some place, some time away back
g"t away with some of the strikers' money
and that he was not going to be responsible
for .1 recurrence of such thing-. He came in
• »n the I. C and his train was only four hours
late, and he said he had seen one engine all
painted up and that it looked well Also a
Irlend had told his grandfather that wc hail
lud one desertion over the river. Take it
from U-, Willie was just a- full of wind a*;
rv < r
Willie, what are you whaling about’ You
art working aren't you? You don’t know t
damn thing about the strike and the sacrifices
we are making. You left us here to hold th«
sack a long, long time ago, and, for Christ’s
sake, if you can not do anything to help the
good cause along, do u> a favor and keep
your mouth shut. The other fellows do n«»t
know you to be as windy as you really are. but
we know you Willie. You can't see deeper
than the paint brush We rrfti*c to judge
>•■11 by your haberdashery, and we arr going
t" win ill spite id what > u sa> Willie. YOU
COSTS I. C. $17,00000
i Associated Press Telegram )
ST P M I., Minn . June 33—Andrew T ar-on. I
a brakeman of Albert Lea. Minn., today wa*
awarded a verdict of 917 000 in district court
lure against the Illinois Central Railroad coin
pany for the loss of an arm
» lly < )Id /itketty i
| ll.uk' y« u lilack face rugger 'lob,
J i >ur tatlu r- tY tight to t > ii fr»*
j V u r* -« a I * I > 111 g n« w .it tin- hull pen j» l*
1 •» make a slave • r men like me
'i n dirty looJ-sli In i r 11 In ad hr imp,
* right h.nk In in»- to the River Nile,
Y"il -tabby r.»t. you bull pen imp,
iced \ ur*e!f to a crocodile
J N • u drank fr- ni I reed m ' g *ld« n cup.
\tid it y- u wire In me, you Hottentot.
'i ur people *«■. n w tild du-s >< u up.
\iul 1 i\ t \ ■ u h lin g m a J" t
i In thi' lair land < i .a r today,
I V u l la k u« ed ant nr- pi idal im nk,
J 'i u 'call . ur )• .!• > t- r little pay.
v Im at it In it it-, >■ ii sem gatnbian skunk
We have tried otir b«-t i• • make a man
< *ut of a gorilla chinipan/ee,
I t i w y u rc do mis the he M you ean
I" make beggar- nut of nun like me
S- dig for home, I 11 pay > ur fare.
And wi«h to you this piece of luck,
I hope at once when you get there,
T hey‘11 grind you into caoutchouc.
Bloodhound! from St. Gabriel Fail to Trail
Supposed Hold-Up Men—Egan Waa Pas
aenger—General Superintendent of the Val
ley Line Aboard One of Three Pullmani
(New Orleans Press.)
NATCHEZ. Mu., June 21—(Special)—
Bloodhound! from St. Gabriel. La., failed to
obtain a sient which they could follow in the
work of tracing the tram wreckers whose work
lj-t night derailed live cars of the New Or
leans and Memphis tram. No. 12. on the main
tine of the Yazoo and Mississippi Valley Rail
road at McNair, nine miles south of Harriston,
in Jefferson county.
Sheriff G. H Hammett, of Fayette, and a
pos-e of men, together with railroad detectives,
have been scouring the country in all direc
tions, but have been unable to aecure any in
formation that would help them in their e{*
forts to capture the train wreckers.
Sheriff IV YV. Mulvihil! and his deputies
watched the roads entering Natchez during the
night and all today, but did not discover any
man or men of suspicious character.
General Superintendent A. E. Egan, of Mem
phis. Freight Agent Joseph Hattendorf, of
Memphis, and loo passengers were on the train
which ran into three crossties fastened in the
shape of an "A.”
The obstruction was placed on the track
some time between 8 and 8 30 o'clock, as the
fast freight south passed the place forty min
utes before the pas‘enger train struck
Engineer Desmond saw the obstruction w hen
forty feet distant, too late to slow down, but.
thinking he could knock it off, opened wide
the throttle After striking he shut off steam
and threw on the air brakes The obstruction
was knocked aside.
The engine, baggage and mail cars held to
the rails, the first day coach being the first
to leave the track. Two coaches ami three
steel sleeping cars followed, hut nobody wa
A train was made up from the Natchez
equipment, and through passengers were taken
to Memphis. Passengers for Natchez were
brought in at t 15 this morning The roadway
was cleared early this morning.
Two theories as to the cause of the wreck
have been advanced. One is that discharged
employees placed the tics on the track and the
other i- that st\fial men attempted to wreck
the train for the purpose of robbery.
(Cedar Rapid* Tribune >
The sure*t evidence that the Mrike of the
I i" -hop men is not a thin# of the past and
tfiat the road as well a* the llarnman line* arc
in desperate condition* so far a* rolling stock
ami motive power is concerned is had in the
tirade !»* mg printed in the dad> press and
t i-iv.ing direct -r» fii headquarter*, . f the o»m
p. •)> The artit !c in que-ti ti i- taken tr»»ni
* Jack-on (Mi-* i cMii-e for a new-paper, ami
- a bitter denunciation of the union men 'till
n 'trike
Strikers Produce Evidence.
1 he story of the real Condition of the strike
I fund line* i' nu'M truthfully t 1«1 in picture',
not mere word*, in a late is*ue of the Strike!
1 In I let in It i* thi' clear exposition of fact' 1
that ha* aroused the management and the
l.ok'on sheet to an ill advi-rd show of temper
and pcevt*hnes* In the bulletin are shown j
• ! /cn* «»f u- fiiaI photograph* taken of recent
b.»d wrt»k* on the tv* i -ysten.* I lie shop
ii.* ii 'ii *-1 r ik. e- f< r thi ir right- .«r- w-,! «* 11 > -
'•I with their slewing th« piiblu that
tb* «• forporato n- .»rt- not i» sh< wn l > their
imli denial of the illu-tratfd ta< ts
Two White Men and One Negro Thrown from
‘'Towcar" and Seriously Injured in First
Crash—Car Derailed in Second—Flats Had
Slipped Down the “Swag" in the Tracks at
First and Jefferson Streets and Was Not
Seen—Negro Remained Still Under Car,
Though Injured. Until the Cars Gathered
Momentum and Rolled Down to Engine
Berte Mentt, engine foreman, gash cut in
right leg; head bruised.
Vernon Gorman, switchman, collar bone
broken, minor bruises.
Fete Harris, (negro) switchman, spine in
jured. body badly bruised.
Three employe* of the Illinois Central rail*
r. ad company were injured, two seriously,
I riday night at 10 35 o'clock when a tow car
« "Upled t" switch engine No ivj was rammed
mto a «tring of flat car*, at the foot of Mon
roe street on the Illinois Central trr*tle along
the river front Berte Merit!, engine foreman,
probably is the most seriously injured of the
three, while 1'cte Harn*,»a negro switchman,
also sustained painful and perhaps serious in
All of the injured are in the Illinois Central
hospital on We*t Broadway under the care of
railroad surgeon*.
Mentt. who i* thought to be the most ser
louslv hurt of the three, is suffering a ga*h
me inches long in his right leg between the
knee and thigh, while the back of hi* head also
i* bruised painfully. Gorman, whose home is
in Russellville, sustained u< injuries of a ser
ious nature but a broken foliar bone. Harris,
the negro, is suffering a badly twisted spine,
and *urge«>ns have not yet completed an ex
amination of him. However, it is not thought
his injuries will prove fatal.
According to Engineer Fred West, who was
in charge of the switch engine. No. 183 was
hacking south on the trestle rather slowly
when the tow-car which was coupled on the
rear of the engine struck a string of three flat
cars that were on the tracks north of First
and Jefferson streets. At the time the tow
car was about loo yards north of the street
The three men shouted to Engineer West
just before the two cars collided The two
whites and negro were seated on the front
of the tow-car but their warning was too late
tu avoid a collision. When the,cars met Mer
itt and Gorman fell from the car to the
ground, about twenty feet below. The negro
rolled head forward onto the tics of the trestle
and lay there while half a length of the tow
liar passed above him.
That the negro was not ground beneath the
wheels of the towcar is a miracle He was
still beneath the car when the “flats," after
striking two “boxes" south of Jefferson, rolled
back down the swag at that point onto the
tow-car a second time The pre*ence of mind
"f Fireman H. Watkins probably saved- his
life. The negro was preparing to crawl from
beneath the tow-car when the fireman cried to
him to remain where he was until the second
collision Harris' heeding of that warning un
doubtedly saved his life.
The injuries tu*latncd by Meritt and Gor
man wire caused to a large extent by several
large pieces of lumber piled beneath the tres
tle They struck on the sharp ends of the
timber* and rolled for ten or fifteen feet.
A* soon as they could dismount from the
»ab of the engine and find their way from
the trestle. Engineer Weft and Fireman Wat
kins rcnit \ed the injured and as-tsted by em
ploye* of the Faducah Ice company, who were
attracted by the cra*h. carried them to F'irst
and Broadway, where they awaited the arrival
of the railroad ambulance The front trucks
of the tow-car were knocked from the tracks
when the second crash came—Faducah News
Two Coaches of Train
Derailed at Crystal Springs
(Special to The Time* Democrat )
GR Ys F A1. SPRINGS Miss. June 19—The
' h*erv.it»on car and one sleeper of Illinois
tYntral tram No 4. due here fr- m New Or
lean* at 12 25 p m . was derailed about a mile
*< uth ■ t here today No one was hurt The
accident was caused by buckled rails, due to
the intense heat
The train wa* drlavrd about thirty-five min
utes Owing to their damaged condition the
observation ur and the sleeper were left here.
The track for *everal hundred feet wa* badly
torn up and otherwise damaged

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