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VOL. XVI, NO. 31
f 1
Men Refused To Go To Work Sunday Morning and
Not a Car Moved.
tal Not Be Taken Back Under Any Consideration They Were
' Given Until Three O'Clock To Report Will Be Dis-
charged if They Do Not
The trouble which has been brewing
between the- trolley men and the Con
necticut Railway and Lighting Co
reached a dimax yesterday morning,
when the men went on strike. Satur
day night, or rather Sunday , morning,
after the last oar was taken to the
barn, all thc'trolley men held a meet
ing, and it was put to v.ote whether or
not 10 smKe. a was vuieu 10 numc,
'and at 3:30 o'clock Sunday morning Mr
. Bewell,the general manager of the com
' pany, was notified by telephone of the
action of the meeting. This was start
; ling news for Mr Sewell, for he had
" supposed all along that when the men
had heard all the sides of the case they
would not have taken such action. He
thought' that his personal popularity
with the men would cut some figure,
Would prevent such an awful climax
to the controversy which they had been
indulging In for the few days previous.
The men, It will be understood, gave
; ; the company Saturday morning a writ
ten proposal and allowed Mr Sewell un
til midnight to give them an answer.
They informed him that they expected
that answer would be an affirmative;
that is, the discharged men would be
(taken back and the other demands
V p granted. Saturday noon Mr Sewell re
ceived a message from Philadelphia by
telephone asking him. to meet A. M.
i Young in New York Saturday, night.
jThe meeting was held and it was there
and then . decided that the . company
would not grant what the men demand
ed. A' ..-:!. ' ' .. ' : : .
The men's demand, is as follows
1. 'Recognition of the union.
2. The reinstatement of William
Barrett, John Kelly, Edward Maloney
and A. Light, discharged men.
3.1 A ten-hour day at 22; cents per
iiour-or all regular, and extra men.
4. !SnOyrplow work 30 cents pr
tour car. bam men 20 .cents per hour.
5. All extra men shall be paid tegu
lar scale of wages for reporting at car
- 6. All men failing to reDort.to barn
to take out their oars .shall report for
duty 'a&central offi.ee at :30 a. m. and
at 2 p. m to be paid only for work
.doe.:7:h,'w;,ie.,'V-'7 .. . ' :
J. All men employed., by this com--4
3 any shall become members of our
;; iinlon wjtuiavtairty days. .
, 8.. In all ca&es where men are dis-
-y charged the superintendent shall allow
a conference with the . grievance com-
: xnittee. . -.; . '
..'y Mr Sewell returned with his answer
on -the 7:52 train Saturday night. He1
, Jihad had a very hard day's work' and
jBlept all the way from Bridgeport. So
busy wa?-he. that he had not time to
partake, even of a lunch. Mr Sewell
'feels the situation very keenly, apart
,from his position as general manager,
because he knew he was quite popular
-with the men and that this sentiment
would have some Influence in deciding
their final action. Upon arriving In'
town Mr Sewell drew up the following
answer in preparation of the men's
final demand. The men named in the
communication form ' the ' committee
who. are managing the affair:
Messrs Cornelius Horgan, Howard
Dennis and J. C. Collins:
.: Gentlemen: I have your communi
cation of January 9, 1903, addressed to
iae as general manager, embodying the
demands of the employes of the Water
blry division of the Connecticut Rail-
j.way and Lighting Co.
These demands have been considered
iby the company, and I am Instructed
jto Inform . you that they will not be
'granted. . .- . . . .. .
Any employe of this company who
tfajla to report, for work before 3 p. m.
Monday, January 12, 1903, will be con
sidered as having left the employ of
this company, and he is hereby notl-
Ified to immediately call at the office
. of the company for any money that
(may be due him. If any ' man, who
snau nus xeave tne service of this
company, be at any time re-employed,
It will be as a new employe, and at the
established rate of wages.
Yours very truly, (
) ' J. B. SEWELL. General Manager.
January, 11. 1903.
Upon being Informed of the men's
decision Mr Sewell said he was sorry,
and that If the men went out he wouid
give them until 3 o'clock this afternoon
to return to work. If they failed to
return by that time their places would
be considered vacant, av.d if after that
time they returned to work they should
begin as new men, at 18 cents per hour.
Following is the statement of the men's
Waterturv. Conn. Jari 11. 1903.
dFlrst and Only Official Statement of the
iJmpxoyes or tne Connecticut Rail
way and ghting Co, Waterbury Di
vision: .
Previous to this time we have been
jtinable to give out a statement owing
to our promise to Mr Sewell, made at
this request on Saturday morning, that
y. we would not confer with the press re-
I l fgarding our troubles, and as Mr Sewell
S t pas broken faith and taken advantage
j f j, of. us. by placing a false statement be-
fore the public through the press, we
reel in duty bound to give our state
ment to. the press, and let the. nubile
he the judge as to who is right in the
natter, we have kept our word as
Tnen in this regard. The inconvenience
.to. the public, we know will be very
1?reat. Our reasons for stopping work
;on Sunday were that the public would
nave a chance to know our action and
vp prepared for Monday "morning.
' In reply to the statements of Mana
Ffr Sewell we ibave the following to
, offer in rebuttal:
We emphatically deny and vigorous
! J.v brand the statement a contemptible
, lie. that we were' drinking in a saloon
s 1 cSturdjiy Eirht In uniform, as stated
by Manager Sewell, and that we were
there joined by another employe who
left his car to meet us. And this we
also apply to the statement that an in
spector found us there "But Barrett
didn't report' for duty until Wednes
day," says Manager Sewell. Replying
to that statement we will say that It
has been a system of the company to
post at the central ofHce and at the car
barn bulletins designating the work
employes were to do after missing reg
ular cars and also designating work for
extra men. When a regular man missed
his morning car he was obliged by a
rule of the company to visit either of
these bulletins and if his name didn't
appear, on the list for duty by 11:30 a.
m. for extra duty he was then at lib
erty until 4:15 p. m., when he had to
visit the -bulletin again. If his name
did not appear then he was free to re
port until the time for his regular run
the following morning, v
We claim, and can prove, that the
accused men kept in touch with these
bulletins from the time of their first
miss until the time they were notified
of their discharge. We also claim, and
can prove, that Barrett, Kelly and Ma
loney visited the bulletin personally on
Monday, although they could have ob
tained the information through other
channels, without any Infraction of the
rules. Their names did not appear
thereon and consequently they felt re
lieved from duty until the following
day.1 They did not deem it necessary
to report to. any official as no such rule
has ever been required or ever been in
existence." ,
"He (Barrett) told my inspector Tues
day when he cahie around, T have
made a. big mistake for once In my
life,' " says Manager Sewell. ' Why
this contradiction on the part of Mana
ger iSevell? In the interview he says
Barrettdidn't show up until Wednes
day. ":. " . '. '
Manager Sewell says he understands
only fifty-three out of a membership of
142 were present at the meeting of the
union when the resolutions presented
to. his company were adopted. The
resolutions as passed were , adopted
unanimously and the result as shown
yesterday morning ought to be a con
vincing denial of this statement of
Manager Sewell' s." V .' " t '
It was stated that a car had. been
stoned, but on the face of it this re
port seems very doubtful in view of
everything being frozen.
As for seeing the men in question
drinking while on duty, it is claimed
that such : is well nigh imposible, be
cause tb cars do not wait long enough
in the center to give any employe time
to violate the rules, as is claimed. '
The moment the strike was declared
on the lines of battle were drawn up.
Pickets were appointed to the respec
tive depots and a dose lookout has
since been observed for strangers.
General Manager Sewell had. not
much to say to-day further than what
he has already stated. But what he did
say that was 'new is of the greatest Im
nrtance. It was to the effect that un
less the men returned to work at 3
o'clock, as has been eaid above, he will
have men here to-morrow morning to
man all of the regular cars at least.
Regarding the wage rate in the men's
claim, he said the men here are paid the
average rate that is paid in New Eng
land. It is higher than In some places;
but the only place where trolley men
are higher paid is Boston.
"We will never grant what the men
claim. - Of that they can be assured,
and thev mleht .as well understand it
now as later," he said. ,
' This forenoon a force of men was em
ployed clearing the tracks' on Exchange
place and approaches thereto.
Chelsea, Mass. Jan 12. Miss Cath
erine V. Richardson, who is charged
with attempting to poison her mother,
was held to-day by the grand jury.
Bail was fixed at $5,000, which was
Blane In a. Wood Plant.
PITTSBURG, Jan. 12. Fire almost
entirely destroyed the oldest portion of
the W. Dewees wood plant of the
American Sheet Steel company at Mc
Keesport. The fire originated from a
broken gas pipe, and the slight explo
sion which resulted from the break set
fire to the wooden supports of the
building. The fire will throw nearly
one-third of the skilled employees out
of work. Nine of the sixteen sheet mills
will be thrown off for a week.
IiMt Trip Up the Hudson.
NEWBURG, N. Y., Jan. 12. Naviga
tion of the Hudson between New York
and Newburg Is closed. The steamer
Ramsdell of the Central-Hudson line
made the last trip of the season up the
river yesterday. There is heavy ice be
tween Newburg and Yonkers.
Cyclone In Georgia.
SAVANNAH, Ga., Jan. 12. Advices
from Berrien and Worth counties, In
the southern part of the state, are that
a severe windstorm has done ' much
damage In each. At Omega, in Worth
county, the hotel was blown down and
a number of houses unroofed.
Ex-Hftyer Hewitt IJylnjr.
NEW YORK, Jan. 12.TEx-Mayor
Abram S. Hewitt is dying. The an
nouncement of hla death, according to
the physicians who have been In con
stant attendance upon ' the sick man
since Thursday, may be expected at
Eight Story Building Burned Loss
Half a Million Dollars.
New York, Jan 12. Fire early to-day
completely destroyed the eight-story
building at Allen and East. Houston
streets, which was occupied by Fayer
weather & Ladew, manufacturers of
leather belting, i Four alarms were
sent in. The loss will exceed half a
million dollars.
The firm had 1,000 employes, who
will temporarily be out of employment.
There were orders for months ahead
and the work was carried on day and
night except Saturday night, Sunday
and Sunday- night Large- quantities
of oil and grease were stored in the
building and these made the fire fierce
ly hot and caused two explosions. One
of them nearly caught a squad of fire
men with sheets of flame, and as a re
sult of the Other a $6,000 water tower
of the' fire department was destroyed.
The occupants of all buildings near, in
cluding several thickly populated tene
ment houses, were driven out. A por
tion of one of the walls fell on the Sec
ond avenue elevated railroad structure
which passes the burned building and
crushed a girder. A fire battalion of
fifteen men working on the railroad
just got out of the way in time to save
their lives. The origin of the fire has
not been ascertained.
While the loss on the building was
estimated at about $300,000. George
Hull, one of the managers of the belt
ing firm said that stock valued , at
over $500,000 had been destroyed. The
firm carried $621,000 insurance. Ed
ward Ladew; said that the employes
who have been temporarily thrown out
of work will be sent to the firm's fac
tories at Fall River. Mass; .Newark, N.
J., and Charlotte, N. O.
KanB City's Live Stock Show.
KANSAS CITY, Mo., Jan. 12. All
arrangements have been perfected for
the National Live Stock association,
which, with the National Wool Grow
ers' association and the National Asso
ciation of Railroad Live Stock Agents,
will meet in convention in this city this
week. The three conventions will at
tract 7,000 persons directly connected
with them, besides a host of others in
terested in the live stock business. A
fund of ; $20,000 has been raised for the
entertainment of the visitors. The live
etock convention will begin its sessions
tomorrow and will continue Wednes
day, Thursday and Friday. Tbe Wool
Growers .will meet Saturday.
Severe Storm In Michigan.
DETROIT, . Mich., Jan. ,12. Lower
Michigan has been in ; the grasp .pf a
snowstorm that, in the. western part tf
the state assumed the proportions of a
blizzard. Lake Michigan was lashed by
a forty miles an hour wind into a con
dition that made it impossible for any
of the boats to leave their ports for Chi
cago. At Benton Harbor the street car
service is ' stalled, and trains on the
M.v B. H. Mind . C. railway had to be
abando&edTJhree Rivers and Niles re
port Tai blizzard, ;the temperature very
low and trains delayed by the snow.
Severe "Weather In Encland,
LONDON, Jan; 12. The recent period
of unusually mild weather has given
way to a return. of severe cold and
gales and snowstorms are prevalent
over Great Britain. In the north of
England and In Scotland the falls of
snow have been very heavy, and trains
have been Imbedded in snowdrifts and
locomotives derailed. Hungry passen
gers have been kept for hours on the
snowbound trains. Much damage has
been done by floods in Ireland.
Oil Found In Mexico.
AUSTIN, Tex., Jan. 12. It is an
nounced here that Captain A. F. Lucas,
who was the discoverer of oil in the
Beaumont field and for whom the great
Lucas gusher was named, has just dis
covered oil In enormous quantities on
the isthmus of Tehuantepec, Mexico.
The syndicate of Americans he is rep
resenting, of which Colonel JI M. Guffey
of Pittsburg is said to be the head, has
obtained control of a large tract of land
where the oil was found.
Murdered and Robbed In the Street.
PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 12. Edward
Powers, a produce merchant, was
killed at an early hour this , morning
by an unknown highwayman who at
tacked him on the street a few blocks
from his home. Powers' body was
found - at daybreak by a policeman.
Powers conducted several stalls in the
West Philadelphia market and left
there about midnight Saturday with
$250 on . his person. This money was
missing when the body was found. His
gold watch and chain had also been
Letter Carrier Ansaulted.
ALBANY, N. Y., Jan. 12. Jeffrey J.
Ryan, a letter carrier connected . with
the central postoffice, was assaulted
and brutally beaten by an unknown
man when on his way home from the
theater. The fciowing morning upon
reporting for work at the postoffice he
collapsed and at the hospital was found
to be suffering from concussion of the
brain. He gave the convicting testimo
ny recently in a criminal case in which
the defendant, a .member of a disrepu
table gang, was sent to prison for fif
teen years for an unnatural crime.
Two Fall In a Duel.
ALEXANDRIA, La., Jan. 12. In a
pistol duel at a logging camp twelve
miles from this city James Bryant, a
principal, was killed and W. Dulaney, a
bystander, was mortally wounded. Bry
ant and William Ates, the duelists, had
a difficulty recently, . and on meeting
later renewed the quarreL- Pistols were
brought into play, and Bryant fell at
the first shot. Dulaney, who ' endeav
ored to prevent bloodshed, was struck
by a bullet from Bryant's pi stoL
Evidence of A. J. Culver Before
The Strike Commission.
Chairman Gray Is Still Unable to At
tend the Hearings Mr Culver Also
Said That Wage Statements Handed
in on Saturday are Final. '
Philadelphia, Jan 12. 'Brigadier-General
Wilson again presided at to-day's
sessions of the anthracite coal strike
commission, Chairman Gray still being
confined to his home by illness. .
'Abel I. Culver of New York, comp
troller of the Delaware and Hudson
Co, who was on the witness stand
when the commission adjourned Satur
day, was again called upon to testify
to-day, Mr Culver said that the wage
statements handed in on Saturday are
final, and that the miners' representa
tives have agreed that they are a fair
presentation of the case. v
General Wilson hoped that the repre
sentatives of other companies would
be able to arrive at some understand
ing with the miners In the presentation
of statements as the Delaware and
Hudson Co had done.
Mr Culver was cross-examined by C.
S. Darrow for the miners. Mr Darrow
asked the witness if the company
raised the prpe of coal 50 cents after
the strike ended, and he replied that it
did and that so far ag he knew the
price was still maintained. ;
In answer to other questions Mr Cul
ver said that the company was selling
coal at tidewater at 5 a ton for pre
pared sizes. The company sells it to
what he termed the middlemen.,
He had no information as to what
prices the middlemen were getting for
coal at tidewater at, $5 a ton for pre
publishi'ng about fancy' prices. The
employes of the company are receiving
their coal supply at a figure materially
under that which the public gets it.
At this point It was decided to have
Thomas F. Torrey 'of New York, gen
eral sales agent of the company, testify
to the coal sales of the company, end
he was summoned by telegraph. .
Representative at Washington from the
State of Oregon.
Washington, Jan 12. When the house
met to-day the desk of tne late Repre
sentative Tungue of Oregon, who died
suddenly yesterday, was heavily draped
with black and covered with flowers.
Tho chaplain referred feelingly to Rep
resentative Tungue. V ;
Mr Grosvcnor of Ohio, of the commit-,
tee on rules.'called up; the resolution on
merchant marine and asked for an in
vestigation by the committee of the coal
situation. It was adopted without de
bate. Mr Moody of Oregon announced the
death of Representative Tungue and
out of respect for his memory the house
adjourned. . :( ,' : v
When the senate met to-day Mr
Mitchell of Oregon submitted the report
of the sub-committee of the senate on
Its investigation of affairs In the
Hawaiian Islands.
Washington, Jan 12. A conference
was held on the floor , of the senate to
day and was patrlcipated In by Sena
tor Alderidge, Allison, Spooner, Lodge
and Chairman. Paine of the house com
mittee on ways and means. After the
conference Senator Alderidge an
nounced that when the Vest resolution
on the removal of duty from coal came
up he had reason to believe an action
would be taken elsewhere regarding the
removal of the duty. .: It has been the
contention of, Senator Alderidge that
the senate had no power to initiate such
A Branford Point Man Went On a
Rampage Yesterday. '
Branford, Jan 12. An exciting
shooting affair occurred at Branford
Point last night and although no one
was hurt several shots came danger
ously near hitting Dr G. E. Evans.
Richard Cotterell, a gardener em
ployed at the summer residence of
Misg W. L, Inman of New York was,
stricken with pneumonia, pleurisy and
complications last Thursday. Early
last evening he became violent and Dr
Evans was called. While Dr Evans
and a neighbor were in the house
Cotterell suddenly .seized a shot gun
and ran outside the house. Itj is said
that he fired nearly' a dozen shots,
several nearly striking the doctor
who was trying to get the man into
the house. Assistance was called, and
as " Cotterell is a large athletic, man,
several men were required to over
power him. He continued to strug
gle all night and at 4:30 this morning
Cotterell, with his wife and child
lived in the gardener's cottage at the
Inman-residence. He was 29 years' of
age. ' ; .
Philadelphia, Jan 12. During the
gale last night the three-masted schoo
ner Harold B. Cousens, Pensacola,
Fla, for Boston, went ashore at Town
send's Inlet, N. J., twelve miles north
of Cape May. She sailed from Pensa
cola December 26 with a cargo of lum
ber. She experienced rough weather
and yesterday the gale became unusu
ally severe. Her rudder became dis
abled and before temporary repairs
could be made she was driven ashore.
Captain Hart has telegraphed the
Maritime exchange that she is leaking
ABrookfield, Jan 12. Thomas Troy, 70
years of age, was found dead yester
day in his barn In , this place. ' Mr Troy,
who was one of the best known farm
ers in Brookfield, was apparently in
good health , when he left the house,
and when he failed to return his daugh
ter instituted a search and fiound him.
Deffth was caused by heart disease ,
Judge Shumway's Decision is That
Bank tGets Principal and Interest. "
Judge Shumway's decision in the
suit of the Dime Savings bank against
Paul McAleney of Meriden was hand
ed down to-day. The decision is
favorable to the plaintiff. The final
paragraph In sthe memorandum says:
The inference that the plaintiff ' in
tentionally relinquished its right to
hold and pursue its claim against the
estate of Cassidy, cannot be drawn
from the fact that the plaintiff
brought an action to foreclose the
mortgage. The Judgment gives the
plaintiff all it claimed, which Includ
ing interest is $2,646 with the costs.
Window Blinds and Gates Given a
Shaking Up Last Night .
The wind held high carnival about
Waterbury last night. At times it
appeared as if , a young tornado was at
work outside and was making consid
erable headway in its efforts to batter
down everything before it , Window
blinds slammed with .great force,
swinging signs creaked and groaned,
while hail was whirled in all direc
tions. The rain ceased early in the
night but the storm king kept bang
ing things about until daylight and
did not appear to be satisfied even
then. "Jack Frost" went to work as
soon as it stopped raining and had the
sidewalks in fine condition f or'publlc
travel just as folks were starting but
to work. It was one of the, worst
mornings Waterbury has seen in many
years for pedestrians and to make
things worse the trolley cars were all
taking a rest at the car barns and peo
ple had to get along without them,
i Things looked like they used to all day
about town. Teamsters . and pedes
trians were not constantly . on the
lookout or the street railroad cars and
shoppers who did not care to walk
called upon the hackmen.
Italian Government Is . Busy Want
United States to Guarantee Pay.
Rome, Jan 12. Negotiations between
the co-operating powers relative to
raising the blockade of the Venezuelan
coast are proceeding, the main point
being the question of guarantees for
the payment of claims should the war
ships be withdrawn. The Italian for
eign office recognizes the correctness
of the contention in Secretary Hay's
last note, that a ' continuance of the
blockade "Will only further impoverish
Venezuela and make the settlement of
the claims more difficult, and is desir
ous of: meeting the suggestion of the
United States. At the same time, it
cannot act without ai). agreement with
Germany and Great Britain. As the
quickest solution the suggestion is
again mooted whether the United
States might again be asked to guar
antee the payment of the sums award
ed now that the situation has changed
so completely. , ;
Horse Driven by E. H. Whalen Struck
and Killed. ;;r ''" ,
Terry ville, Jan 12. The crossing of
the Hiehland division of the New
York, New Haven 'and Hartford
railroad, which has been the center of
much litigation in the courts, was the
scene of an accident to-day when a
horse, driven by E; H. Whalen and
owned by Austin Thompson, a livery
man of Bristol, was struck and killed
by a train. The driver escaped unm
jured. It is claimed by Terry ville peo
ple that this grade crossing is a very
dangerous one, and the railroad com
missioners in response to a petition,
have ordered it abolished. The matter
is now pending in the courts on appeal.
San Francisco, Jan 12. Madame Wu,
wife c Wu Ting Fang, late, Chinese
minister to the united States, Has ar
rived here from the east, accompanied
by C. H. Chang, secretary of the lega
tion at Washington, and a maid ser-,
vant. iShe'will sail for China on the
steamer Korea this week.
Special forecast for Connecticut:
Fair to-night and Tuesday; colder
with a high cold wind to-night, di
minishing Tuesday.
Waterbury will soon have a Chinese
restaurant. A Chinaman from : New
York intends to open one on East
Main street near North Elm street in
side of a week. ".-
A new class which has, been started
at the Boys' club and is proving very
popular Is the musical or piano class.
The members of the class are showing
great interest in it and practice on the
piano at the club every afternoon and
evening. They are making good prog
gress.; .
Attorney . Bryan, representing the
plaintiff in the suit of Frisbie versus
P. , C. Morris et al, which was decided
a few days ago by Judge 3tumway
of the superior court for the defend
ants, has given notice of appeal to the
supreme court.
Local lawyers are incensed at" the
action of a firm of New Haven at
torneys in trying to collect claims here
against the Consolidated railroad com
pany out of the accident which occur
red dui'ing the Danbury fair. Com
plaint has been made to Attorney
Cole as a member' of the grievance
committee. . . : '
Considering the inclement Weather
there was a good attendance at the
open meeting which was reld by Bar
celona council, Knights of Columbus
in K. of C. hall last night. A very in
teresting address was delivered by
.Financial Secretary J. J. Lyons of Bar
celona council on matters relating to
the welfare of the order. Enteresting
remarks were made by. other members.
The Trolley Men Have Issued Another Statement in
Regard to Strike.
Will Not Return to Work ; Unless Their Demands Are Complied
With Will Not Report At Three OXfock To-Day
Cars Sent Over the Tracks Several Times 1
, To-Day To Clear Away the '
Ice and Snow.
m The strike began In lull force yester
day morningvand the public began to
feel the effects immediately. The hack
drivers and owners- reaped a harvest
all day. The strike could not have
taken place oji a better day for the
men or a worse one for the company.
The inclement weather of last evening
drove everybody home and they want
ed to get there by the shortest route
and the fastest mode of travel. The
great convenience the street car service
has been to the community was not felt
until then. For years it has been run
ning without Interruption excepting an
occasional storm. Yesterday not a car
moved. : .A .. v "',
This morning no effort was made to
move the cars but early in the morning
Manager Sewell Superintendent Wales
and .the man who takes care "of the
switches In Exchange place each took
a car In various ' directions, ; more to
keep the tracks open, it was said, than
anything else. But the general public
was greatly inconvenienced. Factory
employes were greatly put but, the
dreadful condition of the sidewalks
making walking particularly difficult
this morning. Everybody had to walk,
or rather crawl, this morning, and the
crowds of school teachers and High
school pupils who take the 8-25 cars
at Exchange place were creeping along
the sidewalks at that hour, casting anx
ious glances down West Main street
The fight Is on principle. The com
pany believes it ha8 the best of the ar
gument 'because It believes it can show
that the discharged men had repeatedly
violated the rules. On the other hand,
the men" Claim that far worse things
than the alleged violation have been over
looked and that were not the discharged
men union men, were not the company
anxious for the disolution of the union,
and did they not see in the present al
tercation a good chance to strike at it,
there would have been no strike. .
The" local trolleymen's union' met at
10 o'clock this morning in Buffers and
Polishers' hall on Grand street Upon
taking the roll call a full membership
was found to be in attendance. : The
grievance committee reported that up
to nc-on to-day no official communica
tion had been received from Manager
Sewell in reply to the communication
sent to his company , on Friday last
The meeting was an enthusiastic one,
all of the men appearing; to be in good
natured moods.' yet the sentiment was
unanimously expressed that the men
would stand firmly shoulder to shoul
der until the end demanded and de
sired by them should ... be "obtained.
Votes of thanks were tendered unani
mously to many citizens who have
taken an active interest in the strike
and have aided the ' men In many
ways. The session lasted, until short
ly after noon, when an adjournment
was taken until '5 o'clock this after
noon. The committee gave out the
following statement:
"We intend to fight to the last ditch.
We understand Manager Sewell stated
last night, on his return from New
York, that he brought home with him
a solar plexus blow, to deliver to us.
Well, we are pretty well trained by
this time to stand hard knocks, having
received our full share1 of kicks during
the past year and a half, still we think
Manager Sewell will have his hands
full getting us to take the count
Now, to refute a lew ,of the numer
ous statements which Manager Sewell
has placed before the public. In one
interview he claims to "have frequent
ly spoken to his men fas a" father to
his child." ; Should any pf his men
violate the rulesor make mistakes of
any kind, he would have the public
to believe that in his whole-souled gen
erosity he could not discharge him
without giving him another chance.
Yet, in another Interview, knd almost
in the same breath, Manager ' Sewell
has no hesitancy in proclaiming to the
public that an old employe like "Bill"
Barrett, who has served the company
faithfully for the past eight years, Is
addicted to drinking to excess and was
found intoxicated while in uniform by
one of Manager Sewell's "spotters." Ts
there any "fatherly" devotion shown
by publicly taking away a "son's" rep
utation by intimating .that he is a ha
bitual drinker? Mr Barrett does not
want the public to take either Mr Sew
ell's or his statement as to the truth
of these charges. He. Is willing to
have the matter .Investigated by any
honest committee and , call upon hun
dreds of reputable citizens who will
testify that he has never been found
drunk either while on or off duty.
Neither has he been a frequenter of
saloons while on or off duty. The
same applies to Mr Maloney, who has
served the company in a most satis
factory manner for about nine years,
and to Mr Kelly, who has been an ef
ficient employe for about four years.
Why. surely Manager Sewell must be
mistaken in making such charges, for
his faithful man, Superintendent
Wales, has admitted to the accused
men that he had never known of any
of them being drunk while on or off
duty. ., v .'. . .. ,
-It has been conveyed to the public
that Barrett had been warned twice
previous to his discharge, that he must
be careful. There must be another
mistake in that for when notified of
his discharge by Mr Wales; the latter
admitted that never before had. he
even found it necessary to say a harsh
word to him.
Manager Sewell admits that he-has
given chance after chance to men who
had been drinkjng and who wereseen
drunk on the streets and on the cars,
yet, with all his "fatherly" affection,
he refused to give the accused in this
case one ' single chance to remedy a
mistake if one were really made.
In view of the above statements, can
Manager Sewell criticise us if we
make the claim that the real reason
for the discharge of the men was be
cause of their prominence with a la
bor union? Can he blame us, In view,
of the misstatements made byt him,
which we have endeavored to refute,
if we " are of the opinion that if ..these
three men were not connected with a
labor union they would have been giv
en at least one more chance to be
good? ? ;:'' ''t'' -d-v.
To tlje public we leave the finding
of a decision, as to whether or not we
have any grievances against the local
trolley company.- Anyone , who has
ever been In Exchange place at a meet
ing of the cars on the various .lines,
and who has heard : subordinate offi
cials of the, company whistling at the
men as if they were dogs, shouting at
them as if slaves, and even swearing
at them in a brutal manner, will, we
feel, agree with us that the life of the
local trolley men has been anything
but a "Midsummer's Night's Dream."
A few cars started east about 1
o'clock and some surprise was , ex
pressed. Many thought the strike was
adjusted' and some spread the report
that non-union men had been engaged.
But the fact . was that the cars were
out merely to clear the tracks, which
in many places are under a foot of ice.
The committee requests the public
to buy, no badges or buttons from any
one but those whom they know to be
union men. They wish them to steer
clear of fakirs. There will be plenty
of union men around from which but
tons and badges can be bought.
The men were asked If it was true
that the men ; employed at the power
station were to strike this afternoon
and they replied that they, knew
nothing about that; these men have a
union of their own. In the event of
such a strike the town would not be
In darkness as many fear. ; t - ;
Inquiry at the station brought no
Information other than that the office
knew nothing of such a report. !
. The local railroad stations are be
ing well picketed by members of the
Trolleymen's union. Up to 2 o'clock
no men had come to this city by way
of the Naugatuck station to take ; the
place of the men on strike. At least
that is what one of the pickets at the
Naugatuck station stated to a Demo
crat reporter. ' .
Mayor Kilduff received a letter this
forenoon from Mr Sewell informing
him that a strike was on. He then
went on to state the case," giving the
views taken by the men and the viewa
taken by the company and the grounds
upon which the latter views were
based. The letter concluded with the
information that to-morrow morning
the company intends running cars with
new, men, unless the old men return)
meanwhile, and that the company will
expect all the police protection asked
Chief Egan was asked if he hat
made any provisions for additional pv;
lice protection in this respect and he
replied to the effect that the police
station was a poor place to look for
information regarding the police. ,
New York, Jan 12. -At nine o'clock
the following bulletin was posted by,
the physicians attending Abram S.
"Mr Hewitt's condition remains un
changed. His intellect is unclouded.
"E. L. KEYS, M. D.
E. L. KEYS, JR, M. D."
Editor Evening Democtat;-
In a recent issue of the Waterbury .
Evening Democrat in which an account ,
of the senior debate which was held at j
the High school last Friday evening, it i
wa stated thatthe affirmative side ,
won. We wish to dispute that The i
negative side won in a walk. ; r
Respectfully yours.
New York, Jan 12. The American's
La Guaira correspondent is authority
for the statement that under the pres
sure of President Castro the foreign
merchants of Caracas have "contrib
uted" $5,000 to the fund of Mr Bowen
on his trip to Washington. ; , '
Riverhead, L. I., Jan 12. The case of
Louis A. Disbrow, indicted for the mur
der of Clarence Foster at Good Ground
in June last, has been called for trial
to-day. The prosecution has sum
moned seventy witnesses and the de
fense has a!so called in a large num
Torrington, Jan 12.-Andrew John
son and Arthur Frlsbie of Goshen, who
were arrested Saturday for attempting
to snare a deer, were fined $100 and
costs in the borough court to-day. They
took an appeal to ttie jiext term of the
superior court. ., - -

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