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Strikers Still Stand By
President SSL NOT ACCEPT TERMS PROPOSED BY MINISTERS Their Claim Is That Witnesses Should Be Called and Examined' Make the Announcement That 'Bus Lines Will be Started To-Morrow for the Benefit of the Strikers Sewell , Overheard Man "Knock" Him. The trolleymen's strike started on its third week yesterday morning and the men seemed as determined as on. the morning they quit work! ' The passen ger traffic; was about the.; same as it has been during the past week or since the cars began running. There was no perceptible Increase, notwithstanding jthe condition of the sideWalks. This statement also applies to the condition of things .as they were yesterday. Even during the . snowstorm very few people availed themselves of the cars. - The report of the committee of cler gymen, which i appears herein, given out Saturday evening has furnished the main topic of discussion and con versation among the ; strikers.. At a meeting held yesterday the men voted to receive the report, but they will not carry out its suggestion, that is, with' draw President Barrett and Kelly from the contention. . The men' in gen eral, say the committee, mlsapprebend- '! ed the conditions on which they rvvere to proceed in the matter and consequently the report issued with re commendation to withdraw Mr Bar rett and Mr Kelly from the dispute cannot be accepted. "The committee should have heard . roy witnesses as well as my own state- 1 ment," said Mr" Barrett. "They mere ly, went to Mr Sewell, heard his story, .' then came' to me and heard mine. They, say I have been a good and faithful workman, that I was all that an em ployer could desire to see or expect in an employe and yet they recommend that I be cut but of It altogether. How they came to such a conclusion, in ,view of what they say preceding their recommendation Is more than we can guess. We will make a, clear state ment of our position in the matter this efternoon."' The strikers' executive committee this afternoon gave out the following statement: "This' is the sixteenth day of our strike, with no sign at this writing, of ta settlement.. Since issuing our' last' fctatement we have had three meetings; "At oiir 5 o'clock meeting on Saturday afternoon, the communication from .Manager Sewell, which has already iieen printed in the papers, and which practically declared that all negotia tions with us were off, was presented and ordered placed on file. It was the occasion of considerable discussion from the members of the union . and the remarks made were brimful of de ft errnination to adhere to the x lines al ready laid down by us and stick to gether to the end. . "The meeting wag honored by the presence of the clergymen's committee, Ilev W. J. Slocum, Dr Anderson and the Rev" Mr Stockdale. The committee had a communication to present to the men and Dr Anderson read it. This communication has also been published and we will not insert it in this state ment, after the reading of the report and the passage of a vote to accept It and place it on file, the meeting was addressed at some length by each of the three clergymen constituting the . volunteer committee. As they were about to leave after these addresses, a rising vote of thanks was tendered them for the interest manifested in the strike and for their courtesy in calling upon us at our meeting hall.,. . " "We met again yesterday 'morning at 11 o'clock and this morning at 10 . o'clock. As usual, roll call found every ' man in his place ready for business of any nature that he might bo called . upon to do. Yesterday was pay day and each man, went away happy after the meeting. - "We appointed a committee several days ago. to look into the matter of es tablishiug bus lines throughout the city. The committee made a full and satisfactory report this morning, and 'Wewere in hopes that by this afternoon we could have some of the lines in operation. If nothing unforeseen oc- , curs, however, inside of the npxt twenty-four hours the strikers' bus line will be in operation all over the . city and twtween here and Waterville and Naugatuck. The busses will be man ned in the main by the striking trol loynien who will receive the entire .benefit of the patronage tendered them Ho be on the watch to-morrow for the striking trolleymen's overland coach , Vine to everywhere. "We now wish to make some state ments concerning our attitude toward the report of the volunteer clergymen's committee. In the first place 'we will go back and state our position regard ing the committee. When waited upon by the reverend clergymen, and after hearing their suggestion, we voted to present all our evidence regarding the' discharge of Barrett and Kelly to this ommIttee, provided the trolley com pany would do the same. AVe further agreed, in case the trolley company ac cepted the clergymen's suggestion, to abide by the decision of the committee m that point. The committee then waited upon the trolley company, we believe, as it has been so stated in the papers and promised to notify us what U'MsIon the trolley company would make on this offer. Up to this time the committee has not notified us that the trolley company would accept their Kfor andlay.the case with them to de iilc. We therefore assume that the ooropany would not agree to it. On fx'Jturday afternoon the committee met .Mr Barrett and had a long interview .".villi him. They heard none of out "fitnesses.- We understand they also o-,nsmltrd Manager Sewell. After lhat. the report submitted to our meet f.ur l.i to Saturday afternoon was drafi--.?. We do not (and firmly believe the -':i,gyjceir-? committee do not) ooa-l Their Guns and By Barrett. sider that report as being a decision binding upon us. It is merely a sug gestion that the clergymen offer as a possible means of . getting the . com pany and the strikers together. The question was whether or not the union upheld Barrett and Kelly, wrongfully and merely because they were mem bers" of the union. When the commit tee conferred with our executive com mittee we understood their idea was to get this one point right in the pub lic's mind, . and, let the public know which side was wrong and act accord ingly. -We then voted unanimously to abide by the committee's decision as to whether or not Barrett and Kelly were guilty of ' drunkenness, as inti mated in the public statements of the officials of the company. We were in hopes that the committee would' take a determined stand with one shle or the other of the parties at issue, which we were more than anxious to have them do, -The report submitted, how ever, we consider simply as a sugges tion toward conciliation, which we feel we cannot conscientiously adopt." - Manager Sewell heard to-day from at least one man on the strike. Mr Sewell and a Democrat reporter were talking over the situation on Exchange place tliis noon and near by were two respectable looking men doing the same thing .exactly, and its . causes The large man stood aip for the com pany. '...- "They were discharged for violating the rules," said he, "and that was rea son enough for. their discharge." " . "What rules?" exclaimed the other, who stood within two feet of Mr Sey ell, but evidently did not know him "what rules?", he repeated. "Only one man says they were'drunk or drinking on duty. Only one man." and he turned around and faced Mr. Sewell In the manner of one expecting his audi tors to say "Well done, old man." . "Do you think," he went on. "that in this enlightened day any body of intelligent men win go on strike without bavin er sufficient cause? Do you?"1 Anil thus the argument went on. to the great amusement of, Mr Sewell. who stood. by listening to himself getting ii.iluy.Rctt, . i:. ; ... .!.. . On -West Main street yesterday one of the overhead wires broke and took the current to the ground. Traffic was suspended for some time.. The Waterville 'bus will begin work to-niorrow morning, leaving Waterville at 6:10 In the morning. It will leave this city in the evening at 6:15. The- Bartenders' union have voted to give 50 per cent of the receipts of their ball, which they hold this week, to the strikers' fund. Thus the shekels con tinue pouring in. - nilll TAKES II ill BACK v All He Said About Quigg Claims Now Was Untrue. He Doblin Tells About His Visit to the Committee Room and the Question l Put ' to Him Answered Question as He Did Because Ho Thought He Was Among .Friends. Washington, Jan 26. During the course of the Lessler bribery charge investigation to-day Philip Doblin made a statement retracting every word which he said concerning Mr Qnigg tendering him any kind of a bribe. : He also said that the state ment regarding his being called to Washington and his conversation with Mr Lessler at the Hotel 'Normandie were untrue. He said he read the ar ticle as it was handed to him and was told by Lessler, "You have got to stand for this." , "Lessler further said, "You will be all right if you will just appear before the committee, and I will go and see the speaker and fix it" up." "He goes out of the room and comes back, and he said he had seen the speaker and he , said it will be all right. s All you have got to do is to go before the committee and substantiate my story. You appear before the com mittee and they are friends of mine and all there will be to it they will re port to the whole committee and there won't be anything further to it." Continuing, Doblin said: "I went into the committee room, the gentle men were standing about some one said 'This is Mr Doblin.' The other gen tlemen all shook hands with me and after a while I was handed a cigar which I smoked. . One of the gentle men said, , 'Wasn't it Mr Quigg who said to you that there was $5,000 in it for Lessler and $1,000 for you?' I stated at that' time, 'No, sir.' Then all the gentleman' said 'Oh. it's all right; you go ahead.' I refused to answer at that time at all. I felt I was in the hands of my friends and that It was all right, that I would back up Lessler here and it would be a cinch and that that was all there would be to it; that the committee would report that Lessler and I would be under stood and that it would be all right. After I got out of the committer .room. I went to the hotel and asked for Less lor. I could not get him at the houne and left the city thinking it was all CITY JSEWS- Office room to rent In center, one flight up. Apply box 904. The funeral of John C. Delaney took place this morning from his late home on Baldwin street with a mass of re quiem at, St Francis Xavier's church by Father Curtin and interment in new St Joseph's cemetery. The bear ers were James Cavanaugh, James Wall, Robert Manion, John Green and Edward Connor. .' Mrs Margaret Egan died this morn nff at her home, 937 South Main street. Mrs Egan has been a sufferer for some time from rheumatism and has been in the Nhabit of taking Rochelte salts for relief. Yesterday she took some" salts as usual and in a few min utes she commenced to vomit. The vomiting continued during the day. This morning her condition was worse and Dr Galley was summoned. When he arrived the woman was unconscious and she died about ten minutes later. Acting Medical Examiner Graves was notified. He has not finished his ex amination as yet, but thinks that the probable cause of death was rheuma tism of. the heart. He will, however. examine the salts to see if they were all right. She leaves four children. It was reported this afternoon that the police protection, which the com ""LS days. The action of the authorities in this respect lias been the talk of the Mr ,Sewell la llis mterview withthe.i Enines.-E very, person who shall wll town, for communities like Nvnter- 1nfrtrrnfi(1 thfim tllfl(. on thfi ... ,,- ' 11ri0 nV nr,r nsftfl m 'A r"2, if ni w ville, 'Out East and Pearsallville have i been clamoring for police protection for the last six months and have been denied it , f " There came near being a serious J trolley accident on South Maiu street j yesterday afternoon. A man was crossing from Scovill street to the oth er side when a south bound trolley bore down upon him and carried him to a point . nearly, opposite Jeffers6n street before the man in charge could stop the car. The fellow clung to the fender and the side of the car and in this way saved himself from getting under the wheels. Teople who wit nessed the Incident thought the man's limbs would be gi-ound off, but after he was extricated le ambled along as if nothing had happend. The Venezuelans SayJhat the Panther Fired the' First Shot at Fort ! CARACAS; Venezuela, i Jan. 26. A correspondent , has been making inqui ries with a view to ascertaining wheth er the German gunboat Panther or Fort San Carlos fired the first shot. The foreign minister said: "The Panther on Jan. 17, attacked the fort first without provocation. The gun boat approached the fort and fired on it. We can guarantee that the attack was premeditated and planned in Ber-. lin. The proof of this assertion is a let ter we received on the morning of Jan. 36 from Curacao, and which President Castro retains in his possession notify ing us that San Carlos would be at tacked between Jan. 16 and Jan. IS that is to say, before the arrival of United States . Minister Bowen at Washington. Another proof that the attack was premeditated is the circum stance that General Bello, who is in command of the fortress, received no THE GERIvlAlT GUNBOAT PANTHER AND HER COMMANDER, CAPTAIN ECKERMANN. The Panther is the German warship that has been so busily engaged in shelling Venezuelan forts. She is a wooden ship and is not a very formidable antagonist. She carries two four and one-eighth inch quick firing gun??, eight machine guns and a crew of 132 men. ; BURPEEvTALKS. Says Clergymen's Report Was Not Fair to Company. EXPECTED SOMETHING MORE He Gives . the Company's Side of the Barrett Case Tells What Manager Sewell Saw Once pon a Time The Law in Regard to Interfering With Trolley Cars or Their Drivers. Regarding the decision of the com mittee of clergymen. Colonel Burpee de sired to ibe quoted as follows: tregret that the statement issued j by the clergymen s committee is not full and fair as we think It could have been made. : In the second paragraph they say Barrett waa absent without leave the Sunday and Monday preced- ing his discharge. As a fact, lie was absent Tuesday also. In the first par- -iagrapn uarrett, tney say, was iu tue ; empioy oi me cowpuiij aevcu w vi&u. motion, he shall be Imprisoned In ' company self any discredit. That is not true, clergymen, informed them that on the nrtj.Mne Anmiat he. had himself seen - preceding August he. had himself seen Ttnrvp.tt leave his car and enter a sa-' loon in uniform twice in an hour,, and j mat tnere was auouier wmiess oj, meats occurrences. The conductor who was with Barrett on the car went' into' the. saloon with him on both ; occasions. As this was not ..the conduc tor's first offense he . ' was ' at : once discharged and notified1 - of ' the cause. Mr Sewell is informed that Barrett knew the reason of the con7 ductor's discharge. : Concerning Bar rett's good record, Mr Sewell Keter mined to try him a while longer. When he committed the offense referred to in the clergymen's statement, it was decided lie ought not to be retained any longer in the employ of the com pany GERMANY GIVEN THE LIE V Have Been Premeditated. notification as- to the tobjec of . the Panther in .approaching the fortress fimilar to the written ultimatum that the Germans transmitted through the United States consul to the Venezuelan representative at Puerto Cabello ,when Fort Libertador was shelled." :The letter referred to above has been communicated to certain legations. The '.correspondent also saw Dr. Torres Cardenas, President Castro's secretary. Dr. Cardenas was at first unwilling to discuss the matter, but afterward said: "The Panther attacked first. We have 'proof of it. Germany may try to explain her conduct by as Bertingthat the fort fired on them first, but we deny it. It was not the fortress, "which is immovable, that called on the Germans. No, it ; was the Panther, which was enforcing the blockade out side the bar, six miles from the for tress, which one morning came and at . , ., if, i, ".i vt " " hmimmm "While the occurrences - in August were not the direct cause of his dis charge, they had a bearing on it, be cause they went to make up Barrett's record. The statement of the clergy men seems to be defective because it does not refer to. this fact "which had a creat influence on Mr Sewell In de termining his action and on he offi cers, of the . company in supporting him." Colonel Burpee gave out the follow ing to-day, thinking it may benefit a certain portion of the public. .. It is a transcript of the laws and punishments for interfering with street railroads t Sec 1145. Wilful Throwing or Shooting at Railway Cars. Every per son who shall wilfully throw or shoot any missile at any locomotive or vflHrond ear. or street railway car. wherby the safety of any person is- endangered, shall be nnea not mure than $500, or imprisoned not more iuuu one year or both Kov iiRo pinoincr Obstructions on Railroads. Every person who, shall wilfully place any obstruction upon any railroad, or who shall loosen, tear tin, or remove any part of a-railroad, ! shall be imprisoned!! the state prison t mnr(x thnn en Vears: and if he shall th snrnft -with 'intent to throw any locomotive or car from the track oi Such railroad., or to obstruct any uiu- such prison not more than thirty years. f ully injure auv engine or car used anv n.n'm.,1 nr nv onr usp1 unon 'upon any railroad, or any car used upon otitt titvaa mil wn v sh.-vll be fined not mo"re than $150, or imprisoned not more than one vear. or botn. . Sac 1241. Wilful In.iur.v to .Electric Railway Appliances. Every rson who wilfully and unlawfully displaces. removes, cuts,' injures or destroys any wire, insulator, pole, dynamo or-motor attached, appertaining to, or connected with, anv railroad or street railway operated lv electricity, shall bo fined not more, than 500, or Imprisoned not more than three years Mary, .the six weeks old daughter, of Mr and Mrs Patrick Dunn, of 48 ' South 1 street, died Saturday night The funeral' was held yesterday after' noon. Burial in x Calvary cemetery. , Bombardment Was Also Said to tacked the fortress. Why. should we attack? Have we tried since Dec. 9 to trouble the Germans, English or Ital ians, notwithstanding their aggressive policy? Our role was' finished a fort night - ago. Mr. Bowen, - the United States, minister, represents our inter ests, and we were patiently and silent ly awaiting the result of his mission when .this sad event occurred. ' Com pare the conduct of England and Italy with Germany's system of enforcing the blockade. Y'ou will see that the lat ter alone has, interest in creating trou ble." . , , ' . The Venezuelan war minister said: "The report that we fired first on the Panther is stupid. . Venezuela, . being aware that the guns of the fortress were inferior and of shorter range than the German guns, had learned by the experience of the shelling of Puerto Cabello that if any , one suffered it would be the fortress." Committee of Clergymen Their RECOMMEND THAT BARRETT AND KELLY RETIRE They Find That Barrett Broke ner That Would Call for His DischargeColonel Burpee Say Negotiations Between Company and Men Are -Not Necessarily At An End. , i Following is the report of the clergy men, who gave the trolley strike con siderable of their time last week: "The undersigned are a committee to whom the trolleyniens union have tby a unanimous vote referred the question of the position which the union should hold in regard to the reinstatement of Messrs Barrett and Kelly, two. dis charged employes of the Connecticut Hallway and Lighting Co. Mr Sewell, the general manager of the company, had stated over -his own signature that tne question at Issue was whether the company has the right to discharge an employe for breaking its rules.. .We had found that the members of the union took a very different view of this particular matter from that held by the general manager, and. It seemed to us that this was the point on which the whole case pivoted and that If this question were disposed of, other ques tions could soon bo settled. . We of fered our services for an investigation ana the union has, -voted to'abide'by our decision. "In pursuance of our task we first sought an Interview, with the general manager to secure definite information In regard to the facts upon which he had proceeded in discharging the em ployes. We avoided any such probing of the matter as might have "been brought -about by a cross examination of witnesses. But in a friendly, inter view with Mr Sewell we ascertained the condition of things as it lay before his mind, ne gave us., as we tinder stood it, the main facts In the case. We then had an. interview "with Mr Bar rett in which with entire frankness, so far as we could Judge; he told the story of his absences and his dismissal and gave his explanation of certain charges brontrht 'against him, "We hav-had no -.Interview with Mr Kelly, but we suppose that the conclu: slon reached In Mr Barretts' . case would probably apply in Mr Kellv's. "We find these things to be true: 1 "1. Mr Barrett at the time of his dis charge had "been an employe of the company In the difficult position of mo tormnn for seven or eight years, and during this entire period ' had . served the company and the public faithfully and without bringing upon himself any discredit. "2. On the Sunday and Monday pre ceding his discharge he:. was: absent without leave and without' notifying the management of his intentions. "3. According to the published rulsv of the company, general rule 32, he thus exposed himself not to dif missal, "but to suspension for a limited period, al though according -to another rule. No 38, employes may be 'discharged at the discretion of the superintendent.' "4. Mr Sewell being a man of kindly nature and on fraternal relations with his men, the rules of the company In regard to absences and. even more seri ous offenses had not been stringently enforced, o that even a ,suspensIon would 'have been a surprise to Mr Bar rett under the circumstances. "5. When, therefore, he found him self discharged and without opportuni ty to make any. explanation, it seemed to him and to his friends that his em ployers must have been affected in their action by some motive which did not appear upon the surface. "0. In view of the fact that Mr Bar rett was the president of the trolley men's union the members of that union having been stirred up to jeal ousy concerning their rights by recent occurrences it was -natural enough they should attribute Ids discharge, where only a suspension was called for by the rules of the company, to hostili ty on the part of the company toward the union. "7. The strike vseems to have been or dered in spite of Mr Barrett's protest against It, under" the conviction that Mr Barrett had been unjustly treated, and that the blow by which he had suf fered was at the same time an attack on the union. Wo are assured by the management that there was no such underlying motive, but we find it im possible to convince the union of this fact. , "8. In the meantime it is evident to us that Mr Barrett by his absence and the irregularities Involved therein ex posed himself to the reprobation of his employers and pursued a coursexcalcu lated to break down th discipline of a public service upon which the comfort, safety mnd well belug of the communi ty are greatly dependent, and that, in view of all the circumstances of tha case it is not to be wondered at that the company should unhold its general manager and superintendent in the course they have pursued. We rpgrt that tbeVshould have semi fit to applv the lash in the ense of such a man an emplove' of so long standinsr and the president of th union especially when th Tuiblished rules of the company cand for no such penalty. , fr"9. 'Nevertheless we recommend to th union to vfeH this point Mr Bnr rt belnar snffiHentlv vindicated "bv Ihis prblic statement of the case and protonls to nrovldo for hUn in othPi wavs having ber mdo nnd to atrc to return to work imnWiately nrovidpri the management of th companv will asrree to submit the other questions at issue to the arbltrat'on of a committee upon which 1ioth parties shall be even ly rnresented. "Tf it seems to the union that we are calling upon It to mnke a great sacri fice by so doing, lot its members .con si ler.thnt after all It i not a parrlflce of priiK'inVs and. that in the eves of n lo" suffering community such a sac- J riflce will win .for them a liishcr ap Prepare and Publish Report Rules of Company But Not In Man proval, and a warmer friendship than they could in any other way secure. "Notwithstanding the position taken by the company in" its latest utterance we .should hope that a graceful yielding of this special point by the union might lead to securing some basis of arbitration and thus hastening the end of an unfortunate and distressing con dition of "ffairs. (Signed) , "JOSEPH ANDERSON. . ; . "WILLIAM J. SLOCUM, : : "F. B. STOCKDALE." The ultimatum Issued Saturday to the men by Manager Sewell does not mean, according to what Colonel Bur pee, counsel for the comnnnv. snM th!a morning to a democrat reporter, "that i.ue company win not iisten to any fur ther overtures for a settlement. It means, however, that all conferences shall be considered at an end, There have been enough of them held to show that the company and the men ennld not come to any conclusion upon the grounus rue latter nave so far offered. If they see they can make advances ujjuu . some otner grounds, well ana good," said the colonel. "The com pany, will always be' pleased to hear them. But no more eonfprenpps nn h grounds that have already been gone over." "And what were they?" he was asked." "The reinstatement of Mr Barrett and Mr Kelly," he replied. "That has been the position of the companv from the first and it will be the position to the last." , i -t It xwas stated, Saturday officially on behalf of the company that very soon the, company will put the men now in the employ on the schedule of wages which was one ""of the elements that brought about, the strike. Also tnat tne men will have to procure bonrding houses, "and then," said this official of the company,, "the com plexion of the situation may change, but the company cannot help that, pro vision will have to be made by the city to give the men protection. They may have some difficulty in finding boarclln houses and other accomodations, but they will have to find them for they cannot be accommodated inuch longer in the car barn. The company will dispose of the mattresses, cots and bed ding., We do not expect they will find a ready sale, but that won't make much difference." - ' "But these men did; not come here with the intention of staying. Are they not professional non-union men anil did they not come here with the In tention of returning where they came from after the stirke is over?" "All who wish to remain can do so,' said the official. ' "They can have their po sitions as long as they wish. They are all comnppnt men " "TTVior, break up Mr Farley's business of fur nishing .professional strikebreake rs?' "Oh, he can find others, I suppose," the official replied with a smile. ."In the course of time," he resumed seri ously, "some of the old hands may re turn and they will be given work, but none of the men now employed will be icmuveu tu ujaive way ior mem. w ' "The old men Will never return as long as the present circumstances last?" ' "Oh yes they will," replied the offi cial. . "Yon will find yourself 'mistaken; you don't know the temper of the men," - , , , ' , ("Oh they'ir return ' gradually," he said. "You'll find they will," and then he resumed his business. It was reported this afternoon that another batch of non-union men ar rived in town this morning. N The fare on all the 'bus lines will be the same as It is on the trolley cars, and the proceeds will go to fUe' benefit of the strikers. Just thirty-two passengers were . on the South Main street cars, at noon. The same gangs were on the other cars, but the total did not show scarce ly any difference from what it has been during the past few days. The strikers in return for the as sistanCe they have been given by the luiuut imve uvuucu iv ubbihi. laic jjuluhj as much as possible. . They, have de cided to run busses from as many of the factories and the suburbs as possir ble and convey passengers to their It s j-T ViiinlviAfa -vl r run M wwi. row morning they will begin with run ning busses -from Naugatuck at 0 and 10 o'clock in the forenoon and. 2 and r o'clock in the afternoon and 10 o'clock in the evening and will leave Exchange place at 7 and 11 in the forenoon and 3 and 0:15 in the afternoon.' . In his sermon yesterday Dr AndeJ son referred to his visit to the head quarters of the striking trolleymen, ac companied bv Father Slocum and the Rev Mr Stockdale, as follows: "The room was full of wide-awake,intelllgent men. The president was in the chair and presided with dignity, thd officers seated near him.. We were courteous ly, even warmly received. As I listened to the other two clergymen, both of wham were once hard working men, and heard them tell of their early struggles, I could not help thinking that it was a good thing for them to come into close contact with the working men.' One way to prevent the bitter ness that arises in the heart of the workingmnn when ho sees the extrava gant display of wealth made by some of our rich. is. for the two classes to know each other 'better and to come into closer contact."