|Paper||Salt Lake Herald-Republican|
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|Publisher||Digitized by J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah|
|Article Title||The Great Railroad Strike|
|Paper||Salt Lake Herald-Republican|
THE GREAT RAILROAD STRIKE. I Operations to Wciluesiiiiv Nigh- The railway troubles up to Wuhu's-day Wuhu's-day nigbt aiipeared to hnw rimncil ineir location, l'lttsbur mid Balli more have become quiet uiuler tbu protection of the citizenn' lu-inizH lions and the militury, wiulu ui other purls of Pennaylvaniti the utriko con tinued to be ormjiitd. In ilia inro majerity of casts tliere was no vio Itnce or bloodilted, the Binkors prr-mttting prr-mttting mail and neuerily pnMai'nnr tuiins to move. At RcuJin, bow-ever, bow-ever, the 4tb riineiH liuing s nird by showers of stones, fired into tint crowd, killing and wounding h.rye numbers. Some fiyhiinc occurred at other points, with no gruut distinction distinc-tion ol lifa. Property was generally respected, the strikers pausing resn-laiicns resn-laiicns deprtcating violfuce, and in fome iiiBtancea joining the oitiz"iiB in preserving order. At Chicago there was a general strike on all the road except tho Chicago Chi-cago & Northwestern, and a crowd went through the city summoning operatives in all departments to join them in a proceesion. There was n violence. A large portion ol tne crowd wnB composed uf merw boys. All ot the rmiroad workshops were olostd up, it being understood that the workmen would return a soon as the pressure had passed. SpcUl police were sworn in, the military was held in readiness and the numbers num-bers of the Grand Army of the Republic Re-public were called togL-lbir to aid the authorities. A street car railroad wns stopped for al out an hour on Tuesday, Tues-day, but the obstructors were arrested and the care resumed their trip, A communist street meeting was broken up. At Chicago Jthere have betn some riotous demonstrations. The police dispersed the rioters, using Ihtir clnln freely. A large number of manufactories manufac-tories have been clotted. A gm,g ran the street cars into tl.e ntahltH. The railroad remain embargoed. The Phioriix distillery was seized, and the proprietors called on the U mud States for troop-. Special police were sworn in. On Wednesday morning a ganit of roughs boarded a train on the Illiunis Central railroad aud forced the engineer to return, and the strikers ditched an incoming train lrom Omaha on Tuesday night. At St. Louis the Btrike became general gen-eral on Tuesday, and no stock or freight trains were allowed to run. Ihe workmen in shops and manufactories manufac-tories generally Qu'1 work- The railroad rail-road companies refused to compromise. com-promise. Tne language used at a mass meeting of strikers was of an in con diary character. They said there wan no middle ground to be pursued, and stopped all trains. Subsequently mail and pat-seugerd were allowed to go through. At a St. Louis meeting of Btrikers one speiiker said they had 7.0U0 stand ot arms in their possession, at which there were cries of, "Lt us havo them! We'll use them!" Another speaker charged the bloods, bed at Pittsburg and Baltimore upon the president of t tie United States. Hn sent an army in their midst to put down men struggling for their rights. If he bad not done mat not a building build-ing would have been burned or li'e lost. The laws enacted during the past fifteen years had all been for the purpose of building up a monied oligarchy to oppress the working people. The railroads are great tern poral blessings, but they must be run in the interp?t of tits whole people, not for the few, and that we will accomplish ac-complish in this attempt. This remark re-mark excited the greatest applause. The resolutions deprecate violence, call for the enactment of the eight-hour eight-hour law and the non-employment of children under fourteen years of age. The mayor of St. Louis appointed a safety committee of citizen?. At St. Louis on Wednesday the excitement ex-citement had increased. Fifteen hundred Btrikers p'traded the streets and the levee. They expect to stop all manufacturing establishments. The gaa workers waited on the company com-pany demanding that the reduction of wages be withdrawn, which was acceded to and the men went back to work. The striking coopers aiso obtained ob-tained a eonoeeeion from their employers. em-ployers. The strikers refused to let anything but engines and mail cars go over the roads. The companies refused to Bend out the mail alone, and the cars are laid up. The workmen work-men are generally quitting the shops. The danger ot a coal famine is becoming be-coming very terious, and it is feared many mills will be obliged to shut down. The workmen's executive committee boarded the steamer Centennial Cen-tennial just as she was push ng ofl for New Orleans and obliged the captain to sign ft paper to pay a apecfiod increase in-crease of wages. The tracks were torn up on Home of the Pennsylvania roads to prevent troops from going through. On Tuesday Tues-day the Baltimore & Ohio sent their first fftiaengT train east Bince Friday. Fri-day. The Pennsylvania and other railroads rail-roads running through New Jersey notified all aherifls that they would be held responsible- for any damage to their property. The New Jersey Central Cen-tral and Delaware & L ickawana employes em-ployes have struck, m .iking the usual conditions. 1 he passengers blockaded at Erie, Pa., have isi-iied tho following card to the public : We, the ui dersigncd passengers, who have bien detained in the traina at this place the past twenty-four hours, wish to express the indignation indigna-tion we leel towards the railroad com pany for what we have every reason to believe has been an uncalled tor abandonment of their tra na at this point. 1 l.e strikers ht rj have been remarkably peace able and orderly, and have shown every murk of kind-na-s to the passengers, and have used every exertion in their power to forward for-ward nil mail and piisssnger trains from this point, and have been prevented pre-vented fiom doing bo only by the im perative orders ol the railroad manage. man-age. s. Ab an example of tho kind nees of the strikers towards us, al their mr-piing last eveninga contribution contribu-tion was taken np to defray the expenses ex-penses of tho pissengiirs who were unprepared (or the delay, many ladies and children being provided for at the hotels at the expense o( the striker.-. Wo desire also to express our thtinks for the kiiidiuss shown ua by the citizens of Erie. Signed by seventy ono passengers. On Tuesday evening the managers of the PtniiMylvania railroad claimed that they hnd established full coin-m coin-m p ideation between Philadelphia and New York. The strike had not, up to Wednesday morning, extended east of the Hudson river, nor is it likely to, the only demonstration was that ol Vau laborers construe ting the new Massachusetts and Rhode Island road, vho quit work beeau.e tho contractor contrac-tor was behind with Ins pay. Freight trains on the Schuylkill and S-.isipiehana railroad werestoppeil Wednesday morning. 1'asse.iigi r trains are uninterrupted. Tho strike became general on the Erie and New York Central roads on Tuesday. At Buffalo the excitement was most intense. There were threat ening demonstrations and bo me violence. viol-ence. The strikers captured lrom the military the railroad round house and fired the Lake Shoro paint shops. Two persons ware killed and five wounded. All of the Erie, Lake Shore and New York Central engin ei rs refused to run trains with Ire-sh hands. Al Albany a large meetings of Central bands demanded an increase in-crease of wages of twenty-five per cent. The Erie men tore up the rails at Hornellsville to sttnp all trains. They also lore up Ihe tracks at several points on the Central road. At E;isl Syracuse the train men struck. Six hundred freight cars and seventy en gineers were embargoed. The strikers guard the property of the company. Tne 9lii New York regiment was sUned 10 passing through Albany. The receiver of the Erie railroad issued a circular to the eflect that ho was induced to believe that a large part of the sinking workmen are acting act-ing under coercion, and that all well-disposed well-disposed employees would be protected. pro-tected. A meeting at Louisville to pacify the strikers was a failure, the speakers speak-ers bfcing hooted down, stoned, etc. The windows of the Louisville, Nashville Nash-ville & Southern railroad depot were smashed hy the mob, who also attacked at-tacked ihe mayor's house, and wrecked that ot the president of the railroad- The police met them, fired over tbeir heads and scattered them. Several hundred negro laborers on the cny sewers struck. There appeared to be no strike farther touth than Louisville on I u rsil My. The Kansas and Texas ciiipluytjd struck ou Tuesday morning. Hie excitement at Louisville was increasing on Wednesday morning. On Tuesday night an attempt to burn the Louisville, Nashville and Great Western otiice failed. Seven hundred hun-dred militia, comprising many in-flueulial in-flueulial and wealthy citizens were on duty. Business houses are closed. The very worjt elements are engaged in tiie disturbances. Col. Si'ott promised the strikers on the nurthern, Central and Baltimore and Potomac roads to lay their application appli-cation lor the restoration of old wages belore the directors. The men then resumed work. ! At Cincinnati the t Inkers' ranks j were strengthened on Monday night I and Tuesday. A bridge on the Ohio it Mississippi railroad was fired but noun extinguished. Too citizens organized vigilance committees of rilty men each, On Tuesday evening even-ing the strikers heid virtual conlrol o! the city, no trains could run over L lie Ohio & Mississippi, Indianapolis, Cincinnati & Laiayette, Cleveland Columbus, Cincinnati A Indianapolis, and Atlantic & Great Western roads. Mayor Moore addressed about 2,00j) striker?, declaring he had been a workiugni.iu and knew their wants; that he was with them in their struggle, strug-gle, but begged them not to destroy property or commit any violence. His speech was generally coudemned. The strike prevailed at many other western points, including Columbus, Evansvi lie and Terro Haute. At Indianapolis the etrikera took possession posses-sion of the Union depot Monday at midnight. Governor Williams and 1 1 10 mayor relused to interfere, except to prevent violence. The supplies ot bilumiuus coal in B.dumore are being exhausted, and unless the strike is uoon ended great loss and damage to commerce will result. Tnero are eight or ten petroleum vessels in the pjrt to load (or Europe, but their is i.o oil for them. Owing to the suspension of business there is a growing fear of distress among ttie laboring classes. Food is getting scarce ai Cumberland and in the mining districts of Mary-laud. Mary-laud. A niasB meeting of ,0(J0 men was held at Newark Tuesday night, and highly inflammatory speeches wewe made d enouncing the railway rings. The police made a descent on the strikers at Eaai Buffalo. Wednesday morning, when they lied. No trains were moving. A train left Hornellsville Hornells-ville on tlio Erie road Wednesday morniug, well guarded. Everything was quiet at Washington Washing-ton aud Baltimore and there was no interruption of Irains over the Philadelphia, Phila-delphia, WaBhinglon ifc Baltimore, Nurthern Central and Baltimore & Potomac. The Baltimore & Ohio passenger trains were running to Washington and west. Trains between New York and Philadelphia were running promptly on Wednesday morning aud some freight was sent to New York, but none west. Everything quiet at Albany, and no further disorder apprehended. A private conference between the officers of the Erie road aud the counsel of the strikers was held on Wednesday morning, but the result ia not known. A strike on the Texas Pacific railroad rail-road 19 reported from Dallaa for three-months' three-months' back pay, and withdrawal of the order for 1U per cent, reduction in wages. No trains allowed to move. The excitement at Sjrantoo is intense. in-tense. All lrairi9 on the Delaware, Lackawant and Western road are slopped. The strikers refused to let paisenger trains proceed,- when the superintendent said the mail car should not run unless the passenger cars were permitted to go. The strikers telegraphed to the postmaster general that they would run the mail themselves and furnish tho necessary men. General Hancock reports everything every-thing quiet in Philadelphia and believes be-lieves there will be no further di;-lurbance. di;-lurbance. Governor Robinson of New York has issued a proclamation calling tho attention of all peisona to a Jaw ol the state imposing a penalty of ten years' imprisonment and a tine ot ?L,lQO fur the obstruction of railroad tracts or for throwing miseles at any car. Ho oilers a rewanl of $5lK) for the arrest and conviction of porsons violating Hub act. There is no strike- at Milwaukee and none is expected. At Kansas ciiy, Mo., tliere was a general strike on all roads, and no freight tninn were allowed to run. All laboring men in the city quit work. Governor Hartranlt isstud a proclamation pro-clamation calling upon all tho citi-: citi-: Vina ol tho stale to organize aud assist to protect properly and maintain order. Nearly all tho troops south have been ordered to the north to aid in preserving the pnnce. Comniodo:o Vanderbilt declines to make any concessions to the strikers. The olrikors in Now York city notified noti-fied the the police that it they stay awsy fiom their-meeting on Wednesday Wednes-day night there will be no trouble, but if they attend music will follow. Tbo mayor of BuQalo admonished all law-abiding citizens to keep within doors between 10 o'clock at night and o in the morning, authorizing Ihe arrest ol all 'persons on the public streets after the hours named. All placis of huskies are to be closed after 10 p m . At Si. Thomas, Ont., a great Weft ern tiain ordered to take the Canada southern passengers, was taken pos session o( by Ihe strikers and had t'. go back lo the depot. The strikers refuse to let Ihe passenger train go east. At Palon-on, N. J., the mayor has been notified by several mill owner that their property has been threatened threat-ened by the strikers. There are no signs ol a strike on the Eric road at Palermo!. A portion of the United Staves troops from the Indian country arrived ar-rived at Chicago Wtduesday alter not in. Tlio following railroad companies have conceded to the demands of the sinkers: Chicago & Northwestern, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago & Indianapolis, Missouri Pacific, Grat Western of Canada, Luiisville, Nashville Nash-ville tfc Great Western. Two local Indiana In-diana roads have also made compromises com-promises with their men. TAC1FIC COAST, Some disturbances occurred in the south part of San Francisco on the 24th. About 9 o'clock in the evening some hoodlums wrecked a Chinese house on Matouia street. They were finally dispersed by tho polica, but some of them proceeded up Mission street, and cleaned out every house on the street. At the corner of 12lh and Foloom stretjts they tore down and set fire to a Cbineso match factory. fac-tory. Finally the mob was dispersed. Some fifteen or twenty additional wash houses were burned by a small crowd. These outrages were committed com-mitted by gangs of unorganized hoodlums; the working men's party-avow party-avow their opposition to all euoh proceedincs. The citizens' executive committee have acted with the authorities au-thorities in taking measures to pre-vsnt pre-vsnt a serious breach of the peace. Superintendent Towue ol the Central railroad company hflB applied to the governor for protection, as it is thought there might be a movement agaiuet the company. The military were held in readiness at their armories. ar-mories. Talk of vigilance committees has been revived. At Oakland the citizens havo made great preparations to meet any dis order. They organized a committee of safety and subscribed $5,000. A large meeting on Tuesday evening was addressed by A. E. Redstone in rather an inflammatory style, and subsequently resolutions wore adopted, the gist of which consisted in the appointment ap-pointment of a committee of three, who are to confer with similar committees com-mittees from San Jose and San Francisco Fran-cisco to take decided action in compelling com-pelling the Central Pacific railroad authorities to discharge all Chinamen in their employment within seven days. The miners at Virginia city are ita full sympathy with the eastern strikers, strik-ers, but have made no demonstrations.