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The Pullman Strike

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Chicago, Joly 8.- Monday's developments in the great American Railway unión strike were prolific in seneationalism, tbe principal theater of action being in Chicago and adjacent suburbs. Wild rumors were rife, and when itwae announced that orders had been issued for the Second regiment to proceed at once to Blue Island, 18 miles out, extra editions of all evening papers vs-ith warlike headlines were eaeerly scanned by thousauds of anxious peoile. This report proved later to be 'tinfounded. The first serions clasti occurred when 2U0 deputy United Stntes marshals were surrounded at B ■ e lsland by 2.0U0 strikers, who opeiuy deíied federal authority. Weapous were drawn by both sides, and Deputy Marshal John"A. Logan was painfully jut with a knife, but when a bloody conflict 6eemed imminent the deputies retired to tlieir barrat' ks cars to await reinforcements, laving the strikers uiasters of the situation. In the evening au injunction from the United States court was read and bulletined. The authority of the United Ktates was opeply ridiculed and after a few minutes quietness the riotous spirit of the strikei's reasserted itself. At niidnigbt reports of further disorder were current, it being stated that the strikers were tearing down the bulletined mandate of the court. Fearing to precipítate bloodshed the Rock Island company decided, after its 5:30 express had been gotten through, not to make any further effort to move trains during the night. The strikers have now locked horns with the state and federal authorities; the railway officials are chafing under thé coutinued embargo on their business, while the desperate determination of their late employés neither to work themselvea nor to allow others to fill tbeir places is evidenced by the flood of reports of individual conflicts here and there, coming from all over the city. A number of trains have been Uerailed by rnisplaceu switches. A Panhandle passenger train was partially derailed at Kinzie and Canal streets, but was not seriously delayed. The strikers are stealing brasses froin the axleboxes of cars. and in some iristances üropping coupling pins into the cross head guides of locomotives, causing the destruction of cylinder heads. Tons of fruit, veeetables, ice, meats and other perishable goods stand in the cars under a broiling sun, no one caring or daring to move it to destination. Dumb animáis crowded into stockcare suffer thirst and hucger, and prices of vegetables and fruits are going up. At midnight District Attorney Milchrist when asked if troop i""3 .yet been ordered out from Fort bhenaan. said: "I do uot think they will be called out until the order of the court6 bas been violated and the judges recommend that such a íaeasure be taken to uphold the dignity of the court and juBtice. Unless the'trouble is brought to an end soon it is my opinión that the strike will termínate in bloodshed." The firemen of the Lake street elevated road decided after midnight that they would go on strike to assist the American Railway uuion. The specific cause of the strike is that the elevated road received some coal which was delivered by the Panhandie, which is one of the roads boycotted by the American Railway union.


Ann Arbor Argus
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