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Trouble Settled

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Chicago, Aug. 8.- The polioe yesterday afternoon recoived information which leads theiu to believe that the colored men of this city have perfected an organization and are arming with the intention of attacking the Italian minera at Spring Valley. The information carne írom a number of pawnbrokers, who Btated that they had been approached during the day by colored men who were anxioua to purchase numbers of Winchester rifles. Spring Vallet, Aug. 8.- State troops, for the present at lease, wlll not be ordered to this turbulent; town, notorlous for riot8 and bloodshed. Peace has been declared. AU this was brought about through the efforts of Colonel Hugh E. Biiyle, sent here under instruotions by Governor John P. Altgeld to diagnose the trouble and restore peace, if possible. He was successful, and the minera of Spring ViUley have adopted resolutions declaring that all men a free and equal and ihat the negroes could return. Colonel B.iyle was met at the hotel by Sheriff Clark, Judge Trimble and other officials and prominent citizens. A short oonferenee wus held in which Colonel Bnyle outlined the polioy of Governor AUgeld regarding the present trouble. "Governor Altgeld sent me here," said Colonel Bayle, "to investígate the trouble and ascertain where the blame lies. He also instructed me to bring about a settlement, if possible, without the ald of Btate troops. Governor Altgeld told me that all American citizens," regardless of color or race, were to bo protected. If upon invustigation I find that the local aathorities are unable to maintain law and order then state troops will be sent here. Law and order is to be enforced at any cost." General Matmnent of the Faots. To all this the officers and citizens agreed, and a meeting was arranged between Colonel Bayle, Sheriff Clark, Superintendent Dalzell (representing the coal ruiniug company), and the leaders of the strikers, to take place at 4 o'olock in the afternoon. Colonel Bayle was informed by Sheriff Clark, Superintendent Dalzell, and other oitizens, miners, and public officers, that no one had as yet been killed. All admltted, however, that 100 citizens, all colored, had been driven irom their homes by a mob composed of Italian, Polish, Bavarian, and Hungarian miners. Many shots were fired, and soma of the oolored miners were wounded and brutally beaten in the melee. These negroes - man, women, and children - had been assailed and ruthlessly driven from their homes and forced to go to Seatonville. As to this outrage all were agreed, but that any one had been killed or fatally wounded the coal company officials, miners, and officers of the law denied.


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