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Routed The Deputies

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Pittsburg, Sept. 7. - The efforts to eviot the striking miners of the Pittsburg and Chicago Coal company at Orangeville, one and a half miles from Gestonville, resulted in a riot of no mean proportions and the utter failure on the part of the company to accomplish its object. On the nevvs that the evictions were to be attempted, the whole vicinity about Pinleyville, Gestonville and Orangeville became wildly excited. About 7 o'clock twenty deputies from "Washington, Pa., in charge of Chief Deputy Joseph H. Wetherhill, raaehed Finleyville, where they were met by a Jarge crowd of strikers and theirfriends. Each deputy was armed with a Winchester rifle and a revolver, but in spite of this, the strikers, headed by 100 Polish women, closed in on them andthe deputies received rough treatement. They were gradually forced back and finally retreated to Gestonville, where they were followed by a crowd of about 200 men and women. Desperate Encounter. At Gestonville the deputies took refuge in the office of the company, where they were kept all night, during whioh the building was bombarded with stones and bricks and an occasional shot was fired. At 7. o'clock Tue?day morning the trouble of the night reached a climax when the deputies sallied out from their besieged quarters and started to mach to Orangeville. Each one carried his Winchester in his hands and his revolver was exposed, but these had no terrors for the besiegers. Headed 'by the women the strikers rushed on tne deputies with stones, clubs and p;ckhandles, and blows feil thick and fast. One of the big women wrested the rifle from a deputy's hands and struck him on the head with it, inflicting serious injury. By this time 1,000 men, women and children had joined the crowd. Thr-y came from Venetia, Snowden, Calamitv and Finleyville. The deputies slowly made their way to Orangeville, taking all of the aBove insults and injuries, but never flring a shot. They finally tock refuge in a vacant house, closely f-llowed by the rnĂ³b, which quickly surrounded the building and threatened to burn it. . OWIered to Leave Town. Finally one of the strikers approached the house with a flag of truce an.l a conference was held. The deputies were ordered to leave town and after a short parley decided to do so. They emerged from the house a badly scan-r] lot of men, and walking between the opened ranks of the strikers, started for Gestonville. Almost every man ir, the posse was cut and bleeding, and several were seriously hurt. One had his right hand almost severed by a sharp stone. As the de'feated deputies ran the gauntlet they were greeted with hisses, curses and ridicule. The strikers then closed behind them and marched them to the station, where they took the train for Washington. After their departure the mob dispersed and everything is quiet now, The officials of the company say no further attempt will be made to evict the miners for the present.


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