St. Joseph, Mo., July24. - The joint méet ng of the locomotive engineers, firemen, witchmen and brakemea, to coasider the Surlington strike, coavened at Tootle's Opera house at 9:30 o'cloek. About 700 delegates were present, representing lodges of the Jnited States, Canada and Mexico. A committee was appointed to search the house for pies and succeeded in flnding a reporter sereted in the ohandelier supports, with no lothes on excepting a honeycomb undershirt nd a pair ot' overalls. Some of the men hought he was a Pmkertoa detective and were for mobbiug him. He was finally urned over to the polios and lockedup. After the exciteraent had subsideii, Mr. Vank P. McDonald, chairrnan of the grievance committee of the local Brotherhood of Sneineers. called the meeting to ord ïr.