Traffic Resumed

This article from the July 30, 1877 issue of the Pittsburgh Daily Post covers the return of freight and passenger rail travel to the entire region and details meetings between railroad workers, railroad owners, and government officials to ensure long-term peace.

Passenger and Freight Trains Again
Over Four Thousand Soldiers
About the City.
Trials and Disposition of the
Most of the Johnstowners Released
from Custody.
The Pan Handle and Connells- [sic]
Roads O.K.
The Strikers of the Other Roads Still
Say They're Firm.

Yesterday was an unusually busy day on the Pennsylvania Central railroad. The first freight train, since the strikers abandoned work, was put in motion and successfully sent to its destination. Others soon followed and no attempt was made by anyone to stop them. From this it will be seen that the company has again complete control of its property and will no doubt maintain it hereafter, as the strikers do not and did not from the outstart, they claim, approve of the destruction of any of the company's property, or even, as they say, stop any of the trains. The Governor met a committee of strikers, which proved, in a sense satisfactory to himself and the committee. The latter left a good impression behind them. They assurred the Executive that they were not concerned in the disgraceful proceedings of the past week and stated their grievances in a way that entitled them to some consideration at least. On the Pan Handle and Connellsville roads all trains are running as heretofore on the regular schedule time. The Ft. Wayne and Allegheny Valley shopmen will probably resume work to-day. On Saturday nearly nearly [sic] four thousand militia, under comman of Gov. Hartranft, and seven hundred regular U. S. troops arrived in the city.


At a meeting of the Trainmen's Union, held in their hall at the corner of Penn avenue and Twenty-second street, yesterday afternoon, a committee of six was appointed to meet Governor Hartranft at his headquarters, and confer with him in regard to their position with the Pennsylvania railroad company. Mr. McMunn, who is connected with the road as conductor, was chosen spokesman. The Governor met the committee very courteously and heard their statement of affairs with considerable attention. They stated that when they had resolved to strike they presented their grievances to the officers of the Western division of the road, which was on Friday July 20, and that they were detained here and not forwarded to President Scott until Sunday the 22nd. In the meantime, employes [sic] who had been previously discharged from the road together with other employes [sic] and, probably, a few hot-headed strikers began stopping trains without their approval. It was never their intention to stop a train or destroy any of the company's property. Very few strikers participated in the disgraceful proceedings which followed after they had abandoned work. All they asked was a conference with the officials and to resume work as soon as possible if their terms were acceded to. They were loyal citizens and they wanted to maintain peace. They desired to know whether the Governor would hear them as Governor or on the part of the road. To this the executive replied that he had nothing to do with the running of the trains, but was here to see that peace was maintained and that the company's property was protected. If the Governor was prepared to treat with them they would not hesitate to go to work They were prepared to present to him their proposition to the company if he would act on behalf on the company. This he could not do, but he stated that he would present the proposition to President Scott. The principal conditions upon which they propose to resume work are that the company withdraw all "double headers," and that the ten per cent. reduction recently made be restored to their salaries. The committee did not leave the proposition with the Governor, but they were evidently well satisfied with their conference, as was also the Governor himself. He seemed much pleased with the men and assured them that anything he could do in their behalf would be done. D. T. Jones, of Jones & Laughlin, and Harry Oliver, Jr., were present during the entire interview and expressed themselves pleased with the men and their intentions to maintain order. They hoped a speedy adjustment of affairs would be brought about to the satisfaction of all concerned. Attorney General Lear expounded the law to the committee in regard to riots, disturbances, &c., to which they paid all due attention and repeated that they were law-abiding citizens and approved of no disorder. When the committee left everybody seemed well satisfied, especially the strikers, who were anxious to be heard by some one in authority. A meeting of the Trainmens' Union was held last evening to here [sic] the report of the committee. As it was a secret session we are unable to impart what action, if any, was taken. The Governor will no doubt communicate what has transpired to President Scott, which will put matters in better shape and probably an adjustment of affairs may eventually be brought about, though the strikers still seem determined to hold out as well as the railroad officials.


Yesterday morning the first freight train since the strikers abandoned work was put in motion on the Pennsylvania Central road, and successfully sent to its destination. No person attempted to interfere, and one would not have known that a strike existed had it not been for the murmurs of a few dissatisfied persons. The crew who manned the train, which was a "double header," had been sent on here from the East. As soon as this train was successfully set in motion others followed, and all day long trains were running East and West. Among those which departed during the day were five stock trains, and last night others were sent out as fast as crews could be gathered together to man them. From the Pan Handle road one hundred cars, making five single trains, were put through on the Pennsylvania. When the first train was sent out many of the spectators who had assembled cheered lustily. Trains from Derry were brought in and placed in the yards of the Fort Wayne road until the track could be cleared. They departed for their destination during the night. By this morning it is expected that the road will be pretty well cleared of the trains which have been laying on the sidings during the past week. The authorities also expect to have a double track through the burnt district by noon to-day. Local trains, however, will not be brought into the Union depot until one or two more tracks will have been cleared of the debris, which will not be later than Wednesday. In the meantime these trains will continue to run from Thirty-third street. An additional force of laborers will be put to work this week to clear and repair all the tracks as well as remove the ruins on the site of the depot building. As soon as all will have been removed, which will be in a few weeks, the company will bring one of the Centennial buildings to this city for a temporary depot. Through trains arrived and departed from the Union Depot yesterday and last night on schedule time. Those from the West over the Fort Wayne road also passed through as heretofore, though a little behind time, which is frequently the case when the road is in running condition. If the crews can be gathered together a large number of freight trains will pass through from the East and West to-day.


On Saturday the first freight trains were put in motion on this road, and all day yesterday and last night trains were sent out as fast as crews could be gathered together to take charge of them. Employes [sic] say that they did not strike, nor did they intend to. They were kept from their work through the excitement. They were not responsible for any trains that were stopped or delayed. Five locomotives were brought from Dennison and one hundred freight cars were transported over the road to the tracks of the Pennsylvania from whence they were taken eastward. The tracks of this road from the tunnel at Seventh avenue to the Union depot, which were considerably damaged by the fire, have been cleared and are in almost as good condition as they were previous to their destruction.


Since two of the tracks of the Pennsylvania Central railroad have been cleaned all through trains which were temporarily placed on the West Penn road have been taken off, and are now running from the Union depot, this city. This has placed the West Penn again in proper condition, and all Sunday trains ran yesterday on regular schedule time. To-day all trains will arrive and depart as they did previous to the strike.


The regular Sunday trains made their usual trips on this road yesterday and to-day, probably all trains, including freight will be set in motion if a sufficient number of employes [sic] will be forthcoming to take them out. Superintendent King had notices posted on the company's shops at Verona on Saturday requesting all employes [sic] to resume work. Whether they will do so or not remains to be seen. There seems to be a disposition among the strikers on this road to hold out and it is doubtful whether all hands will resume. A number of engineers on the road stated Saturday that they would not go to work unless the company will accede to their demands.


Nearly three thousand troops of the State Guard, under command of Gov. John F. Hartranft arrived in this city at an early hour Saturday morning and are now encamped along the line of the Central Pennsylvania road. The majority of the troops are stationed in the vicinity of the Outer depot, while a strong delegation is also guarding the railroad property at Torrens station. The Philadelphia soldiers who were driven out of the city on Sunday a week were joined at Blairsville Intersection on Friday night by Governor Hartranft and different organizations from the eastern portion of the State. The soldiers had a perilous ride but reached the city in safety.


On Thursday last seven hundred United States troops left Washington, D. C., for this point. They reached the Pennsylvania Central road in safety and were following the train which brought hither Gov. Hartranft and his men. They occupied two trains, and were closely followed by about three hundred of the State militia. They were probably two hours behind Governor Hartranft. About a mile this side of Johnstown their front train met with an accident, by which the malicious perpetrators hoped to hurl them to death. Fortunately, however, they all escaped uninjured except the officer in charge, Col. Hamilton, who sustained a fracture to one of his left floating ribs. A number of michievous boys and maliscious persons sent several volleys of stones at the train, but the only injury resulted to the window glass. Then the train ran into a switch which had been purposely misplaced. The switch had been opened and a platform car loaded with bricks had been run up so that the car would strike it. It happened the engine jumped the switch, keeping straight achead, striking the car on the corner and knocking it at right angles with the track. The baggage car and other cars followed, and, striking the obstruction with a sort of slant, knocked the whole train into a zig-zag shape. The train was running at the rate of thirty miles an hour, and had the engine followed the switch instead of jumping it the cars would have been telescoped and all those in the front cars, at least, would have been killed. One baggage and three passenger cars were destroyed, "and the regulars" were delayed in resuming their journey until seven o'clock the next morning. Detachments of the men went back and to the front of the telegraph station and sent for wrecking trains, which came on as soon as they could be got together. Vice-President Cassatt, who was behind, came up shortly afterward and at once set to work to help clear the track.


In the meantime the soldiers were sent out on the tracks to capture, if possible, the villains who planned and attempted their murder. Very many persons were attracted to the place by curiosity and a large number of them were gathered in by the soldiery. In all seventy-six persons were arrested. Among the number were many boys. The soldiers had no evidence against any of these parties and did the best thing they could under the circumstances, viz: arrest all persons who were in the vicinity. Between six and seven o'clock the track was again put in order and the troops resumed their journey arriving in this city between nine and ten o'clock on Saturday morning. The Johnstown captives were brought with them. During the day the "regulars" marched to the Arsenal grounds, to which place they conducted their captives.


Yesterday morning Hon. D. J. Morrell, General Manager of the Cambria Iron Works arrived in the city from Johnstown in company with Chief of Police Harris, also of that place, to intercede for the innocent captives. These gentlemen were accompanied to the Arsenal by Attorney General Lear and sixty-five of the prisoners for whose good character Messrs. Morrell and Harris could vouch, were released. These accompanied Mr. Morrell to Johnstown yesterday afternoon. Fourteen others were retained and are still in confinement at the Arsenal. Their names are Charles Axmacher, James B. Singer, Nick Kuntz, Elmer Grant, James M. Inscho, William Mangus, George W. Carney, David Coneagan, Fred Wiezeman, Michael Murray, Thomas Ward, Ben F. Naylor, Thomas Carroll, David Patton. Certainly most of these and probably all of them are innocent, and Mr. Merrell [sic] will be back to-day to secure their liberation. If there by any evidence developed against any of them of course they will be held. It is probable, however, the malicious villains who misplaced the switch were far away when the train arrived. The switch rod had been bent so that the iron handle stood perpendicular and the engineer could not discover the danger. Col. Hamilton was attempting to pull the bell rope when the accident happened and he sustained his injury by being hurled with great force against a seat. The engineer and fireman were guarded by soldiers.


The militia from the Northwestern section of the state, forming the Seventh Division under command of Major-General H. S. Huidekoper, arrived in this city shortly before eight o'clock on Saturday evening. They came from Franklin, over the Allegheny Valley road. These troops had been in camp at Franklin, some of them since Thursday and others since Friday. They had great difficulty in reaching that town. All of the companies traveled either in wagons or on foot. Then New Castle company marched eighteen miles before they could secure wagons and the Corry company marched the entire distance nearly forty miles, to Franklin. Then when they received the order to come to Pittsburgh they had more difficulty in obtaining transportation, and resorted to a ruse to procure the necessary number of cars. A request was sent to the Superintendent of Pennsylvania railroad, who asked the authoaities of the Buffalo, Titusville & Corry road to send to Pittsburgh as soon as possible, for the use of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company, eighteen passenger cars, which request was complied with, and the train started Saterday [sic] morning. At Franklin General Huidekoper took possession of it, and, putting the troops on board, placed a strong guard on the locomotive and started. A revolver was presented, and the engineer and fireman, who at first refused to run the train, were given to understand that they must run the train or receive in some vital spot a bullet from the revolver. They ran the train. The troops arrived here without rations, and with but few blankets. It was ten o'clock before their hunger was appeased and many of them had no protection at all from the drenching rain of Saturday night. With a view of learning what disposition had been made of the troops, a reporter was sent out among them yesterday. He gathered the following information.


Governor John F. Hartranft and his staff have their headquarters in three cars lying on a siding near Thirty-third street. His staff is composed of the following officers: Major General James W. Latta, Adjutant General; Surgeon General L. W. Read, Brevet Surgeon General; Brigader General G. F. Smith, Judge Advocate General; Col. D. Stanley Hassinger, of Philadelphia, Assistant Adjutant General; Col. Charles C. Knight, Acting Provost Marshal, and Aides de Camp, Col. Charles S. Green, Col. John B. Compton, Meadville, Col. Wm. R. Hartshorn, Curwensville, Col. Aaron K. Dunkel, Philadelphia, Captain James H. Stewart, Pittsburgh. To see Governor Hartranft with his Adjutant General flying from point to point on the road, one would think it was his personal property that had been destroyed and is in danger, or that he was the humble roadmaster anxious to earn the praise of his superiors by attentive service. It looks to the ordinary observer that the Governor of Pennsylvania and his officers were having more bother with this trouble than anybody else. In the midst of it all he is as cheerful and polite as if he were in his carpeted Executive Chamber about to put his sign manuel and great seal to some Judge's commission. And Latta too, [James W. not John the Democratic Leiutenant Governor] is busy with his men arranging quarters and directing them. He ought to be a good soldier, if he is not, for he had held good positions. He has been Adjutant General of Colorado, has served all through the late war and has a good record.


The First Division, Major General Robert M. Brinton Commander, is lying in camp at the head of Twenty-eighth street, above the ruins of the round house. The division numbers one thousand eight hundred and fifty-six officers and men and consists of the following regiments: First, Col. R. D. Benson; Second, Col. Peter Lyle; Third, Col. George R. Snowden; Sixth, Col. John Maxwell; Twentieth, Col. Slyvester Benuofen. The Twentieth regiment is composed exclusively of men who had volunteered for the emergency and are not of regularly sworn in militamen. In addition to these regiments Gen. Brinton's division includes the following organizations, all of which are now with him: First Troop Philadelphia City Cavalry, Capt. A. Louden Snowden; the Black Hussars, Capt. Christopher Kliewz; Keystone Battery, Capt. S. B. Poulterer; Washington Greys, First Lieut. W. C. Zane commanding; Weccacoe Legion Capt. John P. Denny; State Fencibles, Capt. John W. Ryan. All these troops are from Philadelphia and include all the military organization of that city except one colored company.


In this connection we may state that the Second and Third divisions have not been called into service. The Fourth division, Major General J. K. Siegfred, commander, is stationed at Harrisburg. This division includes the Seventh regiment, Col. Alex. Caldwell, and the Eighth regiment, Col. J. P. S. Gobin. The latter regiment is guarding the Pennsylvania Railroad bridges near Harrisburg, and the former regiment is on duty at the Harrisburg arsenal. The troops of this division reside in Dauphin, Schuylkill, Lebanon, Montour and Northumberland counties. Several adjoining counties have membership in the division but are not in service at the present time.

The Fifth Division Major General James A. Beaver, commanderis [sic] on duty at Altoona. This division, includes the Fifth regiment Colonel P. B. Wilson and the Twelfth regiment Colonel A. H. Stead. These two regiments came from Bradford, Tioga, Mifflin, Bedford, Cambria and Center counties.


The Sixth Division Brigader General Joseph Browne commanding, as is well known is composed of the Fourteenth, Eighteenth and Nineteenth regiments. the Jefferson Cavalry and Hutchinson and Keystone battery. The former regiment, Colonel J. H. Gray, is still quartered at the Court House. The Eighteenth regiment Duquesne Greys, Colonel P. N. Guthrie and the Nineteenth regiment Colonel Hartley Howard also still remain at the Central Armory in old City Hall. The Nineteenth regiment paraded the streets last evening. All our home soldiers are fed at the principal hotels and restaurants at the expense of the State. Many members of each regiment were on the streets yesterday and indeed a large number visited the foreign troops. Company H. of the Fourteenth regiment was removed from Verona to the Court House on Saturday so that the full regiment is now together. We may also add here that Major General A. L. Pearson has not been permanently relieved from his command. At the roll call of the Fourteenth regiment yesterday morning thirty-two officers and three hundred and fourteen men answered to their names, making a total of three hundred and forty six men on duty. The regiment numbers four hundred and forty-six. In the afternoon Rev. Dr. S. J. Wilson preached to the men in Common Pleas court room No. 1. Miss Annie Colville conducted the musical exercises.


is commanded by Major General H. S. Hindekoper, of Erie. The commander's staff consists of Lieutenant Colonel John M. Clark, of Meadville, Assistant Adjutant General; Colonel Wesley C. Howe, Meadville, Inspector General; Colonel Theo. B. Lashell, Assistant Surgeon General; Major Myron Park Davis, Meadville, Quartermaster; Colonel G. H. Anderson, Titusville, Commissary; Major Harry Watson, Greenville, Paymaster, and Aides de Camp Major A. C. Hindekoper, Meadville; Major John F. Norris, Meadville; Major Jno. S. Peydon, North East, and Major Frank Hindekoper, Meadville. The division consists of the Fifteenth and Seventeenth Regiments, both of which are encamped on the hillside above Thirty-first and Thirty-second streets.


is commanded by Colonel P. B. Carpenter, of Conneautville; Lieutenant Colonel D. M. Cubbison, New Castle; Major J. D. Moore, Mercer; Adjutant General W. A. Rupert, of Conneautville; Surgeon, O. H. Hough, Conneautville, and Assistant Surgeon, Salem Hailman of Sharon. This regiment includes Co. A, Capt. John Fruit, of Hill, Mercer county; Co. B, Capt. H. C. Clark, Meadville; Co. C, Capt. J. E. Rupert, Conneautville; Co. E, First Lieut. B. F. Smith, of Meadville, in command; Co. F. Capt. Wm. H. Dight, North Liberty, Mercer county; Co. G, Capt. J. L. Selah, Sharon; Co. H, Capt. James Hall, New Castle; Co. I, Capt. G. W. Wright, Mercer, and Co. K, Capt. W. A. Krepps, Greenville. The latter company is known as the Watson Guards.


The Seventeenth regiment is under the command of Lieut. Col. R. B. Magee, of Oil City, with the following officers: Quartermaster, C. C. Johnson, Corry; Commissary, H. N. Ransom, Corry; Assistant Surgeon, Capt. C. B. Kibler, Corry. The following companies are represented: Co. A, Capt. Isaac B. Brown, of Corry; Co. B, Capt. Adam Curtis, Erie; Co. C, Capt. Jno. S. Riddle, Erie; Co. D, (the Oil City Greys) Capt. D. Fisher, Oil City; Co. E, Capt. James S. Gates, Cooperstown, Venango county; Co. G, Capt. J Crane, Erie; Co. H, Capt. F. Schoning, Ridgway, Elk county; Co. I., Capt. B. Orton, North East; Co. K, Capt. Robert Wilkins, Union; Co. W, (Venango Greys) Capt. John A. Wylie, Franklin. Only the organizations which are in camp at Thirty-third street are given. The division numbers six hundred and eighty officers and men.


Maj. Gen. T. F. Gallagher commands the Eighth division, which is stationed at Torrens station. The Tenth regiment, Col. John A. Black, only is represented. The troops came from Westmoreland, Washington, Fayette and Greene counties. The Hugus Rifles, Capt. Marion Hugus, are also represented. Three hundred and forty-three officers are doing duty under command of General Gallagher.


The Ninth Division, Major General Harry White, Commander hails from Indiana, Butler, Armstrong and Jefferson counties. The troops of this division too, are on duty at Torrens Station. Two hundred and ninety officers and men are out.


The Tenth Division is under the command of Major General John R. Dobson, and consists of the Griffin Battery, Capt. J. Denithorne, Jr.; Washington Troops, Captain W. M. Mattock, and the Eleventh Regiment, Colonel Alfred Rupert. The Griffin Battery is stationed at Thirty-third street. One section of the battery comes from Phoenixville, and the other from West Chester. The battery have six six-pounders in camp with them. The Washington Troops, Captain W. M. Mattock, of Phoenixville is stationed at the Outer depot of the Fort Wayne road, Allegheny. The Eleventh Regiment is stationed in the vicinity of Thirty-third street. The division turns out five hundred and ninety-seven officers and men.


The regular United States troops have pitched their tents on the Arsenal grounds. There are about seven hundred in all, from different parts of the United States. One comany comes from Greenville, S. C., some from Boston, some from Portland, Maine, some from Sackett Harbor and Madison barracks, N.Y., some from Morgantown, N. C., and some from New London, Ct. Colonel Hamilton has command of the battalion. Following are the companies of the regulars and the names of their commanders:

First Artillery—Battery C, Major McCrea; Battery H, Major Huskin; Battery M, Colonel Langdon; Battery L, Colonel Randall; Battery D, Captain White.

Second Artillery—Battery K, Major Calof; Battery M, Colonel Pennington; Battery B. Major Breckenridge.

Third Artillery—Battery F, Colonel Scott; Battery K, Colonel Livingstone; Battery H, Major Kelly; Battery A, Col. Lorraine.

Fourth Artillery—Battery I, Lieutenant Dyer.

Fifth Artillery—Battery C, Major Randolph.

Eighteenth Infantry—Co. E, Major Kline; Co. K, Major Stewart.

Assistant Surgeons—Gardner, Buchanan, O'Reilly and Skinner.

Field Officers—Colonel Hamilton, commanding First artillery; Colonel Brown, commanding Eighteenth, infantry; Major McMillian, commanding Second artillery.


They brought with them an immense quantity of ammunition. Wagons were busy during the entire Saturday afternoon removing it from the cars to the Arsenal. When the regulars leave the Arsenal they will leave behind them more ammuntion, probably, than the Arsenal has had since the close of the war of the rebellion. It is said there are 1,500,000 rounds of catridges [sic] in the lot.


There are three thousand seven hundred and sixty-six officers and men under charge of Commander-in-Chief Hatranft [sic] , exclusive of the Sixth division and regulars. Probably eight hundred will cover the number of our local militiamen on duty. Then the seven hundred regular United States troops must not be forgotten, which runs the total number up to four thousand two hundred and sixty.


The soldiers are enjoying themselves as best they can and not a few rich jokes are gotten off at the expense of one another. Major Harry Watson was leisurely walking about yesterday in an immaculate white vest. General Huidekoper took the opportunity to get off a joke at the Major's expense, and the latter very soon afterwards made an opportunity to get off his vest.

In this connection we may also refer to a "case of supplies." In the midst of the hurry and confusion in leaving home a box by express was delivered by the agent to Gen. Ross Hartshorn, of Governor Hartranft's staff. The box was from Clearfield and visions of nice things from home came up before the eyes of the gallant commander of the Bucktails. It was put into the Governor's car, and opened by the modest Hartshorn. Judge of his confusion when he opened the lid and found the compliments of some of his Clearfield friends—with a few old horse pistols—knives, clubs, &c. The articles were all carefully labelled. 1. A war club, Pochahontas to Capt. Smith. 2. Battle axe used at Marathon. 3. Capt. Kid's pistol. 4. John Paul Jones' gun. 5. Big Ingin Mower's battle axe. 6. Bottles of medicine, &c. The box was immediately closed and Hartshorn stole away into the innermost recesses of the quarters. He told our reporter he would rather have charged a thousand men over a ploughed field than have let the Governor see him display his anxiety for the contents of his Clearfield box.


The members of the police force are still active. Since our first report they have made two more important arrests. Jacob De Armott, an engineer, was one of the victims to the Philadlephia bullets showered into the crowd in the vicinity of Twenty-eighth street on the memorable Saturday night. During the retreat of the Philadelphians on the day following they were pursued by a man said to be a brother of one of the victims. This pursuer, it will be remembered, kept firing into the ranks of the Philadelphians from the time they left the round house until they had gone far out Butler street. It has been alleged that this man is one of the surviving brothers of the deceased De Armott. The officials have not been able to fix the crime on either of the two brothers to the dead engineer and on Saturday night both were arrested. Their names are Henry and and [sic] Thomas. The former is employed on the Castle Shannon narrow gauge road, and the latter has been working for Mesrs. Dickson, Stewart & Co. The Major has received private communications which, he says, justify him in having the brothers arrested. People are unwilling as yet, however, to give as full information as they possess, fearing that the rioters may not yet be through with their devilish work. It is alleged, however, that one of these brothers is the veritable "Pat, the avenger." We give the allegation for what it is worth. Several reports have already been circulated to the effect that the "bloody avenger" had been captured, but each time they turned out to be false. That may be the case with the De Armott brothers.

Among the pillagers who got in their work on Sunday a week was a countryman with a "love for the crathure." He rolled away a barrel of whisky [sic] . During the week County Detective Dressler got an inkling of the matter and proceeded to search the countryman's premises. He could find no whisky [sic] , however, until it occured to him to look into the well. There he found suspended half a dozen jugs, all filled with liquor. The barrel had been burnt.


The arrest of Isaac Roach, of Temperanceville, made yesterday afternoon, by Officers Malone and Powell, is also said to be an important capture. Roach is charged with arson by Detective McGovern, the allegation being that he fired a car on the Pan Handle road on the South Side, one night last week. This fire it will be remembered was the cause of the alarm from box 123. The blaze was extinguished before much damage was done.


During Saturday night the different members of the police "scooped" twenty-five common cases into the central station house. Of these six were yesterday morning sentenced to the Workhouse.


Affairs in Allegheny and along the Fort Wayne road were remarkably quiet yesterday and nothing of interest occurred. The same precautions are yet taken by the Mayor against an outbreak along the line. Police are stationed along the line of the Fort Wayne by the city limits. Knap's battery guarded the bridges last night, while the special police and veteran corps are distributed at points where it is thought trouble might arise. The Police Committee met in special session but transacted no business of public interest.

Allegheny was comparatively deserted yesterday, everybody being anxious to see the military, and thus streams of people could be seen wending their way toward the point where they were located. The streets, therefore, presented the usual Sunday appearance. Even strikers were scarce, there being at no time over fifty at the Outer depot.


There are only three passenger trains run on this road on Sunday and they all arrived and departed on time. The trains referred to are the Pacific express leaving at 2:02 P. M., Fast line 11:57 P. M., and the Church train. It is probable, judging from present indications, that some difficulty will be experienced in the running of all passenger trains to-day. It is likely that several trains will not be moved owing to the want of men, but officials expect to have all passenger trains moving by to-morrow at the farthest. Relative to the moving of freight trains everything is dark. A notice was posted up to the effect that strikers that apply will be re-employed, and if there are applications some of the trains will be moved, otherwise not a train will be moved unless the company succeeds during the morning in securing new men. Officials believe they will during the day be able to secure a sufficient force of new men to run a few freight trains, but so far they have failed. Strikers scout the idea that the company might secure competent new men in a few days and suffer no inconveniences from the strike.

The reason the men who are anxious to take the places made vacant by the strikers delay in so doing is not on account of intimidation by the railroaders, but from fear of striking miners at Clinton, Wampum, and other points along the road. These gather around the engines and demand the reason for running the same. They are as a general thing desperate and lawless, and very apt to punish a weak kneed striker. "We have too big a load to carry," said a prominent striker at the Outer depot; "we went into this thing alone, but now we have the coal miners, the iron mill hands and others to carry with us. And as to the strike of the firemen to-day, the fact of the matter is the engineers are afraid of the firemen." Mr. Perkins, Master Mechanic at the Outer depot, stated that the extent of his authority is getting the engines ready. He was unable to state whether men would go out or not.

The following piece of poetry is attached to a wall near the Outer depot, Allegheny:

  • "Hold the fort, ye railroad heroes,
  • Send the news throughout the land;
  • We'll not yield an inch until
  • We have had our just demand."


The workshops at the Outer depot will resume this morning. It will be remembered that the men employed here did not strike, but being visited by a large number of strikers on Monday last, concluded to avoid trouble by stopping work, with the intention of resuming when the difficulties had all been adjusted.

General Browne on Saturday afternoon again visited the strikers who had promised him the day before not to interfere with the running of the trains. Upon arriving at the dispatcher's office he informed the strikers that he was sorry to hear it reported that they had gone back on their promise to him; he hoped it was not true. He informed them that they had no right to get on the engines and intimidate the drivers. They have no right to get on the company's property at all. If they meet the engineer when he is off duty then they have a perfect right to advise him to quit work, but they must remember that the company's property is private peroperty and they must not mount the engines contrary to the company's wish.

The strikers remarked that they felt as if they had a right to stay about the company's property so long as they were not paid their month's wages. The regular pay-day is the seventh of the month, but when a man is discharged it is the custom of the company to give him a warrant for the amount due him immediately on his discharge. If the comapny would send around the pay car and pay them what was due to them they would depart from the neighborhood of the tracks.

The General remarked that that fact did not give them the right to intimidate the running engineers.

They then said that they thought the company should not intimidate them any more than they should intimidate running engineers. They referred to the case where an employe [sic] in the shops is compelled by the company, by fear of discharge, to fire on an engine.

General Browne then warned them kindly not to go on to any of the company's property against the wishes of the company. They said that they would do as he wished and the General remarked that he would rely on their honor to stick to what they say.


The Amalgamated Association of Iron Workers met at their rooms on Fifth avenue on Saturday afternoon to consider the troubles growing out of the strike. There was a full attendance. President Joseph Bishop occupied the chair. Messrs. Joseph Bishop, James Penny, E. H. McAninch, Walter McCabe, John J. Morgan, John Jacobs and Howell A. Williams were appointed a committee to prepare resolutions and after a full and thorough discussion the following were unanimously adopted as the sense of the meeting:

Whereas, It is proper that every association of workingmen in times of conflict and trouble should give expression to their sentiments of right and wrong; and

Whereas, The association of Iron-workers of this city and district, from its infancy to the present, in times of prosperity or adversity, when in conflict or at peace with their employers, have advocated and upheld law, peace and order; and

Whereas, In view of the recent scenes of riot, incendiarism, theft, etc., that have disgraced our city in connection with differences existing between the employes [sic] of the various railroads centering here and the companies operating the same, it behooves every honest workingman to make a declaration; therefore, be it

Resolved, That we firmly believe that the demand made by the railroad employes [sic] for a restoration of the ten per cent. reduction, and the modification of heretofore tyrannical rules and orders, is just and proper, having full faith that railroad companies by proper management are fully able and of right should accede to the same.

Resolved, That while we approve of the demand as just and believe in the ability of the companies to grant that which is requested, we emphatically denounce any and every act tending to the violation of law and the non-preservantion of the peace and order of the community. Knowing full well that every violation of the law and every disturbance of peace and order tends only to injure the cause, and not only the cause, but the men engaged therein.

Resolved, That the railroad employes [sic] are entitled to our friendship in this struggle against tyrannical rules and unnecessary reduction of wages, and we hereby extend to them our moral and financial aid and support.

Resolved, That as good citizens we love law and order and condemn the recent acts of lawlessness, destruction of property and bloodshed, and that we are opposed to all riotous demonstrations and violence, whether perpetrated by citizens or persons in authority.

Resolved, That the arbitrary power assumed by corporations, railroads especially, and exercised in crushing labor to the earth, demands, at the hands of all honest citizens, serious and careful reflection to the end that a way may be opened to strip them of some of the unlimited power they possess, and thereby labor become better rewarded and the community greatly benefited.

Resolved, That in every disagreement between employer and employe [sic] we belive in the policy of representatives of both sides meeting together, and, as common citizens engaged in a common cause, endeavor to arrange their difficulties in an amicable and beneficial manner.

About this Document

  • Source: The Daily Post
  • Date: July 30, 1877