This article from the July 27, 1877 issue of the Pittsburgh Daily Post notes the debate in Washington on how to settle the problems with the railroads.

A Proposition Made to Settle Railway Troubles by Arbitration.
Secretary Evarts has the Matter Under Consideration.

WASHINGTON, July 26.-The Cabinet was in session to-day nearly two hours, and it was agreed that Major Gen. Schofield should be ordered to command the troops in Washington. Gen. Schofield is in the city and will assume the command immediately.


The Executive Committee of St. George's Association of North America through a representative to-day waited on Secretary of State Evarts and read a series of resolutions recommending arbitration for the settlement of existing railroad troubles. Evarts expressed general approval of the principle of arbitration and promised to give the matter due consideration.

It is the intention of the Government to throw a strong force along the line of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, as far west as the Ohio river, for the purpose of opening and keeping that road open to freight and passenger traffic. The Postoffice and war Departments are thoroughly advised of the situation. An industriously circulated report that an engineer had said he would take no troop train out of Washington caused a crowd to gather at the Baltimore & Potomac Railroad Depot to see the troop train depart for Philadelphia. At the appointed time the train departed amidst cheers from most of the crowd. The troops consist of the Second, Third and Fifth artillery and two companies of infantry and two Gatling guns and [?].

About this Document

  • Source: The Daily Post
  • Date: July 27, 1877