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Cortland Evening Standard, Wednesday, November 22, 1893.

Conductors, Engineers, Firemen and Telegraphers All Out—Situation Unchanged on the Eastern Divisions—President Wilbur Issues a Bulletin to Employes—A Change Expected Today.
   ROCHESTER, Nov. 22.—Only one train has moved on the Rochester division of the Lehigh Valley road since 1 o'clock yesterday afternoon. Representatives  of five Brotherhoods, conductors, trainmen, engineers, firemen and telegraphers, held a meeting at the strike headquarters here. A general order was issued which was promptly obeyed by every employe [sic] of the Lehigh road. The engineers left their locomotives in good condition and the firemen banked their fires. The strikers include several men, some of them conductors who are not members of the brotherhood.
   The freight trains due to leave hare at 2 o'clock yesterday afternoon are still in the yard all made up. The order included not only the Rochester branch, but took in the Batavia and Niagara Falls branches, and on these branches it was as promptly complied with as on the Rochester division.
   The Batavia division runs from Manchester to Batavia. The Niagara Falls division runs from the Falls to Batavia. Not a wheel is turning on any of these divisions. This completes the tie-up of the road west of Sayre.
   The strike leaders here say that the claim that the New York Central is not a Brotherhood road is false. They say that were an order issued to the operators on that road similar to the one issued yesterday the road would be absolutely crippled. They go further and say that if the Lehigh road does not succumb within a reasonable time, they will tie-up the Erie, New York Central, Delaware and Lackawanna and all of the other roads one by one.
   The strikers claim Operator J. F. Walters at Rochester Junction, is a Canadian from the provinces, and that he came thither to work under a contract with the Lehigh company. Should Walters persist in remaining at his post, proceedings will be taken against him under the United States contract labor law. Other operators working are said to be in the same boat.
   The passenger train due to leave here for Sayre at 5 o'clock yesterday afternoon has not yet arrived at that place and it will probably not arrive there for some time. The local train due to leave here at 5:10 did not leave at that hour.
   The train crew stood around the depot, and after the agent had conferred with the engineer the latter agreed to draw the mail car to Rochester junction. There were two passenger coaches attached to the train, but no tickets were sold to any point, the agent refusing to guarantee that anybody buying them would reach his destination. The employes say that no trains at all will be run today.
   L. L. Coleman, district chairman of the brotherhoods, telegraphs from Waverly that volunteers are running a stage line from Waverly to Towanda, to take the place of cars.

Bulletin to Employes.
   BETHLEHEM, Pa., Nov. 22. — President Wilbur said that there were no new developments in the strike. Things are moving quietly. He subsequently issued the following bulletin.
To all employes:
   To correct any misapprehension regarding the position of the officers of this company, I would state that they are at all times ready and willing to give patient hearing to complaints on the part of its employes or any number of them in any department. If dissatisfied with the conclusions reached by the division superintendents or general superintendent, the president will hear the cases and decide.
   But we decline to confer with organized committees composed of several branches of the service, for the reason that we cannot know that such a committee fairly represents its employes.
   The engineers cannot, of course, fairly represent the grievances of telegraph operators, nor can firemen properly represent trainmen. The company maintains the right to employ men upon such terms as may be agreed upon, and settle all complaints only with its employes, and to discharge for cause  with the right to appeal, but without reference to the judgment or action of any organization.
   All employes who may fail to report for duty on or before noon today will be regarded as having left the service of the company and all such will be paid in full as soon as the payrolls can be made up. Men failing to come forward and receive their wages will receive no consideration in reorganizing train services.
E. P. WILBUR, President.

At the Terminus.
   JERSEY CITY, NOV. 22.—While no change is apparent at the terminus of the Lehigh Valley, the probabilities are that something in the nature of a change will take place between now and noon.
   The 12:42 train for Elmira left on schedule time with a few passengers and some baggage. This train was taken out by Conductor Riddle, who brought in the 10:40 train from the L. and B. junction. He had with him a nonunion fireman and engineer. Conductor Riddle made the statement that he did not think another train would come in during the afternoon. This statement was verified, as train No. 20, due to arrive in Jersey City at 1 p. m., failed to come in. Another train, No. 18, local from Lansdowne also failed to put in an appearance, and it looks as though the strikers have succeeded in tying up the passenger service for the eastern terminus pretty effectually.

The Blount Report.
   It is probably the [sign] of popular disapproval which has forced the administration to give out portions of the Blount report on Hawaiian affairs, on which Secretary Gresham based his extraordinary recommendations. The most striking thing about the report, so far as the published extracts go, is that it ignores altogether the revolution initiated by the queen in the attempt to establish an absolute despotism. That was the starting point of the whole business, but Mr. Cleveland's paramount commissioner does not recognize it. From all that appears in his report, the men who established the provisional government might have been on a level with General Walker's filibusters, acting from a greed for empire or for plunder.

   But the fact is, as any orderly history of the occurrences which preceded and attended the formation of the provisional government will show, that before the committee on public safety met, or any measures were taken to get the degraded queen, to whom Mr. Blount gives his amusing testimonial of good character off the throne, she had undertaken to possess herself of absolute power by overthrowing the constitution. It was then that the public safety was threatened. It was then that the men of intelligence and of means on the islands were aware that, if they submitted to the reckless schemes of the queen and her corrupt advisors, neither their property nor their lives would he safe, and in self-defence they organized their committee of public safety, out of which grew the provisional government. If Commissioner Blount went out to ascertain the truth, and not to find a pretext for a preconceived policy for the administration, why, asks the Boston Journal, does he not state these facts as they are? Why does he undertake to make the American people believe that a movement which had its origin in the attempt of a wicked and dissolute queen to usurp all constitutional authority was the result of a conspiracy between the United States Minister, American missionaries and children of missionaries and American merchants?

   There is a great deal of tattle and irresponsible gossip in the voluminous mass of material which Minister Blount collected, but there is not a word in which disproves the statement of ex-Minister Stevens that the troops from the Boston were landed solely to secure the safety of American life and property. There is not a line to show that they were used for any other purpose. Requests for their aid which were made to Minister Stevens by both parties were refused to both. Within the last several years there have been five or six revolutions in Hawaii, and more than once before American Marines have been landed to preserve order. It is more than probable that their presence on this occasion averted scenes of bloodshed and pillage which would have followed the attempt of the queen violently to overthrow constitutional government. But there is nothing in that circumstance which can give the administration warrant for such a monstrous proceeding as the replacement on her throne of the queen whose rapacity and corruption caused all the trouble. If such a rule is to be permanently maintained, either the forces of good order and civilization on the islands must first be exterminated, or our government must maintain troops for the queen to lean upon. 

There was a young man in Bellaire,
    Who said: "When I was at the faire—"
                                     So they jumped on his neck,
                                     And left him a wreck,
  With his heels sticking up in the aire.
   —The Oswego starch factory has again started up after a shut down of four months.
   —On Saturday L. R. Lewis will place a Kelsey furnace in the schoolhouse at Loring Station.
   —Miss Alice Hotchkiss of Homer died at 3 o'clock this morning after an illness of about five months.
   —Mr. A. M. Jewett this afternoon shipped to the Clionian society at the Oneonta Normal another order of their society pins.
   —The Ladies' Literary club met with Mrs. W. P. Henry on Owego-st. at 3:30 this afternoon. This was its last regular meeting for the study of Emerson.
   —If any of our readers who have ordered books with coupons fail to receive them within two weeks thereafter they will confer a favor by letting us know promptly.
   —The Ladies' Aid society of the Presbyterian church will hold a Christmas sale of fancy work in connection with a Y. M. C. A. supper at the church on Friday evening, Nov. 24.
   —George, the two-year-old child of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Pierce, died at his parents' home, three miles west of the village, yesterday. The funeral will be held at 11 A. M. to-morrow.
   —Messrs. Edwin Robbins and A. E. Darby started early yesterday morning, armed with their rifles, tramped all day in the woods, got caught in the snow storm and never got a shot at anything.
   —The Albany Business college has received the first award at the World's Fair for the best exhibit of bookkeeping, penmanship, shorthand and typewriting. This is a high honor and is well deserved.
   —The City band minstrel organization will hold their next rehearsal at the Opera House next Thursday evening. It promises to be one of the strongest minstrel organizations, professional or not, that has ever shown in Cortland.
   —The loafers at Fireman's hall all assembled as usual this morning, but each, after staying a few minutes, arose with a sigh and left. The reason was that there was no fire in the furnace, as new fire pots are being put in. It is thought that there will be a fire by to-morrow.
   —James L. Reardon, son of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Reardon, died at 6:30 o'clock last evening of membraneous croup, aged two years, seven months. The funeral will be held at 2 o'clock to-morrow afternoon. This is the second child Mr. and Mrs. Reardon have lost within the past four days.
   —It will interest the hundreds of our readers who have purchased volumes of the Standard library on the coupon plan to know that all these volumes now come with the edges neatly trimmed and with covers of heavy and durable glazed manila, in place of the former uncut edges and delicate paper covers. In both of these respects the improvement is a great one.
   —Mr. George B. Williams entertained a fair sized audience at the Y. M. C. A. rooms last night with a reading of the first three acts of Henry IV. Mr. Williams' delineation of characters is fine and his hearers were very much pleased. The program closed with the rendering of Howells' laughable farce, "The Sleeping Car,'' which sent every one home in good humor.
   —When the sun went down last night J. O. Reid's meat market was in the Squires building, as formerly. When it came up again this morning the market was transferred to the new stand in the VanBergen building. Everything was in order and everything was brand new. A broad smile lights up John's face as he gazes about, and the customers look equally happy as they see the improvements.
   —Jerry O'Connor of Homer was in Cortland this afternoon, probably for the reason that he had become tired of a licensed town. At any rate he acted tired when Chief Sager collared him on South Main-st. about 2 o'clock, and asked him where he was going. "I'm goin' to Homer," said Jerry, as he started for the E., C. & N. station. Chief then took hold of him and piloted him with some difficulty to the cooler, where he is now sobering up.
   —A Cortland gentleman put an advertisement in the daily and semi-weekly STANDARD of two farms to rent. Before the time had half expired for which the notice was inserted the advertiser ordered it out, saying that he had rented the farms and that he was so bothered with applicants who had read the notice that it was almost impossible to do any business in his office. He was fairly overflowed with them. His mails too were made voluminous by letters of application. One man wrote from St. Lawrence county and several from Auburn. This man believes in advertising in The STANDARD.
Funeral of Dewitt C. McGraw.
   The funeral of Dewitt C. McGraw took place from Christ's church yesterday afternoon and was largely attended. The members of the Malta Commandary, Eminent Sir Austin S. Bump, commanding, were present in a body. The Rev. Dr. R. G. Quennell officiated. D. L. Brownson, C. H. Ackerman, E. C. Delavan, John Anderson, T. B. Fuller and G. W. Lester were the bearers. The body was escorted to the railroad station by forty members of the Commandary in full uniform and draped side army. Burial was at Cortland.—Binghamton Republican.

A Quiet Wedding at the Parochial Residence.
   A quiet wedding occurred at the parochial residence of Rev. J. J, McLoghlin on North Main-st., at 4:30 o'clock yesterday afternoon, when Mr. Harry M. Wilcox and Miss Rose J. Kennedy, daughter of Mr. Edward Kennedy, were united in marriage. The ceremony was performed by Rev. J. J. McLoghlin. The bride was attired in a handsome gown of dark blue broadcloth, trimmed with silk braid. Blue kid gloves and blue velvet hat completed a very becoming costume. The bridesmaid, Miss Mary E. Carey of Groton, also wore blue. Mr. Ira Dexter acted as best man. After the ceremony a wedding supper was served at the bride's home in the Wickwire building on Main-st. A large number of valuable presents were received. Mr. and Mrs. Wilcox left on the 6:04 train for a week's trip to Syracuse and Utica, after which they expect to make their future home at Cortland. Their many friends unite in extending congratulations.

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