Cortland Evening Standard, Wednesday, December 6, 1893.
THE STRIKE IS OFF.
A FAIR COMPROMISE OF THE LEHIGH TROUBLE.
The Result Obtained After a Long Conference With President Wilbur at Bethlehem This Morning—A Serious Wreck at Sugar Notch on the Mountain—Trains Badly Damaged and an Engineer Fatally Hurt.
BETHLEHEM, Pa., Dec. 6.—The final conference commenced at 2 a. m. and a result was finally obtained. The strike was declared off as the result of a fair compromise.
WILKES-BARRE, Pa., Dec. 6.—Chiefs Arthur, Sargent, Wilkinson and Clark of the Federation board were called to Bethlehem. Chief Arthur was asked as to the object of his visit to Bethlehem at this time. "Well, really, I cannot say," was the reply. "We have been called there and we are going to obey the call."
"Do you think the strike will be settled?"
"Well, if a little common sense prevails, I think it will."
Wreck in the Mountains.
WILKES-BARRE, Pa., Dec. 6.—There are five inches of snow on the level. This greatly impedes the running of trains on the Lehigh Valley.
A large force of men were put to work clearing switches and removing snow from the deep cuts on the mountains.
There was a bad wreck at Sugar Notch. Two engines were pulling a train up the mountain when they collided with an empty engine. Two of the engines were badly wrecked and one of the engineers fatally injured. The passenger train had the right of way, but the engineer in charge of the single engine thought he could reach a siding before the passenger train came up.
A big train load of special policemen, 50 in all, arrived from Philadelphia. They were uniformed and assigned to duty. Most of them were sent to Coxton freight yards.
There are over 100 special officers in the Coxton yards now, an officer for almost every man at work. No outsiders are allowed in the yard at night.
Falling Off in Freight.
POTTSVILLE, Pa., Dec. 6.—The Pennsylvania railroad is not going to let the Jersey Central enjoy a monopoly of handling freight and passenger traffic that is being diverted from the Lehigh in consequence of the strike, and is now circulating posters with the inscription: "Ship your goods via Pennsylvania lines."
The Lehigh Valley's business has fallen off fearfully. The Lehigh coal operators are now having trouble in placing even the small shipments they are able to make, as many dealers refuse to handle Lehigh coal for fear of losing customers among the working classes in their respective locality, and the colliery people say orders are scarce.
The places of the four striking telegraph operators at Hazleton were filled in short order and no trouble ensued. It is said these men were each paid $45 to leave their keys by the telegraphic association.
Half a dozen coal and freight trains were sent out from Delano as against 17 in busy times. The snowstorm will make much trouble.
A Hitch in Proceedings.
BETHLEHEM, Pa., Dec. 6.—There seems to be a clause or two in President Wilbur's ultimatum that is not satisfactory to Chief Arthur and the other brotherhood officials.
Secretary Madden, representing the joint board of arbitrators, asked for an audience with President Wilbur, which, being granted, a committee of two went to confer with him. What the objectionable clause or clauses are, the committee will not say.
It is said, however, that the committee want President Wilbur to be more specific in his agreement looking to a compromise.
Will Hold a Public Meeting.
ROCHESTER, N. Y., Dec. 6.—Arrangements are being made to hold a public mass meeting of local labor organizations, strikers and the general public, within a few days at the City hall, at which time the position of the strikers will be closely defined. On the main line all passenger trains are running from eight to 10 hours behind time.
THE END OF THE STRIKE.
Correspondence Between the President and the Board of Arbitration.
BETHLEHEM, Pa., Dec. 6.—The correspondence which passed between President Wilbur and the state boards of arbitration and which settled the strife was given out this morning. It is as follows:
SOUTH BETHLEHEM, Dec. 5, 1893.
E. P. Wilbur, Esq., President of the Lehigh Valley company.
DEAR SIR: The state boards of arbitration of New York and New Jersey desire to know whether, if the existing strike is declared off, the Lehigh Valley R. R. company will agree to take back as many of their old employees as they have places for, without any prejudice on account of the fact that they struck, or that they are members of any labor organization; that in re-employing men formerly in its service the available time shall be so divided among the men so re-employed that they may feel they are again in the service of the company and self supporting, that in making promotions hereafter the company will make no distinction as between men now in its employ and those so re-employed on account of seniority in service or otherwise; that when in the employ of the road committees from the various classes of employees from the branch of service in which the aggrieved party is employed will be received and their grievances considered and justly treated, and that in employing men in the future the company will give the preference to former employees, when the strike is decided off.
We further think that to present misapprehension, the Lehigh Valley
Railroad company should confirm the rules posted by Mr. Voorhees August 7 last, as first vice-president of the Philadelphia & Reading Railroad company. We believe that these suggestions are reasonable and that if they are accepted by your company the present strike will be at once terminated.
G. ROBERTSON, JR.
Of the New York state board of mediation and arbitration.
J. P. McDONALD.
Chairman of the state board of Mediation and Arbitration of New Jersey.
Lehigh Valley Railroad company, Office of the President.
SOUTH BETHLEHEM, Pa., Dec. 5.
Messrs. Gilbert Robertson, Jr. of the New York state board of mediation and arbitration, and J. P. McDonald, chairman of the state board of mediation and arbitration of New Jersey:
Gentlemen: I beg to acknowledge your communication of this date. The Lehigh Valley R. R company agrees to the suggestions contained therein, and in the event of strike being declared off, will abide by them. We recognize and willingly respond to your modification of our former understanding that the available time may be divided so that the men re-employed may have some certain source of support. We further, of course, confirm the rules posted by Voorhees on August 7 last. The Lehigh Valley R R. company resumed possession of its lines on Aug. 8 and the rules in question have not been rescinded.
I am very truly yours,
E. P. WILBUR, Pres.
MR. WILLIS' MISSION.
FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS SENT TO THE ISLANDS.
The Administration Said to Be Disappointed by the Minister's Action—The Government Policy in Regard to Hawaii—Will Probably Act as an Arbitrator—Difference In the Views of Messrs. Blount and Willis.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 6.—The state department was evidently already informed of the news received in the Associated Press dispatch from Honolulu by way of Port Townsend, so far as it conveyed the intention of Minister Willis to take no further steps toward carrying out his instructions until he should hear further from the president. But so far as it conveyed the public utterances in Honolulu by the minister of his intentions, it was news to the department, to the president and the cabinet. There were indications to show that it was not agreeable news, and the impression was conveyed that the administration is rather disappointed at the manner in which Minister Willis has thus far conducted his mission.
It is evident that the state department received by the last steamer (the Alameda) the news that Minister Willis had determined to defer the carrying out of his instructions until he had heard further from his government. It is a fair presumption that the revenue cutter Corwin carries to him the further instructions for which he asks.
The paragraph in the president's message referring to Hawaii was written after the additional instructions to Minister Willis had been dispatched. The paragraph may be taken to reflect the spirit of the instructions.
By referring to this it will be clearly seen that whatever doubts or apprehensions Minister Willis may have expressed of the accuracy or good foundation of the Blount report, President Cleveland has not lost any of his absolute faith in the accuracy of the Blount investigation and the justice of his conclusions.
It is highly probable, therefore, that the new instructions are a repetition of the old. An Associated Press reporter has received from a reliable source an intimation of the nature of the policy intended to be pursued in Hawaii.
The extent of the active influence intended to be employed in behalf of reseating Liliuokalani on the throne has probably been exaggerated. The purpose of the administration is believed to be rather to act as an arbitrator as between the two parties in dispute and endeavor to prevail on them to agree between themselves. This was contingent upon the confident belief based on the explicit assertion contained in the last letter of Mr. Blount that the provisional government would fall to pieces when notified that annexation was impracticable, leaving an open dispute between the ex-queen and the provisional government leaders.
In that letter, which has not been published, Mr. Blount, under date of Honolulu, July 31, said:
"The action of the United States is awaited by all as a matter of necessity. This condition, it can be assumed, will remain until the proposition to annex is accepted or rejected. In the latter contingency no sudden movement is likely to occur. The present government can only rest on the use of military forces possessed of most of the arms in the Islands, with a small white population to draw from to strengthen it. Ultimately it will fall without fail. It may preserve its existence for a year or two, but not longer."
Enough is known of Minister Willis' impressions, gained since his arrival in Honolulu, to make it certain that he does not agree with Mr. Blount in this, at least. Whether this impression caused his determination to await further instructions from Washington is a matter of conjecture.
The Tramp Must Go.
The cup of iniquities of the tramp is full. He has developed from the shiftless, lazy, but comparatively harmless deadbeat and beggar to the full fledged, fierce and desperate robber and murderer. The plot some of his tribe formed to wreck and rob the New York express on the Lake Shore road is so fiendish in its character that it is enough to make public opinion rise in indignation and do away summarily with every tramp in America.
Eight burly, well fed tramps sneaked under the cars and upon the trucks of a freight train at Elkhart, Ind. A mile out from that town they attacked the trainmen and tried to disconnect the last 10 cars of the train. This was not for the purpose of robbing the freight cars. Nothing so mild and gentle as that suited these gentlemen of leisure. Their design was to disconnect the freight cars and leave them stand upon the track so that the fast New York express, loaded with passengers, would run into them, be wrecked completely, and then the tramps could rob the express car and the dead and dying passengers.
Fortunately the heroic men who had charge of the freight train pulled themselves together and resisted. There was a desperate fight for nine miles; then the train reached Goshen and safety. Only two of the villains who had tried to execute the devilish plot were captured at that time.
|Dr. Joseph Rodes Buchanan.|
New England, Canada and a considerable portion of New York state have found out that it is quite possible for an earthquake to occur in their respective localities. It was not a serious earthquake, but then it might have been as easily as not. Perhaps it was only a foretaste of that tremendous convulsion which Dr. Joseph Rodes Buchanan vows by the eternal is going to happen sometime in the next 10 years and sink part of New York and all of Jersey City under the sea. The helpless inhabitants of those wicked towns have therefore plenty of warning.
THE FAIR STORE.
Holiday Goods and Everything Needful for Daily Use.
Something over two years ago George P. Yager and John G. Marshall bought the Fair store of Gib Bligh and formed a partnership under the title of Yager & Marshall, and located at 106 Main-st. in the Standard building. They carried then an ordinary stock of toys, fancy goods and knickknacks. Their display room consisted of the store 90 feet deep and 22 feet wide and a basement the same size, only a part of which, however, could be used for store purposes. They then employed two clerks regularly besides themselves, and in busy seasons one or two extras. They began on the principle of dealing fairly and squarely with every customer and of trying to please each purchaser so well that he would be anxious to come again.
They bought for cash and took advantage of every discount, so that they could sell very low and still make a living margin, and in this way they could and did undersell most of their competitors. Then they began to improve upon the quality of the stock purchased and to broaden out in various lines.
Many people who have not been in the store for some time may perhaps have the erroneous idea that their stock is still of the same kind and character as it was two years ago, but a call at the present time would quickly convince them that a great change has taken place. They carry a better line of goods and are now able to please every one and satisfy the taste of the most fastidious. They have so increased their stock, both as to quantity and variety that they have outgrown their old quarters, and have within the last two weeks made very large additions to their show rooms.
They have rented all the front rooms upon the second floor of the Standard building and have connected them with their store, so that they now occupy three floors the entire depth of the building 90 feet [deep] and 22 feet wide. Half the depth of the building their second floor rooms are also the width of two stores below. And every inch of it is packed with a large and varied stock of goods to please all kinds of tastes. They now employ nice clerks, making clever people in the store, and will probably need two or three more for the great Holiday trade.
In this great emporium can be found nearly everything that will be needed to furnish a house with the necessities, comforts and luxuries of life. They carry a full line of elegant china, crockery, and lamps. Everything that is the latest and newest can be found here. They make a specialty too of renting crockery for parties, receptions, and halls, and charge very reasonable rates. Pictures of all varieties are here on sale, and picture-hanging to order is one of their strong points. Their line of picture-mouldings is simply immense. Don't fail to see it if you need anything of that kind. Table linens of every style and variety can be found here: ladies' and gentlemen's underwear and hosiery at the lowest prices; mittens and gloves of all styles and varieties. Gentlemen's furnishing goods is one of the new departures , including collars, cuffs, neck scarfs, scarf pins, also jewelry for both ladies and gentlemen, etc. Ladies will find an excellent line of corsets and aprons here, also scissors, needles, pins, thread, handkerchiefs, etc. Umbrellas and travelling bags are on sale.
There is to be seen in the upper room one of the handsomest lines of albums ever shown in Cortland; and the books —no one should fail to see the books for old and young and at astonishingly low prices. Stationery and school supplies are a specialty. These are for students. The housewife should see the silverware and the celebrated Rogers plated knives, the knives and forks; and the boys must examine the pocket cutlery. It is simply fine.
And toys—well, there is no place in this part of the state where one can find such a collection of toys. How the children would delight to be turned loose among these. There they are of every variety and description. And dolls to please the girls, and games to help the children pass away the long winter evenings.
And tinware—cheap, cheap, cheap. The cook would be hilarious at the variety of it and the cheapness of it. Baskets of every style and for every purpose, from the big bushel basket to gather apples in, and the huge clothes basket, to the daintiest little work basket that ever graced a lady's sewing table.
Horse blankets—why the Fair store has sold over 800 pairs of these this fall. They have them at bottom prices too—real genuine all wool blankets.
In short, if there is anything that you don't see on the three floors of the Fair store, ask for it, because it is there and you have overlooked it. The obliging proprietors or clerks will produce it from some corner, for even with the great amount of room now used, it is still impossible to put in a prominent place everything embraced in the gigantic stock carried by The Fair at 106 Main-st., Standard building, Cortland, N. Y.—Adv.
Dr. F. W. Higgins wishes us to explain that owing to the hard times and other circumstances which have led many to neglect the proper care of eye, ear, nose and throat diseases he has reserved his office hours on Friday forenoon for one year for the treatment free of such cases. This arrangement is intended for the benefit of those only who do not find themselves able to pay the fee for such cases. It is in children perhaps where the neglect of such diseases has been most noticeable. This is an attempt to supply on a small scale the assistance furnished in large cities by their many clinics and dispensaries.
The following new books have been added to the Franklin Hatch library: Birds and Poets; Personal Recollections of Hawthorne; Lowell, the Poet and the Man; Pen Pictures of Modern Authors; A Little Minx; Dorothy Fox; Can this be Love?; Part of the Property; In the Summer Time of her Youth; A Battle and a Boy; Orioles' Daughter; Dr. Latimer; Mrs. Clift-Crosby's Niece; Prince of India (two copies), The Simple Adventures of a Mensahib; God's Fool; Aunt Johnny; Cliff-dwellers; St. Bartholomew's Eve; Story of a Short Life; Two Salomes; Rebel Queen; Cut with his own Diamond; Fishin' Jimmy; Gentleman Jim; Polly Oliver's Problem; The Heavenly Twins and The Stepladder.
—Prof. Bardwell and the World's Fair to-night.
—A drunk was fined three dollars in police court this morning.
—World's Fair stereopticon views at the Presbyterian church to-night at 8 o'clock.
—The Ladies' Literary club met this afternoon with Mrs. F. J. Cheney on Monroe Heights.
—A broken line caused the firebell to sound one stroke shortly after 9 o'clock this morning,
—The board of supervisors to-night tender to the county officers a banquet at the Cortland House at 8:30 o'clock.
—Some of the members of Miss Sarah L. Kinney's music class give a musical program at the Baptist church this evening.
—A ten-cent tea will be served tonight at the Universalist church from 5:30 until 8 o'clock. All are invited to patronize.
—Dr. F. J. Cheney gave a very interesting and instructive lecture in the Y. M. C. A. rooms last night. The members that were not present missed a good thing.
—The Wilkes Barre Record says: It is estimated that the wrecks in two weeks have cost the Lehigh Valley company about $4,150,000 and damage to the engines about $60,000.
—Mr. Jerome Hathway returned this morning from Newark, N. J., and brought with him a horse, ''Wilkie Wonder," which has a record of 2:28 ½. Mr. Hathway traded his six-year-old stallion, "Dudley Wonder," whose record is 2:34 ¼.
—Sir Benjamin Richardson, an eminent London physician, gives it as his opinion that bicycling, long persisted in, will inevitably injure the spine, the lungs and the circulation of the rider. Sir Benjamin evidently is not a cyclist, and probably has a boy for whom he don't want to buy a wheel. The Cortland Cycling club takes no stock in him. He's a fossil.
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