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' XAI10R TROUBLE IN JfOREIGN LANDS.
Serious Otitbrealts Feared at the Jtelglan
Mines Tie Serf * Jiecomo Desperate and
threaten Dire Disaster.
Labor troubles in .Belgium are again as
suming a threatening aspect and a serious
revolutionary outbreak is feared. A cor
respondent at Liege writes that tho strike
'riots ' there , are liable to bo renewed at any
moment with redoubled violence , and the
citizens live in the greatest dread. The
real terror of tho situation consists in the
'utter absence of organized union. There
f 'is no tangible source or controlling power
"which the authorities can reach and in-
fluence. All is a chaos of ungoverned rage
-and Jrute force. Them is no programme
and there are no leaders , so that an as-
sault upon the reputable quarters of tho
town may be made at any moment with-
out the slightest regard to consequences , or
a thought beyond the immediate gratifica
tion of anger and revenge. The merchants
are the only solid party in the middle of
'the hot muss of the rebellion , and they can
muster only a dozen reliable men and can
liavc practically no influence in guiding the
fury of the mob , although they are potent
in exciting it. They can readily set mis
chief afloat , but must leave it to take what
course it will. One of the anarchist leaders
is in the yay of the police and lias been
giving them some information that betrays
plainly the wholly irresponsible and law
less character of the recent riots , and the
terribly dangerous character of the disor
der yet to come. He reports that at the
last meeting held by the anarchists
prior to March 18 , tho day on which
the great riot broke out in Liege , nothing
whatever was known of the coining riot ,
and the anarchists were altogether inno
cent of inciting riot whatever part they
may have taken in it , or in working up the
'feelings of the people to a rebellious pitch.
The outbreak itself was spontaneous , this
man declaies , and this completely ungov
erned and ungovernable uprising of the
masses is a hundred fold more perilous
tbun the organized rebellion of all the
workmen in the kingdom would be.
The municipal counselor at Seraing
speaks in the most pessimistic lone of
the gener.nl outlook for the labor troubles.
He says if nothing is done by the authori
ties to improve thecondition of the miners ,
atreinendouscatastropheis inevitable. He
believes that the miners will get through
the summer well enough , but the cold ,
weather will bring winter suffering upon
them again and arouse all the criminal
rage against their condition , which is now
relatively quiescent. He says that a terri
ble uprising is sure to take place before
K The very largeness of tho works is an ac
tive cause of the circumstances which gave
rise to this violent discontent. An in
stance in point is Cockerili's works , which
gave employment to 10,000 men. These are
all under the system which is in general use
in the Belgium mines. By this system the
miners buv all their food on credit from
their employers. Accounts are kept for
them and the bill of their purchases is de
ducted from their wages. This leaves them
no redress against mistakes or the possible
overcharges of subordinates. The least
complaint of any of the miners , or the
smallest remonstrance against a real or
fancied wrong , is met by instant dismissal.
This leaves a workman entirely destitute ,
as he can have no hope of finding other
employment. The system too prevents
any organization of the miners for their
own defense , as they are not free and dare
not say a word even to each other for fear
of being found out and discharged without
appeal and without hope. The result of
tliis state of things is to engender blind
fury among the distressed workmen. As
they have no means of regulating their be
havior and deciding what is best for them
selves and the common interest , they can
only , when pushed to extremes , hurl them
selves by a sudden impulse against all laws
and order , and try to tear down and break
up the power which holds them in subjec
tion. This being the inflammable condi
tion of the laboring class when once tho
match is lighted which sets their minds
ablaze , the conflagration is sure to rage
w ith terrible destructiveness.
TEIOEDUY THE PRKSIOEST.
Uic Silt Mttliii < j Oinitlia a Port of Entry Not
Sanctioned by the Executive.
The president lias vetoed the bill to make
Omaha a port of entry. In bis message he
gave as his reasons for declining to approve
the bill that Omaha was named in tho act' '
of June 10 , 1SSO , as one of the places to
which imported merchandise might bo im
mediately shipped after entry at the port
of arrival ; that the proviso of that act de
clared its provisions should not extend to
any places at which there arc not the
necessary oflicers for the appraisement of
merchandise and the collection of duties
and the privilege was withheld by the treas
ury department because there were not
any such oflicers there ; and , therefore , if
the legislation proposed should be g
come operative the privileges would r
Btill be subject to the proviso attached to t
the law of 1SSO and such newly-granted I
privileges would be liable to immediate b
withdrawal by the secretary of the treas h
ury. He cannot see , therefore , he says , is
that anything is gained by this legislation. isb
If the circumstances should warrant such
a course , he says , the authority which ii
withholds such privileges can confer tho iin
same , without the aid of a new statute. (1
This proposition is sustained by the opin (1a (1n
ion of the attorney-general , dated Febru a :
ary , ISSo. If the design of the bill , tho a
president says , is to restore to tho city tl
named the privileges permitted by the law it
-of ISSO , it seems to be entirely unneces ita itn
sary , since the power of such restoration is n
now fully vested in the treasury depart p <
ment. If the object sought is to be sought A
for privileges entirely free from the opera n
tion of the proviso language of the bill o
-and does not accomplish the re.-ult , tho o
government has not now at Omaha the tl
necessary officers for the appraisement qf tltl
merchandise and the collection of duties tltl
-which by such proviso are necessary in or tln
der to secure to any place the advantages it
of immediate transportation. In the ab- ity
.sence of such oflicers the proposed legisla n :
tion would be nugatory and inoperative.
MURDEROUS ASSAULT IN PRISON. titi
In the prison harness shops at Joliet , 111. tib
as the convicts were about quitting work , tiCl
Tames Moore slipped up behind William Clci
Raab , while the latter was bending over a cit :
pail of water washing his face , and dealt t ; (
him a terrible blow on the head with a
heavy hammer , crushing his skull and
knocking him. senseless. The murderous
convict was nt once seized by the keepers
and hustled off to the solitary. Raab was lo
carried to the prison hospital and scon re bj
gained his senses. It is not yetknownhow bjTl
seriously he is hurt. He was the life con
vict who so bravely throttled the "bandit Tl ?
of the Wabash , " Frank Rand , at the time tli
Hand made his murderous assault on ai ,
"Deputy Warden McDonald two years ago. of .
He saved the deputy's life , and for this ofai
brave act Gov. Hamilton commuted his
life sentence to a terra of ten years. The EC
man Moore is a notorious burglar and a fo
second-term convict , who came to tho ce
prison for six years in 1S78 , and for eight ar
years in January , 1SS4. The cause oi the th
Assault is not known.
EX-CHIEF OF THE CONFEDERACY.
He Makes a Fao ReinarJa on the Occasion
of the Dedication of a Soldier's Monu
At the dedication of the monument to
confederate soldiers at Montgomery , Ala
bama , on the 28th , there was a great
crowd in attendance. The city was beau
tifully decorated. On the topmost point
on the high dome , far above everything
else , floated the stars and stripes. The en-
tiro front was covered with streamers and
devices , while suspended from the long
front columns were immense federal flags , ,
reaching down almost to tho heads of the
speakers. Among the speakers was Jefferson
Davis , but in his feeble condition he could
not talkatgrcat length. The mayor intro
duced him thus :
My countrymen , it is with profound em
lions I present to you the foremost tyj
of southern manhood , Hon. Jcffersc
Davis , ex-president of the confedera
states of America.
As Mr. Davis advanced it was so
minutes before he could proceed. Tt w
the first time thousands in the crowd h
seen him since his arrival , it being impo
sible for all to personally reach him at tl
hotel. The shouts finally dying away , M :
Davis , leaning on his cane , with the fedenj
ling over him and confederate veterans b
fore him , who had come hundreds of mil
to hear and see him , in a clear , ringir
voice , showing tho deep intensity of h
feelings , but without a tremor or paus
except when interrupted by tho shouts d I
his hearers , said :
My friends , it would be vain if I should
attempt to express to you the deep gratifi
cation I feel at this demonstration. But I
know it is not personal , and therefore , I
feel more deeply gratified because it is a
sentiment far dearer to me than myself.
You have passed through the terrible
ordeal of a war which Alabama did not
seek. When she felt her wrongs too griev
ous for further toleration , she sought
peaceable solution. That being denied
her , the thunders of war cauie ringing over
tho land. Then her people rose up in their
majesty. Gray-haired sires and beardless
boys rushed to the front. It was lhat
war which Christianity proved "holy Avar
for defense.1 Well do I remember seeing
your gentle boys , so small , to use the far
mer's phrase , that they might have been
called "seed corn , " moving on with eager
step and fearless brow to the carnival of
death. And I have also looked upon
them when their knapsacks and muskets
seemed heavier than the boys. [ Long
and continued applause. ] Then you were
full of joyous hopes. You had every pros
pect of achieving all you desired , and now
you are wrapped in the mantle of regret.
And yet that regret only manifests more
profoui.dly , and does not obliterate the ex
pression of your sentiments. I felt last
night as I approached the Exchange hotel ,
from the gallery of which your peerless
orator , William L. Yancy , introduced me
to the citizens of Montgomery , and com
mended in language which only his
eloquence could yield and which far ex
ceeded my merit I felt , I say , again that I
was coining to my home coming to a land
where liborly dies not , and where free senti
ment will live forever. [ Applause. ] I had
been promised , my friends , that I should
not be called upon to make a speech , and
therefor I will only extend to you my
heartfelt thanks. God bless you , one anil
all , old men and boys , and the ladies ,
above all others , who never faltered in our
direst need. [ Loud and long continued
THE DEPARTING CHINESE 3HXISTER.
iritat He Said on TaJciny Final Xcave and
Hie President's Response.
Cheng Tsao Ju , the retiring Chinese min
ister , accompanied by Secretary Bayard ,
called at the white house on the 27th and
took official leave of the president. In pre
senting his letter of recall , he said : "Mr.
President , I desire to express my sincere
thanks , especially for tho unvarying kind
ness and courtesy which I and tho mem
bers of my legation have received from
your excellency and the high oiiicers of the
United States government residing here.
These tokens of good will have given to me
much pleasure because of my conviction
that they were given to me as a representa
tive of tho emperor and government ol
China , and that they indicate a desire to
maintain the lies of friendship existing be
tween China and the United States. This
feeling is most , honestly reciprocat ° d by the
government of China. And now , in taking
my final leave , permit me , Mr. President ,
to offer to j-ou my sincere wishes for your
health and happiness , and for the most
abundant prosperity of the great people
over whom you preside. "
The president replied : "Mr.'Minister , it
always a source of regret when the kindly
official and persona. ! relations which have
grown up between this governmentand rep
resentatives of a friendly sovereign are
turned in a new channel by his rotirement.i
But the regret I feel in receiving from you
hands tho imperial edict summoning y
back to China and in bidding you fare we !
made deeper by the recollection of yo
liigh personal qualities and the unvaryin
spirit of courtesy and good will you hay
infused into the relations between you
mission and this government. The vas
listance that separates China from th
Tinted States , together with the remark
vble diversity in language , laws , customs , '
and traditions of the two governments an
bheir people , have not unnaturally made if
more than usually difficult to create
ind maintain at all times that clear
mutual good understanding so es-
icntiol in international intercourse.
A.nd no one more than yourself has recog- ,
lized the fact or sought more faithfully to
jvercome the difficulties which have grown ;
jut of race jealousies and competitions and
ihc rivalries of labor. I recognize and u
thank you for your earnest efforts to create
ihat good feelingbetweenyour country and
ny own , which I trust will continue to bear
ts good fruits to both nationalities. When
-pn return to your own people , accompa-
lied by the most cordial respect and sym
pathy of those who have known you dur-
ng your stay with us , I beg you will assure
rour sovereign and cause your fellow coun- :
rymen to know that I and my constitu-
ional advisers truly represent the great
jody of our countrymen inprofessing most
jordial and friendly sentiments toward
yhina , and desire to conduct our commer- -
ial interchanges to a mutually satisfac- m
ory and beneficent end. "
The house committee on labor , after a
Dng and very animated session , decided ,
a vote of 9 to 3 , to report to the house
substitute for the Blair educational bill. 3 (
he measure , in substance , provides that
he receipts from the sale of public lands "l
nd other revenues of the general land
.Bice be divided among the several states th
.nd territories in proportion to their di
chool population foreducational purposes diF
the next ten years. Twenty-five per tb
cnt of the sum is to be used for industrial
nd technical instruction and the rest for
he support of the common schools. tu
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THE CniEl ? EXECUTIVE'S DESK.
Subjects that Demand the President's At-
tentlon and Keep His Pen Susy.
Buffalo dispatch : Tho president's desk
in the early * morning presents a queer sight.
When the chief executive lays aside his
Havana to go to work there are upon the
table all sorts of things. Papers of every
description , pertaining to almost every
known subject under tho sun , are there ,
and the writing on the envelope is a study.
People resort to every means to reach the
president's ear and eye , and present their
claims after their own style. "Personal"
is always written on the letters addressed
to tho president , but nearly all of his mail
is gone through by Col. Lament and the
under secretaries , and tho really personal
Grover Cleveland , J
April 28 , 1880.
When the books have all been signed ,
Loefller takes them to his desk and keeps
them until they are called for. The presi
dent sometimes varies the way of writing
his autograph , occasionally following the
date by "Executive Mansion" or "White
House , " but never putting ' 'President" bo
fore or after the name. A great many o !
the autograph books are left by senators ,
members and high officials , but almost
every caller has a book in which he wants'
the president's signature. If all these were
sent in the labor would keep the president
biiS3' for twenty-five hours in the day , but
Mr. Loefller has a way of keeping the keep
ing the people off. The president never re
fuses to sign his name in the books , as not
more than half a dozen at a time are taken
into him , and these only about three days
in a week.
AFFAIRS W FOREIGN LANDS.
Mr..Gladstone is declared by his friends
to be i.icliffercnt to the many criticisms
upon his Irish bills.
The strike inaugurated by tho watch
makers of Grammont , in East Flanders ,
is spreading and becoming serious.
The Birmingham Post says it under
stands that Chamberlain has given notice
that he will introduce in tho house of com
mons an amendment in opposition to the
BARON VON ScuLcnznit , Prussian repre
sentative at tho Vatican , has presented the
pope with an autograph letter and present
from Emperor William in recognition of the
pope's action in the Carolinas affair.
It is understood that France will join the
other powers in thp issue of a ultimatum
insisting on Greece abandoning her warlike
preparations , but will refuse to join them
in anj' naval demonstrations intended to
The Journal do St. Petersburg says : The
powers have given their adherence to the
proposals of Great Britain to take strin
gent collective steps to induce Greece to
disarm. Greece , if peaceful now , will acquin
a claim on the powers hereafter.
An iron tower 984 feet high is to be
erected on the grounds of tho coming Paris
international exhibition. The tower will
be supported by four pillars which will be
higher than the towers of the cathedral of
Notre Dame. The structure will cost one
million dollars and will bo surmounted by
a powerful electric light , visible , it is be-
iio'/ed , as far as Dijon , 197 miles southeast
THE London Standard , commenting on
strikes in the United States , says that they
will strain theresources of American states
manship , as they have only once been tried
since the war of Independence to keep the
conflict within the bounds of legality and
constitutional order. Republican institu
tions are still on their trial. It looks as ii
bhe social difficult would become their
severest test yet.
tUc AVabasii , " Frank Rand , at the time A
Jnud made his murderous assault on Deputy
Vardcn McDonald two years ago. lie saved
he deputy's life , and for this brave act Goy-
ruor Hamilton commuted his life sentence to
term of ten ycais.
The man Moore is a notorious Chicago bur-
lar and a second term convict , who came
own for six years in 1S7S and for eight years
January , 1S&4. The cause is not known for
COMPENSATION OF COLLECTORS.
Comptroller Durham isconsideringa very
omplicated question in regard to the com-
icnsalion of internal revenue collectors ,
fhe schedule of compensation under which ; '
ollectors have been receiving salaries is
lased on the amount of business done bv '
heir oflicers. If § 25,000 or less la col-
scted they receive § 2,000 ; from this
iniount the salaries increase to § 4,500 F
i-hen the collections are § 1,000,000 or F
lore. But by a recent decision of tho su- V
ireine court they are given , in addition to C
hese figures , one and one-half per cent on o
distilled liquors manufactured in their P
SPRINGER'S ARBITRATION C.
The house committee on labor on tho
10th heard Representative Springer in sup-
iort of the labor arbitration bill intro-
c : <
uced by him some days . The
ago. mem- 0
ers of the committee seemed favorable 0H
owards an arbitration commission , but 0c
he matter did not go far enough to in- Si
icate what action will be taken. The
pinion was expressed by the committee
hat the principal features of the'Springer
ill could be incorporated in the bill
the house calendar to provide for the o.a
stablishment of a department of ugricul- o.H
ure and labor. Si
INAUGURATING THE EIGHT HOURS.
T/to Situation Summed Up In a Leading
The Chicago Times on tho 1st of May
summed up the labor situation in the fol
lowing language :
Twenty-five thousand is a fair estimate
of the number of men who quit work yes
terday ( Friday ) and walked out of tho
various shops and factories in Chicago be
cause tho employers would not consent to
an eight-hour working day with ten hours'
pay. How many will do the same to-day
( Saturday ) is problematical , but the pros
pect forarepetition of yesterday's perform
ances are exceedingly brilliant. Tho trades
most effected arc furniture manufacturers ,
the lumber interests in all their numerous
ramifications , and the iron men. With the
furniture people itwas practically a general
lockout all ovor the city , and all the 75,000
men employed in the various Chicago fac
tories are to-day idle and will probably
continue so for some time to come.
The refusal of the manufacturers togrant
the demands was the result of a meeting
lasteek , when the manufacturer ' asso
ciation was formed , and an executive com
mittee appointed to take charge of the
business of the various members. Ib was
then decided if the men demanded cl ht
hours Friday every factory would shut
down until this committee should decide to
open them , and upon terms that thntbody
should diet ate to the men. This agree
ment was carried out to the letter , and to
day every furniture Jnctory in Chicago is
practically in the hands of the executive
A somewhat similar situation exists in
the lumber trade , including plaining mills
and box factories. No concerted action
was had by the employers until Friday ,
but all except three iglu&cd the demand of
the men , and in the meeting afterwards
decided to stand by one another and
not take their men back except at
the bosses' terms. The number of
men in this trade out of employment in
consequence can only be approximated ,
but 8,000 is a low figure. With the iron
people the idea of running only eight hours
could not be entertained for a moment by-
larger concerns with expensive plants , and
in consequence nil who were waited on re
fused the men's demands , and with the ex
ception of the rolling mills , whore no
trouble is anticipated , the large iron works
of Chicago are closed.
The railroads have , with one exception ,
escaped trouble , but their time will come
to-day , and it ig.fcared its extent cannot
The packers will probably escape with
out serious trouble. Employers are some
what disposed to yield in part , while the
men are not anxious to strike. It depends
a good deal onhat Armour will do.
Eveiy business in the city is more or less
implicated , and the general unrest among
workingmen is exactly balanced by anxiety
A GRANT MEMORIAL MEETING.
Diplomats and Soldiers Pay
Tribute to the Memory of a Great Man.
The G4th birthday of General Grant was
celebrated in Washington on the evening of
the 27th in the Metropolitan church , at
which tho general , when president , was a
regular attendant. The meeting was held
under the auspices of the Grant Memorial iih
university , of Athens , Tenn. , the purpose h
being to make known the works and ob- r
jects of the institution , in tho support of cln
which the hero of Appomattox was tho clk
first cash subscriber , and in the aid of
which he lent the influence of his name and 1n
the encouragement of his word and exam
ple. Speakers of eminence took part in tho
proceedings , and an audience , comprising
distinguished legislators , diplomats and
soldiers , filled every seat. Chief Justico
Waite presided. The proceedings be
gan with prayer by Bishop Andrews 1
of the Methodist Episcopal church. To [ s
Senator Brown , of Georgia , was assigned | tl
the honor of giving a life sketch of General
Grant. To Senator Sherman was allotted ,
as a text , "Grant and the new south. "
Senator Evarts spoke of General Grant's
selection by George Peabody as one of tho
directors . of this university. Dr. Spence ,
president of the Grant Memorial univer
sity , read an addiessgiving a history of the ) '
institution. The president of the meeting
had received a letter from General Logan >
regretting his inability to attend on ac )
count of sickness , and that Generals Bur-
delte and Negley , who were to deliver ad
dresses , bad been called out of the city.
Representative Long , of Massachusetts ,
spoke of "Grant ap A citiz.cn , " and was fol
lowed by Dr. J. P. Newman , who related )
several pathetic incidents of the general's
latter days. The following telegram was ;
received from Colonel Fred Grant : ,
"Our circle is smaller than it was a year
ago. but those who remain appreciate the
remembrances of the departed one by his
friends in Washington. "
No. 2 .
UAKMY No. 2 . 4G > ' , @
live No. 2 . 47 @ 47 -
L'oit.v No. 2 mixed . 22 ? , ' @ 23 -
OATS-NO. 2 . 22 © 22
IJUTTCU Choice table . 17 @ 19
BUTTEIS Fair to good . 8 @ 10
EGBS Frchh . 9 @ 9
L'mcKcxs Live per doz . 350 @ 3 75
I'UKKEYS Dressed per lb. . . . 12 @ 13
LEMONS Choice . 500 @ G 50
ITIJS Choice . 200 @ 225
OKAXKKS Mesina . 3 75 @ 4 00
BIANS Navvs . 1 50 @ 1 75
ONIONS Per bbl . 325 @ 3 50
POTATOES Per bushel . 40 @ 45
SKCEN APPLES Per bbl. . . . 2 75 @ 3 25
tt'oGL Fine , per lb . 14 @ 1G
SEEDS Timothy . 2 20 @ 2 50
SEEDS Blue Grass . 1 30 @ 1 40
HAY Baled , per ton . 5 50 @ G 25
HAY In bull : . G 00 @ 7 00
loos Mixed packing . 3 GO @ 3 70
BEEVES Choice to extra. . . 480 @ 5 00
SHEEP Heavy grades . 4 25 @ 5 00 :
IViiEAT No. 2 red . 91 X ® ° 2
IViiEAT Ungraded red . 98 @ 9SM :
'OIN No. 2 . 42 ® 441 $
DATS Mixed western . 43 ® 44&
i'onic . 9 25 @ 9 75
LAKD . G 25 @ G 1C -
i.oun Winter . 4 40 @ 4 75
Fiotm Patents . 4 G5 ® 500
IViiEAT Perbusiicl . 78 @ 78J
ORN Per bushel . 36 ® 37J- ic
ATS Per bushel . 29jj@ 29/ ic
L'OKK . 915 @ 920
JAiin . G 00 @ G 25
HOGS Packing &shipping. 4 35 @ 4 4G
IATTLE Stackers . 2 90 @ 4 80
Natives . 2 50 @ 5 C *
T No. 2 red . 87
ORN Per bushel . 32 % '
DATS Per bushel . 29 %
rlocs Mixed packing. . 3 85 @ 4 10
XVTTL.E Stackers & feeders 300 @ 430 )
iiiEEP Common to choice 3 00 @ 3 50
KANSAS CITY. :
VHEAT Perbushel . 64 @ 64
toitN Per bushel . 27J @ 27
ATS Per bushel . 28 # @ 29 > r
JATTLE Stackers . 4 25 @ 4 GO
Iocs Good to choice . 4 00 @ 4 07 '
iiiEEP Common to good. . 3 Go @ 3 95
EEADY TO STEIKE.
Freight Handlers Demand Eight
Hours' Labor and Ten
Officials Not Willing to Accede to the
Demands Other Notes.
CHICAGO , ILL. , April 29. The employes fn
the Chicago , Burlington and Quincv freighl
houses in this city have notified the local
freight agent of that company that Saturday
they intend to begin working eight hours a
day and would demand the same compensa
tion as they are now receiving for ten hours.
This is similar to the action taken by the Chi
cago , Milwaukee and St. Paul freight handlers
last night. The men say that if an unfavora
ble reply is returned they will quit work at
noon Saturday. They have expressed their
determination to remain out on a strike until
they bring the company to terms.
\V iIson ! the St. Paul agent , said he did not
see how'the company could accede to the de
mand of their employes and no hardly thought
the request would be granted.
Some of the men working for the two cor
porations as freight handlers were also seen.
They claim to be able to enforce their demand.
' Should our petition for eight hours' work
and ten hours' pay be disregarded , " said one
of them , "not a pound of freight will come into
or leave Chicago over the Chicago , Burlington
and QuSncy and Chicago , Milwaukee and St.
Paul roads' until the ofllcers of those roads
signify their willingness to give us what we
ask for. "
A GENEIML STKIKE EXPECTED.
It is said also that the men in evenfreight
house in the city will join them , and it is un
derstood that the switchmen will bupport
A similar demand has also been made on the
Rock Inland railroad.
It is declared that the freight handlers on
all the Chicago roads will go out on a strike
Friday night'unless the railways concede eight
hours for a da\'s work with pay for ten hours.
It is stated "that the movement originated
two weeks ago among men in the Lake shore
freight houses , who consulted the freight
handlers of the various roads.
The ofiicials of the various roads say their
business can not be done on that plan and the
probabilities arc that the demand will not be
accecded to and a general strike will follow.
SO CONCESSIONS TO THE MEN. *
Geueral Superintondent Wheeler and Vice-
President Ilughitt siad they would take no no
tice of the demand of th'e freight handlers.
"We have , " said they"a s milar'demand from
the men working in bur car shops , but we re
fused to grant it. We can not permit our em-
ploj'es in any depaitment to interfere with the
business of our road and we must and will run
our trainsnd machine shops to suit our
General Manager Miller of the Chicago , Mil
waukee and St. Paul railway , being asked this
evening in Milwaukee what reply would be
given to the demands made by the company's
freight handlers at Chicago , declined to give
any reply until it should have been formally
placed before the men , believing it improper
for him to do so. But from incidental remarks
made by him and other ollicersof the company
it is evltient that the demands of the men'
not be granted. He evidently believes them
to be unreasonable and eucli as would not be
made by men at a time other than now , when
the excitement of a strike craze exists.
OTIIGK iO.U > 3 JOINING IN.
At G o'clock this evening the men employed
in the freight houses of the Chicago and Alton
held a meeting and resolved to join in the de
mand of the"ircight handlers of the other
roads for eight hours ivithout a corresponding
decrease in compensation. All the Alton men
number fifty. Their action will be made
known to-morrow to the ollicials of the road.
Till then the ollicials refuse to discuss the
The freight handlers of the Baltimore and
Ohio road are by no means satisfied with the
present condition of affairs. A tax per man
of $1.50 which is taken from the regular
monthly salary by the company to be u ed in
cases where men are laid off by sickness
causes considerable grumbling.
There is a rumor to-day that a freight hand
lers' association will soon be organized. The
same : scheme is also being talked up among
the men at the Illinois Central freight depot.
FORMING A rr.EIGIIT HANDI.EU's UNION.
The Wabash freight handlers are retried as
rather inclined to join in the movement inaug
urated on the Burlington and the St. Paul
oads. Up to this evening , however , they had
taken no definite action.
It seems to be the opinion of all the officers
f the roads whose freight handlers have asked
'or a reduction of hours that the employes will
je unable to successfully inaugurate a strike
wing to the fact that they have no union or
ther organization. It is the intention of the
ncn. however , to form a 'society. For this
mrpose a meeting of all the petitioners and
md persons employed in the local freight
louses of other roads will be held to-morrow
ivening. The wages run from § 1.50 to 81.75
Sixtj'-nine men , including the clerks and
ruckmen employed in the freight house of
he Galena division of the Chicago and North-
vestern railroad , have gone out on a htrike.
The men want eight "hours' work and ten.
The Migration of theGeese. .
The wild geese , whose large , V-shaped flocks ,
lontiuue to pass over Connecticut daily and
lightly , heading for the frozen shores of La
rador and Baffin's bay , are adding their
oftv testimony to the multiplying proofs o :
he great fact that at last the long northern
i-inter is gone. The flight of the Canadian
i-ild goose is continental. It sweeps from tin.
layous and sounds of the far south to tin.
lesolate shores of the icv
arctic seas. The e
irge birds of the black head , neck , and feet ,
chose wild , gurgling cries , coming down con-
useillyfrom the upper air , seem "to mix and "
ilend with the wind and the cloud in which
hey move , arc on their way perhaps from the
verglades of southern Flo'rida ; nor will thev
nakc much delay till thev reach the far nortlf-
rn wastes where they breed. It would seem
hat their winters are passed in brighter and
ileasanter weather than their summers ; but
tie north is their true habitat. There thev
car their broods and they probably best enjoy
ife , for there they spend'seven at least of the
ear's twelve months on shores too chill and
rim for human kind , albeit there the ice melts
nd there the sun shines for a while all night ,
ust at present they must find it an inhospita- :
le region. From the northern shores of the
rulf of St. Lawrence on the northward inde -
itely the rocks are still deep in snow and
e , and the weather is cold. But in the north
real changes are affected rapidly as the sun
lounts higher. Even in Lake C'hamplain the :
e is said to be still two or three feet thick ,
ut in that curious lake , as in some other
orthcrn waters , the ice , when it goes , disap-
ears suddenly. It may show at sunset a lake
nrface of miles on miles of solid looking ice
-and the neit morning not a bit of ice is to :
seen ! But ice or no ice , it is all one to the
ild geese. They are sure of their own pas-
ires and still waters albeit the former may
ot be very green nor the latter very still ; but
grim rocks in the chill seas along upper
abrador , Baffin's bay , and Smith's sound arc < L
places that they are after. May it also be
iat they go still further and find a milder c : :
ime surrounding the earth's northern pole ? fa
Train 'Wrecked. G
FORT Wonxn , TEX. , April 22. A Missouri k (
'acific freight train was w recked some distance O
clow this city yesterday. Two rails had been b :
rn up and the engine and four cars left the * c
ack , going over an embankment eighteen th
ct high and being completely demolished , of
obcrt Barrett , , the engineer , the fireman , Vi
olin Burns , and a brakeman. were scrioush br
ijured. The stare has offered a reward of S30C ; f I
the arrest of any man engaged in the work ,
tid the railroad company has supplemented
u's by offering § 500 for each man caught whc ' ' ]
id a hand in it. to
She Found Her Xanuno.
The north-bound train had loft Aus
tin , Tex. , and Conductor Hughes was
making his usual round collecting
tickets ? He stopped in front of a.littlo
girl who v.-os crouched in a corner near
The stove. Notwithstanding that a
cold uortlnvcstcr was blowing , she was
thinly clad in a torn calico dress , and
her feet were destitute of shoes and
.As she appeared to be alone , the con
ductor asked :
-Have yon got a ticket , little girl ?
"What" that ? "
"Didn't whoever piit you on the car
" ire you a ticket ? "
"Nohodv put us on the car. Wo
came all'bv ourselves , didn't we ,
tlollv ? " she said , hugging a dilapidated
"Didn't yonr papa put you on the
car ? "
"No ; we didn't tell him wo were
coming , did we , dolly ? "
The conductor took the little girl's
hand in his. ft was burning hot. Her
thin features were Hushed , and uur eyes
were glistening with fever.
"Your clothes are' thin. Don't you
feel cold sometimes ! "
"Yes , we feel so cold , but we ling np
close together , don't we. dolly ? When
I lind mamma she'll give us some new
clothes and some , shoes. "
"Where is you mamma ? "
"I don't know , but I'll find her. She
told me to come to her. She came in
to my room last night and put her
hands on me and kissed me just as
she nsctl to before she went to sleep in
a lon < " box and went off on the rail
The conductor was puzzled. Had the
fever aflected the child's head ?
"I think you are lost , little girl.
What is your name ? "
"My name is Fanny , but mamma
used to call me 'little pet.1"
"I'll jsfinl yon back to yonr papa.
You have got a papa , haven't 3011 , in
Austin ? "
A look of terror wasfrozen on tho
little pinched features. Two thin arms
were thrown around the conductor's
"Please don't send me back to pa , "
ghe said in piteous accents. "My new
mamma will whip me and lock me in
the dark closet. Oh , please don't send
me back ! I'll be so good. I'll give you
dolly. No ; I can t give you dolly.
Mamma gave me dolly , but I'll let you
play with her. Please , let me stay with
you till I find mamma. "
"This is a. bail case of stepmother , "
said the conductor to himself. "This
is some poor , neglected little creature.
I've a notion to take her home and
leave her with my kids. One more
won't make much difference. "
"I'll not send 3-011 home. Just lio
down here , " he said , fixing her up a
place to lie oironc of the seats.
The little waif was contented and
happy. She laid down and the conduc
tor covered her up with his overcoat.
Once or twice , as lie passed by he heard
the little deadhead passenger talking to
lier dolly about what they would do
when they found mamma.
At Taylor the north bound and south
bound trains met , and the passengers
got slipper. As soon us Conductor
Hughes stepped on the platform the
operator called to him :
"Here , Bill , here is a telegram for
He opened tho envelope and read :
"Put runaway child in charge of con
ductor of south-bound train for Aus
"Poor little creature. " he muttered ,
"she has si hard time of it in this world ;
but I'll wake her np and give her some
supper before 1 send her home to her
He turned back into the car and
threw back the overcoat from the sleep
ing child. She was hugging her dolly
to her breast. There were tears on
her pale thin cheeks , but a happy
smile on her little pinched features.
"Little pet" had found her mamma.
Alias. Sweet , in New York Mercury.
A Lawyer Who Practiced by Ear.
Among the friends of Grover Cleve
land when he was practicing law in
this city was another attorney , but one
of rather different stamp from the man
of destiny. The friend was a bright
fellow , but with the bump of laziness
abnormally developed. He was not a
well read lawyer , and whenever it was
necessary for him to tu > e a decision
hearing on any point , it was his habit
to lounjre into Cleveland's olliee and
casually worm the desired information
out of his friend's mental storehouse.
"Grover" was not so dull as not to ap
preciate the fact and to re-ent the
sponging not so much because the pro
cess was worthy of that name as be
cause he wished to spur his friend on to
more energetic work.
One day the friend came in on his
usual errand , and when Cleveland had
leard the preliminaries usual to the
lumping process , the latter told his
juestioncr that he had given him all
he information on law matters that he
ivas going to.
"There are my books , " said Cleve-
and , "and you're quite welcome to use
hem. Yon can read up your own
"See here , Grover Cleveland. " said
he friend , "I want you to understand
hat I don't read law. I practice en-
irely by ear , and you and your books
au go to thunder. ' * Buffalo Express.
Nothing to Fear.
"Have you spoken to father , George ,
Icar ? " she asked , and the voice which
anie from under the lapel of his coat
airhtrembled with happiness. "Have
on begged his consent to "
"No , I didn't think it was necessary , "
Jeorge replied , "because he has always
icon so friendly and cordial with me.
nly yesterday he slapped me on the
lack and gave me a good cigar , and
old me how well I was looking , and
hat I must come up to the house as
iten as I could , and that you would al-
rays be glad to see me , and we could
iave the parlor to ourselves every night
we wanted it , and "
"Dear father , ' ' interrupted the voice ,
'perhaps I had better break the news
him mvself. " New York Sun.
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