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CARBONDALE, PA., April 8, 1878. engineer of ordinary intelligence can fill MESSRS EDITORS: Thinking a few notes the place of a conductor, but there are very regarding the present condition of affairs few conductors qualified to run and take in this vicinity would be of interest to the care of a locomotive. However, there are Brotherhood in general, we improve a few many men running locomotives who are moments' leisure in narrating a few facts not qualified for the place. This seems in concerning the engineers in this vicinity. many cases to be owing to the desire of

We certainly have some of the best men some railroad officials to man their engines that ever pulled a throttie, and all of them with cheap men. By the way, this puts me men of integrity and trustworthiness. D. in mind of a circumstance that occurred on Benscoter, W. Bingham, William Blake, one of the trunk lines many years ago. A George Fuller, D. Besecker, Peter Vandecertain gentleman took charge of one of mark, Silas Vandemark, S. Fuller, S. Mills the departments. He found that there were and S. Lingfelter, are among the more insome engineers on the road who could not telligent engineers in the valley, and since read and write, and suggested their dismis- the thrilling accident at Melrose, which ocsal to a fellow officer, but the fellow officer casioned the death of an esteemed Brother, thought it would not be policy; he said Patrick Riley, there has been a much though they could not read and write they stronger determination to

fulfill every could run engines very well, and the less a known duty. With superiors that are kind man knew the easier he would drive.

the work is not always laborious, and sucNow, we do not want to belittle conduc- cess must yet crown every effort. In the tors or their occupation, but as Mr. Arthur words of the poet, said, we do like truth and honesty, and can

When faint and weary toiling, see no reason why a class of men, though

The sweat drops from my brow, they be conductors, should take such a posi

I soon shall rest from labor;
tion in regard to strikes, for we know that

I drop the burden now.
at least seven-tenths of the conductors of
the United States are depending on the

The distance from Scranton to Nineveh,
amount of money appearing to their credit which is the terminus of this division, is
on the monthly pay rolls of their employ- said to be eighty-six miles; this includes
ers for the support of themselves and fami- thirty miles of Erie road, and by doubling
lies. There must be some mystery con- they complete a full day.
nected with the matter why they should The Locomotive Machine Works here are
not feel and act just as engineers and other under the direct supervision of Samuel H.
people do that depend on their wages for Dotterer, one of the finest mechanics in the
support, when oppressed. We have seen State. The engines are in capital repair.
many strikes, and know that in most cases With happy heart the engineer mounts his
they result disastrously to men and compa- iron steed, starting away on time and per-
ny; but in the name of Heaven, what are forming his work with promptness. One
men to do when all other honorable means of the most important features connected
fail? To be plain in this matter, I firmly with our engineers is that they are temper-
believe that the resolutions that some men ance men, and take no interest in persons
pride themselves so much upon, condem- addicted to strong drink. The people look
datory to strikes, would never have found upon this as a noble trait, and believe it a
a place in their constitution and by-laws victory already gained. The traveling
had it been left to the men or conductors public are always contented when they can
who depend on wages,

In our opinion be assured that such men as these are at the those resolutions were fabricated by men lead, and will-unless by accident-conwho have their hands in their employers' | duct them safely to their destination. Their pockets up to their elbows, through motives Lodge room is furnished in passable style, of deception and dishonesty.

walls decorated with beautiful mottoes, Fraternally yours,

which is a fitting compliment to these preOLD TIMER. eminent men, who by their conduct, both

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at home and abroad, have built up a repu. as they imagine them to be. We wish you tation which will endure so long as life and the excellent JOURNAL much success, lasts.

DETECTIVE. and the Brotherhood the appreciation and

esteem they so richly deserve. TERRELL, TEXAS, March 7, 1878.

VIC. REINHARDT, MESSRS. EDITORS: It is with much pleas

Ed. Vidette. ure I read your very interesting JOURNAL. I enjoy additional gratification in seeing so MESSRS, EDITORS: I want to say to “Ocmuch of temperance, the lever that now casional,” when you can find a man to send seems moving nations. I have ever been a to the legislature that will get the nominalover of your noble Brotherhood, and must tion on his true moral worth (and not say, that with growing years my good with whiskey and money), you may expect opinion is not the least tarnished. I find no to be benefited by legislation, but not until cause for infidel thoughts in regard to the then; for men that buy votes will sell themnoble combination of men whose very selves to those that have the most money, movement of the hand shakes the earth, after they take their seats in Congress. I mountain, hill and dale. I am glad to see think there will have to be a great moral that the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engi- change before we can expect any benefit neers oecupies such an honorable position by legislation; for all political parties have in temperance and moral reform gene- become so corrupt that they seek only to rally.

gain position and gather all they can into I am aware that engineers as a class have their own coffers; they don't seem to care never received the good name they so richly whether their actions benefit their country deserve. The commonality of human be- or their fellow men, or whether it injures ings look upon locomotive engineers as a them, only so they gain self-aggrandizesecond-class in society, simply because they ment. If the working men would select have never been been associated with them; some good, honest man for a candidate, because they have never witnessed the in- that has never dabbled in politics until he born nobility of a true and generous body has become so corrupt that neither the Reof men; because they have never been publican or Democratic parties will supconversant with the noble impulses and port him any longer, they might possibly generous liberality which are the heart- be benefited thereby. fruits of every true engineer. They forget God has so ordered things that we cannot that on the excursion, while traversing the work just for our own personal welfare country at enormous speed, they are pre- without doing injustice to others. God served from the instant termination of life says: “Seek ye first the Kingdom of Heavby the integrity of the engineer. They for- en and its righteousness, and the rest shall get that sleepless vigilance of the engineer, be added unto you." I believe the entire which preserves them from wreck and ruin ignoring of this command by the people in the storm and thick darkness. They for. has brought all of this depression of busiget that a single glance from the endless ness and hard times upon us. God has given iron rail, a second's closing of the eyes for bountiful harvests and bestowed great sleep, a single thought of revenge, might gifts upon the people, and yet they murmur cause to be dashed into pieces every soul on and complain because it is not more. But a train. They forget all these things. They when have they returned thanks and praise forget that the lives of all on board are at for all these gifts that have been given the command of the engineer. They for them year after year? Is it any wonder get that hundreds of engineers have given that God stays his band and withholds away life for the preservation of those these blessings until the people begin to rewho ride behind the steel-hoofed iron horse. alize from whence they come? It is the viBut, I am truly glad to know the day is olating of God's laws that brings all of our coming when your noble band will receive troubles upon us; so let us all try to keep more esteem than heretofore. People are within compass, and then we will be sure to beginning to see them as they are, and not avoid many trials that others endure. H.

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SUMMIT CITY, March 26, 1878. The Tournai.
MESSRS EDITORS: I see by the last JOUR-
NAL names of members who have been
expelled for unbecoming conduct from CLEVELAND, MAY, 1878.
their respective Divisions, which, I must
admit, surprised me when I saw them, for

THE FRENCH IDEA.
I thought that after our troubles last sum-

It is hardly safe to be skeptical now-a-days in

regard to the announcement of any invention mer, and the way they talked, that they pertaining to railway operation, no matter how

Still we would really like to would stand by the B. of L. E. and pay all borel and startling

see in operation the latest French idea-that of assessments, no matter what the rest did. retlecting a hundred miles of road by mirrors, to I am sorry that it is so, but still the B. of L.

a great mirror at a central station, so that the

movements of all trains can be seen at once E. is better without them, for what we before we grow enihusiastic.- Railway Age. want is men that will stand by the Order If, in addition to the reflection of the when it is in trouble. The way I feel about huudred miles of road and the movement it is this: I am glad we have found out who of trains, there could be added a system of to depend upon in time of need. Of course, mirrors that would reflect the doings of any man has the right to withdraw from the management of our leading railway the Order if he feel so disposed, but let him lines, we should not only grow enthusiastic, leave it like a man, let him pay up his back but a reform could be brought about that assessments and depart in peace. A man certainly is very much needed. The ways that will so far forget himself as to turn his that are dark and the things that are back on an organization that has done the vain that have transpired in the last few good for locomotive engineers that this years in that direction have put the orighas, besides the pledges that he has taken inal "Heathen Chinee" to shame, and even to stand by its constitution and by-laws, I the doers would blush to have them held say again, is no fit associate for any honest, up to the public gaze in a mirror. We upright man, and if they all felt as I do heartily endorse the French idea, about it they would turn the cold shoulder to them; but as as long as the Brothers will LOCOMOTIVE ENGINEERS' MUTUAL take them by the hand and ask them to go LIFE INSURANCE ASSOCIATION. in and take a cigar or drink, as it may be, The following statement has been prewith them, they will say, “Well, I haven't pared to show the exact condition of each lost anything by being expelled; I have Division in the Insurance Association; the been the gainer. I have saved my assess number of paying members; the amount ments, and the boys seem to think as much each pays on assessments, and the cost of of me as ever." Now, then, by the laws of collection as shown on closing the account the State of Ohio, if a man commits per- of Assessments Nos. 354, 355 and 356. jury, and he is proven guilty, he is sent to The discrepancy between the number of State prison, which is right. I, for one, members and the amount paid by some of think that a man who will violate his obli- the Divisions, is accounted for by counting gation is no better, and I do not want to those who were members when one or more associate with him. Perhaps you and some of these deaths occurred, but were not liaof the Brothers may think I am rather se- ble for all of them. vere on them, but I cannot help it; still I It must be borne in mind, in comparing would say to our erring Brothers, if you the number reported now as compared with will come up and pay your assessments and former report, that the members of the Asbe men, I will take you by the band and sociation connected with the late trouble on forget that you were ever expelled.

the B. & M. and P. & R. Roads, are, by orNow, Mr. Editor, I would like to say der of the Convention, carried on the books something in regard to our insurance, but as members in good standing without the time will not permit at present, but will payment of assessments; hence our inabilspeak of it hereafter.

ity to show a dollar paid for each member Yours fraternally,

L. A. W. heretofore reported.

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A MECHANICAL WONDER. We are reliably informed that an engi- We have lately had the pleasure of exneer has recently been traveling through amining an extremely simple yet novel the West, having in his possession a travel arrangement of gearing, called the "Vering card purporting to be issued by Divi- tical Multiplier.” It is an utter impossision 55, at Grafton, West Virginia. This bility to give anything like an intelligent Division has been defunct for more than description of this gearing in the limited two years, and the number has been trans- space at our command, for it must be seen ferred to Terrace Division, Utah, as a to be appreciated; but suffice it to say that glance at the JOURNAL would have shown it completely upsets the theory that has so any one interested. We have called atten- long remained unquestioned as to become tion time and again to the fact that there an axiom, viz: “What is gained in speed was but one way to keep informed of what is lost in power.” was occurring from time to time in the We congratulate Mr. Fithian, the inBrotherhood, and that way was by sub- ventor, upon the results of his study, and scribing for and reading the JOURNAL. It trust that he may live to see his invention is the only way in which we can transmit brought into general use, and that from it intelligence of general interest to the mem- he may receive a substantial benefit. bership at large, and it is furnished at a price that easily brings it within the reach BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS. of all; and if any refuse to avail themselves We are in receipt of the first annual reof the means offered to inform themselves port of this Bureau, and find it a volume of of matters that bave a direct interest to 355 pages, replete with valuable statistical them the fault is their own, and they information and carefully collected facts, should not complain if they become the vic- which make it not only an interesting retims of fraud and imposition.

port, but one of great value, and demon

strates conclusively the wisdom of the act CORRECT TIME.

by which the Bureau was established. The There is probably no one connected with Commissioner, H. J. Walls, Esq., has done railroads, and especially with train service, himself great credit by the clear and conbut realizes how indispensably necessary it cise manner in which the subject matter is is to have correct time, and the feeling of handled. uneasiness and insecurity that is engender

(From the Dunellen Rock,] ed by carrying a watch that cannot be depended upon. By reference to the adver- FURTHER TRIBULATION IN SPIRIT. tisement of Max Freund & Co., which ap- of the first chapter of St. Rock are these precious

From the twentieth to the thirty-seventh verse pears on page 238 of this number, it will be words, dearly beloved brethren: seen that they make a specialty of ac

20. And when they had returned from going

up upto Francis, the mighty ruler, they sought curate time-pieces and offer special induce the brethren at the 'Port; yea, even where they ments to buyers. We ask for them a fair do leave the taming chariots.

21. And when the three had found their trial by those who need anything in their brethren, they told them what manner of things line.

Francis, the mighty, had spoken,

22. Then were those fifteen of the brethren

which did not sign the parchment exceedingly DONATIONS FOR MRS. MARKLE. glad and rejoiced with a loud voice, mocking at Since our former report there has been re- thoso which had put their

writing ceived for the above mentioned purpose, 23. And they said unto them, “Aba! ye did one dollar ($1) from Pittsburgh Division, sign away thy freedom and thy Brotherhood for

one hundred pieces of silver Now, behold, we No. 50, and three dollars ($3) from Omaha / who signed them not away have both our freedom Division, No. 183; total, four dollars (84), and our Brotherhood, and our one hundred pieces

of silver. What think ye of this? Go dip thy which amount has been duly forwarded. heads into the pool that is without these gates, We are also reminded that we omitted to and be not faint thereat.

24. And the three score which had put their state in our report that Elmira Division, names upon the parchment became shame-faced No. 41, donated three dollars ($3) to this and sorrowful. Nevertheless, said they unto the

vaunting fifteen brethren: fund, which omission we gladly rectify.

"Chide us not thus, o flesh of our flesh

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