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visions of the Northwest occurred at had ample opportunity to ventilate their Minneapolis on Sunday, June 28, under opinions if they so desired. There were the auspices of Minnehaha Division, No. about 260 members present, representing 180, which we had the pleasure of attend- fifteen sub-Divisions, which was the ing. Leaving Cleveland Friday even largest number they have had at any of ing, June 26, accompanied by wife and their reunions in that section of the son, we reached Minneapolis Sunday country. Sunday evening was spent .morning, and were met at the depot by very pleasantly with a number of the Brother J. B. Johnson and others, and Brothers and their families at the residriven to the West Hotel, where elegant dence of Brother J. B. Johnson, and on rooms had been secured for us. After a the following day, accompanied by brief rest we repaired to the hall, where Brother Lobdell and wife, Mrs. J. B. large numbers of the brethren had al- Johnson and Brother Everett, we had a ready assembled. At 11 o'clock Brother fine drive around the city; visiting variRamsdell, Chief of Division 180, called ous places of interest, including the rethe meeticg to order and opened in regu- nowned Minnehaha Falls and the celelar form. After prayer by the Grand brated Pillsbury four mill, one of the Chaplain, Brother Deloss Everett, who largest in the world. In the evening we was present by special invitation, Broth- were handsomely entertained at the resier Ramsdell welcomed the visiting breth-dence of Mr. Pattee, Master Mechanic of ren with appropriate remarks and then the C., M. & St. P. shops at Minneapolis. introduced the Grand Chief, who made On Tuesday, June 30, in accordance with a short address, followed by Brother Ev. a promise made to Brother Phelan at the erett, who spoke at length on "Ambition last convention, we took the morning and Hopes” of young men, picturing in train on the Northern Pacific road for a forcible manner how the ambition and Brainerd, accompanied by Brother Evhopes of many young men had been re- erett. On reaching Crow Wing, a small alized by perseverance and industry. station a few miles east of Brainerd, Questions relating to the future welfare of Brothers Phelan, Sherwood and Howard our institution were then introduced and came aboard and greeted us with a hearty ably discussed by Brothers J.B. Johnson, welcome. Arriving at Brainerd, we were Gallup, Phelan, Westfall and others, again greeted by a number of the brethafter which a committee was appointed ren and escorted to the Villard Hotel, to draft suitable resolutions expressive of where we were well cared for during our the feelings of the meeting and present stay. After dinner, in company with a them to the officers of the various rail. number of the Brothers, we visited the ways which had furnished free transpor- shops, and were introduced to Mr. Small, tation to the members and their families. Master Mechanic, who received us corA motion was then passed designating dially, and showed us around the premMadison, Wis., as the place for holding ises. The shops are well located and supthe ninth annual reunion. After prayer plied with the most improved machinery by the Grand Chaplain the meeting closed and tools. The equipment of the entire and the brothers formed in line and road is as complete as any in the counmarched to the West Hotel, where they try. On our return we were invited to were entertained with dinner by Division an informal tea with Brother Phelan, 180, an act of generosity which was who, by the way, has much to be proud highly appreciated. The meeting was a of, as he has a charming wife and two decided success in every respect. All little flaxen-hair children nicely ensconced in a white painted cottage sur-struction. Thursday morning, July 2, rounded with a rustic fence, and all that found us on board the train for · The bespeak home and confort. In the even- Dalles,” Oregon, to atterd the first union ing we met with the Division, Brother P. meeting ever held on the Pacific coast, Carney presiding. After the formal and to Columbia Division, No. 236, beopening, Brother Carney introduced the longs the credit. Arriving there Sunday Grand Chief, who gave the Brothers an morning at 5:30 o'clock, we were met by informal talk on matters pertaining to Brothers McIntosh, Perley and others, the interest of our organization, followed who gave us a hearty welcome and esby Brother Everett, who also gave the corted us to the Umatilla House. After members some wholesome advice. Re- a short rest we proceeded to the hall, marks were also made by Brothers Car- where quite a number of the members ney, Phelan and others. Division 144 is had already assembled. Brother Ranin a prosperous condition notwithstand-dall
, Chief of Columbia Division, No. ing the draft made upon her membership 236, called the meeting to order, and in establishing other Divisions on the after opening in due form welcomed the line of road. Wednesday, June 1, in visiting brethren with well chosen rethe forenoon, accompanied by Brother marks, after which he introduced the Phelan and Mr. Taylor, an old railroad Grand Chief, who explained to the man and one of Brainerd's prominent Brothers the workings of the Order and citizens, we had a drive around the city, the benefits accruing therefrom since its visited the hospital, erected by the N. P. inception. Matters pertaining to the R. R. Co. for the benefit of its employes, good of the Order were then introduced were introduced to Dr. Biggar, the man- and freely discussed by Brothers McInager, who. very kindly had us shown intosh, Perley, McDonald and others. through the building, which we found Arrangements having been made for a to be a model of neatness, and well public meeting in the court house at adapted for the purposes intended. The 2:30 o'clock, the meeting was closed in men speak in the highest terms of its due form and we proceeded thither in a management, and contribute cheerfully body. Brother Perley presiding, called to its support. Returning to the hotel the meeting to order and introduced Rev. we were introduced to Mr. C. W. Cush- Mr. McEwan, who offered up a fervent ing, superintendent of motive power, and prayer, after which Brother Perley exspent a half hour very pleasantly with plained that the object of holding the him. After dinner we took the train for meeting was to give the citizens of “The Fargo, in response to an urgent request Dalles” an opportunity of learning someof the Brothers of Division No. 202 to thing concerning the Brotherhood of Lomeet with them while enroute to “The comotive Engineers, a Division of which Dalles," ariving there at 8 o'clock P. M. was located in their city. The following We were met by Brothers Allen and letter of regret from the Governor was Knowlton and given a drive around then read : Fargo and Moorehead before going to STATE OF OREGON, EXECUTIVE OFFICE,
} the Division room, as our stay with them
GENTS: Please accept thanks for invitation was necessarilly short, being obliged to and also regrets that, owing to previous engage
ments, I will not be able to attend the union take the 4 o'clock train Thursday morn- meeting given by the Brotherhood of Locomotive ing. We had a very pleasant meeting
Engineers at The Dalles" on the 5th inst. with the Brothers, and gave them all Order will see that his headlight” reflects necessary advice, information and in would be impossible to place any obstruction
I have no doubt but that each member of the 2. F. MOODY.
across the same to ever endanger the "ditching" beyond description, mountains on either ready at first appearance of an obstruction to side towering hundreds of feet high, and throw on his ** air," that momentum is stopped far in the background stand the grand before any one is lost. And quoting from a poem of one of your Brothrrs
old perpetual snow-covered ones, such as "Nay every one a worker be
Mt. Hood, Adams, St. Helen and others.
We watched and admired until the eyes
nearing the “ Cascades." To W. P, Sherman, Robert Hunter, J. Matheson,
Sure enough, we are in sight of the committee B. L. E., “The Dalles," Oregon,
roaring, surging, tumbling waters. We After which the Grand Chief was ip- are filled with wonder and admiration, troduced and delivered an address on the and at this point we are informed that origin, aims and purposes of the Organi- we must leave the steamer and take the zation, which was listened to with train for five miles, as the river at this marked attention by all present. Rev. point is not navigable, on account of its Mr. McEwan was then called for and turbulence. After leaving the train we made a few remarks complimentary to stop and visit one of the fisheries, which the engineers and closed the meeting to us was a great curiosity. We again with a short prayer. Leaving the court take the steamer, Dixie Thompson, and house we proceeded in a body to the are introduced, as before, to the captain, Umatilla House, where the visiting mem-J and by him invited to seats in the pilot bers and their friends were entertained house, and through the courtesy of these with dinner by Division 236. The fol- genial gentlemen all the points of interlowing Divisions were represented: Nos. est are shown us, as both captains have 147, 13, 238, 277, 262 and 236, number navigated these waters for over twenty ing in all fifty members, which was a years, and every tree and mountain and large attendance, considering the distance bend in the river are as familiar to them the Divisions are located from the place as the nooks and crannies in their own of meeting, and the Brothers of Colum. homes. Soon our journey, like all good bia Division have just cause to feel things, came to an end, and we find ourproud of their union meeting. We had selves in the city of Portland, and at the the pleasure of an introduction to the wharf are met by the ever faithful mayor and a number of the prominent Brothers, this time Brothers Sally and citizens, including Mr. Hobart, M. M., McDonald, and at once driven to the Esand family; Mr. De Hough, Chief En-mond Hotel. While refreshing the inner gineer of the company's steamers east of man we are informed carriages are in “The Dalles,” and family, at whose waiting. We at once proceed to the parresidence we were handsomely entertain- lor and are met by Brother McDonald ed in the evening in company with and wife, who had arranged for a drive Brothers McIntosh and Sherman. around the city and to Marquam's Hill,
By special request of Willamette Di- from the top of which a grand view of vision, No. 277, Monday morning, July the city and surrounding country was 6, we took the steamer Harvest Queen for obtained. Returning to the hotel we Portland, in company with Brother W. held an informal reception and met quite J. Sherman, who, by the way, is a mod. a large number of the Brothers, whom el guide and traveling companion. We we otherwise would not have seen. Tuessoon found ourselves steaming down the day, July 7, along with Brothers McColumbia River. The scenery is grand Donald, Sally and Sherman, we called upon the general officers of the Oregon for a time acted as foreman of the railroad shops
at that city. Railway & Steam Navigation Company, This man was no crimiual, por do we charge and the Oregon & California Railway, at Clinton, that there
are men with shaved heads,
him as such, but we do say, judging from his acts who received us very cordially, extend- wearing striped garments, in every penitentiary
in the land, that have shown more genuine ating to us the courtesies of their roads. tributes of manhood than were ever possessed by We also visited the shops of the latter clothed with brief authority: So has the tiger road, and were introduced to Mr. Brandt, and the panther in the wilds of Africa, who, un
der almost similar cfrcumstances, devour them as M. M., brother of the Superintendent, their prey, with all the ferociousness of wild
beasts. Not, however, as did this man, that the builder of the famous Brandt en abused his position to crush life and manhood out
of their forms and force them to seek alms from gines years gone by.
charitably disposed friends to keep starvation Bidding adieu to the Portland Broth- from their wives and families. To the upin. ers, we boarded the train homeward and harsh, but every assertion there made is susbound at 3:30 P. M., July 7, arriving there ceptible of undoubted proof by any one of a hun
dred or more as noble workmen as ever operated July 13, delighted with our trip.
together to creaie wealth in this country. Want of space prevents us from giving charge of the shops in this city until his re
From the day that G. W. Lowe assumed à more extended extended account of our trip tirement, he was a constant oppressor of la
bor under his authority, and to force his edicts across the continent. Suffice it to say, to success would resort to the most
contemptfrom the time we reached Minneapolis ed and unmanly nature. Not satisfied with
ible and despicable means known to a depravuntil we arrived in Portland, we were discharging and cutting down the wages of
tried and faithful employes, he would follow the recipients of the utmost kindness them in person or by letter to other places and forethought, for all of which we are and there, outside of his jurisdiction and away truly grateful, and will ever cherish with from home, his iron heel of oppression would
be stamped down to crush them into obedigrateful remembrance the personal acts ence, and by his acts force them to work at reof kindness we received at the hands of duced wages or retire again from the places
they had secured after being driven from home the brethren and the officers of the dif- by his coercion. Incidents of this kind are
numerous, and more than one of as good citiferent roads we passed over.
zens as ever resided in Clinton have been forced by this man to sell out their comforta
ble homes, abandon their neighbors, whose THE LATE MASTER MECHANIC. long years of pleasant acquaintance formed
the happiest periods of their lives, and leave G. W. Lowe, Master Mechanic of the C. &N with their famiies for other towns, among W.RR,, at Clinton, Iowa, we are plcased to strangers, to secure that employment essen. say, has been removed. Lowe is a tyrant, and tlal to keep the wolf from the door in their belleves in both child and pauper labor, and we declining years. History tells us of kings and trust the laborers and mechanics of the west will rulers in olden times whose necks were placed give him a dose of his own medicine--black list under the guillotine for less oppression than him. His removal checks an impending trouble, was introduced and enforced by Lowe at the and the railroad company is to be congratulated shops in this city. Nor did he confine himself on the fairness with which it treated the laborers to the men anfortunate enough to be under in this respect, The People's Advocate, Atlantic, bis immediate charge, but attempted to have Iowa, June 18,
his policy of reducing labor to serfdom introThis man, Lowe, was the most oppressive and duced into the manufacturing institutions of overbearing Master Mechanic that ever occupied the place and in the shops of other companies the position at this city, and we might safely say in neighboring cities, He had made his brags in this country. He has gone into retirement and that he would cut wages, and his sole ambition obscurity at Fort Wayne, Ind., accompanied by seemed to be in that direction the reproaches and opprobrium which are wont
The cool, calm judgmeut of the men, and to accompany every oppressor in this land of free- the knowledge that their oppression was neardom. För three years and two months he ruled ing an end, together with the wisdom of the with an iron hand as intelligent a body of men as managers of the Northwestern Railroad in disever swung a hammer, watched a lathe or twisted placing the object of their hatred, is one of the a wrench in any similar shops in the United pleasant features of Mr. Lowe's termination States. They were men, many of them who had of power over those capable of being his supe. grown gray in the service of the great corporation riors at the railroad shops at Clinton. that provided them employment, and whose labor
We must not omit telling our readers his had been appreciated by the seven Master Me- manner of retirement, as it briefly describes .chanics that preceded this man Lowe, and were
and illustrates the feeling of the men, whose recognized as faithful employes by the company joy knew no bounds when the hour of his stepin the several positions they filled with credit in ping down and out arrived. It was Saturday the shops.
night; the whistle blew out the most delightLowe was a creature of another company, and ful sound to the ears of the workmen ever be·came here from Crestline, Ohio, at which piace he fore listened to; its rererberations had not
ceased until the bells of overy engine in and marking it with consideration for the
an utter failure.
We have mailed two copies to good-will of their employes, and numerous
reports. substantialtokens of their esteem, bearing the each Division, and if they arenot promptkindest remembrances and good wishes for their future success in any position allottedly received notice should be given that them. This one went out with scorn and con: duplicates may be sent.
We trust that tempt, without a friend, and the only wish of the men here is that no similar body of men so much has been said heretofore about will be so unfortunate as to be subjected to his rule.
the way these reports should be made up The transformation at the shops is apparent and the computation of Grand Dues that to even a newspaper man; but a short time ago the operatives went to their work with no reference to that subject will be necesa despondent, depressed, haggard look, moro mechanical than natural; now, their cheerful sary, but we must insist on a full and comcountenances, elastic step and energetic man. plete list of the members being sent us, as ner denote pleasure and satisfaction at their lot. Mr. Quayle, the new master mechanic, without it the report is but half made. has already gained the confidence and respect of the men; he is of them, and although a
SPECIAL NOTICES. young man for the position he holds, is capable far beyond his years. He is a produet of the
Brother J. G. Witherby, of Lexington Division mechanical department of the Northwestern No. 35, is hereby requested to correspond with at Chicago, a self-made man in the truest his Division at once or action will be taken. sense of the word, and of just such character as will bring order out of chaos and happiness
(P. H. SCHREIBER, F. A. E.
The Advertiser is led to recite this record with his Division at once.
J. SENCERBOX, F. A. E. to injustice done working.men, and to give
Brothers J. B. Gough, Frank Cunningham and from a home stand-point the truth as given to us relating to the career of Mr. Lowe while in W. T. Moore, of Bloomington Division No. 19, this city. Other papers throughout the State are requested to correspond with their Division have called attention to his displacement in a without delay.
P.J. DAGENHART, more disparaging manner than here given, and that justice alone shall be done is the only ob
F. A. E. ject of this article. - Clinton Co. Advertiser.
Brother Neil Smith, of Denison Division No. If the charges set forth in the article 177, will learn of something to his advantage copied above are true, the Northwestern by corresponding with J. HENRY, F. A, E. company have not removed this man a Brother Matt Clark, of Roodhouse Division
No. 220, has lost his traveling card. If presentminute too soon. It is a great mistake
ed to any one it should be taken up and sent to on the part of any official to stoop to a
J. H. BROWN, F. A. E., spirit of oppression in his treatment of
Box 43, Roodhouse, IV. men under his control, hoping thereby Brother George Scheuing, of Put-in-Bay Divito curry favor with his superiors ; espe- sion No. 208, is hereby notified that it will be cially so with a company which, like the to his interest to correspond with his Division
CHAS. J. STOLL, F. A. E. Northwestern, has made a record for itself as being desirous of not only meting No. 74, is requested to correspond with his Divi
Brother A. H. Cassort, of Harrisburg Division out equal and exact justice to all, but sion.
J. J. STROR, F. A. E.