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visions of the Northwest occurred at had ample opportunity to ventilate their
ren with appropriate remarks and then
sconced in a white painted cottage sur-struction. Thursday morning, July 2,
found us on board the train for "The Dalles," Oregon, to atterd the first union meeting ever held on the Pacific coast, and to Columbia Division, No. 236, belongs the credit. Arriving there Sunday morning at 5:30 o'clock, we were met by Brothers McIntosh, Perley and others, who gave us a hearty welcome and escorted us to the Umatilla House. After a short rest we proceeded to the hall, where quite a number of the members had already assembled. Brother Ran
in establishing other Divisions on the line of road. Wednesday, June 1, in the forenoon, accompanied by Brother Phelan and Mr. Taylor, an old railroad man and one of Brainerd's prominent citizens, we had a drive around the city, visited the hospital erected by the N. P. R. R. Co. for the benefit of its employes, were introduced to Dr. Biggar, the manager, who very kindly had us shown through the building, which we found to be a model of neatness, and well adapted for the purposes intended. The men speak in the highest terms of its management, and contribute cheerfully to its support. Returning to the hotel we were introduced to Mr. C. W. Cushing, superintendent of motive power, and spent a half hour very pleasantly with him. After dinner we took the train for Fargo, in response to an urgent request of the Brothers of Division No. 202 to meet with them while enroute to "The Dalles," ariving there at 8 o'clock P. M. We were met by Brothers Allen and Knowlton and given a drive around Fargo and Moorehead before going to the Division room, as our stay with them was necessarilly short, being obliged to take the 4 o'clock train Thursday morning. We had a very pleasant meeting with the Brothers, and gave them all necessary advice, information and in
rounded with a rustic fence, and all that bespeak home and confort. In the evening we met with the Division, Brother P. Carney presiding. After the formal opening, Brother Carney introduced the Grand Chief, who gave the Brothers an informal talk on matters pertaining to the interest of our organization, followed by Brother Everett, who also gave the members some wholesome advice. Remarks were also made by Brothers Carney, Phelan and others. Division 144 is in a prosperous condition notwithstand- dall, Chief of Columbia Division, No. ing the draft made upon her membership 236, called the meeting to order, and after opening in due form welcomed the visiting brethren with well chosen remarks, after which he introduced the Grand Chief, who explained to the Brothers the workings of the Order and the benefits accruing therefrom since its inception. Matters pertaining to the good of the Order were then introduced and freely discussed by Brothers McInintosh, Perley, McDonald and others. Arrangements having been made for a public meeting in the court house at 2:30 o'clock, the meeting was closed in due form and we proceeded thither in a body. Brother Perley presiding, called the meeting to order and introduced Rev. Mr. McEwan, who offered up a fervent prayer, after which Brother Perley explained that the object of holding the meeting was to give the citizens of “The Dalles" an opportunity of learning something concerning the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, a Division of which was located in their city. The following letter of regret from the Governor was then read :
STATE OF OREGON, EXECUTIVE OFFICE,
GENTS: Please accept thanks for invitation and also regrets that, owing to previous engagements, I will not be able to attend the union meeting given by the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers at The Dalles" on the 5th inst. Order will see that his " headlight" reflects clearly and plainly his life's tracks, so that it would be impossible to place any obstruction
I have no doubt but that each member of the
across the same to ever endanger the "ditching" of his locomotive, with hand on his lever, always throw on his "air" that momentum is stopped ready at first appearance of an obstruction to before any one is lost. And quoting from a poem of one of your Brothrrs
beyond description, mountains on either far in the background stand the grand side towering hundreds of feet high, and old perpetual snow-covered ones, such as Mt. Hood, Adams, St. Helen and others. We watched and admired until the eyes
May every one a worker be
In our great Brotherhood,
And wishing for you a pleasant meeting, I re- grew weary, and are told that we are main, your obedient servant,
nearing the "Cascades."
Z. F. MOODY. To W. P. Sherman, Robert Hunter, J. Matheson, committee B. L. E., "The Dalles, "The Dalles," Oregon. After which the Grand Chief was introduced and delivered an address on the origin, aims and purposes of the Organization, which was listened to with marked attention by all present. Rev. Mr. McEwan was then called for and made a few remarks complimentary to the engineers and closed the meeting with a short prayer. Leaving the court house we proceeded in a body to the Umatilla House, where the visiting members and their friends were entertained with dinner by Division 236. The following Divisions were represented: Nos. 147, 13, 238, 277, 262 and 236, numbering in all fifty members, which was a large attendance, considering the distance the Divisions are located from the place of meeting, and the Brothers of Columbia Division have just cause to feel proud of their union meeting. We had the pleasure of an introduction to the mayor and a number of the prominent citizens, including Mr. Hobart, M. M., and 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, from the top of which a grand view of the city and surrounding country was obtained. Returning to the hotel we held an informal reception and met quite a large number of the Brothers, whom we otherwise would not have seen. Tuesday, July 7, along with Brothers McDonald, Sally and Sherman, we called
Sure enough, we are in sight of the roaring, surging, tumbling waters. We are filled with wonder and admiration, and at this point we are informed that we must leave the steamer and take the train for five miles, as the river at this point is not navigable on account of its turbulence. After leaving the train we stop and visit one of the fisheries, which to us was a great curiosity. We again take the steamer, Dixie Thompson, and are introduced, as before, to the captain, and by him invited to seats in the pilot house, and through the courtesy of these genial gentlemen all the points of interest are shown us, as both captains have navigated these waters for over twenty years, and every tree and mountain and bend in the river are as familiar to them as the nooks and crannies in their own homes. Soon our journey, like all good things, came to an end, and we find ourselves in the city of Portland, and at the wharf are met by the ever faithful Brothers, this time Brothers Sally and McDonald, and at once driven to the Es
By special request of Willamette Division, No. 277, Monday morning, July 6, we took the steamer Harvest Queen for Portland, in company with Brother W. J. Sherman, who, by the way, is a model guide and traveling companion. We soon found ourselves steaming down the Columbia River. The scenery is grand
upon the general officers of the Oregon Railway & Steam Navigation Company, and the Oregon & California Railway, who received us very cordially, extending to us the courtesies of their roads. We also visited the shops of the latter road, and were introduced to Mr. Brandt, M. M., brother of the Superintendent, the builder of the famous Brandt engines years gone by.
Bidding adieu to the Portland Brothers, we boarded the train homeward bound at 3:30 P. M., July 7, arriving there July 13, delighted with our trip.
Want of space prevents us from giving a more extended account of our trip across the continent. Suffice it to say, from the time we reached Minneapolis until we arrived in Portland, we were the recipients of the utmost kindness and forethought, for all of which we are truly grateful, and will ever cherish with grateful remembrance the personal acts of kindness we received at the hands of the brethren and the officers of the different roads we passed over.
THE LATE MASTER MECHANIC.
G. W. Lowe, Master Mechanic of the C. & N.W.R. R,, at Clinton, Iowa, we are pleased to say, has been removed. Lowe is a tyrant, and believes in both child and pauper labor, and we trust the laborers and mechanics of the west will give him a dose of his own medicine--black list him. His removal checks an impending trouble, and the railroad company is to be congratulated on the fairness with which it treated the laborers in this respect.-The People's Advocate, Atlantic, Iowa, June 18.
This man, Lowe, was the most oppressive and overbearing Master Mechanic that ever occupied the position at this city, and we might safely say in this country. He has gone into retirement and obscurity at Fort Wayne, Ind., accompanied by the reproaches and opprobrium which are wont to accompany every oppressor in this land of freedom. For three years and two months he ruled with an iron hand as intelligent a body of men as ever swung a hammer, watched a lathe or twisted a wrench in any similar shops in the United States. They were men, many of them who had grown gray in the service of the great corporation that provided them employment, and whose labor had been appreciated by the seven Master Mechanics that preceded this man Lowe, and were recognized as faithful employes by the company in the several positions they filled with credit in the shops.
for a time acted as foreman of the railroad shops
at that city.
This man was no crimiual, nor do we charge him as such, but we do say, judging from his acts at Clinton, that there are men with shaved heads, wearing striped garments, in every penitentiary in the land, that have shown more genuine attributes of manhood than were ever possessed by this man. True, he controlled men and was clothed with brief authority. So has the tiger and the panther in the wilds of Africa, who, under almost similar circumstances, devour them as their prey, with all the ferociousness of wild beasts Not, however, as did this man, that abused his position to crush life and manhood out
of their forms and force them to seek alms from charitably disposed friends to keep starvation from their wives and families. To the unin
formed reader these accusations may seem grave
and harsh, but every assertion there made is susceptible of undoubted proof by any one of a hundred or more as noble workmen as ever operated together to creaie wealth in this country.
From the day that G. W. Lowe assumed charge of the shops in this city until his retirement, he was a constant oppressor of labor under his authority; and to force his edicts to success would resort to the most contempted and unmanly nature. Not satisfied with ible and despicable means known to a depravdischarging and cutting down the wages of tried and faithful employes, he would follow them in person or by letter to other places and there, outside of his jurisdiction and away where necessity compelled them to seek work from home, his iron heel of oppression would be stamped down to crush them into obedience, and by his acts force them to work at reduced wages or retire again from the places they had secured after being driven from home by his coercion. Incidents of this kind are numerous, and more than one of as good citizens as ever resided in Clinton have been forced by this man to sell out their comfortable homes, abandon their neighbors, whose long years of pleasant acquaintance formed the happiest periods of their lives, and leave with their families for other towns, among strangers, to secure that employment essentlal to keep the wolf from the door in their declining years. History tells us of kings and rulers in olden times whose necks were placed under the guillotine for less oppression than was introduced and enforced by Lowe at the shops in this city. Nor did he confine himself to the men unfortunate enough to be under his immediate charge, but attempted to have his policy of reducing labor to serfdom introduced into the manufacturing institutions of the place and in the shops of other companies in neighboring cities, He had made his brags that he would cut wages, and his sole ambition seemed to be in that direction
The cool, calm judgment of the men, and the knowledge that their oppression was nearing an end. together with the wisdom of the managers of the Northwestern Railroad in displacing the object of their hatred, is one of the pleasant features of Mr. Lowe's termination of power over those capable of being his superiors at the railroad shops at Clinton.
We must not omit telling our readers his manner of retirement, as it briefly describes and illustrates the feeling of the men, whose joy knew no bounds when the hour of his stepping down and out arrived. It was Saturday night; the whistle blew out the most delightful sound to the ears of the workmen ever before listened to; its reverberations had not
Lowe was a creature of another company, and came here from Crestline, Ohio, at which place he
ceased until the bells of every engine in and gbout the shops were rung for joy. Passenaers on the Pacific Express, standing at the depot westward bound, raised their windows, rushed out on the platform, and looked and listened intently at the unusual demonstrations. Many thought it was a riot or a strike
but no, it was in honor of the man's removal, and the settlement of what might have been a difficulty serious to contemplate. On the Sabbath morning following, the effigy of the late master mechanic was discovered suspended from a beam near the center of the large machine shop; and this was all there was left of him who for more than three long years had been trying to reduce every man under him to worse than a menial. What a contrast was this from the retirement of the seven master mechanics of the Northwestern who had preceded Lowe. Every one of them left with the good-will of their employes, and numerous substantial tokens of their esteem, bearing the kindest remembrances and good wishes for their future success in any position allotted them. This one went out with scorn and contempt, without a friend, and the only wish of the men here is that no similar body of men
will be so unfortunate as to be subjected to
The transformation at the shops is apparent to even a newspaper man; but a short time ago the operatives went to their work with a despondent, depressed, haggard look, more mechanical than natural; now, their cheerful countenances, elastic step and energetic manner denote pleasure and satisfaction at their lot. Mr. Quayle, the new master mechanic, has already gained the confidence and respect of the men; he is of them, and although a young man for the position he holds, is capable far beyond his years. He is a product of the mechanical department of the Northwestern at Chicago, a self-made man in the truest sense of the word, and of just such character as will bring order out of chaos and happiness out of misery. The change is a most desirable one, and to the employes, as well as to the citizens of Clinton, gives unbounded satisfaction. The Advertiser is led to recite this record with no feelings of malice, but from a sense of duty as a newspaper to give facts pertaining to injustice done working-men, and to give from a home stand-point the truth as given to us relating to the career of Mr. Lowe while in this city. Other papers throughout the State have called attention to his displacement in a more disparaging manner than here given, and that justice alone shall be done is the only object of this article.— Clinton Co. Advertiser.
If the charges set forth in the article copied above are true, the Northwestern company have not removed this man a minute too soon. It is a great mistake on the part of any official to stoop to a spirit of oppression in his treatment of men under his control, hoping thereby to curry favor with his superiors; especially so with a company which, like the Northwestern, has made a record for itself as being desirous of not only meting out equal and exact justice to all, but
marking it with consideration for the welfare of its employes. Kind treatment more effectually subdues even the brute creation than does cruelty, and the official who forgets the law of kindness in his treatment of men, forfeits their respect, without which an attempt to govern and direct will sooner or later prove an utter failure.
We have received quite a number of letters asking for blanks for the annual reports. We have mailed two copies to each Division, and if they are not promptly received notice should be given that duplicates may be sent. We trust that so much has been said heretofore about
the way these reports should be made up and the computation of Grand Dues that no reference to that subject will be necessary, but we must insist on a full and complete list of the members being sent us, as without it the report is but half made.
Brother J. G. Witherby, of Lexington Division No. 35, is hereby requested to correspond with his Division at once or action will be taken.
[P. H. SCHREIBER, F. A. E. Brother P. McQuillan, of Northern Tier Division No. 69, will save trouble by corresponding with his Division at once.
J. SENCERBOX, F. A. E. Brothers J. B. Gough, Frank Cunningham and W. T. Moore, of Bloomington Division No. 19, are requested to correspond with their Division without delay. P. J. DAGENHART, F. A. E. Brother Neil Smith, of Denison Division No. 177, will learn of something to his advantage J. HENRY, F. A. E. by corresponding with Brother Matt Clark, of Roodhouse Division No. 220, has lost his traveling card. If presented to any one it should be taken up and sent to J. H. BROWN, F. A. E., Box 43, Roodhouse, Ill. Brother George Scheuing, of Put-in-Bay Division No. 208, is hereby notified that it will be to his interest to correspond with his Division
CHAS. J. STOLL, F. A. E. Brother A. H. Cassort, of Harrisburg Division
No. 74, is requested to correspond with his Division.
J. J. STROH, F. A. E.