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Railroad Telegrapher 

VOL. XXXI, 1914 

Published at St. Louis, Mo. 


The Order of Railroad Telegraphers 


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Alien Births 1505 

A. F. of L. Convention, The 8, 1785 

Appeal, An 192, 407, 1947, 1952 

Bartlett-Bacon Bills 407, 581 

Bill, An Important 189 

Board of Directors, Report of 771 

California Rest Bill 1646 

Campbell, Third Vice-President, Retires 184 

Child Labor Statistics 1 799 

Civil Service Examinations 402- 

Clayton Anti-Injunction Bill, The 1121, 1311 

Clayton Anti-Trust Bill, The 1499 

Clayton Anti-Trust Bill Becomes Law 1635 

Comrnercial Telegraphers' Union of America, 

The 1498 

C. T. U. of A. Convention, The 955 

C. T. U. of A. Growing 1951 

Compensation Law Constitutional 1319 

Decision, An Important 186, 397, 949, 1127 

Decisions on I^bor Laws 1505 

Kightllour Measure, Washington's 1647 

Flag Pole, "Some" 1320 

Ciompers-Morrison-Mitchell Case, The 950 

Gompers-Morrison-Mitchell, Freed 780 

Ciompers to Organized Workers 952 

Good News 8 

(iovernmcnt Ownership 951, 1136 

Hired Thugs 187 

Hours of Service Law 956 

Impeach Justice Wright, To 782 

Impeachment Proceeding, Another 782 

Important, Vitally 3 

Information Wanted 1801 

Injunction Denied 783 

Interesting Document 16 

Judge Wright Resigns 1645 

Labor Disputes, Settling . . ^ 1646 

Labor Organization in Canada 1502 

Labor's Rights Guaranteed 772 

Legislation Pending, Important 1941 

Maryland's New Law 401 

Massachusetts Anti-Injunction Bill 1 133 

Massachusetts Anti-Injunction Law 1317 

Massachusetts Rest Law 1317 

Mecograph Injunction, The 778 

Miller, J. W., Dead 1319 

Miners' Officers are Sued 783 

Murphy, A. P., Dead 186 

New York's Compensation Law 16 

O. R. T. Memorial Day 186 

Phillips' Code Revised 955 

Pierson, Tom, Married 953 

President Wilson to Workingmen 1645 

Prize Contest , 1 134 

Prize Contest, 1914 193. 1135, 1506 

Prize Winners, The 405 I 

EDITORIAL— Continued pace 

Proposed Pension Fund 1309, 1939 

Strikes, Michigan and Colorado 190 

Sundry Civil Appropriation Bill 951 

Telegraphers' Tournament, The 1950 

Transmission, Xew Record for 191 

Tnion Meeting 1800, 1949 

V. S. Citizens. Can't Draft 1505 

U. S. Industrial Commission, The 1942 

, Useful Book, A 188 

I Victory in Sight 945 

War Style, Told in 1800 

Western Union Commissions 1497 

Year 1913, The 183 


Agent of Owl Creek Junction, The 1161 

All for a Dollar 1530 

Audit In-Spectre 1151 

Bill's Luck 1821 

Boaster, The 166S 

Bob's Present 1984 

Case of Larry McShane, The 1533 

Children's Traits 1163 

Christmas Partnership, A. . . .". 1967 

Curtis' \'alentine 229 

Dan Cupid as Wireless Operator 1339 

Decoration Day, Her 797 

Driver Bray Saved the Mail, How 1978 

Faster Story, An 611 

Emigrants, The 1526 

P^.seape, An 1155 

Fanny's Impromptu 433 

Ghost of Culbone Tower, The 1348 

Good Old Times, The 1820 

Good Opportunity, A 974 

Happy 613 

Haunted Office, The 1151 

Haunted Tunnel, The 608 

Her Check 806 

His Start , 42 

Hobo, The 1663 

"Holy Terror," A ; 811 

Induction of the Reverend Joe, The 13^4 

In Spite of Magic 1661 

In the Xick of Time 225 

Jean Teterault's Start 227 

John Jones' Find 436 

Last Drink, The 44 

Lincoln, The Mystic 209 

Loan Sharks — John's Story 212 

Major's Christmas, The 1965 

Man Who Blocked the Game, The 31 

Man Who Felt, The 1671 

Man Who Overheard, The 974 

Messenger Davenport 1981 

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MISCELLANY— Continued pace 

Midnight Local. On the 423 

Midnight Special, The 1816 

Munsen's Dream 427 

Mystery "Sine," The .^ 1972 

Necessary Blackmail, A 438 

Neil Farrington 62 1 

Number Five's Headlight 607 

One Who Was Taken, The 1674 

Panama-Pacific International Exposition .^1335 

Pengclly, Lahor Detective 1523 

Perpetual Youth 978 

Principle First 1164 

Pusher Engineer, The 29 

Railway Mail Service, The 1338 

Rainbow's End, The 425 

"Red" Hawkins 617 

Safety First 1156, 1342 

Sane Fourth, Our 1147 

Sauce for the Goose 221 

Saved by Strange Means 980 

Sending a Telegram 971 

Short Cut to Opal, A. 813 

Sleeping Cars, Origin and Growth of 441 

Smart Little Trap, In the 619 

Soldiers of the Sea 802 

Station Agent's Stor>% The. 985 

Strange Coincidence. , 1 1 58 

Thanksgiving Dinner, A 1814 

Tick of the Clock, The 430 

Traitor in 1 200, Not a 973 

Turned Traitor, She 809 

Two in the Car..... 1149 

Union Labor and the Golden Rule 181 1 

Vacation, The 1528 

Vision, A f 989 

West Montgomer>- Pay Roll, The 799 

Wise Judge. The *. . . . 1827 

Woman Labor 1355 

Workers Who Are Lucky 440 

Wrong Decision, A 47 


Editorial Notes 17, 194, 408, 597, 784, 960, 

1137. 1320, 1507, 1648, 1801, 1952 


Facetious 51, 233, 445. 631, 821, 993, 

1169, 1361, 1547. 1679, 1831, 1989 


Fraternal 55, 237, 453, 635, 826. 998, 

1175. 1366, 1551, 1685, 1836, 1995 


(Meanings 421, 1331, 1517 


Grand Division 168. 381, 566. 755, 929, 

1106, 1293, 1482. 1622, 1772, 1927, 2090 


Ladies' Auxiliary 23, 203. 414. 604. 791, 

965, 1144, 1327, 1513, 1655, 1808, 1960 


Our Correspondents 53, 235, 447, 633. 823, 

995, 1171, 1363, 1549, 1681. 1833. 1991 


Personal Mention 20. 199, 411, 600. 786, 

962. 1140, 1323, 1509, 1651. 1805. 1956 


Poetical 49, 231, 443, 629, 819. 

991, 1167, 1359, 1545, 1677, 1829, 1987 


L'nion Label 208. 419, 795, 970, 1333, 

1521. 1660. 1964 

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Vitally Important 


IN THE December number of The 
Telegrapher, under the caption "Get 
Busy/' was published a strong appeal 
from the Executive Council of the Amer- 
ican Federation of Labor to all union men 
to urge their senators and representatives 
in Congress to support the Bartlett-Bacon 
Bill (H. R. 1873) and (S. 927), which are 
designed to amend the Sherman Anti-trust 
Law, so that no court can construe that 
law as applying to labor organizations. 
Since that article was written, the United 
States Court of Appeals has rendered its 
decision in the famous Hatters' case, and 
that decision makes it imperative for every 
union man to bestir himself immediately 
and insist upon his representatives in the 
United States Senate and the House of 
Representatives not only supporting these 

two bills, but also to use every endeavor 
to secure their immediate passage. 

President Gompers, of the American 
Federation of Labor, in an editorial in the 
January number of the Fedeiationist, the 
official organ of the Federation, sets forth 
the situation very clearly and shows con- 
clusively the necessity of immediate action 
on the part of every union man. His ar- 
ticle follows: 

Without further delay, the citizens of the 
United States must decide whether they 
wish to outlaw organized labor. Only a few 
months ago the officials of the United Mine 
Workers were indicted under the Sherman 
Anti-trust law because they helped the 
miners of West Virginia to break the 
shackles by which the mining companies 

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held them helpless objects of exploitation. 
The mine operators forced the constituted 
authorities of the State to do their bidding. 
The miners could appeal to no one for 
justice. Their only defense lay in their 
ability to enforce their rights through 
their united organized power. To strip 
them of that defense is the purpose 
of the litigation begun by the indictment 
charging that organization with restraint 
of trade. These same officers of the United 
Mine Workers have again been indicted 
under the same "anti -trust" law because 
they are helping the miners of Colorado to 
resist the tyranny of the Standard Oil 
Company, which seeks to evade compliance 
with the labor laws of the State. The "in- 
dicted" officers of the miners are (call it 
"conspiring" if you please) engaged in an 
effort to rid the State of Colorado of gov- 
ernment by mine guards in order to re-es- 
tablish civil government, government by 

The federal grand jury's indictment 
charges the officers of the miners* organiza- 
tion with establishing a monopoly of mine 
labor in the United States and Canada and 
with organizing a conspiracy to restrain 
interstate commerce. 

The law of the land assures to workers 
the right to organize. All who have any 
knowledge of the world of industry con- 
cede that without organization the wage- 
workers are helpless victims of the indus- 
trial forces that are seeking their own self- 
interest. Practical men of business refuse 
to deal with a weak union, for its agree- 
ments would have neither advantage nor 
force; but as a matter of course they rec- 
ognize and deal with strong unions, and 
adjust their business to conform to the new 
situation. It follows, then, that control of 
all the workers in a trade increases the 
success and the efficiency of the organiza- 
tion in securing better terms for a greater 
number of workers and in turn protects 
the fair employer from competition with 
producers who care not how they grind 
their employes so long as they also grind 
out profits. 

The right to organize is a sham, a trick, 
a deceit, unless it carries with it the right 
to organize effectively and the right to use 

that organized power to further the inter- 
ests of the workers. This implied right 
must be assured. If it is alleged that acts 
in themselves criminal or unlawful are 
committed in endeavors to effect organiza- 
tion or to secure the benefits of organiza- 
tion, let those acts be dealt with under 
due process of law. But in the name of 
free labor, in the name of free government 
and free society, let the right to organize 
never for one instant be menaced or with- 
held. That right is the foundation upon 
which all else is builded. 

The indictments by the federal grand 
jury were accompanied by a report, a por- 
tion of which criticised the miners — this 
was given wide publicity by the daily press ; 
another portion criticised in more moder- 
ate terms the mine operators — ^this was not 
given equal publicity. This criticism was 
in part as follows: 

"The operators appear to have been 
somewhat remiss in endeavoring to secure 
and hold the good will of their employes, 
and the grand jury deduced from testi- 
mony that there existed reasonable grounds 
for many of the grievances complained of 
by the miners. We believe that many of 
these complaints are substantial and have 

"The grand jury found that the State 
laws have not been so enforced as to give 
all persons concerned the benefits which 
are derived therefrom. Many camp mar- 
shals, whose appointments and salaries are 
controlled by coal companies, have exer- 
cised a system of espionage and have re- 
sorted to arbitrary powers of police con- 
trol, acting in capacity of judge and jury 
and passing sentence upon miners who had 
incurred the enmity of the superintendent 
or pit boss for having complained of real 
grievances or for other causes. 

"Many of the coal companies maintain 
camp saloons and collect from the keepers 
of such saloons a per capita sum of 25 to 
40 cents per month for each person whose 
name appears upon the company pay roll. 
Many camp saloons are open after mid- 
night and on Sunday contrary to the State 

"Over one saloon there has floated for 
years the red flag of anarchy with an 

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open knife fastened to the flag. This 
saloon is a rendezvous for anarchists, and 
many crimes are chargeable to its influ- 

Despite these statements of law-breaking 
no indictments were returned against the 
coal operators. Why? 

Why is it that our laws may be perverted 
and interpreted to prevent those who toil 
from doing things necessary for their pro- 
tection and betterment? 

Why is it that men of wealth may with 
impunity break laws whose meaning is plain 
and unmistakable? 

Can it be the influences that emanate 
from 26 Broadway have murdered justice, 
have usurped functions of the courts, have 
taken control of the police functions and 
have ordered the affairs of the people that 
dividends may be assured to the favored 
ones of the Standard Oil clan? 

The workers of Colorado are making 
a fight for the right to organize, for wages 
that will permit of decent standards of 
living, for the right to order their own 
lives and to spend their earnings for their 
own betterment. They are fighting for the 
right to fair trial, for the right of protec- 
tion by the laws of State and nation, and 
for government free and untrammeled by 
organized selfish interests. 

The menace which threatens the mine 
workers is the common danger of the whole 
labor movement. Those workers happen 
to be the chosen victims. Others have 
already experienced the same injustice. 
Many others may be made victims at the 
whim or desire of any employer. 

Union men of America, do you realize 
that at any time your home, your savings, 
may be levied upon if your organization 
has attained any degree of success? Do 
you realize that you and the officers of your 
organization may be imprisoned for dar- 
ing to defend and to promote your welfare 
and for the exercise of normal activities 
to increase the power and efficiency of your 
union? Have you compared your condi- 
tion with that of the unorganized so that 
you realize what will be the effect of de- 
priving you of the right to organize? 

When you have seriously considered 
these questions you will realize the impera- 

tive necessity that devolves upon all men 
and women who labor — the necessity of se- 
curing amendment to the Sherman Anti- 
trust law that clearly and specifically pre- 
vents the application ol that law to the 
voluntary organization of the workers — ^the 

That law, as now interpreted and applied, 
constitutes the most serious menace to the 
labor movement. That law, which was 
intended to benefit human beings, to pre- 
vent or check monopoly and absolute con- 
trol over the products of labor and of the 
soil, to assure to the people the necessities 
of life at reasonable prices, has proved use- 
less in establishing control or regulation 
over the trusts and monopolies. In a spirit 
of ironic glee these same monopolies, 
trusts, and corporations, unharmed by the 
law which was to have regulated them, now 
turn this law against the human beings who 
were to have been protected. 

Is the conscience of the American people 
so dead, is their sense of justice so dor- 
mant, that they will tolerate that horses, 
wheat, hay, sugar, hogs, shall be placed on 
equality before the law with human beings ? 

It has been announced by the adminis- 
tration that trust legislation is the next 
matter that will receive consideration. 
Plans, policies, methods are being consid- 
ered. Now is the time for those who place 
human interests above all else to press their 
claims and demands upon the attention of 
those who shall shape and determine the 
nature of trust legislation. On December 
16th we made before the House Judiciary 
Committee a presentation of the right to 
existence which must be accorded organi- 
zations of toilers. Every union man in the 
country owes to himself, his family, his 
conscience to use his influence to secure 
concerted action of his fellow-workers to 
arouse public demand and sentiment in be- 
half of human rights and recognition of 
these right in the trust legislation. 

The party now in control of legislation 
has twice pledged itself to enact legislation 
granting to Labor the right of free organi- 
zation and of all activity in furtherance 
of organization not in itself unlawful. 
Twice that party has made a presidential 
campaign upon a platform containing that 
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pledge. The candidates who accepted places 
upon the Democratic ticket did not repudi- 
ate that pledge. As was the custom under 
the Taft regime, the present administra- 
tion has permitted, imder the provisions 
of the Sherman Anti-trust law, indictments 
against men helping their fellow-workers 
to secure higher wages, a shorter work- 
day, conditions that will assure them a 
more just compensation for toil and free- 
dom to order their own lives outside of 
working hours. Those of that party whom 
the people elected to office are in honor 
botmd to redeem that pledge they gave to 
those who elected them. Labor of Amer- 
ica expects such action. If the party in 
power is not in favor of outlawing organ- 
ized labor, it must give substance to that 

Organized labor must live to give tone, 
character, and purpose to the needs and 
demands for justice, rights, and a better 
life to the toilers. 

The workers everywhere are urged not 
only to make their own views clear, but to 
persuade all friends of Labor and human 
justice to communicate at once with their 
respective senators and representatives in 

Demand the early enactment of the Bart- 
lett Bacon bills, S. 927 and H. R. 1873. In 
all justice the Sherman Anti-trust law must 
be amended. 


Just as we are going to press comes an- 
other proof of the imperative necessity for 
the effective amendment of the Sherman 
Anti-trust law, which Labor demands. 
Three judges of the United States Cir- 
cuit Court of Appeals on December 18th 
rendered a decision affirming the decision 
of the Connecticut Federal District Court 
that the United Hatters of North America 
shall pay D. E. Loewe and Company 
$252,130. And on what groimds? Because 
the hatters succeeded in establishing fair 
wages and conditions of work in nearly all 
hat shops of the country and were using 
their collective power to secure the same 
conditions from D. E. Loewe and Com- 
pany. The degree of success which their 
organization had achieved in securing for 
working men and women a little shorter 

workday and a little more time for home, 
rest, and self-improvement, a few more dolr 
lars for the necessities and some of the 
pleasiu-es of life, and less harmful con- 
ditions of work, was held by the court as 
evidence of "conspiracy and restraint of 
trade" — was made the grounds upon which 
their homes and their little earnings were 
attached and held for years, and again is 
made the grounds upon which these hatters 
are to pay three-fold damages and cbsts 
to D. E. Loewe and Company. 

Have these unions the right to exist, or 
shall they be outlawed under the Sherman 
Anti-trust law at the will of any enemy 
of organized labor? That is the question. 

This last decision, written by Judge Coxe 
and concurred in by Judges Ward and 
Rogers of the Federal Court of Appeals, 
contains the following: 

"That the Anti-trust Act is applicable , 
to such combinations as are alleged in the 
complaint is no longer debatable. The law 
makes no distinction between the classes, 
employers and employes, corporations or 
individuals. Rich and poor alike are in- 
cluded under its terms. The Supreme 
Court particularly points out that, although 
Congress was frequently importuned to 
exempt farmers' organizations and labor 
unions from its provisions, these efforts all 
failed smd the act still remains. 

"No one disputes the proposition that 
labor unions are lawful. All must admit 
that they are not only lawful but highly 
beneficial when legally and fairly con- 
ducted, but, like all other combinations, 
irrespective of their objects and purposes, 
they must obey the law." 

Note the fact that the decision was 
unanimous. Note this statement: "That 
the Anti-trust Act is applicable to such 
contbinations as are alleged in the com- 
plaint is no longer debatable." 

Note this fact, too: The court declares 
that no one disputes that labor unions are 
not only "lawful but highly beneficial." 
Will the court or anyone else point out any 
instance, even in the record in this case, 
in which the aim and the purpgse of the 
hatters were anything but tending to benefit 
the large mass of the hatters directly and 
all workers as a result ? The court declares 

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further that labor ^unions like all other 
combinations, irrespective of their objects 
and purposes, must obey the law. Law, as 
its essence is best understood, is justice, 
and when it is not justice it is not law. 

Let us apply the same set of circum- 
stances in this case to the activities of 
another form of voluntary organization. 
Take, for instance, the Consumers* League, 
composed of a number of men and women 
of our country who aim to secure im- 
proved conditions for women and men 
clerks in our department stores and who 
aim to secure better sanitary conditions 
for the workers in the sweated trades. 
Suppose, then, such an organization had 
decided that it would not patronize any 
store which had on sale the products of 
sweatshops or which refused fair condi- 
tions to the store clerks. Suppose that 
the leaders communicated with a kindred 
organization in California or elsewhere, 
where sweatshop products were on sale, 
and, as a result, that voluntary association 
in California declared that it would not 
patronize the store which kept on sale the 
products of sweatshops. Would the court 
hold that the Consumers' League was a 
beneficial organization and yet that it had 
violated the provisions of the Sherman 
Anti-trust law? Suppose, further, that the 
churches engaged in the movement for the 
prohibition of the liquor traffic, in order 
to carry on a systematic boycott through- 
out the country, should injure the business 
of a brewery, a distillery, or a saloon- 
keeper. Would the court hold that the 
churches were lawful and highly beneficial 
organizations, that they were guilty of a 
conspiracy and restraint of trade and 
therefore subject to three-fold damages 
which any of these injured parties might 
claim? Would the court deem that the 
churches in this respect be admonished to 
"obey the law?" 

The fact of the matter is that under the 
perversion rather than the interpretation 
of the Sherman Anti-trust law by the fed- 
eral courts, that which is held to be law 
is founded upon neither justice nor com- 
mon sense. The federal courts have fallen 
into the common error which places the 
voluntary associations of the working peo- 

ple, organized not for profit but for 
humanitarian purposes, in the same cate- 
gory with the greedy, conscienceless trusts, 
corporations, and monopolies which control 
the products of labor and which speculate 
in the necessities of the people; it is equal 
to placing human conscience, human en- 
deavor, human souls in the same scale 
with pork or bushels of coal. 

Under these decisions the very right of 
existence of the labor unions is not only 
questioned or threatened, but is imperiled. 
It might be interesting to know what the 
court had in mind when it said that the 
labor unions were not only lawful but 
highly beneficial when legally and fairly 
conducted. What, indeed, is the court's con- 
ception of what a lawful labor union highly 
beneficial in its objects and piu-poses is and 
how it should carry out its beneficial ob- 
jects and purposes legally and fairly? In 
a word, what is the court's conception of 
the lawful union "legally and fairly con- 

There never was any intention on the 
part of the Congress of the United States 
to include the voluntary organizations of 
workers — that is, the labor unions — in the 
Sherman Anti-trust law. Then, again, 
though not in the same Congress, the 
United States Senate and the House of 
Representatives at different times have 
adopted amendments to the Sherman Anti- 
trust law specifically excluding these or-^ 
ganizations from the provisions of that 
law. And now all that has transpired more 
clearly demonstrates the necessity for the 
enactment of the Bartlett-Bacon bill as a 
remedy for the wrongful position in which 
organized labor has been placed, not only 
by judicial interpretation but by judicial 

And let those who value the liberty and 
the welfare of America's toilers lose no 
time in demanding justice for them and in 
pressing these demands upon their repre- 
sentatives in Congress. 

The need is great. The existence of or- 
ganized labor is in jeopardy. The right to 
organize is necessary for the freedom of 
the workers. The freedom of the workers 
is necessary for the freedom of all the peo- 
ple, the perpetuation of our Republic itself. 

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The Railroad Telegrapher. 


AS THE readers of this journal are 
aware, it has been the custom of 
^ the Post Office Department to send 
this journal, as well as other publications, 
by "fast freight" instead of by passenger- 
train mail service from all of the large 
cities, and^ as a consequence it has been 
greatly delayed in being delivered to its 

The Second Assistant Postmaster Gen- 
eral recently gave publications an opportu- 
nity to furnish any reason which they 
might have for the restoration of such pub- 
lications to the mail service on passenger 
trains, and the Editor of The Telegrapher 
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THE Thirty-third Annual Convention 
of the American Federation of 
Labor convened in Seattle, Wash., 
on November 10th and continued in ses- 
sion up to and including the 22d, with 
the usual large attendance. 

On the opening day, addresses of wel- 
come were delivered by Hon. Ernest 
Lister, Governor of. the State of Wash- 
ington; Hon. Geo. F. Cotterill, Mayor of 
Seattle, and E. P. Marsh, President of 
the Washington State Federation of 
Labor, to which response was made by 
President Gompers in his usual eloquent 
and happy manner. The reports of the 
various officers to the convention, showed 
that the federation was in a most proper- 
ous condition, with a larger membership 
than ever before in its history. Sum- 
marized, the reports show that there are 

HI national and international unions, 42 
State federations, 621 city central bodies 
and 659 local trade and federal labor 
unions affiliated with the American Fed- 
eration of Labor; that these bodies com- 
prise 20,046 local unions with a member- 
ship of 2,054,526. 

The report of the Executive Council, 
which is composed of the officers of the 
federation, is a very voluminous as well 
as interesting document, in which the 
more important matters of the past year 
are carefully and thoroughly reviewed. 

Of the organized labor movement in 
general and the American Federation of 
Labor in particular, the report says: 

A third of a century ago a little group 
of men, thoroughly convinced that the 
trade union movement was the hope of 
the American workers, met in Pittsburg 
and effected the organization that has 
grown into its present splendid develop- 
ment. The trade union movement has 
justified the faith of those who founded 
it and devoted their lives to building it^ 
up. It has been the great power that 
has placed humanity above all else — it has 
forced humanity upon industry, into legis- 
lation, into social concepts and ideals. It 
has ever made protest against wrong, in- 
justice, waste of human energy and life. 
It has been the greatest force for the up- 
lift of the workers and all those that are 
weary and heavy laden— it has permeated 
their lives and made them freer, better, 
happier, more worth living. 

The trade union movement has become 
the greatest factor in the lives of the 
masses of the American people because 
of its practical idealism. Those who have 
made the organization what it is have 
recognized that they were confronted 
with conditions rather than theories. They 
have recognized that in counseling those 
in need of more and better food, clothing 
and the necessities of life, they were deal- 
ing with the raw stuff of life, with human 
beings who live in the present and whose 
destinies depend upon present aid. Any 
organization that has in its keeping the 
welfare of human beings has assumed a 
tremendous responsibility. The welfare 
of the hosts of toilers is entrusted to the 
American trade union movement. 

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Industrial managements have been cruel 
and heartless in their self-interests; be- 
tween the American working people and 
such cruelty and heartlessness there has 
stood but one unfailing defense — the 
labor movement. This labor movement 
has laid hold of the hearts of men and 
women; it is to them a symbol of those 
things which are the best of life. It is a 
real living thing which the toilers love 
and cherish. And the soul of the move- 
ment is the hearts and lives of those who 
have built themselves into it, by sacrifice 
and toil. ^ 

The delegates to this convention, you 
who are to transact the affairs of this 
movement, be fully conscious of the dignity 
and responsibility devolving upon you — 
the welfare of the human beings whom 
you represent. Where so much is at stake, 
fads, idealistic, but impracticable fancy, 
personal interests, must give way to the 
larger aspects of all problems. Differences 
of opinions there must be, for they are 
inseparable from a growing movement 
that must adjust to the changing condi- 
tions of industry and society. For the 
success of the cause does not depend upon 
the elimination of disputes, but upon the 
spirit in which they are treated. A prac- 
tical, resourceful spirit has been charac- 
teristic of all former deliberations and is 
indispensable that the propositions and 
the issues coming before this convention 
shall be disposed of with discretion. 

The matters which are to be considered 
by this convention are not only working 
class problems, but they concern and have 
a bearing upon the whole of society, in 
America and the whole world. The trade 
unionists have their group interests and 
work and their organizations by which 
these are promoted, yet they are an inte- 
gral component of society and their wel- 
fare is not always in conflict with that 
of other members of society. Since the 
delegates to this convention will deal with 
problems affecting the welfare of those 
they represent and that of many others, 
the discussions and decisions will be 
studied by the earnest men and women, 
the thinkers of this country and of the 
whold world. The men in the labor 
movement are students of the world of 

men and affairs, who know conditions 
through personal experience and observa- 
tion. The labor movement has produced 
and educated its economists, its statesmen, 
and its philosophers. Upon such, represent- 
ing their fellow-workers at this Seattle 
convention, will rest the grave responsi- 
bility of earnestly striving to solve wisely 
and surely the many problems that will 
come before this body. Not one issue will 
be unimportant, for each will affect the 
development of the movement for better 
or for worse. 

It is of the greatest importance that 
you, the delegates to this 1913 convention, 
come to its sessions fully aware of the 
great responsibility and duty which rests 
upon you, that you come ready to consider 
and decide all matters purely and wholly 
from the standpoint of human welfare. 
Let all things be done in the spirit that 
will make this a gathering that will in- 
spire new courage and love for humanity 
and prepare for still more glorious suc- 
cess for the trade union movement. 

The past year has been one of most 
gratifying progress and steady growth for 
the trade union movement of America. 
During the year the affiliated membership 
of the American Federation of Labor 
reached the two-million mark, passed be- 
yond, and is surely and steadily advancing 
toward the new goal — the three-million 
mark. Not only has there been progress 
made in numbers, but for the increasing 
numbers there have been increase in 
wages, shortening of the workday, im- 
provement in sanitary and general condi- 
tions under which the work is done, bet- 
ter protection for the life and health of 
the workers. These are fundamental fac- 
tors in determining the standard of living 
prevailing among working people — the 
greater proportion of all the people. The 
test of the degree of civilization of any 
nation is the standard of living generally 
prevailing. There can be no question of 
the statement that the general standard 
of living among Americans has been raised 
year after year. The things which today 
are held to be necessities were deemed 
luxuries a decade ago. Furthermore, there 
can be no question of the statement that 
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has been the most potent iorce in bring- 
ing about this higher standard of living 
now prevailing among the American 
workingmen and women and those de- 
pendent upon them. It is the only effec- 
tive defense that stands between the 
organized workers and oppression and in- 
justice, the common lot of the burden- 
bearers of the world. 

The trade union movement of Aiperica 
is a very real part of the lives of the 
w^orkers, a living thing whose spirit has 
quickened the instincts of free manhood 
and womanhood and has been the per- 
sistent protestant against condition which 
oppressed the underpaid and undernour- 
ished, stunted souls and scarred bodies. 
In addition, it has been the means of free- 
ing the minds and the souls of men — 
this is its greatest service to humanity. 
The spirit of the trade union movement 
has made straight the bent back; it has 
made of the one formerly a mere suppliant 
for favors, a free individual, unafraid, 
calmly and insistently demanding justice; 
it has freed the wills of men. 

After all, it is not always the things 
that can be seen and touched that give 
life its deepest and highest purpose and 
value, but it is the determining, actuating 
spirit. The trade union movement has 
made men strong and able in their col- 
lective might, but has left them free to 
live their individual lives without let or 
hindrance. It is of the progress of this 
great movement that we, in our official 
capacity as members of the Executive 
Council, submit to you our report of the 
substance of what has been undertaken 
and accomplished during the past year. 

The following excerpts, covering mat- 
ters of interest to the railroad telegraphers, 
are taken from that report: 


In the report to the Toronto Convention 
of the American Federation of Labor we 
directed attention . to the movement — ^then 
in its conception — ^to secure legislation pro- 
viding compensation to workmen for in- 
juries sustained in the course of their 
employment. The convention recommended 
"a continuation of the agitation set forth 
in the Executive Council's report on com- 

pensation and liability, to the end that nec- 
essary legislation may be enacted." 

Pursuant to these instructions, your Ex- 
ecutive Council has devoted much time and 
effort to the furtherance of this important 
and necessary work. From time to time 
we have collected and collated information 
for the use of the working people and have 
distributed throughout the land literature 
dealing with the subject. We have also 
associated ourselves with and have sought 
the co-operation of other organizations of 
men and women interested in securing the 
enactment of workmen's compensation 
laws and legislation for the prevention of 
industrial accidents. 

During the midsummer session of your 
Executive Council we appointed Vice- 
Presidents Duncan and Mitchell to co- 
operate with other associations and per- 
sons interested in the subject of work- 
men's compensation and instructed them to 
institute an investigation as to the charac- 
ter and operation of the laws enacted on 
this subject in the various States. This 
investigation is progressing as expedi- 
tiously as circumstances and the impor- 
tance of the subject will permit. The 
information which the investigating com- 
mission is securing should prove of great 
value to our movement and to all others 
interested in the enactment of compensa- 
tion laws sufficiently comprehensive to pro- 
tect and provide for the victims of the 
hazards of industrial pursuits. When this 
work is completed the Executive Council 
will be in possession of sufficient informa- 
tion to enable it to make a comprehensive 
report to the next convention. 

At this time and in this preliminary re- 
port, however, we are able to announce 
that the movement inaugurated only a few 
years ago to secure the enactment of com- 
pensation laws has progressed to an 
extent that justifies the hope and the pre- 
diction that if the organized wage-earners 
take proper interest in the subject, com- 
pensation laws will be enacted in all the 
States within the not-distant future. In 
fact, largely as a result of the agitation 
carried on by the organized wage-earners 
of our country, all enlightened and humane 
citizens are coming to recognize the justice 

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of Labor's claim that industry shall bear 
the- burden of the losses caused to work- 
men by industrial accidents, and that the 
dependents of workmen who have been 
killed in the course of their employment 
should in some measure be compensated 
for the irreparable loss they have sus- 

Up to this time the following States, 
twenty-one in number, have enacted com- 
pensation laws: Arizona, California, Con- 
necticut, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, 
Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Ne- 
braska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jer- 
sey, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, Texas, 
Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin. 

The laws of some of these States pro- 
vide rates of compensation wholly inade- 
quate, and in other instances the payment 
of compensation is not guaranteed in such 
a manner as to justify the workmen in 
having confidence in the law. Some States, 
notably California, Illinois and Ohio, rec- 
ognizing the defects and the inadequacy of 
the laws first enacted, have revised and 
remodeled their compensation acts in such 
a manner as to strengthen and improve 
them. Other States are considering amend- 
ments that will remove the defects in their 
compensation laws which experience has 
shown to exist 

However, notwithstanding the defects of 
the compensation laws of many of our 
States— which can and should be remedied 
—we have no hesitancy in saying that in- 
jured workmen and their dependent fami- 
lies are immeasurably better protected and 
provided for under compensation laws than 
they were imder the antiquated, cruel and 
unjust common law as it related to an em- 
ployer's liability. 

While it is impossible, for constitutional 
reasons, to secure absolute uniformity in 
legislation among all the States, yet there 
are important features in respect to rates 
of compensation and to the creation of 
machinery for the administration of the 
law against which there are no constitu- 
tional inhibitions. In regard to these, ef- 
fort should be made to secure uniformity. 
In our judgment, the laws in all States 
should provide that an injured workman 
shall receive during his incapacity 66^ per 

cent of the wages he was earning at the 
time the accident occurred; furthermore, 
we believe that a workman who sustains 
an accident causing permanent partial dis- 
ability should receive, in addition to the 
usual weekly compensation, a specific in- 
demnity. We believe that every law should 
provide guarantees under which an injured 
workman or his dependents shall be certain 
of securing the compensation provided for 
in the law. In addition, we regard it of 
vital importance that our movement should 
insist that an industrial board be created 
in every State, with full power to direct 
and administer the law. To this board 
every accident should be reported and by 
it all settlements of claims should be ap- 
proved. On such board the organized 
wage-earners should be represented by one 
or more of their* best and most faithful 

A large number of workmen's compensa- 
tion bills have been introduced in Congress. 
The bills— S. 959, by Senator Sutherland, 
of Utah, and H. R. 6534, by Representative 
Davis, of West Virginia — ^are companion 
bills and similar in character to the one 
which passed both Houses in the last 
(Sixty-second) Congress, but which died 
in the closing hours of the Senate because 
of a fillibuster by its opponents. The Suth- 
erland-Davis bill is designed to cover the 
interests of employes engaged in interstate 
commerce by railroads. The bill, H. R. 
2944, by Representative Sabath, of Illinois, 
is for a similar purpose. 

Bills introduced for the purpose of ex- 
tending the Federal Compensation Act to 
all employes of the Government and for 
the further purpose of increasing the bene- 
fits are: S. 412, by Senator Sutherland, of 
Utah ; S. 738, by Senator Kern, of Indiana ; 
S. 1296, by Senator Penrose, of Pennsyl- 
vania ; H. R. 1679, by Representative Steen- 
erson, of Minnesota; H. R. 1729, by Rep- 
resentative Griest, of Pennsylvania; H. R. 
3335, by Representative Gillett, of Massa- 
chusetts; H. R. 5899, by Representative 
McGillicuddy, of Maine; H. R. 6145, by 
Representative Dupree, of Louisiana. 

The Kern and McGillicuddy bills are the 
most comprehensive; they make provision 
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suffering from occupational diseases, and 
for the appointment of a Federal Commis- 
sion to administer the act when passed. 
All of the above measures have been re- 
ferred to the respective committees on 
labor, judiciary, and post office. 


In the report submitted to the Roches- 
ter Convention (pages 39-40 printed pro- 
ceedings) on the subject of immigration, 
the attention of the convention was called 
to the bill pending before Congress having 
for its object the better regulation and lim- 
itation of immigration to the United States. 
Attention was called to the bill then pend- 
ing in the Sixty-second Congress which was 
the result of the combined work of the 
American Federation of Labor's declara- 
tions as well as those features recom- 
mended by the Federal Immigration Com- 
mission. The bill provided for an illiteracy 
test and an increase of the head tax, with 
many administrative features to render its 
enforcement effective. 

The convention directed your officers and 
Legislative Committee to be insistent upon 
the enactment of that bill before the expira- 
tion of the Sixty-second Congress. The 
instructions were carried out, with the re- 
sult that the bill passed the Senate and 
House of Representatives by overwhelming 
majorities, and reached President Taft, 
who gave hearings thereon. Owing to 
President Gompers' important engagement 
elsewhere. Secretary Morrison and our 
Legislative Committee appeared at the con- 
ference with the President and strongly 
presented the cause of immigration limita- 
tion and regulation. A few days later an- 
other conference was held with President 
Taft, in which President Gompers, former 
Representative Bennett, of New York (the 
representative of the shipping interests), 
and Commissioner of Immigration at the 
Port of New York, Mr. Williams, partici- 
pated. The entire subject-matter was gone 
over thoroughly. Commissioner Williams 
strongly urged the President to sign the 
bill. He supported all the contentions 
which Mr. Gompers made, and insisted that 
if for no other reason than the advan- 
tageous administrative features contained in 

the bill, it ought to become a law. During 
the conference a heated colloquy occurred 
between Mr. Bennett and President Gom- 
pers, President Taft interjecting a remark 
to Mr. Bennett that he was "treed" by the 
statement. When the conference adjourned 
the impression was firmly made that the 
President would sign the bill. He, however, 
vetoed it. The bill having originated in 
the Senate, it was returned there by Presi- 
dent Taft with his veto. The Senate passed 
the bill over the President's veto by a more 
than two-thirds vote. The bill then came 
to the House, and by four votes failed of 
passage by a two-thirds vote over the 
President's veto. Some of those upon 
whom we most confidently relied to vote 
for the bill in the House at all stages of 
its progress voted contrary to the interests 
of Labor and the American people, and 
thus the immigration bill failed of enact- 
ment in the last Congress. 

In the special session of this (the Sixty- 
third) Congress, a large number of bills 
for the purpose of restricting immigration 
have been introduced, among them being 
the following: S. 50, by Senator Overman, 
of North Carolina; S. 2406, by Senator 
Dillingham, of Vermont ; S. 2453, by Sena- 
tor Smith, of South Carolina; H. R. 1958, 
by Representative Roddenbery, of Georgia; 
H. R. 102, by Representative Raker, of 
California; H. R. 2869, 2870, 2883, 2886, 
2888, 2923, by Representative Hayes, of 
California; H. R. 2934, by Representative 
Gardner, of Massachusetts; H. R. 6060, by 
Representative Burnett, of Alabama ; H. R. 
5973, by Representative Sabath, of Illinois. 
The bills of Representatives Hayes and 
Raker deal principally with Asiatic exclu- 
sion, and the bills by Representative Gard- 
ner and Burnett and Senator Smith contain 
the literacy test as approved by the Amer- 
ican Federation of Labor, which was passed 
by the last (Sixty-second) Congress and 
vetoed by President Taft. Mr. Burnett, 
chairman of the House Committee on Im- 
migration, has made strenuous endeavors 
to secure a favorable report from the com- 
mittee on H. R. 6060, and it is probable 
that it will be reported before this session 
of Congress closes. 

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In addition to the causes which prompt 
the American people, and particularly the 
American working people, to insist upon 
better regulation and greater limitation of 
immigration to the United States are the 
social, economic and labor problems which 
will develop and grow larger after the 
Panama Canal is completed and open to 
commerce. Transportation will be made 
easier and less expensive. Workers from 
foreign countries will be able to obtain 
quicker and cheaper access to the Pacific 
Coast States, and as a consequence will add 
to the immigration problems of that sec- 
tion of our country. The duty of the or- 
ganized workers on the Pacific Coast to 
meet this new problem will be more .impera- 
tive. In behalf of self-preservation these 
problems will require the utmost vigilance, 
not only by the general labor movement, 
but also by the people of the whole coun- 
try. Steamships plying between foreign 
countries and the United StateS have laid 
their plans for the construction of more 
ships for the transportation of immigrant 
workers to the Far West, and undoubtedly 
the large employers will avail themselves 
to the utmost to take advantage of such an 
opportunity for their own immediate inter- 
ests and against the interests of America's 


Resolution No. 101 of the Rochester 
Convention, by Delegates McNulty, Glynn, 
and Ford, of the International Brother- 
hood of Electrical Workers, instructing 
the Legislative Committee to use every 
effort within its power to obtain the enact- 
ment of a bill requiring railroad com- 
panies to equip their roads with auto- 
matic stop systems, was given all of the 
attention that was possible to give it dur- 
ing the closing session of the last (Sixty- 
second) Congress. During the first session 
of the present Congress (the Sixty-third), 
several bills requiring railroads to install 
"automatic stop systems** have been in- 
troduced. All such bills have been re- 
ferred to the appropriate Committee on 
Interstate and Foreign Commerce, where 
is evidently a growing sentiment in Con- 
gress in favor of the installation of some 

practical automatic stop system. As soon 
as such a system can be proven service- 
able there is no doubt but that Congress 
will order "automatic stops** on all inter- 
state railroads. The Interstate Commerce 
Commission has very diligently examined 
most of the projects of this character 
that are worth the time and attention of 
practical railroad men. 


Again the American Federation of Labor 
has succeeded in bringing its contempt 
proceedings test before the Supreme Court 
of the United States for decision. The 
long duration and the many vicissitudes 
of thi> case most forcefully illustrates 
how extremely difficult it is to obtain a 
judicial enunciation of principle or appli- 
cation of law under our present legalism. 

In our report to the . Rochester Con- 
vention we told of the initiation of the 
new contempt proceedings. Equity 30,180, 
in the court of Judge Wright, the hearing 
of the testimony, and that opinion and 
judgment of the court reaffirming the first 
decision handed down in 1908. We stated 
that an appeal had been taken to the Dis- 
trict Court of Appeals. The case was 
argued before that court February 25-26, 
1913. Judge Alton B. Parker and Jackson 
H. Ralston made the arguments for the 
representatives of the American Federa- 
tion of Labor, President Gompers, Vice- 
President Mitchell, and Secretary Morri- 
son. J. J. Darlington, Clarence R. Wilson, 
and Daniel Davenport, committeemen ap- 
pointed by Judge Wright after the Su- 
preme Court decision of 1911 to investi- 
gate whether or not there were just 
grounds for contempt proceedings, con- 
stituted the counsel for the prosecution. 

The briefs and memoranda filed by the 
counsel for the American Federation of 
Labor, as well as in their arguments be- 
fore the court, dealt with the technical 
issues necessarily involved in asking for 
an appeal and the tremendous human in- 
terests not only of organized labor but of 
all advocates of liberty. It was contended 
that the charges constituted criminal con- 
tempt and would accordingly be governed 
by the rules of criminal procedure and 
barred by the Statute of Limitations. It 

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was affirmed that the opinion and mental 
attitude of the Supreme Court of the Dis- 
trict of Columbia indicated that the men 
were found guilty of want of respect for 
judicial authority rather than contempt of 
court. The argument dealing with the 
human interests involved, adduced the fact 
that the injunction and contempt proceed- 
ings were not isolated litigation, but were 
part of a carefully prepared nation-wide 
attempt to disrupt and destroy labor or- 
ganizations, in this instance by harassing 
workingmen with judicial orders restrict- 
ing normal activities and absorbing their 
fundsr in expensive litigation. It was fur- 
thermore shown that the evidence pro- 
duced to prove violation of the injunction 
included political gt>ceches and writings in- 
dispensable to the pursuance of the 
avowed legislative purposes of the Ameri- 
can Federation of Labor — the enactment 
of remedial legislation relieving working- 
men of the abuses of the injunctive writ 
which hampered them in the exercise of 
rights guaranteed them by custom law, 
and Constitution. 

The District Court of Appeals gave its 
decision May 5, 1913. The opinion of the 
court, written by Justice Van Orsdel and 
concurred in by Justice Robb, sustained 
the lower court in finding Messrs. Gom- 
pers, Mitchell and Morrison guilty of con- 
tempt of court, but declared the sentence 
imposed by Justice Wright a violation of 
judicial discretion. The court changed the 
sentences imposed from imprisonment for 
twelve, nine, and six months to imprison- 
ment for thirty days for President Grom- 
pers, and $500 fines for Vice-President 
Mitchell and Secretary Morrison. In 
justifying this modification of sentences 
the court said: 

"The differences which necessitated the 
injunction have been settled. The sole 
purposes of punishment, therefore, is to 
give reasonable assurance that respondents 
will in the future respect the authority of 
the courts. While the injunction was is- 
sued to restrain the most subtle and far- 
reaching conspiracy to boycott that has 
come to our attention the boycott has 
ceased and the necessity for the injunction 
no longer existed at the time this case 
was tried below. A penalty, therefore, 

which would have been justifiable to pre- 
vent further defiance of th^ order of the 
court but for the settlement, would now 
be needless and excessive. Had the court 
below imposed penalties not greatly in ex- 
cess of those which we now deem adequate, 
we would not feel justified in holding that 
there had been an abuse of discretion. 
Since, however, the penalties imposed are 
so unreasonably excessive, and we are 
called upon to modify the judgment, we 
prefer to err, if at all, on the side of 
moderation. No one, however, can read 
this record without being convinced that 
respondent Gompers had been chief factor 
in this contempt; hence, a severer punish- 
ment is merited in his case than in the 
cases of the other respondents." 

In this, as in the first contempt case, 
Chief Justice Shepard wrote a dissenting 
opinion. He held that the Statute of 
Limitations did apply fo the particular 
offenses ch&rged and would bar all specifi- 
cations of the charges against John 
Mitchell and all except one against Frank 
Morrison. This was the one charging Mr. 
Morrison with the circulation of the 
American Federationist for September, 
190& The Chief Justice added: "As to 
this the charge is too general to put the 
party under notice." As to the charges 
specified against President Gompers, within 
the three-year period Chief Justice Shep- 
ard did not consider that any of the evi- 
dence produced constituted a violation of 
the injunction. This opinion concludes 
with a consideration of the failure of the 
defendants to apologize, as was suggested 
by the report of the committee appointed 
by Justice Wright. The Chief Justice 
states : 

"The failure or refusal to accept the 
suggestion has been considered as impor- 
tant in measuring the intent and temper 
of the defendants. I am unable to see 
how the refusal to apologize for an act, 
the commission of which .had been ex- 
pressly denied, shows a reprehensible in- 
tent or temper. On the contrary, it seems 
to me the natural conduct of a self-respect- 
ing man. Having sworn that he had neither 
disobeyed nor intended to disobey the 
mandate of the court, a confession that he 
had done so would be solemn admission 

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of willful perjury. Moreover, the demand 
that the court be acquainted 'before these 
proceedings close with your conviction 
whether you ought and whether you here- 
after expect to lend adherence to the de- 
crees of judicial tribunals of the land in 
matters committed by law to their jurisdic- 
tion and power/ was entirely outside of 
the offense charged and beyond the power 
of any court." 

The opinion by the District Court of 
Appeals did not give a decision to the 
fundamental issues upon which organized 
labor had been so long asking a judicial 
ruling. Labor wished to know what posi- 
tion the highest court of the land would 
take upon the matter involved — namely, 
when a court transcends the power dele- 
gated to it by law, and issues an order 
forbidding persons to do that which they 
have a lawful right to do, rights which 
are specifically guaranteed and protected 
by the written Constitution, is that order 
null and void? Organized labor had been 
prohibited tjie right of free speech and of 
free press — the rights essential to the 
presentation and discussion of grievances 
and abuses. Therefore, the counsel for 
the American Federation of Labor were 
instructed to file a petition in the Supreme 
Court of the United States for a writ of 
certiorari to obtain a review of the case 
by the highest tribunal of the land. 

The modification of sentences made by 
the District Appeal Court was displeasing 
to Judge Wright, who filed a petition ask- 
ing the Supreme Court to reverse that 
part of the decision which reduced the 
sentence. The petition, charging the ap- 
peal court with transgressing the bounds 
of its authority, is an incident unique in 
the history of jurisprudence. 

The Supreme Court of the United 
States, to cover any possible technical ques- 
tion, has granted a writ of error and an 
appeal. It has reserved the question of 
the granting of a writ of certiorari and in 
all probability will not pass upon that 
question until the case comes on to be 


The unemployed men and women of 
our country are always a matter of con- 
cern to the organized labor movement. So 

long as there is a man or woman willing 
to work for whom there is no employment, 
society as a whole is failing to do justice. 
The changing seasons of the year de- 
crease or increase the number of unem- 
ployed, and while the organized labor 
movement is battling for a greater degree 
of economic justice for those who are 
directly affiliated, its attention must be 
directed to that portion of our population 
who are idle through no fault of their 

The tremendous responsibility resting 
upon our organized movement*, first, to 
educate the non-union workers so that 
they may comprehend the rights to which 
they are entitled, and then to organize 
them into labor unions, does not consti- 
tute our full duty. Every question which 
has to do with the general welfare of the 
people comes within the scope of the 
organized labor movement. It is the only 
organized force that operates with direct- 
ness and method. So long as there are 
unemployed who are willing to work it 
should be the aim of our movement to 
extend to them whatever assistance may 
be possible and to endeavor to implant in 
their hearts and minds the fact that the 
organized men and women of Labor are 
anxious to be of service to those who are 
less fortunately situated. The labor move- 
ment should be ever mindful of the fact 
that the future will demand that some 
specific plan be devised for meeting this 
duty to those without a chance to earn a 

There are many way in which organized 
labor and the general public could mitigate 
the evils of unemployment without devis- 
ing any elaborate program of social justice 
or economic reform. This labor might 
be utilized in the construction of public 
works— in road building — which new meth- 
ods of travel are making of increasing 
importance — and by shortening the hours 
of those already employed so that no one 
shall be employed more than eight hours 
per day. 

Not only should there be the humani- 
tarian impulse to share with our less 
fortunate fellow-workers, the unemployed, 
but there must be an appreciation of the 
real menace which a body of unemployed 

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workers constitutes to the standards of 
wages, working conditions, and living of 
those who are employed. Those who are 
unemployed, those who are perforce al- 
most compelled to underbid fair rates, 
those who undermine standards of living, 
constitute an almost insurmountable ob- 
stacle to greater material progress and 
advancement. It is a problem that de- 
mands constructive treatment. Every 
method by which unemployment can be 
eliminated should be most carefully util- 
ized by the organized labor movement. 

The following officers were elected for 
the ensuing year: President, Samuel 
Gompers ; First Vice-President, James Dun- 
can; Second Vice-President, James O'Con- 
nell; Third Vice-President, D. A. Hayes; 
Fourth Vice-President, Joseph F. Valen- 
tine ; Fifth Vice-President, John R. Alpine ; 
Sixth Vice-President. H. B. Perham; 
Seventh Vice-President, John P. White; 
Eighth Vice-President, Frank Duffy; 
Treasurer, John B. Lennon; Secretary, 
Frank Morrison. 

Philadelphia, Pa., was chosen as the next 
meeting place. 


STARTING with the first of this year 
the New York Workmen's Compen- 
sation Act took effect, and this State 
is now in line with almost half the States 
of the country who are endeavoring to 
compel employers to insure in some man- 
ner the payment of moneys to workers 
injured in the course of their employment. 
The law provides three ways in which em- 
ployers may insure themselves — either in 
a State-authorized casualty company, or in 
a mutual company composed of not less 
than forty employers having not less than 
2,500 employes, or by payment of certain 
designated premiums into the State fund. 
Another method will affect only large cor- 
porations, such as railroads, telegraph and 
telephone concerns. It provides that these 
corporations, if they so elect, may deposit 
in banks an amount, to be decided upon by 
the commission, necessary to pay claims 
against it. The various industries are 

divided into groups, and each group will 
pay a rate decided upon by the commission. 
Payments start the first of July next. Fail- 
ure to make payments after this date in- 
vokes a penalty of $1 a day for every em- 
ploye for such neglect or refusal. To fur- 
ther make it possible for all workers to be 
compensated, the law provides that in case 
of a suit against an employer who has not 
complied with the law, all previous de- 
fenses are taken from him, and his only 
defenses are that the injury was caused by 
the willful intention of the injured em- 
ploye or where the injury results solely 
from intoxication — both of which are ques- 
tions for jury decision. 


THE Vice-President of the United 
States, Hon. Thomas R. Marshall, 
and also President of the United 
States Senate, recently presented to the 
Senate a letter from Hon. Henry W. Blair, 
former United States Senator from New 
Hampshire, and asked that this letter, to- 
gether with an accompanying communica- 
tion, be printed as a Senate document. The 
subject of the letter was school statistics. 
The document is No. 224, and can be se- 
cured by addressing any senator. The doc- 
ument contains a letter addressed to "Mr. 
Blair by Alex. Summers, statistican of the 
Bureau of Education, and contains a table 
of actual expenses of all the States in the 
Union for primary mental training, this 
not including the high schools. It is stated 
that the educators of the country agree 
that $28 per capita is the least annual ex- 
penditure which will give the American 
child a good — not the best — common-school 
education. It is shown in the table of 
expenditures that the average amount of 
money expended by the States totals 
$446,726,929, while if $28 per capita had 
been expended, the least amount which the 
educators say will provide a common- 
school education, there should have been 
expended $692,875,664. It is a valuable 
document and should be in the possession 
of those who are interested in the expend- 
itures made for education. 

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The organized workers of Three Rivers, 
Quebec, have formed a Trade and Labor 

The House Labor Committee of Con- 
gress has favorably reported the Bureau 
of Safety Bill. 

Eleven hundred and nine new members 
were initiated into the Order during the 
month of December, 1913. 

A compulsory workmen's compensa- 
tion law has been enacted in New York 
State, which became effective on Jan- 
uary 1st. 

The government of the Dominion of 
Canada has declared in favor of the union 
rate of wages for all work on the Tor- 
onto harbor. y 

A dispatch from St. Paul says that the 
Minnesota Wage Commission will proba- 
bly fix the minimum wage for girls at not 
less than $8.50 per week. 

The new Workmen's Compensation 
Act of California, which went into effect 
January 1st, requires every employer of 
labor to insure his employes. 

The Master Builders of Fargo, N. D., 
and vicinity gave their employes a Christ- 
mas gift in the form of an "open shop" 
decoration and the struggle is now on. 

The defeat of Mayor White, of Hol- 
yoke, Mass., is credited to organized 
labor, who opposed him on account of his 
hostility during his incumbency in office. 

Nearly one thousand hosiery workers, 
mostly girls, are'on strike at the Four 
Mills controlled by Wni. H. Tauble, of 
Philadelphia, because of a reduction in 

The Editor gracefully acknowledges 
the receipt of a large number of Christ- 
mas and New Year's cards from mem- 
bers throughout the United States and 

The contract for building the new^tate 
Capitol of Missouri has been let, and it 
is asserted that the firm securing the con- 
tract will use only union labor in its 

Members should carefully study the 
new secret work sent out with the June 
30th, 1914, cards, especially that part in 
regard to the wire test, which has been 
entirely changed. 

The city of San Francisco has acquired 
its second street railway when it took 
over the Union Street Line. The voters 
sanctioned the purchasing of this line at 
a recent election. 

The differences -between the General 
Electric Company, whose general offices 
are located at Schenectady, N. Y., and its 
employes, have been adjusted to the sat- 
isfaction of all concerned. 

E. G. Hall, President of the Minnesota 
State Federation of Labor, has been ap- 
pointed a member of the Efficiency and 
Economy Commission of that State by 
Governor Eberhart. 

The Judiciary Committee of the United 
States Senate voted just prior to the 
Christmas recess, to take up the Work- 
men's Compensation Bill, shortly after 
the reconvening of that body. 

The Order closed the year 1913 with 
more members in good standing than 
ever before in its history. A full review 
of the accomplishments of the last year 
will appear in the February number. 

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The Colorado Springs and Interurban 
Street Railway Companies made its 225 
employes each a Christmas gift of a one 
thousand-dollar insurance policy, the 
premiums on which will be paid annually 
by the company. 

A cablegram from Rome to the Press 
Associations of this country, states that 
the Italian government is discouraging 
emigration of Italian workers to the 
United States. A warning has been is- 
sued that there is no demand in America 
for unskilled labor. 

The Commercial Telegraphers' Union 
of America charges the Western Union 
Telegraph Company with maintaining a 
spy system, and has called upon the Fed- 
eral Industrial Relations Commission to 
investigate the charge. 

The Oregon State Supreme Court has 
just handed down a decision in which it 
declines to exempt State institutions from 
the law which governs private concerns, 
providing for eight hours* work in a 
twenty-four-hour day. 

Reports from 1,059 labor organizations 
in Massachusetts for the quarter ending 
September 30, 1913, which comprise an 
aggregate membership of 177,267, show 
that 6.8 per cent were reported as unem- 

Have you paid your dues in the Order 
and assessments in the Mutual Benefit 
Department for the new term? If not, 
why not? It doesn't cost any more to 
pay them one time than another and it is 
advantageous to be in good standing at 
all times. 

United States Senator Owen, of Okla- 
homa, has introduced in the Senate a bill 
providing for an old age pension fund, 
which, if adopted, will put the national 
savings banks in competition with the 
mutual savings insurance companies, as 
it authorizes the postals savings bank to 
receive and administer savings paid in 
by citizens, the dues or premiums on 

which are to entitle depositors to partici- 
pate in the co-operative system of life 

Congressman Lewis, of Maryland, one 
of the few union men in Congress, who is 
recognized as an authority on the sub- 
ject, states that American telephone and 
telegraph rates are far in excess of those 
of any other nation. His remedy is gov- 
ernment ownership of the telephone 
lines, which could then be used for tele- 
graphic purposes. 

Workers in the Province of Ontario 
are urging the passage of the proposed 
Workmen's Compensation for Injuries 
Act. Throughout the province trades 
union meetings are being held for the 
purpose of creating sentiment in favor 
of the act. 

Congressman Sabath, of Illinois, has 
introduced a joint resolution in the 
House, proposing that a committee of 
three Senators be appointed by the Presi- 
dent and three members to be selected by 
the House to investigate and report on 
the subject of old age pensions and an- 
nuities on or before December 1, 1915. 

A testimonial dinner is to be given to 
President Gompers, of the American Fed- 
eration of Labor, in Washington, on the 
night of January 27th, by the Central 
Labor Union of that city, which is the 
occasion of Mr. Gompers' sixty-fourth 
birthday anniversary. 

The Iowa State Board of Prison Con- 
trol has notified the officers of the State 
Federation of Labor that the board is in 
sympathy with the stand of the Federa- 
tion on the convict labor question and 
will endeavor, so far as it can consist- 
ently, to comply with the request of the 
State labor body in this matter. 

The appeal of President Gompers, Sec- 
retary Morrison and Vice-President 
Mitchell, of the Annerican Federation of 
Labor, in their contempt cases, was 
argued before the United States Supreme 

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Court on the 7th and 8th. After the 
close of the argument, the court took the 
case under its advisement, and is ex- 
pected to render a decision in about four 

James Fry, of Worden, 111., a coal 
miner, has been given the full amount 
asked for in his proceedings against the 
employing coal company by a board of 
arbitration under the new Illinois Work- 
men's Compensation Act, the award be- 
ing $3,500. 

The year 1913 broke all records- for 
immigrants landing at Philadelphia, with 
a total of 76,000 as against 61,163 for the 
year 1912, which was a record up to that 
time. Most of the immigrants came 
from Russia and the southern countries 
of Europe. 

The House Committee on Immigration 
on December 15th, by an overwhelming 
vote, voted to report favorably the Bur- 
nett Immigration Bill in practically the 
same fonh as the similarly named meas- 
ure which passed the Sixty-second Con- 
gress, and which was vetoed by President 

The city of San Francisco took over 
the Presidio and Ferries Street Railway 
Lines at midnight on December 10th. 
Up to that time the motormen, con- 
ductors and other employes were receiv- 
ing $2.70 a day for ten hours. When the 
lines passed into the hands of the city the 
wages were immediately raised to $3.00 
per day of eight hours. 

The House Committee on Post Offices 
and Post Roads of Congress has voted to 
recommend an appropriation of $100,000 
to enable the Postmaster General to ex- 
periment with government-owned rail- 
way mail cars. If the experiment is 
found to be economical, for the govern- 
ment, the committee has expressed a 
willingness to recommend an appropria- 
tion for the purpose of supplying suffi- 
cient railway mail cars to conduct the 
business of the government. 

The labor commissioners of several 
States have formed the American Asso- 
ciation of Public Employment Officers, 
which will interest itself in placing un- 
skilled unemployed in sections "where this 
labor is in demand, and the federal gov- 
ernment will also be urged to establish 

The Department of Justice at Wash- 
ington has instructed Edward J. Bow- 
man, Acting Federal District Attorney at 
Grand Rapids, Mich., to make a thorough 
investigation of the deportation of Presi- 
dent Moyer, of the Western Federation 
of Miners, from the copper region of 

President Gompers, of the American 
Federation of Labor, appeared before the 
House Judiciary Committee of Congress 
on December 16th, for the purpose of 
urging the committee to take early action 
on the Bartlett Bill, which prohibits the 
issuance of injunctions in labor disputes 
and also amends the Sherman anti-trust 
law, by excluding labor organizations and 
farmers' associations from the provisions 
of that law. 

The merchants of Indianapolis, Ind.,' 
who lent their influence to form the 
"Merchants' Association," the object of 
which was to antagonize organized labor, 
are now said to be regretting their action. 
These merchants are said to at least real- 
ize that the organized laboring people of 
that city are large purchasers of goods 
and that they have the inalienable right 
to bestow their patronage wherever they 
see fit. 

A London dispatch says that the Com- 
mittee on Life Saving Appliances, ap- 
pointed by the International Congress on 
Safety at Sea, has agreed on its recom- 
mendation to be submitted to Congress. 
The principle of "Boats for All" has been 
accepted subject to the proviso that 
where the fullest use is made of the space 
available for the fitting of davits pon- 
toon rafts may be provided for 25 per 
cent of those on board and life boats of 
a recognized type for the remainder. 

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The following births have been reported 
since the last issue of The Telegrapher: 

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girl. ^ 

The following marriages have been re- 
ported since the last issue of The Teleg- 

Bro. C. E. Gillespie, of Div. No. 54, to 
Miss Walker. 

Bro. M. B. Stead, of Div. No. 2, to Miss 
Anna Na Pier. 

and Mrs. Burens, a boy. 
and Mrs. Tom Hurst, a girl, 
and Mrs. H. J. Lund, a girl, 
and Mrs. L. C. Wyse, a boy. 
and Mrs. R. N. Scott, a girl, 
and Mrs. Frank Allen, a boy. 
and Mrs. V. P. Upton, a girl, 
and Mrs. A. S. Carver, a boy. 
and Mrs. D. B. Frost, a girl, 
and Mrs. J. W. Frost, a girl, 
and Mrs. M. P. Kyser, a girl, 
and Mrs. R. A. Caller, a girl, 
and Mrs. J. D. Minsel, a girl, 
and Mrs. Jim Williams, a boy. 
and Mrs. W. R. Wilder, a girl, 
and Mrs. W. G. Lacey, a girl, 
and Mrs. W. L. Nolan, a boy. 
and Mrs. R. E. Crawer, a boy. 
and Mrs. C. P. Taylor, a boy. 
and Mrs. T. N. Holland, a girl, 
and Mrs. H. B. Young, a girl, 
and Mrs. S. R. Walton, a boy. 
and Mrs. H. W. Smith, a boy. 
and Mrs. Harry Hendrickson, 

and Mrs. H. S. Parkman, a 

and Mrs. Martin J. Carey, a 

and Mrs. F. W. Pennock, a 

and Mrs. R. O. Dornblaser, a 

and Mrs. C. H. Darvvood, a 

Bro. W. T. Mclver, of Div. No. 119, to 
Miss Susie Gryte. 

Bro. H. A. Long, of Div. No. 54, to 
Miss Freda Elder. 

Bro. E. S. Krom, of Div. No. 113, to 
Miss Bessie Jones. 

Bro. H. E. Stayner, of Div. No. 130, to 
Miss Ruth Kibben. 

Bro. John Traver, of Div. No. 59, to 
Miss Lula Elliott. 

Bro. Tom Gaffney, of Div. No. 44, to 
Sister Edith Barke. 

Sister Anna O. Stewart, of Div. No. 23, 
to Mr. L. M. Kight. 

Bro. Floyd L. Main, of Div. No. 16, to 
Miss Vivian McCart. 

Sister Florence Barton, of Div. No. 93, 
to Mr. F. B. Kawkes. 

Bro. John G. Daird, of Div. No. 97, to 
Miss Fannie L. King. 

Bro. A. R. Snyder, of Div. No. 153, to 
Miss Edna A. Haley. 

Bro. E. E. Blair, of Div. No. 119, to 
Miss Susan Heinzen. 

Bro. M. W. Buck, of Div. No. 35, to 
Miss Bertha Brigham. 

Bro. Jay Crannell, of Div. No. 93, to 
Miss Edna Hartbank. 

Bro. E. E. Ottinger, of Div. No. 130, to 
Miss Ruth Hammond. 

Bro. K. F. Little, of Div. No. 126, to 
Miss Frate F. Ferrell. 

Bro. Tommy Moran, of Div. No. 159, 
to Miss Mafy E. Ryan. 

Sister E. J. Yarborough, of Div. No. 
46, to Bro. B. L. Gay. 

Sister Martha Roach, of Div. No. 32, 
to Mr. H. L. Hendrick. 

Bro. W. H. Kebach, of Div. No. 17, to 
Miss Leotta Broscious. 

Bro. W. A. Pitre, of Div. No. 137, to 
Miss Birdie L. Jackson. 

Bro. J. A. Fredrickson, of Div. No. 6, 
to Miss Muriel Whitney. 

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Bro. J. E. Breckinridge, of Div. No. 
126. to Miss Edna Coffin. 

Bro. John W. Sackett, of Div. No. 129, 
to Miss Marie M. Manore. 

The Telegrapher extends congratula- 
tions to the happy couples. 

The following deaths have been reported 
since the last issue of The Telegrapher: 

Father of Bro. W. F. Glaspy. 

Bro. C J. King, of Div. No. 94. 

Bro. F. L. Lary, of Div. No. 42. 

Bro. L H. Lutz, of Div. No. 42. 

Bro. D. C. Bailey, of Div. No. 59. 

Bro. E. C. Phelps, of Div. No. 93. 

Bro. P. H. Curran, of Div. No. 21. 

Bro. H. L. Jewel, of Div. No. 132. 

Bro. H. M. Stevens, of Div. No. 17. 

Bro. O. M. Coomes, of Div. No. 29. 

Brother of Bro. Bauer, of Div. No. 8. 

Bro. Sidney L. Owen, of Div. No. 93. 

Son of Bro. H. W. Hix, of Div. No. 154. 

Wife of Bro. C. J. Clifford, of Div. No. 

Mother of Bro. S. E. Briggs, of Div. 
No. 8. 

Mother of Bro. E. G. Smith, of Div. 
No. 8. 

Mother of Bro. S. E. Briggs, of Div. 
No. 8. 

Brother of Bro. D. E. Greene, of Div. 
No. 21. 

Wife of Bro. A. I. Lathrop, of Div. 
No. 23. 

Wife of Bro. W. J. Maloney, of Div. 
No. 23. 

Father of J. H. Thornton, of Div. 
No. 32. 

Bro. James E. Bowerman, of Div. 
No. 39. 

Wife of Bro. O. E. Monts, of Div. 
No. 59. 

Wife of Bro. E. J. Wilson, of Div. 
No. 71. 

Father of Bro. W. H. Coburn, of Div. 
No. Id. 

Wife of Bro. H. S. Noble, of. Div. 
No. 93. 

Brother of Bro. T. F. McNeill, of Div. 
No. 93. 

Mother of Bro. B. D. Burke, of Div. 
No. 94. 

Father of Bro. Robt. A. Riffey, of Div. 
No. 126. 

Mother of Bro, R. A. Fulmer, of Div. 
No. 130. 

Sister of Sister Annie G. Algeo, of 
Div. No. 8. 

Daughter of Bro. J. W. Barnhart, of 
Div. No. 53. 

Brother of Bro. A. H. Robinson, of 
Div. No. 140. 

Father of Sister Genevieve M. Brown, 
of Div. No. 126. 

Brother of Bros. J. M. and J. W. Boose, 
of Div. No. 126. 

The bereaved relatives have the sym- 
pathy of all. 


Mr. W. G. Shields. Pop, write No. 40 
St. Marys St. Everything O. K. Don't 
worry about us. Dave. 

Present address of U. S. Sandusky, op- 
erator; last heard of in Atlanta, Ga., in 
1910. "US," if you see this, let me hear 
from you. C. A. McCrea. 

Present address of W. T. or Charlie 
Shelton. Boys, if either of you see this, 
write me, care of W. & L. E. R. R. at 
Williston, Ohio. J. H. Woodruff. 

Present address of J. G. Olsen; last 
heard of at Ft. Logan, Colo. "JO," write 
me, care C. M. Ry., Leadville, Colo. 

S. F. O'Brien. 

Present address of Operator Charles H. 
Underwood. Sister very anxious about 
him. Write F. K. Sims, 

213 Hoover St., Newark, Ohio. 

Present address of B. D. J. Jorursett; 
last heard of worked for G. N. Ry. at 
Wiona, Wash. Kindly write Mr. Frank 
Card, Grand Trunk Telegrapher, Valpa- 
raiso, Ind. 

Present address of Guy McNabney; last 
heard of working for the Western Union 
in* Kansas City, in August, 1912. If you 
see this Mac, please write to me here. 
M. B. Mc Mullen, 
Mojave, Cal. 

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Present address of Otto Greggerson ; last 
heard of working at Ackley, Iowa. "OG," 
if you see this, write me at Texline, Texas. 
I have $6.85 worth of news for you. 

Ray S. Holmes. 

Any information regarding the where- 
abouts of J. Stanley Siddorn, train dis- 
patcher and operator; last heard of dis- 
patching trains for the L. M. & S. at 
Wynne, Ark. C. Stewart. 

Present address of Operator D. A. Mar- 
gin; last heard of on Cotton Belt. Dave, 
if you see this, please drop me a card. 
J. H. McMann, 
North 4th St., Steubenville, Ohio. 

Anyone knowing the present where- 
abouts of Operator D. D. Rice, formerly 
of D. & R. G., Soldier Summit, Utah, 
please communicate with 

H. E. Harris, 
Care G. N., Cut Bank, Mont. 

Present address of Bro. H. L. Crawford ; 
last heard of was going to do wireless 
work on Pacific coast. 

Ed R. Derrick son. 

General Secretary and Treasurer Division 
23, Room 403, No. 3946 Cottage Grove Ave., 
Chicago, 111. 

Present address of Thomas H. Diffen- 
derfer. When last heard of he was in 
Kansas City, Mo., about three years ago. 
Tom, if you see this, write your sister. She 
has something important to tell you. 
Mrs. F. O. Fleck, 
1523 Third Ave., Altoona, Pa. 

Present address of Ed Low; last heard 
of as conductor on the Iowa Central Ry. 
running out of Oskaloosa, Iowa, about six 

years ago. His brother is very anxious to 
get in communication with him. Write 
A. W. Low or B. E. Nason, 
Athol, Idaho. 

Present address of Claude L. Williams; 
was employed by the W. P. at Oroville, 
Cal. Anyone knowing his address or can 
give me any information concerning him 
will greatly oblige his wife. 

Mrs. C. L. Williams, 
Oroville, Cal. 


Card No. 112, Cert. 2875, Grand Div., 
for term ending June 30, 1914. 

Card No. 37252, Cert. 1447, Div. No. 23, 
for term ending December 31, 1913. 

Card No. 1081, Cert. 64, Div. No. 71, 
for term ending December 31, 1913. 

Card No. 8281, Cert. 3063, Div. No. 23, 
for term ending December 31, 1913. 

Card No. 23474, Cert. 2407, Div. No. 2, 
for term ending December 31, 1913. 

Card No. 20302, Cert. 3991, Grand Div., 
for term ending December 31, 1913. 

Card No. 185, Cert. 3863, Grand Div., 
for term ending December 31, 1913. 

Card No. 40036, Cert. 2745, Div. No. 130, 
for term ending December 31, 1913. 

Card No. 4893, Cert. 26, Div. No. 157, 
for term ending December 31, 1913. 

Card No. 2598, Cert. 474, Div. No. 31, 
for term ending December 31, 1913. 

Card No. 38010, Cert. 2746, Div. No. 93, 
for term ending December 31, 1913. 

Card No. 38973, Cert. 3152, Div. No. 126, 
for term ending December 31, 1913. 

Card No. 23194, Cert. 55, Div. Np. 18, 
for term ending December 31, 1913. 

Card No. 36099, Cert. 1078, Div. No. 43, 
for term ending December 31, 1913. 

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By L. W. QuicK^ Grand Secretary and 

DURING his 27 years of experience 
in the labor movement, the Editor 
has become accustomed to dodg- 
ing "bricks'* and other little "incidentals" 
which are usually cast in the direction of 
one officially or actively connected with 
an organization, but his "education" in 
the art of dodging flatirons, rolling-pins, 
dishpans, etc., has not been brought up 
to that standard whereby he feels entirely 
equal to an emergency of this character, 
should one present itself, therefore, he 
has not heretofore presumed to appear in 
the Ladies' Auxiliary Department of the 
journal (except through the medium of the 
much maligned "blue pencil"), but with 
the advent of the New Year, accompanied 
presumably by many good resolutions, he 
has after summoning every ounce of cour- 
age at his command, "determined" to make 
a bold "dash" herein (and an equally 
hurried exit) for the purpose of calling 
the attention of the wives, and others in- 
terested, to a matter of more than ordin- 
ary interest to them, and be it forever un- 
derstood that if he escapes unscathed this 
time, he will not (soon) again invade 
this sacred retreat, and most solemnly re- 
nounces any intention of attempting to have 
the "last word," which prerogative is so 
often denied those of his sex. 

Having "declared" himself, the Editor 
will first take advantage of the opportunity 
to extend his congratulations to the Ladies' 
Auxiliary and its members on its splendid 
progress, and to wish each member a 
happy and prosperous New Year. 

The particular reason for this "intru- 
sion" follows : 

During the last several years many let- 
ters have been received from the wives 
of deceased members, advising of the 
death of their husbands, and requesting 
that arrangements be made to pay the 
amount of the certificate held in the 
Mutual Benefit Department by him to 
them, but upon consulting the records of 
that department, it is found the certificate 
was taken out by the member prior to 
his marriage and was made payable to 
some other relative and the beneficiary 
had never been changed, consequently the 
department was powerless to pay the 
widow the proceeds of the certificate, as 
it had of necessity to be paid to the 
relative designated as beneficiary. 

Many cases have arisen, where a mem- 
ber, apparently realizing that he was on 
his death bed, has written the department 
a "hurry-up" letter, requesting that the 
beneficiary in his certificate be changed to 
his wife, but he failed to send in the 
certificate which he held, as provided by 
the laws of the department, and therefore, 
the change could not be made until the 
member was communicated with and the 
certificate secured, and in several instances, 
the member died in the meantime. 

For many years the Editor has repeat- 
edly called attention to this matter in the 
editorial columns, but cases of a similar 
character continue to present themselves. 
During the last ten years the following 
paragraph has appeared in every circular 
gotten up and sent to members of this 
Department, the purpose of which circular 
was to acquaint the members with the 
workings of the Mutual Benefit Depart- 
ment: "Under the laws of the State of 
Missouri, the member has the absolute 
right to name the party or parties to 
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course, must be within the provision of 
the laws of the Department. It is hoped, 
in order to avoid legal complications and 
other inconveniences, that all members of 
this Department will see to it that their 
certificate is payable to the person or per- 
sons whom they desire to receive the bene- 
fit therefrom in case of their death. Should 
the certificate you now hold be made pay- 
able to parents or other relatives, and you 
have since the issuance of the certificate 
been married, the certificate would, under 
the laws, be paid to your parents or rela- 
tives named as beneficiary, in case of your 
death, and your wife could be paid nothing 
by us, unless your certificate is returned 
to this office and the beneficiary changed 
prior to your death, in accordance with 
Article XX." 

Article 20 of the laws governing the 
Mutual Benefit Department, provides that 
any member, desiring to make a change in 
the beneficiary named in his certificate, 
may do so by making a written request to 
that effect, and accompanying the request 
by the certificate he now holds. The 
Editor is calling attention to this matter 
through this department in an eflfort to 
avoid in future the very embarrassing 
situations which have occurred in the past. 

A word to the wise should be sufficient. 


By Mrs. E. L. Math is. President. 

THE happy Yule tide has come and 
gone, bringing with it much joy 
and happiness to humanity. Aside 
from its sacred origin and significance 
Christmas is worth a great deal for the 
pleasure it brings. Since that memorable 
night nearly two thousand years ago when 
the angels came out of heaven, announcing^ 
"tidings of great joy" and sang in the 
hearing of the Judean shepherds, "Peace 
on earth, good will to men," the event 
has meant only good to the world. I hope 
all the members and friends of our splen- 
did Order, caught afresh the teachings of 
Christmas, the real spirit of Him who 
was its origin, the Fatherhood of God and 
the Brotherhood of Man. Let us this 
gladsome new year resolve to do more 
than we have heretofore, to teach and to 

live the principles of unionism, which 
means in its highest sense the brotherhood 
of humanity. Shall not every member of 
our Auxiliary stand as an example of the 
altruistic teachings of our organization for 
1914. I feel that you will, and hereby 
pledge our Order to a year of activity for 
growth and usefulness. The year 1913 
was a very successful one and the reports 
which come are most encouraging. We 
are hoping for and shall expect to do 
greater things this year. Take this as a 
clarion call to rededicate ourselves to the 
success of our loved Auxiliary, the great 
cause of organization and unionism for 
the coming twelve months. 

Notes from the Grand Secretary and 

Beginning January 1, 1914, the Ladies* 
Auxiliary will offer a set of prizes to the 
members who by their energy and interest 
secure new members for the term ending 
June 30, 1914. 

This list of prizes has been decided upon 
by the members of the Executive Board, 
and ratified by the Grand President. 

Members 'securing five new members will 
be given one of the official L. A. emblem 

Members securing ten new members will 
be given a solid-silver teaspoon. 

Members securing fifty new members will 
be given six of the solid-silver teaspoons. 

Members securing sixty new members 
will be given a gold-filled watch with your 
monogram engraved upon the back. 

This watch is made by one the the best 
and most reliable jewelry^ houses in the 
South. They give one of the best move- 
ments and guarantee this watch to last as 
long as any 14-karat gold watch. 

The silver spoons are made by the same 
firm and are the heaviest of their kind, 
with a raised-rose design upon the handle, 
and are called the rose design. They can be 
dupHcated at any time, as they are their 
own design and make. 

The contest is open to all, and as the con- 
ditions surrounding our work are different 
from the O. R. T., we wish to allow 
the O. R. T. brothers to help their wives 
to secure these prizes. 

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Many have written that they wish to 
enter thi? contest, and wished to know if 
their husbands could help them to secure 

Send applications to me direct with a 
statement that you have secured these mem- 
bers and you will be given credit for the 
same. I will then return the application to 
the local if the new members belong to a 
local division. 

Give your name in full, certificate num- 
ber and whether located in the Grand or 
local territory. 

Mutual Benefit Department. 

Many requests for information and M. 
B. D. blanks have been received, and our 
membership is growing, with the prospect 
of new ones from all over the country. 

The rates are as follows : 

Series A, limited to $150.00 (18 to 50 
years), 80 cents each six months, $1.60 per 

Series B, limited to $300.00 (18 to 40 
years), $1.60 each six months, $3.20 per 

Initiation fee in Series A and B is fifty 
cents (50c) until further notice. 

Initiation fee into the Ladies* Auxiliary 
is fifty cents (50c), and dues ten cents 
(10c) per month, payable in advance, same 
as the O. R- T. 

Applications for membership both in the 
Auxiliary and Mutual Benefit Department 
can be obtained from any Grand officer, 
local officers, whose addresses can be found 
in the L. A. Directory in the back of The 
Telegrapher, or from the Grand Secretary 
and Treasurer, Mrs. Florence P. Pierce, at 
her address, 2021 Longwood street (Wal- 
brook), Baltimore, Md. 

Local Prize Contest. 

The Grand Secretary and Treasurer will 
offer a prize to the local securing the larg- 
est number of new members for the next 
term. This can be offered next term to 
the member securing the largest number of 
prizes by any local, and in this way the 
local need not spend any extra money for 
a prize which will cost much. 

Many of the locals are offering one of 
the new L. A. emblem pins as a prize to 
the member getting the largest number of 

new members. This departure of the L. \. 
is along the line of our progress, as we 
not only wish to follow the policy of the 
O. R. T. wherever we can, but we agree 
with them that any effort, and energy, and 
interest taken by the members should re- 
ceive recognition and appreciation. Many 
of our members would have earned a prize 
long ago had they been offered, and now 
they can be rewarded for their efforts. 

The silk-necktie quilt, which is being 
made in Local No. 10 by its members, will 
be given as a prize, and we believe this will 
be more of an incentive to both our O. R. 
T. brothers and their wives than buying a 
ticket. Again, we are not quite sure of the 
laws governing this in the different States, 
and we think this the better plan, and all 
can take a hand in the contest. 

Our "correspondence fair" can be con- 
ducted, and the details will be given when 
we are ready to open it for business. ' 

It gives me much pleasure to announce 
that we will have a new local recorded in 
our directory by the next issue. This local 
is to be located upon Diyision 146, Atlanta, 
Birmingham and Atlanta System, and the 
charter fee will be donated by this division. 
Bro. O. D. Gorman, general chairman, and 
Bro. C. A. Pye, general secretary and 
treasurer, have given their support and 
helped these sisters to get their local 
started, and if all the divisions h^d both 
of their head officers as much in sympathy 
with the Auxiliary as those on this divi- 
sion, we would soon have a local on all 
the O. R. T. divisions. They believe in us 
and that we can be a help and assistance 
to the O. R. T. 

Many members have sent in dues promptly 
as I requested, and I hope that I may re- 
ceive as many as possible this month, so 
that time may be given to the many other 
things we wish to do. As I suggested be- 
fore, let every member put away her ten 
cents every month and she will then be in 
position to have it ready when it is again 
due. The dues are so small that it should 
be no trouble to pay them. 

Sister W. E. Blume, of Local No. 18, 
Cameron, Cal., writes that they held a meet- 
ing at Bealville, Cal., and had a fine time, 
and they expect many new members from 

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that division of the Southern Pacific — Divi- 
sion 53. 

More letters were received during the 
month of December endorsing the L. A. 
than any month since I have been Grand 
Secretary and Treasurer. The O. R. T. 
brothers are finding that we can be as much 
use to them in this part of their lives as 
in many others in which they need us. 

I wish to take this occasion to thank the 
many members who remembered me by 
sending such beautiful Christmas and New 
Year's cards, expressing their personal feel- 
ings and wishing all success to the Auxil- 

The Ladies' Auxiliary wish to thank the 
O. R. T. brothers for their help and assist- 
ance during the year 1913, and to wish that 
this mutual help shall be continued much 
greater the coming new year, and to extend 
our best wishes for a most prosperous year 
during 1914, Yours fraternally, 

Mrs. Florence P. Pierce, 
Grand Secretary and Treasurer, 
2021 Longwood St. (Walbrook), 
Baltimore, Md. 


THE greatest handicap of the L. A., 
as I sec it, is the indifference of 
those who should be most vitally 
interested in the upbuilding of the organ- 
ization. Of course, I have found a few, 
both men and women, who were opposed 
to the movement for some reason or 
other, but that kind do not hurt a cause 
nearly so much as those who don't care, 
one way or another. Usually those defi- 
nitely opposed to anything have some reason 
they can give for their opposition, and are 
amenable to argument, and when once con- 
vinced of the error of their views, make 
valuable allies. Some, of course, are never 
convinced, but those, like the poor, we 
expect to have with us always. 

The most common cause for this indif- 
ference, I believe, is a lack of understand- 
ing of what we stand for. I do not think 
there are many women of O. R. T. fam- 
ilies who would fail to respond if they 
knew what they were missing and what 

they were making others miss, by with- 
holding their support. 

I would like to hold what we Method- 
ists might call an "experience meeting," 
through these columns, and hear some of 
you other sisters say what the L. A. means 
to you. We want to make those outside 
see that the L. A. is eminently worth 

Probably there are a number of you 
who don't know that I am a member of 
the O. R- T. and am actively (very 
actively, I might say) engaged in tele- 
graphing. As such and knowing what tlie 
O. R. T. stands for, I feel that the L. A. 
offers an opportunity to the women of 
identifying themselves with this great or- 
ganization, and that their support is a 
duty that they owe to their families, to 
the O. R. T., which has done so much 
for them, and to the cause of Organized 

If any of you are too timid to write 
your views for this department, I will be 
glad to have you write me personally. 
DiTA May West, 
Qiairman Board of Directors. 

Long Island Ry., Local No. 16. 

Our last regular meeting was one of 
the most important meetings in the history 
of the organization as well as the best 
in point of attendance. With one excep- 
tion, all of the officers were present, and 
much business was transacted. For the 
benefit of the members who could not be 
present a brief extract from the minutes 
is given herewith. 

One new member initiated. Two mem- 
bers obligated. 


Roll call of officers. 

Minutes of last meeting approved. 

Voted that we have an annual theatre 
party. Sisters -Shields, Hollar and Decker 
appointed Committee of Arrangements. 

Voted that a Quilt Committee be ap- 
pointed. Sisters Hellar, Gray and Martin 

Sister Filby, of the Sick Committee, re- 
ported having visited Sisters Adams and 
Mackin during the month. 

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A rising vote of thanks was given 
Sister Hellar for having visited every 
member of the division except two dur- 
ing the month. 

Voted report of Euchre Committee be 
received, accepted and the committee dis- 
charged with thanks. 

Voted that the secretary and treasurer 
he instructed to write a letter of thanks 
to Mr. E. A. Allison, Jamaica, N. Y., for 
favors received in connection with Euchre. 
Voted that all bills be paid and com- 
munications be placed on file. 

Voted that we extend sympathy and con- 
dolence to Brother Place of Division No. 
44, in the loss of his beloved son. 

Appointed by the Chair — Reception 
Committee for the evening: Sisters Webb, 
Gafney, Burke, Martin, Hellar and 

Question of charity fund introduced by 
the Chair. Voted that a charity fund be 

Voted that receipts of euchre party 
and receipts from lunch sales of the even- 
ing be transferred to charity fund. 

Voted contribution of $5.00 each be sent 
to two brothers whose appeal for assist- 
ance was published in recent issue of The 
Railroad Telegrapher. 

After adjournment a sociable was held, 
members of Division 44 attending. Re- 
freshments served. All present enjoyed 
the evening. We were favored by the 
presence of Second Vice-President Bro. 
T. M. Pierson, of the Order of Railroad 
Telegraphers, who, with a few well-chosen 
and timely remarks, complimented us upon 
the progress we were making. 

Your secretary and treasurer has received 
acknowledgments (from sisters who re- 
ceived aid from the Division), which will 
be read at the January meeting. These 
letters of appreciation should encourage 
us in our work and make us feel that our 
time has not been misspent and that during 
the holiday season we were able to bring 
even in a small way some happiness into 
the homes of those dear ones who were in 
great distress. 

I also wish to acknowledge receipt of 
tokens of remembrance received from mem- 
bers and friends during the holiday season. 

and on behalf of the officers of the division 
and myself thank those who have devoted 
their time and talents towards making the 
year 1913 such a splendid success from 
every point of view, and I take this oppor- 
tunity to extend fraternal greetings and 
wish all officers and members of the O. R. 
T. and the Ladies' Auxiliary a happy and 
prosperous. New Year. 

Mrs. J. E. Shields, 

Secretary and Treasurer. 

C. R. I. A P. Ry., Local No. 22. 

Sister Deves spent Christmas with her 
parents in Gdodland, she also visited in 

Sister Moore, of Ruleton, moved to 
Brewster, her husband having bid in that 

Mrs. Manion, of Goodland, spent a few 
days visiting in Montrose and Norton, 

Mrs. Martin, of Gem, is visiting her 
folks in Monte Vista, Colo. 

Sister Tracy and daughter Fern visited 
in Missouri during the holidays. 

Northern Pacific Ry., Local No. 24. 

With the dawning of a new year and 
the holiday festivities over, the time seems 
most propitious for increasing the mem- 
bership of our local. Although it is not 
quite a year since we received our charter, 
we have had sufficient time to greatly en- 
large our membership, yet we have done 
little better than to hold our own. This 
condition may be ascribed to different rea- 
sons, among which are the unfortunate 
illness of our dear Sister Sherwood, our 
first general secretary and treasurer, and 
the absence of Sister Graham and myself 
from the system practically all of the 
summer. The above causes precluded the 
possibility of a concerted campaign for 
new members, but I am pleased to say that 
our local chairmen have in most cases 
shown a disposition to do good individual 
work, Sister Wilcoxon, of the Idaho Divi- 
sion, having written more than fifty per- 
sonal letters soliciting members. 

Most of our members have paid dues 
for the current term, but I regret to note 

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that a few arc still delinquent and trust 
that they will make the necessary remit- 
tance at once, to Sister Maude M. Graham, 
General Secretary and Treasurer, Wood- 
land, Wash., to bring them up to date. 

In order to stimulate interest in our 
campaign for new members, it has been 
decided that Local No. 24 will give a prize 
of a beautiful gold enameled L. A. pin to 
the sister who secures the most new mem- 
bers for this local during the year of 
1914. While the intrinsic value of this 
prize will not be great, the knowledge that 
the winner has done the most effective 
work for the local during the year should 
be a great incentive to all of our sisters 
to attempt to win it. 

The general chairman and general sec- 
retary and treasurer will not compete in 
this contest. Be sure and notify Sister 
Graham of each new member you secure, 
so that the name may be placed to your 
credit. Let us all endeavor to make 
Local 24 the best in the Auxiliary, during 
the next year. 

We are pleased to state that Sister Sher- 
wood, who was compelled to resign the 
office of general secretary and treasurer 

on account of illness, is greatly improved 
in health. 

Sister Wilcoxon, local chairman of the 
Idaho Division, has returned from a pleas- 
ant sixty-day visit with relatives in Searcy, 
Ark., and other southern points. 

A baby girl arrived on December 9th, 
to gladden the home of Brother and Sister 
Sam Johnson of North Branch, Minn. 

Our membership has been increased 
through the addition of Sister Mamie B. 
Foulkes of St. Paul, Minn., transferred 
from Local 15. W-e extend to Sister 
Foulkes a hearty welcome to our ranks. 

Sister Maude Graham is doing very 
effective work as general secretary and 
treasurer and handling the business of the 
office in a thorough and efficient manner. 
All sisters should give her their assistance 
in the work of increasing the membership. 

We have the promise of several new 
members in Spokane, in the near future. 
Brothers Lee and Dobson of Spokane re- 
lay office having promised their assistance 
in bringing this about. 

Mrs. B. E. Nason, 
General Chairman. 

E. A. Bourne. R. R. Hargitt. B. R. Silver. J. F. Mercibr. 
O. R. T. GROUP— C. B. & Q. RY.— SUTTON, NEB. 

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MANNING had for seven years 
handled the throttle of the big 
machine that "nosed" the long 
freight trains up the two-mile hill into 
Divide City, where the grade was level. 
The crest reached, the pusher engine would 
swing loose and drift back into the valley, 
there to wait in the desolation for the next 
heavy train needing a lift. 

Bob Manning had been a youngster of 
twenty when they changed him from the 
left t6 the right hand side of the pusher. 
He supposed that in the fullness of time 
they'd give him a run on the road and let 
him be a real engineer. But once having 
fixed him on the hill job, they seemed to 
have forgotten all about it. It was the 
penalty of modesty. Had he gone into 
headquarters and demanded promotion, in 
all likelihood they would have remembered 
him and given kfm something better. But 
Bob was a shy sort of chap, and he was 
afraid if he suggested the change he might 
be told they had a superintendent to look 
after the road. 

Much as Bob disliked his job as an "also 
ran" in the railroad game, the greatest hap- 
piness of his life came out of it, for one 
morning he had gone up the valley a short 
way to beg a bucket of drinking water from 
a cottager, and there met Daisy Dartwell, 
a blue-eyed, flaxen-haired young woman, 
who greeted him kindly, and pumped the 
water with her round white arm while he 
held the bucket. Daisy being a permanent 
resident of the wide and lonesome valley, 
and Bob an enforced sojourner there under 
the schedules of the road for about half 
his time, it was but in accord with nature 
that their great common woe should draw 
them together. Gingham-clad Daisy would 

often go over to the engine in the forenoon, 
and sit with the lonely engineer and his fire- 
man, and talk about the weather and the 
chances for a flood coming down and ruin- 
ing the crops, and how many little chickens 
she had, and other matters of thrilling in- 
terest in the valley. She was much better 
company than the owls and the frogs, and 
the boys missed her badly when inclement 
weather prevented her coming. They fixed 
up a little bench for her near the track, and 
some days she would come and sit with 
them until a big train came along and took 
them away. In a very short time Bob and 
the cottager's daughter had matters ar- 
ranged for the time when the pusher en- 
gineer should get a run and be somebody. 
As for Daisy, she thought the job he had 
was a wonderful thing, and he was as much 
a hero in her eyes as if his daily duty had 
been to make a big superheater S-2 thunder 
along at sixty miles an hour with ten 
coaches in its wake. She knew Bob could 
run that sort of an engine if he had to, and 
with that knowledge was perfectly satisfied. 
As far as Daisy was concerned, she didn't 
see any use in waiting. 

Bob told her to be patient; something 
would turn up by and by and then — 

"But I've lived here nineteen years," she 
pouted, "and nothing ever has happened." 

"Wouldn't you rather have me an en- 
gineer on one of those big trains that go 
by?" Bob asked. 

"Your engine is just as big as theirs,'* 
Daisy informed him; "and besides, I could 
see more of you than if you were out on 
the road so much. And here I — I wouldn't 
have any reason to get jealous." 

Bob laughed, and kissed her. On all such 
settlements of differences, Tom Jones, the 
brawny fireman, was discreet enough to 
look up or down the track. 

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One snowy night, just after the pusher 
had helped the second section of 73, west- 
bound freight, over the hill, the operator at 
Divide City notified "Bob that the Limited, 
which ^as an hour late because of the 
storm, would cross the valley in about ten 
minutes, and would need help up the grade. 
Paralleling the main track at the foot of 
the hill, and running half way across the 
valley, was a side track on which the pusher 
waited the arrival of trains needing its 
assistance. In the center of the valley was 
the Minerva River, a small stream in dry 
times, but as wide as the valley itself when 
the floods came down. On either side of 
the stream were long trestles. 

The pusher engine hacked down under 
steam, and when it was stopped for Tom to 
throw the switch to get in on the side track. 
Bob looked across the valley, and saw the 
star-like glow of the Limited's electric 
headlight through the sheen of snow. As 
Tom gave the signal to back, the engineer 
applied the steam; the big machine seemed 
to jump back, and the next second the for- 
ward end of the tank lurched queerly. In an 
instant the engineer realized the truck had 
gone off the track at the switch, probably 
caused by the packed snow and ice. To 
move the engine either way would not clear 
the main track, and as Bob looked toward 
the east, he saw the "star" was larger and 
brighter. There was a red light on the 
rear of the tank, but the engineer of the 
Limited would take it as a matter of course 
that it was on the sidetrack until too late 
to avert disaster. Bob sprang up on the 
coal and over the ice-coated tank, then 
reached to grasp the red lantern, intending 
to swing it across the track, but in his fever- 
ish haste his fingers pushed against the han- 
dle; the lamp slid off the rod, and fell to 
the track with a crash, instantly going out. 
The horror of the situation came to the 
pusher engineer with staggering force. 

Bob jumped off the tank and ran down 
the track towards the approaching train, 
without the ghost of an idea as to what he 
intended to do. Brighter and brighter 
glowed the "star" in the east, as the Limited 
swept along like a blaze of fire from a can- 
non. Good old Davy Allison was "burning 
up the track" across the level to make the 

long hill. It was the place where the en- 
gineers crowded on a full head of steam. 
Suddenly Bob stumbled, and realized he 
was" on the long trestle, and the ties were 
slippery with snow. Still he kept on and 
on, making for the approaching train, run- 
ning his best right between the rails. The 
snow was driven against his face like fine 
shot. His hands were bare, and almost 
stiff. He never took time to think in what 
distance Davy might stop his train, or the 
allowance to be made for sliding wheels on 
a snow-covered track. 

The electric light now flashed down the 
track broad and clear, and the heavy train 
roared on to the eastern end of the trestle. 

Bob stopped, and realized the engine was 
almost upon him. He suddenly jerked off 
his coat and waved it wildly backwards and 
forwards. Then his feet slipped from 
under him, and he felt himself going down, 
down, down for miles and miles it seemed, 
but before he lost consciousness, he heard 
the fierce hiss of the air, and knew that 
Davy had seen and was putting on the 
emergency. The train thundered overhead 
and locked wheels, making a noise like the 
devil's charivari, there was a violent quiv- 
ering of the trestle, and then came darkness. 

"No, Bobbie dear, you're not dead," mur- 
mured a gentle voice at the bedside of the 
invalid; "I've been trying to tell you that 
for two days, but you won't believe me." 

"Aren't you an angel?" he asked, as he 
tried to raise himself on his arm, but found 
himself too weak, and fell back on his pil- 

The girl smiled and ran her fingers 
through his hair. 

"Not yet," she replied, as she sat on the 
bed beside him, "but you've been talking 
about angels and cfead people so long 
you've made me shiver. There's nobody 

"Then the trains didn't hit?" 

"Not by several hundred feet, thanks to 
you. Davy Allison saw you slip through 
the trestle, and as soon as he stopped, he 
and his fireman ran down and picked you 
out of the water. You just fell in the edge 
of the stream, but you were wet, Bob— ter- 
ribly wet!" 

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"Where am I, Daisy, and whose picture 
is that over there?" 

"That," replied Daisy, as she got up and 
brought the picture to him, "is the photo- 
graph of the man who's just been appointed 
engineer on a passenger run on the eastern 
division, and his name is Bobbie Manning. 
The room you're in is mine. When they 
fished you out of the river they brought you 
here. Now, have you anything to fus6 

She bent over and touched her lips to 

"Not a thing on earth," he smiled up at 
her. Then he added, with mock regret: 
"But Fm afraid on my new job I'll miss the 
music of the owls and the frogs and — " 

"And me! No, sir! You're going to 
take me with you." — By Edgar White, in 
Baltimore & Ohio Employes' Magazine. 


"Qi TOPPED again!" 

^\ "What's the matter now, conduc- 

^^ tor?" 

"This road is the limit !" 

It was No. 18, the Limited Express, and 
its 200 souls aboard were hungry, tired — 
all out of sorts, as we say sometimes, when 
we are disappointed. 

The train had started late and became 
later and later, stopping at frequent inter- 
vals until some freight could be induced to 
turn out and allow it to pass. 

It was scheduled on time tables and 
folders as one of the fastest, but of late the 
fast time advertised was confined to the 
folders of that road rather than to the time 
made by its trains. 

There was little wonder that its passen- 
gers howled in derision when some face- 
tious man reminded them that it was the 

The Bondsville & Atlantic Railroad had 
recently been acquired by the Great Eastern 
Consolidated, and the terms of the ninety- 
nine-year lease provided for the completion 
of all improvements begun and proposed by 
the plans shown on blue prints, the main- 
tenance of equipment and right-of-way and 
the payment of a 10 per cent dividend to 
the stockholders. The failure at any time 

to meet any of the above requirements can- 
celled the tenure of the lease, and all im- 
provements, together with the road, re- 
verted to the original owners. 

l\ was considered a good investment fo:* 
the Great Eastern Consolidated, as it af 
forded an outlet at a seaboard town — ^tc 
say nothing of good paying tributary 
branches and staid old manufacturing town* 
whose revenues amounted to enormous 
sums annually. 

But there was one man who was worry- 
ing over conditions of this road. Numer- 
ous reports and complaints through patrons 
and the press as to "slow time" and "poor 
service" were becoming of daily occurrence. 
That man was John W. Sylvester, its 

He sat in his office in New York. In 
front of him were the figures of the Bonds- 
ville & Atlantic for the past year. There 
was a troubled look on his face as he gazed 
meditatively into space for a moment. 

"That property is gilt-edged, and I know 
it!" he exclaimed aloud. "If Mr. Judson 
can't find the leak, I can," he exclaimed, 
decisively pushing a button. 

The door opened and his private secre- 
tary entered. 

"Joe," he said calmly, "wire John Dale, 
at Carrollton, to come to New York at 
once. Arrange to provide transportation in 
care of our agent at Grand Junction — tell 
Dale to call there." 

In the office at Bondsville, another chap- 
ter in our story was being enacted at the 
same time. 

Mr. Howard Judson, general manager of 
the Bondsville & Atlantic, had just com- 
pleted the reading of the president's letter, 
in which he expressed his desire that a 
closer supervision over operation be exer- 

A cynical smile marked the effect of the 
letter upon him. 

"One more year," he said musingly, "and 
I will put the Bondsville & Atlantic back in 
the stockholders' hands — if I can keep Mr. 
Sylvester's eye closed- -and I think I can 
That in itself means to me the title of 
president with a cool fifty thousand a year." 
He sat at some length in deep study. An 
ominous frown was on his face. 

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At length he spoke. 

"French is a mighty clever general super- 
intendent, but I'm afraid of him. Turner 
is a clever fellow and would fill French's 
place in case French— resigned ! ha, ha, ha. 
that's the idea exactly." 

He seemed pleased with the plan he had 
evolved and pushed a button. 

When his secretary had appeared he said : 

"Frank, call a meeting of the officers of 
this road. Say to them that I desire their 
presence next Friday morning at 10 o'clock 
a«: this office to discuss plans for the better- 
ment of the service." 

* * * 

The meeting between John Dale and 
President Sylvester showed them to be old 

"John," he said, when greetings had been 
exchanged, "I had an inspiration that you 
could help me out when I sent for you. I 
know your tact along certain lines and I 
know your past loyalty to me, and I be- 
lieve you are the right man for the work I 
want done." 

There was a silence for a moment, then 
Mr. Sylvester continued : 

"We have recently — within a year — leased 
the Bondsville & Atlantic Railroad. It is 
under the management of Mr. Howard Jud- 
son as general manager and Mr. William 
French as general superintendent — their 
offices are located in Bondsville. 

"For a long time we have been receiving 
press and other complaints that the service 
is not what it should be and, in consequence, 
the earnings have fallen off so perceptibly 
as to make it impossible to meet the guar- 
anteed dividends to the stockholders with- 
out borrowing money. It was my assurance 
to the Great Eastern Consolidated that it 
was gilt-edged that made the deal." 

"I see," was all that Dale said when the 
president paused. • 

"Mr. Judson's figures show that two mil- 
lion dollars have been expended for yards 
and terminal facilities alone. Another mil- 
lion for electric block signals and two and 
one-half millions for laying heavier steel, 
laying fourth track and extending sidings." 

Dale remained silent as the president 

"All this the Great Eastern Consolidated 
loses in case we fail to meet the 10 per 
cent dividend — and Mr. Judson says that it 
is impossible with the class of men he has 
to operate his trains." 

Dale looked his surprise and asked : 

"What sort of men has he, anyhow?" 

"He calls them a bum element that soak 
themselves in liquor and defy dismissal. 
He says they are incompetent — reckless and 
insubordinate, and appeals to me to send 
him men to take their places. 

"He is up against it — if he tells the truth," 
said Dale slowly, "but " Dale paused. 

"I think I know what you have in mind," 
said the president. "I doubt also if all 
those men are bad." 

The mental strain showed itself in the 
president's face as he continued: 

"Dale, I want you to go to work for the 
Bondsville & Atlantic. I want you to see 
where the trouble is — get next to the boys, 
you know, and see what is necessary to line 
them up. You used to be a leader in Our 
early days — the boys swore by you— do you 
think you could command them now?" 

"I will do the biggest job of trying, Mr. 
Sylvester, that you ever saw," said Dale 

"And I know that if you do we'll turn 
the trick." 

Then musing for a moment he continued : 

"I guess you would better make a few 
observations on your own account for a 
week and then write me ^our impressions. 
If you see anything you can accomplish to 
improve the bad conditions, tell me, and I 
will arrange with Mr. Judson and Mr. 
French to have you appointed trainmaster 
or something of the sort, which will give 
you authority to act." 

It was then settled, and Dale departed 
for Ravensdale, the junction terminal of the 
Bondsville & Atlantic, to begin his duties. 
♦ * ♦ 

Friday brought together all the officials 
of the Bondsville & Atlantic: The general 
superintendent, Mr. French ; Superintendent 
J. L. Turner; two trainmasters, two master 
mechanics and two road foremen of engines 
— all ready to do the bidding of their gen- 
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of Mr. French, of whom Mr. Judson enter- 
tained a doubt. 

Mr. Judson smiled blandly as he entered 
the room and saw his official force lined up 
around a table in his office. 

"Good morning, gentlemen," he said, with 
a slight accent upon the latter word. 

Then, as he dropped into a seat at the 
head of the table, began at once to speak 

"The purpose of this meeting is to devise 
means for the betterment of the service of 
the Bondsville & Atlantic, and to receive 
from each of you an expression of opinion 
how best to treat conditions not in harmony 
with my policy." 

"For a long time we have been running 
behind in our revenues, which our presi- 
dent says is due to not applying properly 
the means by which a railroad obtains," he 
said with a keen look into Mr. French's 

"I regret that he should harbor the idea 
that any person connected with the manage- 
ment of this road lacks efficiency, and hav- 
ing such conviction nothing will satisfy him 
except a sacrifice," said Mr. Judson, with 
a sweeping look into the faces of those 
about the table. 

He then reviewed the cost of operation 
and construction and ended by saying : 

"In order to insure success every officer 
of a railroad must put his shoulder to the 
wheel of its general manager. Now, gen- 
tlemen, let me hear from you." 

Mr. French arose. 

"Mr. Judson and gentlemen : I don't be- 
lieve that I am justified in giving my rea- 
sons at this meeting why the Bondsville & 
Atlantic Railroad has been operated at a 
loss for nearly a year. I expected that a 
sacrifice would be demanded long ago, and 
I felt that I was to be the sacrifice," he said 
with a forced smile. 

"As the affairs of this road are in hard 
straits at present, it is imperative that some 
one take hold of the reins quickly, who is 
able to save it, and that I may not be in 
his way, Mr. Judson, I will ask you to 
accept ray resignation at this meeting, to 
take effect as soon as you have appointed 
ray successor." 

Mr. French took his seat and silence pre- 
vailed for a full moment. 

Then Mr. Judson spoke, sitting. 

"In accepting Mr. French's resignation I 
believe I speak the sentiments of those 
present when I say we are losing a con- 
scientious and efficient officer. Were con- 
ditions different I would not accept your 
resignation, Mr. French, but we have vital 
interests at stake which must be subserved 
even to the cost of sacrifices. I might say 
much more on this subject, but it would not 
help the cause of the Bondsville & Atlantic" 

At this juncture Mr. French arose and 
said : 

"I believe I have nothing to offer in con- 
nection with the purpose for which this 
meeting was called, and, if you have no 
objection, Mr. Judson, I will attend to a 
few matters in my office." 

"None whatever, Mr. French ; you may 
retire if you wish," said Mr. Judson pleas- 

When Mr. French had retired Mr. Judson 
again addressed those present. 

"Gentlemen, the sacrifice just made was 
necessary to provide for a more loyal sup- 
porter on my staff. I presume you all know 
that the Great Eastern Consolidated is hard 
pressed for money and is squeezing every 
penny possible out of the Bondsville & At- 
lantic. The control of this road by that 
company is limited and we are sooner or 
later going to be subjects of a reorganized 

"The sooner the Great Eastern Consoli- 
dated forfeits its lease the greater the bene- 
fits for the Bondsville & Atlantic, and by 
our individual efforts directed to this end 
shall each of us be valued when the re- 
organization occurs." 

He paused to note the effect of his words 
and was encouraged to see the many affirm- 
ative nods from those around the table. 

"I believe," he continued, searching each 
face, "that all present are ready to follow 
my suggestions loyally?" 

There was no dissenting voice. 

"In that case let me reiterate my policy 
of one year ago. I do not wish any of you 
to enter into any drastic reforms among 
the men. Men who are reckless or indiffer- 
ent are hard to curb. Men who drink are 
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bound to get drunk. We need their serv- 
ices and must condone their indulgencies 
for the present. Our freights must be kept 
moving regardless of minor delays to our 
passenger trains, and you will instruct your 
dispatchers to this end." 

Mr. Judson's policy contained many other 
instructions, but the meeting adjourned with 
a full understanding on each man's part 
what was his share to perform in ditching 
the Bondsville & Atlantic. 
♦ ♦ ♦ 

Dale's first trip followed the meeting of 
the officers of the Bondsville & Atlantic, 
and he was also a passenger on the Limited 
in the opening of our story, and saw the 
conditions complained of by those on board. 

The point where the train stopped was in 
a rocky cut, surmounted on either side by 
scrub pines, with no signs of human habi- 

"Where are we?" some one asked him, 
as Dale rose to go out of the rear door. 

"I am sure I don't know — I'm a stranger 
on this road myself," he said. 

He stood looking back in the direction 
whence they had come for several moments. 
It was now quite dark, but he could see the 
glimmer of the red and white lanterns in 
the hands of the flagman about fifty yards 
distant. He descended to the ground, look- 
ing toward the engine from whence came 
the familiar sound of a locomotive working 
in the most labored fashion. Then as he 
saw the red markers of a train on the sid- 
ing coming nearer, he said : 

"Freight — backing in to let 18 by." 

This was indeed the cause of the delay. 

Suddenly, without any apparent reason, 
he ran swiftly toward the flagman. As he 
reached his side he said: 

"I've got a hunch that something is fol- 
lowing. Give me those lamps 1" 

The next moment he had secured them 
and was running as if his life depended 
upon each step. 

"Well, of all the nerve — wonder who that 
jay was?" Charlie Scott ejaculated. "He 
talked like a railroad man, but he acted like 
a bug-house convict. If I follow him they'll 
go off and leave me, then he's got my 
lamps — I'll smash that — " 

Charlie did not complete his sentence. 
Above the roar of the echoes his ear caught 
a sound — the shrill call for brakes. 

^ * * * 

When Dale started to run back with the 
lanterns he could not have told for his life 
why he did so, but a feeling seemed to 
prompt the action and he obeyed it. He 
was a good sprinter, and soon reached the 
big bluff where the tracks curved around its 
base for nearly half a mile. Even in the 
darkness he knew he was rounding a curve, 
and as he ran he realized that if he met a 
train his signals might not be seen in time 
to save the Limited. 

One more minute of such effort would 
bring him to a point where he could see the 
track back to a distance of more than a 
mile, and where an approaching train might 
see his danger signal in time to avert an 

It was not to be. 

Just as he reached the tangent spoken of 
the rays of a headlight shot around the 
curve. At the same moment he waved his 
red lantern. He heard no response, but as 
the train came closer he continued to signal. 
Then came a sound that chilled his blood. 

It was the call of the engineer for help — 
one short blast of his whistle. 

Dale's long experience told him the 
trouble — there was not a sufficient number 
of air brakes in use to stop the train and 
the heavy freight was beyond control of the 

As the ponderous engine passed him he 
glanced up at the engineman and saw him 
reverse the lever. Again Dale heard that 
whistle almost human in its cry — STOP. 
He calculated the speed of the train an in- 
stant, then nerving himself for a terrible 
undertaking, leaped for a handhold on the- 
side of a car. 

He missed it! 

The sound of shattered glass of the lan- 
terns followed as Dale was thrown heavily 
to the ground. The next moment, however, 
he was again on his feet, but now in dark- 
ness. A second attempt followed, and for 
an instant it seemed as if he must be dashed 
to death, but a kind Providence ruled, and 
he quickly climbed to the top of the cars. 

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No one but an athlete trained to railroad 
duties could have accomplished the task. 
Slower and slower grew the speed as Dale 
flew from brake to brake, exerting his tre- 
mendous strength on each one, imtil at last 
he realized that the train had stopped — they 
were standing still. 

When Dale had somewhat recovered his 
strength after the struggle he had made, he 
went forward. He saw No. 18, the Limited, 
still standing, and as occasional sounds of a 
slipping engine came to his ears he knew 
that the freight which was trying to back on 
the siding had not yet been able to do so. 
Reaching the engine of the train he had 
tried so hard to stop, he heard Bobby 
Waters, who was down on the ground, say- 

"Qosest shave I ever had — never saw 
that flag till I was right on top of him. I 
put the old girl in the britchin* right off, 
for I knowed it was 18." 

Before Charlie McClarren, his fireman, 
could reply, Dale loomed up out of the 
darkness, hatless, out of breath and bruised 
from the severe fall he had sustained. He 
noted that the engine's pilot was in close 
proximity to the rear sleeper and asked: 

"Did we hit them?" 

Charlie held his torch up and surveyed 
Dale from head to foot before answering. 

"Almost touched — if .she'd made another 
revolution she would have." Then after 
a second thought added, "Was you the fel- 
low that flagged us — ^how did you git here ?" 

"Heard you call for brakes — nailed the 
side and helped make the stop," replied 
Dale briefly. 

Charlie was speechless for a moment and 
looked his amazement. 

"Say, partner, you're a trump. .Who are 
you and what's your name?" 

"My name is John Dale. I expect to go 
to work for this road when I have learned 
it. I saw the flagman of this train standing 
a short distance away before the notion 
came to me to get his lanterns — hello, here 
is the man we were talking of right now," 
Dale said, looking up. 

It was Scott, and he was visibly agitated. 

"I just heard you say your name is Dale," 
he said, while his voice trembled and his 
whole frame shook. "I ran back, too, when 

I heard you call for brakes," he said, ad- 
dressing Bobby. 

In a moment he continued : 

"I saw you catch the freight— I expected 
to see you killed. I saw you setting brakes 
— that was all, then you went round the 
curve out of sight and I sat down — I was 
all in — to Hsten to hear them hit. It was 
you, Mr. Dale, that saved the Limited." 

Dale escaped the laudations of Bobby and 
Charlie by suddenly asserting his intention 
of going over to the "head end." 

Arriving at the point where the blockade 
existed, he quickly took in the situation. 
The freight had been too heavily loaded 
and its engine, unable to back its train upon 
the siding, had stalled. The crews of both 
trains were discussing a way out of the 
dilemma when Dale reached them. In a 
tone which commanded action he said : 

"Cut off enough cars to hold the Limited 
in the siding, then put the Limited in and 
back by," he said to the conductor of the 

The words he employed to secure the 
desired movement were perfectly clear to 
those who stood about him, and all won- 
dered why they had not thought to do this 
before. It secured for him their apprecia- 
tion of his quick grasp of situations and 
tact to meet them. 

Dale remained behind when the Limited 
pulled out. When the freight had reunited 
its train he stepped to the gangway where 
Ed Collins was talking with Harry Bod- 
man, the engineer. 

Introducing himself merely as John Dale, 
he said: 

"How is it that you picked out such a 
bad place to back in to let the Limited by 

"Well, I'll tell you, partner. We've got a 
bunch in the office that don't know any 
more about railroading than a Hottentot 
nigger or else they don't care much for 
their jobs. They tell us to keep goin' right 
ahead of these passenger trains when they 
are late and never tell us how much late 
they are, then what happens ? You see how 

it was — they said get clear at R s, and 

you see how we stuck the Limited." 

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Dale did not reply to this, but said : 

"If you are ready to go I'll close the 
switch — rm going to follow on the freight 
behind you." 

As Dale climbed up in the cab, Bobby 
greeted him and said : 

"Guess we'll be able to stop now — only 
had ten out of thirty-five cars cut in. 
That's the way they send us out of the 
yards — ^nobody ever tests the brakes — ^you 
seen for yourself what almost happened. 
And for flaggin' — well, they never get out 
more than two or three hundred feet." 

Dale made notes of the failures as they 
went along and drew much information 
from Bobby, who assumed that Dale was 
learning the road with the intention of run- 
ning a train as conductor. 

The entire week was spent almost wholly 
on the rail. In the bunkrooms, the board- 
ing houses, the hotels and the cabooses the 
inquiry was general : 

"Have you seen the man they call John 

A few could answer the question that 
they had, but there were many who had 
heard of him. 

"Is he a spotter?" some one asked Charlie 

"No, or he would have had my goat for 
not flagging extra 2509 a week ago when 
they nearly went through the Limited." 

"I don't know who he is, but I know what 
he is," Ed Collins said decisively. "He is 
a railroad man and has been a conductor, 
for he told me to be proud of that title, and 
I'm tellin' you fellows, I'm goin* to hit the 
ball from now on." 

While the various opinions were being 
expressed in Dale's favor, he was making 
his first report to President Sylvester. It 
may be imagined that Dale's prestige did 
not stop with the men. In the office at 
Bondsville, as well as at Barrington, the 
headquarters of Superintendent Turner, 
Dale's contact and influence had been noted. 

A little note from President Sylvester, 
which had been filed a week before as of 
little moment was looked up, as it was now 
wanted to know the man he had said he was 
sending to help line the boys up a week 
before. Mr. Judson was probably more in- 

terested in Dale this moment than in any 
other living man. 

He did not summon his secretary, but 
grasped a pen and wrote an autograph let- 
ter to Superintendent Turner. 

"General Manager's Office, 

Bondsville, Nov. 1. 
Mr. J. L. Turner, Gen'l Supt.: 

Arrange to meet John Dale, now riding 
our trains. Learn his assignments if pos- 
sible, and report to me personally. 

Howard Judson." 

Dale now became a subject of speculation 
from all quarters. The men who asked 
Superintendent Turner who he was found 
out nothing. Superintendent Turner grew 
inquisitive and questioned the men. 

"Who is carrying this man — what does 
his pass read?" he asked Ed Bradley, one 
of the passenger conductors on whose train 
he had been over part of the road. 

"He has a Great Eastern Consolidated 
annual, No. 1001," said Bradley, referring 
to his book. "It reads, John Dale, super- 
visor of train operation, and signed by the 
president's secretary." 

While Superintendent Turner was yet 
wondering and while Mr. Judson was read- 
ing the report received that morning from 
Superintendent Turner, he was handed a 
message dated at New York. It was brief, 
and read: 

"New York, 11-9. 
Mr. Howard Judson, Bondsville: 

Arrange to meet me at Terminal Junction 
tomorrow in my car, which is attached to 
No. 53. ' John W. Sylvester." 

When he had concluded the reading he 
called his secretary and said : 

"Frank, see that my car is put on No. 49 
tonight. You will go with me to Terminal 

Dale also received a communication from 
the president, asking him to meet him at 
the same time and place indicated in his 
letter to Mr. Judson. 

Dale was already seated and talking with 
the president when Mr. Judson arrived. 
An introduction followed which was calcu- 
lated to bring Dale and Mr. Judson to- 
gether on a friendly basis. 

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"Howard," said the president beaming, 
"this is John Dale — one of the most loyal 
men I ever had. He is a resourceful fel- 
low and will never lie down until the work 
is done, and done right." 

"That is a pretty big compliment/* 
laughed Dale. 

Mr. Judson frowned slightly and looked 
Dale over without replying. 

"You have been tried out, Dale," Presi- 
dent Sylvester continued, "and I have no 
hesitation in recommending you to Mr. 

Then turning to Mr. Judson, he said: 

"I wish you would find some position for 
this man — trainmaster or something of the 
sort — give him authority to discipline the 
men and let us see what can be accom- 
plished by teaching them how we used to 
do business when I was his division super- 

-*'What can you do?" Mr. Judson asked 
Dale, eyeing him narrowly. 

"That's a question," replied Dale, meet- 
ing his gaze squarely. "I would first have 
to learn what my duties are, then time 
would lell what I would be able to do." 

The president excused himself to Mr. 
Judson and Dale at this moment, and told 
them to talk the matter over between them- 

Mr. Judson spoke again. 

"I believe you are the fellow who has 
been making reports of conditions as you 
found them on the Bondsville & Atlantic 
for the past week." 

Dale was about to reply when Mr. Judson 
went on. 

"Now, in event you accept service with 
the Bondsville & Atlantic I suppose you 
know that it would be disloyal to me, as the 
genera] manager of that road, for you to 
communicate to the president anything in 
connection with its management? Such re- 
ports must be made by you to your super- 

"I believe I understand you, sir," replied 

After the matter of salary had been 
agreed upon Mr. Judson said : 

"You will accompany me to Barrington 
and there meet Superintendent Turner, to 

whom you will report" 

When Mr. Sylvester bade Dale goodbye, 
he said: 

"Now, Dale, do all you can for Mr. Jud- 
son. You're working for me also — make 
good— that's all." 

Dale promised him he would as they 
shook hands at parting. 

During the trip Mr. Judson's attitude 
was one which puzzled Dale not a little. 
One moment he was telling Dale to secure 
the co-operation of the men, and the next 
he seemed to be testing his ideas of con- 
sistency when he required his subordinates 
to condone errors in mismanagement 

Only when he had time to think the mat- 
ter all over" after having met Superintend- 
ent Turner did he come to himself ready 
for action. Speaking aloud, he said : 

"As sure as I am John Dale Til do it — I 
promised Mr. Sylvester and I'll keep my 
promise, if I don't stay here a week." 

Dale was astonished on his first visit to 
the roundhouse and shops as well as the 
yards where trains are made up. An air 
of indolence prevailed in both places. The 
work was being carried on without any 
apparent degree of push that characterized 
other shops and yards Dale had seen. He 
stopped at Stall No. 13 in the house where 
workmen were gathered together about the 
2905. As the foreman was seen approach- 
ing several men attempted to get busy. 

"They have ordered this engine for 11 
o'clock — ^how much is there to do to it yet?" 
he asked. 

'*We're waiting for the tire setting ma- 
chine," said one of the men. "They're 
using it on Johnson's gang now." 

"How are you fixed?" the foreman asked 
one of the flue setters. 

"Seventeen flues to cork — can't do that 
before 2 o'clock with enly one helper," 
he replied. 

"Well, hurry up, but take your time," he 
said laughing as he turned to go. "I've 
OK'd the engine for 11 o'clock and have 
called the crew." 

Dale mentally calculated the time the 
crew which was to take out the train would 
have to wait 

"At least three hours," he mused. "That's 
time paid which is out of the pocket of 
the company and not one cent of benefit in 

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return. That's the kind of business that 
makes men indifferent when they show up." 

He wheeled and went straight for the 
yardmaster's office. When he reached that 
place known as the "shanty" he found a 
group of men sitting on the benches inside 
busily engaged in discussing their prospects 
for getting trains. None seemed to know 
Dale when he stepped inside and his ap- 
pearance among them did not interrupt the 
trend of the talk. 

"I'll tell you fellows, this thing is get- 
ting fierce. We was called for 6 o'clock 
this morning and ever since then we've been 
hangin* around this joint waitin* for an 
engine," one of the number exclaimed. 

"Yes, and when we do git out we get it 
in the neck — we're on the road so long we 
git starved and then a fellow's got to have 
something to brace him up — I never went 
into a saloon till I went to work for this 
pike," chimed in a sturdy built fellow. 

Dale felt a pity for the fellow, but re- 
mained a silent listener. Just then another 
brakeman came in. His eyes were blinking 
and his step irregular. 

"What's the matter, Baldy ?" laughed one 
of the number. 

"Better set out five cars — ^you've got 
more than your tonnage," suggested an- 

Baldy straightened up a moment, then 
looking in the faces of those about him 

"You guys think a fellow's drunk when 
he's all in for sleep. I've been tryin' to 
sleep on the floor of the caboose with a 
paper under my head — ^this company's too 
poor," he said sarcastically "to give us a 

When Dale introduced himself to Paddy 
Shane, the yardmaster, that afternoon, he 
had plenty to say to him. The door of his 
private office was closed for two hours and 
as the little knot of men peeped through the 
window from time to time they saw Dale's 
fist come down emphatically while talking 
and could see Paddy looking at the floor. 

"Who's the guy inside?" -Baldy asked. 

No one seemed to know. 

"Bet I can call the turn," he said. 
"That's the new trainmaster, John Dale." 

"He took in all we was say in' all right — 
he was standing in here all morning. 
Well," he added after a moment, "we gave 
it to him straight anyhow ; maybe he'll iron 
out some of these yaps and "start some- 
thing." ^ 

"I've heard about him," Baldy said, "and 
if he's the hustler they say he is he's a 
cracker jack." 

Just then Dale was seen to arise and 
Paddy" opened the door for him. 

"I'll do what ye say, Mister Dal©. Send 
over the new delay form and we'll begin to 
check back on the roundhouse." 

The new delay report mentioned was 
Dale's invention. It put each delay on 
record for every train which departed late 
and gave the specific cause. 

"Until we all understand this report and 
its purpose we will have some delays," said 
Dale as they paused outside the door, "but 
within ten days it will be clear to all and 
then we will put the detentions right up to 
the man who is responsible. Whether he is 
in one position or another he will have to 
answer for them." 

Dale possessed tact. If he condoned an 
error he was sure to ask the transgressor 
to do some sort of missionary work to 
atone for his share of it. If he stepped in 
and performed a meritorious service he al- 
ways attributed his quick perception and 
grasp of situations to the practice of judg- 
ment without which, he said, no man could 
be a success in railroading. If he discov- 
ered a dangerous condition about a train he 
attributed It to training received and taught 
the men that eternal vigilance is the price 
of safety, and that according to their vigi- 
lance their lives depended. 

It was little wonder that Dale's n'ame be- 
came the watchword of perfection among 
them. What Dale said was right was 
accepted and acted upon as right. His 
democracy won friends and admirers while 
his untiring efforts secured hosts of fol- 
lowers. He kept his promises and no one 
knew how he accomplished the promise he 
had made to have bunk houses built and 
cushions for the cabooses, yet they came. 
He brought them together in his office at 
Barrington and defined the application of 
train rules and pointed out the errors Of 

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the dispatchers tfiat were the cause of so 
many detentions to passenger trains and 
which kept them from their homes in con- 
sequence. His was a magnetic nature which 
drew to himself the best there is in men. 
He instructed them contrary to practices 
that had obtained in the past and pointed 
out a way in harmony with the ethics of 
good railroading. 

"It's just like an old fashioned Methodist 
revival," shouted Baldy as the meeting 

"Hallelujah then," shouted Bobby Waters 
with a laugh. "We wanted just such a man 
here long ago." 

Dale issued invitations to his dispatchers 
and to his superintendent to join the meet- 
ing. Not only his arguments were good but 
his manner of putting the rules in prac- 
tice while working with them on the road 
proved his ability and won their admiration. 
He waited for clashes arising out of his 
instructions which conflicted with estab- 
lished methods adopted in harmony with 
Mr. Judson's policy. A few did arise, but 
the men won in each case. 

A crucial point was gradually nearing. 

The appointment of Mr. Turner was ap- 
proved and Mr. French was mentioned as 
having resigned to accept service with the 
Great Eastern Consolidated. Immediately 
Mr. Judson had a conference with his new 

When they were alone in the general 
manager's office Mr. Judson said : 

"It is time that drastic action is taken to 
rid ourselves of this man Dale. Have you 
any grounds to make a charge that will 
stand in case the president inquires into the 
cause of dismissal?" Mr. Judson asked. 

"I think I can find one," replied Mr. Tur- 
ner with a confidential nod of his head. 

"Then, fire him — if you can not get his 

Whether it was the calm that precedes 
the storm that made Dale feel there was 
an impending crisis or whether it was the 
persistence on the part of his superior offi- 
cers to ignore his efforts and offer no inter- 
ference to his active work, he could not 
tell ; at any rate he was not surprised when 
he received the summons to report in the 

superintendent's office — that the general 
superintendent wished to speak to him. 

"Dale," he said briefly without deigning 
to acknowledge his salutation, "Mr. Judson 
sent me down here to demand your resigna- 
tion or, in case you refuse to give it — to 
fire you." 

"On the grounds of unsatisfactory service 
I suppose?" replied Dale with a rising in- 

"No, sir; for insubordination." 

"Would you mind making one specific 
charge ?" 

"One of the men wrote a letter to the 
president lauding your services. You 
caused that letter to be written," he said 

"Out of deference to your position I with- 
hold calling you a liar," said Dale hotly. 
"To anyone else I say it is a lie — I have no 
need to write to that man what I am doing 
— he knows." 

"I suppose so," Mr. Turner said with a 
sneer. "But how about the resignation?" 

"You can have it," replied Dale. "I will 
have it ready in a few moments so that you 
can take it back to Mr. Judson." 

When Dale handed Mr. Turner his resig- 
nation he attempted to express his regrets 
that he was compelled to do so unpleasant 
a duty, but Dale stopped him. 

"I don't know how much of that is sin- 
cere, for while I have been your trainmas- 
ter you have never showed the least interest 
in what I did — ^rather it appeared that my 
efforts were a handicap of some sort." 

Mr. Turner frowned and said : 

"It doesn't make any difference now, 
Dale. I suppose the president will take 
care of you, only I do not want you to go 
from here feeling that I had anything to 
do with your leaving — it was entirely up to 
Mr. Judson." 

As Dale was about to take his leave Mr. 
Turner added : 

"When you see the president I wish you 
would speak a favorable word for me — ^you 
know the Barrington division boomed the 
past year while I was superintendent." 

Dale's lip curled scornfully as he turned 
away, but he did not reply. He was now 
without a position. Notwithstanding his 
innocence he regretted that charges of so 

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gross a nature as insubordination should be 
laid at his door. 

"I was just beginning to accomplish 
something," he murmured as he entered his 
office. He stopped suddenly as if con- 
fronted by a ghost. 

"I wonder if this is the beginning of the 
end?" he exclaimed. 

As if in answer to his query he found a 
letter on his desk which had been delivered 
during his absence. Hastily opening it he 

"Bondsville 5-1—. • 
Mr. John Dale, Trainmaster, Barrington : 

Dear Sir — Your resignation will be de- 
manded tomorrow on penalty of dismissal. 
Mr. Turner to make charges to get rid of 
you on account of your activity which op- 
poses the policy of the management. 

(Confidential) Signed: Frank." 

Dale's face showed no signs of surprise. 
He folded the letter and placfed it in his* 

"A friend in the camp of the enemy," he 
said aloud. 

The following morning as Dale was leav- 
ing foi' New York he received a copy of 
the notice mentioning the abolishment of 
his office. This also he placed in his pocket. 

His heart was filled with regrets of a 
tender nature as the train carried him past 
the faithful fellows he saw in the yards, for 
they had endeared themselves to him. Not 
until he had arrived in the big city did he 
begin to- think what report he should make 
to Mr. Sylvester. 

The following morning found him an 
early caller. Shaking hands with Joe he 
asked to see the president and was told to 
go in. 

"Hello, Dale; what's up?" the president 
said anxiously. 

Dale handed the president the notice of 
the abolishment of the office he had held 
for two years and the letter from the pri- 
vate secretary of the general manager of 
the Bondsville & Atlantic. 

**Who is this Frank who signs this let- 
ter?*' asked the president, with a slight 

"He is secretary to the general manager." 

"What does he mean by *your activity 
which opposes the policy of the general 

"My interest in the welfare of the road — 
the education of the men and the better- 
ment of the service generally, explains what 
I have been actively engaged in; you can 
draw your own conclusions if such be op- 
posed to the policy of a general manager, 
what his intentions are. It is my opinion," 
Dale added, "that the same cause was back 
of Mr. French's resignation — ^he was too 
active. You did not understand and de- 
manded his resignation." 

"I demanded," said the president, 
straightening himself in his chair, ''did you 
say I demanded Mr. French's resignation?" 

"I believe that was what I heard Mr. Jud- 
son gave to the official family as a reason," 
replied Dale. 

"What was the specific reason suggested 
in your case?" 

"I was charged with insubordination — ^be- 
ing the instigator of a letter to yourself 
lauding my efforts." 

"Dale, there is something back of this. 
I expect Mr. French within a few minutes 
and I shall see what he knows of the con- 
ditions that are existing relative to the 
policy of Mr. Judson." 

He had scarcely spoken when Joe entered 
saying : 

"Mr. French is waiting." 

"Tell him to come in. Dale, you remain." 

Mr. French was delighted to see Dale and 
after greetings had been exchanged with 
the president he was offered a seat. 

"Mr. French," said the president in a 
business-like way, "what do you know about 
Mr. Judson's policy — in what way were you 
not in harmony with it?" 

Mr. French was taken so by surprise that 
he could hardly frame an answer. 

"I have nothing conclusive to offer you. 
I can tell you, however, that certain sug- 
gestions which came from Mr. Judson did 
not appeal to me." 

"What were they ?" asked the president. 

"He suggested that all trains of whatso- 
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other notwithstanding consequent delays to 
our passenger traffic** 

"Did that meet your concurrence?" 

"It did not" 

**\Vliat next?" 

"That we refrain from exerting drastic 
discipline in cases of intoxication and 
senous accidents, or from negligence threat- 
ening the safety of trains.*' 

"What was your attitude?** 

**I opposed it, but was overruled and 
cases of such nature were held back in the 
office of Mr. Turner and were never al- 
lowed to come to my attention.** 

"What led up to your resignation as gen- 
eral superintendent?** 

"The complaint alleged to have come 
from your office that the road was not 
properly supervised and made to pay what 
it was able to pay, consequently calling for 
better supervision." 

The president was silent a full moment, 
then turning to Dale said : 

"What sort of men have we on the 
Bondsville & Atlantic?" 

"Of the very best,** replied Dale heartily. 
"They were worse treated than slaves when 
I went there. Every effort of mine to bet- 
ter their conditions was rewarded a dozen 
times by their work and loyalty to me.** 

"I think the intention is clear to me," 
said the president, musing, "and I will show 
them yet that the Bondsville & Atlantic is 
gilt edged,** he said, pushing a button. 

"Joe, wire Mr. Judson and Mr. Ttu^ner 
to meet Mr. French, Mr. Dale and myself 
at Ravensdale tomorrow at noon. Tell Mr. 
Judson I am waiting for his reply." 

The president then spoke of other mat- 
ters a few moments in connection with the 
Bondsville & Atlantic's prospects when Joe 
reappeared with a message. 

The president was evidently greatly sur- 
prised, for as he laid aside the message he 
exclaimed : 


Dale and Mr. French looked at each 
other, then at the president. 

Again he took up the message, then 
smiled as he looked at the inquisitive faces 
before him. 

"I have Mr. Judson's reply as follows:*' 

"Bondsville 5-3d — . 
John W. Sylvester, 
President, G. E. C. R. R. : 
Sorry we can not arrange to meet the 
gentlemen as requested. Please accept our 
resignations to take effect on receipt of this 

Signed: Howard Judson, Gen*l Mgr. 
J. L. Turner, Gen*l Supt. 

There was a silence for a moment, then 
the president turned to his little audience 
saying : 

"Gentlemen I am indebted to you. The 
Bondsville & Atlantic had two traitors who 
were trying to ruin me. They have both 
resigned. We are without officers for those 
places this moment, but I feel that we will 
come out all right.*' 

Then turning to Mr. French he said : 

"I shall wire my acceptance of their res- 
ignations at once and, if you will recon- 
sider your resignation I will also reappoint 
you to your old position." 

Mr. French thanked the president and 
said he would do so. 

"I will assume the management of that 
road personally," he replied, "for the 

"I almost forgot about you, Dale — ^you 
want a job, too, don't you?** 

Before Dale could reply he continued : 

"I am going to let Mr. French take care 
of you.** 

"Well, if you put it that way,** said Mr. 
French, "I believe Dale would make a first- 
class superintendent and as soon as it can 
be arranged he may consider himself 
located at Barrington." 

"So be it," said the president swinging 
around in his chair, pressing the button. 

"Here*s where we start the wheels of a 
new administration with integrity and hon- 
esty for our policy, giving preference to 
merit and the benefit of the doubt to every 
erring man.'* 

It was all accomplished so quietly that 
the public and the men lost their breath, so 
to speak, when the word came that Mr. 
French again had control of the reins. 

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Nor yet did surprises stop, for the next 
day John Dale stepped into the superin- 
tendent's position. 

While the world at large did not get a 
reason for the radical changes that came to 
pass within a few days there was a sus- 
picion that Dale was at the bottom of it, 
and being pleased they shouted: 

"Hurrah for the man that does things — 
"DALE!"— By William D'Keith Ai^er- 
soN, in The Railroad Trainman. 


AT a meeting of the Booneton Medi- 
cal Society, there not being a 
^ quorum, half a dozen doctors sat 
around chatting. The conversation fell 
upon the new science of medicine, which 
practically had its beginning in the investi- 
gations of Mr. Pasteur, and is making great 
headway in those experiments carried on by 
scientists who devote themselves to original 
research. Commenting on the great change 
scientific research h&s wrought in the medi- 
cal profession, Dr. Elderkin, a retired phy- 
sician, told the following story : 

When I started to practice, though it was 
in the latter half of the nineteenth century, 
our profession had lagged far behind the 
progressive spirit of the times. Though we 
are still woefully ignorant, we know far 
more than we did then, and when we re- 
member that we had at that time but 
recently advanced beyond the universal 
remedy of blood-letting, originally practiced 
by the barber who shaved our ancestors, we 
get some idea of the low condition of the 
science of medicine half a century ago. 

Being naturally of a scientific mind, I 
realized this. Upon finishing my course at 
the medical college I was surprised that 
there was so little really known. Indeed, 
beyond the fact that vaccination will pre- 
vent smallpox, I don't remember a single 
certainty in medicine that I had. learned in 
my college cour§p. What a difference from 
the present, when Nve have antitoxins that 
work with absolute certainty; the X-ray, 
by which to look into the human body, and 
have proved that diseases are transmitted 
by the fly and the mosquito I 

I settled in this very town and hung out 
my shingle. Experience was then the doc- 
tor's best card. A bald head, a pair of 
mutton chop gray whiskers, a presence that 
bespoke wisdom — these were sure to bring 
success to any practitioner. This impres- 
sive person of half a century ago did not 
know one-tenth as much as the poorest 
student in a class graduating in a medical 
school today. But since there was nothing 
but experience on which to base confidence, 
the old practitioner had it all his own way, 
and the young man had no show at all. 

I looked like a boy and was treated as 
a boy, for never did a patient darken my 
doors. I was socially well received by the 
young people of town and formed the 
acquaintance of a number of young girls, 
who thought me "a nice little fellow" and 
snickered when they called me doctor, their 
idea of a physician being the elderly party 
I have mentioned. One of these young 
ladies I admired very much and thought 
that if I could marry her possibly I might 
inspire some confidence and make a begin- 
ning. But she was the daughter of the 
principal man in the place, John Parkinson, 
and there was an awful gap between her 
and a tow-headed, blue-eyed doctor who 
didn't look old enough to treat a cat. As to 
being called in to treat Mr. Parkinson or 
any member of her family, there was no 
more chance of that than being struck by 

His family physician. Dr. Swinbourne, in 
his younger days had bled his patients for 
every disease, and so wedded was he to the 
treatment that he still carried a lancet in 
his medical case. The Parkinsons revered 
him as a man of great experience and he 
was supposed to have a wonderful advan- 
tage in knowing the constitution of every 
member of the family, including the feist 
child born, who was but eight months old 
and sound as a nut. The chance of my 
supplanting this august person as physician 
in the household was as remote as being 
called upon to treat the President of the 
United States. 

But no matter how firm one is settled on 
any soft spot let him beware of being un- 
dermined. His very greatness is liable to 
give his competitor a chance. Mr. Parkin- 

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son was fond of horses and owned some 
valuable stock. One of his animals was 
sired by a racer and had cost $3,000. One 
day this horse was taken sick. Would his 
owner insult the great Swinbourne by ask- 
ing him to treat a horse ? Never ! A veter- 
inary surgeon was called in. It is quite 
likely that he knew as much about what 
ailed the horse and how to cure him as the 
M. D. — he certainly knew as much as I did 
— ^but, despite his valuable efforts, the ani- 
mal grew worse and the veterinary finally 
gave him up as a candidate for button and 
glue material. 

Mr. Parkinson was one of those persist- 
ent men who never say die, and it occurred 
to him that I might not feel very much 
insulted at being called in to treat a horse. 
But he could afford to insult me, though he 
could not afford to insult his physician. 
For if any of the family were taken 411 and 
the doctor refused to treat the patient there 
was likely to be crape on the door. At any 
rate, I was called in to have a look at the 

Mr. Parkinson had sent the veterinary 
away and there was no one present at my 
visit to the patient but myself and his 
owner. The horse was lying on the stable 
floor to all appearance dead. My first im- 
pulse was — from force of habit — ^to feel his 
pulse, but I remembered that I might get 
nearer his heart than his fetlock, so I put 
my hand behind his fore leg. There was 
still a faint beat and I knew he was not yet 
quite dead. ^ 

My ignorance of what was the matter 
with him and what to do for him was 
such that I stood doubtless looking as 
ignorant as I felt. Mr. Parkinson had his 
ejes on me and turned away with a look 
of disgust. It was this that nerved me at 
the turning point of my life. 

"Mr. Parkinson," I said, "your horse is 
dying of digitalis." 

I was obliged to choose a word so sud- 
denly that I hit upon the name of a drug 
and feared my man would know that it 
was a drug and not a disease. 

"Well?" he said somewhat more confi- 

I was tempted to make an excuse to go 
to the druggist, to get a dose for the 

brute, but seeing the effect of my first 
bluff I resolved on another. 

"I don't like to leave him," I said. 
"Would you mind getting me a messenger? 
I wish to send for a remedy." 

"Not a bit. I'll call Tom. I don't know 
why he is not here. This is his place, espe- 
cially at such a time." 

He went to the house, a few hundred 
yards distant. He was absent some time. 
Not being able to find his man and while 
he was gone I upset a peck measure used 
for carrying oats, but now filled with salt. 
Some of the contents fell on the horse's 
tongue, which was protruding ^rom his 
mouth. I noticed that the member quivered. 
I picked up a little more salt from the 
floor and dropped it on the tongue. Slowly 
it was withdrawn into the horse's mouth. 
Taking up a handful I opened the jaws and 
thrust it in. 

I stood theVe, or rather knelt, feeding the 
horse salt till Mr. Parkinson returned. The 
other had disappeared, doubtless thinking he 
would be blamed in the matter of the loss 
of the horse and the master was abusing 
him to me when he caught sight of the 
patient licking his chops with his eyes open. 

"Why, he seems to be better." 


"Do you think you can pull him 

"I think I can." 

"What's that you're giving him?" 

"A saline remedy I've found beneficial in 
such cases." 

He didn't ask where I got it, or I would 
have told him I had it in my medicine case. 

Well, it happened that my knocking over 
the salt had given my patient just what he 
needed. I don't know even now what his 
trouble was, but I do know that animals 
must have salt. At any rate a few hand- 
fuls of it effected a change in his condition, 
and he improved rapidly. I followed up the 
treatment by giving him water to drink, 
and it was not long before he stood up on 
his feet. 

"By Jove!" exclaimed Mr. Parkinson. 
"That was the most marvelous cure I ever 
met with. I must tell Swinbourne about 
that. What did you call the disease?" 

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"Mr. Parkinson," I_said, assuming an in- 
jured tone, "I have cured your horse, but 
I object to furnishing medical information 
to one of these old school doctors. I beg 
you not to mention the matter to Dr. Swin- 

"Why, it might lead him to take an in- 
terest in you.'\ 

"Not at all. You, as a layman, are not 
aware of the jealousies existing in our 
profession. Should you tell Dr. Swin- 
bourne of this cure he would doubtless as- 
sert that your horse would have recovered 
just as well without my treatment as with 

I shot a glance at him to see how the 
thrust struck him, expecting that he would 
deny that Swinbourne was any such man. 
I was agreeably disappointed. 

"YouVe right, my boy," he said. "Never 
give away anjrthing you've got unless you've 
something to gain by it." 

Gentlemen, if you ask me what gave me 
a start in a practice which became for half 
a century all I could have desired I reply 
blind luck, followed up with a dose of con- 
centrated gall. Besides, the lesson I learned 
was of great benefit I made it a rule the 
less I knew about a case the more to pre- 
tend. And why not? Docs a doctor gain 
anjrthing by losing the confidence of a pa- 
tient? By no means. On thie contrary, the 
patient loses heart, and that is the worst 
thing that can happen. 

But to finish my story. Mr. Parkinson 
let it be known that he would have lost 
his valuable horse had it not been for my 
skill, and I was installed as physician to 
the family, to be called upon for slight in- 
dispositions. Dr. Swinbourne being sum- 
moned to treat troubles of importance. 
This led to some outside practice, and in 
time I assumed sufficient boldness to pay 
attention to Miss Parkinson. By this time 
I had become known not as the man who 
had cured a horse, but one who had cured 
human beings. I finally married Miss 
Parkinson, but this was not till Swin- 
bourne had retired and I was installed not 
only in his place, but succeeded to the bulk 
of his practice. In fact, he retired because 
he found that I was forging ahead of him. 

In claiming precedence in what we know 
now to what we knew then I am sorry 
to say that in the majority of cases it is 
still guesswork with us. We try a remedy 
and if the patient docs not respond we try 
another and another, till either we have 
tried them all or the patient succumbs or 
recovers. But we have the satisfaction of 
knowing that both in America and Europe 
men are engaged in devoting their entire 
time to investigation, and every year we 
know more than we knew the year before. 

My wife never knew how accidental was 
the success that gave me my start till we 
had been married many years.— By F. A. 
MiTCHEL, in Journal of Industry, 


I HAD worked third shift at Colfax less 
than three months, but during that 
time I had become quite a society man. 
I was invited out practically every night, and 
when I wasn't I had calls to make, which 
usually kept me up until nearly midnight, 
at which time I relieved Collins. 

After the party or dance was over and 
we — I mean the young fellows of the little 
town — had accompanied our girls home, it 
was our habit to meet in Feland's saloon, 
where we would talk and drink until nearly 
midnight, with the result that I often went 
on duty pretty well jingled. I wouldn't be 
drunk, understand, but in that state where 
things looked queer and unnatural to me; 
the rough edges were filed off the corners 
of life, as it were, by the effects of the 

One night, early in the winter, I took a 
girl home from a dance, and, on my way 
to the depot, stopped in, as usual, at Fe- 
land's, where the gang "set 'em up" around. 
There were seven of us. That meant that 
within half an hour I had taken seven 
drinks. No wonder strange things hap- 
pened that night. I was the receptacle for 
enough alcohol to make a porterhouse steak 
disintegrate. Instead of cutting my stom- 
ach into pieces it went to my brain. After 
the seventh drink, the others left the saloon, 
but as it was not quite midnight, I stayed 
for another drink and a chat with the bar- 

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"This one's on me" he said in a sudden 
fit of generosity, and as I nodded, he began 
to mix the cocktails. "I'm sure the road's 
got a good fellow on after midnight now," 
he continued. "The last good fellow here 
was Caskey. Brown, the man here before 
you came, was sure a self -centered guy. 
Why, he wasn't in our place once all the 
time he was here. Caskey was sure a good 
fellow, though." 

They promoted Brown, didn't they?" I 
asked as I dreamily watched him pour the 
codctails into the tall-stemmed glasses. 

"Yes; he went up to the headquarters 
office," said the bartender. "Here's how." 
And we drank. 

"What became of Caskey?" I asked. 

"Oh, he's out in Utah now. They 
canned him off this road for coming over 
here to get a drink and forgetting to stop 
a train he had orders for. The freight he 
let pass met a passenger train about five 
miles above here, but they saw each other 
in time to stop, and so nobody was hurt. 
But Caskey was a good fellow, all right." 

I took my last drink for the night and 
walked over to the depot. Old Collins was 
putting on his coat and gathering up his 
lunch basket and coffee pot. He made his 
coffee on the office stove, for he was a sober 
old fellow and wouldn't drink anything 
stronger than the Java. 

"Feel all right, sonny?" he asked, as I 
looked over the thirty-one clips to see if he 
had any orders on hand to sign for. 

"Sure." I answered. "Why?" 

"If I were you, my boy, I'd cut out Fe- 
land's. More than one good man has gone 
the boomer route by dabbling with the stuff 
he hands out." 

I became angry. "Why you old home- 
guard," I exclaimed, "if you don't report 
me, no one will ever know whether I go 
there or not" 

The old man made a grimace, as if con- 
trolling himself. "They knew all about 
Caskey, and I'm sure he was never reported 
from here." 

"But Caskey let a train get by him. 
Catch me doing anything like thatl" And 
I smiled in a very superior way as the old 
man turned and walked out. 

The big, fat stove was red hot, and I soon 
became warm and sleepy. Nothing was 
doing on the , wires except a car report 
from a station fifty miles down the line. I 
leaned back comfortably and listened to the 
report, but suddenly it stopped. The lights 
grew dim and I could see them only 
through a haze. The liquor had reached 
my brain. I was brought to my senses by 
the sound of my call coming impatiently 
on the wire. The operator at the other 
end was signing "DS" and I knew from 
that it was the dispatcher and by the way 
he handled the key, that he had been calling 
for some time. 

"OS extra south," he said when I an- 
swered. Which meant that he wanted a 
report on when they had arrived and left 
my station. 

"No OS," I answered. I figured that if 
a train had passed I surely would have 
heard it, even if I were taking a catnap. 

Then he sent an order : "No. 98, engines 
1240 and 1008 will meet extra *553' at Col- 

"Sure the '553' hasn't passed?" he asked 

"Sure," I answered. 

"Should have passed thirty minutes ago," 
he said, and closed his key. 

Until then I had not thought to look at 
the clock. I glanced up. The hands 
pointed to 2:30. I had been asleep more 
than two hours and perhaps, after all, the 
extra had passed. And if it had — well, they 
would need a wrecker, some doctors and 
nurses and a few coffins, that was all. I 
would probably follow Caskey, if they 
didn't soak me for murder. . 

I stepped out on the platform and 
glanced up at my semaphore in doing so. 
It was down, showing white! I was sure 
I had left it red when I took the office over 
from Collins. I had no recollection of turn- 
ing it since that time. I looked down at 
the rails. A sheet of frost covered them. 
I made a mark on the nearest one with my 
thumb and watched to see how long it 
would take the frost to obliterate the im- 
print. By that means I wished to assure 
myself that a train couldn't have passed 
within the last thirty minutes without show- 
ing a mark on the rails. I watched that 
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mark for some minutes and it appeared as 
plain as when I made it. My heart grew 
lighter. Then I glanced up in the direction 
of town and back at the rail. The mark 
was gone! As long as I kept my eyes on 
the spot the change had not been apprecia- 
ble, but it disappeared the instant I had 
glanced away. 

I heard another call from "DS" and went 
in and answered. 

"Nothing from '553' yet?" 

"Nothing," I answered. "What is it?" 

"Theatrical special. Craig pulling it. 
Should have been there an hour ago." 

My hair began to rise. I was perfectly 
sober now, and suffering. For Craig had 
been the man who found me, a disheartened 
kid, less than four months before, loafing 
around the dispatcher's office, waiting for 
something to turn up. My money was 
gone. I was hungry. The big fellow took 
pity on me and asked me to his home, 
where I stayed several weeks, during which 
time he had introduced me to the men in 
the general office, to the trainmaster, and 
had been instrumental in getting me the 
job I was holding. For he was a man the 
officials knew and valued and so a friend 
of his landed a "job much easier than the 
unknown little tramp. His wife had treated 
me as she would have treated a son ; I had 
played hours at a time with the baby; had 
made myself perfectly at home, in fact. 
And it was such a home as I appreciated, 
for I was but a boy. And now I was 
Craig's murderer! Above the anguish at 
the thought I remembered something I had 
forgotten for a long time — that when I was 
sent to Colfax, Craig loaned me $10.00, to 
"start on" as he had put it. I had neglected 
to repay it, for Feland's bill was rather 
large every payday and other expenses ran 
high in the social circle I was in. How 
small I felt myself at the recollection of 
the debt! 

I knew what it woUld mean if he hit 
No. "98." That was the fast meat train 
starting each night from a great packing 
house center at the other end of the divi- 
sion. It made passenger time. From the 
starting point to my station the road fol- 
lowed the river, a course of cuts and 
curves. The men who pulled the "98" were 

not mollycoddles. A man who knew fear 
would have lasted about one run. They 
had to be men with good, red blood in their 
veins — and plenty of it — to rattle ahead of 
forty refrigerator cars around the bluffs 
and curves on that run. They made the 
time, but in doing so looked Death in the 
face and bluffed him every foot of the way. 
And I had put Craig and his big passenger 
engine against the two moguls on one of 
those curves. I had sent him to eternity 
and made his wife a widow and his baby 
an orphan. 

I must have aged twenty years in ten 
minutes. I felt the hangman's noose 
around my neck; I heard the boys on the 
road mention my name with an oath and 
a sneer ; I felt the sharp cut of the glances 
flashed at me from the eyes of the people 
who had been my friends — the rough, 
kind-hearted men who would burst noisily 
into the office when my signal stopped 
them and pass a joke while waiting to get 
"complete" on their orders. But, worst of 
all, I could see the horror of the look in 
the eyes of Craig's wife, when she learned 
that the man her husband had done so much 
for had sent him to a death among a lot of 
flying steel and scalding steam. For I knew 
that if the trains went together he would 
die on his seat. He was no quitter; the 
yellow streak had been left out when he 
was made. He would stay with the "553" 
as long as there was a chance of saving 
the passengers behind him. I did not give 
a thought to the people he was pulling. 
They were something intangible, unknown. 
I had not the fine sense of obligation due 
to patrons of the road that an engineer has. 

I had no gun. I was sorry I had made 
it a practice never to carry one. Death by 
my own hand was preferable to the agony 
I was suffering. My mind went over the 
past hard, love-hungry life. Since the 
time I had left the orphan asylum I had 
known no home; enjoyed none of the 
inside pleasures of home life except those 
few weeks at Craig's. All the pent-up love 
of a homeless boy had gone out to Craig, 
his wife and the baby — and the baby had 
been very demonstrative in returning that 
love. I seemed to feel his soft little arms 
around my neck. Ugh! I spat in disgust. 

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I was a brute ; an imbecile ; a thing unclean. 
I was not fit to be eaten by buzzards. To 
have traded the love of even a dog for a 
bartender*s appellation of "good fellow" 
would have been bad enough, but to trade 
the love of a child for such a name was a 
sacrilege. The baby would hate my name 
when he grew up to realize the enormity of 
the crime I had committed; when he grew 
to know that I had made him fatherless. 

Ten minutes more of such thoughts 
would have driven me crazy. I have been 
told since that great mental anguish will 
cause brain lesion as surely as will a blow 
on the head with an iron bar. I believe it. 
But I saved my mind. I called up the dis- 
patcher and confessed: 

"Better order out the wrecker," I told 
him. "I've been asleep. They've met by 
this time somewhere up the river. I'll go 
for Collins or the day man and get one of 
them to work the remainder of my shift. 
And Fll be here when you send the officers 
of the law for me." 

"'Bust* that order," came the reply. 
"There is no extra *553.' Craig is at home, 
I suppose. If you had been older we'd 
have fired you some time ago, but I wanted 
to give you a chance to straighten up, be- 
cause I think you have good stuff in you. 
Cut out Feland's. Do that or get off the 
Voad. You can give *98' a clear board; 
there's nothing against her tonight." 

"I asked Collins to stay around," he 
added, "and to turn your semaphore white 
in case you went to sleep. I think this 
scare will be a lesson to you." 

Just then Collins stepped in. I had my 
head on the telegraph desk and was crying. 
The reaction had been too great for me. 
He said nothing and went out again, closing 
the door softly behind him. 

After that night I did not stop at Fe- 
land's saloon on my way to work. I have 
seen the swinging doors of many a saloon 
since then, but always from the outside. 
I'll have to confess that I cried again that 
night. After the head end of "98" shot by 
that morning, the smokestacks of both 
engines spitting sparks into the frosty air, 
I thought of the cheery greeting I had 
heard yelled from both cabs, and how I 
might have sent those friends of mine to 

death. I forgot I was a "good fellow;" a 
cog in the wheel of a great railroad system ; 
a man. I went into the office and cried as 
a two-year-old does after mashing his 

Some two years or more after that night 
I followed Brown up to a better position. 
But long before promotion came I had 
ceased to be a "good fellow" in the bar- 
tender's estimation.— By Frank Kava- 
NAUGH, Moberly, Mo. 


MY uncle, Nathan Travers, was a 
rich man without children of his 
own, and I was to be his heir. 
He was a man who never forgave an in- 
jury. If any one tried to get an unwar- 
ranted advantage of him he would beat 
him, if possible, and in any event would 
never forgive him. He lived in a suburban 
town alone except for the servants, received 
no company and never went out socially. 
I went to see him at least once a week, 
often remaining all night. 

One morning, after having dined with 
him the evening before and remained all 
night, intending to take an early train to 
the city, I went into his room to bid him 
goodby and was shocked to find him dead 
in his bed. He had been stabbed in the 
heart. I was about to call the servants 
when it occurred to me that, being my 
uncle's heir, I was in a position to be sus- 
pected of his murder. 

Would it be better for me to be before 
the world the discoverer of my uncle's 
having been killed or to leave the house, 
pretending not to know anything about it? 
I had been asked the night before by a 
maid if I would have breakfast prepared 
for me and had said that I would breakfast 
in the city. 

If I went out, as was to be expected, the 
servants would discover and announce the 
murder. I gave but a few seconds to 
deliberate whether I should leave the house 
thus or annoimce the murder, then decided 
on the former course. 

On my way to the city I was much 
agitated and fearful that I had decided 
wrong. It turned out that I had. A maid 

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had arisen and was descending from the 
story above when I was leaving my uncle's 
room. She saw me, and later, when she 
went to awaken her master and found him 
dead, remembered having seen me leaving 
his chamber. The result was that when I 
was told of the tragedy and looked sur- 
prised and shocked I was at once arrested 
and brought to trial. 

The explanation I have given here was 
without any effect on the jury. My attor- 
ney only relied on it so far as it could be 
corroborated by other evidence. He intro- 
duced the statements of those who knew 
my uncle and who swore that he was a 
man having many enemies. During his 
long life several persons had said to him: 
"You shall pay for this," or "ril have your 
heart's blood," or "Just you wait." My 
defender took the ground that some one of 
these persons had done the deed. But my 
unwise action on discovering my uncle's 
dead body had fixed his death irrevocably 
on me unless the real murderer could be 

I was convicted. My lawyer resorted to 
the usual methods to secure delay, and my 
execution was put off from time to time. 
Finally, all these subterfuges having failed, 
a day was set for my death. 

Books and newspapers were allowed me, 
but I could read only the latter. One day I 
was trying to keep my mind off my horror 
by reading a morning journal when I saw 
that a burglary had been committed and the 
robber had been arrested with the plunder 
on him. 

His portrait was in the rogues' gallery 
and identified him as Peter Ritterhof, with 
several aliases. He had but recently left 
state prison, having been sent there for a 
robbery committed five years before. 

Ritterhof! Where had I heard that 
name ? Some Ritterhof had crossed my 
path at some time, but I could not remem- 

ber when, the circumstances or the person. 
The memory does not always act instantly. 
There are cases wherein it requires time. 
Presently I recalled that the name was con- 
nected with a scene in court. Then the 
fact came to me that my uncle had once 
sent a workman to the penitentiary who 
had been engaged in his house and whom 
he accused of purloining certain valuables. 
Lastly, Ritterhof and this workman became 
identical in my mind. 

I sent for my attorney at once and told 
him what I have given here. Not wishing 
to excite in me a hope that might be 
dashed, he went away, simply saying that 
he would make a thorough investigation. 
In time he returned, saying that he had 
examined the records and found that this 
Ritterhof had been "sent up" exactly ten 
years and ten days before the date of the 
murder for steaHng articles from my 
uncle's house. 

So affected was I by the announcement, 
which I considered tantamount to a re- 
prieve, that I toppled over. When I came 
to myself again my attorney impressed 
upon me the importance of fixing the mur- 
der upon this man and told me he proposed 
to do it by the process called third degree. 

I had another temporary breakdown 
when he came to my cell the next day and 
announced that he had secured the desirecf 
confession. He acquired it by assuring 
Ritterhof that he had three witnesses ready 
to swear that he had said he would kill the 
man who caused his imprisonment and had 
evidence of his having been seen leaving 
my uncle's house during the night of the 

Within a few days I walked out of jail 
into a fortune. But I never entirely re- 
covered from the narrow escape I had had 
and never hear of the conviction of any one 
for a first crime without thinking he may 
be innocent— By Arthur W. Brewster, in 
The Iowa Unionist. 

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The New Year. 

Here's to the year we are leaving behind us I 
Here's to the lessons that ought to remind us 
Better to lire in the year that's before us. 
Less to bewail o'er the fates that ignore us! 
Here's to the New Year, we hopefully meet him : 
Warmly acclaim and fraternally greet him; 
Bom in a pause of the midnight he rises. 
Over the clouds of our doubts and surmises, 
Wnpt in the dawn of a new dispensation — 
Here's to success in the home and the nation. 
— H. D. Steinghau. 

Be What Mother Thinks You Are. 

Whilst walking down a crowded city street the 

other day, 
I beard a little urchin to a comrade turn and say: 
**Say, Chimmcy, lemme tell youse, I'd be happy as 

a clam 
If I only was de feller dat me mudder t'inks I am. 

"She t'inks I am a wonder, an' she knows her 

little lad 
Conld never mix wit nuttin' dat was ugly, mean 

or bad. 
Ob. lots o' times I sit and t'ink how nice 'twould 

be — gee whiz I — 
If a feller was de feller dat his mudder t'inks 

he is." 

My friend, be yours a life of toil or undiluted joy, 

You stin can learn a lesson from this small un- 
lettered boy. 

Don't aim to be an earthly saint with eyes fixed 
on the stars; 

Just try to be the "fellow that your mother thinks 
you are." 

Child Laborers. 

**Ltt them not drop within the house of toil. 
The little children! Make them to go free. 
Give them their heritage of sun and soil. 
Kinship with rating wind tnd cloud and sea. 

"They are too frail, too glad, to learn of pain. 
Their eyes have not forgot, for all the gray 
Of kaden hours, the sky's star-blossomed plain. 
Give them again the wealth of idle day!" 

So do we speak, wise in our years, yet slow. 
As they, to lift the age-worn, bitter weight 

We tml beneath in heart and body throe, 
Oorsehres but children with a task too great. 

Help us, then. Father, shape the work aright, 

ChUd laborers we, blind in the dawnless night. 

— Survey. 

Ideal Union Member. 

Don't bring into the union room 

Anger and spite and pride. 
Drop at the gate of the temple 

The strife of the world outside. 

Forget every foolish trouble. 

Forget all your cares and sorrow. 

And remember the cause you m'^t for. 
And haste you the glad tomorrow. 

Bring your hearts into the union room. 

But leave yourself outside — 
That is, your personal feelings. 

Ambition, vanity, pride. 

Center each thought and power 

On the cause for which you assemble, 

Fetter the demon envy. 
And make ye his cohorts tremble. 

Aye, to fetter and to chain him 
And to cast him under our feet. 

That is the end to aim' at — 
An object for which we meet 

Then don't bring into the union room 

Envy or strife or pride. 
Or aught that will mar our union. 

But leave them all outside. 

— Ella Wheeler Wilcox, 

The Ordinary Man. 

He's an ordinary person 

You can see on any day. 
Who treads the path of life in just 

An ordinary way; 
An unobtrusive unit 

In an ordinary town. 
Who's labeled at the office • 

As a Smith, perhaps, or Brown. 

But follow him one evening. 

As an undiscovered guest. 
To a small suburban villa 

That the fellow calls his "nest." 
Then comes a metamorphosis — 

Explain it if you can — 
But Smith (or Brown) becomes a most 

Extraordinary man. 

A little king whose presence makes 

A little kingdom glad; 
Was ever there, to those cbncerned, 

A greater man than "Dad?" 
So ye who hitherto despised 

Proceed to make amends. 
For 'tis on people such as this 

The very world depends. 

— ANSWsms. 

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The Garret of the Years. 

IVe packed my troubles out of sight — all idle 

hopes and fears, 
High in the shadowy stillness of the garret of 

the years. 
The ghosts of griefs of other days — old time-worn 

sorrows gray. 
And the heart's doors are open wide and joy has 

come to stay. 

I pass from all the shadows of the long-enduring 

I meet the Morning on the hills — a brother to its 

What gain have I for all the years where weep- 
ing Memory dwells? 

The New Year day shall greet me with the song 
of all the beUs? 

The dreams that come a-sighing, with not one 

cheering gleam. 
Within the dusty silence they shall dream out 

their dream; 
Life is too sweet for sorrow — too wondrous-bright 

for tears; 
I leave them to the shadows of the garret of the 

— Frank L. Stanton, in Atlanta Constitution. 

O, Wire, Winging Words Around the 

O, wire, winging words around the world 
In measured tappings like the ticks of time. 

Though time and space to insignificance hurled, 
Spirit-sped they ride through every dim*: 

From torrid tropic to the frigid north 

The endless message ever hastening forth. 

Glad wire, with a heart of thistledown. 
Some spirit o'er thy path on rosy wings. 

Harp-laden with morning song and laughter strewn 
Attunes thee to her tanging joy-mad strings 

So sweetly, one might haste to greet the spring: 

Such joyance in the tidings doth she bring 1 

Wan wire of despair, across thy course 

A veiled figure flits with hand outstretched, 

As groping down thy path with guided force 
She hastes to make some human heart more 
wretched ; 

And dying fear, for hope almost fled, 

Falls at her feet, low gasping: "She is dead!" 

Haste, singing spirit and coldly groping forms! 

One comes to you and one must come to me, 
Which e'er it is we'll make the welcome warm, 

For all that passes is ordained to be. 
And man must bear the bitter with the sweet 
Ere he can turn to heaven his tryst complete. 

O, wizard wire, wire of life and death, 
Weavcd by the counciled Fate'ii own fearful 
hand. *• 

How anxiously we wait with bated breath 

To catch each accent from thy calm command': 
Thou wonder- wrought to speed the speech of man 
By instant tappings through the silent span! 
EwYN Bruce MacKinnon. 

The Bank of the Ready Smile. 

There's a bank whose issue is good wherever 

The sun in radiance reigns; 
Whose payments, be sure, are suspended never. 

Whose strength no pa^ic strains. 
A steadfast reliance, this stronghold of treasure, 

Worth any golden while. 
It lends of its wealth without stint, without meas- 
ure — 

The Bank of the Ready Smile. 

Why borrow where all that's to loan is trouble? 

Why discount days in despair? 
Why let your grief draw interest and double. 

At usury rates unfair? 
Let not the evil more evil be earning. 

Under despondency's guile — ■ 
Keep books with the house of the cheerful return- 

The Bank of the Ready Smile. 

If to protest your promises seem to be going, 

Don't push them along; 
Seek the security sure to be showing 

Where courage is strong. 
Vanishing balances may be but seeming — 

Fruit of discouragement's wile. 
Cash in your gloom, they'll change it to beaming — 

The Bank of the Ready Smile. 

Dollars may be of the sorriest vintage. 

Squeezed from grapes of toil; 
Dollars piled fresh from the gambler's mintage 

Still may burn and soil. 
Wealth that Hope from its deep heart offers. 

And nothing may defile. 
Blesses in grateful, glowing coffers 

The Bank of the Ready Smile. 

^New York World, 

Pipe Dreams. 

He had a wondrous castle in some fairy realm of 

lu marble halls of splendor hung with trophies 

rare of gold. 
He reveled in the beauty of its changing tint and 

Until he let his pipe go out and found it all a 


He owned a yacht and sailed the seas for islands 

of the West, 
Where strains of silvery music lulled his weary 

soul to rest« 
Upon a bed of roses fair that bloomed beside a 

stream ; 
And then he let his pipe go out and found it just 

a dream. 

His board and room rent were paid up for ten 

years in advance^ 
His landlord passed him with a word of cheer and 

kindly gl^ce; 
But suddenly his blissful joys were quickly put to 

For when he tried to fill his pipe, his smoking had 

run out! 

— By Georgb B. Staff. 

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Or Grape Fruit. 

Customer — What have you in the shape 
of oranges ? 
Grocer — Well, we have baseballs. 

Nice Present. 

Groom (looking over the preseqjs) — Did 
Mrs. Grumpus give us anything? 

Bride — Oh, yes! She has given us just 
six months to live together. — Qiicago News. 

Presence of Mind. 

"I've lost control of the car. I'm afraid 
we're going to hit something." 

"Weil, if we've got to hit something, let's 
hit something cheap." 

So they ran into a convenient ten-cent 

Sweet Nothings. 

Miss Summit — I must answer his letter, 
and I want to write something that doesn't 
mean anything. 

Miss Palisade — Why don't you tell him 
you love him? — Puck. 


"Writing to Charlie?" 

"I thought he was engaged to Helen?" 
"He writes to tell me that Helen has 
thrown him overboard, so I'm dropping 
. him a line." 

A Sense Short. 

"How wonderful it is," said ChoUy, orig- 
inally, "how dogs know things. Now, 
there's Fido. I often wonder if he doesn't 
have some sort of telegraphy, don't you 
know. Don't you believe he has a sixth 
sense — a sense that I don't possess ?" 

"Yes," responded Miss Cutter, promptly. 
**Common sense, I believe it is called." 

The Last Cavity. 

"You claim he's a true friend of yours, 
and yet you say he wouldn't hesitate to 
put you in a hole?" 

"I do." 

"Don't see how you figure that out." 

"Easy enough. He's an undertaker." — 
San Francisco Chronicle. 

l-le Knew. 

Employer (to clerk) — Why is it that, 
whenever I come in, I never find you at 

Qerk — Because you wear rubber heels, 
sir. — Railroad Reporter and Traveler^ 

His Retort. 

Lady Tourist — They say the atmosphere 
around here is thick with romance; is that 

Three-finger Pete — I hain't seen none, 
mum; but I know it is so dern thick with 
mosquitoes you can't sleep nights. 


Father (sternly) — What is this I hear 
about you gambling? 

Son (hastily) — I admit I play cards, 
father, but it is only for small stakes. 

Father — Oh, as long as it is for some- 
thing to eat I don't mind. But don't let me 
hear of you playing for money. 

No Place for Poets. 

"Didn't Oliver Goldsmith once live here ?" 
asked the tourist. 

"I don't remember the name," said the 
janitor. "Who was the gent?" 

"He was a poet." 

"Then it's hardly likely that he ever lived 
here, sir. We always demand the rent in 

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The Railrq^ Telegrapher. 

The Way of the Law. 

Prisoner — It's hard to charge me with 
forgery. I can't even sign my own name. 

Magistrate — That point is immaterial. 
It's another man's name you're accused of 

Easily Apcounted For. 

Tommy — Papa, a river is fed by small 
streams, isn't it? 

Papa — Yes, my son. 

Tommy — Then I s'pose that is what 
makes its mouth water. — Chicago Daily 


Three clothing stores in a Kansas town 
are on the same block. One morning the 
middle proprietor saw to the right of him 
a big sign, "Bankrupt Sale," and to the left, 
"Closing Out at Cost." Twenty minutes 
later there appeared over his own door in 
large letters : "Main Entrance." 

Thoughtless Expression. 

"You say in this story," commented the 
copy reader, "that the heroine buried her 
face in her hands." 

"Well," asked the story writer, "isn't that 
all right?" 

"No. You can't have an ideal heroine 
with such large hands as that."— Washing- 
ton Star, 

Ole's Reply. 

Ole had been discharged by the foreman 
of the section gang, and when he was 
handed his pay envelope asked for a pass 
to Chicago. The railroad official thought 
to humiliate him and said: 

"Now, supposing, Ole, that you were 
working for a farmer and he fired you, 
don't you think you would have a great 
deal of nerve to ask the farmer to hitch up 
a team and take you to town after you had 
been discharged?" 

"Well," said Ole, "perhaps so; but if he 
had his team already hitched up and was 
going to town anyway, I would think he 
was pretty mean if he didn't let me ride." 

Ole got the pass. 

Just a Joke, Girls. 

The late Timothy Woodruff once at- 
tended an alumni dinner in New York — the 
dinner of a coed college — and at this din- 
ner, in the course of a toast, the president 
of the college said: 

"You can always tell a woman who has 
taken a university degree." 

"Tell her!" Mr. Woodruff interrupted. 
"What can you tell her? You can't tell her 
anything. She knows it all." 

The Way It Was. 

It was a cold day in December, and the 
superintendent of a charitable institution 
was examining a number of poor children 
as to their claims for more comfortable 
clothing. Margaret was under examination. 
She was pinned up quite securely in a thin 

"Have you any clothes at home ?" she was 
asked kindly. 

"No 'm." 

"What have you got on?" 

"Please, this is my aunt's shawl, an' me 
dress is next, an* then comes I." — Every- 
body's Magazine. 

Printers Are Philosophers. 

A story that has running through it a 
vein of humor is to the effect that in the 
old days of hand composition a printer 
from New York, known as Pilgrim Haslctt, 
wandered into a Pennsylvania town and 
asked the editor of a weekly paper for a 

"Well," said the editor, "I can put you 
to work, but I am afraid I can not pay 
you much money." 

"Make me an offer," said Pilgrim. 

"All right, I can give you two meals a 
day at my house, you can sleep in the office 
on this lounge, and I'll take caire of your 
laundry. Then if you need tobacco, get it 
across the street at the grocery; they run 
an accotmt with us, and up at the brewery 
you can get a can of beer whenever you 
like. Besides, I will pay you $4.00 a week." 

"Gosh," said Pilgrim, after repeating 
the offer to get it straight in his mind, "if 
I get all that what do I want with the 
$4.00?"— ^w^nVon Federationist, 

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THE recent figures for national ex- 
penses in the present economic or 
financial year, are as follows : One 
hundred and eighty million dollars for what 
we call the civil establishment That covers 
all administration government expenses, 
besides usual internal improvements for 
harbors, rivers and public buildings. On 
top of that we expend about $520,000,000 
for army, navy, pensions, interest on 
national debt and $21,000,000 for the Indian 
service. The last sum would not need to 
exist if we saw fit to give to the Indians 
the natural right to own land and be citi- 
zens like the rest of us. What now about 
the army and navy, which take over $300,- 
000,000 per annum? And what about an- 
nual pensions, $175,000,000? And what 
about $22,000,000 for interest on national 
debt? A normal progress would not need 
any of those $520,000,000 destructive ex- 
penses per annum. To be sure, we can not 
have a fully normal nation as long as all 
the others are sickly, abnormal. All the 
same we could be much less abnormal than 
any other nation. 

Several decades ago, when our pensions 
were about $30,000,000, two of our Presi- 
dents — Garfield and General Grant — as- 
serted the rationale that pensions should 
commence to decrease. It follows that to- 
day the pensioners for a war fought about 
sixty years ago, should not be over, say, 
$12,000,000, in lieu of $175,000,000. We are 
then paying $163,000,000 more than we 
should. Is that very flattering to our 
national sense of justice to those who pro- 
duce all wealth? Because all taxation 
comes from our plain people. We, the 
comfortable and wealthy, are but tax col- 
kaors from the working multitudes, in 
whichever form we may outwardly pay 
any taxes. If anybody has any doubts on 

the subject, we shall prove our assertion. 
It would take too much space for us to do 
it now. Then, we think that very few sen- 
sible men can entertain any doubts about 
the economic assertion we have proclaimed. 
All tax^, under past and present tax 
methods, come from the wealth producers. 

Yes, it is the grand totality of the bottom 
and finished workers who furnish all pen- 
sions, all charities, all forms of taxation, 
national and local. On top of that, the 
same workers furnish all wealth, in the 
shape of private taxation, through which 
some of us manage to live in plenty. 

The need of pensions, charities and the 
taxation which provides for all foolish ex- 
penses such as armies, navies, interest on 
public debts, national or local, etc — ^they 
all prove that today more than ever we 
are submerged into a disgraceful progress, 
a progress of despair. 

Under sensible social conditions each 
family group or isolated individual would 
find the opportunities needed for a sound, 
comfortable income, in relation to services 
rendered. Our beloved King Monopoly 
makes such opportunities limited. Hence 
that struggle for mere animal existence 
among the many. That evolves a clumsy 
mentality, unable to stand by the truth in 
the social order of every nation. 

When we try to take in the whole status 
of modern life, we then fihd that the mere 
animal struggle for existence, with the bot- 
tom and finished workers as wealth pro- 
ducers, is but one of the wheels of our 
modern complications. The other wheel is 
the struggle for mental peace, or that of 
freedom from constant anxieties. That 
catches practically all of us on the top of 
the social ladder. And what is life when 
saturated with fears about the tomorrow, 
or next year, or next decade, for that 
matter? All generations have had some 

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touches of that mental malaria, so to speak, 
but today that malaria seems to be in- 
tense with almost everybody. Life has no 
real, positive value, without mental peace. 
The fever heat of our days is deplorable. 
The tomorrow is a sword of Damocles for 
almost everybody who has any brains left. 
And in this nation, so blessed for healthy 
potentialities within reach of everybody in 
this nation, we are face to face with calami- 
ties such as many other nations don't seem 
to be exposed to or in danger of. 

There is a science in real reform move- 
ments as there is in everything, and we still 
wish to reform ourselves in forms crooked 
and empirical. One of the most important 
facts we decline to properly consider is that 
of a constant rise in prices, more or less 
rapid, through all histoi;ical development. 
Occasional drops in some articles, for a 
while, have of course taken place. That 
has not materially interfered with the up- 
ward tendency taken as a whole. Nor have 
we tried to notice the two elements, in all 
prices, one representing labor cost, and the 
other embodying increased monopoly earn- 
ings. We have simply looked at the money 
price, regardless ' of qualities and quantities 
of the real wealth produced, that to be con- 
nected with increased needs of the sanitary 
kind. The artificial needs fail to represent 

"sound progress." They imply "retrogres- 
sive progress." 

Taken as a whole, the rise in prices, cen- 
tury after century, has meant that a larger 
share of wealth produced has been taken 
from the labor fund into the monopoly 

The mere beginning of a sound progress 
would rapidly or slowly stop all rising 
prices. That would simply indicate the 
slow or rapid suppression of monopoly 
earnings. A slow drop in prices would 
soon follow. That would mean increased 
production, and hence increased comfort 
with tho plain multitudes. Can you, ladies 
and gentlemen, logically disprove the pre- 
ceding assertions? Opposite causes are 
bound to produce opposite results. Any 
additional drop in prices would simply 
mean that the workers, under industrial 
freedom, were constantly increasing pro- 
duction through greater efficiency and less 
labor per day. A healthy progress would 
soon suppress all the unsanitary and foolish 
production of today. That would increase 
all production of the sanitary kind. We 
can only see the logic of the preceding 
thoughts through brain work of the honest 
kind. But who has time for such work in 
our days of excitements, foolish ambitions 
and selfish ideals? Jose Gros. 

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All matter for this department must be in the hands of the Grand Secretary and Treasurer 
on or before the 28th day of the month in order to insure its use in the following issue. 

New Haven, Conn., Div. No. 29. 

The twelfth annual ball of this division will be 
held at Harmonie Hall, New Haven, Wednesday 
evening, January 28, 1914. Bro. Piatt's orchestra 
of Clinton has been engaged to furnish music and 
the committee in charge will leave no stone un- 
tamed to make this affair even better than any 
jct, and that will be going some. 

A souvenir booklet will be published containing a 
history of Div. 29 from its inception up to the 
present date. The tickets are 50 cents each and 
every brother should take at least one, and if 
possible* be on hand and help to make the ball a 
success and at the same time do yourself a favor. 

Many questions were argued pro and con at the 
December meeting. The brothers who do not at- 
tend are missing all these interesting arguments. 
Hope to see you at the ball. 
In Harmonie Hall. 
Come ong, come all. 

H'^strrn Div. and C. N, E. (Danbury Div.)— 

Bro. Tarbox, of Sandy Hook, on thirty-day va- 
cation recently, relieved by Bro. Shoop. Bro. 
Hegerman, second Sandy Hook, called home on 
account of illness in the family. 

Bro. Bigley, twelve-hour man Southbury, was 
called to his home in Pennsylvania on account of 
illness of his sister. Bro. Bigley is an expert 
photographer and as most of his subjects are young 
Ladies, he was missed while away. Bro. "Jim" 
Wabh, agent Oxford, Bro. Bigley*s keenest rival, 
who attended the last danee at Quaker Farms near 
Oxford, is an exponent of all the latest steps 
and is therefore very popular at all the dances. 

One brother was very generous with notes this 
month and wish a few more would do likewise. 
These write-ups are looked for by many of the 
brothers and keenly missed when they do not 
appear. Little affairs of seemingly little conse- 
quence to us are interesting to some of the brothers 
who are scattered throughout the country and 
mho are interested in their old love, the New 
Haven or C N. E. 

Bro. John Mills, agent Derby, wears a glad 
«inile these days; a dear friend whom he thought 
had forgotten him, gladdened his aching heart with 
a post card. Even a poor little post card can be 
a messenger of joy. 

Bro. Bosvert, of Highland Junction, Waterbury, 
fen on the rail while lighting a signal lamp that 
had blown out, and fractured a rib. We hope he 
win toon be able to be around again. 

Bro. Ross, general chairman, and Bro. Dowd, 
local chairman, who were 'out on the east end 
a few days during December studying up matters 
pertaining to committee work, will by degrees 
cover the whole line. 

Bro. Wolcott ("NE," "JC"). Waterbury, who 
was operated on at St. Mary's Hospital there for 
appendicitis, is fast recovering and desires to 
thank all those who so kindly remembered him 
during his trouble. 

Freight business is slack for this time of year; 
many engineers have been set back and the out- 
look is not very bright for a brisk winter. 

Derby station, erected in 1903, at a cost of 
$15,000, was almost totally destroyed by fire, 
origin unknown, early Wednesday morning, De- 
cember 17th. 

Mill Plain station has been located permanently 
a short distance west of the old site, and work is 
progressing rapidly in the abolition of the grade 
crossing at that point. A union station is also 
to be erected at Towners, between the C. N. E. 
and N. Y. C. tracks. 

The New York Times of Sunday, December 21st, 
contained a very interesting article on the use of 
wireless on the D. L. & W.'s Lackawanna Limited. 
It would seem as if this would be adopted by all 
the roads in the future. 

The Naugy and Highland Division wires have 
been consolidated by means of repeater at "JC," 
and one dispatcher there handles both divisions 
now, doing away with a dispatcher, but on account 
of the new position of assistant chief dispatcher, 
to which Dispatcher Fuller has been appointed, 
no one is out of employment. The split trick 
position, 2 p. m. to 10 p. ra., has been abolished 
at "JC," and Bro. Bessette is out of a job. 

Bro. Brink has been on the sheet at "JC" all 
summer relieving the different dispatchers during 
their vacations and when they covered the road, 
and is next in line for a regular trick dispatching. 

Bro. E. R. Wheaton was a recent Danbury 

Mr. Doolin, at "JC," is covering the different 
tricks in that office. We should see that he gets 
into the fold again. 

Bro. Bigely, Southbury, was relieved by Bro. 
Odium for about a week, who later went to Brook- 
field agency pending bids. 

Bro. Brewer, at "SY," has a large rabbit cat 
with kittens to help to keep the work up to date 
there. Any of the brothers who want to clear 
their freight house of rats, call on Bro. Brewer 
for a kitten. 

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Bro. Flynn, at Towantic, recently called in to 
Watcrbury with a few of the brothers from the 
east end and examined on the book of rules, 
passed with honors. Brothers who have not been 
examined yet should brush up, as they will pass 
them all to a man. 

Bro. Cranwell, Towantic second, was quite suc- 
cessful on a recent wild duck hunt in that terri- 

Bro. Jones, at Allerton Farms, took out several 
of the brothers recently on a night hunt with his 
dog, and bagged several rabbits. 

Bros. Gordon and Bessette, of Watrt-bury, en- 
joyed a good hunt with Bro. Tarbox during his 
vacation, securing a good variety of game. Bro. 
Tarbox has a thorough knowledge of the "Wilds 
of Sandy Hook," besides being a good shot. 

Bro. Frank Wheaton bid in Ansonia second; 
this brings him near home. 

Bro. Wells, at Bank St. Jet. tower, who was 
recently married, relieved Bro. Walsh, at Win- 
sted, on vacation. 

Bro. Dowd, who covered the car distributor's 
position while Bro. Fallon was on vacation, also 
relieved the crew dispatcher a few weeks, and is 
now back on his third "GY," slinging levers. 

Bro. Flaherty and Fallon and Brink, of Nauga- 
tuck and Waterbury, respectively, have returned 
from an enjoyable trip "out west.'* 

Bro. Mayer bid in Union City and is now with 
Bro. Harmon there. He relieved at "GY" while 
Bros. Dowd and Wells were away. 

Mr. Leroux, a new man from the C. V. Ry., 
who relieved Bro. Shea, at Oxford, a few days, 
will soon be in the fold. 

Bro. Van Dusen, New Milford, landed first in 
his home town. 

Bro. Goulct, of Pittsfield freight house, "FH," 
who bid in the job "for the summer," has decided 
to winter there. We understand there's a reason. 

New Haven Div. No. 29 wishes all of you a 
bright and prosperous New Year. 

T. A. Allen, D. C. 

N. Y.. N. H. & H. R. R.s Midland Division— 

Let every one of us put our shoulder to the 
wheel of progress, and do our part towards mak- 
ing this division solid in the year 1914, and im- 
press on its members the importance of always 
being active and up to date. Two or three teleg- 
raphers never get together but they always point 
out how mtfch men in other branches of the service 
get in wages and conditions. H we will apply the 
same methods we can not fail to get the same 

Bro. Bob Johnston, ticket agent Manchester, has 
returned from his Southern trip and resumed his 
former duties. 

"The-Axe-Train" is going over the road and 
there is a possibility that many of the offices will 
be closed one trick, or more, in order that the 
company may economize as much as possible dur- 
ing this present ^depression in business. Cheer up, 
brothers, it won't last long, for we arc all con- 
vinced that "The New Haven" is the very best 
piece of railroad property in this country. 

Rumor has it that telephones are to be installed 
from New Haven to Springfield. If they will be 
an improvement we will gladly welcome them and 
continue to give the best service to the dispatchers. 

Donovan, Buckley, Green and Derosiers are to 
fill out their applications for the January meeting. 
That will fix up this end of the line in pretty good 
shape. Vermilyea, Emery and Curry might make 
a "mental note" of this and see if it means any- 

Sister Alice Johnston bid in second Jewett City. 

The local chairman will be glad to hear from you 
at any time, and have any^ infractions of the 
schedule called to his attention. 

Bro. Brown, first East Hartford Yard, has our 
^ sympathy. He was called to his home town in 
Pennsylvania on December 2d on account of the 
death of his mother. 

How many of us are going to pay our dues 
before the sixty-day limit is up. If we would only 
realize our responsibility to our beneficiary there 
would not be a single one of us behind on March 
1st. Pay up.^ 

On Saturday, December 13th, Bro. O. H. Coomes, 
of East Longmeadow, passed on to his final re- 
ward. Bros. Belden, Malstrom and Leete attended 
his funeral. Bro. Coomes and his father hold the 
peculiar honor of being the only agents at this 
station since the road was opened in 1877. Al- 
though a member only a little over three years he 
has been a faithful one and now his family will 
reap the benefit of his loyalty. His sterling char- 
acter and sincerity of purpose should be a lesson 
to us all. 

Mr. Keach, of Buckland, who has had a raise 
of over $2.50 a week, is not willing to contribute 
the small amount necessary to provide himself with 
the protection an up-to-date card would afford him. 

We should see that the men on the Midland 
holding cards in other divisions not represented 
by our general committee, arc transferred to this 
division in accordance with Section 29, page 54, 
of the statutes. "En." 


Whereas, The Almighty God has called unto 
Himself Bro. O.. H. Coomes, of East Longmeadow ; 
let us extend to his wife and children our sincere 
sympathy and aid, as they have lost a devoted 
husband and father; so has Division 29 lost a 
loyal member; therefore, be it 

Resolved, That our charter be draped for thirty 
days and copies of these resolutions be sent to 
the bereaved family, to The Telegrapher and also 
be placed on our minutes. 

M. Brown, 
W. Johnston, 
Joseph Lbbte, 


Central Nctv England Ry. — 

Bro. Alex Smith was relieved for a few days 
by cx-Bro. "Sailor Boy" Anson while Smittey was 
seeing the sights in the metropolis. Bro. R. H. 
Yeager, on vacation, was relieved by Mr. Scully, 

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and Bro. Tom Campbell, the "old-timer," off a 
week, was relieved by Mr. DeLong. 

Geo. Teasdale ^'as to get a card the first of the 
rear, sure. 

The boys at Maybrook, "BK," "XC" and "MK," 
have brand new sanctums. The boys in "BK" 
have a hard time to keep their new place in a 
respectable condition owing to the *'bunch" of 
^'boomers*' hanging around. 

Bro. House bid in Loyd Station and Bro. Frank- 
Hn second "BO" tower. 

The criticism in our notes is not intended to 
caose any hard feelings among the operators or 
ag«its, but we still maintain that it is an im- 
position for them to accept the benefits secured by 
the 0. R- T. and allow the brother operators and 
agents to pay for them. Some of them seem to 
think the O. R. T. committee will continue to 
represent them as heretofore, but when the com- 
mittee again goes before our officials for benefits 
the best thing to do will be to work for the in- 
terests of the O. R. T. members only and forget a 
lot of promises which never materialize. Brothers, 
these men are either with us or against us, and 
it is certainly hard enough to secure benefits for 
oar own members without helping those who are 
injuring our cause by remaining on the outside 
and then kick because we don't do more for them. 

We were very glad to get some news from Bro. 
Yeager and we hope to hear from other brothers 
so we can have a fair write-up each month. 

E. L. C, Cert. 263. 

Providence, R. I., DIv. No. 35. 

The following circular letter by Bro. R. S. 
Eaten, secretary-treasurer of our Beneficial Asso- 
ciation, should be read by every member of our 
division, and result in a large increase in member- 
ship. Every one of our 350 division members 
should support it, thereby protecting themselves 
and prove their loyalty by upholding the hands of 
their officers, who are trying to do all they can 
to improve general conditions; new applications for 
1914 are coming in rapidly. 

The Beneficial Association of Division 35, O. R. 
T., is now nearing the end of its third year, and 
daring this time we have succeeded in gaining a 
membership of nearly one-third of the members 
of the division. 

In 1911 this association was founded for the pur- 
pose of doing awa> with the numerous papers that 
were previous to that time so often presented to 
secure aid for some sick or 'distressed member, 
bat since the founding of our association we are 
pleased to say that this practice has tfeen entirely 
done away with. The association provides for a 
sick benefit of $5 for the first week and $10 for 
the next seven weeks, making a total of $75. The 
due* are 25 cent- per week, payable in advance, 
a total of $13 per annum. At the end of the year 
all money on hand is equally divided pro rata 
aoKmg the members in good standing. 

In 1911 we had forty-seven members, and at the 
nid of the year we returned to each member $7.47, 
after disbursing $170 for sick claims, although we 

had only been in operation forty weeks, and in 
1912 we had seventy-six members and made a 
refund of $10.75 per member, after disbursing 
$214.80. This year we have at the present ninety- 
seven members in good standing, and hope to equal, 
if not to exceed, the amount of refund made in 

As a great number of the members of the divi- 
sion are not acqtiainted with the fact that we have 
been doing such good work for the past three 
years, it was decided to bring it to each member's 
attention by means of a circular letter, by which 
we hope to have a 100 per cent increase in mem- 
bership over 1913 for 1914. 

Any information regarding our work will be 
gladly furnished upon application to the secretary. 

Having been thus duly informed of the splendid 
work this association is doing, all members are 
urged to avail themselves of its liberal provisions 
by making early application for membership, and 
sending the same to the secretary or president, in- 
cluding 50 cents initiation fee. 

Fratertially yours, 

R. S. Eaton, secretary-treasurer, 7 Potter Street, 
East Providence, R. I.; W. J. Brenner, president, 
32 Earl Street, Providence, R. I.; J. D. Vander- 
beek, vice-president, 284 Montgomery Avenue, 
Providence, R. I. 

Bro. McKenna and family have gone to Los 
Angeles, Cal., for several months. Other members 
of family will remain until spring. We wish them 
a pleasant and beneficial trip. 

Our November meeting was a rouser as usual, 
with a good attendance, but should have been 

Tellicg addresses were made by General Chair- 
man Ross, Local Chairman Joslin and others. 

At the December meeting occurred the election 
of officers of our Beneficial Association. 

The first meeting of the new year will be ushered 
in* by a debate, in which all should participate, 
upon the subject of "Inter-divisional bidding." It 
is an important subject and will, no doubt, be ably 
handled in all its aspects. 

Bro. Boler, third Midway, was off three days 
on account of sickness. Bro. Al. Conant was also 
off sick for three weeks. 

Bro. Gillett, spare Mid. Division, bid in Ster- 
ling, Conn. 

Local Chairman G. E. Joslin, relieved by Bro. 
E. Berryman, second Orms St. tower, on third 
Auburn tower, goes to first there, vice Bro. Jack 
Smith, who takes the new 9 a. m. to 6 p. m. tele- 
graph trick in chief train dispatcher's office. 

Bro. W. H. Young goes from second Wickford 
Jet. tower to spare towerman, vice Bro. Charles 
Weeks, who succeeds Mr. Jackson as third trick 
dispatcher on Shore Line end of Providence Divi- 

Bro. Torrelli, from spare to third trick Sharon 
Pit tower. 

Bro. Tommy Roy (old reliable) from Dexter St. 
tower to new electric tower at South Worcester. 
Hope he won't forget his many friends about 

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The engagement of our esteemed and worthy 
Local Chairman George E. Joslin to Miss Ethel 
M. Potter is announced. We join most sincerely 
in extending our congratulations to both. 

Bro. M. W. Buck, with his bride and bridal 
party, took an auto from Fishervillc, Mass., after 
ceremony, to Woonsocket and Providence, taking 
the train at the latter place for Washington, D. C, 
where they spent their honeymoon. Friends met 
the party both at Woonsocket and Providence, 
where the bridal couple were showered with con- 
fetti and good wishes. The auto reminded one of 
a boiler factory, from the noise made by the tin 
cans tied to it. The couple will reside in Mill- 
bury, Mass., where Bro. Buck is employed. We 
hope both will keep up their O. R. T. dues and 
at cnce apply for membership in our Beneficial 
Association, so that provision for the sick day 
will not be overlooked. J. D. V., Div. Cor. 

New Rochelle, N. Y., Div. No. 37. 

At our regular monthly meeting, December 12lh, 
we had the pleasure of listening to Electrical 
Superintendent Gilliam and Chief Load Dispatcher 
Bro. Flanigan, who gave a descriptive address rel- 
ative to the new lightning arresters, which some 
of the brothers are required to charge every morn- 
ing. They consist of a series of aluminum plates 
filled with electrolyte, the plates being submerged 
in oil which is non-conductive, one side being con- 
nected to the negative or return circuit through 
a fuse, the other connected to the 10,000-volt line. 
When being charged through a horn gap (which is 
closed when charging) it is important to note a 
condition that would mean a Urge loss of oil from 
the tanks, as the oil is designed to prevent arcing, 
and if the oil had leaked out of the tanks by any 
mischief the line might short circuit to the 
inside of the tanks, which are grounded, if the 
lightning arrester was being charged. These 
arresters are designed to carry off excessive volt- 
age, such as lightning and heavy line surges. To 
charge them contact is made by closing the horn 
gap, one side of which is connected to a rope, 
which is thoroughly insulated from the 11, 000- volt 
line; pulling the rope closer the horn gap. If a 
bright arc is formed, the arrester is being properly 
charged; if a reddish or dull arc forms, then it is 
not being charged and should be reported to the 
local dispatcher. A contact of about 30 seconds 
is su0icient to charge the arrester. This is done 
by an electro-chemical change in the electrolyte, 
which causes an amalgam to form on the aluminum 
plates, which acts as an insulator until the volt- 
age becomes excessive and pierces the amalgam 
and flows to ground. Each plate offers a certain 
amount of resistance and cuts down the voltage 
so there would be no violent discharge to ground. 

We were very glad to see such a large number 
present at our meeting, notably Bro. Ross, our 
general chairman; Bro. Jocelyn, director; Bro. 
Tiger, local chairman; Bro. Reif, chief telegrapher; 
Bro. Seaman, sccrelnry-trcasurer; Bro. McCormack, 
local chairman. Division 29. In fact, wc had a 
full house. 

iV. Y., N. H. & H. R. R.— 

Bro. McMahon, who was on the sick list, is 
O. K. now, also Bro. Haig. 

Bro. D. Kennedy, Division 29, working in Har- 
lem River, is going away for his health. We wish 
him a speedy recovery. 

Recent changes are: Bro. P. B. Smith, Cos Cob 
to Bethel, C. & O.; Bro. V. Ballard, from sec- 
ond to third Stratford; J. F. Forbes assigned C. 
& O., E. Bridgeport yard, and Bro. H. Silverstein 
second Fairfield tower; Bro. G. H. Foster, regular 
relief, to third Devon tower; Bro. C. P. Mellick 
bid in regular relief Bridgeport; Bro. C. D. Writer, 
C. &. O.. Cos Cob; Bro. J. J. Gafney, C. & O., 
Harlem River: Bro. Frank Williams, third trick 
load dispatcher, Cos Cob; Bro. H. Flanigan, chief 
load dispatcher, Cos Cob; Bro. G. S. Storm, first 
trick load dispatcher, Cos Cob, and Bro. "Spike" 
Northam went South for the holidays. 

Bro. "Bill" Bitters has a new auto. Classy, eh? 

Probably be some new temporary jobs on the 
Harlem River branch with the third trick staff 
operator from Bangay St. to Harlem River. 

Now is the time to pay your dues, boys, and 
get your new card early for 1914. 

Quite a few transfers from Division 29 to 37, 
probably on account of changes in division limits. 
New York Division is now between New York 
and New Hampshire. 

December 18th men of the Electric Department 
together with some of the towermen presented the 
retiring chief load dispatcher, Mr. J. C. Preston, 
a handsome gold watch, E. Howard make, suitably 
inscribed. A light luncheon was served at the 
Congress Hotel, New Rochelle, and we all had a 
good time. 
- "Good Luck/' J. C. P., Div. Cor., Cert. 123. 

Springfield, Mass., Div. No. 38. 

Albany Division, West End — 

Successful applicants for positions recently were: 
Chief signaUnan between Springfield and N. A. 
Jet., W. D. Brewer; operator, Beckct, H. S. 
Shafer; second trkk tower 38, Athol Jet., Bro. 
H. H. Stannard; operator High Bridge, Bro. H. 
F. Segelken; third trick West Springfield Yard. 
Bro. M. H. Lynch. 

Up for bid, 4 p. m. to 12 m. : Second West 
Springfield Yard and Springfield Station third 
tricks; Tower 50, Chester, 12 m. to 8 a. m.; Russell 
station, 10 p. m. to 7 a. m. Mr. Mougin is quali- 
fying for the former. 

Bro. J. J. O'Rourke is on second Tower 38, 
Athol Junction, temporarily, relieved by W. 
Service, a new man, on third Niverville. 

Bro. Wm; H. Sweet is acting as chief signalman 
temporarily between Rensselaer and N. A. Junction, . 
and Bro. H. D. Whitney on Eastern Division of 
west end between Springfield and N. A. Junction 
until W. D. Brewer qualifies. 

It is now Bro. M. L. Fleming, third Springfield 

Bro. J. A. Bell, second Cadys, and Bro. J. Pat- 
terson, second Tower 60, State Line, were up to 
the city a few days ago buying supplies, top shoes 
and felt boots, getting ready for old winter. 

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Those who would like to sec a write-up will 
have to send me some news. 

Rro. E. J. I^ Pointe, chairman of O. R. T., 
Rutland Ry., Chatham-Bennington Division, from 
C D. Chatham, attended a meeting of the offi- 
cers in Rutland, Vt., recently. 

Bros. Thompson and Cunningham, of Tower 66, 
are getting quite strong — both have broken a lever 
off by the roots while on duty. "Doc." 

New York, N. Y., Div. No. 44. 

Regular meeting for the month of December 
was held on Saturday evening, the 13th, and was 
well attended, there being about forty present, in- 
cluding our Second Vice, Bro. T. M. Pierson. 
Tom is always a welcome visitor, for the boys 
know when he is present that there is a great 
treat in store for them, as he always has a ready 
fund of sound advice to offer for our advance- 
ment and it is to such men that we owe our 
present standing today. May he come often in the 

One of the interesting things at this meeting 
was the large nimiber of applications handled, and 
it is with pride that we announce that we still 
cling to the title "Banner Division," as we have 
an O. R. T. man to every mile of track. Can 
the men on .any other road boast of such a record? 
Nov. brothers, that we have attained that point 
Jet us get together with all of our might and 
'UXWARD" be our watchword for the coming 
year. Practically thorough organization has put 
tins within our grasp. Let us keep it. 

The true meaning of organization is "a place for 
every man and every man in his place," each 
brother at all times looking out for the interest of 
the Order. If you come in contact with a non 
or know of one, do your best to line him up and 
if you can't, do not stop, but sond his name to 
some other brother who will try and see what he 
can do with him. We have loyal and active mem- 
bers on the east end who can never attend the 
meetings on account of the train servrce, but these 
same brothers are with us to the man and with 
an united effort will bring good results. 

After our meeting the boys were invited in a 
body to the lodge room of the Ladies' Auxiliary 
Local No. 16, where the sisters had prepared a 
tasteful lunch and asked the brothers to partici- 
pate in for the benefit of two brothers who had 
made an appeal for assistance through Thb 
TEtxGBAFHKB. The boys responded with a will 
to this worthy cause and these two brothers re- 
ceived a nice Christmas present from their efforts. 
First Vice Grand President Sister Hilley was 
elated over the success of the affair. Keep up the 
good work« sisters. 

Bro. H. V. Bedell, agent Richmond Hill, bid in 
Huntington agency; relieved by relief agent, Bro. 

Bros. Williams and Filby are the champion 
checker players of Great Neck and are out to 
meet all comers. 

Bro. Clock, agent at Great Neck, has now only 
the freight to handle. 

Bro. Ryan, from Glen St., Glen Cove, has been 
api>ointed telegrapher for Secretary of State Hon. 
\Vm. J. Bryan. Div. 44 congratulates Bro. Ryan 
on his high percentage secured in the competitive 

Bro. Chas. Travis has the sympathy of Div. 44 
in his present illness. Bro. Travis has lost a lot 
of time in the past year on account of sickness 
and it is hoped that he will soon recover and be 
able to resume duty. He is being relieved by 
Bro. Dan Powers. 

Bro. Joe Argust has bid in Massapequa agency 
and is now close at home. Good luck to you, 

Bro. H. T. Jones has resigned the agency at 

Bro. Jim Robinsonr agent at King's Park, is en- 
joying a month's vacation, relieved by Bro. Bill 

Bro. J. B. Baldwin, agent at Amityville, has bid 
in the station master at Far Rockaway; relieved 
by P. J. Voss, of Massapequa, relieved by F. W. 
Benneck; Bro. Dietz, relief agent Belmore, re- 
lieved by H. C. Moore. 

Bro. Burrows, agent at Springfield, has resigned. 

Bro. P. C. Clawson, extra, secured third "RC," 
Richmond Hill. 

Bro. Tom Gaffeny, of Div. 44, and Sister Edith 
Burke, of Local No. 16, are on their honeymoon 
visiting several Southern cities. Div. 44 extends 
its congratulations to the happy couple. 

Bro. Williams, first, and Bro. Corneely, second, 
at "G" cabin. Great Neck; two good boys in the 
right place. 

Sister Sinnot, first at "PN," Port Washington, 
with Bro. Sam Kaljain, on second. Bro. Kaljain 
is getting to be a first-class railroad man since the 
absolute block rules went into effect on that 

Bro. Jim O'Rourke and bride just returned 
from their honeymoon, visiting Washington, D. C, 
sending announcement to chief telegrapher, Bro. 
V^an Nostrand. Jimmy has the hearty congratu- 
lations of No. 44. 

Sister Lemaire, first at "WE," Whitestone 
Landing, and Bro. C. Hummel on second. 

Chief telegrapher, Bro. Van, on a trip to 
Omaha. It is said that "Van" is looking for his 
better half. Good luck to you, "Van." 

Bro. Cook, first at "B" cabin. Bro. Hirshorn 
bid in first at "MF" cabin, with Bro. Bowman on 

Wish you all a happy and prosperous New 
Year. Div. Con. 

Boston, Mass., Div. No. 89. 

It seemed like olden times to see so many 
brothers present at the night meeting which chief 
Bro. Kerns called to order December 6th, a feature 
of which was the general hand-clapping as Past 
Chief Bro. Jacobs assumed his chair, it being 
nearly two years since he last performed the 
functions of his ofiice, owing to his being em- 
ployed as train dispatcher at Hartford and New 
Haven. Bro. Jacobs said distance lends enchant- 

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ment, so he took this, his first opportunity, to be 

The post card notice of special interest to 
agents, while effective in a way, did not bring 
out those whom it mostly concerned. 

A committee comprised of Bros. Mullen, Dc War 
and Drummond to confer with Div. 41 regarding 
beneficial State legislation and also a joint teleg- 
raphers' social club, no doubt will have something 
interesting to report. 

General chairman Bro. Ross gave an interesting 
and lengthy report regarding grievances handled 
successfully and others in process. 

Chief Bro. Kerns was the successful bidder, who 
with eight others took the examination for the 
position of operator in the dispatcher's office in 

Representatives of the press in waiting for 
news shows we are some pumpkins when we get 

It would be well for some of us to heed the 
good example set by big Bill Fenwick, he of the 
Abe Lincoln type both in temperament and spirit. 
He usually waits until called upon for an opinion, 
to which he at all times is equal. 

That we need not go to the wild and woolly 
West for hair-raising incidents was recently demon- 
strated when Bro. J. W. Sawyer, third trick 
towerman at Attlcboro Junction, who while in the 
serenity of his much-bewindowed cabin and dream- 
ing of the good old summer time, was suddenly 
taken by surprise one early morning with "hands 
up and don't move," which of course Sawyer re- 
fused to do, at the same time remarking: "I know 
you. Hill. You can't fool me," and was about to 
step forward to disarm the masked desperado, 
when in steps another masked robber, grasps the 
gun from his pal and orders Sawyer to fork over 
his chink or be reduced to shredded meat. This 
looked more like business and Sawyer handed over 
his little all, "three cents." "Is that all you have, 
you blankety blank blank blank?" "That's all," 
replied Sawyer, "you know the Wall street gang 
was down here a short while ago and took every- 
thing but the rails and time card." "Got any 
watch?" "No; see that clock over there?" and 
as their heads were turned he slipped his time- 
piece into his jeans, which a moment before was 
dangling from his vest pocket in the closet, thanks 
to their overmasking which obscured from view so 
small an object. "What's that infernal machine?" 
Desperado No. 2, pointing to the closet. "Oh, 
that's a Yetman typewriter and belongs to the 
second trick man." "Haul her out; looks like 
good swag, hey. Bill?" Their curiosity having 
been satisfied, they took up the booty and com- 
manded Sawyer to precede them up the turnpike, 
where they were met by another pal, who stood 
outside guard. After a hike of over a mile through 
the surrounding lonely woods Sawyer wondered 
what was to become of him, meantime his few 
hairs standing on end like a wireless aerial on the 
American Desert, when suddenly he was advised 
to retrace his steps and make no mention of the 
affair, which he was pleased to do only in part. 
He notified the police of his experience, who were 

loth to credit his story and roundly berated him 
and threatened arrest for the theft of the Yetman. 
However, several days later one of the desperadoes 
was taken into custody and confessed the whole 
affair as related here and implicating his two pals 
who are still at large with their white elephant. 
Bro. Sawyer was later exonerated and given credit 
for his heroism and can go "primitive man Joe 
Knowles" one better in that he has his bare skin 
minus the bullet holes. 

Boston Division Notes — 

Bro. McCue, from second to third. So. Bay 

Bro. J. W. McLaughlin, from third Neponset, to 
relief towerman's position. 

Bro. Jamison, from third Atlantic, to third 
Neponset. He held the former position for over 
nineteen years; a good record. 

Bro. Lyons, from dickering to third Atlantic. 

Bro. Donnell secured third trick operator in the 
dispatcher's office, Boston. 

Bro. Bartlett. after a brief vacation spent with 
relatives in Maine, resumed duty at Chickering 

Bro. Burdick, acting agent at Cohasset for two 
weeks pending the return of the regular agent 

Bro. Weirg is still doing spare work. 

Bro. A. G. Robinson bid in third helper Mans- 
field tower. 

A number of jobs have been abolished and 
bumping will now begin in earnest. 

Midland Division Notes — 

The Dutch have settled Franklin, Bros. Snyder 
and Graichen, the former relieving Bro. Evens, 
who spent the holidays at his home, Troy, X. Y. 

Bros. Ross and Leete spent several days on this 
division in missionary work with good results. 

Bro. Bill Murphy now has Sundays off, which 
he puts to good use at home. 

The second trick at Norwood Central station has 
been abolished and the first trick put on a twelve- 
hour basis. 

Bro. Covert, of E. Douglas, keeps his doors 
securely closed against the insurance agents. 

It's now Bro. Goldwaith* at No. Bellingham and 
Bro. Chester at West Wrenthara, both having ap- 
plied for membership in Div. No. 35, Providence. 

Bro. Jacobs took a day off to visit the brothers 
at Norwood and Franklin; also to attend the meet- 
ing. Barool, Div. Cor. 

Chicago, Ml., Div. No. 91. 

£. /. & E. Ry.. East End— 

Bro. Andrews on first Waukegan, a new man 
from the East; is too busy to find much news, 
but will try and give us a line up as often as he 
is able. Bro. D. Doyle on second; between round- 
house and the telephone girl has his hands full. 
Mr. Worth is on third Waukegan. 

Bro. Dockery is at the new tower at Barrington. 

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Bro. Delong is on fir«t West Chicago, Mr. 
Rkbsrds on second and Mr. Cooper on third. The 
air line and the plant at *'DA" tower, West Chi- 
cago, have been repaired and put in service De- 
cember 16th. The operators have had a flagman 
all summer and will now have a few more levers 
to work. 

I received a request for two application blanks 
from Mr. Scroggins on second trick at Walker; 
expect he and the third man will soon be with us. 
Keep it up, boys, when I run out of blanks, I 
know where to get more. 

You boys along the line send me a few notes to 
Box 745, West Chicago, and we will try and have 
a write-up every month. It is not much trouble 
to jot down a few lines, W. H. D.. Cert. 95. 

Bro. H. C. Gilmer took in Mobile the 15th, re- 
lieved by W. P. Gilmer, who also relieved Stanley 
Wilson, agent Buckatunna, Miss., while off hunt- 
ing. W. W. WiLKiNS, Cert. 247. 

Meridian, Miss., Div. No. 94. 
MoMe &■ Okie R, R.— 

I missed the usual newsy letter from Bro. Mor- 
ris at Eoline, Ala., but the Chrismas rush was on 
and every man had his hands full. Bro. Holmes 
at Arteaia, our assistant local chairman, and Bro. 
Gilmer, ot Fruitdale, our local chairman pro tern, 
found time to give me a few dots. 

Brothers, we certainly had a lovely meeting at 
Artesia in November, and all of you who failed 
to attend missed a treat. 

Bro. C. J. King, of Reform, on the Montgomery 
Division, was accidentally killed while out bird 
hunting December 20th, both barrels of the gun 
being discharged, the contents entering his head, 
producing instant death. 

Bro. Holmes has corraled all the boys at Mul- 
don- Would that wc had a Holmes at every job 
on this line, for he not only keeps Artesia lined 
np, but finds time to help line up the other places. 

If any of you fellows happen to know of a new 
man coming in or make a change yourself, drop 
me a line. It is news to th| balance of the bunch, 
and makes the write-up look better. 

It is now Bro. Walters at Macon, Miss. He is 
in a good place to do some good missionary work 
lining ap the balance of the bunch. 

Boys, get busy and let's line up the nons. We 
have the very best Order there is. Let's all get 
together and push and give Bro. H. C. Gilmer, 
local chairman, R. M. Holmes and W. A. Peter- 
man, assistants, all the assistance possible and 
while so doing don't forget your self-appointed 
scribe each month. 

South of Meridian — 

F. C. Casebeere was checked in as agent Hiwan- 
nec. Miss., December 10th. 

Bro. A. H. Hinson, of Oak Grove, was off a 
few dajrs, relieved by W. P. Gilmer and Bro. B. 
Haigbt, third Vinegarbend, by C. £. Brown. 

Bro. C. C. Harris, of Enterprise, has moved 
into the new depot there. 

Every brother ought to have his card by the 
first, as onr secretary and treasurer sent out notices 
on the 15th of December. 


Wherkas., On the 19th day of December, 1913, 
while out bird hunting with his brother, our 
esteemed Bro. C. J. King was shot and instantly 
killed by his brother's gun accidentally; and. 

Whereas, Our hearts go out in love and frater- 
nal sympathy to the grief-stricken loved ones in 
this their dark hour; be it 

Resolved, That in the loss of Bro, King the 
Order of Railroad Telegraphers have lost a loyal 
and true member, the family a devoted, kind and 
true father and husband, and the country a loyal 
and upright citizen; be it further 

Resolved, That to his sorrowing loved ones wc 
tender our heartfelt sympathy and join in prayer 
to the heavenly Father in this their dark hour; 
and be it further 

Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be 
spread upon the minutes of this division, a copy 
sent to The Railroad Tblsgraphbr for publica- 
tion, and a copy sent to the bereaved family. 
C. E. Hbnolby, 
J. M. Elliott, 
R. M. Holmbs^ 


Whereas, It has pleased our heavenly Father 
to call to her reward the beloved mother of our 
esteemed Bro. B. D. Burke; and, 

Whebeas, In full realization of his great loss 
we sorely lack fitting words to express our con- 
solation,, but direct him to the ever-ready Com- 
forter; therefore, be it 

Resolved, That the members of Div. 94, Order 
of Railroad Telegraphers, extend to Bro. Burke 
our heartfelt sympathy in this his sad bereavement; 
and be it further 

Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be 
spread upon the minutes of this division, a copy 
sent to The Railroad Telegrapher for publica- 
tion, and a copy forwarded to the sorrowing 
^"■other. Q E. Hendlby, 

J. M. Elliott, 
R. M. Holmes, 


Cobalt, Ont., Div. No. 99. 

Temiskaming & Northern Ontario Ry. — 

Brothers, Christmas has come and gone, with 
its messages of good cheer, love and friendship. 
Funny, ain't it, how we periodically or annually 
take a notion to try and be friendly with each 
other, and usually, too, in such an apparently 
silly way. The giving of a present, of say $1.00 
or less, is supposed to be a token of -your ever- 
lasting esteem, and more than all it is usually a 
present to some one who can very well return a 
like value. Now why not look around for some 

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one who is up against it and look after Christmas 
is Konc (because at Christmas most folks have 
enough). After the Christmas spirit has gone try 
anti kefji the Christian spirit and hrip the man 
who is down. Through the year is the time; there 
are lots of merry Christmas greetings to spare at 
Chrbtmas, but afterward, what? Usually every 
man for himself. 

Well, so much for that. What about the next 
year's dues? Now is the time to think of that. 
Keep up your end and keep Div. 99 well to the 

Wc are all glad to hear the grand work is 
(doming to its own. Stick to it, boys. 

C«RT. 63. 

Brothers, pay up your dues just as soon as pos- 
sible and be protected for the new year, and get 
after the non next station to you. 

H all the brothers on the line would help like 
Hros. Swan and Richards we wouhl have a fine 
write-up each month. All try just once and if you 
can, keep it up. Div. Cor. 

North Adams, Mass., Div. No. 139. 

Boston & Maine R, R., C. & P, {So.) piv.— 

There seems to be some misunderstanding as to 
who are the assistant chairmen on this division. 
For the {)enefit of all concerned it should be un- 
derstood that Bros. H. I. Woodward and J. H. 
Richards are the assistant chairmen. 

M. J. Swan, 
Local Chairman. 

Wc have quite a few promises from the nons 
to begin the new year right and get an up-to-date 
card. Some of them are very , anxious to find 
out what is going on and take an active interest in 
everything except to lay aside a little of that 
raise the O. R. T. gave them and get an up to 

We are glad to note that through the efforts of 
the committee positions are being bulletined and 
filled much more promptly than they have been in 
, the past. 

Mr. Patterson bid in third at Brattleboro. 

Mr. Wells, Dale Junction, bid in clerk and 
operator at Holyoke and still he don't know his 
own mind. What next? Bemardston third? 

Bro. McGuinncss, of the B. & A., bid in clerk 
and operator at South Deerficld. 

Clerk and operator at Ashuelot recently bulle- 
tined on account of Bro. Cyr going in spare list. 

We hope none of our brothers holding regular 
positions will stay in spare list long enough to 
lose them. There had to be a limit made regard- 
ing this, or some of the nons would have owned 
all the jobs on the division. 

Bro. Foley bid in Bemardston agency, thus 
abolishing the ham factory. 

Bro. Woodward bid in Dummerston agency. Wc 
are glad to see him get it, as he has been a good, 
hard-working member, and we hope he will still 
use his efforts among the agents. 

Deerfield Junction closed December 15th, and 
trains are operated over the East Deerfield branch 
by signals in charge of switchman at Kast Deerfield 

Bro. W. H. Moody, South Deerfield, has gone 
to the N. Y., N. H. & H. 

Bro. Beaulieu is on a six months' leave. 

A new coal pocket is being put in at Springfield 
and No. Walpole Yard. 

Grand Trunk Ry. 

A bumper house greeted Bros. L. M. Eddy, 
general chairman, and D. L. Shaw, grand secretary 
and treasurer, upon the occasion of the O. R. T. 
rally held in the Y. M. C. A. assembly rooms at 
Stratford the evening of December 19th. Third 
Vice-President Bro. D. Campbell who was sched- 
uled to address the meeting was unable to be^ 
present, which caused some disappointment to the 
boys, many of them having come long distances to 

. Bro. Shaw as chairman opened the meeting with 
a short address. He appointed Bro. J. D. Craig, 
of Stratford, as secretary pro tem, and then intro- 
duced Bro. L. M. Eddy, of Marcellus, Mich. 

Bro. Eddy explained fully the recent negotia- 
tions with the Grand Trunk for better pay and 
better working conditions, showing what the com- 
mittee has been up against during the past ^ear. 
He went over the rules of the new schedule 
clause by clause, explaining where improvements 
have been made. The elevenr-hour day and two 
weeks' vacation appealed strongly to the boys. 

At the close of Bro. Eddy's address an informal 
discussion took place among the members as to 
the ways and means of keeping up the interest in 
the Order among the boys along the line. Finally 
it was moved by Bro. H. P. Ward, of West 
Toronto, and seconded by Bro. G. S. Cline, of 
Thcdford, that regular monthly meetings be held 
in Stratford commencing January, 1914. Carried 
unanimously. Also moved by Bro. Ward, sec- 
onded by Bro. Cline, tjiat Bros. W. Middleton, of 
Breslau, and J. D. Craig, of Stratford, be ap- 
pointed a committee of two to look after the 
renting of hall, etc., in connection with these 
meetings. It was also decided to hold meetings 
on the third Friday of 'each month. Moved by 
Bro. G. E. McTaggart, of Blyth, seconded by Bro. 
Case, of Hensall, that the meeting be adjourned 
until the third Friday in January. Carried. 

As these meetings will be conducted in accord- 
ance with the ritual the members are hereby ad- 
vised to familiarize themselves therewith in the 

The following members were present: D. L. 
Shaw, London; L. M. Eddy, Marcellus, Mich.; 
Anguish, Atwood; G. S. Cline, Thedford; F. Mc- 
Cordic, Camlachie; Cusack, Blackwell; A. Weinert 
and W. Cobcr, New Hamburg; H. C. Elder, J. D. 
Hodgins and R. Sparling, Goderich; Angell, Elora; 
J. G. Heyd, Owen Sound; J. Downs, St. Mary's 
Junction; Routley, Clinton; C. E. Fleming, Fer- 
gus; Ranney, Goldstone; Connel, Pinkerton; D. E. 
Jackson, Rockwood; W. Craig, Malton; S. E. 
Smith, Brussels; W. J. Masters, Bluevale; L. E. 
Dotzenroth, Alma; H. J. Dotzenroth, Waterloo; 

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A. E. Robinson. Berlin; W. Waugh and W. Rus- 
sel. Baden; Brandlc, Thorndale; G. Reid, Cheslcy; 
W. Crearar, Shakespeare; J. Towner, Durham; 
G. E. McTaggart, local chairman, Blyth; W. 
Middleton, local chairman, Breslau; R. Middleton, 
Newton; Case, Hensall; H. P. Ward, West 
Toronto; G. Milne, Georgetown; B. Beattie, 
Hespeler; F. McConnel. Listowel; W. Middleton, 
Forest; R. Harvey,* Parkhill; T. Hill, Granton; 
W. Duffus, Forest; M. Swift, Guelph Jet.; I. C. 
Laschinger, Petersburg; W. Rife, St. Pauls; Lyons, 
Londesboro; Rumball, Elmira; C. P. R. Agent 
Thomi»oa, Blyth. 

Dtspatcbcrs present: Bros. G. Hodgins, A. 
Webster. E. H. Trethewey. F. Holman, C. C. 
LeaTitt, A. C. Harris, R. J. Hyde and J. D. Craig, 
all of Stratford; Bros. E. W. Harris and J. Stin- 
son being on duty were unable to attend. 

Moved by Bro. R. Harvey, seconded by Bro. 
Qinc, that a vote of appreciation be tendered Bro. 
Eddy for his splendid work on the committee and 
also for the patience he displayed in explaining 
the new schedule to the boys. Bros. D. Campbell, 
Parent and Grdves were also eulogized for their 
efforts in securing the new schedule. 

We wish to thank Messrs. W. Culligan and F. 
A. Rutherford, chief dispatchers at Stratford and 
London, respectively, for the courteous treatment 
accorded the boys in connection with the above 
meeting. Passes were issued freely upon request. 
Trains Nos. 122 and 17 were stopped at local 
stations to let off memljers returning from the 
meeting, members were relieved from duty wher- 
ever possible and everything was done to promote 
a good feeling among the boys, which was cer- 
tainly appreciated. Cert. 1469. 

Seventh District — 

I asked Bros. Giroux, Brockville, Allison, 
Napanee, Bumham, Brighton and Stone at Whitby 
to assist with this write-up. The latter said he 
had none. If the boys on the Sixth Distrkrt arc 
not enough interested to send in the notes I will 
try to write for the Seventh only for a while yet. 

Bro. H. A. Bolton relieved Bro. Granger, agent 
Scarboro, our genial local chairman, while on 
committee work and was relieved there nights by 
Mr. Lloyd, who also relieved Bro. Thos. Conners 
at Rowmanville, while he relieved Bro. Bird, days 
there, off on account of the death of a relative. 

Men at Oshawa had rather a tough day recently 
when the Boston -Chicago flyer run into the rear 
of a freight a mile east, killing a cattle drover. 

Bro. Allin, Newtonville, had a hard day when 
No. 6 laid baggage, express and mail cars over 
on their side, wrecking an engine and tearing 
up considerable track on the cross over switches 
there, November 29th. 

Bro. Ross Burnham, Brighton nights, who re- 
lieved Bro. Conners days when he went to "YD," 
was later relieved by Bro. Baker. 

Following brothers attended the Toronto meet- 
ing, December 6th, at the Labor Temple: Bros. 
Giroux, Allison, C. H. Baker, R. K. Cook, R. A. 
Snyder, R. R. Bird, V. M. Smith, T. A. Carson, 
H. A. Granger and Thos. Gormley. 

Fone was out of commission for twelve hours 
recently, during which time we used key again. 

Our new schedule is completed and the ten- 
hour day is now a reality, making 730 less hours 
of labor a year, with two weeks* vacation and 
Sunday overtime. This makes us 73 days less 
a year to work, or if worked we get paid almost 
double. Don't forget to take a meal hour at mid- 
night when you get it and clear out for exercise. 
We don't have to scrub stations any more, and 
it is a pleasure to work here now and feel that 
there's more coming to the company when we get 
more what we are worth, but we are not up quite 
to standard yet, so keep moving. 

Toronto men want the Ontario O. R. T. Club 
of Port Hope, moved there. They waited for a 
club to be started, then want it in their vicinity. 
Plenty room for more clubs, boys. Ours goes to 
Belleville, first if it moves at all. This is for the 
entire Order, C. P. R.-C. N. R. and G. R., and 
especially for relaxation of the boys on the Sixth 
and Seventh Districts. 

The December 20th meeting at Port Hope was 
a howling success from every standpoint. All the 
night men from Trenton to Port Union, inclusive, 
except one were present; also two day men and 
one extra. The boys expected a dispatcher to 
attend, as the chief had an invitation, but he 
failed to put in an appearance. The meeting was 
for tlie good of the service, and passes were 
extremely hard to get. 

It was called to order at 10 a. m. by Bro. 
Snyder, assistant local chairman. Minutes of 
previous meeting read and approved; schedule 
discussed and all reported satisfied with the efforts 
of our committee. Next meeting January 20th. 

No card, no favors. 

One old non, who once held a card, says he 
started in on the Grand Trunk, but apparently 
he's not very much interested in his start or he 
would use the extra increase he received and 
buy another card. You fellows mostly know 
where he is, and act accordingly. 

A Kicker, Cert. 1801. 

Fifteenth District— 

Bro. J. E. Horning, North Parkdale Jet, days, 
has lined up again. 

Bro. Bill Rollings has returned from his honey- 
moon trip. Bro. Bob Knox, who relieved him at 
Weston, is now relieving Bro. W. A. Brent at 
Brampton nights, on vacation. 

A certain agent on this district is wondering why 
the O. R. T. did not get him more than $5.00 raise. 
The rest of the boys know why. Certain other 
agents who got a substantial raise and were pro- 
moted to city agencies will shortly realize that 
they are no better than the dispatchers and other 
agents who are up-to-date members of the O. R. T. 
and that the company has no more respect for 
them than for us, if as much. 

Bro. Wagner, who holds an up-to-date card in 
Grand Division since 1892, is relieving Harry 
Holmes at Acton West, who took some kind of 
a stroke and was ordered by the doctor tp take 
several weeks* rest. 

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Bro. R. W. Loftus, relief agent, relieved Bro. 
Bill Middl^ton while he was distributing the in- 

Glad to see Bro. W. Waugh, at Baden, land a 
$10.00 raise. He says the Sunday overtime alone 
is worth the price of the dues. 

Bro. Bill Cober deserves his $13.00 raise. He 
has straightened up the accounts at New Ham- 
burg agency to the satisfaction of all concerned 
since he went there as agent. 

The telegraph staff at Stratford has been re- 
duced and Bro. Bobbie Hyde is relieving Bro. 
Chace Leavitt, holidaying in St. Catharines. 

Bro. Bill Rife, of St. Pauls, is holidaying in 
Detroit, relieved by Bro. T. G. Connel, and he at 
Pinkerton by Mr. BIythe, of Hepworth. 

Bro. Jim Egan, the genial agent at St. Marys, 
will be a valuable acquisition to our monthly 

Bro. W. J. Dore has lined up, making the west 
end solid. 

Bro. Archie McKay, relieving agents all sum- 
mer, is back at Parkhill days, vice Bro. Duffus, 
to Forest, his home town nights. 

Bro. Cusack, at Blackwell, was raised from 
operator to agent by new schedule and given a 
$10.00 raise on January Ist. 

Bro. W. Craig, agent Malton, attended the 
"pearl wedding" for his parents in Ailsa Craig on 
December 12th, relieved by Bro. Bobbie Hyde. 

The new $40,000 depot at Stratford was 
formally opened on December 17th. A special 
train bearing officials from every department of 
the G. T. R. was run from Montreal to Stratford, 
and was the first train to stop at the new station. 
Upon its arrival the G. T. R. band from Stratford 
shops, the finest organization of its kind in the 
city, struck up "0 Canada," after which the 
officials w^re met by the Mayor and City Council 
and Stratford Board of Trade and conveyed in 
automobiles to the city hall, where a magnificent 
banquet was tendered them, showing that the 
Stratford people appreciate what the G. T. R. has 
done for their city. The old station was torn 
down December 22d. 

Bro. Neil Zinger, dispatcher C. P. R. at Regina, 
is visiting at Guelph and other points. Neil 
worked in "OD" before going West and it seems 
like old times to see him again. 

Cert. 1469. 

London Division, Seventeenth District — 

Wish all the brothers a happy New Year. Most 
of us will have reason to be hapf)y with that new 
schedule helping us to stand the "increased cost 
of living." 

Would be very glad if some brother cast of 
Hamilton would furnish us with a little of the 
doings down on that end each month by the 15th 
at the latest. Forward your items to Bro. Mal- 
colm at Woodstock and he will turn them over 
to me. 

Our first meeting held at London on December 
3d wag not very well attended, but hope for better 

things in the future. Bro. Eddy went into the 
workings of the new schedule, which you should 
now have a copy of. We also had some interesting 
addresses by several of the local members. 

Bros. McAllister and Gilpin are now at Sarnia 
tunnel regular. 

Bro. Hay, of Kingscourt Jet., recently relieved 
Bro. Newman at Watford, who relieved Bro. Dunn, 
nights at Woodstock, relieving Local Chairman 
Malcolm, at Toronto adjusting the working of the 
new schedule. Bro. Wade, Hyde Park Jet., relieved 
Bro. Malcolm while he was on committee work. 

Bro. Burke has been appointed agent at Jnger- 
soll, relieved there days by Bro. Davidson, of the 
C. N. R., with Mr. McLcod, a new man, on nights. 

Bro. Campbell has been appointed agent at 
Hickson, relieved by Bro. Mowat at Paris Jet. 
days. Bro. Atkinson, "Z" nights, is doing the 
night stunt, and Bro. Swales is at "DS" nights. 

Bro. Meredith, Harrisburg nights, on two weeks* 
vacation, was relieved by L. Kinder, from the 
Hamilton Division. 

It is now Bro. McDonald at Copetown nights, 
and Mr. Vrooman, the agent, and Mr. Hodgins, 
agent "GN," promise to be with us first of the 
new year, also Mr. Barnes, Jet. Cut. 

Bro. J. G. Aikman, of Hamilton office, now 
regular on London third, west end; Bro. Robinson 
on second, and Bro. Taylor on first. Bro. Bishop 
on second east end and Mr. Brent on third. Re- 
lief dispatchers are Bros. Goodwin and Vail. 

Chief Dispatcher Dunn, at Brantford, has re- 
signed, succeeded by A. F. Sharpe, night chief 
at London, and he by W. M. Doherty. 

A. H. King, for a number of years agent at 
Ingersoll, is now agent for the C. N. R. at OtUwa. 

Hamilton Division, Seventeenth District — 

A very successful meeting was held at Hamilton 
on the evening of December 5th when General 
Chairman Bro. Eddy gave a thorough understand- 
ing of the new schedule. The following were pres- 
ent: Bros. Diltz, Bront,- Heldman and Galbraith, 
Burlington Jet.; Patton, Lynden Jet; Arnup, Har- 
risburg; Foster, Branchton; Turner, Dundas; 
Owens and Stone,- Brantford; Roderick, Stoney 
Creek; Bradley, Grimsby; Quarrier, Cross and 
Cross, Hamilton, and Malcolm, Woodstock. 

Stoney Creek is now solid, since the addition 
of Bro. Clark. Grimsby has also sustained her 
honor with Bros. Bradley and Smart. 

It is now Bro. Perdue, nights at St. Catharines, 
and Bro. Butler, Welland Canal days. 

Boys, get after the rest of the nons, and boost 
the averages. 

Bro. Malcolm asks me to add the following: 
"The first month's increase, not to exceed $10, goes 
to build up the Order. Remit promptly to Bro. 
Shaw at London. We are on an equal footing 
with the best roads in the country now, with a 
good, substantial membership, and by the middle 
of the year should have the system about solid." 

CWT. 1458, 

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Twtnty-second, Twenty-third and Twenty-fourth 

Bro. Dopfer, Shallow Lake, is on vacation, re- 
lieved by Mr. Dolphin. 

Bro. Donald Mc Bride, agent Hepworth, and Bro. 
C L. King, of Kincardine, are among our latest 

P. Quiglejr, of Wiarton, will be with us next 
month, which will clear up the last of the nons 
between Stratford and Wiarton, also Mr. Sutton, 
agent Holstein, which will clean up the Durham 
line; thanks to Bro. Towner. 

Bro. G. Reid, of Tavistock, is now agent at 
desley, vice Bro. J. Rose, deceased. 

Mr. Goodier, at Southampton, who got a $10 
raise, the only non on the Southampton branch, 
will soon be on pension. 

Jim Murray, of Ethfl. who got a $20 raise on 
January Ist, has been unfortunate lately, having 
lost his youngest child. The boys extend their 
sympathy. When Jim lines up the Kincardine 
branch will be solid. 

Bro. G. McCallum, of Gait, who got a $5.00 
raise sent in at once for a card, although near 
pension age. His two operators, W. We'r and J. 
H. Bone, also participated in the increase and will 
soon join. 

Bro. E. A. Pattison, of Brucefield, a non-tele- 
graph station, received a $25 increase and imme- 
diately got a card, making the Twenty-fourth 
District solid. 

Bro. McTaggart, local chairman, of Blyth, only 
has about eight nons left out of a total of eighty- 
two positions, and nearly all of these will be in 
by the end of January. 

Twenty-first District — 

C W. Staib, agent Pt Dover, who got a $7.50 
raise, promises for January, also D. Groat, Norwich 
Jet., which will make the Pt Dover line solid. 

Bro. R. J. Campbell, Paris Jet. days, is the new 
agent at Hickson, vice Bro. A. Garke, transferred 
to Dublin agency. 

Twentieth District — 

Mr. Skelton, agent Onondaga, has reconsidered 
his resignation. 

Mr. Ollenbittle, Caledonia nights, resigned, suc- 
ceeded by Bro. Stone, a brother of Dispatcher 
Stone at Brantford. 

Bro. W. Salkeld, agent Caledonia, and Bro. J. 
Robertson, days, are two of our latest converts. 

Mr. Thompson, agent Canfield, has retired on 
pension, relieved by W. G. McCuUa pending bulle- 
tin, and he by Bro. Holly, of Brantford freight 

Bro. M. J. Byrne, agent Bright, and Bro. H. C. 
Elder, cashier Goderich freight office, have lined 
np again, and Mr. Loth, Tavistock Jet. days, who 
has been appointed agent, will line up in January. 
Bro. J. J. Howard transferred to Dunnville nights, 
and Tavistock Jet nights closed. 

A. O. Pattison. agent Clinton, promises ^o line 
op at once, also R. J. Parker, relieving Bre. 
Sparling at Goderich, while undergoing an opera- 
tion io Stratford Hospital. 

Bro. J. W. Manning, agent Sebringville, got an 
$18 raise and got a card at once, and Bro. Bret- 
hauer, who has been relieving on the Northern 
Division, now carries an up-to-date. 

Merritton dispatching office is solid. Bro. G. 
A. Brawley being the latest addition. 

Bridgebury dispatching office is also solid, Bro. 
F. Ryan being the last to get in line. Bro. Ed. 
Weston, of "NA** Montreal, is another new mem- 
ber. Cbbt. 1469. 

Grand Trunk Western Ry.— 

We are now working under our new schedule, 
and should all endeavor to show our appreciation 
of it by being on the job, and also to be alive to 
the interest of our Order and not lose sight of a 
non. We all appreciate jthe way the boys are 
asking for application blanks. They have all to 
gain and nothing to lose. 

The old depot at Imlay City. Mich., has been 
overhauled, and the boys now have a much better 
and larger office to work in. 

We will soon be holding meetings regularly 
again at the main points along the line. All should 
attend and talk • matters over and . get a better 
understanding with each other. General Chair- 
man Eddy has promised to be with us at as many 
meetings as possible. 

Phones are b^'ing installed at the interlocking 
towers, whether telegraph offices or not, so that 
the men will know where the trains are, but will 
not be used by them for reporting trains. 

Electric lights being put in at all available sta- 
tions will make it a great deal better for the men 
at these points. 

We are glad to note the interest the dispatchers 
are taking in the Order, and most of those who 
have not yet come in have promised to do so. 

Bro. A. J. Spiess, agent Bad Axe, Mich., advises 
us of the opening of the D. & H. branch Novem- 
ber 29th, doing a good business with a nice new 
depot and a fine engine house and yards. The 
P. O. & N. trains now run through from Pontiac 
to Bad Axe with stub trains to Caseville. Bro. 
Spiess was relieved as agent at Cass City by Bro. 
Wager, former agent at Clifford. H. Livingston, 
the telegrapher at his station, will soon be with 
us. Bro. J. D. Hoffmaster, from Cass City, is 
now agent at Cliflford. 

It is now Bros. F. C. Lee, Schoolcraft; E. F. 
Cody, Battle Creek, and E. Coswell, Pigeon, Mich. 

Bro. H. S. Harmon, agent Emmett, recently 
spent two days in Port Huron with Bro. O. M. 
Hilderbridle, agent at Goodells. 

Bro: Card, of Valparaiso, has the promise of 
seven new members on the west end, which leaves 
very few there without a card. 

The meeting at South Bend, December 29th, was 
pretty well attended. 

Bro. James Dewar is back on first Capac again. 
He was quarantined at his home some time on 
account of diphtheria. The depot there was set 
on fire recently owing to the explosion of a lamp, 
putting the wires and phones out of commission 
for several hours. 

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Bro. Shea, first Imlay City, was off a\few days 
recently, relieved by Mr. Swihart, who will soon 
be with us. 

We hope that each member and also the nons 
will contribute their first month's increase an pay 
to the Order, and each member also pay his dues 
promptly, so as to put our division in a good 
financial standing. 

All vacancies will now be bulletined by a "23" 
message over the wire. Any who do not receive 
it should notify the local chairman, so the boys 
will get this benefit that rightfully belongs to them. 

Send in all the news you can, boys, so we can 
have a good write-up each month. "Stub." 

Prairie Division, Districts One, Two and Three — 

The Mellville meeting on December 1st was 
called to order at 8 p. m., Bro. Harrop in the 
chair. Other brothers present were Thresher, 
McDonald and Armstrong, of Mellville; Seshaye, 
Fen wood and Canton, of Birmington; and Brewer, 
Atwater and Swar, of Lazare. The small turnout 
was owing to the grain rush and so many trains 
moving that operators and agents could not be 

Bro. Harrop's idea that we have a ball and 
supper was heartily endorsed by all present, and 
on motion of Bro. McDonald, seconded by Bro. 
Thresher, the following committee on arrangements 
was appointed: M. D. Thompson, chairman; J. W. 
Armstrong, P. G. Williams, J. S. McDonald, W. 
Thresher, E. W. Rattigan, R. Evans and P. M. 

The committee is to set the date, about January 
23, 1914, and make all arrangements. Number of 
tickets not to exceed 150; admission, $2.00. 

Night operator at Uno discharged for missing 
train order. Watch your orders, boys, and keep 
things moving straight during the rush. The dis- 
patchers are very busy and we must help them all 
we can. 

New night man at Lazare. 

Mr. Henery got his blanks and will soon be Bro. 
His wife is some operator, too; he is lucky. 

We are all glad to see Bro. and Mrs. Phillips 
back to Goodcve again. He was operated on in 
Winnipeg successfully for appendicitis. 

Bro. Nupert and wife are very comfortably set- 
tled at Uno. 

Wish some of the boys on the west and east 
end would send me some itemff before the 20th of 
the month, so I can get them in before the 28th. 
G. A. S., Cert. 1101, Larare, Manitoba. 

Wabash R. R. 

Peru Dii'ision — 

Since our committee has had a conference with 
Mr. Miller, who couldn't, under financial conditions 
of the Wabash, grant us an increase, but has se- 
cured for us a meeting with the receivers as soon 
after Christmas as consistent, it behooves us to 
work together and show a solid front when we 
resume postponed negotiations. 

Pay your dues up promptly at the 1st of 1914, 
and make good our slogan for 1914, "Wabash solid 
O. R. T." 


You gain nothing by dropping your card over 
some imaginary grievance. Some are inclined to 
do this, if we are not successful at times. If we 
do not give our committee support, what can we 
expect? So pay your dues up-to-date; go about 
it in the right way and we will accomplish more 
than if we were divided. 

There is a certain brother who is teaching a 
student without permission from our president or 
of the superintendent If this practice is not dis- 
continued or adjusted with the above named 
officials, charges will be preferred against htm, as 
outlined in our constitution and by-laws. 

As seniority lists have been mailed to all sta- 
tions, will correct same to January 1st as soon as 
possible to do so. Look for notice in next issue 
of Thb Tblbgraphbk. 

Try to line-up all the nons around you, and 
see that they get an up-to-date card and help sup- 
port the committee in its efforts to better their 
conditions as well as our own. Enforce the motto: 
"No card, no favors," and remember the slogan 
for 1914, "Wabash, Banner Route, Solid O. R. T." 
R. D. Hamer, Peru Jet., went to No. 93's wreck 
at WooAum, making $3 for the call. He was re- 
lieved, while on leave of absence, by H. Brooks, 
from Grabill. 

H. O. Eviston relieved King on first "GS" tower 
one day. 

F. O. Cole relieved C. H. Terry agent Blakes- 
ley, while he was in the superintendent's office at 
Peru, on statistics. 

J. H. Dow resigned and went to Grand Rapids, 
Mich., relieved temporarily at C. & O. Jet. by 
R. H. James later relieved by Roy Randies, from 
State Line, when he relieved J. S. Rizar at West 
Peru, while on committee work in St, Louis, later 
relieving E. N. Drake, third Tillon. J. R. Miller, 
a new man, relieved James at West Peru, by Uk- 
ing second there; L. R. Cochrane going back on 

R. M. Herrold resigned and went to the P. M. 
at Grand Rapids, Mich. 

L. T. Agnew relieved H. O. Eviston, at West 
Unity, who went on the extra list. 

P. B. Lighty, on leave of absence in California 
returned and resumed second at Danville, reported 
that he had a fine trip. Operator White left second 
Danville and took ticket agency at LaFayette per- 
manent; regular agent going to Chicago in general 
passenger agent's office. 

The C. & E. I. have granted their men a 5 
per cent increase, and they are in the hands of a 
receiver, so there is no reason why we shouldn't 
do as well or better, if we will keep up-to-date and 
get in the nons. 

I wish to thank the boys who sent me notes for 
this issue, and wish you would come again, and 
help me to keep the news circulating. Address me 
at Danville, Station "C." 

R. H. James, Div. Cor., Cert. 2457 at "Q." 

Decatur Dii'ision — 

Working on a railroad one meets a great num- 
ber of "hobos." They are among all classes of 
people. Every hobo has an excuse for being a 
hobo, and every non will give you an excuse for 

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being a non. Evidently neither of thera are proud 
of being a hobo or a non, as it is not right for 
them to be la either of those classes. There is 
*nmcthing wrong about a thing you are not proud 
of. and you don't have to make an excuse for being 
or doing right. I have been a union man all my 
b'fe, have watched unionism for the last twenty 
years, and I am proud to say that I still believe 
in unionism. A great many do not understand 
that unionism means brotherly love; and the man 
or woman who holds an up-to-date card and ridi- 
cules a brother for his nationality or religion is 
not imbued with the proper union principles. This 
great Americmn country would never have been 
free, had men refused to stand shoulder to 
shoulder, because one was a Catholic, another a 
Baptist, etc. We must forget our little personal 
differences, and show the nons by our actions 
towards each other that we are really brothers 
anl sisters, and show by our loyalty to our em- 
ployers what unionism really is, and they will soon 
learn tbey can not afford to be on the outside. 
They nc«d education as badly as the man who 
goes to church without an honest purpose in his 
heart to do right. If a man goes to church with 
the same kind of a heart that some men go into 
the union with, the church won't reap any benefit 
from him. nor will he from the church, because 
his heart is wrong. 

Let us have some meetings, and every brother 
get a non to attend just one of those meetings, 
their employers won't think any less of them for 
being union men, and the brothers will think more 
of them. I know several nons personally who tell 
me they have wives and mothers to support, and 
can not afford to join, but every time I see them 
they have a large cigar in their face. Now a 
union card means just one less cigar a day. 
Unionism means some sacrifice, brotherly love and 
loyalty, not strikes and disorder. 

Don't be like the Irishman who as soon as he 
joined the union wanted to have a strike, and 
when the president told him they were not going 
to have a strike at all, wanted to know what was 
the union good for, if they couldn't have a strike. 
Unionism means better conditions and more 
wages, but don't blame our committeemen if they 
don't get these things for us, when so many will 
remain on the outside and do nothing morally or 
financially to help secure these concessions. 
Brothers, thorough organization is what we need, 
so give the nons no rest until they come over on 
our side of the fence. If they don't do this, and 
are forgotten in the next schedule, they will have 
no one to blame but themselves, and all their kick- 
ing will amount to nothing. 

Bro. C. £. Hulse, third Osman, on vacation, was 
reHercd by Mr. Settles, a new man. 

No. 11 lost her bell, December 11th, about a 
mile north of Osman. Lucky it dropped off be- 
tween stations. 

The preachers say a ''back slider" is worse than 
a man who has never been converted. Just the 
same in the O. R. T. 

Brothers, if you did not read "Carrying the 
Mail," page 1879, November Tklbgiapher, do so, 
and then write your protest to President Perham. 

Let us all do our t>&rt to get this job off our 
shoulders, it certainly don't belong there. 

Mr. Holmes, from Cornell, who visited his par- 
ents at Spencer, Sunday, December 14th, will soon 
get in line now. 

C. L. Gamoll, from Chicago Ridge tower, is now 
agent at Steele and New Lenox, relieving Ex-Bro. 
Watrous, who has gone to the Michigan Central. 
Gamoll hat no use for labor organizations; previous 
to securing the last schedule, his position paid $45 
and now pays $65. 

Brisbane is now solid. 

Bro. Lynk, recently from the 1. C. at Freeport, 
was relieved recently by Extra Hess, on third at 
Manhattan, pending bulletin. 

Bro. Nichols relieved Mr. Nelson at Gibson City, 
who relieved Agent Walker at Forrest. 

A change was made in Streator agency nearly 
two years ago, but no bulletin as provided in 
schedule. Why? 

Bro. Steinheimer spent Thanksgiving day out 
in the country near Boody. R. Heerdt, agent 
Boody, while visiting friends in Kansas City re- 
cently, was relieved by Bro. Steinheimer, and he 
by Bro. Tryon, who later went to StauntQn third. 
Bro. Skelton and Sister O'Neill have now resumed 
on second and third Staunton. 

Assistant Superintendent Ocheltree has moved 
from Decatur to Forrest. 

Bro. Wolf, agent Melminc, recently spent Sun- 
day with his parents in Chicago. 

Bro. Nash made a trip over the Ninth District 
recently and secured several applications. 

Mr. Case, third Litchfield, bid in first Staunton, 
and Bro. Newlin bid in Stewardson agency. 

Many thanks to those who assisted in this, and 
hope you will all be back next month. 

R. Vrech, Cerro Gordo, 111., Cert. 1613. 

Springfield Division — 

Your general committee desires the earnest sup- 
port of every member, in order to obtain an in- 
crease for the Wabash telegraphers. 

Items are very scarce this month, as I have not 
been at home to keep in touch with the different 

Bro. Abbott, agent Dawson, local chairman, was 
relieved by Extra Constant, while on general com- 
mittee work. 

Agent Pence, Hersman, off visiting, was relieved 
by Mr. Peacock, a new man. 

Bro. Zimmerman, agent Maysville, off a few 
days recently, was relieved by Extra Bass, who 
also relieved Bro. Stead, third Griggsville, who 
relieved Bro. Driscoll, the agent there, while on 
a hunting trip. 

Bro. Klinefelter, agent Alexander, on vacation, 
was relieved by Extra Fairny, a new man. 

The man who has been at Mt. Sterling agency 
has been relieved by former Bro. J. E. Conrey, 
ticket agent for the Illinois Traction System. We 
hope he will soon be with us again. 

Bro. M. B. Stead has returned from his ten 
days' honeymoon trip to Kansas City and Okla- 
homa points. 

Bro. Guinan, second Kinderhook, visited friends 
at Mt. Sterling recently. Cert. 748. 

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Moberly Division — 

Bro. Bcrthold, third Luther, was stricken sick 
while on duty, caused by eating sardines. After 
a trip to St. Mary's Hospital, he is all right again. 

Bittiker, third Brunswick, relieved Mr. Messick, 
while he relieved Night Chief Kelly at "GO" re- 
cently. Bro. Begole was also at "GO" a few days, 
while Mr. Kelly attended a Thanksgiving wedding. 
Later Bittiker returned to "NA," relieving Mr. 
Pike, who returned to "NE." Bro. Knappcn- 
berger bid in second Brunswick; Mr. Hofman is 
on third there. 

Bro. R. Endicott, agent Dalton, was off a few 
days, relieved by Bro. Broadhurst, who relieved 
Bro. E. P. Marion, on second there, when he went 
to St. Peters agency. Bro. W. P. Marion relieved 
Bro. Broadhurst, on Dalton third while Broad- 
hurst was doing relief agent's work. 

J. J. Clard bid in Silver City agency, putting 
first Stanberry on bulletin. 

Mr. Bershaw, first Carrollton, got Benton City 

Bro. Egbert Thompscn, off a few days, was re- 
lieved by Mr. Derby, from Silver City, a beginner. 

Bro. Trimle, agent Cordovia, has returned to 
Page Ave. 

Thanks to Bro. Davis for the write-up last 
month. Brothers on the High Line, please send 
Bro. Davis, ^at "BO," All the news you can, and 
let's have a good write-up. E. P. M. 

St. Louis Division — 

Bro. Egbert, Thompson, is on thirty days* vaca- 
tion, with his family, up in the Dakotas. 

Bro. Edgar Powell, Centralia, was off a few days, 
taking in St: Louis. 

Ero. Shay, High Hill, bid in Brunswick agency, 
relieved by Bro. Krome, pending bulletin. 

I wish to correct my mistake in addressing two 
of our old and reliable sisters as the Misses Sadler. 

Bio. Logan, agent Macon, has resigned, relieved 
by Bro. Pike. Sorry to lose Bro. Logan, and all 
wish him well. 

Bro. Bittiker, second Luther, on vacation, visit- 
ing relatives in Brunswick, was relieved by Bro. 
Carter, from Huntsville. 

R. G. Brotherton, agent Miami, is confined to 
his bed, relieved by M. J. Scars. 

L. E. WilkinsoQ, of Shenandoah, spent a few 
days in Moberly recently, on company business. 

V. R. Woods, first Carrollton, pending bulletin, 
relieved on second by Wm. McCIanaban, a new 
man, formerly baggage master at Norborne. 

H. R. Carter, second High Hill, while on the 
sick list was relieved by Bro. Williamson. 

Mr. Woods, agent DeWitt, on vacation, visiting 
relatives in Orrick, was relieved by Bro. Knappen- 

Our slogan, "Be an Active Member," is not 
alone urged upon those who attend meetings, but 
upon every one to promote and retain a solid mem- 
bership on each of the various divisions. We need 
but a few more new names, in addition to lining-up 
the few delinquents, to make us solid. If you are 
willing to help, then get busy at once. We have 
for a long time been talking about the "Banner 
Route," and must make good now. Each one per- 

form his part in his immediate vicinity and guide 
all nons and delinquents into the right path. Your 
influence and a personal interview may have even 
a greater effect than that of the local chair- 
men, who have interested themselves in each case 
but arc handicapped by reason of your silence 
and indifference, construed by the nons to mean 
that you are satisfied and willing to pay the freight. 

Let us secure all the new members we possibly 
can, our reward will be greater if every member 
will help get in the nons, and render the company 
the best of service, and when it is time for the 
revising of the schedule, as well as that much 
needed raise in salaries, we can point out to our 
officials the good derived by their recognition of 
our membership. 

Glad to see Bro. F. M. David, of "BO," taking 
the interest he is by going over the line at his 
own expense, endeavoring to line-up the boys on 
the High Line. "Go as far as you like," we 
are with you. C. W. Layton, D. C. 

Relay Division — 

Bro. Ryan, from -"JO," Decatur, relieved Mr. 
Singleton, "XD," Decatur, when he went to For- 
rest as car distributor. 

Temporary Chief Dispatcher Slats, Forrest, has 
returned to Decatur to assume his former duties 
as car distributor, relieved at Forrest by Dispatcher 
E. L. Datson, from Decatur. 

Oscar S.indberg, working as extra dispatcher at 
Forrest, relieved at "JS," Chicago, by Brennan, 
who later resuaied to look after his fruit farm in 
Michigan, relieved by J. C. Johnson, from Western 
Union, Chicago 

Bro. Nixon, *GM," spent Sunday recently with 
Extra Dispatcher Asbury at Moberly, and Mr. 
Horan, **GM," visited his parents there a few 

Mr. Hicklin is now chief clerk to Superintendent 
Milton, Kansas City, jelieved as manager at "KN," 
Kansas City, by Mi*. Allen, and he on second 
"KN" by Bro. Jacobson, from Montgomery. 

Bro. Nixon and Collins, "GM," recently made 
a trip to Decatur. We will soon have the relay 
offices solid if this keeps up. 

Car Distributor Eidson, Moberly, resumed work 
after a ten days' vacation with his parents at 
Sturgeon. Lavton, Cert. 2147. 

Chicago &. Alton R. R. 

Western Division — 

Our Western Division bunch are good stickers, 
but very slow coming up with items. Boys, if 
you want a good write-up in the journal, send 
items to your local chairman about the 20th, so 
the correspondent can get them in before the 28th. 

Bro. V. M. Craig has returned from the N. P. 
to the "Only Way," and been assigned to the new 
third trick at Pearl. 

Bro. A. W. Pearson bid in third at Nebo, vice 
Read to third Pleasant Hill temporarily. 

Straut •third abolished, Bro. Burr going on extra. 

Mr. Corbett issues bulletins on time, and his 
assignments have all been satisfactory. , 

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I am indebted to Bro. Maupin for most* of these 
items, some one else send some in also. 

Did it ever occur to you, brothers, that the 
railroad officials had decided to put in phones, re- 
pladng the telegraph, perhaps for one reason that 
it is eader to awaken a man "in the hay** by "ring- 
ing a bell," than for the dispatcher to call till his 
arm is tired on the former? You might think this 
over, and then decide that it would be well to 
answer your calls promptly. If you do not like 
the phone, then it seems you should try and give 
the very best service possible on the "old Morse." 
This will at least make it easier for the dispatcher 
and may help to keep the old favorite in use; also 
see that you never violate General Rule "G." Sup- 
port your committee by getting after the nons who 
are wondering "why they don't do something 
toward getting more money,'* and show them that 
"they** are the only obstacle in the way of our 
doing so, and that we can secure all that "they" 
and we desire by coming into the Order at once. 
A committee is only a representative, and its suc- 
cess in conferring with the management depends 
wholly upon the backing the men on a road give it. 

Bro. J. A. Sterner has returned to Armstrong 
from his vacation, relieved by Sister Hughes, of 
G>rder, now at Odessa nights. 

Mr. Preston, of Laddonia, bid in Yates. He 
should now show his appreciation of the O. R. T. 
making bidding on positions possible, by taking out 
a card at once. 

It is now time to pay our M. B. D. assessments 
to Bro. Quick, and Order dues to Bro. McElhinney. 
Remit at once, boys. We have only had a com- 
mittee op twice, and our schedule speaks for itself. 
With a solid membership we can get other con* 
cessions and lots better working conditions. We 
might have the committee ask for annual passes 
next time it goes up, for every agent and operator 
who has been in the service five years. 

The article entitled "Carrying the Mails," be- 
ginning on page 1879 of the November journal, 
signed "Parcel Post Packer," is true to nature, 
and I hope every brother and sister does as he 
suggests and starts the ball rolling. 

Bro. Ehmman, cashier of Marshall, has joined 
"the benedicts." Congratulations. 

Mr. Griffith, relief agent, who bid in Fulton, 
should remember that it was the O. R. T. that 
made it possible for him to get this position, and 
come in and help us to get other good things in 
store for us, when we are thoroughly organized. 

L. C. 

South End — 

The regular quarterly meeting at Blooraington, 
December 20th, one of the most interesting we 
have ever h^d, was called to order at 8:30 p. m., 
with the following brothers present: E. E. Gent2, 
chairman; H. L. Biajors, secretary; Thos. Riley, 
doorkeeper; C. O. Larkin, W. E. Cook, G. C. 
ConncI, R. W. Parent, J. L. DcVault, J. O. Robb, 
J. E. Winkler, H. J. Nahan, A. V. Manskey, C. 
W. Wright, E. L. Deveson, J. F. Magee, W. B. 
Sicith. E. R. LaSalle. E. E. Pfiefer. E. E. Edgar 
and F. Burkdall. 

Very interesting addresses were made by a num- 
ber of the boys, several letters from brothers on 

the line that were unable to attend were read and 
various subjects of interest to the craft were dis- 
cussed. It was expected that Bro. Newman would 
be with us, but being tied up in Cleveland with 
the Nickel Plate he was unable to attend. 

Mr. Banes bid in South Joliet, and Mr. Black- 
well bid in second "BR," Park. 

Bro. Swanson is back on third at Joliet. 

South End Notes-— 

Bro. Mooney bid in Wann third; Mr. Quimby, 
Wann second, vice Bro. Swanson, transferred, and 
Mr. Shamberg bid in Ashland third. 

It is hoped that all will indorse the increase 
from $4 to $5 semi-annual dues, which goes into 
effect the first of the year, and pay up promptly. 
It takes money to keep a committee up and carry 
on its work. 

With best 'wishes of the season to all, and hopes 
for aven a more successful year in 1914. 

E. E. Edgar, Div. Cor. 

C, St. P., M. A O. R. R. 

Minnesota and Iowa Division — 

Nearly the first of 1914 and no snow yet; beauti- 
ful California weather, mercury 10 above. 

We extend our sympathy to Bro. J. N. Alvord 
and wife, owing to the death of Mrs. Ahrord's 
mother at Minneapolis. Bro. Alvord was relieved 
at Mountain Lake, to attend the funeral, by C. D. 
Brooks, who later went to St. James side wire, re- 
lieved by I. J. Johnson, and he at Stone by J. L. 

Bro. A. F. Riedmiller had a little experience 
at Ottawa, and he in now taking a vacation at 
home in Hospers Bro. Kleeman is at Ottawa 
nights, pending bulletin. 

Bro. Wm. Richmond, of Lake Crystal, on vaca- 
tion, was relieved by Bro. Peterson, relieved by 
Bro. O. S. Brown, from the Wisconsin Division. 

Bro. E. T. Brady is at Su City shops tempo- 
rarily, vice J. L. Farmer. 

Bro. O. A. Iverson, relieving Bro. Dewar at 
Wilder, is all swelled up over the new depot they 
recently moved into there. 

Bro. and Mrs. Tomell have returned from their 
extended wedding trip to his new position at 

Bro. B. J. Funk, of Mankato, is again baching, 
while his wife is visiting relatives in the Twin 

Bro. W. J. A. Maxfield, Colfax, Washington, 
sends his regards to the Omaha boys. Included a 
money order for an up-to-date. He writes that 
the W. O. R. & N. boys are trying to secure a new 
schedule, and the company has offered them a 
blanket increase of $2.50 per job. If they are 
wise they will stand by their committee, as these 
voluntary increases generally cover a strong pur- 

Bro. Shonka bid in Minneopa agency, and Bro. 
Williams has bid on the night job there. 

Bro. Frank Morris, of Westbrook, has resigned. 

Bro. and Mrs. Shier, of Garden City, spent a 
few hours in Mankato, between trains, a few days 

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ago, looking for "Santa." Bro. C. W. West, of 
Vernon Center, transacted business at Mankato, 
December 20th. 

Bro. L. L. Frisby, of Luverne, telegraphers* 
committeman, while attending the Safety First 
meeting at St. James, was relieved by I. J. John- 

General Secretary and Treasurer Tenncy trans- 
acted business with /Local Chairman James 
Mathews between trains at Worthington, Tuesday, 
midnight, December 16th, leaving on No. ) and 
returning on No. 2. 

Bro. O. L. Riedel, of Kasota, had the mis- 
fortune to slip while skating and sprained his arm. 
Bro. Frantz, who relieved him one night, went to 
Blue Earth third. 

Bro. C. M. Butts has returned to Mitchell, after 
a few days' vacation. 

I have appointed Bro. G. V. Cook, of Avoca, 
and Bro. L. L. Frisby, of Luverne, assistant local 
chairmen. They are well known to the boys oa 
the M. & I. Division, and their past will be a 
far better introduction than anything I might say. 
Tliey will help to keep the boys enthused, secure 
new members and assist in keeping up the organi- 
zation. Any thing you may do to help these 
brothers with their new duties and cheer them on 
in their work, will be most thankfully received. 
They nave been clothed with an organizer's power 
to solicit dues or applications, for which they will 
issue receipts. 

D. O. Tbnney, Local Chairman. 

To many the following will come as a surprise, 
and also as a regret, as their acquaintance with 
the author of the letter has been very agreeable 
and pleasant. 

Tekamah, Neb., December 16, 1913. 
To the Officers of Division No. Four: 

In view of the fact that my railroad duties 
continue to grow heavier, I feel that I can not 
give to them, and the work of local chairman, what 
they are entitled to without slighting one or the 
other. As the former means my bread and butter 
and should therefore have my first consideration, 
I have concluded to resign as local chairman. If 
my work as local chairman has been* of value to 
Division No. 4, I feel that I have been amply paid) 
for my exertions. I will continue to keep up my 
membership in the Order and stand ready to do 
all I can to assist my successor in every way 
possible. Nothing but the best of feeling towards 
my associates and other officers of Division No. 4 
exists. But I feel that it is hardly fair for 
one man to perform all this work on a particular 
division, when the others are equal beneficiaries 
in the results, therefore I am taking this step to 
allow some one else a chance as local chairman. 
Yours fraternally, 
James Mathews, Local Chairman. 

It is indeed gratifying to see the dues rolling in 
at such a rapid rate and strongly arguments tjie 
position that the officers of Division No. 4 Jiave 
always taken, viz.: making the business of Divi- 
sion No. 4 a "home-rule" division. There should 

be no surprise attached to this, I presume, as the 
membership voted in the $6.00 semi-annual dues, 
instead of having them remain at $5.00. The great 
number of $6.00 money orders that reach us every 
mail goes to show how completely you are endors- 
ing the plan laid before you at the various meet- 
ings and by letters to increase the dues your- 
selves. Had the officers of Division No. 4 in- 
creased the dues, which they had the privilege of 
doing with a majority vote of the general commit- 
tee, without submitting it to a vote of the mem- 
bership, it would probably not have met with the 
favor that the heavy remittances now being re- 
ceived indicate. 

We arc about to close up our year's work, and 
it is befitting that I take this time and oppor- 
tunity of thanking you heartily one and all for the 
splendid support you have given me, making it a 
pleasure instead of a burden to handle your busi- 
ness. And in closing the year's work, I take pride 
in knowing that the efforts of the organization 
have brought sunshine and prosperity to the homes 
of its constituents, and truly trust that it may 
continue to increase this ten-fold. 

I wish all a prosperous and happy New Year. 
D. 6. Tbnney. Gen'l S. & T. 

Northern District — 

The "old wind-jammer" is back on the job. 
He was on vacation last month, got b^ck too late 
to send in any items, and therefore we did not 
have a write-up in the December journal. But 
after camping in the woods for a couple of weeks 
and bringing back a big buck, we are ready for 
smother year's duty. 

We wish to take this opportunity of wishing 
all the boys a happy New Year, thanking all who 
have interested themselves in sending me items 
from time to time, and hoping we will get your 
hearty support in the future along this line. 

Bro. Steiner, with one of those flashes of good 
judgment so common to him, has appointed "Ye 
Scribe" assistant under him, with full authority 
to round up delinquents from January 1st to 
December 31st and no closed season on nons, 
territory extending^ from Spooner to Duluth and 
Ashland. We ask that you deal kindly with us. 

Bro. A. B. Crowell, who relieved Bro. Stouffer, 
first Shell Lake, also relieved Bro. Ryan at Stan- 
ton for a week. 

Block and Signal Inspector Nordquist was 
through recently on a tour of inspection. 

P. Imislund, second Shell Lake, was relieved 
three nights by L. W. Crego. 

Bill Kuhn is back again as agent at Chetek. 
Bro. Whittaker, day man there will see if he has 
an up-to-date in due time. 

We are glad to hear that our old friend Bro. 
O. P. Ruide has been appointed assistant local 
chairman on the C. F. & N. Bro. Ruide has 
always been a wide-awake, conscientious member, 
and we don't believe Bro. Steiner could have made 
a better choice in selecting an assistant. 

Bro. Crowell drew Mason on November bulletin, 
and has moved his family there. Matt Carey, who 
started for Chippewa Falls to work, was nabbed at 

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Spooner and put on third there a few days, after 
which he went home for several days. 

We understand Bro. Ryan went to Solon Springs 
during bis vacation and brought back a deer. 

Bro. J. Siron, first New Richmond, while off 
with malaria, was relieved by Bro. Swanson, who 
bid in Clear Lake first. Bro. Runkle, of New 
Richmond ticket office, while at St. Paul on a trial 
in connection with a recent accident there, was 
relieved by I. W. Morris, of "NR" freight office. 

Bro. Bartosic is now on Spooner third pending 
bulletin. Mr. King, side wire man at Spooner, has 
returned from vacation down in Missouri. 

L. E. Knight, Gordon agency, is on the D. & 
I. R., replaced by Mr. Nixon, erstwhile main line 

Bro. Tinker, agent Holcombe, while on his first 
vacation this fall in seven years, was relieved by 
Bro. Crowell. 

Bro. B. Bergin, of Shell Lake third, was with 
his folks in Minnesota at Christmas time, his first 
visit home in several years. 

Bro. Steiner, at Deer Park, reports killing a 
deer in his yard. All that saves him from being 
branded as a big prevaricator is the name of his 

We hope every loyal-spirited brother who reads 
this will try his best to get in every non in his 
immediate vicinity and help make this division 
solid, so we may be able to back up our committee 
for the next convention. Considering the great 
concessions our committee has secured every year, 
there is no reason why the membership on this 
division should not be at least 95 per cent. 

Div. Com. 

Eastern District — 

By the time this reaches you one more prosper- 
ous year shall have been checked from the calen- 
dar, during which there was plenty of work for 
• all ; but at this writing the big ax has been descen- 
ing on a lot of our brothers, making a clean 
sweep, something like forty positions having been 
abolished on the system, most of them on the 
Eastern Division, on account of the double track 
and automatics. Stowell nights was taken out; 
day man at Neillsville taken off, Bro. Campbell 
doing his own telegraphing; also three tricks at 
Augusta, Roberts and Baldwin, and two at Wood- 
ville, and numerous clerk jobs; also fourth "MS," 
Bro. Nordby taking Baldwin agency. 

Business is very dull now. It takes four con- 
ductors to run the way freights and sometimes two 
engineers. We hope it will pick up after the 
holidays, or a few more will get their heads 
chopped off. 

There is a bunch of surplus operators at rest 
on the east end, so it ought to be easy to get a 
vacation now. 

Bro. G. D. Nelson, called home on account of 
the death of his uncle, was relieved on third Levis 
by Bro. Waldum. Bro. Johnson, second Levis, 
now baching in a box car there, was relieved at 
Neillsville by Mr. Gormely, returned from his 
claim in Dakota. 

Bros. Allen and Zank have taken clerk jobs at 
Augusta until something better turns up. Mr. 
Balgord relieved. 

Bro. Kuhn was relieved on Hudson third by Mr. 
Balgord for a few nights when he went to his new 
job at Minneapolis. Mr. Balgord bettef stick to 
his insurance business, where he can use his wind 
to advantage, as we do not care to hear him knock. 
Bro. Crosgrove is now on third Hudson pending 

Bro. Hall, from Lake Elmo second, displaced 
Bro. Harshman on second Lakeland Jet. 

We have the promise of Mr. Witt and Mr. Perry, 
on third Northline pending bids, this pay-day. 
They will be as "welcome as the flowers in May." 

Eastern Division freight crews are now running 
through to Minneapolis instead of East SL Paul. 
The yards at Hazel Park are used entirely for 
outgoing cars and is a filling-out point for east- 
bound trains out of Minneapolis. The big Mikado 
engines now in use have combined with the re- 
trenchment to make very light picking for the 
train and engine crews. 

Bro. and Mrs. E. J. Stanton and family spent 
a few days in St. Paul recently as guests of Bro. 
and Mrs. Liddane. Bro. Stanton succeeded Bro. 
Hurst on the "safety first" committee, and we 
couldn't have chosen a better man to fill that 

Bro. Pope, at Woodville, was pretty badly hit 
by the reduction. Instead of three operators, he 
now has only one and a clerk. 

The retirement of Mr. Lamb marks the passing 
of one of the veterans of the service. He has 
worked a trkk in the dispatcher's office on this 
division nearly as long as the oldest inhabitant 
can remember. He leaves a host of friends be- 
hind, and the boys all wish him success wherever 
he may go. 

Now, boys, remember to begin the new year with 
a new card in your pockets. In that way you can 
expect to look for something better before the close 
of the present year. There are so few of us left 
on the East End Division that we want every man 
to get in line and help line up those still out. The 
force has been cut to such an extent that there 
are but few new men left, and the old-timers ought 
to know what it is to be without a schedule. "NufT 
said." Get busy. 

The new cards will be $6 instead of $5 as here- 
tofore. That will mean more money in our treas- 
ury and more money for our committee to work 

I wish to extend every one of you a prosperous 
and happy New Year. Cekt. 7. 

Union Pacific R. R. 

Nebraska Division, First and Second Districts — 

The only news that seems of moment to me 
just now as I write, is the fact that I was called 
away on grievance matters and prevented from 
spending Christmas at home. But after working 
for the railroad a few years we lose track of 
Sundays and holidays, and I am comforting myself 
with the thought that a lot of the rest of the boys 
had about as little Christmas as I did. 

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Although I was among strangers on that day, 
I could not but notice the good nature dis- 
played by everyone. Trains were late, stations 
congested as well as cars, while hotels were de- 
serted, but whether there was a crowd or only 
the clerk and myself and a porter in sight, every 
one was good natured; everyone greeted every- 
one else with a smile and a good word. I won- 
dered why it could not be thus every day. Every- 
one gets up Christmas morning with a determina- 
tion to be cheery to everyone they meet. They 
actually exude good will toward all with whom 
they come in contact, and it spreads until life is 
a joy for one day anyway. Can't we carry that 
spirit into every day of the year? Especially^ in 
our work, can't we resolve every morning that 
so far as we are concerned nothing but good-will 
shall radiate from us that day? S;irely the 
Savior did not mean to have good-will toward 
men only one day out of 365. This one day gives 
a glimpse of the possibility of that kind of a 
situation, and, at any rate, I think we should culti- 
vate this virtue as much as possible. It will not 
only mean much to others, but we ourselves will 
get much more pleasure out of life. And we 
surely know we heed something in our work 
to make optimists out of us. We can at least 
make this a New Year resolution, and while it 
lasts as such will be a good thing. 

We were surprised Christmas day to receive 
the resignation of Bro. L. G. Ging as local chair- 
man in Nebraska, which carried with it also a 
vacancy in the office of secretary of the general 
committee. Bro. Ging has not made known to us 
his plans and we, therefore, are not prepared to 
give his reasons for this action, but judge that 
he has plans in view for work elsewhere, since 
we know his heart is in the work of the organiza- 
tion and the committee of which he has been a 
member, full of interest at all times in any plan 
that would be foi the betterment of any of the 
men. Bro. Ging is a man of good education, 
rather broad experience for his years and with an 
insight into future almost ideal conditions for the 
man of the station, which I wish he could stay 
by us and help work to secure. I regret that 
the company — not only this but all the railroads 
in the country^-do not offer more inducements 
for such men as he to stay with them. If they 
would put such men in their stations and give them 
adequate help instead of making slaves of them, 
they would have something like adequate service 
in those stations, and their cry 'for *'good agents" 
mi^ht be heard. But while Bro. Ging is a good 
worker for the future he does not neglect the 
present also, and as I was preparing to say in 
my year-end circular, has the only solid district 
on the division, unless at the last moment Bro. 
Horiskey may be able to render a similar report. 
The district f rota Sidney to Cheyenne, on which 
Bro. Ging works, being the only absolutely solid 
district on the system, with every man working 
with an up-to-date member, and if we secure 
one more implication before the end of this 
week, in which I am writing, the sam*^ can be 
•aid of the Third District, bordering Bro. Ging 

from North Platte to Sidney. This is all by way of 
saying that Bro. Ging is of a type of man that 
the railroad could afford to cultivate for a position 
as agent, and that we regret to lose him off the 
committee, and should he resign from the service 
shall hate to lose him there. 

For the present no appointment will be made as 
local chairman for the Nebraska Division, and I 
shall handle the grievances myself, although I shall 
probably appoint a man later to serve out the 
unexpired term, as I don't believe you care to go 
to the expense of an election just now. Bro. Z. 
R. Hook, of Manhattan, Kan., has been appointed 
secretary of the general committee. 

Bro. Hans Jensen has accepted the position of 
cashier at Kearney, and Overton is again on bul- 
letin. Bro. Jensen is a fully competent agent, and 
we hope this promotion is only the beginning 'of 
still better jobs further along. Under our new 
agreement he has every thing to gain and nothing 
to lose. If he goes ahead he does not need his 
rights; if he should be reduced for any reason he 
can assume his rights with us and still be taken 
care of. Here's hoping more of the boys now 
show a desire to forge ahead. Bro. Julius Hansen 
is relieving at Overton. 

Bro. Mike Armstrong drew first at Kearney, 
and Lloyd Sampson third at that place. Mr. Wil- 
son, a new man from the Q., doing the extra 
work, while the changes were being made. Bro. 
Stevens, on second there, laid off to celebrate 
Christmas, and was relieved by Mr. Flurry, a com- 
mercial man with a good fist and no card, which 
is a poor combination. We hope^to change it if 
he stays. 

Bro. W. C. Stevenson, of Pleasanton, secured 
the agency at Arnold, which still keeps the K. B. 
H. solid. Bro. LeGate, of Yutan, gets Pleasanton, 
while Yutan is on bulletin. 

Bro. D. I. Price, who has been in Denver all 
summer for his health, is returning to work, but 
to date hasn't bid in anything yet. 

Bro. F. S. Mann, extra at Grand Island, spent 
a few days about Christmas time in Omaha. Odd 
to see an extra man laying off at Christmas, but 
there were very few old heads off this winter. 
Don't know whether they are hard up or what. 
Probably that isn't the cause, but this may be the 
year when all their relations came to visit them. 
I know that is the reason why I was trying to 
stay home for the holidays. 

You boys who are not showing interest in the 
Omaha Oub are losing out. Fine meetings are ' 
being held every month, and this month a social 
and dance was held, which was a signal success. 
It was not a money-making affair, was free to 
members, music was furnished by our own 
orchestra, which is as good as any we could hire; 
the ladies furnished the refreshments, and good 
fellowship abounded, so I am told. As I was 
working in the office, I was unable to attend this 
one, but I was at the meeting held last month, 
at which there were thirty-five present, and I got 
enough enthusiasm there to run me for another 
monih. Come on along next meeting. 

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Before you get this journal you will likely 
have received a circular with a resume of the 
situation January lst» as regards Division 6 and 
a request for figures on express commission. We 
are receiving much correspondence about the ex- 
press situation, and this note here is to remind you 
that it you haven't already done so, kindly send 
to your committee at once the necessary figures 
asked for in that circular, so that they may have 
them at their annual meeting in February or 
March. Yon can not expect your committee to 
take intelligent action on these matters and give 
them proper consideration for you, unless you give 
them the necessary dope. If you haven't com- 
plied with the request in the circular mentioned, 
this is a reminder to do it now. 

Cert. 217. 

Wyoming Division, Seventh District — 

Bro. E. A. Curtis, third Bitter Creek, called to 
Paris, Mo., on account of illness of his father, 
was retie^d hy Mr. English, from the Wabash. « 

Bro. Wnu Uorton, first Granger, assigned first 
Red Des^".. relieving Mr. Denton, who went to 
Black E^ .us, relieving Bro. W. R. Stedman, who 
resigned and returned to Oklahoma on account of 
the illness of his father. 

Mr. Moore, third Wamsutter, transferred to 
Colorado Division. 

Mr. and Mrs. Brown, third and second Red 
Desert, will line-up soon. 

Bro. Kabes, first Table Rock, has resigned and 
is going to San Francisco. Bro. Decker, second 
there, also resigned. 

Bro. Greer, second Tipton, assigned agency Ft. 

IVyotning Division, Eighth and Ninth Districts — 

Bro. F. P. Rowell bid in managership Green 

Mr. Drummond, on first Granger, pending bul- 
letin and Mr. Bagby, on third there, promise to 
line-up soon. Bro. Piers, on second, wants to lay 
off to go to Salt Lake. 

Bro. Kennedy is back at Carter, after a month's 
work at Echo. 

Mrs. Decker bid in Le Roy agency, relieved by 
Mr. Longstreth at Altamont. 

Bro. John A. Johnson has left Evanston and 
gone East, relieved by Mr. Aldrich. 

Bro. Jess Thomas spent Christmas at Evans- 
viUe, Ind. 

Bro. Grant Hix was a Salt Lake visitor recently. 


Canadian Pacific Ry. 
Welland, Ont., December 22d, 1913. 
Bro. A. D. Anderson, of LaRiviere, Man., has 
been regularly elected as local chairman for Dis- 
trict 4, Manitoba Division, succeeding Bro. J. R. 
Baker, resigned. 

Yours fraternally, 

G. D. Robertson. 

Saskatchewan Division, Districts Three and Pour — 

The second annual O. R. T. banquet for these 
two districts was held at the King George Hotel, 
at Ssiskatoon, on the night of November 27th. 
It was a big success, and General Chairman 
Robertson, who was returning from Seattle, char- 
acterized it as the largest banquet ever held in 
Canada, outside of conventions; there being over 
sixty telegraphers present. 

The magnificent hotel was the mecca of every 
telegrapher who could possibly get away, and con- 
sidering the train service it was a big credit 
to the telegraphers in Saskatchewan. 

The dining room was decorated with Canadian 
Pacific mottoes, and at the end of the main isle a 
complete reproduction of a large Canadian Pacific 
railway passenger engine, weighing over a ton, 
equipped vrith electric head light and carrying 
green signals, was set up. The design was per- 
fect, and the telegraphers were obliged to I. G. 
Trudel, general storekeeper of the C. P. R. at 
Moose Jaw for his kindness in having this made. 
The music was furnished by Miller's Regimental 

Many officials of the railways in Saskatchewan 
were present and made appropriate speeches, re- 
calling incidents of their early days; among whom 
were: Messrs. DuVal and Boyd, superintendents 
C. P. R., Saskatoon; W. A. Brown, general super- 
intendent, and Mr. Warren, assistant general 
manager of Canadian Northern Ry., Winnipeg; 
W. H. D'Arcy, general claim agent C. P. R., 
Winnipeg; C. D. Fisher, veteran member of O. R. 
T., Division 7 (the man who represented the 
Grand Trunk Pacific telegraphers on the board of 
Arbitration this year), and C. F. Travis, also an 
old-timer, who with Mr. Fisher was on the first 
general committee ever convened on the western 
lines of C. P. R. Reference is made later on to 
the tragic illness and death of Bro. Travis. 
Chief Dispatchers Chapman and Collins were also 
guests, as was Mr. Humphreys, car system agent, 
Moose Jaw. 

It was a great pleasure to the tdegraphers to 
have with them Bro. G. D. Robertson, general 
chairman of the O. R. T., Division 7, who was 
returning from the American Federation of Labor 
convention at Seattle, and all were sorry that 
Bros. Quick and Campbell were unable to be 
present, but we hope next year that this will be 

M. H. McGeough, assistant general chairman, 
was toastmaster, and with a few appropriate re- 
marks opened the proceedings, after the excel- 
lent menu had been sampled. He thanked the 
various officials for their presence and for their 
co-operation in allowing so many telegraphers away 
to attend this banquet. 

The programme was as follows: 

The King and Empire (God Save the King) — 
. Orchestra. 


'The City of Saskatoon"— Proposed by H. H. 
Boyd, superintendent. Saskatoon. Response — His 
Worship, Mayor Harrison (unable to be present) 
and C. F. Fisher, Saskatoon. 

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"The Canadian Pacific Railway"— Proposed by 
J. 'A. Merkley. dispatcher. Saskatoon. Response 
from E. W. DuVal, superintendent. Saskatoon, 
and W. H. D*Arcy, Winnipeg. 

"Our Guests'* — Proposed by G. M. Cordingley, 
dispatcher, Saskatoon. Response from A. E. St. 
Laurent. F. S. Cahill, president Industrial League 
(unable to be present). 

"The O. R. T."— Proposed by C. F. Travis, 
Saskatoon (taken suddenly ill and his place taken 
by Bro. McGeough). Response by G. D. Robert- 
son, general chairman, Welland. 

"Kindred Organizations" — Proposed by J. J. 
McGrath, Saskatoon. Response from Con. Spence. 

"The Canadian Northern Ry." — Proposed by H. 
J. Humphreys, Moose Jaw. Response by A. E. 
Warren, assistant general manager, C. N. R.; W. 
A. Brown, general superintendent, C. N. R., Win- 

"Toastmaster" — M. H. McGeough, Suska^oon. 

"Auld Lang Syne." 

Mr. Fisher was cheered to the echo when he 
rose to respond to the toast, "The City of Saska- 
toon," which was ably proposed by Superintendent 
Boyd. Mr. Fisher is known from one end of 
Canada to the other, where an operator can be 
found, and he gave many incidents relating to the 
early days when Bro. T. Pierson, our grand vice- 
president, was up in the West. 

In responding to the toast, "The Canadian 
Pacific Railway," Superintendent DuVal said it 
was a great pleasure for him to be present at the 
annual banquet of the telegraphers. He referred 
to the pleasure all must feel in having Mr. D'Arcy, 
general claims agent Western Lines, present. He 
regretted the absence of General Superintendent 
Taylor, of the C. P. R., and read a telegram from 
him, in which he said he hoped that a very suc- 
cessful evening would be enjoyed. He also read 
a telegram from Grant Hall, general manager, 
C. P. R., Western Lines at Winnipeg, regretting 
that business engagements prevented him from 
being present, sending his best wishes to the teleg- 
raphers of Saskatchewan, with the hope that the 
banquet would be both pleasant and profitable. 

Mr. D*Arcy, in responding to the same toast, 
gave a brilliant and instructive address, which 
was thoroughly enjoyed. He commented on the 
youthfulness of those present, and referred in 
glowing terms to the opportunities of the present- 
day to young men in Western Canada, and also 
touched op various subjects in which railway 
agents were concerned. 

Bro. G. M. Cordingley in proposing the toast, 
"Our Guests," read a note from His Honor Mayor 
Harrison, who regretted that business prevented 
him from attending, and sent his best wishes. A. 
E. St. Laurent, of Saskatoon, an old-timer and a 
veteran telegrapher, responded to the toast in an 
able manner. 

On account of the sudden illness of C. F. Travis, 
who was stricken down just as he was about 
to propgse the toast, "The O. R. T.," his place 
was taken by Bro. McGeough, who called on Bro. 
Robertson to respond. Bro. Robertson, as usual, 
delivered a splendid address, complimenting the 

telegraphers on the arrangements made for such 
a banquet and hoped that it would spread over 
the whole system. 

Bro. J. J. McGrath proposed the toast, "The 
Kindred Organizations," which was responded to 
by Conductor Spence. 

11. J. Humphreys proposed a special toast, "The 
Canadian Northern Railway," and it was fittingly 
responded to by Assistant General Manager War- 
ren (who is an old C. P. R. telegrapher, and also 
W. A. Brown). He referred to the time when he 
first worked on the C. P. R., when there were 
only "fifteen agents in Western Canada. He also 
paid a great tribute to "Dave" Campbell, our 
worthy third vice-president, and said he was the 
most brilliant and fair labor official that he ever 
negotiated a schedule with, and closed by ex- 
pressing his pleasure at being able to be present 
with the telegraphers. 

The banquet closed by all singing "Auld Lang 

Immediately after the banquet, which closed at 
midnight, the telegraphers held a meeting, called 
to order by Chairman McGeough, who called on 
Bro. G. D. Robertson to address us. Bro. Robert- 
son dealt with the main features of the recent 
big American Federation of Labor convention in 
Seattle, and with the O. R. T. work that would 
be taken up, following the convening of the gen- 
eral committee in Ottawa in January. 

Bro. J. A. Merkley then arose and called atten- 
tion, in a few words of appreciation, to the work 
of Bro. McGeough as assistant general chairman 
of the Saskatchewan Division, and spoke of the 
improvement in conditions they enjoyed and the 
satisfactory way the work was performed by the 
committee. Then, on behalf of the telegraphers of 
District 3, he presented Bro. McGeough with a 
handsome leather club bag, suitably fitted for 
traveling, bearing a silver plate suitably engraved. 

Bro. McGeough, in replying, thanked the mem- 
bers for their thoughtfulness, but disclaimed any 
credit for doing anything but simply his work, de- 
claring that it was a pleasure to him to be in a 
position to help along the good work. 

Bro. McGeough was taken completely by sur- 
prise, and is indeed grateful to the telegraphers 
for thus remembering him. 

It was a great shock to the telegraphers on 
this district to learn that C. F. Travis, who was 
stricken with paralysis while attending the banquet 
at Saskatoon, had passed away on Sunday morn- 
ing, without regaining consciousness, from hemor- 
rhage of the brain. He fell to the floor uncon- 
scious, just as he was rising to propose as a toast, 
"The O. R. T.," was taken to the Saskatoon Hos- 
pital at once, and Mrs. Travis, who was in 
Winnipeg, wired for immediately. He had been 
agent of the C. P. R. at Elkhorn, for a number 
of years, and was a member of the first general 
committee of the O. R. T. on western lines. He 
was later agent of the C. N. R. at Virdcn and 
%skatoon, and a few years ago went into private 
business. The funeral took place in Elkhorn, 
Man., the following Wednesday. A funeral scrv- 

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ice, held in Saskatoon in Youngs undertaking 
chapel, was largely attended by the telegraphers 
there. Div. Com. 

Alhtrta Division, Crow's Nest Subdivision— 

A banner meeting was held in Cranbrook, B. C, 
Sunday afternoon, November 23d. 

The boys turned out from the extreme ends of 
the division and branches to see what our worthy 
general chairman, G. D. Robertson, looked like 
and hear what he had to say; and not one of them 
was disappointed in his tall, straight-forward and 
manly appearance nor in the message he brought 
us. He spoke in eloquent form for two solid 
hours, dealing principally with the circumstances 
leading up to the making of it necessary for us 
to take into our organization the clerks of the 
C P. R., now on the agents' staff; the same as 
we took in years ago the train dispatchers and 

Bro. Robertson showed clearly how dangerous 
it was. since the arrival of the telephone, to have 
a great number of unorganized men like the clerks 
sitting shoulder to shoulder with us in the same 
office, so closely allied to us in the same business; 
that the clerks today are the poorest-paid men on 
the roadf and that the agents are held responsible 
for the work of such poorly paid assistance, it 
being almost impossible for an agent to keep a good 
assistant at the present wages. The meeting 
strongly endorsed Bro. Robertson's views. 

Bro. Robertson also spoke in glowing terms of 
the work of the local chairmen and the members 
of Division 7 in bringing it to its present high 
standard, having had the most delegates at the 
Baltimore convention and the largest membership 
in America. 

Several important decisions, pending for almost 
a year with Mr. McNicoU at Montreal, Bro. Rob- 
ertson announced closed in our favor, which was 
received with gratification. 

The schedule was discussed and a number of 
points cleared up, Bro. Robertson having every- 
thing right on the ends of his fingers. 

The roll-call showed the following brothers pres- 
ent: Legault, Price, Murray, Wogtonoski, Wick- 
wire, Brown (McGillwray) ; Brown (dispatcher). 
Eraser, Watson, Winters, Doner, Clark, Murphy, 
Bromley. Bourgue, Bundy, Bancroft, Gitz, White- 
head, Howard, Sheldon, Spcnce, Thompson, Mc- 
Phee, Burgess (**FW*') and General Chairman 

Bro. Whitehead was the lone representative from 
MacLeod, Bro. McBride and a few other good 
men from that terminal being conspicuous by their 

At 18 o'clock the meeting adjourned to the Cran- 
brook Hotel dining-room, later to Ed CHne's pri- 
vate ofiice, the meeting concluding about 2 o'clock 
in the smoking-room of the parlor car of No. 12. 
Look out for the next meeting. Cert. 1412. 

White River to Chapleau — 

It is agreed by mutual agreement that Bro. 
Sullivan, the assistant correspondent, shall handle 
from Chapleau to Cartier, and that Bro. Bates, the 

regular correspondent, shall handle from Chapleau 
to White River. Under this arrangement there 
will be no chance of repetition of items. 

We had a big meeting in Chapleau on the last 
Saturday in November. A great many of the mem- 
bers came in from far-away stations. Among 
them were: Bro. Soules, Metagama; Bro. Beatty, 
Grasett, and other brothers from far-oflf points. 
These men are a credit to the Order, and when 
they come from those distant points it is some- 
what of a reflection on those living within thirty 
or forty miles who, when they pay their dues, 
"halloo" loudest for their rights and for protec- 
tion, and, after voting on a regular monthly meet- 
ing, refuse to come to it, after the brothers in 
Chapleau and our local chairman, Bro. Hogg, 
especially, do so much to make the thing go right, 
the latter even going so far as to put his clubroom 
at our disposal, which, with its added comforts, 
certainly makes our meetings a whole lot better. 
Brothers, try to come to the meetings, and you 
will go home with the satisfaction of feeling that 
you did your part anyway. 

We want a progressive lodge in the progressive 

town of/Liiapleau, and your co-operation is asked 

to make it so. It was written a long time ago, 

"Those who are not with me are against me.*' 

It will shortly be Bro. Brown at Grassett nights. 

Lochalsh nights closed. 

Bro. Dcpew relieved Bro. Nesbitt, Missanabie 
nights, all fall while he was back East ill. 
It will soon be Bro. Joseph, Goldie nights. 
Wayland, Nicholson and Pardee closed nights. 
Bro. Byrne is relieving Bro. Freeborn, Chapleau 
first, east on holidays. 

All dispatchers are lined up but two new arrivals, 
who have their applications already made out. In 
another month there will not be a non on the dis- 

Bro. Leon Bolton is back East since Shumka 

Bro. Byrne, who left last summer and went to 
Ottawa, is back at his old haunts again. 

Wayland agency has been cut out, putting Bro. 
Ruest temporarily out of a job. It is to be opened 
as a night office shortly. 

Bro. Dkrkenson says the A. C. Railway at Franz 
is keeping them very busy. 

Bro. Joe Bolton is going to Quebec to get mar- 

Bro. Dickenson is going East shortly. If they 
all chipped in like Dickenson we would have a 
better write-up every month. 

Bro. Byrne's case — getting reinstated on the divi- 
sion with full seniority — was taken up at the last 
meeting, and every member present was in favor 
of giving Bro. Byrne back his rights on account 
of the delicate condition of Mrs. Byrne's health, 
which necessitated his ' coming back to this divi- 
sion. The boys all "came across" like true 
brothers and did all possible for Bro. Byrne in 
his present unfortunate position. We all hope 
Mrs. Byrne will soon be restored to health. 

We are going to have a banquet in the new 
town hall as soon as the other dances are all over, 
and we're going to show them something. We'll 

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be glad to see all the brothers and sisters on our 
district at this banquet, and it's going to make the 
ancient Bacchanalian ones we used to have in the 
"Y. M." look like a prayer meeting. 

Boys, come to the meetings when you can. 

Do not think because you are alone in a small 
town that you are the only O. R. T. union oper- 
ator in the world. There are thousands who are 
always ready with the glad hand to do their share. 

Get any stray lamb you know of lined up, and 
don't forget your obligation: "No card, no favors." 
Ceet. 1287. 

Lake Superior Division, District 3, Superior Lodge 

of Schreiber — 

On Sunday evening, November 23d, another of 
our successful meetings was held in the hall at 
Schreiber, with more members present than at any 
heretofore. We were glad to see so many from 
the west end present, as it shows that they are 
commencing to take an interest in our work. We 
were also very glad to have Sisters Syberg and 
Hamel with us, as the presence of ladies always 
brings cheer into the hearts of all men, and more 
especially in the hearts of a few there, who could 
under no circumstances be happy without ladies 

Bro. Warner brought up a matter which I am 
sure will prove of great interest to all members, 
both ladies and gentlemen — that of organizing a 
Ladies' Auxiliary in connection with our lodge. 
I am sure that every member will be strongly in 
favor of this, especially the married brothers, as 
it will make it possible for them to bring their 
wives with them when coming in to attend the 
meetings. Sister Syberg, Bros. Warner and Hawke 
were appointed a committee to take up this matter 
and get all information possible in connection with 
it I will ask every member, both brothers and sis- 
ters, to give this committee all possible assistance 
to make the auxiliary a success, and I am sure 
everyone will be greatly benefited by it. 

At this meeting it was decided to continue hold- 
ing our meetings every month instead of discon- 
tinuing them until the spring, as was at first de- 
cided. I hope the cold winter weather will not 
discourage any of the boys. Anyone who is tak- 
ing an interest in the O. R. T. will not let such 
- a small matter as a snowstorm keep them away 
from the meetings. Remember the Order has done 
a lot for you, and will continue to better your 
working conditions if you remain loyal, and give 
the officers of your district your help by attending 
the meetings. The boys on this district are taking 
great interest in the Order that has proved of such 
valuable assistance in helping to bring our schedule 
to where it is today — second to none in the United 
States or Canada. 

At the close of the meeting Bro. Hawke invited 
all the members and their wives to attend a ban- 
quet in honor of our lodge at the King George 
restaurant. At 10 o'clock we took our places at 
tables that had been prepared especially for us, 
and were soon doing justice to the excellent re 
past prepared by Madam SL Jean. After we had 
made short work of the turkey, chicken, fruit 
and other good things the tables were cleared, and 

the following were called on to speak a few words 
before bidding each other "GN:" Bro. Hogg, 
local chairman district 2; Assistant Superintendent 
Wilson, Chief Dispatcher Moran and Bro. Skaling. 
It was a pijeasure to have Bro. Hogg present, as 
he made the trip from Chapleau especially to at^ 
tend. Like our chief telegrapher, he does all he 
can for the good of our Order. 

Past Chief Bro. Nicol, of Jack Fish, is on his 
holidays, relieved by Bro. Bennett, whose position 
days there has been withdrawn, as the coal season 
has closed, which makes it unnecessary to have 
an operator on duty besides the agent during the 

First Vice-Chief Telegrapher Bro. Lindsay has 
taken his wife for treatment to Port Arthur Hos- 
pital, relieved by Bro. Depew. Bro. Lindsay has 
the sympathy of every member on the district, who 
all sincerely hope Mrs. Lindsay will soon recover 
and be able to return to Schreiber. 

Positions bulletined recently have been assigned 
as follows: Schreiber first wire, Bro. DeLong; 
second. Bro. O'Donnell. Nights — MacKenzie, Bro. 
Ross; Dorian, Bro. McDonald; Hemlo, Bro. Cur- 
ran; Middleton, Sister Hannenan; Amy days, 
Bro. Gustafson; nights, Bro. Landry; Gumey days, 
Bro. Currie; nights, Bro. King; Cavers days, Bro. 
Westacott; nights, Bro. Dewar; White River sec- 
ond, Bro. Goodwin; third, Bro. Dean; Redlite 
days, Bro. Bartholomeau; nights, T. Dooley; King 
days, Bro. Lungdren; nights, E. C. Campbell; 
Schreiber first phone, Bro. Currie; Rossport nights, 
Bro. McKenna; Tarpon days, Bro. Lewars. 

Day and nights— Blue Jay, Horn and Selim bul- 
letined on account of putting operators at these 
points, due to staff system, and Hemlo nights on 
account of Bro. Curran resigning, assigned as 
follows: Horn days, T. Dooley; nights, Mr. 
Howell; Selim days, Mr. Lacombe; nights, Mr. 
Lake; Hemlo nights, Bro. McQuowan; Blue Jay 
days, Bro. Williams; nights, Bro. Walsh; Ruby 
days, Mr. Bourett. 

Bro. Ross, on his holidays, has gone to England 
to visit his old home, relieved by Bro. Habicht. 
Anyone wishing application blanks or any informa- 
tion regarding membership fees, etc., will gladly 
be furnished by Bro. Hawke or myself. 

Boys, the winter rush will soon be upon us in 
earnest. Be sure to give the dispatchers every 
attention for the safe handling of trains. Make 
our district one of the best on the system. The 
company appreciates good service. 

The officers of this lodge take this opportunity 
to thank all the brothers and sisters for the kind 
assistance given them during the past year in 
making our lodge one of the best in the country, 
and wish all members and their families a bright 
and happy New Year. Div. Co». 

P.astcrn Diiision, District Four — 

Our regular monthly meeting at Ottawa, Ont., 
Friday, November 28th, proved to be one of the 
largest in our history, owing to the fact that a 
"safety first" meeting was held in our hall just 
previous to ours. We did not not find it neces- 
sary to coax for leave, and hope the officials will 

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find no more trouble in relieving when our meet- 
ing takes place. 

After listening to several splendid speeches on 
"Safety First** by several renowned orators, in- 
cluding Mr. Miller, of Windsor depot. Our meet- 
ing was called to order by our esteemed chairman, 
Bro. Rooney. Others present were: Bros. Ritchie, 
of Alcove; Leslie, of Wakefield; Joe Moore, of 
Maniwaki Jet.; Anderson, of Hull; Hickson, of 
Campbeirs Bay; Howe, Louttit, Stewart and 
Smith, of the terminals; Bro. Johnston, of Mano- 
tick; Burton, of Navan; Jenson, of Hammond; 
Matte, of Bourget; Cowan, of Pendleton; La- 
rocque, of Alfred; Gemmill, of McAlpine, and Du- 
bois, of St. Eugene. We would like to have seen 
Plantagenet, Vankleek and Rigaud represented, and 
know of no reason why one of the boys from each 
of these places were not present. 

Bros. Carley, Blanchfield and Barnwell disap- 
peared after "safety first** adjourned. We are 
sorry the "safety first'* kept "Blanche** away 
from her for so long. If he will bring her with 
him next time, we will all give her the glad 
hand. We have yet to learn what the attraction 
was that took the other two away from our meet- 

Several discussions of interest to all took place, 
and we hope 'some benefit will be derived there- 

Get together, boys, and attend the meetings regu- 
larly. It means a lot to the Order and ourselves. 
We are sorry to hear of the illness of Bro. 
Byrnes wife, necessitating an extended leave of 
absence, and sincerely hope the holiday will do 
them both much good. 

AH the bachelors around the terminals are be- 
coming entangled in the matrimonial web. First 
Bro. McPhail, then Bro. Park; and Bros. Wardrop, 
Howe, Ellis and Blanchfield are looming up on 
the horizon as benedicts. All we ask is that we 
arc given more notice of future events than we 
bad of the last two. We all join in wishing Bros. 
McPhail and Park and their brides a long, happy 
and prosperous wedded life. 

Bro. Gemmill, after a pleasant (?) sojourn at 
Low, has decided to winter at McAlpine, vice Mr. 
Deslaurier, indisposed. 

Our populsr "little** operator at "CD'* is sure 
getting to be ; ome "daisy.** 

"Bob" Ritchie has settled down in his new 
quarters at Alcove, and seems to be quite content 
with country life. 

Bro. Craft is now enjoying a few holidays 
visiting the scenes of his childhood in Yankee- 
land. Perhaps he may have intentions, too; you 
never can tell. It sure looked as if he was in for 
it awhile ago. 

The chief still has the same old relief team at 
K. Y. & O. Jet., viz.: Bros. "Blanche" and Le- 
<4ge. and they are making good. Both are still 
^nglc, but Sandy Hill is an attractive place. 

Hope the government can replace a couple of 
tbc staff when called upon to do so, although we 
know it would be rather **Tuff** to lose them. We 

can do nothing better than to wish them "God- 

Electric staff system is now being installed be- 
tween Hull and Central depot, with Maniwaki Jet. 
as a side line. We have decided an electrician is 
necessary at Hull. "Joe** says he will lose too 
much fat performing such "cranky" exercise. 
Herb and Keith should worry, wind their music 
box and sing "In the Good Old Days Gone By." < 

It would seem as if our regular division corre- 
spondent had gone on a prolonged vacation. Per. 
haps he is in search of a helpmate for his declin- 
ing years. If so we will gladly forgive him for 
his seeming neglect, and wish him joy. Who is 
she? Don*t all speak at once. 

Save $6.50 of your next check, boys; it*s due 
now. Cbrts. 1324 amd 1057. 

B. C. Division, District Cne — 

Bro. Martin, agent Ducks, on leave, was re- 
lieved by Mr. Tibbs. 

Bro. Robitaille, agent Salmon Arm, has just 
finished moving into his new station, which is 
said to be one of the finest on the western lines. 

Bro. Wilson got Field passenger station nights, 
relieved by Bro. Becker at Sicamous pending bul- 

Bro. Forbes bid in Carobie agency. 

Bro. Ireland, agent Clanwilliam, on a six weeks* 
visit to the coast cities, was relieved by Bro. 

Bro. Hanna, second "BY,** resigned, relieved 
by Bro. Kennedy, from Cambie. Bro. Nichols, 
just returned from his vacation, relieving Mr. 
Britt, spare. 

Dispatcher Bunnell, off on account of sickness, 
was relieved by Bro. Young. 

Bros. Anderson and Ketchum, of Leanchoil, are 
making a tour of California and other southern 
States, relieved by Bros. Withler and Williams. 

Taft and Pritchard were mentioned as not being 
solid in a recent write-up. We are very glad to 
say that Pritchard is now solid and Taft is up to 
date since Bro. Calaghan returned. Our list only 
shows three nons on this division now, but we 
MTill probably have to wait for some time to elim- 
inate them before our division ih solid, as they 
seem to be hopeless cases. All the brothers who 
have done their duty and kept up to date should 
always remember, "No card, no favors." 

Cert. 1499. 

M. & O. Division — 

On November 22d Bro. Z. Sansregret, of Point 
Fortune, Que., was stricken with a paralytic 
stroke. His left side is paralyzed and, as many 
of the brothers know, he has only one leg, his 
right leg being amputated above the knee, and 
he is very helpless. Brotliers, read with me the 
76th Psalm, and you will be comforted. Bro. 
Sansregret has the sympathy of th» brothers on 
the M. & O. Division, and all wish him a speedy 
recovery, so we will see him at the meetings again. 


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Mohawk Division — 

I am very glad to see the interest the brothers 
on thU division are taking in the Order. They 
certainly arc a lot of live wires. 

There hasn't been a write-up of this division for 
nearly six months. When we worked twelve hours 
we had a very large attendance at meetings, and 
every month there was Mohawk news in The 
Telegrapher, but since we have been working 
eight hours less interest is shown in the meetings. 
The first and third trick brothers should be able 
to spare a few hours once a month to attend and 
keep up the interest, especially the brothers located 
in Schenectady. 

Bro. Schenmyer, of S. S. 5, has bought a small 
farm on the turnpike and is in the chicken busi- 
ness. Bro. Smith, of "CP* tower, Central Jet., 
seems to be making a success in that line. 

Bro. Coyne seems to have considerable business 
at the freight office in West Albany. Wonder 
what the attraction is? 

E. O. Teller, first S. S. 2, got a raise of $19.00 
a month, along with the eight-hour day the Order 
secured for him. We should see that he gets a 
card as it will only cost him $1.00 a month of that 
raise to carry it. 

W. R. Sweet, second S. S. 1, has returned from 
his honeymoon spent at Los Angeles, Cal. Con- 

The phone gives out every once in awhile, and 
we have to fall back to the good old Morse. Under- 
stand a road in Texas has discontinued the use of 
the phone, and it may not be long before the 
roads in the East will follow suit. 

Bro. H. A. S., second S. S. 4, bid in third at 
S. S. 3, and he and F. B. Smith have changed 
jobs until he moves to Albany. 

ExrBro. L. B. Baker is on this division again. 
We hope he. will soon be with us. 

We notice on the bid sheet the name of E. C. 
S. If this is Bro. Ed., who worked at Vermont, 
we will be glad to welcome him again into the fold. 

Since the installing of the dispatcher's terminal 
circuits between Rensselaer and West Albany the 
work at all signal stations between these points 
has greatly increased. The levermen at S. S. 100 
have our sympathy, and we hope they will soon be 
granted right hours. 

Bros. Coonley and Keiser, S. S. 99, Rensselaer, 
arc contemplating a trip to Los Angeles, Cal. 

Bro. Barrett, S. S. 98, is a busy man these days 
answering the terminal phone. 

Dro. Jackson, S. S. "C," also Bro. Hart, S. S. 
1, have something on their minds these days. No 
more holding freights for the drawbridge, they go 
via the Air Line when the draw is open, or explain 

Bro. Waters, S. S. 100, has his hands full these 
days. Understand the levermen at S. S. 100 have 
orders not to answer phone or hells on account 
of working twelve hours, but 1 wonder if the 
trains would move if they lived up to this order? 

Bro. Fonsby, third S. S. 98, is not getting his 
usual six hours' rest out of eight "now-a-nights." 

Bro. Hibsch returned home after a short vaca- 
tion on third S. S. 101. Too much smoke — not 
from his pipe, but from the locomotive. 

W. F. S. 

Hudson Division — 

Brothers, have you paid your semi-annual dues? 
If not, get busy. 

What will make the O. R. T. solid? Answer— 
Every eligible man and woman joining and keep 
joined. Are you doing your part? 

Some of the brothers have a narrow idea of 
what the O., R. T. insurance means to them. After 
twenty-five years' service as a telegrapher, I am 
convinced that one of the best, if not the very best, 
rules of this organization is that every applicant 
must apply for insurance. 

I liave seen the time when we had no organiza- 
tion and no insurance on the railroad for teleg- 
raphers. Then the pay was so small we could not 
keep up a small weekly, industrial insurance. 

What was the consequences? When an operator 
was called to the great beyond, and the family was 
left without the bread-winner, wives were com- 
pelled to take in iwashing or do scrubbing. Chil- 
dren of tender years taken out of school and com- 
pelled to work for a mere pittance, or perhaps 
placed in a home for the friendless. 

Could that little woman, or those fatherless 
children, have very loving memories of the de- 
parted one? Although he was called a man, he 
was a man in name only — not being able to provide 
for the ones that he was responsible for bringing 
into the world and left destitute. 

Brothers, the M. B. D. is a God-send to the 
operators, for I know if tomorrow or tonight the 
call came for me to go I could look in the tear- 
dimmed eyes of that little woman, whom I prom- 
ised to provide for, and pass into the great beyond 
more peacefully, knowing that the O. R. T. would 
pay her one thousand dollars to tide her over, 
and perhaps save her from a life of drudgery and 
want after I had gone. 

The meeting on December 16th was a very large 
as well as profitable one. A clam chowder supper 
was given by the chairman, and those who did not 
attend missed a great treat. Remarks were made 
by a number of the brothers and every one went 
away feeling that the Hudson Division was in a 
very flourishing condition at the close of the year 
of 1913. 

We extend our sympathy to Bro. L. Bauer in 
the loss of his brothea; 

Bro. Boucher bid in S. S. 42 and is now located 

Bro. Ellison, at Stuyvesant station, and Bro. 
Sweeney, at Stockport station, have had their 
week's vacation, relieved by Bro. Sutherland. 

Bro. E. G. Smith, third S. S. 87, off for a few 
days on account of the sudden death of his mother, 
was relieved by Bro. Everett, from Hudson. 

D. P. Shea, second S. S. 90, has been off some 
time, relieved by Mr. Klock. 

Bro. Cannon, first S. S. 65, off for Christmas, 
was relieved by Mr. Jackson. 

W. E. Smith bid in third S. S. 63 temporary. 

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Bro. Dedrick covered Poughkeepsie relief for 
ten days. 

Bro. D. J. Burns, oflF for eye test, relieved by 
Bro. Everett. 

The two drawbridge directors have resumed at 

Bro. Mooney was relieved on first S. S. 41 by 
J. Smith. Bro. W. A. Smith is on second S. S. 
37, vice Bro. Ayres, on first, vice Bro. Kiley. 

Bro. L. 6. Gaedeke, brother of the chief dis- 
patcher, has passed the wire test. 

Bro. Jackson, first S. S.'Sl, off a few days sick, 
was relieved by Mr. Carlson, extra from German - 

Bro. Bauer, third S. S. 74, off some time on 
account of the illness and death of his brother. 

The correspondent wishes all a happy New Year. 

Div. Cor. 


Whbkeas, Our heavenly Father, in His infinite 
wisdom, has deemed it best to call to her heavenly 
home the beloved mother of our esteemed and 
worthy brother, S. E. Briggs; in manifestation of 
our fraternal grief and sympathy, be it 

Resolved, That the members of Hudson Division, 
System Division No. 8, Order of Railroad Teleg- 
raphers, extend to the bereaved brother and mem- 
bers of the bereaved family their sincere and 
heartfelt sympathy in this their hour of bereave- 
ment, and be it further 

Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be 
forwarded to the bereaved brother, a copy spread 
upon the minutes of this Order and a copy for- 
warded to The Railkoad Tblbgraphbr for publi- 
cation. F. P. Fralbigh, 
R. L. Dedrick, 
G. C. Hyatt, 


Whbrras, Our heavenly Father, in His infinite 
wisdom and goodness, has deetned it best to call 
to the great beyond the mother of our esteemed 
brother, E. G. Smith, and we bow in humble sub- 
mission to the will of Him who doeth all things 
well; therefore be it 

Resolved, That the members of Hudson Division, 
No. 8, extend to the sorrowing members of the 
afflicted family and brother our sincere and heart- 
felt sympathy in their sad bereavement, and be 
it further 

Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be 
forwarded to the bereaved brother, a copy to The 
Tblegraprbr for publication, and a copy spread 
on the minutes of this division. 

H. Groupb, 
D. Taylor, 
F. McManus, 


Harlem Division — 

It is now Bro. Birchard, first "NW," and 
Bro. Birchard, Jr., second "HA." 

Bro. Birchard, first "NW," spent Thanksgiving 
with relatives at Marion, Conn., relieved by Bro. 

Smith; Bro. Jaggart relieved him while off on 
account of sickness in family and a sprained wrist. 

Bro. Ferris has been appointed freight agent at 
White Plains, to succeed Mr. Mugler, who has 
been appointed supervising agent of the Electric 
Zone. Bro. Finelli has been advanced to first 
"WM" automatically to fill the vacancy created by 
Bro. Schwartz's temporary trial as ticket seller 
at Grand Central terminal, Mr. Miles covering 
Bro. Finelli at second **WM" temporarily. 

Bro. Collins, first "BV," attended the opening 
of Proctor's new theatre at Mt. Vernon. 

Bros. Alrutz, Rozelle and Collins, the three 
champion bowlers, have organized a team of five 
to enter the big N. Y. C. bowling tournament, 
and show the boys from the different branches of 
the service what the "brass pounders'' can do. 

Bro. Seaman, second, and Bro. Otis, third 
**NW," were recently relieved by Bro. Jaggart. 

Brothers, on page 1879 of the November Rail- 
road Telegrapher you will note a very true state- 
ment in regards to carrying of mails by teleg- 
raphers and station agents to and from post offices. 
You will especially note where it says, "All those 
in favor of this proposition are requested to write 
President Perham to that effect," which I do not 
think would be a bad idea, as the mails are get- 
ting heavier every day in the year. If all inter- 
ested in this movement would get together and 
each one drop President Perham his little note in 
favor of same, it would show that we are not 
forgetting the recommendation which our worthy 
president made at the nineteenth regular session 
of the Grand Division, which reads as follows: 
"That this session of the Grand Division express 
its disapproval of the requirements respecting 
telegraphers and station agents carrying mail be- 
tween railroad stations and post offices, and here- 
by authorizes the president to take such legis- 
lative action as in his judgment may be necessary 
to correct the evil." "Boomer." 

Electric Division — 

Bro. Ferris has been appointed freight agent at 
White Plaint, N. Y., Mr. Mugler being appointed 
supervising agent. 

Bro. Miles is on second "WM" until first is 

Bro. Bonin. back from the D. L. W., is now 
working extra. 

Boys, keep right after the nons at your station 
until they are landed. Don't become weary in 
well-doing nor get discouraged. Remember our 
motto, "No card, no favors." By doing so we 
will show good results. 

The nons at "KO" are still out, although we 
got them a raise in the last schedule. 

Business is rushing, travel heavy, and lots of 
"boomer" operators floating around. 

Bro. Donetz was awarded second "BV;" Bro. 
Heller, Fordham agency; Mr. Colihan, "CO," and 
Mr. Williams, third "MY." 

Mr. Kirk has been appointed yardmaster at 
"YX," Mr. Fairman going back as night yard- 

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master, according to seniority. Mr. Williams is 
back in the tower service. 

Mr. Hynes it at "K(y extra, and Mr. Smith at 
"FD." Mr. Borrin at "WM" second, and Mr. 
Schwartz has the terminal job. 

Bro. Alrutz relieved Sister Alger at "RD" on 
account of the death of her sister. 

"CE," Div. Cor. 


Whbrbas, The Divine Ruler of the universe has 
come into our midst and removed the sister of 
Sister Alger; therefore be it 

Resolved, That we bow in humble submission 
to the power over which we have no control, and 
extend to the bereaved family the heartfelt sym- 
pathy of the members of Division 8 of the Order 
of Railroad Telegraphers; and be it further 

Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be 
sent to the bereaved family, a copy spread on the 
minutes of the division, and a copy sent to The 
Tblbgrapher for publication. 


J. E. Jaggbr, 
H. K. Moss, 


Michigan Central R. R. 

East Toledo and Bay City Divisions — 

D. S. Sutherland, for many years superintend- 
ent of the East Toledo and Bay City Divisions, 
died suddenly, December 18th, at his home in 
Detroit He had 'occupied the honorary position 
of general agent for two years. 

Our schedule negotiations are at the point where 
the local management announces that at present 
nothing can be done to increase expenses. It is 
therefore necessary for us to turn our negotiations 
over to the organization who, at the proper time, 
will advise us when to take the next step and 
what it will be. The membership should be ad- 
vised that there is nothing to be discouraged 
about. There is a little temporary lull in busi- 
ness, caused by the readjustment of the business 
of the country to the changes consequent upon 
the new tariff and currency laws. When these 
have become operative and prices are adjusted to 
the new conditions, business will settle down to 
new and greater stimts than ever before. 

The men represented by this organization are 
badly underpaid, and readjustments must come. 
The firmer we stand up for them the quicker they 
will be ours. You may rtst assured that nothing 
is being left undone, and that every man from 
local chairman to president is on the job, and the 
schedule will be revised at the earliest possible 

We are greatly rejoiced to hear of the splendid 
victory won by our brothers on the old Grand 
Trunk Division No. 1. They are now practically 
up to the Canadian Pacific and are beckoning the 
rest of us to greater heights. 

This is but another example of what can he 
done through this organization by the employes 

of any road if they wiU stand together and put 
some "pep** into their actions. The writer would 
respectfully call this to the attention of some 
men on our own line who are prone to be too 
easily satisfied. We are only praying that the 
same lightning that has struck the Grand Trunk 
will fall upon a few others in this vicinity. 

Our regular meeting on the third Monday in 
December brought some surprises. We had talent 
enough present, which, if spread out would have 
spiced up several meetings. The negotiations of 
the Pere Marquette telegraphers are being argued 
before the United States district court here at 
Detroit, necessitating the presence here of the 
Pere Marquette general committee, also Third 
Vice-President Campbffll. It happened that Gen- 
eral Chairman Robertson, of the Canadian Pacific, 
was also here, and we were blessed by visits from 
all of these brothers. General Chairman Knister, 
of the Pere Marquette, gave one of his character- 
istic talks, which are so much enjoyed by our 
members. General Secretary-Treasurer Adair, of 
the Pere Marquette, followed with some helpful 
remarks. At this juncture Bros. Campbell and 
Robertson entered, and, all being anxious to hear 
news from the field, Bro. Campbell was asked to 
speak. The writer has always found our third 
vice-president's talks interesting, but never so 
much so as in this instance. It was in reality 
"heart to heart." We were told of the happenings 
in the field that were pertinent to our interests, 
and given splendid counsel and advice upon our 
own particular situation. ' Some details of the 
recent Grand Trunk settlement were given, which, 
as may be imagined, were listened to with inter- 
est. It was with great regret that we heard 
Bro. Campbell is soon to retire from our ranks 
to enter law practice at Winnipeg; but he will not 
be separated from our counsel^ entirely, as in a 
private way he is to l»e a sort of counsel in gen- 
eral for Canadian Pacific Railroad employes. He 
will also be accessible lo committees of this or- 
ganization for help at any time. Wc wish for 
Bro. Campbell every success in his venture, which 
he richly deserves. 

If we must lose Bro. Campbell, there is no other 
man known in our section whom we would rather 
have succeed him than the man who has been se- 
lected — Bro. G. D. Robertson, general chairman 
of the Canadian Pacific. Bro. Robertson is not 
only the most successful general chairman in the 
organization, but a splendid fellow in every way, 
and we believe that the great work of our retiring 
vice-president will continue unabated under the 
new. Bro. Robertson gave us a short and inter- 
esting talk. 

General Chairman Culkins was with us and ex- 
plained the situation as regards our negotiations 
at present. He spent the day in Detroit, listen- 
ing to the Pere Marquette proceedings before the 
district court. 

There were a goodly number of members pres- 
ent, but had it been noised around that we were 
to have the attractions the attendance would have 
been trebled. Let this be a warning to those who 
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you may hxve a treat. At any rate, you will be 
well repaid any time for attendance. 

Bros. Geor^ L. Foran and Josef Ferriott, of 
the Towermen, cheered us with their presence. 

Bros. G. J. Shoup and A. B. Allen, of Oxford, 
ventured down. 

I have a short supply of news from the field, 
so if you are disappointed, that is the reason. 

Bom, to Bro. and Mrs. Martin J. Carey, a 
daughter. Congratulations. W. H. C. 

Saginaw and Mackinaw Division — 

Bro. G. H. Stokes, extra dispatcher, is back in 
**DI,'» Bay City, after relieving regular dispatchers. 

Bro. C S. Lauber is at Swan Creek, pending 
bulletin, Mr. Gulledge resigned. 

Bro. L. V. Whitney, third Bay City. "WS," bid 
in third hours at Lansing. 

Bro. Wagoner, third Lansing, bid in day hours 
at Gaylord. 

Bro. O. E. Gilbert, extra "DI," Bay City, for 
so long, landed third hours Bay City, W. S.; Bro. 
C Poole relieving third Bay City W. S., while 
changes being made. 

Bro. S. B. Cook relieving first Gaylord until the 
arrival of Bro. Wagner, later to Otter Lake re- 
lieving agent there. 

The new seniority list shows 144 men on the 
three divisions, and about 98 per cent good O. 
R. T. men. Mr. Hagerty, agent Cheboygan, heads 
the list, starting in 1875. 

Bro. Gordon, agent Sterling, oflF three days, re- 
lieved by Mr. Anderson, relief agent. 

Bro. H. H. Allen, third Roscommon, bid in 
third Wolverine, Bro. Stokes going to Wenona 
third. Bro. Valley, at St. Helen, goes to Alger 

Boys, send in a few news item^ so we can have 
a good write-up each month. We all enjoy read- 
ing the news items for our division; what you 
send in some one will get the benefit of and you 
will get the benefit of what some one else sends. 
It is more than one can do to take in the happen- 
ings of the whole division. Bro. Van is still on 
the trail each month and picks up his share, and 
we hope a few more of the boys will do the same. 

Don't forget to pay up your dues and get that 
new card promptly; every little bit helps and we 
will need it before long now. 

Don't forget about sending your remittance ad- 
vice slip to the local chairman, so that he can keep 
you booked up-to-date. 

Bro. Goldie, agent West Branch, has been laid 
up for the past two months, having been run over 
by an auto and had several ribs and his nose 
broken. The accident occurred at night, and the 
driver of the auto had no lights. If Bro. Goldie 
was not a total abstainer, we would not be won- 
dering so much as to how it happened. Bob. 

fVest JoH€t and Benton Harbor Divisions — 

Bro. Kingsley, dispatcher, has resumed after 
spending twenty days in^ Michigan and Chicago; 
Bro. Pfeifer, dispatcher, is back on first and Bro. 
Herron, dispatcher, relieved Bro. Green, dispatcher, 
on vacation. 

Bro. Anderson, o£f ten days getting married, 
has again resumed duty at "SI," Kensington. He 
was relieved by Bro. Derflinger, and he at "TY" 
nights by Mr. Cole. 

Bro. Bradford, who has been relieving Bro. 
Murphy at *'DO'* Chicago, is back on third Galien 
again. Operators at Galien are handling the head- 
in switch to eastbound siding since December Ist, 
which means $5 per month for each of them. 
From fifteen to thirty barrels of fish are being 
shipped from St. Joe to Chicago now every even- 
ing, which makes the transfer at Galien very 

I want to thank the boys for their very liberal 
donation of items this month, and hope we will 
never lose sight of that necessary part we all 
should play, for every little bit helps. 

Mr. Wiitson, relief agent, is relieving Bro. Hunt, 
at Baroda, on vacation. Div. Coa. 

Michigan & Chicago Ry. 

This is a new road, running from Battle Creek 
to Allegan and from Kalamazoo to Grand Rapids. 
The Grand Rapids- Kalamazoo Division is just be- 
ing finished, with about fifteen miles to ballast yet. 

The ballast trains haul dirt from Richland 
gravel pit to Montieth Jet, and switch off onto 
the new line from there. 

The Allegan Division is being made ready for 
third railing in the spring, and the entire line 
will then be operated by electricity, although steam 
will be used for switch engines. 

J. T. Northrop, formerly of the M. C. R. R., is 
now chief dispatcher for this line, located at Rich- 
land, Mich., the temporary dispatcher's office. Dis- 
patcher's office will be built in a new junction 
depot, to be erected at Montieth Jet., the junction 
of the two divisions in the spring and both divi- 
sions will be dispatched from there. 

Bro. Sam Helt renjained with this company at 

F. S. Sheen, an old M. C. man. landed York- 
ville agency when Lathrop resigned to study den- 
tistry at Ann Arbor. 

W. H. Miller, formerly ticket agent at Lansing 
for the M. U. T. Co., is agent and operator at 
Richland. N. P. Piper, former agent for M. U. T. 
Co. at Battle Creek, is agent and operator at Gull 
Lake Jet. 

John Hiscock is joint a^ent and towerman at 
Richland Jet. for this line and the C. K. & S. Ry. 

Leonard Gilligan, from Kalamazoo, is operator 
at gravel pit. J. C. Daugherty, from the G. R. 
& I., is operator and pumper at Montieth Jet. He 
has been having trouble with pump there, and 
gravel trains have had to go to Gun River for 

This division has no telegraph lines, but uses 
phones. There is no Sunday trains, and minimum 
for operators is $50 per month. Some of the 
agencies are better paid. 

L. R. Young, formerly assistant traffic manager 
of the Michigan Buggy at Kalamazoo and at one 
time an operator on the L. S. & M. S., is agent 
at Allegan. He has a helper, as has Agent Piper 
at Gull Lake Jet. 

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The head of this company is F. W. Brown 
traffic manager, an old M. C. ticket agent and 
telegrapher. , 

There is no organization on this line yet, 
although a few of the men are members, and per- 
haps it would not take long to line the thing up. 

Cert. 201. 

Pennsylvania Ry. Lines East. 

iVilliamsport & Susquehanna Division — 

Never before in the history of this division has 
the outlook been so bright as it is at present. We 
have built our membership up from almost nothing 
two years ago until today we have a membership 
that we may well be proud of, both as to numbers 
and life and enthusiasm. The membership in 
general are working more than they ever did. 
Everyone seems to think it is up to him to get 
busy and keep up the good work and try in a 
small way to keep up in the pace set for us by 
our ever-hustling local chairman, who seems to 
never tire, but just keeps on working almost day 
and m'ght. 

The brothers of this division, by contribution, 
purchased and gave to our worthy local chairman, 
Bro, A. C. Grieb, a handsome roll-top desk foV a 
Christmas present, and at the same time as a 
very small token of their esteem, respect and love 
for him and appreciation of the work he has done 
for us; and we hope and trust that it will unite 
us all more closely in brotherhood. May the 
bonds of brotherhood and brotherly love never 
break nor even weaken, but instead ever grow 
stronger. Bro. Grieb was very much surprised 
when he received the gift, and he certainly appre- 
ciates it very much not alone for the usefulness 
of it, but as a memento of his relations with us 
in this work. At the same time it was "just what 
he needed." It was presented to him on Tuesday, 
December 23d, by a delegation consisting of Bros. 
C. S. Dieffenderfer, C. t. Fenstermacher, C. R. 
Dugan, C. F. Wasser and J. C. O'Donnell. All 
brothers were invited, but on account of the very 
bad weather that day, no others came. It was a 
complete surprise to Bro. Grieb, and he says he 
can not see how we kept it so quiet. He was 
so delighted he could not make a speech, and de- 
sires to express his thanks in this way to every 
brother who contributed and wishes each and 
every member and family a happy, prosperous new 
year and many of them. 

There are so many changes among the men on 
this division that it is hard to keep track of them 
all, so if we miss some, you will know why. 

The following arc recent bids: Bro. J. I. 
Klingenberger, first *'KI;" Bro. W. D. Gresh, 12- 
hour day trick "HY;" Bro. C. R. Dugan, third 
"RO;" Bro. R. S. Frey, third "KI;" Bro. R. L. 
Miller, 12-hour night trick "HY;" Bro. H. E. 
Royer, third "SV;" Bro. F. W. Wetzel, third 
"SY," and Bro. W. S. Minnicr, second "VI." 

It is now Bro. H. J. Englc, second "RV," mak- 
ing that office solid. It is very gratifying when 
you count the numerous "solid" offices on this 

division, and before another month passes we will 
have several more of them. 

Bro. L. E, Stewart, second "B" tower, and wife 
spent his December relief day in Philadelphia, 
taking in sights and doing Christmas shopping. 

Local Chairman Bro. Grieb spent his December 
relief day around Sunbury and "Norry," looking 
after the few nons around there. 

Bro. A. L. Grimm is on second "DR" during 
the prolonged absence of H. T. Mitten. There are 
some nons around there and at "OJ" for Lee and 
Bro. Shaffer to work on. 

Bro. L. W. Auchmuty working "BQ" while up 
for bids, and at first "RF" during the prolonged 
absence of I. F. Troutman. 

Bro. I. C. Herritt, third "GD," spent his Decem- 
ber relief day at his home at Jersey Shore. 

Bro. S. B. Wilt, Relief No. 5, helped his father- 
in-law butcher recently, relieved by Bro. C. A. 
Fenstermacher. Suppose he got some pork prod- 
ucts and is now enjoying the delicious sausage 
and buckwheat cakes. 

Bro. S. W. Reichenbauch, thfrd "HU," Vhile 
out gunning recently had a narrow escape from 
being shot, the bullet giving him a hair-cut. 

Bro. M. J. Snyder, third "RF," spent a day 
recently in Philadelphia, doing his Christmas shop- 

Bro. C. C. Spade, first "GD," off two days 
helping "Pap" butcher, relieved by E. D. Mcckley. 
Another brother feasting on sausage and buck- 
wheat cakes. 

Bro. H. F. Hubler, second "RK," spent his 
relief day in Sunbury. 

Bro. W. S. Minnier seems to be very attentive 
to that little blue-eyed lassie. Better watch out, 
"Muggsy;" dangerous shoals; been a number of 
our brotliers married recently. 

Now, brothers, I must appeal^ to you again in 
this matter of correspondence. I must have more 
news from you if you want a good write-up each 
month. One can not know what is going on 
all along the line unless some others help out by 
sending some news to him. Suppose you were 
all busy with Christmas this time, but remember 
the correspondent is just as busy as you are and 
likes to have a little time to enjoy the occasion, 
too, and it is a little too much for one brother to 
try to do this alone. Please send me what you 
know or can find out; even one item from each 
brother would make a very nice write-up; try it. 

Bro. S. H. Young, second "AQ," is again con- 
fined to bed. He was better, was able to be 
around, but is now confined to bed again, having 
suffered a relapse. He has the sympathy of the 
brothers. Steve. 

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It is certainly encouraging to jcceive a few 
items from the boys along the line, and I assure 
you that same is appreciated by me, as it is the 
hardest task for a man to make a write-up when 
you have nothing to do it with. I am sure if some 
of the brothers had to do it for a few times that 
they would soon get tired of their job and give it 
up for good, with a few complimentary remarks 

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added on the "Qt," but such is not the case here. 
I have always tried to have a write-up in the jour- 
nal whether I received any help from the boys 
along the line or not, and I wish to take th!^ 
opportunity to thank those who have heli>ed me out 
in the past year with a few items each month, and 
earnestly hope that they will continue the good 
work the coming new year, and also hope that 
some of the others will also take an interest in 
this work and help out, for every little bit helps 
and is appreciated. 

I also wish to take this opportunity to thank 
one and all for the assistance they have rendered 
me during the past year, which has been a very 
trying one indeed, and it is certainly gratifying 
to me to see so many good, loyal brothers paid up 
to date as we have on this division at the close of 
1913. I earnestly hope that you will give me your 
support and assistance the coming year as you have 
m the past, and I assure you that by so doing we 
will have a better organization on the division at 
the close of 1914 than we ever had before in its 
history. While we have a few during the last 
term who did 'not pay up, some did not drop out 
intentionally, being compelled to do so on account 
of financial circumstances, and are coming back in 
again as soon as they can get the necessary cash 
to do so, but there are a few who are getting 
"cold feet." 

We must build up our organization to a per- 
centage strong enough so we can demand some- 
thing like the other brotherhoods. It has been 
explained time and time again that those who drop 
out hurt themselves by dropping out more than 
the organization, and those who have no good 
reason for doing so should consider this. 

I hope each brother on the division during the 
new year will appoint himself a committee of one 
and try and land one new member during the year, 
or as many more, if there are any nons left. Get 
the man working ne«t to you. Be a real union 
man, and get out and hustle and boost the organi- 
zation this new year, working for the interest of 
one another, for the common good of all. 

The cost to join Division 17 is: January and 
July, $9.00; February and August, $8.25; March 
and September, $7.50; April and October, $6.75; 
May and November, $6.00; June and December, 
$5.25. The above includes initiation fee, $3.50, 
and dues for the balance of the term, which is 75 
cents per month, and also includes $1.00 initiation 
fee into the M. B. D. or insurance department, but 
does not pay the assessments which accrue after 
your application has been approved by the insur- 
ance committee. All applicants must take out 
insurance when taking membership in the Order 
unless their age limit lets them out, or they arc 
rejected by the insurance committee. Write me and 
I will gladly give you any further information 
necessary as well as supply you with application 
blanks upon request for same. Let's all get busy 
and make this division as near solid as possible 
by the end of 1914. I believe it would be well 
to start the new year by applying our motto, "No 
card, no favors," and by so doing perhaps we 
could convince some of these old hard-shelled 

nons that if they desire favors that they must get 
into the fold and help in the good work. 

Bro. Buff Smith bid in second Sandy. Barras, 
first "HY," oflP six weeks visiting in the West, 
relieved by Bro. Luttrell, second "UN," and he 
by Bro. J. M. Campbell, extra. 

Bro. C. B. McCoy bid in third "NB." 

Bro. C. O. Will is back on extra in "K" office. 

Bro. George, second, off a few days rabbit 
hunting, was relieved by Bro. Frank McNamara, 

Bro. Watson, extra, on first Monterey a few 

Bro. G. N. Shoup bid in second "FO" tower, 
vice Mr. Armfield, who went to the Salamanca 
branch and later bid in first Sandy. 

Bro. F. P. Murray, our old reliable, bid in first 
trick "BO." 

Bro. Parke displaced from first "PA" tower 
by former agent at Parker, G. M. Sloughnehoupt, 
went to first "«MN," displacing Bro. Conley, who 
went to third "PA," displacing Bro. E. E. Johns, 
who went to third "FO," vice Bro. Miller, extra. 

Bro. C. A. Shuster displaced Bro. F. A. Mc- 
Elhinney on third "CH," who relieved him on 
Phillipston first until bid in. 

Bro. F. A. McNamara, extra, third Trunkey- 
ville and Tidioute, relieved Bro. H. M. Curran, 
third "WD," a few days. 

Bro. W. W. Hall, of Vandalia, spent his relief 
day in Buffalo. 

• Bro. Persall transferred back to third Quaker, 
relieved on second there by Extra Flower. 

Bro. Pringle was relieved a few days by L. L. 
Brown, extra. 

J. M. Wells, first Salamanca, on vacation, was 
relieved by R. B. Caldwell, extra. 

It is now Bros. Seitz at West Hickory, Thomp- 
son at Trunkeyville third, and Crawford, first at 
Rockmere, and more to follow the first of the 
new year. Extend the hand of fraternity to above 
new brothers and make them feel welcome and 
, at home in the Order, and show them that we 
appreciate their membership. 

A great deal of interest is being displayed over 
the entire system at this time in the "get together 
move," and I hope all brothers will help to bring 
this matter before all the brotherhood men. I 
have been trying to get joint brotherhood meetings 
on this division with all the brotherhoods, but 
so far have been unable to do so. A large and 
enthusiastic joint meeting was held at Altoona 
on the twenty-first, with the attendance of 1,200 
at the afternoon meeting and about 1,000 at the 
evening meeting, where the "get together move" 
was discussed thoroughly by Grand officers of the 
different brotherhoods. One of the special fea- 
tures of the meeting was to warn the men from 
joining this new so called Pennsylvania Railroad 
Employes' Mutual Benefit Association. Stay away 
from this association. It is another fake organiza- 
tion with the Pennsylvania Railroad behind it. 

Your dues and M. B. I), assessments arc now 
due. I hope you will send them in as soon as 
possible, and by so doing keep yourself in good 
standing as well as protect your loved ones, as 

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death is most uncertain and comes unexpected, 
so in order to protect your beneficiaries pay your 
dues promptly. 

I hope the brothers will let me have a few 
items for the next journal. Several of the extra 
or relief men promised to send me items for this 
write-up, but am sorry to say that L failed to get 
them. I hope they will make good for the next 
journal. Let me have the items about the 20th 
of every month, and help out in the good ,cause. 

With best wishes for a happy and prosperous 
New Year to all. Cket. 18. 

Allegheny Division, Low Grade Branch — 

Bro. J. L. Crawley, extra on Shannon first, 
vacated by Bro. Steinbrook, who bid in third Bell. 

Bro. E. D. Craig, second '*AW," bid in first 
there, \acated by Bro. Bain, who received the 
agency there, vacated by the death of the late 
Bro. Welch. Bro. Bundy, extra, on second **AW" 
until bid in. 

Bro. Buzzard, second Shannon, on ten days* 
hunting trip, was^ relieved by Extra Stewart. 

Bro. L. D. Segui, third "DA," is spending thirty 
days' vacation with his mother in Petersburg, Fla., 
relieved by Extra McWilliams. 

Bro. Carey was off a few days recently on a 
business trip to Buffalo and other points. 

Extra Dixon is on third Tyler, vacated by Sister 
Shannon, who became the wife of former-Bro. 
Joice, agent Reynoldsville, on Thanksgiving day. 
We extend hearty congratulations to the happy 

Bro. Hepler, extra, bid in second Rock Run, va- 
cated by Bro. Keating, who bid in third "AW." 
Mr. Kissinger, first Rock Run, off sick, was re- 
lieved by McWilliams and McEntyre. 

Mr. Giddings, first west end, off a few days 
recently on account of serious illness of his wife, 
was relieved by Bro. C. W. Robertson. 

Bro. Young, who had been relieving Agent 
Winslow at Oak Ridge for some time, has returned 
to second Mayport- 

Bro. L. D. Cable, second Bell, is on third Rose, 
vice Bro. Carberry, appointed ticket clerk and 
operator at Ford City. Extra McCracken, star 
outfielder, Virginia State League, relieved Mr. 
Showalter, second Rose, who returned to Kinbrae. 

Agent Williams, Rimersburg, transferred to 
Parker as agent. 

Bro. McGarity, second "NA," attended the dance 
at Summerville given by the high school there, 
relieved by Bro. Crawley. C. L. K. 

Baltimore Division — 

The Order of Railroad Telegraphers has had 
laws enacted, shortened the hours, raised the 
wages, and bettered the conditions of telegraphers 
in general, and is still endeavoring to put the wage 
of the telegrapher and station agent where it 
belongs, among the highest paid wage-earners in 
the country. If the men engaged in the pro- 
fession will sec the wisdom of joining the organi- 
zation and doing their part to help it will only be 
a short time when this will become a reality. 

We are making progress on this division toward 
solid organizhtion. Each month we^ add one or 
two new members, and if all will just help a 
little we would soon gather in the rest 

Our meetings are well attended and are interest- 
ing. because we make them so. Each member 
present has something • to say which is instructive 
and helpful. This is the way union men are made, 
by learning what labor unions do, and what they 
stand for. " 

Local Chairman Fidler and Bros. Farcht and 
Smith went non hunting recently with good re- 
sults. Good work, boys, go again. 

Bro. R. E. Lloyd has resumed work at "JA." 

The pass question is troubling many of the boys 
who live in Pennsylvania. 

General Chairman Miller has returned from the 
American Federation of Labor convention with 
much interesting news of the progress that organ- 
ized labor was making throughout the country, and 
the boys all enjoyed his talk as usual, as he always 
has an interesting message. Broe. L. F. Kurtz, 
N. G. Tracy and G. B. Snyder, at "V," and that 
bunch of O. R. T. Talbotts at White Hall arc 
some good union blood and are always right up to 

Have you paid your dues yet? If not. tell your 
local chairman why. 

A happy New Year to alL "Ton." 

Philadelphia Division — 

Quite a few members have been added to our 
rolls recently, and the man outside of his fra- 
ternity on the P. R. R., Philadelphia Division, 
is something of a curiosity. We welcome the 
newcomers, and trust the sum total of fraternalism 
has been augmented by their accession. 

For we must be fraternal, brothers. In the last 
analysis every action must be actuated by selfish 
motives; but let us be wisely selfish. And the 
most enlightened selfishness teaches the lesson that 
the masses of the people should do away with the 
body-killing and soul-killing competition among 

Unions of workers are co-operative societies 
which in many ways increase the remuneration 
and lighten the burdens of its members, and that 
worker who spurns the organization and fails in 
the duty of being one of its units is truly a rene- 
gade to his kind. 

The world is hungering and thirsting for 
brotherhood. Let us live up to the opportunities, 
be brotherly and make our world brighter — a better 
place of habitation. 

The joint co-operative meetings of the five rail- 
road brotherhoods, held at White Hall, Harris- 
burg, and Trenton recently were well attended by 
a number of members from each organization, and 
were a decided success. Those who were so un- 
fortunate as not to be there missed a rare treat. 
However, there will be similar meetings in the 
near future at different points, so that all may 
have an opportunity to attend and become inter- 
ested in the co-operative movement which, without 
a doubt, is the only true solution of materially 
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the fraternal and social spirit of these five organ- 
ited bodies. 

Bto. S. S. Christ is working extra in the super- 
intendent's office at Harrisburg. 

Bro. C. W. Melchor, local chairman, is doing 
extra work at the assistant trainmaster's office. 

Bro. J. K. Lcyder has just returned from a thret 
weeks' hunting trip and reports gam^ plentiful. 

Bro. W. B. Maulfair is doing extra work at 


Wbeiisas, The benign and gracious Father has 
seen fit to call to his everlasting home our beloved 
brother, H. M. Stevens; in memory of our departed 
co-worker and in sympathy with his relatives and 
friends, be it 

Resolved, By the members of Division 17, Order 
of Railroad Telegraphers, that we extend to the 
members of the family of our deceased brother 
our heartfelt sympathy in their hour of bereave- 
ment; and be it further 

Resolved, That a copy of this resolution be sent 
to the family of the deceased brother, a copy 
spread upon the minutes of the division, and a 
cvpy forwarded to The Telegrapher for publica- 
tiou. C. S. Mblchor, Local Chairman. 

G. M. EsHBLMAN, Asst. L. C. 


Duflfiyn Mawr, Pa., Dec. 2, 1913. 
To the Members of Division 17, O. R. T.: 

We wish to express our great appreciation and 
sincere thanks to the members of Division 17, O. 
R. T., for the heaiifelt sympathy in our rfecent 
bereavement in the loss of our beloved father and 
husband. Mrs. Lulu Stevens and Family. 

Buffalo Division — 

Bro. H. W. Quested bid in third "BC" block 

Bro. C S. Simmons is now local chairman for 
this division and ready to receive all applications 
and give information to all the nons as to the 
workings of the Order and initiation fees. 

We hope to have a lot of new members in line 
by the next write-up. Brothers, don't wait for 
me to write to those nons next to you. Get after 
them and secure their applications, and it won't 
be long before we will have a strong division. 
Make yourself an organizer and send in your 
application. If you haven't the blanks write to 
C. S. Simmons, local chairman, Keating Summit, 
Pa., for blanks and any other information you 
may want. 

Bro. H. R. Brown was o£F three days on account 
of sickness in his family, relieved by J. V. Slavin, 

Brothers, send a few notes from the north end 
or from any place to the local chairmatt before the 
22d of the month. Every little bit will help to 
have a better write-up for this divisio.i. 

CBRi. 2003. 

Sunbury Division-^ 

It is time to pay dues again. Let us all be prompt 
and thus help ourselves as well as the organiza- 
tion. I have tried to let the membership know 
all that I know. I understand our case is pending 
with the industrial commission, and it will probably 
soon be handling it. The outcome of the situa- 
tion on the Pennsylvania Railroad means a future 
living wage, better treatment, etc. Taking away 
the passes through the new law means an outlay 
for local trips — another additional expense — and 
unless you help to keep up the organization you 
might get back to the days when you had to ask 
permission to go out of town for a few hours; so 
get busy and remit your dues promptly to Bro. 
G. E. Nightingale, ^^ewfield, N. J. 

Bro. Walter Robinholt was off a few days on 
account of sickness. 

Quite a little excitement was stirred up over the 
report that the relief money was to be reftinded. 

I wish to thank all who have rendered me their 
support during the past year, and wish to say that 
I will stick if I am the only one left on the road. 
I carried a card when there were only four on 
the road and can still carry it, regardless of what 
the outcome is. Cert. 11. 

Trenton Division, North End — 

Wilburtha second was bid in by Bro. Harry 
Black; Niece third by Bro. H. C. Wilson. "CA" 
third is now open for bids. 

Assistant Division Operator W. H. Wxlmot's 
office was moved from Trenton to Camden, N. J., 
his former office having been made into an up-to- 
date telephone exchange. While correspondence 
and telegrams are being signed by Division Oper- 
ator G. A. Cross, Mr. Wilmot has his say, same as 

Lambersmith "FH" office is abolished as a train- 
order office; business moved from up stairs down, 
with Mr. C. Adams, agent-operator, in charge. See 
that he holds an up-to-date. 

William Wilmot, Jr., received "RN" first; Mr. 
Kays, "FJ" second, and Mr. Yclland went to 
Hudson yard. It is said that the latter has the 
case on appeal per rule No. 5, regulations govern- 
ing telegraph operators. 

Belvidere and "NE" offices are now open daily. 

It is now Bro. Chas. Hendricks at "MO," and 
three others also below Lambertville are now in 
line. There's a reason. 

Although the day was stormy when the joint 
brotherhood meeting was held in Trenton, N. J., 
there were over two hundred present. Bro. Siman- 
ton, Bro. Aughenbaugh and others were present 
from this end. 

We trust that the report in regard to a certain 
operator along the division having a student is 
untrue. Student teaching should be a thing of 
the past. 

Newspapers in Trenton say that the Pennsylvania 
Railroad is to abolish telegraphy. 

Before many moons two tracks instead of one 
will pass your offices, increasing your work. Labor 
is worthy of its hire. 

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We would thank Bro. Daniel Smith for a few 
inklings of what is taking place north of **PG.'* 

Another milestone has passed. A happy New 
Year, brothers. See how many nons you can 
get during 1914. 

We hope Bro. Harry Black, while in the "roam- 
ing field," will line them up at "WB." 

In 1908 this division was 95 per cent solid O. 
R. T. The first thing you were asked then was 
to show your card, and it will be the same way by 
the time 1914 goes by. 

Don*t forget to pay your dues for the coming 
six months. Remit the money to Bro. Nightingale, 
Newfield, N. J., and the M. B. D. part to Bro. 
Quick, -secretary and treasurer, St. Louis, Mo. 
Send money order in each instance. 

Bro. George Wharton, besides doing relief duty, 
is teaching the right "dope." Keep up the good 
work, brother. 

Brothers, "bury the hatchet" and act like men 
by making your brotherhood all it stands for. 

Brothers in Pennsylvania received notice that 
commencing January 1st free transportation for 
their families would be discontinued including 
points within the State. 

The November journal stated, "A circular was 
sent over the road regarding an increase in wages.** 
This was a typographical errpr. It was a petition, 
but no increase was received. Bro. Salters must 
have been misinformed in regard to the raise the 
first of the year. 

If millionaires are kicking about the high cost 
of living, is there any reason why an operator 
should not on $60.95 or $57.70? No danger of 
the income tax affecting us at those figures. 

Walter Maitland, formerly a member of the 
safety committee, has been put back to telegraph 
work. How about a card for a New Year's gift? 
You know where they can be secured. If not, ask 
Bro. Austin t>r some brother on the lower end. 

Signalmen are still carried for the Pennsylvania 
on the north end. Petitions are worthless unless 
backed up by a solid membership. 

Brothers, take a few minutes of your time to 
send tfie correspondent some items. They will be 

It will take only one more in many of the 
offices to make them solid. It is unnecessary to 
name them. 

Your correspondent wishes to convey to the 
brothers and fellow telegraphers a happy New 
Year. Div. Cor. 

Trenton Dhnsion, Lower End — 

It is noted with great interest that the boys are 
putting "No card, no favors" into effect, no mat- 
ter what department a person is in. That is the 
way to make *em all feel that it is worth while to 
have an up-to-date card. 

New members are coming in so rapidly that we 
sometimes wonder where they are all coming from. 
Keep up the good work, brothers, and we will soon 
be solid. 

The holding of the "joint brotherhood meetings'* 
is having a good effect all along the line. It is 
a far-reaching master stroke that will eventually 
mean a schedule. I^t us do our best to line up 
all the nons by January 1, 1915. 

The morning and evening meetings held in Goff 
Building, Camden, December 17th, were a success 
and well attended. One new member joined at 
the morning session. The meetings were ad- 
dressed by Bros. Miller, Weinrich, Rex and 
Button, and their addresses were thoroughly en- 
joyed. The prospects of a schedule never looked 
as bright as now. Get every non to join, and the 
good old O. R. T. will do the rest. All it needs 
is our undivided support. 

"BJ" Mt. Holly second is becoming quite a 
student factory. The man there has always said 
he was going to join, and you see how he is 

N. S. Haines, second "BU** Burlington, has had 
a bad set-back with his ankle. We hope for his 
speedy recovery. 

Howell Smith bid in first "MJ" East Burling- 
ton; Frank Hedrick, third "BU" Burlington, and 
Joe Slinner, first "FG" Trenton extra. 

The concerts that Bros. Reeves and Steinmann, 
Edgewater Park, give us on the telephone Sundays 
beat all the pipe organ and brass bands you could 
put against them, and it doesn't cost us anything 
to enjoy them. 

Trenton branch is nearly solid. 

Bro. Chas. Kirchner, second Rivcrton, has gone 
South. We wish him success. 

It is now Bro. Villinger at "UN" Labor street, 

One of the "GS" men has been taken from the 
committee and put back telegraphing. He was 
formerly a brother and local chairman of this 
division. Div. Cos., Cert. 666. 

IV. J. & S. Dhision— 

On Wednesday, December 17th, we had two 
very interesting meetings — one in the morning, 
the other at night — with a pretty fair attendance. 
Boys, you should ^11 try to get out now to the 
meetings and find out first-handed what is being 

We had several brothers from the P. T. Division 
of the right kind of stuff — fair enough %o acknowl- 
edge that they got "stung,'* and are now with us 
heart and soul. 

On the New York, Baltimore, Central and 
Schuylkill Divisions, and in fact all over the 
whole system, the boys are beginning to realize 
that they must come in with us to protect their 
own interests. 

We added a few more members in December, 
and if all come over in January who have prom- 
ised we will make a very good showing on this 

Keep after the men you are working with and 
get them to thoroughly understand that the only 
way to get what is due us is to carry an up-to-date 
card. We hope Bro. Hitchner can line up those 
fellows at Pitman after January Ist. 

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Every man should come out to the meetings and 
bring all the nons they can along. We can then 
show them that we are trying to benefit all con- 
cerned, and they may then realize what we are 
doing for them and do the right thing. 

The alliance with the other four brotherhoods is 
another incentive for those not in the fold to come 
over and get a card. 

It certainly was encouraging to have some of 
the gray-haired veterans give us the benefit of 
their own experience at the meetings and show us 
that the way to get what belongs to us is to join 
the Order and back up our oflficials. It was cer- 
tainly inspiring to hear them and know that they 
will now turn on all their -energy and help to make 
up for lost time. This getting together means 
success, and we will soon see the results. 

Oar delinquent list is the smallest we ever had, 
only two or three not yet paid up, and our pros- 
pects for new members early in the year is fine. 

The industrial commission will no doubt soon 
have the hearings in our case well under way, and 
it is now absolutely necessary that we back it up 
»ith a solid membership. Get after those who 
have promised to come in, and we will surely win 
and get what we are entitled to. 

The vacation season is over now, and all have 
settled down to business. 

C. H. Vaughn, extra agent, relieved the agent 
at Woodstown for his vacation and found some 
work there. ' 

Agent McDougall, off sick for some time, was 
relieved by Extra Agent Marks. 

Bro. Mendenhall recently accepted South Vine- 
land agency. The former agent there was not a 

It is now Bro. Evans at Pitman, and Bro. Nor- 
cros» at Vineland. We heartily welcome them. 

A telegrapher on the Camden Terminal Divi- 
sion recently served time for allowing his lever- 
man to answer the telephone. Brothers, answer 
the phone yourselves; it may save you suspension. 
Mr. Sutton has returned from his furlough, 
and is now at "PR." 

Campbell, of the Canada Terminal Division, is 
in Broad street, posting for a job there. 

Bro. Geo. E. Nightingale, our general secretary 
and treasurer, has been in bed for over a week 
with a bad case of rheumatism. We know the 
brothers will bear with him until he is able to get 
out again. W. W. Carr is relieving him. 

A misundersunding in dates caused Bro. Miller 
to mi» the morning meeting and he also missed 
the night meeting. 

Joe Corsiglia bid in second Clayton, bringing 
him right home where he started many years ago. 
Don't fail to remind him of his promise to join 
in January. 

Bro. I). R. Lee, of Berlin, spent December 
South with his folks. 

Bro. W. P. Delaney is laid up with a bad case 
of blood poison in his hand, and is unable to work. 

Div. Coa. 

New York, Chicago & St. Louis R. R. 

Cleveland Division — 

The November meeting at Bellevue was well 
attended and was quite a lively one. Among 
other subjects that came up was the matter of 
train registers, that is, how the conductors should 
register their signals at different (Voints along the 
line. New instructions have been issued upon 
this subject on the Fort Wayne Division, which 
it would be well for the brothers to familiarixe 
themselves with, as they can often discover errors 
in train registering and possibly save the company 
the expense of an accident, to say nothing of possi- 
bly saving the limbs or the lives of the train and 
enginemen. I heard of an accident happening re- 
cently on a western road, near Salida, Colo. (I 
think), at a division point, where the passenger 
train carried signals into this terminal but had 
no signals out of the place. When the operator 
at the depot transmitted it to the yard office it 
seems that he said, "the train bad no signals in 
and out." A freight train pulled out against the 
second section of the passenger train, which re- 
sulted in one of the worst accidents that the 
company ever had, killing a large number of 
passengers. Be careful, boys. Remember it is 
always the unexpected that happens on a railroad, 
and in helping the company you advance your own 

I heard the operator in the superintendent's 
office of the Cleveland Division recently call a 
non-agent-operator about thirty minutes in orJer 
to get a message to a train that should have been 
at his station. When he got him the train had 
gone. I am glad he was not a member of the 
Order. All the business going to this very busy 
office was held up for thirty minutes while the 
operator in the superintendent's office was calling 
this non to find out about the train. 

Brothers, when you hear your call, answer it. 
Remember that to be prompt gives a chance for 
the wire to be used to its capacity at the same 
time giving your brother-operator a chance to clear 
up, and promotes a good feeling all around. Have 
in mind all the time that it means something to 
belong to the O. R. T., that it stands for good 
service, which incidentally means more respect 
for our Order. 

Pay up your dues quick. If we all do this at 
once it will likely save some assessments. 

W. A. Stover, Bellevue Yard, 
Cert. 142. 

Buffalo Division — 

E. W. Hull, former clerk at Westfield, has been 
appointed agent at Brocton and given a clerk and 
operator, which was bid in by John Wanda, for- 
merly messenger at Conneaut. 

Ripley telegraph position temporarily closed, the 
agent handling his own messages. One trick at 
Erie passenger station also discontinued, the office 
being closed for six hours a day. 

Business has been very heavy lately, as high as 
twenty-four east-bound through freights a day 
passing over this division. If the advertised de- 

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prcssion is pronounced as published, the Nickel 
Plate is extremely fortunate in securing business. 

Bro. "Shorty" Norber bid in third at his favorite 
city, North East. Bro. Morris, of North East, has 
returned from a trip to New Orleans. Being a 
real old Southerner, he was very much pleased 
with his sojourn in the Panama Gateway. 

Bro. B. P. Cobb, relief agent, relieved Bro. G. 
B. Seeley, of Angola, while he was at Buffalo on 
jury duty. 

Bro. R. J. Halliday relieved Bro. Misincr on 
second Angola a few days. 

Sister Edna Chapman, of Moorhead, and Bro. 
A. J. Cobb, of Harbor Creek, have closed a large 
grape season, and are back on usual business again. 

Bro. R. O. Waddcll is back at "MX" Conneaut 
from his old home in Pittsburg, where he was 
called by an accident to his mother, who is again 
in usual health. His wife, however, has not 
yet returned and "Wad" is running a bachelor's 
hall. He would be delighted if some of the boys 
would ask him out for a feed while the rabbit 
season is open. 

Bro. A. B. Jackman, of Lakeview, has severed 
his railroad connections, and has gone into the 
grocery business at Buffalo. 

Owing to negligence on the part of the members 
of this division, we have, for several months past, 
received very little publicity in our journal, and 
I would ask that each member co-operate with me 
in securing news for our monthly publication. Get 
busy and let the other fellow know that we are 
on the job. All communications must be in my 
hands not later than the 16th of each month. 

Div. Coa. 

New York, Ontario & Western R. R. 

Southern Division — 

To answer the many inquiries regarding seni- 
ority rights and that it will be better understood: 
You will note a great many are shown upon our 
lineal list that are not qualified as operators. It 
was intended thai a star be printed before their 
names, indicating "not qualified as an operator," 
but through an error of the printers it was omitted. 
Therefore, only those qualified by taking the wire 
test and medical examination are entitled to bid 
upon the telegraphic positions and hold no rights 
as such until such qualifications are recorded in 
the superintendent's office. 

This I thought well to mention, as in the future 
it may avoid disappointment of one that may bid 
on a position, not being qualified, are under the 
impression their rights are holding for such posi- 
tions, as shown in the lineal list. The next revised 
list will indicate who are not qualified, and for the 
present if any desire this information, by sending 
their list to me I will mark those on tfic Southern 

Notices will soon be out for the next semi-annual 
payment of dues, also the insurance in the M. B. 
D. Let me again urge upon you, please do not 
neglect them beyond the limit, February 28th. 
Bear in mind that being delinquent in either for- 
feits your membership in both, therefore, to be on 
the Sife sidCf pay your dues promptly. It 19 the 

best investment you can make. The committee, 
you must admit, can not work with the same en- 
ergy for the nons that they do for the members. 
"In union there is strength." Do not get delin- 
quent. It makes a lot of unnecessary work for 
your secretary and local chairman. I appeal for 
your co-operation. 

The prospects are now gopd for a five per cent 
advance in freight rates next March. That means 
better times for the railroads and more encourage- 
ment for the employes. 

Our wage schedule is something for Division 20 
to rejoice over, comparing with the other roads 
and considering the time we have been organized. 
So get after the nons and make the O. AW. 100 
per cent. 

The two-day-a-month law is being tried in the 
courts, the matter is in the hands of district attor- 
neys of different counties. Bro. Pierson will see 
that we are given a square deal, and I trust we 
will soon be enjoying its benefit. 

How about a Ladies' Auxiliary for Division 20. 
Don't you think we should get one organized? 
Would like to hear from the members and local 
chairmen as to their ideas. 

C. L. Cook, Local Chairman. 

Bro. R. B. Wright is now on his new position, 
second Walton; Bro. Carswell, second Meadow- 
brook; Bro. Barnes, second Roscoe; Bro. Schadd, 
third Northfield, and Terwilliger, first Fallsburgh. 

Bro. F. A. Wood spent a week before Christmas 
with his parents at Munnsville, relieved by Bro. 
B. F. Maybee, second Apex, and he by an extra. 

Uro. Mulley was around posting on the towers 
in December, Bro. Carswell having landed a steady 

Bros. Kerwin and de Graw, of Wheeler's tower, 
are working each other's tricks temporarily. Fish 
and de Graw, first and second at same place, cele- 
brated the fifth anniversary of the installation of 
the electro pneumatic plant at that tower, Decem- 
ber 20th, also the fifth anniversary of their en- 
trance upon their present positions. 

We hope you all had a merry Christmas, as we 
ourselves did, and that we all shall have a pros- 
perous and happy New Year. 

Now once more I want to say that if you want 
to see any news from this division it is up to 
you fellows to send in your news items before the 
twenty-second of the month, so I can get them 
together and mail them by the twenty-fifth. 

Div. Com. 

Cincinnati, Hamilton & Dayton By, 

Second District South — 

This district is gradually but surely growing 
in strength, as the few who have not carried 
an up-to-date card are coming in and landing a 
helping hand. Solid organization is our aim, and 
in due time wc will be one of the strongest divi- 
sions in this section of the country, and the few 
dollars spent in obtaining a card, and keeping in 
line, will prove a good investment. The time is 
very fast approaching when the telegraphers of 

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the country will be recognized as one of the most 
important links in the chain of railway progress, 
and when that time arrives the telegraph operators 
can hold their heads up and look any man in the 
face, knowing that the return glance will not be 
one of acorn or pity. It's coming to us, it's our 
just due, and we expect to see the time when the 
operatotB of this grand old U. S. A. will be on 
a par with the other leading railway organizations, 
especially in respect to wages received and con- 
cessions granted. But there is but one way to 
realize these predictions and hopes, and that is 
for everyone to lend a hand and make the Order 
of Railroad Telegraphers second to none. We 
have the ability, our services are required, and 
now all that remains to make our influence felt 
is numbers, and the present outlook in that direc- 
tion is very bright 

The November bulletin issued by our newly 
appointed division operator, W. H. Brant, has 
created considerable comment, but would suggest 
that each brother read it carefully, word for word, 
note the suggestions which may appeal to you per- 
sonally for betterment, and act accordingly. 

It is now Bro. B. F. Ward. Tipp City second 
trick, and he can now join us in our bear dances 
or do anything that any other brother is allowed 
to do. We are all glad to have him with us. 

On the evening of November 28th Robert Dunn, 
64 years old, crossing watchman at St. Johns street, 
was struck and killed by some train, supposed to 
be No. 96, going into the yards at ^bout 5:30 
p. m. "Uncle Bob," as he was known by every 
employe on the division, left his flag shanty at 
about that time for Eureka street, where it was 
his duty to put up a switch lamp, and when within 
a block of his own shanty and about fifty feet 
north of Kibby street, either the engine pilot beam 
or something projecting from engine or car struck 
him, and when found by passers-by he was dead. 
He had been employed by the C. H. & D. for 
about fifteen years as watchman, was a faithful 
employe, well liked by everyone, and the news of 
his mitimely death was sadly received by his many 
friends and acquaintances. 

The new law in Ohio forcing railway companies 
to pay their employes semi-monthly has for some 
reason been violated, and as a result operators 
at Lima depot, "AK" tower and "BU" cabin were 
short their pay checks for the first half of Novem- 
ber up to December 3d. 

Considering the fact that we are required to 
pass a 634-question examination; that we are about 
to be initiated into the mysteries of the manual 
block system; that each day brings forth its bul- 
letins, together wfth examination books and cars, 
and the double telephone and telegraph systems, 
we are surprised that we haven't beoome a bunch 
of raving maniacs instead of level-headed oper- 
ators. Keep your nerve, boys. They say a fellow 
can leam to like "almost" anything. 

During examinations on the caj" several amusing 
things took place. The different^ interpretations 
of rules were quite unexpected, but in many in- 
stances were excusable inasmuch as most of the 
employes had never worked utider a manual block 

system and several had not yet seen the new rule 
book. But with Examiner Coates on hand to 
explain those points not clear to the boys, all got 
by with credit, and a second examination would 
be a snap. Under the new ruling it's "one train 
at a time and that handled well," and there will 
be no trouble, but it's good policy to not try to 
put two trains where but one ought to be. The 
block works very well — if you do not have to 
account for delajrs. 

The attendance at the examination car, where 
mostly second and third-trick men held forth, 
proves without any doubt that Lima could muster 
a goodly attendance for an O. R. T. meeting, and 
I would suggest that as soon as our general chair- 
man returns from the East that we give this a 
trial. Such gatherings are the organizers of friend- 
ship and acquaintance that otherwise would not 
be brought about for years. Personal encounter 
is always more productive of such things than the 
long-distance gab that, without these meetings, is 
our only mode of acquaintance. Of course, should 
there be a meeting at Lima, someone would have 
to chaperone Bro. Nichols, of Cridersville, for he 
got lost and missed the examination car entirely, 
and when found was wandering around a moto- 
cyole shop trying to find out who it was that put 
"gas" in gasoline. 

Two tricks at Anna, Ottawa first and Leipsic 
Jet., on north end, are on bulletin. 

It is now time for the payment of dues for the 
term January to June, inclusive, and I hope the 
boys on Division ^1 will be right in line and 
secure their cards «arly and get after the non- 
members and see that they get in the wagon and 
help make music. Their non-membership not only 
hurts those who are striving to better conditions, 
but the greatest injury is to themselves. "Safety 
first" applies to more things than the B. & O. and 
C. H. & D. Railways. If a boat were to sink 
with yourself on board, a life preserver would be 
your most urgent need, and if the operators of 
the country would realize that an up-to-date card 
was a "real life preserver" for the operators, that 
card would be your first thoQght. Dues, including 
$1.00 to M. B. D,, January 1st to June 30th, 
inclusive, $9.50. Blanks are all ready to mail. 
Let's have your requests. 

Mr. Jones is the new man on Anna third, ami 
Mr. Bush is the new man on Sidney first, reliev- 
ing Bro. Shine, who is in a Columbus hospital. 
Bro. Shine has been having his troubles for the 
past year or more, and every brother sincerely 
hopes for his quick and permanent recovery. Se- 
cure his hospital address, brothers, and drop him 
a line. Cheering words are appreciated by any- 
one confined in a hospital ward, and the brother 
would be pleased to receive a note from any 
of the brothers. 

Let's have a little help, brothers, on these notes. 
Every little helps. Cert. 207. 

Springfield Division — 

Bro. J. V. Cunynins, second Moorefield, off two 
weeks hunting, was relieved by Mr. Drake. 

We hope to call Operator Clark, first Moore- 
field, "Bro." in the near future, 

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Business seems to be picking up on the Spring- 
field and Indianapolis Divisions now» as they are 
running 55 and 65-car trains out of Moorefield. 
Seems like the 400 class battlers will be running 
to Montezuma in the near future. Someone made 
this noise. 

Bro. Seng, second Montezuma* is having quite 
a time motor boating and hunting. 

It is rumored that the manual block will be put 
on between Indianapolis and State Line shortly. 
This will give us more offices. 

The schedule is being delayed on account ,of 
the officials refusing to give us an increase. 

Bro. Grimes was relieved on second Tuscola, 
while off hunting, by Mr. Perkins, who bumped 
Mr, Vickory, third Hume Third Shops cut out; 
Bro. Hornbeck bumps first trick man at Decatur. 
Mr. Aikman is back on second Hume. 

VV. E. Gosscrt, car man, spent Christmas with 
his folks at Decatur, relieved by V. R. Thomas. 

tiro. M. E. Oxley, first Montezuma, is attending 
school at Valparaiso, Ind., taking a scientific and 
classical course, and will later take up the study 
of law. We wish him success. 

VVc were very sorry to learn of the death of 
Bro. D. E. Greene's brother at La Place. Bro. 
Greene has the sympathy of the entire division. 

Best wishes for a happy and prosperous New 
Year. "B." 

Chicago, Milwaukee & 8t. Paul Ry. 

Coast Division — 

A very successful meeting was held in Labor 
Temple, Seattle, presided over by General Chair- 
man Bro. Soyster. We were favored with speeches 
from President Bro. Perham and Bro. Alexander, 
from the Southern, who covered the hard struggle 
on that road for schedule and final results. He 
was in turn followed by General Chairman Rob- 
ertson, of the C. P. R., representing our Cana- 
dian brothers, who are governed by such an envi- 
able schedule. Bro. Miller, general chairman of 
the Pennsylvania,* was next. In introducing the 
speaker Bro. Soyster described him as an "orator 
of exceptional eloquence and the man who brought 
the 1913 convention to Baltimore when it had been 
lined up for Seattle." Bro. Miller certainly came 
up to all that was said of him, and more, and, 
although he is working against big odds, we feel 
certain be will be successful in bettering their 
conditions in the near future. 

The meeting was attended in part by Mr. Robin- 
son, Bros. Owens and Olson, Seattle; Bros. Church, 
Martin, Leamy, Teary and Wooten from the main 
line; Bros. Lang, Grummell and Nisonger, Ta- 
coma; Bros. Stewart, Barrett, Boylan, Clover and 
several others from the Tacoma line, and some 
old-timers, since retired. 

R. F. Rader, the boy at "TC" who handles the 
"37" sheet and makes a fuss when she's not on 
time, was relieved on vacation by Bro, Lang. The 
rumor that '*R" became entangled in the matri- 
monial web has not been confirmed. 

M. J. O'Connor, wire chief Tacoma, while work- 
ing a trick on the branches, was relieved by Bro. 

Nisonger, and he by Bro. McAllister, first Bis- 

Bro. Grummell, wuiie in the hospital undergoing 
an operation, was relieved by Bro. Lang. 

Bro. McAllister has returned from "TC" to Bis- 
marck. Bro. Schmitz from the W. U. at Portland, 
whom we lined up at "TC," has "hiked" for the 

Bro. Kidd, agent North Puyallup, on a trip East, 
was relieved by Bro. Boylan. 

It's now Bro. Wood, agent Kent, on a trip 
South, relieved by Bro. Napier, and he on second 
by Mr. Sutton, from the freight office at Tacoma, 
who also relieved Bro. IL J. Johnson, second 
North Puyallup, on trip home. 

Bro. Barrett bid in third Auburn, Bro. Ciora 
going to National Agency. Bro. Taylor drew sec- 
ond Cedar Falls, and Bro. Martin, in order to get 
with his old friend J. Q. Adams, bid in third 

Bro. H. McKinnon, *'S*' Seattle, bid in third 
Keechelus. and Bro. "Y," of "S,"< bid in third 
Tacoma Jet. Bro. Roselle, who was also caught 
by the cut at "S," took six months' leave and 
went with the O. W. R. & N. at Aberdeen. Bro. 
Switzer, also of *'S," went to Maiden relay sev- 
eral- weeks and then bumped Mr. Snyder, second 
leverman Black River. 

Bro. W. A. McKinnon, who bid in Monroe, after 
sizing up the clerical work, maintained he was 
"not up on* that stuff," and took three months* 
leave, going with the Federal Telegraph at Seattle. 

Bro. Wells, third "JN," bid in Salsich Jet 
agency, Bro. Merritt returning to extra list. 

Bro. Farley at "FD" first, Bro. McKay laying 

Bro. Cronk, who relieved Agent Kent a few 
days, also relieved Bro. "Scoop" Kinnear, on a 
deer hunt. 

Bro. Chadderson, of Whittier, spent a few days 
in Seattle, relieved by Bro. Cronk. 

Bro. Willsey at Monroe pending bulletin, Bro. 
Johnson later receiving it on bid. 

Bro. Fishburn landed third "SJ," where the boys 
are all working in the box-car "abode," due to 
the recent burning of the station. 

Bro. Pope, Black River tower, received Keeche- 
lus agency, Bro. Snyder going to "BI." C. H. 
Dahlke received this on bid, but could not be 

Bro, Blume, first Cle Elum, off a few days, was 
relieved by Bro. Lang, recently returned from a 
trip East. Bro. Nash, who accompanied him as 
far as Ortonville, is still at his home in Terre 

Bro. Church, while partaking of Thanksgiving 
turkey in Seattle, was relieved by Bro. Boylan. 

Mr. Sutton, pulled off at Mineral, went on ex- 
tra. Bro. McEntee, second Kapowsin (discontin- 
ued), went to Salsich Jet. extra. 

Bro. Bingham, Everett, on trip East, relieved 
by Bro. Snyder, a new man from the N. P. 

Bro. McEntee, who relieved Bro. Clover, agent* 
Kapowsin, a few days, was relieved on second by 
Bro. Boylan. 

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C. Otto, formerly first "SJ," who attributes his 
inability to carry a card to "poor crops" or the 
•*gTcat depre»ion throughout the country," re- 
lieved Dispatcher's Clerk Phillips and later bid in 
third "SJ." 

Third Trick Dispatcher I*eter8on has returned 
from his trip East. All the boys ^re glad to see 
"Pete" back again. 

Bro. Olson, bumped at *'S** Seattle, returned to 
his regular posttion, Bro. Eriand going to Enum- 
claw to relieve Bro. Hogan a few days. 

Bandera closed, Bro. Willscy going to Monroe 
extra, Bro. Cronk taking the extra list. 

Bro. Larson, afiFected by the cut at Tacoma, who 
bid in North Puyallup, is on three months' vaca- 
tion, tr>'ing the real esUite business. We all wish 
him success. R. F. Rader, his relief, was later 
rdieved by Bro. W. H. Lang. 

Bro. Steiner, from Laconia, bid in Duvall 

Bro. Gordon, agent Cedar Falls, after attend- 
ing car-breaking case at Butte, took a vacation 
to California, relieved by Bro. O'Hern, from 
freight office Tacoma. 

Bro. Wooten is now publishing the daily at 
Cedar Falls, and Bro. Martin the daily at Laconia, 
the Bugie supplying the boys on the hill with 
some classy news. The latter recently, in a some- 
what lengthy statement, bemoans the loss of Mayor 
Steiner, who did so much towards bringing pros- 
pective settlers to the metropolis and left recently 
for Duvall. 

Bro. Kelso, first Cedar Falls, claims he has been 
offered $50,000 for his mining interests in Wash- 
ington, but we hail from Missouri. 

Bro. and Sister Leamy, Rockdale, spent Thanks- 
giving in North Bend, relieved by Bros. Eriand 
and Lang, who on departing were treated to a 
royal spread by Mr. Carew, of third there. He 
promises to start the year right by purchasing a 

Bro. Church, third Keechelus, is anxiously await- 
ing the approach of summer, when he can make 
a "wad" escorting the tourists around Lake Keech- 

In preparation for big game, Bro. Terry, at 
Garcia, has adopted a wolf hound. 

Bro. Taylor, second Cedar Falls, attributes the 
loss of several pounds to "baching" while his wife 
spent a month in California. 

Second Trick Dispatcher Leahy "CPS," was re- 
lieved by Mr. Wallick a few days. Mr. Wallick, 
formerly chief dispatcher "CPS," has been in 
Alaska gathering nuggets during the past summer. 

Snow, second Argo "CPS," was relieved by 
Lovejoy a few days on account of illness. 

Bro. Adams, second "lA," bid in first Laconia, 
vice G. J. Clayton, there pending bulletin. 

Mr. Owens, second Bismarck, and Sister Clover, 
first Kapowsin, recently pulled off on account of 
the abolishment of log runs, makes Salsich Jet. 
the only night office on the T. E. Some of the 
snow oflices will probably be opened shortly, which 
will take care of the extra men. 

Our committee called on the officials at Chicago 
for a meeting on December 8th. Stick by the 

committee, and if it comes to a vote, do the right 

During the time Dispatcher Allen was troubled 
with a severe cold we were treated to several 
nights* work on ttie good old Morse. She sounded 
good, and we regret that we can^t have more of it. 

O. M, Weister, from "GN," relieved Bro. Rey- 
nolds, agent Keechelus, who was called to Seattle. 

Mr. Maddox, new man, who relieved at La- 
conia, Rockdale , and Keechelus, later went on 
work train, but was bumped by Bro. Cronk on his 
return from a hunting trip. 

Bro. Reynolds, former agent Keechelus, re- 
cently reinstated, bid in second Laconia. 

If the boys continue to show the interest send- 
ing in notes that they have recently we will be 
able to have a good write-up. Send them in by 
the 20th. Ceit. 3024. 

Missoula Division — 

On special election held in November for local 
chairman, Bro. Geo. L. Dean, Falcon, Idaho, was 
elected, vice Acting Chairman Bro. E. P. Brink. 
We all wish our new chairman the best of success, 
together with a happy and prosperous New Year. 
I feel sure that Bro. Dean will have the aid of 
every member on the division. Let us assist him 
in lining up the nons and getting the division on 
a sound and firm basis. 

The following appointments have been made by 
Local Chairman Dean: Committee to act for the 
division, Bros. G. L. Dean, W. F. Marshall, 
A. G. Smith, R. O. Clark and Sister Mrs. C. M. 
Van Antwerp. Let's stand by this committee and 
push with the energy of a fiootball team. Corre- 
spondent for the division, Bro. W. Harold Glover, 
Falcon, Idaho. All are asked to assist and give 
him all the news possible and promptly that it may 
reach him in due time for each month's write-up. 

Sister Miss Anna O. Stewart, formerly at East 
Portal, now Mrs. M. L. Kight, and husband, spent 
their honeymoon in Seattle. We wish them a 
happy and prosperous life in their new home, 
where'er it may be. 

Bro. and Sister E. P. Brink, visiting at his home 
in Deer Lodge, will also visit in Iowa while on 

Bro. L. V. Maxwell, of Saltese, visiting at St. 
Maries, Idaho, has gone to his mother's ranch 
near Portland, Oregon, for sixty days. Bro. 
Mickey Griswalc), of Saltese, spent the holidays 
at Clinton, and is now on a six weeks' visit at his 
old boyhood stamping grounds in Wisconsin. We 
understand he is going in search of a lassie lie 
left behind, and wish him many happy days in 
his little white cottage by the wayside in Saltese. 

Sister Mrs. Barlow, Clinton third, is on a 
three months' furlough. Bro. Ralph Coon bid 
the trick in, and Bro. H. H. Brown, just rehired 
out, relieved him at Ravenna nights. 

Miss Bessie Paine, extra, third Bryson, who 
has been visiting in Missoula and Seattle, has 
gone to Brainerd, Minn., to spend the winter 
among relatives and friends, leaving behind many 
friends, who will greatly miss her. Bryson closed. 

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Sister Mrs. Lillian McCormick, formerly at 
Bryson, is on a three months' leave to her home in 

firo. G. B. Aid rich and wife arc visiting in 
Seattle, relieved by Bro. W. J. Smith. 

Bro. A. F. Wilkins, of Missoula, at East Portal 
for several months, is now on an extensive vaca- 
tion. He spent Thanksgiving with his people in 
Missoula and later visited Butte. 

Sister Mrs. Dahlene, St. Regis second, on four 
months' furlough, has moved to her new home 

Sister Mrs. Dean, East Portal, was a recent 
Missoula visitor. 

' Sister Mrs. Palarske, of St. Regis, is on six 
months' vacation on her ranch near that town. 

Sister Mrs. C. E. Tyndal, of Drummond second, 
on vacation, was relieved by Bro. W. J. Smith. 
It is now Bro. C. E. Tyndal again. We are glad 
to have him back. 

Sister Mrs. C. M. Van Antwerp, agent Falcon, 
Idaho, has returned from a pleasure trip through 
the eastern and northern States with her niece. 
Sister Miss Zelda Trimble, second Falcon. They 
were in Boston, Albany, N. Y., points in Illinois 
and Wisconsin, also Montreal and Niagara Falls. 

Sister Miss Kate Ray, Superior third, spent a 
few days recently in Seattle, Tacoma, etc. 

Sister Miss Eva Kent, Adair first, went to 
Butte recently to meet her sister, Mrs. May 

Bro. W. H. Glover spent Thanksgiving in Mis- 
soula with friends. 

Bros. Clark, of Roland, and Skinner, of Adair, 
had a swell trip to Saltese lately. 

Bros. Dean and Clark went deer hunting re- 
cently at Tarkio without success. 

Third Trick Dispatcher Hill has been riding 
goats lately and is now a square man. 

Bro. Dean drew second East Portal, vice Bro. 
A. M. Peterson, resigned. 

Miss Maud Martin is on third Roland relieving 
Bro. Betts, called to Missoula. 

Bro. Sellers is now on second .Haugan relieving 
O. F, Peterson, relieving Bro. Maxwell, agent 

Mr. Leach bumped Mr. Hughes on third at 
Huson, who is relieving his brother on second for 
three months. 

Miss Lena Huibretza bid in third Falcon; Sister 
Miss Vivian Smith, third Kyle; Sister Margaret 
Ray, extra St. Regis, vice Mrs. Dehlene, off three 

Bro. W. CuUen, from Tarkio, closed, bumped 
Mr. Leach, first Gold Creek. 

Recent additions to our membership are: Mr. 
and Mrs. Tyndal, Drummond; M. J. Emmert, 
Haugan; Miss Kate Ray and Mr. Ray, Superior; 
G. B. Aldrich, Garrison; S. W. Sowden and Mr. 
Waters, Avery; Miss Vivian Smith, Kyle; Mrs. 
R. O. Clark, Roland, and W. F. Marshall, Deer 

Mr. Estep third at Haugan, Miss Lena Hui- 
bretza and Gary Hughes will soon be with us, and 
it will only be a short time until there won't be 
a non on the division. 

A new step taken lately is for each operator 
on the division to donate twenty-five cents a 
month for maintaining the local chairman's office. 
It is necessary that the local chairman have a 
typewriter and possibly a few other things, and he 
should not be expected to use his own money any 
more than the other operators. An account of 
all money received and expended will be kept and 
a statement issued when requested. When the 
local chairman's term expires the money on hand 
and other material will be checked over to his 
successor. We hope that every one will send his 
twenty-five cents every month and remit for the 
first six months or a year in advance as there is 
no money in the treasury and some is badly needed 
at once. 

The local chairman, the committee and the 
correspondent wishes all a prosperous New Year. 
The former expects to go over the^ division soon 
and would like to see every operator at the station. 
You will be notified when he goes over. 

Greetings to all. W. Harold Glovek, 

Div. Cor., Cert. 2695. 

Columhia Division — 

Don't think because you don't hear any noise 
from the committee that it is not on the job. It's 
slow work and can't be accomplished in a day. 

Forces are still being reduced. Bro. Stephens 
loses Herrick ofiice, closed 1 a. m. to 7 a. m. 

Pumper at St. Joe pulled off and Bro. Smith 
will swell his princely salary by the amount al- 
lowed for pumping. 

One man pulled off at Tekoa, agent now working 
a six-hour trick. Bro. F. L. Hayes jerked out of 
Maiden relay days bid in Tekoa first; when it was 
abolished he took second, Bro. Kirkpatrick taking 
third forcing Mr. Barry out. 

Mr. Jose, in Maiden relay nearly four years, was 
caught in the reduction. Only three men there 
now; a couple of months ago there were six. 

Bro. R. R. Murphy bid in second Manito, vice 
Bro. Schlatter, unable to hold regular position on 
regular seniority list. 

Rosalia third abolished, Bro. Horn bumping Bro. 
"Slats" at Herrick. 

Bro. A. Walden has resumed at Pine City agency 
after six weeks' illness. 

Bro. J. H. Vassey, who relieved Dispatcher Cur- 
ren several weeks, lost out on account of third 
trick dispatcher having to work both ends. 

Bro. Kinney, second Othello, is on vacation in 

Bro. M. J. Campbell, agent Thorp, is laying off, 
rel'cved by Bro. Thompson. Cert. 910. 

Rocky Mountain Division — 

There are rumors that more operators are to 
be laid off and telegraph offices closed. The con- 
ductors, being so accommodating as to solicit 
orders on the block phone at every blind siding 
and closed telegraph office they come to, enable 
the officials to do this. 

Bro. Jake Schaeffer has gone to Amherst on 
the Great Falls line. Bro. J. L. Du Houx, back 

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from a three months' vacation in the far East, is 
now at Hoosac. 

Bro. Bothmer, second Two Dot, is on vacation; 
relieved by Mr. Reed. 

Ex-Bro. Maggett. first west end dispatcher Three 
Forks, on thirty days' leave, visited at Lennep a 
few days and left for his home in North Carolina 
for the holidays. 

Bro. Phare, third Sixteen, has returned from a 
thirty-day vacation. Bro. Horejs, who relieved 
him, bid in first Summit temporarily. 

F. P. (Doc.) Byrne bid in second Three Forks, 
put on to rclie/(re Bro. Clark of his too numerous 
duties, which also cut down his three hours' over- 
time per day. - 

Bro. E. S. Bleichner is relieving Bro. Hughes, 
second Lombard. Bro. Bleichner relieved on third 
by Bro. Harmon, a new arrivaL 

Bro. Riddell, from Great Falls Line, is relieving 
Bro. Phare on third Sixteen while Bro. Phare re- 
lieves Bro. Corn on first, who went East for the 

Several offices closed on Great Falls Line and 
a number of men laid off. The work up there is 
about completed and should create a number of 
"bach** jobs when opened for traffic in the spring. 
The new depot at Lennep is now completed and 
moved into December 3d, in honor of which Bro. 
Peacock and Sister Francis showed up for work in 
their store clothes. Much disappointment was 
shown when Bro. Bradley showed up in the regu- 
lation uniform — ^wool shirt and overalls. 

Bro. Sill, at Summit, recently assisted in the 
capture of a bold desperado who robbed Engineer 
Shaw's house at Three Forks. 

One dispatcher cut off at Three Forks and a 
third trick operator and report clerk put on. C. G. 
Brown, the dispatcher reduced, now working third 
there until bids are up. 

Butte Relay "GS" Office— W. W. Glaze, of 
Hoosac, bid in temporary vacancy, but resigned 
before accepting. Bro. N. P. Hansen is now em- 
ployed by Yukon Telegraphs at Ogilvie, Y. T. 
D. R. Snyder bid in temporary vacancy during 
Bro. Massing's absence. Third Wire Chief Bro. 
Faucher, on two weeks' vacation with his folks in 
Michigan, was relieved by Bro. Gallivan. Second 
■ Wire Chief Bro. Charley Gray, who spent his 
holidays on the coast, relieved Wire Chief Potter, 
who spent Christmas holidays in Spokane. 

Bro. M. E. Spencer, agent Willow Creek, on 
thirty days' leave, relieved by Bro. W. A. Horejs. 
Bro. Geo. Redding, who lost out by Finlen being 
made a twelve-hour day and Dawson a twelve-hour 
night office, bumped Bro. W. F. Monthey, third 
Donald. George spent the holidays with his folks 
at Lexington, Ky. 

Ncwcorab is to be made a twelve-hour night and 
Janney a twelve-hour day office. Dawson and 
Cedric are twelve-hour night offices and Moyne 
will probably be in the same list soon making Ring- 
hug a twelve-hour day office. 

In the Employes' Magaeine for December ap- 
pears the following article addressed to Conductor 
Thcs. O'Brien and Brakemen C. J. Buck and J. E. 
Manley: "For your prompt and heroic action on 

the night of October 27th in stopping Train 94, 
coming into Grace, due to air valve on Engine 8500 
being defective, I wish to hereby extend to you 
my highest commendation. A serious catastrophe 
was averted by your efforts, which I know were 
thoroughly appreciated by the management of this 
company. It is gratifying to know that we have 
employes of this caliber who are not found want- 
ing when put to a test. I take pleasure in giving 
you due credit for this in our Employes' Register 
and am also extending to you my personal thanks 
for 'staying with the ship' as you did. (Signed) 
W. H. Molchoir, Superintendent." We all coin- 
cide with the spirit of the superintendent's letter. 
No. 15 was on its way up the mountain, which was 
the serious catastrophe averted by No. 94 being 
stopped. This incident and another recently when 
a car got away from Grace and, starting down the 
mountain, was derailed at Cedric by the operator 
there being notified to open the switch, is a strong 
argument in favor of maintaining a full force at 
all stations on mountain grades. This should re- 
ceive some consideration from the "Safety First" 
movement; for when the word is given out by 
the management to cut down the expense of opera- 
tion, or in normal times when the management will 
not approve additional CT^pcnse, the local officials 
are powerless. Div. Coa. 

Musselshell Division — 

Bro. L. A. Copp relieved Bro. G. F. Rediske, 
third Ryegate a few weeks, later relieving Bro. J. 
C. Foster, first Ryegate, a few days, and then went 
to his assignment third Roundup, relieving Claude 
Mitchell, extra. 

Bro. C. W. Erther assigned ninety-day vacancy 
on first Baker, relieved on second there by R. T. 
Davis, who later relieved Bro. Copp on third 
Ryegate and then bumped Bro. Olson on second 
Mildred temporarily. 

Bro. W. A. Aasve relieved Mrs. Oconnor on sec- 
ond Carlerville a few <lays, later relieved R. T. 
Davis on second Baker temporarily, and then went 
on a vacation. Bro. J. H. Cowley, assigned Del- 
phia days, relieved Bro. Cook, who then bumped 
Bro. Warman on third Shawmut. 

Bro. C. H, Richards, extra, relieved Bro. T. E. 
Crandall, first Ismay, a few days, also relieved 
Bro. R. R. Russell, agent at Saugus, a short time. 

Sister Hayes returned from an extended visit 
with relatives in Seattle and resumed duty on 
second Sumatra, relieving Bro. H. J. Thompson, 
who bumped Claude Mitchell, Heritage nights, 
until that trick was pulled off, and then bumped 
C. L. Burke, third Calabar; Mr. Burke assigned 
ninety days' vacancy on second Baker. 

Bro. C. H. Burnworth, assistant general chair- 
man, after some time spent in lining up the Puget 
Sound Lines, attended a meeting of the Milwaukee 
sub-committee in Chicago. Sister Burnworth 
handled the agency at Ingomar during his absence, 
with Bro. Heise on second and Bro. Leo Thiel on 

Bros. Wells, Wallace and O'Brien pulled out of 
the relay office on account of reduction in force. 
Bro. Wallace assigned second Miles City yard, 

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but is working for the Western Union in Miles 
City temporarily, with Bro. O'Brien filling in 
at the yard, bumping Bro. J. H. Jesser. 

Bro. J. P. Kennedy assigned Kinsey agency and 
E. J. Miller assigned Mildred agency. Two nons 
at Mildred now — only ones on the east sub-division. 

The following brothers took their vacations dur- 
ing the holidays and went home to eat turkey: 
Bro. W. F. Corcoran, Bascora days, relieved by 
Bro. W. A. Aasve; Bro. Dorner second Terry, 
relieved by Bro. Richards, and Bro. W. E. Berger, 
third Ismay, relieved by Claude Mitchell. 

Understand the relay office at Miles City is to 
be pulled off entirely. This will do away with 
Wire Chiefs Doherty and Maille. Pretty hard on 
these brothers as it will be necessary for them to 
take an "OS" job at quite a reduction in salary 
or get out of the service altogether. One dis- 
patcher also pulled off in Miles City office. The 
unlucky man being P. G. Kearney. Dispatchers 
T. E. Corbctt and A. O. Veitch, first and second 
tricks on west end, working through three hours 
each. C. C. Johnson, first east end, working a 
lap trick, and A. C. KoUlhase, third west end, with 
M. G. Pence, third east end. J. C. Anderson, 
extra dispatcher, is back on the side table job. 
Jack, while working as extra dispatcher, became 
well acquainted with all of the operators and is 
now doing his best to see that each of us get a 
square deal. Right at the time of reductions he 
handled some pretty complicated deals and fol- 
lowed the schedule as near as he consistently could 
thereby saving much of the confusion and dissatis- 
faction among the operators which had previously 
existed in that office. Ckrt. 2446. 

H. & D. Division— 

Recent appointmenU: First tricks— C. O. Swan- 
berg, Fargo; H. A. Parsons, Webster; Bro. W. H. 
Swan, Sumpter. Second — Bro. E. C. Canus, Nor- 
wood tower; Bro. B. A. Shea, Hennipin avenue; 
R. F. Williams, Chanhassen; S. Simonsen, Web- 
ster; C. H. Fabel, Hector for ninety days. Third — 
W. L. Meyer, Wegdahl; Bro. C. C. Malck, Ren- 

Mrs. W?. J. Maloney, wife of Bro. W. J. Ma- 
loney, agent Hopkins, died December 16th, after 
a brief illness. The remains were taken to her 
old home in Iowa for burial. Bro. Hamilton, who 
relieved Bro. Maloney, was relieved on first there 
by Bro. Collins. 

Bro. Chas. McReynolds relieved Mr. Fosneo on 
third double-track switch when he accompanied 
hit brother to Minneapolis for an operation. 

Bro. Johnson, third Montevideo dispatcher's 
office, on two weeks' vacation visiting Fargo, Min- 
neapolis, etc., was relieved by Mr. Nelson, from 
third Montevideo yard, relieved by Mr. Young. 

A great reduction in forces, owing to the de- 
crease in business, has been made during the past 
two or three weeks in all departments. Webster, 
Bird Island, Renville, Cologne and Hopkins third 
taken off, and the agents at these stations now 
have to work a trick. We hope business will soon 
pick up and the brothers thrown out of work put 
back again. 

Many train crews have also been pulled off, and 
most vf them are now made up entirely of con- 
ductors, the younger men having taken vacation 
until business increases. Trains are handling full 
tonnage during this nice weather, and the chief 
dispatchers sit back and smile. 

The beginning of the new year is a good time 
for the nons to start in right by joining the O. 
R. T. When we look back over the year just 
passed, and even farther back, and think of the 
benefits secured for them by the O. R. T., we feel 
that they as well as we have a great deal to be 
thankful for. With their help greater and better 
results can be secured this year. It is certainly 
to their benefit as well as ours that they become 
members, and we should get to work in earnest 
and see that they are made to see this as we do. 

Bro. J. P. Walsh is relieving Bro. Churchill at 
Holmquist, on vacation. 

Bro. C. O. Johnson, of third Milan (closed), is 
now on third Appleton. • 

Bro. Russell was on second Montevideo yard a 
few days while Bro. Ronning was sick. 

The writer attended a "get together" meeting at 
Montevideo, but the engineers and firemen seemed 
to be the only ones having grievances and theirs 
are so numerous that a telegrapher would die from 
old age if he waited his turn to voice his griev- 
atices at one of these meetings. 

Boys, send me any news you may know of. It 
will be appreciated and we will enjoy the journal 
so much more with a write-up from our own divi- 

A good New Year's resolution is "No card, no 
favors." Live up to it and it will increase our 
membership. Cbrt. 1866. 


Whbrbas, It has pleased an all-wise and loving 
Father to call home the beloved wife of our 
brother, W. J. Maloney; and 

Whbrbas, The years that hurry by, 

Each bringing bright or somber scenes, 
Each with its joys that can not last, 

Of hopes and fears and vanished dreams. 
Passing swift to be enrolled 

With all the thousands gone before. 
To make the total, when 'tis called. 

And time shall be declared no more. 
Among the sheaves that each shall give 

To swell the rich storehouse of heaven. 
No sweeter fruit, no brighter flower. 

Than her whose life today was given. 

Resolved, That while with so much gone 

Of life and love, we still live on, 
To let her life forever be 

The symbol of our charity; 
Until in life's late afternoon. 

Where cool and long the shadows grow. 
We all must walk to meet the night 

That shape and shadow overflow. 
We can not feel that thou art far. 

Since near at hand the angels are, 
And when the heavenly gates unbar, 

We'll see her welcome, beckoning hand. 

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And Be It Further Resolved, That a copy of 
these resolutions b( sent the bereared brodier, a 
copy spread upon th« minutes of Division 23, and 
a copy mailed Thb Tblbgeapbbk for publication. 
H. S. Dbming, 
H. T. RoBB, 
T. W. Wbst. 


River Division — 

The new automatic signals were put in service 
between Hastings and Red Wing at 2 p. m., De- 
cember 13th, closing Indio and making one-man 
Nations of Etter and Eggleston. Lamoille and 
Richmond are also one-roan stations now. 

Bro. Roy Ken yon will do the dispatching at 
Newport for the next six months. Bro. J. P. 
Leahy is relieving him at South Minneapolis, and 
Bro. Diff Kenyon is relieving Bro. Leahy at sig- 
nal tower. 

Bro. Martin, Lake City, was held up recently 
and the depot robbed of $90. Robbers are thought 
to have escaped in motor boat across Lake Pepin 
to Wisconsin shore. 

Bro. Jack Marron, lower yard, was very indig- 
nant when he found someone had "balled up" the 
pay-roll and he did not get any check for Novem- 

Bro. J. F. Sainsbury, who lost out when second 
Lamoille dosed, relieved Bro. Maloney at Wa- 
basha a few nights and then took third at Minne- 
sota City permanently, displacing Mr. Knutson. 

Chelsea, closed in the reduction craze, was 
opened again in two days. 

Bro, Lakeman, second St. Croix Crossing, has 
gone to Michigan on two weeks' vacation, relieved 
by H. J. Ward, from Hastings yard, and he by 
young Tackaberry, from Frontenac. 

Christmas and New Year's past and no signs of 
snow. Skating and swimming at the same time in 
St Paul. Tennis in Minneapolis, and a big base- 
ball game at Lexington Park, St. Paul, December 
14th. Not so bad for a Minnesota winter. 

Mr. Pickle, at "VD," while helping out in Mr. 
Sexton's office, was relieved by a brother heavy- 
weight from *'C" office. 

Bro. Peterson resumed second Hastings on, De- 
cember 13th, displacing Mr. Soules, extra. 

Bro. Jack Fell resumed second Kellogg, displac* 
ing Mr. Winters. Bro. Jack and his friend made 
good on their hunting trip up North, bagging two 
good-sized deer and the largest moose shot' this 
season. When we said that Jack was- a crack shot 
with that new gun we were giving it to you 
straight. We were lucky enough to secure a photo 
of the boys and their game for the boys to see. 

Mr. Winters bumped Mr. Maynard on second 

Dispatcher Harry Vogel, on six months* vaca- 
tion, is being relieved by Bro. Harry Peed, from 
Newport. Div. Cor. 

C. & C. B. in Iowa Division — 

Bro. P. H. Curran, agent Portsmouth, who laid 
off recently on account of sickness, relieved by 
Bro. E. L. Nunn, died November 30th, leaving 
a wife, three sons, a 12-year-old daughter, a' 

mother, four sisters and two brothers. His son 
LaVere is a train dispatcher at Maiden, Wash., 
Walter is a telegrapher at Council Bluffs, and 
George, the other son, is on a homestead in South 

E. F. Grossman, one of the east-enders, was 
assigned to third Elberon. 

The new dpuble track has been extended at 
various points along the line, and many night 
oflkes have been abolished. 

Rumor has it that a telegraph office is to be 
installed at the interlocking plant at ^Iberon by 
the C. & N. W. 

The double track east of Marion is in use from 
Lost Nation to Marion. Ten work trains still out 
on account of good weather. 

Mr. Stone relieved at Covington nights by Mr. 
Welch, from Neola. 

Bro. Farnham, Council Bluffs yard second, is 
on a three months' lay-off. 

Bro. Parmenter, Browns second, off a few days, 
relieved by Mr. Hutchinson. 

Bro. M. A. DeVoe, Marion, off on account of 
sickness, relieved by Bro. Dove. 

Mr. Fox, Delmar Jet., off a few days on account 
of sickness, relieved by Mr. Sorg. 

Mr. Leaman now dispatching third trick at 
Marion, vice J. W. Held, moved to Milwaukee 
with his family. 

Bro. N. N. Embree, agent Madrid, while visit- 
ing his mother in Ohio, was relieved by Bro. 
Oleson, Council Bluffs yard first. 

The interlocking plant has been moved from 
Martelle to Lost Nation, adding considerable extra 
work to the force there. 

Nellie May, daughter of Bro. N. C. lies, at 
Keystone, succeeded in capturing first prize and 
was awarded a silver cup at the baby show held 
at that point recently. 

Bro. Campbell, Oxford Jet. second, appointed 
to the Wheatland agency six months. Bro. Mac 
Stuart, agent El wood, gets Oxford Jet. second 
six months, and Bro. W. T. Bright, third, gets 
Elwood agency six months. Cert. 1408. 

Wisconsin Valley Division — 

Second Star Lake Uken off, Bro. West going 
back to third Merrill. 

Boulder Jet., a new station, opened with M. 
Obrien, formerly bill clerk at Wausau, as agent. 

Bro. W. E. Herman, agent Hazelhurst, on a 
vacation, was relieved by Bro. Blanchfield, later 
relieved by Mr. Parker on account of sickness, 
who also relieved Bro. Sternitzke, second Mosinee, 
a few days. 

Third Tomahawk closed, Bro. Burlingham going 
to Mather as agent. 

Bro. Heath, second Merrill, was off a few days 
on account of his mother undergoing an operation, 
which, we are glad to hear, was successful, and 
that she is improving. 

Business is rather slack owing to the late fall 
and no snow so far — something very unusual for 
this neck of the woods. We are looking for 
things to be booming in a short time. 

Cert. lUO. 

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Whereas, It has pleased Him, who givtth and 
taketh away, to take unto Himself the beloved 
wife of our friend and brother, A. I. Lathrop, and 

Whereas, Our brother is now overwhelmed with 
a great burden of grief, such as death will in- 
evitably bring to us all; therefore be it 

Resolved, That the profoundest and most heart- 
felt sympathy of the undivided and collective mem- 
bership of the Wisconsin Valley Division, No. 23, 
be and is hcreby*extended to Bro. Lathrop in this 
his hour of great sorrow; be it further 

Resolvedt That a copy of these resolutions be 
forwarded to Bro. Lathrop, a copy sent to The 
Telegrapher for publication, and that they also 
be placed upon records of the division. 


W. F. Van Gilder, 



To the Members of the O, R. T.: 

We received such a beautiful floral piece, "The 
Gates Ajar," from the employes in the station and 
telegraph department of the Wisconsin Valley Divi- 
sion. Of all the flowers sent they were the loveli- 
est. We do not know how to convey our deep 
appreciation of them. Mrs. C. G. Hanover. 

Prairie du Chien and Mineral Point Divisions — 

Bro. Child has returned to Hanover from a two 
months' vacation to Portland, Ore., and the Far 
West, relieved by Bro. Doyle, of Gratiot, who is 
now relieving Bro. Tegan at Albany, Wis. 

The local chairman was especially favored re- 
cently with a visit by Bro. Lathrop of Bridge- 
port, and Bro. Regan, of New Glavis. He wishes 
more of the brothers would drop in whenever they 
have a day off. 

Bro. Millard and wife, of Lima Center, visited 
the lady'^s parents at Orfordville, Sunday, Novem- 
ber 23d. 

Bro. Wichman and wife, of Stoughton, were 
in Janesville recently, enroute to Belmont to visit 

Bro. Reisel, agent Lone Rock, has been taking 
a much needed rest, relieved by Bro. Gunderson, 
of second trick, and he by Extra Richter, who later 
relieved Bro. Jaeger, agent Woodman, a few days. 

Bro. Thatcher, Eagle third, is a frequent visitor 
at McFarland. 

Train Dispatcher E. M. Dousman, Milu, was 
relieved on second trick a week by Extra Dis- 
patcher G. S. Davy. 

Bro. Chas. Neuman relieved Bro. Shore on 
third Lone Rock while he relieved Agent Hubbard 
at Richland Center. 

It will soon be Bro. Orth, second Stoughton. 

Only one non now on Mineral Point Division, 
r^et us get him and make it solid. There are 
still a few nons on the Prairie du Chien whom we 
should induce to come across in order that we may 
get good results. 

The hours at Janesville have been changed. First 
trick, 6 a. m. to 3 p. m.; secoad trick, 3 p. m. to 
12 midnight; third trick, 9 p. m. to 6 a. m., in 
order that the latter could be in lower yards from 
9 p. m. to 12 midnight to handle the stock trains. 
Bro. Fish is on second Janesville pending bulletin. 

Bro. Sekhart, second Madison, away for the 
holidays, w'as relieved by Extra Merstcr. 

Bro. Hitchcock, McFarland second, relieved Mr. 
Allen on first while Extra Bro. McDonald did the 
second trick act. 

Traffic was blocked several days on the Rich- 
land Center Line on account of No. 66 derailing 
eight cars about one mile west o| Gotham. Der- 
ricks from Milwaukee and Madison cleared the 
debris. Div. Cor. 

Missouri Pacific Ry. 

Central Kansas Division — 

It has been six months since this division had 
a write-up in The Telegrapher. The writer has 
been exiled in the wilds of Colorado for several 
months and is not familiar with all the changes, 
but believes that a little news is better than 
nothing at all. 

Those lucky enough to get vacations were: Neale 
at "CG," going to the coast; Lemer at "GO," to 
Pueblo, Kansas City and Omaha, and Ramsey at 
"MO," to Genesco. 

There are two new faces in *'JN," Schaffcr 
transferring to McGee, Ark., and Williams laying 
off, also some changes in the dispatcher's office. 

Bro. Johnny Sorrels, agent Hope, is still on 
the sick list and improving very slowly. Bro. J. 
M. Johnson, of Genesco, is also on the sick list. 
There is a new man there on second. 

Bro. Boolinger at Osage City is as snug as a bug 
in a rug in that new depot. 

Bro. Hanson bid in Claflin third, Bro. Thigpcn 
bidding in Elmo. 

Hade a nice visit with Local Chairman Neale 
recently, who reports everything running smoothly, 
everybody happy and business good. 

Our old friend, "Mr. Bond," has been pretty 
busy on the division the past year. It makes little 
difference how long you have been in the service 
or how good the service rendered has been, if some 
time in the past twenty years you have done 
something that was not just right "Mr. Bond" is 
right on the job, causing a loss of time, worries 
for our officers and trouble for the employers. 
When an employe has been unjustly discharged he 
is certainly within his rights if he asksy for an 
adjustment. That is why we are organized and 
want justice done. But when the party knows 
that there is no merit to his case and that he was 
at fault he is only wasting his time and embarrass- 
ing the chairman who handles his case. And no 
goo J can come of it. 

Some of the good brothers on the Rock Island 
have evidently crossed their wires in regard to 
the $95.00 niinimum on the Rio Grande. There 
may be several jobs there that pay $95.00, but 
don't go to Colorado expecting to get such wages. 
The Rio Grande is hiring men all the time both 

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io Denver and Pueblo, and such would not be the 
case if this minimum were in effect. 

The division is in good shape, but there are 
still a few outside the fold. There is no excuse 
for being a non under present condi|^ons, and if 
each member will do a little missionary work we 
can soon get this division solid. The nons are not 
all new men cither, there are still a few old heads 
among them. 

The parcel post is a great thing, but it is not 
safe to mention it to an agent at all. 

Any one on the division having any notes for 
The Telegrapher kindly send them to Bro. Neale 
at Council Grove and he will forward them to me. 
It is hard to get notes from the east end. Some 
one there please send them in. 

Next month we will be in closer touch with hap- 
penings on the division and can give a better 
write-up. "GI," Cert. 2309. 

St Louis, Iron Mountain A Southern Ry. 

Valley Division — 

It is a mighty difficult task to get all the news 
on this division as I was but recently appointed 
correspondent by the local chairman and am a 
new roan on the road, so I am not well acquainted 
with the members and their happenings. If the 
boys will just drop me a line of just any old thing 
they know I will gladly appreciate the kindness. 

Bro. H, H. Bryan has returned from the Rock 
Island and resumed as telegrapher at Dermott, the 
heaviest ticket job on the pike. Bro. Hale, from 
the D. k R. G., bid in second there, and Bro. 
Pierce is back on third again. 

On account of the heavy cotton business, also 
a late crop, box cars are in demand, ani many of 
the agents are robbing the big long drags for a 
few to supply their needs.^ 

A cotton clerk has teen given to the agent at 
Parkdale this season, as well as many other places. 

Bro. E. J. Stuttsman, from Memphis, fonnerly 
with the Soo Line at Superior, Wis., is relieving 
Mr. Dunham at Higgins. 

Bro. T. C. Clover, second Portland, while off a 
few days was relieved by A. J. Fern, of East St. 
Louis, and Bro. T. A. Carson, first Portland, off 
thirty days, was relieved by Bro. Bryan. 

Bro. Guse, third Montrose, off fifteen days, was 
relieved by Bro. Watson. 

Bros. Barker, agent Montrose; Carson, first 
Portland, and Culpper, first Bonita, were Mon- 
roe visitors Sunday, December 7th. Bro. Carson, 
while visiting his son there, stumbled and fell, 
breaking several ribs. 

Bro. Barker, agent Montrose, visited the Port- 
land office force December 11th, and secured Mr. 
Wall as a member. 

Bro. McGraw and wife, of Collinston, ate their 
Thanksgiving dinner with Mrs. McGraw's parents 
at Pine Bluff; relieved by Bro. Bryan. 

J. R. Gullala made a trip over the division 
recently and gave instructions regarding the bulle- 
tin boards being posted. 

Chief Dispatcher Rogers, on a month's vacation, 
was relieved by Dispatcher Lamb, relieved by Bro. 
Cunningham, of Argena. 

Mail the proper amount for your dues and your 
M. B. D. assessments at once and get your new 
card; also see that your neighbor or the man 
working with you pays up and save the officers 
unnecessary work by prompt payment. Remaining 
up to date is necessary for the protection of our 
loved ones and ourselves. Div. CoR. 

St. Louis A San Francisco R. R. 
Southwestern Division — 

I am indeed glad to get a few items from the 
west end, and hope to be more successful in se- 
curing a more extensive write-up for the next 
issue. I wish to thank Bros. D. W. Lowe and 
J. R. Jones for the assistance rendered. 

Bro. N. D. Pritchett, first Snyder, who hat been 
confined to his bed for more than a month with 
typhoid fever, we are glad to learn, is steadfastly 
recovering, and hope he will soon be able to 
resume his regular duties. He is being relieved 
by Bro. D. W. Lowe, relieved by Bro. Cavin on 
second Snyder, who later returned to third Law- 
ton, relieved by Bro. Spencer. 

Bro. M. T. Russell, agent Eldorado, bid in Mu^ 
tang, and Bro. D. L. Eetes, agent Headrick, bid 
in Eldorado agency. Bro. O. F. Nowlin, cashier- 
operator Eldorado, bid in first Altus. Bro. J. R. 
Jones, Division 126, relief at Eldorado and Altus, 
bid in Garnett agency, and Bro. C C. Hill, same 
division, is relieving on Altus first. Bro. C. E. 
Simmons, agent Mustang, bid in Vinita third, and 
Bro. J. J. Cowden, agent Depew, bid in Head- 
rick agency. 

Bro. R. M. Page, on three weeks' vacation at 
hit old home in Dickson, Tenn., was relieved by 
Bro. F. Shartell. 

Bro. Floyd Tolleson has returned to Bristow 
first from a pleasant vacation to the Southeast. 

Bro. C. F. Lewis bid in Kellyville agency, re- 
Keyed by Bro. Er~Heffner on second Catoosa on 
bid, and he on third there on bid by Bro. E. G. 
Sheldebar^ from the extra list. 

Bro. V. E. Martin, of Vinita, bid in second 
Afton, and Bro. W. S. Stuart bid in first there, 
vice Bro. G. F. Wallace, who bid in Gran by days. 

Bro. Wallace Morgan has resumed duty on 
third White Oak after a short and pleasant vaca- 
tion. [ 

Bro. Jack Gardner, agent Garnett, bid in third 
Redfork, relieved by Bro. Jones at Eldorado. 

Bro. Paris, phoner at Verdigris, is now in the 
B. and B. department. We all wish him success. 

Bro. Al Creason, extra, bid in second Peirce 
City. Bro. T. R. Stott has resumed third there, 
after enjoying a short vacation. 

Bro. C. L. Hougham, who relieved at Granby 
and third Peirce City, is now at Seneca, relieving 
Bro. W. G. Mullens, relieving Bro. Delaplaine, 
agent Ritchey, taking in the sights at Kansas City. 

Maurice Mullens, relieving at Seneca, has re- 
signed to go to schooL 

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Bro. C. B. Dreibelbis has resumed as agent 
Seneca, after a pleasant trip in tiie British North- 
west, where our brothers on the Canadian Pacific 
' are enjoying a good schedule, being 100 per cent 
strong, comprising the dispatchers, agents, teleg- 
raphers, telephoners and linemen, with a mini- 
mum of $80, and Sunday overtime based on the 
pro rata salary received per month — the $80 at 
twenty-six working days per month equaling $3.08 
per day; overtime based on same scale, and a fort- 
night vacation per year, with compensation, for 
all employes with three years* service — a schedule 
worth having. We congratulate our energetic 
Canadian brothers. The eight and nine-hour law 
does not affect Canadian telegraphers. 

Bids were received recently on two of our most 
popular agencies — ^Afton and Vinita — which looks 
encouraging to our good brothers. 

With the beginning of the new year our motto 
is, "Get one new member," if you can locate a 
non. They are few and far apart. 

I am sorry there are so few mentions of the 
happenings on the west end, and hope to have a 
write-up of the entire division in the next issue. 
I earnestly implore all brothers to send me what 
items they can pick up. I try to keep in touch 
with all the happenings, but it is impossible, and 
all help will not only be appreciated, but esteemed 
a favor. Just mail 'em to Seneca. 

I wish all members would read again, and those 
who have not would read, the ^ article by our 
worthy brother, Cert. 238, page 1881, November 
Tblbgrapher, entitled "The best investment I ever 
made." It is fiae and worthy of mention. 

Ceet. 1727. 

River & Cape Division — 

Brothers, we should get together and appoint a 
correspondent for this division. There are a lot 
of good men who can handle it, if we would only 
ask them to do so. Three of the other divisions 
were represented in the November issue, so let 
us see if we can't have a few items from this 
division. We have a pretty good-sized bunch of 
members, and we should wake up and send in all 
the items we can to the local chairman, who will 
see that they are published if you get them to him 
by the twentieth of the month. Another thing — 
when you are talking to a non show him that it 
is to his interest to join, and keep after him until 
he signs up and gets a card. 

Menfro, Bamhart, Crystal City, Puxico, Oran, 
Benton, Osceola, Bassett and Delta were on bul- 
letin recently, but I am unable to say who bid 
them in except Menfro and Oran, which were se- 
cured by Mr. Youhg and Mr. Luckman, of Delta 
and Puxico. We should keep the local chairman 
advised of all the jobs filled on bulletin, so he 
can help us get in the nons, who are being bene- 
fited by our schedule. 

Now, let's all get busy and see that we have a 
write-up in each month's issue of The Telegra- 
pher. Talk to the other members along the line 
about this, and see if we can't arouse more inter- 
est in the Order for the good of others, as well 
as ourselves. Cert. 2154. 

Baltimore A Ohio R. R. 

Wheeling Division — 

Littleton, W. Va., December 20, 1913. 
To All Concerned: 

Bro. J. B. Springer having resigned en account 
of moving to New Martinsville, Bro. H. L. 
Clelland, P. O. address Kingmont, Va., has been 
appointed L. B. of A. for the Eastern District, 
Mannington to Winona, inclusive. 

Bro. Springer leaves but one "lonesome" for 
his successor to work on, which is hard to beat, 
but Bro. Clelland is equal to the occasion, and 
says his district must be 100 per cent strong. 
C. L. Allender, Local Chairman. 

Connellsvilie Division — 

R. E. Sanders, agent Markleton, called home- 
on account of the serious illness of his father. 
We hope for his speedy recovery. He was relieved 
by H. E. Shade. 

C. G. Gundrum, third **HK" tower, is spending 
two weeks* vacation with parents and friends at 
Beaver Springs. Pa., relieved by E. T. McMullen, 
of Division 82. 

P. P. Hauger, first Rockwood, accompanied by 
his wife, visited friends in Pittsburg recently. 

E. F. Willis, second Hyndman, while on a three 
weeks' vacation, was relieved by N. M. Harcle- 

G. A. McGarry has returned and is doing relief 
work over the division. 

Wc arc glad to hear Chas. Brady back at "HK'* 
tower second, after several weeks' absence on 
account of sickness. 

H. C. Dawson, first Markleton, has resumed 
duty, after an illness of two weeks with pleurisy. 

T. Edwards, second Markleton, is on vacation, 
relieved by O. G. Getty. Div. Cor. 


New Castle Division — 

We would like to see ex-Local Chairman Bro. 
Purdy at our next meeting. 

Uncle Biff proposed to Aunt Sophia and was 
accepted for better or worse. Will announce date 
later. Cigars, Uncle. 

Mr. Tardoflf bid in West Farmington, and it 
was closed December 15th on account of the clos- 
ing of lake navigation. Chardon closed latter part 
of December. Snake Division did the heaviest 
business this year ever known in the history of 
the B. & O. 

Lots of extra men on hand now. 

New Castle Jet. first is up for bid. Hope some 
good Order man secures it. 

Remember our motto. 

Our meeting on November 29th was well at- 
tended, fourteen being present. Glad to see the 
boys becoming interested, but we missed Bro. 

Bro. Sofroney, with the steel gang, was laid off 
and spent Christmas with his wife and her parents 
in Jersey State. 

Mr. Hennen, who has resumed on second "BD," 
promises to soon take out a card. 

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Our local chairman is now in the chicken "biz." 
His intentions afe to break the egg trust. 

A telegrapher who can afford to have a horse 
and buggy should be honorable enough to help the 
organization that advanced his salary and enabled 
him to buy them by joining and helping to pay 
its expenses or be made to understand the meaning 
of "No card, no favors.** 

Bro. Green, first "WE," was off several weeks. 

This division will probably be equipped with 
automatic blocks shortly. 

Akron Jet. is a one-trick office again. 

Your correspondents hope that all will live up 
to their New Year's resolutions, especially "No 
card, no favors," and each of us strive to give 
our chief better service. 

Make it your business, brothers, to see that your 
side partners have an up-to-date card, and encour- 
age all extra men to secure one. 

Unclb Biff and Fiance. 

Baltimore Division — 

Bro. J. M. Line landed second Germantown; 
Bro. J. W. Crump, Jr., second Barnesville; Bro. 
C T. Rogan, second Riverside, and R. A. Hunter, 
second Silver Springs, on bulletin. Vacancies 
advertised: Second Bay View, Dickerson and- 
East Brunswick third, and first Mount Airy. 

Bro. E. B. Cunningham and E. E. Bowers now 
have the relief jobs. 

We regret exceedingly the loss of Bro. Jesse 
Spurrier, of Mt. Airy, a staunch member for many 
years. His children and friends have our deepest 

The good work of securing the nons has been 
very satisfactory on this division during 1913. 
Let's begin the new year with reqewed zeal and 
do as well, if not better, during 1914. 

Each member should forward his dues promptly 
and secure a new card at once, and also see that 
the nons are encouraged to do likewise and get 
out of the old rut they have been traveling in so 
many years. 

The best way to show us that they desire to be 
oar friends is to join the O. R. T., and by thus 
affiliating with us help to upbuild our profession 
and protect themselves and their loved ones. This 
should appeal to them as a duty, if presented in 
the proper light, and they should be. urged to take 
this important step without delay. 

Wish you all and your dear loved ones a bright 
and happy New Year. 

Geo. W. Crump, Jr., Cert. 641. 


We wish, through the pages of the Railroad 
Telegrapher, to thank the members of Division 
33, O. R. T., for their kinds words of sympathy 
and beautiful floral offerings at the time of our 
deep sorrow — the death of our beloved brother, 
J. Mitchell Hammersla. 

His Sister, 
Miss Nora B. Hammersla, 

North Mountain, W. Va. 

Pere Marquette ,R. R. 

Chicago District — 

It is with regret that we announce the death 
on December 15th of Bro. James E. Bowerman, 
first Michigan City, who has been ill for several 
weeks. He was laid to rest December 18th by 
members of the Order of Railroad Telegraphers 
and the K. of P., of which he was also a member. 
Those acting as pall bearers for the telegraphers 
were Bros. F. J. Thrall, of Coloma; L. A. Warren, 
of New Buffalo, and C. Joslin, of Michigan City. 

Bro. Jacob, of Grand Rapids, who had been in- 
structed to forward Bro. Bowerman a bouquet, 
had a wreath sent instead for the funeral, which 
was very nice in design. Mrs. Bowerman thanks 
the boys of Division 39 for their kind remem- 

Passes were requested by Bro. Jacob for himself 
and a party of fifteen, to attend the services, 
through Superintendent Mulhern, and Mr. Gor- 
don's office furnished them promptly and cheer- 

The brothers who attended were: A. Jacob, 
Grand Rapids; L. L. WaUon, Waverly; J. W. Har- 
ris and C. L. O'Brien, New Richmond; S. J. 
Bessey, Grand Junction; H. E. Ward, Bangor; V. 
J. Ryan and D. V. Quigley, Hartford; J. E. Green, 
Watervliet; F. J. Thrall. Coloma; F. M. Ward, 
Bridgman; L. A. Warren, New Buffalo; Emerson 
Miller and L. H. House, Porter, and W. H. Rutz 
and C. Joslin, Michigan City. 

Bro. Bowerman was at one time local chairman 
of the Chicago District and also acted as past 
chief telegrapher in the division room. He had 
many friends and was always ready to take the 
stand for his fellow-man. 

Bro. Rutz is on first Michigan City pending 
bulletin. Hart and Sawyer are also pending bulle- 
tin, and there are many other changes too numer- 
ous to mention, more or less only temporary. 

Our committee has been in Detroit several times 
in the pa^ two months giving the court their evi>' 
dence in our negotiations for a new schedule, 
which we hope will soon be forthcoming. 

Don't forget that united we stand and divided 
we fall, so brethren pay up your dues and don't 
let them linger along. 

It is now Bro. E. W. Issacson at Zeeland, Mich., 
and we trust that the few remaining nons will start 
the year right by dropping in line. Cert. 499. 


Whereas, Our heavenly Father, in His infinite 
wisdom and goodness, has deemed it best to call to 
the great btyond our esteemed brother, Jamts £. 
Bowerman, and we bow in humble submission to 
the will of Him who doeth all things well, and 

Whereas, We realize that in the death of Bro. 
Bowerman we have lost a true and loyal brother; 
therefore, in manifestation of our sorrow and fra- 
ternal sympathy, be it 

Resolved, That we, the members of the Pere 
Marquette Division No. 39, extend to the sorrow- 
ing relatives our sincere and heartfelt sympathy in 

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this sad hour a( their bereavement, and be it 


Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be 

forwarded to the bereaved family, a copy spread 

upon the minutes of this Order, and a copy sent 

to Tub Telbgraphbr for publication. 

Clakk Joslin, 
L. A. Warken,- 
F. J. Thrall, 


Chesapeake A Ohio Ry. 

Indiana Division, C. & O. Lines — 

Bro. F. M. Peoples, assistant chairman, was 
relieved by C S. Smith, on vacation. He expects 
to have his district solid Chicago to Jonesboro. 

Bro. L. H. Warvel, Beatrice nights, assigned to 
Fowlerton first, relieved by Mr. Smith. 

Dispatchers E. C. Murphy and T. M. Minor re- 
lieved by Extra Dispatcher W. R. Eckard. 

Bro. M. G. Dancy, resigned, is now in the L. E. 
& W. dispatcher's office at Peru. 

Bro. M. D. Wood, of Fowlerton first, assigned 
to Richmond third, relieved by Bro. Geo. Shanklin. 

Bro. R. F. McKinley, a new man from Division 
151, extra at "DR" tower and third Fernold. 
Bro. Hammer, from latter position, assigned to 
second "DR" tower. 

Bro. O. D. Lamm assigned to Brighton third. 
L. H. Sullivan bid in Sweetser agency, relieved 
at Okeana by F. H. Littell, later regularly assigned 

Mrs. J. J. Wooley bid in second Peoria. 

Business is very good at present on account 
of traffic being diverted to this line from other 
roads diverging from Cincinnati account of yard 
congestion. Several second and third tricks put 
on and Medford or Henry may be made a three- 
trick job. 

Bro. J. F. Burke is at Bath agency pending its 
assignment. ^ 

The Grand Trunk boys received a good increase 
in pay by the efforts of the members. We had 
better get "25" or we will shortly be the lowest 
paid telegraphers in this territory. Let us pay 
up our dues promptly. Get in the nons and back 
up our committee to the finish. 

G. L. Freed, Div. Cor. 

Erie R. R. 

Cincinnati Division — # 

It is with deep regret that we chronicle the 
death of two of our most devoted members, Bro. 
I. H. Lutz, of Ashland, Ohio, and Bro. F. L. Lary, 
of firoadway, Ohio, both of whom passed away 
on the morning of December 19th. Bro. Lutz had 
been sick for some time, but it was not thought 
serious until he took a sudden turn for the worse. 
Bro. Lutz was a good worker and it was the 
height of his ambition to see the Order prosper. 
Bro. Lary, who was sick but one day, was a firm 
believer in organization and always ready to do 
his share of the work. His three sons are all 
knights of the key and he was proud to know that 

all- three were good union men. What is our loss 
is heaven's gain. Bro. Lary worked over thirty- 
nine years for the Erie, being sixty-one years of 
age. He had many friends on the road and in 
the community in which he lived. Cert. 20. 


Whereas, It has pleased Almighty God, in His 
infinite wisdom, to call home our beloved brother, 
F. L. La^ir, and 

Whereas, Fully realizing our great loss, we feel 
unable to express in words our heartfelt sympathy; 
therefore be it 

Resolved, That the members of the Cincinnati 
Division of Erie System, Division 42, humbly sub- 
mit to the power over which we have no control, 
and extend to Mrs. Lary and three sons, Bros. 
Clyde, Clare and Cecil, our sincere sympathy, and 
be it further 

Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be 
forwarded to Mrs. Lary and her three sons, a copy • 
spread on the minutes of the division, and a copy 
be sent to The Railroad Telegrapher for pub- 
lication. W. H. HUSTED, 
. J. B. Crawford, 



Mahoning Division — 

Jones, off account sickness, relieved by Copier 

Miss Emma Fugman visiting relatives at Lea- 
vittsburg and Kent, Ohio. 

Owens off, relieved by Lacy, second. 

W. H. Husted, general chairman, was a recent 
visitor in Youngstown and Meadville. Several 
of the boys called on him while in Youngstown. 

Local Chairman Fenstermaker ate his Thanks- 
giving dinner in Nevrton Falls. 

Marshall is in an offlce by himself now, the 
general yardmaster's office being too crowded. 

"MA" tower closed for winter; this puts Yoder 
on second at "MX" and Swartz on second at "G." 

Bacon is on his honeymoon, visiting points of 
interest in Detroit and Canada. 

Miss Ethel Wilcox was a Cleveland visitor dur- 
ing the holidays. 

Carless off, relieved by Weigle, extra. 

Daily, off a few days, was relieved by Extra 

Marvin off sick, telegraph office closed and clerk 

The many friends of Dick Noble are glad that 
he is improving and will soon be back on the job. 

C. W. Weimer is now with the Standard Oil 
Co. at Cleveland. 

G. N. Grimm has gone into the chicken business, 
having recently purchased some blooded stock at 
a poultry show. 

"YO" office is being rewired to comply with 
the State fire chief's orders. 

W. W. Marshal and friend called on friends 
at Warren, Ohio, recently. 

The Erie expects to depress the tracks through 
the city of Youngstown about the first of the 

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Miss Blancbard, Heckman, and Henry» from 
"HP* dispatcher's ofl&ce, visited the Park Theater 
at Youngstown recently. 

H. M. Detrick was married Thanksgiving day. 

Third "JU" closed several times lately on 
account of the shortage of operators. 

Understand that the automatic block signals 
will be working between Leavittsburg and Pyma- 
tuning about the middle of January. This will 
probably close a few towers and start the bump- 
ing process. 

Sharon freight office closed as a telegraph office, 
Detrick going to "SQ" first and Buck Riley to 
second "WH." "Bill Sykbs." 

Sex» York Division — 

Bro. Sweeney is back on second 44 "JY," and 
Bro. Nat McGrady is back at "SJ." 

Bro. Clifford, of Tuxedo, is now at Arden feed- 
ing Mrs. Harriman*s bears. 

If we had the actual financial support of the 
nons instead of their doubtful moral support, re- 
sults would be vastly different when our com- 
mittee goes in. A "moral" coward is in many 
respects worse than a "physical'* coward. 

Mr. Rielly bid in second "GB." Patsy and the 
sheriff should get busy on him now, so we can 
call him brother. 

Bro. Roach back again, and is covering third 
"JD," until advertised. " 

There is a new man on third "MQ"; no excuse 
for him not hearing the gospel with two brothers 
there. We should all try to make this division 
solid, A little co-operation on the part q( every- 
one, "one new member apiece," talk organization 
whenever the opportunity presents itself, and the 
gain will more than repay us for the efforts we 

Bro. W. A. McNamara bid in third "NJ," and 
Fro. Albert Stevens third "JD." 

Bro. McGrady was relieved while absent by 
C F. Barley, on second "SJ." 

Bro. Pitketly. third "SJ," off a few days, was 
relieved by Mr. Noon an. 

Several new members taken in during Decem- 
ber and several asking for application blanks. 
Lcoks as if we are going to start th?^ new year 
right. Keep the good work going, brothers. 

Bro. Lorden is back again after a siege with 
asthma. He was relieved by Bro. A. A. Donnelly. 

Any member who has not secured a book of the 
new schedule write Bro. Coleman and get one. 

Dispatcher Smith was recently disqualified as a 
train dispatcher. If he, as well as some others, 
had remained in the Order, our committee could 
have taken up their cases and adjusted them. 
Such treatment should awaken them to the fact 
that they need the protection of the Order at 
least as long as they remain in the business. 

The regular meeting at Jersey City Monday 
evening, December 15th, was very well attended 
and some very inte^'esting business disposed of. 
This IS the place, brothers, to bring your troubles 
and have them threshed out and put through 
the proper channels to get results. Some of the 

boys living right in Jersey City, however* do not 
attend the meetings, while the boys out on the 
G. L. and other side lines and from thirty miles 
out on the main line come regularly and keep 
posted on what is going on. 

The morning and night meeting called for 
Suffem recently to give the boys west of there 
a chance to attend, bad to be postponed owing 
to our inability to get a suitable room. Date and 
time to suit all concerned will be arranged for 
after New Years, when we hope to have it on a 
Saturday to get the boys home on Train 51. 
Watch for the notice and bring all you can with 

A 90- foot electric turntable is being erected 
at "SF"; understand when completed the "K4" 
engines will be put on some of the "SF" locals. 

Brothers, if you have any complaints to make 
of any kind whatever come to the lodge room 
and make them known and cut out the "hot air*' 
on the outside. There are many matters of 
moment requiring our earnest attention. 

Thanks to the brothers who sent me items. 
Someone do likewise on the side lines and west 
of "GB," so we can have a complete line-up each 

Here's to a happy New Year to all, hoping 
1914 will be a banner year and will see us solid 
New York to Chicago. 

Cbrt. 85, Div. Cor. 

Canadian Northern Ry. 

Thirteen new members received into Division 43 
in November, ten by initiation and three by 
G. H. Palmss, 
General Secretary and Treasuter, 


First District Western Division — 

The heavy movement of grain is about over 
for this year, and a record was established for 
rapid movement of the largest crop in the history 
of the Canadian Northwest, and the successful 
movement of this enormous supply of grain for 
the world was largely 'due to the good work of 
the telegraphers. 

Quite a number of changes in dispatching office 
at Dauphin, Bros. Roberts and Davies securing 
first and second tricks on branch lines at Ed- 
monton, and Bros. W. G. Robinson and F. Mus- 
grave securing second and third tricks main line 
at Dauphin. Bro. E. G. Delano still holds the 
night ticket agency at Dauphin, and may he long 
remain in that position which he fills so capably 
and to the great satisfaction of the traveling 

Bro. J. D. Murphy bid in Bowsman, Bro. C 
Edling Wadena and Bro. W. Humphries In- 

Bro. L. S. Parkinson, on the relief job, is 
anxiously waiting for some one to leave a real 
good station and give him a chance to settle down 
and enjoy the comforts of home life. 

A very happy event, in which a former dis- 
patcher at Dauphin was a leading actor, took 
place on Christmas day, and I think his plunge 

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into the troubled sea of matrimony will encourage 
one or two more of his friends in our ranks to 
make the same jump in the near future. They 
will all have our very best wishes. 

Cert. 52. 

Western Division, Second District — 

We are glad that B^o. Talmey is able to be 
back at work again, after being off some time on 
account of getting badly burned. 

Bros. Bryce and Hurley are busy raising poul- 
try on their farms. 

Bro. Baker, Duck Lake, was off for a few days* 
rest recently. 

Mr. Bedard, Marclin, and our old pal, Armi- 
tage at Blaine Lake, are still without a card. 
Get busy, boys. 

It will soon be Bro. Braithwaite at Leask. 

There have been so many changes lately that it 
is laard to keep track of all of them. Several 
new agencies opened recently. 

Bro. Otto Higgins secured second trick dis- 
patcher's position at Saskatoon and Bro. Dineen 
the relief job. These vacancies were caused by 
Bro. Hurd stepping into the chief's chair, our 
late chief having taken the trainmaster's position 
on Third District. 

Bro. Wolf, of Craik, secured Polwarth station, 
but after looking it over decided not to make the 

Bro. J. D. Healy bid in Hanley station and 
Bro. Memzies secured Bcthune, and Chinook and 
Cereal Alta agencies and first and second tricks 
branch line positions at Edmonton, are on bul- 

The fine weather this fall has helped the 
empties situation and there will be very liltle 
grain to move after this month, with the ex- 
ception of what the elevators are holding in store, 
until navigation opens in the spring. 

We had a very successful meeting at d&ska- 
toon the last Sunday in November, eighteen being 

Bro. Hall was the only one who sent me any 
notes this month. Buck up, boys. 

Cert. IH. 

Western Division, Third District — 

We are solid and like to have a good write-up 
every month, therefore send us your notes not 
later than the 20th, so we can get them in before 
the 28th. Call "FD," who will handle them. 

Bro. H. Bennett is relieving Bro. Waterfield, 
agent at Islay, on a trip East. 

Bro. Stephen, a new man from the Penna., 
at Fort Saskatchewan nights, will transfer to this 
division; also Bro. Hamilton, Humbolt nights. 

Langham days closed, Bro. McArthur going to 
Chipman agency pending regular appointment, 
vice Bro. Foss resigned. Good luck to him wher- 
ever he may go. He is a good man whom we 
bated to part with. 

Bro. Potts, from the East, relieved Bro. Fizcr, 
Lashburn nights, gone to Paynton agency, vice Bro. 
Carter, called East on account oi sickness. 

North Battle'ford is now, solid, Bro. Shaw first 
Bethune, from third, recently appointed to second, 
and Harrington on third pending bulletin, with 
Bro. Douglas as agent. 

Bro. Strong got Big Valley nights and Bro. 
Given the agency on bid. Bro. Morgan, from 
Lloydminster, went to Munson days, a new 
position just opened. 

Bro. O'Farrell, second "MO" Edmonton, to 
Quebec on holidays. Don't know whether "Mike" 
intends to bring her West or not. Bro. Ashby, 
agent Red Willow, also on a trip East, relieved 
by Bro. Laroy. 

Bro. Hicks has Cardiff mines agency, a tem- 
porary position recently opened. 

Mr. Bruce, at Waseca agency pending bulletin, 
promises to come in soon. 

Chipman and Waseca agencies. Big Valley days, 
third North Battleford and first trick dispatcher 
branch lines, now open for bids, are first-class 
positions for some of our good brothers to land. 

Bro. Healey, relief agent, on two months* vaca- 
tion to Ottawa, will likely take in "Lover's Lane" 
and "Major Hill Park" while in that city. 

Bro. Elliott, froip "MO"' Edmonton, to Vcgre- 
ville days, Bro. Brenton nights. Mr. Matthews, 
the agent there, won't listen to reason. 

Bro. McConnell, agent Langham, gave a big 
spread in honor of Bro. McArthur before he left 
there to relieve the agent at Chipman. Our 
worthy Bro. Stenenson was there with a big 
speech. r 

Can now call Agent C. H. Elger, at Edam, 
brother, which makes Sturgeon River Sub solid. 

Ujidcrstand Bro. Smith, agent Laird, has 
squared it with his lady friend from Radisson, and 
that wedding bells will soon ring; also that Bro. 
Sherman, Radisson days, will also take one of 
the Radisson girls. Better msTke it a double wed- 
ding, boys. j 

Bro. T. Davis and Bro. G. A. Roberts bid in 
first and second dispatcher tricks, branch lines, 
out of Edmonton. Bro. Francisco, dispatcher 
third hours "DK," on holidays, relieved by Bro. 
Roberts, first branch, and he by Bro. P. J. Moi^ 
gan. Certs. 950 and 986. 

Dauphin Section — 

A very enthusiastic meeting was held at Canora 
on November 23d. There were some very interest- 
ing discussions, everyone taking part, showing 
they were alive to the interests of the O. R. T. 
There were but few grievances, which the chair- 
man has been requested to take up with the gen- 
eral committee at its next meeting. Bro. McLeod 
made all the necessary arrangements for the boys 
at the hotel and for the holding of the meeting and 
saw that none wanted for anything, not even a 
cigar. The hospitality shown the boys will be well 
remembered, and all join in hoping the time will 

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not be long until wc can hold «nothier meeting 

The following members were present: Bros. 
Brovnridge, Clouticr, JefFerys (lineman), O'Far- 
rell, McLcod, Butler, Ross, Murphy, Keays and 
Vasbindcr, also E. Kurtz, agent G. T. P., Canora. 
It was decided that the next meeting would be 
held at Dauphin in January, date to be announced 

Did you notice the turnout from Dauphin to 
the meeting of the O. R. T. at Canora, Novem- 
ber 23d? These C. N. R. passenger trains will 
not wait for anyone, not even the dispatchers. 

Some of the O. R. T. boys should be *on the 
suge singing, others should be public speakers, 
instead of operators. 

Bros, T. Davics and G. A. Roberts have gone 
to Edmonton to take first and second on the 
branches at that point. Their tricks on the main 
line at Dauphin filled by Bro. Buchanan, second, 
and Bro. Musgrave third. 

Bro. J. D. Murphy got Bowsman on bid, re- 
lieved temporarily by Bro. L. S. Parkinson, who 
by the way is not married yet. 

Bro. McPhedrain, of Ethelbert, who had such 
a severe attack of rheumatism lately, has, we are 
glad to say, recovered. 

Bro. J. J. Martin and Bro. Hunter are handling 
the north lines now. 

Bro. Craven, from Swan River, is expected to 
spend Sunday here shortly and his arrival is anx- 
iously awaited at a certain house two blocks south 
of Main street. 

There arc a lot of trains moving now owing to 
the few night ofiices open. We must stay awake, 
boys, and give the dispatchers good service, so 
as to make the best of the facilities we have. 

A debating society has been organized among 
the railway boys at Dauphin, and quite a few 
heated discussions have already taken place, espe- 
cially when a certain party forgets his piece and 
is accused by Bro. Palmer of communing with 
the spirit world. 

Bros. Eddy and Shepherd were obliged to double 
a few days recently at "DA," on account of the 
shortage of men. 

Bro. Cloutier, at Kamsack, contemplates a trip 
to Dauphin at this time during the holidays. This 
will give the rest of the boys on the line an idea 
of what the Dauphin girls are like. By the time 
this meets your eye Bro. G. A. Roberts will have 
been here all the way from Edmonton and cap- 
tured one of them, and we understand Bro. Hun- 
ter lost his heart to the girl in the bake shop at 
Swan River the time of the meeting up there. 

If any of the brothers happen to pass either 
Bros. Buchanan, Palmer or the chief's house and 
bear any loud talking, they in all likelihood are 
not abusing their wives, but merely practicing for 
the weekly debate. 

Hope to see you all boys, at the next meeting 
loon to be held at Dauphin. 

F. M., Div. Cor., Cert. 574. 

Central of Georgia Ry. 

Atlanta District — 

The last quarterly meeting in Macon was pretty 
well attended, but several who could have been 
there were conspicuous by their absence. We 
hope to see the "exiles" at the January meeting, 
as there are many important matters coming up 
at these meetings that are of interest to all. 

It is now Bro. C. P. Hutchings, second Irving, 
and the same desirable title also applies to Carter, 
on third there. 

Mr. Brady, third Jonesboro, a newcomer, prom- 
ises to join in the near future. We are glad to 
have those who served so faithfully on the extra 

We are pleased to note that Sister Margaret L. 
Frier is back on first Forsyth, after considerable 

Bro. O. S. Travis, first Belt Line Jet., on a trip 
to Birmingham, where he seems to have some- 
thing tied out, was relieved by Bro. Ansley, and 
he by Bro. Fennell at Whitehall street. Bro. 
Pyron. second Whitehall street, is learning the 
interlocking plants at Belt Line and East Point, 
so he may pick up extra work. We are glad to 
see this, as we have been without an extra man 
at Eist Point for a generation, and the only way 
to get off was to die or get very sick. 

Don't get frightened. The noted call "V" at 
night is just some of the new "buggers" getting 
some main-line practice, so get your old No. 6 
and add a little to the wakeful melody (?). 

The other night some good brother, who acci- 
dentally let onfe of his "muley cows" mount the 
rear of the South Atlantic Limited, found that he 
had broken his neck while dismounting at a cer- 
tain station not very far west of Macon, to grab 
a "noted non." We all join in sympathy. 

Congratulations to Bro. Pope, Forest Park, and 
Bro. Hill, Belt Line Jet. We are trying our best 
not to be envious, and hope their having turned 
benedicts right against our strong advice may not 
bring them to grief. Cert. 48 L 

Southwestern Division — 

Business is good, plenty of extra operators, and 
not many changes taking place along this division. 

We are glad to learn that Bro. Morgan, who 
has been in the hospital for several weeks, is im- 
proving and will soon be with us again. J. M. 
Harrell, from the W. U., relieving him on third 
Terra Cotta, promises to come in pay-day. Bro. 
Treadwell, first Terra Cotta, visiting relatives at 
Clarksville, is being relieved by Bro. Rowell, extra. 

Bro. Holland, second Rutland, spent several 
days hunting and fishing with his father recently, 
relieved by ex-Bro. J. N. Jackson, who will soon 
be with us. 

Bro. J. Hamilton, from the Grand, who relieved 
at Echcconnee several weeks, is now with the G. G. 
& F. at Cordele. 

Bro. Fuller, third Fort Valley, is on the Perry 
agency pending bulletin, relieved by Bro. Bigbie, 

Bro. and Sister Mathis, agent and first Paschal, 
are on vacation, relieved by B. C. Adams and J. 

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N. Jackson. Mr. Adams is now farming near 
Paschal, but we hope he will renew hit member- 
ship while doing relief work. 

'Sister Lamar is relieving Sister King at Butler 
for a few weeks. 

Bro. Ellis, ticket agent Americus, has resumed 
work, after spending several days in New York. 

We regret to learn that Bro. Harden, agent 
Oglethorpe, is away on account of sickness. 

Bro. Morrison, of Brownswood, made a flying 
business trip to Macon recently. 

Bros. Slappy and Anderson, of Albany, were 
on the sick list recently, and Bro. Vestal is visit- 
ing relatives in Mobile. ^ 

The meeting held in Macon recently was not 
as well attended as it should have been. How- 
ever, those present had a very enjoyable time, and 
a good deal of business was gone over. Nearly 
400 notices were mailed, but when tl^e meeting 
was called to order there were less than 30 present. 

Another general meeting will be held there in 
January. Matters of importance to all will be dis- 
cussed, and all that can possibly do so should 

There are several nons left on this division that 
we will have to carry over to the new year. I 
wish space would permit the excuses furnished by 
one of these men in the last twelve months. AH 
of us would lean back and laugh. At the same 
time we wonder how men with the brass and 
nerve they possess manage to be contented with a 
small railroad job. 

M. M. Gilbert, second Terra CotU, has not had 
a card for several terms. However, we hope he 
will begin the new year up to date. I hope to 
be able to print the names of the three or four 
remaining nons in next month's Tblsgraphsr as 
members. Div. Cox. 

Denver A Rio Grande R. R. 

Green River Division East — 

Mr. Stone, helper second, has gone back to 
Arkansas, relieved by Mr. Moore, irom Green 
River, who will be with us next month. 

Mr. Knox, from the S. P., is the new man on 
third Price. 

Bro. Brown, second trick dispatcher, has re- 
turned to Green River second, vice Mr. Moore. 

Bro. Johnson, Mounds; Bro. Severson. West- 
water, and Bro. Wilson, Woodside, are all on vaca- 
tion for the holidays. 

New men at Woodside, Mounds and Price. 

Mr. Imhoff back to third Fruita, vice Martin 
on second, Thompsons and Cunningham on third. 
Bro. Cantley resigned; gone back to Denver. 

Bro. Blyth on agency Westwater during Sever- 
son's absence. 

Mr. Grubbs, Fruita, bid in Sunnyside cashier- 
ship, vice Mr. Norgard, resigned. 

Lots of "boomer" operators passing over the 
division now. There doesn't seem to be a very 
great demand for them West the last few months. 
Better hold that little job of yours, boys. 

Wish you all a happy new year. "Q." 

Southern Pacific R. R. 

O. R. T. Headquarters, 

Southern Pacific Division No. 53. 

Hotel Argonaut. 

San Francisco, Cal., Dec. 2, 1913. 

All the local chairmen, correspondents and mem- 
bers who were thoughtful and kind enough to 
contribute toward a write-up in the November 
Tblegraphbr, that old Southern Pacific Division 
No. 53 might be properly represented, are surely 
to be praised and congratulated. 

Boys, I surely want you to know that I am 
exceedingly proud of you. I have gone through 
the November number carefully, and, throwing all 
prejudice aside, I find that no division has ex- 
celled or outranked the old S. P. boys in the 
extent of their write-ups or in the excellency of 
their work. However, I regret that four districts 
out of fifteen were not represented, but I feel 
confident that the boys on these districts will take ^ 
new interest in their work; that the splendid 
work of the boys on other parts of the system will 
-be a stimulus to them, and that they will see to 
it that no part of the old Southern Pacific, from 
Portland and Ogden to New Orleans, will be 
without proper representation in the oflficial journal 
in the future. 

There are many of you who deserve partkular 
mention for the splendid work you have done, 
but, for want of space, I shall withhold personal 
or individual compliment, knowing that those who 
lend themselves so unselfishly to the woilc of 
humanity are well content in the satisfaction of 
knowing that they have done their best without 
money, without price, and without the hope of 
material reward. 

Since being advanced from local chairman of 
the Coast Division to general chairman, at the 
resignation of Bro. Lester last January, this is 
the first opportunity I have had to speak to you 
through the pages of our Tblkcraphbs, while you 
have received a number of circulars from me in 
that time. 

With the splendid assistance of Bro. E. J. Man- 
ion, fifth vice-president, your general committee 
was enabled, after many weeks of negotiation, to 
secure for you a splendid working agreement, 
with shorter hours and a handsome increase in 
wages, and it goes without saying that you will 
now do all possible to render good and faithful 
service to the Southern Pacific Company and to 
assist your local committee in rounding up the 
noti-members, helping to impress upon them the 
importance of thorough organization and unselfish 
loyalty to the members of their craft. 

It should be our endeavor to make the O. R. T. 
on the S. P. not only the strongest labor union in 
the railroad world, but also one of the staunchest 
fraternal orders in the world. Fraternity should 
mean as much to us as to any other organization 
with "fraternity" engraved upon its banners. 

I am very proud to bear membership in three 
other fraternal orders as good as the best, but 
none can take precedence over the O. R. T., which 
has meant so mucK to myself and family in shorter 

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hours at work and more time to spend at home 
and also more money to enjoy spending together. 
I will close with my heartiest good wishes 
to all. Fraternally, 

Jno. E. Cowgill, General Chairman. 

Portland Dh'ision — 

Now that the new schedules have heen dis- 
tributed all members should familiarize themselves 
with the rules and working conditions and advise 
the local chairman of any irregularities which 
come to their notice. 

Remember that the new agreement provides that 
telegraphers will make and forward two copies of 
all bids for positions, one copy to be returned to 
the applicant as an acknowledgment. Overtime 
slips should be sent in promptly for all overtime 
worked, and if rejected should be referred to your 
local chairman. Have had several complaints re- 
cently where overtime was rejected on account of 
telegraphers not notifying the train dispatcher so 
that it could be shown on train sheet. While our 
agreement provides that we shall be paid for all 
overtime worked, yet telegraphers should be very 
careful to comply with instructions issued from 
the superintendent's office or they are subjected to 

We now have one of the best schedules in the 
United States and should show our appreciation 
by giving the company gooi service and also re- 
main loyal to the Order which has secured these 
better working conditions. 

It is now time to pay dues for term ending June 
30, 1914, and I hope that all members will pay up 
promptly. Get your card early and always carry 
an up-to-date. 

We have a few nons and delinquents left on 
this division who should now do the right thing. 
There is no reasonable excuse for staying out, now 
that their conditions have been so materially bet- 
tered by the new agreement. 

I would appreciate it if all members would 
assist me in lining up the few nons and delin- 
quents. If a new man comes to the division find 
out if he is a member, get his certificate and divi- 
sion number and date paid to and send to me so 
that we can transfer him to Division 53. If a 
non-member do not let up until you have landed 
him, advising me so that you may be furnished 
with the necessary papers. Let us keep active and 
alive to our interests now that we have a good 

Any brother on the Los Angeles, Coast or West- 
ern Division desiring to exchange rights and posi- 
tions to the Portland Division should write Bro. 
R. Hickman, Wolf Creek, Oregon. 

Bro. V. N. Fields is on vacation visiting friends 
in Ohio. 

Bro. A. Brunkcr, our steady bug man, nights at 
Grant's Pass, is on vacation to Kansas, and it is 
understood that he is to bring a lady back to 
Sunny Rogue, River Valley. 

E. D. Woodburg, chief clerk in the superintend- 
ent's office, is visiting his folks in Georgia. 

Traveling Auditor W. A. Harrison has been 
transferred to California, so the boys will not 

be looking for him to jump off the train and 
grab their cash drawer. 

Bro. E. A. Miller, of West Fork, got him a 
cook, but could not find a place to live, so he bid 
in third Junction City. Seems as if everybody is 
doing it nowadays. The brothers must be taking 
advantage of the new schedule. 

W. A. Perison, of **KC," has gone East on 
account of his folks' sickness. It may be some 
months before he returns; relieved by a man who 
signs "D" and can certainly handle the business. 

Five Sundays and a holiday in November made 
it look very good for our checks. The committee 
certainly did some good work and should be con- 

Those who have not paid their special assess- 
ments should do so at once. 

A. S. Rosenbaum, agent Medford, was on the 
sick list for three weeks. Bro. A. F. Noth, of 
Medford, was called to Wisconsin for three weeks 
on account of his mother being sick, relieved by 
Bro. G. M. Leslie on the ticket job, and ,he by 
Mr. Darrow, from California. 

It is now Bro. O. C. Purkeypile. 

Bro. J. F. Knox, from Hillsboro, who relieved 

Bro. P. A. Nelson when he bid in Carlton, later 

went to Timber on bid, which has been abolished, 

and he is now relieving Bro. Henning at Wood- 

. burn. 

The Giants and White Sox played ball in Med- 
ford November 17th in the rain. Bro. Noth had 
a grand stand seat. 

W. W. Harvey, the P. F. E. man, is now travel- 
ing out of Portland. The boys regret his leaving, 
as he can furnish P. F. E's when nobody else can. 

Thanks to Bro. G. M. Leslie for news this 
month. Would be glad to have items from differ- 
ent parts of the Division. With the assistance of 
the members we can have a good write-up each 
month. T. M. Boyd, L. C. 

Western Division — 

Jonas Rhorer received second **OW" Oakland 
Pier, Bro. TuVner going on third after several 
days' leave; Bro. Dyer, displaced on third, dis- 
placed Bro. Moreland, sebond at Davis, who went 
to Calistoga to relieve Bro. Miller, off for a few 
weeks. Bro. Walker at Calistoga, displaced by 
Moreland, bumped Bro. Gilliland at "Sink" days, 
and Bro. Alexander, extra, bumped Bro. Batschie, 
nights, who had relieved Fothergill on "Sink" 
nights. Too many extra men — twelve on list and 
all wanting work. Fothergill went to Avon agency, 
relieving Bro. Harrington. 

Had the pleasure of attending a very interesting 
meeting at San Jose the ninth and was disap- 
pointed that only four Western and three *'BD" 
San Francisco members were present, owing to 
the poor train service out of San Jose, making it 
hard for the boys to get back that night. 

Many interesting and entertaining talks made 
by the boys that did turn out, and we all enjoyed 
ourselves. Our worthy local chairman, Bro. Ward, 
acted as chairman and did the honors in fine 
shape, and General Chairman Cowgill and General 
Secretary and Treasurer Koppikus gave us fine 

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talks. Quite a number of sisters and ladies were 
there and enjoyed the meeting very much. 

Hope we can hold a meeting in San Francisco or 
Oakland soon, as the boys can get into S. F. and 
get home that same night. 

When the applications promised for the Janu- 
ary pay day materialize our percentage on the 
Western will be at least 90 per cent. Still a few 
are getting the benefits secured for them by the 
organization and should do their part by getting 
a card. Members on the line working with them 
can do a great deal by personal talks and letters 
to those at other stations. The cost is small for a 
few letters and the increases in our splendid 
schedule should make each one of us an enthusias- 
tic booster for more members. The man on Niles, 
who was given an increase of over fifteen dollars 
a month, secured by the Order for him, has not 
yet made good his promise to me in September to 
join. The trainmen are taking an interest in who 
arc "OK/* and we all know what they think of 
a non. It might be well when these hard cases 
show up to put the trainmen next and much good 
might be accomplished, for they get in touch per- 
sonally with these men. Wish the members on the 
Niles end would get after this man and see that 
he gets a card. 

Colcy at Napa Jet. still keeps the dollar a month 
that it would cost him for a card» also the extra 
pay secured for him. He had an hour taken off 
his day's work and does not forget to put in the 
overtime for the holidays added to the schedule to 
take the half day allowed. The remaining non- 
members on the division are all open to argument, 
and will no doubt soon send in their papers. 

I did not receive a single note from anyone this 
month» an4 not in a position to get all the changes. 
I would like to receive somo news from the boys 
on the line and have some one act as correspon- 
dent. Don't forget this is the month to pay your 
dues and "do it now." The member that keeps 
putting it off until he becomes delinquent is not 
as good an Order man as he should be, and is 
what makes our poor showing. Most of the nons 
belonged at one time but dropped out. Expect 
more notes next month than I got this time; also 
more applications. Local Chairman. 

San Joaquin District — 

A good, old fashioned meeting was held at the 
Union Labor Temple, Los Angeles, Saturday even- 
ing, December 13, 1913, with about fifty members 
present, including four members of the Ladies' 
Auxiliary. General Chairman J. E. Cowgill and 
wife were present, and Bro. Cowgill opened the 
meeting by appointing Bro. Steer, of **HU," as 
chairman, who made us an interesting talk regard- 
ing the advisability of holding meetings at least 
once a month, and put it up to the opinions of 
the members present. No decision was reached, 
however, and the subject was held over to be dis- 
cussed at the next meeting. 

Local Chairman Bro. W. E. Blume, of Cameron, 
and Bro. M. B. McMullen were the only members 
present from this division. This is to be regretted 
as there should be more interest taken in these 

meetings, and there arc a number of members lo- 
cated between Mojave and Saugus who, with a 
little effort, could make arrangements so they 
could attenJ each meeting. 

There is to be another meeting held in Los 
Angeles in January and notice will be given all 
members in ample time for them to secure relief 
if it is necessary, and we hope to see more mem- 
bers present. 

Bro. Gipple, of Saugus, on the sick list for a 
few days last month, was unable to attend the 
meeting at Los Angeles. 

Bro. W. B. Haines, of Division 49, relieved Bro. 
L. E. Lehmer as agent Famoso, when transferred 
to Travers. 

The orange seaso'n in the valley is over. Nine 
tricks were closed December 20th, and the extra 
men are having a rather hard time just now, but 
it will not be long until the business is no^^mal 

Bro. C. E. Wilent transferred from Lindsay 
agency to Ducor agency, relieving D. D. Shepherd, 
who relieved Bro. L. C. Harmonson at Tranquility. 
Bro. N. P. Gidley, manager at Mojave, while off 
making his Christmas purchases in Los Angeles, 
was relieved by W. A. Troutman, who promises to 
be with us soon. Ex-Bro. Andrews also promises 
to come back this month. We will be glad to wel- 
come him. 

One man was cut off at Lang and one at Ra- 
venna recently on account of slack business, partly 
due to the floods in Texas tying up the roads in 
that district, causing the business to be routed 
via Ogden. 

Bro. Oneill, of Lindsay, spent the holidays in 
and about Los Angeles. Bro. J. A. Gamble, switch- 
ing in the Mojave yard, also spent Christmas week 
in Los A;igeles. * 

The large silver cup presented to General Chair- 
man Bro. J. E. Cowgill by the members of the 
San Joaquin Division was displayed at the meet- 
ing in Los Angeles, and comments of admiration 
were heard from every one. Bro. Cowgill ex- 
pressed his appreciation of the beautiful gift, and 
the sentiments of appreciation of the members that 
accompanied it. 

I wish to thank Bros. G. A. Sears, of Bakers- 
field, and Collins, of Ravenna, for items con- 
tributed this month. 

Bro. O. D. Day, of Walong, had hit place of 
business cut off from the outside world for a few 
hours recently, caused by someone cutting the 
cable from his car. 

Bro. P. P. Kendrick is on third Woodford tem- 
porarily, awaiting assignment. Our new Bro. 
Sharp, from Woodford, is now on third Lang. 

Bro. Jerome Oneill is still at Lindsay extra. 

Bro. D. P. Gibson relieved Bro. P. E. Turner 
at Tehachapi, who bid in second there. Bro. F. S. 
Whitson, of Tehachapi, took assignment at Porter- 
ville when the change was made. 

Bro. J. T. Juve, of La Rose, called East on 
account of sickness of his father in Arkansas, 
expects to remain several months. 

Bro. Frank Nejedly, en the sick list a few days, 
is able to work again. 

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Bro. R. B. Mould, now cashier at Famosoi rerj 
seMom goes to Bakerslield Sunday evenings any 

We have not heard a word for three months 
from the live brothers in the valley who used to 
send items for our write-up each month. I can 
not give the write-up I would like to if I do not 
get the changes* etc. 

Bro. M. Krombeck, of Bakersfield, ate his 
Thanksgiving dinner with friends at Bealville. 

One of the Bakersfield papers states that all 
the telegraph operators in "K" office are going 
to purchase motocycles the first of the year. That 
is a fast bunch. 

Let one of jour New Year resolutions be to 
remit your dues for your card at once. 

A new switchboard of the latest type has been 
installed at Mojave. with Bro. N. P. Gidley as 
manager. These are improvements long needed 

Bro. Slagle, from the I. & G. N., is acting agent 
at Searles on the Jawbone. 

G. C. Frederick, on third Caliente, will be with 
us next pay day. 

As a whole, this division can put up a fairly 
solid front, and new members are coming in almost 
every day, but there are still a few who have not 
yet decided to come in. There certainly can be 
no excuse for anyone now, considering the sub- 
stantial raise we have obtained. So let us all try 
to have them start the New Year right. 

The brothers of this division presented * our 
general chairman, Bro. J. E. Cowgill, with a lov- 
ing cup as a token of our appreciation of his 
successful efforts in our behalf in securing the 
revision of our schedule. A letter from Bro. 
Covrgill to the local chairman states that he is 
going to arrange a meeting at some point on this 
division in the near future, that he may thank 
the brothers personally for their kindness. 

Members who have items for publication in The 
TsLSGKApHEii Will plcase mail them to me before 
the 22d of the month.. 

M. B. McMuLLBN, Mojave, CaL 

Los AngeUs District — 

General Chairman Cowgill has appointed me to 
ttKceed Bro. Eddie Mulvihill as local chairman of 
the Los Angeles Division. Bro. Mulvihill has 
been loca.1 chairman for a number of years, but, 
on accoiLSt of Wilmington growing to such an 
important station, he was forced to give up his 
work and devote his entire time to his duties to 
the company. He has done splendid work for 
the Order, and we regret to lose him. 

On account of Bro. Reid having so many other 
interests to look after, and on account of my being 
located so close to him, he has suggested that I 
appoint someone on another district to act as com- 
mitteeman, and I have selected Bro. P. J. Coyle, 
agent Newhall, in his place. 

Bro. C. H. Owens, who has been local secretary 
for so long, suggested that, on account of his being 
so far removed from the main line, that I appoint 
someone in his place. Therefore, Bro. Paul Wal- 
ter, third trick El Casco, has succeeded him as 

local secretary. I regret very much to lose these 
two good brothers from the committee, as they 
have been in the game for a long time, and have 
certainly rendered valuable service for the Order. 
Bros. Walter and Coyle have had a great amount 
of experience along these lines, and I am sure we 
will have a very pleasant administration together. 

I ask every member to appoint himself a com- 
mittee of one to help out in organization work, 
also to keep me advised of anything not in accord- 
ance with our agreement, and under no circum* 
stances violate it yourself. 

Now is the time to resolve to do better, while 
the stimulating effects of our recent increase is 
being enjoyed. Let us show that we appreciate 
it by giving the company the best there is in us, 
leading them to more highly value the class of 
service we perform. Our troubles are usually 
the result of inattention and neglect, brought 
about by the failure to secure the required amount 
of sleep while off duty, or a lack of interest, or 
inattention to duty. 

Be sure to render all bids in duplicate, so one 
copy can be returned as a receipt. 

During the past two years entreaty has been 
made to every telegrapher on the Los Angeles 
Division to become a member of our organization, 
but, unfortunately for all concerned, there were 
enough non-members to prevent a genuine suc- 
cess from taking place for the benefit of the teleg- 
rapher and station agent combining positions, in 
which the greatest amount of intelligence is re* 
quired in the performance of their duties. How 
can a man draw his Sunday overtime and increase 
in wages, work shorter hours, and enjoy numerous 
other concessions and never contribute to such an 
organization as this? We must make a clean sweep 
and get every desirable non into the Order. Write 
letters, and every chance you get speak to them 
about it; show them the benefits they are enjoy- 
ing, and ask what they have done to bring about 
these benefits. 

I wish to find a good, live member to act aS 
local correspondent — one who is centrally located 
or on the extra list I will do all I can to assist 
him. Anyone knowing such a member, please 
advise me. , 

I respectfully call your attention to the follow- 
ing extracts from our agreement. Please read 
and study them, and if you do not understand, 
write me, and I will endeavor to explain their 
meaning: Article 4, sections (b) and (c); article 
5 in its entirety; all of article 9; article 10, sec- 
tion (b); article 21, sections (b), (e) and (f). 

There was a very enthusiastic meeting held in 
Los Angeles, December 12th. Unfortunately, I 
was not located so I could attend, and the minutes 
of same have not yet reached me, so I cannot give 
a very intelligent account of it; but I understand 
there was not a vacant seat in the hall. The ladies 
were invited, and all had a very pleasant time, as 
well as a profitable meeting. I only wish we could 
have more of these meetings, as they are the life 
of an organization. 

The recent changes of which I am advised are: 
Bro. W. A. Post from Oxnard to San Bemard- 

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ino, temporary, relieving A. J. Locke, to Fillmore 
on bid; temporary position at Colton abolished, 
Bro. H. L. Earl to Beaumont second, relieving 
Bro. T. J. McDonald, to Florence agency on bid; 
Bro. A. M. Hammond from Redlands Jet. second 
to Indio third on bid, relieving Bro. J. H. Davis, 
to Iris first on bid; Bro. J. C. Locke relieved Bro. 
O. H. Weight, second Shorb, temporary, to Red- 
lands Jet. third on bid, relieving Bro. M. H. 
O'Connell, to Ogilby second on bid, relieving Bro. 

A. H. Ernst, to Ventura second temporary, re- 
lieving Bro. C. L. Robeson, to Riverside Jet. sec- 
ond, relieving Bro, H. F. Mead, Division 53, 
Mackinaw, Mich., transferred to Palm Springs 
temporary*, relieving H. E. Conway on third a few 

Other recent appointments on bulletin: Nordhoff, 

B. F. Jones; agency Guasti, Bro. J. H. Sargent; 
third Burbank, Bro. I. B. Carl; temporary Edom, 

C. L. Friddcll; Oxnard first, A. J. Russell; On- 
tario third, Bro.^R. E. Loomis; Pomona first, Bro. 
J. W. Craig; San Pedro temporary, Bro. C. G. 

The result of the vote on merging the H. & 
T. C, the H. E. & W. T. with Division 53 was 
almost unanimous in favor of it. 

Bro. Cowgill and the reduced general committee 
of the Sunset Central Lines are now in session in 
Houston, Tex., preparing a schedule to present 
to the officials of those lines. 

A special election will be called within the next 
two months to elect a permanent local chairman 
for this division to fill the unexpired term of Bro. 
Mulvihill. In the meantime all communications 
intended for the local chairman should be for- 
warded to me. A. M. Hammond, L. C, 

Indio, Cal. 

Coast Division — 

Bro. Werner is the only one who gave me any 
news this month. Even the cards I sent out were 
not returned, and it seems to be mostly wasting 
money to send them. It only takes about a min- 
ute of your time to fill in the return portion and 
mail it, so let's have a good write-up next month. 
Of course, everyone on the division is more or 
less acquainted with what's .going on, but the 
boys back East who have been here with us ap- 
preciate them. 

Business is picking up on account of having 
more rain around Salinas and south of there dur- 
ing November than for several years. Normal 
service was resumed on the Coast Division Novem- 
ber 5th, the boys all going back to their old places. 
"Spuds" are going out rapidly from this center 
of tl\e potato-raising country. Good ones arc bring- 
ing $2.50 a sack, and fancy ones better prices. 
The farmers seem to be getting about their share 
of what's coming to them now, and I suppose they 
are entitled to it. 

Bro. Oakes, Ben Lomond, on vacation, was re- 
lieved by Bro. Kenyon, who later relieved Bro. 
Mabie, of Los Gatos, on a trip to Canada. 

Bro. "Bill" Heney, first Gilroy, a "live brother," 
has gone to the Northwestern Pacific. We wish 
him success. 

Bro. Werner, returning from Fresno relay office, 
relieved Bro. G. R. Smith as assistant agent Los 
Gatos, who went to his assigned position, second 
Gilroy. Bro. Barney McCosker, taking his as- 
signed position, first Gilroy, was relieved at Gavi- 
Ota by Bro. May, and Bro. Kott, extra Gilroy, 
went to his assigned position, first Redwood. 

Bro. Berry, agent Campbell, on vacation, was 
relieved by Bro. Kenyon, who also relieved Bro. 
Harrison, agent Colma, on vacation. 

Bro. Ward, returning to his regular position, 
San Jose "SJ," relieved Bro. Moore, who went 
to Surf, fishing. 

Bro. Chapin, a member of this division since 
its infancy, now holding a non-schedule position, 
has been taking a few days off. It is always a 
treat to meet this veteran brother of the key. 
Notwithstanding he receives no benefit from the 
Order, he takes particular pride in keeping an 
up-to-date card, which should shame any non who 
has been receiving continual benefits through the 
instrumentality of the O. R. T. 

That staunch old "vet," our local secretary, Bro. 
Taylor, agent . Ocean View, on vacation, was re- 
lieved by Bro. Fuller. 

Bro. Stewart, agent Gilroy, resigned, relieved 
by Bro. Young, agent Gonzales, and he by Bro. 
A. B. Sisson. 

Bro. Heistand, Pajaro (Watsonville Jet.), off a 
few days on account of the illness of his mother, 
was 'relievqd by Bro. Dan Sullivan, who later re- 
lieved Mr. Bell at King City. 

Regards and best wishes to all. 

"HS," Cert. 1558. 

Tucson Division — 

On December 15th General Chairman Cowgill, 
on his way t6 the lines in Texas and Louisiana, 
stopped over in Tucson for one day. That even- 
ing Bros. Cowgill, Stanley, Butler, Lieux and 
Williams met in Bro. Cowgill's room at the Heidel 
Hotel to talk over the schedule and some of the 
phases which affected Tucson "UN" office. The 
differences were all straightened out by Bro. Cow- 
gill calling on the superintendent and coming to 
an understanding on the questions involved. Sev- 
eral of the boys from on the line wanted to get 
in, so we could have a larger meeting, but, owing 
to the way trains are on our new time-card, they 
were unable to do so. Mrs. Cowgill and Mrs. But- 
ler were also present. 

An intoxicated passenger, put off the train at 
Sibyl for refusing to pay his fare, began throwing 
rocks at the train, when E. M. Joyce, the agent, 
forced him into his office and held him until a 
special officer went after him. 

E. J. Tillcy, first Deming, relieved by Stevens 
from third, vice Mr. Wheeler, while Mr. Tilley 
was called to Texas on account of the illness of 
his wife. 

H. F. Albert, from Lanark, relieved E. M. 
Joyce, second trick Willcox. Joyce goes to Tucson. 

L. L. Angerson, relieved by W. T. Brinley, first 
Lordsburg, to Tucson, makes seventh man, on 
account of the heavy business caused bv the strike 

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ot trainmen on the G. H. & S. A. L. J. Why- 
brew, second Lordsburg, resigned. 

O. M. SHreve, first Maricopa, on sick leave, 
relieved by L. L. Anderson, from Tucson. 

An attempt was made to rob the Tucson ticket 
office by a masked robber November 20th, about 
1 a. m., but Thomas Dempsey, night ticket agent, 
when ordered to "deliver all the money," jumped 
behind the safe and called for help, scarino; the 
wonld-be robber away. 

Charles H. Eva, "UN" assigned dispatcher's 
trick in "DS" Tucson, vice Mr. Howard. Mr. 
Foster relieved Mason, who relieved Fuller. Mr. 
Cassady on day chief and Fuller on night chief 
on account of Mr. Wilson in Los Angeles string- 
ing time-card 74. 

Mr. Amtzen, a new man, relieved H. F. Albert, 
second Willcox, whose father is seriously ill. 

L. J. Lieux, second wire chief "UN," relieved 
C E. Taylor, days, who goes to San Francisco 
to start a course in the Harriman Practical School 
of Railroading. Lieux relieved by B. W. Doyle, 
from Patagonia. 

Jesse C Long, first Benson, relieved by A. M. 
Meacbam, from third Benson, while spending the 
holidays at his home in Nebraska. Meacbam re- 
lieved by Kochman, from Mescal. 

C E. Welsh, from WUlcox. relieved A. Holli- 
day, first Picacho, who bid in Bowie, relieved C. A. 
Gates, on leave of absence. H. A. Henderson, 
extra agent Steins, relieved by J. F. Hoover, from 
second, goes to Willcox. 

G. E. Wilson, Red Rock; B. D. Mahoney, 
Jaynes; W. E. Hettinger, Elsmond; O. L. Spauld- 
ing. Mescal, were recent TiKSon visitors. 

J. W. Christian, first Willcox, relieved by C. E. 
Welsh, from Simon, on vacation. Mr. Bostick, 
third Willcox, promises to line up this month. 

F. V. King, **CY" Yuma, was going out of the 
business, but, having just received an increase of 
$13.75 a^ month, has changed his mind. We should 
see now that he gets a card. 

W. H. Johnson, from Willcox, assigned second 
Simon, vice C. E. Welsh. 

B. W. Doyle, from Lordsburg, relieved by An- 
derson, was in Tucson taking examinations. Doyle 
to Patagonia to relieve Agent Stone. 

E. M. Joyce, from Willcox, relieved M. J. 
Kochman, Sibyl. Kochman to assignment, third 

O. M. Shreve, returned from sick leave, relieved 
L L. Anderson, first Maricopa. Anderson to 

M. J. Kochman, assigned third Mescal, bumps 
J. H. Cloonan, who relieved L F. 0*Malley, sec- 
ond Aztec, who opens new third, there. 

A. C DuflFy, returning from vacation, relieved 
W. E. Hettinger at Vail, who returned to Esmond, 
relieving O. L. Spaulding, who goes to Mescal to 
relieve Kochman. 

R. E. Badger, assigned second Aztec, bumped 
J. H. Qoonan, third trick, displacing I. F. 0*Mal- 
ley, to his assignment at Casa Grande. 

C. A. Oleson, new man, relieved D. H. O'Brien, 
second Sentinel, to Yuma. 

Three new members received on the division 
during November. It is now Bro. B. E. Acre. 

Div. CoR. 

G. H. & S. A. R. R., El Paso Division— 

Assignments: Marathon agency, R. E. Petross; 
Marathon third, N. Cheek; Marfa second, G. W. 
Haas; El Paso ninth. Graves; El Paso tenth, Hel- 
ton; El Paso eleventh, Williams. 

Vacancies: Ft. Hancock agency and third trick, 
Marfa 'third, Valentine second and Sanderson sec- 
ond and fourth. 

Bro. E. A. Joyce, who has been in the hospital 
Dieu, in El Paso, for the last two months, is im- 
proving rapidly and expects soon to be out. 

Bro. G. J. Schwarderer is now in business in 

Bro. J. A. Skipper is relieving at Marathon 
agency, and Bro. H. G. Fuller is on Marfa third 
pending bulletin. 

Mr. Young, of New York, is relieving Bro. Lee 
at Finlay for a couple of weeks^ He carries an 
up-to-date with the Commercial, and we expect to 
have him with us next half. 

Bro. S. G. Gould, agent at Alpine, has been 
given a cashier at $75 per month. Bro. A. G. 
Ragin, for a number of years on first Alpine, is 
now on first K. C. M. & O. at Alpine. The 
Western Union 'S installing an up-town office at 
Alpine. This will relieve the boys at "MY" of 
quite a bit of telegraph work. 

Our good-natured dispatcher, R. E. P., who bid 
in Marathon agency, has about decided to stay 
where he is as dispatcher. While the Marathon 
bunch would be glad to welcome him as agent, all 
the boys on the line would rather see him stay 
at "CB." 

Bro. Bush, having to get up early to build a 
fire recently, jumped from his bed and stepped 
on a needle sticking up in a rug. What took 
place a little later is a secret. By giving the 
crippled peg right-of-way, he is now able to run 
on time. 

Mr. Cleaver at Ft. Hancock is preparing for 
agency work. Agent McDaniels gave him some 
lessons in billing live stock, and Agent Davidson 
shewed him how to deliver express. 

Bro. Bacon, from Sanderson, hunting at Long- 
fellow recently, wounded two large bucks, but 
failed to get either of them. Bro. Spencer, of 
Tesnus, was off hunting bear last month. 

Bro. Parker, of Longfellow, while on a trip to 
El Paso, was relieved by Mr. Leavitt, brother-in- 
law of Bro. Broyles. 

Bro. Lee, of Finlay, who has the nicest buuch 
of high-grade chickens on the line, is laying off 
for thirty days. 

Bro. Murphy, of Clint, had his house robbed 
one night recently, losing quite an amount of 
clothing and jewelry. We sympathize with him, 
but suppose that guy had robbed one of us fellows 
that only have one suit of clothes. 

Ft. Hancock is again begging for an agent, the 
last two walked out waiting for relief. 

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Bro. Sorsby, at Tcrccr, can come nearer giv- 
ing you an "OS" from all the blind sidings near 
by than some of the boys can from their own 

Bro. D. N. Scott, who killed the only deer in 
that vicinity this season, was so big hearted that 
he divided it with the office force, and all the 
neighborhood. We understand that mighty nim- 
rod, Bro. Cheek, is trapping the "dear" around 
"RN." We hope he may be as successful as Bro. 

Bros. T. W. Brown and L. L. Lyles were target 
practicing recently on the river near Langtry. 
Some rebel soldiers encamped near there in Mex- 
ico, hearing the cannonading from Bro. Brown's 
automatic, thought the Federal advance guard was 
upon them, but before they could advance to meet 
the supposed attack our brothers became aware of 
the disturbance they had caused by their innocent 
amusement, and Bro. Lyles, remembering an en- 
gagement at his office, ordered an immediate 

Bro. Starns, our local chairman and member of 
the reduced general committee, expects to join the 
latter soon and meet the general manager to re- 
vise the Atlantic System schedule of Division 53. 
We are hoping for many benefits from this revision 
and Bro. Starns believes that, with the co-opera< 
tion of the boys, we will have no trouble in com- 
ing to terms. We should enjoy the same working 
conditions our brothers on the many eastern roads 
are enjoying, such as two weeks' vacation each 
year with pay and a substantial increase in pro- 
portion to the increased cost of living since the 
revision of our last schedule. In union there is 
strength. Every man uphold the committee and 
give it your support. 

Bro. John E. Cowgill, general chairman of Divi- 
sion 53*, passed through recently, enroute to Hous- 
ton from San Francisco, where he has just 
completed revising the schedule of the Pacific 
System. Bro. Cowgill was accompanied by his 
family, and will start with his work on the At- 
lantic System as soon as they are settled in 

Bro. T. W. Glover is getting to be the "Beau 
Brummel" of Comstock. He played a leading jart 
at a grand ball given there recently. 

Thanks to the several brothers who sent in their 
items this month. G. W. Haas, 

Local Cor. 


Whereas, Almighty God, in His infinite wisdom, 
has deemed it best to call to her heavenly home 
little Beryl, the beloved daughter of Bro. J. W. 
Barnhart, and 

Whereas, We bow in humble submission to Him 
that doeth all things well; therefore be it 

Resolved, That we, the members of the El Paso 
District, System Division No. 53, extend to the 
sorrowing members of the family and brother our 
sincere and heartfelt sympathy in their sad be- 
reavement, and be it further 

Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be 
sent to the bereaved brother, a copy «pread upon 

the minutes of this division, and a copy sent to 
The Railroad Telegrapher for publication. 
L. B. Starns, Local Chairman, 
A. T. Stewart, Ass't Loc Chmn., 
T. W. Brown, Local Sec'y, 


G. H. & S. A. Ry., Houston District- 
Continued heavy rains over the entire division 
washed away approaches to bridge over Plum 
Creek, near Luling, and oyer the Colorado River 
at Columbus, with great loss of property to the 
citizens of Columbus; the Brazos River at Rich- 
mond was spread out over a distance of twelve 
miles; the entire track from Rosenberg to Sugar- 
land was under water from one to six and eight 
feet deep, causing heavy damage to track as well cs 
to the citizens of Sugarland, Richmond ;ind the 
bottom lands; no mail service between Luling and 
Rosenberg for four days, only a passenger each 
way being run between San Antonio and Rosen- 
berg; no service through to Houston, was the con- 
ditions during the recent Texas flood troubles. 
The Glidden-LaGrange branch was also out of 
service about thirty days. 

Chief Dispatcher Bednark, while assisting in the 
rescue work at Richmond during tlie flood, was 
suddenly taken seriously ill with pneumonia and 
rushed to the San Antonio Sanitorium. We wish 
him a speedy recovery. 

Third Seguin, Schulenburg and Eagle Lake und 
Waelder nights closed December 10th, due to 
very light business owing to recent floods. 

Bro. J. E. Williams bid in Seguin third, vice 
Bro. Perdue, to Sabinal third; Bro. P. A. Dunks, 
T. & N. O., bid in relief agent; Bro. W. H;. Holt. 
"N" San Antonio, bid in Waelder days; Bro. A. 
L. Chapa bid in third Glidden, vice Br-^. Delonge, 
a new man, pending bulletin; Bro. Gentles has re- 
lieved Bro. Jones, nights Stafford, and Bro. R. 
M. Turner is on third Luling. 

Bro. Rothe is acting dispatcher during Mr. 
Bednark's absence; Mr. McCIure, chief, and Jess 
Walker, first trick dispatcher. 

We are sorry to hear of the death of N. B. 
Rauling, roadmaster for this division, who was 
injured when No. lO's engine exploded near 
Kirby during the strike. Our sympathy goes to 
his family. It is reported that a guard also on the 
engine died later of injuries. 

Bro. Ney, third east yard, was married Decem- 
ber 30th. Congratulations. 

Bro. Fusselman, second Schulenburg, has been 
appointed assistant correspondent. Boys, please 
send us the news. With a little help from you 
we can have a larger and better write-up. Please 
help us out. 

We hope all who can will attend the meeting at 
San Antonio this month. Bro. Cowgill, our gen- 
eral chairman, will be there and it will be an 
interesting meeting. Certs. 2303 and 28n. 

Whereas, In His infinite wisdom, the Father 
has seen fit to take from this life and from her 

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sorrowing parents, Bro. M. H. Burkhalter and 
wife, their infant daughter, Nioma Otera, and 

Whereas, We can realize to some extent the 
grief of the family at the loss of this promising 
young life; therefore be it 

Resolved, That we offer to Bro. Burkhalter and 
wife the heartfelt sympathy of every member of 
this organization in their great loss, and be it 

Resolved, That these resolutions be forwarded 
to the bereaved family and a copy sent for publi- 
cation in the columns of our official publication, 
The Railroad Telegrapher. 

W. L. Holt, Cert 537, Div. 53, 

Waelder, Texas, 

Northern Pacific Ry. 

Idaho Division — 

All Members: We are face to face with a 
very serious situation, which has been slowly 
developing for some time past, although there may 
be those in our ranks who have not s'ven heed 
to its import. I refer to the matter of the in- 
stallation of the automatic block on the main line 
of this and other divisions, the consequent closing 
of telegraph positions and the forcing of great 
numbers of our men out of employment, which is 
only made possible by the installation of outside 
telephone booths and utilizing of train- and engine- 
men for the purpose of taking train orders over 
the telephoqe. Within the past two weeks, the 
second and third tricks have been closed at Coco- 
lalla and arrangements whereby the trainmen may 
copy their own orders if stuck at Cocolalla during 
the thirteen hours of the day and night when no 
telegraphers are on duty. Since the installation 
of the twenty-eight miles of automatic block be- 
tween Athol and Sand Point about nine months 
ago, seven positions have been Abolished out of 
a total of fifteen positions previous to that time. 
Outside telephone booths have been provided for 
tTaiimien at Lignite, Algoma, Cocolalla and Carey- 
wood, and train- and enginemen are now doing 
the work for nothing for which the seven teleg- 
raphers I mention formerly received approximately 
$525.00 per month. 

It is said that within the next year the auto- 
matic block will be extended over the entire main 
line of this division, and as far as Missoula on 
the Rocky Mountain Division. Judging the future 
by the past we are due to lose about fifteen or 
twenty more positions on this division when the 
entire main line is equipped with automatic and 
trainmen's telephone booths, and if the tiain- «nd 
enginemen continue to be as obliging and anxious 
to get over the road in the future it is entirely 
possible that the company may be able to do 
away with more than half of our positions. This 
situation is one that we must meet and overcome, 
or it will eventually overcome us. 

There are two important points to be taken into 
consideration in shaping our future course of 
action with regard to this matter. The first, the 
legal phase, as to whether the framers of the 
hours-of-service law, which provides for a thirteen- 

hour day for telegraphers where but one is em- 
ployed and a nine-hour day where two or more 
are employed, intended that the law should be 
evaded through the process of obliterating teleg- 
raphers by using trainmen to do the work, and 
that the law should become inoperative when 
train- or enginemen, by process of railway evolu- 
tion, hai entirely supplanted the telegrapher. It 
is evident to every telegrapher who has paid any 
attention to the copying of telephone orders by 
trainmen that it is a dangerous proposition and 
one that, in the interest of public safety, should 
not be permitted. If it is dangerous to the travel- 
ing public for a telegiapher to remain on duty 
and handle orders pertaining to the movement of 
trains, after nine hours of service, how can it 
be safe for a trainman to copy train orders — 
something which is outside of his regular line of 
work — and remain on duty for a period of sixteen 
hours? Such action might be permissible in the 
case of an emergency, such as wrecks, snowslides 
or washouts, but it can hardly be considered an 
emergency when the company stages the act in 
advance and dispatchers instruct conductors to 
call up at certain points and get additional orders^ 
providing their trains are delayed or do not make 
estimated running time. From a technical point, 
the process enumerated may not constitute a vio- 
lation of the telegraphers' hours-of-service law, but 
they do constitute a moral violation, and if the 
law is not framed to put a stop to such practices 
it should be amended to make it possible to do so. 
The second point is the obligation of the brother- 
hoods of train- and enginemen to deal fairly with 
the telegraphers in the railway field of labor. We 
are a bona fide labor organization, working under 
a schedule which was drafted for the protection 
of our members and the advancement of their 
interests. We recognize the four brotherhoods 
having jurisdiction over the train- and enginemen 
as kindred organizations, and we respect their 
various schedules, doing nothing that will prove 
detrimental to their best interests. When, by their 
actions, as hereinbefore set forth, they make it 
possible for the company to crowd seven of our 
. men out of employment on a 28-mile strip of 
track, we feel that it is time for us to ask and 
demand that this piracy of other organizations 
upon the members of our own be stopped. Taking 
train orders is not a part of the duty of a train- 
or engineman and the respective brotherhoods 
should not tolerate such work, when it is plainly 
apparent that it is daily crowding more and more 
of our men out of employment. We have no fear 
of the telephone and will handle any situation that 
arises from its use if the men in other departments 
will keep hands off our work, and when those 
men are uniofi men — members of other railway 
brotherhoods — if they can not singly, decline to 
do this class of work, we should all voice our pro- 
tests in unison to the President of our Order until 
representations are made to the Grand Officers of 
the other Brotherhoods that will in the near future 
promote schedule legislation that will prohibit a 
train- or engineman taking an order on telephone, 
except in case of extreme emergency. We do not 

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expect to perform any work outside of our regu- 
lar duties that would help to throw any train- or 
cnginemen out of employment, and, in fact, would 
decline to do anything of the Sand if called upon. 
We expect the same consideration and respect 
frnai the men in those departments, and must in- 
sist upon getting it if we expeot to be a factor in 
the railroad operation of the future. 

It is rumored that some of the organizations 
mtntioned contemplalc asking in their next sched- 
ule, revision for st)ecial remuneration of fifty cents 
for each order taken on telephone by their men. 
We have this class of work covered by schedule 
contract and it would constitute a bad breach of 
faith, to say the least, for any other railway or- 
ganization to cut in on our schedule. 

Every telegrapher is requested to watch this 
matter closely and wherever a position is closed 
and train- and enginemcn pi3ceed to do the order 
work by telephone, make a report of same to 
General Chairman Sam Johnson and to President 
H. B. Perham, and voice your protest in no 
uncertain terms. 

The time has arrived for us to be up and doing, 
and if we are forced to fight for our existence, 
let us begin fighting now so that we may have 
every advantage that goes with the fellow that 
lands the first blow. Yours fraternally, 

B. E. Nason, L. C. 

Idaho Di'MioH — 

Recent assignments: Second Paradise, Bro. 
Hazen; third Hope, Bro. Johnson; third Tuscor, 
Bro. Cahill; first Moscow, Bro. McCusker; agent- 
operator Trout Creek, Bro. Marshall; Tuscor, Bro. 
Kay, Govan, Bro. Partridge; operator Palouse, 
Bro. Lukanitsch. 

Bro. Williams, second Thompson Falls, on a 
trip to Spokane, relieved by Bro. Mays. 

Bro. and Sister Stevens and Miss Murphy, of 
Kildee, spending a holiday vacation at Bro. Ste- 
vens' old home in Nebraska, relieved by Bros. 
B. F. Mays and W. T. Garrett and Mr. Vawter. 
The latter will join if working January 1st. 

Sister Marshall bumped Bro. Taylor on second 
Trout Creek, who bumped Mr. Harned on third 
there, who bumped Bro. Thompson at Childs, on 
vacation with home folks in Ohio. Later Coco- 
lalla second and third closed, Bro. Gephart bump- 
ing Bro. Taylor on third Trout Creek, who biunped 
Bro. Stephens, Plaza agency, not yet located. 

Bro. LaMoreaux, third Cocolalla, bumped Bro. 
Griffith, Furlong, who bumped Bro. Bartley, third 
Clarks Fork, who bumped Bro. Johnson, third 
Hope, not yet landed. 

Bro. Underbill, second Hope, relieved on ac- 
count of sickness by Non Clarke, who fell down 
on Govan agency. 

Bro. Bailey has resumed at Oden, after an ex- 
tended vacation, relieved by our new brother, C. 
A. Markham. 

Bro. Davidson, second trick Kootenai, and fam- 
ily, are enjoying a vacation with home folks in ihe 
"show me" State, relieved by Bro. Meyers and 
later by Bro. Holmes. 

Bro. Lee is on first Ramsey pejiding bulletin, 
and Sister Gephart is temporarily on third thete. 

Bro. Schneider, second Rathdrum, on vacation 
in Minnesota, relieved by Bro. Jackewitz. 

Bro. Briggs, third Hauser, on vacation, relieved 
by Bro. C. A. Johnson. 

On December 3rd Engineer "Coyote" Smith, 
pulling passenger train No. 3, passed several sec- 
ond district offices from two to six mmutes ahead 
of time. This is the engineer who, with a teleg- 
rapher, was mixed up in the improper handling 
of orders, whereby the telegrapher was discharged, 
but he only drew twenty days because of his "pre- 
vious good record." He does not belong to the 
B. of L. ,E. 

Bro. ^Iver was the only one who sent us notes 
this month. All the members are urged to send 
the news to Bro. Nason, not later than the 20th 
of each month. 

New seniority lists will be printed and distrib- 
uted immediately after the first of the year. If 
any are overlooked, drop a line to Bro. Nason, 
and a copy will be supplied. It is expected that 
the "Union Directory and. Year Book" will also 
be issued shortly after the first of the year, but 
there may be some delay in getting all of the five 
organizations lined up with their lists. As soon 
as printed they will be mailed to all members. 

New members since the last write-up are: Bros. 
McCormick, Patterson, Harman, G. W. Meyers, 
Markham and Cruser. We gladly welcome these 
brothers to our ranks. 

Bro. E. P. Wilcoxon and family have returned 
from an extended vacation with home folks in 
Searcy, Ark., and other southern points, and Bro. 
Ed has resumed work as agent at Almira. Nons 
on the C. W. branch will now have to take to 

We understand that application has been made 
for the next convention of the Royal Moochers, 
to be held at Rcardan, Wash. Although they have 
but one man at that place eligible for member- 
ship, what is lacking in numbers is made up in 
the qualificaitions of this party. 

Remember, "No card, no favors." Don't play 
a good fellow with the man who does not carry 
a card. Transact your business with him in a gen- 
tlemanly or ladylike manner, and then give him 
to understand that you do not care to get on a 
friendly basis with one who is so lacking in the 
proper spirit of justice and fair dealing. 

Div. Cor. 

Montana Division — 

Now that we are passing through the Christmas 
and New Year tide and your local chairman always 
believing in the Golden Rule, trusts that not only 
the brothers and sisters, but the non-members as 
well, had a merry Christmas and will have 
a happy New Year, and that all will begin the 
year by rendering all possible assistance in bring- 
ing into the fold all the non-members and also a 
few delinquents now on the list. 

We wish to thank the brothers and sisters who 
have assisted us in matters of news as well as 
locating new men coming on the division. 

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If all the brothers would let their local chair- 
man know the names of new men as well as the 
changes at their respective stations, it would 
lighten the work very materially. 

Your local chairman wishes to congratulate Bro. 
Riley on his deserved promotion to the agency at 
Columbus — one of the most important stations on 
the division* and sincerely trusts that, although 
Columbus is an exclusive agency and not on our 
seniority list, that he may continue a brother of 
"Fighting 54," instead of Agoing into the Grand 
Division, so that we may continue to have him 
at our meetings and listen to his words of wisdom 
and instructiveness. 

We also wish to congratulate Bro. Brown on his 
appointment to the agency at Grey Cliff, which, 
although not an exclusive point, is nevertheless an 
important station. Business holds up remarkably 
well, only one operator at Laurel yard and one at 
Livingston having been taken off. 

There was a rumor that many more would be 
let out, but business apparently is more than hold- 
ing its own, so we do not expect any radical re- 
dwrtions. Quite a number of the men in the 
machine shops at both Laurel and Livingston have 
been laid off, also section foremen's help, but 
understand only for two or three weeks. 

Andrews and Broderick went to Townsend while 

Agent Anderson was on vacation. Bro. Gentry 

opened up Waterloo, which will soon be bulletined. 

Bros. Smith and Bowers are at Bozeman while 

Mr. Atwood is on his farm near Great Falls. 

Bro. Douglas, Grey Cliff, off a few days sick, 
was relieved by Mr. Threet. Bro. Defoe was off 
a month hunting and looking after his imported 
ciuckens. He certainly has a fine flock. Bro. 
Atherton, from the Rock Island Lines, who re- 
lieved, has been transferred to "Fighting 54." 

Bro. Williams is relieving Bro. Tronstadt for 
a month. 

Bro. Garry has gone to Canada. 
Bro. Herrick's wife and daughter Kathleen, of 
Bozeman, have returned from an extended visit in 

Bro. Pidgeon relieved Bowers at Bozeman, 
who went to Whitehall, where Bro. Brown was 
relieved by Mr. Conkling, a new man, who later 
relieved Bro. Haines at Logan, who is off to the 
East. We hope he has a pleasant trip and a good 

Mr. Tidd, West End, returned from a vacation, 
relieving Bro. Roc, who relieved Bro. Zepp at 
"S," who went to "BG." 

Bro. Harlan, Chestnut, recently returned from 
a hunting trip, relieved by Mr. Daniels, who later 
relieved Bro. Johnson at Park City. 

Bro. McDowell, Townsend, has taken up farm- 
ing, relieved by Mooney. 

Mr. Welliver, Pony, on vacation, relieved by 
Mr. Friedcll. 

Bro. Wayne relieved Agent Linn, at Fromberg, 
while attending court at Bozeman. 

Bro. Bowers, at Logan, relieved on vacation* by 
Murphy, and he by Carpenter, later resigned. 

Bro. Breneman, Three Forks, on vacation, re- 
lieved by Mr. Agnew, who later relieved Dodds 
at Alder for vacation. 

Mr, Hale relieved Chandler at Toston, resigned. 

Mr. Keyes relieved Lueke at Belgrade, taken 
into "VS" while Bro. Conrad and wife are East 
on vacation. 

Bro. Perkins resigned Livingston car job, re- 
lieved by Bro. Carleton, and is now on second 
Toston, and his wife is on third. We hear they 
are soon to have a touring car. 
, One operator taken off in "VS," which, when 
the extra dispatcher works lets the men back to 
"VS," will leave Operator Sheffler on the extra 

Recent assignments: Second Toston, Bro. Carle- 
ton; third Belgrade, Bro. Lueke; first Mission, 
Mr. Brookings; third Reed Point, Bro. McLaugh- 
lin; third Townsend, H. C. Riddle; second Hop- 
pers, Sister Hurt; third Winston, Bro. Gentry; 
third East Helena, Mr. Sawyer; third Mission, 
Bro. Dahl; third Hoppers, Bro. Tietz; 5 a. m. in 
"VS," Mr. Sheffler; third Park City, Bro. Tur- 
vey; third Homestake, Mr. Lynch; second W. 
Butte, W. R. McDowell; third Laurel yard, Bro. 
Unger; third "GN" Jet., Mr. Nelson; 4 p. m. 
"BG," Bro. Zepp; third "BG," Mr. Stevic; oper- 
ator Bridger, H. C. Riddle; first Belgrade, Bro. 
Skelley; agent-operator Grey Cliff, Bro. Brown; 
third "S," Bro. Strachan; third Whitehall, Bro. 
Calhammer; second Logan, Bro. Strachan; third 
Logan, Bro. Gentry; second Belgrade, Mr. Agnew; 
second Toston, Bro. Perkins; first Whitehall, Bro. 
Lofgren; agent operator Waterloo, Mr. Lynch. 

Now on bulletin: Second Whitehall and Lom- 
bard, and third "S" office, Homestake and Wins- 

Sister Sullivan, Springdale, was recently on a 
week's vacation, relieved by a new man, Mr. Dur- 
ham, who later relieved Mrs. Pidgeon at Lombard 
while she and her husband, Bro. Pidgeon, are on 
holiday vacation East. Mr. Friedell, extra agent, 
is at Grey Cliff until Bro. Brown gets on the job. 


Dakota Division — 

The secret to success is to work without ceasing 
in lining up the nons and then holding them up 
to date after makipg the first payment, as the 
large army of O. R. T. members becomes more 
aware of the fact, as time progresses, that they 
are carrying a $1,000, $500 or $300 insurance pol- 
icy in a proven strong and steadily growing con- 
cern at a cheaper rate than the majority, then 
they will plan ahead to meet the assessments and 
dues when due. Preach and urge this upon the 
new members, and then let's all practice what we 
sermonize on. 

As these notes are compiled just before Christ- 
mas, I am glad to announce the Stanton and 
Linton branches are solid; the Mott branch solid 
with one exception, whom we feel sure will soon 
be with us; the main line is like a rock with the 
exception of G. V. Skinner, third Medina; C. R. 
Jolley, at Berner; C. H. Boyle and Guy Rich at 
"J," with the first and last named promising to be 

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with us soon. With a little more help from the 
brothers on the Pingree-Wilton, Carrington, 
Oberon, Leeds ahd Oakes branches, we will have ' 
in all the eligible nons before many months 
slide by. 

The seniority list shows an even 100 — 78 mem- 
bers, 5 not eligible, 3 seemingly "hardshells," 
which leaves just 14 nons who are bright pros- 
pects, making the Dakota Division 86 per cent 
strong, certainly a most creditable showing and 
firm footing in starting the new year. 

Extend the glad hand to the following new 
brothers: Jos. Smith, third Burleigh; W. L. 
West, first Bismarck; O. C. Baker, third "JY" 
temporarily; R. M. Monteil, agent Glover; A. J. 
Kelly, third Dawson; G. A. Snell, agent Cannon 
Ball; A. C. Diehl, agent Gwyther; B. E. Donley, 
agent Temvick; G. W. Fisher, agent Fort Qarke; 
with four sets of blanks out but not received to 
date. Watch the Dakota lead the N. P. System 
before many moons. Put *er in the corner, boys, 
and give 'em the works. 

Bro. G. E, Streukens is back on second Wind- 
sor, after successfully undergoing an operation at 

The fourth trick was pulled off at "J»" owing 
to slack business, Bro. Poindexter bumping Bro. 
Banger on third Bismarck, who bumped Conover, 
third Steele. 

Have received much valuable assistance from 
several of the more enthusiastic brothers the past 
month, which aided wonderfully in bringing re- 

A general reducing of operators, helpers, etc., 
took place in December to offset the decrease in 
revenue to the company through business falling 
off. We are not alone in hoping that business 
will soon attain its former volume and not many 
months elapse until all will be taken back. 

Bro. J. O. Wright, assigned second Burleigh, 
relieved delinquent Bro. Boelter at Adrian, com- 
pelled to return to the hospital for a second opera- 

Bro. O. C. Baker relieved Bro. B. H. O'Hara 
on second Sterling while on jury service at Bis- 

Bro. B. C. Brockhoff has assumed agency at 
Carson, relieved by Bro. Toyen at Melville, Bro. 
Jaynes going to McKenzie. Bro. J. F. Purdy, 
operator-clerk Mott, resigned and left for sunny 
California, where he intends to engage in other 
business. We regret to lose "Jack," but not half 
as much as some of the fairer sex at Mott. (Bro. 
Smith tipped this off.) He was relieved by C. V. 
Ellison, from the Soo Line. Bro. John Smith, 
agent Mott, is growing thin while baching during 
his wife's absence. 

While we are looking forward and contemplat- 
ing great strides towards a stronger O. R. T., 
let us not forget to apply ourselves energetically 
in our daily work for the general welfare and in- 
crease of revenue at each and every station of 
the Northern Pacific Railway. It is through this 
building up by individual effort, mixed with a 
courteous manner to the public, that sustains its 
already high reputation, and, even though we are 

not ofteh rewarded or commended individually, 
it reflects in a meritorious way on our organization 
as a whole. 

Allow me to caution each and every brother 
once again about remitting for your dues and as- 
sessment not later than February pay-day and 
not become delinquent. When you think you can 
not afford it on that payday, just reverse the 
situation and come to the realization that you 
can not afford to let your insurance policy lapse. 

Admonishing you to lay a trifle more stress upon 
"Have you got a card" before granting "that" 
favor, and as you believe in your profession and 
believe in your company, let me ask you to get 
down to hard work and "hit the line hard." 
Yours in earnest, 

H. H. Ellsworth, L. C. 

To the Members of the Tacoma Division — 

Having just' completed a ten days' tour of the 
division, I am glad to report that the Tacoma Divi- 
sion is in better condition, from the standpoint 
of unionism, than it has been for a long time, and 
as we close the year 1913 we can look back over 
a year that, has been full of advancements for 
the laboring class as a whole. It is indeed encour- 
aging to find how large a number of laboring 
men are beginning to educate themselves both 
along economic and industrial lines, are taking an 
interest in all questions pertaining to the better- 
ment of their working conditions and are also 
coming to a realization of the fact that the labor- 
ing nian is all powerful if he will but act in 
unison with his brother and not be the humble 
tool of selfish interests. 

I wish to thank each member of the division 
for the support given me during the past year 
and ask your continuance during 1914. I will 
continue to serve you during the coming year 
to the best of my ability and hope that ray efforts 
will meet with your approval. 

At this time I wish to speak of the aroused 
enthusiasm of so many of our members. New life 
seems to have been born into a great many of us 
during the past three months and if this interest 
is kept alive during the coming term we will 
claim the Tacoma Division solid for the O. R. T. 
by June, 1914. 

Do not neglect to send me a list of any changes 
you may note at your station or others with whom 
you are in touch. If a new man shows up, find 
out at once if he is a member. If so, give me 
his certificate and division number so that we may 
arrange for his transfer to our division. If not 
a member do the best you can to show him the 
error of his way and bring him into the fold of 
the O. R. T. 

One other matter I wish to bring to your atten- 
tion. I have asked you in the past to send me a 
copy of any applications for positions which are 
open. This has not been done except in a few 
cases and it leaves your local chairman in the 
da;-k as to whom are entitled to an assignment. 
Please do not neglect to send me a coj»y of these 
applications during the coming year. 

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Again thanking you for your kindness and your 
hearty support, and wishing you a happy New 
Year, I remain. Yours fraternally, 

R, F. Graham, L. C. 

Tacoma Division Notes — 

The year 1913 having been a successful one for 
the railroad operators in this country, it behooves 
us all to work more towards solid organization, as 
only through organization have we attained this 
success. Only when we compare the salaries of 
today with those paid just a few years back can 
we realize what the O. R. T. is and what it means 
to us. There are a lot of conditions to be bettered 
but this can only be done through co-operation. 

From a financial standpoint we are in a better 
condition now than at any time during the life 
of our Order. Brothers and sisters, we must all 
work together in building up our Order, as we 
are all stockholders and draw a large dividend on 
our money invested. 

There are still a few telegraphers on this divi- 
sion, receiving the increase in salary, better work- 
ing conditions, etc., who refuse to invest one cent 
in an organization with over 50,000 stockholders, 
which guarantees one of the largest returns of 
any on so small amount invested. These drones, 
contintially howling for more, must be shown that 
the way to get better conditions is to join us and 
help their fellow workmen. They can start the 
New Year in no better way than by getting an 
O. R. T. card and an insurance policy for their 
wives or mothers. Let us make this a banner 
year for the Tacoma Division. 

There have been a number of changes recently, 
but as I am working second trick and account of 
reduction in office force, I have not had time to 
secure them, and no one has sent me any of them. 

At the meeting held in Tacoma, December 7th, 
it was decided to give another dance, and Bros. 
Peck, Sherwood and Henderson were appointed 
a committee to arrange a date, etc., which will 
probably be February 21st at Tenino. 

We want the co-operation of all the members 
to make it a grand success. You will be furnished 
tickets and advertising matter about two weeks 
before the date decided on. When you receive 
them put up the cards in a conspicuous place and 
dispose of as many tickets as you possibly can. 

Ceiit. 878. 

Ellbnsburg, Wash., December 15, 1913. 
To All Members Seattle Division — 

The matter of devising some way of maintaining 
a division fund has been talked over among a few 
of the brothers, and I ifrould like to offer a few 
arguments in support of the movement. 

This is a matter of vital importance to every 
member. With the money on hand the local divi- 
sion officers would be enabled to relieve a membt^r 
in distress, purchase flowers for a sick member, 
or for the funeral of a deceased member, without 
going through the slow and cumbersome process 
of sending a subscription paper over the division. 
The reUef would be prompt and effective and 

each member would have the pleasure of knowing 
that he or she had assisted and that each had . 
contributed an equal amount. 

It is almost impossible to reach each member > 
with a subscription paper, and members do not 
like to be called on frequently in this manner, 
while the small amount required by a monthly 
assessment would not be burdensome, in fact, it 
would not be missed, even by the poorest of us. 

It seems to me that each member who has any 
realization of his responsibilities should blush with 
shame when he considers the fact that the number 
of Thb Telegraph BR which proudly referred to 
the million dollar assets of the Order also con- 
tained an appeal for assistance from a poor, sick 
and down-and-out brother, with a family, and that 
we have made no provision for caring for such 
cases, and also that with over 40,000 members less 
than 125 responded to this appeal. 

Until some provision is made by the Order for 
assisting our brothers, who are in need through 
sickness or misfortune, each division should main- 
tain a fund for the purposes previously stated, 
and in such cases a& those recently published in 
TifE Telegrapher the local chairman should be 
authorized to promptly remit a substantial sum 
for the relief of the brother in distress. 

An assessment of 10 cents a month or 30 cents 
per quarter has been suggested. Personally, I 
favor the plan of paying monthly, as the members 
would be more likely to think of it each time they 
drew their pay check, while if it was made quar- 
terly they would be liable to forget it unless notices 
were mailed, and this would entail considerable 
trouble and expense. 

All the members at a station, or several stations 
for that matter, could put their assessments to- 
gether for the purpose of convenience in cemitting. 

The local chairman will probably put the matter 
to a vote in the near future, and I hope that all 
the members will not obly vote for it, but will 
also remit the assessments promptly. 

Jessb Waters, Cert. 85. 

Seattle Division Notes — 

Bro. Palmer is relieving Bro. Branin, Maltby 
nights, visiting with his mother in California. 

Bro. Pearson, Bothell, bid in Issaquah agency, 
vice Bro. Griffiths, visiting in California. . 

Bro. Bergum is working first in Woodinville 
temporarily while the gravel trains are on. 

Bros. Earp, Pangle and Operator Mclntyre, 
first, second and third Arlington, were each re- 
lieved by Mr. Roper, now agent at Bryant. About 
time Roper got a card. 

Bro. Ed. Johnstone, assigned Acme agency, was 
married a few weeks ago. We all extend him our 
best wishes. 

Bro. Kilhefner, second Auburn Transfer, off two 
weeks getting married, was bumped by Mr. I^om, 
and bumped Bro. Trainor, second Sedro-Woolley. 
Bro. Waters, manager Ellensburg, relieved a few 
days by Mr. Arnold, days there, discontinued, 
later bumped Mr. Isom, third Everett. 

Bro. Mounce, agent Thorp, off on account of 
sickness, was relieved by Bro. Hainsworth. 

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Sister Johnson, third Upham, spent Thanks- 
giving with friends at Kanaskat. 

Bro. Briggs, second Easton, spent a few days 
in Seattle recently, relieved by Mr. Hart. 

Sister A. A. Rivett, second Borup, spent a very 
pleasant day at Upham recently. 

Bro. Bayer, third Borup, has had unusual good 
luck this fall, killing two deer and gaining laurels 
in the game of "500." Sister Bayer, first Borup, 
was relieved a few days by Sister Morgan. 

Bro. S. A. Baker, first Martin, and bride, have 
returned from an extended visit East and South. 
We all extend heartiest congratulations for a happy 

Bro. Parks, first Easton, secured "CF" Seattle 
nights, relieved by Bro. Hammer, from Division 
No. 2, who Bro. Anderson will see transfers to 
No. 54. 

Bro. Shisler, first Clc Elum, was refieved a 
few days by Bro. Carr while on an unsuccessful 
hunt for deer with Agent Gillett. Bro. Lecper, 
third Clc Elum, relieved 4 few days by Bro. 
Brakhane to visit Sister Leeper in Tacoma hospital. 

Bro. and Sister Morgan have returned from a 
visit East, Bro. Morgan resuming second Stam- 
pede and Sister Morgan on extra list. Bro. and 
Sister Fenner have also returned from vacation, 
Bro. Fenner going to third Martin, Sister Fen- 
ner to second Palmer Junction. 

Since the installation of the automatic blocks 
between Auburn and Lester second and third at 
Covington, Eagle Gorge and Maywood have been 
abolished, night office reopened at Humphreys and 
East Auburn made continuous service, which af- 
fects the following brothers and sisters: Coving- 
ton — Bro. Brunk bumped Bro. Cross, second Rav- 
ensdale; Bro. Webber to third East Auburn, pend- 
ing bulletin, later relieved by Mr. Horning. Bro. 
Robinson, second Maywood, bid in Humphries 
nights. Sister Cleo Erdman bumped Sister Lecper, 
third Bristol. Unable to learn where the two 
from Eagle Gorge went. 

Sister Leeper, operated on at Tacoma hospital, 
was visited by Bros, \villiams and Bell recently 
and presented with a fine bunch of flowers from 
the brothers and sisters of this division. We are 
pleased to learn that she was getting along finely 
and expects to leave the hospital shortly. The 
flowers were very much appreciated. 

Oflicials Messrs. Craver, Larrison and Campbell 
visited a meeting with the first aid class at Cle 
Elum on December 17th and were pleased with 
the progress of the class. The first aid car visited 
Clc Elum on the Milwaukee recently. 

The weather on the mountain district has been 
exceedingly fine this winter. 

Bro. Trainor, second WooUey, relieved Mr. 
Morris at Kirkland, dismissed for violation of 
rule "G." 

We are glad to learn it will be Bro. Arnold, 
third Everett; Bro. Stoneburner, third Snohomish, 
and Bro. Isom, second Auburn Transfer, soon. 


Rocky Mountain Division — 

Bro. Nutter, from Birdseye, is on two months' 
vacation, visiting the folks back in Ohio. 

Mr. Crjnc, Austin third, was relieved for a 
few days by Mr. Fuller, a new man, who also 
relieved at Drummond, Deer Lodge and Missoula. 
Crane has promised to fill out the blanks in Janu- 
ary. Bros. Hinton and Parks, second and third 
Silver Bow, oflF for a few days hunting, relieved 
by A. M. Larson, a new man, who also relieved 
Bro. Wiley, Drummond first, a few days. 

Mr. Stevens, Garrison first, off for a month, re- 
lieved by G. M. Campbell, a new man, who will 
fill out his blanks as soon as he gets a few pay 

Bro. Day, EUiston third, off thirty days spending 
holidays with his folks at his old home in Wiscon- 
sin, was relieved by Mr. Cyr. 

Mr. Balzhiser, Blossburg first, back from thirty 
days* vacation. Hope he will make a New Year 
resolution to fill out his blanks. 

The following nons have promised to make New 
Year resolutions and become brothers in January: 
Crane, Kinsey, Scott, Min^ine, Wilcozen, Scholz, 
and one or two others. Keep after them, boys, 
and see that they make good. 

Depot at Avon recently burned down, and Bro. 
Hart, who had living rooms in the depot, lost his 
piano in the fire. 

Ex-Bro. Leeper, third '•MA" Missoula, who 
spent the holidays with his folks in old Missouri, 
promised to join on his return. 

Bro. Blankcnship, Arlee third, whose wife is just 
recovering from a serious operation, is sending hei 
to Kansas for a visit with her folks, where she 
expects to spend the winter. 

V. N. Webkr, L. C. 

Pasco Ditrision — 

Bro. H. A. Boughton, agent Kiona, while off, 
was relieved by Bro. F. N. Sigmon, and he by 
Mrs. Daley, who will come in as soon as she lands 
a regular job. 

Sister Leona Johnson, first Vista, off sixty days, 
was relieved by Bro. R. W. King. Bro. and 
Sister E. R. Pierce, second and third Vista, were 
Pasco visitors recently. Sister M. M. French, 
first Badger, was also a Pasco visitor November 
14th, and left for Billings, Mont., and other 
Middle West points December 1st. 

Bro. L. C. Snyder resumed duties as agent at 
Helix after an absence of sixty days, relieving 
Bro. Starr, who returned to second Atulia, re- 
lieving Mr. Cyr, resigned, headed for Seattle. 

Bro. E. E. Leach has returned to third Key- 
stone after ninety days* leave, visiting in Virginia. 

Bro. L. L. Tremble, cashier Sunnyside, spent 
Thanksgiving day at Wapato. 

Bro. John Hawthorne, first Wapato, was at 
Mabton recently looking over his ranch. 

Attalia third discontinued, leaving Bro. W. H. 
Ladd, agent, and Bro. Starr on second there. 

Bro. D. C. Brown, agent Grandview, was a 
recent North Yakima visitor. 

Bro. Mitchell, agent Schragg, was at Wheeler 
recently on business. 

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Bro. V. B. Dingeldine, who recently entered 
the train service, was off ninety days visiting old 
friends in Virginia. 

Bro. I. E. Hunt and wife, of Parker, took in 
the sights in North Yakima recently. 

Bro. H. H. McCann did not go to St. Paul. 
He is now on first North Yalcima in absence of 
Mr. and Mrs. Ellsworth. 

Bro. E. T. Stevens, first, and Bro. Phelps, 
second Pomona, were at North Yakima recently 
on business. 

Bro. BulUs, third Parker, stopped at Pasco 
to renew old acquaintances whil» off ninety days, 
on his way to California. Bro. E. M. Dolan, 
from Division 126, relieved him. 

Bro. H. N. Creviston, in the train service on 
N. Y. & V. the past three months, is now on first 

Bro. Gillaland, formerly on fifth **PA," is now 
with the S. P. in California. 

Bro. Vinning is back on second Lind from 
Tacoma hospital 

Sister Chadwick, third Cunningham, while visit- 
ing in Seattle, was relieved by Bro. House, O. 
W. R. N. 

Bro. Rylander is on first Ritzville while Bro. 
Johnson is back East visiting friends and relatives. 

Bro. R. V. Peterson, from fifth to second "PA," 
vice O. W. Webber, resigned. Bro. Harvey Mc- 
Keown, third **PA," was off several days, ''taking 
fresh air." Cert. 606. 

Yellowstone Division — 

Bro. E. O. Murry, second Hebron, spent the 
holidays in California. 

Bro. E. L. Steadman, second Gladstone, bid in 
third Hoyt, relieved by Bro. A,. D. Gow. 

Bro. I. B. Hunt, agent Gladstone, made a pleas- 
ure trip to Dickinson recently. 

Bro. Steadman, second Glenullen, declined Sen- 
tinel Butte agency on account of the serious illness 
of hb mother. Later, in company with Mrs. 
Steadman, he was called to Rochester, Minn., re- 
turning recently, having left his mother greatly 
improved. Bro. Dyer, of Glendive, relieved Bro. 
Steadman at Glenullen during his absence. 

Bro. Shoquist, Ihird Glenullen, is making fame 
as a skater. 

Bro. Swain, first Glenullen, has been dubbed 
"the moving-picture magnate." 

The big cut came December 12th, and, as a«con- 
sequence, a number of telegraphers are seeking 
work elsewhere. 

How many of you have remitted for your new 
card before the holidays? We are going to print 
a non and delinquent list in a couple of months. 
There is no excuse for a non or a delinquent 
being on the N. P., and if each of you brothers 
will only manifest as much interest in rounding up 
this class of men as you do in paying your own 
dues, there would soon be none left. 

Bro. Jimmy Golden, first Sweet Briar, took a 
trip to BiUinga recently, stopping off at points 
along the way to visit some of his old "flames," 
relieved by Bro. Horton. 

Bro. Julian opened Fryburg agency December 
12lh, after relieving Bro. Flannigan, third Sweet 
Briar, on a trip to coast points. 

Sully Springs made a two-man job with the 
opening of Sully, Bro. Fredericks, first, bumping 
second man. 

Numerous changes made on account of reduction 
in forces, but no one has sent me a list, so am 
imable to give them. Send me the necessary notes 
to make this write-up worth while each month. 
If we would create more interest in our organiza- 
tion, we must enlighten the men with whom we 
work. A note or two from each office will make 
it interesting, and the 15th is the day. 

It is now Bros. Green, Lawrence and Peterson, 

Bro. Klinger, first New Salem, has returned 
with his bride and settled down to married life. 

Bro. Hannon, second extra Mandan, pulled off, 
bumped in third Beach. 

About 1 o'clock Friday night, "November 25th, 
one of the operators at Medora found a piece of 
fuse four feet long attached to a stick of dyna- 
mite laying close to the rear end of the depot. He 
called the sheriff, who watched to see if anyone 
molested it, but "nothing doing." 

It's now H. W. Blair, agent Belfield, vice C. L. 

Bro. P. P. Ropert, Forsyth^ relieving Miss 
Green, reported waiting for wedding b^lls; also 
relieved Bro. Golden, third Sweet Briar, while on 
his trip to Billings. 

Jesse Hollinshcad relieved Mr. Kemper while 
used as temporary dispatchVr. Mr. Beverill, a 
new dispatcher, later relieved the latter. 

Bro. Flannigan got mixed up with the tail lights 
while at Glendive on his way back from the coast. 

Bro. J. S. Shain, extra Forsyth, to Terry third; 
transferred to 54 from Division 2. 

Bro. C. A. Sharpe, third Sanders, called to 
Detroit, Mich., on account of the serious illness of 
his father, was relieved by D. E. Lewis, a new 
man from the "Pcnnsy." 

Bro. J. L. Powers spent the holidays around St. 
Louis, relieved at Custer third by Bro. J. D. 

Bro. Thomas, first Terry, on vacation visiting 
relatives in northern Michigan, and Bro. Glasser 
taking in the sights around Geneseo, 111. 

Bro. B. R. Gutziet relieved agent at Myers, 
later going to Howard second, vice Mr. Andrews, 
now in Glendive hospital. 

Bro. "Joe" Meehan relieved Bro. Maguire on 
third Forsyth, later taking split vacated by Bro. 
Maguire, on account of extra trick pulled off, cre- 
ating a split, Bro. Maguire going back on third. ^ 

Mr. Kritta, extra Hoyt third, goes back to as- 
signment, third Zero. 

Bro. Don Dyer hooked in a few at Glendive 
after leaving Forsyth. 

Bro. W. A. Henderson, extra Huntley and later 
Forsyth, on an extended trip South. 

Bro. T. I. Bolton, second Custer, has roturned 
from his hunting trip. No report as to his success. 

Bro. Emil Broms back on Hoyt first, after his 
extended trip in the West. Bro. C. S. Broms bid 
in second Hoyt. 

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The iicw year promises to be one of the beat for 
the organizing of new men into the fold on this 
road for many years past. We recently got an 
increase, as well as other concessions, leaving no 
excuse why a man shouldn't put his money into 
a bargain that get returns, and that is just what 
wt have who put our money into the O. R. T. on 
the N. P. While we are not getting quite as much, 
perhaps, as the men on the S. P., still we are 
getting more than ninety-nine out of any other 
hundred roads in this country, and it surely should 
be some incentive for a man to feel as though 
he were in duty bound to invest. Every day some 
of us — yes, all of us — invest our hard cash in 
some frivolous thing that we know will never 
get us a penny's return, and those same men can 
never see their way clear to take out a card in 
their respective labor organizations. Let's make 
this the banner year for organized labor — each 
one pull toward one goal — 100 per cent strong and 
nothing less. 

I got in enough new members during the month 
of December to get me one of the Emblem rings 
offered by Bro. Quick, and to say that I am thank- 
ful to those who made it possible by joining in 
this month, is putting it mildly. I appreciate this 
prize more than anything I could get, and I think 
each one of you should hustle a little and see how 
interesting it is to get in new members. I didn't 
stop on the Yellowstone, but got some from the 
Dakota, and I take this means of thanking those 
who made it possible, as well as extending each 
new member the glad hand of our brotherhood. 

Nothing has yet developed regarding the meeting 
mentioned in the last issue, but we hope definite 
plans will soon be under way for the first meeting, 
to be held at Dickinson. There are a number of 
O. R. T. and C. T. U A. brothers located at 
Dickinson, and we should be able to have a very 
good meeting. Washington's birthday being a holi- 
day, it will give a number of the men a chance 
to go, as we can doubtless prevail upon our super- 
intendent to make arrangements for trains to pick 
up those who wish to attend. Get your passes 
ready, and if at all possible, be there. You won't 
regret it, and the mingling of one another will 
help to create a lot of interest. We will have 
everything in readiness, and let's make it a red< 
letter day for the first and second. Talks will be 
given that will prove interesting and helpful. Take 
your wives along; let them get acquainted; it will 
be worth every operator's time and effort on the 
division. We are going to try to persuade Gen- 
eral Chairman Johnson to be with us, and as many 
of the local officials of the company as can; it 
is to their interest as well as ours that we be 
educated along the lines of better service and a 
greater interest in the work we have to do. Their 
advice on many topics will open new channels for 
thought and future usefulness. 

L. E. BoRDWELL, Cert. 886. 

Relay Division — 

With about seventy-five men employed, the Relay 
Division closes the year 1913 with but twelve 
non-members or delinquents. Of these, nine have 

promised to come in January 1st. Let us hope 
that they live up to their promises, but if they 
do not, we must keep after them and make them 
see that they are not doing the right thing by 
remaining on the outside. A majority of the nons 
are wire chiefs, and they must be made to see 
that it is to the Order that they owe their good 
salaries and Sunday overtime, and that they should 
show their appreciation by carrying a card. We 
do not feel that a wire chief jeopardizes his stand- 
ing with the company by carrying an up-to-date. 
On the contrary, the company realizes that the 
first precept of our Order is to render the very 
best service possible to the company for value 
received, and that the very best men in the service 
are those who are members of the O. R. T. 

The usual winter reduction in force has begun 
early this year, with two men off at St. Paul, two 
at Dickinson, two at Fargo, two at Helena, two 
at Spokane and one at Tacoma. Instructions are 
out to cut down on telegraphing, and we look for 
further reductions, although hoping that it will 
not come. Considering the much greater reduc- 
tions which have been made in other departments, 
the Relay Division has been only lightly touched 
so far. It seems hard that men of ability who 
want to work are forced to remain idle, but we 
must remember that this is only the working of 
the capitalistic system which prevails in this cen- 
tury, and we must put our shoulders to the wheel 
of progress and add our strength to that of others 
in making it turn toward better things for those 
who are to come after we are dust and forgotten. 

Tacoma — Those sure were classy smokes that 
Bro. Jim Williams handed out celebrating the ar- 
rival of *'J'ni, Jr." 

Bro. N. F. Gordon, laid of December 13th on 
account of reduction in force, came back Decem- 
ber 26th, relieving Bro. Bill Bates, on three months' 
leave for California to get a look at some sun- 

Several changes in tricks here on account of re- 
duction, Bro. B. F. Brown getting a day job at 
last out of the shuffle — 6 a. m. to 2 p. m. Bro. 
' Brown's ability as a cartoonist will now proceed 
to advance several jumps. 

Spokane — Bro. A. R. Lee, our chairman,' bid in 
Tacoma local, vice Bro. F. M. McCabe, resigned. ' 
Bro. McCabe is now acting as telegraph censor, 
with headquarters at St Paul. 

J. F. Keyes, laid off on account of reduction in 
forct, returned to Tacoma, his home. Understand 
he makes considerable ''extra" subbing for the 
wealthy men in "BY." M. Hawkins, also laid off 
on account of force reduction, is now in Tacoma 
"looking around" and doing some subbing. 

Helena — Bro. Gibson, laid off on account of 
force reduction, is now in Spokane, bumping a 
younger man there. Bro. Bothmer moved up to 
Bro. Gibson's trick. 

Business very light here, the Montana locals 
being cut through to Tacoma, and Butte cut 
through to St. Paul. 

St. Paul — Mr. Graham has gone to Indiana on 
three months' leave. Ringham and Maloy laid off 
on account of force reduction. Unotriplo. 

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DickiKson — Force at "DX" cut two men, Bro. 
Lyons going to Spokane and Bro. Sterland unde- 
cided where he will bump in. 

Fargo — Bro. H. G. Johnson bumped Bro. King 
It Dickinson, who hasn't made up his mind where 
to go. but may bump Mr. Whaley at "DX." 

Cert. 886. 

Wheeling A Lake Erie R. R. 

iV. p. T. Notes— 

Bros. Wimer and Harbaugh, of Hopedale, were 
Giristmas shoppers in Steubenville. 

Bro. H. K. Bell, third Mingo, visiting relatives 
and friends in Pittsburg, was relieved by Bro. J. 
E. O'Hara, who later resigned. 

Bro. Coats, Hickory, is feeling lonesome since 
the night office was closed. We hope the present 
arrangement is only temporary. 

We are sorry to hear of the serious illness of 
Dispatcher Fred Jones and Bros. Fields and 
Homan, and hope for their speedy recovery. 

Freight business is very dull, but we look for 
an improvement now that the holidays are over. 

Bro. J. W. Polen, agent Smithficld, has the 
cleanest, neatest and most tidy office on the road. 
We are proud of you, Bro. John. 

We certainly appreciate the fact that we have 
at last reduced the nons to a minimum, there being 
but one left on the east end. We also appreciate 
the cflFort of a brother on the W. S. B. who has 
been furnishing notes regularly to the division 
correspondent for publication. Keep up the good 
work, brother. 

Have you remitted your dues for the current 
term? If not, please do so at the first opportu- 
nity. Bro. Baltzer is pretty busy with matters 
pertaining to the O. R. T., and if each member 
will be prompt with his dues it will be a great 
help to him. We hope to see notes from the 
West End and Cleveland Divisions in the next 
TsLBCKAPHER. The continued silence of you 
brothers near the lake is getting on our nerves. 
Please do not wait for one another to furnish 
items, but every member mail all you can to Bro. 
R. F. Smith, division correspondent. Brilliant, 
Ohio, not later than the 20th of each month. 

Local Chairman. 

ff . S. B. Notes— 

Bro. Wilson, agent Bruceton, has returned from 
a pleasant thirty days* vacation in the West, hav- 
ing gained thirty pounds. 

F. M. White, former agent Longview, is now 
with the Western Union at Pittsburg, relieved 
by Bro. Cowan, agent Fair Haven, pending bul- 
letin, and he by Mr. Snyder, agent Banksville, 
until advertised. 

Bro. Sturges, Clairton, called on Pittsburg 
friends recently. Div. Cor. 

Wheeling and Toledo Divisions- — 

'•Tclephoner** F. H. Copeland was recently ap- 
pointed agent at Herrick. 

Bro. "Hank** Bell, third trick Hickory, was in 
Jewctt recently oo bis way to Dillonvale to visit 

Dispatcher Fred Jones, who is at Dillonvale with 
his brother. Dr. Jones, suffering from cancer of 
the stomach. The boys on the River Division sent 
Fred a bunch of nice flowers recently. 

Mr. Butler returned from Washington, D. C, 
releasing Bro. T. D. Noel from second Pittsburg 
Jet., who then relieved Bro. C. C. Graham, third 
Bolivar, a few days. 

Bro. Buck Buchanan, third Orrville Jet., is visit- 
ing friends on the River Division. 

The night office at Hickory has been closed. 
Bro. H. K. Bell, third there, bumped Mr. Eby 
from "WI" Mingo third, who bumped Bro. Grose, 
second Mingo yard, who btunped Bro. M. L. 
Strickland from third Pittsburg Jet., who bumped 
Mr. Butler from second Pittsburg Jet., who 
bumped Bro. Paregoric from third Pine Valley, 
who bumped F. X. McCaffery from second Pine 
Valley, putting him on the extra list. 

We are very much pleased to hear that Bro. 
J. H. Homan, Valley Jet. days, has resumed duty, 
after being off for the past three months on ac- 
count of sickness. 

C. J. Fisher is back on second Adena. 

Bro. C. J. Fulton, first Pittsburg Jet., was off 
a few days, relieved by E. B. Little, extra. 

Bro. Ross Buchanan, third Orrville Jet., bid in 
"HX" Huron. 

Bro. Healy, Connor days, off for a few days, 
was relieved by Extra Little. 

Bro. Glaspy, third Warrenton, off three weeks 
on account of the serious illness and death of bis 
father, Mr. Robert Glaspy, at Warnock, Ohio. 
Bro. Glaspy has the heartfelt sympathy of all the 
brothers of Division 55. 

Bro. Howard Warnock has returned to second 
Warrenton, after a month's visit to Indianapolis, 
Columbus and Cincinnati, and a week with his 
folks at Warnock, Ohio. Bro. Warnock failed 
to bring back that "little wife with the brown 

Chief Dispatcher Connel, at Canton, very ill 
from cancer of the liver, was taken to Canton 
hospital to be operated upon. I have been unable 
to learn the results of the operation. We all wish 
Mr. Connel a speedy recovery. 

"HX* Huron office closed. Bro. Ross Buchanan 
bumped Mr. Shulenberger from "D" Canton days, 
who bumped Mr. Ben Betton, third Lodi. Have 
not learned where Bro. Betton went. 

Bro. E. W. Gorse was off a few nights, relieved 
by E. B. Little. 

T. E. Lu^as, third Jewett, off a few nights, was 
relieved by J. E. O'Hara, from the B. & O. S. W. 

Bro. Shine, O'Donell, from the W. U. at Pitts- 
burg. Pa., is now with the Dexter Coal Co. 

Bro. W. A. Albaugh, second Mingo yard, was 
a visitor of "yours truly" while on his Christmas 
shopping tour. 

Agent Hollingsworth, Adena, on the sick list, 
was relieved by Relief Agent Foster. 

Ex-Bro. Rennccker, first Pine Valley, made a 
business trip to Sherrodsvillc recently. Come, 
Kmcrson; get back into the fold. 

Bro. Mike Hannel, formerly at Sherrodsville. 
visiting his many friends on the W. & L. E., is 

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now located at New Philadelphia, Ohio, on the 
B. & O. 

Bro. Bates, Sico days, says he has the best job 
on the east end. Must be some attraction at "SC." 

Bro. Guthrie, first Jewett, has gone into the 
paper business. Anyone wanting papers, call "G" 
and he will send them on "tick." 

Mr. Howard, agent Stcubenvillc, has resigned, 
relieved by G. C. Schlegel, agent Jewett. 

Bro. Craig, Bowcrston, is lonesome since the 
baseball season closed. 

Since I have been division correspondent I 
haven't received an item from any member on the 
Cleveland and Toledo Divisions. Brothers, let 
us have some items for the next Telegrapher. 
Brothers on the Carrolton Branch and Cleveland 
and west end of Toledo Division try and send 
something. I am pleased with the interest the 
boys on the Wheeling, W. P. T. and W. S. B. 
Divisions have shown, and I assure each of you 
that I am very grateful for the items received. 
Don't wait on one another to send items, but each 
of you get busy and send in 9 few. 

Don't forget your dues for the current term. 
"OK," R. F., Div. Cor. 

Southern Ry. 

General Offices, Wasltington, D, C. — 

Let us start off the new year to promote effi- 
ciency with all that the word implies. 

The telegraphers were sorry indeed to learn of 
the death of the venerable President of this com- 
pany, Mr. Finley. He was a great railroad man, 
and the more to be admired because he came from 
the ranks. Mr. Finley's name is not written on 
the sands of time to soon be washed away by the 
waters of oblivion, but stands as a monument to 
one of the greatest railroad systems in the world 
and emblematic of the high esteem in which the 
entire South held hfm. The words of the poet 
are justly applicable to him, "Who noble ends by 
noble means obtains. That man is great indeed." 

Business has not been very heavy during the 
past few months, but is now on the increase. 

Bro. Odum spent a few days in Goldsboro re- 

Bro. Wilson spent a few days in Tennessee 
visiting home folks. 

Lloyd Hoppe was in Port Huron, Mich., recently 
visiting his father. "HY" will soon be with us. 
We have room for more good men like him in 
this organization. 

The brothers in "GM" are: Veach, Smith, 
Griffith, Davis, Golden, Balthis, Purcell, Loveless, 
Lowe, Williams, IrWn, Kocgel, Thompson, Du- 
Laney, Ipock, Wilson, Cline and Odum. Bro. 
Williams went to Alexandria dispatcher's office, 
but you know they all come back. He did. The 
three lawyers in. the office are Koegel, X-line and 
Veach. The first and latter are attending univer- 
sities, the former is recently of Buenos Ayres, Arg. 

Bro. Davis has been sporting a diamond ring 
occasionally. It's not a man's ring either. I 
have a premonition that something's going to 

happen soon. Then it will be up to Manager 
A. L. T. to get busy. 

Bro. Loveless, one of our bonus men, spent 
Christmas down in the country. 

No more being said about local chairman. Must 
be waiting on the man who has been the spinal 
column of the movement. You know who. 

We wish the Southern Ry. a prosperous 1914, 
which is no more than we should. We also wish 
the heads of the telegraph department, our sup- 
erintendent and manager another, as well as many 
more, happy New Years. 

The employes of "GM" do not envy the treat- 
ment of any other offices or railroads except in 
pay, as superiors from Superintendent Potter down 
are man-for-man type, with due emphasis on A. L. 
Thompson, R. S. Veach and J. R. Smith, our 
office managers, with whom we come in personal 
contact. Cert. 2321. 

"GO," Greensboro Relay — 

We are very glad to get in our new office. It 
is up to date in every respect, and we should all 
work together and keep it so. 

Bro. Morgan, "M," resumed duty November 
15th, after about five months off on account of 
having to undergo a serious operation, from which 
he has entirely recovered. 

Bro. Stroude still at Black Mountain, N. C, 
for his health, expected to return about January 
first, relieved by Mr. Mastin. 

Bro. Odora **X," was recently transferred to 
"GM" Washington. 

Mr. Reitzel is now with the telephone company 
in Atlanta, relieved by J. T. ^ox, "VO." 

Many of our regular men being off lately, we 
are not as solid here as we should be, but all of 
the nons promise to come in next pay day. 

Congratulations to Bro. Lillard, "K,**. recently 

Being scrappy on the wire should be cut out, 
as it reflects on the good fellows, but none here 
have been called down for this except the nons. 

Those who have cards are: Smith, "S;** John- 
son, "Q;" Morgan, "M;" Whitfield, "CS;" Lillard, 
"K." Mastin, "BO;" Dudlay, "NA." and Fox, 
"VO," arc still out. Remember, "No card, no 
favors." Certs. 1242 and 151. 


Whereas, Our heavenly Father, in His infinite 
wisdom and goodness, has deemed it best to call 
to the great beyond the beloved father of our 
esteemed brother, G. E. Teates; in manifestation 
of our fraternal sympathy, be it 

Resolved, That the members of the Washington 
Division of Southern Ry. System, Division 59, 
Order of Railroad Telegraphers, extend to the 
sorrowing brother and family their most sincere 
and heartfelt sympathy in their bereavement, and 
be it further 

Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be 
forwarded to the bereaved brother and family and 

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? copy forwarded to The Railroad Tblegrapher 
for pubUcation. y/ E, Berry, 

J. W. Burgess, 
A. C. McCoNCHlE, 

Birmingham Division, East End — 

The meeting at Tallapoosa, Ga., December 14th, 
was a howling success Those present were: Bros. 
Kipp, local chairman, Jones, M. Jackson, Bran- 
non. Hooper, Williams, Craig, R. Feild, Sanford, 
C. E. Crawford, and F. A. Scott, from C. of Ga. 
Good talks were made by all present and every- 
body had a. good time. 

The line of talk seemed to bear mainly on get- 
ting the boys enthused over the work, and Bro. 
Kipp made the remark that, "If we. hold the 
meeting until midnight I believe the enthusiasm 
will go so high that we will raise the roof off the 
honse." The question of nons was discussed at 
length and it was the opinion of all that with some 
hard work from each member we could soon have 
the division up to 99 per cent. 

Brothers, let's get after the nons. When one 
comes into your office make it your business to 
see that he has an up-to-date. Do not wait for 
the local chairman to do all the organizing, he has 
other duties to look after. 

Jnst think of what we could do if every man 
on the division was lined up. Ask yourself this 
question, "What would our Order ibe if every 
member was just like me?" If every man of us 
would enter into the work with the determination 
to do things it would only be a short time before 
we would be standing at the top. Brothers, put 
your whole soul into the work. The more we put 
into a thing we more we get out of it. 

The meetings will be held monthly, the next at 
Bremen, second Sunday in January, and will be 
divided between Tallapoosa and Bremen. Let's 
all who can come to these meetings, and as many 
as can bring along applicants, and we will have a 
good time. 

On bulletin: Second Leeds and third Weems, 
Ox?nna Jet. and Muscadine. 

Bro. Oden's wife is in hospital at Atlanta. Hope 
she will be able to be up soon. 

Bro. H. Foster, to first Choccolocco a few days, 
was relieved at Oxanna Jet. by Bro. Carter. 

The passenger station at Fruithurst burned. 
Passengers are now handled at the freight depot, 
which makes it more handy for Bro. Hooper. 

Work on the joint station at Bremen is pro- 
gressing nicely. A few more of these new sta- 
tions would be appreciated. 

Everybody send me what news you can before 
the fifteenth of each month. Div. Cor. 

Winston-Salem Division — 

Your correspondent has been working at other 
places and on account of the heavy work it was 
impossible to get the time to give a write-up, but 
I hope to be able to give one every month this 

I had the pleasure of getting out among the 
boys for a day or two recently, when I secured 

several new applications and brought back a few 
of the old ones who had dropped out of the fold. 
I wish I had had more time so that I could have 
at least paid a hand-shaking visit to every brother 
on the division, but on account of my time being 
limited I could not do this, however, I hope to 
get away again before many weeks and then see 
you all. * 

Our division, from an organization standpoint, 
is in fairly good shape. There are only two 
delinquents on the south end; the Taylorsville 
branch is solid; the A. & Y., east of Greensboro, 
is ,solid except one; west of Greensboro there 
are two delinquents; the Wilkesboro branch has 
two delinquents. 

I have two or three men who make as little 
as $35 per month and one who gets only $25, and 
they keep their dues paid up. If these men can 
do this what reason is there for the man who 
gets $60 and more to drop? There was a time 
when we did not make as much as we do today, 
we didn't get overtime, did not have any seniority 
rights, and a hundred other benefits could be 
mentioned; \and what has given us all of these 
things? The answer is in one word, "organiza- 
tion." The old adage, "Keep what you have and 
get all you can," does not apply to any set of 
men stronger than to the telegraphers. Brothers, 
we have made great strides during the past six 
years, and if we keep up the pace we have got 
to stay solid. 

Remember "In unity there is strength. United 
we stand, divided we fall." Let every man do 
his part this year. Pay up your dues promptly, 
and get the man working next to you to do the 
same thing. If we all will do this we will have 
the banner division on the system in the' next 
three months. 

Bro. Stewart, of this division, is on an extended 
trip through the West. Last heard of he had his 
feet stuck under a table in Denver. 

Bro. and Mrs. Jaco, of Cooleemee Mills, spent 
the Christmas holidays with home folks in Missis- 
sippi. They had a pleasant trip and we wish 
them a hapJpy and prosperous New Year. 

Mr. Moose, a new man, has been relieving Bro. 
Jackson, agent Huntersville, for several weeks. 

I have not receiver^ any items from the A. & Y. 
and Wilkesboro branches, therefore am unable to 
give any of the changes there. If some of the 
brothers will send me the "dots" from those 
points I will appreciate it and we can have a 
write up each month. 

Wish for all a prosperous New Year. 

W. E. Jones, L. C. 

Atlanta Division, North End — 

Some of the njembers of this division seem to 
be of the opinion that if a man is thrown out 
of his regular job by its abolishment, or from any 
other cause, it matters not how long and faithful 
he may have served the company and been a 
member of the Order, he must go on extra until 
something is bulletined and then bid it in. In 
other words he will not be allowed, according to 
the proposed contract, to "roll" anyone at all. 

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regardless of his age. For the fellow that is to 
be "rolled" that is a good thing and would mean 
more in many ways than could be estimated, but 
what about yourself? Say, for instance, you have 
been in the service eight years, and your office 
has been discontinued, anl you want the first trick 
at palton, Rome, Brice or any other place. The 
man at either of these places may have* been in 
the service one, two or three years, or probably 
only two months, but you can't touch him at all, 
with your age limit you must fight the extra board, 
down in the swamps or up in the hills, working 
first today and third for the remainder of the 
•month, etc. Would you like to see a man with 
two months* age working a good job, and you with 
six or eight years' age working on a third trick 
in the malaria district? I say, "No, a thousand 
times no!" The question is being agitated, how- 
ever, as to whether we want our contract modi- 
fied or changed to that effect. The statement sets 
forth that, as it now stands, it makes the mis- 
fortune of everyone, because one man is "rolled." 
Well, maybe the misfortune is ours, yours or 
the other man's, because we haven't the age, but 
why do you wait to make the misfortune of an old- 
service man the fortune of the younger man? It 
isn't really a fair proposition, and, regardless of 
any personal interests, h myself would like to 
see it remain as it is. It wouldn't be fair to the 
men older than you are in the first place, and in 
the second place it would work innumerable hard- 
ships upon the older man. Take yourself as an 
example — your job abolished, would you like to 
work third trick where an alligator couldn't live 
and see a fellow first at some good place with a 
month's age. 

Th^ position of correspondent has been wished 
on Bro. Gay at Rome, who will do all in his 
power to give you a good write-up every month. 
It is rather inconvenient for me to get any news 
items where I am at present stationed, therefore 
the change. R. R. J., Ex-Cor. 

Asheville Division, East End — 

Bro. Simpson, who bid in Black Mountain 
agency, vice Mr. Bobo, was relieved at Bridge- 
water agency on bid by Bro. G. P. Coulter, re- 
lieved by Bro. Drumwright on first Old Fort, and 
he on second there by Bro. C. A. Calloway. 

Bro. W. O. Calloway relieved Mr. Stinc, second 
Newton, a few days. 

Bro. Abernetby. second Connelly Springs, off 
over Christmas, was relieved by Bro. Wagner. 

Bro. Beach, agent Nebo, off a few days, was 
relieved by Bro. Brinkley. 

Bro. Walker, second Drexel, off a month, was 
relieved by Bro. Ross Frazier. 

Bro. Ward is in the chief dispatcher's office, re- 
lieved by Bro. Waddell on first Billmore, and he 
on second there by Mr. Murr, third Melrose. 

Bro. Wagner, first Newton, off a few days, was 
relieved by Extra Coulter, who later relieved Bro. 
Spencer, agent Old Fort, on vacation. 

Bro. Brookshier, agent Azalea, off a few days, 
A'as relieved by Mr. Gilliam. 

We are looking forward to our banquet to be 
held at Hickory during the month of January. 
Most all who have been approached have sub- 
scribed $2.00 and nearly all have already paid. 

We have done good work among the nons this 
year. Let's see if we can't do better next. 

Wishing you all a prosperous New Year. 

Cert. 2297. 

Columbia Division — 

Bro. J. J. Gall, Leesville, on vacation, was 
relieved by Mr. Lee. 

Our old-time friend, Ivey, has been succeeded 
at "CX" by Mr. Jackson, from the Seaboard Ry. 

Boys, I wish every one of you who have let your 
dues pass for the period ending December 31st 
would remit it at once, otherwise you will rank 
as new men. I am satisfied that it is not your 
intention to let your membership drop as I have 
not had a brother yet say that he isn't benefited 
by carrying a ca.-d. Please don't think because 
you are away out almost nowhere that a card does 
not benefit you. If it had not been for these 
precious cards you would be working all kinds 
of hours and split tricks and run off without 
notice Tiardly. 

Delinquents knock us out of our proportionate 
share of a raise in the agreement. The wage 
schedule last March allowed a nice sum for each 
office on this division. There were some who at 
that time did not carry a card. Get your schedule 
and see how it reads. Get wise and get your card 
as it's "No card, no favors." After the settlement 
is made it is divided according to the pro rata 
of the membership on each division. We have as 
good men on this division as any other and they 
ought to reap the benefits so it's up to each of 
you to do your part. 

I should not be obliged to write about this. 
You are meif' and should stand for your rights 
and honest earned money, and should not let the 
other divisions go ahead of us. It is not fair to 
your family nor yourself to be without a card, 
for their protection and your own rights. Take 
the schedule and compare it with that of other 
divisions and see the good wages their members 
are receiving because they don't mind spending 
$12 a year for a card which benefits them $100, 
and in some cases more. 

Those of you who think you will receive the 
same raise as others can see the outcome of the 
last raise. 

Brothers, urge the delinquents to pay, and give 
the nons no rest until their applications are filed 
with me at L,exington, S. C. 

Just now is a very busy part of the season, 
which almost makes it impossible for me to get 
around to see each of you personally, but I am 
connng soon and shall be very much pleased to 
fin I every one up to date. If not I am going to 
Rc't you before I leave, or I'll be on your hands 
for some time. 

Best wishes to you all for a happy New Year. 
M. D. Dbnnv, Local Chairman. 

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The Railroad Telegrapher. 


Charlotte Division, South End — 

Bro. I. C. Edwards, Crosswell days, while on a 
trip to south Georgia, was relieved by Bro. J. H. 

Bro. P. H. Rudisall, second Cross Keys, on 
thirty days' leave, was relieved by Bro. L. Elliott, 
from third Alto, and he by Mr. McWhertor. 

Bro. B. F. Moss, who relieved H. B. Rhodes, 
first, agent-operator at Suwanee while he was on 
vacation, was relieved on third there by Bro. R. E. 
Pierce, of third Aycrsville, and he by Bro. B. T. 
Littleton, who later went to Fall is third on bul- 

Bro. F. A. Sherriff, third Dulutb, while visiting 
home folks was relieved by Bro. R. E. Melvin. 

Bro. B. B. Cheek, at Cornelia agdncy thirty 
days, was relieved on Calhoun second by Bro. C. 
P. Cureton. 

Bro. B. L. Walker, Gainesville second, off a few 
days, was relieved by R. Boggs. 

Bro. J. N. Wallace, while taking in Kansas City, 
Denver, Salt Lake City and other point of interest 
on his fifteen days* vacation, was relieved by F. L. 
Brock, and he by W. L. Harbin, Brock going to 
Bowman. Later Harbin relieved Bro. B. F. 
Moss, Suwanee third, a few nights. 

Bro. J. H. Gibson was on Calhoun third until 
filled by regular man. 

Bros. W. J. Dawkins and T. C. Poole, Duluth 
first and second, while attending court at Law- 
renceville were relieved by Bro. R. E. Melvin and 
W. M. Tollison. Bros. D, Taylor and E. Sbelton, 
Buford first and third, also attended court there, 
being relieved by Bro. Cox, and he on second by 
ex-Bro. C N. Duncan, warehouseman, and Bro. 
Shelton by L. Elliott. 

Bro. H. L. Coc, second Deercourt, bid in Madi- 
son third, recently reopened, relieved by Bro. B. 
T. Littleton. 

Bro. B. L. Rike, Seneca third, while off skk 
was relieved by W. L. Harbin, Mr. Folger and 
Bro. Brown doubling the first night. 

Boys, let us see how many can come out to the 
next meeting. It's very important that you be 

Luck to the jaybird. 

And likewise the wren. 
Lord bless all the women 
And railroad men. 

A happy and prosperous New Year to all. 

B. W. Grant. 

St, Louis Division — 

The year 1913 has been most successful for 
Division 59, numerically as well as financially. 
It is not necessary for me to recapitulate the prog- 
ress made in the last few years, as your own expe- 
rience has proven that to you. 

It is the untiring efforts of the brothers that 
has made it possible for us to be enjoying one of 
the best working conditions in the South or South- 
east, and we desire to keep it that way. 

I want to thank the brothers on the St. Louis 
Division for the support they have given me dur- 
ing my term of office, and the much needed help 

they have given to line up the boys. I am proud 
to say that on December 31st we had only five 
nons and one delinquent, and should be solid by 
the close of the first term of 1914. 

It is dues-paying time again, and it is hoped 
that none of the brothers will allow themselves 
to become delinquent, as it takes time and money 
to keep after them; so, brothers, let's all pay up 
right on the spot and be in a solid line when the 
time comes for us to renew our contract. 

As I can not write each one on the St Louis 
Division, allow me to wish you a prosperous New 
Year. L. E. Cianoall, Local Chairman. 

Our correspondent must have gone to Mexico; 
at least we do not get any more news from him. 

G. G. Grubbs bid in third New Baden, 111. We 
should see that he gets a new card. 

Bro. Chapman says he can't leave Albion. Got 
a mighty good man to work with, L. A. 

Bro. Overbee bid in third Fairfield, Bro. J. A. 
McLin going to Mt. Carroel first. Bro. H. B. 
Green bid in second Hartwell Jet., and Bro. Ed 
Mathers third Corydon Jet. Sure looks good; 
now solid. 

Bro. J. H. McLio, first Mt. Carmel, was off a 
few days on account of sickness. 

Our old friend E. P. Roach, Germantown, says 
if he stays he will have a card. 

Bro. M. L. Fonts bid in third English, and Mr. 
Shears bid in second Boonville. 

Bro. Al Marvel, of Division 34, working extra, 
says he is going to stay with us. 

Bro. F. Wayman is now at "KY" East St. Louis, 
where lie is ready to serve them hash brown. 

Understand Bro. M. J. Kemp, Winslow, was 
recently married. Congratulations. 

It is now Bro. J. S. Booth at Mt. Carmel. 

Understand Denverside will soon be solid. 

Cert. 138. 

Queen A Crescent Route (North). 

A. G. S., Between Birmingham and Chattanooga — 
We are, sorry to lose Bro. Brown, as he always 

believed in having an up-to-date. We wish him 
success in his chosen future, and hope he will 
continue carrying a card, for he can never tell 
when he might n4ed some assistance, whether he 
be telegraphing or not. 

"No card, no favors" is the motto we must all 
live up to. 

Each one drawing any salary secured by the 
O. R. T. should pay their part of the dues. Mrs. 
Brown has also resigned. Two L. & N. nons 
now have the tricks vacated by Bro. and Mrs. 

B. We hope they will soon be relegated to 
the south end, where the mosquitoes will do jus- 
tice to them. 

We are glad, indeed, to report Bro. B. E. 
Driskill very much improved. After about three 
months of typhoid fever, he is able to be out among 
friends again, and hopes to soon be able to resume 

Bro. S. L. Wamble, wife and son are visiting 
their parents in Tennessee. 

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Bro. J. C. Butler's wife is visiting parents in 
Edwardsville, Ala. 

Bro. Rodgers, off recently, was relieved by Bro. 
Paul Rodgers. 

Bro. R. B. Hickerson has resigned and left foi' 
the West. We wish him success. 

C. H. Hobson is on second *'HD," and Bro. 
E. G. Wright on third pending bulletin. 

Everyone who possibly can should attend the 
series of meetings our general committee has ar- 
ranged to hold over the entire line of the road 
during January, 1914, at which our general 
chairman, general secretary and local chairman 
will be present. The dates of the meetings 
on our division are: Birmingham, January 13th, 
7 p. m., and Chattanooga, January 17th, 7 p. m. 
This makes it convenient for all of us to attend 
one or both of these meetings. 

The good derived from such meetings can not 
be estimated. They are essential to good organi- 
zation and help wonderfully in keeping organized. 

Our local chairman will advise all later of the 
names of halls in which meetings will be held in 
at both places. We have an opportunity at these 
meetings to meet the brothers from other divi- 
sions and get better acquainted. 

Our local chairman covered the entire division 
two days last month with good results, and hopes 
that by January 20th we will be nearly solid. He 
was very much pleased with the courteous treat- 
ment he received. 

Brothers when you are talking with a non re- 
mind him that he has received $70 increase in 
salary since March 1st, and do not forget to ap- 
ply the "No card, no favors" motto on him if he 
refuses to come into the fold. 

Several offices have been closed nights recently 
on account of some of the boys taking holidays. 

Sister Payne, off a few days recently, was re- 
lieved by Mr. Patterson, who promises to be with 
us next month. 

Being on day work, and very seldom off, 
I am unable to keep up with all the changes, and 
would appreciate it if all the members would for- 
ward a few items each month, so we can have a 
good write-up. 

Please send me all the notes obtainable, and 
speak a good word for the O. R. T. at every op- 
portunity. Cert. 496. 

M. A St. L. R. R. 

Central and West Division — 

Sunday, December 7th, Division 71 held a 
meeting at the Vendome Hotel, Minneapolis. 
While there were not as many members present 
as there should have been, there was a fair 
audience in attendance. At 1:30 the meeting was 
called to order by General Chairman Gardner, 
and the routine business was gone over with. Sec- 
retary Sandmier gave us his reports on the stand- 
ing of the Order, which showed that we are in 
good shape financially. Some new members were 
taken in, with prospects for more. 

After the meeting adjourned refreshments were 
served, and the boys present were well pleased 

with their trip to the city. There will be another 
meeting in the near future, and we want a full 
turnout. The management of the Vendome Hotel 
were very courteous to us in the way of fur- 
nishing quarters to hold our meeting, and no 
doubt the next meeting will be held there. 

Bro. Martinson has gone back to Dallas Center. 

Mr. Moss, a new man, is agent at Gowrie, vice 
Mr. Knight resigned. 

It is now Bro. W. G. Reinders, agent Pioneer. 
We all extend a glad hand. 

Bro. Hughes, third Morton, is now at Perry 
nights. Mr. Jones, agent Perry, will stick there 
for the present. This station was bulletined 
some time ago. 

Several of the boys attended the Safety First 
meeting held at Minneapolis, Sunday, December 
21st, and heard some very interesting talks. 

Now, boys, if you want ^ write-up every month 
you will have to send me some items. If I don't 
get more items than I have of late, I will discon- 
tinue the write-ups. See if you can not do better 
this year. 

Wish all the members a happy New Year. 
Joe, Cert. 29. 

Eastern Division — 

Bro. J. T. Nelson has returned to Acklcy, his 
vacation being cut short about a month on account 
of relief man resigning and asking, to be re- 
lieved at once, as there was too much work there 
and no help. 

Bro. A. L. Gardner, general chairman, attended 
the meeting of the C. & W. Divisions at Minne- 
apolis, December 7th, also a meeting of Division 
126 at Iowa Falls, December 17th; relieved by 
Bro. L. C. Vannoy, of Ames. 

Bro. C. L. Keohn, formerly of Albert Lea, is 
now at Marshalltown. 

We are pleased to hear of Bro. M. B. Quire's 
promotion to Mason City agency. Bro. C. A. 
Quire, his brother, formerly cashier, succeeds him 
at Grinnell agency. D. R. McLain is on Mason 
City first. 

Bro. Geo. Reams, of Division 123, is now cashier 
of the 1st National Bank of Richland. Bro. 
George is a fine fellow, and we are glad to learn 
of his success. He has been out of the railroad 
service several years, but still carries an up-to- 
date card. 

All who haven't remitted for their new cards, 
get busy now and get them up-to-date, so we can 
start the New Year right. Don't make it neces- 
sary for our general secretary and treasurer to 
write us regarding this matter, as we are all stock- 
holders in the O. R. T., and money spent in 
calling our attention to our duty as good Order 
men is lost; also don't forget to remit to Bro. 
Quick for th? M. B. Department assessments. The 
good book says that if we don't provide for our 
dependent ones we are worse than thieves and 
robbers, so let's attend to these important matters 
at once. Let's also start the new year right by 
each brother giving the non proposition his per- 
sonal attention and see how many we can line-up 
during the month of January, 1914. Brothers, 

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this is strictly a business proposition. Tlic nons 
can't get by it, and we should have very little 
trouble in lining them up. 

The monthly bulletin notes sonic discharKCs re- 
cently for violating Rule "G." IJrothers, let us 
handle the matter this refers to by letting it alone, 
and save ourselves and families a. lot of grief. 
The grandest thing in the world is a manly man, 
one who has the courage to do the right thing at 
all times. 

Bro. C. A. Quire spent Sunday recently with 
friends at Boone. We will all keep mum, Charlie. 

Bro. John Wilson, whose wife died recently 
and left him with two small children, has our 
heartfelt sympathy. 

Mr. Bryan, at Montezuma, says the Order has 
never done him any good. His pastime seems 
to be to turn in the brothers at Grinncll for ignor- 
ing (?) his instructions (?). Look out Mister 
\on. the worm may turn. 

With eggs at 7 cents apiece in New York City, 
no more "ham and" for the "boomers" now-a- 

Don't forget to send us the happenings along 
the line. We haven't many this month. 

W. C. M. 

Chicago A Northwestern Ry. 

General Offices "SJ'* — 

Bro. Ed. Novak has returned from a pleasant 
visit to bis old home in Galveston. 

Bro. Ike Briening recently made a flying switch 
to Milwaukee, visiting our old friend "Schlitz." 

The position created in this office was assigned 
to Bro. Al. Alvcrson. 

Bro. P. E. Gray, while off on account of sick- 
r-«8, was relieved by a man from *'CH," W. U. 

Bro. Wm. Early, of the "ponies," is still figur- 
ing up his losses on the Cub-Sox series. 

Bro. D. C- Smart, our genial vice-president of 
the CORT aub, is urging the brothers to attend 
the CORT meetings, the first Saturday of each 
month. Brothers, try and get out to these meet- 
ings, as the change will do you good and you 
will be much benefited thereby. 

Bro, O. Hart, in the poultry business at 
Wheaton, is now able to tell the boys "why a 
chKken crosses the street." 

Bro. J- A. Rose, the old-reliable, is chasing 
"98" on the St. Paul wire. 

Bro. J. D. Wills, Omaha wire, dreams of a 
trip to Europe, which is a new name for Aurora. 

Bro. W. L. Browne, from R. I., Iowa, and 
Geo. .\. Flynn, of S. P., Arizona, are on the 
early morning stunts. ' 

Bro. Al. Bradley, our smiling local chairman, 
is sure tickled to make out those six bone receipts 
for the new up-to-dates. Let's keep him laughing, 

This office is now solid with the exception of 
Wra. Hohman and W. A. Golden, who have 
promised to come in for the new year, and we 
expect a solid front. There is no reasonable 
excuse for holding out, as we all participate 
equally in the concessions secured, therefore the 
expense should be borne equally, if the man 

takes the increase and other benefits without pay- 
ing his part of the expenses of securing and hold- 
ing same, seems to us he is neglecting a debt. 

\i ' isc on sin Div isio n — 

Our local chairman spent fifteen days going 
over the division, meeting members and non- 
members, and straightening out some adjustments. 
He secured quite a number of applications for 
membership, and found that where individual 
effort has been used prior to his visitation, the 
non-member was usually ready to sign up as soon 
as he arrived. Brothers, individual effort has 
made this great O. R. T. what it now is all 
over the country, one of the largest and best 
organizations in the labor world. The persistent 
and friendly effort of the live member, who has 
continually kept the invitation before his neigh- 
bors, is plainly manifest all over the division. 
A little more persistence and effort with our 
already rapidly increasing membership will make 
this in a short time one of the best if not the 
best organized divisions on the C. & N. W. 

The organization is just exactly what its mem- 
bers make it by their personal effort. Brothers, 
it's up to us to get the non. 

Bro, Coburn, absent several days on account 
of the sickness and death of his father, was re- 
lieved by Conductor Gene Uady. 

Come to some of the meetings we are having. 
You will find none more interesting than our 
CORT meetings. Every member should impress 
the non member with the fact that it is his duty 
. as a man to protect himself and family now, for 
the time of need in the future, by getting into 
the Order. There is no other organization that 
will help you more in this country or in Canada 
in time of sickness or need and enable you to 
procure work than the Order of Railroad Teleg- 

Bring the nons with you to the meetings, where 
they will learn hew ideas and the knowledge re- 
quired in railway work. 

Train order service at Hunting Ave. has been 

Al. Smith has been appointed inspector on this 
division. You will all remember that pleasant 
smile of "Smithy's" which looks like the full 
moon over Lake Michigan in the good old sum- 
mer time. We hope Smithy will not be too hard 
on the boys on this division, as he used to be one 
of the profession himself. 

Frank Chour, who has been on the sick list 
for some time, has again reported for work on 
Lake Forest second. We hoi>e Frank will be able 
to stick to it now, as he has had quite a siege 
of it. 

Mr. Tcrves, who recently fell into a city man- 
hole at Racine, has reported for duty again. 

Bro. .\bleman, at Poplar Grove, has had his 
baggageman pulled off, the same as at several 
other stations. 

Director Ben. Evanson, of Chicago Terminal 
District, with wife and family, visited friends and 
relatives at Capron and Elroy recently. 

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Our noble and emergency Operator- Conductor 
Gene Dady relieved Bro. Regan at Capron for 
two days, while he attended a wedding at Mil- 
waukee, "Dido" also relieved Local Chairman 
Bro. Cobum at Harvard, while he is rounding up 
the nons and serving on committee work in 
Chicago. A large number of our boys attended 
the joint meeting of Wis. and Gal. Divisions at 
Chicago recently. 

The man that does not care for his future is 
not much of a man, especially those who think 
they are satisfied with what they already have, 
reaping the benefit of what was got by the hard 
work of the O. R. T. and the good workers of 
the Order. Brothers, get after the nons, your 
working companions, who have not got a card. 
This includes all telephone, levermen and teleg- 
raphers, we need the co-operation of all. Our 
organization and profession is the best any one 
could wish for and the best insurance there is, 
and it is up to each and every one of us teleg- 
raphers to stand by it. 

Wish you all a happy New Year. 

Div. CoE. 


Whbksas^ Death has entered the family of our 
Local Chairman Cobum, and removed therefrom 
his father; therefore be it 

Resolved, That Wisconsin Division, No. 76^ 
Orde? of , Railroad Telegraphers, extend to Bro. 
Coburn and family our sincere condolence in 
their sad bereavement, and be it further 

Resolved, That these resolutions be spread upon 
our minutes, and a copy sent to Thb Railroad 
Telegrapher for publication. 

Roy L. Herri ck, 
C. E. Ablbman^ 
Chas. p. Regan, 



Through The Telegrapher I wish to extend 
the most sincere thanks of myself and my 
mother to the members of the O. R. T. and other 
employes of this division, for the beautiful floral 
offering and their many expressions of sympathy 
extended on account of the recent illness and 
death of my father. These manifestations of 
regard and sympathy have made our burden of 
grief easier to bear. 

Fraternally yours, 
W. H. CoBURN, Local Chairman. 

Madison Division — 

General Chairman Bro. Troy called a meeting 
at Sparta on November 7th, and one at Madison 
on November 8th, and told the boys what was 
in store for us if we did not take more interest 
in the Order. He also told of the efforts being 
made to knock the O. R. T. Any members who 
attended these meetings can explain. He told 
them, too, what the committee will be up against 
when it goes in, and gave the reasons. 

These meetings are of interest to every teleg- 
rapher — ^member and non. We should arrange to 
have some of the old-time meetings on this divi- 
sion and get busy 'on the nons. 

Bro. Troy, with his words of encouragement, 
has always been a great aid to us on this division. 

Bro. Boyington, local chairman Signalmen, came 
from Chicago to see how we do business at our 
meetings. We are always glad to have our visit- 
ing brothers with us. As many as can get away 
will always be heartily welcome to all our meetings. 

Your local scribe appreciated the words of 
praise from Bros. Troy and Schneider, and it is 
with heartfelt sorrow that he gives up the work. 
Being one of the early members on this division, 
he knows what hard work it has been to place the 
organization in its present splendid condition. 
But as we have taken up other lines of business, 
we will have to turn our part over to other hands, 
and our best wishes will always be with you. 

We are not posted on any of^the changes made 
lately, having been away several months. We are 
glad to hear that Bro. J. Q. Barnes, at tower 
"PD," who has been on the sick list, is on the 
road to recovery. Bro. Edward Welch is relieving 

Bro. J. F. Gannon, agent Mendota, was off a 
few days visiting relatives and friends, relieved 
by Bro. J. B. MacKenzie, who also relieved Bro. 
Schneider while he attended the meetings at 
Sparta, Madison and Chicago. 

Bro. W. R. Irwin and C. B. Mcintosh, second 
and third Lodi, have been relieved by clerks at 
less salary and longer hours. 

Brothers, the O. R. T. is your only medium 
through whicj^ to combat such changes, so be sure 
to remit your dues and get that non next to you. 

Wish you all a happy New Year. 

C. E. L. Hansen, Div. Cor. 

Madison Division Notes — 

E. E. Nash, superintendent, has been made as- 
sistant general superintendent, with ofiices at Chi- 
cago, vice G. B. Vilas, made general superinten- 
dent, vice W. J. Towne, also promoted. J. W. 
Doyle, former superintendent Dakota Division 
and later of the Minnesota Division, comes to 
Baraboo as superintendent of the Madison Divi- 
sion. All these gentlemen are graduates from the 
Madison Division, and we are justly proud and 
pleased to see them advance. 

Changes in the runs on the division on the old 
line have taken several more crews out of Baraboo 
as headquarters, leaving only a few trains now 
making that point their terminal. The car depart- 
ment has discontinued at Baraboo, and some of 
the employes laid off who have been in the employ 
of the company thirty-five or forty years. There 
was also some reduction In the force at the round- 
house in line with the general policy of retrench- 

J. W. Neff, third Baraboo, off with a slight touch 
of sciatica, was relieved by "Jack" Hlbbard. 

Lodi has been changed to a one-man station, 
with an agent and a night clerk, throwing out two 
good men — Irwin and Mcintosh. Irwin bid in 

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second Elroy, and Mack is going on his farm 
near Lodi. 

Bro. Scotty Butterfield, off on account of the 
serious illness of Mrs, Butterfield, who had to be 
taken to the hospital, was relieved by J. L. Rapp, 
who later "blew" back to Giicago, relieved by 
Louis Abts. We are glad to say Mrs. Butterfield 
is very much improved, and "Scotty" is again 
chasing cars, relieving Bro. Sid Kilts, who, we 
understand, has the "movie bug." 

The genial local secretary and treasurer of this 
division, Bro. C. E. L. Hansen, having been thrown 
out of a job incident to the many changes made 
in the past few months, is now dispensing gro- 
ceries, etc., from his new store near Monona 
yards, and that's one of the reasons the Madison 
Division has not had a wnte-up in The Telsgra- 
PHBs recently. "Hans" has been too busy, and 
his "able" assistant from "B" Baraboo too lazy 
and forgetful, but we will endeavor to appear in 
print at more stated intervals in the future. May- 
be after the good citizens of Madison find Conrad 
"doping" up the brown sugar with Mendota Lake 
sand, putting lard in the butter and chalk in the 
salt he will have to come back to the old railroad 
life again, but here's wishing him the greatest 
success, and if they are all as good to him as he 
is bound to be to them, he will have patrons 
enough to put him on "easy street," and can look 
out of the window and say, "Go it, you suckers; 
I used to throw the switch for you, but not again, 
never, no more." 

Local Chairman Brx>. L. F. Schneider has been 
over the line recently, looking up new members 
and jacking up some of those in arrears, with 
very good success. 

Ed F. Boehm, first trick south end, Baraboo dis- 
patcher's ofiice, is 80 chesty over winning a few 
prizes at the "500" parties that the boys can 
hardly keep pace with him any more in handling 
the "dope" for trains. He needs a good trimming. 
Any volunteers? 

Recent assignments on bulletin: Telegraphers — 
Benton, W. D. Johnson. Second tricks — Deerfield, 
Walter Hintz; Elroy, W. R. Irwin; Friesland, G. 
C Siebold; tower "BJ," D. Dwyer. Third tricks — 
Dalton, J. M. Jcnks; Elroy, J. S. Lewis; South 
B. Dam, M. Phcnow; Glen Oak, A. E. Tuttle; 
Grand Marsh, A. Winker; Cutler, W. J. Riney. 
Cutler first, L. C Mertens. Agencies — Sussex, 
R. B. Crane; McCoy, L. M. Bettheuser; South 
Madison, E. C Phinney. 

On bulletin: Agencies — Benton, Wonewoc, 
North Freedom, Union Center, North Lake, Aship- 
pon and Dalton; and Mt. Horeb, Reedsburg, Dal- 
ton and Friesland second and third, and Cutler 
for telegraphers and phone men. 

V. H. John, agent Adams, has taken a position 
with a bank at Laona, Wis., and A* E. Patterson, 
agent Platteville, probably assigned as agent at 
Adams. Mr. Patterson's successor will find that 
the way has been paved for him in a very credit- 
able manner, and we all wish him success. Should 
Mr. Patterson not go to Adams, our friend Martin 
Hansen will likely be the choice for the position, 
and a good one, too. 

J. A. Mansnerus, agent North Lake; J. E. 
Gardner, agent Dalton, and E. S. Smith, operator 
Dalton, are among those who have recently left 
the service for more congenial locations. 

Bro. Scotty Butterfield found his half-setter, 
half j)ointer "dawg." Ought to see him point a 
raw steak. 

A. E. Cook, one of our old-timers, is back again, 
relieving Bro. Brown, agent North Freedom, who 
has gone East to enjoy his big farm in York 

Reedsburg second is on bulletin, vice Tom 

Bro. H. M. Schleck, agent Wonewoc, is on 
six months' leave, relieved by Extra Agent I. 

Union Center is bulletined for six months, 
pending the return of Bro. Wilcox, who has been 
West some months in the hopes of materially 
benefiting his health. W. B. McKillip has been 
acting agent there. 

Jack Hibbard is back at Jefferson Jet. from 
Elroy. N. A. Browne has gone East to his folks 
in New York, and W. R. Irwin bid in Elroy sec- 
ond. Louis Abts is temporarily on third there, 
although he likes the atmosphere at Evansville 

"Pipe*' the new drinking cups put out by the 
C. & N. W., with their flossy containers. Some 
class to us. The best of everything, as usual. 

Bro. Frank Wichern, at Devil's Lake, is gain- 
ing a great deal of insight into the forestry serv- 
ice since it has been made a State park. State 
Forester E. M. Griffith is camped near Frank's 
"wickiup," and the "bachelors" frequently feed 

Bro. C. M. Cronk spent several days in Chicago 
about Christmas time. His daughter was appearing 
in one of the theaters there, and Charley took this 
opportunity for a visit with her. He was relieved 
by J. B. McKenzie, former agent there, who was 
on an extended vacation, but is very kindly help- 
ing out as extra in pinches. The latter also re- 
lieved Bro. L. F. Schniedcr, agent Dousman, while 
he was swinging around the circuit. 

Bro. C. P. Regan, of Capron, breaks in on our 
notice ever so often with a poetical outburst, and 
the latest of these we have noticed in several 
periodicals. We miss Charlie's sunshiny smile 
since they sliced the strip from Caledonia to Har- 
vard off the Madison Division and handed it to 
the Wisconsin Division, but our loss is their gain. 
Happy New Year, Charles. 

Talk about California as a winter resort — noth* 
ing to it. Come to Wisconsin. Ask Bro. Wich- 
ern, at Devil's Lake. Two lads from Baraboo en- 
joyed — yes, really enjoyed — a swim in the lake 
December 5th or 6th, and after that we learn that 
a resident of Baraboo picked some ripe straw- 
berries in his garden, and there are several resi-' 
dents about this part of the country that are still 
mowing their lawns, and some even have flowers 
blooming in the garden. California — well, not 
yet. And this is December 22nd, 1913. 

What did Santa Claus bring you, anyway? 

F. E. W., Div. Cor. 

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S'orthern Wisconsin DitHsion — 

Bro. Johnson, third tower "CF,** on his honey- 
moon, was relieved by Bro. Mack, of Black Wolf. 
Congratulations, and a happy and prosperous New 
Year to Bro. Johnson and his bride. 

Bro. Noyes, third Appleton Jet., off a few days 
on account of his father's illness, was relieved by 
Mr. Jungwirth, bill clerk from Oshkosh freight 

Bro. Wilson, second Depere, relieved by Mr. 
Xunimerdor, later going to Black Wolf, was re- 
lieved by Bro. Mack, of So. Oshkosh, and he by 
a new man from the "Soo" Line. Later second 
Depere was bid in by Bro. Panzer, relieved at 
Burnett by Bro. Mack. 

Yours truly, pulled off second Ncenah, on 
account unable to do enough clerical work, was 
relieved by Bro. Newton, and relieved Bro. Zuelke 
at Appleton while out on the division organizing. 
He succeeded in lining up Snyder, "FA;" Greis- 
bach, "MO;" Steeves, "WF;" Errard, "DX" and 
Hassman, "A." Let the good work go on. 

Let every one help the O. R. T. along by pay- 
ing dues promptly. 

Try a little of that motto, "No card, no favors*' 
on those who insist on "mooching" on the O. R. T. 

Hope everyone will have a happy and prosper- 
ous New Year. C. S. K.. Cert. 613. 

Ashland Diinsion — 

Bro. Kilsdonk secured Stratford agency, relieved 
by Mr. Krummey, on first Kaukauna, Charles hav- 
ing returned from Chicago where he had been 
selling tickets in the new terminal. Bro. (JarA'ey, 
third Kaukauna, while relieving Bro. Bessy, on 
the clip job at Ashland, was relieved by Mr. 

Bro. Penny, second New London, has been off 
for some time; also Billy Drumni, second Clinton- 

Mr. Leduke has resumed work at second Marion, 
State Line agency having been closed for the 

Chairman Dorr Hickok has been promoted to 
traveling passenger and freight agent with head- 
quarters at Antigo. We are sorry to have him 
leave us, but we are glad that he has secured some- 
thing better. This leaves us without a chairman. 

Bro. Jones is now agent at Wittenberg, relieved 
by Mr. Crandall, who resumed work after his 
serious injury of last July. 

Bro. Keronor, second Wausau Jet., off a few 
days, was relieved by Mr. Busse, and Bro. Big- 
ford, third Eland, is out at Omaha, Neb., relieved 
by Mr. Hawley. We should try and get these new 

Mr. Rynders second Aniwa has resigned, re- 
lieved by Mr. Buchaus. 

Mr. King is back in the yard office at AntiRo, 
and Mr. Lerquin is on nights there. 

Bro. Janasazk, third Summit Lake, while skat- 
ing on the lake December 13th, broke through the 
ice and was never seen alivtf again. We arc ail 
very sorry that he should go in this manner and 
extend our sympathy to his sorrowing parents. He 
had just joined our Order and was trying his 

hardest to do all he could to make things look 
better. Mr. Jobe is on third Summit Lake pend- 
ing bulletin. 

Bro. Lethenstrom has resumed Pelican agency, 
placing Mr. Matz back on second. Gbd to hear 
Louie has found a good wife. Mr. Honzick re- 
sumed Pelican third after working extra for some 

Bro. Wilde was on side wire in Ashland dis- 
patcher's office while F. R. Bessy relieved Second 
Trick Dispatcher Dickenson, on a hunting expe- 

J. T. Scverin, Onadah third, can now be called 

Cedar closed for winter. L. C* Barrett reliev- 
ing Mr. Gartner on third Saxon for a month. C. 
V. Mattson, second Saxon, will probably soon be 
with us. 

Bro. P. J. Meredith bid in Mercer agency, re- 
lieved at Hurley by A. M. Borseth pending bids. 
Bro. H. Hen ricks transferred from Mercer to 
Bessemer agency, vice Mr. Irelan, going into the 
moving picture business. A cashier has been put 
on at Bessemer, relieving Bro. DeRosier of some 
of the heavy work. 

W. F. Farrell, a new man, is at Wakefield pend- 
ing bulletin, vice R. B. Penberthy, returned to 

Bro. E. G. Manthey, Ironwood first, has re- 
turned from a month's vacation in southern Wis- 
consin, relieved by Bro. J. Garvey, who has re- 
turned to Kaukauna. 

Manitowish station closed for winter; F. S. 
Leary to Tomahawk Lake agency. 

D. V. Cronin bid in Hurley, leaving third Iron- 
wood up for bid. 

Agent Tigerton, second Aniwa and third Summit 
and Ironwood are all up for bids. 

Our last write-up was a good one, and we hope 
the boys will all take an interest so we will have 
good ones from now on. We can do this if all 
will assist. Bro. Manthey, first Ironwood, has 
started to give us some good news. Some one on 
the south end watch for some more. 

Get after those nons on the south end and have 
them make themselves a New Year's present of 
an up-to-date. They are good cards to carry. 
Div. Cor., Cert. 561. 

Lake Shore DizHsion — 

Remit promptly, brothers, and get your new 
cards. It's the man who pays his dues and carries 
an up-to-date who is a help to the committee. The 
ncns simply help to defeat the efforts of the union. 
They bring us no increase in salary, nor do they 
make any home bright by remaining in that class; 
instead they bring misery to themselves and their 
fellow workers. If they have any manhood they 
should show it by getting an up-to-date, and we 
should give them no rest until they do so. 

Bro. .Sohre, third South yard, off a few days, 
was relieved by Mr. Martins. 

Bro. Knudson, "FO" days, has returned from 
an enjoyable three weeks' vacation West Bro. 
Nygrein, "FO" nights, spent his vacation at his 
home in Marinette, relieved by Mr. Henderson, 

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Mr. Pooler, second Montrose Jet., off a few 
days, was relieved by Mr. Gatto. 

Bro. Tiedka, local chairman, agent Denmark, was 
relieved while going over the division recently 
lining up the nons, by Bro. Dreng^er, and he on 
second there by Bro. Engles. There are only a 
few hardshells left. Let's keep after them and 
make our division solid. 

It's now Bro. Kaufman, second .Calumet yard^ 
and Mr. Marsh, second Cleveland, promises to be 
with us soon. . 

Bro. Knudson is visiting Manitowoc quite fre- 
quently of late. 

Bro. Stozer relieved Mr. Herzog, Seven Mile 

Continuous service now at Mequon and Belgium. 

Brother's let's all who can possibly get away 
attend the next meeting, soon to be held. 

Now is the tim? to boom for that solid member* 
ship. "No card, no favors." 

•TR," Cert. 581. 

A fire at Superior recently destroyed some sta- 
tion records and most all of roundhouse foreman's 
oil and lamps. 

Did you notice the new electric headlights on 
the locals. Some light, believe me. Jerry. 

Eastern Division — 

Bro. Radaker got second Emmett on bid. 

The stock rush is about over on the main line. 

I wish each member would advise me of all 
changes they know of by the 20th of every month, 
then we can have a nice write-up. I have no 
other way of learning the changes. 

"No card, no favors!" 

Don't fail to send a copy of your bids to the 
local chairman. It may save you lots of trouble. 

Bro. Reynolds relieved Mr. Miller, second Bone- 
steel, resigned, and gone South. 

The general committee will be going in next 
February, and we must all make it a point to 
land at least one of these nons who are hanging 
back, and Jiave the division solid. It will be 
easy to do this as soon as you get started. 

Chas. Flick is back at Oakdale first after a visit 
East, putting Bro. Ritchie on his oil trick. 

R. O. Beesom, dispatcher's office days at South 
Norfolk, bid in Plainview second. 

Bro. Otradover transferred from second freight 
yard to first South Omaha yards. 

Our apology is tendered Bro. Wurzbacker for 
referring to him as "Mr." instead of "Bro." in the 
October items. I am sorry this ever occurred as 
Bro. Wtirzbacker is an old war horse, always ready 
to do all he can for the advancement of the Order. 

It is now Bro. Janovy, of Neligh. Joe did not 
care to have the title "Non" applied to him any 
longer. There are a few others whose consciences 
are certainly troubling them now. 

Bro. Kemper, Crestqn, on a trip to Florida, was 
relieved by C. J. Smith. 

P. Marlick, agent Charleston, has bought out 
a general merchandise store and intends to quit 

Agent Anderson, off a few days, was relieved 
by Edmiston, later relieved by an unknown. 

.\gent Miller, Seward, lost his operator and 
now has to do the wire work himself, while his 
boy helps with the station work. Operator's job 
not bulletined. 

Eastern Diinsion Notes — 

There has been considerable changing around 
among the boys in the past month; all looking for 
a better job. 

Bro. Lister is now at Spencer agency. 

Bro. John Fomey, who bid in first O'Neill, Neb., 
is relieving Agent F. M. Bartlett at Emmet, Neb., 
who is very ill with the la grippe. Bro. S. D. 
Hess, O'Neill nights, bid in Dodge agency, re- 
lieved by Bro. Rhodes, from the South. 

A. D, Anderson, third Atkinson, bid in Piatt 
River bridge telegraph job. 

A number of agents on the Norfolk and Dallas 
Line had to give up their helpers on account of 
hard times. 

Bro. Anderson, agent Nickerson, is spending his 
vacation in Florida, relieved by Relief Agent C. 
S. Smith. Bro. Henry Kemper, of Crescent, Neb., 
also took two weeks* vacation to Florida on busi- 
ness pertaining to his farm. 

Bro. Donahy, agent Cornlea, Neb., took a week's 
vacation recently. 

G. G. Shuber, former agent at Lynch, Neb., 
has proved up on his claim and is relief agent 

Bro. Forney, relieving at Emmet agency, made 
a trip to the Rose Bud country last month. 

G. G. Shuber relieved W. H. Frost, agent Lynch, 
for a week's vacation. 

Bro. Janovy bid in second Bassett. 

Local Chairman Hood was called to Michigan 
on account of the serious sickness of his mother. 

Parcel post is knocking a hole in the express 
business, and also in the commissions. 

Thanks to Bro. Radaker for news items. 

Now, boys, Bro. Hood, local chairman, was 
over the division and lined up quite a number of 
the nons, and we must keep it that way by work- 
ing hard and keeping after the nons, and we will 
soon have things in the very best of shape. Make 
it a point for each one of us to line up a non. 
The local chairman is not getting any more salary 
than we are in this line of business, and we should 
help him out all we can. Div. Cor. 

Sioux City Division — 

The meeting at Sioux City, December 7th, was 
not very well attended. 

Bro. Troy was there loaded to the brim with 
facts and figures which showed us bow important 
it is to keep up the organization. 

If you forgot to make yourself a Christmas 
present of an up-to-date card, which is the best 
you can possibly get, do so at once and call it a 
Xew Year's gift. 

Bro. C. F. Hays, Mondamin, is responsible for 
most of the following items, which will let the 
outside world know that we are still alive: 

Bro. C. W. Carnes is again agent at Schleswig, 
Iowa, relieving Mr. Smith, from the Northern 
Iowa Division, who takes Ute, Iowa, agency. 

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Brakeman "Happy'* Wells had the misforttme 
to have three of his fingers taken off at Sar- 
gent's Bluff on December 3d. 

Bro. H. D. Graham, agent Modale, was off 
several weeks recently, getting his eyes tested 
and visiting folks in Illinois. 

The automatic signals will be in operation be- 
tween Soo City and Mo. Valley about February 
Ist, which will save the bojrs lots of wire work 
blocking trains. 

Mr. Edwards, formerly agent at Sloan, Iowa, 
relieved Mr. Byers at Mondamin, Iowa> who re- 
lieved Bro. T. M. Noe, who bid in Battle Creek. 
Iowa. Later Mr. Byers relieved Bro. A. J. 
Gabrielson, California Jet., thirty days, visiting 
home folks. T. M. Nob. 

lorva and Minnesota Divisions — 

Bro. Howard, our faithful chairman, is covering 
the division and having good success. Brothers, 
paying your dues is not all that is necessary, 
we must keep on working and never let up until 
we get our division solid, and then keep it there. 

We frequently hear it remarked how much bet- 
ter off the trainman and enginemen are than the 
telegraphers. This is because they are always 
working for their own interest. The local chair- 
man is doing all he can to raise our profession 
to where it rightfully belongs, but we must have 
more individual effort. We have young men now 
in the service waiting to assist us, who only need 
to be asked. With proper co-operation our pro- 
fession would soon be up with the other branches 
of service. Let us see hereafter that we have it. 

A number of the boys have been disappointed 
in not getting relief, owing to the shortage of 
"men, and it will continue until we come to our 
senses and endeavfr to assist ourselves. 

Every man should try to fit himself for the 
better position, and see how much instead of how 
little they can do and hold their jobs. Show the 
company that your services are valuable, and the 
committee will have something to work on. Let 
us have more individual effort this coming month 
and see how many members we can secure. If 
you do not know who the nons are, write your 
local chairman and show him that you are willing 
to assist him. There is no reason why we should 
not have a solid membership. There are good 
things in store for us if we will only wake up and 
do our duty. If I was going to quit the business 
tomorrow I would still be just as much interested 
in the welfare of the agents and telegraphers, 
because I want to see them better paid. Our 
Order is getting old and we should be drawing 
better wages. Let's start now and work for our 
own advancement. 

Bro. Kleins at Bricelyn is having his troubles 
on account of his platform having been taken 

R. E. Thomas, Kesley, Iowa; H. B. Ferris, 
Joice, Iowa, and A. B. Staley, Fairmont, have 
taken out new cards. We are glad to have them 
back and hope they will stick. 

Bro. Howard, of Comfrey, Minn., on vacation, 
was relieved by Bill Hockert. 

Our popular jovial conductor, Wm. Hanks, has 
been elected on the Legislatire Committee of the 
Order Railroad Conductors. A better choice could 
not have been made. 

Jno. Erickson bid in side table Mason City. 
We hope he will take out a card with some of 
that extra money. 

H. H. Ridgway is at Cartersville, recently 
opened as a telegraph office. 

Nels. Howland, agent Guckeen, has returned 
to the train service on this division. 

We are having California weather now, but 
winter will, no doubt, soon be with us. 

Dnr. Com. 

Minnesota Division — 

Recent assignments: Agent and telegrapher — 
Revere, Bro. D. R. Roach; Amiret, Bro. Fixson; 
Taunton, Bro. J. W. Smith. Third telegrapher— 
Waseca, Bro. R. E. Graham; Sanborn, Mr. R. 
G. DeBolt Telegrapher— Redwood Falls, Frank 

Positions pending assignment: Second teleg- 
rapher — Sanborn and Lamberton; third teleg;^ 
rapher — Sanborn, New Ulm and Winona dis- 
patcher's office. 

Bro. Leatherman, second Mankato, was relieved 
several days by Bro. A. Sawyer, who also re- 
lieved Bro. Schwaub, at Mankato Jet., and then 
relieved Mr. Guth on third Janesville on account 
of reduction in forces. 

Ben Nixon, formerly on this division, now in the 
Soo City office, spent Thanksgiving with friends 
and relatives on this division. 

Bro. A. J. Nelson, agent Nicollet, on vacation, 
was relieved by Bro. VanDarwarka. 

R. H. Ferguson resigned at Lamberton and re- 
turned to the M. & St. L. 

Bro. R. E. Graham, extra Winona, was re- 
lieved a few days by W. F. Segur. 

We wish to thank the many boys who sent us 
news items this month, every little helps and 
their kind assistance is certainly appreciated. 
Come again. 

Business sure has taken a leap and a bound 
lately, a large amount of com moving east, all 
the men fronf the rural districts unloading it 
on the market to enable them to better play the 
part of old Santa. The movement of this heavy 
traffic gives a great many train crews work, 
thus making it possible for them to play their 
part better, but the poor agent and telegrapher 
who strains every nerve to keep this business 
moving, reduce delays and help out in every pos- 
sible way, gets only his regular little check, and 
their children must be content with reading about 
old Santa and seeing pictures of him in books. 
The cash that comes pouring into the pockets 
of all the other classes of employes as a result 
of this prosperity, does not reach the poor teleg- 
rapher, but we hope by the hearty co-operation 
of all the telegraphers and agents employed in 
.scheduled positions to overcome to a certain ex- 
tent these conditions, if they will lend their 
assistance to further this end, and possibly by the 
time another Christmas rolls around more proc- 

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The Railroad Telegrapher. 


perity and better conditions will be enjoyed by 
all the other classes, now enjoyed by you and 

Telegrapher Brockway, first Sanborn, on a few 
days* vacation, was relieved by W. F. Segur, who 
later went to Lewiston. Telegrapher Mclnstry 
is on Sanborn second until bulletin expires. 
Bro. A. Sawyer is on third there, pending bids, 
vice R. G. DeBolt resigned. 

Bro. G. W. Ware, first St. Peter Jet., on 
Christmas vacation, was relieved by W. F. Segur. 
Bro. O. E. Highlen, one of our new members, is 
on second there, and Bro. L. Kraft on third. 
Bro. Highlen is among the donators of news this 

Bro. C N. Watson is back on third Janesville, 
relieved at Lewiston by Bro. J. C. Hunter, a new 

Bro. Dengel, second Stockton, is enjoying a 
vacation, relieved by Bro. W. C Koehmel. 

Bro. E. W. O'Connor, third Lewiston, was off 
for a few days, upon his return H. J. Yackel be- 
gan his vacation. 

Bro. VanDarwarka, who went to Sanborn third 
a few days, is now on Judson second. 

Bro. Stainsbery, a new man, is on Minnesota 
Oty third temporarily. 

Local Chairman E. J. Thomas spent several 
days recently going over the division, lining up 
the boys and secured applications from about 
thirty. There are still a few who promised for 
this pay day, when we will be solid, with 
the exception of a few undesirables. Bro. 
Th(^nas is highly pleased with his success, and 
probably will have a meeting shortly, when we 
hope the boys will all make an extra effort to 
Ik present. Ask for transportation and do your 
best to attend. That is the place to get ac- 
qoainted, air your grievances (if you have any), 
offer your suggestions and in every way assist 
in making this a banner division. Get in the 
game and help the cause, and we will be able 
to better our conditions in the very near future. 

Any member, when through reading this copy 
of Thk Telegrapher, who does not wish to keep 
it, kindly mail to the nearest non, so he may 
have a chance to see how much he is thought 
of by the members on this division. In that way 
we are sure to reach them all.' I would give a 
list of the new members secured by Bro. Thomas, 
but lack of space prevents. 

Now that the New Year is here, let every one 
resolve that during the year 1914 he bend every 
effort to upbuild and strengthen the O. R. T., 
especially on the Minnesota Division, by paying 
dues promptly, seeing that your neighbor does 
the same, and making known to the local or 
assistant local chairman any irregularities, and 
by keeping after the nons and assisting in every 
other way possible. If we will all do this the 
coming year will bring greater blessings to us 
than have been received in many years, past. 

With this thought before you, I wish you all 
a happy New Year. D. J. M. 

Pierre, Rapid City and N, W, Divisions— 

Bro. Schleckau, of Philip, had to go to Roches- 
ter to consult Dr. Mayos, but hear him back on 
the wire, so I guess he is O. K. again. 

Bro. Noe. agent Wall, spent Sunday recently 
in Rapid City. 

Local Chairman Hunter, agent Wasta, was at 
Miller over Sunday recently. 

Bro. Noe, agent Owanka, spent Sunday at the 
home of his parents at Wall recently. 

Understand Bro. Genoway, ex-agent Wendt, is 
to be reinstated with pay for all the time he has 
been off. We all hope this is correct, as he has 
been a good man for the company as well as 
for the Order, and we don't like to lose such 
good brothers. 

The "Milwaukee's" bridge over the Missouri 
River at Chamberlain has been out of commission 
recently, the freight going over the P. R. C. 

I hope the brothers all read the piece in the 
November journal relative to the carrying of the 
United Sutes mails. It was right to the point. 

Bro. M. E. Young, agent Midland, off several 
days on account of sickness, was relieved by 
his helper. 

Bro. Vick, agent Quinn, I understand, has been 
obliged to go to the hospital for an operation. 
Cert. 619, Div. Cor. 

New Orleans, Atoblle & Chicago R. R. 

We are very sorry that our road has gone into 
hands of a receiver, but understand there will 
be no changes in officials or employes at present. 

Bro. Meek was off a week recently on account 
of sickness. 

Bro. Higgs was off three days to recruit up, 
after spending the summer in a box car depot. 
Lumber is on the ground to replace his depot 
recently destroyed by fire. Ripley depot, de- 
stroyed by fire a 'few days ago, is being rapidly 

Bro. Sharpe was caDed to New Albany to 
work third trick dispatcher a few nights. 

Operator-clerk position at New Houlka was 
bid in by Bro. M. A. Moore, and Mr. Hern, 
a new man from the I. C, bid in second 

J. G. Graves, second Houston, has gone to 
Lucedale, on the South Division. 

We still have a few nons among the new 
men, and we should make a special effort to 
bring them in, as we are going to want our 
schedule revised in the near future and we 
want to be solid. I think it the christian 
duty of every brother to get after the nons on 
our division and persuade them to turn over a 
new leaf for the New Year. 

Digitized by 

Cert. 108. 



The Railroad Telegrapher. 

Colorado Midland Ry. 

First District — 

Bro. II. H. Samraons, from tli«^ N. C. ik St. L., 
Memphis, Tenn., is relieving Bro. Shaffer on third 

Bro. F. M. Wright, Division 126, late from the 
C. & S., is relieving Mr. Brawner at Divide, who 
is relieving Bro. Potts at Florissant, who, with 
his wife, is visiting in the sunny South. Mr. 
Brawner's application was turned down. 

Colorado City "Z" office is now solid for the 
first time in history. Bros. Johnson and Spanglcr 
hofh being up to date. 

"Bro: James, recently resigned, has a good posi- 
tionf in an oil refinery at his home town. 

•Bro. Collier is reporting fine fishing down in 
Texas. They must be tame, indeed, if Ed can 
Iftpd them. 

We are all sorry to hear of the discharge of 
Lineman Ellinwood. He is a fine fellow in every 
way and is well liked by all the boys. 

A meeting was held at Florissant on Saturday 
night, December 20th, and all had a good time. 

On account of the severe snowstorm that blocked 
all traffic, the dispatchers and operators at Colo- 
rado City who live in Colorado Springs had to 
walk back and forth from work, and some records 
were made that would make Weston pale for want 
of spHsd. 

Although the December rate was cut to Grand 
Division proportion, we still have several nons 
on this district — Mr. Reubendale, agent Manitou, 
and Mr. Webb agent Woodland, the only two "old 
timers'* left. Remember, brothers, "No card, no 
favors." Mr. Webb promised to consider the 
matter if he was on the road until last September, 
and you can easily see that the word of a non 
is not to be depended on. 

Bro. Nash, second Wild Horse, and Bro. Devine, 
second Divide, spent a day in Colorado Springs 

Bro. C. W. Davis, from the O. W. R. & N., 
relieved Bro. Scott on third Arkansas Jet., gone 
to "Chi'* for the holidays. 

Well, boys, 1914 is now with us. Those of us 
who have not given Division 81 our best efforts 
in the past year should turn over a new leaf and 
keep after the nons until the division is solid. 

Wish you a happy New Year. Cert. 62. 

We wish to express to the members of Division 
81, and L. A. Division 23 our thanks and appre- 
ciation for the kindness and sympathy shown us 
during our recent sadness. The pretty flowers 
sent us daily meant more to us than we can ex- 
press and did a great deal toward lightening the 
burden for us. 

Elton and Mable Crutchfield. 

Second District — 

As No. 4 plowed through the now into Ivanhoe 
one morning recently, Bro. "Slim," our corre- 
spondent, on his way to spend the holida>'s with 
"Dad" and Mrs. Ellis at Leadville, stepped off 

and asked me to do the editorial stunt this month, 
and while I did not have time to accept the propo- 
sition, I decided to take a chance. Therefore, if 
this isn't up to the standard, blame "Slim." 

Mr. Evans, second Cardiff, on leave of absence, 
was relieved by Bro. Crawford, from third, and 
he by G. R. Smith, a new man, who says he will 
get the necessary first pay day. 

Bro. O'Brien, second Leadville, spent the holi- 
days with "the folks'* at home in Denver, relieved 
by Bro. McDanicl, of Division 57. 

Bro. J. M. Hill, engineer for the Denver Water 
Company at Littleton, has been almost snowed 
under, having been obliged to use snowshoes to 
and from the boarding house. 

During the recent snow blockade in the vicinity 
of Denver and on the First District, we of the 
Second District, on top of the hill, enjoyed regu- 
lar summer weather, with no delayed trains to 
our record. 

Mrs. Rose and baby are spending the holidays 
at Loveland, Colo., with the result that Ivanhoe 
is at present a typical "bach*' job. Several of the 
boys have offered to find me a cook to fill the 
temporary vacancy, but have not decided as yet 
to accept the offer, due to the fact that Bro. 
Lively at Busk, Bro. Bugbee at Sellar, and the 
Ivanhoe neighbors have asked me to share their 
Christmas dinner, and an occasional pie comes in 
from the sympathizers. 

Bro. Cooke still holds his old record of having 
won a sufficient number of turkeys at the Ruedi 
turkey shoot to supply his household wants 
Christmas and New Year's day. 

Bro. Lamborn, third New Castle, has just mdved 
his household goods from Denver. We arc glad 
to note that it appears Ed is going to stay 
with us. 

Thirty-seven strike-breakers lost their lives in 
an explosion in the Vulcan mine at New Castle, 
December 16th. Our sympathy goes out to those 
left behind. The C. M. placed an engine and 
crew at the disposal of the Vulcan management 
during 'the day. 

Our meeting at Basalt, December 20th, was 
attended by Bros. A. C. dnd C. F. Ellis, Clark 
Bugbee, E. Cooke, J. F. Jones and myself. "Pug" 
Gilbert was given a vote of thanks for placing 
the Aspen passenger coach at our disposal. Gen- 
eral Chairman Ellis complained to a certain extent 
as to the amount of heat, , but, after due consid- 
eration he was instructed to wear heavier under- 
wear when attending meetings on the Second Dis- 

Upon adjournment of the meeting, at 2:20 a. m., 
we called upon Mr. Scandlan, third trick, but, 
after considerable talk by the general chairman, 
we were unable to secure his application. A few 
startling facts came to light, however, and while 
it may appear like the story of the fox and the 
grapes, we find that Mr. Scandlan's affiliations 
with a certain financial agency and the office of 
mayor of the town of Basalt prevent his having 
anything to do with labor organizations, and labor- 
ing men in generakare not in his class. 

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No. 4 being late the next morning, we had an 
opportunity to have a few minutes' talk with 
Mr. Bomeman, who, in a great way like Mr, 
Scandlan, does not need the money and Is per- 
fectly satisfied with present-day conditions. As 
to who brought about these conditions, he is un- 
able to say, but presumes they are due to corpora- 
tk>n generosity. It was also learned that Mr. 
Bomeman was instructor in the Modern School 
of Business "ham factory" in Denver prior to 
coming to the Midland, but as the O. R. T. could 
not procure any wage increase on the position, 
it was decided to get into a position where there 
was a chance of securing a betterment of working 
conditions occasionally. We all wish to thank 
our obliging chief dispatcher for arranging relief 
for those who wished to attend the meeting. 

In connection with the small attendance at this 
meeting, I fim led to believe that there is a lack 
of interest on the division, which we should en- 
deavor to overcome, Bro. Jones being the only 
member present from west of Basalt. It is ap- 
parent that the next Second District meeting will 
have to be held at Cardiff. 

Bros. A. C. Ellis, R. W. Coldiron and S. F. 
O'Brien comprise a committee which I have ap- 
pointed to investigate the advisability of holding 
an O. R. T. dance at Leadville. The proposition 
seems to be meeting with popular favor, and if it 
is decided to hold it, the earnest support of the 
entire division is hereby solicited. 

The Second District now has four nons, includ- 
ing the new man at Cardiff. 

F. B. Rose, Local Chairman. 

Western Maryland Ry. 

Western Difision — 

A rousing good meeting was held at the Wind- 
sor Hotel, Cumberland, beginning at 8 o'clock 
Saturday night, December 13th, and lasting until 
the cold, gray dawn of Sunday. The attendance 
was good, four divisions being represented, and 
the meeting was presided over by our worthy 
general chairman, Bro. R. E. Smith. Three local 
chairmen . were present, as was also Bro- E. C. 
Kohlbaugh. our general secretary and treasurer. 

From point of numbers and interest, this was 
one of the best meetings ever held on this system. 
A large number of grievances was investigated, 
testimony taken, and a great many important 
affairs were gone over. 

I am sure that all those who were fortunate 
enough to be able to attend this meeting went 
back to their respective homes with a feeling that 
it was well worth the trouble and with a clearer 
idea of what our Order is and what it stands for, 
and also a better feeling, not only towards our 
k>cal chairmen, but also towards our general com- 

Bro. Smith took the chair and gave us an inter- 
esting and instructive talk on the 'work of the 
Order and what has been accomplished since he 
has been general chairman. A great deal of 

dissatisfaction has been expressed by the brothers 
on this division of the last agreement, taking 
effect May 1st Bro. Smith went over this thor- 
oughly and made the parts which we did not un- 
derstand clear, and while we will all admit it's 
far from being an ideal schedule, it compares 
very favorably with those of other roads having 
two or thOe times as many members as we have. 
Brothers, here is the situation in a nutshell: 
If a general committee goes up with a 62 per cent 
membership, they will get a 62 per cent schedule 
and no more. If they represent 95 per cent of 
the men, they stand a good show of getting a 95 
per cent schedule. There is a moral in this. 

Another highly important subject that was dis- 
cussed was to find some means to provide for a 
paid general chairman. Bro. Smith very gen- 
erously offered his services at the same figure 
he now receives from the company, plus a reason- 
able amount for expenses, but even this we can 
not afford. In plain English, it would mean that 
every man would have to be assessed at the rate 
of $2 monthly over and above what he now pays. 
Of course, this is out of the question, but, after 
a lengthy discussion, it was decided to poll the 
system for a vote, with a view of increasing 
the semi-annual dues to $5 instead of $4, as at 
present, the additional money to be used exclusively 
to pay the general chairman for time lost and 
make it possible for him to visit each district 
three or four times each year to get acquainted 
with the men he represents, holding meetings 
wherever possible, looking up the non-members, 
investigating complaints, and, in fact, doing gen- 
eral missionary work for the benefit of all. 
Brothers, we can not afford a paid general chair- 
man, nor do we need one regularly; but with this 
additional dollar every six months we can have 
him with us at least three times each year for 
several days. Vote for it. 

Another knotty affair that has caused a great 
deal of dissatisfaction on all the lines west of 
Cumberland was discussed; that is: Why the 
company is allowed to ignore our agreement, 
which has been violated in the rankest manner by 
the officials of this division, and the very men 
who have suffered most by these violations have 
done the least to remedy them. 

Brothers, it's no use to air your grievances be- 
fore visiting trainmen or others. They will, of 
course, extend their sympathy, but that's all. 
Your local chairman is in a position to help you, 
and he will do so, but you must, you positively 
must, do your part. If you have a grievance, 
remember, if you iiavc, put it on paper in a plain, 
unbiased way, being careful that you state facts, 
and do not exaggerate. Attach every scrap of 
evidence that can possibly help your cause, and 
send it promptly to your respective local chair- 
men. They will do the rest. Our local chair- 
men have complained of lack of interest in our 
not answering communications in which we were 
asked to express our opinion. Now, brothers, 
this is not fair to the men who represent us. 

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They don't get one cent for this work, and we 
certainly owe them the same courtesy that we 
would extend to a stranger that would write us 
seeking information. Cbrt. 254. 

Texas & Pacific Ry. 

Transcontinental Division — 

We did not have a write-up last month owing 
to the fact that our nice new schedule just went 
into effect November 1st, and we had not adjusted 
ourselves to the situation and neglected to send 
anything in, but we hope to have a nice little write- 
up every month, and I am going to ask each mem- 
ber on the division to consider himself an assist- 
ant correspondent, and send me all the news items 
not later than the 20th of each month, so we can 
get them in on time. The local chairman can't 
do very much good with a write-up unless the ^ys 
send him the news. Any changes, deaths, births 
and anything of interest among the brethren will 
be appreciateid by him. 

We have a splendid schedule and I feel that all 
of the boys appreciate the better working condi- 
tions, such as shorter work days, overtime, seni- 
ority, and, in fact, everything in it is good, and 
I feel that there is due our faithful and efficient 
committee and the O. R. T. a vote of thanks. 

In behalf of the company, I wish to make a 
special request that every member of the Order of 
Railroad Telegraphers live up to the contract in 
every respect. Show our management that we 
appreciate our better working conditions, and put 
forth every effort that we can to increase our use- 
fulness to the company, and do everything in 
our power to increase its revenue and decrease 
the expenses. We agents, especially, can help the 
company save lots of money in the course of a 
year by making ourselves useful and watchful of 
the company's interest. We have every assurance 
the company is going to live up to the contract. 
As far as I can tell, everything has been moving 
along nicely. I have had very few complaints 
so far, and I hope the boys will not be too quick 
to file complaints, and feel sure that if the matter 
is taken up by them with our superintendent that 
mistakes and misunderstandings, in most cases, 
will be rectified. 

In regard to overtime and loss of dinner hour 
every man is respectfully requested to put in 
all of his overtime, and his dinner hour when lost. 
If he does not he is not living up to the contract 
and might as well break any of the other articles 
of the contract, and besides he will be the loser, 
and it is a bad practice to begin. On the other 
hand, I hope none of the boys will act arbitrarily 
in regard to overtime or anything else. We want 
every man on the division to absolutely come 
clean in his dealings with the company, and if 
you are in doubt whether you are expected to do 
a certain piece of overtime work ask the dis- 
patcher about it, as you will not be paid for over- 
time unless you are told to work it. 

Bro. Council, operator and bill clerk at "MS" 
Sherman, was relieved for the holidays by Bro. 
Smith, second Bells tower, and he by E. P. Martin. 

Bro. Woodall, cashier at Honey Grove, bid in 
Windom, relieving Mr. Mason, who returned to 
Ft Worth. Bro. Ebbs, first Honey Grove, while 
laying off, was relieved by Mr. Fitzpatrick. 

It is now Bro. Freeman, agent Nash, and Bro. 
W. J. Slay, agent Doddridge, Ark., also has an 
up-to-date card and $1,000 insurance policy. 

There are still several bosrs along the line that 
are not members, whom we hope will come in dur- 
ing January, as a number of them have promised 
to. If every member would put forth a little 
effort and see that the boys next to him on both 
sides stay solid, we will soon have the T. C. Divi- 
sion as solid as the rock of Gibraltar. Let's do it. 

I hope to be able to give more news next time, 
if the boys will drop ms a line every time they 
hear or learn anything. 

Wish you all a happy and prosperous New Year. 


Eastern Division — 

It should be our aim not to miss having a 
write-up in every issue of Thk Tklegraphir. 
While we have been very busy this month on ac- 
count of flood conditions, we should always find 
time to send in a line or two. 

I am very hopeful, as we are getting in shape 
for great work. We ought to organize a •'Booster 
Club," and make the Eastern Division 100 per cent 
Will you join the good work? I am at your 
service any time, and any matter which comes up 
which you are in doubt about will glady furnish 
you with the information the very best I know 

Everybody keep posted and let me hear from 
you, and especially keep Bro. Montague lined up 
with write-ups, or send them to me. We are 
anxious to know about each other, and we can use 
these columns to keep in touch with each other 
where I cotald not reach you with the same effect 

"Barkis b willing." Are you? 

H. H. HoiFT. L. C, MineoU, Tex. 

lillnois Central R. R. 

Louisiana Division — 

At Hammond, on December 6th, we had the 
biggest meeting for many months; about thirty of 
the faithful were on hand, full of ginger — but 
nothing stronger. 

The recent express negotiations were discussed 
at length; Bros. Rehorst, Allen and Williams 
proved to be the live wires during the "balling." 

The local chairman then took the floor, assert- 
ing that the parcel post had dug the grave of the 
express companies, and the interment would be 
soon, and the only salvation for the agents was to 
stick to the good old O. R. T. ship and boost the 
game, as this would be their only means for 
getting their wages adjusted for the losses in ex- 
press commissions. Legislative committees were 
appointed to have bonding bills presented to the 
Mississippi and Louisiana State legislatures during 
the coming sessions. 

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Before adjouminf Bro. Sam Turner was giren 
a rising vote of thanks for the hospitality and 
conrteous treatment to the visiting members. 

Well, Christmas has departed and we are now 
in the New Year. Nineteen-thirteen has not been 
a bad year by any means; we have done well, and 
it's up to every individual member to make 1914 
a hummer, and the only way to do it is to •*be 
strong and of good courage/' as the Lord told 
Joshua. Now the way to be strong is to stand 
together, shoulder to shoulder; back your gen- 
eral committee to a man; pay your dues promptly, 
and don't make it necessary for the general chair- 
man and the general secretary and treasurer to 
canvas the division and appeal to you personally 
to pay your little dues, and last, but not least, 
have confidence in your general committee; when 
you elect a man to represent you have enough 
confidence in his judgment to back him up — then 
you will get results. 

Bro. Chas. Sl John, who has worked con- 
tinuously in Canton, Miss., oflBce since 1862, was 
the recipient of a substantial Christmas present 
from the I. C. An additional man was put on 
to do "St.V work and the old gentleman was 
told to come down when he felt like it and sit 
around and look wise, draw full pay, and shake 
hands with his friends. Some class, eh? 

General Chairman Mulhall and General Secre- 
tary and Treasurer Shannon went over the divi- 
sion this month, shaking hands with the boys; 
incidentally collecting some back dues and strength- 
ening the machine. They found only two nons, 
much to their surprise. David, the great king, 
once said: *'A11 men are liars," and if he just 
added "and hard to get money out of," he would 
have said a mouthfuL It's strange how some men 
will spend their money for all kinds of trash and 
fooUshness, then neglect to pay their dues; neglect 
their insurance, then die and leave their families 
destitute and ol^ects of charity. "What fools these 
mortals be" is a saying that will live as long as 
the world stands. 

Bro. Clyde Henley, "HN" McComb, Miss., has 
been granted a four months' leave of absence in 
order to attend schopl. The temporary vacancy in 
"MO" is now on bulletin. 

Bro. W. C Smith, agent Tickfaw, La., post- 
poned his vacation until December ISth in order 
to get away for the holidays, Bro. A. K. Ellzey 
relieved bim. 

Bro. O. M. Barbee has given up the ticket 
agency at Hammond and gone on the extra list, 
but with several bulletins out he will soon be a 
"regular" again. 

Bro. J. L Magee, agent Doyle, La., attended bis 
first O. R. T. meeting at Hammond recently and 
enjoyed it immensely. He said: "The operators 
have some smart men amongst them." My I this 
is startling. 

Regret to announce that Bro. E. I. Bordages, 
"BO" in "FD" New Orleans, has been seriously 
ill for some time. Hope he will soon be able to 
resume work. Div. Coa. 


To Dr. C. W. Patterson and Trained Nurses 
Misses Azwell, of Memphis, Tenn., and Perry, of 
Rosedale, Miss., for kind attention during my 
son's last illness; also Mrs. W. A. Shelby, who 
did everything possible for him during the last 
three days of his life. 

Rosedale Masonic Lodge, King's Daughters and 
many friends, I wish to thank for loving deeds 
and tender sympathy during the illness and death 
of my only child. 

He was not afraid to die, but his going has left 
a void in my life which eternity alone can fill. 

To the many friends and strangers who have 
telegraphed and written words of comfort, I have 
no language to express my appreciation; also the 
kind friends who opened their homes to me in my 

I also wish to thank the Vicksburg Division of 
the O. R. T. and H. D. Chaney Chapter O. E. S., 
and other friends, who sent beautiful flowers when 
we laid my boy, Sidney L. Owen, to rest in 
Rosedale Cemetery on Thanksgiving. 

Mas. Ida M. Owbn. 

Rosedale, Miss., December 10, 1913. 

Wisconsin Division — 

Notes for the November journal were sent ik too 
late for that issue and were published in December. 

The first and important item is that our dues 
for the first term of 1914 are now payable. 
Brothers, don't overlook that important duty. 
You owe it to yourself and to your family. A 
double duty. When it comes to separating "the 
sheep from the goats," there will be but mighty 
few goats found on this division. They can all 
be counted on the fingers of one hand and will 
be named in the journal next month. 

With reference to Pretxel City Oub meetings, 
we are compelled to make different arrangements 
regarding a hall, but all will be notified by postal 
when and what change is made. Remember meet- 
ings are held the third Friday of each month. 
Notes of these meetings will appear in the journal 
under the head of Pretxel City Club. Look for 

The gravel pit at Forreston has been closed 
for the season, so Conductor Curran will lose 
many an opportunity to use the telephone. No 
doubt he will feel quite lost. We should worry. 

If any one has "a bee" for sale they should 
communicate with Bro. Pilgcr, at Haldane, as 
he desires to purchase a colony of them, so he 
may have honey for his pan-cakes. When it 
comes to eating honey, he is the real honey-boy. 

Bro. Eiser, former assistant local chairman, 
who has been West several years, is back with 
us again, and now on second La Salle. The fact 
that he served several terms as local chairman on 
the N. P. is ample evidence that he is a live O. 
R. T. wire. Bro. Olsen, of La Salle, is now en- 
joying a visit to the Western Coast, where he 
joined his wife, who has been out there some- 
time. Bro. Gilman, second there, relieved him 
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Bro. Maske, of Rutland, was taken suddenly 
ill and hastened to Chicago, and is now in Mercy 
Hospital. The doctors pronounced it a light case 
of paralysis. We certainly hope the brother a 
speedy and complete recovery. Hro. Neidigh, 
former agent at Burlington, who resigned to enter 
the horse business, is at Rutland during his dull 
season. He worked a short time out on the 
Minnesota Division, but prefers his old-love. 

Mr. O'Toole, Amboy days, is still confined to 
the house by sickness, , and his position has been 
bulletined and awarded to Bro. Sherbert, relieved 
by Bro. Hart. 

Third trick C. G. W. crossing awarded Bro. 
Kickman; agency Munger to Bro. French; third 
Parkway to Bro. Hamwits; agency Blanchardville 
is now bulletined. Whoever gets it will know 
he got something. 

Bro. Cox, "KS," is doing extra dispatching. 
It's plain to be seen that it is not necessary to 
go outside of the ranks of the telegraphers of 
this division to get train dispatchers. There isn't 
a man holding a regular position as dispatcher 
but what came from right off this division. 

Bro. Babbler, of Colvin Park, was relieved a 
few days by Extra Agent Youngblood, a new 
man, who will soon be a full-fledged member. 

New seniority lists will be out in January, and 
each member will be furnished with a copy. 
These will most likely be distributed at the Feb- 
ruary meeting. There will also be an election 
of officers, and we will have with us that night 
two or three general chairmen and secretary-treas- 
urers. Don't miss that ipeeting. Div. Cor. 

Iowa Division — 

All the railroads in the agricultural belt arc 
reaping one of the largest harvests for some time, 
and are using every effort to supply cars to 
move the large grain crop in these sections. 

Bro. A. E. Olsen, car distributor at Cherokee, 
and Bro. King at Claghorn, visited at Sioux City 
recently. The latter also visited at Lcmars. 

Bro. Smith, at Quimby, wishes to know what 
has become of the Reynolds Relay Sounder Co. 
Letter addressed them at Omaha, Neb., recently, 
was returned to him. He wishes to procure one 
of these sounders, and any information along 
this line will be thankfully received. 

Bro. and Mrs. Libby, at Rowena. recently enter- 
tained Bro. Stoker and wife, from Matlock, Bro. 
Olsen and family, from Hills, and Bro. Hatz, 
from East Soo Falls, at dinner. 

Bro. Tierney, "K" office, Cherokee, visited at 
Mauson recently. 

Bro, Olsen and family, at Hills, spent Christmas 
with folks at Alta. 

Bro. and Mrs. Stoker spent Christmas with 
folks at Sheldon. 

Bro. Hill was unable to call a meeting last 
month, on account of so much work, together 
with moving into his fine new depot. 

Bro. EUer, Sioux Falls, visited friends at East 
Soo recently. 

The only position on bulletin is Wilke. Every 

»c is settled down for the winter, as most of the 

boys secured their vacations during the fine 

Bro. F. S. Prater, who relieved Mr. Finch, at 
Ben Clare, is on a visit back lEast with relatives. 

Bro. Robinson is on first Parkersburg, pending 
the arrival of Bro. Calhoun, from Alden, whom 
wc understand secures the trick. 

Have you got your new ^ard? Do not let your- 
self get on the delinquent track, as that is hard 

No word from the Omaha Division this month, 
it is evident this has been too busy a month to 
secure the wanted information, but let them come 
forth next write-up, wc want all the notes from 
the entire division obtainable. 

Have you got your new card? 

Cert. 998. 

St. Louis Division — 

I will be glad if the boys having items will 
mail them to me at Illinois Jet. or to Cairo. 

Bro. Wilson, third Cairo ticket office, called 
to his home near Louisville, Ky., on account of 
the sickness of his father, was relieved by Bro. 
South, of first there, relieved by Bro. Taylor, 
second Ballard Jet., and he h^ Bro. Sanders, from 

The boys at Illinois Jet. have a new office, the 
old one having been enlarged in order to have 
a large switchboard, capable of holding all the 
wires entering Cairo. 

Bro. Cameron, after turning out his whiskers, 
decided he looked too much like a doctor, or too 
fatherly, and had them removed. Bro. H. L. 
Dye, second at Illinois Jet., who spent the sum- 
mer in California, on the Southern Pacific, has 
received a check for $5.20 for fifteen days' back 
pay on account of the* new schedule on that road. 

Chief Dispatcher J. P. Haden, oflf a few days 
gathering his corn and pumpkins, was relieved 
by Mr. Gannon, from Davis tower. 

H. L. Dye, Cert. 966. 

Whereas, It has pleased our heavenly Father 
and all-wise Ruler of the universe to call to her 
reward the beloved wife of our brother, H. S. 
Noble; in manifestation of our grief and fra- 
ternal sympathy be it 

Resolved, That the members^ of St. Louis Divi- 
sion No. 93, Order of Railroad Telegraphers, ex- 
tend to the sorrowing brother and members of 
the afflicted family their sincere and heartfelt sym- 
pathy in their bereavement; and be it further 

Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be 
forwarded to the bereaved brother, a copy spread 
upon the minutes of the division, and a copy for- 
warded to The Railroad Telegrapher for pub- 

F. M. Karraker, 
Rad Burnett, 
R. L. Shannon, 

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Chicago Great Western Ry. 

Northern Dizision — 

Bro. Beatty, third Randolph, off for the holi- 
days, was relieved by Bro. Arthur Logervall, 
relieved as agent Renovo by Fred Johnson, who 
will soon be with us. Bro. Joe Lennon expects 
to take a few weeks off when Bro. Beatty returns. 
Agent Potter, Rich Valley, has resigned, re- 
lieved by Thomas McBride, helper Randolph. 

Bro. C. W. Kbterba, third Kenyon, was away 
during the holidays. 

Bro. Ed Stack, just off the D. M. & X., for- 
merly on Randolph third, is now relieving Mr. 
Mallum on second Hayfield. Glad to have Ed 
with us again. 

Bro. Geo. Sullce, third Taopi, on vacation, was 
relieved by R. R. Kirby, not long in the business. 
His father being a N. P. local chairman, he 
won't be without a card long. 

Bro. Geo. Smock, from the C. M. & St. P., is 
on second £lma while Bro. Dan Lynch is at 
Aha Vista agency. 

Bro. N. E. Latimer, who went to third Hay- 
field last month, has returned to second Sumner. 
relieved by Bro. Griffin, Sumner second. It is 
now Bro. Littell at Sumner third, which makes 
a flolid office of four O. R. T. members, Mr. 
Congdon having resigned. 

Bro. F. M. PickerinfiT. resigned at Oclwein "WI," 
has been a member for years. We arc sorry that 
he is leaving us, but wish him good luck wherever 
he may go. 

Bro. E. O. Jarstad, agent Skyburg, returned 
from his hunting trip in Minnesota's northern 
woods and brought home a nice buck deer. 

Page Brown, first trick W. M. & P. Division 
dispatcher, is on his honeymoon. Don't push; 
there's a cigar for each. 

.\ new year, a new card. Let's all get a new 
member. Everybody be an organizer, and we will 
put a bunch of new names on the books. Don't 
"let George, do it" all. Drum the non working 
with you and the one near you, and results will 
be great- C. E. N. 

Seaboard Air Line Ry. 

.V. C. Division — 

Agency Mt. Holly bid in by Bro. W. J. Todd, 
relieved at agency Hoffman on bid by R. J. Hil- 
dreth, second Keyser. 

Agency Bostic bid in by Bro. W. B. Hillburn, 
new man from the C. C. & O. Ry., relieved 
at agency Kollocks on bid by Bro. J. L. Davis, 
second **HV" Hamlet. 

Agency Moncure bid in by Bro. C. C. Thomas, 
relieved on first Moncure on bid by Bro. T. L. 
C^rdner, agent New Hill, and third Lumberton 
assigned Bro. Rowell. 

Bro. Moore, our local chairman, off a few days, 
was relieved by Bro. Hamilton, and he by Extra 
Bro. Free, relieved by Extra Cox, being called 
home owing to illness in his family. 

N. G. Lcdbelter, first "CQ" Columbia, in city 
ticket agency, relielred by Mr, Rivers, relieved on 

second by Mr. Fennell, and he on third by Bro. 

Bro. Taylorv Vass, off a few days sick, was 
relieved by Bro. Edwards, from second, relieved 
by Bro. Sharpc, who also relieved A. G. Hunter, 
Aberdeen, a few days. 

Bro. C. F. Harris, message operator "H" Ham- 
let, is now operator and extra dispatcher with 
the N. S. Ry. at New Bern, relieved temporarily 
by Extra Phillips, from the W. U. at Charlotte. 

Bro. McDonald, third Marshville, off a few 
days, was relieved by Brcv Free, and Bro. Meares. 
Blaney, while visiting Columbia was relieved by 
Extra Cox. 

Mr. Elfird is the operator added to the rail 
gang loading rail on Hamlet Distrkt. 

Bro. Fisher, second Lumberton, off a few days, 
was relieved by Extra Cowan, and Mr. Capps, 
third Aberdeen, by Bro. Sharpe. 

Extra Huntley is at "X" Johnson street while 
Wilson is switching. 

Bro. Scales, third "DS" Monroe, off a few 
days, was relieved by Mr. Roof, a new man from 
the Southern Ry. 

Bro. Patterson, third Lemon Springs, off a few 
days, was relieved by Extra Cox. 

Mr. Shooter, Cayce, off thirty days deer hunt- 
ing, was relieved by Mr. Roof. Mr. Perry is on 
second Wadesboro pending bulletin. 

C. M. Freeman, agent Aberdeen, while attend- 
ing court, relieved by Mr. Poteet, from Keyser, 
relieved by Mr. Carpenter, a new man from 
the C. & N. W. 

Bro. Powe, agent Lemon Springs, off a few days, 
was relieved by Bro. Maynard, and he on second 
by H. L. Gunter. 

Bro. T. L. Gardner, New Hill, who hurt his 
leg while loading baggage, is being relieved by 
P'xtra Proveaux. 

Bro. Mitchell, second Southern Pines, on vaca- , 
tion, relieved by Bro. Bailey, and he on third by 
Bro. Sharpe. 

Bro. Causey, first Wadesboro, attending court, 
relieved by Bro. Free. 

With the change of time-card and the putting 
on of four more new passenger trains, the "Sea- 
board" has a local schedule equaled by none. 

We can now hold our meetings east, north, 
south or west and have convenient trains to attend. 
Let's have a rousing meeting and get all the boys 
out, make these meetings interesting, put some 
ginger in the boys, and come out and have a good 
time. I sec no reason why we should not hav< 
a big banquet some day or night. Show your 
colors and come out fifty or sixty strong. Don't 
mind a day's **hay;" you can make it up the 
next week. Bring along the new men coming 
to our line. If they haven't a card, we can fix 
them up. If they have a card, drop your local 
chairman or Bro. Cumming a card and give their 
division number, and let's get them transferred 
to the S. A. L. 

Now, a word to you night hawks. "Biz" is 
picking up now, and with the new passenger trains 
on, you have no time to "hit the hay." Stay on 
the job and show what good service an Order 

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man ean give. Aniwer your phone promptly, and 
assist the dispatchers all you can. They will do 
you favors. 

G. R. Grubbs has been assigned third trick dis- 
patcher added to the Hamlet District. Brothers, 
fill out the information blanks sent you promptly 
and return to Bro. Moore. 

Our local chairman, Bro. E. H. Moore, sur- 
prised us by getting married recently. We ex- 
tend to himself and wife our heartfelt congratu- 
lations and trust that they may live many years 
filled with happiness, and that Mrs. Moore may 
inspire the ladies of this division to wake up to 
the Ladies* Auxiliary to the O. R. T., and thereby 
be a great boon in furthering the interest of the 
men and women on this division. 

Now, let's all remit our dues to Bro. Gumming 
at once and thereby keep our cards up to date; 
also keep the insurance policies in effect. Re* 
member that we have th^ best and cheapest insur- 
ance known, and the insurance alone is worth our 
entire membership fees. So let's encourage Bro. 
Gumming by being prompt in all things, and 
make him feel that his efforts among tis are re- 
ceived with gladness and appreciation on our 
part Bro. Gumming has done a splendid work 
for us, and we are almost solid, am glad to report. 
Let's begin the year by showing Bros. Moore 
and Gumming that we are co-laborers with them 
in everything, and that we will strive to make 
this division a blessing to ourselves and an honor 
to the Seaboard Air Line Railway. 

Remember that promotion comes only to tliose 
who show ability for increased responsibility, and 
don't try to see how little you can do and hold 
your job, but see how much you can do to make 
the road popular with the public, and never fail 
to put in a word for your road when you see it 
on trial for its merits or demerits. Each of us 
should feel that we have a personal interest at 
stake and that we^are held largely responsible for 
the service by the company and the public; so 
let's strive as individuals to keep down every com- 
plaint fro{n any source. 

I hope that not a single O. R. T. man will be 
dismissed from the service this winter for sleep- 
ing on duty and stopping the limited. Boys, you 
know what it means to stop this train. Don't let 
any complaint come from this source. Don't touch 
a drop of liquor. The few dismissed from the 
service because of drink, I am glad to say, were 
not O. R. T. men. Such men are a menace to 
the railroad and a disgrace to the profession. 
Alcohol and railroads can't work in harmony. 

A happy New Year to you all. 

R. H. GuNNiKGHAM, Div. Gor., Gert. 197. 

Florida Division — 

Bro. J. G. Sale, agent Bronson, has resigned and 
entered the service of the Levy Go. Abstract Go., 
succeeded by G. S. Hickson, from Otter Greek, 
and he by Bro. W. J. Tillman. We all wish Bro. 
Sale the best of luck in his new venture. Later 
Bro. Hickson went into the drug business in 
Gedar Key, succeeded by Sister Miss M. Sasser, 
from Willeston. 

Third Archer abolished on account of the joint 
agency being discontinued, both the S. A. L. 
and A. G. L. now having separate depots. 

Superintendent Parsons, Trainmaster Pritchett 
and Oaims Adjuster Witt' spent an afternoon 
fishing recently, guests of Bro. G. P. Graham. 
A fine time ftnd a good catch was reported. 

Miss Eagan, agent Gampville, has returned from 
a pleasant vacation spent in Buffalo. Glad to have 
her back, as she is always "on the job," and be- 
sides, she is an exquisite little lady. 

Braddock decided third Ocala was good enough 
for him, and did not go to Femandina as con- 
templated. We are glad he did not go. Adams, 
second Ocala, while off owing to the illness of 
some of his folks was relieved by Mr. Lemer. 

We are glad to say that Trcket Agent Boisseau 
has joined our ranks and is now a hot O. R. T. 
man. He says he now realizes the strength there 
is in unionism. If only a few others could see 
it that way, we would not only have strength, but 
power and justice. 

Business is picking up right along, and we hope 
the boys will, as usual, "hit the ball" and keep 
things moving through the rush. Understand the 
schedule of our limited is to be made faster soon, 
in order to compete with the A. G. L. between 
Jax and Tampa. That will undoubtedly hold 
our business and get us more, as we already have 
the most popular route. Div. Goa., Gert. 854. 

Ulster & Delaware R. R. 

Telegrapher McDermott, of Grand Gorge, re- 
lieved Bro. Griffin at Halcottville while off on 
important business. 

Bro. Hedges, at Mt. Pleaesant, off on account 
of sickness, was relieved by Telegrapher Burger, 
who will join as soon as he geU steady work. 

Agent Smith, at East Meredith, was off two 
weeks, relieved by T. Ennist; Bro. Tucker, at 
Davenport Genter, by Mr. Falk, and Bro. Todd, 
at Arkville, by Bro. .Gartman, relieved by Teleg- 
rapher Kingfield. 

Dispatcher Leipold, on six months' leave, is 
now working in Florida, relieved by Gopier Gud- 
ney, working nights, and Bro. Winchell working 
as copier. Dispatcher Decker is working the sec- 
ond trick. 

Telegrapher Marks lost his wife recently and is 
left with a one-year-old child. He was relieved 
during her illness and death by Bro. Winchell and 
"Bunk" Brophy. He has "bur sympathy, and we 
hope he will join us and become a brother. 

Mr. Falk relieved at South Kortright while 
Bro. Snyder was on vacation. 

Bro. James Joyce and his brother Mike are 
living in Kingston while their house is being built. 
Bro. Lawrence Joyce expects to build his house 
some time in the spring. 

Bro. T. Ennist relieved Bro. Roosa at Gold 
Brook for two weeks. 

Bro. Morris, Markson, has gone South for the 

Bro. Kcator, agent at Edgewood last summer, 
is now with the O. & W. at Franklin, N. Y. 

uigitizea Dy '^^jOOQiC 

The Railroad Telegraphek. 


jfro. Peter Leming, of Phoenicia, while consult- 
ing the doctor at Kingston was relieved by Agent 

Boys, have you paid your dues yet? Do it now. 

Wish so/ne of the boys would send me some 
news occasionally.. My aeroplane is broken and 
I am unable to cover the line every day to get 
all the items. Therefore, I need some assistance. 

Happy New Year to all. There is nothing 
which life has to offer so satisfying as the pro- 
found good understanding which exists between 
the brothers of this division, each of whom is syre 
of himself and sure of his friends. **Iki.** 

Duluth, South Shore A Atlantic Ry. 

It is now Bro. Abby at Nestoria second, and 
Scewartz says he will soon be with us. The boys 
at Nestoria are getting busy. Let us all follow 
in their footsteps. Bro. J. J. Stevens, formerly 
on second there, is again with us at Sidnow. 

Bro. Peck, of Dollar Bay, is enjoying a two 
weeks' vacation, relieved by Bro. Wubbena, of 
Lanse, and he by Mr. Derocher. 

C. W. Young. Ewen nights, is now agent at 
An Train, and Bro. Anderson, who Mr. Young 
relieved, is at Ewen nights. 

Bilson and McMillian are up for bids. 

Div. Cor. 

"Soo Line" Ry. 

We are closing the most prosperous year in 
the history of our division. There have been more 
members added to our rolls during the past year 
than ever before in a like period. At the close 
of the year, it gives officers of the division great 
pleasure to announce to the entire membership 
that we have more members in good standing than 
we have ever had. Our financial condition is in 
the best shape that it ever has been. The credit 
of these excellent conditions is given to the entire 
membership, as well as the ofHcers of the division. 

In the past year the members have taken more 
interest in the organization than they ever have 
manifested in the past by securing applications. 
This, to a great extent, accounts for our great 
gain in members during the year. 

We have all done our duty in the year just 
closed, and the officers desire to thank the entire 
membership for the aid and loyal support that they 
have been given in the past. 

Beginning with the New Year, let's all of us 
exert ourselves just a little more than we have 
done in the past. If we will do this, there is no 
doubt but what we can have a better showing at 
the end of the coming year. 

We have a few nons left on the system, and in 
order to make our percentage reach the 100 per 
cent mark, we will continue to allow every member 
a credit on their dues of $2.00 for every applica- 
tion that they secure and turn in to the secretary 
and treasurer, accompanied with the necessary 
amount, which during the various months are: 
January or July, $11.50; February or August, 

$10.35; March or September, $9.20; April or 
October, $8.00; May or November, $6.85; June or 
December, $5.65. These amounts pay up to June 
30th or December 31st, exclusive of the insur- 
ance. The applicant pays nothing for his insur- 
ance until he receives his policy. The cost of the 
insurance is: One thousand dollars, $7.20; five 
hundred dollars, $3.60; three hundred dollars, 
$2.40 per year; payable half of the above amounts 
the first of the year and July 1st each year in 
advance. Please keep these figures for reference 
to be used when you secure an application. In 
case you lose them you can ascertain the correct 
amount to collect from the general secretary and 
treasurer, or the general chairman. 

Again thanking the entire membership for the 
aid that they have rendered to their officers in the 
past, we earnestly request each member to assist 
us in the future. 

If we will all get out and lend a helping hand, 
we can reach the 100 per cent mark within the 
next six months. 

Do not abuse the poor nons, but try to con- 
vince them that it is to their interest to support 
the organization. Get to work on the non in 
the office with you. He is enjoying the benefits 
that you are paying for, and it is no more than 
justice that he should help bear the expense. 

The organization does not owe a single man that 
is following the profession for a living a cent; 
while, on the other hand, every man is indebted 
to the organization for at least his membership in 
order to help pay for the benefits he has been 
enjoying at the expense of the loyal members. 

Wish every member and his family a happy 
New Year. Cirt. 94. 

Chicago Division, First and Second Districts — 

Bro. V. B. Wells, third Kelze, off sick, later 
resigned, relieved by J. F. Callahan, and he 
later by J. R. Ibsen on bid, relieved on third 
Medina Jet. by C. J. Wightman, later by O'Mara. 
Ibsen has promised to qome in with the New Year. 
Bro. P. H. Clark, first Kolze, off a few days, was 
relieved by J. F. Callahan. The new station and 
hotel there are nearing completion. 

Bro. L. E. Kruger, third Grays Lake, off a few 
days on account of sickness, was relieved by 
O'Mara, who later went to third Medina Jet. 

Bro. A. R. Lund, second Lake Villa, on vaca- 
tion, spent Christmas in Minneapolis, relieved by 
Shrier. Bro. A. K. Satterfield, third Lake Villa, 
while visiting relatives in Waupun, was relieved 
by P. J. Weber, later by ex-Bro. Nick Schesser. 

H. L. Lepinski bid in third Burlington; C. T. U.- 
Bro. D. L. McCoy bid in ''FN" nights, relieved 
on third Rugby Jet. by Bro. Thos. ICarr, he on 
second there by Ncudeck for one day, then re- 
signed, relieved by Bro. Karr, he on third by P. 
J. Weber, later by C. A. Cook, he by Nick 
Schesser for two days, who then resigned, relieved 
by Bro. Karr, he on second by Bro. A. N. Theisen, 
relieved on first there by P. J. Weber. Later, A. 
H. Lapoint bid in third Rugby Jet., Bros. Theisen 
and Karr going back on first and second, the 
latter on bid. 

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The Railroad Telegrapher. 

F. E. Buttke, first Shops yard, off sick, relieved 
by P. J. Weber, he by F. J. Dehor, relieved by 
J. F. Callahan, who later resigned by request, 
relieved by P. J. Weber, and he by J. McDonald. 

Ex-Bro. J. H. Burns, car distributor at Shops, 
off over Christmas, relieved by P. J. Weber. 

Bro. H. S. Day goes to Medina Jet. second on 
bid as soon as relieved as agent at State Hospital. 

W. Riddehough, agent Fremont, off a few days, 
was relieved by John Gutman, from second Col- 
gate, closed temporarily. 

Bro. Frank Runte bid in first Waupaca, re- 
lieved on third there by Bro. I. B. Erickson on 
bid,, and J. A. Anthony bid in Custer agency. 

Bros. Leek, Lund and Theisen sent in items 
this month. Thanks, come again. 

Jack Frost, Div. Cor. 

Minnesota Division — 

Canulcn Place — Bro. Leo Hanson, on short, 
vacation, was relieved by Leo Grinney, third 



Loretta — Bro. E. E. Blair resigned third to 
accept agency at Fairmount, N. D., with the F. 
& V. Ry., relieved by O. White, later resigned, 
relieved by E. J. Hughes. We wish Earl success. 

Buffalo — Mr. Yow on third, formerly third at 

South Haven — Bro. .\. J. Schlink made his 
annual trip to Brooten to take in the Norwegian 
Hailing Steve, and reports having a "gude ol' 

Watkins — Bro. E. Gilland bid in third, reliev- 
ing Bro. Leo Solinski. 

Etlcn Valley — Bro. E. J. Harlin bid in agency, 
relieving Bro. C. L. Boylen, resigned, who went 
with the Equity Co-operative Grain Exchange at 
Minneapolis. Chas. is a hustler and will make good 
in his new field. 

Lintonville — Bro. A. J. Bauman bid in Manfred 
agency, relieved by Bro. G. L. Hills, third Payncs- 
ville, on bid. 

Brooten — ^J. W. Wilson, from Chicago Division, 
relieved Bro. C. E. Kitner on third, transferred 
to second Ambrose. Mr. Wilson promised to 
secure card this pay day. 

Sedan — Bro. E. E. Johnson, on vacation, re- 
lieved by Mr. Beird, a new man. 

(ilenwood — Bro. Edgar Formoe bid in second, 
formerly second "BK." Bro. E. }. Yapp, former 
agent Columbus, bid in the agency here. Back at 
the old stand where the chance for work does not 
go begging. 

Hoffman — Mr. Connell, from the C. G. W., re- 
lieving Bro. Harlin temporarily. 

Elbow Lake — M. P. 0*Hare relieved on first, 
trick abolished, and went to Dalton, Ga.; Bro. W. 
T. Mclver, from the W. & P. Division, on second; 
W. I. Jacobson on third, who has in his appli- 

Nashua — Second and third abolished for the 
winter. Bro. De Bore with a helper doing "CN" 

Fairmount — Bro. Payne lost two clerks, owing 
to the slack of !»usiness, which makes things lively 
for "Bill/' 

Enderlin — Second Trick Dispatcher E. M. War- 
burton, on vacation, was relieved by Mr. Hufiing- 
ton. The three side table operators are now 
handling train orders at "RD," with Bro. L B. 
Iverson, Mr. Johnson and Mr. Ovcrsjreet doing 
the tricks. 

Courtenay — Bro. Hartho resigned to accept a 
position with a bank. Sorry to see Ted leave and 
wish him the best of success. 

Minot — Bro. J. E. McCullough, accompanied by 
Bro. E. J. Ringstrom, of Brooten, journeyed to 
Minneapolis to take in the Chicago-Minnesota 
football game, and both enjoyed the short time 
they were absent from their strenuous duties. 

Columbus — Bro. M. L. Foreman assigned the 
agency after several months as relief agent, re- 
lieving Bro. E. J. Yapp, transferred to Glenwood 
agency. \ 

Kermit — Bro. Davies, agent, doing nicely hand- 
ling the buzzer quite well. Hope he will stick 
it out. 

•Ambrose — Bro. G. Yoe bid in Buffalo, Bro. D. 
T. Phillips resigned, gone back East. Work train 
on construction work, Ambrose extension, pulled 
off for the season. 

A. W. Shepherd, trainmaster Third and Fourth 
Districts, transferred to C. T. D. *'A" office Min- 
neapolis, relieved by T. C. Loftus, former train- 
master First and Second Districts, succeeded by 
W. H. Corbett, who was C. T. D. '^A" office 
Minneapolis a number of years. 

Thanks to the brothers for sending us the news 
items. Keep it up and we will have a monthly 
write-up. Cert. 124. 

Dulitth-Superior Diiision — 

Business on our division has been pretty brisk 
and operators have been in demand on account 
of the opening up of several new night and day 
offices along the Plummer and Brooten Lines. 
Few of these new men belong to the Order. The 
new positions, some of them choice jobs have not 
been bulletined an-i men with practically no rights 
have been placed on these positions desired by 
brothers with considerable seniority. Calls for 
bulletin have been disregarded. It's high time 
we were awakening to the fact that our appeals 
have been without consideration. 

.\ grievance should be framed and sent to our 
local chairman calling for bulletin of all vacancies 
and new positions, and requesting respect for 
seniority. Let us be up and doing; do not delay 
longer; act now I 

Bro. E. L. Allen, former division relief agent, 
bid in Moose Lake competitive agency permanently, 
a very responsible position. He carries with him 
our best wishes for success. 

Agent .\. A. Seeman, Onamia, resigned, suc- 
ceede<l by T. W. Clark, relieved on second by Bro. 
Drumm, from the C. & N. W. One more brother, 

It is now Bro. H. IC. Duffy, a very popular and 
desirable member who will take an active interest 
in our organization. 

H. T. Titus has returned from a vacation to 
Solana agency. We have his promise, boys. Do 
noi let him escape. 

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The Railroad Telegrapher. 


Bro. Clark, third "SA," called home owing to 
his mother's illness, was re'icved by Bro. Bniss, 
anl he on second by Bro. Uokenson, just returned 
from the West. 

I ronton agency opened up by Bro. C. V. Dens- 
more, of third "SO," formerly with the Mo. Pac. 
in Nebraska. 

Bro. Hazen has returned from a visit at Stevens 
Point to first "Q,** with bis wife. They have our 
best wishes for a happy union. Bro. Roderick, 
second "Q," to Solana second; later to third **JD," 
relieved by Bro. Fogarty, from the Winnipeg Divi- 
sion. Mr. Sprague, who relieved Mr. Nagle, sec- 
ond "JD," resigned, was relieved on third for 
Thanksgiving by S. Martin, who later went to 
Palisade second, S. Jones going to third. We 
should see that Jones and Martin have a pressing 
invitation to join. 

Bro. Ballon, first "BX," to "BG" second on 
December 17th on emergency. J. H. McKnite is 
now on first "BG," with D. C. Burnside on third, 
and Mr. Millgard, a new man^ on second. Here's 
a good chance for missionary work, brothers. 

Bro. H. E. Duffy, now on first "M.\;" Bro. 
Shertler on second; Bro. Johnson, pf first "MA,** 
to "JD" first; Bro. Sabine, of first "JD" going to 
third "MA." 

Bro. Dave Swan, second Ironhub, to Solana 
second, relieving Bro. Roderick. 

"RO," Cert. 941. 

C, R. I. A P. Ry. 

Dakota Dkision — 

There were fourteen present at the Iowa Falls 
meeting, December 17th, from the Dakota and 
Minnesota Divisions. 

General Secretary and Treasurer Bro. Mcador 
gave us a good talk on the schedule. A good many 
of the brothers did not understand it, and had not 
been getting what was coming to them. 

There should have been some of the brothers 
from the Forest City branch in Iowa Falls, but 
none showed up. They missed a good time, also 
a good chance to get acquainted with some of the 
other brothers. We hope at the next meeting we 
can draw a better crowd. 

On December 18th we held a meeting at Esther- 
ville and had a fine crowd, about twenty-five of 
the brothers being there. We also had the divi- 
sion officials there, except Mr. Rosser, he being in 
l)es Moines and could not get there. 

Bro. Meador was also at Estherville. and wc 
expected Bro. Brown, but he was tied up in Chi- 
cago on committee business and could not get 

\V> are planning on holding another meeting at 
Estherville in the near future and hope Bro. 
Brown will be able to attend. 

It would be nice if we could hold meetings at 
Estherville regularly, get a hall and have a regu- 
lar date for holding it, and every brother come 
and help to get a crowd and have a good meeting 
every month. If you had been to that meeting 
you sure would have had a good time and wouM 

have wanted to come again. Get to the next one 
and then you won't want to miss any of them. 

Bro. Meador explained the schedule to the bunch 
and some of the brothers found they had not been 
getting all that was coming to them also. 

Mr. Peterson promised to get the bulletins out 
regularly from now on; they will be out about 
the 5th and 20th, so if you don't get one about 
that time, drop Mr. Rosser's office a note. It 
may be that they had missed you in mailing them 

The seniority list will be made up the first of 
the year, and one will be mailed to every office. 
If you don't get one, ask for it. 

Mr. Peterson said he had been having trouble 
with the "505" report, some of the agents not 
making them out right. Now, this is a simple 
report, and should be made out correctly. If 
there is anything that you don't understand about 
it, ask Mr. Rosser's office, and they will make 
it plain to you. 

Mr. Callender said some had not been making 
out the overtime slips right, some of them show- 
ing that the hours-of -service law had been vio- 
lated. This law should not be violated, and if 
your slips show that it has been, Mr. Callender 
will send them back to you for correction, asking 
you to show time off for meals which you all 

When you hear of another meeting at Esther- 
ville, all of you get there who possibly can. A 
vote of thanks was extended Mr. Rosser for his 
efforts in letting the brothers off, so this meeting 
would be a success, also for holding No. 923 one 
hour and forty-five minutes for the boys from the 
west end. 

C. J. Wilson, former superintendent Dakota 
Division, was also extended a vote of thanks for 
his kindness in furnishing us a room in the Gards- 
ton Hotel, and then would not take anything 
for it. 

Bro. Langton and agent Rath, from the M. & 
St. L., and Bro. Maher, who is farming now but 
still holds an O. R. T. card, were present. 

Bro. Meador can sure give us the "dope" on 
the schedule. We enjoyed his visit very much. 
The only thing about him is that he sleeps too 
loud. I was several rooms from him and could 
hear him sleeping very plainly, but can forgive 
him for that if he keeps on working as hard in 
the future as he has in the past. We have a goo<l 
man for G. S. & T., and we hope to have him at 
some of our future meetings. 

Bro. Manby, relieved at Clarion by Bro. Story, 
from Germania, has gone to Ocheyedan as agent, 
Bro. Sturdevant relieving at Germania. Operator 
position at Luverne cut off. 

Bro. Lockwood is relieving at West Bend pend- 
ing bulletin. Did not learn where Bro. Paterson 
is going. 

"Ye Scribe" was relieved on second Dows, 
December 18th, while attending the meeting at 
Estherville, by Mr. Bellman, former agent at 

If any of the brothers are short on their pay- 
roll any time, take it up at once with Mr. Ros- 

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The Railroad Telegrapher. 

set's office, and if he can not ^t it adjusted, take 
it up with our local chairman. We want alt that 
is coming to us, and this is sometimes the only 
way to get it. 

Get after the nons and keep them going. Show 
them that this is the only hope for them. Let us 
see if we can't make the Dakota Division solid. 
You all have a list of them. Keep it on your 
table, and be careful where you give your favors. 
We have a few "hardshells" on the Dakota Divi- 
sion. Remember them when they want a favor. 
We favor them enough in the schedule without 
giving them any favors in their work. Save your 
favors for some brothers, and the nons will soon 
see their way clear to come in. 

I suppose all of you read of the "Royal Mooch- 
ers' Convention" in the November journal. You 
should remember that we have quite a few of 
them on this division. Remember them when they 
ask for something, and tcU them to get it from 
some of the other "Moochers." 

Time has come for the payment of dues for 
the term ending June 30th, and get them in not 
later than the February pay-day, also the M. B. D. 
to Bro. Quick then, so you will be in good stand- 
ing all the time. 

Remember that in the last schedule nearly all the 
men who did not get a raise were nons. Don't 
drop out, for we may cut all the nons out of the 
schedule next time. Even if you did not get any 
increase on the last schedule, it should be worth 
something to know that what you are now getting 
is being protected — to know that they can not cut 
your salary; even by cutting out the wires it re- 
mains the same. One operator pulled off at Sib- 
ley, Bro. Stanley going to Laurens, relieving Bro. 
Gashel, who bid in White. 

On account of reduction in force, two clerks 
were pulled off in the superintendent's office at 
Estherville, also a clerk in the master mechanic's 
office, the assistant car distributor and "CT" 80 
clerk in the chief dispatcher's office. Mr. Win- 
grave, of third Estherville. was bumped by his 
friend from Indiana, Mr. Stagg, extra dispatcher. 
Mr. Stagg was in Indiana for the holidays, re- 
lieved by Mr. Wingrave. 

Mr. Peterson, agent Ottosen, has promised to 
get a card. The brothers »hould see that he does 
this, and then line up the one remaining agent 
between Iowa Falls and Estherville — the agent at 
Popejoy. Div. Cor. 

IVest hrwa Division — 

Bro. H. O. Lorenzen, first Atlantic, is now back 
to work, after a couple of weeks' duck hunting 
in the northern part of the Sute, but Otto was 
rather unsuccessful on account of the deep snow. 
He was relieved by Bro. M. E. Wallace, and he 
by Bro. J. H. Redmond, the latter now being in 
the neighborhood of Minneapolis. 

W. P. Barrett is now in "H" Council Bluffs. 
We hope "Bill" is getting better of the rheumatism 
he has had for some time and will soon be able 
to get that new card, as he was benefited this time 
with just as much as the boys with up-to-dates. 

Bro. W. J. Edwards has resigned as general 
secretary and treasurer, succeeded by Bro. Meador. 
Here's wishing Bro. Meador the best of success. 
Let every member do all he can to assist him, 
and "keep the ball rolling." Sorry to see Bro. 
Edwards leave us, as it is partly due to his efforts 
that we received our last raise. 

We were all very glad to learn of the raise, 
which took effect the first of November, espe- 
cially the nons and delinquents, as Mr. Non has 
it figured out he is getting something for nothing. 
He should use a little reason, think this thing over 
and get in line, as it is a serious question. With 
$2.50 to $5.00 raise each time, where can he make 
a better investment than to have an up-to-date 
card. Every new schedule brings him twice and 
sometimes four times the amount of such an in- 
vestment. It is a benefit to him and his family, so 
start the new year right by getting a card. If he 
would lend his wife the money, she would surely 
get him an up-to-date card for a New Year's 

Wish you all a happy New Year. 

L. E. H., Cert. 1449. 

St. Louis Division — 

Bro. Fred Biller bid in Centaur ageijcy. 

Chas. Allen, formerly on this division, who has 
been away for some time, is again with us, and 
relieved Bro. R. E. Barthram at Stover, on vaca- 
tion. Later he bid in Leslie nights. 

Bro. Danbury has returnjed from his vacation, 
which, by mistake in last month's items, was called 
his honeymoon. We are sorry for this error, and 
ask his pardon for injuring his feelings in this 

Bro. C L. Hatler, of Barnett, is on his honey- 
moon trip through the western Sutes. Heartiest 

Sorry to report Bro. H. S. Bolander on the sick 
list, and truly hope he will soon be well and able 
to sign the well-known "BO" at "DO." He is 
being relieved by Bro. W. L. Monegan. 

Wonder what's the attraction at El Reno that's 
drawing the attention of Bro. Stephens. 

We are sorry to hear that our traveling freight 
agent, Mr. Morton, has been transferred to an- 
other division in Kansas, and hope it will only 
be temporary, and that he will be with us again 
soon. B. Weaver takes his place on this division. 

Boys, if you would like to have a good, inter- 
esting write-up, send us some news. If it's but 
a line or two it will help and be appreciated. 
Let's hear from some of you gentlemen the com- 
ing month. 

Wish everyone on the St. Louis Division a happy 
New Year. P. M. A., Cert. 1773. 

Missouri Division — 

We congratulate Bro. K. F. Little, third Prince- 
ton, who was married to one of AUerton's most 
highly accomplished and esteemed young ladies. 

R. G. Fox, Seymour second, off on account of 
his father's illness, was relieved by S. O. Carr. 
Bro. P. V. Cox relieved on Sejrmour third a few 

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Tbe Railroad Tblegrapber. 


days, made vacant, we understand, on account of 
the hich cost of board. 

C P. Feclemeycr relieved M. J. Fox, Princeton 
second, on vacation. Queer how these boys can 
take vacations when they are delinquent. 

Udell is solid again — Bro. P. E. Rouch, agent 
and first; D. E. Cox, second* R. J. Underwood, 
third. Who can beat it? 

Bro. C H. Turner relieved Bro. L. J. White, 
agent Spickards, while on vacation. 

Mrs. Frazier, agent East Pleasant Plain, is 
entertaining a new girl at her home. Can't some- 
one persuade Mrs. Frazier to unite with us? 

Bro. G. N. Garrett, agent Unionville, was re- 
lieved December 10th by Mr. Bun ton, and departed 
for Memphis, Tenn., it's rumored, to take unto 
himself a better half. 

Bro. Rouch, after a sixty-day vacation in quest 
of the elusive quail, returned to work Decem- 
ber 5th. 

Bro. Turner relieving Bro. Barnett, at Letts, 
while off to get married. I wonder where the 
matrimonial bureau is located. 

Bro. Cartwright, extra third Jamesport, relieved 
by L. A. McShane, a new man. Sorry to lose 

Bro. Harry Moore, Amity, off a few days, was 
relieved by Bro. P. V. Cox, who also relieved 
at Altamont agency a few days and later relieved 
second trick man at AUerton. 

Mr. Johnson is back at "SY" for a few days. 
When asked to line up he's always broke. Bro. 
J. M. Boose, "SY" second, off a few days, was 
relieved by Bro. F. A. Moore. Bro. J. W. Boose 
is back on the "yob," A. R. Eberline going to 
Belknap a few days, later relieved Bro. Porter, 
who went home sick with the mumps. 

C P. Seymour, Troy, has gone to Kansas, re- 
lieved by A. C. Kemlc, a new man, who promised 
to come in January 1st. 

Rushville is solid, with Bros. F. Blackburn, J. E. 
Ouellet and A. E. Loe. 

Expect to have all the Winthrop staff operators 
in with us by January Ist. 

Bro. N. J. Chinn, second Beverly, is being re- 
lieved six weeks by Bro. C. C. Porter. We are 
glad to see him well and back with us again. 

We had a fine meeting at Trenton on Saturday 
night, December 13th, there being about fifty 
present. These meetings will be held the second 
Saturday night in each month, and want you all 
to attend. 

Bro. C H. Meador was with us at this meeting. 
Bro. Brown was called to Chicago on grievances 
and was unable to be present. 

The new men are coming here fast. Watch 
them, brothers, and let*s get them either trans- 
ferred, if np to date, or have them join us. This 
is a job we all can get in on. If you haven't the 
time to write these men, please drop your local 
chairman a card, advising their names and ad- 
dresses, so he can look after them. 

"BO," Div. Cor. 

General OMces — 

Topeka — ^The merry yuledde is with us again, 
the ground is mantled with a thick coat of the 
"beautiful" and we should be happy. 

Sunday night, December 14th, while the monthly 
meeting of the Topeka Club was in progress a 
hurry-up telephone call came for Bro. Carver. He 
left without any explanation and much specula- 
tion was indulged in as to the cause of his hasty 
departure. Matters were cleared up on the fol- 
lowing day, however, when Bro. Carver showed up 
at the office with a box of good cigars under his 
arm and told us "He weighs seven and a half 
pounds and signs 'A'." 

The sympathy and condolence of the entire force 
were extended to Sister Brown in her recent 
bereavement, caused by the death of her father. 

Bros. Allen and Hamilton are resting up at 
present on account of a reduction in force, oc- 
casioned by the installing of the Morkrum printers. 
Thtse printers, with the assistance of Assistant 
Suoeriniendent Wray, a Morkrum expert. Manager 
Whitney and seven girls manage to handle some 
business. More in point of numbers than the 
two men laid off, and some of the messages are 
almost readable, and the expense, as well as the 
delay, is three or four times what it would be to 
handle it by operators. 

Attendance at the meeting of the Topeka Club 
on December 14th was very small. The brothers 
should not think because we have received a little 
raise in salary and a revised schedule that it vrill 
not be necessary to take any further interest in 
the Order until time for other negotiations. We 
should be working all the time and laying plans 
for future campaigns. 

Bro. Rice, recently of "KI," is at Herington 
relay office extra. 

Bro. Hamilton, who spent Christmas with his 
mother and daughter down in Missouri, relieved 
Bro. O'Grady while the latter spent the holidays 
with home folks in Dawson, Neb. 

Wire -Chief Jones, of Trenton, who made a short 
visit in "KI" the latter part of December, says he 
is coming in some of these days. 

General Chairman Brown and General Secretary 
and Treasurer Meador have fitted up nice head- 
quarters at 314 New England Building, Topeka, 
Kan., and the latchstring is always hanging on the 
outside. Brothers visiting Topeka should drop 
in and talk things over with them. They are 
always welcome. 

Trenton, Mo. — Bro. Peyton, off a few days 
bunting rabbits, filled the rear apartment of his 
Ford the first day out. 

Bro. Brewer's ankle is still troubling him, caus- 
ing him to lose considerable time. 

Bro. Davenport visited his wife and children 
in St. Louis New Year. They have a daughter 
in a sanitarium at that place. 

Bro. McClain is enjoying the sunny clime of 
Tennessee and Florida. 

Bro. Powers goes to St. Joe every other Sunday 
to spend a few hours with home folks. 

Saturday, December 13th, there was held in 
Trenton one of the largest and most enthusiastic 

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meetings ever held on the Missouri Division. The 
relay boys had taken special pains to advertise 
this meeting, agitating strenuously for ten days, 
and the result was all that could be expected. 

The meeting was called to order by Bro. Cazcli, 
acting chairman, and the opening address by Bro. 
Brewer in point of oratory was a masterpiece. 

A short time after the meeting was called to 
order General Secretary and Treasurer Meador 
and Local Chairman Plum led in a large delega- 
tion from the west, which arrived on No. 12. This 
addition to the crowd filled the hall to its capacity. 

Bro. Brewer was followed in his address by 
Bros. Plum and Abernathy, who explained the 
unknown "joys'* of a local chairman. 

Visiting ex-Bro. Jackson, formerly local chair- 
man on the Missouri Division, now retired from 
the railroad business, gave some very interesting 
comparisons between conditions of today and the 

Bro. Meador thtn took ^he floor and (explained 
in some detail the manner of schedule procuring, 
as used in the recent negotiations, and at the 
same time poured some oil on the troubled waters 
of a local dissatisfaction. 

Bro. Parker, from Hickory Creek, with the 
Missourian's usual foresight, fortified the bunch 
for the ordeal before them, by sneaking from the 
hall and returning with a sack of large, juicy 

The following brothers were among those pres- 
ent: Abernathy, Columbus Jet.; Brown, Fairfield; 
Coulter, Centerville; Friend, Numa; Simonds and 
Little, Princeton; Short, Mill Grove; Cousins, 
Clio; J. A. Irvin, J. A. Nysat, F. H. Strong, 
Winston; J. F. Hanley, Edgerton; W. H. Plum, 
Edgerton Jet., and H. Boyd, from "RX." 

Cekt. 1927. 

Whereas, It has pleased our heavenly Father 
and all-wise Ruler of the universe to call to his 
reward the beloved father of our sister, Genevieve 
M. Brown; in manifestation of our grief and 
fraternal sympathy, be it 

Resolved, That the member? of the Topcka O. 
R. T. Club and Division 126, Order of Railroad 
Telegraphers, extend to the sorrowing sister and 
members of the afflicted family their sincere and 
heartfelt sympathy in their sad bereavement, and 
be it further 

Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be 
forwarded to the bereaved sister, a copy spread on 
the minutes of this club, and a copy forwarded 
to The Telegrapher for publication. 

R. A. Powell, 
C. W. Hattwick, 
W. V. O'Grady, 
_^ Committee. 

Arkansas Division — 

The writer did not get any news from his as- 
sistant correspondents. Hope they will come 
across next time. 

J. R. Sangster, at Danville so long, has gone 
to' Brinkley. Bro. A. P. Colvin relieved him. 

Bro. Harbison, agent Magazine, was relieved 
by Bro. G. D. Lee, from Germania, to spend 
Christmas with Pa and Ma, whom he has not 
seen for ten years. If all the boys Vcre of the 
caliber that Bro. Harbison is we would have it 
solid on this division. 

[«itimer, third BoonevUle, bid in Perry agency. 

Bro. Williams, who has been on vacation, re- 
lieved Bro. Lee at Germania pending assignment. 

Bro. Fowler, agent Haskell, bid in Danville 

Bro. Swain, extra, bid in third Booneville. 

Ragsdale, of Bauxite, who bid in Wheatley, will 
take out a new card as soon as he gets moved. 

Bro. Richardson, first Benton, received a $5.00 
raise under the new schedule and will take out 
a new card. 

Bro. V. O. Gardner, the old stand-by at Hot 
Springs, back from vacation, also received a $5.00 
raise, which came in pretty handy, as he lost bis 
household goods, including a piano. Bro. Cul- 
pepper, who was relieving him, went to Forrest 

Mr. Silaz is one of the best chiefs on this divi- 
sion. Let us show him Sve appreciate his kindness 
by giving the dispatchers good service and elimi- 
nate complaints. Let's hit the ball and prove to 
the company our worth. 

Lots of the boys laid off to spend Christmas 
at home with their folks. 

George D. Lee, Cert. 185. 

Southern Division — 

On account of washouts and putting on four 
work trains on the Dallas Line the ofKce at T. & 
P. crossing was temporarily opened with Mr. Gibb 
in charge. 

Bro. Woodburn, our local chairman, has re- 
turned from Woodburn, Iowa, where he was called 
on account of the death of his father. He has 
. our sympathy in this great misfortune. 

Bro. Fitzgerald, on vacation, was relieved by 
Mr. Gibb, relieved by Mr. Deahle, of the Mo. Pac, 
who will line up shortly. • 

We have three tricks again at Bowie, filled by 
Bros. Eastlake, Wagner and Young. Bro. East- 
lake also handles the cashier's position. Bro. 
Young, who was sick some time, was relieved by 
Geo. Fitzgerald, who will Une up in the near 

Bro. Stewart, at Bryson, has resigned to accept 
a position as cashier in the Bryson State Bank, 
relieved by Bro. Marsh, from Division 145. We 
wish Bro. Stewart success in his new vocation. 

Bro. Shelton, with his nice little farm, is now 
a little over on spuds and pumpkin yams to help 
him out on the high cost of living. 

Bro. Jackson, in El Paso on account of his 
wife's health, was relieved by Mr. Piatt, of Swift 
& Co., Ft. Worth. We all hope to see "Jack" 
back again soon, and for the speedy improvement 
in his wife's health. 

Boys, watch the Western Union wire better. 
Recently I handled a message for Dallas they had 
been trying to move for twenty-four hours. It 
takes only a few moments every once in a while. 

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especially of a morning, to ask Dallas if they 
have anything for us, and possibly avoid a law 
suit from some dissatisfied patron. 

r am greatly indebted to Bro. Tcrhunc for these 
items. It seems to be useless to ask any of the 
other brothers to send in little items, but I would 
appreciate any that come, so we can have a write- 
up each month. "BX." 

El Paso Diinsion — 

Every thing looks fine on this division. Hav- 
ing plenty of rain no doubt we will have another 
season of the finest wheat crops ever raised in 
Kansas and West Texas, and that means more 

Now, boys, we have a new schedule and in- 
crease in pay, cflFectivc November 1st, and we 
must "hit the ball" and show the ofiicials of our 
company that union men can do better work than 
nons. Watch out for all the nons. When they 
drop in on us without cards, let all the union 
men on the line know it and line them up. An 
agent at one of the smaller stations is making 
quite a kick because he did not get a raise, but 
as his station pa>-s on an average with the other 
stations, compared with the work there and he 
has no card, he should come in and help us, 
then we can help him to get a raise. Our 
schedule is something to be proud of, and all 
the brothers are smiling over it. Remember our 
motto: "No cards, no favors,*' and stand by it. 

The officials made two inspection trips over 
the line last month and all stations looked nice, 
as the agents keep them that way for the patrons 
of our road. 

Bro. O. R. Powers, agent Canton, one of our 
okl-timers, was away fifteen days, the latter part 
of November, on a nice hunting trip to Okla- 
homa, accompanied by his brothers. 

Bro. W. A. W'arren, agent Kingsdown, while 
attending court at Pratt, was relieved by W. R. 

Bro. C. M. Pierce has returned from a thirty 
days' vacation to first Liberal. 

R. S. Hardy goes to Nara Visa on third, just 
opened again, and Mr. Sey to second there. Keep 
after them, boys. 

Bro. E. Mitcham, from Dalhart, takes third 
Liberal, and Extra Dispatcher C. D. Williamson 
is back nights at Dalhart. 

Jno. Souer, agent Cullison, is in Kansas City 
for an operation. We hope he will pull through 
all right, and come back and get a card. 

Bro. H. R. Crist, agent Tampa, has returned 
from his honeymoon, now has a home of his own 
and has quit sleeping in the depot. 

Sunday, December 14, 1913, time table No. 26 
took effect at 12:01 a. m. with very few changes. 

Recent assignments: Meade nights, N. A. Col- 
lins, and Bucklin third, L. D. Dempsey. 

Open for bids: Fowler nights and Meade days. 

Be sure and mail copy of your bid to Local 
Chairman C. M. Sides, Pratt, Kan. 

H. H. Dayton got away from Fowler without 
getting that card. 

Brothers, explain the whole works to them and 
get them in. 

Bro. Fred Samples, Mineola first, to Dodge 
City a few days, relieved by Mr. MaxfieH. 

S. IL McCamant relieved Mr. Pinney, agent 
Meade. Mr. Bardcn, at Meade, is going to get 
in line shortly. 

Only a few nons left now on this division, 
l-et's make it solid for 1914. 

A. Sunnard, Meade nights, relieving Munson 
on Biicklin second, was relieved by the helper at 
Meade, but he could not hold it. 

The company is testing the water at Tampa, 
Kan., for steaming purposes, with the intention 
of putting in a water tank. 

Very few notes were received for this write-up. 
Be sure and send in all changes and happenings 
along the line to Bro. C- M. Pierce, Liberal, Kan., 
and let the other boys know what we are doing. 

With best wishes to all the brothers and their 
families for a happy New Year, let us all start 
it right by working for our Order. 

Ed., Cert. 2855. 

Louisiana Division — 

It has been so long since there has be^n any- 
thing in the journal from this division that 
some of the boys have begun to think the divi- 
sion has been taken from them, but we have 
awakened and are going to claim our space in 
the journal. 

Last year we did not have any local chairman, 
and since Bro. Hanley came in he has had all 
he could do without writing, as he has used 
all his time getting the nons in and has made 
good at it too, for which we all ought to praise 
him and give him our support and best wishes, 
if we can't hand him anything else. 

There have been several changes in the last few 
months, but the most of the boys are old heads 
and are sticking to their posts. 

We only have a few nons left over here, and 
there will still be less of them inside of a month. 

Bro. E. R. Bennett transferred from Ivan to 
Quitman, La. We hate to lose him, but he 
wanted something bigger. I have not learned 
who relieved him. Ivan is now open for bids. 
Boys, watch out for these good places and keep 
these new men generally nons out, and stick 
to what is good wheh you get to it. 

I understand that after January 1st, 1914, the 
parcel post package weights will be increased to 
fifty pounds. The agent at Harrell says that he 
will have to buy a wagon and a horse if not 
given help pretty soon, as he has to make three 
trips now to get the mail to the postofllice. 

F. L. Magoon, a new man, bid in Randolph 
agency; W. Otto, another new man bid in Upland, 
and Bro. J. E. Farlow got Meridan (new name 
for Pierre). 

All the hoys are feeling fine over their raise. 

Bro. Loventhal, first Ruston, who has been off 
for some time on the sick list, resumed Decem- 
ber 15th. 

Morton, at El Dorado, has been acting as dis- 
patcher recently. 

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Bro. McQuidy, the old-reliable, at Winnfield, 
was checked in as agent there December 15th» 
relieving Mr. Chalfant on vacation. 

Bro. E. P. Davis, at Harrell, don't let the 
grass grow under his feet when it comes to tell- 
ing the nons all about it, and the good there is 
in it. 

Jonesboro has added a new position, a cashier 
and operator. 

Bro. Grafton spent a few days at his old home 
in Bemice the first of December. 

Bros. Bennett, at Quitman, and Ogden, at 
Wyatt, are letting the nons hear from them and 
doing good work too. 

Bro. Corbet, of Dubach, on the sick list several 
days, is back at work again. 

All the boys should read over the new con- 
tract thoroughly and familiarize themselves with 
the new schedule, as there is a lot of good "do- 
ings" in it. 

Our local chairman has expressed himself as 
pleased with the good work the boys are rendering 
him, in running in the remaining nons. 

Our local chairman paid the boys on the south 
end a visit from Junction City south, on a recent 
Stmday. We would like to see him up this way 
some time in the near future. 

Would like to hear from some of the other boys. 

Cert. 2899. 

Lake Shore A Michigan Southern Ry. 

Western Division — 

Hurrah! The ball has sUrted to roll. 

Our meeting held at LaPorte on December 9th 
was a decided success and was fairly attended, 
considering the poor train service in and out of 
LaPorte. Brothers west of here were unable to 
attend at all, which made a smaller attendance 
than otherwise. 

We have inaugurated the use of the ritual which 
makes our meetings more business-like. Officers 
were appointed for the evening, and later officers 
were elected for the next term, as follows: Chief 
telegrapher, Bro. J. T. Bauchman; first vice-chief 
telegrapher, Bro. Hostick; second vice-chief teleg- 
rapher, Bro. Mallory; secretary and treasurer, 
Bro. Pratt, and marshal, Bro. Lougee. Bro. Scrog- 
gins was appointed inside sentinel by the chief 
telegrapher. Bro. Warne, firet nominated for 
chief telegrapher, declined to accept, as, owing to 
his wife's poor health, he would be unable to 
attend all the meetings, and thought there should 
be a brother in this office that could attend 
regularly. Bro. Scroggins was then nominated, 
but he also declined to accept, saying that he was 
not well enough versed on the ritual. We were 
unable to persuade him differently. 

Bro. Smith, from Detroit, was with us, which 
was a great pleasure to all present, he having 
attended a number of the meetings, which are 
held regularly at Engineers' Hall, Toledo, and, 
being well versed on the ritual and how to use it, 
was of great help to us when starting in here. 
He has done wonderful work organizing, and re- 
cently made a trip over the Western Division and 

succeeded in landing a number of new members, 
including a couple of ardent nons. We hope he 
can arrange to be with us at all our meetings, and 
wish there were a few more Bro. Smiths on this 

First Vice-President J. A. Newman expected 
to be with us, but at the eleventh hour Bro. Gra- 
ham received a letter stating he would be unable 
to attend on account of schedule negotiations on 
the Frisco lines. We hope to have him at the 
next meeting. 

On December 1st we handed the officials a re- 
quest to meet our committee within thirty days, 
or as soon thereafter as possible, and expect to 
have a hearing in the near future regarding the 
schedule, which, if it goes through (and it will if 
we make it), will make our positions of the same 
class as other roads. 

We have sat still long enough and seen our ~ 
neighboring operators on . other roads get better 
conditions and increases in pay, while we still go 
on at the same old rate, and we will continue to 
do so if we don't get together and stick. 

Get the percentage of members and the back- 
ing so strong that they can't refuse us what we 
ask. Now is the time — not next year, but now. 

We have appointed a committee to try to per- 
suade Superintendent Smith to stop No. 23 at 
Chesterton for the boys east of there to get off 
on the night of the meeting, and we think that 
this favor will be granted us. 

Our next meeting will be held at Chesterton 
some time during the month of January and regu- 
larly thereafter, and we hope that there will be a 
large cfowd of the brothers turn out. There is 
good train service in and out of there. 

Now, brothers, wake up and take some interest 
in your own welfare. Don't sit idle and let your 
rights be imposed upon. Try to land the non next 
to you, and when we are 98 per cent strong we 
can do something that will open your eyes. There 
is a chance for decided improvement, and that 
improvement can't be made by the local chairman, 
but by the members themselves. Our local chair- 
man is doing all he can, which is a great deal, 
considering his health. 

We have the promise from quite a few of the 
boys that they will come in the first of the year, 
so after next pay day don't fail to touch up each 
non near you. There will be a committee of three 
or four members cover the division after the first 
of the year, equipped to take in any who wish to 
come in. 

Bro. Witter, who was on second West tower, is 
back on third there, Mr. Pancake going back to 
Osceola to run his telephone exchange. 

Mr. Long, agent Osceola, while on vacation was 
relieved by his brother, from second West tower, 

Bro. Graham, local chairman, while attending 
the meeting at Toledo was relieved by Mr. Climer, 
who we expect to have with us before long. 

Bro. Norton, first "NX," was relieved by "Trav- 
eling Operator" Lee while he atttended the land 
show in Chicago. It would have been Bro. Lee 
by this time had he not had the misfortune to 

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have his suitcase in the station at Chesterton when 
it burned down one right recently. Bro. White- 
head was considerably excited when he smelt' 
smoke, and later discovered that the whole station 
was afire* and after turning in an alarm could not 
talk on the phone, only from the outside through 
the window. They are now located in a couple of 
coaches there until a new station is built. 

Bro. Summers is now on first Norwood, vice 
Mr. Straight, gone to California. "Bro. Summers" 
sounds good. Mr. Cain is on second and Mr. 
Darby on third there, whom we hope to land in 
the near future. 

Mr. Fulton, third Porte, promises to be with 
us by the first of the year. That will be starting 

Bro. Vaughn, from Millers, was in LaPorte on 
"biz" recently. 

The following offices can now hang up their 
little sign, "Solid O. R. T.:'* Mishawaka, South 
Bend* Three-I Crossing, Lydick, Rolling Prairie, 
Lake Erie Crossing, Chesterton and Pine; and 
there arc two members in West tower Elkhart, 
"PM" tower LaPorte, Durham, Otis, Indiana 
Harbor, 101st street. South Chicago. This looks 
very good, but it has to look still better before 
we can get what we want. 

Bro. Sharp, who was off a few days on account 
of sickness, is back on the job, feeling much 

Mr. Kessler, a new man on third South Chi- 
cago, is a good man, so go after him, boys. 

Not so much switch chasing at "RW" South 
Chicago now, as tracks 3 and 4 have been aban- 
doned between Manistee avenue and 73d street, 
to accommodate bridge work at the latter. 

Ex-Bro. Brockman, Whiting tower second, has 
been spending two weeks' vacation with his par- 
ents in Florida, relieved by Bro. Gray, from Divi- 
sion 76, who will transfer soon. Understand Mr. 
Brockman will leave soon for the land of sun- 
shine and roses to make his future home. 

R. R. Smith, on third "BR," says he will take 
out a card the first of the year, and we will be 
right there to remind him of his promise. 

Bro. Vaughn puts in a few words on No. 2 
phone now and then. 

Owing to Operator Foltz's father being taken 
sick, Bro. Mallory was recently called to do his 
stunt at "BC." 

Bro. Pratt, third "RO," says he is going to 
purchase a horse and cart to haul the mail up to 
the post office. Mr. Tracy is now on second at 
Whiting station, and Bro. Coloway is on third 
"CW- (101st street). 

Thanks to Bro*. Coloway for the above notes. 
Some of the other ambitious brothers might send 
in a few and help to keep the thing going. 

Anyone who can use any application blanks just 
write me or Bro. Graham, and they will be sent 
you at once. 

AB pun together, and remember, "In union 
Aere is strength," and "No card no favors." 

"Bill," Cert. 610. 

Detroit Division — 

The December meeting, held at Crowe's Hall, 
Toledo, was well attended, several members from 
this division being present. 

One new member was initiated with full hon- 
ors, and the proposed new schedule now in the 
hands of the management was read by Chief 
Operator Miller. 

I understand it is proposed to have a smoker 
and refreshments at our next meeting; so, boys, 
be on hand and enjoy the evening with a good 

The following positions have been reassigned 
on bulletin: Trenton tower second, Bro. C. J. 
Merwin; Monroe third, Bro. Allen Ray; South 
yards second, Bro. 2tollner; Trenton tower third, 
Bro. Roberts; Vienna third retained by Mr. Miller, 
extra there, pending bulletin. 

Two more benedicts have been added to the 
Detroit branch lately, namely, Bro. C. J. Merwin 
and Bro. J. W. Sackett. Phoner Eberline re- 
lieved Bro. Sackett on his wedding trip North. 

All our extra men seem to be "phoners," and 
relief on a position requiring wire work is hard 
to get. The low salaries paid on this road are 
undoubtedly the cause of this, and it is to be 
hoped that the new schedule will help to modify 
this trouble in future. 

Brothers, get your dues in as early at possible 
this term, so as to give your committee every 
encouragement while seeking to better your posi- 
tion with the management. "N," Cert. 373. 

Eastern Division — 

A new year has just started, and among the new 
resolutions which we make let some of them be 
that we will keep paid up and in good standing, 
and that we will do our best to keep our offices 
solid and help the other brothers to keep theirs 

The year 1913 has been a very prosperous one 
for the Order on this division, the membership 
being the best in the history of the Order. Let 
us strive to keep it so and better it all we can. 
Our committee will soon be in action with the 
managing officials on a new schedule and a wage 
increase, and with a good backing we are bound 
to win out. 

There are only a few nons left on this divi- 
sion, mostly west of Erie, and we expect to land 
a number of these after January 1st. 

Bro. Streets, first Lake View, on a hunting trip, 
expects to bring in some big game. 

Bro. C. Crawford, first Bay View, off a few 
days, was relieved by Bro. L. G. Graney. 

Mr. Lamb, of Willoughby, who has been sick 
for some time, is back at work. 

Bro. T. E. Broche took Thanksgiving day, re- 
lieved by Bro. Glen Miller, extra. 

Wm. Hall, second Madison, off a few days, was 
relieved by H. W. Williams. It's about time 
"Bill" was getting in line. 

Bro. Jake Giessinger, Seneca tower, recently 
visited friends and relatives at Corry, Pa., and 
Silver Creek, N. Y. 

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Bro. L. G. Hemmink, on the expiration of his 
three months* leave of absence, resigned to enter 
business for himself. 

Bro. John Leo secured third Seneca tower;* 
Bro. Joe Schroeder, third Buffalo Creek tower; 
Bro. C. M. Smith, second Erie depot, and Bro. 
Sweitrer, Erie yard office days. Regular relief 
position is still open. 

Bro. Clifford Greene, of North East, on three 
months' leave, has entered the printing business 
with his brother at North East. "Jimmy" is an 
old-timer at this business. 

Bro. F. Zeebe had a pleasant visit with his folks 
at Spring Creek, Pa., recently. 

Bro. Del. Beideck, third Dunkirk tower, visited 
the old folks at home over Christmas. 

H. L. Cantrick, third Erie depot, was requested 
to resign, and Bro. J. A. Clavin bid in the vacancy. 

The installation of track No. 1 from Madison 
to Saybrook makes this division a solid four 
tracks. This also relieved Bro. C. L. Hazen, 
agent Saybrook. of the arduous task of watching 
the interlocking at that point. 

The meeting held at Ashtabula, Ohio, December 
17th, 1913, was attended by about twenty-two 
brothers, among them being A. B. Carey and Hass 
from Amboy, E. E. Smith and Kennedy from the 
Franklin Division, and Bro. Baldwin from the 
Toledo Division. 

Bro. Geo. Kipp, general chairman, went over 
our proposed new schedule, which the committee 
will present to the managing officials soon, and 
with the backing which is necessary we will be 
sure to win. 

Remember our motto: "No card, no favors." 
"GiFF," Cert. 287. 

C, B. A Q. R. R. 

Relay Division — 

Recent assignments: Bulletin 98, H. E. Ben- 
nett; 99, C. H. Mullen; 100, H. K. Tucker; 101, 
VV. R. Wilkins; 102, A. N. Butler; 103, B. E. 

If you have not paid your dues for the current 
term, you should do so at once, in order to save 
the trouble and expense of getting out a second 
notice of dues, which takes up considerable time 
of your officers, who could be giving their atten- 
tion to lining up the nons instead of going after 
the members to pay up. The same proposition 
confronts us every six months. You can help out 
greatly by giving the matter of dues prompt atten- 
tion, and also getting after some luke-warm mem- 
ber to pay up. 

Business is rather dull, and the force in every 
office is being reduced. Telegraphers generally are 
in demand, and if the present conditions continue 
very long, we will lose a lot of good men. There 
are quite of number compelled to move around 
who are well up on the seniority list. 

It seems that some of our members do not 
understand the seniority clause in the schedule. 
Office seniority rules in all offices under the juris- 
diction of the superintendent of telegraph, the 
minimum salaried position is bulletined and as- 

signed according to division seniority. In case it 
becomes necessary to reduce the force in an office, 
the last man in is the first out, regardless of his 
division seniority over other men in that office. 
After being so reduced he may exercise his divi- 
sion seniority by taking the position of the young- 
est man in the relay division at whatever office 
he may be located. A telegrapher not assigned by 
bulletin since this schedule went into effect holds 
no office seniority, and regularly assigned men 
have preference over him in case of reduction. 

A great many seem to be under the impression 
that in case a reduction is made in an office it 
should be made on division seniority. This is not 
in accordance with the schedule to promote on 
office, seniority and reduce on division seniority. 

That part of the schedule which says, "When 
reducing the force, the service of the youngest 
telegrapher will be dispensed with first," does not 
apply to a reduction of force in any particular 
office, but- applies to the Relay Division as a whole; 
that is, the service of the youngest man in the 
Relay Division is to be dispensed with first. This 
clause seems to be the cause for so many getting 
the wrong interpretation of the schedule. 

During the time the old schedule was in effect 
the members on this division requested this office 
seniority clause, by a referendum vote. While we 
can consider no change in the rule at this time, 
I want each member to write me as to how he 
understood it, whether a reduction in an office was 
to be made on office seniority or division seniority. 
J. J. Rose, I>ocal Chairman. 

2153 Ridge Ave., Evanston, 111. 

Relay Division Notes — 

Bro. Coats, "GO," took a few days off the first 
part of December to visit his mother at Winches- 
ter. Ind. 

Bro. Dahlberg, "GT," is enjoying a sixty-day 
leave of absence in Florida. 

Bro. Burkhalter, "GT," spent a day in Chicago 
on business during the latter part of December. 

Bro. Cooley, "G," passed through Chicago re- 
cently and stopped in to shake hands with the 
boys in "GO." 

Bro. Wilkins, who was just assigned the La 
Crosse position, lost out on account of reduction 
in force at "CX," and was transferred to Omaha 

Bros. Buck and Riggin, "GO," have been laid 
off and are taking a short vacation before they 
transfer to some other office. 

Harry Hum, at "OIT," is still promising to join. 
We hope some day he will make good. 

Bro. Pawling, "GT," has just returned from a 
ninety-day leave of absence. Div. Cor. 

Lincoln Division Relay — 

Bro. Hillman, "M," and Bro. VanArsdale, 
"VE," were relieved on account of reduction in 
force to winter basis, the former going to Kansas 
City and the latter to Jacksonville, Fla. 

Dick Thornton and Bro. Doc Blodgett look in 
the sights. at Chicago while doing a little Christ- 

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mas shopping. **VO" will be glad to give some 
pointers on the cabaret shows. 

Bro. Hayes, *'GN," off a few da)-* to catch up 
in his studies preparing for examinations, was re- 
lieved by Extra Crane. 

Mr. Brooks has decided to enter his Rho<le 
Island red pullets at the Auditorium in Bro. Wick- 
ham's poultry show, and expects to carry off first 

Bro. Blodgett went to York, Thanksgiving, on a 
wolf hunt, but the wolves would not wait long 
enough to let him get a shot. 

Bro. VVaite boasts of being some candy maker, 
but we are inclined to think that Miss Waite does 
the making. 

Gene Sage, of the superintendent's office in 
Chicago, visited with us Sunday recently, and 
missed connections to Chicago on his return by 
ten minutes. 

Mr. Bryan, our second trick chief, was very 
much disappointed, though very happy, that he 
was unable to name his new arrival **W. J." He 
will have to name it "Roscy.** Ckrt. 2747. 

La Crosse Dh-ision — 

Brothers: I have just returned from a trip over 
the division and found things in a promising con- 
dition, but there is room for improvement. I 
succeeded in writing up eleven new members and 
expect several more before long. We are starting 
on a new year. Let's make it a booster, and make 
onr membership as near solid as possible on this 
division. I can not do it all, as correspondence, 
grievances and other things keep me from getting 
out as much as desired. Train service being very 
poor makes it bad to get out and back without 
losing time. I don't think it is necessary for me 
to lay off when there is a chance for the other 
brothers to do it. We now have only four nons 
between Savanna and La Crosse, a distance of 158 
miles, and the district between La Crosse and St. 
Paul is in good shape, but plenty of room for all 
the brothers to show what they can do. See 
if we can not make a good showing this year by 
all pulling together. 

In the future you may send notes for the jour- 
nal to me, but be very careful about using the 
journal for a chance to give some non a slam by 
using his name. These kind of notes have to be 
cot out before I can send them in. That has been 
one reason why some notes did not appear. 

Wish you all a happy and prosperous New Year. 
W. B. ScHKUNK. L. C, Savanna, 111. 

La Crosse Ditnsion Notes — 

Bro. H. F. Booth, second Glen Haven, returned 
from his vacation and relieved Agent Cassville 
Williams, resigned. 

Bro. C. J. Nelson received Dubuque. We all 
wish him success. 

Bro. D. A. Gilliland, off a week on account of 
^cknen, was relieved by Mr. Lewton, from the 
relay department, who later relieved Bro. Schrunk, 
while covering the division, and then relieved Bro. 
Slagfat, second Savanna, for a month. 

It is now Bros. Falkenstein and A. W. Koch, 
W>alusing; I. J. Willard, Bagley; W. W. Green 
and H. F. Booth, Glen Haven; Geo. Johnson ami 
C. I). Wilson, McCartney; P. H. Roser and H. C. 
Brown, Potosi; J. F. Scolwc, Marcus, and H. L. 
Shanks, Hager. We hope we can soon name some 

Bro. W. £. Garber has resigned as division 
correspondent, and it will be next to impossible 
to have a write-up unless the brothers send in some 
notes. In the future your local chairman will 
look after this and asks every brother to help 
out, if only with one note. See if we can not 
be represented in the journal every month. 

Several offices have been closed for the winter, 
but it is hoped that all brothers losing out will 
land something else until spring. 

Recent assignments: Bro. O. S. Berger, agent 
DcSoto; Bro. L. R. Smeltzer, agent Nelson; Bro. 
C. X. Hartman, second "JD." 

Bro. A. W. Scholmeir, agent "FN" City, had 
the misfortune to lose three of his fingers while 
hunting, but will resume work in a short time. 

Bro. Rupp, agent Cassville, has accepted a posi- 
tion in the bank there. We all regret losing Bro. 
Rupp, but wish him success. 

There have been a great number of offices closed 
on account of business falling off. All affected 
by this cut hold their seniority rights for three 
months. These jobs will no doubt be opened again 
in a few months, or sooner if business comes up 

Would like to have some notes from the brothers 
on the north end. Cert. 1416. 

Beardstown Ditnsion — 

Pad. Haist, third Bader, spent a couple of days 
sightseeing in Peoria recently, relieved by Mr. 

Bro. Ob. Haist, phoner Beardstown relay, laid 
off on account of reducing force, returned to sec- 
ond Adair. Bro. Ludwig, who relieved Bro. Haist 
at Adair also relieved Bro. Ore, Greenfield nights. . 

Bro. L. A. Carnahan, from second Block 107, 
bid in second Bader. 

Mr. Spence, a new man, was given Chapin, be- 
ing the only one bidding. 

Bro. P. C. Henderson, third Bader, has gone to 
the C. & A. at Roodhouse. 

Beardstown yard office closed from 7 p. m. until 
7 a. m., Bro. Hanks doing the twelve-hour stunt. 
Hope Bros. Danford and Clower will get back 
soon again. The trainmen are calling up by tele- 
phone from the yard and clearing themselves now 
nights. Boys, we should look into this as they 
come under the nine-hour law when they do this, 
and it has thrown two good brothers out of work. 

Bro. Turley, first Concord, taken off, went to 
first trick Block 104, the agent handling the wires 
now. Mr. Fordyce from first to second there; Mr. 
Clayton from second to Block 107 second. 

C. Mosier, from Wrights, who relieved G. A. 
Dyer, agent Browning, while he attended court, 
later relieved Mr. Lindsey, agent North Hender- 
son, for a few days. 

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Positions recently abolished: Ayers, Atwatcr 
and Franklin, two tricks; Keyesport and Concord, 
one man; Girard, agent working the twelve-hour 
stunt; two trickw Centralia yard, now closed from 
8 p. m. till 8 a. m.; one man Metropolis. Business 
slack in relay office also. 

It has been quite a while since the jack line 
has had much in The Telegrapher, because of 
lack of interest among the boys. Now let each 
individual send in a few items and we can have a 
write-up in The Telegrapher every month. 

W. W. Mumbower, of Litchfield, bid in Pisgah 
station, vice John Livesey, to the ''Clover Leaf" 
as agent Sorento. 

The closing of Franklin nights released Geo. 
Harney and P. W. Batis. This is the first time 
Franklin has been closed nights in the winter since 
the Burlington took over the old J. & St. L. The 
new double track and slack business is the cause. 

Boys, let's see if we can't make this line at least 
95 per cent strong, and we can soon make it solid. 

I understand one station along this line has 
turned out five hams already this fall, and the 
good brother there is making another one now. 
He is only hurting himself as one of these days 
one of these hams will take his place. I hope we 
will not have to mention what station or his 
name. It does not take much to make a ham tele- 
phoner, but when they get so scarce trains can't 
run without them, then is the time to make them. 
They are not needed now. 

Let's get after all the agents and cashiers along 
this line and get them in our schedule when we 
go up for an increase. All they have to do is 
get a card. 

Brothers, talk with the conductors in regard 
to calling up the dispatchers at blind sidings, giv- 
ing the block for passenger trains and copying 
train orders, and get them to cut this out and 
help us to keep a few more men working. Show 
them that they are doing wrong. Notify the local 
chairman of every case of this kind you hear of. 

Bro. S. H. Frazier, our worthy local chairman, 
was over the division lately giving the boys the 
glad hand and words of encouragement. 

It is now Bro. Yowell at Litchfield and Bro. Cole 
at Keyesport. 

They certainly need a new schedule down on 
the jack line, as this is the smallest paying division 
for telegraphers the Burlington has. The way to 
get one is to get in the nons. 

Bro. D. Kastrup, first Jacksonville, has returned 
after three weeks' leave of Absence. 

I want to thank all the brothers who sent me 
items this month and hope they will keep it up. 
I have you down even though I don't mention your 
name. Div. Cor. 

Hannibal Division — 

A meeting, of operators and agents was held in 
Hannibal, Sunday afternoon, December 7th. The 
meeting was opened about 2:00 p. m. by the local 
chairman, who made a brief talk in regard to condi- 
tions on this division, and in a very impressive 
manner expressed his appreciation to the seven- 
teen brothers who came in on No. 43 with him. 

four from the Hannibal relay and Bro. Jones, 
from Brookfield relay, for their presence. We 
were very glad to have Bro. Jones with us. We 
hope he enjoyed the trip as much as we did hav- 
ing him with us, and that he will repeat it some 
time in the future. There was no representative 
from the North Division in attendance, but we 
know they have not lost faith in the methods pur- 
sued by the O. R. T., and have been reminding 
their neighbors of "Safety First," which signifies 
an "Up-to-date" first, last and all the time, so far 
as we, "as a band of friends and brothers," are 
concerned. When the railroad company recog- 
nized us as a labor organization, they presumed 
that every operator and agent whose position >kas 
covered by the agreement would become a member 
of the organization which represented them, and 
would continue so,' during the future years, bring- 
ing about revisions of the schedule, which would 
benefit the men and the company as well. There- 
fore it behooves us to remain cemented together, 
by paying our dues regularly and keeping a sharp 
lookout for the man who is receiving benefits and 
has paid nothing for them. When a case of this 
kind is brought to our notice it is time to bring 
such a character from darkness to light, that he may 
see and understand what our organization stands 
for. Bro. Carder was 'introduced as the first 
speaker. His remarks were enjoyed by all con- 
cerned, after expressing his appreciation at see- 
ing such a goodly number in attendance, on such 
a bitter day, he gave us a brief outline of what 
he and Bro. Rogers had been doing during the 
past months, which was good news to us. We are 
in hopes that next time we hold a meeting that 
Bro. Rogers can also be with us. 

Bro. Guy Zinn, in his usual manner, gave A 
splendid talk that was highly appreciated by all 
those present. He is one of the best we have on 
the Hannibal Division and never fails to do his 
part. We only wish there were a few more like 

Bro. Fount Palmer, agent Ville, was recently 
initiated in the Elks at Ft. Madison. 

Bro. Palmer, off a few days on account of the 
death of his stepmother, Mrs. J. S. Palmer, of 
Elsberry, was relieved by Bro. Lew, of Sandusky, 
and he by Mr. Epperson. 

Cooper, Keokuk yards and Helton days have 
been closed. 

Bro. Clayton was in "X" Hannibal a few days. 

Bro. Truit, of Saverton, attended the poultry 
show in Louisiana recently. 

T. J. Lowrie was off a few days attending a 
law suit in Stoutsville, 111. 

Bro. Lee, third Hannibal yards, spent Thanks- 
giving with home folks, relieved by E. W. Thomp- 
son, who later relieved Mr. Garner, second Hanni- 
bal yards, on vacation. 

D. C. McCall, agent Saverton, is back after a 
month's vacation, relieved by Bro. Tully, relieved 
on third by Extra Gist. 

Mr. Klousmeir, agent Gregory, off two weeks, 
was relieved by Bro. Landell, Hawk Point nights, 
who later relieved Bro. Lemon, LaGrange, on ac- 

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count of the death of his child, relieved by B. Gist, 
hter relieved by J. E. Chrisman. 

A few needed repairs are being made around 
the Ft Madison freight house. 

Bro. Blinco, nights Wellsville, who relieved Bro. 
Gougfa, agent West Alton, on vacation, was re- 
lieved by J. E. Chrisman. 

G. A. Garner, W. L. Gilmorc, E. W. Thomp- 
son and W. L. Gilmore have promised to take 
ont a card the first of the year. Some of the 
other nons along the line should do likewise. 

Bro. J. E. McUugh, third Foley, off a few days, 
was reUeved by C. Epperson. Div. Com. 

Brookfield Division — 

Bro. Jones, Brookfield relay, has been appointed 
assistant local chairman in charge of the west end 
and will make a special trip over his end to line 
up the nons. 

Bro. C. A. Martin, third Osbom, off a few days 
recently, was relieved by Bro. U. L. Spauliing, 
from the Rock Island, who later relieved Extra 
Squires at Hamilton. 

Bro. C. S. Schoup has returned from Brookfield 
reby to first Hamilton, relieving Bro. Spaulding, 
who went to second. Randolph a few days. 

Bucklin first was closed in December, putting 
Bro. Nolan, who has been with the company nine 
years, on the extra list. We hope he will soon 
strike another regular. 

All members on this division remember your 
obligation and keep the students out. Some are 
not doing this. 

Recent assignments: Bro. J. C. Schweikhaus to 
second Easton; Bro. Miller, first Laclede; Bro. 
Hok. Chandler agency; H. D. Hall, second Buck- 
lin; Young Holt, second Saxton; F. E. Emmer- 
son, second Nettleton; Cy. Golden, second South 

Our Bro.-Agent Nettleton must talk Mike into 
the Order when he arrives to take charge of 

Bro. P. £. Bagley, agent Utica, is off sixty days 
working for the county, relieved by Bro. Smith, 
with Extra Dowling on second, who promises to 
be with OS soon. 

Your 1913 cards are no good now, so get 
another, as they look good. 

E. E. Devinia, third Breckenridge, off a few 
days recently, was relieved by F. E. Emmerson, 
who later relieved Mr. Shepherd, second Mead- 
ville. Bro. Peck, line up Devinia and Emmerson. 
We are going after another schedule in February 
and need them all. 

My address is O. F. Miller, Laclede, Mo. Do 
not forget to send me any news you have. Unless 
you do our write-up will be short. 

Mr. Allen's chief clerk. W. D. Welsh, was off 
during the holidays on a visit through Texas. We 
wish him a pleasant journey and a joyful and 
happy New Year as he is a prince with the opera- 
tors 'on the division. 

We are not certain about the ham factory at 
Cameron, Mo., but everyone on the division will 
hear the outcome, as soon as I get it from our 
local chairman. 

Account of taking my vac. tior. the first twenty 
days in January there will be no write-up next 
month unless I can get som* one to handle it for 
me, so if you do not see any do not be disap- 
pointed. "KT." 

Mandan, N. D., December 15, 1913. 
To Membership OUumwa Division — 

As it was necessary for me to leave the climate 
of Iowa on account of my wife's health, I desire to 
take this means of extending to each of you my 
regrets at having to leave you as your local chair- 
man. My relations and official duties with you 
have been of the pleasantest nature. In the two 
elections in which I was elected by you, by a good 
majority each time, proves to me conclusively that 
you had that confidence in me that it takes to 
make a success of the organization. When I took 
charge of the division in February, 1912, there 
were between 35 and 40 non-members on the divi- 
sion, when I left it in September, 1913, there 
were only 10 or 12. Some of those have been here 
since the organization first started on the Burling- 
ton, but we hope that the way of light will yet be 
broken to them in such a way that thty will see 
that they are standing in their own way. In leav- 
ing the division does not mean that I will forget it, 
for I expect to keep an eye on the journal each 
month to see what is going on there. During my 
time in office we had a write-up in the journal each 
month. I trust you will pick out the man you 
want for the place and elect him and then each 
of you try and help all you can to lighten his 
burdens, and each of you give him your loyal sup- 
port. With best wishes and wishing you all a 
prosperous New Year. E. A. Brand, 

Ex-Local Chairman. 

Creston Ditision — 

I hope that by the time this reaches you your 
dues for the first half of 1914 have been paid, if 
not, don't neglect them, but get busy and pay up. 
Remember the $5.00 O. R. T. dues goes to Bro. 
J. H. Rogers, 717 North 10th St., La Crosse, Wis., 
and your M. B. D. assessment to Bro. L. W. 
Quick, Star BIdg., St. Louis, Mo. Our division 
at present is in excellent shape. Let's keep it that 
way. If each member will keep his dues paid up 
it will be an easy matter, not only to keep it where 
it's at, but build it up still stronger. There is 
material left yet to build on. See if you can't 
get hold of some of this material and work on it. 
R. L. Hale, L. C. 

Creston Division Notes — 

Bro. O. R. Anderson assigned second Brooks 
recently bulletined, and R. C. Abel, Brooks, to 
McPherson second. 

Bro. L. K. Wells, first Shenandoah, is laying off, 
relieved by Mr. Stokes, from the Wabash at Mal- 
vern. Bro. Fleming, agent Greenfield, is on vaca- 
tion, relieved by Bro. D. Ellis. 

Bro. F. H. Evers, first Maryville, on thirty days' 
vacation, was relieved by Mr. Crandall, a new man, 
later went to Pacific Jet. 

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Agent Brownlee, of Savannah, oflf sick, was re- 
lieved by Extra Shean. 

Guy Clarke, former agent Emerson, is back as 
operator at Bedford, Iowa. 

Harry Cook, a brother of Bro. R. E. Cook, of 
Barnard, Mo., is on second Shenandoah, extra; 
P. G. Thompson, a new one, was agent at Coburg 
pending bulletin. Later, I understand, Cleason 
decided to remain there. Bro. Miller, of Shenan- 
doah, on a month's vacation to the western coast. 

There have been several positions closed re- 
cently, among them Crcston office; Bro. W. N. 
Robbing, Bro. H. H. Knight ^nd Bro. E. H. 
Unangst had the three tricks in that office. Rob- 
bins went to second Red Oak; Knight to second 
Glenwood, and Unangst is laying off. 

B. C. Mierotto is now on third Red Oak ac- 
count of reduction in force at Creston, and Mr. 
Hainey was also thrown out of work there. 

Bro. Roberts, second Glenwood, off on account 
of sickness, we understand, is improving. 

Bro. Barkus, third Malvern, off a few days on 
account of sickness, was relieved by Phoner D. 
H. Harvey. 

Bro. G. B. Milliga to third Balfour, relieved on 
second there by C. F. Farthing, he later by Phoner 
Helfin; Trotter froip third Balfour to a trick at 

Bro. Dan Gleason is on second Hastings, vice 
C. E. Scveland, resigned, and gone South. 

Bro. E. H. Balcom, extra Red Oak, resigned. 

Brooks second abolished making that office a 
twelve-hour job for Bro. Marr. 

Bros. Bishop, Cook, Evers and Hale contributed 
to the write-up. E. B. Wallahan, Cor. 

Sterling Division — 

This is the month that our secretary and treas- 
urer should receive our offerings for an 'ip-to- 
date card for the New Year. Pay your dues and 
get a new card to start the New Year. It costs 
our Order money to be reminding you of your 
non-payment of dues. Get after the non, perhaps 
your next-door neighbor and see that he turns a 
new leaf by handing you his application. If you 
haven't the blanks the local chairman has an end- 
less amount of them, and will gladly mail them 
upon request. A man must be in awful hard luck 
to excu&e him from giving up the price of an 
up-to-date card twice a year. If we can't pay for 
them now, how did we pay when we were working 
for almost half the money? It's just imagination. 
Perhaps the non don't realize that he or his family 
are reaping daily the benefits of the organization 
brought about by our solid membership, which 
stands behind our committee as a protection, while 
laboring for better conditions. The non hereto- 
fore received his per cent of the increase in pay, 
the same as the map that pays his dues. If the 
nons who refuse to pay for cards were told that 
unless they did so that they would have to retain 
the old salary paid them previous to the first sched- 
ule, there would be no nons. 

What do you think of your pay as manager of 
the Western Union? IX) you consider you are 
paid for your labor when you deliver about fifty 

messages during the month, make up your monthly 
reports and handle the other necessaries, and when 
you make up your commission voucher for the 
month you are possibly $1.50 to the good, pro- 
viding there isn't too many of the messages "re- 
ceived paid" and you sent too many "sent collect/* 
Why can't we get 10 per cent both ways the same 
as the express? If we have to hiiye some messen- 
ger boy to deliver these messages how long does 
it take him to earn your commission? Perhaps 
two days. Be glad to have some of you brothers 
explain this to me in the next issue. 

Bro. Sill bid in Morril, Neb.; Bro. Forbes, 
Curtis nights, I suppose, is waiting anxiously for 
the cashier's position vacated by Bro. Sill. 

Bro. Pinkerton bid in Bayard, and Dickens is 
on bulletin. 

Bro. Norris, on vacation, was relieved by Extra 
Agent Bro. Tucker, who also relieved Bro. Rey- 
nolds, on the sick list. 

Bro. Hire, of Dalton. on a trip to Salt Lake, 
visiting some old acquaintances tells us the boys 
out there have an $85 minimum and ours is $60. 
They also have house rent and fuel. Bro. Hire 
was relieved by Bro. Gastenau, who later relieved 
Mr. Jenkins at Mitchell when he went to Bridge- 

Boys, give us some items and we will try to 
have a write-up every month. 

A. J. Karaker. 

Wynwrc Dirnsion — 

We have started out on a new year. The past 
one has been prosperous for the Order, especially 
for Division 130. Have you done your share 
to make it so by assisting in increasing the mem- 
bership? If you have not worked on every non 
within your reach endeavoring to obtain his appli- 
cation for membership in the O. R. T., you have 
not done your duty toward the Order or your 
fellow workers. 

Let us all start the year by firmly resolving to 
line up every non on the Wymore Division not 
later than July 1, 1914. 

We should give our best services to the com- 
pany. A union man should give full measure and 
just a little more. Let us show the officials dur- 
ing the coming year that it pays to find out if a 
man carries an up-to-date O. R. T. card before 
hiring him to work for them as a telegrapher. 

Bro. Harvey Grimes recently started for a visit 
in Texas, but was delayed some ten days in 
reaching his destination on account of the floods 
down there. 

Bro. Strohecker, for several years agent at 
IJruning, has bought out a restaurant business in 
that city and is now working for himself. We all 
join in wishing him the best of luck. 

Bro. Charles Daily, agent Thompson, on vaca- 
tion, was relieved by Extra Agent Antrim. 

Bro. llazlett, agent Reynolds, on vacation look- 
ing after his farm down in Florida, was relieved 
by Mr. VanDusen. 

Third Pawnee closed, Bro. Haley going to 
Bruning temporarily. 

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Bro. E. T. Hicks, agent DeWccse, recently 
shooting geese down on the Missouri River, was 
relieved by Bro. Tom Antrim. 

Bros. Carder and Rogers, while going over the 
division recently, secured the following applica- 
tions: M. D. AUen, P. H. Cobb, D. E. Lloyd, 
J. K. McCahan. M. M. Messmore, J. M. Pope 
and V. C. Thompson. Transferred, F. G. Breece. 
C D. Hohaus, "Kebraska City, also filed his peti- 

Bro. Jack Hartzell, Johnson, bid in DeWitt; 
C. F. Marohn assigned second Nebraska City, and 
W. D. Wrench, Nelson, Nrb., days. 

I wish that every brother who files on a vacancy 
would send me a carbon copy of his letter, in 
order to keep check on applicants, and see that 
each one receives recognition. 

Let us be up and doing, and work for applica- 
tions. Remember, "No card, no favors." 

Local Chairman. 

Lincoln Dhision — 

Bro. H. L. Coggins, lex-division correspondent, 
visited home folks in Missouri during Christmas. 

Bro. V. 1). Chidester, ex-agent Comstock, who 
went to third Seward while Bro. W. J. Green woocf 
was off a few days, went to the time keeper's office 
at Lincoln to work on the time rolls the last of 
the month. 

Bro. F. P. Mueller on Milford first pending 
bulletin, vice Bro. Knight, resigned. 

Mr. Dennis, "NI,** on vacation, was relieved by 
Extra "M." 

Bro. B. J. Hill, third "GS," was a Lincoln vis- 
itor last month. 

Boys, it*s dues-paying time again. Let's be as 
prompt as possible, start the new year ri^ht, and 
keep from becoming delinquent. 

Bro. R. A. Fulmer, while off on account of his 
•father being sick, was relieved by Bro. B. F. 
Kaney, extra agent. 

It's now Bro. O. D. Kratier, York tower. Cert. 
3259. Welcome, Bro. Kratzer. Landed by Bro. 
C R. Baker, York. 

Bro. R. B. Slivers, first Sutton, off a couple of 
days, relieved by C. A. Smith, extra. 

East elevator. Friend, located .near the depot, 
caught fire December 2d. Good work by the 
firemen prevented it spreading, and Bros. Teale 
and Holmes feel thankful their office was saved. 

Bro. E. C. Combs, agent Huntley, resumed. 
Bro. V. D. Chidester to Comstock, Bro. F. J. 
Lyons being sick with acute indigestion. 

Bro. Hinds, Spring Ranch, resumed. Bro. B. 
F. Kancy to Lincoln to work on time rolls. 

Bro. A. Klein, from Cairo, relieving Agent 
Swan at Ilolcomb, who was called to Peru, "Neb., 
on account of sickness of his father. 

Since "biz" has fallen off some Bro. W. G. 
Weaker, Exeter, gets a chance to eat a warm din- 
ner now and then. Bro. E. E. Holmes spent 
Christmas with parents at Saronville. 

Bro. Olsen, Crete, gets excused once in awhile 
to escort the fair sex home. 

Bro. F. D. Chadwick, Juniata, keeps his car 
in the garage instead of joy riding between Juni- 
ata and Hastings this wintry weather. 

Chief Dispatcher Denton, while in Qiicago, was 
relieved by Glenn Stewart, night chief, he by 
VVm. Martin, first trick dispatcher main line, he 
by Walter Lamb, second main line trick dis- 
patcher, relieved by Dispatcher Temple, extra, and 
Operator "Z," out of "NT* office. 

Cushman made a twelve-hour office. Bro. J. H. 
Smith, formerly first there, now on from 6 p. m. 
until 6 a. m. ; Bro. P. M. Orrell bumping Bro. 
Nicholas, second Cobb. Mr. Flickinger on third 
Cushman extra. 

Bro. Nichols is relieving Bro. H. E. Stayner 
second Fairmont, on his honeymoon. 

Following brothers were the first to pay 1914 
dues on this division: A. S. Kellog, Palmer; 
C. R. Baker, York; C. C. Whitcomb, Hampton; 
VV^m. G. Weaver, Exeter. These brothers paid 
for a 1914 card before December 14, 191J. You 
always find Lincoln Division among the first. 
Keep it up, boys, and let's all get new cards not 
later than March 1st. 

Bro. R. A. Fulmer resumed second Kenesaw 
after attending his father during his illness and 
death. Bro. Fulmer has our heartfelt sympathy. 
His relief, Bro. B. F. Kaney to Hastings yards 
to relieve Bro. B. J. Hill, third for Christmas 

On account of the reduction in forces at Hast- 
ings yards the operators* hours have been ex- 
tended: Bro. Miller, 7 a, m, . to 4 p. m.; Bro. 
Vant, 4 p. m. to 1 a. m.; Bro. Hill, 1 a. m. to 
10 a. m.; helping clerk, 7 a. m. to 10 a. m. 

E. P. Flickinger back to York tower nights. 
Second Cushman pulled off and only one trick 
there now. 

L. B. Denton, our genial chief, went over his 
division the latter part of December with a little 
rules examination. Good thing, as it gets our 
minds back to the proper working instructions. 
If you have no book of rules, get one and keep 

Bro. W. S. Harris, first Cobb, working on Mr. 
Thropp, assures us he will soon be Bro. Thropp. 
Bro. G. O. Vant, second "GS" Hastings, assures 
us he will land five new members in 1914. 
Who's next? O'Lcary, at Dorchester; Blackster, 
at Crete, and others are on his list. We wish him 
luck. Have you seen Bro. Vant's gold watch? 

Bro. J. W. Shaw, formerly at "GS" Hastings, 
then to a Montana homestead, is now in the relay 
office at Livingston, Mont. 

It's now Bro. H. C. Cook, Cairo extra, landed 
by Bro. E. R. Tyner at Cairo. 

Mr. J. L. McMinn ■ assigned Exeter tower, and 
K. E. Thropp assigned third Cobb. 

Biggerstaff, at Ravenna, off two weeks, was re- 
lieved by "FB." 

Bro. R. R. Haggitt, Utica, off a week to visit 
his sick mother in Iowa, relieved by Anderson, 
who returned to Saronville as helper. 

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AUiance Division — 

Hemingford and Whitman stations 'on bulletin. 

Mr. Brennan, Halsey third, is now at Provo. 

We expect to hold a meeting at Edgemont 
about the lattter part of this month, with pros> 
pects for a good crowd. 

Cashier LiTingston, Crawford, took a two-week 
hurt inn trip and succeeded in killing a nice deer. 
He was reiiered by Extra Agent Bro. Powell, 
who also relieved Agent C F. Triplett at Craw- 
ford whfle off two weeks visiting his mother at 
Pasadena, CaL, and later relieved Bro. Davis, 
Crawford first, while be took his daughter to 
Omaha to have her eyes fitted. 

Bro. Sheldon, Minnekahta, off a short time, 
was relieved by Bro. Harkleroad, who later went 
to the AlKance freight office. 

Bro. Ragland, Hemingford third, is on a month's 
vacation in southern Missouri. 

Mr. Hellman bid in third Anselmo, and Bro. 
Vant Leven bid in third Seneca. 

Hyannis has been made a continuous office, and 
Ashby nights closed. 

Bro. R. P. Henry is on third Ardmore, reliev- 
ing Bro. Kenneda. 

H. L. Ormsby, former agent Broken Bow, is 
now ticket agent Alliance. Bro. Walters, agent 
Broken Bow, while off three weeks visiting points 
in California, was relieved by Cashier Brown. 

Mr. Wsrtenberger, who has returned from his 
honeymoon to Mystic, will be with us in a very 
short time, which will make the Deadwood line 
solid. A year and a half ago there was but one 
member on the Deadwood lice, but once in they 
are stickers. Cut. 13. 

McCook Division — 

Recent assignmenU: Bro. C T. Hoffnagle, 
agent Burns Jet.; Bro. G. A. Sullivai , second 
Keensburg; Bro. I. D. Hewitt, Cam 
bridge; Bro. M. I. Stark, third Republican; Bro. 
C. E. Hertz, second Trenton; P. H. Bartb, third 
Keensburg; Bro. E. O. Cords, third Orleans. 

Mr. , Ketler, agent Bartley, with home folks at 
Benkleman a few days, was relieved by Mr. 

Bro. Roberts on second Trenton while on bul- 
letin, vice Bro. Fredrickson, gone to his home- 
stead. Mr. McCoy, an old-timer, is on third. 

Bro. Tillman, second Akron, laying off, relieved 
by Mr. W^iser, and Mr. Jones, a new man, is 
agent at Ludell, vice Bro. Hewitt. 

Bro. O. B. Landau, LaFayette, was a Denver 
visitor one day before Christmas. It is now Bro. 
Stingley at LaFayette. 

Only one of the boys along the line sent me 
any notes. If you want more news, drop me a 
card with news for the journal. 

Bro. Carder and Bro. Rogers have done some 
good work organizing on the Omaha, Lincoln and 
Wymore Divisions. We wish they would have 
had time to cover the McCook Division also. 
There are several new applicants for positions, 
and as we are in a bad place to get in touch 
with them away up here, it behooves some good 
brother to see if they are lined up properly, and 

if they belong to some other division to let me 
know at once, so I can get them lined up for 130. 
If the brothers from other divisions will send me 
their names when they come to this division, we 
will see that they are called Bro. instead of Mr. 

Would be glad to have more items for the next 
issue, if some of the brothers would help me. 

C. R. Hunt. 

Atlantic Coast Line Ry. 

Charleston District — 

All the winter offices are being opened up as 
fast as possible. The line will be full of new 
men, and we should find out if they have a card 
and have them transferred. If not, insist upon 
.them getting one, and show them how to make 
a start in that direction. Tell everybody of our 
regular meeting day (second Sunday in each 
month, in Charleston), and invite all members to 
meet with us. Everybody be wide awake and on 
his job, and let's save our chief the trouble of 
having to jack up any of us about anything. 
Those of us who have any dealings with the **28'* 
car report had better be on hand at the proper 
time, or he will most certainly receive a com- 
tnunication from the chief, for he banks on the 
information given in this report and must have it 

Every member who possibly can should attend 
every meeting, as you get next to things you can't 
possibly learn elsewhere. We initiate every can- 
didate on our division, and it is your duty to 
be present to either cast a vote for or against him 
and take part or witness his initiation. We have 
a secretary who will gladly accept your dues at 
any meeting, thereby relieving you of the trouble 
tnd expense of postal or express money order. 
You are not taxed anything at these meetings, so 
don't get the idea into your head that we are 
going to beg you for anything. Come, let's all 
get together and stay together, which is very es- 
sential in the cause we represent. Bro. Williams, 
of Wilson, was with us and conducted our last 
two meetings, and was delighted with our prog- 
ress and the present condition of things in gen- 
eral on our district. We are grateful to Bro. 
Williams for the interest taken in our meetings, 
and we are hopeful of entertaining him socially 
on one of his trips through at some future date 
as a token of appreciation. 

Some of the late assignments are: Bro. D. J. 
Kirton to second Jacksonboro, relieving "Operene" 
Addison; Bro. S. M. Mo-)re to second Vardell; 
P. H. Chester to third "HN" Charieston; J. W. 
Braziel to agency Pon Pon, vice Bro. E. O. Rey- 
nolds, to Jacksonboro agency. 

Bennetts yard has been opened as permanent 
positions; assignments are not yet out. 

Effingham second and thirl, and Ridgeland sec- 
ond and third on bulletin. Good jobs for extra 
men. As soon as they land, all hands jump them 
about a card, and let's get our interest on amount 

Bro. J. H. Champlin, of Division 92. has trans- 
ferred to our division, and we are glad to welcome 
the new brother; also Bro. J. Hamilton, of the 

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Grand Dtrision, whom we also hope to transfer 
and keep with us. 

Bros. Brooker and Gumming were in Charles- 
ton one day recently. Bro. Pete Cam, Ashley Jet., 
off a few days to attend to business in Otranto, 
Saxon, Oakley and other northern points, was 
relieved by second trick man there, and he by 
Bro. Turner, of Mt. Holly. 

Bro. R. H. Tuttle, of Bonneau, was relieved, 
while off getting married, by Bro. G. F. Turner, 
of Effingham, who also has matrimonial ideas 
floating^ through his ''bean." 

Three new jobs at Santee River will soon be 
opened on our district. Effingham and Salters will 
be opened shortly, and we will be able to get in 
touch with a couple of brothers who have been 
silent for quite a while, so far as the wires are 
concerned. It looks rather against Gourdin being 
opened as a telegraph station any more, as *'GN" 
tower will be so close on one side and Lanes on 
the other. 

Remember about the new men coming in, and 
do what you can to land them. Let's all get down 
to business while there is plenty of business. Any 
information as to blanks, rates, etc., will be gladly 
furnished by simply dropping me a note, care 
dbpatcher's office, Charleston, S. C. 

H. E. BoLiCK, Local Chairman. 

Sat€Hnah District — 

Bro. N. W. Mcintosh, recently on the sick list, 
is up and around again. 

Bro. LaFrage, of Ways, Ga., is at home in Troy, 
Ala., with an attack of typhoid fever. Trust he 
will soon be around. 

Bro. Fuller, second Ludowici, is now with the 
Southern at Blackville, S. C. Mr. Campbell, 
Ludowici, has gone in business in Alabama, re- 
lieved by a member. 

Bro. Wheeler relieved Bro. Webb. Dyal, while 
he was in Waycross hospital being treated for 
poisoned hands. 

Bro. Cox, Mcintosh, was the host at an oyster 
roast given there recently. There was a bunch on 
band, including Dispatcher Clark, who favored the 
boys with one of his characteristic speeches. They 
all had such a large time that Bro. Cox had to 
call for relief next day. Can't say whether it 
was the pepper sauce or the oysters.. 

Mr. Daniel our chief, accompanied by Dispatcher 
Jones, returned from a short fishing trip recently, 
having landed a 27-pound bass. 

Bro. Smith was elected councilman of Folkston 
for a term of three years. 

A number of the boys formerly on this district 
have drifted back including Bros. Massingale and 

Bro. W. L. Barefoot has returned and is on first 
trick **DE" Savannah. Everybody is glad to^see 
him back again. 

Bro. Clements has been advanced to a trick 
in Savannah dispatcher's office. All the boys are 
wishing him success. Mr. Leary from Waycross, 
i% working third trick there. It is pleasing to us 
to note that the offidala have selected these promis- 

ing young men from the ranks and feel certain 
that they will prove their worth. 

New members are: L. W. Strickland, Ways, 
Ga.; M. B. Mullinax, Mcintosh, Ga., and E. A. 
Bright, Jacksonville, Fla. 

Bro. Hollahan has secured the required twenty- 
five new members this year to secure a watch. 
Blanks have been furnished several others who 
will soon be with the crowd. 

It is hoped that those who regularly come to 
this district every season to take advantage of 
the increases and better conditions secured from 
time to time will wake up to the fact that it is 
about time that they paid for their share in the 
prosperity and get a card. 

It is contemplated to have a "feast" and meet- 
ing in Jesup some time after the rush is over. So 
get out your fiddle and string up the bow. 

Tim O'Shba. 

"Big Four" R. R. 

Chicago Division West — 

Did you ever see the "spineless creature," who, 
when he had lost his job or some misfortune had 
befell him, would fold his hands and with the 
utmost sincerity say, "The Lord will provide?" 
Now, no doubt, the Lord appreciates his implicit 
faith in His ability to take care of him, but I have 
noticed during twenty years of roaming around, 
the Lord invariably fights shy of such people, and 
it is a good thing for all concerned that' He does. 
When I go to heaven I want to have a good time. 
There will be no railroads nor landlords to worry 
with. So I intend to sit down after I have 
registered in and steep my Astral soul in the 
sweet melodies 6i "Turkey in the Straw" and 
"Red Wing," playing them on my new harp. But 
I couldn't enjoy myself in the company of such 
people. They would not be there long enough to 
learn the names of the streets before they would 
be yelling for a piano tuner to work on their harp 
or for a porter to polish their crown. Besides 
they would come around where I was playing and 
insist on singing to my tunes, thus causing me to 
get "all balled up." So if St. Peter ever lays 
off to go to a ball game and a sub lets a few nons 
in, I will give up my equipment and go to the 
other place, get a small agency and work fourteen 
hours for $53.00 and commis.^on. The "spineless* 
creature" referred to is commonly known as the 
"non." One can find them most any place. If you 
look closely you many find one in your office, and 
if you can not get him to join the best plan is to 
ignore him. Why will you endure a man who 
calmly sits by and allows you to work and get 
him an increase, who, instead of being grateful, 
is the first to yell when the company breaks some 
trifling part of the agreement. Get rid of him; 
then open the windows and let the office air out. 

We hope you had a merry Christmas, that you 
will have a happy New Year, and if you haven't 
done it, do it now — send in that five beans and 
show us what you are made of. Our committee 
goes up in January. Here's looking at them. 

Bro. Turner was in Springfield recently, relieved 
by Bro. Boyd. 

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The new phone arrangement works O. K., aK 
though we on the west end have a hard lime 
separating the little "electric impulses, which "Rep" 
stirs up at the other end, from the noises made by 
the local, city phone, and the fair young thing who 
can't work the gum machine. 

Bro. Harris is enjoying pastoral i>ursuits in 
"ieah old Kaintuck," and tearing off a large sized 
time in New Orleans. 

Sister Dainwood bid in "RO" regular, relieving 
Mr. Insko. 

New office at "KT," Bro. Argenbright, first; 
Messieurs, Lucas and Wright, second and third. 
They have nothing to do until tomorrow if they 
arc not all in when they get through hurtling bag- 
gage. All for $62.50. 

We will have Broderick at "MA" with us after 
the first. 

Now fellers, you see the extent of the write-up. 
The offices mentioned are the ones who sent me 
the news. Hereafter I will make it a point to see 
who is taking an interest. If you are just holding 
a card on general principles, wake up. 

Div. Cor. 

Grbensburg, Ind., December 22, 1913. 
Bro. G. B. Harris, first St. *Anne, is appointed 
correspondent for the Chicago Division west, fic- 
count Bro. F. C. Bussert giving up the work. 
Brothers, please take notice and try to get some 
news in occasionally. A. J. Hornung, L. C. 

Cleveland Division — 

Bro. Dutton is still working the agent's job at 
Augusta account Agent Tobias* wife being sick. 
Extra Harrison working third Vernon; Chas. 
Henry sick. 

Ed Kelly, night chief dispatcher at "DI," is 
now trainmaster on the Sandy Division. O. C. 
Wyman, trainmaster Michigan Division, trans- 
ferred to chief dispatcher at Cleveland; Mr. Kelly, 
assistant' Chas. Bourroughs appointed assistant 
trainmaster, vice Wm. Carter, promoted. The 
rumor is that the Cleveland Division dispatchers 
will be transferred to Bellefontaine along with the 
other officials next spring. 

As we are about to open negotiations with the 
company for a new schedule, would like to see 
every brother get after the nons working close to 
them and try and get them to come in with us 
and help bear the expense. I have written a 
letter to every non whom we would care to have, 
and you can help a lot by getting after them your- 

I am glad to say that the list of delinquents on 
the division is very small and there are quite a 
number of extra men coming in. 

Bro. Scott, second Edison, on an extended vaca- 
tion through the West, relieved by Mr. Gallagher, 
from third Cardington. 

Bro. W. P. Dick, is on third Leonardsburg 
pending bids. Bro. C. M. Young, **A," off with 
a lame arm, relieved by Extra Irwin, who later 
went to second Linndale. 

The meeting at Cleveland this month was well 
attended, our former local chairman, H. R. Rey- 

nolds, being on hand. "RN" still is up to date, 
and we are glad to have him with us. 

I Some of you have not turned in your infonna- 
tion blanks yet. Please get them in at once to be 
used by the general committee. 

Marsh and Ashley nights closed. Bro. Willauer, 
first Marsh, laid off, a twelve-hour stunt being too 
much for his health, relieved by Bro. Golden. 

Bro. Bogan, assigned third Rush, being the next 
oldest man bidding on the job, and Bro. Rollins 
staying at Ashley. This will cover all cases of this 
kind in the future. 

.Assignments: First "DI" Otto 9tine; fifth 
"DI," Bro. G. E, Foltz; sixth "DI," A. M. Davies; 
third Harper, G. E. Dodds; third Ashley, Bro. 
E. A. Rollins; second Leonardsburg, Bro. W. P. 
Dick; third Leonardsburg, W. Alexander. Extra 
Kautzman on third Harper till filled by Bro. 
Dodds. Operator Cleveland, third Larue, off a few 
days, also relieved by Extra Kautzman, who then 
relieved Bro. Edwards, second Harper on account 
of sickness of his wife. 

Trains were detoured over the T. O. C, Edison 
to Martel, then to the Big Four, Indianapolis 
Division, until the Edison wreck was cleared. 

I wish to thank Bro. Edwards, Harper, for some 
of these items, he being the only one who makes 
any attempt to help us have a write-up every 
month. Ckrt. 1123. 

Sandusky Division — 

Happy New Year. 

Bro. Smith is enjoying his morning walks to 

Bro. Shultz bid in third Knisley, his home town, 
and Bro. Kahlefras, second Osborne, bid in third 

Mr. Moorefield, third Par, has gone South. 

Bro. C. O. Delp is now third trick operator and 
ticket agent at Middletown depot. He was baggage 
agent on 105 one Sunday morning recently. 

Don't forget to have a different colored card for 
January. 1914. They are beauties, boys. 

Bro. Foley has a new bug. Watch out. 

J. Hildebrand bid in first Lad relieved on first 
•*F.\" by Bro. Harper, F. Huber on second. 

F. Williams is on first Rox, and Mr. Cox re- 
lieved Mr. Rowland on second Galloway. 

The Sandusky Division dispatchers arc back at 
"J" again, and Rube was appointed chief dis- 

Now, boys, get new members while we have a 
"cracker jack" of a chairman. Let's make the 
division solid. Attend the meeting and get ac- 
quainted. We want to meet you. 

Bro. Glass bid in first Shale, leaving second 
"SA" open. 

Bro. Hertel is on third "XD." It sounds good 
to have an old head on the job again. 

Bro. Emmerson is visiting in Dayton often. 
Please advise. 

Get that non next door, brothers. .\11 lend a 
hand and we can easily make this division solid. 

Send me the news boys, so we can have ^ write- 
up every month. All help. One man can not do 
it alone. Send the news to Franklin, Ohio. 
Wm. H. Aloe, Div. Cor., "KX," Cert. 1525. 

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Maine Central R. R. 

Eastern Diz-ision — 

Bro. Comings, of South Orrington, has been 
appointed agent at \Vinn; Sister McFarland, sec- 
ond, and Bro. Blaisdell, third Forest; Earl R. 
Crocker, third Kingman; Bro. Merryficld, of 
Monmouth, first Mattawamkeag; T. F. Cosgrove, 
first "B" office; Bro. Morse, clerk-operator Wood- 
land, and Bro. Farady, second Bancroft. 

Request your local chairman to furnish you 
with an office sign, "No card, no favors," and live 
up to it. Treat the non well, but let him get a 
card if he wants favors. 

I am pleased to state that the percentage of 
membership on this division is now greater than 
at any previous time since organizing. We have 
less than half a dozen non-members and think 
we can soon get them all. 

Find quite a few errors in the seniority list, 
and would like to have it correct. Check yours 
with the following, and if any error, notify me: 
Eastern Division — j\bbott, E. E., Sept. 9, 1907; 
Atwood, V. F., Oct. 5, 1911; Aldrich, W. F., 
March 27, 1913; Babkirk, A. A., May 1, 1895; 
Blaisdell, Burleigh, April 28, 1913; Buckley, J. L., 
Oct. 7, 1912; Buchanan, Wm., March 16, 1911; 
Clark, J. E.. May, 1886; Comings, H. E.. June 
30, 1899; Cook, C. P., June 15, 1897; Cosgrove, 
J. A., Jan. 9, 1909; Crabtree, F. S., 1904; Cran- 
dlemire, F., Nov. 18, 1908; Crane, G. D., jQct. 1, 
1890; Crane, L. F., Feb., 1894; Cromwell, J. R.. 
April 14, 1908; Cummings, R. E., March 17, 
1913; Crandlemire, C, April 13, 1912; Dennis, 
A. J-, April 30, 1897; Dennis. A. L, June 5, 
1902; Desmond, R. M., Aug. 29, 1906; Ellis, H. 
J., Dec 2, 1912; Foster. A. E., Oct. 4, 1884; 
French, R. M., Sept. 11, 1909; Graham, O. M., 
Aug. 1, 1906; Higgins, H. S., Nov., 1905; Hinch, 
R- H., May 13, 1897; Hobbs. V. W., Sept. 12, 
1893; Hodgkins, E. G., June, 1903; Herrick, E. 
G.. Oct. 21, 1912; Jenkins, C. L. F., Nov. 26, 
1912; Leach, H. W., Dec. 3, 1908; Leard. C. H.. 
April 10, 1905; Lewis, R. A., April 22, 1908; 
Lindsay, A. M., May 1, 1896; Lindsay, P. H.. 
July 17. 1899; Lindsay, C. S., May 9, 1907; 
Mann, L E., Sept. 25, 1905; Marsh, P. M., July 
18. 1905; Merryfield, T. R., April 24, 1911; Mile% 
M. A., Nov., 1882; Maddocks, H. A., Sept. 4, 
1911; McFarland. L. B., Dec. 1, 1910; Morse. 
L. A., Aug. 14, 1908; McFarland, E., Jan. L 
1901: MacKenzie, J. A., Oct. 22, 1901; Milan, 
G. F., Aug. 20, 1913; Milliken, H. G.. Aug. 11, 
1898; Moorsc, R. W.. May 21. 1910; McCarthy, 

F. W.. Jane 27. 1912; McTague, J. H., Feb. 15, 
1913; Neal, L. E., Sept. 3. 1909; Neal, N. B., 
March 16, 1903; Perry, H. G., May 2, 1904; 
Plummer. R. J., Aug. 25, 1891; Prouty, H. A., 
.\pril 22, 1903; Robinson. H. G., April, 1902; 
Reynolds. D. C, March 16, 1911; Ross, M. J., 
July 1, 1904; Scrrbncr, C. E., Dec, 1900; Smith, 

G. H., May 1, 1898; Shannon, C. D., Sept. 7, 
1909; Shea, E. A., April 1, 1911; Trafton, F. E., 
July 1, 1908; Tripp, H. M., Dec. 12, 1905; True- 
worthy, R.. July 13. 1912; Wardwell, I. L., 1875; 
Wiggin. C D., Aug. 25, 1897; Wright, E. S., 
March 11. 1912. 

Calais Branch— Bishop, Clifford D., Dec. 12, 
1898; Desmond, James F., Feb. 26, 1899; Day, 
Edgar A., July 16, 1902; Downes, Herbert W., 
June, 1904; Fickett, E. E., May 13, 1906; Farns- 
worlh, Herbert, G., Oct. 28, 1908; Gardner, Ralph, 
A., Nov. 1, 1900; Hillgrove, Leonard R., July, 
1903; Kirkpatrick, Fred d., Oct. 3, 1912; Knowles, 
Steven J.. April 15, 1905; Leighton, Harvey G., 
Dec. 16, 1899; Leighton, James A., July 28, 1909; 
Leddy, Eugene, Oct. 24, 1912; Miller, Leonard, 
Dec. 1, 1903; Myrick, William C, Dec 11, 1898; 
Miles. Alfred L., Nov. 10, 1899; Miner, William 
C, March 1; 1903; Miles, H. T., Jan. 8, 1913; 
Murphy, Paul H., Dec 12. 1912; O'Brine, Ed- 
ward, Aug. 1, 1901; Reed, Lewis W.. April 3. 
WOO; Sylvcst, Arthur L., May 27, 1901; Stuart, 
Frank P., Nov. 25, 1902; Wilson, Pluma C, Jan. 
1, 1907; Wakefield, Raymond B., March 3. 1910. 

Bro. Miles lost several days in being transferred 
from Anson to Perry, and, being unable to get 
pay from the company, placed the matter in my 
hands. It was adjusted and he got straight time. 
It is policy to have an up-to-date card in stormy 
weather, and very few of us know when a 
ttorm is coming. Tell the non-members to get 
a storm insurance card. E. McFarland, L. C. 

Portland Division — 

/ Bro. Merrifield, clerk Monmouth, who was on 
a two weeks' leave of absence, visited his parents 
in Richmond, has bid in third New Gloucester. 

Understand the company is thinking of cutting 
out West Benton station and laying the track via 

Brunswick, Augusta, Woolwich and Richmond 
^are solid. It is now Bros. Brown, Dickey and 
Gray, also Laurence at Vassalboro ani Beane, 
spare — a newlywed. Congratulations. 

Boys, don't get behind on the "OS." Danks 
doesn't like to repeat, and you might get one of 
those white letters. 

Ex-Bro. Delano landed second Burnham Jet., 
vice Mr. Earles. Hope he will soon get a card 

Bro. Worth Brown, telegrapher-clerk Fairfield, 
was up to Berlin, N. H., recently on business. 

Bro. Dailey, agent Richmond, on three weeks' 
leave, relieved by Bro. Gray, and he on first by 
Bro. Beane. 

S. F. Haskell is on third Ruraford Jet. pending 

Charles, Jr., has arrived at the "home of Bro. 
Hackett. We hope no spikes are lying around on 
the track he will have to cover in the early hours 
with one passenger aboard. 

Bros. J. E. Fardy and S. A. Lavallee visited 
Bro. Wood at his home in Winthrop recently. 
Bro. Wood has resigned as agent at Gray on 
account of sickness, but intends to go on as trick 
operator later on. We all wish him a speedy re- 

After twenty-seven years' service on the Mains 
Central, Mr. Nichols, agent at Bowdoinham, has 
left station work and is now in the accounting 
department at Portland, his position being filled by 
Mr. Clark, formerly agent at Winn. Mrs. Jack, 

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his daughter, also resigned at the ?amc time, her 
position as operator being filled by Bro. Beane, 
later by Bro. R. E. Robinson. 

Pay up your dues, boys. Ask the car knockers 
at Waterville shop what happened to them when 
they dropped out. You can bet there is a union 
there now. "A word to the wise is sufficient." 
Let's all get wise. 

While on a visit to St. Anne de Beaupre on my 
vacation I visited one of the stations and was sur- 
prised to see a brother up there., Both electric 
and steam cars are run on that road, and only 
fifteen or twenty stations on the road — all solid 
O. R. T. 

The new station at Augusta is certainly a beauty, 
also three good-looking brothers running it. 

How about a meeting, boys? and it wouldn't be 
a bad idea to give us a dance. 

This makes my second year here in the woods. 
Jo. NoLEs, 400. 

Grand Rapids & Indiana Ry. 

Northern Division — 

It would be a good thing to appoint one of the 
boys correspondent ani get a little write-up in 
every time, and have the others send him all the 
news possible. 

Bojrs, you must all see that the other fellow 
has a card, one of the Same color as yours and 
can flash it on a moment's notice. "Get busy" 
should be our slogan and ''No card, no favors'* 
our watchword. 

Bros. W. A. Gates and R. L. Gates spent a 
month pleasantly with the old folks at home in 
Virginia. Bro. W. A. goes to first Reed City, 
and Bro. R. L. to Morley as agent. Bro. C. H. 
Daley, who relieved the latter as agent at Elmira, 
has been placed there permanently, relieved by 
Bro. Walter Holbrook on third Boyne Falls. 
"Mr." Mancy couldn't stani the pressure at "KS" 
tower and was relieved by Bro. Avery, of the 
G. T., making "KS" solid. 

Mr. Waitc is relieving Mr. Leahy on third "A" 
Kalkaska awhile. 

Bro. F. C. Frymire, Alba, spent a month during 
the deer season in the upper peninsi^a, relieved by 
Bro. C. A. Brownell, of the P. M. 

Bro. G. A. Hilliker, formerly of Mancelona, 
spent a few days there visiting with Bro. J. M. 
Bartholomy. George is looking good. Come again, 
old man. 

Mr. Shue, of "FN** siding, worked a few nights 
at **KS'* tower, relieved by Mr. Norton, a product 
of the Howard City ham shop. Boys, remember 
the slogan. Mr. Pugh relieved Mr. Shue at "KS*' 
several days, and was relieved again by Mr. Shue. 

In the death of C. E. Johnson, boys, we have 
lost a good friend. He had the blanks all filled out 
to become a brother on pay day. He was relieving 
Mr. Hough, agent at Clarion, on vacation, who 
returned the day Mr. Johnson came down with 
appendicitis and was taken to Lockwood Hospital 
at Pctoskey and died there five days later. He 
was twenty-one years of age last August. The 
company has lost a good man and the parents a 

loving son, always the same to everyone. The 
funeral was held at Clarion, November 23d, at- 
tended by a very large number of friends. Bros. 
W. S. Plummer, of Pellston; W. W. Holbrook, of 
Boyne Falls, and L. B. Babcock, of Petoskey, and 
Messrs. A. B. Weyant, freight agent Petoskey, and 
Stephenson, of Pellston, were in attendance. Mr. 
Johnson's father, A. Johnson, is section forman at 

Bio. R. A. Norin has returned from his western 
trip and relieved Bro. C. L. Sheets, who is in 
**DS" office. P. L. Boulard, dispatcher "GN," en 
six months' leave. 

Bros. L. L. Wright and E. O. Brotherton have 
relume 1 from vacation. 

L. F. Judkins, agent Fife Lake for a number of 
years, has taken third Walton Jet., relieved by R. 
G. Herrick, of Pellston. J. L. Merrinane gets 

There has been some changing of agents lately: 

B. V. Marble, of Muskegon, gets Grand Rapids 
freight agency, vice Robt. Orr, deceased; C. L. 
Lane, of Reed City, to Muskegon ; E. C. Amphlett, 
of Mackinaw City, to Reed City; H. E. Blue, Man- 
ton to Mackinaw City; E. Phelps, freight agent 
Petoskey, to Manton; A. B. Weyant, Pellston, to 
freight agency Petoskey, and L. C. Lacey, Morley 
to Pellston. 

V. A. Pool, agent Harbor Springs, off a while, 
was relieved by Relief Agent Graves, now reliev- 
ing L. E. Foxworthy at Alanson. Skidoo. 

Trinity and Brazos Valley Ry. 

The months of October, November and Decem- 
ber will ever be remembered as eventful ones by 
the officers and members of Division 144. October 
saw the planning and the high hopes of everyone 
for a revised and better contract; November 
brought the negotiations which were completed in 
the short space of about nine hours all told, and 
Thanksgiving day our fondest hopes were realized 
and there was more than usual to be thankful tor. 
Christmas brought its additional pleasures in the 
full enjoyment of a contract that we believe is 
second to none. 

The committee carrying on the negotiations was 
composed of Bros. D. W. Ram«%y, general chair- 
man. Bard well, Texas; N. W. Smith, general sec- 
retary and treasurer, ani Horace Kemble, local 
chairman, Teaguc, Tex.; R. E. Evans, local chair- 
man, Newby, Texas, and T. H. Stanton, special 
committeeman, Corsicana, Texas. These brothers 
went to Houston on No. 7, October 26th prepared 
to meet President Robins and Superintendent 
Allen on Monday morning the 27th. This meet- 
ing covered about three and one-half hours and 
all features of the revised schedule were promptly 
agreed upon, down to the wage increases; deferred 
until November 16th, when the committee again 
met in Houston, with headquarters at the Milby 
Hotel, ready for another auiience with the offi- 
cials. Every one of the committee was in the 
best of spirits, determined and confident, feeling 
as they expressed it to the officials: "We have 
not approached you as committees most often do. 

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anticipating about half of what is asked for, but 
wc have made a very conservative estimate and 
arc expecting every cent of it/* and what was 
ii3i£sed of getting it all was only about two and 
a half per cent. The total figures amounted to 
nine and three-tenths, while about six and scven- 
tenths was secured. It was a real pleasure to 
deal with Messrs. Robins and Allen, and all 
matters were closed up on the 17th and 18th with- 
out the least bit of friction. The road is gaining 
a well deserved reputation of having the finest 
bunch of official in the country to work for, and 
the boys on this division are going to show their 
appreciation of the treatment they receive by 
"delivering the goods" every day in the year. 

And now for a word about the good things we 
secured. The first clause carries the words: "It 
is understood and agreed between the management 
and the telegraphers" instead of merely "Rules and 
Regulations.'* The three-year bumping clause in 
•Article III encourages one to settle down to a 
position and feel secure. It reads: "When posi- 
tions are abolished or force reduced, telegrapher 
affected may displace any junior telegrapher, ex- 
cept those who have been assigned to a regular 
position continuously three years or more, or go 
on the extra list, retaining his seniority. In event 
there are no telegraphers in the service younger 
than three yeats, the youngest telegrapher may be 

Article IV reads: "Telegraphers with families, 
who have been assigned regular one year or longer, 
will be given ten days' notice if cut off through 
reduction of force or abolishing of position.** 

The concessions secured in the hours of service 
and meal hour articles were most gratifying. At 
one-man stations the men only work eleven hours, 
as in the past, with one hour of this time for 
meal, commencing and ending between the hours 
of 11:30 and 1:30 day or night, as the case may 
be; the words "commencing and ending** were 
introduced to prevent the frequent argument that 
if a telegrapher got started to his meal even as 
late as 1:29 it was in conformity with the old 
contract. At three-man stations and dispatchers' 
ofhces, eight consecutive hours, without time for 
meal, constitutes n day's work; at the two-man 
stations, or nine-hour jobs, the men will get thirty 
minutes of this time for lunch. The overtime rate 
was raised to a minimum of thirty-five cents, as 
against twenty-five cents in the past. Telegraphers 
on duty at wrecks, washouts and similar emergency 
offices who formerly received $2.50 per day of 
ten hours or less, time computed from time they 
started until they returned, except deductions 
would be made for time relieved from duty for 
rest, will now receive $3.00 per day for ten 
hours or less, time to be computed ^rora time they 
Bre called to start until they return, with deduc- 
tions as above and $2.00 expense money as in the 
past: this makes practi$:ally $5.00 per day for this 
dass of work. Telegraphers required to leave 
their home station to relieve another telegrapher 
will receive $2.00 per day expense money. 

The miniminn pay for telegraphers is now $65.00 
per month, as against $60.00 in the past There 

is not now an agency on the line paying less than 
$70.00, eleven of them having been raised from 
$65.00. This is approaching right onto the much- 
Ulked-of $75.00 minimum. Let's all try a little 
co-operation and make it a reality. Several agen- 
cies were raised from $70.00 to $75.00 some to 
$80.00, and one to $87.50; none of the regular 
assigned cashiers are receiving less than $80.00 
since the new rates went into effect; terminals 
and junctions are now paying $75.00, $77.50, and 
one $95.00; relay men are now getting $80.00 and 
$90.00. Express and telegraph commissions are 
provided for in the wage schedule and can not 
be taken away without an adjustment being made. 

A contract like this should certainly bring the 
few remaining nons into the fold especially the 
one for whom a $10.00 raise was secured, and who 
is holding out on account of a little grudge, blam- 
ing the division and heaping upon our shoulders 
a load the origin of which he could find by look- 
ing at home. 

There are now fifty-eight telegraphers enjoying 
seniority on our list, with eleven non-members 
or delinquents, whom we expect to soon line up. 

Bro. O. Thompson, T. & V. B. Jet., was in 
Houston on November 16th and 17th, and was at 
the train to shake hands with the committee" when 
they landed on the 16th. We were all glad to 
see him. 

It gives us great pleasure to have Bro. J. P. 
Kellcy back with us on third "JC." after being 
so long out in Morenci, Ariz. Thought we had 
about lost him. Stay with us, boy. Bro. R. V. 
Smith, second "JC,** enjoyed a vacation during 
the holidays. C. O. Presley, former dispatcher in 
"Dl,** is back with us in the telegraph department, 
assisting Bro. O. Thompson, on first "JC,** who 
has to spend a great dea^ of his time looking after 
the yard situation, due to congestion of business 
caused l.y recent floods. 

Bro. C. W. Weaver, cashier Waxahachie, bid in 
the cashiership at Mexia, relieved by Bro. C. E. 
Earl, ticket clerk Waxahachie. Bro. C. H. Wagner 
is back with us again and settled down to cozy 
housekeeping at Waxahachie. 

Bro. J. B. Milstead, agent Reagor Springs, off 
two weeks during the holidays, relieved by Bro. 
J. A. Morgan, of the T. & P., whom we hope will 
stay with us. 

Bro. D. W. Ramsay, our general chairman, 
spent Christmas at home in dear old Bardwell 
and used that $10.00 raise to spread the Christ- 
mas menu with good "eats.** 

Bro. W. B. Langford, formerly cashier Mexia, 
bid in Embouse agency, vice Bro. W. H. Luns- 
ford, resigned, after long years of service, to 
accept a position with the pipe line company. 

Bro. T. H. Stanton, first Corsicana, who served 
on our committee on the revised contract, is tak- 
ing an active part in all division matters. We arc 
more than glad to have him on our division and 
hope to see him elected to oflice in the near future. 
Having had a broad experience, and naturally an 
enthusiastic worker, he loves to be "in harness." 
He is doing us n world of good. Bros. G. W. 
Howell and M. A. Cummings, second and third 

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Corsicana, are both new members, whom we are 
proud of. 

Bro. J. A. Boyd, agent Navarro, is enjoying life 
on his elegant little farm near the station. It is 
gratifying to know that a great many of the agents 
and operators along the line are acquiring land, 
and managing their farms witli great success. 
The T. & B. V. Ry. runs through a territory in 
which property is increasing every year, and the 
telegraphers are using good judgment in making 
these investments. It should be the aim of every 
one to secure some of this land and settle down 
with a comfortable home. 

Bro. E. E. Hardie, agent Kirvin, has a little 
agency that is growing right along, and he is 
getting on fine. 

Bro. F. E. Stevens, agent Teague, has plenty 
of work to keep him going, but never too busy to 
show his interest in matters of the division. We 
like to see these brothers who are holding exclu- 
sive agencies and other promotions stay with the 
boys who are building up a progressive division. 
Bro. J. E. Glenn has been on the sick list, but 
we hope for his complete recovery soon. He is 
in the branch office of the superintendent of car 
service at Teague where our old-time friend, Mr. 
Cash, holds forth. These two worthy boys have 
a neatly equipped little office and are handling 
the "red and green ball" freight movement to a 
finish. Bro. Ferd Hamilton, second Teague, on a 
two weeks' vacation during the holidays, visited 
home folks at Sweetwater, Texas. Bro. J. I. 
Maxwell, third Teague, has returned from a visit 
to New Orleans and other points. Bro. Horace 
Kemble, first Teague, and wife, spent Christmas 
with their folks in Denison, Texas. Bro. G. W. 
Maynari, first trick dispatcher Teague, as well 
as the other two boys, H. V. Evans and W. M. 
Upshaw, are keeping the train sheets pretty well 
filled up during the movement of congested freight, 
due to the recent washouts. 

Our amiable chief, E. R. Gassman, is "on the 
job" every minute of the day, with his smile and 
pleasant words, making it a pleasure to "hit the 
ball." He meets all the reverses, such as wash- 
outs and wrecks, good naturedly, and goes in to 
win out. Our energetic and pleasant trainmaster, 
J. .W. Games, has been sticking pretty close to 
the dispatcher's ofiice, assisting Mr. Gassman 4n 
handling the trying situation. Superintendent 
H. E. Allen has been up and down the line, right 
on the scenes of the trouble, and the prompt and 
efficient work of the officials, assisted by an able 
following of employes, has enabled the T. & B. V. 
to recover from the floods and handle traffic with 
only slight interruption. Bro. D. B. Frost, our 
lineman, is passing around the cigars celebrating 
the advent of a fine baby girl at his home. S. B. 
Kelley, chief clerk to Superintendent Allen, is to 
be commended for his policy of having everyone 
concerned live strictly up to the telegraphers* con- 
tract. Mr. Kelley is a great baseball enthusiast, 
and still talks of the great world's series game. 

P. Conners, cashier at Cleburne, has returned 
from a two weeks' vacation and hunting trip to 
find a copy of the revised schedule awaiting him. 

He says he will soon be Bro. Conners. Bro IT 
A. Nelson, recently reinstated, who came ' i V 
from Oklahoma and relieved Mr. Conners at ( ' 
' burne, is now at Dobbin agency, relieving 1 - 
J. H. Henderson, on sixty days' leave. 

Bro. W. Cole, Covington agency, who hae 
had a vacation for four years, is now figurin. 
a little needed rest. 

Bro. C. W. Bryan, Osceola agency, keeping ' 
ball rolling like the rest of us, enjoyed his C -i- 
mas turkey. 

Bro. M. M. Cotton is still at Hillsboro " ... 
ering the goods." 

Bro. W. C. Driggs, Bynum agency, has aV >■ ' 
a great deal of cotton this fall. We tried K. 
to secure a helper, and know he will not i 
hard of us for being unable to do so this time. 

Bro. T. R. Decn, Malone agency, was boosted 
up in salary along with others in the recent wage 

Bro. J. I. Weatherford, cashier Hubbard, is 
always there with prompt service on the wire and 
with tests. Let's all take a little tip from him 
and make ourselves worthy of the new contract. 

Bro. G. W. Thorpe, Cooledge agency, reports 
the parcel post increasing his mail business until 
it is no longer a little sack for the shoulder, but 
a dray load, and that it costs money to have it 
hauled. Something should be done through legis- 
lation about this mail proposition. 

Bro. C. B. Tomme, operator Cooledge, resigned 
after a long servke, was relieved by J. C. 

Bro. J. R. Eskew, Donie agency, is improving 
and making a valuable piece of property out of his 
nice farm. 

Bro. T. C. Montgomery, Concord agency, has 
improved that station 100 per cent under his ad- 

Bro. R. E. Evans, Newby agency, our local 
chairman on the south end and one of the com- 
mittee on the revision, came in for a $7.50 raise. 
Unfortunately, he had to leave Houston before 
the negotiations were completed, and the rest of 
the bunch had a joke on him that he "beat it" as 
soon as he got the raise. 

Bro. A. E. Gormley, Flynn agency, is getting the 
business there. 

Bro. C. H. Crockett, North Zulch agency, has 
had lots of trouble with his meal hour on account 
of the noon passengers, but these words in the new 
contract, "commencing and ending between 11:30 
and 1:30," fixed him up all O. K., and with his 
$5 raise "Davy" is now "jam up.' 

Bro. J. A. Newsom, lola agency; Bro. D. W. 
Norman, Singleton agency; Bro. Wm. Reddy. 
Shiro agency; Bro. R. L. Lienweber, Richards 
agency, and Bro.-R. E. Lavender, North Houston 
agency, report "no news of especial interest." 
The latter, we are glad to state, was reinstated 
several months ago to his old position there. 

The brothers at Tom Ball, as well as Teague 
and Corsicana, are greatly elated over their eight- 
hour tricks and the $75 minimum at th^se stations. 
Bro. G. F. Barnhiil, first Tom Ball, still handles 
the express, but, owing to the eight-hour shift, 

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some new arrangement will be put into effect re- 
garding it. Bro. N. B. Anderson, on second, 
reports his farm in good shape. Bro. B. P. Lee, 
third, spent a few days in Houston recently, 
relieved by C O. Presley. Tom Ball (exclusive) 
agency was r«:ently transferred from W. F. Crab- 
tree to J. F. McDonald. Neither are telegra- 
phers. While both gentlemen are our friends 
and we want to see them do well, we believe these 
exclusive agencies should be given to telegraphers 
in the way of promotions, thereby encouraging 
tbcm to look forward to something better. 

Bro. A. L. Burrow, the faithful old war horse 
who spent so many years in Teague as operator 
and personal record clerk in the superintendent's 
office, is now personal record clerk in President 
Robin's office. We hated to lose "ABO/* but 
glad to see him do well. He is now working 
alongside of our dear friend, Judge G. W. Frazee, 
operator *'HS** office. 

Bro. Carl F. Bartz, day operator and clerk Gal- 
veston, is enjoying life in the "Island City,** even 
though the telegraphing grows heavier every 
month, and tlie cotton movement is on. 

Sister C. Smylie, Newby nights, who managed 
Xewby station on both dates while Bro. Evans 
was on committee work in Houston, was on a 
few days* vacation during the holidays. Sister 
Ethel Smylie, Dobbin, nights, was also off a few 
days during the holidays. 

Bro. J. H. Fcrrell, of the Grand, has returned 
from the W. V. Ry., and is now on extra here. 

Bro. J. C. Cherry was at Big Sandy, Tex., when 
last heard from. We would be glad to have him 
come back and hang onto the extra board. We 
are always delighted to hear from any of the old 
boys and glad to receive communications from 
any of the brothers and assist them to get em- 
ployment when anything opens up. That's our 
greatest aim — ^to get steady card men on good 

Bro. N. W. Smith, our general secretary and 
treasurer, is doing some good work, keeping every 
feature of his duties in first-class shape. Filling 
the position of extra telegrapher on the wrecker 
and regular lineman, he is enabled to travel up 
and down the road and visit the members. We 
are sorry to report his family on the sick list, 
but hope for their speedy recovery. 

G. W. Winters, new man, on second T. & B. V. 
Jet a few days. 

Bro. J. P. McDonald, of the Grand, is at Stree- 
man nights — new position opened up on account 
of heavy business. 

Our old friend "Dad" Vance was at Norman - 
gee a few dajrs, assisting Bro. J. W. Frost. 

Bro. D. W. Norman, Singleton, is swamped 
with the express and I. & G. N. business diverted 
via T. & B. V. on account of washouts, and has 
put on additional help to handle the joint agency 

Bros. C W. and J. R. Donaho, from the Cotton 
Belt, passed through Teague On December 21st 
on their way to North Zulch; the former to the 

Magnolia Oil Line at Concord, Tex., and the lat- 
ter on the T. & B. V., extra. 

Sister Florence P. Pierce, grand secreUry and 
treasurer of the Ladies' Auxiliary, writes that the 
insurance feature has been added to the L. A. 
Policies will be written for $150 and $300 at a 
cost of $1.60 and $3.20, respectively, per year. 
The ladies on Division 144 now holding cards 
should get some of this insurance, and the brothers 
should help look after this feature. We will soon 
take up the matter of getting the charter for our 
L. A. on this division, completing the movement _ 
that was started last year. Cbst. 37. 

Fort Worth & Denver City R. R. 

Brothers, this is the time of year we give 
thanks and presents. We have all more or less 
to be thankful for. The benefits the telegraphers 
have derived during the past year should be a 
great incentive for increased zeal in our services 
to our employers in order that we can in a 
measure make them feel that the concessions that 
have been given arc fully appreciated. Therefore 
answer your calls promptly. We are a progres- 
sive body and as time goes forward we will proba- 
bly ask for more privileges, and will be all the 
better fortified to demand them by giving good 

The past year has seen quite a number of new 
members initiated into our Order, but we have 
not done it all, as there are a few nons yet 
on our line. Our general chairman has been 
quite busy and has done excellent service in this 
work, but we are depending too much on our 
officers to line the nons , up. Each one should 
take a hearty interest in this matter, as you can 
not fail to see it is to our interest to be solid. 
Of course the boys are coming and going, but 
so long as they are on our line, keep after them. 

It is Bro. D. S. Witty on third Vernon now. 

Delinquent Blakeney, at Oklaunion, will line 
up at once; also Mr. Wilson, agent at Rhome, and 
Mr. Newell will have a card if he remains at 

Messrs. Robinson and Conley arc still holding 
out, but I think they have about made up their 
minds to join. 

Recent engine failures on account of changing 
to Arkansas coal caused a great many of the boys 
at one-man stations to be called at night and 
make a few dimes for Christmas. 

Bro. Weaver recently made a trip over the 
south end and had a word with all the nons and 

Bro. Webb spent Christmas at home in 

It has been decided to make the dues for each 
half $5.00 instead of $4.00. The standard of pay 
on our line will fully justify this and with the 
recent increase it will not be noticed out of our 
checks. Notice of dues were sent out last month 
and 1 hope each member will remit in good time. 
*y\o delinquents for 1914" would be a good motto, 
and then make it "100 per cent strong.' 

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First and Second Divisions — 

**VN" closed and Bro. Allen transferred to 
"RD" nights. 

On account of reduction of force Bro. Wales, 
third "BI," relieved Bro. Stephenson, going to 
third, Bro. Greenwood second and Bro. Hodges 
on as first and cashier. 

Bro. Black, third Decatur, resigned and gone to 
Rusk, Tex., relieved by our new Bro. Turner. 

Bro. Durrett oflF for holidays, relieved by Mr. 
Wilson, former dispatcher. 

No notes from the W. Valley this month. Bro. 
Casey, at Weinert, seems to have gone to sleep 
at the switch. 

The recent bad weather caused all trains to be 
more or less off schedule, resulting in consider- 
able overtime for the one-man stations. Don't 
forget what's coming to you, boys. 

On several occasions communications have been 
addressed to me regarding the matter of seniority, 
men being laid off when jobs have been closed, 
etc., when younger men were retained in the 
service. Such matters as this should be referred 
to the officers only after all the means in your 
power have been exhausted to set matters right 
through your own efforts. If these fail, and jus- 
tice is not done, then it is the duty of our chair- 
men to take it up with the officials. And, fur- 
thermore, copies of all grievance correspondence 
should be attached to your file when forwarded 
to the chairman, in order that he may have 
grounds on which to present a case and material 
to fight same with when so presented. 

Notices of dues have been mailed to all mem- 
bers, and while you have until the 28th of Feb- 
ruary in which to remit, still it is the waiting 
game that causes the trouble. Now is the time to 
remit for your dues, and also don't fail to get 
lined up on your insurance, dues for which must 
be mailed direct to, Bro. L. W. Quick, at St. 
Louis. Don't try to be the last to line up, try 
to be the first. 

Mr. Pyle, first at "WF," has forgotten, but we 
expect him to line up after the Christmas ex- 
pense is over. 

Bro. Pinkcy Webb spent the holidays at his 
home in Little Rock. He took his lucky "Philipino 
cent" with him. Relieved by Bro. Rutherford, 
from Div. 126. Cert. 43. 

First af(d Second Districts — 

A more genial and efficient set of officials could 
not be found anywhere and all the boys should 
appreciate this fact and render efficient service. 
The greatest success to be achieved by telegra- 
phers is by promptness in answering their calls 
on the wires and attentiveness to business. Let 
the officials see that you are trying to do right and 
they will appreciate it as well as assist you. Do 
not entertain the idea that because you are out 
on the line the officials do not know what is going 
on. During the hours assigned you devote your 
entire time to the company's interest and not to 
periodicals, dime novels or writing to your best 

Bro. Harry O'Bryant, late of Ludlow, Colo., is 
now at Spur, on the Valley. Glad to have him 
back with us. 

Bro. Merritt, second Dalhart, is in Kansas City 
on business, relieved by Bro. Holloman. 

John Cunningham, the genial night yard clerk, 
Childress, spent his holiday vacation in and around 
Galveston and Houston sightseeing. 

Inadvertently we recently stated that Bro. R. S. 
Holmes had resigned and gone North. We arc 
glad to note that he is still with us at Texline. 

Bro. J. M. Erwin, Clarendon, is contemplating 
going into other business in the near future. We 
will not lose him as a brother, however, as he 
will continue to carry an up to date. 

Agent Cotton, "CD," Childress, is to be con- 
gratulated on having so genteel and competent 
a tkket force as Bros. Johnston and Campbell. 
The former is looking after private affairs up 
town when off duty. Wonder who it is? 

Bro. F. V. Mizc, bumped at "X" Childress, is 
temporarily at **FR" Ft. Worth. 

A brother agent holding one of the heaviest 
stations on the road recently received an applica- 
tion from a "telegrapher" employed on the Santa 
Fe, asking for work. He replied if he was an 
up-to-date O. R. T. man to apply at a certain 
station for transportation and come at once. 
Nothing more was heard from Mr. Santa Fe man. 
You can all guess why. Let every brother agent 
follow this example and we will get better results. 

We are all proud of the boys at Texline — solid 
to a man. They are a team hard to beat. 

Bro. Phelps, "X" Childress, who usually takes 
a hunting trip every fall down on the Nueces 
where the "dear" are plentiful, will remain at 
home this year as there are plenty of "dears" 
around Childress. 

Bro. A. W. Thomson, Texline, on a fifteen days' 
leave, is visiting in Birmingham, Ala., his old 
stamping grounds. 

We are glad to announce that it is now Bro. 
I). Kersey, Amarillo. 

Sorry to learn of Telegrapher Oster's condition 
physically; some excuse for "GO." 

Bro. G. W. Wheeler, on a sixty days' leave, 
will return with a life long companion. Hearty 
congratulations and a long life. 

Among the notable "invincibles" is W. D. Mc- 
Dowell, second trick "X" Childress, who per- 
sistently declines to be one of us. He is evi- 
dently anticipating a high official position soon. 
"It is well to be wise." 

Elmer Pyle. WichiU Falls; C. I. Scofield, third 
Clarendon, and W. H. Baird, first Memphis, are 
troubled with the "shorts." They better make 
good their promises while the coming is good. 

Bro. G. H. Longwell, new man at Electra, will 
transfer to No. 145. Bro. T. H. Black, of the 
Grand, has already done so. 

Bro. J. H. Farrell, of Idaho Falls, Idaho, a 
late arrival, is now at Holliday on the Valley. 

Bo;%«, be courteous and obliging to the travel- 
ing public and your co-workers, as it leaves a 
good impression and will repay you. 

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The Railroad Telegrapher. 


\Vc wish one and all a happy and prosperous 
New Year with renewed vigor to bring our Order 
on these lines up to the standard with that of 
other roads. Let our motto be that of Bro. 
Brown, of the R. I.: "Unionism is ostracism." 

Div. Cor. 

Third and Fourth Districts — 

We had a very pleasant call recently from Bro. 
A. C. Wilson, late of the dispatcher's staff at 
Wichita Falls. Bro. Wilson is undecided what 
he will do just yet. 

C. B. Sansing, a new man, relieved Bro. J. C. 
Sides, at second Tascosa, for his Christmas holi- 
days, spent in Missouri and then resigned; re- 
lieved by R. McKay, another new man. Under- 
stand Bro. Sides will not return alone. 

The W. V. boys are coming in now. One new 
brother has just sent in his application. 

Bro. Thomson, first Texline, is on vacation, 
Tisiting in and around Birmingham, Ala., re- 
Iie\'cd by Mr. Converse, a new man. 

Bro. Henderson, third Amarillo, was off two 
days recently, looking after outside business. 

Bro. Mentzer, Childress, has been under the 
weather for the past three weeks, threatened with 

Night yard clerk at Childress, John Cunning- 
ha-n, is rusticating in Ft. Worth. 

Dispatcher Darling was off a few days with a 
severe cold. Glad to see him back aga^n. 

Quite a xeduction of force was recently made 
tn the car, track, clerical and mechanical de- 

Jack Tayler is relieving Jargo Harrison, night 
yard master Childress, taking in the sights of 
St. Louis during the Christmas holidays. 

Snow blockades in Colorado are making all 
trains very irregular, which gives the terminal 
operators all the business they can handle. 

Some good brothers on the north end ^ write us 
a few happenings occasionally. Wake up, boys, 
you have played Rip Van Winkle long enough; 
let's hear from you. 

Bro. E. B. Abbington, agent Goodnight, is now 
cashier there. We are glad to have him so close 
to headquarters. 

J. W. Huggins, late of the dispatcher's force, 
Wichita Falls, is now in the coal and transfer 
bxwiness in Childress. Bully for you, Joe, we 
wish you the best of success. Div. Cor. 

Atlanta, Birmingham & Atlantic Ry. 
Brunswick Division — 

I would be very glad indeed if you brothers on 
the Atlanta and Birmingham end would give me 
a few dots once in awhile, so we can let the 
others know what we are doing. 

The Thomasvillc Branch is solid with the ex- 
ception of one man, Moultrie, and he will come in 
in a few days. 

We had a good meeting at Fitzgerald in De- 
cember. We usually have a good crowd at our 
Fitzgerald meetings from the Brunswick end. 
Bro. Campbell, from Thomasvillc, has never at- 

tended any of our meetings, and I am going to 
make a special effort to get him out at our next 

Bro. Lindsey, at Merrilvillc, on the sick list 
several days, was relieved by Bro. Stephens, from 

Bro. Hay, of Cooledge, has had his hands full 
this fall with cotton and W. U. work. 

The new man at Tifton came in a few weeks ago. 

J. K. Brinkley, another new man, has been ap- 
pointed agent at Double Run. We hope some of 
the brothers will investigate as to how he stands. 

A. S. Newbern, another new man, now has 
Byromville agency. Hope someone close will get 
busy with him. 

Hortense agency, recently filled by N. C. Martin, 
another new man. 

Relief Agent Brown has been on the go for 
some time, relieving several who were sick and 
on their vacations. 

P!ease remit your dues at once for our new 
cards for 1914. Do not overlook this and put 
it off. 

Our general chairman, Bro. Gorman, made a 
trip over the entire division recently in order to 
get such information as he could not get other- 
wise to help him in future to adjust any difference 
at any particular point on the line. 

L. C. MoBLEv, Div. Cor., Cert. 49. 

Delaware & Hudson Ry. 

Saratoga Division — 

This division has elected the following officers 
to conduct the regular monthly meetings at 
Mechanicville, N. Y.: Chief telegrapher, T. F. 
Cassidy, Mechanicville, N. Y.; secretary, E. M. 
Hughes, Albany, N. Y.; first-vice, C. H. Kemp, 
Waterford, N. Y.; second vice, J. Govreau, Glens 
Falls, N. Y.: Marshall, D. Higgins, Green Island, 
N. Y.; past chief telegrapher, T. Coyne, Mechan- 
icville, N. Y.; sentinel, H. Leonard, Troy, N. Y. 

These meetings are well attended, but there is 
still a big chance for improvement. At December 
meeting a lengthy letter from our Second Vice- 
President T. M. Pierson expressing regrets for 
his not being able to be with us, was read. We 
have Tom's promise that if business will permit 
he will be with us next meeting. Very interesting 
talks were given us by General Chairmari G. A. 
Johnson, D. Danks, local chairman Pennsylvania 
Division; J. Lawrence, local chairman Susque- 
hanna Division; C H. Kemp, former local chair- 
man Saratoga Division, and B. N. Nichols, our 
former secretary and treasurer of old Division 78. 
How many of us possess the spirit of loyalty to 
the O. R. T. as Bro. Nichols? Some time in 1906 
Ben left the D. & H. and yet today he still has 
in his possession an up-to-date carl, while I am 
sorry to say quit«* a few telegraphers, after re- 
ceiving something like $!50 increase per year, two 
days off per month with pay and other benefits 
have not contributed to che expense of securing 

How much longer do these men (?) want the 
members of the C). R. T. to secure for them more 
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increases and better working conditions, so that 
they may sit back and take life easy at the ex- 
pense of the O. R. T.? 

Did you ever hear of a non refusing to accept 
an increase secured by the O. R. T.? No! neither 
did I. Yet any increases got for these men on 
the D. & H. is more than enough to keep them 
in good standing in the O. R. T. Perhaps I had 
better not be too harsh with these men, as our 
membership is increasing very good lately, and it 
may hamper the good work being done by some 
of the members in getting new candidates. 

At January's meeting it is hoped that there will 
be a large attendance on hand, as this meeting will 
be the last previous to our first annual dance, 
which will be held at the Music Hall, Mechanic- 
ville, N. Y., January 29, 1914. All indications 
point to this dance being a great success. It 
is not unreasonable to say that the committee 
expect each member to get rid of at least five or 
ten tickets, and in places that are well inhabited 
by railroad men the members should get rid of 
twenty-five or fi:fty. I think the committee will 
ofiFer a good prize to the member selling the most 

I have no notes at present, but if the different 
members will seni me the happenings in their 
locality before the 20th of the month I will try 
and have a write-up representing the D. & H. 
in each issue of The Telegrapher. 

Div. Cor. 

Virginian Ry. 

First and Second Divisions — 

Several new offices have opened up recently at 
Goodview, Huddleston, Phenix. Adsit and Suffolk, 
which goes to show that business is better than it 
has been before on this end. 

I think that this should make us all more de- 
termined to land all of the nons and have solid 
divisions when we go up for another schedule. 

Boys, all of you remember that it is now time 
to be getting your new cards and you do not want 
to hesitate a single day before mailing the proper 
amount to Mr. Goodwin and get them as early as 

The three nons at "MA," "C" and **SU" have 
all promised to come in and we will be glad to 
have them do so. 

Bro. Herring, first "SK." bid in second "CH," 
relieved by Bro. Strickland, third, and he by Bro. 
Hqlland, second, relieved by Mr. Marks, a new 
man from the Burlington, who will come in first 
of the year. 

Bro. Herring, off a few days, relieved by Bro. 
Bevill-(a new man from the C. & O.) is calling 
on his future intended down in the 'Tar Heel" 
State. We all wish him much success. 

Bro. Lucy, relief agent, bid in second **CD," 
relieved by Bro. Clark. It has not been decided 
who will get first "CD," as there seems to be 
some misunderstanding about that job. 

Bro. Giles, first "CD," has been promoted to 
dispatcher. We are glad to have him work along 

the wire and hope he will be successful in his new 

There are many changes being made that your 
correspondent can not obtain. Each one of you 
mail him your notes each month so that he may 
get them in for the journal in good time. 

Our regular correspondent has dropped out of 
the Order. Perhaps he will see his mistake and 
come back with us. 

Wish you all a happy New Year. 

"Red," "SK," Cert 83, Acting Div. Cor. 

Chicago, Indiana & Southern R. R. 

Danville Division — 

Mr. Hardesty, agent Cook, off a few days, was 
relieved by Cunningham. 

Bro. J. E. With row, after a season of relief, is 
back at Kentland days. 

Now, boys, business is getting heavy and lots 
of train orders. Be on the job and do not let 
the dispatchers get angry calling you, as they are 
good fellows and will do good by you. 

Keep the telephone receiver hanging on the 
hook, so you will know where to find it, and it 
will cut down the resistance on the line also. 

Campbell opened November 15th with Bro. 
Humphrey on second and Mr. Bern third; Tab, 
with Bro. Handlcy second and ex-Bro. Johnson 
third; Handy, with Bro. Blaney second and Cun- 
ningham third. 

You nons just stop and think what the engineers 
and conductors are now getfing on their schedule, 
and it was not their first schedule either. ~ The 
operators on this or any other railroad will not 
get anything if you continue to stay out and do 
nothing to help the good cause along. You be- 
lieve organized labor is a good thing, but you arc 
too timid t^ step out and help to organize by join- 
ing an 1 being a member and helping it along finan- 
cially. You might ask some of the best union 
members of some of the strongest unions of today 
and you will be surprised to learn what their 
dues and assessments cost them, and then you still 
hesitate and claim you can not stand |5.00 semi- 
annually for a card. 

I received no items from any of the boys and 
thi« was all I was able to get off-handed. This is 
my first attempt; will do better next time if the 
brothers will send me the news. 

C. L. Smith, Div. Cor. 


Don't butt in on the dispatcher with your "OS** 
or questions >*hile he is putting out orders or is 
busy with other work which is far more important. 

Don*t butt in while someone is holding phone 

Don't let the dispatcher ring you four or five 
times before answering. 

Don't "holler" into the transmitter; talk low 
and you will get best results and will. not "bust" 
someone's eardrum. 

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Don't lay back in your chair and expect to be 
heard over the telephone while you are two feet 
away from the transmitter. 

Don't let trainmen or enginemen take their 
orders. You are there for that purpose and are 
discriminating against yourself by allotving them 
to do this. 

Don't be snappy and grouchy to the dispatcher 
when he has to have some information, but help 
him all you can. 

Bro. Krick, North Liberty, is back from Florida. 
Understand he went fishing there. (Look out, 
boys.) He wanted to bring half car of fruit, but 
his wife wouldn't let him. J. E. H. 

Kankakee Dixnsion — 

Bro. N. A. Jackson, Streator second, has re- 
signed and left for Oakland, Cal. We are very 
sorry to lose Bro. Jackson, as he is a "live wire" 
and a worthy member. He was relieved by T. D. 
Arnold, of Ladd, who promises to be with us nexi 
pay day. 

Mr. Ikerd, of McNabb, resigned, and C. E. 
Layman bid it in, and promises to join as soon 
as settled. He was relieved at De Pue by R. E. 
Jones, who claims he will join, but falls down on 
his promises. 

Recent new members: Alex Morton and 
Mathew Cinnetto, of Seatonville, and James Mon- 
tague, of Momence, 111. Two or three others have 
promised for next pay day. 

£x-Bro. Thomas, of Ladd, will soon be with 
us again. We are pleased to hear that his wife, 
who has been very ill for a long time, has re- 
covered sufiiciently to be up. 

Bro. Mark Glover, of Granville, is making too 
many trips to "Monkey's Nest." 

Bro. Hartigan, of North Judson, surprised the 
boys the other day by going over the division as 
stndent brakeman. Says he needs the exercise. 

Remit your dues for new card to Bro. C. C. 
Barnes, 724 East Sample street, South Bend, Ind. 
Notices were mailed you. 

Bro. Moran, of Kankakee, spent Thanksgiving 
in Seatonville. 

Old Jack Driscoll says he has to buy Christmas 
presents for his Mandy and can not be with us 
untU later. Hope he don't wait until he gets out 
of date. 

Don't forget to ride with Bro. Grady while in 
Dwigfat. He is in the livery business. 

Defanar is now a three-trick job, with all the 

•C T. H. & S. E. men in charge. This does not 

keep them from taking out the necessary papers. 

The new tower at Schneider will soon be in 
operation, and the men there will not have time 
to think. However, it is a fine building and that 
will help some; but, oh, you seventy levers and 
all the switching, too. 

Mr. Dooley, the new dispatcher, is getting onto 
the ropes and seems to understand his business. 
His is a good job if we can. believe Jack. 

Tbere is some talk of turning the locals at 
North Judson. If this is a fact, we should have 
no tremble in moving our cars. 

Bro. Hartigan, first North JiMson, resigned and 
went braking, relieved by Bro. J. C. Kelly, for- 
merly of the L. S. & M. S. 

Bro. Bain and Gaussen have quit worrsring 
about switch lamps. 

Ford Patton, agent at Knox, had the great mis- 
fortune to lose his wife, who died November 21st. 
All of his old fellow employes extend him their 
sympathy. Perhaps in the near future we may 
be able to grasp his hand and say "Brother." 

Shiuanbk, G. C. 

Cornwall A Lebanon R. R. 

The manual block system went into effect on 
this line November 3d. This keeps us operators 
very busy along with the station work. 

A few more of the boys have joined the O. R. 
T. Boys, get busy and get the rest to join. We 
have long days and small pay, and as the cost of 
living is very high, we should receive more for 
the work we are doing. 

Let us do the very best for our employers, and 
perhaps they will do something for us. 

Cbrt. 2197. 

Omaha Railroad Telegraphers' Club. 

The social which was held in Labor Temple 
Hall, on Tuesday evening, December 9th, was a 
pronounced success, far exceeding the most 
sanguine expectations of the officers of the club, 
and everything running according to the pre- 
viously arranged program. 

Promptly at 8:30 p. m. Bro. Archie Bumite, 
leader of the O. R. T. Orchestra, gave the "band," 
composed of ten pieces, the "HI" sign, and the 
festivities were launched, commencing one of the 
most enjoyable evenings the members of this club 
ever participated in. After a preliminary musical 
selection, the orchestra started one of Archie's 
favorite "dreamy" waltzes, and President Acker- 
^man called the dancers to the floor, thirty to 
thirty-five couples responding. There was a total 
attendance of seventy, and we were sorry so very 
few of the boys from out of town were among us. 

After several dances, we were treated to an 
excellent musical program. Mrs. J. W. Langley, 
wife of Bro. Langley of Division 6, gave a piano 
recital, which was greatly appreciated and well 
applauded by an attentive audience. Next fol- 
lowed a vocal selection by Miss Flanntgan, pianist 
of the orchestra, which called forth such an 
encore that she was obliged to respond by adding 
another number to the program. Miss Flannigan 
plays her own accompaniment on the piano, and 
was assisted by "The Rev." Mac, the artist on the 
cello. We all enjoyed the music very much, and 
thank the donors for their valuable services, so 
cheerfully given. 

About ten bells the orchestra called a halt, and 
the committee on refreshments announced lunch- 
con. The refreshment committee was ably as- 
sisted by the two boys of Bro. Potter of Division 
6 and also by Master Tathewell, son of Bro. 
Tathewell of Division 23. It was necessary to 
nm a second section of the "refreshment train," 

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which was evidence that the luncheon provided 
by the wives of the members was greatly appre- 
ciated, and the ladies were complimented on the 
excellent repast. 

Among those who attended from out of town 
were: Bros. C. E. Maxwell and H. J. Mohlcr, 
of Division 31, who enjoyed themselves to the 
limit. Bro. Frank Vybiral and wife came in from 
Schuyler. You can't lose Frank; he's always 
here when "something's doin'," and his wife, also 
being one of the "live ones," accompanies him. 
Bro. Reisener, from Gilmore Jet., U. P., also 
made a special effort and attended, bringing his 
dancing partner with him. What we can not see 
is that the brothers from the outlying districts 
and nearby stations were able to attend while a 
number of the boys living within a few blocks of 
the hall failed to appear. They were the losers 
however, as those who attended will no doubt tell 
them. Watch for our next date, boys. It is 
planned to have one of these socials each month, 
if we can arrange satisfactorily to all concerned 
for the hall. 

The Burlington had a good bunch with us, 
there being eight or ten men from the general 
offices, and the U. P. boys also turned out in 
grand style. The I. C. was represented, as usual, 
by Bro. Jack Harty, and the Milwaukee was rep- 
resented by the "whole bunch" from "the 
Bluffs." We are very sorry some of the Mis- 
souri Pacific boys did not seem to care to attend. 
We are satisfied they each had an invite, but there 
were only three of the members from Division 
31 present, excepting the general chairman and 
general secretary and treasurer. 

We are not able to announce the date of the 
next social in this number of The Telegrapher. 
I suggest that the members of divisions covering 
lines entering Omaha get in touch with the vice> 
president of the club representing their line, and 
he will post them on the date, and I.e in position 
to give them the particulars. 

The expenses of these affairs are very low and 
were paid by the club members at the mcetirg 
held in November, each one attending that meet- 
ing donating a small sum toward the entertain- 
ment fund. 

No charge was collected at the hall, and as the 
invitations stated, "admission free," we require 
each person attending to present the invitation 
at the door. You will all readily understand that 
we must maintain this rule, otherwise we would 
have people who are not desirable and others who 
have no right to admission. We did not make 
any iron-clad rule, however, that a man had to 
be up to date to be with us, as we invited some 
"prospective" members also. Several of them 
were there and enjoyed themselves, and we be- 
lieve passed the good word along. 

There was no speech making whatever. The 
evening was spent in getting acquainted and by 
dancing and at luncheon. Everyone attending 
voted the affair a great success. 

President Ackerman made a short announcement 
of our next regular meeting, December 22d, at the 

Paxton Hotel, and urged all the members to 

It was with reluctance that the orchestra played 
•"Home, Sweet Home" at 11:55 p. m., but ^ the 
lights are turned off in all halls at 12 o'clock, it 
had "to be did." 

Your faithful scribe has endeavored to cover 
the event as best he could, but as he was "25" 
a great part of the time, enjoying himself, was 
unable to get all the notes. "The Scribe." 

Chicago CORT Club. 

Our regular meeting of November 6th was a 
success in every particular; a very interesting 
time was enjoyed and many old familiar faces 
were in evidence, which was very gratifying 

The meeting was called to order at 8:20 p. m., 
with President Craig in the chair and all other 
club officers present. 

A committee of three, consisting of Bros. Cor- 
coran, Smart and Rose, were appointed to draft 
a club resolution indorsing H. R. Bill 1873 and 
Senate Bill 927, and. urging our Congressmen to 
support it. This was duly accomplished and copies 
of the resolution mailed to all concerned. 

After the usual club business terminated. First 
Vice-President Newman was called upon for a 
few remarks, and spoke at great length relative 
to the good work that had been accom;ilished in 
the past few months on railroads on which he 
had conducted negotiations for new and revised 
schedules. To learn of the increases in wages 
and the betterment of working conditions procured 
by Bro. Newman and his various committees 
was very pleasing indeed. Bro. Newman de- 
serves great credit for the many successful nego- 
tiations conducted by him since his last address 
to this club. Some of these schedules are really 
among the best in the country. This gilt edge 
work that is being accomplished every day by the 
(). R. T. certainly should induce the brothers in 
the ranks to place their shoulders to the O. R. T. 
wheel of fortune and back their union officials in 
conquering the corporations flanking us every day 
in a determined effort to conquer us. All this 
good work that is being accomplished in Bro. 
Newman's territory is liberally being placed by 
him with the rank and file along the line. See 
that you are deserving of this reward. Bro. 
Newman's remarks were delightfully received and 

Bro. Smart, C. & N. W., was then called upon 
and gave a short but interesting narration of ex- 
isting conditions on that road, and what was being 
accomplished relative to organizing Division 76 
individually and collectively and urged the club 
members to use drastic personal effort in procur- 
ing the applications of other O. R. T. members 
for membership in the CORT Club as a means of 
advancing it socially and financially. 

Bro. Soyster, general chairman Division 23, was 
then called upon and gave us one of his ever- 
interesting talks as to conditions generally, as 
well as those prevalent in his territory. Bro. 

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Soyster, with his pure, fair-minde^, unadulterated 
facts, mingled with good humor, is certainly a 
favorite among the club members, who are always 
delighted to see him take the floor. His remarks 
always prove wonderfully beneficial to conserva- 
tive members. 

Bro. Jones was (as usual) right on the job 
and gave us all an carfull of the ever-welcome 
information relative to doings around the federa- 
tion ball and State legislative matters. 

Bro. and Mrs. P. E. Gray Spent Christmas with 
relatives in LaPorte, Ind. 

Bro. Smart was off a week visiting relatives 
at Greenview, 111. 

Bro. J. A. Rose and family spent Christmas day 
with Bro. A. L. Bradley and family, of West 
Chicago. Club Cor. 

Topeka O. R. T. Club. 

The meeting on Sunday evening, December 14th, 
was called to order at 8:00 p. m., with First 
Vice-President Bro. H. A. Ford in the chair, 
owing to the absence of President Stover, who 
was compelled to work that night. 

The minutes of last meeting were read by Sec- 
retary Powell and approved as read. Bro. 

O'Grady, of No. 126, moved that the club pass 
a resolution at this meeting conveying our sym- 
pathy to Sister Brown, of "KI" Topeka, who lost 
her father recently. Seconded by Bro. Powell, 
and the chairman appointed Bros. Powell, O'Grady 
and Hattwick as a committee of three to form a 
resolution to this eflfect. 

Although the attendance was not large, the 
meeting was very interesting in every respect, 
and some very heated debates were indulged in 
and good points brought out. 

Short talks were made by Bros. Ford and Love, 
of Herington, and Dix, of St. Louis; Powell, 
O'Grady, Meador, Allen, Ehrhart, Hattwick and 
Hamilton, of Topeka, and Valdcr, of the Southern 

Every one was well pleased with the meethig, 
especially Bro. Charlie Hattwick, of "KL" He 
hasn't been with us very often owing to being on 
nights, but thinks he will attend regularly now. 

Bro. Carver was called home suddenly from the 
meeting and told us the next day "it was a boy 
and a dandy, and was going to be a world's cham- 
pion sender just like 'Dad.* " 

Meeting adjourned at 11:30 p. m. 

R. A. Powell, Scc'y. 

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J. H. Johnson, Certificate 607, Division 2, has been expelled from the 
Order for conduct unbecoming a member. 

Mutual Benefit Department 

Assessment No. 133 is due January 1, 1914. 
Time for payment expires February 28, 1914. 


On $ 300 00 (Series A) $2 40 per year. 

On 600 00 (Series B) 3 60 per year. 

On 1,000 00 (Series C) 7 20 per year. 

Claim Cbrt. 

No. Naace. Cause. Div. No. Series. Amt. 

1514 Elmer Bostic Acute Pulmonary Tuberculosis 33 . . 26945 . . B . . $ 500 00 

1515 Edward P. Mulvey Drowning 8. .26474. .B. . 500 00 

1516 C. A. Spires Pulmonary Tuberculosis 6. .27842. .C. . 1,000 00 

1517 Wm. Wiist Cerebral Hemorrhage 138. .33629. .A. . 300 00 

1518 W. B. Ferrill Appendicitis 132. . 19038. .B. . 500 00 

1619 Geo. E. Robinson Pulmonary Tuberculosis 2. . 14550. . A. . 300 00 

1527 David C.Bailey Tubercular Abscess Ruptured in 

Bowels 59. .32262. .C. . 1,000 00 

1529 W. C. Roundey Pulmonary Tuberculosis' Grand. . 18659. .C. . 1,000 00 

1532 Evelyn C. Phelps Septicemia of Right Arm 8 . . 15671 . . A . . 300 00 

1533 Henry C. Schwalm Pulmonary Tuberculosis Grand. . 6880. .C. . 1,000 00 

1536 Herbert H. Chamness. .Pneumonia 40. .23710. .A. . 300 00 

1539 Geo. B. Goodin Chronic Rheumatibm 118. . 14132. .B. . . 500 00 

1540 J. B. Copp Pulmonary Tuberculosis 31. .27760. .C. . 1,000 00 

1541 Sidney L. Owen Typhoid Fever 93. .34668. .C. . 1,000 00 

1542 Mrs. Nellie J. Paine. . .Tuberculosis of Lungs 8. .26213. .A. . 300 00 

1543 Carl J. Davis Gunshot Wound in Temple 146. .37737. .C. . 1,000 00 



Received on Assessment Account to November 30, 1913 $1,345,116 35 

Received on Assessment Account December, 1913 12,142 19 

^ $1,357,258 54 


Death Claims paid to November 30, 1913 $ 935,681 47 

Death Claims paid in December 10,500 00 

Assessments Refunded, account rejected applications 1,770 74 

Assessments Transferred to Dues 267 28 

Cash on hand to credit Mortuary Fund December 31, 1913 409,139 05 

$1,357,258 64 


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Official Directory 

General Offices, St. Louis* Mo. 

H. B. PERHAM President L. W. QUICK Grand Secretary and Treasurer 

St. Louis, Mo. St. Louis, Mo. 

J. A- NEWMAN First Vice-President T. M. PIERSON Second Vice-President 

Flat "B." 3960 Drexcl Blvd., Chicago. 111. St. Louis, Mo. 

D. CAMPBELL Third Vice-President J. J. DERMODY Fourth Vice-President 

44 Rose Ave., Toronto, Ont. 970 Kirbert Ave., Price Hill, Cincinnati, Ohio. 

E. J. MANION Fifth Vice-President 

St. Louis, Mo. 


Gcor^ O. Forbes, Chairman, Sydney, N. S. C. E. Layman, Troutville, Va. 

A. O. Sinks, 363 E. 12th St, South Portland, Ore. C. G. Kelso, Secretary, Box 87, Springfield, Mo. 
Geo. E. Joslin, Box 266, Ccntcrdale, R. I. 

All correspondence pertaining to advertising should be addressed to The W. N. Gates Co., 
Managers Advertising, Garfield Building, Cleveland, Ohio. 

Division Directory 

GRAND .DIVISION— Attached membership not 
confined to any particular railroad or territory. 
H. B. Perham, President, St. Louis. Mo.; L. W. 
Quick, Grand Secretary and Treasurer, St. 
Louis, Mo. 

No. 1 — Division covers the Grand Trunk and 
Grand Trunk Pacific Ryt. Meets subject to 
call of Chairman. L. M. Eddy, Gen'l Chair- 
man, Grand Trunk Ry., Marcellus, Mich.; R. L. 
Harrop, Gen'l Chairman, Grand Trunk Pacific 
Ry., Justice, Man.; D. L. Shaw. Gen'l S. & T., 
427 William St., London, Ont. 

No. 2. ST. LOUIS, MO.— Meets 1st and 3d Mon- 
days of each month at 8 p. m.. Small Hall, south 
side, 3d floor, Masonic Temple (Odeon Bldg.), 
Grand and Finney avcs., St. Louis, Mo.; I.. W. 
Quick, Chief Telegrapher, 7th floor, Star Bldg., 
St. Loub. Mo.; R. J. McElhinncy, S. & T., 4107 
Hartford »t., St. Louis, Mo. 

No. 4 — Division covers the C, St. P.. M. & O. Ry. 
W. J. Liddane, Gen'l Chairman, 227 West Cen- 
tral ave., St. Paul, Minn.; D. O. Tenney, Gen'l 
S. & T., 328 Fulton st., Mankato, Minn. 

No. 5 — Division covers the Kansas City Southern 
Railway System. Meets subject to call of Chair- 
man. N. C. Vickcrs, Gen'l Chairman, De Rid- 
dcr. La.; L. L. Wood, Gen'l S. & T., Goodman, 

No. 6 — Division covers the Union Pacific Railroad 
System. Meets subject to call of Gen'l Chair- 
mah. G. H. Smith, Geni Chairman, Box 238, 
Grand Island, Neb.; John H. Hughey, Jr., Gen'l 
S. ft T., Box 294, Junction City, Kan.; L. G. 

Ging, Local Chairman Nebraska Division, Eg- 
bert, Wyo.; C. J. Horiskey, Local Chairman 
Wyoming Division, 2405 Maxwell st., Cheyenne, 
Wyo.; E. Lockman, Local Chairman Colorado 
Division, Box 11, Erie, Colo.; Z. R. Hook. 
Local Chairman Kansas Division, 125 Colorado 
St., Manhattan, Kan. 

No. 7 — Division covers the Canadian Pacific Rail- 
road System. Meets subject to call of Chair- 
man. G. D. Robertson, Gen'l Chairman. Box 
205, Welland, Ont, Can.; R. C. Wilton, Gen'l 
S. & T., Kenora, Ont. 

No. 8 — Division covers New York Central Ry. 
H. B. Morey, Gen'l Chairman, 102 Jefferson ave., 
Utica, N. Y.; A. E. Blim, Gen'l S. & T., Chili 
Station, N. Y. Hudson Division — Meets 3d 
Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p. m., G. A. R. 
Hall, 27 Garden st., Poughkeepsic, N. Y. F. P. 
Fraleigh, Local Chairman, 67 Washington St., 
Poughkeepsie, N. Y. Western and Rochester 
Division — Meets 3d Saturday in February, April, 
June. Afgust, October and December at 10 
o'clock a. ni., and 8 o'clock p. m., at Rochester, 
N. Y., 3d Monday of January, March, May, 
July, September and November, at 10 o'clock 
a. m., and 8 o'clock p. m., at 148 No. Salina st., 
Syracuse, N. Y., in conjunction with Mohawk 
Division. W. R. Miller, Local Chairman Roches- 
ter Division, Victor, N. Y. W. P. Mansell, 
Local Chairman Signalmen, Western Division, 
Corfu. N. Y. A. E. Blim, Local Chairman Sta- 
tion Dept., Western Division, Chili Station, N. 
Y. Mohawk Division — Meets 3d Tuesday each 
month at 8 p. m., at 510 State St., over Pagan's 
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real estate office, Schenectady, N. Y., and on the 
first Tuesday in the month at Utica, N. Y., in 
Arcanum Temple Hall, on Devereaux St., at 8 p. 
m. M. B. Lynch, Local Chairman Signalmen, 
962 State st, Schenectady, N. Y. H. B. Morey, 
Local Chairman Stationmen, 102 Jefferson ave., 
Utica, N. Y. Harlem Division — Meets subject 
to call of Local Chairman. Fall Brook Divi- 
sion — Meets 3d Wednesday evening each month, 
at 8 o'clock. Odd Fellows* Hall, East Erie ave., 
Coming, N. Y. R. R. Mclnroy, Local Chair- 
man, Middlebury Center, Pa. Beech Creek Dis- 
trict — Meets 2d Tuesday each month at 8 p. m. 
in Mechanics' Hall, South Clearfield, Pa. J. W. 
Martenis, Local Chairman, Vilas, Pa. Electric 
Division and Grand Central Terminal — Meets 
2d Monday at 8 p. m., and 4th Wednesday 
at 9:30 a. m. each month at Twelfth Ward Bank 
Bldg., Lexington ave., cor. East 125th St., New 
York. H. D. Murty, Local Chairman of Grand 
Central Terminal, 115 S. High St., Mt. Vernon, 
N. Y. J. E. Jagger, Local Chairman of Elec- 
tric Division, 2408 Creston ave., New York, 
N. Y. J. M. Moss, Assistant Local Chairman, 
16 Clover St., Yonkers, N. Y. Buffalo Division 
— Regular meetings will be held at North Tona- 
wanda, N. Y., on the first Tuesday evening in 
January, March, May, July, September and No- 
vember, and on the first Tuesday morning in 
February, April, June, August, October and De- 
cember. Spedal meetings to be held in Buffalo, 
subject to call of Local Chairman. J. T. Farrell, 
Local Chairman, 141 O'Connell ave., Buffalo, N. 
Y. Putnam Division — Meets subject to call of 
Local Chairman. F. G. Boutelle, Local Chair- 
man, Chaunccy, N. Y. St. Lawrence Division 
— Meets at Hotel Woodruff, Watertown, sub- 
ject to call of Local Chairman. G. W. Backus, 
Local Chairman, Harrisville, N. Y. 

No. 9— Division covers the C. I. & L. Ry. W. J. 
Dooley, Gcn'l Chairman, 3101 McPherson ave., 
Indianapolis, Ind.; M. T. Parks, G. S. & T.. 
Box 62, Bainbridge, Ind. 

No. 14— Division covers the Norfolk & Western 
Railway System. Meets subject to call of Chair- 
man. C. E. Layman, Gen'l Chairman, Trout- 
ville, Va.; T. H. Lankford, Gen'l S. & T., P. O. 
Box 11, Cloverdale, Va. 

No. 16 — Division covers the Michigan Central 
Railroad. Meets 3d Monday of each month at 
7:30 p. m.. Prismatic Hall, 130 First St., Detroit, 
Mich. J. C. Culkins, Gen'l Chairman, Albion, 
Mich.; J. H. Staley, Gen'l S. & T., Box 903, 
Welland, Ont. 

No. 17 — Division covers Pennsylvania Railroad 
Lines east of Pittsburg and Erie. J. F. Miller, 
Gen'l Chairman, 2916 Huntingdon ave., Balti- 
more, Md.; G. E. Nightingale, Gen'l S. & T., 
Ncwfield, N. J.; Baltimore Division, T. E. Fid- 
ler, Local Chairman, Lutherville, Md. Division 
meets 3d Friday each month, Huntingdon Hall, 
Baltimore, Md. Maryland Division, W. M. 
Skinner, Local Chairman, 115 S. Potomac st., 
Baltimore, Md. Meets at call of Chairman. 

Delaware Div., T. W. Truitt, Local Chairman, 
Middletown, Del. Meets at call of Chairman. 
Philadelphia Terminal, G. H. Bogart, Local 
Chairman, 729 Linden St., Camden, N. J. Meets 
subject to call of Chairman. W. J. & S., G. E. 
Nightingale, Local Chairman, Newfield, N. J. 
Meets jointly with the Trenton Division, 4th 
Thursday of each month at 10 a. m. and 8 p. m., 
in Goff Building, Camden, N. J. Trenton Divi- 
sion, J. G. Simanton, Local Chairman, French- 
town, N. J. Meets jointly with the W. J. & S. 
Division, 4th Thursday each month at 10 a. m. 
and 8 p. m. in Goff Building, Camden, N. J. 
Philadelphia Division, C. S. Melchor, Local Chair- 
man, 531 Curtin ave., Harrisburg, Pa. Meets at 
call of Chairman. Middle Division, A. L. Rex, 
Local Chairman, Mapleton Depot, Pa. Meets 
at call of Chairman. Pittsburg Division, J. H. 
McGrail, Local Chairman, 2011 Eleventh ave., 
Altoona, Pa. Meets at call of Chairman. 
Conemaugh Division, Martin Stephens, Local 
Chairman, 122 Whitfield St., Pittsburg, Pa. 
Meets at call of Chairman. Monongahela Divi- 
sion, G. Z. Stover, Local Chairman, West Eliza- 
beth, Pa. Meets at call of Chairman. Allegheny 
Division, O. T. Arendt, Local Chairman, Fox- 
burg, Pa. Meets at call of Chairman. Buffalo 
Division, Burt Sutton, Local Chairman, Franklin- 
ville, N. Y. Meets at call of Chairman. Elmira 
Division, C. R. Elliott, Local Chairman, 640 
Water st., Elmira, N. Y. Meets at call of Chair- 
man. Renovo Division, J. F. Mann, Local Chair- 
man, Wilcox, Pa. Meets at call of Chairman. 
Williamsport and Susquehanna Division. A. C 
Grieb, Nisbet, Pa., Local Chairman. Meets at 
call of Chairman. Sunbury Division, G. C 
Vandling, Local Chairman, MifHinville, Pa. 
Meets at call of Chairman. Schuylkill Division, 
H. F. Strunk, Local Chairman, 316 S. 17J4 st, 
Reading, Pa. * Meets at call of Chairman. 

No. 18 — Division covers the New York, Chicago 
& St. Louis Railroad System. Meetings 1st Dis- 
trict at Conneaut, in G. A. R. Hall, Main st., 
cor. of Washington st., every third Monday of 
each month. Meeting 2d and 3d Districts at 
Bellevue, Ohio, in B. of L. E. Hall, every 3d 
Friday of each month; meeting 4th District 
in I. O. O. F. Hall, State st., Hammond, Ind., 
every second Saturday of each month. F. F. 
Cowley, Gen'l Chairman, 519 W. Lincoln st., 
Findlay, Ohio; C. O. Crisen berry, Gcn'l S. & T., 
Knox, Ind. 

No. 20 — Division covers the New York, Ontario 
& Western Railway System. Meets subject to 
call of Chairman. T. F. Cullinan, Gen'l Chair- 
man, 2 Albert St., Middletown, N. Y.; H. D^ 
Pfoor, Gen'l S. & T., P. O. Box 28, Jermyn, 
Pa.; C. L. Cook, Local Chairman Southern 
Division, P. O. Box 183, South Fallsburg, N. 
Y.; H. J. DeGraw, Ass't Local Chairman South- 
ern Division, Hancock, N. Y.; G. W. Merwin, 
Ass't Local Chairman P. J. & M. Branches, 
High Falls, N. Y.; P. J. Boland, Local Chair- 
man Scranton Division, 160 Dundaff St., Car- 
bondale, Pa.; F. L. Spratt, Ass't Local Chair- 
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man Scranton Division, Poyntelle, Pa.; J. R. 
Hadley» Local Chairman Northern Division, 24 
Seneca st., Oneida, N. Y.; P. J. Loftus, Ass't 
Local Chairman Northern Division, Morrisvillc, 
N. Y. 

No. 21 — Division covers the Cincinnati, Hamilton 
& Dayton Railroad System. Meets subject to 
call of Chairman. E. F. Stcngcr, Gen'l Chair- 
man, R. F. D. No. 3, Miamisburg, Ohio; C B. 
Miller, Gcn'l S. & T., Piqua, Ohio. 

Xo. 23 — Division covers the Chicago, Milwaukee 
& St. Paul Ry., Rochelle & Southern Ry., Idaho 
& Western Ry., Tacoma-Eastern R. R., and 
Bellingham & Northern Ry. District meetings 
held subject to call of the Local Chairmen. 
G- E^ Soyster, GenM Chairman, 403 Drexel 
Bank Bldg., Chicago, III.;: C. H. Burnworth, 
Ass't General Chairman Puget Sound Lines, 
Ingomar, Mont.; Ed. R. Derrickson, Gen'l S. & 
T.. 403 Drexel Bank Bldg., Chicago, III. 

No, 25 — Division covers the International & Great 
Northern Railway System. Meets subject to 
call of Chairman. T. C. Berry, Gen'l Chair- 
man, Encinal, Tex.; R. B. Adams, Gen'l S. & T., 
Oakwood, Tex.; D. D. Hungate, Local Chair- 
man Gulf Division, Jewett, Tex.; J. J. Burns, 
Assistant Local Chairman and Division Corre- 
spondent, Box 133, Spring, Tex. Chas. C. 
Webner, Local Chairman Ft. Worth Division, 
Mart, Tex. 

No. 26, NEW YORK CITY, N. Y.— Meets 2d 
Wednesday of each month, 9 p. m., Grand 
Union Hotel, New York City. W. A. Fuller, 
Chief Tel., 525 West 146th St., New York City, 
N. Y.; A. R. Linn, S. & T., 116 Willett St., 
JaTiaica, N. Y. 

No, 27 — Division covers the St. Louis, Vandalia 
& Terre Haute Railroad System. Meets on the 
15th of each month in the Mayor's office at 
Green Castle, Ind. E. E. Pierron, Gen'l Chair- 
man. Pierron, 111.; C. R. Shortridge, Gen'l S. & 
T., Coatesville, Ind. 

No. 29, NEW HAVEN, CONN.—Meets 1st Fri- 
day of each month at 8 p. m. and 3d Tuesday 
of each month at 10 a. m., in Red Men's Hall, 
48 Church St., cor. Crown, New Haven, Conn. 
L. H. Dowd, Chief Tel., 57 Ludlow St., Water- 
bnry. Conn.; G. F. McCormack, S. & T., 95 
Main St., West Haven, Conn. 

So. 31 — Division covers the Missouri Pacific 
Railway System. Meets subject to call ^f the 
Chairman. C. E. Maxwell, Gen'l Chairman, 
Room 401, Star Building, St. Louis, Mo.; N. S. 
Morgan, Chairman Relay Offices, 418 Geyer 
ave., Kirkwood, Mo.; W. L, Wilmarth, Member 
General Committee M. P. Ry., Holden, Mo.; 
J. E, Lewis, Member General Committee, Tal- 
lulah. La.; H. J. Mohler, Gen'l S. & T., Room 
401, Star Building, St. Louis, Mo. 

No. 32 — Division coven the St. Louis & San 
Francisco Railroad System. Meeti subject to 

call of the Chairman. C. G. Kelso, Gen'l Chair- 
man, Box 87, Springfield, Mo.; M. T. Fulling- 
ton, Gen'l S. & T., Box 87, Springfield, Mo. 

No. 33 — Division covers the Baltimore & Ohio 
Railroad System. Meets subject to call of the 
Chairman. C. B. Pierce, Gen'l Chairman, 2021 
Longwood St. (Walbrook), Baltimore, Md.; 
C. B. Rawlins, Ass't Gen'l Chairman, R. F. D. 
No. 1, Moore's Hill, Ind.; W. Edgar Frasher, 
Gen'l S. & T., 814 W. 9th st., Wilmington, Del. 
Philadelphia Division — Meets in Red Men's 
Hall, 17th and Union sts., near B. & O. depot, 
Wilmington, Del., third Saturday evenings in 
January, March, May, July, September and 
November at 8 p. m.; meetings in February, 
April, June, August, October and December, sub- 
ject to call of Local Chairman. F. F. Sullivan, 
Local Chairman, Van Bibber, Md., Western Dis- 
trict of the Baltimore Division. Meets subject 
to call of Local Chairman. W. Q. StouflFer, Local 
Chairman, Point of Rocks, Md. Eastern District 
of the Baltimore Division — Meets subject to call 
of Local Chairman. D. J. McGrath, Local 
Chairman, 2811 Frisby st., Baltimore, Md. 
"GO" General Office, Baltimore. Meets 
subject to call of the Local Chairman. C. 
B. Pierce, Local Chairman, 2021 Longwood 
St. (Walbrook), Baltimore, Md. Pittsburg 
Division, Pike River and P. & W. Districts — 
Meets 4th Thursday night of each month at 
8 p. m. and 10 a. m., 4th Thursday in 
February, April, etc., 1914, at 417 Wood 
St., third floor, Pittsburg, Pa.; J. Yeager. Jr., 
Local Chairman Eastern District Pittsburg Divi- 
sion, 810 Bay Ridge ave., Brookline, Pittsburg, 
Pa.; E. J. Olwell, Local Chairman Western Dis- 
trict of the Pittsburg Division, 120 Charles st., 
Knoxville, Mt. Oliver Stetion, Pittsburg, Pa. 
Cleveland Division — G. H. McCoy, Local Chair- 
man, 1716 Wooster St., Massillon, Ohio. Chicago 
Division — Meets 3d Wednesday night of each 
month in Red Men's Hall, Defiance, Ohio. T. J. 
Eiler, Local Chairman Eastern District; G. H. 
Harer, Local Chairman Western District, Mil- 
ford, Ind. Newark Division, including all its 
subdivisions and branches, will hereafter meet in 
Newark on the third Monday of each month. 
Meetings will be held alternately in the after- 
noon and evening, beginning with an evening 
meeting in December, J. P. Welsh, Local Chair- 
man Eastern District of the Newark Division, 
R. F. D. No. 3, Box 17, Barnesville, Ohio. J. F. 
Idei], Local Chairman of the Western District 
of the Newark Division, 541 Maple ave., New- 
ark, Ohio. New Castle Division meets last 
Saturday evening in each month in Central 
Labor Hall, 3d floor, Walsh Building, South 
Main St., Akron, Ohio. J. R. Ault, I-^cal Chair- 
man, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. 

No. 34 — Division covers the Chicago & Eastern 
Illinois Railway System. Meets subject to the 
call 6i Chairman. J. V. Phillips, Gen'l Chair- 
man, Wellington. 111.; S. M. Rittenhouse, Gen'l 
S. & T., Si4ell, III. 

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No. 35, PROVIDENCE, R. I.— Meets 3d Satur- 
day of each month in Swart's Lodge, Odd Fel- 
lows* Hall, 96 Westminster St., Providence, R*. 
I. J. D. Vanderbeek, Chief Tel., 284 Mont-, 
gomery ave.. Providence, R. I.; W. J. Smith, 
S. & T., West Kingston, R. I. 

No. 36— Division covers the Pennsylvania Lines 
west of Pittsburg. Meets subject to call of the 
Chairman. J. B. Finnan, Gen'l S. & T.. P. O. 
Box 659, St. Louis, Mo. 

No. 37, NEW ROCHELLE, N. Y.— MeeU 2d 
Friday evening each month, 8 o'clock, Lambden 
Bldg., 252 Main St., New Rochelle. N. Y. 
Theodore A. Rcif, Chief Tel., 9 Abendroth 
place. Port Chester, N. Y.; B. E. S. Seaman, 
S. & T., 1210 Evergreen ave.. New York, N. Y.; 
T. O. Tiger, Local Chairman, 907 Main St., 
Stamford, Conn. 

No. 38, SPRINGFIELD, MASS.— Meets 3d Sat- 
urday each month, 7:30 p. m., 373^ Main St., 
Springfield, Mass. Frank P. Sargent, Chief Tel., 
24 Colton St., Merrick, Mass.; J. R. Cardinal, 
S. & T., 566 Main St., Springfield, Mass. 

No. 39 — Division covers the Pcre Marquette Rail- 
road System. Meets subject to call of Chair- 
man. Chicago-Muskegon Division holds regular 
monthly meetings in Eagle's Hall, Benton 
Harbor, Mich., on the 2d Saturday of each 
month, at 8:15 p. m. W. A. Knister, Gen'l 
Chairman, Coatsworth, Ont. ; W. R. Adair, Gen'l 
S. & T., 372 Goodwin ave., Detroit, Mich. 

No. 40 — Division covers the Chesapeake & Ohio 
and Chesapeake & Ohio Indiana Lines. L. E. 
Hicks, Gen'l Chairman, Craigsville,'Va.; J. W. 
Kiscr, Gen'l S. & T., Barboursvillc, W. Va.; 
C D. McGehcc, Chairman Piedmont and Pen- 
insula Districts, 2803 E. Clay St., Richmond, 
Va.; L. G. White, Chaiiman Rivanna District, 
Scottsville, Va.; H. S. Shuey. Chairman Moun- 
tain District, Craigsville. Va.; F. L. Fletcher, 
Chairman James River District, Eagle Rock, Va. ; 
J. J. Holt, Chairman Allegheny and Green- 
brier Districts, Covington, Va.; J. E. Wheatley, 
Chairman New River District, Prince, W. Va.; 
J. W. Kiser, Chairman Huntington Division, 
Barboursville, W. Va.; H. O. Irwin, Chairman 
Lexington and Big Sandy Districts, 416 E. Car- 
ter ave., Ashland, Ky.; G. F. Willis, Chairman 
Cincinnati District, Greenup, Ky.; E. W. John- 
son, Chairman Chesapeake & Ohio of Indiana, 
Converse, Ind. Regular meetings are held at 
Richmond, Va., in Fraternity Hall, 215 W. 
Broad St., on the 4th Thursday night of each 
month; at Clifton Forge, Va., in I. O. O. F. 
Hall, on the 4th Saturday night, and at Hinton, 
W. Va., in the Big Four Building, on the third 
Thursday night of each month. 

No. 41, BOSTON, MASS.— Meets 2d Satu.lay 
night of each month. Engineers' Hall, 164 Cai;-! 
St., Boston, Mass. T. J. Fogarty, Chief Tel., 
71 Garendon ave., West Somerville, Mass.; 
F. C. McGrath, S. 5' T., 614 Main St., WMn- 
cheiter, Mass. 

No. 42 — Division covers the Erie Railroad System. 
Meets subject to call of Chairman. Joint meet- 
ings of the Meadville and Mahoning Divisions 
will be held at Warren, Ohio, corner Park ave. 
and Market St., every 3d Saturday of each 
month. New York Division, Branches and Side 
Lines — Regular meetings 3d Monday of each 
month, 8:30 p. m.. Union Hall, Grave and 4th 
sts., Jersey City, N. J. W. H. Husted, Gen'l 
Chairman, Richwood, Ohio; C. L. Bridge, GenM 
S. & T., Deposit, N. Y. 

No. 43 — Division covers Canadian Northern Rail- 
way System. Meets subject to call of Chairman. 
Frank Munsey, Gen'l Chairman, Beaudette. 
Minn.; G. H. Palmer, Gen'l S. &,T., Dauphin, 

No. 44, NEW YORK, N. Y.— MeeU 2d Saturday 
each month at 8 p. m. in Fraternity Hall, 22-24 
Harriman ave., Jamaica, N. Y. C. B. Van 
Nostrand, Chief Tel., Hempstead, N. Y.; A. A. 
Leonard, Gen'l Chairman, 71 Puntine it., 
Jamaica, N. Y.; E. H. Decker, Ass't Gen'l 
Chairman, No. 17 Sheridan ave., Brooklyn, N. 
Y.; L. Mcringer, S. & T., 13 Cooper St., Brook- 
lyn, N. Y.; L. Meringer, Chairman Towermen, 
13 Cooper St., Brooklyn, N. Y.; A. Filby, Chair- 
man Agents, 1055 East 34th St., Brooklyn, N. 
Y.; W. S. Leahy, Chairman Telegraphers, 4 
Randall ave.. Corona, N. Y. 

No. 45, WOODSVILLE, N. H.— Meets 3d Sat- 
urday of each month at 8 p. m., K. of P. Hall, 
Woodsville, N. H. Geo. A. Hamilton, Chief 
Tel., Wells River, Vermont; Geo. A. Wheeler, 
S. & T., Wells River, Vermont 

Xo. 46— Division covers the Central of Georgia 
Railway System. Meets subject to call of Chair- 
man. C. H. Livsey, Gen'l Chairman, East Point, 
Ga.; O. S. Travis, Gen'l S. & T., Route 68, 
Atlanta, Ga. System meetings held at O. R. 
T. Hall, Macon, Ga., subject to call of Gen'l 
Chairman. Macon Division — Meets with Dixie 
Club, Federation Hall, Atlanta, Ga., every sec- 
ond Saturday uight; O. S. Travis, Local Chair- 
man, Route 68, \tlanta, Ga. Savannah Divi- 
sion meets at Macon, Ga., subject to call of 
Local Chairman. D. M. Rogers, Local Chair- 
man, Register, Ga. Cliattanooga Division meets 
at Lafayette, Ga., every second Sunday; Local 
Chairman, O. W. Bledsoe, Lafayette, Ga. 
Southwestern Division meets subject to call of 
Local Chairman. J. H. Randall, Jr., Box 25, 
Smithville, Ga. Columbus Division meets at 
Opelika, Ala., subject to call of L>car Chairman. 
M. J. Newberry, Hollins, Ala.; F. S. Basker- 
ville, Local Chairman Macon Terminals, Macon, 

Xo. 47, CHARLOTTETOWN, P. E. I.— Meets 
3d Thursday of each month at 8 p. m., at B. I. 
S. Hall, Charlottetown, P. E. I. J. A. Kelly. 
Chief Tel., Charlottetown, P. E. I.; E. R. 
McEwcn, S. & T., Charlottetown, P. E. L 

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Xo. 48 — Divisioa covers the Detroit, Toledo & 
Ironton and Ann Arbor Railways. Meets sub- 
ject t» call of Chairman. G. 'H. Simmennon, 
Gen'l Chairman, Flat Rock, Midi.; J. S. Kneis- 
ley. Gen'l S. & T., Qaincy, Ohio. 

N**. 49 — Division covers the Denver & Rio Grande 
Railway System. Meets subject to call of Chair- 
man. H. J. Fulton, Gen'l Chairman, 112 E. 
11th St., Lcadville, Colo.; F. W. Moore, Local 
Chairman First Division, Room 6, Union Depot, 
Pueblo, Colo.; H. J. Fulton, Local Chairman 
Second Division, 112 E. 11th St., Leadville, 
Colo.; J. A. Ray, Local Chairman Third Divi- 
sion, Hotchkiss; Colo.; M. D. Wright, Local 
Chairman Fourth Division, La Veta Pass, Colo.; 
W. E. Hopkins, Local Chairman Utah Lines, 
421 First ave.. East Waterloo, Salt Lake City, 
Utah; A. E. Robeits, Gen*l S. & T., FounUin, 
, Colo. 

No. 51 — Division covers Bessemer & Lake Erie 
Railway System. Meets the fourth Thursday of 
each month in Eagle's Hall, Greenville, Pa. F. 
N. Williams, Gen'l Chairman, Oakmont, Pa., 
W. B, Risley, Gen'l S. & T., 96 Marshall St., 
Conneaut, Ohio. 

No. 52, PITTSBURG, PA.- .Meets 2d and 4th 
Saturday evening of each n.onth at 7:45 p. m., 
417 Wood st, 3d floor, P.tUburg, Pa. J. G. 
Rotbrock, Chief Tel., 3032 Bergman St., Sheri- 
dan, Pa.; H. K. Klingensmith, Secretary, 124 
Suburban ave., Beechview, Pittsburg, Pa.; C. C. 
Campbell, Treasurer, 108 Fremont St., Mt. 
Oliver Station, Pittsburg, Pa. 

Xo. 53 — Division covers Southern Pacific Railway 
System. Meets subject to call of Chairman. 
John E. Cowgill, Gen'l Chairman, Room 601, 
Argonaut Hotel, San Francisco, Cal.; D. C. 
Wells, Aas't GenT Chairman, 2500 Marengo 
St., New Orleans, La.; D. W. Koppikus, Gen'l 
S. & T.. Oakville, Cal. 

Xo. 54 — Division covers the Northern Pacific 
Railway System. Meets subject to call of Chair- 
man. Sam Johnson, Gen'l Chairman, North 
Branch, Minn.; I. N. Holmes, Gen'l S. & T., 
1009 E. 3d <^t.. Olympia, Wash. 

Xo. 55 — Division covers the Wheeling & Lake 
Eric and Wabash, Pittsburg Terminal and West 
Side Belt Railways. Meets third Saturday even- 
ing of each month at Harmon, Ohio; J. O. 
Peoples, Gen'l Chairman, Bolivar, Ohio; C. E. 
Baltzer, Genl S. & T., P. O. Box 246, Navarre, 
Ohio; O. B. Handy, Local Chairman, Nor- 
walk, Ohio; B. E. Miller, Local Chairman, W. 
& L. E. Telegraph Office, Navarre, Ohio; H. K. 
Bell, Local Chairman, Bolivar, 'Ohio; W. A. 
Alb«ugb, Local Chairman W. P. Ry. & W. S. 
B. R. R., Mingo Jtmction, Ohio. 

Xo. 56— Division covers Georgia Southern & 
Florida Railway System. J. M. Wootcn, Gen'l 
Chairman, Unadilla, Ga.; E. H. Baker, Gcq'l S. 
& T., White Springs, Fla. 

No. 57 — Division covers the Houston & Texas 
Central Railway System. Meets every third 
Saturday at 8:30 p. m., in Labor Temple, over 
401 Main St., Dallas, Tex.; A. E. Laisure, Gen'l 
Chairman, Corsicana. Tex.; W. M. Moseley, 
Gen'l S. & T., Rice. Tex. 

No. 59 — Division covers the Southern, Northern 
Alabama and Virginia & Southwestern Rail- 
roads. Meets subject to call of Chairman. H. 
G. Alexander, Gen'l Chairman, 122 Tate St., 
Greensboro, N. C; J. W. Burgess, G. S. & T.. 
223 Ninth St., S. W., Charlottesville, Va. Local 
Chairmen: J. W. Burgess, Washington Divi- 
sion, Charlottesville, Va.; R. W. Duncan, Dan- 
ville Division, Pelham, N. C; meets J. O. U. 
A. M. Hall, Greensboro, N. C, 4th Saturday 
night; S. A. Davis, Richmond Division, South 
Boston, Va.; W. N. Thornton, Norfolk Divi- 
sion, Courtland, Va.; W. R. Little, Asheville 
Division, Barber, N. C; W. E. Jones, Winston- 
Salem Division, Cooleemee, N. C; P. B. Gib- 
son, Murphy Division, Murphy, N. C; W. H. 
Holmes, Charlotte Division (North), Lowell, 
N. C; O. R. Doyle, Charlotte Division (South), 
Calhoun, S. C; M. D. Denny, Acting Local 
Chairman Columbia Division, Lexington, S. 
C; J. W. Shecly, Acting Local Chairman 
Spartanburg Division, Hodges, S. C. Columbia 
and Spartanburg Divisions meet first Sunday 
each month at 1632 Ma n at, Columbia, S. C. 
E. E. Cauthen, Charles:on Division, Summer- 
ville, S. C; H. L. Allen, Atlanta Division, Route 
No. 3, Atlanta, Ga.; J. C Brown, Columbus 
Division, Yatesville, Ga.; R. A. Kipp, Northern 
Alabama Railway and Biiminj^am Division, 
2500 31st St, Birmingham, Ala.; T. V. Cox, 
Mobile Division, Marvel. Ala.; R. F. Atchley, 
Memphis Division, Barttn, Ala.; W. H. Cord, 
Knoxville Division, Chirleston, Tenn.; meets 
third Saturday night, 8 p. m., K. P. Hall, Knox- 
ville, Tenn.; C B. Gray, Coster Division. 211 
Walnut St., Knoxville, T<:nn.; meets with Knox- 
ville Divihion; C. F. Smith, Virginia & South- 
western Ry., Mendota, Va.; C. L* Watson, 
Louisville Division, Veechda'e, Ky.; L. E. 
Crandall, St. Louis Division, Chrisney, Ind. 

No. 60, WASHINGTON, D. C— Meets first 
Wednesday of each month at 8 p. m., in Btiild- 
ing Trades Hall, 61) <; st, N. W., Wasiiinglon, 
D. C. E. E. Bailey, Chief Tel. Ro«-.kvil.e, Md.; 
W. J. Southworth, Sec'y-Trcas, 48 H st , N. E., 
Washington, D. C. 

No. 61, CAMPBELLTON. N. B.— Meets 4th 
Tuesday evening each month in Engineers' Hall, 
Campbellton, N. B. A. Rautliier, Chief Tel., 
Assametapoghan, P. Q.; G. F. Ward, S. & T., 
Chatham, N. B. 

No. 62 —Division covers the Qn •en & Ci cscent 
Route (North). S. H. McCai t, Gen'l Chair- 
man, Lancing, Tenn.; J. W. .VnJerson, GenT 
S. & T., Oakdale, Tenn.; E. H. Boutwell, Local 
Chairman Cincinnati Division, Walton. Ky. J. 
W. Anderson. Local Chairman Chattanooga Oivi- 

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sion, Oakdale, Tenn.; J. J. Carter, Local Chair- 
man A. G. S. Division, York, Ala. Meetings 
subject to call of Chairman. 

No. 63, MONCTON, N. B.— Meets 3d Saturday 
of each month, alternating at Moncton, N. B., 
St. John's, N. B., and Sussex, N. B. R. A. 
Brown, Chief Tel., Salisbury, N. B.; R. M. 
Scribner, S. & T., Shediac Road, N. B. 

No. 64, LEVIS, QUE.— Meets 3d Tuesday of 
each month. Place of each following meeting 
to be chosen by a majority vote of members 
present at each regular meeting. A. Dion, Chief 
Tel., 17 d'Yourville st., Quebec, Que.; Wm. 
Parsons, S. & T., St. Germain, Grantham, Que. 

No. 65, ROCHESTER, N. H.— Meets at 7:30 p. 
m., 2d Saturday each month in G. A. R. Hall, 
Rochester, N. H. H. A. Beacham, Chief Tel., 
Union, N. H.; C. P. Lord, S. & T., 7 Lincoln 
St., Summerworth, N. H. 

No. 66, TRURO, N. S.— Meete 3d Wednesday 
each month, McKay's Hall (B. R. T. room), 
Inglis St., Truro, N. S. G. L. Roulston, Chief 
Tel., Westchester Station, N. S.; J. E. Mc- 
Donald, S. & T., Belmont, N. S. 

No. 69 — Division covers the Queen & Crescent 
Route (South). Meets subject to call of Chair- 
man. M. V. Hickman, Gen'l Chairman, Heidel- 
berg, Miss.; E. M. Bilbo, Gen'l S. & T., Q. & C. 
Yard Office, Meridian, Miss.; P. W. Burdeaux, 
Local Chairman, V. S. & P. R. R., Monroe, La.; 
H. O. Peavey, Local Chairman, A. & V. Ry., 
Meehan, Miss.; E. M. Bilbo, Local Chairman, 
N. O. & N. E. R. R., Meridian, Miss. 

No. 70 — Division covers Great Northern Railway 

No. 71 — Division covers the Minneapolis & St. 

Louis Ry. A. L. Gardner, Gen'l Chairman, 
'Abbott, Iowa; J. C. Sandmier, Gen'l S. & T., 

Waukee, Iowa. 

No. 76 — Division covers the Chicago & North- 
western Railroad System. Meets subject to call 
of Chairman. Jas. Troy, Gen'l Chairman, 
Jewell, Iowa; Ira R. Kempkcs, Gen'l S. & T., 
Nevada, Iowa. 

x\o. n, DENVER, COLO.— Meets 1st Monday 
evening in each month at Markham Hotel, 
Denver, Colo.; F. Epplesheimer, Chief Tel., 
2341 King St., Denver, Colo.; C. L. Cheney, 
S. & T., 935 Seventeenth St., Denver, Colo. 

No. 80— Division covers the N. O. M. & C. Ry. 
System. C. H. Thompson, Gen'l Chairman, 
Leaf, Miss.; J. E. Swenson, Gen'l S. & T., 
Beaumont, Miss. 

No. 81 — Division covers the Colorado Midland 
Railroad System. Meets subject to call of 
Chairman. A. C. Ellis, Gen'l Chairman, 209 V^ 
E. 7th St., Leadville, Colo.; H. M. Loveland, 
Gen'l S. & T., Howbert, Colo. 

No. 82 — Division covers Western Maryland Ry. 
System. Meets subject to call of Gen'l Chair- 
man and Local Chairman. R. E. Smith, Gen'l 
Chairman, Smithsburg, Md.; E. C Kohlbaugh, 
Gen'l S. & T., 24 Eichelberger st., Hanover, 
Pa. Local Chairmen Maryland Division: C. E. 
Stouffer, Edgemont, Md., First District, includ- 
ing Middle Division and Fifth and Sixth Dis- 
tricts of Eastern Division; R. E. Smith, Smiths- 
burg, Md., Second District, covering territory 
on Eastern Division from Security east to Hillen 
Station; E. C. Kohlbaugh, Hanover, Pa., Third 
District, covering territory from Fairfield, Pa., 
to Hampstead, Md., and the Fourth District, in- 
clusive. West Virginia Division: C. G. Blair, 
Ohiopyle, Pa., Eastern District, covering terri- 
tory from Connellsville, Pa., to W. Va., C. 
Junction and the G. C. & C. Ry.; N. T. Downs, 
Mill Creek, W. Va., Western District, covering 
territory east of W. Va., C. Junction to and 
including Durbin, W. Va. 

No. 83 — Division covers the Bangor & Aroostook 
Railroad System. Meets subject to call of the 
Chairman. C. S. Newcomb, .Gen'l Chairman, 
Frankfort. Me.; J. L. Robbins, Gen'l S. & T., 
Grindstone, Me. 

No. 88 — Division covers the Texas & Pacific 

Railway System. Meets subject to call of the 

Chairman. W. K. GremilHon, Gen'l Chairman, 

Donaldsonville, La.; B. T. Hambright, Gen'l 

• S. & T., Roanoke, Tex. 

No. 89, BOSTON, MASS.— Meete 1st Saturday 
each month at 8 p. m., in Harmony Hall, also 
3d Saturday each month at 10 a. m. (daylight 
meeting), in Harmony Hall, 694 Washington st., 
Boston, Mass. J. E. Kerns. Chief Tel., No. 2 
Josephine ave., Medford, Mass.; J. H. Mc- 
Dermott, S. & T., 46 Crocker st., Mansfield, 

No. 91, CHICAGO, ILL.— Meete Ist Saturday of 
each month at 8:15 p. m., in Hall 912, Masonic 
Temple, cor. Randolph and State sts., Chicago, 
111. G. Dal Jones, Chief Tel., 2530 North Ked- 
zie blvd., Chicago. 111.; W. E. Carter, S. & T., 
5443 Broadway, Chicago, 111. 

No. 92 — Division covers the Buffalo, Rochester & 
Pitteburg Railway System. Meets subject to 
the call of Chairman. F. L. McGraw, Gen'l 
Chairman, Backus, McKean Co., Pa.; J.T.Sim- 
mons, Gen'l S. & T., 901 W. Long ave., Du 
Bois, Pa. 

No. 93 — Division covers the Illinois Central Rail- 
road and the Yazoo & Mississippi Valley Rail- 
road. Meets subject to call of Chairman. C. A. 
Mulhall, On'l Chairman, Clarkson, Ky.; G. E. 
Chance, Ass't Gen'l CHiairman, Mounds, 111.; 
R. R. Green, On'l Chairman, Y. & M. V. Lines, 
Doddsville, Miss.; R. L. Shannon, On'l S. & 
T., Anna, 111. 

No. 94, MERIDIAN, MISS.— Meete 2d Saturday 
night of each month in Pythian Hall at Artesia, 
Miss.; H. W.Bell, Chief Tel., Ethelville. Ala.; 
C. E. Hendley, S. & T., Artesia, Miss. 

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No. 95, PORTLAND, ME.— Meets 3d Thursday 
of each month at 546 >4 Congress St., Portland, 
Me. C. E. Adams, Chief Tel., Springvale, Me.; 
F. C Twombley, S. & T., Buxton, Me. 

No. 96 — Division covers Chicago Great Western 
Railway System. Meets subject to call of Chair- 
man. A. L. Coleman, 402 Troup ave., Kansas 
City, Kan.. Gen*I Chairman; C. E. Norris, Gcn*l 
S- & T., Invcr Grove, Minn. 

No. 97 — Division cov.t^ the Seaboard Air Line 
Railway System. Meets subject to call of Chair- 
man. D. May, Gen'l Chairman, Carlton, Ga.; 
F. O. Cumming, Gen'l S. & T., IS Dinwiddic St., 
Portsmouth, Va.; J. T. Benn, Local Chairman 
Virginia Division, Thelma, N. C. ; E. H. Moore, 
Local Chairman North Carolina Division, Marsh- 
ville, N. C; Frank Taylor, Local Chairman 
Georgia Division, Lawrenceville, Ga.; W. L. 
Tidwell, Local Chairman Alabama Division, 
Helena, Ga.; J. L. Vining, Local Chairman 
South Carolina Division, Macclenny, Fla. ; F. 
W. Brown, Local Chairman Florida Division, 
Cedar Keys, Fla. 

No. 99, COBALT, ONT.— Covers Temiskaraing 
& Northern Ontario Ry. Meets at Englehart, 
2d Sunday in May, July, September, November 
and January, or on call of Gen'l Chairman. 
F. J. Murray, Chief Tel., Englehart, Ont.; J. 

B. Flagler, Gen'l Chairman, Englehart, Ont.; 
R- Richardson, S. & T., Latchford, Ont. 

No. 102, PHILADELPHIA, PA.— Meeting place 
subject to notice from Secretary and Treasurer. 
II. O. Mennig S. & T., 1630 East Hector St., 
Conshohocken, Pa. 

No. 103, STELLARTON, N. S.— G. L. Tattrie, 
Chief Tel., New Glasgow, N. S.; J. P. Swift. 
S. & T., New Glasgow, N. S. 

No. 104, AYER, MASS.— Meets 3d Sunday of 
each month at 9:30 a. m., in Room 5, Oxford 
House, Clinton, Mass. C. A. Wheeler, Chief 
Tel., Berlin, Mass.; James P. Rutledge, S. & 
T., Box 174, Clinton, Mass. 

No. 105, CONCORD, N. H.— Meets third Saturday 
each month at 7:30 p. m., in Concord Hall, 
Concord, N. H. J. T. Turcottc, Chief Tel., 
Pembroke. N. H.; H. M. Clay, S. & T., Gerrish, 
N. H. 

No. 106, HAGERSTOWN, MD.— Meets 3d Thurs- 
day of each month at 8 p. m., 8 Court Place, 
Hagerstown. Md. John H. Goshorn, Chief Tel., 
Grecncastle. Pa.; J. K. Snyder, S. & T., Box 
46, Hagerstown, Md. 

No. 108, ADDISON, N. Y.— Meets 2d Monday 
each month at 8 p. m., Edgcomb Hotel, Galeton, 
Pa. E C Cole, Chief Tel., Cowanesque, Paf; 

C. E. Belcher, S. & T., Osceola, Pa. 

So. Ill — Division covers San Pedro, Los Angeles 
& Salt Lake Railway System. Meets subject to 
can of Chairman. W. D. McGee, Gen'l S. & T., 
320 Concord ft., Los Angeles, Cal. 

No. 113 — Division covers the Ulster & Delaware 
System. Meets subject to call of Chairman. M. 
L. Klein, Gen'l Chairman, 74 Abeel St., Kings- 
ton, N. Y. H. J. Halstead, Gen'l S. & T., 
Oneonta, N. Y. R. H. Henson, Local Chairman 
S. C. & K. Branch. Phoenicia, N. Y.; C. W. 
Pough, Local Chairman Main Line, 81 Hone St., 
Kingston, N. Y. 

No. 114, ANNAPOLIS ROYAL, N. S.— H. A. 
Jacques, Chief Tel., Middletown, N. S.; Stanley 
Tavencr, S. & T., Tuppervillc, Anna Co., N. S. 

No. 115, QUEBEC, QUE.— Meets 1st Monday of 
each month in I. O. O. F. Hall, Ste. Anne de 
Beaupre, Que. J. J. White, Chief Tel., No. 4 
St. Angele St., Quebec, Que.; J. E. Potvin, S. 
& T., Cote de Peres, Beauport, Que., Can. 

No. 116 — Division covers the Duluth, South 
Shore & Atlantic Railway System. Meets 2d 
Sunday of February, April, June, August, Octo- 
ber and December, in places designated by Gen'l 
Chairman. P. M. Stillman, Gen'l Chairman, 
Seney, Mich.; C. W. Danielson, Gen'l S. & T., 
Chassell, Mich. 

No. 117, SHAMOKIN, PA.— Meets at Milton, 
Pa., in S. of V. Hall, 4th Saturday of following 
months at 7:15 p. m.: January, February, April, 
May, July, August, October and November, and 
at CaUwissa, Pa., in S. of V. Hall, 4th Satur- 
day of the following months at 7:30 p. m.: 
March, June, September and December H. M. 
Michael, S. & T., Quakake, Pa. 

No. 118 — Division covers Toledo & Ohio Central, 
Kanawha & Michigan, Hocking Valley and 
Zanesville & Western Railway System. A. P. 
Hines, Gen'l Chairman, Burr Oak, Ohio; R. M. 
Henderson, Gen'l S. & T., 512 Knower St., 
Toledo. Ohio. 

No. 119 — Division covers the Minneapolis, St. 
Paul & Sault Ste. Marie Railway System. G. 
W. Lewis, Gen'l Chairman, 2921 Chicago ave., 
Minneapolis,. Minn. ; F. C. Paine, Gen'l S. &T., 
Erskine, Minn. 

No. 120 — Division covers Lake Erie & Western 
Railway System. C. I. Turner, Gen'l Chairman, 
Ambia, Ind.; M. A. Steckel, Gen'l S. & T., 
Atlanta, Ind. 

No. 124 — Division covers Lehigh Valley Ry. Sys- 
tem. L. W. Quick, Acting Gen'l S. & T., 711 
Star Bldg., St. Louis, Mo. 

No. 125 — Division covers Richmond, Fredericks- 
burg & Potomac Railway System. Meets at 8 
p. m., the 2d Friday of each month, at Freder- 
icksburg. E. A. Foster, Gen'l Chairman, 
Potomac, Va.; J. C. Farmer, Gen'l S. & T., 
Fredericksburg, Va. 

No. 126 — Division covers Chicago, Rock Island & 
Pacific Railway System. W. T. Brown, Gen'l 
Chairman, Room 314, New England Building, 
Topeka, Kan.; C. H. Meador, Gen'l S. & T., 
Room 314, New England Building, Topeka, Kan. 

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No. 127, VIRGINIA, MINN.- W. W. Woodward. 
Chief Tel., Hibbing, Minn.; C J. Keenan, S. & 
T., Kelsey, Minn. 

No. 128 — Diviflion covers the /tcfaiaon, Topcka & 
Santa Fe Ry. System. Meets subject tu call 
of Chairman. L. A. Tanquary, Gen'l Chairman, 
Board of Trade Bldg., Pueblo, Colo.; L. W. 
Quick, Acting Gen'l S. & T., St Louis, Mo. 

No. 129 — Division covers Lake Shore ft Michigan 
Southern Railway System. G. E. Kipp, Gen'I 
Chairman and Local Chairman Eastern Division, 
Blasdell, N. Y.; G. R. Smith, Assistant Gen'I 
Chairman and Local Chairman Detroit Division, 
Rockwocd, Mich.; E. D. Graham, Gcn*I S. & T., 
and Local Chairman Western Div., Mishawaka, 
Ind.; E. E. Smith, Local Chairman Franklin 
Division, Stoneboro, Pa.; /. T. Bearss, Local 
Chairman Toledo Division, 412 Prospect st., 
Sandusky, Ohio; L. O. De Wolfe, Local Chair- 
man Old Road & Branches Michigan Division, 
Quincy, Mich.; I). K. Ro3f«e,*Ray, Ind., Local 
Chairman Lansing Division; R. B. Stevenson, 
Local Chairman Air Line District, Michi>{an 
Division, 217 F. Chestnut St., Wauseon, O'lio. 
The Michigan, Toledo and Detroit Divisions 
hold joint meeting the third Tuesday of esch 
month in the Cruwe Hall, No. 852 Broad\iay, 
Toledo, O'lio, at 7:30 p. m. OthJer divisiras 
meet subject to call of Local Chairmen. 

No. 130- -Division covers Chicago, Burlington & 
Quincy Railroad Syftem. Meets subject to call 
of Chairman. J. F. Carder, Genl Chairman, 
717 S. 4th St., Burlmgton, Iowa; J. H. Rogers, 
Jr., Gen'I S. ft. T., 717 N. 10th St., LaCrosse, 

No. 131, TRING JUNCTION, QUE.— E. Lafon- 
taine. Chief Tel., St. Henedine, Que.; A. 
Lagueux, S. & A., 'J'ring Junction, Que. 

No. 132 — Division covers" the Atlantic Coast Line 
R. R. B. F. Wheeler, Gen'I Chairman, Oviedo, 
Fla.; J. H. Williams. Genl S. & T., Wilson, 
N. C; J. K. McCofcr, local Chairman Rich- 
mond District, 1025 lilcDonough St., South Rich- 
mond, Va.; D. H. Parkei, Local Chairman Nor- 
folk District, Speed, N. C; J. L. Bridgers, 
Local Chairman Fayetteville District, Dillon, 
S. C; E. R. Jones, L<K:al Chairman Wilmington 
District, Castle Hayne, N. C; F. T. Murray, 
Local Chairman Columbia District, R. F. D., 
Cameron, S. C; H. E. Bolkk, Local Chairman 
Charleston Di^ict, care A. C. L. Dispatcher's 
Office. Charleston, S. C; W. A. Hollahan. 
Local Chairman Savannah District, R. F. D. 1, 
Jacksonville, Fla.; A. L. Pixley, Local Chair- 
man Waycross District, Waycross, Ga.; W. F. 
Thames, Local Chaiiman Montgomery District, 
aimax, Ga.; W. W., Local Chairman 
Jacksonville District, Seville, Fla.; M. H. Mar- 
tin, Local Chairman Gainesville District and 
Jacksonville Terminals, Palatka, Fla.; W. R. 
Lott, Local Chairman Lakeland District, Trilby, 

No. 133, SYDNEY, N. S.— Geo. O. Forbes, Chief 
Tel., Sydney, N. S.; A. F. Macdougal, S. & T.. 
West Bay Road, N. S. 

No. 134, JACKSONVILLE, FLA.— Meets subject 
to call of Chief Telegrapher. E. I. Barnard. 
Chief Tel.. 30 Sevilla £t., St Aug^istine, Fla.; 
J. H. Meyers, S. AT., Homestead, Fla. 

No. 136, READING, PA.— Meets 3d Friday of 
each month. Lloyd A. Miller, Chief Tel.. Cal- 
cium, Pa.; C F. Petree, S. & T., 932 Pear St., 
Reading, Pa. 

No. 137— Division covers £1 Paso & Southwestern 
Railway System. F. A. Thomas, Acting Gen'I 
S. & T., 4112 Arsenal tt., St. Louis. 

No. 138 — Division covers C C C. & St. L. Rail- 
way System. Edw. Whalen, Gen'I Chairman, 
1601 Third ave., Terrc Haute, Ind.; Geo. Laven- 
good, G. S. ft T., 109 E. Jackson st.. Alexan- 
dria, Ind. System meetings held at Spencer 
Hotel, Indianapolis, Ind., subject to call of the 
Gen'I Chairman. Cleveland Division meets 2d 
Wednesday of each month at 1501 Columbus 
road, Geveland, Ohio; Hugh T. Sloan, Galion, 
Ohio, Local Chairman. Cindnnati-Sandu&ky 
Division meets 3d Tuesday each month in John- 
son Bldg., Springfield, Ohio; L. F. Armstrong, 
116 N. Greenmount ave., Local Chairman. St. 
Louis Division, Edw. Whalen. Local Chairman 
St. Louis Division, and Cairo Division. B. T. 
McConchie. Marshall. 111., Local Chairman 
Cairo Division, hold joint meetings Isi Wednes- 
day night of each month in Knights of Pythias 
Hall. Paris, 111. Indianapolis Division meets 3d 
Monday of each month in Room 11. 2d floor, 
Anthony Bldg., Muncie. Ind.; E. P. Jenkins. 
1603 East Jackson St., Muncie, Ind., Local 
Chairman. Chicago Division meets subject to 
cal of Local Chairman, A. J. Hornung, Greens- 
burg, Ind. Michigan Division meets subject to 
call of Local Chairman, Geo. Lavengood. Alex- 
andria, Ind. P. & E. Division meets subject 
to call of Local Chairman, I. E. Schlosser, 
Waynetown, Ind. 

No. 139, NORTH ADAMS, MASS.— Meets on 
the 2d Saturday of each month in Odd Fellows' 
Hall, North Adams, Mass. O. A. Pitcher. 
Chief Tel.. Charlcmont. Mass.; J. W. Banker. 
S. & T.. Schaghticoke. N. Y. 

No. 140 — Division covers Maine Central Railroad 
System. Meets subject to call of Chairman. 
V. W. Hobbs, Gen'I Chairman, Mattawamkeag, 
Me.; H. N. Bates. Gen'I S. & T.. Gardiner, 

No. 141 — Division covers San Antonio & Aransas 
Pass Railroad System. Meets subject to call of 
Chairman. A. H. Barnett. Gen'I Chairman. 
Gregory. Tex.; E. B. Hill. Gen'I S. & T.. 1027 
Yale St.. Houston, Tex. 

No. 142 — Division covers the Green Bay & West- 
ern Railway System. Meets subject to call of 
Chairman. D. Benrud, Gen'I Chairman, Black 
Creek, Wis.; L. P. Curran. Gen'I S. ft T.. 
Winona. Minn. 

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No. 143 — Division covers the Grand Rapids and 
Indiana Railway System. L. W. Quick» Acting 
G. S. & T.» St. Loius, Mo. 

No. 144 — Division covers the Trinity & Brazos 
Valley Railway System. Meets subject to call 
of Chairman. D. W. Ramsay, Gen'l Chairman, 
BardwcU, Tex.; N. W. Smith. Geni S. & T.. 
Box 493, Teague, Texas. H. Kemble, Local 
Chairman Teague and Lines North, Teague, 
Texas; R. E. Evans, Local Chairman Lines 
South of Teague, R. F. D. 1, Jewett, Texas. 

No. 145 — Division covers the Ft. W. & D. C. Ry. 
System. L. S. Mentzer, Gen'l Chairman, Ft. W. 
& D. C. & W. V. Lines, Childress, T^ex.; S. L. 
Greenwood, Local Chairman, 1st and 2d Divi- 
sions, Ft. W. & D. C Lines, Bowie, Tex.; G. H. 
Wheeler, Local Chairman 3d and 4th Divisions, 
Ft. W. & D. C. Lines, Channing, Tex.; A. H. 
Plentl, Local Chairman W. V. Lines, Gorec. 
Tex.; C. E. Weaver, Acting G. S. & T., U^x 
405, Quanah. Tex. 

No. 146 — Division covers the Atlanta, Birmingham 
& Atlantic Ry. System. MeeU subject to call of 
Gen*l Chairman. Owen D. Gorman, GenM 
Chairman, Mauk, Ga. C. A. Pye, Geni S. & 
T., Oglethorpe, Ga. 

No. 147 — ^Division covers the Norfolk & Southern 
Ry. System. Meets subject to call of GenM 
Chairman. Miss S. D. Taylor. Gcn'l S. & T., 
Simms, N. C. 

No. 151 — Division covers I he DeUware & Hudson 
Ry. System. Meets subject to call of Chairman. 
G. A. Johnson, Geni Chairman, Eagle Bridge, 
N. Y.; O. C. Benjamin, Gen'l S. & T., Dresden 
Sution, N. Y.; G. E. Danks, Avoca, Pa., Local 
Chairman Pennsylvania Division; V. S. Wands, 
Hawes Cave, N. Y., and E. F. Lawrence, 7 High 
St., Oneonta, N. Y., Local Chairmen, Susque- 
hanna Division; C. C Corey, Comstock, N. 
Y., and G. A. Johnson, Eagle Bridge, N. Y., 
Local Chairmen Saratoga Division; D. E. 
'Sleight, Dresden Sta., N. Y., and O. C. Benja- 
min,* Dresden Su., N. Y., Local Chairmen 
Champlain Division. 

No. 152, NASHUA, N. H.— Meets every 3d Sun- 
day of each month at 10:30 a. m., in Elks' Hall, 
Beasom Block, cor. Main and Factory sts., 
Nashau, N. H.; H. E. Heath, Chief Tel., Pone- 
mah, N. H.; J. WUfrid VailUncourt, S. & T., 
Ill Allds St, Nashua, N. H. 

No. 153 — Division covers the Western Pacific Ry. 
L. W. Quick, Acting Gen*l S. & T., St. Louis, 

No. 154 — Division covers Virginian Ry. H. W. 
Hix, Gen'l Chairman, Box 19, Salem, Va.; 
J. £. Goodwin, Gen'l S. & T., Eggleston, Va. 

No. 155, HAMILTON, ONT.— MeeU 2d Sunday 
of each month at 3:30 p. m., in Sons of England 
Hall, cor. Main and John South, Hamilton, 
Ont. W. R. Kelly, Chief Tel., 91 Mulberry 
St., Hamilton, Ont; £. D. Armstrong, S. & T., 
Box 98, Smithville, Ont. 

No. 156. BOSTON, MASS.— MeeU in Rathbone 
Hall, 694 Washington St, Boston, Mass. Day- 
light meeting 1st Tuesday of each month at 
10 a. m. Night meetings 3d Saturday of each 
month at 7 p. m. Robert H. Buxton, Acting 
Chief Tel., 8 Dresden st, Jamaica Plain. Boston. 
Mass.; James Melville, S. & T., 2 Kearsarge 
ave., Roxbury, Boston, Mass. 

No. 157— Division covers the Rutland Ry. E. J. 

La Pointe, GenM Chairman, Chatham, N. Y.; 

John F. Haher, vi. S. & T., Brandon, Vt. 
No. 158 — Division covers the Panama Ry. Frank 

Kinsman, GenM Chairman, Pedro Miguel, C. Z. 

Pan.; Joln.F. Stahl, GenM S. & T., Box 325. 

Cristobal, C. Z. Pan. 

No. 159— Division covers C. I. & S. Ry. A. J. 
Shimanek, GenM Chairman, 1005 East Wilson 
St., Streator, Hi.; Chas. C. Barnes, GenM S. & 
T., 724 East Sample st. South Bend, Ind. 

No. 160 — Division covers The Florida East Coast 
Ry. J. H. Meyers, G. S. & T., Hallandale, 

meeting 2d Wednesday night of each month, 
Columbia Hall, Prior and University aves. 
Take interurban car from either city. Union 
telegraphers welcomed on pres<ntation of union 
card, either O. R. T. or C T. l J. of A. Special 
meetings subject to call of Fresident. G. W. 
Lewis, Pres., 2921 Chicago ave., Minneapolis. 
Minn.; S. H. Lester, S. & T., Flat 7, 912 South 
Sixth ave., Minneapolis, Minn. 

the 1st Wednesday after 3d Tuesday evening 
of each mont)- at Fraternal Order of Eagles' 
Club Rooms, 137-139 Second st Milwaukee, 
Wis. C. E. Flaherty, Pres., 882 Mineral St., 
Milwaukee, Wis.; B. A. Gothompson. S. & T.. 
959 Thirty-seventh St., Milwaukee, Wis. 

OF RICHMOND, VA.— Meets at Picket Camp 
Hall, 307 N. 7th St., 2d Saturday night of each 
month. All O. R. T. men are cordially invited. 
There will be short Ulks on various subjecU 
of interest to telegraphers at each meeting. 

FREEPORT, ILL.— MeeU 3d Friday night of 
each month at I. O. O. F. Hall, 107 Stephenson 
st, Freeport, 111. All O. R. T. members are 
cordially invited. The club is organized more 
particularly in the interesU of the telegraphers 
of the C, M. & St P., C. G. W., and I. C. 
Railways, all of whom should make a special 
effort to attend. P. H. Murphy, Pres., 145 Dela- 
ware st, Freeport, 111.; H. E. Kiester, S. & T., 
60 Second st, Freeport, 111. 

CORT CLUB (Chicago O. R. T. Club)— Meets 
1st Saturday of each month in Room 912, 
Masonic Temple. All O. R. T. members are 
cordially invited to attend. Matters of interest 
to all are discussed. C. L. Graig, Pres., 817 
W. 64th st, Chicago, 111.; J. J. Rose, S. & T., 
2153 Ridge ave., Evanston, 111. 

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D. O. R. T. CLUB (Denver O. R. T. Club)— 
Meets 8 p. m. 3i Thursday of each month at 
The Albany Hotel. All O. R. T. members are 
cordially invited to attend. This club is orfi^an- 
ized more particularly in the interest of teleg- 
raphers employed by roads entering Denver, all 
of whom should make a special effort to attend. 
C. L. Cheney, Pres., 935 Seventeenth St., Den- 
ver, Colo.; D. O. Shoults, S. & T., Room 39. 
Union Depot, Denver, Colo. 

PHERS* CLUB— Meets 8 p. m. the 3d Wednes- 
day of each month at 1834 East Ninth St., 
Kansas City, Mo. John Hjalmer, Pres., 701 
West 1 6th St., Kansas City, Mo.; Alvin J. Jones, 
S. & T., 1118 Newton ave., Kansas City, Mo. 

THE O. R. T. CLUB (Omaha Railroad Teleg- 
raphers* Club) — Meets 8 p. m., Monday follow- 
ing the 3d Tuesday of each month, in Assembly 
Room, Paxton Hotel, Omaha, Neb. Joseph 
Ackerman, Pres., 3023 S. 21st St., Omaha, Neb.; 
Jas. Freeder, S. & T., 2617 Cass st, Omaha, 
Neb. All O. R. T. members are cordially in- 
vited to attend. This club is organized more 
particularly in the interest of telegraphers em- 
ployed on all roads entering Omaha, who should 
make special effort to attend our meetings. 

OF CINCINNATI— Meets at 8:30 p. m., the 
4th Tuesday of each month, at the Grand Hotel, 
Cincinnati, Ohio. All O. R. T. members are 
cordially invited to attend. This club is organ- 
ized in the interest of telegraphers employed on 
all organized roads entering Cincinnati. All 
O. R. T. men should make every effort to attend 
these meetings, as something of interest is 
always being discussed. V. B. Turner, Pres., 
Ewing, Ind.; O. E. Marsh, S. & T., Box 3, 
Roxabel, Onio. 

DES MOINES O. R. T. CLUB— Meets in Assem- 
bly Room, Kirkwood Hotel, Des Moines, Iowa, 
subject to call of President. M. R. Davis, Pres., 
care C. R. I. & P. Ry., Des Moines, Iowa; 
S. S. Price, S. & T., 1429 West 12th st., Des 
Moines, Iowa; B. N. Bongers, Club Corre- 
spondent, 1526 West 5th st., Des Moines, Iowa. 

CEDAR RAPIDS O. R. T. CLUB— Meets 8 p. m. 
the 3d Friday of each month at Room 12, 2d 
floor, Dows Block, 2d ave. and 2d st.. Cedar 
Rapids, Iowa. E. M. Harrington, President, 
Nevada, Iowa; J. L. Halpin, S. & T., 512 
South 14th St., Cedar Rapids, Iowa. 

ST. JOSEPH O. R. T. CLUB— Meets the 3d 
Saturday evening of each month at Robidoux 
Hotel, St. Joseph, Mo., L. B. Ockerman, Pres., 
402 N. 19th St., St. Joseph, Mo.; D. W. Smith, 
S. & T., 609 Hamburg ave., St. Joseph, Mo. 

LITTLE ROCK O. R. T. CLUB— Meets on 2d 
Thursday after the 3d Tuesday of each month 
at 8 p. m., at 514 Gaines st.. Little Rock, Ark. 

C. C. Jacklin, Pres., Room 224, Union Sution, 
Little Rock, Ark.; H. W. Gibbs, S. & T., Room 
23, Y. M. C. A., Little Rock, Ark.. 

OTTUMWA O. R. T. CLUB— Meets 1st Saturday 
after 3d Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p. m., 
at Ballingall Hotel, Otturawa, Iowa. Employes 
in our department, especially those connected 
with the C. M. & St. P., Wabash, Rock Island 
and C. B. & Q. Railways are urged to attend 
these meetings. W. C. Critchfield, President, 
938 West Second st., Ottumwa, Iowa; C. F. 
Ream, S. & T., Graham Flats, corner Second 
and Jefferson sts., Ottumwa, Iowa. 

THE TOPEKA O. R. T. CLUB— Meets 8 p. m., 
2d Sunday of each month at the Throop Hotel. 
Fourth and Kansas ave., Topeka, Kan. All 
O, R. T. members are cordially invited to attend. 
This club is organized in the interest of teleg- 
raphers employed on the Rock Island, Union 
Pacific and Missouri Paciiic Lines entering 
Topeka. All telegraphers should make a special 
effort to attend. Matters pertaining to the inter- 
est of all are discussed. R. D. Stover, Pres., 
3C5 Western ave., Topeka, Kan.; R. A. Powell, 
S. & T., 812 West Third St., Topeka, Kan. 

Meets Satuday evening following the 2 1st of 
each month in Southern Hotel, El Reno, Okla. 
Special meetings subject to call of President, 
J. E. Melbourne, El Reno, Okla.; G. A. Barnard, 
Vice-Pres, El Reno, Okla.; H. T. Snodgrass, S. 
& T., 1008 W. London St., El Reno, Okla. 

MIRA, N. Y.— Meets subject to call of Presi- 
dent. M. G. Beach, Pres., R. D. No. 2, Elmira, 
N. Y.; W. U. Phillips, S. & T., Horse Heads, 
N. Y.; B. H. Youraans, First Vicc-Pres., Gillett, 
Pa.; G. C. Lacey, Second Vice-Pres., 1116^ 
Hospital pi., Sayre, Pa.; C. H. Nable, Third 
Vice-Pres., Elmira, N. Y. 

PEORIA-PEKIN O. R. T. CLUB— Meets 1:30 
p. ra., 2d Sunday each month, in the Jefferson 
Hotel, Peoria, and 8 p. m., 4th Thursday each 
month, Pekin. All O. R. T. members are cor- 
dially invited to attend. A. C. McNeff, Pres.; 
Thomas Phippens, S. & T. 

EVANSVILLE O. R. T. CLUB— Meets 2d Sun- 
day each month. A. L. Marshall, Jr., Pres., 
Cynthiana, Ind.; L. E. Crandall, 1st Vice-Pres., 
Chrisney, Ind.:.C. J. Walker, 2d Vice-Pres.. 
Newton, III.; R. M. Kite, 3d Vice-Pres., 1219 
N. Ninth St., Vincennes, faid.; Edw. Whalen, 
4th Vice-Pres., 1601 Third ave., Terre Haute. 
Ind.; John P. Manion, S. & T., 5 Edgar st., 
Evansville, Ind. 

ONTARIO O. R. T. CLUB— Meets subject to 
call of President and Secretary at Port Hope, 
Ontario. Comprises the Grand Trunk, C. P. R. 
and C. N. R. R. A. Snyder, President, New- 
tonville, Ontario; W. P. Stone, 1st Vice-Pres., 
Whitby, Ontario; Chas. Baker, 2d Vice-Pres.. 
Belleville, Ontario; Fred Greenfield, S. & T., 
Port Hope, Ontario. 

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General Committee Directory on Railroads Covered 

by Local Divisions 

Boston & Albany Railway — Dennis Hayes, Gen'l 
Chairman, East Brookfield, Mass.; Martin J. 
Walsh. GcnM S. & T., 19 Chapin st., Mcrrivk, 

Boston Terminal Co.— E. L. Gilley, Gen'l Chair- 
man, Holbrook, Mass. 

Boston & Maine Railroad — J. B. Bode, Gen'l 
Chairman, Chelsea Station, care of B. & M. 
Ry., Boston, Mass.; H. L. Jones, Secretary 
General Committee, R. F. D. No. 37, Fremont, 
N. H. 

Intercolonial Railway — S. C. Charters, GenM Chair- 
man, Point du Chene, N. B.; R. A. McMillan, 
Secretary Gen*l Committee, Charlo Station, 
N. B. 

Long Island Railroad — A. A. Leonard, Gen'l 
Chairman, 71 Puntine st, Jamaica, N. Y.; E. 

Frank Webb, Secretary General Committee, 81 
F"i. King ave., Jamaica, N. Y. 

Mobile & Ohio Railroad— L. T. Murdaugh, Gen'l 
Chairman, 433 E. Main St., Jackson, Tenn.; H. 
C. Gilmer, Secretary, Fmitdale, Ala. 

New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad — 
Leonard J. Ross, Gen'l Chairman, 15 Sprague 
St., Providence, R. I.; M. W. Handy, Secretary 
General Committee, Box 885, New Haven, 

Wabash Railroad— V. A. Wood, Gen'l Chairman, 
Milan, Mich.; L. W. Abbott, Secretary General 
Committee, Dawson, 111. 

Chicago, Peoria & St. Louis Ry.— C. C. Clotfelter, 
Gen'l Chairman, Athens, 111. W. W. Harris, 
Secretary General Committee, Athens, 111. 

Ladies' Auxiliary Directory 


MRS. E. L. MATHIS President MRS. T. M. BOYD Fourth Vice-President 

214 East Lafayette st., Jackson, Tenn. Oakland, Ore. 

MRS. FLORENCE P. PIERCE, Grand Sec-Treas. MRS. O. A. MARSH Fifth Vice-President 

2021 Longwood St., Walbrook, Baltimore, Md. Roxabel, Ohio. 

MRS. G. W. HILLEY First Vice-President MRS. L. MEADOR Sixth Vice-President 

Amherst avc, Jamaica, L. I.-N. Y. 314 New England Bldg., Topeka, Kan. 

MRS. J. H. WILLIAMS.. Second Vice-President MRS. B. E. NASON Seventh Vice-President 

Wilson, N. C. Athol, Idaho. 

MRS. W. C. WATSON.... Third Vice-President MRS. H. C. GILMER. .. .Eighth Vice-President 

Osmer, B. C, Canada. Fruitdale, Ala. 


Miss Dita May West. Chairman, 319 E. Georgia 

ave., Atlanta, Ga. 
Miss Ema L. Schneider, Secretary, Dousman, Wis. 

Mrs. Geo. E. Nightingale, Newfield, N. J. 
Mrs. Edmund Mulvihill, Wilmington, Cal. 
Mrs. E. H. Boutwell, Walton, Ky. 

All correspondence for The Telegrapher should be addressed to L. W. Quick, Editor, 
St. Louis, Mo., so that it will reach him not Jater than the 5th of the month. 

Local No. 2, O. R. T. Division 76 — Covers the 
Chicago & Northwestern Railway System. Meets 
upon call. Mrs. N. C. Paulsen, Gen'l Chairman, 
Centreville, S. D.; Miss Erna L. Schneider, G. 
S. & T., Dousman, Wis. 

Local No. 3, O. R. T. Division 132 — Covers the 
York Central Ry. System. Meets upon call 
of Mrs. B. F. Wheeler, Gen'l Chairman, Oviedo, 
Fla, Mrs. J. H. Williams. Gen'l S. & T., 
Wilson, N. C. 

Local No. 5, O. R. T. Division 8 — Covers New 
York Central Ry. System. Meets upon call. 
Mrs. Nora M. Joyce, Gen'l Chairman, Chitten- 
ango Station, N. Y.; Mrs. E. D. Warner, Gen'l 
S. & T., Kirksville, N. Y. 

Local No. 6, O. R. T. Division 113— Covers the 
Ulster & Delaware System. Meetings subject to 
call of Gen'l Chairman. Mrs. Harry Halstead, 
Gen'l Chairman, R. F. D. No. 3, Oneonta, N. 
Y.; Mrs. Sinclair Snyder, Gen'l S. & T., South 
Kortright, N. Y. 

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Local No. 7, O. R. T. Division 14 — Covers tte 
Norfolk & Western Railway. Meets upon cill 
Mrs. N. A. Schwinger, GcnM Chairman, 21 
Tenth ave., S. W.. Roanoke, Va.; Mrs. C. P. 
Winborne, Gen'l S. & T., Graham, Va. 

Local No. 8, O. R. T. Division 31 — Covers 'he 
Missouri Pacific System. Meetings subject to 
call. Mrs. Pearl Mott, GenM Chairman, Havrn, 
Kan.; Mrs. Maude Lawrence, Gen'l S. & T., 
Utica, Kan. 

Local No. 9, O. R. T. Division 59— Covers the 
Southern Railway System. Meetings subject to 
call of Mrs. C. L. Watson, Gcn*l Chairman, 
Veechdale, Ky.; Mrs. Callie B. Del linger, Gen'l 
S. & T., Plainville, Ga. 

Local No. 10, O. R. T. Division 33— Covers Balti- 
more & Ohio Ry. System. Meetings subject to 
call of Chairman. Mrs. Mary A. Bell, Gen'l 
Chairman, New Concord, Ohio; Mrs. Florence 
P. Pierce. Gen'l S. & T.. 2021 Longwood St., 
Walbrook, Baltimore, Md. 

Local No. 12, O. R. T. Division 46 — Covers the 
Central of Georgia Railway System. Meetings 
subject to call of Chairman. Mrs. J. H. Ran- 
dall, Jr., Gen'l S. & T., Smithville, Ga. 

Local No. 13, O. R. T. Division 62 — Covers the 
Queen & Crescent Lines (North). Meets sub- 
ject to call. Mrs. A. B. Willison, Gen'l Chair- 
man, Box 85, Science Hill, Ky.; Mrs. J. W. 
Anderson, Gen'l S. & T., Oakdale, Tenn. 

Local No. 14, O. R. T. Division 93— Covers the 
Illinois Central Railway System. Meets subject 
to call. Mrs. E. L. Mathis, Acting Gen'l Chair- 
man and Gen'l S. & T., 214 East Lafayette St., 
Jackson, Tenn. 

Local No. 15, O. R. T. Division 23 — Covers the 
Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul and the Puget 
Sound Railway Systems. Meetings subject to 
call. Mrs. S. Olive Lester, Gen'l S. & T., Flat 
7, 912 South Sixth ave., Minneapolis, Minn. 

Local No. 16, O. R. T. Division 44 — Meets 2d 
Saturday of each month at 8 p. m., in Hall No. 
2, Fraternity Hall, 2224 Harriman ave., Jamaica, 
N. Y. Mrs. G. W. Hilley, Amherst ave., L. I., 
N. Y., Chairman; Mrs. J. E. Shields, Gen'l S. 
& T., 1034 Bergen St., Brooklyn, N. Y. 

Local No. 17, O. R. T. Division 7— Covers the 
Canadian Pacific Railway System. Meetings sub- 
ject to call of Chairman. Mrs. W. H. Allison,^ 
Gen'l Chairman, 68 Melbourne ave., Toronto, 
Ont.; Mrs. S. S. Campbell, Gen'l S. & T., 
Verona, Ont. 

Local No. 18, O. R. T. Division 53 — Covers the 
Southern Pacific System. G. H. & S. A. Ry. 
Meetings subject to call of Gen'l Chairman. 
Mrs, Edmund Mulvihill, Gen'l Chairman, Wil- 
mington, Cal.; Mrs. F. E. Walters, Gen'l S. 
& T., Ashland, Cal. 

Local No. 19, O. R. T. Division 130— Covers the 
Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Rn-lroad. Meet- 
ings subject to call of Mrs. J. )'.. Kerr, Gen'l 
S. & T.. Orleans, Neb. 

Local No. 20. O. R. T. Division 5— Covers the 
Kansas City Southern Ry. System. Meetings 
subject to call of Chairman. Mrs. N. C. 
Vickers, Gen'l Chairman, DeQuimtfy, La.; Mrs. 
L. L. Wood, Gen'l S. & T., Goodman, Mo. 

Local No. 21, O. R. T. J)ivision 17— Covers the 
Pennsylvania R. R. (Lines east of Pittsburg 
and Erie). Meetings subject to call of Gen'l 
Chairman. Mrs. Elinor A. Maurer, Gen'l Chair- 
man, Elwood, N. J.; Mrs. Helena D. Hitchner. 
Gen'l S. & T., Pitman, N. J. 

Local No. 22, O. R. T. Division 126— Covers the 
Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific System. Meet- 
ings subject to call of Gen'l Chairman. Mrs. 
J. A. Tracy, Cien'l Chairman, Goodland, Kan.; 
Mrs. C. H. Meador, (3cn'l S. & T., Room 314, 
New England Building, Topeka, Kan. 

Local No. 23, O. R. T. Division 81- -Covers the 
Colorado Midland Ry. System. Meetings sub- 
ject to call of Gen'l Chairman. Mrs. B. I. 
Sipes, (5en'l Chairman, Buena VisU, Colo.; Mrs. 
Emma L. Rose, Gen'l S. & T., Ivanhoe, Colo. 
Mrs. Ada R. Downing, Local Chairman First 
District, Cascade, Colo.; Mrs. E. Cooke, Local 
Chairman Second District, Ruedi, Colo. 

Local No. 24, O. R. T. Division 54 — Covers the 
Northern Pacific Ry. System. Meetings subject 
to call of the Gen'l Chairman, Mrs. B. E. 
Nason, Athol, Idaho; Mrs. Maude Graham, 
Gen'l S. & T., Woodland, Wash. 

Local No. 25, O. R. T. Division 39— Covers the 
Pere Marquette System. Meetings held lime 
and place of the O. R, T. brothers. Mrs. 
Minnie M. Morford, President and Gen'l Chair- 
man, Grand Haven, Mich.; Mrs. Ellen Jacob, 
Gen'l S. & T., 977 Cherry st., Grand Rapids, 
Mich.; Mrs. Morris, First Vice-President; Mrfe. 
F. N. Stewart, Second Vice-President; Mrs. 
Bessie Harris, Third Vice-President; Mrs. Sylvia 
Johnson, Fourth Vice-President; Mrs. Watson, 
Chaperone, and Mrs. L. A. Warren, Local 

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No. 2 



THE YEAR 1913. 

sometimes repeats 
nt has proven the 
xception with the 
aphers during the 
ig that period, to 
Order is simply 
the previous year 
ch year has been 
ents, of advance- 
ments, of wonderful progress, and the close 
of the year 1913 finds the Order stronger 
numerically and in every other way than 
ever before. The number of schedules in 
existence at the close of the year is greater 
than ever before in the history of the Order 
or of any other telegraphers' organization 
that ever existed. 

The year 1913 furnished a striking illus- 
tration of the potency of the Order and 
its great benefit to the railroad teleg- 
raphers. Although business stagnation 
existed throughout the country during the 
latter part of the year and hundreds of 
thousands of men in the railroad service 

were laid off, no telegrapher on a scheduled 
road suffered a cent of reduction in wages. 
On the contrary, the general committees on 
the various lines continued their efforts for 
better conditions and much progress was 
made along those lines. A brief resume of 
the work of the Order during the year will 
better chronicle its progress than all the 
words that could be coined. 

During the year 10,511 members were ad- 
mitted as follows: 

January, 554. 
February, 870. 
March, 1,016. 
April, 1,026. 
May, 604. 
June, 872. 

July, 907. 
August, S3Z. 
September, 906. 
October, 895. 
November, 830. 
December, 1,109. 

During 1913 fifty-four new and revised 
schedules were secured on the following 
named railway systems: 

Queen & Crescent, South. 
Bessemer & Lake Erie. 
Chesapeake & Ohio. 
Delaware & Hudson. 

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Southern Railway. 
Illinois Central. 
Virginian Railway. 
Seaboard Air Line. 
Chicago, Milwaukee & Puget Sound. 
Union Pacific. 
Chicago Great Western. 
Atlanta, Birmingham & Atlantic. 
Richmond, Fredericksburg & Potomac. 
Intercolonial Railway. 
Queen & Cresent, North. 
Kingston & Pembroke. 
Central New England. 
Maine Central. 

New York, Ontario & Western. 
Atlantic Coast Line. 
Temiskaming & Northern Ontario. 
Buffalo, Rochester & Pittsburg. 
New York, New Haven & Hartford. 
Boston & Maine. 
Boston Terminal. 
Chicago & North Western. 
Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis & Omaha. 
Grand Trunk Pacific. 
Boston & Albany. 
New York Central. 
Rutland Railroad. 
Central of Georgia. 
Canadian North, Eastern. 
Krie Railroad. 
Minneapolis & St. Louis. 
Chicago, Peoria & St. Louis. 
Mobile & Ohio. 
Ulster & Delaware. 
Ft. Worth & Denver City. 
Georgia Southern & Florida. 
Missouri Pacific. 
Northern Pacific. 
Chicago & Alton. 
Kanawha & Michigan. 
Southern Pacific, Pacific Sy.stem. 
Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific 
Central Ontario. 
Texas & Pacific. 
Trinity & Brazos Valley. 
Grand Trunk Railway. 
Kansas City Southern. 
Chicago & Eastern Illinois. 
Monon Route. 

Washington Terminal (wage increase 
secured by committee). 

The Mutual Benefit Department made a 
very satisfactory showing during the year 
1913, and furnishes further proof of the 

correctness of the contention that that de- 
partment is one of the best of its kind in 
the world. During the year $93,700 was 
paid out on death claims, and $48,045.33 
added to the reserve in the Mortuary Fund. 
There are only a few words to be said in 
concluding this article, as the Order of 
Railroad Telegraphers is now on a solid 
business basis with the largest membership 
ever enrolled in a telegraphers* organiza- 
tion, and ample funds with which to back 
the contention of its members for better 
working conditions. The members, how- 
ever, should not lose sight of the old motto 
that "Eternal Vigilance is the Price of 
Liberty." If the Order is to be maintained 
at its present high standard of efficiency, 
it will be necessary for every member to 
do his or her duty, not only in assisting in 
maintaining what has already been secured, 
but also in securing further improved con- 
ditions. There are still a number of eli- 
gible telegraphers outside of the fold who 
should be brought in, and every member will 
be materially assisting their own cause, as 
well as that of their co-workers, by assist- 
ing in bringing about complete organization. 
A 100 per cent membership insures a 100 
per cent schedule. Get busy. 


D CAMPBELL, Third Vice-President 
of the Order, has withdrawn 
from the active work of his office 
on an indefinite leave of absence to enter 
the practice of law. He will devote his 
attention to specializing in law in the interest 
of wage-earners in general and in taking 
care of the legal rights and liabilities of 
the members of the Order of Railroad 
Telegraphers, and of the Brotherhood of 
Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen in 
Canada in particular. 

Brother Campbell has had ten years' ex- 
perience in actual railroad service and has 
filled the office of Third Vice-President of 
the Order for the past thirteen years. His 
experience and the information thus ac- 
quired will be useful to him in his new 
field of activity. He will be engaged in 
defending members of the two organiza- 
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negligence, in cases of fatal accident, in 
protecting the questions of indemnity bond, 
also in taking cases where damage suits are 
entered as a result of employment, or any 
other cases where legal recourse may be 

Brother Campbell was appointed Third 
Vice-President on March 1, 1901, to fill an 
unexpired term, and has served in that 
capacity continuously since that time, having 
been re-elected at each succeeding conven- 

successor, as every line of railway in the 
Dominion of Canada of any size is 
scheduled, thanks to the efforts of an en- 
thusiastic and loyal membership, abl^' 
assisted by Brother Campbell. The best 
wishes of his associate Grand Officers, as 
well as the entire membership of the Order, 
goes with Brother Campbell for a brilliant 
success in his new field. 

Brother G. D. Robertson, who for several 
years has been general chairman of the 

Third Vice-President of the Order, wiio has retired from 
the duties of his office to engage in the practice of law. 

tion. It is sometimes said that a prophet 
is without honor in his own country, but 
not so with Brother Campbell, as the dele- 
gates from the Canadian Divisions at each 
session of the Grand Division have ac- 
corded him their hearty support, and each 
time requested that he be returned to them 
as their Vice-President, on account of the 
sterling work he had performed for them. 
In severing his active official service with 
the orgfanization. Brother Campbell has left 
his territory in excellent condition for his 

Canadian Pacific Railway System, Division 
No. 7, has been appointed Deputy President, 
and will perform the duties formerly per- 
formed by the Third Vice-President until 
the next session of the Grand Division. 
If anything was necessary to testify to the 
capabilities of Brother Robertson to fulfill 
these important duties, the very excellent 
schedule existing on the Canadian Pacific 
would most amply do this. He has been a 
prominent figure at all the recent sessions 
of the Grand Division a man of unimpeach- 

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able character, one endowed with the high- 
est sense of honor, thoroughly capable, and 
such a man as would be a credit to any 
organization as one of its principal repre- 


ARTHUR P. MURPHY, father of the 
Telegraphers' Nine-Hour Law, died 
in Rolla, Mo., his home, on Sunday, 
F'ebruary 1st, from heart disease. Brother 
Murphy, who was a member of Frisco Ry. 
System, Division No. 32, started his busi- 
ness career as a railroad telegrapher; later 
studied law and was admitted to the bar. 
Having been a successful practitioner in his 
chosen profession, and through his sterling 
qualities gained the confidence arid esteem 
of the citizens of his community, he was 
elected to Congress from the 15th Missouri 
Congressional District, serving two terms in 
that body. In the hour of his success, he 
did not forget his early struggle as a rail- 
road telegrapher, and those now following 
that calling, and realizing the great neces- 
sity for a change in the hours of service of 
the railroad telegraphers, not only for their 
own welfare but also as a further guar- 
antee of safety to the traveling public, he 
introduced a bill compelling the inaugura- 
tion of an eight-hour day for railroad teleg- 
raphers, and his speech on that bill, when 
it came before Congress for considera- 
tion, was one of the most notable ever 
delivered in that great legislative body in 
behalf of a class of working men. Being 
a talented orator, and being able to speak 
from experience, he readily convinced mem- 
bers of Congress of the justness of the 
bill and the necessity for its passage, and 
although he was not able to prevent the 
adoption of an amendment providing for 
nine instead of eight hours, he succeeded 
in securing its passage in the amended form, 
and today the railroad telegraphers of the 
United States are enjoying shorter hours 
as a result of his efforts, and are deeply 
indebted to him for his great service. His 
memory will ever be cherished in the hearts 
of the railroad telegraphers of North 

Among the numerous floral offerings was 
one from the Grand Division of the Order. 


IN accordance with action taken at the 
Ninth Biennial and Nineteenth Regu- 
lar Session of the Grand Division of 
.the Order of Railroad Telegraphers, held 
at Baltimore, Md., May 12 to 21, 1913, it 
becomes necessary for the President to 
name a day to be known as "O. R. T. 
Memorial Day." The resolution adopted 
reads as follows: 

"Resolved, That this convention of the 
Oni«r of Railroad Telegraphers set aside a 
day eacTi year to be known as Memorial 
Day, for the purpose of paying respect to 
the memory of deceased members. The 
President shall specify a day hereafter to 
be known as 'O. R. T. Memorial Day/" 

As our Senior Past President Brother A. 
D. Thurston passed into the great beyond 
the day after that resolution was adopted, it 
seems fitting that our Memorial Day should 
be named in connection with the life-work 
of the founder of the Order of Railroad 
Telegraphers. Hj was bom on July 10, 
1853, and passed'^Bhrny on May 21, 1913. 
We will comme;iiprate the day of his birth 
as near as it will be practical for us to do 
so, and we therefore specify Sunday, July 
12, 1914, as the first "O. R. T. Memorial 

Naming the date for the nearest Sunday 
will give more members an opportunity to 
pay their respects to his memory and that 
of other deceased members than would any 
other day of the week. 

Each division of the organization will ob- 
serve the day in any manner that it may 
select, and ample time is afforded by this 
notice so that the arrangements necessary 
may be made in advance. 

H B. Perham, President. 


IN an opinion written by Judge Brewer, 
the State Supreme Court Commission 
of Oklahoma has taken an advanced 
position on the right of organized labor to 
strike in protest against the employment of 
a non-unionist, and the latter, according to 
the decision, has no cause for action, as 
workingmen have the right, in the absence 
of contract, to quit whenever they choose. 
The decision is the result of a threatened 

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strike of union miners against the Western 
Coal & Mining Company at Lehigh, Okla., 
unless a non-unionist was discharged. The 
mine foreman complied with the request^ 
and the non-imionist then sued the union 
for $100,000 damages. The lower court 
sustained the union, and on appeal the State 
Supreme Court Commission affirmed the 
ruling. "Employes of a coal company/' said 
Judge Brewer, "who are members of a 
labor union, have the right, when involved 
in a trade dispute between themselves and 
their employer and growing out of this 
relation, to protest to their employer against 
the employment or retention in his employ- 
ment, of a non-union employe; and to ac- 
company such protest with the statement- 
that if such non-union man is employed, 
that such employes will strike — that is, 
that such employes will simultaneously 
cease to work for such employer — and if 
such protest is not heeded, the union men 
have the lawful right to strike; and if it is 
heeded, the non-union man who is dis- 
charged has no cause of action against 
either the union as an organization nor the 
members thereof as individuals. Any man, 
in the absence of a contract to work a 
definite time, has a right to quit whenever 
he chooses, for any reason satisfactory to 
him, or without any reason. If his wages 
are not satisfactory, his hours top long, his 
work too hard, his employer or his employ- 
ment uncongenial, or his co-laborers ob- 
jectionable, his right to quit is absolute. 
What an individual may do, a number of 
his co-workers may join him in doing, pro- 
vided the thing to be done is lawful." 


THE practice of certain employers of 
importing hired thugs, notorious 
"gunmen" and other irresponsible 
characters in case of • strike to act as 
"guards" has become so common, and the 
acts of these miserable hirelings have be- 
come so notorious, as to arouse public con- 
demnation, that federal legislation correct- 
ing this flagrant evil seems assured. Iq his 
first annual report, Secretary of Labor Wil- 
son requests Congress to pass legislation 
that will prevent the interstate transporta- 
tion of armed guards in times of strike. 

Reference is made to the use of these indi- 
viduals who, the Secretary reports, "Are 
said to have been imported from Colo- 
rado and other States through a business 
concern engaged commercially across State 
lines in supplying corporations with an 
armed and trained soldiery or police in 
numbers running into hundreds and even 
thousands. In connection with the Pere 
Marquette strike in Michigan, armed 
guards, furnished by agencies in other 
States supplying men to take the place of 
local strikers, accompanied those men to 
Grand Rapids. They were then turned 
back by the United States marshal under 
instructions from the district judge. In the 
Calumet copper mining region armed 
guards under contract with the employers 
were forwarded to the locality by agencies 
in other States." Mr. Wilson urges Con- 
gress to take action within its constitutional 
limitations to regulate this business in the 
interest of peace and order. It is shown 
that this suggestion is neither novel or new, 
and the report of the Congressional Com- 
mittee that investigated the Homestead 
strike, twenty-one years ago, is quoted at 
length as a precedent. This report favored 
regulation and declared these guards might 
"properly be characterized as a sort of pri- 
vate military or police force." Mr Wilson 
submits that the rights of Congress in this 
matter are unquestioned, because of its laws 
relating to the "white slave" traffic and the 
opinion of Congress and the public gener- 
ally that interstate commerce no longer 
applies to traffic in commodities only. 

The Denver Evening Express, in a strong 
article on this subject under the caption 
"Private Armies and Private Government 
Intolerable in the United States," prints the 
following : 

"The first political lesson at Trinidad, 
taught also at Homestead more than 
twenty years ago, is that private armies are 
intolerable in a free government. They 
helped to destroy Rome. They must not be 
allowed to contribute to the destruction of 
America. The enforcement of a law is a 
public duty. When it is subject to either 
party in a controversy, justice vanishes. 
Through its own agents, the United States 
now knows that, for months in the Colo- 
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exist — it had broken down. In its place 
was private government, paid for by feder- 
ated greed. The governor of Colorado lays 
the burden of blame upon ^imported agita- 
tors;* but th^ United States now knows 
that the big trouble was with imported gun- 
men and with their remorseless employers, 
the absentee capitalist. It is not just to 
compel underpaid labor to bear the cost of 
this default in government. It is cruel to 
take it out of starving men and women. 
The public welfare clause of the federal 
constitution is ample warrant for Uncle 
Sam to butt in. Mother Jones' detention 
without due process of law is another im- 
mediate reason." 

Senator Martine, chairman of the sub- 
committee of the United States Senate Com- 
mittee on Education and Labor, who re- 
r^ntly investigated the conditions existing 
during the West Virginia miner's strike, 
has made a strong report to that committee, 
which sustains the findings of Senator 
Borah, who formerly investigated matters 
connected with that strike. 

It will be recalled that Senator Borah 
found complete domination by the military 
forces in the strikebound district and a 
setting aside of every constitutional guar- 
antee, notwithstanding the fact that, to use 
his own words, "the civil courts were open, 
holding their terms as usual, disposing of 
cases and dispensing justice in the usual 
and ordinary manner." He further showed 
that arrests were made outside the military 
zone for offenses alleged to have been com- 
mitted outside this district and at a time 
when martial law did not prevail. In many 
of these cases the parties charged were 
turned over to the military authorities for 
detention, trial and punishment, which re- 
sulted in penalties unknown to the statutes 
and in excess of the laws of the State. 
Senator Borah refers to the strong feeling 
crgendered because of the strike, but says 
ro threats of violence were made against 
jiidces or the courts, and the failure to con- 
vene grand juries was not justifiable, as an 
attempt should have beeri made to call grand 
juries and test the claim that it was im- 
possible to maintain civil law. Senator 
Borah says this was not done. In his re- 
port to the main committee Senator Mar- 
tine, who investigated the charge that mails 

were interfered with by strikers, reports 
the claim not well founded, and says the 
charges that mail deliveries were interfered 
with was not proven. The Senator says 
the use of armed guards "can not be too 
strongly condemned," and that they loitered 
around the coal company's stores, which 
were often in the same building as the post- 
office. The transportation of foreigners by 
.the companies is referred to "as a serious 
reflection on our boasted civilization." The 
following passage from the report gives 
some idea of the investigator's views as a 
result of his visit to Paint Creek and Cabin 
Creek: *Tn no spirit of malice or hatred, 
.but with a view that the country, through 
knowledge of the true conditions, may right 
the wrong, I charge that the hiring of 
armed bodies of men by private mine own- 
ers and other corporations, and the use of 
steel armored trains, machine guns and 
bloodhounds on defenseless men, women 
and children is but a little way removed 
from barbarism." These reports will be in- 
cluded in the general committee's report to ' 
the Senate. 


THE Grand Secretary and Treasurer, 
on behalf of the Order, has taken 
the agtncy for the Phelps Calcu- 
lator. Any station agent or other railroad 
employe who has much extension work to 
do, who dreads the monthly reports, and 
who wants to cut down these operations 
(either freight or passenger) by one-half, 
and who desires to insure the accuracy of 
his calculations, will .do well to secure one 
of these valuable books. The price of the 
, book fades into insignificance in the satis- 
faction resulting from the Calculator's use. 
This book is also of inestimable value to 
shipping clerks in the traffic department of 
hrge mercantile houses. 

Before taking the agency, the Grand Sec- 
retary and Treasurer had this book care- 
fully examined by two old-time station 
agents, who pronounced it to be a most use- 
ful publication. 

The price of the book is $2.50 post-paid. 
Send all remittances to L. W. Quick, Grand 
Secretary and Treasurer, St. Louis, Mo. j 
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HON. WM. J. STONE, United States 
Senator from Missouri, has intro- 
duced a bill in the United States 
Senate to prohibit the importation into the 
United States of goods manufactured in 
part or whole in foreign! countries by con- 
vict or pauper labor, which bill will be of 
great interest to organized labor in the 
United States. The bill is known as Senate 
Bill No. 4161 and is as follows : 


To prohibit the importation and entry of 
goods, wares and merchandise made in 
whole or in part by convicts, pauper or 
detained labor, or made in whole or in 
part from materials which have been 
made in whole or in part or in any man- 
ner manipulated by convict or prison 

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of 
Representatives of the United States of 
America in Congress assembled, That all 
goods, wares and merchandise produced in 
whole or in part by convict, pauper or 
prison labor, or in the production of which 
foreign convict, pauper or prison labor has 
been employed, either directly or indirectly, 
in any manner and for any purpose; or in 
the production or manufacture of which has 
been used any material, prepared, manipu- 
lated or assembled by convict, pauper or 
prison labor, and all materials, wholly or 
partly finished articles, goods, wares, or 
merchandise, or wrappers, or containers, or 
attachments of merchandise, separately, or 
a part of any goods, wares and merchandise, 
all the foregoing upon which, or any part 
of which, has been employed in any man- 
ner the labor of foreign convicts, or of 
prisoners confined in any jail, penal insti- 
tution, workhouse, or other place of re- 
straint, detention or occupation, permitted, 
established, and set aside, to be utilized by 
or for criminals or detained persons in any 
foreign country, and whether the same be 
the product of the field, the quarry, or 
manufacturing establishment, any part of 
which or the materials entering which have 
been produced, treated, manipulated, or 
manufactured at any stage, in whole or in 
part by convict, pauper, or prison labor, or 
by detained persons in a foreign country, 

shall not be entitled to entry at any of the 
ports of the United States and the importa- 
tion thereof is hereby prohibited. 

Sec. 2. That such materials, goods, 
wares, and merchandise in any manner the 
product, in whole or in part of convict, 
pauper, or prison labor, or of persons under 
restraint whose service is hired, leased, con- 
tracted for, or given with or without com- 
pensation, and utilized outside of prisons, 
or in places of restraint or employment 
whether in the field, quarry, the forest, 
factory, yard, or inclosure, wherein such 
prison labor and free labor are utilized, 
such products, including all the products 
described and coyered by section one of 
this Act, shall be deemed and held to be 
convict or prison-produced materials and 
goods, and the importation thereof is 
hereby prohibited. 

Sec. 3. That if any consignor, seller, 
owner, shipper, importer, consignee, agent, 
or other person or persons shall enter or 
introduce, or attempt to enter or introduce 
into the commerce of the United States any 
prison-made goods, wares, and merchandise, 
as defined and covered by the provisions 
of sections one and two of this Act, such 
prohibited articles and the package or pack- 
ages in which contained shall be seized 
and proceedings taken against the same as 
hereinafter prescribed. 

Sec. 4. That all goods, wares, and mer- 
chandise covered by section one and two 
of this Act shall be liable to be proceeded 
against in any district court of the United 
States within the district where the same 
is found and seized for confiscation by a 
process of libel for condemnation. And if 
any such goods, wares, and merchandise is 
condemned as being within the prohibition 
of this Act the same shall be disposed of 
by destruction or shipment out of the 
country as the court may direct : Provided, 
hozvezer, That the destruction of the goods, 
wares, and merchandise .shall be decreed 
unless the cost of such libel proceedings be 
paid by the claiitiant and upon the execu- 
tion and delivery of a good and sufficient 
bond that said goods so condemned be 
landed outside the jurisdiction of the 
United States. 

The proceedings of such libel cases shall 
conform as near as may be to the pro- 

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ceedings in admiralty, except that either 
party may demand trial by jury of any issue 
of fact joined in any such case, and all 
such proceedings shall be at the suit and 
in the name of the United States. 

Sec. 5. That if any consignor, seller, 
owner, shipper, importer, consignee, agent, 
or other person or persons shall knowingly 
and fraudulently enter or introduce, or 
knowingly and fraudulently attempt, to en- 
ter or introduce into the commerce of the 
United States any goods, wares, or mer- 
chandise the importation of which is pro- 
hibited by this Act, such person or persons 
shall upon conviction be fined for each 
offense a sum not exceeding $5,000, or be 
imprisoned for a time not exceeding two 
years, or both, in the discretion of the 
court : Provided, That nothing in this sec- 
tion shall be construed to relieve merchan- 
dise so prohibited from seizure and destruc- 
tion as elsewhere provided by law. 

Sec. 6. That in all suits or information 
made pursuant to the Act where probable 
cause for seizure and prosecution is shown, 
if the property is claimed by any person 
or persons, the owner, importer, shipper, 
consignee, agent, or claimant of such goods 
shall establish the fact that such goods are 
not convict, pauper, or prison made, as pro- 
hibited by this Act. 

Sec. 7. That the arrival of any goods, 
wares, and merchandise prohibited by this 
Act within the territorial limits of the 
United States with the intent to land, or the 
existence of any other facts constituting a 
violation of this Act, shall be deemed an 
attempt to enter and import: Provided, 
That when any collector of customs is in- 
formed that entry of any such goods, wares, 
and merchandise is attempted he shall re- 
fuse entry thereof until the owner, con- 
signee, agent, or claimant of such goods 
shall personally appear before him and sub- 
scribe to a declaration on entry that the 
merchandise is not prohibited by this Act, 
the form of which declaration shall be pre- . 
scribed and promulgated by the Secretary 
of the Treasury. 

Sec. 8. That the importation into the 
United States of merchandise intended for 
sale, the product of foreign. State, and 
municipal charitable and pauper institutions, 

is hereby prohibited, as within the meaning 
of sections one and two of- this Act 

Sec. 9. That the Secretary of the Treas- 
ury is hereby directed to prescribe such 
regulations as may be necessary for the en- 
forcement of this Act, and to annually 
report to Congress all violations of and 
prosecutions under this Act, together with 
his decisions and recommendations in re- 
gard thereto. 

Sec. 10. That all acts, or parts of acts, 
in conflict herewith are hereby repealed. 
This Act shall take effect one month from 
the date of its passage. 


BY a vote of 151 to 15, the House of 
Representatives of the National 
Congress has ordered its Committee 
on Mines and Mining to make a thorough 
and complete investigation of conditions in 
the Michigan copper fields and the Colo- 
rado coal fields. The committee is given 
wide powers and will have authority to sub- 
poena witnesses and to hold hearings 
wherever it may find it necessary. Under 
the resolution, the following questions will 
be given especial consideration : Whether 
a system of peonage is or has been main- 
tained in those strike zones; whether the 
postal service has been interfered with; 
whether the immigration laws have been 
violated ; investigate the charge that citizens 
of the United States have been accorded 
treatment that is in violation of the consti- 
tution; investigate the^ charge that combi- 
nations exist that have for their purpose 
the controlling of the product of those 
fields, and the charge that firearms have 
been shipped into those fields to further this 
purpose; in the event any or all of these 
conditions exist, investigate the causes lead- 
ing up to said conditions. Because of the 
agitation that has been conducted under the 
direction of the American Federation of 
Labor, little opposition to the resolution was 
presented. One of the best speeches made 
in favor of the resolution's adoption was 
that delivered by Congressman Lewis, a 
member of the labor group, who said: 
"Shall the laws be so reformulated as to 
provide a peaceful remedy for these con- 

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flicts between labor and its employers? 
And the essential elements of that subject 
involve both State and federal institutions 
in the most direct way. For example, I 
think that all will agree that the feudal sys- 
tem is fundamentally inconsistent with 
American institutions and in conflict with 
our established civilization. And yet, let 
me say, that in the mining industry it is 
common for an incorporated company to 
own the land, own the mine, own the jobs, 
own the store, and even the transportation, 
the means of ingress and egress to its one 
industry, town or community. In that case 
I suggest you have the feudal system as 
complete as it has ever shown itself in 


IN sending out the message of New 
Year's greetings from President Daniel 
Willard to the employes of the Balti- 
more & Ohio Railroad System, with the 
dawn of January 1st, the telegraphers on 
that line are said to have made a record 
for telegraphic service. The publicity 
bureau of that road gives the following in- 
teresting facts in connection with that 
service : 

Under the arrangements for handling the 
telegram, which contained 337 words, it was 
sent from the headquarters of the company, 
in Baltimore, to the 65,000 men in the 
service of the Baltimore & Ohio, Baltimore 
& Ohio Southwestern, Cincinnati, Hamilton 
and Dayton, Sandy Valley and Elkhorn and 
the Staten Island lines in exactly twenty- 
seven minutes and was delivered to the 
employes as they reported for duty Thurs- 
day morning. 

President Willard wrote the telegram of 
good wishes to his men, as his last official 
act of 1913, and everything was gotten in 
readiness for sending it out with the dawn 
of the New Year. Notices were sent out 
during the evening on New Year's Eve to 
the twenty-two division headquarters and 
intermediate cities and towns between New 
York, Chicago and. St. Louis, and from the 
Great Lakes to the Ohio River and down 
into the mountains of Kentucky, that an 
operator should be at the key in each of 
the 1,200 telegraph offices on the system to 

receive a message which the president of 
the road would send out. 

Just as the United States Observatory at 
Washington signaled the. beginning of the 
New Year, the operators, with the members 
of their families and other railroad men 
who understood the Morse code, sat listen- 
ing intently as the telegraph instruments 
began clicking off the tidings of good cheer 
from the president to the men associated 
with him in the operation of the railroad 

In the offices at Baltimore the work of 
sending the message was handled under 
the direction of Charles Selden, superin- 
tendent of telegraph, and a corps of tele- 
graph chiefs and operators, including W. H. 
Hoffman, night manager; G. W. Buckman 
and E. S. Wyant, assistant managers, and 
Operators H. R. Watkins, E. J. Stephens, 
C C. Brown, R. H. Lipscomb, F. W Fox, 
F. S. Day, W. B. Holden and W. A. Tuck. 

At the moment that the New Year was 
ushered in the highly-charged wires lead- 
ing from the main telegraph office in the 
Central Building of the road at Baltimore 
began transmitting the message to all parts 
of the system. Sending the telegram to 
each of the division points and intermediate 
offices, it was arranged to make extra copies 
of the message for relaying it to the offices 
and signal towers not in direct communica- 
tion wtih the Baltimore office. At 12:27 
a. m. the last of the message had been 
sent out and signed for by the receiving 
operator, and the work of distributing the 
greetings to the employes was begun. 

The distribution of the message to the 
individual employes was handled in the 
same systematic manner as had been fol- 
lowed in transmitting the dispatch. At the 
larger places on the system many extra 
copies were made, in addition to which the 
telegram was posted on all bulletin boards, 
in the stations, shops and other places of 
employment. Early morning trains, leaving 
terminal points, carried copies of the mes- 
sage to the various agencies for delivery to 
the men. Trainmen on the road at the time 
were handed the message of greetings from 
President Willard as they stopped for train 
orders ; and in other instances, as the trains 
slowed down so that the members of crews 
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out coming to a full stop, the executive 
message was attached. No employe of the 
railroad system, however lowly the nature 
of his duty might be, was overlooked in dis- 
tributing the New Year's message. Track 
walkers, track gangs and other laborers at 
points on the line of road had the message 
thrown off of moving trains for their 

The custom of sending a message of this 
kind to the men of the rank and file is an 
annual one with President Willard. 


Washington, D. C, January 21 y 1914. 

TO All Organized Labor: 
Members of organized labor are 
undoubtedly fairly well posted from 
press reports upon the situation as it exists 
in Calumet, Mich., as a result of the strike 
of the copper miners. More than unusual 
space has been given to this strike by the 
press on account of the duration of the 
struggle, the large number of strikers m- 
volved, particularly since national attcncion 
was attracted to the struggle by the calamity 
that attended the Christmas celebration 
arranged for the children of the miners, 
and the unlawful deportation and brutal, 
murderous assault made upon President 
Moyer and Organizer Tanner of the West- 
ern Federation of Miners at Calumet. 

The situation was first officially brought 
to the attention of labor in a circular issued 
from headquarters of the American Federa- 
tion of Labor, under date of August 28, 
1913, calling upon the workers for financial 
assistance to aid this strike and requesting 
central bodies to appoint committees to 
appeal to all workers and friends for con- 
tributions. A second appeal was issued 
September 29, 1913, and since then mem- 
bers of organized labor have been kept as 
fully informed as possible upon the develop- 
ments through the columns of the American 
Federation of Labor Weekly News Letter, 
which is furnished to the labor and reform 

The officers of the .-Xmerican Federation 
of Labor have kept in close touch with the 

situation to the end of rendering every pos- 
sible assistance. At various times Vice- 
President Mitchell and Treasurer Lennon 
made visits to the Calumet district, in the 
interest of the strikers, and several organ- 
izers of the American Federation of Labor 
have been and are now active there, and 
aiding by their best efforts to bring about 
an honorable adjustment of this bitter 

Further attention has been given to the 
situation in urging action on the part of the 
Department of Labor and by assisting in 
every way possible in securing the pas- 
sage of a resolution by the House of Repre- 
sentatives providing for a congressional in- 
vestigation of the Calumet and Colorado 
situations and outrages, which resolution 
was passed today. Thus far our efforts to 
pave the way to a settlement of the strike 
have not availed. The copper mine owners 
have had full tyrannical sway so long that 
they regard the requests of the miners as 
a rebellion ; they refuse to in any way 
recognize the right of the strikers to have 
a hearing on their demands and grievances. 
The strikers on the other hand are main- 
taining a magnificent struggle in defense 
of their rights, their manhood, the prin- 
ciples of justice and liberty for their wives 
and children, and are enduring hardships 
in order that the justice of their cause, 
which is the cause of labor and humanity, 
may be vindicated. 

Members of organized labor have con- 
tributed generously for the aid of these 
strikers, and our affiliated organizations are 
to be commended for the prompt and sub- 
stantial contributions which they made in 
response to the needs of these defenseless 
people. You can readily realize, however, 
that a tremendous sum is required to give 
them the barest necessities of life, even in 
the line of food, and we are again appeal- 
ing to our affiliated organizations and mem- 
bers to render further financial aid to these 
strikers^ even to the extent of making some 
sacrifice in the matter, to help them stave 
off hunger and cold so that they may main- 
tain this struggle to a victorious termina- 
tion. Bear in mind that the rigors of the 

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winter are severer in the Calumet district 
than in most parts of our country. 

You are aware that we are now passing 
through the most severe season of the year, 
and we are sure that the fact alone that 
these strikers and their families are bravely 
enduring so much distress for the cause of 
labor, right and humanity will be sufficient 
to quicken the sympathies of our fellow- 
workers and friends and inspire the most 
generous response that it will be possible to 

Let all organized labor act generously and 
promptly. In addition to appropriations 
from organizations, the membership should 
respond to this appeal, and organizations 
should elect committees to appeal to all who 
love their fellows to help in the appease- 
ment of suffering as well as to establish a 
greater degree of justice. 

Send ajl contributions to Frank Morrison, 
Secretary, American Federation of Labor, 
Ouray Building, Washington, D. C, who 
will receipt for the same and promptly for- 
ward it for the immediate aid of the strug- 
gling miners of Calumet. 

Fraternally yours, 

Sam'l Gompers, 
Attest : President 

Frank Morrison, 

James Duncan, 

First V.'Presideni. 
James O'Connell, 

Second V.'President. 
D. A. Haves, 

Third V.-President. 

Jos. F. Valentine, 

Fourth V.'President. 
John R. Alpine, 

Fifth V.'President. 
H. B. Perham, 

Sixth V.-President. 
FkANK Duffy, 
Seventh V.-President. 
John B. Lennon, . 
Exccuiive Council, American 

Federation of Labor. 

(Reproduoad from December Iisue.] 

AS THE prize contests have proven 
so beneficial in the past, and in 
order that the efforts of members 
in securing new members may be rewarded, 
another series of prizes will be given to 
members securing new members during the 
year 1914. 

To the member securing five or more new 
members during the year 1914, and who 
fails to secure any of the other prizes 
offered herein, will be given one of the 
official emblem rings. , 

To the member securing ten or more new 
members during the period named herein, 
will be given free dues in the Order for one 
year, their dues being paid by the Grand 

To the member securing fifteen or more 
new members during the year will be given 
a specially made emblem watch charm. 

To the member securing twenty or more 
new members during the period named, will 
be given a fine solid gold watch chain. 

To the member securing twenty-five or 
more new members during the period 
named, will be given a solid gold watch to 
cost not less than $50.00. 

To the member securing forty or more 
new members during the year 1914, will be 
given a solid gold watch to cost not less 
than $75.00. 

To the member securing fifty or more 
new members during the period named, will 
be given a solid gold watch to cost not less 
than $100.00. 

Members who have won prizes in pre- 
vious contests of the same character to 
which they may be entitled during the year 
1914, will be given its equivalent in other 
jewelry of their selection, but in no case 
will cash be given, for the very good reason 
that money is easily spent and forgotten, 
while a valuable piece of jewelry is always 
retained and serves as a constant visible 
token of appreciation on the part of the 
Order, for services rendered. 

In the foregoing contest secretaries and 
officers of divisions, and all other members 

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receiving salary or expenses, or both, for 
their services are barred from participation. 

In order to secure credit in this contest, 
it will be necessary for the member claim- 
ing the credit to have secured the petition 
personally, and not through anyone else. 
It ivill further he necessary for the member 
securing the new members to immediately 
fonvard the Grand Secretary and Treasurer 
a notice to the effect that the new member 
has been secured, and unless this is done 
credit will not be allowed. 

The form of notification should be some- 
thing like the following: 

, 1914. .. 

L. W. Quick, Grand Secretary and Treas- 
urer, St. Louis, Mo. : 
1 have today secured the petition for 

membership of and collected 

$ and have forwarded the petition 

and money to Bro , Secretary 

and Treasurer Div. No 

Please credit me with this petition on 
prize contest. 


Cert. No Div. No 


The mailing list will be revised after this 
issue and only members with dues paid to 
June 30, 1914, will receive future numbers 
from the regular list. Members who have 
not paid dues for the current term should 
do so at once. 

Several steel mills in Pittsburg have 
resumed operation on full time. 

Six hundred and thirty-eight new mem- 
bers were initiated into the Order during 
the month of January, 1914. 

The Court of Appeals of New Jersey 
has upheld the constitutionality of the 
jury reform law of that State, thereby re- 
versing the lower court. 

A bill has been introduced in the New 
Jersey Legislature prohibiting the em- 
ployment of women or girls as core- 
makers or moulders in foundries. 

According to the Conservatives Club 
Gazette of London, the British Admiralty 
has ordered that all warships must be 
constructed of British material, and these 
must be purchased from firms paying the 
trade union rate of wages. 

Joseph G. Armstrong, the new Mayor 
of Pittsburg, Pa., is the first union man 
to ever occupy the mayor's chair in that 

Letters of patent were granted Jas. H. 
Tucker, of Petersburg, Va., Cert. 198, 
Division 14, on October 28, 1913, on a 
vehicle tire. 

L. O. Sweatman, Cert. 2711, in the 
Grand Division, has been elected cashier 
of the Security National Bank of Jack- 
son, Tenn. 

The House Committee on Labor of the 
National Congress has reported favor- 
ably a bill to create a Bureau of Labor 
Safety in the Department of Labor. 

Postmaster General Burleson is said to 
be now working on a plan to increase the 
weight of packages, which may be 
shipped by parcel post to 100 pounds. 

The State Supreme Court of Indiana 
has rendered a decision that a verdict 
for $8,000 damages against a coal com- 
pany for the loss of a life is not ex- 

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Under a decision recently rendered by 
the courts in the State of Washington, 
employers in that State can not evade 
the women's eight-hour law by placing 
their workers on a piecework system. 

A judge of the District Court of Iowa 
has upheld the constitutionality of the 
Teachers* Minimum wage Law and ruled 
that criminal prosecution can be started 
for its enforcement. 

The Department of Labor reports that 
for the month of December 95,387 emi- 
grant's were admitted into the United 
States, and that from the first of July to 
December 31st, 734,869 emigrants were 

The Industrial Insurance Commission 
of the' State of Washington has ruled 
that a workman employed on road work 
and who was bitten by a rattlesnake, is 
entitled to compensation from the State 
Industrial Insurance Fund. 

The Pennsylvania State Department of 
Mines, in a report, shows that 1,141 mine 
workers were killed in and about the 
Pennsylvania mines last year; of this 
number 615 were killed in the anthracite 
region and 526 in the bituminous district. 

International and national unions affil- 
iated with the American Federartibn of 
Labor made a net gain in membership 
during the months of October, November 
and December, 1913, of 174,139 over the 
(Corresponding three months of 1912. 

One of the largest judgments ever ren- 
dered in a personal injury case was 
awarded by Supreme Court Justice Kelly 
at New York in the suit of Bruce Shanks 
against the D. L. & W. Railway for the 
loss of both of his arms just below the 
elbow. Shanks was given a verdict for 

Secretary of Labor Wilson, in his first 
annjial report, has urged Congress to 
»nake an appropriation of $50,000 to be 
used by conciliation commissioners to 

defray their expenses in their efforts to 
settle strikes. 

Attorneys for the striking copper 
miners have filed motions to quash the 
indictments returned against their clients 
by the special grand jury. The legality 
of the grand jury and its methods are 
questioned. It is claimed that the grand 
jury was illegally summoned. 

Mayor Albee, of Portland, Ore., has 
been arrested on complaint of the State 
Labor Commissioner, who charges the 
Mayor with violating the State eight- 
hour law by refusing to put city firemen 
and police officers on eight-hour shifts. 
This will bd made a test case. 

A. J. HoflFman, Cert. 2203, Division 
53, of Sierra Blanca, Tex., is desirous of 
obtaining information in regard to the 
working conditions of railroad telegra- 
phers in Brazil and the Argentine Re- 
public and the opportunities in those 

The Grand Secretary and Treasurer is 
informed thaft O. C. Hall, of Whittier, 
N. C, is writing various members and 
divisions, requesting financial assistance 
and using "Cert. No. 2693,'* to indicate 
membership in the Order. The last card 
which Hall held was the one for the term 
ending December 31st, 1912. 

The Editor has been requested to ex- 
press his views on government ownership 
of telegraph and telephone. So far as 
he can 3ee, the railroad telegraphers 
would in no way be affected by the pro- 
posed move. So far as the commercial 
telegraphers are concerned, he is of the 
opinion that they would be greatly bene- 
fited by government ownership. 

The Finance Committee of the city of 
Chicago has recommended to the Com- 
mon Council of that city that $25,000 be 
appropriated to establish a municipal 
store which will sell groceries, clothing, . 
meats and other necessities. If this plan 
is carried out, the store will sell only to 

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such persons as are recommended by the 
county agent as deserving of getting the 
reduced prices. 

Assemblyman Nutting has introduced 
a bill in the Legislature of New Jersey, 
providing that all food products, canned 
or packed, shall have the date stamped 
thereon, showing when such product was 
placed in the package. The purpose of 
the bill is to enable consumers to tell the 
age of canned goods. 

The State S^upreme Court of Washing- 
ton has ended a long fight waged by or- 
ganized labor on behalf of the Spokane 
three-dollar minimum wage scale for 
street improvement work, by declaring 
the act providing for this rate constitu- 
tional, and that cities have the right to 
establish a minimum rate for municipal 
work, whether done by the city direct or 
by contract. * 

Assemblyman Quinn, of New Jersey, 
has introduced a bill in the Legislature of 
that State, providing that no restraining 
order or injunction shall be granted in 
any case between an employer and em- 
ploye, relating to labor disputes or 
strikes, unless necessary to prevent irre- 
parable injury to property or property 
rights of the person making the applica- 
tion, and for which there is no adequate 
remedy at law. 

H. C. Peterson, Cert. 191 in Division 4, 
has announced his candidacy for State 
Railroad Commissioner in Nebraska. He 
is at the present time serving a second 
term as Mayor of Bloomfield, Npb., and 
is also agent for the C, St. P., M. & O. 
Railway at that place, and it is confi- 
dently believed the union men of 
Nebraska will rally to his support. 

James O'Connell, Vice-President of the 
American Federation of Labor, and a 
member of the Federal Industrial Rela- 
tions Commission, was a passenger on 
the Old Dominion Line Steamship Mon- 
roe, which was rammed and sunk by the 
Nantucket oflF the Virginia coast a few 

days ago, and had a thrilling escape from 
death in that disaster. As the Monroe 
careened for the last' time in going down, 
O'Connell was thrown high in the air 
over the vessel's side and landed astride 
the captain's neck in the last lifeboat 
that left the sinking ship. 

Judge Brady, in the police court at Al- 
bany, N. Y., on January 8th, found the 
New York Central Railroad Company 
guilty of violating Section 8 of the labor 
laws of that State, which provide for two 
days* rest a month for signalmen. So 
far as known New York is the first State 
to put a law of this kind on the statute 
book, and it is proving of great benefit to 
the employes. 

The strike on the Delaware & Hudson 
Railroad, which occurred a few days ago, 
and which was participated in by the five 
railroad organizations on that line, the 
B. L. E., O. R. C, B. R. T., B. L. F. & E., 
and O. R. T., resulted in a complete vic- 
tory for the men after a few hours' strug- 
gle. After the settlement was reached, 
all men returned to their positions, in- 
cluding the two former employes whose 
discharge and refusal on the part of the 
company to reinstate them was the cause 
of the strike. 

The body of a man was recently found 
in the Crazy Cat Mountains, near El 
Paso, Tex., and it is thought to be that 
of F. S. Armagost. The body was 
turned over to the authorities at El Pa^o, 
who are endeavoring to locate relatives 
of the deceased. Anyone knowing of t^e 
whereabouts of any of the relatives of 
F. S. Armagost are requested to promptly 
advise the Grand Secretary and Treas- 

The State Industrial Commission of 
Ohio gave an illustration of the benefits 
of the Workmen's Compensation Law of 
that State by making the first payni^nt 
to the widow and six small children of 
Alvah Hall five days after he was burned 
to death in the power house of a traction 
company in Springfield, Ohio. In the 

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five days the commission secured all 
proofs necessary from the widow, attend- 
ing physician and others. The family 
will receive $12.00 weekly until the maxi- 
mum, $3,744.00, is paid. 

members who purchase this tobacco to 
send him the labels. 

The State Supreme Court of Indiana 
has held the Chicago & Erie Railroad 
liable for damages in the case of a work- 
man who was injured while executing a 
special order to move a car by placing 
his shoulder against it and his feet 
again^ an adjoining car on the same 
track. The cars were bumped and the 
workman was injured. The company 
contended the employe was guilty of neg- 
ligence, but the court held that it was the 
duty of the foreman to protect the 
worker while he was obeying orders. 

The long-drawn-out arbitration pro- 
ceedings between the Boston Street Car 
Men's Union and the Street Car Com- 
pany has finally been ended, the decision 
being a victory for the workers. The 
number of men involved is 9,474, and the 
arbitrators awarded them an increase in 
pay. Prior to the decision of the Arbitra- 
tion Board, an employe did not receive 
the maximum wage until he had been in 
the employ of the company sixteen years. 
Under the award, an employe receives a 
maximum wage after six yearsof service. 
The maximum pay was also raised from 
28.9 cents an hour to 32 cents an hour, 
effective May 1st next. The company 
claims the award means an increase in 
wages of $500,000 a year. 

The following request was published in 
the September, 1913, issue of this journal: 
"F. E. Pomeroy, Cert. 11 , in Div. 38, 
whose address is Box 206, Chester, Pa., 
requests all members to forward him the 
trade-marks ^f the Central Union Smok- 
ing Tobacco, which trade-marks must 
bear the union printers' label." Pomeroy 
is badly in need of an artificial leg, which 
will be given him for 20,000 of these 
trade-marks, and which he is otherwise 
unable to secure. Advice is just received 
from him stating that he is still 1,000 
labels short, and he earnestly requests all 

The Missouri, Kansas & Texas Rail- 
way, commonly known as the "Katy," is 
again a scheduled line, and before this 
journal reaches its readers, "M., K. & T. 
Railway System Division No. 22," will 
have been re-established with a larger 
membership than when it went out of ex- 
istence, as a result of the 1904 strike on 
that line. The new schedule was signed 
on January 14th, and is a good one, com- 
paring favorably with any of the other 
schedules in that territory. A photo- 
graph of the O. R. T. General Committee 
that secured this schedule appears in this 
issue of The Telegrapher. 

The statement issued by the Bureau of 
Immigration for the month of Septem- 
ber, 1913, shows that there were 209,076 
aliens landed at the various ports of 
entry during the month; that there- were 
2,337 debarred frorh entrance, classified 
as follows: Idiots, 110; insane and 
epileptic, 24; tuberculosis, 1; loathsome 
or dangerous contagious diseases, 356; 
likely to become public charges, 1,024; 
mentally or physically defective, 407; con- 
tract laborers, 137; accompanying aliens, 
49; under sixteen years of age and unac- 
companied by parent, 71; assisted aliens, 
7; criminals, 52; prostitutes and pro- 
curers, 61; without passport, 10; under 
provisions of Chinese exclusion act, 28. 
The report also shows that there were 
399 returned after landing. 

The banquet tendered President Gom- 
pers, of the American Federation of 
Labor, on the occasion of his sixty-fourth 
birthday, by the Washington Central 
Labor Union, was a great success and 
was attended by over three hundred 
prominent labor leaders and their friends. 
Addresses were made by Secretary of 
Navy Daniels, Secretary of Labor Wil- 
son, Senators Sheppard and Martine, the 
various union Congressmen and many 
others. One of the most conspicuous 
guests at the banquet was Tonjr Costello, 

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Washington, a distance of 2,J00 miles, 
with birthday greetings to President 
Gompers from the trade unionists of 

In a letter addressed to all organized 
labor. President Gompers, of the Ameri- 
can Federation of Labor, calls attention 
to several important questions considered 
by the Seattle convention of that federa- 
tion. By a unanimous vote, the conven- 
tion decided that the eflforts of trade 
unionists and their friends should be con- 
centrated to secure the enactment at this 
session of Congress of the Bartlett-Bacon 
bill. President Gompers shows that the 
adoption of this bill into a law "will re- 
store to the organized workers the legal 
rights to which they were entitled before 
the federal courts interpreted the Sher- 
man anti-trust law to apply to the volun- 
tary associations of the workers." The 
bill also intends to "eradicate the abuse 
and limit and regulate the issuance of 
injunctions." Every member is requested 
to give his hearty support to the Bartlett- 
Bacon bill and urge their Congressmen 
and Senators to support this measure. 

The Birmingham Ledger, in its Janu- 
ary 27th issue, publishes the following 
item under a Memphis, Tenn., date: 

F. A. Butterfield, alias M. J. Burton, 
alias W. A. Fox, alias H. L. Burr, alias 
W. R. Montgomery, who the police say 
is employed by the Western Union Tele- 
graph Company as an informant relating 
to commercial telegraphers union aflfairs, 
was arrested here this morning on in- 
formation from Chicago that he is wanted 
there for theft of $100 from S. J. Konen- 
kamp, President of the Commercial 
Telegraphers' Union. He denies the 
charge. According to information in the 
hands of the police, they believe Butter- 
field is one of the men who rifled Konen- 
kamp's baggage at Seattle, Wash., in 
1911, taking valuable and private papers 
bearing on the Commercial Telegraphers' 

In the last two or three issues of The 
Telegrapher, members have been urged 
to write their Congressmen and Senators, 

requesting them to support the Bartlett- 
Bacon anti-injunction bills, and with a 
view to acquainting all members with the 
attitude of the various Congressmen and 
Senators on this important measure, all 
members are requested to promptly in- 
form the Grand Secretary and Treasurer 
of the substance of replies received in 
answer to their request to support this 
bill, which information will be published 
in these columns for the information of 
all concerned. Congressman B. I. Tay- 
lor, of New York, has promised to sup- 
port the bill. Congressman J. D: Post, 
of Ohio, in reply to a communication on 
the subject, says: "I can not conscien- 
tiously support the Bartlett-Bacon bill, 
but will support the Burnett Immigration 

In remitting his dues and assessments 
for the whole of the year 1914, R. C. Hill, 
of Salt Lake City, Utah, Certificate 51, 
in the Grand Division, writes a very in- 
teresting letter, which should be of par- 
ticular interest to the younger members 
who have not been compelled to make 
the sacrifices that were made by the old- 
timers, in order that the Order of Rail- 
road Telegraphers might exist and over- 
come the many obstacles with which it 
was confronted in its early existence and 
reach its present high position in the 
labor world. The following is quoted 
from his letter: "Perhaps you know I 
have been a member of the Order for 
nearly a quarter of a century, and while 
I have not followed telegraphy for nearly 
twenty years, I am deeply interested in 
the great good the Order has accom- 
plished. I never could quite understand 
how any telegrapher, especially those 
who are now enjoying the many benefits 
for which the Order is responsible, could 
refuse to become a member. When I 
joined the Order it had to be done on the 
quiet. We were in constant fear that the 
superintendent would learn of it and dis- 
charge us. I have not the slightest in- 
tention of ever again being engaged as 
a telegrapher, and I assure you that I 
have never thought of lapsing my mem- 
bership in the O. R. T." 

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The following births have been reported 
since the last issue of The Telegrapher: 

To Bro. and Mrs. Frank Allen, a boy. 

To Bro. and Mrs. C. E. Shultz, a boy. 

To Bro. and Mrs. Jas. B. Powell, a boy. 

To Bro. and Mrs. B. E. Sanders, a girl. 

To Bro. and Mrs. A. A. Cridler, a girl. 

To Bro. and Mrs. R. E. Bailiff, of Iris, 
Cal., a boy. 

To Bro. and Mrs. J. T. Jones, of Pine- 
ville, La., a boy. 

To Bro. and Mrs. A. L. Oden, of Mus- 
cadine, Ala., a boy. 

To Bro. and Mrs. A. J. Braxton, of 
Ladoga, Ind., a girl. 

To Bro. and Mrs. A. A. McPike, of 
Chicago, 111., a girl. 

To Bro. and Mrs. H. C. Patterson, of 
Chicago, 111., a boy. 

To Bro. and Mrs. J. W. Begbie, of St. 
Anne, 111., twin boys. 

To Bro. and Mrs. W. K. Gray, of 
Crowley, La., a girl. 

To Bro. and Mrs. A. C. Palmer, of 
Peebles, Ohio, a boy. 

To Bro. and Mrs. R. O. Will, of Mil- 
waukee, Wis., a boy. 

To Bro. and Mrs. B. C. Madison, of 
Manteno, 111., a boy. 

To. Bro. and Mrs. J. H. White, Jr., of 
Conroe, Tex., a girl. 

To Bro. and Mrs. J. A. Brissette, of 
Ramdon, Que., a girl. 

To Bro. and Mrs. B. C Stoddard, of 
Kcnyon, Minn., a boy. 

To Bro. and Mrs. A. L. Casey, of 
Hamilton, Ont., a boy. 

To Bro. and Mrs. H. O. Ponder, of 
Forest Hill, La., a girl. 

To Bro. and Mrs. H. H. Hamblin, of 
Randolph, Neb., a boy. 

To Bro. and Mrs. R. O. Dornblaser, of 
Edgcwood, 111., a girl. 

To Bro. and Mrs. A. Pitkethly, of 
Paterson, N. J., a boy. 

To Bro. and Mrs. P. C. Williams, of 
Salt Lake, Utah, a boy. 

To Bro. and Mrs. R. R. Barr, of Cuya- 
hoga Falls, Ohio, a girl. 

To Bro. and Mrs. J. G. Castleberry, of 
Imperial Jet., Cal., a girl. 

To Bro. and Mrs. T. M. Gillum, of 
Shinnston, W. Va., a boy. 

To Bro. and Mrs. W. C. Rhodes, of 
White Bear, jMinn., a boy. 

To Bro. and Mrs. J. Brownlie, Jr., of 
East Everett, Mass., a girl. 

To Bro. and Mrs. O. L. Howard, of 
Cooks Springs, Ala., a boy. 

To Bro. and Mrs. G. A. Sullivan, of 
Keenesburg, Colo., twins, boy and girl. 

The following marriages have been re- 
ported since the last issue of The Teleg- 
rapher : 

Bro. G. L. Berquist, of Div. 54, to Miss 

Bro. G. R. Cole, of Div. 62, to Miss V. 

Bro. C. J. Grimm, of Div. 93, to Miss 
Jessie Felthorn. 

Bro. M. E. Clark, of Div. 2, to Miss 
Kathleen Benthol. 

Bro. Fred A. Sherman, of Div. 43, to 
^liss Maud Adams. 

Bro. C. Jay Merwin, of Div. 129, to 
Miss Stella Hesburn. 

Bro. Frank R. Roberts, of Div. 129, to 
Miss Minnie C. Salow. 

At Madison, Wis., Bro. H. R. Pigg, ef 
Div. Idt to Mrs. Myrtle Porter. 

At Franklin, Pa., Bro. Geo. W. Logue, 
of Div. 17, to Miss Ruth Karns. 

At Portland, Ore., Bro. N. B. 'Evans, of 
Div. 54, to Miss Edna Botsford. 

At Springfield, Mo., Bro. W. H. Pasley. 
of Div. 32, to Miss Maude Frost. 

At Philadelphia, Pa., Bro. E. I. Leister, 
of Div. 17, to Miss Mayme Zerbe. 

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At Oakley, Mich., Bro. Earl DeBar, of 
Div. 16, to Miss F'reida Bossbach. 

At Redficld, Kan., Sister L. E. Twiggs, 
of Div. 31, to Mr. Fred Kluckhuhn. 

At Kansas City, Mo., Bro. J. J. Gunn, 
of Div. 126, to Mrs. Hattie Elliott. 

At Bay City, Mich.. Bro. F. T. Kellogg, 
of Div. 16, to Miss Florence Bolert. 

At Lake Crystal, Minn., Bro. E. W. 
Johnson, of Div. 76, to Miss Williams. 

At Sand Point, Ida., Bro. J. R. Garber, 
of Div. 54, to Miss Josephine Seymour. 

At Palmyra, 111., Bro. Wm. B. Ridg- 
way, of Div. 2, to Miss Martha A. Rob- 

At Bpyertown, Pa., Bro. Harvey G. 
Grofe, of Div. 136, to Miss Laura E. 

At Green Castle, Ind., Bro. A. A. 
Donovan, of Div. 33, to Miss Nettie 

The Telegrapher extends congratulations 
to the happy couples. 

The following deaths have been reported 
since ihc last issue of The Telegr.\pher : 

Bro. Edward A. Larkin, of Div. 16. 
Father of Bro. J. W. Omer, of Div. 2. 

Deceased Member, Div. 5^. 

Sister of Bro. F. W. Laing, of Div. 7. 
Sister of Bro. G. IT. Swartz, of Div. 2. 

Daughter of Bro. J. W. Carr, of Div. 31. 
Mother of Bro. E. C. Oliver, of Div. 33. 
Wife of Bro. E. W. Nicholson, of Div. 


£>eceaBe<l Member, Div. 97. 

Mother of Bro. J. F. Pearson, of Div. 

Father of Bro. C. L. Bottomley, of 
Div. 1. 

Father of Bro. C. R. Williams, of 
Div. 4. 

Brother of Bro. J. H. Allardice, of 
Div. 8. 

Mother of Bro. Wm. F. Hover, of 
Div. 8. 

At Altoona, Kan., Bro. G. B. Neill, of 
Div. 31. 

Brother of Bro. F. W. Coleman, of 
Div. 42. 

Infant son of Bro. R. F. Hickey, of 
Div. 54. 

At Dresden, Kan., Bro. W. W. Walkey, 
of Div. 126. 

At Wamsutter, Wyo., Bro. T. C. Sher- 
man, of Div. 6. 

At Buffalo, N. Y., son of Bro. E. S. 
Smith, of Div. 8. 

.At Shaftsburg, ^lich., Bro, Harry F. 
Hurdick, of Div. 1. 

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At Grafton, III., brother of Bro. Thos. 
M coney, of Div. 2. 

At St. Louis, Mo., brother of Bro. H. 
A. Ford, of Div. 126. 


Present address of J. A. Quinn, recently 
at Revelstoke, B. C. R. C Start. 

General Delivery, Cedrir Rapids, Iowa. 

Present address of W. E. Moore, agent 
for S. P. in Arizona in 1908. 

P. P. Gray, 
Care C. P. Ry., Kamloops, B. C. 

Present address of B. Xieswander, 
worked at Verdel, Xeb., for C. X. W., dur- 
ing the land rush in 1911. 

O. H. Coats. Rivulet, Mont, 

Present address of Geo. Z. Johnson, 
worked on C. P. Ry., Calgary, .Alta., Can. 
Zenies, if you see this, write to your mother. 
E. M. .Aha MS. DeLong, Ind. 

Present address of C. C. Petery. last 
heard of on Y. & M. V., at Elizabeth, Miss.; 
also the address of G. W. Straughn, who 
worked on Big 4, in Cincinnati, Ohio, 
Januarj', 1913. Boys, if you sec this, write 
me at 9129 Exchange .'\ve., South, Chicago, 
111. W. R. Calloway. 

Deceased Member, Div. 39. 

At Fountain, Colo., mother of Bro. J. 
F. Evans, of Div. 49. 

At Lyons, Colo., father of Bro. John 
Jamison, of Div. 130. 

At Chicago, 111., infant son of Bro. H. 
C. Patterson, of Div. 23. 

At Sand Springs, Okla., mother of Bro. 
A. G. Spillman, of Div. 6. 

At North Lansing, Mich., wife of Bro. 
Fred Szepaneck, of Div. 16. 

At Portland, Ark., eldest daughter of 
Bro. T. A. Corson, of Div. 31. 

At Pascoag, R. I., infant daughter of 
Bro. P. J. Keenan, of Div. 35. 

At St. Anne, 111., infant sons (twins) 
of Bro. J. W. Begbie, of Div. 34. 

At Science Hill, Ky., mother of Bro. 
W. L. Vallandingham, of Div. 62. 

At Boyd, Wis., father of Bros. F. C. 
and L. H. Ludowise, both of Div. 119. 

The bereaved relatives have the sym- 
pathy of all. 

Deceased Member, Div. 141. 

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Present . address of Gus. Mcintosh, 
worked with Intercolonial Ry. in 1899. 
"RS," if you see this, please write. 

Arthur F. Fougere, Oakdale, Mass. 

Present address of Operators F. W. Sea- 
bury and R. B. Williamson. Write me at 
Lake Butler, Fla., care A. C. L. Ry. 

F L. Wise. 

■ Present address of B. C. Pierce, operator, 
last heard from in Yuma, Ariz. "BC," if 
you see this, write. 

C. E. Browning, Fletcher, Ala. 

Present address of Dr. Chas. E. Teeter, 
last heard of in San Franciso, Cal. His 
mother is in poor health "and anxious to 
hear from him. Write to C. C Teeter, 
Disko, Ind. 

.'\nyone knowing the present address of 
Operator Herbert L. Ballard, last heard of 
in Pittsburg, Tex., selling town lots, kindly 
communicate with his father, A. B. Ballard, 
Alwater, Cal. 

Present addresses of E. L. Hardin and 
J. P. Davis, operators, last seen passing 
through River Junction, Fla., going west. 
Boys, if you see this, write me. 

C. C. Graves, Yulee, Fla. 

Present address of Miss Rose Moore. 
Ran across your cards of eight years ago, 

while looking over some old letters. Where 
are you, now? Drop me a card, care O. R. 
T., St. Louis, Mo. "ES." 

Present address of Ed, Leffingwell, rail- 
road telegrapher, former home Greenville, 
111. Anyone acquainted with him will con- 
fer a great favor by calling his attention 
to this notice. J. L. Blodgett, 

Shore Acres, Alexandria, Minn. 

Present address of H. K. Duffield, last 
heard of about eight years ago in Texas, 
a telegrapher in commercial work. He will 
learn something to his advantage if he will 
write to Anna Fullerton, 210 W. Excelsior 
St.. Excelsior Springs, Mo. 


Card No. 5943, Cert. 2020, Div. 7, for 
term ending June .30, 1914. 

Card No. 10728, Cert. 1292, Div. 31, for 
term ending June 30, 1914. 

Card No. 5044, Cert. 4031, Grand Div., for 
term ending June 30, 1914. 

Card No. 1073, Cert. 8, Div. 70, for term 
ending December 31, 1913. 

Card No. 1306, Cert. 3386, Div. 23, for 
term ending June 30, 1914. 

Card. No. 30432, Cert. 343, Div. 31, for 
term ending December 31, 1913. 

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By Mrs. E. L. Mathis, President. 

WHEN your husband joined the 
Order he did so for yoif as well 
as for himself. He hoped by this 
10 secure you and those dependent upon 
hira a better living; he wanted to be able 
to better fulfill his duties to his family. 

He joined hands with his fellow workers 
because he saw that whatever his trouble 
might be, it is at one time or another felt 
by the other workers; in a word, he knew 
his interests were common with theirs. 

Experience taught them that their 
strength lay in union. They realized that 
a union of all those that worked at the 
trade and suffered from oppression would 
in time help to end low wages and long 
hours. They had to unite, for it was the 
only means of protecting themselves against 
the bosses whose opposition to the working 
man w^as growing day by day. 

The only hope for the wage earner lies 
in his organization, for by its means he can 
force the profit-maker to be satisfied with 
reasonable returns and curb the promptings 
of avarice. 

Why have the wages of the telegraphers 
been steadily and constantly on the increase 
for the past twelve or fifteen years? It is 
the result of the efforts of their organiza- 

I can enumerate many places of which I 
have personal knowledge where there is a 
vast difference in the working conditions 
now as compared with some ten or fifteen 
years back. One in particular, at one place 
where my husband worked for years as 
agent, the salary was only $50 per month, 
and oftentimes he had to work from twelve 
to eighteen hours each day without extra 

compensation. Today this same little office, 
without very much increase in labor, pays 
a salary of $72.50 per month and 30 cents 
per hour overtime for all time worked out- 
side of regular hours, all of which was 
brought about by the splendid and 
thorough organization of System Division 
No. 93. I could mention dozens of other 
places which are similar to this, but deem 
it unnecessary. 

Now my dear sister, does this not appeal 
to you? If your husband has done so much 
for you, will you not try to do a little for 
him ? The Ladies' Auxiliary was organized 
to hold up his hands and give encourage- 
ment to him in his trials and troubles. Will 
you not help him this much by joining the 
Ladies' Auxiliary? We have a little band 
of noble women who are trying to do all 
they can to encourage their men folks to 
better deeds and nobler work for the home 
and familv. 

I take this means of thanking Bro. Quick 
for his article in the last joutnal, and want 
to assure him that he will always be 
welcome, and that he will not have to 
dodge any flatirons, rolling-pins or dish 
pans, but on the other band we welcome 
him at any and all times to our columns, 
and as this is the first recognition that we 
have ever had from any O. R. T. official, 
we feel highly elated, and only hope that 
he will give us an article each month. In- 
deed, we feel highly encouraged. I wish to 
call the attention of all interested to his 
article, as it is very important and of vital 
interest to you. 

Come again, Bro. Quick. 

Mrs. E. L. Math is. 

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Notes from the Grand Secretary and 
Treat u re r. 

1 hope that every member of the Ladies* 
Auxiliary and non-member will read with 
care and serious thought the article in the 
January issue of the Indies' Auxiliary De- 
partment, written by our worthy friend, 
Bro. L. W. Quick. 

The obstacles he has encountered are such 
that every O. R. T. man should take heed, 
so that such neglect of their duty shall not 
be continued to the sorrow of their families. 

Believing that the importance of some in- 
surance within the reach of our means will 
be the same help to the husbands of our 
members, and that with the better under- 
standing of the necessity to meet trouble by 
having some money to help out in times of 
distress, was the main reason the Ladies' 
Auxiliary felt that. the Mutual Benefit De- 
partment in the Ladies' Au^dliary was as 
much needed as it was in the O. R. T. 

We realize that many women do not be- 
lieve in insurance, and look at it that the 
money put into it is thrown away and will 
be of no benefit to them. But with the bet- 
ter understanding of this question, which 
is considered by the world in general as 
most important, we believe that the Mutual 
Benefit Department of the Ladies' Auxiliary 
will help the O. R. T. and also make them 
more careful of the interests of their 
families, and if it is neglected by the hus- 
band, the wife will sec .that his certificate 
is made out for the benefit of herself and 
family. Our Mutual Benefit Department is 
now in full swing, and members are com- 
ing into it fi'om all parts of the country, 
showing that we have met with the approval 
of our O. R. T. brothers, also stating that 
they wish to congratulate us upon establish- 
ing this department which makes it pos- 
sible with the small rates for them to carry 
insurance both in the O. R. T. and Ladies' 

The Auxiliary felt sure that with the 
small fees it will be possible for every 
O. R. T. brother to take out insurance for 
his wife, which will be a help to him if 

Rates are as follows: 

Series '*A," limited to $150 (18 to 50 
years), 80 cents each six months. 

Series "B," limited to $300 (18 to 40 
years), $1.60 each six months. 

Series "A,"' $1.60 per year. Series "B,'' 
$3.20 per year. 

Initiation fee in Series "A** and **B" is 
fifty cents (50 cents) until further notice. 

Both fees must accompany application. If 
not accepted, fees will be returned to appli- 
cant. This to save time. 

Applications for membership, both in 
Ladies* Auxiliary and Mutual Benefit De- 
partment, can be obtained from all Grand 
Officers, local officers, from their address 
in the Ladies' Auxiliary Directory, or from 
the Grand Secretary and Treasurer direct, 
by writing even a postal card to her address, 
2021 Longwood St., Walbrook, Baltimore. 

Many have written that they arc working 
for the prizes, and also the locals are offer- 
ing a prize to the member getting the most 
new members. 

Members securing five new members will 
be given one of the new Ladies* Auxiliary 
official emblem pins. 

Members securing ten new members will 
be given a solid silver spoon with letters 
L. A. O. R. T. engraved upon the handle. 

Members securing fifty new members will 
be given six of the silver spoons. 

Members securing sixty new members 
will be given a watch, guaranteed, with 
monogram engraved upon the back. 

This contest is open to all, and as the 
conditions surrounding our work are dif- 
ferent to the O. R. T., we wish to allow 
every O. R. T. member to help his wife to 
secure a prize. 

Send application to me direct, giving your 
name, division ; or to your local officer, and 
you will be given credit for the same. 

One of our faithful members. Sister W. J. 
McCarthy, of Portville, N. Y., wrote me. 
when paying dues for last term during the 
summer, that her husband had been struck 
with lightning while on duty, and was so 
very ill that she was afraid that he would 
not recover from the shock. 

I am in receipt of another letter from 
Sister McCarthy, when paying dues again 
for this term, stating that her beloved hus- 
band passed to the great beyond on Nov?ni» 

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ber 6th, just at the hour when he was ac- 
customed to leave for his work. Every- 
thing was done to save his life, but it was no 
use. This sister says that he had insurance 
in the O. R. T., and as soon as she can get 
her affairs in shape she expects to take out 
insurance in the Ladies' Auxiliary Mutual 
Benefit Department, and that she hopes to 
always be a member of our beloved Auxil- 

I can not help being deeply touched 
at the loyalty of this sister to the Auxiliary 
in her great sorrow, and that through it all 
she did not forget her duty and obligations 
to the Ladies' Auxiliary. 

What Sister McCarthy can do, others 
with no trouble can do. 

She has our heartfelt sympathy in this 
her hour of sorrow. 

For the benefit of any who might wish 
to know about the security of the money 
in the Ladies' Auxiliary and Mutual Benefit 
Department treasury, I wish it to be known 
that the Grand Secretary and Treasurer car- 
ries a bond that much more than covers 
the money on deposit to the credit of the 
Auxiliary. This bond is given by one of 
the most reliable bonding companies in the 

It again becomes my pleasure to announce 
to the membership that we now have 
another new local. No. 26, of Division 146, 
and the charter has been sent, and money 
for it was donated by the division, and in 
sending it Bro. Pye wrote that they are 
ver>- proud to have a local upon their 
division and that the brothers are planning 
to hold an all-day meeting in the near future 
at Manchester, Ga., to which all O. R. T. 
brothers will bring their wives, and they 
plan to show the sisters a royal time, and 
that all hands will get acquainted and the 
sisters can decide what to do at the meet- 
ings and make other arrangements for 
pleasant times together. 

I would be delighted to receive a request 
for a charter every month of the new year, 
and hope other divisions that are contem- 
plating having a local will hurry in the 
money, and we will gtiarantee to furnish 
the members for the charter. 

Many other remarks could be made of 
the work we are doing, but the space will 
not allow it. But I wish to thank the mem- 
bers for their promptness in paying dues, 
and hope the others who have not as yet 
done so will send it along. 

Remember that the invitation is always 
open to all delinquent members to come 
back as new members, by filling out another 
blank, and I hope that when doing so they 
will not forget to send the Mutual Benefit 
Department blank. 

Yours fraternally, 
Mrs. Florence P. Pierce, 
Grand Secretary and Treasurer, 2021 Long- 
wood St., Walbrook, Baltimore, Md. 

Long Island Ry.» Local No. 16. 

The miscellaneous shower given by Sister 
Mary Webb in honor of Sister Edith Burke, 
on January ISth, was a great surprise to 
Sister Burke, who was the recipent of beau- 
tiful and useful presents. Sister Burke was 
so overcome with joy at her reception on 
this occasion that she did not know whether 
to laugh or cry. 

The third annual theater party, held at 
the Court Theater, 48th .St. and Broadway, 
New York, January 21st, was well attended 
by our members, who thoroughly enjoyed 
Miss Laurettee Taylor's presentation of Peg 
O' My Heart. 

Members of Local No. 16 extend sincere 
sympathy and condolence to Sister Miss D. 
H. Powers, in the sad loss of her sister. 
We also extend sympathy to Sister Mrs. A. 
Doxey, whose sister died recently. 

Sister Mrs. Hellar, who has been on the 
sick list for several weeks, we are glad to 
note is gaining slowly. 

There is an old saying: Happy, indeed, 
is the bride that the sun shines on, and the 
sun never shone brighter nor upon a fairer 
bride than it did on January 28th, when 
Sister Edith Burke, of Local No. 16, Ladies' 
Auxiliary, left St Mary's Church, Jamaica, 
L. I., the bride of Bro. Thomas F. Gafney. 
of Division No. 44, O. R, T. 

The ceremony was performed with a 
nuptial mass. The church being comfort- 
ably filled with many relatives and friends 
of the bride and groom, 

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The bride, who is the daughter of our 
worthy Second Grand Vice-President Sis- 
ter Mrs. Geo. W. Hilley, was handsomely 
gowned in white brocade satin, wore a 
bridal veil and carried a white prayer book, 

A wedding breakfast was served at the 
home of the bride's parents^ and the happy 
couple left for an extended wedding trip 
through the South, 'mid showers of rice and 
the best wishes of a host of friends. 

In union there is strength, and this is a 
happy union where the parties are real 
unionists, both the bride and groom hav- 
ing long been earnest workers for the cause. 

Sincere congratulations and best wishes, 
and may good fortune always attend them. 
Mrs. J. E. Shields, 

Sec. and Treas. 

B. & O. Ry., Local No. 10. 

I have wondered for quite a while why 
we do not have any news in the journal 
from the members of our local. Although 
I do not like to make the start, I will do so, 
that we may make a beginning. 

Have received a good many pretty articles 
for our fair, from the different sisters of 
our division, and ^ great many more are 

Have gotten lovely squares for our O. 
R. T. quilt from Sister Lannan, of Webster, 
W. Va. ; Sister Ferrell, of Silver Run, and 
Sister Thompson, of Fostoria, Ohio. 

Our quilt and fair will be a complete 
success, and hope to hear from every mem- 
ber of our local that she will send some- 
thing prett