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Atlantic Telegraph (Newspaper) - February 8, 1888, Atlantic, Iowa Atlantic volume february number the weekly i the two cent Lafayette and Telegraph second the two cent facts on the subject from the Des Moines 1 the new York Central is limited by Law to 2cent the Des Moines Register referring to that fact the Road is an since it is such an artery of through and a Carrier of such a dense population along its line As no other american line aside from the enormous through travel which it As the main line Between the East and also passes through Twenty of the most densely and villages the like of which cannot be found elsewhere in the the counties through which it runs have an average population of 172 persons to the Square mile Iowa has an average of thirty persons to the Square the average of the counties along the four main railroads in Iowa is thirty six to the Square As cheap fare Independent on dense it would according to All business that 3cent fare in Iowa is at As reasonable As 2cent fare of the new York i that seems plausible at first i Are there not some facts left out of the 1 the 2cent lira Maaen Irr passenger uie actor the agents of the railroads Are heard at Des from the Des Moines so great was the interest in this morn Ings meeting of the Railroad committee that the spacious committee room was scarcely capable of accommodate in the assembled members of the Railroad and committee men of the House and the representatives of the railways were no Wise slow to respond to the invitation to come before the senator chairman of the Railroad com said that the meeting was in accordance with the arrangement made yesterday by which these gentlemen should be judge Mcdill was first he said that he appeared at the request of the railway to give some reason Why the passenger rates should not be reduced from three cents to two cents per he said that until the last two or three though he heard Many complaints re Garding freight had heard Noth ing about a reduction in passenger there was but one Road in the world that had two cent and How did it come that Young Iowa proposed to go in front of the world y the interstate Law had withdrawn a privilege from a commercial and they met and declared in favor of re the sole movement in its favor lies in the natural preference Fol Low rates in there is no no feeling in its argued that the legislature should above the for the Iven the legislature the and he Rise have Power and population York at that time y what was the aver age population to the Square mile then y and what were the conditions As to Trade and travel in those Early Days y without taking time to examine the census figures we can safely assume that the principal trunk lines of the firs class roads traversing Iowa Are to Day much More favourably conditioned As to passenger traffic than was the new York Central forty years the great cities then were mostly the people were not so much inclined or As Able As they Are now to the Central had then but if branches or and the passenger traffic was not nearly As Large As the Iowa trunk lines now and yet the hard hearted Antim Onop oly legislature of new York arbitrarily that at that As compared with our Iowa rank As a second or third class Road the paltry rate of 2cents per mile what an outrage upon a struggling infantile corporation and to this arbitrary that new York Central has grown within forty years to be a Gigantic corporation with four steel rail tracks and a Plant of immense Cost and this it has accomplished despite the oppressive Low fare and despite the tremendous Competition of the Erie which it paralleled through the entire state from Albany to there were no pools in those but it was Competition that Actu ally but in the face of All this the Central grew Rich and made its managers the wealthiest millionaires in and not Only was the Road but that Low rate policy developed and built up the successions of and villages the like of which cannot be found elsewhere in the to re peat the words of our West Side Conte we Are warranted in the Asser Tion that the restriction placed upon the Nati iral rapacity of that Railroad corporation by Law and by Competition of water transportation was principal Factor in the growth the and he solemnly appealed to their Constien their sense of right that they should investigate this regardless of what had gone regardless of political for of All Hasty the political platform surpassed All he gave the earn Ings for the several years aver age rates in France and Ger and in the most solemn manner declared that no gentleman could sex excuse himself to his the or his and not be slow Road lie quoted at length to show the minute returns to railway companies from passenger the amount made in from Pas Senger rates was a Mere Here senator Young interrupted him to ask by what Means the roads ascertain what part of the general profit the Pas Senger travel should this seemed to stagger the speaker and he acknowledged that he was hardly prepared to but he called upon likewise was unable to answer it accurately but thought Higgin could answer when he Mcdill went on to give Low Fig ures of the profit of passenger the Large per cent of the Cost of Runnin these senator Young again Aske whether the figures Given As a profit on passenger cars applied to cars attached to freight he asked because he Lead never been on the when he could get a Mcdill was sorry that such was the Case but thought it was unfortunate that senator Young attracted the people so to re Duce the rate meant a reduction in rail Way slower trains or the reduction of the wages of a state ment was made that such a step would strike at which meant poor and the inference shown that the railroads were the great conserves of the interests of the the rates on third As pro would reduce the income of Iowa roads a the speaker went on to show the Small earnings of some roads As compared with the expend Prosperity of the and coun try traversed by its hues the 2ceut fare benefited both the Road and the people of the Section through which it the new York Central company was somewhat restive under the during the War period and a few years thereafter the agents and newspaper organs of that Road argued and lobbied for an Advance of fare to 2yz cents per they pleaded times and High prices of labor and material As a reason for an they claimed that the Road was unable to pay dividends by of the arbitrary restrictions placed upon hundreds of thous ands were expended at Albany in lobbying Bills through the legislature and newspapers were hired to advocate the finally these influences were so far successful that a Bill for the in crease demanded was it was vetoed by Teuton and that ended the within a year or two thereafter the new York Central com Pany declared a Stock dividend of 8c per that act gave the lie to All the arguments and protestations to the effect that the Road was not making Money at the rate allowed by a prominent member of the railway commission of a Western in a re cent that in his As the result of a careful study of tha the actual Cost of transport ing passengers Over firs class lines is less than 1 cent per if that is True 2 cents will give a fair margin of in his eloquent plea before the sen ate Railroad committee Mcdill said the earnings of the Iowa railroads for carrying passengers is a Inere is an legitimate John f Duncombe was then in and at once launched into a statement of the difficulties under which the Western Branch of the Illinois Central Road had operated Dur no the past the Road is he he believed that every member would do what is he didst believe that he governor or any member would knowingly do an injustice to an interest which involved so much capital and to he men who had invested he believed that the people would do the right and the Only question is whether this Law is just and they would vote if they would not vote it is planned to put More Money into Iowa these Milroad people feel that they cannot stand the measures if you adopt this Law in Iowa and reduce this you put the men of the Illinois Central railway in the position that will Stop All and no More Money will be brought into the there will be a return to old fog o old style the earnings of Dit res in operating especially the Road from Fontanelle to Creston senator Young could not understand upon the figures there was such a struggle to extend into new the having been among the most aggressive it was answered that this was All a part of the mad inexplicable struggle to make but it did not always Suc it was held that the Young Bill if would discriminate in Favori of the commercial argument which was immediately answered by the statement that at present the com Mercial traveler can and does Purchase thousand mile ticket Sand therefore enjoys a two cent while those who travel but Little cannot Avail themselves of this in answer to a re Mark that since 1874 there had been a steady Rise in labor and a reduction in senator Young reminded the speaker that in 1874 Section men were getting from to a while today they receive but of about 33 per when asked by senator Sweeney if it were not True that on certain roads there had been in recent years Large the speak pleaded entire As he was obliged to do in several instances where Points unfavourable to the railroads were in closing the speaker showed that his feelings for the rail Road corporations was very he said i warn you i beg you in the name of the Labouring men to go i believe we Are on the eve of of the most dangerous move ment Ever inaugurated in the a movement that will react on the Homes of the Humble and the Railroad commissioner Smith asked if the Road cited As carrying passengers at two cents a mile did not have earn Ings inordinately the aus Wei was that according to the last report o of the Road it had made 39 of a cent a travelling men and a great Many other Smith then said that owing passengers having 1000 mile tickets i to the Large amount of travel upon tha travel for 2 cents a mile one would according to Mcdill that the reduction of one cent a mile on the balance of the traffic would be so Small that the railroads would pay no attention to but they Road the profit was still of motion of senator paper was ordered published and Laic before the senator Young dressed the Point that the people o Owa were not willing to do anything that would cripple the but he said the most material Point had no yet been and that is whether the two cent railroads gives no sort of a com Parison with the old railroads of Penn Sylvania and new he didst milk that there would be fifty Miles of railroads More built in Iowa if there Vas unfriendly senator Young reminded him that though his Lown had frequently offered towards a Lew Road in order to secure compete they were informed that under ousting arrangements no roads could e and now they were resorting o throwing As was done in the Case of the boy in the Apple for the Jieri took the he said the talk of watered Stock could not apply to his he said that Money matters were so close with them that not a Nan could be allowed to spend where would their average earnings per passenger for the past he said was but 2 37 a he was asked if in making his estimates counted receipts from mail and express he regretted that he my not figures to answer definitely jut if he had the answer to this would make a Point in favor of the rail a signal Victory for the anti monopolists was scored when before closing a motion was made and prevailed that there be no further meeting of the railway committee until the regular one on a son of judge Hubbard stated that they had additional facts and figures to present aut in spite of this a postponement was made and so the Young Bill must be reported tomorrow and concerning legislation sundays Register states what the rail Road legislation should and we believe that if that is really to be the legislation of the present general there might As Well be the Register wants passenger rates untouched and appointive commission left to make both passenger and freight if the pres ent commission should be charged with the duty of making rates the railroads would have an easy time of there is one Good Man on the Spencer and that is the registers program will be a disastrous one to the business interests of the and will be disastrous to the Republican the influence of the paper at the Capitol is simply wonderful members of the general Assembly Are afraid of Glar sons caustic and quite a number of them Are afraid to go contrary to his expressed editorial the paper gathers news Anc opinions on its own Side of Public ques and by its Brilliant editorials in support of its positions and views is Able to do More than any other one influence in shaping therefore the registers views As to what ought to be done can be set Down As embodying Whai will be it was mainly the Register s influence that gave the deathblow to the two cent fare Bill in the if the Farmers of Cass county hav any interest in securing lower Freigh they ought to make themselves heard by petition at every argument against reducing passenger fares ii an argument against reducing Freigh the argument used against both is that wages of railway employees would be there Are railway employees in the and they Are Ai present exercising More influence Ove legislation than All the thousands o the Farmers could better afford to guarantee them against a reduction of wages rather than not have Freigh and passenger charges regulated by Law it will be a mistake not to make railway commission and if the Are to be employed to make rates the commission ought to be increased to five if the people elect their commissioner they will have conf Deuncein them other Wise they will the people will b More generous towards railroads when they the Are More in Timathe entrusted with authority concerning it is singular that the howl against the two cent fare did not begin until a Days when All the political parties in Iowa declared for it several months ago a us As the so is the your brains so is your Warners log Cabin Hose an Clear your head of that horrid Catarrh it is a Bure Relief from pric 50 cents a something concerning those engaged in its special to the Cedar rapids Des what you of senator Youngs 2cent fare Aid a gentleman Young ant been treated fairly by the nor by the opponents of the measure n the if there is a Man in n either Branch of this legislature who absolutely above suspicion of being demagogue Orja time server it Islade the trouble with him just now that his immediate followers in the Senate Are not just the right kind of company for i say of without reflecting on those gentlemen personally but they Are lacking in adroitness and and they Are pen to All the criticism that has been leaped on Youngs while he s Youngs has offered from Railroad discrimination than any other locality n the in his aggressiveness against these corporations he is Faith ully and earnestly representing the wishes of his they expect him to do and they will e satisfied with nothing Lis speech in the Senate thursday afternoon has never been surpassed in chamber As a Clear Cut and Elling piece of forensic stung to the Quick by the desertion of those who had acted with Lim in and maddened by he taunts from those who were ready o impugn his he turned upon them with an earnestness that was Al most and in a rattling Voli by of the grape and cannister of rat irony and he firmly established himself As the Readi est and most forcible debater on the floor of the there Are no flies on he knows a Liwak from a whether the wind is southerly or when this session is Over there will be plenty of he professional record makers anxious o Siayap records with him and dont you forget what i Tell you there no a great Deal of this gentleman Youngs principal lieutenants in his fight for a two cent fare Are finn and Mcvay is a great Good Fel nobody More than half believes finn to be either Earnest or sincere in not that he is dishonest or anything of that kind but Hes he is constantly creating the impression that the whole thing is a it would be a Devilish Good you on the you and on Pete Hepburn and Mcdill and John run Ells and those by you to pass a two cent fare but the Railroad committee of the Senate is getting Down to business at last in a practicable this was brought about by senator harsh which was cordially endorsed by senator Young and adopt without serious to take in regular All the Bills on this question of railway control and consider them in an informal endeavouring to get a full and Correct understanding of them from them and such information As May be of to Frame a Bill embodying such principles As the committee May a the committee last until Way past the session being Given up to a conference with a delegation from the brotherhood of locomotive these gentlemen came covered All Over with the unjust suspicion that they were sent by their pm and at received rather coldly by the Sena Tor Young yielded a very reluctant As sent to their being when it was decided to hear finn deliberately Shook the dust from his feet and walked muttering something to the effect that life was too senator acted the Manly part and gave them a fair and full hearing and was finally convinced As freely admitted that these men came on their own or at least they did not come in Obedi ence to any order or request from their the Burden of their talk was that a forced reduction of passenger rates would fall upon them and they would suffer a corresponding reduction in and they came As Labouring men to protest against the two cent Ever member of the com Mittee who remained to hear them was fully convinced of their entire sincerity and Good regulate the regulator with Warners log Cabin manufactured by proprietors of Warners Safe largest bottle in the All druggists sell at tuesday fan Burns and Jimmy two widely known were arrested for the Bank news february the dry goods House of Hen Gerer at Buffalo was burned causing a loss of about adjoining buildings and structures on the opposite Side of the Street also suffered heavy it is believed that the total damage is covered by Captain Polly Van Alexson and her husband have been expelled from the salvation army at Little because Captain Polly refused to Dis card her Bustle at the command of the Van ale sons intimate that there is very crooked work in the salvation Eugene formerly a director in the Fidelity and who lately returned from appeared in the United court at Cincinnati wed pleaded not guilty to an indict ment of being involved in the wreck ing of the and gave bail in Edwin and Lilah Stuart were enjoined at by manager of new from presenting the the february miss Hallie aged daughter of banker and trotting horse at eloped wednesday night with George her fathers Trainer and the pair being United in marriage at the affair has created a sensation in Christian after the medical examination of Joseph the boy in the mayors in new his Honor permitted the lad to give four performances a the sheriff of Macon county has sued the county for alleged to be withheld by the Board of the Michigan supreme court thurs Day decided the Palms will reversing of the court the result is that the children will receive the income of the upwards of and the grandchildren will get the it is is reported from Tuscola that the peach buds in that Section Are All Winter in a sixty three round lasting three hours and thirty five at of Defeated of Bir the fight was for the featherweight the the fourth successive Steamer from China with Small pox on Board was quarantined tuesday in san an examination of Winter wheat in Western Wisconsin shows a Small but healthy Well protected by the and the acreage sown was unusually Large Farmers Are hopeful for a heavy a quarterly dividend of 2 per payable by the first of has been declared by the Chicago Alton the Man who named Charles died in that aged the Mercer canal in Twenty seven Miles and built to irrigate was formally opened Francis prominent politician and who practice in washing ton and died at his near Sandy cat the boiler of a portable saw Mill on Lafay Ette Bolans farm killing John Arnold and Charles and dangerously injuring Benjamin Travis Samuel and Frank five years ago the 5yearold Sou of captian of common mysteriously disappeared it is now reported that negotiations for the return of the boy for a Ransom Are pending and that has been demanded by the at Frederick a Young ended a spree by taking morphine and ten prisoners escaped from the Uniontown jail thursday evening by breaking a Rotten floor and opening a Hole in the two carloads of and food were sent to the Kansas sufferers thursday from the Chicago and Northwestern Road furnishing free the wire workers of the Cambria Iron struck against a 10 per cent have returned to an alleged natural Gas expert has reported at Pittsburg that the Gas Dis covered in Chicago is worthless thai it will be useless to bore deeper Wells and that if Chicago wants natural Gas she must pipe it from other at Chippewa thursday Juden made a Savage attack on editor of the hitting him on the head with a to revenge bitter allusions in the Juden is out under attorneys for Coy and the convicted tally Sheet yes at filed in the United states District court a motion for a new alleging that various errors had been argument was and further consideration postponed until the attorney general of the state Michener has prepared a Long argument in support of the Bill now before ingress for the payment of the ind Iana War amounting to about the Iron Mound Cranberry company which sued the Minneapolis and Omaha Railroad at Black Elver for for damages done to its Cranberry Marsh by got a verdict of the Case will of tired of made unhappy by loss of property and Domestic Eorge of Cut her Throat dying of the and leaving a husband and two child the a prominent methodist minister of who had been a government director of the Union and several times a member of the Nebraska died aged he left an estate of including property in at of president of the Illinois association of the woman Christian Temperance addressed a Large audience on the work of the organization its Aims for the a reported settlement of the main question affecting the fisheries unfavourable to Canadian interests is said to have aroused indignation throughout the a requisition was issued by governor upon the governor of mis Souri for the return of James fan Burns an James who recently robbed the Bank at it is said that Pittsburg men Wil Ling to Back Jack Fogarty against Jack Dempsey for a fight for to a two mines operated by the Reading Railroad Are being operated with Small the strikers say that work in individual mines May be resumed at 8 cents providing the output is not shipped by the Reading the Whitney arms of new a have been absorbed by the Winchester repeating arms and a firearms manufacturers Trust is now being talked petitioners for a local option election in Wexford asked for the appointment of february 28 for the but As the petition was not filed until january 30 the requisite thirty Days notice could not be and on that ground judge Aldrich granted the injunction asked for by Saloon men enjoining the county clerk from calling an february an express train on the new Pennsylvania Ohio Railroad was thrown from the track at Steanburg sunday and four persons were killed and several others stockmen at say this has been the most favourable Winter for Stock in that territory for the past five the recent blizzard did not touch Wyoming at Israel the absconding treasurer of a Glaize and his wife were arrested at sunday Lucas was living under the name of when he left the United states on August 27 last he had in his the Grant Monument association has issued a circular addressed to Artis tic architects and inviting competitive designs for Monument to be erected Over general Grants to Cost prizes Are senator of t has introduced a Bill directing the com missioner of fish and fisheries to in quire into the matter of Star eating oysters in Beds lying within Waters under the jurisdiction of the United Steps have been taken in Chicago to form a corporation to buy the famous Libby prison at and move it to Chicago where it will be placed on it will be sur rounded by another building with a Glass and on a Wall at the rear of the prison will be a panoramic View of James Early sunday morning burglars entered the jewelry store of Chapman at took the door off the Safe and stole All the Gold watches and valuable the company were carrying a Large Stock of the Rockford watch company goods which they were Selling on the club the value of the goods Sto Len is estimated at there is no Trace of the

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