Snow on the Headlight: A Story of the Great Burlington Strike

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D. Appleton, 1899 - Burlington Strike, 1888 - 248 pages
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The author, nearly a lifelong railroad man himself, writes a fictionalized account of the Great Burlington Strike of 1888, which shut down the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy system that ran between Chicago and the Colorado Rockies.

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Page 174 - The Company will not follow up, blacklist, or in any manner attempt to proscribe those who were concerned in the strike, but, on the contrary, will cheerfully give to all who have not been guilty of violence, or other improper conduct, letters of introduction, showing their record in our service, and will in all proper ways, assist them in finding employment. The first duty of the management, is to those who are in the Company's employ, and we must remember, and protect their interests by promotions,...
Page 22 - ... souls there are, that wear their nature lightly ; these rejoice The world by living ; and receive from all men more than what they give. One handful of their buoyant chaff exceeds our hoards of careful grain : Because their love breaks thro...
Page 29 - The strike would be over in a little while, they argued, but the struggling shop-keeper had his own to look after. The wholesale houses were refusing him credit and so he was powerless to help the hungry wives of worthy workmen. The men themselves were beginning to lose heart. Many a man who had not known what it was to be without a dollar now saw those dearest to him in actual want and went away to look for work on other roads.
Page 10 - ... or affiliate in any manner with other organizations having similar aims and objects. But now, finding itself in the midst of a hard fight, it evinced a desire to combine. The brakemen refused to join the enginemen, though sympathizing with them, but the switchmen were easily persuaded. The switchman of a decade ago could always be counted upon to fight.
Page 10 - In behind his comb, toothbrush and rabbit's foot, he carried a neatly folded, closely written list of grievances upon which he was ready to do battle. Peace troubled his mind. Some one signed a solemn compact in which the engineers bound themselves to support the switchmen — paying them as often as the enginemen drew money — and the switchmen went out. They struck vigorously, and to a man, and remained loyal long after the Brotherhood had broken its pledge and cut off the pay of the strikers.*...

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