The Railroad Telegrapher from Peoria, Illinois on January 15, 1890 · Page 24
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W Railway Negotiations are said to have been closed for the construction of a handsome new depot at Council Bluffs, Iowa, to cost $500,000. A conductor on a Pennsylvania railroad found a pocket book containing nearly $12,000 on the tracks near Pittsburgh, Pa, Dec. 21. 1). &, R. G. trains will run over Colorado Midland from Lidderdale to Wild Horse, thence by third rail over D. & R. G. to New Castle. H. B. Bripgs has been appointed division superintendent of the Duluth, lied Wing & Southern Road, with ottice at lied Wing, Minn., to succeed J. H. Lackey resigned. Mr. W. M. Green, now assistant to President Ingalls, of the Cleveland, Cincinatti, Chicago, & St. Louis road.has been appointed general manager of that system, taking effect Jan.l. The passenger department of the Chicago SI. Paul & Kansas City has addressed a communication to the public requesting tha't the name "Diagonal" by which the road has been known, be dropped. Business on the Colorado Midland is dull but they are rushing steel by lor the ioint track with the D. & 11. G. from New Castle to Grand Junction, which will give them a through track to Salt Lake City. 2735 cars have been equipped with the Thurman car coupler since the first of June, ana this company has orders lor three thousand additonal; the results already shown and the prospects for the future seem to be very good. 2500 feet in length is the measurement of the projected tunnel on the Denver & Rio Grande ll'y, called the Tennessee Tunnel, seven miles from Lcadville, Colo. The contract says that the work must be completed within six months. A new book of rules has been adopted on the Chicago and Western Indiana K. K. Co., and the Belt 11.11. Co. of Chicago taking effect the 15th inst. The boys were called up to Mr. Helton's oflice to be examined and instructed on the new book of rules. The Colorado Midland and D. & K. G. will build a joint track from Arcadia on the D. & 11. G., 17 miles south of Denver to Lidderdale, on the Colorado Midland 43 miles west of Cc.'orado Springs early in the spring, to be called "The Denver Cut off." Mr. H. E. Eyman, of Hu ll'y, Montgomery, has been appointed Chief Train Dispatcher of the following roads, wilh headquarters in Montgomery, Ala., Atlanta & West Point, Western R'y of Ala., and the Gin. Selma & Mobile; vice J. C. McKenzie resigned. Mr.-J. J. Welch, who has been dispatcher at Chardon,Neb. has been appointed chief train dispatcher of the South Platte division of the Fremont, Elkhorn & Missouri Valley, with headquarters 'at Fremont, Neb. Mr. Welch is a well known and successful dispatcher. Under the new instruction for the issuing of passes for 18% on the A. T. & S. F. railway it appears that no free transportation is allowed to the wives of emyloyes, although trip passes for employes themselves can be issued by the general superintendent and other officers. Employes are not to be carried free on other lines of the system than those upon which they are engaged. The good work of the Railway Young Men's Christain association in the maintenance of libraries, reading rooms, bath rooms and places of harmless amusement for railway employes during some of their leisure hours is highly appreciated by some of the railway companies, as indicated by liberal cotribu- tions toward the support of these places, while not a few or. tfcemanaging officers take a warm personal interest in the work. A Chicago dispatch says that Mf. & Jeffefy, former general manager of the Illinois Central railroad, ia about to establish one of the largest locomotive works in the United States in that city. The land has already been purchased at a cost of $602,000. This site Mr. Jeffery had selected, picking out section 21 of the town of Cicero. The works will be known as the Grand Locomotive works, the same as those now situated at Paterson, N. J., but will be constructed on a larger and better scale than the present ones. The president of the Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe railroad company has just returned from a tour of the entire system of the company covering some 7,500 miles, and it has required more than a month of pretty constant traveling to obtain even a hasty view of the country along this vast extent of lines running through or into nine of our states and territories as well as into Mexico. President Manvel states that he was far more favorbly impressed with the system after seeing it than before, judging from the reports which he had heard previous to becoming the head of the company. The complaint brought months ago before the interstate commerce commission by Mr. John C. Livingston as "president of the Railway ^Shareholders association" asking judgement against 111 railway companies, composing most of the principal roads in the country, on the ground that they had furnished free transportation to non-rail way employes members of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and to the wives and families of railway employes contrary to the provisions of the interstate commerce law, has been dismissed by the complainant. In his application for a dismissal, Mr. Livingston says thai from a persual of the answers of the defendant companies he ia "convinced that it is promotive of the interest of every railroad company and of the convenience and safety of the public to grant transportation to its employes and those dependent on them free or reduced rates, and that such practice could not be safely departed from without seriously prejudicing the safe and successful operations of the railroads. A passenger on a Canadian Pacific train tells of the following thrilling accident to the through express train in the mountains Dec. 7: A rail gave way at a point on the mountain side high above the Columbia river. The engine passed over safely, but the two coaches following swung about and toppled over. The bank was very perpendicular, and the cars would have tumbled several hundred feet below into the flowing river had it not been that the coupling twisted around .and held the tremendous weight. There were two cars, one wirjb its load of passengers, suspended between heaven and earth. The weight of the engine and the rest of the train prevented the suspended cars irorn drawing the whole train down. The suspense was dreadful. The frightened passengers were compelled to remain in their perilous position until train hands built a platform around and underneath the hanging cars, enabling all to make their escape. The place where the accident occurred is considered the most dangerous in the mountains. We are in receipt of the following letter, which explains itself: PEACH. SPRINGS, ARIZ , Dec. 27,1889. Ed. Telegrapher:— Chae. AV~. Davis, telegraph operator at this place, was shot and killed by operator O. L. Ambrose, also of this place, Dec. 26th at 7:10 p. m. Davis was working days, Ambrose, nights. Davis did not show up for duty at 7 o'clock, and Ambrose reported him to Chief Dispatcher Blakely, at Needles, Cal. Davis showed up at 7:40 a. m. and they had some words which finally caused blows. They were separated and the agent, H. B. Bailey, made it up with them. Ambrose came in the office at 7 o'clock p. m. with intentions of going to work, and spoke to Davis as usual. The latter remarked: "Don't wish you to speak to me," whereupon Ambrose made a pass towards him and they clinched. Ambrose drew a 38 Smith & Wesson and shot Davis through the heart. He then jumped through the window and made his escape, but was caught in twenty minutes. He was taken to Prescott and put in prison. We buried Davis here this morning, on account of being unable to locate his relatives. Inquiring friends and relatives are requested to write to the undersigned for any further particulars or instructions. J. E. TAYLOR.

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