The Great Railroad Strike of 1877
Document 1: Serious Strike

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newspaper article 'Serious Strike'

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The Albany Argus:
Tuesday, July 17, 1877, Vol. LI., No. 18.981


Firemen on Freight Trains Leave Their Posts and Bulldoze Their Would-be Successors - The Authorities of the Town Powerless, and Freight Traffic Checked.

MARTINSBURG, W. VA., July 16 - The firemen on all the freight trains on the Baltimore and Ohio railroad, at this place, twenty-five or thirty in number, struck this evening and left their trains. The company put new men on their engines at once, but strikers interfered to prevent them from starting the trains. Large mobs assembled at the depot, and a riot at one time was imminent. Col. Shutt, mayor of the town, with all the police at his command, arrested the ringleaders of the strike, and attempted to protect the new men in the discharge of their duties; but the strikers were reinforced by a large body of citizens, swelling the crowd till it reached the proportions of a large mob. With the assistance of this mob the strikers succeeded in rescuing their comrades. The new firemen are now completely intimidated, and there is no prospect at present of any freight trains being able to pass this point to-night. The strikers have done no damage to property, and passenger trains are expected to pass uninterrupted.


BALTIMORE, July 16 - A few firemen on the Baltimore and Ohio road, dissatisfied with the reduction of wages, to-day attempted to interfere with the movements of freight trains, but were speedily dispersed by the police.

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