The Great Railroad Strike of 1877
Document 7: Vicinity and State

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The Albany Argus:
Excerpts from VICINITY AND STATE
(original spellings & punctuation maintained)

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Excerpted from: Friday, July 27, 1877, Vol. LI., No. 18.990

New York, owing to the great railroad strike, is short of meat, and wholesale dealers are scouring for cattle. Several of them came to this city yesterday and hiring conveyances hurried in the country in different directions. In New York the best cuts have advanced three cents per pound, and there is a sudden and large rush in the demand for fish. -{Poughkeepsie Eagle, Thursday.


The strike is having a serious effect on the manufacturers in Cohoes. The inconvenience of shipping is in itself a great annoyance, but the most important is that the consignors notify the consignees that the old time custom of remitting advance on receipt of the invoices will be discontinued, and advances will only be made on the actual receipt of goods; and goods are now stacked up that represent a large amount of money. The inconvenience of getting raw material will be soon felt if the strike continues, although it is not yet felt. If the strike should become more general in character in this vicinity, the stoppage of mills would become necessary, which would be an incalculable act, as now is the harvest of the knit good manufacturers.

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Saturday, July 28, 1877, Vol. LI., No. 18.991

Excerpted from: DOWN THE RIVER

The Poughkeepsie Eagle alleges that certain merchants in that city have placed obstacles in the way of their clerks or employes who belong to the National Guard, attempting to prevent them from obeying the call to duty, and in some cases even threatening to discharge them if they do not return to their places.

Last Updated: January 17, 2012