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Chapter XXVIII

  • Services of the army during the labor strikes of 1894
  • -- military control of the Pacific Railways -- United States troops in the City of Chicago -- orders sent to General Miles, and his reports -- the proclamation of the President -- instructions to govern the troops in dealing with a mob -- the duties of the military misunderstood -- orders of the President in regard to the Pacific Railways.

in 1894 the vast development of railroad communication between the Mississippi valley and the Pacific Ocean, and the similar building of new cities and founding of industrial enterprises in the region between the Rocky Mountains and the Pacific, both in anticipation of the future development of the country rather than in response to any demand then existing, having been substantially completed, or suspended for an indefinite time, a large amount of capital so invested was found for the time unproductive, and a great number of laborers were left in the Pacific States without any possible employment. The great majority of these laborers were, as usual, without any accumulated means to pay their transportation to any other part of the country, and hence were left to drift as they might toward the East, subsisting by whatever means they could find during their long tramp of many hundreds of miles. Similar and other causes had produced at the same time industrial depression throughout the country, so that the

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