The following extracts from correspondence and orders, and the proclamation of the President, with the foregoing explanation, sufficiently indicate the methods by which the unlawful combination in Chicago was suppressed: Chicago Railroad, and burned switches, which destroys track. The injunction of the United States Court is openly defied, and unless the mobs are dispersed by the action of the police, or they are fired upon by United States troops, more serious trouble may be expected, as the mob is increasing and becoming more defiant. Shall I give the order for troops to fire on mob obstructing trains?Miles, Major-General Commanding.
(Telegram.)Headquarters of the army, Washington, D. C., July 5, 1894, 10:15 P. M.In view of the situation in Chicago, as reported in your despatches to the adjutant-general this evening, it is your duty to concentrate your troops so as to enable them to act effectively either in execution of the orders heretofore given, or in protecting the property of the United States, as in your judgment may be necessary. In any event, the troops should not be scattered or divided into small detachments, nor should they attempt to do service in several places at the same time, which their numbers will not enable them to do effectively. The mere preservation of peace and good order in the city is, of course, the province of the city and State authorities.
To Major-General Miles, Headquarters Department of the Missouri, United States Army, Chicago, Illinois.
J. M. Schofield, Major-General Commanding.
(Telegram.)Blue Island, stock-yards, Grand Crossing,