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An address to the employees of the Missouri Pacific Railway Co.

An address to the employees of the Missouri Pacific Railway Co.
Creator: Hoxie, H.M.
Date: March 8, 1886
In this address, H.M. Hoxie, First Vice President of the Union Pacific Railway Co. of St. Louis, Missouri, informs the employees of events that have led up to the strike involving several railway systems throughout the country. On December 16, 1885, the United States Court took possession of the Texas and Pacific Railway making the employees of the railroad employees of the agents of the court. In March, 1886 these employees inaugurated a strike and the Knights of Labor notified superintendents of the railroads down the line that they would appoint and place their own watchmen to protect railroad property from loss and damage.


W.W. Fagan to Governor John Martin

W.W. Fagan to Governor John Martin
Creator: Fagan, W.W.
Date: March 9, 1885
In this telegram, W.W. Fagan, superintendent for the Missouri Pacific Railroad at Atchison, Kansas, asks Kansas Governor John Martin of Topeka for militia support. Missouri Pacific Railway workers had been on strike since February 1885. Organized by the Knights of Labor, the dispute started in October 1884 when workers received a 10% pay reduction causing them to be the lowest paid workers in the tri-state area.


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