January 11, 1862
Railroad Freights. – A considerable increase of freight charges has been adopted by the railroad companies. A purchaser of hogs in this town shipped a car-load of hogs this week, the freight on which was $10 more than it was on a similar load last year. In addition to this the shippers now refused a [?] pass home, so that the increased expenses of the shipper on one car-load from Macomb to Chicago meant $15.40. This, of course, comes out of the pockets of the producers. Let them think about it.
We are indebted to our old friend David Jenkins, Esq., of Lamoine, for a sack of hickory nuts, about two bushels in quantity. They are of the largest size, and as good as can be gathered anywhere. What a treat for the young Eagles, these long winter nights.
Measles. – We learn that there are quite a number of cases of measles in town at this time, and that several children have already died of it.
The Strike at Colchester.
Colchester, Jan. 6, 1862.
To the People of Quincy:
Whereas we, the miners and haulers of Colchester, understanding that we are wrongfully represented to the people of Quincy, take this method of explaining our grievances and to prove the justices of our cause, and the reasonableness of our proposition to our employers; and that we believe we justifiable in asking the price we have proposed, and that it will only compensate us for our labor and be our just rights, viz. three and a half cents per bushel for digging and one and a quarter cents per bushel for hauling.
- We, as miners, being dissatisfied with the weight of coal in Quincy, in not receiving our railroad returns, wish our coal weighed in Colchester.
- One of our employers having a store in Colchester, we are indirectly compelled to spend our money there, and pay from forty to fifty per cent more than at other stores or at Macomb city.
- We have had five and a half cents for digging in the same vein about four years ago, when it was all near at hand, and required but very little labor to wheel it out. Now it is three or four times the distance underground, and our employers want us to dig it for three cents a bushel. Formerly for hauling the same distance two cents a bushel was paid; now our employers require us to do the same work for one cent a bushel. We propose to deliver coal on the railroad for five and three quarter cents a bushel. These are our terms, and on this ground we stand out.
- If the people of Quincy will aid us in petitioning the Legislature to allow every [?] the same privilege in shipping coal at the same price on the railroad, and the digger and hauler can have their prices, and the price of a [?] not be raised in Quincy.
- We, as a body of working men, thank you for your former patronage, and solicit a continuance of the same; but we cannot give our labor entirely away. Any person wishing further particulars can write to the Miners’ Association, Colchester, Illinois.
- We would have signed our names to the above, but there have been so many good men discharged for similar things before that we deem it prudent to withhold them.