The Missouri and North Arkansas Railroad Strike

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CHAPTER XIV
THE SETTLEMENT OF THE STRIKE

THE citizens sincerely, believed that they ended the strike in January, 1923, but they were to find that it takes more than running the strikers out of the country to end methods of making a strike effective. It seems that union agents on other roads were not particularly anxious to route freight over the M. & N. A.; sometimes there were delays in shipment of goods routed over the M. & N. A.; sometimes ticket agents were unable to find any ticket routing over the M. & N. A. to Harrison, but had no trouble finding a rate to Bergman, eleven miles away, on the Missouri Pacific; sometimes they stated there was no way to transfer baggage to the M. & N. A. at junction points; sometimes the would-be passenger was informed that no trains were running, or that they were uncertain and dangerous and there was no telling when a train would be along. With the road barely able to keep revenues equal to expenditures at the best, a little of such discrimination meant ruin and defeat. Protests were made to the Interstate Commerce Commission and to the connecting railroads by citizens. The following is self-explanatory:1


GENERAL PASSENGER AGENT FRISCO

ST. LOUIS, MO., APRIL 27, 1923.

To All Coupon Ticket Agents:

. . . "Complaint has also been made that patrons desiring to purchase through tickets have been erroneously, informed that

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The Flashlight, May 10, 1923.

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