TRAINMEN QUARREL -- We take the following from the Altoona Times of Saturday of week before last, as it will be interesting to many of our readers, all parties named in the fracas being natives of Juniata:
Thaddeus Book, conductor, James T. Milliken, flagman, and John L. Graham, brakeman, of the middle division, all of whom reside at Harrisburg, have been suspended by the Superintendent and are awaiting the result of an investigation into their conduct while on duty. It appears that after the freight train upon which they were running left Altoona on Thursday morning en route to Harrisburg. Brakeman Graham went back to the cabin in which Conductor Book and Flagman Milliken were riding. Just east of McVeytown there is a grade, and the conductor ordered Graham to his post. The latter refused point blank to go, claiming not to have finished his dinner, whereupon Book said he would put him out, and proceeded to salt his actions to his words. One word brought about another, and Graham made a pass at Book. Milliken was ordered to open the door by the conductor, and did so, as he says, reluctantly. -- As soon as he (Milliken) saw Graham strike at Book he jumped in between the two men to prevent further trouble. Granam immediately grappled the brakeman around the neck, at the same time taking a club out of Graham's hand. The latter caught Milliken's left arm between his teeth and bit him severely. Milliken then struck Graham four times over the head with the club, and the latter released his hold on the former's arm. Milliken says the only reason he struck Graham was in self-defense, as he became very sick from the effects of the wound in his arm. He also says that after the fight Graham went out and stood on a car, Book carrying his paraphenalia out to him with the remark that he did not wish him to come into the caboose again. Graham was so badly injured that he left the freight train at Lewistown and was taken to his home in Harrisburg on a passenger train. Conductor Book's story is that Graham was a troublesome person, and claims that the affair was a preconcerted arrangement between Graham and the engineer, James F. Hamil, in order to jeopardize his (Book's) position. He further says that in ordering his men to their posts he did his duty and expects his subordinates to obey him. Book has been in the employ of the company for twenty five years. Graham has been discharged once, on account, it is alleged, of his quarrelsome disposition. Milliken has served the company for nearly three years. Enough has been learned of the affair to show that ill feelings have existed for some time among the members of this crew. The engineer was not on speaking terms with Book, and Graham was friendly to the former.