Transcribed from the Friendship Chronicle, November 17, 1880.


The Erie Railway Company pays wages, it is said, as follows: Passenger conductors $90 a month; freight conductors $2.25 to three dollars a day; engineers $2.80 to $3.20 a day; fireman $2.50; brakemen $1.50 to $1.80 a day; baggagemen on express trains $60 a month; on local trains $50. Baggagemen have been cut down more than almost any of the other employees have been, subject to two “cuts” and no increase Station agents get from $40-$60, in a very few cases more. Common trackmen are rarely paid over $1 a day, except the foreman of gangs, who receive from $1.25 to $1.50.