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REELECTS ON I. C.
J. D. Buckalew, vice president
of the International Machinists'
union, who attended the coroner's
inquiry intb the wreck on the Illi
nois Central at Kinmundy, when
four railroad officials were killed,
said today that from the testi
mony and from personal conver
sations he had with Engineer
Stuart of the rear train, it was ap
parent that trouble due to the
strike was in large measure re-
if sponsiDie xor tne acciueni.
"In the first place," he said, "jf
the engines had been working
properly there would have been
no need for taking water at Kin
mundy. And that water stop was
the cause of the whole trouble.
Also, the engine on No. 3, the rear
train, was not working right
"Viewed without bias, I con
sider the testimony and also the
admissions Stuatr made to me
very damaging to the road's mo-y
k tive power. He said that as he
approached Kinmundy he saw
one red marker, but that, he.
thought, was on a freight on the
northbound track. The first he
knew of the private car being so
close to him was when his head
light caught the reflection from
the car's rear door. Then, he said,
he was 400 feet away.
"He immediately grabbed his
' reverse lever and attempted to
throw it over, at the same time
sanding the track. The'reverse
Refused to work properly, arid
Stuart was only able to get itHalf
- way. He said he had pulled"with
both hands arid aTso braced his
feet, but it did nd good. Stuart
said his engine was working
"stiff" when he took it out.
In proper condition, the en
gine should have been stopped in
400 feet. At any rate, it would
have done no more than "nose"
the special, with practically no
damage. In time of peace, when
there is no strike,engineers are
not allowed to take out engines
when they cannot "throw the ren
verse lever with one hand."
TO CALL LATER MEETING
Indianapolis, Ind., Jan. 20.
Miners and operators in the bit
uminous coal mining industry
were agreed here today that there
was small chance of the present
joint interstate wage cqnference
reaching an agreement. It was
believed the demands of the min-i
ers for shorter hours and increas-1
ed wages and the proposals of the
operators for longer hours and
decreased wages were too far
apart to permit of an .immediate
Leaders in both groups said
that it was likely the present joint
conference would adjourn and
that a later meeting before April
1 would be arranged for. All
wage contracts between the
United Mine Workers and thd
operators expire on March 31.
"Oh, let him come along," was
the duke of ConnaughtTs answer
when the name of Speaker Clark
was mentioned as a possible din
ner guest. And then Americans;