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MEDIATION FAILS IN RAIL TROUBLES MEN
RESTLESS WILSON MAY AVERT STRIKE
New York. After session of 600
representatives of the trainmen,
which lasted several hours, it was
admitted no progress has been made
toward bringing about arbitration.
Conference with Pres. Wilson before
direct action is taken by men is
New York, Aug. 12. Mediation
has failed in the controversy between
400,000 railroad employes and the
managers of the 225 railroads af
fected. This was the formal an
nouncement made today by Judge
Martin Khapp of the U. S. board of
mediation and conciliation in a com
munication to the trainmen.
Judge Knapp's communication
read: "In our judgment, after two
days of consideration of the difficul
ties between the railroad managers
and the employes, there is no pros
pect of settlement-by modification
and, therefore, we suggest arbitra
tion as a means of reaching a set
tlement." Immediately they were handed
Judge Knapp's communication the
executive board of the brotherhoods,
who have been empowered by a 94
per cent.vote to call a strike, if in
their opinion such action is essential
to success of their fight for an eight
hour jflay and pay and a half for
overtime, went into executive session
to consider the sugegstion.
From statements made a short
time before, the board declared
unanimously and unequivocally that
they would never consent to arbitra-
Railroad officials, in emphasizing
their determination to insist upon
"The impression seems to have
gone forth that the railroads will re
cede from their position when a
strike is called and grant the de
mands of tie meg. Jn order to avok
a walkout. This is not true. If the
men continue in their refusal to arbi
trate this country will see one of the
greatest strikes in its history.
The admitted failure of mediation,
it was believed in railroad and broth
erhood circles, developed the most
ominous situation since trainmen
first mae their demands on the roads.
Washington, Aug. 12. Pres. Wilson
has sent word to representatives of
railroads and of four brotherhoods
who threaten strike, stating that be
fore they take any final action that
would result in paralyzing traffic he
wishes to talk with them.
Clerks in the offices of Chicago
railroads are being asked to sign a
promise that they will act as strike
breakers if the trainmen go on
strike it is reported.
If the big strike is called the rail
roads plan to send bookkeepers and
stenographers to the engine throt
tles .and conductors' cabs, it is said.
In some offices, it is said, the
clerks were told they could not have
their customary summer vacation of
two weeks with pay if they did not
Recently the Chicago roads made
a similar canvass of its shopmen.
Nearly all the men signed their
names to save their jobs, but talk
among these same men is that they
will not act as strikebreakers if the
strike is called.
RECOVER 56 BODIES IN FLOOD
DISTRICT 38 MISSING
Charleston, W. Va., Aug. 1Z
Fifty-six bodies have been recovered
and 38 persons are missing and are
now known to have lost their lives in
Wednesday's flood in Cabin creek,
Paint creek and Cdal creek districts,
Col. Chas. Morrison reported to Gov. ,
Hatfield and Adjt. Gen. Bond today.
Two officials are touring the flood'