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RAIL CHIEFS HURRY TO WHITE
HOUSfc FOR CONFERENCE
New York, Aug. 17. A dozen
presidents of big railway systems
will leave at 4 p. m. today for-Washington
in response to Pres. Wilson's
telegram asking them to come at
once to the White House to discuss
the controversy with their employes.
Other rail chiefs are leaving from
all over the country.
Washington, Aug. 17. Reaching
what was apparently a deadlock in
the attempted settlement of the
threatened railroad strike, Pres. Wil
son today stent a telegram to the
presidents of the great railroad sys
tems of the country asking that they
come to Washington for a confer
ence. "Discussion of the matter involved
in the threatened strike has reached
ja point which makes it highly de
sirable that I should personally con
fer with you at the earliest possible
moment," read the telegram.
Later the president talked to Pres.
Willard of the Baltimore & Ohio
railroad, who assured him that the
railroad executives would hasten at
once to Washington.
The president's action resulted
from the attitude taken by the rail
Troad managers in a statement they
left at the White House. In this they
indicated they would not concede the
eight-hour principle, even for the
proposed trial period, and that the
.strongest concession they would
make would be to submit the whole
matter to arbitration.
Three ballots have been taken in
the past two days and each time the
managers have voted down the pres
The session between the president
and the district chairmen of the
workers was to begin at 3 p. m. to
day. Some of the leading members
of the general committee indicated
their belief that a way was about to
be found to prevent the clash that
has seemed inevitable.
Washington, Aug. 17. Six hun
dred and forty district chairmen of
the railroad workers are here to
meet the president this afternoon.
The president has ready for them his
suggestion of a solution for the situ
ation that has menaced the country
for the past several weeks.
The definite terms of the presi-
dent's proposal are not known, but (9
the basic idea is an agreement to be
made between the railroads and the
brotherhoods, whereby the eight
hour day shall go into effect at once.
With this in effect, the question of
methods of enforcing it whether
by means 5f the time and a half for
overtime or by some other means
will be made the subject of investiga
tion and adjustment, with the feder
al government perhaps taking part
in the adjustment.
The railroad brotherhoods have in
sisted steadily that there is no other
effective method of enforcing the
The president's problem, if the
railroads definitely concede the
eight-hour principle to the extent of
agreeing to give it a trial, seems to
be to convince the railroad men that
the time and a half -overtime Issue
should be held in abeyance during
the trial period.
AISHTON OFF TO WASHINGTON
President Aishton of the Chicago
& Northwestern' railroad was handed
President Wilson's invitation when
he' arrived at his office from his
home at Evanston. Two hours later
he was on his way to Washington.
Petrograd. Capture 07,506 more
prisoners by Rrssian armies under
Gen. Sakharoff announced, Since
beginning of Russian offensive Sak
haroff has taken 94,754 prisoners. .
Paris. Beaten back by ''heavy
French assault on both banks of
Somme, Germans made no attempt
to counter-attack against newly
captured French positions.