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RAILROAD MANAGERS JUST "OFFICE BOYS"
HANDS TIED DEALING WITH PRESIDENT
BY FREDERICK M. KERBY
Washington, Aug. 22. "The rail
road managers are just a lot of office
This is the explanation made by
bne of the big men close to the rail
road strike situation in Washington,
in discussing President Wilson's call
to the presidents of the railroads 'to
come to Washington.
"What really happened," said this
man, "was that the president found
the .managers of the roads absolutely
out on the end of a wire they can't
settle with the men; they don't dare
do anything except obey orders.
"These are the meh with the
brains, the men who manage the
roads, the men responsible for get
ting results, the men who produce
the dollars of dividends which go to
the owners of railroad securities.
And yet, these men' can't settle this
Fully half of the big cornmittee of
railroad managers would like to have
settled the eight-hour controversy
with the men on an equitable basis.
Fully half of them are "real men"
in the language of one of the railroad
brotherhood delegates. They wanted
to meet the men half way at least,
and they would not have been averse
to granting the whole of the de
mands. "But the president had to call in
the private-car presidents who hard
ly know a driving wheel from a
valve," said this man disgustedly.
As a matter of fact, it is openly
hinted that Pres. Wilson may have
to go behind the railroad presidents
to the Vanderlip and Morgan bank
ers, who control the roads, before a
settlement is secured.
Whatever may come out of the
controversy, the fact is becoming
more and more apparent as a result
of the White House conferences
that the control of the railroads does
liot rest with the men responsible!
for their operation the "brains" of
the roads, so-called
These men the actual "managers
have had their orders and have not
dared to go beyond them.
The president found this was so
and took the short-cut method of
calling i in the men who really can
settle the question.
And if he finds the railroad presi
dents are dummies, too, it is freely
predicted he will go over THEIR
heads to the real bosses the New
York banking groups that really
own the roads.
CITY OFFICIAL HAS NICE JOB
SELLING TO CITY
City Oil Inspector Paul Henderson,
son-in-law of Congressman Martin
B. Madden, should be a much richer
man by the time Bill Thompson Is
through as mayor. In addition to his
$4,800 a year city job, Henderson is
general pales agent of the Brownell
Improvement Co., which obtained a
$70,009 contract from the city not
long ago. Henderson, as sales agent
of the company, has high hopes of
grabbing another fat city contract.
He wishes to sell 35,000 cubic yards
of crushed limestone to the city.
Com'r of Public Works Moorehouse
has recommended this purchase, but
Aid. John A. Richert, watchdog of
the council finance committee, does
not look kindly on it and the deal
has temporarily struck a snag.
PRICE OF SHOES GOING UP
The price of shoes is going up.
Shoe dealers say the principal in
crease will be In the cost of women's
footwear. The price of milady's
shoes raill jump 20 to 40 per cent
over last year's cost Business in
Europe is given as the cause. The
dealers say the most popular price
for a pair of women's shoes today is
$5, whereas a year ago $3 and $3.50
were the biggest sellers,