RAIL HEADS BATTLE OVERT
MEETS CONGRESS LEADERS
Washington, Aug. 23. Marked
evidence of uneasiness began to ap-
pear today among 60 railway presi-
dents gathered here. They have no
9 solution for situation President Wil
son called them here to help solve.
They are divided among themselves
and unable to' agree on a proposal
that might soften effect of president's
plan for averting a national railroad
sjxike. Still holding out against ac
ceptance of the 8-hour day, they do
not exhibit the billigerence or defi
ance that was notable when Presi
dent Wilson first announced this
scheme for settling question.
Some even are talking among
themselves of agreeing to the S-hour
day and letting consequences take
care of themselves. "Let the result
be on the president's head," they say.
These, however, include few of the
presidents of the bigger railway sys
tems. The latter are working as
hard as they ever worked in their
lives, to avoid making the concession.
Late last night Hale Holden ot tne
Burlington, R. S. Lovett of the Union
Pacific and Daniel Willard of the B.
& 0. saw Pres. Wilson for an hour.
Willard aloneof the three has been
inclined the past two days to accept
the presilent's proposition. He has
been aligned to some extent with
railroads of southeastern states, .
Pres. Willard particularly is said
to feel that rather than endanger
business and safety of the nation the
roads should yield en toto to Wilson's
Mk Should he agree individually to do
P an if TOnnlfl TriP!?Ti thnf- pwnr mart in
B. & O's field must follow.
Unless headway is made today
there are indications that some of
the railroads may act iniependently
in accepting or rejecting the presi
dent's proposaL Against precipitous
action of this nature every effort was
beiap made late yesterday and last
night It was pointed out that such
action would result eventually in a
complete victory for the president.
Following an hour's discussion be
twen Pres. Wilson and Chairmen
Newlands and Adamson of senate
and house interstate commerce com
mittees, respectively, it became
known today the president had urged
immediate aption by senate on bill
passed by house providing for in
crease in the membership of the in
terstate commrce commission.
It is believed president's action is
based on desire to afford most rapid
hearings possible on request for in
creased rates, anticipated in case the
railroads concede president's plan
for an eight-hour day.
Strike talk brdke out again among
railroad brotherhood men. Thomas
Donovan, Boston & Albany chair
man, proposed at morning session
that brotherhood chairmen return to
their homes, leaving four heads here
to arrange strike. His effort, how
ever, was crushed.
ALCOHOLISM IS BLAMED FOR
Practically every case of heat pros
tration may be traced to alcoholism.
That was the startling declaration of
Dr. Karl Meyer of the County hos
pital, who, with Dr. Harry Gauss, an
interne, made a study of the heat
victims' cases this summer.
Of 25 patients questioned, all but
two of them admitted drinking alco
holic liquors during the day. In
nearly every fatal case a stomach
pump showed there was liquor in the
body at the time of death.
Alcohol heats the body and de
ranges the regulating influences
which might aid to cool the patient.
Dr. Meyer said.
SMITH TO TALK ON HOME RULE
Frank L. Smith, Republican can
didate for governor, will discuss
"public utilities and home rule for
Chicago" in his speech at the Gar
rick theater tomorrow noo
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