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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, August 26, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 3

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RAIL CHIEFS REFUSE DEMANDS-BOTH SIDES
PREPARE FOR IMMEDIATE STRIKE
Washington, Aug. 26. "We are
ready."
This statement came today from
both railroad executives and em
ployes as national transportation pa
ffl ralysis loomed up. Railroad man
agers contended thfey could keep
sufficient trains running through
"loyal employes" Jto prevent milk and
food famine and its conseqnent
garnering of death and desolation.
Employes said there might be few
ready to continue laboring, but that
roads as a 'whole would be tied up
tighter than a drum.
In the railroad camp the grimmest
fighters said: "Put white lead on the
engines and lay everything off." The
most conservative said: "We must
see that the babies have thir milk
and the nation its food." Employes
said guilt for ruin or starvation
would lie upon railroad kings.
It developed today that while rail
road presidents have been wrestling
with problem of meeting Pres. Wil
son's proposal, the managers, some
what sidetracked from, this phase of
the situation, have been working out
plans for handling an actual strike if
it comes.
A comprehensive plan is complete,
they now declare. Plans include de
tails of train operation. Emergency
schedules have been made and it is
known that since the beginning of
the negotiations embargoes on some
commodities have been considered.
One railroad official said that imme
diately upon declaration of a strike
embargoes would be placed on war
munitions and dry good and imper
W ishable commodities not regarded as
necessities.
The first thought of the roads will
be to carry foodstuffs.
Significance was seen today in the
fact that many of the 640 railroad
brotherhood representatives were
'.preparing to leave Washington, Sev
eral paid their hotel bills and ar
ranged to take night trains.
Sixty executives called here week
ago by Pres. Wilson have ignored his
peace proposal and decided to submit
substitute proposition, which even
most optimistic feel brotherhood will
turn down. It provides:
That any eight-hour day must not
be tried until after arbitration and in
vestigation. That question of wages must be .
settled by impartial board or com
mission. That roads will abide by-decision
of such an impartial body, findings
to take effect from time arbitration
begins.
Road's proposal now agreed on
among themselves requests no bene
ficial legislation stnd no increased
rates. They suggest only that in
event pt arbitration aqpi investiga
tion of eight-hour working day an
impartial commission do the work.
It i3 only proposal that will come .
from roads, according to a leading
executive. He added: "It is better
than the brotherhood leaders de- .
serve. If they don't like it they know
what they can do."
With this action unanimously
agreed upon, the roads passed ques
tion of strike or peace back to Pres.
Wilson and the brotherhoods.
There Is still hope, but general im-
pression prevailed" that last visible
thread was cut yesterday when Pres. '
Wilson notified committee of execu
tives that employes showed no
change on their original stand '
against arbitration.
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New York. Patrick Calhoun, who
gained fame when he broke San
Francisco street car men's strike in
1906, worth $14,000,000 five years
ago, today has less than $5, accord
ing to bankruptcy proceedings just
filed. Wife has also lost most of her
fortune
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