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CHICAGO RAILROADS TO BE
FIRST HIT IF BIG STRIKE
Strike orders, received by brother
hood officials here yesterday, which
are to go ih effect 4 p. m. Saturday in
case supplementary orders are hot
issued, disclose the fact that Chicago
will be hard hit from the very outset,
if the brotherhoods go out.
The first group of railroads to be
affected Chicago & Western Indi
ana, Indiana Harbor Belt Line, Chi
cago Junction Railway, New York
Central and allied lines, except the
Michigan Central and Baltimore &
Ohio handle the greater part of
Chicago shipping. Freight crews on
these roads as well as air switchmen
an 18 lines in the Chicago district
will be the first to obey the strike
The second blow to be struck will
fall at 5 p. m. Sunday, when train
men on the Great Northern, North
ern Pacific, Norfolk & .Western,
Chesapeake & Ohio and the Virginia
railway will go out.
If it is necessary to call out a third
group the strike is scheduled for 5
p, ni. Monday. This order is expect
ed to effect all men still at work
Local railroad managers have
made no plans to combat the strike.
From their attitude it appears that
they are willing to test the strength
of the unions at this time with the
expectation that having fulfilled all
legal requirements, the government
Charles W. Ellis, special agent of
the bureau of labor, and Ethelbert
Stewart, federal statistician, are here
t.o watch developments. Railway
managers see in their presence' an
indication of the intention of the.
government ?r take over the roads
In case of a showdown.
A strike would cause an inconceiv
able situation here, business men'
say. Factories would close and the
food shortage would become acute
How we will feed the people
should the strike materialize, I can
not imagine," John O'Leary, presi
dent of the Chamber of Commerce,
said. "Chicago, the center of the na
tion's bread basket would be the
hardest hit of all."
Chief Schuettler has 600 police
men ready for strike duty. Can be
'rushed to any part of the city on 15
City Club of Chicago luncheon.
"The Pending Referendum Prohibi
tion Bill Should Not Pass," by Chas.
A. Windle, editor The IconOclast.
Anderson 32d Ward Labor club
smoker at 8 p. m., Carpenter's hall,
6416 S. Halsted.
Chas. R. Young, member of board
of-ducation, speaks on "Facts About
Our Public Schools," at 8 p. m., Lin
coln Turner hall, Sheffield av. and
Diversey pkwy. Welcome.
Esther Falkenstein Settlement
Woman's club bunco party at settle
ment, 1917 Richmond, 2 p. m.
Harriet Vittum speaks at open
meeting of 18th ward branch of the
Woman's City club at Lewis institute,
Madison and Robey, 8 p. m.
Englewood Y. P. S. L. educational
meeting. 5824 Aberdeen.
Hon. David R. Forgan,,pres. of Na
tional City bank, speaks at Press
Club of Chicago noonday, luncheon
on "The Federal Reserve Bank Sys
tem." 27th ward mase meeting at Reilly
school, Lawndale av. and School, 8
p. m. Aid. John C. Kennedy and
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BITS OF NEWS
Home of Louis Cleary and Vincent
Repetto, 914 Townsend, saved from
possible destruction when rain put
out fuse of bomb left at door.
C. A. Vahl's1 tailor shop, 338 E.
39th, robbed of goods valued at
?1.50u. The robbers 'filed bars at'
rear at store and carted away bolta
of cloth, suits and overcoats.