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said that he would ask the brother
hoods to cease their demand for im
mediate recognition of the eight-hour
day or to postpone the strike.
New York. Pres. Wilson today
stands as only buffer between people
and impact of greatest strike nation
ever has known.
Representatives of "Big Four"
railway brotherhoods have declared
that unless railways consent to their
eight-hour day demands by 7 o'clock
tomorrow evening the progressive
strike designed to tie up country's
roads will be set into motion.
Hope exists here that Pres. Wilson
will act today. Brotherhood chiefs
and managers committee remained
in New York, each side hopeful that
he would call some of them to the
The nation already had begun to
feel effects of order early today.
Drastic embargoes were being
placed on freight shipments. Food
speculators were reported active.
Effect of strike on city's food sup
ply was matter of grave speculation.
In some quarters it was declared that
five days at most would see city in
Washington. The president feels
that he has not the power actually to
prevent a strike in view of failure
of congress to pass strike prevention
legislation he advocated before last
As a result there appeared only
one course .before him a patriotic
apepal to both sides-to get together.
COMPROMISE SETTLEMENT OR
Either a compromise settlement
of the basic 8-hour day question will
quiet the rail strike situation or gov
ernment intervention will effect a
ordered to begin Saturday night.
This is "the dope" most often
talked today by brotherhood com
mitteemen, 600 of whom are in
meeting today in Masonic Temple.
Most of these committeemen have
oing along a good many years
watching' s?rik(TItnreals sfezle'ima
throw a scare into the general pub
lic and the business world such
threats later bringing compromises
or postponements. While the atmos
phere has dizzy uncertainty, like that
of a horse race or a ball game among
these railroad men at their meeting
place in the Masonic Temple and at
their Great Northern hotel headquar
ters and while everybody admits
they are playing with fire and there
may come the hitch, the accident,
the unknown factor, inaugurating
the greatest labor strike this coun
try has eyer seen generally these
rail men talk with an undercurrent
of reassurance as though the chanc
es' are against a strike.
From the top of the railroad com
panies "the "dope" runs that there
will be settlement or intervention 'of
some kind, so that the strike orders
will not go info force. Pres. W. G.
Bierd of the Chicago & Alton, chair
j man at a meeting western and south
ern railroad executives at Chicago
club, made the comment last night
that he is confident a strike will be
averted. Pres. Markham of the Illi
nois Central says the same. No
strikebreakers are being hired, as
was the case last August. Not a rail
road is known to have made any
such strike preparations as were on
There isn't the scare in the air of
either side seen last summer. The
pushing, driving, fighting enthusiasm
necessary to carry to victory -a strike
of big mass proportions is not in the
scenery of this play.
What's going m? The vast gen
eral public is an outsider and doesn't
know. Brotherhood members who
reach their local division committee
members get in on most of the se
crets and. signals. And the railroad
presidents, managers, bankers and
capitalists, of course, are in on the
secrets because they get them from
their spies an dspotters. Each side
knows pretty well what the other is
doing. Only the public is in the dark.