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these things," said Lee, "is to count
noses Sunday and thereafter.
"Don't forget we left the entire
matter to President "Wilson last
August and agreed to abide by his
proposals then. The railroads re
fused to accept his recommendations
to settle the question then. I have
since publicly proposed to leave the
entire controversy to President Wil
son to personally say whether we
should have the. eight-hour day in
freight and yard service without re
duction of present daily rates. The
railroads seemingly prefer a strike,
rather than abide by President Wil
son's suggested methods of settle
ments. "Who is disloyal to the govern
ment." "The railway managers cannot get
it into their heads that this strike is
real and apparently they will not be
lieve it until they wake up Sunday
morning and find their trains stop
ped," he said.
Washington. Pres. Wilson will
act on suggestion by the railway
brotherhoods or managers that he
mediate in the strike, if such sugges
tions reach him This can be stated
on the highest authority.
Washington. Officials here are
amazed at methods certain newspa
pers are using apparently to discred
it the contemplated strike by print
ing news stories which declare, that
Pres. Wilson is opposed to the pres
ent actions of the brotherhoods.
By telegraph it was learned here
today that today's issue of the Chi
cago Daily Tribune a bitter anti
administration paper carried a
1 first-page heavily displayed story of
which the head read: "Don't Strike
on Eve of War, Wilson to Ask Will
Appeal to Patriotism of Unions to
Avert Tie-Up Now."
This, in the opinion of some offi
cials, is an unwarranted piece of
news-faking in an attempt to arouse
public' gen'tinient antagonistic to the
railroad brotherhoods, for, they say,
the president does not appear to have
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 sonie 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. "Railroad strike at
this time, with food so scarce, is an
unspeakable calamity' said Jos. P.
Griffin, president Chicago Board of
St Louis. Packing houses here
have enough meat in storage to sup
ply St. Louis and adjoining cities for
QUERY FOREIGN GOVEkNMENTS
ON STATUS OF ARMED SHIPS
Washington, March 16. Because
some foreign governments are in
clined to object to harboring armed
American merchantmen this1 gov
ernment has inquired of the Euro-:
pean nations whether they would
agree to admit the vessels.