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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 17, 1917, LAST EDITION, Image 2

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the two factions, even this confer
ence was not expected to avert trou
ble.
Brotherhood chiefs were positive
in a declaration that the strike would
go into effect if thei$ demands, were
not met. Nothing but a complete sur
render can stop the walk-out.
And the managers were equally po
sitive in assertions that they would
yield nothing.
The mediators found neither side
willing to make concessions.
Even a direct appeal from Presi
dent Wilson to the brotherhoods may
not be sufficient to stop the impend
ing strike.
The men say they have waited pa
tiently more than seven months for
the Adamson law to go into effect.
They want their demands, and want'
them now.
Sec'y of the Interior Lane of board
of mediators declared various plans
of settlement were under considera
tion, but he was not optimistic about
their acceptance. Each side, it was
explained, was willing to yield minor
points, but on the great issues of
working hours and wages they were
deadlocked.
There was a hint from Lane that a
get-together spirit was. lacking.
"Has there been a get-together
spirit shown by either side?" he was
asked.
"There has been on my- part," he
replied.
It was 1:30 before the brotherhood
officials finished their conference
with the mediators. No statement
was given out
Mediators prepared immediately
to go into session with the railway
managers, with the prospect that the
meeting would be protracted.
No definite word was expected be
fore 3:30, and even then it was
thought probable a three-cornered
conference would be taken up.
Railroad managers, just before
meeting the mediators, gave out the
following statement:
The railroads don't want a strike,
the brotherhoods don't dare go
through with their threat; it would
be a calamity the country cannot
face, and by some method Pres. Wil
son will prevent a strike."
The brotherhoods declined com
ment on the statement.
The United States today hangs by
an eyelash to the precipice of a gen-
eral strike situation. '
Chicago, the world's greatest rail
road center, the crossroads of 38
trunk line railroads, beginning to
night will be the vortex of a far
reaching transportation tie-up. Spe
cfic plans for a series ottrikes start
ing in the Chicago district and radi
ating oyer the nation were given out
this noon by Timothy Shea, assistant
to the grand chief of the Brother
hood of Locomotive Engineers and in
charge of the Chicago district In
language bitter with accusations
against the railroad companies for
failure to live up to arbitration agree
ments. Shea said it looked like a
strike and he has given up hope of
any other way of settlement
Hopes of peace have almost gone
glimmering though not quite.
Somewhere up among the forces of
mediation and conciliation where
railroad presidents are talking with
government officials one minute and
telephoning; the next minute to the
Wall street bankers who own control
of the big railroad systems the
final say-so of peace or war in the
American railroad -world is to be'
spoken this afternoon.
One certainty is that throughout
the railroad world there is unrest and
excitement a grim, resentful fight
ing spirit that is ready for a strike
and all the sacrifices of a strike
rather than again stand for the
treacheries of arbitration.
"I have never seen a time when so
many enginemen and trainmen were
talking strike, said an official of a
shopmen's union to The Day Book
today. "I have been in three middle
west states the past week and talked

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