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engineers or brakemen and conduct
ors. "If we can show the same solidar
ity among the 2,000,000 shopmen
and trackmen that has been shown
the past week year among" the. 400,
000 train and enginemen, we will win
the eight-hour day hands down.
"The American Federation of La
bor is with us, We are directly affil
iated with the A. F. of L. Support
for our movement will come more
heartily from organized labor in gen
eral than was given the brotherhoods
because we have always, been in a
close line-up with the A. F. of L."
Chicago lines will pay out an ad
ditional $15,000,000 a year under the
eight-hour day provisions of Adam
son law, it is estimated. Back time
pay will run about $4,000,000.
Questions has risen whether em
ployes not members of the Big Four
brotherhoods will be able to draw
any of the back pay. Railroad heads
gay they are not clear on this point
GRAND DUKE NICHOLAS URGED
CZAR TO ABDICATE THRONE
Petrograd, March 20. The Grand
Duke Nicholas cemented his alliance
with the people in the Russian revo
lution and added to his popularity to
day when it became known that it
was he who had really induced Czar
Nicholas to abdicate.
It was revealed that the grand
duke held a lengthy audience with
the emperor and urged this step upon
him prior to the visit of the revolu
tionary committee bearing the abdi
One other bit of history made pub
lic today .was that the action of the
Russian duma in resolving to over
throw the autocratic government
was unanimous with the exception
of 15 members, who stood out for
immediate establishment of a repub
lic without waiting for a popular vote
and without the temporary duma
committee form now governing.
"The provisional government
which today holds Russia's destiny
in its hands will use every energy
with the unanimous consent of the
nation and will effect a speedy vic
tory," declared Foreign Minister Mi
"Russia overturned in a few hours
a power detested by everybody. This
feeble, but tyrannical power, which
wasincapable of securing food for
the people or of organizing for the
future and which was using all the
country's strength to vanquish the
enemy now occupying our territory,
no longer exists.
"The problems- now confronting
Russia- are immense. She will have
to rebuild the whole political edifice,
and in so doing she will enormously
strengthen her moral forces to or
ganize and obtain a victory."
Stockholm, March 20. Helsing
fors city, Finland, is in the hands of
Russian troops, following a week-end
of riots. Admiral Njoeton was shot
and 14 officers aboard warships in
the harbor were killed, according to
information reaching herctoday.
Washington March 20. The U. S.
government is preparing to recognize
the new rule established by the Rus
sian revolution, it was learned today.
N. Y. CENTRAL FREIGHT TRAIN
HELD UP BY BANDITS
Buffalo-, March 20. Armed, ban
dits early today held up New York
Central fast freight at Athol Springs,
22 miles west of here, drove crew
away at point of shotguns and looted
Trainmaster's office here reported
that no estimate of amount of mer
chandise stolen had been obtained.
About year ago in similar holdup
near Niagara Falls $50,000 worth of
silks were stolen.
Berlin. Von Bethmann-Hollweg
warns Prussian diet that there must
be a square deal for all in Germany
after the war. "Interest of working
class and employer should not be in
irreconcilable-opposition," -he said.