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Section of Four School
Tasiitees and Fire Chief
*?c* Postponed.
Gi|?r-No Reason for Action.
?Ijorffe Grist of Busin
A. *. ~
4TST King imt
jgfAXORIA, V?, Oct. 15.?At
tneiMwion of the city council toni?ht.
th of aldermen again refused
to gaditto Joint session with the com
moti "<*roncil for the election of four
scroof'trustees and a Are chief. Term
of khV'trustees and chief expired some
tMB.?afO and action to All the
va<*Mies has been postponed from
tin* tP time. No reason was given
by? the aldermen for their refusaL
l4?e -resignation of/ Herman Kauf
ma/in.'member of the common council
frofri the Second ward for the past
sev^n*years, was read and accepted.
Heaolotion to reimburse the three
iiujlis In the city for erroneous tax
assessment amounting to $10,491.10,
including First National. $4.9?S.47;
Citzzov' National, $4,256.96, and Alex
andri# NaMonal. $1,241.74 was re
ferred to the finance committee.
IBeaolvtion appropriating $500 for
IramwUment of road on North Fairfax
street, leading to the plant of the Old
l>o minion Glass Company. was
adoplW. The aldermen wanted a
similar amount used for Improvement |
of tfae road leading to the cemeteries
on^Wgke street, from Alfred street.
wesHWd. It was later explained to
theSSp a special committee that this
done, whereupon they agreed
passage of the resolution.
Jam of $35 was appropriated
^llatfon of two electric lights
jniekers lane adjoining Duke
extended. Petition for gutters
fastens subdivision in North
was referred to the Joint
ae on streets and finance
pOn appropriating $1,400 to pay
0ing bills of the (Ire depart
he present sppropriation being
Jed. was referred to the Are and
? committees. The sura of $467
fcropnated to purchase tires for
?elty school board petitioned
orU&rovemcnt of the square on
VcE^itreet. between King and
laiSilfn streets, leading to the
tJchooi, and for auto speed
\ V> be placed at King and
King and Patrick, and
and Alfred streets; it was
to" the Joint committee on j
land streets.
rv?Jun of school board for gas
at tw* igh school and Parker Gray
SchSv for laooratory work at the
flrs|3Jmed and for domestic sci
encf^R the latter school. wa? re
ferriK Resolution that the salary
of fiSclerk o? the gas be increased
fropSi.200 to $2,000 a year was
refertttl to the Joint committee on
llgtef "?ud finance.
FVflon of National Fruit Prod
uct *'VBipeny for sewer on the 900
and:3$0 Mocks, Pendleton, and 600
blo*ka?n Np?thvHenry street was
refeiSo to the committee on streets
and jgiiance. The health depart
menrSP recommended a sewer for
riiBtiiirTl n and this was referred
to (MFsatne committee.
Alf&rt Lee. an old resident, was
stricken -with a hemorrhage while
at th* corner of "Washington and
Cameron streets at 4:30 o'clock this
afternoon and died before he
reached the hospital. He was em
ployed as a carpenter at the Wash
ington Navy Yard. He lived In the
Market Space with his son. James
Lee. who. together with a daughter,
."Mrs. Alice Simpson, survive him
The body was taken to Wheatley's
mortuary chapel, where the funeral
will take place at 3 o'clock Thurs
day afternoon.
For I
Or Pfeura'gic Pain
A.so reduce* fe*er Will not opast
the ? torn a eh So unpleasant ta?ta
lOe Two Plica We
$3.50 Philadelphia
. $3.25 Chester
$3.00 Wilmington
And Retsn
WAR TAX 8% AddJtWmal
1 November 13
Lv. Washington 7:06 a. a
Lv. Philadelphia 7:?0 p. a
Lv. Cheater* 7:50 p. ?
Lv. Wilmington 8:10 p. a
(Standard time)
Conault Ticket Afeata.
Baltimore & Ohio R. R.
What Congress Did Yesterday.
PH..HHP M OrtaWr SB.
M?t II 11 i. a. uK wm.m? at
'*? *. lb ??m 11 tm4mr.
Adopted MxaltlH pra*Mtl la
bill f?r afmtiHMM ?/
?m?l lu n(H af 4 par Mat aa
>????? af laaaata aa4 ? par cast aa
ill avar that aaaaat.
Adopled aandauat ky Seaatar
?Ittkmk a>4rr wklek tairml paid
a ISM nta ?
' ?** Htailln iffarltlM woald
ka MwtaMi far parpaaaa af
rraatawll riaaptlaf Ucaac* af ?
?arrW peraeaa af ta tlJMa aa<
??rrlH paraaaa a* ta tt.a?? aai
l*ajtec exeat pttau aa IMN aa4
Adopre* aanlatal kr Saaatar
rraaarll prarMtag that the ealy
kdwilaaa allowed ta taxpajera
?arraaalac aaafj ta parekaa* ar
?arry Kederal aeearltlea akall ke tkr
llfrmn katwcea tka aaaaat af la.
real paid aa tke Mrktf^aan tkua
?earred aod tkat rwdnd aa tkr
senator Mataoa rtplM ta charges
If Iraatar Hftd tkat tka aoldlera
?aa kna aralrftrd la tke Intereat
it redaelac tain far tke bis ear
mratlaaa, ky offerlaa data aa tke
?aaaa kill aa< tke tax kill ta akan
kat ao nafalraeaa kad keea akaaa
>a eltker kaad.
Seaatar Snaaot dealrd Democratic
ieene Brooking Chosen Suc
cessor; J. E. Winn for
Town Sergeant.
{Special ta The Wa.Mnrton B<nM.)
ORANGE. V?.. Oct. 25. ? The
uneral of Sheriff William C. Bond,
trho. with town sergeant, Julian
3oyer. was kllled'by William Ware,
tlleged negro bootl?gger, who was
ifterwarri burned to death in a
>arn aa a result of Saturday night's
ragedy. was held here thia after
loon. Throngs of people here for
he Orange County Fair, which
ipened tcday, attended'the services
Keene Brooking was uruu\imonaiy
'looted sheriff Df Orange County, 'and
r. E. Winn town seargeant of Or
ince. today, to succeed Sheriff Bond
ind Town Sergeant Boyer.
Ware's charred body was buried
oday. after services at an under
;aking establishment here. The
>ody had been turned over to his
A mass meeting will be held here
arlthin a day or two. when subscrip
tions to a fund for the families of
the two slain officers will be started.
Racc feeling engendered, by the
iattlc has apparently subsided. The
sight men wounded by Wire' are
ill of them about town. Manley Car
ter is the most seriously injured
carrying his arm in a sling as a re
mit of the charge of shot he re
reived when he ventured into th*
bam to arrest Ware.
One Hundred Initiated
By Kallipolis Grotto
With Grand Monaroh Charles E.
WardweV* of Ron*. N*. Y., as the
praest of hfenor, 1H ofcndid.atea las*
night presented themselves' at the'
ritualistic ceremony attending the
harvest ceremonial of Kalllpolls
3rotto, held at Masonic Temple.
Thirteenth street and New York
Visitors were present from the
trotoes of Richmond. Va.; Norfolk
Va.; Ballmore, Md.; Philadelphia!
Pa., and many other cities in the
East. A letter of regret was read
from President Harding, who is a
"ember of Kallipolis Grotto.
.Soethinq &nd He&Iinq
Tor5kin Disorders
Edgir Morris Sales Co.
1.108 G St. X.W. Mala 1032-1033
Accessory Shop io4 Smrt Owners
e ttb ition r
WANTED?A little window
?pace; a little storage space; for
a selling accessory. Must be
centrally located. A good con
tract can be had. Phone Co
lumbta 2ooo. room 470.
I Only Iha Better Orsde
Jaf1" 912 "?? Yirl kn.
dz*tai simeeoi
f-r"wn: Bridge and Porcelain
Pa'nless Eitrartlina.
Find* countless uses in the
kitchen. It cleans cutlery,
kettles, tins, porcelain, china,
earthenware, linoleum, oil
cloth, refrigerators, tile, marble,
shelves and floor*. See that
the name SAPOLIO is on
every package.
M) Uii^.iimin.
U. 3. A.
UHRtMa^lkM Mttls sr m relief
"?? UnM *? tke lur>rm el
null iMMua, tW mM tke ItlM
of mmJaatilr 4,000,000 iwttla
*?? km tftawi
taulana mimiI oktalaed kr
Sesstor Pntw for r>!e os ?ir?iu
prodts aantent sftsr 4 o'clock
Ikls litwrni.
CnlnuUwi OMin K. Harris,
United Slitn district Mm, Now
Vorki Tkomas B. KmHr. I'illt4
States district fates. Wjromlaci
A. Usurer, Vsited States dis
trict sttsrscjr. Oklskemsi Jsrob D.
Walter, V si ted States msrsksl,
Cssaeetleati D. K. Brelteastcla,
Catted States aantil, Maw Yerkt
a assiker af post masters.
!? k Hlltss, presldest St tks
Asierlcss Pkarmaeeatleal Assocls
tlss. advocated tke rradsal sdop
tlsa sf tke sietrle system sf mlckts
aad measures, kefsre tke Manafae
tares Committee. Tks Mlaso laves*
tlsatlos was esatlaaed kr tke Ken
yan sukcemmlttee. tke Ckanfkerlnla
Imalrr kr tks Naval Committee sad
tke Capper kill was aaala kefsre
tk^ laterstats Commerce Com
Senator George W. Morris, of ?
krnska, resamrd kla aest filer aa
a h s? a re of severs! weeks SB Se
conal af Illness.
Nemlnatloasi Jakn A. Peters, of
Malse. ts ks 1'slted Ststes district
Judge i Pedro Romero. Newklrk. I?.
*ei., to ke receiver sf puklle
aoaoys at Fort Sumner, 1*. Mrs.I
several army promotloss aad post
Bills Iatrodnced.
Pelade* ter, Wasklsctos?To sa
tkorlse tke ase sf asexpended kal
ssees fsr Improvement sf rivers sad
Kins, 1'tsk?Resolution dlrectlss
tke Secretary sf Wsr to report
clslasa relatlag to prodactlos, msn
sfsctsre anil sale of war masltlsas
sad materials.
Met mt mom mmd adjourned at 5:40
0. m. until nooa today.
Reprfirntallve Mondell Intro
duced m resolntloa to expel Rcpre
xentatlve Thomas Itlanton, of Texas,
from the House of RepreseatatlTca
for fausi>( to have Inserted la the
Record m letter coatalalag profane
and obscene language.
Enlargement of the playgrounds of
Washington will be provided by Con
Tress in connection wUh the school
program which is to be formulated
by the joint committee of which Sen
ator Capper, of Kansas, is chairman.
L This was indicated yesterday in
a letter Senator Capper sent to Sec
retary of Labor Davis, asking that
the Children's Bureau of the De
partment of Labor make a survey
of the playground need? for consid
eration of the committee. Capper
saM there is * general belief that
the playgrounds are inadequate.
Mrs. Lucy R. 8wanton. chairman
of the united citizens' playground
committee, in a letter* to Senator
Capper recently, pointed out the
lack of space for children needing
healthful recreation and suggested
that the Secretary of Labor be asked
to order the survey. The informa
tion will be placed at the disposal
of the House and Senate commit
tees investigating the crowded con
dition of the schools and the causes
of delay in putting into effect the
emergency building program.
Dropping of Sovereignty
Question Considered
Step Forward,
(Special Cable to The Waahiagton Hmli)
LONDON. Oct. 25.?The Irish con
ference has survived another day
and tonight the situation Is dis
tinctly essler. It would be too much
to say that the crisis caused by
De Balera's letter to the Pope alto
gether has passed but both sides
are hopeful that a way out may be
found soon and today's proceedings
were decidedly Indicative of a
hopeful outlook.
The full meeting of the confer
ence arranged for today was post
poned snd instead the committee of
four selected at yesterday's meet
ing spent two hours at Downing
Street. The committee consisted of
Prime Minister Lloyd George snd
J. Austin Chamberlsln for the Brit
ish and Arthur Griffiths snd Michael
Collins for the Irish.
It was also very slgniflcsnt that
the subject under discussion wss
Ulster. The Irish delegates brought
with them Scsn MUroy, a member
of Dall from County Tyrone, which
is one of the areas In dispute, snd
Erskine Chllders carried with him
a large roll of maps, one of which
was said to be the fsmous religious
map produced for a Buckingham
Palace conference during the war.
Thst the conference sbsndon the
question of sovereignty and got
down to the vitally important ques
tion of Ulster is a sign of progress
in the right direction. .%
It should be remembered that
Mr. De Valera has even Indicated
that southern Ireland would be
willing to abandon its claim of in
dependence in return for Irish
unity and this undoubtedly Is what !
Is under discussion now. When the j
meeting of the committee adjourned i
it was announced that further |
meetings, either of committees oft
the conference, had not been flxe'l j
because of the difficulty of fitting In
the prime minister's time, but It is
probable that there will be a fur
ther meeting tomorrow.
It was al?o a good sign that no
Irish questions w*re asked In par
liament today, Mr Lloyd George
having succeeded in choking off the j
trouble makers.
(Copyright. 1M1.1
What is
"A Blessing
Your Head"
e ?
of course!
Gold Crowns..
per tooth...
i of Teeth $8.00 Up
?gold fillings, silver fillings porcelain fillings; teeth cleaned; broken
plates repaired, and pyorrhea treated at moderate prices. Addi
tional charges for treatment when necessary.
Nitrous Oxide and Oxygen for extraction of teeth.
Special attention given to out-of-tuwn patients.
Remember, Over National Lunch?Hum B A.M. to 10 P.M.
New Ebbitt
Fourteenth at F
/ We've planned an old-fashioned v
good time for
Halloween--the 31st
There'll be souvenirs, fun-makers, decorations,
mnsic, dancing and a table d'hote sapper. All np to
the New Ebbitt's standard.
Make your reservation early?of
the head waiter?for the number
will be limited to comfortable ca
Every evening we're featuring a Superb Table
d'Hote Dinner at $1.50 per plate. Yon'l enjoy iL
T>rs. Parker and Ankers, Drugless Physicians, having outgrown
their present location, will move to 1T2J Eye Street Niw., on Oc
tober 31. The entire flrst floor will be used for the comfort and
convenience of their patients. For over flfty years they have de
voted their time In treating the serious ailments of mankind with
out drugs or surgical procedure, and the results obtained have been
near miraculous In such acute and chronic conditions as Insomnia,
Pneumonia, Pleurisy, Meningitis. Myelitis, Locomotor Ataxia, Heart
Dijease, Brlght's Disease.. Diabetes, Infantile and Adult Paralysis,
Paralysis Agltans (Numb Palsy), Hardening and Sclerosis of the
Spinal Column, Cord and Arteries. Asthma. Indigestion, Vertigo, Palsy,
Epilepsy, all forms of Rheumatism, Ailments of the Spinal, Nervous,
Digestive, Urinary and Generative Systems, and the Serious Ailments
of Men and Women (for which the medical world has no remedy,
much leu a cure) .without any objectionable examinations, treat
ments, drugs or operations. after every other method has (ailed.
Penms Interested are requested to laveatl*ate aad sail far free eoa
?ultsttoa. First treatment free. Reasonable terms far coaeultatloa
aad treatment at year home. For lafAmatlsia eee
Praf. H.N.D. PA7.KER, N.D., D,C. FRANKL.ANKERS, N.0..D.C.
Sslte SSI. Maryland Building 141* H Street Northwest
Honrs: 11 to S P. M. Sunday, II to S, and by appointment.
State University
| To Unveil Clark
Statue on Nov. 3
ch1*Ji-ottE8vIL,LB. V*., Oct.
being made at tfce
.!T ty Virginia for the un
veiling of th? George Rogers CUrk
statueon November j. The monu
ment Is a rift of Paul Ooodloe Mc
Intlre, a native of Charlottesville
ana an alumnus of the University
of Vtrrlnla.
The monument stands In a park
on Went Main etreet, near the en
trance to the college ground! It
la the work of Robert Altken. a
New YorJj sculptor, Whose previous
masterpiece Is the McKlnley mow
ment ln Golden (Mte Park. S*n
Francisco. There are seven fln'"
'" the bronze group. in which the
Mjulptor epitomises the adventure
of achievement of CUrk In explor
ing and acquiring the Northwest
territory, the Lewis and Clark ex
The principal speaker at the un
veiling will be Archibald Hende
eon. at the University ?f North
Amend Relief Plans.
Near-East Relief workers yester
day accepted a compromise In the
matter of soliciting funds from Wash
ington school children. They will
he permitted to distribute circulars
among the children in school and
have been given the privilege of hav
ing booths to collect funds on Sat
urday, November S, when the chil
dren, except those who return'for
the purpose, are on holiday. The
Board of Education recently refused
to alter its ruling against soliciting
ln regular school sessions.
Both Superintendent F. W, Ballou
and Dr Abram Simon, head of the
board, dcclareed themselves ln sym
pathy with the work of the Near
Ebm Relief Association.
President Wing News
boy's Heart by Paying
50 Cents for Paper.
(?peeial to The VuMwtoi XkiU.1
DANVILLE. VJl. Oct li-Ika
rllle's a cocky town tonight.
There's t 11-year-old newsboy
her# who's the proudest little man
in America.
And there isn't coins to be any
shortage of chewing tobacco at ths
Whit* House this winter.
President Warren / G. Harding
spent fifteen minutes here this af
He etood on.the railroad station
platfornfc shook hands and kept dp
a rapid fire of conversation with
over S00 townspeople.
Given Twist a* Tebssaa
Before the train pulled out he
was presented with a genuine twist
of Virginia tobacco, the kind all the
judges and coloMls chaw.
Mrs. Harding alngled out a
youngster who waa sailing papers.
Sbs bent over him and aaked him
his name. Then the President gave
him SO cents for a paper. ?
"Has everybody got a Job in Dan
ville?" the Preeldent asked.
"Sure, the tobacco factories are
running full time." waa the reply
from the crowd.
Lard Paver* Baptist*.
"You see." said M. O. Nelson, who
acted as spokesman, "this is a
Baptist town. We're all Baptists
down here."
"Well." said the President, "the
... -
Lord always provides for Baptist*.'
Prssldent uid Mrs. HwtlM vtn
the premier attraction.
crowd watted to see tnator Un
derwood. who wai on the train.
The Democratic leader la aa Idol
around these parts. The Senator
kept oarefully out of sight. how
Secretary of War Weeks and Sec
retary of tha Interior rail were on
hand, smoking big. fat cigars.
Brig. Gen. Sawyer also put la an
appearance for the benefit of tha
Danville people.
him from his picture," exclaimed
one woman from tha crowd as the
general appsarad on the platforaa. U
Danville was tha second stop of (
the day. The party mads a brief
stop at Charlotteevtlle.
Word that the Presidential train ?
waa on the rails travsled rapidly
and at every station along the road
the townspsopls were out la foroe
to catch a view of the nation's Chief
LURAT, Vs.. Oct. K?In the pree- j
ence of hundreds of persons, reprs- j
sen ting Page. Rappahannock. ?ien
1921. J
wir* wi,
LOCIHAD?On To?pA?T. Ort?*er 18
tin iumr BtStK. betove* ?
rapt Alt Lockbesa. 0. g. A.
Fifseral irtesseweste letee.
Appropriate Funeral Tokem
CudTBnj. Co St |
Prompt eato Sellverr eervtee. |
GEO. C. SHAFF"ER ^o 'T,?
Boxes for Clothing
Rented at $8 per yew and
Upward. An $8 box will bold
5 or 6 suits of clothes, and
the charge include* dclirrry
to residence and return twice
each year. Put your auramrr
clothes away in winter and
your winter clothes away in
Jftorai* (Jompinj
1149 Fifteenth St
C. A Aspinwall, President
The Chesapeake and Ohio Railway- Company
The Chesapeake and Ohio Railway Company of Indiana
The Chesapeake and Ohio Northern Railway Company
To the Employe* of The Chesapeake ud Okie Railway:
' The daily press contains the information that certain classes of
our employes have determined to strike at some date in the very near
future. The Company's officers have received no notice from the
employes affected. Such a method it to entirely unusual and contrary
to the cuttomt and practices hitherto prevailing that we find it hard
to credit the information, yet it teems to be so authoritatively and
openly and plainly discussed by the labor leaders that there it little
room for doubt that tuch an intention exists upon the part of those
directing the plans.
The beginning of the chapter of events now culminating dates
to the period prior to February 29th, 1920, when Government control
of the railroad properties ceased. At that time it will be remembered
there was a request for an increase in wages pending before the Railroad
Administration, which it declined, however, to grant, because it felt
in that instance it should not make an increase in wages which would
affect the future of the properties after Government control had expired.
The Transportation Act provided for a method of handling such
disputes and these provisions of the act were immediately invoked
in behalf of the men affected. Hearings were held and on July 20th,
1920, certain increases in wages, amounting to about 22%, were
allowed, retroactive to May Itt. 1920. .The Labor Board announced
at that time that working condition! would be taken up later.
Effective August 26th, 1920, the Interstate Commerce Commission
made increases in the rates of the railroads for the purpose of com
plying with the requirements of the Transportation Act. The increased
wages granted on July 20th were taken into consideration in arriving
at these rates. The Interstate Commerce Commission made an earnest
effort to reach a fair and proper conclusion as to the increases thus
granted and if the volume of business had been maintained, their
calculations would undoubtedly have materialized. Beginning with
January, 1921, however, the revenues of this railroad precipitately
declined, so much so that the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway did not
earn its operating expenses in February. In this state of affairs which
seemed to bid fair to be permanent, the Company wat compelled to
take some action to meet the situation. It was shown by statittici
from reliable tourcet, other than railroad, that the increase in cott
of living tince the pre-war period had been about teventy-five per
cent, whereas the increate in waget wat one hundred and twenty-seven
per cent during the tame period. It seemed, therefore, that employet'
wages should in fairness come down to in some measure meet the sit
uation above referred to. As a further measure in meeting the situation
the Company's dividend, due June 30th, 1921, was deferred. In
other woHs, a stockholder forfeited the entire income he held at ttake.
The quettion of a reduction in waget was then presented in du# form
and in the prescribed method to the United State* Railroad Labor
Board, provided for in the Transportation Act. The Board gave
exhaustive consideration to the case. Numerous hearings were held,
at which every one interested was heard. A decision was reached,
effective July 1st, 1921, making certain reduction* a* the result of
this investigation.
This railroad accepted and put into effect in good faith the
increases granted the employes in July, 1920. It has obeyed every
ruling of the Labor Board affecting it, and consequently will be in
this controversy, if there be one, with absolutely clean hands. It
expected that Labor would also obey the order* of the Board when
properly arrived at. Instead of carrying out the orders so arrived at
strike votes have been taken and, as above stated, we are informed by
the columns of the newspapers that a strike will be called. Let me
reiterate that the position of this railroad i* that it it willing, in fact,
is carrying out the decition of the Labor Board effective July lit,
1921. In its application for a decrease in wage* the Company atked
for the total abrogation of Decision No. 2, effective May 1st, ,1920,
but the Labor Board saw . fit to grant only a little more than half
that amount, which, however, the Company accepted in good faith.
In thi* state of. affair* it will be observed that the employes are
discussing striking against a set of wage* authorized by a properly
constituted Governmental Authority acting entirely within that author
ity, the wages in questipn having been in effect since July 1st Surely
this presents no convincing ground for such a grave act as a strike,
and all mu*t realize that the railroad* mu*t carry out the decision 1
of the Government Board. I feel absolutely and conservatively safe
in making^ the statement that public opinion will not countenance a
?trike on tuch a basis, and disaster only can ensue if that course is
persisted in. But. it it argued, this it only the beginning of a teries
of more* on the part of the railroad* in making further decreases
in waget and taking away from the men working condition and
privileges which they now enjoy. In an*wer to this it needt only to
show that the railroads under the preaent form of labor control cannot
do anything of the kind until the United State* Labor Board ha*
considered such a request fully, had bearing* npon it. and given
every one interested the right to appear and pretest hit tide of the case.
A *? - - ?
An outstanding leature of the Transportation Act is that the
railroads must be operated honestly and efficiently, and it is enjoined
upon the Interstate Commerce Commission the setting up of a system
of rates which, if in the judgment of the Interstate Commerce Com
mission is justified by developments, will insure until March, 1922,
not less than 5Yi% upon the valuation of the properties of the rail
roads, to be ascertained by the Interstate Commerce Commission, and it
the Commission deems it necessary, it is to allow an additional one
half of one per cent to provide for additions and betterments to be
used in the service of the public, being a total of 6%; but as a con
dition precedent honest and efficient operation must be had according to
the law. There is no guarantee in this in any sense. The Interstate
Commerce Commission is only to attempt to bring about such a per
centage receipt If they try honestly and fail because of business
conditions changing, that is all that is necessary on their part. Nobody
has to make good any deficiencies to the railroads. Insofar as tin*
Company is concerned it has fallen far short of earning 6% since
the law went into effect, which was September 1st, 1920, as to this
particular provision. Honest and efficient operation demands that we
pay only such wages as are justified by the conditions. If die con- ,
ditions require a change in wages it must be made by the railroads
just as has been made in other industries, but such change can only
be made after full and complete investigation by the United State?i
Labor Board. Surely the men have their protection against aggression
such as they may fear by these provisions of the law. If the men
deem it reasonable and fair that they should receive an increase in
wages in the future, the same law protects them in obtaining what is
due them, as evidenced in the case o4 Decision No. 2. issued July, 1920.
Persistent effort has recently been made on the part of shippers
and others to bring about a reduction in freight rates. The railroads
have canvassed this situation and determined conclusively themselves
that such reduction can only come from reduction in expenses. Any
other method can only produce disastrous results insofar as most rail
roads are concerned, which results will also be disastrous to the employes
of the railroads. The stock argument is that the vo'ume of business
will be so increased by the lowering of rates that the relief for the roads
will come from such increased business. The railroads are convinced,
after exhaustive investigation, that the volume cannot so increase,
because the present situation is the result of readjustment due to the
war and represents lessening in business caused by that readjustment,
and not by freight rates. Surely the railroads could be expected to
take the action of lowering freight rates if they felt that such addi
tional business could be so produced, as it would be a good business
proposition to do so. This does not mean gthat no rates should be
lowered: on the contrary, there have been many rates lowered, and
there will be more as time goes on which it will be found necessary
to lower on account of their effect in stagnating business, but they
must all be investigated and assurance had that they are really
necessary and advisable and will produce the desired results.
This is all put before you so that you may realize, first, the per
sistent effort that is being made to reduce freight rates; and, second,
that you may understand that the principal way to obtain the low
rates that the people demand is by reducing our expenses, and the wage
part of our expenses can only be reduced after orderly procedure
before the constituted body. Surely you are protected in this.
I am sure the facts stated herein are true and the opinions
given are based on my best knowledge and belief. If this is so,
it would seem that they show good reasons on your part for hesitating
before taking the important step severing your connection with
the Company, which a strike entails; I am all the more concerned
at the development of this situation because of its possible interference
with plans which I have formed looking towards mutual benefit, to
be brought about by a closer affiliation between you and your Company,
which I had expected to base upon a strong foundation of mutual confi
dence and esteem. I believe the future of the railroads lies in this closer
union between employe and employer, and I had confidently counted
upon achieving results in every way disproportionate to the effort re
quired to produce such a desirable status. I ask you. therefore, to
seriously ponder over the situation and weigh Well your action before
coming to ? conclusion. When you have so considered it I feel that
your mature juJgment will reach the conclusion that a strike along
such lines is absolutely untenable and cannot possibly be the means
of benefit to those involved. It is hard to contemplate that men
possessed of the character of the men working for the Chesapeake
and Ohio Railway, many of whom hare spent long years in its
service, will not feel that loyalty impels them to decline to join in such
an issue, particularly because of the fact that readjustment must come,
and all must share in that readjustment, including employes, officers,
stockholders and every one participating in the management and
operation of the Company.
Of course if our men leave the service we must comply with
fbe legal duty which rests upon us of operating the property, in order
that die public may be served
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