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WILSON STANDS .PAT ON EIGHT HOURS FOR
RAILWAY EMPLOYES-SAYS THEY ARE FAIR
Washington, Aug. 19. Pres. Wil
boq today In a formal statement of
hiB proposal for settlement of dib
culty between railroads and men in
dicated intention to stand pat on his
insistence that eight-hour day be
J"This seems to me a thoroughly
practical and entirely fair program,"
he said, "and P think the public has
a right to expect its acceptance
"I have, recommended the conces
sion of an eight-hour day that is,
the substitution of an eight-hour
day for the present ten-hour day in
all the existing practices and agree
ments. I made this recommendation
because I believed the concession
right The eight-hour day now un
doubtedly has the sanction of a
Judgment of Bociety in its favor and
Bhould be adopted as a basis for
wages, even where the actual work
to be done cannot be completed with
in eight hours." '
The president let it be understood
he is determined the situation shall
not get away from him. He wants
a settlement and it is understood he
has not yet reached the end of his I
resources. There was more talk to
day that he would appeal to the di
rectors of the roads and some of the
biggest 'financial interests back of
them as a court of last resort.
Pres. Holden of the Chi, Burling
ton & Quincy told the president that
they continued to stand for arbitra
tion and did not believe it right to
ask them to abandon that principle.
He made it plain, however, that full
power of attorney to reject or accept
the president's plan lay finally with
the railway managers' committee,
who are still in the 'city but who
have not participated in any of the
It is expected that before the Tinal
crisis has been reached railroad
managers will be asked to the White
House to indicate whether they will
accept or reject the president's plan.
There is strong indication that
rather than reject it and precipitate
a strike they will ask for more time
and further conferences.
The president closed the confer
ence with a thirty-minute address to
the presidents. He said that it was
"a condition, not a principle," which
is at stake in the present negotia
tions. It would be unfair and im
practicable to insist upon arbitration
when men have repeatedly refused it
and when there is no system or law
to compel it, he added.
DECISION ON SLOT MACHINES
TANGLES GRAFT INQUIRY
Corporation Counsel 'Ettleson to-
"day admitted he was "up in the air"
TOllowmg the, decision of Judge
Cooper in giving the Almy Manufac-"
hiring Co. an injunction against the
police to restrain, them from inter
fering with their slot machines.
The judge in his opinion said that,
although the police could not inter
fere with the slot machines, the
gambling ordinance should be en
forced. Ettleson doesn't know how.
Rumor has it that the new decision
will effect the trials of the police
GYPSY .KING ARRESTED ON
Bphriam Adams, often called Chi
cago's gypsy king, was arrested to
day charged with larceny and wife
and child abandonment.
Ephriam, according to his wife's
story, took $7,000 that belonged to
her and fled the city. Thetn he came
back to Cicero and bought a 17-year-old
girl from another gypsy for
$2,000 she said. He denied this.
Washington. Sdc'y of War Baker
refused to discuss report that Gen.
Funston has recommended with
drawal Of Gen. Pershing's army from