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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 14, 1917, NOON EDITION, Image 12

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strike of 400,000 railroad employes
on the 250,000 miles of roads in the
United States was expected to be
forthcoming shortly following a sud
denly convened meeting today of del
egates from brotherhood locals with
the four big brotherhood chiefs.
In the event of a strike it is be
lieved conditions at this time would
be even worse, in view of high food
prices, than when strike threatened
last summer.
The United States board of me
diation and conciliation, which failed
to prevent an open breach between
the big four brotherhoods and the
railroads last April; will make a final
effort to reach an agreement in the
present recurrence of the contro
versy, the United Press learned to
day. As evidence of their determination
not to embarrass the government in
an emergency, brotherhood chiefs,
without argument, voted with labor
council unanimously to uphold a res
olution expressing willingness of
3,000,000 members of organized
labor, as represented by the broth
erhoods and the American Federa
tion of Labor, to "do their bit and do
it with all their energy" in any na
tional emergency that may arise.
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Bets, guesses and conjectures on
the rail strike situation "run more
than 50-50 that next week will
see thousands of freight traffic en
gineers, firemen, conductors and
brakemen in Chicago idle and thou
sands of cars snagged and snarled in
the freight yards of Chicago.
"I'm a clam," was the direct an
swer of Tim Shea, vice president of
Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen, ;
at the Great Northern hotel, to ques
tions. "Is this a move to force the su
preme court the same way you
forced congress last summer?" a,re-"
porter asked Shea.
"How could I answer a question ,
j like that? There is no question you
I can ask me today that I will answer.
Neither by statement, implication or
cross-question would I reply to any
question. A statement will be given
Five other officials of the Big Four
rail brotherhoods are at the Great
Northern. It is known they are get
ting ready to handle a strike in the
Chicago district
It's a mystery how detailed strike
plans sent out in telegraph stories
from New York got started. The only
explanation is that the secret serv
ice of the railroad managers has pen
etrated the inner circles of the rail
road brotherhoods and the expose of
the plans is 'intended to put a crimp
in them. v
Enormous profits record-breaking
dividends paid by the railroads
this year for 1916 have added to
the unrest of rebels inside the broth
erhoods. The Pennsylvania road alone had
earnings last year of $52,276,504, a
gain of $9,851,151 over the previpus
year. Besides putting $2,136,959 in
to sinking and reserve funds, paying
banks over $12,000,000 for interest
and placing more than $13,000,000
into what goes on the books as new
construction work itemized as "in
vestment in physical property," the
Pennsy road is paying 10 per cent
dividends on its stock, notoriously
A similar record of fat and swag
gering profits is shown by nearly all
the big railroad corporations. The
threatened strike of next week is an
attack on these profits and an at
tempt to divert part of them into a
basic 8-hour day.
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-New York. A glass eye, artificial
arm and wooden leg are not bars to
chauffeur's license in New York,
Judge House ruled.
New York. Wanted: A house with
15 rooms and four baths for Billy
Sunday to live in while he's in New

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