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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 17, 1917, LAST EDITION, Image 4

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were the Chicago & Alton, New York
Central; Erie, Baltimore & Ohio ter
minal lines, Indiana Harbor Belt, Chi
cago, Milwaukee & St. Paul and Chi
cago, Milwaukee & Gary. The Chi
cago & Alton, however, is -receiving
coal shipment for rush deliveries.
Washington, March 17. Pres. Wil
son believed today there will be no
railroad strike tonight
This confidence did not lull him
into inaction. He is studying means
of action to prevent railroad and bus
iness paralysis, with its consequent
sufferings for thousands and thou
sands of citizens.
Legal precedents, presented by his
advisors, have been carefully studied,
and it was the White House impres
sion that the president would be en
abled to take strong steps to check
the strike. Whether he would be
able to put roads under full martiar
law was uncertain,' though preced
ents Bhowed he has power to do that
in event of any violence on lines:
In any event, his friends said, the
president does not propose to let any
railroad strike drag along into a bit
ter warfare with attendant high food
prices, shortage of supplies and gen
eral crippling of business.
Aside from probability that presi
dent's mediators may draw satisfac
tory settlement in New York, there is
possibility that supreme court will
hand down its Adamson law decision
Provision for a "national emer
gency" is apparently lacking.
It was realization of this, officials
said, which prompted President Wil
son's urgent request for action on
the remedial legislation which failed
at the close of congress. Under this
the president, proclaiming a na
tional emergency to exist, would
have been empowered to seize forth
with and operate the country's
transportation system.
Authority is found in last year's
army bill for forcing the railroads to
accept government shipments despite ,
freight embargoes and to give pre
ference to government supplies.
Provision for acting in event of
strikes or lockouts, however, except
in time of actual war, was found
o o
Columbus, O., March 17. Estab-
lishment of a food dictatorship In
Ohio loomed as more than likely to
day in case the threatened strike ties
up Ohio traffic.
Militia officers agreed this will be
the natural outcome of Gov. Cox's
announced purpose to declare mar
, tial law if the strike brings a famine.
A lady in Los Angeles, Cal., had a
$80,000 peard necklace stolen.
There are a lot of us who will prob
ably be scared to death for fear ours
will go the same way
Even crowned heads are going up
in the air.
If the big strike comes what part'
will the state militia play?
If plans are carried out in our city,
Chicago should be one grand terri
tory of home gardens about June 1.
And we'll be plucking radishes or
onions out of our front yards where
we used to pick dandelions.
There is a strong rumor afloat
that garlic grows on Halsted st. cars.
Former Police Chief Healey should
have quite a museum of indictments
about now. And another is asked
against him before the March grand
If March,, as they say, came in like
a lion and should go out like a Iamb, K
she better be getting a bit sheepish.
No matter how much gardening
you do, you can't pick eggs or milk.
You got to take milk and hunt hen
Quite naturally things in Russia
.are rushin'.

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