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Tonight, clearing skies and colder.
Tuesday, fair.
‘vol. xxxn.
IN $2,000 HAUL
Nitroglycerine Used to Blast
*Strong Box’ in Meridian
Street Office.
Cracksmen got away with more
than $2,000 when they blew open
the safe in the office of the West
ern Oil Refining Company filling sta
tin iw Meridian and Twenty-fifth
fotre4ts, early today.
used nitroglycerin.
The heavy iron aoor was shattered and
a Jimmy was used to get Into the com
Deteectlves claim the robbery was the
work of professionals.
So carefully was the safe covered and
protected when the explosive was
touched off tbut little outside of the safe
was marred In the office.
The money represented the Saturday
and Sunday sales.
Myer Penlsh, 2422 North Illinois street,
day cashier, discovered the robbery when
he opened the office at 6 o'elocs this
8. H. Carver, night cashier, closed the
office at 11 o'clock Sunday night.
Tb? safe Is a little more than three feet
high and the "yeggs" used vet coats,
grain sacks and wo canvas horse rain
covers to smother the explosion.
Two holes were drilled through the
outer covering of the safe door, one
directly above the handle used for turn
ing the tumblers and the other about
three Inches to the right of that hole.
The force of the blast rlpeil a crack
almost across the outside steel covering
of the door and broke and crumbled
the concrete filling of the safe door.
A key had been left in one money
drawer and the force of the explosion
bent It over flat.
The combination knob was blown into
the sleeve of a heavy corduroy coat.
The other coat was an overcoat and
both of these are believed by the police
to have been stolen from a stable or
garage, as they are of the type worn
by men who drive teams or trucks.
Sergts. Winkler and Stevens and a
squad of police who Investigated found
that two of the windows of the building
had been left unlocked and that the bur- j
Uglars had entered through one of these.
Trimble, manager of the com
pany, said the windows had. without
question, been left unlocked accidently.
Bert Perrott, police Bertillon expert.
Is said to have obtained some good im
preesions from fingerprints off the walls
of the safe.
The burglars sorted out the checks and
threw them on the floor, taking only
So completely did the wet clothing,
sacks and canvas deaden the explosion j
that a table two and a half feet in front i
of the safe door was not even marred.
It is believed the burglars used elec
tric current to eet off the explosive, as
some wire was found on the table.
Soap used to HU the cracks around
the door and to make the cup to pour
the explosive was found wrapped in a
‘Continued on Page Ten.)
$78,000,000 LOST
Probe Committee Reports
Fraud and Waste, Urging
April 12.--Criminal
prosecutions by the department of Jus
tice and suits to recover $78,000,000 al
leged to represent government losses .
through fraud, waste and extravagance
Its the cost plus system of contracts
for building the sixteen national army
cantonments, were demanded today In
a report to the house by a subcommittee
in camps and cantonments.
The report, the resnlt of nearly a
year's Investigation, recommends an
amendment to the constitution making
profiteering In war time treason and
legislation to prohibit ill coat plus con
Representative McKenzie, Illinois, and
Representative McCuilouch, Ohio, repub- j
lican, signed the report, while Represen- ;
tatlve Doremus, Michigan, In a minority
report, declared there was found very
little evidence of fraud and had the cost
plus system not been adopted ‘‘the Ger
mans would have been In Paris before j
our soldiers reached the battle lines."
Os all camps and-hospitals built during
the war at a cost of approximately
ft t>nn 000.000. the majority report esti
mates that the alleged loss to the gov
ernment from fraud and extravagance
dut to the cost plus system ranged from
30 to DO per cent.
The committee audited the contracts of j
the sixteen national army camps and
claims that the loss to the government i
was $78,000,000 out of a total of |
Contractors have gone over the ac- ,
counts and determined these figures,
which should be recovered for the treas
ury. the report says.
Responsibility for the losses Is placed '
on the secretary of 'war, who is said by
the majority of the subcommittee to have
approved the contracts both as head of
the war department and the council of
national defense.
The majority report giTes scores of in-
Ijtanoee of alleged waste in the cost plus
sp%tem. and especially charges A. Bentley
& Sons Company, who held the con
tract for Camp Sherman, Chllllcothe, 0.,
with receiving Illegal payments to the
extent of $169,372.79.
‘•Somaiof the most glaring examples
of was ay of public funds are found at
Chmp Merman, and Camp Grant, 1111- i
nots.” tm report claims.
A table is given showing the amount
the war department paid for the sixteen '
national army camps and the proper cost
as determined by the committee.
Edward Staten, 556 Birch avenue. Is In
a serious condition today, suffering from
Injuries sustained when an automobile i
struck him. at Oliver avenue and Holly
street, last night
Staten was hurled fifty feet, his body
striking snd knocking down Homer
Guerin, 1011 Henry street.
driver of the big touring car did
"not stop.
Mr. and Mrs. Staten, Mr. and Mrs. j
Guerin and Rev. and Mrs. A. E. Kerst
were on tbeir way home from church
when the accident happened.
Arnold Draper, 23, of 2200 Churchman
•venae, a passenger on Beech Grove cat
No- 301,- was seriously injured when a
North Illinois street car No. 694 crashed
into the rear of the Beech Grove car last
midnight at Illinois and Maryland
Published at Ind.anapolla,
Ind.. Daily Except Sunday.
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Myer Penish, cashier tor Western Oil Refining Company, Twenty-fifth
and Meridian streets, examining wrecked safe.
Although the safe of the Western Oil
Refining Company filling station. North
Meridian and Twenty-fifth streets, was
shattered by nitroglyerine early today,
■windows three feet from the safe weo-e
not even cracked.
Germans Kill American
Fleeing Death Sentence
BERLIN, April 12. —Paul DeMotte, an American newspaperman, who was
alleged to have been connected with the communist movement in Ger
many, was shot and killed while attempting to escape from Wesel prison,
according to advices today from the foreign office to the American mission.
WASHINGTON. April 12.—The depart
ment of state has cabled the American
commissioner at Berlin to investigate the
sentence of death by drum-head court
martial of Paul DeMotte, an American
DeMotte ts said to have been carrying
an American passport authorizing him
to do journalistic and relief work.
The commissioner was instructed to
seek a stay of execution pending investi
DeMotte was accused of participating
in the Ruhr valley disorders.
The state department issued the fol
lowing :
“An Informal exchange of advices be
tween the United States and the allies
on the Ruhr valley situation has taken
place and It is hoped that the status quo
will be restored without serious lesions."
Conductor Points Daughter to
Attempted Suicide.
Bert Benson, 49, of 2140 South Me
ridian street, stood on the Belt railroad
tracks at South Meridian street crossing
about noon today and cut bis throat.
A street car stopped for the crossing
Just after he had committed the act.
‘‘Look at that man bleeding:" said
the conductor.
A young woman passenger looked and
screamed—Benron waa her father.
John Gregery, who lived at the same
house as Benson, says Benson was dis
charged from the Julietta insane hospital
only a few months ago.
Benson is In the City hospital in a
critical condition.
Glaser Accused of
Predicting Revolt
A revolution in America was predicted
by Attorney Paul P. Glaser of Gary, Ind.,
during the steel strike last year, accoid
lng to evidence offered in federal court
today by Donald E. McGibney, writer
and lecturer, whose deposition was taken
in preparation to a hearing to cancel
Glaser’s naturalization papers which will
be held in Hammond, Ind., April 27.
McGibney said Glaser approved of the
bolshA-ik government of Russia and sym
pathized with strike movements in this
Glaser was recently found guilty of
direct contempt of court by Judge A.
B. Anderson and is awaiting sentence on
the finding.
Strike in Kansas
Over Jailing Miner
PITTSBURG, Kas., April 12.—A strike
by Kansas coal miner* in protest against
the jailing of Alee Howatt and three
other “district 14” officials is on today.
Out of approximately 100 mines in
this district, but six were working, and
those with small forces, according to re.
ports to coal operators this morning.
Print Paper Passes 14 Cents a Pound;
Shortage From Bad to Worse by Strike
THE print paper shortage has gone suddenly from bad to
It was serious enough before the railroad strike tied up ship
ments from the mills.
Now it is a question of how long the publisher can issue his
newspaper on the paper it ts possible to buy near at hand at 14 to
16 cents per pound.
The Times for months has set an example to all other city neys
papers in conserving print paper, by cutting out waste, limiting size
of issues and printing news and feautres in compact form.
During the present emergency it is necessary further to reduce
consumption of paper in order to continue publishing.
The Times appreciates the good- wishes and interest of its read
ers and the co-operation of it* advertiser* in this effort
Jmiuuta flail® kitties
Entered aa Second Class Matter. July 2i, 1114. at
Postoffice, Indianapolis. Ind., under act March S. IST*.
The outer door of the safe was only
slightly damaged, but the heavy inner
door was wrecked by the explosion.
This, police say, is the proof that pro
fessional yeggmen committed the robbery.
Masked Bandits Lock Cashier
in Safety Deposit Vault.
SOUTH BEND. Ind.. April 12.—Five
masked men robbed the South B*nd State
bank at 11 o'clock this morning and
took approximately $15,000.
Gus Haslinger, cashier of the bank,
was locked in the safety deposit vault.
Staff Officers Doubt Success of
Jewett’s Move.
Staff officers at Ft. Benjamin Harrison
are of the opinion that it will be impossi
ble to comply to any great extent with
the suggestion made by Mayor Jewett
that certain quarters at the fort be used
as homes in order to relievo the housing
shortage in Indianapolis, according to a
statement made from the adjutant's office
The mayor, in a letter to Senators New
and Watson, proposed that unused quar
ters at the fort be consigned to civilian*
to ue as homes and a reply from Wash
ington in regard to the matter ts ex
pected soon.
In the opinion of Mayor Jewett ap
proximately 2,000 persons could be ac
commodated at the fort.
It was said there are only ten unused
quarters at the fort, which will accom
modate only a like number of families.
Officers also said these quarters prob
ably will be filled during the course of
a year.
Oapt. King of the quartermaster corps
held a conference with Mayor Jewett In
regard to the proposal.
Woman’s Headless
Body Found in Ice
SCHENECTADY, N. Y„ April 12.—The
headless body of a woman, imbedded in
n cake of ice found on tha bank of the
Mohawk river near here, has furnished
the local police with an absorbing mys
Both feet and one arm of the body
also were missing.
A chemical analysis is to be made to
determine If a substance covering the
body is quicklime.
Coroner Baxter declares that if lime
lind not been used the woman has been
dead more than a year.
Thief Flees Tailor
Clad in Pajamas
Nick Chrispslcopulos chased a thief for
a block from his tailor shop at 18 South
West street at 2 o’clock this morning.
Nick, in pajamas and bare feet, was
badly outdistanced.
Nothing was taken.
Famous Landmark of Politics
and Trade Nears Close of
58 Years’ Career.
Lights in the Denison hotel will
be turned off early Sunday night—
never to be turned on again.
On that day the old hostelry,
which has not closed its doors in
fifty-eight years, will pass out of ex
Guests were notified today that the
lease on the property, held by Crawford
Fairbanks, will not be renewed and that
tb- place will be elosed.
Plans for the future of the site, which
Is on the southeast corner of Pennsyl
vania and Ohio streets, have not been
disclosed, but it is understood the old
building will be razed to make room for
a skyscraper.
The passing of the Denison takes
away one of the city's real landmarks.
For a half century it has been one
of the best known hosteiries in the
Presidents, senators, royal visitors and
other gentry have been guests there.
It was the meeting place for politi
cians, large and small.
Crawford Fairbanks of Terre Ilnnte.
leasee, said the fixture* would be sold at
public auction April 20.
His lease expires May 1, and he said
he was closing the hotel Sunday to give
him time to prepare for clearing out his
Fairbanks haN operated the hotel
through the Deulaon Hotel Company for
fifteen years.
Merehaants who occupy store space on
the Pennsylvania and Ohio street sides
of the building will remain there In
The Fletcher Savings and Truat Com
pany has charge of the property a*
trustee for the D. P. Erwin estate.
Official* of the trust company say no
definite plans have been made for the
future of the property.
One report is current that a huge of
fice building, which will house a theater.
Is to be erected on the site.
The property at present is appraised
at $1,200,000.
When word snread around the lobby of
the hotel this morning that It would be
closed gloom seemed to spread.
Some of the guests hail been there for
many years.
"I'ci losing a happy home," said E. L.
Rondel of the J. M. Bour Coffee Com
He has been living in the Denison
eighteen years.
“They never can beat old room 308,"
be said.
And Mr. Rnndel volunteered that oth
ers would miss their old home.
Some of these are Robert McGibbon, a
salesman, who has lived there fifteen
ye*rs. and Adjt, Gen. Harry B. Smith of
Indiana, who has been a guest there five
year* or more.
The “old guards" lived close together
in a little colony on the second Moor.
Frederick VanNuy*. United States ill*
trlct attorney, also stayed at the hotel.
Crawford Fairbanks appeared affected
(Continued on I’wge Ten.)
Grand Jury Hears
Three More on Jail
i Marion county grand Jury resumed
jH* probe into jail conditions today,
i hearing three witnesses.
William Wilson, who testified in Ibe
| federal court about conditions at the
| Jail when he was a deputy sheriff;
i Richard Pedlow and Dr. C. E. Dsy
| were heard.
Pedlow is the father-in-law of an In
! sane man who was said to have been
; mistreated at the Jail.
Bars Medicine Sales
at Public Market
1 Carlin Shank, county commissioner,
said today that men who have been
selling medicine on the public market
Just east of the courthouse step* Sat
urday afternoon* will be barred from
space in the future.
For several months men and women
selling medicine there have used n
monkey, a dog, negro minstrels and
j other stunts to attract a crowd,
i Gardeners some time ago protested to
| the county commissioners against cor
| dltions which have crowded them off
I the public market.
Berry Says He’ll Win
County Chairmanship
, Jnmcs E. Berry, who Is contending
; against Thomas It. Carroll fj>r the chair
! tnanshlp of the democratic county rom
| mlttee, today said withdrawals of con
; didates for precinct committeemen had
reduced the number to be voted upon to
1 254 in 177 precincts.
j Mr. Berry says he believes 140 of these
i 254 are pledged to bis support or known
|to be favorable to his election., and
claims six others certainly.
“I am receiving positive assurance from
substantial democrats in all parts of the
county,” said Mr. Berry, “that candi
dates for committeemen favorable to my
election will succeed with little or no
i opposition."
8 Hurt in Gotham
L Train Collision
NEW YORK, April 12.—Eight persons
were injured here today in a collision
between a local and an express train
on the Ninth Avenue elevated road at
the Hector station.
The first car of the local was knocked
off the track to the street and the wreck
age caught fire.
All of the injured were passengers In ,
this car.
Irish Call Strike
as Prison Protest
LONDON, April 12.—The Irish labor
party has called a general strike In Ire
land, effective tomorrow, as a protest
against the treatment of Irish prisoners
In the Mount Joy jail, said a Central
News dispatch from Dublin this after
Runs Away, Leaving:
His S7OO in Store
A young man giving his name as E.M.
Glosser, 305 North State street, walked i
Into the Susraan loan office, 239 West
IVa'shington street, today and laid down j
SSOO worth of war savings stamps and
S2OO worth of Liberty bonds he said he
wished to sell.
As they wore being examined be turned
and ran out of the store.
Police were notified.
Chicago Optimistic While Re
porting 36,000 Out in U. S.
—2,300 Here.
While apparently receding in other
parts of the country, the unauthor
ized strike of railroad workers con
tinued to spread in the east today,
resulting in chaotic conditions on all
roads and an almost complete stop
page of regular traffic on many of
New York was practically cut ofT
from the west so far as regular train
service was concerned.
Ivocal and suburban service was at
a standstill.
From the whltehouse in Washington
lame thl* announcement:
"The government 1* watching the rail
road strike and will act If necessary.”
Other government agencies—the de
partment of justice and the postoffice
department—were considering the strike
practically to the exclusion of other
The number of men reported striking
was placed at approximately 36,000, with
2,300 out in lndiannpclla.
The one hopeful note In the situation
was struck by C. B Greer, vice president
of the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul
railroad at Chicago. He aaid:
"The backbone of the atrlke ia broken
in Chicago."
A meeting of the yardmen waa held at
the Labor temple this morning and meet
ings were to be held tbia afternoon and
Peters, leader of the strikers, was
unable to attend meeting* because of the
death of a relative and he delegated hi*
authority to James Canary.
Official* of the union aaid closed shop
rule will be added to the demands made
of the railroads.
It was estimated that 2,301) men are
out in the Indianapolis yards, and re
ports from the national association, with
headquarters in Chicago, said 36,000 were
out in the entire country.
It was asserted at the switchmen's
headqusrters here thst at! officials of
the Indianapolis locals, No. 261 and Ns
374 o t the Brotherhood of Railway Train
men, except one, have joined the new
associxtlon, not f httandlng the *Sael
feport that the established brotherhoods
were fighting Jbe unauthorized strike.
O. C. Harvey, president of one local,
and Pat Shea, president of the Indianap
olis local of the Switchmen's Colon of
North America, are claimed as members
of the new association
Member* of the Brotherhood of Loco
motive Engineers *r* attending meetings
of the yardmen and are quoted as ex
pressing sympathy for the strike move
J. T. fonder, chairman of the general
committee of the strikers, denied reports
that the strike In Chicago was being de
fen ted and read telegrams from repre
sentatives of the local association, who
are in Chicago, which state that tha
switchmen of that city are out solidly.
Committees of the local organization
have been sent to Louisville. Ky.; Brad
ford, O.; North Vernon. Columbus, Sey
mour. Lafayette, Loganxport, Tipton,
Huntington, Peru, Kokomo and Rich
mond to orgnnize locals.
Little congestion has occurred hi In
dianapolis freight yards, although the
tleup lias been nearly complete, railroad
officials said.
The early laying down of an embargo
halted the Influx of freight.
The Big Four and the Reit lines have
kept engines moving in the yard* con
tinually a. id have moved some freight
despite the crippled condition of their
Strikers charge thst the Beit line ha*
been paying switchmen approximately
the same as the demand* of the associa
tion require and that men have been paid
for continuous time while working only
part lime.
Denunciation of "outlaw" labor union
strikes was officially made by atereotyp
! ers’ union No. 38 of Indianapolis at a
meeting yesterday afternoon.
The alereotypera in a resolution aaid
repudiation of contracts "represents sedl
i lion, bolshevism and anarchy."
NEW YORK, April 12.—The paralysis
of the great railroad traffic arteries into
New York and vicinity became more
pronounced today ns the “outlaw” strike
of railroad workers spread unchecked.
The situation waa worse than on any
day previous.
The Pennsylvania railroad announced
the cancellation of twenty-five trains.
Tlie trains taken off Included n mini- ;
her of Washington and Philadelphia :
trains, the Mercantile Express, west !
bound, and tbe Metropolitan Express,!
also west-bound.
The Broadway Limited, the Pennsylva
nia's crack Chicago train, was main
Tlie Erie railroad waa practically down.
The Lackawanna suspeded all local
traffic and was at a standstill except for
fln occasional through train.
Only the New York Central and the
New Haven roads managed to maintain
anything like normal service and they !
were badly handlcnped.
The congestion in New York heeame 1
terrific ns the day advanced and thou- j
sands of person were left milling around, |
unable to get. to their destinations. j
In the Pennsylvania station more than !
3.000 persons were on hand when time ap- !
proaehed for the departure of the Phlla- j
delphia local at 9:10 a. m.
The Central Railroad of New Jersey j
announced suspension of all passenger j
traffic because of the rail strike.
Tbe .suspension also effects tbe Phila- j
delphia & Reading railroad, which uses i
the Jersey Central tracks en route to j
New York.
KANSAS CITY, April 12.—Tbe fifth hi-I
enniai convention of the railway depart- |
ment of the American Federation of La
bor opened here today wltb some sig
nificant utterances on the subject of the
wage difficulty ami which have caused
thousands of railroad employes in all
parts of the country to ignore union af- ;
filiations and take part la an “outlaw" j
The opening session, which was thrown
SuWrlnMrm Carrier, Week, Indianapolis. 10c; Elsewhere, 12c.
Subscription Rates. { By Mall> 80c Per ’Month; $5.00 Per Year.
Extent of Walkout
THIRTY-SIX thousand yardmen, switchmen and engineers and
firemen of yard engines are out, according to latest reports.
The strike area reaches from Jersey City to Los Angeles, with the
center at Chicago, where it started.
In Indianapolis 2.300 are out.
The Cause
Chicago switchmen struck for higher wages and because of per
sonal complaint of a discharged foreman, got yard engine men to join
them, broke away from the parent union and formed a separate organi
zation, which brought rapid spread of the strike despite appeals from
railway brotherhood chiefs.
The Result
Freight tieup nearly complete in Indianapolis, although early em
bargo put into force by railroads has reduced congestion.
Tens of thousands of freight cars idle throughout country.
No immediate danger of food famine seen, but shortage of coal sup
ply forces many industries to close, mammoth steel plants at Gary,
Ind., Youngstown, 0., and Buffalo, N. Y., being chief sufferers.
Many mines closed, including about 100 in Indiana.
Passenger train service seriously crippled thus far only in New
York district.
In Chicago, 50,000 packing house employes are idle and live stock
shipments everywhere are cut to minimum.
Demands and Answers
Striking switchmen demand higher wage scale, better working con
ditions and reinstatement of foreman referred to.
In Chicago the scale demanded is:
$1 an hour for foremen of switchmen and yard enginemen, instead
of $5.33 a day, now paid; 95 cents an hour for switchmen and yard
trainmen helpers instead of $5 a day; $1.50 an hour for yard engineers,
who now get $5.75 a day; $1 an hour for yard firemen, who now get from
$4.16 to $4.28 a day.
W. G. L®e, president of the Brotherhood of Railway Trainmen and
Warren S. Stone, chief of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers,
brand the strike as illegal and new union as renegade in walking out
while wage negotiations are under way at Washington. Charge break
ing of contract by strikers and send 2.000 loyal workers to Chicago to
try to break the strike.
Railroad managements depend on brotherhoods to keep wage con
tracts with their workers, but co-operate in efforts to crush strike. *
The “rebels" justify their action by citing delay of wage parley at
The Stake
The brotherhoods, with their leaders, are fighting for their lives.
If they win the new union will be discredited. If the Big Four loses,
entirely new- leaders in railway workers’ counsels may take charge.
Today's Prospects
Future of strike seemingly depends on action which officials of
eleven big railroad unions meeting in Kansas City will take. The
meeting is called to jlecide whether the brotherhoods will continue to
enforce their agreement to submit all wage demands to mediation or
declare for %te uniui of ail railroad employes and indorse the present
Action by Government
Senate investigating committee to begin inquiry at Chicago tomor
row; officials of department of Justice to examine evidence on charges
of conspiracy and to watch closely for profiteering on food.
open to the press, produced a series of
bitter attacks on tbe Cummins-Esch rail
road law and threats to rid congress of
the men who have voted for its passage.
In speeches by A. O. Wharton, inter
national president of the department, and
former Congressman Edward Keating of
Colorado, manager of the Tlumb plan
league, the law was asniled as the most
vicious piece of class legislation suer
Earlier, in n interview, Wharton had
indicated that the sentiment of the con
vention would probably be in favor of
submitting to tbe law.
He said resolutions probably would be
passed this afternoon dealing with the
outbreak of the lusurgent element.
The 600 representatives here of more
than 700.000 will be urged, he said, to go
about seeking wage readjustments ac
cording to the method outlined in the
Failure of tha government to establish
a labor board to listen to their requests
was severely scored.
Rumors that the radical clement repre
sented here may make an effort to seize
the convention and turn it to their own
purposes were in circulation as the dele
gates gathered.
The temper of the meeting seemed sym
pathetic to the striking clement, although
all of the speakers were inclined to doubt
the effectiveness of its methods.
WASHINGTON, April 12.—The govern
ment today was preparing to move
against the nation-wide railroad strike.
Attorney General I’almer, returning
from his campaign trip through Geor
gia, was to take up the reins and di
rect the government activities to safe
guard the transportation of the nation.
The attorney general was expected at
the whltehouse to obtain the viewpoint
of the president as to the courss ioi l>e
Strong pressure was being brn )ght lo
bear upon the president for immediate
action to quell the strike.
Business men and political leaders
wired from many cities that food sup
plies are being threatened.
Attorney General Palmer has given
indication that he does not. intend to
more without careful consideration.
Two courses are open.
Asks 10-Yr. Penalty
for Rail Strikes
WASHINGTON. April 12.—An nntt
strlkc bill imposing severe penalties
on those responsible for tying up
Interstate or foreign commerce was
Introduced in tbe senate this after
noon by Senator Poindexter, repub
lican, of Washington.
The bill is as follows:
"Section I—Whoever, with intent to
obstruct, delay, hinder, Impede or
prevent the movement of commodities
in commerce with foreign nations or
among the several states, by word of
mouth or by the presentation, ex
hibition or circulation of written or
printed words, or otherwise, solicits,
advises, induces or persuades or at
tempts to induce or persuad* any
person or persons employed la any
capacity in the production, care,
maintenance or operation *3 nny
means or agoney of such comuwrce, to
quit such employment shall be guilty
of a felony and punished by a tine
not excoeding SIO,OOO or by imprison
ment not exceeding tea years, or by
both such fine and inuHlybnment.”
[ One calls for injunction proceedings
j under the Lever law and the other calls
for criminal action against the strikers
for interfering with interstate com
Officials admit that the situation is
; difficult, because the strike Is unau
thorized and is apparently backed by no
organization with central control.
Every standard railroad labor organ
ization with wage demands pending will
present them to the railroad companies
on April 28. it was announced here.
This program is to be laid before the
convention now in session in Kansas City
for approval.
The demands will call for “national
standardization of wages with proper
dlffe rentials."
National mobilization of motor trans
port to supplement the efforts of the rail
roads in combating the "outlaw” strike,
is proceeding rapidly, the federal high
way council announced.
Steps are being taken to link up busi
ness organization* and associations
I throughout the country for emergency
transport purposes, It was stated.
CLEVELAND, April 12. —Urging “eool
hendedness" and cessation of radical
methods, the heads of the railroad broth
erhoods today resumed their fight to
; bring order out of the chaos caused by
| the “outlaw" railroad strike.
Samuel Gorr.pers. president of the A. F.
jof L., here attending the convention of
the cigarmakers international union, ad
dressed a meeting of brotherhood mem
bers this afternoon. ,f
"The strike is a big mistake," said Mr.
“I saw this trouble brewing.
“It is the inescapable protest of these
men against the effort to legislate away
their rights.
“Men like Senator Cummins and Gov.
Allen of Kansas are largely responsible
for the prevent conditions, with their
legislation to deny a man the right to
quit work to enforce a legitimate claim
or redress for injury.
“The brotherhood officials are doing
their duty by trying to show the men
the error of their heated and headless
action and they will eventually succeed.
“The American Federation of Labor Is
back of their efforts with might and
A break in the ranks of the yardmen's
strike here was reported by Baltimore &
Ohio and Erie railroad officials.
They could not estimate the number
who returned, but said the resumption
of freight traffic to a considerable ex.
tout would be possible.
Strikers wore also reported returning
to other yard*. W. G. Leo, president
of the Brotherhood of Railroad Train
men, said reports from all parts of the
country received by him Indicated that
the tid© had set in against the Insur
PITTSBURG, April 12.—With the rapid
extension of the railroad strike through
out the Pittsburg district today the In
dustrial situation became more critical.
AH the big steel*" mills In Newcastle
were forced to close and It Is estimated
that between 75,000 and 100.000 men have I
been made idle In the whole Pittsburg i
industrial district which embraces most i
of western Pennsylvania and eastern |
Ohio, including Youngstown, where the
tteop has been complete.
The big mill* in Pittsburg proper and
tbe upper Monogahela valley were run
ning with only a few days’ *ipply of
coal on hand.
NO. 289.
Prospect of Famine by Next
Week Emphasized in State
ment to Public.
Indianapolis is confronted with
a gas famine and only strictest
economy in the use of gas will
save the situation, it was de
clared in a statement issued to
day by Mayor Jewett, E. L
Lewis, chairman of the state pub
lic service commission; Charles
F. Coffin, president of the Cham
ber of Commerce, and J. D. For
rest, general manager of the
Citizens’ Gas Company.
Use of gas .must be cut by cn.e-ba.tf,
Mr. Forreßt said.
The city is consuming 10,000,000 ctible
feet a day.
By the first of next week the famine
will be on if consumers do not heed
the warning, Mayor Jewett announced.
The heat and light companies of the
city also will maintain aerrice with dif
ficulty in a very short time if shipment*
of coal are not received.
There Is no danger of a shortage ia
! foodstuffs, but industries and consumers
will suffer from a coal famine in the
! city a short time, coal men say.
The strike of railroad yardmen added
| the last straw to the gas company**
heavy burden, Mr. Forrest said.
From last November until the fir*t es
April the gas company was unable to
buy coal, as no restrictions were placed
on export.
The government had set a price for coal
sold to public utilities.
When the gas company was able to
enter the market for coal it bought all it
conld. but has been unable to gain any
surplus supply or to expand to the
normal capacity of its plant.
Use of water gas equipment has re
: Ileved the situation somewhat, but the
company is not equipped to serve the
entire city with its present equipment.
Another obstacle in the way of water
gas manufacture is the shortage of fuel
All fuel oil comes from west of the
Mississippi and the railroad strike has
caused an embargo on shipment* into
Eastern railroads have placed an em
bargo against Indianapolis on coal ship
The normal use of coal by the gas
company is I.W) tons a day. o"d
restricted use in March was 1,520 ton*
a day.
Using fuel oil, the gas company could
rnn on its present basia about six days
with the oil available.
With co-operation of the public it is
hoped to extend that supply to cover
two weeks, in which time it is hoped the
railroad strike will be settled.
"Without gas for cooking the people
of Indianapolis could not live," said Mr.
“Until the situation is relieved the pub
lic should confine itself to the use of gas
far only those purposes for which it ia
essential to the life of the community.”
Railroads operating in IndtsnapoUia
are making strong efforts to mov*l
freight and avoid a general business
paralysis, which business men say would
inevitably follow a long tieup by trans
portation facilities.
Railroads claimed that all perishab’e
foodstuffs are being moved, and that
there is no danger of a food shortage
In the city.
Failure of railroads to more coal, be
cause. of the switchmen’s strike, how
ever, has brought public utilities and
large industries, which use immense
amounts of coal, up against a serious
John A. George, president of the Indi
anapolis Coal Company, said that retail
ers of the city can take care of the de
mands of consumers for & few days or a
"All of the coal companies have coal in
transit or in the yards,’ he said.
"If the strike is ended in a week, there
will be no serious result as regards coal.”
Some retail dealers are unable to fill
orders for coal today.
At the office of J. W. Coneys, super
intendent of the Pennsylvania, It was
said that the coal movement had not
been greatly reduced by strike conditions
as it had been far below normal for many
months because of the ear shortage.
“We have been able to handle all the
coal we could get Into the local yards,”
said a Pennsylvania official.
Big Four officials, however, said that
the coal situation will become extremely
hazardous if the strike lasts a week.
"The most serious aspect of the coal
situation 1b its effect on public utilities
of the city,” it was said at the Big Four
"We'll make a special effort to take
care of them—thus far we have suc
ceeedcd in serving them.”
Charles O'Brien Murphy, president of
the Merchants Heat and Light Company,
advanced the suggestion that the utilities
companies should take steps to prevail on
switchmen to move coal for them.
“It might be taken up through the
governor or some other authority," said
Mr. Murphy.
“Coal movement has been sadly ham
pered since last November by the car
shortage and a further setback of this
time would be very serious.”
Business at the livestock yards is at a
standstill. Kingan & Cos. are still doing
(Continued on Page Ten.)
Soldiers Delivering
Mail in New Jersey
JERSEY CITY, N. J., April 12.
Soldiers in uniform began handling
government mail here this afternoon
after the railroads had failed to han
dle It adequately because of the strike.
Seventeen army motor trucks, each
manned by five soldiers, were rushed
here from Camp Merritt.
There were two guards on each
truck, armed with an automatic pis
They immediately began to unload
mall from the cars and to dlatrth.ate
it along the line of the Northern rail
road of New Jersey, a subsidiary of
the Erie.

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