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Daily Gate City and Constitu
our own lefyed wire.
Railroad Employes Frankly
Declare Situation Looks
Better, After Talk
IT IS IN HIS ,HANDS
Chief Exeeutlv* Will Mert Employers
and It ia PoMlbl* That Threat
cnod Strl kt, W 11 bo
THE RAILROAD CONTROVERSY.
Brotherhoods of Conductors, En
gineers, Firemen and Trainmen
ask for basic eight ho'ir day and
time and a half for over time.
Number of men directly Involved
in strike demand, 400,000.
Total number of men Involved,
Number of railroad systems in
Mileage Involved, 270,000. i* a
Number of railroad cars that
will be stopped If strike is called,
VOL.' 122. NO. 37. v,:^
Railway managers have made no
pioyes declined to join in request
for mediation, but accapted Invita
tion from government board of
mediat'o* and conciliation to sub
mit proposition to them. Media
tion failed. Mediators proposed
arbitration which was almost
unanimously rejected by employes.
Representatives of both sides ac
cepted President Wilson'.s invita
tion to confer with him before
final decision is reached.
More than ninety-four percent
of the 400,000 of the employes
directly involved have voted to
strike if original demands are
TBy Robert J. Bender. tTnited Press
WASHINGTON, Aug. 14—The first
step in the effort of President Wilscn
to prevent the threatened tie-up of the
country's railroads by strike, ended at
noon today when representatives for
the employes left the white house
smiling broadly. They had been in.
conference with the president an hour
and a half.
"The negotiations are entirely in the
president's hands," said A. Bi Garret
son, spokesman for the employes. He
refused to discuss the situation be
Warren S. Stone, representative oj
the brotherhood of locomotive engin
eers said: "I am optimistic."
W. p. Lee of the order of railway
trainmen added: "It looks very good."
Employes Come Again.
The employes were to see the presi
dent again this afternoon following h'a
talk with the representatives of rail
way managers which was scheduled
for three p. m. The president spent
part of the intervening time going
over the stenographic report of the
morning session In order to formulate
proposals to make to the managers.
An apparently well authenticated
report that preceded the conclusion of
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FROM WAR FRONTS
French Troops Follow up Suc
cesses Nortth of Somme, by
GERMANS GAIN FOOTING
London States They Are in Pozieres
Trenches—Italian Army Con
tinue to Press Forward
PARIS, An. 14.—French troops fol
lowed up their successes north of the
Somme yesterday with an advance
south. of the river in sharp fighting
Southeast of Estrees, French de
tachments captured several trenches
between Fay and the road to Denie
court, widening their positions. On
the front north of the Somme there
was brisk cannonading around the
newly won French positions at Maure
v^nTne Verdun frorit~'tEe"-Cfermans
attacked three times last night east
of Hill 304 on the west bank of the
Meuse, and In the region of Fleury.
All attacks were repulsed.
The success of the new French
thrust north of the Somme in Satur
day and Sunday's fighting increases
the peril of the German line from
Combles to Peronrie. The capture of
the villages of Maurepas and Clery,
necessary to an advance against Per
onne from the north, is believed cer
tain under the next great French blow
on this front.
The Germans bombarded the French
jjnes around Maarep^L heavily last
night. They are expected to launch
a heavy counter attack to batter in the
wedge thrust into their line and it is
possible this cannonading preceded a
strong infantry attack.
Italians Press Enemy.
iuOMR Aug. 14.—General Cadorna's
forces pierced another strong line of
Austrian intrenchments east of Nad
logem height, south of Goritz, and are
continuing to press the enemy on the
Carso plateau, it was officially an
LONDON, Aug. 14.—South of Ypres,
the British carried out a successful
raid without loss. Mining activity in
this neighborhood was also to the
advantage of the British.
Germans Gain Footing.
LONDON, Aug. 14.—Tho Germans
gained a temporary footing last night
in trenches west of Pozieres captured
by the British in yesterday's fighting,
General Haig reported today.
Alleged Bootlegger is Shot While
Trying to Escape and His
Death is Expected.
TOPEKA, Kan., Aug. 14.—James
Baker, an alleged "bootlegger" was
not expected to live today, following
a raid on his "joint" yeateEday after
noon in which he was shot by Under
Sheriff Larimer. The bullet passed
completely through his body, punc
turing both walls of the stomach,
severing the email intestines and cut
ting the renal artery. Baker was
shot, while attempting to escape.
Eleven other alleged Kansas gam
blers were hoping to be let off easy
today, following a successful raid a
half hour before Baker was shot.
Caught in the midst of a game of
"craps," eleven, including one wom
an, were captuTed.
NEW YORK MAY BE HUNGRY
IF RAIL STRIKE IS CALLED
Officials Take Steps to Com*
Natives and Visitors.
New YORK, Aug. 14.-rHow the five
ftiiliion people living in Greater New
York will be fed in the event of a rail
road strike is a problem being given
consideration by officials here today..
Joseph J. Hartigan, secretary of
Mayor Mitchel's committee on food
supply, has recommended to Acting
Mayor Frank £«. Dowltng, that action
be taken by the city government to
Prepare against any stoppage of traf
fic in foodstuffs. Hartigan proposes
that survey be made of all sources of
food supply which cortd be command
eered if the strike IS declared.
With the city in the grip of an in
fantile paralysis epidemic city authori
ties are trying to determine how the
5,250,000 quarts of milk the city con
sumes daily could be brought to the
city in the event of a strike.
Meat packers estimated today that
New York's supply of meat would last
but eight days if the railroads were
More than 500,000 tourists are now
in New York it Is estimated. How
these people could be fed to say noth
ing of their being unable to return to
their homes and places of business is
also troubling city officials.
As New York produces practically
no foodstuffs, a strike which would cut
off the city from Its food supply wouid
result in appalling conditions in a
short time, authorities said.
Republican Standard Bearer j.
Will Have New Experience
Speaking to Feminine
WHITE VESTS ONCE MORE
Candidate* is First Since McKinle/ to
Feature. Them and He is
Clinching His Teeth
Like T. R.
[By Perry Arnold, TTnited Press Staff
SPOKANE, Washington, Aug. 14.—
Governor Hughes was to face bis first
audience of women voters today. The
republican nominee was scheduled to
expound his views to a "meeting for
women only" this afternoon. It was
expected he would-have something new
to say as to why he favored extension
of the suffrage to feminity. Up to
date, it was pointed out here, the G.
O. P. nominee has refrained from dis
cussing the case of the suffragettes
on its merits. It is said he simply re
garded victory to extend votes to wo
men as inevitable, and felt that in view
of such inevitability the question
should be removed from politics by
immediate adoption by congress of an
enabling resolution permitting submis
sion of a constitutional amendment
for equal franchise to the states. He
has asserted his belief that such an
amendment would carry and in
speeches in Montana—a suffrage state
—has expressed gratification over par
ticipation by women in voting.
In addition to this women's address,
a thing new to Hughes, veteran cam
paigner though he is, the republican
standard bearer was scheduled for
two other talks on his day's program.
He left Spokane at 9:30 following an
automobile parade, for Couer ITAlene,
his only Idaho stop on the present trip
and was to address a mass meeting
there at 11 o'clock. Returning the
governor's plan was to make his "wo
men only" speech at the auditorium
and tonight address a mass meeting
Spokane's out of door amphitheatre.
He leaves at 6:45 tonight for Tacoma.
Seek Sounding Boards.
Although the candidate's voice has
now hardened and gained strength so
that he no longer experiences diffi
culty In speaking, his campaign man
agers on the tripwire urging the use of
sounding boards at future outdoor
meetings Dr. Dittman. the governor's
physician, is particularly apprehensive
lest his patient strain his voice to
morrow night in Tacoma's vast emphi
theatre and is trying to provide
Hughes started his second week of
campaigning today. Tn point of time,
he Is only one fifth through with his
present trip, and in point of mileage
he has €.000 miles farther to go. Yes
terday was a day of absolute rest for
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^4 KEOKUK, IOWA. MONDAY, AUGUST 14, 1916
PRESIDENTWRIES TO AVERT STRIKE
Tornado Which Claimfd Lives
Struck Building Irk
Death Toll In Arkansas Twister Readies Five With Sev
enteen Injured Some of Whom Will Die
MEMPHIS, Tenn., Aug. 14.—Five persons were killed afld seventeen injured, four
fatally, when a tornado swept over eastern Arkansas last night, blowing down twelve build
ings at EdmunidSon, Ark., seventeen miles west of Memphis.
Eight of the injured were brought to Memphis hospitals today. It is thought five, who
are women, will die.
Services were being held in the Bethlehem Baptist church about 100 persons attending
when the huurricane struck. Many dived from windows as the structure creaked and blew
over. Three brothers lost their homtes,: 'Kiany catJtie were crushed! beneath falling barns.
HI A heavy rainfall accompanied the storm and all telephone wires were put out of com
After sweeping through Edmundson, the hurricane spent itself over the Mississippi
river, blowing a gale through Memphis.4
'RACE 1TR DEATH
Daring Southern Horsemen
Ran Ahead of Column of
Water to Warn Peo
pie in the Villages.
MAY PROBE DISASTER
Dam Broke" and Authorities Are
(StJTRg to Find Out the
Reason for This
ASH33VTLLB, N. C., Aug. 14.—How
possible heavy loss of life in the vil
lages below the great lake Toxaway
dam was prevented though the daring
ride of mountaineers just ahtead of
the waters, tossed when the retaining
wall broke, was told today by surviv
ors. The mountaineers risked death,
galloped through the villages telling of
th floods that followed them and
warning residents to flee to the hills.
Hardy mountaineer horsemen volun.
teered to ride down the valleys to
warn men, women and children of the
little hamlets that would be swept.
Traveling short' mountain cuts and
often risking their lives by breakneck
speed along narrow mountain side
trails, the riders kept just ahead of
Estimates today placed the proper
ty loss at half a million.
Hints at rigid investigation and
possible action developed today when
it became known that the great re
taining wall has been several times
reported leaking during the past
Shortly before noon Sunday, a
stream of alarming volume began
seeping through the masonry. A
watch was set and about six o'clock
the break ripped wider and wider un
til it was. apparent the collapse of the
wall was inevitable.
Towns all along the path of the
Lake Toxaway river and the Chuga foot were straightened.
river into which it flows, were prac
tically evacuated by the residents,
warned of the dam's breaking.
The Lake Toxaway dam kept back
the water flowing from Lake Toxaway
river through a deep gorge. In the
path of the waters it released are An
derson, Pickens, Seneca and other
•towns along the Chuga river.
MAY HIT JOBS
of Thousands of Printers Be
ing Thrown Out of
BALTIMORE. Aug. 14.—The danger
that thousands of printers may be
thrown out of work because of the
high cost of white paper was said to
be a question to be seriously consider
ed by the annual convention of the in
ternational Typographical union
which begins here next Monday.
John W. Hayes, secretary and treas
urer of the union, said the alarming
paper shortage is making it difficult
for many newspaper corporations to
continue business. In some cities, he
said, there was talk of consolidating
two or more plants to reduce working
forces and expenses.
Accepts His Call.
PH3UADEL.PHIA, Pa.. Aug. 14.—
Right Rev. John J. McCort, auxiliary
bishop of the archdiocese of Phila
delphia will accept the bishopric of
Los Angeles, it became definitely
Vnown today. He had appealed to
After Undergoing Operation
for Infantile Paralysis De
formity, Volunteers to
Help Save Babies.
SHE CALLS IT A MIRACLE
After Limping Since She Was Four
Years Old, Misa Stiles Is Able to
NEW YORK, Aug. 14.—A sharp re
duction In both number of new cases
and the number of deaths from in
fantile paralysis accompanied unsea
sonably cold veather in New York.
Figures given out. by the health de
partment today showed only ninety
five new cases and thirty-one deaths,
the lowest figures in several weeks.
Miss Ruth Stiles who only a few
days ago submitted to a remarkable
operation by which an infantile
paralysis deformity was removed, en
tered a hospital this afternoon to sac
rifice eight ounces of her blood to be
used in a serum to fight tho epi
Miss Stiles was stricken when she
was four years of age at. her home
in Beaufort, Iowa. Until a few days
ago she walked with painful limp,
but the tendons and bones in her
After such a miracle has been per
formed in my case, I feel I should do
everything in my power to save little
babies," she told doctors in answer
ing the .call for sacrifice by former
SEEK IN FOG
Two Tugs Have Wireleas Message
as Guide But Find no
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Aug. 14.
—Groping blindly in the impenetrable
fog off the Golden Gate, the tugs Re
liance Queen, and Sea Rover, search
ed today for the three masted Callao,
whose captain wirelessed during the
night that his crew had mutinied and
asked for aid. Aside from three brief
radiograms, no word came out. of the
fcg to solve the mystery surrounding
Captain Tcbin's first radio merely
stated the fact of the mutiny, a sec
ond asked for a tug and a third re
peated these messages, adding that
the vessel was "six miles south of
Lightship with no anchorage."
The Reliance sped for the last
the heaviest price
If Strike Comes Several Western
Lines Expect to Continue for
a Time,, With Volunteer
THEY USED AjD COLUMNS
Burlington Would Put Some of
Veterans Into Harness and
Santa Fe Figures It
CHICAGO, Aug. 14.—Some western
railroads are so well prepared for a
strike that tihey have applications
from a sufficient number of skilled
operatives to operate trains in event
of a walkout of the four bdg brother
hoods, W. B. Storey, head of the
operating department of the Santa. Fe
railway, today told the Ulnlted Press.
"The Santa Fe, for one, is jprqpar
ed," Storey declared.
"We have received sufficient ap
plications from our advertisements In
newspapers in which we asked, for
(men to operate trains In event of a
strike to suipply the demand."
At the same time it was announced
from the office of Passenger Traffic
.Manager Gerritt Fort of the Union
(Pacific that a petition signed by
eighty per cent of the Union Pacific
trainmen, had been forwarded tram
Omaha to Washington today, asking
congress to prevent a strike. These
trainmen. Fort said, are not members
of the brotherhoods.
From the Rock Island railway of
fices it was stated that there will be
enough apply to run the road to a
limited extent. Unleee protection Is
provided, it i« unHtoely -aftjr.-ettempt
will be made by the Rock Island to
Some Chicago railroad men who
claimed to have inside information,
said here that the brotherhoods un
doubtedly would order a strike, "hut
it will never get to the walkout
stage." One declared the Ibrotflier
hoods would finally "reluctantly agree
to let the interstate commerce com
mission settle the difficulty."
(Possibility of government Interfer
ence against a tie-up of the Rock
Island and other lines now In federal
receivership was cited toy officials of
the Rock Island.
Burlington railroad officials said in
event of a strike they probably would
draw on veteran enginemen and train
men now higher officials of the com
pany, to aid in operating their trains.
These with a few non-^unlon recruits,
could operate traffic for a limited ex
tent, they declared.
Brandels is Silent.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 14.—Declin
ing to disouss the outcome of his
oonference with Chief Justice White
—understood to have been based on
"White's belief Brandeis should not
serve on the American commission
to investigate Mexican affairs—(Asso
ciate Justice Louis D. Brandeie ar
rived here today. He said he might
have a statement la.ter.
Claim Censor Opened Mail.
BERLIN, (wireless to Sayvflle, L.
I.) Aug. 14.—A letter from the Serbian
Association of Los Angeles, Calif., ad
dressed to Stuttgart, Germany and
mailed May 10, has just arrived and
an enclosure of $255 is missing, the
sAni-official news agency asserted to
day. The letter had been opened by
the British censor.
Congress to be Busy.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 14.—Congres
sional leaders were agreed that thi3
is to be tho biggest legislative week
of the season. Confident predictions
were made that the navy, child labor,
ship purchase and workmen's com
pensation bills would become laws.
named location but in the heaviest price or pie
fog of the year, was unable to find I dent of the Case and Martin Pie com
the bark. It was rumored along the I pany declared today.
water front todav that the crew] A federal investigation of the re
mutinied in the belief that the eargot! cent rise in wheat prices was under
of wheat and oil was Intended ulti-iway in earnest here today. Asst. U.
mately to reach warships of one of|S. Dist. Atty. Joseph P. Fleming said
the warinc powers.
Showers and warmer. Local
temp—7 p. nx 73 7 a. m. 59.
Reports Indicate Attack on
Ninety Mile Front Was
FLANK ATTACK PLANNED
Defender* of Lines to Qailclan C*pk
tal Loee 75,000 or Half Thelt
[By William Philip Simans, United
(Press Staff Correspondent]
FBTROGRiAD, Aug. 14.—The laet
formidable Aiustro-Geraaan barrier to
Letmberg has been broken, and the
Teutonic forces are making a general
retreat on a ninety mile front in the
direction of the Galician oa?ital.
Compelled to retire from the strong!
•Stripa river .positions by the threat
that his armies would be surrounded,
and captured, General Bothmer l»l
falling steadily hack on the Zkrtai
Lipa, eighteen miles to the west. Butl
Rusarian forces already have crossed1
the Zlota Lipa north of Sftantelau, and
the danger of a blow at his right flank
will prevent Bothmer from, making a
On the whole line the RUasiaft
mowing machine is reaping a bloody
harvest. On the front, east and south
east of iLemtoerg alone, It is estimated
that the Austro-Germane have lost
75,000 men, or half their effectives.
This fact, It is believed, necessitates
the continued retreat before the Rus
The Cossacks Are Busy.
The Russians are systematically
sending forward their infantry to
pound the enemy front, while Cos*
sack cavalry attacks and demoralizes ..
the wings. One regiment of Oren
burgers alone took two thousand, ..
A Russian cavalry force that cap
tured Mariampol, only eight miles
southeast of Halltz, is believed to be
pushing toward the Halite-StanWw
railway north of the Dniester, only
three miles away. The capture ol
tfhiff crossing would out off a large
force of Austro-Germans who retired
from Stanislau and force them to
make a wide detour constantly har
raseed by Russian cavalry.
War Office Announces.
The war office announced today
that the Russians continue to ad-vence
westward In the region of the middle
Stripa and that other farces advanc
ing westward from the river Koro
petz have reached a point nortfh or
the Dniester before tMariampol,
whose capture by cavalry was an
At 6 o'clock Sunday morning the
Aust re-Germans attacked Russian
positions in the Kovel region. The
fighting was severe in the region ot
stobychow, west of the Stochod, but
the enemy was driven back to his
old positions by a counter attack.
Along the upper Stripa the retreat/
ing enemy forces are checking th«
Russian advance from behind forti«
Berlin Claims Victory.
BERLIN, Aug. 14.—Repulse of Rus
sian attacks on practically every front
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PIE AT A NICKEL IS SAFE
SO PASTRY MAKER ASSERTS
Good Old American Standby
Won't be Affected by the
Rise in Wheat.
CHICAGO, Aug. 14.—Wheat, flour
and bread prices may rise, but that
old American standby, pie, is safe at
five cents a slice over the
being questioned by District Attorney
Olyne regarding the market's jump.
The government wants to know
whether a twenty cent rise in wheat
in the past two weeks was due en
tirely to natural causes or whether
it was planned in.advance by traders.
In the meantime wheat prices be
gan declining today. Prices dropped
from 2 to 3 cents during the morning.
that big brokers and traders were ljroducts were also due to advance.
Paul Schultz, head of one of the
lunch biggest bakeries in the middle west,
conferred today with Federal Trada
There will be no increase in the Commissioner Edward Hurley regard
ce of pie." Elmer J. Case, presi- ing a proposed increase in price ol
bread. Schultz said he would raise
the price tomorrow if Hurley did not
interpose objections, and that othel
bakers probably would follow hia
Crackers, rolls and other bakerj
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