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; ..'FTl SOCK ISLAND -ARGriJS. AND DAILY UNION. "gttTY-NINTH YEAR. NO. 149. AfSOCIATXD PUCtt LeaM MONDAY APRIIi 12, 1920 TWELVE PAGES. PRICE FIVE CENTS. HEMBEB ADD IT Bl'BEAC Of QBCULATIOSS An An n7 uvJ W rn JV JJ m Stage G.O.P. MAY GIVE STATE TO LOWDEN Aside From Wood, Favor ite Son Will Have Clear Field Tomorrow. BY 1 R. BLANCH ARI. (United Press Staff Correspondent) Chicago, April 12. Tlio red flare of old-time politics and old-time political enthusiasm lighted Illinois skies today Campaign bauds brayed a bally hoo for final political rallies in Chicago's streets; roorbacks began bursting about the ears of promi nent candidates and last minute ap peals kept Job presses busy. Illi nois tomorrow will denote her pref erence for the presidential nomina tion. The preference will not be binding upon delegates to the na tional convention. These latter are yet to be selected when ward and precinct committeemen, elected to morrow, choose, state delegations and the state convention names the national delegates. Illinois is divided into two main sections, Cook county and down state, Cook county with about &yie third the slate vote. Leave State to Lowden. The main show in the prefential rote will be the contest between Major General Leonard Wood and Governor I- O. Lowden in the Re publican party. Aside from Wood, Republican candidates observed a faralte son courtesy by leaving the state 10 Lowden. Among Dem ocrats there is no well defined con test. Candidates were nominated j here, but withdrew .before the lists j were closed. Both Lowden and Wood head quarters today issued brave state ments regarding the outcome of the primaries. The candidates covered the state thoroughly in stumping tours. Low den closing his campaign with in formal speeches here today. Gen eral Wood left Sunday for the east. ' Pins Faith on Country. Among political dopesters there was a tendency to concede Lowden a better chance to capture the downstate vote. Cook county, with ' the Republican machinery v believed dominated by Mayor William Hale Thompso-n. was uncertain. Lowden men said the governor worried lit tie over Chicago's vote, being con Silent of reaching the county line with an overwhelming majority. The strength of the two candidates as obscured in Cook county by the strenuous contest between three factions to obtain full control of the ward committeemen. General Wood's ( committee, as serting an effort was made to in ject ancient racial and religious Prejudices in the battle issued a statement on his affiliations and his tolerance of others. Johnson Jlen Active. Senator Hiram Johnson, enroute to Nebraska for the primary cam pai&a there, paused here' long enough to sniff at the money spent the Illinois fray. Johnson men urged voters to write the senator's name in the baftot, adding one more angle to the race. 13 HEX STATES Miiv miDiiMTc mm UUrLIUKIL REVOLT Agua Prieta, Sonora. Mexico, 12--General J. M. Pino, com manding first divisional army of 'Je state of Sonora, today an nounced he. ..'.! - ,. jf 1 '"formation that 13 additional j tes of the republic had voted to s lne exai"p!e ot the state of jon0ra m secoeding Definite de- "as to the list of states is lack-'"S- however. El Paso, Texas, April 12. With- ra, of Se,lora from the Car ."M government of Mexico takes ate J Iarscst tax producing tt' rom the central govern ji ' American and Mexican of Scls said today.' i'1 Prieta, Sonora. Mexico, itiw 12S(nora military author "es announced today that the state wps which were recalled from ).! b?nora-S.naola boundary had hJ i ered back to ,ne border ,,1 Patrol duty. It was ex . that invasion by federals w' eared. Chihuahua - Sonora Bntaln passes are guarded also. MIRAL BENSON GETS NEW HONOR naitimore, April 12. Admiral till - Beson was invested with Kr!..:eOTatl()n of Knight of the "eat Crose of St Gregory. i SONORA Set For Illinois WILSON ISNO WORSE, BUT HE GAINS SLOWLY Vigorous Grasp of Affairs Expected in Spring is Wanting. , BY DAVID LAWBESCE. (Specfal'to The Argus). ' Washington, April 12. President ! Wilson isn't as much in evidence nowadays to pedestrians in the na tional capital as he was a fortnight ago and consequently a fresh series of rumors has begun to go the rounds. The automobile rides which had 'become a daily occur rence have been discontinued. This probably started gossip anew but the story that Mr. Wilson has suf fered a relapse is given more cred ence in Washington than perhaps is justified because the White house policy of authorizing vague and fragmentary descriptions of the president's health coupled with an occasional statement from some at tending physician completely con firming rumors that were previous ly current has bred many skeptics. Has Been Busy. The discontinuance of the auto mobile rides of the president is ex plained in contradictory ways. One story emanating from the White house is to the effect that the presi dent has lately been too busy with public affairs to get his accustom ed outing. On the other -hand, it is a fact that members of the cabinet are wondering whether the presi dent considers them necessary at all for no cabinet meeting hue been called in many months. One or two ! cabinet members feel that they j ought to have the benefit of the ad vice and counsel and even instruc- j tion of their chief in these days of i pressing governmental business. Another story also given with a j tinge of White house authority is to the effect that the president was j under too great a nervous tension while motoring. People ' in the streets stared at him curiously won- dering if all the gossip they had heard about his health were true. Unquestionably those photographs of the president didn't do him any good for they stirred up a morbid curiosity. The first plan of having a carefully posed picture of the president would probably have been the wiser for so many snapshots were taken that in some cases the effect of Mr. Wilson's illness was grossly exaggerated. . - The president did appear thin but his countenance seemed to possess a ruddiness of color due no doubt to the long afternoons of exposure in the White house grounds. o Sign of Relapse. ' If Mr. U'ilson has suffered a re lapse, however, there is nothing in the outward behavior of White house officials that gives the slight est confirmation of it. Preparations are going forward for the moving of the executive offices to Woods Hole, Mass., in the middle of next month. (Continued on page four). ' The Weather Mostly cloudy and unsettled this afternoon and tonight. Colder to night with the lowest temperature about 25 or 30 degrees; Tuesday fair with rising temperature. Highest temperature yesterday, 58: lowest last night, 36. Wind velocity at 7 a. in., 20 miles per hour. Precipitation, .15. , 12 m. 7 p.m. 7 a.m. jester, yester. today Drv bulb tern p. '..57 45 . 36 We"t bulb temp... 48 . ( 44 35 Relative humid... 51 93 S7 Daily River Bulletin. , Change Stage. 24hrs. St. Paul .. Red Wing LaCrosse . Dubuque .. LeClaire Davenport . 8.6 . 8.4 .10.2 .1S.0 .12.5 .16.1 0.8 0.6 0.S 1.4 0.6 0.8 Rher Forecast. Rapidly falling stages in the Mis sissippi will continue from below Dubuque to Muscatine until heavy rains occur. J. M. SHERIER, Meteorologist. mc 1 LATE BULLETINS Washington. April 12. The state department today in structed American Commission, cr Dressel at Berlin to take steps to stay execution of the death sentence reported to have been passed against Paul K. DeMott, an American, for par. ticlpatlon in the Ruhr revoLj. lion. Hannibal. 3fo April 12. Al though rain has been falling here for several hoars the Unit ed States weather station .here expects the crest in the .Missis sippi river flood to be reached nt 1 feet, probably tomorrow. This is four feet above flood stage. Today the rher stood at 1ISJ5 feet. No breaks la any leTes In this district are an-Ucipatcd. RUIIRWT BE CLEARED, FRENCH SAY British Told Troops Will Remain Until Germany Withdraws. London, April 12. The latest French note on the subject of the French occupation move, received here this morning, says that the French troops in Frankfort and other occupied cities will be with drawn immediately upon the with drawal of the German troops from the Ruhr region. It promises, it is stated, that no further independent action will be taken by France. Terms Conciliatory. The text of the note, which was handed to the earl of Derby, Brit ish ambassador at Paris, yesterday evening, for transmission here, has not yet been made public in' Lon don. It is said, however, that the communication is couched in con ciliatory terms and should tend largely to alleviate the gravity of the situation. , The solidarity of the entente is emphasized in the French commun ication. In British official circles the opinion was expressed today that all the dangers with which the situation was fraught had definite ly been dispelled. Note is Discussed. Thelformal French reply was re ceived au me juifieu unices uere at 1 a. ni. today. It VHS diSCUSSed at a caWnet meeting in Downing street, at which Andrew ;, Bonar Law, the government leader and representative of Premier Lloyd George, during the latter's absence from London, presided. . Paris, April 12. Nothing has as yet been decided as to Premier iMillerand's attendance at the -sfi-j preme council . meeting at San j Remo, and it was declared today in a reliable source that if the con ference there was to discuss the misunderstanding between France and Great Britain, he would not go at all. . Seek Call From L George. A personal talk on the subject with- Premier Ldoyd George would be welcomed by the French pre mier of Lloyd George could find ttf n ,-an i an r tn rtma tn Puriu hut ' convenient to come to Paris, but i it is considered in official circles that as the point at issue interests France and Great Britain only, it is needless to discuss it before the representatives of the other pow ers. It is held here that the British government, in persisting in the discussion, has put the matter in a form where it is difficult to see what satisfaction it is to give. France has not been asked to evac uate Frankfort, and the impression is gaining ground, it was indicated, that what is sought above all is to discipline France. The earl of Derby, Great Britain ambassador to France, attended the council of ambassadors today. The Hungarian treaty was the sole mat ter under discussion. REVOLT RREAKS IN GU AT AM EL A; YANKS ON HAND Washington, April 12. The long threatened revolution in Guatemala against President Estrada Cabrera finally has broken out. Reports to day to the state department said the opponents or tne preswent naa gained control of Guatemala city after some street ngnyng. A marine guard from the cruiser Tacoma and submarine tender Niagara has been landed to pro tect the American legation. Acts for T. 8. Benton McMillan; the American minister, has been instructed by the state department to take what ever steps possible to compose the difference? between the opposing factions. Trouble has been brewing in r.antemala for several months, but it was not until last week that any intimation of it reacnea rue pumic Then the Gautemalan lega tion made public texts of procla mations issued by President ruhrpra and American Minister McMillan. ' Reason for Row. President Cabrera promised con stitutional guarantees aua Minister McMillan said that in light of this the American government did not t.Dtiu thorn was any reason for revolutionary measures. - FiltEREWSKf TV DIET. r. inrii 11 lenace Jan Paderewski will resume his dtitiesis saio to nave ioia omciai niveau as a member of the Polish diet-; HOUSE GETS ARMY CAMP FRAUD HINT Suits to Recover Alleged Loss of $78,000,000 Are Demanded. BY HERBERT W. WALKER. (United Press Staff Correspondent) Washington. April 12. Criminal prosecutions by the department of justice and. suits to recover $78, 000.000, alleged to represent gov ernment losses through fraud, waste and extravagance in the cost plus system of contracts for build ing the 16 national army canton ments, were demanded today in a report to the house by the sub-com-1 niittee on camps and cantonments j of the war department expendi tures committee. j Survey Took Year. The report, which is the result of nearly a year's investigation. recommends an amendment .to the ' constitution making profiteering ;in war time treason and legislation to prohibit all cost plus contracts. Representative McKenzie. Illinois, and Representative McCulloch, Ohio, Republican, members of the sub committee, signed the report while Representative Doremus, Michigan member, in a minority report, de clared there was found "very lit- tie'' evidence of fraud and had the 5 re"jcost plus system not been adopted here j "the Hermans would havo been in I tho r!ln mm, 1,1 h. linen 5n PariR hafnrp nnr anlrliero. roaeVieri the battle lines." - j Loss 30-51) Per Cent. , Of all camps and hospitals built during the war. at a cost otapptbje flSfffely: $1,200,000,000. the majority report estimates that the albfJevTi loss to the government from fraud and extravagance due to the cost plus system ranged from 30 to 50 per cent. The committee audited the contracts ot the IS national army camps and claims that the loss to the government was $78, 000,00lout of a total of $206,000, 000. Skilled contractors have gone over the accounts and determined these figures, which should be re covered from the treasury, the re port says. Baker Is Blamed. ' , Secretarv of War Baker, who is said by the majority of the sub-committee to have approved the contracts both as head of the war department apd the council of national defense. The majority report gives scores of instances of alleged waste in the cost-plus system and specifically charges A. Bentley & sons com pany, who held the contract for Camp Sherman. Chillicothe. Ohio, with receiving illegal payments to the extent of $169,372.79. Some of the most glaring exam ples of waste of public funds are found at Camp Sherman and Camp Grant, Illinois, the report claims. MANY ESCAPE DEATH IN N. Y. "L" ACCIDENT New York. April 12. A Ninth avenue 'elevated train" jumped the track today while running past Trinity church and one car fell to the street. The accident occurred when two trains crashed into one another. The cars immediately burst into flames rnd .ambulances were sum moned from five hospitals. The crash occurred at a time when trains were crowded -vita workers, bound fcr the financial district. More than a dozen persons were repotted injured. Police reserves were summoned to keep back crowd? from the scene of the ac cident, which occurred near a switch between Albany and Rector streets. There were reports that the mo torman and a woman passenger on an express train, which crashed into an empty local at the switch had been killed, but the notice re ported that only the motorman was missing. - Woman Badly Hurt. The only woman passenger in the wrecked car was seriously hurt. The 'motorman was missin after the accident and search of debris failed to reveal trace of him Nearby shop keepers, said they saw a mail in uniform running away after the car fell. V Baa by SiguaL , The motorman finally appeared a, the scene ot tne accident atier being treated for slight bruises and gators that he ran by a suuial. , Primary r vTn a il LA In A . LOOP BLAZE IS CAUSE OF $10,000 LOSS "A spark from a s.ove on the third floor of the building owned and oc cupied by the L. E. West Gum com pany at 1510-12 Second avenue, alighting in the residue for a tank of lacquer, caused a fire at 2:30 o'clock .this afternoon from which a loss of $10,000 or $12,000 will re sult, according to estimates madi at the time of the fire by Frsnk Patterson, manager of the pencil department for the company. The pump truck from the central fire station was on the scene with in one minute after the alarm was put in, but, even in that short a period the fire had gained and flames were leaping forth from the entire third story out over. Second avenue, when the truck pulled up in tront or the building. The flames had full sway on the entire floor and were rapidlv work ing toward the rear of the build ing. Smoke was pouring from the rear windows in volumes and was creeping through every crevice Other companies arrived and several streams of water were soon playing on the flames. The new aeril ladder truck pulled into po sition. The ladders were raised and firemen ran up with chemicals and soon had the small fires on the roof extinguished. Withiu 15 minutes the firemen had the conflagration under con trol, and had entered the third story windows with hose lines. Mas ( leaning Tank. Mr. Patterson said thut he had just completed lacquering $1,000 worth of pencils with the aid of two women employes and one oth er workman. The lacquer tank was being cleaned, when a spark from the stove flashed into the tank. The lacquer residue leaped into flame and a small chemical tank was put into play by Mr. Patterson. How ever, he was forced to get out of the building, but first tried to move a full tank of lacquer trom tne vicinity of the fire, but was unsuc cessful. The two women employes had left the room before -the tire started, and ran out of the building with other employes as the flames sprang toward the rear of the build ing. Mr. Patterson and the man with him followed and attention was paid to getting out office books and records on the second floor. Mr. Patterson said that machin ery and stock loss on the third floor would amount to $10,000 or $12,000 in case it was fully destroyed. Second Fire. A short time after the West com pany fire was placed under control, two companies were called from the 1500 block blaze to 1S06 First avenue, a rooming house. Ths roof was ablaze, it being believed that sparks from a passing tram set fire to the wooden shingles. The loss was nominal. PROTEST FOR . HOWAT CLOSES KANSAS MINES (tirard, Kan- April 12 Alex, ander Howatt, head of the Kan sas Miners' I nion, speaking by permission of the sheriff of Crawford ronnty, denounced (overnor Allen as a "skunk of a governor." before a crowd of several . thousand persons, mostly miners and their wives, gathered in front. of the jail here shortly after noon today. Pittsburgh, Kan., April 12. Ninety per cent of the coal mines of Kansas are idle today. The min ers refrained from work as a demonstration of- protest against the imprisonment of Alexander Howat, their president and three other district union officials. This announcement was made at the of fice of the nine operators. A crowd of miners were marching on Girard this morning, where the mine officials are incarcerated. Leaders plan to ask that Howatt be given his freedom to make an ad - Wress. There is no indication as'tering that intention. to whether the sheriff will grant this demand. ' PRIMATE OF ERIN DIES AT ARMAGH Armagh, Ulster, Ireland, April 12. The Most Rev. John Baptist Crozier, archbishop of Armagh and primate of all Ireland,. (Church of Ireland), died here last night He bad been ill for? some time. . Arch bishop Crozier was .born April - 8. 1803, and was educated at Trinity college. Dublin. He became pri mate of all Ireland iu 1911. . PEACE RIDS PRESENTED AT CHICAGO Rail Heads Get Terms With Concession Abro gating Back Pay. Bl LLET1. Chicago April 12. The I nil fdtalcs government delivered an ultimatum to the striking railroaders this' afternoon, it was reported at the federal building. District Attorney Clyne, at a meeting with the slrike leaders, notified them that the men must eillier re turn to their Jobs or quit and hunt other employment. The trains mnst run, Cljne declar fd. and if the strikers do not return lo work, (he government will back the roads in declar ing the strikers' positions va cant : nd aid in obtaining men Chicago, April 12. The first breaks in the sw it eh men's strike in the Chicago district ' was recorded this rning when the ( liirniro. Burlington and Quiiiry lifted all embargo orders alter announcing that sufficient men bad returned to work lo keep all traffic niov. iug. Conditions on other muds were improved today, railroad and brotherhood officials said. The Illinois Central bandied 30 freight trains durintr Die past 24 hours. 75 per cent of the normal movement. Peoria. Ill- April 12 Switch, men on all railroads except the Kock Island were out here Hits morning and the Koi-k Island lines men were expeded to' strikr-neforeHie day is over". A nieeiing of the strikers was to be held this morninsr to form a lien tin ion.. Itailrooil officials were handling the snitching' of passenger cars so as to keep passenger traffic moTi'ii? and promised to keep the electric lighting and water plants sup plied with cars of coal. Chicago. April 12-DeveU.oments r d.Vi u L p , west of Pittsburgh in the switch- men's unauthorized strike today were regarded by railroad brother - hood officials as pointing toward a gradual dissolution of the insuru - ent forces, but in the east, where j the movement of interstate coih the walkout was joined hi several tmen-e. districts by trainmen, the situation Attorney General Palmer return assumed a more serious aspect, ed to Washington and studied re in the eet.tral and far west, num - erous reports of defections from the strikers' . ranks . followed the report of the first important break at Columbus, Ohio, where 600 swftchnien voted to return to work. At Chicago, admitted keystone of the walkout, railroad officials were presented "terms for settle ment of the strike." which im-lud- j formed by dissenters from the u ii.vu),ii(iivii vi mc nun Brotherhood of Trainmen and the Switchmen's Union of North Amer ica. One Radii-ill ( bunco. , In the settlement, offer, proffered j by John Grunau. president of the Chicago lardmens association who called the strike, at least one radical concession was' made ab rogation of the claims for back pay demanded by the oldsr organiza tions in the contracts with the government. That possibility would mean a saving of hundreds of thousands of dollars to the rail roads, it was said. Other clauses in the proposed settlement agreement demanded granting of the original wyge in crease called for in the strike an nouncement, to ie enective upon i the return of the men to work: i Eight-hour basic day and time and one-half f r overtime, Sunday and holidays; and double time for ov ertime on Sundays a I holidays. Report Four Breaks. in aaumon to me gradual im-i provement claimed by railroad' beads in the Chicago district, the organization leaders pointed to the votes at Columbus, Fort Wayne, Ind., Akron. Ohio, and Saginaw, Mich., as making definite breaks in the strike. ' In the far west and various oth er cities in the midd'e west, local unions voted not to join the strike, Seattle. Tacoma. Everett and Au burn, Wash., apd Cincinnati, Little j Rock, Ark., .Memphis. Tenn., and 1 St. Josep'. Mo., switchmen regis- Yardmen at JJuluth. Minn., and; iiuKinn,..nBtMwni m uuuiiue at work and await development. i Officials of the Terminal Railroad association at St. Louis, said con- diticms were improved. The com pany's engineers voted to remain "loyal." . Despite these reports, Grunau declared "we are going to win." In ..he Chicago district, and at neighboring steel center, thou sands of men were idle -today be cause of the Strike At the Chicago (Continued on Page Eleven.) U. S. PLANS TO ACT IF STRIKE TIES UP MAILS Postal Chiefs Determined to Thwart Strikers Coop to Enforce De- land Probe Deferred. Washington, April 12. Vigorous action will be taken if there is auy interference with the transporta tion of the mails as a result of the railroad strikes, it was announced today at the postoffice department. Otto Praeger, second assistant post master general, has . sent the fol lowing telegram of instructions to all superintendents of the railway mail service: "Instruct all chief tlcrks, transfer clerks and others to report any obstructions, direct ly or indirectly, by conspiracy or otherwise, with passaee of mails as result of strikes, to. gcthcrwilh names of person or persons involved. Bring to immediate attention of loral postoffice inspectors, inspector in charge and I'nited States district attorney, with request that offenders he vigorously prosecuted if fuels warrant. See section KifW, 1712, 1711 and 71s. postal laws. Reports to the postoffice depart-1 rM-it rn.Iir u'ura onpnil ra ITI n !? ment today were encouraging. Chicago reported that local condi-! tions were "very goo.d and that j tne --railway companies vere anng ait mans prompeuy. i A renort from New York said conditions had improved and aj similar report came from St. Louis. ! Some delay in mail was reported from several points where the men j are on strike, but officials said ! that thus far there had been noj serious obstruction of the mail. I There will be no investigation of I for the resent by the estate commerce com- the strike senate interstate mittee. Chairman Cummins an 1IUUIK.CU J, -nr. - surance ... .1. II-. I, .. that the railroad labor board would be appointed within 24 hours. COURSE OF DAY IN BAIL STRIKE Washington,- April 12. Develop. lar meiits here todav in connection) The Chicago express on the Erie with the railroad strike were: railroad, which was abandoned ye- , l. c ' iprHnv tit Pnrt larvia V V whl'f i aii announcement uy me, iwmui-j fice department that vigorous ac- tion would he taken, it the move- ' "'. " ""'"'' i,, r .....ill .,oro htrniir i 1 in Jersev (iv this morning, more nient of mails were obstruttci. . - introduction of a bill by Senator! 1 hour, late Ihe rain 1 Poindexter. Kepublicau. Washing-1' '''w tleVmirt? take j ton. providing imprisonment and; 'Je ' lh0",f ? ' ?lglu Uke 0S- ; lines for persons mterleriiiR ith . i ports as to the situation so as to : determine whether action by thei department ot justice was war- ranted. An announcement by ( hairman Cummins of the state interstate commerce committee, that the in vestigation .of the strike by his J ' r-mvimittee. scheduled to 'hecin to morrow, would not be conducted at aSe of foodstuffs, he called a con this time as it wa. d. sired to give ference of dealers and distributors the new railroad labor board an rirtri nn it v in cot 1 1 t'l,. fitHlfe An announcement from the White house that tho members of ,he h,w honr.1 would be annoint-l ed within 24 hours. I Senator Frelinghnyscn. Republi can. New Jersey, told tne senate the strike was Hearing "red re volt." Strike Flashes Pilthnrgh. Pa- April 12.An absolute embargo has been placed nn all ircurht shipments originating on the I'rnnsjltania lines, and on all lint's connect, ing with the Pennsy-'iania sys. trm. according to railroad of ficials here. Only shipments of the createst urgency will be received upon presentation of written permits from the rail road's representative. Cleveland. Ohio, 'April 12. Frank J. O'Kourfee, president of the new Cleveland Yardmen's association, this afternoon said that tta per cent, or l.stM) men of the Switchmen's Cnion of North America have deserted to the new body. He suld ihat while an early settlement was desired lie would not treat with W. Lee, president of the Brother hood of Itailroad Trainmen. Toledo, Ohio. April 12.-To avert a general industrial shut down f street car service here during the strike of insnrg. i . rut railroad worscrs. Mayor Nchretner today ordered the confiscation of coal on the j Pennsylvania railroad tracks and Its diversion to the Toledo Railways and Light company. Trenton. S. J April 12. Ap proximately LS00 Peaa()1vania Tailroad employes . in freight ytfrd in Trenton and the vicin ity, walked ont today in sym pathy with the striking rail road workers, ia other sections of the country. JEW YORK DESPERATE OVER TIEUP New tYork Struggles to Keep Food Moving in -Face of Walkouts. ew York. April 12.-The Centra,! Railroad of New Jer. scy suspended all passenirer service at noon today, when agents were -ordered to stop selling tickets. The road cod ers the state of New Jersey -and the suspension order af. fects approximately i.),(00 commuters. New York, April 12. New York, with its hack against the wall, struggled desperately today to free itself from the epidemic of the unauthorized railroad strikes. Road j officials professed today, to see a i ray of hope, because some passen- I ier fi,rrf,-o liarl hpon imaintaifimf an(J foo(, anU mMk trains managed . .... . . ,.i,n in, uaiimaA of. fl(,!als admittedf ho;.'ever, that the sUualion stjll wag grav8i but if ""-jthey weathered today's storm, the situation would soon approach the normal. The Sunday lull in business ac tivities gave the railroads a respite in which to marshall her forces lit handling the commuters under cor-, mal conditions estimated at 700.00J persons. With the Hudson "tubes" still P ' the strike, the bulk of l'ie hVm. f h.8?.dlmB Z H' ey commuters fell upon the fer- .iui T ,1.- II ...I ...... .ki..k la.jk H l,n,li,or,r,i.l h. Ih. harbor " " m"v.i..w.,. . .uw workers' strike. Cut Off From Work. Thousands ot persons were un "jable to reach their places ot busi ness Saturday until they were hours late, while other thousands remained home. The situation at most of tho rail way terminals in New Jersey was i still chaotic, with only a few j freight trains moving. Freight ttr.ffif. near ntha, linna naa uppnffii. j members of the crew attended a :...... Various organizations of rail way employes held meetings here and in New Jersey during, the.; morning to discuss whether ther; laws." Plan Food Relief. While Health Commissioner Copelaitd of this city said he was not alarmed because of tho short- ui iouu aiiu niiiK ai nis uiiice m:s afternoon. Reports from Boston announce curtailment of all traffic, passen- .er a,m lTeW and .express, on through lines of railroads in New I England as the result in that sec- tion today of the outlaw strike of railroad men. Reports indicated that efforts of the" strikers to ob tain recruits in the New Euglaud states had proved unavailing. , At Worcester fewer than 100 switchmen walked out yesterday morning Mid returned to their work' within 12 hours. Members of railroad workers' locals in Boston and in other New England cities voted to remain at .ork. i The story of being "strike-bound" in the foothills of the Catski!ls o;v the Chicago Kxprcss of one road while abandoned by its crc, at Port Jervis, N. Y.. was told by pas sengers on arrival here today, t(t .hours lale. A firemun sent out from. Jersey City on an outbound train aided the engineer in finally bring ing in the stalled train, according to arrivals on it. Mob Holds Up Train. ' A "mob of railroad men" met tho Express when it reached Port Jer vis, according to Mrs. E. G. Starch, of LyniibrooR. and Mrs. A, B. Cobb, of Corning, N. Y. They swarmed about the engine and dragged the firemau to the ground, they sa d. The conductor and ,tbe rest of the crew endeavored to persuade the strikers, to let the fireman re sume his post and allow the train, to proceed to Jersey City. This wag refused and. Mrs. Starch sa-t'.,-the strikers said that the only way the fireman could go to Jersey Ctty on the train, would be '-in a wood- -en box." The passengers, after a consider able time, searched for . lodging?. . some oi inrra nunaseu n m.o rooms for a few hours at $3 taca, ' Mrs. Starch said. Food was pro cured and the station agent agreed., to announce "an hour beforehand, , when the train would start" .' At 11:30 p.: m- this wort! came, but it was after 3 a. m. today be fore the new fireman, arrived, anil considerably later when the train finally ulld out for Jersey City again, Mrs. Starch, said. would join the strike. Kaiiroaik j officials already have announce ! tney win not aeai wnn tne striKt a whom they characterize as "ou'T