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rt AND DAILY UNION. TYPftH YEAR. NO. 150. TUESDAY APRIL 13, 1920 -FOURTEEN PAGEsT PRICE FITCCENTS. IEUEI AUDIT BCSEAC OT CIKCC LOTIONS n Itv AIL (o) UlAJ n W Wood SAYS DUTY TO US. HAS FIRST CALL jEesumes Charge of Cen tral Dept. ; m-eiection Status Not Affected. Boston, April 13. Major General Leonard Wood today cancelled the letre of absence vl-.ieb lie obtain ed to make a campaign for the Republican nomination for presi deot and said he would leave later in the day for Chicago to resume bit duties as commanding general of the central department. He itated that his action was due to railroad strike conditions. Duty to Nation. . General Wood made the an louncemetit at a breakfast tender ed nim at the BoBton City c lub. He laid: The situation of growing seri ousness in the country is such that 1 feel it my duty to give up my leare and to return to my post of command in Chicago. The situ ation is not one which allows per sonal considerations 'to enter into the matter in the least." Camels All Dates.' It was the intention of General Wood to sp. k in several eastern states within the next week. He cancelled all these engagements. The general now is on a two months' leave which was granted him by the war department, March JO. He will leave for Chicago at i:4S p. m. Hat Still in King. Chicago, April 13 General Leon ard Wood's campaign for the pres idential nomination will not be af fected by his return to army duties sere, his campaign managers an nounced this morning. The gen Mai will make such short speak iat tours as he can without inter fering with his duties at central department, headquarters. Army officers have been watch ing the strike development closely for several days. Colcnel Humph reys, chief of staff, left Moiulav on tour of the eastern section of the department. In case of govern ment interference in the railroad trite the men who policed Gary during the steel strike, ara agaiu available for duty. ' Chances Plans. Later, General Wood made a change in his plans, and announc ed that he would keep an engage Bent to speak before the chamber of commerce in Salem at 6 p. m., Md would leave here for Chicago at 11 o'clock tonight. Wood tin .Strike. Tae railroad men's strike was discussed by General Wqod in an address in a local club in connec tion with his intention to return Chicago -where." he said, "I that I should be in the possi ble crisis that is coming." iou are confronted now by an "Pen and shut proposition ; vou can W pussyfoot it pr sidestep it much ger," he continued. "You find toat organized labor has been sta- e. conservative, but is now being J-Ucked from within bv what is "scribed as the 'boring from with- la nrnpasB . r. . JT '!now undergoing attack from . . cluieni witnm useil. "tact 18 3 PrUy WeU organized u , Bis I n ion. Idea. idJ' like the one b'S union Mm is 110 one b'S onion t !'n8 l SO oVcr in this coun- ran i,. , comtry is going to be nT.Tricans, cost what it es.l . not make any differ $ tat the cost is. It is going S4 art 0n 8 asis of Povernment with Ule constitution and "I l i iur law respect for law and order. father n i 0 0umP Int sme Blddi " . S,rike sitations in the ssen an(1 wherever there has tota. lism and trouble, the S ?? 8itnation has always rr u alien Ica n control; w a American leader. !eder7v 0 m rid of the alien kua VJ Professional agitator. I least is American workmen at a d). La Cent S(luare; square as H a ? Anting to run straight, aelres . i1 got ,0 interest our- 8. m mctse fjruu- Manes Indifference. imJ??tT.in America is not from - ,ne TeA element as it Cm 0wn indifference. We kt t A86 thin8 academically. Nts off Ket out take our " u. and eet tn wm-k - ii,. oTsfv001 Pk 'or an "ab ttoi.: ' 'Quare deal" for iw i l8!f 8 coperation rather gilation as a solution of the Quits EX-EMPRESS OF GERMANY NEAR DEATH Former Kalserln Aagnite Victoria ot Expected to Recover from Illness at Holland Retreat. (By United Press). " Berlin, April 13. The former empress of Germany is seriously ill at her retreat in Holland and her death is expected shortly, the Deutsche Tages Zeitung said to day. The former empress of Germany, the Kaiserin Auguste Victoria, has been reported seriously ill several times during "decent years. Short ly before the close or the war she was under care of specialists in Berlin. Her health was said to have be come worse when the imperial family fled from Berlin into Hol land. Recent dispatches said her old physicians had been called from Berlin to attend her. She was suf fering from heart trouble, compli cated by other diseases. CARRYING OUT TREATY IS NOW ALLIED PUZZLE Paris, April 13. Although the diplomatic incident regarding the occupation of Frankfort by French forces is considered here to have been closed, it is pointed out that the main question under which the dispute arose the carrying out of the treaty of Versailles remains open in its entirety. Forecasts are that it will come up at the San Remo conference of the allies. The probable occasion will be in con nection with the consideration of Germany's request for further time to disarm and demobilize, it is un derstood in official circles. , The execution of reparations clauses of the treaty, as well as of the military clauses, will be dis cussed by the conferees, and they will be asked by France, it was in dicated today, to make a definite conclusion of the policy of the al lie son these points. France will show a willingness to facilitate Germany's economic revival by commercial agreements between the two countries, it is stated, but will resist any tendency to revise the treaty for Germany's benefit at the expense qf the reparations clauses alone. ' KANKAKEE PASTOR NAMED MODERATOR. Chicago. April -13. Ker. Dr. David Creighton of Kankakee, 111., was elected moderator of the Chi cago Presbytery, at the national meeting of that body here otday. f The Weather o o Fair tonight and Wednesday. Rising temperature, with the low est tonight about freezing. Highest temperature yesterday, 40; lowest last night, 26. Wind velocity at 7 a. m., 6 miles per hour. Precipitation in last 24 hours, none. I " 12 m. 7 p.m. 7 a.m. yester. yester. today Drv bulb temp..'.3o 36 28 Wet bulb temp... 31 31 25 Rel. humidity ...58 52 - 67 Daily Hirer Bulletin. Change Stage. 24hrs. St. Paul 8-3 0-3 Red Wing 8.0 0.4 La Crosse 9 9 03 Dubuque ..17.2 '-0.8 LeClaire 121 0.4 Davenport 15-7 0.7 River Forecast. Rapidly falling stages in the Mis sissippi will continue from below Dubuque to Muscatine until heavy rains occur. J. M. SHER1ER, Meteorologist. j LATE BULLETINS rnhlonx. Anril 13. The American forces in Germany have been notified by the war department that Brliradier Gen eral William W. Harta. ehlef of staff of the army of occupa tion, will not return from the United States to rename that post. Berlin, April If. An official announcement made last light in the ease of Pawl Boo me Xott of Fatemon, X. JU saU to have been an American eltiiea. who wns killed recently at Wesel, near the Ruhr region, states that he was shot dead while attempting to escape from military arrest, Stump VOTERS OF STATE CAST ON CHOICES Favorable Weather Indi cates Heavy Vote for G. O. P. Chicago, April 13,-One elec tion jndge, and four precinct workers, together with the poll books and ballots in one voting district were kidnaped this morning shortly before the pri maries opened. ' Reports to the elections com missioners say the men were spirited' away in automobiles. All of those kidnaped belong to one of the Republican fac tions. , TRe early note in the pres idential preference race was nnusually heavy. The weather .is clear and cool. Springfield, I1U April 13. Ideal weather downstate con pled with the fact that fields were too wet for plowing caused election officials to pre. diet a hejavy vote in the presi- . dential preferential primary to day. In Springfield and In the rural pfecincts of Sangamon9 county it was estimated thafeoO per cent of the vote had been cast before noon. This was a surprise to officials at the poll ing places. BY L. B. BLA.NtHARD. (United Press Staff Correspondent) f tii pa vn . Anril 13 Tllinnts was to indicate her preference for the presidency today, the choice being between a favorite son as a suc cessor of Lincoln and Grant, or a uistmguisnea military omcer wun a national record of achievement. Chief interest m today s election was confined to the Republican party. General Leonard Wood and Governor Frank O. Lowden of the G. O. P., were the only regularly named candidates for the prefer ence. In the Democratic party there were no presidential candi dates. , Interest there was con fined to the selection of ward and precinct committeemen to run the nartv in the next four vears. and the naming of 58 delegates to the national convention. one Pledged for Wood. The polls opened at 6 a. m. They worn tn rlose at 5 D. m. The oresi- dential vote is not binding upon delegates to the national conven tion. Many candidates for the dele gation are pledged to Governor lowden and are bound to vot for him if elected, regardless of the popular enmce. uenerai wooa naa no pledged candidates for dele gates. Women voted tor their president ial candidate in Chicago and var ious localities, me rignt Deing granted or denied by election au thorities interpretation of the primary law. Chicago Interest Keen. Because of a three-cornered fight in rMrnen for control of the Re publican county committee interest i keen and the nossibility Of a maximum vote of 300,000 was seen. Less bitter fights were being wageo in downstate communities. It was believed the vote outside Chicago would not be much more than 300,000. Th nossibility of written-tn votes existed in both parties. In the Republican primaries it was expected that Hiram Johnson would imnnii votes in this way. Johnson and other candidates de ferred to Lowden as a tavorue son" by refusing to file petitions.- Small Demo value, Edwards. McAdoo and all other - Democratic possibilities amm-ted to receive votes, but their value Was small. No candi dates for the state delegation were pledged. -n,ini aisn voted on improve ment bond issues of $34,50,000. CHICAGO POLICE BAFFLED BY DEATH OF STOCK SELLER Chicago. April 13. How and by whom William C. Bryan, stock and bond salesman, formerly of Indian apolis, was killed remained a mys tery todav. His body, bearing two bullet wounds and badly beaten, was found in the office of the In surance Trust company on the 16th floor of a downtown office building last night . J. Ellsworth Griffin, his business associate and president of the com pany, was found in a semi-conscious condition in a nearby cor ridor, and was held by the' police in connection with the case. Doc n uM Griffin was suffering from alcohol poisoning. to Fight RaU Peril RAIL REVOLT IS RADICAL WORK; LONG BREWING Government Will Give Union Officers Time to Get Control. Bf DAVID IAWBESCE. (Special to The Argus.) Washington, D. C, April 13. Open rebellion on the railroads of the country has given the govern ment a problem even more compli cated than the coal striker It was not a sudden revolt. Trouble has been brewing for many weeks and the department of Justice has been watching certain radical leaders who have been fomenting mutiny. As a matter of fact, the depart ment expected a break in another industry to occur before the rail road men struck. It was a day of "I told you so" at the department of justice, where the railroad strike was attributed entirely to the conspiracy of "rad icals" and "bolshevists" who have begun a process of "boring from within" in an effort to overthrow the more sensible and conserva tive leaders of organized labor. "We have been warning the country against the activity of rad icals," said one official of the de partment, "but we have been ac cused of 'seeing things' and exag gerating." Few Have Great Power. Officials pointed out that while the number of men out on strike was not considerable it was possi ble for any small number to tie up the transportation systems of the country when adopting guerrilla warfare tactics of suspending work without notice. Attorney General Palmer got back to Washington from Georgia and began examining the report of confidential agents to see what ev idence had been collected on which prosecutions can be based. If it is found that a conspiracy exists, in dictments will be asked against the leaders who participated; but it is alsojjiuite possible that tn goveinment may proceed against individual strikers on the ground that they have interrupted the transportation of the nation's food supply. The Lever act still holds good, and it is a lucky thing that the peace resolution framed by the hous has not. yet passed the sen ate or been put on "tthe statute books, for the department of jus tice will try to make use of some wartime laws in handling the pres ent situation on the railroads. Outbreak Premeditated. Inquiry at all the government de partments where information might possibly be collected concerning the strike develops the fact that the outbreak on the railroads was i premeditated and that thej dismis sal of a conductor on a western (Continued on Page Five.) CABRERA TRAP REPORTED COUP Washington, April 13. Private advices received here picture the situation in Guatemala City, as a trap that had been sprung y Pres ident Estrada Cabrera on his en emies rather than a rebel victory. It was' explained that the failure of the president to use the army to prevent the entry of the rebels into the capital was a strategem employ ed to give him the upper hand with a minimum of bloodshed. Strong government forces were stationed at La Palma, a suburb, where President Cabrera is located, and other points from where oper ations can be directed that will effectually close all the exits from the citv, the report said. After the rebels bad flocked into the city, Cabrera was said to have announced to them that the capital would re main under siege until the insur gent sued for terms. The water supply would be cut off, food ship ments be stopped and only women, children and other non-combatants would be permitted to pass the line of siege, the message added, in or der to hasten a comparatively bloodless victory. POLES PUSH REDS BACK, IS REPORT Warsaw, April 13. A pronounc ed victory for the Poles over the bolsheviki on the southeastern front was reported by the general staff today. After several days' fighting a bolsheviki division was put to flight and more than a score of ma chine guns, with much booty, were captured by the Poles. 300 GERMANS DIE . IN POWDER BLAST Paris, April 13. Three hundred persons were killed in the explo sion of a munitions dump at Roten stein. East Prussia, on Sunday, ac cording to a dispatch from French headquarters at Mayence. $1 FOR EACH DAY IN U.S. ARMY, PLAN House Approves Cash Bo nus Affecting 3,000,000 Ex-Soldiers, Report. BT HERBERT W. WALKER. (United Press Staff 'Correspondent) Washington, April 13. A cash bonus of 1 for each day's service would be given to approximately 3,000,000 of the 4,800,000 men in the army, navy and marine corps dur ing the war under a plan that has been approved by the bonus sub committee of the house ways and means committee, it was learned today. The program, which will be sub mitted to the full committee for ap proval during this week, calls for an expenditure of slightly less than. 51,000,000,000, which is to be raised by a tax of one-half of one per cent, on all sales. It is considered very likely that this plan will be the one which will be submitted to the house in the near future. WTith the purpose of limiting the bonus to those who endured heavy financial sacrifices during the war, the sub-committee has eliminated several classes of service men from the groups entitled to benefits, the total number eliminated being esti mated at 1,800,000. Classes Affected. Among these classes are: Those who served less than 60 days - because these men already have " received the original $80 bonus. Men who are assigned to indus trial plants such as shipbuilding anct received extra compensation therefor. All officers. Men in the regular army before the declaration of war. Men who while serving in the army received compensation from their employers or business inter ests. Xo man would be given the bo nus until he applied for it and this, it is believed, would reduce the to tal expenditure, as many service men who have wealth are not ex pected to ask the extra compensa tion. The application is to contain an affidavit that the soldier is not in any of the above classes. In Four Installments. The plan calls for payment of the bonus in four equal install ments and the sales taxes are to be collected in the corresponding periods. The average service, the sub-committee has been informed, is 10 months, making the average bonus about $300. Men who were pro moted to be commissioned officers would be paid only for the time they served as enlisted men. The committee is now waiting for esti; mates from the treasury depart ment as to exactly how much can be raised by the tax on sales, but preliminary estimates place the amount at about $1,500,000,000. The levying of this tax also would be in the nature of an experiment as there is sentiment in congress for having it replace some of the other taxes later. For the present, however, it must be in addition to all other taxes. Under the house committee plan. all businesses with total sales of less than $2,500 a year and all small farmers should be exempted. The tax would not be paid by stamps as is the case in the present consump tion levies. Its collection, it is believed, would be simple. All business con cerns at the end of every three months after the passage of the law would simply pay one-half of one per cent on their total sales. The advocates of the tax claim it would not increase the cost of liv ing in any considerable degree, as it would amount to only 50 cents on every $100. All transactions, wholesale, retail and real estate, would be taxed. GENERAL STRIKE TIES UP IRELAND iondon. April 13. A general strike began in Ireland today to protest against the treatment of the political prisoners in Mount Joy jail at Dublin, who are now on hunger strike.- TEACHER SNEEZES; DISLOCATES A RIB (Br Coiled Pick). Arkansas City, Ark.. April 13. Miss Esther Unruh, teacher in the schools here, is in a local hospital today suffering from a dislocated rib caused by a violent sneeie' dur ing the school work yesterday. PHILADELPHIA FACES SERIOUS TRANSIT BLOCK Strike Spreads to Pennsy Llnes 2,500 Quit Freight and Express Traffic Checked. Bl'LLETIX. Philadelphia, Pa, April 13. The Pennsylvania railroad an nounced, today I hat i:j.0!W em. ployes of all classes out of a total of 27.INMI are on strike. In the eastern region (heailqnar. tern at Philadelphia) 6.425 were out: central, (headquarters at Pittsburgh). 4.551; southwest ern (headquarters at St. l.nuis), MM; northwestern (headquar ters at Chicago), l,22-'. Philadelphia. Pa April 13. The railroad strike situation in the Philadelphia district assumed more serious aspects today. Officials of the Pennsylvania railroad admitted the walkout was spreading and estimated that 1.500 men, many of them shopmen, joined the strikers late yesterday and last night. This increased the nuniber of Pennsyl vania employes out in the district to 2,500. In the eastern region ap proximately 3,750 were idle. Offi cials said they did not look for any noticeable relief for three or four days. Traffic Stands Still. Freight and express traffic on all railroads entering the city virtual ly is at a standstill, while the cur tailment of passenger service was increasing hourly. Of the 700 pas senger trains originating, passing through or terminating in Philadel phia, 105 were annulled yesterday. The strike ehas seriously inter fered with the movement of coal and has caused the closing down of several anthracite mines. About twenty thousand employes of. the Lackawanna Coal company in the Wilkesbarre district are idle. Ohio .Mines Checked. Columbus, Ohio, April 13. Soft j coal mines in Ohio were nearly all iclosed down today because of the' j railroad strike an" thousands of coal miners were thrown out of work. A few mines in some scat tered sections were reported still working, but all of the big mines v-ere closed because of the inabil ity of operators to get cars. Eight tempers' Plea. Cleveland, Ohio, April 13. A meeting of striking switc hmen was alled for this morning to offset the effect of the appeal to return to work made, yesterday by Sam uel Gomners. president of thei American Federation of Labor, and W. G. Lee, president of the Train men's Brotherhood of five brother hood lodges. Seek "Goods"' on Strikers. Washington, April 13. The Pennsylvania and New York Cen tral railroads were asked today by the department of justice, to send the names of all their striking em ployes and to indicate whic h of thein were leaders in the walkout. TIEUP CENTERS DRIVE IN EAST Chicago, April 13. Main strength of the striking railroad workers to day was exerted in the section east of Pittsburgh and in the Pacific northwest, with conditions, accord ing to railroad brotherhood leaders and railway officials, in the remain der of the country, pointing toward a return to normal. Around New York passenger service was bard hit and in the Pennsylvania steel and iron regions thousands of work ers were threatened with enforced idleness unless the situation quick ly changed. At Jersey City armed soldiers with arniv motor trucks were rail ed in to handle mail halted hv the strike. ,1 orlhwest Affected. Fresh difficulties were encounter ed by the railroads at the Pacific Northwest, although reports from various other sections of the west indicated gradual improvement. Great Northern and Northern Pa cific switchmen at Everett, Wash., walked out at midnight yesterday and Northern Pacific yardmen at Spokane arranged a meeting .today to decide on future action. Yard employes of the Oregon, Washing ton Railroad and Navigation com pany, and the Chicago, Milwaukee & St Paul: in that district, awaited action by the,Northern Pacific men. Brotherhood Survey. As epitomized by the brotherhood leaders today the entire situation wis: . West: Vastly better. Chicago: Much improved. East: Vastly worse,, particularly New York. From the Ohio rivar to the coast. um. iuuisiuuvu.iai Mio me Mri was uarumj oav. , PRESIDENT ALSO NAMES HIS NEW LABOR BOARD TO SOLVE RAIL PUZZLE i ' Cabinet Call First Since Wilson's Illness Senate Speeds Board Confirmation Grievances Aired on Receipt of Approval. Washington, April 13. President Wilson today called a meeting of the cabinet for tomorrow to dis cuss "the general situation." White house officials would not say that the "unauthorized'' railroad strike has prompted the call, but it was understood that this would be the principal subject discussed. This is the first cabinet meeting called by the president since he returned from his western trip last September "a very 'sick man." Since his illness he has seen onlv a few members of his official family. SENATE SPEEDS CONFIRMATION OF NEW BOARD Washington, April 13. The rail road labor board was appointed to- Iday by President Wilson. The members are: Representing the public: (eorge Vi. Hanger. Washing ton, D. ('.; Henry Hunt. Cin cinnati; K. .M. Burton, Ten nessee. Representing the railroads: Horace Baker; ,1. II. Elliot and William I.. Park. Representing the employes: Albert P. Phillips; A. 0. Wharton,, and James J. For. rester. The board will be authorized to meet in Washington at once to Washington at once to take up the grievances of the railroad employes now on strike. The poininations went to the souate at noon today and prompt action by that body is expected. Last Dispute Court. Under the transportation act. the railroad labor board is the court of last resort in disputes between the roads and their employes. Its first work after considering the present strike will be to take u:i th whole railroad wage question which has been pending for nearly a year. The board is to establish perma nent headquarters at Chicago and its members will dewte all of their time to the work. They will i receive salaries of $10,U00 a year. Cornier Cinci Mayor. Jlr. Hunt, one of the public rep-1 resentatives is appointed for one vear. He is a former mayor of: .1 ""A,- T IL , ing the anxieties of health officials, of the Ohio house ol represent-1 b . . . . h lives. During the' war he was a u.,wiii slflea tn.M ("l ,llas B captain in the national army. Since n" k s"PPh' ,n land fflr 4,s ,0lurs 1915 he had been a member or henot '"eluding today s expected ship board of trustees of tin- Cincinnati ! mP"ii. , , , . " Southern utility. railwav- a ,-itv nwd Mr. Hanger, another represen'a tive of the public, who in named for two years, is assistant commis sioner of the United States board of mediation and conciliation, and as a member of that bof'.y bus had considerable experience ;n bundling labor disputes. ' A Tennessee Juiisf. Judge Barton, the third member, is a tormer juuge or the lenncsseei court of appeals, and is appointed for three years. J. E. Elliott of Texas, is appoint ed tor two years. He formerly was general manager of the Texas & Pacific railroad, and subsequently was a colonel in the -transportation j corps of the American expedition ary forces. Mr. Park is vice president of the j Chicago, Great Western railroad and is appointed for one year. linn her hood Onicial. Mr. Phillips is vice president of! the. Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Enginemeii. He is laooointed for three vears. Mr. Wharton, whose home is in Missouri, is an official of the Rail- Potomac river, way Employes' department of the i Superintendent Colver said all of American Federation of Labor,' and !tBP mPn. including conductors and a member of the board of Railway ! brakemen as well as switchmen. Wages and Working Conditions ofwt're "r and that the yards were the United States Railroad admin-! paralyzed. The total number of istration. His term is for two vears. j strikers was placed by him at 220. Mr. Forrester is president of the i Passenger traffic was curtailed. Brotherhood of Railway Steamship Clerks, Freight Handlers, Express and Station Employes. . His term is for one year. White house officials said the president felt that he had recov ered sufficiently to meet with the cabinet and it was indicated that hereafter bis official family would be called together at more or less stated intervals. Horace Baker, who is appointed to represent the railroad execu tives for a three year term, is a former general, manager of the Cincinnati. New Orleans and Texas Pacific railroad. The nominations were considered later by the senate interstate com- irv:e vuiuuiicv, wmta ueLiuen to to wunnoio acuou tor i nour; in or- 14 With freight traffic In the east seriously crippled, administration officials regard the strike situation as very serious. The president has been kept advised as to general conditions. Full Report by Palmer. Attorney General Palmer was studying additional reports today from department of justice field agents and was expected to make a complete report with recom mendations to the executive. It was announced at the While house that th3 cabinet officers would assemble in the president's study instead of meeting in the ex; ecutive offices. This will be the first gathering of the cabinet since the resigna tion of former Secretary of State Lansing on Feb. 13, after the pres ident bad rebuked him for calling unofficial meetings of the cabinet during Mr. Wilson's illness. NO LETUP OF FLIGHT IN N. Y, New York. April 1.1.-New York was still in the grip of the outlaw railway strike today and there were no surface indications of a general break in the ranks of Uie strikers. Officials of the various roads in volved redoubled their efforts to maintain service and they were cheered by announcements that military engineers, college students and citizens in several communi ties had volunteered to till the strikers' places. , Food Trains Reach Cily. While gains were made by the strikers yesterday, notably in stop-' ping the suburban service of the Centra! Railway of New Jersey,' fnrwl ..; r. c vr.n s!i l,l tl.a r.Itf reliov- int.vt iwk i pmrai roan suc- reeded in maintaining its normal passenger service. The road also i moved considerable freight. All : other lines entering the city con tinued crippled. The Pennsylvania i road's suburban service was about 10 per cent of normal this morning. I'rge for Returns. Oftit ials of the "Big Four" broth erhoods, who professed to see. their organizations in danger as the re- suit of the unauthorized strike, con tinued their efforts to induce "out laws" to return to work. "GATCWAYTNTOz SOUTH" CLOSED Washington. April 13. "The . gateway to the south" through ! this city was closed to freight traf- c today as a result of the tpreart of the "unauthorized" switchmen's i strike to the Potomac yards across but not supended. me single track ondge across the Potomac from this city into Alexandria, where the Potomac yards are located, is the only rail road inlet into the south, east of Cincinnati. der to enable it to obtain some In formation regarding especially the members of the public group. TOTE DOWJT 8TRIXE. -Pittsburgh. Pa.. April 13. Mem bers of the Brotherhood of Railway Trainmen on th Pennsylvania rall- road, east and west of Pittsburgh, voted ibis mornln. nit ir,inin the strike of yardmen. An.omct'l I announcement said the vote wax i announcement sala the vote .'racucally un&nimoua," f4