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f Harding Gains by
BT DAVID LAWRENCE.
(Special to The Argus.)
hwiu. N. Y- Oct. 16. Senator
Riding will carry New York state
g a decisive majority, Senator
ftdnrortb will be re-elected by
but thousands of votes lees, and
tt thlf writing mere is serious
feat whether AI Smith, the pride
at lanunany's heart, will be re
Thtt's tbe gituation in the Em
tlr state, and a variety of reasons
tt tutors are contributing toward
ik, remit First and foremost, the
told' which Republicanism has had
n J(ew York voters has not been
Mksned but strengthened since
tht dy four years ago when New
U-kaa SA HIM I
jon aiaio xuBu - v,vw(.
Second, the tide of discontent
tttr the absence of a reconstruc
ts policy at Washington runs Just
m high here as in other states
dent1 the Atlantic seaboard. ,
f Third, Tammany, whose votes at
t San Francisco convention -help-ti
to nominate Governor Cox and
schitved a notable victory over
the Wilson forces seems to have
satisfied with the vengeance
vroifht against William Gibbs Mc
Moo tor his audacity in endeavor
ing to purify the Democracy of this
tits, and since the nomination of
Cos, Tammany has done little or
lotting on the national ticket. All
fort Is concentrated on the re
lesnoi of Governor Smith.
rosrth, so deeply is Tammany
httmtei in the gubernatorial race
Ostitis not only "throwing" Cox, 1
M also seems to have completely
tergotteo Walker, the Democratic
Bonis tor United States senator.
And everywhere one go there la
talk ot how-well Tammany likes
The latter is wet enough to satis
fy Tammany and his views on many
other questions are not particularly
hostile to Tammany desires. How
VJo happens that while Judge Mil
f, the regular Republican noml
iw tor governor, is popular and
itu a personality that makes him
u outstanding candidate There
m certain Republican leaders who
would not lose much sleep or 'be
ams their fate it he lost to Al
(Continued on Page Three.)
Nt of AetJoa Taken by OhK
Mention Based on Mis
ndereUndlng. Dojtoii. Ohio, Oct 16. Adhering
Uu policy of the American Fed-
ic;-""" vi uituor, me unio suae
jleiwaUon of Labor in convention
iwe, made no endorsement of po
litical candidates. Thrnnvh a. mia.
jMsrsUndlng it was reported on
y- w that the convention had en-
"WiigoTenior James M. Cox, the
"oratic presidential candidate.
A resolution endorsing Governor
! candldarT su luhmlttoH In
J leglalative committee along
VIU a AuvnKA 1 I...:
JJMtegiflaUve committee in its re-
o ue convention recommend-
?-oncurrence in the Governor
resolution, pointing out that it
Ikj.. m mo American
Ij1"0" of Labor NOT to en-
? Wicy should be followed by
OUo federation. This report
".legislative committee was
by the convention.
JTH OF CHIEF 7a(0BS.
WHlgJeld. Til r is rhi.
Wlaoobs ot tbi Springfield fire
t died this morning. He
t"14 the position almost six
" J. . Bt Chief Matt Cullen. the
. CJ? arman in point of service.
kta T" Springfield
,7 i. una
V!' Oct 16,-Offlclal request
' Stvbr t Chinese govern-
in Jr.6 Acited Press to
' 'fu,o recent rumors orig-
w, Shanghai that the gov-
l"SIL . Dn overthrown.
V. "W Is HA trnth h
no truth whatever,'
W" reactionary move-
eaihi ua as ur as ue
J know no plot of any
jwsta. and .the situation is
wT" caanite nolitirAiiv hmd
at peace prospecU have 1
legations in this city
knowledge of the reported
. HIRING A HALL
Democratic Senator Will
. Hold Meeting Under
' Own Auspices.
Kansas pity, Mo, Oct 16 (Unit
ed Press.) Senator James A. Reed,
Democrat, has something up his
sleeve. This announcement by the
senior Missouri solon has ponied
I have rented Convention Hall,
Kansas City, Mo, for Thursday
night, Oct 21.
"I have paid for the hall myself.
"I intend to hold a meeting under
my own auspices.
"There will be no presiding offi
cer; no Sowers; no band; no ad
mission fee, and no reserved seats.
MT k... ill .
der that i m jTZSZT T
der that I may be perfectly free to
aiscoss in my own way certain
pnasea of the political situation.
"I assume fuU responsibility and
Intend to do all the talking my
"All citizens, men and women,
who want to come and listen will
Reed is a bitter foe of the League
of Nations. He has also been back
ing up Senator Snencer in a con-
troversy with the White housa over
President Wilson's alleged prom-
Im. ..-J . ti ...
w muu iruupa aurqaa io pro-
tect the territorial integrity of. Ro
mania and Serbia.
Reed also was thrown out of the
San Francisco Democratic national
convention because of his fight on
the league. .
-When Reed was refused a place
as a delegate to the San Francisco
convention by the Joplin state con
vention he gave an interview in
Washington that such action meant
Missouri would go Republican. Lat
er in the day he repudiated the in
terview. Since then, however, Reed
acted as "chief prosecutor" for
Governor Cos in' the senate com
mittee hearings on the letter's cam
paign "slush fund" charges. -
Both Democratic and Republican
leaders are anxiously awaiting
Reed's speech. '
END OF JOURNEY
Speaks at St Levis Tonight
Sharpens Anti Wllsea
With Senator Harding, Enroute
to St Louis, Oct 16. (United
Press.) Off on the last leg of his
present 1 speaking trip. Senator
Harding today faced a heavy day of
rear-end speeches through Indiana
and Illinois on his way to St Louis,
where he 'speaks tonight
Because of the split in the Re
publican organization in Missouri,
Harding's schedule was arranged
so he arrives in St Louis shortly
after 7 o'clock tonight just in time
for his speech. . He leaves imme
diately afterward for Marion. ,
His appearance in St Louis is
complicated by the fact that it is
the home of Jacob Babler, the na
tional committeeman for Missouri,
who figured in the pre-convention
financing of the presidential boom
it or Governor Lowden of Illinois.
The national Republican committee,
since Babler did not resign, gave
over' the active management of the
committee, in Missouri to State
Harding is now aiming his anti
Wilson bludgeonin a new direction
and is swinging hard at the failure
of the administration to enter the
Worlff" war earlier. He deliberately
charged in his Indianapolis speech
thst America was kept out of war
for political purposes and for-the
sake of winning an election thous
ands of American lives were sacri
ficed on the battlefields of France.
. Woaten ft Tears.
Speaking with risible emotion,
Harding charged this was a be
trayal of American manhood and
before he was through some women
in the audience were , wiping the
tears away. ' ' ' . .
He got into this phase of the at
tack after denying the charge made
in a recent speech by WiRiam Gibbs
McAdoo that he favored compul
sory military training. Any peace
time system of military training In
America must be voluntary. Hard
ing said. The statement being used
against Mm now, he said, was made
during the war when the adminis
tration was refusingl he charged,
to permit Theodore Roosevelt to
take volunteera to France,
It Is expected Harding will short
ly discuss the situation in Haiti on
the basis of disclosures recently
made by General George Barnett
until recently commandant of the
marine corps which was in control
Washington, Oct 16. (United
Press.) The charge by General
George Barnett of "indiscriminate
killing" of Haitiens bi American
marines will be the subject of a
thorough investigation by congress,
it was confidently believed here to-
Further disclosures also are ex
pected to develop rapidly in the in
vestigation which Secretary of the
Navy Daniels has ordered into the
marine corps occupation of Haiti.
Beginning of Permanent
Decline Seen in Price
Washington, Oct. 16. (United
Press.) Food Is now leading all
other necessities in the downward
sweep of prices.
The level of prices paid farmers
for their Products declined 16.6 per
MBt dnrtn atnhT umh.
to reports to the agricultural de
partment covering the entire coun
try. - .
Consumers already have begun to
benefit from this sweeping Vdecline,
other reports shows.
Prices paid the fanner otf Oct. 1
throughout the United States aver
aged, according to the agricultural
White potatoes, 61.35 per bushel;
sweet potatoes, $1.61 per bushel;
apples, $1.33 per bushel; butter,
64.1 cents per pound; eggs, 60.1
cents per dozen; chickens, 26.4
cents per pound, and wheat $2.14
Retail prices of clothing and
more than 260 other commodities
still are on the down grade, govern
ment reports show.
Numerous expressions of opinion
by high government offldala indi
cate price declines already record
ed are regarded as the beginning
of a permanent decline in the gen
ral cost of living.
Secretary of the Treasury Hous
ton is one who believes the crest
of high prices has been reached. It
may take years, however, for the
general decline to complete its
cycle, Houston said.
Governor Harding of the federal
reserve board, is another official
who has declared that the decline
is a permanent beginning of lower
prices. Value of the dollar has in
creased Dearly 13 cents, govern
ment records show. The dollar Is
worth approximately 56scents com
pared with its pre-war 114 pur
chasing power. Two months ago
the dollar stood for only 37 cents.
nothing and Sagar Falls. .
- Kansas City, Mo., Oct 16.
(United Press.) Price reductions
here resulting from the cut started
by Henry Ford runs from 20 to 40
per cent on clothing both for men
and women. All leading clothing
stores have announced decided re
ductions and all explain that lower
prices are due to lower wholesale
Wolff Bros., leading colthlen, an
nounced a flat cut of 20 per cent
on everything in the store except
articles on which they had no price
control. This concern stated some
prices were cut close to cost and
printed a chart showing they were
selling shoes at approximately 25
to 60 cents profit per, pair. This
concern also announced Its books
were open to the public to prove Its
assertions. , '
Sugar is down at some places to
12 cents, while at other stores 16
cents la asked. Soda fountains are
cutting a nickel off of the prioe of
most mixtures, and the manager ot
the Sweetheart shop. In the fash
ionable residence district predicts
further cuts due to decrease, in cost
Harzfeld's, high class women's
store, advertises suits up to $135
for' $75, while Klein's offer "ultra
smart" suits at $49. Other stores
are advertising "sensational coat
sales" and telling of good buys at
the wholesale markets. Wearing
apparel seems to be the main line
cutting, outside of the automobile.
Cleveland. Ohio. Oct 16. (United
Press.) While some commodities
have dropped in price here, busi
ness men said today that a genuine
"satisfying" drop cannot be ex
pected until there is a decline from
the present level ot wages.
All kinds ot foods in restaurants
have dropped from 10 to 16 per
cent Soft coal dropped $1 per ton
and flour fell $1.60 on the barrel
wholesale, and 60 cents on the re
tall price. '
! Groceries la Beinettsa.
Chicago, Oct 16. (United Press.)
Commodities here affected by the
price cutting wave sweeping the
country include practically all es
sentials for eating and wearing, ac
cording to merchants today. Com
modities which experienced de
Butter, down 6 cents; eggs. 1
cent; potatoes. M cents a bushel;
sugar, 1 cent a pound; coat 60
cents to $1 a ton at the mine;
clothing, 20 to 40 per cent; pianos,
10 to 25 per cent
Sol Westerfeld, large retail gro
cer, said he believed prices would
go still lower. -
-The food problem is clearing
add the retailers will soon estab
lish prices in proportion to those
existing before the war." he said.
fill from nun.
Coriin. Ky . Octr l--CapUin
Beaver, pilot and L B. Connelly,
machinist member of the Bar
bourrllle. Ky, Aero club, fell 1.000
fMt in a burning airplane, near
here, but escaped injury, leaping
as they approached the g and. .
SAYS G. O. P. IS
Scores Parry for Transfer
ring European Strife
Chicago, Oct 16. Speaking at a
luncheon at the Iroquois club here
today Secretary of State Colby
charged the Republican party with
"the methodical effort to play upon
the susceptibilities of every racial
group in America" and character
ised It "one of the most sinister
features" of the Republican cam
paign. He accused the Republicans
of transporting to America and in
jecting into purely domestic issues
factional strifes and prejudices of
Europe and of taking advantage of
these susceptibilities in immigrants
before they have had time to learn
America and become Americans.
Mentioning the Germans, he said,
by way of illustration, Mr. Colby
declared that any general organ
ised support from the German ele
ment in America is an expression
of either disappointment or resent
ment at the course of the United
States in the war.
Wnat he said of the German ele
ment. Secretary Colby" explained,
applied to every other racial group
in America that thinks more of
gratifying its .racial antipathies
than It does of serving America. J
"America is not Interested pri
marily in the rivalries between the
Albanians and the Jugoslavs, or in
their contentions over a boundary,"
the speaker declared, "The preten
sions of Bulgaria as against the
Greeks have no place In this cam
paign. The lawless occupation ot
Flume by an excitable lyrist is not
Its essence an American question.
Sewing Dragon s Teeth.
"To transfer to America is to in
ject into our consideration of pure
ly domestic issues the . factional
strifes of the Baltic nations and
the ancient rivalries ot the Balkan
or eastern European puoples, is to
sow dragon teeth . in our midst
The Democratic party is not seek
ing the support of any ot these ra
cial groups among our popuntion
on the basis of their prejudices or
susceptibilities a aliens. The dem
ocratic party is an American party.'
It appeals to Amenctoi on Ameri
can iseues i"d
"It is a horrible thing to con
template a future in which Italian
nationalism, combining . with Bul
garian Jealousy of Greece, and in
turn linking up with the German
smart under deserved defeat and
backed by the Irish distrust of Eng
land, i should constitute a voting
block' In our electorate, and yet that
lis precisely the point to which we
ar rapidly tending, when the Re
publican party seeks to annex and
appropriate for its own political
purposes all the racial friction, dis
appointments, grievances and in
stincts that it can locate and iden
tify amid our great population."
Want tS0W Appropriation
Fresa State for Hftgft School
Galesburg, I1L, Oct 16. Urging
passage of a law providing for a
special levy for high school work,
the appropriation of $2,000,000 by
the state for education, and larger
units for administration of schools,
the annual of the Western Illinois
State Teachers' asosdation. closed
with a business seslson last night
Officers were elected as follows:
President Charles M. Gill,
Vice President Calvin C. King,
Secretary Myrtle Simmons, Mon
mouth. Treasurer w. F. Boyes, Gales
'General fair tonight and Sunday.
Not mach change in temperature.
' Highest yesterday, 70; lowest last
Wind velocity at 7 a.m, 3 miles
per hour. . i
Precipitation. .29 Inch.
12 m. 7 p.m. 7 a.m.
yester. yester. today
Dry bulb temp.. . 63 62 54
Wet bulb temp... 64 68 - 63
Relative humid.. . 78 75 85
River stage, 1.9; no change last
River Forecast "
The Mississippi will rise slowly
at Clinton and a rising tendency
will extend to Muscatine by Tues
day. J. M SHKRIER. Meteorologist.
Washington. Oct, 16. Weather
predictions " tor week beginning
Monday are:. . -
Upper Mississippi aad lower Mis
souri valley: Unsettled and rains
at beginning ot week, followed by
i general; unr ana mttcn cooler
with 1 freezing tempera-
Mexico Seeks U. S. Rec
ognition if Nation's Dig
nity Is Unaffected.
Mexico City. Oct 16. (United
Press. ) Declarations by President
de la Huerta to American corre
spondents, covering Mexico's inter
national and internal policies were
Interpreted today as reflecting the
attitude of the incoming Obregon
Among the points made by De la
Mexico will pay all . her Just
She will cooperate with the
United States and Guatemala In
maintaining peace along the inter
Although Mexico has not re
ceived a note from the United States
outlining conditions for recogni
tion, "she would accept conditions
which would not affect her national
The League of Nations "is an in
stitution beneficial to humanity."
Mexico has no intention of con
fiscating property. ,
De la Huerta's statement is
known to have been prepared
after conferences with Alvaro Obre
gon, president-elect; Roberto Pes
queira, financial representative in
Washington, who has Just returned
and George Creel, former head of
the "American committee on public
information. . . , . .
The president declared his belief
that Obregon would carry oat his
policies, and for this reason could
not see why foreign nations should
seek ' to Impose conditions upon
Mexico "when our one desire is to
form a part of the concert ot the
allied nations." .
De la Huerta asserted President
Wilson has striven nobly against
the avalanche ot interventionists,
"who, not satisfied with the profits
secured from our soil, desire to
subjugate our people."
"It is unbelievable that the man
who has devoted all his energy to
the service of humanity and has
known how to respect our struggles
for liberty should change his policy
of Justice in the last few days of
"The man who endorsed the Ma
dero government i and appreciated
the impulse that overthrew Vic
toriano Huerta will not abandon
these principles now that peace is
a fact in Mexico and a president "has
been elected lawfully and demo
cratically." . '
Favors Feminine Congress
- Frame Program for Social
Cleveland, Ohio, Oct 16. A na
tional Women's congress to frame a
program of social legislation and
administration for presentation to
the president and congress was ad
vocated here today by Governor
Cox, Democratic presidential candi
date, in addressing an, audience of
The candidate's address preceded
his political speech here and fol
lowed a morning of campaigning in
which he spoke at Sandusky and
Elyria enroute here from Detroit
"From my experience in Ohio,"
said the governor, "Ton may know
what to expect when I am elected
president There is much to be
done for human welfare and social
progress. With women only at the
threshold of political work in Amer
ica, I can not call upon you for con
gressional action, but we can work
in common purpose with common
counsel, and it wonld .seem to me
perfectly proper and fitting that a
national meeting be called of rep
resentatives of every woman's or
ganization in America to formulate
a program tor congress and the ex
executive tor social legislation and
AIR MAIL PILOT
KILLED BY FALL
Bryan MeM alien f Dallas
Death la Aerideat at
Omaha. Neb.. Oct 16. Bryan Mc
Mullen ot Dallas. 'Texas, air mail
pilot of the Chicago-Omaha service,
was killed when kis plane fell today
near BatavU. HL. according to in
formation received here from the
Iiii im il I i ra. all urv.
ice at CUcago,
POPE DOES NOT
Vatican Alleged to Hold
London, Oct 16. Terence Mac-
Swiney, the hunger-striking Lord
Mayor of Cork, was reported by the
Brixton prison doctor this morning
having passed a fairly good
night says a bulletin Issued by the
Irish Self-Determination league on
the Lord Mayor's condition. This
was the 65th day ot the Lord May
or's strike. .
"He was much brighter this
morning," the bulletin adds, "but re
mains in a condition ot infinite
A person closely connected with
Lord Mayor MacSwiney stated that
the MacSwiney family had received
word through a church man who
recently had a 40-minute audience
with Pope Benedict 20 minutes of
which were devoted to a discussion
of hunger strikers, that the pontiff
does not regard the Irish hunger
strikers as committing suicide, tak
ing the attitude that the motive
alone determines whether such self
destruction is Justifiable.
The Vatican viewpoint was rep
resented as being that MacSwiney
and his colleagues are dying, not
because It is their desire to die, but
because their deaths will be the
consequence of the only course
their consciences in the circum
stances permit them to take.
Captares 6000 lea aad Takes
Many Field and Machine
' SebastopoL Oct 16. Continued
success along the various sectors !
of the south Russian front by
forces commanded by General Bar
on W ran gel are reported here. .
Bolshevik attacks on the Tanride
front in the neighborhood ot Kher
son, have been repulsed and Gen
eral Wrangel's troops have captur
ed 6,000 of the enemy, and have
taken many field guns and machine
Take Russian Commanders.
Warsaw, Oct 15. The smashing
of the 6th bolsheviki division by
the Poles in a resumption of fight
ing on the Russo-Polish line Is re
ported in tonight's official war of
The Poles are extending their
lines toward the boundary set by
the armistice, which is shortly to
become effective and have reached
the town of Krzywicze (probably
Krzyvche on the old Galiclan boun
dary southeast of Lemborg). Rus
sian regimental commanders have
been taken prisoner by the Polish
Kill 30 Jews.
London, Oct 16. (Jewish Tele
graphic Agency). (Vilna). Ac
cording to an official statement is
sued by the Lithuanian legation In
this city, 30 Jews have been killed,
scores of others wounded and a
number of Jewish stores robbed in
Vilna since the occupation of that
city by General Zellgouski.
The reports to the legation mak
ing these statements say that
young men of the Vilna district are
being forced at the point of the
bayonet to Join General Zellgoa
COTTON FIRES ,
"Sight Riders at Work in Georgia
Texas Re parted
Atlanta, Ga., Oct. 16. (United
Press.) Three gin and cotton fires
In Georgia, one believed to have
been Incendiary, today marked the
fulfillment of terrorist threats to
destroy crops if they are prepared
for market before the price goes
Several bales of cotton stored on
the J. D. Daniel farm, west of
Franklin, were burned. Daniel said
the work was that of terrorists.
Another attempted fire was report
ed in the same neighborhood.
Destruction ot 250 bales of cotton
and 60 tons of cottonseed in W. B.
Rice's warehouse at Dublin was
reported. The loss was estimated
The third fire was at Clover,
where a gin burned with ' heavy
Dallas. Texas, Oct 16. (United
Press.) Cotton gin fires, believed
the work of "night riders" to keep
cotton off the market until prices
go up. were again believed to have
abated in Texas.
No fires have been reported since
destruction by alleged Incendarism
of the Jamieson gin at Wichita
Falls Thursday. State and federal
authorities. - continuing their in
vestigation, had not yet reported !
making srrests In Texas, although
several petoans were reported held
In other states. Warnings posted
SE3vZ"Ztt.V' """W ged
ral aulaonties today. 1 while they were hunting near here.
RAILIM UNION TO KEET
AND DECIDE QUESTION:
OF JOB STRIKERS
New York Opposes St
Lawrence Job Not
Albany, N. T., Oct 16. Strong
opposition to the proposed St Law
rence shlpway channel connecting
the Great lakes and the Atlantic
ocean was voiced at a hearing
given here today by the interna
tional Joint high commission which
is investigating the project. In its
stead representatives of chambers
of commerce in the Hudson river
valley favored the state barge canal
Hudson river route.
The proposed St Lawrence wa
terway project these representa
tives and those ot the New York
state Chamber of Commerce de
clared, would hinder the develop
ment of the state barge canal and
the Hudson river Improvement
A special investigating commit
tee of the New York state Chamber
of Commerce and the New York
State Waterways association also
went on record as opposed to the
The special investigating com
mittee of the Chamber of Com
merce declared that investigation
has proved that benefits which
would be derived from the proposed
St Lawrence waterway will not be
sufficient to Justify the expenditure
by the government of $50,000,000,
the estimated cost
'In the opinion of your commit
tee the St Lawrence canal will not
afford any genuine relief," the in
vestigating committee's report said.
Long before the St. Lawrence
project could, be completed, it
reasonable to expect that our rail
roads will have made up their de
ficiencies in equipment and ter
minal facilities and that the barge
canal will be provided with facili
ties sufficient to make it a definite
factor in service to shippers. There
are already In sight greatly en
larged facilities along the Atlantic
Allege Sergeant Demanded $100 Per
Week for Liquor Protec
tion la Chicago.
Chicaeo. Oct 16. Further devel
opments in the inquiry into alleged
participation of policemen in the
liquor graft scandal was forecast
today when Frank McGovern told
federal prohibition authorities that
a police sergeant had demanded
$100 a week pay for protection in
a liquor deal in which McGovern
admitted he was engaged. The po
lice sergeant agreed to appear be
fore United States Commissioner
Lewis of the commission today for
Captain John B. En right corn-
manding the police in McGorernor'sj day said there are no reserve stock
precinct ridiculed the man's! of coal available for bunkering
charges, and said that McGovern, ships. In view of this it was be
a saloonkeeper.- had been arrested 1 lieved one of the first effects of the
three times (or violation of the 18th j strike will be holding up of abjp-
amendment and was fined $100 un-
ier the state search and seizure
McGovern 'a saloon was raided
last Sunday. Captain Enright said.
and several gallons of moonshine j to other industries drastic ratlou
liouor confiscated. At that timet log Plans may be necessary. The
the saloonkeeper, charged, accord
ing to the police captain, that Ser
geant Walsh and Patrolman Roon
ey had "tried .o shake him down."
CUT SALARY OF
Redaction Made Because Cost of
Living is Getting
Chicago, Oct 16. (United Press.)
Reduction of salaries of federal
employes has been started because
of recent declines in living costs,
according to advices todsy to Post
, Carlyle was ordered to reduce
salaries of 450 employes of the post
office department In ' a letter re
ceived from Postmaster General
Burleson. ' "
Those affected were clerks and
bookkeepers who have averaged be
tween $2,000 and $3,000 annually.
KILLS WIFE BT ACCIDENT.
Council Rlnrtu Inwa flrt 1C
Mrs. Frank Stielen, aged 22, was
instantly killed late veaterday when
a shotgun in the hands of hr fcna-
Ialoyd George Blames the
Miners for Rejecting
London, Oct 16V A erisl in
the coal strike is expected VTed
nesday when the railway union
will hold a conference to de
cide whet her or net to join the -strikers
In a sympathetic move,
tent aad Ue ap transportation.
In the meantime the govern
eat h taking every evwsare
possible to conserve food sup
plies. In a message to the mia
ere Lloyd George blames the -strikers
for rejecting wage of.
fers and precipitating the strike.
London, Oct it. (United Press.)
Miners responded solidly to the
call tor a nation-wide coal strike
Reports from the coal fields de
clared the men were swarming out
of the mines, many refusing to wait
for the change in shifts. ,
By midday it was estimated that
more than a million miners and
auxiliary workers had been affect
Only the pumping engineers and
maintenance staffs were remaining
In the mines as an insurance
against flooding or deterioration of
Many ot the men sullenly ad
mitted that "we are likely to be
beaten," but maintained they could
stay out for at least six weeks. -
No disorders were sntlcipated,
with the possible exception ot the
more excitable Welshmen, but the
stubbornness ot the northerners
and the Scots was expected to em
bitter industry for many months.
Iron and steel plants in York
shire were reported closing down.
Twenty thousand workers in the
Teeside district were expected to be
idle by Monday.
The government was making ex
tensive preparations to combat the
threatened paralyzation of indus
try, while the press and public
clung to the hope that the strike
could be checked before it 'had
reached an irresistible momentum.
Will Come to Head Monday.
This hope centered about Mon
days Joint meeting ot the parlia
mentary labor party, the trades
union congress and the labor party.
The belief prevailed that the ma-i
Jority of members secretly oppose l
the miners. The prevalent idea le
that labor as a whole disapproves
of, or is passive regarding the
strike. If this proves to be true,
it is accepted as meaning there will
be no sympathetic strikes.
Executives of the Transport
Workers' Federation also will meet
Monday to discuss ways and means '
? 0f carrying on during
strike, which will immediately
throw out or employment thousands
of transport workers because ot
curtailed railway service. Officials
of the triple alliance, which in
cludes miners, transport workers
and railway employes, will hold a
meeting later in the woek to re
view the situation. It is difficult to
ascertain the exact attitude ot the
triple alliance, as an organization,
toward the strike.
The dispatch from Liverpool to-
The food ministry has announced
if the strike is confined to the min
ers there will be an adequate sup
ply of foodstuffs, but if it extends
: only food so far affected has been
An emergency order issued by
the board cf trade asks the public
to cut down consumption of coal,
gas and electricity.
' Grimly Preparing.
London, Oct 16. Preparations
for the great industrial struggle
precipitated by the decision of the
British coal miners to cease work
went grimly forward today.
The machinery established by
the government to cope with the
crisis was working smoothly at ful
speed. The miners, for their parti
were equally active. Some of them.; -notably
in Derbyshire aad Notting
hamshire, already bad ceased work
at the end of their shifts.
The issue of gravest importance'
which was hanging in the balance
was whether the railroad men and
the transport workers woud give
their active support to the miners.
This morning the executive com
mittee of the National Union of
Raflwaymen decided to call a spe
cial .conference of delegates for
Wednesday next when the decis
ion will be taken as to whether
the railway men shall support the
miners through a sympathstls'
strike. Meanwhile, the railroa'J
employes will remain at work.
HAS FREHCH E5ATH.
Paris. Oct. IS. The Temps print-.
tbe Standard OH t&vwK
1 founded a branch la France.
a dispatch from New York savircr
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