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    'Ihiv Kuriii : OMAHA. WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14. 117
Trainmen Hold Their Peace
Boad Officials Believe Strike
Order Will Be a failure.
Telegraph reports that the mem
bers of the "Big Four," represent
iug the four brotherhoods of rail
road trainmen, will call a general
strike Saturday night on eastern
lines and having it apply jo all sec
lions of the country by Wednesday
o. next week, were received with
considerable surprise here by both
railroad officials and employes.
Members of the brotherhoods who
were approached said they knew
nothing of the plans now being made
by the "Big Four" committee.
' Railroad officials here assert that
so far as the roads are concerned
everything in connection with dealing
with the men has been left to a com
mittee and that they will be governed
bv the action taken by that com
mittee. However, they take the post
tion that now would be a most inop
portune time for the men to obey a
strike order in the event one sl ou d
go out from the "Big Four. In mak
ing this assertion they point to the
fact that the question of the legality
of the provisions of the Adamson
law is now in the hands of the courts
and that it would bs bad policy to
flaunt a strike order in the face of
this court ,
If the strike order comes, Union
Pacific officials are of the opinion
that not more than 5 per cent of the
trainmen would respond. On the Bur
lington, Northwestern and Milwaukee
it is asserted that 10 per cent would
probably be the maximum.
Railroad officials, too, fake the posi
tion that a strike order issued at
this time could have no legal stand
ing and that before one that would
be obeyed would go out another vote
to itrike, or not to strike, would have
to be taken.
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than one of the local leaden here
last night declared. the brotherhoods
had waited too long already while the
supreme court deliberated on the con
stitutionality of the shorter basic day.
They argued that if the roada decline
at Thursday's conference to put an
eight-hour day into effect forthwith
the unions would have full justifica
tion for a strike.
Men from southwestern roads will
meet , in St. Louis today, those
from eastern roads in New York
Wednesday and those from western
lines in bt, .raul Wednesday.
; W, G. Lee, nead of the trainmen's
brotherhood, said tonight that the
men had made no important changes
in their demands presented to the
railroads last fall.
Receive Order to Strike.
Pittsburgh, Pa., March 13. Mem
bers of the railroad brotherhoods in
the Pittsburgh district are said to
have received a formal order today
to strike on March 17, "unless other
wise notified," the circular, which
also officially instructs them as to
their conduct during the strike, is
signed: "Committee: B. of L. EH B.
of U. F O. R. C, B. of R. T."
The circular consists of seven num
bered paragraphs, the last reading as
"Your representatives have been
unable to effect a satisfactory settle
ment and a strike under the laws of
the respective organizations become
effective March 17, 1917, 6 p. m., cen
tral time, 7 p. m., eastern time, un
less otherwise notified.
WiU Complete Trip.
The first paragraph directs that no
man, in road service involved in the
strike will perform any service after
the hour set to strike, unless he a I
ready has begun a trio and has actual.
ly left the terminal. If the tram has
left the terminal he will complete the
trip and, deliver the engine and train
at the end of run or tie uo point, if
tied up under! the Jaw, after which
he will pert rm no further sertvee,
until the close of ithe strike. Men in
other than road service will leave
the service at the appointed time. So
far as your legal right to strike is
concerned, there is no difference be
tween a mail train and a freight train.
You have identically the same right to
perform service on a mail train as you
have to refuse to perform service on
1 freight trian.
Other, sections declare that acts
f -violence of any niture will not be
' ' Won't- Taice Shipments.
Indianapolis, March 13. E. M. Cos
tin, general superintendent of the Big
Four railroad, announced late today
that "on account of certain threaten
ing strike conditions," the Big Four
railroad would not accept shipments
-i live stock and perishable freight
utter Thursday midnight, unless
:ould be delivered to destinations on
'Jig Four lines before Saturday noon,
Other clases of freight, the an
nouncement says, will not be accepted
ifter Wednesday midnight, unless the
thipper signs a waiver, releasing the
-adroad company from any damages
ihat might be caused by delay.
" 4 Hold' Conference.
Sl Louis, March 13. Representa
tives of the four brotherhoods on the
southwestern railways, centering in
St. Louis, held a four-hour xonference
here today with national officers of
the brotherhoods -nd at the end of
the conference, refused to give out
any information as to what had trans
pired. .
Marie Robinson and Sherman Fryer
were married by Kev. Charles W.
Savidge at his residence Monday
evening at 9:30 o'clock. They were
accompanied by Mr. Carl O. Booton
and Miss Hatel James. The entire
party tas from Council Bluffs.
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Bagdad Captured by the British
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(Con tinned From Pi re 0.
tides Of west-bound trans-continental
freight to Pacific coast ports.
Existing rates on a wide range of
commodities from eastern cities to
Pacific coast ports are found unrea
sonably low and adjustment would be
effected under the proposed plan by
raising through rates and prescrib
ing proportional rates to intermedi
ate points.
Present through rates on a long
list of other articles, including brass-
bronze or copper goods, electrical
goods, certain iron products, pulp
wood,, lumber, wheat, rice, tea and
tobacco are found to be reasonable
and adjustment of rates to interme
diate points would be made by re
ducing the present rates where they
exceed through rates.
The railroads are given until April
2 to submit proposed changes in the
plan. The case will be argued before
the commission April 3 and 4 and
will then be un under considera
tion for final decision
Water Competitor! Negligible.
Tentative findings reached after
long and painstaking investigation,
include the following:
"Existing water competition is
found to be a negligible factor in
affecting rates by rail between Atlan
tic and Pacific coast terminals.
"Rates on commodities from east
ern territory to Pacific coast termin
als lower than the rates on like traf
fic to intermediate points are not
justified undr existing conditions.
"Present rates on specified com
modities from all eastern defined ter
riiories to Pacific coajt terminals are
found not unreasonably low or not
to have been induced by water com
petition. "The rates to Arizona, New Mex
ico, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, Idaho,
Colorado and Montana, as well as to
California, Oregon and Washington
should be adjusted at this time as fully
as now can be determined. The facts
do not admit of such a finding as is
sought by the carriers, the coast cities
and the eastern shippers, namely, that
present conditions justify lower rates
the coast cities tnan to inter
mediate ooints. Nor do the facts al
together admit ot such a finding as
is sought by the representatives of
the intermountain states, namely, that
11 of these rates to Pacific coast cities
are reasonable an)i fully remunerative.
borne ot tne rates are unreasonapiy
low; many of the rates, however, are
not unreasonably low.
"Rates from alt eastern defined ter
ritories to all points west of the Mis
souri river should be so adjusted now
that upon the return of water competi
tion, which may necessitate reduc
tions in rates to the Pacific coast, the
rates to intermediate points need not
be disturbed, except the point to
which rates may be affected by com
bination on the coast.
Missouri Rivet Rates.
"The suggestion is made to carriers
that carload commodity rates from
the Missouri river to the intermedi
ate territory -west thereof be graded
with distance, applying rates not
higher than 55, 70. 80 and 90 per cent
of the present coast rates to the ter
ritory within ouu, yiu. i,-uu ana l.oau
miles from the Missouri river cities,
respectively.- ': .
Commodity rates from points east
of the Missouri river to Arizona
points on all items found unreasona
bly low at present should not exceed
the rates from the Missouri by more
than 15, 25 and 35 cents from Chi
cago, Pittsburgh and Atlantic sea
board territories, respectively, and
should not exceed certain maximum
rates hereafter prescribed.
In detailing the maximum rates an
opinion is given as follows:
"In our judgment the rates on
these less than carload commodities
from Chicago, Pittsburgh and New
York to all territory more than 600
miles west of the Missouri river
should not exceed the rates to the
same points from the Missouri river
by more than su, au and u cents
respectively on articles classified as
first class and 25, 40 and 55 cents on
articles classified as second, third or
fourth class.
Present less than carload com
modity rates from eastern defined ter
ritories to Pacific ports which are
higher than $2.50 per hundred pounds
are not unreasonably low. Present
less than carload commodity rates
front the Missouri river to Pacific
coast ports which are not higher than
$2.50 per hundred pounds are not un
reasonably low.
"Rates on barley, beans, canned
goods, asphaltum, dried fruits and
wine from Pacific coast ports via rail
and water routes through Galveston
to the Atlantic seaboard should be
revised to accord with the require
ments of the long and short haul
Railroads Will Not
Consider Demand
For 8-Hour Day
New York, March 13. Even should
the railroads be threatened by the
four brotherhoods of trainmen with
a nation-wide strike, at the conference
to be held here Thursday with the
railroad managers their stand will be,
it was learned here today, that there
cannot be at this time any compro
mise on the question of the eight-hour
working day.
This position will be based on the
contention, it was stated authorita
tively, that the railroads entered into
a stipulation with the government to
do nothing to alter the status quo
pending a decision by the supreme
court on the Adamson law.
A railroad representative stated
that the managers were convinced that
the men asked for the conference for
the definite purpose of presenting an
ultimatum on the eight-hour question.
It was stated that it is expected this
ultimatum will be based on the de
mands of the men made last year, on
which the strike vote calling for a
walkout last September was cast.
It will not be based on a demand
for the enforcement of the Adamson
law, the railroad representative said,
as that grants less than the strike
vote demanded.
Further reports reached the na
tional conference committee of the
railroads today that the plans of the
men for a strike beginning Saturday
night if their demands are not met
were virtually complete. It was said
that all that would be necessary
would be to put into effect the strike
called for in last year's vote, as that
had merely been held in abeyance
on account of the Adamson law and
had not lapsed or been rescinded.
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Albany. N. Y- March 1J. The resolution
1 to provide tor a referendum on, the. woman
luMraf e queatlon at the slot election nelt
November wee passed In the senate tonight
by a vote of 21 to 7, The measure now goes
to the sovemor.
Welfare Board Inspector Finds
Work Which Makes Woman
Unfit for Marriage.
While investigating working con
ditions of women and girls an in
spector of the Board of Public Wel
fare became interested iu an electric
shoe machine whose operator invited
the caller to test. This comment on
the incident is included in the annual
report of the Welfare board, now
ready to be printed:
"The investigator was invited to
sit at the machine and, after placing
her foot on the pedal, she was hardly
able to withdraw her foot and her
entire body was badly shaken. The
operator told the inspector that she
did not intend to get married, be
cause it would be a crime for any
one to get married after they had
worked for several years at this kind
of a machine. There is no violation of
law in working at such a machine, but
any line of industry that brings about
a condition that is detrimental to the
future generation should not be
Piecework Censured.
The report states that the prevail
ing piecework system is an incen
tive for many women to overtax
their strength.
It is reported that 34 per cent of
working women and girls who are
living away from their homes re
ceive $7 or less per week.
The following groups of women
and girls included in the survey use
their spare time in this manner:
Assisting in home duties, 1,140;
shows, 711; dances, 482; outdoor
sports, 407; reading, 181; sewing and
fancy work, 80; music, 63; church- 61;
gymnastics, 34; visiting, 18; sleeping,
11; cards, 7.
For quick and sure results
The Bee Want Ads.
Finding of Court Prevents His
Return to New York to An
swer Charge of Assault. -
Philadelphia, March 13. Harry K.
Thaw was today adjudged a lunatic
by the common pleas court of this
city, and under the law cannot be
taken to New York on requisition to
stand trial on charges of assaulting
Frederick Gump, jr., a high school
student of Kansas City, Mo. Thaw
will be kept in St Mary's hospital
here pending his removal to a Penn
sylvania asylum.
The court's action was based on
the report presented today by a
lunacy commission' which yesterday
took the testimony of Thaw and his
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j or six of package.
Something to Sec
The New Spring Materials
If your imagination has been snowed under by
winter's slush and gray weather and you have for
gotten that such things as tulips and crocuses are
possible, a stroll through the Section of Silks and
Woolens will be just the stimulant you need. The
aisles are fairly draped with Spring.
Literally hundreds of new silks in different
weaves and colors and patterns of distinctiveness:
Sports Silks, Dress Silks, Suiting Silks never was
there a more colorful season.
Tomorrow we are featuring a new Satin Taffeta,
a fabric that tailors well, wears well and comes in all
the new Spring colors; a material that's distinctively
different; 36-inch, ?2.25 yard.
Printed Foulards, Crepes, Radiums; scores of
conservative patterns, in dots, squares and novelty
designs. 1
Printed Georgettes, Indestructible Voiles, in light
and dark grounds, for blouses to wear in combina
tion with taffetas; $2 to $3 a yard.
SILKS are sold exclusively by Thompson, Belden &
Co., in Omaha?, - ,
Sprint Woolens Are a Delight
Plain shades and novelties vie with each other for
popularity; excellent weights for spring wear Suits
and skirts. Coatings, Burellas, Jerseys, Mixtures
and other new season qualities.
EtfDLESS in design,
ravishinjl in beauty,
sounds the note of the
new season with its
spirit of the times -
style and character.
'We announce for tomorrow
lie Informal Spriny Openu
AnBJiititionand Selling
Distinctive Spring Modes
Apparel That lias Aroused Enthusiasm
Women who desire individuality in dress seek no
farther than this establishment. No doubt exists in the
minds of those whohave viewed these comprehensive
showings. We extend to you a cordial invitation to
visit us Wednesday.
An array that for downright sparkling novelty of
theme and fabric towers high above anything shown
for the spring season ; $25 to $125.
for the avenue when the first burst of spring lures the
whole world out-of-doors; Georgettes, Taffetas, Serges,
Nets, Voiles and colorful French Cottons. ' Prices in
cotton being $8.50 to $35. Prices in other fabrics,
$25 to $95.
In view of which one finds here every new color and
all the styles of worth: Chenile, Bolivia, Gunnyburl,
Silk Poplin, Velour, Taffeta. Oh, so many as to be
indescribable. Prices range from $16.50 to $95.
In Satin Flourette, Satin Baronette, Lorder designs, in
gayest rainbow colors, Sports Silk.1-, in exquisite
models; Porcelain Blue, Midas Yellov colors that
1 rival a chapter from the Arabian Ni.Ms; $16.50,
$19.50, $25, $30, $35. , '