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PORTLAND OREGON, THURSDAY, APRIL 15, 1920
' PRICE FIVE CENTS
FOSTER IS BRAINS
OF OUTLAW STRIKE
STRIKERS LOSE JOBS
AFTER 11A.M. TODAY
PRESIDENT GILMAX ISSUES
ULTIMATUM TO SWITCHMEN".
LOWDEN LEADS WOOD
74,813 IN ILLINOIS
PERSHING SAYS CALL
- HUNGER STRIKERS
ennui n nr APPCDTcn
FREED IN IRELAND
iOHASOX'S JfAME WRITTEN IX
HOWEVER, IS UNSOUGHT.
RESTAURANTS REFUSE TO IN
BY 46, 09 VOTERS. .
CLUDE POTATOES OX MENU. '
I. W. W. Leader of Steel
Fiasco Tries Again.
GOVERNMENT EXPOSES HAND
Effort to Disrupt Unions Is
Shown by Special Agent.
PAPERS REVEAL PLOT
Courier From Russia Bearing: Ad
vice as to Method ol Carrying
On Class War Intercepted.
"WASHINGTON, April 14. (By the
Associated Press.) Department of
Justice investigators report that evi
dence in their possession proves that
William Z. Foster, leader of the steel
strike which failed, Is the prime
mover behind the "outlaw" railroad
The government let this be known
tonight, feeling that when the strik
ers learn what influences are behind
the movement they will align them
selves with their recognized organiza
tions. Action by the government in
the direction of prosecution of strike
leaders, therefore, will be held in
abeyance pending the expected re
action among the strikers on receipt
of information showing the directing
Impulse of the strike agitation.
Cabinet Sees KreMdrnt.
The evidence in the hands of At
torney General Palmer shows that
Foster was present at union meet
ings which were adjourned to meet
in other halls, not as organizations,
but as individuals. Mr. Palmer also
said that Carl Pierson and A. K.
Reese", both of whom the department's
investigators have placed iu the cate
gory with Foster, were both engaged
in attempts to expand the strike and
were definitely connected with plan
ning it. Both began this work in
Chicago, Mr. Palmer said.
"President Wilson met his cabinet
for the first time cince last August.
The whole story of the strike crisis
was related and it was understood a
decision was reached to seek a solu
tion through the publication of the
motives behind the walkout, the
strikers being assured at the same
time of early consideration bf any
wage demands they may have by the
railway labor board.
Government to Wait.
This must not be construed to mean
the government has adopted a policy
of hands off, it was said, but rather
that officials believed the time has
not arrived lor direct government
The senate did not confirm the
nominations to the labor board. They
were considered in executive session
and the president's selection brought
sharp criticism in some cases, it was
understood. Leaders asserted tonight
that probably they would be con
firmed with little delay unless' def- I
Suite ground for opposition developed !
from inquiries some senators were
Air. Palmer made public evidence of
plans prepared by Foster and his ad
herents to disrupt the four great rail
road brotherhoods and to organize all
railroad workers into one union.
Seized documents also revealed that
a similar course was to have been
followed in various other industries
where crafts aligned with the Ameri
can Federation of Labor would be
urged to reorganize under one name.
Other Strikes Plotted.
"We have positive proof of the
plans for this expansion," Mr. Palmer
said. "I know the dates fixed for
nation-wide strikes in other indus
tries and our investigators have dis
covered that the fomentation of these
outbursts has gone on exactly as in
the railroad strike."
The whole programme was one
phase of the plans of the Russian rad
icals "designed at the ultimate cap
ture of industry, the overthrow of the
government and the setting up of
dictatorship like that in Russia," Mr.
Pulmer said. Workers were being
led unwittingly into the trap set for
them, he added, through the Indus
trial Workers of the World andthe
communist Internationale headed by
Lenine and Trotzky were attacking
America's industrial life.
Federal agents had intercepted a
courier from' Russia on March 1, he
fcaid. bearing messages to American
locals of the communists, detailing
methods of organizing a class war.
The radicals were instructed to di
rect their utmost efforts toward
drawing the proletarian masses into
the pathway of revolution. The or
ganization's first goal, the message
said, must be the wrecking of the
American. Federation of Labor, and it
sought to establish direct and close
relationship with the I. W.. W. and
the "one big union" of Canada. The
1. W. W., the message continued, was
to be the tool employed and it was
to establish the basis for uniting all
unions under the one big union idea.
All Aaritatora uatrkrd.
As a result of these disclosures the
sovernmertt has broadened its inves
ligation and agitators in all labor
organizations are under surveillance.
Funds used are closely watched and
all clews to the source of the finan
cial support are being followed.
Following the collapse of the steel
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O.-AV. R. & Company Expected
to Make Similar .Demand on
Former Employes Who Quit.
An ultimatum to switchmen who
walked out last. Friday was issued
yesterday by President Gilman of the
Spokane, Portland & Seattle railway
company, notifying the men that the
names of those who do not return to
work by 11 o'clock this morning will
be struck from the rolls and they will
only be able to return upon applica
tion for work as new employes. Their
seniority will be lost in the service
of the company.
Three crews" were at work in the
local yards of the North Bank, two
on. the day shift and one on the. late
afternoon shift. This was the same
number of crews as on Tuesday.
The Southern Pacific had an-unex
pected defection at Ashland, when the
switchmen there were reported to
have joined the strike. The strike
of the force at Dunsmuir, Cal., re
ported on Monday, had interrupted
through movement of freight between
Portland and San Francisco, but the
.hland tieup further closes that line
for freight movement of a local char
A similar ultimatum to the men
from the Oregon-Washington man
agement is expected today. One more
crew was at work on this line. There
were also some additions to the crews
in the terminal yards at union sta
tion. According to reports of the com
bined lines entering Portland, there
was a total gain of three crews in
switching service, but the number of
men out remains practically the same.
Additional crews have been made up
of jiew employes and officials of
the roads, or of members of the
brotherhood of railroad trainmen.
WILSON JOKES CABINET
President Enjoys Conference
Which May Be Repeated.
WASHINGTON. April 14. Rear Ad
miral Grayson, the president's physi
cian, said the president had enjoyed
meeting with the cabinet today.
"It did him good," declared Dr.
Grayson, adding that meeting people
was good for Mr- Wilson. s
Cabinet officers declared the presi
dent had been In excellent humor and
had laughed and Joked with them.
They expect that meetings of the
cabinet will be held weekly in the
This was the first cabinet session
called by the president since he be
came lil last fall and it was the first
to be attended by Secretaries Colby,
Payne, Meredith and Alexander, who
have been appointed recently.
SALEM EYES SKY IN VAIN
Showers Soak Crowd Waiting for
Coming of Hoover Hydroplane.
SALEM. Or., April 14. (Special.)
Nearly 800 persons attracted by an
nouncements that petitions indorsing
Herbert Hoover for president would
arrive in Salem by hydroplane at noon
today, gathered at places of vantage
along the river bank where they stood
in frequent showers for more than an
hour awaiting the coming of the
Finally word was received from
Portland that the flight had been
called off because of the unfavorable
weather and. the disappointed crowd
dispersed. In the absence of definite
InfApmatiAn t n n i o- Vi . It Km . K a
opinion of officials that the Hoover
petitions will be brought, here tomor
row by train and filed with the sec
retary of state.
JAPANESE LOSE 84 MEN I
Fighting at Khabarovsk Costs Rus
sians 4 00. Killed.
TOKIO, April 8. (By the Asso
ciated Press.) The Japanese casual
ties in the fighting between Russian
and Japanese forces April 5 at Khab
arovsk in the Amur region totaled
84 killed and 183 wounded, accord
ing to an official statement issued
today. The Russians lost 400 killed
and 1500 men taken prisoner, the I
Reports from Vladivostok says that
city Is quiet.
The foreign office today summoned
the representatives of the press and
formally denied a report that the
Japanese were fortifying the South
SEATTLE GASOLINE POOR
City Plans to Raise Standards of
Fuel on Market.
SEATTLE, Wash., April 14. Carl H. ,
Reeves, superintendent of the Seattle i
public utilities department, today no-I
tified Walter F. Meier, corporation
counsel, that the city chemist is work
ing out a set of gasoline standards
which the corporation counsel will
Incorporate in a city ordinance to
regulate the quality of gasoline sold
Many complaints alleging the sale
of gasoline of Inferior quality have I
been made at the city laboratory, the i
superintendent stated, and tests of I
samples submitted showed an ineffec
tive residue averaging 16 to 17 perl
Former Minisctr Convicctd.
CALGARY, Alberta. April 14. Dun
can Cameron, was found guilty here
today on a charge "of having forced
and cashed checks totaling $7000. He
will ba sentenced tomorrow.
Services Labor Board
to je Sought.
BIG LINES REPORT BREAK
Insurgent Leader Denies Re
port of Weakening.
UNION CHIEFS BAN REBELS
Trainmen Announce List of 50
Cities Where Strikers- Have
NEW YORK, April 14. The first
overtures- of peace on the part of the
striking railroad workers, who hive
disorganized the railroad transporta
tion facilities of New York and north
ern New Jersey, came tonight. Ed
ward McHugh, chairman of the strik
ers' committee, gave out a statement
that "now that the railroad labor
board has -been appointed, we de
sire to avail ourselves of the oppor
tunity provided by it for a consid
eration of our grievances."
Mr. McHugh declared, however, that
the strikers "would not go back un
til they had received a substantial
wage Increase and that they are not
going to permit politicians in their
ranks to lead them." He denied em
phatically that' the ranks of the
strikers were weakening here and de
clared they were "stronger than
Restoration of passenger train
service on the principal railways in
New York made headway tonight.
The rush of volunteer students and
business men eager to substitute for
the strikers evidently has had an
Impressive effect and is believed by
railroad officials to be responsible
for another meeting of the rebellious
workers in Jersey City tonight. .
Chanced Attitude Reported.
Their defiant attitude toward the
roads was reported to have undergone
a change following optimistic reports
of the. movement of trains ' without
their assistance. It was expected that
tonight's meeting would find many
advocates of a more conciliatory
stand. - . '
Ferryboats plying the Hudson river
from Manhattan to the Jersey termi
nals were able to handle the heavy
traffic Increased by the shutdown of
the Hudson tubes.
Lehigh railway officials announced
tonight that through passenger serv-
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Mayor Thompson Wins Control of
Cook County Organization
for Four Years.
CHICAGO, April 14. Governor Low
den's plurality over General Leonard
Wood In yesterday's presidential pref
erence primary tonight stood at 74,
813. With 63 out of 102 counties com
plete and with only 249 precincts out
of 5690 in the state missing. Governor
Lowden's vote was 234,239 and Gen
eral Wood's 179,426. .
Senator Johnson of California, whose
name was written In on the ballots,
polled 46,909 ' votes, of which 40,881
were cast in Cook county. Johnson
votes were recorded In 1056 precincts
outside of Cook" county.
..General Wood, the only candidate
to make afcampalgn in the state,
carried McDonough, Alexander and
Pulaski counties, in addition to Cook,
but all the other 98 counties went to
There were no .democratic candidates-on
the ticket, but a 'number-of
names were written in by a. few hun
William Hale Thompson, mayor of
Chicago, republican national commit
teeman for Illinois, carried every
ward except -one for committeeman,
thereby gaining complete control of
the Cook county organization for four
While less than half the vote in the
state was cast and only a sixth as
many women as men went to the
polls, feminine thrift added to the
pluralities by which four bond issues
for 134,000,000 for municipal improve
ments were defeated In Chicago. On
the primary candidates, the propor
tion of women to men was about the
same for the two leading candidates
BOX FACTORY SHUT DOWN
Car Shortage Resulting From
Freight Embargo Felt at Klamath.
KLAMATH FALLS, Or., April 14.
(Special.) One fox factory shut
down today on account of car short
age resulting from the freight em
bargo consequent to the strike, and
others reported they must close down
within two or three days unless the
embargo Is lifted.
The busy season is just starting
and a general shut down would throw
hundreds out of employment. Saw
mills will not be affected immediately
as they can. haul their product in the
open, but deliveries are stopped.
SESSION'S BID IN SIGHT
Mondell of Wyoming Believes Con
gress Will Adjourn June 5.
WASHINGTON. April 14. After a
conference with Senator Lodge of
Massachusetts, Representative Mon
dell of Wyoming, said he believed
congress would adjourn June 5.
All appropriation measures will be
ready for approval by May 15, he
said, and other Important pending
legislation will be disposed of by
HOW TIMES HAVE CHANGED!
General Declares Any Patriotic
American Should Serve if Peo-.
pie Are Insistent.
WASHINGTON. . April 14. While
General Penning is not seeking a
presidential nomination, he told fel
low Nebraskans here tonight at a
reception given in his honor by the
local Nebraska soicety that "no pa
triotic American" could refuse to
serve if called "upon by the people."
The statement followed references
by other speakers to a movement in
Nebraska to name General Pershing
as the "favorite son" candidate from
that state for the republican nomina
"It seems fitting that I should say
to you, my friends," General Pershing
said, "that my whole life has been
devoted to the service of our country,
and while in no sense seeking it, I
feel that no patriotic American could
decline to serve in that position it
called upon to do so by the people."
SUB-TREASURIES MAY GO
Agreement Reached to Abolish I n-
. stitutlons on July I, 1921. '
WASHINGTON. April 14. Agree
ment to abolish the sub-treasuries at
San Francisco, Boston, New York,
Philadelphia, Baltimore, New Orleans,
St. Louis, Cincinnati and Chicago
July 1. 1921, was reached today by
senate and house conferees on the leg
islative, executive and judicial ap
propriation bill. Employes will be
. The conferees also agreed to con
tinue the bonus payments of 1240 to
government employes granted during
the war because of increased living
BARROWS OFFERS TO QUIT
Legion Official Under Fire for Bo
nus Opposition Calls Meeting.
OAKLAND, Cal., April 14. Presi
dent Barrows of the . University of
California, executive head of the
American Legion in this state, has
called a meeting of the legion state
officers tomorrow night, when he win
offer to resign.
This is a result of the criticism
made by San Francisco and other
posts of his opposition to the ex-sol
diers' bonus plan.
SOLDIER ACTION URGED
Money for Care of Mentally De
ranged Declared Low.
WASHINGTON, April 14. Unless
congress makes an immediate appro
priation of $15,000,000 for the public
health service, 72,000 mentally de
ranged former soldiers will be with
out care and treatment, the American
Legion's legislative committee de
Quick action was urged.
Battle Is Fought. With
SONORA FRONT IS FORTIFIED
Attempt Made to Make Se
ceding State Impregnable.
YAQUI INDIANS ENLISTED
Between 4000 and 5000 Red War
riors Expected to Join With
Forces of Rebellion.
AGUA PRIETA, Sonera. April 14.
(By the Associated Press.) Troops of
the new republic of Sonora have had
their first battle with Carranza sol
diers on the Sonora-Sinaloa boundary,
according to a. report received here
late today, apparently verifying an
earlier report from Nogales. Military
authorities said the battle meant war
between the Carranza. government
and the seceding state.
No details of the battle were re
Sonora army officers, acting on or
ders from General P. Ellas Calles,
commander-in-chief, are fortifying on
the Sinoloa-Sonora front and also the
mountain passes leading from Chi
huahua. Carranza troops already are
en route from Casas Grandes, Chihua
hua, toward Agua Prieta, it was said.
Calles, who was said to have dis
patched a large force to Blanco Pass,
through which the Carranza soldiers
must come in marching toward Agua
Prieta. said it would be impossible
for Carranza soldiers to break
through Blanco Pass. To reach Agua
Prieta, the Carranza soldiers must
march overland 200 miles through a
mountainous and desert country.
Salooaa Ordered Closed.'
All saloons were ordered close! in
the state today by General Calles. He
ordered renewed efforts in recruiting
soldiers. Four thousand recruits had
joined the Sonora army in less than
60 hours, it was announced.
- All officials of the new republic
here believe a civil war must settle
the doctrine of state's rights between
Sonora and the central government
of Mexico. . .
The question of state's rights
caused Sonora to secede when state
authorities declared President Car
ranza had no right to send troops
into Sonora against the wishes of the
Sonora before seceding said sending
of troops into the state would mean
civil war. .
Yaqui Indians who have been at
war for months against the Mexican
government, have made peace with
the Sonora author'tles, and between
4000 and 5000 red warriors will be
mobilized against Carranza. It was
said today. The military authorities
here declared an army of more than
25,000 would be enrolled within a
Soaora Fen Hra vlcat.
When Sonora seceded, Carranza lost
one of his greatest revenue producers,
the rich agricultural and mining dis
trict of the state and adjacent ter
ritory paying a large part of the
Mexican federal revenue. Through
Sonora ports of entry more customs
house fees were collected than on
all the boundary points between the
United States and Mexico.
Sonora, Sinaloa and other western
Mexican states, it wss pointed out,
have not suffered proportionately to
other parts of Mexico from the long
years of revolution and banditry and
for that reason Sonora is declared in
better shape to wage war against the
. An unsuccessful attempt upon the
life of President Carranza was made
in Mexico City last Friday afternoon,
according to private advices received
by. Roberto Carrillo. until a few days
ago chief of the Carranza secret serv
ice for this district, a,nd who has now
associated himself with the new So
nora republic. .
TUCSON. Ariz.. April 14. General
Carlos Plank, second in command to
General Calles, 'who came here today
to bring his family, today appealed
to President Carranza to send a com
mission to Sonora, expressing the be
lief that If this is done an understand
ing can be reached.
OUTSIDE JAZZ PROTESTED
Baker Objects to Novelty Orches
tras and Jitney Dances.
BAKER. Or., April 14. (Special.)
Outside Jazz is not wanted in Baker.
Many citizens have appealed to the
city commissioners to place a ban on
traveling 'orchestras that are alleged
to be fleecing the public.
The commission also has been asked
to pass an ordinance prohibiting Jit
ney dances. "City "Attorney Strayer
has drawn up an ordiance prohibit
ing that sort of thing and the com
missioners have promised to pass i
It is asserted that a novelty or-
i chestra from Portland took not less
than $700 out of Baker last Satur
day night. Local musicians say these
I transient orchestras practice .virtual
Other Washington Cities Are to
Follow Example and Force
Down Food Prices.
. SEATTLE, Wash., April 14. Pota
toes, selling here at $200 a Ion. have
been put urfder the boycott of the
Seattle Restaurant Caterers' associa
tion and after Friday will disappear
from the menu of every member's es
tablishment until the price has. again
reached normal levels, it was an
Hundreds of tons of potatoes, now
held in storage by caterers and res
taurant men, will be put on the mar
ket to farmers only for seedins pur
poses, according to the announcement
The price, it was said, would be that
paid for them last fall, approximately
$100 a ton.
More than 100 Seattle restaurants
are repiesented in the association.
HOQUIAM. Wash.. April 14. (Spe
cial.) Hoquiam went on an indignant
potato boycott today. Aberdeen's res-J
taurants have promised to follow at
once. Until the prices drop to a rea
sonable figure potatoes will be taken
off every hotel and cafe table, and
most of the homes promise to do the
SUGAR PRICE ADVANCING
Consumer Before Long May Have
to Pay 2 5 Cents a Pound.
m An advance in sugar to the con
sumer is scheduled for Monday. One
of the California refiners yesterday
notified the trade of a rise of $1.25
a hundred in refinery prices, and this
advance will take effect here as soon
as sugar bought at the new figure
arrives. The local wholesale quota
tion Monday wiil probably be $18.40
a sack, which will mean that the re
tail price must so up about lVj cents
As raw sugars are advancing stead
ily in Cuba it is regarded by deal
ers as not improbable that consum
ers in Portland will before long have
to pay 25 cents a pound. There is
not much opportunity to lay in a
supply against future advances, as
neither wholesalers nor retailers can
get more, than a email quantity these
190 PER CENT GAIN MADE
Port Arthur, Texas, Nearly Trebles
Within Ten Years.
WASHINGTON. April 14. Popula
tion statistics announced today by
the census bureau include:
Washington, Ind., 8705, increase S51,
or 10.9 per cent over 1910.
Ionia, Mich., 6935, Increase 1905, or
37.9 per cent.
Port Aruthur, Tex., 22,251. Increase
14,588, or 190.4 per cent.
Douglas, Ariz., 9916, increase 3479,
or 54 per cent.
Plymouth, Mass., 13,032, increase
891, or 7.3 per cent.
Winston Salem. N. C, 48.395. inc
rease 25,695, or 113.2 per cent.
Return of Spring Celebrated.
TAKIMA. Wash.. April 14. (Spe
cial.) Several thousand Indians as
sembled Sunday at their council house
near Wapato and celebrated their an
nual feast ana dai.ee in honor of the
return of spring. The ceremony was
carried out In accordance with an
cient Indian rites. Several white peo
ple attended as guests. The feast,
which lasted during the day, was fol
lowed by dancing at night.
INDEX OF TODAY'S NEWS
YESTERDAY'S Maximum temperature.
40 degrees; minimum," 40 degrees.
TODAY'S Rain; south to west winds.
Rebels of Mexico open civil war. Page 3.
Hunger strikers freed In Ireland. Page 1.
Foster, leader of steel strike fiasco, is
brains of new outlaw walkout. Page 1.
Half billion bill will aid soldiers. Page 2.
Roger C. Sullivan, democratic boss of Illi
nois, aies oi pneumonia, rage a.
Lumber Industry of northwest on radicals
list. Page 4.
Railroad strike situation leads to debate
tn house. Page 4.
Pershing says he would accept call of peo
ple. Page 1.
Lowden's lead o4er Wood 77si3 in Illinois
election. Page 1.
Gompers warns workers to avoid wildcat
strikes and to show restraint. Page 5.
Poll shows Wood leads in Oregon.' Page 2.
Strikers make overtures for peace. Page 1.
Washington cities cut potato off of menu
because of its high price. Page 1.
Walter I. Tooze Jr. would be republican
delegate. Page 8,
Twenty-two attendants go out at stats
hospital . following ultimatum. Page X
aeven games played when majors
1920 season. Page 14.
Boxers all set for action at Friday
shojv. Page 14.
Coast league results tos Angeles 2
non 5; all other games postponed
Commercial and Marine.
Grain crop In Oregon is backward. Page 23.
Corn higher with wheat in Chicago market.
Bull pools force up speculative stocks.
- Page 23.
Dock at foot of Yamhill street condemned,
to be torn down. Page 22.
Sate of merchant ships within ' ten years
provided by bill. Page 22.
Portland and Vicinity.
President Gilman Issues ultima' us to men
to be back on jobs at 11 A. M. today or
lose seniority. Page 1.
City proposes $5,000,000 bond issue to aid
trolley company. Page 9.
Candidates , in final scramble to file
Spirited contest over four directors for
chamber of commerce expected. Page 11.
Plans for salary increase for workers iyi
county offices encounter snag. Page 13.
Woman admits correspondence with "Blue-
oeara. .rage y,
City council takes Bteps to. end
- stop rent profiteering in Po;
Sir Oliver'Lodg visits Pontiand anrt wn
j lecture on "evidence el Surviv ai."
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Labor Calls Off Walkout
. When 64 Leave.
FREEDOM IS lNCDHOIT!D;:AL
Troops Are Withdrawn From
Streets of Dublin. -
VOLUNTEERS ON GUARD
Better Treatment Ordcrd for All
Tltose ot Definitely Convicted
of Some Offense.
DUBLIN, April 14. (By the Asso
ciated Press.) Sixty-four hunger
striking prisoners have been re
leased, apparently unconditionally,
and as a result the strike is con
The lord mayor, who went to see
Lord French at the vice regalNlodge
when a hitch arose In Dublin castle
through a stipulation that the pris
oners must return to their captivity
on their recovery, stated on his re
turn that the prisoners would be re
The prisoners had refused to ac
cept the stipulation on the ground
that It was a reapp'.ication of the
"cat and mouse" policy.
The release of the prisoners is re
garded as a complete triumph for the
hunger strike and its ally, the gen
eral strike. It became known early
that Viscount French had summoned
the lord mayor and that it was then
only a question of terms.
Strike Called Off.
It is not definitely known what
the terms are,, and for some days
there may be contradictory state
ments regarding them. The trade
unionists, however, had no doubt
which side had won, and immediate
ly called off the strike to the great
relief of the citizens.
The prison's board also received an
order that henceforth under the de
fense of the realm act . prisoners
should receive ameliorative treatment
from the date of their arrest until
their trial for a specific offense.
The visit to Dublin of James Henry
Thomas, general secretary of the na
tional union of railway men and la
bor member of 'parliament for Derby,
is regarded as having had some share
in the decision for the release of the
men. It is said that an attempt . was
to have been made to bring about a
strike in England in support of the
Irish cause. Mr. Thomas made a
speech from a window of the labor
executive offices tonight Indorsing
the action of the hunger strikers.
Troops Are Tikn Away.
The absence of military from the
streets today was conspicuous. There -were
no tanks or armored cars posted
at the Jail, and the barbed wire bar
ricades had been removed. The Irish
volunteers assumed charge of main
taining order outside the prison, and
were implicity obeyed.
The released prisoners in the Mater
Misericordia hospital say that the
prison staffs and ordinary officers at
Mountjoy prison were kind in their
treatment to them; their worst hard
ship being uncomfortable beds. They
were indignant at two proposals made
to them by the authorities, which im
plied that certain of the men should
desert their colleagues. Their atti
tude was "all, or none."
BELFAST, Ireland, April 14. (By
the Associated Press.) Soldiers fired
ball cartridges over the heads of
crowds gathered at the Londonderry
station today and two civilians were
wounded by ricocheting bullets.
DUBLIN. April 14. The general
strike declared yesterday in protest
against the treatment of the Irish
hunger strikers in Mount Joy prison
continued until late today with added
tenseness and increased fears of se
rious developments. Sixty thousand
workers in Dublin alone were on
strike and a feeling of pronounced
excitement prevailed throughout the
The day was marked early by a
fatality. Constable Harry Kells be
ing shot dead while on plain-clothes
duty In Camden street this morning.
The assailant was an unidentified
young man, who fired two shots and
escaped before he culd be appre-
"hended. Sergeant Lavin was found
dead, a revolver by his side.
There have been rapid develop
ments in connection with the strike.
Viscount French, the viceroy, sent for
the lord mayor today and later the
military was withdrawn from the vi
cinity of Mount Joy prison. One of
the prisoners among the hunger
strikers was removed to the city hos
pital In a state of collapse.
Another development was the ar
rival m Dublin of General Sir Nevll
Mac Ready, the new commander of
the forces in Ireland, who Is ex
pected to assume his 'duties at once.
GOVERNMENT IS ATTACKED
Indifference Draws Fire Front Sev-
oral London Papers.
LONDON', April 14. Andrew Bonar
La, government spokesman, said in
! the hOUSC f common today that the
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