There will be no strike of firemen on the eastern railroads, for they have agreed to arbitrate under the Erdman act the controversy over wages and additional firemen with the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen. Three men, acting under the law, will decide the firemen's claims, and their decision will be binding. The firemen's have selected as their representative on the board of arbitrators, Albert Phillips of Sacramento, Cal., vice-presiden of their organization, and the railroads have chosen W. W. Atterbury, vice-president and general manager of the Pennsylvania fines, east. These two men will select a third or neutral member, and within thrirty days thereafter the arbitrators must render their findings.

Another suit to oust alleged illegal entrymen from oil lands in Kern county, Cal., has been filed by the government in the federal court at Los Angeles, Cal. The action involves one hundred and sixty acres of land valued at five hundred thousand dollars. Chief among twenty-five defendants named in the suit are the Consolidated Midway Oil Company, the National Pacific Oil Company, and the Standard Oil Company. The government alleges that despite the presidential order of Sept. 27, 1909, by which the land was withdrawn from entry, the defendants have continued to operate on the property.

The United States district court has denied to owners of patents the right to fix the price for the resale of their patented articles. Judge Ray, who rendered the decision, held that the jobber or dealer who assents to fix prices as demanded by the patentee and manufacturer becomes a party to an illegal combination in restraint of trade. The action was brought by the Waltham Watch Company against a New York jeweler, to restrain the defendant for selling for less than a fixed price watch movements patented, manufactured, and sold by the Waltham company.

March 1, 1913

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