Salomon Brothers Chairman John Gutfreund and President Thomas Strauss said Friday they were prepared to submit their resignations at a special board meeting called for yesterday.

Responding to the growing scandal surrounding the firm's admission of Treasury bidding rule violations, two other Salomon officials said they were ready to assume the mantle of leadership: Warren E. Buffett, a director and major shareholder in the firm, and John Meriwether, a vice chairman.

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