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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 27, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 2

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BY JOHN EDWIN NEVIN.
Washington, April 27. Tha. strong
est diplomatic combination in the his
tory of this continent was today try
ing to "bring order out of chaos in
Mexico. Practically all Latin-America
was united to forcean agreement
which would restore order south of
the Rio Grande, and again Huerta,
the dictator, was the central figure.
On what he does during the-next 48
hours will depend whether the army
of the United States will occupy Mex
ico or whether Badger and his men'
will be ordered to bring" their war
craft north; Funston to return to Gal
veston and the general mobilization
on the border be called off.
Despite the apparently irreconcil
able difficulties between the United
States and Mexico, President Wilson
and his secretary of state were hope
ful. They profess to "believe that
Huerta having agreed with the Unit
ed States to accept the good offices
of the A. B. C. confederacy of nations
he indicates that he is looking for a
peaceful way out pf the situation. On
what they base this belief neither the
president nor the secretary will say.
While officially there has been no
suggestion from either side regarding
its position, but dnly an acceptance of
a proposal to mediate, the. chasm be
tween the two administration is best
shown by a simple statement of the
unofficial conditions know to have
been laid down.
Just how these demands are to be
reconciled and from them a plan
worked out which will be acceptable
to both sides no one here seemed
to know today. Even the representa
tives of Argentine, Brazil and Chile
admitted their task was herculean.
But they seemed to believe that they
would be more successful in dealing
with Huerta than the United States
has been.
Meanwhile the situation was caus
ing great anxiety in congress. Lead
ers on both sides had accepted the
statement of the president that there
national honor in the proceedings
which have been initiated.' Yet there
was a grave fear uttered by many
leaders that if the United States
finally submitted the entire settle
ment of the situation to mediators
who are admittedly prejudiced
against the United States this govern.
ment might be forced to make con
cessions which would not receivehe
approval of the people'of the country.
The very fact that our national forces
have been in battle-and that men
have been killed has added to the bit
ter feeling against Mexico 'and to the
agitation for a complete settlement
at this time even thpugh it should
require the armed forces of the na
tion to show that this country cannot
be wantonly insulted.
Washington, April 27. It is declar
ed that President Huerta has tenta
tively accepted the offer of Argen
tina, BraziT and Chile to use their
good, offices to bring about settlement
of the difficulty between Mexico and
the U. S. This will probably bring
about the cessation of all hostilities
pending mediation proceedings.
U..S." acceptance 'of arbitration of
fer by three southern countries was
coupled with statement that some act
of aggression on part of those in con
trol of military forces of Mexico
might force governinent to act
promptly and withdraw this accept
ance. x "
Replying to offetof the three
southern countries to arbitrate dif
ference between this country and
Mexico, Pres. Wilson said: "If you
find the Mexican people willing, this
country will be" glad totake up with
you in the frankest and most con
ciliatory spirit any proposal that may
be authoritativelv formulated and-
'will hope that they 'may prove feas
ible."
It does not appear that Huerta has
attached any conditions to his -ac
ceptance of this proposed mediation
nor that h& has objected to the offe?
would T)e no compromising of the i of the three countries oil the ground
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