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Washington, Aug. 17. President
Wilson expressed himself today as
satisfied with the good faith of the
Japanese in their efforts to restore to
China the German stronghold of Kaiu
Chau, and to preserve the integrity of
Further than this he would not go,
declaring it to be one of the duties
of neutrality to express no opinion
regarding the Japanese ultimatum.
Tokio. The government is pre
paring for war. The fleet is manned,
ready for action.
The army has been ready and sev
eral corps are ready to go on board
the transports which are fully pro
visioned and have steam up.
There is no doubt here that the ul
. timatum delivered to Germany will be
denied and that immediate hostilities
The ultimatum, which has been
transmitted to Berlin by a number of
routes, demands withdrawal of Ger
man warships from the Orient, or if
not withdrawn that they be interned
for the war and the evacuation of
It gives Germany until Sunday,
August 23, to begin such withdrawals
and until September 15 to actually
comply with the demand.
After the ultimatum was sent
George W. Guthrie, the American am
bassador, was summoned to the pal
ace by the Japanese foreign minister
TakaaM Kato and the situation was
presented to him.
He was told the action of the Jap
anese government was in the interest
of peace in the Orient The Japan
ese position, Guthrie was informed, is
that the presence of German warships
in Far Eastern waters and the main
tenance there of a German base, ig
detrimental to peace in the Orient, in
asmuch as trading vessels are always
in danger of capture .by the Germans.
Guthrie was asked to emphasize to
his home government that Japan had
no territorial designs herself. The
German colonies she desires turner'
back to China,
The foreign minister gave the most
profuse assurances of Japan's friend-ship-to
the United States and declared
that under no circumstances will any
thing be permitted that would in any
way offend the government of the
United States. "
Rome. Word reaches here today
that Emperor William of Germany,
accompanied by the entire German
general staff, reached Mainz today.
From that point tfiekaiser expects to
direct the entire campaign against
the French and Belgian lines.
Paris. The French invading Ger
many is reported slowly but surely
advancing in the face of most deter
mined opposition. All along the line
of Alsace-Lorraine the forces have
The dead and wounded run into the
thousands, but the French war office
in a series of official bulletins insists
that the French success is continued.
While the fighting so far has been
between the advance guards of the
main armies, it has been most des
perate in character. Then French
cavalry with their mountain artillery
are declared to dominate the upper
reachea of the Vosges mountains.
During the fighting French aviators
dropped many bombs into the Ger
man trenches, doing much execution.
The French forces have now re-occupied
mbst of the territory south of
Mulhausen which originally was seiz
ed and later abandoned when the
Austrian and German troops affected
a junction near the Swiss border.
Brussels. There was a halt in the
forward movement of the German
army today. Its Infantry remained in
position along an irregular line that
coverei the entire eastern Belgian
Its cavalry scouts were active, but
only in an attempt to develop the
lines of the allies. The admission,
however, that the German line ha3
pushid forward to Dinant, 15 miles
south of Namur, is accepted as sig
The ..German forces rae about to