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FORD NOT OPTIMISTIC ON EVE OF PEACE
SHIP'S DEPARTURE FOR EUROPE
New York, Dec 2. Out of the mad
bustle preceding the start of Henry
Ford's peace ship came the admis
sion today from Ford's secretary and
spokesman that perhaps after all he
will not be able to "bring the boys
out of the trenches on Christmas
"That -was a beautiful slogan,"
said Sec'y Louis P. Lochaer, Ford's
chief lieutenant "We will not say
that it is impossible because the
whole peace expedition is really an
attempt against the impossible. But
Mr. Ford meant it more as a slogan
With the sailing time of the peace
ship Oscar IL only 48 hours away,
Ford's headquarters at the Hotel
Biltmore was delirious with activity
Ford himself hurried into town
with his son and a delegation of De
troit peace advocates who are to ac
company him. He flung hasty an
swers at a group of newspapermen.
"Have you read Judge Alton Park
er's attack on you as a 'strutting
clown'?" asked one reporter.
"Parker? Oh, the man who tried
to run for president?" replied Ford.
"Will the state department's an
nouncement that it will not issue
passports to belligerent countries in
terfere with your plans?"
"Don't intend to visit belligerent
"Then how do you expect to get
the boys out of the erenches?"
"We'll leave an international court
sitting at The Hague, to which any of
thet belligerents can turn when they
want peace. That court will be made
up of delegates, save five from each
country, chosen by the peace advo
cates who meet at our conference."
"Who will finance the international
"I will, ni back it to the limit"
'-"Will William Jennings Bryan sit
as one of the members of the court?"
"I hope not," interposed Theodore
P. Delavigne of Detroit, described as
Ford's "peace commissioner."
Ford was asked if he approved De
"The delegates will choose their
own members of the court," he said,
evading a direct reply.
EXTRA LEGISLATIVE SESSION TO
Springfield, III., Dec 2. Standing
foremost on the program of the gen
eral assembly when it reconvenes in
special session on Wednesday, Feb.
23, is the demand for appropriations
paying farmers for their losses dur
ing the recent foot and mouth dis
Both the house and senate adopted
resolutions asking the governor to
issue the call for the session to pass
such appropriation measures. The
governor has indicated that he stands
willing to abide by the wishes of the
assembly. Many other matters prob
ably will be included in the call, but
the appropriation to the farmers
AMERICANS ESCAPE MEXICAN
Douglas, Ariz., Dec 2. After de
feating Mexican bandits who sought
to carry off the women, the small
party of Americans who left El Tigre,
Mexico, on foot were expected to
cross the Arizona line in safety to
day or tomorrow.
Gen. Obregon, who reported Villa's
power broken and his principal gen
erals prisoners with their followers,
planned to wipe out the guerilla
bands who have left a trail of blood
in Northern Sonora.
Indianapolis. George Green prob
ably fatally hurt and Robert Hicks
suffered broken arm when automo
bile truck was hit by 8treet cats