COMPROMISE SUGGESTED ON
U. S. FOREIGN POLICY
Washington, Feb. 26. State de
partment announced receipt from one
of entente allies of fepljto this gov
ernment's proposal that merchant
ships be disarmed.
Washington, Feb. 26. With initia
tion of new German U-bo-.it campaign
against armed merchantmen only 4
days away, It appeared unlikely today
that congress will interfere effective
ly before that date and its conse
A course that might serve purpose
of both those favoring warning and
those opposed was suggested by cer
tain leaders today.
They proposed that president give
warning to Americans to avoid armed
ships, but at same time declare Amer
icans were within their rights if they
did not heed the warning. Adminis
tration would then warn Germany
that it had taken all possible steps to
protect Americans, but that Germany
would still be held to strict account if
any Americans were injured or killed.
Berlin, via Amsterdam, Feb. 26.
Germany counts upon American con
gress to force backdown from Presi
dent Wilson in controversy over
armed merchantmen, the United
Press learned today.
Officials here refuse to comment
for publication, but general feeling is
that if matter is referred to congress
resolution will be put through warn
ing Americans not to take passage on
belligerent armed ships.
GERMANS TAKE A FORTIFIED
POSITION NEAR VERDUN
Berlin. Fortress of Douamont, one
of fortified positions of Verdun, cap
tured by the Germans yesterday.
Petrograd. Important Persian
city of Kermanshah has been cap
tured by Russians after 3 days' bat
tle. London. Advices from both Mad
rid and Berlin today made it appear 1
T certain that seizure, of German and
Austrian ships by Portugal will be
followed by declaration of war.
Paris. French forces, resisting he
roically German assaults, have taken
up new positions backed by Meuse
London. British steamers Densby
and Tummel have been sunk, with
probable loss of 9 lives.
Palm Beach, Fla. Vincent Astor
just missed getting a cocoanut on his
coco when tropical filbert disengaged
itself from on high and banged
through skylight in Royal Poinciana
N. Y. Miss Irene M ait
land, pretty college co-ed, never will
scrape her rubbers along walk when
pebbles lodge in soles. She picked
out an obstinate one with her fingers
and found it to be $350 diamond.
Washington. New quip credited
to Pres. Wilson was his answer to
query regarding when coast survey's
work would be done. He advised
Sec'y Redfield to reply "it's being
done all the time."
Philadelphia. Of an estate of $16,
000 Mary E. Murphy bequeathed $1,
000 to S. P. C. A. and directed her ex
ecutor to pay $2 a week for care of
Ironton, O. Hundreds of sheets of
ragtime music were burned after Rev.
John Gow, colored revivalist, declared
it was "one ob. re mos' demohalizus
influenzas ob de present day and a
menace to de borals ob any com
munity." Sandusky, O. Because of stormy
city commission meetings cop will be
stationed outside door hereafter to
prevent members doing'personal vio
lence to one another.
BOY, PAGE JEAN CRONES
Joliet, III., Feb. 26. Broom shop of
state penitentiary here destroyed by
fire. Unknown origin.
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