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FEAR PEACE MClVE FUTILE U.S.
SEES CRITICAL SITUATION
Washington, Dec. 27. Despite a
general feeting of hopelessness
among government heads over pros
pects for peace, in the light of Ger
many's latest communication, men
closest to President Wilson believed
today he will strive to the utmost to
prevent the situation getting beyond
Two reasons, they said, will actu
ate him; namely:
A desire to end the war and a de
sire if possible, to avoid, having to
put through his Sussex note threat
to break relations - with tSermany
v should-she overstep her submarine
Officials made no secret of their
pessimism over the probable allied
rejection of the German proposal
for a round table conference.
This was the more emphatic be
cause Germany does not propose now
to link the idea of a world peace
guaranty with the round table ses
sion apparently. The allies want such
a theme included.
Men in touch with Wilson, how
ever, said the "door is not closed" and
that while the allies may throw
down the Gerjnan conference idea
hard Wilson still can move again, es
pecially .with the backing of neutrals.
While"the idea of obtaining peace
vis uppermost in administration
minds, there is among the inner cir
cle a profound idea that a break with
Germany is inevitable if present
peace proposals fail utterly.
In fact, one of the highestofficials
" told the United Press today that
present plans call for no more note
writing to Germany.
He added, if the Marina, Arabia
and other cases develop clear cut vio
lation of German pledges in the Sus
sex case, or if Germany starts a new
submarine campaign in case peace
fails, then a break in relations can
be the only answer.
He declared,, that President Wil
son's 'ea&e" .note -and Secretarx.
Lansing's subsequent "verge of war
statement were in a measure educa
tional so that the country would not
wonder what it wafcs all about in the
event matters came up to the break
London, Dec 27. Sweden has join
ed with America and Switzerland in
peace suggestions, the Daily Tele
graph asserted today. According to
their information a Swedish note,
identical in terminology with the
Swiss .peace statements, has been
presented to- belligerents.
ENGLAND TO DECLINE GERMAN
London,- Dec. 27. The allies cer
tainly will not accept Germany's pro
posal in her note to America for an
immediate peace conference. That
was entirely clear today.
But the Teutonic reply to Pres.
Wilson's note was hailed here as af
fording a splendid opportunity for
England and her allies to set before
the world a statement which would
epitomize ideals and aims of the en
tente powers in the war.
By her lack of sincere responsive
ness and the inconclusive nature of
her reply, England holds Germany
is self-convicted of lack of sincerity
in her peace proffers. Strong influ
ences' were at work today urging
that Great Britain make this insin
cerity still more striking by such a
statement of the entente's fighting
The British public was impressed
by the fact that despite what was
termed a lack of sincerity in moving
for a real peace, the suggestions in
Germany's reply nevertheless reveah
an overweening desire for peace.
Temple, Okla. Bandits blew safe
Of Faxon State Bank, Faxon, Okla.,
and escaped with booty estimated' at
Stamford, Conn. Mrs. Charlotte
Venable, daughter of H. K. McHarg,
divorced, from Capt G. E. Venable,