planned, If "it has not already taken,
-lis first preliminary- step toward
meeting the new declaration of Ger
many' withdrawing all restrictions to
Sec'y Lansing and the president
had a long conference last -evening
in secret, at which the serious devel
opment in relations between this
government and Germany were
studied with most careful delibera
tion. Sec'y Lansing was busy in his of
fice the entire forenoon, in constant
touch with me who have helped
frame diplomatic communications in
the past He denied himself to all
callers, even allied diplomats.
The port ot New York, it was
learned today, was closed on orders
Otherwise absolute secrecy con
tinues to surround every develop
The president himself had not an
nounced his course. Officials and in
ternational' experts recalled that he
has always held that war or a break
must be avoided up ta the last ditch.
Few persons in authority believe a
break in diplomatic relations can
mean other than war.
Officials recalled the president's
past '(((arlike warnings "the sparks
are flying" and Sec'y Lansing's
"verge of war" comment, Dec. 21
Officials admitted they have seen
possibilities of these hinfa coming
true and it is believed they had some
1 advance knowledge of German in-J
tent "to cut loose" 11 peace ma-,'
neuvers failed. v MJ
Present situation appeared to he
the last ditch.
If he follows his Sussexote threat ",
htf will break with Germany, it waS;
declared. That threat was to sevefr
relations if Germany violated h'ei
pledges. Germany now has served.!
notice that she will break them.
Thereis no time for long tho
The new, gigantic war started'
midnieht. tnougn neutral sni
has a few davs erace.
'While break or ultimatum he
Germanv accountable under pe
of a break seemed to many to b
logical course, mutnonues p
out that the president has
rnnrses of action open in addi
a a mifrht await an act in vol
American rights or lives. fc
He might make a guide mo to
FOUR SHIPS ALREADY SUNK IN
. NEW U-BOAT WAR
London, Feb. 1. Germany's new
submarine campaign" of ruthlessness
is under way. The putch steamer
Epsilon was first victim to be sunk in
new "barred zone" today. Three
British fishing smacks, the Merit,
Watt and Wetherill, were also among
among the first vessels known to
have been sunk in pursuance ot new
bp a relaxation of British sta:
MnoiraHft and modification of
many's new move.
He might make a big eleventh
hour peace move intended to call a
halt to hostilities.
Either of last two courses, how
ever, appeared too daring a stroke to
have prospect of success at this late
GERMAN SHIP IS SUNK IN U. S.
Charleston, S. C, Feb. 1. German
man freighter Liebenfels, lying in
harbor here since the war started,
mysteriously began to go down by
the stern and continued sinking until
her after deck was nearly awash and
her bow raised.
Tugs standing by offered assist
ance, but it was refused, their cap
While absolutely no reason has
been found for the sinking, shipping
men in general leaned to the rumor
that the Liebenfals must have been
Wa5hintrton. The sinkiner of the
German steamer Lieberfels in Char4
k J?jf. 1 German steamer Liebe;
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