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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, February 01, 1917, LAST EDITION, Image 5

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COMPLETE TEXT OF GERMANY'S
DECLARATION FOR RUTHLESS
SUBMARINE CAMPAIGN
Berljn, via Sayville Wireless, Feb. 1.
--Germany has formally served no
tice on America and on the neutral
nations of the world that she has
been forced "to do away with the
restrictions which have been im
posed upon her fighting means on
the sea." Following is the official
announcement:
Prom Feb. lt 1917, sea traffic will
be stopped with every available
weapon and without further notice
in the following blockade zones
around Great Britain, France, Italy,
and in the Eastern Mediterranean:
In the North The zone is copfined
by a line at a distance of twenty sea
miles along the Dutch coast to Ter
schelling fire ship, the degree of lon
gitude from Terschelling fire ship to
Udsire, a line from there across the
point J52 degrees north 0 degree lon
gitude to 62 degrees north 5 degrees
west, farther to a point three sea
miles south of the southern point of
the Farve (Faroe?) islands, from
there across the point 62 degrees
north 10 degrees west to 61 degrees
north 15 degrees west, then 57 de
grees north 20 degrees west to 47
degrees north 20 degrees west, far
ther to 43 degrees north 15 degrees
west, then along the degree of lati
tude 43 degrees north to twenty sea
miles from Cape Finisterre and at a
distance of twenty sea miles along
the north coast of Spain to the
French boundary.
In the South The Mediterranean
for neutral ships remains open: The
sea west to the line Point des Espi
quette to 38 degrees 20 minutes
north and 6 degrees east, also north
and west of a zone sixty-one sea
miles wide along the North African
coast, beginning at 2 degrees longi
tude west For the connection of this
sea zone with Greece there is pro
vided a zone of a width 'of twenty sea
miles north and east of the follow
ing line: 38 degrees north and 6 de
grees east to 38 degrees north and
10 degrees west to 37 degrees north
and 11 degrees 30 minutes east to 34
degrees north and 22 degrees 30 min
utes east.
From there leads a zone twenty
sea miles wide west of 22 degrees 30
minutes eastern longitude, into
Greek territorial waters.
Neutral ships navigating these
blockade zones do so at their own
risk. Although carehas been taken
that neutral ships which are on their
way toward ports of the blockade
zones on Feb. 1, 1917 and have come
in the vicinity of the latter, will be
spared during a sufficiently long pe
riod, it is strongly advised to warn,
them with all available means in or
der to cause their return.
Neutral ships which on Feb. 1 are
in ports of the blockade zones can
with the same safety leave them.
The instructions given to the com
manders of German submarines pro
vide for a sufficiently long period
during which the safety of passen
gers on unarmed enemy passenger
ships is guaranteed.
Americans en route to the block
ade zone on enemy freight steamers
are not endangered, as the enemy
shipping firms can prevent such
ships in time from enteringv the zone.
Sailing of regular American pas
senger steamers may continue un
disturbed after Feb. 1, 1917, if
(a) The port 6f destination is Fal
mouth. (b) Sailing to or coming from that
port, course is taken via the Scilly
island and a point 50 degrees north
20 degrees west.
(c) The steamers are marked in
the following way, which must not
be allowed to other vessels in Amer
ican ports: On ship's hull and super
structure three vertical stripes, one
meter wide each, to be painted al
ternately white and red. Each mast
should show a large ,flag, checkered
white and red, and the stern the
American national flag. Care should
be taken that during dark national
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