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Because of them' the state depart
ment has withheld the text of the
Austrian note and has refused all
comment regarding it further than to
say it had a communication from
Austria. The purport of the note has
been generally understood, but con
firmation of its exact nature was not
available until today.
Because of its interest in caring for
thousands of prisoners, this govern
ment is anxious to continue relations
with Austria if honorably possible. It
is trying- to get Austria to relax her
A Berlin wireless message picked
up in London saying that negotia
tions were proceeding for a change
in U-boat warfare may refer to the
dealings between the United States
Austria as the result of a com
munication from the state depart
ment may be taking up with the Ger
man government the whole subma
rine policy, or at least withdrawing
her own position.
Authorities hold that Austria could
withdraw her support of Germany
logically, inasmuch as Austrian sub
marines nevr had operated to any
extent in the main part of the Ger
man barred area, though the barred
zone would apply to Austrian subma
rines in the Mediterranean.
London. Spain will follow United
States against Germany even as far
as declaring war, according to wire
less dispatch received from Rome
quoting Spanish ambassador there.
Washington. Immediate protec
tion of all government arsenals by
the installation of anti-aircraft guns
was decided upon by house military
GERMANY YIELDS TO U.S. FREE
PRISONERS WARN -SHIP
Washington, Feb. 5. This gov
ernment entered today upon real
danger period in its position toward
Germany, for today the time of
Tace for neutral shipping in new
At same time three momentous
developments have come to improve
what some officials insist are possi
bilities of peaceful outcome:
Germany has yielded to this coun
try's demands, made a few hours be
fore break in relations came, for im
mediate release of Americans held
prisoners in Germany.
Pres. Wilson has asked all neu
trals to follow his course in severing
diplomatic relations with Germany,
believing such action will make for
peace of the world.
Germany has met the full demands
of international law in the Housa
It is not expected that a break-with
Austria will come unless Austria her
self precipitates it.
Whether it be for peace or war,
present situation with Germany
should develop within few days.
Within that time the attitude of most
neutral nations will be known and
whether or not Germany intends to
halt or continue campaigns Pres.
Wilson calls ruthless.
Attention of the government to
day centers uporiaeutral nations.
The president has indicated clear
ly that his move in breaking relations
with Germany is designed to lead
neutral countries in a great moral
effort, backed by arms if necessary,
to enforce peace.
Owing to fact that this govern
ment has always stood for indidivual
or "parallel" action instead of joint
action, there are unofficial indica
tions that many countries will now
decline to enter a parallel effort to
force Germany into modifying her
Ruling classes of Spain and Swe
den are generally understood to be
somewhat Pro-German, while Hol
land, Portugal, Norway and Denmark
lean the other way .
Washington. Henry Ford, peace
advocate, offered Sec'y of Navy Dan
iels use of his big auto factory at De
troit for government munition works