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the United States would regard this
as cause for war.
"When the American correspon
dents in Berlin went to Gerard in a
body and told him of what they had
heard, Gerard replied:
"I told Monteglas I would sit there
in Berlin until kingdom come and
not leave until"all Americans were
permitted free exit from Germany."
Gerard's code messages today car
ried details of Germany's threat to
hold American newspaper correspon
dents in Germany as hostages unless
the American ambassador would
sign a treaty practically guarantee
ing in case of war that German ships
now in American harbors would be
permitted to leave.
Washington, Feb. 1Z Administra
tion officials began today to share
impatience or shipping men over
forced detention of American vessels
in their home ports because of Ger
many's U-boat war.
This feeling appeared likely to
hasten the solution of the question
of armament for merchantmen. Solu
tion will probably be direct or in
direct issuance of the navy depart
ment guns to merchant ships desir
Authorities felt that Germany
ought not to be in position to say
that she had driven shipping from
seas through fear of her U-boats.
And despite talk of German attempts
to stave off war between United
States and Germany, this govern
ment doubted that Germany is pre
pared to modify her undersea cam
paign. The government has found it must
do something to help tied-up ship
ping or face a stream of prdbable
public condemnation for permitting
shipping to die idly while by all rights
it can travel though undoubtedly
only with armament as a safeguard.
While the state department said
frankly Saturday that navy could not
issue guns without its being a hos
tile act it may sell guns to some
source and then have this source ,
supply them to ships wanting them;
again, it may openly supply the guns.
One of highest government offi
cials characterized shipping situa
tion as "rapidly becoming intoler
able" and held that government must
do something very soon. He also
said openly that matters would
"shape up right" and in very short
"KAISER WONT STARVE," SAYS
GERARD PARTY SAIL FEB. 24
Berne, Feb. 12. American Ambas
sador Gerard expects to sail for the
United States Feb. 24 from Barce-.
lona, Spain. Will remain in Berne
several days before departing "for
Americans with diplomatic and
consular party declared today that
while Germany is suffering greatly
from British "starvation blockade,"
the nation apparently is far from
starvation. Every German official,
they declared, apparently is resolved
to continue policy of unlimited sub
marinings, come what may.
Charley Erbstein and Pat-O'Don-nell,
on trial on conspiracy charges,
clashed jivith state's attorney over
admission of testimony of Issy Wex
ler and Nathan Steinberg, alleged
burglars. Judge to decide later.
Mrs. CyJ. Vopicka, wife of U. S.
minister to Rumania, worried over
his welfare. Hasn't heard from him
since Nov. 20.
Deputy sheriffs raided prizefight
at Justice Park.
Ziegfredt Boldt, 33, killed in fire at
Fire destroyed home of Ralph P.
Lewis, Wilmette. Defective grate.
Hold-up men got $18 from Stanley
Harmon, salesman, 6642 S. Union nv.
Washington. Cone Johnson, so
licitor of state department, resigned
to resume practice of law in Texas