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FORCE WHITLOCK TO REMOVE
FLAG FROM U. S. LEGATION
Washington, Feb. 15. Near-peaceful
relations with Germany and the
Teutonic allies were stretched to the
snapping point today tfhen this gov
ernment received positive confirma
tion of the ominous report carried in
United Press dispatches from Berne
that Brand Whitlock, American min
ister to Belgium, had been forced to
lower the stars and stripes from the
United States legation in Brussels.
It was considered another one of
the rapidly accumulating infringe
,ments of the Teutonic allies on
American rights and privileges.
While officials insisted they will
await complete details, so as to be
certain and deliberate in any move
this government may take, they
openly admitted such acts as Ger
man military officials in Belgium
took in the Whitlock case plainly
show the spirit and intent with
which Germany is moving.
This latest case is made more
grave, officials said, in view of addi
tional information that Whitlock is
now refused communication with his
home government and American Bel
gian relief workers are being "de
tained." Just what this "detention"
amounts to is a question for the
most serious consideration.
This government will seek an im
mediate explanation of the incident,
probably through the Swiss minis
ter. Meantime nothing has been heard
regarding inquiries as to Germany's
intended procedure with American
Greenwood, S. C. Mrs. F. F. Phil
lips killed, eight others seriously in
jured when Fairmont mill, 'near
Spartanburg, which offered its serv
ices to government as bandage fac
tory in case of war, collapsed.
Washington. H. W. Boiling, pres
ident Wilson's brother-in-law, who
testified during house note leak
probe, resigned as member of Wash
ington brokerage firm of F. A. Con
nolly & Co.
New York. French liner Chicago,
one of largest of trans-Atlantic lin
ers, reached here from Bordeaux
after uneventful voyage.
Havana. Pres. Menocal's gov't
forces gradually gaining control
over rebel movement
. Washington. Ambassador Gerard
reported officially to state depart
ment Germany tried to force him to
have 1799 treaty re-ratified, under
penalty of holding American newspa
permen as hostages.
New York. French liner Ro
chambeau arrived safely in Bordeaux
Paris. Ambassador Gerard and
party, including most of newspaper
men who left Berlin, arrived in Paris
Rome. American Consul Roger
Treadwell, enroute to Cagliari, Sar
dinia, presumably under orders from
Washington to investigate circum
stances of sfnking of American
schooner Lyman M. Law by subma
rine. Is important whether U-boat
was Austrian or German.
Washington. Six-inch guns being
placed on shores at entrance to
Chesapeake bay to protect bay
against entrance of submarines.
London. Charles Chaplin, Ameri
can movie star, is $150,000 contrib
utor to England's "win the war" loan.
WHAT DOES WILCOX KNOW
ABOUT 'EM? ASK HI JOHNSON
Washington, Feb. 15. To assure
President Wilson that he may count
on the Republicans of the country to
support him in any steps he takes to
protect American rights on the high
seas, Chairman- Wm. R. Wilcox of
the Republican national committee
is to call at the White House at 2
o'clock this afternoon,.