'Tokio. .Viscount Motono says Ja
pan received no such proposal as. that
bared in exposed Sec'y Zimmermann
note. Said "entire" scheme is ab
surd," that whole plot "showed men
tal delusions under which Germany
New York. Mexico has not re
ceived any proposition of alliance
from Germany, Foreign Minister
Aguilar declared in telegram from
Washington. Believed here that
either Mexico or Japan received Zim
merman note, but that it was inter
cepted by U. S. secret agents before
it reached either.
Guadalahara. Ambassador Fletch
er formally presented credentials to
First Chief Carranza, marking com
plete restoration of diplomatic rela
tions between U, S. and Carranza
government. Occasion made one of
great pomp. Fletcher's first official
act expected to be inquiry into Car
ranza's position with regard to Ger
many. New York. Zimmerman letter in-,
tercepted by U. S. secret service
agents at San Antonio while on way
to Mexico City from where it was to
have been forwarded to Japan, well
known Mexican hinted today.
PRESIDENT WILL ARM SHIPS
SOON AS BILL' PASSES
Washington, March 3. Pres. Wil
son awaits only authority expected
today to issue an order to arm
American merchant ships.
Senate will give him full powers
today to take this step which draws
United States closer to open hostil
ities with Germany.
Navy department holds guns, in
readiness at New York, Boston, Mare
Island, Charleston, Philadelphia,
Washington, and other government
yards for mounting on American
vessels as soon as order is issued.
President is prepared even to con
voy vessels when mere" arming
proves insufficient protection.
Immediately after "the full power"
armed neutrality bill completes itf
journey through congress the presi
dent will sign it
Germany's latest announcements
indicate that even this armament
will not suffice to guard American
ships wholly. Nighty attacks are be
coming common ' and armament is
not guard against an unseen enemy.
Details of enormous German plot
are still held in secret.
Suoh facts as are permitted to
leak show, however, that Japan fur
nished munition-making machinery
some time ago for Mexico and that
Germans helped operate the govern
Still another development is the
probable entrance of China intq the
war if she gets what she wants from
the entente in way of concessions".
Rome.- King Ferdinand of Bul
garia dangerously ill at Austrian
Amsterdam. New Zeppelin on its
speed trial at Ghent last Monday ex
ploded; burning -10 of those aboard
CLAIM FETZER IN LEAD
Discovery by the election canvass-
ing board last night of an error of 11
votes in the 56th precinct of the 7th
ward gave Wm. T. Fetzer a lead of
five votes over Aid, Chas. B. Merriam
for the Republican nomination , for
alderman from that ward.
Officials of seven additional pre
cincts -will be questioned by the
board today at the request of Mer
riam watchers. It is predicted tbat
no matter what the board's final ac
tion Is a recount will be demanded.
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