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arm American merchantmen against
submarine attacks and uphold Amer
ican rights at sea "through other in
Berlin, via Sayville Wireless, Mar.
3. Foreign Sec'y Zimmerman .today
justified Germany's action in seeking
to ally Mexico and Japan against the
Such a course, he said, was merely
a defensive measure not to be car
ried out except in case the United
States declared war on Germany.
Moreover, he said, it was no more a
"plot" than the "plot" which was re
ported in South American newspa
pers as having been undertaken
against Germany by the United
States, when America sought, ac
cording to South American and other
newspaper reports, to line up the
American republics in common
action against Germany.
The foreign secretary commented
on America's pro-ally sympathies.
He refrained from admitting specific
ally his authorship of the letter to
Minister Eckhardt at Mexico City and
his entire discussion of the matter
was, he was careful to state, based
on "English reports" of the "German
plot to get Mexico to declare war
against the United States and to se
cure Japan's aid against the United
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
Jnited States closer to open hostH
.ties 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 hill completes its
journey through congress the presi
dent will sign it
Germany's latest announcements
indicate that even this armament
will not sufice to guard American
ships wholly. Night attacks are be'
coming common and armament "is
not guard against an unseen enemy.
Details of enormous German plot
are still held in secret.
Such 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
ment plant s
Still another development is the
probable entrance of China into the
war if she gets what she wants from
the entente in way of concessions.
Amsterdam. Admitting her en
deavor to align Japan and Mexico
with kaiser's government against the
United States, Germany today justi
fied that attempt on ground that she
had right to take precautions in view
of possibilities of war with America.
Amsterdam. German government
official says Berlin was compelled to
its latest course by attitude of Amer
ican government and subsequent
developments have justified course,
it was stated.
Washington. Pres. Wilson will not
call extra session now. State dep't
officials said fact that Germany ad
mitted her act did not alter diplo
matic situation. "We knew it was
true all the time," said an official.
Berlin, via London. Surprise ex
pressed here at how American gov- -ernment
obtained information con--
cerning instructions sent secretly to
Germany's diplomatic agents.
Washington. Germany's admis
sion today that she plotted Mexico
against United States clinched Re
publican determination for extra ses
sion of congress.