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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 05, 1917, NOON EDITION, Image 1

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2 C NOON EDITION C
THE DAY BOOK
An Adless Newspaper, Daily Except Sunday
VOL.6, NO. 133 Chicago, Monday, March 5, 1917
398
SENATE "SLACKERS"
SCORED BY PRES.
AS TRAITORS
Extra Session at Once to Pass Armed Neutrality Bill
Which Sen. LaFollette Killed by Filibuster
11 Against 85.
Washington, March 5. Pres. Wil
son wants quick action by U. S. sen
ate to change rules and permit rapid
passage of "armed neutrality" meas
ure when he calls extra session of
congress to re-introduce bill.
Admitting that his hands are tied
by ancient statutes which "forbid him
arming merchant vessels and taking
other means of protecting American
rights, president is relying on sen
ate to act "and save the country
from disaster."
In bitter excoriation of "the little
group of wilful men, representing no
opinion but their own" who filibust
ered neutrality bill to death, presi
dent has declared "the great govern
ment of the United States" is in a
"helpless and contemptible" position
before the world.
By studied filibuster, led by Sen.
LaFollette, 11 senators kept the sen
ate from passing the bill giving the
president power to arm Americaa
ships against U-boat attacks. Sev-.
cnty-eight senators had signed a de
claration declaring they were in fa
vor of the bill and seven others ill or
absent were known to favor its pas
sage, but the "little group of eleven"
were able ta override the will of the
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