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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 05, 1917, NOON EDITION, Image 24',
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ZIMMERMAN'S EXPLANATION OF
NOTE TO MEXICO
Berlin, via SayVille Wireless,
March 3. The official press agehty
today issued the following state
"Foreign Sec'y Zimmerman' was
asked by a staff member of the of
ficial German press bureau about the
English report of a 'German plot re
vealed to get Mexico to declare war
against the United States and to se
cure Japan's aid against the United
"The state secretary for foreign
" 'You understand that it is impos
sible for me to discuss the facts 'Of
this "revealed plot" just as this mo
ment and under these circumstances.
" 'I therefore may be allowed to
limit my answer to what is said in
the English reports, which most
certainly were not inspired by sym
, pathy with Germany.
" 'The English reports expressly
state that Germany expected and
wished to remain with the United
States on terms of friendship, but
that in case the United States de
clared war against Germany we pre
pared measures of defense. I fail to
see how such a "plot" is inspired by
unfriendliness on our part.
" 'It would mean nothing but that
we would use means universally ad
mitted in war in case the United
States, declared war.
" 'The most important part of the
alleged plot is its conditions and
form. The whole "plot" falls flat to
the ground in case the United States
does not declare war against us.'
" 'Accordingly,, the German minis
ter to Mexico, in the middle of JaniF
ary, was instructed, in the event of
the United States declaring war, to
offer the Mexican government an al
liance and to arrange further details.
" 'These instructions expressly en
joined the German minister to make
no advances to Mexico unless he
knew certainly that America intend
ed to declare war.
" 'An Argentine newspaper which
printed a story a short while ago
really revealed the "plot" when, in
telling that the United States last
year suggested to the other Ameri
can republics common action against
Germany and her allies,' the foreign
" 'This "plot" was apparently not
conditional in the last. The news as
published by the newspaper La Pren
sa well agreed with the interpreta
tion given, for instance, by the Amer
ican newspaper man, Edward Price
Bell, London correspondent, who
said that the United States was only
waiting for the proper moment in
order opportunity to assist the entente."
WYOMING'S FIRST DEMOCRATIC
John E. Kbkduick.
Senator-elect Kendrick is the first
Democrat to represent Wyoming in
the upper house of congress. Since
admission to statehood the state has
had only two Democrats in the lower
house. Kendrick was governor and
resigned to make the race for U. S.
senator against Senator Clark.