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WANTS QUICK ACTION FROM
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 hjm
arming merchant vessels and taking
other means of protecting American
rights, president is relying on sen
ate to act "and save the country
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.
LaPollette, 11 senators kept the sen
ate from passing the bill giving the
president power to arm American
ships against U-boat attacks. Seventy-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 to override the will of the
majority and prevent the bill from
coming to a vote before the legal
hour for the session to end.
The president will call an extra
session of congress just as soon as
the senate, now in extra session, acts
upon changing the rules of unlimited
In his formal statement denounc
ing the 11 filibusters; Pres. Wilson
called present danger greater than at
any other time in history of nation.
It will be hard to explain to other
governments now, he said, that they
may not act as they please and with
out fear that this government can
do anything at all.
El Paso, Tex. Gen. Villa again re
ported dead. ,
GLOOMY SKY GREETS CAPITAL
ON GAY INAUGURAL DAY
Washington, March 5. The na
tion's capital poured forth its thou
sands and thousands of guests early
today to witness the inauguration of
Pres. Wilson into his second term.
Stands drenched by days of rain,
filled early, while a raincoated, rub
bered throng massed into Pehnsyl-Q,
Dull skies struggled first to smile
and then to weep, but succeeded" in
doing neither up to noon. N
At 11 the president, escorted by
troops and the grand marshal pro
ceeded from the White House to the
Later, with the Culver Black Horse
troop, Vice Pres. Marshall proceeded
from Willard hotel to the capitoL
The avenue is a columned
thoroughfare, draped with draggled
bunting from days of downpouring
and festooned with American flags.
President had complied with the
constitutional provision that he be
sworn at noon, March 4. Today he
takes this oath anew and delivers-his
inaugural address. -
BRITISH UNDERSTAND WHAT
WILSON IS UP AGAINST
London, March 5. For first time
British press and public today seem
fully to understand complex position
Pres. Wilson faced because of sen
ate rules permitting filibustering.
Consequently comment reflected a
more sympathetic attitude toward
the American executive and his
problems than at any time in recent
The eleven senators who blocked
passage of armed neutrality bill were
universally execrated for "thwarting Q)
the national will"
British newspapers were chary at
suggesting a ''way out" for Wilson.
but most of them seemed content to
leave problem in his hands, profess
ing belief that American people were
behind him in whatever he did.