O. Britton held his right hand in
leash throughout the bout because of
Bill Brennan, Chicago heavy
weight, hammered Tom Cooler in a
fast ten-round- battle at Buffalo.
Cowler was weak at the finish.
Despite a handicap of weight equal
to that of two lightweights some
265 pounds Prof. Harry Gilmore,
with his 135 pounds, will tackle
genial Doc Krone, hittingthe four-
century mark, in a four-round exhi
bition on March 16. This event is
carded as one of the features for the
Paddy Carroll benefit at the Strand
When articles were signed yester
day Gilmore announced he. would not
demand his pound of flesh for fear of ft,
breaking up the show. Pillows will
be used by Doc Krone and he may be
restricted in the number of blows in ,
any single round.
MOSQUITO FLEET TO
New York, March 6. Franklin D.
Roosevelt, assistant secretary of the
navy, has rushed to New York with
the utmost haste and is today or
ganizing ithe "mosquito fleet" which
will be this country's principal de
fense against U-boats in case of war
The navy department's strenuous
preparations against the submarine
blockade indicates the seriousness
with which official Washington re
gards the possible extension of the
"barred zone" to this side of the At
lantic. Americans who imagine this na
tion can support itself that the U
boats can do America no harm are
overlooking many things.
The foreign commerce of the
United States is carried largely in
foreign bottoms;- In 1916 the United
States exported products amounting
to $5,421,269,162. We imported pro
ducts totaling $2,391,654,335.
Of these imports 24.04 per cent,
valued at nearly $600,000,000 were
foodstuffs that we do not ourselves
Furthermore, the great bulk of
imports of all kinds some of which
our people could not do without
came in British, Japanese, Norweg
ian, Dutch, French, Danish, Spanish
and Italian ships. Of the imports of
$2,391,653,335, American vessels car
ried only $532,341,713 less than
one-fourth. Another $24,3372,617
worth carae overland, and all the rest
came in foreign bottoms.
Great Britain at the outbreak of
the war in 1914 had nearly twenty
million tons of merchant shipping;
the United States has less than eight
millions. In 1916, in spite of the U
boat campaign, Britain had a total
of 21,015,958 merchant tonnage in
commission, while the United States
had but 8,469,649, and the greater
part of this, amounting to 6,244,550
tons, is engaged in coastwise trade.
Our country produces no ferro
manganese an absolute essential in
production of higher-grades of steel.
Last year 90,928 tons were imported,
valued at $9,240,528, more than $101
Many chemicals are not produced
here; tin must come from the British
Isles and the Straits Settlements; the
only supply of nitrate of soda, neces
sary for manufacture of explosives
and for fertilizer, is in Chile.
Interruption of shipping would re
sult in disappearance of a large
amount of fruits from our tables. -
A shortage of shoes would inevl- vf
tably result from the cutting off of
imports of cattle hides, which last
year totaled 404,901,341 pieces, val
ued at $87,674,812.
Neither tea nor coffee is produced
in the United States.
A. F. White, 3648 W. 19th, accused
of infidelity in divorce complaint."
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