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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 06, 1917, LAST EDITION, Image 2

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tor acts by Austria. Her words, off!
cials said, indicated a desire on Aus
tria's part to avoid a break with the
United States, even though she sup
ports the "theory" of Germany'-s .un
limited submarine warfare.
Authorities feel that in view of
Austria's effort to prevent a break
it would be advisable at this time to
await developments to see if she car
ries out submarine warfare against
vessels other than enemy merchant
men.
The government is not inclined to
break over endorsement of a "the
ory."
The note also expressed Austria's
inability to surrender her right to at
tack enemy merchantmen carrying
contraband to the enemy, without
warning, but the note specifically
holds neutral merchantmen as of an
other classification.
Continuing, the note declared that
Austria's note on the Ancona case
"reserved the right later to bring up
difficult international questions in
connection with the submarine war
fare." "The government," it said, "desires
to show America that it adheres
strictly to the assurance given and
that it will endeavor to clear up all
disputed points in order to avoid mis
understandings." o o
PRESIDENT WAITS DECISION ON
POWER TO ARM SHIPS
Washington, March 6. President
Wilson probably will announce his
decision today on arming American
merchantmen.
There were strong intimations that
the decision of his legal advisers will
give him the power of furnishing
guns to the ship owners.
The president is represented as
waiting only for such a formal rul
ing on his authority to act promptly
and arm the ships and thereby estab
lish a state of "armed neutrality" for
the United Sta'tes.
Out of scores of telegrams received
at the white house today from all ,
T parts of the country, it develops that
an overwhelming majority suggest
that the president go ahead with the
course which a majority of congress
approves.
o o
ZIMMERMANN MAKES SECOND
DEFENSE OF MEXICAN NOTE
Amsterdam, March 6. Foreign
Sec'y Zimmermann's second defense
of his action In' seeking, to 'align Ja
pan and Mexico with Germany
against America was that criticism
from certain Germans of such a
course ill-fitted previous complaints
that Germany wasn't doing enough
to acquire new allies.
4 Such an explanation, according to
Berlin dispatches received here to
day, was Zimmermann's answer to
Socialist queries in the main commit
tee of the reichstag at its meeting
late yesterday. The secretary laid
particular stress on the fact that his
instructions to Minister Eckhardt at
Mexico City were based only on the
U. NS. entering the war.
Newspaper comment from all over
Germany appears to support the for
eign secretary whole-heartedly, al
though there was a disposition to
criticize the bungling by which a per
fectly legitimate move by Germany
became known.
MAY NOT BE ABLE TO CHANGE
ANCIENT SENATE RULES
Washington, March 6. Pres. Wil
son probably will not attempt to arm
American merchant ships now, un
less big loophole is found in laws
which he says bind his hands.
A senate Democratic caucus will
today start discussing a cloture
move, asked by Wilson to prevent
such a situation as killed his armed
neutrality request
If some reform of ancient, hide
bound rules of senate can be ob
tained, Wilson will call an extra ses
sion to try to put over his armed neu
trality measure. There is no ques
tion as to its passage with rules al
tered to prevent filibustering. But

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