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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 12, 1917, LAST EDITION, Image 2

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"The school playgrounds of Chi
cago are among the best in the
world," said Max Loeb, "and to close
them on April 1, as will be necessary
unless we meet the present emer
gency, would be a calamity."
"It will be May 15 before any pub
lic funds will-be available for play
grounds even if the legislation we
ask for is granted. Between now
and that date some other way must
be found to finance the playground
If they are to be opened for the boys
and girls of Chicago."
It is estimated at least $100 a
month for each of the 63 playgrounds
will be required during the six-weeks'
period in which no public fund is
available.
Mrs. Wm. S. Hefferan, president of
the Parent-Teachers' ass'ns of Chi-J
cago, today sent letters to 57
branches explaining the situation.
She points out to them that only
two courses are open. Either mo
ney must be raised by private sub
scriptions, or the playgrounds will
be closed up, junked, vand nothing
doing.
Ralph Otis, trustee, A. R; Shannon,
attorney, and Lewis E. Larsen, sec
retary of the school board, will go to
Springfield tomorrow and urge
amendment of the Juul law.
MERRIAM CUTS FETZER LEAD
The "lead of Wm. R, Fetzer, Lun--din-Snow
candidate for Republican
nomination for alderman of the 7th
ward, over Aid. C. E. Merriam was
cut' down to one vote this morning
with six precincts yet to be recount
ed. There are at the present time 43
contested ballots to be.decided by the
election board. Of these, 19 favor
Merriam.
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Philadelphia. Explosives found to
have been smuggled into League
island, "government naval station.
Three arrests.
Washington. Supreme court de
cision in Adamson 8-hour law case
aeain failed to materialize today.
V. S. NAVY MEN SERVE GUNS ON
MERCHANT SHIPS
Washington, March 12. An
"armed guard" for the protection of
vessels and lives of persons aboard
will be placed on all American mer
chant ships sailing through Ger.- -many's
barred area, the state depart
ment today notified all foreign diplo
mats in this city. W
The "armed guard" will be Amer
ican navy gunners.
The official statement shows, too,
that it ishe intention of the govern
ment to arm not only passenger
steamers, but also to provide guns
and navy gunners for munition ships.
The statement to the foreign diplo
mats cleared up definitely the. ques
tion of whether navy gunners would
be used.
The state department holds that
the presence of these men aboard
will not give the vessels the status of
warships.
The vessel becomes a warship only
when used definitely for that pur
pose, the department rules'
The following statement was pre
sented to. the foreign diplomats "for
their information":
"In view of the announcement of
the Imperial German government on
Jan. 31, 1917, that all ships, those of
neutrals included, met within certain
zones of the high seas, would be
sunk without any precautions being
taken for the safety of the persons
on board and without the exercise
of visit and search, the government
of the United States has determined
to place upon all American merchant
vessels sailing through the barred
areas an armed guard far the pro
tection of the vessels and the lives
of the persons on board." A
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Philadelphia. After having cut
four telegraph wires at Bridesburg
station, crippling telegraphic com
munication of Pennsylvania railroad
between here and Trenton, N. J., a
man who said he was a German
sailor was arrested.

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