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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 17, 1917, NOON EDITION, Image 3

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RUSSIA WILL BE LIBERAL REPUBLIC UNLESS
SOLDIERS AT FRONT WANT ANOTHER CZAR
Petrograd, March 17. The rule of
the Romanoffs ended, Russia began
new history today as a republic.
Czar Nicholas has made formal
abdication of his throne on behalf of
himself and the young czarevitch.
Next in line was Grand Duke Mich
ael, to whom czar turned over the
hynasty and who was named regent
by processional government itself.
But the grand duke himself refused
the crown.
A formal organization of the gov
ernment as a republic was expected
today. This may be delayed,' how
ever, pending information from peo
ple themselves as to form of govern
ment they desire, and particularly
pending word from soldiers. Mean
while order was steadily being re
stored throughout Petr6grad. List
of provinces and cities ammouncing
adherence to new regime was in
creasing rapidly. .Violent change
from repressed autocracy to wide
open democracy was being made
with ease. Provisional government
leaders have impressed people with
sincerity of their purpose, their en
ergy and their patriotism to the
cause of the people of Russia.
On every side in Petrograd was
heard today renewed avowals of vig
orous prosecution of the, war against
Germany!
N London. Czar Nicholas signed for
mal abdication of throne of Roman
offs on Thursday at Pckoff."
."We recognize it is for the coun
try's good that we should abdicate'
the crown and lay down supreme
power," the czar said in a lengthy
official manifesto.
Berlin. Germany is profoundly
impressed by Russian revolution.
Newspapers today pointed to con
ference of officials in Vienna as of
extreme importance in view of de
velopments at Petrograd.
In this conference will be Emperor
Carl of Austria, .Imperial German
Chancellor Von Bethmann-Hollweg,
Prince Conrad Von Hohenlche, for
merly minister of finance; Count
Czernia, Premier Clam-Martinitz
and Count Tisza.
Petrograd. By order of provesion
al government, Admiral Mepine to
day arrested Gov. Zein of Finland.
Deputy Rodicheff was named as
minister of Finnish affairs and or
dered to proceed at once to Helsing
fors. Petrograd. All army officers in
Petrograd met today and unani
mously resolved to recognize author
ity of the duma.
Amsterdam. Unrest in Germany
against militarist repression of peo
ple has been violently accelerated by
success of Russian people in casting
off yoke of centuries.
Even those elements of German
people who favor autocratic control
of Fatherland have been affected by
news. from Petrograd, seeing therein
failure of German plans and certain
ty that instead of Russia growing
weaker as war progresses, she is
likely to grow stronger with a new
government animated by united de
termination to do its best against
Germany.
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MAN WHO KILLED TATTLER IS
CLEARED BY JURY
Thos. Watson, 30 5. Kedzie av
who shot and killed Nick Delaney,
amateur sleuth, when the latter
came to his home to carry tales to
Watson's wife, was exonerated by
the coroner's jury yesterday.
Irma Lindenmeyer, 3312 W. Van
Buren st., at whose home , Delaney
live'd, admitted she had given De
laney Watson's telephone number so
he "could kid" somebody. The kill
ing resulted after Delaney annoyed
Mrs. Watson.
Chas. J.' Vopicka, U. S. minister to
Balkans, arrived at JIalifax. .

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