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RAIL MEN WIN EIGHT-HOUR FI6HT
THE DAY BOOK
An Adless Newspaper, Paily Except Sunday
VOL. 6, NO. 145 Chicago.' Monday. March 19. 1917 3!
VIRTUAL STATE OF WAR
EXISTS AS THREE U. S.
BOATS ARE SUNK
Possible Loss of Twenty American Lives in Sinking by
German Submarines of City of Memphis, Illinois
and Vigilancia Subs Lend No Help
in Life Saving.
BY ROBERT J. BENDER
Washington, March 19. United
States and Germany are on verge of
With a virtual state of war exist
ing as a result of the ruthless sink
ing by German submarines of three
American freighters, it is now be
lieved inevitable that the. first .meet
ing between an armed American
merchant vessel and a U-boat will
mark the opening of actual hostili
ties. Semi-official view is united that
Germany's destruction of three
American vessels with possible loss
of twenty American lives leaves no
question that the kaiser has forced
this government into a state of war.