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It probably will have been found to
!iue existed since the American
steamer Algonquin was sunk last
The state of "armed neutrality" in
which this government was. placed
by the president continues, although
it apparently has failed of its object
to prevent sinking of such ships as
the Laconia, Algonquin; the City of
Memphis, the Illinois and the Vigi
lancia. That the president, as his next
step, would call congress in extra
session even before its scheduled
meeting date, April 16, was doomed
likely by some, though the prepond
erant view was. that he would have
them assemble th 16th, then inform
them that a state of war had existed
since March IS and ask real war
It was expected Wilson would con
sult his premier and oflier authori
ties during the day. And having
broad war power already, according
to legal experts, it is regarded prob
able that he may take even stronger
protective means than merely arma
ment of American merchantmen.
The navy may be called upon to
take a vigorous hand, searching out
and destroying submarines.
Any call for an army undoubtedly
will await full authorization from
congress under a declaration of war.
The messages thus far at hand left
but little hope that no American lives
aad been sacrificed.
Despite the fact thatthe United
States is nearer a call to arms to
day, there is unruffled calm in Wash
ington, not only among officials but
among the people of the capital.
Apparently Washington, through
ever-recurring experience with inter-;
national shocks, is no longer suscept
ible to emotion. There is no war
spirit in evidence.
London, March 19. Shortly before
noon today United States consular
reports to American embassy here
declared the captain's boat of torpe
American steamer City of Mem
phis was still unaccounted1 for. There
were tight men in this boat.
In all twenty-two' men of the crews
of two of the three American ships
sunk by German submarines were
The three ships were the American
steamers Vigilancia, City of Memphis
and Illinois. All of the crew of the
last named were safely landed.
The Vigilancia was struck by a
torpedo without warning. Lookouts
did not even see the periscope of the
submarine, nor did the U-boat em
erge from the sea after the ship had
been struck her death blow.
The City of Memphis was first
struck by shell fire from the subma
rine and then sunk by a torpedo.
OTHERS MAY DIE FROM FIRE AT
OLD PEOPLE'S HOME .
Several more deaths may be added
to the list of four who perished in the
fire that swept the Scottish Old Peo
ple's Home at Riverside yesterday.
ATailv nf thfi survivors ar ill frnm py.
posure and on account of the ad-'
vanced age "of most fatalities may
Those who were killed in the
flames were Mrs. Janet Greenock, 70 ;
Wm. McPherson, 92; Thos. Loutitt,
76, and Wm. Robertson, 80. The
more seriously of the survivors are
Andrew Minto, 84; John Harrison,
88; Andrew Greenock, 76"; Mrs. Ida
Bell, 71; Mrs. Isabel Hope, 82, and
Jessie Campbell, 65.
The inmates were aroused by the
barking of a small dog, wso discover
ed the flames. The cause of the fire
GO AFTER FOOD HOGS
Robert W. Childs, special ass't U. S.
att'y, is' rounding up his evidence
against Chicago food hogs and he
will soon present it to the- federal
grand jury. Six special investigators
have been sent from Washington to
work out of the Chicago office in or
der to get at the bottom of the food