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for increasing army. Several national
guard units have already been called
out and are guarding bridges and irrv
portant points of communication.
New congress is expected to. or
ganize with single idea of backing
president and safeguarding American
shipping. The president is already
at work on his message.
National Defense Council prepar
ing plans for supervising relations of
capital and labor to government in
event of war. Sma.ll profit will be al
lowed, but price-kiting will not be
German reports from Russia say
situation is getting beyond provision
al government and point toward a
nation-wide revolt by workingmen.
LONDON EXPECTS GERMANY TO
DECLARE WAR ON U. S.
London, March 22. A declaration
of war by Germany against America
within the next few days would not
surprise British officials. From va
rious meager bits of news filtering
out of Germany today, such a step
was indicated. One report via Am
sterdam had it that German officials
had warned American newspapermen
in Berlin that a state of war was ex
pected within 48 hours.
In the viewpoint of many officials,
the present week may be the turning
point of the war. America has ap
parently definitely cast the die
against Germany. The Teutonic re
treat on the western front is now
reaching the new "Hindenburg line."
Persistent -reports continue of vio
lent rioting in Germany.
DANIELS SOUNBS CALL FOR
NAVAL RECRUITS NEED 74,500
Washington, March 22. The navy
needs 74,500 men and needs them
Sec'y of the Navy Daniels sound
ed an unofficial call for that number
today in an appeal to the press to
One of the first requests ori coil
's when the April 2 session be
gins will be that 100,000 men the
navy mximum be authorized as an
increase to the navy.
Recruits are being rushed through
the naval training stations post
haste for immediate duty with the
fleet. The navy department an
nounced today that it has suspended
the requirements for five months'
traiping for recruits in order to man
the fleets with all possible speed.
NEUTRALS MAY TRY TO SETTLE
U. S. GERMAN TROUBLES
Washington, March 22. That
neutral nations may renew their pre
vious offers to assist in "straighten
ing out difficulties" between the U. S.
and Germany was suggested at the
state department today.
Several neutral diplomats called
on Sec'y Lansing during 'the fore
noon, but none.claimed to be taking
part in such a move.
When Germany and the United
States broke relations a number of
neutrals then offered their services
to "do anything we can to prevent
This country, however, will nego
tiate neither with Germany, directly
nor with her through neutrals, until
the imperial government has with
drawn its U-boat decree and renewed
its pledgesto the United States.
MARYLAND TROOPS ON DUTY
Baltimore, Md., March 22. Mary
land state troops began their bit in
the defense of the national capital
today. Two companies assumed .con
trol of the railroad bridges over the
Susquehanna river to halt any at
tempt to cut off communication be
tween Washington and the seaboard.
FIVE MORE DEATHS AT GREAT
LAKES NAVAL STATION
Four deaths due to pneumonia and
one to spinal meningitis' in the last
36 hours at the Great Lakes naval
training station - brought the total
mortality from those causes at the
station since Jan. 29 to 24. Two new