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WHITLOCK RECALLED FROM
BELGIUM U. S. GIVES UP
Washington, March 24. Brand
Whitlock has been withdrawn as
minister to Belgium.
The Whitlock withdrawal is taken
as a forerunner of actual war.
For some time the state depart
ment has debated the giving up of
relief work in Belgium, and the re
cent destruction of several relief
ships by German submarines has dis
couraged further attempt to run the
relief work through American chan
nels. Relief work will be turned over to
Holland and other neutral nations.
A the state department a long ex
planation was made of the withdraw
al. Whitlock has been ordered to
Havre. The department says the se
riousness of the withdrawal is fully
appreciated, and action was taken
only after careful consideration.
It is pointed out that when diplo
matic relations were broken with
Germany the Teutons withdrew from
Whitlock the diplomatic privileges he
had enjoyed. He was denied the
right to communicate with the de
partment of state in cipher, and
later even in plain language. His
courier service to Havre was cut off.
Now, it is explained, several of the
relief commission's ships have been
submarined "in flagrant violation of
the solemn agreement of the German
government." Protests through the
Spanish government have not been
answered. It is felt the American
1 staff can no longer serve with ad
vantage in Belgium.
All Americans engaged in Belgian
relief will leave with Whitlock if thej
desire. He is instructed to make ar
rangements for their departure.
"The German government's ob
servance of its other undertakings
has not been such that the depart
ment would feel warranted in accept
ing responsibility for leaving these
American citizens in German occu
pied territory" is the ominous note
the state department sounds.
WAR BREAK BRIEFS
Mobile, Ala. Marines guarding
the powder magazine at local navy
yard fired on, but failed to capture
unidentified man detected approach
Washington. Department com
manders at San Francisco, Chicago,
San Antonio and New York are ar
ranging for extensive camp sites,
similar to Plattsburgh camp.
Portland, Ore. Railroad bridges
across Columbia and Willamette riv
ers under military guard.
Atlanta, Ga. Sink all U-boats on
sight, Ex-Pres. Taft urged in speech
Des Moines. Iowa senate by a
unanimous vote goes on record as
favoiing universal military training.
New York. 900 Salvation Army
barracks, in principal cities of coun
try offered to government for use as
Boston. Women may be used to
operate radio stations on Atlantic
shore, says naval captain.
Washington. As step to speed up
sea preparedness, Sec'y Daniels as
signed large number of retired naval
officers to active duty.
New York. Col. Roosevelt says
he's ready for anything. Is going
fishing in Florida for rest
BANDITS BEAT AND ROB
Carl Nieman found seriously injur
ed in his shoe store, 1754 Clyborn
av., this morning by customer. Two
men robbed store last night and left
him unconscious. Took $30 cash
and negitiable paper worth $585.
Washington. Sinking of Norweg
ian steamer Bonald, with George
Goldroimer, Portland, Ore., sailor,
aboard, reported ta state dep't by
Ambassador Sharp at Paris1