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The military arm proposes to take
no chances with German intrigues.
The Zimmermann - Mexican - Jap
anese plot and others convinced the
nation of extent to which Germany
could and would go. Now that war
grows daily nearer, the government
naturally foresees the possibility of
trouble within the nation, aimed at
such vital things as plants construct
ing ships or munitions.
As for racial disturbances, that is
regarded as a possibility. If it comes
the militia' is the likely policing force
to cope with it
While war preparations continue
within the country, tthere is much
inspection of foreign problems.
Threatened German drive against
Russia offers ominous possibility, for
if Germany could by any chance
crush Russia into a separate peace
the war situation would be swung
enormously to Germany's advantage,
giving her a fresh lease on life. If,
on ' the other hand, Russia stands
firm then Germany is nearer end of
her rope, and with the United States
added to her enemies, she may quite
likely "throw up the sponge" within
very few months.
SHOOT FLEEING GERMANS
Philadelphia, aMrch 26. Marines
guarding interned German ships at
League Island shot two of German
crew early today when they attempt
ed to escape, making final effort to
avoid "shipment" to the south..
ST. LOUIS RUNS BLOCKADE .
Washington. March 26. Steam
er St. Louis, armed American line
boat, arrived safely at British port.
Catherine Kohler, 25, 932 N. Mon
ticello av., shot and wounded by un
identified gunman while walking on
streets. Police probing. A
Louis Loula, 19, 4943 S. Wood,
shot and wounded Jerry Sheadl, 4801
Police seized five auto bandit suspects.
GEO. HOOKER ASKS COUNCIL:
NOT TO RUSH THROUGH
FISHER TRACTION PLANS
George Hooker, civic secretary of
the City Club of Chicago, in a letter
to Aid. Henry D. Capitain, chairman '
of the local transportation commit
tee of the city council which is back
ing the enabling act of Walter
Fisher and trying to get the coun
cil on record for it, gave a few of his
views on traction and municipal
ownership today. He asks for delay
in consideration of the Fisher act
until after election. It probably will
be called by Aid. Capitain before the
council meeting today.
In his letter Mr. Hooker, known as
an' expert on municipal affairs, ex
presses surprise that the same gen
tleman who put the Mueller law and
the 1907 ordinances over on the city
should be in the hire of the council to
draw the enabling act which comes
up for discusison and vote today.
He says that the Fisher bill as it
outlines the future of the city's trac
tion affairs would not give the peo
ple successful municipal ownership
because of the high interest charges
the city would have to pay on the
bonds held by the traction barons
even if the city were able to take
over and operate the lines at the end
of 30 years, as Fisher skys.
H eadvocates a showdown to see
whether the people or the corpora
tions are most powerful in Illinois.
He says the transportation commit
tee should spend more time in bet
tering service than in devising means
to hand over rights to the city's ,
streets to the car barons. ,
In part, his letter reads:
"From the standpoint of the pub
lic I do not think the present an au
spicious time to consider steps to
ward a 30 or 50-year, half billion
dollar traction franchise, when Aid.
Buck and Aid. Merriam have been
defeated for the council, when Aid.
Kennedy is in great danger of defeat,
when in several wards alarming cau-i