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LAY PLANS TO AUGMENT U. S.
ARMY UNIVERSAL TRAINING
BILL TO BE PUSHED.
Washington, March 27. The navy
having been put in order, insofar as
presidential authority now goes,
chief attention as regards the de
fense of the. natioh is today centered
in the land protection problem.
What form, or system, land defense
shall take, still is being debated.
By the time congress convenes in
extraordinary session one week from
today it is expected this question will
have been resolved into positive
Several state legislatures have
passed resolutions favoring universal
military trailing. Hundreds of tele
grams and letters from college stu
dents and young men in all parts
of the country urge adoption of such
a system. Out of hundreds of news
papers questioned by th National
Associatioirfor Military Training, 93
per cent favored a law compelling
universal military training. But
there are also many voices raised in
Spposition, and thus far President
Wilson has not declared himself. He
has admitted the need of "some form
of physical training," but has inclin
ed to the belief that the country is
not yet ready for the universal mili
tary training idea.
In case universal training fails of
support, the president "hiay be au
thorized by congress to take any one
of all of the following courses:
Recruit the regular army up to Its
full authorized strength 250,000
officers and men.
Call out and recruit up to full au
thorized strength the militia 400,
Q00 officers and men.
Call for volunteers numbering
anywhere between 250,000 and 500,
000. o o
Last year Uncle Sam imported
1,072,494 pounds of kangaroo skin.
You can see a lot of it on the girls,
if their skirts are short enough and
NO FAITH IN GERMAN PROMISES
U. 9. AGAINST REAFFIRMING
1799 AND 1828 TREATIES
Washington, March 27. Practi
cally accusing Germany of regarding"
treaties ad scraps of paper, the U." S.
government's note regarding recon
struction of the 1799 treaty informed
Germany that further "engage
ments" would be useless.
The note, made public in full Mon- fJP
day, added that the government is
seriously considering whether or not
Germany's "flagrant violations" had
not abrogated the 1785-1799 and
After the reciting of Germany's
violations of the treaties the note
"In view of the clear violations of
the plain terms of the treaties in
question, solemnly concluded on the
mutual understanding that the obli
gations there under would be faith
fully kept, In view further of the dis
regard of the canons of international
courtesy and the comity of nations
in the treatment of Innocent-American
citizens in Germany, the govern
ment of the United States cannot
perceive any advantage which Would
flow from further engagements, even
though they were merely declatbry
of international law entered into
with the imperial German govern- '
ment in regard to the meaning of
any of the articles of these treaties
or as supplementary to them.
"in these circumstances, there
fore, the government of the United
States declines to enter the special
protocol proposed by the imperial
In conclusion the note says:
"It would appear that the mutual
ity of the Undertakings (the trea
ties'! has been destroyed by the con- m
duct of tile German authorities."
Washington. Lehigh Valley rail
road competes with its great lake
steamship line and must under Pa
nama canal act dispose of six steam
ers it owns, supreme court held.