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tack, but there is absence of usual
Teutonic bombast that American
liners escaped "only by accident."
Throughout last few days absence
of Berlin criticism and boastfulness
against United States government
has been commented upon.- ..
Preponderance of official opinion,
however, is that president is through
with exercising patience toward Ger
many, is convinced that state of war
exists between two nations as result
of the Teutonic aggression, will so
declare to congress-and ask that ev
ery means be taken to bring great
war to speedy and successful end. I
GET OUT BY APRIL, AMERICANS
IN GERMANY WARNED
Rome, March 29. Germany has
been asked to send Americans home,
according to report here today. Am
bassador Page had been instructed
from Washington to request trans
mission of this message to Berlin
through Spanish ambassador here.
London. "From Spanish diplo
matic sources," London Evening
Star today declared, it learns Ameri
cans have been warned to leave Ger
many before April 2.
DEMAND AUTOCRATIC POWER
OF KAISER BE CURTAILED
London, March 29. German Im
perial Chancellor Von Bethmann
Hollweg may strive to stave off the
growing sentiment for democratizing
of Germany today by new peace
proffer. At very least he is expected
to announce sweeping reforms in
Germany's governmental structure
permitting more active participation
by people, according to rumors here.
Dispatches today indicated most
intense interest in Berlin in speech
which chancellor was scheduled to
deliver to rei'chstag this afternoon.
For first time, German Socialists
have united in formidable demands
which government apparently real
izes have backing of large part of
the people. These demands are aimed
at very foundations of present gov-,
ernmental system and have been ac
celerated tremendously by full reali
zation of overthrow of autocracy in
Herr Scheidemann, Socialist lead
er, who has heretofore supported the
government's war policy, was under
stood to have warned Hollweg that
democratizing of Germany must
start at once. Dispatches from Ber
lin even hinted that Socialists are
demanding immediate institution of
constitutional monarchy like Eng
land, claiming that Germany is the
only autocratic government now left
alive, and in order to maintain the
friendship in future years of rest of
world's democracies she must
change her system.
Socialists demand for abandon
ment of all plans of conquest by Ger
many are expected to receive support
from other quarters.
It was on March 14 that the chan
cellor made first concession to what
leaders must have observed was the
growing tide of sentiment for great
er participation by German people, in
management of Germany. He then
declared important reforms would be
granted to this end after the war.
Since that time the chancellor has
been reported as deciding that those
reforms ought to be made at once.
JAP WARSHIP SUNK BY U-BOAT
IN SOUTH PACIFIC.
Vancouver, B. C, March 29. The
sinking of a Japanese warship in the
South Pacific ocean by a German
submarine was reported today by the
Canadian News, a Japanese newspa
per published here. The paper de
clared the report was based on a
cablegram from Tokio. No confirm-
.ation is obtainable here.
The fact that a German raider of
some type has been operating in the
South Pacific and Indian ocean has
been known for some time. Recently
a warning was issued at Tokio to
merchant ships, following official an
nouncement of the sinking of two
, British ve'ssels.