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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 02, 1917, LAST EDITION, Image 3

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United States is hereby formally de
clared, "That the president be and he is
hereby authorized to take immediate
steps, not only to put the country in
a thorough state of defense, but also
to exert all of its power and employ
all of its resources to carry'on war
against the imperial German govern
ment, and to bring the conflict to a
successful conclusion."
Washington, April 2. With a
prayr for an America mighty in de
fense of its rights, the 65th congress
opened its war session at noon today.
The congressmen, having in mind
the momentous purpose for which
-they were called into session, were
in a solemn mood.
But the packed galleries burst into
applause at the coming of every
notable. The American eagle was
rampant Patriots and pacifists alike
unfurled the stars and stripes. The
suffragists stood squarely with the
patriots, proclaiming they were
"with the president
It took the house but a few min
utes to settle down to serious busi
ness. It was known that President
Wilson was eager to address the joint
congress this afternoon. He was
waiting at the White House, his mes
sage prepared, for the word that
would bring him speeding to the Cap
itol. The president had let it be known
that he would wait as late as 4
o'clock for the house to organize.
With the die cast the executive was
for action, and that immediately.
Catching the humor of the White
House, the representatives did not
dally.
For 40 minutes at the outset of the
session the roll was called to ascer
tain the presence of a quorum. The
absence of several Republican mem
bers made it almost certain that the
Democrats would again succeed in
organizing the body, re-electing
Speaker Clark and the old committee
chairmen.
dependents would not help the Re-j
publicans, and at least two Indepenj
dents nad declared they were with
the'Democrats.
But there was little partisan feel-
ing. Democrats and Republicans,
were Americans and for America
first They were there to stand by1
the president
Rep. Greene of Massachusetts
nominated James R. Mann of Illinois
for speaker. Rep. Lenroot, backed
by the progressives in the recent
caucus, seconded the nomination.
"The Republican party has never
failed in its duty," declared Greene.
But there was no bitter partisan
spirit indicated in the speech. Which
ever way the speakership went, the
members were there to show the
world that America was ready and
willing to speak for itself.
Blind Rep. Schall, Minnesota, in
dependent, nominated Speaker Clark
in a speech declaring that party lines
should be abolished.
Clark was elected, 217 votes to 205
for Mann. Gillett received two and
Lenroot two. London, Schall, Ran
dall and Martin, not affiliated with
either majority party, voted for
Clark.
"Today," Schall said, "there should
be just one party and that party the
American party. There is no better
way of standing by the president
than by returning his party's organi
zation of the house. I would be of
little use on the battlefield with my
sightless eyes, but will do my duty
here with the light that God has
given me."
The house foreign affairs commit
tee had completed its draft of a reso
lution, recognizing the existence of
a state of war between the United
States and Germany.
Rep. Gardner, Republican, Massa
chusetts, had Introduced a flat dec
laration of war resolution, while on
both sides of the Capitol work was
done toward providing universal mil
itary training.
Even the solid strength of the in-
Whichever way the
president

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