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man war headquarters. The meet
ing is ostensibly to bring together
the German empress and the new
Austrian empress, but a noteworthy
company of officials high in author
ity in the central powers is present.
The German kaiser, the Austrian
emperor, Count Czernin, Austrian
foreign secretary, and Von Bethman
Hollweg, German chancellor, are
present They form the war council
of the central powers.
Austria is rife with peace senti
ment, and the feeling of unrest is
worrying the war directors. Austria
felt tremendously the effect of the
Russian revolution and the ascen
dancy of democracy.
Washington. Pres. Wilson went
into session with the cabinet at 2:30
Zurich, Switzerland. Brand Whit
lock, recalled as U. S. minister to Bel
glum, expected here this afternoon.
Washington, April 3. How far are
we going into the war?
That was the question being asked
of Washington today by the nation.
Somehow the impression has be
come dominant in some quarters
not so much in Washington or in the
east as in the west that it is going
to be a "Chocolate Soldier" sort of
war so far as the United States' part
is concerned; that we will speed up
our munition factories, make big
loans at low interest to the European
opponents of Germany and let the
allies do the fighting.
There is no indication that this is
the plan of the administration or that
congress will suggest or support such
It is not likely that the United
will send any men to the trenches in
1917, for she has no trained soldiers
to spare. But the navy is recruited
nearly up to full war strength and is
in the pink of condition physically
and mechanically; it can render in
valuable service in patrol work and
Pres. Wilson wants an army of
$00,000 raised and trained men im
mediately and suggests universal
service as a more democratic and ef
ficient way than the volunteer sys
tem for getting the soldiers. It takes
a year to train a civilian to be a sol
dier and most of the time is spent in
teaching him to obey orders. So it
is not impossible that in 1918 there
may be a large expeditionary force
of American soldiers fighting for lib
erty in European trenches, while
hordes of their countrymen are being
trained to follow them if the war
lasts until then.
From east, west, north and south
newspapers are today practically one
in acclaiming the war message of
Pres. Wilson to congress as an ut
terance that will find a tremendous
response from every American.
The New York Sun, perhaps the
bitterest critic the administration has
known, finds in it "the voiceof the
nation," and says that for the "firm
ness, resolution and self-respect of it
much of the previous indecision
could be forgiven."
In the president's message the New
York- German Herald today saw a
suggestion which may result in a
governmental change in Germany
from monarchy to republic. It says
it thinks Wilson has a lurking suspi
cion that the German people' would
quickly cast off their kings and
princes if they saw a strong demo
critic power ready to shield them
against their enemies while they put
their house in order.
TO RAISE ARMY OF 3,000,000
START WITH 500,000.
Washington, April 3 3,000,000 to
5,000,000 men will probably be raised
for America's armies.
At least one cabinet member wants
3,000,000 as a minimum; army men
recommend up to 5,000,000.
The process will be to get them in
increments in groups of 500,000,
as rapidly as they can be officered.
Chairman Chamberlain of the sen
ate military committee says the in
crements can be obtained at an an