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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 07, 1917, NOON EDITION, Image 2

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sociations with plotters' rings estab
lished in rariqus sections of country
by Capts. Von Papen and Boy-Ed.
While department of justice and
secret service agents work in deep
est secrecy refusing for obvious rea
sons to disclose even facts of arrests
that have been made, it i taken for
granted that another chief objective
in hunt is to keep war time watch on
bounds of German reservists here
who were unable to answer call .to
colors that rounded in 1914.
It is known positively today that
it has been from these men chiefly
reservists of younger years that
Boy-Ed and Von Papen drew ma
terial for their work of spying and
intrigue against this government.
While it is known by officials that
many of these men refused to do
bidding of Germany's spy-masters in
America, many did fall before temp
tation of gold and promises of high
reward in event of war between the
two countries.
Another "nest of plotters" was
Germany' consular service in Amer
ica. Such aliens as had close con
nection with kaiser's consular agents
and who cannot satisfactorily explain
these connections, are to be arrested
at first suspicious action.
Almost at the stroke of Pres. Wil
son's pen yesterday Chicago drew up
at attention, the process of mobiliz
ing began and the naval call had
been to man the first line of defense.
At nightfall 500 trim lads of the
naval militia were drilling under their
30 officers in the training ship Com
modore in the river at State street
They may leave "for the east" to
night. In the Great Iakes Naval Training
station over 2,000 apprentice seamen
were taking their lessons in forma
tion, drjll and bayonet practice that
will fit them for the service.
Hundreds of the lads in blue had
come from cities downstate, where
they had been awaiting in readiness
for the calL
While Chicago's contribution to
the navy was fitting itself and mak
ing ready to be off, the national
guard units were also expecting a
call.
Hundreds of rookies drilled for
hour after hour in the armories of
the First, Second, Seventh and
Eighth regiments. On the North Side
the First cavalry was making prep
arations that would enable it to an
swer "Ready!" when the flash came.
In every unit of the national mili
tary organization hundreds of re
cruits offered their services yester
day, and, with real war at last that
young chaps had been waiting for,
recruiting figures took an upward
bound.
In the aviation corps the first day
of war was felt. Over 300 young fel
lows, the pick of the recruits,
swarmed to the federal building to,
join the most dangerous but also the
most adventurous wing of war serv
ice. The total number of applica
tions for the past two days is oyer
500.
The city itself took on a martial
air today. The khaki or neat blue
uniform was a common sight in the
loop. With dozens of recruiting t
offices opened in the downtown dis
trict, one was reminded on every
hand that Chicago is making an
earnest effort to do its share in the
work of the nation.
Among the activities of yesterday
and today were:
Hobilizatipn of submarine chasers.
Call to all reserve and retired
officers of the navy in Chicago.
Preparations for further call to na
tional guard.
Arrival of Paul M. Warburg, chajr- A
man of the federal reserve bank '
board, to confer with local bankers
on war finances.
'Call for experienced signal copps
men and telephone and telegraph
workers for army seirvice. -
Arrest of several spy suspects.
Illinois Manufacturers' Ass'n offers
factories to president for war use.

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