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SOME BIG QUESTIONS THAT!
COME WITH WAR
By Gilson Gardner
Washington, April 9. Who is to
exercise the war-making power?
Who is to determine questions' of
strategy and general war policy? In
a word, who is to wage the war? Is
it to be congress, the president, a
board or the newspapers?
Pres. Wilson is nominally commander-in-chief
of the army and
navy. But the president is not a mil
itary man, and, besides, he has con
siderable to do being president
Will there be a board of strategy?
Will the president and his cabinet
become automaticaly a board of
strategy? Will the power be taken
over by the general staff of the
army? Will the real responsibility
be divided between Sec'y of War
Newton D. Baker and Sec'y of the
Navy Joseghus Daniels,
Will the office of adjutant general
become the center of power and in
fluence, as when Corbin reigned dur
ing the Spanish-American war.
Who will decide such questions as:
Shall a division of the regular
army be sent to France at once or
shall no soldiers go until a million
men are trained?
Shall the navy act on the defen
sive alone or co-operate with the
Shall the volunteer plan be tried
before conscription is enforced?
Shall the United States make an
alliance with the entente powers and
agree to go through to the end or
shall we wage a war of our own.
Shall a minister of munitions be
created to co-ordinate the munitions
business or shall it be left to .the dif
ferent bureaus of the war and navy
Shall the food situation be left to
drift or shall the government grapple
with it and handle it as other war
ring powers have done.
Shall the railroads be taken over
fcv the government or shall they be
permitted to muddle along as at pres
ent? These are a few of the problems
which open up at the "beginning of
CHICAGO GERMAN WAITERS
LEAVING TOWN FAST, SAY
Employes of the' Bismark hotel
have been leaving for Mexico in num
bers, according to a report received
by the police today.
It is said the police received the tip
when a messenger from the Bis
mark hotel appealed to the police for
additional police protection at the
Bismark hotel because of the imme
diate necessity for hiring additional
strikebreakers to take the place of
those who had left for across the Rio
Karl Eitel," manager of the Berlin
room and the Bismark gardens, said
today that ten employes had left the
services of the hotel recently, but
that he did not know where they
An official of the Chicago Waiters'
ass'n, which has a strike called
against the Bismarck, said today that
most of the Bismark employes have
been unnaturalized Germans.
Federal agents are now on the bor
der investigating the reported exodus
of Germait reservists from the United
States to Mexico.
HAIG PENETRATES LINES
London, April 9. British attacked
in force on wide front from south of
Arras to south of Ldns before St
Quentin today "making satisfactory
progress," according to report of
Field Marshal Haig today.
"Everywhere we penetrated the
enemy's lines," the British commander-in-chief
Washington died at the beginning
of the last hour of the day, of the
last day of the week, of ,the last
month of the year, of the last year
in the century.