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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 14, 1917, LAST EDITION, Image 2

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eration so forceful that a separate
German-Russian peace will be out of
the question.
If Russia chooses she could have
American help in re-shaping her gov
ernment along republican lines,
though that idea does not actuate
the proposed sending of the commis
sion. Similar commissions will be sent
to Italy, England, France and per
haps Japan.
Russia's needs, however, is recog
nized as the most pressing now be
fore the warring nations.
Her industries are crippled; her
transportation system is disrupted
" and inadequate; and she has literally
millions of men in army service that
cannot be supplied and mobilized as
a real fighting factor.
The commission's task would be to
vitalize all these factors.
It was stated that the visit of
Charles R. Crane to Russia is not a
part of the government plan, thpugh
Crane's influence with some of the
Russian leaders and his closeness to
the Wilson administration is expect
ed to be of assistance in paving the
way for the commission.
U. S. TO LEND $3,000,000 TO
ALLIES WITHOUT RESERVATION
Washington, April 14. The house
will vote to lend $3,000,000,000 td the
allies at ohce and without important
reservation.
It showed this clearly today when
amendments offered by Democrats
and Republicans to restrict the loan
ing and the time for repayment of
the money included in the adminis
tration's $7,000,000,000 bond bill
were attacked viciously by both
sides.
As the house got down to the final
stages of the measure amendments
of all sorts were offered. Represen
tative Towner of Iowa, Republican,
offered an amendment lo Strike
$3,000,000,000 the allies' share supplies,
from the loan. He said he wanted
congress to control the loan. The
amendment was defeated by 217 to 3.
Towner himself did not vote for it.
Another amendment offered by
Rep. Moore of Philadelphia proposed
that the allied loan should be repaid
within 30 years.
Republicans and Democrats, plead-P
ing that the allies are fighting Amer
ica's battle, denounced the text and
spirit of the amendment.
Moore, weakening under the at
tack, changed his amendment so as
to make the time for repayment 50
years.
Several amendments of the ways
and means committee, designed to
overcome possible objections, were
agreed upon. One says none of the
money shall be loaned except to
countries engaged in war with a
country with which the United States
also is at war. Another says none of
the $3,000,000,000 that may be left
in the treasury shall be loaned after
the. war. Both amendments were
considered unimportant by the com- ..
mittee and. were agreed to by Sec'y
of the Treasury' McAdoo.
Congress now is beginning to f"all
in line. Coming to a realization that
volunteering is contained in the ad-,
ministration army bill, as well as the
selective conscription idea, many are
now acceding to administration pres
sure. Cpnfident predictions were
made today that the plan will pass.
What army men now want is speed
and the pressure is being exerted to
that end.
Arrival of Balfour, Viviani, Joffrs
and other distinguished guides of al
lied policy will mark inauguration of
the most complete harmony between
America and the entente. w
Chief purpose of the allied visitors
will be to council against the blun
ders that blocked the early progress
of England and her associates.
Under this heading are such prob
lems as military and naval co-operation,
financial aid, distribution of
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