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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 17, 1917, NOON EDITION, Image 10

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GERMANY IS SEEKING PEACE
THROUGH SOCIALISTS
Copenhagen, April 17. Germany
is secretly seeking to revive peace
talk in all belligarent countries.
She asks peace still on her own
terms though doubtless somewhat
amended. In December Germany
asked peace and was refused. Now
she is planning to maneuver allies
into asking her for peace.
Scheme as established by infor
mations from high sources here to
day is ambitious one, worldwide in
its scope.
Positive confirmation of unofficial
overtures from Berlin to the United
States was obtained today. Hint
came 'even stronger from German
official sources that United States
would do well to send Col. E. M.
House o The Hague for conference
with German representatives.
The main intrigue, however,
whereby Germany hopes to start a
movement for her enemies to ask
Berlin for peace was apparently
"being exerted through German So
cialists. Suddenly Socialists in Teutonic
empire have become favored individ
uals. Theileaders been assidiously
cultivated by German officials. Ger
man censorship has been unpreced
ently loosened to permit their com
municating with Socialists in such
enemy countries as Russia.
Most of all, the drastic German
rules prohibiting departure of her
men from the empire and of holding
of communication with enemy citi
zens has been formally raised to
permit departure of Philip Scheide
mann and other Socialists for con
ferences with Socialist comrades of
enemy nations.
The Russian government may not
be falling in with Germany's intrigue,
but certainly Russian ultra-Socialists
have been communicating with Ger-
man Socialists and some Russian
, radicals have left for conferences
' with Germans. J
Germany evidently is exerting tre-1
mendous pressure through using her
Socialists for a separate peace with
Russia. That may be main part of
her peace plotting. But feelers en
countered today indicated this as
only a part of German scheme to
obtain a strategic position. It was
noted in all peace "feelers" Germany
is carefully avoiding any mention of
-terms.
In meantime German newspapers,
in obviously inspired articles, are
reiterating fact that Germany can
not make any important concessions
from terms unofficially noised about
at time of Von Bethmann-Hollweg's
proffer in December.
Danish foreign office t'oday formal
ly declared Danish Socialists were
not participating in supposed Social
ist conferences.
"ANYTHING GOVM'T WANTS'.'
BRYAN TELLS WILSON
Washington, April 17. Wm. Jen
nings Bryan today personally told
Pres. Wilson he Is "for anything the
government wants in pushing the
war to a quick and successful end."
During a conference with the pres
ident at the White House lasting half
an hour, Bryan said he was willing
to serve on firing line or anywhere
else the president wants him to
serve.
He said he had but one specific
thing to urge wartime prohibition.
If government thinks there ought
to be universal military service or
conscription, or any other way ,of
raising an army, Bryan will get right
behind whatever plan the govern
mentsugg&6ts and do everything he
can to make it a success.
Bryan will begin at once as a "re
cruiting officfer" and tour the coun
try, making speeches urging civilians
to offer their services in furnishing
supplies of every kind.
o o
Thos. Halley, 50, 3238 Fulton, po
lice veteran, father of W. P. I. Halley,
sec'y Irish Fellowship club, died today.

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