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after in interval of 15 minutes. Char
acterized firing as heavy and occur
ring in rapid succession.
Third report was received at 9:35
from station 34 at Peaked Bars Hill,
which gave direction as northeast
by north and stated that firing was
heavy and continuous and seemed
to be from three guns.
Boston Mass., April 19 (Special by
United Press). Lieut Edward G.
Blakeslee, U. S. N. communication
officer of First Division at Charles
town navy yards, announced that
heavy firing was reported off Prov
incetown, Mass., by three different
coast guard stations this morning.
Firing said to appear to be from
heavy guns. Was thought patrol
boat might have come into conflict
with German submarine or raider,
but this was purely conjecture.
Washington. Navy department
shortl ybefofe noon today received
an official report from Boston saying
gun firing had been heard off Prov
incetown this morning.
Navy department gave out follow
ing: "Coast guard stations along Cape
Cod reported this morning to the dis
trict commander, at Boston having
heard firing of heavy guns in rapid
succession at sea and to" northward
of the station. The reports came in
quick succession and were heard a.z
9:41 this morning.
"Each of the-three-stations trans
mitted this report to the- officers in
charge of the district"
That firing must have indicated
some .kind of conflict was deduced
from' statement of navy official that
gunfiring could scarcely have been a
salute, inasmuch -as no salutes can
be fired during war time.
Washington, April 18. Raising an
army of 2,000,000 men in two years
is next step confronting nation.
Great $7,000,000,000 bond issue
bill is now virtually a law, senate
having unanimously passed it with
minor amendments last night, and an
agreement by conferees of iiouse and
senate was expected by time both,
houses convene today at noon. Pres
ident was expected to sign the meas
ure by this afternoon. Senate mili
tary committee was to report today
the administration bill for volunteers
to fill present open gaps in regular
army and national guard, this to be
followed by selective draft
House opposition to selective draft
is believed to have been considerably
chilled by word from Pres. Wilson
and Sec'y Baker that administration
will not hearken to any general vol
unteer plan, but must have selective
conscription and that soon.
As in times past White House pres
sure now promises to crumple con
gress opposition. Members who
heretofore have frankly declared
they feared to go "back for votes" if
they favored conscription plan have
changed over-night. Many of these
said they would support the presi
dent regardless of political futures.
If such opposition still menaces
bill, administration will not hesitate
to take names and cases of revolting
straight to the public.
That administration authorities
are tired of house delays 'Is putting
it mildly. In fact, military men say
that the success of America in the
war is daily jeopardized by such pro
crastination. In answer to those favoring volun
teering, the administration has point
ed out that present bill provides for
upward of 500,000 volunteers to bring
regular army and national guard to
Once army measure is disposed of,
government espionage and other
similar war measures will be taken
While congress proceeds with war
legislation, diplomatic problems, par
ticularly Russian situation, are re
ceiving serious thought Means of
solidifying Russian sentiment and
action against German intrigue and
peace overtures will doubtless, be one
of chief topics of American-allied