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land her home rule."
Supporting Devlin's hint that
greater American participation might
be obtained if the government would
settle the Irish question, the tone of
the British press for the past few
days lias been unusually strong in
urging action by Lloyd George.
The greatest interest is manifested
in what Lloyd George may have to
say next week about the Irish settle
ment a statement being promised
from him by Chancellor the Exche
quer Bonar Law.
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FOES OF DRAFT USE RpOSEVELT
ARMY IDEA TO BOOST
VOLUNTEER PLAN
Washington, April 20. Despite all
administration attempts to annihi
late it, the Roosevelt division idea is
holding its trench. It is the most for
midable obstacle in the. path of con
scription today.
'While the word was passed out
semi-officially last night at the war
department that there will be no
Roosevelt division, betting today fa
vors the idea that "T. R." will get
into the trenches in France with a
volunteer force weeks before the
first American conscript division.gets
under shrapnel fire.
It is admitted that the president is
strongly opposed to the Roosevelt
division. Friends of the colonel in
sist that the Wilson objection is
predicated upon the political possi
bilities likely to ensue "when Teddy
comes marching home." Administra
tion backers ridicule this idea and
say that Roosevelt, who is on record
as favoring selective conscription, is
doing more to block conscription by
his talk of a volunteer division than
any other single factor. They admit
that Roosevelt could probably smash
all speed records in raising a division.
They say that the Roosevelt agita
tion is playing right into the hands of
congressmen who prefer the volun
teer system because of the chance it
offers to play politics by awarding
commissions, .
WAR PROHIBITION MAY BE MADE
IMMEDIATE JSSUE.
Washington, April 20. Whether
"war prohibition" is to be an emer
gency measure of present congress
will be determined shortly.
Pres. Wilson and his cabinet today
planned to take up recommendations
of Sec'y Houston for legislation cov
ering entire problem of food, its con
servation and distribution. Expected
that Houston's suggestions will be
laid before congress next week, and
simultaneously government's Inten
tions toward "war prohibition" may
be divulged. Prohibition question,
officials now realize fully, is too close
ly connected with food problem to be
considered alone.
Question is now directly up to
Pres. Wilson and his cabinet. Con
gress, anxious to get away, doesn't
want to do any thing it doesn't have
to do, which might delay its depart
ure. However, according to all signs,
it's going to have to pass on prohibi
tion question before it goes. Council
of National Defense has been se
riously considering question as part
of food conservation problem.
Probable congress will be asked to
authorize government to take any
action deemed necessary to handling
food conservation and distribution
during crisis. This would include
power to shutroff supply of grain and
other foodstuffs to distilleries and
breweries.
GERMANY DENIES EFFORT TO
MEET RUSSIAN SOCIALISTS
London, April 20. A German
wireless dispatch picked up here to
day declared that no German Social
ists had been sent to Stockholm by
Chancellor Von Bethmann Hollweg W
and insisted there were no negotia
tions there between German and
Russian Socialists on separate peace.
The German denial comes after
confirmation of just such a course of
using the German Socialists in peace
intrigue with Russia from a score or
more sources.

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