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proportion to the actuaVnumber of
"It was always represented to us
that the timely arrival of even a
small force of British troops in
France would stimulate and- cheer
the heart of every French soldier.
"As it turned out, our small army
achieved very great material results
in addition to its moral effect. Per
haps it played a decisive part in the
supreme events of the 'opening phase
of the war. But now, when the ter
rible weight and burden of this strug
gle has pressed for nearly three years
T,nr. thp fcYench. British and Bel
gian troops, the arrival of the Amer-'
ican flag and tne American unnorm
on the actual line of battle would be
the veritable' signal of approaching
deliverance and of victory and would
kindle joy and enthusiasm in every
DRASTIC FOOD POWERS ASKED
BY AGRICULTURAL DEPT
Washington, April 20. Depart
ment of agriculture today asked, au
thority of congress which, if granted,
will place country's entire food pro.
duction under strictest government
In addition to preliminary nation
wide investigation in food markets,
department asked authority to "li
cense and supervise operations of all
plants, mills, packing houses, can
neries, slaughter houses, breweries,
distilleries, storage houses, all other
establishments or factories in which
food or feeds, agricultural imple
ments and machinery and materials
thereof, fertilizers, insecticides, fun-
gicides, serums, toxins, viruses and
any other articles required for agri
cultural purposes are prepared,
manufactured or kept for sale or
Discussing general question of food
conservation, Houston hinted at ad
visability of possible regulation or
prohibition of manufacture of
CRANE MAY HEAD COMMISSION
TO HELP RUSSIA
Washington, April 21. In the be
lief that Russia affords the most de
licate as well as the most important
problem before the United States and
allied governments, the greatest at
tention is today being centered on
the selection of a commission to be q
sent to Petrograd for conference
with the Russian government heads.
Elihu Root, Oscar Strauss, Prof.
Harper of Chicago Univ., Col. Roose
velt and Charles R. Crane are among
those being seriously considered to
represent the United States in its
mvement to vitalize the new Rus
HOUSE TO REPORT GENERAL
Washington, April 21. The house
military committee today voted 12 to
8 to report out the general staff army
bilL with an amendment "authoriz
ine" the Dresldent to call for volun
teers if he wishes to, before selective
draft is resorted to.
Rep. Caldwell, New York, who pre
viously had voted for the volunteer1
provision, voted "present."
' NORWEGIAN SHIP SUNK
Ymuiden, Holland, April 21. 19
Americans and 15 of other nation
alities, comnpsing the drew of the
Norwegian sailing ship Konguli, a
Belgian relief ship, were landed here
today. They reported their- vessel
sunk by either a submarine or mine
GERMAN DESTROYERS SUNK .
London. Two German destroyers
were sunk and one other was possi
bly destroyed when the enemy ves- 0
sels attempted a raid on Dover, the
admiralty announced today.
Washington, April 21. Arthur J.
Balfour, British foreign minister,
coming here to attend allied war
cuncil, has landed-saf ely.
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