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ronfident Dent could not muster suf
ficient votes to bet conscription.
Strong pressure is being brought
to bear on wavering members. It will
continue until the end of the debate,
probably Wednesday, when the ad
ministration hopes to have all un
certain opponents whipped into line.
The senate fight is not so bitter. It
appeared certain the draft program
would ultimately pass in the upper
President Wilson w.s in closest
touch with every move. His intimate
advisers were said to be positive con
scription would win.
A group of progressives gave add
ed strength to the president's forces
when they endorsed a number of ad
ministration measures, including the
The big bond issue, which will pro
vide the sinews of war for America's
Qrst armies in the field and for the
.vork of training recruits, is about
ready for sale. Sec'y of the Treas
ury McAdoo plans to utilize offers of
advertising to awaken the people to
the fact that this huge sum must be
raised to insure the defeat of the
kaiser and release America's forces
for the battle lines.
An amendment to the administra
tion conscription bill resigned to per
mit Theodore Roosevelt to recruit
and take a division of volunteers to
France is to be offered in the sen
ate today by Senator Harding.
ALLIES WANT FOOD FROM U. S.,
BALFOUR TELLS WILSON
Washington, April 23. What the
allies want from the United States
more than anything else is food.
This vital fact emerged above all
others from the trappings of diplo
matic courtesy attending the initial
reception heer today of Foreign Sec'y
Arthur J. Balfour and the British
com'n by Pres. Wilson and other
tvuiii; cue iclj wao affjjai ciili giv
en over principally to surface cour
tesies and diplomatic greetings, the
various experts of both England
and America plunged at once into
the consideration of the vital prob
lems of shipping, munitions finance,
military and naval affairs confront
ing the allies since the UnitedNStates,
has declared itself in.
There is no "immediate concern
regarding sending of troops to Eu- 9
rope," it was officially stated.
Balfour conferred with Pres. W41
son. President Cunliffe of the Bank
of England conferred with -Tresury
Naval experts of both nations met
with Sec'y Daniels.
Military experts talked with Sec'y
Shipping and trade advisers with
their corps of statistical and market
experts got down to details immedi
ately with commerce dep't officials.
It was pooling of British brain and
bitter war experiences with American
wealth and resourcefulness.
But it was made clear by a high of
ficial of the commission that the
thodght uppermost in the minds of
the British representatives is:
"The allies must have-food."
"I wish to make it plain," said this
spokesman, "that we are not here to
tell you what you must do.
"We have our own ideas as to how
you can best help, but we come
equipped with facts, to tell you
what mistakes we made.
"The allies' greatest problems
and the one which you can best aid
our allied cause by helping solve is
thatof food which involves that of
"Please remember that there is no
British food problem, no French food
problem, nor Italian nor Russian
food problem. It is all one great
question. At a recent allied confer
ence the allied government agreed to
pool their food supplies.
"While England is not sjiort of
food and probably could get along if
she had only herself to consider, all
Is not well with France and ltaiu.