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people to throw themselves whole
heartedly into the greatest conflict
ever waged," he went on'.
Condemnation of certain doubting
critics who think France and Great
Britain have come here to inveigle
the United States into entangling
alliances with European forces" was
voiced by the famous Englishman'.
"There can be no rumor with less
foundation than the one I have just
outlined," he said. "And were it true
there could beno more fallacious
"I wish to assure the people of this
great nation that the assistance we
are going to-get from the United
States is based on no such shallow
''You have been watching the
blood-stained drama from afar. Each
month the conviction in your minds
has grown that no small or petty in
terests are involved.
"You know thoroughly well that
the liberties of mankind alone are
animating the allied cause. We know
that you will throw all your forces of
Invention, production and man power
into the balance. Nothing can turn
you from it"
Turning to the arrival of the
French commission, Balfour paid
tribute to the French people in gen
eral, but particularly to the part Mar
shal Joffre played in the battle of the
Marne, characterizing that battle as
"the most decisive ever fought and
the turning point in the history of
The outstanding question that will
be settled at the session of French
and British commissioners with
Americans is: r
Will America send an army to the
battlefront at once?
-The French desire it.
The British are non-committal, but
intimate the United States can best
help just now with money and food.
The Washington administration
inclines to the implied British view,
fit is possible this point will be set
tled by big immediate loans to
France and England, concentration
on production and supplying of food
to the allies, and dispatch of rail
road, telephone, telegraph and other
technical experts from America.
CHAMP CLARK LEADS FIGHT
ON CONSCRIPTION BILL
Washington, April 25. Anti-con-scriptionists
brought up their strong- m
est gunners in congress today.
Speaker Champ Clark, openly op
posed to selective draft, was booked
to speak in the house in an effort to
sway his following against adminis
tration measure. Majority Leader
Kitchin, who voted against war de
claration, was likewise understood to
be ready to talk against drafts,
while Rsp. Heflin, "fiery administra
tion orator, 'planned an attack on
those who are thwarting what army
men say is indispensible the draft
Pro-conscriptionists planned to
read interview of Gen. Bridges, Brit
ish leader, wherein he showed that
England had learned the conscripC
lesson only after passage through sea
Rep. Kahn of California, Republi
can, in charge of selective draft
fight, predicted passage of bill.
JOFFRE REACHES WASHINGTON
MORE ENGLISH COMING
Washington, April 25. The French
war commission headed by Former
Premier Viviani and Marshal Joffre
landed at the Washington navy yard
pier from the president's yacht May
flower shortly before 12:30 today.
New York, April 25. Accompanied
-by a guard of five British soldiers, six
additional members of the Balfour
party arrived at an American port
on a British steamer today. They will
start immediately for Washingt&n.
Detroit, Mich. Oscar Vitt, hold
out third baseman of Detroit Tigers,
has -reached agreement with Detroit
management and will join the team,
in Chicago, probably next Monday.