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United States with absolute control
of certain phased of the war.
That food will be one of the prob
lems left entirely in American hands
is believed certain.
This will mean that one mail, or a
small group of men, will be named by
Pres. Wilson absolutely to dominate
the production and distribution of all
food in the United States, England,
France. Italy, Russia, Cuba and the
other allied countries.
The real crux of the conferences
Koine on here today is the interna
tional reorganization of the war
since the United States is in, much
on the same principles that an army
of field fighters- is organized; one
branch handling the commissary de
partment, another mobilization and
transportation; another? the collec
tion and distribution of munitions,
and so on.
Premier Viviani, Marshal Joffre
and Admiral Cocheprat called on
President Wilson at the White House
during the morning.
They were met by the president's
aide and taken to the green parlor,
whence they were conducted to the
blue room and warmly greeted by
An army of laborers is rapidly being
mobilized by Sec'y of Labor Wilson
to start building the 1,000 fast wood
en ships to bridge the Atlantic and
supply our European allies with food
despite the submarine menace.
MAYOR WON'T INVITE FRENCH
Mayor Thompson today "passed
the buck" on inviting Gen. Joffre,
Premier Viviani and the other mem
bers of the French commission for
a visit to Chicago to the city council.
Notwithstanding the fact that the
French are allies of the U. S. in the
world war. Thompson and Corp.
Counsel Ettelson very seriously told
reporters this morning that they
don't think it would be proper for the
mayor of Chicago to invite the
vnch commission while the war
T waged. They thought it was up to
the city council.
This is the second time Big Bill has
embarrassed the government since
the war was declared. The first time
he gave out a statement criticising
U. S. recruiting officers for the man
ner in which they solicited enlist
ments among the slacker war
VOTE ON ARMY BILL TOMORROW
DRAFT SEEMS ASSURED
Washington, April 26. The house
will act on the army bill tomorrow.
Conscription seems certain to win.
The long, drawn-out debate on the
question of raising 2,000,000 men by
draft or volunteering will end to
night. This was decided today by
unanimous consent, immediately the
By the agreement the house is to
continue to talk as long as it can
stand it today and this evening. Then
tomorrow Chairman Dent of the mil
itary committee, who opposes the
president's draft plan, and Rep.
Kahn, California, ranking Republican
member ,of the same committee, who
is leading the president's fight, will
make concluding arguments.
The action is expected to speed the
senate, which started its fifth day of
talk today. A vote in the upper house
may come Saturday.
Rep. McArthur of Oregon was to
day, nominated to .introduce an '
amendment to the army bill to per
mit Col. Roosevelt to raise his army
of .volunteers. Several members,
among them Rep. Gardner of Massa
chusetts, will speak in favor of the
AMERICAN SHIP IS SUNK .BY
Washington, April 26. The state
department announced today that
the American schooner Percy Bird
sail has heen sunk by gunfire from a
submarine. All members of crew
were rescued, statement declared, by
coast patrol boats.