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league are being organized in other
American cities which expect by to
morrow to have a membership, of 50,
000. The American Union 'Against Mili
tarism opened offices on Fifth ave
nue. Roger N. Baldwin, secretary,
announced that the union's purpose
is "to give legal aid to the 15,000
youths who have told us they have
conscientious scruples against mili
tary service and to urfee the war de
partment to make provision for their
Among the active organizers of
this union are L. Hollingsworth Wood
of the Society of Friends, Rev. John
Haynes Holmes, Rev. Norman M.
Thomas, Prof. Harry Ward of Bos
ton, Scott Nearing of Toledo and Ed
mond C. Evans of Philadelpria.
Hundreds of conscriptable youths
today sought employment in navy
yards, munitions plants and other
places where the laborers will not be
taken for trench fighters.
The No-Conscription league will
put most of its egorts, Emma Gold
man said today, "on Chicago, San
Francisco, Cleveland, Philadelphia,
'Pittsburgh, Detroit and Buffalo." The
league claims four thousand mem
bers in Chicago.
Washington, May 31. Germany's
secret helpers in America have a
hand in anti-registration plottings.
Federal agents, running down
these plots, were convinced of this
today, although they, belieVed that
the movement is not sufficiently cen
tralized to make it a tremendous
menace. Everything possible is being
done to crush out plots and to punish
From now until Tuesday, every
meeting that is likely to be a hotbed
of anti-registration will be watched
by federal agents who are instructed
to arrest anyone who tries to thwart
Columbus, Ohio, May 31. Ammon
Hennacx, 24, was arrested here early
today and is held for federal author
ities for distributing anti-militarist
literature. Columbus today was
flooded with dodgers and stickers
urging young men to refuse to regis
ter. Hennacy had about 2,000
dodgers in his possession, police say.
Milwaukee, Wis., May 31. Secret
service operatives had absolutely
nothing to say regarding the report
that wholesale arrests will be made
in Milwaukee, Madison, Fond du Lac,
Beloit and other Wisconsin cities '
shortly in connection with the wide
spread propaganda against registra
tion June 5. Only one arrest was ad
mitted here thus far and that of little
importance, it was said.
.Dallas, Tex., May 31. There is
nothing to fear from anti-conscription
plotters in Texas on registration
day, June 5. 8his was the word
passed out here today by government
agents who declared "near treason"
plots are well in hand.
FED SLEUTHS PINCH FIVE
Five new arrests were made today
by federal sleuths in the investiga
tion of anti-selective service propa
ganda in Chicago. Names and facts
were withheld more arrests expected
later in the day.
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U. S. GUNBOAT STOPS STEAMER.
Los Angeles, Cal., May 31. A
United States gunboat early today
stopped the Pacific Mail steamer San
Juan and took of F. W. Fay, 22, said
to be the son of a wealthy San Fran
cisco merchant who is now in Ger
Fay was brought to Los Angelee
and is held in the county jail -"for
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Washington, May 31. Thirteen
interned German navy and com
merce vessels were today transferred
into the service of the U. S. by spe
cial order of President WHson,