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.-il? lair to-day. To-morrow ^cloudy and warmer. Strong northwest winds to-day. pos? sibly *-.??-*? diminishing by night. ran K?-i*<*" aa ?'?se i? **5py'" F i r ?. f* tn ?.t .?3m Eritnme CIRCUL.\TIO-?T Over 100,000 Dailf Net Paid. Non-Returnable First to Last?the Truth: News ? Editorials - Advertisements Voi l\\\l No. 25,660 'Copyright 191. The Trilimir \??'n. FRIDAY- FEBRU.ARY 16, VM7 * ?* a? ONE (F\T lB N>w T*rl"c,,:r'>""' ?eraey City an*?* Hnl.t.?.* ?. S. Relief Corps Stays In Belgium Germany Revokes Or? der Forcing Ameri? cans to Depart WORK TO GO ON AS HERETOFORE Whitlock and Teuton Gov? ernor Reach Agreement in Rotterdam Ic?: ?lei Reptesentatives ' ,* ?hi* An Commission for Re ss.ll not withdraw '^n, ""? ' ' *i portions of Sel orihern France, a? previ ,Bilv had been arranged, but will re- . ?gain for the p:e-ent. it is now stated. ; Th? eeauBissioa teteived to-day a . iiiyatch from its office in Rotterdam ?tsting that, nt a meeting held in Brussels, the Herman authorities an seuricfo that all representatives of; ?at comm !:??-! on might remain in Bel- j -iiim and Northern France OB the une footing a1 heretofore. Whit lock at Meeting Present at this meeting were Baron s?a der Lancken, civil governor of Bruneis; the America*, and Span sh r-nisters, representatives of the Bel fjaB Relief Commission and of the Belgian National Committee. A Renter di?patch from The Hague uyt the Ger.-nan Legation there con "?***u the report. An official note to ?hit? effect, the legation states, was ?ddressed on February 10 to the diplomat c controller of nutrition ?ark. Furthermore, the American Minister at Brussels was given the opportunity to paiticipate in the cen ?rsl management of the nutrition ?irk. The German authorities further de- ? the legation stetes, thet in the '??tore, as in the past, they would be ?iHing to accede to every demand of *.i* commission. Had Planne?! Withdrawal Announcement was made on Febru iry 12 that the Relief Commission sad notified the German authoritie? thet its representative? would be ?dtadrswn i'rom Belgium and North? ranee. This '-'ep was taken in :*p.v to an order from the German ?sthor:*. lei that Americans must ?le? ss**., leaving only a fesv of their rep? resentatives, headed by the American Minister. Brand Whitlock. This order was said by the com sis/ion to have been given by Baron ? ?a der Lancken. On ryei;.*. of this ?nier the commission arranged for ?mediate svith'Jrawal of all its repre*?- except a few who ?ere to sec to I Ihst the relief work ?sotild not be interrupted pending its ?sassier to another neutral organi Whitlock Not Ordered But Asked to Lower Flag ?-?ir.? B'JT????.; Washington, Feb. ID.?Minister Whit> "Bss, ,r Brussels, has not been "or fl-red" to haul down his flag; he has ??ei* merely "requested" to do ?-o by "se GflTBian military author.' ?"NOMts are rarely refused. The been '?Fnsoneo. ".-o :??r n- thi State L)e '*' .vs. They muy nave been "?eta tied." the situation in Belgium as -derstoco by official Washington. Minister V, h.tlock, of course, ha? no ??"??i*: right to be in Belgium. He is **?T**d.*.ed to Ta? Be.gian government, ??-?h is no**- a*. Havre, France. But he ??* remained in Belgium by the tacit ???rman goverr . no** has e Tiariy'a r? .? the American mem? ***** cf the B? .Igiaa Relief I *** hat? hti-fiurn and North'in I i?nc? SP.T***'vad bj 8UU Department of J?*" sn-l by Hsrbesl C. H? ?saimati o* the commission, Jj**a ??*r->ri-.. and pleasore. Apart ??*, *, ' from Brand n wtt? - .... ' - among ^^aaof th?- . ? . airl? ?"' s~tT??i\t 0flc* ''"?<.?.*?d I '"?waw from the ?^al Relief Directors ?fctf Workers Are Safe ?'?ISA?!? ''*'''"* "' is*flflfl?*-eT ?v . . ? H rbfi? v''.!?-"j a *? ?i Aas*. .,"" ?"*?" ??? ?'? mmJ **ae?i? >? ??., "i AN OUNCE OF PREVENTION ALSO BEATS A POSTMORTEM CREAT SCOT) WE'RE LOOKING FOK A DOCTOR, NOT ?AN WTTDERTAKEI GO ANYWHERE YOU LIKE, j AMD IFYOXTGET KILLED I'LL TEND TO IT AT ONCE Citizens of U. S?, Stranded Abroad, Feel Abandoned Vainly Appeal to Embassies in London, Paris and The Hague for Advice R| ARTHL'R S. DRAPFK Bt Cab!? to Tb? TrUrat-t* I London. Feb. 16.- Not since the early day? of the war have there been i .?o many bewildered Americans in Ku rope wondering how and when they will be able to return home. In Holland. France and England there are large numbers of stranded Americans who feel deserted with? out a country and without protection except that accorded them by gear? tesj of the Allied governments. They arfl bewildered because their inquirie? j at the American embassies in London,' rar? and The Hague elicit only the most unsatisfactory replie-. Appar? ently all American diplomatic officials are as much at sea as if cut off com? pletely from the State Department at I Washington. With no intention of embarras mg the President and with a full appre- | cistion of the gravity of the situa- i tion, these Americans desire simply ! an official statement of instructions. Willing to Follow Instruction? Their present position is galling. '? They are perfectly willing to follow, whatever i Bfl tract ions aie given, i whether it means a prolonged sta\ in F u rope. Until thai advic?- eomes, deserted ami aegleeted, al? though their country is not at war. In th<- i?ri?''i-.t conditions, WBBteret ?ion they receive comes through ihfl ' nurte-y of British officials. Ehren a trip serosa the (hannel mi, made at their own risk, the fact that; they ar?? neutrals being no protection ?.gainst German submarine attack. The vigilance of the British fleet 11 the sole protection enjoyed at pr?s TheSA Americans are not lacking in , courage. Most of thern have travelled ?ajerent ships and are ?rilling to ? BfaiBi Several of them have i ont. It is bat cantion, ?inch adrice, fiom ? ? ? , . ? ... | ?I bII are anxious to support the Pr?sidai ' m even wa\. but tai , it t mi las elapsed unce ? reiaaefl S? relations for an offi cial pronouncement regarding the f Americans abroad. Senator-Fleet Among the Stranded Among tho-i* stranded heir ?= Ben ster-aUct Prederiek Hale, of Maine, who is aatsrallj eager to be m Wash? ington for the inauguration. Dr. Henry '?- te thfl Nether? . if The Tribune, pleted a trip al?n?/ the ?i*h front?; several d to tb? ambulance i now on leave, Bad ;? great unrulier of American buyers BieeBiea err al?o wailing here. If th? Halted State*? went to war bewilderment would end lassaedi? ? ? ljut until Washington issues in ? >ns they are at a los? whether to travel under the Briti?h or their own flsg- _ Score of Americans ?Stranded at Rotterdam 'eh II I ? art at .,11 ? a ' . Sf 'he hv ? Line. ? n?**ei es i < i.rui, - !.. <*,, l?l-< r, ? -, ? ., ? ?i b) ? hfl preleag?. d i Heiland amert,? atS* l?lliag ? msy ,,,,,, i' ume iheii nailing?. A n , i ?i ..,: V .'?? ' ; ? ?i, ..?. tomi'-nisU h?v lus eje. VETERAN. 74. STILL SPRY. DRILLS TO FIGHT KAISER "Want To Be Ready When t all Come?." Kays Captain Benson If the Kaiser goes to war with the 1'r.ited States he must remember that he will have Captain Jame? Benson, of Fast Orange, to reckon with. The captain won his shoulder --traps n the Civil War, and he is now seventy ???ur years old, yet he joined the Bast Orange Kifle Club yesterday and en in the "home guard." which is being drilled by Major W. F. Mountain. "Styles of fighting have changed since '61," Captain Bemon said yester? day, "and I want to he ready when the call comes. Why shouldn't I? I'm strong and healthy and only seventy four." a Ritter to Explain Repudiated Offer Of "Peace" Parley Swiss Minister. Aroused by Ber? lin's Denial. Will Tell Lansing Where Proposal Originated t ? m T, ? T:,t ,, ? Bflfflfllll WashiBften, Feb. IB. l?r. Paul Rit- : ter. the Swiss Miaister, will go to the State Department '.ithin a few day--' to (?"plain his pait in the German peace ?Irive. seeerdiai t<> intimation? given in informed quarters to-day. It is said that the SBVO) feels that the develop? ments since hi? visit to Counsellor Polk last Saturday have placed him in a false position. One dispatch from Germany recently said that Dr. Hitter had no authority to make offers for negotiations to the United Sta'es on behalf of the Herman M'vernment. Anolhei dispatch made it ?eem that Dr. Ritter had taken the initiative and had suggested to Ger? many that he be authorised to act as ' ai intermediary. Neither of these statements ,? tine. according to Dr. Hitter's friends. He was instructed by the Berlin govern? ment to make a suggestion, informally if possible, that Germany was always . ready to discuss an amicable settle? ment provided the blockade was not nterfered with. He attempted !?-. ?|e liver this suggestion informally, h ?it m r. Polk Weald no' lei-eive it up'ot? ?e-i to writing. The next day in day) he sent Mr. Laaslas; a ?rrittoa i ommunieat ion, which Wai later BSadfl publie, The Stats Department has informed Mr. Ritter that ?. representative of the German interests in this country he ii no; expeeted to do more than tran?mit forma! communications. It i? nut-ode hi? province to initiate or i Suggest measures of his own. Dr. flit? ter will txplaifl to Mr. Lansing that he ' ?parted from that rule and v. ill adhere to it also in the future. Another City's Battles H> S. II. ADAMS Indianapolis i.i on the advertising m??p iot mot reasons than one. It's the place where the Vigilance Committee of the Associated Advertising Clubs of the World has headquarter*?which is of national interest. And it's the place where an up-standing, out light mg, clean-sweeping Better Business Bureau is located. It's a plate where two ol the three newspapers aie on thr square, and the other shows hopelul symptom.?? two facts of nation;?! interest too. for in the < lean advet tiding fight the scenery ? li.innes 'out the pun? iples are the line from Kalam.i/oo to I imbu? too. Indianapolis gets a firmer foothold on the adver tisiiiR map hereafter Samuel Hopkins Ad.ims attends to that in next .Sundays Tribune. ?he ?Aim?ay ?ITribiinc Firtt to Leut?th? Truth: Saw*?Editorial*?Advetti?em?ntt Toll of U-Boats Shrinks Almost to Lowest Mark a Net Shipping Loss Yesterday 6,025 Tons; Feb. 5 Victim Added Makes Total 7,750 Tons y-? London, Feb. 15. The toll of thfl Ott man U-boats on the world's .-.hippirw (?wi'i?ii-. The tonnage lot to-da? aggregaU'S 7."."ill, as affainst 12.287 yes tcrday, even including the Ainsdale, ? i,72.">-to:i sailing ve?sc!. ?les? roved or Febiuai- ">. hut not previously re muted. With the exception of lei) ruary 11. when "1.2! 1 ton.? were lost this ?? the lowest since the unrestrictec war began. The ships sunk to-day are all British In addition to the Ainsdale they are th? steamers Cilicia, Feiga. Margarita and 'wo trawler?. Advices from Csffliari, Sardinia, ar? that Captain McDonough. master of tii?. American schooner I.yiiian If. Law, which was :unk yesterday h;, a flapies? submarine, presumably Aostriaa, will leave there to -morrow for Rene to tes? tify befen th?? American consular authorities. Cnited State? Consul Treadwfll, at Rome, summoned him to the Italian capital through the British Consul at Caglisri. The latter has taken affidavits from Captain McDonough and the members of his crew. They testify that their vessel was ?uddenly approached by the I'-boat, which gave no indication oTher nationality. They were scarcely given time to sers theasseleSh, the?/ declare, int'?,! , ths seheoaex was torpedoed and Ambassador Page here has ad ?he State Drpar'.nu .-. at Wash that th-:?' flrafl one America:?, aboard the Aiasdalfl wiien sae was sunk, but tha' he || among the rescued. The ??hip, which was bound from Rue?os Aires for Fngland, was stopped on February "> 1X0 miles off Cape Clear, on the Irish coast? The Ambassador has informe?! Washington rhst the crew of twentv-five were ordered to the boats and were onlv rescued af'cr a tan-hear exposure of great hardship. It now develop? 'hat the leiling tai ?el Eudora, sunk ?? terdajr, had aboard the raptain aad ?leren of the crew of tha British taamer ?Azal, sent t? the bottom -evera! ?lays ago ( Bplaifl l?arev. of the A/.u1, svho was landed to dajr, was m a boa? ?v'h part of his tree ?when reeeeed b-> th?* Eadera, but his chief oftii'er and fourteen other i flfBbei ? af the erew were in ano'her boat, arbieh Ifl still reported missing. The British steamer Cilicia, 3.750 tons, ?lech Lloyds reports sunk to-day, was owneil by the International Steam? ship I i.e. nf Whitliv H?*r crew was leaded RECORD FOR 15 DAYS OF "RUTHLESS" WAR The res ii I In of the Germ?n sub? marine campaign to date are as follow? ; REPORTED SUNK YESTERDAY Cilicia. British. 3.750 Ainsdate, British. 1.725 Ferga, British. 1.500 Margarita, British. 375 Two travvlfr?, British. 400 Total. 7.750 PREVIOUSLY REPORTED Number of ship?. 97 Tonnage.208,164 TOTAL SINCE FEBRUARY 1 Number of ships. 103 Tonnage.213.914 British. ill Other Allied. 7 Ame. ican. 2 Other neutrali. 3? Halifax Made Inspection Port For Neutrals All Eastbound Vessels to Stop There?Two Neutral Lines Resume Sailings Ottawa, Woo, li. Official saaeance* ment was made her?? to-night that Hali? fax i? to be made an examining; port for neutral sessels crossing the Atlantic c8?.tbound. Whether ships coming arsst also vrill have to call at Halifax has not liocn determined. The fact that the terminai work? at Halifax have ro' been completed niity have BBBia hearing upon the <|eti?on in irjraid to westbouud ?hip? Thi.? decUioB at the Bnti<-li aatkerl? tie? "?ill ?dd Kreativ to the importance of the port of Halifax. Il also will necessitate the presence there of s corps of government, officials represent in*** the customs, postal ?nd other de? partment*. Bl well as interpreters and tran?'a'. ? Two lare? n?utral ?teamwiip r?m? pame? announced yesterday that their <*<?r!i ssoiild resume ?ailing? to Fu rop-sn pi-rts Thev are the Sari "?menean and Holland-America 1 I ? -. I hose two cargo boats, the Soesdijli and Zuiderdijk, ?ailed yesterday from Nawport News bound for Rotterdam. Tha Scandinavian-American Line is expected to resume its transatlantic service before the end of the week. The American Line still continued silent tegarding it? four big passenger liners tied up at the North River piers. William Van Poorn. general passen ??t agent <>f tha Holland-America Lin?, ','? tt..? local atsem, .'?? BteU Street ,i mi Bl li??l been trie's cd ,..ra,d.m: tin- laillaas a! pa ?sen ir-'? ". ?. ?ni that until natch?;? received th? Noordarn und R>n darn eeeld remain a! their piers at Hoboken. !? .? l>?*!i?ved that the British Ad? miralty ha? Sfl-faitalf established Hali H? as a port of call for all neutral vtaaels, that they m?y avoid touching at Kirkwall or lalmouth to submit to ?nspection. .... Officials of the Swedish-American Line sflid that tha large peasengar liner Stockholm would sail promptly at 'pro to-day for Coth^nburg. via Hali? fax, Tata Rteekkel? ?III earn about one hundred pa.?-?Ti?,-.i ". including se.-| eral Ajnei.tauu. , -J 1 Yarrowdale Men Free; Ship Tie- Up Hastens Final Act by Wilson Roads Order Embargo Put on Exports to Re? lieve Seaboard 2 GRAIN TRAINS A DAY FOR EAST Lines to Release Cars When Shipping Cuts Accumulation Washington. Fob. 15.?The chief railroads of the country took sum? mary action to-day to relieve the shortage of freight cars and the traf? fic congestion at Eastern seaports, again approaching an acute stage because of the curtailment of trans? atlantic sailings by ??ermany's new submarine campaign. Representatives of thirty roads, at a meeting here attended by Inter? state Commerce Commission officials, reached a "gentlemen's agreement" tor a new and drastic campaign of relief, including the following meas? ures Adoption of regulations tanta? mount to a virtual embargo on all export shipments through Eastern ports until a part of the vast ac? cumulation already awaiting steam? ships can be cleared away. Will Tighten Embargue? Liberal use of "an intelligent em? bargo" on all domestic easthound ' shipments Buch an embargo, al? ready effective on some roads, may be extended. A policy of separating empty from loaded cars in MsS congested yards . and sending the empties back, with others released by unloading, to Western lines in solid trainload??, ahead of all other traffic except pas? senger trains. Eastern roads Sgrsed to give in ad? dition an emoty car ?o their Western connections for every loaded ear re? ceded. i' 01 traffic through the Ea<t will remain virtually St s standstill during ' the period of adjustment, and east bound domestic traffic will be greatly eurta'led, if the niar.? work out. The amount of freight for export has in cr~-r*s?d greatly at Eastern ports, bo? ot" ?he great decrease in StflBSS , ship sailings. The congestion at some Eastern yards, it was said, having become so serious that ?I i? extremely difficult to move ,'inytiiing, one road is re? ported te have every track crowded ami in addition cars loaded with ex? port wheat standing on forty-nine bar-r''? in New York Harbor. Every I Eastera gram i levator in said to be overflowing, and in addition then are 4,ono,,'io?' bushels of export wheat in Minneapolis, which have been awaiting transportation er.st for more than two I . months. Ne? England Threatened In New England, the railroad men .say, there is n threatened shortage of grain, while the flour supply of Pitts? ; bureh, Philadelphia, New York and New England cities is none too large. I At to-day's meeting ii was decided to j move two trainloads of fifty cars each , east from Minneapolis daily, one laden with wheat for New England, 'he other cairyiMg flour te New England si thiee tit' ?j named. The two daily trsialaadfl at wheat and flour are to he given the right of ?sTaf eeei all ether traSe except sea? ?enger business. Railroad oficiala be? heve the plan will succeed in a any foodstuffs shortage ?, Eastern cities. As fas' BS sailing ocem steamers diminish the accumulation of freight awaiting export at Eastern port?, the railroad? will let down th" ; embargo. Finding thfl ??miities in erewded yards. Btahini i m inte tra?na aad dispatch Tg 'hern Westward on fast edules is a task which some regard as almost herculean, though necessary, ::' adequate relief is ?o se obtained. The commission on car servie? an? nounced to-night that the plan for Eastward movement of grain and flour was as follows: Two trains weekly, each of fifty cara of flour, from Minneapolis to the Pitts? burgh territory via Pennsylvania lines and the Baltimore 1 Ohio Railroad. Une train weekly of fifty cars of flour from Minneapolis to Philadel? phia, via the Baltimore 4 Ohio P.ail toad. Two "rains weekly, euch of Bftjf ears of flour, from Minneapolis 'o New York. Via the Peiir.sv I'ania Railroad and thfl Baltimore L Ohio Raihead. One train weekly of titty cars of flour from Minneapolis to Buffalo, via the New York Central hr.es. Two trains weekly, each of fifty car?, of flour, from Minneapolis to New England territory, via tha New York Central and Pennsylvania line?. A daily train of fifty sasa of feed ?tuff?, oat? and corn (including se?sd oats i from Minneapolis to N?w Eng? land point?. ( Detail? a? to the aalTeel of the f reif hi embargo in the West and locally ?aill L te fonad ea naga ij BRITAIN TO CUT IMPORTS TO MEET U-BOAT DRIVE London, Feb. I 3. Premier Lloyd George will make on Monday an important state? ment with reference to the further restriction of imports and the encouragement of agriculture in \iew of the submarine menace. It is un? derstood thai, .s liile the list of prohibited imports will be extensive, there will be no sudden reduction to the bare necessaries of life. The prohibitions wiil be made at the instance of the Controller of Shipping and are intended to provide a margin of safety for an am? ple food supply. _ British Cruiser Sinks Raider; Routs 2 More Amethyst Engages Germans Off Brazilian Coast in Darkness; Suffers Slight Damage Rio ?le Janeirti. Feb. 15.?An offi? cer of the British cruiser Glasgow ?MM confirme?! reports of u recent nava] battle off Fernando <le Xo i l.mha. 1-.5 miles off the east extrem I ity of Brazil, a.'cording to the news i paper "Rua."' The Glasgow, how i ever, took no part in the engage ?ment. Her e-wnmander received a i -port of the lighting only on the followiBg day. through a wireless ige from the British cruiser .?.ir.ethy.-t. which, single-handed, j*ave battle to the German raider--. Uefore ?? o'clock in the evening the A-iethy8t -ighted some steamers, which she signalled to approach. They did so. Then it was seen that ! the.??1 vessels, not two, as at first supposed, but three large steamers. i were manoeuvring and clearing for ?'?.lion. They opened tire almost im? mediately. Night was falling. The Amethyst let.irned the tire and steamed tow py-ci the enemy, whereupon the Ger? man raiders took to flight in the di? rection of Fernando de Xoronha, but crtinued lirinur, with the Amethyst I m --suing. The real light occurred near Fernando de Noronha. One of the r?. seriously hit, was observed to bfl sinkini*. The others escaped. Night prevented the Amethyst from ascertaining to what extent they had been damaged. One raider is be? lieved to have been beached, in a battered condition. The Amethyst suffered slight dam ?.???c and had a few wounded and one ni:.n killed. Kaiser Stakes All on U-Boats, He Tells Navy Puts Them in First Rank of Sea Fighters in Starvation Attempt AflBsterastsSB, Feb. ifi. Th? faUe*eiag imperial ord?r. ?igned by the German Emparer and addressed "To my navy." Il pub?-hed in the Marine "Verord i.'jnj-ablatt," according to a Berlin dis? patch : "In IBS itnpendit.g d?<*..? ve ba*'!e the task fall? to my r.avy of turning the Knglish war method starvation by means of which our most hated and most obstinate enen.s- intends to over? throw the German pecale against him and his allie? by comoating their se? traffic with all meant in our power. "In this work th? submarine? will ?tand in the tirot rank. I expect this ??capon to be developed with wise fore light at our admirable yard.?, in co ( pera, on with all our other naval i.ghting svrapons. and, support*?! by the spirit which during the whole cow m at ?he war las enabled ua to periorm brilliant deed?, it will break our ene? mies* war design?." ? ? ? Daylight Saving in Germany London, Feb. 15. A dispstch from Copenhagen saya that tha German au? thorities have dacided to begin the dayligh*. saving schedule April IS in? stead of May 1. The schedule will con? tinue until September 16. ?MUM r?r.-?a *?rei*??. wateji -?? lha ??.-? ?< ??*? ????? el?i*p?ra<t b?U!?a?? tU\*m. P\ Break I -Boat Block** ade, Is Demand of Pacifist West WILSON MAY TAKE STEP TOMORROW Expected to Place Crisis Before Cabinet and Congress Berlin. Feb. 15, 4 p. m. (via London^ Feb. 16, 3:40 a. m.).--The America* seamen ?ho were brought prisoners ts) (.erniany on board the British steamssj Yarrowdale hove boom liberated. By STEVENSON H. EVANS Washington. Feb. If?.?The Get?. mans would have it appear that the*? do not care whether the United States joins their enemies. Of thig the Washington povrrnment is about 'uiviiu'ed. And, taking account of ?lie sersta-d recent affronts, Presiden! Wilson and his advisers are begin?* ning to be of th-*,opinion that the ait* ?horities at Berlin are ?-eeking ta) make the United States veem an ae> gressor in the rfeclaration of war. It will surprise no one here if M Saturday the President >roes bef<>r*j Congress with a statement of the wrongs already endure). At th? same time he p?obab!y will ask aun thority to protect AiiT?ri. an lives and property. Middle Y> r-ali (.riling- 1 neast Developments of the day, the si?? teenth since the German declaration of unrestricted frightfulness, were few, bu? there was considerable indi? cation of a stiffening process going on in this government. The first ( murmurinirs against the actual1 blockade of American ships are be? .Grinning to be hoard from the pacifist .Middle Weft, which in the preeleo tion campaign SIM so influenced b**? the slogan "?fe Kept Us Out of War.' The effects of the blockade are being felt now at the great ('?-pot? of the Mi??i:s?ippi Valley. The railroad? will not move freight east unie?? steamship .space i? guaranteed. The people of the interior, it is being made plain by some of the President's callers, do not relish the incontrovertible fact that Americas ?hips are afraid to venture forth. The d?**ci?ion on the arming of Amei 1? can ship? may now be delayed until the whole problem of ho.-tility ?? settleda The very fact that this decision ifl being withheld is good evidence that the President is about to take an im i portant step. He and hi? advisers re alze the effects of extendng the dur??? ' tion of the blockade of American ports. Another evidence of the s'Jffenmsj , process was the preparation to act vig? orously in the Yarrowdale case. The news from Berlin did not arrive till long after the day's -.-oik -sas com? 1 pleted. and during the afternoon the State Department had pr.pa-t d another categorical demand for the release of the nun, which, it was expected, would be forwarded to-morrow through the Spaimh Ambassador at Berlin. The ?eries of affronts and studied ?ne suit? from Germany fltaSS the break ;?? diplomatic relation? has given the offi? tials of the State Department m ;? h food for reflection. American ?Consuls Held There is nothing subtle about tue kind of* statecraft practised at Berlin. When the Kaiser's government seek? ta give ground for a quarrel it? methods are typically churlish. Witness the fol* lowing: 1. American consul? are ?till forcibl*? detained in Germany, atihough all Gere man consul? in the United State? were permitted to go with Ambassador Count \on Bernstorff. ?J. American ship? are tied t?> - ? docks in nearly every American port, ?'earing to venture forth because the American government seeks not to of? fend the terror of the sea?. :'. The interviews which German statesmen ere giving to signify their utter indifference as to whether or not ; the United State? declare? war. 4. Finally, as this government be*? lieves, German submarines are lying ,a wait and wul attempt to ?ink the fir?*! American l?ner that ventures into the forbidden .-.ones. Meet? Cabinet To-morrow Tiie Tresident paid another visit to UM State, War and Navy department? during the day, but it was explained ?hat this did not foreshadow any imme? d?ate important development?. Secte? tary Lan?ing called at the White Hou*.e for a brief conference, ?nd afterward ! he and the Pre?id?nt walked togethef. 'through a ?nowstorm to the Navy Po? p?riment. ... ?-. A .abinet meeting will be held ?* , morrow, and at that time the ent ?? ; situation will hr c?nv.??ed " "<*' ?tion to the official rep? I '-* * State Department, ??*??"? ' 'Jg Cabinet will present Vhaterer ?>????