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to dny. colder. To-morrow warmer. Strong north? west winds diminishing Wednesday night. 1 nil K?*i??rt on Pus;-? *. m?SW F,rs.t In Li a *-**. _ ?7 ?rilmnc CIPCULATION Over 100,000 Daily Net Paid, Non-Returnable y,,,. laWVI No. 2.5.700 'Opjrllfcl IfttT? Ihr Trihiin?- \??n.j Firsf fo Last?the Truth: News ? Editorials - Advertisements w i;i)m:si)av. m auch ln. i9i7 * * * ONE CENT ?? German Force Concentrates At Torre?n Appears To Be Preparing for Military Service, Says Report U. S. Is Ready To Block Plots Many Teutons in High Fa? vor with Carranza Offi? cials Now - F. .?an ! ngton. March 27. The govern- ] 'iformrii to-day that Gci-i its*? weit aaeembliag in large num bers a' lorrrnn, Mexico, Bfld that, they appearni to 1"* preparrni fot military ?crvnc. red that step' arc being probably through ^nibn ?. -, the extent of the movci-,1. paeaible, the pur? pose. Man*/ aetisritiaa of Germans in . arc known to the government here. | """ill b? taken on the outbreak o: war with Germany to block the pli Official information from Mexil I many Germans nie ?n hijrli f?vor with the Carranza goveinment. , Carranza Troops Paid By Agents of Germany incj March "T. Carranza. troops in Chihuahua and Juarez, thr?a*- : ?.?nir.g mutiny because they had re- . ceived no pay for months, to-day were i paid all back salaries by General Fran? cisco Murguia. Information from Chi? huahua City la that the money was far? , nished by German agents in Mexico l the Carranza government. Re? port* from Mexico City say German ' money ia rehabilitating Cam ??nances and is gaining for Germany a strong hold upon Mexican affairs. Hecau.-" o' the threat of mutiny in ' General Murguia had ' demanded of the ?*?*?? re bant? of the cuy j <5,?*"M pesos in gold. The merchant* : iMa to raise only 15.000, and that nn-our.' to nay was returned to then*. Murguia, advices from I ?. Ian. German busine** hou.*es in Mexico ad buen rendered practically ? raidi ?if bandit? and de? mands of gtvemmen? officials arc being , ?upplied with ??.?*?-.:.dant funds in gala? according to arrivais from the interior, and the larger German owned stores ?re belag used by German agei. distribute money and supplies to Mexi? can armed forces. -al large German concerns, with branch establishments in principal : I Narthara Mexico, have re? cently been buying in large quantities ; both Carranza and Villa currency, pay? gold. Repreaentativei of i ?ne largi Ganaaa mercantile tirm arc i with \ . ia constantly, and ? ! rm ha *cpreservatives with General Murgu-a ;?.nd other Carranza gel in Northern Maxiea, according to in? formation obtained by American < on the border. ?man? who have gone to .? seen there to-day t uniforms of the Carranza ta to military headquarters 2,000 Germans Lose Jobs In Mexican Oil Fields . Ml Tiro. Mardi 27. ? who have; been ? | fielet a' 1am ? I Van ' !l 111 have been dis- : ?iaaed by the oil companies. Many of ? ;v arrived here. Tliey arc ? ej neat Germans, Bound South, Buy Spanish Dictionaries "?larch 27. '"oineu'cn? w th i?.-.???? al an Inrreaaad i-iumtx-r fei Geraaan citizen? to ? eondil an notieed far era! ? an here to-day ial demand for I man-Spanish die- al - ? ? dmande E. Martine?, Max? ?can ' . la H there wat the reported exodus te Mexico. for them to gO ? i -aid. "Canada ii i m. They canr.ot cross the , they accept the only i ? East ?Side to Grow Potatoes in Yards Mercy Association Pledge*? Aid of 100.000 Prisons [( boii 'ii"! A? to ay to ? ? | ? . -, u u, plant . ? - ' - . Hi ."-penal Aid | . ?a* ?11 ??pin ? ? ? -!f*i?rii to ; IV ?? f ?.?' th? on pledg? ? Vt end Iha- i .. I -.' ,-??: Jai t< ? i trretur ?n I-onr Island Oar '"tal acreage ia araatei New Yerk will '?ut Un, plantad chiefly in po* | latati." a SOLVING THE SECRET OF THE GERMAN RETREAT Houston Asks Farmers' Aid In War Crisis Urges Mobilization of Re? sources to Prevent Food Shortage Washington, March 27. The fermera of America were appealed to by Secre? tary Houston to-day to Jain in agi ural preparedni i in the ry night nat be handicapped by food ahortagi ' to meet the' il .m...! : .. ia. Elimination of Il d at? tainment of maximum ??op returns were outlined as imperative stops for strengthening agricultural reaourci "Bath for ?conomie and patriotic rea-1 tons," the Secretary said in a national statement, "the American farmer should strive this year for the highest itandard of efficiency in the production and conservation of food. It is desir- . able thai throughout the country Tann? ers confer among themselves on mat? ter*) affecting the p'oiluetion of needed crops, and that they conaalt freely with county agents, state agricultura] eol ? ..nd the Department of Agncult \gn< ultural Mobilization 'l he Seeratary'a appeal is nan of the campaign undertaken by the Depart? ment of Agriculture to mobilu? ? tion's agricultural reaeui "'nd??r exiating conditions,'* he said, "every precaation should be take! ?o reduce production waatei by tenting aftciently in advance to ?nauta against the plan! ng of dead Bead, (2) th di ?nfi ? ? ing d p all aeed aubject to diaeaae that can be p" ? ed. such a.* the smuts of Wheat, I I tad rye, the laaeea fiom winch ire ?--'?mated eonaervatively at $f?o, ..000 ni the average ear, . to prepari eapacially thor oughl> for planting theae vitally im? partant cereal eropa, and t-> ran- for thi-m a? may be BCCeaaary during the aa.*" 4,uard Against Dlaaaae ' I . ' ? oi ..' ,i i . " or inaccta in Ni ? tapi? rage? eei i abbage ai.d ton igg ? i potato- ? ? ?? ?I foi ng that "a ?a ule- : | * th i oagfa producing ii production Ht heli a day guet and Sentembi r, ?I pro longed rain| ?*rath?? occur. ?a, I ? -.i 1""..,000 baah? lela. "?<?"!'? ol the mo ? eon picuous crap ??? '? ,"" th? tatemen! <?>nttnuod. ta and vegetablea, of which, m normal \iar-, larger f|uan , ?!,.. . a-?- grown than thi marhet profitably." tan? ning, drying and preaerving eperatione, ?i a<lr?<->i. -neuld nat be delayed until mn and fa lid i., i earl) ma ; fru?'? ??n?l \ ? gr?ble-, for pr?servation, for imme 1 dm'? retary'a atatement will he tinted throughout the <-mntry. f ( oil \ "a 4 IHHHI-I THCslKK li.a Wllio* Tit? IJI'J Hi:.?Advt Germany Offers a Separate Peace to Russia, Berlin Hears Reported Terms Include Polish ?Autonomy, Internationali? zation of Constantinople. Russian Pro tectorate Over Armenia London, March 87. A dispatch il? ' .change Telegraph" from t\ ?terdam, h "According te a Bei tin *? eeived by the Amaterdam Bo is tilled with rumo? ? thai Germany I offered a aeparat? ?? ! i., tei mi off? i ed ai e i complete autonomy t?> Poland, the ternat ionali:-.ation of t'onstantinop the evacuation hv Russia of Austri territory and a Ruaalan pi \rmei.la.'' Russia Prepares To Meet Peace Drive by Socialist B) ARlIll'R s. DRAPE! Ht t ai.?- m Ta*a i ? London, March IT. Russia's pr visional government, il arming itse again at two enemies -the expectc (?erman attack n.^ar Riga and a stroll peace drive by the Socialiata at hom The latter probably will come Brat, an ii ?a viewed With fully N much concer as the offeneive which it is expecte Hindenb-jrg will launch about the en of April in ihe hope of captunn Petrogi The German Imp? cellar, ve Bethmann-Hollweg, ii expected to fui liiah ammunition for the Socialist v. hen he speak in th?? Reichstag o Thursday, incidentally trying to pla??t the l nited States at the same time. An odd situation exist! in Russia. ; month ago the auto.?i,?t* were trying t end the war by disorganizing lTie conn try. and now the extrem? BoCJaliat have the same aim. The] ar<? ??rganiz lardera, promoting social anrei ; n-j furthering a wild-eyed propaganda through i iguided patriotiea** they an Ling! iwing the country iron one ? it reme te I he ??th? r Some I'ru-l.crrrijn Socialist? Hut hesides the patriotic Sor.al.-t there arc a goodl) nUmbci ; mOBg then trong pra-uerman leming?. Poi ? ,-. i ewa wai Jaat received of th? of the managet af the anti-wai Socialial paper "I'rHvda" I ho prov?-? tO 1" ?m agent o1 Moermer and in hi.? l-.i l?ii of ihr leading Socialiata oi Petrograd wan arreated whan it ?a? ,: eorered 'hat thei were court ageati In I'etrograd an?i the ?'?tern prov. there are some ion,uno ('?-rmans, many of them Bacialiati Ruaaiaa Socialist? are organised along l ami U the Herman brotherhood. Here lies the danger of the previ* sional government. Th?-, rnu?: satisfy the Left Wmg, bal th?-;, era havii _? fieulty m differentiating between lho??a ?i |.r?i German, ami war feeling! *?nd ? erho created and tool part m the hegiaalng la tia? ? ra stationery move* in? tit Among-thr latter, ?ho rerognu,? the neceaeity ef Achtlos Prussian mili? tariam aie iaelaaad vert Zaoaaliteh, Krapotkia, Tehayhe al Deutsch and PlekhanorT. Uataaa th?- praviaiaaal geverament turceeds complexly in luppressuig the 1 ?- ' remteti caught between two fires, for bureai although temporarily checkt i appooraacoa is org.-tnhing a other revolution. Prom hi! pait- o?' riie ampin* I he thai tin- rofoimei? are weel? . tiling news e:,cei>t from Odessa, ?hi the Black Hundred roeeatly proved consider) i lei , Eisowhero. ovi in the Volga proviaees, the home of ?1 Tartars aiu| th? Mussulmans, the nt regime is hailed ?vith joy. > OH I'c'hmatin-Hollweg's sneeth awaited with the greatest interest . ?hen it is finely believed th Germany would not Invite war wil the United States unless il intended I end the conflict this year. The Ru sians think that Uollweg will make special plea to them and then Uunc a gre.,t offen ,i\e at Higa, while Krr; BUmbora ol trOOPI and guns ha' e bee concentrated l.ermanv Staking All I hey think tha: Cermany has de ? -. to Rtalie everything ?.his yeai and is resolved to win or lose betor nexl ?inter; that the western with drawal was made to upset the Aliie |],.r,< and to give llindenburg an or ?portonity to hit in the east before th Allies can bring the maximum of th ?trength to bear in the west. These are the view? of Russians wh? ? direct communication with mem onal government ant ?tmil'.ar ?its all their plan?-, Or many'l attitude toward America con vincei them thai the Kaiser has de cided that the war must end this year becaii'e ?ta prolongation would mear that the I'nited State- could make goo? all the Allied wastage and German] would arrive at the point where sh? ?I. Flmdenburg cannot strike i? the Ka ? ?lut il early next month, anc then only if the spring is an early one Counter Revolutionists More Active in Russia Petrograd. March .7 ? via London'.? The work of agitators, whose effort.? ??re designed to hinder the successful inpllahmeat Of the revolution, is becoming apparent with the subsidence of activity on the part of the military ?. nich forced the supporter? of the old repitne to keen in hiding during the early days of the upheaval ! I indications of such work in l'i !rti_r?-l. v inch are indefinite in form. ?ire confused vwtli the possiblr de.igns of a horde of criminal prisoners who v ere released from the jails with po? litical offenders OfM dehnte instance ha? been re? corded, however. Yesterday a motor . ?r speeding along the ?.?reets scattered proclamation! calling on the people to Undertake ??hole?ale massacres of the intelligent cloOBOO. <?n ot her occasions, during the night, similar cars have runningooeul without lights The occupants of them are ?aid to have i n ?I or ?he nut'tia. Bethmann-Hollweg toSpeak In Diet and Reichstag I'rtlin. Mureh "7 via London?. The; It? P? nal < hancellor. Pr. von Bethmanti- , Holhreg, is expected to ?peak to mor ? the upper house of the Pru???ian Din anil on Thursday in the Reichstag. ! It ?he first of the.e ?peeches he will 1 probably deal with in?.-nal reforms in | Prussia, and hi? ?per??t in the Reichs? tag ?ill deal w?th ? o-sign affairs. Germany Has Even Chance, Fiske Thinks ?May Be Able to Send Fleet 11?re After War. Admiral Warns U. S. Must Prepare For Eventuality Navy Needs 30.000 More Men and a Larger Air Service R*ir "?dm ral Bradley A 1 ike, speaklag last ?ugh* at a meeting of the Navy League In the Waldorf-Astoria, declared that the "chancel seem even that Germany will not be beaten." He i-ounded a stern warning of what Amor? :ca's unpreparedness might cos', her, ibawad how it was to this country's in? terest that Germaay should be del and boldly pointed out what he con? ceived to he the weakness?*.'? of the American navy. The addr? \ered m public bj the admiral linee March SO, when he wai forbidden b> Secre? tary Danieli to ipeah before the Ameri* can Defence Society, Laat 1 ring speech. Admiral Flake laid, had been submitted to Mr. Daniels in ad? vance anil ha-i i-< lived hii spprovaL larrlesasnos Itring*. lli?a*ter Admiral Fiake laid: It takes moral courage to look danger squarely in the *S ?ate its quality and quai l curately, and I - da wha< a? to take, with a clear head and nerve. . sal ? i ? h?v?* been eaused by an undereal mate of the gravity of .? militar) situation, in order to guard a^.. making an underestimate, the ?.?? ?-ia! Staff of tho Canaan army ?I?? rieed a method ?-?lied "ii.? of the situation" method. In 111 this method the Ural step is to .? the mission, or the object to bi *.?ined, on a piece o1 paper. The secoi da) ? ? rite ?>n ?? | ?per the obotaclei in the way of attaining i1 and the rarioui dangers connected with It. ""he third is to write on u (.?' of paper the ?.or accomplishing the ob? ject. These v.'.nou? thing? arc wr t ?* ! i down not by one man only hu' by a number ot oBscera, all ::?<? ?ratej;;.. Finally, aftei an analyt? ical discussion or thi i ond and th.ru -*ep-. ???? ' II lei ad .?i d an ;?;. rei a? bed te the fourth itep, wh [an to be made. By thi? method ? >n ii handled as a definite problem to I ?1 by the i?-a-";: ng i'ne iltui i a wholi i lo ically analyzed, and each o1 the compo parte of the alt apart from the others, rha ehaac? of irakmg an underestimate ii dueed to a m.nimum, ami. .?.i.ich is almost a* important, the cham en overeatimate ? ?.?.-mi. Ganaaa Fleet in Mlaatii ' In ?,'ii ou n i ;i->? ,?t ? be pri inch cone? ' - ? mo ' ia t ? v the a h ich ranfront the United State? in eai ing out its policy, and the dai with which the country ia mena? ?he principal obatacla il oui mental apath\. Th! | SM seen coming plainly by army and navy people tor many yeai we could t.ot estimate ita ipeed in earning,and,therefete, could not exactly when it would arrive. The war it-elf ha- been | ???ir near!) two real ?? ?- ? months, and the hard n ilitarj is that the Teutons teem to !?.? ?. io :ar. Perhaps few people will dia* oute the itatement .hat ti? are at least oven that, when the treaty of pea??- Is signet, tier? v. ill be b? tter situa1' tl.-- rest of Europe than she was fore the war. and that ihi may bring about a condition such thai she ?????ill be allowed to send her leet tu * I ide. If Germaay is beaten our wh< ?lange:- will pass awa] far the pre , .... Hu* :ij the chancea leem ?ven that she will not b" beaten, we n viasalii! th? fact that her Reel ii twice a-, jcwerful as ours. The perionty in ?hips. ?>,?, ?-.;,- net quite ?o great as two to one when the sti.rted. but it was greater than I ?c one in the number of trained offi? cers and men and organizaton and .trategieal skill. In the summer of 1113, the lier man fleet carried out manoeuvres of a kind that We shall rot be able to carry out until our battle-crui*?v ? shall bave been drilled in our fie', that is. aat before 1120. The Gen tranneu*. re? were not Beeret? Of ro-.irse. BMUMMVTaa <"' SUCh mi HUl be performe?! in the sigbt if ali mea. In fart, the t.crman preparations have been carried on for toit ?han half a century with per? fect upe?; ne ? Must Build 1 P fleet Taking up the third lt!U ? the estimate of the situation, ?vhat are our facilities for meeting successfully tne dang??r? The or?,! ? ? - are contained in our fleet, whieh has not more than half the power of the Cer? nian hV Sow we come to the fourth par' - the decision. What ?? our decision? It seems only common -? -?-?? ta sa? that we should build up a See! ? rapidly a? we can, e?po??iali parts in which it is weak, anil more eepeeiall) ?hose weak parts that can be strengthened the most quickly. Our mam weakne??e? are four: First, lack of battle cruiser?; second, lack of ? trained general staff ?auch a. (iermany has; third, an insuf? ficient number of trained officers and men; fourth, aeronaut:c?. We ?re doing the best we can to get batti? cruiser*?, and ' ongre?? has e*tabli?hed ?n office of na.al opera ? whii-h i? now being develop? I Therefore, we are doing the most WO can to overcome the first two weak? nesses named; but it will take some years to overcome them adequately. V nlm mrni? Maat Inrreaae As to the third weaKresi-the lack ' of tramad officers aud men?wa have Cabinet War Party Offers President a Plan of Action; 10,000 Regulars for France A Brigade May Go To France 'To Return Rochambeaifs Visit" , i rara ? | We. ?The -var '? ? rorteU by several les I '?..., Democrats ?rill be successful, il hing a small army to France soon alt. : meet?. Its ;.- with the French and Britiah troops even if no more i brigade, which is the pi ' plan wouhl probably have a tremen ? G McA'loo, S.?ere?;,i?. i,f the Treasury and son-m Inw t.f the President, i- an enl ? I ?? advoi . idea, which ha- .i denly taken hold of the imagination. | The slogan ? ''Return Rochamheeu's Opposition develops mainly ;?? ?quarters. Army opinion ii impel , to the .sentimental value of an im? mediate t ? ? \ could . 'J be m? mbi i l ?eneial *:' ? I ? many lina ? an army abroad, even after a for? 1 mal declaration of .??? : time. ,. .1 premature ? ment of troops would expos? the weak of the U'ai Department Thev are rot at all anxious to he c\nn-cd V I ;es.-i limelight of war an?! b? the experts of th? French (?enera! Stofl Secondly, opposition has devolopo? among a [?roup of Senators who profes to ha\e special KttOWlO-ge of the pre? en! sentiment of the Middle and Fai West. They declare that such an ex lion would antagonize public opm ion. Kiev say the people east of th? Alleghenies are not at all in tune witr the Westerners. A \ery well knewi public man from the Middle V? ? former member of the Senate, here to? day said 'hat the national capital little ??I how differently people felt.in the Mississippi Valley. The sentiment there, he declared, even s itrOBg for the little group of wilful men, the twelve Senators who filibustered against the armed ship bill. Hut the members of the President's Cabinel who are no?v openly for action Bgainal Germany the snme men. by the way. who forced an earlier call of CongroBI -believe that they, too. know thing about the sentiment of the COUBtry They will urge sending a ? e or so of the regular army to I \\.-~- in front immediately ? coma '.hat also. 1 "i .- ? ?? number ( of midshipmen allowed at the Naval \ sdei . listed men It ?ill take some i ficers, but probably a ?good deal could be done within a ten .:' we could only f ..nee. ?The main difficult} is that, though " ?- BMj be abl? imber if wa?. bleaks out, that large number , will be almost p elei -, and may be worse tha ai ?'.ot ' ind i . t ome back. I'o be ,, ' iinfortunati Furthermore, it la ?? small thing ? join an i. and the " men who eody been hem? ? .ilies I I tin nol : men, quickl) enough, in tl ; ,rg? euniar? due? men's. - and m ?ht- ease ? i ; lo] ? : - ol ta? te men 11 menl ta open foi back ? iO.OOII Mure Men lor \.i\? ary sai ? ?? member : ? lember tin . na'..- i.. make, and ??? o reraem? | ber the pecuniary ia i will f the low? r p.?. Neu York is shelled for one hour i.y one bottle ? ? . . i te?! for one dar, by a? i oplan? i; if oui 11 blockaded by s German tlee?: if i,, 100,00. m? i? .t. Mas? -a,-h : Gentlemen, s &0.000 mon e n 11 ' - ? : - tli ? ?-tl men, bul I rained m? n, We 1 need them at thil moment. Coming to are more ?behind in an in any other I . ?gentlem? n, the weokesl place in our defence, pot in the whole situation. If we will take op I ? en? ? ? **j and promptnei i iuf ntly lorg? by the Itely, ?'.nil w e can o preven I blockade by the fall. Th? battle plane .? i. more mi thai i military elem? er end mobility in ah. an?, other weep? ' direel the light reeaela of a ' which they hoe? ?er. The i.lane ? - only *..!ii.?(lli. Thirtj them eould be mod? r - ' ,,..,i ...niti.OilO. There would ? o trouble in this country of a hundred ml lion people in ffi - ? handle them, and I ' . .' that there WOttld be no real diffi? culty in ?getting th? chines anil training the personnel to - ilfolly ?n six months . ?a Suckley Dies at Front American Was Wounded in Balkan Air Battle Henry !?;_'.:-._-o-i Montgomery lev, attached to the American Ambu? lance F.rid s? ? killed sa March Jii near v ity, Th? -?a? received to-day by bii father in this cable moosegOi "Suckl-'y .seriously arouodod ye ter? day by aero_!ane. Died thil mnming. Admirable courage. Propoeod for Le? gion of Honor. Tnui'-mi'ti'il l.eneral Sarrail. I leOBO 'ell family." Stickle, area thirty years old, the ?son of Robert B. Suckley, of Bkinebock, N. Y, Be '? t graduated from Harvard in 1911 and entered the ?service m im'.. II? wa? ?active until hu death. He ?served in the Vosges Mountains m ISIS. In the ?early part of 1911 he -???cil at Pont-e-Moaaaen, Last Au? gust he was given command of New York Stock ExehoOgO Section 10, and was ?ent to Sal?nica in January. He fora his death he ?a.? cited in a dis? patch fa. .the trou de ?Guerre March Ship Loss Is 420,000 Tons, Says Beresford Toll Will Grow, He Asserts, as Day*! Lengthen?Minimizes L-Boat Captures l.oi.Uoi., March 27. >L-OISCI Of n.er* , uliam vessels amounting 'o more than r.'i'.uui' ton thus far II March have1 rom uar measures of th?| Central Powers, Admiral Lard Cha-ie? ' ?I. " -;'o: ?I. retired, s? ?i ,n the House of I uni- tu-day. In i i i.ade I Lord Charlei aid that, with laager da) i a -'? eather, .'-.?iilil increase, and that the public ough the facts brought home '?? it. The numb? ? roved I thus far this month was given by him ? a ? 255, i.u: u ? irlei sxpi -' '-u the opin lubeaariaea by ? no* at all equivalent erii the Gi ?!? ' ? ad th?- Ger? man men and mote rood I tied n Ei | i I ru- Foreign Oflce, he said, ha . to the ..'. V. The tllied ? said, , amounted to J*? I vessels, with an eg? . I .if more tha.i 500,4*00. m ? ? baaii of theae (laurea, the . average daiiv loss of tonnige ! for this month ia about 10 per cent ,.n m February. 31 Dead on British Hospital ? hip Sunk Withci'i Warning i Two women Lost with Asturias; 12 Persons Missing. 39 t I lurt?Reprisals Urged London, March _'T The British ho? I pita! I ? II a?, whose sinking was announced bj Herim yesterday, was torpedoed without warning, it w.is of? ficially announced to-day. Thirty-one , - illed ami twelve are ! milling. The statement says: "The Britiah hoapital ?inp Aatai ? ? .ming with all navigating and with all proper distin? guishing Bed ' roas ?igns visibly il? lumin?t? - torpedoe?) without warning on the night of Maren ?JO. The following ca-ualties occurred! Military Dead. II: missing I, in? cluding one fema .'r nurse; 'H jured, IT. ( row Head, 2n? ml '.>. including l itewardeee; injured. :.'-'. "The torpedoing of this hospital ship ? eluded in the ii?t of achievements r!a;me<l by U'boatl as reported in a German Wlrslci nre-? SlaTtSSgi yester? day." It i? as?umed that the ?inking of the Asturias will be met with prompt reprisal?. The suggestion is made that several of the highest ranking (ierman officer? among the Brui?h pn*oners should he ?-?rried on all hos 1: is understood that when the' Asturias was torpeiloed ?he was carrv ? | o wounded. She had d'sembarked a considerable number of wounded at a certam British port and was on a return vojage, with ,-ome ."00 persons i aboard. The Tress A?<o?*;ation says ther the I Asturias was torpedoed about midnight. The torpedo damaged the rudder and passed into the engine room, breaking I the machinery, including the electric plant. The A ?furias had landed ?bov Th?>?e aboard consiste.) of the crew, member? of the medical corps ami nurse!, The dutrcs.? signal? were an I ? red and ?everal DOatloadl of ?ur , vivara ????ere ?owed ashore. Between 300 i and 40?! were hn-UR-ht in. Many of them were thinly rlsd and some were \.?,'inded. three of whom died after they ?ere landed. "Sentimental" Army la Urged to Plant Flag at Front $1,000,000,000 Loan for Allies Navy to War on U-Boat? and Nation to Give In? dustrial Assistance 'f'r"tn Th? Tn.iin? Bir*-_u I WashingtOO, March _7. -The "men ?if action" in the Cabinet to-day laid before President Wilson their whole programme, comprising a thorough and responsible Ameni-an participa? tion in the war. Mr. Wilson, as al? ways, was non-committal. His an? swer is expected to DO ?lelnered at the last meeting of the Cabinet be? fore the special session of Congres?. He probably will read hll forthcom? ing message to the Cabinet, Secretary McAdoo, it is under ?itood, emphasized the following car? dinal points of th?- scheme ?if Ameri? can cooperation with the Entente Al? lies: 1.\ d?claration of a state of war existing between Cermany and the United States, placing the blame for the commencement <?t" hostilities on (icrmany in the commission of overt acts of aggroosion again ?t American livCO. ***** The flotation of an Allied loan ? of not 1rs- than $l.OUO,0t'U.00.. ?secured ?by bond*? of ihe United State-. 3 The development under govern? ment control of industrial as ? -?stance to the Alliea on a much larger sea!??* than heretofore. 4 The use of the naval power of the United States to the lima ?if its potentiality to destroy the sub? marin?'-. fJT Tha !?? lanl di patch of a ".?-?-n ?*? t?menla! army" ol about 10. ?000 regalan to plant, the American flag on the Western front, and the beginning of preparations for a uni? versal service arm?'. S The COastraetioa of a nation "" olized ?loot of win,tien freight ?ship! to ? ti -ti re the constant replen i-hment of tonnage destroyed by Cern?an submarines, and thus t<? de ?.-.a beyond the shedo* of ? doubt the Gerann progranuae. No I lint of Attitui_e Given by Wilson I" it impossible to say how much of 'his p!av, Mr. Wilson indorse?. He gave no hint of his attitude to the ( abinet, but the imprc-sion is that he will follow it in the main. It was stated ??mphatnally at the White House, for the ?Pieefalent, that L* had given none of hi? callers any ground for believing that he wa?, back-tracking. Sonet? Hitchcock, of Nebraska, ha<l enlled earlier, and s:crrnething he said startet] the rumor that the President was still of "open mind" M to the advisability of recog? nizing a state of war. This was in? terpreted to mean that .Mr. Wil.-on was considering continuing armed neutrality for an indeterminate tune. The authorized statement from the White House was to counteract this. Senator Hitchcock ?aid plainly that Mr. Wilson had not confided hit views. He was not attempting to represent the President's view*-, ho ?-aid; but his own teere that nothing was to be gained as yet by departing from the armed neutrality policy. He said this was the sentiment in Ne ? also. Asked ?f the sinking of American -hips and the destruction of Ameri c_n lives had not affeced him and bis con.-tituents. he replie?! that it had, bttt added that, it seemed impos? sible to accomplish more in a state of war than wa- bring accomplished now. German Purpose \ las Opposite F.ffect The obvious purpose of the Ccr rran government to force a declara, (ion of war firm the United State* is having, if anything, precisely the reverse effect from that which Berlin is hoping for. Instead of making offi? cials more cautious, it is making them more determined. Whin the dispatch of William ?Bayard Hale purporting to repre s?'nt the official Berlin view and an m uncing that Germany would not acknowledge a slat?? of war even if (ingress should dec?an1 it to exist eras read at the Whit?- House and State Department \hn morning pro? .