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TISED IN THE TRIBUNE IS Gi'ARANTELl) ^am\\***^ Firat tn Lt ftrWrotu WEATHER Fair to-day; rain or ea?w to-morrow; moderate northweet to aorth caat wind*. First to Last?the Truth: News ? Editorials ? Advertisements r-ll Report ee T*** U Vol. LXXVII Na 25.946 ICoprticht 1S1T? Tbe Tribune .Iw'n] THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 1917 ONE CENT Ie ?w Tar- CHt One Day's Coal Left in City's Bins Fuel Administrator Asks Priority for Shipments of Fuel Laid Shortage To Lack of Cars Retail Dealers in Bronx and Manhattan Have Only 28,000 Tons New York City has on hand this torning in the bins of dealers just one aay _ supply of coal. The city has been xiaiiing along on a perilously short aargin, and wKile talk of a famine has been deprecated to avoid throwing Ihe public into a panic, dealers for veeks past have been exerting pressure oi the fuel admini.tration and de manding relief. Only by good fortune, according to /rthur F. Riee, Commi.sioner of the < oa] Mer.hants' Association, has acute ramine ar.d -videspread sutfering been rverted. The cause is the mild weather lhat has prevailed until this week. Asks Garfield for Relief A. II. Wiggin, New York Fuel Ad ?rator, tulegraphed to Fuel Ad n.r.i.trator Garfield yesterday that a shortage here was. immintnt, unless tu*\ administration takes imme remedial tttps. The threatened due, according to Mr. Wig the diveision of New York coal poiata by the Susqueiianna Lehtf- Valley railroad.. ThOoa compimie-, are alroady short about ?, of their New Ycrk con? tract rei;uircmer.ls, the New York fuel chief alleges. Iu response to Mr. Wiggin'a plea Federal Fuel Director Harry A. Gar 1 eld, lu. t night requested Director of Priority R. S. Lovctt to inatritct the in.ro_.-L to g:ve precedence to all coal tnd coke as weil as empty cars for their transportation. lt was also asked that this arrange rient bc put into action as quickly as If the railways comply with t'ie orders at once, it v ill mtan that t;e rails to New York will be practi? cally elear to incoming fuel, and will to doubt avert actuai suffeiing. Uituminous Supply Short Ih'. National Coal Association la* i _ed a statement saying that there was only one wcek's supply of bituminou? Coal on hand for the country, and the i ation was threatened with a coal fam? ine and the consequent hardship on in duatry. Biame was placed on the ihortage of cars to handle coal at the 1 uner.. As showinf- how depleted are the aupplies of dealers. Mr. Riee gave out I ? frures last night, based on a can ? ? i ractically every retailer in Manha'tan and The Bronx: Homestic - iad, IG.00'1 tons; steam coal, . Total. 28,000 tons. r.pltes are held by thirty alori out of tifty-odd in those rouj-ns. The twenty unaccount e no coal at all. In normal i ' during the winter months the daily d stribution of domestic coal by 16,600 tons; of steam sizes, ?he total supply of oiomestic n hand this morning is but ndred tons more than the aver butioa, while the sup I ?al is actually under one c iver iB tha past. Conditions i paralleh.-ig this exlflt in igha. I Lacal Merchantn Protest Btaleaaea of the situation was 1 :i Mor.day and again yes Ubert EL Wiggin, atate fuel >?? ? _tor, by repreaentatives of a! Merchants' Association, and to 'heir protestations that relief was sought at Wash laat the fee!ing in the trade that Mr. B .'.- - i bia ar sistants have not reuhzed the predicament of loc.i ,. ... r _nrf that. alt.hou.rh other _ve had their coal wants . ork haa waited. They V'-. ii, . eeeterday that the prom '?? a.r\r at Wai-hington would be ful If they are not, they predict rai coal famine this city or any - haa ever cxperienced, and iH'^re thaa that. panic. 'oal haa been reaching the city daily; delivenea have been made to aom. .u-.tomer? daily, but, as Mr. Riee pointed out ye-terday there haa never < nough for dealer* to jret ahead ?:. iying haiid-to-mouth, they have aay m-tances been able to keep I the demand, but never en t, and. meantime, BOIM -, build up any roaorVO. J ? .rnall re?erve that th-y are f.ntl most. The total yard and Pocket itorage capacity, of Mai.hattan ia 840,000 torm, and -. additional room availahl'- BB I No I ?< "oriea Forced to CToae liealera yeaterday were checking out ageirmt. the elender aupply by selling enty to regular cuatomera or to thoae Whow. wanta aeemed raost acute. Ho far ai eoold be aacertained, no far r..? bfl. n forced Ifl slflOO for '*.''*. ,,t fuel. Many ronn.m.r. were foreaighted . to lay in auppliee againat juat ao-ri ar, emlrgeaey as ia now at hand. The trariMk liaea, with tha u?e af smoke Beaeuaaers, burn bituminoua oal, and tha-ir >uppbe_ are adeuuate Heeauie ef amok? restnetiona New York ia *** aadll_?it?<uoiBg city, and conncquently th* bituminoua ehortage aa reported in Continued on La*t Page Leaves $12,000 A Year for Wives Of Presidents Philadelphia Lawyer's Will Creates "Pin Money" Fund for "First Lady" [Special Correspondcnce] PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 28.?Twelve thousand dollars a year "pin money" for the wives of tho Presidents of the United States is provided in a fund from the estate of Henry G. Freeman, jr., a wealthy lawyer, who died here recently. In his will a sum s-ufficient to yield this amount annually ia to be set aside after the death of his two children and others named as beneficiaries. "The raason I make this fund," the will explains, "is because I feel that the President of the United States receives such a miserable pittance for a man holding the greatest position on earth." When all the beneficiaries named in the will are dead, the trustees are di rected as roiiows: "They shall place a sufflcient sum aside that will yield $12,360 per an num; the $360 shall be their commis? sion and only that amount for the pay? ment of the said sum of $12,000 in monthly payments by check to her order alone; for her own and absolute use, not negotiable or attachable in any manner; payable to the lady termed ?the f.rst lady of the land.' that is, the President of the United States's wif". or any one representing the President aa such, should he not bc married. or ?hould she die during his Administra? tion the person so represer.ting her, and this shall continue in force as long aa this glorious government lasta." The fund from which this amouat ia to be paid, the will directs. is to be called "the Henry G. Freeman, jr., pin money fund." Sues to Keep "One Cent Gas" From Germany National Power Company Asserts Enricht Wishes Enemies to Have Secret of His Invention MINh'OLA, L. I., Nov. 28.- Suit waa filed here to-day againBt Louis En? richt, inventor of "one-cent gasoline," by the National Motor Power Company, of which Benjamin F. Yoakum, railway man, ifl president, osking that Enricht be enjoined againat divulging the ae- j cret of his compound to anyone. The complaint says that the "one eaat gasolene" has been proved a com- i plete success, but that its inventor. because of a fondncas for Germany, his native land. has refused to turn Wfet the formula to the National Motor Power Company, which has pur? chased it. Further. it alleges that Enricht "in tends to and will disclose the ?ecret of the said corapounds and formula and the methods for the manufacture and compounding of the said motor fuel, un? der said formulse, to the enemies of the United States, and more particularly to the spies, Bffaatl and r? presentative.c of the German government, to the ir reparable damape of your plaintiff an.l in direet contravention to the provision of tho aet of Congress more generally known as the trading with the enemy aet." A Commercial Fortune According to the suit, the "green gasolene," the butt of many jokes, in which Henry Ford once took interest and then spumed. is an actual com? mercial fortune in itself. and, more ovcr, is of tremendous value to the government in time of war. The complaint, in which Louis En? richt, jr., Mrs. Louis Enricht, sr., Harry P.osenbaum and the First Na? tional Hank of Farmingdale nre also ?lamed as co-deftndants of th*: inven? tor, al'egrs rhat on or about April 12. "?17. Enricht sold "all and everv of his d'ifceoviries, inventions. formal?e and improvements" on his discovery to the plaintiff company. A formula was conveyed to Mr. Yoakum, but it did not work. He did not known this, however. during the time that the fuel was being tested, for at each of these tests Enricht was pre*cnt ?nd, according to the com? plaint, added on each occasion some ingredient to the operating fluid, which made all of the tests satisfactory. About the 12th of November. the complaint continues. the National Motor Power Company offered the for? mula to the government for the dura tion of the war. free of-charge. on con? dition that Mr. Yoakum was able to obtain the missing mgr'dient from Enricht. Denle* Right-. lo Formula M.anwhile, it is aaid. the inventor anterod into negotiations with Harry Kosenbaum, offering the fluid to the United States for $500,000 a year and additional payments of $5,000,000 a jear for the next sixteen years. r.n rieht, the company claims, has no right to tbe formula and hus no authority to tell tbe tiuid. This itatOBMBt is based on a pam graph iri an agreement between Mr. Yoakum and the inventor. After stat ing that lhe formula itself is in the Plret National Bank, of Farmingdale, -fe deposit box. thia agreement, sigritd by Enricht and h's wife, reads: "I,ouis Enricht also agr< er. that, af? ter the ending of '.he presmt existing war, he will conflent to p ish the in- i vention, now the property of the above company, in conjunction with li. F. YoVsunrt. to a aueceasful commercial ? Btarprtae. The plaintiff* requeflt that the court oruer Enricht to break off all negotia? tions with any one to th- view of sell? ing or rataining tbe formula. and alao ask that the inventor i.* instructed to turn over the ?ecr?-t of the missing in? gredient at once._ FAKMINGPALE, N. V.. Nov 28 Ifoui* Enricht denied to-dav that he , had ever eon?iderfld selling his inven? tion to Gflrmany. He ?aid that h? waa , tni- Am-rlean aad detired only to turn orer hifl Invention M thfl I.nited Htatafl. Thanksgiving CiW TE HAVE been brought to one mind and purpose. A new light of common counsel and YY common action has been revealed t o us. We should especially thank God that in such circumstances, in the midst of the greatest enterprise the spirit of men has entered upon, we have, if we but observe a reasonable and practicabie economy, abundance with which to supply the needs of those associated with us as well as our own. A new light shines on us. The great duties of a new day awaken a new and greater national spirit in us. We shall never again be divided or wonder "what stuff we are made ot"?From President Wilson's Thanks giving Proclamation. AND WINTER JUST SETTING IN! U-Boat Toll Up; 21 British Ships Sunk Last Week Fourteen Big Vessels and Seven Smaller Ones De? stroyed by Germans LONDON, Nov. 28. Fourteen British merchant steamers of more than 1,1300 tons and seven of _m3ller size were ?unk by mines or rabaMriaea laat week, the Admiralty announced this eveaiag, The Admiralty statement follows: Arrivals, tjbukj sailings, 2,121'; British mexchhiitmen over 1,*300 tons sunk hy mine or submarine, including one pre viously, 14; under l,t300 tons, 7; tishing vessels sunk, none; British mcrchant men unsuccessfully attacked, including one previously, 8. Last week's list showcd ten big and seven small ships sunk, while thc week before only one ve.sel of over 1,000 tons and five of less size re reported Iflat. The present list is thc largest since tho week ended Octobi-r Sl, when m venteen large and eight small craft wcrc sunk, and with that exception the largest since September 2, when twenty large and three tmail were de- ' stroyed. The showing, however, is more com- , forting than the average in March, April, May, June. July _nd August, whea thn ravages of thc l'-boats wen greatest. I'r.mi.r Lloyd George in Farliament about two weeks ago said that fivr U-bflata had been iuottl ><d la ***** and that he had "no further fear of |he submarincn." Secretary of thr Navy D-nicls also stated tliat n.w means of combating GcrmanyV ruth U... warfare had proved e.Tectivt. Sir Eric Geddes, in his maiden speech ai Kir.t Lord of the British Admiralty, told the CommonB that between 40 and i 60 per cent of the submarines operat ing in tin- North Sea. the Arctic and ' the Atlantic since thc beginning of the war had been account<>d for. But , he added the Germuns were speed in.: up submarine* construction. ^^*** Ito.MK, Nov 28. Italian rhipji. i. losses due to submarin" attacks during I the week ended Novemb.-r 25 were one steamer of more than 1,600 tons, one j under that tonnsgc nnd one small sail- j ing venel, tt was offleially announced | to-dey. French Town Folk Join in Sammies' Tnanksgiving Day i B> 'Ili- Aaaedafl-d Pre**) ? WITH THE AMERICAN ARMY IN FRANCE, Nov. 28. The people of this town, in which is located the American general headquarters, noting the prep arations that are being madc for Thanksgiving Day, have arranged cn tertainments for the Americans in and ahout the town to-morrow, together with a celebration in the Hotel de Ville. Similar celebrations and entertain ments have been arranged by the | French people in other taarai wher* American troops are quartcred. Army cooks to-day began to preparc what prob.--.bly will be the best dinner ever s-erved for an army fighting on , foreign soil. In every little village in France where American troops are statior.ed the company cooks began makir.g cranberry sauce and laying out great piles of plump turkeys, sweet potatoes and everything else that goes to make up a real Thanksgiving dinner. There is not an American soldier 44ho will be unable to eat to his full capacity, except for _ few jutt arrived I and HflM offici is wlio sro unlucky cnough to be stationed in out-of-thc- [ way plaees and living in hotels. As many of these as possible have been : invited to messes. Even the wood cattiag camps lost in the forests of France have had a share sent to them. To-morrjw the big job of cooking dinner for an army will begin early. There was many a cook who turned in ln fore his usual time to-night so as to get n.good start. It was fully ex ptcted therA wou'd be some tnincc pie lltiea, ai.d thry 4vere being looked forward to altft pleasure. Tbaab***i**iflg Daj for the American, fercefl 44 ill hr om of resting, cating I nnd recovering, aad just how the bird , aad trimmingr. arill taate was the sub iiot of much disrussion to-night. Af tor the diaaer M ttles there will be real ArViTicun doings, such aa football games, in which some American stars who are here wiU play. ?-?_? Wilson's Turkey Delayed White Houae Bird Held Up by Railroad Congestion WASHINGTON*. Nov. 28. Railroad ronge?tion delaved until the eleventh hour the Hrrival of a forty-pound tur? key raised on a Kentucky farm for Thanksgiving duincr at the White House. The turkey, the gift of South Trim ble, clerk of the House, and especially fattened on ? diet of acorns and chest nuti, finaMy reached W'ashington to-? day. after many days' travelling. Italian Crisis Has Now Passed, Says General Maurice Germans Relax Efforts to Break Through on the Brenta Front LONDON, Nov. 28. "It is now time t-> say deiinitelv that the crisis in Italy has pas.icd," declared M-jor General f. B. Maurice, Chief Director of Mili'.-.ry Opetutioni al the Wai Of licc. to-h.v. The passinjr of the crisis on thc Ital? ian front, h. aaid. araa due aattrate to the efforts of the Italian army, adding: "Anglo-Frer.eh troops are now availa? ble in sufficient quantitics to satisfy us that the situation is secure." His optimistic announcement appar? ently is borne out by to-day's offieial news from the Italian front. The Ger? mans have given up, temporarily at least, their costly attempts to break the It_!ii_n lines in thc sector between th" Brenta and the Tiave rivers and the district just to the west. The Ital? ian offioial statement to-day did not record ? s'ngle infantry engagement. while Bfllila declar.d there was "nothing to report."' Unotticial advices ascribc the Teu? ton inactivity to the fearful losses in flicted on von Below's troops by thc defenders of the mountain peak?. The units used so far are seriously de pletcd and the survirars fthaU.'ted bv their efforts. They must be witl: - drawn, ns'.ed and reformed and new foreea '"?ought up to relieve them. Th| Italian fommuniqut to-day de seribe i siK-cessful bornbardments of enemy nias-.es on Ihe Asiago FMateau, in thf "rinolarfo BhrfiB, at the north of (.'ol .lella Berretta, and on thc cen? tre flf the Piave sector. It also an? nounced thi' downing of four enemy airplane*. Besides thc numerous fresh re? serves which correspondents at the front -ay Gl neral Diaz has organized, large number- of Krench and British are undoubtedly taking their place in the italian line to-day. Numerous new luUeries are also being installed. Thr?.v were rumors, unsupported bv ery offieial adviee_ft to-day, that thr Italians had begun iPcounter offensive, tul mo-.:. milituey observers here con- , *idcr 'his development will not come fflf some time yet. [ictad, of heary ***jktufl? be? fore (ambrai, aml Hritith ap proach to Jenitnlem, un I'a'/e 3. Germans and Bolsheviki Will Parley on Sunday; Pope Denounces Plots Vatican Not in Favor of Unjust and Un christian Peace, Says Gasparri Chain of Prayer Is Disavowed No New Appeal Is Con* templated by Holy Father, Cardinal Declares RGM'_, Tuesday, N'ov. 27.?The Papal Secretary of State, Cardinal Gasparri, answering the numerous criticisms re? garding the Vatican's peace attitude, issued to th-. press to-day the follow? ing statement: "The Holy Father i3 not preparing any new appeal looking toward peace. His earnest desire, many times mani fested, for a Just, Christian and durable peace, i* unchanged, and can? not change. Who can crave anything else and call himself a Christian? "To say that His Holiness favors, or has favored, or will favor an unjust, un Christian and undurable peace ia not only false, but also absurd. Any propa? ganda for such a peace. alleged to be conducted at the Vatican's inspiration, especially in certain nation", in tho product of pure maliciousness. A chain of prayer has always been reprobated by the Holy See, and bishops and pricsts in the I'nited States- of Amer? ica and elsewhere are warned against them, particularly those having any such propaganda behind them. Surh Frayam Superfltitlou* "Also, American Catholica and others are cautioned that such prayers are a species of superstition. "The Catholic Chureh has always regarded patriotism as a Christian duty and a Christian virtuc, and still so teaches. The fact that the Italian parliament has had warm eulogy for the clergy should be suftieient to refutc t'ne ealumnies which irresponsible per? sons have circuiated and are circulat injr in thu forrign world. Malicious insinuations propugated in America ::nd 'hc tendency to attribute in great part to the Italian clergy responsibility for the recent situation must be de? nounced. In Italy no fair-minded per? son is attributing the situation to the clergy. "Whtn the disruptive propaganda be? gan to affect the morale of the Italian army, the clergy in creneral and also the ?irmy chaplains, following the instruc t;ons and *he example of the chaplain iB cluef. labored to counteract it and ele**ate the morale of the troops. More than once the army chaplains informed , the chaplain in chief. 4vho informed the vupreme civil authorities. of the dia- ; luptive movement that was'creeping in and all that long before the publica tion of the Papal note. < ,iuses of Reverses Sho"*n "The true causes of the recent Ital? ian nverses are perfectly well under? stood Ifl Italy, and the shoulders on which rest the responsibility for the raveraea are 4vo!l known a responsi? bility which certainly does not apply to (atholics, the clergy and, least of all, the august person of the Sovcreign Pontiff. "In one case the Holy 8ec ordered the suppression of a new>p;iocr con taining imprudent obaenratiaBfl. "Finally. Ie it necessary to repeat that the Pontitical appeal, whith som<. have icnoraiitly criticised. was ad dressed to the chiefs of the govern ments for consideration in the official rhanci lieries? The governmental au? thorities first gave it to the press and the public. The Holy See published and eommented on it in the 'Osserva torc Romanc' the Vatican's official organ, only when the false interpreta tions of others, 4vhether innocent or wilful. neccssitated sueh action." "London Post" Urged Britain to Demand Attitude oft Pope A dispateh from London. November 23. said that an editorial in 'The Morn? ing I'ost" accused the Vatican of be? ing implicated in propaganda which was. largely reiponsiblc for the recent Italian disaster. After rcviewing what it describes as Vatican machinations, "The Post" de? clared thnt ita political activities dur? ing the war "can by no sophistry be regardejl as consistent with the princi? ple;. of neutrality." ? From the beginning.'' the editorial continued, "the Vatican has leaned tc Austria's side. and lately has furtively, but actively, espoused the Austrian The newspaper called on the Britiah government to demand that the Pope deciare detinitely on 4vhich side he : stood. The Tribune some time ago dis- I closed the fact that Catholics were uceiving peace prayert containingr a threat of (lire consequences to any one ahe li I not ; end the prayer to nine others with a similar request to pass it on. Later Cardinal (iibbons de i o.nu-ir I tho plot and urged that the pruyers be tom up wherever found. Similar prayers were circulnted nmong Masons. L'nited States I'ost offiee inspectors say they have deti r.itelv traced hundreds of these pray ??i (ierman propngandists. Allies Plan to Warn Russia Against Peace LONDON. Xov . 28.? "It ia under consideration to issue, in conjunction with our Allies, a reasoned statement for the fraid ance and warninj? of the Russians as to the serious results that are likely to follow if a separate peace is concluded," said Lord Robert Cecil, the Minister of Blockade, in the House of Com mons to-day. Italian Anarchists Plotted to Seize U. S. Foodstuffs Literature Taken From Seattle Headquarters Made Boston Centre of Riots SEATTLL. Wash., Nov. 28. Com? missioner of Immigration H. M. White asserted to-day that literature seized at the headquarters of the Italian plot? ters under arrest here indicated that the men planned to scize foodstuffs in various parts of the United States. The alleged anarchistic society laid plans, Mr. White said, to make Boston the centre of food riots, and, assisted by Industrial Workers of the World, en? courage general uprisings. "The people will rise up and take tho food where they. find it," one of the seized paniphlets rtad, according to the authorities. "The gravity of the situa? tion and the probability of an insurree tion by the. people cannot be con? cealed," it continued. The Italian leaders of thc intrlgue told their foITbwen, Federal omciale said, tliat the state government of Mas sachusctts faaruil an uprising and fur? nished the Boston police with machine guns and ammunition to quell it. Other pamphlets found attacked the United States food administration, offi? cials asserted, and ridiculed the efforts of the authorities to control food prices. Evidence of Plot to Seize Food Found in Boston BOSTON, Nov. 28.?Agents al hc Department of Justice here contirmed to-night thc disclosure la Seattle of the existence of an anarchistic plot to seize foodstuffs in various parts of the country. They also said that Hoston was believed tp have been selected as the centre of the intrigue. It was their opinion that thc City of Lynn was the general headquarters of the conspirators, a!thoui*!i the ringleader* maintained their homes ckewhere. Evidence of a startling nature ha? been obtained, according to the Fed? eral officials, but has been wlth held from the public pending the trial of three Lynn men who were arrested six' months ago, charged with conspiring to counsel young men againat the se lective draft. The defenifants are Louis Galleano, proprietor of a snial! n.wspapvr c.tKfd "Thc Chroniele '; -John Eramo and Carlfl Valdonicci. They are out on substantial bail. The case was to h.rve been tried in October, but a few dafl before the date aal for the triu! I was postponed on tha ground tnat the governmen*. had obtained additional important information. Federal agen*-* said to-night that the evidence in? volved alleged conspirators in various parts of the country, whose movements have been traced. U. S. Seeks $3,000,000 Estate of an Alien Palmer Appeals to Mewark Court for Custody of Kep pelmann Property NEWARK, N.J., N'ov. 23. A. Mitchell Palmer, custodian of enemy property. through his attorneys asked thc Or? phans' Court to-day to turn over to him to hold till the end of the war live-sevenths of the $3,000,000/-.ate of Adolphus Keppelmann, who died in South Orange on February 4, l'.'l.'.. Keppelmann left his estate, with the exception of a few minor bequests, to his two sons and live dcughters. Four daur'hters live in A**B***nt snd aiv subjects of thc Kaiser, while the lifth la a resident and subject of Aus triu. It is thc bhares of these women that Mr. Palmer wan's to take over un111 Congress takes action after the war. A tirst accounting in the estate was i.led with Judge William P. Martin yes? terday. and this afforded Mr. Palmer's representatives an opportunity to ask that he be made a party to the pro ceedings. The court so ordered, and postponed settlement till December 17. Kaiser'? Re.idence Robbed Thieves Steal Art Objecta From Wilhelmahoehe BERLIN'. Nov. 28. Thieves entered the imperial residence. Wilhelmshoehe. at Ca.se!, Monday evening, and carried off numerous valuable objects of art. Some of the booty was diaposed of here this morning before the robbery Wai diseovred. > Krylenko's Emissaries Are Received Within the Lines by Ger? man Officers WiU Send Same Offer to Allies Neutral Diplomats Withhold Recognition of Government of Lenine PETROGRAD, Nov. 2*. Rcpreaenta tives sent by Cnaign Krylenko, the Bol : iievik commander in chief of the Rus? sian armies, have been received in the German lines, and informed by the Ger? man commander that the Germana hare ' ofhcially consented to immediate nego i tiatieafl for an armistice on i.11 the ! fronts of t'ne belligerent countries. The Germans have set December I I Eef a conferenee for negotiation of an i armistice. EaalgB Krylenko sent three represen? tatives with instructions to leijuest the German commander of the sector In flrhieh the crossing was clfected to in quire of the (ierman commander in | chief arhether it was agrceable to him | that representatives bt M nt for in* i.iediate negotiations for an armistice I on the fronts of all belligerent coun Iries, and, in case his response was .?: t ".utory, to ask hii-i to tix i time an.l place for a conferenee of represen? tatives of both side*. Germans Agree to Parley The Krylenko cmissarie* crosecd the German linea at 4 o'clock yesterday afternoon and war* e*>?"*ived by the German commander of the sector. A reply was promised at 8 o'clock. At the appointed time the Germans gave offi? cial eonsent to the conducting of nego tiations. It is asserted hero that tl.e p.rnon* who conducted the German negotia tions were authorized by (heir govcrn r..ent to do so. Pcnding the holding of tiie confer? enee, Fnsign Krylenko has issued an < rder U> the army stopping fraterniii tion und adriaiag rigilaace and cau tion. The diplomatic representatives of the neutral ourtrics, aft-r ;. confer e:;r->, decided to reply to Trotrky's notineatiefl rcspecting an armistice ar :i matter of courtesy as they would repljf to the representations of a pri? vate individual. They affirm, however. that their actior must not bc taken as recognition. The Allied embassics are mainUir.ing a waiting attitude pendinjr the meeting of the Coaatltaeat Aaaeaibly. The Spanish reareaeatathra at P?tro grad aaid he would do all :n his power to contribut- to peace. "for which the v.hol" of humai.ity thirst-." Russian Commander Removed Th? removal of General Balueff, com? mander on the Western front, is re ; orted by the revolutionary committee at Minsk. He rr.fu*ed to r.egotiate an armietiee ai.d has been replaced by,a Haxiaaalist. ? A-tBOBBCeBWat ia made by the Maxi mtll 'ta that th?-y ac in 4-ontrol of Tashkent, capital of Russ;;.n Turke?.tan, aftar four days of fighting. The Ru-'ian Fifth Ar.riy announced jrefltarday tl tt if purpoaed choo*ing parliameBtariani to b.- >cnt to Ger? many. Thi 4 is the vecomi ustance of un a-nouno mtnt of definitc support of the miahavibl [lojrramrni' hy the mili? tary, the fir.4t biing the Second Army, whose action was previously reported. U. S. Denies Knowing Of Any Threat by Entente to Russia f Staff Corrcspondcnce] WASHIN_TON, Nov. _8. The State Department to-day denied knowledge of aay threat from the Entente powera to Ru-s;a that the negotiation of a sepa? rate armistice with the Central em pires would be fraught with fleriou. danger. The department was con_ dent that this government would be consulted before any such drastic ac? tion would be t-Ven by the Alliflfl. A semi-ofti-ial report was received here to-day frjm Paris stating that the wireleia there harl caught a diapateh aaaerting that the Allies had made a deeiaration agnnst Russia. It araa be? lieved to have originated in Vienna, the source of the press dispatehes eontain ing the report. and both Russian and American officials discredited K, Secretary Lansing indicated to-day that no steps had been taken regarding a reply to the Bolsheviki proposal for an armiatice, communicated to this gov? ernment by Ambassador Francia. In Rusaian circlea here the adviaability of replying inforroally to it. in a man? ner not to earry with it recognition of the Bolsheviki government, was urged. What Russia most needs, it waa BB* serted here, is encouragement from the Allies to the element*. opposed to the Bolsheviki. What ean be dona ir* this direction will be considered at the Paris inter-Allied conferenee. at which Russian Ambassador Makiakoff will represent Russia. It is possible for the Allie* to communieate with th* Russian army headquarters by wire less. and it is believed that both Ger ? rai Dukhonin, on tha Eaatarn front, snd the -ommander 'n chief in the