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THE WEATHER FORECAST.
Fair, with rising temperature to-day;
to-morrow unsettled ; fresh west winds.
Highest temperature yesterday, 30: lowest, la.
Detailed weather, mall and matlno reports on pago Ii.
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VOL. LXXXIV. NO. 160.
NEW YORK, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 1Q17.
In Orenler Sr York, I Ktsenhers
.terser CHr unit Nesrk. J TV II C'KNTC.
Copyright, 1917, hy the Sum Printing and I'ubUthlnp Association.
15 SHIPS OF46J62 TONNAGE SUNK BY TEUTON SUBMARINES;
WILSON MARSHALS ALL FORCES FOR NATIONAL DEFENCE;
U S. CONFIRMS RUIN OF EVERY GERMAN VESSEL HERE
ONE WEEK AGO
Corroboration of 'The Sun's'
Exclusive Story to Be
CANT REPAIR BOATS
WITHIN 0 MONTHS
Teuton Gunboat Geier at
Honolulu Was Set on
"Fire at Signal.
Corroboration of Tub Son's story that
very German and Austrian Hhlp In
New York harbor lias been disabled by
tba wrecking of It engines In order
that the United Mates might not use
Iho ti erehant vessels In Cjise of war was
obtained yesterday from new and un
The act of unmatched sacrifice was
committed on Wednesday of last week
tfee very day on which the German note
announcing the resumption of extreme
submarine warfare and prescribing a
atw war zone wan delivered to Seeietsry
Lansing by Ambassador von Bernstorff. j
Under orders whlchnppareiitly came i
from Germany at about the mu time '
as the note and were delivered slmiil- '
taneously to tile commanded! of each of I
the thlrty-ono vessels of the Central Al
lies self-Interned at thlH port the en
gineers were at work beforo nightfall I
sm.i.tiiiig steel mid brass. I
None of the tleet wan (-pared, accord- '
rag to ihk sun's Information. From
the Valerhuid, the George Washington
and the Kaiser 'Wilhclm If. down to the
smallest freighter nil shared In the de
struction. F.lht Month (o Repair Thrm.
Btfore daylight on Thursday every
vessel was erliled beyond the posslbll- .
tty of repair within nt losst eight
month possibly Irreparable, except by j
German artisans who know tho secrets !
it ihelr engines.
Slneo this havoc ha been wrought In
the ships lying In New York harbor the
presumption Is that orders to disable all 1
the German and Austrian merchant ships
In all American porta were Hashed at ,
the same time, so far as telegraph, ca- i
ble or wireless opportunities permit.
There are ninety-one German merchant
vessels In American harbors, Including:
twenty-three In the Philippines and one
ai Pago Pago. Tt Is certain that .the Ger
man gunboat Geler was set on lire by
her crew at Honolulu last Saturday.
Goxemment authorities, startled by
The Pun's narrative of yesterday morn
'ng, Investigated as thoroughly as they
oould In tho face of the fact that the
German and Austrian ships aro private
property and access to their Interior
has befn denied for more than a week
to Collector Malone's neutrality squad.
Inrratlicators Find Ruin.
Yesterday nfternoun the Investigators
had about inado up their minds that the
Yaterland and the other big boosts had
not been tamered with. They were un
able at that tlmo to get any positive
information nbout these vessels. They
did find out, however, that four of tho
smaller craft had been crippled In the
manner described by The Sf.v.
Lost night certain facts already In
the possession of thin newspaper came
to the knowledge of the Uovernmen:
workeis. To-day' report to Washing
ton will undoubtedly say that whlhi none
of the Federal agents lias actually seen
tlie ernelne and boiler rooms of the
vessels other than tho four mentioned
vjovc thcro Ih reason to believe that
the entlro tleet has been put out of
Although neither the North Gentian
Lloyd nor Hamburg-American companies
mad.) denial of The Sl'.n'b story yester
da, there was a disposition In some
0'iarters to question, and some of tho
evening newspapers. Insufficiently In
formed, attempted to discredit It. The
Government has the facts, however.
Visitor Barred Since Jan. 31.
As heretofore stated, since January
51, when the German announcement of
rw submarine tactics was received In
this country, the neutrality squad of
ibe United States customs service has
not besn allowed to penetrate below
the upper decks of the Vaterland and
tlie other big merchant versels which
for two years and a half have been
9-rA n V. n .1.. V. . I uu 1. . . M
e.Un,,,fe uaiunuics uu men iuiq iiuiin.
This was supposed to be the result of
n ordsr from the Hambursj-Amerlcan
(nd North German Lloyd companies
Effecting all the ships they own that
r now n American waters. The
neutrality squad and all other Gov
trnment and police agencies have no
choice but to obey It, as the ships are
private property a fact which a large
part of the public does not appear to
i:ch or the Skips Disabled.
Wince February 1, however, the neu
trality squad hat gono through the mo.
tlons of applying to the captain or
ether otllccr In charge of each of theso
ships for permission, to mako a thor
ough Inspection. The request was de
r.lcd, except In the case of four of tho
smaller steamships lying either oft tho
foot of West 136th street, Manhuttuu,
r along the ltoboken waterfront. The
twines of theso craft were not divulged
testerday, but tho conditions found
llach of the ships had been disabled,
f-yllnder heads were cracked or broken,
Mtal parts of tho machinery were miss
"if or displaced. Knglnes wero out of
commission, Tho Injuries were not of
the satno character In all thn ships, but
H were rendered useless. The Investi
gators of the neutrality squad are not
I Conlluf4 on. rmrth Putt.
57. LOUIS WILL SAIL NOT
LA TER THAN NOON THURSDA Y
Definite Announcement Made Concerning Departure of
American Liner, Which Will Leave Whether or
Not Washington Gives the Word.
The sailing of the American liner St.
Louis was definitely fixed last night at
not later than to-morrow nt noon,
whether word Is received from Wash
ington or not, according to an ofllclal
of the Inteniatlon.il Mercantile Marine.
The decision to send the vessel nut
whether or not the State Department
answers tho query put by tho line last
week comes nfter four days of waiting,
during which the liner has leen held at
her pier and passengers have wnlted
nervously and Impatiently to learn
whether they may salt for England on
an American vessel.
An Indication of the attitude of tho
Administration concerning the sailing
of tho vessel was contained In a dis
patch from Washington received last
night It states that Postmaster lliir
leson said tit a meeting of the Cabinet
that ho was not Insisting on the fulfil
ment of contracts for carrying malls
with owners of vessels leaving the
United States and passing through tli
German submarine zone.
"I am lealng that to them." he snld.
Yesterday afternoon P. A. 8. Frank
lln, president of the International Mer
cantile Marine, apparently had not yet
given ip hope that the State Department
would send him a guiding word.
The St. Louis Is being held nnd the
line la In consultation with tho State
Department," he said.
Tho reluctance of the line to permit
the ship to leave without Instructions or
advice from the State Department Is In
terpreted In shipping circle to mean
that tho company does not with to im
aumo entire responsibility for sending,
out the ship at this time, it ! pointed
nut that the sinking of the vessel would
mean In all probability, aside from tho
direct result to tli ship, crew and pas
sengers, war with Germany.
The opinion was freely expressed ym
terduy that State Department ofllclal.'.
were ridding thenitelveH.ef any possible
TO FOLLOW U. Sr
Switzerland Also Will Not
Break Itclntious With Ger
many at This Time.
Washington, Feb. 6. Spain and
Switzerland, the first two neutrals to
make known their decision, will not fol
low President Wilson's suggestion and
press their protests against tho German
submarine war zone decree to the point
of severing diplomatic rclntions with
Germany. Spain will protest emphatic
ally and withhold action. Swltxerland
will follow a milder policy.
The explanation ot Spain's attitude Is
partly based on tho Spanish Govern
ment's belief thftj some leading neutral
nation must remain In position to act
bh Intermediary for the belligerent na
tions and thereby check the tendency of
the world war to engulf nil tho nations
Senor ltlano, the Spanish Ambassador,
called at the State Depurtmcnt tn-dy to
officially notify Secretary Lansing that
his Government was ready to take over
American Interests In Peril!!.
3Iay Cause Break Later.
Coincident with this decision was tho
dofliiltlon of Spain's attitude for tho Im
mediate futurn which Is to be that of a
neutral Power. The Spanish protest
against the war zone decree may, how
ever, at any moment precipitate a change
111 the relations of the German and
Spanish Governments, especially If
Spain's rights on the high seas arc seri
ously Interfered with.
President Wtlson had hoped to swing
the neutral nations Into line for tho
purpose of Impressing Germany with the
Inevitable consequences of pursuing her
plans for unrestricted warfare. Tlut now
that this plan has failed this Govern
ment In ono sense Is relieved that neu
tral Interests will bo taken care of by
There Is little to lie g.ilnr.1 by these
nations coming In after hostilities break
out between Germany and the United
states, If hostilities come, It Is explained.
Tho chief lmportanco would havo been
Joint action now.
Other May Keep Out.
No word ha yet come from the other
neutrals, and the United States now
hardly expects them to follow the Pres
ident's suggestion. Their situation Is
extremely delicate. It Is ndmltted. Tak
ing Holland as an example. It Is fully
realized that action by Holland against
Germany might at once result In an at
tempted Invasion of Dutch soil by the
German troops now close to Oie border.
Entente diplomats here trankly ex
press their hope that the United States
will not actually enter the war. ,
" Several of the Entente representatives
let It be known to-day that they enter
tained a growing fear that Germany de
llberatety precipitated a break w(th this
country In order to hold American muni
tions and supplies here, thus cutting off
Imports to tho Kntente probably more
effectively than any single step that the
Central .Powers could take.
neat Cause of Fear.
Kven If the United States In the event
of wnr following the break should under
take to arm and equip an army for
operations In Kurope It would require
nearly a year of training. It Is reckoned,
beforo It would be wise to send tho force
to the front.
In the meantime, the Entente spokes
men point out, all the effort and energy
that this country might bo putting forth
toward tho military defeat of Germuny
would go Into channels that rould not
lead to that end, unloss the war were
prolonged beyond all belief.
The greatest military aid hoped for
from' this country In Entente circles In
CmHhm1 on Third Pag.
responsibility for anj thing that might
happen to the vossel by refusing to give
counsel to the ofllclaUi of the line,
Onco n decision Is reached, however,
quick action may be expected. The
names, addresses and telephone numls?
of all prospective passengers on the ship
are on file at the ofllces of the line. Pas
sengers will be Instantly notllled once a j
definite conclusion is reached. Althougn
tho number ot cancelled passages was
latge during thn latter part of last week
and on Monday, few were announced
yesterday. Of the 110 first class pas
scnyers who gave reasons to the llrltli.li
Comulato and American passport office
sufficiently urgent to procure the neces
sary document for tho trip sixty-five re
main on the patenter list These are
person.i who must reach Kngland, even
at tho risk of ruthless tubnuirlne war
fare There aro sixty-one second class
A solitary American was among tho
twenty-one cabin pasensers on the
White Star liner Orotic, which sailed yes
terday for Mediterranean ports. Flye
Americans, three of them American born
children of Italian parentage, were In
the steerage with eighty-one other pas
sengers. Tho American In the saloon Is Austin
Whittlesey of New York. The Cretlc
carried a large cargo, and a three Inch
gun wns mounted on her stern.
U. S. SHIPS TO SAIL.
Philadelphia I.enveo Feb. 10, Fln-
lauA Feb. IS (or New York.
I.ONKON, Feb. C. The American Line
to-day announced that It was accepting
bookings for tho steamships Philadel
phia And Finland.
The Philadelphia Is scheduled to leave
l.herpool on February 10 and the Fin
land on February 15 for New York.
LET GERARD GO
Government to Detain Am
! bassador Pending Bern- j
storffs Sailing. 1
COPENHAGEN, Feb. 6, via London,!
Feb. 7 It Is officially stated that James
. W. Gerard, the American Ambassador
. to Gtrrounr, will aot be allowed to leave
i Ilerlla until the German Government Is
i satiated as to the treatment ef Const
I Ton Btrasterff, tke retiring German An
! bassador at Washington, by the Amerl
I rnn Government.
1 Copenhagen, via London, Feb. (i. A
' despatch received from Berlin by tho
' IhrHntkc T'ldemie pays James W.
I Gerard, the retiring American Ambas
I sador to Germany, has advised thb
j American newspaper correspondents to
leave Germany n soon as possible and
to proceed to the Fnltcd States by way
of Switzerland and Spain.
The Ambassador, add the despatch,
will stay for some days In Berlin set
tling urgent matters. On his return
licmie the Amlmssador's staff nnd a few
American newspaper men will accom
Tho correspondent snys home Ameri
cans already have left Berlin. Several
American business men, ho adds, havo
expressed the desire to remain tem
porarily In Cojwnhagen after settling
their business affairs In Germany.
Berlin, Feb. 6. Tho Berlin nows
papers say that quiet prevails about the
Asldo from an occasional frank com
ment on the action of the American Gov
ernment no acts of u hostlte or even un
unfriendly nature tiavo been reported i
thus fur, and many Germans are going
out of'thelr way to show a friendly dis
position toward Americans marooned
Tho only difficulty reported thus far
has been at one district headquarters of
police which Is charged with vlselns
I passports to go abroad. Officials re
fused to vise passports until the holders
were able to show steamer tickets to
I Amorlca. The police are generally ac-
' ceptlng "return to America" as an
adequate reason for departure, hut are
! Insisting that the customary Interval of
a toruiigni umuary in csugmiuu
cannot be waived.
The Foreign Office, to which the
American newspaper correspondents In a
way aro accredited, has shown every
disposition to facilitate the departure of
such correspondents as wUh to leave
with Ambassador Gerard. The Foreign
Office has expressed tho desire to tia.
as many American correapondenta as
possible remain, In order to maintain un
official relations between tho two
GAFFNEY BUSY IN BERLIN.
Chosen as Director of German
HEHLIK (by wireless), Feb. C. "The
German-Irish Association has been
founded In Berlin," snys an Overseas
News Agency announcement to-day,
"under the presidency of Herr Krzberger,
Baron von Illchthofun nnd Count von
Westarp. members of the Hclrhstag.
"The board of directors Includes Herr
Bassermann, a Itelchstng member;
Prlnco Illuecher nnd T. Ht. John Guff
ney, formerly United Stated Consul-General
nt Munich, who was born In Ire
land." FLORIDA'S! KIN EAT T8AIN IV BKBVICE.
The "N. Y, Florida Hpsclsl" tir i;t
r.Mtl Dally, ittaatie Coast Uns, till Www.
GERMANY GIVES j
NO HINT OF HALTI
Dr. Helfferich Says IMJoati
War Will Affect V. S. I
XEITKALS SUFFER NOW
Zininit'i'iiiftiiii Expresses Hegret
nt Wilson's Stand n
Panic on JJourse.
llKnr.tN, by wireless, Feb. . In an
Interview with n Norwegian correspon
dent, as given out hero by the Overseas
News Agency, Dr. Karl Heln'erleh, Min
ister of the Interior, said:
"Wa consider submarine warfnro to he i
an effective means of shortening the war I
and breaking once and for all llrltlsh
tyranny on the seas, it Is true that j
neutrals will havn to suffer In some j
respects from the submarine war, but
do not they suffer already? You can
bo sure that tho difficulties caused to
your country 1y our submarine war will '
be llttlo compared with those caused by!
Great llrltaln." '
"Ask your own countrymen," Dr. Helf
ferlch continued, "by what brutal meth-.
ods (treat Britain coerces Norwegian '
shipowners to carry contraband, nnd
how with nil means she strangles the
Norwegian llshlng Industry. nr. well
as paralyses Norwegian Industries by
holding back coal. As to the suhmarlnx ;
war, there Is no way back for us. Wo
shall go on the way which we have .
i to the end. and wo are convinced '
that later neutrals
will be thankful
Zlsamermann Talk of llesret.
Foreign Secretary Zlmmermunn has
made the following statement to the
Overseas News Agency:
"We regret this measure taken by
President Wilson, all the more since,
against all traditions and all Interna
tional law, we arc cut off from all direct
communication and regular Intercourse
with the transatlantic world. We also
remember that American diplomats dur
ing the last months and years of tho war
have oared for German Interests by
proxy In several hostile countries with
efficiency and great success.
"The text of the President's message.
In the absence of other official docu
ments, has therefore been examined most
minutely. Having no real reason for hos
tlllty to the United States, remembering
the traditional friendship which has ex
isted between the countries practically
from the tlrst days of the United States,
we naturally appreciate the words of a
rather non-hostile character which
among others of a different character are
found In that message as transmitted by
"In them President Wilson gives as
surances that he wishes no 'hostile con
flict' with Germany, and I can add that
we appreciate this and other paragraphs
in the message. Joining In this respect
with I'resldent Wilson's note.
"While we think to u certain extent
that we can sec by what reason the
United States Government was prompted
to Its present attitude, on the other hand
we expect that President Wilson to the
same extent may recognize the reason
which prompted us to tnke our decision."
No I'aalo on Berlin Bourse.
The announcement of the diplomatic
breach between the United States and j
Germany camo as a total surprise to
the Bourse, but did not cause n pnnlc.
Stocks In general were considerably '
weakened, but no overwhelming oners
tended to unsettle the market. Potash
nnd other "wnr babies" sufferfd least,
though they declined, while shipping
stocks were harder hit and mining stocks
and oils suffered.
The newspapers In jjenernl exhausted
the topic In tho morning editions, but
Count von Ueventlow returns to the sub
ject In on editorial In tho Tagcs Zcltuo.
mainly devoted to snowing mat ueuirais
will not suffer as much under tho Ger
mnn submarlno measures as they have
under English "tyranny." If they use
only the channels allotted to them, and
no longer put Into English ports.
Regarding the United States, Von
"Tho further action of America will
be watched with particular absorption.
Tho breach certainly will not be taken
lightly by us, but that doesn't mean that
It Is decisive. Hope, even though it
Htnnds on very weak feet', does not need
to be given up that 'tho final" still can
bo avoided. The Government of the
United States so far lias maintained a
cool attitude toward the most diverse
breaches of International law on the
part of our opponents and has taken no
energetic step. One needs to recall
merely the starvation efforts, which
without an effective blockade and such
Is non-existent are absolutely counter
to International law.
Should Avoid he Zones.
Tor the North American mercantile
marine there remains open a wide field
of activity, and shipping ivcn will best
serve their own Interest If they keep
their vessels nway from the blockaded
district. Only unwise people get In tho
wuy of combatants from curiosity,
stubbornness or material reasons.
"That, which applies to North Ameri
cans applies also to European neutrals.
They ore nt liberty to trade with ull
those who nra not participating In the
war If they do It outsldo the blockade
and on tho routes specified by Germany
This and other papers refer with more
or less surprise tu the reports from the
United States that German ships in
American jwrts 'have ulready been con
fiscated, nnd draw no hopeful conclu
sions from this act If the reports are
(several newspapers In their accounts
of tho scenes nt the American Embassy
to-day ly particular stress on tho fact
that a majority of the Americans hero
appear to desire to remain In Germany
I Cqntinntd on Third Pes-
NAVY GETS ALL;
ARMY'S BILL GUT
Congress Gives Sea Fighters
Everything They Ask.
92S,Ofl(),000 FOR SHIPS
Sum of 3150,000,000 to lie
Voted for Submarines.
Wasuis-hton, Feb. 6. Neatly lu.
('00,000 was added to the navy bill In
amendments offered to-day as an earnest
of this Intention of Congress to back up
President Wilson to the limit In his
stand for American rights. The amend
ments adopted by the House In com
mittee of the wholo represent every
thing the Navy Department has asked In
the way of emergency appropriations
In so far as items reported In the bill are
Tho army, on the other hand, got
nothing In ho way of an emergency
appropriation, but, on the contrary, the
$320,000,000 estimate of the Secretary
of War was cut to I247.0C1.10S, or
$20,500,000 less than tho aiproprIatlon
bill for the current year.
On Thursday tho House will roto the
Provident a lump sum of $150,000,000
for tho purchase and equipment of sub
marines, destroyers and merchant pro
tectors. Majority Leader Kltchln declined to
day to consent to setting aside of cal
endar Wednesday for the continuation
of consideration of the navy bill. As a
result the bill will not be taken up
ngaln until Thursday, when It Is hoped
to conclude It with the adoption of the
Padgett amendments. Theso were Intro
duced as separate measures to-day with
a view to having them printed and cir
culated among the members before of
fering them as amendments to tho naval
bill. Ah they are, subject to a point
of order a special rule will be required
to nsure their consideration. The re
fusal of the majority leader to consent
to setting aside the calendar on Wednes
day Indicates a desire of the anti-preparedness
forces to cool down the en
thusiasm for the preparedness engen
dered by the critical foreign situation.
Provisions of Amendments.
Briefly the Padgett amendments pro
1 For the taking over by the Prcsl- I
dent, in wholo or in part, facilities ofi
nil private shipyards and other cstal- J
lishments engaged In the manufacture
or assembling of shipbuilding acceesorles
and for the drafting of workmen and
officials of such establishments Into the i
Government servico for the construction!
of Government ships.
2. Authorization for the issue of $100.-!
000.000 In five year 3 per cent, bonds, the
jitweeds to be used ' by tho President
in his discretion to secure tho speedy
construction of ships already authorized
ami for tho construction or purchase of
additional torpedoboat destroyers, sub
marines ami such other naval craft an
the I'resldent may direct, to be Immedi
2. Ono million dollars to be used by
the Secretaries of War and Navy for
the nco.ult.lt Ion by purchase or otherwise
of such basic patent or patents as may
le considered necessary for the develop
ment of aircraft In the United States.
The aircraft amendment would enable
the Secretary of War ami the Secretary
of tho Navy to secure by purchase, con
demnation, donation or otherwise rtuch
basio patent or patents as they may con
sider necessary to the manufacture and
development of aircraft,
Bill to Curry 1)1382,000,000,
Chairman Padgett told the House that
tho aircraft amendment was urged by
President Wilson and the Secretaries of
War and Navy, The Wright company
and the Curtis company, ho snld, viac
tlcally ar the only ones making air
planes In the United States and thut the
purpose of tho amendment Is to havo
the Government buy out Uia basic
Another amendment to place the entire
amount of the bill, carrying upward of,
$352,000,000 subject to immediate use In
thn President's discretion, was also of
feiod, Ordinarily tho bill would take
effect July 1.
Increasos to the naval bill approved by
the House to-day were: Anti-aircraft
guns, from $311,000 to $629,000; for ma
chine guns, new provision, $1,250,000 ;
for batteries for arming merchant auxil
iaries, from $4,467,174 to $5,711,174 i
ammunition for merchant nuxlllary
cruisers, irom ti.buo.oov to $7,zsi,P41 ;
for ordnance stores, from $7,602,486 to,
tS.488,333 ; for maintenance naval gun
factory, from $2,420,736 to (2,300,736 :1
aircraft defence of naval stations, from
$1,000,000 to $3,800,000 ; ammunition for
ships, from $1,500,000 to $3,500,000 : for
purchase nnd manufacture of torpedoes,
from $800,000 to $1,049,280 ; for in
crease limit of cost and purchase of
ground adjoining marine barracks, Phil
adelphia, $200,000, u total Increase of
Ilepubllcan Senators In conference to
day decided to stand back of Senator
Poldiicxter'a bill for Immediate construc
tion of twenty fleet and eighty const
' Tim Polndexter bill provides thnt $4,
000,000 be used In equipping navy ynrds
for the construction of the submarines
and Unit six fleet nnd twenty-five coast
undersea boats shall be built In Pacific
iui.iht yards. It haa not yet been acted
iiHin by tho Naval Committee, hut If
eiuly action Is not taken an effort will
he made to bring It before tho Senate In
some other way.
ARMY DEFENCE CUT.
Baker's Influence Hern In Reduced
Wabhinoton, Feb. 6. Carrying ap
proximately $10,500,000 less than the
Contfntted on Second Jd
AMERICAN SHIP FIRED ON
BY GERMAN U-BOAT AND
FORCED TO GIVE UP OIL
Steamer Westwego Halted by Five Shots on January 31
Port Adelaide, 8,181 Tons, With Passengers,
Sent to Bottom Neutral Vessels Suffer.
f KRMANY'S submarine warfare apparently is growini in intensity.
Yesterday's reports show that underwater boats have probably
accounted for fifteen additional vessels seven neutral and eight bel
ligerentof 46,762 tons. Eight of them are known to have been sunk,
one is reported to have been "torpedoed" and the others are "believed"
to have been sent to the bottom. An American steamship, the West
wego, was halted by a German submarine, which fired Sve shots, none
of which hit the ship.
Of the known sunken vessels si were British, one Spanish and one
Norwegian. Of those supposed to have been sunk four were Nor
wegian, one British and one Russian. The vessel reported merely as
torpedoed, which is mot known positively to have been sunk, was a
One of the British steamers torpedoed and sunk was the Port Ade
laide, a vessel of 8,181 tons, which carried passengers. Ninety-six per
sons from her, including members of the crew, were rescued.
SHOTS HALT V. S. SHIP.
Snbmnrlne Force Steamer West
srearo to Giro Up Oil.
London, Feb. 6. Five shots were fired
by tho German submarine U-45 at the
American steamship Westwego on Jan
uary 31, It waa announced officially here
to-day. None of the shots took effect.
The announcement reads: "The mas
ter of tho United States steamer West
weo reports that on tho 31st of Jan
uary, when fifty miles west of Fnstnet
his ship was fired at from astern by the
German submarine U-45. Five shots
were fired, nono of which, however, took
effect. The master accordingly stopped
and sent a boat with his papers.
"The German submarine commander
then demanded oil from tho Westwego,
his demand being accompanied by
threats to sink the ship If It were re
fused. "The claim to take tho interests of
neutrals into consideration, put forward
in tho German wireless message of Feb
ruary 5, Is not strengthened by this re
port from the master of a neutral Ehlp."
Philadelphia, Feb. 6. The steamer
Westwego cleared from here January 17
for Barrow, England, with 1.580,000 gal
lons of gasolene and D48.000 gallons of
petroleum shipped by tho Atlantic Re
fining Company, a Standard Oil sub
sidiary. Tho Westwego was formerly
the Rumanian steamer Steaua Komana.
The captain of tho Westwego Is J, S.
Mulcoy, and her crew all told numbers
thirty-five. Of these fourteen are Ameri
can Citizens, two Enel1shnifn. tvrn flr.
wegians. three Swedes, four Danes, six I
puniaras. two nussians, one Mexican
nnd ono Chilean.
RELIEF SHIP SUNK.
Only One Survivor From Crew of
Lonpon, Feb. 6. Tho Admiralty an
nounces thero Is only one survivor of tho
crew of the-I-ars Kruse, a Belgian re
lief ship. No others nro known to have
been saved. The steamer was sunk by
a torpedo or mine near the Belgian coast
yesterday. The ship touched nt Las
Palmas on January 20, and In the ordi
nary course would have mndo some Brit
ish port beforo arriving at Rotterdam,
where she was duo nbout February 10.
Thu lirs Kruse carried the flag of the
Belgian Relief Commission and wns
marked us arranged by tlio commission
with the German Government. It had
not received a safe conduct from Ger
many, as such passports had been re
fused relief ships by Berlin.
Throo months ago Germany agreed to
give the commission's; ships from the
Argentine the sumo form of German
consular safe conduct as Is provided for
these steamers leaving American ports,
but the necessary arrangements havo not
been completed; hence the falluie of the
Lars Kruse to enrry such a document.
However, the ship was marked plainly
according to tho German Instructions
and her manifest showed that her entire
cargo was consigned to tho relief com
mission, Tho Admiralty announced also to-day
that the crew of the British steamer
Euphrates, the sinking of which was an
nounced February 1, baa been landed at
ROBT. BARBER KILLED
IN MOTOR COLLISION
Son of Steamahip Agent la
Victim,- 2 Girla Probably
lloboit Barber. 27 years old, of 604 i
Riverside Drive, sun of Ilerbett Barber,
the steamship ugent, was klllod early
this morning when nn automobile in (
which ho nnd two women were riding
smashed Into tho llmouslno of Mrs, llex-l
sle Abott Storey, once well known opera j
singer, ut 111th street mid tho Drive.
Both of Mr. Barber's companions Miss'
Mndollne Smith, 22, of Churchill's. Hevuo, i
and llss Tiny Hainan of the Wlntnr
Harden wero taken to St. Luke's Hub
pits), where It wan said they will prob.
Mrs. Storey's machine was travelling
south on the east driveway when at
I FIFTEEN SHIPS LOST.
Slnktna- of Ten Annoancesl and
Five, Are Mlssinc
London, Feb. 6. Lloyd's announced
to-day the Blnklng or tho followlnc
British steamer Port Adelaide, 8,181
tons ; ninety-six of passengers and crew
British steamer Florldlan, 4,777 tons;
sixteen of her crew landed.
British Bteamer Warley Pickering-,
British steamer Palmlcaf, 3,206 tons.
British steamer Cllftohlan, 4,303 tons.
British steamer Ilravalla, t.562 tons.
Norwegian ship Thor II., 2.144 tons.
Norwegian ship Tamara, 1,658 tons.
British sailing vessel Belford, 1,905
The Palmleaf and Cllftonlan were tor
pedoed by a German submarine as was
uie inor ii. -ine crews or the two
steamers were landed.
XtrtefV-alv - f lh. nnm-nm -.1
of the Port Adelaide aro reported by
i.ioyo h to nave neen picked up at ea.
The captain of the Port Adelaide waa
Lloyd's reports that the following ves
sels are "presumed to havo been sunk":
Russian steamer Ccrera, 3,612 tons.
Norwegian steamer Rlgel, twenty-two
of her crew picked up nt sea.
Norwegian bark Wasdale, nineteen of
her crew picked up.
Norwegian bark Songdal, twenty-five
of her crew picked up.
British steamer Wartenrels, 4,511 tons.
In addition announcement from Brest
was made of the sinking of tho Spanish
The Port Adelaide was a steamer of
a, isi ions gross, nuilt in 1911 and owned
bv the Commnnwpalih nnrl nntinfr.n
Line. The last report on her movements
was on .-ovemDer 12 last, wiien she left
Port Vfttal fnr n.ln.
Tlie Palmleaf was last reported oa
nnvintr swnen rrom Sabine Pass. Tex..
January 1, for Dartmouth. The Cllfton
lan sailed from Capo Town December 2
Tho Florldlan was built nt Sunderland
In 1913 and was owned by F. Leyland &
Co., Ltd., of Liverpool.
Th Vnr!v Plplr.Hnv nf j lie
was built nt Middlesbrough In 1912. She
was owned by tho Constantino & Pick
ering Steamship Company.
Tlia British ship Belford, of 1,905
tons grctfs, was las: reported sailing
from San Francisco on August 23 for
The steamer Rlgsl was a vessel of
1,771 tons net. Rho was last reported
as having sailed from New York Decem
ber S for Liverpool, where eho urrlvud
The Wasdale registered 1,856 tons. She
left Buenos Ayres November 10 and wns
last reported ns. havlnr arrived at Fayal,
Azores Islands, January 8.
Tho Songdal was a vessel of 2,081
tons. Sho sailed from Buenos Ayres
November 21 for the Azorei'.
Thirteen From .Spanish Steamer
AlRortn Landedi Tvro Die,
l.nxsT, Feb. il, Tho captain and
twelve men ot tho Spanls'.i steamer Al
gorta, which was sunk by n submarine,
hive been landed h.re by a steam
trawler. They were adrltt forty-six
hours before being rescued, and two
sailors Bartheleme Paregan and Jose
Lrvcs died as a result of thejr prlva
tlons soon after being taken aboard the
Ulth street the driver, Charles T.
James of ISO West 159th htreet, tried to
turn eastward. Mr, Baibcr's car, driven
by William S. Lewis of 601 West 135th
street, was going north and tho two cars
met. The Storey limousine wns spun
about, while tho olhei car smashed into
the drive wall, Mr. Harbor and the tvo
glits were thrown out.
Mrs. Storey's Injuries consisted for the
most part of shock. Sho was treated by
an ambulance surgeon and then taken
honu in another machine. Mr. Barber
died an hour Inter In the hospital, Both
James and Iwls, the drivers, were ar
tested on a charge of homicide.
BUX TO PROTECT PRESIDENT.
Cranks Who Threaten lllui Face
Sl.OOO Flue ami S Yrsn In Jail.
Washington. Feb C Senator Will
iam Hughes of New Jersey called up
In the Senate this afternoon and had
passed, after a hrhf explanation of Its
provisions, the hill which he urged upon
thfl Henstn PnmmlttM nn InrilAl .-.
terday to unlsh threats ojalnst the
Cabinet Holds Two Hour
Session mid Offers No
SUSPENSE IS GETTING
ON OFFICIAL NERVES
"We Are Holding: Our
Breath," Says One High.
SPAIN TAKES OVER
Neutrals Still Hold Aloof
From Acting in Concert
With United States.
Wasiiinoton, Feb. fi. "Wa aie steer
ing n straight course nnd preparing
for eventualities. Reports indicating
any cliango In tho situation for better
or worse are entirely without founda
tion." This authoritative announcement
followed the first meeting of the Presi
dent's Cabinet to be held slnco tho
rupture of diplomatic relations be
tween the United States nnd Germany.
Trss Cabinet assembled ut 2 o'clock
and for two hours discussed every
phase of the situation.
This situation, ns It presented Itself
to the President and his advisers, was
summarized Inter In n few sentences.
Tho American Government stands
ready to defend Us rights, even to the
point of war, If Germany violates tham
through her submarine campaign.
Tho cnn-ylns out of tho submarlno
campaign almost necessarily means
that sooner or lutcr these rights will
Do violated. Germany seems to staml
firm In Its Intention to carry on the
campaign. The question of when nnd
how tho overt net will come futc alone
"We are holding our breath This
was the way an official of the Govern
ment tersely but accurately described
the suspense which Is plainly getting
on official nerves.
The members of the President's Cabi
net frankly discouraged attempts to ex
acgernte or minimize tho gravity of the
Situation. They regard efforts to pre
cipitate matters und attempts tu Instill
false hopes In the public mind us equally
unfair to the American people. The
deluge of rumors concerning Germany's
willingness to abandon the war zone de
cree, mysterious notes by w'reless to
Count von UernstoriT nnd Inexplicable
diplomatic moves destined to lescun the
situation this afternoon wm deprecated
In u way that seemed significant It was
stated positively that not a word offi
cially or unofficially had been leccived
In confirmation of such reports.
The State Department's mow Is that
the less, said nlimit .o-c.illcd "change
In the situation" the hitter. There has
been no change, It was expla.iicd, since
this Government l.M.i..,l
latlnns with Germany.
There was jiiH a suggest on m th.
efiorts to deprecate anj f,vling of opt,
imlsm thnt th- President and Ins ad
. J-sera were still hanging to tin hop,..
, that by showing that tins nation had
I its back tip" they might 5t Induce
! Germany to m.slify hor order There
la nn question hut thnt the uttorani.es
of German official, hao b. en a b t milder
, than was expected. Yet otllc.i.s her..
; confessed their inability to see In the
, utterances any Indication that Germany
! wns about to recrde fuun Imr position.
The unestlon In mnn) minds, dimeter
is! Mill (ifrmnn), while prelenrtlng t
aonere in her suimmi-in
! Issue orders to her -uliniarlne r'niimnnd.
.rrs to refrain from any uttnrk nn 4raer.
Can Shins In nrrier nv..l.i .. ......
I country? A few, but not many, hnioie
. this Is within Hie realm of pnMllillltT.
j President Wilson has reluelantlv taken
his present firm position and on- be
cause there Is no alteruatiio consistent
with the honor and dignllj of the na
tlon. Cabinet officers believe tlio countrv
bhould appreciate this and that Ameri
cans generally should put themselves In
the same frame ot mind ns tho President
, But this does not mean that facts should
not oe raced squarely nnd the full Import
of the serious situation realized.
It Is the President's realization of this
that Is causing him to continue tpeedlnr
up military measures as a matter of na
tional precaution, i:ery agency of the
Government continued taxed to capacity
to-day. The War Department and the
Navy Department wero beehives of ac
tivity, which extended well into the
Tho Treasury und the Department of
Justice tiro seething with new problems
illie to the national emergen The
State Department's task of arranging
for the cure of AineiiiMii micn-Ms in
l.'uiopu and for thu turning out of Ger
man lntpiests to Snnin iu m iton -
1 monumi'iitnl umli'iiaktiig
Senor Rlano. tho Spanish Ambassador,
Olfll'lallV IlOtilll'll SlMTlllll'V l.lllw!,,,. In.
day that his Government would represent
ine i;iiiieu miiiics hi i ietni.iny This of
fkial decision means, R is understood,
that Spain, for the present nt least, will
remain uoutr.il and will not follow
1'ri.Mldf.nt Wilson's kiicitxui Inn u-ltt,
spect to concerted action against the'
ejrriii.ui wir unu ucciee
Meniiliisr of tin- Urcialon. '
The lensnn behind tho decision of the
Spanish Goeinnnnt Is snld to bo that
It feels It can best servo the world. now
by remaining In n position nf Inter
mediary between the two warring fac-
(Inn Ttir u ra n l.ian A
J,. v - ..v.w w.w H.iiuii-ii mm ejii
grefclems concerning the beUlceraat