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x Sstm. THE WEATHER FORECAST. Probably snow to-day; to-morrow prob ably snow or rain ; northeast winds. Highest temperature yesterday, 36; lowest, 31. Detailed weather, mall and marina reports on page 12. IT SHINES FOP ALL VOL. LXXXIV. NO. 182. NEW YORK, THURSDAY, MARCH 1, 1917. Copyright, 1917, By the Sun Printing and Publishing Association. ONE CENT In Otntn New York, F.Lehere TWO CKNT9. GERMANY PROPOSED ALLIANCE WITH JAPAN AND MEXICO; PROMISED TO FINANCE CARRANZA IN WAR AGAINST U. S.; FATE OF ARMED SHIP BILL IN CONGRESS IS IN DOUBT l cr HOUSE VOTES 'DRY' CAPITAL Measure, Already Fussed by Senate, Goes Through 273 to 137. "BONE DRY" VICTOBY TOO Conferees Agrco on Amend ment and Will Report It at Once. OVERT ACT CERTAIN, VIEW IN GERMANY Arming of Ships Will Hasten It, Cologne "Volks Zei-. tung" Asserts. Washington, Feb. 25. Prohibition won a doublo victory In Congress when th House passed by a vote of 273 to 13? the Senate bill to make the national capital "dry" and Senate and House con ferees on the posta appropriation bill unexpectedly announced an agreement under which the Reed "bone dry" amend ment Is virtually assured of enactment Hope of agreeing on the postal sup ply measure had been abandoned by tho conferees, who last night submitted a resolution to continue existing postal up proprlatlons for another year. To-night, however, they got together on a report which Includes the Heed amendment pro hlbltlng shipment of liquor Into prohlbl tlon States and which they expect to, present In both houses to-morrow or Fri day. The leaders thought to-night that there was no doubt of Its acceptance In Sen ate and House. They nre taking It for granted, too, that President Wilson will npprove both that and the District of Columbia prohibition bill. Effective an .airmbrr I. The District bill, which would become effective November 1, was brought to n rote after a stubborn opposition had de layed for several hours the ttnal roll call, which the leaders knew would mean pas sage. All day and until lato In the eve ning they stood by their guns, exhaust ing every parliamentary expedient to Mid off action and watching for an op portunity to put the measuro Into a posi tion that would mean Its failure with the expiration of the session on Sunday. Falling to displace the hill or to fore ?n adjournment the filibusters centred their attention on nn effort to add nmendmentu that would throw It Into cotiferenco and prevent enactment at this session. They made their last stand on in amendment which would have given 'lie people of the District a referendum an the proposal and would have put Into 'he measuro a provision prohibiting lm tortatlon of IWiuor for personal use. This r.is voted down, 171 to 232. Various ther amendments wero rejected by elm iar majorities. London, Feb. 28. Referring to 1'iesl- dent Wilson's statement to Congress In asking for power to arm American ships that the overt act had not yet occurred, the Cologne Volks Zeltung, n copy of which has been received In Amsterdam, says i "It 1 only due to a lucky accident that American ships have not been sont to the bottom, and 'unless. American ships avoid the danger zone the overt act Is bound to come. There Is no doubt that tho arming of American merchant men will meun a tight between the sub marines and American vessels, which necessarily will produce a state of war." Commenting on the sinking of the Laconln tho Cologne IJ'itfffc says! "We can understand Brltleh sailors re garding It as proof of courage and devo tion to duty to bruve the dangers of the submarine war on n freight ship, but we cannot understand a shipping com pany under Hrltlsh control permitting a passenger ship to crust" the danger sione, foolkhly exposing women mid children to almost certain death, nor the extremo rashness of those who thus risked their lives." BRITISH REACH BAPAUME RIDGE Are Only a 3Iile From the rivni wi...i. Wou nit XOtTII 1fJIll.IL IIUJ UWJtt- five of Big Drive. (10.MMEC0URT IS TAKEN Hnig's Men Continue to Push On. Great Trench Systems Reinjf Captured. RECALL OF SWISS MINISTER UfKV IS READY jii w m. mm mmr mm m m i r m r m m m- m ma . Administration Aroused by Fro-bemian Activities ot Dr. Paul Ritter Immediate Release of Detained American Consuls Demanded. NAVY RUSH ORDER FOR CHASER GUNS;" London", Feb. 2. Hrltlsh (loops aie only a mile from Bapaume. Infantry forces, pressing after the retreating Ger mans, have set foot on the Bapaume ridge. They can see now fur tho first time the town that has been their goal ever slnco the Sommo offensive opened elFht months ago to-morrow. It is believed here that earlier sign, were not mlleudlng, and that tho Oer mrans actually Intend to evacuate Ba paume. In fact, all but ttho last line or defence of tho town Itself may be already the hands of Sir Douglas Haig's ad vancing troops. I Tho Hermans havo given up the village of Thllloy, almost exactly u mile south- , west of Bapaume, and moie Important still, atop tho i Idge of which Bapaume Is tho central point. It was on this ridge . that It was thought tho Germans might stand. Treneh Mrm Captured. VAKiit.s-nTON. Feb. 2S. Tho first sle To-nlEht'.s olllclal renort say that "the toward speedy procurement of additional tiench system adjoining" Thllloy has much needed guns for use against sub- fallen Into Hrltlsh hands. This may marines- was mkeii by the Navy He- mean the wonderfully strong and in partment to-day, when bids weie opened I tricate section of tho old German fourth for 2,400 3 Inch weapons and several I line Just beyond Thllloy, between it and thousand 1 pounders. The manufac-1 Bapaume. If so all that remains Is the turera have agieed to complete the eon-1 Bapaume line Itself, which Is compara traot within six months. tlvely new. The 3 Inch weapons, which nic mod-i Nor aio these the only successes nn elled after the types which British pa-, nouueed for the British to-day. Gomme trol boats have used effectively against court, nearly five miles north of the German U-boats, will lie mounted on Anciv, along a mighty fortress before merchantmen, patrol boats and partic-1 which thousands of Hrltlsh troops laid ularly on a selected typo of motor lwmt'down their lives In vain efforts to storm designed as it submarine chaser. The ' It, baa been given up almost without re 1 pounder weapons will be mounted on 1 slstance. ' Beyond and n little southeast snuell natrol boats. ,of Gonmiecourt tho straggling village of Contracts Let for 2,4-00 Z Inch and Several Thousand One rounders. There is much Interest In the new type of patrol or motor boat which, the Oov ernmcnt has adopted to cope wim Pul.seux-nii-Mont has been taken. To strengthen their hold on these posi tions the British have pushed forward Wabiiinbton, Feb. 2R. President Wil son may nsk the Government of Switzer land to recall Or. Paul Bitter, the Swiss Minister here, or to Inform him that his present and past pro-German acllvittiH are making hhn persona non grata to the I'nlted States. This becamo known to-day, when the Administration's dls plcasiite and embarrassment were openly extiresil over the latest pio-German move which has emanated from the Swiss Legation. The Swiss Minister, It now develops peimltted to become public to-day- the contents of the latest not ot Inquiry which Gel many lias sent regal ding the alleged detention of German Consuls, and the added statement that four Amer ican Consuls are being detained In Ger manv until the Berlin Government re ceives olllclal advices that all German Consuls In tills country ordered to Cen tral and South America have been per mitted to proceed. The German docu ment, containing many false statements concerning the situation mid arguments from the German viewpoint, was made public without the knowledge or permis sion of Secretary Lansing. It was later stated that th- Swiss Le gation was responsible At the State Ucpaitment It was said a full Investiga tlon of tho facts In the case would be made. Immediate re-leas of the four Amer ican Consuls being detained In Ger ninny was asked In n note sent the Ber lin Government to-night by the United Mates. Another Cane Ilecnllcd. Tho Indignation of the Administration Is not due particularly to the contents of the despatch, but to the fact that Dr. ltltter seems to be following In the foot steps of Count von Hernstorff and en deavoiing to conduct a pro-ucrman brooaganda In this country. State l)e Dartment officials tako the view that his present duties as representing Germany's interests do not entitle him to play any such role. He Is supposed to act dimply as an Intermediary between Herlln and Washington and not to show sympathy and undue zeal for the promotion of such political move as the Wllhelm- Htrasse wishes to conduct. It Is furthermore explained that the present Instanco of giving out Germany's sldo of a controversy without this Gov ernment's permission Is not the first case which has attracted tho Administration's attention to Dr. Bitter. In the ease of Germany's so-called Informal proposal to negotiate over tho U-boat blockade. this fact was announced In the news lioiiewed Threats of Fili buster Are Made in Lat ter Chamber. been persuaded by Secretary Lansing to put tne proposal in writing, so ne was on lecord as having received or claimed ' to have received authority from Berlin! . i vTriip CI'I' 1 1T IT to suggest the negotiations. l" WIjIjIj 1 I I'j 01.Hin II The outstanding featuro of this dlplo-l matlo. nilxup, however, was tho demon- 1 strntion to the Statu Department here,,. ., , . . , ,..., that r. Hitter was very actively seek-1 MeilSlll'P Reported to 1.0 Will ing to usslst the German cause with the 1 public opinion of thin country and with particular reference to the pacifists, H has long been known to diplomats that , Dr. lilttet- was not only a great admirer and closn friend of Count von Bernstorff, ' but tint his personal sympathies were strongly pro-German. In this respect he is said not to rellect Ills Govern Documentary Proof of Teuton Plan to Embroil America With South ern Republic, Offering South western States as Bribe, in Hands of This Government WILSON FULLY AWARE OF PLOT WHEN HE BROKE WITH BERLIN Hotly Does Xot Keslriel Wilson's Towers. WasiiInuton, Feb. 28. W'liile the President waited, thu contending forces ment's neutral view. Throughout the , , c 0SB nrra.c,i themscl ve.s to-day German peace moves and from that time , on his personal feelings have apparently for tho opening of the struggle over prompted him to go to great lengths to ti,e armea neutrality bill In the House assist Germany. . t ....... . -,, Statu Department oftlclals say Dr. ' ul i.ruciUuici '"" Hitler should now represent Germany ' fate, of the mea.suro upon tho rnaot wlth the same scrupulous care for ncu- l .,,. ., , ,,, ,,, trallty that characterized the actions ot! m"nt "f whIch th "ext Htt" 1,1 lho American Ambassador Pago in London 1 submarine crisis largely depends, Is Count von Bernstorff Received Instructions From Foreign Minister Zimmermann Dated Jan. 19, When Ruthless Submarine War Was Decided On when hu was entrusted with German interests in Great Britain. Whatever i Berlin desired to communicate to the British Government through the United States Mr. Pago Conveyed for the Ger man Government. But it Is pointed out there would cry properly have been a storm of protest from Great Britain had Mr. Page endeavored to defend Ger many's actions boforo the British pub Ho or otherwise to champion their po litical propaganda. Hitter May Get Warning. It is regarded as certain that the Swiss Government will either warn Dr. Bitter of this Government's displeasure or replace him with another representa tive who Is not so Imbued with the Ger man viewpoint. Especially If matters grow more serious It would make this Government most uneasy to have the Swls Legation virtually noting as an ad junct to the Foreign Oflleo of Berlin and having full access to valuable Informa tion which the United States necessarily feels niut be closely guarded from Ber lin. The German note of inquiry to-day added that tho American. Consuls de tained In Germany nro Henry C. A. Damm, transferred from Aachen to Har put, Turkey; John Q. Wood, transferred from Chemnitz to Messina; Vice-Consul f. Bruce Wallace, transferred from Magdeburg to Constantinople, and Vlce Constil C. Innes Brown, transferred from Mannheim to Constantinople. The German Governments action Is i still In doubt. It.s pasnagc by the i.i ii. r i.nmn i:.t,o:iis In At-1 near by. Their line Is now more than .-i,., .j .1.,. .- .. .. .i . .. ... inis inui was aiuiuunceu in me nen-. lantlo waters. Tho Klectrlc Mal l hair ram nonneasi ""'"""""'JJ I papers before cither President Wilson or bated on circumstances which, through Company of New York built 500 of these I progressing In legions where hitherto an, s .. ,rv Lansln had anv Idea that i no concern of tho United States, de- boats for Great Britain and many of attacks had been repelled. ch a proposal ha(1 leen addressed to i tnlned Consul Muiller at Havana. Cuba, them are doing excellent service In tho . . . this Government liv Germany. There while he was on his way from Atlanta Knirlisb Channel. It is expected, how- 1 ' I ronM h.n been nn means of cettlnir this ' to Quito. IVuadnr. Two notes have been i ever, that the British Government now' Trench systems adjoining Pulsleuwu-; news to the public except through the i tecelved from tho German Government 1 trallty bill comes to a vole it will past, favors a heavier type of boat, us prao- Mont have fallen also to the. British, and , assistance ot the Swiss Legation, It Is ex- on the subject, the first, a week ago, the Senate with an ample majority, tlce has shown that these craft must be patrols are still creeping ahead, as close , ,,ianpd, for the German proposal was - charging that tho United States had de- j made up of Bepubllcans as well as Dem- ocean going and at tne same umu oeainn tno Hermans as is saie. , hai(j to have been addressed to Dr. Bit- tamed .Mucner ai Havana, ami a second ' uvreir, u n uueu nui pa.-.- io ie-imw WASHINGTON, Feb. 28. The Associated Press is enabled to reveal that Germany, in planning unrestricted submarine warfare and counting its consequences, proposed an alliance with Mexico and Japan to make war on the United States if this country should not remain neutral. Japan, through Mexi can mediation, was to be urged to abandon her allies and join in the attack on the United States. Mexico, for her reward, was to 'receive general financial support from Germany, reconquer Texas, New Mexico and Arizona her "lost provinces" and share in the victorious peace terms Germany contemplated. Details were left to German Minister von Kukhardt in .Mexico city, who by instructions signed by German Foreign Minister Zimmermann at Berlin January 19, 1917, was directed to propose the alliance with Mexico to Gen. Carranza and suggest that Mexico seel; to bring Japan into tho plot. These instructions wero transmitted to Von Kckhardt through Count von Bernstorff, former German Ambassador here, now on his way home to Germany under a safe conduct obtained from his enemies by tho country against which he was plotting war. Painted Germans as Victors. " Germany pictured to Mexico by broad intimation Kngland and the Entente Allies defeated, Germany and her allies triumphant and in world domination by the instrument of unrestricted submarine warfare. A copy of Zimmermunn's instructions to Von Kckhardt sent through Von Bernstorff is in possession of the United States Government. It is equipped with heavy enough armament! An attack has been made on tho Ger-, to cope with the guns of the U-boat. man lines at the point where apparently During tho llrst months of the war tho the retirement pivots. British troopj at German submarines rolled particularly tucked and captured this morning part on torpedoes, it Is said, but recent re-, of a Gorman trench northeast of Sallly- n.i.. f..,... ..r Hiii.u.iorinir jr.il., wi r,.m Vmr.rlr-jii naval attaches , Sullllscl. near the strong Le iTansioy po- egy were replaced by long roll calls abroad show "that practically all Ger- sltlnn. and took eighty-five prisoners and rA I... u n.nt..ll,i.. r.n ,rttArl mn. I rrh..ntu o nnw nrmeil with EUnS a machine C1IU. tlons lii'ailiourn. nolnts of no ouorum. Lf oi.mii 3 inch calibre. I t'r the first time the German War I.onif Deln)- Forced. Debate on thu measure had been lim ited by tho drastic rule under which It lad been brought UP so that the usual ter here, Houso Is reasonably certain, but In the Senate, whero the greatest dlfliculty Is to be met, there were renewed threats to-day of a filibuster to forco a special session of Congress'. Tho situation to-night appeared largely to depend on tho action of Senator La Follctte, wlio although In dicating by his action a purpose to de lay legislation, has not declared his purpose to filibuster to the extent of blocking a vote on this nmt other Im portant measures remaining to bo acted upon by the Senate. His attitude was Indicated after the passage of the revenue bill to-night. Senator Stone, chairman of the Foreign Belatlons Committee, sought unanimous consent to dispense with parliamentary formalities In virder to get formally be fore the Senate the neutrality measures as reported by tho committee which would authorize tho President to arm American ships and employ "other in strumentalities" to protect American life and rights on the sea. Prompt obpectlon came from Senator La Follette, who Insisted upon consum ing lme reading tho Journal of previous d.ivs. over the vieoious obiectlon of Sen ators Fall and Polndexter, Bepubllcans, , as follows: Finally tho Wisconsin Senator was In-I i,n,ti T in mi- duced to withdraw his objection on con- , wernn, daiuiaij l.f, lJli. dition that there should be no attempt "On the first of February we intend to begin submarine warfare un ,uoc" in Pito of this it is our intention to endeavor to keep neutral committee presented the bill with a fa- j tne United btates of America. vorable repoit and Senator Stone a-kd i ",f tf)U ttempl not ,ucce,,fu we propoie an alliance on the fed that It lay over until I' riday . . , . ... ., . , ,, , , It Is coiu.dcd that If the armed neu- lownc bau with Mexico: That we shall make war together and together make peace. We shall give general financial support and it is understood that Mexico is to reconquer the lost territory in New Mexico, Texas and Arizona, The details are left to you for settlement. "You are instructed to inform the President of Mexico of the above to-day asking for a reply to the llrst bllltv -w III again be thrown back upon the tiiim!m?nts and motions to give some other bill tho light of way. After several hours the prohibition Iiampions despaired of passing at all the House bill reported fiom the District of Columbia Committee, with numerous amendments, nnd adopted a special rule mbstltiitlng tho Senate bill. Chairman Henry of the Rul. Com mlttco led tho fight for the " wets." A member for twenty years nnd the vet member for twenty years and the yet- ,ved aeiM information concerning eran of many floor battles, he, went Into' iVrTtftn's defensive measures the fight representing only a small minority of his committee. He suc ceeded in keeping tho bill from coming up on the floor until afternoon by fili bustering on a minor Judgeship measure. He l.ad a handful of other bills ready to bring up when llepresentative Harri son, another member of tho Hules Com mittee, took the floor from him In be half of tho rulo under which the dry hill framed by the DIatilct Committee was to bo considered. Henry Makes Protest. Mr. Henry protested that undue haste Miould not be exercised In perfecting fcuch an Important measure, and -Mr. Harrison replied : "We are willing to sit here with you suitlemon until tho fourth of March, If r.tcessary, to perfect tills bill." A point of no quorum by Itepresenta tUe Coady of Maryland was followed by a rush of tho untl-prohlbltlon Ilepre sentatlves to absent themselves, and 'here was a long delay whllo the feigeant-at-arms was bringing them back Into the Houso chamber. Then It developed that the filibusters were ready to demand roll culls on a long Ubi of amendments, with frequent roll calls pn motions to adjourn In terspersed, and the prohibition leaders abandoned tho committee bill and brought in tho rule to substitute the innate measure, It was udopted, 212 to Hi. and a roll call on tho bill Itself I &"on was leached. I llepresentative Galllvan of Massachu-I setta made the final motion to recommit i Hi hill with Instructions for a refer endum vote and for a "bono dry" pro-1 Uslon. Ho charged the Democratic, leaders with truckling to Heprescntatlve I Hamlall of California, the only Prohlbl-1 unn membi r, because the latter was one if tho Independent group who const!- tuted the balunce of power In thu or-, sanitation yf the next House. While the voting was in progress In the Iluuke William J. Bryan walked Into ' 'he pn-ss gallery, watched the proceed-, ngs for a while, and then went down to the Sveaker's lobby and talked with friends among the members. "I was In on the killing," he said after the llnal vote. "Just say for mo Hint I "Id 'Delighted.' " OthVe breaks lis silence concerning the Ar.ere retliernent, only to Imply that everything Is going as the Oeneral Staff hoped, "In the Anciv section infantry engage ments In front of our positions took the course desired by the command," It says. DIk netrrnt l.lkely. Viewed In combination with the con tinuing retirement, this statement In creases, the wonderment ns to where It against submarines, much of which was; will stop. Besides the strong possibility gathered by Commander Powers Sym-. that Bapnumo is to be handed over, the Ington who was American naval at-! more vaguo chance that tho hoped for tache at the American Kinbasfy in Lon- retreat to tho Arras-Cambral line Is on The theory on which the British Ad mlialty Is pioceedlng with icspeel to Itr motor boat submarine chasers Is that numbers is the all Important factor. It. Is held that a German U-boat would hardly vonturu attack In the presence of six or eight or ten of these craft. It 1h understood tho United States will fol low tho name Idea. The navnl intelligence office here nan don. Losses of Shipping Since February 1 Indlniiit Miirrniite 11111 Signed. iNPuswrouH, Feb. 28. Gov, Good dch signed the woman's partial suffrage bill this morning, The law gives women he right to vote for Presidential elec- Iws, di leg.itcn to the Constitutional Con-1 'Uitlou to be held next year, for pracll- 'ai'y all State olllcer.s except Governor,!" -.eiiienam-tiovernor, .erctary, urea- GREAT BEAR BfBINO VTATKB. n itr and Auditor, nnd for nil county, ... is" ca ot tlx glut stoppered bottlt. Hy nnd township ofllcers. I 4ii; For the first time since Ger many began her unrestricted sub marine campaign no reports were received yesterday from London or from Paris of ships having , been torpedoed by submarines or sunk by mines. The British official weekly statement of arrivals and sailings and submarine depredations con tains, however, a striking con trast. It supplies the following data: Arrivals and sailings, merchant vessels of all nationalities over ioo tons net, at and from British ports: Arrivals, .,280; sailings, 2,-61. British merchant vessels sunk by mine or submarine of 1,600 tons gross or over, 15; under 1,600 tons gross, 6; fishing ves sels, 4. British merchant vessels un successfully attacked by sub marines, ia. The announcement that the three Dutch ships torpedoed on February 22 and believed still afloat had sunk increases the to tal known losses by three ships and 13,810 tons over previous fig ures. The Bhips were the Eem land, 3,770 tons; the Bandoeng, 5,851 tons, and the Zaandijk, 4,189 tons. Data available in this country give losses of allied and neutral shipping from submarines thus far as follows! Ships sunk, 183; tonnage lost, 400,432. Losses indicated by Sir Ed ward Carson's announced losses to February 19: Ships sunk, 203; tonnage lost, 470.736- at last Is widely illscuseed, That Entente leaders believe there are Eieal possibilities In the situation Is evidenced by tho fact that a conference of the highest British and Fiench com manders of Government and army was held at Calais on Monday. 'Sven the fact of tho conference was kept secret until It was over, but thoro is 110 doubt hero that It centred upon tho German retire ment on the Ancre and how the Allies might best take advantage of It. Great Britain sent to tho conference Premier Lloyd George, Gen, Sir William Itobertson. the Chief of Staff, nnd Field Marshal Sir Douglas Halg. commanding tho armies In France. Tho French repre sentatives wero Premier Briand, Gen. Lvnutey, the Minister of War, And Gen. Nlvelle, commanding the French armies In Franco. Activity at Other Points The Somme-Ancie front continues to be the ceiitro of Interest on the western battle line, but iahls and small recon noitring attacks at other points on that front by both British and French troops are doubtless with the Intention of as certaining whether or not tho Germans are preparing a wider retirement. Thu otMcial statements follow; British This morning we attacked and captured a portion of an enemy trench northeast of Hallly-SatUUel and took elghty-tlve prisoners. Includ ing two ollicers, and also a machine gun. Our advance north and south of tho Ancre continued during the night. We occupied Oommecourt to-day. Wo have raptured the villages or Thllloy and Pulsleux-au-Monl, together with tho treneh system udjoinlng them, and have pushed our Hue forward l.ftflO yards to the northeast of Gomme court, A successful raid was carried out Inst night in the neighborhood of (iery, Our troops reached the enemy's Hecond line nnd captured twenty-two prisoners. We also enteied Hie enemy's positions northeast of Arras and south west and west of Iens and bombed seter.il occupied dugouts. An enemy raid northeast of Armen tleres was repulsed with loss, Much valuable reconnaissance work was carried out by our airplanes yes terday. A number of air tights took placo and three of our machines were brought down. On Sunday naval airplanes raided There always has toeen somo doubt as anil also containing a statement on . President, who will be called on to de- ,1 ,,., ,r.J ..... ., .1 . -n . , .i,..,h.. ,ik- m.ie the -hnrires that American Consuls and their clde w bethel ho w 111 arm merchant ships ' ,he greatest confidence as soon as it is certain there will be an outbreak wives departing from Germany had been and take Mich steps l.o may deem of war with the United States and suggest that the President of Mexico suDjecied 10 ino gnuie.s. uermany com- necessary to protect Aineiuan lives ui , . .u..u , , . ;.i 1 . plains of these statements and charges I whether ho will convene Congiess in -pc- " own ,n'liallvo '"""'d communicate with Japan suggesting adher proposal in the form which Dr. Ritter submitted to tho Stato Department after Its publication In the press. The Ger man Foreign Onice denied any such move was made, but Dr. Ritter meantime had I the facts. American oftlclals with misrepresenting cial session and resubmit the question. GERMANS OFFER TO ' WANTS U. S. GUNNERS LOAN SHIPS TO DUTCH ON AMERICAN SHIPS ence at once to this plan; at the same time offer to mediate between Ger many and Japan. "PInnsp enll in ihn 'illon'ii nf tVtit Pr.. i.lrtn- T. It.... (1,.. It was reported to-d.i that It Is his. ,.,,, , , , , intention If compelled to choose the lat- pl"nient of ruthless submarine warfare now promise to compel Kngland Wllsmi'ei Mm- of Aetloii Agree to Replace 7 Vessels Sank if Holland Will Buy Them After War. Franklin Would Arm Boats So Attacking Party Would Be Put in Peril. Tne Hauch. via London. Feb. .5. , Washinotos, Feb. Amer.can I with Congress. m- n.i..n,mM,i hn nfiw.i tn'hlp.s protected by American guns, ' con la does not , , . . manned by American gunners and any. tlon bv ihe 1 replace the seven wuten merchantmen one tnnt interferes does so nt his peril, of thin ovei t act Is leg.irded by the Presl which were torpedoed off tho Lngllsh That Is the position taken by Represen- ( dent as having been anticipated In his coat last week with German freighters i tatlve William S. Bennrt of New York , address at the Joint session nnd tho sink ntit i,n end of the war on condition 1 nml echoed In a letter received by him, Itig of the ship will not alter the course until the end or the war, on condition ( to (ay frQm t Franklin, president , of action he proposed, that Holland purchase them afterward. . of ,lle Alnerlcnn Lino. j The Administration' armed neutral- London, Teb. 28. At tho Dutch Le- The letter says : j Sty bill, as drawn at the White Mouse, "What the United States ought to do with several amendments which do not Is to announce to whom It may concern materially alter it.s provisions, was fa that there Is only one ttansatlantlc pas- i vorably repoit, d by Hk Committee on to make pence in a few months. (Signed XIM.MICHM.WN'." Wilson Has Document. This (lo-'umcnt has been ill the hands of tin (Jovei nme'it Miice Presi dent Wilson broke off diplomatic iclations with Germany. It has been should fall to grant him the necessary kept secret while the President has been asking Congrp.-ri for full authority ""'wi'smade clear to-dav that the Ad- tu deal with 0cmin' an(l whilu Congress ha.s been hesitating, ministration view U that tho case tets It was in the President's iiand while Chancellor von licllimann- tee course to defer calling Const ess to gether until the latest possible moment to take up the work ahead ot it, perhaps not until .lime. There H no evidence that tho President has made up his mini to pursue his own cour-e In dealing with the .submarine situation If Cun-resj s. The .sinking of the i.a-1 Hollwrg was declaring that the United States had placed an interpre it presage Independent ac- (...., , " , , ... 'lesident. Tho commission , tntion on the submarine declaration "never intended by Germany anc cation It was said to-day there was no confirmation of tho report published earlier In the week that the Dutch steam ships Bandoeng, F.emland and Zaandijk were still afloat. On tho contrary, the latest Information received by the Dutch nd that Germany had promoted and honored friendly relations with the United States "ns an heirloom from Frederick the Great." Of itself, if there were no other, it is considered a HtiiTuient answer to the German Chancellor's plaint that the United States "brusquely" broke off relations without giving "authentic" reasons for its action. The document supplies the missing link to many separate chains of circumstances, which until now have seemed to lead to no definite point. senger carrying service under the Amct- j Foreign Belatlons of the llone to-day. i It sheds new light upon the frequently reported but indefinable move- lCall lag anil tliat service is unuer con- mere were m oten in onposmon. imn . f Mpvienn Covnrnniont t.i enimlo its sitnntwio with ll, -.; tract to the United States Government 1 cat by Republicans and four by Demo-1 montr' 01 ttU! '"'M'-'1" liOemment to couple its situation With the fric to sail regularly every Saturday, and 1 crats. : tion between the United States and Japan, fill ther. that the I'tiitid States Is deter-' A special rulu for the consideration of ,..,.. rianned world Mnte. officials led to the belief that tho ves- mined to )1!iV0 a transatlantic jmssengcr 1 the bill will bo brought In to-morrow ,K h.,,1 been lost. A search for the i carrying service, nvallahlo for Its cltl-1 anu tne mm ni siieiigin netween tne .0i,iv, nror..i itnnvnltine 1 sens, Government officials and others to Com tinned on Third Pag. cross tho Atlantic upon und that as It Is The steamships Bandoeng, lmland ' Impracticable properly to convoy such and ZsandlJIt weie three of the licet of ! steamers they are to be manned, gunned seven Dutch merchant ships torpedoed and officered by the United .States navy by German submailnes February 22 at 1 and anybody that . lute. fetes with hem the westerly approach to the Kngllsh i In any manner will do so at his peril. Channel Three of tho Dutch steamers, ' "Such position would have the country tl c Gna'stcrland. Jncatra and Noorder- i behind it and would enabbi self-respect- dljk, were known uennueiy m nave ween ,os ,vu..o ... ...... sent to the nottom, anu a iuriu i i pel, tho Menado. was repotted to have GERMANS PLOT IN MEXICO. been towed Into Falmouth. An an- , nouncement inado In Ixmdon on Febru- m.iuee Ulna and Villa to nry 2 1 said the other three vessels, though severely damaged, had remained Menace fnlteil Stntes. ntloat. I Spreial Cable Vfsrtatch to Tub Six. London, Feb. S. It is learned from a tellable source that German agents in Cuba and South America are plotting to make trouble for the United States In Mexico, and that German effort to do t.io same in Cuba was forestalled through I .Via fnti.,v,tlnn fit tlio British Covern. Boifk, Idaho, Feb. 28. Tho antl-allen n)t.lti land bill, which was once withdrawn b-1 .,.,. r;ermans hope to bilng about u cause ot its effect on Japan, was reported i vln,1M1 of j,-Mux r,lz ,vm, villa In order unfavorably In-day by tho Senate Com- ,,, ,,,..,. the United State from the ml t tee on Statu Affairs, but the Semite w,utn, If the Gel man phitis carry, Gi eat ordered the bill printed. Many who op- ,i Unlit expects) tho United Stales to pre posed tlm mousure said they favored Its : eIlt Hny nl,)V,, toward the destruction of terms, but believed the tlmo was Inop- ,(, T,,,n,co oil Holds. Close cooperation portuno for such legislation. I between the British and American Gov- Gov. Alexander to-day received a tele- ,.rnnientH undoubtedly foiestullcd tlio gram from Socretary Lansing asking his Herman machinations In Cuba, opinion of the possibility of passage of j . the pending bill against the lutermar- lldlsinr Mm I nderarne eiperailoii. rlago of whites nnd Mongolians, 1 ,-laries IMIson, tho twenty-slx-year- old son of Mr. nnd Mrs. Thomas A. It adds another chapter to the celebrated report of Jules Cambon, French Ambassador in licrlin before the war, of Germany's worldwide plan for stirring strife on every continent where they might aid her in tho struggle for world domination, which she dreamed was close at hand. It adds a climax to the operations of Count von Hernstorff and the German Embassy in this country, which have been colored with passport I'he outlook in the Senate is utif avor- j f i amis, churges of dynamite plots and intrigue, the full evtent of which pacifists and tlioe who would urge the President to m Hon will be made. In the House there m little doubt of the out come. Predictions were made to-diy that not more than lllt ot.s can be mustered by tile paclllt opposition. Outlook III the .Venule. ANTI-ALIEN BILL DOOMED. Idaho Legislative Committee MiiLc Unfavorable Report. never has been made public. It gives new credence to persistent reports of .submarine busc3 on Mexican territory in the Gulf of Mexico; it takes cognizance of a fact long recognized by American army chiefs, that if Japan ever undertook to invade the United States it probably would be through Mexico, over the border and into the Misois.sippi Valley to split the country in two. I3dlnn, who has been associated with his father In his laboratory work for Quarantine Border Cilnips, i,?,. limn. Teix.. Feb. 2!. Because of the snreud of pneumonia, mensles nnd the past two years, was operated upon mumps among tho soldiers of this ills- yesterday afternoon In tho Orange Mo- trict, a quarantlnn has been placed Uon monai uospiwu mi iuieinucma, all camps by order or uen, lieu, ejniy ..t.i . . ..r will n-i... .... 1 iiuit' lu LIU' ih-s.iku ' ' . ,ie mil. I lie o- position of the Republicans, directed for the mil part against the granting ot blank, t nitthnrit) to the President to use the military forces to ptotect American I lives and American ships, was niuiii less , apparent, but the legislative congestion , is such that a dettrm'ned flg.it by two t or three members would blod; all prog- ress and prevent n vote not on.y nn the armed neutrality bin but other impor- Von Bernstorff's Reluctance. tant ineasiin. I Administration leaders iiavo misgiv-1 It, recalls that f junt von Hernstorff when handed his passport's va Ing.s of the attitude or Senator La VoU 1 , veiui:tant to return to Germany, but expressed a preference for letto ami of Senator Norris, who might i ' . , support him. There Is a possibility also I nsyliini in Cuba. It gives a new explanation to the repeated arrest that other Republicans who believe that , on' t)e border of men charged by the American military authorities with Coiigtess should be at hand to shoulder I , , ' , . . ... , Its bullion of responsibility and act as a j being German intelligence agents. ei.ovii on the President may Join the ,ast of all it H'cms lo show a connection with Hen. Carranza'.s IUOVlllclll. I , . , ., tl,f v,.r.vtu nf f,r.,l .in,l nmnili t t-br. Many Republicans who weto at first i Jvcuni. iiiwpus.i. . ....... . .. Inclined to oppose the grant of blanket 1 Entente Allies be cut off, and an intimation that he might stop the bS!hn8UreS f 0i'' S V,tnl tllC nnVy' wU,Ch 'S CX',0rtr(1 f,'om tho tlons Committee. Among these. Is Sena- Tuiupico fieliUs. tor Smith of Michigan, who was listed . wi11)t c0Krress will do and how members of Congress who openly lis an opponent of the measure. Senator , r. .u .! . i .i .i i, Smltli said eniphaileally that ho would have sympathized with Germany m thei. opposition to clothing tho Presi vote for the bill and that ho would do , .in,,, .v!Ui full niithnritv to nroteet American rights will rcgartl tho rcvu- IieillllllK m iiiisu ui i i ..'(. iiu ii,ii lien that lie had objected to the proposal to glvo tho President authortey to use "other InBtrumcntnlltli'S" because he soldiers on military business will be per mitted to como Into El Paso. lry lii'Uforil in "I'uor l.lttbi Rich Ulr) " Hxiiuslvely at -trttml iiirutrr next week. ititr, Coiifntieil on .Second Vitgr. TIIF. tlKKKN'mtlKn WTilte Sulphur Iprlngs, Went ii. Ideal time for ths curs. Only on iiUtht from Nw Vork.--Jifi', lution of Germany's machinations to attack the United States u tho subject to-night of the keenest interest, Such a proposal as Germany instructed her Minister to make to Mexico borders on an act of war if actually it is not one. No doubt exists here now that tho persistent reports during tha Inst two years of the operations of German ngentw not alono in Mexico ,Msi&ia&ev