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*-* OVER" bargains in a MORN ING paper. They respond at once. ERALD KEEP in mind?The HERALD is ONE CENT DAILY and TWO CENTS SUNDAY. NO. 4152. WEATHER-CLOUDY; WARMER WASHINGTON, D. C?. SATURDAY, MARCH 9. 1918. ONE CENT '?-SSCrSiTi Finland German Ruled Monarchy? Possibility Looms Large (hat Paper "Republic" Will Be Dominated Directly by One of Wilhelm's Brood on Prussianized Throne. Amsterdam, Mardi 8.?The possibility of the republic of Finland habe converted into a comtitutional monarchy with a Hohenzollem on tt?s throne loomed large ' in today's dispatches from Sweden. The ?Cmmv's fifth son. Prince Oscar of Prussia, was mentioned ai a candi data fa? tho prospective Finnish crown. Finland herself, it was asserted, had "raquuted" the Berlin government to consider this proposal. Bui throne or no throne, the very vassalage to which Russia"? Ire Wad Was been reduced through the treaty of peace just signed between bar ami Germany is regarded ia Sweden as well as in the two other Scandinavian kingdoms with grave foreboding. Wilhelmstrasse, ia ?s-awing op the stipulations which Finland is to observe, shrewdly incor porated one pledging the Helsingfors government not to cede territory to any foreign power without Germany's consent. ?V ???<* tele? a H? w?. This ?aa donc, it m not doubted haro, with th? object of ? damine* ?a lavalu.ibl? pawn In rut tire dealings with ?wodan-the Alai??! Islanda. A? wa* point** out In IfeMM dispatch? laat weelc aa Ione a? the Germana hold taboao isleo they can at any mo ment Kottl? up the Finnish Gulf and thereby out off the northern two-third? ?V Swodon a oaat coast Thi? menate??, only ope*?ulated upon a week ago, ha? moan wh ? lo become an actual fact, ano it la boUovod only a matter of time ?bofor? Rorlin ahowa her full hand hy making- proposals to tho Stockholm government that may have weighty ifli'?nc? upon the whole course of tho war. particularly as regards navai warf aro. la return for Finland's promise not to mak? territorial cessions on hei own initiativ?-. Germany promises tu obtain recognition of Finland's inde pendence from all foreign powers. ?In thia pledge la seen by diplomatic ob servera here a German hint to other Muacovtte states that have secede-a from Great Russia since the r?volu* lion, -and to ?Belgium, Montenegro and Serbia as wclL It la hi this connection also, stu dents of the German t?ctica point out, that thc Kaiser, much against the true desires of his heart which ihireta for vengeance against Kin.: Ferdinand, finally agreed to consul? ? the Rumanian dynastic question an internal one. He thus wishes to allay possible fears by other defeated tulere that separata peace will cost them their crowns. Tho Russian situation underwent no important changes during tho last I *a ent y ? four hours. T^taapf*emeaaape^maf?*r* much talk of a continuance of th? ?it-rman drive on Petrograd, but a.* waa indicated here some days ago. the movements have been, and are. Of a purely local ch?iacter. Narva, on the Finnish Gulf, man; -?nilea from the capital still marking.? ; deadline of the Teuton artv.it ? ce. Martina; Time In Rmli. The Germans are marking time now awaiting the result of the Moscow meeting of the Soviets next Tuesday, at which the peace treaty 1 ia to be either ratified or rejected. In their peace agreement with Ru mania, which is not yet Anally rati fied, the central powers took par ticular pains to make sure of dom inating in the futuro the vast Ru manian grain and petroleum resour ces. ' . Tho chief Rumanian oil well are at Prahova. Dambovitza, Bacati and Buzau. Rn manias total output of petroleum in 1915 amounto*i to 1.673,14a metric tona representing an increase of 423,145 metric tons since 199-9. Her export in 1914 amounted to 654.014 metric tons. Rumania in 1915 turned out 86, 57?.80? bushels of wheat, 27.S51.818 bushels of barley and 28.156.000 bushels of oats. Tha exported In 1913 $89,682.4?"0 worth of grain, and 32C.29d.16?> worth of petroleum CHARLIE CHAPLIN TO HELP LIBERTY L0?\N Noted Comedian Among Corps of Speakers for Third Issue. William Jennings Bryan, former Secretary of Stste: Charlie Chaplin, movi? comedian, and others were an nounced last night as apeskers .who artll sld the third liberty loan. ^ther speakers ?nil be Dr. I. S. Howe. Assistant Secretary ot the Treasurer; Oaylord Saltigaber. United States Commissioner of Pensions; William S. Hart, motion picture star; Miss Katherine Synon snd Mrs. Hal ite latan Hill, Woman's Liberty l^oan Committee; and Mrs. Cora C. Lewis. Kinsley, Kan. Mr. Bryan will open th? campaign at Little Rock. Ark April ?. Dr. Row? win speak In Ihe South, be ginning April S, at Asheville, N. C. I Chaplin will speak in ths South, beginning April It; and Hart will tour the Pacific States. Th? message of the third liberty loan will be given to every rural community ot the country through shout 100.900 school house meetings-, the night Of April 12. It will be the first time In history tftat all rural ?chool houses have been given over on the same night t? a national government meeting. NEW BRmSH WAR CREDIT. Laondon. March t.?The hou?? of com mons toda? agreed unanimously to iThaaostler Law ? motion for a vote or credit for ?.??.???.???. TMs brings th? total war credit.? up t? tmi.sss.rxe.ms. VILL1STAS SLAY AMERICAN. Duraago City. Mexico. March t-<_>ne American, two British subjects and three foreigner? wer? reported today to hav? been maatscred by a baad or Vlllistas In aa attack on a small min inaj village near h?r?. f Rear Admiral Thomas Perry, retired of Ptort Deposit. Md.. dtad sud-ten). Thursday at Southern Pines. N. C. whsra be spent tb? winter. He was a native vf Elmira. W. T.. aad ?raa born in OU, and was graduated from the "?- - * ? la IS?. ~ Kaiser Sees God's Hand hi Defeat of Riusia Amsterdam, March ? ?To a me?? saare of ?congratulation from the vice president of the Reichstes; over the signing of the Russian peace. 5aya a Berlin telegram. Empero? William replied: Tha complete victory fills m< with gratitude. It permits us to live again one of those great mo ritenta ln which we can reverent"? admira God a hand In history HOUSE PASSES BILL FOR CAMP TO HELP FARM On Voluntary Application Draftees May Be Furlough ed "for Civil Pursuits." A bill designed to relieve the lal*?r ?""?itage on farms aras passed >es ? ttiay by the House. It providej 11 hat, upon their voluntary applici ' tion, men In the army may *?e fur louRhed home "for civil purpuits." The Isst clause. It was explained by administration leaders. Is worded ss it In to avoid class legislation. Th?. army's intention Is to furlough fsrm boys almost exclusively. Discussion of the measure revealed widespread anxiety, psrtirularlly by members from farm States, that next sum mer's draft would leave them unpro tected at harvest time. The measure i.? almost Identical with a Senate bill already passed. A conference la'expected at once. Representative Saunders, of Vir ginia, attempted to insert an amend ment that a soldier's parent? or suardlan might have him furloughed home without his consent. He and members from the Middle West predicted the soldiers would be "shamed" out of going home by their comrades. After farm State members hsd emphasised fsrm labor shortage the amendment was defeated. Opposition developed yesterday io Den. Crowder's plan to placa men who have attained the age of SI. sine?* last June, in the same class with the original registrant?. Crowder aaid h? planned a special registration for thess men. Republican members and a few I Democrats insisted that all the orig inal registrants should be called be fore the men who are still to be plsced In the draft classes. Representative Gordon, of Ohio, plans a fight on the floor against all further draft chances. He says that ruling?, unwarranted by the draft law, have made conscription wholly a matter of selection, and that the men who gained favorable numbers in the first drawing are losing their ad vantage entirely. Latest Court Case Shows Coal Supply Was Too Plentiful Baltimore. March 8.?Judge Meyer, of tbe People s Court, has given a de cision in fsvor of Mrs. Alexander 8. Stuart tt? St. Paul street, whom C. Warner 8tork sued for nonpayment of rent for an apartment at Oullford Manor. Mrs. Stuart contended that the apartment was untenable because of the excessive heat Jsst September and October, snd produced witnesses to support her statement. She vacat ed the apartment and was sued by Mr. Stork. U. S. EARS .MAGAZINE FOR SEDITIOUS STORY Metropolitan, to Which Roosevelt Contributes. ?Denied Use of Mails. New Tork. March ?.?The March number of the Metropolitan Maga zine is barred from th? malls today. This action was taken by. the Post office authorities because ot an arti cle In the March number by William .'lard, entitled "Is ? menea Honest? ' This article purported to show dif ferences between President Wilson's policies, as stated by him. and the nation's actual course in dealing with small taatln-Atn?rlcan coun tries. Col. Roosevelt Is a leading coa tribu tor to tbe Metropoli tan. Mr. Hard la now living In Washing ton, at aet Hillyer place. He?? *m* Be Well a? Grave Park Inn. Atheville. N. C Finest resort in tb* world. Ne Invalids, bo call drta under 1??Adv. GERMANS MAKE NEW ATTACKS UPON LONDON Air Raiders Kill 11 While Two Machines Reach English Capital. MANY SUFFER INJURY Houses Demolished When Enemies Drop Bombs Into British City. London. Marab ?.?London was raided by enemy airplanes last night. 1 bord French, commander of ths horn? ? defence forcea, announced today. Eleven persona w?re killed snd forty-air Injured, the officisi ststs I ment ?aid. It wss feared that six ' others wars still buried In ths wreck age. Two enemy airplanes of a fleet of seven or eight succeeded In reaching ths city. It waa stated. These dropped several bombs. Two other planas, coming up the Thames eatusry, were turned Itaclc before reaching Laondon. Other crossed Ksaex. dropping bombs southwest, northwest and north of laondon. Several houses were de i molished. Th? sir rslds on laondon have re ? cently become unusually fr?H>ueni but I not invariably successful. During the esrly part of latti Feb ruary the Germans evidently em | barked on a new campaign <>r air friaihtfulness, and made alinosi daily [ attacks on the city. I On Feb. 18 last the t;. iman Crown j Prince In a spirit of great elation telegraphed his conarrntulstlons In the airdromes in ??ernianv on h.tvftti: I negotiated their l?)th air raid on | laondon. WILSON WANTS VOTE ON WAR MEASURES President Urges House Committee Chairman to Hasten Work. ?".?, to speed up ? he -n-'v-ded cilen ?I.tr of Coni; res? wan dfrc-wsed h?? night at a White Mnii!*o cunferetirc Ut ween President Wilson and I 'hair man Pou. of the House Hules Com mittee. Pou v. aa au r pi i .-ed to fl nd, aa he went over the situation, that not on? '?II of major Importance haa as yet beer, appcoret*. b/ Um two HtAim. Ha (?.?ported, too. that due to a perllameti tary situation It would be imposHibli to approve the conference report on ? the railroad bill before the brat of next week. Legislation which the President de sires pressed with the grc-it?et possible dispatch Includes the following bills: Price fixing, water power, rationing, war corporate financing, and the Ov erman bill consolidating executive de partments; some of these have be-rri approved hy one branch of Congress. ? number of tremendous appropria tion Mils, together with nuun* local measures, haa congested th*. House [calendar. Pou told the President, so | that heroic steps must be taken to ; clear it up. BARTER POPULAR IN RUSSIA NOW Fluctuation of Ruble Makes Farmer Prefer Commodities. "The Russian farmer is back at work on the land and livini; on his ; far? produce." reports Charles L. | ITeston. a prominetn New England ; ?<hoe and leather man who haa just j leturned from a trip to Vladivostok on aa special mission for the Bureau of oFrelKn and Domestic Commerce, Department of Commerce. "So far a? food is concerned he is not badly off. but he is putting very little on the market. He barters for the little he needs in the way of manu factured goods, but will not ac cept money for his produce. Me re fuses to worry about the fluctua tions in the value of the ruble." Mr. Preston, who has spent man)' years In Russia, went to Rusisa on this occasion in behalf of the gov ernment to And out what could be done to facilitate tbe shipment of hides snd skins to the United States, but found little encourage metn for the near future. Farmers are not allowed to kill calves for a period of three years and only small quantities of other hides and skins I are being bartered by the raisers. The business stagnation in Rue sis, Mr. Preston explsins. Is due In I pert to the depreciation of the ruble and to restrictions on the bsnkt. Transfer of money by banks from one city to another is forbidden, and depositors are not allowed to draw more than 250 rubles at a time. Slackers Mast Face Service with Troops A uniform and a gun imme diately on arrest. Instead of a jail sentence,a? Is the treatment for slackers, decided on by the Depart ment of Justic-, It was learned last night. . The Department hss recom mended to' the Provost Marshal General an amendment to tbe se lective service regulations that will permit the Department of Justice agents to Induct at once into military service the men ar rested for violations of the draft law, and the suggested amendment Is being drafted now by Gen. Crowder. Federal agents are making, nu merous arrests now throughout the country of men who failed to obtain registration or classifica tion cards, snd the arrests have overcrowded the jails in some places, particularly In Pittsburgh. Other special quarters have hsd to be rested to bouse the alleged slackers. The amendment Is designed to dispose of the men at once, either In tbe army or by restoration to their Industrial pursuits. Huns Want Dollars Back of New Drive Paris, March t-Wlthln th? naxt two or three weeks the Herman people will be called upon to sub scribe to a new war loan. Hin denburg, It Is said, expects to have his long herslded Western drive ln full awing by that time. At Verdun and on the British front the German big guns dis played Intense activity during the last twenty-four hours. Th? har rssslng campaign directed against the American sectors also con tinued unabated. AU Europa Is in tension. "Last them come, we're ready," Is tbe keynote of every dis patch from the allied side of tbe Western battle line. Th? fighting men of France. Britain and Amer ica are eager, almost impatient for the Germen to make bis last try, because they are ?fnftdent It will be a failure. FEDERAL UNION SUPPORTS D. C. LABOR PLEA F.rnployes' Meeting Backs Demand for More Pay and Other Concessions. By unanimous adoption of a fa vorable resolution, the board of rep resentatives of the Federal Em ployes* Union, at a meeting In Per petual Hull last night. lent its sup port to the demands of a committee of laborers and mechanics of ? the District service, which la to sp proach the District Commissioners today with a plea for wages equal to those paid to their respective ? rafts outsid? looal governmental .-??rviee. H. IT Mel..uni. representing the ?District branch of the union, ex plained the situation. "After Investigation." he said, "we find that rates in the District service are on an average tl a day less than outside of it. The employee of the Dio riet are net asking for thirty days annual leave and many of thc If'ttet'its of government clerks." What they are asking for. accord ine to Mr. McLarin. Is: ? An elght-nour dsy with per diem ?cale of v.a*ea: five snd a Imlf days* work a week ; pay and s half for over? time: pay for a holiday itself. In ad ?iilion tn pay by the hour on a holi day; a basic minimum rate of CTS ft day for laborers and a minimum wage ??tusl to the minimum union rate outside tbe District servie? for me dianica. ? . . The board went on record, end. In it.? cspaelty of legislative and exec utive body of the union, put the ? ?ntlre union on record as favoring 'such betterments of conditions. A resolution was adopted provid ing for the establishment of a com mission on reclaasiflcstlon of wages and positions of government Sam ployem in Washington, 'it Is ex i.*ct.-d that this measure will be in troduced into Congress within the next month. SUGAR WORKERS STRIKE. S.in Juan. P. R-. March S.? Ten , thousand cane field laborers in the I eastern end of the island are on strike. I Three augar centrala have had to close ? down. The men say they are tired of | waiting; for action hy the labor officiala at Washington to determina whether to call a general strike. Strike Hah? U. S. Work. Watortown, N. Y., March 8.?Con r structim. work on munition plants ?here was paralyzed today as a re mit of a walkout of l'nion Carpen ters, electricians, iron workers and steamfitters. BELGIANS BEAT BACK GERMANS' NEW A??ACKS Severe Defeat for Huns Re ported to Legation with 100 Prisoners Taken. FOE ?\Ba\ND0NS DE?\D Retreats After Two Un successful Attempts to Pierce Allies' Lines. Severe defeat for the Germans' ? th? Belgian front was reported tt tbe Belgian Legation tn an official dis patch received last night. Tbe cablegram which was sent fro-n Harve. resd: "The Germans have met with serious defeat on the Belgian front. Laut night severs! attempts were directed against two places in the Belgian line. Tbe first attack, which took place In a section more than a mile wide against the positions on the Beverdj k. waa completely repulsed by a barrase of artillery and machine gun tr?. Numerous corpses were left by the enemy on thc bsttlefleld. ' "It is obvious that the Germane had attached great importance to the second attack, which was made south of Stuyvekenskerke against our po sitions at Relgersvllet. which were held by unmounted cavalrymen. They had prepared this attack by violent artillery action, tn which three dif ferent regiments took part. Picked troops of young men from 20 to 25 years of sge, succeeded in setting foot In a part of our posts, but atter a strong artillery preparation a counter attack was made by our cavalrymen, which succeeded completely. "The German? were driven out with very heavy losses from the positions which they had be??n ordered to keep at any cost. In spile of their en ergetic resistance, thev were unable, however, to check the advance of our men. who captured more than KiO ui. v.ounded prisoner?. Including four of ficers and seven machine guns. A great number of dead and wound??! /ere found en the Held after the. ac tion. Several German detachments may be considered *e being complete ly wiped out." SERVICES IN GERMAN DROPPED BY CHURCH York. Pa.. Lutherans Abandon Lan guage of Enemy. Tork. Pa., Mardi t?fh? round! of Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church of York, has announced It? de cision to sus-p. nd all services In the German language. For l<m years this church, ?? oldest Luthersn congre gation Wr*k of the Susquehanna River, has been alternating English and Ger man services. Its pastor. Rev. Dr. George Wen ders. In an Interview recently, de clared in favor of continuing services in German, for the benefit of those older member? of the congregation who still cling to the tongue of the Fatherland. The church council's action was taken In response to the desires of the younger element and In recogni tion of "the necessity of the times." MOVE ALIEN ENEMIES. New York. March H.-Ftfty-four enemy aliens were transferred from Kilts Island to Trenton. N. J.. thia aft ernoon by deputiea of t'nited States Marshal Thomaa D. McCarthy. Thia ti only a temporary arrangement until a permanent detention c.imp ran be se cured. The transfer was necessitated by the occupying of Ellis Island by army and navy detachments. SEN. REED DENOUNCES FIXING OF FOOD PRICES Goaded to Fierce Diatribe by Resolution to Fix Tornato Prices---Other Senators With Him in Protest A storm of words clearly indicated yesterday how the wind blows in the United States Senate toward further price regulation by the Food Administration. Certain Senators expressed strongest disapproval of a recommenda tion by the Food Administration that the army and navy pay no more than $15 to $21 a ton for canned tomatoes. t ?e? Big ??? Fires I Senators Saulsbury and Wolcott, of Delaware, one of the tomato-grow ing States: Senator Borah, of Idaho. Senator Hoke Smith, of Georgia, and Senator Reed, of Missouri, all voiced their discontent. Senator Reed, who has been a con sistent opponent of both the Food and Fuei Administrations spoke nearly four hours, lie crashed Into the food and fuel line with big gua fir?. "I warn you.'' he cried at the end, "you are reducing th? efficiency of the nation by these foolish bureaus and foolish Ideas. Tou are trying the patience of the people. The tira? may come when you will need to draw upon that great reservoir of patience. "I leave off my speech almost as I began It. This I? not a question of tomatoes: Its a question of winning the war." Senator Saulsbury brought up ths Food Administration document, which precipitated the long debate. The price of $?l in Delaware, he said, was less than the cost of pro duction. He presented a resolution asking the agricultural committee to inquire into the matter. Senator Reed began to spesk after Senators Wolcott, Borah and Smith had added their protests.' At this point tbe Senate suddenly passed the resolution without a dis senting murmur. Senator Reed proceeded no less with his speech. "These Senators are justly Indignant at an attempt to fix prices not author, ised by law." ha began. "They ar? right. The efflcJencj ef th? coun try Is being reduced to an alarming extent by the blunders of men ut terly Ignorant of the law? of sup ply and demand. ?"The time for blunders Is passed. The individual who fixes an arbitrary price is setting his judgment against that of mankind. The task of the world is Increased production, in stead of trying to decrease prices. You cannot increase production by de creasing prices. "We bave been told to eat chicken.' snd conserve meat. Now we are told the opposite. Nowadays you can't sell chickens?anything of the female va riety that wears fathers ia unmar ketable. ??Petty Ceatemptlble T.ra.i." "Price fixing Is as old as man's fool ishness and^iutile as the Food Admin istration. War always causes storms that throw up strange, peculiar thing? on the stream of events. This is one of them. "And if you do not obey every man date of some petty, contemptible lit tle tyrant you are met with the as sertion thst you are a slacker. "And now the unholy hand of the Food Administrator haa fallen like a blight upon the tomato crop." At this point Senator Reed swung into a long denunciation of the Fuel Administration He closed by saying: "Tell the mine owners what prices they will get, or the mines will slack up. "Tell the farmers what they can rais? before the spring plantin?;. " "Up to this time the farmers ha<e suffered under a usurpation of power. And any man who has done this is a public < AMERICA PREPARES FOR GERMAN DRIVE UPON SOLDIERS OF ALLIES; CENSORSHIP WILL BE TIGHTENED Sammy With Norse Name Alone Rout? Hun Patrol of Thirty With the American Army in France. .March 8.?An Ameri can private with a''?Norwegian name, acting as a sentry in the first-line trench, routed, single-handed, a German patrol of thirty men, killing the leader, a Prussian sergeant. The enemy group evidently had been instructed to cut the American barbed-wire belt, but their curiosity was probably aroused by the silence in the American trenches. It seems they thought these trenches deserted, and consequently leaped over the parapet The American stood by coolly and made sure that his observations were correct. Then, without challeng ing, he opened fire. The sergeant dropped at the first shot. The others scampered back through the wire. An American patrol in No Man's Land heard the firing and opened up on the fleeing Germans. It is believed several of the enemy raiders were wounded, as some equipment found in the traces of their flight is covered with blood stains. CAR CRUX MAY CAUSE STRIKE BY MEN OF CT. Organized ?Employes De clare Their Patience Will Not Stand Long Delays. Development* !n the ?treet < car controversy over wage* have reach ed the point where the organised employe* last ntght were talking of a strike. The District Commissioner? will undoubtedly announce that such m declaration Is absurd, but the fact is thet the committee of employee arbitrating differences place little confidence in the commissioners. Epitomised, the differences be tween the Capital Traction Com pany and Its employee bave reach ed thla stage: ><im*.in;'. View. 1?That the company's view Is that the Commissioners, either aa District or Utilities Commissioners. have n? power to grant an in creased fare and at the same time expect them to abide by their find ings In the wage dispute. 2?The employes argue that no ? matter what the Commissioners, as , arbitrators decide on the wage dis- ' pute, they, the car man. are com pelled to abide by their decision. ? Rut as matters now stani, they feel that the Commissioners will event ually decide on the 2-cent Increase over the present sliding; scale, and if more than tbis amount Is granted them by the commission, the com pany will endeavor to prolong the acceptance under one ruse or an other until the men become weai-v. call off all negotiations and demand an Immediate adjustment within a reasonable time, or strike. There are more than a majority of the members of the Amalgamated who are right now in favor of a strike Instead of a parley, but are bound by action of the national or ganization st Detroit, which is sending members here to advise the ; local officials. The local situation relating to mem bers of No. 4>*it. was defined by one ; of the officers to The Washington Herald as follows: There are members of the Amalga mated who are right now In favor of a strike instead of parleying, because of present high cost of living, and they point out that the Increase of fered thera Is only 1 cent snore than is being paid the Washington Rail way men, whose membership in the union Is only scattered. Th? Capital Traction Co.. haa the bulk of the traffic in this city, and are making money and they are as much able to pay a reasonable increase as this anti union bunch. The men feel that the Capital Traction Is going to put one over on them, notwithstanding the fact that all meetings have been on the most pleasant terms. There doesn't appear to be any opposition among the gen eral public in regard to tbe straight 5 cent fare yet the Commissioners are without authority to grant the in crease. Consequently, the men figure that the Commissioners are not In a position to do Justice either by the company or the men. and the final outcome may be another strike with a view to getting Congress to act. The Capital Traction Company? ? well as the other company, have lost considerable money In breaking ln new men who do not stick after they have been broken In. for figures gathered by the union, show that nearly a thousand men have quit within the past few months without giving a reason. They just simply don't show up after being assigned to a crew. They either do not like the work, or else they pick up something ?latter while they were being broken in. BOMB DAMAGES CHICAGO THEATER Labor Troubles Thought Responsi ble for Damage to Playhouse. Chicago, Msrch 8.?The explosion of a bomb in the Al "Wood's Theater, early this evening, wrecked the front of the building and badly damaged the Interior. The theater, recently com pleted, was to ltuve been dedicated next Monday night. Labor troubles are believed to have been behind ef forts to destroy the structure. Lou Houseman, Western manager for Al H. Woods, said the damage would be repaired In time for the opening of the theater. Hundred? of people in the business section, attracted by the explosion, surroandsd the building. One msnj wss cut on the hand by flying glass. OtTtcisls of ths construction company | intimated thst they hsve knowledge ? of who placed Ihe bomb and MM?**! I arrests will soon b? mad? i COAL 30 CENTS CHEAPER FOR 6 MONTH PERIOD _ Administrator Says Fixed Prices Will Be Charged from April to August. Regulations for the retail distribu tion of coal for the year beginning April 1, were announced last night hy the United States Fuel Administra- ? tion. Cosi will be ? cents a ton cheaper j from April 1 until September 1. Instead of prices based on a sliding scale. Price? will run from ?* to ?0 s ton, sc cordlng to the locality. l'??.Dta?r'? \eet. A**mrt*. Every consumer is assured of a suf flcient supply for his next winter's need?, at stated price?. Penalties sre provided again** hoard ing, snd against false ?lat.-nients. Certificates will be called for. Re- I tallera and consumer. ?111 be required to specify thei?? coal on band, their norms! consumi'!ion, their t*.-d?. Definite Instructions will follow prottebly within a few days. Persons in one section of a city cannot be charged more than those In souther,' and the price must include delivery. I Dr. Harrj- A. Garfield, the Fuel Ad ministrator: made this explanation: "it is Important to noi? that in or der to encourage early buying, a re ? luction will he made In tbe ?-oat ?tf anthracite beginning April L In plaa*e of the method of reduction adopted ln former years Iconslsting of SO cents a ton during AjtiI. 40 ir May. SO In June. 2?) in July, snd 10 .n August), an average reduction of Ul cents a ton will be made which will hold good on all purchases from April 1 io Sep tember 1. It Is felt thst this reduc tion will be fairer to the public, inas much as cosi is expected to be ordered in April in such quantities that it will prove impossible to malte all deliveries during that month or for some time there? ft A. A? s che*ik on ccn?;m?*s who ?nicht attempt to -?obtain ators than their normal requirements of coal, retaj en? will be prohibit?! from delivering in excess of the Teorn*al requirement? of the consumer. ?False certification makes the offender subject to s fine of SS.O0O or two yesre' Imprisonment. The regulation? provide that "every consumer be urfred on or before April 1 to place with hi? regular dealer hi? order for his reasonable normal re quirements for the year ending March 31, 1919. Such orders must be made In writing. The deslerr shall then pro ceed to make deli verle? until e?ch consumer ha? received two-thirds of his norms! annual requirements, pro vided that order? of six tons or un der may be filled ln full. When all consumer? have received their two thirds normal annual requirements, the dealer? msy proceed to fill the balance of their orders. New consum ers who ere unable to have their or ders accepted by a dealer should ap ply to tb? local fuel administrator. **??> More 7k?? \eee...rj "Until further notice, no domestic consumer of coal or coke shall pur chase or obtain more cosi or coke than Is required for his actual use prior to March ?. If he bas s sup ply, he shall receive such sddltionsl amount as to make up hi? require ments. "No person, firm, association or corporation shall provide any consu mer with more than necessary before March 31. Mil. "On and after April 1. no coal shsll be sold to a domestic conaujper who does not first furnish a statement as to the amount he hss on hand on order, snd from whom ordered: amount used in the twelve month? ending March 31. ing, and the amount actually needed. "Car load or barge load lots shsll not be delivered to a ?Ingle domestic consumer or to a group of consumers, except with the permission of the local administrator." Socialist Editori ia Trouble. Amsterdam, March 8.?Two editors of the Vorwserts. the Socialist or gan, are to be court martlaled for publishing articles regarding the re cent general strike In Germany, ac cording to. advices received here to day. Rioters Stir Chrirtiama. laondon. March I.?Serious rioting ln Christiania, In consequence of which many srre?ts were made, is reported in press dlspstches reaching t'ope?? hsgen. as forwsrded by the Kxchanre Telegraph. Crowds stormed baker?' and butchers* shop?, and there were d?monstrations before the Parliament Building. Ja-MMM Uste**? Ctmtrnt ? Japanese military and Industrial mission, heeded by Lieut. Gen. K rhtaueh!. U expected here next Wet needay. Th? otTloers are coinhig to study the war-time moblltsatloa of lr duau-y In the Laited Slates. Forces of Uncle Sam Confi dent of Victoiy in Mo mentous Clash. U. S. TO HOLD BACK RECORD OF DEATHS Indications Are Kaiser Will Direct Attack on Two Battle Fronts. Germany is ready to launch her Western offensive, accordine lo Italian official advices arriving bere last night from Switzerland. "The central empires,** the dis patches state, "ha ve completed their military preparations and the beginning of the offensive against the entente is imminent. Attack Italy. * Everything goes to Indicate? that tb? operations of Germany m Fian?--? will be simultaneous with the offci. piva of Austria against Italy Vto . tbe same source? ft is learned that Austro-Hungarian ttoops hav?? already been concentrated in very lance nun ? ber? alona the Kalian line and that strong contingenta are ?till movine to our front-* The American army organisation fares the future ?ith connue,*-. Steady and aalisfa-ctorr progress ??* ? ine Made hy the fighting machin? of thia country in preparine, for t?.?? ordeal, it was indicated last ni?:ht by Maj. Gen. Peyton C. March, ?elm chief of staff, who Is back from tern front to direct thing? from this en?. "Of course." he cautioned, "we had to start from the bottom. The hand ling of g problem of su<-h magnitud? p????*t necessarily he alo?. But the progress fs satisfactory. The bi game is moving along. That ia tb? important fact." Within the past twenty-four hou: no additional lists of American cat ualt.es hav? been made public. Yesterday the following brief an nouncement was made by the Com mittee on PublW; Information: "Hereafter the r-amaaitte?* em Public Information ?111 not isau* casualty lists. *.V>rrri*pondents. a*o tors and the public should aF*r in the future directly to ihe VA.. Department for all information ro: ? cerning casualties." Inquiries of Adjt. Gen MWim ???* the army late > ?-?Merday ??--? lor-.? the fact thst while the Oepartnv-n; plans to msk? pubhr promptly ti.*, names of all casualties re< ? i\e?t. nothing ? ill b? made public ???. cerning date?-, ratut? ? wounds In-* flirted, on what part ot ilo lute \t**> men were killed or mounded, or their home addi????** in ihn- coun try. The information, it ?* ** > t m t ?*?!, will be withheld on re< omm? nd.? - tion of Gen. Pershing. Piotesting that euppres.-inc f-f the home addresses would Baasj ?he lists vsluel<?s-p for pu blies i ion. the committee has refus?ed to h-indl? them. Parents and next of kin wi! be notified as h? r?tofore dir**<-t from Wsshington. In vie-?- of similarit> i-f names, however, much oonfuaiew is anticipated by th<> committee. Orders f?om The White Mou?-? maf be necessary to straighten out the matter. In the me-antiinc, pendine the mili tary and naval development.?? ? pected at any time, off?i-ts's. militai.? and naval men and diplomats a**? watching with Keenest interest and some- anxiety the march of \\\a Gei mans on to Petmprrul, and Japan - ??ipparent marking of time respectinjf Liberia. A lengthy eahlt-giam was re. < iv#d lief ore the ? 'abinct m?-t iron. Kulan?? S. Morris. * tilted States Ambassauo Ht Tokio. Knowing this, some ? rials predicted a lifting of the \*\\ but at the state Department assur? ance was givt-n that the fomtiiunica tion In no wise dealt with th? Japan ese plan of Intervention in S|heri\, nor with the Informal repr--M-ntarion? of this country in dissent thcicfrum ?ailaatl?? IIUr.a.tH This assurance semed to i.e horn? out hy the fact that HsM was ?. > representative of the State Pepart ment present at the Cabinet me? tta,g. Routine matters it was ststed. ?eie discussed there. Advices from Russia are still fragmentary and incomplete. Here and there are indications of sn awakened intereat among the Slavs In the attitude of tha t'nited State-, and ehr ? ? multiply. Preparing for their coming opera tions. Gen. Pershing reported, th Germans h a va been able to obtai? from the casualty list* published *n tbe United States information of value concerning the Identity of the American units opposing them on the lafOrralne and other sectors. C. OF C. COMMITTEE DROPS PHONE DEBATE "Let Conaree? decid?*." w** t?.?? ??*?? liment of s mea-tina or the public util ities committee of the Chamber of Commerce yesterdsj. when the qu?? tlon of Government ownership snd os* erstion ot telephones was braucht nil Technicality of? the situstton wss tn* resson for refusal to dabble In tM matter. Former Representative Jam*. T. lalovd. of Missouri, chairman of the committee, told the members thai government ownership of telephone? wss too deep and technical a propo sition for laymen to handle. Bot. ?ides presented Interesting argument?. he declared. "BiW. Sb*<U**b" far Grill.?; isrscuse. X. T_ March ?.? ?*.e?tl gstton af the activities of the In ternational Bible student? Associa tion waa ordered fada} h- ? ha Dis trict Draft Board her? Nane?.?' bead? of the "n-aal??' srUI ??? 4 ruled loantit?