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Rain today, coldtjf at night: to morrow much colder and probably fair. Moderate wrtnd*. Lowest temperature. 32; highest. 46. THE WASHINGTON HERALD XOv 4450 WASHINGTON, D. C.. WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 1, 1919. ONE CENT la Ma?kfnari*B and ElM-wkrrc Twt CeaU, BABY 1919 RIDES TO WAITING CITY ON RAIN CLOUD Throats of Watch Party Only Dry Thing in Capital. PLENTY OF DANCING Outdoor Fetes Abandoned But Indoor Celebrations Joyous As of Old. BORN?To Mr. and Mrs. World, at midnight. Baby 1919. Mother and child progressing nicely. And the baby found Washington wet outside, dry within, rather quiet, but Very, very happy withal. For what mattered bone-dry laws when there was plenty to eat, plenty of dance music?and a whole world full of peace? Staid and sober Washingtonians and I*?s dignified newcomers gathered in the various restaurants, hotels and homes of the city, first to dance and fline. and then to watch the Old Year 4le. It was a jolly wake. Twelve o'clock midnight. 'And as the Old Year slipped away, passing to the tune of jazz music and the sound of dancing feet. Baby 1919 ? lipped in and rubbed his baby eyes in astonishment at his first introduction t* the reputed grave and sober Na tional Capital celebrating its second dry New Year Eve. For a second he thought he must ^ave missed connections and landed in Baltimore by mistake. But the sight of certain grave individuals, backgrounded by the Washington Monument, and unmistakably labeled .^?Congressmen" reassured him. Ride* In on Hnln ( loud. ^fhe weather man, muffled in a Mackintosh and rubbers, ushered the New Year in on a sportive rain cloud. Apparently he cared not how many Parties of the "Just and the unjust" ?e spoiled by his caprice. Even the Wrongest of heart looked askew when mention was mad* of the ?thud on the toads leading to Baltimore and many ,4 Washington home found the head vt the family snuggled in their midst the coxy warmth of a horrte fire, all ?inexpectedly. And. as perverse as weather men -ire supposed to be. he issued the man ?:fate early this morning that storm clouds would descend over the city all lay and that instead of lifting in the ate afternoon the thermometer would -'all, leaving Washington both wet ?nd shivering. "Rain today, and lightly colder in the afternoon." was tf>r tfi? firs: da/ 1 the'' New Year. Cnlln to Be Popalnr. With outside parties an impossibil ity. It is believed that the receptions nd open-house gatherings planned y the various organizations of the ; ity will he exceedingly popular this Jew Year's. Practicallly all the ser ice clubs, social centers, and semi ?ublic societies are extending some CONTINUED ON TAGK THREE. STRIKERS QUIT, GIRLS ON JOB Jew York Hotel Men's As sociation Saves New Year Celebration. New York. Dec. 31.?The threatened imper on New York's New Year Eve ?lebration by the strike of waiters nd cooks of twenty-five large dining ?tablishments was averted when the ->tels and restaurants put on girls to ?>ke the strikers' places. The strike was not to have gone sto effect until evening, when it ould be most felt, but a union order i noon sent the waiters, kitchen men ?id bus boys off their jobs in time ? affect the noon meal. Employes of te Ritz Carlton. Biltmore. Murray -fill, Chatham. Ansonia, Breslin and iher hotels walked out. and some of : nese places had to close their dining >oms until girls previously provided >r by the Hotel Men's Association ould be rushed in. Strikers at the Great Northern, Kndi^ott and Beaux Arts re y-TH vT *. w iCc when the proprietors *< o r demands. The Plaza, Waldorf Astoria, St. rbilt. Sherry's and others ive V n wi'hout union help fof sev /AN DYKE AND HUGHES HAND HEARST JOLT Refuse to Serve with Him on May or's Welcoming Committee. New York. Dec. 31.?The names Dr. Henry* Van Dyke, former minister to The Netherlands, and Tharles E. Hughes, former Justice the Supreme Court of the United States, today were added to the list of those who have declined to serve jb the mayor's committee to wel come returning soldiers because of ?.he presence of William R. Hearst, \m chairman of the committee. Correspondence between Hughes, ? He mayor and Van Dyke was made public today. Bgth Van Dyke and Hughes expressed appreciation of invitation to serve, but declared Hearst s presence prevented. "I suppose If you and Mr. Hearst had been of draft age," the mayor wrote, "and had been called by the government, you would have refused to mm. TO REVISE TREATIES. Change Trade Pacts. 1 (Tokyo, Dec. 31. ?Japan is preparing :* revise ;tfl its trade treaties with treign nations, it was officially an punced today. . A committee of thirty-one is being rpuiised. It will seek at the Paris <eace Conference to obtain new reattes along the lines desired by FOOD SUPPLY IN BALKANS NEARING END Chairman Hoover Reports' Arrival of Relief Ships for Serbia. VIENNA FACES DANGER Committees Investigating Food Situation in Poland and Rumania. Cablegrams from Herbert Hoover in Paris received by the Food Ad ministration here give a picture of the huge problem he is facing in helping to feed Europe. Chaotic conditions in the Balkans where distress is very acute are re I ported by the American Food Ad ministrator. and he says there i8 only a ten days' food supply visible for the 2,000.000 people of Vienna. "The first cargo of foodstuffs shipped through the co-operatiop of the Wor Department and Food Ad ministration ha* arrived at Trieste," Mr. Hoover cables, "and other car goes should arrive at Cattaro and other points on the Adriatic Sea in the next three days. Sappliex Kench Serbln. "These supplies are intended for Serbia and the territory recently amalgamated with Serbia in Bosnia and Montenegro, where the distress is very acute. The only connection is by railroad from the Adriatic Sea. the Bulgarians having destroyed the railroad from Salonika. Greece, be yond the possibility of repair inside | of four months. | "Col. Mcintosh has already ar rived in Trieste, Austria. Col. At jwood and staff leave tonight for Ra gusa en route for Belgrade, leav ing representatives at Cattaro and other points. Dr. Vernon Kellogg. Col. Grove and Hugh Gibson left Berne last night by special train for Warsaw, by way of Vienna, to take charge of relief measures which it is hoped to develop for Poland. 1 nvewtigating Vienna. "A commission representing the American. French, British and Ital ian governments, under the chair manship of Dr. Alonzo Taylor, with the assistance of Capt. T. T. C. Gregory, U. S. A., left last night for Vienna in response to representa tions as to the dangerous situation which has devel.^pe.d in that city. "The representatives of the Viennese. *T*r;y*cir>aHtrr 4 at Derne siatc- tnaw fcod supplies for the 2.000,000 people ii? tHe ?!ty ot Vienna will not last more thap ten days. "Owirg to the disorganization of railroads in Austria and the separat ing of Hungary and Czecho-Slovakia, Vienna is practically cut off from any supplies. Humanln in >eed. "So far the Bolsheviki have been kept under control in Vienna, but ad vices indicate that unless foodstuffs can be furnished for the city It will be impossible to maintaih order. The Swiss government is proposing to for ward at once abou^ a week's supply, but the situation in Switzerland will not permit of their giving more than a few days' relief. "The American and allied ministers in Rumania have telegraphed to their respective governments that, after investigating, they are con vinced that the food supply of Ru mania will not last for more than another thirty days and that im mediate steps for relief must be ta ken if the country is not to be sub merged by Bolshevism. "Methods of relief are under con sideration but present extreme diffi culties. The railroads of Rumania are largely broken down. There is a j great deal of port destruction and there is no bunker coal in the Black , Sea except what can be borrowed | from allied navies. Further. Rumania is entirely without funds to pay for food." 13 TOWNS TAKEN BY RED TROOPS Four Villages and Railway Section Also in Hands of Bolsheviki. London. Dec. 31.?Capture of thir teen towns, four villages and an important section of railway by Bolsheviki forces was reported in a wireless dispatch received from Moscow today. On Christmas Day. the dispatch said, the Bolsheviki captured Novo Zybkoff, Savliyohi. Purovka. Shum likova. Pogfreltay. KadofT. Kordy. Orlovka, Klintay, Trupansk and four villages. Two days later they occupied the Faporojeki railway from Nejnodne provsk to Grishine. After a stub born battle on December 28, the red army captured Kirbilshof. Tho same day the Letts took Zegevold, near Riga. Berlin. Dec. 29.?The German army command has telegraphed strict orders to the eastern com- j mand against giving arms to Bol- I shevlk sympathizers, declaring such1 action would be in violation of the i armistice and might lead to renewal of the war. Stockholm. Dec. SI.?Russian Bolshevik leaders were reported to day to have arrived In Vilna pre pared to annex Lithuania to the Soviet republic. TAKE OVER N. AND W. R. R. Government Guarantees $20,640, 899 Income Annually. The Railroad Administration yes terday signed the operating contract with the Norfolk and Western Rail road. An annual rental of 120.640. 899 was guaranteed the road and its subsidiaries. : ). ? May His Weapon Prove as Worthy as the Sword WOULD RETAIN ALL NAVAL MEN ! Secretary Daniels Wants War Time Personnel Con tinued Another Year. i Continuation of the wartime per-1 sonnel in active naval service during I the fiscal year 1920 was urged by Sec retary Daniels yesterday in a hoar-1 ing before the House Naval Affairs Committee. The Secretary proposed that by empl ying 106.445 enlisted men of the temporary personnel and Naval Reserve Force, with the 143.555 per- j manent personnel of the regular navy, the total strength be increased to 250,600. This number of men. he said. | is deemed necessary to operate the; ships of the navy and to man trans ports. Inereuse Only Temporary. The Secretary made it clear he did not wish to recommend any increase in the regular establishment. What ever additions to personnel arc au-1 thorized for the fiscal year 1920 should ! be temporary. A wide divergence of opinion exists among naval authorities, Mr. Dan iels stated, as to what should be the; complements of the several types of naval vessels. Prior to 1911 the num ber of men required to man an Aracr- i ican battleship was 900. In 1914 an increase of 300 was advised, and a further increase of 200 now Is recom-1 mended. I The Secretary also recommended! that the temporary wage increases granted to enlisted men during the; war be made permanent. These ad vances range from $6 to $15 month, J according to grade, making the pay j of the enlisted personnel range from $36 to $51 a month. Urges Merit Syutem. A bill also will be submitted to the committee, Mr. Daniels said fur ther, extending the selection system of promotion for officers to include! the lower ranks. This would do away entirely with the seniority rule and promotions would be ba'sed solely upon merit. Discussion among members of the committee and questions propounded to Mr. Daniels plainly indicated that the committee is strongly in favor of the proposed merit system. To provide for an increase in per sonnel to 250.000 for 1920, the Secretary suggested a legislative rider to the naval appropriations bill. The shorter courses of three years at the Naval Academy will be aban doned, the Secretary told the com mittee, and the former four-year courses resumed. PARIS AIR RAID FIGURES. 441 Killed and 910 Injured Dur ing Six Months Ended Sept. 15. Paris suffered 441 killed and 910 in jured by German air raids and bom bardment during the six months end ing September 15. These figures were received at the French High Commission here yester day. APPROVE VISIT TO U. S. London, Dec. 31.?With reference to the visit to'America which King George is reported to be planning, the Evening Standard says: ?The war has broken many precedents. The idea of a return visit by the King and Queen is popular ta both countries, which i8 a symbol of the growing sense of unity between the two nations." ' \ . s- h >3a<\ 'r#p, VVst fa Gf' "OLs^ra ichife?? '? * ?y WOJ 5cot<V ?ftwn Ix>ndon, Doc. 31.? A strange elco 1 tion story is told by J. H. Whitley,- , the new speaker of the llouso of Commons. It appears that owing , to tempestuous weather the little Scottish island of Rona was I so- | lated from the mainland from De cember 10 to 16. It was thus im possible to record the votes on polling day. December 14. The islanders were highly indig nant at being deprived of their franchise after having contributed 99 per cent of their eligible men to army or navy service. 3 Chicago Lives Lost on Last Day of Year Chicago, Dec. 31.?Patrick Byrne, a district agent for the Consumers' Gas Company, was shot and killed hero to day by two bandits, who attempted robbery of the office. Two thousand dollars in a safe was overlooked by the men, who escaped. The killing was the third in twenty-four hours. Hugo Thomas, a saloonkeeper, was slain )>y one of three "boy bandits," who at tempted to rob the saloon soon aftor he opened for business. Andrew Kv trek. another saloon man, was acci dentally killed by his wife during a quarrel with two visitors. First Crime of New Year in Washington Is Murder At three minutes after twelve the first report of crime during 1919 ar rived at police hedquarters, over the 'phone. "A murder has just been committed at Twenty-Sixth and I streets. Louis Washington, a colored man, was shot, I think," boomed the voice of a lieu tenant at the Third Precinct Station to Lieutenant Ned -Weedon. Detectives were rushed out on the case. New U. S. Steamer Ashore West of Coast of Wales London, Dec. 31.?The American steamer Lake Weston is ashore west of the Nash lighthouse, according to a Lloyds dispatch from Cardiff to day. She is said to be in a critical position. The Lake Weston is a stee4 steam er of 1,949 tons, built at Detroit this year and owned by the United States Shipping Board. 2,000,000 Italian Casualty List, Says Rome Report . A Rome, Dec. 31.?Italian casualties totalled nearly 2,000,000, according to figures made public today. Unofficial estimates added 500,000 totally or par tially disabled as the result of wounds or illness. On the Italian front, the official fig ures gave 16 362 officers and 443,638 men Jcilled, and 59,709 officers and 1,357,281 men wounded. On other fronts there were 7,934 officers and men killed and 1,196 wounded. ChanceDor Ebert 111. Zurich, Dec. 31.?Chancellor Eb ert is seriously ill, a Berlin dispatch reported today. He may be replaced by Herr Noske, former governor of Kiel, whose appointment to the new: German ministry was recently an nounces BERtLECT WILL NOT SIT Countess Markiewiez Won Poll But Refuses to Enter Commons. Ily K. Ci. F1TZHAMOX. StafT Corrmpondrnt of Universal Service. London, Dec. 31.?The only woman member "f Parliament as yet in the House of Commons will not be in it," remarked a witty Sinn Feiner as wc discussed today the election results in a New Year's spirit. Nevertheless, there are two chances ! of a woman taking a seat in the new j Parliament. The first is that the 1 Countess of Markiewiez may exercise the woman's privilege to change her mind. The second chance hinges on the results of the election in Kensing l ton, which will not be known until j Friday, when the winner is likely to j be the widow of Col. Lucas, who, in i the eleventh hour, succeeded to the j nomination of her husband when he ! died just prior to the elections. Discussing the charges of intimida | tion alleged against the Sinn Feiners j by members of the old Home Rule i and Nationalist parties, the Free j man's Journal says editorially: Sinn Feiners Defended. "Whatever may be said of the methods employed by them in most of the constituencies to secure a ma jority it cannot be denied that the Sinn Fein put before the electorate a I straight issue. They invited the peo ! pie to vote for an Irish republic, cn ! tirely separate lrom Great Britain. The Irish Time? says: "From to day on the country will begin to ex pect that the Finn Fein will fuliill promises which are utterly incapable of fulfilment. Either its new respon sibilities will give Sinn Fein some measure of sanity or it wil. quickly come into grave conflict with the forces of law and order. O'Connor Pnlled Through. The new father of the house will be T. P. O'Connor one of the few | home rulers to survive the landslide, i There seems to be considerable satis 1 faction in Ireland over Chief Secre ? tary Shortt's victory at Newcastle, i Shortt having attained considerable I popularity throughout the country. The only comment so far of the Ix>ndon dailies on the threatened ab sence from Parliament of the 73 Sinn Feiners elected is along the lines that J this will ease the task of seating the increased number of members. Too Few Laborites. J. H. Thomas appears likely to be the leader of the Labor Party in the House. In many quarters there prevails the view that it might have "teeen a good thing for the country if the labor rep resentation were twjee as strong, as it is believed the soundest remedy for labor unrest lies in plentiful represen tation in the commons. It is considered extremely probably that strikes, ahd perhaps serious dis orders, will come unless the food prices are reduced and the future in terest? of the workers are adequately guarded. The new Parliament probably will met toward the end of January. Traitor* Mast Die. Rort.'H Dec. SI.?The Sup rem* Jourt KM rejected the appeal of Capiai nJo Maechlni. aentenced to complicity BenedetU. TRIP TO STATES; ALLIES AGREE French President Forecasts Complete Harmony at Peace Table. GLAD WILSON CAME Says His People and Amer-! icans Have Something in Common. B> \\ I I.I.I A M PHILIP SIMMS. Copyright 19IM, by Ike I nlted Prram. Paris, Dec. 31.?President Poincare is planning to visit the United States after the peace conference. He revealed this today during an Interview with the I'nited Press, in which he forecast that France, the United States and the allies in general, will enter the conference already agreed on the basis for peace. No dates and no details have been fixed for Poincare's visit, but Jui^e or uly has been tentatively suggested to him. "Naturally,'? he said, with a "as President of the country where the conference will be hold. I will be unable to leave before it is ended." Reports of material differences air.onK the allies, i'oincare declared ?then reiterated?an' tierman fab rications. "I do nr?t f??re*#?e the slightest trouble in arriving at complete ac cord. even to the details." he said. "We are already in harmony on i general lines. The details will b*? sottlod as soon a* the delegates got down to work. It will take soup time, of course, as there is a tre mendous amount of detail." Happy Over Visit. Poincare earlv directed the conver sation to President Wilson's presence in France, In an evident desire to show his appreciation of the Ameri can Kxecutive's visit. "We are particularly happy over the visit of President Wilson. We wish him joy In his new citizenship, quite as though this were his own home. He is bound to play a capital role in j the conference. Much good has been j accomplished by his coming. We ap-j preciate his collaboration, whih has, been the greatest help. "Many problems remain to b?i ^o'ved. not irjy fey vcwern Kurof^ HuJ t?r t?T near Africa and elsewhere Jftll necessarily will come up at the orference where we hope at least to have the assistance of your President in the settlement of the principles, before his departure. Poincare smiled, then added: "There is so much to do he may yet j have to remain some time among us." Time for Act*. I The President greeted the cor res- i pondent ?t the door of his study in j the Elyaee Palace and indicated j I chairs at the side of his desk, aj beautiful example of the Louis period, i Only one other person was present, a: staff captain, who presented the cor-| | resi>ondent to the President. The lat- , ter seated himself at the small desk.} | a pile of official documents at his _ j elbow. The whole tone of the con versation was permeated with the! ' president's friendly feeling toward j America. In a response to a suggestion that j the French are modest to the point of reticence, the President replied: "Since the war Frenchmen have felt i this is a time for acts, not words. | Set upon without warning. France ! was forced to bear the brunt of the ] fighting. I think the figures of the under secretary of state for pensions, M. Abrami. tell the story more graph ically than mere (France's total losses to the end of October were 1.S3LOOO, or nearly 5 per cent of its population. making France's casualties the heaviest pro portionately of any belligerent.) "In addition to our losses in men." he continued, "it will take years to i recover from the purely material set CONTINXKD OX PAGE THREE. WILSON TO ANSWER CLEMENCEAU SPEECH Premier's "Balance of Power" Ad dress Not Disturbing to President. Dover, Dec. 31.?President Wilson will reply to Premier Clemenceau's speech regarding "balance of power" at the proper time. The President left England today perfectly satisfied with the results he had accomplished and not in the least disturbed by Clemenceau's state ments. A careful analysis of the speech in dicates the French Premier is pre pared to concede much in the interest of right. His attitude is not regarded as any cause for alarm. Wilson's last act before his depar ture was to telegraph to King George, thanking him for his hospitality and wishing him and his family a happy New Year and peace and prosperity for Great Britain. RESIGNS AS MINISTER. | Mme. Schwimmer Mentioned As Hungarian Peace Delegate. Berne, Dec. 31.?via Pari*.?Mme Rosika Schwimmer. of Ford peace ship fame, hns resigned her position as Hungarian minister to Switzerland, according to a dispatch from Buda pest. The report is general that she will he one of Hungary's delegates to the Peace Conference. Poles Control Posen; Wires to Berlin Cut London. Dec.- SI.?Polish forces now control Posen and have recruited sev eral German ofllcejrs, disarming oth ers. a Central News dispatch reported today- Communication with Berlin has been cut ITALY TO GET 75% OF AUSTRIAN MARINE; FRANCE REMAINDER Bj FRED ?. FERGLSOX, lailfd Prru Mil Csrrespeadeat. Paris, Dec. SI.?An arangement has been completed whereby Italy obtains approximately 76 per cent and France 25 per cent of the Aus trian mercantile marine, consist ing mostly of cargo boats. The ships, which will fly the in ternational merchant flag, will be manned by Italian and French crews. Thejr will be used to carry food and supplies. U. S. Cruiser Sent to Quiet Disorder in Hun Ports Copenhagen, Dee. SI.?The American scout cruiser, Chester, has left Cop enhagen for Danzig. Two American destioyers arc reported to have gone to Due beck. Danzig is an important port on the Baltic, in East Prussia. Seve ral dis- I orders have occurred there recently, f I,uebeck. is on the Bailie, about 4u j miles southeast of Kiel, and an equal . distance northeast of Hamburg The i two destroyer* with the Chester at Copenhagen were the Aylwin and the Wickes. 2162 MORE MEN ON WAY HOME War Department Tells of More Sailings to Reach Here Next Week. The War Department yesterday an nounced the sailing <jf the transport Santa Marta from France I>ecember 27 for New York, there due January 8 with the following troops: One hundred and twelve casual offi- I cers, and color casual detachment No. 3; 1 field officer and 12 men. Transport Madawaska sailed Decern- j ber 28 for Newport News, due Janu- ! ary 8 with following troops: Eighty- ' seven officers, 2,^75 men. The organ izations were as follows: Casual com panies No. 113, 114. 115. *4. 41*. 400. comprising 13 officers and 8S9 men. The j headquarters of 174th infantry brigade, | 3 officers and 10 men. These headquarters troops will be discharged at Camp Dix. N. J. Elrht ' casual officers. l.M sick and wounded | enlisted men, 5? sick and wounded offi cers. 4 sick and wounded nurses, at- I tended by 3 officers. 76 men and 4 | nurses. One Y. M. C- A. civilian. Transport Douisrille ?a!led *r*>*n , Southampton. ? *>T^n?tan<V for 1 York Dec?*n>^er I'.n* Jineitry "? 32 officers a^id 837 men, divided :.** follows: j Casual companies number 1.0CS, three officer?, 157 men. and the following I casual companies, ail colored; 100V 1<*?S , 1089. If70, 1071. totaling twelve officers ! and 607 men. Headquarters In charge of above casuals, four officers. Total. J seventy-three sick and wounded men. j thirteen casual officers, one Japanese I army officer and ninety-five civilians. | Other* Due .Innvary 10. The War Liepurtment also an nounced the sailing of the Finland from St. Nazaire December 2!*. due at Newport News January 10. with! casuals, second battalion of 345th In- < far.try of the S7th division 'rora ('amp Dix. Gen. Martin of the 87th division J and a small number of miscellaneous , troops. Transport Eastern Queen from St. j Nazaire December 2?. due at Balti-' more, January 14, with two casual , officers aboard. Transport Agamemon from Brest j December 2S. due New York City, j January 5. with men from Camps Dix. Funston. Dodge Grant and Taylor, I and a number of casuals. BERGER TELLS STORY OF LIFE Born in Austria. Once Taught German: Says He's American. Chicago. Dec. SI.?Representative elect Victor L Berger. last of the five Socialist leaders on trial before Federal Judge Dandis to take the stand, today testified in hia own be half. Berger is regarded as the chief of the group. Throughout the trial which is fast drawing to a close, numerous edi torials from his newspaper, the Mil waukee Deader, have been read into th* record. The point was brought out that he was regarded as a constructive Socialist by the party generally, and almost as a reactionary by the ex tremely radical element. At the St. Douis emergency con vent ion in 1917. Berger said he worked out a war proclamation and program of his own. but discarded it when another, drawn up by mem bers of the Socialist Committee, was presented to him. "In the main it expressed my point of view." said Berger, "al though some of the phrases were not what I would have used." Denle* Being 1. YV. W. The witness absolutely denied having conspired with the other defendants in any way to impede war activities of the United States. The fact he once contributed to the I. W. W. he said. In no way Indi cated conversion to that organiza tion. Berger said -he had bought liberty bonds of each issue, war savings stamps and had worked for and subscribed liberally to the Red Cross flBfc ri Starting with a history of bis Ufa, he traced his career in the ranks of Socialist politics. He was bom tn Austria. 5% years ago. studied at Tbe University of Vienna, came t4 Amer ica when 18 and at 21 taught ?cfc*o! in Milwaukee, having Germ** and history classes Then he got ft touch with Socialism and begMi i take active party interest. i PRESIDENT BACK IN FRANCE; OFF TO ITALY TODAY Vast Parisian Crowd Gath ers Despite Rain to Cbetr Return. SEES MYSTERY SHIP Peace Commission to Be New Year Hosts at Amer ican Embassy. pari*. Doc. Sl.-Preafdeii! Wllaoa a? rued at the <;?re du Kurd ?i T >J o'clock tonight Va? ,rirt crowd, th. raj,way nation despite the rain. Pari, was mat*, featlv happy to hare the I'lBtiift ha. k. thojeh tomorrow be will I**.** for Italy. I>urinjr hi* rtav In Italj the Pml. dent will viait Xaylet. Florence. Yen. ice anil probably Milan I'urniR his brief May in Frsnce tfcia time. President Wilton is not ex. peeled to touch the political citaa> Hon. publiclv. although it is prob able he will hold _ conferences ?ith i.i* mher# of th. 1'nlted state* Peace 11 ommlMion tc riorro* 4 ( onniMloni rt Atfanant. The I'nited Stairs Peaep ( ommif sioner* do not inund to ?i.e of America's sovereignty In forming a kmnp of nation*. ev n \f th^ pro ^ Ision is made for an international police. This Mas authoritatively stated at th* American fommisfinn'i head quarters today in repU to tli* speech of l'nit*d States Senator Ro*d at New 1 ork two days ag->. lengthy ex cerpts of which hew hf-^T, cabled by York correspondents of French newspapers. Not has the American any intention of o*?aMi>hin? a mm*, eralissimo to command the r -??n?r tive leacurs military h* fnrocK The American '1cle*a.te, undrr no rlrruir.stan^cs adtr.it c'au?e wh atever th*t would m th* T'nit^d K?ato? |nto battle a?a the consent of the people 0f x Rrcepflon at 1 . S, ^ NVv Vowr |?*y will he b> the r p??re ^oapuu^MI the afternoon at 11., E all " *c<* ? t*"<imediate* niejr???-?-?? of hi? tmQE tb." m a. . d?-I.*ffSitt-s arid a nuirS^r of gtm, ^ ?cn?5 American corrrcpoa?ent? alfll b'"' innt.'.i t aitf i <1 lha re | ; caption. ,? The Pre,Menl * nd hi. wtf. wera III. marveitin. ,oi?, ovrf> n_ '?h^n? r,h ,h' Pri,"h ship. Hyderabad. y?y*terday. The most thrilling experience of our *hol.? trip.- exclaimed President WH- | son irnpulaivelx yesterday. when with ? hghtning-lik* mpiditv the celebrate* f Hn.r, victor in many encounters with i German submarines. was converts* trorn a so^mlne tramp to a cur,-decked i ship of war before his eyes. A Real Fighter. Only ,n officer ? visible on th* bridge of the tramp the Mearaar on which the nr. sidentinl party wet* passengers ?amc alongside. Ther* waa ^ unheard onrt-r. a snap a eraah. and the in;.vt.>r> triumph of invea "" ceniu* blossomed *orth * ">otv? Mer nf *ir. fully equipped With hi* CUTIS depth charges. rx, ij firerj and torpedo tubes. 1-omic.n. I*i ?Toinm^ntinc on4 President Wilson s visit, the DailJft Mail says: ? H" Presenc. here k ridled a'ron* moral force, it cr.-at. d nn son ua- . derstandint and friendship Now | that w.. have srm and sp.'ken with ^ i Mr W ils..n we .-ann.>t thank htm 1 I better than hv savins; we shouM J think it a cnlan.ity if he had not I come to this country?he has I eUansed th^ approach* < 10 pcuce - The l?nn>lon Times savs m\ "Even th^ question of the frae-^1 dom of the retarded as th? ^ | on!> r.-al .lifTieuttv h.-twe^p 'ir-et Hntain and t . t'nited States, will I yield to treatni. i t in ite spirit that | has animated the Prei.ii nt> vtait? PARIS PRESS AT ODDS ON PREMIER S SPEECH ( Some Conlfnd He Has Kcpodittal ? League of Nations. Jj. Paris. Fee. 3J.?Pari* f>? w ?>apen ;disaKre?*d today in their int< -; retatMB ^ | of Premier Olemeuceau'a speech, soma | contending he had definitely i. r udiat ,ed the league of nation*, vihilc oibmrm explained that h? had advocaM In tention of the balance of pow?t** only until the value af the Uaf?t as ~ substitute is proven. "Clemenceau does not re?a?t ths formula of the league of nations, bat ?' before its value is ;>roven he will not depend upon it to pr*s?u a* oif na tional patrimony." said the h^ba &? Paris. The ilsonian idea ia aotne bat disconcerting to us. hecaiiM It li too loaely adjusted to our : rttedlat* needs." 'Xlemencenu repudiated I nBeident ! Wilson 's conceptions of peace pS2a^ pies and bantered his noble ^ndor.* the Huraamte said "Toioor^v ?ra I must begin again to arm. builii fort resses and roeke alliances agalnat others. To the league of nations, Che premier did not give even a potita salute. Our only (guarantee ton)on*VS5w as yesterday, will be force." PROMISE WHEAT TO AUS1UA. [Allies Pledge immediate Deliver?' of 4.000 Ton*. V??n? Dec. Sl.-Th? ? ? r?H|^ ' fo?et contnyissioner* nf Bern* ia#orm?sl Au^trian iepres^nc*t1 v*?a tkat tlir ajlies will Unmedlatel/ pro ide [4,OO0 tons #f srhaat fr^ Qer ostria. allied and American joint ision is coming t? Vienna J jlate for foitber suppliea, e ported. i? ) *?. a?Th* Brit tab aaTal*" B^tias lard?4 ntnaa tar fcir Jk Coaatanltnopic. oannc nr.rmaJ ntua'.ioo" Uktra. ac ta a <!.?patcj> ?' ???