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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, December 18, 1915, LAST EDITION, Image 4

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Washington, Dec. 18. Sec'y Lan
sing this afternoon gave out the text
of Austria's note on the Ancona sink
ing. Its most significant-feature is
its insistence on discussion of the
evidence and the principles involved.
It asks almost plaintively "why
America refuses to an exchange of
correspondence which it has con
ducted with another government in
other cases?"
The Austrian foreign office criti
cizes the American demand on the
ground "that they might well have
warranted the expectation that the
government of the United States
should precisely signify the actual
circumstances of the affair upon
which it hases its case."
The Vienna foreign office also
points out that the United States
failed "to designate the person upon
whose testimony it relied." It argues
that the United States government
attributes a higher degree of credi
bility to this unnamed person than
to the commander of the submarine.
The note declares Austria ready and
-willing to "enter into an exchange of
It also expressed in friendly lan
guage that the matter of reparation
to relatives who lost loved ones on
the Ancona is a ma,tter for further
The note concludes that Austria re
serves to itself "full freedom of main
taining its own legal views in the dis
cussion of the case of the Ancona."
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Washington, Dec. 18. The Amer
ican note replying to Austria's un
satisfactory answer in the matter of
the sinking of the Ancona will be
sent to Vienna before night.
The note is now in the president's
hands for final approval. It is au
thoritatively stated the reply is brief,
sharp and permits of no further quib
bling. . j
The situation between Austria and
this government is characterized in
official circles as "very grave."
The promptness in which this gov
ernment has acted leaves no doubt
that the request voiced in the Aus
trian note has been rejected. The re
ply was drawn by Sec'y Lansing last
night following a lengthy discussion
by the cabinet yesterday and agree- W
ment by the cabinet as to the mes
sage to be sent
Whether or not a time limit is given
Austria to comply with the presi
dent's demand for a complete dis
avowal of the Ancona sinking could
not be learned. Such a time limit
would make the present note an ulti
matum and rejection of its requests
would result in the immediate sever-,
ance of diplomatic relations between
the two countries
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New York, Dec 18. Charged with
attempting hostile expedition against
nation friendly to U. S., first charge
of the kind made by government au
thorities since they began their inves
tigation of pro-German plots, Paul
Koenig and R. E. Leyendecker were
arraigned here today before U. S.
Commissioner Houghton. They were
arrested after three months of inves
tigation, just as federal authorities
believed they had completed plans to
blow up the $27,000,000 Welland
canal. Koenig is chief of police of
Hamburg-American line and Leyen
decker is dealer in antiques in New
Fred Metzler, alias F. R. Reimer, a
German youth, said to be Koenig's -
stenographer, also was arrested early '
United States Com'r Houghton to
day fixed Koenig's bail at $50,000 and
that of Richard E. Leidendecker, an
other of the alleged conspirators, at
$30,000. To objections of their at
torneys, the commissioner said the
charges against the men were "very
serious" and demanded large bonds.

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