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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, December 13, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 4

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The public today voiced complete
approbation of imperial chancellor's
solemn warning in reichstag yester
day that if Germany's enemies con
tinue war it is because they have
conquest in mind. Such -belief im
bues public with inflexible determin
ation to fight to bitter end against
any dismemberment Of Fatherland.
Berlin. Germany has not asked
neutral powers to start peace nego
tiations. American embassy's under
standing is that she has merely
asked neutral powers to inform na
tions of the entente that the central
powers are willing to discuss peace
putting up to allies the acquiescence
or refusal of tender.
Amsterdam. "The final victory is
no longer doubtful,' said Emperor
Karl of Austria-Hungary in his
proclamation to' Austro-Hungarian
troops notifying them that he had
joined in,peace proffers.
The bulk of editorial opinion of
American newspapers today seems
to be that peace may have been
brought nearer by Germany's pro
posals, but that many things stand
in the way of an early ending of the
war. Generally, editorial comment
expresses the belief that the peace
proposal will not be acceptable to the
Financiers and publicists who to
day analyzed the situation , revealed
a division of opinion, a majority de
claring peace is brought nearer, but
is not an immediate possibility be
cause peace at this time is unaccept
able to the allies.
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DEAD AT 946,027
London, Dec. 13. Germany's8 to
tal losses in the war up to the end of
November were 3,921,859 men, ac
cording to figures based upon official
casualty lists. Of this number 946,
027 are listed as dead.
The casualties for November, as
reported here today were 166,176, in
cluding 30,454 dead. ,
T3ity Hall politicians had a new
topic over which jto grin and gossip.
Aid. Merriam today wrote a letter to
Mayor Thompson containing ah invi
tation to "talk things over," which,
if accepted, may be a turning point
in Big Bill's career.
Merriam, as -a member of the
finance committee, realizes that
there have been many important
civic problems which have become
clouded by politics. He wants to
have a heart-to-hear talk with the
mayor and see if he can't start ac
tion on the city finance problem,
bathin gbeaches, the municipal pier
question, garbage system and the
zoning system. He wants the mayqr
to forget politics and get down to
business. They are speculating now
as to whether or not Bill accepts. He
once declared to his associates he
would drive Merriam from the city
Paris, Dec. 13. Gen. Joffre has a
new post in councillor to Premier
Briand's newly formed "war council"
a compact body of' five executives,
modelled along fines rtf that just
formed in England by jyyd-George.
Formal assumption of their duties
by members of Briand's new official
family was made today, when entire
body appeared, in chamber of depu
ties. o o
Second Deputy" Schaettler still
leads the G&d for chief of police. An
outsider'as second. Major McClin-
nin of the corporation counsel's of
fice and Cap Coffin, head of the civil
service com'n, are also being con
sidered. Mayor says he is somewhat
inclined tothe idea of a civilian chief,
but doesn't know if it would work
out all-right at the present time.

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