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in a hurry and it might cost $200,006.
"If cotton instead of silk is being
used for Insulators, and if cheaper
metals than copper and steel have
been substituted here and there In
telephone equipment, the public
ought to know 'about it, because the
rates for users are based on the true
costs and profits of the company."
. GERMANY NOT EXPECTED TO
OFFICIALLY .COMMENT ON
" . WILSON MESSAGE
Berlin, Jan. 24. Pres. Wilson's
senate speech was telegraphed to
kaiser and Field Marshal von Hin
.denburg at front today. Ambassa
dor Gerard conferred for 40 min
utes with Foreign Sec'y Zimmerman
last night and later cabled state de
partment at Washington a confiden
tial outline of German foreign office
impression of the statement
Meanwhile president's sentiments
are fully echoed publicly and official
ly in Germany. They are viewed with
interest and favor. It is believed
that Germany cannot take official
cognizance of the declarations at this
Allies' reply to Pres. Wilson has
never been officially received by
Germany. Germany cannot make
further overtures for peace after in
sulting reply of allies to its first
peace proposal Officials donot want
to seem to interfere in American af
fairs by commenting on Pres. Wil
son's message to the senate. Ger
many does not consider the -time op
portune to state her terms. -
Men in responsible positions did
not hesitate today to express their
satisfaction over the president's ar
gument for "freedom of the seas."
From the first Germany has insisted
this was biggest question' involved.
These same officials pointed out also
that Germany showed she favored
an independent Poland another
point on which the president laid
stress by her proclamation of No
Buenos Aires. South America
generally, as well as Argentina, Is
delaying its verdict on Pres. Wilson's
speech, pending fuller understanding
of its aims.
An unexpected unwillingness was
manifested to forego extension of
principle of Monroe doctrine sug
gested in president's speech, because
that extension was taken as implying
abandonment of the doctrine. This
was a source of anxiety here today.
As far as the purely peace efforts
of the president are concerned,
there is an overwhelming majority in
favor of Wilson's suggestion.
CUMMINS URGES SENATE TO
DEBATE WILSON ADDRESS
Washington, Jan. 24. Declaring
the president's address to the sen
ate Monday "the most important
ever made by an executive of the
United States," Senator Cummins
immediately the senate convened to
day demanding action at once on his
resolution calling for debate on that
speech next Monday.
He explained the resolution called
for no extended debate at this time
beyond the .point:
"Ought the senate in the near fu
ture do the country the justice and
render the president the respect of
informing the people and advising
the president of our views concern
ing his vital subject.
"It matters not whether the presi
dent is right or wrong.
"In either case his pronouncement
is the most important ever made by
an executive of the United States.
The whole country so looks upon it
and foreign nations so regard it.
"I am led to belieye that those who
pose this resolution are not his true
friends," Cummins went on.
Sen. Sherman, Illinois, in a bitter
denunciation of the president's ad
dress, declared it to be a "stump
speech from the throne, a forestall
ing of public opinion, and an attempt
to make the senate accept any treaty
he might make."