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stopped American ship Westwego of
Union Petroleum S. S. Co., Philadel
phia. Told Westwego it would sink
her if she didn't give them three bar
rels of lubricating oil. Westwego
gave up 3 barrels and reached port
Berlin. German newspapers de
clare belief German-Americans will
not support President Wilson in sev
erance of relations.
Santiago, Chile. Least affected of
all South American republics by Ger
many's policy of unlimited submarin
ings, Chile apparently endorses Pres.
Wilson's step in breaking off rela
tions with Berlin.
Washington. Senator Works, Cal-'
ifornia, on floor of senate opposed
President Wilson's action toward
Germany. Declared U. S. had not
been neutral; said England had per
sistently violated American rights
and U. S. had borne violations as if
it was ally of Great Britain.
London. Wireless dispatches
from Berne say Switzerland, in note
to U. S., will decline to break rela
tions with Germany, as suggested by
President Wilson as proper course
Washington. Killing of Richard
Wallace, negro, American seaman,
confirmed ,by dispatches from U. S.
Consul Frost at Queenstown.
Washington. Germany's answer
to President Wilson's notice of diplo
matic break expected today.
Berlin, via Sayville Wireless, Feb.
4 (Received in New York Feb. 6).
"We regret this measure taken by
President Wilson all the more since
' it is against all tradition and all in
ternational law that we are cut off
from all direct communication and
regular intercourse with the trans
Atlantic world," declared Secretary
for Foreign Affairs Zimmerman to
day. "We also remember," the foreign
secretary continued, "that the
United States diplomats during the
past months and years of the war!
cared for German interests by proxy
with efficiency and great success.
"Having ourselves no real cause
for hostility against the United
States, remembering the traditional
ly friendly feeling that existed be
tween the two countries practically
from the first days of the United
States, we naturally appreciate the
words of rather un-hostile character
that are included among others of
different character- found in that
message as transmitted in press dis
patches. Jn them President Wilson assures
us that' he wishes no 'hostile conflict'
with Germany and I can add that we
appreciate this and the other para
graphs in the message joining in this
respect President Wilson's note."
EXPECT GERMAN ANSWER TO
WILSON NOTE IN 24 HOURS
Washington, Feb. 6. Germany's
answer to Pres. Wilson's notice of a
diplomatic break is expected within
It may be a declaration of war.
Belief is rapidly crystallizinc
among officials that this final step is
inevitable and it would cause no sur
prise if Germany took it now. This
belief was strengthened by receipt of
Berlin press dispatches quoting For
eign Minister Zimmerman as saying
"there is no step backward" contem
plated following Pres. Wilson's
Also it was recalled that last spring
when Sussex sinking threatened dip
lomatic break Ambassador von Bern
storff said such break would result
in immediate declaration of war by
At same time Pres. Wilson told
members of foreign relations com
mittee that he had been "reliably in
formed" actual war would follow a
Von Bernstorff recently reiterated
his former statement.
Possible action of this kind by
Germany took precedence in discus
sion of officials today, even over.