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Pres. Wilson demanding that United
States avenge death of his mother
and sister and asking permission to
be first volunteer in case American
citizen army was raised.
FLOOD MEASURE WOULD GIVE
WILSON POWER HE WANTS
Washington, Feb. 27. It seems
certain congress will uphold Pres.
Wilson's hands and give him, in
modified form, what he asked in
his address yesterday.
Rep. Flood has introduced bill giv
ing the president power to arm mer
chant ships, to make use of a special
fund of $100,000,000, to issue credits
for $100,000,000 more if necessary
and to issue bonds.
MRS. HOY AND DAUGHTER ARE
Mrs. Albert Hoy and her daugh
ter Elizabeth, who are reported
drowned after the Laconia sunk,
lived on N. State between Goethe
and Banks sts., before they left Chi
cago for London to join Dr. Hoy,
husband and parent of the pair re
ported lost. They were socially
"NO NEED TO INVESTIGATE" IS
THE WASHINGTON VIEW
Washington, Feb. 27. Sinking of
the Laconia, according to highest of
ficial interpretation, is "a clear-cut
No investigation is necessary.
This became known as administra
tion attitude following conference at
White House between Sec'y Lansing
and Pres. Wilson.
. Evidence now in hand, it was stat
ed, eliminates any necessity for fur
The Laconia incident what shall
be done and how it shall be done is
altogether in hands of Pres. Wilson.
Any decision must come from him.
The president has no immediate
intention of again going to congress.
Official interpretation of Laconia
Incident as "clear-cut act," did not
bring in the word "overt act," but the
manner in which it was described left
strong impression that such was in
That the "overt act," which Pres.
Wilson has said "I will recognize and
so will the country recognize it when
it comes," has occurred, is the opin
ion of many officials. Some flatly
called it "moije ruthless and lawless
than sinking of Lusitania, since Ger
many has since promised to refrain
from sinking unwarned great passen
ger liners that had Americans
Believed incident will not call for
declaration of war. Pointed out that
all president wants at this time is
money and explicit power to protect
lives and property at sea.
CONGRESS SPLIT OVER GIVING
POWER TO PRESIDENT
Washington, Feb. 27. The house
foreign affairs committee, 'split on
Pres. Wilson's request for authority
in the international situation, failed
todayJ;o report out the Flood bill giv
ing the president that power.
Instead, several committeemen
sought to inject amendments.
The upshot was that the commit
tee voted to send the amendments to
the president for consideration this
afternoon." The committee is to meet
again at 4 p. m.
The main fight was against giving
the president power to arm American
ships carrying munitions.
In the meantime the same objec
tion was met at the senate foreign
relations committee session.
After a two-hour session behind
closed doors, the senate committee
broke up. No decision had been
Sinking of the Laconia with loss
of two American women's lives
strengthens Pres. Wilson's position,
even among pacifist opponents, yet
it did not serve fully to assuage the
opposition to the "other instrumen
talities." The answer to pacifist opposition