and develop an unpleasant complica
tion when a vote comes.
The house will doubtless pass the
bill in view of the fact that it takes
awav use of the "other instrumen
talities" that vague power which
congress felt might encroach upon
its war making rights and give the
president, too great power.
Washington. Ambassador Gerard
sails from Corunna, Spain, today,
dispatch to state department said.
Washington. Austria has officially
denied one of her submarines sank
the American schooner Lyman M
Law, Ambassador Penfield at Vienna
cabled the state department today.
COUNTRY DRAWS NEARER WAR
AS CONGRESS SQUABBLES
Washington, Feb. 28. The United
Stater closer to war today than in
Despite that danger, filibuster is
brewing in senate, threatening bill
giving Pres. Wilson authority to pro
tect Americans and their rights;
house members also still are grudg
ing as to extent to which they should
grant him power. It is expected
congress will finally give president
what he wants.
Germany still holding Yarrowdale
American prisoners, after weeks of
misinformation on subject; apparent
imminence of break with Austria;
interpreted speech against America;
and clear-cut overt act in Laconia
case served to make Teuton-American
relations more dangerous than
for long time.
Administration ready to go ahead
arming American merchantmen,
whether or not congress gives presl
. dent authority he asks.
Fate of president authority bill
rests mainly on Sen. La Follette, who
has been inclined to filibuster against
Berlin's unofficial admission that
she still holds Yarrowdale men "be-
e of infection" at their camp is
looked upon as flagrant insult by
Berne. Vienna dispatches indi
cate Ambassador Penfield would re
ceive today the answer of Austro
Hungaryian government to his re
cent request for statement of dual
monarchy's position on unlimited,
submarine warfare. This answer, it
is believed, will be complete support
of Germany's "ruthlessness." Break
with Austria similar to that with Ger
many by United States believed close
HOYS DIED AFTER THREE
HOURS IN LIFEBOATS
London, Feb. 28. Mrs. Mary Hoy,
the American woman who perished
in the Laconia disaster, died at 1:30
a. m., Monday, and her daughter,
Miss Elizabeiih, an hour later, ac
cording to details obtained by Amer
ican Consul Frost at Queenstown
and forwarded to the American em
Both died as a direct result of ex
posure in an open boat which had
been partially swamped in launching.
The mother and daughter were bur
ied in the sea at daybreak.
BERLIN JUSTIFIES SINKING OF
Berlin, via Wireless to the United
Press, Feb. 28. First editorial com
ment of German newspapers on the
sinking of the Cunard liner Laconia
justified this latest example of Ger
man submarine warfare by suggest
ing it was merely a carrying out of
the German warnings that hospital
shins would be torpedoed.
The' Taglische Rundschau called
attention to the practice of the Brit
ish admiralty in changing the char
acter of its ships.
"The Laconia," the editorial as
serted, "was on the British list of war
cruisers in 1916. If she has now met
her fate in the passenger service.
this is one case out of many, where
the English admiralty uses hips
fitted for warships one time as war
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