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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 13, 1917, LAST EDITION, Image 5

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Washington, March 13. A general
peace move will be launched within
three or four months, according to
views of diplomats and officials.
In the opinion of military men,
0 government authorities and repre
sentatives of foreign powers here,
there are many elements at work
which are tending to bring great
world war to its closing stage.
These elements include an increas
ingly acute food situation in all war
ring nations, particularly among the
central powers; a growing unrest
, among peoples as indicated by dis
satisfaction manifested toward en
tente cabinets; possibility of any one
of principal nations breaking sudden
ly under military strain; and grow
ing belief that neither side can
achieve an overwhelming victory
such as would force a strictly mili
tary peace.
It is now believed that Pres. Wil
son's suggested "peace without vic
tory" will result in fact and possibly
not later than July L By that time
all believe that empty stomachs and
physical ' and financial exhaustion
will have argued successfully for ter
minating struggle.
As one diplomat here expressed it,
"an empty larder may serve to re
store reason." As result, belief grows
here that Germany will do every
thing in her power to prevent en
trance of U. S. into world war.
If this country does enter, central
powers feel that it would serve only
to prolong the struggle.
There are reasons to believe that
Germany will exercise every precau
W tibn against sinking an armed Amer
ican merchant ship without first
complying with every stipulation of
international law demanded by this
By July it is believed that success
or failure of the U-boat will have
been determined.
. If it does tbe service expected by
the imperial government, it is be
lieved the war will degenerate into a
contest in which the survival of the
fittest stomach will win.
If the U-boat campaign fails, Ger
many may be forced, "for the sake of
her women and children," to make
further peace overtures. In all
events, the U boat promises wheth
er a success or failure to hasten the
end of the war.
Political events, shaping in Eu
rope, are read here as the handwrit
ing on the wall.
England and France both have
their cabinet crises, while the Rus
sian and Italian situations indicate
disruption or weakness.
Germany may drive against Rus
sia or Italy as the must vulnerable
adversaries, and this may serve to
inflict such a blow as to enormously
lessen opposition against central
, t oo
Paris, March 13. Strong German
offensive on Louvemoht work of Ver
dun easily repulsed by the French
forces. Sousonne was bombarded
during night. Between the Avre and
the Aisne French successfully raided
German trenches. French forces
also successfully repulsed two at
tacks, one on Crouy road, other near
Beaulne and Chivy.
Berlin, via Sayville Wireless.
Much disputed height 185 maintain
ed tenaciously against numerically
superior force.
Washington. About sixty German
submarines were captured and de
stroyed between Jan. 1 and Feb. 15,
according to reports reaching here,
first authoritative word of entente
sucess in coping with undersea boats.
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Denver. Louis F. Swift and J.
Ogden Armour, Chicago packers, do
nate $1,000 each to Denver boy

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