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TORPEDO AMERICAN FREIGHTER WITHOUT
WARNING ALL OF CREW SAVED
London, March 14. The American
steamer Algonquin, bound for Lon
don and laden with foodstuffs, was
torpedoed without warning on Mon
All of the crew of 27 were saved.
The submarine refused to assist the
survivors in the lifeboats.
The report of the torpedoing was
issued by the American consul.
The Algonquin was an iron screw
steamer of 4,833 tons. It was built
in 1890 at Cramp's Philadelphia ship
yards. Washington, March 14. Sinking
of the American ship Algonquin, un
warned by a submarine, confirmed
today the expressed administration
belief that Germany would carry her
ruthlessness into American shipping,
but for the moment did not alter the
Armed ships will venture forth and
for the time being at least will con
stitute America's defense against
Germany's illegal sea methods.
The sinking convinced authorities
that they have nothing to hope for
in the way of modified procedure on
The Algonquin sailed from New"
York unarmed when the American
ship Rochester started.
While there was general agree
ment that the Algonquin case does
not mean war at present, state de
partment officials regarded the case
as extremely serious and as tending
to show that Germany is making her
acts conform with her threats.
The general views, however, was
that, despite the overt character of
the case, this government, for the
present, is taking all the steps it can
through its ship armament policy.
Affidavits from members of the
crew of the Norwegian steamer Stor
stad, cabled to the state department
today, confirmed previous reports
that Germany utterly disregarded the
Belgian relief flag when she sank the
vessel without warning.
New York. Officers of the Amer
ican Star line said today that the
consignment of meat from Swift &
Co., shipped on the Algonquin, wasfi
valued at 800,000, and that in addi- J
tion there was a general cargo esti--mated
at about $700,000, making the
total cargo value about $1,500,000.
GERARD REACHES WASHINGTON
REFUSES TO TALK
Washington, March 14. Ambas-.
sador Gerard reached the end of his
7,00D-mile journey from Berlin to
Washington at 1:15 this afternoon
and his party was met at the station
by a large crowd of cheering spec
tators, friends,- relatives, government
officials and newspaper men.
Immediately upon arrival Gerard
was given a memorandum from the
White House, suggesting that he
continue to make no comment' what
ever on the German situation until
after he had transmitted his full re
port to i the state department and
Gerard was as closely guarded as
the president when he alighted from
the train at Union station, a large
number of'secret service operatives
being on hand to accompany him.
during his stay m Washington.
Gerard reiterated his million-time
repeated phrase: "I've kept talkless
for 7,000 miles, so I'll have to keep it "
up a little while longer."
18TH WARD VOTE FRAUDS
Further revelations into the 18thO
ward vote fraud plot are expected
daily following the indictment yes
terday of Emil Haucke, Herbert Zel
ky, Raymond Paez and Dell Car
michael, four Barney Grogan hench
men. Haucke is said to be one of
Grogan's right hand men. His bonds
were fixed at $10,000.