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UNIVERSAL TRAINING MEASURE
UP TO' NEW CONGRESS
Washington, March 14. Pres.
Wilson's message to congress, called
in extraordinary session April 16,
will be sharply militant.
Defense measures such as the
country has not been called upon to
furnish since the Spanish-American
"war will be urged for immediate con
sideration and prompt action.
Universal training promises to be
the biggest sensation facing con
gress. Pres. Wilson and Sec'y of
War Baker have sent out an appeal
for "thoughtful public opinion upon
the needs and wishes of the country"
on this "radical departure from the
military traditions of the country."
In answer to the plea, newspapers
are found thus far tp favor about
five to one adoption of some uni
versal training plan.
But, according to military author
ities here, the newspapers are "far
ahead of the people" on the question.
Telegrams and letters from the
"folks back home" show strong aver
sion to any compulsory universal
service or training.
This registration of public opin
ion is being carefully compiled and
will be consulted by the president be
fore he addresses congress next
month. It is probable he will not
recommend the adoption of any spe
cific plan, but will strongly urge
"some .training measure."
RETURNING DIPLOMATS WILL
TRY TO PREVENT WAR
Copenhagen, March 14. Return
ing envoys and consuls from America
will try honorably to avert war be
Qjtween Germany and United States.
They will advise Foreign Sec'y Zim
merman that Mexican negotiations
were a mistake.
These statements were, made by
members of Count Von Bernstorff's
party just before leaving for Berlin.
Bernstorff appeared old and care
' .worn when he Jtft, -
MAYOR TO NAME SCHOOL BOARD
MEMBERS AFTER ELECTION
Mayor Thompson will appoint new
school board members after the April
election, he indicated yesterday.
Terms of seven have run out The
niayor has delayed because some
some anames he sent the city council
were rejected. After April ballots are
counted the mayor expects a council
that will co-operate with him.
Hearings of school bills were on at
Springfield yesterday. Outlook now
is school board will be empowered to
buy land, but the law of today, by
which the city council holds a check
on sales of school land, will not be
changed. Tenure ,of office for
teachers is getting a favorable hear
ing. BAPAUME DOOMED?
With British Armies Afield. Ba
paume seems doomed. ' If this cita
del which Hindenburg has called
"another Gibraltar" does not fall
before the end of the week it will be
because the British plans have been
Would not be surprising if German
retirement spread over far greater
Tokio. Official onnouncement of
presence of a German raider in In
dian ocean preceded receipt of dis
patches here today detailing destruc
tion by this craft of unidentified
steamer Fuka Maru, en route to In
dia. Berlin, via Sayville Wireless.
In the Ancre sector the British at
tacked in afternoon without artil
lery preparation between Achiet Le
Petit and Crevillers, and at night
both sides of Bucquoy. Repulsed un
der heavy losses.
Paris. Tuesday, south of St. Mi
hiel, French captured Romainville
farm and penetrated at four different
points up to second lines of enemy
between the Meuse and Apremont
Constantinople. Turkish troops
have taken up new position between
Bagdad and. Samara,