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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 21, 1917, LAST EDITION, Image 3

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Heads of the militia division of the
war department, while unusually
close-mouthed, showed similar activ
ity to that displayed in that branch
immediately preceding the -(presi
dent's mobilization of the national
guard for border duty.
While navy department heads were
as uncommunicative immediately
following the extra session call as
were army officials, it was believed
here that a call for the mobilization
of the naval militia is not far off in
fact, that such a call might precede
any similar call for state land troops
Washington, March 21. Not since
sinking of Lusitania' has the presi
dent been buffeted by such demands
lor war. His cabinet seems favora
ble to hostilities and from all over
the country come telegrams and let
ters urging instant action against
German high-handedness on the
For the first time it became known
today that there are many secrets
about internal political situation of
different belligerent nations in the
hands of this government which
have never been even suspected.
Many of these enter immediately
into consideration of this govern
ment's course now.
Those who favor war argue aiong
the following lines for instant action:
The people are ready for war and
need only the tall;
Sounding of single patriotic note
would augment recruiting to man
army and navy to full required
Declaration of war would encour
age entente soldiers in field; encour
age Russian revolutionists in prompt
and definite information of sound
government; materially depress Ger
many and bring peace nearer.
There are some cabinet members
who think entrance of this country
into war now would result In move
ment in Germany such as rocked
Russia and which might overthrow
German imperial government, which
entente has held must be destroyed. ,
As one cabinet member expressed
the situation, "Germany'has punched
us in the stomach. A state of war
exists. It's up to us to go after
One of the biggest steps in munic
ipal ownership ever discussed before
the city council has been referred to
Rodriguez and Buck, to be drawn up
into an enabling act to be presented
to the state legislature.
Alderman Rodriguez said the bill
would provide that:
1, The city should have the right to
operate all cold storage plants, de
pots and public markets.
2, The city should purchase and
sell all foodstuffs, meat, poultry,
eggs, etc.
3, The city should have the right
to operate coal and -wood yards and
ice plants.
4, The city should own the milk
depots and buy and sell all milk and
dair products.
5, .Bakeries, ice cream and candy
factories should be managed by city
and the products sold by city.
6, The city should have power to
erect and operate electric light, pow
er and gas plants and city may bor
row money to aid in the maintenance
of same.
This plan was outlined to 51 wom
en who met the subcommittee today,
as representatives of the Mothers'
league of Chicago, to protest" against
the high cost of food.
Mrs. E. P. Sandberg acted as
spokesman. She asked: '
"What are we going to do about
the rising prices. Milk is rising,
meats are going up, and, now that
summer is approacning, the price of
ice will be raised. We can't afford
to pay the price. What are you go
ing to do about it?"
In answer, Aid. Rodriguez told of
the enabling act for public owner
ship as a remedy for the high prices
of foodstucs,

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