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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 26, 1917, LAST EDITION, Image 5

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Washington, March 26. Every
precaution against German spying or
German ruthlessness within the na
tion is being taken by the govern
ment. To guard against such things is
main answer behind orders calling
out fourteen militia regiments in
nine states.
That others may be called soon
seems likely today. Next logical step
along same line would be calling out
of Pacific coast militia. While these
forces stand guard over arsenals,
munition plants, ship yards, docks,
big bridge spans and public buildings,
the navy is crowding its recruiting,
raising additional men authorized
when Pres. Wilson signed order mak
ing maximum navy strength 87,000
This strength will be increased to
100,000 if present plans are carried
out by congress. While these war
like preparations proceed, the army
has completed a reorganization into
six departments.
The military arm proposes to take
no chances with German intrigues.
The Zimmermann - Mexican - Jap
anese plot and others convinced the
nation of extent to which Germany
could and would go. Now that war
grows daily nearer, the government
naturally foresees the -possibility of
trouble within the nation, aimed at
such vital tilings as plants Construct
ing ships or munitions.
As for racial disturbances, that is
regarded as a possibility. If it comes
the militia is the likely policing force
to cope with it
While wax preparations continue
within the country, there is much
inspection of foreign problems.
Threatened German drive against
Russia offers ominous possibility, for
if Germany could by any chance
crush Russia into a separate peace
the war situation would be swung
enormously to Germany's advantage,
' giving her a reh 4ease on' life. If,
on the other hand, Russia stanh
firm then Germany is nearer end of
her rope, and with the United States
added to her enemies, she may quite
likely "throw up the sponge" within
very few months.
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Petrograd.-r-Russia was convinced
today Von Hindenburg's retreat on
western front is first move in a drive
on Petrograd.
Coincident with retirement came
news of great massing of men and
munitions on northern boundary. All
parties in Russia were awake today
to realization of imminence of new
peril to nation, and this served to
smooth out factional differences.
Government leaders are impress
ing Russian people with belief that
kaiser hopes to restore bureaucracy
and the czar to power again by tak
ing Petrograd before new govern
ment can have completely organized
and strengthened army.
Spciastic leaders are causing
most' concern to new government
They, favor peace at once one So
cialist newspaper even making sug
gestion today that Russian soldiers
should walk out of their trenches
and fraternize with Germans. Thus
war would end and Russia's example
of fraternalism would spread, bring
ing peace all over the world.
Amsterdam. Chinese minister to
Germany has formally requested his
passports, fulfilling rupture in diplo
matic relations recently decreed by
Pekin government. '
Berlin, via Sayville Wireless.
German submarines have sunk dur
ing last few days total of 25 steam
ships, 14 sailing ships and 37 trawl
ers, in addition to losses already
made public. In addition to ship
losses, an English biplane was de
stroyed by gun fire from submarines.
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Philadelphia. S. C. Long, general
manager of Pennsylvania railroad,
dropped dead.

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