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the capitol to seal with his name the
tremendous step taken by this gov
The first blows will be struck at
once against Germany. Secret orders
covering precautionary steps' with
in and without the nation will be
flashed from Washington.
What these orders are the admin
istration is concealing because of
their military nature.
The nition is now ready for money
and for its men.
Two million youths will be wanted
within the next two years.
Billions of dollars will be required.
Measures covering both these
great needs are drafted and ready for
First great war budget, asking over
three and a half billions, is up for
discussion today in house appropri
Military committees have been in
formed of the administration's selec
tive conscription bill to raise great
Closing hours of congress debate
on war measure were thrilling with
patriotism, though, however, there
ran a chord of pacifism.
Miss Jeannette Itankin, woman
member from Montana, tearfully an
nounced that, while she wanted to
support her country, she could not
vote for war. Her evident grief and
signs of mental struggle brought
cheers from warrior and pacifist
While war step sproceeded, pros
pects of other American nations be
ing brought into struggle loomed up.
Brazil was reported to be on the
brink of trouble with Germany, -while
from Argentina came reports of
British pressure to force lifting of
Within our own nation all govern
ment departments redoubled their
energies in war tasks. There is to
be a spirit of co-operation and co
ordination that will profit by mis
takes of other warring nations to
ward the end that the American war
machine shall operate smoothly and
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BRAZIL ANu BOLIVIA MAY MAKE
WAR ON KAISER.
Rio de Janeiro, April 6. Brazil
may declare war on Germany.
Official announcement today of
sinking of Brazilian steamer Parana,
killing three Brazilian citizens,
aroused most intense anti-German
"The situation is most grave; a
declaration of war against Germany
may be declared," declared Foreign
Sec'y Muller today.
It was generally expected today
that Brazil would seize all German
ships interrfed in her harbors and
immediately proclaim hostilities
There was intense anxiety today
as to how situation would be affect
ed by presence of 500,000 Germans
in Brazilian state of Rio Grande.
Information here today indicated
that Bolivia would probably follow
Brazil in declaring war on Germany.
GERMAN SHIPS IN U. S. PORTS
SEIZED BY GOVERNMENT
New York, April 6. 91 German
ships lying in United States ports
have been or will be seized today by
the government. Vessels represent
total tonnage of 594,696 and are ly
ing in nearly every important port.
At New Londori marines took
charge jof North German-Lloyd liner
Willehad and put crew of 365 under
At Hoboken several ships, includ
ing huge Vaterland, and at South
Brooklyn piers German sailors were
removed from their ships and were
taken, it is believed, to Ellis Island.
Five German ships valued at $12,
000,000, and with crews totaling 300
were seized at Boston.
Liners Rhein, Neckar and Bulgaria
were taken in charge at Baltimore.
Officers were put on parole and per
mitted to go to a hotel. Marines
took charge of crews. Marshals on