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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 06, 1917, LAST EDITION, Image 5

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Washington, April 6. A woman
furnished the most dramatic scene of
the" most dramatic session in the his
4Q tory of this nation's house of repre
sentatives. The woman is Miss Jeanette Ran
kin of Montana, the first woman ever
to sit in either body of the country's
The house passed the historic re
solution that says Germany has war
red upon this government, amid stir
ringscenes at 3:08 this morning.
The clerk drawled out the list of
names, recording members, votes.
Solemnly they answered. Some vot
ed huskily. Miss Rankin's name" was
reached. The first woman was to
vote on war.
Amid an embarrassing silence and
weeping, she advanced half way
down the aisle from her seat in the
rear. A storm that had ripped
through Washington like a noisy
horde of cavalry and that equalled
even the intensity of the storm that
continued throughout the president's
address to the joint session Monday
night was on.
Even in the close-packed chamber
and galleries the intermittent rumb
ling of thunder could occasionally be
"I want to stand by my country,"
said this woman, choking, "but I
can't vote for war."
Thunderous, hysterical applause
from pacifists and pro-war sides of
the house alike greeted this frank
admission woman's first official
9 voice in the house.
One had to yell and applaud to jam
down the lump in the throat But
"the lady from Montana" had slipped
out a side door, grief-stricken, and
she heard but little of the ovation.
As 1:30 a, m. Representative Brit
ten, Illinois, introduced an amend
ment to the bill that would have pro
hibited use of American troops in
Europe. Debate, which had been re
peated two and three times during
the day, switched to this.
Speaker Clark put the question to
a vote and it was overwhelmingly de
feated. Thirty-two Republicans, sixteen
Democrats, one Socialist and one
Prohibitionist voted against the war
resolution on final roll call.
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Buenos Aires, April 6. England
has put powerful pressure on Argen
tina to force raising of wheat em
bargo. It was learned on unimpeachable
authority today that British govern
ment has threatened an embargo on
coal as reprisal against grain ban an
nounced by Argentina.
Greatest alarm was manifest
among Argentina officials today.
They were hurriedly making another
inventory of republic's food supplies.
It was known, however, that without
British coal all railroads, all ship
ping and" all industries in nation
would be paralyzed. Argentina could
only survive with greatest privation.
Situation so far has been conceal
ed from Argentina public, officials
not desiring to reveal government
under coercion.
When Jess Willard's press agent
choses to put over a publicity yarn
the U. S. war dep't should not take
him seriously. A few days ago Wil
lard busted into print by announcing
his willingness to "do or die for his
country." He would lead a regiment,
he declared.
Yesterday the war dep't instructed
Capt. Kenney, in charge of army re
cruiting here, to offer Jess a place in
the recruiting service at $144.46 a
month. Capt Kenney looked for
Jess. Couldn't find him.
Note Jess "gets 51,000 a week
4 from a circus.

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