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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 07, 1917, LAST EDITION, Image 3

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reward in event of war between the
two countries.
Another "nest of plotters" was
Germany consular service in Amer
ica. Such aliens as had close con
nection with kaiser's consular agents
and who cannot satisfactorily explain
these connections, are to be arrested
at first suspicious action.
All Chicago's wireless stations, in
cluding those operated by amateur
and commercial interests, number
ing about 2,800, were closed at noon
today by the government, with the
exception of the wireless base at the
Great Lakes naval camp.
.Several foreigners have been ar
rested in the stockyards. They are
suspected of plans to poison meat.
Many were arrested in the plant of
Wilson & Co. As a result 100 addi
tional guards were thrown around
that plant Other packing firms are
erecting picket and barbed wire
Lieut. LM. Stevens, in charge of
navy recruiting, issued an appeal to
mothers to urge their sons to go to
Lieut. F. R. Kenney, in charge of
army recruiting, expects heavy en
listing this afternoon. onaccount of
the half-holiday.
Six hundred naval "rookies", wilj
leave the Great Lakes training sta
tion tomorrow afternoon, bound for
the east and actual war service.
Army and navy officials sent word
to all those who took advantage of
training camp at Fort Sheridan last
summer to enlist
Several more men, suspected of
strong German sympathy, ques
tioned by Hinton Clabaugh, dept of
justice, or placed under surveillance
by police.
Almost at the stroke of Pres. Wil
son's pen yesterday Chicago drew up
at attention, the process of mobiliz
ing began and the naval call had
been to man the first line of defense.
At nightfall 500 trim lads of the
naval militia were drilling under their
30 officers in the training ship Com
modore in the river at State street
They may leave "for the east" to
night. In the Great Lakes Naval Training
station over 2,000 apprentice seamen
were taking their lessons in forma
tion, drill and bayonet practice that
will fit them for the service.
Hundreds of the lads in blue had
come from cities downstate, where
they had been awaiting in readiness
for the calL
While Chicago's contribution to
the navy was fitting itself and mak
ing ready to be off, the national
guard units were also expecting a
Hundreds of rookies drilled for
hour after hour in the armories of
the First, Second, Seventh and
Eighth regiments. On the North Side
the Fjrst cavalry was making prep
arations that would enable it to an
swer "Ready!" when the flash came.
In every unit of the national mili
tary organization hundreds of re
cruits offered their services yester
day, and, with real war at last that
young chaps had been waiting for,
recruiting figures took an upward
In the aviation corps the first day
of war was felt. Over 300 young fel
lows, the pick of the recruits,
swarmed to the federal building to
join the most dangerous but also the
most adventurous wing of war serv
ice. The total number of applica
tions for the past two days is over
The city itself took on a martial
air today. The khaki or neat blue
uniform was a common sight in the
loop. With dozens of recruiting
offices opened in the downtown dis
trict, one was reminded on every
.hand that Chicago is making an

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