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House to The Hague for conference
with German representatives. The main intrigue, however, whereby Germany hopes to start a movement for her enemies to ask Berlin lor peace was apparently being exerted through German" So cialists. Suddenly Socialists in Teutonic empire have become favored individ uals. Their leaders been assidiously cultivated by German officials. Ger man censorship has been unpreced ently loosened to permit their com municating with Socialists in such enemy countries as Russia. Most of all, the drastic German rules prohibiting departure of her men from the empire and of holding of communication with enemy citi zens has been formally raised to permit departure of Philip Scheide mann and other Socialists for con ferences with Socialist comrades of enemy nations. The Russian government may not be falling in with Germany's intrigue, but certainly Russian ultra-Socialists have been communicating with Ger man Socialists and some Russian radicals have left for conferences with Germans. Germany evidently is exerting tre mendous pressure through using her Socialists for a separate peace with Russia. That may be main part of her peace plotting. But feelers en countered today indicated this as only a part "of German scheme to' obtain a strategic position. It was noted in all peace "feelers" Germany is carefully avoiding any mention of terms. In meantime German newspapers, in obviously inspired articles, are reiterating fact that Germany can not make any important concessions from terms unofficially noised about at time of Von Bethmann-Hollweg's proffer in December. Danish foreign office today formal ly declared Danish Socialists were not participating in supposed Social-onferences. THE SUPREME TEST IS HERE ALL MUST SERVE Washington, April 16. It's up to you to do your bit This is not a war in which soldiers alone will serve their country; It will be necessary for every man, woman and child to forget they are individu- als, to forget their personal ambi tions for place or profits and do what will aid most toward a successful prosecution of the great war. This is in main the text of the pro clamation of Pres. Wilson, which to day is being acclaimed one of the greatest war messages ever written. "The supreme test of the nation has come," says the proclamation. "We must all speak, act and serve to gether!" Aside from the 2,000,000 for army service, there is needed, says the president, thousands and thousands of men for work in fields, factories and mines, that the resources of the country may be developed to fullest advantage. The world's food reserves are low, he warns, and America now has a duty to supply not only itself and its army, but the nations "who are fight ing the same cause as we. He impressed that the man who toils that food and supplies may be furnished tne great army "will be serving the country and conducting the fight for peace and freedom just as truly and-just as effectively as the men on the battlefields." Why this plea for everyone, man, woman, child, to do not just some little thing to help, but everything in their power to aid toward victory? "We are fighting," the president says, "for what we believe and wish to be the rights of mankind and for the future peace and security of the world. To do this great thing worth ily and successfully we must devote ourselves to the service without re gard to profit or material advantage and with an energy and intelligence that will rise to the level of the en terprise itself."