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whole question of high prices on
foodstuffs. Ass't Sec'y Vrooman of
the department said today. "It would
assure the planting of vastly more
acreage for one thing.
"Armies can be raised at any sea
son of the year, but wheat has its
planting season and that a very
short one. Once this season passes
we must wait for a whole year before
there is another.
Meantime our peopleand our al
lies might be starving."
It is admitted that the jump in
bread prices has come under the eye
of the department, but pending con
gressional action on a measure to in
sure full war powers it is taking no
action in the situation.
Meantime officials believe the
bread rise in New York will not be
followed by bakers in other parts of
the country at least for the time
SENATE BEGINS FINAL WORK ON
DRAFT LAW HOUSE
Washington, April 27. Under
"forced draft" pressure the senate
began today its concluding drive to
put through the president's selective
conscription plan for raising an
A night session is in prospect in
the upper house. Sixteen senators
have said they would speak.
"Three great things to convince
the enemy of the futility of continu
ing the terrible struggle" are neces
sary, declared Senator Jones, Wash
ington, favoring conscription in open
"We should first drill, train, equip
and make ready at the earliest stage
an army of 1.000,000 men; second,
we should conserve our national re
sources and human power by de
stroying throughout the nation the
liquor traffic ; third, we should stamp
our profession of democracy with the
ral of sincerity by enfranchising the
"rity. intelligence, purity and 1
lofty patriotism of our women,"
"No substantial or overpowering
reason is presented," he said,
"against selective conscription."
An indication of the trend of senti
ment in the house was given in gen
eral debate. Forty-three members
spoke for the Dent bill and its accom
panying colunteer provision. Eighty
one spoke against it and for straight
selective draft army.
Chairman Dent of the military
committee, speaking for the volun
teer plan, and Representative Kahn
of California, ranking Republican
member, leading the administration
forces fighting for conscription, were
to be the last speakers.
Many amendments are expected.
The principal ones are Representa
tive Kahn's amendment for straight
selective draft army. Representative
Madden's providing that each state
shall raise its quota of men in pro
portion to population, and Represen
tative McAr-thur's authorizing Col.
Roosevelt to raise a volunteer army
before the draft starts.
WOULD COMMANDEER SPUDS
"Commandeer all potatoes in Illi
nois for seed purposes," urged Mar
tin J. Gillen of Racine at the confer
ence of mayors in council chamber
today. He said Wisconsin plans to
keep tab .on all potatoes in cities and
farms of that state, so as to guard
against shortage of potatoes for
BITS OF NEWS
Twelve-cent bread predicted for
Chicago next week.
Miuwaukee. Flour jumped 80
cents a barrel over night here and
dealers predict it will go higher. The
wholesale price quoted today was
$14.90 a barrel.
Washington. Sec'y of Commerce
Redfield asked congress for appro
priation of $50,000 to relieve food sit
uation by introducing fish into more