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HOUSE ELIMINATES VOLUNTEER
SECTION OF ARMY BILL
Washington, April 28. The house
today upheld the president's selective
draft plan for raising an" army of
500,000 men for service in Eurppe,
eliminating from the Dent bill a pro
vision authorizing the president to
call for volunteers and give that sys
tem a trial before resorting if ne
cessary to the selective draft.
The house vote was 279 to 98 in
favor the president's and the war col
lege plan to raise at once an army of
500,000 for service at some future
date in Europe if needed.
Miss Jeanette Rankin, first woman
to hold a seat in congress, voted
The house cheered wildly as the
affirmative vote was announced.
When to the surprise of members,
subsequent announcement of the
negative showed but 98 for the vol
unteer plan, the cheering and stamp
ing was reafening.
There was no record vote. That
will come later. The house when the
vote was taken was in committee of
the whole. A roll call will come
later in the day.
Speaker Clark, firm to the last,
voted for the volunteer plan.
When the record vote does come
many members predicted that many
of the 98 who voted against the
president's plan will have switched,
tehreby making the vote against the
volunteer plan even greater than that
recorded while the body was acting
in committee of the whole.
The Roosevelt division plan over
shadowed all other issues in the sen
ate today as the conscription army
bill neared a vote.
In the last hours of debates three
influential senators threw their in
fluence in favor of the Harding
amendment to permit Roosevelt to
recruit a volunteer envision. They
wore Harding. Lodge and John Sharp
Senator Williams, Mississippi, one I
of the president's most loyal sup
porters in either house agreed with
Lodge, but asserted that, while
Roosevelt was competent to com
mand a regiment, he was not fitted
to lead a division. Harding pointed
out that Roosevelt did not necessar
ily desire to lead the division.
NIn a scathing speech against pro
Germanism, Williams declared there
are 1,000,000 traitors' in America.
"I want to weed 'em out," he said.
"That's why I want conscription."
BRITISH TURN GERMAN LINE
FRENCH CAPTURE 20,780
With the British Armies Afield,
April 28. British troops have turned
the German "Wotan line." Half of
the village of Oppy believed to be
northernmost town of this German
defense front captured today in
desperately hot fighting. Arleux, a
trifle futrher north, also fell to tre
mendous British assault.
Paris. Since April 16 Gen. Ni
velle's advancing French troops have
taken 20,780 prisoners and 175 guns
including many of heaviest cali
bers 412 machine guns and 119
trench mortar. War office report
ed French raids in several sections
and numerous German counter-attacks
all along fighting front
SPRINGFIELD TO BE "DRY"
Springfield, III., April 28. Saloons,
of Springfield will close their doors"'
at midnight of May 3. In a lengthy .
decision County Judge J. B. Weaver
today sustained the demurrer of the
"drys" to the "wet" contest opinion. s
The demurrer was sustained in ev
ery particular and, though the
"wets" were granted leave to file an
amended petition, it is generally be
lieved the sustaining of the demurrer
will end the case.
The decision puts over 200 saloons
out of business.
Mrs. Pauline Jazdramski, 60, 5042
Elston av died from effects of beat
ing. Three women soug' -