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he, too, is starving; but with the evi
dence of Belgium as witness of the
brutality to which German privates
may be driven under orders of their
officers, no one dares predict that
even the mothers would be spared if
the order to fire should be given.
On this unpredictable factor turns
the fate of Germany and the hopes
for early peace.
Whatever may be the ultimate out
come, mark May 1 down in red as the
day on which the fate of Kaiser Wil
helm and the line of the Hohenzol
lerns will be in the balance.
SIGN ON CZAR'S PALACE TELLS
WHAT LIBERTIES RUSSIANS
MAY NOW EXPECT.
Petrograd, April 30. From the
czar's Winter Palace, until recently
the seat of most autocratic of all
modern governments, a sign today
proclaimed rising tide of world de
mocracy. On eve of May day, Minister of
War Gutcfckoff issued an order strik
ing last bonds from army of new
Russia. It is with this new spirit of
freedom that Russia will celebrate
tomorrow. Keynote of the day is
struck by sign stretching across the
front of palace, fashioned by hand
of workmen now knowing the mean
ing of liberty. It reads:
"The proletariat of all countries
The orders issued by Minister
Gutchkoff today were put forth at
the suggestion of the private soldiers
themselves. They provide:
Hereafter all soldiers are to be con
sidered citizens of Russia. (Under
autocracy's rule they were not even
supposed to be units of the nation
they were supposed to die for.)
Complete religious freedom.
Free speech guaranteed.
Attendance at church services not
Mail from trenches shall not be
All mail, including pamphlets, shall
be delivered' to soldiers at front.
The servile "sir" abolished In re
plies by private soldiers to officers.
Hereafter privates shall say merely
"yes" or "no," without the "sir," in
answering officers. Also, soldiers
hereafter need not salute their
officers "unless the soldier wishes."
Privates, however, must come to "at
tention" when commanded to do so.
Corporal punishment in army com
It Is in this spirit of complete free
dom that "Free Russia" will cele
brate May day tomorrow.
SATURDAY EVENING POST IS
ORDERED OFF STANDS
Judge Dever in the superior court
today upheld the right of the city of
Chicago to order the newsstands
confined to the sale of daily publica
tions published in Chicago. The
action was taken in the decision
handed down in the case of the Cur
tis Publishing Co., owners of the. Sat
urday Evening Post, against the -city.
The city argued that if it allowed
The Saturday Post on the news
stands it would be forced to allow
other similar publications and that
in time the newsstands would re
semble well-stocked novelty shops.
The Curtis people charged that the
order was issued by the police dep't
to throw off out-of-town publications
at the. instance of the Newspaper
Publishers' ass'n, who feared the sale
of outside papers would hurt the Chi
o o ,
DO YOU KNOW THAT "
Fresh air is the best tonic?
Spring gardening has lengthened
It's the spring fly which makes the
summer pest? - (
Today is the best time -to begin to
build for health?
A mosquito-breeding pool may
mean malaria later on?
A good water supply in the spring
may save an undertaker's bill in the
U. S. Public Health, Servica.