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3WM&y4 Che WMngfartt WEATHER FORECAST: Increasing Cloudiness Tonight (Full Jloport on Pago Two.) HOM EDITLON NtTMBEK 8749. WASHINGTON, WEDNESDAY EVENING, DECEMBER 5, 1915. PRtCEONE CENT. UTILITIES GIVEN CHANCE TO CUT RATESSAMEAS DID PHONE CO. Commission Asks Appropriation of $16,000. in .Urgent Defi ciency Bill for Completion of ' Valuation Work. Mass of Data Already Gathered, But Two Months More Will ; -Be Required Board Em powered to Order Reduction. ; ' I As the work of. valuation progresses, the same opportunity as was afforded the Chesapeake and Pbtomac Telephone Company to make a voluntary reduction in j rates will be given to other public! utilities, according to an announce ment of officials of the Public I Utilities Commission, today. i The commission has asked thatl there be included in the urgent deficiency bill an item of $16,000 to be made' immediately available for the completion of thevalua-t t'ons of the properties of the utili ties. About two months, ot was said, will be required to complete the work, the law proiding that before the final determination of values 4he commission shall, after 'a notice of not less than thirty days, hold a public hearing on the valuation OPPORTUNITY FOR CUT. in the moontlmc. cooles of the pre liminary reoorts of Dr. K. W. Hemis. head of tho valuation bureau, will be furnished the utilities concern upon which. If Inclined, thev may base a re duction n rates. This action by the Chesaccake and Potomac Telephone Company." Is expected to result In a uavlne to subscribers of 105,000 annual ly. Approval of the new schedule for tic phone service does not bar the com mission from ordering further reduc tions or chunges In the rate scheuu.es upon tho completion of tho work of valuatloil. In Dr. Bcmia' report cer tain Items. It was stated, are tti tenta tive form only, and some time will be required to complete the work. Pending thefma. dScrndnaUon of values the ""? oMIO.OOO each, on charges of con- j -' Ja, no?" re.oYv' ?" 3SwPKE commission approved the new schedule I splrmg to destroy commerce with the cluSon from gormanv's mlUtarv suc o as 'to make the reductions available i allies and using the malls to Incite arson ces.ies which nobody' .nn any longer at the earliest practicable date. Has Much Evidence . The commission has before It a mass of evidence as to the value of the prop erties of the Potomac Klectrlc Power Company, the cas companies, and the traction companies, but theie remains, it was said today, considerable work to hp done Tho work is divided between the en gineering and accounting branches. Tho englncciui i iuucii. c.i m ieiu,ru.i to umk an Inventory of the phyai -al piopertls of the' milliter, hus about completed its work, with the oxceptlo i of the gas companies. Trc aocouniiiK division, uhotio wotk Is to obtain fi.m the booka of the coinpanloa romplute ,n formatlon as to their iliiunclal nut us end to ascertain the original valuo and the cont of production of the compa nies properticri, Ih compltirig Its report oil ts Invcstigiitlon of tho Washington Itullwav and Klectric Companv -Hid the AVaahlngtoti and Georgetown Gas U,jht ompanles. SPENT $110,850 FOR NEW EQUIPMENT Washington Railway and Electric Company Sap This Sum Ex pended During Last Year. Following the report made public by the, Public Utilities Commission i da tive to the condition of too equipment of tho Washington Hallway and Ulec trlc Company, figures ulvcn out bj the company show that during iht last year 9110.S50 was spent on equipment, an lu ce easo over the preceding ear of S3i,uo. Thft rommlftfilon slntnri thnt wlitl., noted an Improvement, further bettor-' ment was iookpii ror. A liht of defects of which mention was made by H c. Kddy, former engineer of the commis sion, iaa been sent to the company. Nomination of McChord to Go to Senate Tomorrow President Wilson will send to the Senate tomorrow the nomination of C. C McChord to succeed himsolm as a member of the Interstate Commerce Commission. Mr. McChord, who Is now chairman of the commission. Is serving an unexpired torm of four years, which expires' this week. ' Ho will bn appointed this time for a full seven-year term. "Florida & Wrt Indian Limited." Atlantic Coast Line, 3:05 p. m. Only train carrying through sleeper to Or lando and Tain na w Hi one night out arm-v. Office, 1106 N. Y. ave. nw. AdvU FOURTEEN XMAS OPPORTUNITIES Opportunity No. 1 Blind Grandmother and Mother With Three Children Under Twelve Year, $520. Frantically tiylng to keep a roof over her head and her family, con sisting of three children find a blind mother, thin woman, on. tho verge of a nervous breahdowm had become thnioughlydlsccuragcd, because, with nil hi'V Woi'li. tho children were running the streets. She wub at the point of parting with them Avhen tho Associated Charities wns snt to tho rpscito. The husoand and father, who had deserted, la now horvlng a term In tho penitentiary for u crlmo which -ill forever bnnlnli him from the home. Tho ret nw uro alt wi-u and lmppy. Vile children bo retrularlv tc school and Sunday -school tnd are well behnved at, noma, because the mother nag boen helped to remain wjth her family und fc-lvo then' the euro thev need, but another vear of thin cHry must bo nssnred Ten dollars a week or S3 JO a yean wll enable thin family to continue to have a mothers lovo and rupprvlslon. Opportunity No. 2 Deserted Wife and Four Children. $260. Deserted before tin birth o( her youngest child, fiow.fou'r years old, this nioth-r, weal. nlid.Uirouru;Cd. placed two of her four children In an Institution, Through tint close co-operation of tho relatives, rhiuoli antUrhmda. the two younirst Oilhlrcn were kept with their rriotliU. .Tho twy Hilldren In the Inatltutlon willed like flowers cut -from the parc.nt sUjm -Vow they are at home. ThH home la one of neatnennanrtrefiiioment Whllo the mother takes In wlnir. he flndfl time ifoi; a dal.l.v wnlK with her children. Her heart Is full ot arntltudo toU-ard thoo who have hHp.-d to keep the chll dion bv her sMe.l l-.yery offort has failed t Aid the deserting hus band. Five dollav i w.eeh,or I26f a year In noded for this family. Opportunity No. 3 Mother and Two Children. $312. Married when hardlv mqre than a child to a worthless man, who. after brutal treatment, .left her rennllesn. this HUle n-nthor was forced to place her two- little boys In an Institution, The only . fh.r.!?i.",tt." r:.Mt M" '' H-ant Is "A Jiome find mother." If $6 a. nccn ur imi a yoar run n.i ur it,.i.tw- ,' ""t n,8trlfn i.m - . . . , . -. -,.. ............ rf. nil) u iii inc yriir. Opportunity No 4 A Deserted Wife and Four Small Children. $364. .Mono, tills wio.-.gc.i and deserted wlfo failed to .am enough money to provide a homo ioi hur four iieautir.il little children. All fffoits to lo.nte the. dos-iting h ishund and father failed. Almost dls- aien ,j In crcer for them to was the emphntlo anwt'i- .nothci i. .and M.rely friends will be raised up UHud7 In yo.r Im of nocd Will y..u back up thM decision and e to It that these lftJi.-n..areAc."1 l"id' "'"J1" "Other's car.-, for she knows )i"v von to take en ro of them lwllnr iimn week or J.1C4 a year will be m-.led. Opportunity No. 5 Father Incurably 111, Wife and. Four Children. $260. V Ith hr husband Ineumblv 111, hi a hospital this mother i work ing early and lrvte to !ep her four children with her. the youngest (Continued on Seventh Page.) 3 PLOT EXFENDS OVER 0. S. Von' Pabc'n Named in .Plan to Wreck 'MUnijjons Factories! in the West. SAJ FRANCISCO, Dec' IS. Dial Ger man agents who have planned the. blow ing up of American munitions factories and conspired to plant bombs aboard American vessels are numbers of an organized staff with a vy:cm of offices spanning the United States, is the belief of Government authorities today. De troit has entered inlo the scope of the Government investigation, and an In quiry Is ex xpected to disclose whether ; BOM CHAIN agencies are operating In a number of ch.-'and on the colunTnofTho S"r V other big cities. l8h empire are written 'n glowlnir let Iiarou George Wllhclm ven Brlncken, tera the same words us on Belsluizju-'s Charles C. Crowley, formerly a detective ; p.la ..imih , ... ... . for the German consulate here, and Mrs. wIlPffoTflom Vow'for'tho mis$) Margaret Cornwell, Crowloy's employe, ' which comes upon the world, for thi are under indictment and ut liberty on danger to which clvllli.a'ion is exposed 'and murder. Von Papcn Is Named. Evidence which brought about their indictments Is .said by Government In- vestigators to show that Captain von Papen. of the German i-mbassy, passed on the prices for "service" In the de- rn,.tinn nf nn nxnionivn ninnt at Pit.ole. , Cal. The Federal authorities today tried to determine possible connection between the dynamite plots and an attempt to smuggle four Germans Into tho United States abuaid a United Slates troop transport, frustrated with the arrest of the aliens and four American soldiers on tho transpprt. The Americans are said to have aided In the smuggling plot. The transport arrived from Hon olulu. Plans for the destruction of munition plnnts at Aetna, ind.,. and Ishpemlng, Mich., were revealed when there were made public the details i f the Indict ments. Gary, Ind,, and Pineoln, Cat., also were suggested to nn alleged agent of the conspiracy as a fortlle field for simi lar work. Two fires and explosions oc cutrcd later at Piueole at the plant of (Continued on Third Page.) BULL MOOSERS. 100 Windy City Progressives Want Party to Hold Its Convention There After Republicans. CHICAGO. Deo. IS. While Chicago hotels today were flooded with reserva tions for th" Republican national con vention, June 7, local Progressives were laying plans to bring the Bull Moose national convention here, June 21. The Progressive national committee will decide definitely on the convention when it meets here January 11. The' Progressive convention is plannod after those of the old parties in order to act on platforms and candidates ot the Democrats nd Republicans. Chicago hotel men were certain today they could take carv or both national conventions without Inconvenience. CHICAGO IS AFTER - nr,i n niini.Lmni !. ..,. .:..- -:- -- .......,.. little body. IIiom- boys will have have enough bread to eat7" "No." a nru . i.V. Seven dollars per BLAMES ALLIES FOR Head of German Treasury Sees Judgment Written on Walls of British Empire. 11ERUN (la Snvvllle. Dec. 15. Re sponsibility for contlnunnoj of the Viar must rest with the nhles. Dr Karl Helfferlnh, impel Wl necretary of the treasury, told the relchrtag lr. discus sing Gei man'y' s finances. Quoting; from th- stilpturea tc d'rlve home his point. Dr. Hel:tei-ich p.-cdlct- ?..i.. 2 dm'nfn ""! dissolution of the uitiiciii. cuii'iru. .u')'e ,sl.a,n,t ke rotks In the soil cf dispute. The losnonslbllttv full tinin these who in folieli vi im'tnal nllualon ' still now speak of Germany's unnllilla- "on ana ihmiiiioo nna or winning TiTr 1 rf er.Th"rremarks were made during hi8 statement to the rolchstag n the 1 first reading of the bill for additional i war credits of J2,GO0,C0O,t)OO. He con- 'rastert tho financial situation in Ger many with that In the countries of Ger many's enemies. Great applause followed his statement that Germany has now opened "the Iron door of the Danube, barring the way to the far East." The words. "Mcne, Menc, Tekel, Up hnrsln," appearing on the wall In Rel shaszar's palace, were Interpreted to mean : "God hath numbered thy klncdom. and finished It. Thou art weighed In tho balance and found wanting. Thv aingaom is aiviuea anu given to Medes and Persians." the Congressional Union Leaders, Unalarmed by Proposed In quiry, Continue Fight. "We collected one more thousand to day for Congress to Investigate." This was tho sole commentv of Miss Alice Peul, chairman of tho Congres sional Union for Woman Suffrage, on the resolution of Congressman James F. Uyrncs. Introduced yesterday, calling for an Inquiry to determine whether the ltO.000 raised by the Congressional Union ot a mass meeting on Sunday Is to bo used In lobbying. Other leaders said they welcomed the tno.ulry. Miss Paul sent workers of the union, headed by Mlas Helen Todd, of Cali fornia, to the Capitol to see Congress men Kltchln, Pltsgorald, and Pago re garding a hearing of the envoys of Western women voters before tho House, "We will keep on Introducing resolu- VJ11" Jnt l we et tht hearing." said Miss Paul. The women were going to Interview Mr. Kltchln, who, they said, had prom ised there would be no Democratic ob jection to n hearing on the floor of the IlVlpe, and to ask Mr. Pago why he citTVJd a halt on thn proceedings yester day with his objection. WAR'SCONTINOK SUFFRAGE FUND IS INCREASED By $ 000 14 HOMES IN NED CALL TO MS GIVERS Associated Charities Offers Op portunities to Invest in Hap pindsS of Unfortunates. PAYS DIVIDEND 365 DAYS Those to Be Aided Victims of Unfortunate. Circumstances Beyond Own .Control. Here In yo'ir opportunity to do Rood for Christmas. The Associated Charities today offers you ltJ annual Christmas opportunities fourteen of thorn. These opportunities afford chances for investment In tho happiness of fourteen families. And tho Investment pays dividends etery one of the 3 diys of 19)6. Theso fourteen families represent an opportunity to -do Rood for sixteen adults and llfty-thrce children. They mean the keeping of these fourteen homes together. They mean that the children will 11M be thrown out upon Institutional cure... or 'Worry nlong In poOily nmintomed homes, or become a burden to the community It means (hat proper influence, wilt bo throvu about these children, und that their future as citizen mnj' be assured. Selected With Care. The families listed bv the organiza tion were selected from the many under Its card as those most uorthv and need ful. They typify the opportunity to cirrv out the fundamental aim of the Associated Charities to keep together and build tin homes. In no case is the neeM of help caused by the fault of the families themselves. The circumstances of ovcry one ot these families 'Is a web of uufortunato cir cumstance over which they had no con trol. 'Hie amount asked for'does not repre sent a haDhazsxd estimate. The incomes of these (amine -and, their, ncedailiave licen careful! vsiuafed. with members of the family -workers froin the Asso ciated Charities have gone over the nceoded expenditures. Sources of Income have been noted, and the amount asked for rcureseuts the minimum budget that will be needed for decent living. Tho families all aro those which have been under the care of the Associated Charities. They are families which tho organization has been working hard to keep together, and they represent not only worthy and deserving cases, but those which arc rich In chances of a hlch. rate of return to the community for the small investment asked for. Successful In Past. nnually the Associated Charities Sias sIjb fbeen offering these 'opportunities" for a number of years. The history of the families aided In previous years Justi fies the high expectations held out for the group offered this season. The "opportunities" are also In lino with the organization's efforts to bring cheer nt Christmas ttm In scor of cases which are helped out of funds given specifically for the Christmas dis tribution, not only is a Christmas din-! ner, and the essentials ' of a happy , Christmas Day given, but a ton of coal. or ciuuunK. or outer mings needed, goes with the temporary provision of cheer. Contributions should be sent to the ! neaaquaners ot tne Associated Chari ties. 02J ! strct northwest., or to Tho Times. HILTON JURY, OUT "Hopeless Disagreement" Re ported in Case of Ex-Policeman Charged With Larceny. Unable to agreo after deliberating from 5 p. m. yesterday until 10 a. m. today, a Jury In the caso against George T. Hilton, a suspended police man, indicted on a charge of house breaking and larceny, reported to Jus tice Blddons lr. Criminal 'Court. No. 2. thla morning that "they were hope lessly divided with no possibility of reaching an unanimous conclusion." The Jury Is understood to havo been eight for acquittal and four for con viction. Hilton was arrested January -8 last on tho charge of breaking Into tho garage of Charles B. Church and steal ing a iipark coll, wrench and othor au tomobile accessories. When the case wjis llrst heard during tho summer be fore Jusllce Stafford, a Juror became 111 at- the conclusion of the Government'!, testimony and a mistrial resulted. Tho present trial began last week and has been vigorously prosecuted by As sistant District Attorneys Kawken and Arth. and as energetically defended by Attorney George P. Hoover. The de fense waa that the property waa stolen by one of the witnesses produced by tho aovcrnm'ent. Ford Peace Ship Arrives At Port in Scotland LONDON, Dec. 15.The liner Oscar II, carrying Henry Ford's band of warring peace advocates, arrived at Kirkwall today. 1 7 HOUR DIVED Yuan Shi Kai Pledges Empire Will Cement Friendship With U. S. AWMWtMt EMPEROR YUAN SHI KAI. FROM SALDNIKI Port Yielded to' Anglo-French & '. -AIJBiJtairtRiirBftran Border;, 8ALONIKI. Dec. 15. The partial withdrawal of Greek troops from tho vicinity of Salonlkl. under the agree ment with the Anglo-French, will be. gin late today. Only 12.000 Greek troops will remain In the garrison. ATHENS, Dec. lB.-Offlclal dispatches to tho Greek war office today report a lull In the battle ulong tho Sepbo-Greck border and declare that no large force of Bulgars has yet crossed the Greek frontier. Small ecoutlng parties that ad vanced over the border In pursuit of the- allies. Immediately withdrew upon discovering their mistake. In making public these dispatches, of ficials did not .itate at what time they were tiled. It Is possible that press re ports of aBulgar invasion may be borne out In later war office advices, though officials believe that Bulgarian troops will not enter Greece. To Await Event. Pending new developments s.t the frontier, the government has no an nouncement to make. "The ministry has decided to shape 1U policy according to the course of events," said a semi-official statement. The main body of expeditionary fcrces hac retreated further toward BalonlRl. Scarcely more than a division or Angio French troops remains in the trencnes Just Inside the Greek border to oppose an advance by Bulgarians or Austrians. Throughout yesterday desultory artil lery exchanges across tho border con stituted the only fighting. Invasion Reported. Reports or the Invasion of Greece by Bulgarian troops came from Salonlkl. One dispatch said Bulgarian troops had pressed southward across the Border from Monastlr. A telegram from Mo lina, south of Monastlr, made no men tion of such an Invasion. The other re port said tho Bulgarians had crossed south of Glegvelt, near Mavadala, Greek military authorities believe these reports may havo .been started by excited civilians in Salonlkl, who, rear ing an attack by invading armies, al ready havo made preparations to leave. A Joint commission or Austrian and Bulgarian officers Is administering af fairs in Monastlit recently captured from tho Serbs. Violent Fighting Begins At Krithia and Suvla Bay, Turkey Reports CONSTANTINOPLE. Dec. 1!. Accu rate fire by Turkish artillery at tho Dardanelles forced hostile Bhlps to withdraw, Tilcw up nn enemy munition depot, and destroved a French block house near Sedd-Ul-Bahr. It la officially stated. Violent fighting has occurred both In the Suvla bay and Krlthla regions. LONDON. Dec. 15. Tu'rhlsh forces In Mesopotamia shelled the British base at Knt-El-Amara for three days, and then delivered two attacko. both of whloh were renulsed. General Townshend re ports today. , Italians Continuing , Goritz Bombardment LONDON. Deo. IS. The Italians are still hammering away at the 'Austrian positions around Goritz. The town of Goritz Itself has again been bombarded. Austrian officers who have been through many big battles on the East ern front descrfre the Italian artillery nre aa more rerrinc ami conHnlioUSI than any ther have previously exptrl - CBced- ssscSl. vi 'l-kiy GREEKS WITHDRAW In First Public Statement, As serts New Rule Will Be Con stitutional Monarchy. CHANGE WILLED BY PEOPLE Declares Republic .Considered by Popular Conventions Unsuit able for Historical Reasons. (Copyright. 1915. br United Press. Copy right In Great Britain.) NEW YORK. Dec. IS. In the nrst public statement by Emperor Tuan Sht tTnl. cabled today to the United- Press, the newly proclaimed monarch of China mokes known to the world tho dominat ing reasons , for the abolition of the republic. The Emperor also announces his future policy toward America, and states his purpose to employ every ef fort to cement the friendship between the two nations. Submits To People's Will. The cablegram follows: "To the United Press. New York: "PEKING. Dec. 14. Your telegram has been translated and submitted to his majesty's perusal. I am Instructed to reply as follows: "The sovereignty of the Chinese re public resides In the whole body of the people. The conventions of the people a representatives, considering a republic unsuitaDie on account of Historical rea sons and public opinion, and wishing to establish permanent peace, have unani mously adopted a constitutional mon archy. '"The status of state chief Is naturally suoject to public win. The acting legis lature, has reported to me the same and stated that the provincial and district conventions of the people's representa tives have unanimously elected me Em peror. "Firm refusal unavailing, I have been rorcea to submit to tho people's will, and have Instructed thn illfTprntit mln. lstrles and departments to make prep arations. The necessary preparations having been made. I will be .-enuested to carry" them out with due considera tion. 'Tin rplntlnnn ht.orn rhlnft trA America "have urtvays been most frioiii jl wiu uiu-JuiuiuM-oy; iMiiisv-wmrV to cement aun (loser thla friendship and to exert the utmost to promote the Industrial and commercial developments ui iuo lwo iiuuons. "ADMIRAL TSAI-TING-KAN, "Private Secretary." Constitutional Monarchy. The Chinese Emperor's statement to tne united Press Is the first informa tion that tho new monarchy Is to be a constitutional monarchy. Press dispatches from Peking had stated that Yuan Shi Kal did not In tend to assume the throne for some time, though he formally accepted the ofTer. In his messago to the United States the Chlneso ruler said he would "submit to the people's will" when the necessary preparations" havo been made. In transmitting the cablegram, however, hda Private Kprrptnrv rof.rr.H to Yuan Shi Kal as "His Majesty." ln- uiiuiiiis iimi in cnect. at leaBt, lie Is now Emperor of China. Declares That But for Them and Ignorant Vote, Suffrage Would Have Carried State. But for the pauper or.d Ignorant te the suffrage amendment would havo carried In New York, Mrs. Ctrrlo Chap man Catt told the Sent, to Suffrage Com mittee today. Five hundred women urged action toward u constitutional amendment. "Our workers teporled." 'said Mrs Catt. That In many precincts every voters was bo lgnornnt that ho nad to have aid In irolnjt tbi oufi the processes of casting hU ballot. All the inmates of nlmhouses and all paupers were voted by tho machine In their attempts to beat our amendment '' "New York, you know. Is very lib eral with its suffrage except ,to women." Mrs. Catt said that twenty-five years ago she hnd heard Chairman Thomas apeak In Colorado, und sho said hli talk had been responsible for the suc cess of the suffrage campaign there. NOBEL PEACE WINNER IS PRISONER OF WAR Dr. Robert Barony, Rewarded for Research Ear Work, Now in Siberian Camp. CLEVELAND. Dec. 15. Dr. rtohort Barony. Nohel nrly.A nlnn.. - search In connection with the human car. who waa formerly a specialist at tached tho Royal Hospital, Vienna. Is a Russian prisoner of war. according to Dr. Franklin E. Cutler. Cleveland phy Blclan, who , has returned . here from Vienna. "Dr. Barony was captured when Przemysl fell Dr. Cutler said. "Ho was Bent to Siberia. I do not believe he has heard of the Nobel prize award ed him as announcement was made af ter his capture." Estimate Turkey Has 650,000 Men in Field LONDON. Dec. lS.-l'nder Secretary Tennant stated In !h hntw nf Mmmmi, that It wa rn'riilnl.1 TnrU.v. !,. uvin.i lmen In the nld. and the number might I be Increased to 1,000.00, IRS. CATT BLAMES NEW YORK PAUPERS BRITISH GIVE i ;afe conduct TO VON PAPEN AND TO BOY-ED Embassy Notifies Department of State That Dismissed' Ger man Attaches May Travel Home Unmolested. Possible Ancona Defense by Austria Discounted Copies of Lusitania and Arabic Notes Given Vienna Envoys. The British embassy today end ed speculation concerning the re turn to Germany of Captains Boy Ed and von Papen, German em bassy attaches, whose recall had been requested by the United States, by announcing safe con ducts had been, granted. The matter of safe conduct for the successors of the two men has not been taken up, the em bassy said, Secretary of State Lansing not yet having reuested it. Any Austrian defense of the Ancona sinking on the ground of i5norance of the attitude of the UnitedStates on submarine war fare is discounted in the official annqtincemendsof the Stete De- r-H f rsaj1! v IJarfment'" that the- Austrian gov ernment had been furnished with official copies of all the notes sent to Germany in protest in the Lusi tania and Arabic case. SETTLEMENT EXPECTED. News dispatches from Vienna laid that the Austrian government waa pre paring to urge as a defense that it had no knowledge of the negotiations in the Lusitania cose except auch as It secured th-ough the newspapers, and that It could give no diplomatic value to these reports. It was officially stated today that copies of all the notes to Ger.many on the Lusitania and Arabic cases had been delivered either to Ambassador Dumba or to Charge Zwledtnek. Bv meeting this lino of defense be fore It had been officially presented, of ilcials believe the way has been paved for an immediate settlement of the An cona cose along lines satisfactory to the United States. Disavow Act. Strong Intimations have already been received that Austria Is prepared, in replying to tho American note, to, an nounce that the commander of the sub marine has failed to report and cannot be located, and that therefore, tho Im perial royal government has no recourse but to disavow his act and make what reparation Is possible. This will satisfy the United SUtes so La1 aa-.t ,. Ancona case ts concerned, but officials are not so certain that Austria will make any promise con cerning future submarine activities. It is pointed out that the Ancona note does not exact pledges from Austria governing tho futuro conduct of Its submarine operations. This feature of the situation. It is said, may hold the matter optn for future discussion. Secretary of State Lansing had r fif teen minute conference with President Wilson today. It was understood that he obtained the President's advice as to his course In handling tho diplomatic negotiations with Germany and Aus tria when the Secretary Is left alono to sit on the lid whllo the President is on hla honeymoon. Officials were hopeful, howover, that tho critical stago of tho negotiations with Austria would pass before the President's departure Satuiduy night. Effect of Plea. It Is freely stated that the interi o sltlon of such a plea of alleged ig norance at this crtUcul Juncture hi the proceedings following tho sinking of tho Ancona would plainly bo an effort l-J prolong negotiations and correspondence and deln matters. Tho United States ...111 ..... ...... ....!. .. . . . .1. n 1a n I .Tilt nub vuii;i iuiii nuvii u. iica ui .- norancc, but will pi ess for an linmeril- uie -scuiumcm oi mu .iii-uiiu tuau u the tortus set forth in the Aincilca.i nolo of Monday. Mnoso terms nre mat tno Austrian government denounce tho sinking of tho Ancona as un Illegal and ludcfenHlDJe act; that the officer who perpetrated tho nt Ia nttnl.linil .mil tlint iiAmnlntA .... adequate reparation bo made to Ameri can citizens whoso rclatlvea or property were lost when the steamer waa sunk by an Austrian submarine. Stato Depuitmer.t officials said Aus tria would bo glen a icasonahle time In which to comply with tho demands; that the United blales wts ready to discuss any logical or reasonable Phase of the matter whlrh might not have been mado plain to Austria in tho ex tremely pointed and direct note, but that no quibbling or inlnclug ot words over absurd propositions would bo counten anced for a moment. Montenegrin Retreat. BERLIN (via wireless to Sayvllle. I. I.), Dec. 15. Several hundred mnf-o .Montenegrin prisoners nave necn tako. near the Grab-lirodarcvo 'Inc. tlm v,n, off I co announce,! this afternoon. 8mil,i west of PlevUe. the em my has been drHeu across tho Tara river.