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COMPLETE AFTERNOON EDITION With Complete Wall StraH. mgitra m mt WEATHER FORECAST: Fair and Cool. (Full Report on Page Two) y l NUMBER 10,128. WASHINGTON, SATUEDAY EVENING, APRIL 7, 1917. PRICE ONE CENT. 1 31 GERMANS BLOW UP SHIP; 2 DEAD, 5 MISSING TWO RAIDERS REPOR TED OFF U. S. COAST ALL WIRELESS STATIONS IN CITY CLOSED Pa!T"''" MILK EXPOSE IN TIMES PRAISED Maryland and Virginia Produc ers' Association Lines Up . In Fight. HITS UNLICENSED SALES Convention Adopts Resolution Urging Strict Enforcement of Law Here. Indorsement of The Times' action in exposing the Importation and alo of unlicensed milk In the District was given, and support and co-operation with, the Bealth Department for the enforce ment of the law pledged by more than 600-fanners,- members of the Marylaod and Virginia Milk Producers Associa tion, In convention at the Raleigh Hotel today, by adoption of the following res olution: ''Whereas, there Is a law existing on the statute books of the District pro viding that no person shall ship milk Into the District of Columbia without first procuring a permit from the Health Department of the 'District, and Whereas. In order to get such per mits farmers are required to go to much expense in having their herds tuberculin tested, their barns and dairy equipment sanitary and in accordance 'with the regulations prescribed by said Health Department, And Times' Stand Indorsed. "Whereas members of the Mary land and Virginia Milk Producers' Association have all complied with these regulations, believing It Jn their own InterAitatxJid to the best inter ests of the consuming public, and "Whereas it has been brought to the attention of this association that certain dealers are constantly bring ing milk Into the District of Columbia from farms which are unlicensed, and which cannot procure licenses be cause of unsanitary conditions, and selling it to the people of Washington In competition with milk from prop erly licensed farms, be it "Resolved by the Maryland and Vir ginia Milk Producers' Association, In convention assembled, that they most earnestly protest against admission of such -milk in the District, and urge officials of the government to see to it that all producers are made to con form alike to the requirements of the law. "And be it further resolved that this association does heartily Indorse the stand taken by The Washington Times in publishing the facts regaru Ing the sale of unlicensed milk In the District, and we do hereby pledge our support to the movement to bring about enforcement of the law, and to co-operate in every way possible with officials of the Health Department In seeing that the city's milk supply is safeguarded." Announcement Causes Stir. Announcement by George M. Oyster, Jr., the biggest milk dealer In Wash ington, that he will pay a scale of prices during the summer months slightly above that demanded by the producers, created a sensation at the convention and obviates all possibil ity, officers of the association say, of a milk strike In Washington at this time. The executive committee of the as sociation at a meeting March 30, voted to ask for a continuation of the winter prices throughout the summer months, and so notified all of the deal ers. The winter prices were S3 cents for milk testing 3 per cent butter fat and 24 cents for milk testing 4 per cent butterfat. Oyster, in his statement today announces that he will pay 24 cents a gallon for 4 per cent milk, half a cent a gallon in ex cess of the producers' demands. Oyster's statement is as follows: "In making new contracts with the producers of milk for their pro duct produced during the six months beginning May I, 1917, I will make the following offer for milk of satis factory quality, produced under satis factory conditions, and delivered f. o. b. cars in Washington: For 3.6 per cent fat, 23 cents a gallon: 3.7 per cent. 23i cents: 3.8 per cent, 24 cents; 3.0 per cent, I4U cents; 4 per cent, 24 cents; 4.1 per cent, 241 cents; 4.2 per cent, 25 cents: 4.3 per cent, 25 cents, and 4.4 milk, 22 cents. Ten Cents In Excess. "In making new contracts with the producers of cream for their product, produced during the six months be ginning May I, 1017, I will offer SI a gallon for cream containing 20 per cent fat, of satisfactory quality and produced under satisfactory con ditions and delivered f. o. b. cars In "Washington." Oyster's offer for cream Is 10 cents a gallon in excess of the price de manded by the producers. FRENCH AND PAGE CONFER. LONDON. April 7. Viscount French, commander In chief of England's "home forces" conferred with American Am bassador Page at the embassy today. GOVERNMENT ACTS TO GET LABORERS Welding of U. S. Employment Service and Civil Service Commission Planned. Orders were issued today looking toward official welding of the United States employment service and the Civil Service Commission into a single body for the purpose of supplying the Government's hard-pressed needs for labor. The entire force of each body Is at the disposal of the other for this pur pbse, and instructions were sent to officers in many large cities today to co-operate in securing labor. The orders effect an interlocking agreement between the two services, whose agents are instructed to comb localities where there are workers and no work, and to get such workers to go to districts that are short of hands. Blanks from the civil service are to be supplied to the employment serv ice officers at once, so that they may act for the Civil Service Commission. PROVIDES MARKET FOR CITY TILLERS The Times Arranges With Hotels and Managers of Stalls To Buy at Top Prices. The Times today completed ar rangements for a market for all the vegetables raised by Washington's gardeners this summer. Washington hotel managers ex pressed willingness to buy all veget ables raised by amateurs this sum mer. They are willing to pay top market prices, and the only stipula tion is that the vegetables be up to market standard and be delivered at the hotels. This willingness of the Washington hotels to co-operate removes the last obstacle. Many jrpsjpectlve garden era have held back because they did not know where they could sell veg etables without going from door to door. Not only the hotels, but the public markets want to buy as much of the vegetables as Washington's garden ers are able to raise. Inspired By Patriotism. Managers of these hotels and mar kets are doing this patriotically, and not because of a desire to save money. The vegetables they will buy from Washington's amateur garden ers will cost them more than they would pay for other such products. In an endeavor to co-operate with the War Department and relieve the railroads of as much freight as pos sible, so that they may have more cars for transporting soldiers and munitions, the hotel and market men are willing to forego cheaper con tracts with New York and Baltimore dealers, and pay higher prices In Washington. Managers of several hotels suggest ed that vegetables raised under the supervision of the central committee, of which John Dolph Is president, bo handled through a central agency, thus eliminating waste of energy and time. "We will be only too glad to help in every way possible," said the man agejr of the Wlllard Hotel this morn- (Continued on Third Page.) CAMP IS BURNED Military Authorities Suspect Fire at Fort Bills Was Incendiary. EL, PASO, Tex., April 7. The entire camp of the United States field am bulance Company A, at Fort Bliss, was destroyed by fire, believed of In cendiary orlgfn. this morning. Military authorities are Investi gating. MISSOURIAN CREW SAFE Quartermaster Wounded by Shell. Survivors Reach Genoa. Arrival of the entire crew of the tor pedoed American cruiser Mlssourian in Genoa April S was reported to the State Dopartment today by the Genoa consul. The consul's message gave details of how a 275-foot submarine torpedoed and sank the Mlssourian. The master declared the Mlssourian could have been saved had she been armed. Quartermaster Henry Swanson was slightly wounded in the forehead by a piece of shell while taking to the boats. TWO SHOT NEAR BRIDGES Soldiers Fire on Men Who Refuse to Halt When Ordered. TRENTON, N. J.. April ".Two resi dents of this city were shot early today for refusing to obey the orders of soldiers guarding Pennsylvania railroad property here. Frank Mc Grath, thirty-five years old, of 23K Clay street, was shot In the abdomen while walking along the towpath near the Greenwood avenue bridge. He is in St. Francis hospital. Frank Henry, twenty-five, 251 Bridge street, was shot through the Jaw while prowling along the river bank near the railroad stone bridge. He Is also In St. Francis Hospital. Both will live. The men were shot when they re fused to halt at sentries' orders. NAME LEADERS OFHOMEGUARD Commissioners Appoint Com mittee to Organize District ""Auxiliary Defense. MAJOR PULLMAN CHAIRMAN Civic and Trade Bodies Clubs Pledge Aid to Plans. and Appointment was made by the The Navy Department received a Commissioners today of a committee report today from the master of the consisting of Major Raymond W. lightship off Nantucket Shoals stat Pullman. chairman; Woodbury Blair, , ,nf tb1 a strange steamer, believed Odell 8. Smith, Daniel J. Callahan, to be a German raider passed there, William P. Eno. A. Leftwlch Sinclair, headed In the direction of New York, and Charles S. Shreve. to which will Efforts are being made to locate be left the details of the organlza- her, and should her identity be es tion of the Home Defense League of tabllshed as that of raider a fight the District of Columbia. may occur at any time. The first meeting of the commit-, The Navy Department also has re tee will be held In the office of Ma- ce,Ted "no",c'a.1 r'p.ort" "" a r,d Jor Pullman this afternoon. er ls " Virginia Capes. Representatives of Washington's trade bodies, civic and other organ! rations and clubs, at a meeting in the office of Commissioner Brown low yesterday afternoon, enthusias tically approved preliminary plans for the league. The hearty support or every organization was pledged. represented Representative Men rresent. Following the preliminary or ganization, opportunity will be offered every able bodied citizen of mature years in the District to enlist. En rollment probably will be confined to citizens or forty years and over. Amono- hn. ,...f .. ......,. meeting were. A. Leftwlch Sinclair, .w -;;.-i t", ,"... r;:,,. president of, the Chamber of Com merce; K. C Brandenburg, president of the Board of Trade; Ross P. An drews, president of the Retail Mer chants' Association; Charles 8. Shreve, president of the Federation of Citizens' Associations; Woodbury Blair, president of the Metropolitan Club: F. W. Clarke, president of the Cosmos Club. J. S. Easby-Smith. presi dent of the Washington Bar Associa- i tlon; Grafton S. Wilcox, president of the National Press Club; M. It. Park er, president of the University Club; Gen. George P. Scrlven, president of the Washington Riding and Hunt Club; Admiral H. Osterhaus, president of the Army and Navy Club; A, L. Baldwin, president of the Washington Society of Engineers; G. Wythe Cook, president of the Medical Society; John L. Weaver, president of the Com mercial Club; Melvln C Hazen. Dis trict surveyor; Dr. William C Wood ward, health officer; Odell H. Smith. Col. M. A. Winter, president of the Rifle Association; William P. Eno. Col. Semmes, president of the Military Service League, and D. J. Callahan. Actlte Support Obtained. Commissioner Brownlow expressed himself today as much gratified at the responses made to the Commis sioners' proposal that the league be organized. Many letters and telephone communications have been received Indorsing the project. The report of the committee of which Major Pullman Is chairman will be considered at a meeting to be held in Commissioner Brownlow's office early next week. BRITISH AIRMEN ACTIVE Bomb Railways Behind the German Lines In France. WJTH THE BRITISH ARMIES AFIELD. April 7 No appreciable change in the positions on the British front was reported today. British artillery caused another big explosion Immediately behind the Ger man firing line, and airmen were un usually active in scouting, bombing railways ami other railroad work, oer German back areas. There were a number of battles be tween the British and German machine... but it as slated that the British planes "fully achieved their ends." The publication of the first of the remarkable series of articles on "The Secrets of the Hohenzollerns,' is unavoidably delayed until Sunday, April 15, instead of appearing tomorrow, as was announced; . I BUT ' Judson C. Welliver, known to every newspaper reader in Washington, who is now in London for The Times, has written a most interesting story on LONDON IN WAR TIME It is the personal experiences of a man you know graphic ally told, as are all things that Welliver writes. IN TOMORROW'S TIMES LIGHTSHIP SEES STRANGERMR Newport Collector Warns All Shipping to Remain in Port. ONE NEAR VIRGINIA CAPES Sea Fight May Occur at Time, Is Belief In De partment. Any BOSTON. April 7. The Charlestown Navy Yard has been notified of the presence of a German raider off the New England coast, it was stated to day. NEWPORT. R. I.. Anrll 7-The Nantucket Shoals lightship today re ported a German raider sighted off the cape. Deputy Collectoi of Cus toms Walcott notified all shipping, and advised vessels to remain in harbor. It is believed naval vessels will im mediately be sent out in search of the raider. Collector Walcott said the report "! "'"" "K. ,,,Mr. "?' ft... ...I..J -- at.- aft.. UIJ. --- " lightship headed west-ln the direction of New York. It is under- stood the vessel was not near ehoujesvKfgj- order: However, the radio di- to be clearly distinguished. Coast guard cutters have endeavor ed to pick up further information re garding her, but up to noon all ef forts had failed. A message- from Siasconsett, on the Island of Nantucket, early today re ported a strange craft inside the three-mile limit. It ls believed the stranger may be a German commerce raider. KINGS COMMEND WILSON. George and Victor Emmanuel Send Their Congratulations. President Wilson today received personal messages of congratulation on bisistand In accepting the German challenge to war from King George of England and King Victor Em manuel of Italy. closesThiladelphia PORT Collector Stops Night Traffic and Restricts Da Sailings. PHILADELPHIA, April 7. The port of Philadelphia has been closed to all traffic by night and rigid restrictions on day time traffic have been placed by Collector of the Port William H. Berry, effective Immediately. STEAL BOTH CASH AND GUN. CHESTER. Pa., April 7. Frank Thomas carried a loaded rifle as pro tection against highwaymen as he was returning home. But two bold thugs, caring little for his armament, robbed him of JM0, and to make It worse, took the gun, too. To be fair to Thomas, he had no chance to fire on sight, having been tripped with out warning. BAN ON "BAD" SHOW ADS. CHICAGO, April 7. Chicago, which recently went on record agulnst the "bone-dry" bathing suit, has had another attack of civic virtue. The Women's Church Federation Is the moving Influence. Theso women have decided to establish a censorship that will exclude any information regard ing "bad shows" from the newspapers and billboards. TOMORROW OFFICERS SEAL RADIO DEPOTS Ninety-two Stations in Wash ington Closed for Duration of the War. NAVY IN CHARGE OF ALL All Commercial Plants Already Taken Over by the Gov ernment. Officers of the naval communication division of the Navy Department be gan today the work of closing ninety two wireless plants in the District, in acordance with the ExecuUve order Issued by President Wilson. Action was taken today following a conference between Secretary of the Navy Daniels and Capt. D. W. Todd, chief of the naval radio service. Reg ulations wlll.be promulgated late to day or tomorrow, In Third District. The District Is included Ih the Third radio district established by the Navy Department, the whole area of the district consisting of a part of New Jersey, a part of Pennsylvania, Dela ware, Maryland, and Virginia There are 013 radio plants or sta tions in the Third district. This number does not Include any so-called commercial -stations, as there are none that are not actually in control of the Government already. Navy In Charge. All supervision of the radio plants In the country passed to the Navy Department with the issuance 'of the President's war declaration and exec- vision of the Department of Com merce has much data and Informa tion about the various plants that will be used by the naval officials. All the plants sealed by the Gov ernment will be closed until the end of the war and a close watch will be maintained to prevent violations of the regulations and subsequent or ders. Plants at Sayville and Tuckerton, N. J., are closed. CREDIT FIRST MOVE President Will Recommend Proffer ' of Billion to Allies. The extension of a credit to the allies of over $100,000,000, and prob ably as milch as $5,000,000,000, will be the first step of actual participa tion In the war under the plan to be ruggested to Congress by the Presi dent, It was learned today. NO MORE GERMAN MAILS Postmaster General Announces Sus pension of Service During War. Postmaster General Burleson Issued an order today suspending mall ser vice to Germany during the continu ance of hostilities between that coun try and the United States, and In structing all United States post offices to refuse to accept any mall destined for Germany and also any mall destined for Austria Hungary, Luxembourg. Bulgaria and Turkey, mall for which countries cannot be dispatched to destination at present without passing through Germany. Mall from the countries last named which may be received In the United States will be sent forward to desti nation. KAISER IN U. S. NAVY. BERLIN, Mass., April 7. Kaiser, of Berlin, has enlisted in the United States navy to fight against Germany. Don't get excited; he's not the papa of the Crown Prince, but Roy Kaiser, and his home Is in Bcrlih, Mass., very far from Potsdam. GERMANS HERE MAY BE FORCED TO MOVE None Allowed Within Half Mile of Navy Yard, Bar' racks, or Other Post. Any unnaturalized German living within half a mile of the Washing ton navy yard, the Marine Barracks, or other Government posts in Wash ington may be compelled to move to more remote locations, under thj President's proclamation fixing rules of conduct for "alien enemies." The President's proclamation pro vides that: "An alien enemy shall not approach or be found within one-half mile of any Federal ' or State fort, camp, arsenal, air craft station, government or naval vessel. naVy yard, factory. or workshop for the manufacture of the munitions of war or of any prod uct for the use of the army or navy." Secretary Daniels said today the Government had not decided how this regulation ls to be, applied. He said all officials had been so busy since the declaration of war that there had been no time to take this matter up. EXPECTAUSTRIA. TO FORCE BREAK State Department Officials Look for Tamowski to Ask Passports. The State Department today ex pected hourly to receive from Count Tamowski,. Austrian ambassador des ignate to the United States, a request for his passports. While without official dispatches' from Vienna, State Department offi cials were Inclined to regard as ac curate news dispatches which said the Austrian ambassador had been in structed in ther -evenrrsf T "declara - tlon of war by Congress, to break diplomatic relations with the United States, and demand passports for him self and his suite. The State Department will ask the British and French governments for a safe conduct for Count Tamowski, Baron Zwledlnek, and other Austrian embassy attaches, if demand for pass- ports is made. Feaaeld Net Recalled. It was officially stated by Secretary Lansing today that Ambasador Pen field was not recalled from his post at Vienna by the United States Gov ernment. He was ordered to return for a conference. If relations are broken at this time, therefore. It will be on the Initiative of. the Austrian government and not on that of the United States. No official advices have been received as to whether Bulgaria and Turkey plan to follow Austria's contemplated plan of breaking relations with the United States. Neither has the State Department any advices with refertnee to the request of the Cuban president for a declaration of a state of war with Germany by the Cuban assembly. Count Tamowski has never been rec ognized as ambassador to the United States. He has been here for a month or more, cooling his heels and waiting for the United States to recelvo hlai formally as a diplomatic envoy. Count Tamowski succeeded Dr. Duma, whose recall was asked by the United States because of his propaganda activi ties. Geneva Report. GENEVA, Switzerland. April 7. American Ambassador Fenflild, at Vienna, has demanded his passports, and will probably leave tomorrow, ac cording to a delayed dispatch received here today. LONDON, April 7. Information contained In dispatches from The Hague today asserted that American Ambassador Penfleld and his staff had been formally given passports and that the Netherlands government (Continued on Third Page.) DROP IN WHEAT CROP SEEN Forecast of 430,000,000 Bushels Against 481,744,000 In 1916. A forecast of a production of about 410.000,000 bushels of winter wheat, which compares with 481.744,000 bushels In 1918, was made today by the Bureau of Crop Estimates. There was a decrease In condition from December 1. 1916, to April 1, 1917, of 2J 3-10 points, as compared with an average decline In the past ten years of about four points be tween these same dates. The average condition of winter wheat was 6J 4-10 per cent of normal, against 78 3-10 per cent on April 1. 1916. The average condition of rye on April 1 was 86 per cent of normal, against 87 8-10 on April 1. 1916. MEXICAN CAPITAL QUIET. Communication, re-established to day between Mexico City and Wash ington revealed no fighting In the Mexllcan capital and did not confirm the report that General Carranza had been Imprisoned. It was stated 'at the State Department. CORMORANSDNK ' INGHAMPORT Surviving Officers and Crew of Interned German Raider Made Prisoners. WAS PRIZE? OF ' -EMDEN Auxiliary Cruiser, Orfginally Russian Merchantman, Cap tured First Day of War. Refusing to surrender their vessel to the American naval authorities, following the declaration of war be tween the United States and Ger many, the crew of the German In terned cruiser Cormoran blew' up their ship yesterday in the harbor of Guam. ' One German warrant officer and one enlisted member of the crew were killed by the explosion and one of ficer and four enlisted men are miss ing, and believed to be dead. The fatalities are the first of the war. An official report on the Incident was received at the Navy Depart ment today. There were no Americans killed or injured. Surviving members of the German crew, consisting of twenty commis sioned officers, twelve warrant of flicers, and 321 enlisted men, have been made prisoners. The Cormoran was chased Into Guam by Japanese warships early in the war. She had been preying on commerce in the Far East. So close was the pursuit that her crew burned all the interior woodwork of the, "84 under the"boIlers In order to make port. During the Internment of the Cor moran there bad been constant fric tion between the, German officers of the warship and 'the American naval authorities at Guam. Department Gives Details. A later official Navy Department statement was as follows: "The German auxiliary cruiser Cor moran was blown up in the harbor of Aprs, Island of Guam, today, by the crew of the Cormoran, sinking immediately. One warrant officer and one enlisted man are dead, one nlckwarrant officer and four enlisted men are missing, twenty officers, twelve warrant officers and 321 en listed men have been made prisoners. "On October 28. 1914. the thirty-five-foot cutter Ocean Comber enter ed the harbor of Apra in charge of Lieutenant von Elpons of the im perial German navy. The 'boat and party of three officers and four na tives of New Guinea had been at sea for a long time, having left S. M. S. Cormoran for the purpose of sending a cable to San Francisco for supplies. The date of the cipher was October 12 and the location of the Cormoran was not disclosed. "Permission was not granted to send the cablegram and the officers and men were interned. Cormoran Makes Appearance. "On December 14. 1914, the German auxiliary cruiser Cormoran appeared off the harbor of Apra, and sent a radio asking permission to enter for coal and provisions. She was allowed to enter and the commanding officer permitted to visit the governor. "Commanding Officer Juckschwerdt stated that be had Just come from the South Seas and was short of coal, had only about fifty tons on board, and requested 1,500 tons and provi sions to reach his home port In Ger man East Africa. The governor re plied that he could only furnish 200 tons of coal, and thirty days provi sions only could be "spared, and the commanding officer was given the al ternative of departing within twenty four hours or being Interned. "On December IS, 1914, the com manding officer decided to remain in port, and the ship and its personnel were Interned. "The following were on board: Twenty-one officers, one midshipman, eleven deck officers, 307 petty office ts and men. four Chine. e and twenty nine South Sea natives. Captured From Russians. "The Cormoran, formerly a steamer In the Russian volunteer fleet, was captured on the morning of August 3 by S. M. S. Emden (noted German raider Emden, finally run down by British patrol fleet after creating havoc among allied commerce for many months) and was formally put In ser vice as a German auxiliary cruiser. Her name before capture was the RJaesan. "During peace she was In the pas senger trade between Shanghai and Vladivostok. "She was a new. speedy ship, built at the German works of Schlehau. She was taken to Tslngtao and u overhauled, and could do better than seventeen knots. "She was equipped with guns, manned by a German crew. The old German gunboat Cormoran waj be ing dismantled at Tslngtao, and the captain and most of hpr crew were transferred to the newly converted auxiliary cruiser. She was taken the first night of the war, and was the first prize of the Emden. "The Russians claim she was taken I '