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WILSON INSTRUCTS RFN PFDCHINft MM• | klliMltiivi Commander of First Contingent to France Will Be Promoted by President. expedition being planked Details of Movements of American Army Will Be Withheld by Press— Pershing Will Dirsct Force Abroad. Washington, May 25 President Wil son revealed to Major General Persh ing he plana he has In mind In con nc. .Inn with the sendee of American troops in France. The general called at the White House by appointment and discussed the entire military situation with the chief executive. All the newspapers are permitted to print regarding his movements and those of the division under his command is that the general will precede the soldiers to London and Paris, where he will confer with the British and French authorities. By the time the troops arrive at their destination General Pershing will be thoroughly informed on the strategy of the allied campaign, the plans adopted for the training of his men before they are on the baitle line, and the part of the line which will be as signed to them when they are regarded as ready for action. Pershing to Get Secrets. General Pershing will have more to do, however, than making preparations. He will be the high military repre sentative of the president in Europe. He will confer with the British and French staffs and with the British and French commanders in chief. He will be advised as to the entire military situation, the steps taken to assure co operation of the fronts and the needs of the allies with reference to men and munitions. Up to this time, the president has learned the military situation and ne cessities of Great Britain and France from the lips of British and French representatives. These men have con cealed nothing, but of course they lack the American viewpoint, arid this Is what General Pershing will supply by cable. In the case of the Pershing division It wt’l we accessary to supply him with officers and men to replace those who may fall il! or be wounded or killed in action. The wastage in personnel is com ing to be more and more a mathe matical calculation. The war depart ment, therefore, Is arranging for a constant stream of troops to join General Pershing and keep his com mand up to its full strength. Keep War in Eurcp,-. In the president's raes>.-;i-e recom mending that congress decline the ex istence of a state of war, he said he would use all the power u. and all the resources of the United Stares to de feat rhe imperial German government. This can mean only one thing—the dispatch to Europe of all the men nec essary to achieve his purpose. “The war must be fought cither In Europe or on this side of the Atlan tic.” remarked a member of the cab inet especially in the confidence of the president. He this statement to make clear thar failure on the part of this government to act Vigorously and promptly might result Ir German success in Europe and leave the United States to cope alone with the German laud and naval forces. Ir Is expected that the president, under the authority granted him in the conscription law, will promote General Pershing to be a lieutenant general and probably a general. U-BOATS ENDANGER JOFFRE Paris Reminds Marshal of New York, as Crowds Cheer. Paris. May 25.—-The steamer on which Marshal J off re, former Premier Viviaui and the other members of the French mission to the United States returned to France changed her course shortly before reaeSflag p or j owing to 1 lie reported present* 0 f G er . man submarines in the ac . cording to the Temps. The warning was recced off Ushant, w hen the wireless r e p Ol -tpd that one or two German hNmiarines had succeeded in sinking cargo steamers in the same day i oca i_ ity in question. Enormous crowds wel c<itoed the French mission to the Unity .states on its arrival here from Premier llibot, Minister of j n . terior Maivy and other 0 f the cabinet were at the we j. come the envoys. “Why, this is like New yaid Marshal Joffre as the UNte, o i>iies which conveyed the the mission were halted on acco|^ f. ie density of the cheering croty- WILSON TO PROMOTE g tMS Commander of U. S. Fleet in £one to Be Vice Admiral I Washington, May 25,—j|j| Daniels announced that the Hfc tden ‘ t would send the name of Adu3g lui# to the senate for of vice admiral. Sims is In M |u}in( j of the American destroyers tt kMt ... V* U * THE WATERTOWN NEWS' iGSE G'JTICnnEZ GUERRA Jose Gutierrez Guerra was elected president of Bolivia on May 5 and will be inaugurated on August 14. Bolivia was the first American nation to break with Germany following the United States. NO LABOR PEACE DELEGATES Gompers Declines to Send Representa tives to Stockholm. Washington, May 25.—Another ef fort to get Americans to participate in peace parleys at Stockholm failed when President Gompers of the Amer ican Federation of Labor declined an invitation to send delegates to a Stockholm triple union congress to discuss tiie claims of labor in con nection with pieace negotiations. Federation of Labor officials inter preted the invitation as having been prompted by German Interests, inasmuch as the head of the Interna tional Federation of Tnfde Unions, which ordered the Dutch organiza tion to arrange the conference, is Carl Legein, a German labor leader. No meetings of the International Federa tion have been held since the war started. ARREST 2 CHICAGO BANKERS President and Cashier Held by State's Attorney After Failure. Chicago, May 25. —Thomas F, Mc- Farland, president of the Auburn and Morgan Park State banks, was taken into custody by detectives from the office of State’s Attorney Maclay Hoyne. The capture was made when the bank head attempted to leave the Auburn institution. William J. Cline, cashier and attorney for the banks, was taken with McFarland. The two institutions were closed by the state hank examiner after charges of frenzied financing hud been made against official. “The losses in the two banks will to tal S700.000,” said State’s Attorney Hoyne. Enlistment Under Age. Birmingham, Ala., May 25. —The fed eral district court here ruled in a test case that a National Guardsman en listed under age before the country was in a state of war cannot be dis charged after war begins on the ground that he is under legal age. A court-martial will decide a charge of fraudulent enlistment. Strike Vote on Southern Pacific. L.os Angeles. Cal., May 25. —Ballots setting forth nine grievances against the Southern Pacific company and ask ing a vote on a strike have been re ceived here by members of the four brotherhoods of railway trainmen em ployed by the Southern Pacific com pany, employees said. Mosquito a Pestiferous Insect. Moral philosophers, of course, mean ing those who have more morality than philosophy, have undertaken to explain the purposes of mosquitoes, observes a writer In the Providence Journal. On •the suppositious theory that nothing In nature is without a beneficent purpose, we used to be told learnedly that the mosquito consumed malaria germs and other things In the air, and so proved himself a kind friend to man. In view of the good thus conferred, the inci dental stinging done by the Insect was to be considered lightly. People who used to talk this way have been doing less of it in recent years, having learned, perhaps, that it was nonsense. It has been demon strated that the mosquito’s favorite habit is to load np his system with poi son of some sort or another and then seek out some human victim to inocu late. From all appearances this is the 1 only joy that life affords to a mosquitP, and it is all that Is accomplished by him during his brief lifetime, except to provide an ample number of de scendants to carry on the work. Signs. “Remember, my friend, that much money does not necessarily mean great success.” “No, but its entire absence is a pretty sure sign of failure.” Not Strange. “Strange how Mrs. Woodby Swell ! man hates everybody who is in trade.” “Nothing strange about it. People don’t usually lo\e their creditors, you know.” Its Cempsn—tlsa. “Money is nothing bat trouble.” | “That may be, but it Is the only kind [ ot trouble that la bard to borrow.” diii nrnT 1 tAtmniUiidun atn. 1 Everyone Eligible to Draft Until Rules Are Given. President Wilson Will Make Announce ment After Registration Is Held— Drawings by Lot. Washington, May 25.—The war de partment issued notice that no ex emptions from war service would he made at the time of registration. The exemptions will come at the time of the draft, stated by Secretary Baker to be about September 1. Here is the statement: “Provost Mcrshal General E. H. Crowder finds that many persons con fuse registration with draft. Each is a distinct process. Exemptions will he granted after draft and not before. Even convicts and alien enemies are -Migod to register. “Ih re is little difficulty in answer ug the questions which are asked in regard to registration, for there are no exceptions to the rule that all malt 1 persons in the United States between the ages of twenty-one and thirty in elusive must register, except those al ready in the military or naval serv ice of the United States. It is impos sible at present, however, to answer most questions in regard to exemptions, as the rules for exemptions are only outlined in the selective draft hill and must in many cases be drawn by the president. “From the lists of persons regis tered names will subsequently he drawn by lot. by the fairest system that can he devised. Persons whose names are drawn and other persons Interested will he given an opportu nity to present claims for exemption, exclusion or discharge from the draft and to supiagrt such claims by evi dence. “The determination of whether a particular claim for exemption, ex clusion or discharge shall he granted will be made by boards to be appoint ed by the president. These boards will function under the law and under regulations prescribed by the presi dent. “The only regulations that have as yet been prescribed are those govern ing the registration alone. The de termination of exemptions, and discharges is a second step, quite separate from the registration. “Regulations governing the deter mination of ' exemptions, exclusions and discharges will, when promul gated. be made available to all con cerned at the offices of the local boards. Until such regulations have been promulgated further informa tion cannot be given, as it might lator prove misleading; and even after the regulations have ben made public decisions concerning exemptions, ex clusions and discharges in individual cases cannot he made by this office, since the law provides that all such cases shall be heard and determined by the hoards to be established for that purpose.” 2S U-BOATS LOST IN WEEK Washington Told of Succaa* Against German Submarines. Washington. May 25. —Information has reached the navy department that more submarines are being run down, captured and destroyed than ever be fore. Although the exact details can not he divulged, it is known that the American destroyer flotilla has played en active part In the work. One report said that during the last week 28 German submarines were captured or destroyed. London, May 25. —The submarine menace is not yet “In hand,” but there Is no chance of “starving out” Eng land, Admiral Lord Beresford told the Empire Producers’ organization at a luncheon. “U. S. DOING ITS BIT WELL” Balfour Will Maka Abova Statement to Hit Qavernmant. Washington, May 25. —Arthur James Balfour will report to his government upon return to England that America Is doing Its hit well. Balfour so told the newspaper men in an informal speech at the National Press club. PICKETS ON GUARD IN WILDS Birds and Animals, Lika Soldiara, Past Sentries, and Many Ara Killed “Doing ThHr Bit." Man is not alone in placing gentries on guard in time of war. Birds and animals have been doing this for countless ages. Every gunner who knows anything about hunting geese is familiar with the fact that if he is to be successful he must always evade the wild goose picket. Most birds that congregate in flocks, particularly in winter, always put a picket on guard. The golden plover la an example of this. The British 'Star ling conduct their movements on mili tary lines. The beaver always posts a picket on guard and that probably accounts for the reason that so few are ever seen, although their work is much in evi dence. Sentries of the wild are often killed “doing their bit.” Much Battsr. He—Jlbbs can’t care very much about his wife. He never gives her a kiss or a caress. She — He cares the best way about her. He gives her hig whole weekly envelojMk _ WATERTOWN, WISCONSIN, FRID AY, iIAY 25, 1917. mi mw mtK link nniu hmm \\m m m mv m m mm m a m m *—• m i m mim 'nm* Capture Strong Positions of Foe and Take More Than 9,000 Prisoners. FRENCH CUT DOWN GERMANS Counter-Attacks in Regifi of Vauclerc Plateau Repulsed VV.th Heavy Losses, Says Official Statement Home, May 2D. —•Following 1 tori hours of terrific hombardmetfc, Italian at tacking forces broke through strongly organized Austrian Mims, extending from Castagnavizza to ine Adriatic, a distance of 14 miles, ciptured Jauini no and took 9,000 prisoners. Tins gain put General Cadoha’s army less than ten miles from Trieste. The war office *tateifivnt on Thurs day, announcing .the victory, stated that 130 airplanes participated in the fighting, dropping ten tons of bombs on the enemy, and I flat lire from ten British artillery batteries had aided. Strong Forts Clptured. The Italian forces occupied part of the area south f the Oastagnavlzasa- Boscomalo road, pasjied Boscomalo arid captured strong'forts east of Pietrorossa and Bagul us well us Jn rnian .. Tiie Austro-Hungari.tns at first were surprised and nonplused. To ward evening they launched counter attacks hut were repul* 1. , Around Gorizia, tlie statement said, a strong point on the slopes of San Marco had been eapttfoed and prog ress made around Monte Santo. Germans Suffer H??vy Losses. Paris, May 25. —Germed counterat tacks in the region of the Vauclerc plateau were repulsed with heavy losses, according to an official state ment Issued by the war office. Since May 1 the French have taken 8,000 prisoners in *his district. Russ Eager to Fight. Sebastopol, Russia, Ma> 25. —The of ficers and men of the local garrison have unanimously requested that they be sent to the Riga front to fight the Germans. Their action is in response to the speech of M. Kerensky, minis ter of war. and the appea of the coun cil of soldiers’ and workingmen’s dele gates. ■ - * - im ■ WAR TAX REVISION IN SENATE Committee Agrees on Provisions for Income and Excess Profits. Washington, May 25.—Revision of the $1 .500.000.000 war revenue bill, passed by the house, was begun by the senate finance committee. Reduction of the grogs tax levy of the bill by about one-third, or to about $1,250,000,000, is said to be favored by most of the committeemen. It is deemed certain, at least, that the ag gregate tax burden will not be in creased and that the committee will not consider adding the extra esti mates of $445,000,000 recently submit ted by the treasury department. Short term bonds to take care of the mil lions by which the total levy for this year probably will be reduced ap parently is generally favored. Chairman Simmons announced that the committee had agreed to the fol lowing changes in the house measure: To strike out the additional retro active income tax on incomes earned In 1916; To strike out all provisions for In creased second-class mail rates under the zone system, and substitute a low direct tax (probably about 2 per cent) on all advertising including that In newspapers and magazines, and of billboards, posters and street curs; and, To substitute for the house excess profits tax, on profits over 8 per cent of inverted capital, an excess profits tax based instead on average profits for a period of years, not more than five. The committee discussed only briefly the broad question of income tax rates, the house new normal tax, reduced exemption bases and In creased surtaxes and reached no de cisions. AUTOS COLLIDE WITH TRAIN Three Young Men of Prominent In diana Families Die. Bourbon, Ind. May 25.—Two racing automobiles filled with young men crashed into the side of a Pennsylvania train going 50 miles an hour here, kill ing three persons Instantly and Injur ing others. The automobiles were being raced down Main street at a terrific rate of speed, and when they crashed Into the train they were reduced almost to splinters. Neal Bowman, nineteen; Glen Rose, nineteen, and Walter Shakes, twenty-two, were killed. All the young men were from well-known families. U. S. TAKES VILLA'S BROTHER Arrested at El Paso While Planning New Expedition. El Paso, Ter., May 25. —Hlpollta Villa, brother of Francisco Villa, was taken in custody by federal agents on his arrival from San Antpulo. It Is reported he was planning a new ex pedition into Mexico, ONION MEN INDICTED Residents of Michigan. Indiana. Wisconsin Named. Accused of Conspiracy to Monopolize Interstate Commerce—Huge Prof its Are Made. Boston, May 25. —Eighty-eight cor porations and individuals were indict ed by the federal grand jury here for conspiring to monopolize interstate commerce In onions. The indictments, which were re turned as a result of a nation-wide in quiry into the cost of food conducted last winter by United States Attorney George W. Anderson of this city, al lege that the defendants divided the territory of the country between them for the purpose of eliminating competi tion ; that maximum prices were fixed for the purchase of onions, and that the supply was hoarded In order to in crease prices. Air. Anderson estimated that the animal crop of onions amounted to 200,000,000 pounds, fchree-fourths of which, he said, was alleged to have been controlled by the defendants. The indictments include the follow ing : F. S. Orr, F. C. Ort and E. E. Gandy of F. C. Ort & Cos., Churubusco, Ind. A. R. Mosher, F. E. Kenner and L. A. Schrader of the Columbia City Cold Storage company, Columbia City, Ind. Joseph Deal, Hooper, Mich. Elmer E. Gandy, Churubusco, Ind. Martin Boysen, Doster, Mich. Edward Oliver, Wauban, Wis. Henry J. Vinkemulder and Moses J. Dark of the Mlnkemulder company, Grand Rapids, Mich. VV. J. Hansche, Racine, Wis. BRITISH TRANSPORT IS SUNK Transylvania Torpedoed With Loss of 413 Lives. London, May 25. —The British trans port Transylvania was torpedoed on May 4 with the loss of 413 persons. The Transylvania was torpedoed in the Mediterranean. The following official statement was given out: “The British transport Transylvania, with troops aboard, was torpedoed In the Mediterranean on May 4, resulting in the following losses: Twenty-nine officers and 373 of other ranks; also the ship’s captain, Lieut. S. Breneii, and one officer and nine men of the crew.” Paris, May 25. —The French destroy er Boutefeu was mined and sunk in a naval engagement between Austrian and French, British and Italian naval craft. There were 42 survivors of the Bou tefeu rescued. It is officially announced that the French liner Sontay, bound for Mar seilles from Saloniki with 344 passen gers, was torpedoed on April 14 with a loss of 45 lives. Captain Mages went down with the ship. The Sontay was a vessel of 7,247 tons. SHOULu iiAvt KNOWN BETTER No Husband Could Expect to Realize Such Keen Pleasure as This P/lan Anticipated. There was once a husband who dreamed of having a closet all his own. He dreamed of a place where he could go at night and find things Just the same as they were in the morning. He dreamed of a place in which he did not occupy with his timid little two suits a remote hook, while all the rest of the circumam bient space was filled with —well, what every husband knows. He dreamed, and he said: “I will take advantage of my wife’s absence and hire a carpenter and a locksmith and fix that closet up to suit myself and put on it an impregnable lock and key, and then I shall laugh softly and say, ‘At last the great day has come!’ ” And he did it. And when that night his wife came home and saw the work that he had done she said; “Where is that key?” And the husband, trembling—for he wai no Bluebeard —produced it forth with. And when she saw the ample space within she fell on his neck and said: “My darling, the four new frocks I have bought this day, and the crepe de chine party wrap, and the fur-lined Mother Hubbard, and the others —your thoughtfulness has provided for.” And the man went out in the garage and hanged his dress suit there —as he had been wont to and sighed to himself, saying, “Good night I” Life. Plant* Arm Themselves. Many plants protect themselves from their enemies by the use of spikes or prickles, and venom, just as certain animals do. Of those using the first named device to make themselves “armed to the teeth” the bramble, the gorse, and the holly are familiar in stances. Among those which protect themselves with venom as reptiles do are the deadly nightshade, or bella donna, and the nux vomica. Less de structively inclined are. those plants which are simply protected by their disagreeable taste. The common but tercup, which is one of these, Is gen erally shunned by horses and cattle. A plant which, like the* skunk, Is pro tected hj a disagreeable smell is the flgwonn. Only that hardy and Insensi tive animal the goat, will touch lu LORD EUSTACE PERCY Lord Eustace Percy, British block ade minister, who is attached to the foreign office in London, has been one of the most popular of the British commissioners in the United States. I On the Green 11 Diamond STANDING OF THE CLUBS. NATIONAL LEAGUE. Club. W.L.P.C.I Club. W.L.P.C. Philadel’ia .19 10 . 855 Cincinnati ..15 20 .429 New Y0rk..17 10 .630 Brooklyn ...11 15 .423 Chicago ....23 14 . 622 Boston 9 16 .360 St. L0ui5....16 14 .533;Pittsburgh ..11 22 . 333 AMERICAN LEAGUE. Boston 20 10 . 667iSt. Louis 15 20 . 429 Chicago ....24 13 . 649 Wash’g’ton .13 19 .406 New Y0rk..17 11 .607 Detroit 11 19 .367 Cleveland ..19 17 .52S!Phtladel’ia ..10 20 . 333 AMERICAN ASSOCIATION. Ind’apolis ..28 8 .778'St. Paul 14 18 .438 Louisville ..19 17 .528 Milwaukee ..13 18 .419 Columbus ..18 17 .514 Min’apolis ..12 17 .414 Kan. City...l3 15 , 464|Toledo 12 19 .387 CENTRAL LEAGUE. Evansville ..10 5 .6#7 G. Rapids... 8 8 .500 Muskcp*>n .. 9 7 .663 South Bend.. 7 9 . 438 Springfield . 9 7 . 563 Ft. Wayne... 5 9 .367 Dayton 8 7 .533 Richmond ... 4 9 . 308 THREE I LEAGUE. Peoria 12 6 .667|Brm’gton ...10 9 . 526 Hannibal ...12 8 . 600 Quincy 9 10 .474 Rockford ...10 7 .688 Alton 7 13 360 R. 151and....11 9 .550 Moline 5 14.2*3 Thursday's Results. NATIONAL LEAGUE. New York, 3; Chicago, 4. Boston, 7; St. Louis, 9. Brooklyn, 6; Pittsburgh. 0. Philadelphia. 9; Cincinnati, 19. AMERICAN LEAGUE. Chicago, 1; Washington, • (12 innings). Cleveland, 2; New York, 0. Detroit, 2; Philadelphia, 3. St. Louis, 3; Boston. 4. AMERICAN ASSOCIATION. Indianapolis, 7; Columbus, 6 (12 innings). Toledo, 4; Louisville, 3 (10 innings). Minneapolis, 10; Milwaukee, 5. St. Paul, 8; Kansas City. 6. CENTRAL LEAGUE. South Bend, 3; Grand Rapids, L Fort Wayne, 1; Muskegon, 0. Springfield, 6; Richmond, 0. Dayton, 8; Evansville, 2. CENTRAL ASSOCIATION. Dubuque, 4; Fort Dodge. 2. Waterloo, 3; Cedar Rapids, 0. Clinton, 6; Marshalltown, 5. Mason City, 3; La Crosse, 1. THREE I LEAGUE. Peoria, 6; Hannibal, 5. Quincy, 12; Alton, 1. Rock Island. 1; Rockford, 5. Moline-Bloomington, no game; field day. WESTERN LEAGUE. Omaha, 7; Sioux City, 8. Joplin, 3; Wichita, 1. Des Moines, 1; Lincoln, 2. St. Joseph, 0; Denver, 4. QUIET ON WESTERN FRONT Believed That Von Hindenburg Plana Another Retreat. London, May 25.—Following the course of alternative allied offensives, there was a comparative lull on the western front during the day. But it is worth remembering, as Gen. F. B. Maurice, director of military opera tions of the war office, said, that any offensive on the part of Italy is made possible only by the Anglo-French ter rific battering of Von Hindenburg’s main force, as well as his strategic re serve, which has suffered immeasura bly during the last six weeks. Hard fighting continues in the Vau rlerc and Callfornie plateaus, but the French seem well satisfied with the re sults. It is significant that the Belgians are announcing officially that the Germans are driving out the civilian populations from the Luxemburg district. It seems highly possible that this foreshadows another German retirement, which this time may end only at the Meuse. DARCY, PUGILIST, IS DEAD Australian Succumbs From Pneu monia—Joined Aviation Corps. Memphis, Term., May 25. —Les Darcy, the Australian pugilist, died at a hospital here from pneumonia. He had been ill more than a month. Darcy made a brave tight for his life and won the admiration of his nurses and doctors by cheerful courage. Darcy had enlisted in the aviation re serve corps here shortly before he was taken ill. Darcy started life as a blacksmith In West Maitland, New Zea land. He was born October 28, 1895. Charges that he left Australia to evade mlllltary service, and the fact that various state governors Befused to allow him to fight, crushed his spir it and contributed to his breakdown. DR. WAITE DIES IN rirnTßin miR khftiva iliv viiiim Dentist Who Killed Wife’s Parents in $1,000,000 Plot Keeps Nerve. SAID HE HAD NO MESSAGE Confessed Poisoner of Michigan Couple Calm When He Ap proached Instrument of Death. New York, May 25. —Dr. Arthur Warren Waits was electrocuted last night. Three shocks were necessary. Waite spent his last evening almost alone except for the two hours previ ous to his execution, when Ilev. Dr, N, A. Peterson was with him praying. He listened to the clergyman uncon cernedly. “Is there no one,” pleaded the clergy man, ‘‘no one to whom you wish to send a word —a letter or a line of farewell?” “There is nobody, thank you,” Waite replied. And he resumed his terrible calm —a calm that was not broken by prayer; that was not moved by the tears of his brother, Frank; that did not disappear when the ashen-faced brother to'd Waite his mother was dying in her Grand Rapids home. Dr. Arthur Warren Waite ap proached death in the electric chair here with nerve unshaken and with no message for the world he was about to leave behind. The confessed poisoner of his wife’s father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. John M. Peck, was the most self-possessed man in the corridor leading to the execution chamber as the party of of ficials gathered for the march to the chair. Waite Played $1,000,000 Game. Doctor Waite, champion tennis play er, wdth wealth an 4 influential friends behind him, played a game for a sl,- 000,000 stake and lost. He confessed he killed his bride’s parents, John E. Peck, rich merchant of Grand Rapids, Mich., and Anna Marla Peck, by arsenic poisoning. Waite was living a dual life. At the palatial E’eck home on Riverside drive he was a kind, loving husband. Away from home he kept a luxurious apartment at the Hotel Plaza, where he met Margaret Horton, whom he called his "studio companion.” He declared the relationship was artistic and platonic. He confessed he killed his mother in-law on January 30, 1916. His crime was not detected because her body was cremated. On March 12 the fa ther-in-law died. His body was taken West for cremation. A mysterious tele gram reading: "Demand autopsy,” and signed “K. Arams,” was received by Percy Peck, a son. The autopsy revealed arsenic poisoning. PROHIBITION DURING WAR? U. S. and Britain Reported to Have Reached Agreement. Washington, May 25. —The recent conferences of officials with the for eign war missions, it was learned, have Included full discussions of the ques tion of war-time prohibition, which, it has been concluded, will become a necessity both in the United States and England. lit is probable that prohibition in the United States will come in easy stages, with the elimination of distilled spirits first and a later ban on beer, should the grain situation demand drastic steps. In England, it is stated, plans have been formulated for absolute prohibi tion about November 1, when the avail able supply of malt in storage will be exhausted. GERMAN PLATES SMASHED Britons Destroy Dishes at Banquet Held in London. London, May 25. —Discovering that they were eating from German-made plates, members of the Empire Produc ers’ organization smashed the china on the floor at a luncheon at the Sa voy hotel here, attended by Lord Beresfurd and Sir Edward Carson, first lord of the admlmlty. Lord Beresford wag first to discover the “Made-in-Germany w china. “We’re dining on German plates,” he exclaimed. Immediately there was a terrific crash as the diners threw the plates to the floor. FLOUR DROPS FIFTY CENTS Down From sl6 to $15.50 for Special Brands—Wheat Lower. Chicago, May 25. —Flour took anoth er tumble in price yesterday. It dropped from sl6 to $15.50 for special brands of spring wheat grade. Before the board of trade controlled prices of wheat, flour sold at $17.80. July wheat opened at $2.25 a bushel and sold down to $2.22, or 5 cents lower than the closing price on Wednesday. Septem ber wheat opened at $2 a bushel and sold off to $1.95, G cents under the clos ing price on Wednesday. Americans in Italy Volunteer. Rome, May 25. —It was estimated here that 2.00<> American men cad women throughout lieiy have offered their services for war duty. NO. 48.