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WEATHER FORECAST.
Partly cloudy tonight and Sunday
warmer tonight. Moderate to freak*
southerly winds.
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Washington, Sept. 24.—
Steel prices agreed upon
between the governmen
and producers were an
nounced today as follows:
Steel Bars at Pittsburgh
and Chicago, $2.90 per hun
dredweight The receafr
price was $5.50.
CASililG IS
AGAIN SHARP IN
FLANDERS LENS
SECTIONJCTIVE
Indications Point to An
other Driye By British
Belgian Front
RUSSIAN FORCES
XASEO|JF£a^iy|!
Capture German positions
In Biga District, South
Of Pskoff
Heavy cannonading was again in
progress last night in Flanders, north
east of Tpres, hut the infantry had
a relief from the recent hard fight
ing.
Signs of possible important
activity impending are appearing in
the Arras region near the Scarpe,
and near Lens, which city is still
being clobfeI pressed fcy the Cana
dians. Considerable artillery activi
ty is announced from these sectors.
The artillery on both sides is ex
tremely busy on the French front in
the Verdun region.
Russian forces on the Riga front
south of Pskoff High road yesterday
took the offensive and after a fierce
struggle, occupied the German posi
tions in the sector of Silzene, the
Russian war office announced today
The Russians on the Riga-Dvinsk
front are showing recuperative pow
er todas. A substantial Russian
vlefcory is reported in the Sector
south of the Riga-Pakoff read.
Taking the offensive here, the Rile
sign forces captured the German
positions they attacked retaining
them after a hard struggle
The object of the Russian com
mand in initiating thia attack and
other not dissimilar operations re
cently reported from this front may
very likely be the rectification of the
line east of the Dvina, at points
where it is now weak. The need of
strengthening it where possible is
suggested by the assumption on the
part of somt of the military critics
that it is the aim of the Germans
after establishing themselves to
push along towards the southeast
for the reduction of Dvinsk the key
atone of the Russian litis os the
northern front.
Kaiser Inspects' Troops.
Jjondon. Sept. 24.—Emperor Wll
liajn, says a dispatch to Reuter's. has
visited the battleiields in Rumania
and inspected the troops which par
ticipated in the campaign in Tran
sylvania and Rumania tn the autumn
of 1916. These troops are now on the
Moldavian front. Addressing the
troops, Emperor William pointed out
fhe world-wide historical importance
of this fighting, which he said was
Also of great importance economic­
ally
for the home land. 1
Submarine Sinks Destroyer.
London, Sept. 24.—A British fle
stroyer has been torpedoed and sunk
by a German submarine in the ap
proaches to the channel, according
to an admiralty announcement. There
were fifty survivors.
Forcible Conscription.
Hfcvre. Sept. ,24.—The German
military authorities at Bruges, Bel
gium, are conscripting forcibly all
the boys and men of that city be
tween the ages of 14 and 60 to work
In munitions factories.and shipyards.
Only the school teachers, doctors and
priests are escaping.
The Germans virtually conducted
raids in the city, ^according to re
ports received here, seizing men in
their homes, in the streets %nd in
all public places.
Bruges is the capital of the prov
Inoe of West Flanders, and had a
population in 1914 of about 65,000.
British Frcyit in France and Bel
gium .Sept. 24—That phase of the
battle of Flanders that occurred last
Thursday, and which has been char
acterized as the battle of Menin road,
is largely a matter of history. Hard
local fighting was still in progress at
,a point west of Cheluvelt, known as
Tower Hamlets, but notwithstanding
the determined efforts of the Ger
mans to regain the ground they lost
there, they were unable to dislodge
the British troops.
The enemy still clung to a few de
sirable posts on an elevation near
Tower Hamlets,-but their possession
in no way affected the general situa
tion. Elsewhere along the front of the
British offensive there has been no
change in the situation. An intense
artillery duel continued, but the
enemy has abandoned, at least tem
porarily, those futile and costly
counter attacks which marked the
first day's fighting.
enemy Losses Heavy.
The German military code has tak
en little count of losses in men and
their counter attacks have not only
been costly, but useless, for the Brit
ish artillery has in a majority of
cases torn the advancing columns to
Continued on Page Two,
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District
No. 1.
No. 2.
No. «.
No. ».
No. 10.
No. 11.
No. 12.
No. 1*.
No. 14.
No. 20.
No. 22.
Total .168
Reported t^
noon
District chairmen were asked today
to report as soon as their districts
were cleaned up in preparation for
the onslaught.
The "slackers" and indifferent will
be cornered, and have the proposi
tion of support for the Red Cross put
up to them so squarely that it will be
either a case of "come across", or to
forever be branded as one of the
willful ones".
While giving to the Red Cross is
not compulsory, there is no alterna
tive. One is either for, ok against it.
Every real American is, and should
be for it.
Seek Pledge Increases.
In addition to the drive on "slack
ers", especial attention will be paid
to "big guns" in Fargo, who have not
given to the fund anywhere near the
amount their resources will permit.
A great many in Fargo, drawing
big salaries and owning much prop
erty,' in other words, having a big re
serve, have on the average given less
than one-tenth of 1 per cent of their
Cheers that were hushed almost
before they were given, as the grim
ness of it all came home probably to
each of the thousands of people who
made up the great throng at the
Northern Pacific passenger station
to see the boys off, came mostly from
the boys aboard the cars. They
waved their hats from the car win
dows as far as the crowd could see.
And as the people of Fargo and
Cass county turned from the station
to their homes, it was with a new
appreciation of what it all means.
Mothers in that crowd went to their
homes with a new interest in the
war. Their boys were now soldiers
soon they will be in France, and the
West Front, which has grown to be
such an impersonal thing in Ameri
ca, will become something different.
It will become a living reality to
these mothers—whose thoughts will
ever go to that great line of human
ity and steel thrown from the coast
to Switzerland, to stay the hand of
the frightful Hun, and drive him back
across the Rhine whence he
came.
It was with this new realization of
what it all means that were hushed
cheers that might have been raised
from the throat pf each person in
the great crowd.
Relatives Get Preference.
Mothers, fathers, sisters, sweet-
"WWW Aj
A ij&sh* .». A,cJ fe fee*'
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V
8atarday^,...2,442
Grand total to noon today ....2,610
Annual income for Red Cross to noon today
Some "regular licks" will have to
be put in to bring the annual income
for the American Red Cross in Fargo
up to $60,000 by Wednesday night, of
ficers of the Fargo branch said today.
The fund hit 13.459.34 a month, or
$41,512.08 a year at noon today, a lit
tle better than two-thirds of the way
to the $5,000 a month and $60,000 a
year geal set by the district chair
men at a conference early in the cam
paign.
Many, of the ehairmen reported- to
day that their districts were pretty
well covered, while others reported
that another day would finish their
districts.
Not enough unwerked territory re
mains, however, to bring the fund up
to the goal.
Plata Drive ra "Slsekcn".
A drive on "slackers", and those
citizens who have thus far been in
different to appeals is the next step in
the campaign.
TIIE FA
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PSICE FIXED AT $2.30 BY ACR2EMEST
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Silence Disloyalists In
Whole Nation, Fitts' Plea
Washington, Sept. 24.—William C. Fitts, the assistant attorney general In charge o| the
government's investigation of the I. W. W. at a luncheon here of the four-minute men today de
clared that the time has come for drastic dealing with every agency aiming to hinder or hamper
the government in the conduct of the war.
"The time has come", Mr. Fitts said, "when every arm that is not willing to be uplifted
in the common defense must not be allowed to be uplifted at all, when any pen capable of writing
unpatriotic or disloyal sentiments must be cast injo the waste basket. The time has come when
every voice must be uplifted in acclaim for victories of our brave boys 'over there' and when any
other voice that so» much as starts to chirp any other strain, must be silenced'\
Real Work and Liberality
Required to Altajn Goal
Fargo Must Come to Front Rapidly
This Week If the City Is To
Make Red Cross Mark
HOW TH€Y REPORTED TO NOON TODAY.
Monthly
Chairman Pledges.
W. H. Barnett 5
A. L. Westernhagen ..11
Frank Chaney 19
W. L. Stock well *...••15
P. J. Burfening 18
A. G. Divet 18
W. J. Sutherland 5
A. G. Stanton 4
Rev. Thos. Graham ...73
C, 3E. Nugent 1
J. L. Carter 4
Amount
Per MooCfe
120.08
11.25
12.75
10.49
13.78
6.85
4.93
4.00
73.25
1.00
4.00
Pledges
0
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4
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162.37
44
.4296.97
•M
$2459014
700
$41,512.08
incomes when they should have given
1 per cent.
In other words, they have given $2
to $5 a month when they should have
given $20 to $R0 a month.
All will be aaked to raise their
pledges materially.
••Little Fellows" Give Bit.
It is the "little fellows", those with
small incomes, who have given the
moat liberally in the campaign.
In a great number of cases the
amount pledged, to the knowledge ot
the campaign tree
term, represented a
sacrifice.
Girls, boys, men, women and heads
of families have given from $1 to $3 a
month, representing as high as 6 per
cent of their wages, salaries or in
comes.
The liberality of tbese "little fel
lows" stands on the reoords as
accomplishment of real merit.
Report* Are Small Today.
Reports today were the smallest
since the opening of the campaign.
Eleven of 25 districts reported 168
pledges for $162.77 a month, and 44
service pledges.
Reports today were, however, ex
pected to be small as the workers,
generally, were not active Sunday.
The total to noon today is 2,610
pledges for $3,459.34 a month, an an
nual income of $41,512.08. 8even
hundred service pledges are in.
District No. 14 KKk.
District No. 14. Rev. Thos. Graham
chairman, was high today, reporting
73 pledges for $73.25 a month, with
but one service pledge.
District No. 1, W. H. Barnett, chair
man, was next in line, reporting 6
pledges for $20.08 a month.
By Wednesday Night.
Officers of the Fargo brandh were
hopeful today that with the plan as
mapped out, the goal will have been
reached by Wednesday night, but said
that unless the goal is reached the
campaign will be extended to Sat
jirday night, and longer if necessary.
As Cass Sons Enter
Service of Natiqn
Cheers and tears for the departing
soldiers ot Liberty, 154 stalwart sons
of Cass county, marked the departure
earlj- Sunday morning of this coun
ty's second quota of men to Camp
Dodge, to enter training for the
'great adventure".
hearts, wives and brothers of the
drafted men, given preference at the
station platform that they might say
their last good-byes to the boys, had
hardly had an opportunity of peeking
out their own when the train started
moving. They were going.- A cheer
mounted the air. Soon it was hush
ed, and as the band struck up the
Star Spangled Banner, the boys of
Cass county were taken away.
Some cheered because they prob
ably thought it was the right thing.
Others cheered to hide the real depth
of their feeling. And in the crowd
that wended its way from the sta
tion, mothers supported on the arms
of their daughters, bravely battling
to keep back their own tears, were
given right of way. They were the
ones to whom the crowds paid hom
age now that the "boys" had gone.
A Father's Goodbye.
Yes, fathers were there, too,
"Goodbye, son, take good care of
yourself", said a stalwart Cass far
mer as he bade his boy goodbye, and
father and son clasped hands through
the car window.
A button on the lapel of l^is coat
revealed that the father was a
veteran—and once, back there in the
days of the Rebellion, he, himself,
had gone from home. His father
had in his turn, said to him, "Good
bye, son, take good care of yourself".
And now, years and years later, he
was saying the same words to his
own boy.
Cass county bade her boys goodbye
Continued on Page Two.
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COATS, SUITS and DRESSES at 1
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AND DAILY REPUBLICAN
Elimination of Abuses As
sured—Declare Abuses
at Primary Market
Washington, Sept. 24.—Suggestions
coming from the nprthwest that the
grain grading standards established
by the grain standard act, which
takes the grading of grains from the
states and puts it under the federal
government, be suspended timing tlw
war are turned down by the govern
ment.
Following the receipt of the sug
gestion, the matter was taken up by
C. J. Brand of the bureau of markets
with the food administration, with
the decision that instead of suspend
ing the enforcement of the law dur
ing the war it be the more rigidly
enforced on account of the war.
The following announcement car
ries the decision of the government:
"All purchases of wheat over which
the food administration grain cor
poration has control will be made ao,
cording to the grades of the official
grain standards of the United States
from No. 1 to No. 3 and belpw No. 3
after examination of actual samples
of wheat.
No Suspension of Act.
"The enforcement of the grain
standard act will not be suspended
by the government, but on the con
trary the food administration and
the department of agriculture will
co-operate in carrying out its pro
visions so as to obtain the most
beneficial results to all concerned.
It appears that confusion has arisen
on account of the unfamiliarity of
many persons in the grain trade wits
the new standards and also on ac
count of unwarranted practices that
have arisen recently, such as the?
arbitrary assignment of a lower nu
merical grade to wheat by reason of
the presence of dockage, notwith
standing the fact that dockage does
not properly enter into the assign
ment of the numerical grade.
"Of course, every effort will be
made to eliminate these abuses and
to bring about the just application
of the official standards and to es
tablish fair dealings.
Fixed Prices For Buying.
"It must be remertibered that the
grain corporation is compelled to buy
within the limits of fixed prices, and
that the department of agricultura
must see that the standards are cor
rectly applied. Co-operation of pro
ducers. the grain trade and the mill
ing fraternity with the food adminis
tration and the department of agri
culture is required in handling the*
situation due to the war crisis."
HOLD PAVEMENT DANCE.
Richland County Fair Closes With a
Dance On Newly Paved Avenue.
Wahpeton, N. D., Sept. 24.—The
best "party" in many moons was
staged here last week when several
thousand residents of Wahpeton and
Breckenridge danced on the newly
4aved Dakota avenue. The dance
was run in Connection with the clos
ing of the Richland county fair.
Somewhere Along the British
Front in France, Sept. 24.—On a his
toric battlefield which merges into
the fighting lines are encamped
many American troops far removed
from the rest of their compatriots,
who form the vanguard of Uncle
Sam's expeditionary force in France.
For military reasons it is impos
sible to tell the world just where
these men are, who they are, or what
they are doing to further the interest
of the entente allied cause, but it may
be said on authority to friends at
home that they are a credit to the
Stars and Stripes, which for the first
time in history fly over a camp of
American soldiers in this part of the
war-wrecked world. ..
Two Art Wounded,
Some of them have been working
continually in a zone covered by
German guns and already two of
their number have been wounded, a
fact, whereof they are exceedingly
proud.
The Associated Press heard these
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ESTABLISHED IN 18T& FARGO, NORTH DAKOTA, MONDAY EVENING. SEPTEMBER 24, 1917. VOLUME XXXIX, NO. 264.
4 ItuMt
FEDERAL GRADES
TO
BE RETAINED
BY GOVERNMENT
HOOVER
DELIVERS
"SHORTANDUGLY"
TO
LEAGUE HEAD
ASKS RETRACTION
Charges That Food Admin
istrator Was in Chi-%
cago Branded "Lie" .•
TOWNLEY REFUSES
TO GIVE ANSWERS
Conscious of Rising Storm
"He Pays to Publish
"Loyalty Resolutions"
WAOe CHARGE IN PAftOO.
The charge that Herbert Hoov
er had ignored the Nonpartisan
lesjrue meeting in St. Paul, and
would, instead, attend a meeting
of the grain exchange rep
resentatives in Chicago, was
made at the mass meeting
of the league in Fargo last
Monday by Mr. Townley. and,
according to press dispatches,
repeated at St. Paul. It is this
charge that Mr. Hoover has
characterized as a "reckless lie,"
as related in the following St.
Paul dispatch:
St. Paul, Sept. 24 —Herbert C.
Hoover, federal food administrator,
has called on A, C. Townley of the
Nonpartisan league to retract what
Mr. Hoover bluntly characterizes as
a "reckless lie" uttered by Townley
in the course of the latter's speech
at the auditorium last Tuesday aft
ernoon.
Gives Out Telegram.
Townley gave out the telegram and
his reply to his twin cities organs
Saturday afternoon, and then, after
he was sure the evening editiens of
(Continued nn Page 3.)
$2,500 BAIL IS
ASKED BY COURT
Frank Moran, alias Frank Moore,
about 4N years old, and J. 3. Burke.
alias Edward C. Ray. 86, are being
held in Cass county Jail in default of
$2,500 bonds, each, on a fugitive
warra nt, charging.'them with obtain
iri|r money and property at Great
Falls, Mont., by a confidence game
and fleeing into the state of North
Dakota. The men were arraigned
before Police Magistrate Roberts this
morning.
They were arrested in a fashion
able hotel on information communi
cated to Chief of Police Dahlgref
through an anoftymous letter, which
stated they would probably operate
here.
Sheriff, L«ouis H. Kommers of Great
Falls. Mont., is on his way to Fargo
to get the men, who say^-they will
return without requisition
papers.
EXPECT 40110
TO JOIN STRIKE
(By Associated Press.)
Portland, Ore., Sept. 24 —Pursuant
to action taken at a mass meetihg
last night. 4,000 men employed in
the steel ship yards here were ex
pected to strike today. About 2,500
men employed in wooden ship yards
already are on strike.
San Francisco, Sepl. 24.—Unions
affiliated with the Iron Trades coun
cil here were sending out notices to
day of special meetings at which the
question of ratifying the temporary
wage schedule agreed upon last
night by their conference commit
tee and their employers will be voted
upon.
Work on $150,000,000 governmental
ship building contracts which was
completely tied up by the strike ft
30,000 metal trade unionists, last.
Monday was expected to be resumed
by Thursday, it was said today by
employers.
Settlement of the controversy fol
lowed the appointment by President
Wilson of David Gavin McNabo, as
mediator,
Sammies Get to Front Line
Trenches on the British Front
men were here and sought them out.
The visit involved a long motor trip
but the sight of their brown faces
and the sound of their cheeful deter
mined voices more than repaid for
the long Journey.
Ftqe and Healthy.
They are a fine healthy looking lot
and nearly two months of hard work
In the open under real campaign
conditions has put them in shape, and
they are ready for anything.
In fact, their only grievance is that
for the present they are not permit
ted, except where necessity demands
to expose themselves to the big
guns. They want to feel the thrill
experienced when explosives are go
ing, up all about. Until a stringent
order was issued recently the Am
erican officers had a hard time keep
ing their men out of the British
front line trenches. It Is said that
more, than one American soldier has
crept away when off duty and, after
making friends with the "Tommies"
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Officer of British Vessel in
Halifax Gives Addi
tional Details
(By Associated Press.)
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Sept. 14.-—
The British steamship, Virginian, la
said to have been one of the victims
Of the massed attack by German sub
marines on a convoy fleet of British
merchant vessels off the Irish coast
early this month. Persons arriving
at an American port on Siturday
brought word of this attack, their
statement setting forth that five raer
chant men and two convoying
destroyers were sunk.
An officer on a steamship now in
Halifax said eight steamships in
cluding his own were destroyed, and
that the Virginian, in a sinking
condition, managed, to make the
beach. The officer was unable to say
definitely whether any U-boats w»re
sunk by destroyers as reported
previously.
"We were scattered over quite an
area," he •'a'd. "The destroyers were
busy, however, and I am quite sura
some of them got what they
aim'ng at."
EGOITYGETS
D. S. APPROVAL
St. Paul, Minn., Sept. 24.—Activity
Of the Equity Co-operative ex
Change, limited only by the $2.20
price for wheat, which diverted
great number of cars of wheat to St.
Paul in preference to Minneapolis,
has forced the government's recog
nition of St. Paul as a federal grain
market.
Shipments to Minneapolis were
subject to federal grading, which
cut prices as much as 12 cents for
No. 1. Prices for the poorer grades
were better irv St. Paul than for the
best grades In Minneapolis under the
arrangement.
"NOT GUILTY" IS
PLEAJY MEANS
(By Associated' Press.)
Concord, N. C., Sept. 24.—Concord
was thronged today for the arraign
ment of Gaston B. Means, charged
in a warrant sworn out Saturday by
solicitor, Hayden Clerpent, with the
murder of Mrs. Maude A. King, a
wealthy widow for whom Means
acted as business agent.
Through the hearing the state an
nounced it expected to have Means
bound over to the grand jury for
the murder of the woman, who was
mysteriously killed near here Aug.
*9.
At the beginning of the preliminary
hearing Means entered a plea of not
guilty. 9
"LOYAL", LEAGUE
HEADJECLARES
St.
Paul,
Minn, Sept.jr I4r-^Efforts
of**the Loyalty Lyceum to have
Colonel Roosevelt speak here this
week in what some of its members
declared an effort to offset the
speeches made at the Producers' and
Consumers' conference recently,
caused A. c. Townley, president of
the National Nonpartisan league, to
write Colonel Roosevelt, protesting
that farmers and workers are loyal.
The "patriotism" and loyalty of
farmers and workers are not ques
tioned by any but those who make
huge profits out of the war", Mr.
Townley wrote®
has taken his pfftee- fcesfde them, for
a few glorious minutes while a minor
battle was progressing.
Officers, Too, Make Trip.
It would have been unwise, per
haps, for the correspondent to in
quire too closely whether any of the
American officers had "done their
bit" in this manner. Nevertheless
the correspondent had grave suspic
ions that some of them had been
"over the top" with their allies in
early days before orders forbade it.
None, however, now is disregarding
the edicts which have been issued by
the higher command.
Visits Two Camps.
The correspondent visited two dif
ferent camps and in each there were
the same scenes of methodical acti
vity, characteristic of American
methods. Things were moving
smoothly. Efficiency was the watch
word everywhere.
It was noon when the second camp
Continued on page five.
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STATE DEPARTMENT READY FOR
MORE STARTLING DISCLOSURES
SAYS EIGHT SHIPS LANSING READY TO DISPOSE OF
SUNK BY BOATS DENIALS THAT MAY COME FROM
IN GREAT BATTLE THOSE INVOLVED IN INTRIGUES
Mr. Andrews' report says:
"Upon my return from the exam
ination which resulted in the discov
ery of the explosives and of the box
of microbes, both of which the lega
tion servants admitted having plac
ed in the garden, the former confi
dential agent of the German min
ister, Dr. Bernhardt, who had been
left with the legation at the German
minister's request to assist in the
care of German interests, admitted
his knowledge of the explosives
placed in the garden told me that
more were in the garden than had
been found that a still larger quan
tity had been buried in the house
of the legation and t^at still worse
things than this box of microbes
were contained in the legation, and
Insinuated that they would have
been found even .in the cabinets of
8 PAGES
On page four, this edition, is told the complete story of Ger
man intrigues in the United states, bared by ths United States
secret service raids on ttie ofllccee of Wolf von Igle tn New
York last spring.
(By Associated Press).
Washington, Sept. 24.—While there is no indication
of what will be America's next disclosure of Ger
man intrigue in America or elsewhere, it is known dis
closures as Sensational as any yet published are being
held in reserve and may be made at any time.
One of the things the state department has is a list
of persons who received German money, in the pass
port frauds, the munitions plots, and practically all the
other activities of German intrigue hfcre which took
place betwen the beginning of the war in August, 1914,
and the entry of the United States into the conflict. This
list is said to contain scores of names and the amount of
money represented runs very high.
From time to time the department will make pub
lic certain evidence to dispose of the denials of those
who have been involved in the disclosures alreadv made.
Three Sensational Exposures In
As Many Days Hold Attention
Today's statement to the effect
that additional disclosures will be
made, comes after a series of three
exposures within as many days.
Friday, last, /"ount Von Bernstorff's
maohinalions against the United
States congress were bared. Satur
day night, the story of Wolf Von
Igel's work was laid before the
"GodKnows How'
Teuton Comment
Ifondon, Sept. Mr*la commenting
on the latest Washington disclosures
concerning the activities of Count
Von Bernstorff former ambassador to
the United States The Cologne Zei
tung, according to an Amsterdam
dispatch to Routers' Limited, says:
"Th» affair, if true, has a very dis
agreeable character and it Is highly
regrettable. The American govern
ment, God knows how, was able to
world, and Sunday night the Germaa
intrigue against Rumania was pub
lished.
The continued publication of start
ling revelations of German intrigue
is world-wide in its significance, and
the effect upon the few remaining
neutrals Is regarded as highly
Important.
They Got Papers,
on U. S. Exboser
ft C"
get hold, apparently. tlM whole
collection of German diplomatic
documents, which it is now exploit
ing against ua and Sweden. What
the state department remarks about
the regulations between Von Bern
storff's policy, and the U-boat war
can he recognised as a misleading
invention, by everyone who knows
the history preceding the U-boats
campaign."
Dastardly Plot in Rumania by
Germans Is Bared to the World
Washington, Sept. 24.—How Ger
many "shamefully abused and ex
ploited" the protection, of the United
Stated by secreting in the German
legation at Rucharest after the Amer
ican government had taken charge
of Germahi's affairs at the Ru
manian capital, quantities of power
ful explosive* for bomb plots and
deadly microbes, with, instructions
for their use in destroying horses
and cattle, was revealed last night
by Secretary Lansing.
It was another of the series of Mr.
Lansing's disclosures of German In
trigue, made public without comment
in the same manner as the Von Lux
burg telegrams which have brought
Argentine on the verge of war with
Germany, the Von iCckhardt letter
fron Mexico City arfci the Von Bern
storff telegram asking the German
foreign office for authorization to
spend $50,000 to influence congress.
The latest story is told in a report
to the state department from Wil
liam Whiting Andrews, secretary of
the legation a Bucharest, in a letter
from Foreign Minister Porumbaru of
Rumania.
Parcels and boxes taken Into the
German consulate at Bucharest with
display of great precaution aroused
the suspicions of the Rumanian gov
ernment. On Aug. 27, lit 16, the even
ing prior to the date of Rumania's
declaration of war, some of the cases
were taken to the German legation,
located in a different building from
the consulate. Convinced that the
boxes were not taken away from the
legation by the German diplomatic
mission on Its departure from Buch
arest. the Rumanian authorities lat
er ordered the police to find and ex
amine their contents. The police
communicated with American Min
ister Vopicka, then in charge of Ger
man interests, who reluctantly as
signed Secretary Andrews to observe
the search. The boxes were found
buried in the garden of the German
legation.
dossiers which I had sealed.
"Dr. Bernhardt also stated that all.
these objects had been brought to
the German legation after our lega
tion had accepted the protection of
German interests, which agreed with'
the statement or servants. A similar
confeshio, was made to the minister
by this man
"The protecUon of the United
Spates was in (his manner shame
fully abused and exj«lit«-d In this
instance, at least, tht «Jeman gov
ernment cannot have recbuise to
its usual system of Cental
Fifty-one boxes were taksa (fOS
the ground in the garden. Fifty of
them contained each i cartrHtre fill
ed with trlnitrotuoluene, »atur ated
with mononitritoluene, amssc fhe
most powerful explosives known,
one-fifth of each one being suf
ficient to tear up a iailro.jd track,
in the other box were Lotties of
liquid found to be cultivations of the
microbes of anthrax and glanders.
It bore a seal showing it came from
the German consulate at Kronstadt.
Hungary, and inside it was found a
typewritten note in German saying:
"Enclosed four phials for horses
and four for cattle. To be employed
as formerly arranged. Each phial is
sufficient for -iM' head. To be intro
duced,
it
animals' thiferats if not, into their
fodder. Please make a little report
on the success obtained there, in
case of good results, th« presence of
Mr. Kostoff for one day here would
be desirable."
Foreign Minister Porumbaru ac
companied his letter with documents
to prove the origin of the boxes aa4
their contents.
"It has been possible to prove la
an indisputable way," he said, "that
before our declaration of war to
Austria-Hungary, when observing
strict neutrality and keeping up
normal relations with the German
empire, the personnel of the German
legation, violating all rules uf neu
trality and all duties of diplomatic
missions, introduced cianuestinel#
considerable quantities of an ex
tremely powerful explosive and cul
tivations of microbes destined to in
fect domestic animals and in conse
quence susceptible of provoking ter
rible epidemics also among the hum
an population.
"Stringent police measures at all
frontier stations prove sufficiently
that these explosives and microbes
cannot have reached this country
otherwise than in the diplomatics
course.
"There can be no doubt that the
explosives and microbes were des
tined to be used in Rumania, very
probably in time of peace From all
this results that In time of peace
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