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WEATHER FORECAST? Z?-P,acoIFR,' nd warmer Wed iVw I? OW,eJ.by mln Thursday and In northwest portion Wednesday nisrhf wind, becoming moderate to fresh east IUgheit yesterday. 46: in.7 n ea3t- Wa m FEOCOU MA8D1 GRJIS, FEBRUARY 19 ID 20 J VOL. XX NO. 38. PENSACOLA. FLA.. WEDNESDAY MORNING, FEBRUARY 7, 1817. PRICE FIVE CENTS. i ; , . . CONGRESS PREPARES TO! MEET ALL EMERGENCIES Great Increases Made in Na tional Defense Measures in Senate t ARMY AND NAVY READY Parties Forget Partisan Dis putes and Hasten To Protect Country BT ASSOCIATED PRESS. Germany's submarine warfare ia growing in intensity. The Tuesday report shows fifteen additional ves sels sunk, including seven neutral, eight of them known to have been torpedoed. The occupation of a thousand yards of German trenches by the British, near Grandcourt, is the greatest gain of any of the belligerents. The Lon don office announces that the Ger mans offered no resistance. Accord ing to Petrograd attacks by Germans in Galicia failed. In Roumania quiet prevails. In the Austro-Italian theater bombardments are taking place. There is consid erable fighting on the Macedonian front in the Carna river bend and on the Struma river lowlands! Constantinople claims the British lost 2,000 men besides prisoners in the Kut-El-Amara attacks. The British succeeded in penetrating the Turkish front line positions. . ARMY AND NAVY TAKE PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES GUARDING GERMAN LINERS AGAINST SCUTTLING! , - w inn viill- I ill TEUTO SHIPS II U. S. 11 INJURED Severe Damage is Discov ered On Interned Ger man Vessels WOULD TAKfe MONTHS TO FIX To Avoid Seizure to Prevent Charge Of Building Merchant Marine w. Washington. Feb. 6. All precau tionary measures and preparatory steps the military branches of the government are authorized to take are well under way and little remains to be done unless the -war ensues. On surface the war and navy de partments appear quite as In normal times. Below the surface, however, officials are studying steps in a plan to take under authority of the an nual appropriation bill, as the navy must bear the first shock of the for eign foe, and the appropriation bill is expected to carry ample funds to meet any emergency. Censorship of radio plants is increased. There is less need for haste with the army, but the bill will carry ample funds. Sec retary Baker has directed the quar termasters department to re-stock army reserve depots. I Big increases were aaaea o xne national defense appropriation meas ures in congress and plans Put through quickly for provisions re quested by the administration to place the country in readiness for whatever may follow the break. The house wrote nearly $15,000,000 into the naval- bill for ammunition, merchant auxiariaries and anti-aircraft guns to defend naval stations. Three bills to expedite naval con struction and aid in developing aero nautics were introduced for cbnsidera- tion before the end of the week. While j the house was debating the naval bub the military committee brought the annual army appropr.ation measure, carrying $247,000,000. Among the largest items for new equipment was eight millions for aviation, eleven million for equipment and stores for reserve corPs and five and a half millions for machine guns. The annual fortifications bill near ed completion when the senate ap proved conference reports embodying provision against purchase of any supplies at a price in excess of the cost of manufacture by the govern ment. Republicans and democrats, declar ing that Partisan considerations fc for rotten, annroved without question the increased appropriations recommended by Secretary Daniels- AMERICAN STEAMER SHOTS FIRED ON London, Feb. 6 Five shots were fired by a German submarine at the American steamship Westwego on January 81, it was announced offi cially. None of the shots took ef fect. The master of the Westwego gaid he was forced to stop and send the ship's papers to the submarine and forced to give oil. STEAMER SAILS WITH AMERICANS ABOARD HOPE U.S. WILL STAY IT Entente Diplomats Fear Ger many Helped Break To Stop Munition Shipment . CABINET CONSIDERS SINKING OF EAVESTON; " WAITING EOR DETAILS BT ASSOCIATED pltESS. Washington, Feb 6 Entente diplo mats express the hope that the Uni ted States will not enter the war. Al lied representatives entertain the growing fear that Germany, delibe rately Precipitated the break to hold American munitions from the allies. While gratified at the result of the United States' break with Germany, diplomats are surprised at the energy the government has shown in laying plans for eventualities, 'but express fear that military precautions may keep a considerable part of the sup plies from going abroad. Such outcome they say would com pensate for the break from the Ger man viewpoint.. In case of -war, the greatest good the United States could do, they say, would be safeguarding American trade channels, especially the Amer ican end and the Tampico oil fields- ; BRITISH OFFICIALS TALK OF GERMAN SITUATION BT ASSOCIATED PRESS. London, Feb. 6. At a meeting pre sided over by Arthur Henderson, labor leader, Director General Cham berlain outlined the national service scheme. He proposed to organize tho entire population of the British Isles to conserve the resources of the na tion. He said: "Because von Bern storff was given Passports, let no body suppose there is nothing else te do." Premier Chamberlain first would start a public campaign for volun teers. He urges every man and wom an to place their services at the dis posal of the government. The ques tion was said to be where labor would be found. The answer to the German threat of starving the English. must be a blow between the eyes "must organize civilization to meet organ ized larbarianism," he said. . HOLD HEARING OF-nu Eight Men Brought Before Immigration. Of ficer Nothing Made Public A special court of investigation of the eight members of the crew of the Austrian steamship Lucia, was If Next Step is Necessary, It Will Be Taken Without Injury to Germany BT ASSOCIATED PRESS. Washington, Feb. 6.Every phase of the situation which may bring the United States into war with Germany was discussed y the president and the cabinet at today's meeting. There is faint hope that Germany will modify her intentions and the position of other neutrals was dis cussed, but most of the cabinet's at-' teniion was directed to reports of each member's department. Little importance is attached to the inter view of Foreign Minister Zimmer man. Foreign Minister Zimmerman said he hoped the United. States would un MAY RETURN NEW AMBASSADOR 1 i COUNT TABNOWSKl Count Tarnowski is the new Aus trian ambassador to the United States, and has just arrived here to take the place of the recalled envoy. Dr. Dumba. If the submarine crisis results in our government severing diplomatic relations with the central powers, Tarnowski will have to turn right around and go back home. BT ASSOCIATED PRESS. Washington. Feb. 6. Seventeen In terned German ships examined in Phillipine ports by American officials are so damaged that it will take six months to repair them, requiring large expenditures. There is such widespread damage to German ships In American ports that it is the belief of officials to be ' the result of a blanket order from Berlin. Under the present intention results of damage to ship will be ex pense and the delay for repairs before they get in the after-war rush for trade. The basis of the administra tion's position is that no taint of com mercialism will attach to its action. County Commissioners Or- a lie pi esiuent is anxioua lor Amen VOTE SI ,111 TO GULF ROAD can merchant marine. The Kronprin xessin Cecile, costing $4,500,000, in terned at Boston, was discovered with engines damaged so badly that she cannot be used unless new ones are installed. Criminal prosecution of those responsible will be attempted. conducted in the office, of R. J. Tnrv. immigration inspector at the port of' derstand Germany's reason for un- Pensacola, yesterday morning. The Austrian government was represent ed by Robert Tuemler, consular rep resentative for Austria-Hungary, at this point, and he protested vigorous ly, on ibehalf of the men under inves tigation, against the investigation and especially against the medical exami nation, which was conducted by Dr. S. R. M. Kennedy, acting assistant sur geon of the public health service. All eight men, however, passed the medi cal examination. There was nothing made public as to the results of this examination, with the exception of the fact that the men passed the medical examina ion without trouble. It is understood, however, that the result of the court of inquiry, which was made at the instance of the immigration depart ment, will be forwarded to Washing ton and from the capital made public restricted warfare. It was construed by the cabinet as meaning no change in the course could be expected. The cabinet awaits the clearing of the sinking cf the Eavestone and the killing of an American negro seamen. Officials believe the Eavestone at tempted to escape or wa3 perhaps in the service of the British government. The position oi the United States is to await completer-details. If American lives or ships are de stroyed illegally by Germany, action will follow when the fact is establish ed to the president's satisfaction. It is authoritatively stated that the next Btep is .necessary, it will be taken without injury to Germany. G.QF.G ELECTS H OFFICERS Fourteen Members Of Board Selected After Day Of Heavy Balloting PASS SENTENCE ON SIX DEFENDANTS New York, Feb. 6. With six Amer icans as passengers, the steamship Cretic, White Star line, sailed today for Mediterranean . ports. A three inch gun is mounted astern. There are twenty-one cabin passengers, 86 in the steerage and a large cargo. ; STANDARD OIL SHIPS HELD IN PORT Six defendants who pleaded guilty in the court of record were sentenced j when brought before the bar yester day. Judge Monroe sentenced the following: Lillie May Luckey, grand larceny; six months county jail. Cliff Bedsole, vagrancy; 45 days in county jail. Willie Kelly, assaulting; sentence deferred. - Bishop Allen, carrying concealed weapons; $150 or six months. John Henry, gambling; $10 or 45 days. Philip Bailey, 60 days. New York, Feb. 6. All ships of the Standard Oil Com par y in trans Atlantic service, will be held in port pending developments of the inter national situation, it was learned to day. Two, recalled by wireless, ar rived in this port. They were the Communipaw and Pioneer. The mes sage recalling the vessels was sent after Gerrumy announced .her new policy 'J Wore the breij; BELIEVE NEUTRAL NATIONS WILL NOT FOLLOW U. S. STEAM IN VOGESEN CAUSESEXCITEMENT When smoke was seen issuing from the funnel of the German steamship Vogesen yesterday morning, it was believed that the vessel would at tempt to leave port, and customs offi cials rushed to the scene to investi gate. Upon arriving it was discov ered that steam had been made to operate a donkey engine m order to raise a storm anchor which had been thrown out in the heavy seas of Sun day night, Jto hold the vessel in position. Featured by close voting, the elec tion for a new board of directors of the Chamber of Commerce closed Tuesday afternoon at 4 o'clock with a large total vote. Great interest was taken in the election of officers for the ensuing year, and when the vote was canvassed the following were de clared elected: I. H. Aiken, 129 votes: Max L. Bear, 126 votes; F . F. Bingham, 126 votes; Hunter Brown, 118; R. M. Cary, 124; C. E. Dobson, 155; T. J Hanlon, 134; E. R. Malone, 150; S. T. McAdam. 109; J. R. McLane,, 140; J. B. McNeil. 137; John A. Merritt, 140; Frank Welles. 113, and J. E. D, Yonge, 114. der Warrant Drawn For Part of Appropriation AERO STATIO Oil 010 Sill i II BILL Provision fcr Resurfacing Road To Yard Included in Naval Bill GOES TO SENATE IMMEDIATELY Total of $120,000 Appropri ated for Improvements To Station Here " WMnflttn Bureau, Th Ptmacola Journal. Waahtngton, D. C, Fab. 6. . The appropriation of 120,000 in the naval appropriation 1U for the naval aeronautic station at Pensacola was passed by the house of rePresen ta tives today in committee of the whole, and will undoubtsdly go to the senate without modification. The items for Pensacola are: $50, 000 for improvements at the central power plant; $40,0C0 for a water sys tem; $10,000 for repairing and resur facing roads, and 20,000 for quarter for enlisted men. Total. $120,000. TO BUILD DIRIGIBLE BALLOON IIANGAIC DR. BLOCKER IS RE ELECTED PRESIDENT London, Feb. 6. Best informed en tente diplomats are inclined to thes belief that all neutral nations in Eu rope will not follow the lead of the United States and break with Ger many. It is believed, however, Amer ica's action will have a strong influ- J ence on them. GERMANY WILL HOLD GERARD (By Aaaoclatod Pri.) Copenhagen, Feb. 6. It is officially stated that Germany will not allow American Ambassador Gerard to leave Berlin un til Germany is satisfied as to the treatment accorded German Ambassador Von Bernstorff at .Washington.. Dr. Louis deM. Blocker, over hia protest, was re-elected president by a flattering vote, and before the ses sion was adjourned he was heard in quite an encouraging speech, pledg ing cooperation in every movement looking to the advancement of Pen sacola. . The question of aiding in the ad dition of a sort of a manual training or trading branch, to the high school was brought up by C E. Dobson, ana the proposition was thoroughly and enthusiastically discussed. This arm of the school would be a sort of a trying-out process to give the youths a chance to develop ' any aptitude which they might have, and this line would be encouraged as much as pos sible. The need of skilled labor in many branches of the citr's industry was visibly felt in the establishment of the aviation station, . when skilled men and young men were in demand. The proposition was heartily sec onded by Superintendent and General Manager Hanlon of the Pensacola Electric Company, who said that very often his company was in need . of such youths, but they were hot to be found here. The board of county commissioners Tuesday morning voted $1,000 to the Gulf'Eeach Highway committee, to apply on the $4,800 provided In the budget for construction of the road to the gulf. The action of the board was unanimous, and the members stated that they regretted exceeding ly that the condition of the county's finances would not permit a larger payment at this time. The $1,000 was transferred from the general fund to the road and bridge fund on motion of Mr. Hardy, seconded by Mr. Mc Curdy. The transfer must be ap proved by the state comptroller, and when his approval is given the money will be available. The bal-i ance of $3,800 will be paid to the Gulf Beach Highway committee as soon as tax collections will permit, i Mollno Bridge Bids. Four firms submitted bids for con struction' of the Molino bridge, the range being from $6,000 to $13,659.38. One of the firm b submitted bids on three dilferent sets of specificationsj and another presented two bids. The bids were as follows: Austin Bros.,, $7,700 to $6 600; Virginia Bridge and Iron Company, $11,935; $10,850, $9. 995 and $9,660; Converse Bridge Co, $10,449; Scruggs Construction Com pany, $13,659.36. Action on the bids was deferred until next Tuesday's meeting. L. W. Hardy suggested that the board should visit the site of the bridge and 6tudy conditions there be fore awarding the contract. His sug gestion was adopted, and the entire board will make the inspection trip next Friday, leaving the court house at 7:30 a. m., in Mr. Hardy's auto, which he tendered for the trip An invitation from the Duval coun ty convention of county commission ers to e held at Jacksonville "next month, was received and filed. Notary bonds of B. J. Heinberg and G. A. Soderlind were approved; also the deputy sheriff bonds of T. C. Chalker, H. M. Pickering, W. H. Knowles and T. J. Peaden. The conditoin of the sidewalk ad joining the county jail building was brought to the attention of the board by the city authorities, and Commissioner White was authorized to make necessary repairs. An offer of $40 for the road roller owned by the county was rejected be cause it was deemed insufficient. The bond of B. J. Hudson, to carry firearms was approved, as was the pension application of Mrs. Mary F. Moore. The purchase for the supplies nec essary to fit up two hospital rooms in the county jail building was authorized. New York, Feb. 6. The steel trade was reported today to have received plans and specifications from the navy department for the construction of wire nets t obe used in the pro tection of harbors against subma rines. Contracts for steel chains for the same Purpose had already been let, it was said. Bids were beinrr tken aHo, it was reported, for 1.000 tons of steel for dirigible balloon han gars at Pensacola, Fla. PLAN TO STRENGTHEN AERONAUTIC WORK Washington, Feb. 6.r-Tlana for strengthening aeronautical defenses have been laid before Pre.'Udent Wil son by the national aerial coast pa trol commission. The pjan includes the stationing of 1,000 hydroaeroplanes along the coast, the training of 2,500 aviators in six months and 5,000 in a year, the es tablishment of a department of aero nautics with its head a member of the cabinet, and construction of a central aeroplane plant somewhere in the interior of the country. MAY MAKE LEAK INQUIRY IN SECRET nr ASSOCIATED PRES. Washington, Feb 6. Activities in. the "leak" inquiry committee con sisted of arguing in executive session about closing the hearing for trying to exact from witnesses in public the true story of how President Wilson's peace note forecast was sent from the Washington brokerage house of F. A. Connelly & Co., to the New York house of E. F. Hutton & Co. Some of the members are making efforts to have Mrs. Ruth Visconti tell what she knows about the state ment of Price, a newspaper man, "a go-between for Tumulty and others." PLACE COLLEGE RRSOURCES AT DISPOSAL OF U. Philadelphia, Feb.' 6. Preliminary-""" steps were taken today to placeat , the disposal of the govemr.ent in event of war, all trained scientific re sources of. American college?. William McClellan, of the University of Penn sylvania, and member of the naval consulting Hard, has called a con ference In ' Washington, Saturds y. Representative alumni throe ghout the country will be present. RELIEF WORK TO CONTTNm WILL PERMIT BELGIAN London, Feb. 6. Categorical as surances from the German govern ment that it doe3 not intend to inter fere with feeding civilians in Bel gium and northern France was re ceived by the local office of the Bel gian Relief Commission. This assurance stated thtit Ameri can agents of the commissio i may re main in the occupied territory. Ia event of war they will be given pafe,, conduct.