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FEOCOU MA8D1 GRJIS,
FEBRUARY 19 ID 20
VOL. XX NO. 38.
PENSACOLA. FLA.. WEDNESDAY MORNING, FEBRUARY 7, 1817.
PRICE FIVE CENTS.
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CONGRESS PREPARES TO!
MEET ALL EMERGENCIES
Great Increases Made in Na
tional Defense Measures
ARMY AND NAVY READY
Parties Forget Partisan Dis
putes and Hasten To
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
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
GUARDING GERMAN LINERS AGAINST SCUTTLING!
, - w inn viill- I
SHIPS II U. S.
Severe Damage is Discov
ered On Interned Ger
MONTHS TO FIX
To Avoid Seizure to Prevent
Charge Of Building
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,
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-
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
HOPE U.S. WILL
Entente Diplomats Fear Ger
many Helped Break To
Stop Munition Shipment .
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
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
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. .
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
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
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
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.
Fourteen Members Of Board
Selected After Day Of
PASS SENTENCE ON
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. ;
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
Lillie May Luckey, grand larceny;
six months county jail.
Cliff Bedsole, vagrancy; 45 days in
Willie Kelly, assaulting; sentence
- Bishop Allen, carrying concealed
weapons; $150 or six months.
John Henry, gambling; $10 or 45
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
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
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,
der Warrant Drawn For
Part of Appropriation
Oil 010 Sill
i II BILL
Provision fcr Resurfacing
Road To Yard Included
in Naval Bill
GOES TO SENATE
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
DR. BLOCKER IS RE
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.
(By Aaaoclatod Pri.)
Copenhagen, Feb. 6.
It is officially stated that
Germany will not allow
Gerard to leave Berlin un
til Germany is satisfied as
to the treatment accorded
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
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
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
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
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.
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
Washington, Feb. 6.r-Tlana for
strengthening aeronautical defenses
have been laid before Pre.'Udent Wil
son by the national aerial coast pa
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,,