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Draft 500,000 Men At Once; 91 Steamers Are Seized
n iilii-il Vrrmu I <-ii«.-d Wire.)
N'KW YORK, April «. —
I'nlted States armed force*
BeUfd all (•ernian ships in all
American ports today.
It was America's first act
of war.
In ports on every coast of the
United States proper, and in
Island possessions, marines or
bluejackets went aboard the en
emy shlpß early today, made mem
bers of the German crews prison
ers and took possession of the ves
sels in the name of the United
At Hoboken, N. J., alone, IS
vessels, Including the giant Vater
laini, were taken over. In all, 27
ships were seized in New York
91 Taken in All.
The total number of German
ships in American waters wliicn
were seized I* 91. They represent
% total tonnage of 694,600.
In New York harbor a long,
gray war painted destroyer waited
int off the bow of the Vatarland.
Her guns were trained on the en
emy sea monster.
At Seattle customs authorities
selzel the Hamburg-American in
terned freighter Saxonia and the
German sailing ship Steinbeck at
1:30 o'clock a. m. Twelve men,
including Captain Frank Heifer of
the Saxonia and Captain Johannes
Wohlern, of the Steinbeck, are
Sailors Paroled.
At San Francisco the Interned
• I ndr.i 9mm l.raard Wire.)
NKW YORK, April 6.—German
submarines are now in the great
circle trade route between New
York and Cape San Koque and
other South American ports, a
warning sent out early today said.
British and other merchant
vessels were warned to be on the
lookout for U-boats In latitude I' 6
north, longitude 19.41 west.
United I'reaa LtjaaJ Wire.)
EL PASO, April 6. —Scores of
Germans are being detained here
by the department of justice
agents, in connection with investi
gations of Herman plots against
the United States in Mexico.
It is said that the department
officials havo Information to the
effect that prominent Carranza
officials are implicated, and ar
rests may follow.
Bumped His Head
Instead of having l>oen brutal
ly beaten while he slept Thursday
night, as was first reported to the
police, Orin Parks, a fireman on
the tug Falcon, and a coast artil
lery man, walked In his sleep and
bumped his head so hard against
a beam that ho was "knocked
out. 1'
At. the Tacoma General hospital
Friday It was reported that Parks'
Injuries were not severe.
Gets Promotion
Policeman H. D. Dyment, until
recently a sergeant on the Tacoma
department, was promoted to the
dry squad Friday by Commission
er Pettit. He will work under
Bergt. Falconer, who heads tli*
LONDON, April 6.—Striving
desperately to relieve the tre-I
iniMiilinis pincer-llke grip around
St. Auentln exerted by British
and French forces, picked Gor
man troops were hurled against
the French line northwest of
nheims last night and today in
one of the most powerful "diver
sions" attempted In mouths.
German chips Serapla, Ottawa aud
Atlas were seized by Collector of
the Port J.O. Davis and the crewa
were taken to Angel Island for de
At Portland three Interned
ships, the Dalbek, Vinton, the Vln
nenn, at Clifton and the Kert at
Astoria were seized by the collec
tor of customs.
In all cases the enemy sailors
were sent to the immigration sta
tions, some later being released
on parole.
In Had Condition.
At New London, the steamer
Willehad, which had served as
mother uliip to the submarine
Deutscliland, was seized.
The German vessels are now
BUbject to use by the United
States. Whether any of them can
be put in commission at an early
date, however, Is problematical.
In most cases the machinery of the'
ships has been wrecked.
The hulls of rtie vessels are, of
course, in bad condition, owing to
being tied up for nearly three
Vit.il \llMlllllirv
It was learned at Washington
today that nm-t of the passenger
ships are built a* naval auxiliaries
with gun platforms, reinforced
decks and other equipment for of'
fensivo purposes.
Officials said seizure of these
ships has Increased our transport
ing ability tremendously. Four
teen of the larger vessels are able
to carry 40,000 troops, twice what
the American merchant fleet avail
able at present can carry.
One House In
Three Flying
Its U. S. Flag
That about one north end house
in three is decorated with Ameri
can (lags is the conclusion of E.
A. Wilbur, foreman of The Times
i iiiiiiki-.li>;- room, who has been
doing some counting as he has rid
den back and forth to work the
laut few d;i ■
On the right hand side of the
Point Defiance line, coining down,
Wilbur says, there are 2'Sa houses
between North 4 sth and Orchard
streets and South Ninth street.
Seventy-eight of them are decked
with flags.
On the other Hide there are 135
house, 64 of them displaying the
Btars and Stripes.
"It doesn't look like a very big
percentage to me," says Wilbur.
II !■ I Preaa l.rnard Wire.)
GAIA'ESTON, April 6—Reports
that the government has evidence
of the presence in the Gulf of Mex
ico of German submarines caused
many people here today to apply
for insurance against bombard
ment, riots and civil disturbances.
(I iiii.il Prvsa l.vuacil Wire.)
LONDON, April 6 —Stating that
he spoke at the instance of ihe
imperial war cabinet, Premier
Lloyd-George this afternoon sent
a stirring message to America
recognizing her entrance into the
(United Vrt>** Leased Wire.)
WASHINGTON, D. C, April 6.
—Never before In the history of
the world has there been such de
stTuction, either by victorious or
vanquished armies as that wrought
by the retreating Germans In the
100 miles of French territory they
have justevacuated. Ambassador
Sharp cabled the state department
Reports that have been publish
ed "have In no way T>een exag
gerated," Sharp said.
Clearings f 347,988.03
{Balances 35,299.93
Transactions 1,135,925.46
(I iili.-.i Preaa I rn.rl Wire.)
LONDON, April 6—King George
this afternoon sent a message to
President WMbod.
TheTacoma Times
1 GOOD Ffl/DA r, iS>7 7 I
Good Friday dawned —the day on which The Man mado His supreme sacrifice that "peace
on eaith, good will toward men might he established among men in a pagan world.
Good Friday has dawned in America 19 centuries and 17 years later —and with it the call has
sounded for the country to make its supreme sacrifice in order that a genuine, enduring peace
among the nations may for the first time be achieved.
! Peace—Freedom — Equality —(>ood Will to All Men —this is the war cry of America as it of
fers the best that it has for a Great Cause. There can be no other.
In a patriotic appeal at the
Commercial club ln-n- Friday
I Ih-oilim i- lifi-iii. iii •■ chair
man of the federal shipping
board, declared that (he de
fence of the nation do|>eiids
Imi«€-I\ on the united service
of its shipbuilders, and par
ticularly those on the Pacific
One of the most Immediate
needs the country faces today, lie
said, Is for vessejs to carry sup
plies to the allies "with whom this
nation has now decided to cast its
"The lack of supplies is proba
bly the greatest menace to the suc
cess of the allies," he said. "To
furnish these Ik a measure of self
The long looked for battle be
tween the county commissioners
and Dr. 8. P. Rich of Roy, who
claims he was offered the super
lni«>iiilcni \ of the. Mountain View
KMiuitoriuin. did not occur Thurs
day, as Dr. Rich did not make Ins
appearance at the court house.
"1 am waiting for the commis
sioners to take some action on my
request of last Monday," said Dr.
Rich over the telephone Friday.
ird Prraa u»«r.l Wire.)
PORTLAND, Or., April 6—Fed
eral officials here admitted today
that a well-equipped wireless sta
tion, carefully hidden in the woods
at the haste of Mount Hood, has
been discovered and destroyed.
The plant included h generator
and high aerials capable of com
municating in a radius of D.OOO
(United Press Leased Wire.)
Acting on secret telegraphic In
structions from Washington, U. 8.
District Attorney John \V. Preston
this afternoon ordered IT. S. Mar
shal Holahan to take into custody
a number of Germans living in the
San Francisco bay region whom
the government is said to consid
er hostile to the United States.
(t'nlted I'iv.M i,c«wl Wire.)
NEW YORK, April B.—Presi
dent Menocal of Cuba has tent a
message to the Cuban congress re
questing that a state of war be de
clared to exist between Cuba and
Germany, according to a cable re
ceived by the official Cuban press
bureau here this afternoon from
Secretary to President Euseblo S.
Lucky 13 Again
(By I'nlted Pri-iw.)
April «.—Vice President
Marshall signed the war
resolution at 12:13 p. m.
Eactly one hour later to
the second, President Wll- I
son signed his name—at
I 1:13 p. m.
; „ Thirteen Is President Wil- ;
; ton's lucky number. <
defense on the part of America.
For German victory would be a
menace to our peace and demo
"Brent startled the Tacoma
shipbuilders who met in confer
ence with him by declaring that
the success of the new submarine
campaign launched by the kaiser
in February has been far greater
than has been reported by the
Sinking* Are Heavy.
"Since February, German sub
marines have mink 780,000 tons
of shipping," he declared. "The
kaiser's plan was to sink a million
tons, so you see they haven't fallen
very short of their mark.
"All this has convinced the
Mother Gives
Son; Appeals
For a Pension
The first application for a war
mothei'b pension that lids ever
been made to the county was re
ceived at the office of Probation
Officer S. S. Healey Friday morn
Mrs. Eva Cuibertson, a widow
with two sons, was the applicant.
One of her sons lias lately Joined
the navy, anil gone with the IT.
S. S. Vicksburg which, leaves her
Without rapport Her other son
is only 12 years old.
Warning To
Auto Owners
A warning is being issued by in
spectors from the state auditor's
office to all automobile owners
who do not have 1817 licenses, to
immediately purchase them or
they will be liable for arrest. Fri
day in Justice Linck's court, B.
H. McCormick was fined $1.1 and
costs for not having a license. Mc-
Cormick. runs a Tacoma-Olympia
\V. S. McCalley, one of the three
inspectors in Tacoma, says there
are more than 1,000 automobiles
in the county without new licenses
on their machines.
• I nil.-.' ITmi I.mini Wlro.l
BIHMINGHAIf, Ala., April 6.-
The third arrsst in connection
with German plots to incite ne
groes to rebellion was made here
today when a negro, addressing
members of his race at a local
depot, declared they should join
the German army. Good pay, so
cial equality und unrestricted fran
chises were offered.
Government men admit a plot
has been unearthed whereby ne
gr'ors working in the various coal
mines and industrial plants of the
district were to dynamite the
wines and plants.
Halted Press Leased Wire.)
SALEM, Or., April 6. -- The
property of any Oregon man en
listing In the army, navy or na
tional guard shall be exempt from
foreclosure. A law providing for
tl'io moratorium will become ef
tectlve May 21.
Federal secret service men are
so rushed with "war business"
that they have not yet had time to
Investigate the case of Frank
Webber, alleged German reservist,
captured at the docks Wednesday
morning with dynamite fuse and
cops in his pockets.
shipping board of the direct need
of a campaign of shipbuilding."
This need, he added, had de
termined the board to launch its
present plans for a merchant ma
rine of wooden vessels of about
l,tM tons. Steel is out of the
question, he said.
Approves Ooiiglus Kir.
Brent took testimony from Ta
coma shipbuilder! on tlie capacity
of their plants, their capacity of
expansion, and the supply of labor
In Tacoma, after repeating the as
surance that Douglas fir for ship
building purposes fully comes up
to the government's requirements.
Phillip Morrison, representing
the Seaborn shipyards here, told
Vice-Chalrman Brent that his
T. R. & P. TO
Instead of actually operating
the m municipal tkleflats street
oar line Itself, the city of Tacoma
Will probably turn the job over to
the T. R. * P. Co., which has of
fered to run cam at coit, and turn
al! proceeds over to the city.
This Is the latest development
of the street car tangle readied
late Thursday afternoon by a spe
cial committee appointed iiy May
or Fawcett.
The street railway company was
unwilling to assume further finan
cial rink, bin asreed to operate the
line at cost, the city to foot all
bills .-.ml to receive all receipts.
It will cost approximately $300.
--000 to build the line, according to
the final decision. This provides
for a double track for the entire
length, a loop around A street and
10th, and $1,10,000 for street cars.
Vice President Leonard of the T.
R. & P. Co. wired the Stone-Web
ster offices in Boston Thursday
night for permission to furnish
curs lor the line, on an agreement
that the city should take them
over and pay for them at the end
of the contract, which will proba
bly run fl\e aud one-ball' years.
If Tacoma banks will take the
paper, utility bond* for $:!00.000
will be issued by the city at once,
to finance the new line.
l*p to noon Friday, 20 new re
cruits had been signed up since
; the first of the week at the V. S.
! navy recruiting station. Thurs
: day and Friday were the biggest
days for Officer O. Strickland.
Six recruits took examinations
Thursday afternoon and Friday
morning. They were Ralph Stew
•art, Puyallup; Otto Mason. Puy
allup; Oscar Carlson, Burton;
John Rinehart. Puyallup; Albert
McCanless, of California, and Ce
cil Leßoy Howe of Classic, Wash.
It ultra Pma Leased Wire.)
NEW YORK, April 6.—Captain
Alfred A. Fritzen pleads guilty In
U. 8. district court here today to
having conspired with Captain
Hans Tauscher to blow up the
Welland canal and was sentenced
to 18 months in the federal peni
tentiary at Atlanta, Ga. He was
arrested in Los Angeles.
Mayor a-Fishing
Tne lure of the trovt stream
was too much for Mayor Fawcett
Friday, and he slipped away from
the city hall early in the day,
carrying his rod, basket and lunch.
The mayor's whereabouts are de
scribed as "somewhere in western
yards could turn out 16 vessels
of the type wanted by the govern
ment, in ] 3 months.
The yards would be able to
launch a vessel in four months, lie
said. 4
"We have three ways now, and
wo have room for five more," he
said. "We have 225 men on the
payroll, of whom 60 are skilled
l.ilvm- Patriotic.
"Our ability to expand depends
only upon the amount, of laboi
we can get, but we have a great
fund of unskilled labor in and
about Tucoma that could be drawn
upon. These are men trained
in our sawmills and logging camps
of many years experience, and
they make the finest sort of skill
ed workers.
"We employ union labor In our
yards, but the men have come to
the front patriotically and have
told me they would be willing to
work under any conditions for the
nation in an emergency."
Plenty of I/umber.
Morrison said he had assurances
from Tacoma lumbermen that all
the timber necessary to carry out
the government's program, could
easily be supplied on the, Tacoma
waterfront, and that at least two
of the Tacoma sawmills were
equipped to turn out the largest
ship beams.
■ ■•>•■—•• ( .ii |>entei v Good.
Nick Uabare of Babare, Bros.'l
shipyard^ in Old Tacoma, said Ills'
yards already have one ways to I
handle large ships and room for
three more if required. Ho said
he had fonnd house carpenters
have the makings of excellent
C. B. Hyde, representing the
now Pacific Coast Shipbuilding
Co., said his company was rushing
its plant to early completion airl
Is now preparing to build a 26~>
f00l steamer.
<ii«'<'(in({s, have you Kub
iniiii-il a kind words para
irriiph ill (lie I'ink's $10 con
text yet?
As we understand the T. H. &
P Co.'B offer it will operate the
city car line on the tldeflats pro
vided the city first builds and
equips it complete and then guar
anie?s the company against km.
Talko hereby volunteers to run
the entire Stone & Webster sys
tem cu^the same basis.
Now that Kpokane people
have li;u in <l how their con
gressman, IMII, voto<l, i.fuv
iiiK to Ink k the prcsidrnt, he
npjioi.rs to be in a pickle.
What's your Idea on renaming
the Teut ships? Have Sullivan,
telegraph operator, wants the
Vaderland made Der Sam I'ncle.
No doubt IJryan will be
auiii tlie IcaKiie to enforce
|mmm-. Too harsh a Mound.
l'r.fiiMl.l>, a loaKue to in
duce |K>Mce by prayer and p<-
The new garden hose,
The new garden hoes,
The new uilken hose,
The new Eaßter clothes—
The way the dough goes
No American knows,
Nor cares, we 'spose,
A darn what he owes.
Thin much ftlmply muxt be
Mild of Annette Kellernian,
she has beautifully rounded,
nllnrinfil j formed finger jwil«.
Tacoma: Fair to RBRa 9
night, showers Satur p S? •
Washington: Same. *
Flash—Navy ordered mobilized. (6 p. m. eastern time)
ii nil. ii i-imv btani wire.)
WASHINGTON, D. C, April 6.—War was officially declared at
1:13 this afternoon.
At exactly that time President WU>M sinned the joint resolu
ticn passed by the house anil senate, declaring a state of war be
tween the I'nlted States and fUn— J.
The resolution had tMM paused last night by the kNM of rep
resentatives after a single lajr'l debate, was signed l»y Speak*!
Champ Clark at 12:10 today, taken to the senate and signed by
Vice President Marshall three minutes later.
Immediately Hfter the resolution had been signed !>y President
Wilson, the navy department wirelessed every hattleship and sub
marine that war was on. Every American representative In foreign
countries wm notified by cable.
Wilson at once Issued a long proclamation, declaring war on
Germany, and directing all officers of the T'nited States to nurit—
>igilance in the discharge of their duties incident to such a stat*
of war.
He called attention to the federal statute which provides that
whenever the (nited Stateß Ik at war with another country, all citi
zen* and subjects of the enemy country who are within the I'ntted
fetates' boundaries nhall be liable to arrest.
He warned all aliens to conduct themselves In such manner that
their arrest would not be necessary, but directed federal officer! to
make speedy arrests wherever an alien was known to.be speaking
Improperly regarding tne government, or where suspected of plotting
against the I'nited States.
Washington Screams Approval
Germany will be notified of tiie war declaration by the Swing
minister. Xo information is given out regarding naval MttOM fol
lowing the declaration of war, but the navy was the first branch of
the government to be notified ot. the break.
As the president affixed his signature to the document, Ueuten
ant-Coinmander Huron McCandless signaled him the street to n,«
navy department that war was formally on, and orders wer«
flashed out from the government wireless to the ships ut eea and
to the forts of the United States.
Simultaneously every eteam whistle in Washington and on th«
Fntomac. river nearby was opened wide and their screeches could ••
heard in every corner of the nation's capital.
The war declaration document bears no outward mark of dlt
ferenee from hundreds of thousands of other state papers in il.s
department files. But II marks the beginning of a new war of civllN
7ation, according to President Wilson —a war the end of which must
determine whether democracy shall rule the world.
ltoth houses of congress adjourned this afternoon until Monday.
No steps toward raising revenue fur the huge war budgets asked by
I the administration will be taken until some more definite idea ia
| obtained of the iiniount to be raised.
• The general deficiency bill, earr.uiiK $1 n0,000,000 for il«
national defense and $64,000,000 for usual expenditures the first
war MB«rg*noy measure to come before ooiiKress —was passed by tb«
senate today.
The sum of $ 100,000,000 was added by the appropriations com
mittee "for every purpose of national defense at the discretion ot
the president."
In his proclamation, President Wilson gave a long list of regu
lations for aliens. Among them he requires that no alien enemy
nhall huve In his possession any fire-arms, weapon or implement ot
war. or any ammunition; no aircraft or wireless; no siKiialing rievir*
Of 'ipher code. An alien enemy muK not approach within one-half
mile of any federal or state camp, arsenal or itrmy post. Immedl<
nte arrest for violation of any war order Is threatened.
Detention camps for alien enemies who violato any rule laid
down by the liniled States government are hinted by Wilton, lna»
niuch as he provides that such persons "shall remove to any loca
tion designated bjf the president by executive order and sli-ill not
remove therefrom without a permit, or shall depart from the I'nited
Stales if s-o required."
Plans For Immense Army
(I'niled l»rc«» I .*» <.•-■! \\h. )
WASHINGTON, I). ('., April I.—After proclaiming a state of
war, thr prwMMl (his afternoon issued the following statement
roßanlinj; Hip mean* to lie chosen to raise the army of two million
asked for by the war head* last ni^ht:
'The prtaelplwi embodiod In the legislation presented by the
war department to the military committees of the *pnate and noun*
have my «>nlirr> approval and its specific r<>< ummendatlons embod
led, in that it. is the best judgment of the officers of the war deparW
"It proposes to raise the fon'os MCMMry to meet the picsi'iit
emeißency liy luinning the roKiilar army and national Riiard to war
Hlronnth and liy .Mldiin; the additional toKM which will now b«
needed so that thr national army will romprise three elements tht
r< Kular arniv, the national (uard and the so-called additional forr.ea,
of which a first five hundred thousand are to l»e authorized iinme*
diately and later increments of the fame size as they may he needed
in order that all these forces may romprlHc a single army, the tern
of enlistment in the three is equalized and will be for the' period of
1 The necessary men will be sernred for the regular army and
the national guard l»y volunteering bh at present, until, In the Judg
ment of the president a report to a ti'lertive draft is desired.
"The additional forres, however, are to l>e raised by Melertiv*
draft f'" in nm ranKing j M : ,^, from II) to 25 yew*.
"Tbe quotas of the several states In all of these forces will b*
in proportion to their population."
"Lady From Montana" Sobs
WASHINGTON, 1». C, Apr. i
6.—A woman runn-lini tli«
moxt dramatic scone of (he
most dramatic ho*mloii in the
hJ»tory of thin nation's house
of reprvwrntatlvM. . .
The woman In Mim J Annette
Rankin, of Monlann, tlie fimt
woman ever to sit in Hlh«r
body of the country's legisla
With a *oh and a protest of
her love of country, she voted
The house passed the histric
resolution that says Germany has
warred upon this government,
amid stirring soenes at 3:08 this
The vote—373 to 60—was not
unexpected, after the thrilling dec
laration of Rep. Claude Kitchen,
North Carolina, democratic floor
lender. In the afternoon that h«
couM not bring himself to vot« tbs
country Into war.
Kitchen's Rpeech swung a dozen
or more votes to the ranka o*
those opposing tht resolution.
When the long, but always
thrilling, debate had at last been
concluded, a stillness that seldom
marks house proceedings settled
over the chamber.
Promptly at 2:45 o'clock th«
house started to vote on the rsslu
tlon. At 3:08 the roll had bee*
called In record time and the pres
ident's state of war resolution ba4
passed both branches of congress*

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