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i ,i VOL. XLVI. NO. 236. OMAHA, WEDNESDAY MORNING. MARCH 21, 1917 TWELVE PAGES. - 0 Tn(M. at Motth. Niwt Sludi. ll.. H. SINGLE COPY TWO CENTS. NEBRASKA HOUSE ASKS PRESIDENT TO PROTECT MAIL Members Almost Unanimously Adopt Resolution Requesting Further Curtailment of Service Be Stopped. MUCH LOSS TO PUBLIC Instances Cited Where Clerks Are to Be Taken Off Runs Soon. INSPIRED BY BEE'S STORY (From Staff Correspondent.) Lincoln, Neb., March 20. (Spe cial.) The house today almost unani mously adopted a resolution calling upon President Wilson to use his in fluence with the postmaster general to see if something could not be done to prevent further curtailing of the mail service of the United States and especially to prevent demoralizing the mail service in Nebraska. The resolution was inspired by an article appearing in the Sunday edi. tion of The Bee, in which pictures were shown giving the condition of the service at Council Bluffs terminal and an explanation of the matter by a mail clerk. This, with the understand ing that the mail car on the Imperial line was to be taken off, prompted Representative HorTmeister of Chase to have the resolution drawn and in troduced. Photo in Bee to Be Sent. The article with the pictures taken from The Bee will be attached to the resolution and sent to Washington by the chiet clerk. Following are the resolutions: "To the President of the United States: "Whereas, recent changes in the railway mail service have discontinued railway mail clerks upon many im portant runs in Nebraska, resulting in great inconvenience to the public in the transmission of mail, and in the accumulation of important postal mat ter upon railway platforms, subject to injury by frost, rain and snow, and "Whereas, this loss and incon venience to the public, bad enough at any time of the year, is especially vi cious during the spring season, when seeds, bulbs and trees are being transmitted through the mail, and People Not Consulted. "Whereas, the people of Nebraska believe they have the right to as good a mail service a"s they have enjoyed hitherto, and that, in the administra tion of the postal service, which touches the everyday life of every citizen, arbitrary action by admin istrative officials' at- Washington, without notice, to the public of any kind, tends to bring the Postal' de partment, the great arm of the federal government exemplifying the advan tage of public ownership in its daily work, into disrepute, therefore be it Disapproval Expressed. "Resolved, That the house of rep resentatives of Nebraska expresses its strong disapproval of this arbitrary treatment of our citizens by the Postal department and demands that the railway mail service be restored and improved from time to time to ac commodate the continuously growing needs oi this state, and that the presi dent of the United States be request ed to lake such action as will result in the restoration of the service and protection of the people's right to adequate mail facilities. "Nesolved. That a copy of this resolution be transmitted by the chief lerk to President Wilson, and that the senate of Nebraska be asked to join in a similar resolution." Governor Introduces Bill To Buy Medals for Guards Lincoln. Neb.. March 20. In a spe cial message today, Governor Neville aopealcd to the legislature to pass a hill providing for a S1.000 appropria tion witti which to purchase medals for the Nebraska guardsmen who Here sent to the border last year. The bill was forma'lly introduced .and read the first time. ' The Weather Comimrathe latent Rpi-ord. 191 t. IN-rh'-st v.M'nlHy. l.ow"sl )- I prlny. . Mean i inperalure. I'r'M-lpiution 20 .00 .00 .05 Temperature and precipitation doparturM oiii Hi normal at Omaha since March 3, ipm! roiiipiirpd wldi the Inat two years; Normal temp.' nit lire 3R I'ttfi. ifii-y for Ihe day 7 I'oint d fl'-lency p!rcp March 1. N'ort'iu! precipitation IWMeiify for the dy 'I'm ii rainfall ulnoo March 1 . . Kxcch iru-n Mai;h 1 IK-ffylfiiry for cor. period. IMS. Kxcvafl f ir cor. periojl, 1915. . . 13 .04 Inch .04 inch 1.9lrtrha .61 Inch .70 inch .83 Inch Report From Stations at 1 p. M. Stalfon and Statu Temp. llrb Ratn of Weather. 7 p. in. est. fall. i Fur .V.brubJ.a Fair; showers southeast j ' Of'U.i.l, . ! Tenijicratiirr at Omaha Yfaterilfiy, ! V Hour. l)eg. ' -2 I ." n. m 3 H A r -7 a. n n 1 4iS B A S a. in.... 39 1 H n-,n 1 A-tSiViify JL 1 P. m 54 ' yfrfy'v Fj 2 p. m o5 11 3 i. m S7 ' 5 p. m 6" j "US&jSfe 1 p. m'. bi ' 8 p. ii. 51 ( hfyonni-, clear ,14 40 .00 Davrnpdrt. clt-ar 6" 54 .00 Denver, clear 44 r.4 .00 Ies Molnef. kxi'Jy SO 34 ,nn Dodge City, part oluotly fin t s , Indt-r clear 4" 41 .no North Platte, pt. riwudy 4fi fit ,'rl) maha, clear B4 Wl .00 Pueblo, part clou'ly... M .00 Haptil City, part cloudy. 34 . t .00 Salt Lake City, clear.. ii 4i .01 ttanta Fe. clear 4s 12 .00 Hherldiin. ctuody 3 38 .01 .Stoux City, part cloudy SO 5l' .00 "Valentine, clear 42 4 .00 Indicates trace of precipitation. Li. A. WELSH, Meteorologist. To the Readers and Patrons of The Bee Following out my promise to keep the public advised of any changes in The Bee organization of interest out side the office, I have to announce that in the position' of Superintendent of our Mechanical department r. H. Chase is to be succeeded about April 1 by George V. Chandler, now in charge of our press room. During the year and more that Mr. Chase has been with The Bee he has put our mechanical work on an effi ciency basis unmatched anywhere in the country, making it a model office, and he leaves wholly of his own voli tion to take up a similar work in an other field. It may be of interest also to state that in the recent election of officers for The Bee Publishing Company for the ensuing year Frank L. Haller, well known locally as head of the Liniuger Company and throughout the stale as member of the University Board of Regents, was chosen to fill the posi tion of vice president, the other offi cers being re-elected, namely myself as president and N. P. Feil as sec retary and treasurer, TO SUPERVISE SALE OF PRINT PAPER Board of Five Men Will Have Charge of Distribution of Paper to Publishers. URGE RIGID ECONOMY Washington, March 20. The Fed eral Trade commission plans to su pervise the sale and distribution of news print paper through a board which will represent all interests concerned. 1 "v. The board, to be named as soon as a price fixing pool proposed by the manufacturers finally is arranged, will comprise fiive members, one each from the manufacturers, jobbers, large publishers, small publishers and the Trade , commission. The Trade commission representatives will operate the pool from ofHcies in New York. Other members of the board will serve in an advisory. ca pacity and their powers will be pure ly ministerial. Manufacturers who have been ac cused pf intimidating publishers into remaining out of the price-fixing "agreement have, it is understood, as sured the commission that if there has. been any intimidation subordi nates have been responsible and that officers of the companies themselves have not countenanced it. Members of the Trade commission just back from New York, where they urged on publishers the necessity for strict economy in the use of news print, say the war situation threatens a new condition in which the news print demand threatens to outstrip production. The balance has been ex tremely close for the last year. U. S. Insurance Upon All Contraband But Guns and Ammunition Washington. March 20. The gov- crnment war risk insurance bureau, which heretofore has insured only non-contraband, announced today that tt would broaden the scope of its operations" and hereafter insure prac tically all forms of contraband for European countries except arms and ammunition. Under the law. no insurance can be issued on vessels or cargo of ves sels other than American. Heretofore the bureau has declined to issue pol icies on articles declared contraband by belligerents, including almost all American products, with the result that only a small percentage of the American transatlantic merchant fleet was insured by the government. Pure Food Week Set Apart by the Governor (From a Staff Correspondent.) Lincoln, March 20. (Special.) The week beginning March 25 will be pure food week, Governor Neville having issued his proclamation -to that effect, in which he says: "I deem it proper to follow in the steps of former governors and set aside a week in which all oganiza tions of commercial endeavor, all so cieties of public welfare and business concerns engaged in selling, distrib uting or manufacturing goods, and those engaged in the production of food, are hereby requested to join in j the movement and aid in making the work of those who carry out the will of the people a success." Fairbury Recluse Found Dead in Shack Near Town Fairbury, Neb., March 20. (Spe cial Telegram.) eorge W. Smith, a recluse, living in a shack just east of the city, was foihid dead in his bed today by neighbors. His death attributed to heart disease. He was 60 pears of age and had resided in and near Fairbury for sixteen years. He lived in a tent northwest of the city for several years. Some cur rency and exchange checks were found about the premises. Britain Considers Holding - Conference on Irish Crisis London, March 20. Andrew Bonar Law, chancellor of the exchequer, in formed the House of Commons today that the government is considering the advisability of calling a confer ence, including representatives of the dominions, to formulate a settlement of the Irish situation. GREAT FRENCH WARSHIP SUNK BY SUBMARINE Battleship of Danton Class Sent to Bottom by German U-Boat, According to Berlin Admiralty. FIVE CRAFT OF THE TYPE Of More Than Eighteen Thou sand Tons and With Com plement of 681. GOES DOWN VERY QUICKLY Berlin. March 20. (Wireless to Sayville.) A French battleship of the Danton class was sunk by a Ger man submarine in the Mediterranean yesterday, the admiralty announced today. The admiralty statement reads:. "A German submarine, commanded by Lieutenant-Captain Moraht, on March 19, in the western Mediter ranean sank a large French battle ship of the Danton class, protected by destroyers. "The battleship was running a sig zag course. Immediately after being hit it listed heavily and capized, forty five minutes later." There are five battleships of the Danton class, in addition to the name ship, the others being the Mirabeau, Diderot, Condorcet, Vcrgniaud and the Voltaire. All except the Vcrg niaud were completed in 1909. It was finished in 1910. Ships of the class have a length of 481 feet, beam eighty-four feet and draft of 27.5 feet. Their armament consists of four 12 inch guns, twelve 9.4-inch guns, six teen 2.9-inch guns, ten three-pounders and two torpedo tubes submerged. They average about 19.5 knots in speed. They displace 18,028 tons. The complement consists of 68K officers and men. Tumulty Declares History Will Give President His Due Newark, X. J., March 20. Secre tary Tumulty, in an address at a din ner given in his honor here tonight spoke of the "infinite patience and skillwul hands" with which President Wilson is guiding the destiny of the nation. "No man can realize what he has done and is doing for the United State of America, for the world, for civilization and humanity," said Mr. Tumulty. "Some day a great histor ian will tell the story of what he has endured, of the problems he has met, of the scrupulous care and pa tience he has taken to preserve the rights of America and to keep free and open the processes of liberty. "Children in the schools and young ' men in the colleges will read in the text books of the unsurpassing jus tice of the statesman who was raised up to direct the destiny of this nation in its most trying hour. We are too close to the world events of the last few years to appreciate them, to es timate justly the wonderful period in which we are living. Officials Begin Search to Discover The Origin of Fires An arson trust in Omaha, whose members start fire in business build ings, is the subject of investigation now by Fire Warden Morris. "I have nothing for publication just now," safd the tire warden, "but my probe promises some real revela tions." The trail of the fire-hugs, it is un derstood, leads close to the $800,000 lire which devastated the Berg and Hartman properties in the Continental building at the northwest corner of Fifteenth and Douglas streets a month ago. The fire warden's sus picions have been focused on a mov ing picture theater which has recently been afire twice. The smell of gaso line and some empty gasoline con tainers were found in the theater after t)ie last fire. Fire Warden Morris does not at tempt to impute motives to the mem bers of the arson gang. He admits that he does not know as yet whether revenge or connivance with others actuated the fire-bugs. But he is busilyi pushing his prone and n working to establish the guilt or innocence of suspected persons. Young Kuehnle Fined For Speeding His .Car Iowa City, la.. March 20. (Special Telegram.) Carl Frederick Kuehnie of Denison, son of C. F. Kuehnle, candidate for the republican nomina tion for governor at the last primary, and a etudent in the University of Iowa, was arrested for speeding this afternoon. He pleaded guilty and was fined $5 and costs. The car which is the property of Loyal Voss of Denison is the same one which struck and killed Mrs. E. B. Wilson two weeks ago, when Horace Pilcher of Ida Grove was at the wheel. Kimball Would Put Suffrage Up to the Women of Iowa (From a Sttttf Correapondont.) Des Moines, la., March 20 (Spe cial Telegram.) When the woman suffrage amendment comes up on the floor of the Senate of the Iowa legis lature, Senator Kimball will propose an amendment giving women the right to vote at the next jgencral elec tion on whether or not they wish the franchise. GERMAN RETREAT BECOMES Gale Over Northern Makes Pursuit of the Teu tons Difficult ENTENTE LINE ADVANCED Bulletin. Paris, March 20. French cavalry has advanced to within about four and 'one-half miles of St. Quentin, one of the larger towns believed to be strongly defended by the Germans. Further progress by the French is re ported in the official statement to night, and considerable territory has been reoccupied between the Somme and the Aisne. London, March 20. "Despite the less favorable weather conditions," says the odicial report from British headquarters in France tonight, "we made considerable progress again to day along the greater part of the front of our advance south of Arras and a further fourteen villages have been cleared of the enemy. "Our troops have now passed the general line of Canizy, Fstrec-Ku-Chaussee, Xurlu, Yclu and Si. Lcger." London, March 20. Telegraphing from the British headquarters in France, Reutfr's corespondent says: "The pace of the German retreat seems to have slowed down consider ably during the last twenty-four hours, a fact for which the very wild weather may well be responsible. A violent gale has been roaring over northern France and is still very heavy. "Many rain squalls have swept over the battle area, but these have not sufficed to render the ground bad, and there is a keen drying edge in the wind. Notwithstanding the tem pestuous weather, however, our troops have made considerable prog ress. Line Held By Entente. "Followed roughly from the south of Arras, our front now runs through or on the fringe of the following places : "Beaurains, Mercatel, Boiry-Bec-querelle, Boyelles, St. Leger, Vaulx V'raucourt, Beugny, Haplincourt, Bar astrc, Bus, Leachtclle, Etricourt, Moislains, Peronne, Doingt, St. Christ, Voycnnes and Canizy, to the neighborhood of Ham, on the cast ward bend of the Somme. "Our cavalry and infantry patrols are everywhere active east of this line. We hold the line of the Somme in strength from reronne southward to Canizy. Our reconnoisance pa trols are active as far east as Mons-En-Chausee. In several sectors be tween Baupaume and Arras our cav alry maintained their touch with the enemy all day yesterday. There was a good deal of skirmishing, but no heavy fighting." Advance More Difficult. Paris, March 20. The war office announces that the French arc still maintaining contact with the Germans along the section of the front over which the retirement is taking place, but that the advance has become more difficult by reason of the de struction of all means of communi cation and on account of bad weather. j German attacks at Avacourt Wood and Hill 304, on the Verdun front, were repulsed. Serious loss was in flicted on the Germans. Railroads to Boost Tourist Rates West, Says Gerrit Fort Chicago, March 20. Summer tour ist rates passenger fares from Chi cago and all points east to Colorado, Utah and Yellowstone National park will be advanced $2.50 by all lines on each round trip ticket, it was an nounced today. No action has been taken on summer tourist fares to California, according to Gerrit Fort, passenger traffic manager o the Union Pacific system in Chicago, but he said there will probably be an ad vance from $72.50 to $75. Summer rates become effective on June 1, and continue until September 30. Colonial Chiefs Meet With Members of British Cabinet London, March 20. The British imperial conference was inaugurated today. For the first time the colonial statesmen sat with the members of the British government around a table in the council room at Premier Lloyd George's official residence. The colonial representatives were Sir Robert L. Borden, the Canadian premier; William F. Massey. premier of New Zealand; Sir Robert Morris, the prime minister of New Found land; Lieutenant General Smuts, mini ster of the interior of the Union of South Africa, and a group of three epresenling India, namely, J. Austen Chamberlain, the secretary for India; the Maharajah of Bikaner and Sir Satyendra P. Sinha, a member of the executive council of the Viceroy of Indian. Australia has not yet been represented. Barry Told to Proceed With the Mustering Out Chicago, March 20. Major General Thomas H. Barry, commander of the Central department "United States army, received orders from aWshing ton today to proceed with the muster ing out of the troops in his depart ment recently returned from the Mexican border. Alleged Forger Brought Back From. Great Falls William Conway, who is said to have passed a trail of worthless checks across the country, a number of the victims being Omaha banks and merchants, was brought back from Great Falls, Mont., Monday afternoon by Detective Frank Murphy. Asah Defends Part in Dardanelles Blunder ormer Premier Replies toi Criticism of Late Minister's Conduct of the War. HE DID NOT SHUN ADVICE London, March 20. An energetic defense of the late Lord Kitchener was made in the House of Commons today by former Premier Asquith, who replied to the criticisms leveled at his government in the recently published report of the Dardanelles commission. "Lord Kitchener was a masterful man, endowed with formidable per sonality and disposed by nature to keep his own counsel," said ' Mr. Asquith. "But it is a mistake to sug gest that he lived in isolation and did not consult military opinion as to the conduct of the war. That is tin true, but it is true that during the early months of the war he acted as his own chief of staff. "When the war broke out members of the general staff were sent to the front. Their places were taken by officers who had been in retirement. The best and highest authority at that tme was Lord Kitchener, himself. Nothing fills me with greater indigna tion than the attack made on Lord INTERNED GERMAN , OFFICERS DROWN Seventeen Men On Cruisers at Philadelphia Navy Yard Attempt to Escape. FIFTEEN ARE RECAPTURED Washington, March 20. Lieutenant Corth and Machinist Mate Herrmann Schroder of the German interned crews at Philadelphia navy yards are believed to have been drowned last night in an attempt to escape. Eight other men, who escaped at the same time, have been captured by companies of marines and the Philadelphia police. These are in ad dition to the seven men who were re ported last night as having failed to escape. In the light of the present situa tion and all circumstances, the pres ence of a German diplomatic agent abroad in the country is looked upon with some concern. The prospect of German sailors at large also is re garded with apprehension. All the men interned at Philadel phia are to be transferred this week to Fort Mcpherson and Fort Ogle thorpe, Georgia, where hey will be kept in stockades and guarded by troops of the Seventeenth infantry. Philadelphia, Pa., March 20. A dash for liberty by seven members of the crews of the German auxiliary cruisers, Kronprinz Wilhelin and Prinz Eitel Friedrich, interned at the Philadelphia navy yard, was frus trated last night by marine! and po plicemen who were on guard outside the yard. Four of the Germans were captured while attempting to swim the back channel, while the other three, were caught in the meadows after swimming the icy waters of the channel. Italians Win Air Battle Above Pola; Arsenal Bombarded Rome (Via Paris), March 20. Reciprocal airplane attacks by Aus trians and Italians are reported in an official statement issued by the war office. The text of the state ment follows: "Our sea planet carried out a raid on Pola and dropped bombs on the arsenal. Five enemy airplanes, es corted by destroyers, attacked our machines, but were driven off by French airplanes which were sup porting us, "On March 19, shortly before dawn, enemy seaplanes bombarded Grado and coast territory to the east occupied by us. There were no vic tims and the damage done was in significant. Immediately afterwards a squadron of our seaplanes bom barded the Lloyd ship yard at Mug gia, near Trieste. All of the Italian and French machines returned safely." Veterinarian Held On Charge of Sale of "Dope" to Users Accused of selling "dope' to drug addicts, A. L. Van Gordon, veterin ary surgeon, 2013 Cuming street, was arrested late Monday afternoon. Federal officers, who caused his arrest, are said to have sent decoys into his place with marked money to purchase "dope." Detectives of cen tral station, who made the arrest, say that they found some of the marked money in possession of the veterin ary surgeon. Dr. Van Gordon will be given pre liminary hearing Wednesday morn ing before United States Commissin er McLaughlin. He is now at liberty under $2,000 bail bond. Doomed Murderers. Who Broke Prison Are Shot to Death Birmingham, Ala., March 20. David Overton, convicted murderer of Judge W. Thomas Lawler of Hunts ville, and two other convicts, sen tenced to death for murder, who es caped from the county jail here this morning with him, were surrounded by a sheriff's posse tonight in a Bir mingham suburb and shot to death. Kitcheners Kitchener, whose memory is in no danger and will live." Mr. Asquith said the Dardenelles ex pedition was primarily a naval one, because Lord Kitchener proved to the satisfaction of the war council that the resources to make it a joint military and naval undertaking were not available. The war council spent three weeks in examing the country's available resources in men and in ob taining opinions of experts. British and French naval expert opinion fav ored the enterprise. The adverse view of Lord Fisher, then first sea lord, was not founded on technical naval objections, but upon his pref erence for a different objective in a totally different sphere of operations. The delay in sendi, troops, Mr. Asquith continued, was due to the Russian position, which was then bad and pressure was brought to bear by both the British and French com manders in chiefs to keep their troops in France. Mr. Asquith asserted the Darda nelles operations had saved the sit uation in the Caucacus, prevented for months the defection ol Bulgaria to the central powers, kept 300,000 Turks mobilized, destroyed some of the finest troops in the Turkis army and contributed to the favorable re sults witnessed in Egypt, Mesop tamia and Persia. TWO RELIEF SHIPS SHELLEDBY SDBSEA Vessels Bearing Safe Conduct From Oevman Embassy at The Hague Attacked. EIGHT MEN ARE KILLED London, March 20. The London office of the commission for relief in Belgium, has given The Associated Press the following statement regard ing the shelling of the relief ships Tunisie and Haclen, with th. killing of several members of their crews, re ported in last night's dispatches. "The Tunisie and the Haelen were attacked by a submarine without warning outside the danger zone, 56.15 north latitude, 5.32 east longi tude (off the southwest coast of Nor way). The ships were not sunk. The port bow of the Haelen was smashed by a shell and seven men were killed. There is a hole in the Haclen's port hunker at about the water line. Sun dry damage was done to decks and engines.'' The Tunisie is proceeding on its voyage. The killed include the first and third officers. . . t Inspected by German. . ; "Apparently the Haelen proceeded under its own steam to Stavanger (Norway), where temporary repairs were ordered after which it proceeded to its American destination. "The pilot reports that while he was leaving the ships off the Hook of Holland, five German seaplanes ap peared and after circling around and examining the ships flew northwards. "The ships sailed from Rotterdam last Friday and passed the Hook of Holland for Sandy Hook, all via the north route, with sailing instructions to keep out of the danger zone. All had double sets of lighting equipment and safety markings consisting of four each of flags, pennants, side cloths, deck banners, aignal balls, lamps and tanks; also safe conducts issued by the German government, with photographic reproductions of the sailing directions and a guarantee of safety after March 15, sealed and certified as correct by the German legation at The Hague attached to the passes. Under Relief Charter. "The shelled ships aailcd in com pany with three other Belgian ships under commission charter, all carry ing similar safety markings and passes and all sailing in ballast for American porta to load food supplies for the people of Belgium and northern France. "A protest has been made by the commission to the German govern ment through the Dutch, Spanish a;td German legations at The Hague, the German authorities in Belgium and the Spanish ambassador in London and a report Jias been sent to the State department in Washington. The attack on the relief ships was reported in an Amsterdam dispatch last night. A Stavanger dispatch re ported eight men killed on a relief steamer, the name of which was given as the Selien, this undoutedly refer ring to the Haelen. Both the ships attacked are of Belgian nationality, the Tunisie registering 2,467 tons and the Haelen 3,290 tons. Navy Yards Ordered to Build U-Boat Chasers Washington, March 20. The New Orleans navy yard was today order ed to build at once four submarine chasers. The New York yard yester day was ordered to build aixty. The department has called upon all navy yards fitted to undertake small boat construction to submit esti mates as to the number of submarine chasers they can turn out quickly. Bremerton, Mare Island, Ports mouth, Boston, Charleston and other yards, probably will be designated to begin construction of chasers to the full extent of the capacity. . Has His Hand Mangled When Caught in Elevator Imprisoned for half an hour in the bottom of an elevator shaft, John Newton, an electrician in the employ of Bert LeBron, narrowly escaped se rious jinury. His hand was caught bjtween the elevator cable and the drum and was badiy mangled before he was released from his perilous po sition. Drs. Shook and Duncan at tended him. He is in Lord Lister hospital. PRESIDENT AND CABINET STUDY GERMAN CRISIS Washington Officials Believe that State of War With Germany Already Exists. MANY PLANS CONSIDERED U. S. May Co-Operate With En tente Navies in Clearing At . lantic Sea Lanes. CONGRESS MAY BE CALLED Washington, March 20. When the cabinet adjourned after a two-hour meeting none of the members would make any statement. Secretary Dan iels would only say there had been no new orders to the navy. Informally intimations were given that some an nouncement from the White House might be expected -tomorrow. The impression grew that the pres ident had determined to hasten the coming ef congress, already called to meet in extra session on April 16. Daniels Hal Conference. , As soon as he returned to his of fice from the cabinet meeting Secre tary Daniels went into conference with the. navy general board. It was not revealed whether the session was the result of any new decision reached by the president and his cab inet. The most general opinion in ad ministration quarters was that there was no likelihood of a declaration of war against Germany, although the probability appeared to be for a for mal recognition that a state of war exists because of Germany't acts against the United States. The statement was authorized at the White House that the president and the cabinet discussed every phase of the situation. " ' , As has been the case since all offi cial Washington acknowledged that a state of war practically exists be tween the United States and Ger many, there is a wide range of specu lation on the precise action President Wilson contemplates, but there is no olficiat ground for any forecast. Calling of congress in extra session before April 16, the day first choscu for its assembly, still continues fore most among the probabilities, but there are no indications that Mr. Wil ton had finally decided upon it. On the other .hand, there were some in dication that the date of the session would not be advanced. ' "' ' May Co-operate With Entente. Preparations for. carrying out the policy of armed neutrality to its full est degree are being hurried in the Navy department. The possibilities of their execution range even to ac tive co-operatiou at sea with the British and French fleets to clean submarines out of the shipping lanes. It was learned definitely before the cabinet meeting that the president, while considering deliberately all phases -of the . situation, had not finally made up his mind on any for ward step beyond the active prepara tion of the navy for any eventuality. President Wilson is taking the po sition that at all events the nation must be placed in a better state of preparedness because he believes that from a practical standpoint Germany is making war on this country. The president ia known to believe that the objects he has in mind the establishment of a league to preserve future peace has been set far for ward, by the revolution in Russia. The murmurings against autocracy in Germany are also being considered. Attitude of President. - No doubt remains in the minds of most officials that unless there is some unlooked-for change before con gress meets the president will open the extra session with an address making clear the new position into which he feels the United States has been forced by Germany's ruthless disregard of American rights. He may discuss universal military training- - The indications before the cabinet assembled were that there would be no change in the situation before to morrow, although it wVs 'possible that discussion at the meeting might lead the president to act at once. Administration officials believe the nation is already virtually ina state of war with Germany and the only question undecided is whether there shall be any immediate , announce ment of that status through a new call for congress or otherwise. ". ' ', ft' ..... . " " . '" . .. -W. ' ' The reasons for the in creasing popularity of Bee Want Ads are: Best Results : and a Fair. 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