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more pressing duty elsewhere, to co
operate with the houses.
I take it for granted that the men
who have obstructed and prevented
the passage of necessary legislation
have taken all of this into considera
tion and are willing to assume the
responsibility of the Impaired effi
ciency of the government and the
embarrassed finance3 of the country
during the time of my enforced absence.
From the Detroit News.
Senate Closes with Filibuster
A Washington dispatch, dated
March 4, says:' A bitter controversy
botwoon President "Wilson and tho
sonata -.over tho league of nations
and a filibuster by a few republican
senators seeking to force an immed
iate extra session, markod tho pass
ing, at noon, today of the sixty-fifth
or f great war congross. Called in
April, 1917, to throw America's
woight into the conflict overseas, tho
congross hold threo momentous and
hjstoric sessions. Partisanship lay
dormant during the war, but it broke
forth in the last session to culminate
in a ilnal filibuster which successfully
blocked passage of half of tho four
teen regular appropriation 'bills, "in
cluding tho ?750,000,000 railroad
administration revolving fund, and
the huge army, navy and merchant
marine budgets. Although unsuccess
ful In their efforts to record the
sonato in favor of amendment of the
constitution of tho league of nations
as now drawn, tho republican sen
atora loft in the record a resolution
approved by thirty-nine of them op
posing acceptance of the charter in
It's prosont form. Republican leader
Lodgo and qthor spokosmen-said this
was notice to the President and the
peace conference that the necossary
two-thirds majority in the now senafla
for ratification of" tho present plan
could not bo obtained.
Legislation which failed this ses
Tho $1,215,000,000 army appro
priation bill with its authorization
for a tomporary urray of 540,000
men after July 1.
Tho $750,000,000 naval appropria
The annual agricultural appropria
tion measure with $27,000,000.
The District of Columbia appro
priation bill carrying $14,000,000.
The reclamation measure to pro
vide farms for returned soldiers and
Appropriating $750,000,000 for
the railroad administration.
Tho oil, coal and mineral In nil
The bill destened'to Gnforoo tin.
lhe compromise en-al miff
constitutional amendment resolution.
Tiie Dili making it unlawful to dis
play "red" flags and the elmnjnttnn
of propaganda favoring the over
throw or me government by force.
DENUNCIATION OP SENATORS
FOR. EMBARRASSING COUNTRY
Following is a Washington dis
patch under date of March 4th
Immediately after the adjournment
of congross at noon today President
Wilson gave out the following state
ment: A group of men in the senate have
deliberately chosen to embarrass the
administration of the government, to
imperil the financial interests of the
railway system of tho country and to
make arbitrary use of powers in
tended to be omployed in the interest
of the people.
It is plainly my present duty to
attend tho pea'ce conference in Paris
It is also my duty to bo in close con
tact with tho public business durine
a session of the congress. I must
mako my choice between these two
Hon measure authorizing a -new i e Teonlo i th r .P0 that
three-year building program urged tfttTSS IwL-S" Hi!?
Ti,.., .w ". vuuice.
by President Wilson.
Tho sundry civil bill carrying ap
propriations totalling about $850
000,000; including $050,000,000 for
tho merchant marine, .
It is not in the interwef p il
right conduct of public affairs that I
should call the congress in snecial
session while It is impossible for me
to be in Washington, becauso of a
THE LODGE RESOLUTION
A Washington dispatch, dated
March 4th, says: Senator Lodgo of
Massachusetts, the republican leader,
brought the long senate debate on
the league of nations to a climax
last midnight, with tho introduction
of a resolution proposing that tho
senate record itself against accept
ance of the league constitution as
now drawn. He read to the senate
the names of 37 members of the now
senatoi which will pass on the peace
treaty, who, he said, had signed or
approved tho resolution.
This move by tho Massachusetts
senator followed numerous confer
ences among republican leaders and
communications with members and
members-elect who were not in
Washington. It came as a surprise
to most democratic leaders, but when
tho senator asked unanimous consent
for consideration of the resolutions
Senators Martin and Swanson of
Virginia, -immediately objected and
the resolution went over under the
Satisfied that there "would be no
opportunity to bring the resolution
to a vote before adjournment of
congress, Senator Lodge, then read
the list of senators, thus placing
their names in tho record.
There was no effort at a counter
movj from the democratic side.
The republican senators and senators-elect
whose names are on the
list read by Mr. Lodge were:
Lodge, Massachusetts: Knox. Penn
sylvania; Sherman. Illinois; New,
inaiana; Moses, Now Hampshire;
Wadsworth, New York; Fernald,
Maine: Cummins. Iown.r Wnrmn
Wyoming; Watson, Indiana; Ster
ling, boutii Dakota; Frelinghuysen,
New Jersey; Harding, Ohio; Halo,
Maine; Borah, Idaho; Brandegee,
Connecticut; Calder, New York;
Penrose, Pennsylvania; Page, Ver
mont; McLean, Connecticut; France,
Maryland; Curtis, Kansas; Spencer,
I"Msouri; Townsend, Michigan;
Johnson, California: Dillingham,
Ver ont; Lenroot, Wisconsin; Poin
5Sxt?r' . Wasllington ; Sutherland.
Wst Virginia; Sn;oot, Utah and
Gronna, North Dakota.
Senators-elect: Edge, New Jersey;
Keyes, New Hampshire; McCormick,
Illinois; Phipps, Colorado; Newberry,
Michigan; Ball, Delaware.
The twelve republicans of the new
senate whose names were not on the
Senators Colt. Rhode Island; Fall,
New Mexico; Jones, New Mexico;
Kellogg Minnesota; Kenyon, Iowa;
j" 0iet,tei WIsct)nsin; McCumber,
North Dakota; McNary, Oregon; Nel
son, Minnesota, and Norris, Nebraska,
2 ?torB;Slect: Capper, Kansas,
and Elkins, West Virginia.
cQiSwiat01Lo?ge' In wading the list
said that in justice to three of" four
ZZ ', wYUgiu t0 say that we have
been unable to reach them, but if
tney give their annrnvni,i,ni ..,.
will be added." c" "amea
fii7faI trGPublian senators re
fused to sign the list, it was said
?JTSn Ul0y did tabelieve
the resolution went far enough.
TEXT PF THE STATEMENT
topnam0111 to whiGht sena
tors names were appended follows;
UnT tod UsntaSlgnea fenators of the
united States, members and mem-
bers-elect of the sixtyMTT ""
hereby declare that, It thSS8?
the opportunltv tw c.y .h.ai hi
voted for tho follnxw ".J" toi
Whereas. Undnr C -s .
is function of the senate to"7r
consent to, or dissent from 1 1'1
fication of any treaty Tthfe
0uvta ana no such treaty ca T
come operative without thB 1
of the senate expressed b S
flrmativft vnt nr . i,.. : ine
senators present; and " f lhfl
Whereas, Owing to the victory ,
the arms of the United States 2
the nations with whom it l,
elated, a peace confermi w. r"
nefLand is now 8essln at hS
of peace; and ' lerms
Whereas, A committee of the con.
ference has proposed a constitution
for a league of nations and the wo.
posal is now before the peace Z
ference for its consideration; not
therefore, be it '
Resolved by the senate of tha
United States In the discharge of lu
constitutional duty of advice in re
gard to treaties that it is the senss
of the senate that while it is their
desire that the nations of the world
should unite to promote peaco and
general disarmament the constitu
tion of the league of nations in the
form now proposed to tho peace con.
ference should not be accepted by
tho United States.
And be it resolved further, that It
Is the sense of the senate that the
negotiations on the part of the United
States should immediately he directed
to the utmost expedition of the urg
ent business of negotiating peaco
terms with Germany satisfactory to
the United States and tho nations
With whom the United States is as
sociated in' the war against the Ger
man government, and the proposal
for a league of nations to insure the
permanent peace of the world should
lie then taken up for careful and
BRITAIN SEES DRY PORTENT
The London Daily Chronicle says:
"America's decision that the whole
United States shall go dry in indeed
a portent for us all. In the wine
growing countries of the continent
the new policy will prohahly be re
ceived witL something like incredulity-
In Great Britain, on the other
hand, it cannot but be sympathetic
ally and anxiously watched, and all
rarties will realize that in the loss
run its success or failure will decide
not only the American policy on this
subject,- b:.t. the Anglo-Saxon
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