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The Omaha Daily Bee
.VOL. XLIV-NO. 279.
Oa Train ana at
Mot Maws Steals, So.
Sloping: Decks Lined with Pas
tenders at Great Liner Sinks
from Torpedo Blow Off
Ireland. N
Belief General that More Than One
Submarine Took Part in De
struction of Vessel.
can Consul Frost at Cork sen the fol-
"Please assume that persona not
listed as cither survivors or Identified
dead, are missing and .almost cer
tainly dead. No news of Vanderbllt,
Stone, Shields, Myers Klein Hubbard,
Forman nor the bodies.
LONDON, May 9. Of those who
left New York a week ago on the
Lusltanla, less than 700 survived
after that vessel was torpedoed and
sunk by German submarines off Kin
sale, Ireland, Friday afternoon. There
were 1,901 persons aboard the Lusl
tanla. A full nf ti inrvlvnr. whn In-
elude very few of the first class pas
sengers, is not yet available, but
probably there are not many names
to add to those which already have
been made public. All the evidence
goes to show that the first class and
many of the second class passengers
had such confidence in the ability of
the Lusltanla, because of Its water
tight compartments, to remain afloat
after It received the first blow that
they did not concern themselves
about taking to the boats or even pro
viding themselves with, life pre
servers. . - . ' '
' Mini ov the Deck.
When the , passengers did realise that
the Lusltanla, was doomed they, found
that most of the boat on the port side
. . . . ij.t
were bo jammeu, oecauou ul un b1"
of the nresscl. that they could not be
lowered, and the ltuit een pf them by the
-mor- forUuatfa.jafsenirers ,who had .se
cured places in the starboard boats, or
who had jumped overboard . and ' had
been picked up, they were lined on the
(loping- decks .awaiting thetr fate, doubt
lees eyen then believing- that with land
so close they "would still be aaved. .
However, the torpedoes had torn such
gaping holes In the liner that It did not
remain afloat for more than twenty min
utes, and the call for help-which the
wireless sent out, although answered
quickly, could not. bring the rescuing
steamer to the spot In time to be of sny
.There is much difference of opinion
as to how many torpedoes struck the
ship, and whether an explosion of Its
boilers followed. In fact, after the first
torpedo hit the Lusitanla forward, the
crew were lumy "gelling to the stations
and the passengers who escaped in get
ting 'to tlie boats and providing them
relves with life belts.
- ifnlirr of ftiibseas.
In shipping circles' and among many
of those saved the Impression prevails
that more than one Oermait rubmarliie
attacked the Lusltanla and that two or
more torpedoes found their mark.
This view is held at the Cunard offices
at iJverpool, but officers of the ship will
make no stateme'nt until the Inquest or
an admiralty Inquiry brings out their
evidence. .
The scenes at Queenstown. where the
survivors were landed and where there
are many bodies of those who were
killed or died of exposure, were heart
rending. Many women separated from
their husbands have been . searching the
hotels hoping to find them alive, or, fall
ing In this, have been U-oklng for them
In hastily Improvised morgues. Others
went on to Cork, while still others left
yesterday afternoon for London, where
they will arrive Bundav morning.
At the Ixjndon and Liverpool offices
of the Cunard company. largo rrowds J
ogaln assembled yesterday, hoping j
against hope that those whom thoy had j
expected to meet on Saturday at the I
latest, might still turn up, but thera I
was little consolation for those who had
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The Weather
For Nebraska Fatr.
For Iowa Unsettled.
Temperatare mt
Omaha Yraterrfay.
Hour. Deg.
a. m
(nparaltve Loeal Record.
IMS. 1911 1311 1912.
Highest yesterday 70 W 64 (i
Lnwewt yesterday 39 4S 47 0
Ifcan temperature 64 4 W 71
precaution 00 .X .34 .00
Temperature and precipitation depar
tures from the normal at Omaha slnoe
March . and tompaied with the layt
two years:
Normal temperature f
Deficiency for the day
Total exoeaa since March I
Normal precipitation 14 Inch
lH-f. leniy for the day U In. h
Tutal talnfall since .Maivh 1.. H inwhes
I K-ru-iency since March 1 1 '4 inches
ltciicienry for cor. period, 1914 .74 inch.
KxifM 'or Mr. period. 1!'13 S.JJ Inches
f f .IF 5
m 10 a. in...
T 11 a m...
' JrQ p. m...
CtTi isssb. 1 P- m...
Names of that Many Survivors from
This Country Reported to
State Department.
names of seventy-three survivors, of
the 188 Americans aboard the Lusl
tanla had been reported to the.State
department at midnight tonight,
when the task of comparing lists
was suspended until tomorrow. Con
sul Frost at Queenstown said there
was virtually no hope that more
would be found alive.
In addition, the department has
received the names Of sixteen Identi
fied American dead, Ambassador
Page at London having added the
name of Arthur Foley to. those re
ported by Consul Frost. Three other
Americans were believed to be among
the unidentified bodies at Queens
town. ' '
All of the Ameriran dead or sur
vivors reported were previously men
tioned in press dispatches. There
were several cases of seemingly du
plications or partial duplications in
.the message which department of
ficials hoped might add the names
of one or two additional survivors
when cleared up. Consul Frost has
been asked to verify these names.
Of the survivor? thirty-three were
first class passengers, twenty-one
second class, two steerage and seven
teen unclassified.
Names of Hsulvon. .
The dispatch from Consul Fronst names
these additional American survivors:
Mrs. J. A. McFarquhar.' Grace McFar
quhar, Mrs. Eldrlge Thompson, Mrs. C.
H. Lund, Mrs. Cls Owens.
To the list of Identified American
dead were added Mrs. May Brown,
Charles Plamondon, J. Sptllman, P. L.
Jones, Bessie Hare, George Arthur, Da
vid Samuel (or Samuleeeco). F, 8. Pear
sons. T. B. King. W. H. Brown. J. V.
Merrlman (probably Malnman), Miss Mo
Beth. Among the bodies recovered, but not
fully Identified, were supposed to be those
of Miss Mary Grunstan and William
Robert Buswlne, Americans.
American Liner .
Leaves New York
KEJW YORK, May ft. The American
liner Philadelphia, , sailing today tor
Liverpool over 'the toute-travaled by the
Lusltanla, steamed away with full cabins
and with berths in the steerage at a,
premium. The usual scenes of animation
at the plor were "replaced, however, by
an atmosphere more subdued and sober.
The Philadelphia had aboard WO pas
sengers. ' .
Eighty-eight vessels bound from or to
American porta were today within the
German war sons or due to pass through
It on their voyages. Thirteen, of thera
carry passengers, and one. the Cam
eronla, left New York May 3 for Halifax,
presumably to take Canadian troops to
U-39 is Reported to
Have Sunk Liner
GENEVA, (via Tarls), May . A
dispatch from Munich, Bavaria, received
at Basel, says that the German subma
rine U-83 sank the Lusltanla.
There was great rejoicing during the
day today, In southern Germany, accord
ing to the advices. Towns were be
flagged, especially along the Rhine and
the children had a half holiday in hohor
ot the event.
The rejoicings are said to have spread
even to Vienna and Budapest. It is said
that the general feeling In Germany and
Austria is that the Americans on board
the steamer had been warned previously
of their danger and therefore they under
took the voyage at their own risk.
Florence-Carman Is
Acquitted by Jury
MIN'BOLA. L. I., May . A verdict of
acquittal was returned after a short de
liberation late today by the Jury trying
Mrs. Florence C. Carman on the charge
of murdering Mrs. Louise Bailey at Free
port on the night of June SO last.
The Jury was agreed on the first ballot
and the verdict was returned In one hour
and twelve minutes. Mrs. Carman
beamed with happiness whenthe verdict
was announced. She shook hands with
all the Jurors and left after a few minutes
with her husband for their home In Free
port. TJ..S. Naval Aviator
Falls to His Death
WASHINGTON. May .-F.nslngn Mel
vtn L. Stols of the navy aviation corps
vas Instantly killed today while making
a low altitude flight at Pensacola, Fla.,
according to an announcement by the
Navy department, tonlgrht. The message
Mid Ptolx fell out of his machine head
first while making a dive.
Ensign Stols seized with the - av'atlon,
detachment which did scouting work at
Vera Crus during the American occupa
tion. Sees Lusitania Sunk
LONDON, May 9. "I think the Lusi
tania. has been torpedoed deliberately .for
the purpoae of making tbe Tnlted Ptates
declare war," said Lord Charles Berts
ford today. "I foretold the whole pres
ent situation in February and gave my
reasons for thinking Germany meant to
bring America into the war.'
breathing; spell for his battery somewhere in France.
5 ' V,'
r sc.
Scores of Bodies Laid Oat in Market
Hall and Other Parts of '
LONDON, Way. 9. Tho lord mayors of
Tondon and Liverpool- have started re
lief funds for the Lusltanla sufferers.
Captain W. A. Castle, accompanied by
Captain Mllltr. Ameriaii military at
tacheshave bjft.berw for Queenstown to
aid the survivors. ".' " " .r" "'-'
The London Standard has received a
dispatch from Queenstown sjtying that
when the German torpedoes exploded In
side the Lusltanla they emitted suffocat
ing and sicJOy fumes, which . stupefied
many of the pascengers.
A dlpatch from Queenstown to the
Central Nows says:
"It now appears clear that a majority
of tiipLuditania victims are to be found
among the first class . passengers and
crew, Queenstown impresses one today
as a' vast morgue.
"Of lot) bodies recovered, some are laid
out In the market hall and others remain
at the Cunurd wharf, the military inortu- j
ary, and elsewhere. The bodies of sev-1
j eral young Ameriran women are amonjTl
thoae awaiting taeniincriion at me mar
ket hull.
"The spectaile at the market hall
poignant beyond expression. Most e
the bodies there are of women. Some o
them are without shoes, evldenoe of a
hurrltjd. attempt to free themselves of
hampering attire.
"At the Cunard wharf lies a. mother
still clasping in her arms the body of her
3-month-old baby. The bodies of several
other babies have been found." -
Former Son-in-Law
Of Bryan Weds Again
SPRINGFIELD, 111., May 9. Announce,
ment was made here today of the mar
riage last Thursday in Pekln, 111., . of
William Homer Leavltt, former son-in-law
of William Jennings' Bryan, to Miss
Clara Kllirus of this city. Mr. Leavltt
Is an artist and met Miss Kllllus while
exhibiting his paintings here. Mr. Leavltt
met and married Miss Ruth Bryan in a
similar manner. Iater U)ey were di
vorced. '
Japanese Cancel
Military Program
TOKIO, May . The Japanese govern
ment announced tonight that the mili
tary and naval preparations In connec
tion with the Chinese situation had been
China Has Acepted
AH Japan Demands
TOKIO, May I. Tlie Japanese foreign
office announced that It has received of
ficial notification that China haa ac
cepted the demands contained In the Jap
anese ultimatum.
WASHINGTON, May I.-M1k Mabel T.
Boardman, chairman of the relief board
of the American Red Cross, announced
tonight that the Red Cross would be glad
to receive contributions to a fund for re
lief of destitute survivors -)f the lusl
tanla and families of the victims.
iv Normal Balldlna.
AT?KRDKI. P. t , May -e-tal.-Twelve
irli of pluns have already been
sent out by Architect J. W. Henry to
rrospertive bidders on the new ST3.0M
wing o the Northern Normal building
herr. The hl'ls will he pend on May II
by tlie stale regents of education, at
which time the contract will be let for
the work.
i 4
? s A A -J
' ,',
Farther Than That, Commander
Turner of Lusitania Will Not
Comment on Affair,
QUEENSTOWN, May. 9. Captain
Turner, commander of the Lusitania,
haa refused so far to make any for
mal statements. Ills first remark on
landing; was one of qutetironyJ
"Well." he Baid, "It "Hf the fortune
ot 'war..' - :
. The captain secluded himself dur
ing the' night In apartments over the
Town hank, but Was able to he about
today In uniform. He displayed great
grief over the loss of his vessel, but
has expressed no opinion on the ac
tion ot the Germans.' i
Captain Turner remained on the Lutl
tanla's bridge until the structure was
submerged, and then climbed up a lad
der, as would a diver from a tank. Wben
he reached the surface he grasped an oar
and then a chair. He clung to the rhalr
for nearly two hours and finally 'when
the rhslr turned over he flung up a
gold braided arm. This was seen by a
memlier of the crew In one of the boats,
and thus the commander was saved. He
was terribly broken down when he landed
Friday evening, but after a strong cup
of tea ' and a short -rest he seemed to
recover and appeared to be nearly nor
mal today. ' '
None of the survivors had any com
plaint to make regarding the actions of
the crew, i AI! agree that everything pos
sible was done under the olrcumstanoea.
"The first .'train loaded with survivors
left Queenstown this afternoon en route
to London.
Lord Merzy Conducts
Lusitania Inquiry
. LONDON. May . It Is officially an.
nounoed that the British Board of Trade,
with the concurrence of . the admiralty,
has, ordered an inquiry Into the circum
stances attending the loss of the Lusl
tanla. Lord Mersy haa consented to con
duct the Inqury.
Lord Mersy conducted the Investigations
Into the sinking of the steamers Titanic
and the Empress of Ireland.
VLwix, aiay -in iusitania was
insured for about tl.m.WO ft7.6OO.fl00). Of
this amount' the British government tin
der the war risk plan will have to pay
about per rent. The cargo is said to
have been ' Insured almost entirely ' In
Comment of Public Men Upon the
Sinking of Liner by Submarine
. DENVER, Colo., Msy S.-ln formal
statement mued in connection with the
Lusltanla tonight. Oovernor Carlson re
quests the people of Colorado to "place
Implicit faith and confidence In our presi
dent and those other national officials
having In charge our relations with for
sign nations during this critical time."
: SACRAMENTO, Cel.. May l.-Concern-Ing
the. sinking of the Lusltanla, Oov
ernor Johnson said In a statement to
night: "The situation presesits such a grave
aad delicate International problem that I
would net wlrh to express any views
which might embarrasa the national ad
ministration or might be at variance with
a definite national policy. I may add
that personally I believe In an absolutely
strict and neutral attitude of neutrality
Berlin Official Statement Sayt
Kaiser's Government Left
Nothing; Undone to Warn
Fasseng-crs. v ;
'Let Them Think," Cries Von Bern- j
storff. When Asked What Amer
ians Will Think. .
LONDON. May 9. A Berlin dis
patch to the Exchange Telosraph
company by way of Amsterdam says:
"The emperor drove to the minis
try of marine today (Saturday) for
a conference with Admiral von Tir-
pltz. The greatest enthusUm was"
displayed here over the sinking of the
Lusitania, demonstrations being held
before the government buildings."
BERLIN (via Wireless to London),
May 9. The following official com
munication was Issued tonight:
The Cunard liner Lusltanla was
yesterday torpedoed by a German
submarine and sunk.
"The Lusitania was naturally
armed with guns, as were recently
most of the English merchantmen.
Moreover, as Is well known here. It
had large quantities of war material
In its cargo.
"It's owners, therefore, knew to
what danger the passengers were ex
posed. They alone bear all the re
oiisibllity for what has happened.
"Germany, on Its part, left nothing
undone to repeatedly and strongly
warn them. The Imperial ambassa
dor In Washington even went so far
as to make a public warning bo as to
draw attention to this danger. The
English press sneered then at this
warning and relied on the protection
of the British fleet to safeguard At
lantic traffic.'
Bernatorff Woi't Talk.
NEW YOniv, Mat 8. After remaining
In seclusion at his hotel here the entire
day, Count von Bernstorf f. ' the Oermsn
ambassador, left for Washington at 6:10
o'clock tonight It was not, however, be
fore ha had run a gauntlet of newspaper
man wbe had beep awaiting him st the
entranoe of 1ta hutel. and "wfW-pTirsnedr
him to the Pennsylvania station and into
his ear in their determination tq pbtaln
an interview.
"Let them think." he was auoted ss
saying, when asked what he thought the
American people would think nf the tor
pedoing ot the Lusitania. Ills final state
ment after refusing to answer a rapid
fire of questions was that he would say
nothing until proof was furnished that
the Lusltanla had In fact been torpodood
by a Oermsn submarine.
At the railroad ststton the ambassador
was subjected to a battery of Interroga
tions, Including the ' reference to the
American publlo opinion.
"Not one word," he said. "Let them
think." .
faa't Hay Anythlasr.
1 am my government's representative;
I cannot say a word!" he shouted Ister to
snother query.
The newspaper men persisted, hewever;
one of them making reference to news
paper comment on the embassy's aetlon
In publishing Us war sons advertisement.
"I don't care what the papers sayt"
was the reply.
Pressed again (or a statement, the am
bassador asked In a quiet tone: "Do we
know that the Lusitania was torpedoed?"
He was referred to the statements of
the British Admiralty. . .
"What proof has been furnished T"
asked the ambassador again.
"Does that mean that you will make
no statement until It Is proved that the
Lusltanla was torpedoed by a Oermsn
submarine?" said an Interviewer.
' "That's It, exactly," be replied. "I have
not sufficient Information on which to
make statement."
Justifiable, Says
Bernhard Dernberg
CLEVELAND, O., May O.-Dr. Bern
hard Dernberg, former colonial secretary
of Germany, who arrived hero today from
New York, holds the sinking of the Lusl
tanla to be Justifiable because the Lusl
tanla carried contraband ef war and be
cause It sji classified ss an auxiliary
orulser at the clsposal of the British ad
miralty. Warning given by the Oerman
embassy at Washington together with
the note of February 1R from Berlin, de
claring the existence of war sones, re
lieved Germany from responsibility for the
loss of lives of Americans, he said.
for our country In the present world con
flict." KI'RlNGKIELD, 111.. May . -Governor
Dunne today issued formal signed
statement urging calmness in the face
of the sinking of the Lusitania. "Ameri
can cltixens generally, and particularly
those In public office outside ef the of
fice of the secretary of state, should not
in this grave crisis forestall or embarrass
the president and the Department of
Btate by giving utteranre to their per
sonal view In relation to this grave
calamity," says the state.ment.
8AICM. Ore., May .- in a statement
issued tonight Oovernor Wllhycombe
counsels suspension of Judgment by the
lople until the full facts concerning the
sinking of the Lusltanla are known.
German General Army Headquarters
Make' Claim Many English Are
Taken Prisoners.
BERLIN iVIa London), May 8
The German general army headquar
ers staff today gnve out the follow
ing official statement:
ln the western thoaler: During the
ronl inunnce of our attacks upon Tpres
we drove the enemy out of his strongly
fortified positions between the r'oituyn
WjelMe and the tihiluvelt-Ypres roadx.
We raptured the villages of Freoeenhurs: j
and VerU'Hiihork and tiok up Important j '
PKltloni hi. h command the heights. We BRYAN PLEADS FOR CALMNESS
lock SO Kntlluh prisoners, among them J
" en'rauaek. we-t of Liev.n ,nd I WASHINGTON. May .-Prest-northeast
of the Loretle height railed j d,nt Wilson, upon whom the eyes of
with heavy losses for the enemy. Near I ,he orld r focussed at the pres
La Oassee end Vltry we forced an aero- D.t moment. Studied In quiet seclu
piane of the enemy to land. 1 slon yesterday the aspects of law and
"A partial French attack undertaken j fact In connection with the sinking
I with the sld of fog and bombs to the . by a German torpedo of the British
iwest of Herthrs was beaten off by hand Hner Lusltanla with a consequent
In the
Aignne between the Mviise
ann the Moselle and in the oases ine
day passed wjthout anything of note.
Take War Mapplles.
"In the eastern theater: In Lilian wo
have taken a largo slock of war ma
terial. "Hefore strong forces composed of all
arms which the enemy has collected be
fore Mltau our advance divisions sent nut
against this town are avoiding the enemy.
"Northeast of Kovno the railway lino
between Vilna and Baarle was destroyed i
sfter we had wiped out a Russian bat
talion., "On the Nlemen. pear Hrmlukl, we at- (
tacked what remained of. four Rislnu
battalions, which apparently belonged to
troops who were beaten on May 9 and 7
near Roealnje.
'Ttenewed Russian attacks on our posi
tions on the Ptllea were repulsed with
heavy losses to the enemy.
' Rtiaalana Retreat Farther.
"In the southeastern thester: In pur
suit of the besten enemy, the troops un
der Oenerst von MacUensen after the
fight crossed the Wlaloka river between
Itelke, east of Kymanow, and Vryaakat.
"Under perseure of the Austro-Oerman
troops from the east and the north of
Tanorw, the enemy Is retreating toward
Mteloo and over the Vistula.
"On the vacillating Russian-Carpathian
front, other Oerman troops drove the
enemy out of his positions on the rsll-
way between Meao-Ijiborcs and Banok.
! The number of guns and prlsoners'tsken
by us Increases."
- Gvrmaal Repulsed. . .
FARlSC May . The following ornelsl
communication was Issued tonight:
"Between NleUport and the sa the
Oerman made an attack, but wi re-
pulsed. They suffered heavy losses.
The British troops have gained ground
In the region of Fromelies.
"Te the north of An-aa we made lm
pnrtant progress and also In the direction
of Loos and to the south of Carency. n
the latter sector we raptured st some
... . a . i.e.. ih.. lines
of trenches extending over a front of
seen kilometer (about four and one-third
miles), which were very srtongly forti
fied. "Wo have established ourselves in the
Retire Over Two Allies.
village of La Targette and in half of the
village of Neuvlllo-Bt. Voaat. The con
quered grounr at some places Is four
kilometers (about two and -ribe-half miles)
In width. We took more than S.OoO pris
oners and six cannon.
"In the Champagne we repulsed an at
tack near tit. Thomas on the edge of the
Argonne forest. At Bngatell we were able
to verify the extent of the losses sus
tained by the enemy In yerterday"s at
tack. The Oermans hsd used without
success asphyxiating bombs and burning
"On ths rtst of the front, notably In the
forest of LePretre and at Slllakerwesen,
artillery engagements took place.
F.aglleh (Jala tiroaad.
LONDON. May t.-Fleld Marshal 8lr
John French, commander-ln-chlof of the
British forces, sends the following report
of the operations on the western Urn :
Last night the enemy continued bis
sttacks east of Ypres and made further
attacks today, which have all been re
pulsed with heavy losses. Our line there
lis firmly established.
) "This morning our first army attacked
, the enemy's line between Hols Orenler
snd Keatubert, and gained ground south
sad -east towards Fromelies. The fight
ing In this area continues.
"Our airmen made' successful attacks
on the Ht. Andre railway Junction north
ofIille and on the cabal bridge at Dok
Fumes. Ilerlles, lilies. Maruuelles and
LaBasse wrre also bombe,d."
Teutons Hurry
To Leave Italy,
Expecting War
PARIS, May . A dispatch from Bellln
sona, Switzerland, to the Temps today
"Austrians and Germans are fleeing
from all parts of Italy. All trains in
'the direction of the frontier are packed
with Teutonle passengers, Including xner
rhsnls and officials,.
"Special trains have brought 3.009 Ger
mans from Rome, Florence snd Bologna
en route for Germany. Lugano also )s
filled with refugees.
"Notice ties been given of the suspen
sion from today of the telephone service
across the frontier and of the suspension
of a great many passenger trains.
"All Oerman and Aubtrlan Journalists
have left Italy."
.i.kI, THteh Killer.
TBC'l'MSEII. Neb.. May . (Special.)
I'eter Asplund, who I a member the
Inter-mountain Bridge and Construction
company 'of Tecumaeb, has luvented a
follow-up machine for a steam of gsao
line power ditcher, which will give op
portunity for pipe or tile laying and
will fill the dm h as fast as It la dug.
Eyes of Universe on Wilson as He
Studies Conrse to Be Pursued
in Regard to Sinking
of Lusitania.
President Says He Knows People
Expect Him to Act with Delib
eration and Firmness.
loss of many lives.
; T... PM, ,.., traspdv rnnnled
with the responsibilities of the hour
rauBed.the president to deny himself
to all callers even to members of his
official family, while be turned over
in his mind the course to bo pursued
by the United States government In
one of the most serious crises, in Its
history. '
The Statement.
The only glimpse of the nothing of
the president' mind r-a given when
the. White House at night Issued ttsj first
formal comment on the disaster. The
announcement was mals thfit the presi
dent realised the country expected him
to deal with the situation "with dellb
erstlon as . well as firmness." The an
nouncement was as follows:
"After a conference with the pieri
dent at the White House this eveulna.
Prcretnry Tumulty said: Of cours.
the president feels, .the 'distress and
the gravity of the situation to the
utmost and Is considering veiy
esrnestly but very calmly the right
course of action to pursue. He knows
that the people ot the country wish
end expect him to act with delibera
tion as well as with firmness.' "
The official data. lUton whleh formal
action will be based, had not , arrived.
The president therefore did not communi
cate . with Reeretary firyan or officials
, of the etate department. Nor did he
consult members of the cabinet or con
gress. . . '
i Siftlnw It fnr, IHtMself.
r ! a Waa.itvlntvfuvJw close per
aoaal,gUsnUait , h the last few weeks
to the particular questions Involved that
he was thought to be oalermlnad to sift
for blmsolf the .'Various -questions and
shape a policy to be. submitted to the
cabinet, probably on Monday, or Tuesda)'.
In (lie meantime publlo .opinion wss
expected to crystatiss and help point the
way. ' Memlers of His cabinet cancelled;
r ; "-' ' ' " I,,' "
In readiness for the presidents call. At
other engagements'; and held themselves
the Btate department ; when Peerrtary
Bryan was asked If therw was any ad
vice to communicate to the American
people at -this time. he . replied that ho
did 'not think this 'was needed for the
country understood the situation. '
"This is no time to rock the boat',"
he said It was 'the same sentiment
whleh Chslrman Htone of the senate for
eign relations committee had expressed
earlier in the day. The single phrase
expressed tho dcalie of the- Washing
ton administration that prejudices and
passions be not thrust Into 'the unstable
equilibrium while the government en
deavored to learn all the details.
. Carried Ne Gbjbb. -
One Important fact was definitely
ascertained by the Washington govern
ment yesterday from the port authorities
New York, who gav clearance to the
Lusltanla that It carried no runs, either
mounted or unmounted. In accordance
with the caution of the State department
and British government early In the war.
This disposed In the minds ef officials
the claim' that the Oerman submarine
had a right to attack the Lusltanla be
cause It was an auxiliary or a converted
cruiser. . Officials of the Cunard line are
understood to have stated that the Lusi.
tanla was not convoyed.
These farts. In the opinion of law of
ficers of the American government, left
the German submarine no excuse under
law or reason for an attack without
warning on a ship with hundreds of non-
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