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VOL. XL VI. NO. 178.
OMAHA, FRIDAY MORNING, JANUARY 12. 1917. TWELVE PAGES.
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IN SHELL PLANT
Fifteen Thousand Tons Ex
plode in Munitions Factory
Over Intervals of More
Than Two Honrs.
OCCUPY TIME OF
Democrats of House Table
Own Resolution Through Par
liamentary Maneuvers of
LET HISTORY BE
How About the Old Folks at Home?
TEUTONS GIVE IIP
Entente Reply to Wilson Will
Demand Captured Belgian, .
French, Russian, Balkan ,
WISH l wt "a i1
MONfY A -Ceu-tsi'
a nV cowers, in Note to Neu
yvis, Announces They Have
No Reason to Discuss
Who Began War.
PROFFER NOT A MANEUVER
ROAST FOR COMMERCE
SUtPV 'to Do
LIVES ARE REPORTED LOST
In Canadian Car and Foundry
Works Producing Muni
tions for Allies.
ONE OF BIGGEST AN7WHER
N'cuM'ork, Jan. 11. Reports reach
ed here also that a number of lives
had been lost. Flying shrapnel had
injured many: Rescue squads it was
said, were unable to reach the scene,
and inhabitants continued to flee from
the vicinity. ,
The Canadian car and foundry plant
is one of the largest in the east and
its buildings cover several acres. It
has been working night and day on
war orders for the British govern
ment. New York. Ian. 11. A two hours'
of tremendous explosions on the mu
nitions plant of the Canadian Car and
Foundry company at Lyndhurst, N. J.,
this afternoon, created a panic
throughout the countryside and
caused thousands to flee to safety. At
b o'clock this evening, the explosion
was still going on, sounding like the
roar of heavy artillery. A great fire
was raging in the plant which covers
Telephone communication with the
vicinity was impossible at this time
and it could not be learned whether
any lives had been lost. The em
ployes were reported, however, to
have escaped in time.
It was said 15,000 tons of dynamite
At 5:30 o'clock the explosions had
not yet ceased. A great blaze illumin
ated the sky. Roads in all directions
were reported to be blocked with flee
Half frozen workmen from the plant
reached Jersey City alter a perilous
trip over the Hackensack meadows
which was their only escape. They
said they feared some of their fel
low workmen had lost their lives, but
had no definite information. Flames
Trom a small explosion in one part of
the plant spread with amazing rapid
ity, they said.
Rocks Prison Building,
z lames I. Kelly, warden of the Snake
hill penitentiary about "One mile from
.i . t il- :j
me scene 01 inc explosion, aaiu.ai
6:45 o'clock tonight that the detona
tions were as violent as they had been
an hour before.
The prison bnilding, which contains
219 prisoners, was being severely
shaken, he said, and he felt alarmed
for its safety. All the glass in the
prison windows had been broken.
The prisoners were badly fright
ened but were behaving well. Ar
rangements were being made to re
move them should the detonations
last much longer.
Between 200 and 300 employes of
the plant who fled to escape the ex
plosions are, reported to have broken
through the ice in Berry creek and
it is feared some of them have beeif
drowned. Other s are wandering
throughthe Hackensack meadows,
lost in the darkness, and fugitives
said some of them might perish from
Many Are Drowned.
The plight of those who tried to
cross the frozen creek and met with
disaster was related to Dr. George W.
iKng, superintendent of the Hudson
county hospital for the insane, by
Israel Williams, a workman at the
plant, who arrived at the asylum, hat
Icss, coatless and almost frozen.
The man said that many must have
boon drowned in the creek and that
others, too weak to continue their
flight, had dropped from exhaustion
in the meadows.
Warden Kelly gave a vivid descrip
tion of the conflagration, of which he
had an excellent view from the peni
tentiary. He said the burning area
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from the rmrmal ut Omaha alrft Marrh ,
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Lit irlcnry for tor. period, 1914. 3.48 inches
Report from Stations at 7. I. M.
Ptittlnn and State Temp. High- Baln
of Weather. 7 p. m. est. fall.
Cayenne, cl j 38 00 .00
Davenport, t,v 8 8 .00
1-cnver, clear &6 60 .00
Pen Moines, cloudy 12 12 .no
Iwvljto City, clear 46 M .00
Lander, dear 34 4S .00
North Platte, clear,... 40 52 .00
omaha, clear 21 21 .00
Puel lo, clear 5 .ftA
Hapld City, part cloudy. 38 56 .00
Salt Lakft City, cloudy.. 24 2t .00
Santa Fa. clear 38 4 .00
Shrldaan. mow 24 62 .01
Sioux Ctty, clear 18 18 00
Valentin, clear 40 52 .00
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Indicates below r-nro.
L. A. AYELSIi. MeleoroLlf-st.
Members Grow Heated in Un
Hmbering Post Campaign
SENATE FIRES BROADSIDE
(From A Staff Correspondent.)
Lincoln, Jan 11. (Special.) In
the first political discussion of the
session, republicans, although badly
in the minority, came out on top to
day in the house because in the heat
of discussion one of the democratic
leaders forgot parliamentary rules
long enough to make a motion to
table an amendment which carried
with it the tabling of the original res
olution. The discussion came up overwrite
Hoffmeister resolution condemning
the interstate commerce commis
sion's attempt to undermine the
authority of the states in the regula
tion of rates within the states and af
ter Peterson, republican leader, had
offered an amendment which stated
that a majority of the members of the
interstate commerce commission were
, The original resolution had referred
to the vote of President Wilson as
against the vote of Hughes and
claimed that the vote was indicative
of a feeling against the republican
outrht to recognize the facts
as to who appointed a majority of the
commission," said Peterson, Vand
what political element controlled it
so as to make it plain whom we arc
-. Calls It An Insult
McAllister characterized the re
marks of Peterson as insulting.
Peterson retorted by saying that he
disclaimed any intent to insult any
body by calling him a democrat.
Taylor said he would not believe
Peterson's statement that a majority
of the Interstate Commerce commis
sion were democrats until he was fur
nished with a pedigree of the mem
bers. Cronin, republican, said that the
amendment tcld the truth. He re
ferred to the action of Senator Hitch
cock in exerting himself to defeat a
confirmation of one commissioner
who was considered to be unduly
favorable to Wall street interests.
Thomas and Trumble, democrats,
took a whack at the amendment while
Reisner made a speech in favor of it.
A vote was taken and the amendment
was declared lost.
Peterson did not let the matter rest
there. He had discovered that he had
the majority of the house up in the
air and introduced another amend
ment reciting that the Interstate Com
merce commission with the approval
of President Wilson had granted the
railroads a five per cent increase in
railroad freight rates, thereby laying
a great burden upon the producers of
Nebraska, and now contemplating an
Taylor Falls in Trap.
Taylor jumped to his feet and
moved to table the amendment and'
the house proceeded to do so. Then
too late the discovery was made that
the action in tabling the amendment
had disposed of the resolution, much
to the chagrin of Mr. Taylor and oth
er democrats who had been caught by
the action of the minority Hoor
The Hagcr resolution in the senate
calling for criticism of the Interstate
Commerce commission and hinting
that the courts should take some note
of the feeling of the people, brought
out a protest from the republicans and
resulted in an amendment being sent
up by Senator Sandall calling for the
elimination of that part of the Hager
resolution which called attention to
the vote of Wilson and Hughes as
showing how the people felt toward
the Interstate Commerce commission.
McMullen denied that the Inter
state Commerce commission action
in overruling the will of the slate
commission was the paramount issue
of the republicans, as indicated by a
democratic senator. "The resolution is
unfair to the republican party."
Unfair and Untrue.
In explanation of his amendment.
Senator Sandall said that part of the
resolution referred to was not only
unfair but untrue. "It was no( a para
mount issue," said he. "President Wil
son in bis speeches had not referred to
the matter at all, consequently it
coulu not have been considered one of
the issues of importance." He said he
was for the resolution, but against
that part referred to in his amend
ment. Senator Beal, democrat, was for the
resolution, but gave the republicans
great credit for legislation in the part.
"The legislature which passed the
2-cent fare bill," said he. "was strong
ly republican in both branches, and it
was the best legislature the state of
Nebraska ever saw."
Chappell, democrat, said the rate
question was an issue out in Kearney
county, and made a strong plea for
the passage of the resolution as a
Albert Asks Caution.
The amendment lost, but before a
vote was taken on the original resolu
tion, Albert, democrat, who was ab
sent during the discussion, came in
and asktd the privilege of being heard
before the vote was taken, and it was
Judge Albert said it was entirely
wrone for the legislature to take
any action tending to censure or criti
cize the courts and that it was equally
wrong for the courts to criticize the
action of the legislature. The courts
had a right to pass judgment upon the
legality of laws, but should not criti
cize. The resolution passed by a parly
Protest Against Such Charac
terization of Their Motives
in Making Offer.
CITES CRIMES OF ENEMIES
Rcrlin. Jan. 11. (By Wireless lo
Sayvillc.) Germany today handed
neutral governments a note concern
ing the reply of the entente to lhe
German peace proposal.--, the Over
seas News agency announces.
It is first slated, says the news
agency announcement, that the Ger
man government has received the re
ply of the entente lo the note of
December 12, containing a proposi
tion to enter at once into peace ne
gotiations. The note continues:
"Our adversaries declined this prop
osition, giving as the reason that it
is a proposal without sincerity and ;
without importance. The form in
which they clothe their communica-1
tion excludes an answer to them, but
the imperial government, considers it
important to point out lo the govern
ments of neutral powers its opinion !
regarding the situation. j
Leave It to History.
"The central powers have no rea-1
son to enter into any discussion re- j
garding the origin of the war. His-j
tory will judge upon whom the im-j
mense guilt of the war shall fall, his
tory's verdict will as little pass over
the encircling policy of England, the j
revengeful policy of France and the i
endeavor of Russia to gain Constan-
tinoplc as over the instigvation of I
the Serbian assassin in Sarayevo and
the complete mobilization of Russia
which meant war against Germany.
"Germany and her allies, who had
to take up arms for the defense of
their liberty and their existence, con
sider this their aim of the war, as
"On the other hand, the hostile
powers always went further away
from the realization of their plans
which, according to the declarations
of their responsible statemen, were
among others, directed toward the
conquest of Alsace-Lorraine and sev
eral Prussian provinces, the hutnilia
and diminution of the Austro-Hun-garian
monarchy, the partition of
Turkey and the mutilation of Bul
garia. Effect Surprising.
"In the face of such war aims, the
demand for restitution, reparation
and guarantees in the mouth of our
adversaries produces a surprising ef
"Our adversaries call ihc proposal
of the four allied Teutonic powers a
war maneuver. Germany and her allies
must protest in the most energetic
fashion against such a characteriza
tion ot their motives, which were
trankly explained. 1 hey were per-
suaded that a peace which was just
and acceptable to all the belligerents
about by an ltumcdiate spoken
change of views and that, therefore,
the responsibility for further bloiod
shed could not be taken."
"Their readiness was affirmed with
out reservation to 'make known their
peace conditions when negotiations
werc entered into, which refutes every
doubt as to their sincerity. House in We8t phUadelphia,
Do Not Attempt Exoneration. ., lf ,,ou5(. whcr(. Thw wa, found
'Our adversaries, w;ho had it in ; is wilni a s,ort distance' from the
their hansd to examine the proposition s(rcc, wh(.r(. 'j haw was j . autonio
as to its contents, neither attempted ,jc accident last Mav. II was a
an examination nor made counter pro-1 dan1!1Ke suit instituted against his
posals. Instead, they declared thai ,llot)rri ,lc owntT 0f the machine,
peace was impossible so long as the , ,ia, )rought Thaw here last Monday
re-establishment of violated right
and liberties, the-recognition of Ihc
principle of nationalities, and the free
exislencc of small states were not
"The sincerity, which our adversary
denies to the proposals of the four
allied powers, will not be conceded by
the world to these demands if the
will IU nuius wtiuit us Lyes lilt: Idll
of the Irish people, the destruction of
me imeriy ana incicpcnaeiice oi tne
Boer republic, the subjugation of
northern Africa by England, France
and Italy, the suppression of Russian
alien nations, and also the violation
of Greece, which is without precedent
"Against the pretended violations
of the laws of nations by the Teutons,
those powers arc not entitled to com
plain which from the beginning of the
war trampled on justice and lore to
pieces the treaties upon which il is
built. F'ngland already during the
first weeks of Ihc war repudiated the
London declaration, the content of
which had been recognized bv Us own !""" "FK""""
delegates as a valid law of nations I Policeman at DOUglaS, WVO.
and in the further course of the war! ,. , . , , , u
violated in the most severe fashion!, ltf- Arm.. Jan. Il.-Kcv. Ilu
also the Paris declaration; so that by rt "i 1 ir i" V
her arbitrarv measures for warfare, a Baptist church here, has accepted an
condition o'f lawlessness has becn!"(Tcr of 'hc f"y fnV, m """
created a policeman lor the purpose id
Of Consul General
San Francisco, Jan 11. Revocation
of German Consul General Franz
Bopp's exequatur the permission
granted by this government under
which he acts "lias been asked hy
District Attorney John W. Preston,
it became known here today. Bopp
and four associates were convicted
last night of conspiracy against neu
trality. The recommendation was
made some time ago.
L COOLS TooCK
Mo fan. a
Dou.ar This ' jt
HARRY K. THAW CUTS
WRIST AND THROAT
Slayer of Stanford White
Tries to Kill Self When De
tectives Locate Him.
HE IS TAKEN TO HOSPITAL
Philadelphia, Jan. 11. Harry K.
Thaw, wauled by the New York au
thorities on charges of kidnaping and
assaulting a Kansas City boy, was
found in an apartment house at
Fifty-third and Walnut streets, West
Philadelphia, by the police todaj-,
with his wrists and throat cul.slle
was taken to St. Mary's hospital in
the northeastern section of the city
and his condition is said to be serious.-
There were conflicting reports
as to how serious his condition is.
According to Captain Tate, Thaw's
whereabouts were learned early to
day and the house was surrounded.
When detectives entered the place,
according to Tate, they found that
Thaw had cut his wrist;, and throat.
Thaw, Tate says, asked that Dr.
Klwood Kirby, a well known physi
rian nf thi. ritv ,...,.. for
,ne doctor arrivf(1 he ordered Thaw
he rcm0VC(j , .St. Mary's hospital.
where Dr. Kirby is head physician.
St. Mary s hospital is in the extreme
northeastern part of the city, several
miles from the house where he was
Captain Tate latter said he had
been informed that Thaw was ex
pected to die. What Thaw cut hiin-
s,.if .;,i, Tale said he did nni know
to defend the action.
tlow t lie iicrecuvcs icarneu inai
Thaw was in West Philadelphia they
do not say. When they were asked
hy the New York authorities to ap
prehend him on a warrant charging
him with assaulting Frederick Gump,
jr., of Kansas City, they made a
search and were convinced that he
j jaf ,. j)e pj(y
Lieutenant Scanlon of the detective
i ,rra id ,ha. Tilaw was ound
Ihc house shortly before 1 o'clock.
Scanlon said that he had learned that
while Thaw is uiic-onscious he is ex
pected to live.
Surprise was expressed that Thaw
should be taken so far away when
there were nearly a dozen hospitals
nearer the West Philadelphia house
where he was found.
Detective headquarters were not ad
vised in their early reports whether
Thaw was taken to the hospital in an
auto-patrol or the doctor's automobile.
Minictap ic AnnninroH
iraumg a i aini'.iKii a,u i is i iiiuii sni
of liquor, gauihtiiig, drug sales and
, kindred vices. This action was taken
I by the council Monday night after
j publication of extracts from a sermon
kthe methods employed by th.
administration m dealn g wit
lelivcred by the minister in criticism
g with al
Icgcd sale of whisky
Pass Bill to Bar Liquor
Ads From the Mails
W ashington, Jan. 11. Transmission
in the mails of liquor advertisements,
in circulars, newspapers or otherwise,
into states which prohibit such ad
vertising or solicitation, is barred by
a bill by Senator Kankliead of Ala
bama, passed today by the senate. It
now goes to the house-
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SOLDIERS TO MARCH
AT FUNERAL OF CODY
All the Troops at Fort Logan
Will Turn Out to March in
Honor of Buffalo Bill.
GUARDSMEN IN CORTEGE
Denver, Colo., Jan. 1 1. Practically
thelentirc personnel of federal troops
now on duty at Kort Logan, near
licrej, will turn out to participate in the
funeral Sunday of Colonel William F.
Cody (Buffalo Bill who died here
yesterday, it was announced today.
Owing to ihc call of the troops to the
border the detachment will be smaller
than it otherwise would, but will con
tain several hundred men, probably
two companies and a band, it was
said, by an officer at the fort tonight.
Adjutant General Harry P. Gamble
today accepted an inxitation to have
a detachment of the Colorado Na
tional Guard in the cortege. These
honors, with others to be determined
on at a conference between the adju
tant at l-'ort Logan and committees
from the Klks and the city tomorrow
morning will be accorded Colonel
Cody because of his rank as a com
mand officer in the army.
Hours Are Changed.
1 The Colorado legislature today
; passed a joint resolution, originating
he senate, expressing the deep ap
preciation and respect felt for Colonel
Cody by the people of Colorado and
opening the state capitol Sunday for
his body to lie in state. The hours
during which the body will be ill the
capitol were changed today, from 8
I o'clock to noon to 9 o'clock lo noon.
: Virtually all of the features of the
funeral had been settled tonight. A
phase still lo be determined was
whether, on account of the large
I crowd expected at the funeral, it
' should not be held in the municipal
' auHiloriiim instead of the Klks' audi-
toriiini, which seats far fewer than the
10,000 that can find room in the city
j f..i .,..:,. ,
be conducted by the Klks, who will
have charge of the body from the time
it leaves the capital until Ihc swvices
are concluded, hut from that moment
until it is laid in its rock hewn tomb
at the summit of Lookout Mountain
next Decoration day. it would hc in
the custody of the Masonic order.
Favorite Horse in Cortege.
In the cortege Sunday will he led
(Ik white horse which was Colonel
Cody's favorite for many years. On
the saddle will be hung the colonel's
revolvers and holsters.
Honorary pallbearers named to
night, with all of whom Colonel Cody
saw service, are: Generals George K.
Kaudall, Frank I). Baldwin, John
Pope and Colonel D. Monahau.
The Kpiscopal funeral service, the
Grand Army service and the Klks'
service will he read at the funeral.
Only the Klks will escort the body I
lo the receiving vault.
The mayors of Cody, Wyo., and !
North Platte, Neb., where Colonel
Cody lived for many years, and the i
governor of Wyoming, today were '
asked to at tend the fnueral.
Colonel Cody was baptized into the !
Catholic rhurcii at 6 o'clock the night t
before he died, Mrs. L. K, Decker. ;
his sister, announced today. Colonel
Cody had been a Christian all his
life, she said, although he belonged to ;
no denomination formally.
Unconscious When Baptized. j
He was baptized, she stated,1 he-
cause the mother of Colonel Cody an
his sisters, died when Ihey were very j
young, and they were not sure, at
this time that be ever had been bap- !
tized. The Catholic church was j
chosen at the request of his wife, who
is a member of that faith. j
Colonel Cody was unconscious
when the baptism took place and no
attempt was made to rouse him, be- j
cousc Mrs. Decker said, "we were j
sure it was what he would wanted I
had hc been awakened. .
KNOW IT' HARK 'H'
MOTmEH.- UT W MUST
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So's To Krs BtU. OMM-
TEXT OF ENTENTE
Allies Cite German "Crimes" in
Answer to President's Peace
MUST HAVE REPARATION
Washington, Jan. 11. The transla
tion of the French text of the entente
note at cabled by Ambassador Sharp
at Paris, follows :
"The allied governments have 're
ceived the note which was delivered to
them in the name of the government
of the United States on the 19th of
December, 116. They have studied
it with the care imposed upon them
both by the exact realization which
they have of the gravity of the hour
and by the sincere friendship which
attaches them to the American people.
"In general they wish to declare
that they pay tribute to the edevation
of the, sentiment with which the
American note is inspired and that
they associate themselves with all
their hopes with the project for the
creation of a Jeague of nations to in
sure peace and justice throughout the
"They recognize all the advantages
for the causes of humanity and civil
ization which the institution of inter
national agreement destined to avoid
conflicts between nations would pre
vent; agreements which must imply
the sanctions necessary to insure
their execution and thus to prevent an
apparent security from only facilitat
ing new aggressions. But a discus
sion of future arrangements destined
to insure a peace, presupposes a satis
factory settlement of the actual con
flict; the allies have as profound a de
sire as the government of the United
States to terminate as soon as pos
sible a war for which the central em
pires are responsible and which io
flicts such cruel sufferings upon hu
manity. "But they believe that it is impos
sible at the present moment to attain
a peace which will assure them rep
aration, restitution and such guaran
tees to which they are entitled by the
aggression for which the responsibil
ity rests with the central powers and
of which the principle itself tended to
ruin the security of Europe; a peace
which would on the other hand permit
the establishment of the future of
European nations on a solid basis.
What They Fight For.
"The allied nations are conscious
that they are not fighting for selfish
interests but above all to safeguard
the independence of peoples of right
and of humanity.
"The allies are fully aware of the
losses and suffering which the war
causes to neutrals as well as to belli
gerents and they deplore them; but
(Continued on Fcr Two, Column Two.)
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Retirement of Turkish Empire
From Europe Another of '
; TO BE GIVEN OUT FRIDAY
London. Jan. II. It has beep1
learned by the Associated Press that
the entente reply to President Wil
son makes specific designation of Its
terms of peace, which includes the
restoration of Belgium, of Serbia and
Montenegro, and complete repara
tion for the damage they sustained,
and the evacuation of the invaded
territory of France, Russia and Rou
niauia, with such reparation as is
The terms also require the libera
tion of Italians, Slavs. Roumanians
and Czech Slavs from foreign domi
nation, i. .
The retirement of the Turkish em
pire from Europe also is required.
The terms provide for the reorgan
ization of Europe, guarantees by a
stable regime and founded upon the
respect for nationalities and the full
liberty and security of the great and
While Alsace-Lorraine and the
Italian Tyrol arc not specifically
named, ycl ihc terms require the res
titution of territories previously sev
ered from allied nations by force or
contrary lo the wishes of their pop
ulations. This is considered clearly
to refer to Alsace-Lorraine and the
Italian Tyrol. i
While "Russia's claim to Constants
nople is not specifically alluded to,
the Turkish clause is considered in
directly to mean the replacement of
Turkey by Russia at the Dardenelles.
The assurances of Emperor Nicho
las of Russia concerning Poland are
Washington, Jan. II. The entente
reply to President Wilson's peace
note began arriving this morning at
the State department. As fast as it
was decoded it was laid before Presi
dent Wilson and Secretary Lansing.
One neutral diplomat had informa
tion from a source he considered re
liable that the note would be of a
friendly and courteous nature, but
would be of such a character that it
could not be accepted by the central '
powers without modification, but
would not preolude another move by
the president, should he choose to
make it the occasion for one. j
Well informed sources which some
time ago let it be known that at least
another move was contemplated, un
derstood today that the president
would not abandon his efforts for
peace unless the reply was something
Door Still Open.
The utmost secrecy was maintained
at the State department, but the im
pression prevailed that, while the en
tente has been perfectly clear in stat
ing its position, the door to peace had
not been utterly barred.
In other quarters it was pointed out
that whether President Wilson will
take a further step depends not alone
on the actual terms of the note it
self, but also on his estimate of the
situation and confidential advices
from abroad. i
The latest London reports indi
cated that, while the allies in their
note should be more specific as" to
terms than in their reply to the cen
tral powers, any statement on that
point would be general and rather
guarded in character. Nowhere was
it felt that the allies have given a
specific and detailed statement of
The impression was general in allied
quarters here that the allies would
not enter a conference unless under
military necessity or until they were
able by a military victory to force
their own terms.
British Forecast of Note.
London, Jan. 11. The Manchester
Guardian's London correspondent,
forecasting the terms of the entente
allies' reply to President Wilson, says:
"Restitution, reparation and securi
ties arc demanded and the note gives
some indications of the aims of the
allies in redrawing the map of Europe.
The principle1 governing this must be
the question of nationalities.
"Certain formula'e are mentioned.
Belgium must regain its independence
and be indemnified for its losses. The
boundaries of France must be redrawn
in a spirit of restitution. Italy must
redeem its provinces and the bound
aries ot the Balkans must be re
drawn in conformity with nationality
(Continued on Pore Two. Column Fivo.k
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