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MEDE OF PRAISE
NotaXle Hen of State Listen to
' Addresses Honoring Memory
of Those Who Builded
HISTORIC GAVEL IS
C. Bassett Presents One
That Sapped Pioneers
ADDRESS BT J- L. WEBSTER"
(From a Sun Correspondent.)
iuicuiu, marcn i. ipciai icic-
gram.) With the singing of "Amer-
ica," led by the legislative male quar
tet, the exercises t'ommemorative of
the fiftieth anniversary of the admis
'' sion of Nebraska as a state were
opened at 10:45 this morning before
the joint session of the Nebraska leg
islature, with .Lieutenant Governor
Edgar Howard presiding. Prayer was
offered by the house chaplain, Mr.
Governor Neville in a short address
. said it' was useless to deplore the
passing of so many things so inti
T i . if . c . -,
mately associated with the early.his
tory of the state, but if was the price
of advancement and civilization.
The quarter) composed of Senators
McAllister and Oberlies and Speaker
Jackson and Representative Shannon
wJf rcywicuij unbv -
: ing a song especially dedicated to the
legislature and the old state house. .
' S C. Ransetr. nresident of the His-
- oncat society, jhcbcuic h hvuiv
. ant governor with a gavel used by
the first territorial legislature.
General Vhn Lee , Webster of
- Omaha was the principal speaker. He
reviewed the early history of the
state in jtn entertaining, manner and
its advancement te the present time.
The house chamber was comtort
ably filled and the desks of the mem
bers were decorated with flags. Mo
tion pictures of the ceremdnies were
taken by Dr. Condra and his assis
tant. ' , . Historic Gavel.
in presenting tne gavei io me pre
siding officer, Mr. Bassett gave the
- following history of the bit of historic
haliimer. ' ' ' ' ; '. ,-
-Jjl all legislative bodies a gavel .is
the emblem of authority. ,
,i "In the? archives of the, Nebraska
State Historical society was tnis gavei
fipil af thp first session of the Ne
braska Territorial legislature and pre
served as a historic relic by the late
Robert W. Furnas, and by him pre
sented to the society-.
"This gavel is of hickory, about one
and one -half Inches in diameter, two
and one-half inches long and with the
1 1. Kn Tt.. Uiiitt. ia a email hielr.
ory limb with the bark on and whit
tled with a knife where it enters the
. gaveh ' .
"This gavel very-fittingly illustrates
,, the primitive condition of the time in
Nebraska when there were no turn
ing lames ana little oi ornamentation
'. in the erection of buildings or of tools
. ; or implements in daily use,"
' Governor's Address, , . .
Following the presentation of tfte
gavel, Governor Neville addressed the
session as follows: -
' "We are gathered here in joint ses-
SlUn IU CClCUiaiC IHC mucin oiiuivvi-
" sary of Nebraska 8 statehood, loday
marks the transition, as it were, trom
childhoodthe most important stage
, in the existence of state and man; to a'
. period of young and vigorous man
hood. The hardy pioneers, who shaped
" the cteetinies of our early state life
need feel naught save satisfaction
when they contemplate the results
' made possible by their sacrifices and
. Vrtf tnan atataa. in flip first fiftv
years of their existence, have pr6-
oTessed as has Nebraska., tew rival
us in productiveness op in the industry
of their citizenship; few have less of
fCfttillniMd oa Pan Two. Column BaTen.l
, The Weather
For Nebraska Fair; warmer.
. Teniperatam at Omaha. Yesterday.
6 a. ni...
7 a. m 14
8 a. ni.'.... 13
I a. m... 11
10 a. m..
11 a- m 22
12 m 26
1 p. m . .
2 . m..
1 p, m,.. 31
4 p. m 32
Bp. m. .
I p. m 31
Ip. m 3
I 9 m 3
' ComparatlT Loral Record.
. C "1117. 1118. 1116.1114
muhmt rstrday .. 33 31 33 28
Irftwoit ypHterday 14 8 20 11
Monti temperature 23 , 30 36 2l
rreclpUation ........ .00 .03 ' .00 .00
Temperature and precipitation departure!
from th normal:
Normal temperature .,....., 33
l.'ficivicy for the dayv, ................
pvtlcltney since March 1...., 5
Normal precipitation ..,
I -i(ic lea cy for the flay
, Qi men
Total rainfall elnce March I... .....00 Ineh
leflCwncjr .since. March 1.....;... .03 Inch
Dfpurture Tor cor. period, 1316, 00 Inch
Ioflclency for cor. period. 1316.... ,03 inch
Report fro JStatloiw at 7 1 M ,
Station and State , Temp. . High Bain
of Weather. 7 p. m. eit. tall.
Cheyenne, clear... 18 13 .12
Uavenport, eiear....... 24 23
, 30 '
Pee Hotni. cloudy,..14
Dodge City, cloudy..
Vonh Platte, cloudy.. 28
Omaha, part cloudy 38
'Pueblo, anowtnc ...... 28
Salt Lake City, clear... 28
Santa Ve, part cloudy.. 24
n ftherldan; clear 20
-aioux City, clear... 30
Valentine, part cloudy., 28
T Indlcatea trace of precipitation.
i A. WELSH, sjteoroiotlak
Mann Makes Strong Speech s
In Support of the Flood. Bill
Republican Leader Arouses
Arouses Enthusiasm When
Says It Should Be Passed
FLOOD SUPPORTS MEASURE
Washington, March 1. Representa
tive Flood, continuing his address in
the house in support of the armed
neutrality bill, said: t
By (his act we may not be able to
avert war. If we should become in
volved in war, however, the passage'
of this bill would be one of the minor
causes of that direful result. It may
be necessary only to arm ships, but if
we must do more, the fault is not
ours. Give the president this power
asked and the question of war will be
With Germany. There is no doubt of
the right ot Americans to travel and
we should uphold this right peace
fully. If that cannot be done, their-,
we will do it with arms.
Applause even greater than that
which greeted Representative Flood's
opening statement met Republican
Leader Mann's rousing speech in
favor of the bill. Few men on either
side of the chamber failed to respond
by hand-clapping or cheers..
"It is well -known," Representative
Mann said, "that I have done and will
do everything in my power to keep
this country out of the European war
and the peace settlement that is cer
tain to lollow its end. cut 1 do not
see how it is possible for a patriotic
nation to refuse to give the president
at the time of this crisis power which
he asks and whici is provided tor in
the pending bill. -
1 recognize that those opposing
this proposition are filled with devo
tion to the country as the rest of us
art," he continued, "but I am not
willing to cavil over the terms of
power conferred on the president.
When the time eVmes that our ships
. TO MINIMUM WAGE
rW. 7. Baxter Says it Is Merely
Temporary and Shouldn't -Be
EQUAL FRANCHISE MEET
"I -am opposed to the minimum
wage in principle," said W. F. Bax
ter, as a preface' to his talk on that
subject before the Equal Franchise
society at Jhe home of Mrs. J. I.
Stewart 'II, Thursday afternoon. "It
is merely a temporary measure and
should not be made fixed law.- It
seeks" to establish and impose on
other men a law of cqnduct not djc
tated by 1 themselves. We speak of
theconstitution of the United Stages
with 'bated breath, HJut it is merely
set of laws made with the same
wire pulling and legislating as your
suffrage bill -will have when it is
passed, provided, of course, that it
does pass. ,
Xaws should be imposed as little
as possible, and then only temporar
ily, pending man's acqujremenj of
fuller self-control. The progress of
the world depends on the progress
toward complete co-operation."
Mr. Baxter hinted that there is a
solution' of the wage question dealing
with the land, the source of all sup
ply, which he could explain to the
organization should they desire it.
The committee in charge ot programs
immediately suggested a possible date
for the continuation of the discus
Preliminary to the talk of the after.
noon, rora. J. m. jnciuu, lucsiucm ui
If. T if A i t -. ' ! .
the. bqual franchise society, urged
the attendance of the members upon
the Suffrage school, which is being
brought to Nebraska at a cost of
$1,500 to the National Suffrage or
ganization. Mrs. M. h airfield re
peated the action taken last Sunday
afternoon by the Washington suffrag
istsin offering the services of the Na
tional union to the president in the
event of war.'
Nebraskan's Proposals .
: ". Are Defeated in House
Washington, March 1. Representa
tive Sloan's proposal to provide that
"in granting protection to American
ships no distinction shall be made on
account-of theioorts or countries to
which they may be bound, was reject
ed by the house, VJb to 11M. Mr.
Sloan also offered an amendemnt pro
viding that "no ' passports shall be
granted any -American citizen intend
ing to take passage on any ship.
oouna lor a ioreign port ana carrying
munitions of war. ihat was voted
down, 190 to 57.
Representative Kinkard of Ne
braska proposed to include a provi
sion "tiiat a policy of strict neutrality
shall be maintained." His amendment
was rejected on a viva voce vote.
Paris Reports Sinking
, Of Four More Ships
I Paris, March 1. the sinking of the
following vessels was announced om
cially here today:
Clan Farquhar, British steamship,
5,853 tons gross; February 26.
Galgorm Castle, , British sailing
ship, 1,596 tons; February 27. '
lilarie Joseph, French schooner of
Fecamp, 192 tons; February 28.
Sjostao, Norwegian steamship,
l.lii tons; February 8.
Senate Strikes $400,000
Food Probe Item Out
Washington, March 1. Provision
for $400,000 for the federal trade
commission's investigation of the food
crisis wasstricken from the sundry
oo civil bill by the senate appropriations
I committee today. As ordered rcport-
ed, the .bill carries $139,028,513.
shall be assaulted and the limit of our
patient bearing for insults or destruc
tion that may be heaped upon us is
passed, it becomes the duty of a great
jor small government to .defend its
rights upon the sea.
,"I long ago would have givea tlir
givea tW: :
Raged V JT
o, and T
president power to protect agams;
tack American citizens engaged
peaceful pursuits in Mexico,
think that we should now give him
the' power to' save our rights, our pa
triotism, our people and our nation.
I hope and believe that by giving this
power to the president we shall be
more apt to keep out than to get Into
war." , "
Democratic Leader .Kitchin,. one of
the so-called pacifist group, an
nounced amid great applause that he
would vote for the bill. .
"I shall vote for this bill, but not
without hesitation and misgiving,"
said Kitchin. "The nation confronts
the gravest crisis. It faces the su
premest responsibility to itself and
to the world. .Already the European
catastrophe threatens the fait of
mankind in Christianity, in civiliza
tion. The widening of that catas
trophe by a great, powerful nation
like burs would seem to Challenge the
rights of Christianity to exist. It
calls to the test the potency of civil
ization itself. The world holds its
breath at every sfep the congress
takes at every utterance the presi
dent makes. '
- "Clothed with the powers given by
the constitution, a president of the
United States can, at his will, without
the hindrance of congress, create a
situation which makes the war the
only alternative of this nation.
"In reassertion of my confidence in
the sincerity of "the earnest desire
but recently reiterated by the presi
dent to avoid war, and in the hope
that he may use 4he confidence of
congress in him, which finds its un
ttoubting expression in the passage of
this bill, to maintain peace, I give to
this measure my- support."
HOUSE GIVES MORE
TO RAILWAY BOARD
Warm Contest Before Lower
t Body Over the Mainte
FEW CHANGES ARE MADE
(From a Stall Correspondent.)
. Lincoln. Neb.i March 1. (Special
Telegran. Late this afternoon the
bouse finished its consideration of the
items in . the maintenance, bill and rtt I
it to third reading. A great deaf of
'discussion 'took place ovtr an item to
raise the appropriation ' of the state
railway commission from $60,000, to
$119,000. . ,: . : ..
Rcischick, chairman of the finance
committee, 'made a gallant fight to
keep the amount down to the sum
recommended . by the "committee,
which a gallant fight to keep the
amount down to the .sum recom
mended by the committee, which he
said was a raise of $Jd,000 more than
the appropriation of two years ago,
Thomas,' Peterson, Nielsen, Good and
several others spoke in favor of the
increase, the Jormer saying that the
commission had saved the state thou
sands of dollars in freight rates land
now that over $2,000,000-was af stake
in the two-cent fare controversy, he
believed the house should give the
amount required. .,- - ,
Nielsen said his bill giving the met
ropolitan cities, the right to regulate
telephone rates was killed because the
constitution gave the commission the
power to regulate corporations and
he believed'if they were given the
Dowe'r thev should he ffiven sufficient
funds to enable thm to do the work
als it should be done.
Give them the appropriation asked
iur uu 11 uicy uun l prouuee mulls,
abolish the commission." said he.
Outside of this item there was very
little change inthe bill as reported
out uy trie committee. '
Stone Hints Wilson
Trying to Influence
, Sentiment of Public
Washington, March 1. Senator
Stone, chairman of the foreign reta
tions committee, asserted in the sen,
ate today that the "Zimmermann let
ter" must have been obtained from
executive officials of the United States
government and, that it was given
publication to "affect public opinion
or official opinion, or both, in the
United States. -'..
"Reading the newspaper accounts
of the sources of the information they
had, said senator stone, the inter
ence is inevitable that the Zimmer
mann letter was obtained- from the
executive officers of this country. It
was published tor some purpose.
cannot and will notundertake to sav
what .that purpose was other than to
altect the opinion that it was given
publication to artect the public
opinion, o othcial, or both, in the
United States. . . .- ..
y "The publicity given this allesred let
ter," said the Missouri senator," was
made for some purpose. I do not
know with any such, certainty that
would warrant me in asserting it
from .what source the newspapers ob
tained the document. If the document
be authentic it is a necessary sequence
that the information was not given to
the American 'press by the German
government or any one connected
with tit It must have been given out
by someone else. - , ,
MrsAuttle Held Guilty '
On Manslaughter Charge
Gering, Neb., March 1. (Special
Telegram.) The jury in the 'i'utlle
murder trial brought in a verdict to
day of manslaughter against Mrs. Tut-
tie, who was charged with the mur
der of her divorced husband. Clifford
. 1 utile, at scott iblutt last July.
Flood Measure Taken Up, With
Agreement to Vote After a
WILSON FOR. SENATE BILL
Washington, March 1. An amend
ment .by Representative Cooper of
Wisconsin to prohibit the arming of
lmnltions' stlpfiBflrtcr'the United neu
trality bill was rejected by the house
tonight, 197 to 100. , . ' ;
Washington, Ikfarch l.-Spurred by
the developments of the international
situation, ' the house today ttjpk up
the bill to clothe the president with
authority to deal with the German
submarine menace under an agree
ment to vote after three hours' de
bate. . ,- . , ; ". ?
. The statement was made officially
that the White Housetands behind
the bill as drawn in the senate "first,
last and all the time,' 'and does not
approve the house bill in its entirety
because it does not provide the "other
instrumentalities," which the president
desires, and proposes to refuse war in
surance to ships which carry muni
tions. , ' v
The portions the administration
wants may be 'inserted , on the floor
of the House or after the bill gets to
the senate. . - .
At the outset of the house debate
Chairman Flood-' aroused iif tense en
thusiasm on both sides. Every refer'
ence to America's willingness to pro
tect tlte rights or citizens wherever
they had a right to travel was met
with a volleyof applause.
tie cited that authority for the
president to act as suggested in the
bill had been granted to other execu
tivesNn 1794, 1798, 1805, 1815, 1839
and 1856, and incidentally attacked
the pacificists protesting against the
bill. ' ' .
"In 1798," he cpntinued, "conditions
were much as they are today. Eng
land aiul France were at war and
France was preying on commerce as
Germany is today. Many people in
this country at that time said our
rights should not be upheld and that
to uphold them would lead to war
with France. ;We gave the president
the power, our commerce was pro
tected, our honor vindicated and war
was averted." . , ...
Break Between U. S.
And Austria Seems
Less Likely Now
Vienna, Feb. '28. (Via Berlin and
Wireless to, the Associated Press to
Sayville, March 1.) The American
ambassador, Frederick C. Penfietd,
informed the Associated Press today
that he expected the reply of the
Austrian government fo the Ameri
can memorandum concerning the
new submarine warfare regulations in
about one week. .
The statement is made here that a
break between the two countries is
how less probable. The correspond
ent is informed that the reply of the
Austro-Hungarian government will
be extremely conciliatory and while
it may not dispose definitely of all
pending questions it will leave the
way open for further discussion be
tween Washington and Vienna.
British F,irm May
Make Sheik for U, S.
Washington, March l.-f-Great
Britain has withdrawn its objec
tion and made known its permis
sion for Hadfields, Ltd., an Eng
lish munitions concern, to contract
with the United States navy for
armor-piercing shells of the 14 and
The Lion or the Lamb?
U. S. SUBSCRIPTION
TO LAND BANK STOCK
Omaha Gets Least From Gov
, erment Owing to Having x
W'ADOO IS NOT SURPRISED
.Washington,. March X. Subscript
-Hon Jon behalf pf the government to
$89,505" of the $9,000,000 capital
stock of the new federal land banks
was announced tonight by- Secretary
McAdoo. The small public subscrip
tions to the stock, $120,095 for all
twelve banks, the secretary said, was
neither a surprise nor a disappoint
ment, "lo special effort was made to se
cure public subscriptions," he ' ex
plained, "the taking of the full amount
of stock being assured by the govern
ment underwriting. The fact that the
banks were unlikely to pay any divi
dends on this stock during the first
year and that it ultimately will be le
tircd at par naturally made it unat
tractive to investors. As far as the
interest of the banks Is concerned, it
is to their advantage .that' the stock
should be held by the government, as
individual stockholders arc entitled to
participate in dividends, while the
government is excluded by the terms
of the act from the receipt of divi
dends on its stock. - I
The government s share of the
$750)000 capital stock of each district
ollows, the balance having been sub
scribed by the various towns: . :
Sprlntflrld, Maaa., IfJt.ISS, , . . . '
Baltimore, 1740,2JO. '
. Columbia, R. .. S7lt,SI0.
Loulivllla, 7!,25. ,
Naw Orlaana, I74M30. '
Bt. LouU, l74S,07t, '
8t. Paul. S744.M0. , , .' . : .
Omaha, I70MH6. - , '
Wichita, Kana., IH3,06. '
Hounton, TBI., I7J6.H6. " '
Berkley, t'al.. 1743,810. . i
Spokana, I744.S66. -
Office of German '
Consul at Juarez
Juarez, Mexico, March 1. TheGer
man consulate here -was robbed late
last night and a number of important
official papers were reported to have
been taken from the files of Consul
Max Weber, who has been 'in charge
of consular and diplomatic affairs for
the German government in northern
Mexico. ..,'' ., ' ' ;
- A typewriter and other office sup
Dlies were also taken. The office of
the American Smelting 'and Refining
company, across the hall from the
German consulate, was robbed also,
two boxes opened, but nothing taken,
Consul Weber is ill at his home. ,
Two Days' Vacation Ahead
Of the House and Senate
(From Staff CferraiponSent.)
Lincoln, March 1. (Special.) Fri
day and Saturday will be vacation
days for both branches of the ligisla
ture. Friday the members will go to
Omaha to attend' the automobile
show, returning tQ Lincoln 'as 'the
spirit may. move and getting back
to work Monday morning.
Norton and Lemar opposed the
"junket trip" as they called , it, al
though the members will pay .their
own-expenses. They will be enter
tained by the Commercial club at din
ner Friday evening. , ; -
Denmark Prohibits Sale & i
I . Of Alcoholic liquors
London, March 1. The sale of all
spirits and other alcoholic liquors has
been prohibited ir. jjenmarx, accord
ing to a Reuter dispatch from Copen
hagen. Jhe order is temporary and
calls for returns to be made on all
stocks of spirits in the country,
Berlin Announces" Abandon
ment of Positions On Both
Sides of River Ancre. '
NEW JUNE BACK OF CITY
' Paris, March 1, The Germans havo
already fallen "back behind Bapamuc
and the fall oi that town is imminent,
according to information from the
front, whicli ' has reached 'militaryJ
circles, here. The new German line
is said to run along' the road from
Bapaumc to Pcronne and some dis
tance in the rear of the former town.1
During their retirement the Ger
mans have systematically destroyed
their dugouts and provision c-epots
and rendered their trenches useless.
Berlin (By Wireless to Sayville),
March 1. German army headquarters
today announce a voluntary and sys
tematic, withdrawal of parts of the
German advance "positions1 on both
banks of the Ancre, on the Franco
Belgian front.. i. ,
. The statement reads: , .
"On both banks of, the Ancre sev
eral days -ago, for special reasons, a
part, of our advance positions was
voluntarily .and systematically evacu
ated aim tne defense has been placed
in another prepared line. - Qtir move
ment : remained., concealed trom the
enemy. ' Rear guard posts, acting
carefully, hampered his troops, which
only with hesitation groped forward,
oecuoving without fighting the strip
of land which was abandoned by us
and which is lying in ruins. Yielding
in the face of a-numerically superior
attack, as had been- ordered, these
minor, detachments inflicted consider
able' sanguinarj losses upon the
enemy and up to now have captured
eleven officers and 174 men and four
machine guns tnd stilt today domi
nate the field in front of our posi
tions. . .. , . ; , , ,,
r i British Town Bombarded.
Lohdon, March 1. A hostile air
plane dropped bombs today on Broad-
staire, it is announced orhciaily. une
woman was slightly injured. 1
Broadstaire is a water place on the
Island of Thanct off the- Kentish
coast. It is" one of the towns shelled
by -German, destroyers Monday,
"Wild Horse" Man
Gists Term in "Pen"
. . , And $10,000 Fine
1 Two years' imprisonment in the
federal prison- at Fort Leavenworth
and a fine of $10,000 was the; sentence
given J. Sidney Smith, president of
the United Mites Live Mock com
pany, who was recently convicted in
federal, court here on charges' of us
ing the mails to defraud in the sale
of wild horses. The 'Sentence was
the maximum under the law. . -Immediately
after pronouncing it
Thursday . morning. Judge t W.
Woodrough was informed, of Smith's
intention to appeal the case. His
supersedeas bond was fixed at $7,000.
Mpst of the other defendants have
already been sentenced Smith for
merly lived at Newcastle, Neb., but
recently i made his home in Omaha.
Mexican Officials --
Refuse to Talk of
Mexico City, March 1. Mostof the
Mexican officials here declined today
to discuss the effort of Germany to
involve Mexico in a war with the
United States except to say that they
thought such efforts were vain and
that Mexico would, b; neutral. ,
SENATE ASKS FOR
DATA Oil GERMAN
Votes Resolution Requesting
Wilson to Furnish Informa
tion Concerning Zim
mennann Order. A
CONGRESS IS STARTLED
Report of Intrigue for Alliance
With Carranza and Mikado :
STATEMENT BY LANSING
Washington, March 1. In response
to request from the senate President
Wilson transmitted a report from
Secretary Lansing saying the pub
lished text of the German foreign
minister's note to the German min
ister at Mexico City directing an at
tempt to ally Japan and' Mexico
against the United States in cake of
war, was authentic, that it came into
posssssion of the government during
the present week and that in his
opinion it was incompatible with pub
lic interest to send any further in
formation to the senate for the pres
ent ' "'. 1 ' '.
Washington,! March J. -Without a
record vote the senate tonight adopted
a resolution requesting the president
to furnish "whatever information he
has concerning the "Zimmermann
note" which in his opinion is not in
compatible with the public interest."
The resolution was - Senator Hoke
Smith's substitute for one offered by
Senator Lodge and an amendment by
Senator Stone. -
Therewas no -aeoarate vote on Sen
ator Lodge's resolution which would
have inquired as to the authenticity ot
the Zimmermann note, oc the Stone
amendment asking whether informa
tion about the German move came
from any European belligerent. -
Comes After Long Debate.
The senate's action came after a
long debate during which come sena
tors voiced the opinion that the ad
ministration armed . neutrality bill '
should not be passed until further in- .
formation had been supplied regartt-
e the Zimmermann note. , ''
The Smith resolution' reads:
"Resolved that the nresident be re
quested to furnish to the senate what
ever information he has concerning
the note' published in the press of
this date purporting to have been sent
January 19, 1917,. by the German sec retary
for foreign .affairs, to the Ger
man ambassador to Mexico, which
in hit opinion is net incompatible with
the public interest.".', .
Washington,, March 1 1. Senator
Hitchcock reported the resolution as
amended by the . foreign relations
committee , to the senate at 3 o'clock
and asked unanimous consent for its
immediate consideration. There was
no objection. , ,
Washington, March 1. The senate
Inreian rffalmfli nmmiM thta aftr.
noon ordered' a favorable report on
the Lodge resolution after changing
only a few words. - The committee
struck out die provision asking the
president for information' as to when
the "Zimmermann letter" came- into
possession of the United States,
- The -senate committee's action Was
not unanimous on the resolution- as
finally . framed. , .Senator i Stone, '
chairman of the committee, planned
to offer an amendment on the senate
floor. . ;... -. -v ..:,.i
"I don't care to outline the amend
ment, until I propose it," said he.
Senator Stone's amendment would
add to the end of the resolution these
words: . ... . , .
"And also to inform the senate as
to whether the information in his pos
session respecting the letter signed
"Zimmermann" originated- with any
governments the officfel of any gov
ernment engaged in the present war,
and if so to inform the senate of the
facts." :' .-. .-
Washington,-' March I: Full official-
confirmation of Germany's in
trigue to ally Mexico and Japan with
it to make war On the United States,
as revealed last night by The Associ
ated Press, was given today at the
White" House, -the State department
and in the senate. - " .
On the floor of the senate it 'was
announced that democratic- lenators
had been authorized to state that the
revelations, including the text of the -instrument
from - German - foreign
Minister Zimmerman to German Min
ister von Eckhart at Mexico City
were correct. - '.. ' ,-'
On notice of Senator Lodge the
senate at once took up a proposal to
ask the president to communicate the
facts to congress officially.
After considerable discussion Sena
tor Hardwick insisted upon an ob
jection to immediate consideration of
the Lodge resolution in order that
there might )t time for deliberation
by the foreign relations committee. -Statement
Secretary Lansing authorized this
statement: - . . , 1 . . ,.- ., , -r
"We do not believe that Japan has
had any knowledge of-his or that X
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