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The Omaha Daily Bee
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Upper Chamber of Nebraska
Legislature Disposed to Mod
ify Restrictions of Pro
posed Bone Dry Law.
Represents Lineup on Changes
in House Bill to Enforce
Dry Amendment.
(Krinli ;t smrf Co! respondent,)
Lincoln, .March -7. (Special.)
Nebraska senators by voles ranging
,ni 18 In 15 to 19 lo 14 today mani
fested their intention of modifying
fundamentally the house bone dry bill
drafted to place regulations on han
dling liquor in the state after May 1.
when the prohibitory amendment
e;ocs into effect.
An amendment to the bill permit
ting the manufacture of "near beer" adopted.
Time to Sell Stock.
Dealers in liquor were given thirty
davs in which to dispose of their
stocks after the amendment goes into
A change was made in the bill per
mitting the manufacture of wine and
cider on one's own premises.
I'.y a vote of J9 to 14 the senate de
cided to allow liquor dealers to have
an unlimited amount of liquor on
hand if bought before May 1.
The manufacture of ethyl-alcohol
w as permitted if made unfit for a bev
erage. Large Crowd to Witness.
The ealleries and every spot which
was big enough to hold anybody were
Senator Robertson offered a motion
to eliminate the index appearing in
front of the bill.
So carefully was this watched that
the dry people got themselves in a
trap right on the start by opposing
an amendment py Kohertson wnicn
bad not been prepared and printed.
When this had been settled by an
agreement not to take up new amend
ments, McMullen sprang a new
amendment on the wets and then it
was discovered that in depriving Rob
ertson of the right to offer new mat
ter the drys hail locked themselves
Senatorial courtesy was several
times fractured and in the heat-of
argument things were said which
might have provoked mortal combat
under other conditions.
First Roll Call Tells.
That the wets had the'situation
well in hand was indicated by the
first roll call, which came on the
amendment to section one. This
amendment defines intoxicating
liqours and virtually allows the use of
"near beer." The voted stood:
Fur Kor
Ai;ims Rjt,ertson
tler'iiett Sam'ielaon
Alhrrt Tannt-r
Wilson of Dodge
,A ilcoii of
frontier It
A irn inst
il o well
Saivyor 15
it-.'. I
1 1 ii II -r
Albert Stands on Argument.
Albert of Platte, while voting with
the drys on the roll call, made a
apeech in which he said that the peo
ple of the state did not vote for a
bone dry law, but voted simply to
abolish the saloons and not restrict
the individual in his home,
lie produced the argument put out
by the dry federation through the sec
retary of state to substantiate his
claim and said that the only thing
for the senate to do was to pass a
law in conformity with the argument
placed up to the people.
When section 2 was reached an
other amendment covering about the
K'ontinilei! on I'njre Two, Column Two.)
The Weather
I"'ir Nebraska Fair; warmer.
Teiiiperuturea at Omaha Yestrrday.
Hour. I
D . in
C a. m . .
7 a. in . .
8 a. m .
9 h. m.
10 a. m.
11 in.
1 p. ni . .
2 yt. m . .
5 p. m..
i p. m. .
fi p. m.,
p. m..
p. m. .
8 p. m
Comparative IocaI Record.
1917. 191. 1IH. 1914.
Highest yntPnlny .. 55 68 37 45
f.mvt-st -ftflrlay .. , 2S 31 2 34
M.nn temperature .. 42 45 33 40
l'r dpi to t ion 00 .00 .00 . 1 &
Temperature and precipitation departure
front the norimil:
Nor phi I f-mpt-TJitun 42
1 nfWiiT for the Uay 0
Toed excH8 Hnei' March 1 3
Normal iindiltntlort 0' 1nrh
lflMney fur the lny ,uc inch
Toinl rainfall slnre March 1 1.36 Inche
Kco?n wince March 1 .St Inch
triclency cor. period, 1916 79 Inch
lixcofs cor. period, 1915 .b3 Inch
Reportn from Station at 7 P. M.
Station and State Temp. High- Raln-
of Weather 7 p.m. 8t. (nil,
Cheyenne, clear 42 46 .0
Davenport, clear 4 44 .on
Denver, -clear . . M fifl .on
Jfs Mclnea, elear. ..... 46 4 .00
DmIk City, clear.,.... 64 58 .00
Lander, clear So 52 .00
North Platte, clear 64 hi ,00
Omaha, clear 6a ' ft 5 .00
Pueblo, clear 62 64 .00
Rapid City, pt. cloudy.. 48 52 .00
Knit tke City, cloudy. 44 4A .00
Hanta Fe. eleaiT 4R 63 ,00
.ShTldan. cloudy 42 61 .00
Pinux City, clear .!)
Valentine, clear 62 ,00
L. A. WELSH, Meteorologist.
war being declared between the United StaVwid Germany,
it is said to be the present plan of the auministration to
chiefly aid the allies in a financial sense. If such a plan is
put into effect these are the men who woulct arrange the de
tails in behalf of the United States.
life IV EtA 7$ii VI iK-S V:: WNT .viM, I
Work of Different Depart
ments Is Mapped Out at
Meeting of Board.
President Hogan, Treasurer Mor
com and Secretary Odell of the Fed
eral Land bank of Omaha have been
made a permanent loan committee of
the bank by an action of the board of
directors, who met yesterday at the
Commercial club rooms and in flie
offices of "the fiaiik oil "Hie twelfth
floor of the Woodmen of the World
The work of the officers was
mapped out so that in the operations
of the bank each will know what his
duties and funcliuns arc: and what de
partment he is to be responsible for.
President Hogan is to lie in charge
of completion of loans, appraisements
and legal matters.
Secretary Odell is to be in charge
of office routine and the formation of
federal farm loan associations.
Treasurer Morcom is to be
charge of accounting, collections and
the custody of the securities.
Attorney Registrar Corey is to han
dle legal matters under the direction
of the president and is to represent
j the federal government as registrar.
The directors' meeting will continue
i today and a number of clerical ap-
pointments are expected to be made.
I Twenty Are Killed
By xlabama Storm;
Town Demolished
Birmingham, Ala., March 27.
TVcnty persons are reported dead
as the result of a storm which swept
through Crenshaw, Hale and Pike
comities. Alabama, early today. At
Petrey, five wdiitc persons and nine
negroes are reported to have lost
their lives and every building in the
town of 250 inhabitants, is said to
have been destroyed. At Middle
brook and in the section north of
Troy, Ala., two white persons and
two negroes were killed and several
churches and dwellings destroyed.
Charles Wright, a rural mail car
rier, and an unidentified negro are re
ported dead, in the southern part of
Hale county.
Many Men Enlist at
All Chicago Stations
Chicago, 111., March 27. Aside
j has greatly swelled enlistments both
in me regular army and the National
Guard, figures were withheld for
military reasons. Long lines of ap
plicants at the National Guard ar
mory today, however, were pointed
to by officers as telling the story.
Xavy recruiting stations were the
scenes of activity unprecedented
since the Spanish-American war.
Mother of Mrs. Bucholz
Suffers Severe Injury
Norfolk, Neb., March 27. (Special
Telegram.) Mrs. X. A. Kainbolt,
formerly of Omaha, is suffering from
concussion of the brain after falling
down a flight of stairs in her home
here. Her daughter, Mrs. W. H.
Bucholz and her son, William Kain
bolt of Omaha were at her bedside.
Her recovery is expected.
Champion Holstein
Is Killed by a Needle
Applcton, Wis., March 27, Pauline
Pul Parthenae, champion Holstein
cow owned by R. J. Schaefer, is dead.
A post-morem showed that a darning
needle had pierced the heart. Two
years ago the animal gave 2,888
pounds of butter. She was 1.5 years
old and won every prize for whirh
she had been entered for some years.
TO ALLIES eient of
Four Hundred Men Seated at
Banquet of the Legisla
tive League.
IKrom a Staff CVtrreponilo!il.)
Lincoln, March 27. (Special Tele
gram.) To the music of the L'ni
vcrsity of Nebraska band, over. 400
banqueters sat down tonight to the
sixth annual banquet of the Nebraska
Legislative, league, Secretary Rich
mond outttoing all former-attempts.
Guests found a bottle of "near beer"
at each plate. Grape juice was used a
year ago.
Chief Justice Morrissey presided as
toastmaster and the following re
sponded to call: Governor Neville,
"welcome address;" E. P. Brown, C
B. Letton, W. F. Rieschick, D. H.
Cronin, John M. Tanner, Charles
Wooster, George Tracewcll, John A.
Robinson, T. J. Majors and I. L. Al
bert. Former Speaker Marsh Elder, now
of Oklahoma, as the honored guest
tof the evening responded to the toast,
"The Days ot '91.
The legislative quartet composed
of Senators McAllister and Oberlies
and Representatives Jackson and
Shannon, with the Omaha Commer
cial colored orchestra furnished music.
Officers elected by the league this
afternoon were: V. H. Dech, presi
dent; A. M. Walling, vice president;
Henry C. Richmond, re-elected secre
tary. Villa and Carranza
Troops Battle at
Chihuahua's Gates
Chihuahua City, Mexico, March 27.
Skirmishes between Villa and Car
ranza troops by which Villa tried to
feel out the defenses prepared by
General Francisco Mnrgua, have al
ready taken place today in the neigh
borhood of, Chihuahua City, where
the greatest vigilance is now exer
cised against an attack in force by the
Juarez. Mexico, March 27. Fight
ing was in progress all day yesterday
at Bachiamha canyon, tlurty-hve
miles south of Chihuahua City, Mex
icans who arrived here today on a
refugee train reported. Villa troops
attacked a troop train going south,
they said, and a general engagement
Hamilton County Wheat
Is Dead, Say Experts
Aurora, Neb., March 27. (Special
Telegram.) That 90 per cent of the
wheat in this part of the stale is dead
was the statement made today by
several men who made a thorough
canvass of the fields of the county.
One of the observers was Mr. Ander
son from Lincoln, a representative of
the weather bureau. Mr. Anderson,
('. S. Brown and Swan Peterson
drove about fifty miles and examined
scores of fields.
Congressman Charles H. Sloan of
Geneva stated here yesterday that the
wheat in Fillmore county is dead. He
has examined carefully eight fields
and found them dead. Farmers are
beginning to ask about seeding spring
wheat. Many acres of spring wheat
will he planted. The remainder of
the dead wheat will be plowed up
and the land put into dollar com.
Two Men Are Killed in
Fight at Cleveland, 0.
Cleveland, O., March 27. Two
men were killed and a third was
wounded in a pistol battle in the
street at Woodland avenue and Fast
Twentieth street this morning. Eight
or nine men participated in the bat
tle, which is believed to have resulted
from a gambling quarrel.
Temporary Headquarters of
Guard Bristle With Activity
as Young Omahans Show
Eagerness to Enlist.
Officers' Motor Cars Are Used
to Convey Applicants to
Downtown Station.
National Guard opened
with a vim Tuesday morning in tem
porary headquarters in the First Na
tional bank building, Sixteenth and
Farnam streets.
Up till noon a total of thirty-one
new guardsmen had been formally ex
amined and accepted for enlistment.
out of a larger numl r who pplicd
Lieutenant Colonel Elsasser and Ma
jor J odd declared the recruits had
only begun to come in. They said
they expected to r;ctire the desired
total for the Omaha battalie-n very
rapidly, as soon as all youn;. Oma
hans were informed of the oppor
tunity now afforded to cnlisi in the
Rich and Pcrc Are Equals.
Young and old. rich and poor,
workers and idle alike, were among
tne applicants lor guard enlistment.
Bugle calls, sou. dcd frequently in the
busiest street intersection f the city,
as well as nag and gun decorations
of the new recruiting hcadmiartcrs
and the appearance of many soldierly
and uniformed officers and guards
men gave the headquarters a warlike
appearance and attracted many pros
pective recruits, as weil as curious
attention from passershy.
llclorc the ofhec had been open
long the recruiting sergeants were
busy talking with applicants and
signing up volunteers. Autos owned
ly Captain C. W. Hamilton, jr., Cap
tain i. L. hershener and other olh-
cers were kept busy bringing in ap
plicants, whom the guardsmen had
secured in all parts of the city.
Thrills Act as Stimulus.
Increased rumors that the local
guard might soon be called upon for
duty outside of Omaha, and even be
yond the itate borders, gave a great
Stimulus to the recruiting.
"Orders prevent its from disclosing
any such plans or probabilities," ex
plained Major Todd, "but we would
not be surprised to get orders to en
train or march soon for active duty
elsewhere. The fellows w ho now get
into the guard will be on the ground
floor for service, in case of need."
Rev. T. I. Mackav. rector of All
Saints' church and a vcterai. nf the
civil war, applied at the guard head
quarters and ottered his services in
any possible way he could b used.
He said he had just heard from one
of his sons, who talked of joining a
military organization.
James Love, U, 01 Woodbine,
la., was another of the older men who
applied to help in any possible way.
He is visiting relatives here at 117
North Twenty-ninth street.
A. I. r. Hertschy of the Bertschy
Garage company volunteered to help
the guard officers and donated a $-'0
check to their incidental expense fund
by way of showing his patriotic spirit.
Ralph L. Madsen of Creighton, Ne
braska's tallest citizen, ducked
through the door with his seven feet
wo inches ot height and applied to
enlist, but was turned down on ac
count of physical and eyesight re
quirements. McGowan First "Rook."
Louis McGowan, 22, a flag and
bunting decorator, who lives at the
Flomar hotel and has done Ak-Sar-Ben
decorating work, was the first re
cruit enlisted Tuesday morning. The
second was Anthony Burns, J5, a res
taurant cook, who lives at Eighteenth
street and St. Mary's avenue. Both
said they wanted excitement and pa-
notic activity and simply could not
resist the nation s appeal to loyal
Americans. They entered Com
pany A.
Dan Pugh, fornierlv mess sergeant
of Company B, who recently finished
a guard enlistment period, volunteered
for re-enlistment when he heard that
his old guard regiment had been called
back into federal service. He secured
a uniform at once and began hustling
for other recruits.
Lieutenant E. L. Wilbur of Com
pany A went to Lincoln with twenty
picked guardsmen from various com
panies of the Omaha battalion in re
sponse to orders from Colonel W. E.
Bachr, now in Lincoln, to organize
and equip his regiment for active
diilj-. The detachment will help him
there for a few days.
Company B of the Fourth Ne
braska National Guard Monday even
ing elected Tupper Wyman firt lieu
tenant to fill a vacancy. Attorney
James Connelly was elected second
lieutenant. Both elections were unani
Berlin Filled With
Rumors Kaiser Has
Offered Russ Peace
London, March 27. A dispatch to
the Exchange Telegraph from Am
sterdam says;
"According to a Berlin telegram
received by the Amsterdam Bourse,
Berlin is filM with rumois that Ger
many has offered separate peace In
Russia. The tennn utfered an said
to be complete autonomy to Poland,
the internationalization ot Constant i
rnplr, the evacuation In Russia of
Austrian trrritory ami a Russian pro
tectorate over Armenia."
Flags! Flags!!" Flags!!!
Our Country's Flags
Specially designed in two colors and printed on heavy
enamel paper to be cut out and pasted on the window pane.
Size 17x24 inches.
Get them at The Bee office.
Two flags for this Coupon and 5 cents by mail 2 cents
Put One in Every Window.
This Move Adds Nearly Twenty
Thousand Men Available for
Federal Service.
WashiiiKton, March 27. Nearly
20.1 KH) men were added today to the
National Guard force available for
federal police duty by a War depart
ment order suspending the muster out
of all Guard organizations still in the
federal service. With t lie men called
out during the last few days, this
gives the government upward of 50.
000 guardsmen for employment in
their home states to protect industries
and other properly.
Most of the men affected by today's
order are at their home mobilization
camps preparing to return to civilian
life after long stays on the Mexican
border. They now will be held at
their camps or armories for assign
.me nt -as conditions require.
The Full List.
In all. 22,000 men are retained by
the order, but several of the units al
ready had been designated for federal
service. The full list follows:
ArUona Ktmt Infantry,, -.i . .
Nnw II x !( Fir t titfuutrSvNej AV
Alftbma -CtrPi. Mfonl mid 1-oUrth tit -faDlry,
lflrt rRlnient rivalry, one com puny
8!iih1. mrpa, outs field lioepltut, one ainbu
laiii company.
C lormJo On flold lioiplta). ftna Hifiiiil
eorpp. Hire tropw cavalry,
ttonrgla Flrt(. Sprnnd amt Fifth Infantry,
fli-ijnnrt Moumlron and Truop A cavulry, on
field lioKptlal.
Kentiirky First mid Tlilril ttifimlry. Oom
pany ii signal corpn, ambulance company
No. l.
MlfulHHtnpl Flrt Infuntry,
Ohio Firfet titittalkm ftifnnl corpn. Firm.
Seroni anil Third fk'lil lnwpllM. Flmt ami
SiM'oniJ amlmlanre rnrnpanlfH, Firm tiBlialiori
field artillery. First battalion and Company
a engineer.
North Carolina Srrtmtt and Third In-
fan try, Troops A and il cavalry. Companies ;
A and n cinKint)H.
Virginia First battalion field artillery.
Battery C, Company A miRlneeni. Company
A flKnal corps, Flrnt squudron cavalry.
West Virginia First tnfnntry.
To x a s Su rnn d and Tl 1 1 rd I n f a ti 1 r y and
part of Fourth Infantry, Flmt so uh Or on cav
alry, .Mattery A, one field hospital.
Army Vouchers Acceptable.
Another announcement made today ,
was that the federal Reserve hoard
had ordered army vouchers accepted i
by federal reserve banks as negotiable ;
paper. T he action was taken to meet
the emergency presented by the fail
ure of the laat congress to pass the
army appropriation hill and , the defi
ciency bills to cover border mobiliza
tion expenses.
Probably the total amount of busi
ness the War department must do on
credit will pass $50,000,000 before ap
propriations become available. This
burden was found too heavy for con
tractors to carry unaided.
Hospital Ship Sunk j
Without Warning; !
Thirty-One Drowned
London. March 27. The British
hospital ship Asturias was torpedoed
without warning, it was officially an
nounced today. Thirty-one persons
were killed and twelve are missing.
The admiralty statement reads:
"A British destroyer recently
struck a mine in the channel and
sunk. Four officers and seventeen
men were .,avcd. i
"Another of these vessels sar.k tto-1
day after a collision with a steamer.
One man was lost, There were no:
other casualties. i
The German admiralty yctcrday !
announced the sinking of the As-
tunas. It was a vessrl of 12,000 tons.
An attempt was made to sin1; il in
February, 1915.
Land Bank Officers Will Be
Guests of Omaha Rotary Club
Officers and directors of the Fed-!
era! Land bank of Omaha will be !
guests of the Kotary club at the week j
iy meeting and luuclleou at the Motel i
Konienelle- this noon. Those who will '
tell the Rotarians about Omaha's '
newest big financial institutions are
I). P. Hogan, president; M. 1., Corey,
registrar, and Joseph M. Carey, vice '
Will M. Cressy, appearing at the 1
Orphetim this week, will aUo be a i
guest. He is an honorary member of j
the Memphis (Tenn.) Rotary club. 1
W. R. Adair will act us chairman '
of the meefiiig. !
Two British Torpedo Boat
Destroyers Reported Sunk j
I.onrlou, March 7. Two nritish
t'trpt'Ho ln4m (Irstruyers liuvc been
mi::' , unc hy striking a miiu. ami mih
.u'lcr a colli.siui! with a Meanicr, it
I'flicially i'.mioum-cd ttmiy'it.
Paris War Office Reports
Gains at Three Points in
Northwestern France.
London, March 27. The British in
thoir advance toward Catnbiai have
occupied the villages of Longcvesnes,
Licramont and Equancourt, according
lo the official report tonight.
Taris, March 27. All of the lower
forest of Coney has fallen into the
hands of the French together with
the villages of Petit Marisis, Vcruveil
and Coiicy-La-Yille, accorJI.ig to the
official statement issued tonifc, This
important territory lies soutl. of I.a
rcre and west ot Laon. J he rrench
advance now has reached the western
outskirts of the forest of St. Gobain
and the tipper forest of toucy.
Berlin, March 27. (By Wirclens
to Sayville.) The occupation by
entente troona of the French town
of Hoisct. after repealed efforts, is
announced by the war olhce. In the
torest between the Uise and Luuchy-Le-Chateau
German troops gave way
to avoid being outflanked.
Paris, March 27. The village of
Loucy-Lc-Lhaleau was captured by
the rrench in an attack last night, the
war office announces. Further pro
gress was made in the lower section
of Coucy forest, all of the northern
part of which is now held by the
French. '
The statement follows: .
".South of the Oise we occupied all
of the northern part of the lower for
est of Coucy, the enemy was driven
beyond the Llarisis-Servais line. South
of Forest our troops in a night at
tack captured the village or Loucy-I.e-Chateau,
which was defended
Worth of Soissons we captured
a farm northwest of Nfargival and a
point ot support held m strength by
the enemy.
In Hie Argonne we made a suc
cessful surprise attack in the sector
of Four Ue Paris, taking prisoners.
in Lorraine enemy attacks on small
posts in the region of Letricourt were
Russians Flee Before Gas.
Pclrograd, March 27. (Via Lon
don.) Attacks by German troops on
the Russian line along the Shara, in
the Baranovichi region, southeast of
Vilna. were at first unsuccessful, the
war ofiice announced today. A dis
charge of gas accompanying the sec
ond attack, however, compelled the
Russians to fall back. The statement
"Jn the region of Postava, south of
Haranovichi, German artillery dis
played greater activity. In the region
of Darevotahuzy the enemy attacked
our troops on the western bank of
the Shara river. The first attack was
repulsed, but a second, accompanied
by a discharge of asphyxiating gases,
obliged our troops to fall back in an
easterly direction.
"Enemy airplanes set fire to two of
our captive balloons. Two enemy air
planes were hit by our he and fell
into our lines. The aviators were
made prisoners.
"Caucasus front: There were recip
rocal firing and scouting reconnais
sances." National Colors
To Wave on Each
School in Oinaka
Flags arc to be floated from all pub
lic schools of Greater Omaha during
daylight hours until further notice.
Circulars lo that effect have seen sent
lo the principals by the superintend
ent. Former instructions were to fly
flags only on days as specified in the
school handbook. Many boys and
girls of the schools arc wearing tiny
flags on their coats and dresses.
Garfield Circle No. II, Ladies of
the Grand Army of the Republic, will
raise a flag on a fifty-foot pole which
will be placed in JeHersOn square by
the city park department.
The park department also will place
a fifty-foot pule at Twentieth and
Grand avenue. An eighty-foot pole
living placed in F.luiwund park will
have a large Hag furnished by West
Leavenworth Improvement club.
Omaha has taken on a real patriotic
air and flags are in evidence eveiv
vvhere. Many private residences have
tl.-ur.i filiating to the I'reei-c aiMl nearlv
every office buildiniv ii decorated
: :orc or lei"i .
Senator Hitchcock Has Lone
Conference With President
Prior to Meeting of
the Cabinet.
Republicans Consider Provi
sional Organization for
Handling War Measures,
Washington, March 27. President
Wilson was represented today as
still having an open inind on exactly
what steps he will recommend to
congress when it meets in special ses
sion next week, although the pre
ponderance of official opinion is that
he should ask for a declaration that
a state of war exists between the
United States and Germany.
Prior to a cabinet meeting at which
details of - preparedness measures
were discussed, Senator Hitchcock,
member of the senate foreign rela
tions committee, discussed the situa
tion with the president. Afterward
he outlined the following three
courses which he believed open to
Passage of a resolution endorsing
steps already taken by the president
to place the United States in a state
of armed neutrality and authorizing
further preparedness moves;
Adoption of a resolution declaring
that a state of w ar exists between the
United States and Germany; and .
Adoption of a declaration of war
against Germany.
Sentiment of the West.
Senator Hitchcock said there was
undoubtedly sentiment in the west for
taking the first of the three instead
of declaring war or declaring that a
state of war exists.
Other advisers of the president,
taking the view that the best step
to take is a declaration that a state
of war exists, are examining prece
dents in order to map out the best
course to pursue. The general ex
pectation is that in the end the reso
lution adopted when the United States
went to war with Mexico will be fol
lowed closely in the present situation.
That resolution recited repeated acta
of aggression on the part of, Mexico
against the United Spates. ' ,
Will Bee Other Leaden.
The president is npt expected to
put bis message to congress into final
shape until just before delivering it.
In the meat. time he wilt confer with
congressional leaders.
Senator Hitchcock made it clear
that he went to the White House on
his own initiative and said that he
knew nothing yet of the plans of
Chairman Stone of the foreign rela
tions committee for action in ad
vance of the meeting of congress.
Organization of House.
Representative Madden, chairman
of a republican committee created in
tne last congress to consider nd
recommend tarty policies in the new
house, telegraphed today that he will
not reach Washington before Satur-
day. Progressive republicans want
an earlier conference and a movement
was started for a meeting before Sat
urday, notwithstanding Chairman
Madden's absence.
It will consider a proposal for a
provisional house organization for
consideration of war measures and
appropriation bills and the question
of pushing the fight for republican
control afterwards.
Men for Marine Corps.
The United States marine corps
needs more than 4,000 men to fill n
its ranks to a war strength of 17,400.
Explaining that the present author
ized maximum strength of the ma
rine corps was 14,981 men, Secretary
Daniels said that more than 25,000
additional men would have to be re
cruited to give the navy the 87,000
bluejackets and the marine corps the
increases sought.
Every step that is possible to in
crease the navy personnel has now
been taken except tire calling out of
the naval militia. This arm of the
service will be needed, it is said, to
assist in manning new vessels.
Secretary Baker "Enlists."
Newton D. Baker, "present occupa
tion, secretary of war," formally en
rolled himself today as an alumnus
of Johns Hopkins university, who is
ready to place bis personal services
at the disposal of the government in .
any capacity in which they might be
The enrollment blank, sent out by
all colleges in an effort to list trained
men available for duty as a measure
nf national preparedness, reached Mr.
Baker's desk in a routine way and
was promptly filled out, signed and
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