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"HOT AIR" IN SENATE
MAY CAUSE MORTALITY
Washington, Feb. 24. Appealing
today for steps to purify the atmos
phere in the senate chamber, Sen
ator Owen of Oklahoma said he be
lieved the poor ventilating system
lead contributed greatly to the mor
tality among members of the senate.
He pointed out that in 11 years
'6 members had died during office
while 23 others had died after re
tiring, and declared his belief that
their health had been impaired, by
impure air in the senate.
"I think the senate is suffering
more from hot air," said Senator
Thomas of Colorado, as Senator
.MUST MARRY IN 90 DAYS
TO GET BG FORTUNE.
South Bridge, Ma's., Feb. 21
James Baney of Kansas City, Mo.,
must marry within W days to get
the $9U,IXK) his aunt provides in her
will, otherwise he gets half the
amount. The aunt watTTdi'ss Jenny
Baney of St. Louis, who died a
.short time ago. lianey, who has
been at Tort Arthur, Tex., since
the war, serving as a ship's painter,
says he has the girl picked. He is
keeping her name a secret. Baney
has received $500 from his attorney
with the request that he come to
St. Louis regarding settlement of
FRENCH LAWMAKES HARD
WORK FOR DAN CUPID,
'v. Camp Dix., N. J., Feb. 24.
1'rench laws presented a barrier to
the marriage of at least 50,000
American soldiers and French girls,
according to estimates of overseas
officers returning here, who claim
that at leaSt that number of in
ternational romances were either
permanently blasted or uncertainly
postponed because the Yanks could
not produce official birth certifi
cates. "In a few cases the boys managed
to get the folks at home to scratch
and find their birth records and
have officially attested copies
mailed," said an officer.
"The home folks, however, ap
parently opposed entangling matri
monial alliances, even with a fair
ally, and the lovers have had to
wait until the soldier can come
home, get his birth credentials and
go back to France for his bride or
send for her to join hifn here," he
concluded. " ,
OF GOVJS DEAD
Succumbs to Relapse After
Recovery From Attack of
Influenza at Her Home,
- Near Clay Center. ,.
I'lav Center, Neb., Feb. 24. (Spe
cial telegram to The Bee.) Mrs.
S. R. McKelvie, sr., mother of Gov
ernor S. R. McKelvie, died at' 8:15
o'clock Monday morning at her
home near Clay Center Neb. Death
was caused by a relapse of an attack
of influenza which she suffered in
January. She had been seriously
ill during the past week from a sec
ond attack. Governor and Mrs.
MsKelvie were at her bedside, be
sides the husband. Four sons sur
vive their mother. They are: S. R.
McKelvie, governor; H. C. McKel-vie.-Lincoln;
H. L. and Othello Mc
Kelvie, living at Clay Center. , A
daughter died one year ago.
General Harries Made
Member of Food Council
Washington. D. C. Feb. 24.
(Special Telegram "to Bee.) Oliver
O. Kuhn, in a wireless message
from Paris to the Evening Star of
this city, , says; There is one man in
Kurope who is consistently and ef
fectively calling the German bluff,
ind he is General George H.
Marries, formerly of Washington,
late of Omaha, declared a inrmbcr
of the inter-allied food council,
which is feeding the Poles.
"Germans on the Danzig have
consistently endeavored to impede
allied assistance to the Poles, but
through General Harries' work the
allies now are going forward in 'an
"Harries has been a match for the
Germans' trickery and when they
have resisted relief measures he has
s invariably brushed them aside, re
plying: 'It will be done, and it has
ocen done " "
Woman's Club Orders First
Called Meeting in Years
To consider the pending state cen
sorship of the moving pictures bill,
'he Omaha Woman's club wjll hold
i special meeting today at 1:30 p. m.
in the Y. W. C. A. Fifteen mem
bers demanded a called meeting, ac
cording to the constitution. This is
the first call for a special meeting
in several -years.
.r An amendment to the proposed
censorship bill will be offered at this
lime, it is said.
Mrs. W. S. Knight, chairman of
the educational committee of the
club which investigated the motion
picture censorship bill, will report.
Recommendations on other pend
ing, bills will probably be made.
Editor Found Guilty of
Sedition Is Fined $5,000
Helena, Feb. 24. W. F. Dunn.
ditor of the Butte Bulletin, charg
ed with the violation of state anti
sedition lays, was found guilty late
tonight by a- jury in the district
murt which fixed punishment at
$5,000 fine. The state alleged that
Dunn, in an editorial published in
. the Bulletin last August attacked the
slate council of defense.
Prince's Death Denied.
Washington, Feb. 24. The japan
cse embassy received an official dis
patch from .Tokio today denying re-
t't'iitlv pumisnen reports oi ine ucain
..; thV hmm,. Fi. l'.I Msr-hal Prin.-
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VOL. 48 NO. 216.
Former .President With No
table Men of Nation Pass
Through City; Score'
Opponents of Pact.
William Howard Taft, ex
president of the United
States; Henry Morgenthau,
ex-United States ambassador
to Turkey; Dr. Henry Van
Dyke, man of letters and ex
ambassador to Holland; Dr.
A. Lawrence Lowell, presi
dent of Harvard University,
were in Omaha for nearly an
hour last night.
They were en route from
Salt Lake City to St. Louis
where, today, the seventh in
a series of eight national con
gresses for a league of na
The distinguished gentlemen
named with numerous, others and
with officers of the League to En
fore Peace and secretaries and
stenographers to the total number
of 26 have been on the road in two
special cars since February 7, when
the series of congresses' opened in
"We are carrying the appeal for
the league of nations direct to the
people to get them to see to it that
the senate supports President Wil
son in bringing about this great
league of nations," said Mr. Taft.
Crisis In Europe.
"There is a great crisis on the
other side of the ocean. People
don't realize it here. But, unless
the. league f-nttems-'wHewiHcJ.
there may be a reaction there.
These recalcitrant senators. Poin
dexter. Borah, and Reed, who are
attacking the league, assume no
responsibility for the result of
"If Europe breaks up it will be
because of the operation of such
obstruction as these men are plac
ing in the president's path."
Mr. Taft was asked regarding a
popular idea with the "man on the
street," namely that "F.ngland will
have more votes and more power in
the league of nations than this coun
try. "How absurd !" he exclaimed,
"this wild idea that somewhere,
some time some sort of a vote is
taken. Will you take it down if I
dictate just what is the metliod of
Covenant Fob Arbitration.
The reporters answered unan
imously in the affirmative and Mr.
Taft dictated as follows:
"The nub of the covenant of the
league of nations so far as it has to
do with peace or war is this:
"First It is a covenant bv all the
nations to submit their differences
to-arbitration by an agreed court or
to the mediation and attempted setr
tlement of the executive council.
"Second The covenant will pro
vide that n nation shall begin war
against another nation until three
months after a report shall have
been made by the executive council
which has been mediating; and not
even then if the nation against
which it had a grievance complies
with the award of the executive
"Third Any naiion that "begins
war before this; violates its cove
nant, and that is an act ' -of war
against every member of the league.
"When such a contingency occurs
all the other nations boycott the
outlaw nation. Congress in our
country and similar bodies in other
countries must make the necessary
embargo order.. This embargo cuts
off the outlaw nation from trade
with the rest of the world. It ren
ders the nation helpless.
"This theory that a vote must be
taken and that England will have
more power than this country has
no other excuse except ignorance."
Van Dyke Carries Message.
The train bearing the distinguish
ed party arrived at 5 o'clock from the
"est. Henry Aiorgentnau, iormer
United States ambassador to Tur
key, was first off the car.
"Where is Victor Rosewater?
Didn't he come down;" was his first
question. Being told that Mr. Rose
water had not arrived, he called Sec
retary Short of the League to En
force Peace and sent him into the
station to telephone. Within 10
minutes Mr. .Rosewater, who evi
dently was en route when called for.
arrived at the train where he
greeted Mr. Morgenthau, Mr. Taft,
Dr. Van, Dyke and others of his
Dr. Henry Van Dyke, a small
"a-i with grav hair and a white
mustache, talked to the reporters
before Mr. Taft gave his interview.
"We don't expect that the league
of nations will bring the millennium
at once," he said, "but we do know
that it will make w.ir more difficult
and more danererous. I had the
honor of bringing -the first idea of
j (ContHuril on I'mse Two, Column Four.)
USE OF THE BEE'S
laMntf-eliM lustier Ma 2.
0. uidtr act at March
Henry Van Dyke Describes
How He Brought League of
Nations Message to America
Former American Ambassador to Holland Relates
Manner In Which He Transmitted England's Mes
sage to United States In Early Days of War When
Germany Was Pressing Ruthlessly Through France.
1 By HENRY VAN DYKE.
' It was my privilege to bring the first message from
Great Britain to America in regard to the establishment of
a League of Nations to defend peace. ' It was in November,
1914, Germany at that time after her reverse in the first bat
tle of the JVIarne was pushing forward with apparently un
broken strength and manifestly ruthless cruelty in vher
barbarous, plan to exterminate Belgium, crush France, and
dominate'the world with the sword. The United States not
being fully -awake to the real situation in the issues at stake,
not realizing that she herself was attacked when freedom
was assaulted, was still neutral.
Sir Edward Grey, at that time the I vention against repetition of any
British foreign minister, sent by me sucl crime in the future.
to a gentleman living in a white cot- ' Tj,e.first of tl"esre objects. 1,as a1'
ready been won. Germany has sur-
tage in Washington, D. C, a per- rendered and Germany must oav
sonal, unofficial message, the sub
stance of which was as follows:
"Great Britain will welcome' the
United 'States, though neutral, at
the peace conference provided it
can be sure of two things. First,
that the UnitenVStates will stand for
restitution and reparation by Ger
many, especially that it must make
good all the harm that it has done
in Belgium and northern France and
give all that it has stolen in -property
and in land.
"Second, that the - United States
will favor, support and f enter a
league of free nations pledged to use
all their powers and forces against
any nation which in future makes
war without submitting its cause to
an impartial, international tribunal
for investigation, conciliation and if
In other words all' that Great
Britain asked of us was to stand
for the punishment of the criminal
who forced this war on the world
and for effective measures of pre-
MUST FIGHT THE
POLES TO LAST,
ftUSSian BOISneVIKI Minister
Of War Gathers Army Of
600,000 Men; Has Ammu
nition for Six Months.
Warsaw, Feb. 24. (By the Asso
ciated PAss.) "We must fight the
treacherous Poles to the last sol
dier." This is the dictum of Leon
Trotzky, Russian bolshevik minister
of war, sent from the Perm, the
front, to the Smolensk-Minsk head
quarters, whence the troofis have
been ordeffd to advance on Baran
ovichi. Trotzky is anxious to give
the Poles what he terms a "lesson"
as he especially hates Paderewski.
It is just revealed that prior to
Paderewski's becoming premier the
members of the Polish legation in
Moscow were arrested and some
shot. When the Warsaw govern
ment protested, tbe Moscow gov
"We are surprised. We thought
we were doing you a favor by lock
ing up your bourgoise representa
tives.". Trotikv 1ms assumed an exalted
military atntude, assembling about
him commissaries whom he treats
as marshals. He holds frequent re
views, sometimes riding on horse
back wearing a high sheepskin cap
and calling out to the men: "Good
morrow., my little soldiers,", where
upon they reply "Good morrow com
rade." These close relations, how-,
ever, did not prevent one of his com
rades from stealing Trotzky's sable
overcoat recently during a halt,
when the war minister was enjoying
his usual sumptuous meal.
Trotzky, who has of late assumed
more power than ever, had a fierce
quarrel with Nikolai Lenine, bolshe
vik premier, regarding the propos
ed Trinces Islands conference. He
strongly opposed this conference,
but Lenine prevailed. Lenine de
sires to preserve bolshevism at any
cost, and also to keep in as far as
possible with the allies, in the be
lief that bolshevism will sweep the
Sverdloff of the central executive
committee of the council of work
men's and soldiers' delegates has
been playing meditator between
Trotzky and Lenine and has been
engaged at Vilna, Minsk and other
points in urging the bolshevik of
ficers to cease their crimes and keep
a semblance of order as reports of
murder and pilage are reaching the
Meanwhile Trotzky is continuing
to build up an armv, which is now
estimated at 600,000 men. He is
suposed to have ammunition for six
months. Trotzky manages to keep
the cloth factories working for uni
forms, although handicapped by
lack of coal and much wood is be
ing used. Another handicap is
transportation difficulties. There
are only two trains a week to Bar
anovichi with a first class coach for
soviet delegates and third class or
freight errs for the others
the damages to the limit of its abi
ity. On that we stand firm with
The second o!je,t has yet to be
achieved, and it is In order that the
people of America ma-,- understand
how necessary it is for their own
welfare as well as for the future
happiness of the world in order
that no disaster at home may be
fall the wise plans which President
Wilson is successfully pushing for
ward abroad in order that the
greatest of all forces, public opion
ion. may be not manufactured, but
enlightened, in regard to the mean
ing and indispensable necessity of
the proposed union of the major
moral forces of the world to pro
tect mankind if possible against the
horrors of war that these nation
wide congresses of ""the league to
enforce peace are being held, and
that men of all political parties and
of all occupations and professions
have volunteered to serve without
pay in this good cause.
Cold Wave Arrives
As Predicted by the
Cold we.athearter the prolonged
warm weather arrived last night as
efUAlA K tit i-9t1iff fnrcacrr
At 8 o'clock the thermometer reg
Jeered 19 degrees and it promised
to go slightly lower during the night.
The prediction for today is con
Ice men had been worrying for
fear their season's crop would not
))t harvested. (They were not laying
many wagers that the present cold
spell would be of much service to
Shall Omaha Women Wag:e
Another State Campaign
For Suffrage? Oh My, No!
Mrs. H.. Sumney Will Tell State Board That Fair Sex
Hopes For Federal Rights Club Denounces Capital
Punishment Bill One Woman Declares Home Now
Only Place to Eat and Sleep. .
Omaha clubwomen will not go into another state suf
fx'age campaign not if they can4ielp it! They're satisfied
with the partial suffrage they have, now for the present
and they are confident that theederal suffrage amendment
will pass some time soon. They're willing to wait for it,
This was the gist of the message the political and social
science department of the Omaha Woman's club Monday
afternoon entrusted to Mrs. H. S. Sumney to carry to the state
board meeting in Lincoln Thursday.
But tliey had a difficult time
framing their sentiments in appro-!
priate language phraseology which !
couldn't be attacked by the antis,
"I worked in one state campaign
and that's enough for me," said
Mrs. D. G. Craighead.
"We're satisfied with what we
have." said Dr. Jennie Callfas.
"We're not satisfied, but we think
it is unnecessary to go into a state
campaign," corrected Mrs. J. H.
"Let's say we are opposed to a
state campaign," suggested Mrs. J.'
W. tilll. . ;
"Ladies, ladies, do you realize
what this will sound like? Can't you
see the antis will use this against
you in the future?" Mrs. Benjamin
S. Barker warned.
So, very carefny, the women
drafted this resolution: "Feclinq
sure the federal suffrage amend
ment will pass, we deem it unneces
sary at this time to- favor a state
Mrs. Sumney will carry the fore
going message to Lincoln.
Capital Punishment Discussed. ,
.The department also debated the
pending bill for the abolishment of
capital punishment in Nebraska.
Mrs. Craighead characterized the
punishment as a relic of barbarous
days to which we still cling. "Capi-
'ontlniil on Fge Two, Column germ.)
AND ANSWER COLUMN SEE EDITORIAL PAGE.
FEBRUARY 25, 1919.t
Housekeeper of Priest Ar
rested for Killing Sister
Mary Johns, Who Disap
peared 1 1 Years Ago.
Manistee, Mich., Feb. 24. Mrs.
Stanislaws Lypchinski was arrested
here tonight charged with the mur
der of Sister Mary Johns, who
mysteriously disappeared from the
convent at Isadore, Mich., II years
ago, and whose body, it recently
became known, was exhumed last
summer from a grave in the base
mentjof the church. At the time of
the disappearance of the nun, Mrs.
Lypchinski was the housekeeper of
Father Andrew Bienowske then in
charge of ihe parish.
Both denied any knowledge of the
manner in which the nun met her
death. Mrs. Lypchinski, was placed
in jail but Father Bienowske was
allowed to remain in the parish
Goes for Walk)
Mrs. Lypchinski told the oit'icers
Sister Mary left the convent for a
walk one (jay, and until the discov
ery of the body her whereabouts
had keen unknown to her. When
presented with ' the charge Mrs.
Lypchinski was overcome with grief
and was placed in the care of physi
cians. The body, officials say, has not
as yet been positively identified, bnt
a box dug up from the church base
ment containing the habiliments of
a nun is the basis for their belief
that the remains are those of Sister
Arrests Never Made.
.L,the-.'me. of her disappearance
on August 22,t1907. "a countrywide
search was made and rumors impli
cated several persons of this neigh
borhood but no arrests were ever
made. The inquiry was again taken
up when a workman recently made
affidavit that he had exhumed a
body from beneath the church and j
helped re inter it in a cemetery after :
receiving instructions to do so in 1
an anonymous letter. j
bister Mary Johns was a member
of the Polish Franciscan sisters, the
mother house of which is in Detroit.
She was born in Chicago. left an
orphan at the age of 9, went to De
troit when 18, and joined the order
a year later. She went to Isadore
as a teaching sister in 1907.
REFUSAL OF APOLOGY
FROM LOCAL CLERGY
MAN TAMES OMAHA
Deadlocked the Omaha Wo
man's club political and social
science department and "the Rev.
Robeijt F. Leavens, pastor of,
the Unitarian church, will drop
the matter of the apology asked
for from the clergyman by the
club women and not received.
' "Dr. Leavens called at my
home one afternoon and we dis
cussed the matter at great
length.' Neither one of us would
change our position," Mrs. H. J.
Bailey, leader, reported at the
meeting Monday afternoon.
On request i Mrs. Bailey, be
cause ' newspapers were repre
sented, the reading of Dr.
Leavens', reply by letter was
"Any member of the depart
ment who wishes' to read the let
ter may obtain it from me for
reading," Mrs. Bailey said.
"This matter has been given
too much publicity," she said.
The Woman's club demanded
an apology from the minister on
the score of his pathetic rebuke
because the department refused
to perniit Wilma B. Rice 'of the
City Detention Home to address
vv o y a WP
OF A NUN
Dally an Sga.. SS.50: ouUldt Ntb. aoitaM '
By Mall (I iraar). Daily. M.SO. Sunday. K.5U;
RESIDENT WILL FIGHT AT
HOME AS ABROAD FOR LEAGU
Any Report on
Settlement of War Affects Every Nation of World, Pros
j i. m-ii n j . r-x-tt t.. c.i' i-
meni xens trowa at rosion; nas i5een oearcning
For Facts Which Europe
Mechanics Hall. Boston, Feb. 24. President Wilson ar
rived at Mechanics hall at 2:30 o'clock. He entered at the
West Newton street entrance, which led to the stage. As
his party reached the outer door a battery in the railway
yards at the rear of the hall fired a presidential salute of 21
guns. Inside the hall the band struck up "Hail to the Chief."
The preliminaries were brief. John McCormack sang
the Star Spangled Banner and the president applauded.
Mayor Peters welcomed the guest in the name of the city
and Governor Coolidge extended the greetings of the commonwealth.
Governor Coolidge aroused ap
plause by references to the presi
dent's share in the work of the
As the governor concluded, the
band played the "Battle Hymn of
the Republic," the battle song of the
Twenty-sixth (New England) divis
ion, and the audience sang the chor
us. "Onward Christian Soldiers" fol
lowed. TUe hall was filled with the
song, the preiident joining in the
As Mr. Wilson rose to speak the
crowd cheered and shouted.
He smiled and bowed repeatedly.
- The president began by asking his
audience if they could understand he
was as glad to see them as they
were to see him and expressed
appreciation of his reception.
His reception iij Europe, he said,
he regarded as i welcome to "the
friends of liberty," coming across
the sea to see that a new world wa3
to be consecrated on the basis of
justice and right.
"The greatest thing I have to re
port to you," said he, h that this
great country of ours is trusted
throughout the world. I have not
come to report on the progress of
the peace conference. That would
"The men who are in conference
Wilson to Resume Duties
Immediately on Arrival
Attendance at Cabinet Meeting Expected to Be Only
Engagement of President on First Day at Home;
Large Number dn Waiting List Will Be Submitted.
Washington. Feb. 24. President
Wilson wil resume official routine
tomorrow immediately after his ar
rival in the capital and wilj spend
the entire day at his desk, accord
ing to present plans.
A cabinet meeting in ,jhc after
noon is expected to be almost the
only engagement of -the president
during his irst day at work since
his return to this country. . Numer
ous requests for engagements have
been received a the executive of
fices, but no appointments have been
made and the list of persons desirJ
ing to see him will be submfttcd to
Mr. Wilson for him to select those
whose business he deems of suf!i
cient importance to claim part of the
busy week available to him before
he sails again for Paris.
The president's most important
conference, that with members of
the senate and house foreign affairs
Nebraska Men Now in
France to Return in
June Is Latest Report
Coblcnz, Feb. 24. (By the Asso
ciated Press.) The approximate
dates of the departure for home of
two national guard and two national
army divisions, comprising half the
American army of occupation, were
announced today at Third army
I The Thirty-second division and
i the Eighty-ninth and Ninetieth di
j vision will leave about April 15 and
j the F.nghty-ninth and Ninetieth di
i visions of the national army during
According to the plan the places
of the departing divisions will be
taken by thrfe regular army divi
sions. The force of occupation will
then consist of the First, Second,
Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth and
Seventh divisions of regulars.
Details for the departure of the
men by way of the Rhine and
Holland are being worked out.
! The Thirtysecond division is
J-rnade up of men from Michigan and
j Wisconsin. The Forty-second com
! prises National Guardsmen from all
i sections in the union. The Eighty
! ninth division - was recruited in
Kansas, Missouri, South Dakota,
Nebraska, Colorado, New Mexico
and Arizona, and the Ninetieth di
vision in Texas and Oklahoma
nnn n rr (eVn nn
Uu 0 -wwJl.
Believe In Us.
in Paris realize they are not mas
ters of their people, but servants of
their people and that no' man will
dare go home from that conference
and report anything less than is ex
pected." Speaking of the slow progress of
the conference, the president re
minded his audience of the complex
ity of the problems affecting nearly
every country in the world.
"What we are doing," he said, "is
to hear tlie whole case from those
most interested. I have been struck
by the moderation of those repre
senting national claims.
"I have seen tears in the eyes of
men there pleading for a national
ambition, but they were not the tears
of anguish, they were the tears of
"There is no nation in Europe that
suspects the course of the United
States. Was there ever such a won
derful thing before?
"I would not have you under
stand that the men who represent
the other nations there are disin
terested. Quite the contrary.
"I wonder if you are half as glad
to see me as I am to see you. It
warms my heart to see a great body
of my fellow citizens again, because
in some respects during the recent
months I have been very lonely, in
deed, without your comradeship and
(Continued on Pace Four, Column One.)
committee for discussion of the con
stitution of the proposed league of
nations will be held Wednesday
The president and Mrs. . Wilson
will find the spring cleaning at
the White House finished. Every
part of tlie house that needed at
tention has received it at the honds
of a small army of workmen. They
return also to a city decorated in
gala fashion in preparation for tiie
parade of District of Columbia sol
diers TJiursday. The president will
review he parade from a stand in
tront ot the White House.
Late tonight the executive officers
had received no word of the signins
of the revenue bill or transaction ot
other business by the president since
landing from the George Washing
ton. , It was thought he might
sign the revenue bill on the train
Says Bolshevik Rule
Victory for Germans
Boston, Feb. 24. Ambassador
Francis, home from Russia for the
first time in two years, had several
conferences with President Wilson
while coming over on. the George
Washington and made several rec
ommendations for action on the part
of the allied and American govern
ments for meeting Whe bolshevik
menace. Mr. Francis probably will
disclose them, later before one of
the congressional committees.
"A reign of terrir instituted by the
bolsheviki, with the purpose of
maintaining themselves in power, is
preveiling in central and northern
Russia," said the ambassador. "The
outrages they have committed are
incredahle. I think it impossible to
restore peace to Europe with chaos
prevailing in Russia. In fact, with
Germany practically uninjured in
dustrially, I am persuaded that if a
peace is negotiated with bolshevik
rule continueing in Russia, Germany
in 20 years or a decade will be
stronger than she was at the beign
ning of the war. She is familiar with
the Russian character and for a
generation has been studying it to
influence it. If this turns out, Ger
many, instead ,of haviiiR been de
feated, will have gained a victory."
Fair Tuesday, colder in
east; Wednesday probably
fair, warmer in west.
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Throws Down Gauntlet in
Speech, Less Than Three
Hours After Landing on
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i Boston, Feb. 24. President
Wilson will fight at home as
- i,he has S0" abrT,ai fo? a
.1 league of nations. Returning
from France, he had been on
i American soil not more than
three hours today before he
threw down the gauntlet to
those who distrust the pro
posed concert of governments,
based, he said, on the Ameri-
1 1 1 1 ? t 1 1 At. .
can laeais wnicn naa won me
war for justice and humanity.
An America confining to
its territories its conception
and purpose to make men
free, he said, would have to
keep its honor "for those
narrow, selfish, provincial
purposes which seem too dear
to some minds that have no
sweep beyond their nearest
Pictures Old World.
Before a responsive audience that
filled the biggest auditorium ill the
city, the president pictured the old
world fighting with stubborn des
peration, and expecting in the end
nothing better for the peoples than
they had known for centuries. Hi:
pictured the American nation enter
ing the lists with a new purpose
the freedom of mankind. The oH
world had caught the vision, and
any treaty of peace drawn otherwise
than in the new spirit would , be
nothing more, he asserted, than a
"modem scrap of paper," and the
present peace, unless guaranteed by
by the united forces of the civilized
world, could not stand a generation.
uenanig over tne speaker s taD.c.
his face set in tense lines and hU
right hand clenched, the president
exclaimed. "Any man who thinks
that America will take part in giving
the world any such rebuff and disap
pointment as that does not know
America. I invite him tg test th?
sentiment of the nation."
Has Fighting Blood.
dent halted and then evoked the
greatest demonstration of the afte--noon
when he added' that he Would
accept no sweeter challenge than
the issue of the American purpose
in the war.
"I have fighting blood in me." ht
said with apparent feeling-, "and i;
is sometimes a delight to let it
have scope, but if it is a challenge,
on this occasion, it will be an in
dulgence. At another point in his address,
the pre'sTdent said that if the great
hope of the world for a league of
nations was di appointed he would
v.-ish "for my part never to have had
America play any part whatever in
this attempt to emancipate the
world. I have no more doubt cf
the verdict of America in this mat
ter' than, I have doubt of the blood
that is in me."
New England gave the president a
rousin? welcome home. This city,
probably never has seen a greater
crowd than gathered at every
point of vantage along the route
from Commonwealth pier, to whirh
the naval cutter Ossipee brought
his party from the steamer George
Washington, through the down town
districts and around two sides of
Boston common to the Copley Plaza
hotel, where a stop was made for
Guard of Honor.
At every turn, the president wa
cheered. Hat in hand, he stood in
his motor car throughout the two
niiles of the parade except in one
block between Washington and Tre
niont streets:, where,' because of the
narrow way, spectators were not
anowea to congregate.
The National ,army, the navy,
the state guard and the city police
in lines on either side of the ronte,
formed a guard of honor for the,
entire distance of the drive. So
effective were the arrangements that
not an unpleasant incident occurred.
Qpposite the state bouse, in
front of .which a group of f ounded
soldiers greeted the president, a
handful of snfiracjsts claiming to
represent th? National Woman's
party took their stand for a demon
stration which they had announced.
Before the parade reached them they
were told by the police to move fin.
Kef using-, they were arrested for
loitering and locked up. Later, at
the hotel, the president received a
committee from the Massachusettj
Woman Suffrage association, a non
militant organization, and asked its
(ContlniK-d on r Two, Column On.)
Total Deaths in the
U. S. Army Given
Officially as 107,444
Washington, Feb. 24. Deaths
during the war in the American ex
peditionary forces and amomr
troops in the United States from all
causes, the War department an
nounced today, numbered 107.444.
In the expeditionary forces the
total was 72.V51. Of these -,n.8-',
resulted from disease, 4H,7t8 from
injuries received in battle and i
from all other cause.
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