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CANADA TO HAVE NEW
.GOVERNOR GENERAL SOON.
- London; May 7 It is understood
that the Duke of (Devonshire will
shortly retire as govtrnor general
;.;, bf Canada and the Mail says the of
fice wilt be offered the Earl of
syiuiuuc, uiouirr oi uuccn wary.
SERVICE MEN EXEMPT
FROM PHYSICAL TEST. N
A &1. i i ii - c i r
Wilson in an executive orde,r cabled
from Parisv has directed the civil
service commission to exempt sol
dier. ' Bailors and marines from
physical requirements for any civil
service position upon - certification
by the'federal board of vocational
education that the applicant has
been specially trained and qualified
lor the position. , f.
PRINCE ALFONSO BADLY
INJURED WHILE SKIING.
Berne,;, May 7. Prince Alfonso of
Orleans was injured seriously yes
terday wlttfe skiing at Brunnen, near
, Lake Lucerne. He sapped down a
- snow bank 1,000 feet.'into a gravel
jit The prince was taken to a hos
pital at Zurich. v .v
' Prince Alfono, who is an- In
fanta of Spain', is 33 years old and
" a son of Pnnce Antoine of Bourbon-Orleans,
duke of Galliera.
SECRETARY LANSING" C
WILL VISIT ENGLAND. .
London, May 7. Secretary Lans
ing is coming to England io.i the
. next jveek-end. "He win be the
, guest of the American ambassador
' at London, John W. Davis.
AMERICAN ARMY -TO
, Washington, May 7. Prompt
withdrawal of the American army of
occupation from Germany has been
provided for in the Paris treaty in
the opinion of armyvdtficiatS? who
scanned the official summary of the
document today. "
In the drastic military and naval
terms imposed on Germany, coupled
with the pledge of President Wilson
and Premier Doyd George to ask
that congress and parliament guar
antee the protection of France
against assault, they read a definite
intention to turn the task of gar
' risonihg occupied Germany over to
France at an early" date. (
Military and naval experts de
clared tlyit under the terms of the
treaty Germany would cease to exist
v as even a potential military power
on land, sea or in the air.
The terms are taken here as indi
cative of what Austria Bulgaria and
Turkey may expect. 'As military
men see it there will be left in
central f Europe, where militarism
was reared, hardly sign that it
ever existed. t
III LOCAL COURT
Returns to Omaha With Judge
Sutton, After Attempted
Suicide; "Says: Wjferfr
, William Ai: Leetfiled suit late
yesterday in Douglas county dis
trict court asking a divorce from his
wife, Martha Ruddy N Leet. He
charges her with extreme cruelty
and asserts that ever- since their
marriage he has conducted sjiim
self as a faithful, kind and affec
"Billy" Leet, though he is only 24
years of age, has been 'divorced by
his first wife, is now being" sued in
San Francisco by his second ,wife,
has been sued in district court for
personal injuries by a victim of his
automobile, has been arrested, has
tried to commit suicide, and has
- done numerous other thingsi "that
"glided ybuths" do. -
His jmost recent claim to ront
page'" notoriety came Sunday, April
27, when he shot himself at his lux
urious apartment in San Francisco,
after telephoning to his wife, who
had left; him, that he intended to
commit' suicide. The police and
. his ! wife rushejj to the apartment
where ".Billy" was found with a
- slight wound in his arm and with
the picture of his wife-in his hand.
He exclaimed that unfortunattely
"hjs aim was bad andthe bullet did
-not strike a vital spot '
Call "Billy" Up.
' ' Tudee A. if. Sutton of Omaha, at
torney, for. the wealthy "Billy" and
his' mother. Mrs. F. M. Leet, 209
South . Thirty-third street, Omaha,
called up San Francisco and "Billy"
beseed him to come and try to
straighten out his troubles. Mrs.
F. M. Leet also asked him to go,
The fudge took the first train.
Yesterday morning he arrived
back in Omaha. But not alone.
. With him was "Billy,".arrying his
arm in a slintr hut otherwise the
same lively "Billy " wlio kept Om
aha interested in days gone by. Dur
ing the day the divorce petition
was drawn up and filed.
' An affidavit was also filed stating
, that Mrsy Martha Kuddy Leet is
resident hi San Francisco, and
summons was issued and sent to the
sheriff of San Francisco county to
be served on her.
' Small Hope.
. ' I still hope to bring about a rec
conciliation" said Judge Sutton yes
terday. "But at present there .seems
scant hop of it. It is very Hkely
that Mrs. Leet willjeorne to Omaha
- and make a defense against her hus
band's suit. ' J
"I called on hervin San Fraitcisco
and tried to persuade her to let the
past be past and make up with her
husband. But she vvouldnt even
. consider that course. ' " '
They seemed to- have v gotten
started in life very pleasantly in San
Francisco.' Mr. Leet has estah-
. lished an automobile business there
the Affordable Truck company, and
1 (Caattanw Pace Four, Coluan Two.)
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7 " ' N" - ?-
Chinese Cabinet Instructs
'Delegates to Refuse to
Sign Treaty Giving
Shantung to Japan.
Paris, May 7.(By the Asso
ciated Press.) Serious trouble has
broken out in China as a result of
the decision of the council of three
with regard to Shantung and
Kiao-Chau,, according to news re
ceived in authoritative t circles
IrT" riots" in Peking, the house of
Yu-Lin, . minister of communica
tions, who is friendly to Japan,
was burned. r
Peking, May 7. (By the Asso
ciated. Press.) The Chinese cabinet
at a meeting today decided to in
struct the Chinese delegates- in
Paris not to sign a peace treaty as
signing the German rights in Shan
tung to the Japanese.
Tokio Cautions Peking.
Toklo, May 7. (By the Associat
ed Prjss.) Japan has notified China
mar ine anu-japanese aguauon in
Peking at present is liable to causey
misunderstandings. The Japanese
government also has advised the
Chinese government that it would
be well to prohibit the "national
disgrace" meeting planned today in
Students in Demonstration.
Chinese students in Tokio, as a
protest against the session of the
German rights in Shantung to. Japan,
held a demonstration today in front
of the ' Chinese
were thrown throu
windows and several of the students
were hurt in encounters with the qq
lice. The s Chinese afterwards
marched to the various embassies
and legations, including the Ameri
can embassy, and presented a mani
. .i . .i j
testo declaring mar me decision oi
the peace conference was a "deadly
stroke to China."
The manifesto declared that Japan
desired to annex Shantung to satisfy
her ambition and that to give Japan
control of Shantung "cultivates Ja
pan's selfish militarism, thereby
threatening war in the Far East."
It added that Tsing-lao was China s
most strategic point and that Shan
tung was the birthplace of Con
fucius. The manifesto concluded
with the demand that the German
rights be returned to f.hina. .
Praises Training at
Fort Omaha School
By a Staff Correspondent
Washington, May 7. Capt. P. M.
McCullough of the signal corps, son
of Col T. W. McOillough of The
Bee ..reported to Washington today,
having arrived at Newport News
from FVance last Saturday in charge
of 0 colored casuals, who repre
sented 21 states of the union.1
Captain McCullough sailed from
Brest April 19, his last post being at
St. Aignan, France, where he, spent
two months. His foreign war ex
perience extended over a year, the
high.tidebemg at Chateau-1 hierfy
in June, 1918, where he said . the
American troops were at the apex of
their splendid service on -European
Captain McCullough received his
training' at the Fort Omaha balloon
school and gave the, work there
great praise for its efficiency, the ser
vice givinpa fine" account of itselt.
While at Newport News, he was
able to see his brother, Lt. R. S.
McCullough, who is stationed at
Lee Hall, Va. - "The best part of
going to war," said Captain .Mc
Cullough,"is coming home."
The captain left for Omaha Hf
night on a 10-days' leave. "
Victory Loan Subscriptions
Reach Total $2,458,663,000
Washington, May 7.The best re-
portsof the entire Victory; Liberty
loan-reached the treasury today.
Total subscriptions were 'raised to
$2,458,663,000, or 59 per cent of the
aggregate desired. The over-night
increase was $398,000,000, of which
$237,000,000 came from the New
Alsace - Lorr -
New York, ?ay 7. The treaty of peace submitted to
the German delegates at Versailles today by the repre
sentatives of the associated powers reduces-'Germany to
militaryf impotence, deprives it of -its colonies, restores
Alsace-Lorraine, to France and provides for reparation
to the nations injured by Germany in the war. I
This was made known in an official summary of the
treaty cabled from the American peace commission to
the committee on public information in New York.
At the same time information was made thatPresident
Wilson had pledged himself to propose to the senate an
agreement that the United States, in conjunction with
Grea Britain, would go to the assistance of France in case
, of an unprovoked attack by Germany. The announcement
of this proposed agreement "was made hA statement sup
plementing the official summary of the peace treaty.
The main points in the peace treaty follow:
Alsace and Lorraine go to France. All the bridges
over the Rhine on their borders are to be in French
control - (
. The port of Danzig is permanently internationalized
and most of upper Silesia is ceded to Poland, whose in
dependence Germany recognizes. Poland also receives the
province of Posen and that portion of the province' of west
Prussia west of the Vistula.
The Sarre coal basin is temporarily internationalized.
The coal mines go to France. ,
Parents, Wives and Friends
Extend Warm Greeting to
Base Hospital Unit No. 49
Huge Crowd at Union Station to Welcome Omaha Sol
diers From War Front ; LasVof Men Arrive Frora
n Camp Dodge,f Ia Near Midnight. :- .
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MEET MAY 19
Action Desired on Important
5r.ioSumbrofSARProPrations; Lodge Calls
Conference of Repub
Washington, May 7. President
Wilson issued a call by faille for
a special session of congress to
meet Monday." May 19.
Secretary Tumulty, in making the
announcement said it would be im
possible, of course, for the president
to be here on the, opening day The
day fixed for the special-session was
much earlier than democratic lead
ers had expected. '
White House officials said that in
naming an early date for the session,
President Wilson was guided largely
by the advice' of Secretary Glass as
to the necessity of passing the an-.
nual -appropriation measures, which
failed in the closing days of the last
session. ' X
Date of Return Uncertain.
There was no information at the
White House as to the probable
time of the return of the president,
but some administration leaders be
lieved the president hai. called the
session earlier than had been antici
pated in order that congress might
dispose of the-' more important ap
propriation measures before the
treaty was ready for consideration.
Senator 'Lodge, the republican
leader, today issued a call for a re
publican conference" May 14, to per
fect the senate organization, and
Representative Mondelj, republican
floor-leader, announced a conference
of republican house members for
May 17. . xt f' -
The call for the, conference of re
publican senators, signed by Sena
tors Lodge and Curtis, of Kansas,
therepublican whip, follows:
,'The president has issued a proc
lamation calling congress on May
19. There will be a conference of
republican senators on May 14 at 11
a. It is'lbsolutely essential that
with our narrow majority every re
publican senar should be present
at the session of the senate on. Ma
19. It is also of the utmost im
portance that you Should be present
at-the republican conference and we
trust that you .will not fail to be
here .on that day."
Senator Curtis said tonight that
according to present plans, the con
ference would appoint a committee
on committees and -a steering com
mittee. Republican leaders, howev
er, made it clear that matters relat
ing to policy, such as determination
of the republican attitude upon the
league of nations covenant, would
not h taken up ' .
Republican senators said a vpoll
today showed that 26 republicans
and six democratic senators , were
now in Washington, i
i. . . it- aaaaw m mm m mh-m
Colonics Taken Away,
Nebraska base hospital No. 49, dc
void of officers,- arrived in Omaha
yesterday in two sections. The
first section, composed of 47 men,
arrived at 5 o'clock in the afternoon
and the second 75 arrived at mid
night. The remaining 21, who were
Iowa boys, went to their homes
from Camp Dodge, point of demo
bilization. Word had been passed about the
city early in the afternoon that the
unit would arrive on the local from
Des Moines, and consequently thou
sands of persons were at the sta
tion to greet the boys. - Siren whis
tles blew and bells rang. Offices
and business houses closed early and
men and women wended their way
to the station and lined up against
the high iron fence, awaiting the ar
rival of the train.
Crowd Overruns Yards.
As the train pulled into the lower
yards, a break was made for the
gates and the crowds swept across
the tracks, regardless of the half
dozen trains switching through the
passenger yards. Officials sought to
stem the rush and turn the crowds
back, but their efforts were in vain
and they might as well have tried
to stop a tornado. They crowded
along the side of the train, and anx
iously watched for relatives and
friends as the boys climbed down
off the coaches, cheering for home
Then came the real disappoint
ment of the day. Of the thousands
in the yards and station, onlj now
and then was there a father or
mother who found a son to greet
with a fatherly hug or a mother si
However, the vbbys who did ar
rive were showered with congratu
lations and it was with , difficulty
that they wended their way through
the crowd, being stopped time and
again to explain why the major por
tion of the unit had noT arrived.
Base hospital No. 49 sailed from
P.rest, France, April 13 and landed
at Hoboken April 23. On their way
home the boys reached Camp Dodge
Tuesday morning at 6 o'clock. Mus
tering out commenced at 11 o'clock
(Contlnned an Page Four, Column Four.)
"Indemnity Is Out of
One German Delegate
Berlin, May 7. (By the Associ
ated Press) Dr. Theodor Melchior
of the German peace delegation, in
an interview with the Versailles correspondent-of
the Tageblatt. says
that Germany can sign only such a
peace as permits opportunity for the
reconstruction of ber economic life.
The occupation by the allies of
the important districts . producing
raw . materials, he said, would be
equivalent to a ''long, -harrowing
death.", v ... -
"ff our opponents cannot see' this
necessity," he continued, "then it is
better to return emptyrhanded. The
German workmen already are bur
dened with an annual tax of 700,
000,000 marks. An indemnity is out
of the question and the country
would break to pieces il the Sum
mentioned in the French press is de-
Jmanded." .. , ,
to France, upper Silesia Ceded
" Germany ecognizes the total independence of German
Austria and Czecho-Slovakia.
Germany's colonies are taken from it by the clause in
vhicH it renounces all its territorial and political rights ,
N outside Europe. The league of nations will work out the
mandatory system for governing these colonies. . r
Belgium is conditionally given the Malmedy and Eupen
districts of Prussia bordering o.n Belgium, with the oppor
tunity to be given the inhabitants to protest. The league
of nations has the final decision. . '
Luxemburg is set free from the German customs union,
, All concessions and territory in China must be re
nounced. Shantung is ceded to Japan. Germany recog
nizes the French in Morocco and the British protectorate
German troops and authorities must evacuate Schles-wig-Holstein
north of the Kiel canal within 10 days after
peace. A commission will be appointed to supervise a
vote of self-determination in the territory and the districts
wishing to join Denmark will be ceded by Germany.
Helgoland must be demolished, and by German labor;
the Kiel canal must be opened to all nations.
. The German cables in dispute are surrendered.
Germany may not have an army of more than 100,000
men and cannot resort to conscription.
. Germany must raze all its forts for 50 kilometers east"
of the Rhine and is almost entirely prohibited from pro
CITY GOES OVER
TOP IN VICTORY
Several Large Subscriptions
Wednesday Help Make Up
Omaha's Quota; Favorable
, Repprts From State.
Omaha went "over the top" in
the Victory Liberty loan Wednes
day afternoon, making Its $9,171,550
quota and several hundred thousand
"Several large subscriptions Wed
nesday," State Chairman T. C
Byrne said, "including $50,000 from
the Northwestern Mutual Life In
surance company, $200,000 from the
Omaha Loan and Building associa
tion and generous subscriptions from
the leading official banks sent Oma
ha well over the top. t-
"Reports from the state are most
favorable. George Gage telephoned
from Fremont in the aftenoon that
Fremont was over and that Dodge
county will take its quota. George
Fisher at Superior wired me that
Nuckolls county will take its full
Mrs. George A. Joslyn Wednes
day afternoon became the second
woman member of the $10,000 Vic
tory Liberty loan club. E. John
Brandeis took a membership forhis
wife, Mrs. Madaline Brandeis, mak
ing her the first woman member of
the club. Mrs. Joslyn's subscrip
tion is the second she has made to
the loan, each for $10,000.
John W. Towle, major of dis
trict 15, C. O. Talmadge's division,
brought in $58,450 from . the Ne
braska Telephone company's 'em
ployes, 655 of them having bought
W. B. Cheek took a belated sub
scription from the Western Electric
company for $12,000, a.nd J.' Clark
Coit, one of Guy H. Cramer's ma
jors, got $40,950 from the officers
and employes of the Omaha &-Coun-cil
Bluffs Street Railway company.
Belgians Ask Loan
Of $500,000,000 to
Help Restore Country
Brussels, Mayj. (By Associated
Press) The Belgian government has
decided to ask' the allies or the
United States for an immediate loan
.'' Without such aid, the country
will be lost," said M, Jasper, min
ister of economics, to the Associated
Press today. "This loan will he se
cured by-Germany indemnities. It
will not Suffice iot Belgium to re
ceive a priority indemnity to the ex
tent of half a billion dollars. This
sum will not be forthcoming for-
eouple of years and it is impossible
fpr Belgium to hold out that long."
United States Recognizes,
Government of Finland
Paris, May 7. Secretary of State
Lansing, in a statement ''ssued, to
night, announced that the United
States Ijad recognized the de facto
government of Finland. The state
ment said: ' '
"In view of the fact that the peo
ple of Finland iave established a
representative government, the gov
ernment of' the United States of
America declares that it recognizes
the government so constituted .as'
the de facto government of an in
ducing war material. Violation of the 50 kilometer aone
restriction will be considered an act ot war. , x
Only six capital ships qf not more than 10,000 tons
"each are allowed Germany tof.its navy.' It is permitted
six light cruisers, 12 destroyers and 12 torpedo boaJaJn
addition tolix battleships, but no submarines. ,
All civilian damages are to be reimbursed by Ger-'
many, its initial payment tb be 20,000,000,000 marks, with
subsequent payments to be secured by bondar Germany
must replace tonor ton, handing overa great part of its
mercantile tonnage and turning out new construction for
the purpose. It must also devote its economic resources
to rebuilding the devastated regibns.
Parts of Germany will be occupied on idiminishing
scale until reparation is' made. ,
Germany must agree to the trial of forme Emperor
William by an international court and to the trial 'of
others of its subjects for violations of the laws andcus- (
toms of war. '
The allies and Germany accept the league of nations,
Germany, however, accepting only in principle and npt
- as a member. . r '
All treaties and agreements with' bolshevik Russia
must be. abrogated, as well as the treaty of Bucharest"
German prisoners of war are to be repatriated,; butv
the allies will hold German officers as hostages for Ger
mans accused of crimes. j '
Oral Discussion Barred, ; v
Hun Delegates Are Told
By Agfed French Leader
"We Ara. Ready to Give You Peace' Says Premier
Clemenpeau in Outlining Procedure Adopted for
Discussion of Peace Treaty ; Gertnan Leader in
Reply Denies His Country Alone'Hesponsible.
i Versailles, May 7. Following is
the address of M. Clemenceau to
the German delegates at thf peace
"Gentlemen, plenipotentiaries- of
the German empire: It is neither
the time nor the place1 for super
fluous words. You have before you
the accredited plenipotentiaries of
all the small and great powers
united to fight together in the war
that has been so cruelly imposed up
on them. The time has come when
we muBt settle our account.
"You have asked for peace. We
are ready to give you peace. We
shall present to you now, a book
which contains our conditions. You
will be given every facility to ex
amine these conditions, and the
time necessary for it. Everything
will be done with the' courtesy that
is the privilege of civilized nations.
"To give you my thought com
pletely, you will find us ready to
giveyon any explanation ybu'warft,
but we must say at the same time
that this second treaty of Ver
sailles has cost us too much not to
take on ourj side all the necessary
precautions and guarantees that
the peace shall be a lasting one. '
Notice of Procedure.
"I will give you notice of the
procedure that .has been adopted
by the conference for discussion
and if anyone has any observations
to offer, he will have the right to
do so. No oral discussion is to
take place, and --the observations, of
the German delegation will- have to
be submitted in writing.
'JThe German plenipotentiaries
will know that' theylftve the maxi
mum period of 15 days jwithin which
to present in English and French
their written observations on the
wholeiof the treaty. Before the ex-
r t :j :-j -r
pnauuu ui uic aiuicsaiu ycriuu ui
15 days the German delegates will
be entitled toSend their reply on
particular headingsof the treaty or
to ask questions in regard to them.
"After having examined the ob
servations presented .within the
aforesaid period, the supreme Coun
cil will shnd their answer in writing
td the German delegation and de
termine tha'period within which the
final global (world wide)" answer
must be given by this delegation. "
"The president wishes to add that
when we receive, after two or three
or -four or five days, any observa
tions from the German delegation
on any point of the treaty, we shall
not wait until the end of the 15
days to give our answer. We shall
(Continued on Page Foot, Column One.)
Start in Transatlantic
! 1 Flight Again Postponed
New York, May 7. Commander
John,H. Towers, commanding the
transatlantic- flight of navy sea
planes, announced tonight that the
stai;t on the first leg of the flight,
winch will, take the aircraft to Hali
fax, would not be made tomorrow.
He declined to make any prediction
as to the chances for starting Fri
day. 1 .
TEXTvOF SUMMARY .
Full text of Official summary
of peace treaty will be found on
pages 2, 6 and 7.
Islands South of Equator Go
to New Zealand and Aus
- tralia, Those North
. Paris, May 7. (By the Asso
ciated Press.) The couneil oHhree
has agreed upon the disposition of
the former German colonies.
The mandate for the GWman
Samoan islands goes to New Zealand,
and for the other former German
possessions south of the equator to
Australia. , '
Japan is td be mandatory of the
islands north of the equator.
The official communication on
this subject says: . ,
'"The council of three, M. Cle
enceau. President Wilson and Mr.
Lloyd George, yesterday decided as-
to the disposition of the former Ger
man colonies as follows:
"Togoland and KaKmeroon
France arid Great Britain shall
make a joint recommendation of
the league of nations as ' tb their
K oerman tast Atnca-1 he - man-f
date shall be held py Great Britain
"Great Britain Southwest Africa
The mandateshall be held by the
Union of South Africa. .
"The German-Samoan Islands
The mandate shall be held by New
Zealand, i -
"The othkr German Pacific Pos
sessions South of the Equator, Ex
cluding the German-Samoan Is
lands, and Nauru The mandate
shall be held by Australia. ,
"Nauru WPleasant Island.) The
mandateshall be given to the Brit
ish empire. , . s
"The' German Pacific Islands
North -of the Equator The man
crate shall be held by Japan."
Omaha Man Brings Over t
Boy Mascot Frotn France
New , Yorky May 7. (Special
leiegram.) the steamship Yellow
stone had a mascot on board when
it docked today in the"persn of
little Chrlie Merghetti, ah Italian
lad, 13 years old, who was brought
1 T- , iir i, t-
nere Dy rrivate waiter Bennett, ai
real estate broker, - 2716 North
Twenty-second street, Omaha. Ben
nett has adopted the boy. He was
taken in charge by the immigration
authorities on account of his age,
out wm later be released to the sol
dier. Rnritt rvit with ttm tUtU
Nnachine-gun battalion of the 88th
division. Uennett said he first saw
the boy at the Salvation Armv head
qujrters at Grandicourt." France
, where Charles' father a"nd mother
are living. His father is employed
in a scuipiurai establishment
4i ' i .
nour nas jimvea lor neavy
Settlement of Account'
Says french Premier to "
UTTER DEFEAT, SAY HUNS
Spokesman Denies, Germany
Was Solely Culpable and '
Demands Peace Upon
- Wilson's Points, '
' ' .j .
-Versailles, May 7. The historic
meeting today at which the Ger
mans received the peace treaty from -
me ainea ana associated powers was ,
concluded at 3:51 o'clock this aftef
noon. "T ' t i
The memorableassemblage which'
included delegates of 27 nations arp
parties to the peye pact.
" In opening the- session of the
peace congress, M. Clemenceau, the
presiding officer, speaking to the
Gerrrfan plenipotentiaries, said: . -
"It is unnecessary io express
needless words. You have befort
you the plenipotentiaries of the
small and vgreat perwers united in
this most cruel war, which -was im
posed upon them. The hour has ar
rived for a heavy settlement of the
account." ' , . i
Paul Dutasta, secretary-general of
the peace conference, delivered a
copy of the treaty to Count von
Brockdorff-Rantzau, head of the
German delegation, who made a
unci repiy. - , . ,
; Admits Complete Defeat.
Count vdn 'Brockdorff-Rantzau.
"We declare that we do not deny
the extent of our defeat. We knqw
the power of the German armies is
He was unable to admit thabjGer
many was solely culpable, ana de
manded that the allies make peace
according ' to President Wilson's
points. v , .
Germany- pledged itself to repair
the wrong done to Belgium and
gave assurance of the reconstitutiotr
of the tenitorics in northern France.
Count von Brockdorff Rantzau
asked for the liberation of German
prisoners and said that Germany
adopted the league of nations.
Treaty Contains 80,000 Words.
The terms of peace were con-
in length. ,
The treaty as not printed in Ger
man. The -text is in -French and
English, on opposite pages. f
. The ceremonial - of handing the
treatjrto the Germans took place in
the hall of theTrianpn Palace hotel,
a spacious, well lighted , chamber,''
vith tables f6r the delegates ar
ranged nearly Mn the form, of a,;
square. It was presided over by
Georges.Clemenceau, the ' French
premier, president of the peace con
gress, wnosat at the center ot tne'
head table, with PresidenfWilsgm
anj other American representative
on his right, and David . Lloyd
Georgeihe British premier, and his
colleagues on the left. MrssWilson
was an interested spectator of the
at Depot in Belgium
V.'" , 7 ' : , '''.V'
Brussels, May 7. (By Associated
Press.) A depot, of German ammu
nition containing shells and bombs
of every caliber and many gas shells
has been fexploding since Monday
morning at the: railway station at
Groenendael, six miles south o
Brussels. The depot has been unJer
guard of 150 Belgian soldiers and 600
German prisoners have been at work
near it. It is believed many were
killed and wounded!
-Many houses in the neighborhood
have rollancH t anil JwinlAnta
j- . wa.u . iiuunii iiu
roots tor two miles around have
been shattered. ,.
It is reported that while workmen :
were unloading a wagdir filled with
shells a detonator exploded in the
hands of a German prisoner, setting .
fireto the ammunition boxes. After
the explosion these German pris-!
oners broke the barbed wire cordon
surrounding the camp and fled in
all directions through the' woods.
Hie Belgian guards at the depot e.
caped in safety. The exploeisO
are clearly heard in Brusselfc
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