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VOL. XXII. NO. 351 .
Answer to -Germany's Peace
Proposal tianded to Amer
REFUSE TO CONSIDER
ANY PART OF OFFER.
Invasion of Belgium Stressed
In Answer as Living Exam
ple of insincerity of Central
Powers to Stick to an Agree
ment or Promise.
Paris, Oec. 30. The entente ally
governments handed to the American
ambassador tonight for transmission'
I ' - V tllilcll 1 uncio iuch alio v-i ;t
to Germany's proposal for a peace
. .. 1
The full te-; of the ans-
' The allied governments of Bel
simn. France, Great Britain, Italy,
Montenegro, Portugal, Ru
Russia and Serbia, united for
mania, Russia ana serDia, unitea xor
the defense of tlie liberty of their
people and faithful to agreement
taken not to lay down their arms sep
arately, have resolved to reply col
lectively to the pretended propositions
of peace which were addressed to
them on behalf of the enemy govern
ments through the intermediary of
t'ae United States, Spain, Switzerland
'Before snaking any reply the allied
powers desirg particularly, to protest
against the two essential assertions
of the note of the enemy powers that
pretend to throw upon the allies re
sponsibility for the war and proclaim
the victory of the Central Powers.
' The allied governments cannot ad
mit an affirmation doubly inexact and
which suffices to render sterile all ten
"The allied nations have sustained
for 30 months a war they did every
thing to avoid. They have shown by
their acts their attachment to peace.
That attachment is as strons todav as'
it was in 1914. Rut it is not unon the I
word of Germany, after the violation
of its engagements, that the peace
broken by her may be based.
"A mere suggestion, without a state
ment of terms that negotiations
should be opened is not an offer of
peace. The putting forward by the
Imperial government of a shani pro- ,
losal lacking all" substance and pre
cision would appear to be less an
offer of peace than a war of manou
v re. It is founded on calculated mis
interpretation of the character' of the
struggle in the past, the present and
"As for the past, the German note
takes no account of the facts, dates
''nil figures which -establish that the
war desired, provoked and declared by
Germany and Austro-Hungary.
"At the Hague conference it was a
German delegate who refused all pro
posals for disarmament. In July, 1914,
i was Austria-Hungary, who after
having addressed to Serbia an .unpre
cedented ultimatum, declared war up
lier in spite of the satisfaction
wiiicli had at once been accorded.
"The central empires then reject
f'l all attempts made by the entente
bring about a pacific solution of a
Purely local conflict.
"Great Britain aueeested'a confer
ence, France nronosed an internation-i
a 1 commission, the enmeror of Russia!
asked the German emperor to go to
arbitration and Russia and Austria-
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"lose efforts Germany gave neither, Gold the victrola, or the first Dia-1
answer nor effect. imond Ring.
"Belgium was invaded by an em-l This second diamond ring is in '
Hue which had guaranteed her ,neu-
tralitv and whlh haA thp. assurance '
to proclaim that treaties were but for WOrk . done during the last two test, and during that time the aggres
'scraps of paper' and that 'necessity weeks of the first period. It was-pur- sive candidates will push their cam
knows no law.' . , , j erased from A. O, Schuster, the well-' paigns with greater energy an yigor
"At the present moment these Wm ' taown local jeweler, for $60, and is than during the daysof t contest
Offers on the part of Germany rest on guaranteed by Mr. Schuster. The that have passedl Those who were
the war map of Europe, alone, which ' stone is pure -white ;,and is mounted inclined L to take it easy . for the past
represents nothing more than a su- in tne popular Tiff any. style Betting. J
P'-rficial and passing phase of r the sit-j The contest for this, special prize uu - "r;nf."
. KWBmg.c . x v oii tho .nn.i renewed 'energy and determination.
"ation and not the real strerigtti of
th" belligerents. V ,
terms would be only to the adyan-
tage of the aggressors, who after im-j
agining that they would WSh heir
goal in two months, discovered after i
iv.o years that they could never at-
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One Village - and Several
Heights Captured by Per
30. The Russian
wdi onice iaie toaay issued the fol-
vx c mum(vjuiw uuuuei, m iuu'
region north and south of the valley
the River Oituz. the Teutons
the River Oituz. the Teutons
launched persistent attacks: They
succeeded in occupying several
heights and pressed back our troops
Sliehtlv to the east, tlnr forees pro
" : ;
sna and east and south of the village
Uyxt.u vi. i-uc mo5c ui uui-
The Teutons are conducting stub-
jborn attacks on the upper part of the
River Kamna, on the Moldavian
frontier, to the west of Soveha, near tice to deal with the immediate crisis,
the source of the .'River"Suchitza and It was stated at the commission's of
along the River Putna to the west of fices that the report probably will be
the station of Rosa. ' ready in two weeks.
With considerable force s and as
sisted, by , heavy and light artillery
they continued obstinate attacks on
the front northeast of Rimnicu Sarat,
directing their main blow along the
railway. They "succeeded in taking
possession of the village of Lordest-
chi, on the River Rimnicu Sarat and I
pressed back eur detachments nearjtion, in a statement today says that,
the village of Zalestsi, fifteen versts ne understands the department of jus-
northeast of the city of Rimnicu ( hcg wni take drastic steps aeainst the
- South of the Danube attacks were
repulsed with great losses.
The supreme -test between Teutons
and Russians in the great struggle
is at hand. In the last 36 hours the
Teutons have smashed . ahead on tne
whole 120-mile front, from the Oituz
river' down to -the Danube. As a re
sult their center stands at Slobozia,
only 6 l-Smiles from the Sereth river.
General von Kerok, who yesterday
started the great steam, roller on its
.way by his sudden eastwara mrusi
from the mountains around Sosmezo,
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special rriz:e iu
Candidate Who. Turns, m
Kl Mnotr Fnr New Sub-,
scriptions During Next Two
ven away for tw
is to be
given away for' two weeks work m
The Dispatch contest
v-ri-nv in to he awaraea uie
SSKe who turns in the largest
mnncv fnr new. subscrip- .
K0iTOop Mondav. January 1,1
innm-piim ninnnnnin ninin
U HhK H K tih i
! rnn Tiflin mirrpP5 ininiif
run iiiiiu uuLLii3 vtfuim
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QviA Rativ .January 13.at 9 p. motions turned ..in during. -thV diamond ;
Jes not win either the Over-;
ksi the Tnrd Aut.omo4
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every way as beautiful and valuable
D nffprprl as a sDecial prize
sUrts. in-the mna.e
tests are on an equal footing.
any other contestant. All money for ;
subscriptions turned in up to last.
Saturday will in no way figure mjhej
winning of this second special prize. ,
Vhis fact should ?pen wjeeauve
': LMINGTON, NQRTH
PAPER PROBLEM .
s to Cau
Agreement Between Mill
Owners and Publishers.
Cf the Federal Trade Commission to
briD& abUt a" agreement between
newspaper puDiisners ana manuiac-
turers of news print paper, whereby
the nriee mirht. he lnwprp.rt pnd an
equitable distribution of paper sup-
plies effected appeared to have fail-
o " " " -v
tj,0 u .
Luuiuuoaiuu ouuuuuvcu ai,o in-
icuiitMi ui pruueeuiug Willi iia luvesu-
gation oi me economic aspect 01 tne i
Uews print paper situation and report-jsnow
ing to consn-ess on the Jteneral aues-
tion without going much further into
plans for a settlement of the paper
crisis leaving the department of jus-
Meantime publishers are understood
to be going ahead with plans to build
their own paper mills and suppply
themselves" with-news print on a co
operative production basis.
Frank P. Glass, of Birmingham, he had in handr Trnlght" Tlepresen- greatest possible . eed Jn handling :erican section of the. Mexican commis
Alabama, vice-president of the Amer- tative Wood 'said: t the President's railroad legislation, ision, headed by Secretary of the In-
ican Newspaper Publishers' Associa-
alleged paper combine. Mr. Glass
also anticipates relief from congress.
FRANCE ACCEPTS U. S.
RED CROSS HOSPITAL.
Paris, Dec. 30. Justin Godart, un
der secretary of war for medical ser-
. n iJ 1 . . J l . 4 1.,.
vice, -lormany acceyieu iuuc,y ui
temporary hospital installed by the
American ambulance service at La.
unappene &tation. j
8 .... '
is twenty miles from the middle (
lL u uuu6l - - -
an opportunity for anyone, even one
who has .not bf6 m.the .C.l&t't
enter ana wortt ior twu weetio auuj
win the diamond ring. ; i
All subscriptions turned in toward '
the diamond ring will receive votes .
aecordine to the regular schedule,
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Vuu w c
reT-in1 nf th P.OTlTRSt.. WhlCIT
wuu v"" v " ' . .
k II H H EH 1 1 I
is 140,00Q extra votes fqr each Hbment an the mogt distinguislled
worth of subscriptions:
Special ballots issued on subsenp-
ring offer, and pilots, issued on 1 5.. "yj? Ip
"Clubs" do not liave to be voted be-;,WALN. 11NIU VILLA lrAr.
fore tne .ciose oi me beuuuu uu
of the competition for the ring. They
may be held until the last day of the
contest and their value will remain
Only four weeks remain of the con-,
' riurin thesl next four weeks the
(, . . around
The p . each and Je
possible in order to win one or the
(Continued on Page Seven.)
iGESTGIRGUCATION IN WHJVlINGTbN f
CAROLINA; SUN DAY -MORNING, DECEMBER 31. 1916.
f j w ww I W T VAt W V A A 11 W i , , . - - - i .
n - ! : : - " :
HE WILL BE ON HAND
WHEN HOUSE MEETS,
House Committee Chairman
Continues His Telegraphic
Finance" Exponent. j
Washington,. Dec. 30. Chairman
j Henry, of the House committee on Wilson today demanded that con
. rules. continued his ' teleeranhic ir... tut unA
squabble with "Citizen" Thomas W.
Lawson, of Boston, today. The sharp
reply of Lawaon in whichthat gentle-
man assured Rpnrspnti ivf
that ne would pr d
UU1U u" Ll UUU1
he arrived in Washingtdn, but that
he would be on hand when the House
convened Tuesday, drew from Henry
. , .. .
unomer leiegram aenianaing:
"rinn't rl rH ra
Come to taw' and 1
your faand- The issue is -clear. I
Yu have libeled congressmen and
Public officials and I predict that you
cannot make good. Let me know if
i may expect you. .
Following the filing of this dispatch
rmes committee cnairman next
paid his respects to Representative
Wood nf Tnriia'na nnthnr
lution seekins the invrttieAtinn nf
the rumors of news leakages. i
He demanded that. Representative
wooa snouia cajt upoa film or write
him. a letter outlining the facts which '
"I shall write no letter to Chair-
man Henry. Between now and the
convening of Congress on Tuesday I
shall call unon htm nnd nrpspnt fnr
his consideration the ' aggregation of
evidence which I "have in' hand arid
the list of witnesses, some of them
men in high position and all of them!
high in . the confidence and esteem '
of the adninis,tra,tion. against whom
suspicions tantamount to indictments
impeaching their integrity ijow lie.
"If Chairman Henry wants to get
facts regarding thq question of who
participated '" in this Wall Street ,
melon party he will not stand in the j
way 'of a full and free investigation
of these charge's and allegations. Of
courggf he cannot expect that any of
(jle participants in the raid on the
; properties of these shareholders are
j going to dash to Washington with
1 pleas of 'guilty as indicted.' He is
too perspicacious a statesman for
that, but on the other hand, I cannot
believe that in his high position as
j chairman of this important .commit
I tee he is willing to lend himself to as
j sisting in smothering an investiga-
tjon simply because there is danger j
I that its dragnet may produce evi
. , .i
who' for the past few? years, have sat
in ine xiign places.
"Regardless , of . Representative
Henry z am sur- tnat the other mem-
Qf committee w-u digpiay a
somewhat different attitude towards
tht Tipr-ossiTir nf n. thnrniidm nmnp fnr l
""T" r "T " 1
crats who would like to have more
I juLima.it) ueuiiis ui lii stintis oi urea.iL-
- a a .1 i i it... . f i i
fasts in' the Biltmore Hotel in New
York which preceded, the peace panic
nrl in i.thw.h h im natininont!
QnH in wKir-h tho ivan Ta rt ioinanf a
... . . ...
were a- hieh official of the erovern-
speculators in Wall Street."
0.nn r A P-D A M7A TDAnPQ
El Paso, Tex., Dec. 30. Villistas
laid a trap today at. Jiminez into
which-two thousand unsuspecting
! Carranza troops walked and were
badly defeated. .
The column-of jMurguia troopsDe
lieved Villa had abandoned Jiminez
and boldly marched into it, "intending
to preoccupy the town. Villa's troops
were waiting outside the town and
when they had! the Carranzistassafe- trip. - ,
ly bottled up they attacked like a The boat commenced to ship; water
whirlwind - and a sanguinary battle and the Russian crew threw in muni
resulted tions. When the Skagerak was reach-
i. The sWprMurgakaj troops who
, thouirht-Villa was eh route to Monte,
stubborn resistance for
a short while and .then fled, leaving ;
many dead bhjngf m, v:2iany were
wounded spnirhotfef sio?,, ahd, refugees
report ,hat thev raUwty ' station at
Jeminea 'is ifille4 .: with . Villa- wounded.
BE USED IF NECESSARY.
Organized Labor Strongly Op-
posed to Quick Action-
Filibuster Is Now
Washington, Dec. 30. President
&i coo laoniuu auu. ya,-,z 111 juio uauuo 1
tie-up of the commerce of the country!
through a general railroaOd strike.!
The President personally visited the'
capitol and notified Senator Newlands,
tnat he must haye speedy action in!
pmi(n.P(!c hi-rniimad nmm in--
....j, v. a v,
,UttUIU6 luc yiuyuu " -"
I "compulsory investigation of
This measure would enable the
President to halt at once any ireneral
riLiraa( ctnke and to keen it sus-
pended until a complete investigation
of the questions at issue could be
made. It would effectually block any
sudden crippling of the transporta-
tion facilities of the country. It was
I I i
..T1 o w thD Prpdpnt iAB force was put forward by the Car-
tft hnlt n RtrilrP m
. difficulty of the differences
" r. . rr.- .
Senator Newlands promised the
He made the significant statement I
that: - J
"In my judgment action of congress
will be very decisive insofar as anv .
attempt to tie up commerce is con-
(Continued on Page Eight)
Russian Boat Loaded With
1,000 Tons of Explosives
Driven in Big Storm.
(By William Bayard Hale, Staff Cor
respondent of the International
Wilhelmshaven (Via Berlin and
Sayville, Dec. 30). A story with .be, withdrawn. .
enough dramatic thrillers to havef It was held by Counselor Polk that
tpmntpd thp tmn nf Rnhprt Tennis i the ' Question of the continued pres-
stevenson is that of the capture of'ence of the American military, force
me ttussian ammunition carrier, ou-
chan, by a German U-boat.
The ship was halted in the White
Sea. not far from a Russian port -for
which it headed and forced to return
with the U-boat and proceed under its
own steam to. the German naval hase.
accomplished that stamps the enorts
of one of the most daring bits of
naval seamanship chalked up to thej
credit of the German U-boats, which t
thus far in coniunction with the' Ger-!
nUr r7merZ W clea
off the naval honors of this war. protocol are laid before him. The matlc circles generally, that secret ne
The Suchan was sighted in a blind-1 Carranza objections are set' forth in 'gotiations, along the lines of the Ger-"
ing snowstorm. rne u-Doat com
mander, upon discovering that she
carried a cargo of 7,000 tons of as
sorted explosives, concluded it was
better to. bring her in and not send
her to the bottom.
The captain was taken off and
seven men from the submarine were
put in command of the vessel. It
is here that the pluck of German sea
manship was put to a nerve-wracking
test, for the hurricane was insane and
the boat was rolling heavily. She
was not only repeatedly taken out of
her course, but the bunkers held
barely enough fuel to complete the
ed the Suchan" had twenty tons of
coal left to finish the voyage in roll-
ing Seas. That . was barely accom-
plished, for when
the vessel was
docked the- bunkers showed hair a
ton left. - j
The value of the cargo is estimated
A IT A O
Forward as Central Diffi
culty of Problem.
COMMISSION URGED TO
HAVE SOLDIERS LEAVE.
To Take This Action, Presi
dent Would Have to
Washington, Dec. 30. Withdrawal,
Of the Pershing punitive expedition
from Mexican soil again tonight be
came the center of the tangled Mexi
can situation in Washington. As in
all recent Mexican "crises" the Persh-
ranza representatives here as the cen-
I . ' . - . . ' A-
;we.en the two countries. The Am-
terior Lane, and other administration
officials, received the suggestions that
all troubles be ended by Withdrawing
Pershine with little favor. It was
made clear that before any move in
this direction is taken, President Wil
son will be called upon to consider the
The state department was visited
by Charles A. Douglas, Carranza's
American legal adviser and counselor, !
who went there in his official' capacity
for the first time in many moaths.
Judge Douglas spent some time with
Counselor Frank L. Polk and urged
the withdrawal of the troops on the
basis of helping Carranza with his
problem of rje-habilitating the Repub
lic. It was 'explained to Counselor I
Polk that the American troops, in-the
opinion of the Carranza' government,
are serving no good or useful purpose
in onger remaining on the Mexican
soil. It was requested that in the in
terests of harmony between the two
Republics that the Americans should
on Mexican territory was not before
the state department. It was the prov-j Wilson's efforts to bring ahout lasting
ince of the joint International Com-1 peace and put an end to the suffer
mission to define the duration of Gen-ing of war." . . .
eral Pershing's stay, he said. Sub- German embassy sources were em-
sequently there was a conference
jtween Secretary of the Interior Lane
was presumed to be on the same sub-
Secretary Lane today
forecast the action of tl
erHnn nf the, -mint prnnroissioTi hpfnr
" r "
nnnniHatnrv laneiiaffA and this fact
leaves some hope with the commis- would result' in long delays. DIph
sioners that the negotiations may be matic Washington generally tonight. ',
resumed with hope of early adjust- abandoned hope of early , peace, but
ment in accordance with the Ameri-j' (Continued on 'Page Seven.)
can demands. The diplomatic fiction1 . ' .
that the troops are not officially in CAPTAIN KILLS SELF ;
Mexico because the . consent of the
Carranza government for their, entry
has never been obtained Is responsible
Pershing expedition from
w .rr ..yt. Guard, just -before he killed himself ,
ALLEGED DUMMY PAY with his service automatic pistoL He
ROLL MAN IS ARRE1STED. had been removed from his command
, - , by Col. R. J. Goodman and ordered
Kew York, Deb. 30. George Gil- to jreport for further orders at Hart-v
lette, Yale graduate, was held in ford. I , ", - r :
$10,000 bail by Recorder Carsten, in Captain Ladbury ended this life in v
Hoboken, today, on a charge of em- the State armory. He returned re- :
bezzlement. Gillette was arrested in cently with his company Jrom Meri
Newark. Friday, after it was alleged can frontier service, r.. Captain Lad-
he paded the pay-roll at the Reming- j
ton. Arms Metallic -Cartridge Com
pany's plant, .where he was employed
THREE SECTIONS. , i
Weary Diplomatic Struggle to .
Keep U. S. Peace Plan Alive '-y,
However, is Anticipated :
"LOOP HOLE" MAY BE
LEFT IN NOTE TO U. Si
Bernstorff Believes Refusal to
Consider Germany's Offer ::'
Won't Affect Note. To Wil-V
son. . ,; '.'.
Washington, Dec. 30 Washlngt6p.
tonight saw the doom of all hope for "
immediate peace in the 'rejection by ;
the entente allies of Germany's peace '
overtures. Peace advocates .settled,
down to contemplate a long drawn ,
out, weary diplomatic struggle to .
keep President Wilson's peace nego- ,
tiations alive until the "psychological" l
peace moment arrives. They were
convinced that immediate success ' Is
impossible, and that their hopes must
rest upon the ability of President Wil
son to maintain secret confidential
negotiations with both sides through
the coming months. " ,
Supporters of the President's peace -plan,
while admitting the blow to . ;
their hopes delivered in the entente -
note to the. Teutonic powers expressed '
the belief tonight Oaf the entente re-
be-'my .esiaent, wnue uniavor
able, would .leave material "loop
holes" for the couttnuan.ee for - the
President's neg'otiatlons. They point
ed to the entente profession of "at
tachment for peace," and, the sugges
tion 'tn the note that Germany in her
proposals does not "bespeak the nec
essary guarantees" for the future, as
hopeful indications that the entente
may be more pacific in the tone of the
reply to the President's peace note.
The German view of today's note .
as reflected here tonight was that;
"nothing more was to be expected
Ambassador von Bernstorff, declared '
that he believed the entente's refusal .
to consider the German proposals .;
would in no way effect the President's'
negotiations. , v ? v
Thisjiote," he said, "Is a reply to :
Germany and her allies. It should
not be construed in any way as a re
ply to the President's peace proposals,
The President's negotiations stand on-
their own feet, and a rejection of Ger
many's peace proposals in no way
means a rejection of the President's
request for a statement of , peace -terms."
Count von Bernstorff 's attitude to- "
ward peace was clearly outlined in .
his new year's message to the Amer
ican people, saying: ' - ,
"My. hope for the . new year is that
It will crown with success President "
be-jPhatic today in the declaration that
Germany's peace proposals are m tne
hands of the United States in .clear
and definite form, and that Germany
has met the spirit of the President's
peace demand. The ambassador , was J
optimistic as ever as to the final out-
come of the President's move,; !al-
though he took the view, as did diplo-
. ." . .
man confidential communication
jtaf c e6 j0..ThIg
i h-1. after twenty m serrice.".
wrote Captain Henry F. - Ladbury,
Company I, First Regiment, National
bury had written "his final comment
on the "same bit of papetwhich bore
his colonel's orders relieving him of
his command. ' :V
(Continued on Page Seyen)
those candidates - who hayp done lit-
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