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L. XXIV. No. 97.
WILMINGTON; xNORTH 'CAROLINA. TUESDAY AFTERNOON, APRIL 16, 1918.
PRICE FIVE CEN1S
Tremendous Pressure by Fresli
Troops Forced a Slight
ENEMY IS MASSWG
vfQ FT TRTHRR ATTAPlf Q
A Determined Resistance is
How Expected From Haig's
Men to Prevent Fall of Im
Tremendous pressure exerted by
Vlcked fresh troops in the desperate
German effort to drive the British
tnm Messines ridge, hag compelled
i slighi retirement of the British
as on the northern side of the Lys
bsrtle front The town of Bailleul
tas been evacuated and the British
front withdrawn to a line -running
torn north of that town to the north
ef Wulverghem and thence to "Wyt
Ectaete. . ;
TTtschaete occupies the highest
p& of the easterly ridge ' system
tzlthe British have been firmly es
tablished here since the early days
frf enemy offensive. The Germans,
irough their pugh into the south-
est are now apparently in a more
dvantaeeous position to attack it
nd their expected drive upon it was
ported this morning. As it forms
e pivot of the British line which
ends here to the north an extreme:
determined defense of -it is looked
jr from Field Marshal Haig'S troops.
Although the loss of Bailleul ' and
ce or tne comnaratively mgn
pmnd around it such as Mount De
le. and Revetsbere. renresents a
lsided setback for the defense, the
Vi&h line as it has been withdrawn
Issll on ground much . higher than
y thus1- possesses numerous van-
je points from which it can conr
peto pour In a devastating fire np-
s the attacking columnar - Chief
aong these high spots is Moant
iemmel, which towers up more than
30 feet from the low ground about
Wulverghem, two miles . to the south
east Apparently Field Marshal Haig's
forces still have a firm .hold - on all
Ms valuable hill region. " - . :
What may be called the , frontal at-
kJcks of the Germans upon the ridge
Astern back of Messines, Wytsch-
aete and Hollebeke furnish the spec-
acular feature of the operations as
effected in today's news. One brief
ogressive in Field Marshal Haig'S
eport, however, has an importance
ttached to it that should not be over
ooked. It records the repulse of
:avy German attacks soutlrWest of
Vieux Berquinu The German line
30i here runs along the eastern bor-
of Xieppe wood and it is by a
us'n to the northwest in this region
ait the enemy hopes to reach Haz
"ouck, some five miles distant, and
e this highly important railway
llfn. Well-nigh vital lail communv
auons to the MesRfnes and Yores
?ions would thus be cut.- The Brit-
i line is being strongly held in this
f?ion. however, and the flanking
cement shows no signs of makinc
ogress as the report of the Vieux
tfquin engagement shows.
"Hie German effort at present seems
entered upon the northern sida of
" Lfs battlefield, no Important fight-
being reported from the southern
!a view of the recent rumori of
'sible naval activities by. the Ger-
to accompany their land offen
Te the news from London today
aoing that British naval fore
aT been operating- in the Catteeat,
cfrait o. ttan.
ar and have sunk 10 German traw-
Thorn 5 J set mnrtl
aif rant means the form, of bi5
P'-tish annnnnrpmont whirh rnmest in
Report from Vice Admiral Sir David
att". rnmandor-iti.clilaf 'of the
e that the Grand fleet i out
ODeratinn urao TtTidortalren VPS-
-lay for the purpose -of 'sweeping
La"?gat of mines, the report
5. r3 fl o mow i j 1 1 i-n nwMrraail
, aat further RHtioh effort. 1f anv.
6 Perat.inna imnllao tonnnt urell he
ecast. It ia InHiPoHva nf intensi-
p. - (uuivwb w w v " -'
jj 11 "aval ciULiVlLlco, ci b ciuj
1 ' It Hot nrollmlrnTO n far .mnro
"DOran - ... -m
. -" uyerauons on me pan ui
Knti.sh naval forces. - "
L .. eld thf! Oerman n omall e-alnfl
"aentieres has reached the stage
k ie maications that 1 the . u-er-
aij. ..." 8iari a anve t on tne new
rv" 1 n an effort, tn renh Rftthime.
File T'my wtillery. fire alorig a 10-
, trom Robecs to Givenchv
riesrea8ing In intensity and large
n Uv?f troPs have been discovert
hiih v the German , lines. ;.? . The
J,ne nere is about one mile
1 .- . T ...... ,- -.'! - . ; Q-
l NOT ME
erican Federation's Atti
tude is Praised Jay London
London, April 16. The declaration
of the American Federation of Labor
that it will riot meet enemv renresen-
tatiyes during the war which James
Wilson, chairman of the visiting, Am
erican, labor delegation, .expressed at
a luncheon vesterdav kTwol
t!he press. .The Dallv Mail avsr
"The luncheon at which Mr. Barnes
entertained the American labor dele
gation was Intended to express, and
we hope did express, the peculiar
pleasure it. gives . the British people'
to welcome at a time like this their
kinsmen from the United ; States . Am
erica's entrance into this war affect
ed us as has no other event since the
"From the Americans, as Mr. Barn
es said, we have nothing to hide. Let
them examine and inquire into every
thing, remembering only that we
have been fighting all but four years
and that, as Ambassador Page warn
ed, it is a British just as much as
an American habit to take whatever
we do well for granted and say noth
ing about it while we discuss our
blunders with a frankness which may
be misunderstood- sometimes.
James Wilson "stirred the audience
to enthusiasm when he declared that
"the American Federation of Labor
by unanimous vote had agreed not to
meet any representatives from an en
emy country so long as the war last
ed.. 4 That is the spirit of America and
ftrr ths?oasesse!i nnnWrmu van - Tbetter for ng and the Allied csmse " I
GERMANS GOING BACK
v Washington, April 16. The heavy
price the Gernians are paying for
their advance on the Western front
was told in dispatches to the State
Department today, saying that 25
trains i loaded with wounded are pass
ing through Aix-La-'ChapeUe every
The hositals at Aix, the dispatches
said, have been crowded beyond their
capacity and the wounded were lodged
in schools, public buildjngs and even
private houses. There was a great
lack of medical supplies and no mor
It also as reported tht the morale
of the German troops is not good ex
cent among the new levies of the
north and parallel to the La Basse
canal. Givenchy, 'held by the British,
has not been attackd since the re
pulse of strong enemy efforts last
Like the drive in Picardy, the of
fensive in Artois seems to have worn
itself out in the first week. The Ger
mans have ceased their attacks along
the entire front, and are confining
their efforts to "an endeavor to out
flank the Messines ridge. The cap
ture of Neuve Eglise, four miles west
of Bailleul, was. a strategic gain for
Around Wulverghem, between Ne
uve Eglise and the Messines Ridge,
heavy fighting also is going on. The
British have s straightened out then
line fiear Neuve Eglise by retiring to
the northwest. .
Berlin claims, to have gained the
British . Ifnes northeast of Wulver
ghem which would bring them befors
Messines on the eastern slope of the
ridge."... '. .-j . '
On the Picardy battlefield, the 'Ger
man attacks on Hangard have died
down. Very violent artillery fire con
tinues there and the French gunners
have dispersed enemy, infantry at
tempting to advance from Demuin.
On the remainder of the French front
there has been artillery exchanges
The : Germans facing the . Americans
north and east of St. Mihiel' have not
renewed their attack.
The rebel cause in Finland appears
to be in bad straights. German troops
have occupied Helsingfors, the Fin
nish capital, and which v was held by
the "rebels. The Russian fleet of 200
vessels stationed ; at Helsingsfors was
reported to have escaped to Kron
stadt last week ;', w
Danger of a crisis in the' British
cabinet is believed to have been
avoided through a conference the la
bor ministers had with Premier
Lloyd-George. They urged the prem
ier to grant self-government ' to .Ire
land on the basis of the majority re
port of f.&e Irish convention and his
reply if- reported to have been sat
sifactory. Meanwhile, a home v rule
bill is being 'drawn up; and meetings
of protest y agalnst conscription- are
bein,r : throughout Ireland.
1 1 1 L a- ' i
AMERICAN POSITION -CAF ka
-Amsterdam; AprU 16. North f
St. Mihiel on Sunday night say- .i
Wolff Bureau dispatch from Ber
lin, dated Monday, the main part
of the American position situated
to the eastward and southeastward
of Maizey, on the right bank of the
Meuse river, was taken by storm.
A large section of the main enemy
lines of defense oruthe high road
from Si. Mihiel to Rouvrols . (a dis
tance of, three and a half miles),
the dispatch adds was rolled 'up
despite the brave resistance of the
enemy who suffered the severest
casualties in addition to the loss
. CONSCRIPTION ACT
London, April 16. Meetings to pro
test against conscription were held
Monday in 100 parishes in Ireland, all
classes of the population participating
says a dispatch from Dublin to the
Times. The clergy took a leading part
in all the meetings. Resolutions of pro
test are pouring in from public bodies
jand Sinn Fein clubs are very active.
"Unquestionably,' the dispatch adds
"the nresent temner of Nationalist
Ireland is very deplorable1.. The coun
try has lost all senses of proportion
and has forgotten not merely home
rule, but the war. It is a country of
rule, but the war. It is a country of
and some other' towns voluntary re
bruiting has been remarkably good
in the past few days."
AMONG THE MISSING
' 1?VT.K' ATlt ib- Z1
nal C Boiling, former solicitor of the
United States Steel .Corporation, yes
terday reported captured or missing in
General Pershing's list of casualties,
was last seen on the 'morning of
March 25, driving his automobile in a
Northeasterly direction from Amiens
according to private .dispatches re
ceived by former business associates
here today. Colonel Boiling was art
companied by his chauffer. Their des
tination was not stated in the mes
sage, but it is believed they were on
their way to the Franco-British front
to "join American troops sent there
The new information leads the
Colonel's friends to, believe that on
the morning he left Amiens he lost
his way, ran into the German lines
and was captured.
No Copyrights to Eenemies.
Washington, April- 16. President
Wilson today stopped the issuance of
patents and copyrights to enemies and
revoked the authority given Ameri
cans to apply for patents in enemy
Ten New Major Generals and
27 New Brigadier
Washington, April 16. Ten briga
dier generals of the National Army
were nominated today by President
Wilson to be major generals, and 27
colonels were nominated to be briga
dier generals. The major generals
- William P. Burnham, James H. Mc
Rae, 5 Ernest Hinds, Charles S. Farns
worth, Edward F. McGlachlin, Jr.,
Willard A. Holbrook, George B. Dun
can, Charles , H. Martin, James' W.
McAndrew, Leroy S. Lyon.
Those nominated to be brigadier
Colonels Robert H. Noble, Arthur
Johnson, Charles Gerhardt, William
KJ Dashell, Guy H. Preston, Frank M.
Caldwell, Lutz Wahl, Joseph L. Hines,
Joseph C. Castner, Julian R. Lindsey,
George H. Jamerson, Lincoln C. An
drews, Dwight E. Aultman, Ora E.
Hunt, Adrian S. Flejmingj Thomas W.
Darrah, Johnson' Hagood, Lyttle
Brown, Alfred A. Starbird, Edward T.
Donnelly,. Fred T. Austin, William I.
Westervelt, Augustine Mclntyre, Rich
ard . W. Young George A. Wlngate,
Hugh S. Johnson, Lieutenant Colonel
Robert E. Wood.
Will Go to Palestine.
Washington,- April 10. A commis
sion of about 60 members, headed by
John H. Finley, commissioner of ed
ucation of New York, has been sent
to' Palestine, it was announced today
at Red Cross headquarters, to "st-udy
the needs of the ,! people of the Holy
Land and assist , in their .relief.
Disabled Soldiers Not Dis
charged and jCripples are
Called to Arms
HARD PRESSED TO
KEEP UP MAN POWER
Disclosures Made in a Recent
Reichstag Debate Propo-
gandists are, Also Forced
. Into Military Service
New York, April! 16. Germany is
so hard pressed fore man power , that
permanently disabled soldiers are re
tained in the army and cripples are
called to the colors;; This statement
was made in the Reichstag by Dep
uty Ryssel, an Independent Socialist;
on February 23, according to the Ber-.
lin Vorwaerts, a copy of which has
been recfeived here.
Other deputies also laid bare sen
sational conditions prevailing in the
The disclosures were made in a de
bate which was precipitated b'y a mo
tion introduced by Deputies , Mueller-
Meiningen, Peoples' party; Fehren'-
bach, Centrist party; Dr. Stresemann,
National Liberal and Stuecklen So
cialist, requesting the Chancellor to
see to It that the classes of 1869 and
1870 be discharged from the army as
soon as possible and that the- men
of the Landsturm who have been in
a slave service since the beginning
of the war, and who have one year
in the front line trenches, be perma
nently transferred to the home re
Deputy Ryssel said it was explained
that the men in question could not be
withdrawn because they could not be
replaced. He added:
"The resolution adqpted by the
Reichstag two years' ago, providing
for the discharge of persons perma
nently sick and unfit rf or seryice, is
not being acted upon. . Oa the first
reserve battalion Qfjnfantry regiment
been drafted and the same Is the case
regarding infantry regiment number
175 at Graudenz. A man who had
been stricken three times with apo;
plexy was accepted without examina
tion as fit for service in the Husar
regiment at Grossenhanl
"Strkers and such persons as had
caused offense politically areput. into
the army as a punishment. In Rue
stringen 20 men who joined the So
cialist party on January 30 were draft
ed into the army on February 14.
"The soldiers in geperal complain
of insufficient and bad food. What
becomes of the food articles which
are supplied the army? The non
commissioned onicers employed in
the canteens continually take food
home. In such manner some individ
uals enrich themselves by taking
what belongs to the soldiers. Many
officers eat as much as they like
while the soldiers received bad meat
There are now troops who have been
named 'hunger companies.'
"In many instances a furlough may
be bought. It is granted to persons
who have subscribed to the war loan
Those undesirable politically receive
no furlough. Soldiers belonging to
Socialist party are treated like dogs."
Deputy Stuecklen said there were
general and severe criticism of the
fact that soldiers 48 years of age are
still in the trenches. He said the
furlough situation was chaotic 1 and
that much favoritism was being
Soldiers at home were often m
ployed to perform "the most radicu
lous duties," declared Deputy Schoepf
lin, Socialist. One infantry man and
four artillery men, he said, were em
ployed in Swinemuende to guard the
cabbages' of the major in 'command.
General Scheuch, representing the
war department, said no one was be
ing drafted because of political affil
iations. JThis caused laughter among
the Socialists and. the general added.
"But we draft persons proven to be
propagandists or instigators." .
The motion under discussion
adopted by the Reichstag.
SAY THE JAPANESE
Tokio, Wednesday, "April 10. Offi
cial advices from Vladivostok say the
city is calm. Japanese blue jackets
are not replying to occasional shots
from snipers at night. Protection of
the French consulate has been taken
over by the Japanese.
The Japanese foreign office an
nounces; there is no confirmation 6i
a Petrograd dispatch, from the Bol
shevik government has proclaimed a
state or war m aiDena a,na oraeijea
the Red Guard to oppose the Japa
nese marines. -
Toronto Fire Extinguished.
Toronto, April 16. Firemen had
virtually, extinguished this morning
fire which did $750,000 damage at the
plant of the Harris Abbatdir Com
pany at the' Union stock yards, after
burning throughput the night. The
police today are, investigating, a report
of mysterious H explosions preceding
the fire; "r whlclr "started tn the plant's
laundry, r , .
'ETUMB MOM-HE 1
Two Zennelins and 40 Aern-
A A "
planes Burned in Germany,
Geneva, April 16. Enormous loss
was caused by the fire which broke
out Saturday in the Zeppelin works
at Manzel, near Friedrichshafen and
destroyed the plant, which had been
transformed for the manufacture of
airplanes of the Gotha type, accord
ing to reliable reports from Ror
schach on Lake Constance. Vast
quantities of raw materials were
burned and it is reported at Con
stance that two large Zeppelins and
40 airplanes also were destroyed,
comprising the whole fleet then at the
Many warehouses were reduced , to
ashes, as also were the "'offices of the
plant, situated close to the workshops.
The number of victims was consider
able, but as the military authorities
are preventing , any one from ap
proaching the scene of the fire, the
number of killed and injured can
not be learned at present.
Tne fire broke out between 10 .and
11 o'clock on Saturday and burned all
day Sunday, according" to two travel
ers who were in Friedrichshafen on
Sunday. The fire began with-an ex
plosion .'and there were frequent ex
plosions throughout Saturday night
and the following day, apparently dijie
to the bursting of gasoline tanks and
There was . something like a panic
- W-V wuei "u"fJ
Masses of debris were hurled into the
air by the explosions.
GERMAN PRISONERS .
MUST EARN BOARD
Washington, April 16 The War
Department has decided' to make the
German prisoners of war now held in
this country earn their keep. Orders
were sent to the army officerss com
manding the enemy prison camps at
Forts McPherson and Oglethorpe, Ga...
authorizing them, to utilize the labor
of the 1,370 inmates in completing a
new system of roads about the post.
The proposal that interned aliens,
Including crews of interned merchant
ships also be put to work has been
taken under consideration. Under in
ternational law, they cannot be forced
to work except at such labor as is
necessary to keep their place of in
terment in a sanitary condition. It is
expected that these prisoners will be
given an opportunity to volunteer
for other work at a fair rate of com
pensation. ARGUMENT RESUMED
N CHILD LAD
Solicitor General Davis Argues
for Law, Morgan O'Brien
Washington, April 16 Resuming
argument today before the Supreme
Court in the government's attempt to
sustain the constitutionality of he
Federal" Child Act, of '1916, Solicitor
General Davis drew a runnig fire of
questions and comrrient from 7 the jus
tices when he stated that underlying
this statute is the con-iction that
child labor is always and everywhere
an inherently evil . thing, and all
statutes are a reflection of the priv
ilege open in the public mind.
Ho asserted that 'Congress had
pow,r nndcr the Interstate Commerce
clause to forbid transportation of com
modities which were not undesirable
in. themselves. -
"Congress can look to the. welfare
of citizens in the places products are
to be delivered as well as in the
places of production," he added, cit
ing the repeal of State laws against
child labor, forced., he said, because
other States allqwed it.
Morgan G. O'Brien, of New. York,
opened the attack upon the' law, fol
lowing the Solicitor General.
The statute was held unconstitu
tional by the Federal Court in the
Western Strict of North Carolina,
frcm which an injunction restraining
its enforcement was secured, and is
noir appealed directly to the Supreme
Court by the government. It forbids
the interstate shipment of products
of Industrial ; establishments where
children under li years are employed
or children over 14, but under .16, are
employed for more than ; eight hours
This Morning's , Report In
creased Last Night's by
Washington, April 16. Liberty sub
scriptions amounting to $806,465250,
7ere reported today to the treasury
from 11 of the 12 Federal Reserve
districts. This is ,$114,853,450 more
than was reported last night and in
cludes most of Monday's subscrip
tions. No report has come from the
Minneapolis district, where the selK
ing campaign started yesterday.
Reports from Ideal ymmittse con
tinue to tell of the receipt of a lar jq
number of subscriptions from persons
of small means and of the withhold
ing of the bigger subscriptions by
banks until later in the campaign.
The number of small towns which
have exceede.d their quotas Is so
great that the treasury has given up
efforts to keep a complete roll.
The Kansas City district reports
that honor flags have been won by
33 counties and 147 towns, and that
many ' communities are new asking
for honor flag stars indicating the
doubling their allotment.
Iowa reports It quota 38 per cent,
In Chicago a holiday has been- de
clared in most industries and com
mercial houses for Saturday, when
a big Liberty Loan parade will be
IN COTTON FUTURES
New York, April 16. -Upon the
opening of the New York cotton mar
ket today another severe decline in
prices, the failure of Gay L. Schiffer,
one of the best known floor brokers
on the Exchange, was announced. It
was . said his liabilities were not
large. ' Schiffer became a member of
the Exchange in 1893.N
.Initial prices today showed breaks
of from 45 to 110 points. May open
ed at 28.50, July at 27.75, and Octo
ber at 26.30.
TEN HUN TRAWLERS
SUNK BY BRITISH
Lqndon, April. 16. Ten German
trawlers have been sunk by gunfire
in the Cattegat (between Sweden and
Denmark), th.e admiralty announces.
Their crews were saved by British
ships. There were no British casual
ties. The operations Jn the Cattegat. the
statement says, were undertaken by
the comander -in -chief of the Grand
Although the market continued ex
tremely nervous,' a quick recovery fol
lowed, October selling up to 26.90.
Liverpool cabled, heavy selling or
ders here, the market there record
ing the maximum decline permitted j
in one day.
The initial break- was equivalent, to
$5 a bale, or about $30 a bale IJMBw
the highest of the season. .
Mines Tied Up
Cumberland, Md April 16. The
mines of the Georges Creek and Up
per Potomac coal fields are tied up
today as the result of a strike of
6,000 meri who declare "they will re
main out until grievances are satis
fied. The question of wages is not in
volved, it is understood but the men
say they want better , working condi
tions. Recognition of the. miners un
ion is said jto .be one of the principal
Government Psye 1o RaHrcad.
New York, April lS.-The first
large payment raade by the United
States government to a railroad since
tt tnr nnntml nf tq ? Irno A 3 txriie art-
lounced today with tne reCeipt by
th Bankers Trust. Company4from
Washington of $43,964,000 to take up
outstanding notes of the New York,
New Haven and Hartford .Railroad
Company. The money was taken from
the $500,000,000 war finance fund..
Clemenceau Returns From, Front,
Paris, April .16. Premier. Clemen
ceau returned to Paris last night from
the ibattlefront where he had been
getting into close touch, with condi
tions. The impression of the situa
tion which he brought back to the
capital with him, was a favorable
99 Year Lease on Oil Wells.
Amsterdam, , April 16. In connecv
tion with the provision of the Rouma
nian -peace' treaty giving Germany .a
lease ;of 99 years on the. Rumanian oil
wells, the ; Berlin Tages Zeitung re
ports, XJermanyhas reserved the right
of military, occupation of the-oil pro-
uucing lemiory, tor "several years.
Arrived in America this Morn
ing After Absence of
WITH HIS VISIT
Exxpressed Satisfaction Wtih
Achievements of American
and Allied Fo'rces Hurries
(An Atlantic Port, April 16. Secre- ,
tary Baker returned to America to
day, after a journey to Europe impell- '
ed by his desire to confer with Brit
ish, French and Italian military and
political leaders regarding his own
country's co-operation in the war
against Germany and by his wish also
tp become intimately acquainted with
the American troops under arms in ,
France. On this unprecedented mis
sion the Secretary was out of the i
country about six weeks. "I return
with a sense of pride and conflfidence -;
in the achievements of the United
States and Allied troops abroad that
would Justify many trips across the
water," the Secretary said, as he
stepped aboard of a train which will v
take him to Washington.
This was the only statement the
Secretary said he cared to make until ;
his return to Washington, where he
promised a broad review of bis voy
age and its results. Those "who re
turned with the Secretary said they
did not doubt but that they reflected
Mr. Baker's feeling when they said
there was complete optimism and con
fidence among the' peoplea , of the
Entente nations that the war would
Apparently in perfect physical trim,.;
with color in Jiis chellanUager"
to plunge into his duties at Washing- ,
ton, the Secretary stepped Ashore, at
8:30 o'clock this, morning, from the .
deck of a ship, which once sailed the
seas asa German merchantman. -
Accompanying the Secretary were
Major General W. M. Black, chief of
engineers; Colonel M. L. Brett, ord
nance department, and Ralph Hayes,
Mr. Baker's private secretary.
Questions asked of the Secretary by ,
newspaper men remained unanswered.
"Not a word," he said, in reply 'to,
queries as to his opinion regarding -the
Irish situation, aircraft production
and the appeal of Arthur J. Balfour,v
the British foreign secretary, for the
United States ' to hurry troops to :'
France. "All I can say is what 1
have given you," the Secretary added.
Mr. Baker first learned today of the
death of Senator Stone, of Missouri.
"I must express my deep regret
said. - "
Mr. Baker said : he would be pre
pared to discuss' later the historical "
voyage which took, him td England r
and France, -where he conferred with
the Entente war leaders, military and
political, and General Pershing and
assembled military facts which he
will present to President Wilson.
The Secretary left American shored
about six weeks ago, arriving at a . "
French port on March 10. At Paris-j
he conferred with Arthur J. Balfour,,
British foreign secretary, and General
Foch, of the French army. ;
The great engineering feats rttich '
Americans have accomplished to ac-"', : i;: !;(
commodate the accumulating arrival .? T, r'i i
Inspected by the Secretary. t - . .
He tpured the American lines oi
communication, at one point narrow- : .
ly escaping injury from a German '
ehell. He visited the Belgian front
and met King Albert, went to Lon
don and was received by Kin
George, and visited Premier 'Lloyd''.:
George and American Ambassador;
Returning to France, Mr. Baket
conferred with General Pershing, ap- V ',
proving the American commander i.
action in placing his troops at the un-
qualified disposal f General Foch.
Early this month Mr. . Baker wenJ .
to Venice, inspecting the ruins caused
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army -neauquH.ri.ers ana was weicomea ;
at Rome by the American ambassador y '
and the Italian officials. He conferred ? . -with
Premier Orlando and the foreign i'-'-and
war ministers. - Returning to j
Paris on-April 4 he attended the cer-. . .
emony held in celebration of the an- .
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Clemenceau. ' .
The Secretary's departure for",
America was shrouded In the same V
secrecy as that which attended his;
embarkation when he left for Europe t
and until his arrival here today noth-, '
ing had been published regarding his,
. More Drastic Shipping Laws.
- Washington, t; April 16. Proposed
legislation giving the President ow-
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was urged before the House-Merchant ; .jV ; :
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Boardv .officials. A bill seeking fur ;f
thr to., curb the . disposal, .to foreign ; '
nations -ships built in this country a " .
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