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PHILADELPHIA, THURSDAY, DECEMBER !. 1015.
CaptmonT, 1013 nt tup Pretto I.tnorn Commit.
PRICE (XSTE CENT
GERMANY'S NATIONAL FUTURE
AT STAKE, CHANCELLOR INSISTS
IN REICHSTAG 'PEACE' DEBATE
War One of Defense Only, Kaiser's
Spokesman Declares to Socialist
Interpellation Refuses to
Specif y Terms rUp to Allies
PEACE STATEMENTS MADE
BY BELLIGERENT STATESMEN
In the course of the present week statesmen of three of the warring
European nations have made formal statements on the text of peace.
Premier Asquith, in the House of Commons, spoke guardedly, yes'
ltrday " proposals of a serious character for a general peace are put
forward by the enemy Government, cither directly or through a neutral
Power, they will be discussed by the Allied Governments."
Chancellor von Bcthmann-Hollweg, regarded as the Kaiser's spohes
man, said in the Reichstag today "As long as in the countries of our
entmies the guilt and ignorance of statesmen arc entangled with con
fusion of public opinion, it would be folly for Germany to malic peace
proposals which Would not shorten, but lengthen, the duration of the War,
"If our enemies make peace proposals compatible with Germany's
dignity and safety, then we shall always be ready to discuss them," he
Albert Thomas, French minister of Munitions, in a speech early in the
week, declared that the Allies would require the cession of Alsace and
Lorraine to France, guaranteed independence of Serbia and Belgium and
crushing of Prussian militarism as preliminary to an end of hostilities.
This represents the Allies' main demands. Germany demands a
gateway to the Orient, enlarged trade opportunities, buffer kingdoms
between the German frontier and France and Russia and territory for
Bulgaria and Turkey.
German Chancellor's views on peace given December 9, 1915:
"Germany will not offer peace proposals."
"Germany is ready to discuss peace proposals made by Allies which
are compatible with Germany's dignity and safety."
"Germany is fighting in its own defense and its life and liberty must
British Premier's utedge, given November 9, 1914:
"We shall not sheath the sword infii the military domi
nation of Prussia is finally destroyed."
DERLIX, Dec. 9.
The Imperial Gormag chancellor, on
Bethmann-llollweg today refused to state
possible terms of peace, In reply to the
demand made l the German Socialists,
In an Interpellation by their leader, Dr
Instead, he made It plain to a great
inhering in the ltelchstag that any peace
proposals must come fiom Germunj s
"For the German nation." said the
Chancellor, "tills war has alvvas re
mained what it was nt the beginning
t nr of defense for the German nation
und'her future "
Von- Hcthtnaim-llollwrg emphatically
Irrvpl notice on tho quadruple Rntcnte
tkat they must abandon completely the
Idea of crusliInK Germany or so-called
"Prussian militarism " The Allies still
ding to this notion, lie added, "with naive
He Indicated, too, that Germany would
not consider ns one of the possible terms
ef peace tne suricmler to franco of Al-lace-I.orrnlne
He met the French claims on Alsace
Lorraine on the "nationality basis" with
the statement lh.it S7 per cent, of the Al
nce Inhabitants speak German. And he
taunted Kngland by inquiring what would
happen If the same "nationally" test
tre applied In the British possessions In
India and llgvpt
NOT A W Alt OF CONQUDST.
"Vie do not tight to subjugnto other na
tions," was one of tho Chancellor's strik
es periods "Wo light for the protection
of life and llbertv.
"If our enemies make peace proposals
compatible with Germany's dignity and
Mfety, then we shall alua.vh be rendy to
discuss them, ' was another assertion.
And a moment later: "This war can
only be determined by a peace which
rives human certitude that it will not re
turn," cucnnuD i-Y nuicusTAG.
Thronged galleries heard the Chancel
lor declaration It was known more
than a week in advance that the Chan
cellor would make his expected nnswer
to the demands of the .Socialists today,
and all tickets to tho ltelchstag were at
a. premium several days ago.
American Ambassador Gerard and
other members of tho diplomatic corps
attended toda s session. In the big
throne were many otltcers just returned
from the front and wearing their gray
Bern uniforms, some of them. Including
Socialist otriclals. decorated with tho
Continued on 1'nge Tito, Column One
It seems that we were cheated out of
that blUzard after all; and It looked
le the real thing for a while, too. with
woee millions of white flakes floating
own-where are they now? There are
jome pepie, it happens, by the way, who
o not care for blizzards, but they are
w and far between. What we hope
iMse Intermittent snow Hurries are
working up to Is a real, regular, old
luhloned heavy snow, beginning at about
o clock on the afternoon of December
Ji and continuing into the night, while
U over cider and ginger cakes, tak
?! n occasional glance out the window
i the white, padded street and the
pedestrians stumbling along out there.
, , inat would make that long-awaited
weelc-end equal to two Chrlstmases rolled
For Philadelphia and vicinity
linerally fair tonifiht and Friday;
1 filthily colder tonight; moderate
LOST AND FOUND
MtoSiS. Cl 'V1"- a Uv loving cup on
ffiuY ve.n,J, Pec- - hi the JJoo.e Hall;
Sr,l!',.or..,aHen by mistake Flnirr nltaso
HiBdii?. ' u"iv ochmldt. 1231 Market t.
nri ''rr1-0 ' diamond sunburnt brooch, Sal-
iSi.hV, If Party woo found tame will
ta ?.JS wo ,Cooper street. Camden, they
tthVlniHVTTPNTlt- gM leeie button.
St.ftU.'?u B- ,3- or " J on back.
BulKr!' Vuni bemer mult In Wana-
iZ.If lloom File dolljra nurd, nn
C SKo ned Helurn to .fcKH Cbe.tnut. at.
U ui,Aft:.Lo!i,sa'l nandbae. on train b'
6 k v. V.ies'ia,'" S""1 Dr-wd St fetation.
BfiErl!f 'eaard atjlooro 281. City Hall.
F 27 llilt"-odced Lat :I- Range 0. Section
JuVhiS, fos Cemetery. Howard. s&S
CUfflM?"!,-0?'- TroaiJ,"beten "BerkiT
ffjS?" H turn tijyi N Broad at lteard
Jt.rd l t i 2 ' r'il. ensraied " Bei-a. "
jIra. Telephone l!arin2 IU
'per CfcneJ 4i, ott p,e, jj an4 ts
ARMY BILL PLANS
PAY FOR THE MEN
IN STATE MILITIA
First Defense Measure
Fixes It at 25 Per Cent.
of Regulars' Rate
CLASH IS EXPECTED
The Military Dill at a Glance
Ii entitled "An Act to lncrrne the
efllrlrnry of the mllltnry efttnlililiment
nf the United Mnten."
l'roIde rtdrnil pay for the orcnnlzeil
IncreuseH the reRnlnr army from 108.
000 to 141,81.1 nillcerH and enlisted men.
I'roildert fur hIx infttrad of four nddl
tionul reKlmt'iitH nf field artillery, and
li Instenil of 15 additional companies of
I'rmldeH for 32 rompanlen of mast
nrtlllery nnd for four nero bquadron.
Authorizes the continental urmy of 400,000
men, an uked for by the I'reitldent, to
be rnised In three Instalment of 133,000
IlrinKH Infantry orirnnlzatlon up to
ninilmum htreinrth, but floes not nutlior
Ize the ten additional infuntry reRiments
asked for hy the Tresldent.
Term of enlistment In the continental
nriu) Is sit jeurs. three with the rolort
anil three in the renular reserve.
1'resldent appoints nil oflicerH. but those
nboe the luuk of lieutenant cidonel In
the lontincntul army must be lonllrmed
by the hrnate.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 9.-Tho first of the
prepnredncss bills, that creating the new
regular army of defense, virtually was
completed today by Representative Hay,
chairman of the House Committee on
Military Affairs. The bill will be taken
up In committee before It is introduced
In the House. If the ltepubllcan mem
bers of tho committee are announced by
Saturday, as Is expected. Chairman Hay
will call tho first meeting for next Mon
day and public hearings will begin Tues
day. The measure will then go before
the House as the collective thought of
First of all, the Hay bill fails to provide
for 10 regiments of infantry that the
President asked for. On the other hand,
without executive suggestion there is In
cluded the mooted proposition providing
Federal pay for the organized militia of
the several States.
The measure Is the first radical depar
ture from a nonmilitury policy, except
Continued on race Two, Column Three
UN GRANDE INCENDIO
NEL PORTO DI GENOVA
Migliaia di Barili di Petrolio e
di Balle di Cotone e Venti
I'll telegramma da Genoa dice che un
grande e vlolento Incendio e" scoppiato
questa mattlna nel porto e I e' presto
propatsato al docks, distruggendo quanto
vl era. Migliaia dl barlll d petrolio cho
erano nel maguzzlnt del docks sono es
plosi. e settemila balle dl cotone e grand!
quantlta' idl parafflna sono undate per
dute. Inoltre ventl vagoni ferroviarll
bono statl rldottl in cenere Nulla si sa
ancora circa to causo dell'iucendlo, ma si
temo che bl trattl dl Incendio doloso, e
non e' linprobablle che un qualche agente
teutonlco abbia compluto II delitto.
(Ueggere In i patina le ultimo e plu"
dettagllate notUle bulla guerra. in
Man Stricken on Street Dies
A 72-year-old man who fell unconscious
at Vh street and Snder avenue today
died at the Mount Sinai Hospital less
than au hour after he was admitted to
that lnst'tutlon. He was Mendel Dletz,
ox ZM South 6tb, street, jj
FRENCH COMMISSIONERS HERE TO VISIT WAR PLANTS
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Left to rirjht Wnltcr P. Miller,
Vibien, director of tho Nationnl
the Syndicate of Spinners. The
SUSPECTED GERMAN SPY CAUGHT
AT DU PONT'S HOPEWELL PLANT
Detectives Declare They Found Him in Act of Blowing
Up Shipping Shed Blueprints Found
in His Trunk
HOl'lWi:!,!., Va Dec. 0 A suspected
German spy with a powerful Held gl.iss
and blue prints in his possession was or
rcsttd hero hist night In the Du I'ont
Company's plant. Detectives say he wns
in the act of placing a high explosive In
the shipping shed. A Greek nrrested with
hint nt the time wns released this morn
ing. The man Is lodged Is jail on ther du
Pont Company's plant. Detectives nro
said to hno trailed him from northern
Lnrxo quantities of gun cotton rendy for
shipment wore stored In the shipping
warehouse, which the man la alleged to
BANK AT LOGAN,
The Independence, Officers
Say, Will Pay Depos
itors in Full
FEW LARGE ACCOUNTS
The Hank of Independence, at Ilrnad
and Wlndrlm acnues, I.ogan. an institu
tion founded last Tebruary under State
supervision ciht months airo, closed Its
doors today, after the olllclaU decided
that It could not bo made a paslng ven
ture There was no run, and depositors
accepted the statement of bank olilcers
tint all liabilities nro to be paid In full.
A similar announcement was made by
Stato Hanking Commissioner William H.
Smith from his homo nt S.T .North G3d
street, where ho Is confined" by illness.
Mr. Smith said the Institution had not
been successful and that all deposltorj
would get their money. Deposits now.
ho said, amount to about J0.0OO. The
business of tho bank Is to be liquidated.
Offlcers of the bank are.
1'resldent, Alfred C. Watson
Vice president, John Snjder.
Cashier, D. A. McMonlgle.
Counsel, John V. Connelly.
The directors Include the president, the
vice president and J. T. Haden. A. II
Nlssley and William W. Heludel.
1'L.AN'S NOT nEAUZED.
The institution wns founded In the beau
tiful and lapldly growing Logan section
In the belief that It would become one of
the most successful and powerful sec
tional banks In the city. Contrary to ex-
.!,...., I.nulnoao M. n fttnW COmlnC 111.
The deposits at no time, It is said, reached
the expectations oi mo " uw.
The small unsigned typewritten notice
pasted on the glass door of the Institu
tion which announced the cessation of
business caused cgnslderable excitement
among depositors, many of whom had
Christmas money deposited In the bank.
The notice read
"A liquidation committee Js appointed
to close up the business of this bank. All
parties interested will be notified."
Vice President Snder, who lives at
16th and Huicomb streets, gae positive
assurance today that all depositors will
be paid in full.
"The reason for closing the bank Is
that it was not paying and tho stock
holders could not see their way clear to
carrying the business on at a loss," he
said. "I promise that all depositors will
be paid In full and that all losses will be
shouldered by tho stockholders
"The matter is In the hands of the
liquidators now," be said, "and I hao
been advised by counsel not to give out
"Are the assets of the bank greater
than the liabilities?" he was asked.
"Yes, they are," he replied.
"Was this action forced upon the of.
ficlals of the bank?" was the next ques
tion. "No, we were not forced," was the
reply. "It was merely dclded to b" th
best policy I expect that an official
statement wlU be Issued later, and I
must ask that further Inquiry be delay 4
until that time."
chairman of Enlertninmcnt Committee, Chamber of Commerce; M. L.
Hank of Credit: Maurice Damour, M. E. Dolnsnlle-Thirioz, secietary of
photo was taken in front of the Bcllevue-Stratfonl Hotel todny as they
started on a tour of the city.
hae attempted to blow up The bus
would have been sevouil hundred thou
x.mcls of dollais had the man succeeded
In his ntlegcd attempt.
The man under arrest came hero several
weeks ago anil obtained work In tube
limiHc No I. He left his work In that
section of the plant last night. Detec
tives followed him and arrested him it
the shipping shed.
In his trunk, In one of the compnny's
mink hftUHts, were found blue prints nnd
photournphs of -nearly every unit of the
lnnrn plnnt here
OIII"iftlH of the company refuse to dis
close tho prisoner's nnme Tho State De
partment at Washington haH been notl
lied, and eccict service men nre hero
working on tho case.
Councils to Act Favorably
on These Parts of
PASS LOAN ORDINANCE
Phlladelphlnns will have opportunlt
nt the special election lebruniy S to as
suro the construction of the Hroad stieet
Mibwuy from Ieague Island to Olney
nvenue. the rrnnkford elevated, spurs
from the northern end of the subwny In
northeasterly and' northwesterly diec
tlons and other high-speed transit lines
that Councils may direct.
Tho ordinance that when voted on fa
vorably by the people will authoilze tho
Increase of the cltj's borrowing capac
ity by J30.COO.000 was Introduced to City
Councils today. It will be passed with
out opposition. It then will be advertised
for 30 da s and will go before the people
Half the amount of the new loan that
Is to be made will be spent on the con
struction of subnavs and elevated lines
in accordance with the Taylor transit
f plan. That part of the authorizing ordi
nance referring to the transit pian is as
"I.'or the construction of u subway In
Urnad stieet, from League Island to
Olney nvenue, with the necessary branch
lines northeast and northwest front Bioud
street, and the construction of an ele
vated railway from Front und Arch
streets to Ilhuwn street, la Front street,
Kensington avenue nnd Frunkford uve
nue to Itlmwn street, and tho construc
tion of such other subway and elevated
railways as shall be authorized by Coun
This leaves with City Councils absolute
authority to sav whether or not the sub
wa loop shall be constructed Director
of City Transit U. Jlcrritt Taj lor ai.a
other engineers consider the loop an abso
lute essential to tho system The ordi
nance also avoids mention of the Dai by
elevated line, giving Councils power to
authorize Ibis later at its discretion
Otherwise tl.e ordinance is In accord with
the Taj lor plan.
Tho other Improvements to be provided
fot by the !0,O00,0i0 loan are:
Harbor und pier Imyroicn enl. U)O.iiO0
Itenunal of grade iroulnEa. S. I'hlU 1 1") oil
Other grade crouMnv removu)4 l.uu.uio
I'arkway ... . ?.uijo.0.0
Main sewers L'.ooo.Ouil
llranch cra I.uio.khi
llrldcea - ,. I.Ouiomj
heuasa dUpoxal plants '.',000.0(10
Hepaving turrets '. I. IT-.(!
Gradlns ktrecU l.niu.oiiO
Country roads 7uO ooo
ravine InUreectlona .VX.lax)
lioulel anls 1.0ho,ik
League Inland l'ark .Viu.imu
Water nuppl) , I'.rjiiouo
Hy berry , tr.ooo.tKiO
rhll.idelpb.la Hospital I'.iXO.chU
Art lluncum 3.i cm)
1 Ikmnr 1 l.kll.l
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Kali mount Fark IOioooii
Small Pirka ,,, 7rouki
IJleireatlon centres . TM.ux)
onventloa Hall . . 1 0O 0o0
MuuUipal "ourt l.OoO.OoO
FU4 eol police atattona - 1,000,000
DR. STEELE VIEWS
AS A "MONSTER"
Likens Organization to
Sure to Cause Mischief
OFFENSE TO THE CHURCH
SOME OF DOCTOR STEELE'S
OPINIONS ON "STONEMEN,r
n liunilrril tlimifinntl men who lifril
toRftlirr iviU Rtt Into politic not lulrr.
hut try Minn.'
"Any one who toiifhft thut projrtt nf
ti $300,000 cluhhniitr will find lilt IIukcph
hurnril Mionrr or Inter, with IhmiicJal
"Ami, hit man nature hflnc "hut tt 1m,
pro-rrotrstant nnd nntl-Cuthnllr arc nnl
names for u ilNtlm tlon ulthout n tltf
Ton manj of thr ilfty Imir far too
I one left the Hortl of (toil tu nrrr
It not tliN the nlniple, toll), hnnl
fait: 'Unit It uan nlen from itmler the
er ikksch of Its rarl) organizer hy the
No Name Sim let and made to all IntentH
und purpose pnlithar"
"line parish In this diocese has put the
uhole KpUiopnl ( hurdi to rmharruoK
'I Know thut we nlll all asree that
hurreptltlons, dark, tlandehtlne aH,
pasM uriN, decrene, Inltlutlnns, t',,
lime mi plare either In the lanKuase or
life of the Chunh.
Tho Itev. Dr David M. Steele, lector
of the episcopal t-'huich of St. I. alio and
tho Kpiphnu, In mi oprn letter to the
Ilcv. Dr Wllllnm II Itobcrta, stated eleik
of the Prcsbterlan Geneial Assqmbl, to
day urged that the clcromen of Phila
delphia opio.o the cntlie Stonemen's I'cl
The letter wns sent to Doctor Roberts
to explain vvbv the rttv. Dr. Steele refuses
to seivo on the committee of 3i clcrgj
roen anil lajmen named to confer with tho
Itev. II C Stone nml (eorgo Wharton
I'epper by Doctor Hoberts. It had been
the Intention of the ministers, bucking
the movement in opposition to tho ritual
of tho organization to tiy to have ter
taln lAodlticatlons made in the methods
ot iiilminlsterlng degrees. Doctor Steele
urgis that. Instead of supporting tho
fellowship in mi) vvu. the ministers work
to hive It "disbanded before worse mis
chief begins "
' It Is no point of its ritu.il I would take
Continued on Tuko Six, Column 'two
ATTACK ON FLAMES
Spectacular Blaze in Butter
worth Textile Machinery
Plant in Kensington
Members of the centur'j-old ll rm of II.
W. Iluttcrwoith Sons Company, manu
facturers of textile machinery led their
emplo)fs teday in a spectaculur uttack
upon the llrst lire the plant has had since
It was established In 1!0.
The blaze started in the coal building,
containing bins in which are 300 tons of
pea coal, and is believed to have been
the result of spontaneous combustion. It
spread from there to the adjoining store
house. In which are many valuable pat
terns and 20 tons of imported plated sheet
Iron. One end of the coal building was
deatrojed. and damage by wutcr in the
storehouse brought the total loss bovo
Twenty of the employes in the plant,
which is on both sides of York street, be
low Cedar, the ottices being at 2115 Kast
York, are trained to tight tints, and,
led by Charles Miugus, their chief,
dragged a hose from the machine shop
cm the south side over to the north side
of the street, where the tire was. They
pushed a freight car out of the urd and
ran it along the tracks into the street.
Carrjing the hose to the top of the car,
they played a stream upon the burning
At the same time Harry W, Dutter
worth and other members of the Arm led
a pp.rt' tq the roof of the storehouse,
and with aves fought the Uaines. which
were mst beginning to set foothold on
BRITISH ACTION INDICATES SIX YEARS OF WAR
LONDON Dec, 0. Sir John Simon, the Homo Secretary, Intro
duced the Government fniiinmetit nnd Registration bill in the House
of Commons Hits ttfleiuoon. The bill provides that the life of the
iiiesent Pailtmncnl shall be nt lenst six ycais. This indlrates that
the Cabinet believes the wnr will last at Icnst six years.
STEPHEN PHILLIPS. ENGLISH POET'DRAMATISTi DEAD
OND01. Dec. n. stepltpu rhilllps, Biitish poet and dramatist,
died totlty ni Deal.
"HIKERS" SjMASHING RECORDS YET
MaVUISO SQUAXtt GAnmiN, New Yoik, Dec. 0. The learlng
teams iu the slxday bicycle laco wete five Iniia ahead of the 1014'
iccoid this afternoon nt ii o'clock. They had traveled 1731 miles.
STRAUS SUCCEEDS McCALL ON SERVICE COMMISSION
ALHAXV, Doc. !L Onvoinor Whitman totlliy niipointeil Oirnr Straus
rhnlrtiian of Un- Public Horvloo romniisiloii, llrst district, tti succeeil K. B.
COAIAIUNIPAW SAILS FROM ALEXANDRIA
LONDON, Dec. .- A LIoii'h UNjiatrli uttites that the American oil stcamor
Comnninlji.ivv x.illoil fiom AlrMiiulrhi Weilncilay. The Cotnmunlp.iw wns llrst
reportotl In have been torpedoed ami Blink by u submnrlne In tho Mediter
ranean off the Aft Iran roast. Later it was said she was attacked but escaped.
Hie FIRE SWEEPS GENOA QUAYS
H:.'OA. llnl.v. Per. !. A ilpviistatlUK lire, fnil by oil and cotton, swept
the (iia.vs tiidn). 'riiiiiixaiiilH of li.urcls of oil stoieil In tho warehouses
exploded. Seven thousand balen of cotton, ns well as Krcat quantities of
IMialllti. vveie drstroved. Tvvent.v loaded iiillvvay iuh were also burned.
CARRANZA NAMES ARREDONDA U. S. AMBASSADOR
AVASIIINGTON, Dec. !. Kllsco Arredomln, foimcr Carranza agent In tho
I lilted Stntes, has been appolntoil Mexican Ambassador to this country, tho
State Department announced today.
U-BOATS SINK TWO MORE BRITISH SHIPS
LONDON, Dec. 1 The fun. ml steamer Vol la and the steamship Gou
l.mdris have been sunk by submatlues. The eievv of the Veria, which was a
vessel of 321'0 tons, was saved. The Vol in was built In 1S99 uivl hailed from
Llveipool. It was in the Medlteiraneati soivice.
TURKS HARASS RETREATING BRITISH
roNSTANTINOIM,i:. Dec. 'J. In constant clash with the retrcntliiK British.
Turkish mlv.inco columns have reached Sheikh Sand, a few miles from tho
IJritlsh base at Kut-el-Amarn.
"We. continue to harass the enemy's telreat." said- toUaYjsqlUuIal. stato
mehk! iiiiiifSlHiiR some enemy columns attempting to escape. Wo have cap
tured 300 camels."
REICHSTAG TO BE ASKED FOR NEW $2,500,000,000 LOAN
I:i:KLI.V, Dec. . Tim ileifliatiiir will bo asked to vote a credit of 10.000,
000,000 marks, supplementary to tho mm budKot. tho Overseas News Agency has
announced. At the normal rate of exchange, this credit would represent ,500,
000,000 in L'fiited States money. At tho picbcnt lime, hovvevci. it would repre
tent only about $2,000,000,000. Assuming the noimal rato of exchange tho new
credit would make a total of $10,000,000,000 voted by Germany for war.
COLONEL TO USE HIS BIG GUNS AT HOME
TOltONTO, Ont.. Dec. 9. "I cannot speak In Toronto until tho war is over;.
I cannot trust myself, for I would certainly say what would be unwlso to say."
In these words, spoken with strong feeling. Colonel ISoosovelt gave his refusal
to Major Deacon, president of tho Toronto Cnnadlan Club, when tho former
1'resldent was asked to address the club in the near future.
AUSTRIAN SUBMARINE SINKS ITALIAN CRUISER
VIENNA, Dec. 9.- An official statement issued last night f.ays: "One of
our submarines on the morning of the 5th sank a small Italian cruiser with two
funnels olf Valon.i lArlona), Albania."
SLAV GUNS BRING ZEPPELIN TO EARTH
rUTUOUKAD, Dec. 9. One of tho heavy Russian batteries foiced a Ger
man airship to descend In the region of Mcrrcudorf, north of Italdon, according
to un ollicinl repmt. Tho Uus.si.iii bombaidment was maintained upon that
vicinity ami n loud explosion was heard, which may have resulted from the
destruction of tho airship bv our (lie.
MINNESOTA'S PLIGHT NOT DUE TO PLOT
SAN KIJANC1SCO, Dec 9. A wireless mebsugo received from Captain
Garlick, of the disabled liner Minnesota, declared that tho troubles of the Minne
sota were cntircl mechanical, that thero had been no mutiny and no trouble
with the crew. Accoiding to n wireless iccelveil from tho wrecking steamer
In qua, tho Minnesota was being towed toward San Fnmclsco at from four und
a half to live knots an hour nnd woulj be In tho vicinity of San Pedro tomorrow
morning, and expected to reach San Kranclsco next Wednesday. All her 16
boilers nro out of commission.
GERMAN PLOTTERS REPORTED AT WORK IN SPAIN
LONDON. Dec. 9 According to tlie newspaper Dl Itadical, extensive German
plots to destroy railway lines, bridges and tunnels In tho Province of Uuclva
(in southwestern Spam, north of Cadiz, and close to tho Portuguese frontier) havu
been brought to light The schemo is to wreck enterprises connected with or
owned by the Allien It is. stated that German money to the extent of $500,000
Is being sent to the district for the purpose of sabotage, Barcelona Is named
ns the headquarters of tho plot, which in its ramifications bears a resemblance
to the couspii acics recently une.u tiled in the United, States.
ONLY 50 FEET OF EARTH BLOCKS PANAMA CANAL
PANAMA, Dec. 9 Only CO feet of earth now separates the waters of the
channel in tho Galllard cut of the Panama Canal. This little neck of land, less
than 20 feet high, probably can bo removed by diedges in u few days. Although
the prospects are that the waters of the two sections of tho canal will speedily
Join each other, there is no expectation that the channel will be ready for tho
passage of ships for many weeks. Colonel Goethals bas the slides have not
jet stopped and might close the canal again befoie the operations are completed.
CURTISS BUILDING 10-TON WARPLANE FOR BRITAIN
lU'KFALO, N. Y.. Dec. 9. An ueroplaue weighing 10 tons, with a crulslmr
radius of 675 miles ut a speed of 75 miles an hour. Is under construction hero in
the Curtlss factory. It Is expected that, within a few months this great "dreatU
nought of the air" will be ready for night. It will bo sent to Great Britain and
will be used in lighting Zeppelins and submarines. The machine will he six,
times as large as tho America, at present the biggest battleplane In tho world,
It will have a wing span of 133 feet, a length of CS fiwt and will be propelled
by six motors of the V-2 Curtlss. type of 160 horsepower each. It will carry
eight passengers and mount several guns.
BRITAIN DELAYS REQUISITIONING OF HOCKING
WASHINGTON, Dec. 9. IlequUitioning b the Urltlsh Government of the
American Transatlantic Line steamship Hocklng.'piotested by the State Depart
ment, has been postponed for three weeks, Secietary Lansing lias been advised.
The steamer Is at Halifax, where it wus taken by a British warship. Ambas
sador Page's presentation at London of the American protest is believed to bo
one cause of the postponement The Amerunn Consul General at Halifax has
Informed the State Department t m Ibf i rlzp court there allowed lost "week
the requisition moved by tbp an nv s f . r ttc crovvm Postponement wa
obtained by the Eng'lsh Attorney General ut the request of Colonial authorities.