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GENERAL NEWS NOTES OF THE DAY. President Wilson defined his position on woman suffrage in a letter to Miss Mary M. Childs. a government employee here, reiterating his belief that the question is a state issue. "I am deeply impressed with the woman suffrage question," wrote the president, "but I believe it can best lie worked ont by the states rather than through a change in the fundamental law of the natlou. "Such a change would run too far and too fast ahead of the general public opinion of the country." The president will see a delegation of suffragists in the near future, but is not expected to change his position reannounced in yesterdays letter. August Belmont has added his name to the long list of creditors who are suing to recover money from the estate of "Big Tim" Sullivan. Mr. Belmont filed suit for GS.810, with interest from June :S0. 1000, to January 23, 1013, making a total of 05,000. The suit shows that Sullivan was a heavy dealer in margins, for the debt to Mr. Belmont is for money which the banker lent the politician when "Big Tim" went to him and represented that his margin transactions threatened him with ruin. No mention of outrages upon Spaniards in Mexico City by Zapata troops, such as had been reported to the Spanish ambassador at Washington, was made iu dispatches received yesterday from the Brazilian minister at the Mexican capital. He reported the Zapata forces keeping good order and made no reference to the position of Villa or his troops. Secretary Bryan announced that the government was not ready to express an opinion on the request of several South American nations for the co-operation of the Washington government In negotiations with European belligerents for exclusion of their warships from the waters of this hemisphere. A request from Governor Amnions of Colorado that federal troops be withdrawn from some of the coal strike districts was received by President Wilson and referred to Secretary Garrison, who will discuss the question with the president next week. The French minister of finance and a syndicate of French brokers, have agreed uion December 7 as the date for the re-. opening of the French stock exchange for cash transactions. After virtually four months of enforced idleness, necesitated by the European war. the New York stock exchange re-opened yesterday for restricted trading In listed bonds.