General News Notes of the Day, Daily Racing Form, 1916-12-10


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GENERAL NEWS NOTES OF THE DAY. The American governments formal protest to Germany against the deportation of Belgians for forced labor as a violation of the principles of Immunity was made public today by the state department. The protest reads as follows: "The government of the United States has learned with the greatest concern and regret of the policy of the German government to deport from Belgium a portion of the civilian population for the purpose of forcing them to labor In Germany anil is constrained to protest in a friendly spirit, but most solemnly, against this action, .which is in contravention of all precedents and of those humane principles of international practice which have long been accepted and followed by civilized nations in their treatment of non-combatants. "Futhermore, the government of the United States is convinced that the effect of this policy, if pursued, will in all probability be fatal to the Belgian relief work, so humanely planned and so successfully carried out, a result which would be generally deplored, and which, it is assumed, would seriously embarrass the German government." David Lloyd -George, Englands new premier, looks on home rule for Ireland as one of the first and greatest problems he must face, and many of his supporters would not be surprised should he force an unconditional measure through before Christmas. He realizes this is the best way to get Irish soldiers and is prepared to take the step. The "win the war" ministry is Hearing completion. Its personnel, it is said, will include: A Bcnar Law, chancellor of the exchequer; Arthur J. Balfour, secretary for foreign affairs; Sir Edward Carson, first lord of the admiralty; The Earl of Derby, secretary for war; W. T. Henderson, secretary for labor. Complete reorganization of the French high command, possible changes in the membership of the government, and the concentration of the conduct of the war in a council of four or five men, will be the result of the resolution adopted almost without dissent by the French chamber of deputies. Announcement is made by the Overseas News Agency that the German government, in reprisal for Italian legislation, has issued an order forbidding payments to Italy and providing for receiverships for Italian business enterprises in Germany. Francisco Villa forced foreign and native merchants of Chihuhua City to raise for him a sum estimated at 40,000 gold after he entered the state capital, refugees and letters received from that city yesterday stated. A dispatch from Budapest reports, that bill providing for compulsory service in Austria-Hungary on much more drastic lines than in Germany will be introduced in the Austrian and Hungarian parliaments. The Danish steamship Sigurd, 2,119 tons, and the British steamships Avriston, 3,818 tons; Conch, rt.O-O tons, and Tanfield, have all been sunk within the last twenty-four hours, Lloyds reported yesterday. An explosion in a Russian munitions plant has caused the death of 1,000 persons, says the Overseas News Agency in quoting the Russian newspaper Rech. John E. Osborne, assistant secretary of state, resigned yesterday and will return to his home in Rawlins, Wyo., to devote himself to private business. A seat on the New York Stock Exchange sold recently for 0,000 and another brought 75,000.

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