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GENERAL NEWS NOTES OF THE DAY. President Wilson has prepared an ultimatum to Germany, serving notice that if the projected indiscriminate torpedoing of II II 111 ill II ■ in ne-wly-prixlaimed war zones be not abandoned, diplomatic relations between the Inited States and Germany will be severed. Washington reports that the Inited States Government lias information that Germany has ordered crews of me rchai.tineu, interned in American ports, to destroy tlieir ships when war between the two countries appears imminent. A new crisis is seen in Japans attitude on the stand ma le informally by her embassy at Washington, protesting against the passage of the anti-alien land law pending in the Idaho and On gon legislatures. The Wright prohibition bill has passed lwith branches of the Indiana legislature and it is said will be signed by the governor, meaning that Indiana will join the dry states on April 1. Twenty -five or more people- lost their live-:, when a large tenement building in the heart of Chicagos "Ghetto" district was destroyed by a gas explosion and fire early yesterday morning. Admiral Mayo, commander of the Atlantic battleship fleet, has been officially advised of a possible break with Germany and ordered to hold his forces in readiness fur eventualities. Immediate construction of one hundred submarines was proposed in a special bill iutioduccd in the senate e-ste relay. Nine ships hive Ii-iii reporte d sunk in the "block-ado zoin •" on the opening day of Germanys I boat warfare.