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GENERAL NEWS NOTES OF THE DAY. Brand Whitlock. American Minister to Belgium, ha- kMn ordered by German authorities to lower American flag over the legation at Brussels and is not permitted to commanieata with Washington. It is said all American relief workers are being held prisoner*. Financial affairs will occupy the House of Caramons this week. savs a London dispatch. Two new bills of credit, aggregating ,750,000,000, arc to be consider! I. Two million acres of Texas land have been leased to F. B. Ranger of Los Angeles. Cal.. tie lease requiring the boring Of two test wells yearly on each tract. Count von BarnatorhT, dismissed German embassador, with his wife and embassy tali hare •■■• a escorted aboard the liner Frederick Vlli. it 11. bokea. Ill- admini-tration at Washington sees danger of a final break with Germany in holding the Yarrow-Uak nghngmge, Shalt ralnaa has bnaa ikmuudcd.