General News Notes of the Day., Daily Racing Form, 1917-03-15


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GENERAL NEWS NOTES OF THE DAY. A German withdrawal on a great scale on the Westers front is foreshadowed by Mai. Moraht in an article in the Berliner Tageblatt. which is quoted in a Rotterdam dispatch. Maj. Moraht recalls Yon Ilindenburgs strategy against the BbbsIsbb at Tannenberg. when he caused parts of his army to retire fighting in order to gain space- for strategical movements. The military critic me-ntions that Ton Hindenburg is now Operathaj in the- west and Bays that by shorte-ning their prese-nt front the Germans are giving their enemies "a desert to advance- over — a ground as bad as eve-r fighting ground was." A special train from Copenhage-n carrying Count and Countess von Bernstorft" arrived in Berlin at 8:30 Tuesday evening. Count von Bernstorft met representatives of the foreign office and numerous personal friends. ;,mong them Dr. Bernhard Dern-burg and "apt. Karl Boy-ed, forme-r naval attache in Washington. Tearful welcomes marked the homecoming of the- patty. It was generally remarked at the station that the returning ainbas- Bh sador had aged considerably since- his lust visit he-re. Both the Brotherhoods and Railway Managers expect a strike, in the opinion of those coiici-mod with the strike situation as applied to the- various railroads in the country. To strike and have- it over with before the war with Germany comes i the plan mapped out by the four brotherhoods. 1nless the railroad executives put the Ad.nnson law wage raise into effect before the time designated, the strike will come. Officials of the- railroads say no wage raise will be given. That the Senate will reject the 5,000,000 treaty with Colombia was deeme-el certain by adininistra-tion officials Wednesday. President Wilson is es -pecially anxious to have the treaty ratified, as he thinks it will help safeguard American interests in Panama, in the light of Germanys attempted coercion of Latin-American countries. Objection to the treaty is based mostly upon the United States paying the S25. 000.000 for what is termed by some as "a favor to Colombia." Ban on shipping information at the custom house was made complete Tuesday by order of the treasury department. The custom house has re-fused, since the break with Germany, to make publie- clearances of ships or their manifests. Ineler the new orders manifests of incoming ships, including American coastwise, will be withheld, as well as all other shipping information, with the exception of the monthly statistics on imports and exports. Guns were placed on the American steamship Man chnria Wclm-sday. It is an Atlantic Transport liner encased in carrying freight to London and is tin-first American merchant vessel to be anni-d under gove-rnineiit orders. No one was permitted Bear the piers of the company, and it was not divulged whether work was started arming the- St. Louis. The latter is booking passengers, but no sailing elate has been announced. Quick action on the part of Inited States officials saved Fort Harrison, one of the- great works guarding New York harbor, from destruction on Tuesday evening. A report gainetl circulation in Now York earlier in the clay, to the effect that the fort would be attacked at midnight by German reservists. Heavy guard was placed around it. so that the attempt, if it had been attempted, would have been frustrated. Genera lly severe weather conditions in the miel-dle west Tuesday cut oft many cities from good wire- service with the mole- fortunate cities on the coast and farther west. Service- with e-astern cities was poor throughout Tue-sday and during the- early part of Wednesday. A report that Kokomo. lad., was burning could not be confirmed by later telegraphic- communications.

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