General News Notes of the Day., Daily Racing Form, 1917-03-17


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GENERAL NEWS NOTES OF THE DAY. Grand Duke Nicholas, idol of the Russian army and ranked as Russias master strategist looms as the big military figure of the hour in Russia. The relinquishment of the throne by Nicholas II. automatically deprived him of his rank as commander in-chief of the Russian armies. The heir to the throne is a child, and Grand Duke Michael, named as regent, while a soldier of repute, is not of commanding military experience. Irani! Duke Nicholas is reported to have arrived at the capital and the probability is that he will take command of the Russian troops, of the complete ikuiiii of the rev olutionary movement there seems no doubt. What reports have been received from the army at the front indicate that the military, with the exception of reactionaries among the officers, is backing the new government. The dunia. the chief factor in shaping the new regime and the Eemstvo ouncil are reported co-operating successfully in straight cuing out the various tangles which have resulted from the momentous change in government control. A measure of general political amnesty is reported in preparation by the new Burs tan minister of justice. Rejection of General Carranaas proposal to place an embargo on supplies to the allies has been made by the United States government. A not ■ was sent to Carranaa by the state department and is exact ted to reach Carranza by Monday. At the tine- of the proposal being made known to the United States government, British sailors were landed to guard the oil interests in Mexico from which the British navy draws a large part of its supply. The pro-pnsal Was looked upon as a blow at allied interests in the war and coming about the same time as proposals made by foreign minister Zimmerirann of Germany in relation to an ttnek upon this government, was regarded with suspicion. President Wilson made his first move to prevent the threatened railway strike after the cabinet meeting Friday. The president had canceled a regular cabinet meeting when he got reports from the conferences in New York and then he snd denly summoned the members for late Friday. The impression prevails in official circles that the president before going further will appeal to both railroads and men not to plunge the country into a railway strike at this critical juncture of intermit ioual affairs. A battalion of the United States regular infantry now Si at Hind in Porto Rico will be rushed to the Panama Canal zone at once, it was reported in official circles Friday. olonel Roosevelt refuses to divulge the wherc-abouta or the nature of his trip thi- year. The Colonel refuses to admit he may go devil fishing in Florida.

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