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GENERAL NEWS NOTES OF THE DAY. British and French guns are preparing the Avay for another infantry drive in Belgium. Hundreds of massed guns of CA-ery caliber are hurling tons of steel upon the German trenches and field forts, all along the thirty-fiA-e mile line from Armen-tieres to the North Sea, grinding them to dust. It was voted yesterday at the conference of the Britisli Labor Party held at Westminster, to send delegates to the Stockholm Socialist conference. The vote Avas 1,0-10,000 to 55,000. Tlie conference was in an uproar, which ended only Avhen the result of the card vote Avas announced. In the Oituz sector of tlie Roumanian front Aus-tro-German forces in the last two days captured 1,000 prisoners and took thirty machine guns from the Russo-Roumanian forces, according to the official statement issued yesterday by German army headquarters staff. Secretary of the Treasury McAdoo Avill ask for an additional bond issue at this session of Congress, it Avas learned following a conference he held at the capitol yesterday Avitli several House leaders. The issue will run into billions, it is understood. An explosion and fire in a big chemical Avorks in East London Thursday night Avrecked the building and killed or injured scores of Avorkers. A large number of injured persons have been treated at the police stations and other places. The commander of the armed guard of an American merchantman has reported to the Navy Department that his creAV sank a submarine after the Germans had made an unsuccessful attempt to sink the ship. Alsace and Lorraine are being milked dry by the Germans Avhile they still have the opportunity to do so, according to authoritative information that has Just reached France by Avay of Switzerland. President Wilson formally announced this afternoon that he has appointed Herbert C. Hoover food administrator.