General News Notes of the Day, Daily Racing Form, 1917-12-17


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GENERAL NEWS NOTES OF THE DAY Germans have begun to obtain fats and other sorely needed supplies from, Russia, according to information reaching Petrograd yesterday. It was announced that credit institutions here had been advised that trade had been resumed with the Germans at Minsk and other points near the northwestern front. News shops have been opened and the Germans are exchanging metals and chemicals for vegetables and fats and especially soap. The price of soap is 15 rubles a pound. Federal authorities are looking for John Bal-dazzi, I. W. W., who was released some time ago on 0,000 bond. He failed to appear for trial Saturday and it is believed he jumped his bond. Charles Jacobson, who also failed to appear in the morning, entered the Federal building late in the afternoon, saying he had just come from Virginia and that the train was several hours late. The trial of 105 members of the I. W. W., charged with conspiracy against the United States and witli violations of the espionage act, started on Saturday, will be resumed this morning before Federal Judge K. M. Landis. When brought to trial all of the defendants, with the exception of one Peter Kir-kenon, of Seattle, said to be insane, pleaded not guilty. Partial, if not complete, collapse of the counter revolution in Russia is indicated in an announcement from the Petrograd official news agency, that the Bolsheviki have captured three important cities in the Don Cossack territory and that General Kaledines, leader of the Don Cossacks, has been arrested, apparently by his own generals. After testifying for the defense in the Bay View anarchist riot case before Judge Backus of Milwaukee, Saturday, John La Duca, national secretary of the Italian branch of the American Socialist party, was arrested by police in connection with the bomb outrage which a montli ago wrecked the central police station, killing ten. An army automobile, in which Congressman George II. Tinkham of Boston was riding, on a visit to Monte Grappa on the northern mountain front of Italy, skidded over the mountain side and dropped twenty feet. It made a double turn and was crushed to pieces, but the Congressman and the other occupants escaped with bruises. Reports that the government is considering unlimited coinage of silver or revival of the bimetallism issue are officially denied. Ray T. Baker, director of the mint, issued a statement explaining that the proposed government acquisition of the countrys silver output is only to stimulate production and stabilize the market. The British have made another advance in Palestine, northeast of Jerusalem, the war office announces. The announcement follows. "General Alleuby reports that he further extended his line northeast of Jerusalem on Thursday, capturing 140 prisoners. Otherwise the situation is unchanged." Bolsheviki headquarters in Petrograd is In receipt of another report that Nicholas Romanoff, former czar of Russia, has escaped from his place of imprisonment at Tovolosk. A special train, manned by sailors, has been dispatched from Petrograd in pursuit of the former emperor. The Senate manufacturers sub-committee has flatly rejected Herbert Hoovers request for per- mission to cross-examine witnesses in the sugar in- J vestigation. Senator Reed, chairman, announced "that the ordinary procedure of such committees would be followed." The public schools of Augusta and Richmond County in Georgia have been closed until the coal famine is relieved. Fuel is obtainable only in half-ton lots by those who are absolutely without fire

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