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GENERAL NEWS NOTES OF THE DAY That "II," the mysterious woman who directed the activities of Franz Schulenberg, alleged German master spy, is a woman who had a place near the cabin owned by Schulenberg and Herman Jaku-palch in tlio Sierre Madre Mountains, California, Avas the statement alleged to have been made yesterday to deputy sheriffs In a confession in Los Angeles by John Knok. who is charged with the murder of Jakupalch. Her name was given to the officers by Knox. The statement of Knox came after deputies had unearthed Schlenbergs cabin while seeking the slayer of Jakupalch. In the cabin were found fifty pounds of dynamite, caps and fuses attached and various kinds of machinery for working With explosives and metal. Russian peace negotiators have accepted Count Czernins German terms as the "basis" for general peace discussion and will renew the conferences at Brest-Litovsk next AArednesday, according to word from that city received in Amsterdam via Berlin yesterday. Czernin asked for an immediate negotiation of matters affecting Russia alone. Delegates of the central powers to the peace conference have agreed to a ten-day recess in the peace negotiations, which will be resumed January 4, at a place not determined. Germanys creation of a so-called commission of experts witli functions announced as the protection of works of art in invaded Italy, is declared by semi-official dispatches from Rome received in AAashington yesterday, to be only a cloak to conceal the looting of art works. "It has been established," say the dispatches, "that the enemy has transported to Aienna, Budapest and Berlin, whatever could be removed from private and public buildings and churches. Soldiers acting under the orders of Finance Commissioner Mensliinsky, yesterday surrounded and seized all private banks in Petrograd, including the branch of the National City Bank of New York. The manager, 15. It. Stevens, was arrested and detained for a short time. Many bank directors were arrested. Several surrendered the keys to the bank vaults, but Stevens refused. John Gleunie, witness at the Federal Trade Commission hearing of the packing business in Boston, charged yesterday that packers were establishing big meat stores in various cities for the purpose of driving retailers out of business. The packers, he stated, set retail prices at these stores so low, that independent stores could not compete and many went cut of business. Particles of glass were found in large quantities of rice stored in a food depot at Camp Dodge, Iowa, yesterday, according to an announcement by division headquarters. The glass was colored to blend with the rice and made detection difficult. The rice is of the same brand as the canned tomatoes in which ground glass was found Thursday, it was stated. A deficit of 1,500,000 in the funds for the Avi-deuing and extension of Michigan avenue, Chicago, was disclosed yesterday by the council finance committee. The committee found that more than 00,000 had been expended in fees for experts in connection Avith the improvement, although actual Avork upon it lias not yet begun. A corporal of American engineers Aas killed and one private Avounded Christmas eve, when a German shelf dropped near a party of American engineers Avorking in trenches on a section of the French front. The engineers for several Aveeks had been AA-orking along the front with veteran French engineers for purposes of instruction. Premier Lloyd-George in a letter sent to the labor conference in London, said a statement on Avar aims could only be made in agreement Avitli Great Britains allies. The question of issuing a fresh joint declaration, he added, Avas being constantly kept in vieAV by the entente allied governments. As the first practical step in the governments operation of railroads, Avhich began at noon yesterday, Director General McAdoo drafted the railroads Avar board into the government service to work out plans of unified operation and submit them to him for approval. France Avill refuse to negotiate any German-contrived peace such as the deft terms announced by Count Czernin provided, Deputy Pichon declared yesterday in the Chamber of Deputies.