draft bill passed 1917
CONGRESS PASSES ARMY BILL WITH War Measure Goes to President Wilson Today For His Approval and Fate of Colonel If Jsts With Him Bill is Finally Approved Provides a War Army in Increments of 500,000 Men from . to 30 , Years of Age, Increasing Regular Army to Maximum War: ength, Drafting National Guard and Raising Soldiers' Pay J Washington! Mav 1 7. Final action was taken by congress today on the war army bill, the the war. 1 The senate, by a vote of 65 to 8, adopted the conference report report accepted yesterday by 'the house, Vice President Marshall and Speaker Clark will sign the bill tomorrow and send it to the white house for President Wilson's approval. It probably will be law before tomorrow night. As: finally, approved, the -bill -bill provides for raising by selective conscription a war army in increments, of 500,000 men from 21 to 30 years of age. It also authorizes without directing the president president to raise volunteer forces which Colonel Roosevelt desires to take to France, and greatly increases the pay of all enlisted men.' Machinery to register and draft the first 500,000 men already has been set up by the war department. Immediately after the president signs the bill, he will by proclamation designate the day for registration of the ten million or more men of the prescribed age. Registration books will be in the hands of state and local authorities who are to co-operate co-operate co-operate in the work, and Brigadier Gen eral Crowder, the provost marshal general expects to have his complete complete lists in Washington within five days after registering begins. Then will come the last week of selecting the first half million, million, exempting the physically unfit, those with dependents and men who are needed on the farms and in -industries. -industries. The process of selection probably., will be completed long before the men are wanted. Secretary Baker said today that because of lack of supplies supplies the new army would not be called to the colors for training oerore beptemoer. . . Whether Colonel Roosevelt shall be permitted' to raise an expedition , now rests with President Wilson. His views have not been' disclosed, but it is believed that he. probably will postpone decision decision while the draft system is being put into operation. . .As during the early stages, of the long dispute In congress today's closing closing debate . centred - upon the so-called so-called so-called Roosevelt amendment. Colonel Roosevelt was vigorously attacked by Senator Stone, of Missouri, and . a ardently defended by his friend. Senator Senator Johnson, of California. The senate's approval of t'.ie measure measure agreed upon by the .1 conferees , and accepted by the house came late in the day after attempts to send it back, to conference; and an earnest appeal by Senator Chamberlain, chairman chairman of the military committee for final action. The eight senators who cast the negative votes were: Democrats Gore, of Oklahoma; Hard wick, of Georgia; Kirby," of Arkansas; Stone, of Missouri, and Trammell, of Florida. Republicans La Follette, of Wisconsin, Wisconsin, Gromna, of North Dakota, and Ncrri;-, Ncrri;-, Ncrri;-, of Nebraska. The . chief provisions .of the biJI are: ." . ' ' Raising of armed forces by the selective selective draft system, imposed upon all males between the ages of 21 and 30 years, " inclusive subject to registration registration and certain of employment. Increasing the regular army to maximum war strength. Drafting into these federal reserve of National Guard units. Raising of an initial force by conscription conscription of 600,000 men, with addition addition of 500,000 if deemed necessary. Raising, if the president sees fit, of four divisions of volunteer infantry. infantry. (The Roosevelt amendment). Increasing the pay of all enlisted men as follows: Fifteen dollars additional additional monthly for those now receiving receiving less than $21, comprising the bulk of the army, graduated downward to $6 additional monthly for those receiving receiving $45 or more. Prohibiting sale of liquor at or near training camps and otherwise protecting morals ot tne soldiers. The conscription age limits were agreed upon with much difficulty. The war department proposed a minimum of 19 and a maximum of 25. The house ' voted to fix them at 21 to 40 and the senate at from 21 to 27, the compromise compromise of 21 to 30, inclusive, resulting. Many senators smiled as Senator Stone pounded desks with clenched flats and trod the centre aisle, largely largely addressing his remarks to the Republican Republican side. . "Colonel Roosevelt is unfit to command, command, certainly a large body o men," Senator Stone continued. "There is nothing In his training, experience experience or temperament that fits him. Mere courage, even to the point of audacity, is not a quality that fits a man to control the lives, safety and health of great bodies ot men. ' "Roosevelt is practically without military training. He commanded a regiment in the Spanish war for a short time, it is true. He led them courageously, but did not command them with judgment, He got his men Into a bad hole, in imminent danger of being cut to pieces, and tney would have been except for a Negro regiment under trained regular oflV (Continued on page 10) PROVISIONS FOR ROOSEVELT FORGE .a- .a- M - 5: for Raising by Selective Coi iption second of the major measures of RECRUITS HELP GET OTHERS INTO SERVICE Three Tyrone Boys Are Among Six Accepted by Army Marine Corps Is Busy GREAT RECRUITING WEEK IN JUNE Recruits are not. only volunteering their services at the local army, navy and marine corps stations, but they are urging friends and companions companions to serve the country with them, according to Information' announced announced by the local recruiters. Six men were accepted and forwarded forwarded yesterday Dy army officers and the marine corps took' two applicants. applicants. The navy failed to get any. Altoona 1b third in giving men to the army, as compared with other cities throughout the state. Allentown leads with 256 recruits for the two weeks of May and Johnstown has accepted accepted 248. Altoona's figures up to last night were 241. National Recruiting Week is to be observed by the marine corps recruit ers in every city of size in the nation, from June 10 to June 16, inclusive. Sergeant Nale, of the Altoona station, stated yesterday. All minors between 17 and 18, obtaining their parents' or guardians' consent, will be accepted, beginning today. Collier's, Leslie's, The Saturda) Evening Post and other great American American weeklies are going to. donate special advertising space to the marina corps during the national recruiting week and newspapers in this city and others throughout the nation will be asked to give the campaign as much publicity as possible. Posters bearing the significant words, "A Man from. This House Is Serving In the United States Marine Corps," are expected next week by Sergeant Nale and they will be distributed distributed to the homes of recruits in the city and vicinity. The placards will be displayed In an effort to deplete deplete the ranks of the slackers and to stimulate greater Interest In marine marine corps recruiting. Sixteen men have enlisted to date in this city and an Altoona boy. will be sent to Pittsburg this morning. Relatives of Raymond K. Snyder, 1628 Fifth avenue, who enlisted in the coast artillery, hare been Informed by letter that he is at Fort McKln-ley, McKln-ley, McKln-ley, Portland, Me., and is enjoying the life and service. H. L. Banzhoff, 1101 Fourth avenue, received a letter from his son, Harry G. Banzhoff, who enlisted In the Infantry last week, and irjjied oa. jContl: page 10) . '