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   Boynton Index (Newspaper) - September 28, 1917, Boynton, Oklahoma                                THE BOYNTON INDEX GERMS FOR ROUMANJA Washington.-The way Germany "shamefully abused and Exploited" the protection of the United States by secreting in the German legation *t Bucharest, after the American government had taken c'aarge of Germany^ affairs at the Roumanian quantities of powerful explos-bomb plots and deadly mt-&th instructions for their use %ng norses and cattle, was --.Secretory Lansing, other In Series, another of the series of Mr. s disclosures of German in-made public without comment Inl the same manner as the von Lux-burg telegrams, which have brought Argentina on the verge of war with Germany; the von Kckhardt letter from Mexico City and the von Berns torff telegram asking the German foreign office for authorization to spend Jon.oon to influence congress. The latest story is told in a report to the state department from William Whiting Andrews. pecreiaiy of the legation at Hueharest and a letter from Foreign Minister Porunibaru of  Rumania. Admits Concealment. Mr. Andrews' report says: "On my return from the investigation which resulted in the. discovery of the explosives and of the box of microbes, both of which the legation servants admitted having placed in the garden, the former confidential agent of the German minister, Dr. Bernhardt, who had been left with the legation at the German ministers request to assist in the care of German interests, admitted his knowledge of the explosives placed in the garden; told me that more were in the garden than had been found; that a still larger quantity had been buried in the house of the legation and that still worse things than this box of microbes were contained in the legation, and iri.-dnuated that they would have been found in the cabinets of dossiers, which 1 had sealed. "Dr. Bernhardt also stated that all these objects had been brought to the German legation after our legation had accepted the protection of German interests which agreed with the Btatement of the servant. A similar confession was made to the minister by this man. "The protection of the United States waB in this manner shamefully abused and exploited. In this instance, at least, the German government cannot have recourse to its usual system of denial." Fifty-One Boxes. Fifty-one boxes were taken from the ground in the garden. Fifty ot them each contained a cartridge filled with trinitrotoluene saturated uith mononitrotoluene, among the most powerful explosives known, a fifth of each of one being sutllcient to tear up a railroad track. In the other box was bottles of liquid found to be cultivations of the microbes of anthrax and glanders. It bore a seal shov. ing It came from the German consulate at Kronstadt, Hungary, and inside was found a typewritten note in German saying: "Enclosed four phials for horses and four lor cattle. To be employed as formerly arranged. Kaeh phial is sufficient for 200 head. To be introduced, if possible, directly into tiie animals through oats if not into their fodder. Phase made a little report on the success obtained there; in case of good results the presence of Mr. Kostoff for one day here would be desirable." "The explosives and the microbes were destined to be used in Rouman/a probably in time of peace. 4 \ PRESIDENT WILSON MAKES PUBLIC STATE DEPARTMENT IN POSSESSION OF EVEN MORE ASTOUNDING MASS OF CORRESPONDENCE THAN THE ZIMMERMAN NOTE OR THE LUXBURG EXPOSE. BERNSTORFF, BEFORE DECLARATION OF WAR NEEDED $50,000 TO BUY A FEW CONGRESSMEN HOLLAND ACTED AS PURCHASING AGENT FOR MUNITIONS FOR GERMANY,-BEFORE ROUMANIA ENTERED WAR, GERMAN EMBASSY IMPORTED A LARGE QUANTITY OF HIGH EXPLOSIVES AND GERMS, MUNITIONS FOR HOLLAND THE STATE DEPARTMENT'S EXPOSURES. The president, acting through Secretary ansing, crystalized public sentiment for the war by the publication of the Zimmerman Mexican note. Two weeks ago when Argentine showed signs of being placated he sprang the Luxburg correspondence. Thip was followed immediately by the revelations of further crookedness in Mexico. Now the president seems to have decided to throw the entire German diplomatic system into disrepute as daily installments are being given out of a most astounding nature, involving various belligerents and neutrals. No hint of the source of the correspondence is given, but it is known that a vast find was made in the papers of the spy Wolfe von Igel and that a large case of personal papers of the German attache von Papen was seized by a British cruiser, while enroute to Europe. $50,000 FOR CONGRESS Washington-Secretary Lansing has made public an astounding addition to the series of disclosures covering German intrigues in America and elsewhere. It was a message sent by Count von IlernstorrT in January of this year to the Berlin foreign office requesting authority to pay out $50,000 to influence congress through an unnamed organization, apparently known to the Berlin authorities. Money Paid Out Before. Count von Bernstorff indicated in his message that money had been paid this organization on former occasions to perform the same work. The text of the message, made public without comment, follows: "I request authority to pay out up to $50,000 (fifty thousand dollars) in order as on former occasions, to influence congress through the organization you know of, which can perhaps prevent war. "I am beginning, in the meantime, to act accordingly. "In the above circumstances a public official German declaration in favor of Ireland is highly desirable, in order to gain the support of Irish influence here." MESSAGE PREVENTS BREAK Germany Disapproves Ideas Expressed By Count von Luxburg. Buenos Aires.-Just as the Argentina chamber of deputies was preparing to vote on the question of break Ing diplomatic relations with Germany an official communication was received from the Berlin foreign office. The note disapproved of the ideas expressed by Count von Luxburg, the German minister here regarding Germany's "cruiser warfare." The word "cruiser" leaves some doubt as to whether Germany intends to modify her submarine campaign. However, a declaration of war by Argentina on Germany has been postponed. Deputies Veyga and Arce fought a duel with awords as a result of words passed in Saturday's debate in the chamber of the German situation. Veyga, whose remarks caused the challenge, was wounded in the arm. Deputy Arce considers that his honor has been satisfied. Exposures Imperil Swedish Cabinet. London.-Sweden is on the verge of a ministerial crislB. The causes are three-fold, the elections, the results t the Buenos Aires telegram revelation and the fact that Germany has not yet given a satisfactory answer to Sweden's demand tor a full explanation of the Count von Luxburg affair. Whether the state department is in possession of other evidence indicating the ambassador's activities has not been revealed, but the extraordinary disclosures already made has fixed the belief that agents of the United States government have collected and completed the entiry story of German duplicity and intrigue, and that add! tional chapters will be added. Knew of U-Boat Plan. The reference to avoiding war is taken as an indication that Ambassador Bernstorff had prior knowledge of his government's intention to proclaim a merciless widespread submarine warfare and that he was equally confident that the United States government could not be easily placated by mere promises. The German announcement of its intention to expand ;ts submarine activities was not made public until January 31, when the world was startled not only by the determination to remove all restrie tions, but by the statement that it would become effective on the following day. Three days later the United States government expressed its disapproval by severing relations with Germany. That the German ambassador knew of his government's Intention was as turned by some officials, although at the same time he denied prior knowledge and those in close touch with the embassy were given to understand that he did not approve the course and worked to secure modification. It has not been assumed that the ambassador actually attempted to bribe or personally influence any member of congress or doubt that such was his purpose is supported to some extent by the comparatively small amount of money he asked. Fifty thousand dollars, It was pointed out, would go but a short way toward buying the influence of any congressman. Tudiclously expended, however, it might do much In compensating paid agentsv such as are now known to have belonged to -the elaborate machine Bernstorff had so carefully built up for he producion of propaganda and for purposes of espionage. Little surprise was occasioned ei'tier in oilicrtil circles or at the capitol, although members of congress were highly Indignant. On the floor of the house, Representative Heflin of Alabama asserted that he could name thirteen or fourteen members of the two brandies of congress who had acted suspiciously, and expressed'the opinion that they should be investigated. Generally, however, the disposition was to regard as ah surd any suggestion that any part o' the $50,000 sought by von Bernstorff was intended for members of con gress. Information in the possession of the government, but not yet revealed, is said to show conclusively a more direct connection of the German ma chine in America with the Irish question than that indicated in Count von Bernstorff's message. The records a' the department of justice are said to contain the names of men implicated in that phase of Germanic intrigues well known in America. First Personal Reveation. This announcement is the first ofli cial utterance of the government with reference to the German ambassador's active personal participation in the maze of plots and intrigues conducted for Germany's benefit in this count rv since the beginning of the war. The evidence of Count von Bernstorff's p< rsonal activities bears the date of President Wilson's a'ldres- to contrress. January 2li. reciting his ap peal to the warring nations to enter �nto peace negotiations. At the same Mine President Wilson was addressim-ongre- apparently Count von Bern -torff \\as appealing to his government 'or funds with which to influence congressional acion. Not His First Attempt. It was not the first time, apparently that Count von Bernstorff had sought to influence congressional action, thus being proclaimed by his reference to "former occasions." The    name   of    the   organization through  which  the  German  govern ment  had  sought   to   influence   con gress, (lie manner in which the money used for this purpose was expended the previous instances and the indi viduals carrying on  the propaganda, although not disclosed, are the sub jects of well defined suspicions at the state department and at the depart ment of justice, whose bureau of in vestigation for more than three years has been conducting a rigid surveillance  of  German   activities   In   this country. Hundreds of reports of agents concerning German intrigues here are held by the state department, many of which led to the German embassy and some of which resulted in the re call at President Wilson's request of Captain Boy-Ed and Von Papen. the German naval and military aides. For months there have been many indications that the American govern ment had established Bernstorff's direct connection with much of the Ger man secret work conducted here and that there was ample basis for a re quest for his recall months before the diplomatic break with Germany. 8mall Bribe To "Fair Play." Washington.-Senator King of .Utah read Into the senate record corres pondence and photographic copies of checks to show payments aggregating $6,500 by the German embassy here to the Fair Play Publishing Company with receipts signed by Marcus Braun and J. P. Bryan. Washington-Further disclosures of far-reaching German propaganda, inj trigues and plots in thiB country prior' to the diplomatic break with Germany were made by the committee on public information. In a bulletin styled "official expose," the committee quotes numerous letters and extracts of letters received by the department in April, 1916, in n raid on the New York office of Wolfe von Igel. Holland Helps Germany. The committee of which Secretaries Lansing, Baker and Daniels are members has this to say concerning Holland : "It has long been an open secret that Holland is merely a way station for shipments of contraband into Germany. Here is official contirmation from the von Igle records, which would seem to indicate suspicious and confidential relations between the 'Holland commission' and  2 you never tasted Grape-Nuts FOOD you have missed one of the good things in life   

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