March 15—Text made public of British Order in Council cutting off trade to and from Germany; British Government, replying to American note, refuses to permit foodstuffs to enter Germany for civilian population as suggested; British Government also replies to American note of inquiry as to particulars of embargo, Sir Edward Grey saying that object of Allies is, “succinctly stated, to establish a blockade to prevent vessels from carrying goods for or coming from Germany.”
March 17—Secretary Bryan makes public full text of six recent notes exchanged between the United States and the Allies and Germany regarding the embargo and the war zone; Allies contend German war methods compel the new means of reprisal.
March 18—Denmark, Norway and Sweden make an identical representation to the Allies against the embargo decree on trade to and from Germany.
March 20—Holland protests to Allies against embargo.
March 21—German submarine U-28 seizes Dutch
steamers Batavier V. and
Zaanstroom and their cargoes.
March 22—Holland asks explanation from
Germany of seizure of Batavier
V. and Zaanstroom.
March 25—Submarine U-28 sinks Dutch steamer Medea.
March 26—Dutch press is aroused over the sinking of the Medea; Ministry holds extraordinary council.
March 27—Germany tells Holland that investigation
into seizure of the
Batavier V. and Zaanstroom has not been concluded.
March 2—It is learned that in a recent air raid German aviators killed two women and a child at La Panne, a bathing town on Belgian coast.
March 3—German aviator bombards Warsaw.
March 4—French bombard German powder magazine at Rottweil.
March 5—Zeppelin raid over Calais fails; Pegoud receives French military medal for his services.
March 7—French official statement shows that French airmen during the war have made 10,000 aerial reconnoissances, consuming 18,000 hours in the air, and have traveled more than 1,116,000 miles; Zeppelin reported captured by allied airmen near Bethune.
March 9—British seaplanes drop bombs on Ostend; Lieut. von Hidelen, who dropped bombs on Paris in September, is at Toulon as a prisoner of war.
March 12—German airmen bombard Ossowetz.
March 14—Strassburg is threatened by a fire started by French airman’s bomb; allied aeroplanes said to have wrecked Zeppelin near Tirlemont.
March 17—German airman unsuccessfully aims five bombs at British coasting steamer Blonde in the North Sea.
March 18—Bombs from Zeppelin kill seven in Calais.
March 20—German airmen drop bombs near Deal, but all fall into the sea; one bomb narrowly misses American bark Manga Reva.
March 21—Two Zeppelins drop bombs on Paris, but damage is slight; eight persons are injured; Zeppelin drops bombs on Calais, with slight damage, and is driven off by guns.