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THE SEMI WEEKLY TRIBUNE. NORTH PLATTE. NEBRASKA.
POST CARDS FOR
Stene in one of lit largo concentration camps in the Munii' district, show
Ins French soldiers distributing post curds to the German prisoners so thnt
they nmy write homo.
New York Man on Menaced
Steamer Describes Trip With
DELAYED DY PERILS AHEAD
Lookout's Glasses Slip and Fall on
Precise Spot Whore Periscope Was
Juct Poking Up Its None
Ruses to Lure Victims.
New York. Contrast of the ocean
travel of a fow years ago when It wns
but a pleasant and luxurious Junket,
nml practically the only danger was
tho remoto one of Icebergs during a
certain season of the year, with tho
thrills and perils, very real and In
tensely dramatic, that tho ocean voy
ager now undergoes Is afforded In an
Interview given tho New York World
by Georgo Dwyer of this city.
In this regard It Is one of the most
vlvld first-person stories of passen
gers that have yet been recorded. Its
principal event Is an actual battle
with n submarine with the strong
possibility that tho passenger steam
er sank It after firing 13 shots, to say
nothing of tho rovolatlon that It was
tho merest chnnco tho slipping of u
pair of tnarlno glasses In tho hands of
tho ship's lookout that revealed tho
presenco of tho submnrlno and pre
vented tho accurnto llrlng by her of
Tho publication of the name of tho
steamship on which Mr. Dwyer un
derwent his experience Is withhold,
for on account of her mony success
ful ovaslons of tho submarines slip
has been marked by tho Germans ns
nn especial object of attack.
Mr. Dwyer 1ms modo many trips
abroad sinco tho war began. IIo Is
In tlio business of supplying walnut
wood for airplane propellers.
U-Boat Two Hours Out.
"Tho boat on which wo milled from
Europo," Hald Mr. Dwyer, "an ordi
nary six-day ship, took eleven days to
bring us over, this being caused by
our having to lay at anchor at dif
ferent places for periods of from
twelvo hours to two days, after leav
ing our dock, under admiralty orders,
whllo tho path which had been
mapped out for us waH being cleared
of enemy undersea crnft. which had
been sighted by tho patrol boats
"Wo made our departure on a worn
spring morning, sunny hut misty
Our courso lay down a certain river
through which wo sailed slowly
on account of tho fog. In a few
hours wo wero over tho bnr und out
Into tho waters of tho lurking subma
rine. Tho vessel wo wero on was
nrmed heavily, both foro and aft, and
whllo everybody aboard felt n tight
ening of tho nerves, there was nn at
mosphero of confidence that. If at
tacked, wo would give a good account
of ourselves or our navnl gun crows
would. On tho bridge, nt tho gun
stntlons, overywhore, officers and
men kept u sharp lookout for peri
scopes. "We were only two hours out when
our first thrill was experienced. Wo
wero feeling our way slowly when
suddenly tho naval lieutenant on tho
bridge called to the starboard crow:
Tut tho gun on that I' pointing to
Avhero n Ilttlo Norwegian steamer lay
about u half a ratio nhead on our
right. Tho gun was swung around,
but I noticed that I; was not trained
on tho steamer, and I naked ono of tho
crow what ho wns covering. IIo
pointed to n spot, nml thero I saw n
Ilttlo rlpplo which moved on tho water
closo by tho steamer. It was n sub
marine just under the surface.
"Wo expected to hear tho com
mand to 'fire,' but tho Norwegian
steamer suddenly got In front of tho
ripple, screening It from our vlow.
Wo ordered her out of tho way, and
sho promptly moved, but by thnt tinio
tho rlpplo had disappeared. The spot
was watched carefully for some time,
but nothing moro was seen.
"In tho meantime, tho actions of tho
Norwegian ship wero so suspicious
that our captain promptly sent a wire
less to havo her tnken In charge. Sev
ern! weeks before that a steamer lly
Ing tho samo flag and loaded with lum
ber was caught reiMianded In tho dead
of night laying mines, and every man
Jack of the 17 of the crew wero lined
up and shot. '
"The re.st of jiu day passed without
Incident, hut at eight o'clock nt night,
while under full heavy headway, we
descried a dim light some distance. In
front of us. As It got nearer we could
see that It wns n destroyer. She
hailed us and asked who we wore Our
brltlgo answered, and sho then said:
"Turn around nnd go back to Blank
bay. You can't go out tonight."
Wo Immediately turned around.
and, when within talking distance of
ner, were told tho reasons for our be
ing detained. A shin two hours abend
of us had been mink, nnd during thnt
day six submarines had been charted
in tlio waters for which we wero
"The destroyer said she would lead
us to our anchor for the night. Sho
warned us to follow her wake exact
ly, as we were In wnters nrofuselv
sown with mines. Needless to say,
wo went slowly, and straight, and un-
cnored in the place picked out for us.
"An order given by an oillcer to n
sailor was not reassuring: Tut two
men out Instead of one. It Is moro
dangerous hero thnn out to sen
"And dangerous It seemed nnrl
smelled 1 On shore searchlights wero
continually playing, and out of the
darkness Morse signals occasionally
"Next morning the weather was
warm and clear, and tho sea perfectly
calm. All around us wo saw tlio va
rious ngcucles nt work to combat the
submarine, but It would not bo proper
for mo to mention hero tho methods
and devices that nre being used.
"Along about noon wo noticed some
thing of a commotion on tho water
about a mile away, .ships hurrying
nnd scurrying, and tho boom of sev
eral guns being heard. What It was
all about we (the passengers) coild
not tell, but some tlmo Inter It leaked
out that It was a submnrlno trvliur to
get Into position to launch a torpedo
at us. in this aim sho was frus
trated by tho vigilance of tho nntrol
and aircraft, which forced her away
from tho locality.
"At five that evening wo got word
to sail. Wo had no escort, being left
entirely to tho protection of our own
guns. As wo passed out to sea wo
wero surprised to noto an utter ab
sence of war or aircraft of any de
scription. It nssuredly did not con
duce to our peace of mind. Our ship
wns all eyes. Wherever you looked
thero were lookouts, and passengers
vied with ship olllcers and men In
scanning tho waters.
"At seven o'clock the lookout on the
port gun startled us all with tho cry
of 'Periscope I' It was on tho star
board side at tho tlmo. and wo rushed
ncross the deck In tlmo to hear tho
lieutenant from tho bridge call:
'Two I Let hor go I'
"Wo looked to where the boys wero
pointing, and there, oft our port beam,
about half a mllo away, lay tho peri
scope, staiidlng about three feet out of
water. At the command 'Let her go I'
the gun was swung around, and In
X WAH r-AUIORY OF 13,000
ARISES IN 18 MONTHS
London. Lending Germans
admit that England's Industrial
mobilization for war was qulck
or and moro elllclont than Ger
many's. What draws this aston-
ishlug stnteniont from England's
enemies may be hulired frnm- .
following description of a single
munitions rnctory, a plant In
Scotland, recently Inspected by
"Eighteen months ago tho fac
tory did not exist: tnilnv It ntn.
ploys moro than 3,000 men and
0,000 women operatives and n
staff of 700 men and nearly 500
WOIHCll. Whllo 10.000 men ,ir
still engaged In completing Its
"It coniDrlsos an area of v
square miles and has an Internal
light railway system of nearly
100 miles, Two townships huvo
been built up by tho munitions
department for tho workpeople.
7 BROTHERS DEAD OR
HURT, PASTOR ENLISTS
Greencnstlc, Intl. Rev. Thom
as Young has resigned the pastor
ate of the Presbyterian church
of this city to enter the English
army. Of eight English broth
ers, ho Is the only able-bodied
one left. The others have been
killed or wounded In the service
of the British empire.
less than ten seconds wo hnd fired our
first shell at her.
"Passengers hurried for their life
preservers, but no one wns unduly ex
cited. Some say the first shell we
'fired hit her, but that was something
no ono could tell. At uny rate our
guns continued to fire for seven or
eight minutes, letting go thirteen
shells In all, and after that, there be
ing no further sign or sight of tho U
boat, we continued on our wny.
"The captain of our ship, nt the first
warning, started to hit a zigzag
course, and all the other measures
now used on liners to circumvent' tho
undersea boats were brought Into
play while the danger threatened.
Some of those measures are very
novel and Ingenious and have helped
other ships as well as ours In warding
off attacks. It was the opinion on
board that to escape as we did, with
the periscope so near us was miracu
lous. "The man who sighted the perl
scope was the lookout on the port
gun. lie had been scanning tho
waters some time with his glasses
and was about to lay them down for
a minute's rest. However, a whim
struck him to first count some ships
which Iny together at anchor close to
the shore. IIo called to his mates' as
he did so, beginning: 'Out two'
then his glasses accidentally slipped In
his grip and fell on the precise spot
where the periscope was just poking
up Its nose. He was so surprised
and taken aback thnt It wns some sec
onds before he could blurt out 'Perl
scope I No one else saw It, nnd
It Is certain that If he did not spot It
at the moment he did It would havo
gnlned the necessary time to swing
Into position to launch Its torpedo.
Ruses to Lure Victims.
"The rcinnlnder of our trip passed
without exciting Incident, although
wo received the usual scares that are
passing up and down the ocean theso
"Ono of the ruses of submarines to
luro ships to destruction is to fit n
false exterior to the submnrlno nnd
equip her with a sail to present tho
appearance of a smnll fishing boat.
Another Is to put n collapsible lifeboat
In tho water filled with dummy fig
ures to look Uko the survivors of n
torpedoed ship und hldo tho periscope
behind her. Another is to enpturo a
smnll vessel, put an ofllcer aboard and
maneuver her to conceal fro?u un ap
proaching 'ship the half-submerged
submarine which lies alongside.
There are others which It would not
bo proper to' disclose. A ftivorlto
strategy of tho submarine, which,
however, can only bo worked nt cer
tain hours of tho day, Is to lay well
oft In tho path of the sen and when
a ship Is seen and her course and
speed noted, to submerge nnd come up
suddenly at n convenient nngle nnd
TAKES BANK TELLER'S JOB
Miss Margnret Donnelly, ono of the
girl paying nnd receiving tellers em
ployed by tho Commercial Trust com
pany of Philadelphia. She Is glvlug
ns muclv satisfaction as did tho male
teller who was called to tho colors
about a month ago.
$50,000 for Care of Poodle.
Charleston, S. C Caro of a pet dog
will cost tho estate of tho Into Mrs.
Frank Leslie, widow of tho publisher,
?50,000, If the suit Instituted by Miss
Anna S. Simons of this city la suc
cessful. Mrs. Lesllo left tho bulk of her
$1,SOO,000 estate to suffrage,, but sho
also bequeathed $10,000 to Miss Sim
ons for services to her pet poodle.
This tho Charleston girl spurns und
Insists that tho trouble sho has to
undergo for tho sako of the dog Is
worth at least $50,000. On ono oc
casion, Miss Simons says, sho wns
abused by Mrs. Lesllo because she
refused to tuko tho dog out for ex
ercise on Broadway whllo dressed only
In a kimono. Sho claims sho wns
forced to tuko the pot out whllo clad
simply In u kimono nnd a raincoat.
Aged Indian Is Eager
ASHINGTON. Qunnn Wnshoshn, as his fellow Comanchlans know.hlm,
or Just plain Cant. II. 15. Hicks, Comanche Indlnn chief of Oklahoma, was
the city recently to pay bis respects
of the Indian blankets. These 1,000
men are now in training nt Fort Sill, Okln., and nwaltlng word from the war
department that will send them for duty in France, on tho Mexican border or
wherever they are most needed.
Captain Hicks Is seventy-four years old, but remarkably well preserved
and bubbling over with enthusiasm In the thought that he may have a chance
to be of service to the country. Ho realizes that his advanced years make it
well-nigh Impossible for him to Join the forces In actual fighting. Hut If
thero Is opportunity for scout duty, he Is ready to do Just as much In
France as he did for tho Pershing forces during the expedition In Mexico.
Captain Hicks claims to be the son of George McAlpin, whose remains
rest In a cemetery In HynttsvIIle, Mdl McAlpin was at one time a wealthy
Baltimore merchant and served the government In the purchase of supplies
during tho Civil war. lie was also prominent In Masonic circles In this sec
tion of the country and founder of Oriental, 2S9, of Philadelphia.
Captain Hicks points with pride to tho fact that he is a graduate of the
Carlisle Indian school. Globe trotter, chnmpiou rifle shot nnd champion
pedestrian, nre some other references that bring a smile fo his countenance,
nnd cause him to talk of adventures that have made his life worth the living.
Capital Society Women Sewing for Red Cross
OLLOWING the example set by Mrs. WoodroW Wilson and Mrs. Thomas
It. Marshall, wife of tho vice president, nearly nil of the women In the
official circle here devote mnny hours dally to sewing for th Red Cross. Not
only this, but they nre organizing oth
er women to help In tho good work.
Mrs. Marshall has organized the
'wives of senators and they meet every
Monday morning In the hendquarters
of the Ited Cross nnd make surgical
dressings, sew on hospltnl garments or
make themselves useful In other ways.
Some of those Interested In this class
nro Mrs. Thomas P. Gore, Mrs. Wlllard
Saulsbury, Mrs. Clnude Swanson, Mrs.
Ralph Galllnger, Mrs. Frank Kellogg
nnd Mrs. Maurice Sheppnrd. Mrs.
Franklin K. Lnne, wife of the secretary of the Interior, wns the first to
organize tho women In the federal service. She got together those In her
husbnnd's department and they have done an astonishing amount of work.
Mrs. William GIbbs McAdoo, wife of the secretary of the treasury, Is
whipping Into shnpe n similar organization among the women of the treasury
Mrs. Robert Lansing, wife of the secretary of state, is taking steps to
bring together the offlclnls of tho state department und the women employed
there, nml Mrs. Dayld Franklin Houston, wife of tho secretary of agriculture,
and Mrs. Carl Vrobmall, wife of tho assistant secretary of agriculture, are
conferring with a view to starting n slmllnr movement In the department of
The Home club, a social nnd economic club composed of the employees
of tho Interior department, of which Secretary Lane Is honorary president,
has been the greatest amount of assistance to Mrs. Lane In perfecting her
organization. Meetings have been held In the headquarters of the club, which
nlso serves as a clearing house, and through the olllcers of the club the rank
und file of the employees of the department have been reached.
HEN the general deficiency bill failed of passage In the senate In tho
closing session of the last congress, Director Ralph of the bureau of
engraving found himself In a dilemma
eral renervo notes. Of United States notes alone the output Is 3-10,000 sheets,
or 1,300,000 notes of various denominations; approximately an uverage of
$9,000,000 a ilny. Mr. Ralph announced he would proceed with business, how
ever, buying materials subject to appropriation by congress, the direct respon
sibility, of course, resting on tho secretary of the treasury, under whose
directions lie will continue. Tho laundry will run, because without It the
work of engraving and prlntlug could not continue, for the hundreds of
blankets used by the printers aro washed there, besides tho rags for the
presses, the covers and other adjuncts necessary to tho work of turning out
tho stamps and money. Tho towels used by tho 4.0S7 employees, nil of whom
havo a fresh towel dally, and tho towels, linens and other articles used In
tho hospltnl aro washed and sterilized In this Inundry.
This Is the largest of tho government laundries, hnvlng a separate drying
room for the plato blankets and absorbent cloths, nnd employs 17 operatives
to run It besides n woman superintendent, who inspects every piece of Inun
dry beforo It Is sent out
Watchman Didn't Know
LONG nbout tho middle of tho atnernoon n. ts.ll, solidly built man with a
small gray mustache left tho elevator at the v'fchth floor of tho Munsey
building whero tho council of nntlonnl
quartered. Thero was a. watchmuu In
"Where can I feet hold of a stenog
rapher?" asked tho visitor.
"Tho stenograpnors aro nil gone."
said tho watchman, carelessly.
"Then get mo n clerk," said r o
"Saturday half holidays havo be
gun lu government ('epnrtments," snld
tlio -watchman. "They're all gone."
Tho visitor brushed Ills way past
tho watchman ami started down tho
corridor nt n brisk pace. As tho watchmuu was about to pursue the stranger
nnothcr person stepped from the elevator. IIo happened to bo n newspaper
man and ho knew tho watchman.
"What's tho excitement V" he asked.
Tvo got to get that guy down the hnll," snld tho watchman. "I told him
wo wero nil closed up, but ho butted right In."
"Know who ho Is?" asked tho newspaper man7
"Thnt's Geneiul Goethals," ! '
"Gosh!" cried tho watchman.
A second later ho was making a record sprint down the hall, In tho trail
of tho gcnoraL " - " - ,
to Serve the Country
to President Wilson nnd to offer bis
services in whatever dapaclty he might
serve during the wnr, either In this
country or in France.
Captain Hicks was chief of the
Indlnn scouts with the recent Per
shing expedition Into Mexico, and was
wounded In one engagement with the
Villa forces. Shortly after war wns de
clared he succeeded In Inducing 1,000
of bis tribe In far-away Oklahoma to
remove their paint, cut their hair and
garb themselves In the khaki in place
Continue to Operate
not nt all reassuring, as the bureau
depends entirely on the general de
ficiency bill to keep on with Its work.
There wero 50,000,000 stnmps a day to
be furnished to the post ofllce depart
ment for the public service; Internnl
revenue stumps to be turned over by
tho burenu every day amounting to
between $1,500,000 and $1,750,000.
Paper money In vurlous kinds to
meet the public demand to the face
value of $20,000,000 a day on an aver
age must be turned out, and the bu
reau had orders for $800,000,000 fed
defense ud the shipping board aro
FARM MORE UN
Cultivate for the Soldier at the
This question of conservation of
food has become so agitated by thoso
who havo a knowledge of what It
means In tho preservation of life, who
hnvc made a study of the food condi
tions, nnd tho requirements of tho
country, that It Is beginning to arouso
the entire nation. The economist
whoso duty It Is to study tho output
and compiiro It with the consumption,
sees a rapidly creeping up of ono on
the other, and, when tho appetite of
consumption gets a headway on tho
output, where will the nntlon be 7 It
Is time the peoplo were aroused, for
there Is danger ahead unless the in
telligence of the people Is awakened to
the facts. Tho crop of 1017 will bo
less thnn an average one, nnd see the
work It bus to perform. It has to
feed tho man producing It, nnd ho Is
of less efficiency today than n year
ago. His strength has been reduced
by the drawing awuy of the thousands
from the farms, who nre now In the
ranks of the consumer Instead of In thnt
of the producer. There Is an Inverse
ratio here that can only be under
stood when confronted with the ap
palling figures presented by those In
charge of tho conservation work. Tho
army has to be fed, dependents cured
for, the navy has to have provisions,
and we cannot sit Idly by and see tho
women nnd children of tho countries
across the sea starve. There Is such
a great call for active participation in
tho matter of providing food, that
those who ure left at home In char go
of this work have n responsibility
placed upon them fully us greut as has
tho man at tho front who has gone out
to protect tho homes, the sanctity und
the honor of those who nre left behind.
Tho producer should think only of
this; there should bo economy, not
only of lnbor. Every acre of avail
able land should be producing. Ad
vantage should be tnken of eve.ry day
light hour. It uihst not be a case of
how much can we make. It must bo
a cuso of "light" with thoso who have
gone overseas, but in our way, light to
win tho war. Where Unit spirit per
vades will bo found the spirit of tho
patriotic American. There Is uo diffi
culty In securing land lu any of tho
stutes. It may be rented on ensy terms
or purchased nt low prices, and thero
should bo little difficulty arranging,
with bankers to get tho necessary
funds to carry on operations. Should
you not be able to get whut you want
In your own state, Western Canada
offers an Immense wide field for oper
ations at the lowest possible cost, and
Americans nro welcomed with open
arms. Homesteads of 1G0 ucres each
may bo had on easy conditions, und.
other lands may be purchased at low
prices on easy terms. The yields of
all kinds of small grains are heavy.
Tho prospects for a 1917 crop are ex
cellent, and It looks today as If thero
would bo as good a return as at any
time In the past, and when It Is real
ized thnt there huve been yields of
forty and forty-flvo bushels of wheat
over largo areas this should be en
couraging. Now that the two coun
tries aro allies and the cause Is a com
mon ono there should be no hesitation
In accepting whatever offer seems to
bo the best In order to Increase the
production so necessary, and which
should It not be met, will prove a so
rlous nienuco. Particulars ns to Cann
dian lnnds, whether for purchase or
homestead, may bo had on application
to any Canadian Government Agent
Advertisement. Quite So.
A leurned counsel on the defend
ant's side lost his temper, as well ns
his case, and remnrked rudely to tho
opposing lawyer: "Why do you so
often use the word 'nlso' and 'like
wise?' They both mean exactly tho
same, ns far as I enn see."
"By no means," said the other. "I'll
show you the difference by example.
Our learned fried, the Judge, is a
clever lnwycr; you are a lawyer, nlso.
but not likewise."
Forest Fires Decrease.
Forest fires reported to the Mnssa
chusetts state forestry department by
tho flro observation stations this year
amounted to 1,281. nnd the total dam
ago from tho fires Is estimated at
580,000. Last year 3.00S fires were
reported, with a loss of $141,073 worth
of property. Of these fires 344 are
Claimed to hnve been set by sparks,
from railroad locomotives.
r Important to Mothoro
Examlno carefully every bottle of
OASTORIA, thnt famous old remedy
for Infants and children, anil sec thnt It
Bears the , rtr- '
fcnature of (Jffi&Z&U
la Use for Ovor 30 Years.
Children Cry for Fletcher's Castoria
Few Sheep on Farms.
In tho United States only ono farm.
In seven, of more than twenty ncres.
now supports sheep, mid consequcntly
wo. Import nearly a third of n. billion,
pounds of wool yearly.
Everybody knows that potatoes have
eyes, but recently It has been discov
ered that they have wings also.
It Is better to he taken by surpMsa
thnn to be taken by the police.
When Your Eyes Need Care
Try Murine Eye Remedy
No Hmartlnc Jtut Kje Comfort, to centi al
DravKlkU or umll. Wrtla for ttm Mje ll,x,x.
u irv . u i.v kkji m v co cii iuac.o.
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