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THE SEMI.WEEKLY TRIBUNE, NORTH PLATTE. NEBRASKA.
ASSESSMENT FIGURES SHOW IN
CREASE IN WEALTH
MEWS FROMJTATE CAPITAL
Item of Varied Interest Gathered
from Reliable Source
at tho State
Nebraska bogs assessed for taxa
tion In 1917 are worth $10,000,000 more
than tho swlno owned within the stato
lout year, taking actual value as a
basis of comparison or $2,000,000 In
oroaso in the assessed value.
Cattle tlfls year are valued at f 30,
000,000 above 191(1, actual worth, or
$0,000,000 on the assessed value basis.
Corn on Nebraska's farms and in her
elevators shows a gain of $11,000,000
actual value, or $2,200,000 assossed
The total vnluo of automobiles
owned and used in Nobraska this year
is $12,000,000 in excess of 191G, giving
an increase of $2,400,000 in assessed
worth of this class of property.
M icy on hand or dopositod in banks
ret. ters a gain of $1C,000,000 this
your, swelling tho taxablo property
list by $3,000,000.
These aro a fow of tho items in a
complllatlon prepared by Secretary
Bornockor of tho stato board of equal
ization. The total gain in all kinds of
wealth within the annum is $14,000,000
actual value, or $28,000,000 assossed
Navy Wants Wireless Men
Any young man of good character,
18 years or moro of ago, who has had
a high school education, or has done
such work as stonography, can enroll
in tho United States navy for tho
duration of tho war, learn wireless,
see tho war from a rosorvod seat, ni,(i
becomo acquainted -with tho rlchost
ports pf tho earth. At tho end of the
war, the young man will know n trado
which will carry him at any tlmo to
almost any placo in tho world. Ho
will bo nblo to go to a stdnmshlp lino,
with tho host recommendation possi
ble, from tho United States navy, and
obtain passago to South America, Rus
sia, Japan or olsewhoro, simply by
offering his services as a wireless op
erator. Ho will bo able to mako a
world tour Just for tho fun of it, and
roeoivo a good salary in addition. Ho
will bo ablo to enter ths world com
morco ns a morchant princo, a travel
ing Balcsman in South Amorica or Rus
sia on his own responsibility because
bo can cam money and his keep while
going. You do not have to know wire
less now to enter this branch of tho
navy. If you can Bhow that you can
loarn quickly, and you can pass tho
physical examination, bosldos writing
twonty-flvo words a minute legibly
with a pencil, you can onroll for tho
duration of tho war. Tho limit in the
number to bo onllstod in tho regulnr
navy, and in tho wirolosB branch of
tho -reserves, has' been taken oft. Go
to tho nearest recruiting station. Tho
stations in this district nro. Sixtoonth
nnd Parnam, Omaha, Nob., Sioux Falls,
8. D Abordoon, 8. D., Lend, S. D
Hastings Nob., Norfolk. Nob. and Sioux
Nebraska's Four-Mlnuto Men
Professor M. M. Fogg, Lincoln, stato
chairman of tho "four-mlnuto mon" of
Nobraska, organized olght, additional
Nobraska towns last weok. To date
thoro aro moro than sixty towns in
tho stato which aro organized, making
a total of 300 speakers. At prosont
thero'aro 300 moving picture theatres
In Nebraska. Of this number over 100
iro bolng talked in ovory night by four
mlnuto mon." Tho total number of
towns in tho United Statos organized
is 1,200. Tho total number of speak
ers is 13,000. At prosont tho subject
of their talks Is Liborty bonds. Af
tor this campaign la over thoy will bo
Instructed to talk on something olso.
Tho organization will bo continued un
til tho end of tho war.
Seventh Regiment Now In Service
Under an order from tho adjutant
genorurs olllco tho now national guard
rogiment of Nebraska, of which Gov
ernor Keith Novlllo was, uppulntod
coloool, has been designated as an ac
tive militia organization and will here
after ljavo the Bamu stntus aa other
roglmontB of tho state boforo thoy
woro takon into 'federal sorvlco.
It is to bo known as tho Sovonth in
fantry, Nebraska National guard.
Following Is tho composition,, of the
Seventh infantryundor tho now ordor:
Hoadquartors company, Lincoln.
Supply company, Grand Island.
Machlno gun company, Kqarnoy.
Sanitary detachment, Lincoln.
Company A, Soward.
Company B, Croto.
Company C, Nebraska City.
Company D, Beatrioe. .
. Company 15, F and G, Oinahar
Company II, Lincoln.
Company I; Minden.
Company K, Loup City,
Company L, ScottsblufT.
Company M, Tronton.
Will be Permitted to Finish Studies
Govornor Novlllo has boon notified
of a now ruling by tho war dopart
munt undor which studonts in dotal
collegos will bo put upon tho same
basis as medical collogo students,
Upon application to tho surgoon gen
eral of tho nrmy for assignments to
tho dental reserve corps, their names
will bo cortlflcd to exemption boards
for discharge from tho draft and thoy
will bo allowed to stay in school until
they finish. After that tlmo thoy will
be nailed into the dental reserve of
PREPARING FOR MEETINGS
Organized Agriculture Will Convene
nt Lincoln, January 14
Officers of tho associations compris
ing organized, agriculture of Nobraska
held their annual moting at agricul
tural hall at tho stato farm last woek
to elect a committee to take charge
of the seventeenth annual meeting of
organized agrlculturo January, 1918.
Tho committee named woro W. II.
Mellor, chairman; Doan E, A, Burnett,
V. S. Whltten, It. W. McGinnis, Prof.
C. W. Pugsloy. II. J. Gramllch and
13. It. Danlolson.
Thoro are now thlrty-flvo associa
tions affiliated or connocted with or
ganized agriculture and twonty-flvo of
them nro oxpected to furnish pro
grams. Prof. C. W. Pugsloy is tho
secrotnry of tho committee. It is
planning for tho biggest nnd best
meetings in tho history of organized
agriculture. Special emphasis will be
glvon in making up th'o programs to
war conditions now prevailing in tho
country. Tho date of tho meetings is
from January 14 to Junuary 19.
To Save State Corn Crop
Governor Novlllo has Issued a proc
lamation requesting school boards and
univorsity heads to devise somo means
whereby studonts may bo utilized In
harvesting tho hugo corn crop.
Tho govornor doos not attempt to
suggest any methods by which student
labor may bo roleased during the bus;.
ing porlod. His proclamation is in
lino with what tho national and stato
councils of defenso nro doing toward
tho conservation of foodstuffs and pre
vention of wasto In seolng cropa aro
proporly cared for.
Tho proclamation follows:
The shortage of labor available for
nuskliit; Nebraska's onormoun corn crop
ana thu necessity for Its belwr cribbed at
the uarltoHt powtllilo moment creates a
Hltuatlon that should chullpnife tho ntten
Hon of tho peoplo of the stato.
The lai'Kcxt crop In our history Is as
sured, as In nlso tlio greatest shortuno of
labor. Thousands of available corn hunk
ers have been enllRtcd or selected for
Bjrvlce In tho military establishment
Many who aro available, taking advan
tage of tho unprecedented conditions, aro
demanding prohibitive prloos for their
labor. Mon muHt bo suppllnd to fill the
depleted rank. There are. without doubt,
muny students in schools, collocoK and
universities of tho Htate who could render
valuable surviro as corn buskers. Vari
ous methods for making those men avail
able have boen suggested. Among others,
to declare a general holiday of three
weok. In November, to shift the regular
holiday season coming later In the year
to November; to dismiss the grntlos from
Which corn hunkci? could reasonably be
expected to be secilied; to furlough stu
dents pledging themselves to assist In
IiarvpHtlng the corn crop.
Aftor careful Investigation, I am con
vinced that I hRVo no legal authority to
piescrib any particular method, and.
further, thai no method suggested could
reasonably bo expected to meet the radi
cally dirrcront conditions in local com
munities throughout the stnto. I, there
fore, call upon the board of regents of
the state unlvcrsit), thu state normal
board, tho governing boards of the vari
ous colleges, tho boards of education In
the cities and towns of Nebraska, the
school authorities In the rural districts
nnd all county supurlntnndcnts to adopt
tho method that will, first, make avail
able the greatost number of corn buskers
at the proper season, and, second, that
will protect the Students enlisting in this
work ngalnst loss of credits, to. the end
that no penalty bo placed upon tholr pa
triotism. Mascot for Seventh N. N. G.
Baby Keith Novlllo Thomas of Ores
ham named aftor Nebraska's war
govornor has been commissioned by
Govornor Novlllo ns mascot of tho
Sovonth nutlonal guard regiment. Ho
will not accompany tho regiment to
camp, nor go with it to Franco, but
his photograph will udorn tho hoad
quartors of Colonol Novlllo and will bo
guarded by Captain Loo Metcalfi, ad
jutant on tho regimental staff The
Grosham youngster Is u son of Mr.
and Mrs. S. L. Thomas of that, placo.
To Be Glvon Leave of Absence
Within tho mjxt fow wookH boys in
attendance nt tho farm school will bo
glvon leavo of absence to busk com.
Thoso who- take tho necossary two or
throo wookii off at that time will nt
jtond school during tho Thanksgiving
vacation and also during tho Christ
maa vacation, private tutoring also bo
lng offered by tho School of Agricul
ture. For thoso students thoro will
only bo a day off at Thanksgiving nnd
n day off at Christmas. Thoy will
comploto tho school year in tho spring.
Issusea Circular on Fire Prevention
Tho state flro commissioner's offlcn
is Bonding out circulars announcing
flro provontion day, Novombor 2, as
designated by Govornor Novilln in n
proclamation, and asking all citizens to
co opornto in reducing llro hazards. A
gonoral cleanup of old rubbish 1b
urged, and property ownors are re
quested to look after electric, wlrlno-.
dofoctlvo ehlmnoys and other source
or conflagrations, city olllclals. com-
morclal chlliH niul wmiinn'a flnl.u ......
... ' . V. I 1 1 ,,u
appoaiud to for assistance In socurlng
a gonorui ouservauco or tho day.
Dairy Judging Team Selected
Aftor a long sorlos of tryoutB tho
studonts who oro to roprosont tho
university in tho dairy Judging contost
at tho nntlouul dairy show, to bo hold
this yoar at Columbus, O., havo Just
boon picked. Thoy aro L. F. Llnd
gron, J. D, McKolvoy, J. It, Shophord
and Ell Buncombe. In final propara
Hon for tho Judglug contost the team
will visit somo of tho leading dairy
farms In Iowa and Wisconsin. Ad
vantage will bo takon of this trip
to visit somo of tho bost, milk plants
Status of Eligibility
Any man between tho ngos of olgh
toon and forty-llvo years may enlist
In tho Sovonth Nobraska national
guard rogiment, of which Govornor
Neville Is colonol. But any one sub
joct to draft who onllsts In this regi
ment must leavo tho reglmont and
respond to a call Tor oxumlnatlon"for
draft, If ho should rccolvo such a
call boforo tho regiment Is actually
called into tho rodoral service. If
tho regiment is culled into tho Unilod
Sta'ns Horvico all onllstod mon will
roinuln members of the rogiment
1 American troops receiving supplies nt a village somewhere In France, 2 Not the grave of Kaiser Wllhelm,
but the resting plnco of Wllhelm Kaiser, a humble grenadier, in the cemetery of Pnrgny. 3 Italians hoisting
field guns up the steep sides of Monte Santo.
NEWS REVIEW OF
THE PAST WEEK
Germans Capture Oesel Island
and Defeat Overmatched
SLAVS RESISTING STOUTLY
Kaiser's' Hurried Trip to Bulgaria and
Turkey American Destroyer Tor
pedoed, One Man Being Killed
President Wilson's Latest
Move Toward Bottling
By EDWARD W. PICKARD. ' '
The week brought no real relict to
beleaguered Germany, externally or in
ternally.' While tho kaiser was hurry
ing down through Bulgaria to Cou-'i
stnntinoplo to mend his crumbling
fences, nnd Chancellor Mlch'uoUs wits
struggling to hold on to his Job, and
tho German nrmle.s on the west front
woro making costly nnd futllo counter
attacks nnd slowly giving ground be-
fore the British and French, the laud
and sea forces of tho empire did strike
ut Russia what, considered superficial
ly, might be' thought to be u serious
blow. But the operations In the Bal
tic cannot be considered of prime Im
portance and cause Ho special concern
among the allies, not even Russia be
ing grcutly worried.
Troops landed on the Island of
Oesel, supported by tho fleet, huve suc
ceeded In capturing or driving off thu
garrison, which resisted stoutly, and
the kaiser's warships arc pushing back
the Russian naval forces toward thu
Gulf of Finland. In the sea lighting
both sides lost several vessels. The
Russian licet fought well but was hope-i
lCKsly outclassed In strength. The Ger
mans made aerial attacks on Pernnu,
and It was reported that they were at
tempting to gain u footing on the inuln
land. At Inst reports both sides were
hurrying up strong imvul re-en force
mentsi Tho real objective of the Gor
man high command Is not jevenled,
but It does not seem prolmble Von Hln
denburg, who Is directing tho opera
tions In person, will attempt to capture
and hold l'otrogrnd. That would mean
n perilous extension of his Hues In
view of tho fact that winter Is nt hand.
Southeof Riga the Russian artillery
prevented tho Germans from throwlbg
bridges across tho Dvlnn.
Trying to Hold His Allies.
Increasing signs of a breakup of the
nlllnnoo of the central powers prolt
nbly sent the knlser on his trip to the
near Fast. First he Jolllotj the Bul
garians, who, llko the Austrlans, are
sick of the war; nnd It was significant
that Kmperor Charles grasped a puny
excuse not to nccompnny his overbear
ing ally. Then William ran down to
Constantinople, where Turkish girls
strewed flowers In bis path and hp and
the sultan exchanged decorations. If
the kaiser can bold Ids coalition to
gether much longer, It will he because
the allies do not make sufllclently at
tractive separate peace suggestions to
Austria-Hungary, Bulgaria and Tur
key. As was expected, the opponent of
Chancellor Mlehnells were quick to
take advantage of the Wllholinshuven
naval revolt Incident. The Socialists
now present a united front against hltu
nnd have decided to vote against the
war credit of .$2,r0O,(XN).00O at the De
cember session of tho relchstag unless
he resigns. Foreign Secretary von
Kuchlmnun or Prince von Bulow Is
said to he IiIr probable successor,
though the war party still fears Count
von BoriistorlY may bo appointed. In
the effort to save himself MlchaeUs
offered Frletlerlch von Payer the post
of chancellor, displaying rcndlncds to
throw overboard Doctor Helfferleh mid
also Minister of Marine von Capelle.
Thero are rumors that MlchaeUs Is
contemplating tho establishment of a
On the West Front
In Flanders tho British practically
completed their occupation of tho Im
portant Passchendneltt ridge nnd the
Germans were observed to be hurried
ly building a long dam for the purpose
of flooding the low land east of the
ridge. Meanwhile the French on the
left flnnk of the British steudlly wid
ened the base of the wedge that Is be
ing driven In between the German
armies nnd the Belgian coast. The al
lied aviators made many raids and
dropped vast quantities of explosives
on Germnn military establishments
with destructive results. The German
airmen were not Idle, but theW' main
raid was made on Nancy, where u num
ber of civilians were killed.
Tho British government on Tuesduy
announced formnlly, through Bonar
Law, chancellor of tho exchequer, thnt
reprisals would be made for the Ger
man raids over London and other un
fortified places. German towns, Mr.
Law said, will be bombarded so far ns
military needs will release tho neces
sary machines. The threat may bo suf
ficient to check the bnrbarity of the
Germnns In this respect.
Realizing the danger of a collnpse
of the Austrian forces thnt are oppos
ing the advance of the Italians, the
centrnl powers have withdrawn nt
least forty divisions from the Russian,
front and hurried them to the rescue
of the defenders of Trieste. Large
numbers of Germun, Bulgarian and
Turkish troops are now on the Italian
American Destroyer Torpedoed.
The first real American casualty list
from the wnr zone was given out
Wednesday by Secretary of the Navy
Daniels. It Included o;ie death, thnt
of Osmond Kelly Ingruhnm, gunner's
mate, of Pratt City, Alh., and the
names of live-other men of the navy
who were slightly wounded. These
men vvero of the crew of an American
destroyer which was torpedoed by a
German .submarine while on patrol In
British waters. Thp vessel was not
sunk and soon reached port. The re
port eiuuu from Rear Admiral Sims
and said Ingraham wus blown over
board and his body wns not recovered.
Nnvul olllcers think it remarkable that
until this occurrence Admiral Sims'
fighting units should all have escaped
damage In the light against the U
boats. From Amsterdnm the other day came
tho report that Germany was about to
Include American wnters In the sub
marine zone. This 'mount nothing to
American nuval authorities, for they
had considered our wnters so Included
since' we entered the war. The best
Informed opinion Is that American
transports, with their spqcd nnd their
convoys, will bo quite safe from the
The week's list of victims of U-boats
wns small In number, but tho loss of
life wus grentcr than usunl. This was
due mainly to tho destruction of tho
French steamer Medio with the loss
of 2,ri0 persons, Including soldiers and
prisoners of war. It Is an undisputed
fnet that service on Germun subma
rines Is becoming more dangerous ev
ery day, and this probably Is respon
sible for the latest reported mutiny
In the German navy. Sailors at tho
pfrt of Ostond refused to go aboard
thu U-hnats nnd are said to have
thrown one commander Into the sea.
There Is trouble In (he Austrian navy
also. Soldiers and the crews of sub
merslbles have had several conflicts ut
I'ola, olllcers on both sides being killed.
The Austrian government thereupon
decided to change the naval base to an
Wilson's New Blow at Germany.
Determined that Germany and Its al
lies shall not benefit from the trade
and Industry of the United States,
President Wilson started off the week
by setting in motion machinery to stop
trade with the enemy and transmission
of Information valuable to htm, to con
trol ettomy aliens and enemy property
and to check the activities In America
of German sympathizers. By execu
tive decree the president created a war
trndo board, with Vance McCormlck as
chjilrmnn. supplanting tho exports ad
ministrative board, and a war trade
council to advise the hoard on ques
tions of policy; gave the secretary of
the treasury power to regulate tho ex
port of gold, silver and currency, trans
fers of credit, transactions In foreign
exchange, and enemy Insurance com
panies,, uud authority to prevent tho
transmission of written or photographic
Information from tills country except
through the malls; created a censor
ship board to prevent the transmission
of Intelligence to tho enemy by any
means; gave the trade commission full
authority over enemy patents; gave
tho postmaster general power to regu
late tho publication of war matter by
foreign language papers, and In other
ways took control of enemy Interests
In the United States.
Tho provisions of this sweeping de
cree when put Into full forco should
help n lot In tho process of bottling tip
the German empire. The United States
nnd Its allies show no disposition t
yield to the pleas of the so-called neu
trnl nations that have been supplying
Germnny with food and other mate
rials. According to reports received h
Washington, the food situation In Ger
many is growing acute. The weeklj
ration there amounts approxlniatelj
to four and a half pounds of bread
a half peck of potatoes, a cupful of
beans, pens, or oatmeal; a half pount:
of meat, twelve cubes of sugar, sll
Individual patties of butter and ar,
equal amount of other fats. The cnlorR
value of these foods In the aggregate
Is less than half the amount estlmatet
by tho American food administration
ns sulllclent for a person In a sedcntnrj
Coal Strike Makes Trouble.
The coal situation, especlnlly'in Illi
nois, caused the administration a great
deal of trouble. Strikes, unauthorized
by tho union, stopped production and
tho operators declared they could not
pay tho wages demanded unless they
were allowed to charge tho general
public 50 cents more n ton. Coal Ad
mlnlstrntor Garfield was swamped wit!)
appeals and protests, nnd sent out u
message to the effect thnt unless min
ing was resumed the federal govern
ment would seize tho mines. The whole
affair hns tho appearance of greed fos
tered by underhanded pro-German In
fluences. Food Administrator Hoover has
been brought to n realization of the
fact that the retail grocers of the coun
try are robbing the ultimate consum
ers, and he proposes to go as fap as his
powers permit In stopping the extor
tion. In a stntement Issued Thursday
Mr. Hoover said that though neither
the food administration nor the gov
ernment hns authority to regulate the
retailer as It does the wholesaler, he
would, beginning November 1, expose
the former each week by publishing
the wholesale prices of all commodities
In every section. Thus the purchnser
will know how much the retailer Is
paying nnd how much undue profit" he
Is exacting. Mr. Hoover cites particu
larly the retail price bf flour, which Is
out of all proportion to the wholesale
price fixed by the government, nnd al
so the recent unwarranted advances
In tho retail price of sugar.
Unless tho retailer grocer behaves,
the food administrator hints, congress
may bo asked for legislation giving the
government power to regulate him. Mr.
Hoover asserts that the corner has
been turned In high prices and that If
the farmer and retailer co-operate with
him, the essential commodities one af
ter another should contlnup to show re
ductlons between now nnd the end of
The war department Issued onion
Thursday for the entnjlnmont of tin
Until quotas of tho first draft from the
northwest sfntos and the entire niobll'
zutlon of the 0S7.000 men of the llrst
army Is expected to bo complete bj
the mlijdle of November. The call for
the second draft Is not expected be
fore the first of the year, but arrange
ments for It are under way nnd It nin.
be that tho remaining 7,000.000 ellgl
bles will be examined In advance so as
to establish a waiting Hst. Prepara
tions for the winter In the training
camps aro being made rapidly aim
there Is reason to believe that then
will be no shortage of warm clothing
arms and all other necessary supplies
Thu Liberty bond campaign went
with a rush last week, despite tho dis
loyal opposition displayed In some 1
calltles. The government hns takon
stops to punish the pro-German work
ers who havo fostered this hostile sen
timent, and Secretary McAdoo has ask
ed banks to report the names of those
who havo sought to Intimidate bnnk
ers 1y threats to withdraw their de
posits. Tho senatorial committee Investigat
ing Senator Ln Follette's loyalty held
several sessions but was temporarily
foiled by the wily fellow's demand thnt
he be given the opportunity to cross
examine those who bad contradicted
his assertion regnrdlng Bryan's state
ment to President Wilson nnent the
Lusltanln. As the committee cannot
well summon the president or Mr.
Bryan, it adjourned to think tho ease
Former Senator Pettlgrew of South
Dakota is emulating the record of La
Follette and defying the government
to hnvo him Indicted. His utterances
aro If anything moro reprehensible
than those of tho Wisconsin mnn, but
ho himself Is much more negligible.
If all their renders and hearers were
persons of sound sense, neither one
would be worth tho powder It wowV
take to blow iilm over to Germany.
CB OF ANTILLES
STICK WITH SHIP
SURVIVORS OF THE TORPEDOED
TRANSPORT AT FRENCH PORT.
y KILLED WHILE ASLEEP'
American Government Will Pay In
surance for Those Who Perished.
Believe Troop Movements
Being Tipped Off.
A French Port, Oct. 23. Survivors
of the United States transport Antil
les, which was sunk by a German
submarine October 17, were landed,
Tile torpedo struck the ship ut a.
quarter to seven o'clock Wednesday
morning. Many were killed In their
berths. The explosion killed tho en
gineers, oilers and mechanics and.
tliose of tlie crew who were ln bunks
below. All the survivors praise tho cap
tntn of the Antilles and the member
of tho gun crew, wjio stuck to their
posts until the waves closed over tho
ship. When the Antilles sank, forty or
fifty men were at the stern. Most of"
them leaped fifty feet or more Into
the sea as the stern rose to a perpen
dicular position. Tito sea was run
ning high at the time, making it dif
ficult to save tho crew nnd passen
gers. Somo survivors, clinging to
debris, were in the water an hour.
All Who Perish Insured.
Washington, D. C, Oct. 23. Air
bauds In the military and naval serv
ice who perished with the lost Amer
ican transport Antilles, tofiiodoed.
and sunk by a Gcrjnan submarine Oc
tober 17, came within the scope of
the new war Insurance law, the treas
ury department announced nnd there
by automatically carried insurance to
the amount; of ?0.000 each.
This sum will bo paid the families
of lite dead soldiers nnd sailors In.
monthlr Installments of $25 each
over a period of twenty years. It Is;
ln addition to compensations which
will be paid to widows, children and'
dependent mothers of the men. Ap
proximately seventy persons went
down with the Antilles.
The sinking-of the transport Is be
lieved to have followed another leak
of Information Into Germany with re
gard to troop movements.
Tho war department took official'
cognizance of this with the Issue or
tho following order:
"To the commanding generals of all:
nntlonnl guard divisions:
"Communicate orders to each organ
isation commnnder In your division
that during the time thoy are ln fed
eral service, they nro prohibited from
making any report to the governor or
authorities, civil or mllrniiy, of 'their
respective states, regnrdlng tiny move
ment of their organizations, or of any
other federal troops or personnel."
Adopt New Draft Plan.
Washington, Oct. 23. Provost Mar
sbal Crowder announced that the
nine million men, still subject to ar
my drafe, will be divided Into llvo
clhsses nnd called ("-"ordlng to class,
Economic considerations will gov-,
crn the- new sysfeni jf selection and
thoso least available, cither for in-(t,-t
"ioney reasons, wllL
be the lact cnlled.
svwti.in, bi'sed on recom
mendatlons of draft boards the conn-,
try over, will simplify their tasks .audi
make the drawings hereafter even,-nu-e
equitable than ln the pa"t.
IJach man will be allowed . seveni
days in which to answer a queslloji-.
aire as to his industrial status and:
the dependency of any relatives.
Half of Zep Fleet Lost.
Paris, Oct. 23. The German Zep
pelin fleet has met Its worst disaster
of the war. Of the eight Zeppelins
which 4dted Paris as the first step.
toward carrying out thr Mireat made In
n German message vjilch said It had
been decided to destroy Pnris In re-u
prlsal for French air raids on Ger-.
mnn towns, two were destroyed null,
Ru8s Fleet Withdraws.
Petrograd. Oct. 23. Tho Russians
have sucee -iled In getting nil their
shins ,-xeept observation elements out
of Moon sound without losses nnd lit
perfect order, according to an ollkial
communication Issued by the marine
department. The communication says
the Oesel ami Moon Islands have defi
nitely passed Into the hands of the-.
Famous Case Ends Quickly.
Alliance, Neb., Oct. 23. The fnm.
ous Children blackmail case, charging
s'x Omaha men and three cltlzons of
Chndron with conspiracy to black
mail, wns virtually thrown out of
After hearing testimony by two wit'
nesses, that they knew of the nlleged
conspiracy before it was "discovered.'1
Judgo Grimes Immediately InstrncteiV
tho Jury to bring In a verdict for th
defense. The Jury did ns directed,
nnd wns dismissed nt once. The dei.
fondants were dismissed.
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