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THE SEMI-WEEKLV TRIBUNE, NORTH PLATTE, NEBRASKA.
TO A FEW LINES
Fire of nn unknown origin de
stroyed the business portion of Lake
side, Sheridan county. The opera
house, printing office nnd several
otlior business establishments were
consumed by the Haines. The cllj
has no water system nnd to the buck
et brigade nnd workmen at a potash
ylnnt goes the credit for saving tho
town from completo destruction. Tho
loss Is placed nt $150,000.
The centennial celebration of tho
llrst white settlement In Nebraska Is
to ho held at Fort Calhoun, Septem
ber 20. On Sept. 20. 1819, Colonel
Atkinson, with 800 officers nnd men
of the Sixth Infantry, landed from
two stenmbonts Just north of tho
present site of Tort Calhoun. The
State Historical society will take n
leading part In the affair.
In Issuing the call for a special sos.
slon of the legislature, Governor Mc
Kelvle Included nothing savo tho pas
sage of a Joint resolution ratifying the
national woman suffrage amendment,
and appropriation of expense of tho
Tho Stnto Board of Control will
require teachors nt all stato Institu
tions to take a two weeks' short
course In the psyenoiogy of abnormal
children, to bo given nt tho Beatrice
Institute for fechlc-nilndcd early this
Feeling against Mexicans working
In tho packing houses at Nebraska
City Is said to be1 extremely bitter.
The other night placards were placed
over the city which read : "If you aro
n Mexican, leave tho city."
There nro still many automobile
owners In tho stato who have not so
cured 3010 licenses, according Id Stato
Engineer Johnson, who has sent out
notice to nil shorlffs In the stnto to
round up the delinquents.
Addison Walt, for somo time adju
tant of tho soldiers' homo at Grand
Island, has been promoted to com
mandant of that Institution ind Itev.
J. W. Waits of Valparaiso, has boon
The special election held nt Bluo
Springs to select a site for tho new
school building to bo erected nt that
plnco showed that a majority of tho
voters desired to havo tho structuro
on the old site.
Tho Stnto Board of Equalization
has ordered Secretary W. II. Oshorn
to Investigate the ronson why returns
from seventy-seven counties of Ne
braska show n $1,000,000 decline In
bank assessments over a year ago.
Lincoln county Is to have a new
$200;000 court house nt North Pint to.
Citizens of the county at a special
election, voted for a direct levy of
5 mills to raise tho necessary fund.
Automobile drivers In tho state aro
warned to bo awnro of tho now utito
mobllo law, which prohibits an auto
mobile to bo driven with u dealer's
number for personal use.
, Saunders county, by voluntary sub
scriptions, has collected tho county's
share, .$20,000, for n state atd brldgo
across the l'latto river at Yutan.
Joseph Ituthorford Nelson, who cs;
tnbllshed tho fh-st newspaper In Ongo
county at Beatrice, In 1808, died nt
Ills homo at Cashmore, Wash.
Tho price of hogs Is again soaring
on the South Omaha market. Stock
men predict that $211.50 per hundred
will bo reached before long.
Nebraska will ho represented at tho
hearing at Washington, August 11, of
the prohloms confronting electric
railways of the country.
Several sportsmen around Lincoln
havo been rounded up lately by dep
uty game wardens nnd fined qulto
heavily for Illegal fishing.
President Wilson has been Invited
1o visit Omaha when he makes a tour
"of tho country, speaking In behalf of
the league of nations.
The fivn-ntlll court house levy which
wns voted on In Richardson county at
a special election, carried by four
Utah Is suffering to a considerable
extent from drouth," according to re
ports reaching Nebraska county
An 80 acre farm near Lyons was
sold the other day for $450 per acre,
n new top prlco for Burt county land.
A number of' prominent Dodgo
county citizens havo taken steps to
organize a Hague to enforce pence.
City firemen of Lincoln nnd sonio
other city employes have been granted
n substantial Increase In wages.
Tho Omaha lodge of the Fraternal
Order of Elks Is talking of building
n new home.
A cloudburst Hooded Ravenna and
sent n river of water down tho main
street n fow days ago. Many base
ments wero filled nnd much -damage
dne. Tho town was Hooded threo
weeks ago, tho llrst tlmo In tho his
tory of Bavenna.
After more than two months' Inves
tigation of tho shooting and killing of
Mrs. Mary Shafer of Mluden, County
Attorney Mcl'heely filed a chnrgo of
matricide against John G, Shafer, tho
woman's son. Tho alleged munror oc
curred on April 28, 1010.
Tho first real pure food show ever
attempted In Omaha will bo held In
tho city auditorium tho week of Oc
tober 25 to November 1. It Is ex
pectod to bo one of tho grentcst af
fairs of the kind ever held In tho
A movement for tho repeal of the
daylight saving law that promises to
become national In Its scopo has been
started by a group of Omaha mothoni
and welfare workers who contend that
the measure Is n detriment to the
health nnd happiness of tho children
of the Unltod States.
Lieutenant Governor Barrows ts
being Indorsed for tho cnndldncy of
nntlonal commander of the Sons of
Veternns In letters received at tho
office of Frank Mills, at Lincoln, di
visional commander for Nebrnska,
from Individual officers and organiza
tions of tho order. Tho commnndor
will be selected nt tho national en
campment at Columbus, O., In Sep
tember. The Nebrnska Farmers' Union nt
tho annual convention nt Oinnha voted
to construct n terminal grnln elevator
In the state metropolis and to procuro
a seat on the Omnhn Grain Exchange.
Tho executive committee of the asso
ciation will meet some tlmo this fall
to effect a state-wide organization of
Farmers' Union co-operative elevators.
Farmers of Brown county are qulto
disappointed In tholr wheat crops.
Early In tho spring tho outlook for a
bumper crop wns splendid, but tho
three weeks' dry spell In June greatly
reduced the production. Prospects
for n good corn crop In tho county
Dr. F. M. Fling, professor of his
tory at the University of Nebraskn,
who has been commissioned by tho
government to wrlto a history of
America's part In the world wnr, in
now In Washington, gathering first
hand matorlal on tho sonntc's ratltl-
ftfl (Inn n? nnm Km 1
vuuwii t. lie; utt.i7 it tUIJi
An electric company nt Mil ford Is
constructing n lino to Wither down
tho Blue river. If enough subscribers
for lights can be obtained the lino
will bo run ns far south as Do Witt
and Plymouth. Plymouth has long
been without n lighting, plnnt.
Tho recently formed branch of tho
American Legion at Harthtgton has
been granted Its charter, giving It tho
honor of being tho fourth In the stato
to porfect its organization. Omahn,
Lincoln and Fremont are the first
three on the list.
The stato prison board has refused
a recommendation of pardon to Georgo
Davenport, who has served two yeara
of his ten-year sentence from Clay
county for an offense against n 10-year-old
Plans for tho new military depart
ment at tho stnto university aro being
endangered, according to n rumor now
current In university circles at Lin
coln. Fifty transient harvest hands wero
hold up and robbed by four hlghwny
men while nbonrd a Burlington
freight train near Sutton. Several of
tho men wero thrown from the train
by the thugs.
II. II. Walllngford of Fremont, who
purchased the itylcr Mengel 120 aero
farm near Nlckerson, three weeks ago
for $325 per acre, sold tho tract the
other day for $100 an acre, making u
not profit of $0,000.
County commissioners of Ulchard
son county havet decided! to call an
election for tho relocation of the court
house between Humboldt and Falls
City, tho election to bo held Sept. 0.
Tho Nomahn County Agricultural
socl ety plans to construct a number
of new buildings on tho grounds nt
Auburn before tho opening of tho
county fair In October.
Fanners of Nebraska who wish to
buy stock from drouth stricken
states of tho west can secure Informa
tion ns to where It can bo purchased
from county agents.
Tho petitions being circulated at
Omaha for tho recall of Mayor Smith
and three other commissioners, nro
being readily signed, It Is said.
Wheat fields throughout Duel and
other western counties nro yielding
splendidly. Many fields aro running
25 bushels to tho aero and somo as
high as ir.
A branch of tho Amerlcnn Legion
has been organized nt Ilemlngford
with 75 members. They plan to build
a community club house.
Employes at all stato Institutions
have been granted an lncreaso In sal
ary by tho Nebraska Board of Con
trol. A contract has been let for marking
tho Goldenrod highway from Nebraska
City to Oxford, a distance of 800
Harvest hands by tho hundreds are
(Wily leaving Nebraska for work in
the wheat fields of Minnesota an.l
Corn In tho vicinity of Beatrice was
damaged to some extent by a violent
hall storm that visited tho district.
Tho city of Lincoln has Inaugurated
a movement to acquire tho street rail
way lines of the capital.
Walthlll Is to have n community
sales pavilion, which will seat about
A movement Is under way to trans
fer the, Danish. Lutheran college nt
Blair to Omahn."
Tho now stato law legalizing tho
sale of cigarettes In Nebraska Is now
In effect. Under Its provisions It Is
unlawful to smoke cigarettes In pub
lic eating houses, to glvo one to n
friend or to soil either cigarettes or
tobacco to minors.
That tho sugar Industry In western
Nebraska Is making rapid forward
strides Is proven by the fact that
over 17,000 moro acres' In the stnto
nro planted In sugar boots this year
than In 1018. Tho preliminary esti
mate Is 00,000 acres.
A. Lohr of tho Dlller vicinity ro
ports that his 125 ncres of wheut aver,
aged twenty-flvo bushels to the ncro.
This Is one of tho best yields reported
In tho vicinity,
A total of 0,745,000 acres of Ne
braska soil Is planted In corn this
year, compared to 0,045,000 In 1018.
Tho condition of tho crop July 18" wns
88 per cent.
The' several hundred Wyoming
fnrmers who came to this state to
help in tho harvest, wero a big factor
In relieving tho labor shortngo In wost
1 Mrs. James Hamilton Lewis, wife of tho former senator from Illinois, who has been given a medal of honor
by tho French government for her work for tho French wounded. 2 Food shops In Berlin that were raided by
a hungry mob. it Residents of Staten Island who weiv unable to get from Manhnttun to their homes because
of the strike of engine room men of the New York ferry boats.
NEWS REVIEW OF
Mr. Taft's Plan of Interpretive
Reservations May Solve the
LIKED BY MM SENATORS
President Wilson Rebuffed by Foreign
Relations Committee Austria Gets
Her Peace Terms News
From Russia Not Cheerful
More Trouble With
By EDWARD W. PICKARD.
William II. Taft, actuated by tho two
worthy motives of trying to aid In the
speedy stabilizing of world pence and
of averting possible disaster to his par
ty In the next presidential elections
made a notable contribution last week
toward the ratification of the peace
treaty and League of Nations covenant
by the senate. In letters to Republican
Nntlonal Chairman .Hays he suggested
a way In which he thought this might
bo brought about with the votes of
those Republican senators who aro
friendly to tho league but nro doubtjTul
concerning certain of Its articles. Mr.
Taft's plan Is that the treaty bo rati
fied with "Interpretive reservations"
that would satisfy the consciences ot
those senators and that would be ac
ceptable to the administration. These,
not being amendments or tint reserva
tions, would not necessitate tho recom
mittal of the pact to n peace confer
ence. Making It clear that he favors rati
fication of the treaty as it stands, to be
amended later by the league If neces
sary, Mr. Taft declares It to be "tho
part of statesmen to recognize the exi
gencies, personal, partisan and polit
ical, of a situation in seeking to achieve
teal progress and reform." He admits
that there are reasonable and sincere
criticisms made against the league and
believes these must be satisfied In
order to obtain the nineteen Republican
votes necessary to ratification. This he
seeks to do with his suggested reser
vations, which cover most of the ar
ticles criticised but Ignore the Shan
tung feature. This latter, he asserts,
has been deliberately exaggerated.
Mr. Hays looked with favor on Mr.
Taft's- plan, and In Washington many
Republican senators wero said fo be
so Impressed with Its value that they
already were at work on a program
of Interpretive reservations. President
Wilson had been aware of tho Taft
suggestions for several days, hut his at
tltudo toward them was not stated.
The administration senators, however,
were said to bo still determined to at
tempt to force unreserved ratification.
Mr. Wilson, though suffering from a
slight attack of Illness,' kept up his
work in behalf of the treaty, calling
Into conference at the Wldte House
a number of the opposing senator?.
Most of these asserted that the presi
dent had not been able to change their
views or Intentions by his arguments
nnd explanations, and the debate in
tho senate did not Indicate that be
had converted any of them. It Is only
fair to assume that few of these sena
tors are governed by anything but
patriotism a:ul honesty In taking tho
nttltude they do, hut It Is hard to see
anything but partisanship In such ao-'
tlon as that of the majority of the
committee on foreign relations the
other day. The president, In the in
terest of business, asked for authority
to appoint provisionally an American
member ot the Interallied commission
on reparations pending action on the
treaty. This the committee refused,
adopting instead Senator Knox's reso
"That it Is the Judgment of the com
mittee that until the treaty Is ratified
no power exists, either In the presi.
dent or congress, to execute any prov.
slon of the proposed treaty, either pro
visionally or otherwise,"
And yet, only three weeks ngo Sen
ator Knox declared that the treaty ot
peace will apply to the United State
wlen ratified by threo other powers,
"whether we shall nctunlly have rati
fied or not, because peace will then be
Tho president may go ahead any
how and name the member of the repa
rations commission, and it wns report
ed that Bernard Baruch Is to be his se
lection. Some of the senators, nnd porhnps
a great ninny .other ople, do not
agree with Mr. Tuft that the Shantung
affair has been exaggerated. Mr. Wil
son Is snld to havo explained to cer
tain of his callers that the other peace
mnkers, entangled In secret treaties,
left to him the settlement of thnt an
noying matter and that It was neces
sary to yield so much to Japan In or
der to nssure her joining the Leuguu
of Nations. It was believed ho might
now bring some pressure to bear to
persuade Japan to declare formnlly
her Intention to return the province
to China within n short period of time.
That, of course, would do much to si
lence the criticism against the clause.
The Japanese, however, are not dis
playing a very compllnnt spirit lately.
They have vigorously denied the story
that the Shantung settlement was In
exchange for the Japanese withdrawal
of the racial equality clause from the
league covenant, and the Intimation Is
plain thnt they will renew later their
demand -for the Inclusion of such a
clause. Also there Is open opposition
In Japan to participating in the Inter
national tribunal to try the former
kaiser, based on tho nssertion that
such action would have a bad effect
on the Japanese people.
The British pnrllnment has ratified
tho peace treaty with Germany unan
imously, and also has adopted the
Anglo-French alliance bill.
Austria has been banded the pence
treaty she must sign and of course Is
protesting hopelessly ngalnst the
to bus imposed. The reparation terms
ate similar to those In the' German
treaty, and the financial terms pro
vide that the prewar debt shall be
apportioned among the various former
parts of the Austrian empire and the
coinage nnd war bonds taken up, by
tho new governments and redeemed
as they see tit. The Austrian army Is
to be reduced to ."0,000 men and she Is
to give up all her merc'hant .shipping
and fishing boats and 20 per cent of
her river lleet. Largo numbers of cat
tle also must be surrendered, as well
as quantities of stuff stolen by the
Hnpsburgs. In the revised territorial
terms Is .seen a possibility of future
trouble, for Austria Is to receive the
Odcrberg region of Hungary. Tho
Hungarians aro not likely to submit
tamely to this and Bela Kun, if he Is
still In power there, may find In It a
chance to keep his army from disinte
grating by appealing to the national
,ConlllctIng stories concerning Bela
Kun have been coming from Vienna.
One had it that the communist leader
had been deposed by a triumvirate and
that "terror troops" were In control of
Budapest. Another and later dispatch
showed he was still In the saddle.
Tho tangled mess known as the Rus
sian situation has no very promising
aspects of late. The British comman
der In North Russia reports that the
Russian volunteer troops that have
been co-operating with him have muti
nied and joined the bolshovlsts; Gen
eral Donlklno has been sulTerlng re
verses at the hands of Trotzky's army
and Admiral Kolcbak, head of the
Omsk government, does not seem to
bo" getting anywhere. Lenlne has of
fered to cede Bessarabia to Roumania
If the latter country will prohibit Kol
chak's supporters from crossing Its
frontier. This may nmount to nothing,
as Roumnnln already holds possession
of Bessarabia. In eastern Gallcln,
where the Ukrainians and Poles aro
lighting for the territory, the Poles
have ruptured the Important city of
Tarnopol. Delayed dispatches from
Vladivostok tell of a successful excur
sion In the Suchan valley district by
an American military column which
cleared out bands of bolshevikl at a
cost of two men killed and eleven
wounded. The bolshevikl In Siberia
have released all their American pris
oners, five In number,
' The peace conference Is now attend
ing to Bulgarln. Tho delegates from
that country arrived In Paris from
Sofia Friday and were quartered at tho
suburb of Neullly. Tho French troops
have been taking care of Bulgaria late
ly and when the other day some of
them wero attacked by Bulgarians n
French regiment occupied Sofia and
disarmed tho local garrison.
Sweden Is expected to make a loud
wall over the report of the Baltic com
mission of the pence conference. It
recommends that the Aland Islands nt
the mouth of the Gulf of Bothnia,
which Sweden has claimed, be neu
tralized under the guaranty of the
League of Nations. The Swedes are
not In high favor with the allies nnd
any protest they may make Is not like
ly to bo considered.
Our relations with Mexico seemed to
bo approaching the well-known climax,
ns they have been Intermittently for
years. Senators and representatives
from the border states clamor for In
tervention, more Americans are killed
or kidnaped or robbed by Mexicans,
Interested European nations become
more nnd more exasperated by the
chaotic conditions below tho Rio
Grande, but the administration keeps
Its own councils) giving no Intimation
of Its Intentions, If It bus any. Among
the recent outrages to be reported
were an attack by armed Mexicans on
a boatload of sailors from the U. S.
ship Cheyenne near Tamplco and the
robbery of about $10,000 from the
Puerto Lobos station of the Atlantic
Refining company. Some trifles wero
stolen from the sailors and tho Mexi
can government says It was their own
fault because they disregarded warn
ings and went Into rebel territory.
Most of the other outrages the Car
ranza officials try weakly to explain
Henry I. Fletcher, ambassador to
Mexico, appeared before a house com
mittee and said that, although hun
dreds of Americans had been killed in
Mexico in the last1 few years, and 50
since February, 1017, he had never
heard of the prosecution or conviction
of nny Mexican for the murder of nn
American. He thinks, however, thnt
nothing would bo gained by withdraw
al of our recognition of tho Carranza
government aud lifting of the embargo
Word was brought from Chihuahua
City to El Paso that Villa and General
Angeles bad disbanded their forces un
til September anil were going to Japan
to obtain arms and ammunition for u
renewal of their revolution.
Tho city of Washington was greatly
upset early In the week by mob riots
that amounted to a race war. Whites,
angered by alleged attacks on women
by colored men, made Indiscriminate
warfare on the negroes, and the latter
retaliated In kind. Several persons,
Including two policemen, were killed.
After long nnd wearisome debate,
the house of representatives passed
the prohibition enforcement bill by a
vote of 28" to 100. Nearly all the
rigid restrictions Insisted on by the
radical drys were retained, but indi
viduals are permitted to have liquor
In their homes for their own consump
tion. The measure Is now In the sen
ate and may be changed In Important
The chief counsel for the. Associa
tion Opposed to National Prohibition;
in reply to numerous inquiries, has Is
sued a statement concerning the sta
tus of the fight against tho constitu
tional amendment. He says the right
of referendum on acts of tho legisla
ture exists In 15 stntcs. Petitions for
referendum havo been filed In seven of
these and are being circulated In tho
others. If the people In ten of these
states reverse the action of the legis
latures the prohibition amendment
will be void, since It must bo ratified
by 30 states and 45 hnve taken that
action. The validity of the amend
ment ulso will be attacked on consti
tutional grounds before the United
States Supreme court in the fall.
All tho world was startled and
shocked by the unique airship disaster
In Chicago. A dirigible balloon was
making experimental lllghts over the
loop district of the city when It burst
Into llames nnd fell through tho roof of
ono of the largest banks. Ten em
ployees of the bank and three men
who wero In the car of the balloon
were killed nnd more than n score wore
Injured. The cause of tho accident
was u mystery.
TROUBLE CAUSES WILSON TO
TEXAN URGES INTERVENTION
United States Ambassador Making
Effort to Protect Americans
in Southern Republic.
Wnshlngton, D. C President Wil
son has Issued ,a proclamation de
claring arms mny not bo oxirorted
Into Mexlcb. Tho proclamation snld
thero exists In Mexico "suck condi
tions of domestic violence" as wero
specified In congressional acts forbid
ding export of arms to thnt country.
Recent developments In tho Mexican
situation can bo summarized as fol
Redoubling of . the clTorts of tho
government to, prevent smuggling of
Jiintis across the border and a warn
ing by the president to citizens thnt
violation of the' nntl-smuggllng luw
would bo rigorously prosecuted.
An address In the house by Repre
sentative Hudspeth, democrat, Texas,
urging withdrawal of the recognition
of the Carranza government end mil
itary occupation of Mexico by Ameri
can forces until n stable government
baa been established.
Dispatch of messages to members
of tho Mexican senate and house by
Henry P. Fletcher, American nmbas
sador to Mexico, nsklng their co-operation
towards securing more effic
ient and ndequato protection of Amer
lcnn lives in the southern republic.
Receipt of ndvlces by the State de
partment that Phillip Thompson, 14-year-old
son of nn American citizen,
had been kidnaped by bandits from
his father's ranch thirty miles from
Mexico City and was being held for
1,500 pesos ransom.
Reports of a new outbreak of nntl
Amerlcnn propaganda by Mexican
newspapers, especially those recog
nized as Carranza organs, In Mexico
City. Officials believe the kidnaping
of young Thompson Is a direct result
of the Intlammatlon of public opinion
by this propaganda.
Issuing of a statement by the Mex
ican embassy declaring thnt Mexico
has a stable government, although
bandits nro at large In some dis
tricts and reminding the American
people that It was several years after
the civil war before order was fully
restored throughout the south.
Say Kaiser Never Abdicated.
Berlin. Pence overtures to Ger
many by Great Britain and France
were made through the Vatican In
August, 1017, Mathlas Erzzberger,
vice premier and minister of flnunce.
declared In the Gerninn national as
sembly. Ilq said Germany rejected
The collapse of Germany, Minister
Erzberger ascribed to "madness of
military authorities." Shortly after
this announcement pan-German news
papers came out with a long article
exposing occurrences in connection
with tho outbreak of the German rev
olution last November, including a'
struggle taking place at German great
headquarters at Spa, November 9.
lasting nearly 24 hours, to Induce Em
peror Wlllinrn to nbdicate. Materia!
Is adduced to show that Prince Maxi
milian of Baden, then Imperial chan
cellor, finally took the Initiative and
gave to tho Wolff bureau nn officlnl
statement thnt the emperor had abdi
cated as emperor and king of Prus
sia, although It is averred he had
done neither and has never renounced
the throne of Prussia.
Forest Fires Still Burning.
Spokane, Wnsli. Encouraging re
ports from crews fighting fires in
northern Idaho forests havo been re
ceived here. There have been 183
fires In the national fires In Montana
and northern Idaho this year, of which
120 aro still burning, according to fig
ures given out by Glen A. Smith, as
sistant district forester. A totnl of
120,801 acres has been burned over
and 280,000,000 feet of timber destroy
ed, ncocrdlng to Smith. Private prop
erty destroyed was valued at $450,000
nnd the government's property loss
wns estimated at $4S0,000. Lightning
was said to have caused 30 per cent
of the fires.
Race Riots at Chicago.
Chicago, 111. Serious rioting of
whites and blncks In the negro district
of Chicago, following some petty
trouble nt ono of the city's bnthlng
beaches, resulted In the death of two
persons, both drowned, nnd the injury
of more than a score, possibly fifty. In
the skirmish both blacks and whites
were wounded or Injured by bullets,
stones, clubs and other missiles. Fifty
or more arrests were made and every
available pnlloemnn was rushed into
tho black belt.
Noted Comedian Injured.
Cheyenne. Wj-o. Fred Stone, welt
known comedian and former cowboy,
was Injured when n ster be bad just,
"bulldogged" turned on him at the an
nual Frontier days celebration.
May Not Try BUI in London.
London. It is posslblo thnt former
Emperor William may not be tried in
London, according to nn announce
ment mnde in the hoilso of lords by
Karl ('ur;:on of Kedleston, government
leader In tho upper bouse.
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