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VOL. XLIV NO. 42.
OMAHA, THURSDAY MORNING, , AUGUST 6, 1914 TEN PAUKS.
Oa Trains and at
Hotsl Kiwi Stands. Se.
SINGLE COPY TWO CENTS.
Repulse at Lie
WILSON LIES AT
Wife of President Dangerously 111
and End Regarded as Matter
COMPLICATION OF DISEASES
Admitted that Hope for Her Be
covery Haa Almost Van
ished. RELATIVES ARE SUMMONED
Husband at Bedside Tenders Good
Offices to Warring Nations
CONSCIOUS AT INTERVALS
Grave Condition of First Lad? of
Laad Known for Several Day
by Those In Touch with
WASHINGTON. Aug. 5.-Mr. Woodrow
T Hson, wife of the president of the
president of the United States, lies at the
point of death tonight
Four months of almost unbroken Illness,
a complication of nervous ailments and
Brlght's disease, have sapped the vitality
of the first lady of the land. The end is
regarded as a matter of days, perhaps
hours. Her three daughters are at her
bedside and relatives have been sum
moned. Physicians have been In consul
tation for days, but it was admitted at the
White House tonight that hope for her
recovery had almost vanished.
' Conscious only at Intervals, Mrs. Wilson
has' been cheerful and has called con
stantly for her husband. Every moment
that could be spared from urgent official
duties have been devoted by the presi
dent to his wife. At the side of his con
stant helpmate and adviser, he wrote the
tender of good offices appealing to the
European monarch to stay their conflict.
: From the sick room he has given di
rections to the various department heads
for the relief of thousands of Americans
stranded abroad. The press of domestic
legislation, the European war and Mexi
can situation, and the flurry over finan
cial conditions throughout the country
Tiave weighed heavily on the president as
-he has maintained his day and night vigil.
For several days It has been known to
those- In close touch with the ' White
House that Mrs. Wilson was gravely 111
and that hope for her recovery was slight
.The president himself has clung desper
ately ta the hope that she might vet sur
vive the crisis, but her frail constitu
tion, drained by months of never-ending
illness, has been unable to withstand the
Number of Ames
People in War Zone
AMFK, la., Aug., . (Special. -No word
has been received in A me of the local
people who are traveling in the war
xne of Europe and the danger In tbat
country la causing no little amount of
worry among the friends and relatives
of the tourists. Among the people who
are at present traveling in this territory
are Dr.. Jennie Ghrist and son Orrle, F.
J. Olson, Dr. J. C. Oppestake, Mrs. Anna
Nichols and daughter Ntva. The fact
that Dr. Ghriat is chaperoning a party
of Iowa girls places her . in a different
position than If she were alone. Orrie
Christ had planned on attending school
In Germany during the coming year. A
greater share of the local travelers are
CANADA BUYS SUBMARINES
COMPLETED FOR CHILE NAVY
SEATTLE, Wash., Aug. 5. Two power
ful submarine vessels Just completed
here for the Chilean navy have been
sold to the Canadian government. They
proceeded to Victoria, B. C.. under their
own steam last night. Thejf are each 160
feet long and of 430 tons. '
Forecast till T p. m. Thursday:
For Omaha, Council Bluffs and Vicinity
Fair; somewhat cooler.
Trmprj-a t are a: mau Yesterday.
5 a. m
6 a. ni
T a. in.
8 a. m
10 a. m
11 a. m
1 p. m
2 p. m
S p. m
4 p. m
5 p. m
7 p. m
8 d. m.
Comparative Loral Heeord
...... . , ! lSli. IMS. 111.
Highest yesterday t 97 75 M
Lowest yesterday 68 71 68 eg
Mean temperature "8 86 W 78
Precipitation j T .64 .09
Temperature ami lreclpltation depar
tures from the normal:
Normal temperature 7
Fxcess for the day j
Total excess since March 1... ".148
Normal precipitation n inch
Excess for the day 03 inch
Total rainfall since 11 arch 1.. 16.07 Inches
Deficiency since March 1 J.KJ Inches
Deficiency for cor. period. 1813. 8.39 Inches
Deficiency for cor. period. 112. 8 37 inches
Reports from Stations at T P. M.
station and mate Temp. High- Rain-
or eather. T p. r
Chenenne. clear .......... 83
1'M.venporC cloudy ........ 78
Denver, part cloudy.... 83
Dvs Moines, part cloudy.. 78
Doilge 'lty, cloudy 7J
North Piatte. part cloudy 80
Omaha, clear 84
Rapid City, clear 82
Hheridan, clear K2
fciuux City, clear 84
Valentine, clear 82
"T" Indicates trace of precipitation.
U A. WELSH. Local Forecaster.
I S ' S S V. PH'.ivftlM
Drawn for The Bee by PowelL
IS AT HIGHEST PITCH
Extraordinary Demonstration Greets
Reading of Address by Presi
dent in Parliament.
FINANCIAL BILL IS PASSED
Deputies Rise When Bill Is Passed
Conferring Nationality on the
Native of Alsaee Wig
Enlist im Army.
PARIS, Aug. S. Extraordinary en
thusiasm was called forth In, the French
Parliament last evening by . the reading
of an address to the FrVnetr t!on writ
ten by President Polncaire.
"Our nation la In arms," Said the presi
dent, "and trembling with eagerness to
defend the land of our fathers.
"France is faithfully supported by Its
ally, Russia; It is upheld by the loyal
friendship of England, and already from
all points of the civilized world go out to
It expressions of sympathy and good will,
for It represents today once again before
the universe liberty, Justice and reason.
"Lift up you hearts! Long live France!"
Forty Years of Sacrifice.
' Afterwards Premier Vlvlana recited a
catalogue of alleged German aggressions,
which he said had gone on for forty
years. He declared that France had' borne
them with remarkable equanimity In its
deep attachment to peace. He continued:
"Useless sacrifices, slern compromise
and other efforts were in vain, since to
day, while ferpently promoting peace,
we and our allies have been attacked by
"The liberties of Europe have been at
tacked and France and its allies and
friends who are proud of them are also
proud to be their defenders.
"We shall defend them because they
alone are threatened. All the rest Is only
Antonin Dubost, speaker of the Senate,
also read President Polncaire'a address
and then Premier Vlvianl made a declara
tion similar to the one he had made in
Several sick senators were' carried to
their seats, as they were unwilling to be
absent from the htstorlo session.
Supply Bill Passed.
Both houses adopted without discussion
the financial bills Introduced by the gov
ernment and others for the relief of the
families of soldiers, ratifying martial law
and Imposing heavy penalties on news
papers publishing false news.
An amendment extending the morato
rium to all the French ' colonies was
passed unanimously. All the deputies rose
to their feet In support of a bill to con
fer French nationality on natives of 'Al
sace and Lorraine enlisting in the French
All the mail for soldiers In the French
army Is to be forwarded free by the
government. The letters are to be sent
to certain centers whence they will be
sent on to the soldiers, as It Is thought
unwise to disclose the location of the
(iermnns Cross French Frontier.
PARIS. Via London, Aug. S. The French
minister of war today Issued a communi
cation stating that German cavalry and
Infantry were crossing the French fron
tier everywhere In reconnoltering parties.
"A squadron of German dragoons bore
down on Vlllera-la-Montag ue In the de
partment of Mcurthe-Et-Moselle, but was
repulsed by French riflemen.
"A regiment of German cavalry ad
vanced as far as MorfonUine, in the same
department, but fell back before a body
of French Infantry.
"The French mobilisation Is proceeding
with the greatest order. Most of the re
servists already have joined.
"An exoellent spirit prevails In Alsace."
Santos Dumont, the famous aviator, of
fered his services today to the French
the one-armed French general, Paul
Tau, who fought in the war of 1K70. has
been placed in command of one of the
WASHINGTON, Aug. I. - Dlplometlo
dispatches Indicate Sweden will join
Great Britain, France and Russia If it
finds herself unable to remain neutral.
Q Launching of the Lion
The Bee Reader
New York World
Special War News s
In addition to
Fall Report of the
U. S. NEUTRALITY
President Issues Proclamation Giv
ing Position of America in
WARNING TO BELLIGERENTS
President Seta Forth Catalogue et
Things that Most Not Be Done
Daring Hostilities In
WASHINGTON, Aug. o.-Neutrality of
the United States In the great European
war was formally proclaimed today by
President Wilson. Reciting the fact that
"a state of war unhappily exists between
Austria-Hungary and Servle and between
Germany and Russia and between Ger
many and Franco," with which powers
the United Btates Is on terms of friend
ship and amity,, the president warned all
American cltlsens and foreigners resident
In the United States against violating the
Cltlsens of the United States abroad
were given notice that any misconduct on
their part would be at their own. peril.
It has been a foregone conclusion that
the United States would be neutral and
In this connection virtually only one prob
lem has presented Itself to the govern
nient. This hss been furnished by the
activities of the dlplomatio and consular
agents of the contending powers In round
ing up their reservists in America.
Differences of Opinion.
' Large bodies of mn have been gath
ered at various points tf German, Frenon,
Russian 'and British representatives and
preparations are being made to trans
port them abroad as soon as an oppor
tunity offers. In some quarters it haa
been contended that this is in violation
of the neutrality law. Officials here,
however,, are inclined to hold that such
activities do not come within the inhibited
setting on foot of a "military expedition."
In construing the law the supreme court
has held that It does not prohibit the
"transportation from this country In the
same ship of few or many men whose
known intention before leaving our shores
is to engage In hostilities against the
forces of a foreign power, provided that
such men do not constitute a military
expedition or a military enterprise."
The proclamation of neutrality issued
today by President Wilson Is as follows:
"By the president of the United Btates
of America, a proclamation:
KITCHENER IS APPOINTED
SECRETARY STATE FOR WAR
LONDON? Aug. I. Field Marshal Earl
Kitchener has been appointed secretary
of state for war.
TOUNG man over 16 years of age, with
experience In selling, can make a per
manent and hik-hiy remunerative oun
nei'tlon; prefer man of wide acquaint
ance In eastern Nebraska and wester. i
Iowa: give references and full particu
lars as to previous employment In first
letter; correspondence confidential.
For farther Information about this
position, see the Want A4 neoUoa of
K day's Bss.
NO SHIPS TO BRING
Lack of Vessels is the Greatest Dif
ficulty in Handling- This
TENS OF THOUSANDS MAROONED
President Asks Congress to Appro
prist Tw and One-Half Mil.
lions for Accommodation, of
. Americana Abroad.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 3.-Presldent Wll
on and his cabinet and the congress of
the u<ed States, were thorougly eb
orbed today n - plans -and - legislative
measures for the relief of Americans
abroad, the continuation of trans-Atlan
tic shipping to move crops and the stab-
lielng of domestic financial conditions.
The president asked congress to appro
priate $2,600,000 In udttlon to the 80,000
granted yesterday for the general ac
commodation of Americans In Europe.
Action will be taken by both houses to
The armed cruiser Tennessee will sail
Thursday for various European ports
with this sum as well as several mil
lions in gold being sent by New York
bankers, all designed to give Americans
Immediately funds and facilitate their do
Official notice came from the German
government that Americans would not be
permitted to leave the German empire
during the period of army mobilisation.
which will continue for another ten days.
Conferences were In progress through
out the day at the State, War and Navy
departments, on details of relief plans.
A systematic search for steamships to
carry Americans home was begun.
Signs Amending Bill.
President Wilson signed the bill amend
ing the Aldriuh-vreeland law, so as to
place more than 11,00,000,000 Into domestic
circulation if desired by the banks and
prevent financial stringency.
The president Issued a proclamation of
neutrality warning subjeots of the United
States of their rights and duties on ae
count of the existence of a state of war
In Austria, Germany, Bervie, Russia and
The American Red Cross decided to
place lt vast army of nurses and physi
cians at the disposal of the various powers
The senate Is expected to pass tomorrow
the bill already adopted by the house, ad
mitting forelgn-bullt ships to American
registry and - assisting thereby In the
maintenance of American commerce.
The greatest difficulty ths officials of
the State, War, Navy and Treasury rte
psrtments face In their efforts to relieve
the tens of thousands of Americans ma
rooned In the European war sones Is the
lack of ships.
Could Handle 1,000 Only.
As most of the atesmshlp lines are
foreign-owned and trans-Atlantic, traffic
Is virtually at a standstill, a canvass of
available ships revealed that with the
exception of six ocean Mners flying the
American flag and capable of carrying
about 1.000 persons each, there are only
thirty transports, coastwise ships and
other vessels of American register avail
able for service. Tbo latter would carry
about 7,000 passengers, so that a total of
only 16,000 people could be transported ac
cording to present estimates.
While definite figures are not at hand,
it Is estimated at the State department
that of the 100,000 or more Americans In
Europe about 20.000 urgently want to re
turn. The others have money enough to
stay In Europe until tho second ir p of
the fleet of American steamers is made.
Shculd more Americans want to depart
the only thing administration officials
think can be done is to charter all the
vessels possible owned by neut -el coun
tries such as Sweden, Italy, Holland,
Norway and South American countries.
Army and navy transport and warships
have accommodation for only a few
people and probably will not be used.
Naval Colliers to Follow.
Most of the American coastwise ships
will be followed by navy colliers to fur
nish them with sufficient coal and food
stuffs for heir rourui trip ).umey.
(Continued on Page Three.)
GERMS EXECUTE BELGIAN CIVILIANS
Belgians Drive Back Invaders and
Renewal of Attack on City
TFO , REGIMENTS DESTROYED
Whole Platoon 'of Prussian Cavalry
Almost Annihilated by
AROENTAU IS ALSO IN FLAMES
Three Army Corps Marohing Down
Valley of Meuse Toward the
DEFENDERS BLOW UP BRIDGES
Germany Reported as Violating Neu
trality of Switzerland.
GERMAN INVADERS REPULSED
Force Which Went Into rrnssla
Burns Tillages ns It Ret reels -I.arge
German Fleet Re
ported In Baltic Sea.
PARIS, Aug. 5. Two regiments
of German uhlans have been de
stroyed by the Belgian army, ac
cording to an official announcement
given out by tho French war office
BRUSSELS. Aug. 6. Tho Ger
mans, completely, repulsed, have
been unnble to renew their attack
on Liege. i
' BRUSSELS, Aug. 5. T Vla Lon
don.) -Le Peuple asserts that In
the fighting between Germans and
Belgians near ' Vlie, a platoon of
Prussian cavalry wss almost anni
hilated by the enfilading fire of the!
Belgians from a building on the
bank of the river. Tho Prussians,
In revenge, the newspaper says,
fired on citizens.
At Fuemalle, ner Argcnteau, a
Belgian force surprised a body of
Prussians and killed seventy out of
ten officers and eighty men. The
Belgian losses were two officers
killed and ten men wounded.
The Germanw forces aro reported
to have been checked by the line of
forts in the province of Liege.
The dertnan troops attempted to
cross the river Meuse on a pontoon
bridge, but a sharp broadside by
the batteries of the gorts destroyed
the bridge as Boon as It was com
pleted. Later the Invaders suc
ceeded in crossing the river near
French troops are reported to
have entered the province of Haln
ault, a frontier province of Belgium,
and to have joined the Belgian army.
O rmnns Driven Bark.
The Belgian war offloe an
nounced tonight that fierce fighting
Liege, and that so far as the Bel
gians were concerned the situation
"The Germans," the announce
ment says, were driven back by an
heroic attack made by a Belgian
mixed brigade which had already
had earned for Itself the highest
honors. No German who passed the
The Belgian minister of war an
nounces that the fortifications of
Liege and the vicinity are firing vig
orously at the German troops.
German troops have crossed the Bel
gian frontier at three points at Dulheui,
seven miles north of Liege, and at
Francorchamps and Stuvelot, both about
tweny-flve miles to the southeast of
Liege. A fight Is believed to be in pro
gress between the Belgians and Germans
for the possession of Fleron, six miles
The prompt destruction of bridges by
(Continued on Page Two.)
PARIS, Aug. 6. Official advices say
that Germany declared war against Bel
glum yesterday and fhat German forces
moved on Belgium from the territory be
tween Alx-la-Chapelle and Rheydt
There has been Hunting around Liege;
and Vise. The latter town has been
burned. Civilians caught by ths Ger
mans firing upon them were executed.
Several dirigibles have been hovering
over Brussels, and the residents of the
Belgian capital. In a state of exaspcra
tion, fire attscklng the Germans In the
Reports of a naval engagement
off the Scottish coast were de
clured untrue by the British gov
ernment. The German cable was cut -between
Europe and the Asores.
Preparations of the British
navy were completed and it
wus announced the government
would acquire foreign warships
under construction In Great
King George called for volun
teer", for the army.
The British public showed some
anxiety about food supplies,
which brought reassuring state
ments from the government. A
Bcheme of control is to be intro
duced to regulate prices.
The German ambassador had
not yet left London on Wednes
Gorman troops are reported to
have entered Dutch and Swiss ter
ritory. Russian warships have captured
a number of German merchant
vessels In the Black sea, which Is
now Isolated owing to the closing
of the Dardanelles and Bosphorus
Russian trrops were In contact
with the German army along the
whole Russo-German border.
London detectives arrested a
number of Germans, who are al
leged to have been in possession
of rifles and bombs.
The French authorities an
nounced that seventeen Alsatians
desirous of reaching France from
Germany were shot by Germans.
The Belgian government an
nounces the advance through Bel
glum of the Seventh and Tenth
German army corps.
The German fleet in the far
east Is said to have alled from
An embargo was placed by Ger
many on Russian funds in German
The Japanese premier declared
that no Japanese fleet or army
would be sent to Europe, but
great activity in the Japanesa
navy wan noticed after the decla
ration of war between Germany
A dispatch from Algiers
through London said authentic
confirmation of the destruction
or capture of three German cruis
ers by the French fleet In the
Mediterranean had been received
President Wilson offered the
warring powers his good offices
as a peacemaker.
ON KAISER'S HAND
Emperor of Germany Overcome with
Emotion as He Calls on Party
Men for Vow.
BRILLIANT SCENE IN REICHSTAG
Royal Family Attends While Knlser
Declares Nation Is Forced Into
Conflict Oath Is Given
(Copyright, 1B14. Press Publishing Co.)
AS PASSKD BY CUNSOIi.
BERLIN, Aug. 4. (Special Ca
blegram to New York World and
Omaha Bee.) Kaiser WUheltu to
day personally, and the German
government officially, through a
White Book, defended at length
Germany's actions of the last few
days and the steps that it has taken
In mobilizing Its army.
The blame for the present situa
tion Is placed on the shoulders of
the czar of Russia and the French
republic, the kaiser in his address to
the parliament giving Jealousy of
the might of Germany and deceit on
the part of neighboring nations as
the prime causes of the war.
Declares Confluence Violated.
An Iron ring encircles Germany
and at the same tkne it is now in
the position of having to carry on
a defensive warfare on two widely
separated fronts. This warfare, it
is claimed, has been thrust on the
Germans through violations of confi
dence. From the music gallery of the
White hall of the.. imperial palace,
the Worjd correspondent today lis
tened to the kaiser read his address
from the throne.
Grouped about bis majesty at the
(Continued on Page Three.)
FIRING OF HEAVY
GUNS HEARD OFF
Indication! that Naval Battle Began
Early Thii Morning in Vicinity
of Seg-uim Island.
CRUISERS OFF NEW ENGLAND
Three British, Three German and
Two French Warthips Are
Watching for Big Liners.
LUSITANIA STARTS FOR ENGLAND
Vessel Leaves New York in Middle;
of Night with Practically All
Its Lights Covered.
TWO GERMAN LINERS ARRIVE
Both Vessels Will Prohahly Be In
terned at New York
OLYMPIC BRINGS SECURITIES
Tynr-Klve Million Dollars Worth
of Ntorka and Bonds Sold for
Wall Street Account Ins
Wer.k Are Delivered.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 6. Ths
army general staff Is investigating
th neutrality of the German-owned
wireless stations et Tuckerton, N. J.,
and Bayville, L. I.
PORTLA'ND, Me.. Aug. B. Tha
firing of heavy guns off the Maine
coast wn.s heard early today. Bight
or ten shots within two minutes were
heard shortly before 7 o'clock by
the keeper of the Portland observa
tory. The sound seemed to come
from a point twenty-five or thirty
milos south-southeast of Portland
and probably In the vicinity ot 8tt-
glum. Island. V.
. The shots also were- nenrff tt the
harbor forts and at points between
here and Bath,
Beg! urn Is a small Island off the
mouth of the Kennebac river, a few
miles below Bath.
Naval Officers Skeptical.
PORTSMOUTH, N. H., Aug. .-The
heavy firing off the Maine coast reported
from Portland todsy could not have been
caused by a sea fight between foreign
warships, it wss stated by officers at the
navy yard here. The officers say ther,
were absolutely certain that no foreign
naval vessels were in the vicinity,
Right Cruisers Off New England.
NKW TOKK, Aug. 8,-Elght cruisers
three German, three British and two
French are hovering somewhere off this
coast. For days Incoming steamships
havs reported news of fragmentary wire
less Indicating that these vessels were
In American waters, but no skipper was
able to fix their position.
The firing heard off the coast of Maine
today may havs marked the first engage
ment betwuen either the German and
English or the German and French ships.
ihe Hrltlsh cruisers known to be in
American waters are the Berwick. Essex
and Lancaster. The German cruisers are
the Dresden, Strassburg and Ksrlsrupe.
The French cruisers are the Conde and
These vessels have been primarily con.
cerned of late In attempts to Intercept
merchant vessels of the enemy, and sev
eral big liners, notably the Kron Prln-
sessl Cecllle, which put Into Bar Harbor,
Me., yesterday after abandoning Its trip
to Europe, havs narrowly escaped. Cap
tain Polock of the Cecils believed that at
one time his ship was in Imminent dan
ger of capture by one of the French ves
sels. Warships Talk with Shore.
The French steamer Venesla, In port to
day from Marseilles, Naples and Palermo,
reported that yesterday it overheard both
German and British cruisers talking with,
the wireless station at Sayville, V. I. The
text of the message was not obtainable.
The Venesla steamed ten miles south of
its usual course in order to avoid capture
by any Oerman warships. Its operator
was warned not to send any wireless
The Uranium line steamer Uranium ar
rltved ttday from Rotteudam via Halifax.
LnsKanla Starts for England.
NEW YORK, Aug. 6.-In the face of
possible capture by the Oerman cruisers
in the waters just outside the harbor tho
Cunard liner. L,usltanJa, passed out to
sea at 1:66 o'clock this morning oa what
promised to be a record breaking trip to
The Oerman cruisers known to be only
(Continued on Page Two.)
The National Capital
Wednesday, Angnst 5, 114.
Met at 11 a. in.
Passed 2,5u0 OuO appropriation for Amer.
trans in Kurope.
Foreign relations committee ordered fa
vorable report on Secretary Aryan's
twenty peace treaties.
Hanking committee recommended Paul
M. Warburg and Frederic A. Delano aa
members of the federal reserve board.
Considered Interstate trade commission
Passed bill Increasing limits of postal
savings bank deposits to Il.tKs),
Mt t st noon.
Passed tha appropriation for relief of
Americans In Kurope
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