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VOL. XL1V--NO. 287.
On Trains end at
Statel Mews Stands. e
Vorwtertz, Whose Editor Once in
iteicnstag-, Argmes Against Era
ploying Extreme Methods
of Reprisal.
They Will Not'Aid Any in Bringing
Abont Defeat of Enemies of .
,. j BERLIN Via London), May 18.
In , an article In the Vorwaerts
headed "A Warning Word to All
Whom it Concerns," Eduard Bern
stein, socialist and former member
of the Reichstag, protests against
reprisals which go beyond the con
duct of warfare in the usual sense
of the word:
"The sinklnc of th LusttaniM. coming
as a climax to former incidents of a
similar nature, together with the badly
advised comments on thosn Incidents In
German newspapers resulted In excesses
against (Jerrrmns In England and - the
colonies, as well as In the United States,"
Herr Bernstein writes.
Eirmn Regrettable.
"These excesses are regrettable because
they are directed against persona not
responsible for what haj been done. They
are also regrettable from a political
viewpoint, because they form another
tin uiu ununiua tain wuii-n irftua lu
nothing: else than multiplication of the
ready deep wounds which the war causes, j
. "Advocates of reprisals will find it
extraordinarily difficult to point to a
single case where wars between civilised'
peoples have been won by such methods.
, "The voices we hear from other coun
tries which hitherto have been outside
the war territory leave us In no doubt
that In the measure In which one or the
other side tmonn the bclllgerentt outdoes
the other in reprisals that aide wins
for itself the stronger opposition of thoae
; Kffect of Reprisal".
"Among the peoples against which re
prisals are employed most strongly, how
ever, their effect Is not deterrent, but In
clines them to war to the uttermost."
Herr Bernstein adds -that lack of
moderation la . methods does not prove
strength, and. that the nation which
understands bow to set limits to the
tendency to outdo the other in reprisals
, proves Itself stranger than , the one which
tries to exceed In reprisals. '
Liner Trarisylvania
x Sees a Sutoaririq
: . r Off Ireland Sunday
LON'DON. May,' IS. The. Cunard Unerlfael that something was wrong, to feel ;
Transylvania, whloh reached Glasgow j
yesterday from New York, . encountered ,
a submarine on tne nortnweat coki ot
Ireland about 6 o'clock Sunday after.ioon.
aocordlng to Statements of '.passengers
vho arrived here today.
Passengers said a periscope and part
of a conning tower appeared about 0
srds away and remained In sight sev
eral minutes. . The ship steered a rtg-aag
course until dangor was passed. Some
pessengers declared the submarlno dis
charged a torpedo and that they saw the
trail of the projectile. Others disputed
this. ... Tlie Transylvania had lifeboats
. . . .
leady all Saturday and few passengers J
went t as bod the last night of the voyage.
Brother of Villa
' Dies from Wounds
El. PASO. Tex., May . Antonio Villa,
a brother ; of General Francisco Villa,
died late ' yesterday from wounds re
ceived in a brawl at Chihuahua City, ac
cording to ' 'advices,', received . today at
Juares. Several others were killed and
The ftgpt. arose,' it was anserted of
ficially, when Villa, an officer In bis
. brother's army, attempted to quiet some
Intoxicated soldiers at the bull ring In
the Chihauhua stats capital.
The Incident was said to have no
political significance.
The Weather '-
Teaaperataro at
Hours. '
6 a. m. .
a. m..
. 7 a. ra..
t a. m..
a. ra. .
10 a. m..
U a. m..
12 m.
1 p. m...
t p. ra...
3 p. in...
t p. m...
S P. m..,
p. ra..,
7 P. m..
9 p. m..
Comparative tawt Record.
1SUL 1S14. 1!J mil
Highest yesterday 63 78 go
ixweai yaaieraay
eat yesterday M 58 ra m
.2 .8 & S
Temperature and preclDitatlon dnr.
tures from the normal:
Normal temperature 44
Deficiency for the day .".. it
i oiai excess since March 1 lot 1
Normal preoipliAtion 15 men
Wflcieney for the day 16 inch 1
Total rainfall since March 1....IM Inches
tleriolency since Man h 1 t ot Inches
Ieflclncr for cor. period, 1914.. t.14 Inches
txcess for cor. period, 1913 1. 10 Inches.
.Reports From Stations at T P. M. !
Station and State
of weather.
Temp. High- Rain
1p.m. eat. fail.
eneyenne, snow
Tiavenport. cloudy
Xenver, snow
lander, rain
North Platte, rain
Omaha, cloudy
. Pueblo, rain
Itapld City, cloudy
Salt Lake City, cloudy.
fcfenta r", rain
Mieridan. cloudy
Sioux "lty. cloudy
61 .60
U , ,7u
40 .2
ii .60
4 IS
si .un
64 .7-J
.'J .08
4' .0;
.xl .00
o .e
ValcuUne. cloudy .M)
U A. WiXSH. Local Ferecaater.
elong the streets of London
r I i - f t ,
' ; 1 I ) ;
Freesing Temperatures ' at Many
Points, Sleet Storm at North
Platte, Snow at Cheyenne.
Tuesday morning there were a
number of freezing temperatures in
Nebraska. At Oak dale It was 32, at
Hartlngton it was 30, and at Valen
tine it. was 28.
Out at North Tlatte a violent
slet storm was raging. At Chey
enne a snow 6trm was making
things look like bleak December in
stead of merry May.
' "It's been a long time since I've
seen snow predicted here In May,'
aald Colonel Welsh as he sat in bis
office and worked over his map.
The'; genial colonel' looked like some
general whoso armies have, been . put, to
route and who sits trying to work oifa
campaign that will still wrest - victory
from defeat. ' V ,
In fact old winter seemed again to I
Jt n.!ht,tht va,c'Btflow,"rt
i Nebraska. And the colonel seemed to
that perhaps he bad pushed the wrong
lover ancj nado the weather machine sltp
a cog-
Not Flgor in Snow.
"I'm not talking about snow for
Omaha,' he said- "I'm not figuring on
I . D.. Jlll . . ,
"" v"; , . u"u.u'
n unuaiam inai wo non i snow wnat
we may get. Anyway. I won't believe
It's going to snow until I see the snow.'
From the. environs of Omaha' came
various reports of frost. One man living
north of Florence said the frost was so
heavy there In the low places- that It
looked like snow.' - v
"Temperatures out in the country and
In low places are frequently 8 or degrees
lower than we get on our 'official ther
mometer located here on the federal
beUdlnt,'. Ill fet above the ground," said
Colonel Welah. "Naturally our ther
mometer is Influenced by all the warm
air arising from the buildings and chim-!
neys of the city."
Colonel Wolsh pointed . an accusing
(Continued on Page Three, Column Four.)
Ferris in Personal
Appeal for Frank to
Georgia Governor
LANSING. Mich.,' May JA-Ooverpor
Ferris of Michigan yesterday made a
personal appeal to Governor. Slaton of
Georgia for the commutation of the sen
tence of Leo M. Frank, whose fight to
escape the death penalty Imposed upon
him after his conviction of the murder of
Mary Phegan, a ' factory girl, has at
tracted patlon-wide interest. -
In a letter to the Georgia governor, Mr.
Ferris based his argument on the fact
that he is opposed to capital punishment
By commuting' the sentence, Governor
Ferris wrote. -'Governor , Slaton could
make amends for any .mistake which
either the ; Jury, or . the . courts might
have made and at the aame time give
i ukii w inn ruu;i oi r rana met na oe
J given a chance ultimately, to prove bis
I Innocence. i . '
I NASHVILLE, Tenn.. May 18.-The Ten-
i nesaee state passed a resolutlorft&st night
49 i requesting the , governor, of Georgia to
commute to life imprisonment the death
sentence of Leo M. Frank.
T TT ' i ' TT i i
j Boy Hit m Head by -
Pitched Ball'Dead
CHICAGO, May la Walter Jannuech.
IS years old, died today of concussion of
the brain caused by a pitched ball, which
struck the youth In the head Sunday
,ih,. . . t;..
a suburb. A coroner's Jury exonerated
the pitcher.
WArrHINOTON. May 18. The Depart
ment of Justice today filed la the supreme
court a petition for a writ of certiorari to
t.rim rtiA criminal .ntl.t.n . . i .
I... ...a v.,w ... . , u w v k n kjii.i
thr officers of the National Caah Kegls
itertiomiany of iJsyton, O., before that
ANIMOSITY Armed guard escorts German naval officers
to prevent molestation on the way to testify in prize court.
Germans Take, Position that Ship
Wonld Have Remained Afloat ,
but for Internal Explosion.
BERLIN, May 18 (via London).
The official text of the American
note to Germany was published
here today. ' ' "
It was said at the foreign office
that it would be some days before
the answer of the imperial govern
ment was ready. ; This because the
note, raises many points and . con
sultation between several depart
ments of the government will be
preparing a reply.
' PARIS. May 18. (4:40 i n'.)
Germany's reply to the American
note on theslnking of th Lusitaaia
wlfl be sent Thursday, according" to
the JUatin's Amsterdam ' corresfcon-
dent, who says ha la informed it will
Justify the attack on the steamer on
the ground that the submarine com-
mander has affirmed In Ms report
that -only, one torpedo .was. fired,
which , convinces him that the second
explosion ' was due to the fact! that
the ship carried much munitions of
war." ' ' . ' ' ' ' :' .
The report is said to state that the tor
pedo was fired 'In Muchia-wsy. that the
Luaitanla would not have sunk If It bad
not had explosives aboard.
The Matin's correspondent ' says It Is
reported in Amsterdam that Germany
will throw the responsibility for the dis
aster on England and on the American
authorities who permitted . passengers
to embark on a ship carrying explosives.
It is believed in Holland, he asserts, that
Germany will decline to modify Its meth
ods of submarine warfare.
..V . V, . V .
WASHINGTON. Mar 1. Ambassador
Gerard has transmitted no Indication
from tbs German foreign office as to
when e reply to the American note may
be exyeoted. Secretary Bryan aald to
day nothing of any Importance had been
received from the ambassador, and that x"?nt f"ce"'' National Oommand
the State department" was without ad- r-tn-Chlef Palmer, appearing before a
vices ae to wben the reply would be sent. I Srreat audience. Upon the pletorm wit
As to the United States seeking a safe ! huw naey leader sof the Grand
conduct for - Dr. Dernbard Dernberg
when be leaves. the; country. Secretary
Bryan said:.
We have no official knowledge if 'Dr.'
Dernberg," and refused . to discuss the
question further.,
View of Berlin Paper. ..
,TIIE I1AGUB, Netherlands (Vla'.Lon
don), -May IS. Berlin . newspapers as a
rule refrain from comment upon . the
American note to Germany. The Tag's
Zeltung, however, discussed the note In a
half .column article. It says: ,'
"The United States makes a brusque
demand that Germany abandon submarine
war against Great Britain. The United
States disregards . with complete' disdain
the German war sons declaration ' com
munication to Washington on February 4
and later In the course of the exchange
of notes, disapproves as 'surprising Irreg
ularity the .German embassy's warning
in the press, and permits Itself to Impute
to the German government as an excuse
the probability , that Oerman submarine
commanders acted contrary to orders.
' "Whoever reads this " notice without
prejudice can scarcely escape the Impres
sion ' that the British ambassador at
Washington was not far 'away whea 'It
was framed. One could equally, as well
Imagine Its contents to be a apeeoh by
Premier Aequtta In the Houae of ' Com
mons." Count von Beventlow, the naval, critic
declares that the German war sons dec
laration followed the British declaration
against which America failed to protest.
"The present note so far as concerns
, 17
elusions and untrue statemenU Its
torpedoed steamers, makes English con-
he writes. "Germany knew what It was
doing when It made Its decision and had
considered all' possible consequence.
"Germany must and will go Its way
and leave It te the United States to eaooee
other ocean paths than those - through
the war sone If American cttlsene have
a desire to visit Europe In these times,
and American war materials are prolong
ing tbs bloody war."
The Vosslche Zeltung merely remarks
Incidentally that the authorized transla
tion of the American note 'shows "thn
name sharp form" ss tko cision received
from the Haras ajeucy.
State Encampment at Minden Re
. veals Them as One Man Backing
'- the Government. .'
MINDfeN, ' Neb., May 18. (Spe
cial Telegram) Veterans' of the
Grand Army of the Republic, as-,
sembled here for the state encamp
ment today, were . discussing witb
great interest the note that Presi
dent Wilson sent o Germany 1 and
were unanimous in upholding the
hands of the executive . in this crisis.
Congressman Sloan voiced the senti
ment of the great majority of the vet
erans whea be spoke. of it: as e-"!iplo-Dtatlo
Incident of major dignity which is
now .transpiring between our country ajid
a great friendly power", and hoped for a
peaeeful onteows creditable te the coun
try. ' ' ' !;'' ' '.... '
The veterans applauded heartily the
sentiment en ' lhr' expnaaslnil ot very
speaker during the days ae'sslona was
along similar line i
' Cotter aa nut Sloae's Speeeh.
Cold weather had little effect in drmp
cnlr.g the ardor of the old eajdjera. The
patriot lo institute in ' the- new city au
dltorlunj' was'largely attended this after
noon' and -the musical features,' especially
the appearance of the Minden band, were
ell-cheered.' " ' ' ,
In the course of' Congressman Blcan'e
speech at Minden, be said ae follows:
A 'present, lesson of patriotiNm may be
taught and learned by ua all In our con
sideration and conduct toward the dlu
lomatto Incident of major dignity, which
la now transpiring between our country
and a great, friendly power. I trust It
may not grow Into a national crisis or
precipitate, a diplomatic rupture between
the governments. lt us aid the pres
ident, whom the American people called
to authority, and thoso whom he has se
lected, t o ad visa him by that circum
spect 'conduct which will at once show
our devoted loyalty to our country, its
dignity and mapoualble leadership, and
at the same time encourage a peaceful
outcome, creditable to our own country
. i..
we,, for 'mora than a . century, , have
aeemea our ' friend.
. Talk by Cnlenel Palmer.
f Tonight there was a' general reonptlon
at the Auditorium to the national 'and
Army In the state,' with Department
Commander Durand. '
Commander Palmer reawakened In the
j comrades the ardor of the army ' days.
and in view of the impending vontroversy
with Germany bespoke of ell a tempered
hearing of the case and a strong stand
for the Ideals of the American republic
Representatives of the women's-organisations
affiliated with the ' Gand Army
of the' Be nubile were In attendance and
held meetings, at. different .times during
the day.' Among those here', are , Mrs.
Rosalie B.f Condon. Pawnee City; 'Mrs,
Addle E. Hough, and Mrs. Carrie' A.
R. G. Strother, department commander
of the Sons of Veterans, was one of the
guests. ' '..''.' ' ..
Minden was lavishly decorated, for the
reunion and national colors . were dis
played everywhere. ' . , ' ' .
"SfOPX pre
Omaha if just now enter
tainino; the annual conven
tion of Nebraska dentists.
Omaha dentists stand high
in their professional rank
and Omaha also has a dental
college, as part of Creighton
university, that stands high.
GROCERY and meat. ' Feraanr" St..
about IJ.S00. rent MS, S-year leaaa.
8le U.sOO per month. First time
cigara. notions, and produce, ft6(.
Rent Living room in rear.
' ' further Information aboat
thaee opportuaitiea, ae the Want
Ad SMti'it of Ta Bee today.
FOR 300,000 MORE
Field Marshal Tells Commons Brit
ish Should Retaliate with
Foison Fumes in War
fare. .
Secretary Sure Country in Few
Months Will Be in Shape Re
garding Munitions.
LONDON. May 18. Secretary Tor
War Kttchener stated in the House
of Lords that the British and French
governments felt that the allied
troops must be adequately protected
against poisonous gases by this em
ployment of similar methods. These
would remove the enormous and un
justifiable advances , which must
otherwise exist.
"The Germans," said Lord Kitchener,
'have persisted In the use of these
asphyxiating Rases whenever the wind
favored or other opportunity occurred,
and his majesty's government no less
than the French government feel that
our troops must be adequately protected
by the employment of similar methods
so as to remove the enormous and un
justifiable disadvantage whloh must
exist for them If we take no steps to
meet on his own ground the enemy who
Is responsible for the Introduction of this
pernicious practice." ,
Waats' SOO.ftOO Mere.
Lord Kitchener said he wanted tftl,0nA
more recruits to form now armies.
He exptesed his confidence that In the
very near future the country would be
In a satisfactory position with regard to
the supply of ammunition.
The news from the Galllpoll peninsula.
In . other - words the Dardanelles, was
thoroughly satlsfaotory. Earl Kitchener
Earl Kitchener gave , a general review
of the situation In the war sones before
the House of Lords adjourned for the
wWt anntlde holidays, ftpeaklng of the
German attack on- the allied front near
Tprea, 13srl Kitchener snld:
"In this attack the "enemy employed
vast qusntities of poisonous gases and
our soldiers and our French allies . were
utterly unprepared tot this diauollnai
method of attack, which!' undoubtedly had
been carefully prepared.',
" Bart. Kitchener at this point announced
the Aetermlnatloe of the elites to resort
to' similar methods Of warfare.
The secretary spoke et the gallantry ot
the Canadian dlvlstoA, whloh defended Its
position tenaciously notwithstanding the
polsdrtoui-' ftinieib'- '".V r ; '. ... ', '
Referring Hdrhe offensive movements
new. jn prctrfcre In La paseoe and the
Arras region, Bar! Kitchener said:
' 'The ' attauka delivered by our forces
at rtrtt were not attended with tho
same ' Immediate success, owing ' to the
. elaborate erronKetnente vmfcde By the
uermans w eereno Ttseir'unee arter the
experience at Neuve ., Chapetle, but " on
the night of May Is. by renewed effort.
the British forces drove bak the enemy
en a front of approximately two miles for
e 'loonslderable distance, and I captured
from t00 to . W prisoners. This action
also Is proceeding , and we hope : that In
conformity with the French operations
It will achieve Important results.
"The of fenslve operations," the secretary
for war continued, "against the trenches
ot the enemy, have demanded enormous
f expenditures Ir. ammunition." . .
Referring to the delay in production of
ammunition. Earl Kltuhcner remarked:
"I sm confident that tn the near future
we . shall be tn a satisfactory position
In regard to the supply of these shells.
' "In these recent offensive operation,
he continued, '"our losses and those of
the France have been heavy; but the task
our armies' have accompllsthed has neces
sitated great 'sacrifices sind tbe spirit
and morale of our troops have never been
higher thee at the present moment-"
Position . of Rnasiapa '
- The war secretary bad this to say con
cerning the ' position' of the . Russians:
"The Russians now hold a strong Una
from the eastern Carpathians to Prese
mysl, which forms a pivot of their lines,
and thanon alonr the fUn tA the Vltnl
( la Bukowlna the Russians have made a
; counter : of fenslve and driven the Aus-
trlans back from the Dnelster' to . the
Pruth. The German losses In killed and
wounded . In these operations have been
enormous, . and many thousand ' un
wounded prisoners have fallen Into tho
bands of ths Russians."
Turning to . the Dardanelles, Earl
Kitchener said the progress of the elites
was necessarily slow, since the country
was moat dlfloulL . "But the Turks sre
.,.,,n. tnrA retire frm
sltlons of great strength," he continued.
"and, though the. enemy' Is being con
stantly reinforced, the news from ibis
front Is thoroughly satisfactory."
Operational la Bonth - A frlcn.
Earl ' Kitchener then referred to the
South African campaign and the occu
j pntlon by Union of South African forces ' symbolically enacted their physical, men-
I . . .'4.1 mnA anlrltilnl unlnn
(Continued on Page Two. Column Four )
South America Press
Baoks United States
RIO JANKIRO, Brazil. May JA Com
menting on the-American rote to Ger
many the local papers tn editorial articles
express ths view that this communication
makes It Incumbent on Germany either
to make Itself hated In North America
or cease its "piratical and ' Infamous
acts.'' In defending Its Interests the
papers say the United State Is defending
the Interests ot all America." '
Wilson and Party
. Sail for Capital
NEW YORK, iUy 1.-The Mayflower
with President Wilson and his party
aboard, with the exception of Secretary
Tumulty, saider for Washington st 1:3)
' elock.
The Day ' War News
F.IK Hlitl VKTuKV to Ha.o-
wlss, the Anatrlasi rrowalaad on
the eaatern extremity of the Res
ales front. Aeeordla to this
tsleairal Ike Bnaslana hate awret
threes Ho Von lee, tafclne ttnrk
nark af the territory ivtitrti they
held earlier tn the war aatlt they
were driven oat hy the Anatrlnaa.
HI SSIAK All flU'irK ronoedea a
farther retreat la Raanlnn lolnnd
between the ritira end Vlatnla
r I vera, on part of the lonjr front
ever which they have hern com
pelled hr the Anatro-Uermaa 1
armies to fall baeh.
Dnrdanellea reporta that the nlllea
en Satnrder mnde aererat attacks
e the Tnrklah. right wine. It la
aald they were repnlaed with the
Inaa of l,EOO men. The RrttUh
nellra telearapha that the allien
have now advanced abont fire
mllea np the Oalllpnll penlnaaln.
reply to the American note will be
dlapatehed on Thnradny end that It
la experted In Holland that fire
man? will defend the alnklag of
the I.aaltnnla and decline to mod
ify Its method of enhmnrlnn war
eernlns the war apparently hna
been postponed nntll after Parlia
ment oieeta on Thnradny.
of Tnrkey, Field -Marshal Yon Der
Ciolta, Field Marshal Von Knndera
keen dlsrovered In Conatantloople.
Parliament at Its Session Thursday
Will Be Requested to Vote Hin-
istry Plenary Authority.
AMSTERDAM, May 18. (Via
London.) A dispatch to the Tele-
graaf.lrom Berlin says tbe mpree
slon received by a majority ot the
persons who beard the speech of Dr.
von Bethmsnn-Hollweff, the German
chancellor, at the opening of the
Reichstag today, was that war with
Italy was Inevitable,
ROME, May 18. (Via Parls.)e-
Dispatches front Trieste confirm pre
vious feports that a revolutionary
movement Is tn progress there. The
town Is 'tn a state of siege. The pres
ence of the military, however, has
failed to prevent attempts at popular
uprisings and demonstrations of hos
tility to Emperor Francis Joseph.
..ROME. May 17. (Via Paris,
May 18.) The Italian Parliament
will be asked Thursday to vote only
on a bill containing a single clause
conferring plenary powers on the
government, according to the Olor-
J nale d'ltalla. Final action regard
ing war Is not expected until after
that time unless Austria makes the
first move, which is considered un
likely In view of the palflo speeches
made In the Hungarian' Diet.
Alarmist rumors of all kinds are being
circulated tn Rome,' and the situation Is
so tense there ere many who believe
them alL One report today was that
Prince Von Buolow, the Germei ambas
sador, already had toft the city secretly
Speetnl Trains tor Diplomats.
It was unfounded, although a special
train la kept In readiness to carry hlra
to St. Gothard If a break oomes, as he Is
understood to have expressed a wish te
return to Berlin by wsy pt Switzerland.
Another special stands with steam up
ready to speed for the Austrian frontier
by, way of Verona and Brenner, with
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Unique Mystical
Wedding Ceremony
at Berkeley, Cal,
BERKELEY, Cel., May 18,-Heru-y B.
' I 1- V. - ...t,l..4..-.l J i.
- .
I m'nt of th University of California, and
Mine Madeline Breckenrldge of Toledo, 1
O., were united In marriage yesterday In j
a unique mystical ceremony. j
They knelt together before an open I
fireplace in the presence of fifteen j
guests. Face to face, with lips almost
touching, they repeated a service of
words, and with earth, water and fire ,
The pair held two separate urns ot
earth, and si terns ting with their right
snd left hands, dropped th earth Into
a third urn, signifying the physical union
To symbolise the union of minds, each
held a flask of water and together they
poured th water Into third flask. The
spiritual union was accomplished by the ,
lighting of two randies, typifying the '
fires of the home. The flaming wax
sticks were held together until the melted
wax welded them Into one.
. After these esoteric rltesv the orthodox
marriage service was performed by Judge
William H. Wast.
Chagas Recovering
From Bullet Hurts
USBON (Via Paris), May lS.-Joao
Chagas is recovering from the bullet
wounds in the head. Tt Is said that
the bullets djd not penetrate the bone,
lie still hopes to ssaume the premiership
In which for tbe lime being be has been
replaced by Jose Cattro. '
Reported Balfour of Unionist Party,
Will Take Race of Churchill
Chief of the Ad
Successes in Vicinity of I Basses
Offset hy Losses of Russians in
Eastern Arena.
LONDON, May 18. Persistent
rumors were In circulation In the
lobby of the House of Commons to
night that a coalition government
was about to be formed. Unionist
leaders held a conference with
Premier Asquitb this afternoon and
It Is stated that the question ot a
coalition was settled.
ftpTernment In qnnndary.
All during the day there were re
ports that the government bad sud
denly found Itself confronted with
problems of momentous Importance.
Announcements of 'the cancellation
of the cabinet council which had
been summoned to meet at noon; of
the postponement of Chancellor
Lloyd George's projected tour of the
country to stimulate the output , pt
munitions ot wSr and of approach
ing visits of Mr. Cnurcblll and other
ministers to Mr. Asqulth all served
to give color to these reports.
Official Information is still lack-,
ing, however.
According to these reports, ths
allocation of officers has not been,
finally determined. It Is rumored,
that A. J. Balfour, former premier,,
will succeed Winston Spencer
Churchill as first lord of the ad
mlralty, the latter taking some)
LONDON, May 18. What seems
like a cabinet crisis suddenly has
been sprung on Great Britain. There
has arisen what appears to be a rupJ
ture between the civil head ot the ad
mlralty, Winston 8pencer Churchill
and the lords ot the admiralty,' but)
particularly Lord Fisher, who mayl
leave the fleet. As a result the pom
sibllfty sf material changes in the
cabinet Is being discussed. , For ths
moment the situation holds the pol'.U
leal field. All kinds of rumors arts
current, but the ministers are not let
tlcg theeal facts out of the govern
ment offices; they are being secrete
In Downing Street. . .
Allies Gala 'and Lawn.
The success of tho offensive of the al
lies around La Basse Is, In th opinion,
of British observers, balanced by that
Russian reverses In the eastern arena of,
the war, a reverse which the latest of
ficii '' communication ' from Petrograd,
fully confirms, but, which It Is argued;
In London may show a different aspect
when the Russlsn counter stroke In
eastern Gal Ida and Bukowlna Is fought
In southern Folsnd the Russians oon
fees to having been forced to retreat to
a new Un between the PlUca. river and
the upper Vistula. Consequently theU
whole plan of campaign may have beeti
profoundly altered by the Irresistible ed
vance of the Ger mania allies.
The Russians have been compelled M
abandon their movement In the westertji
pssses of the Carpathians, bat they apt
pear still to bold Uasok paea, the maioj
gateway te Hungary.
The campaign so success fully laanchedl
In the last few days In the northern Pe-rt)
of France, if It . can be pushed home
must have a most serious effect on the
German lines. In the belief of British
military criticisms. With tbe possible;
advent of Italian forces on tbs Austrian
rear, the argument la being advanced
that there must be soon a relaxation, oi
tbe German and Austrian pressure on ths
Russian front ,
French Official Report.
PARIS, May lS.-Th French War office"
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