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OMAHA, MONDAY MORNING, MAY 24, 191.V-TKN 1W0KS.
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JEALOUS LOYER IS
OF SWAHSON WOMAN
Letter Found Which Police Believe
Mirdered Girl Showed to
POLICE INTERVIEW SUSPECTS
Woman Living in the House to the
East Sees Oirl Admit Han
Just Before Noon.
LOCKS DOOR FROM INSIDE
Investigation of Chief of Detec
tives Maloney and his men Into the
killing of Ada Swanson, domestic in
the residence of Joseph Sykes, 2023
Spencer street, Friday, has resulted
practically in the elimination of all
theories other than that she was
killed by a jealous lover.
It In assuredly certain that Mri. A. M.
Dentils, 2017 Bpencer street, about' 11:90
o'clock Friday morning- saw a . clean
shaven medium alsed man wearing- a soft
black hat. blue suit, and light tan shoes
enter the east gate, go to the rear of the
house and ling the door bell She thought
it to be the same" fellow that hod visited
there the Sunday before.
At 13:15 o'clock Andrew Frederickson,
the milkman, saw Ada Swanson take the
, bottles and place them on a ledge on the
I porch instead of taking them Immediately
to the Icebox as was her unvarying
custom. This Indicated that she vti evi
dently In a hurry and laboring under
some mental excitement, the police be
lieve, and alio seems to bear out the
theory thut she had no fear of the man
who was seen to enter the house or sha
would have asked the milkman for help.
She wore a housed reus when she came
to the rear porch for the milk. The door
opened to Frederickson wa found locked
Friday evening, and Chief Maloney be
lieves it was locked by the girl after
she had answered Frederlckson's sum
mons. As no one actually saw the man "who
came to fix the pipes" enter the house
through the side door, and as thia was
found locked from the Inside it is also
the opinion of the authorities that this
man In all probability did not get in,
and the only person In the house with
Miss Swanson was tho fellow she ad
mitted at 11 : o'clock. :
' Letter Is Fsnaad.
A letter purporting to be written the
girl from a, suitor Jiving near Banning!,
is believed to have led Miss Swanson to
tell her visitor that she Intended to
marry the writer and that the aroused
Jealousy of the man caused him to fol
low her to the basement, when she went
there to fix the fire and with the first
weapon that same to hl hand, killed
When the body of the girl we found
she was dressed In street clothes, which
la a manner proved that the felloW In
the house was-no stranger, as the girt
would, assuredly not have allowed a
stranger the freedom of the house, while
he completed . her preparations to go
One of Miss Swanson'a men acquaint
ances. Axel Lofgreen, was questioned by
the police Sunday morning, but ap
parently convinced them that ho knew
little of the affair. H was dressed In
a manner which tallied with that of tho
fellow described by Mrs. Dennis, but was
not Identified by her as the man she saw.
track byJealoas Suitor.
Dr. Connell, city physician, who was
called to the 6ykea' home upon tho dis
covery of the killing, la of the same be
lief as the police. He thinks assault was
not the object of the murder and that
the girl was struck down by a Jealous
suitor, who in a frenny lest his victim
recover and give him away, struck her
repeatedly about the heed with the
hatchet to assure himself that no such
event should come to pass.
Photographs of the bloody thumb prints
on the girls hose and limbs will be of
little value. Is the opinion of the deteo
tive department, after examining proofs
of the same. It Is more than possible
that they were the outcome of. handling
the body upon its removal to the morgue.
Did Kot Move After Fall.
That ' the girl after being struck the
first time and falling face forward to
the floor of the coal olnd, did not move
or that her body wa snot turned over
Is apparent from the fart that the back
of the shirt walBt, which she wore con
tains'' absolutely no sign of coal dust
Dr. Connell 'emphatically asserts his be
lieve to this effect as evidenced by the
even circle of blood about the body
that bore no trace of being dUturbed
by any movement. . .
For Iowa Cloudy.
Tempera tare at Omaha Yesterday.
i a. m M
. a. m b
7 a. m 69
a. m 6s
10 a. m t3
U a. m 7
U in "0
1 p. m 71
I p. m 71
I p. m 71
4 p. m 68
t p. m 63
p. m 6
7 p- ro W
r tle Local Record.
1915. 114. 1913. 1911.
Highest yesterday 78 M to M
Mean temperature 75 H 74
Temperature and precipitation depar
tures from the normal:
Deficiency for the day..... 1
Total excess sine Marh 1 ........ K
Normal precipitation " M"""
Ieflclecy for the .day winch
Tctal rainfall aioue March I.... 4.77 Inches
CROWN PRINCE AND ROYAL UNCLE Visit of Prince
Henry of Prussia to the headquarters of the Crown Prince,
with whom he is having a confidential chat.
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NEW BOARD YIEWS
THE OMAHA ARKS
Memben'ol Recreation Board Sur
, priscdal"th Way Playgrounds
(, Are Developed.
NEW HOUSE FOR THE SWIMMERS
After taking a twenty-mile ride
Sunday morning with Commissioner
Hummel,' through the . parks and
along the boulevards, J. P. Connolly,
member of the recreation board, de
clared he had received a ' revelation
and an Inspiration. , He had . seen
Omaha in spots during 1 his. .forty
years of residence here.'but this trip
of Beelng Omaha Just ljow, dressed
in spring grandeur, 'prompted a' new
Mr. Hummel, who is chairman of the
recreation board, took the members of
tho new board out on an Inspection trip,
to give them first-hand Information re
garding the recreational centers which
tbey will manage In the days to come.
The Itinerary started at the city hall
and the first place visited was Kountze
park. ' Entering the park one of the first
things observed was a youngster swing
ing head down from a turning pole. Zoro
D. Clark of the board said he felt like
emulating tho lad. '
On the way to the municipal beach at
Carter lake Mr. Connolly remarked that
he Intends to recommend to tho city coun
cil that a bathing beach and .tennis, courts
be placed In the RJvervlew park. Mr.
Hummel said he favored tennis . courts,
but believed that .recreation . features, of
a more general benefit should first be
established. . . ..
Another Rathlaar House.
At the Carter lake bathing beach Mr.
Hummel said be expects to erect another
house for bathers this season, so that
the men may have one building and the
women another place. Tho preaant build
ing Is used by men and women, although,
there are separate rooms. ' '
It Rr.expected that this bathing beach
will be a popular place this season. Some
of the more hardy swimmers already are
An observation made at the lake was
the Idea of making an effort to ' have
some Iowa land and water in that vicinity
exchanged for Nebraska territory near
Lake Manawa, action by congress per
haps being necessary to accomplish this.
Dresnlnsr Room at .Milter Park,
During the visit to Miller park the
recreation board members watched the
gold fish with much interest and sur
veyed all of the recreational activities.
Among the improvements to be urged by
the board will be dressing rooms for
women and children who wish to bathe
In tho summer and for skaters in the
Golf at Elaan-ood.
A golf course In Elm wood park Is
among the possibilities. The members
favor this Improvement and if money will
permit It will be started this season.
Members of the new board intend to
make frequent trips to the various re
creational centers and watch the young
and old at play, that they may get Into
real touch with the' situation and be able
to act intelligently on their recommenda
tions to the council. The recreation board
propose and the council disposes, but
Mr. Hummel, being chairman of the re
creation board and member of the coun
cil, believes the recommendations of the
board will find favor with the council.
4 TURK SHIPS SHHL
BY BRITISJ SDBSEA
Two Tornedo Destroyers and Two
Transports SenF toBdttom'T ''
, ' in Dardanelles.
ONE BOAT LOADED WITH TROOPS
PARIS, May 23. An official
note , issued tonight regarding the
operations in the Dardanelles says
that a British submarine has gunk
two torpedo boats and two trans
ports, one of which was loaded with
Churchill' Bids His
Not in New Cabinet
. LONDON, May 23. The announcement
Is made that the British coalition cabinet
Is now definitely In process of formation,
and the intimation Is given that possibly
Winston Spencer Churchill, who bade
farewell to the- heads of the .various de
partments of the admiralty, may not con
sent to accept office In the new ministry.
It la almost certain," ' however, that
David Lloyd ' George will remain chan
cellor of the exchequer, and that Reg
inald KcKenna, the marquis of Crewe,
A. J. Balfour, Andrew Bo'nar Law, J.
Aunten Chamberlain and the marquis of
Larvftdowne. wl'l.be included In tho new
vlt la expected hat a privy council will
be held Tuesday, when the outgoing mln-
j liters will hand. over the seals of office
I to their succoosore.
The new ministers will then have to re
sign' and submit themselves for re-election,
but no contss are contemplated.
Discusses Frank Case
MACON, Ga., May Governor-Elect
Harris, In a statement here tonight, de
clared that only Georgia' Interests will
be considered if the question of granting
clemency to Leo M. Frank was brought
before him. The governor elect's state
ment Which he said was prompted by the
reading of many letters In Frank's behalf
was as follows: 1
"You can Just say for NaJ Harris that
If the matter of dealing executive
clemency to the condemned man Is to
be considered by him that the entire out
side world will not be taken Into con
sideration one bit It is entirely a
Georgia matter and if I am to consider
the case. I shall considered it altogether
I from a Oeorgla basis, with the Interests
j of Georgia and the Interest of Georgia
i persons at heart."
Mr. Harrla will take the oath as gov
ernor on June 1
German Spy Swore
Allegiance to U. S,
NEW YORK, May SS.-Records which
; were regarded as tending to sabstantlate
,the claim that Anton Kuepfcrle. who
' committed suicide In London while on
1 trial as a German apy was a United
: KtaU citUen, have been found In Brok-
llyn, it was learned today. The papers
on file there show that he cwi.tc alle
giance to the Vnited States In Brooklyn
CLASH FOR FIRST
SKIRMISH OF WAR
Italian and Austrian Troops Meet in
Mountain Pass Between
Pont di Legno and
AUSTRIA NS CROSS THE BORDER
Alpine Chasseurs Meet the Rush and
Drive Enemy Back to Own
PEOPLE WILD WITH WAR FEVER
ROME, May 23. (Via Tarls.)
The first engagement of the Italo
Austrian war occurred between Pont
di Llegno and Pejo today.
An Austrian patrol crossed the
frontier, but was attacked by Italian
Alpine cha8Heurs and driven back
over the border.
ON TIlH ITALIAN FttONTlEK; May
23. From end to end, Italy is In a state
of highest tension and expectation. On
both sides of the Austro-Itallan frontier
there is a constant movement of troops
and munitions of war. Railway, postal
and telephone services have been cut be
tween Italy and Austria and Trieste and
In Zara, Dalmatla, mysterious hnntis
planted the Italian flag In the conspicu
ous towers of the city, and there were
demonstrations of protest against tho
rigor of the authorities, the participants
shouting In favor of Italy, These demon
strations were quickly suppressed by
martial law, which prevails everywhere.
The civilian population has evacuated
Fontafel, Pontebba and other places on
the Austrian frontier and gone into
Austrian soldiers in tho mountains of
the Ponte Caffaro district havo .-etlid
toward the numerous forts which protect
the Austrian frontier. All seem to be
malting with the keenest anxiety, it la
said, for the spark from one side or the
other which will start the conflagration
and be. the signal for the first hostile
action between Italy and the central em
: A -report, reaching here is to the effect
that the Auatrlans have placed on the
Kaurst mountains three heavy cannon.
ready to bombard Trieste in case of an
lnsurectlon or an advance by the Italians.
Crowds All Kathaslaatlc. '
BOMB (via Parl. May 23. Reports
from all towns in Italy say that' the de
cree of mobilisation is received every
where with the greatest enthusiasm. Pro
cessions and demonstrations are being
held In all towns, the people acclaiming
the king and wishing victory for the
country. In some places portraits of the
king and queen were carried through the
streets by crowds singing the national
airs and war Songs popular with their
grandfathers and fathers in IMS, 1S59, imo
and 1866, or who climbed scaffolding to
meet Austrian executioners.
Rumored Plot to
.Kidnap von Buelow
PARIS,, May 25. Prince von Buelow
German ambassador at Rome, will not
leave the Italian capital until compelled
to do so, according to the Rome cor
respondent to the Petit Journal.
A circumstantial story also Is told by
the correspondent of a report ourrent In
Rome that when popular agitation
against former Premier Glollttl was at
its height, a-plot was formulated to kid
nap Prince von Buelow from hie resi
dence, the villa Malta, but that ths plan
was abandoned when Blgnor Glollttl left
The Petit Journal's correspondent Is au
thority for the statement that Prince
von Buelow has installed his aged
mother-in-law. Donna Laura Minghettl,
in the Villa Malta in the hope that the
property will not be confiscated so long
as it is occupied by an Italian woman.
He is said to have offered her the use
of the villa from the time he leaves
Rome until his return
Vessel Goes Ashore,
But Crew Is Saved
MARSHFIELD, Ore.. May 23. -The
steam schooner Claremont went ashore
luet north of Coos Bay Jetty today, and
tonight was considered a total loss. Its
crew of twenty-seven were rercucd by
boats from the bar dredge Colonel P. 8.
Mlchle, except one sailor, who lumped
overboard and was picked up by the
steamer Saginaw. The Claremont car
ried no passenger.
BRYAN IS NEUTRAL IN
WASHINGTON. May 23.-When Bacto-
tary Bryan was told of the verdict In the
RooseveltBarnea case, he said:
"Well, it save Mr. Roosevelt from the
payment of damages; but this Is one of
those cases in which a victory either
way gives some advantage. If Mr. Barnes
had won It would have purged htm of
the charge of being a boss and this
would have relieved the ex-presldent of
the odium of having associated with him
for so many years."
"Do you sympathize then with Mr.
Roosevelt becsuse they have given him
the verdict?" one of the correspondent's
"I have so accustomed myself." said
Mr. Bryan, "to the position of neutrality
that I do not like to make an exception
in this case."
AUSTRO-ITALIAN FRONTIER Austria so far has re
fused to give up the strip of land shown in shaded lines and
known to all Italians as "unredeemed Italy."
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FLEE BEFORE THE
LASSEN LAYA TIDE
Boiling Wave Sweeps Countryside
and Whole Population of Valley
on Run for Lives.
SIDE OF VOLCANO BLOWN OFF
REDDING. Cal., May 23. Inky
smoke clouds dropped from time to
time today through rain clouds
which circled Lessen Peak and cur
tained Its stimnilONo violent erup
tions were indicated.
Ill I.I. KT IN.
REDDING, Cal., May 23. Hat
Creek valley, which was threatened
with destruction late yesterday by
tho eruption of Lassen Peak, has
been saved. The flood which fol
lowed the disturbances, it was
learned today, changed its course
mud flow being carried out into the
old lava fields.
The entire valley was shaken by
a strong .earthquake Just previous to
yesterday's eruption. No damage
from this source is reported.
Clouds hide the volcano thia morn
ing. . ' ,' ;
REDDING, Cal., May 23. Lassen
peak hurst into a new eruption late
yesterday, the greatest and most vio
lent since the mountain awoke one
year ago. Another flood of mud, tri
ple the size of yesterday's, swept
down the mountain side with three
steaming streams of lava In Its wake.
It covered the countryside like a
tidal wave. Thirty-six families,
nearly the whole population of Hat
Creek valley, were reported tonight
to be fleeing for their lives before
the avalanche of mud and boiling
Reseae Parties on 'Way.
A report from the power station at
Cow Creek said that one side of the vol
cano had been blown off and toppled
Into tho lake near the base of the crater,
the water displaced adding to tho flood.
Bo far the volcanic flow has been
confined to Hat Creek vr y and ad
jacent valleys are considered Immune
from danger, unless tho subterranean
forces hurl rocks and lava over the nat
ural barriers. '
Fifteen rescue parties in automobiles
were rushed from here to Casael and
Round Mountain to pick UP tho refugee
women and children. Men mounted on
horseback frantically rounded up cattle
and live stock and endeavored to drive
tliem to the highlands to escape the
broad torrent of mud that submerged
everything In its path.
Time of Erwotloa.
The eruption occurred at 4:30 p. m.
Three almost simultaneous and tltanlo
burets of smoke and steam were followed
by two lesser ones. A tremendous fun
nel shaped cloud ahot skyward to an
estimated height of miles, and spread
out In a heavy pall almost as wide. The
big mountain, 10.00 feet high, was
dwarfed to Insignificant size.
When the Immense volume of smoke
and afhes hod lifted about the moun
tain's crest four blackened paths, each
a half-mile wide, were revealed on the
western slope. Tho visible rivers of mud
and lava were lost at the timber line.
By S o'clock the people of Hat Creek
valley realised that ths ortsweoplng tides
of Lassen's overflow was rushing upon
them and they commenced a swift exodus.
Word was received that a spray of vol-
(Continued on Page Two, Column One.)
Villa Troops Report
EL PASO, Tex., May Z3.-An official
Villa bulletin received here lata tonight
asserted that the Obregon army had
been defeated decisively below Leon.
The Villa troops were said to have cap
tured Fllao, the Carranxa base.
. OF U. S. INVITING WAR
KANSAS CTTT. Mav M-Ambassador
States I Inviting war by Its unprepared
ness, according to the belief expressed
here today by President Arthur T. Hadley
of Tale. President Hadley la hero at
tending the convention of the Western
association of Tale Alumni clubs.
ALLIES AYER PORTE
BACK OF ATROCITIES
England, France and Russia, in
Joint Note, Say They Will Hold
LIST OF HORRORS IS RECITED
LONDON. May 23. A Joint of
ficial statement by Great Britain,
France and Russia, Issued tonight,
"For the last month Kurds and the
Turkish population of Armenia have
been enKaged in masnncrelng Armen
ians, with the connivance and help of
the Ottoman authorities. Such mas
sacres took place about the nildJie
of April at Frserum, Dertshau,
Zeitun and In all Clllct.
"The inhabitants of about 100 Milages
near Van were all assassinated. In the
town Itself the Armenian quarters Is be
sieged by Kurds. At tho same time the
Ottoman government at Constantinople
Is raging against the Inoffensive Armen
ian population, i
"In the face of these fresh crimes
committed by Turkey the allies' govern
ments announce publicly to the Sublime
Porto that they will hoi! all members of
the government, as well ae such of their
agents as are implicated, personally re
sponsible for such massacres ' ,
mmm M 1
Of Violators of Law
. ROCHESTER. N. T May 23.-The 127th
general assembly of the Presbyterian
church in the United States yoatcrday
adopted the ' report of a committee
recommending as a sequence the theory
of dealing with violators of the law and
one In harmony with the law of Christ, a
system which would make the court, in
stead of the prison, the reformatory.
It was recommended that the Influence
of the denomination be directed to the
encouragement of probation for casual of
fenders and imprisonment for life of
vicious and Incorrigible criminals.
The prison contract system was con
demned and tho honor system approved
by the assembly.
Secretary of Btate Bryan, who was to
have spoken tomorrow at a temperance
mass meeting, telegraphed late today that
he would be unable to leave Washington.
French Pass German
Aeroplane in Disguise
PARI8, May 23. German avlatore flew
over Paris at dusk this evening In an
aeroplane disguised as a French machine.
Because of the disguise the French air
scouts allowed It to pass tho frontier, be
lieving that It was one 'of their own
Flying high over tho city, the Oerman
aviators dropped three bombs. One of
the bombs fell In the Seine close to Eiffel
tower, another on outbuildings of the
Bon Marche store and the third In Rue
St. Charles. All three bombs were ineffect
ive and virtually no damage was done
The German aeroplane was driven off by
a French machine.
Throng the Passes
GENEVA fvla Paris), May 13. -Crowds
of Italian women, children and old men,
mostly peasants of the Adlge river val
leys, are arriving afoot In the Engadlne
district In a lamentable state, after cross
ing the Bernlne and Murettos mountain
passes, which are undur a deep snow.
ORDERS GIVEN TO START
SPEEDWAY AT DES MOINES
(From a Staff Correspondent)'
DES MOINES, la.. May a (Special.)
Des Moines is assured a speedway and
the first big raring meet will bo held
July 27 with a purse of flO.000.
The Chamber of Commerce signed the
contract with the Prince Speedway com
pany today. One hundred and forty Des
Moines men have bought the S3) tickets
which entitles them to grandstand scats
for any event on the speedway, timers
for the first lumber were sent to the
mills Friday night. Nlnety-sU carloads
of lumber will he used and more than
fifty tons of nails. Two hundred and
fifty men will be employed In the building.
WAR WORD GOES
00T IN ITALY AND
General Mobilization of Men and
Munitions is Taking: Place
in the Kingdom of
STATE OF HOSTILITIES ON TODAY
Baron Maccio Gets Passports and He
Will Leave at Once for
FORMAL DECLARATION IS MADE
ROME. (Via Paris), May 23.
Contemporaneously with the issu
ance of a general mobilization order
the Italian government tonight offi
cially announced that it had declared
war against Austria-Hungary.
The Rome Trlbuna says that the
state of war between Italy and
Austria begins tomorrow. May 24.
Raron von Maccio, the Austro
Hungarian ambassador to Italy, was
banded his passports at 3:30 o'clock
this afternoon, the newspaper says,
and will leave tonight or tomorrow
The Italian ambassador at Vienna,
the duke of Avarna Javarna, has
been recalled. .
Declaration Passed On.
LONDON, May 24. The Italian
ambassador at Vienna on Sunday
afternoon presented a formal decla
ration of war to Baron Burlan von
Rajers, the Austro-Hungarlan for
This announcement is made in a
Vienna dispatch to Reuter's Tele
gram company, sent by way of Am
sterdam. Vehicles Requisitioned.
PARIS, May 22. A Havas dis
patch from Rome says the king has
also issued a decree requisitioning
all vehicles and horses for transport
The Rome correspondent of the
Havas Agency" iays" tfiat"The" Mes
sagero's representative in Vienna
ends the following dispatch:
Knvoy Leavt-a Vleana.
"The Italian ambassador, the
duke of Avarna, leaves today for
"Austria has asked . the United
States to take over the protection of
Austrian subjects in Italy. The
American, government has "trans
mitted Instructions to its ambas
sadors in Austria and Italy. .
Border Clashes Reported.
BRESCIA. Italy (Via Paris), May
22. Frontier incidents were re
ported today from several points
where the Italian Alpine troops pur
sued Austrian soldiers who had
crossed the frontier.
Barracks Blows Up. i
VERONA, Italy; May 22 The
Austrian barracks at Rovereto, a
town in the Tyrol with about 12,000
Italian inhabitants, was blown up to
The police immediately placed under
srrest many Italian cltliens, although
there was no evidence to show that tho
Italians were in any way responsible for
BULGARS WONT ATTACK
'ROUMANIA IF IT FIGHTS
GENEVA. Switzerland, May a. The
Journal De Geneve states that Vasell
Radoslavoff, the Bulgarian premie', has
announced officially that Bulgaria will
not attack Roumanla if the latter enters
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