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PACES ONE TO TWELVE.
VOL. XLV NO. 50.
OMAHA, SUNDAY MORNING, MAY 28, 1916 SIX SECTIONS FORTY-FOUR PAGES.
SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTS.
FOUR MEN LOSE'
THEIR LIVES IN
Administration Building of Penn
College Burns and Students and
Others Trapped Beneath
TWO BODIES ARE RECOVERED
Financial Agent of Institution and
Secretary of Iowa Prohibition
Party Are Victims.
HUNDRED THOUSAND LOSS
Oskatoosa, la., May 27. Fire which
early today destroyed the adminis
tration building of Venn college here
took a toll of four lives, instead of
two at had been supposed, it was
City authorities late this afternoon
ordered a search of the ruins for the
bodies of two additional victims,
trapped by falling walls while trying
to carry valuable books from the col
lege library. The bodies of Robert
II. Williams, .15, financial agent of
the college and state secretary of the
prohibition party, and Harry Oakley,
22, a freshman, were recovered soon
after the flames were brought under
According to the chief of police,
the two additional dead are George
Kaber, a railroad fireman, and an un
identified man. They were in a party
of half a dozen who were carrying
books from the library when the four
ton bell in the cupalo fell through the
building, splitting and collapsing its
front wall. Rabcr and bis companion
ran toward the front of the building
when the wall began fo fall, while the
remainder of the party ran to the
rear. Tons of debris now are piled
on the spot where the two were last
The fire broke out in the biological
laboratory on the second floor of the
building and reached a forty-gallon
tank of alcohol, which exploded, scat
tering liquid fire in all directions. In
sufficient water pressure hampered
the efforts of the fire department.
Mincar and Kclley were cut and
bruised and arc believed to have suf
fered internal injuries. They were
hurt while rescuing the S. II. M,
Byers art collection, which was hung
in the chapel hall. The collection is
aid to be worth $50,000.
George Mincar and Howard Kelley,
students, who were injured by the fall
ing wall, probably vlll recover, the
physicians said tonight. The dead
and injured all are residents of this
College officials tonight assert that
the loss will total approximately $100,
,"K)0. The building was only partially
insured. " "-!..,
The fire is thought to have been
caused by defective wiring.
Mountain on the
Vienna (Via London), May 27.
Twenty-five hundred Italians, four
guns, four machine guns and a mian
tity of war material have been
captured by the Austrians, who
stormed an extensive mountain ridge
an the Trentino front, according to
m official statement issued by the
war department here.
The statement follows:
"We have gained a new great suc
cess on the Italian front, capturing
the entire mountain ridge from
Cornocicampe Verde to Maata. The
enemy suffered sanginary losses. We
captured over 2,500 prisoners, four
guns, four machine guns, 300 bicycles
and much other material."
Rome (via Paris), May 27. The
abandonment of another Italian ad
vance position on the Astico river,
under the pressure of an overwhelm
ing attack by the Austrians, is an
nounced tonight by the war depart
ment. The Austrians are stated to
be making their main effort toward
the Arsiego basin, in the hope of
reaching the valleys which run be
tween the Astico and Orolo rivers
down to Vireno. The bulletin said
that the Austrians have been re
pulsed everywhere except at the one
advance puint, which was surren
dered for strategic reasons.
Hnnnrnl "Rnilrl in o
Strike is Called
Lincoln, May J7 - Lfforn to arbi
trate having failed, a general itnkc
t'li all building jttbn will hemine rl
tVi live here Monday, aid.i dint? t an
announcement K. W. dlunu.
builir agent f.r the building
I lade 4 t i. until I hi will mean .Muni
killed Witkrr out Mi'tiday, in addl
Initt the lal'orrM nmv trikii'.g.
The Ulixter at p di nun !mg an in
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IS OPENJT CARTER
Woman Life Guard to Help the Girls
and Women at the Municipal
LOCKERS ARE SET FOR 1,500
"Come on in, boys and girls, the
water is fine." says Joe Hummel,
commissioner of parks and boule
vards and playgrounds and bathing
Municipal beach at Carter lake was
formally opened yesterday morning at
10 o'clock. The particular new fea
ture is the separate accommodations
for men and women. Girls ami
women have their Own dressing
m.-iri nwtit and will enter the water
from a new dock. Illanchc Swain, ex-
pert swimmer, has started as lite
guard for girls and women, and will
have supervision over swimmers oi
Thi ia il first time that a woman
life guard lias been employed at the
l.-af I,:, thin ir i, hires. Indications arc
that! the muny beach will be more
popular this season than ever hciorc.
1 Weniy-IIVC liaruy hwiiihihi- '
: dm nwirtiinir and more attended
during the afternoon. Commissioner
Hummel has detailed two cnecKcrs
for the men and two for the women.
There arc checking accommodations
for about 1,500 swimmers.
"I heartily approve ol Mr. Ilum
mel's idea of placing a woman life
ui.urd !t Carter lake." stated Super
intendent Knglish of the Recreation
N. H. Loomis Member
Of New Presbyterian
Atlantic City, N. J., May 27. Com
missioners to the J2".lh general as
sembly of the Presbyterian church,
which closed yesterday, were dis
cussing today the probable location
of the newly established general
board of education. The new board
is a consolidation of the college
board and the board of education,
and ia mmtiosed of thirtv members.
eighteen ministers and eighteen eld
ers. They were appointed at the clos
ing session of the assembly and
probably will hold a meeting within
a few weeks to elect officers and de
cide upon the location of their head
quarters. The college board at present is
located in New York and the board
of education in Philadelphia. The
board is to apply for a charter in a
state yet to be determined and this
may affect the choice for a perma
nent location for its officers. Dr.
John Willis Baer, president of Occi
dental college, was prominently men
tioned for secretary, the salary of
which office was fixed by the as
sembly at $6,000 a year.
Among the members of the new
Ministers for one year: Louis W.
Mudge, llarrisburg; Charles Lee
Reynolds, Newark, N. J.; Walter R,
Ferris, Syracuse, N. Y.; Ira W, Al
len, Paris, III.; Stephen S. Estey, To
peka, Kan.; George E. Davies, Salt
Lake City. Elders: N. H. Loomis,
Omaha; Archer C. Sinclair, Cedar
Rapids, Ia.; James R. Martin, Des
Moines. Two-year elders: Harry H.
Scldomridge, Colorado Springs; Coe
I. Crawford, Huron, S. I).
Gen. Hall Here to
Look After Rifle
Range and Armory
General Phil Hall of Lincoln is in
the city again in regard to his pro
posed new armory scheme, rifle range
and aviation corp and last, but by no
means least, a wireless company
which may be established in the near
future, the War department having
signified ils approval of such a branch
of the army service in Omaha if a
place to house it can be found.
"There are seventy-live persons
with private plants probably in
town," said General Hull. "They
would be interested, as well as ttlc
uranhers and manv others. Such a
. niiiii.inv would comprise about 100
members. Many matters of this sort
can he decided when 1 lind 'where I
am at' in this armory proposition,
t.enera la will l
he in Omaha
again Memorial day.
Dr, Mayo Again
Called to Bedside
of James J, Hill
St. Pant. Minn.. May .7. Drs. W.
( ami C. H. Mav "f Roihesier,
Minn , at niip.tnitd by a 'ilt ol
nuii't, are bring burned M M ''a.tl
on 4 ntnii.tl "am I" the he-lnde ot
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DR. WAITE FOUND
OF FATHEk 5ni
Jury in Case of Man Charged with
Poisoning Wife'i Father Out
Less Than an Hour and
ALIENISTS SAY WAITE IS SANE
Experts Called by the State Flatly
Contradict Those Who Testify
for the Defense Friday.
KNEW HE WAS DOING WRONG
New York, May 27. Dr. Arthur
Warren Waite was today found guilty
of the murder of his father-in-law,
John E. I'eck, the Grand Rapids mil
lionaire. "Guilty of murder in the first de
gree," was the verdict of the jury, re
turned after it had been abesent from
the court room one hour and twenty
Waite was remanded to the Tombs
to await imposition ot sentence on
The summing up of the evidence
was concluded by both defense and
prosecution soon after noon today.
Justice Shearn. then began his charge
to the jury. ,
Justice Shearn completed his
charge at 1:20 p. m. and the jury
went out to consider its verdict.
State Calls Alienists.
Dr. Waite entered the court room
with the same apparently resigned,
nonchalant manner that has charac
terized his demeanor since the be
ginning of his trial. The prosccu
tien promptly began its rebuttal of
the testimony of the defense bearing
upon Waite's alleged imbecility and
idiocy, by placing on the witness
stand a neutrologist, Dr. Smith J'.ly
Jclliffe of New York. He testified
that he had gathered from an exami
nation of Waite that the prisoner
showed no signs of defective intelli
gence. "In my opinion, he was sane. I be
lieve he knew the nature of the crime
he committed and was fully aware of
all the phases of it. He had sufficient
mentality to appreciate his acts. He
was sane when he killed 1'cck."
Dr. William M abort also testified
for the prosecution, saying he found
no disturbance of Dr. Waite's nervous
system. On some occasions when he
examined Waite he found the pris
oner made an effort to give false an
swers. Sane When He Killed Peck.
"What is your conclusion about in
sanity?" asked Assistant District At
"That he was sane," said the wit
ness. "Was he sane in your opinion when
he killed Peck?"
"I would say that, at the lime lie
killed Feck, he was sane and knew
that he was doing wrong."
Dr. Menas S. Gregory of Bellevue
hospital, called as a witness for the
prosecution, Baid he had examined
Waite in that hospital and concluded
that he was sane. He said he be
lieved and knew Waite was sane when
he killed Mr. I'eck and that he knew
he was doing wrong.
And Gavira Will
Washington, May 27. The military
conference between Generals Tershing
and Gavira, arranged yesterday, will
not discuss in any way the question of
the withdrawal of the American ex
pedition into Mexico. General Fun-
ston's orders to General l'crshing au
thorizing the conference explicitly
prohibit discussion of this subject.
The conference will probably be
held at General Pershing's headquar
ters at Namiiuipa. Co-operation be
tween Mexican and American troops
in chasing bandits was the basis on
which the Mexican officer sought the
General Gabriel Gavira telegraphed
General J. J. Pcrshiti today, suggest
ing that in view of Hie new Cartana
troop movement it would be advisa
ble fur them to get in cmiimuiiK at ion
to prevent misunderstanding or con
flicts. Gavira said he thought they
could conlcr by telegiaph,
licntr! Prancucn Gunale, coin-
matidiim 1.11 men sent to mutorte
t.aiu. today movn g us men
. ftard ! t iiui Gr.indi s, G.ileaii
j and nthrr lnwns in priimiy tu the
(ieiieial bant atd ti-tt as the;
jMr. 4ii eie net tt; ing this trrtf
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the Amerit .ins t tiuiuing (uvira
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TO SIGMA XI FRATERNITY!
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Former Minister of War. Hailed ai
Savior of Paris, is Dead After
WHX HAVE NOTABLE FU2TEHAL
Paris, May 27. General Joseph S.
Gallieni, former minitcr of war, died
at Versailles today.
The death of General Gall'eni, while
not unexpected, created profound
sorrow, as he was idolized by the
French people, particularly the poor,
who regarded him as the savior of
Paris during the critical days of Au
gust, 1914. His funeral will be the
occasio t of a notable military and
Shortly before his death an opera
tion for transfusion of blood was per
formed, but it had little effect. The
general was extremely weak and was
unable to take nourishment. His son
and daughter were at his bedside.
After the notable part taken by
General Gallieni in the battle of the
Marne, when he rushed 80,000 troops
of the Paris garrison to the battle line
in taxicabs at the crisis of the strug
gle and thereby turned the tide of
victory in favor of the French, he was
appointed minister ot war in the re
As war minister, General Gallieni
devoted himself with remarkable en
ergy to the elimination of red tape
in the administration of the army. He
also dealt with a heavy hand with
officers who had secured oosts
throiiKh favoritism or political in
formation. His first act was to forbid civilians
to write to the generals in the field
in rexard to military matters, ami his
next step was to send to the front a
number of able-bodied soldiers who
were occupied in the rear.
Like General Juifre, he was relent
less in forciuK the retirement of old
officers, wlime activities nr abilities
were not equal to the demands of the
war, Hv revision tit tin- exempt lists,
he addrd HIl.tKi.) men to the army.
In February of this year General
Gallieni took over the dim inn of llie
development of aviation, lut shortly
at'lerwaids he was IfiUcii ill with kid
ney trotildr and a mmprlled to ri
tut M Art it f Smir thru he has
been t;liliiij a b.sinn battle with
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June Bride Preparedness Campaign
Polly Derides Suffs
And is Sent Back
To theBird Store
Chicago, May 27. There will be no
parrot in the suffrage parade here on
June 7. Polly did not behave and is
back in the bird store from which he
came. But ,he created a stir before
being dethroned as "official barker"
for the auffragists.. ,.
Parade headquarters were opened
yesterday and the parrot, which had
been named "Polly Votes," was there,
The parrot was to be taught to talk
for women's votes and was to be car
ried in the parade. The bird store
man assured the committee that the
parrot did not swear, but the day was
opened by a recital of all the swear
words Polly knew. The bird refused
to learn his official slogan, "Polly
Voles," and would only say "Votes, 1
and follow it with derisive laughter.
He stole the beauty patch off of one
suffragist's cheek, bit and scratched
and behaved so undignifiedly that he
was soon on the way back to his
Who Stole Money
For Payroll Taken
New York, May 27. All but $W0
of the $10,500 stolen from J. P. Mor
gan & Co. yesterday was restored to
day by detectives who followed three
of the firm's office boys to Philadel
phia and brought back two of them
under arrest this morning. The de
tectives say the boys confessed the
theft and accounted for the missing
money bjr saying each boy mailed
J.iOO to his mother.
The money was handed to William
McManus, aged 18, to carry to the
export department. McManus disap
peared, and with him William J.
liaiii, aged 17, and a third office boy
whoie name was not revealed. The
boy were out when the detectives
entered their room, but $y,(oo re
ptisrd o. a table divided into three
nrat piles, Wlirn tlie youngster' ic
turiied and found the detectives wait
ing fur them, McManus leaped froi.i
a window to a rouf twenty feet be
low, but was taught there. The third
McManus and 1'ain '.re iharged
Willi grand larceny, but it is said their
cn:plun are dijimrd ! !" lenient
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YACANCY THIS WEEK
Await Return of Mayor Dahlman to
Appoint Successor to Com
SEVERAL MENTIONED FOR PLACE
With. the. return jot. Mayor, Xahl
man from Kentucky this week the
city council will address itself to the
task of selecting a successor to the
late Commissioner Drexel, superin
tendent of the' department of street
cleaning and maintenance.
The unusual occurrence of a city
commissioner dying while in office
presents a situation not easily met by
the six commissioners. It will require
four votes to elect the successor, and
it is not improbable there will be
some difference of opinion at the out
set as to who should be selected.
Among those who have been men
tioned with more or less seriousness
are: P. J. Martin, Thomas McGovern,
Uean Noyes, George Parks, Joseph
Walker, J. A. Rine, Jeff W. Bedford,
Wesley Ailkins, Thomas Iloctor,
Harry Hackett, James Watkins and
Thomas A. Fry. There are others in
the race, but they are "impossible."
A former Omaha man, now in Salt
Lake City, wired Acting Mayor But
ler his desire to be considered as a
Executive Meeting Thursday.
The commissioners repeatedly
stated (luring the week to candidates
and others that they would not com
mit themselves until Mayor Dahlman
returned. The acting mayor wired
Mr. Dahlman he would reserve his
decision until the council met to con
sider the matter. It is probable the
commissioners will hold an executive
meeting next Thursday.
An attempt to selei t a new com
missioner on parly ilnes would result
in a deadlock, because the six com
missioners are evenly divided at pres
ent as to partisanship. Fither the
democrat or republicans will have lo
yield, lnasinuth as Mr, Drexel was
a democrat theie is a feeling that
his sin 11111 will be of the same
party alfiliation. It is likewise hinted
that a South Side nun will be chosen,
as a rei-ngiiitiiiti of the trrtttory which
mriilly lout its municipal identity.
Are Charged with
Misuse of the Mails
I os Ang'b-s. t al. May 27 I'm i r
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First Death from
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FOR PEACE THAT
WILL BE LASTING
Wilson Appears Before the league
to Enforce Peace and Delivers
Address That May Be
a Feeler. ' 1
SOME PLANS ARE OUTLINED
Tells What United States Might Do
if Called Upon to Mediate
DEPEND ON NEW DIPLOMACY
Washington, May 27. President
Wilson asserted here tonight before
the League to Enforce Peace, that
the United States was ready to poin
in any feasible association of nations
to preserve the peace of the world
against "political ambition and selfish
hostility" and in service of "a common
order, a common justice and a com
mon peace." He expressed the hope
that the terms of cpeae which end
the present'war would include such an
Outlining suggestions for peace
wnich the president said he hoped the
United States would make if it has
the opportunity to do so, he included
provision for absolute freedom of
the seas, a contention which has been
the keynote of all the diplomatic dis
cussions with Germany and ' Great
Britain, and virtual guarantees of ter
ritorial integrity and political inde
pendence. Officials interpreted the president's
address as a preliminary feeler for
peace m Furope. He outlined the
conditions on which the I'nitcd States
would move if it made a formal
mediatory offer with the idea, it was
understood of learning how such sug
gestions would be received abroad.
Makes These Suggestions.
"I Bin sure," said the president,"
that the people of .the United States
would wish their government to move
along these lines:
"FirstSuch a settlement with re
gard to their own immediate interests
as the belligerents may agree upon.
We have nothing material of any Rind
to ask for ourselves, and are quite
aware that wcr are in no sense or
degree parties to the present quarrel.
Our interest is only in peace and its
"Second An universal association
of the nations to maintain the invio
late security of the highway of the
seas for the common and unhindered
use of all the nations of the world,
and to prevent any war begun either
contrary to treaty covenants or with
out warning and full submission of
the causes to the opinion of tne world
a virtual guarantee of territorial in
tegrity and political independence."
The fundamentals of a lasting peace
President Wilson said he believed
At to Lasting Peace.
"First That every peopte has a
right to choose the sovereignty un
der which they shall live. Like other
nations," the president said, "we have
ourselves no doubt once and again
offended against that principle when
for a littlew hile controlled by our
selfish passion, as our franker his
torians have been honorable enough
to admit; but it has become more and
more our rule of life and action.
"Second That thes mall states of
the world have a right to enjoy the
same respect for their sovereignty
and for their territorial integrity, that
great and powerful nations expect and
"Third That the world had a right
to be free from every disturbance of
its peace that has its origin in aggres
sion and disregard of the rights of
people and nations."
The outstanding lesson of the world
war, the president said, had been that
the peace of the world must hence
forth depend upon a "new and more
"If this war has accomplished
nothing else for the benefit of tho
world," said the president, "it ha at
leant disclosed a greut moral neces
sity and set forward tho thinking; of
the statesmen of the world by a
Public Right Must Prevail.
"Repeated utterances of the lend
ing Htiite.nieii of most of the prent
nation now eiij-'uge-il in war have
mn.lo it plain that their thought has
come to this, tl.ut th principle of
public rifht must henceforth tak
prei edeme over the individual inter
ests of pitrtifulur tuitions, and that
tho nations of the world must in some
way bun. I themselves together to seo
that that ritfhl prevails agaimt any
sort of tti'lfinh mrtfre-ssion ; that hence
forth nHi)iiic must not be not up
! against nllmnee, but tht-re must bo a
i common nt'reeinitt fr a common
!olijft. mid that t tb heart of thai
' ronimi.it object must li ih in viola
.!i nciiU of peoj It and of tnun
' kin I,"
"So s'nniidy .b W biliov lt
the thiiiu'i." .i l 'ho president in
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I'lii'el tdh'es Is Vit'Vtrf tn be.'. Htm a
p u iirr lit any f -.. i i.t n in uun ot
rnii'. 'is f 'fttu'l o ivr Ui feuUma
ji. i l ir.H i' I waka them svvUl
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