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THE BEE: OMAHA, SATURDAY, JANUARY 6, 1917.
BANK GETS PART OF
LOST MONEY BACK
But Attorney Secures $600 of
It ai Retainer Check Art
Y:. is. Sent to Detroit.
ARRESTED IN OKLAHOMA
Joseph Defrani, alias Lucas, ar
rested in Oklahor... by dectectivts on
a charge of defrauding the Merchants
National tank her- of something like
$1,800 by issuing worthless checks,
will be taken to Detroit for trial in
stead of being arraigned here.
Detective Thomas Botone of De
troit arrived in Omaha Thursday with
extradition papers and the local au
thorities will drop the case here and
allow him to be prosecuted in Mich
igan. Bolone says Defrani swindled a
tank there, getting away .with nearly
In bringing him back from Okla
homa Douglas county was put to sev
eral hundred dollars expense, despite
the fact that it was a private aetec
tive agency and not the local police
nhich accomplished his capture.
Money Found on Him.
An interesting incidei.i in connec
tion with the case is that Defrani,
when searched in Omaha, had $1,100
sewed up in his underclothing.; The
next day an Omaha attorney ' had
$600 of it for a retainer. The re-
! mainder was attached, it is under
stood, by the bank here, which had
not been notified of the fact that the
money had been found until after the
attorney hid rotten a part of it. If
5 he is tried in Detroit an effort will be
i made, it is understood, to compel the
i attorney to return the money, unless
t he assists further in the defense of
the prisoner. The money wa found
on him when searched in the county
jail, - , . ,.
AND BOLUNG ARE
NAMED BY WOOD
ICMImI IMS Pan Oa.)V":''
the president's note on peace until the
newspapers were, informed. '
"Very frequently the president, who
knows that I am bombarded by news
paper men and others for information,
saves me embarrassment by keeping
matters absolutely secret. In fact, I
have often suggested that this be
done. " '. ' '."'f : ' ;-)'
. "I have not been at the the 'Bilt
more in a year; never talked about
peace with Mr. Baruch before or after
the peace note was sent, and never
lunched with him in my life.
"I have met him, as I have great
many goon trienas, trom tune to time
in hotels, at the theater and .elsewhere.
"I think Mr. Wood owes me a
public apology for mentioning mv
name at all, merely on hearsay, and
rumor. . : rv
. Evidence Is Hearsay;:' f
"1 am informed," Representative
Wood testified, "that Barney Baruch
had information about the note to the
European belligerents- two or three
days before it was sent and that on
two or three occasions about that
time he was in consultation -with Mr.
Tumulty at the Biltmore hotel in
Representative Bennett of New
York, a member of the committee.
said on the floor Wednesday that
baruch was reported in New York
to have sold short 15,000 shares of
steel oo a rising market shortly be-
tore ine note was maae puDiic.
At the outset of the bearing: Rear
sentative Campbell of Kanaas moved
to subpoena Secretory Lansing, Sec
retary Tumulty, Baruch and Thomas
VV. Lawson. lie was prevailed noon
by other members to withdraw his
motion, but he said he would make
it again later.
Representative Wood objected to
testifying in public and said most of
the statements he made were based
on information in a letter to him from
A. Curtis, a Wall street broker. He
did not have the letter with him, but
said he would produce it later.
What information he had regarding
the so-called leak, hi. said, was only
hearsay and he feared that a public
statement would interfere with the
work of the committee in obtaining
Advises Short Selling.
Wood testified he had been in
formed that on Wednesday, December
20, which was prior to the publication
of the note, a confidential telegram
had been sent by R. W. McKinnon, of
Thompson & McKinnon, brokers of
Chicago, to Ralph H. Hartley, man
ager of their branch at Oshkosh, Wis.,
advising him that the president would
have a message of importance soon
and that he should advise friends and
patrons of his office to sell short on
stocks. S. B. Friday of Oshkosh was
named by Wood as his informant.
Early in the afternoon of the same
day, Wood said he was informed Lam
son brothers' branch brokerage office
in Lafayette, lnd., also received in
formation from Chicago that the
president was about to send a "peace
Representative Wood requested
that Otto Kahn, of Kuhn, Loeb &
Co., New York, be subpoenaed and in
terrogated regarding what advance in
formation he had, if any, about the
A resolution to ask the New York
stock exchange to preserve all its
books and papers from December It)
to the oresent date and another to
make tpe same request of W. b. Hibbs
it co. ana any otner Droxers in vvasn
ington, were approved by the com
President's Wife's Brother
I have information also," Repre
sentative Wood told the committee,
"that an exchange firm here known as
F. A. Connolly & Co. of which a Mr.
Boiling, a brother of the president's
wife, is s member, engaged in profit
able transactions during the recent
llurrv. Iheir dealings on the stock
exchange were made through Hutton
& Co. of New York, reputed to be one
of the largest speculative concerns in
Asked bv Reoresentative Henry for
the source of his information, Mr.
Wood said that most of it comes from
"Mr, A. Curtis, a broker and stock
dealer in Wall street."
'Who stave yot. the information
about Barney Baru' and Mr.
Tumulty?" . Representative Henry
, "That came from Curtis.
"Did you see him and where?"
"XI. I . I, ' U, Wnnrl
. HW 0W 1111, . . vuv
replied. "It came to me in a letter."
Asked for the letter the congress
man said he did not have it with him
but would get it later. ,
'Where did vou set your informa
tion about the Connolly firm and the
Mr. Boiling you spoke otr .
"That has been a common rumor
prevalent for several days,"- said
Representative Wood," I learned it
from several sources but don't remem
ber just where. ,
"You certainly must have received
it from some one."
"Yes, but I don't think I can re
call just who told me that, I beard it
many times. I haven't the names of
all persons who Rave me information,
v Here Representative Wood inter
runted the auestionine to sav:
"I have said and I wish to say again
at this time that I have made and
am making no charge against any one.
I am merely riving you information
1 nave received. , .
Baruch on Defense Council.
"What public position has 'Bernard
Baruch?" asked Representative
Campbell, ranking republican of the
"I understand he is a member of
the council of national defense.
"Do you have memorandum as to
the date of the alleged conference te
tween Mr. Baruch and Secretary
Tumulty at the Biltmore hotel V Mr.
"I don't remember, but It is stated
in this letter trom Curtis.
"In these conferences between
Tumulty and Baruch what is meant
to be implied by the word confer
ence?" asked Representative Garrett,
a democratic member of the com
"Only that they were, seen talking
together and registered together,"
"Of course you have no information
as to what they talked about?"
"No, I have not."
Referring to the inclusion in his
resolution of reference to Thomas W.
Lawson's telegram, hinting that mem
bers of congress sought to dodge an
inquiry, Representative Garrett asked
if Wood had any information in any
way indicating that members of the
house were involved in the "leak"
House Members Not Involved.
"f have no information whatever in
volving the name of any member of
the house," Wood replied. "I know of
no member of the house being mixed
up in this stock crash."
"I understod you to say that a firm
in Washington known as Connolly &
Co. profited by alleged transactions,"
Representative Garrett continued.
"Can you state where you got that
"No more than that it was com
"Is there any one you know who
might be subpoenaed in this connec
tion?" "No one except Hutton & Co."
In response to further questioning
Wood said he understood Hutton &
Co. were the New York representa
tives of Connolly & Co.
Wood said he had not consulted
Secretary Lansing regarding a re
ported leak, of the president's note
either before or after he introduced
his resolution. Mr. Wood also said
he had other information and had sent
a number of letters and telegrams to
various persons inquiring sbout it.
Representative Harrison of Missis
sippi suggested that the witness
should give dates of publication of
the note and other details.
Mr. Wood replied that the crash in
the stock market came, or rather cul
minated on Thursday, December 21,
and that the peace message had been
released for publication by the As
sociated Press at 12:05 o'clock that
morning for morning papers of that
May Have Come from Berlin.
Representative Harrison tried to
bring out that in the forty-eight hours
between the time the peace note was
forwarded and published, information
regarding it could have come back
from the foreign powers to some of
the embassies here. Mr. Wood said
he had heard some intimation to that
effect, but could not say who told
him. He also said he had heard an
intimation that the German embassy
in this country had gotten that infor
mation back here.
Mr. Harrison referred to Secretary
Lansing's conference with newspaper
men on the morning of December 20,
and suggested that at the conference
there were representatives of the Wall
Street Journal and Financial America
present at that conference and that
their duties were to get all tips that
would affect the stock market He
added that "these journals are main
tained by stock brokers" and sug
gested it might have been that those
financial reporters sent telegrams to
their offices and that that was the
way the information got out
Mr. Wood replied he did not know
about that, and all he had heard was
that Secretary Lansing told those at
the conference that there might be
some important information later.
Mr. Wood denied that he had any
conference with administration offi
cials before introducing the resolu
tion, although he had talked about
it with some congressmen.
Representative Garrett insisted on
knowing what was the exact charge
back of the resolution.
Mr. Wood replied that the rumor
was current that there was a leak
in the State department or in some
administrative office as to the sending
of the note and "that the leak went
to the friends of the administration,
and that, acting on that information,
they profited by it." He added that
he had no information as to how the
leak occurred or from whom it came,
and that the best he had was
"I have no names other than those
I have already given," he added.
Curtis Letter Produced.
Representative Wood later pro
duced the letter he received from Cur
tis and it contained no address. It
was written on plain paper, which
contained no letterhead. It was dated
"New York" and simply signed "A.
Curtis." In the upper left-hand cor
ner, noted in pencil, was the memor
andum, "Wall Street Broker."
Shortly before the committee ex
cused Curtis and went into executive
session, Chairman Henry, Wood and
various members of the committee en
gaged in a heated exchange over
bringing Secretary Tumulty s name
into the proceedings without con
"Do you charge," Representative
Henry inquired, that Mr. Tumulty
profited by this so-called advance in
"No, I do not," Wood replied em
phatically. "I do not charge that any
one profited by it. I am merely tell
ing you what has been told me."
'Don't you think," Mr. Henry con
tinued, "tna,t it would have been bet
ter for you to have submitted these
reports to Mr. Tumulty before coming
here and giving them out publicly?"
"That is the very reason I wanted
to submit these rumors in a private
session," replied Mr. Wood. "I do
not know Mr. Tumulty and, therefore,
I did not want to go to him. He
might have been offended at me, a
stranger, approaching him in that
Representative Chiperfield of Illi
nois objected at this point to Henry's
line of questioning and a general
wrangle, which resulted in Henry
ceasing to interrogate, followed.
Baruch Demo Contributor.
Representative Chiperfield then
asked Mr. Wood if Baruch was a
contributor tto the democratic cam
"I am informed," Wood said, "that
he contributed $35,000 to the demo
cratic national committee.'
Again wrangling broke out afresh.
Democrats objected and republicans
contended that Baruch's contribution
was: a very material fact in the in
vestigation. "Is there any effort on the part of
anyone pressing this investigation to
retard the efforts of the president to
bring about peace?" demanded Chair
"Not that I know of," Wood re
plied. Curtis Denies Letter, ,
New York, Jan. 5. The only "A.
Curtis" known to the New York stock
exchange as a broker is Allen Cur
tis of the firm of Curtis & Sanger
of New York and Boston, members
of the exchange. When inquiry was
made today as to whether Mr. Curtis
was the broker referred to by Rep
resentative Wood the firm got in
touch by wire with Mr. Curtis in
Boston, who replied as follows:
"Mistaken identity. I never wrote
No other broker by that name
seemed to be known in the financial
community, although it was thought
possible he might be a curb broker,
or an independent operator.
The financial community was deeply
interested in the testimony before the
rules committee. Officials of the
stock exchange said, however, they
saw no reason to take official cog
nizance of the alleged operations
referred to. At the office of E. F.
Hutton & Co. it was stated by a rep
resentative of the firm that nothing
is known of transacitons.
Bernard Baruch is said to be at
his hunting lodge in South Carolina
and his associates at his office dec
clined to make a statement.
How to Cure Colds.
Avoid exposure end drafts, Eat tisht.
Take Dr. Kins'! New Discovery. If kills
end destroys the cold serme. All druggists.
Volunteer Firemen to Go
To Auburn Next Week
Omaha will be pretty well filled up
with Nebraska volunteer firemen next
Tuesday, enroute to Auburn, where
the annual meeting will be held.
Those from Norfolk and Fremont will
come in early in the morning in spe
cial cars over the Northwestern.
Later in the day delegations will come
on the Union Pacific from North
Platte and intermediate points.
From Omaha, over the Missouri
Pacific, the Nebraska firemen are ex
pected to have a special train to Au
burn. An attendance of 300 or so is
expected at the convention that will
convene Wednesday and continue
over to and including Friday.
More Peace Talk Pounds
Wheat Prices Down Again
More peace talk gave the grain
market a sharp down-turn, wheat be
ing hit the hardest and selling 2 to
3 cents below the prices of Thursday.
Corn was Wi cents off, while oats
Wheat receipts ware forty-two car
loads, selling at $1.861.88; corn, sev
entyfive carloads, with sales made
at 90!492 cents and oats, thirteen
cars, selling around 5353!4 cents
While Wife Sues
Saloon Men Hubby
Sues the Brewery
On the same day that Margaret
Huddleston filed suit for $5,000
against Isaac Grossman and Isador
Goldstein, proprietors of a saloon at
Sixteenth and California streets, al
leging that they induced her husband
to spend all his earnings for liquor,
her .husband, Riley Huddleston, filed
a petition with the clerk of the dis
trict court asking $10,000 from the
Willow Springs brewery.
The husband sets forth that prior
to July 2, 1916, he was a plumber and
steam fitter at the brewery operated
by the Standard Distilling and Dis
tributing company. While removing
certain attachments connected with
a "blow-off" cock he alleges he was
severely burned and scalded. Hud
dleston asserts he was permanently
injured and the sight of one of his
eyes partially destroyed.
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Hundreds of New Spring Blouses
Involved in Saturdays' Sale
Mr. Orkln's recent Blouse purchases while ,
In New York bave been Included In this
great clearance event, adding hundreds of
, , new style thoughts, new colorings, new '
, fabrics to this extraordinary . sale. Every
waist at a clearance price, with five ape- -clally
powerful values featured for Satur- '
vrMnuua run dtuuscd
1508-1510 Douglas St.v
Most Exquisite Collection of Blouse
Styles Ever Shown in Omaha
Heavy Crepe Georgettes, Crepe de Chinee,
' Chiffon Taffetas, Nets, Marquisettes, Voiles,
-.- In the .Citron, Gold, liaise, Plum, Navy,
Copen, American Beauty, White, Flesh,
Black, Green, Brown, Peach, Burgundy,
Taupe, Wisteria, Kelly Green, beaded ef
fects, new collars, sport styles.
.WONDERFUL LOTS, 5000 BLOUSES
Imagine more than 5,000 clever styled Blooses divided
Into five big groups, each lot a striking bargain, each
Blouse a tempting boy. Suck a sight will greet you here
Come prepared, for values that one seldom has the op
portunity to encounter. Come prepared to select two, three
or more; it's a profitable time to buy Blouses the chance
of 1917 for you.
HERE SATURDAY-ONE OF THE GREATEST BLOUSE SALES EVER ATTEMPTED IN OMAHA
An Immense Purchase of
BED SPREADS, SHEETS and PILLOW CASES
.On Special Sale Saturday and
for Thia One Day Only, at the
Union OUTFITTING COMPANY
v 16th and Jackson Sts.
Month afo, loaf before the many advances in the price of cot
ton materials, we placed aa ereler for many hundred of splendid,
high-grade Bed Spreads ia the sella finish and crochet weavaei
also many dosen of Homestead and Wear-Well Sheets and Pillow
Cases. The entire purchase has arrived and will be put en Special
Sale tomorrow east FOR THIS ONE DAY ONLY, at a price
that will mean a huge saving to you. Come to this big sale ea
pecting to Bad extraordinary values and you will not be disap.
pointed and, as always, YOU MAKE YOUR OWN TERMS.
Our inexpensive location enables us to mabe the lower prices.
Values to 12.00
YoOes, Batista and Cross-Bar
Fabrics la .white and some
Dainty Embroidered Blouses
In doaaos of distinct styles, all
sums to 46. A splendid value
boy now for next summer's
Values to $3.50
Crepe de Chines, Jap Silks
and Cotton Voiles in flesh,,
white, malae, brae sod gold.
Hundreds of new Blouses
comprise tats lot new embroid
ered and trill effects. All slats
to 46. Noteworthy values every
Three VWV if
Values to 15.00
Georgette Crepes. Crepe dt
Chines, Nets and Taffetas, ta a
wide range of colors.
This lot includes BIbuaes for
.street, office and dressy wear
an exceptional assortment, plain
colors and faney stripes.
1 nt s "Sk snarl I of fi mm sen
ST 6 11 T T
Values to $6.50
Crepe de Chines, Georgettes,
Nets and Taffetas in a hun
dred pleasing styles.
Every new spring color
clever new style Ideas all sizes.
An Immense assortment. Values
Values to $12.00
Beautiful Blouses of Georg
ette, Netts, Crepe de Chine, Taf
fetas and Novelty Silks.
This group Is rich with new
spring styles, crowded with the
new colors, fabrics, new trim
mings ; all sizes, extreme values.
Bleached and hemmed, QP
81x90. Sale price.... OOC
Special Bleached and Hemmed
Sheets, 72x90. , Re
sale price... . . OC
Homestead Sheets, bleached
and hemmed, 72x90. CQ
Sale price .,....... Ue7C
Wear-Well Pillow Cases
Bleached and hemmed; an ex
cellent quality, 45x36. O f
Sale price dst A C
Special Bleached and Hemmed
Pillow Cases a splendid qual
Msdelra Embroidered Bed onsets and Pillow Cesee la mates. Beentttalty
.ealloped, end eeeh sheet end pillow eese is eleo embroidered with initieL No
matter whet letter you went, trom A to I, we neve It tee Ions as they hut).
A eplendld SUSS Weeehed sheet end two pillow onset, .exit, to t OA
' match, all eeslleped and Initialed, tor the complete set, sale price. . . . Jl.O.f
Crochet Bed Spreads, large else, plain
or hemmed. 79
8nM price i. ....... ff
Crocket Bed Spreads, terse else,
plain end hemmed. fjCw
' Sale price f
Crochet Bed Spreeds, Inrse else. ecel.
loped end with cut corners. SM IA
Kale priee dl.
Ziaa Balm-Finished Bed Br) reeds,
large slse, plain and hemmed, f 1 AC
Bale price 41 1.4 J
Zion Satin fHniehod Bed Spreede,
eeelloned, with eat eomere, large slse,
end a eplendld soalitr. 1 Cf,
Sale price e)1.0f
Zion Setin Finished Bed Sprende,
beeuttful deeifne, leree eise, end
seelloped. with cut comers, CO fJC
Sele price fC.SJ
Zlun Setin Finished Bed Spreede, nn
escellent eaelitp, lent else end ssel.
open, wiin cut canters.
BUS - .
CLEARANCE Coats, Suits, Dresses, Skirts
The Sale That Saves You Hall or More, Read On
Omaha has never before encountered such striking
examples of value-giving as afforded by this Greater Clear
ance. It's an opportunity you should grasp to share la
these savings.. ,
We've set the "go-quick" stamp on every Suit, Coat,
Dress and Skirt in this immense stock. We've prepared to
affect the quickest, most decisive clearance on record In
Omaha thus these, wonderful reductions.
Marvelous Values in New Dresses During Clearance
Several hundred new Spring Dresses have been received and added to this remarkable clearaway making
It doubly attractive for you to buy now. Bee these "Greatest In Omaha Values" Saturday.
Values to $220
atra's wear sersrea,
Sattos and Tarfetaa in
Navy, Blank and colore,
fully a doaea etrlea. all
sises to 41.
Values to 13940
Crapa ia China, Taf
feta, Botany Saryaa
Nary, Black and all naw
print aolora. Sliaa to
44. Clavar, naw, ipiing
Values to 135.00
Mora than II naw
atylea; every naw nprlna;
color, all fabrics, Men's
Waar Sera;, Satin. Taf
feta, Crpa dt Chin.
Georgette, Valret; a
aupar collection; valuea
Values to $45.00
Baautlfnt naw mod el i
fn all the new spring
colorings T a 1 1 a ta.
Oaorgettaa, Crep d
Chine. Serge. Valours
a bewildering range
of spring atylaa; all
ATTRACTIVE NEW COATS AT ABOUT HALF PRICE
Coats $4 075 1 Coals H 77. 1 Coals $41 75 1 Coals $0175
ftl Worth to Worthto s Worth to 1' B
JR. V tlt.M, Now JL m US. SO, Now AbUL WM. Now JL
SENSATIONAL PRICES ON TAILORED SUITS
iilttWsrth ts $11.1., Is I
About Suite In this lot.'
conslsttnc of Broadcloths,
Poplins. Gabardines Navy.
Black and colors. Many are
Suits Wirthtt $11.10, Itw
0 Suits In Chiffon, Broad
cloth. Poplins. Velours; In all
desirable colors. Beautiful
styles, fur trimmed. Tour op
portunity Saturday .........
NEVER SUCH A CLEARANCE OF SKIRTS
0 Sklrta In silk
and wool skirt
inse, to dose Saturday
til Skirts, it
New Style Skirts
In plain and nov
elty fabrics; all
colors . .
$11 Skirls, m
New Skirts of
Silk. Serge, Pop
Una Velours and
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