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VOL. XLVI. NO. 178.
OMAHA. SATURDAY MORNING, JANUARY 13, 1917 SIXTEEN PAGES.
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TO THE WORKMEN
Discrepancy of $16,000 Found
in Accounts of Late Grand
Treasurer of Nebraska
A. 0. U. W.
MAY EXPLAIN SUICIDE
Dodder Was Found Dead by
His Own Hand Just a
ESTATE WORTH , $50,000
When Kdward I.. Dodder was
found dead in his new automobile
alter it had stood for hours at the
side of the road between Omaha and
Calhoun, a shot through his head and
his own pistol lying at. his feet, much
wonder was excited. Dodder was a
very popular secret society man,- and
was grand treasurer for the Ancient
Order of United Workmen for Ne
braska. Dodder's body was discovered by
a farmer, who noted his machine
standing at the roadside, and inves
tigated. This was on Friday of last
week. At the time the head officers
of the grand lodge of Ancient Or
der of United Workmen had just fin
ished a four-day session in Omaha, at
which a revision of rates had been de
termined upon. The finance commit
tee then reported to the public that
no cause for suicide had been found
in Dodder's accounts.
Shortage In His Accounts.
From Grand Island yesterday came
the word that further inquiry had
established the fact that an apparent
shortage of $16,000 exists, and two
expert accountants, A. J. Robinson,
former state bank examiner, and John
Tully of Lincoln have been employed
to go over Dodder's books, to dis
cover the- exact facts.
This action was taken after an all
day session of the executive commit
tee of the grand lodge consisting of
Grand Master "Workman Anderson,
Grand Reforder Evans and Messrs.
Oberfelder of Sidney, Ress of Lin
coln and Hammond of Fremont.
The discrepancy in Dodder's ac
counts arises in connection with the
transfer of an item of $15,000 from a
Grand Island bank to an Omaha hank.
It is carried on the books as de
posited in both banks. It is possible
that the error may be accounted for
when the experts have fully gone
through the accounts.
Wife Offers Will.
Mrs.. Dodder, jvho isthe third wife
of the dead man, made application
in the probate court of Douglas
county, for the probate of the will
of Dodder, estimating the property
left to be worth something like $50,
000. About half of this sum is in
real estate and the rest in personal
property and the business. It was
planned then that the business should
be conducted by the estate for the
time at least. '
Dodder was under $50,000 bonds to
the order, the National Surety com
pany of New York giving the bond.
Wool Growers Expect the
High Prices to Continue
Salt Lake City, Utah. Jan. 11.
With more than 1,000 delegates pres
ent, the fifty-third annual convention
of the National Wool Growers' asso
ciation opened here today. F. J.
Hagenbarth. president, told the dele
gates that he believed thaf the high
prices for wool and meat would pre
vail for a considerable time. He took
occasion to arraign politicians for
their apparent neglect of the sheep
industry of the United States and
was especially bitter in his attack on
congress "for its failure to recognize
the sheep men ia the matter of an ap
propriation for a government experi
mental sheep and breeding station.
The convention will be in session to
morrow and Saturday.
Temperature at Omaha Yesterday.
l'"or Nebraska Fair and ooMer.
Comparative 1.041 ftocofdH.
" 1917. 1816. 191
Lowest yesterday .
Temperature and precipitation departures
from the normal at Omaha since March 1,
and compared with the last two years:
Normal temperature 20
Deficiency -for the day 4
Total excess since March 1 278
Noinial precipitation 03 Inch
Deficiency for the day 03 Inch
Total rainfall since March 16.73fnchcs
Deficiency since March 1 12.81 inches
Deficiency for cor. period, 1915. 1.81 Inches
Deficiency for cor. period, 1914. 3.81 Inches
Reports From 8tationn at 7 P. M.
Station and Slate Temp. High- Rain
- of v eather. i p. m.
Davenport, snow 18
Denver, snow 10
Des Moines, clear 10
Dodgo City, cluoriy.... 22
North Plafte. clear..,, 1
Omaha, clear It
Pueblo snow 14
Rapid City, part cluody 4
Salt Lake city, snow., 22
Senta Fe, part cluody. 34 44 .1
Sheridan, part cluody. 2 8 .
Rloux City, clear 4 1H .(
Valentine, clear 10 .(
"T" indicates trace precipitation.
Indicates below aero.
L. A. WELSH, Meteorollsst.
- 5 a. m 21
(iOklQ&l 7 -' 20
AVVPV m '8
TVS 8 m 17
KiWAXV 10 a.- m 17
( J i Jg n m 18
fi 9 A2jJ l" P- m 13
7 p- m it)
8 p. m 9
Tom Lawson Must Tell Congress
All About It or Feel the Law
Committee, Clothed With
Power to Force Him to Talk,
Will Again Call Witness.
REPUBLICANS FORCE MOVE
Washington, Jan. 1-'. Clothed with
new powers for forcing a witness to
testify, the house rules committee
will call Thomas W. Lawson before
it again, probably Monday, and de
mand that he name the congressman
who lie says told him that a cabinet
officer, a member of congress and a
broker were in a conspiracy to make
money in the stock market on official
If Lawson again refuses to name
the congressman and the trio involved
in his story, as it is generally believed
he will, the committee then will re
port him cither to the house or the
district court on contempt charges.
Follows Bitter Debate.
This plan was agreed upon hy the
committee today, after an acrimoni
ous debate between democrats and
republicans on the floor of the house
had upset the generally accepted idea
that agitation over rumors of a "leak"
in advance of President Wilson's
peace note was about to subside. Dur
ing the discussions. republicans
charged that the democrats were shut
ting off the inquiry because they were
afraid of it, while the democrats in-
SENATORS TAKE .
REST FROM LABORS
Adjourn Until Next Tuesday
After Starting H. C. L.
HOWARD FIGHTS FOR JOBS
I From a Staff Correspondent.!
Lincoln, Jan. 12. (Special.)
Whether three days constitutes a
period of 120 hours or only seventy
two, took up considerable times in
the senate today on a motion to ad
journ until 2 o'clock next Tuesday.
Some of the senators contended
that under the rules the senate could
not adjourn from Friday until Tues
day, because' it was more than the
required three days, the rules pro
hibiting an' adjournment for more
than that time unless under joint
agreement of the house. Others con
tended that three days was three
days and that Sunday did not count
as it was not considered a legisla
Another point put Up was that
even 4f. Sunday did not count, the
senate' was in session today and
would be in session again Tuesday
and as there was only three days be
tween, the rule would not be' frac
tured. On a vote this view appeared
to be taken by a majority of the
members, although the vote was quite
close. However, the presiding of
ficer declared that the motion "ap
peared to be carried," and as no one
"appeared to object," the gavel fell
and the senate adjourned.
Job Question Up Again.
In the house for once harmony was
on tap in large chunks between How
ard of Douglas and Richmond from
the same county. What brought about
this unusual condition was a speech
by Mr. Howard demanding that the
house committee name a certain cus
todian and deploring the fact that
a poor old cripple had been denied
the job, so economy would be shown.
Richmond seconded, but when the
vote was taken, Howard and Rich
mond were the only two members to
vote for employing the old man.
Howard then turned loose a reso
lution deploring the fact that the gov
ernment had seen fit to butt into the
business of the legislature and put in
a postmaster, when the job could
have been given to a man who needed
it. This, too, was defeated.
Monopoly Probe Once More.
By a vote of 39 to 33 the house
adopted the McAllister resolution
calling for an investigation to deter-1
mine whether the market for farm
products is under monopolistic con
trol of the stock yards, grain mar
ket terminals, etc., for the purpose
of depressing prices paid to farmers
and raising those charged to consum
ers. The committee of investigation
consists of McAllister, Fries, Meysen
burg, Harris of Greeley, and Todd,
democrts, nd Rencker nd Hostettler,
More Serious Charge May
Be Made Against Franz Bopp
San Francisco, Jan. 12. Conspiracy
to use United States mails in further
ance of murder and arson will be
charged against Franz Bopp, German
consul general, and four aides if con
victions for conspiracy to violate
American neutrality with dymanite
and bombs is overturned, John W.
Preston, United States district attor
ney, declared today.
Motions for a new trial for Bopp
and aides went over for a week today
in the United States district court
Theodore Roche, chief counsel for
Bopp, said he would base his plea for
a new trial ipon the instructions given
to the jury by Judge William H.
Hunt in the United States district
Two Thousand Jobs Are
Ready for Men Past 45
Chicago, Jan. 12. Pledges of jobs
for 2,000 men more than 45 years of
age "to be fulfilled at the earliest
possible moment" have been made
by members of the Employers' asso
ciation of Chicago, it was announced
today. The organization, composed
of representative business men, had
been interested in a movement to re
move the prejudice against employ
ing men more than 45 ycar, old.
sisted that their opponents were play
, ing partisan politics.
When the house had talked for two
I hours and was about to vote on the
j committee's cport, Representative
Cantrill of Kentucky made a proposi
tion that changed the whole situation.
"Let the committee be instructed."
he said, "to bring Thomas W. Law
son before it and submit to him in
writing the questions he refused to
answer. If he does not answer, then
let Lawson be cited before the. bar of
this house and determine whether
Thomas W. Lawson has more pow
than the American congress."
K.v'erybody was surprised by N-
IMIl III a IIHMIIV1II UKIWI.
I ments began to come from members
! of both sides of the house, including
Chairman Henry of the committee.
! To Have Five Days More. ,
1 In the end it was agreed that the
committee should have five additional
days in which to report on the Wood
resolution ,a report on which orig
inally was ordered by tomorrow, and
I, Mr. Henry immediately called a meet
ing of his committee for tomorrow
. morning to work out plans for recall
ing Lawson. The Wood resolution,
i w ith amendments ot some substitute
; t,o broaden the committee's powers
i probably will be brought before the
1 house tomorrow and acted on imme
i diately, so the committee can pro
i ceed with its hearing Monday.
' Lawson Was assailed on both sides
! of the house.
SEE PLOT TO KILL
Prosecutor in Bomb Trial Says
Letters Show Anarchistic
TO BLOW UP THE GOVERNOR
San Francisco, Jan. 12. Anarchist
plots to assassinate Governor Hiram
W. Johnson. United States senator
elect from California, were revealed
in letters seized in the office of Al
exander Berkman several weeks ago,
Assistant District Attorney Edward
A. Cunha told Judge Franklin A. Grif-
i tin in the Mooney murder trial to-
I "I found evidence in those letters,"
' Cunha declared, "to prove that Berk
I man and others conspired to destroy
the government, blow up California's
I capitol and kill Governor Johnson."
I He was pleading with Griffin not to
permit the detense in the Mooney
case to have access to letters which
the court has impounded.
"If you have such evidence, why
don't you place it before the grand
jury immediately?" Judge Griffin
"1 wanted to use the letters as evi
dence in this case and I can get Berk
man and his conspirators any time,"
Cunha replied. Berkman is supposed
to be in New York.
Court Has Letters.
Mooney's trial for murder in con
nection with a preparedness day
bomb explosion last July 22, when
ten persons lost their lives, had been
interrupted and Judge Griffin was sit
ting as a magistrate on the question
of permitting the defense to see the
Berkman letter when Cunha made his
charges. Last week W. Bourke Cock
ran of New York, chief counsel for
Mooney, succeeded in having the
court impound the letters after sev
eral had been published in newspa
pers. Miss Eleanor Fitzgerald, assistant
editor of Berkman's paper, "The
I Blast," was testifying how District
I Attorney Fickert's agents injured her
i when they raided The Blast two
I weeks ago and took the corrcspon
"Under the common law of the na
: tion there can be no such secret file
as the district attorney contends for,"
i declared Cockran.
"These letters an) direct evidence
1 in this trial and they show a con-
spiracy, as I said before, ro destroy
' government and kill Governor John
i sou, and it is proper to keep them
secret, Cunha replied.
Johnson Used to Threats.
Sacramento, Cal., Jan. 12. Gover
nor liirani W. Johnson at the capitol
today, when informed of District At
torney Fickert's revelations in San
Francisco of an alleged plot to as
sassinate him, said:
"This is the first time I've heard
of the particular matter. Threats of
that kind have been so many and so
varied since I've been governor that
I've learned wholly to disregard
Kearney Man Heads
Independent Phone Men
(From a Staff Correspondent.)
Lincoln, Jan. 12. (Special Tele
gram.) The Nebraska Independent
Telephone association closed its three
days' session here today by electing
Warren Pratt of Kearney, president;
Eben Warren, Chadron. vice presi
dent; L. E. Hurtz, Lincoln, secretary
treasurer (re-elected), and Warren
Pratt, George E. Coddington, Au
burn; H. H. Andrews, Callaway, W.
C. May, Gothenburg; O. R. Thomp
son, Wisner; Frank Woods, Lincoln,
and C. J. Garlow, Columbus, directors.
The resolutions endorsed the action
of the United States Independent
i Telephone association in deprecating
the attempt of the federal authorities
to interfere with the opcartion of in
i dependent telephone companies.
I Cody's Estate Will
! Not Exceed $65,000
I Denver. Ian. 12. The estate of
Colonel William F. Cody, who died
here Wednesday, and which had been
estimated several times in the past at
over $1,000,000. today was estimated
by Judge W. L. Wall, for years Colo
nel Cody's attorney, at not to exceed
$65,000. It consisls, in the main, of
three ranches near Codv, Wyo.. and
an equity in a hotel in liiat town.
HAVE UNCLE SAM
Nebraska Union Declares That!
Public Transportation Lines !
Have Become Menace to !
W-' i of People.
C0' ,w!fo GOOD roads'
Have the State Appraise j
j,vnd Then Buy Union Stock l
Yards of .'maha.
OFFICERS AND POLITICS :
Criticising the railroads for not fur- j
nishing enough grain cars when they j
are needed and asking that propel
regislatiou be enacted to remedy the
matter, the Nebraska Farmers' Edu-!
cational Co-operative union, which has '
been in session three days, came to a ,
close yesterday afternoon. j
The farmers in a resolution adopted i
assert that the railroads for some time
have been "a very grave menace to the
welfare and well being of the farmers,
as well as the other people of the na-1
tion," and as a remedial factor recom
mend government purchase and con
trol, the purchase to be on the physi
cal valuation of the railroads. '
By a unanimous vote it was decided
to hold the next convention in Lin
coln the second Wednesday in Janu
ary, 1918. About 560 accredited dele
gates and about 600 members attend
ed the convention, which is said to
have been the largest and best in the
history of the organization.
Delegates to National Meet.
Before closing the following dele
gates were elected to attend the Na
tional association, to be held at Jones
boro, Ark., the second week in De
H. C. Elwood, Crcighton; Charles
McLeod. Stanton; W. H. Campbell,
Central City; Walter Burgess, Trum
bell, and Mr. Car'sterson, Boone
The union went on record against
federal aid in the matter of good
roads, declaring that it was chiefly a
state proposition. I
As to the Omaha stock yards, the
farmers would have the state appraise
and buy them. This was included in
All officers, with the exception of
the board of directors, were re-elected.
C. H. Gustafson, Mead, president;
J. M. Burdick, Creightou, vice presi-
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dent, and D. R. Ellis, Omaha, secre
tary and treasurer. John Havekosl,
Cooper; H. D. Lute, Paxton, and
James Elliott, Laurel, were elected di
No Political Offices.
In the amendments of the constitu
tion it was forbidden that any officer
or director of the union should be
come a candidate for any state, county
or other political office while serving
in the capacity as an officer or director
for the union. An amendment was
also adopted raising the salary of the
president from $5 for each working
day to $2,500 a year.
During the session the following
resolutions were adopted:
That a company be organized to in
sure farm property against fire, light
ning and wind.
That a protest be made against a
raise in proposed live stock rates.
That a seat on the Live Stock ex
change be purchased.
That county co-operative telephone
systems be established wherever prac
ticable. That representatives in both sec
tions of the Nebraska legislature be
instructed to work in trying to secure
a reasonable and maximum long dis
tance toll rate.
As to Sleeper Berths.
furnish sleeping berths on stock traiils j
to shippers ot live stock.
That the distribution of grain cars
to elevators be on the basis of their
volume of business.
That state school lands be sold, as
tney are principally in inc nanus ui i
speculators who pay only a nominal j
rent, so that the state receives only a j
very low and unreasonable income.
That the county fair aid law would
be more effective in producing im-;
provement in agriculture within the
county it amenaea to permit uuiis oi
lesser extent than the county to par
ticipate in the apportionment of this
fund and upon the petition of 10 per
cent of the rural population in any
county having a population of 80,000
or more, to apportion that fund
equally between the senior society and
the society designated in the petition.
That the practice of barter or "tard
ing" among the law makers he pro
hibited and punishable by a tine.
As to Schools and Books.
The little red school house would
entirely be done away with if the
resolutions adopted by the farmers be
came operative. They propose: ;
That common rural schools he pro
vided with a course of study extend- j
ing through ten years of work, so that
students finishing the course will be
permitted to enter state nroinal I
schools, normal high schools and the ,
That a workable plan for establish-
ing rural high schools and con-;
solidatcd schools be established for I
the benefit of those who wish to avail I
themselves of it.
That the state print its own text
books and supplies and sell them to
the schoo) districts and schools of the
state at 5 per cent above cost.
Wants Single Body to
Legislate in S. Dakota
Pierre, S. D., Jan. 12. Reduction of
South Dakota's legislature to one
body, composed of one member from
each judicial district, is proposed in a
resolution for a constitutional amend
ment drawn up in the senate by Sen
ator B. K. Dowdetl of Artesian to
day. The proposed body would meet
every ninety days.
FIRST AID ON THE BATTLEFIELD Usually the .lightly
wounded are not attended at all while an engagement i tak
ing place. If opportunity presents, however, a surgeon will
dress the wounds of a slightly injured man, as shown in the
BOARD GOES SLOWLY
Names for All Districts Likely
to Be Given to Public at
GRUENTHER OUT FOR JOB
IHrnm a Surf Corranpondpnt.l
Washington, Jan. 12. (Special Tel
egram.) -Announcement of the names
of president and directors of the
Farm Loan hank of the Eighth dis
trict with headquarters in Omaha will
not be made for at least two weeks
and then in conjunction with a gen
eral list of chairmen and directors
through out the country.
"It will be one bite of a cherry and
not a continuous performance,' was
the way a member of the Farm Loan
board expressed the situation.
Chris Gruenther, who is Senator
Hitchcock's candidate for a director
of the Omaha Farm Loan bank, was
in Washington today1 but did not call
on the Farm Loan board. He saw the
board some time ago and outlined to
them what his policies would be if
selected. The board is still canvass
ing the territory included in the
Omaha district with a view of securing
a dozen or more first class names
fcom the four states in the Omaha
district, comprising Nebraska, Iowa,
South Dakota and Wyoming, from
which to make a selection of five di
rectors, one of whom shall be presi
dent. Then there is a secretary to
select and a registrar who must be an
attorney and well acquainted with
In this connection it may be stated
that Prof. Pugslcy of the University
of Nebraska, is looked upon most
favorably for a member of the di
rectorate of the Omaha hank, but
whether he will land is problematical.
During the course of the inquiry
after information relative to candi
dates avowed and receptive for the di
rectorship, it developed that three or
four strong men have been suggested
from Iowa and a like number for Ne
braska, but there were few names
from either South Dakota or Wyom
ing. In fact the two latter states
were shy on any general recommenda
tion whatsoever. This condition the
board would like to have changed as
it would like to appoint a director
from each of the four states in the
Omaha district if such a thing he pos
sible. Members of Thompson Family
All Victims of Coal Gas
Fred Thompson, wife and daughter,
found dead in their cabin near Dalton,
Cheyenne, county. Nebraska, Decem
ber 24, were victims of coal gas
poisoning, according to Dean Cutter
of the University of Nebraska Col
lege of Medicine.
The mystery baffled the authorities
of Cheyenne. county and for a time it
was thought the Thompsons were
victims of foul play. ('reparations
had been made by the family fur the
observance of Christmas, hut when
the hired man entered the house on
the d?y before Christinas he found all
three dead. Dean Cutter's attention
was called to the case and experiments
were conducted under his personal
supervision for several weeks. At the
conclusion of these he announced that
there was no evidence except that of
carbon monoxide poisoning.
Phillips Nominated for
Assistant Secretary of State
Washington, Jan. 12. William
Phillips of Massachusetts, third assist
ant secretary of state, was nominated
by President Wilson today as assis
tant secretary of state to succeed
John F. Osborne, who recently re
signed. Breckinridge Long, a St.
Louis lawyer, was nominated as third
assistant secretary of state.
Two Dupont Powder Magazines
Explode; Twenty-One Killed
New York, Jan. 12. Two of the
powder magazines of the Dupont
Powder company at Haskill, N. .. arc
reported to have been blown up at
u:30 o'clock tonight. The message re
ceived here at 10 o'clock said early re
ports were that twenty-one men had
been killed in the explosion and many
r.-t.ttaifliraanaM mi whim imim uni mimi
Regina Mrjherita Strikes
Mine and Goes Down, Rome
BRITISH CRUISER IS LOST
Rome (Via Paris), Jan. 12. It is of
ficially announced that the Italian
battleship Regiha Margherita struck
a mine and sank December 11.
Six hundred and seventy-five men
on board perished. Two hundred and
seventy were saved.
Six Hundred Lives Lost.
Berlin, Jan. 12. (By Wireless to
Sayville.) The loss of 600 lives by
the destruction of an Italian battleship
is reported by the Anzeigcr of Basel,
Switzerland, according to the Oveiv
"The Anzicgcr of Basel reports
from Rome the destruction of the
Italian battleship Regina Margherita,"
says the news agency. "It is con
firmed that it was sunk off Avlona,
Albania, by a mine or a torpedo. Six
hundred out of 8J0 sailors perished."
This report probably refers to the
Italian battleship Regina Margherita,
1.1,215 tons, manned with a normal
complement of 810 men. It was re
ported last October that this warship
had been damaged by an explosion.
British Cruiser Sunk.
Berlin, Jan. 12. (By Wireless to
Sayville.) A British cruiser of the
Juno type, 5,600 ton vessels, has been
destroyed by Turkish gun fire, it is
announced in the Turkish headquar
ters report of January 11.
Kugel Asks Aid
From Neville in
In a letter to Governor Neville,
City Commissioner Kugel urged the
chief executive of the state to lend
his influence in securing passage of
legislation which would authorize the
police to confiscate any liquors found
in places other than private residences
or licensed drug stores after May 1.
Mr. Kugel also believes a jail sen
tence should be imposed ill cases of
conviction of liquor laws when the
dry regime begins. Another recom
mendation is penalty for drinking
liquors in a drug store.
The governor acknowledged re
ceipt of the letter which he stated he
handed to the special legislative com
mittee on liquor laws.
Coldest Day of Winter
At City of New York
New York, Jan. 12. New York
faced its coldest day of the winter,
according to weather bureau records.
At 5 a. in. the temperature stood at
7 degrees above zero and colder
weather was predicted for tonight. A
snowstorm and unusually cold
weather at sea were reported .by pas
senger and tramp steamers which ar
rived today. The vessels reached port
coated with ice.
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ENTENTE REPLY :
LEAVES NO HOPE
OF EARLY PEACE
j President Wilson and His Ad-
visers Are Carefully Exam- 1
inintr AU Phases of
the Situation. ,'.
DOOR IS STILL OPEN
Intimation that Central Em
pires May Be Asked to ,
State Their Terms.
TEUTONS DENOUNCE REPLY
Washington, Jan. 12. President
Wilson today began a careful exami
nation of the entente's reply to his
peace note to determine what oppor
tunity it presents for a further move
on his part and in what way one may
be accomplished. The entente note
was discussed at the regular meet
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tween the president and Secretary
All quarters agreed that while the
entente had made a complete reply
to the president's request for a state
ment of terms the note seemed to
offer no hope for an early end of the
war, but, fortunately, still did not
close the door on further effort on the
Several courses of action lie before
the president. Among them is an
other move to ask Germany to state
specific terms, as the allies have done.
Diplomats say that with replies from
both sets of belligerents in hand it
would be legitimate to communicate
the answer of one set to the other. , '
Germans Denounce Note.
The German diplomats here were
outspoken in their denunciation of the
allied note and their declarations that
such terms never would be accepted,
Admittedly the note was more severe
than even they had been led to ex
pect and they declared the Germanic
allies were prepared to fight on. t
The next steps by the United States,
will be chosen with the utmost delib
eration and because of the delicate
stage which the negotiations are cer
tain to enter from this time k would
b : no surprise if they were conducted
entirely in secret, without publication
of the exchanges, until some definite
point has been reached. (
NeXTStep Under Consideration.
President Wilson discussed both the
entente and German notes with
Colonel x.. M. House, who arrived
here last night. Colonel House had
ntrntrpmntR uith a number nf rrriu-
ernment officials and pianned to re
turn to New York late today. i
It was stated officially that whether
the entente reply -will be forwarded
to the central powers and the latter-!
reply forwarded to the entente had
not been decided pending a careful
examination1 of the whole situation.
Briefly, officials feel that the allies
have stated terms, while refusing to
enter a conference, whereas the Ger
mans have suggested a conference
without stating their terms. Never
theless, it is felt that the international
situation has been decidedly clarified.
Situation is Serious.
Offcials obviously view the future
with increasing soberness. President
Wilson's original statement in hit
note that neutrality was becoming
intolerable 'and Secretary Lansing's
statement that the United States wa3
being drawn to the verge of war,
were recalled in view of the proba
bility that hostilities are likely to con
tinue. Ambassador BernstorfTs reiterated
assurances that Germany will not vio
late its submarine pledges to this
country is held not incompatible with
activities that could not be tolerated
by this country, but might be con
ducted on the basis that there is such
a divergence of view as to the inter
national law involved.
Two Killed as Automobile
Upsets in Grand Island
Grand Island, Neb., Jan. 12.
Charles Sherman, aged 40, and his
father, Samuel Sherman, were instant
ly killed and Al Rasmussen and W.
C. Hangar were injured late today
when the car Hangar was driving
turned over and crushed the men be
neath it. Both Hangar and Rasmus
sen, though not seriously injured,
were unconscious when found by a
farmer lad named Thompson who
summoned help. Hangar and Ras
mussen say that the spindle of one
of the front wheels of the rather
heavy car broke while the car was
going at a rate of twenty-fivev miles
per hour. The dead were brought
to their home in -this city. The men
had been to Cairo, Neb., on a busi
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