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    The Omaha Daily Bee
Night Service
to 10 p. m.
Tyler 1000.
VOL. XLVI. NO. 214.
Washington Hears Several of
Its Nationals Aboard Vessel
Sent to Bottom by Bomb
of German U-Boat.
Crew of Steamer Skogland is
Given Ten Minutes by Sub
sea to Take to Boats.
Washington, Feb. 22. Sinking by
a German submarine of the Swedish
steamer Skogland, which had five
Americans aboard, after the crew had
been given ten minutes to lake to
their boats, was reported by Consul
General Hurst at Barcelona, Spain,
iu a message today to the State de
partment. No one was injured and
the crew lauded safely at Tarragona,
The Skogland, a vessel of 1,837
tons, net, sailed from Norfolk, Janu
ary -b ior bagnoh, July. Consul Gen
eral Hurst in his dispatch said there
were twenty-six in the crew, five 01
whom claim American citizenship. He
gives their names as James Braner,
Brooklyn, X. Y.: Leo Cartright,
Portsmouth. N. II.; Jack Burke,
Urooklvn, N. V.; Jay Lewis, Union
town, Pa., and Joseph Brown, Eliza
beth, N. J.
The Skogland was stopped in the
Mediterranean by a submarine six
miles south of Tarrangona, Spain, at
6 a. m., February 18, Consul General
Hurst reported and the, crew was
given ten minutes to take to their
boats. As the crew left the ship, sail
ors from the submarine went aboard
and placed a bomb, which was ex
ploded and destroyed the ship. The
crew landed at Tarragona after sev
enteen hours in their boats.
The Skogland undoubtedly is the
same vessel as that reported from
Parisesterday as having been sunk
February 18. There is a Norwegian
steamer Skogland, which sailed from
New York January 23 for Kirkwall
and Trondhjem.
Sink Thirty-Six Ships.
Berlin, Feb. 22. (By Wireless to
Sayville.) "Two German submarines
w hich returned to their base on Feb
ruary 20, sank during the period of
their operations twenty-four steamers,
three sailing vessels and nine trawl
ers," said an Overseas News agency
announcement today.
"The vessels sunk," adds the' an
nouncement, "were, among others, a
ship of 9,100 tons gross, laden with
coal; one of 3,000 tons gross, laden
with iron; one of 3,500 tons, with pro
visions, mostly butter and margarine;
one of 2,200 tons, with wheat and hay;
one steamer of 2.700 tons gross, car
rying war materials for Italy; auother
of 400 tons gross, with tin; another
of 800 tons gross, with a general
cargo; another of 300 tons gross, with
"Among the steamers destroyed
was also one tank steamer of 7,000
tons gross. One cannon was cap
tured." Skogland Is Sunk.
London. Feb. 22. Lloyds today an
nounced that the Swedish steamer
Skogland, 3.264 tons, was sunk Sun
day and that the British motor
steamer Teowyn, 132 tons, was sunk
by gun fire Wednesday. The crews
were landed.
The Central News says the British
steamer. John Miles, 697 tons, has
been sunk. Four of the crew, who
were injured, and the bodies of two
men who were killed, have been
lauded. The remainder of the ship's
company arc missing.
Lloyd's announces that the British
steamer Corso has been sunk.
Three Ships Reported.
Paris, Feb. 22. Official announce
ment was made today of the sinking
on February 21 of the Dutch steam
ship Ambon. 3.598 tons gross, and of
a Itritish trawler.
The sinking of the Norwegian
steamer Alice, 709 tons, and of a
Russian steamer, the Sigrid of 2,914
tons, also was announced.
Two British steamers, Perseus arc
listed. The larger is a vessel of 6,728
tons gross, built in 1908 in Belfast
and owned by the Ocean Steamship
company of Liverpool. It was last
reported sailing from Dakar, West
Africa, on January 18 enroute from
Liverpool to Yokohama, which would
place it far outside any of the barred
zones. The smaller vessel is a 155
ton trawler, owned in Grims,by.
The Corso was a vessel of 3,242
ions. It was last 'reported as hav
ing passed through the Red Sea east
bound, on January 4.
The Weather
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Tir.eritturen lit Omaha Ywterriaj.
Comparative I,ocal Record.
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Vnipcrature and pr
trom in normal ul umiilta alnce .March 1,
nun. runtpared wllh the last two yearn: ,
Normal tnmperature
Exirna for the day 14
Total cjaeaa since March 1 173
Normal precipitation 02 inch
l'eftclcncy for the day 02 Inch
Total rainfall since March 1. ... 17 . 60 Inches
lcriclcjicy since March 1 13. 03 Inches
In-riirlcncy for cor. period, .87 Inch
Uoflcluncy for cor, period, 1014. 1.13 Inches
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Police Suppress a Number of
Small Riots and Arrest
Two Leaders.
New York, Feb. 22, House
wives continued their demonstrations
against the high cost of living here to
day. Police reserves suppressed out
breaks in various parts of the city.
Dozens of pushcarts w ere overturned,
the contents destroyed and the own
ers attacked. Two women were ar
rested charged with assault and later
released. Hundreds ol women, some
I with babies in arms, acted as pickets
before provision stores in an effort
to establish a boycott. .Most ot the
disorder occurred when a would-be
purchaser defied the pickets.
A police court magistrate in sus
pending sentence on one offender,
gave warning that hereafter he would
send disturbers to jail.
"I have had a number of you
women before me," he said, "and not
one of you has impressed me as
though you were starving."
Little Evidence of Hunger.
Heads of city departments asserted
today that a superficial examination
of municipal statistics failed to show
results that might be attributed to
lack of sufficient nourishment caused
by the high price of food. In obe
dience to instructions from Mayor
Mitchel they began, however, an in
vestigation to learn if there was any
basis for complaints voiced at the
mass meetings in the poorer districts
this week and by committees that
have called on the mayor.
At the offices of the board of health
it was said that the death rate con
tinued to be lower this year than last
and that statisics of illness apparcnly
did not show that lack of nourish
ment had been an increasing cause of
Public charities officials said that
applications for admission to the poor
house had increased recently. On the
other hand, the municipal lodging
house has of late been sheltering only
half of its capacity.
No Cars for East Says Griffin.
Chicago, Feb. 22. When shown the
statement of the car. service commit
tee of the American Railway associa
tion to the effect that Chicago grain
shippers have been receiving 200 cars
a day, J. P. Griffin, president of the
Board of Trade, said:
"For thirty days Chicago has been
shipping four or five cars a day; that's
all. We had, it is true, cars of west
ern roads to load, but we couldn't get
them hauled east. Now we are in
formed that we must get our ?ars
from eastern roads. That practically
shuts us out of the, eastern market
The board was closed today, but
Mr. Griffin, traffic experts and lawyers
continued in conference on the situa
tion. .
Woman's Leg Broken.
Philadelphia, Feb. 22. Disorderly
scenes occurred in the southeastern
part of the city, populated largely by
people of foregn birth, today when
bands of women made demonstrations
against dealers that have raised food
prices. In a melee between a crowl
of women and" others attracted to
one of the streets where, stores were
being attacked, a woman was knocked
down, trampled upon and taken to
a hospital with a broken leg.
The police later dispersed the
The demonstration resulted from
a meeting of women at which it was
decided to boycott dealers who in
creased prices. Women with bottles
containing kerosene are alleged to
have poured the oil on meats, fish
and vegetables displayed by dealers
and to have attacked curb merchants
and push cart venders. ' Pickets were
established and women who patron
ized stores where prices were raised
were attacked and the articles they
purchased taken from them.
Body of Hugo Carlson
On Track Near Alliance
Alliance. Neb., Feb. 22. (Special
Telegram.) Burlington train, No. 44,
this afternoon found the body of a
man. cut in twofi Iving near Birdscll
station, east of Alliance. Papers on
his person identified him as Hugo
Carlson, a native of Sweden, with a
wife living in Tacoma, Wash. A card
also showed him to be an able sea
man. The man probably fell from a
freight train early this morning.
Leaders in Irish Revolt
Of Last Year Arrested
London, Feb. 22. The arrest to
day of a number of leaders of the
Irish volunteers and other persons
who figured in the Irish uprising of
last year is reported in a Central
News dispatch from Dublin. Among
those arrested, the dispatch says, are
Counsellor S. T. Kelly. J. J. O'Kelly,
editor of the Catholic Bulletin; Dar
rel Figgis, a well-known writer, and
Captain Liam Mellowes.
Omaha Turns Out
Hear Patti Sing
"Ike" Miner, secretary ofthe Elks
I and Omaha pioneer, recalls that it is
! just thirty years ago since Adelina
i Patti came to Omaha and sang to the
third biggest "house" in her great
career, at least up to that time. The
proceeds for her single concert in
the old Exposition building wee $10,
700. In only two previous concerts
had she exceeded this figure, at St.
Petersburg and Kio Janeiro.
"The Exposition building." said Mr.
Miner, "occupied the block between
Fourteenth and Fifteenth streets on
Capitol avenue. The management had
lost several thousand dollars on pre
vious attractions. When Max Stra
kosch. Patti's manager, came here he
offered to have Patti sing for $6,000.
But the management feared to guar
antee that large sum. So he rented
the building for $J00.
LOAD 8,000,1)00
Figures Sljcfuch De
livererlAiiits Feb.
l-jolnst 29,000,
VtfO in January.
Railway Figures Give Indica
tion How Much Kaiser's Sea
Policy Hits America.
New York, Feb. 22. The effect on
the export trade from Boston. Phila
dclphia, Baltimore and New York o
Germany's proclamation of unre
strictcd submarine warfare is revealed
j in figures made public here today by
; the American Railway association on
: oenait ot its car service commission,
I which is co-operating with the Jnter-
i state Commerce commission m efforts
to relieve the car shortage situation
1 he statistics, which arc to be
! placed before the government, show
! that trom rehruary 1 to hebruarv 14,
the grain delivered to vessels at the
four ports amounted to approxi
mateiy a.uuu.uim nusneis. tins com
pares with 29,000,000 bushels in lanu
ary and 58.000.000 in December. The
deliveries have been regulated, th
association sals, to correspond as far
as possible to the reduction of cargt
space caused by the submarine cam
How Much Stored.
Permits were issued between Febru
ary I and February 14 for transporta
tion of 7.000.000 bushels to seaboard
to fill future cargo space promised
This compares with 25,000.000 moved
on the. permit basis in January and
45.500,000 in December .
Stored at the terminals in the four
ports were 12,500,000 bushels during
the first halt month ot submarine ac
tivity, as compared with accumula
tion of 16,500,000 in January, and
47.400,000 in December.
A shortage tn carload movements
of all other export freight in about
the same proportion also is shown.
I he railroads maintain they have suc
ceeded in regulating the movement
to the seaboard so that the accumu
lation has decreased somewhat in pro
portion to the exportation.
Situation Brighter.
It was claimed on behalf of the
roads that the general situation as re
gards food movement was brighter
today than during recent weeks, ow
ing partly to more favorable weather,
but due also to new car service rules.
Virtually all the, large roads in the
country signed an agreement to re
turn cars at once direct to the roads
owning them,
A penalty will be imposed, it was
stated, in every case, where a road
diverts cither a loaded or an unloaded
car over a road which does not take
the car back to its owner ovr the
shortest route. This was regarded as
a most important move and one which
would send strings of "empties" to
congested districts.
Board of Trade Apologizes.
Chicago, Feb. 22. A second tele
grain in which there were traces of
apology for the belligerent tone of the
first one sent yesterday, was put on
the wires to the Interstate commerce
commission today by President Grif
fin of the Chicago Board of Trade.
"We recognize fully," reads today's
telegram, "the respect due your hon
orable body and if I have been en
thusiastic in my statement you will
understand it is because of the des
perate plight in which we find our
selves at this time."
Mr. Griffin explains that he now
finds that the car supply order which
he was led to believe by local rail
road men emaniated from Interstate
Commerce Commission McChord
really came from the car service com
mission of the American Railway as
sociation. Message Final Plea.
In his telegram yesterday, acting on
this misconception, Mr, Griffin accus
ed the Interstate Commerce coin
mission of utter failure in the emerg
ency and of having done more harm
than good. He and his, traffic commit
tee conferred on the question of go
ing into the courts, or of appealing
to congress for prompt, dictatorial
atcion to straighten out matters.
With the misunderstanding jeleared
up. today's telegram was said to be
a final plea on behalf of the board of
trade and, in a general way on be
half of the farmers and country grain
elevators of the Mississippi and Mis
souri valleys.
Mr. Griffin reiterated that the grain
trade of this section is in a desperate
way. Forty million bushels of grain
are held up in local elevators; 7,000,-
(Continued on Pan Two, Column Three.)
Record House to
Thirty Years Ago
'If the management had accepted
his first offer, nearly $5,000 would
have been cleared.
"Of course, nobody dreamed that
Omaha, a city of between 40,000 and
50,000 people would furnish such an
audience. Hut they came in from all
around. The morning when the ticket
sale started there was a line two
blocks lone. Those near the end tried
to break out and rush the ticket office.
Mayor Chase got upon a chair and
made a speech telling them the ticket
sale would be stopped if they didn't
go back to their places."
Mr. Miner wars secretary of the Ex
position Building company. John A.
McShane and John A. Wakefield of
Omaha and B. F. Smith of Boston are
the only other men connected with
the Exposition building who are living
I had Te cone
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No Recognition Is Given to
George Washington by the
Lower Body
(From a Staff Corrwjiotidpiit. I
Lincoln, Feb. 21 (Special.) If the
spirit of George Washington had ap
peared before the lower body of the
Nebraska sMle legislature today on
this his 185th birthday anniversary,
he would have said something nrnh-
ably more forcible than "I cannot tell
a lie," when he saw what little con
sideration the members paid to the
day. With the exception of a flag on
the desk of each member little at
tention was paid to an observance of
the day when the house met. and later
when some member moved that the
house observe the day by adjourning,
tnerc was Put one vote lor the mo
Movie Bill Alive.
The members took up the Reisner
bill to forbid Sunday theaters and
moving picture shows in any town
in the state, which had been reported
by the committee on cities and towns
for indefinite postponement, and placed
it on the general file. Mr. Segelke
gave the house a blowing up for try
ing to force blue law observance upon
Omahal Mr. Taylor, one of the in
troducers, saitl that it was an effort
to make Omaha a better town mor
ally. Mr. Traecwell, whose name is
also on the bill said that he under
stood the bill did not apply to Omaha
and Lincoln and did not think such
a law -would he practical in the big
towns. In the small towns he thought
it was necessary, for the churches
could not compete with the picture
Triple Seven on File.
Kailway Commissioner Vic Wil
son's bill known as House Holl No.
777 is now on the general file in the
house, having been placed there by a
vote of the house today.
Among the hills killed was one pro
viding for the physical valuation of
the South Omaha stock yards. An
other to displace Election Commis
sioner Moorhead of Douglas county.
Funston Funeral
Train Goes Through
City of Los Angeles
I .us Angeles. Cal.. Feb. 22. The
funeral train bearing the body of
Maior dencral rredenck Winston
passed through here hue today on the
way to San Francisco. Representatives
of military, patriotic and civic organ
izations met the train at the station
and held brief services beside the car
during the stop here.
San rrancisco, hcb. U. Arrange
ments for the funeral of Major Gen
eral Frederick Ffonston were com
pleted today. The body will arrive
here Friday at 1 p. m. ATjattaliou of
coast artillery will act as escort from
the railroad station to the city hall.
The body will rest in the rotunda of
the hall until the hour of the funeral
Saturday morning. After services in
the First Presbyterian church burial
will be in the national cemetery at the
Juarez Puts in Force
Retaliatory Quarantine
Juarez. Feb. 22. Retaliatory quar
antine measures were appbed by the
military here today upon orders of
the federal health service in Mexico
City. All passengers on street cars
and in automobiles who went to
luarez today were stopped at the
Mexican cud ot the international
bridge and required to have hath and
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And So It Goes
Rules Committee of House
1 Spreads Whitewash in
Sweeping Manner.
Washington, Feb. 22. The house
rules committee today decided to re
port that its investigations of an
alleged "leak" on President Wilson's
p,eacB note had shown no public offi
cials were responsible for any advance
information on it becoming public.
The full report will not be prepared
before Saturday.
Kaiser Releases
Americans Taken
By Sea Raider
Amsterdam, Feb. 22. (Via Lon
don.) A dispatch received here from
Berlin says that the American sailors
who were taken to Germany on the
steamer Yarrowdalc have been re
leased. The Americans were released, the
dispatch says, after the German gov
ernment had been informed officially
that German ships in America had not
been confiscated and that their crews
had not been interned.
Ambassador Gerard
And Party at Madrid
Madrid, Feb. 22,-(V'ia London.)
James W. Gerard, former American
ambassador at Berlin, and his party
arrived here this morning on their
way to the United Slates. The Amer
icans were met at the station by rep
resentatives of the foreign office and
by Joseph E. Willard, the American
ambassador, and his staff.
Sixty Thousand-Dollar
Fire at Wakonda, S. D.
Wakonda, S. D., Feb. 22. Fire in
the business district of Wakonda this
morning caused a $60,000 loss. The
principal losers were Babb & Babb,
Dwyer & Babb and A. J. Devine
For a time the fire threatened the
enliri: business district, but after a
hard fight was controlled by the firemen.
Austrian Royalty Eats Black
Bread; Royal Teams Haul Coal
Vienna. Feb. 20. (Via London, Feb.
22.) The intensely cold weather has
passed and a thaw has set in which
has solved the fuel difficulty of
Vienna and incidentally greatly facili
tated the importation of foodstuffs.
The 'flour nulls, which were shut
down owing to frozen rivers, are
again in operation and full bread ra
tions are once more in force.
I'.mpcror Charles has been a tire
less worker in the campaign to re
lieve economic conditions and the im
perial teams are still hauling coal for
the population. Sight of the blooded
stock, heretofore only harnessed to
state coaches, hauling heavy coal
trucks, is one of the curious wartime
incidents of the Austrian capital.
The emperor recently banished
wheat bread from the officers' mess
at army headquarters and had both
wheat bread and flour removed from
a special train which was taking i is
brother, Archduke Maximilian, to
Constantinople. In issuing this latter
order, the emperor remarked that if
the common soldiers, the people and
himself were contented with black
Captain Chandler and His Aides
Make Successful Flight
From Omaha.
In the air about two hours and a
half, the big gas bag and its crew
which figured in the initial flight from
Fort Omaha since the stablishment
of the balloon division there, landed
near Persia, la., about forty miles
east of Council Bluffs, at 7:30 o'clock
last evening. The start was made
from the balloon shed at Fort Omaha
at 5 o'clock yesterday afternoon.
Ow ing to the distance and the bad
condition of the roads, the balloon's
crew will make the return trip to
Fort Omaha by train. It was orig
inally intended to bring the men and
the gas bag back in a motor truck,
which, filled with supplies, was in
readiness when word of the landing
was received.
Those who made the ascent were
Captain Charles DeF. Chandler, the
commanding officer, and Captain
Bower and First Lieutenant David
son. Anything over an hour is con
sidered a successful flight, accord
ing to members of the balloon corps
at Fort Omaha.
It was practically an ideal after
noon for 'a balloon flight. A 19,000
fcet capacity balloon was used in the
Break Between U, S,
And Austria Sure to
Come, Says Berlin
Berne. Feb. 22. (Via Paris.) Aus
tria's reply to the United States de
fining its position in the submarine
war is known in Berlin, according to
the Frankfurter Zeitmu, which pre
dicts that a breach of relations be
tween Washington and Vienna is in
evitable. The paper's Berlin corre
spondent says:
"The memorandum which President
Wilson has sent to the Vienna gov
ernment leaves no doubt that the
breach of relations between the
United States and Germany will soon
be followed by a breach with Austria-Hungary."
bread, the party on the train should
be also.
Another result of the monarch's in
tervention has been that Vienna street
cars are still running day and night.
Dr. Weiskirchuer, the burgomaster,
had decided that no cars should be
run between 9 in the morning and 5
in fhc afternoon. After a talk with
the emperor over the telephone, how
ever, the ruler of the municipality
changed his mind.
In order to avoid side-stepping by
the city council, the emperor himself
fixed the number of cars which were
to run.
Some official circles in Vienna and
elsewhere throughout the empire have
not yet recovered from the shock
caused by the energetic methods of
Emperor Francis Joseph's young suc
cessor. Red tape has been cut, right
and left, and official heads continue
to fall in the general cleanup which
is still going on. It is a sad time for
certain army officers who have been
enjoying staff sinecures. In one in
stance the emperor sent a batch of
seventy to the front and replaced
them by invalided officers.
j Cabinet Members, Diplomats
and Congressmen Stand at
Salute at the ' Patri
otic Ceremony.
i Ambassador Acknowledges Ap-
plause as Traditional Friend
j ship is Mentioned.
Washington, Feb. 22. President
Wilson participated in George Wash
ington's birthday exercises here to
day, at which frequent reference was
made to the present international sit
uation. "It is much less of an adventure to
write history than to try to enact it,"
said the president in presenting a gold
medal to a school boy for writing an
essay on history.
The president pledged allegiance
anew to the American flag and, with
the remainder of an audience, includ
ing members of the cabinet, diplo
mats and congressmen, he stood at
salute while the pledging allegiance
was repeated.
The exercises, held under the joint
auspices of the Daughters of the
American Revolution, the Sons of the
American Revolution and the Sons of
the Revolution, were marked by an
outburst of patriotic fervor when
President Wilson appeared. A huge
American Hag was displayed and the
marine band played "The Star Span
gled Banner.
Cheers for France.
Reference to the traditional friend
ship between the United States and
France was made by Newell B. Wood
worth of Syracuse, N. Y.. past presi
dent of the Sons of the American Res
olution, while Jules Jusserand, the
French ambassador, stood and ac
knowledged applause, Mr. Wood
worth declared that in the present
situation the people stand patriotically
behind their president and are ready
to answer an call for the nation.
Address by Pomerene. N
Senator" Pomerene of Ohio delivered
the principal address. He denounced
Germany's submarine campaign and '
as'iilcd the pacificists who are urging
a referendum on the question of
"I hope that they will make an ar
rangement under which the enemy
will do no more shooting until the
vote is taken," said the senator.
Senator Pomer.-ne said that both
Germany and Great Britain had vio
lated American rights, b it that only
Germany had sacrificed American
lives. He urged all Americans to
stand behind the president in the .,
present emergency.
Senators Take Day i
Off After Hearing '
' Senator Seal Talk
(From a Staff Correpotidnt)
Lincoln, Feb. 22. (Special.)
While the house of representatives
could not find anybody today worth
paying tribute to, the senate arose,
to the situation and inspiration of the
day and paid a mark of tribute not
only to General George Washington,
the father of his country, but to
Colonel Harry Bradley, the janitor of
the senate.
As the senators entered the cham
ber this morning they passed under
two flags suspended across the door
way, while each desk- displayed a
miniature emblem of the star "span
gled banner. Pictures of Washing
ton, Lincoln and Wilson were dis
played on the wall and the inspira
tion brought out a speech from
Senator Sandall in which he called
attention to the fact that Mr. Wash
ington was dead and that Mr. Bradley
was very much alive. ,
After prayer and roll call, on mo
tion of Senator Kohl, the senate ad
journed after listening to a five-minute
address by Stnator Bcal on the
life and character of Washington.
Ladies' Legislative League
Banquet Next Thursday
(Frora fitaff Correspondent.)
Lincoln, Feb. 22. (Special.) The
annual banquet of the Nebraska
Legislative Ladies' league will be held
at the Lincoln hotel in Lincoln on
Thursday evening, March 1, at 6
o'clock. Members who plan to at
tend should make reservations for
themselves "(or for their husbands)
by notifying Mrs. i Edgar Howard,
Lindell hotel, Lincoln, on or before
February 26. Banquet tickets $1.
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