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REPORT ON FIASCO
SMELL OF POWDER
NEW OFFICER FOR SKINNER
REISNER HAS MY :
' IN LOWER HOUSE
Gentleman From Thomas Put
on Record in Seventeen
SOME OF BILLS FAVORED
(From a BUS jCorrespondent.) ,
Lincoln, March 8. (Special.) It
was "Reisner day" in' the house and
FIRST PICTURE OF INAUGURAL CEREMONY Photo shows President Wilson delivering
his inaugural address after taking his oth of office for his second term. '' . , ".
LURES MEN TO SEA
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Commission Divides the Blame
Eagerness to Go to War Stim
ulates Navy Recruiting.
Over the Nation.
Among Churchill, Murray,
1 - fisher and Kitchener.
WAS COUNCIL CENSURED
OMAHA OFFICE A LEADER
London, March 8. The majority
report of the commission appointed
last July to investigate the Darda
nelles campaign which was held up
for a fortnight by the decision to
expurgate certain . sections referring
to allied countries, was made public
this morning in its revised form. The
commission reports tnat the late
Lord Kitchener, then war secretary,
favored the project and that when he
gave a decision is the war council it
was invariably accepted as final. The
dispatch of troops to the east was de
layed three weeks, tne report says,
as the result of a decision of Lord
, Kitchener, which was not communi-
rated to the first lord of the admiralty,
Winston Spencer Churchill.
The project was undertaken on the
initiative ol Loionai cnurcniu. ine
commission reports that naval ad
visers would have preferred a joint
military and naval attack, intead of
the attack by the fleet alone and de
clares that these views should have
been heard by the war council which
wa not justified in coming to the de
cision without a much fuller investi
v Summary of Report.
' The report summarizes the conclu
sions reached as fellows:
- "The question of attacking the
Dardanelles was. on the initiative of
Mr. Churchill, brought under the con
sideration of the war council on No
vember 25, 1914, as the ideal method
of defending LiivDt. It may reason
ably be sssnmed that inasmuch as all
the authorities concerned were prima
facie in favor of a joint military,
rather tbsn a purely naval attack, such
an attack, if undertaken at all, would
nave been of the former rather than
of the latter character had not other
circumstances led 'to modification
trf the uroerim. A communication
from the Russian government of
January 2 introduced a fresh element
into the case. The British govern
ment considered that something must
be done in response to it, and in this
connection the question of attacking
the Dardanelles waa again raised.
' War Council Censured.
The secretary of state for war
declared tliat there were no troops
immediately available for operations
in the east and hia statement was
accepted by the war council, who took
no steps to satisfy themselves by re
ports of estimates at to what troops
were available then or in the near
future. Had this been done the com
missioners think it would have been
ascertained that sufficient troops
would be available for a joint mili
tary and naval operation at an earlier
date than supposed, but this matter
-was not adequately investigated by
the war council. - Thus the question
before the war council on January
13 was whether no action or any kind
should for the time being be under
taken or whether action should be
taken hy the fleet alone, the navy be
ing held to be the only force avail
"Political arguments which were
adduced to the war 'council in favor of
pronipt and effective action if such
were iTracticable were valid and of
the highest importance, but the prac
ticability of whatever action waa pro
yoed was of equal importance. Mr.
Churchill appears to have advocated
an attack by ships alone before the
war coaadl, on a certain amount of,
half-hearted and hesitating expert
piniant, which favored a tentative
or, progressive scheme, beginning
with an attack upon the outer forts.
The ' attack, if auccesful, waa to be
followed by further operations against
the main defenses of the narrows.
Fisher and Murray.
"there does not appear to have
been direct support or direct opposi
tion item the responsible naval and
military advisers, Lord Fisher and
Sir James Wolfe Murray, as to the
practicability of carrying on the oper
ations as approved by the war coun
cil, viz., to bombard and take the Gal
l'poli peninsula, with Constantinople
as the objective. .
"The first sea lord and Sir Arthur
Wilson, who was the only naval ad
viser present at. the war council, ex
pressed no dissent. Lord Kitchener,
who occupied a commanding position
at the time the decision was taken,
was in favor of the project. Both
Lord Fisher and Sir Arthur Wilson
would have preferred a joint naval
and military attack, but they did not
espress to the war council and were
not asked to express any opinion on
the subject and offered no objection
lo naval operations, as they consid
ered them experimentatjand such as
could be discontinued if the first re
sults obtained were not satisfactory.
"i ne commissioners think that there
as an obligation, first on the first
lord, secondly on the prime minister,
i.nrdly en one other member of the
var council, to see that the views of
i-.e naval advisers were clearly put
before the council and that the naval
advisers should have expressed their
views to the council, whether asked
ur not. if they considered the project
winch the council was about to adopt
nni impracticable from a naval point
Investigation Not Adequate. -.
"Looking at the position which ex
isted on January 13, 1915, the com
missioners do not think the war coun
cil was justified in coming to the de
esion without much fuller investiga
tion of the proposition which had
Scan tugcested to them. The com-uiisio-ets
hold that the possibility
f resting a surprise amphibious at
ack on Ga'lipult offered such great
nUiUry and political advantage that
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it was' mistaken and ill-advised (o
sacrifice this possibility by deciding
to undertake a purely naval attack,
which, from its nature could not ob
tain completely the object set out in
the terms ot the decision.
"The decision taken on the 16th
to mass troops in the neighborhood
of the Dardanelles marked a very
critical stage of the -whole operation.
It ought to nave been clear that
when this was once done, even if
troops were not actually landed, it
would be apparent to the world that
serious attack was intended and a
withdrawal could no longer be ef
fected without running serious risk
of loss of prestige. At that moment,
as time was all important, no com
promise was possible between mak
ing an immediate and vigorous effort
to ensure success at the Dardanelles
by joint naval and military occupa
tion and falling back on the original
intention of desisting from a naval at
tack if the experiences' gained dur
ing the. bombardment were unsatis
factory. ' '
Kitchener Mistake Cauaes Delay, i
"On February 20 Lord Kitchener
decided that the. Twenty-ninth divi
sion, part of the tropps which on Feb
ruary 26 were to be sent to the east,
should not be sent at that time and
Colonel Fitzgerald instructed the di
rector of naval transport that trans
ports for that division and the rest
of the expeditionary force would not
be required. i Ihia waa done without
informing the first lord and the dis
patch of troops waa thus delayed
three weeks. This delay greatly com
promised the probability of success
of the. original attack by land forces
and materially increased the difficul
ties encountered in the final attack
some months later.
"We consider that in view' of the
opinions expressed by the naval and
military authorities on the spot the
decision to abandon the naval attack
after the bombardment of March 18
was inevitable. There was no meeting
of the war council between March
19 and May 14. Meanwhile Important
land operations were undertaken. We
think that before such operations
were commenced the war cduncil
should have carefully reconsidered the
whole position. In our opinion the
prime miniitcr Ought to have sum
moned a meeting of the war council
for that purpose and if not sum
moned ether members of the war
council should have pressed for such
a meeting. We think this was s se
rious omission. We consider that
the responsibility of those members
of the cabinet who did not attend the
meetings of the war council was lim
ited to the fact that they delegated
their authority to their colleagues
who attended those meetings.
Kitchener Tries to Do Too Much.
"We are of the opinion that Lord
Kitchener did not sufficiently avail
himself of the services of his gen
eral staff, with the result that more
work was undertaken by him than
it was possible for one man to do, and
confusion and want of efficiency re
sulted. ' '". . ,
"We are unable to concur in the
view aet forth by Lord Fisher that
it was his duty, if he differed from
the chief of his department, to main
tain silence, at the council -or re
sign. We think that the adoption of
any such principle! generally would
impair the efficiency of public serv
ice. . . ..... . - i -
"We think that, although the main
object was not attained, certain im
portant political advantages, upon the
nature of which we have already
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dwelt, were secured by the Darda
nelles expedition. Whether those ad'
vantages were worth the loss of life
and treasure involved is, and must
always remain, a matter of opinion."
The report is an interim one, deal
ing exclusively with the origin and
inception ot the attack on the Darda
nelles. It is signed by the late Lord
Cromer, who was chairman of the
commission: Andrew Fisher, reore-
senting Australia; Thomas McKenzie,
representing New Zealand; Sir Fred-
ericx lawicy, cnanceiior ot tne duchy
of Lancaster; James A. Clyde, lord
advocate; Stephen u Uwynn, nation
alist member of the House of Com'
mons; Rear Admiral Sir William H.
May, field Marshal Baron Nicholson
and Justice Fickford.
Dissenting notes were filed by Mr.
Fisher and Mr. McKenzie and a sep
arate report was presented by Walter
r, itocn, uoeral member of the House
(Continues trtm Pat Om.)
mak war at his own pleasure in the
Senator Cummins pointed out that
of the forty-three and one-half hours
the bill was the unfinished business,
it was considered but thirty-five hours
and the senators referred tn aa a
"little group of wilful men" consumed
less than eleven hours.
Purpose of Amendment.
He said he looked uonn the hilt
"as th most important proposal in
half a century," but was opposed to
it as it came from the committee, be
cause he believed it would Drive the
president authority to protect muni
tion ships and convoy them. His
amendmnt was intnded to .prevent
The proposed rule, he said, would
not have saved the neutrality bill, be
cause the time for its operation would
not have expired before congress ad
1 apologize to the senate," he said,
'not for what I did or said on a
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former occasion- but in consuming
time in speaking now tor the resold
tion, which I have desired for eight
years to. have passed.
Senator LaFollette declared that
when the power to free dbate in the
senate is taken away, "You let loose
forces that will be heard elsewhere
if not here." He said congress in the
last three years had become a rub
ber stamp for the executive.
"With this sort of rule and an iron
hand laid on this body from outside,"
he said, "with congress reduced in
the last three years to little less than
a rubber stamp, do you not think
this sort of cloture would be pretty
effective? Believing that I stand for
democracy, for the liberty of the peo
ple of ' this country, I shall stand
while I am a member of this body
against any cloture that imposes a
limitation on debate in this body.
. Norris la For Rule.
Senator Norris, republican of Ne
braska, said he expected to vote for
the rule because he had long be'
lieved in it, and only hesitated be-
cause he thought' his vote might be
misunderstood in view of his opposi
tion to the armed neutrality bill.
"I want nobody, to understand," he
said, "that I am apologizing. It was
not necessary to filibuster against
that bill; the demands of legitimate
debate on it had never been ended."
"Without cause or reason," Sena
tor Norris said, "the men who op
posed the armed neutrality bill have
been held up to the country as de
feating it without what they said or
did reaching the people of the United
"What they said who favored the
legislation," said Senator Norris, "was
carried to the country, but what they
said who did not, was never set be
fore the country. I never said I was
opposed to legislation on that mat
ter. I wanted legislation if that bill
could be amended, but I was opposed
to giving the president the enormous
power given in the senate bill."
Mr. Morris said all senators knew
the president was wrong when he
said a special session to take up the
bill would be useless without changed
senate rules. .
It could not be talked to death in
such a session," he said, "although I
would talk it to death if I could."
far aur Daalara' Froaml-
at a Saaall lavaatnaat.
Navy recruiting in Omaha and the
whole country made new records dur
ing February under the strained in
ternational situation that threatened
to drag the United States into the
Never since the Spanish-American
was was such s large net gain shown
in navy recruiting throughout the
nation, according to information just
received from Washington by Lieu
tenant W. W. Waddell, in charge
The net gain in recruits during
February was 2,086, of which forty
seven were from the Omaha recruit
ing district. The latter number was
the largest ever sent from here in a
single month, since Lieutenant Wad
dell took charge. Twelve more have
been sent to the training station from
Omaha since March 1.
Navy Needs More.
On February 28 enlisted men in
the navy totaled 59,039, which was
still 22,622 short of the navy comple
ment authorized by law.
In efforts to secure Omaha's share
of recruits to fill these vacancies,
Lieutenant Waddell and his assist
ants have been active. Dr. Francis
B. Cochran, lieutenant in the naval
hospital service, attached to the local
recruiting station, urged recruiting
before senior students of the medical
college of the University of Nebraska
Dean Newton of the Creighton col
lege pharmacy invited the station to
send a representative to talk to
pharmacy students there, and E. A.
Chapman, pharmacist's mate, first
class, spoke to them Wednesday.
Some students at each college are
contemplating enlistment in either the
navy or naval reserve, for hospital
corps service. I
Nebraskans in Capital
Are on Their Way Home
(From a Staff Correapondent.)
Washington. March 8. (Special
Telegram.)!. H. Hanley, secretary
to Congressman Lobeck, and Mrs.
Hanley lett today for Umaha via Mew
York. They were accompanied by
Dr. and Mrs. W. H. Mullen.
W. F. Stoecker of Omaha and W.
H. Barnes of Fairbury left today for
Nebraska by way of Philadelphia and
.Representative Lobeck plans to
leave for Omaha tomorrow.
Aged Man Charged With
Threatening the President
Baltimore. Md.. MarcV 8. Amos H.
Pauhl, 70 years of age, was today held
for the federal grand jury by United
States Commissioner Supplee on the
charge of having made threats against
Books and papers in Fauiil s pos
session contain statements that he is
a member of an organization which
government officials believ: has for its
object the assassinatun ot the presi
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carrying out the program which the
house has exemplified so often of
having a little fun at the expense of
the taxpayer, the members put up a
little job on the gentleman from
Thomas, whose reputation as a speak
er is well known and while bills were
in progress in committee of the whole"
joined in a compact to put Mr. Reis
ner on record.
Mr. Reisner spoke seventeen times i
in a session which lasted two hours
and forty-five minutes. Although he
lost out in the most important discus
sion of the morning, he put up some
fine argument against a bill which he
considered would be a damage to the
interests of the people of his district.
The Beal Bill to limit interest and
commission rates on loans, designed,
so the introducer said, to relieve bor
rowers in the , western part of the
state, hut which opponents of the bill
said would have a tendency to keep
money away from the people who
wanted it and were willing to pay the
interest required by the lender, was
sent to third reading. Other bills sent
to third reading were:
H, R. go Commission tovernment for
countlea, subject to popular vote. Question lo
be aubmltted upon the fllloa of a 21 per
cent petition. 8a!artes 1600 to 13,000.
H. Rs. 361 and 363 Election and jury
commission bills for Douflaa county. Polls
to close from 2 to S p. m. for partial count.
Jury lists to Include names taken from tax
H. R. 326 Constitutional amendment, sub
mitted by the legislature, to be orlnted on
separate ballots; 61 per cent voting on pron-
osttlon sufficient to carry.
H. R. 420 Exempting oltV and town lots
from Irrigation tax, when not benefited.
Envoy to Japan"
Is Keported Dead
In Special Dispatch
Wsahington. March 8. Georse W.
Guthrie of Pittsburgh, American am
bassador at Tokio, is dead. Word of
the ambassador's death recahed the
State department today from Tokio
in a dispatch from the embassy.
Mr. Guthrie died todav. according
to the dispatch. No details as to the
cause of his death are vet available.
but are expected at any moment. He
was appointed ambassador to Japan
May 10, 1913.
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