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The Omaha Sunday Bee
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VOL. XLVI NO.' 44.
OMAHA, SUNDAY MORNING, MARCH 25, 1917 SIX SECTIONS FIFTY PAGES. l"'i& K'i. SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTS.
French Take Two of Advance
Forts in La Fere Defenses
on German Front Re
OCCUPY BANK OF OISE
Paris War Office Also Eeports
Additional Ground Gained
East of Aillette River.
RUSS LOSE IN ROUMANIA
Paris, March 24.--Two of the ad
vance forts in the defensive system
of I.a Fere, a strong point on the
llindenhurg line, have been captured
by the French, who also have occu
pied the west bank of the River Oise,
from the outskirts of La Fere as far
north as Ytndcuil, a distance of about
four miles. The new French success
is chronicled in the official report to
night, which adds that several vil
lages on the east bank of the Ailette
liver also have been taken, the Ger
man rear guards being driven back.
London, March 24. The British
have occupied the village of Roisel in
the Sonime, according to the official
report- toniaht. Roisel is seven miles
cast, "of Peronnc. Heavy fighting
took place at Bcaumctz-Lcz-Cambrai,
where the Germans, in a strong at
tack, gained a footing- By a counter
attack, the British again drove them
French Push Forward.
T'sris', March 24. The French con
tinued m push tonvara last ingnr. in
the region south of Sr. Quentin, in
which heavy fighting has been in
progress for several days. They
reached the west bank of the Oise,
north of La Fere, and gained addi
tional ground east of the Aillette
The statement follows:
East of the St. Quentin canal we
enlarged our positions appreciably
during the night. At some points our
troops reached the west bank of the
Oise. north of La Fere. We also
made progress on the east bank of the
"Kncmv attempts against our small
posts near. Berrv-Au-Bac, east of
Rheinis and near Deadman Hill, were
broken up by our fire. We took pris
Battles on Two Riven.
Berlin. I.Iarch 24. (By Wireless to
Savville.) British and French ad
vancine forces and German rear
guards are battling daily on
sides of the Somme and Oise rivers,
in northern France, says the official
statement issued today. In these en
gagements, the announcement adds,
the entente forces have suffered heavy
losses. ' '
French attacks against the German
outposts west of La Fere and along
the Aillette lowands as well as near
Neuville and Margival, it is officially
announced, were repulsed yesterday.
Russ Repulsed in Roumanii.
Pctrograd, March 24. (British Ad
miralty per Wireless Press.) Under
pressure of German attacks against
the Russian positions between the
rivers Silcha and Chvanich, on the
Roumanian front, says the official
statement issued today, the Russian
troops withdrew to the next line of
defense, about two-thirds of a mile
to the eastward.
Berlin, March 24. (Wireless to
Sayville.) German forces under com.
mand of Archduke Joseph yesterday
stormed the Russian positions on the
Roumanian frontier ridge between the
Solomtar and Czobanos valleys, ac
cording to today's official statement,
and captured 500 Russians.
Is Killed in France
Paris, March 24. Further news
from the front leaves no doubt that
Sergeant J. R. McConnell, the Ameri
can aviator, who now has been miss
ing five days after having been en
gaged in a combat with two machines
over the German lines, was killed in
action. Observers at a distance saw
his machine'fall in flames and his two
German assailants returning toward
their own lines, it is now learned.
Edmond C. Genet, another Ameri
can aviator, who was wounded in the
hrst contact with the Germans as he
was accompanying McConnell, is a
grandson of Citizen Genet, who was
French minister to the United States
during the Washington administra
tion and subsequently settled in
For Nebraska Fair: cooler.
Temperatures at Omaha, Yesterday,
I a. m . ,
9 a. m. ...... 40
10 a. m... 49
It a. m it
11 m St
1 p. m..... 4
2 p. m 64
1 p. m 66
4 p. m 66
6 p. m 66
' 6 p. m 64
T p. m 62
.Comvaratlro Local Reoort.
KIT. 1616. lilt. lilt.
HIlhMt yealera... 67 70 46 II
Loweet yeeterdar,,.. S6 ,16 14 14
Man temperature... 63 ' 63 41 46
Precipitation .' 00 .64 .01 .01
Temperature and precipitation departuree
from the normal;
Normal temperature ,. 41
Kxceat (or the day 12
Total exceea etnee March 1, IS
Normal precipitation OSInrh
Deficiency tor the day 06 Inch
Total rainfall elnce March 1.... 1.2 Inches
Exoeea ilnce March 1 '.ISInch
IWIclenoykfor cor. period. 1616. .86 Inch
Xlxceea for cor. period. 1I1S... .67 Inch
1 A. WELSH, afeteorolodtt.
German Magistrate Says Von
Tirpitz and Crown Prince
Forced Break With U. 8.
MANY ENEMIES AT HOME
Paris, March 24. The abdication of
the German emperor is forecast by
the former German magistrate who
wrote the celebrated book "J 'Accuse"
in an interview published in Oeuvre.
"The kaiser is obsessed by the
thought that he is responsible for
the war, a thought which poisons his
whole existence. He feels that he is
menaced by three enemies at home,
without counting those abroad: First
is the crown prince,, the real author
of the war; second is the Junker pan
Germanist you cannot imagine the
smouldering hatred of the emperor
for those whom he believes to be the
maniacs who are driving him into an
abyss third are the people, not the
socialist party, but the people who
are starving and who he feels are
growing in number and rising little
by little against those who organized
Kaiser's Party Voted Down.
"The other day at the meeting of
the parliamentary presidents ana tne
ministers of the federal sovereigns at
which the submarine war was decided
upon the struggle between the kai
ser's party and that of Von Tirpitz
was most bitter. The majority against
the emperor was so great, however,
that he was obliged, to submit and
prctcml that he was convinced. In
particular he was personally opposed
to a break with President Wilson, but
he was forced to consent. Docu
ments will be published one day
I which will prove that secretly he
j did everything not to bring America
down upon him and that he considers
llltlt IIIC llipilllC WdS dll 11 ICpdl ttUlC
mistake. The failure of the subma
rine war will soon show that he Was
right, but it will be too late.
"The people he fears most are the
anti-militarists, anti-Prussian, liberal
republicans, who want the Reichstag
based on universal suffrage. That is
why Wilhelm is so anxious to con
vince the nation that he did not want
war. All his protestations are made
to appease the liberals and his fam
ished and ruined subjects, whose mur
murings are growing stronger. He
wanted to continue popular at any
price and that is why he spoke the
first word of peace. The people were
grateful for it, but the submarine war
came and spoiled everything.
Emperor's Pride Suffers.
"It is hard to realize how , this em
peror, who enjoyed a popularity un
exampled in our epoch, suffers in his
pride, He alone perhaps in Germany
knows the whole truth, since he alone
has in bis possession the elements for
forming a judgment on the situation
as a whole. How can he resist mor
ally and physically under such a
strain? Certainly he hopes some
times, but less and less, for the suc
cess of the unrestricted submarine
war which he opposed. lie sees the
isolation of Germany become more
and more complete.
"Once he tried to initiate peace ne
gotiations and tailed, io try again
would be to admit and proclaim to
the whole world, but above all to the
German people, which he fears most,
Germany s real situation. If the al
lies solemnly declared, as they did
with Napoleon in 1815, that they
would refuse to treat for peace with
the Hohenzollerns, it would be a
knockout blow. Our German people,
who still believe in him, would aban
don him, for peace at any price will
soon be the unanimous and hidden
thought of tortured Germany.
Only Recourse Left.
"What recourse is left to him but
a dramatic abdication in order to re
tain the sympathies of the German
people and save the political future
of Prussia? He will say: 'I sacrifice
myself to make peace. Without me
those only are responsible who de
sired a savage war and the complete
isolation of Germany, those who took
at the beginning my son as their
party leader and forced me to mo
bilize, a measure I hesitated to take.' "
Labor Union Will Not Pay
Hatters' Judgment Directly
Danbttry, Conn., March 24. John
W. Scully of New York, president
of the United Hatters of North
America, today stated that the Ameri
can Federation of Labor, which has
raised funds to reimburse the de
fendants in the anti-boycott suit of
D. L. Loewe & Co., against members
of the Hatters' union, would not make
a settlement with the plaintiffs by the
payment of a cash amount, but would
permit the attorneys for Loewe &
Co. to proceed to foreclose the prop
erty under attachment and reimburse
the defendants for their losses.
Charles R. Crane Will
Make Trip to Petrograd
Washington, March 24. Charles R.
Crane of Chicago, a close personal
friend of President Wilson, is con
templating an early trip to Petro
grad, and while it was understood
here today it will be made on his own
initiative, he will be in a position to
furnish interesting information re
garding Russian affairs to the admin
istration. Mr. Crane has been men
tioned for ambassador 'to Japan, but
it was said today that his selection
for that post is not now to be ex
pected. Two More Consuls Are
Home From Germany
New York, March 24. Frederick J.
Dietzman, recently stationed at Bar
man, Germany, as American vice con
sul, and Raymond H. Seagle, who held
a similar position at Leipzig, reached
here today on the Spanish stcaner
Montserrat, from Cadiz. They said
they left Germany with other Ameri
cans on a special train for Switzer
land, about a week after the de
parture of Ambassador Gerard and
his party. The Montserrat brought
U. S. PREPARING
GabiniCOutlines Plans for Mil
itary, Naval, Industrial
and Financial Activi
ties in the War.
SUPPORT FOR THE ENTENTE
Money and Supplies Will Be
Furnished Without Stint if
Hostilities Actually Begin.
LOAN OF FIVE BILLIONS
Washington, D. C, March 24. The
United States government is prepar
ing measures of far-reaching and ag
gressive character in the event of
war with Germany. It will not be
satisfied with mere attempts to pro
tect American merchant vessels. Its
preparations will be designed to meet
any eventuality a long war, if neces
This program was agreed upon at
a long cabinet meeting yesterday and
it guided the council of national de
fense when it met today with its ad
The program decided upon includes
military, naval, industrial and finan
The question of sending an army
abroad will be left for future consid
eration. Whether political alliances with the
entente allies will be formed is not
known, although military as well as
naval co-operation is possible. The
government will furnish both money
and supplies to the allies without
Suggestions before President Wil
son included the possibilitv of float
ing a loan of $5,000,000,000 for the
When President Wilson goes be
fore congress soon after it meets in
extra session on April 2 he is ex
pected to make it clear that the gov
ernment and people of the United
States will not be prompted by hos
tility toward the German people, but
only by acts of the German govern
ment. Nicholas Not Given
Single Cheer When
He Says Goodbye
.- ' 1 . -''- 'i '-'-;'
Petrograd, March 24. (Via ton
don.) The arrival of Nicholas Rom
anoff, the former emperor, at Tsar
skoe Selo is described by the Russkai
Volia, which is the only newspaper
editorializing an his arrest and which
declares that the events put an end
to Russia's shame.' The country, the
newspaper asserts, will breathe freely
only when the former emperor has
disappeared torever trom Russian life.
tne editorial follows:
Yesterday Nicholas Romanoff was
brought to Tsatskoe Selo and put un
der a strong guard, thus the first
part of the dynastic tragedy ended.
The voices of cowards who warned
us of the danger to arise from such
behavior toward the 'Anointed of God'
have been silenced.
"The arrest, was made after the
saying of goodbyes u th. citizen,
soldiers and officers, who 1; itned un
responsively to their former chief.
Red flags floated proudly over the free
army of Russia. They must h-ve told
much to the former emperor who
heard not a single cheer from the
assembled soldiers. Instead, the thun
dering Marseillaise conclude the piti
"All this cries loudly that there can
never be a return to the old days. AH
that is dead and its death is personi
fied in the person of the former em
peror, a prisoner waiting for his fate
to be declared by a revolted people."
A cabinet manifesto says: It has
been decided to abolish the flogging
and chaining of inmates of prisons.
Gold Into Mexico
In Big Quantities
El Paso, Tex., March 24. Large
sums of money continued to be paid
to Germans here today upon drafts
from New York received by the local
banks, and this money, in the form
of American gold coin, is being taken
to Juarez, according to government
One draft received today from New
York was paid for with $6,000 gold,
while more than twenty other drafts
were said to have been paid to Ger
mans by local banks during the last
A German who was being closely
watched here, and who was suspect
ed of being a German spy, disap
peared last night and no trace can be
found of him either here or in
Expert on Cholera and
Smallpox Meets Death
Haddonfield N. I., March 24. Dr.
Charles S. Braddock, jr., widely
known as an expert on cholera and
smallpox, died at his home Monday
from the effects of a tropical fever
contracted in Siam year ago. He
perfected the smallpox vaccine virus
now in use in the tropics and had
written extensively on medical sub
jects. Final Mandate Issued in
Washington March 24 Th eu-
preme court's final mandate sustain
ing penitentiary sentences given F.
Drew Caminetti and Maurey I. Diggs
of Sacramento, Cal for violating the
Mann white stave law was issued
Conditions of tho Contoitt
For the best and cleverest answers, not exceed
ing 40 words. The Bee will give prizes as here
enumerated. Address Picture Puzzle Editor, The
Bee. Answers must be in by Wednesday, March 21.
Awards announced Sunday, April 1.
Sutton Fires Verbal Broadsides
At Connell in
Attorney's Former Bailiff Is
Hit Chief Client in the
DECISION ON . MONDAF
Health Commissioner Connell's ears
must have burned yesterday after
noon. For in Judge Leslie's court A. L.
Sutton, as attorney in the Saratogi
school vaccination fight, was literally
raking him over the coals. Verbal
broadsides and oratorical shrapnel
charged with invective were hurled at
the health commissioner, whom the
pupils' parents are seeking to enjoin
II A 1 Dili) ADUDWBU
North Fork Eiver Falling Rap.
idly After Having Tied Up
WINNER LINE BLOCKED
Norfolk, Neb., March 24.-(Spe-cial.)
At noon today the flood
water which covers a large portion
of the city was receding and the
North Fork river, which had been on
a rampage for two days, was falling
rapidly. It is believed that most of
the danger has passed.
Train service on the Minneapolis
& Omaha line, which had been de
moralized for nearly a week, has
been resumed. The passenger train
which left Sioux City Wednesday ar
rived here late Friday night. The
Winner line of the Northwestern
railroad is blocked by ice gorges and
floods. The railroad bridge between
Verdigre and Niobrara has been bad
Bridge Washed Out.
Reports from Pierce, where an ice
gorge broke out a bridge, indicates
no further damage, and water reced
ing rapidly. Considerable damage
will result in Norfolk from the flood.
No estimate of the loss can be made
until the water has disappeared.
It is known that some stock has
been lost by drowning and by dying
from the chill caused "by the cold
water. Some families in Norfolk
have moved out of their homes, into
which the water washed Friday aft
ernoon. One or two homes were
abandoned when portions of the foun
Water Stops New Press.
A battle was fought against the
flood by the News force. Many of
the employes had entrenched the
building by embankments thrown
against the outside walls, but the
storm sewers backed up and the
water poured into the press room in
great streams, breaking the paper,
which was running a noon edition
through the press. Similar experi
ences were had in other industries
of the city. A successful battle was
put up at the water plant, where
pumping operations kept the city
from a water famin'
What's on the Banner?
from hanging "Exposed-U-Smallpox"
signs on their houses and keeping
children with certificates showing in
ternal vaccination from entering the
ichool portals. i
The former czar of Russia in his
palmiest days had nothing on Dr.
Connell, according to Attorney Sut
ton, who painted in word pictures the
health commissioner in a fashion to
bring smiles of joy to the faces of
his clients attending court.
"The outrageous acts of 'Czar Con
nell in putting up the signs on the
houses of Saratoga school pupils; the
arbitrary power of Connell; the op
pressive acts of this small 'czar, "
were a few of the far from pet names
applied to the health commissioner,
"It was almost the work of a maniac
to trying to force the people to do
his will, thundered Mr. Sutton. "Ven
geance was working in every pore of
his bod-, I woudn't put anything
past Connell. He had a wlckea mind
in threatening to disrupt the Saratoga
school if his vaccination orders were
not carried out. He seeks to strike
and destroy and not to build up. He
lets his friends and the school janitors
go and strikes out at amall group
of people who won't employ the kind
of doctors he likes."
The attorney accused the health de
partment ot having torn down the
warning signs not to use the dump
any more after City Commissioner
Withnell's office had put them there.
He also charged the health officer
with having made a personal fight
against Ezra Fileds, a baiff in Judge
Redick's court originally appointed
by Sutton himself, and one of the
leaders in the vaccination war.
Attorney Sutton described the
health commissioner's as a "czar with
the poison of a thousand men in his
system pursuing Fields." Fields is
about six feet two inches tall and
weighs 250 pounds,
v Brings Out Titters.
Attorney Sutton brought out titters
from the court room spectators when
he declared that "if Connell has the
power he says he has he'd have every
resident of Omaha vaccinated on the
end of the nose."
Though most of the testimony has
been submitted, and the bulk of the
arguments made, the judge will prob
ably not give his decision until next
week as to whether or not Health
Commissioner Connell exceeded his
authority when he ordered pupils of
Saratoga school barred because they
showed certificates of internal vac
cination and not external.
The suit, brought against the health
commissioner and the Board of Edu
cation by parents of Saratoga school
pupils is for a tempot-.y injuncth
restraining Dr. Connell from denying
th: children ad"-':tance to the insti
tution as long as they have certificates
showing they have been vaccinated
Object to Signs.
The parents also seek to enjoin the
health commissioner from ordering
"exposed to smallpox" signs placed on
houses of children who have not met
with the external vaccination -t.jirc-i
cntj.' They also want an obnoxious
dump at Twenty-second street and
Meredith avenue, near the Saratoga
school, which they allege exists with
the knowledge of the school board
and the health commissioner t':at it is
dangerous to the health of the com
munity, done away with.
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'MORE THAN FORTY
Eight Storms Sweep Over Dif
ferent Portions of Indiana -New
Albany Hard Hit.
LOSSES ARE ' ENORMOUS
New Albany, Ind., March 24. With
thirty-one known ' dead, over 100
injured and scores of buildings
wrecked as the result of the storm
which swept this section yesterday,
the work of clearing away the wreck
age in a search for more bodies was
Every precaution has been taken to
prevent looting and Mayor Robert W.
Morris, in command of the state
troops from Indianapolis, has ordered
that vandals be shot on sight. Po
licemen and firemen from Louisville,
just across the river, and from Jer
fersonville, only three miles away, to
gether with officers from the Indiana
State Reformatory, assisted in mam
The injured soon overflowed the
one public hospital of the city, and
others were taken to the Young Men's
Christian association and to private
homes, fcvery available physician in
New Albany was called into service.
together with others from Louisville
Damage Extends Northward.
Damage done by the wind extended
several miles into the country, par
ticularly along the Corydon pike.
Many houses and barns were un
roofed and demolished and several
persons were injured. Along the
Charleston road the damage was also
heavy. An unidentified young man
and woman, driving towards New Al
bany, were hurled over a fence into
a nearby field and killed.
No accurate estimate of the prop
erty damage in and about th- imme
diate vicinity of New Albany has been
possible, but it is expected the loss
will be upwards of a million dollars.
Eight Storms in State.
Indianapolis, Ind., March 23. Tor
nadoes and wind storm which struck
eight places in Indiana today took a
heavy toll of lives and did enormous
damage to property. New Albany,
where more than thirty lives were
lost and where damage to business
and residence property is estimated
at $1,000,000, was the heaviest suf
ferer. In Delaware, Hendricks, Sul
livan, Grant, Harrison and Jackson
counties wide stretches of territory
were swept by the winds.
Near Danville in .. puth a mile
wide and six miles long, houses and
barns were cleared and property dam
age estimated at $50,000 was done.
There was no loss of life.
The tornado did heavy damage in
the southern part of Sullivan county,
where a path eighteen miles long and
three-fourths of a mile wide was
made by the wind. Two lives were
lost, a number of person! injured and
property was damaged to the extent
of $200,000, it is estimated.
In Delaware county a severe wind
storm caused probably fatal injuries
to other persons and heavy property
losses were suffered.
Five Hurt Near Seymour.
Five persons were hurt near Scv-
mour by a wind storm which dam
aged houses and barns and razed
trees and telephone and telegraph
(Continued on Pare Two, Colamn Two.)
AND BENSON NOW
Governor Neville Signs Meas
ure Which Make? Them
Members of the Greater
OMAHA COUNCIL IS TO ACT
May Finish the Annexation by
Ordinance or Resolution in
Very Short Time.
ELECTION IN THE VILLAGES
Governor Neville yesterday after,
noon signed House Rolt 53, being a
bill authorizing the Omaha city coun
cil to annex. Benson and Florence to
Greater Omaha without submitting
the proposition to a vote of the peo
ple. The measures becomes effective
forthwith. Provision also is made for
annexation of a strip between Benson
and Omaha, being bounded by Forty
eighth and Fifty-second streets, be
tween Blondo and Pratt streets.
The council may annex by ordi
nance or resolution. The mayor and
commissioners are inclined to act up
on this within the next few weeks.
In a Few Weeks.
Mavor Dahlman made this state
ment a few minutes after the gover
nor signed the bill: . ,
"I believe the necessary action will
he taken b ythe council within a few
weeks. So far as I know there is no
disposition to postpone the matter un
til the next city . election, as some
body has suggested. I have heard ot'
no pronounced opposition to the an
nexation of these neighboring towns,"
The annexed territory, including the
strip of 7 . of a mile, would give
Greater Omaha an area of thirty-six
miles and would add nearly 7,000 to
the population. Benson has three
public schools and Florence has one
public school, with a total attendance
of about 1,500.
Elections Next Week. ' '
Benson and Florence, are to have
local elections on April 3, the present
mayors oeing nominees tor re-elec
tion. Mayor Bailey of Benson will
be opposed by Ed McArdle, who fa
vors annexation, while Mr. Bailey is
opposed to coming into the Greater
Omaha family. Mayor Tucker of
Florence will be opposed by F, M..
Kino in th mavnnllu . eara-.'jAf ir.
Tucker is a strong annexationist. and
is at present circulating petitions in
favor of annexation. It is understood
the1 elections will be held regardless
of the annexation situation, although
the new officers would be legislated
out of office when the Omaha council
passes the annexation documents.
Benson has a population of 5.000
and a bonded indebtedness of $259.
000. On April 3 the voters will pass
on a bond proposition of $30,000 for
paving and lighting. The tax valua
tion is $560,000. ,
Population of Florence.
The population of Florence is l.fOft
and the bonded indebtedness is $114.
000, The tax valuation is $300,000.
Benson has an area of 1.4 square
miles and Florence 2.3 square miles.
Mayor Tucker of Florence said:
"Annexation sentiment is strong in
Florence. I have a petition signed
by nearly every business man and
many others. Annexation is the only
thing and the best thing for Flor
Mayor Bailey of Benson said: "Evi
dently Omaha regards Benson as an
asset rather than a liability. I don't
believe annexation sentiment is very
strong in Benson, but I don't sup
pose we will have anything to say
about it now."
Tornado Season Now On,
Says Weather Prophet
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Omaha experienced a destructive
iwiaicr, v.oionei weisn oi tne weather
bureau says that the coincident was
purely accidental and that the twenty
third of the month is not necessarily
marcn, April ana May are as a
rule the wnraf mnntha tnr
does," he asserts, "and the Jate after
noon is tne most trequent hour for.
may come any time of day and year,
UV...VV.. uiv iiiciiuiaiia aim juj
west of Greenwich."
Will Put Vermont Guard
Guard Upon War Basis
Montpelier, Vt., March 24. The
Vermont National Guard will be put
on a war footing forthwith. The
house today passed a bill authorizing
the raising of whatever sum may be
necessary to increase the Guard to
war strength and furnish such equip
ment as may be necessary.
of the people who rent
rooms favors The Bee.
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March as compared with
last year ; ,
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