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OMAHA, FRIDAY MORNING. MARCH 30, 1917 TWELVE PAGES.
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Frontier Correspondents of
British Press Hear American
Legation in Brussels Tin- '
der Police Guard.
IS VIRTUALLY ISOLATED
Rumored Teutons Contemplate
Taking; -Minister and His
Staff Across Border. .
U. S. CAPITAL IS SKEPTICAL
'London, March 29. An Exchange
Telegraph dispatch .from Amsterdam
says: : - - -
"Frontier correspondents hear from
Brussels that the American legation
is completely isolated and under a
nnlirr. It is rumored
that the Germans contemplate taking
the minister (brand wmtiocKj ana
his staff to Uermany. -Must
Stay Three Months.
"n. Am.rir.iK in Rmssels have
been notified that they cannot leave
Belgium betore tnree montns at me
A Hague dispatch March 28 le
dared authoritatively that the Ger
man government intended to ask
American officials and relief workers
of the American commission tor re
lief in Belgium to submit to a period
of "news quarantine," the time not to
exceed four weeks, in order to pre
vent military information from leak
A Proper Course. -
Washington, March 29. Subjection
of Americans of the Belgium Relief
commission to a "news quarantine"
prior to their departure from behind
the German lines was explained at the
state department today as a proper
course agreed upon when the relief
workers were invited to remain in
Reoorts that Brand Whitlock, min
ister to Belgium, and other diplomatic
officers also would be detained were
not credited. .'
One Station Trains -Sailors
at the Bate of
Thousand a Month
Lake Bluff, 111., March 29. Sailors
at the rate of almost 1,000 a month
are being turned out at the Great
cording to reports just made public.
In the last few weeks recruits have
been, received at an average rate of
sixty a day. As a result,, accommo
dations have been pressed to the limit
and more than 800 are sleeping in
tents. The course of training, usu
ally Jour months, has been reduced
and the men are being sent to sea as
rapidly as they can be made fit. A
class of 450 will leave tomorrow for
"somewhere in the east."
In addition to the recruits received
from throughout the west and middle
west, preparations are being made
for: the training of short course units
composed of students from a number
jf midwest universities. A unit from
the Armour institute, Chicago, today
began to attend classes in radio sig
naling. - . '-; ' - ,
Two Women to Every Man
' Would Enlist As Marines
New York, March 29. "Are wo
men more patriotic than men?" Dur
ing the last week two women to every
man have applied for enlistment in
!!he United States marine corps, ac
cording to Captain Frank E. Evans,
officer in charge of recruiting here.
"One woman insisted upon being
assigned to duty on a battleship,"
said Captain Evans. "It was difficult
to convince her that women are not
permitted to serve in any capacity on
A recent ruling of Secretary
Daniels provides for the enlistment
of women to till clerical positions,
only, in case of war. This has en
couraged many patriotic daughters of
America, who prefer machine guns to
typewriters; to offer their services as
actual combatants. .''
V The Weather
ForN'ebraslta I'anly' cloudy: varmer.
- Temperature at Omaha 'wterday.
Hour. . , Def .
- 8 a. -m... S7
(i i. ro 3
&r m 40
F 11 m 43
1 p. m so
3 p. Di. 6tt
4 P m. 65
7 p. ill,, 64
8 p. m 60 I
Cemptmrativa Local Record. !
1917. 191ft. 115. IS If I
Highest yefterda.? .. 57 67 3fi 49:
lowest ?wtr(lay ... S3 41 33 41
Minn tfinperatura 4S 30 45 ,
''.'ntp1ta.tlon 08 .00 .00 .0
Temrwrulur and precipitation departures
mm Hi normal: - i
Vormal tempera tore 43
.xrui for the day . ,." 2
Total fxcese since March 1 4H
Normal precipitation 07 Inch
eflrlencr for the day 07 Inch i
Total rainfall rlnce March 1... .1.36 Inches
-3ices linen March 1 03 Inch
.)enitflncy for iior. period. .19U.. .02 Inch
Excess for cor. period, 1916 40 Inch
Report from Stations at ? P. M.
flatten and Stale Temp. Hifh. Rain
of Weathr. 7 p. m. est. . fall.
Cheyenne, parf cloudy.. 6(t . 64 .00
Davenport, clear . 48 64 .00
Oenver. part cloudy.... S 73 .00
ee Moines, clear 14 6 .00
Jorifte City, part cloudy 70 : 74 .00
anclor, cloudy 61 04 .t!
forth Platte, clear..,. 80 64 .00
maha. clear 64 67 . .00
?uelilo, part cloudy.... 68 74 .00
Sapid City, part cloudy OK 70 .00
Hit Lake City, cloudy.. 40 70 .00
Rant Fe, part cloudy. .04 Oft .00
aherldtn. clondy ...... 64 . 6 .00
JMoiLt City, clear....... 4 62 .00
VtUOlUiB Clear 69 CS .00
-4 1 A. WELSH Meteorologist.
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Efforts to Oust Supreme Guar
, dian of Circle Divides Or
der Into Factions.
APPARENT AT CONVENTION
Efforts to oust Emma B. Manches
ter, supreme guardian of the 'ood
men Circle, from this position at the
convention to be held at Memphis,
Tenn., beginning April 2, have split
the Woodmen people into two fac
tions, particularly in Nebraska.
Mrs. Manchester blames the move
ment entirely uoon Sovereign Com
mander Fraser of the Woodmen of
the World, and says he has made a
scurrilous and untruthful attack upon
The Fraser faction charges that
Mrs. Manchester has been in-a con
spiracy against the Woodmen of the
World or Mr. Fraser personally.
The eleventh biennial convention of
the Woodmen Circle of Nebraska is
now on in Lincoln and the fight is
cropping out there. Whether it will
come openly and personally upon the
floor or not, the shadow of the strife
will be evident in the fight of the re
spective factions for representational
the supreme lodge meeting in Mem
phis April 2. Mrs. Katherine Rem
ington of Omaha is candidate for
delegate to this national convention
and belongs to the faction opposed to
Mrs. Manchester's re-election as su
After Mrs. Manchester's Job,
Mrs. Tola McGowan of Grand
Island is the candidate for the fac
tion favoring Mrs. Manchester.
Mrs. Manchester has been supreme
guardian of the Circle for eighteen
years. She holds that she has built
it up from a state of virtual bank
ruptcy to the position of kone of the
strongest - fraternal orders in the
Mr. Fraser holds that the Wood
men of the World has financed the
Woodmen Circle. Mrs. Manchester
denies this and declares the Wood
men of the World have never con
tributed one dollar to the promotion
of this order since she has been su
Charges Duties Hampered.
Mr. Fraser and his friends hold that
Mrs. Manchester has tried to hamper
Mr. Fraser in the discharge of his
duties as sovereign commander. Mrs.
Manchester, on the other hand, de
nies this, and says the only attempt
that has ever been made to break off
friendly relations was made by the
sovereign commander himself.
Mrs. Manchester declares there are
seven members who are in open re
volt against her as supreme guardian.
She declares it is a conspiracy to un
horse her from this position and give
it to another.
. "Their grievance are largely men
tal apparitions," says Mrs. Manches
ter. - " ' , s
Thus the . fiffht continues. Mrs.
Manchester has gone so far as to is
sue a little pamphlet to the members,
setting forth her position as prelim
inary to her regular official report,
which she is to make at Memphis.
Part of Convention Bolts.
Lincoln," Neb., March 29. (Special
Telegram.) Woodmen of the World
in their state meeting here today got
into a controversy which resulted in
a part of the convention "insUrging"
and leaving the convention hall.
State Manager Ed Walsh made a
motion to make the re-election of
Earl R. Stiles of Omaha unanimous.
G. W. Haskell of Lincoln demanded
a roll call and did not get it. O.
Eeezley of Lincoln launched into a
speech declaring that steam roller
methods were being used and de
manded a square deal. Then many
other delegates took up the fight, but
Stiles was re-elected.
Refuse to Seat Unitt.
The trouble was renewed when the
convention refused to seat Charles
Unitt of Omaha, . clerk of Alpha
Camp , of that city, who came as an
alternate. He left the hall and a
number followed him.
The Woodmen Circle also had a
little scrap over the election of a
delegate to the supreme lodge, the
anti-Manchester crowd winning with
the election of Mrs. Remington of
Omaha. Thefanchester faction de
clared that the majority faction had
taken undue advantage by holding
the election in the morning, when it
had always been the custom to hold
the elections in the afternoon..'
Terms in Penitentiary ,
For Stealing Motor Car
Fremont. Neb.. March 29 rSncria!
Telegram.) Walter- Larson, 21, and
Harry Herbert, 19, who said they had
formerly resided in 'Omaha, pleaded
guilty to stealing a Ford touring car
belonging to Sam Maxwell of Fre
mont and were sentenced to terms in
the penitentiary by Judge Button.
Larson was given from one, to two
years and Herbert from ' twelve to
eighteen months. Both Larson and
Herbert had served on the border as
members of company A, Fourth regi
ment. Larson and i-Jerber'. were ar
rested at Ravenna with the car in
Sheriff W. C. Condit and Arthur
Larsen returned from Neligh, where
the automobile belonging to Mr. Lar
sen, stolen on the streets tn Fremont
two weeks ago, was found. They
drove the machine back and brought
with them Glen Howard, held on a
charge of having sold the stolen car,
and Frank. Motony. a farmer near
Neligh, who had bought the machine.
While at Neligh, Sheriff Condit and
the sheriff of Anteljpe county located
a car belonging to Dr. W. H. Taylor
Lady Walnut, Kentucky
Hen, Makes New Record
Lexington, Ky., March 29. A
world's record was made today in
the international consecutive egg lay
ing contest when Lady Walnut, white
leghorn No. 707, laid an egg. It was
the eighty-third consecutive day that
this hen has produced an egg. She
is owned by Dr. K, 1. Ireland ot
Louisville, Ky. The best previous
record was eighty-two eggs in that
many consecutive days,
HCLLWEG SAYS IF
WAR DOES Cn'f
Chanoelloj j Germany
x Never Hv rglitest Inten
tion of AtUcking Amer
ica and Has Not Now.
Asserts Kaiser's Government
Has No Wish for Hostili
ties With Washington.
NO HINT OF CONCESSIONS
Berlin, March 29, (By Wireless to
Sayville.) "Germany never had the
slightest intention of attacking the
United States of America and does
not have such intention now. It never
desired war against the United States
of America and does not desire it to
day," was tfrc" declaration made by
the German imperial chancellor, Dr.
von Bethmann-Hollweg in a speech
in the Reihhstag today.- -
The chancellor made important
declarations concerning Germany's
policy toward, the United States and
Reviews the Causes.
"How did these things develop?"
asked the chancellor, in speaking of
the relations with -the United States.
He then proceeded to answer the
question by reviewing the causes
which led up to the German use of
submarines in unrestricted warfare.
Declaring that Germany had un
dertaken unrestricted submarine war
fare for its defense, Dr. von Beth
mann Hollweg said:
"If the American nation considers
this a cause for which to declare war
against the German nation, with
which it has lived in peace for more
than 100 years? if- this warrants an
increase of bloodshed, we shall not
have to bear the burden of respon
sibility for it."
Says Germans Don't Want War.
Concerning German relations with
the United States, the chancellor,
whose speech is reported by the Over
seas News Agency (the German offi
cial news bureau), said:
"Within the next few days the di
rectors of the American nation will be
convened by President Wilson for an
extraordinary session of congress in
order to decide the question of war
or peace between the American and
"Germany never had the slightest
intention of attacking the United
States of America and does not have
such intention now. It never desired
war against the United States of
America and does not desire it today.
ExpecL...ona Disappointed. '
"How did these things develop?
More than once we told the United
States that we made unrestricted use
of the submarine weapon expecting
that England could be made to ob
serve, in her poU y of blockade, the
laws of humanity and international
agreements. This blockade policy
tnis l expressly recall nas oeen caneo
'illegal and indefensible' (the imperial
chancellor here used th. English
words) by President Wilson and Sec
retary of State Lansing.
"Our expectations, which (re main
tained during eight months, (lave been
disappointed completely; England
not only did not give up her illegal
and inderesible policy of blockade,
but uninterruptedly intensified it.
England, together with her allies, ar
rogantly rejected the peace offers
made by us and' our allies and pro
claimed its warfare which aims at our
annihilation and that of our allies.
"Question of Responsibility.
"Then we took unrestricted sub
marine warfare into our hands; we
had to for our defense.
'If the American nation considers
this a cause for which to declare war
against- the Germai. nation, with
which it has livid in peace for more
than 100 years, if (his action warrants
an increase of bloodshed, we shall not
(Continued on rates Two, Oolumn Two.)
Fund for Relief :
of Jews in Russia
Washington. March 29. President
Wilson sent a telegram today endors
ing the raising of a $10,000,000 fund
for the relief of Jewish war sufferers,
in which he said "the Russian revolu
tion has opened the door of freedom
to an oppressed people" and urged
that they be encouraged.
The president's telegram, sent to
Julius Rosenwald of Chicago, fol
lows: "Your contribution of $1,000,000 to
the $10,000,000 fund for the relief of,
Jewish war sufferers serves democ
racy as well as humanity. The Rus
sian revolution has opened the door
of freedom to an oppressed people,
but unless they are given life and
strength and courage, the opportu
nity of centuries will avail them little.
It is to America that these starving
millions look for aid and out of our
prosperity, fruit of free, institutions,
should spring a vast and ennobling
generosity. Your gift lays an obliga
tion, even while it furnishes inspira
Pretty Plaintiff Walks
Into Court in. Bare Feet
Jurors m Judge Kedick's court sat
up and took notice when pretty Miss
Hazel Johnson, plaintiff in a $5,000
suit against the Omaha & Council
Bluffs Street . Railway company,
patty-patted into the witness box in
here bare feet.
Counsel for the street railway com
pany had requested that Miss John
son's ankle, which slie alleged was
permanently injured in accidentt on
May 25 and May 30, be examined by
the jury. The fair plaintiff was re
luctant at first, but finally consented
to go into an ante room and remove
her shoes and stockings. . .
" iff - - - 9
' What are you 1rttiiig in the league rf life?
What's your fielding average? How many errors
for the year? Ever knock a home run? Or do
you strike out every time at bat? What do you
do if you wallop out a single? Talk to someone
in the grandstand and tell cm how gd you are
Alfonso Takes Extreme Meas
ures to Suppress Appeal '
Made to People.
DETAILS ARE WITHHELD
London, Marcnv 29. The Official
Gazette at Madrid published today a
decree suspending constitutional guar
anties in all province of the king
dom, Reuter's Madrid correspondent
cables.. .". :. -. ( ' -.
The Spanish government will adopt
measures made necessary for the
preservation of order in view of an
appeal to the people which is char
acterized as seditious, says a Reutcr
dispatch from Madrid.
No information had been received
here early this afternoon in explana
tion of the suspension of the consti
tutional guarantees in Spain.
Leaden Are Arrested..
Paris, March 29. An "appeal to
the people" which has been issued
in Spain has been declared by the
government to be seditious, a Havas
dispatch from Madrid reports. The
signers of the appeal, whose names
have not be disclosed, have been ar
rested. The cabinet has taken the
affair into its own hands and will
deal with it summarily.
Subject of Italy Sues
Rock Island for Big Sum
Louis Farrara, a citizen of Italy
and a subject of Victor . Emmanuel
III, is suing the Rock Island for $10,
200 in district court, alleging-permanent
injuries suffered in a railroad
wreck near7 Atlantic, la., on February
5. His attorney said that the cast
was brought as it was, with Farrara
named as a citizen of. Italy, so that
it could not be changed to federal
Public Aid to Be Given
Garden Workers in Fremont
Fremont, Neb., March 29. (Spe
cial Telegram.) At a meeting of citi
zens at the high school Wednesday
evening plans for a community gar
den club were laid and a' committee
appointed to have charge of the work.
Arrangements have been made for
aiding in a financial way those who
are unable to buy their seed potatoes.
Our Country's Flag
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Specially designed, printed in correct colors, on heavy
enamel paper to be cut out and pasted on the window pane.
Size 17x24 inches. . -
Get them at The Bee office. : ' ;
Two flags for this Coupon and 6 cents by mail 2 cents
Fut One in Every Window.-
Keep a Box Score of Yourself?
instead of keeping your eyes on the ball? The
pitcher slips it to the first baseman and you go
sit down on the bench. Or, are you watching
the base you are on, also the pitcher, second,
third and home? Life is a ball game any gam
if you. think of it that way. H. G.
Telephone Girl at
Operator Fires Six Shots at
Man Who Climbed Pole
and Attempted to Out
PEESENCE OF MIND SHOWN
Falls City Neb., March 29.(Spe
cial Telegram) Atl '"attempt was
mide to tob the tank, at Rslo'Iast
niffht bv several men. who; when de
tected, fled south toward Kansas in a
high-power auto. The telegraph wires
were cut at the Burlington depot, and
IS SUNOY RAIDER
Report from Tokio Says Un
named Vessel Destroyed in
the Southern Pacific
BRITISH BARK NEATH SUNK
: Vancouver, B. C, March 29. A dis
patch to the Canadian News from
Tokio says that a German raider has
sunk a Japanese warship in the south
ern Pacific. The names of the vessels
wert not disclused. -
It was officially announced in Tokio
about two weeks ago that a converted
German cruiser had been sighted in
the Indian ocean and was being traced
by Japanese and British - warships
after the raider had sunk a Japanese
freight ship. Prior to that two -British
steamships were reported to have
been destroyed by an armed mer
chantman off Colombo, Ceylon.;
Bill to Supply Funds
'For Guard Reported Out
From a Staff Corripondnt.)..
Lincoln, March 29. (Special.)
The house finance committee today
reported put for favorable considera
tion the special' bill sent in by the
governor, appropriating $100,000 for
th?- mobilization " of the National
Guard and to cover other expenses
in connection, with raising troops if
it should be necessary. . '
Be Bank Robbers
the agent, being unable to find a live
wire in either direction, called the tele
phone exchange and told the girl his
suspicion that an attempt would be
made to dynamite the big railroad
bridge. In a few minutes the girl
heard a noise outside the office, and,
peeping out, saw i man on the tele
phone pole cutting the cable. She
fired six (hots with a 21 revolver at
the man and to arouse the town, and
ran to the nearest house and aroused
Dr. Shepnara. Slie snot at tne man
after he , was on the ground and he
called, ""Girlie, don't shoot; we won't
hurt youl" Tools were taken from
the section house.
BRYAN WANTS HIS
PEACE PLAN TRIED
Nebraskan Appeals to Congress
for Inquiry by Impartial Tri
bunal Before War Starts.
ALSO ASKS REFERENDUM
' Miami, Fla., March 28. William J.
Bryan today addressed an appeal to
the senate and house of representa
tives, urging that an attempt be made
to secure the suspension of Ger
many's ruthless submarine campaign
through the application of Hhe so
called Bryan peace plan, which pro
vides for an investigation of all dis
putes by an international tribunal be
fore resort to war.
Mr. Bryan asked that congress also
consult the -, wishes of the ' people
through a referendum if it concludes
that nothing but war, will satisfy the
nation's' honor. Mr. Bryan's appeal
to congress follows:
"Exercising the- citizen's - right of
petition, I appeal toou. The dis
pute with Germany has passed be
yond the domairr-.of diplomacy and
some advise settlement by the sword.
The metropolitan press, -which tried
to prevent the re-election of the
president and failed, undismayed by
a popular verdict of more than 500,
000, now seeks to lash the country
into a fury and urges the govern
ment to take part, in the European
''To you, and to you only, is given
constitutional authority to declare
war war which - in this case may
mean the signing of the death war
rant of thousands, even millions, of
your countrymen, and the laying of
grievous burdens upon future, gen
erations. Before you take this blood
uoon vour hands consider, I pray
you, first, that the wrong which you
would punish, cruel and unjustifiable
as they are, are-not intended pri
marily against this country, but ire
acts of desperation directed against
other nations with which the offend
ers are at war. Second, that our land
is not thtcatened with invasion, but
that we are asked to go 3,000 miles
for a chance to fight. Third, that we
I have not the excuse for going to war
' that the European nations had. They
I had no machinery for peace. We
have a peace plan offered by this na
tion to the world and now embodied
in thirty treaties with three-quartera
of the population of the globe. The
plan has the endoisement of the pres
ident, the'eommendattor. of the sen
ate and the approval of the people at
the polls. It provides for investiga
tion of all disputes by an interna
tional tribunal before resort to war.
' Treaties With Four Nations.
"Fortunately these treaties compel
us to employ -the plan with Great
Britain, France, Italy and Russia be
fore going to war with them. Ger-
(CultaiMd oa ran Nun, Column hJ
WILSON HOPES TO
President Wishes House to Or
ganize' Promptly, So as
Not to Delay Action
in Crisis. ' ;
LEADERS DRAFT MEASURE
Action Must Originate in House
. Largely Because of Stone
and Hitchcock Attitude.
CABINET TO MEET FRIDAY
Washington, March 29. President
Wilson was said today to be hopeful
that the house of representatives will
rush its organization plant so that
there will be no delay in affording
him opportunity to make his address
on the war aituation to a joint ses
sion with the senate. Administration
leadera are anxious that if a pro
longed fight is in prospect some sort
of an arrangement be made for tem
porary organization to permit the
president's appearance Tuesday
The resolution for congressional
action to comply with the president's
recommendations probably will be
considered first in the house, leaving
the senate to take it up later. The
house foreign affairs committee now
is drafting various forms of a reso
lution to meet the executive recom
mendations. Another reason for original house
action is the probability that the reso
lution will carry an emergency ap
propriation. Appropriation measures
must originate there. -Stone
The peculiar situation in the senate
foreign relations committee with
Chairman Stone opposed to action
which would lead to war and the op
position of Senator Hitchcock, the
next ranking democratic member,
to steps further than an armed neu
trality manifesto, -was another factor
in, the tentative plan to have the
resolution originate in the house, t
The president has received recom
mendations from several cabinet mem
ber on points to be included in his
address and is now preparing it in a
preliminary way. ,.
The final cabinet meeting before
the assembling of congress will be
held tomorrow and members will be
ready to report fully on preliminary
Universal Military Training.
Chairman Chamberlain of the sen
ate military committee, with' White
House engagement for late today,
said he would ask President Wilton
in his addr.-ss to congress next week
to endorse universal military training
as a preparedness measure of first im
Impetus was given the movement
for universal training legislation to
day when a call went out to repub
lican house members for a conference
on the subject tomorrow, r Represen
tatives Green of Vermont! Gray, New
Jersey; Piatt, New York; Gardner,
Massachusetts; McArthur, Oregon,
and McCormick, Illinois, issued notice
asking "republican members-elect who
favor the principle of universal com
pulsory military training" to the meet
ing. Many members have indicated
their acceptance, Representative
Caldwell of New York, u democrat,
has announced he will introduce the
Chamberlain bill for universal service
as soon as congress convenes, '
i ii i ,
! Of Nebraska Uni
Opposed to Pacifists
i Lincoln, Neb., March 29.-X peti
tion circulated in the faculty and
among the regents of the University
of Nebraska, in which President Wil
son is strongly endorsed and paci
ficists are declared untimely, was
signed today bx nearly thirty persons,
influential in university affairs. Copies
of the petition will be sent to Senator
Hitchcock and Congressman. Rcavis
at Washington. , ;
Nellie Wakeley's Funeral to
Be Held This Afternoon
Funeral services for Miss Nellie
Wakeley, eldest daughter of the late
Judge E. Wakeley, will be held at 2
o'clock this afternoon from th. family
residence, 607 North Nineteenth
street. Dean Tancock of Trinity ca
thedral, will ' conduct the services,
which will be private. Pallbearers will
be: - - .
Charles B. Kellr . Robert W. Pitrlctt
fltockson Heslh w. A. RMtok -Henry
W. VU- Alfred Millard
Morton Wakeley and Thompson
Wakeley, nephews, will arrive to
Omaha this morning from Ithaca, N.
Y., where they are students at Cor
nell university. '
The increase in value of
real estate holdings in' a
growing city is almost un
believable. Put your savings to work
by applying them on the
purchase price of a home,
lot or investment.
Read the bargains in to
day's Want Ad' columns.
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