Image provided by: University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries, Lincoln, NE
About Omaha daily bee. (Omaha [Neb.]) 187?-1922 | View Entire Issue (April 20, 1917)
Night or Day
VOL. XL VI. NO. 262.
OMAHA, FRIDAY MORNING, APRIL 20, 1917 TWELVE PAGES.
lnlM. at nHM.
Urn SliaSs, I, k.
SINGLE COPY TWO CENTS.
CONGRESS TO LIMIT ACTION
- FRENCH DEFEAT
. GERMAN TROOPS
Twelve New Divisions Formed
to Save Teuton Lines Routed
in Terrific Assault North
IS TAKEN I
I : .
Great Wedge Driven Three
Miles Into Enemy Line
in the Champagne.
BRITONS AWAITING TURN
Paris, April 19. Steady gains by I
the French are reported in the official
communication issued by the war of
fice tonight in the continuation of the
drive against the southern end of the
Hindenburg line. The most important
advance was made to the nortftwest
of Aubcrive, where the French car
ried a strong system ,of German
trenches over an extent of about a
mile and a quarter.
By Associated Press.
Germany has thrown nearly a quar
ter of a million fresh troops into the
fray on the sixty-mile sector of the
western front between Soissons and
Auberive and still is unable to check
the French advance.
Both noith of the Aisne and in the
Chamnagre General Nivelh's forces
are pressing forward. The last strong
hold of the Germans on the Aisne
was taken with the capture of .the
Vailly bridgehead yesterday, and their
wavering lines continued last night to
be pushed rapidly northward.
From Chavonne, on the Aisne, the
French have driven more than three
miles north of the river despite des
perate resistance by' Von Hinden
burg's reinforced armies.
In the Champagne the French have
driven a great wedge more than three
miles deep into the German lines be
tween Rheims and Auberive, and last
night's attacks netted General Ni-
velle's men several important heights
in tnc iloronvilliers region.
Meanwhile the British are quiescent,
so far as the official accounts show.
awaiting their turn to strike the other
flank- of the Von Hmdenburtr line.
The French have so far taken more
than 17,000 prisoners in their of
fensive. At last accounts the British
had taken in excess of 14,000.
The French also have captured
nearly iuo guns.
French Official Report.
Paris, April 19. The Germans
threw twelve new divisions against
tne trench between Soissons and Au
berive last night. The war office an
nounces that they, were unable to
check the successful offensive of the
The French continued to. make
progress north of Vailly and Ostel,
notwithstanding violent German at
tacks. The successes of the French
i:. the Champagne were followed by
lurthcr advances in the region of
Moronvilliers. Several important
heights and strong positions were
Two more batteries of German ar
tillery were captured on the front be
tween Soissons and Auberive.
i weivc merman divisions at war
strength constitute a force of about
German Official Report.
Berlin, April 19. (Via London.)
The battle in the Champagne, north
west of Auberive, yesterday continued
into the night, says today's official an
nouncement. This morning the fight
ing increased in intensity as a result
of the. introduction of fresh forces.
. Near Ville-Aux-Bois. the statement
$fs. "the. forest position became un
suitable to us and we established our
selves in a rearward line."
A local French attack near Braye-Kn-Lannois
.succeeded, the statement
says, but assaults on the elevated
front along the Chemin-Des-Dames
and near Craonne failed.
Tfmjerturri at Omaha TettrdT.
Hour. ' Deif.
B a. jii 57
A a. m P8
7 a. m ft!)
8 a. m 19
ft a. m 63
10 a. m 67
ft p. m. 59
Comparative tarnl Record.
1917. UK. 1915. 1914.
Highest yesterday .. 76 75 5 S4
Lrwest yostenjay Ii7 R8 6fi 34
Mean temperature . 68 64 69 44
Precipitation 16 .31 .00 ,06
Temperature and precipitation departures
!rom the normal:
Normal temperature 62
Excess for the day 14
Total exceaa since March 1 ...94
Normay precipitation 09 Inch
l-lreess for the day.. 07 Inch
Total rainfall aince March 1 2.71 tnehea
Deficiency alnce March 1 3 Inch
Deficiency for cor. period, 1916. .1.33 Inches
Deficiency for cor. period, 1916.. .97 Inch
Reports from Station sit 7 P. M.
8tatlon and State .Temp. High- Raln-
of Weather. T o. m.
Kansas City, cloudy.... 66
Davenport, rain 66
l'ea Moines, rain 66
Dodge City, cloudy.... 40
Kt. Louis, cloudy 73
1'eorla, part cloudy ... 66
Omaha, rain 61
Oklahoma City, clear,. 70
Chicago,' cloudy 66
Minneapolis, cloudy.... 52
Toledo, cloudy 70
Sheridan, clear 46
Mous City, cloudy .... 42
Abllone, -clear . .76
L. A. WELSH, Meteorologist.
C5Li - I ".I a- m.
eJ R i r . m.
V 2 p. m.
' 4 p. m.
' 7 p. m.
LEADING OMAHA ATTORN,
T. J. Mahoney.
U MAHONEY DIES
Omaha Barrister Succumbs to
Attack in Lobby of United
State Senate Chamber.
WAS MOST WIDELY KNOWN
Timothy J. Mahoney, one of the
most prominent members of the
Omaha bar and widely known
j throughout the middle west as an at
torney, dropped dead in senate visi
tors gallery at Washington yesterday.
The dispatch from Washington said
that he died of heart desease.
Mr. Mahoney left Omaha the first
of the month for a winter resort on
the Virginia coast, wfWe he went for
a rest. He was on his way home at
the time of his sudden death. He was
expected to return to Omaha Satur
day. He is survived by his widow and
two brothers, John Mahoney and Pat
rick Mahoney of San Francisco. There
were no children.
Mr. Mahoney was born on April 17,
1857, in Crawford county, Wisconsin.
When he was 7 years old his family
moved to Iowa, where he received
his. preliminary education in the cour
try and town schools of Clayton
and Guthrie counties. Later he at
tended St. Joseph's college at Du
buque, la., and Notre Dame univet-
sity at South Bend, Ind..
Studied Law in Iowa.
He afterVard took a law course in
be Iowa State university, graduat
ing with the class of 1887. In the
meantime, however, lie had provided
for his educational training by serv
ing as county superintendent of
schools of Guthrie county from 1882
till 1884. He was then but 24 years
After graduating from law school
Mr. Mahoney moved to Omaha and
started practicing here. He soon be
came a leader of the Omaha bar and
in January, 1889, became county at
torney, being re-elected and serving
in that office until 1893.
In 1904 Mr. Mahoney assisted in
organizing the Creighton College of
Law and for a number of years was
dean of the faculty. At the present
time he is dean ftucritus.
Mr. Mahonev was senior oartner in
the Omaha law firm of Mahoney &
Kennedy, being associated wtth . A.
C. Kennedy, Yale Holland. Philip E.
Horan and Guy C. Kiddo.
Had Large Interests.
In addition to his interests as a
member of the bar. he was identified
wim several prominent Dusiness firms
and corporations. He was a director
of the Union Stock Yards company,
tne racKers national nans ana tnelt
Sheridan Coal company.
Mr. Mahonev was a member of the
Catholic church and was prominently
identified with the Knights of Colum
bus, the Catholic Mutual Benefit as
sociation and the Ancient Order of
He was also well known in cltih
circles, being a member of the Omaha,
the Country club, the Omaha Com
mercial clubhand the Omaha Automo
bile club. .
Mr. Mahonev was orcsiH-nt nf thr
Nebraska State Bar association in
1907 and 1908.
He married Miss Helcnr T .inn at
Milwaukee. Wis., on April 17. 1893.
The family home was at .112
Berlin Says No
Subsea Yet On
1 American Coast
Berlin, April 19. (Via London.)
It is officially announced that there
is no submarine as yet ill the western
part of the Atlantic.
I he statement follows:
"The Reuter telegram retarding an
attack by a German submarine on the
American destroyer Smith can be de
scribed only as a frivolous means of
attributing to Germany the opening
of hostilities. In fact no submarine
is yet in the western half of the At
lantic." Man Who Fanned 25 Batters
Offers to Serve as Chaplain
Liberty. Mo.. Anril 19. A. C Mar-
Kinney. captain of the William Tcudl
base ball team-, who on Mondav struck
out twenty-five batsmen in a game
wiltl larkto college, today announced
nc nan volunteered his services to
President Wilton as an army chap-lain.
i n 1 1 1 k viiwbii
IN FREIGHT RATES
Interstate Commerce Commis
sion Gives Roads Conditional
Permission to Boost Tar
iffs Fifteen Per Cent.
EFFECTIVE FIRST OF JUNE
Shippers and Other Interested
Organizations Have Chance
to State Views on Action.
LOOPHOLE FOR WITHDRAW
Washington, April 19. The Inter
state Commerce commission today is
sued a tentative order permitting the
railroads to file supplemental tariffs
increasing freight rates 15 per cent, as
applied for, effective June 1.
The order was made tentative so
that shippers and other interested or
ganizations might state their views
upon it at a hearing beginning here to-,
At the close of the hearing, should
the commission deem it desirable to
! adopt another method in dealing with
tne application tor a general increase,
the tentative order will be withdrawn,
leaving the situation as it was before
the order was issued.
All commodities with the exception
of bituminous coal and coke ore, upon
which advances already have been
made, are included in the commis
The tentative order excepts ter
minal rates, charges and allowances.
or absorptions, and rates and charges
for demurrage, weighing, switching,
car service diversion, reconsignment,
remgerauon, iccing, storage, eleva
tion and other transit or special serv
ices. Six Thousand Lewis
Machine Guns Are
Ordered hy U. S.
Washington. April 19. Emergency
orders for 6,000 Lewis machine guns
for the army and navy have been
placed by the government, although
the American-made weaoon. which
has been the subject of such bitter
controversy, has not been adopted as
the standard light machine.- gun for
Tests of the Lewis and other light
weapons will take place May 1, it was
said at the department, as a result of
which a finali decision would be
reached. The Lewis gun, once re
jected by the American government,
has become one of the great factors
of entente armaments orr the western
For the army 1,300 guns have been
ordered, that being the limit of avail
able funds for the purpose. Another
1,700 will be ordered os soon as addi
tional funds are voted in the pending
army appropriation act. The marine
cor ordered 2,000 guns some time
ago and an additional 1,000 have been
ordered for the navy.
Spirit is Used to
Boston, Mass., April IS. Patriots'
day was observed with more than
usual enthusiasm today. The princi
pal evertt was the trip of a horseback
rider, impersonating Paul Revere,
over the route from Boston to Lex-
infrton an tne ou,skirt8 of Concord
followed hv th.
rior who warne(1 ,h Middlesex coun-
- v hm.,, f .i,. u -r .u-
British tr ps in 1775,
New York, April 19. The patriotic
spirit of New York was stirred to
day by reminders of the battle of Lex
ington and the beginning of the Amer
ican fight for independence. Nearly
200,000 persons took an active part
in parades and meetings and other
demonstrations throughout the city to
celebrate the 142nd anniversary of the
beginning of the revolution and to
stimulate recruiting in the army and
"Wake Up America di-y" began at
midnight, ushered in by the ringing
of church bells and the cheering of
crowds on Broadway, while a young
woman in the costume of Taul Re
vere rode through the street summon
ing the men of America to answer
their country's call in the n-w strug
gle for human liberty.
Old Glory to Fly From
Great Victoria Tower
London, April 19. The American
flag will fly from the great Victoria
tower of the houses of parliament on
Friday, this being the first time in
history that any but the British flag
has flown there. The sale of Ameri
can flags in London has been enor
mous, many dealers being sold out.
Supposed Nitro Bomb
Proves Holy Water
Des Moines, la., April 19 (Spe
cial.) Nick Krooes, Croatian,
aged 40 years, was arrested here
a few days ago when a queer look
ing bottle was found on him. It
was thought the bottle was nitro
glycerine and that he was contem
plating some act of violence. , He
was placed in jail while chemists
anaylized the liquid. The liquid
proved to be holy water.
NEW CAPITOL FOR
BY SOLONS' VOTE
Lower Body Adopts Confer
ence Committee Seport by
Vote of Fifty-Three
to Thirty-Five. 1
MAKE SERIES OF LEVIES
To Raise Fund of Over Three
Million Dollars for the
PLANS ONLY AT THIS TIME
(Frora a Staff Correspondent.)
Lincoln, April 19. (Special Tele
gram.) Nebraska will have a new
The house this afternoon, after a
bitter fight and a long cat! for mem
bers, finally adopted ' the conference
committee's report, 5.1 to 35.
The bill as adopted calls for a levy
of one-fourth of a mill in 1917, one
half mill in 1918 and one mill each
year until the sum of $3,500,000 is
It appropriates $10,000 for expenses
of a capitol commission and for draw
ing a sketch of the new building. It
will be up to the next legislature to
perfect the plans for construction of
the new state house.
Fight Wages Long.
During most of the afternoon the
vote stood 46 for the bill and 40
against. Two delinquent members
were then brought in and it seemed
victory was coming, when Bates
changed from aye to no and Sraub
This put the advocates of the bill
considerably in the dumps. Then the
sergeant-at-arms reported lie was un
able to find any more of the absen
tees. A night session was imminent,
when the members began changing
from no to aye. Keegan and lelen
leading off. followed by Andcrsonof
.lioyd ana Burrows, who had changed
from aye to no a half hour before.
Then Straub changed back to aye
and when the changes were all re
corded the vote was announced as
S3 ayes, 35 nays and 12 absent.
How Members Voted.
The vote was as follows:
Alnlay. . Miller.
Anderson of BoyS, MUlB,
Burrowa, ; ' . - Mfmly, " " "
Harrta fit Greeley, Schneider,
Howard, s Shaffer,
Brick Johnton, Trumble,
Fred Jobneon, Wait.
Lovely, Mr. .HpeakerBa.
Andernon ef Pholpl, Lemar,
LaBounty, Taylor 36,
Absent and not voting:
Harris of Buffalo, Reneker,
Olson, Tracewell 12,
Milk Dealers Fear
May Be Raised Here
Milk dealers of Omaha are con
cerned over the rapid rise in the cost
of feed and the shortage of milk at
the present time. It is stated by the
dealers that it is impossible to get
enough milk to supply the demand in
Omaha. Out on the farms hay is $22
to $23 a ton and hay is being, shipped
out of the state by the trainload. Grain
feeds run from $45 to $b0 a ton. Up
to the present time the dealers have
mostly held the price of milk in
Omaha to 9 cents a quart. Some few
have raised to 10 cents and it is
thought that the raise will be general.
In Kansas City - and Denver milk
prices have been raised to 11 and 15
cents a quart.
U. P. Preparing to Resume
Double Tracking in Wyoming
The Union Tacific is assembling
forces for resuming work on dou
ble tracking the remainder of the line
through Wyoming. This work is un
der contract and the steel for the sec
ond track bought and most of it de
Considerable difficulty is expected
in securing sufficient common labor to
carry on the new work and it is ex
pected that a large portion of it will
be done by colored men who arc be
ing brought in from the south.
Shot from Ambush
Trenton, N. J April 19. A shot
fired from ambush mortally wounded
Robert Price, 18 years old, a private
in the New Jersey National Guards,
who was on duty guarding a railroad
bridge near Yardville, N. J., early today.
BRITISH CONQUEST OF LENS Lens and La Battoe, six
mile north, are the principal outworks of Lille, key to the
whole German position in Flanders. The British are at the
very gates of Lens.
SCALE OF MIU XAtVA.OADt,
J"""" I,, i i a. RCMDS w
I ' i CANALS
MMWMi "Wif lint
VILLA ROUTED BY
. DE FACTO FORCES
Troops Commanded by , Jtebel
Leader in Person Soattered
by Oarranza Troops.
FIGHT FOR SEVERAL HOURS
Juarez, Mexico, April 19. Villa
forces and government troops clashed
at San Miguel de Eabicora Monday
afternoon for the first general en
gagement of the campaign being
made against Villa and his troops by
General Francisco Murguia, accord
ing to an official message received
here late today from the Chihuahua
One hundred Villa soldiers were re
ported to have been killed in action,
200 horses and saddles captured and
the Villa troops routed and driven
into the mountains by the cavalry in
command of General Favila, the re
port stated. Colonel Solas, five other
officers and a number of de facto sol
diers were also reported killed in the
The Villa troops were commanded
by Francisco Villa in person, Jose
Ynez Salazar, Martin Lopez, brother
of the bandit who was executed for
the Santa Ysabel massacre, and other
The Villa troops rode into action,
repulsing the advance guard of the
Carranza forces, after which the
lighting became general, according to
the official statement.
After fighting fiercely for several
hours, the ranks of the Villa com
mand broke and the men rode toward
the mountains in disorder with the
Carranza cavalry in close pursuit.
The. pursuit continued until darkness.
Large Bomb Found in
Des Moines Factory
Des Moines, la., April 19. A plot
to blow up the plant of the Des
Moines Electric company was
thwarted late last night by the dis
covery in one of the machinery sheds
of a bomb, weighing forty pounds and
believed to contain enough explosive
to have wrecked buildings for manv
The bomb consisted of two iron
castings about ten inches in diameter,
riveted together. An electric fuse
had been inserted in one end and
sealed up with wax,
The po'ice are searching for two
men who were seen to enter the plant
late yesterday afternoon carrying a
Rainstorm Does Some
Damage to Property Here
Rain, accompanied by a high wind,
did some damage to property in
Omaha early last night.
Reports from throughout the state
indicated a general rainstorm. Sleet
was reported to have done consider
able damage near Grand Island.
Several fences were blown down in
the west end of Omaha.
The rain and wind lowered tele
phone poles and wires in tne neigh
borhood of Forty-second and Martha
All Spanish Cabinet
Ministers Quit Office
Madrid (Via London), April 19.
The Spanish cabinet resigned.
TELEPHONE MEN -PLEDGE
Independent Officials Plan to
Co-operate With Govern
ment During War,
MEETING' HELD HERE
Independent telephone men from
two states pledged their loyalty to the
government and made plans to co
operate with thi 'yyar department in
every possible way, at , a injecting in
Omaha yesterday afternoon; The con
ference, if officials from Nebraska
nd Iowa ivas held at thf request Of
F, B. MacKinnon of Washington,,
vice presiden tof the United States In.
dependent Telephone association, and
i member of the committee on com
munication of the National Defense
board. The meeting was held at the
Mr.' MacKinnon in an address to
the telephona officials, pointed out
that as a part of its preparation for
participation in the war, the govern
ment is desrious of having the full
est possible co-operation of the wire
interests. He said that the telephone
and legraph are of the most vital
importance in all military prepara
tions and operations.
The eastern telephone official said
Ask Men to Volunteer.
"Telephone and telegraph employes
have had excellent training in the
course of their daily work for use
fulness in the work of the signal
corps. It is desirable that such men
volunteer for that sort of service to
the extent that they may be available
without interferring with or crippling
the continuous operation of all ex
isting communication lines in the
country, which must be maintained in
the most efficient manner in order to
further the business of the govern
ment during the war period."
F. H. Woods and Harold L. Bever
were chairman and secretary, respec
tively, ot tne meeting.
Thei following other Independent
telephone officials attended the ses
sion: L. E. Hurts. Lincoln; Alfrsd Bratt, Genoa,
Neb.: H. C BaunilArs. Manilla, la.l J. H.
Urnkhnrr, Dyarsrllls, la. ; P. If. Woods, Lin
coln; W, B. Fucrst; Battlo Creek, Neb.;
A. 8. Howard. K-nessw, Neb.: Clears-e B.
nooker. Pawnee, Neb., and Harold L. Beyer,
In their resolutions. th telephone men
pladcnd to tlut president of the United
States and all others In authority, both
federal and atate, their whole-hearted sup
port and co-operatton, with ths aesuranee
that Itntlr properties will ha maintained
and operated at ths highest possible stsnd-
ard of effectiveness. In order lhat all times
propintp and satisfactory telephone com
munication may be Instantly available for
official business, both federal and state.
which shall bo riven preference over sll
calls of a commercial or . private nature;
It was agreed to request thn officers of
the state associations, with the assistance
of their member rompsnles, at once to
canvass the situation and to cause llsta to
be prepared of available men, experienced
In. the telephone business, who may with
advantage enlist In the ftlanat Hervlce ne
scrve corpa and. In co-operstlnn with the
United Slates Independent Tclephonn ss
soclatlon and the federal and state military
authorities, to exert their utmost efforta to
the end that the signal service may be
fully and completely recruited at ths ear
liest possible moment, '
Houston Asks Farmers'
Officials to Conference
Washington, April 19. Secretary
Houston today invited the heads of
the principal farmers' organizations to
come here next Monday to confer on
the food situation and give advice and
suggestions as to the best means of
increasing the supply.
Mrs. Bryan Addresses
Tallahassee. Fla.. AdHI 18.-Mrs.
William Jennings Bryan, wife of the
former secretary of state, opened a
state-wide campaign for woman suf
frage here last night when she ad
dressed a joint session of the legislature.
TO HOLD SESSION
TO FIGHTING PLANS
Caucnt of House Democrats)
Decide to Eract Legiila.
tion Only Having to Do ,
WILSON INSISTS ON DSA7T
Bill to Be Reported Practically,
at Drawn by General Staff
and Passed Promptly.
EXPERIENCE OF ENGLAND
Washington, April 19. Houst
democrats in caucus ' late today
agreed that the extra session of con
gress should be devoted exclusively
to war emergency legislation pro
posed by the president.
A resolution to t this effect was
substituted for 'one previously
adopted after vigorous fight, pro
viding for consideration of the How
ard bill to permit the president to
prohibit the manufacture or sale of
liquor during the war.
Debate on the administration army
bill will begin in the house Monday.
An agreement was reached today by
house leaders and consideration of
the measure is expected to last from
two to three days. Majority and
minority reports will be filed with
the clerk of the house on Saturday.
The house adjourned this afternoon
until Monday. '
Line Up for Draft Fight.
Friends and opponents of the ad
ministration plan for raising an army
by selective draft lined up in con
gress today for the impending fight
over the twa systems.
In the house the military committee
was ready to report the administra
tion measure with amendments pro
viding for calling volunteers in incre
ments of 500,000 each and authorizing
draft only when the president de
cides the volunteer plan is not ade
quate to produce the army desired.
An attempt probably will be made to
press the measure for passage Mon
In the senate the military commit
tee had voted ten to seven to recom
mend the administration bitl virtually
as it was drawn by the army general
staff, This was to be reported today
and. it may be passed by the senate
without awaiting house action.
President Wilson was still deter
mined that the selective draft plan
should prevail and it seemed probable
that if necessary he would ap
peal direct to the people, on the
srround that the nation's smfetv de
pends on prompt enactment of the
general staff bill.
Kahn Will Lead Fight. -Preparing
to lead the fight in the
house for the administration bill, Rep-,
resentative Kahn, ranking republican
of the military committee, conferred
today with Secretary Baker.
Jt is expected Mr. Kahn will pre
sent in his minority report a letter
from Secretary Baker sent to Chair
man Dent two days ago in a final ef
fort to get the committee to approve
the administration plans, which out
lines clearly tne purpose of the mili
tary experts to provide places fof
750,000 individual volunteers in the
expanded regular army and National
Guard and their reasons for distrust
ing any scheme for taking into the
service complete volunteer units as
proposed by the majority of the house
Representative Kahn will have,
available also a detailed study of Eng
land's struggle with the volunteer
system made by American military
experts who personally watched the
process. It is understood these re
ports graphically picture the failure
of the system under its greatest test
in history and point out the costly de
lay the experiment cost and the at
tendant military disasters at the front
The bill as amended by the com,
mittee. was introduced today by
Chair.i.an Dent. It was immediately,
referred back to the .cornmittee for
the perfunctory report. Mr. Dent ex
pects to report the bill Monday and
take it up In the house Tuesday.
Supt. Hunter of ;
Lincoln Goes to .
in ir i n r j .. j. i m
Lincoln, Neb , April 19. Jesse H.'
Newlont present principal of the Lin
coin High school, was formally of
fered the position of superintendent
of school by the Board of Education!
at its meeting today. The meeting :
was called to accept the resignation '
of Fred M. Hunter, who will take
charge of Ihe schools at Oakland, Cat '
Superintendent Hunter was being
considered for the superintendency of
is a sure investment.
Buy Real. Estate' and
let the exceptional
growth of the city in
crease your savings.
Many bargains are to
be found on the Want
Turn to them now, .
Powered by Open ONI