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The Omaha Sunday
, PART ONE
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VOL. XLVI NO. 45.
OMAHA, SUNDAY MORNING, APRIL 22, 1917 SIX SECTIONS FORTY-SIX PAGES.
SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTS.
ALLIES TAKE OVER
IN DOUBLE DRIVE
French and .British Forces
Seize 330 Guns and Host
of Captives During
TEUTONS ATTACK IN VAIN
Entente Armies Are Pushing
Ahead at Many Points in
CANNON DUEL ON AISNE
Paris, April 21. Violent artillery
fighting between the Somme and the
Oise, particulary south of St. Quen
tin, is reported in the official com
The number of German prisoners
taken by the French and British
troops since the beginning of the
present operations is placed at more
than 33,000 and the guns at 330.
French troops made further gains
last night in grenade fighting south
of Juvincourt and east of Courcy. A
German attack against Mont Haut
tailed, the war office announces. The
artillery was active over the front of
the French offensive. The battle of
guns raged with particular violence
cast of Craonne and north of Rbeims.
German Attacks Fail.
London,, April 21. A German
counter attack against the British
holding the village of Gonnelieu was
repulsed and many German dead were
left in front of the British position,
according to the official report from
British headquarters tonight Further
advances are recorded east of Fam
poux and southwest of Lens.
British troops last night captured
the village of Gonnelieu, on the front
between St. Quentin and Cambrai, it
was officially announced today. A
number of prisoners were taken in
the sharp fighting here.
The statement reads:
"We captured the village of Gonne
lieu last night after sharp fighting,
taking also a number of prisoners.
"An enemy party attempted to en
ter our trenches in the neighborhood
of Fauquissart, but was repulsed.
"Artillery fire continued on ooth
sides at number of places during
Artillery Duel on Aisne Front
- Berlin. April 21. (Via tondod.)
"Yesterday afternoon," says the of
ficial statement issued today by the
German army headquarters staff,
"strong artillery firing was com
menced on the whole Ainse river
front and also in the Champagne. On
the Chemin Des Dames and in the
Champagne enemy attacks failed."
"Between Loos and the Arras-Cam-brai
railway line," the statement adds,
"there was a gradual increase in the
Russ Active on All Fronts.
Pctrograd, April 21. (Via Lon
don) The official statement issued
today by the Russian war depart
"Scouting, rifle firing and aerial ac
tivity are reported on all the fronts."
Austrians Beaten in Sea
And Air Fight Near Venice
Rome, April 20. (Via London,
April 21.) A sea and air battle near
Venice on April 17 is reported in an
announcement by the war office as
"A number of airplanes, aided by
torpedo boats approached Venice on
April 17 in order to effect a recon
noisance in force. A rapid counter
attack by Italian and French airplanes
and the fire of our batteries prevented
the enemy machines from flying over
the city. In a series of aerial duels
one enemy plane was shot down. Two
Italian hydroplanes have failed to re
turn to their bases."
Subsea Sinks Norse Ship
And Kills Eight of Crew
London, April 21. A dispatch to
the Central News, from Copenhagen
says an official Norwegian communi
cation announces that the steamer
Bergengut has been sunk by a Ger
manlpubmarine and that eight of the
crew were killed.
It' is also reported that the Nor
wegian steamer Norden, 776 tons
gross, has been captured by Germans
and .taken to Cuxhaven.
For Nebraska Kair, warmer northeast
.Temperature at Omaha Yesterday.
5 a. m
S a., m
7 a. m. .
8 a. m . .
a. m 64
10 a. m 60
11 a. m..,.. 65
1 p. m..... 71
2 p. m VI
3 p. m
4 p. m
G p. m
6 p. m 75
7 p. m. 73
Comparative Local Record.
1917. 3518. 1915. 1914.
Highest yesterday... . 76 &8 73 81
Lowest yesterday...,. 44 38 65 56
Mean temperature.... 0 49 64 6S
Temperature and precipitation departure!)
irani me normal ac umana:
, Normal temperature
lixet'rWf for the rlay
Total Hxcess Htrfce March 1
D f lolenry for the day
Total rainfall ainre March 1..
I tef tden:y ttnt-e March 1 ...... ,
Deficiency for cor. period 1016
Deficiency for cor. period, -915.. l.iO Inch
BY ARGENTINA TO
Minister Instructed to Demand
Full Satisfaction for the
Sinking of Sailing
BREAK 13 ALTERNATIVE
Order to Demand Passports at
Once if Attempt is Made to
MUST ANSWER AT ONCE
Buenos Aires,' April 21. The gov
ernment has sent to Germany an
energetic note demanding" complete
satisfaction for the sinking of the Ar
gentine sailing ship Monte Protegido.
The Argentine minister is instruct
ed immediately to break off relations
if Germany attempts to evade respon
sibility for the loss of the vessel.
The instructions sent to the min
ister read that Argentina will permit
of no evasion or delay on the part of
Germany. He is told to inform the
Berlin government that if prompt sat
isfaction is not granted Argentina
will follow the course of the. United
States and Brazil and will arm its
ships against submarines. '
It was announced officially on April
13 that the Monte Protegido had been
sunk by a submarine off the European
coast. The submarine fired on the
ship, wounding a member of the crew.
Riot Reports Exaggerated.
Washington, April 21. Importance
of the anti-German rioting in Argen
tina 4s minimized in a report from
American Ambassador Stimson.
,, In the rioting of April 14, Mr. Stim
son reported a few windows in the
building where a German newspaper
is printed were broken. One Ger
man snip was attacked. A counter
demonstration on the next night Was
of less importance.
A meetine bv the "patriotic popular
committee" was called for the night of
April 20, and another meeting of
prominent people had been called for
April 22, with the object of expressing
approval of the Argentine attitude to
ward the United States and the cause
of the grand alliance.
It was said at the state department
today that the government was with
out information of the reported rioting
in Brazil or the clash between Brazil
ians and German colonists in the
southern part of that country.
Blancett Admits i
Killing Armour j
Santa Fe, N. M., April 21. Elbert
W. Blancett, on trial for the murder
of Clyde D. Armour of Sioux City,
la., last night took the stand and ad
mitted killing Armour with a shotgun
on the afternoon of October 23. The
killing, Blancett said, was accidental,
and took place while he was intoxi
cated. It occurred, he swore, in some
woods twenty miles east of here,
while he was on the way from Den
ver, Colo., to Fresno, Cal., in an au
tomobile with Armour.
Blancett testified that he and Ar
mour left the car for a short hunt.
Armour walked approximately twenty-five
feet ahead of him, the accused
man said, and when he stumbled the
shotgun he was carrying in the hollow
of his arm was discharged and Ar
mour received a portion of the charge
in the back.
When he had ascertained Armour
was dead, Blancett averred, he start
ed for Santa Fe to notify the authori
ties, but became frightened at the
thought of possible consequences of
the affair. Being out of money, he
impersonated the dead man in order
to secure funds, later selling Armour's
autoinobile for the same reason.
Army Nurses Teach Maimed
Soldiers to Run the Plows
(Correspondence cf The Associated Press.)
Troyes, France, April 2. What is
called a "motor culture" school is
beginning at Chapelle-Saint-Luc, out
side of Troves. It inaugurated a new
era in French agriculture. On the
movement depends, perhaps, the so
lution of a grave food crisis that
France certainly has before it.
Fifty army nurses of the older
classes are there, teaching maimed
soldiers to run automobile plows and
(other traction implements of every
sort, in lour crews, the pupils in turn
drive the tractors in the field, learn
repair work at the forge and the
principle of the motor in a series of
lectures. As soon as they are able
to repair a broken part as well as
drive a motor efficiently, they are
placed at the disposal of the mechani
cal cultivating commission 1 and as
signed to one of the farming centers
that has been provided with motor
implements for the common use of
the farmers of the neighborhood.
Stirred State ,Du,
lative Session Ar
PARTIAL VOTE IN JULY
Act Will Be in Full Force
Ninety Days After Ad
journment. DRY LAW HAS EMERGENCY
(From a Staff Correspondent.)
Lincoln, April 21. (Special Tele
gramsGovernor Neville signed the
prohibition bill and the bill granting
partial suffrage to women of Nebraska
today at 2:15 o'clock.
The prohibition measure carries an
emergency clause and is in effect on
May 1. It was agreed to after king
conferences early in the week,
t The limited suffrage measure lias no
emergency clause and goes into effect
in July, just ninety days after ad
journment of the legislature. It was
passed today by the senate, 19 to 10.
The law will give the women of Ne
braska the right to vote for president
and vice president and for all munici
pal and county officials, excepting
Vote On Suffrage.
The vote on the bill stood as fol
lows: For Adams. Albert. Beal, Bushee, Ben
nett, Chaiipell,, Doulhctt, Gates, Haaae,
Hairer, Hammond, McAllister, McMullen.
Neal, Oberlles. Samuel, . Sandalt, Sawyer,
Wilson of Frontier. Total, 19.
Against Buhrman, Doty, Henry, Kohl,
Lahners, Mattes, Morlarty, Spirit, Tanner,
Wilson of Dodge. Total, 19.
After the bill had passed Mrs. W.
E. Barkley, president of the State Suf
fragist association, gave each member
of the legislature an orange to which
was attached a yellow flower and a
yellow ribbon carrying the words
"Votes for Women."
Later; Mrs. F. M. Hall, Mrs. L. W.
Pomerene, Mrs. T. J. Doyle and Mrs.
JvW.' Girard brought to each house
a large bouquet of roses which were
presented to each body while Miss
Dorothy Doyle sang a verse of
"America,", the members standing.
Provisions of Dry Law.
The prohibition bill in brief pro
vides: Against sale and manufacture of all
Against sale and manufacture of
"near beer." ;
For possession of liquor in private
homes for personal use, provided it
is purchased before May 1.
Against sale by retail drug stores
of any intoxicating liquor but alcohol.
Cities and counties liable for dam
ages from illegal sale of liquor where
shown officials are lax in law enforce
ment. When complaint is made possession
of liquor by person complained of re
garded as prima facie evidence of in
tent to violate law.
That all liquor dealers and manufac
turers must dispose of stock by May 1.
Governor responsible for enforce
ment of law and will have $50,000 fund
for this purpose.
Fine of $100 or thirty days in jail
or both, for first offense; thirty to
ninety days in jail for second offense;
imprisonment in penitentiary not
more than . two years for all subse
Emergency clause', making bill ef
fective May 1.
Sink During Kaid On
Coast Near Dover
(By Associated Press.)
Two, possibly three, of five Ger
man destroyers that attempted a raid
upon Dover, England, and upon Brit
ish shipping there, were sunk by two
vessels of the British patrol on Fri
day night, the engagement lasting
only five minutes. The British losses
The London admiralty reports the
number of Germans saved as 10 of
ficers and 108 men.
Secretary Baker Sees Army
Airplane Crash Into Tree
West Point, N. Y., April 21. An
army aero- lane, containing two sig
nal corps captains, Walter G. Kilner
and Harold S. Martin, who had flown
here from Long Island to attend the
United States Military academy grad
uation yesterday, later crashed into
a tree at the edge of tl ; parade
grounds and fell about thirty feet.
Neither officer was injured. The
machine was wrecked. The accident
was witnessed by Secretary of War
Baker and Major General Hugh
Scott, chief of staff.
Oregon is First State
To Enlist Its Quota
Portland, Ore., April 21. Oregon,
it was said today, is the first state to
fill its required quota ot enlistments,
the last of the 800 men called for in
the twenty days ending April 20 hav
ing been sworn in to the federal serv
ice. It was announced today that an in
formal canvass just completed indi
cated that Oregon ship yards can fur
nish to the government 150 wooden
ships annually of an average tonnage
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words, The Bee will give
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Awards announced Sunday, Aprrt z.
Award and Bast Answers in Last
Telephone Company Foreman
Struck Down While Leaving
Street Car Near Home.
HERMAN CHESTER DRIVER
Charles Blomberg, Nebraska Tele
phone company foreman, aged 52
years, 2876 Titus avenue, was in
stantly killed at 4:50 o'clock yester
day afternoon when he was struck
by an automobile at Thirtieth and
Titus as he was alighting from a
street car. I
The auto was driven by Herman
Chester and was occupied, besides
himself, by J. C. Wheeler, De Soto,
Neb., and E.'E. Wunri, 3305 North
On the street car following the one
on which Blomberg took his last ride,
was Mrs. Arthur Blomberg, who, by
a peculiar circumstance is both his
daughter-in-law and step daughter.
She fainted when she stepped to the
center of the crowd to see what drew
Her mother married Blomberg re
cently, and a week ago she secretly
married Arthur Blomberg, her step
brother. She is employed by the
metropolitan water district.
Blomberg had been in the employ
of the telephone company twenty-six
Will H. Parry, Vice
Chairman of Trade
Commission, is Dead
Washington, April 21. Will H.
Parry of Seattle, vice chairman of the
federal trade commission, died it a
hospital here late today from the
effects of an operation performed a
Great Britain Offers Safe
Ctinduct to Tarnowski
Washington, April 21. The Brit
ish government has formally notified
Ambassador Page in London that it
is prepared to grant safe conduct to
Count Tarnowski, Austrian ambassador-designate,
from the United States
to Austria. Arrangements for his
departure will be made at once.
Ambassador Page added that the
British government had taken similar
action with -cference to German offi
cials stationed in China who arc to
return to Germany, passing through
the United States.
OMAHA'S MUSTER ROLL.
Army 32 956
Navy 6 390
National Guard 2 '276
Marine Corps 0 34
Totals :.y 40 1,656
. ' a' '
What Says the Base
separate ahaat of
prizea as here
Week's Contest Are to bo Found on Last
Balfour and Party '" " -Land
Safely in U. S.
Washington, April 21.
The safe landing of British
Foreign Minister Balfour
and hit party was an
nounced today by the State
The official announcement
"The Department of State
has been advised of the safe
landing of Mr. Balfour and
BOMB IN OAT GAR
SENT FROM OMAHA
Authorities Find Explosive in
Grain Shipment From This
Place at Denver.
DROPPED INTO THE PLATTE
Denver, Colo., April 21. Federal
authorities are investigating what is
believed to be a plot to destroy grain
elevators by means of bombs, it was
announced here today.
Investigation was begun following
the discovery yesterday of what is
believed to be a nitroglycerine bomb
in a carload of oats received by a
large local grain firm from a grain
company in Omaha. The bomb was
dropped into the Platte river by a
Federal authorities believed the
plot wa&directed against an Omaha
Farmers Must Grow All
Their Land Can Nourish
(Correspondence of The Associated Press.)
London, March 30. Full powers to
deal with farmers who do not culti
vate their land to its full capacity
have been granted to the board of
agriculture under the defense of the
The new regulations provide that
the board of agriculture may, at will,
terminate a farmer's tenancy and ar
range for the cultivation of the land
by some other person, It may also
take possession of any farm machin
ery, produce, stock or animals which
are required for the cultivation of
land or the increase in the food supply-
Russia to Raise Opium
As Government Monopoly
(Correspondence of The Assorfated Press.)
Petrograd, March 31. The Russian
government has arranged for the ex
tensive cultivation of opium at Tash
kend, the former capital of Russian
Turkestan. The product will be the
monopoly of the department of health,
which is to manufacture it solely for
uiediciual purposes. Growers are to
be required to hand over the entire
crop to the government agents at a
fixed price under heavy penalties.
Prisas for Bast Answers.
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Pasjo of Today's Featura Section
Ottoman Government Notifies
U. S. Embassy of Severance
of Diplomatic Relations.
FOLLOWS ALLY'S EXAMPLE
Basel, Switzerland, April 21. Via
Paris.) A dispatch from Constanti
nople dated today says the Ottoman
government has notified the American
embassy that following the example of
its ally, Austria-Hungary, it has
broken diplomatic relations -with the
Break Semiofficially Told.
Amsterdam, April 21 (Via London).
Semiofficial advices from Constan
tinople today announce that Turkey
has broken off relations with the
Relations Are Severed.
London, April 21. The Turkish
government on Friday evening offi
cially informed the American embassy
that diplomatic relations with the
United States had been broken off,
according to a Berlin dispatch for
warded by Rcuter's correspondent at
American Ambassador Elkus, who
is suffering from typhus fever, the
report adds, will have to remain some
time in Constantinople. The ambas
sador's condition has shown some im
provement. Belgian Relief
Ship Konsti Sunk;
. One Man Missing
Amsterdam, April 21 (Via London).
The Belgian relief ship Konsti has
been sunk by a mine or submarine.
One member of the crew is missing,
the remainder having been rescued.
The Kongsli was hit while in the
so-called safe zone on Friday night.
The missing man is the second mate,
a Norwegian. The others who were
on board, thirty-four in number, of
whom nineteen are Americans, have
been landed in Ymuiden.
The vessel was struck on the star
board side. Because of the dark
ness the cause of the explosion re
mained undiscovered. The crew was
rescued by trawlers.
Another Belgian relief ship, the
Norwegian steamer Ringhorn, has
American Fined for Entering
Japanese Wireless Station
Yokohama, Japan, April 21. Ralph
Huyt Thayer, formerly of Utica, N.
Y., was convicted here yesterday of
violating the law for the protection of
military secrets and fined 20 yen. The
judge found that Thayer had no in
tention of violating the law.
Thayer was arrested :n January
on the charge of having entered with
out authority the wireless station zone
Yokosuka, an important naval sta
tion three miles southwest of Yokohama
TO END MILITARY
RULE IN PRUSSIA
German Empire is Said to Be
Facing a Great Eoonoraio
and Political Crisis
STRIKES IN MANY CITIES
Tieup of Muntion Plants May
Have Far-Reaching Ef
fect on War.
CLASH IN MAGDEBURG
By Associated Trail.
Interest in the great French of
fensive on the Aisne has given way
today to the startling news from the
interior of Germany.
Veiled thouah the situation. In the
midst of a rigid censorship and ob
scured by the shackled condition ot
the German press, sufficient has
leaked through to indicate that the
German empire is facing a great
economic and political crisis.
Ten thousand striking munition
workers have engaged in a bloody not
in the great Prussian fortress town '
of Magdeburg and were only pre
vented from burning the city hall after
a sharp clash with the military.
This story comes from the Dutch
frontier with sufficient detail to make
its claims to authenticity impressive.
On its heels arrives the account of
demands made by leaders of the Ber- -lin
strike, demands of such a revolu
tionary character that compliance with
them would mean a sudden ending to
the militarist regime in the German
Demand Release oi Socialists.
Similar demands have not- been
voiced publicly in Germany since the .
imprisonment of Dr. Karl Liebknecht
on a charge of treason. It, is sig-'
mhcant that they include a requisi
tion for the release of political pris
oners, which would include, of course,
the noted socialist leader.
The exact nature of the strike move
ment in Germany is not known, but it
is certain that a considerable portion
of the munition workers have been
affected. There are reports of a new
strike at Essen, and Magdeburg is the
site of an important branch of the
great Krupp establishment.
Hindenburg Tikes -Hind.
An Indication of the seriousness of
the situation is afforded by the fact
that Field Marshal von Hindenburg
has considered it necessary to make I -personal
appeal ,to the workers, in
which he denounces strikes as inex.
cusable crimes against the 'fighting
In the meantime General Nivelle
maintains his unrelenting pressure -
against the enemy at the most vital .
point of his defenses the sharp an
gle at which the German line, run
ning south from Lens, turns east to
That General Haig is preparing for
another tremendous smash is taken
for granted, and London believes that
this blow will not be long withheld. '
' State of Siege at Magdeburg.
London, April. 21. Ten thousand
strikers, mostly munition workers, ,
tried to burn the town hall at Magde-'.
burg on Friday, according to a dis- '
patch to the Exchange Telegraph
company from Oldenzaal, Holland.
Soldiers fired on the rioters, killing
and wounding many, and the town
now is in a state of siege.
Dispatches from Amsterdam quoted
the Dusscldorfer General Anzeiger as
saying that a mass meeting of Berlin ,
strikers adopted resolutions demand- "
ing peace without annexation, aboli-,
tion of compulsory, service, liberation
of political prisoners, complete politi
cal freedom and general, secret, equal
and direct franchise throughout the
Lady Mackworth Head of
Big Business in Britain
(Correspondence of Tho Associated Preafe.) '
London, April 2. The first woman
director of a shipping company is 1
Lady Mackworth, daughter of Lord"
Rhonda, the Welsh coal magnate. In
addition to the shipping directorate
she is director or chairman of twenty-
nine limited companies in all of which
Lord Rhonda was interested when he
resigned to take up the presidency
of the local government board.
Lady Mackworth, a charming
Welsh woman, easily approachable by
he humblest member of any of the
staffs she controls, first acquired a
practical knowledge ot commercial
work in the offices of the Cambrian
Coal combine, of which her father,
hen D. A. Thomas, was head. When
Lord Rhonda went to the United
States soon after the commences
nient of war, Lady Mackworth ex
tended her grasp or commercial en- ,
terprises and concluded several deals
so successfully that she was easily
able to perform the duties of which
the twenty-nine companies entail.
bhe has inherited a very large propor
tion of her father's organizing genius
and is married to ir Humprdcy
Mackworth, who has been on active
service since the outbreak of war.
Crippled Soldiers in
Italy Learn New Trades
(Correspondence of The Associated Press.)
Rome, March 31. Crippled soldiers
in Italy have been taught a number
of useful trades, among them the
making of artificial flowers, baskets,
the cutting of cameos, leather work,
book binding and many other things.
These objects have found such a ready
sale in the .larger Italian towns that
several American women are forming
a committee to forward them to the
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