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THE BEE: OMAHA, TUESDAY, APRIL 24, 1917.
ALL NEARLY BARREN
Drouth is Given as the Cause
of Loss Rather than
Children of Schools
Are Told of Arbor Day
School children Monday were re
minded that the first Arbor day proc
lamation was issued by Governor
Furnas of Nebraska, setting aside the
third Wednesday of April. In 1885
the legislature designated April 22,
birthday of J. Sterling Morton, as
Arbor day and declared it to be one
of the legal holidays of the state.
The children were told that Arbor
day has been referred to as "Ne
braska's gift to the states of the un
ion," and the late Mr. Morton is
known and referred to as "originator
of Arbor day." During Mr. Morton's
life forty states and territories adopted
and observed Arbor day.
The teachers imparted object les
sons of the value of trees.
"The best verses I have produced
are the trees I have planted," was
a line from Holmes read by some
teachers to their children.
To Get Full School Credit
For Summer Work on Farm
Harry Williams and Mason Verbe
of South High school have been
granted full credits to close of school
in June on account of their intentions
to engage in farm work at once.
Their standings in school are satis
factory and they will be admitted to
advanced classes next September
upon evidence that they "did their
bit" toward raising the food crop of
Nebraska this season.
Boys and girls of the public high
schools will be given extended cred
its for service in army or navy or in
TRIBUTE TO DEAD
Says T. J. Mahoney. Was a Just
Man Whose Memory Will
Benefit Omaha Citixeni.
PRESIDES AT HIGH MASS
STRAWBERRY CROP SHORT
Hundreds of friendi and business
associates of the late Timothy J. M
honey paid their respects to the
memory of the prominent Omaha
lawyer and citizen at the funeral serv
ices, which '.were held at St. John i
Catholic church. Twenty-fifth and Cal
ifornia streets, at 10 o'clock this morn'
jne. The church wai crowded.
Archbishop Harty presided at a
pontifical requiem high mass and
preached the funeral, sermon.
He paid a beautiful tribute to the
life and achievements : of Mr. Ma'
honey, who died suddenly in the na
tional capital last Thursday. ,
"Above all things, he was a just
man, Archbishop Harty said.
Memory a Benefit
He declared that Mr. Mahoney'a
memory will always be a benefit to
the citizens of Omaha, adding that
the distinguished lawyer'!; thirty-two
years residence here was an inspire'
tion for others. The archbishoo re.
ferred to Mr. Mahoney as a just man
and a man of large capabilities.
,The archbishop said that the three
strong pillars of the state are intel.
ligence. integrity and courage. Mr.
Mahoney, he said, possessed all three
ot these in an eminent degree.
The archbishoo referred to the im.
mortality of the soul, and urged his
nearera to learn something from the
life and works of the late prominent
member ot the bar.
The following acted as pallbearers
C. J. Smrfh, T. P. Redmond,
Lather Drake, ' ' Robert C. Howe,
John ftMuh. Prank J. Burkler,
Jada Ketella. . Jr. H. Oalnee.
Burial was in Holy Sepulcher ceme-
tery. . ,
Women Worry Over
What to Wear at'
War Auto Schob
, society women will 'discard their
' frills and white kid gloves for their
. first lesson in motor mechanics Wed
i nesdav tnorninff at 'in AVInrV Vre
, E. S. Westbrook's class of promising
ambulance drivers in the war will
j tnen begin instruction at the Ne
braska Auto school. Services of a
, mechanician were volunteered to the
i women. ,
David Sherman has given an old
car ror tne women to dissect.
chanics lesson is a weighty subject
. not yei aeciaea Dy Mrs. Louis uarke,
I captain of the motor-driving section
ui inn national league lor woman
Servire. mnrf hlr rnmmeHrlents
I Bloomers, overalls and khaki suits
are all being Considered, a decision to
'. be reached when the emergency of
crawling , under a recalcitrant car
arwci, aay me women.
AwWtH Regarded Wife
; 0nly as Personal Slave
"He's going to be a good man now,"
said Mrs. Rose Ohauaof the domestic
relatione department of the Board of
Public Welfare,-after she had admin
' istered a severe rebuke to Nicholas
Zeeh. ; ' " . '
Zech, an Austrian, admitted that he
had not even applied for naturaliza
tion. ThrAMtyh n !...Kr.t.. L.
made H known "t)iat he regarded his
wiie personal property.
"I this country rfce wife has rights
and we intend to- protect your wife.
We will place, you on ninety days'
probation. You may see your baby
every aunoay aitemoon it you are
aober. Yon are to pay 20 per cent of
your, wans for the support ,of the
baby. If you do not observe these
. term we will prosecute you on the
eomptaint which has been filed," said
jars, voians ,
Zeeh agreed to the terms.
SokHer, Hit by Civilian,
Suffers Loss of His Eye
Bred Holton dashed up to Patrol
man Abond Sunday with a story that
Private Peter J. Balser of the United
States army 'had just threatened his
Site wttn an automatic pistol, .
"He's down , the . atrmt." vaanrit
Holton, "and he's swinging the pistol
carelessly around,"- ' r
The policeman : and Holton ad
vanced toward the soldier, with Hoi
ton well in the rear. After Patrolman
Abond had pinion Balser's arms be
hind, him, Holton came forward, the
policeman says, and hit Balser in the
eye. -. ..-...
Police Surgeon Connelly says Bal
ser is in oanger ot losing the eye as
a result of the wallop. ' . '
Holton will be arraigned Tuesday
la police court "
Feast Day of the Good
' The annual feast day of the Sister
hood of the Good SheDherd was cele
brated Sunday in the new chapel of
the convent, Fortieth and Jackson
atreets. Friends of the institution
. filled the south wing of the chspel
and overflowed into the west wing,
wnue ine inmates and sisters tilled
the north and east wings and the gal
leries. The festal services began at 10 a.
m. with aolemn high mass, at which
Archbishop Harty presided. Rev. D.
r. narrmgton, pastor of St. Cecelia's
cathedral, celebrated the mass, and
To Remarry Since State
' Is to Be Dry After May 1
J. H. Ritcher obtained a marriage
license Monday morning to remarry
Mrs. Carrie Ritcher, who divorced
him V year ago. He said that the
state going- dry was responsible. for
their determination to-make another
"1 was a good fellow and didn't
know when to stop," Ritcher told the
marriage license clerk. "I wasted my
money for drink and neglected my
family. Now we're going to start
over." i .
Ritcher is 45 years old and his
wife is 38 years old. They have five
Grape vineyards in and around
Omaha will be almost entirely barren
this year, prominent grape growers
fear, because of the dry winter and
There are a number of extensive
grape vineyards in Douglas county
and ordinarily large crops of the fruit
are successfully raised. This year,
however, it is said the crop will not
be 25 per cent or less of an average
E. H. Walker of Florence, one of
the largest and most successful grape
growers in the state, says he will lose
is entire crop of fifteen acres. "The
sprouts on which the grapes grow,"
said Mr. Walker, "have no sap in
them and the young fibers are black.
The vines seem to have lost all their
Caused by Drouth.
Drouth is the cause advanced, by
Mr. Walker. Some attribute the lost
crop to winter freezing,, but Mr.
Walker insists lack of moisture is the
only possible reason.
N. H. Nelson, manager of the
Douglas County Fruit Growers' as
sociation, 'has found Mr. Walker's
complaint a common one in investi
gations among members of the asso
ciation. ' Almost alt of them report
their entire grape crops gone and
that other fruits have suffered too.
Strawberries have been hurt severely
and the crop of this fruit will be less
than. 50 per cent of normal. .
J. J. Smith, secretary of the Doug
las County Fruit Growers' as
sociation, confirms Mr. Nelson's re-
Eort of the poor condition of fruit in
touglas county.' He has not found
a grower so optimistic as to even
expect half a crop,
Licensed Electrical Contrac
tor's Statement of Facts
Pertaining to the Present
, Labor Difficulties. .
In making answer to the published
statement by representatives of the
Elertriral Wnrkera' TTninn th. ' fl
lowing licensed electrical contrac
AMERICAN ELECTRIC CO.
E. C BENNETT ELECTRIC
JOHNSTON ELECTRIC, CO.
T.IIHP. , I ITHP
LE. BRUM HUfeliKil. CUMFANY,
UMAMA HUCLTKIUAL WORKS
W W CUCDurnnn
WOLFE ELECTRIC COMPANY,
mane tne loiiowmg atatement of facts
concerning their present difficulties:
For the vear 101 A tn Tinmrv 1017
the seal of S7J4c per hour, with the
usual wonting conditions, with the
understanding that the scale wai to
be readjusted in January, 1917.
Ahnnt Tannarv 1 1017 Am
tee from the-union notified some of
the shops that they wanted
t m.su per day '
- TTninn h1nra nnl,.
No agreement to extend beyond
August i, iyu.
to whien counter nrenmiliM, wb
made by the contractors to
ray ouc per hour and the same
working rnlea as prevailed dur
ing 1916 for a period of. one year
nnlv frntn Hat
to . which, jhe .committee, from the
union nVrlineit tn ibtm' Kf kA,k
committees agreeing to' report' back
In hlr aaarwi.tea enrf i.
of decision after their next regular
meeting. inese committees met
again, the Union Committee stating
that their asanriatinn hail nVMlneH ,
accept the Contractors' proposition.
tne uoniracrors men made another
proposition as follows: . .-
That thev Would nav Uira,vm,n
60e per hour to August f, 1917, and
aOT ... a . a . a
uyac pw noos; irom August l, iyi.
io innirr i. ivin fawitn ina ma
working rules at' prevailed daring
made -by the Contractors the Union
ommiiice nonnea tne contractors
by a letter dated February 1 to the
effeet that all neirnfiatinna heH
dropped for the present and that the
union ueemea 11 aavisanie on ana
after that date . that Contractors
ihnntn Afflir all i.nnlraj.li am m k.-l.
of (&iic per hour. This was the last
communication receivea trom the
Eelectrical Workers' Union either by
Committer nr 1ttr "
No further affnrt wee 4 ma k..
meir rcpreseniBiives or Dy their Com
mittee to arbitrate the differences and
without notice or warning of any kind
thev renorted for wnrW Anril 9 k
were called to a special, meeting of
incir uniun eariy mac morning ana
have not returned to work since.
r- niuivu, naming,
have left our employ the Contractors
nave enaeavorea to carry on their
work to a successful completion, but
have been harassed and handicapped
in the aurreafi,1 mmnltliM nt u:-
jods oy tne intimiaation ot our work
men anu ine stealing, ot our tools
and the rfeatrurtinn nf .m-I m-A
the following of our mn l thir
uuiifca. : r
Aa to anv written r,mm
from - tha Cnntrarihre A..A:.,:
aereeinff to nav 62'Ae ner U k.
ginning January 1, 1917. it ia entirely
,.w., ,cimi BaTccmcma only
were made for 1916 to end January
1, 1917. After that date wage scale
was to be adjusted.
Further, none of the "above named
Contractora are now employing any
of the member! nf I nr.l Mn n ....
cept those- who have come back of
their own accord, and no agreement
has been made to employ them by
any of .the afoteiiid licensed Elsctri
cal Contractors. We m.
ploying competent men without re-
gara io amnations, paying them a
just compensation " for labor per
formed. This ia a tru atatem.nf r.( tu M
troversv and condition, nf th Ukn.
trouble existing between the licensed
Electrical Contractors and the jour
neymen Electricians' Union. Adver
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