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I PART ONE.
PACES ONE TO TWENTY
VOL. XLVI NO. 46.
OMAHA, SUNDAY MORNING, APRIL 29, 1917. FIVE SECTIONS-HFT- PAGES.
SINtJLE COPY FIVE CENTS.
HUNDRED DIE RWRINIDAD MINEi
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TO PASS HOUSE
State Inspector Believes None,
Left Alive of Scores Swal
lowed Up by Hastings
NO FOUL PLAY SUSPECTED
Attorney Oeneral of Colorado
Makes Investigation of
PLACE CONSIDERED SAFE
Hastings, Colo., April 28. Virtually
all hope of saving any of the 120 men
entombed in the Hastings mine of
the Yfctor American Fuel company
here yesterday morning by an explo
sion was abandoned tonight.
James Dalrymple, state coal mine
. inspector, who came from the mine
late today, gave it as his opinion that
there was no one left alive in the
mine. Rescue men who have been in
the mine expressed themselves simi
Attornv General Hubbard and Mr.
Dalrymple reported to Governor Gun-
ter that there was no suspicion or toul
Nine Bodies Found.
Nine more bodies, making a total
of fifteen, were found by the rescue
crew. .. . . , ,
The crew came out shortly after
9 o'clock this morning. One hundred
and nineteen men were entombed in
this mine by an explosion yesterday
md it is feared all have perished.
As soon as the lirst rescuers
emerged another crew entered the
mine bearing stretchers to bring out
'.he, bodies. Outside the mine scores
of volunteers pressed forward eager
io oe in xne next sum iu gu ipaiuc,.
foremen went about among the crowd
picking the sturdiest and most experi
enced men. -
"You can't all go, boys," the super
intendent told them.
Fire in Mine Out
The, rescue crew reported the fire
in the mine was out and that work
of repairing damaged, portions and
clearing fallen rock coal wnicn par
tially blocked the air passages was
fi. F. Bartlett. nresident of the Vic
tor-American company, said he be,-v,m-,,A
mm. -f tit m.n huA a r.hance
for their lives because among those
entrapped were several trained in res
cue .worK. uavia Jn.eese, saiciy in
spector or all of tne Victor-Amer-jean
comoanv's orooerties. was in t! :
mine making an inspection when ths
explosion occurred. He is believed
in have been lost.
"We cannot explain the explosion,"
said Bartlett. "Electric lights were
used in mine, no miner was permit
ted to have electric caps tor nring
blasts and all blasts were fired by a
shot firer. The mine was frequently
inspected. Every precaution was
taken to -make it safe."
Hint at Alien Plot.
Leslie E. Hubbard, attorney general
nf Colorado, and an assistant arrived
;his morning to investigate rumors
:hat the explosion was the act of an
.lien enemy and to probe into con
ditions touching the observance of
mine safety laws.
"The condition of the mine lends
some color Jo the theory that the
txplosion was of an origin that you
don't think of," said General Hub
bard. In an explosion in the same prop
erty in 1912 twelve men were killed.
As the rescue crews descended into
the mine this morning they carried
bottles of oxygen for resuscitating
any men they might find who bore
signsvof life. '
Besides Mr. Hubbard, James Dal
rymple, state mining inspector; Joe
Basoni, Italian, consul, and a deputy
inspector went into the mine this
morning. Basoni is looking after the
interests of ajjy. Italians among the
' For Nebraakft Unstttled; snow west;
rain or mow cut; continued cold.
Temperature! at Oman Tettorday.
B a. m
fi a, in,
i a. m
S a m
10 a. m
11 a. in
1 p. m
' I p. m
K p. m
7 p. m
' ComparatlT Loool 1tcord.
Ttmperatur and precipitation departure
from tha normal at Omaha:
117. 1911 HIS. 114.
Hlfheit yesterday.,.. 39 88 47
Loweat yeiterday.... , 83 44 60 It
Mean tcmparatur .. 36 K 74 41
Precipitation 1.20 .09 .00 .00
Normal temperature ... 86
Deficiency for the day 20
Total exceaa since March 1 ... 20
Normal precipitation , 1 a Inch
Exceaa for the day 1.07 Inches
Total rainfall alnce March 1.... fi. 09 Inches
Exceaa aince March 1 1-08 Inched
Deficiency for cor. period. 111. S.lOtnchea
Deficiency for eor. period, 191&. I. fi Inches
"T" Indicates trace of precipitation.
I A. WELSH, MeteorolofUL
"PUT AMERICAN FLAG
ON THE FIRING LINE"
Theodore Boose velt, in Ad
dress at Chicago, Advocates
Sending Army Abroad.
SAYS MAKE IT SEAL WAR
Chicago. April 28. Colonel Theo
dore Roosevelt, after an enthusiastic
reception here today, delivered his
first war speech at noon at a lunch
eon given by the Chicago branch of
the National Security league.
"Put. the American flag on the fir
ing line in France, Flanders or the
Balkan peninsula at the earliest pos
sible moment and keep it there as
long as the war continues over
a constantly growing fighting force
until the war brings victory," was
the anneal delivered here tonight
by Theodore Roosevelt to the peo
ple of the west in a speech in the
Stock Yards pavillion under the aus
pices of the National Security league.
"I come here tonight to appeal to
the people of the great west; the peo
ple of the Mississippi valley, the peo
ple who are the spiritual heirs of the
men who stood behind Lincoln and,
Grant," declared Mr. Roosevelt.
"When once waked up to actual con
ditions you have always stood with
unfaltering courage and iron endur
ance for the national honor am' the
national interest. I appeal to the
women as much as to the met., for
our nation has risen level to every
great crisis only because in evry
such crisis the courage of its women
flamed as high as the courage of the
Stand by President.
"I appeal to you o take the lead in
making good the president's mes. ge
of April 2, in which he set forth the
reasons why it was our unescapable
duty to make war upon German' We
can make the president's message
stand among the great state papers
in our history, but we can make it
good only if we figlit with all our
strength now at once, if at the earli
est possible moment we put the flag
on the firing line and. keep it there
over, a constantly-growing army unlit-
tli war closes by a ,peace "which
brings victory to the great eause of
democracy and civilization, the great
cause of justice and fair play among
the peoples of the world.
"We Americans are at waK' Now
let. us fight. Let us make it a real
war, not a dollar war. Let us show
that we haver the manhood to pay
with our own bodies nd.not merely
to mre other men io pay .with their
bodies. ' Let us fight at once. Let us
put the flag, at the front now, at the
earliest moment, and not merely an
nounce that we are going to fight a
year or two hence."
in his ' luncheon address Colonel
Roosevelt urged that the use of grain
for the manufacture of alcoholic
drinks be prohibited for the tta-iod
of the war. He urged obligatory mil
itary training, lhe expansion and im
provement of the navy and asserted
that an expeditionary force should be
sent to France.at once. Present con
scription plans, he said, would denv
service to many men wfio wished to
Cut Out Intoxicants.
"The world is facintr a shortage of
food," ' declared Colonel Roosevelt.
Soon we in this country shall face a
shortage of food. Therefore let us
use all the grain we have for food and
not for intoxicants. Now that the
war is on, let us forbid any grain or
corn being used in the manufacture
of intoxicating iquorstLet the gov
ernment help the farmer by mobiliz
ing laDorj it necessary, tell our young
men that it is a case of farm and arm.
As yet, our people are not waked
up to the vital significance of this
war. This is because,at the moment
we are safe behind the British fleet.
We cannot afford to owe an ignoble
safety to the British fleet or to risk
our national future upon the chance
of some other nation showing more
foresight and efficiency than we are
willing to show. We sin against our
children if we fail to prepare our
whole national strength for the pro
tection of the republic."
Premier of Bavaria
Goes to Talk With
' With Vienna Chiefs
London. April 28. Count Hertling.
the premier of Bavaria, says a d
patch from Munich, by way of Am
sterdam, to the Central News, is
going to Vienna to confer with the
Austro-Hungarian cabinet ministers
regarding peace prospects.
Winnipeg Puts Limit .
un iraaing in Futures
Winnipeg. Manitoba. Aoril ,28.
Announcement was made at the Win
nipeg grain exchange today that no
trading in futures would be permitted
in the pit nereatter without first ob
taining sanction of a censoring com
German and Swiss :
Frontier Is Closed
Zurich, Switzerland, April 8.
(Via Paris.) The German-Swiss
frontier has been strictly closed
to all travelers and postal serv
ices. No German newspapers have
arrived since. Wednesday. This is
usually the prelude to an impor
tant military move.
' Conditions af Urn CmMi-v' -
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ing SO words The Bee will give prizes as here
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Awards announced Sunday, May 6. .
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CHIEFS WARN U.S.
OF PLAY AT WAR
Visiting Army Experts Tell
American Officials Bushing
Into Field Without Prep
FIRST HAND DATA NEEDED
Must Have Accurate Knowl
edge, of Fighting Conditions
at Battle Front.
STATEMENT BY H0VELAQUE
Washington, April 28. The military
section of the French mission, headed
by Marshal Joffre, during conferences
continued today with representatives
o- th War department, warned" the
United States that active participa
tion in the war without absolute pre
paration and previous contact with
field operations would invite enor
This became known today, after
Emile Hovelaque, general counselor,
speaking for the mission, had outlined
a statement to be made tqmorrow by
Marshal Joffre to the American pre".
"You must realize,"-!.; M. Hove
laque, "that Acuericans cannot be
trained i.i this country to play at war.
"They should be there on the field.
Americans should know these things
fit st hand and what war really is be
fore they go into it on a large scale.
"Unless America has accurate
knowledge of real war conditions in
stead of play war it may coat you
"You will be surprised how rapidly
the conditions change. Lieutenant
Colonel Remond, who probably
knows more about artillery than any
man in France, said to me only yes
terday, 'I am afraid of getting stale
before I get back to France.'."
"Preparedness Burglars" -Steal
Drugs and Whisky
' Activities of the "preparedness
burglars" have again given the police
something to, worry about.
1 Joseph Belitz, saloon keeper at 2528
South Twenty-fourth, says burglars
broke into his place and carried off
twenly-four gallons of his best
whisky. ' -
The Elton drug store, .1240 North
Twenty-fourth, Says burglars broke
in and carriedvaway their entire stock
of heroin, cocaine, morphine and other
A Toast to the Flag! What
First Priie .
Am wen row
tpnralt heflt ol
Week's Contest Are to be Found en
, Invited to Omaha
The British and French military
commissions now in America will
be invited to-come to Omaha as the
guests of the Commercial' club. .
Club officials telegraphed Sena
tor Hitchcock and Congressman
Lobeck asking that they convey
personally to these commissioners
the invitation from the Omaha
The club points out Omaha's im
portance as an assembling point
for military supplies and troops in
time of war, and gives this as a
reason why the foreign .commis
sioners should be greatly interested
in seeing Omaha and familiarizing
themselves -with the city and its
facilities. , -
COT IN WHEAT PRICE
New York Man Believes Mini
mum Should Be Dollar
SCORES FOOD SPECULATOR
Washington, April 28. George W.
Perkins of New York urged the sen
ate .agriculture committee today to
press immediate action on the food
situation. 'He recommended a mini
mum prici of $1.50 for wheat, $1 for
corn, $6 for beans and $1 for pota
toes at the nearest point of delivery
and also the assurance to tlie farmer
of labor and o-opcration to permit
distribution on a larger scale.
Mr. Perkins also denounced food
speculators and predicted more riot
ing in New York if some action is
not taken soon.
Subsea Bombards Harbor
On Coast of Algeria
Berlin, April 28. (Via London.)
"A submarine has successfully bom
barded the harbor works, important
for transports, near Gouraya, west of
Algiers," ays an official statement
issued today. "One loading bridge
was demolished and another badly
Red Cross Ball Funds
Coming Along Swiftly
The hustling Red Cross ball com
mittee, braving the showers, is con
tinuing Its canvass of the merchants
for donations for the new Red Cross
chapter. It reports splendid co
operation on the part of the business
A number of features are being
planned for the ball and a large num
ber of reservations continue to
pour in. ,
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NEW. ADAHSOR LAW
COSTS STATE MUgH
Railroad Commission Estimates
Higher Freights Will' Amount
to This. '
OFFICERS COMPUTE TOTAL
MFrpm s Bteff Correepontlent.)
Lincoln, April 28. (Special.) Pas
sage of the Adamson law and the high
cost of living will cost the people of
Nebraska about $4,000,000 in trans
portation of freight, according to" an
estimate made by the State Railway
The state commission has received
a notice from the Interstate Com
merce commission that railroads of
the country will be permitted to make
an advance in rates on interstate ship
ments of 15 per cent over present
r .les because of the added expense
to. the carriers due to the passage of
the Adamson law andthe general raise
in evrything because of high prices.
It is estimated this will mean a
raise to the entire country of from
$300,000,000 to $350,000,000. .
If Prisoners vAre Put
On Hospital Ships
Copenhagen, April 28. (Via Lon
don. I Announcement was made be
fore the Reichstag main committee in
licrlin yesterday that Germany will
adopt the sharpest reprisals if Ger
man prisoners are embarked on hos
pital ships of the allies and exposed
to the danger of torpedoes,
The sinking by the Oeunans of the
British hospital ship Lanfranc last
week caused the death of fifteen Ger
man wounded, who were being trans
ported to England.
The 'British admiralty announced
that inasmuch as the Germans were
sinking hotpital ships without any
regard to international law, the dis
tinctive markings of these vessels had
been removed and, furthermore, that
virtually all of the hospitar ships had
on board German wounded. The
French government announced that
on account of Germany's policy, Ger
man soldiers would be embarked oh
French hospital ships.
, Will Go on Duty Soon
(From a Staff Correspondent.)
Lincoln, April' 2. (Special.)
State Superintendent W. Jl. Clem
mons will be able to return to Lin
coln and assume the duties of the
office in about two weeks,, according
to a mtssage received at the super
intendent's office today.
ADMINISTRATION WINS ITS FIGHT
FOR SELECTIVE CONSCRIPTION
IN THE HOUSE BY DECISIVE VOTE
Volunteer Amendment Which Was Advocated by Men Op
posed to Draft Measure) Measures as Drawn
by the General Staff of the Armr
Rejected 279 to 98. '
senate Includes the
Chairman Dent of Military Affairs Committee, Who Sponsored
Movement, Gives Up Counting Long Before Roll Call
is Finished Kitchin Does Not Vote.
MANN WITH THE PRESIDENT CLARK AGAINST HIM
Washington, April 28. The administration won It. fight for the mili
tary draft in the senate tonight when an amendment authorizing a call
for 500,000 volunteers was rejected by a vote of 69 to 18. ,
, Washington, April 28. Administration forces overthrew opponents of the
administration selective conscription
The volunteer amendments were stricken from the measures, '. , I
Th vote was on an amendment by Representative Kahn, who has led
tha figh for the administration, moving to strike out the volunteer amend
ments inserted by a majority of the
ot tne president ana tne army war college. It assured the passage of the bill
as drawn by the army experts.
The vote to sustain the provisions of the administration bill was 279
to 98. -
NEW ATTACK TO
.Germans JSrinK forward FreBh
Division to Meet the As
sault Across Wide
j Front.; :v-
BATTLE RAGES FIERCELY
English Artillery Succeeds in
Clearing Away Part of
FRENCH CAPTURE CANNON
London, April 28. The British
troops have captured Arleux-Eri-Gohelle
and .German positions on
a front of more thsn two miles
north and south of that village,
says the official report from Brit
ish headquarters in Frsnce today.
The Berlin official report said
artillery fighting increased at
. .dawn between Loos and St Quen
tin and that soon afterward in-
- fantry fighting was resumed along
the whole front. ,
British Open Attack.
London, April 28. The British
have opened an attack along several
miles of the front north of the Scarpe
river, the war offic announced oday.
The British troopt are making good
progress in the face of considerable
, Paris, April 28. Heavy artillery
fighting; occurred last night between
St. Quentin and the Pise and in the
Champagne, the war office reports.
On the Verdun front the-French
raided German renches and brought
back prisoners. ,
Since April 16 the French have cap
tured 175 cannon of all calibers, 412
machine guns and 119 trench mor
tars. The number of prisoners has
reached 20,780. .
Artillery Opens Battle.
British Headquarters ill France,
April 28. (Via London.) Another
attack was launrhci by the British ar
tillery this morning 1 he blow was
stiuck on the front . between the
Scarpe river and Lens, on the ground
over which some of the most desper
ate fighting has occurred since the
British inaugurated their offensive on
Eas'cr Monday. The struggle now in
progress is very bitter. The Germans,
in anutipa.iun vi anoiner ormsn ci
fort, had brought up reinforcements.
Fresh German divisions have been
identified by the British.
Defenses Torn Away. ?
In today's drive the British faced
a well organized trench system, pro
tected by wire entanglement and held
by strong forces of Germans. The
artillery preparation which had been
in progress lor several days did much
o, mage to the defense works, but
there remained many troublesome
strong points between Roeux, just
north of the Scarpe and Gavrellej
North of Gavrelle satisfactory prog
ress was made so far as could be
judged and early in the day prisoners
were being brought back. South of
this place lhe British got on toward
Greenland hill, taking a trench north
It is reported that the British have
occupied the town of Arleux and half
of Oppy, but furious German counter
attacks are developing and the situa
tion is one of surging changes. The
fiercest imaginable fighting is under
way for the wood west of Roeux.
bill in the house on the first vote today.
military committee against the protests
'$ The volunteer soonsors were -
tounded at the tremendous strength
developed by administration forces,
When the members lined up to pass
the tellers it looked almost as if the '
whole , house was about to: vote f0r .
conscription.' ' . '
Chairman Dent of the military com
mittee, heading the volunteer forces,
finally gave up -counting the votes.
Miss Rankin, the Montana member.
voted for the volunteer amendments,
as did SpeakerXlark and Chairman
Paduett of ihtiinvtDmmitif v. .
puuiium ieauer Aiann voiea inr rnn...
scription. Democratic Leader Kitchin.
busy with revenue legislation, did not
vote. . . ..
i When Representative Saunders of
Virginia, presiding, announced the
Kahn amendment had carried 279 to
98 there was thunderous applause
from the floor and the crowded gal
leries. As today's vote in the house was in '
committee of the whole it was taken '
by tellers and without record. Thjs
record vote comes later. On passage
of the bill. , . . ; .. .
While the administration supporters
were winning their victory in the
house the debate was proceeding on
the bill in the senate. The chances
of the administration bill have been
considered better in the senate than
they were in the house
Men of Allies Must Go.
Chairman Webb of the house judici
ary committee announced that "a lit
tle later a bill will be introduced pro
viding that all citizens of allied coun
tries, who are of military age, shall
be rounded up and turned over to'
their respective governments.
An amendment offered by Repre
sentative Van Dyke, Minnesota, was
adopted 147 to 105 providing that
"no person under 21 years of age
shall be enlisted without the written
consent of his parents or. guardian."
The age provision of the bill fixing
it at between 21 and 40 drew a lively
fire. Amendments were offered to
raise the maximum age as far aj 60.
Representative Piatt of New Hamp- '
shire predicted no draff ever would
be made up to the 40 class and Rep- '
resentative Mondell predicted that in
conference between the two houses
the age provision would be put back
to between 19 and 25.'
Ami.nHmr.nta tn niu tUm ....Z-a
Jge limit above 40 years were de
feated. A proposal by Representative Miller
of Minnesota to substitute the '
fenate bill ,-.gc limit of from 19 to 25
years for the 21 to 40 years' limit of
'he house b'll was dcfca'ed 270 to 6.
So overwhelming was this defeat that
it was predicted that the house con-
ferces wonid ' insist 'on the 40-year
limit in the conference..
I An .amendment' hjr ' Representative
Stephens of Mississippi providing
"that all mule members of congress
under 50 years of age shall be subject
to draft" was rejected.
An amendment by Representative
Lever, chairman of the agriculture
committee, exempting farmers from
the draft, was adopted by the house,
126 to 100. .
Senate Debates Roosevelt Plan. -Debate
in the senate today was be
gun by Senator Harding- of Ohio,
in support of the. administration bill
(CoDtlnQfHl on t'aze Two, Columa One.)
Company of Engineer f .
Officers for Each Camp
' Washington, April 28. A com. Ie"
company of eserve engineer officers,
150 strong, wiH be established at
each of the fourteen officers' training
camps to be opened May 8.
Applicants qualified, will be com
missioned immediately and given the
pay f their grade, although they may
serve as' orivati in the nrnvminna!
'company during the three months
period of training. -
Compete.it engineer officers from
the regular army will be assigned to
each company as instructors. r. .
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