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VOL. XL VI NO. 47.
OMAHA, SUNDAY MORNING, MAY 6, 1917 FIVE SECTIONS FORTNIGHT PAGES
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GERMAN 7RG3&S KILL
. GENIUS TO OVERCOME DIVERS
ASKING FOR BREAD
SHOT BY SOLDIERS
Fall While Demanding Food
Before Bullets From Guns
of Kaiser's Men in
PRESSURE FROM ALL SIDES
Interpellations Presented by
Conservative and Social
MAY CURB KAISER'S POWER
Amsterdam (Via Lonion), May
5. Crave Rioting has occurred in
Mainz, Germany, according to a
report received here by the Tele
graaf. Sixteen hundred people took
part in a demonstration because
of the scarcity of food and a num
ber of shops were looted. Troops
fired on the demonstrants, the re
port adds, and eight persons were
The troops arrested 500 persons.
, Copenhagen, May 5. (Via Lon
don.) A plainer declaration of Ger
many's peace condition will be made
by Chancellor von Bethmann-Holl-weg
within a fortnight.
Dr. Karl Helfferich, the vice chan
cellor, announced yesterday that an
answer would be made within this
time by the chancellor to the inter
pellations presented by the conserva
tives and the socialists.
The chancellor's decision to define
Germany's aims was the result of
pressure exerted from all sides.
Plan to Curb Kaiser.
Amsterdam, May 5. (Via Lon
don.) A restriction of the power of
the emperor of Germany lias 'been
decided upon by the constitution com
mittee of the Reichstag, according to
a dispatch from Berlin. -
The committee has decided to alter
Article xvii of the imperial constitu
tion as follows:
"Ordinances and decrees of the
kaiser will be issued in the name of
the empire and will require for valid
ity the counter signature of the im
perial chancellor or his representative,
who thereby assumes responsibility to
Three Parties Back of It.
The decision of the committee was
in accordance with a joint proposal
by the centrists, national liberals and
the progressives. Four conservative
members voted against the change.
The committee also adopted a reso
lution by the same proposers demand
ing a bill fixing the chancellor's re
sponsibility fori any violation of his
official duty aiid the verification of
such violation by a senate tribunal.
Treaty rPoppsals Rejected.
The constitution committee has re
jected Dr.' Bernstein's proposals re
quiring the approval of the Reichstag
when treaties are being inaugurated
and concluded, when war is declared
and when peace agreements are being
settled, the Berlin dispatches state.
The committee also has rejected the
proposal to introduce a bill giving the
Reichstag power to dismiss the chan
cellor when it wishes, the advices add.
Martial Law in Bohemia.
London, May 5. Martial law has
been proclaimed throughout Bohemia,
according to a Prague telegram to
Basle newspapers transmitted by the
Exchange Telegraph correspondent
at Geneva. All newspapers of Bo
hemia have suspended pubKcaticri,
the message adds.
Jews in Palestine
Threatened With Death
Chicago, May 5. Jews in .Palestine
are threatened with massacre, ac
cording to a cablegram received to
day by Adolph Kraus oi .Chicago, in
ternational president of the Order of
B'Nai Brith. The cablegram was
from President- Giblert of the London
lodge. Mr. Kraus; a lawyer and
former newspaper publisher, has ap
pealed to Secretary Lansing to have
the attention of the Turkish govern
ment called to the report.
For Nebraska Generally fair; rising tem
Hourly Tempcmtarea at Omaha Yesterday,
5 a. m
ti a, nil....
7 a. m
9 a, m.
10 a. m.
11 a. m.
1 p. m
3 p. m 67
3 p. m rs
4 p. m 5ft
5 p. m
p. m. .
7 p. m
Comparative Local Record.
1917. 1916. 1915. 1914.
Hlgtust yeaterflay. . . 69 S7 68 tit;
vli west yesterday.,,. 36 54 44- 62
M n temperature.... 48 70 66 69
Precipitation 00 .00 k .11 .00
Temperature and precipitation departures
frjiu tha normal at Omalia since March 1:
Normal temperature B9
Deficiency for the day 11
Total deficiency lnv March 1, 117.... 73
Normal prerlpl.atlort,,.. .......... .12 Inch
Deficiency for the dy 12 Inch
Totat rainfall since tiarch 1 6.82 inch
Ksrens since March 1...., 1.31 Inches
Deficiency for cor. period int. ..94 inches
Deficiency for cor. period 1916.. 2.26 laches
British Ask U. S. Army
Soon and Will Get It
Washington, May 5. Great
Britain formally joined France
today in expressing the hope that
an American expeditionary force
son woldd take its place on the
western front in Europe.
Foreign Secretary Balfour told
the Council of National Defense
that the British would be over
joyed to welcome an American
force in France and that its early
dispatch could not but have an
enormous physocological effect,
both on the allies and on their
While no announcement was
made, the impression grew that
an American army will go to the ,
front as soon as possible.
WHILE U.S. PLANS
Table Necessaries Reach High
Point in Omaha and Sur- '
rounding Territory and
May Go Higher.
HOUSEWIVES ARE HARD HIT
Wholesalers Declare Garden
Movement May Cause De
cline as Crops Mature.
NO RELIEF IN SIGHT NOW
These ate the prices Omaha
housewives will have to pay to
day for necessaries:
Potatoes, 85 cents per peck.
Bread, 10 cents per seventeen
Bacon, 40 cents per pound.
Ham, 40 cents per pound.
Sirloin steak, 38 cents per
Beans, 20 cents per pound.
Butter, 44 cents per pound.
Flour, $14 per barrel.
High Cost Mounting. , t
If you are a man of family and
have to provide for your own table
you have discovered that your dollar
will not go very far in the purchase of
the necessaries that go to make up a
fairly good meal. ...
If you are a boarder, unless your
board has been raised, you are not
getting the quantity nor quality of
food you were accustomed to.
Food prices have been climbing
skyward for months. Many are of the
opinion that until the government
takes hold and fixes values the top
has not keen reached. They insist
that the price boosts are brought
about by speculators.
Charles H. Pickens, head of the
Paxton-Gallagher company, one of
the largest grocery jobbing houses
west of Chicago, said:
"In my judgment everything de
pends to a great extent upon what
demands ft!. government makes upon
the producers, the manufacturers and
the jobbers of the country, together
with what is done by congress in the
matter of fixing maximum prices at
which foodstuffs shall be soldi"
No Relief in Sight.
So far as canned goods are con
cerned, Mr. Pickens sees no relief un
til the new pack is on the market, or
until the gardens begin to produce.
The pack of last year is pretty well
used up, and from now until new
home grown vegetables are available,
prices are going to be W.gh.
"Gardens planted this spring, if they
do anything, are going to- materially
aid '.n reducing the high cost of liv
ing, declared Mr. Pickens. Our
traveling salesmen tell us that over
the entire country the idea of raising
garden truck has been uppermost in
the minds of the people.
"The little home garden is a won
derful thing, and with the thousands
upon thousands that have been
planted this spring, living expenses
are going io be curtailed to a great
"It will be well along in June be
fore the canning season opens, and if
the crop is good and factories are
able to get the. tins, the pack will be
the greatest in years. Right now it
looks as if there might be some diffi
culty in getting cans, but I think the
government will step in and furnish
the relief asked for.
"The roiling mills discontinued
lurniiig out the black sheets that go
into the manufacture of tin simply
because they could earn larger profits
on heavy material. This reduced the
supply of olack sheets, but if the gov
ernment acts quickly, the supply can
be brought up to the normal before
! large quantity of cans are needed.
Economize on Tin.
Few people realize 'the enormous
number of tin cans required annually
for the pack of the country. During
the last five years the annual tomato
pack of the United States has been
14,000,000 cases, or 28,000,000 dozens.
Ut corn the average annual pack dur
ing the same period has been 9,000,00
cases, or i8,0O0,O00 dozens.
"To economize on tin, most of the
manufacturers of beans and hominy
have discarded cans and are packing
dry in paper containers. But the
paper container has become an item
of great expense within the last year.
Formerly we were able to get paper
and strawboard boxes and containers
at a nominal price, but when paper
was jumped up, the price of these ar
ticles advanced 50 to 100 per cent, and
in more instances more.
AH for My Country'
WAR DEPARTMENT GIVES FULL
-REGISTRATION DETAILS UNDER
SELECTIVE CONSCRIPTION LAW
Washington. May 5. Jta official outline of the
method by which military registration is to be car
ried out under the selective conscription bill was
made public today. ,
The War department also issued an appeal for
the voluntary services of state election and other
30,000 inhabitants, or the officials designated by the
governor therein, snail, with approval ot the gov
ernor, appoint for each ward or convenient minor
subdivision containing about 30,000 people one reg
istration board and shall designate one officer of
each board to perform duties similar to those im-
officials in order that there mav be no delav in en-.:'Posed uPn the sheriff, as heretofore outlined. If the
rolling ana classitying millions ot men tor army
The only function of the federal government will
be supervision through the office of the provost mar
The department's statement follows:
"All persons within the age limits prescribed will
be required to present themselves for registration
at the customary voting places in the voting pre
cincts in which they have their permanent homes, on
a day which the president will announce. The prob
ability is that from ten to fifteen days will elapse
between approval of the bill and registration day.
"The governor of each state will be the chief of
registration therein. The machinery of registration
in each county is to be in charge of the sheriff, the
county clerk and county physician, acting ex-officio,
unless a different board shall be announced by the
governor. In cities containing populations of more
than 30,000 the registration will be under control of
the mayor and selected boards of registration.
"In order that the designated countv and citv
officials, and the people generally, can get a clear
mayor desires, he may appoint a central board to co
ordinate the work of minor boards.
"On the fifth day after the president has issued
his proclamation, clerks of counties and cities of
over 30,000 must secure a supply of blanks and
copies of the registration regulations from the
sheriff or from the mayor. Absentees and the sick .
will apply to such clerks to have their registration
blanks filled out. In no case shall such persons be
given registration certificates. They are to be in
structed by the clerk that the burden is on them to
see that the cards reach the registrars of their '
home precincts by registration day.
"Persons' absent from their home counties may
be registered by mail. If so absent, a man should
go to the clerk of the county where he may be stay
ing on the" sixth day after the president's proclama
tion. If he is, in a city of over 30,000 population the
city clerk is the official to whom to apply. The
absentee will be told how to register, but he must
mail his card in time to reach his precinct by regis
"Persons too ill to present themselves for regis
tration must send a competent person to the county
understanding of the census methods, the following or c'tv clerk on the sixth day after the issuing of
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brief outline is given
"The sheriffs or other designated bfficials, imme-.
diately upon receiving notice from the governor,
shall appoint registrars for each voting precinct.
"The proportion of registrars shall We one for
each 170 persons to be registered. Each age to be
registered will comprise about 1 per cent of the
population. If, for instance, all men between 19 and
25 years of age, inclusive, are to be registered, the
registrar would have to enroll about 7 per cent of
the precinct population.
"It is desirable to accept the services of compe
tent volunteer registrars to serve without compensa
tion. All registrars must be sworn.
"The voting place in each precinct must be pre
pared for registration. Full printed instructions
covering every detail of registration will be in the
hands of sheriffs and mayors on the fifth day after
the president's proclamation.
"The mayor of a city containing more than
the proclamation. The clerk will give instructions
lor registration. -
"Officials of educational, charitable and other in
stitutions should apply for instructions to the county
or city clerk on the sixth day after the date of a
proclamation as to a convenient method of reg
istration. "The wardens of jails, penitentiaries and reforma
tories should apply to the county or city clerk for
instructions on the sixth day.
"Five days after the date of the prident's proc
lamation complete regulations will be in the hands
of all sheriffs and of the officials of cities of over
"The president is authorized to call upon all '
public officers to assist in the execution of the law.
It is expected that patriotic citizens will offer their
services free as registrars. Such services will be
gratefully acknowledged. Volunteers for this serv
ice should communicate immediately with the proper
Man Defeated for Congress
By Miss Rankin Kills Self
Elkhart, lnd May 5. Jacob Crull
of Roundup Mont., who was defeated
for the republican nomination for con
gress in his distrr-t by Jeannette Ran
kin at the 1916 primary, died here
today, the result of taking poison.
Crull came her to visit a brother
and sister several weeks ago after an
absence of twenty years. He drank
the poison at an undertaking estab
lishment last night and died today in
Brazil Permits German
Minister to Leave
Rio Janeiro, May 5. On receipt of
a cablegram from the Brazilian min
ister to Germany that he expected to
arrive in Zurich today, the govern
ment has ordered that the German
minister to Brazil, Adolf Pauli, be
permitted to continut his journey to
Uruguay. Herr Pauli had been or
dered detained on information that
the German government was with
holding passports of the Brazilian
DES MOINES MAYOR
MAY SEIZE "SPUDS"
John MacVicar Plans to Fur
nish Potatoes to Public at
HAS SCOUTS ON LOOKOUT
.'- (From a Staff Correspondent.)
' Des Moines, May 5. (Special Tel
egram.) Mayor' John MacVicar is
making a strenuous effort to secure a
Carload of potatoes which he will
offer for sale at $2.50 per bushel. He
has men on the lookout for cars. If
they cannot buy them, the mayor
may confiscate a car, as was the case
Goethals Making Standard
, Plans for Steel Ships
Washington, May 5. Plans for
standardizing steel ship construction
will be announced by Colonel Goe
l.,W. W. Worker Found-
Not Guilty of Murder
Seattle, Wash., May 5. Thomas H.
Tracy, an Industrial Worker of the
World, accused of the murder of Dep
uty Sheriff Jefferson Beard a. Ever
ett November 5, was acquitted here
today by a jury in the superior court.
Tracy was a member of a "free
speech" expedition which attempted
to land in Everett from a boat. A
fight between citizens and the. Indus
trial Workers' of the World resulted
and seven men were killed.
The verdict ended a trial which be
gan March 5 and was the longest in
the history of King county. There
were six women and six men on the
Twelve Ashton Boys Join
Ashton, Neb., May 5. (Special.)
Twelve young men from Ashton en
listed in the coast artillery and de
parted Friday for Grand Island ac
companied by Officer Rogers. From
Grand Island they will be ordered to
Fort Logan, Colo. There are a few
more here that will go Tuesday next
AMERICANS INVENT DEVICES TO
BREAK TEUTON U-BOATS' POWER
. AND LIFT THE SUBSEA BLOCKADE
Naval Consulting Board Chairman Announces
Plans for Overcoming Submarine Terror of
the Waters Forwarded to Washington
After Successful Tests in Atlantic
"LOOKS AS THOUGH PROBLEM SOLVED," HE SAYS
Dozens of Schemes for Dealing with Menace to Shipping
Submitted Every Day for Months and a Few Have
Survived and These Are Among Them.
DANIELS HAS NOT RECEIVED REPORT FROM N. Y.
' New York, May 5. W. L. Saunders, chairman of the naval consulting
board, announced here today that the board had forwarded to Washington
plans for dealing with the submarine problem, which, It was believed, had
solved the problem successfully,
"It looks is though the submarine nroblem had been solved." Mr. Siun.
ders said, "not only in theory, but on the strength of practical tests on tha
Mr. Saunders was unwilling to go Into further details of the experiments,
all data on the subject having been forwarded to Washington. '
FEW SURVIVE TESTS.
For several months about thirty-five Inventions t day have reached tha
board and fifteen committeei have examined them.
Some were selected and tested at experimental stations along the At
lantic coast. A few survived, and these are the ones, Mr. Saunders said.
which will be employed. against the submarines.
Mr. Saunders said the plan suggested to the government involved the,
possibility of land operations.
Without committing himself definitely on this point the scheme he Indl-
cated included a military offensive against the Kiel canal. The use of elec
tricity is involved importantly in the whole idea of tn offensive.
The naval operations would under the plan be directed toward bottling
up the North Sea is effectively as Great Britain has blocked th English
i - naval umcers confident. .
.The report of the naval consulting
board on devices to overcome German
submarines had not reached Secretary
Although making no predictions,
naval officers expressed coufidehce in
the ability of the devices to check
Naval experts have been following
every point as to ways and, means of
checking undersea peril.
The members include men of inter
national renown as inventors and
scientists. Since the subnsarine is an
American invention, hope has been
igh that America will find an answer
W it UllUUgll IIS MIVCMMVC gCniUS,
Keep Details Secret
Mr. Saunders is known to have
been following personally an investi
gation of the submarine question.
Other board members also have been
at work on other plans in addition to
reviewing the great mass of data re
ferred to the board by individual in
ventors and by the department.
Navy experts both in Washington
and at every navy yard or station have1
overlooked no suggestion that might
lead to a successful anti-submarine
No hint of the devices suggested by
the board will be made public when
the report is received. Secretary Dan
iels today deprecated speculation as
to ways and means to be employed
against submarines on the ground that
information of . what was planned
might reach Germany. ,
As to Mr. Saunders' suggestion of
offensive naval operations . against
submarines, naval officials were silent.
Any projects which have been , dis
cussed with British and French navy
officers or suggested even as remote
possibilities are regarded as strictly
NEW REGIME IN
Ministers Decline to Modify
War Note Sent to Allies
and Are Ready to
WORKERS ARE RESTLESS
Head of Movement Says Im
perialistic Attitude of Cab
inet is Unsatisfactory.
STATEMENT BY PREMIER
(Via London), May 5.
All meetings have been forbid
den for two days by order of the
council of workmen's and sol
diers delegates. All armed demon
strations are likewise forbidden.
Troops are forbidden to leave
their barracks with arms.
The council of workmen' and
soldiers' delegates passed a vote
of confidence in the government
by a majority of thirty-five. Dele
gates voting were 2,500.
Petrograd, May 5. (Via London.)
The provisional government,
through Freniier Lvoff, has declined
to modify the note sent to the allies
The government declare that the
ministers are prepared to resign their
posts if necessary.
Premier Lvoff said:
"It is impossible to send another
note. The temporary g eminent will
comply with its duty and leave its
post rather than take such a step,
which would menace the country with
serious . consequences. The govern
ment understands fully the responsi
bility it has ajsumed in behalf of the
country and in '.-few of that responsi
bility is ready to resigi. if it becomes
Milukoff Confirm!! Statement.
Foreign Secretary Milukoff, con
firming the stand taken by Premier
"The note expresses the view of the
temporary government. It has no
other aim. The recent note repeats.
ana develops tne idea expressed in
tne nrst note, w...;h was worked out
(Continued on Pafe Two, Column Two.)
Church Wants Statement
From Pastor 0. D. Baltzly
Rev. O. D. Baltzly, pastor of the
Kountze Memorial Lutheran church,
who is alleged to have made unpa
triotic utterances, will have an oppor
'unity of squa.-ing himself before the
people of Omaha, is th'. statement
made by Senior Elder Oscar P. Good-
nan, who list arranged a church coun
cil meeting for Monday night.
It Dr. f.altzly does not give out
a satisfactory statement then, '-he
council will, said-Mr. Goodman.
Rev, Baltzly would make no statement
Alleged Plotters Try to Use
Bryan's Speech as Defense
New York, May 5. Cross-examination
was continued today of Ernest
Bohm. secretary' of the Central Fed
erated union of this city and treasurer
of Labor's National Peace council.
who testified for the government yes
terday in the trial of Captain Franz
Kintelen of the German navy and the
seven other defendants charged with
conspiracy to stop the shipment of
munitions to the entente allies.
The defense's efforts were over
ruled when it tried to put in evi
dence extracts of a speech by Wil
liam Jennings Bryan, in which he was
quoted as declaring that "if this na
tion is brought into the world war it
will be through interference by pri
vate manufacturers of. munitions of
Peck Declares Committee
Will Care for Grain Interests
Washington, May 5. (Special Tele
gram.) E. P. Peck of Omaha, who
has been in Washington this week in
conjunction, with a number of com
mission grain dealers, said today after
the final conference: f
"We appointed a committee of six
to co-oceratc with Secretary of Agri
culture Houston in everything to con
serve the handling of grain. ,
"The committee appointed is repre
sentative. This whole proposition is
a big one tc the grain 'nen of the
country and I believe we i'jd some
thing along big lines wr.cn we ap
pointed a body of men to take care
of the grain interests.'
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