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THE BEE: OMAHA, WEDNESDAY, MAY 0. 1917.
WHEAT OFF SIXTY
Condition of Crop Showi Im
provement, but Acreage is
Smallest for Years.
FAR BELOW BUMPER YEAR
Nebraska Sixty Per Cent
Condition and estimated production
in important producing states follow:
Per ct. Bu.
...... to ll.479.OIH
Unto ; 83 SB.moo
Indiana 6 13.040.000
"linot 64 19,311.000
Missouri 64 19.333,000
Kansas g9 42,OO6t0OO
Oklahoma 71 3l,l,tooo
Washington, May 8. In the face
of a threatened world food shortage
tne American winter wheat crop
shows the lowest condition recorded
since 1888 and promised a smaller
yield than any other since 1904,
Agricultural conditions otherwise
. i . . . .
ate guuu, ic department announceu,
snd iit recalled that although the win
ter wheat crop of 1912 shov ed an
equally discouraging, outlook the total
production of crops that year was the
greatest on record
The crop, planted last autumn on
one of the largest acreages ever sown
to that grain, but which met disaster
in several lmDOrtant nraducin? states
frorii severe winter conditions, now
promises a harvest of 366J 16,000
Dusnels t us vear.
That quantity was forecast today
by the Department of Agriculture
which based its estimate on the con
dition of the cron Mav 1 as reoorted
by the thousands of agents through-T
out tne gram belt.
Big Decrease in Montfi.
A month ago a crop of 430,000.000
bushels was torecast. Production last
year was 481744.000 bushels and in
JSla it was 673.947.000 bushe s.
On May 1 the area of winter wheat
. to be harvested was about 271.653,000
acres, compared with 40,090,000 acres
sown lait autumn and 34,829,000 acres
harvested last vear.
The condition of the crop on May
1 was 73.2 per cent of a normal, com
pared with 63.4 on Anril 1. 82.4 on
May 1 last year and 86.6, the average
oi tne last ten years on May 1.
Hay and Pastures.
Meadow (hay) lands: Condition 88.7
per cent ot a normal, compared with
88.4 on May 1 last year and 87.9 the
ten-year May 1 average.
Hay: Stocks of hav on farms May
1 are estimated at 12,488,000 tons, or
11.4 per cent of last year's crop,
against 14,452,000 tons, or 13.5, per
cent, on May 1 last year; and 10,827,
000 tqns, or 12.5 per cent, the five
year average on May 1.
Pastures: Condition 81.9 per cent of
a normal, against 85.2 on- May 1 last
year and 85.2 the ten-year May 1 aver
age. - . -Spring
Work Well Along.
Spring plowing: Was 72.4 per cent
completed up to May 1, compared
with 70,4 orl May 1 last year and
69.,t the ten-year May J average.
' Spring plating:, Was1 J8. per cent
completed up to May 1, compared
with 56.7 on May 1 last year, and
56.3 the -ten-year May 1 average.
. 1 Nebraska Conditions Reviewed.
Aaron- E. Anderson, field agent,
, gives the following general review of
; crop conditions in Nebraska, May 1:
Most of the counties will have a little
winter wheat, ranging- from the. occasional
field to a belter ronditlon In a few of the
less Important counties where possibly one
third to one-half of the acreage will be left.
Many of the . most important counties will
have practically no wheat. In eastern coun
ties farmers havo not yet decided whether
to plow up the wheat ftelda tr to leave
them. If many of these flolds do not show
at least a fair prospect by tho latter part
of the month they will be planted to corn.
The condition of the wheat In the eastern
V counties Is very bad. KverN some of the
better fields are nearly a month late, weedy,
thin stand, and with many of the under
ground sterna ao badly damaged that It Is
doubtful If many of them can carry the
necessary nourishment front the soli. At
best, the yield will be light and with unfa
ir Vorable weather It may be almost nothing.
t In the wts.fern part of the alate, the Condi
Z tlon of a part of the wheat Is fairly good.
' In the central part of the state where we
have the large acreage, there la practically
no. wheat upon which to report condition.
Damage to Alfalfa.
Even the rye was more or less damaged
nd many reports indicate a certain per
centage of abandonment. The condition of
ryo left lor harvest la low but la improv
The abandonment of alfalfa will be very
large, but the extent Is yet. doubtful. The
greatest damage appears to be confined to
a atrip east and west through the center of
the state which Includes many of the most
important counties, but reports Indicate
' damage over.the entire state. Fields over
three and four years killed out wost. The
extent of the damage to last fall seeding
depends upon the quantity of moisture
which was conserved previously to seeding.
Bed clover killed out badly. From a study
of many field conditions, both clover and
alfalfa was damaged tiff the drougth and
The cupply of hay on farms'le perhaps
the lowest for some time. The sblttfnents
were much larger than usual, but not equal
to the demand.
Farmers - are delayed with the plowing,
due to a late spring, rains, extra large per
cent of work to be done, and the shortage
of necessary power. Practically all small
grata Is seeded and corn planting has be
gun. With a large Increased acreage, this
means a very buay month. Pastures are
OUTLOOK GRAVE, SAYS HERBERT HOOVER "Subma
rine destruction hai been steadily increasing for six weeks.
The situation is one of extreme gravity, make sure of that"
This was the warning of Herbert C. Hoover, who is to be
America's food dictator, on his arrival in the United States
from France. "The European food situation as well as the
general war situation there requires every possible effort we
can make," he said. "What Europe needs most is wheat, and
it must have wheat; but it must also have beef and pork prod
ucts. We have landed only 60,000 tons of food in Belgium
during March and April. Deaths greatly increased. The
babies were cared for first They did not die. It was the
adults, the old people, the mothers, who suffered. The relief
commission has only thirty vessels. It should ha ve seventy
to feed Belgium alone." '
federal Aid Will Be Given
. Jo Revive River Traffic
St. Louis, May 8. Promise that tfie
federal government would give finan
cial aitf to the immediate rehabilita
tion of river transportation was given
to the river conference here today by
Brigadier General William Black,
chief of engineers tl the United States
army. ' '
General Black said that he was
asked by Secretary of War Baker to
urge on the conference the immediate
revival of river traffic. '
The federal shipping board, has au
thority, he said, to use some of its
funds in the revival of this traffic and
would be willing to loan money for
the immediate establishment of barge
and steamboat lines. .
The War department, the shipping
board and the Council of National De
fense, he added, were impressed with
the urgency of rehabilitating river
transportation. . ,- -y
Millionaire Banker of Los
Angeles Expires Suddenly
Los Angeles, May - 8. Otho S.
Houston, millionaire banker and prin
cipal owner of about twenty bankVin
Teitas, two of the'm in Fort Worth,
was stricken with apoplexy in his
oftce- here today and died within a
few minutes. "He was a nephew of
General Sam Houston and-a distant
relative of David F. Houston', secre-
ae of. aarriaultttrav x '.
'V -?'J-"--N-V''; HOOVER. ;
Federal Council o Protestant
Churches Outlines War Program
Washington, May 8. A special war
program of action for virtually all
Protestant churches in the United
States was formulated today by the
Federal Council of the Churches of
Christ in America and will be em
bodied in an address to the churches
to be issue i tomorrow.
Among the proposals for this pro
gram, presented in committee "reports
todayv were the following:
National prohibition as a war meas
ure. . .
Practical economy by individuals
Co-ooeration of the churches with
the Red G'oss in war relief.
Declaration Tieainst lowering of
labor standards under war stress.
f Co-operation of all churches through
a committee or inc leoerai council
with the Wsr and Navjj departments
to suoolv the most efficient ministers
as chaplains, v
Action bv churches and the xounc
Men's Christian association to pro
mote a moral and religious atmo
sphere about the new army.
The program for todav also in
cluded addresses by President Henry
C. King of Oberlin college and Ray
mond Robins, Chicago social worker:
Dr. Frank M. North of New York,
president of the federal council, pre
sided, and Charles McFarland. gen
eral secretary, explained that the
meeting W3 called especially to con
sider the position of the church in
the war. Afore thanJOO prominent
churchmen were present.
: : 7
1 8 Paid to France
Washington, May 8. France to
day received the $100,000,000 the
United States has decided to lend
it to meet its expenses in this coun
try durin? May.' The amount was
transferred by Secretary McAdoo
to Ambassador Jusserand today by
treasury warrants. ,
LANSING POTS GAG'
Subordinates Who Give Infor.
(nation to Papers Will Be
FORMS "NEWS" BUREAU
Washington, May 8. Secretary
Lansing today followed up the State
department gag order, which forbids
any other official there to give infor
mation to the public, with a statement
that jjy other official who gave out
information conveying a criticism of
the department's policies would be
Mr. Lansing reiterated that the giv
ing of information to the public
through the newspapers would here
after be restricted to himself and the
newly created bureau of foreign intel
ligence. , V
Secretary Lansing said he had for
b!di officials to talk with newspa
per correspondents because he was
dissatisfied with having information
come from -many different channels
and perhaps from contrary points of
view. lie intended, tie said, to cen
tralis all information, even as to de
tails, in the bureau of foreign intelli
Nails Lid Down.
Ajjart from what was given out by
tne Dureau or Dy nimseit, tne secre
tary said no information would be
allowed, to reach the public through
the State department.
Secretary Lansing was pressed for
an instance ot wuere imormation
harmful to the best interests of the
country had thus been published. Ho
said that as yet no serious cause had
occurred, but be was much afraid that
they would occur shortly.
Secretary Lansing stated that the
press would Jrave to content itself
with what the bureau of foreign in
telligence gives out That bureau, he
said, would handle everything in th
international field;, all subjects con
nected with the war in short, every
thing. Censors Inexperienced.
The bureau is manned by two offi
cials. The chief of the bureau is
without newsDaner exDerience and
his assistant has been in foreign
fields Cuba. China and England
for several years. The bureau also
has the task of supplying American
missions aoroaa wnn iniormaiion.
Under the new order a State de
partment official is prevented from
giving the public even such Informa
tion as that of personalities of distin
guished foreigners, who come to the
United States on missions. The
news gatherers have access only to
the officially censored announcements
of the department.
Senate Takes Up Spy
Bill Behind Closed Doors
Washington, May 8. The senate
closed its doors again today when it
took up the embargo section of the
The section, as desired by the ad
ministration, was virtually agreed to
last night when Senator La Follette
proposed an amendment forbidding an
embargo to nations which consume
American exports themselves and did
not allow them to get to enemy coun
tries and provided that the embargo
should not be used to coerce neutral
ARMY BILL MAY GO
Joint Conference Committee in
Deadlock Over Important
WORK ON IT IS SUSPENDED
Washington, May 8. Conferees on
the army bill today fell into such a
deadlock over the amendment to per
mit sending of Colonel Roosevelt's
division to France that they sus
pended wo-k snd considered return
ing the bill to house and senate snd
asking for instructions.
The prohibition amendment, the age
limits for the selective conscription
and the amendments for raising vol
unteer patrol regiments for the Mexi
can border also are stumbling blocks.
Teachers Describe the
Ideal Perfect Woman
Liverpool, April 30. "The Perfect
Woman" as just been de6ned by s
conference here ot teachers trom
girls' schools throughout England.
Here Is the result of their united ef
forts: "The perfect woman Is 40 years old,
it married, and is the mother of five
children. She is in happy circum
stances, living in a beautiful part of
the country a few miles from s big
town. She is the center of good
home; in which there is a high stand
ard of cleanliness and comfort, and
where good taste is everywhere vis
ible, in furniture, carpets, curtains,
wall paper, ornaments, clothes.
"The ideal woman is sensible Snd
business-like, and her home is a place
of peace. She is patriotic and inter
ested in politics, and does all she can
to 'remove the causes of suffering
among the poor. She is a delighful
companion, and has f. gift for friend
ship. She is a religious woman, and
tries to fulfill her duty toward God
and toward other people.
"She ' takes walkj, rides bicycles,
climbs, swims, dances, skates, rows,
and plays games. She can ride a horse
and drive a motor car. She is pro
ficient in fliany branches of practical
learning, She can do anything and
everything about the house. She has
some knowledge of the law, knows
how to invest money, can use a type
writer. She is a great reader;-every
day she reads some serious book as
well as a newspaper and a novel. She
Speaks three languages besides her
own and reads foreign books. She is
fond' of gardening and has learned
several crafts wood carving, metal
work, bookbinding and embroidery."
Steel Corporation Takes Big
Slice of the Liberty Loan
New York May 8. The United
States Steel corporation will subscribe
$25,000,000 to the liberty loan, the
largest single subscription yet an
nounced. Officials of the corporation
in making known today Intention to
subscribe for this amount intimated it
probably would be increased by an
aggregate of subscriptions from the
employes of the corporation. .
Arthur Hsrrlrir. ared eon ef. Attorns?
Rsrrlna ef the Board of Education, has left
his school in St. Louis to work on a farm
in northern Minnesota. t
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years, during which time the tobacco"
remains, untouched, in its original
wooden hogsheads. At the end of
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is as smooth as its name implies, .
Men have tried and will try to
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It costs us more money to prepare
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