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The Omaha Daily Bee
VOL. XL VI. NO. 279.
OMAHA. THURSDAY MORNING, MAY 10. 1917. TWELVE PAGES.
N'i'u.-:,tH,J."t. SINGLE COPY TWO CENTS.
HUGE WAR COST TAX BILL PRESENT!
BRITISH FORCES RECAPTURE LOST GROUND
TIDE AT FRESNOY
Germans Are Barely Holding
Village Which They Took
from the Candians
COUNTER ATTACKS FAIL
London Official Report Says
Rushes at Several Points
Stopped by Artillery.
FRENCH TAKE TRENCHES
London, May 9. The British
official report says Germans ad
vancing to ittack across the open
near Bullecourt were caught by
machine gun fire and suffered
heavy losses. Much activity near
Bullecourt and St. Quentin is an
nounced. The Berlin official report says
British attacks near Fresnoy and
London, Kay 9. Part of the ground
lost in the vicinity of Fresnoy, on
the Arras oittlefield, was regained bv
the British last night, it is announced
The British statement follows:
"Last night our troops advanced
their position slightly northeast ' of
"Yesterday evening the enemy at
tacked our positions northeast of the
Gavrelle village. I he attack was
broken up by our barrage and ma-.
chine gun fire and completely re
"At the tame time hostile forces,
concentrating for an attack north of
Kresnoy.v were dispersed by our ar-
"West of Fresnoy we improved our
position during the night by a coun
ter attack. A portion of the ground
lost yesterday morning has been re
gained. "Early this morning an enemv raid
ing party was driven off east of Ar
menticrcs, (on .tbe-vFraneo-Belgian
Lost Ground Retaken.
(From a Btaff Correspondent of The Asso
British Headquarters in France,
May 9. (Via London.) Most of the
ground lost by the British in the
vicinity of Fresnoy has been regained,
The Germans iare barely holding Fres
noy village itseif.
French Capture Trenches.
Paris, May 9. The French last
night captured first' line German
trenches over a front of three-quar
ters ot a mile northeast ot Chevreux,
near Craonne, the war office an
nounces. During the night the Germans
made repeated counter attacks in
force against'the important positions
taken from them on the plateau of
Chemin-Des-Dames and on the Cali-
forme plateau. Although the Ger
mans were stopped by French artil
lery and machine gun fire, new as
saulting waves resumed the effort sev
eral times, until the ground was
strewn with German dead.
Shippers of Impure Eggs
Must Answer Complaints
Washington, May 9. Egg dealers
in Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma and
Texas were ordered today to appear
before the Department of Agriculture
to answer to charges of shipping im
pure eggs in interstate commerce. The
order was prompted by investigation
made by the department's experts last
winter. The food and drugs act classes
bad eggs as adulterated food.
Tor Nebratki Cloudy.
Temperatures at Omaha Yesterday.
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Comparative Iocal Record.
1917. 1916. 1915.
Hifthest yesterday ...88 89 70
lowest yesteniny .,49 67 39
Mean temperature .. 69" 73 64
precipitation 00 .00 .00 .00
Temperature and (precipitation departures
from the normal:
Normal 'temperature - ,00
Deficiency for the day .' j
Total deficiency since March 1 ....99
formal precipitation 14 inch
Deficiency for the day 14 inrh
Total rainfall since March 1....8.32 Inches
Kicess aince March 1 78 Inch
Dcflrtency for cor. period, 1918. .8.36 inches
deficiency for cor. period, 1915.. 2.66 Inches
Report From Station at 7 P. M.
Station and State Temp. High- Raln-
of Weather. 7 p. m. est. fall.
Cheyenne, cloudy 36 38
Javenport, cloudy .... 64 fit)
Denver, rain , 4 4ft
Des Moines, Cloudy,., , eu 71!
Jodge City, cloudy..,.. 41 hi
Lander, cloudy 48 60
North Platte, cloudy... 4R fi
)maha, clear ,..,63 R9
Pueblo, ptly, cldy 62 66.
Rapid City, clear 60 62
Salt Lake, rain....,.,., 62 62
, Hants Fe, cloudy, ..... , 19 60
Aherldan, clear 66 6ft
Sioux City, cloudy..... 64 72
Valentine, ptly. cldy... 40 64
"T" Indicates- trace of precipitation.
I. A. WELSH, Meteorologist
U. S. Field Service
Carries Old Glory in Streets of Paris
Paris, May 9. The Stars and Stripes appeared on the streets of Paris
as the battle flag of an armed force this morning when the flag and fifty
men of the American Field service under it, on their way to the railroad
station for the front, were acclaimed enthusiastically by early risers all
along thi route. ' .
Thirty-one members of the contingent are from Cornell university, and
a graduate ot Cornell, Edward Tinkhaf of Montclair, N. J., is in com
mand, with R. T. Scully, a Princeton mat) from Pittsburgh, as his as
sistant. This is the first detachment of the American Field service to bear
arms and it is detailed for the transportation of munitions to the front. ,
STOCK OF LIQUOR
ON LARSON FARM
Tip Given by Boy is Followed
and Thousands of Gallons of
Booze Found Planted out
in Douglas County.
Thousand Cases of Beer, Best
Quantities of Whiskey and
Much High Priced Wine
- in the Colection.
Eight big truck loads of liquor, con
sisting of approximately 1,000 cases
of beer and vast quantities of whisky,
high-priced wines, gin and other in
toxicating wet goods, were seized by
Sheriff Clark and his deputies, when
they swooped down upon Anton Lar
son's dairy farm. Sixtieth and Center
streets, outside the city limits, yester-
streets, outside the city limits Wed
It was the first big seizure under
the prohibition law.
The value of the contraband is esti
mated a $4,000.
It gives some idea of the great
stores of linuor. I and everyone else
know are hidden in Omaha and Doug
las county, said Shcritt Uark.
Use It to Sprinkle Streets.
I believe I'll carry out my promise
and sprinkle the streets of Omaha
with this booze," he added. "There's
enough in this one seizure to fill Sev
eral water wagons."
sheriff Uark said that a lZ-year-
old boy gave him the tip that resulted
in the wholesale exposure ot hidden
The sheriff went to Larson's place
earlv in tin morning and. after con
vincing himself that the boy's tip was
well founded, he lett Deputy Jtioye on
guard and hurried back to the court
A search warrant was obtained
from the county attorney's office, and,
rmed with this, sheriff Clark and
several deputies returned to the dairy
farm. Police Sergeant Russell ac
companied them as an "unofficial" po-
Larson Not at Home.
Larson, owner of the farm, was not
at home. His wife, when told that
the sheriff was going to search the
place for the alleged caches of booze,
protested at first, but finally admitted
that there were great stores of liquor
on the premises.
Only twelve cases of beer belong
to my husband," she said. "The rest
is being kept here for 'down-town
business man.' I understand there's
$4,000 worth here."
she understood right.
The sheriff's forces removed the
bolts from a thick door entering from
a cow shed into a newly erected
building in the rear. This structure,
about thirty feet long, eighteen feet
wide, eight feet high and extending
about six feet below ground level,
was filled to the roof with cases of
beer and kegs of whisky. Twenty
cases of beer were in the cow shed
Tiers of Bonded Booze.
In an adjoining shed, apart from
the newly-erected structure, also
heavily padlocked, were found tiers
upon tiers of cases of bonded
whiskies, jugs of booze of different
lzes and quantities ot bottled wines,
gin, cordials and other expensive li
quors. It was estimated that 400 gallons
of whisky and wines alone were con-
The first two big motor trucks
from a van and storage company
made little impression on the small
mountain of cases of beer.
Perspiration poured off the faces of
the truckmen as they loaded the big
trucks under the direction of the
sheriff, who checked off each case!
keg or jug of liquor as they were
taken out of the caches.
Real Hard Work.
"I never had to work this hard
when I was driving for the brewery,"
said one Dig husky,
It required several hours to load
the booze onto the trucks and haul it
to Omaha, where it will be stored in
the couit house to await hearing of
the case against Larson.
It s a clear case under the new
prohibition law." commented Sheriff
"Having the booze on his place is
rima facie evidence that Larson had
here for illegal purposes.
Chief Deputy Foster and Deputies
Hoye and Christiansen were with
Sheriff Clark when the booze was
3 V f
R L. Metcalfe, General Harries
and T. P. Reynolds Outline
Plans for the De
TO MOBILIZE RESOURCES
Will Conserve Labor, Speed Up
Industries and Release
Men for Army.
ASSIST IN DRAFT WORK
On the State Council for Defense
name by Governor, Neville are three
Omahans, R. L, Metcalfe, General
George Harris and T, P. Reynolds.
These three gave an outline of their
plans as follows:
lo bring about the draft registra
tion in Nebraska without expense to
the federal government.
To organize each county in the
state for an educational campaign de
tailing' war needs.
To conserve labor so that all activ
ities may be stimulated to the utmost
with fewer workers.
' General Harries was made chair
man of a committee on recruiting
and theTelectiue draft. R. L. Met
calfe was chosen chairman of a com-1
mittee on secret service. T. P. Rey
nolds, who is president of the Central
Labor union in Omaha, was made
chairman of a committee on kbor.
Urge Service in All Branches.
General Harries said: "Under my
department we will organize the state
to urge enlistment in all the Drancnes
of the service before the draft be
"This will give a chance to the men
who will not be eligible under the
draft on account of the age limit.
Meanwhile we will prepare for the
draft itself, which will come soon
after the president issues his
proclamation, which will be 'immedi
ately after tie signs the bill. The
state council will co-operate with the
national council and the War depart
ment in making registration day a
great day i:f patriotism and celebra
tion. We want bands to be plaving,
and patriotism shown everywhere,
not only on the part of those register
ing, but on the part of those not eligi
ble, such as mothers, fathers and sis
ters of- those registering.
"We will also urge men to come
forward to help in the registration
without pay. Funds are available to
handle this work, but it would be
tremendously pleasing to the War de
partment ir we could have enough
men volunteer to do the work grat
uitously; also it would be very pleas
ing to the state as well as creditable.
The Patriotic League of Nebraska, of
which Judge W. D. McHugh is pres
ident, will doubtless worl: with us."
Richard L. Metcalfe, chairman of
the committee on secret service, said:
"No, there will probably be no sen
sational developments in my ap
pointment as chairman of this com
mittee. It will be an educational work
I will have to do. I hope to organize
every county in the state with from
one to a half dozen men, who will
keep headquarters informed as to the
situation and the war sentiment in
the various counties. There is a vast
amount of misinformation in vari
ous parts of the state in regard to
the cause of the war and the purpose
of the war. We will learn where this
misconception exists and will then
send out speakers to hold patriotic
meetings and rallies. Of course open
acts of treason will be reported to
T. P. Reynolds, chairman of the
labor committee, said: "We will look
after the conserving of labor, and the
running of the industries. I can't say
as to all we will have to look after
until we get instructions from the
national council. We expect to have
these by the time the next meeting
is held next Tuesday evening at Lin
coln." Asked if there would be' any at
tempt to prevent strikes during war
time, Mr. Reynolds said: "I don't
believe that matter will be touched.
That is a matter left wholly to the
labor unions themselves."
Requisition for Thaw
- Refused by Brumbaugh
Harrisburg. Pa., May 9. Governor
Brumbaugh today refused to extra
dite Harry K. Thaw to New York
City, where he is wanted on an in
dictment for assaulting a Kansas City
school boy. Thaw is still - in a Phila
delphia hospital, where he was taken
after an attempt at suicide.
Airrnn nr i mil
Ht-TitiKlHtrl5 Ur LUW
Fight In Grand Lodge Going
Strong for Delegates Who
. Want Low Premium ,
STEVEN'S GRAND MASTER
Named in Face of State Boaifi
Order for Adequate
CONTEST ON AGAIN TODAY
Grand Master Vorkman John
Stevens, Beaver City.
Grand Foreman Charles Kemp,
Grand Treasurer Leo Mullen,
Grand Watchman J. P. Clark,
Grand Medical Examiner Dr.
F. A. Packard, Kearney.
Committee on Law J. M. Bell,
York; A. M. Walling, David City;
J. G. McReynolds, Lincoln.
Insurgents favoring low rates last
night controlled the grand lodge of
the Ancient Order of United Work
men. I Pending a report of a special com
mittee they again put off action on the
question of rates and adjourned to 9
a m. today.
This was in the face of an order
from the State Insurance board at
Lincoln, demanding that the order's
insurance rates be raised immediately
to an adequate and satisfactory sched
ule, under penalty of the board's tak
ing charge of the affairs of the organ
ization. Election Bitterly Fought.
. .The election was a bitter fight, with
sensational features, hinging around
the mighty struggle over the arte
question between , the administration
forces and the insurgents.
The latter had won. k preliminary
victory-Tuesday, by repealing the Na
tional Fraternal congress artes. which
i. ere considered too high.
All chief administration candidates
for election, including all the old offi
cers up for re-election, declined to run.
when the insurgent control was indi
cated and adoption of a low rate was
threatened to take the place of higher
rates repealed luesday.
Fear Wreck of Order.
.Candidates thus declining gave as
an excuse that adoption of low rates
would wreck the order, and that they
did not wish to have anything to do
with control of the order under such
The first ballot gave the above elec
tion results, with the exception of
grand master workman. John L. Sun-
dean ot Minneapolis, but sitting as a
delegate frob Wahoo, had a plurality,
but not a majority for that office. He
promptly withdrew his candidacy, say
ing mat ii eieciea ne am nor oeueve
he could move back to Nebraska and
take the position. t
Frank A. Anderson of Holdrege, re
tiring grand master workman, al
though declining to be a candidate for
re-election, .had stood second in the
race, with 141 votes against 194 for
Sundean. After Sundean withdrew
shouts were raised for Anderson by
conservative and high-rate delegates.
But he repeated his refusal to be a
candidate, and moved that John Stev
ens of Beaver City, who polled 84
votes, be elected by acclamation. That
motion was passed after first being
declared lost and going to a division
of the house on call. It was later
Draft Conferees Still
Remain at Deadlock
Washington, May 9. Another day
of conferences on the war army bill
ended with senate and house con
ferees still far apart on several dif
ferences in the bill as it passed the
two houses. Probably the last effort
to get together will be made tomor
The only hope of a compromise
was said to be that the senate might
give up its Roosevelt volunteer
amendment fixing the age limit of
those subject to selective draft at 21
to 27 in lieu of the house provision
fixing it at from 21 to 40.
Conferees agreed upon a provision
to increase the pay of enlisted men
to $25 per month and increase the pay
of other grades below commissioned
officers, but. not proportionately.
Farmer Hangs Self to
Bedpost, Near Atlantic, la.
Atlantic, la., May 9. (Special Tel
egram.) William Embree, a wealthy
farmer living near Grant, aged 53
years, was found dead at 4 o'clock
yesterday afternoon. He had hanged
himself to one of the bedposts on his
bed. Ill-health, which unbalanced his
mind, is thought to be the cause. ,
Patent Flour Rises
Eighty Cents a Barrel
Minneapolis, Minn., May 9, Con
tinuing its steady advance, fancy floor
today touched $16.30, a barrel, an in
crease of 80 cents, or a total increase
cf $1.60 in three days. First clears
advanced 70 cents today, being quoted
Emergency Makes the Man
VOTES FOR RULE
BY A COALITION
. - i i
Provisional Government ' De
olares in Favor of Cabinet
Made Up of Different
Parties of Nation,
KERENSKY SENDS LETTERS
Calls Addressed to Duma, Com
mittee of Soldiers and to
QUIET REIGNS IN COUNTRY
Petrograd, May 9 (Via London.)
The Russian government today issued
a declaration in favor of a coalition
Minister of Justice Kerensky has
sent letters to the Duma, the commit
tee of the soldiers and workmen's
council and the socialist parties invit
ing the representatives of the democ
racy to share in the burden of power.
The present provisional government
was formed shortly after the revolu
tion to hold office until a national as
sembly should determine the form of
Russia s political institutions.
Opposed by Radical!.
This government and particularly
Foreign Minister Milukoff have been
opposed on questions of the interna-:
tional policy by the radical council of
workmen's and soldiers' deputies and
recently threatened to resign unless
given a'frte hand to prosecute the war
vigorously and observe the agree
ments entered into by the country
with its allies.
The workmen s and soldiers dele
gates then decided by a close vote to
uphold the government and it was
stated that the crisis had been passed.
Condition! Are Improved.
Washington. May 9. Official re
ports from Petrograd indicate great
improvement in the political situation.
A dispatch dated May 5 and received
today said street disturbances ended
in a great demonstration for the min
istry and one dated May reported
Russell Fourth Man Killed
On Union Pacific Bridge
The death of W. T. Bussell at St.
Joseph's hospital yesterday marks
the fourth fatality that has occurred
on the Union Pacific new bridge
since construction commenced, more
than a yea.- ago.
Bussejl. aged c) years ot age, an
employe ot the American Bridge
company, luesday, was working on
the east end ot the bridge, assisting
in removing the false work when he
was struck in the lace hy a swav
brace. He was taken to the hospital,
where he died of hemorrhage.
Konert I horns, aged 'U vears and
residing at 1115 South Tenth street,
was probably fatally injured yesterday
morning when he fell forty-five feet
trom as cahold near the center of the
bridge. He was taken to St. To-
seph's hospital. He sustained numer
ous broken bones and severe internal
Ihnrpe had just gone to work.
painting the steel work ot the bridge.
With rope he was lowering him
self to a scaffold.
SUNK IN WEEK
i , . ,
British Admiralty Statement
Shows Number of Big British
Vessels Torpedoed Less
Than Before. '
38 LOST PREVIOUS RECORD
Fifteen Vessels Reported Not
Heard From Sinoe First ,
MINE SWEEPER IS VICTIM
London, May 9. Twenty-four
British merchant vessels of more
than 1,600 tons' each were sunk dur
ing the last week, it was announced
Twenty-two vessels- of less than
1,600 tons and sixteen fishing vessels
also were sunk.
Mine Sweeper Sunk.
' A .British mine sweeper was tor
jedoed and sunk on May 5, with the
oss of two officers and twenty men.
the admiralty announced.
Fifteen British ships have been re
ported overdue since January 1.
A falling off in the loss of British
shipping is shown in this report. Last
week's statement gave the number of
lost ships of more than 1,600 tons . i
thirty-eight; under 1,600 tons as thir
teen and fishing vessels as eight.
British Tanker Lost,
New York, May 9. The 6,458-ton
British tank steamship San Urbano,
which left a Mexican oil port April
12 for the United Kingdom, has been
sunk by a submarine, according to
cable advices received here today by
its owners, the Anglo-Mexican Petro
leum company. The sinking occurred
prior to April 20 and no mention was
made as to the fate of the forty-eight
men on board.
. Report Progress Made.
Washington. May 9. Additional in
formation on experiments with de
vices for combating German subma
rines came to the Navy department
today from scientists who have been
working' independently of the naval
One ofhcial explained experiments
probably would result in adding sev
eral different ways and means to the
anti-submarine crusade. It is upon
the cumulative effect of all the pro
posed new devices as well as new
methods of operation against subma
rines that the feeling is based that
something can be accomplished to
ward checking the ravages of the
"Snow Baby" to Marry
Son of Justice Stafford
Washington. May 9. Announce
ment of the engagement of Rear Ad
miral Peary's daughter. Marie
Anighito. to Edward Stafford, son of
Justice Stafford of the local supreme
court, was made here today.
Miss r"eary was born tar north in
the Arctics on one of her father1! ex
ploration trips at a point where no
ether white child ever had been, and
was named Auigluto, meaning snow
RUSH FIGHT TOLL
Ways and Means Committee
Places Before Congress
Gigantic Scheme for Rais.
ing Nearly Two Billions.
PER CAPITA RATE IS $33
Kitchin Says Lower Chamber
Will Pass It Before Com-,
ing Saturday. .
NONE . ESCAPE COLLECTOR
Washington, May 9. The war tax
bill extending excises to the fabric of
every American home was formally
presented o the house today by the
ways and means copimittee with plans
for quick passage.
As a forecast of what may come
later, it proposes special taxes to raise
$1,800,000,000 in addition to the pres
ent normal annual revenue of $1,500.
000,000. When its terms are effective
the American people will be paying
direct taxes of $33 per capita. The'
people of the British Isles half as
many now pay per capita taxes
of $60. .
Will Hit Nearly Every Home.
While the principal features of the
new war levy are the Increases in in
come and profits taxes, increases in -internal
revenue ratei and increase of .
customs duties, many provisions reach ,
the innermost structure o every
home and make up a list of taxes by
far the most formidable ever faced by -the
American people. -. i ? i
The household light, heat and tele-
phone bill, admission tickets, fire and .
life insurance, railway tickets, auto
mobiles, automobile tires and tubes. 1
soft drinks, postage rates, golf clubs :
and base ball bats, club dues, and a
host of other tvery-day necessities
or luxuries, come under the taxation.
1 ": ' Protean Pour In. ' -1 -
Postage rates on newspapers ar
ranged in a zone system are such that
publishers say they will force many
newspapers out of business. Already
protests against many features of the
law are pouring in, and attacks upon
it will center in the public hearings
before the senate finance committee.
Democratic ' Leader Kitchin an
nounced that he honed tn nat Hip
bill by Saturday.
in presenting the bill, the wavs and
means committee made a report say
ing in part: .' ' ;
After carefully considering the rr.
perience of the European countries at
war, the committee believe! it is
sound economic policy for the nrn.
ent generation to bear a fair portion
of the burden of financing the war
and recommend that the remaining
contemplated expenses of the govern
ment for the remainder of this and
the whole of the next fiscal year be
raised by taxation.
Total Receipts of Bill.
"The effect of this recommendation
IS that about one-half nf Hii mn.
templated expenditure will be met by
nxmion ana me other halt trom the
proceeds from bonds.
It is estimated that the receipts of
icnerai government, including
postal receipts for the next fiscal
year under existing law, will amount
to i,3uu,uuu,uuu. The proposed bill
is estimated to yield during i twelve
months period $1,800,000,000 addition
al This will make the total receipts
of the government for the nrt fimi
year $3,300,000,000, or about $33 per
.im as compared to lireat Britain,
with a population less than half that
of the United States, whose receipts,
nii-iuuing postal receipts, tor the year
ending March 31. 1917.
$2,790,000,000 or about $60 per capita-.
Nearly Four Billion. i
'The committee believea that h
American people never1 were in a
more favorable condition to nav t
(Continued on Pat Two, Colnma One.)
Red Cloud Will Celebrate
Fourth With Gay Parade
Red Cloud, Neb.. Mav 9. fSnerial
Telegram.) The Chamber of Com
merce this evening voted to celebrate
the Fourth of July this year. It was
though best to avoid any expenditure
that would appear extravagant in the
.resent situation. Among the fea
bres planned is a big patriotic school
parade. The club appointed a com-,
mittee to make arrangements to hold
patriotic meeting in a few davs. -
is hear at hand and you
wish to. enjoy it to the full
est extent. . ;
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