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VOL. XL VI. NO. 283.
OMAHA. TUESDAY MORNING, MAY 15, 1917 TWELVE PAGES.
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FOOD PRICE BOOSTERS ARE CALLED
PIRATES AND ROBBERS IN CONGRESS
AND BLAZING OIL
British Forces Menace Princi
pal Link in Fetters Welded
Welded On Northern
France by Teutons.
Berlin, May 14. (Via London.)
The battle near Bullecourt was
continued yesterday with bitter
ness, says the official statement is
sued today by the German army
headquarters staff, and in the
stubborn struggle we retained the
ruins of the village against sev
eral enemy attacks.
Assoclareu Press War Summary.)
Through blazing oil, poison gas and
every other horror known to modem
war, the British are stubbornly fight
ing their way to the Drocourt-Queant
line, the gale to Douai and Cambrai,
and the principal link in the fetters
welded on northern France by the
Qucant, south end of the line, is
virtually pocketed. To the east, west
and south the road is clear to the
iiritish as far as natural barriers are
concerned, except for part of the vil
lage of Bullecourt, from which the
Uritish have half driven their fes.
The naval forces have also de
stroyed a Zeppelin iu the North Sea.
A ray of sunshine has also fallen
on British arins at sea. The great
German submarine base at Zebrugge
i.nd the nival stronghold at Wil-helmshave.-.
have been assaulted from
sea and air, apparently with notable
Italians Begin Offensive..
The only incident of moment in the
other war theaters is an Austrian re
port of a great artillery bombardment
by the Italians. This may mean that
the long inactivity of General Cadorna
is ahout to be broken.
The Italian . situation has been
wrapped in considerable obscurity
and there have been uncomfortable
rumors that the chaos in Russia was
inspiring the central powers to mass
forces for a great drive against Italy.
Russian War Minister Resigns.;
The resignation of General Guch
koff, Russian minister of war, and of
General Karniloff, military comander
;it l'etrograd, because of his refusal
to accept orders from the council of
workmen's and soldiers' delegates
heightens the impression of the grow
ing power of the radicals and the de-
iiKM-aliyntinn .if tl, ,r,,.
Cue. q;.9;m A,,.
Tin political situation in Russia is
demanding increasing attention and
i-jusing added concern among all the
L'udcr the continued harrassing
course of the radical elements in Pet
rograil. the provisional government
which has held Russia together, at
least in semblance, since the over
throw of the old regime now shows
signs of breaking up.
The first gap in the government
ranks was created yesterday when M.
GutchkolT, the minister of war and
marine, handed iu his resignation.
Goaded by interference with the army
and navy to an extent which he de
clarer threatens "the defense, the lib
erty and even the existence of Rus
sia." he felt it impossible to share
longer the responsibility "for the
;ravc sin being committed against the
One -Rift in Cloud.
Simultaneously there comes from
l'etrograd news of a more encourag
ing character in a denial of a report
that the council of workniens and sol
diers' delegates was favoring an ar
mistice. On the contrary, it is de
clared, it has never raised such a
question and in fact is about to appeal
to the men at the front not to frater
nize with the enemy and pointing out
to them the inadvisability of a sepa
f'or Nebraska Fair, warmer.
TempfraturfH at Omaha Ycmterdn.r. f
6 p. hi,. 14
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8 p. m. 69
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Tcnipernluro mid precipitation departures
from the normal at Omaha yesterday:
Normal temperature 61
rieflelctipy for the day .... 2
Total deficiency stneo March 1..... 117
N'ormal precipitation 1C inch
Deficiency for the day...,,.. .16inch
Total Rainfall slnco March 1.. 6.33 int-hea
Kxceaa alnce March 1 01 Inch
Deficiency for cor. period, 1916. t. 62 Inches
Deficiency for cor, period, 1918. J.43lnche
Reports From StalfortN it 1 r. M.
Station and State
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David Lamtir Swears
Helped Senator Norris
In New Haven Case
New York, May 14. David
Lamar, on trial here with Captain
Franz Rintelen of the German
navy and members of labor's Na
tional Peace council for an alleged
anti-munition plot in 1915, testi
fied today he had told the Rev.
Thomas C. Hall, formerly of the
Union Theological seminary, but
now believed to be in Germany,
that he had been able to give
United States Senator George W.
Norris of Nebraska information
so that "he could put his ringer
on the crux and inner ring of the
New Haven railroad conspiracy."
Senator Norris, who took the
stand, testified he had no recol
lection of ever meeting Lamar.
FOR HORRIBLE AX
Rev. Lynn George J. Kelly Ac
cused in Indictment as the
Slayer of Moor Family
and Stillinger Girls.
Dcs Moines, la., May 14. Attorney
General Havncr today announced the
arrest of Rev. Lynn George J. Kel
ly at Red Oak, la., charged with first
degree murder in connection with the
Villisca ax murders case of 1912.
Rev. Mr. Kelly had charge of a
parish near Villisca at the time of the
crime, it is said. Since, the minister
has been located at various points in
Illinois, Missouri and Nebraska.
Mr. Kelly's indictment was brought
about following testimony that the
minister had given the details of the
Villisca crimes to people living in
Macedonia, la., seventy-five mil:s
away, within a half hour after the
crime had been committed.
Gives Himself Up,
Mr. Kelly gave himself up today
to Montgomery county officials. His
I preliminary hearing will be held at
Red Oak probably Tuesday, accord
ing to news received "Bert. His wife
is in jail with turn.
Attorney General Havener
made application for an order to take
Kelly to Des Moines.
Judge A. L. Sutton of Omaha, the
clergyman's counsel, is opposing the
grant of the order and is demanding
an immediate trial by jury for Mr.
Kelly in Red Oak.
Story of Crime.
Kelly is named as the slayer of Mr.
and Mrs. J. B. Moore, their four chil
dren and the two Stillinger girls, on
the night of June 9, 1912. The mur
der, which was committed in the
Moore home, was one of the most
atrocious in the criminal history of
Lived in Nebraska.
It is a matter of considerable in
terest, that Kelly was in Villisca the
night of the murder and left town
the next morning on the early train
west. However, he came back and
preached in that vicinity during the
remainder of that summer. Later he
located at Sutton, Neb., where he was
pastor of the Congregational church.
It is reported that persons who
came in contact with Kelly at Sut
ton were important witnesses before
the grand jury in Red Oak.
A story in circulation is that Kelly,
while in Sutton, called upon a doctor
to whom he said:
"Well, doctor, I had another one of
my spells last night. The officers
were after me again for the Villisca
murders, but they didn't get me. I
had all the windows and doors locked
and they couldn't get in. You don't
think I committed that crime do you?
doctor, because the ax hit the ceiling
and I couldn't hare reached the ceil
ing with an ax. They said that there
was blood on my shirt at the laundry,
but that was not blood; it w-as hair
Was Theological Student.
Kelly was a theological student at,a!d ,,h government needs the
the time of the Villisca murders. He
had just completed his school year
at the Presbyterian Theological semi
nary at Omabe, and like many semi
nary students, followed the practice
of preaching during the summer at
small charges in his denomination. He
had made arrangements to preach
during the summer of 112 at Mace
donia, la., in the Council Bluffs pres
bytery, and intended to move his fam
About the time he completed ihis
school year at the Qmaha seminary
the committee of home missions of
the Corning nreshytery had a meet
ing to consider having Kelly go to
the Pilot Grove and Arlington
charges near Villisca. Rev. K. B.
West, then of Malvern, Rev. A. E.
Kiser of Creston and Rev. W. J.
Ewiiig of this city were the ministers
of that committee who met to take up
such matters of business for the pres-
(Contlourd on Ptge Three, Column Two.)
17 French Ships Sunk in
3 Months, Nine Make Escape
Paris, May 14. Seventeen French
merchantmen were sunk by German
suhmarines during February. March
and April, according to an official
statement issued today.
During the same period nine French
vessels were attacked by underwater
craft, but made their escape. N'o
artned merchantmen have fallen prey
to the L'-boats.
COLLEGE BOYS COMPOSfftHAMPION GUN CREW Here is the champion gun crew of
the Second Naval Coast Defense Reserve, composed of college boys, now training at the
United States Naval Training Station, Newport, R. I. Arthur
standing at the end, it in command of the crew. Next to him
then H. B. Jones of St. Paul's, W. K. Boone of Princeton, T. M.
Whitaker of Cornell.
o 4 - 4 V
champion guk crew;
POSTAGE TAX AS
Spokesmen for Publishers De
clare Provision Confisca
tory and Meant to Em
barrass Industry. '
Washington, May 14. Spokesmen
haslfor newspapers and periodicals, large
and small, and from all parts of the
country appeared before the senate
finance committee today to 'attack
as unreasonable and confiscatory the
war revenue bill provision which
would create a zone system with
greatly- increased rates (or second
class mail matter. .
They declared if the measure went
into effect many publications would
be compelled to suspend.
Don C. Seitz of the New York
World, representing the American
Newspaper Publishers' association,
said the proposed increased was not
a war tax, "but an effort to further
repress and embarrass the newspaper
Can't Stand Increase.
He told the committee there also
had been a big slump in business
which if continued would paralyze
the newspapers. The publishers, he
added, were not seeking special
favors, but wanted to be placed on
the same level with people engaged
in other business.
Arthur Dunn, speaking for the
smaller newspapers of the country,
said they could not stand the increase
in postal rates with the increased
cost of print paper, and that many
would be compelled to go out of busi
ness if the bill was enacted.
J. A. Moore of New York, repre
senting the Periodical Publishing as
sociation composed eighty-six of the
leading magazines, said the increase
would mean an added expenditure of
more than ?3,700,000 in postage to
members of that organization and
ruination for many of them.
Speaks for Farm Papers.
E. O. Meridith of Des Moines, la.,
speaking for forty-five of the lead
ing farm publications, jomcd in the
protest. He urged that newspapers
arc a necessary asset of the country
circulation of every printed page pos
All agreed that there is no. unwill
ingness on the part of publishers to
pay war taxes, but they do not want
a tax that would be an unbearable
Nebraska, said he joined with the
other members of the ways and
means committee in support of the
bill, except the section relating to
Opposes Further Bond Issues.
"We arc raising money for this war
instead of conducting a punitive ex
pedition against newspapers and
magazines," said Sloan, adding that
unless the amendment proposed by
Chairman Moon were adopted he
would offer one greatly reducing the
proposed second class rates, lie
' opposed putting any more of the bur
den ot the war on bond issues, de
claring the young men who will be
conscripted should not have to come
home" and lat in life be faced with
paying the cost of the war.
Dreams of Being Robbed
And Finds Dream True
O. E. Willis, 2712 Maple itrtet, a
musican, went to sleep Saturday night
with a vague apprehension that he
would lose his roll during the night.
He dreamed ahout the matter.
Yesterday morning'nie found his
trousers neatly folded on a fence in
the bark yard. Thirty dullars had
Allies Ask for 600,000
Bushels of Grain of U. S.
Washington, May 14. During
the food debate today Senator
Gronna declared the allies had
called on the United States to fur
nish 600,000 bushels of grain this
year. He did not state the source
of his information on the senate
floor, but privately to senators he
established its authenticity.
SENATE VOTES SPY
BILL WITHOUT GAG
OR DRY PROVISION
Censorship Clause and Amend
ment Banning Use of Grain
for Making Liquor Elim
inated From Measure.
Washington. May 14. The adminis
tration espionage bill, shorn of the
press censorship and prohibition sec
tions, was passed by the senate to
day, 77 to 6.
Senators Borah, France. Gronna,
La Follette, Sherman and Vardaman
voted against the bill. The measure
was sent to conference immediately
the hous$ having passed an espionage
bill different in many particulars.
The senate defeated the amendment
forbidding use of cereals and grain
in theiinanufacture of intoxicants dur
ing the war, 47 to 37.
The senate this afternoon dcteatd
a motion to restore a modified censor
ship provision in the espionage bill.
The vote was 48 to 34.
The section was stricken from the
bill Saturday by a vote of 39 to 38.
Chicago Bakers Talking
Chicago, May 14. With the 15-cent
loaf already on the market. Chicago
today faced a possible further in
crease in bread prices. Charles A.
Paesch, president of the Illinois Mas
ter Bakers' association, said that his
organization had decided that even
20 cents is not too much.
MENTIONED AS SUCCESSOR
.COUNT VON HOESTUMS.
Count tjeorge K von Hoerthng.
the Bavarian premier, whose presence '
in Berlin has revived rumors that he
is to be the successor of Chancellor
von Hethmanii-Hollweg. Baron von
Hocrtling was created a hereditary
count by the king of Bavaria ill 1914.
He is the author of many works on,
philosophy and economics and is a I
member of the centrist party
a I ' 1 I
t . -turn j
Cobb of Williams College,
is F. Burchell of Princeton;
Conroy of Brown and W. D.
IN PROSPECT FOR
No Lumber in Sight, Although
Largest Building Program
in Years Has Been
; Mapped Out. .
With perhaps the lsrgest building
program ih years rhapped out for Ne
braska, the state, along with other
states, laces the prospect ot a lumber
famine in six months.
No less than 100 lumber salesmen,
employed by the big lumber wholesale
concerns iu Omaha, arc in off the road
because they are afraid of getting or
ders they would not know how to
The lumber mills have tightened up
on the dispensation of their stocks be
cause .the government has suggested
that it may want a great deal of lum
ber at any moment, and when Uncle
Sam wants it, he wants it right away.
Plenty of Time to Hoe.
So lumber salesmen by the dozens
are on the streets of Omaha, in their
hack yard gardens, and around the
fish ponds casting for bass, while their
employers are paying them their regu
lar salary. The wholesalers are
anxious to hold the men, believing
that the situation may grow better and
that they may begin to get lumber
soon to nil their orders.
O. C. Walt, assistant salesmanager
of the C. N. Dietz Lumber company,
has just returned from California and
the western coast lumber country,
where he found it exceedingly difficult
to buy any lumber at the mills, the
western mills will not sell any lum
ber," he said, "because the government
has asked them to hold good supplies
of stock in readiness for government
orders. In Idaho, and throughout
what is known as the 'Inland Empire,'
where the white pine comes from, we
are not able to get any stock, because
the government is taking this for the
manufacture of boxes in which to pack
supplies. So you see how the situa
tion stands. How much lumber the
government will require no one can
say at this time, but just take the
single item of ship building. It takes
about eighty carloads of lumber to
build a ship. If the government goes
into a big ship-building campaign one
may easily sec where that would
One lumber wholesaler said since
his salesmen had been off the road,
gardening and fishing, orders which
he could not possibly fill had been
pouring in. He said one-retailer had
just wired in for sixty carloads with
out even mentioning the price. He
was compelled to wire hack that he
could not supply the slock.
"The situation is changing so rap
idly though," said one wholesaler,
''that no one can tell how it will come
out. The railroads absolutely control
! the destiny of every carload of lum
ber that is loaded. The car shortage
situation is still serious when by any
i chance we arc able to buy a load of
lumber. As ytt, perhaps the shortage
of lumber has not affected the build
ing program much in the state, but if
the difficulty in getting lumber from
the mills were to continue for any
length of time, building would largely
come to a standstill iu six mouths."
Wilson Steam Boiler
Company Changes Hands
that the Wilson
Steam Boiler company has been sold
to the Drake-Williams-Mount com
pany of Omaha, making the latter one
of the largest manufacturers of boil
ers in the country, J. L. McCague,
jr., who has been manager ot the W il
son Steam Boiler comnanv. is to be-
tome associated with the McCague
Bullet Brings Down
Balloon From Omaha
Beatrice, Neb., May 14. (Spe
cial Telegram.) A government
army balloon en route from Fort
Omaha to Junction City was fired
upon near Liberty today by a
farmer named Ernest Doty, one of
the bullets piercing the big air
bag. The balloon landed near
Odell, south of Beatrice, and the
men in charge secured Doty's
name. He offers no explanation
. for the shooting.
The balloon was shipped back
to Omaha today and was but lit
Crowd Flocks from Wheat Pit
to Corn and Oats Pits and
Bids Up the Prices of
1 Those Cereals.
Chicago. May 14. Drastic action to
curb speculation in grain was taken
here today by directors of the Board
of Trade and by grain commission
houses acting independently.
The most important action was
taken by the brokers themselves.
Three of the biggest houses an
nounced that until further notice they
would accept no buying orders for
wheat, corn, oats or provisions. Oth
ers promised similar action.
The Board of Trade following up
its action of Saturday in eliminating
speculation in May wheat by forbid
ding it in May corn and oats. It also
prohibited trading in July and Sep
tember wheat until Wednesday, pend
ing a conference of grain exchanges
called to take place here tomorrow.
Other Exchanges Act.
Similar action was taken by the ex
changes at Minneapolis, Kansas City,
Toledo and Dnlulli. -
Traders by the board's ruling were
allowed to sell futures to adjust' exist
ing trades at prices under a maximum
of $1.61 J-i for May corn and 7i'A
cents for May oats. The maximum
on May wheat was fixed Saturday at
The result on prices of the various
ruling was to send wheat prices down
23 to 24 cents during the forenoon,
while corn advanced 7fS to 11 cents
and oats 6 cents.
Saturday's Closing Prices.
Closing prices last Saturday were:
Wheat Julv, $2.73(Sj2.75; Septem
Corn-May, $1.61'4; July, $1.49$,
I.49M; September, $1.41H1.42.
Oats-May, 73k; July, 67
67'c; September, S8c.
The period of two days for the ces
sation of trading was given to give
time for representatives of the boards
of the country to come here for a
conference to discuss concerted ac
tion to curb the runaway tendency of
grain prices. Telegrams were sent
last night urging the boards to have
representatives here by tomorrow.
Only boards where futures are
traded in were invited, as follows:
Duluth, Minneapolis, Toledo, Kan
sas City, St. Louis and Winnipeg.
Extreme declines of 9 to 12 points
in July and September wheat came as
a result of the order of the board.
Indemnities Also Cut Off.
The directors also prohibited trad
ing in indemnities, known also as
"bids and offers," and years ago mjre
Xpmmonly as "puts and calls." This
order reads as follows:
"All transactions in indemnit;es on
May corn, May oats and all deliv
eries of wheat expiring today, arc
hereby declared null and void and the
buyer sha'l refund to the seller the
purchase pr'ce of the indemnities, and
furthermore trading iu indemnities in
wheat until further notice is discon
tinued." Cor.: and Oats Advance.
Much of the business suppressed
in wheat wls transferred to the corn
and oats p;ts, where sharp advances
were scored July corn rose 7lj cents
(ftaiitlnufd on Tnge Tno, t'ultimn Tlirre.)
Tragic Death of Chicago
Girl Due to Suicide
Chicago, May 14. Three days' in
vestigation has convinced the police
that 13-year-old Grace llugeman
killed herself either because of jeal
ousy of her chum, Doris Anderson,
or because of unrequited affection
for a schoolboy friend.
Doris Anderson, who has been held
since the tragedy iu the belief that
she might have been instrumenal in
the death of her friend, insists that
Grace killed herself accidentally,
thinking the pistol not loaded.
Of Kaiser's Men
(From staff Crresponilrnt of the
With the French Armies in
France, May 14. According to
authoritative figures now avail
able, the ,French and British ar
mies between April 9 and May 13
captured 49,479 Germans, includ
ing 975 officers. 440 heavy and
field cannon,! 943 machine guns
and 386 trench cannon.
IS POURED UPON
Men Who Make Profits Out of
the Nation's Needs Should
Be Hanged, Says Ken
yon of Iowa.
Washington, May 14. The unre
strained wrath of the senate was
poured down upon food gamblers and
speculators today in fue of the most
remarkable scenes ' in the history of
'Tiratcs" and "robbers" were terms
frequently applied to those who profit
by speculations in food in the hour of
the nation's need, 'The likelihood of
food speculators being, hanged to
lamp posts was hinted at.
The storm broke when Senator
Thomas, democrat of Colorado, pro
posed an amendment to the adminis
tration espionage bill, a provision to
suspend for the duration of the war
all boards of trade, stock exchanges
or chambers of commerce which per
mit speculation in futures in food.
' Drastic Action Needed.
Senators who opposed it did so on
the ground that the object should be
accomplished in another waf, and
some thought it would stifle com
merce. The great majority of opin
ion favored sonic drastic action to
stop food gambling and speculation.
Senator Lewis, democrat, said he
thought legislation such as proposed
by Senator Thomas would work in
jury to many and should not be
passed without deliberation.
"I think," said Senator Reed, demc
crat, of Mirsouri, "that means ought
to be taken to stop speculation in
foodstuffs within the limits of the
powers of congress. But it is a won
der to me today that we do not have
S4 wheat and 40-cent cotton aneT$5 or
$6 potatoes and beef 50 or 60 cents
a pound. There never has been in the
history of the world an agitation that
parallels the present one.
Situation la Exaggerated.
"We are practically told that the
United States is on the verge of starv
vation an J that the world without is
jtarving, and then wt are informed
that when next winter comes the wolf
of hunger will be howling at the door
of every human being in the world.
When that information is put forward,
men are astonished that the prices
paid for foodstuffs mount. If a plan
had been conceived to make them
mount, the one adopted could not
have been improved upon by the in
genuity of nun or the devil him
self. "The thing; to teach the American
people now is that America will not
be starved, that it can't be starved
i nd the consequence will be to lessen
the conditions that confront us and
Lamp Posts, Suggests Kenyon.
Food speculators were denounced
as "robbers" by Senator Kenyon of
Iowa, who recommended, however,
that the food speculation measures
be held over to be considered with
the food bill.
"We should blot out this specula
lion in food," said he, "but we should
do it with adequate consideration.
"If congress can't stop this rob
beryand that is a mild term for it
the people will find some way if they
have to make use of the lamp posts."
Senator Kirby of Arkansas, support
ing the Thomas amendment, de
nounced food speculators as "para
sites." "We have wasted time in discussion
when we ought to have acted," said
the Arkansas senator. "The gambler
in grain is a parasite. The time is
ripe for some legislation of this
High School Boys Forsake
Books and Go to Farms
Seventy-four students have left Cen
tral High school to engage in farm
work. Full credits have been granted
to all except ten. who, resigned before
the custo mof giving school credits
for war work had been established.
Eight boys left the school yester
day. Lawrence Borcherding goes to
a farm near Blair, Irving Medlors to
Ames, la.: Joseph McConney for Or
couto. Neb.; Lyiiton AyrcS for Kear
ney, and Masont'alniadgc for a ranch
in the western part of the state. Her
bert Dee, John Fikc and Kenneth
Maker have not decided where they
Again Last Sunday
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Sunday, May 13, 1917. In Inches
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