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    The Omaha Daily Bee
VOL. XLVI. NO. 284.
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Admiralty Statement Shows;
Less Tonnage Sunk by Sub
marines and More Vessels
Escaping From Divers.
LOXDON. May IS. The report of
Ihe week's losses through submarines
to be issued tomorrow will be the
most favorable in several weeks. The
number o: ships torpedoed is well
below the average, while the number
of ships escaping attacks is very
Those in touch with the anti-sub-rnarine
campaign also are very cReer
ful over the results of actual attacks
on submarines, which have been
pushed with the utmost vigor during
the tine weather of the last fortnight.
This has been particularly favor
able to airplane activity.
According to one report more sub
marines have been sunk in the last
Tveek than :n the month previous.
U-Boat Flotilla Taken.
Portsmouth, N. H., May 15. In
Shipping circles today a report was
current that the British had captured
3 flotilla ot German submarines hound
on a hostile mission to American
The seizure was said to have taken
place early in April, but the place of
the capture or means by which it was
. (rfiected were not revealed.
The report was said to have come
from an officer of a transatlantic ship,
who was said to have heard of it from
Sources m '.ouch with the British ad
Ninety Lives Lost.
NTcw Yo'lc, May 15. Shipping cir
tlcs had aa unconfirmed report today
that ninety lives were lost on April
24 in the torpedoing of the British
liner Abo'ssi, about thiity miles south
Of Fastnet. The survivors were
picked up orty-five mh.utcs later and
landed at Liverpool. Kurty-six f tiie
passengers perished and forty-four of
She crew. ,
A dispatch from London recently
quoted the London Chronicle as de
manding to know why the British ad
miralty ha.t failed to publish the loss
of "a certain big ship" with "a loss of
more than seventy lives."
Control Labor Exchange
To Get Help for Farmers
A movement to get laborers from
the smaller cities and towns to the
turroundin? farms is starting. Sev
eral men from the State College of
Agriculture will .organize the coun
ties to this end.
Professots H. C. Bradford, R. TC.
f-panord. Kenneth Warner, H. C. Fil
ley and Jc.'2 Hendricks are already av
work. Others will be sent out. f
"We will organize the counties as
clearing houses for the labor in each
county." said Mr. Filley. "Where
possible the county agent will be
placed in charge of the county. Then
in each town there will he someone
to head the work, preferably an offi
cial of the Commercial club. Then
will make p canvass of all possible la
bor and tiie farms where help is need
ed. In many cases clerks in stores
can be recanted d'iring the greatest
press of farm work to work on the
farms. This plan will obviate the
necessity of bringing labor from a
Army Bill is Again
Ready for Congress
Washington, May 15. Senate and
house conferees on the army bill to
day agreed to report the measure
with' provision authorizing the presi
dent to raise the volunteer division
Colonel Roosevelt desires to lead to
France. No other changes in the bill
were made by the conferees.
The Weather
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of Weather
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Davenport, , P ar.
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Pes Moines, clear..,
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Santa Fe, cloudy
Kinsaa r;i(y. clear
Sioux City, clear
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alis trace of precipitation,
L. A. W12LS1J, .Meteorologist.
Ban on Grain Trades
Will Be Continued
Chicago, May 15. Representa
tives of the leading grain ex
changes of the country at a meet
ing here today recommended to
their respective exchanges that
they continue until further notice
the restrictive regulations which
were put into effect yesterday.
Judge Sutton, for Accused
for Accused Minister, De
clares Effort Being Made
to Railroad His Client.
Staff Correspondent of The Bee.
Red Oak, la., May 15. (Special
Telegram.) "The plan to take Kelly
to Des Moines and put him in an
asylum for the Villisca a. murders is
concocted to shield someone whose
t ame has not been mentioned."
This was the statement tonight of
Judge A. L. Sutton, attorney for Rev.
Lynn (jorge J. Kellv. itineran
preacher, who was today held for trial
in Montgomery county on waiving
examination over the request of At
torney General Uavner of Des
Moines. The court refused to permit;
the ministers removal to Des Moines
and he will be taken to Logan for im
prisonment m the Harrison county
jail t 'morrow.
Asks Contempt Proceedings.
Judge Sutton, who had won a point
in favor of the accused man. further
declared he would, as soon as oppor
tunity offered, apply fur an orrfrr cit
ing both Attorney General llavncr
and County Attorney Westrand for
contempt tor allowing the evidence
disclosed in secret proceedings o( the
grand jury room to be published in
the papers.
"The ind'ctment against Kelly was
returned April ,10." declared Judge
Sutton, "and J, as his attorney, went
to Illinois and brought liim back be
fore the authorities here would accept
mm as meir prisoner.
The defendant himself tonight re
iterated his statement of the day that
he was "most certainly not guilty."
t "Innocent and Sane."
"He is innocent," said Judge Sutton,
"and sane.''
These statements reviewing de
velopments of a day of sensations in
this city that has already often been
stirred with following and atrocious
crime of five years ago, reveal that
the trial of the accused minister, when
it does come, will be one of the hard
est fought criminal cases in Iowa
criminal history. Under the surface
there is much comment, whatever sen
timent being voiced in the defendant's
favor coming lartrclv from wliat is
known as the "anti-Jones" faction. .
Mrs. Ross Moore, wife of a brother
of the murdered man, today at Vil
lisca smiled when she was asked her
opinion as to the guilt of Kelly. Her
husband, also laughed when the same
question was put to him. "I'm afraid
that cell at Red Oak won't hold him,"
lie said.
On the other hand County Attorney
Westrand declared: "We have a mass
ot evidence.",.
Judge Woodruff in response to a
request for an early trial, declared to
fix a date, saying he was too busy at
present to handle the case.
As to Contempt. '
In stating the defense would at
tempt to start contempt proceedings
agaiust the counsel for the prosecu
tion, A. L. Sutton, former district
judge of Omaha, who, together with
Attorney W. E. Mitchell of Council
Bluffs, la., is representing Kelly, said
that "grand jury evidence" appearing
in morning papers today could have
been obtained from only two sources.
He cited these sources as the countv
attorney or the attorney general, anil
said he. did not hold the former re
sponsible. He declared the action
would be attempted as soon as the
judge would grant a hcarinir.
Attorney General Havner. though
not present at the hearing this morn
ing when Kelly waived reading of the
indictment and entered a plea of not
guilty, arrived in time to appear at
the afternoon session. O. O. Rock,
special agent from the attorney gen
eral's office, also was present.
Big Crowd Present.
Surrounded by scores of Kcd Oak
townspeople and many Villisca citi
zens, who packed the court room.
Kelly this afternoon showed signs of
nervousness. He had lost a part of
the calmness which he exhibited
earlier in the day, when in talking to
newspaper men he issued an.emphatic
denial of connection with the murders.
"Certainly, certainly, I am not
guilty." he declared to the reporters.
"I couldn't be guilty of such a terrible
crime as that. I couldn't be guilty of
killing people 1 never saw and did not
I am a law-abiding citizen,
1 11 let the law take its course.
Kelly's wife accompanied him to the
court room irom the jail, where she
has been staying with him in his cell
since his arrest yesterday.
Kelly is about 40 years old and has
been known in this section since 1912,
when he was assigned to various
charges as a theological student at an
Omaha seminary.
Kelly Arrested Before.
The career oi Rev. Kelly, as
traced by authorities I, ere, appears to
De eccentric, to ss i;.t ini.
In Omaha it we. ta-j that Kelly
(ttinltniirtl on I'ngc Ttvn, Column Three.)
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Telegram to Victor Rosewater
Says Cabinet Member Will
Arrive Here Morning
of May 24.
Secretary of the Treasury McAdoo
will be in Omaha May 24, according
to a telegram received last night by
Victor Rosewater, editor of The Bee,
from Congressman Lobeck at Wash
ington. A similar telegram was re
ceived by Robert H. Manley, secre
tary of the Omaha Commercial club.
The message to Mr. Rosewater
says: "Secretary McAdoo will be in
Omaha May 24, arriving at 6:40 in the
morning and leaving at 4:3U in the
afternoon. Suggest co-operation for
his entertainment."'
A similar telegram signed by Sec
retary McAdoo was received by
Mayor Dahhnan last night.
Will Probably Speak.
While the telegrams did not say so,
it is presumed that the cabinet mem
ber will sneak before the Nebraska
Conference on Conservation of Food
stuffs the afternoon he is in Omaha.
The conference will be held at the
Auditorium from May 22 to 25.
Assistant Secretary of Agriculture
Vroonian had already accepted an in
vitation to speak before the confer
ence on the opening night.
Invitations to visit Omaha were
sent to Secretary McAdoo last week
by Governor Neville and the Com
mercial club.
Luncheon Is Planned.
Secretary Manley of the Commer
cial club said that the cabinet member
would be asked to attend a luncheon
at the club the day he is in Omaha.
This proposed luncheon was originally
set for Wednesday. May 25, but the
date will probably be changed to the
day Secretary McAdoo visits Omaha.
Luther Drake, president of the
Omaha Clearing House association,
said that bankers would provide
ample entertainment for the cabinet
member. Financial men will attend
the luncheon at the Commercial club
in a body, Mr. Drake said.
Officials of the conservation confer
ence and Omaha organizations will
make further plans today for Secre
tary McAdoo's visit.
Italians Begin
Offensive Moves
In Two Sectors
Rome. May 15. (Via London.)
,The Italians took the offensive today.
The war office announces that con
siderable progress was made in the
1 1'lava area on the slopes of Monte
i Cucco and on the hills east of Gorizia
laud Vertoibizza. They also made a
thrust in the northern sector of Carso,
reached the wrecked lines of the ene
'tny east of ossofaiti and took pris-
The statement says the infantry ac
tion continues, supported by artillery.
Numbers of. prisoners are being
brcHight in.
Making and Growing Ammunition
One as Important as the Other.
All Appropriation
Records Are Broken
--- Washington, May 15. All p-'
propriatlon records ot congress
were broken today when the sen
ate appropriations committee re
ported the war, army and navy
deficiency bill, carrying a total of
$3,390,946,000, including $400,000,
000 for construction and purchase
of an American merchant marine.
The committee added $563,
392,000 to the house bill. Among
the senate increases were $500,000
for the council of national de
fense, $1,000,000 for detention of
interned Germans, $26,000,000 for
army machine guns and $35,000,
000 for heavy army ordnance.
Lawyers Finish Arguments in
Injunction Suit Against Elec
trical Workers in Dis
trict Court.
Final arguments were made by law
yers yesterday afternoon before, Judge
Leslie, sitting in equity court, against
and in support of application of twelve
Omaha contractors for a permanent
court ordc to enjoin union elec
tricians from alleged intimidation,
property damage, acts of violence and
other unlawful proceedings.
Judge Leslie took the case under
advisement and announced he would
hand down a decision in a few days.
F. A. Brcgan, who together with
F. H. Gaines is handling the case for
the contractors, told the court the em
ployers were not seeking to eniom
the electricians from their right to
strike, but were asking that they1 be
'estrained permanently from commit
ting allegej acts of violence, destruc
tion of property and intimidation of
non-union men.
Object to Intimidation.
Mr. Gaiius brought out the point
that the contractors did not obicct to
day picketing, providing it was done
peaceably. He said that it was the
intimidation of men his clients sought
to stop.
J. E. Dorr.ii, attorney for the union,
said the suit "was an effort to brand
union men ?s outlaws."
Raymond Geary, a national organi
zer, on the witness stand, said that he
(Continued on I'mte Two, Column Two,)
Iowa Guardsman Is
Arrested in Wyoming
Shenandoah, la., May 15. (Spe
c;al.) Henry was arrested
while on petard duty at a tunnel in
Wyoming and brought back to Shen
andoah, charged with being compli
cated in the theft of Al Lund's auto
about a yen ago. Henry disappeared
soon after the car was stolen and had
enlisted in the army. Lee Rowe, an
other youni man, was implicated in
the car robbery, indicted, pleaded
guilty ant! paroled. He has given
bond for the sum of $S00 to appear
in court.
Geographic Location of This
City Expected to Be Import
ant Factor in Organizing
Food Resources.
Wtien government control of food
producing industries comes, which
probability is conceded by packers
here, Omaha plants expect to bear the
brunt of feeding the nation.
Methods of adapting themselves to
war-time conditions, and preparations
for producing foodstuffs on a war
time footing, are now occupying the
attention of executives at the various
big South Side plants.
Omaha's geographical location and
strategic position in the producing
part of the country will be an import
ant factor in the war, it is thought,
and steps are now being made to
take advantage of this to the utmost.
Work on remodeling and enlarging
the Cudahy canning plant is progress
ing rapidly. General Manager Murphy
expects to have the new addition
running by July 1, in spite of the
delay in getting necessary machinery.
The capacity will be increased 25 per
cent and the plant will give employ
ment to about 200 more persons,
mostly women. J lie canning depart
ment will then have a capacity of
60,000 cans of corned beef daily.
Mr. Murphy declared this is one ot
the preparedness moves of his com
pany. If the war continues any
length of time there will be a heavy
demand for corned beef. The Cudahy
plant will be ready to do its part
towards keeping the fighting force
well fed.
No Changes at Cudahy's.
"We have had a few men leave us
to join the army," said Mr. Murphy.
"There was quite a number in the
militia when the trouble on the
border broke out. We held their
places open and paid the difference
between their soldier pay and what
they earned here. That rule is still in
eflfect. When they returned from
Texas we put them back to work, but
they stayed only a little while until
they were called again. Men who
were members of the militia before
(Continued on Pmr Three, Column Four.)
Governor Sets Aside Week
For Y. M. War Work Campaign
Governor Neville issued a proc
lamation designating the week of May
20 as "Young Men's Christian associ
ation war week."
During the week the associations
of the state will endeavor to raise
$60,000, its share of a $3,000,000 fund
to carry on special work among Amer
ican soldiers.
Ministers arc requested by the proc
lamation to urge the members of their
congregations to help the Voting
Mens Christian association.
Nebraska work will be in chartre
of C, A. Mussclman. state secretary. I
More than fifty rallies will be held
throughout the state during the cam-i
paign. j
Prime Minister Tells Reichstag Germany Will
Not Prevent Permanent Friendship With Mus
' covite Nation by Making Impossible De '
mands No Statement of Terms Made. 4
George Ledebour, Radical Leader in Parliament, Sayi
Party Will Propose Constitutional Committee to Take
Steps in the Direction of a Popular Government
Berlin (Via London), May IS. Th locialitl leader Gaorfa Lade
hour, declared in tha Reichitag today that it wat impoaaibl for Gar
many to win a war of subjugation, and expressed tha conviction that a
revolution mutt happen in Germany aa it had happened in Russia.
"We shall propose a constitutional committee," he said, "to take
preparatory steps in the direction of introducing a republic in Germany."
Amsterdam, May IS. Chancellor Ton Bethmann-Hollwek, today in tha
Reichctag, made a virtually offer of peace to Russia.
He declared that if Rutiia renounces its aims of cooquest. Germany
would not prevent a permanent peace by making impossible demands.
The German chancellor declared that he would not nail down the Ger.
man empire in all directions by a one-sided formula which renounced tho
successes won by the German troops and left all other matters in suspense.
Provisional Government Will
Continue Effort to Amalga
mate Diverse Interests;
Outlook is Better.
Petrogiad (Via London), May
15. The executive committee of
the council of workmens' and sol
diers' delegates, after discussing
yesterday the international situa
tion in Russia, decided by 41
votes against 19, to favor the par
ticipation of representatives of
socialist parties in the provisional
(Kr AtnorlatFil PrM.)
Although beset with innumerable
difficulties, the provisional govern
ment of Russia is determined to stick
to its task.
The government will make an at
ttcnipt to amalgamate the diverse in
terests which by their conflicts have
made an ordered and efficient gov
ernment in Russia impossible, it an
nounces in a proclamation today.
It expresses confidence that unity
will be re-established and the coun
try saved if the various representa
tives of the new democracy take their
proper part in the responsible task of
Socialists Less Radical.
The council of soldiers' and work
men's delegates comprising mainly
the socialist and extreme radical ele
ments, apparently is becoming in
creasingly willing to consider parti
cipation in the formation of a coali
tion government. It has appointed a
commission to negotiate with the pro
visional government and is formulat
ing a program of conditions which
would permit socialist entry upon
representation in the ministry.
This follows the council's urging
upon the army at the front the neces
sity of ceasing to fraternize with the
Germans and an appeal to it to re
sume the offensive against them and
thus best serve the cause of general
Manifesto of Council.
Pelrugrad (Via London), May 15.
The following is the text of the
manitesto to tiie Kussian army is
sued by the Council of Soldiers' and
Workmen's delegates, urging the con
tinuance of the war and declaring that
a separate peace is impossible:
"Soldiers and comrades at the front:
We speak to you ill the name of the
Russian revolutionary democracy. The
people do not wish the war, which
was bfgun IrV the emperors and capi-
(Contlnitrd on Pave Two, Column One)
Wilson's Mind Still "To Let"
On Suffrage by U. S. Law
Washington, May 15. President
Wil son pleased a committee of
woman suffrage advocates who .ailed
on him at the White House today Ly
saying that his mind still was "to let
on the question of universal suffrage
by federal constitutional amendment,
and that the "question was constantly
pressing on is mind for reconsideration."
Dr. von Bethmann-Hollweg de
clined to set forth any program of
Chancelolr ,von Bethmann-Hol-weg,
according to a Berlin dispatch,
today, in reply to the interpellations
in the Reichstag regarding Germany's
war aims, said:
These interpellations demand from
me a definite statement on the ques
tion of our war aims. To make such a
statement at the present moment
would not serve the country's' inter
ests. , I must, therefore, decline to
make it.
PrOsed Long for Declaration.
'Since the winter of 1914-15 I have
been pressed, now from one side and
now form the other, publicly to tsate
our war aims, if possible, details.
(Loud shouts from the right 'No.
no.') They were every day demanded
from me. (Renewed shouts 'but not
details.') To force me to speak an at
tempt was made to construe my
silence regarding the program of war
aims of individual parties as agree
"Against that I must again resalute-
ly rpotest. On giving the liberty for a
free discussion of war aims I had ex
pressly declared that the government
could not and would not participate in
the conflict of views. I also protested
against any positive conclusions what
ever regarding the government's atti
tude being drawn from the govern
ments' silence.'
Berlin, May 15. (Via London.)
Chancellor von Bethmann-Hollweg
answered the peace interpellation in
the Reichstag today by saying, that
it would not serve the interests of
the country to make a declaration and
therefore lie declined to do so.
The chancellor said that in dis
cussing war aims the only guiding
line for him was an early and satis
factory conclusion of the war.
Understands Peace Passion.
"I thoroughly and fully understand
the passionate interest of the people
in war aims and peace conditions,"
said the chancellor.
"I understand the call for clearness
which today is addressed to me from
the right and the left. But in discus
sion of war aims the only guiding line
for me is an early and satisfactory
conclusion of the war. Beyond that I
cannot do or say'anythuig.
Ex-President Taft Makes
Three Speeches in Iowa
Cedar Rapids, la., May 15. Wil
liam Howard Taft, former president
of the United States, has consented
t) give the high school commence
ment address here, according to an
announcement by Superintendent I.
J. McConnell. It was at first planned
to have the exercises on June 15, but
the date was advanced to June 9 to
meet the convenience of Mr. Taft.
He will speak also at Ames on June
6 and at Mason City on June 7.
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