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VOL. XL VI NO. 50.
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TORNADOES LEA VE DEA TH AND
RUIN IN PA fm.
IS 86 UVi
MOVE TO OUST
Papers Filed in Court Demand
ing Removal of the County
Commissioner Named in
Blackmail Case Fight.
. A move to oust County Commis
sioner "Johnny" Lynch from office is
the latest turn in the fight that Jjas
been waging between Lynch and
JOHN C LYNCH.
Sheriff Clark, with ramifications in
the city ball, the police station and
tway out in Chadron. - - -
Papers were filed in the district
court yesterday setting forth an array
of alleged misconduct and misdemean
ors in office on the part of Lynch and
demanding his removal from office as
Lynch has been a member of the
tounty board for nearly nine years,
having been twice re-elected. Be
fore that he was city, plumbing in
spector under the administration of
"This is an assault on me because
I am a friend of Kugel, who closed the
Third ward dives, and on me because
I refused to allow Clark to plunder
the treasury with his jail feeding
graft," was all Lynch would say.
The suit was filed in court
by Attorney Frank S. Howell, who
has been representing Clark in the
litigation over tne control- ot tne
county jail and the appointment of
the jail elevator conductor .which
marked the beginning of the warfare
and which Jias achieved spectacular
Clark Files Complaint.
The charges in the petition, which
covers nineteen typewritten pages
and is drawn in tre form of a com
plaint by Michael L. Clark, accuser,
against John C. Lynch, accused, are
enumerated under five specifications.
Specification A declares that in the
year 1915 Lynch conspired to have a
liquor license granted by the county
board for a place at Fifty-sixth and
Center streets, to be run by Hans
Voss for a considcration'of one-third
of the profits and under threat that
unless such a division were agreed
to a license would not be--granted. "
It is declared that the application
and the petition were prepared and
that on refusal of Voss to meet the
terms Lynch barred him from pre
senting it or appearing before the
board and Voss was denied the right
to conduct the, place for that year,
these acts being denominated as
"gross partiality, extortion, corrup
tion and maladministration in office."
.Specification B relates to the simi
lar scheme with one Elliot ant, one
fage operating a so-cauea roaanouse
about three miles north of Omaha on
(Continued on Poko Two, Coliiiin One.)
Tat NebrMka Fair.
Bourl Temperature! t Omaha Yesterday.
E a. m 60
t a. m 66
7 a. m 6fl
S a. m 67
9 a. m E8
10 a. m...,
II a. m 69
12 m..... 61
1 p. m 60
z p. m
S p. m 69
A p. m
B t. m
p. m Jfio
7 p. m bi
Comparative Local Record.
- 1917. 1916. 191E. 1914.
Xfffheit yesterday. , .. 63 81 66 91
Lowest yesterday..,, 65 64 62
Mean temperature. . 68 72 69
Freest pi tatloD 01 .00 .12
Temperature and precipitation departures
from tne normal at umana yeaieraay:
Normal temperature 66
Deficiency for the day
Total deficiency since March 1, 1917.. ..lis
Normal precipitation 16 Inch
nortcleiTtv fnr the day 14 Inch
Total rainfall since March 1 8.62 Inches
Rvcesa since March 1 60 Inch
peflclency for cor. period 1916.... 3. 26 Inches
Deficiency for oor. period ISIS.,.. 1.03 inches
L. A. WELSH, Heteoro.of.st.
'Let No Guilty Man Escape?
The fight waged by Commissioner
Lynch on Sheriff Clark hag now cul
minated in sensational charges and
The explosion, if it knocks the lid
completely off, as it promises, threat
ens to involve other public officials as
parties to a graft combine thriving on
Whoever has betrayed a public
trust or connived with the lawbreak
ers should be exposed and brought to
The conditions call for a thorough
clearing of the atmosphere and a gen
Let no culprit be shielded, and let
no one be made the 'goat" for others
who are guilty.
TO FILE CHARGES
Chief Dunn Prepares Complaint
So City Commission May
Air the Whole Af
fair. Chief of Police Dunn has prepared
charges against Captain Steve Ma
loney of the detcttive department and
Detective Paul Sutton, charging them
with conduct unbecoming officers.
Chief Dunn's charges read:
"Paul Sutton from information I
have received, has been instrumental
in having a charge of blackmail filed
against Captain Stephen Maloney
without any evidence to substanti
ate it ...
"Captain Stephen Maloney has been
charged in the courts of Chadron,
Neb., with having been engaged in a
conspiracy to blackmail."
The chief's letter, which will ac
company the charges to the city coun
"As there has been so much un
savory comment on the affair which
took place at Chadron I deem it my
duty as chief of police to have this
affair threshed out at a public hear
ing before the honorable city com
missioners and if the charges against
either or both 'of them are sustained
they should be removed from the po
The charges are in connection with
the Chadron case, which resulted in
complaints being filed there against a
group ot Umana ana madron men,
Phil Winckler of the Omaha De
tective association had a conference
with Chief Dunn. Winckler alleges
he was assaulted by Sutton at Chad
ron. Sutton Not Back.
Sutton has not returned to duty.
He was allowed a leave of ten days
bv Acting Superintendent of Police
Jardine on request of Commissioner
Kugel, who is it Burlington, la., re
cuperating from a recent illness. Im
mediately after i bing granted this
leave Sutton appeared in Chadron and
figured prominently in the sensa
tional deve'opments there a few days
a8- ' .
Attorney Baker, who represents tne
men under charges at Chadron, al-
(Conilnufd on Pas. lour. Column Four.)
Yankee Inventor Solves
v Problem of Submarine
London, May 26. The Westmin
ster Gazette publishes a message from
a correspondent, who says the sub
marine menace is being mastered bjq
a simple method, which Oie corre
spondent indicates is the invention of
"It is giving away no secret," the
correspondent writes, "to say that the
method, which is reputed to be in
fallible, requires only a little time to
come into full effect and wear the
submarines out. It is a model of sim
plicity. "The press has been liberal In its
announcement of Marconi's device,
but, while extending encouragement
to Marconi, it must not be overlooked
that the genius who perfected one of
the most monumental advances in
maritime navigation, has devoted his
unremitting consideration to the
menace, and this resourceful Ameri
can,' too, has worked toward the de
vice along independent lines.'
Wireless Guardian Is
Wounded by Prowlers
Norfolk, Va., May Frederick
Kouch, a guard at the Virginia beach
wireless station, was slightly wounded
eary today in an exchange of shots
with two men, who were apparently
attacking the net around the station.
I here is doubt whether the men ao
cidentally ran against the net in the
darkness or attempted to destroy the
Chinese of Frisco Are
Buying Liberty Bonds
' San Francisco, May 26. Purchase
of liberty loan bonds extended to
day to San Francisco's Chinese
population, when the Canton bank
of this city aonunced subscriptions
of $10,004, fully paid, with more
subscriptions to come. Chinese
merchant?, backed by the Chinese
Six Companies, propose, it was said,'
to duplicate their activities with the
liberty loin to meet a record they
made in contributing to the Red
IN GUARD HOUSE
Come to Town From" CampN
Without Leggings and Pro
vost Guard Thinks They
Look Too Unsoldierly.
Fort Snelling, Minn., May 26.
(Special Telegram.) Iowa students
were doing a good deal of questioning
among themselves today as the result
of a camp story that a group of
lowans were arrested in Minneapolis
one night recently by the provost
guard tor unsoldierly appearance.
Of course, there is never any con
firmation to be had to such a report.
but here's the story as rumored
Half a dozen lowans, still without
their regulation leggings, journeyed
to Minneapolis. Among the lot, it is
whispered, was a, minister, too. Any
way the provost guard thought they
looked too "trampy" and pinched
No Liquor at Bars,
The embryo officers had a snap to
day. Swarms of Twin City boys and
scores trom Minnesota and other
states as well, paraded Minneapolis
and St. Paul streets on leave of ab
sence. They had to be orderly, too,
for any man in unform is being re
fused liquor in accordance with the
recent warsmeasure passed by con
At 6 o'clock tonight the acceptance
ot northwest guardsmen for training
ceased. This was the decision set by
Washington on arrivals for the ofh
Guardsmen Turned Back.
National Guard regiments of Ne
braska, Iowa, Minnesota and North
and South Dakota were instructed to
detail about twenty-five men each to
rort snelling camp. Iwo hundred
of the allotted 295 men are said to
have reported. Late comers were
told to return to their respective
military organizations and await the
possible second officers' training camp
now being predicted.
Star Witness in Baff
Murder Case Escapes
New Yoik, May 26. Carmine De
Paola, one of the star witnesses for
the state in the Baff murder case, es
caped from the house of detention
The poKe believe it is significant
that De Paola should flee the day
after Jack Rigatta, a suspect in the
case, was irrested in Los Angeles.
It was Ue Paola who told the po
lice how the alleged Baff murder
money was paid, his story resulting in
the arrest of the five men so far in
dicted and awaiting trial.
Go to Fort Snelling
Shenandoah, la., May 26. (Spe
cial.) Privates Charles Glasgow and
Dell S. Blackburn of Company E left
this morning for the training camp at
Fort Snelling. Minn. Blackburn is a
letter foot ball man at Drake univer
sity. Glasgow formerly had military
training in the Missouri State Military
school at the University at Columbia,
To Give No More Food
To California Tramps
Sacramento, CaL, May 26. The
State Council of Defense is sending .
' out today request to housewives
and citizens throughout California
to cease feeding beggars. There is
plenty of work In the state and no
real necessity for an ' able-bodied
man to beg food or money, accord
ing to the defense organisation,
which declares that refusal to feed
undeserving persons will aid in
solving the labor problems.
RICH OMAHA BOY
FLEET 0FU.S. NAVY
Walter Cohn and Four Others
Donate Services and $8,500
Boat to Uncle Sam's
Turning his back upon all the com
forts incident to the life of. a young
merchant prince, Walter Cohn,
youngest son of Mrs. Herman Cohn,
has answered the call to the colors.
Cohn now is one of' five wealthy and
. WALTER COHN.
socially prominent young men who
are braving hardships as members of
Uncle Sam's mosquit fleet.
Young Cohn, without ostentation,
departed a week ago. Only a few of
his intimate friends knew of his plan.
(Conttnnrd .n Pag. Two, Column One.)
Liberty Loan Fuitds
Washington, May 26. The treas
ury today began the practice of re
depositing a portion of the proceeds
obtained from certificates of in
debtedness by placing $128,593,000
among the various banks and trust
companies which subscribed to the
latest offering of 1200,000,000 in
short-term certificates of indebted
Seventy-Six Persons Killed and
174 Injured; Three Planes
Shot Down in Fight .
Berlin, May 26. (Via London.)
Gertnan air squadrons yesterday
dropped bombs on Dover and
Folkestone, the War department
London, May 26 Sixteen German
airships riidcd southeast England
Friday evening, according to an of
ficial statement issued today. Seventy-
six persons were killed and 174 per
sons injured Three German arisiiips
were shot down.
Nearly all the damage occurred in
one town, where somi. bombs fell in
the streets, causing considerable
casualties among the civilian popula
tion. Women and Childrei. Killed.
The following report on the air
raid was made by Field Marshal Vis
"A large squadron of enemy air
craft aboiit sixteen attacked south
east England between 5:15 and 6:30
o clock last evening. Bombs were
dropped at a numbei of places, but
nearly all 'he damage occurred in one
town where some bombs fells into the
streets, causing many casualties
among the civil population. Some
shops and houses were also seriously
"The to.al casualties reported by
the police from all districts are:
"Injured: One hundred and seventy
four. "Of the killed twenty-seven were
women and twenty-three were chil
dren. Forty-five women and nineteen
children were injured.
"Airplanes of the flying corps went
in pursuit and the raiding aircraft
were engaged by lighting squadrons
of the royal naval air scrivce from
Dunkirk on their return journey."
Fierce Battle in Air.
Three hostile, airplanes, returning
from last night i. rail! on England,
were brought down by British air
forces in tre English channel and oft
the Belgian coast, the admiralty an
Socialists Object to t
Lansing's Passport Ordar
Stockholm, May 26. (Via London.)
Leading members of the socialist
international conference expressed
surprise at the news that Secretary of
State Lansing had refused passports
to American delegates. They have
decided not to take formal action un
til more definite news is received
James Eads How, the so-called
"millionaire tramp" of America, has
sent a message of protest to the State
department, in which he was joined by
Mayor Karl Kindhagen and Karl
Fries, international secretary of the
World Church Peace Alliance and in
ternational president of the Young
Men's Christian association.
Word has been received that the
moderate Russian socialists will send
delegates. Victor Adler, leader of the
Austrian- socialists, arrived today.
LOSS OF LIFE MAY REACH 350;
RAILROADS SEND RELIEF TRAINS
Fifty Persona Die at Mattoon, Followed by Death of Five
More at Westervelt and Modesto; Charleston Is
Struck; Day Adds Terrible Total to
Kansas Horrors of Friday.
To Friday's tornado horrors
record was added when death
carrying away fifty persons.
Elwood and Modesta, 111., came
more, bringing the death toll to
killed in the Kansas tornado of
The heaviest loss of life
where at least fifty were killed
town in the afternoon.
Four were killed at Westervelt and one at Modesta, where
the heavy winds struck shortly after noon. '
TWO THOUSAND HOMELESS.
Mattoon, HI., May 26. About fifty persons were killed and
more than 300 injured when a tornado struck Mattoon late to
day. The entire business section of the town is wiped out and
upwards of 2,000 are homeless.
Semi-Centennial at Lincoln
Will Be Attended by Roose
1 velt and Many Ottier
Nebraskans will have an opportun
ity to listen to a great gathering of
public men at the Semi-Centennial
celebration at Lincoln, June 23, 13
E-President Theodore Roosevelt
will speak and Major General Persh
ing will be present if he is not sent
to France before that time. Gover
nors of eight states have accepted in
vitations to attend.
Governor Neville has received a let
ter from Governor Carl E. Milliken
of Maine, stating, "If public duties
permit at that time, I shall be very
glad to accept.
Still Others Are Expected.
Especially from the neighboring
states have the responces of the
chief execcutives been encouraging.
Governor Philipp of Wisconsin and
Governor Gardner of Missouri, will
norin all probability be present. .Gov
ernor Philipp has promised to be
present if the legislature adjourns be
fore that time.
Capper Is Coming.
Governor Gardner is making plans
to be present, but he is facing a ref
erendum June 17, that will either
make or mar his administration in
Governor Arthur Capper of Kansas,
the Topeka publisher, said to H. T.
Cook and W. R. Mellor duringjheir
interview with him: I am swamned
with work in connection with the gov
ernment s program, but 1 will be in
Lincoln for Statehood day. It cer
tainly would not be proper to remain
away from the great celebration of a
sister state. I very much appreciate
the opportunity of meeting the other
visiting governors and the many na
tional figures who will be present."
The special committees of Lincoln
business men are enthusiastic about
their receptions at the various Capi
tols. Governor Houx of Wyoming ac
cepted the invitation without hesita
tion. "I .believe that this is an occas
ion which will be of great significance
to the entire nation. Upon the mid
dle west the burden oi feeding the
world will fall."
Lowden To Be Present.
Governor Gunter of Colorado was
interviewed by W. S. Whitten and
W. R. Mellor. They were very much
impressed with his personality and
strength of character. "This oppor
tunity f meeting the executives of
other states is one that I cannot miss.
I want to do honor to Nebraska also
for Colorado as you know was once
a part of Nebraska territry," was the
way he phrased his acccptancec.
Governor W. L. Harding of Iowa
writes: "I take pleasure in accepting
the invitation of the Nebraska Semi
Centennial celebration committee to
attend the fiftieth anniversary exer
cises at Lincoln, but can only be there
one day. I have selected June 13 as
the date of my visit."
Governor J. A. A. Burnquist of
Minnesota assured A. R. Talbot, head
consul of the Modern Woodmen of
America, that he would be present on
Statehood day and would make every
effort to remain and hear Colonel
Governor Lowden of Illinois is ar
ranging his affairs so that he will give
one day to the celebration. Governor
Frank O. Lowden is one of the great
leaders of the country. He is a grad
uate of Iowa university and grew up
on a small Iowa farm. j
in Kansas, a still more terrible
fell heavily on Mattoon, 111.,
From Westervelt, Manhattan,)
reports of the deaths of five!
eighty-six, including the thirty
was reported from Mattoon, 111.,
in a tornado that struck the
FIFTY DIE AT MATTOON.
ChamDalcn. 111.. Mav 2. At least
fifty persons are reported dead at
Mattoon,' 111. as the result of a tor
nado which late today destroyed the
northern part of the city. Wires were
Word of the disaster reached this
city when a messenger cams by auto
mobile to ask nelp. Me estimated that
the dead might total as high as 350.
When reports were in from the farm
A relief train was made up by the
Illinois Central as quickly as possible
and all available doctors and nurses
were sent to the stricken cities.
Reported In Chicago. .
Chicago, May 26. Reports to the
Illinois Central railroad from Mat
toon, III., says that fifty or more per
sons were killed there late today by
a tornado. A special train has been
sent from Champaign, III., by the
Illinois Central with doctors and
nurses to Mattoon.
At Westerville, 111. Four persons
were kilted. A tornado struck the
hamlet and destroyed six or eight
houses. About twenty persons were
injured. Westervelt is in Shelby
county oh the Chicago & Eastern rail
road. The dead:
MRU. MART CRlKMATf.
MIKN MYRTLE rBIHMAX,
MRS. BAIIIK JACKSON.
Tornado at Charleston.
Terre Haute, Ind, May 26. Tele
phone messages received here from
Ashntore, 111., asked that all available
fhysicians be hurried to Charleston,
11. The information was that scores
had been injured in a tornado which
struck Charleston and vicinity late
this afternoon. Wires to Charleston
Storm Strikes Modesto.
Alton, 111., May 26. A tornado is
reported at Modesto, 111., fifty-six
miles northeast of here. Many casu
alties are reported.
The news was received here over
the wires of the Chicago. Peoria & St
Louis railway. Railway advices are
that the town was practically de
molished. Ail wires to Modesto are
One Reported Killed.
East St. Louis, 111., May 26. Re
ports received bv the Chicago, Peoria
& St. Louis railroad indicate that one
person was killed and two were fa
tally injured in the tornado at Mo
desto, 111. The property damage, ac
cording to the reports here was not
Manhattan, 111, Wrecked.
Toliet, 111., v May 26. Manhattan, "
111., ten miles southeast of Toliet, was
partly wrecked by a wind storm late
today and wreckage strews the road
way for two miles out of the village.
A call for help reached this city to
night, saying that many were injured
and possibly some dead. Stores and
homes were blown to bits.
Elwood, six miles south of Jotiet,
was also damaged by the storm. One
boy was killed by lightning. -National
Guard Ordered Out
Springfield, 111, May 26. One com
pany of the Fourth infantry, Illinois
National Guard were ordered to Ma
toon, HI., for patrol duty, it was an
nounced tonight by Adjutant General
Dickson. The soldiers entrain at Ef-'
Thirty Known Dead.
Wichita, Kan.. May 26. Thirty per.
(Continued on Fx Two, Column ThrM.)
Suffrage to Follow War,
Says Mrs. Chapman Catt
Portland, Ore, May 26, "Uni
versal sufltage is going to rise from
out of the world chaos " declared
Mrs. Carrie Chapman Catt, inter
national president of the Woman's
Suffrage alliance, at a luncheon here
today. "However,'' she added, "this
is no time for militant suffrage."
Mrs. Catt is in Portland helping or
ganise a branch of the women's
commlttei of the Council of Na
tional Detents - v
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