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    The Omaha Daily Bee
VOL. XLVI. NO. 295.
Oa TnlM. II H.I.I.
M Stl.Ol, (U. ts.
City Commissioners Decide
Not to Abolish Office Be
fore Hearing of Black
mail Case.
No action affecting the status of
Captain Maloney of the detective de
partment will be taken until after his
trial at Chadron on a charge of con
spiracy to blackmail.
Superintendent Kuget of the police
department, after the city council
committee of the whole asked the
city commissioners to go with him
into an executive session to consider,
as he explained, a resolution to abol
ish the office of chief of detectives,
now held by Maloney.
Commissioners Butler, Park and
Withnell refused to join the star
chamber session, stating that the
matter is of public interest and should
be discussed in open session.
Commissioner Hummel also was
against the executive session, but was
present because the meeting happened
to be held in his office. Mayor Dahl
man and Commissioner Jardine were
the only members of the council who
v:illingly joined Kugel in the meet
ing. Mayor Favors Delay. -
It was Superintendent Kugel's pur
pose to offer the Maloney resolution
at the regular council meeting Tues
day morning, but at the close of the
executive meeting he announced that
he would take no action until after
the Chadron case had been disposed
"I don't think it would be fair to
jeopardize Maloney's case at Chadron
by taking summary action here at this
time," explained Mayor Dahlman,
who opposed Kugct's plan of action.
If the superintendent of police can
enlist sufficient backing of the city
council he will abolish the position
of chief of detectives and assign Ma
loney to work as detective, which
place he held when he was appointed
read of the detective department
September 1, 1912.
Superintendent Kuget returned to
his office Monday after a period of
illness and recuperation. He was
kept busy all day answering telephone
calls and listening to versions of the
local storm which broke during his,;
No Attention to Maloney.
Commenting on an interview given
out hi I Captain Maloney, that at a
meeting held at the Kugel residence
a suggestion was made to "job" him
(Maloney), Kugel said:
"I am not paying any attention to
that fellow. He is likely to say any
thing. I am willing to have the po
lice department investigated. The
facts will all be brought out later.
There was no meeting at my house."
Asked why he wished an executive
meeting of the city commissioners,
Kugel replied:
"There is some stuff I want to
bring out, and I don't think it should
be made public at-this time."
Charges prepared and signed last
Saturday by Chief Dunn against Cap
tain Maloney and Detective Sutton
have been held up in Superintendent
Kugel's office and will not be ftied
until after the Chadron case has been
tried. The chief charged conduct
unbecoming officers of the police de
partment. Omaha men involved or interested
in the Chadron affair will leave
Wednesday afternoon for the Dawes
county seat to attend the trial, which
will open Thursday morning.
Rockefeller Takes
Third Five Million
New York, May 28. John D. Rock
efeller today subscribed another $5,
000,000 to the Liberty loan. This
makes $15,000,000 worth of the bonds
taken by him.
The Weather
Fcr Nebraska Fair; warmer.
Temperatures at Omaha. Yetiterdar.
Hour. Deir.
5 a. m 48
6 ar m 47
7 a. m 47
8 a. m St
s a. m &8
10 a. m fift
11 a. m G3
12 m U3
1 V. Ill A
! p. in .
3 p. in
4 p. in.
5 p. m.
p. m.
7 p. m 71
I n. in 68
Comparative Local Record.
1917. 191 . 1915. 1914.
Ulchest yesterday ... 78 82 SO 80
Lowest yesterday ... 47 80 41 69
Mean temperature .. 60 71 48 74
Precipitation 00 .06 .36 .87
Tcmuerature and precipitation departures
from the normal:
Normal temperature 66
Deficiency for the day , . 6
Total defciency elnce March 1.., 136
Normal precipitation 17 Inch
Deficiency for the day 17 Inch
Tota: rainfall since March 1 8.62 Inches
Kxcose since March 1 27 Inch
Deficiency for cor period, 1916. .2.69 Inches
Deficiency for cor. period, 1916.. .02 Inch
Report from Stations at 1 P. M.
Station and State Temp. High. Rain-
of Weather 7 p. m,
Cheyenne, cloudy 64
Davenport, clear 66
Denver, cloudy 60
Dei Moines, clear 68
Pode-e City. pt. cloudy.. 72
Lender, clear 64
North Platte, cloudy.... 6s
Omaha, part cloudy .... 71
Pueblo, cloudy 68
Rapid City-pt. cloudy.. 60
Salt' Lake City, clear... 64
Santa Ke, pt. cloudy.... 68
Sheridan, cloudy 64
Sioux City, clear 70
Valentine, cloudy 68
L. A. WELSH, Meteorologist.
No Memorial Day Papers
In New York; Paper Saved
New York, May 28. The eve
ning newspapers of New York City
have decided not to publish any edi
tions on Memorial Day. The pur
pose of this step is the conserving
of white paper, and it is estimated
that it will result in a saving of 250
Head of Department, in For
mal Statement, Declares Dis
honest Men on Force Should
Not Discredit Faithful.
Police Commissioner Al C. Kugel
in a formal statement issued Monday
declares that he wants the .fullest in
vestigation into the workings and per
sonnel of the Omaha police depart
ment. These things are made clear by the
commissioner's statement:
Kugel's suspicions that all was not
well in the department were aroused
early in April.
Kugel caused Detectives Sutton and
Anderson to work out of his office
and report direct to him.
Kugel gave Sutton leave ot absence
and sent him to Chadron. Develop
ments of a sensational character fol
lowed and Chief of Detectives Steve
Maloney and Sutton are under bond
to appear for trial at Chadron Thurs
day. Kugel says the police department as
a whole is not corrupt. If there be
dishonest men in the department
their conduct should not csst suspi
cion upon honest, faithful members..
The commissioner s statement fol
His Suspicions Aroused.
"On returning after recovery from
my recent illness I am not in as
(rood a oosition to make a statement
of things that have transpired dur
ing; the last tew weeks as it 1 had
been on the job during that time.
. "Late in March pf this year I
causrht faint rumblings of things that
Aroused my suspicion in connection
with- the workings ot the police de
partment, or rather of certain officers
of the department.
1 concluded to direct a personal
investigation and to that end I had
Officers Sutton and Anderson work
directly out of my office and make
neir reports to me.
"It was under, this arrangement that
Officer Sutton was given leave of ab
sence and it was under this leave of
absence that he made the trip to
Lhadron, which has been so much
talked of in the papers recently.
Dunns' the tirst week ot April 1
ftegun to feel ill and April 12 Dr. Gil
morc pronounced my case typhoid
feve and ordered me to bed. He al
lowed me to sea. no one for several
weeks. This came at a juncture in the
work of the department which was of
vital importance.
"From April 12 until this morning
i was unable to be at my office or ex
excise personal direction of the po
lice department. During that time, at
my request, Commissioner Jardine
took over the management and was
given charge.
, Let Truth Be Known.
T have learned though the columns
of the daily papers that things have
been transpiring rapidly during the
last few weeks and names of various
persons are being mentioned. So far
as the police department or.any mem
ber of it is concerned I stand for
the fullest measure of investigation.
Let the truth be known. With dis
putes between persons not members
of the department, I am not con
cerned and shall not concern myself.
"The police department as a whole
is not corrupt. We have officers and
men in that department who perform
their daily duties with the utmost fi
delity, and if there be some in the
department whose conduct has not
been what it should, or who have in
terested themselves in things they
should have suppressed, such action'
should not cast suspicion upon the
honest, faithful members of the de
partment "Now that court proceedings have
been started I shall welcome the full
est investigation of any, and all per
sons connected with the police de
partment. When the facts have been
established, whether it may meet with
the approval of all or tilt disapproval
of some, I feel that such determina
tion should be accepted as conclusive
for the purpose of official action.
"In the meantime I shall, as rapidly
as I can get matters in hand, make
recommendations to the city council
favoring such changes as in my judg
ment should be made before the legal
battle in the courts has reached its
final conclusion, because of the slow
ness with which such proceedings
June Eighteenth Fixed
As Date of Kelly's Trial
Hed Oak, la.. May 28. (Special
Telegram.) Judge E. B. Woodruff
held a session of court here today and
an agreement was reached this after
noon between the attorneys for Rev.
L. G. J. Kelly, now in jail at Logan
charged with the Villisca axe mur
ders of 1912, and attorneys for the
state, setting June 18 as a tentative
date for the trial. Judge Woodruff's
order names June 18 as the date, pro
vided that some judge of this district
appears here at that time and he also
makes the order subject to further
shells for big true
ordinance fTprti iiiilmilrin
which have played such a big
break the "Hindenburg line."
I -
No Claims for Exemption to Be
Considered Until Each Dis
trict Provides Number
of Men Apportioned.
Washington, May 28. Regulations
to govern exemptions under the selec
tive draft are being worked ont by
Provost Marshal General Crowder,
with a number of prominent lawyers.
Although the plans are not yet
complete, it is possible that the jury
wheel system will be followed in se
lecting those who are to go into the
first army of 500,000 and not until the
names have been drawn and each
registration district has provided the
number apportioned to it, will ex
emptions be considered. As each in
dividual drawn reports, his claim for
exemption will be passed upon and if
he is exempted another will be drawn
to fill the vacancy.
Local Exemption Boards.
The law orovides for local ex
emption boards in each county and for
each 30,000 in city populations. Boards
of review also will be established on
the basis of one or more to each fed
eral judicial district. All the boards
will be composed of civilians, secre
tary Baker said today the process of
selecting them had not been worked
General Crowder said that only con
fusion would result from the reported
mention of men above the fixed age
to register on June 5.
"This is mistaken patriotism," he
said, "and registrars will be in
structed to accept cards only from
men between the ages of 21 and 30,
Censor Creel Drafts
Rules for Newspapers
Washington, May 28. Censorship
regulations were mailed to every
American newspaper by the commit
tee on public information today.
George Creel, chairman of the com?
mittee, entirely disclaims any object
of suppressing any news except that
which would be useful to the enemy.
ft. i ,;.,
ine committee nas aivinea its spec
ificalions of, information which would
be useful to the enemy into three
General, naval and military.
In the absence of any law on the
subject the committee believes that
the regulations drawn will loyally be
supported by the American press.
Perham Again Head of
Railway Telegraphers
Seattle' Wash., May 28. Delegates
to the biennial convention of the In
ternational Order of Railroad Tele
graphers today re-elected President
H. B. Perham, St. Louis, who received
259 votes, against 81 cast for J. H.
Bode of Boston.
There was a spirited contest for the
secretary-treasurership, and C. B.
Rawlins of Moorcs Hill, Ind., defeated
L. W. Quick of St. Louis, a candidate
for re-election, after holding the of
fice sixteen years. Rawlins received
232 of the 440 votes cast.
Chinese Senate Approves
Li Ching-Hsi as Premier
Peking, China, May 28. The
Chinese senate today approved the
nomination of Li CIung-Hsi as
Jremicr in succession to Tuan Chi
ui, who was dismissed by the presi
dent. The vote was 365 to 31.
The Chinese house of representa
tives approved the nomination of Li
Ching-Hsi on; Sunday-
tifived from the United States undergoing inspection by French
These monsters of death are for the famous 400 mm. guns
part in the recent successes of the French in their efforts to
. a- -
Kaiser Tells His Army ,
British Attack Ended
Ottawa, May 28. A report that
Emperor William of Germany re
cently visited Douai in France is
contained in an unofficial dispatch
received today from Canadian army
headquarters in France.
"Addressing a gathering of of
ficers of troops holding the Scarpe
Lens line," the. cablegram asserts,
"the emperor announced that the
British offensive in the region of the
Scarpe is at an end."
The dispatch adds: "Had his of
ficers taken him to points east of
Vimy, where the German defenses
are crumbling under the Canadian
guns, he might not have, been so
dogmatic." f I
Wife of Attorney Says She
Was Forced to Work to
Support Herself and
Mae L. Dundey, 3114 Poppleton
avenue, is suing Charles L. Dundey,
Omaha attorney, for divorce in dis
trict court.
Allegations that he "constantly
nagged her" and "cross, unpleasant
and unattentive when she was sick"
are made.
She also charges that he failed to
provide sufficient means for support
of herself and their 14-year-old son,
Charles L. Dundey, jr.
Mrs. Dundey alleges that she was
compelled to work in order to sup
port herself and son.
The Dundeys were married in
Omaha March 20, 1899.
Before her marriage, Mrs. Dundey
was Miss Mae Bartlett, prominent
society girl, and a popular leader in
Omaha's exclusive set.
N Her father, E. M. Bartlett, former
district judge and prominent Omaha
attorney, was also former king of Ak-Sar-Ben.
Mr. Bartlett is now living
in Kansas City, Mo.
Witness in Mooney Case
Held on Perjury Charge
San Francisco. Mav 28. Frank C.
Oxman, leading witness in a murder
trial which brought death sentence to
Thomas J. Mooney, was held today
by Judge Matthew Brady in the police
court here to answer in the superior
court to a charge of attempted
subornation of perjury.
Bail of $1,000 cash was furnished.
Mooney's case was appealed.
Oxman is accused of attempting to
induce F. E. Rigall of Grayville, 111.,
to testify falsely in the Mooney case.
an outgrowth of a bomb explosion last
July when ten persons were killed.
Twenty-Five Thousand
Join Naval Reserve
Washington, May 28. Enlistments
in the naval reserve forces since the
war began has brought the person
nel of all brandies up to about 25,
000, or almost half the size of the
regular navy a year ago. This in
cludes the fleet reserve, the naval, na
val auxiliary, volunteer coast defense
and flying corps reserve and women
enlisted for special duty. Boston, New
York, Philadelphia and Norfolk in
the order named have led in the en
listments. To Reopen Thirtieth Street
From Ames Avenue to Fort
City commissioners approved wire
cut brick as material lor repaying
Thirtieth street, Ames avenue to Fort
street. The price will be $2.54 a yard,
with credit of 5 cents per yard for
old brick taken up.
Part of a new consignment of
,f -o
LOSS $6,000,000
Many Killed and Injured and
Property Damage Is Great
-When Osaka Warehouse
Is Blown Up.
Osaka, Japan, May 28. Seventy per
sons; were killed, sad 20Q injured in a
scries of terrific explosions and a fire
which occurred in the warehouse dis
trict of Osaka yesterday. The dam
age to property is estimated at about
The whole of Osaka and its neigh
boring towns and villages were
thrown into a panic. The sound of the
explosion was heard for fifty miles.
The first explosion, which occurred
in the Tokio Warehouse company's
storehouse, is believed to have been
due to the spontaneous combustion of
chemicals. The roar resembled the
rumbling of a distant volcano. The
sky was darkened with clouds of
smoke and trying debris'. Pillars of
flame shot up after the third explo
sion. Fire Fighting Prevented.
Firemen and fire engines rushed to
the scene and tried to combat the fire,
but the men and women dying from
their wounds and countless people
rushing in all directions, crying for
help, prevented effective fire fighting.
The fire raged for nearly five hours
unchecked, and it was nearly midnight
before it wa9 brought under control.
Not' a person who happened to be
passing in the neighborhood escaped
some injury. Heavy pieces of burn
ing concrete and red hot iron bars and
other debris fell upon the heads of
pedestrians. Some were killed out
right, while many were terribly muti
lated. Crushed By Rocks.
Many houses were ruined, being
crushed by falling rocks. In most of
the houses within the radius of a mile,
the window panes were broken and
the doors unhinged. The Ashiwaki
bridge, about a mile from the scene
of the fire, was cut in two by the
shock of the explosion and twenty
persons ; who were crossing it were
thrown into the river and drowned.
Missouri River Rises Nearly
Five Feet in Last Four Days
The Missouri river at Omaha rose
four-fifths of a foot in the twenty-four
hours ending at 7 a. m. Monday. This
made- a total rise of 47 feet in the
last four days, due to heavy rains.
The present stage of the river is 15.1
feet, which, says Colonel Welsh, is
high enough to flood some of the bot
tom lands, which have been planted to
"Flood stage" of the river here is
nineteen feet. The weather bureau
does not expect much more rise now
unless there should be heavy rains to
the north.
Portland Pays Final
Respects to Senator
Tortland, May 28. The body of
United States Senator Harry Lane of
Oregon lay on the flower banked
council chamber of the Portland city
hall today. Oregon National Guards
men stood guard at the casket, while
hundreds filed past the open casket.
The funeral will be tomorrow after-
Captured Spanish Boat
Is Now Training Ship
Chicago, May 28. The Isle De
Luzon, a gunboat captured in Manila
bay during the Spanish-American
war, arrived at Lake Bluff today for
use in the Great Lakes naval training
station. Lieutenant Albert C. Wil
vers was placed in command of the
Jayhawkcrs Reported
Objecting to Draft
Kansas City, Mo., May 28. Fred
Robertson, federal attorney for
Kansas said today that he had be
pun an investigation of a draft ob
jectors' meeting reported to have
been held at Topeka yesterday. Re
ports were that speakers advocated
that young men should go to jail
rather than register.
Series of Windstorms Wreck
Cities and Towns in Six
States; Damage Up in
the Millions.
Revised figures on dead and in
jured in the storms of the last three
days in Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Ken
tucky, Missouri, Tennessee, Alabama
and Arkansas show the following
dead and Injured:
State. Dead. Injured.
Illinois 92 650
Indiana 12 220
Kansas 26 60
Kentucky 40 60
Missouri 1 12
Tennessee 20 S3
Alabama 31 100
Arkansas 23 52
Totals .245 1,250
Tornadoes during the last three
days in seven states of the middle
west and the south have killed nearly
250 people, injured more than 1,200,
wrecked thousands of houses and de-
vastated many thousands of acres of
growing crops, according to sum
maries today.
The latest in the series of tornadoes
started late Sunday apparently in the
vicinity of Willisville, in southwest
ern Illinois, swept southward across
the Ohio river into Kentucky, down
the Mississippi into Arkansas and
Tennessee and finally veered east
ward toward . Alabama, where the
storm apparently spent itself.
The dead in the four southern
states was roughly estimated at 100
ana tut Injured at several Hundred.
Begins Friday in Kansas.
The destruction began last Friday
in Andale, Kan, where twenty-six
people were killed and sixty injured.
Late Saturday another twister struck
the rich corn belt of central Illinois,
killing fifty-four persons and injuring
perhaps 500 in Mattoon. At Charles
ton, ten miles east of Msttoon, thirty
seven were killed and mora than 150
injured. The property damage in the
two cities is estimated at 13,000,000.
Another destructive storm late Sat
urday crossed a territory approxi
mately 100 miles north of the center
of Illinois, reached into northern In
diana, and caused the loss of a doxen
lives, the injury of more than 200 and
a heavy property damage.
Because of fallen wires, communica
tion into the stricken districts has
been difficult.
Ravages of Southern Storm.
Memphis, Tenn., May 28. Reports
today from the devastated territory in
the four southern states swept by
tornadoes yesterda. and last night
placed the number of deaths at 103
and the injured at iore than 300.
Around Hickman, Ky., forty persons
were reported killed. Bardwell, Bon
durant, Clinton and Ledford also re
ported losses. In Mississippi county,
northeast Arkansas, ten dead and
twenty-nine injured were reported.
Six were killed at Manila, while
Burdette and Clear Lake reported
two each.
. Heavy losses also were suffered In
Jefferson and Blount counties, Ala
bama, where thirty-one were killed.
At Sayre eight were killed; Village
Springs and Bradford, twenty miles
north of Birmingham, reported sev
enteen dead; Carbon Hill had four
dead, while Sylacauga and Bibbville
each reported one dead.
In Tennessee the storms struck
Tipton, Dyer and Carroll counties,
taking more than a score of lives. At
Dyersburg eight dead were reported;
a Cales Lake, six dead; Trezevant,
four dead; Antioch, two dead, and
at Sharon, two dead.
Kentucky Town Wrecked.
Within a radius of twelve miles of
Hickman, where the storm apparent
ly wrought its greatest havoc, more
thanytwo score of injured have been
recovered from the wreckage in the
towns of Bondourant, Bardwell, Clin
ton and Ledford. Near Cates Land
ing the number of injured was re
ported as between twenty-hve ana
thirty. In the central part of Dyer
county, near Dyersburg, about thirty
were injured. Sharon reported thirty-two
injured and Sayre, fifty or
' Ninety-One Dead in Illinois.
Mattoon. III.. May 28. With nine
ty-one known dead, 600 injured and at
property loss estimated at j,uuu,uuu,
Mattoon and Charleston, twin vic
tims of the tornado which swept cen
tral Illinois Saturday, today began
organizing relief measures tor more
than 50,000 homeless persons.
Under supervision of the Red
Cross feed stations have been estab
lished and plans made for the burial
of the storm's victims today. Ap
peals have been issued for money and
clothing, particularly for women and
National guardsmen are patroling
both towns, while the state health
authorities have taken every effort to
guard against epidemics spread by
polluted water.
San Giovanni Captured in Con
stant Forward Push of Army
Against Austrian Lines
Near Trieste, j
Rome, May 28. (Via London.)
The Italians have crossed the
Timavo river and occupied the vil
lage of San Giovanni, northwest of
Duino. nr the gulf of Trieste, the
war office announces. They have
captured nine six-inch guns. .
(AsaMlatod Piwm War Bmnmarr.)
The Italians have fought their way
forward within two miles of Duino,
the most formidable natural barrier
between them and Trieste. The
preat battle now enters its eighteenth
day -without any sign of an abate
ment. Vienna refuses to concede the
Italian victories, but the map tells
the story of General Cadorna's steady
Duino, at the gates of which the
Italian guns are now hammering,
marks a ooint at which the' Carso
plateau almost touches the sea. Pro
tected By tne ocean on tne one sine,
it is powerfully defended to the north
by Mount Querceto, a height of con
sidereablc magnitude, which domi
nates the country for many miles
At the foot of Mount Querceto, fac
ing west, lies the little town of Me
deazza, and the Italians have smashed
their way to within a few hundred
yards of this village.
It is possible that a lull will occur
before1 they attempt the formidable
task of storming Mount Querceto,
Persistent attempts are being con
tinued by the Germans to regain con
trol of the important observation
points recently wrested from them by
the French in the Champagne. Paris
reports the repulse of all these at
tacks. !
The Germany army headquarter'
statement announces a German suc
cess in the capture of a line of
trenches south of Moronvilliers, in
the Champagne, The French report
on this operation, issued last night,
declared all the ground taken .by the
Germans was recovered in a counter
attack. V
Austrisns Deny Losses.
London, May 28. The complete re-
fiulse of all Italian attacks after most
urious fighting is claimed in an offi
cial statement issued by the Austrian
war office on Sunday.
The statement also asserts that
more than 13,000 un wounded , Italians
have been captured in the sixteen
days of the Italian offensive., .The
text of the announcement follows:
"On the Carso plateau, the enemy
yesterday again concentrated mighty
masses for an assault. At Fajti and
near Castagravizza the fight came to
a standstill before our foremost
"Between Jamiant and - the sea
fighting was severe and several
heights changed hands repeatedly
during the day. Our defenses re
mained unbroken.
The Honved regiments repulsed
seventeen attacks in forty-eight hours,
besides thrice stjrming a height. Ar
tillery Lieutenant Archduke Leopold,
with a handful of gunners, joined an
infantry regiment in a front line as
sault and brought back two machine
"The prisoners brought in on the
Carso plateau since May 23 now num
ber 250 officers and more ahan 7,000
men. Altogether since the begin
ning of the battle more than 13,000
unwounded Italians have been cap
tured." Germans Repulsed in Champagne.
Paris, May 28. The Germans de
livered three attacks last night and
this morning in the Champagne in
the regions of the Casque, the Teton
and Mount Bkond. All were repulsed,
the war office announces.
The Germans are bombarding heav
ily French positions in the region of
Deadman Hill and Hill 304. on the
Verdun front. '
A French detachment pentrated to
the second German line near Uffholtz,
in Alsace, and found many dead in
the trenches. Prisoners were brought
London, May 28. "Hostile raiding
parties were repulsed last night north
west of Cherisy and south of Lens,"
(ContlniMil oai Pasa Two, Column One.)
Four Sundays In May
Advertising in The Bee "
(Warfield Agency Measurements)
Good Gains for the Month
First Sunday 3,021
Second Sunday....... 8,848
Third Sunday ; 8,391
Fourth Sunday 2,803 ft
Total 12,563
First Sunday 2,916
Second Sunday 2,748
Third Sunday 2,405
Fourth Sunday 3,044
Total. ...... .....11,103
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