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VOL. XLVI. NO. 297.
OMAHA, THURSDAY MORNING, MAY 31, 1917. TEN PAGES.
OMAHA PAYS TRIBUTE TO HEROES
TO MOURN THE
DEAD OF WAR
Memorial Day Exercises Bring
Together Veterans of Two
Wars, Who Hold Impres
Exercises at the Auditorium
Wednesday afternoon, held under the
. ' joint auspices oT the Grand Army of
the Republic, the United Spanish War
Veterans, Sons of Veterans and their
auxiliaries marked a fitting close for
While several thousand people were
at the Auditorium, the weather cut
the attendance. Rain that set in
earlier in the day, contifTucd to fall
and the scheduled parade was
The interior uf the Auditorium was
profusely decorated with flags and
rri-colored hunting, while to the rear
of the speakers' platform, hung an
immense portrait of Lincoln. The
seating plan was perfect, the members
of the Grand Army Posts occupying
A the front center section, the Spanish
nar veterans ami the Sons of Yel-
kJ erans a large section to the right,
Jf with the members of the auxiliaries in
f the sections between.
Flag Cheered to Echo.
While the Auditorium exercises
were solemn and impressive, they
were patriotic in the extreme. Every
reference to the Stars and Stripes
and'tvery reference to United States
soldiers, living, or dead, was cheered
to the echo.
August Lockner, chairman of the
memorial committee and past com
mander of George A. Custer post, No.
7. presided and in calling the meeting
to order, clearly explained the signi
ficance, purposes and objects of Me
morial day. The introductory num
ber was a violin solo, with Will Heth
eriugton leading. The invocation was
by Rev. G. A. Mulbcrt, pastor of
St Mary's Avenue Congregational
ayWtltfril i mm iLt liproyfamp,
)' SpanislyAmerican War Veterans,
i gave a number of selections and when
the members .had concluded,. Grand
Army men and others,, including the
..,..- r,adv tr, rnlist. eiltllUSl-
asm having been worked up to that
Read Logan's Order.
General Logan's Order, No. 11, set
ting aside May 30 of each year and
designating it as Memorial day was
read bv Earl W. Lowe. This order
bears date of 1868. Following this,
Mrs. R. L. Flanagan, a soloist of the
North Presbyterian church, sang, "O,
Drv Those Tears" in a manner that
V elicited rounds of applause.
The roll of the local soldier and
sailor dead, those who have passed
awav since last Memorial day was
read' by Major R. S. Wilcox. The list
contained the names of twenty Grand
Army men, two of the men who
served during the Spanish-American
I war and two Sons oi Veterans. Fol-
I lowing the reading of the list, Ser-
i geant Mapcs sounded "taps," after
! which Miss Eleanor liolling sang 'Tn
God's Acre" most charmingly.
: Gettysburg Speech Read.
Lincoln's Geltsburg speech was
read by Ray J. Abbott and then the.
Grand Army quaret, made up of E.
W. Johnson, D. M. Haverly, W. H.
Russell and -R. M. Stalry sansr some
of the old war songs of the 60s, fin-,
ishing with, "We Arc Tenting lo
night on the Old Camp Ground.
1 The address of the day was by Rev.
John F. Poucher, pastor, of Trinity
'Methodist church, adjutant of the
Fourth Nebraska and one of the
"Omaha men who saw service on the
Mexican border. He said in part:
Past and Present.
The orator of the day was Revn
lohn . roucner, pastor or
'Methodist church and adjutant of the
Fourth Nebraska National Guard. He
extolled the "boys in blue" and also
those who are now flocking to the
colors. He said m part: .
"A National Guardsman and a civil
fc war veteran wejc viewing a specta-
cular reproduction of the battle of
! i".tiu5hnrff at a moving picture
theater. The young man saw the can
nons, the old mau heard them. The
(Continued on Iaa;o Thret, Column fr.)
Tor Nebraska Showers; cooler.
Temperature at Omaha Yesterday.
7 a. m
a a. in
fl r. m
10 n. m
11 a. m
1 p. ni.
! p. m.
1 p. m
4 p. in
6 p. m S3
7 p. m 62
Comparotlv. Local Booord.
1917, 19K. 1I1S. 1114.
Hlrneit y.t.play.,.. St - 2 7 It
Lowest yeatarday. . . . m &n C7
Mean temperature.... till 73 SS
Precipitation ., bX .00 ,flt -.00
Temperature and precipitation departure
rrom ine normal
Normal temperature 67
uerincnry for tho day
Total dericlem-y since March 1 Ha
Normal precipitation IS Inch
Kxceaa for the day...... 32 Inch
Total precipitation alnce March 1.. 9.16 Itx-liea
Excee Blnco Marrh 1 44 Inch
Deflrtency for cor. period In 191. 3.1 Inches
vcnciency or cor. period in 1916. .19 Inch
Vienna Main Point
Of Italian Objective
Washington, May 30. The Ital.
ian mission visited Annapolis to- 1
day and later returned to Washing
ton. Recent military events in Italy
are being followed with the most
tense interest by members of the
mission, who say that the fall of
Trieste now is inevitable.
Trieste, however, is viewed as a
side issue to the main offensive.
which is now directed toward open
ing up the road to Leibach, which
in turn opens the road to Vienna.
Sharp mountains stand before
the Italian advance and it is esti
mated it will cost 00,000 men to
General Cadorna, it is thought,
seeking to avoid this loss by going
OMAHA MEN GO
TO CHADRON TO
Those Accused of Attempt at
Blackmail to Have Their
Preliminary There ,
Stephen Maluncy, Harvey J. Wolf,
Philip Winckler, William S. Dolan
and Gust A. Tylec Jcft at 4:30 p. m.
for Chadron, to appear in the Dawes
county court this morning, at a pre
liminary hearing on charges of con
spiracy to blackmail.
Charles VV. ripkin, the other
Omaha man in the case, went Tues
day afternoon. The Chadron men
ited in the complaint sworn to bv
County Attorney Crites are: Allen G.
r-ishcr; Louis M. Mote and Charles J.
Michael Harrington of this city will
represent Fisher and II. C. Brome
is on the scene in behalf of the prose
cution. Ben. S. Baker will go as coun
sel for the other defendants.
Will Not Waive Hearing.
The hearing is on the docket for
9 a. m. Thursday, before County
Judge Slattery. The nine defendants
will not .waive a preliminary' -heartnt?.
wTiich will mean that the prosecution
will be required to bring out evidence
tliey claim to have against the alleged
conspirators. Upon the strength of
the evidence adduced at the prelimin
ary hearing will depend whether the
defendants will be bound over to the
district court for trial.
We are going to Chadron with
every feeling of cbnfidence that the
prosecution will be unable to make a
case against us at the preliminary
hearing. The case will be sharply
contested even at this hearing. In fact,
I might as well say that they have
no case against the defendants," were
the sanguinary words of Attorney
Interest in Women in Case.
Considerable interest centers upon
Ellen Lowry (Mrs. Elsie Phelps), the
Omaha detective who was sent to
Chadron by the Omaha Detective as
sociation, to win the confidence of
Mrs. Robert Hood and assist in ob
taining evidence for Robert Hood
against his wife. Mrs. Phelps cstah-t
iislieu nersclt m Lliadroit ostensibly
as an Umalia wile who intended to
make her residence in Dawes county
for tire purpose of getting a divorce.
That was part of her detective meth
ods. Before she left Omaha on her
Chadron mission she confided to De
tective Paul Sutton the work she was
about to do. Then followed the al
leged efforts of enemies of the Omaha
Detective association to "queer" their
work in Chadron.
Mrs. Phelps is said to have "given
aid and comfort" to those who were
against the detective association, in
whose interests she wa' supposed to
It is generally understood that
County Attorney Crites, who pre
ferred the conspiracy charges, will
depend on Mrs. Phelps and Detective
Sutton for most of his ' evidence
against the defendants. Crites claims
that his meeting with Mrs. Hood in
his office Iwo weeks ago was arranged
with knowledge to himself and Mrs.
Hood that there was frame-upfto
get him in a compromising situation
for blackmail purposes. He alleges
in his complaint that the blackmail
scheme included Mrs. Hood and her
A stoiv from Chadron is to the
effect that when Detective Winckler
was arrested on the evening of May
14 papers found in his pocket estab
lished the relation of Stephen Mar
loney with the operations of the
Omaha Detective association. Mar
vey J. Wolf and William S. Dolan
of that association deny that Maloney
i t .1.-:- i ;
nau any connection wiin mcir uusr
In War Together.
Fisher, one of the defendants, is at
torney for Robert Hood. Mote was
former chief of police under Fisher
when he was mayor of Chadron. Fish
er and Tylee were in the Spanish-
American war together and it was
(Continued on Poa-o Two, Column Three),
Training Camp Men Must
Register on Draft Day
Washington, May 30. In order to
clear up a misunderstanding regard
ing registrations for the draft army,
the War department today officially
announced that all men now in train
ing camps who are not either com
missioned or have not .avijistcd must
register on June 5.
THAATIQN MIGHT LIVE
IN Tints line!
V Ths'sc we nr -
hv. swnd "ToseTHtii,
READY To VX iYmlNG-
If HfclP ouB
EwmT You, CUMB
SLAV ARMY ASKS
PEACE AT ONCE OR
PLENTY OF GUNS
Delegates From Front Vote
Resolutions Demanding End
' ing of International
Pctrograd, May 30. (Via London)
The congress of delegates from the
front, after a debate on the war, has
unanimously voted the following re
solution: First, the army in the trenches de
clares that it is indispensable to take
every measure to put an end as
possible to the international carnage
and conclude peace without annexa
tion or indemnities on the basis of
the right of all nations to dispose of
themselves, proclaiming at "the same
time the watchword, "Whoever wish
es for peace must be .prepared for
Second, the army, pointing out
that the Russian soldiers have been
fighting hitherto under conditions in
finitely worse than those of the allies,
that the Russian soldier has 4iad to
march almost unprotected against the
enemy's bullets and break with bare
arms the barbed wire entanglements
which the allies and the enemy pass
freely after artillery preparation, de
clares that the Russian front must be
provided with munitions and every
thing necessary to maintain the prin
ciple, "the most metal, the less gup
In conclusion the eongreSs declares
that the army appeals to all to whom
free Russia-is dear to rally around
the council of soldiers and working
men's delegates and the provisional
government and not to permit "ad
venturers to let the army become
manure for foreign fields."
"Penny Subscription Flag"
Dedicated by Kellom Pupils
A large silk flag which had been
purchased bv "a oennv subscription-'
from each member of Kellom school
and Kellom Social Settlement club
was raised in the school yard Wed
nesday morning. Fitting Memorial
day exercises were held.
Patriotic addresses were made by
Father John Albert Williams, Isaac
Rees and William Burton. Children
of the school sang "America" and the
"Star Spangled Banner" and recited
Lincoln's Gettysburg speech. Scout
Troop No. 29 gave an exhibition drill.
Although it was raining at the time,
the children stood with bared heads
while Old Glory was being hoisted to
the top of the school flag pole.
Memorial services were in charge
of Miss E. Rees, principal of the
Hans Sulzer, New Swiss
Minister, on Way to Capital
Berne, May 30 (Via Paris) Hans
Sulzer, who has been appointed Swiss
minister to the United States, is leav
ing for Washington, his appointment
having been approved by the Ameri
Do You Know a Man Like
That I'M Too
oyb To 3biN
OH - NO
Memorial Day Observed
By People of France
Paris,' May 30, Memorial day
was appropriately observed in Paris
and throughout France. Commit
tees visited the cemeteries and dec
orated the gravel of American sol
diers. Ambassador Page decorted
the tomb of Lafayette.
MAJOR TELLS OF
Member of Omaha Bee Staff
Gives Graphic Account of
War Training; U. S.
Has Big Job.
Arthur H. Major, a former member
of The Bee staff, who resigned to
enter the United States army, tells
graphically in this letter of what is
transpiring in the officers' training
camp at Fort Snelling, near St. Paul.
Under tutelage of English and Ca
nadian officers, many of whom were'
n the bloody encounters in France,
the young men in camp are beginning
to realize how serious the war is. This
is what Mr. Major says on the sub
ject: "The way it looks now I may not
have to worry much longer over how
to make a living. Civilians do not
realize one-tenth of the gravity of the
situation. Honest, friends, the old
United States of America is in for a
"We have lectures from English
and Canadian officers occasionally and
believe me they sure chill the blood
whert they tell of the action on the
front especially the bayonet charges.
The orders a company gets that is
going in to a bayonet charge is 'For
ward to kill or be killed' how's that.
"There arc 600 carpenters building
new barracks for recruits in Septem-
(Continued on rage Tw, Column Four.)
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10 P.WT WITH
Losses From German Divers
Appreciably Smaller, Due in
Part to Better Weather
in Recent Days.
London, May 30. Eighteen British
merchant vessels of more than 1,600
tons were sunk during the last week,
it was officiary announced tonight.
One vessel of less than 1,600 tons and
two fishing vessels were sunk.
The losses of British shipping from
the submarine war as reported this
week total twenty-one as compared
with a total of thirty lost in the
previous week. While the losses of
vessels exceeding 1,600 tons each re
main the same as in the last previous
report, the number of vessels of less
than 1,600 tons is reduced from nine
to only one. The number of fishins
vessels sunk is reduced from three
Summer weather and the long days
favor warfare on the submarines and
the admiralty is taking full advantage
of these conditions. It is the belief
of naval men that as long as these
conditions prevail there islittle likeli
hodd that the submarines will make
any better showing than in past
Thousands File Past
Bier of Late G. W. Guthrie
Pittsburgh, May 30. Memorial day
took on a deeper meaning in Pitts
burgh today as thousands filed past
the bier upon which the body of the
late George W. Guthrie, United
States ambassador to Japan, lay in
state in Memorial hall.
Citizens of all ages and stations
passed in continuous procession for
nine hours. It was Pittsburgh's tribute
to the man who once served as the
city's mayor and who has been termed
"the city's foremost citizen.'' The
bodv arrived here yesterday after the
8.000-mile trip from Tokio, where
Mr. Guthrie died in March.
The casket, surrounded by a mili
tary guard, rested upon a flag draped
catafalque, about which were heaped
many floral tributes, including
wreaths from the Japanese emperor,
the Japanese ambassador and high of
ficials of the United States govern
ment. Funeral services will be held to
morrow, afternoon in Calvary Pro
testant Episcopal church.
Ship Is Torpedoed Just
Outside Genoa Harbor
New York, May 30. Officers of the
former American steamship Virginia,
who arrived atran American .port to
day, brought word of the sinking of
the British freight steamship Wash
ington by a German submarine on
The Washington was torpedoed,
they asserted, only seven miles from
Genoa, after the naval convoy had
left the steamship believing it safe
from attack. The explosion was
heard by persons ashore, they declared.
Kaiser' Talk on Arras
Front Drowned Out by
Noise of Aeroplanes
Copenhagen (Via London), May
30. The correspondent of the Ber
lin Tageblatt reports that Emperor
William, during his recent visit to
the Arras line, addressed delega
tions from the troops fighting on
the Aisne. He thanked them with
evident emotion for their heroism
in meeting French attacks and said -in
part: . ,
"The decision lies near at hand.
You will turn it in our favor as you
hav on every previous occasion be
cause you realise what you are
fighting for tha futura of your
children and grandchildren, the
future of your beloved fatherland.
"We will continue to fight until
we secure a complete victory
against those who have attacked us."
According to the Tageblatt part
of the emperor'a speech wa in
audible on account of the noisa of
airplanes specially watching over
head to frustrate an enemy attack.
AMERICA BORN TO
- SAYS PRESIDENT
Mr. Wilson, in Memorial Day
Talk, Says Nation Will Show
Its Principles Are Liv
Washington, May 30,. President
Wilson, speaking today at Memorial
rierriars in Arlimrton cemeterv. de
clared the time had come for action
by this nation and that lie had no
fear of the 'part America would play
Ill UIC gicai nuim
"In the prcuidence of God, be said,
"America once more has an oppor
tunity to slfow the world that it was
born to serve mankind."
The president declared that while
no such dav as this would be with
out sorrow, he looked rather with
envv on those who served their coun
try in the civil war, because their
work for liberty is accomplished. '
- "Th nroffram has conferred an un
merited dignity upon the remarks I
am going to make by calling them
an address, because I am not here
to deliver an address." the president
said. "I am here merely to show
in my official capacity the sympathy
of this great government with the ob
ject of this occasion and also to speak
just a word of the sentiment that is
in my own heart.
Great Task Before Nation.
"Any Memorial day of this sort is,
of course, a dav touched with sorrow
ful memory and yet I for one do not
see how we can have any thought of
pity for the men whose memory we
"I do not nitv them. I envy them.
rather, because theirs is a great work
for liberty accomplished, and we are
in the midst of a work unfinished,
testing our strength, where their
atrrncth ias already been Vested
"There is a touch of sorrow, but
there is a touch of reassurance also
in a day like this, because we know
how the men of America have re
sponded to the call of the cause of
liberty and it fills our .mind with a
perfect assurance thaf that response
will come again m equau measure,
with enttal maiestv and with a result
which will hold the attention of all
"When you reflect upon tt, these
men who died to preserve the union,
died to preserve the instrument
which we are now using to serve the
world a free nation espousing the
cause of human Mberty. In one sense
the great struggle into which we
have now entered is an American
struggle because it is in the sense
of American honor and American
rights, but it is something greater
than that; it is a world struggle.
New Struggle for Liberty.
"It is a struggle of men, who love
liberty everywhere and in this cause
America will show itself greater than
ever because it will rise to a greater
thing. We have taid in the beginning
that we planned tins great govern
ment, that men who wish freedom
might have a place of refuge and a
place where their hope could be rea
lized and now, having estamisncu
such a government, having preserved
such a government, having vindicated
the power of such a government, we
arc saying to all mankind, 'we did
not set this government up in order
that we might have a selfish and
separate liberty, for we are now ready
to come to your assistance and fight
out upon the fields of the world the
cause of human liberty'. In this thing
America attains M full dignity and
the full fruition of its great purpose.
"No man ean be glad that such
things have happened as we have
witnessed in these last fateful years,
(ContlnuMl on Paso Two, Column Ona.)
Reward is Offered for
Finding of G. A. Davies
The chief of police is sending cir
culars to various towns, offering a
reward of $100 for information which
will lead to the whereabouts of
George A. Davies, who disappeared
under strange circumstances last
week. Mr. Davies' home is at 3519
North Nineteenth street. He operated
the Tracy Transfer company. He
has been away eight days. Members
of his family, business and church
have been unable to explain why he
did not return to his office where he
left his watch hanging over his desk.
Pause in Operations on All
Major Fronts Gives Im
pression Something Big
Will Break Soon.
(AuMtntoa From War Summary.)
There has come such a pronounced
pause in the major activities of the
great war as to give the impression
that nreoaration for a new phase in
the development of the conflict may
be in progress.'
Only on the Austro-Italian front,
where General Cadora is determinedly
pusning nts campaign tui 4iicai;, ia
any sustained offensive movement go
The great battles which developed
last month on the front in northern
France have come to a halt Even
counter attacks by the Germans have
virtually ceased along the British
front, while on the French front they
have lessened in number and violence.
The recent pronounced aerial activity
also has subsided.
Germans Expect Blow.
When the next blow is to be de
livered can only be surmised. Indica
tions are multiplying that the Ger
mans are looking for some new de
velopment They have mentioned the
Russo-Roumanian front as the place
of expected attacks.
The trend of the news from the
entente side of that front, however,
has not been such as to lead to the
belief that an effective stroke could
be delivered upon the Teutonic lines
there at present. -
End Near Says Kaiser. 1
Emperor William in addressing liis
troops on the front in northern
France,' recently exhorted them to
stand fast in the decisive time he
pictured "near at hand." Apparently
thus a renewal of the Franco-British
attack, possibly on a larger scale than
ever, -it anticipated. , v,v " .,' '
.At for some time recentlytht fight
ing on the western front Yesterday "
and last. night was of local charac
ter, London reports only trench raids,
Paris announces the repulse of a Ger
man attack on a narrow front near
Mont Blond, in the Champagne, and
an important raid by the French at
the famous Hill 304, in the Verdun
region: ; . i . . ,
Italians Continue to Gain.
Rome, May 30. (Via London.)
Further gains by the Italians on the
Trieste front is announced in today's
official statement. The Italian lines
have been extended west oN Me
deazza. i , .
French Official Report.
Paris, May 30. Violent artillery
fighting occurred on the French front
south of St. Quentin during the night,
the war office announced this morn
ing. A German attack on Mont
Blond, Champagne, was repulsed.
Britons Beat Back Raiders.
London, May 30. "Hostile raiding,
parties were repulsed last night in the
neighborhood of Fontaine-Lez-Crois-illes
and west of Lens," says the war1
office report today. "South of Neuve
Chapelle our petrols entered the en
emy s trenches and inflicted casual
ties." Fusilade on Rust Front.
Petrograd, May 30. (Via London,
British Admiralty Per Wireless
Press. "The usual fusilades oc
curred on all- fronts," says today's war
"A Russian airplane dropped four
bombs on an enemy position in the
region of Stanislavoff. Five airplanes
threw about forty bombs over Pod
gaitze, no injury Resulting to us. Our
aviators encountered the enemy. One
of our airmen was killed."-
Canadian Colors Placed
At Altar of St. Paul's
London, May 30. It was like an
other American day at St. Paul's to
day, when the colors of the American
legion fu the Canadian contingents
wffe placed beside the altar, to re
main there until after the war. There
were five flags, one from each bat
talion the Ninety-seventh. Two
Hundred and Eleventh, Two Hundred
and Twelfth. Two Hundred and Thir
teenth and Two Hundred and Thirty
seventh. They were escorted to the
cathedral by 500 Canadian soldiers.
As the troops passed tin the central
aisle the crowd which filled the edi
fice sang "Mine Eyes Have Seen the
Glory of the Coming of the Lord"
and later "Onward, Christian Soldier.''
At the conclusion of the service "The
Star-Spangled Banner" was sung, fol
lowed by ' God Save the King." .
The service was attended by Am
bassador Page, Consul General Skin
ner, high officers of the Canadian
forces and physicians and nurses from
the Red Cross units which have ar
rived here most recently from St.
Louis and Philadelphia.
The large silk flag of the Ninety
seventh . battalion has the place of
honor, surrounded by smaller flags-of
the other four" battalions. s. .,, i
Memorial Exercises at ,
' Each End of Panama Canal
Panama,' May 30. Memorial day
celebrations were held' at both ends
of the Panama canal today with
speeches by William G. Price, tha
American minister to Panama, and
Major Herbert White of th .United .
States army, , .r -- ,
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