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The Omaha Daily Bee
VOL. XLVI. NO. 299.
OMAHA, SATURDAY MORNING, JUNE 2. 1917 SIXTEEN PAGES.
"JC. SINGLE COPY TWO CENTS.
ELSIE PHELPS TELLS HER STORY
OF CHADRONBM CKMA
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NEW YORK PORT
IS KEPT CLOSED
UNTIL 12:20 P.M.
Shutting of Gate in the Steel
Net Across Mouth f' the
Harbor Gives Rise to
New York, June. l.-r-For reasons
which navy yard and customs officials
refused to reveal, the port of New
York was for a good part of the
forenoon closed today to .all ship
ping by the slotting of tc gate in
the steel net closing tne harbor,
which was placed in position soon
after the severance of diplomatic re
lations with Germany. J
Shortly before noon it was learned
that the order closing the port had
been' rescinded, although at that tune
the ffate was still closed.
Rumors started by the closing of
the harbor found retlcctioii m tne
stock and cotton mark-t United
States Steel, which led the decline,
uroppeu iruui- t.uya
losses, however, were for the most
part restored by noon, when the ban
on snipping was lifted.
The cotton market, which had ad
t l I 111 r Ik.
vanced sharply on the government
crop report, became for awhile ner
vous and irregular.
The gate was reopened at 12:20
p. m. It has not been closed in tne
day time since it was placed in posi
tion soon after diplomatic relations
with Germany were severed. Both
navy yard and custom officials re
fused information as to the reason
for the move.
Will Probe Charges
Against Hospital Ship
Washington. June 1. A civilian
commission composed of Abraham
Flcxner o; New York, Dr. William
H Welch of Baltimore and Nathan
Strauss of New York will inspect the
naval hospital ship' Solace and the
navy s nivthud ot treating sick sailors,
.Vlreadv Admiral Mayo is conduct-
ins an investigation of- charges of
mistreatment contained in a round
robin signed by several-enJistejd vaett
who were patients on the solace.
with Secretary Daniels today before
going to inspect the naval hospitals
in the vicinity of the fleet rendezvous.
They were told by the secretary
that charges ot improper treatment
of the m.n were being used to fo
ment a spirit of unpatriotic resistance
to the registration law and that an
immediate report was necessary.
First June Snawstorm
Is Recorded in Denver
Denver. Colo., June 1. Denver had
its' first June snowstorm this morn
ing, according to records of the
weather bureau. The snow was light
and soon changed into rain. Logan
county today is covered with a two
inch mantle of snow and fruit grow
ers were busy today shaking the snow
troni the trees to keep the limbs troin
Britain's Losses in
Cereal Vessels Is Low
London, June I. Great Britain's
losses . in cereal ships has been only
6 per cent, according to a statement
made to The Associated Vrcss today
by Kennedy Jones, director of food
British Airplanes Drop
Many Tons of Bombs
London, June 1. Many tons of
bombs have been dropped by British
aircraft on the Belgian towns of Os
tend, Zecbrugge and Bruges, the War
department announced today.
Vor Nebraska Partley cloudy; warmer.
Comparative Loral Record.
11?T 1916. WIG. 1111.
Hltflieat today ...... 67 7 73 HI
Lowest today 61 63 51 69
Mean temperature ., 64 08 (3 .70
Temperatures at Omaha Yesterday.
WARMER ITS: ::::::::::!
7 a. m r.B
t a. m 63
9 a. ni f2
10 a. m , 62
11 a. ii 62
IS m 6S
1 p. m 64
Wy 1 1 :::::::::: S
a jp. m e7
SV m 17
6 p. m r7
7 p m. 67
8 p. m. 56
Temperature and preclpltatloo departures
from the normal:
Normal temperature ...67
Deficiency for the day 13
Total deficiency since March 1 167
Normal precipitation .17 Inch
Deficiency for the day 16 Inch
Total rainfall elnce March 1....I.1T Inrhea
Kxceaa since March 1 . ... 29 Inch
Deficiency for cor. period, 1916. .2, 41 Inches
Deficiency for cor. period, ltlS.. .64 Inch
. . Reports From Stations it 1 P. M.
Station and atato Temp. High. Raln
of Weather 7 p. m. est. fall.
. Cheyenne, pt cloudy .. 66 60 .00
Davenport, oloudy 68 64 .00
Denver, pt cloudy .. 48 60 .10
Dos Moines, ralnins..., 60 62 T
Lander, clear 68 60 .00
North Platte, cloudy .. 4S 60 ,.14
Omaha, cloudy 67 67 .01
Pueblo, cloudy 60 6t .04
Rapid City, Hear 60 . 6t .to
Salt Lake, clear 62 61 .00
Santa. Pe, pt. cloudy..,. 66 60 T
Sheridan, clear .64 66 .00
Sioux City, cloudy .... 64 68 .06
Valentine, pt. cloudy... 64 ' 58 .08
"T" i Indicates trace of precipitation.
L. A. WLLSK, Mctoorologst.
Moye to Stop Sale of
Fireworks for Fourth
The sale of fireworks this year
will be prohibited if a resolution
that is being advocated by Chief
Dunn, Commissioner Kugel and
other officials is put through at the
next regular meeting of the city
cc,-nr..ission. "There is no necessity
for the useless expenditure of
money on fireworks," said Chief
Dunn yesterday. "One of the prin
ciples of conservation is the avoid
ing of those things that are not a
Dispatch to Kansas Governor
Asks That Guardsmen Take
Charge of Stricken
Topeka, Kan., June 1. Advices that
Qoffeyville had been struck by a tor
nado with the loss of several lives
was received here tonight by Gover
nor Capper from R. D. Fulton, cap
tain of a Kansas cavalry troop, ask
ing that gurdstnen be ordered to take
charge of rescue work. The governor
immediately telegraphed the neces
sary authority. v
Seven Dead at Drake.
Sulphur, Okl., June 1. Seven per
sons are reported killed and several
injured by a tornado which struck
Drake, a village six miles south of
here, early this afternoon.
Four hundred buildings are reported
demolished by another tornado in
Coalgate, according to railroad re
ports. It is believed there have been
numerous casualties. All communica
tion is cut off.
Pittman Reports Three Killed.
Ardmorc, Okl., June 1. Velma
Miggins, 9 years old; Mrs.'George
GodJrc ajli-oot .otter, person were
killed in a wind storm at ' Pitman,
Okl., last night. Two others are fa
tally injured." Three 55,000-barrel
tanks of oil in Healdton field were
burned. The loss is estimated at
, Stricken Near Guthrie.
Guthrie, Okf, June 1. A tornado
passed through a strip of country
seven, miles south of Guthrie at 2
o'clock this afternoon. Several per
sons are reported injured. Many
buildings were wrecked.
Discontent in China -
Threatens Civil War
San Francisco, Cal., June 1. Dis
ponent against the republic in China
has caused the revolt of two provinces
and trouble in five more, according to
cable advices received by Chinese
newspapers here today. 1
Ni Shi Chung, the dispatches said,
is heading the revolt and has stirred
Anhui province, of which he is mili
tary governor, and Chektng province,
adjoining, to active rebellion. Shan
tung, Honan, Fengtien, Fukien and
Hupch provinces were reported to be
in arms, but not formally to have
joined the movement. All these are
northern and eastern provinces where
Manchu sentiment has flourished. The
southern provinces are said to be
firmly behind the republic.
Mexican Soldiers Who
Cross Line to Be Interned
Sah Antonio, Tex., June 1. Gen
eral Parker has ordered Colonel J. A.
Gaston of the Sixth cavalry to Pres
idio to take charge of the situation
there following occupation of Ojin
aga by Villistas. Colonel Gaston has
been instructed to intern all Mexican
soldiers taking refuge on the Texas
side of the river, whether they are
armed or not.
Von Bissing Letter Says Germany
Must Retain All of Belgium
Copenhagen (Via London), June 1.
The late Governor General Bissing
of Belgium maintained until the day
of his death his belief in the neces
sity of the complete annexation of
Belgium tc Germany. German advo
cates of moderate peace have been as
serting that Von Bissing changed the
views he expressed in the memoran
dum he addressed to the emperor ad
vocating annexation. (
This is disproved by-a letter writ
ten by Von Bissing on January 14 to
the Keichstag deputy, vr, stresemann
In this letter General von Bissing de-,
clared that the war was lost if Bel
gium, at the end, was not chained to
Germany, to be ruled and exploited
in Germany's interest.
He chides those "superficial think
ers who wish to content themselves
with guarantees of a paper nature, or
who consider the Meuse line an ade
quate frontier, a line which can never
constitute the frontier which we
Von Bissing goes on to say that the
frontier needed to protect Belgium
against England and France must be
advanced as far as conceivable north
ward, and that, the coast is and must
be part of that frontier. '1 he gov-
MEN MAY BE SENT
TO FT. SHELLING
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Site of Training Camp Prob
ably Will Be Used for Can
tonment of Drafted
Minneapolis, Minn., June 1. (Spe
cial Telegrain.)T-Fort Snelling looms
today as the most probable site for
the cantonments of the drafted sol
diers from the thirteenth draft zone.
Representatives of the Civic and
Commerce associations of Minne
apolis and St. Paul met today in the
army building in St. Paul with the
army board designated by the War
department fo report "on available
While not giving any official or di
rect opinion, the trend of the ques
tioning indicated a strong sentiment
favoring Fort Snelling.
The only question arising was the
immediate availability of some of the
ground adjoining the reservation, and
the civic and commerce representa
tives assured the board this detail
would be satisfactorily cleared by to
Work in the officers' training camp
this morning followed its routine
despite the excitement surrounding ar
rival of the first companies of the
Sixth infantry which was detraining
and preparing its camp near that of
the First Minnesota infantry.
After the customary morning
routine the cadets started on their
first two-hour hike, carrying heavy
equipment. "All we left behind was
the cots, the beans and the ammuni
tion" was the explanation of one tired
participant. The marchers in com
panies selected various routes around
the reservation roads, but the hike
was so timed that all marched about
the same distance.
All Have Good Appetites.
Steward W. T. Gifford in his ac
counts shows there is no lack of ap
petite on the part of the cadets. Since
the cainp -opened -the steward's 'figures
show the potential strategists have ab
sorbed 30,000 pounds of potatoes and
18,750 pounds of beef. They have
made way with 1,900 pounds of bread
Other figures shqwthe camp to
have consumed 4.500 gallons of milk,
1,000 gallons of . buttermilk, 7,500
pounds of flour and 2,250 pounds of
The Minneapolis public library has
supplied 500 books 'for the men in
camp and announces a central reading
room and branch library will be estab
lished later. The St. Paul library will
also contribute the use of books.
Select Three Sites.
Washington, June 1. Three out of
the sixteen cantonment sites for the
training of the new army were an
nounced today by the War depart
ment. They are Ayre, Mass.; Amer
ican Lake, Wash., and Atlanta, Ga.
Wrightstown, N. J., was designated
late today as th; site for another of
the war army cantonments, bringing
the list of sites selected up to four.
Would Tax All Male
Aliens Sum of $200
Washington, June I. A war tax of
$200 on every adult male alien who
lias resided in the United States five
years or more was proposed as a
means of raising $400,000,000 in a
speech in the house today by Repre
sentative O'Shaugrtiessy of NRhode
Brazil Proposes to
Enlarge Its Army
Rio Janeiro, June 1. A political
movement of considerable strength is
on foot to bring about reorganization
of the . army. The voting of new
credits for military purposes and an
increase in the enlisted strength of the
army has been proposed.
ernor general declared that his entire
policy had been guided by this idea
and that he had labored secretly but
steadily o build up "connections" to
support this program. He added thai
if these secret connections were main
tained he hoped the time would come
when Germany would be compen
sated through Belgium for its great
sacrifice in the war.
Von Bissing continued by saying
that his policy toward the Flemings
and the Belgian church was inspired
and guided by this thought. Perhaps
Cardinal Mercier will be surprised to
read that the general conducted his
church policy with "wise modera
tion." and also his opinion that "I
should perhaps have had an easier
time along kulturkaempf lines (refer
ring to Bismarck's kulturkaempf or
war with the Roman Catholic
church), but we 'need the church
when Nmce we wish to bring German
methods and German labors into
effect in Belgium." '
In conclusion Von Bissing spoke of
the confidence the emperor showed in
him and remarks that his policy in
Belgium had always been conducted
"in accordance with his majesty's di
rections and wishes."
n Detective In
ig Conspiracy Case
MRS. ELSIE PHELPS.
Workmen and Soldiers Council
in Absolute Control of Kron
stadt, Fort Commanding
Petrograd (Via London), June 1.
The fateful decision of the workmen
and soldiers' delegates to assume con
trol of Kronstadt, the great fortress
which .defends Petrograti, was carried
by vote of -210 against-40, with, night
of the delegates abstaining from vot
ing. . ' '
v It is announcatj by the workmen
and soldiers' delegates that henceforth
the relations of Kronstadt with Petro
grad and the remainder of Russia will
be only through the intermediary of
the Petrograd branch of the delegates.
Takes Over Power.
The local Workmen' and Soldiers'
council at Kro.istadt announces that it
has taken in its hands the ' effective
power of Kronstadt, that it; does not
recognize the provisional government
and that it has removed 'all the gov
ernment's representatives. ;
The minister of justice has notified
his colleagues of this development and
on their instructions has communi
cated with the Kronstadt council
through the Petrograd council with a
view to inducing the Kronstadt coun
cil to revoke its orders.
Men Vote for Tieup.
London, June 1. Strikes or other
measures to paralyze the production
have been, decided upon in more than
120 of the largest factories in Petro
grad, most of which are engaged in
war work, Reuter's Petrograd corre
After the failure of efforts of the
conciliation board to reach an agree
ment on any points, the staffs of the
factories resolved to strike or alter
natively to paralyze work by carry
ing out all regulations to the letter.
The time and form of strikes are to
be decided in each factory separately.
In some cases the strike already
has begun, while in others the staffs
are busily enlisting the support of the
According to the Novaia ' Zhizn,
Maxim Gorky's paper, the demands
of the workers include a six-hour day
and a minimum wage for workmen of
150 rubles nu . ly. .
Paris Strike Waning.
Paris, June , 1. The strike move
ment in Paris is now on the wane. Of
forty classes of working people that
were'out on strike yesterday, twenty
one have obtained satisfaction for
their demands and will return to
work today. Only twelve new trades,
on the other hand, joined in the strike
Send Big Sum to the
"Fatherless of France"
New York, June . Amcritans
have sent $425,000 to the "fatherless
children of France." it was announced
today. This sum is expected to pro
vide for about 11,000 children for
Jap Gold Shipments Cause
Of Big Ciirrency Transfer
IScw York, June 1. The subtrcas
ury here today transferred to San
Francisco $3,054,,000 on account of a
further shipment to Japan of gold to
Ducked; Made to Kiss Flag
Wabeno, Wis., June 1. Following
alleged remarks in which he at
tempted to discourage enlistment,
Dr. Hugo Miller of Laona, Wis., a
government physician on an Indian
reservation, was seized by citizens of
Wabeno last night, thrown into the
hver and later made to kneel, kiss
the flag and retract his alleged utterances.
. ROBERT HOOD .
The Wealthy Chadron Lumberman,
Whose Name is Mentioned.
MRS. RAPP GETS
IN MURDER CASE
Jury First Finds Unequal
Amounts Against Defend
ants, but is Sent Back
by the Judge. '
Mrs. Marguerite . Rapp, widow of
William Rapp, one of the victims of
the scpsational Rapp-Schroedcr mur
der three years ago, was awarded $6,
000 lodgment V tier husband's death
4y a jury in district court,
SlTe sued Peter Moscrey, formerly
a saloon keeper at 1202 South Twen
tisth street, and his bondsmen for
$25,000 on behalf of herself and her
four young daughters, alleging that
liquor procured in Moscrey'a place
on the niglit of the murder, July 14,
1914, caused her husband and Fred
and Peter Schroedcr to "loiter and
delay on their way home and to be
come boisterous,- noisy, careless, reck
lcss'and quarrelsome." '
The Schroedcr brothers and Rapp
were shot down in the street near
Twenty-fourth and Pacific streets be
tween 10 and 11 o'clock at night.
Evidence of Fourth Man.-
Throughout the suit brought by
Mrs. Rapp against the saloon keeper
and his bondsmen Moscrey's attor
neys introduced evidence purporting
to show that the men were slain by
a fourth person, who shot from am
bush. A. S. Ritchie, chief counsel for the
defendants, in his closing argument
to the jury insisted that the triple
killing-was the work of a professional
gunman never brought to justice.
Have Split Verdict.
After deliberating several hours the
jtfry returned a verdict of $5,000
against the bondsmen and $3,000
against the saloon keeper.
Judge Sears sent the veniremen
back to the jury room, instructing
them to returna verdict of equal
amounts against both defendants.
Rumors that witnesses who would
throw new light-on the murder which
shocked Omaha three years ago were
to be produced resulted in the court
room being crowded throughout the
hearing, which lasted several days.
The case was marked by bitter
wrangling between opposingcounsel.
Collide Under Water
Amsterdam (Via London). lune 1.
A collision under water between a
British submarine and a German U-
boat is reported by the Rheiuischc
Westfalische Zeitungof Essen, which
describes the incitlent as unpre
cedented. J he paper states that the
collision took 'place "in the channe,"
April 19, and declares that a Ger
man submarine while submerged ram
med a British submarine and that the
British boat then emerged, bring up
the German lying across the bow of
the British vessel.
The German vessel slid off into the
water and both vessels started their
engines, and when separated by fifty
yards, both dived. The commander
of the German did not see the British
The paper asserts that both sub
marines were anxious to fight, but
that it was impossible under the cir
cumstances. U. S. Will Not ake Loan
To Mexican Government
Washington, ' June 1. Secretary
Lansing, replying today to a letter of
inquiry from Representative Tink
hain of Massachusetts, said the United
States did not contemplate making a
loan to the Mexican government or
inducing American capitalists to do
so. The. matter, the secretary sail,
has not been discussed by the State
department with Mexican or bankers'
OMAHA WOMAN DETECTIVE
REVEALS HOW TRAP WAS LAID
FOR CRITES AND MRS. HOOD
Swears to Plot to Demand $500 From Crites and Hood
Was He'd Good for $1,000; Maloney and Fern Mart
Only Witnesses for State; Arguments in
Night Session; Decision Soon.
All defendants held to district court by Judge Slattery in
By EDWARD BLACK, .
Staff Correspondent for The Bee. ' 1 ' ,.
Chadron, Neb., June 1. (Special Telegram.) Introduc
tion of evidence in the Chadron-Omaha conspiracy case was
completed late this afternoon. A night session of JudgeSlat
tery's court was held for arguments. The judge announced he
expected to dispose of the case before adjournment . . ,
Interest in the evidence continued intense today when Mrs.
Phelps, Omaha woman detective, who admitted double cross -detail
as to her actions in this case and her life in Omaha, where
ill. vm kif in.f.t.tf. tni. rtrxmm
Chief of Detectives Maloney and Fern Marr, office' girl for -the
Omaha Detective association ware the only witnesses the
"I want to hear the girl testify. Haven't been to a trial in
many years, said colonel Lortee, prominent citizen. .
"The girl" is Elsie Phelps, whose name was brought out
yesterday in connection with Sutton. A letter from Mrs. Phelps
at Chadron to Sutton in Omaha was offered in evidence. It
started out bravely: ' . '
"My Dear Paul" and was signed "Your Pal, Elsie."
"Oh, Paul, this hick town, I think I will go mad," is one of
the things Mrs. Phelps confided to Sutton.
The morning session opened with the completion of Crites'
testimony, followed by Elsie Lowrey Phelps.
The woman appeared in natty attire. She continues to be
guarded by Sutton and Ford. 11 v . f y
DRIVE ON GERM All
Dispatches From Both Berlin
t and London Indicate That
Important Military Move
ment Is Under Way.
(Hy AiMcbvted rreM.)
Reports from both Berlin and Lon
don today indicate the probability
that an important military movement
by the allies is under way on the Bel-
eian front oossiblv an attempt in
force to hit the German flank, on the
coast a crushing blow.
A pitch of notable intensity such as
usually orecedes .an attack has been
reached by the artillery fire near the
coast and to the south in the Ypres
Meanwhile British air raids have
been carried out on and near this
coast. . "Many tons" of bombs, says
the Lond.in official statement, have
heen dropped on Ostend, Bruges and
Zeebruggc, the last named being one
of the principal German submarine
Austrian Ru.nes Repulsed.
Rome, June 1. (Via London.)
Violent efforts were made by the Aus
trians last night to regain some of the
ground they recently lost in the
Italian offensive. The Austrian masses
attacking in the Vodice area were
firmly met and the attack failed com
pletely, the war office announced to
Britons Gain Slightly.
London, June 1. "Our troops
gained ground slightly during the
night west ot Uierisy tArras tront;,
says today's official announcement.
"Patrol encounters resulted in our fa
vor last night in the neighborhood of
Gouzeaucourt. Successful raids were
made by us northeast of Loos and
near Ploegsteert wood.
Miss Naomi Hyatt Dies'
Of Apoplexy at Shenandoah
Shenandoah, la., June 1. (Special
Telegram.) Miss Naomi Hyatt, solo
ist at the. Congregational church, who
was round unconscious at her Home
at 9 oclock last night by her sister,
Miss Jennie Hyatt, died this morning
at 5 oclock without regaining con
sciousness. This is the third death in the family
from apoplexy. Her father, S. Hyatt,
who is in poor health, was at home
at the time in bed and knew nothing
Miss Hyatt was born in Abingdon,
III., and came here. with her parents
thirty-five years ago.
Boilermakers Join Other
Strikers Near Jerome, Ariz.
Jerome, Ariz., June 1. Members of
thexboilermakers' union went on
strike today at the United Verde
smelter at Clarksdalc. The men were
ordered out Tuesday night in the
third sympathetic strike since about
1,300 copper miners went out May 24.
.F,enset Ncjt Paid. . .tVi
. Crow-, ciaanination of Crites by
Baker brought out the atatement that
the witness had not arranged to pay -Sutton'a
or Mrs, Phelps' expenses at
"I loaned Sutton $5. I expect they
will be paid by Dawes county. They
are witnesses here. I did not employ
them," replied Crites.
Relative to papers said to have been
taken from Winckler when he was
arrested and searched May 14, Crites
"Mrs. Phelpa told me (he got those
papers and made, .copies that she
might be familiar with the case."
Mrs. Phelps at that time was in the
full confidence of Winckler, who did
not know the woman was playing bim
into the bands of Sutton, the evidence '
Mrs. Phelps Reveals Plot
When Mrs. Elsie Phelps was called
to the stand Attorney Brome brought
out this evidence for the prosecution: "
"The first time I heard of the .
Omaha Detective association was on . ,
May 5 A woman told me," Mrs.
Phelps said. "I went to the associa
tion offices and met Dolan, who told
me to go to Chadron to get some
thing on a county official and a wo
man. , ; 'T'
"Dolan said he had two detectives
at Chadron one month and had made
no progress. He said I could do the
work. I heard Harvey Wolf talk to
Steve Maloney over the phone. Wolf
told Maloney he had a girl who would
go to Chadron. I went to the phone
and Maloney said to me: .
"'I wish you luck.'
"Dolan offered me $500 if I made
good, I told Sutton of the plan and
went back to see Sutton the next day,
"Returned to Dolan's office and be
said I must- 'get' Crites, even if I
should compromise myself. Dolan v 1
told me the woman at Chadron was
Mrs. Hood. , I told Dolan I would not .
do an sjmmoral act even as a de- '
"Monday I went to Lincoln to meet ,
Allen Fisher at the Lincoln hotel, as i
Iwas instructed by 'Dolan. Tylee
took me to Lincoln and introduced
me to Fisher,' who told me his life
Scores Mrs. Hood. : '"-
"At Lincoln Fisher told me Edwin
Crites held himself above every one
else morally. He said Crites was '
pretty slick and not fit to be county
attorney or judge. I saw Fisher again
and he once more told me about
himself; that he was a very moral
man and that it was a shame that ;
(Continued on Pan Two,- Column One.)
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