Omaha daily bee. (Omaha [Neb.]) 187?-1922, June 06, 1917, Image 1
The Omaha daily Bee VOL. XLVI. NO. 802. OMAHA, WEDNESDAY MORNING, JUNE 6, 1917. TEN' PAGES. Wr&SliT. SINGLE COPY TWO CENTS. NEBRASKA REGISTERS FULL QUOTA OF YOUTH FOR. NATION'S DEFENSE THE WEATHER j Cloudy rj BUY A BOND SLOGAN HEARD ON ALL SIDES Drive Starts to Sell Omaha's Quota of the Liberty Loan to Carry On the War. TOTAL SUBSCRIPTIONS IN OMAHA UP TO TUESDAY NIGHT Banks $4,000,000 Building and Loan Cos.... 1,000,000 Applications at banks 950,750 Mass meeting business men.. 1,478,600 Grand Total 77 7,484,350 Early yesterday the work of subscribing Onialia quota of the Lib rety loan bonds in Omaha began in earnest. Eighty-three life insurance men, forgetting their own business for the day, took up ihc work of soliciting subscriptions in the eleven districts into which they have divided the city for the puropsc. In less than one and one-half hours many of them came back for more application blaiks, hav ing already received enough subscrip tions to exhaust their blank pads. -Most of those reported have taken subscriptions for from $50 to $1,000. The whole campaign is directed from.comtnittee headquarters' in the Commercial club rooms, where O. T. Eastman, general chairman, has estab lished hia desk and his corps of workers. H. S. Boys Help. I'rof. K. y. Adams of the High .School of Commerce appeared early with boys, students of the school. The bojs were sent all over the city with great posters allamc with the ur- cijcy of the patriotic duty to sub- .cribe to the bonds. Under the direction of Scout Execu tive English and the various scout ni.tsiiTs. troops of Boy Scouts are also o.it distributing posters, leaving sub scription blanks in the homes, and. ti.';inS subscriptions. Uootlis and tables are established in the lobbies of the retail stores, where '.i'scrtntions arc being taken. Office buildings arc equipped in a similar :iy. The Automobile association will 'axk a committee to canvass Auto Kow T hursday. This has just: been ;.-c:dil by the association, but H. 1'clton has informed Secretary Clarke I'ow ( II that every one of his employes h"s already subscribed. Many of the business houses, sucli :i- wholesalers, manufacturers and retailers, have arranged special com mittees to canvass their own build ings, and thus save the general com mittee the work of going through large establishments. Mass Meeting Results. At a mass meeting of business men at the Commercial club yesterday, Liberty bond subscriptions were made (Continued on l'nire Two. Column Four.) French Steamer Sunk In Mediterranean Sea Paris, June 5. Announcement was made today that the French steamer Yarra, 4,16.3 tons gross, was torpe doed and sunk in the Mediterranean on May 29. Of the 690 persons on board, thirty-six are missing, includ ing eight Arabian firemen. Vienna Admits Loss of Submarine in Adriatic Vienna, June 5. (Via London.) An Austrian torpedo boat was torpe doed and sunk by a hostile submarine on Sunday night in the northern Adri aticjt was officially announced today. The Weather For Nebraska Partly cloudy. temperatures at Omaha XViterday. CMm J ":::::::::: - S7 a. m ft a. m 60 t ii. m 6-' T10 a. m :'. Yl i2 m 65 L 1 P. m 5 2 p. m. ......... 66 L 3 p. m 66 X) P. m 6? 5 p. in 68 6 . m 66 7 p. m 65 t p. in... 62 Comparative Loral Record. 1917. 1915. 1914. Highest yt-iterday . . . . 68 72 81 89 Lowfbt yesterday &9 60 64 6" Mean temperature ....64 66 72 76 Precipitation 13 .00 T 2.66 Temptratura and precipitation departures from tbe normal: - Normal temperature 69 Deficiency for cue day & Total deficiency since March 1 188 Normal precipitation .18 Inch Deficiency for the day .0G Inch Total rainfall since March 1. .. .10.67 Inches Kxcess alnco March 1 90 Inch' Deficiency tor cor. period, 1916. 3.10 Inches Be ports from Station at 7 P. M. Station and State Temp. Hlfth. Rain- of Weather. 7 p. m, eat. - fall. Cheyenne, cloudy 44 5a' T Denver, clear ..63 64 .32 Lander, part cloudy..,. 60 60 .00 North Platte, cloudy .... 6 - 6'J 1.02 Omaha, raining (U 68 .13 Pueblo, clear GO 60 .36 Rapid City, clear F .4 Salt Lake City, clear .. C3 62 .d Santa ft, clear fit .0 Sheridan, part cloudy ..54 6H .1 Htoux City, rain Inj .... Z ; Valentine, cloudy 63 66 .0 T Indicates trace of precipitation. 1 A. WELSH, Meteorologist. dm Archbishop Harty Commends Patriotism Of The Omaha Bee Albion, Neb., June 5. (Special Telegram.) The archbishop, the clergy and laity of the diocese of Omaha are with the nation with their heads, hearts and pocketbooks. The Bee is to be commended by every patriot for its splendid serv ice in the work of recruiting for the army our brainiest and noblest men. JEREMIAH J. HARTY, Archbishop of the Diocese of Omaha. TEUTON WARSHIP SUNK IN RUNNING FIGHT OFF DOVER Destroyer S-20 Goes Down and Another Destroyer is Dam aged; Britons Also Bombard Ostend. London, June. 5. A German de stroyer has been sunk and another damaged in a running fight between six German destroyers and Commo dore Tyrwhitt's squadron, the admir alty announces. The German naval base at Ostend on the Belgian coast lias been bom barded by British warhips, the ad miralty announces. The British forces were undamaged. The text of the admiralty an nouncement reads: "The vice admiral at Dover re ports that the enemy naval base and workshops at Ostend were heavily bombarded in the early hours this morning. A large number of rounds were fired with good results. The enemy shore bat'enes returned our lire, but our bombarding forces suf fered no damage. Lommodore Jvrwhitt also rcnorts that early this morning a force of lightcruiscrs and destroyers under his command sighted six German de stroyers and engaged them at long range in a running fight. One of the citemjr destroyers, the -20, was sunk by ur gun fire and-another severely damaged, seven survivors from the S-20 have been picked up and made prisoners. There were no casualties on our side." How Battle Was Fought. According to the Evening News'. correspondent, when Commodore lyrwltittcs squadron hrst sighted the GermarrsNhey wcr five miles distant. They had apparently put to sea in fear of bombardment from the air and water. When they tried to regain port the British squadron divided into two lines. A British destroyer opened the engagement and its fire damaged the S-20 almost immediately. Then a British cruiser joined in the engagement. The S-20 soon began to sink. A destroyer rescued seven survivors during the chase, of the re maining five destroyers. This con tinued until the Germans had reached the mined waters oft the Belgian coast. Rancher Slain and Five Daughters Attacked Mission, Tex.. -June 5. Word was received here todayof renewed raid- ng by Mexican bandits in the lower Rio Grande valley. An American rancher named Garcia was slain, his five daughters attacked, their mother mistreated and a young son seriously beaten by raiders Sun day night eight miles west of Sam Fordycc. Attcr looting the ranch and taking $500, the raiders recrossed into Mex ico. Kansas Aggie Band Will Be With Army in France Manhattan, Kan., June 5 The cadet military band at the Kansas State Agriculture college here is to see service in France with the Persh ing expedition, it was announced to day by B. H. Ozment, the leader. About twenty members of the band will leave here son for an eastern port. Troops Clear Crowd From About Butte Federal Building Butte, Mont., June 5. In conse quence of the gathering of a large crowd near the federal building, sev eral shots being fired and a number of arrests made, the situation here to night began to look threatening. Troops were called out and with fixed bayonets arc now clearing the streets. Cabbage Instead of Cabaret in War Time Roof Garden at Lincoln Lincoln, Neb., June 5. On the top of a five-story building here there is a flourishing garden a regular roof garden, except that there is cab bage instead of cabaret. The garden is on the roof of the Young Men's Christian Association building, and the chief gardener is Frank Taylor, a locomotive engineer, who believes in conservation and intensive agri culture. ' ' It is Taylor's opinion this garden Is more beautiful than any flower garden in town, for it is green with the leaves and vines of "edible gar den truck,' Watermelons, cucumbers, squash, tomatoes, radishes, strawberries, peas, beans, potatoes alii will grow in this roof garden, .The crops are planted in crates, troughs, barrels and kegs rilled with fertilized earth. Peas and beans have been planted in troughs. Vine plants have been put in barrels and kegs and potatoes in boxes. Water pipes have been extended to the roof. Taylor has announced his intention to guard the spot against Young Men's Christian association boys and other when the melons begin to ripen. HOLD OMAHA GIRL TO BE WITNESS IN MQUNDCITY CASE Margaret Holton Arrested to Require Her to Testify v in Trial of Paul 0. Sommer' for Embezzlement. Margaret Holton, 23 years old, re siding at the Alsatian apartments, 115 South Thirty-fifth street, in district court Wednesday morning will defend habeas corpus proceedings in connec tion with an attempt to require her to go to St. Louis to appear as a wit ness in trial of Paul O. Sommer, charged with embezzlement as scc retary'of the Holman Paper Box com pany. Miss Holton was arrested Saturday night following a telegram. to Chief of Police Dunn, requesting that she be held here for St. Louis authorities on a charge of "forgcry.-in the third degree," an offense peculiar to state laws of Missouri. She was booked here as fugitive from justice and re leased on bond pending the habeas corpus case. Daniel Harrigan and Arthur Mullen are r presenting her. Mr. Sommer, whose case has aroused considerable interest at St. Louis, at the time of his arrest last December was secretary of the Hol man company, president ofySt. Louis Turnvercin, director of Million Popu lation club and of the JeffersonkGra vois Trust company, officer of the National German-American alliance and prominent socially in St. Louis South Side circles. He was with the Holman company sixteen years. The alleged shortage is said to be more than $7,500. Assistant to Sommer. Miss Holton lived at 4358 Mary land avenue, St. Louis, and was with the Holman company from December 21, 1911, to December 16, 1916. She was assistant to Sommer and is said to know of the accounting methods used by the former secretary. John B. Holman, president of ithe box company, charged that Sommer's shortage would be nearly $20,000 when auditing had been' completed. Raising checks and issuing irregular payrolls are the methods said to have bcei used by Sommer. Mongolia Fires Four Shots at Submarine London, June 5. The American. . steamship Mongolia fired four shots . on June I at a German submarine which discharged a torpedo at the liner. Neither the Mongolia nor the submarine was damaged. LITTLE DISORDER AT REGISTRATION ANYWHJREINU.S. Reports to Washington Up to Noon Indicate Enrollment is Proceeding Rapidly i and Quietly. ' BULLETIN. Fort Worth, Tex., June S. E. H. Furcher, a member of the Farmers' and Laborers' Protective Associa tion of America, who had hidden himself in the woods heavily armed for the announced purpose of re sisting conscription, was shot and killed near Midway yesterday by a posse of officers from Hood and Pale Pinto counties, if was learned today. i ' Washington, June 5. Registration proceeded generally without disturb ance throughout the country and the few arrests reported were construed by officials not as evidence of an or ganized resistance, but rather as spor adic affairs to be expected in an un dertaking of such magnitude air' im portance. , Weather generally was fair and in coming reports indicated a healthy registration during the early hours and continuing as the day passed on. The extent of evasion will not be known until complete returns are as sembled, but officials are confident it will be negligible. Returns Will Be Late. While an approximate report of the results of the registration may be pub lished in the morning papers tomor row it will be several days before a complete return can be assembled. The War department has instructs 1 precinct and county officials not to transmit any incomplete returns to the governors of-tlicir states. It will, therefore, be 9 o'clock tonight before the first precinct returns in the east ern states is complete and it will be midnight, Washington time, before (Continued on Fnae Two, Column On..) Seceding Provinces Ask That China Fight Germany Amoy, China, June 5. Five de mands are made upon the Pekin government by the seceding prov inces of China, These are : The dismissal of the national as sembly; the revision of the constitu tion, the dismissal of the president's advisers; the reinstatement as premier of Tuan Chi-Jui, and war against Germany. Compliance with the first two de mands is considered tbe most diffi cult, but both factions, according to the indications here, are confident that a satisfactory compromise will be reached. YOUTH OF STATE EAGER TO ANSWER COUNTRY'S CALL Thousands in All Sections of Nebraska Swarm to Polling Places to Register for Selective Draft. (From a Staff Correspondent.) Lincoln, June 5. (Special.) Long before the registration booths opened today young men eager to place their names among those who were willing to do service for the country were in line. Badges provided for those who registered were exhausted early in some places and it was necessary to secure a new supply. It was apparent before noon that few were endeavoring to escape the law and young men were early seen about the city with their red, white and bine ribbons showing that they had fallen in line early. Elaborate Decorations. Probably the most beautiful deco rations ever in place in the capital city were in evidence. Beginning at the state house on Fifteenth street, where the parade formed, the streets along the line of parade were hung with bannrs and flags in profusion. The most inspiring sight of afl was on O street, the main thoroughfare. From the Burlington station on P to Ninth and then south to O, thence east on O to Twenty-first and the Rock Island station, the street was one great display of the national col ors Above these wires were other wifes strung with colored lights which made the street in , the evening through the entire business section, one long stream of red, white and blue. The parade was one of the largest ever seen in the city, the head reach ing th postofnee square, which had been desiganted as the end, before the rear at the state house had started. Seven bands, including the Veteran drum corps, furnished the music and a long line of men who had registered during the day brought (Continued on Pec Three, Column Two.) American Ships Score Well in Fighting Gsrman Submarine Peril London, June 5. The weekly re port of losses of British merchant vessels in the submarine campaign will again show a favorable total when it is issued tomorrow. In some respects the last week has been the best since unrestricted sub marine warfare was inaugurated. Last Friday Was a blank day on the rec ords; that is no losses of British mer chantmen occurred. It is the first time this has happened for a long time. Many encounters have occurred within the last week, the result of which has been entirely satisfactory to the admiralty, American ships have a share of the credit. British naval people believe improve ment is cumulative and that there is not the slightest chance, with the im TWENTY THOUSAND YOUNG MEN IN GREATER OMAHA RESPOND TO COUNTRY'S CALL TO DO THEIR BIT Patriotic Eagerness to Serve Under Stars and Stripes, If , Needed, Manifest by Eligible Who Wait Patiently for Their Turn to Register Approximately 20,000 young men in -Greater Omaha be-, tween the ages of 21 and 31 responded gallantly to their coun try's call yesterday and registered for selective army conscrip tion. y Overshadowing any previous appeal to patriotism in the history of the city, Columbia called and the Nebraska metrop olis and her young men did themselves proud. The total number of registrations in Greater Omaha, esti mated by Election Commissioner Moorhead at midnight, was at least 2,000 in excess of what was predicted by officials yester day morning. PATRIOT SHOW EAGERNESS. A youthful eagerness, accentuated by a patriotic sense of duty, was manifest by the thousands of eligibles who waited patiently for their turns at the 124 registration places, ans wered questions and signed under oath to be ready to do their bit, if needed, under the Stars and MOB ATTACKS MAN WHO MAKES PRO GERMANREMARK Slur on U. S. Results in Rough Treatment for D. F. Ensign; Jailed After Soldiers Rescue Him. The first symptom of disloyalty to mar the registration program in Omaha was nipped in the bud today, when D. F. Ensign, 4109 South Thirty-sixth street, was beaten by a mob at Sixteenth and Farnam streets, rescued by soldiers and lodged in jail. Pro-German utterances started the trouble. If the case against Ensign is pushed, he may become a target for a firing squad. If Uncle Sam hap pens to be more lenient the prisoner may escape with a term in military prison. A patriotic meeting was being held in front of the army recruiting sta tion at Sixteenth and Farnam streets. There had been several speeches, en couraging the boys to register and these were followed by a martial music of a bugle and drum corp. 1 Resents Patriotic Remarks. Ensign, who had been standing at the edge of the crowd, made his way to the center. .A soldier spied him and noticing that was a strong, husky fellow about 25 years of age, re marked: "You would make a good soldier and you ought to register." Ensingn resented the remark, add ing: "I don't have to register. Everything would have gone well with Ensign if he had stopped there, but he added: Felled By Patriot. "The United States helped to bring on this war and they will get enough of it before it is over." Ensign would have said more, but somebody landed under his ear and he dropped to the pavement. A dozen men were on top of him, when the soldiers jumped in and pulled off those who were raining blows right and left. Crawling out through the crowd, (Continued on Fuse Two, Column Two.) Russian Troops Advance On Turko-Persian Border Petrourad. Tune 5. (Via London.) (British Admiralty, Per Wireless Press.) Russian troops have made an advance south of Baneh, near the frontier between Persia and Turkey, the war office reports. Attacks by Kurds were beaten off. proved allied organizations that the Germans ever will repeat their per formance of the Black week when nearly sixty boats were sunk. The weather continues to favor the boats which are fighting the submarines and the co-operation of the patrols, aircraft and other anti-submarine ser vices is improving constantly. The arrival of American units has helped in more ways than one. Among other things it has instilled a friendly rivalry in the campaign against the submarines, stimulating the morale and adding to the keen ness of the men of both fleets. Progress of the technique of the anti-submarine campaign includes more careful supervision, together with various vigorous offensive meas ures which it is impossible to detail. Stripes. ? OPTIMISM AMONG ALL. These patriots for the most part walked unflinchingly to registration places. A spirit of good-natured, opti mistic, hand-extended type of loyalty was in evidence. It was a tired but cheerful lot of volunteetr registrars who worked throughout the day They stayed on the job after 9 o'clock at night, when the registration places closed, com piled figures, checked up the regis trations and telephoned them to the election commissioner if possible be fore going to their respective homes, "We'll Meet in Trenches." Young men standing in line at the registration places bantered light heartedly with strangers and passed the time of day with remarks like. ''Well, friend, good, luck to -you; .I.--liope we meet again in the trenches when the Germans are on the run." The majority of registration places . were out of buttons to pin on coat lapels of registered men at 6 o'clock last night. A supply of 20,000 was on hand in the morning. Few Are Slackers. So-called slackers and hangers-back were so few that they were unworthy of notice. The thousands of Omaha young men within the prescribed age limits took legistration as a matter of course and seemed glad to do it. Contrary to rumors, a small per cent who registered claimed exemp-. tion. Large ;e numbers, of course, an-' swered in the affirmative when asked if they had dependents, but lots of young men refused to regard this fact as a loophole tor possible exemption. Greasy-garbed mechanics, dirt-be-smeared laborers and men of all col ors and nationalities, some not even citizens, rubbed elbows with immacu lately attired "rich men's sons," well- ?;roomed clerks and young pro essional men and youths just out of school. All on Common Ground, They all met on common ground and registered their names. They , went into the registration places as this, that and the other thing. They came out wearing buttons bearing the inscription "Registered" possible material for Uncle Sam's gigantic fighting machine in-the-making. Many Register Early. Hundreds of young men on their way to work were waiting for reg istration places to open at 7 o'clock. Between 7 o'clock, 9 o'clock and 11 o'clock and 1 o'clock and 6 o'clock and 9 o'clock in the evening were the busiest times. Patriotic demonstrations were made at the 124 registration places, where a total of more than 400 registrars are on duty. Baucis and fife and drum corps played all morning and marched through the streets. All reg istration places were profusely decor rated with flags and the national colors. Courts were closed fo the day, as were many offices in the court house and other public buildings. Some re mained open until noon. Volunteers Help the Work. A big force of volunteer registrars was on duty at the election commis sioner's office answering questions and registering absentees, sick persons and nonresidents who waited until the last minute. The specter of the big hand of the federal government reaching out after them had its ejfect even on the care free hobo and tramp, who appeared at the election commissioner's office in large numbers and registered as nonresidents, giving their homes all the way from San Francisco to New i York and New Orleans to Interna tional Falls. We're ready, Uncle Sam," was the spirit of the day. Thorne Says Conditions f '. Justify No Freight Raise Washington, June 5. Clifford Thorne, representing the National Shippers' conference, told the Inter state .Commerce commission today that if railroad statistics so far for 1917 remained constant the roads would be entitled to an increase not to exceed 3.8 in their freight revenue, but, he added, that the fluctuations in ratio would not justify such an in crease at this liute. , ' si !