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    The Omaha daily Bee
VOL. XLVI. NO. 802.
Cloudy rj
Drive Starts to Sell Omaha's
Quota of the Liberty
Loan to Carry On
the War.
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
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
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 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
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.
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.
Archbishop of the Diocese of
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
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
Attcr looting the ranch and taking
$500, the raiders recrossed into Mex
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
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
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
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.
Reports to Washington Up to
Noon Indicate Enrollment
is Proceeding Rapidly i
and Quietly. '
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.
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
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
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
Patriotic Eagerness to Serve Under Stars and Stripes, If
, Needed, Manifest by Eligible Who Wait
Patiently for Their Turn to
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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