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VOL. XLVI NO. 52.
OMAHA, SUNDAY MORNING, JUNE 10, 1917 FIFTY-SIX PAGES SEVEN SECTIONS.
SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTS.
IN HISTORY OF
Fire Which Starts in Specu
lator Copper Workings
Quickly Fills Levels With
Smoke, and Gas.
Butte, Mont, Tune 9. A statement
by officials of-the North Butte corn-
pany, issued just before noon today,
gives thirty-six known dead as a re
suit of the Speculator mine fire, 167
missing and 212 known to have been
saved. The list of missing now in
eludes, only such men as are believed
yet to be in the min. ,
The fire broke out in the lower lev
els of the mine late last night, starting
trom a broken power cable that car
lied electricity to the underground
Lower levels of the mine quickly
filled with smoke and gas. There
were 415 men on the night shift. Of
these 213 escaped through levels con
necting with other mines. The gas
spread to the? Diamond mine and took
further toll ot lije m that property.
Helmet Men at Work.
Helmet men mine rescue crews and
-afety-first squills from all the mines
in Buttte undertook to penetrate the
eas-filled workings of the Speculator,
the Diamond and Hisrh Ore mines in
the hope of finding the larger body of
miners, tor whom tvope ot escape was
not given up today. Officials said
that if the 167 missing miners are not
found to have made their way to the
High Ore mine workings they are
Suck Ah From Hose.
lohn Coffemetten and John Boyce,
who were the first two men to be
taken from the shaft alive, told a
thrilling tale of sustaining their lives
by cutting the air hose and sucking
tnc air by turns until tne rescue party
arrived. They were on the 700-foot
level at the outbreak of the fire.
The men were ordered to report to
the timekeeper as they emerged from
the mine. Two hundred and eleven
men had so reported soon after the
rescue work started out of the -415
who went down in the night shift.
Report Forty-eight Dead.
Two men who were workinr on
:lte 700-foot level reported that forty-
oight had perished on the level where
ihey worked, they alone being saved.
All ambulances in Butte and all
physicians in the city were summoned
to the scene of the accident imme
diately to co-operate with National
'Juardsruen and rescuers composed of
miners. Every safety-first expert in
ihe district has also been summoned
and it is estimated that within a few
hours 220 safety-first men, trained to
I. -.:n v .!. c
mine rescue worn, win ue at me oyc.
ulator and Granite Mountain shafts.
The Speculator is a tramway mine
,-ind runs through Granite mountain.
Men equipped with safety-first hel
mets to withstand tne enects ot
smoke and fumes entered the Specu
lator shaft first, but were compelled
to retire soon after.
Fifty Bodies Recovered.
Fifty bodies had been recovered
iroin the Speculator and Granite
mountain properties of. the North
Butte Mining company late this after
r.oonand 148 more of the 412 miners
who went on shift last night before
the fire was discovered were still miss
ing. Hope of finding these men alive
has virtually been abandoned.
Starts for Carbide Lamp.
The Granite mountain shaft, where
the fire started on the 2,400-foot level
from contact of a carbide lamp flame
with the frayed, tar-soaked cambric
insulation and gas being fanned out
of the miles of underground workings
is pouring out of the collar of the
Rescuers Work Sixteen Hours.
The mine's rescue- organization of
Butte has been in service now for
sixteen hours. Every agency of city
and county government has been
placed at the disposal of the mine
management. Flags ace at half staff
and all public amusements have been
suspended because of the disaster.
Three Million Dollars
Loaned by U. S. to Serbia
Washington, June 9. Loans of $3,
000,000 to Serbia and $75,000,000 to
Great Britain were made today by the
For Nebraska Fair: warmer.
1mpratnrfB mt Omaha, Yesterday,
6 a. m. 6
7 a. fti GS
Hlrhest yeaterday. . .. 78
Lowest yesterday & ti 47 f7
Mean temperature. .. . 66 C4 . 59 . It
Precipitation ft .00 .05 .4
Temperature and precipitation departure
from the normal:
Normal temperature 7b
Deficiency fur thj rtuy 4
Total deficiency hIiico March J 210
Normal precipitation , 17 inch
Deficiency for th tiny. 17 inch
Tola! rainfall since March 1 . . . .IS 14 tnrhe
Excess since March 1 2.71 Inrhe:.
Deficiency for cor. period, 1518.. 3. 7 Inches
deficiency for cor. period, 1916.. .98 inch
3 p. m 78
- ' 4 p. m 11
ag- & p. m 7B
ETfr jFfcf 6 p. m 77
r 1 ' 7 p. m 78
Cominratlve Loral Htcoril
Novel Scheme to Avoid
Draft Fails to Work
A novel scheme to avoid army
draft was tried by a young man at
Valentine, Neb. The federal author
ities soon will arrest him. He regis
tered under an assumed name and
received a registration certificate.
Under this plan if the name he gave
was drawn, he could claim that he
was not drawn. He failed to con
sider that the officials would note
that his real name did not appear
on the registration list.
POSITION OF THE
President in Strong Terms Out
lines Attitude of the Amer
ican People in Note
Washington, June ??. President
Vfilson, in a communication to the
new government of Russia, has made
ilain the war aims of -the United
States and its position on "no annexa
tions; no indemnities.
"No territory must change
hands, except for the purpose of
securing for those who inhabit it
a fair chance of life and liberty,
says the communication.
"No indemnities must be insist
ed on except those that constitute
payment for manifest wrong
"No adjustments of power must
be made, except such as will tend
to secure the future peace of the
world and the future welfare and
happiness of its people."
In unmistakable terms President
Wilson declares against Germany's
proposal to restore the "status quo"
before the war.
"It was the status quo ante, out of
which this iniquitous war issued
forth," he says, "the power of the
imperial German government within
the empire and its widespread domina
tion and influence outside ot that em
that status must be altered in such
fashion as to prevent any such hid
eous thing from ever happening
Text of Message.
The president's communication was
delivered to the Russian government
by Ambassador Francis at Petrograd.
In tull it is as follows:
In view of the approaching visit
of the American delegation to Russia
to express the deep friendship of the
American people for the people of
Russia and to discuss the best and
most practical means of co-operation
between the two peoples in carrying
the present struggle ior the freedom
of ail peoples to a successful consum
mation, it sems opportune and ap
propriate that I should state again in
the light of this new partnership the
objects the Lnited Mates has had in
mind in entering the war.
those objects have been much be
clouded during the last few weeks by
mistaken and misleading statements
and the issues at stake are too momen
tous, too tremendous, too significant
for the whole human race-to permit
any misinterpretations or misunder
standings, however slight, to remain
uncorrected for a moment.
Kaiser Using All Means.
The war has begun to go against
Germany, and in their desperate de
sire to escape the inevitable ultimate
defeat, those who are in authority in
Germany are using every possible in
strumentality, are making use even of
the influence of groups and parties
among their own subjects to whom
they have never been just or fair or
even tolerant, to promote a pro
paganda on both sides of the sea,
which will preserve for them their in
fluence at home and their power
abroad, to the undoing of the very
men they are are using.
Ihe position of America in this
war is so clearly avowed that no man
can be excused for mistaking it. It
seeks no material profit or aggrand
izement of any kind. It is fighting for
no advantages or selfish object of its
own, but for liberation of peoples
everywhere from the aggressions of
autocratic force. The ruling classes
in Germany have begun of late to
(Continued on Fare Two, Column One.)
New York's Registration
Is Nearly One Million
Albany, N. Y., June 9. New York's
total selective draft registration was
992,834, Governor Whitman tele
graphed Provost Marshal General
Crowder today. The indicated pos
sible exemptions were 451,315. State's
eligibles-cstimated at 1,100,205.
Pershing and Staff
Presented to King
London, June 9. General Per
shing was received this morning at
Buckingham palace by King George.
He was presented to the king by
Lord Brooke, commander of the
Twelfth Canadian infantry brigade.
General Pershing was accom
panied to the palace by his per
sonal staff of twelve officers. After
the audience the officers paid a for
mal call at the United States em
bassy. A further contingent of American
officers arrived at a British port to
day on the steamer that brought '
Foreign Secretary Balfour. The offi
cers were met by representatives of
the American embassy.
HAIG'S MEN MAKE
NEW ADVANCE ON
British Troops Againmash
German Line, Penetrating
for Distance of Half
. ' Mile.
(Associated Trans War Summary!)
General Haig's determination to
give the Germans no rest was exem
plified last night when the British
penetrated German positions around
Lens to a depth of more than half
The field of this attack lies from
fifteen to twenty miles south of that
of the big drive made by the British
in Belgium on Thursday, which re
sulted in the capture of the command
ing Wytschaete-Messines ridge and
its retention despite desperate Ger
man counter attacks.
The two fields of attack constitute
points from which the great manufac
turing district of northern France,
centering in Lille, may be subjected
to alternating pressure.
The British success today is taken
to mean that the fall of Lens, the
great French coal city, is near and
that another great blow is about ready
to be struck towards clearing the
Germans from their long held and
miich prized French possessions in
King Congratulates Haig.
London, June 9. It1 was officially
announced today that King George
has sent to Field Marshal Sir Douglas
Haig. comniander:in-chief of the Brit
ish forces in France and Belgium, the
"We rejoice that, thanks to the
thorough preparation and splendid
co-operation of all inns, the impor
tant Mcssincs ridge, which has been
the scene of so many memorable
struggles, again is in our hands.
"Tell General Plumer and the sec
ond army how proud we are of this
achievement by which in a few hours
the enemy was driven out of strongly
entrenched positions which had been
held by it for two and a half years.
"CEORGE R. I.".
Counter Attacks Beaten Off.
British Headquarters in" France,
June 9. (Via London.) With their
overwhelming weight of massed guns,
and in hand-to-hand fighting at some
points, the British have beaten off all
German counter attacks upon their
newly won positions beyond the Mes
sines ridge. Prussian and Bavarian
troops, driven forward under a storm
of fire poured upon them from ad
vanced British batteries positions,
suffered frightfully. As this dispatch
is written they had succeeded in re
capturiug and holding only one Brit
ish post at Klein Z'llebeke, which had
been pushed well forward of the con
solidated main British line.
Beaten back in the center, the Ger
mans apparently have massed toward
the flanks of the front on which the
British advanced. They attempted
several times to organize heavy coun
ter attacks in the direction of Warne
ton, but the British guns upset their
Elihu Root and Party
At Irkutsk, Siberia
Irkutsk, Siberia, June 9. Elihu
Root and the other members of the
American commission to Russia ar
rived today enroute for Petrograd.
The commission was enthusiastically
greeted at the larger stations along
. . : , .
Buys Liberty Bonds
Webster City, la., June 9. (Spe
cial Telegram.) The city council
this morning made application for
$10,000 worth of Liberty loan bonds
to be paid for with municipal funds.
Webster City is a municipal owner
ship town, owning the electric light
and power plant and water works.
There is $40,000 on hand in the elec- .
trie light fund, and it is planned to
take more Liberty bonds when the
next call is issued.
Webster City is the first town in
Iowa to invest in these boiyis.
Persistent Reports of Big Dis
aster to U. S. Navy Result
of Teuton Conspiracy,
Says Sec. Daniels.
Washington, June 9. Widely cir
culated false reports of naval battles
and disasters to American and en
tente forces have reached the point
where Secretary Daniels has concluded
that they are the result of an organ
ized conspiracy to alarm and distress
the American people. Today the sec
retary issued the following statement:
"The country is being poisoned by
rumors of battle and disaster that arc
without the slightest foundation.
"Among most persistent of these
false reports is one that a naval en
gagement has taken place between the
German fleet and the combined fleets
of England and the United States,
and that in this battle sixty English
and American ships were sunk or dis
abled, two of the number being the
Pennsylvania and the Texas. ,
No Ship Lost.
"No such engagement has taken
place. The American fleet has not
been in action. No ship has been
lost. The derlared policy of the Navy
department is one of absolute open
ness. If disaster comes no effort will
be made to minimize it.
"The people of the United States
arc asked to trust in this pledge and
to aid in stamping out this campaign
of rumor that is so plainly the prodTict
False Statements in Berlin.
Copenhagen, June 9. (Via Lon
don.) The Continental Times, a sub
sidized newspaper, appearing in JMig
lish in Berlin, prints as a New York
report a statement that the Ameri
can senate has made arrangements to
intern all Oermans who arrived m
the United States during the last
Washington. June 9. The state
ment attributed to the Continental
limes is obviously inaccurate and is
regarded as another evidence of the
persistent campaign of misrepresent
ing conditions in America to the Ger
man people. "
Rousseau Named Manager
Of the Fleet Corporation
Washington, June 9. Harry L.
Rousseau, civil engineer and member
of the Navy department commission
on additional navy yards, has been
appointed assistant general manager
of the emergency fleet corporation,
succeeding K. A. Eustis, who was
dismissed yesterday by General Goe-thals.
PLANT IS SOLD
TO NEW OWNERS
. . , . ...
Nebraska Power Company Has"
Taken Over interest of omaha
Electric Light and Power
It is now officially announced that
the plant and property of the Omaha
Electric Light and Power company
have been purchased by the Nebraska
The new owner institution is com
posed of men extensively engaged in
operating electric service companies
in various parts of the United States
and eminently successfuWin develop
ing such .properties.
The company's power plant has re
cently been enlarged by the installa
tion of a new steam turbine, giving it
a total generating capacity of 44,000
horsepower, while further extensions
are already preparing.
"The development of territory he
yond the limits of Omaha as well a:
in Omaha will be pushed on an ex
tensive scale and in an intensive man
ner," said Vice President Davidson.
"Our effort will be to add new indus
tries to this city by imp cssing indus
trial prospects with the electrical
power advantages offered here.
To Transmit Power.
"Transmission lines will also carry
current to many towns and communi
ties and even to the tarms beyond the
metropolis. Electric current, w hen
available, is playing no small part in
solving the labor problem on the
farm. It is a vital factor in enabling
tue tanner to market his produce at
a reduced overhead expense. The
possibilities of electric power on the
tarm have not yet reached their limit.
Tt is a twenty-four hour service and
thus is its value enhanced many-fold.
I There are churns, feed grinding ma
chines, seprtHftors, milkers, pumps tor
irrigation and mauy other kinds of
apparatus which the farmer may op
erate by touching a button; the little
motor docs the re:t."
See Lower Rates.
The promise is held out that as the
territory increases the tendency will
be to lower rates, fyr the history of
power plants shows that one central
('nntlnuril on Pag" Two, Column Five.)
Russ Soldiers Denounce
Kaiser's Peace Offer
I'ctrograd, June 9. The council of
Soldiers and workmen has made pub
lic the fact that the German commander-in-chief
on the eastern front
sent a wireless, message inviting the
Russian armies to a separate armistice
and proposing that they enter into
secret pourparlers with the German
leaders. The council denounced the
In the telegram the council's an
nouiiceine. t states the German com
mander proposed to how the armies
a way toward an honorable peace
and a means of ceasing to wage war
without a rupture with the entente
U. S. Ship Virginian
Has Fight With Submarine
An Atlantic Port, June 9. A run
ning fight with a German submarine,
in which forty-two shots were fired,
was reported today by the armed
American steamship Virginian upon
its arrival from a French oort.
BODY OF KIDNAPED KEET BABY
FOUND IN VELL ON FARM EIGHT
MILES FROM SPRINGFIELD, MO.
Child was Wrapped in Woman's Underskirt and Had
Probably Been Dead Three Days; Farm Named
by Alleged Suspects as Headquarters
of Abduction Syndicate.
A report just received from Bolivar stated that the posse
had captured and were returning with the prisoners. ,
No confirmation of the Bolivar report had been received
at 7:45 p. m. Police report they received a message from
Osceola, saying that the citizens' automobiles were less than a
half mile behind the sheriff's machine.
Springfield, Mo.', June 9. The body of Lloyd Keet, 14
months old son of J. Holland Keet, wealthy banker, was found
in a well on the Crenshaw farm near here today, according to
reliable reports. '
The report came by telephone from investigators who had
gone to the farm in response to information, the source of which
has not been revealed. The child was kidnaped more than a
week 'ago. "
The body, wrapped in a woman's underskirt, was partly
decomposed and apparently had been in the well two or three f
days, according to the report. ' 'I
The Crenshaw farm, eight miles from here, recently was
searched by authorities after it had been named in alleged
statements given by seven suspects under arrest here. An old
house there, deserted for several years, was said to have been '
chosen as the headquarters for the alleged "abduction syndi
cate" which planned to kidnap C. A. Clement, wealthy jeweler .
here, and a St. Louis munitions maker. ' , .'': ' ::-
The Keet baby was stolen from the family hotni hero tho-
night of May 30. His parents had gone to a dane and th
baby was left with a nurse and an older son. Three men were' '
believed to be the abductors and it is assumed they took the'
baby from his crib and escaped in an automobile.
' " 1 " 1 . a Paul- O'Div. eountv Broucutor.
COME TO CLAIM
Bouncing Gir! at Schoessler
Home Gets Under. Wife for
First Honors Fifteen Min
utes Past Midnight.
LET THEM COME.
The promise of a Liberty bond
for every baby born in Omaha Sat
urday did not exhaust the possibili
ties. "Suppose the family happenB
to be blessed with twins or trip
lets," someone asked.
At the mere suggestion the
patriotism of General Harries
promptly rose to the occasion and
he has offered an extra bonus of
an additional $50 Liberty bond for
each of the babies that arrive in
Omaha during the day in twos or
threes. "No limit to the number
of applications," said the general.
,A baby girl born to Mr. and Mrs.
Conrad H. Schoessler, 2415 South
Nineteenth street, at 12:15 Saturday
morning will be the first bab. born
to claim a $50 Liberty bond. The lit
lle stranger was immediately named
The Omaha Liberty bond commit
tee announced several days ago tlwit
a $50 Liberty bond would be given
to each and every baby born June 9.
The Schoessler baby is not the
only infant that will claim a bond.
Many Others Arrive. '
A boy was lirn to Mr. and Mrs.
Harry E. Gnstafson, 4515 Franklin
street, at 5:15 this morning. This
little chap will also get a bond.
A daughter was born to Mr. and
Mrs. Wayne E, Sawtell, 720 North
Twenty-eighth street, at 5:30 this
morning. Eleanor Ann, as she has
been named, is entitled to a bond.
"William McAJoo," sou of Mr. and
Mrs. C. M. Harden, 1419 North Fif-
(Contlnut(l do I'mre Two, Column Four.)
Every Member of Last
Year's Grid Champions
Hears Call to Colors
A record of vhich they may be
justly proud has been set up by
the Athletics' foot ball team, Class
B champions of Omaha last year.
Every member of the team and a
number of the regular rooters have
responded to Uncle Sam's call to
the colors. .
George Flannery, Albert Golden,
Charles Greene, Joe Hasford, Joe
Adams, Will Greene, Maurice Kahn,
Ed Alpherson, Ed Callahan, Fritz
Nygaard, Carl Lutes, Vern Mag
ney, Harry Trembly and Albert
Stahl have joined the quartermas
Elmer Small and Frank Kenni
son have joined the regular army,
while Tom Dineen, J. Kennedy,
Jim Vickery, Tom O'Leary and Jim
O'Leary r.ow are bluejackets in the
later went to the farm and Identified
the body is that of the Keet child.
Fearing possible mob violence, ev- ; '
era! prisoners held in connection with',
the abduction here have been taken,
hurriedly out of the city.
Parents Identify Body.
J. Holland Keet, wealthy banker,
and his wife identified the body of
their son,, which was wrapped in the
same blanket in which the child slept
when he disappeared. This was cov
ered by a woman's underskirt. .
The body was found on nearby de
serted farm which previously had
been searched on information that it
was the headquarters of an "abduction
syndicate," which also had planned
the kidnaping of a rich Springfield
jeweler and a St. Louis : munition!
A coil of wire was tied around the
body and death apparently was due
to drowning. There was a slight
bruise on the face, probably sustained
when the child was thrown into the
well. The body was found by friends
of the Keet family, acting on private
Abductors Forced to Flee.
The belief is general that the baby
had been thrown into the well when
the abductors, fearing for their own
safety, were forced to abandon the
Federal authorities today joined in
the alleged abduction plot activities
of the seven persons being held in
connection with the kidnaping in the
belief that they may have been con
cerned in German plots to tie up the
Citizens Follow Close.
Clinton, Mo June 9. A telephone
call was received by a hotel keeper
here late today stating that citizens,
following the sheriff who is removing
the prisoners who were held on ab
duction charges at Springfield, Mo.,
would arrive here this eve. The citi
zens requested that accommodations
be reserved for them. It is not now
known how far the citizens are be
hind the sheriff's party.
an unfilled demand
for rooms of the better kind. 1
Hundreds of desirable peo
ple are seeking Ju:f the kind
of room you have vacant.
Y,u will be doing thes ped-',
pie a creat favor by supply
ing them with a comfo rtable
Then think of the additional
income you will receive.
Many of these folks 1 will ,
gladly pay $25 per month or
more for a homelike room.
Write an ad describing that
spare room, or, better still,
and a competent d-taker
will'assist you to tell what
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