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The Omaha Daily Bee
VOL. XLVI NO. 306.
OMAHA, MONDAY MORNING. JUNE 11, 1917.
S'-rsa-rirt. single copy two cents.
WHOLESALE BOOST IN COUNTY TAX ASSESSMENTS
BEING MADE; TOTAL WJJU0OUNT INTO MILLIONS;
RESCUERS BRING 28 MkfALIVE FROM BURNING MINE
UP ALL HOPE
Brought to Surface Alive After
Being Imprisoned in Work
ings Since Friday Night;
One Dies of Burns.
Portland, Ore., June 10. Twenty
tight men entombed in the Specu
lator mine since Friday night's fire
disaster were brought to the sur
face alive this afternoon. One was
so far gone, however, that resusci
tation was impossible. The finding
of the men alive stimulated efforts
of the rescue teams and hope was
expressed that others might be
Had Abandoned Hope.
Butte. Mont., June 10. Al hope that
any oftlie uraccounted for miners,
believed tu number more than 175,
had escaped from the North Butte
mines, in which tire broke out Friday
night, wa.s abandoned tonight when
the helmet men penetrated to the
2,200-foot evel of the Speculator mine
from adjoining mines, waded through
water up '.o their arms, encountered
strong gas and paw many bodies which
they were unable to recover. Forty
dead had been taken out up to to
It had been planned to attempt to
hoist the bodies through the High
Ore mine of the Anaconda Mining
company, but a shifting in the air cur
rents drove out the helmet men
from the High Ore mine and others.
Hoisting was started early tonight
and the bodies will be walled in with
concrete until some future day when
the extinguishing of- the fire will per
mit their recovery.
The mine rescue organization of
Butte is engaged in rescue work.
' Ring Danger Signal.
Helmet men, when the 2,200-foot
level was reached, rang the daivgar-
signal,, which caused the wildest ex
citement, '.I being believed that the
signal had come from entrapped men
who still were alive.
Ambulances weie called and every
physician m the city hurriedly sum
moned to the North Butte. The re
turn of the helmet men to the surface
with news that it was impossible for
any huma.i to live in the dense gas
filling the lower workings of the
North Butte spread gloom.
The Granite Mountain shaft, 3,600
feet deep, was a roaring chimney, and
with the destruction of its supporting
timbers the ground is caving, com
pelling all work to be directed from
the levels connecting with adjoining
mines. , , ,
The Speculator, another shaft about
800 feet deep, connects with the Gran
ite Mountain on the different levels.
Tonight that shaft also was in
danger, as water from the levels was
running into it and had caved a por
tion. Thee was no lire in this shaft,
however. Tons of water are being
poured into ihe , Granite Mountain
shaft and irom points on connecting
levels with adjoining mines as near as
it is possible to get to the scene of
Danish and Norwegian
Steamers Reported Sunk
London. June 10. An Exchange
telegraph dispatch from Copenhagen,
savs the Norwegian foreign office re
ports the sinking of the Norwegian
ship Hafursf.iord. 1.668 tons gross, and
Sangvand. The crews, were saved.
The Danish foreign office reports
that the Danish steamer Harald Klit
gaard, 475 tons gross, has been sunk
in the North Sea. One member of
the crew was killed.
Pick Up 16 Southland
Men; 26 Still Missing
Washington, June 10. A consular
dispatch today reported that one of
the two missing lifeboats of the tor
pedoed steamer Southland had been
picked up containing sixteen men. It
was not known, the consul reported,
whether the rnlsaing American, Rig
i.ey, was in this boat. The other boat,
containing twenty-eight men, still is
For Nebraska Showem, coolar.
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Comparative Local Record.
117, 1014, 1918. 1914.
Htrhest yeiterday 84 73 JO 90
Lowest ; iterday. ... 61 M 64 68
Mean temperature... 72 64 71 71
Precipitation 00 -T .16 .T
Temperature and precipitation departures
from the normal el nee March 1:
Normal temperature 70
Ezeeu for the day 2
Total deficiency since March 1 208
Normal precipitation 16 Inch
Deficiency for the day IK Inch
Total rainfall since March 1 ... 13.14 Inches
"Bxcees alnre March 1. 1917..... . .66 inches
Deficiency for cor. period 1916.. S92 Inches
Half of Population Shows
4,716?68 en Registered
Washington, June 10. Twenty
states and the District ot Columbia,
having all told more than 50 per
cent of the country's population, had
sent in complete reports of their
military registration tonight show
ing total registrations of 4,716,768
young men for war service.
For the territory reporting, the
census estimate was 5,372,296 eligi
bles, and on the basis of the returns
it was calculated that the grand to
tal of registration probably would
be close to 9,000,000 in place of
10.264,000, as forecast by the census
The report showed white registra
tions totaling 3,501,456; colored, 634,
170 ;aliens, 277,057, and enemy al
iens, 45,018. Possible exemptions
FAMILY OF SEVEN
SAVED FROM DEATH
IN RISING PLATTE
Flood Waters Below Gretna
Sweep Over Island Home
and Seven Persons Are
C-retna, June 10 (Special Tele
gram.) Thomas Lukowski, a farmer
living four miles east of here, his wfe
and five children, the oldest 12 years
and ranging down to 4, were rescued
from an island this afternoon on
which they had been marooned since
midnight Friday. 0
The I.uknwkis were driven from
their farm along the Platte river
when art of the dike, more than a
mile long, gave way. More than 800
acres of seeded land was ipuiidated
and practically spoiled for this sea
The Lukowskis took shelter on an
island nearby. Tlicywea-e not in need
of food as they had moved a part of
their belongings and provisions to the
island. They were rescued with dif
ficulty. -- - -
The Riverside Hunting lodge, near
the Lukowski farm and built on the
edge of the bank, was washed down
stream when the dike gave way. The
lodge was owned by Omaha men.
The Omaha-Lincoln-Denver high
way near Gretna is under water and
all traffic stopped.
Farmers who report damage to
their land by the water are: James
Dillan, John Langdon, Joe McDonald,
Kirk Speck ana Victor Tractor.
Severe Hail and Rain
Storm Strikes Harvard
Harvard, Neb., June 10. (Special.!
A heavy rain and hailstorm passed
over this locality last night, between
7 and 8 o'clock. The storm was severe
a few miles cast of town. Hail cov
ered the ground to the depth of two
inches qr more No material damage
is reported. There was but littie
wind during the storm.
An eight-foot flag pole was set up
on1 the public library building this
morning and a brand new flag raised.
The total of Tuesday's draft regis
tration in Harvard city. and township
is 112. Several claimed exemptions.
Shells Fired at U-Boat
Land in Spanish Town
Madrid (Via Paris). June 10. In
vestigation of the accidental firing of
shells into Algeciras from Gibraltar
last SaturJay shows that it was not
due to a mistake during target prac
tice, as was reported at the time, but
that the shots were' fired at a subma
rine which fled into the straits pur
sued by three cruisers. The subma
rine attempted to escape in the dark
ness by rui.ning close to the shore.
Gibraltar was notified of the ap
proximate position of the submarine
and in attempting to reach it bom
barded the city. Only slight damage
Illinois Nurse Pays Visit
To Nebraska Hospitals
(From a Staff Correspondent.!
Lincoln, June 10. (Special.) Miss
Mary Wheeler, superintendent of the
Illinois Training School for Nurses
and also superintendent of the Cook
county hosiptal, one of the most ex
perienced and well known nurses in
the Luiited States, is in Lincoln yes
terday'and in company with Secretary
McGreevcy of the State Nurses' board
visited the state hospital and other
hospitals in the city affiliated with
the Cook county institution.
Omaha "Good Artgels" Start Fund
For Invalid Chair for Sick Mother
Mrs. E. W. Nash and Mrs. George
Hoagland were the first good angels
to respond to the appeal published
in The Bee Friday, asking charitably
inclined persons to supply an invalid
chair for Mrs. Albert Sockland of
Holbrook, Neb. Each contributed $5
to the fund.
Other contributors were: H. C.
Hiller, Victor Roscwatcr, Monroe
Reeves, Harry Goldberg and "cash,"
The cost of a new invalid chair is
$35 to $50. That Omaha has many
kind and generous hearted citizens
is demonstrated every day by the '
MARINE CORPS CHIEF AND SECRETARY DANIELS
The picture shows Major-General George Barnett, Com
mandant of the United States Marine Corps, and Secretary
of the Navy Daniels. A regiment of marines, 2,600 strong,
will be among the first division of United States troops to be
sent to France.
SECY: DAKIEZ'S 9 MAJ..-GEN.BA3&NETT
"Every young man who wants to
have the honor of being a minute man
of 1917, to share the honor of being
one of the first in the light, has his
chance now," said Mayor Dahlman,
in commenting on "Marine Corps
"President Wilson has set aside the
week of June 10 to June 16 as Marine
Corns Week." the mayor said. "The
object is to stimulate interest in this
Thirty-Five Would-Be Lynch
ers Overpower Sheriff With
Six Prisoners, But Give
Springfield, Mo., June 10. Some
where tonight the alleged abduction
plotters, held in connection with the
investigation of the disappearance and
death of little Lloyd Keet, were safe
and unharmed from the mob that
early today, overtook them at Stock
ton. Mo., fortv miles north of here
and endeavored to wring a confession
This. city was quiet tonight after
t1i HpninnUraHnns on the nubile
square that lasted until abCut 4 o'clock
this morning. The rrowd which had
awaited until that hour, in belief that
the prisoners were being returned and
...liir-Ii ,.-ac ttiren Iniiin cr tunh violence.
broke up and did not reassemble.
Paul .M. U Lfay, prosecutor ot (jreen
county, issued a statement this eve
ning stating that a mob of about
tliic.r-l, n n.rcnns nvprnnwercH
Sheriff Webb with six prisoners at
r- . i . . , .1. -
MOCKIOtl. lOOK me prisoners irom me
jail and endeavored to gain a con
fession from them.
None was forthcoming and the six
were returned to the sheriff's keeping.
rotir are now nciu in inc .iiocicion
iail The whpreahnitts of the other
two are not known by Mr. O'Day.
Guardsmen Wreck I. W. W,
Quarters at Kansas City
Kansas City, Mo., June 10. The
downtown headquarters of the Indus
trial Workers of the World here to
day for the" third time was wrecked
by members of a local National Guard
unit. After the second attack on the
hall a few weeks ago, it was abandoned
for some time.
Today word came to the euards-
meil that about' a dozen persons had
gathered in the re-outfitted rooms and
were talking pacihci&m. A squad of
artillerymen, under a sergeant, de
scended on the hall, threw its occu
pants outside and wrecked the place.
scores of men, women and children
woh are emptying their pocketbooks
for the Red Cross and war relief
Mrs. Sockland lies ill, on a bed
from which she wil never be able to
rise. Her husband is a laborer and
is unahlc to buy the chair, so she
may get out into the sunshine this
summer. She is the mother of a 4-year-old
babe, and is a beautiful, lov
able and patient character.
Any donation, farge or small, will
help to bring sunshine to this little
mother. Checks liould be sent to the
editor of The Omaha Bee.
branch of the nation's defense. Ne
braska must not be found wanting in
the great work of building up our
navy. Four thousand men in the
quota are expected from this district,
and every young man between the
ages of.20 and 35 has his chance.
"Information concerning t enlist
ments will be furnished at the marine
corps headquarters, 1312 Douglas
PINCH AS RESULT
Vrooman Say's Suffering Al
ready in Wake of Speculation;
Flays "Food Pirates and
Washington, June 10. Assistant
Secretary Vrooman of the Depart
ment of Agriculture, who has just re
turned from a tour on which he ob
served the food situation, declared in
a statement today that he has seen
much hardship and suffering, especial
ly among the poor, because of the
"crime being perpetrated against the
American people by the control of
food prices by disloyal food pirates."
"Everywhere I have found a grow
ing feeling that soon there must come
a reckoning with these manipulators
of the nation's food-supply," he said.
"Four classes of men are vainly
trying to postpone that day of reckon
ing. The Four Classes.
"First, the impractical theorists,
who on principle are so opposed to
any increase of authority in the fed
eral government, however temporary
that may be, would rather risk the
safety of the nation than to sacrifice
their theory on the altar of national
"Secondly, the fanatical pacifists,
who are unwilling to take any steps
that will make this government into
an efficient war machine even after
war has been .thrust upon us by the
greatest and most relentless military
powef the world has ever seen.
"Thirdly, those sordid, unscrupu
lous denisons of the business jungle,
who in this decisive world conflict
between democracy and despotism are
intent upon only filling their own
pockets with the price of economic
treason to the republic and the blood
money of hungry men, women and
"Fourthly, the enemy within our
gates, disloyal American citizens, who,
with treason in their hearts and a ly
iniz Dretensc of loyalty on their lips,
are seizing on every trifling detail of
proposed defensive legislation as a
pretext for a bitter opposition to
everything that will help us to a quick
and decisive victory.
Hunger Causes Suicide.
"The other day in Chicago a Polish
priest told a government official that
during the past two months five
women members of his congregation
either had gone insane or had com
mitted suicide because of their in
ability to feed their children.
"I stand in wonder and admiration
before the patienie andj forbearance
of the American people.
"Out of a confidence that congress
is going to give the president power
to protect the people from spoliation
by food sharks is borne a calm toler
ance under injury such as none but a
lenient people like ours would ever
r Twins Arrive in Time
To Claim Liberty Bonds
General Harries must settle.
Hi offer to pay double Liberty
bonds for twins must be made good.
Late reports show that Mr. and
Mrs. Henry Perry, 2S08 N street,
j are the parents of twins bom st
5:45 Saturday evening, a boy and a
girl. Dr. W. M. Davis says they
are both strong healthy kiddies and
as he left the home they were mak
ing a great effort to sing the "Star
Spangled Banner" and expected to
claim their Liberty loan bonds.
Fourteen babies were reported be
fore these as having been born Sat
urday and as making claim for
Armies of Crown Prince Rup
precht Make Little Effort to
Recover Lost Ground;
British Again Advance.
London, June 10. Today's of
ficial statement announces further
British gains at several points.
Paris, June 1. The French made
a surprise sttsck last night on
the bank of the Moselle, near the
eastern end of the front. The war
office announces that serious losses
were inflicted on the Germans.
Violent artillery fighting occurred
near Craonne and Chevreux.
(Br AMorlatd PreM.)
The German army binder Crown
Prince Rupprerht of Bavaria appar
ently has not recovered from the
blow, made against the lines south of
Ypres by the Second British army on
Shaken by the mine explosions and
the terrific bombardment of the Brit
ish guns, the Germans lost more than
7,000 prisoners and have made no
strong effort to retake the Jost posi I
Their unavailing attacks of Friday
having been stopped, the Germans on
Saturday ' failed to renew their at
tempt and were content to use only
their artillery in a duel with the Brit
ish. The newly gained ground hav
ing been torn by the mine explosions
and filled with shell craters, the Brit
ish were busy Saturday in organizing
the' new positions. They found
time, however, to extend their gains
slightly on the right flank of the nine
In addition to losing more than 7,-
000 prisoners in fhe British drive and
the subsequent fighting since Thurs
day morning, the Germans lost a
large number of guns, machine guns
and trench mortars.
Another British Advance.
Meanwhile the British troops in
other sectors of the front carried out
an operation that was much more
than a mere raid in force along the
line from La Bassee to well south of
Lens. In one stretch of two miles
south of Lens they penetrated half a
mile into the German positions, cap
turing prisoners and machine guns
and inflicting heavy losses. These
seem to presage a speedy attempt to
c.ean up the situation around the
T ens coal district, to which the Ger
mans have been clinging tor several
Reports from the Messines battle
show that more than thirty guns were
ta' en from the Germans in the Brit
ish attack, while many others were
burie '. in the debris caused by tl:' ter
rific bombardment and mine explo
Expect Austrian Attack.
. The Italians have indicated that
they are expecting an Austrian of
fensive in the Trentino. There is no
ndication of any such contemplated
attack as yet, the report announcing
only ordinary activities in the Tren
tino. The Austrians are still contest
ing the ground occupied by the Ital
ians in their notable thrust for Triest,
however, and attacked several times
rriday night. The Italians beat off
all these assaults.
There has been little military ac
tivity along the Russian front, but the
Germans have evidently been busy in
Ask Russ for Armistice.
Petrograd reports a wireless mes
sage sent to the Russian armies by
the German commander-in-chief on
the eastern front in an attempt to in
veigle them into an armistice and
secret negotiations with the German
leaders. The council of soldiers and
workmen have denounced the German
effort to induce the Russians to play
their allies false.
Ute Indians Threaten Whites
In Towns Near Reservation
Durango, Colo., June 10 Uncon
firmed reports received here from the
Ute reservation tonight indicate that
Ute Chiefs Polk and Posey, with sev
eral followers, qave begun threaten
ing demonstrations. They are well
armed. The Indian agent at Ignacio,
headquarters of the reservations, re
fused to comment on the report.
Reports from towns near the reser
vation are that families living on out
PROPERTY VALUES OF DOZEN
LARGE OMAHA CONCERNS ARE
RAISEDTO ENORMOUS FIGURES
Three Thousand Notice of Increase in Vault at Court
House to be Served in Few Days Under
Assessor Fitzgerald's Orders;
Some of the
That the County Board of Equalization, which will meet
this week, will have a busy session is assured by the information
given exclusively by The Bee.
A wholesale boost in assessments has been undertaken by
County Assessor Fitzgerald. Confirmation of this was had from
Mr.- Fitzgerald himself.
Despite the secrecy maintained and the careful guarding
of the 3,000 notices of assessment raises reposing securely in
the court house vaults awaiting delivery within the next day
or two, The Bee has succeeded in obtaining a few samples indi
cating the extent and character of the changes proposed in the
assessment roll, subject,'of course, to revision by the equalizing
board. Here are just a dozen of them :
MEN OF MEANS TO
BUY IF LIBERTY
BONDS ARE TAKEN
Little Fellows Are Doing Their
Share, But Big Ones Will
Have to Save Big
. War Loan.
The middle west will probably
reach its fUj quota in Liberty bond
subscriptions! if hard, intensive cam
paign work if continued this week and
men of means come forward with rea
sonably large subscriptions, in the
opinion of William H. Hodge, who
has been representing the Federal
Reserve bank of Chicago in organiza
tion work in Iowa for two weeks.
Mr. Hodge, who was formerly con
nected with The Bee, spent Sunday
in Omaha and Council Bluffs, and will
continue his work in Iowa up to
Thursday, when subscriptions will
close, as they must be in the Federal
bank's hands by noon Friday in order
to be considered.
Wage Earners Doing Shsre.
"The wage earner, many of the
small farmers and the banks are do
ing their part in the initial financing
of the war," said Mr. Hodge, "but
the individual of means is either hold
ing off until he last minute or is will
ing to let his safety and prosperity he
protected with other men's dollars.
There are plenty of instances of peo
ple putting all they have in the world
in $50 and $100 bonds; of old farmers
driving for miles through rain afld
mud to put all they have in Liberty
bonds; of children investing their sav
ings but mighty few subscriptions of
$5.(100 and upwards outside of the
Iowa Coming Through.
"If Iowa comes in for its full quota
of $59,000,000 bonds, as it no doubt
will, it will mean less than 5 per cent
of the annual value of farm products
in that state. Most of the folks with
whom 1 talked seemed to think that
this was little enough.
"I came across little places having
but one bank and not more than three
or four hundred people where individ
ual subscriptions had been received
from as many as 1J5 persons. Cer
tain communities largely settled by
Germans were doing well, such as
that of Mineola, for example, where
l$27.0O0 had been subscribed up to last
People Are Patriotic.
"In general I found sentiment ex
tremely patriotic and people glad to
invest in the bonds once the serious
ness of the situation is brought to
their attention and thev realize that'
no one in the world is waiting for the
results to be tabulated with keener in
terest than Kaiser Wilhclm.
"During the remaining days of the
campaign special attention is going to
be given to the wealthy citizens who
have failed to come across with their
proportion of bond orders."
lying ranches are moving into town
because they fear trouble from the
Indians. Confirmations of the reports
is practically impossible, owing to dif
ficulties of communication, but citi
zens of six towns reached by tele
phone from here describe the situation
All the Indians involved refused to
register Tuesday. The reported dis
order is a result of objection of the
Indians to registration.
SOME OF THE BIG ONES.
Paxton ft Gallagher, wholesale gro
cers, raised from $449,000 to $850,000.
Byrne-Hammer Wholesale Dry
Goods establishment, raised from
$316,000 to $600,000.
M. E. Smith Wholesale Dry Goods
house from $550,000 to $900,000.
Smelting works raised from $1,200,
000 to $2,000,000.
Union Stock Yards raised from
$700,000 to $1,000,000.
Cudahy packing plant raised from
$600,000 to $1,000,000.
Morris packing plant raised from
$300,000 to $500,000.
H. J. Hughes, wholesale grocery,
raised from $75,000 to $150,000.
Drexel Shoe company raised from
$25,000 to $75,000.
Browning-King & Co., raised from
$68,000 to X9G.000.
Simon Bros., wholesale grocery,
raised from $10,500 to $75,000. .
Fry Shot company raised from $25,
000 to $45,000.
The star boost Is said to be the raise
of the Iten Biscuit company from
$225,000 to $4,000,000, explained on
the theory that the revenue law re
quires full value assessment of the
corporate stock of the Nebraska cor
poration doing business outside ss
well as inside the state.
Makes Even Boost
The figures for the banks and fran
chise corporations are not available.
The fact that there are approximately
3,000 notices is taken to mean that
Assessor Fitzgerald has not been
playing favorities, but has made pro
portionate increases all along the line.
Members of the county board, when
questioned as to their opinion, pro
fessed ignorance of coming assess
ment changes, except as foreshadowed
in The Bee.
Tom O'Connor, chairman of the
board, deftly side-stepped.
"County Assessor Fitzgerald hat
the right to make such raises as he
wants to," he said.
"He is probahly adjusting and try
ing to equalize things. Anybody wha
is raised can have a hearing when the;
board meets Tuesday and if he has
any objection he can make it then."
County Commissioner Lynch de
"I don't know anything about it
but I don't favor wholesale boosting;
of assessments at this time. Business
is upset enough now by the war con
ditions and war taxes without need
lessly piling up more."
Read It in The Bee.
Commissioner Jeff Bedford pleaded!
dense ignorance and had no opinion
"All 1 know about the matter it!
what I have read in The Bee."
County Clerk Frank Dewey, who
also sits as a member of the equaliz
ing board said;
"I have heard of what is coming
hut have no delinite information. I
doubt if merchants are carrying as
much stock as formerly and if so t
boost laxes'Sirbitrarly would be an
County Commissioners McDonald
and Compton could not be found ot
reached by telephone.
Hastings Commercial Man
Secretary of Bluffs Club
Haslings, Neb., June 9. (Special
Telegram.) Richard A. Blake, secre
tary of the Chamber of Commerce
for the last four years, tonfght an
nounced his acceptance of the secre
taryship of the Commercial club of
Council li tuffs.
He will begin his new duties July 1
Mr. Rlake has been notably sue
cessful in his work here and there i$
much regret among business men thai
he is to leave the city.
The new post carries a substantial
increase in salary.
As Mr. Ulake did not make his de
cision until tonight, the local body
has taken no steps to find a new sec
Retired Army Officers '
Recalled for Assignment
Washington, June 10. Major Gen
eral J. V. Alshire, retired former
quartermaster general, was recalled to
active duty today and assigned to the
Council of National Defense. A score
of other retired officers were recalled
to active duty and assigned to various
educational institutions as military in
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