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The Omaha' Daily Bee
VOL.-- XLVI. NO. 307.
OMAHA, TUESDAY MOKNING, JUNE 12, 1917. TWELVE PAGES.
tifl. SINGLE COPY TWO CENTS.
TAX BOOSTS NOW NUMBER 6, 00
ADDITION AJURAISES' PLANNED
CENSUS 10 FIX
Crowder Tells Gov
ernor Neville the Slackers
. Must Be Sought Out;
May Register. .
(From a 6taf Correspondent.)
Lincoln, June 11. (Special.) The
quota for each state to he raised for
the army will be based upon th
census of 1910 and pro rated among
I he counties ot the state upon the vote
..for governor cast at the last election,
according to information received by
Governor Neville .today.
In connection ivith the ruling of
, the War department, Governor Ne
ville today sent, out the following
communication toN the sheriff's of all
counties in Nebraska:
"General Crowder. the provost mar
shal general, has advised me that the
quota for each state to be raised for
the army will be based upon the
census of 1910 and not upon the
registration returns. This will" mean
that every man who did not register
W'H greatly increase the burden of
those who did register.
Pro Rating Quota.
"The quota for Nebraska will be
pro rated among the counties of the
state on the basis of the vote cast
for governor in 1916, and likewise the
burden upon the men who registered
will be greatly increased by the
failure of every slacker who did not'
"The provfjst marshal general fur
ther advises that the period of leni
nicy ha expired and directs that from
today you inaugurate a vigorous, ag
sresive and effective enforcement of
the penal clauses of the -selective serv
ice law. using every means at your
command to apprehend all men of the
ages designated who have, for any
reason, failed to register. Tli. selec
tive service law is construed to give
:yu .mthority arbitrarily to register
men who have not already registered.
Authority for Arrests.
"The i'rovost marshal general fur
.'acf directs that, you call to your as-
distance in the apprehension of all
inert failing to register, the police de
partment, and all officers of the cities
and towns in your county, and this
' letter is your authority lor such pro
cedure. "Hr also directs that you. through
I he press, call upon the loyal and pa
triotic citizens for information con
cerning violations and inasmuch as
your records will show clearly
whether a man has registered or not.
the information given you by citizens
nhould be treated as strictly con
fidential. AH information portaining
to violations of the selective service
law shuld be immediately communi
cated to the United States district at
torney, or United Slates marshal at
Omaha, or to this office."y
Dr. Withers Dies While
In a Chair at Lincoln
Dr. A. T. Withers, 1J46 South Thirty-fifth
street. dicTl suddculySunday
afternoon while seated in a chair at
the home of his daughter, Mrs. Fred
Eaton, at Lincoln. ' Heart failure
He was born in Bedford. Ind., in
1867 and lived in Omaha from early
youth. He was a practicing dentist
here twenty-six years and. is survived
bv Mrs. Withers, three sons and two
daughters. The sons are G. G. With
ers of Omaha, Roscoe Vithe of
Lincoln and Lec Withers of Salt Lake
City. The other daughter is Mrs.
Lester Turlcy of Omaha.
Members of the family returned
from Lincoln with the body yester
Funeral services will be held at the
family home atk4 o'clock this after
noon? Burial will be in West Lawn'
For Nebraska Fair: Mrmr wrl portion.
f oroperaliira at Omaha Yesterday. v
ft a . tn ,. 72
a. m "1
rempsratha lral Record.
1fllG. lfll'i. 191 (.
H ihat yesterday
Lowest yesterday ... 71 (II
Mean temuerature .. IS 68 7(1
I'reHpttaHon - on .H .01 .41,
Temperature and precipitation departure
from the normal:
Kxcess for the day
Total defelency since, March J
rtfftclency for the day
Total rainfall since March K.
Excess solnce March 1
,J Inch -,
Deficiency for cor. period, lla.. S.94 Inches
te?clency for cor. period. 1915.. 1.10 Inches
Reports Front Stations at 7 P. M.
Station and Slate Temp. High- Rain,
of Weather. 7 p. m. el. fall,
t'heyenne, part cloudy fa lis .00
lavenport. clear 78 .do
llenver. cttwr 80 82 .00
Dee Molnea, raining 84 fi .T
Ltodge City, clear j 9 -. .00
J.ander. part cloudy 64 61 .on
North Platte, pt. cloudy 70 78 .00
Otnaha, clear..... 81 87 .00
Puehln, flcar 88 88 .00
Rapid City.-clear 68 03 .so
T Indicates trace of precipitation.
i.. A. t tSL.su, Meteorologist.
tt""1 I 7 a. m 73
I ' v. m'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'. St
I p. m an
ra'""5- 7 p. m si
8 n. m 77
IFY Ting Fang Refuses
To Dismiss Parliament
Peking, Sunday, June 10. (De
layed in Transmission.) President
Li Yuan Hung has announced a
willingness to accede to the de
mand of General Chang-Hsun that
Parliament be dissolved and has
drawn up a mandate of dissolution.
Dr. Wu Ting-Fang, the acting pre
mier, however, has declined to
countersign the decree and hit sig
nature is necessary to give effect
to it. '
'MISSING; ASK AID
OF OMAHA POLICE
Father Declares She Was Kid
naped, While Sarpy County
Sheriff Pronounces It .
Myrtle Alden,, 17-year-old daughter
of J. W. AldeSi of Papillion, Neb.,
disappeared from her home Saturday
afternoon at 2 o'clock.
The father of the missing girl in en
listing the aid of the Omaha police de
partment, declared his daughter had
been kidnaped and said he suspected
Frank McCarthy of St. Joseph, Mo.
He offers a reward of $25 for the ar
rest and conviction of McCarthy on a
Sheriff Hutter of Sarpy county
scouts the kidnaping theory. He pro
nounces it an elopement with a possi
ble chance of white slavery.
McCarthy had been working at Pa
pillion for two or three days with a
railroad signal crew. Miss Alden was
employed at the Elkhorn Valley Con
densiug company. McCarthy and the
girl had been- seen together several
times. Hutter salif.
. A'den told the Omaha police Mc
Carthy had tried to iorce his atten
tions on his daughter and tTiat she had
"This man was always pestering my
daughter," he said. "He repeatedly
tried to engage her in conversation
and-he forced himself upon her every
chance he got. It will go hard "with
him if any harm comes to her."
McCarthy is described' as JO years
old, five feet, -five iitehes tall and
weighing 150 pout.ds. He is said to
have a wife and six children in St.
Miss Alden has light hair and is
light complected. She is five feet two
and weighs 120 pounds,
South Dakotaf Loses
Express Rate Fight
Washington, June 11. In the South
Dakota express rate case the supreme
court today annulled in part, so far as
they exceeded the state's powers, in
junctions of state court against the
American and Wclls-J'argo Express
companies which ' required them to
maintain certain lower intrastate rates
despite Interstate Commerce commis
sion tariffs permitting higher rates to
prevent discrimination against Sioux
The court, through Justice Brandeis,
reaffirmed its ruling in the celebrated
Shreveport rate case and held that the
federal commission in regulating in
terstate rates has power to disturb
intrastate rates fixed by local state au
Missing Southland Boat
Bearing 40 Men Picked Up
London, June 11. The two missing
boats from the British steamer
Southland, which was torpedoed and
,sung on June 4, have been found and
the forty men, who were in them
safely landed, Edward Rigney of
New York, who had been reported
missing, is among them. The South
land's captain reports that one Ameri
can was killed in the sinking of the
To Shake San Salvador
Washington, June 11. Earthquakes
continue in San Salvador at diminish
ing intervals, according to advices to
the State department today. Minister
Long cables that tons-of debris have
been removed from around the Ameri
can legation; that many homes are in
ruins, and that 'all who can afford to
do s'o are fleeing from the city.
Bee "Good Angels" Fund Grows;
Buy Invalid Chair for Sick Mother
A, widow residing at Wahoo, Neb.,
has joined The Omaha Bee's good
angels who are seeking to lighten the
burden of the little mother who has
fallen a victim of the dread white
plague at Holbrook. Neb. She writes:
"While reading The Bee today I no
ticed an appeal" signed D. D. H., ask
ing someone to send an invalid chair
to Mrs1. Albert Sockland, Holbrook. 1
can't do that, for I have two small boys
to support, their father being dead, but
I enclose a dollar and the earnest wish
that yoo will be able to raise the rest
and send her the chair soon.1
J. Rosenburg. 2209 California strrct,
in a letter to The Bee says:
"Enclosed please find check for $1
toward the fund for a chair for the
sufferer in the country. You are cer
tainly doing a noble work."
Mr. Rosenburg Is recovering from a
long illness. He was struck on the
HAS GOOD CHANCE
Real Estate and Commercial
Chtb Men Believe War De
partment Will Appreci
ate Advantages Here.
Washington, , June 11. Little
Rock, Ark.; Louisville, Ky.; Battle
Creek, Mich., and San Antonio,
Tex have been approved as addi
tional cantonment sites for the new
army. - '
The approval of Petersburg, Va.,
as a cantonment site was revoked.
Fort Worth, Waco and Houston,
Tex.; Fort Sill, Okl.; Deming, N.
M., and Linda Vista, Cal., have been
approved as additional camps for
National Guard mobilization, it was
Omaha real estate .and Commercial
club men believe they still have a
good chance to bring one of the can
tonment camps to Omaha. An an
nouncement is expected today from
the War department.
They realize, however, that 'when
the number of cantonment camps was
cut down from thirty-two to sixteen
Omaha's chances were cut in half.
The joint committee of the Com
mercial club and the Omaha Real Es
tate board has been tirelessly at work
preparing data since Colonel Mor
gan's commission of officers visited
here to investigate Omaha's claims.
Another of these committees has
been in Washington in conference with
Senator Hitchcock to enlist his aid in
placing Omaha's advantages as a can
tonment site before the War depart
ment. Another committee, consisting
of Frank H. Myers, C. C. George and
Randall, K. Brown, was in Chicago
last week conferring with officers of
the Central department of the army.
File Brief of Advantages.
This committee filed with the Cen
tral department a brief setting forth
Omaha's advantages as a concentra
tion camp, and also a detailed map
giving railway facilities and all other
The joint committee now feels that.
even though Omaha should not be
chosen as a cantonment site, it will
be in a bettei position, by reason of
the brief prepared and filed, to be se
lected as an army concentration camp
later, aS it is believed many min6r
concentration camps will be neces
sary js time goes on.
"It should be remembered that the
army commission which was here
looking over Omaha as a possible
site some veelcs ago was not in a
position to consider donations of
grounds tor these camps, said Com
missioner Manley of the Commercial
club. "There has been some feeling
in some parts that Omaha might have
had one of these camps if it had do
natedthc ground. vOn the contrary,
the members of the commission made
it plain w hen here tha they were here
to consider leases and not donations."
Guardsman, Drowns While in
Swimming in Missouri River
Edward J. Brown, private- in Com
pany B, fourth Nebraska .National
Guard, was drowned "Monday after
noon while swimming in the Missouri
river near the Union Pacific bridge
where he was on duty.
Brown had been on guard duty
and be jumped into1 the river for a
cool plunge after the hot work. He
suddenly was seized with cramps and
went down. Quartermaster Sergeant
Carl Weigl, despite the fact that he"
is unable to swim, jumped' in after
Brown and almost was drownefJ him
self. Weigt was rescued by com
panions, but when Brown was pulled
out, life was gone.
Brown's home is in Boston, Mass.,
In Omaha before joining the guard
he has been living at the Young Men's
Goethals Lets Contract s
' For Sixteen Wooden Ships
Washington, June 11. Contracts
for construction of sixteen wooden
ships were let today by Major Gen
eral George W. Goethals, general
manager of the shipping boards emer
gency fleet corporation. Ten went to
Sanderson & Porter, xa New York
concern, and six to' the Maryland
Shipbuilding company of Baltimore.
head by a bandit who entered his
store last year. He was confined to
the hospital several months, for a
time bereft of the use of one side.
Mrs. Archibald Smith wrotes: "I
want to add my mite for the fund for
the chair for Mrs. Sockland. Wish I
could send more, this is such a worthy
cause." v ,
The following contributions have
been received to date:
Mrs. E. W. Nash, $5.
Mrs. George Hoagland, ?5.
Victor Rosewater, $1.
Mrs. Monroe Reeves, $1.
H. C. Hiller, $1.
Harry Goldberg. $1.
J. Rosenburg, $1.
Wahoor Neb., $1.
Mrs. Archibald Smith, $1;
Virginia Atdous, $1.
Frederick Aldous, $1.
Checks should be made payable to
the editor of The Omaha Beyf.
TO HEAR POLICE
Dunn, Maloney and Sutton Are
Summoned to Appear Be
fore Council at Investi
gation Tuesday. ,
The city council committee of the
whole decided to summon Chief Dunn,
Captain Maloney, Detective Paul Sut
ton and all captains and sergeants of
the police department to appear for
the nolice department investigation to
be started this morning in the council
Charges against Maloney and Sut
ton will be considered first unless a
decision to postpone hearing of these
charges until after the Chadron case
has been disposed of is made.. The
police department investigation how
ever, will be held regardless of the
action on the .Malouey-Sutton charges
filed by Chief Dunn.
"The public is invited to the investi
gation," said the mayor.
Witnesses will be summoned ac
cording to the necessities ,of the in
vestigation as it proceeds.
An attorney for Captain Maloney
and- Detective Sutton will ask the
council i to postpone- the charges
against these officers until the Chad
ron case is over. It is not probable
that the Chadron trial will be heard
Tuesday morning's meeting of the
council will be called at 10 o'clock and
it is proposed to resume the investi
gation on Wednesday morning at 9
a. m, and continue until all the testi
mony has been offered.'
Two Farmers Pay Cash
Fpr $10,000 Liberty Bond
Upland, Neb., June 11. (Special
Telegram.) Harry Rogers; local
postmaster, today sold to Emil and
Sophus Blace, two brothers living on
a farm north of town,' a $10,000 Lib
erty loan bond. They paid for it in
cash. About $3,000 worth of small
bonds have been taken here.
Necessary, Says Court
Waterloo, la., June 1 1. Sunday
newspapers are a necessity, it was
held in court today when a complaint
against the Times-Tribune for violat
ing the Iowa "blue laws" was dis
missed. Marine Corps Week
This week has been officially de
signed ae "Marine Corps Week"
all aver the United States.
The' Bee will distribute free to
its readers an illustrated art book
let telling about the Marine Corps
and its work as a part of tha na
tional program for Marine Corps
Weeji. The Marino Book is illus
trated with full page reproductions
of paintings in thm original colors
and with dosens of photographs. A
copy will be sent free to any reader
f The Bee who asks for it.. Send
your name and address with at 2
cent stamp for return postage to
Tho Omaha Bee Information
Bureau, Washington, D. C.
MORE ARRESTS IN
BABY KEET CASE
Three Letters Sent Child)
Father Given Out; Suspects
' in Jail at Stockton and
Hutchinson, Kan., June 11. Rich
ard Carter, who was arrested here
yesterday at the request of Spring
field authorities in connection with
the Keet kidnaping case, was re
leased today; Carter is said to have
proven he had not been in Missouri
for more than twelve months and
could not have been connected with
Springfield, Mo., June 11. While
thousands followed the little white
casket . of Lloyd Keet to the grave
today, more arrests were expected
soon to clear the mystery surrounding
the kidnaping and murder of the chJM,
whose body was found in an aban
doned well Saturday. j
Meanwhile Clctus dams and
Claude I'iersol, two of the six al
leged abduction plotters, are being
held in jail at Kansas City, where
they were 'taken for safekeeping after
being taken from the sheriff and sub
jected to a "third degree' by leaders
of a posse, who threatened the pris
oners with death. Having failed to
obtain a confession, however, the two
were returned to the sheriff un
harmed. The other prisoners Taylor
Adams, his wife and one son, and
Sam McGinnis were understood to
be held at Stockton, Mo. The cor
oner's inquest into the baby's death
will be held Wednesday.
First Letter to Keet.
The letters sent to, Mr. Keet after
Ihe baby's kidnaping the night of
May 30' were made available today.
The first letter received the day after
Lloyd was stolen and which sent the
falher on a wiltl drive over almost
impassable Ozark mountain hill
roads, instructed him minutely as to
the composition ot the $0,000 he was
to pay over for the return of the in
fant and added:
'Wc sure got your kid. Don't say
anything to the police or put it in the
papers. There are three of us and
('ontlniird on Tan Two, Column Onf.)
Program of Today's Semi-Centennial
Celebration Held at Lincoln
A. M. Opening of Historical society museum.
A. M. Daylight fireworks.. ' -A.
P. M. Auto races at State fair grounds and band
2:00 P. M. University Alumni reunion.
General business meeting.
Annual report, Chancellor Avery.
Alumni address by Prof. F. R. Philbrick.
2:30 P. M. Pioneers reunions at Auditorium, S. C. Bas
sett, Gibbon, presiding. - '
Semi-Centennial Historical address by John
j L. Webster of Omaha.
Historical Round Tttble by pioneers.
:00 P. M. Pageant of Nebraska at State fair colieum.
10:00 P. M Fireworks at State fair grounds. .
New Bill to Stop Making
Of Liquor from Grain
Washington, June II. Prohibi
tion took more forward steps today
in congress. It was decided to
combine the many prohibition
amendments to the food bills, in
one separate measure for conserva
tion of grsins and thus prohibit the
manufacture of foodstuffs into beer
and malt liquors, as well as dis
tilled spirits. The aenste agricul
ture committee ceached thia de
cison. - -
The senate judiciary committee
favorably reported a resolution by
Senator Sheppard of Texas for a
prohibition constitutional amend
ment. A similar resolution failed
TRENCH RAIDS ON
MILES IN LENGTH
Smashing of German Salient at
Messines is Merely Pre
lude to One of Greatest
Battles of War. .
(.aaoclnld Preaa war tummarj.)
The wiping out of the German
salient at Messines appears merely
the prelude to a projected battle of a
far mightier description.
The British have resumed tftnch
raids over' a front reaching from north
of Ypres to as far south as Epehy, a
distance of about seventy miles as
the crow flies, but far more than that
along the tortuous windings of the
The official announcement of raids
north of Ypres is of especial inter
est, in view of the recent frequently
reported heavy artillery fire on the
Belgian front. From Ypres the allleX
front curves sharply to the sea, and
an advance here would threaten the
German hold on their great submarine
bases on the Belgian coast, Ostend
and Zecbrugge. '
In the meantime there are indica
tions that General Sarrail is prepar
ing to resume itte onrusive in Aiacc
donia, (he Bulgarian olticial announce
ment reporting a great increase in
violence of the allied artillery fire on
this front. 1 ,
British Official Report.
.London, June 11. The British have
made an additional advance south of
Messines, the war office announced
The statement adds: "There was
considerable artillery activity east of
Epehy and south of Ypres. Bodies
of hostile' troops assembling in this
area were dispersed by our fire. We
made successful raids last night near
La Bassee, cast of Vermelles and
south pi Armenticres."
French Official Report. -
Paris, June 11. There was active
artillery fighting last night north of
the Soinme, the war office announces.
A German raid west of Cerny was
Italians Resume Advance.
Rome J (Via London), June 11.
The Italians have resumed the offen
sive, capturing Monte Ortigara, east
of Cima Undice Angello Pass, the
war office announced today.
Individual Cannot Enjoin
Unions Under Sherman Act
Washington, June II. Injunction
against labor unions under the Sher
man anti-trust law, the supreme court
decided today in dismissing proceed
ings against New York carpenters'
unions, can be secured only by the
government and not by private per
sons. Justices McKenna, Van Dcr
vanter and Brandeis dissented.
Injunction proceedings brought by
"open shop" woot work manufactur
ers to restrain New York carpenter
unions and others from refttsinar to
work on their products were dismissed j
hy the court. ' -
Prices Paid for Grain
Double Within Year
Washington. June 11. The level of
price paid producers of principal crops
on June 1 was 99.8 per cent higher
than a year ago and 107 per cent
above the last nine years' average on
that date, the Department of Agricul
ture reported today.
Producers of meat animals on May
IS received 48.4 per cent more than
a year ago and 71 per cent more than
the average price on that date in the
last seven years.
The composite condition of all crops
on June 1 was 5.8 per cent below their
ten-year average on that u-te.
TO BE MAILED
Household and Business Sched
ules Included in the As
sessment Rolls Af
Notices of the wholesale boosls it!
tax assessments made by County As
sessor Fitzgerald have not yet gone
out, but they are there, awaiting the
order to drop them itr the postoflicc. , ,
The first information that came to
The Vice va that there were 3.000 of
these notices, but it is now said that
the number is nearer 6,000 and that
they include household as well as
The county assessor and every one
who has anything to do with the
makeup of the assessment roll are
maintaining the utmost' acwecy, pre
sumably in order to hold or! the ex
pected protest until the board of
equalization is ill session and ready
to bear them. ; 1
This, however, has net prevented
The Bee from getting a line on the
inside and furnishing information in
advance of the official release of the
Some Big Boosts,
Here are some more sample boosts
which The Bee has succeeded in pick
ing up: i '
Coal Hill Coal company raised from
121,000 to $35,000. .
Albert Edholm, jeweler, from
$17,000 to 150,000.
Burkley Printing company from ' ,
$17,000 to $25,000.
Doup Matress factory from $17,000
to $30,000. .
Thomas Cusack company, bilk
boards, from $10,500 to $25,000. '
- Beaton Drug company from $9,000
to $15,000. ' s
" American Radiator company from
$33,000 to $55,000. .
John Deere Plow company from
$242,000 to $700,000.
T..IIJ IT 1J rt ! . - ...
tivawni uiiifTiiv, utatsi- )
ber company, from $20,000 to $35,000.
Burgess Grandcn Fixture company
from $14,000 to $25,000. . . -
W. L. Huffman Auto company from
$12,000 to$78,000. y
' Central Coal and Cok company
from $33,000 to $50,000. '
Dreibus Candy company from $16,
000 to $45,000. ' '
' Fitzgerald Says Jt's Fair. 1
County Assessor Fitzgerald main '
tawed a lamblike reticence when
asked for figures on some of the big
business houses; factories and corpor
ations boosted in assessments, but
admitted that vthe raises are general. .
"We're playing no favorites," said
the county assessor. ,
"Assessments have been raised
where we thought they needed to be
"None of the boosts are exorbitant .
in my opinion," he said. '
"Of course," he said, "I don't think
this office is infallible. - ,
"That's what the Equalisation I
board will sit for. We'll try to ar
rive at the right amounts if we've
boosted anyone too high."
County commissioners, who, with
County Clerk Dewey and County As
sessor Fitzgerald, will sit as a board
of equalization, beginning Tuesday '
morning at 9 o'clock, reiterated their
statements made to The Bee Saturday
"All I know about those boosts is v
what 1 read in The BecA' said Com
missioner O Connor chairman of tha
"Same here," said Commissioner
Bedford. VI guess the county asses
sor knows what he's doing, but all I
know about it is what I saw in Ihe
Bee." . ' '
The members of the equalization x
board expect to sit fpr the entire
twenty days. Tune 12 to 30.
"I guess we'll Have enough to keep
American Ship Magnus
1 Manson Sunk by Subsea
London, June II. The American
sailing vessel Magnus Manson has
been 'sunk by a German submarine.
Private advices were received in
Mobile late last mouth that the. Mag
nus Manson, 1.751 tons, had been tor-
pedoed off the French coast. The dis- .
patch received there stated that the
master and crew were saved.
The Sunday Score
Advertising in The . Bex '
(Warfltld Ag)cy MaaauramenU)
The Bee Far in the Lead
SUNDAY, JUNE 10, 1917 '
Local Display., 1,739
Foreign Display 329
Automobile 1,263 -
Total...... ...4,256 ,
SAME SUNDAY LAST YEAR
Local Display , -965
Foreigp Display 114
Automobile ,. 687
v Total....... ....2,497
V GAINS 1,759 U INCHES
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