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    The Omaha Daily Bee
VOL. XLVII. NO. 4.
OMAHA, FRIDAY MORNING, JUNE 22, 1917 TEN PAGES.
Trills, M HiWi,
Urn Sttass, lt. H.
SINGLE COPY TWO CENTS.
BOY SCOUTS START BIG DRIVE TO
AID NATION'aaEFENDERS AT FRONT
THE WEATHER j
Goudy -;!
COUNCIL WILL
START POLICE
PROBEMONDAY
General Investigation Sched
uled to Proceed Without
, Awaiting Return of De
fendants from Chadron.
City commissioners are getting
ready. to take up the general police
investigation Monday. If the Chad
ron case goes to trial on Friday the
council will not wait for the return
of the Omaha defendants and their
witnesses, as it is not essential to
have them here at the beginning of a
general investigation, the commission
crs explained.
For the oresent citv officials are
marking time on matters which have
demanded their attention for several
weeks. Their regular work was
neglected and they were glad to have
re net trom the steady grind ot the
trial.
The second charges filedagainst
Captain Maloney will be considered
next Monday morning and a date set
(ui ileal lug.
Judge Dungan to Preside.
Judge Harry Dungan of Hastings
will preside in the district court of
Dawes county when Maloney and
other defendants appear for trial
triday.
Mrs. Elsie Phelps, star witness for
the prosecution, said Phil Winckler,
of Omaha, a defendant, told her of
an alleged statement by Judge West
over that he hoped "they would get
Crites."
Judge Westover is said to be a per
sonal friend of County Attorney Crites
of Chadron. He denies making the
remark, but is reported to have de
cided he was disqualified from pre
siding.
Off for Chadron.
Chadron will be the scene of the
next chapter of this great serial. At
torney H. C Brome, Mrs. Elsie
Phelps and Detective Paul Sutton en
trained this morning for Dawes coun
ty. The personnel of the party which
wilt leave late this afternoon includes
Attorney Ben S. Baker and these silt
Omaha defendants in the conspiracy
case: Captain Stephen Maloney, Wil
liam S. Dolan, Charles W. Pipkin,
Harvey Wolf, Gust A. Tylee and
Philip Winckler.
Nine men who were bound over in
the county court at Chadron three
weeks ago were directed by Judge
Slattery to appear Friday of this week
for trial. Attorneys for the defend
ants will plead for a change of venue
to another county on the ground that
a fair and impartial trial cannot be
held in Dawes county. If the change
of venue is granted, it is reasonably
certain that, the trial will go over to
September term of court,
v Will Hurry Inquiry.
The commissioners will begin to
consider the mattt. of a general in
vestigation of the police department.
There is a disposition to begin that
investigation without delay and one
recommendation-has been made that
witnesses appear behind closed doors,
before the city commissioners, city
legal department and representatives
of the newspapers. Such a plan, it
has been explained, would tend to
give witnesses more freedom, of ex
pression.' Sloan Applauded as He
Lauds His Home State
Washington, June 21. (Special
Telegram.) Congressman Sloan last
night in a speech in the house on the
food control bill reminded that body
of the important part Nebraska would
take in production of foodstuffs dur
ing the war. His declaration that Ne
braska already is creating a greater
surplus of food for the markets than
any other state in the union was vig
orously applauded, as was his refer
ence to General Pershing, whom he
said' was now regarded as the first
soldier of the republic'
Three Thousand Buildings
Burned at Yonezawa, Japan
(Correspondence of Tbe Associated Press.)
Yonezawa, Japan, June L The city
of Yonezawa, one of the most impor
tant silk weaving centers .in Japan, is
scarcely more than a pile of ruins as
a result of a fire which destroyed
more than 3.000 buildings and houses,
caused fourteen deaths and made
thousands homeless. The loss is es
timated at $5,000,000.
Athlete Kills Wife, Two
Children and Himself
New York, June 21. Following a
quarrel with his wife over money
matters, Richard Barrett, a widely
known athlete of Brooklyn, early to
day shot and killed his wife, his son,
Kilton, aged 4; a baby boy, Donald,
l'A years old, and then committed sui
cide by slashing his throat with a
razor and shooting himself in the
-head.
Rev. E. L Pidgeon Heads --
International Rotarians
Atlanta, Ga., June 21. The Rev. E.
ieslie Pidgeon of Winnipeg, Canada,
was elected international president of
the International association ,of Ro
tary clubs at the ieghth annual con
vention here today. H. J. Brunnier
of San Francisco. was elected vice
president. '
John D.'s Foundation
Gives Five M illions
New. York, June 21. A donation
of 15,000,000 to the Red Cross war
fund by the Rockefeller foundation
was announced here today. ' The
total subscription made today to the
thirty teams working here for the
fund was reported at $6,524,000.
SECOND BANNER
OF SUFFRAGISTS
IS TORN BY MOB
Treasonable Statement Again
Displayed Before White
House by Miss Morey
and Miss Burns.
Washington, June 21. The per
sistency of suffrage sentinels at the
White House in hoisting banners
bearing inscriptions interpreted as be
ing "treasonable" culminated in an
anti-suffrage demonstration there to
day when a crowd of nearly a thou
sand persons tore dow the banners
for a second time todcy.
The crowd's victory was short
lived, however, for in tei minutes two
more banners had been obtained from
suffrage headquarters nearby. Po
licemen notified passersby to let the
banners alone. ,
Once earlier in the day, when the
suffragists appeared with a banner
bearing the same inscription as that
torn down yesterday, a small crowd
demolished it without much demon
stration Soon after noon, however,
the sentinels reappeared with a new
banner, stouter than the others, which
they expected the crowd would have
more difficulty in destroying.
Police Clear Sidewalks.
The crowd was good natured for
the most part, but determined in its
work, and did not attack the women
who held the banners. Police were
forced to clear the sidewalks in front
of the White House several times,
but always managed to reach the
scene of the attacks on the banners
just a. moment too late.
The crowd was not organized and
showed no signs of interfering xwith
the sentinels themselves until a
woman, modestly dressed, who had
.been talking earnestly to one of the
sentinels tor several minutes, sud
denly snatched one of the banners
and ran into Pennsylvania avenue.
Flags Torn to Shreds,
In a moment the crowd got into
action and the sentinels were sur
rounded. .One by one their flags of
purple, white and gold were taken
from them and torn to shreds. One
standard bearer, Miss Hazel Hunkins,
game to the last, climbed upon the
pedestal of one of the White House
gates and raised her banner as high
as she could over her head in an ef
fort to save it. She lasted only a
moment. A man took the'pole from
her hand, broke it over the iron gate
and the flag of suffrage fell to the
ground.
Charge On Other Gate.
After all the banners at one en
trance had been torn away the police
began to disperse the crowd, but
sone one remembered the pickets at
the other entrance and to the tooting
of scores of automobile horns in the
crowded avenue, the crowd charged
the banner bearers at the other gate.
The work there was quickly done.
One woman tore a silken strip from
the suffrage colors on her bat and
held it high on a pole. She was im
mediately surrounded by a guard of
several other suffragists and efforts to
take the colors away from her proved
unavailing for several minutes.
In the end. however, it met the fate
of the rest and for the first time in
many months the White house gates
were free of suffrage colors.
One arrest was made. A police
matron took into custody Mrs. Dee
Richardson, the woman who, the po
lice said, snatched down the first ban
ner. Later police reserves surrounded
the White House and. kept the
crowds moving.
The White House had steadfastly
refused to allow the police to drive
the silent sentinels away. Officials
have said they did not wish to con
tribute to any "martyrdom."
The inscription on the banner to
day was the same as the one displayed
yesterday, accusing President Wilson
(CVrattnaed on Fare Two, Column Two.)
Digby Bell, Comedian,
Dies Alter Long Illness
New York. Tune 21. Dishy Bell,
the comedian, died at a" sanitarium
in this citv last night after an illness
of several months. , He was 68 years
old. Mr. isell starred' in lar and
Tartar," "Jupiter," "A Midnight Bell,"
"The Hoosier Doctor," "The Educa
tion of Mr. Pipp," as the admiral in
Pinafore, and other Gilbert and Sulli
van operas. His most recent activi
ties were in motion pictures, where
he also starred.
Search for Person
To Give Blood toSave Patient
The superintendent of Bishop
Clarkson Memorial hospital, twenty
first and Dewev avenue last night ap
pealed to The Bee to assist in finding
some person willing to submit to an
operation for transfusion of blood to
save the trie of a patient suffering
from pernicious anaemia.
It was stated that a woman patient
firtl npii ir
COMES oLOSE
WITHJPAGEANT
I. R. Mathers Elected Presi
dent of State Sunday School
Association; Meeting One
of Best Ever Held.
The Golden Jubilee convention of
the Nebraska Sunday School associa
tion was practically brought to a close
yesterday afternoon with the conclu
sion of the routine business. The fea
ture of the meetings, however, was
the pageant -of religious education
staged last night, in which 800 people
took part.
There is .a meeting of the board of
directors this morning at the Hotel
Castle and after that the convention,
which is considered one of the best
ever held in the state, will become a
matter or history.
At the afternoon session officers
were elected as follows:
President E. R. Mathers, Falls
City.
Vice President C. C, Westcott,
Plattsmouth.
Recording Secretary Mrs. Al
ona C. Little, Lincoln.
Treasurer L. C Oberlies, Lin
coln. -
Board of Directors Prof. F. M.
Gregg, Peru; H. S. Westbrook,
Dunbar; J. L. Duff, Omaha; A. J.
Alford, Genoa; H. Lorruut, Broken
Bow; A. L. Krause, North Bend.
Conquest Flag; Awarded.
The conquest flag, awarded to the
delegation traveling the greatest num
ber of miles coming to the convention
and returning, was awarded to Rich
ardson county, there were 254 dele
gates and their total mileage figures
70,387.
Otoe county had the second great
est number of delegates, 361, and was
given a large American flag as a sec
ond prize.
. Resolutions were adopted request
ing Governor Neville to designate
Sunday, July 1, as patriotic Sunday
throughout Nebraska; deploring the
circulation of the referendum oetition
gainst woman's suffrage in Nebraska;
standing dv tne united states in the
present wtr, thanking Omaha, the
Commercial club, the Boy Scouts, the
Rainbow chorus and the newsoanera
for their efforts in helping to make
the convention such a, pronounced
success.
Visitors Make Addresses.
During the afternoon there were
three short addresses. Rev. George S.
Sutton of Kansas City, talking on
"The Pastor and the Church School;"
Richard Heilbron of St. Louis, on
"Teeh Ties and Trails," and Marion
Lawrance of Chicago on "The Teach
er as a Soul Winner."
A collection was taken to liquidate
a debt of $1,000 that has been hanging
over the association for many years.
The amount was considered very lib
eral and gos a long way toward
wiping out the indebtedness.
Mrs. J. W. Briscoe exhibited a ban
ner presented to the state association
in 1890-by the Women's Christian
Temperance association. It carries the
slogan, "For God and Home in Every
Land."
Officers Chosen.
E. Mathers, Falls City, was elected
president of the Nebraska State Sun
day School association yesterday.
Other officers elected were C C.
Westcott, vice president, ' Platts
mouth; Mrs. Alona C. Little, record
ing secretary, Lincoln, and L. C.
Oberlies, treasurer, Lincoln.
The next annual convention will
be held in Hastinac TM ...
determined by the executive com
mittee of the association at the meet
ing yesterday. The date will be
fixed by the committee. Several cit
ies sought tbe prize, but Hastings
was the only one that sent a guaran
tee with its invitation and conse
quently it was the only city given
consideration.
Balcombe's Slayer to
Be Arraigned Friday
Liberty, Mo, June 21. (Special.)
Bee B. Smith, 25 years old, of Ex
celsior Springs, will be placed on trial
here Friday for the murder of Urban
V. Balcombe, a wealthy real estate
dealer of Omaha, Neb. On March 7
Smith was at his popcorn stand in
the Auditorium when Balcombe
walked intd the building and was at
once shot down by Smith. , Smith
has never made a statement as to why
he did the shooting:. .
Flour Drops $2.40 Per
Barrel Within a Week
Chicago, June 21. Flour sold today
for $2.40 less a barrel than a week
ago, standard spring patents btinging
$14 and bakers' brands $12.10. Nearly
50 cents of the decline was registered
yesterday.
Willing
was in a dangerous condition and
would succumb unless new blood
could be transfused into her system.
A person with plenty of liealty new
blood is required. Physicians at the
hospital said $15 would be paid to the
man or woman from whom the blood
is taken. He -said the operation is
neither painful nor dangerous.
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RUSS TO RESUME
OFFENSIVE WITH
HEW ARMY SOON
Soldiers' Congress, Represent
ing All Parts of Country, For
Immediate Action; New
War Cabinet Formed.
London, June 21. 'Dispatches from
Petrograd to the Exchange Telegraph
company say that the congress of Sol
diers' and Workmen's delegates from
the whole of Russia yesterday voted
confidence in the provisional govern
ment and unanimously adopted a
resolution demanding an immediate
resumption of the offensive and the
reorganization of the army.'
A war cabinet was. formed, includ
ing the leaders of the Russian army
and navy and technical representa
tives. Martial Law at Tomsk.
Petrocrad. lune 21. Martial law.
has been proclaimed in Tomsk, west
ern Siberia, because of wholesale mur
ders and robberies committed by
criminals, wno had Deen granted am
nesty and had joined the forces of
the militant anarchists. More than
1,500 of these pardoned criminals have
been arrested, with about 800 others.
Twenty persons were killed and a
number wounded.
The. arrests followed the exnosure
of a plot to plunder 'all the banks and
shops and assassinate the leaders of
civic organizations. The 800 asso
ciates of the criminals were dragged
from the haunts of the latter. The
casualties occurred when some re-
German Prisoners of War
taken to Fort Douglas
Salt LaEe City, June 21. Heavily
guarded and secretly conveyed, ten
more German prisoners of war arrived
in Salt Lake last night from the coast
and were taken to Fort Douglas for
internment Included in the party was
Baron I. von Elpons of San Francisco,
who was accompanied by his wife.
The baroness will be quartered at a
local hotel at the expense of the
United States government while her
husband is interned.
' ' -
Powell Cartoon May
Bother Dan Cupid Some
The city commissioners this
morning, for the first time in ten
days, occupied their seats in the
city council chamber without fac
ing a crowd. The municipal dads
appreciated the calm which hung
over the large room.
They watched the curls of their
tobacco smoke and mused re
trospectively over the thrilling
drama which had been unfolded be-,
fore them in connection with the'
Maloney bearing.
The cartoon ol Doane PowelL
The Bee artist, was a subject of
general comment among the com
missioners as they sat around the
long table. This cartoon caused
considerable merriment and each
commissioner had some comment
to offer.
Dan Butler fears his matrimonial
frospects have been blighted by
owelL The cartoon was referred
to as one of the best caricatures
seen in many days.
Bit
CLEARY SAYS HE
WILL INVOKE THE
AID OF UNCLE SAM
Special Agent of the Electri
cians Says Injunction Only
a Scheme to Stop the
Investigation.
"If they stop the strike probe by the
State Board of Mediation and Inves.
ligation, we will appeal to the De.
partment of Labor and have this thing
investigated by the federal govern
ment," said Raymond Cleary of Chi
cago, special representative of the
International Brotherhood of Elec
trical Workers, who has been in
Omaha for some months in connec
tion with the strike of electrical work
ers.
"Attorney General Reed has threat
ened to arrest Chairman Lowell and
the other members of the state board
if they attempt to go ahead with their
investigation Friday morning in viola
tion, as he calls it, of his injunction.
We'll see what will happen Friday
morning. The injunction was nothing
but a scheme to stop the investiga
tion. "You ask me if the electrial workers
are back at work this morning. Why
of course they are not. Attorney Gen
eral Reed, President Reynolds and
some others met the other night to
talk over the situation. The electrical
workers then said they would go
back to work at S7yi cent.), the old
scale, on all jobs started before April
1, and that, on all jobs started after
that they would demand 6844 cents,
which is what they have been asking.
The attorney general said he was sure
the contractors would agree to that
"But when the men showed up for
work with this proposition, the con
tractors told them to go to, and fol
1 wed it up by saying that, the at
torney general nor no one else would
tell them who to hire or how much to
pay. -v
Refuses to Leave Town, "
"The attorney general also told
Reynolds to tell all the outside agita
tors and organizers to get out of towh
or he would throw them in jail, I sup
pose he classes me with them. I have
not left town yet."
Though by on means all of the
workers have gone back to their jobs,
the activity in delivering building
material is more general than' it has
been for some time. Tbe Merchants
Express company has twenty-five
teams working. Walter Jardine, of
the Merchants Express, told men
when they gathered Wednesday eve
ning for their pay envelopes that all
old employes who wanted to go back
to work would be taken back at the
old scale, but that after Thursday he
would endeavor to fill up his ranks
from whatever source he could, and
would not promise to hold ilaces open
for former employes.
Veteran Postal Clerk Is
Dismissed' for Disloyalty
St. Louis, June 21, Justus. H.
Reinhardt chief stamo clerk at a
branch postoffice here was discharged
from the government service yester
day on orders from Washington be
cause of charges that he made disloyal
remarks concerning the government
nd the president. He had been a
postal employe hrre about thirty
seven years.
OMAHA POURS ITS GOLD INTO
FOLDS OF "OLD GLORY" FOR
BENEFIT OF RED CROSS FUND
Contributions Made to Committee Were $176,676.75;
Fund Grows $32,147 in Twenty-four Hours;
Boy Scout Teams Report Splendid Prog
T '' gress in House-to-House Campaign.
Omaha Boy Scouts yeaterday did their bit in the cause of
Red Cross, obtaining 230 subscriptions, totaling $ 1,620, tip to
7 o'clock last night.
The different troups covered every nook and corner of
Greater Omaha.
The homes of the rich and poor were canvassed and high
executives of big buiness, as well as the most humble factory
hands, were asked to give "one day'B pay" to the Red Cross. .
The Scouts displayed keen rivalry as to which troup
turned in the most subscriptions. The drive, focussed on the
residence district, was begun at 8 o'clock in the morning and
ended at dusk last night.
WHOLESALE CUTS
LIS! CONTINUE
Assessor Does Not Get Much
Support from the Rest of
the Board of Equal
ization. Current happenings in the chambers
of .the board of equaljiation, sitting in
the court house, indicate that County
Assessor Fitzgerald and a couple of
his "official advisers" are the only
ones tavonng the wholesale boosts
in taxes.
The board as a whole continues its
ruthless campaign of reducing as
sessments from raises made by the
county assessor.
Notices of raises totaling millions
were sent out to approximately 5,000
Omaha jobbers, manufacturers, stores,
big busincsa 'oncerns and individuals,
but the subseauent nrotests aeainst
the boosts revealed the county asses
sor in piratically every instance to be
the only member of the equalization
board favoring them.
Assessor Overruled.
Reductions have been voted right
and left over the county assessor's
objections.
About 600 protests have been heard
thus far, and of this number County
Assessor Fitzgerald's boosts have
been sustained in only a few cases
these mostly involving small amounts.
The biggest grist of business since
the equalization boarc began its ses
sions is scheduled for this evening,
when representatives .of big Omaha
jobbers, retailers and other business
concerns will appear to protest raises
running into the millions.
Batteries of Legal Talent.
Tt is understood different lines of
business have lined up batteries of
(Continued on Pee Two, Column One.)
Phil McCullough Gets His
Commission in U. S. Army
Phillip Morgan McCulough is the
latest Omaha boy to get his commis
sion in the United States army. He
is made first lieutenant in the sixnal
corps, his commission dating from
June 11.
Lieutenant McCullough is now at
Minneapolis, where he has been em
ployed in the engineering department
of the Bee Telephone company. He
will be engaged in active duty, form
ing new companies for the signal
corps battalion, soon to be assembled
at Fort Leavenworth. He is a grad
uate from the College of Engineers
of the University of Nebraska and the
youngest son of Cplonel and Mrs. T.
W. McCullough.
Hundred Million Fund
More Than Half Pledged
Washington, June 2L The na-tion-wide
Red Cross financial cam
paign reached the middle of the
week canvass today with about half
the desired $100,000,000 fund al
ready pledged. Reports to national
headquarters this morning showed
a total of $43,500,000.
"The critical period of the, cam
paign has arrived." said Henry P.
Davison, head of the Red Cross war
council. "We must not let up now.
Rather we should oversubscribe the
amount. Neither the Red Cross nor
the American people can afford to
fail in this effort"
More than twenty-five cities al
ready have exceeded their oppor
tionment for the entire campaign.
Following are among the cities
today added to the honor roll of
communities which have reached or
exceeded their apportionments:
Cleveland, Kansas City, Hutchin
son and Ellsworth, Kan.; Colorado
Springs and Montcveista, Colo.;
Wenatchee and Hoquiam, Wash.;
Lagrande, Ore.; Blackwell, Okl.;
Eureka. Cal. and Brazil Ind,
! One $500 Subscription.
Many Scouts, who worked during
the day, did not get on the job until
late in the afternoon and after 6
o'clock last night
"Never before have I seen such
spirit and enthusiasm among the Boy
Scouts," said Scoutmaster English.
Scout Edgar M. Morsman obtained
a $500 subscription from his father.
Scout Harvey N. Carlberg won the
honors in turning in the greatest
number of subscriptions. He waa
credited with having obtained twenty-seven
subscriptions at 6 o'clock. ,
Day'i Total 132,147.
At noon yesterday the various
teams reported that Omaha' has tub
scribed $32,147 during the day to the
Red Cross, making the total to date
for the week, $176,676,75.
Q. W. Wattles, chairman of the fi
nance committee, announced the total";
money in eight lor the tint three diyt
of the week campaign waa f 195,000,
' ' Omaha Doing Its Bit. '
Omaha fairly is pouring gold into
Old Glory'a folds for the -use of' the
Red Cross war fund. , The esUmate
of pledges made up to noon by the
captains of the ten teams and 400
Boy Scouts was several thousand dol
lars. ,
"Never before' have I seen such
spirit and enthusiasm among the Boy.
.(rrtlll, " niA Q.ml,mn.l.. r.nl.'.li
Ward M. Burgess, vice president
of the finance committee, promised
the scouts a picnic at the Louis Nash
farm, north of Calhoun, Thursday or
Friday next week, besides a banquet
to the wim.ing team.
A gold, silver and a bronze medal
each bearing a Red Cross will be
given to the individual scouts re
porting the .highest number of sub
scriptions. Work Sunday, Too.'
The Scouts asked the privilege to
work all day Sunday making talks in
their respective, churches in behalf
of the campaign.
A woman's patriotic emergency
rally will be held at Boyd's theater
Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock for the
purpose of mobilizing an army of
1,000 women to call at the homes on
Saturday to collect the 40,000 pledges
promised over the telephone Wednes
day, As 400 Boy Scouts are work
ing on farms helping in the food
conservation work, there are not
enough boys to visit all the homes.
Ward M. Burgess will preside at
the meeting and the following women
will each make one-minute speeches:
Mrs. Phillip Potter, regent of the
uaugnters ot tne' American Kevolu
tion; Mrs. E. M. R. Sunderland, pres- -ident
of the Association of Collegi-
(Continued on rate Two, Column Throe.)
Seven Italian Ships
Are Sunk by Torpedoes
Rome, Tune 21. Two Italian
steamers and five sailing ships were '
torpedoed by submarines during the
last wee It, according to the orhcial
weekly announcement made public
todav. Two others steamers were
attacked, but escaped.
uuring tne same period bUb ships,
with a total gross tonnage of 443,-
10, entered Italian ports and 531
ships, with a tonnage of 481,755
sailed."
The Real Tribute
. For first twenty days of June,
1917, total paid display adver
tising in The Bee, compared with
the same month of last year.
Increased 2,176 Inches
(Warfleld Ag-ency MeasnremeBts.)
While the corresponding figure ;
or the braggart Omaha newa-,
paper
Show Noticeable Decrease
In other words, advertisers art '
giving atoadily increased patron
age to The Bee, because The .
Bee's readers are the people en
terprising merchant! want to
reach. ',"..,.,
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