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The Omaha Daily Bee
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VOL. XLVII NO. 5.
OMAHA. SATURDAY MORNING, JUNE 23, 1917. EIGHTEEN PAGES.
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WOMAN SHOT TO DEATH BY HUSBAND;
OMA HABQISCOUTS BOOS T RED CROSS
FREELY TO AID
BIG WAR FUND
Noonday Luncheon Reports
Show Total of $201,852.42,
a Gain of $20,783.67
The total Red Cross fund report
ed at noon Friday was $201,852.42,
a gain of $20,783.67 over that of
Of this amount Boy Scouts
turned in subscriptions totaling
The steady, unfaltering advance of
the Omaha Red Cross legions is proof
that citizens are awake to the vital
issue of the mission of the great heal
Boy Scouts, who began their can
vass of the residence district Thurs
day will continue their drive until
Monday morning, although the cam
paign proper wilt close at noon Satur
Figuratively speaking, the Boy
scouts art, scaling the trenches in
gathering pledges for- the fund. The
average of the subscriptions for each
house is $4.50.
The following telegram was re
ceived at the headquarters early to
day fromC. W Dietrich, secretary of
the Red Cross war council in Wash
"Greatly encouraged. Reports most
gratifying from all parts of-the coun
try, but the real test is yet to come.
Every community must do its utmost
if the goal is reached. Only $100,000,
000 will meet the situation."
Sick Child Gives Bit.
"Xo amount in actual cash is too
small for appreciation," said a mem
ber of the Omaha finance committee.
A little girl ran into the headquar
ters and handed a member of the
committee 25 cents, saying, "That is
all 1 have in my bank account, but I
want you to have it to help save a
Little Maynard Saylcs. son of Mr.
and Mrs. J. A. Saylcs, 2603 Popple
ton avenue, lying on a sick bed, his
body pulsating, at fever heat with the
dread malady of scarlet fever, is do
ing his bit for the Red Cross.
Bitter medicine, so bitter that it
would make a grown person hesi
tate to swallow it. is the means of
raising his subscription to the Red
When the physician announced yes
terday that the quarantine could not
be raised in time for the Boy Scouts
to approach the Sayles' home, disap
pointment brough tears to the little
hero's eyes. Thinking of his brave
uncle, who was killed in the Philip
pines, he . swallowed a lump and
choked back the tears while his
mother announced that the problem
of helping save a soldiir was solved.
She telephoned little Maynard's con
tribution, and when the quarantine is
raised his card will be signed at the
Boy Scout headquarters.
Scoutmaster C. H. English will re
main at scout headquarters every
night until 10:30 to receive reports
from the troops.
Women Hold Meeting.
Employes of firms who have con
tributed have asked for Red Cross
hangers. They said that without the
cards in their windows they feel like
slackers. An arrangement was made
by the committee txrdeliver the hang
ers to the business firms, and any
contributor may procure one at head
quarters. A snappy but spirited emergency
rally was that of the woman's organ-
(Continued on Tngn Two, Column Three.)
Tnr N'ebraslta Unsettled.
. Tempeiirtureii at Omaha Teaterdnr.
6 a. m.
7 a. m.
8 a. m..
9 a. m.
10 a. ni.
11 a. m.
1 p. in.
p. ni 0a
I p. ni 17
fi p. m 92
1 p. ni SB
7 p. m 87
8 p. m 84
Comparative Local Record.
1917. DID. 1515. Hit.
Highest yesterday .. 97 89 79 85
Lowest yesterday .. 61 63 61 69
.Mean temperature . . 80 76 71) 77
Precipitation T .87 .00 .CO
Temperature and precipitation departures
vfrom Hie normal:
Normal temperature 73
Excess for tile day 13
Total deficiency since March 1 3-3
Norma! precipltalton 17 Inch
Deficiency for the day 17 Inch
Total rainfall since March 1 13.60 Inches
Etcees since March 1 971 nch
Peflctency (or cor. period, 1916.. 6.48 inches
Deficiency for cor. period. 1915.. 1.77 Inches
Reports from stations al 1 P. M.
Statton md Stale
Chevf nne. clear , ,
le Moln'p, clear..
7 p. m.
fall. I htcn jfii.
North Platte, clcuily
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L A MHLSH. Mctcorolosist.
Mother Sous Hl.
Register; l' to Jail
San Francisco, June 22. Walter
NahL aged 21 years, whose mother
informed the authorities of his fail
ure to register for the selective
draft, was sentenced to ninety days
in the county jail today. Judge M.
T. Dooling in the United States
district court overruled a demurrer
attacking the constitutionality of
the draft act and ordered registra
tion of Nahl before he began to
OPENED TWO DAYS
AGO IS EXTENDING
Germans Are Driven from Prac
tically All Positions They
Had Recaptured Near
Town of Laon.
(Associated Press War Summary.)
The engagement between the
French and the Germans which was
opened Wednesday by a German at
tack near Vauxaillon, southeast of
Laon, is being continued spiritedly by
the artillery, the infantry fighting
having temporarily died down.
Paris today reports an extension of
the artillery duel eastward from
Vauxaillon. It was raging last night
along a front of approximately ten
miles as far as the vicinity of Braye-En-Laonnois,
reaching what the of-
hcial report characterizes as ex
Germana Lose Ground Gained.
The infantry battle, after initial
success for the German crown prince,
came to a halt after his troops had
lost virtually everything they had
gained. Only one small salient re
mained to the Ircrmans. Kcsumption
of attacks by one side or the other
and along a much wider front appears
an early probability.
In the Champagne also heavy fight
ing is in progress. Afufr the disap
pointing result of yesterday's attack
by the Germans between Mont Car
nilet and Mont Blond in which the
crown prince's forces were not only
repulsed but afterward driven from
their own positions, they attacked
aeam last nmht. this time at 1 eton
Heights. This assault ' also failed,
Paris announces, all the positions re
maining in French hands.
Britons In Raids.
Along the British front in France
and Belgium only raiding operations
are reported, the British raids have
been chiefly in the region between
the Arras battlefront and that of the
recent advance in Belgium. This
curving section of the German line
protects Lille, the main objective of
both the Arras and Jlessmes drives.
On the Austro-Itahan front General
Cadoma apparently is exerting heavy
pressure along a wide sector ot the
Trentino front where Trent is the
Germans Will Fight Russians.
Petrograd, June 22. Along the
Russian northern front south of
Smorgon, German airplanes have
dropped leaflets which read:
"Thanks for the long rest during
which fraternization enabled us to
transfer troops to the western front
to hold up the attack of the English
and French. No enough are trans
ferred. We are going to fight and
will fire on fratcrnizcrs."
Italians are Advancing.
Rome, June 22. Successes fofnhe
Italians in both the Dolomites region
and on the Carso plateau are reported
by the war office tonight. The sum
mit of Hill 2,668 on Lagazuoi Piccolo
was carried by the Italian troops.
South of Versic the Italians advanced
their lines and repulsed enemy as
saults. Germans Beaten Back.
Paris, June 22. After violent artil
lery preparation last evening the Ger
mans attacked the Teton Height. To
day's official statement says they pen
etrated advanced French posts but
were ejected after sharp fighting.
Union of Lutheran
Chicago. June 22. Reunion of the
United Synod of the South, the Gen
eral council and General synod of the
Evangelical Lutheran church in the
United States was practically effected
here today at a meeting of the Gen
Boy Scouts Showing the Right
Spirit in Their Red Cross Work
. A red-headed, freckled-faced lad,
with all his front teeth missing
walked into the Boy Scout headquar
"Aw, give me a subscription blank,"
he lisped. "Give me one. will yuh? I
wanna go to the Scout picnic." .
"But you're not old enough to do
scout work, and besides 1 haven t a
niank here. Lhiet r.xecutivc bcout
English told him.
aw. please get me one, 1 so wan-
na help," the little lad, w ho was not I
more than 7 years old, pleaded, as two
larac tears welled up in his eyes.
' Touched by the lad's request Mr.
, English plumed une of his Scouts,
who brought in one of his supply of
In about an hour the frrcklcd-faced
(buy. with a smile on his face that
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Ml ML I LLI! OI1LLLO
FROM 11. S. SHIP
Captain of American Steamer
Arriving at Atlantic Port Re
ports Battle With Ger
'An Atlantic Port, June 22. The
captain of an American steamer, just
arrived at an Atlantic port, reported
today that he believed the steamer
sank a U-boat on June 4, when two
days out from Liverpool, England,
enroute to an Atlantic port.
In a story written today by the
wireless iperator on the ship the
We left Liverpool on our home
ward voyage June 1. We were run.
ning at night without lights. Tin
guns were cleared for action. We re
ceived 'S. O. S.' messages from two
British vessels attacked by subma
rines, but in each case they escaped
alter a gun battle.
See Shells Drop.
"We could plainly see the shells
from these British vessels as thev
dropped, out could not see the sub
marines with which they were
We were on a zig-zag course and
making lull speed when the lookout
sighted a lifeboat. We steered to see
what was in it. It was empty.
About twentv minutes after oass
ing the empty lifeboat, or about 6:30
p, in., ship s tune, one of the gunners
sighted a torpedo headed straight for
us. lie shouted to the bridge: Here
it conies; torpedo port side.
"The chief officer, who was on the
bridge, shouted to the quartermaster
'hard starboard.' We swung off. The
torpedo had a red head about sixteen
inches in diameter. It was about ten
feet long. The torpedo struck us on
the port side a glancing blow amid-
ship right near the engine room. Our
ship was empty and we all thought
the torpedo had exploded, from the
terrific noise it made when it hit.
Whistle Sounds Warning.
'-irnttitSrieoesTr'tlie "sWs" whistle
blew short and successive blasts,
which was signal to abandon ihip and
man the lifeboats, which were launch
ed at once. " " '
"The captain, who had remained on
htlie ship, found the torpedo had failed
to cxpione. Ail hands were then or
dered back oh ship. We were lying
perfectly still for at least an hour.
"When the commander of the sub
marine saw our crew coming back
from the lifeboats and climbing uoon
deck he immediately cave un his
chase for two other British merchant
ships and started for us again. The
submarine was about 2,000 yards off
"Suddenly came the command:
'Man the guns.'
"The chief gunner gave the ranges
from the bridge.
"When about 600 yards off our star
board quarter a shell from our for.
ward gun hit it and it submerged.
Again it appeared and our aftergun
hit it and blew away its periscope.
U-Boat Goes Down.
Another shot from our forward cun
fell right on top of the submarine.
I here w as a shower of black specks
which rose high in the air, followed
by a great commotion, bubbles of wa
ter and a light blue smoke arising
from the stern of the U-boat, where
a second before had been the eyes of
"Our crew, which was lined un
against the starboard rail watching
the battle, gave a hearty American
cheer when the submarine disap
peared. .Nineteen shots in all were fired,
which is the secretary of the navy's
To Issue First Farm
Loan Bonds at Premium
Washington, Tune 22. The first is
sue of farm loan bonds, it was an
nounced tonight, will be offered the
public about July 1. From $100,000.-
000 to $150,000,000 of the bonds, bear
ing Ay3 per cent interest, probably will
be issued within a year.
1 he twelve federal land banks.
through the Farm Loan board, have
concluded an arrangement with a
group of investment bankers under
which half of the issue, up to $.30,000.
000, during the next six months will
be marketed by the bankers.
stretched from ear to ear, proudly
walked into the office and laid down
his blank. It was subscribed for $20.
The example is just one of many in
which Omaha persons,- small and
large, are working to make the Red
Cross campaign a success.
Of the subscriptions turned in at
the Hotel Fontenelle Friday one was
from a girl at the Grain exchange,
who went without her dinner so that
she could contribute her mite. Her
subscription was 25 cents. Another
girl walked from the north part of
Ihe city to work Friday morning. She
gave the dime to the Red Cross.
Ward Burgess, who will give the
Scouts a picnic for their Red Cross
work, has announced that it will be
a pirnir that they will not forget for
?ome time. "They've cerainly earned
it," he said "
JOHN PETLOM, SOUTH OMAHA MAN who murdered
hi wife, Bessie, and their 5-year-old on, John, Jr., who
witnessed the tragedy. The victim had her 2-year-old baby
in her arms when shot. , i
FIGHT TO MOVE
MADRON CASE TO
Judge Grimes of North Platte
Hearing Arguments in Place
of Judge Westover in Al
leged Blackmail Case.
Cliadron, Neb., June '22. (Special
Telegram.) Judge II. M. Grimes of
North Platte sat in place of Judge
Westover in the district court when
tlje Chadron-Umaha conspiracy to
blackmail case was called at V a. ni
The defendants in the case are
Stephen Maloney, William. S. Dolan,
wiaries w. ripKin, oust A. lylec.
Phillip Winckler and Harvey Wolf
of Omaha, and Allen G. Fisher, L.
K. Mote and Charles 1. Day of Chad
ron. Attorneys for the defendants inter
cd a motion for a change of venue to
another county, on the grounds that
a fair and impartial trial can not be
had in Dawes county. Arguments
were started today and it is believed
a decision will be announced on Sat
urday as to whether. the trial will be
held here or in another county.
Prosecution Resists Change.
The prosecution is resisting the
effort to gain a change of venue.
The case was instituted in the name
of the state with County Attorney
Critcs as complainant. Ben S. Baker,
Michael Harrington and Earl Mc
Dowell are representing the defend
ants. H. C. Brome is chief counsel for
The defendants were bound over by
County Judge Slattery three weeks
Detective Paul Sutton and Mrs.
Elsie Phelps are in court.
The 'defendants are charged with
having conspired to extort 500 from
Mr. Critcs, $500' from Mrs.' Robert
Hood, $1,000 from Robert -Hood; to
cause Crites and Mrs. Hood to be
found together in the former's office;
to threaten Crites with unfavorable
publicity and to cause him to refuse to
prosecute certain cases which were
Forty-Two Austrians Taken
From Leadville Under Guard
Leadville, Colo., June 21. Forty
two Austrian prisoners at the county
jail, held on charges of evading the
selective draft law, were removed to
a special train today by a special
guard of National Guard troops
brought from Denver by United
States Marshal Burrjs, after threats
had been made by their countrymen
here to free them.
The men were taken to Salida
where they were arraigned and held
for the federal grand jury at Pueblo.
Liberty Loan 31 ore
Than Three Billions
Washington, June 22. Subscrip
tions to the Liberty loan have sur
passed the highest estimate of the
treasury officials and exceed $3,000,-000,00a
COURT ORDER NOT
TO HOLD MEETING
Members Decide to Respect
Restraining Order Ob
tained by Attorney
The board of mediation and investi
gallon, which has been considering
controversies m the labor situation
yesterday voted to ask the district
court to pass, at an early date, upon
the constitutionality of the act cre
ating the board.
in view ot the quo warranto pro
ceedings started by Attorney General
Reed on Thursday, and the service of
restraint!: order Thursday night, the
board adjourned to await further ac
tion of the district court.
' Judge Sawyer of the board offered
the motion, which was in form a re
quest .to the district court to pass
upon the challenge of the altornev
Wants Early Action.
"The right of this board has been
challenged on the constitutionalitv
of the creative act," said Anson B'lge-
low, attorney for the labor unions.
"I would not recommend that this
board should submit to an abject sur
render of it rights. I believe that
one of the district judges would hear
the case un Saturday morning if a
request were made. Wc need care
fulness and caution, not only of the
desires of our fellow men, but of the
common interest of our country in
this crisis. Sonic of the crafts and
their employers 1 ave gotten together.
nn enort nac i ccu made by other
crafts to effect in adjustment. The
difficulty in some crafts is as wide. as
it was at the beginning. There is
(Continued on Tairft Two, Column Biz.)
Negro Who Ran Down Little
Girl Reported Lynched
Houston, Tex., June 22. Telephone
reports from Courtney, Tex. to
day say that Ben Harper, one of an
automobile party of negroes, which
ran down and killed Allie May Good
rum, a. 13-year-old girl, yesterday has
Omaha Mobilization Point
Minneapolis,- Minn., June 22, (Spe
cial Telegram.) Omaha has been
designated as a point of mobilization
for the sixteen held hospital com
panies and sixteen ambulance com
panies to be raised throughout the
central department. Fort Snclling
has been designated as mobilization
point for one field hospital company
and one ambulance company. Other
selected points include Fore Meade.
S. D.; Forts Crook and Des Moines.
The field hospital company includes
five officers and seventy-three enlisted
men and the ambulance company five
MRS. JOHN PETLOM MURDERED
IN HER HOME IN SOUTH OMAHA
AS SHE HOLDS BABY IN ARMS
Tragedy Follows Quarrel Over Money; Husband' Story
That Wife First Shot Him is Denied by Neigh
bors Who Witnessed Shooting; Held to
District Court on Murder Charge.
Mrs. Bessie Petlom, 22 years old, 5233 South Eighteenth
street, was shot and instantly killed by her husband, John Pet
lom, an employe of the Swift Packing' company car repair
works, at 10 o'clock Thursday night.
Petlom was arrested and confessed to committing the mur
According to Petlom, his wife left the supper on the table
for him when he came home Thursday night, and left the
house. She returned, he said, at 9:30 o'clock.
"What are you going to do about my leaving," he told the
police, she asked. j
"I didn't say a word and she shot me. The bullet grazed
Petlom said when he came to he picked up the gun and
shot his wife through the breast.
At an inquest Friday afternoon probable cause was found
for holding Petlom to answer to
taken to the county jail.
AT WHITE HOUSE
Stiffs Who Insist on Displaying
, Banner Are Taken to Police
Station; Will Make An- -other
Washington, June 22. The police
today began dealing with the suffrage
pickets about the White House with
a firm hand. It was ordered that no
banners were to be permitted to be
displayed and twenty policemen were
stationed about the White House
fence to enforce the order.
Miss Lucy Burns of New York and
Miss Catharine Morey of Boston, car
riers of a banner, who refused to
move from in front of one of the
White House gates, were arrested and
taken to police headquarters.
At police headquarters the two ban
ner bearers were informed that ihey
had been arrested for blocking traf
fic and unlawful assemblage. They
were released on their own recogni
zance and no date was set for trial.
Quote Wilson's Speech.
It developed that the suffragists
look their banners out again today un
der advice of counsel, but that they
had sprung a surprise on the police.
Instead of banners bearing inscrip
tions, characterized as "treasonable"
and "offensive," they bore banners in
scribed with phrases from some of
President Wilson's address.
The banner which led to the arrests
today carried this sentence from the
president's war message:
We will tight for the things we
have always held nearest our hearts
for democracy for the right of those
who submit to authority to have a
voice in their own government."
The suffrage leaders said tonight
that an attempt would be made to
morrow to display banners at the
White House gates. More arrests are
Admits He Stole
$250 in Gold
Chicago, June 22. James Burgess,
manager of the Adams Express com
pany, admitted to the police last night
that he committed the $25,000 robberv
of an express car in the Burlington
yards here Tuesday night. He named
Peter Pcloquin, a switchman, and his
brother, Joe Peloquin, as accomplices.
The Petoquins have not been arrested.
Of Sixteen Field Hospitals
officers and seventy-nine enlisted
The artillery men at Fort Snelling
are not going to Sparta, Wis., but win
train here with the First Minnesota
field artillery, which saw service on
the Mexican border and which expect
ed to be calbrd into federal service
at Fort Snelling any day.
The population of Fort Snelling
camp -will be more than doubled by
the expansion of the Thirty-sixth
United States infantry in three regi
ments and the mobilization of the
First Minnesota field artillery and the
reserve hospital and ambulance units.
the charge of murder. He was
(?) HAVE TWO CHILDREN.
, The Petloms have two children,
John, 5, and Joe, 2. The children were
111 the room and saw their mother
Mrs. Petlom was shot through the
right breast. Peltom has a scalp
wound over the right temple.
Witnesses declared they heard Mr.
and Mra. Petlom quarreling over S75
which Mrs. Peltom is said to have
spent. He questioned her as to the
disposition of the money, to which she
replied she had spent it (or coal, gro
ceries and other necessities.
-.-At this niwer,-Petlom i -alleged
by witnesses to have said: "If you
won't tell me what you spent it for
I'll make you this way."
.THREE SHOTS FIRED.
Three shots rang out, Frank Felix
and Frank Doleial, hearing the shots,
ran over to the house and found Mrs.
Petlom lying face downward on the
sidewalk. Petlom told Doleaal he shot
his wife because she shot hinj.
Mrs. Anna Kozlik, 52 U South
Eighteenth street, about forty feet in'
the rear of whose house the- Petloms
reside, was the first person to reach
Heard Another Shot.
She infbrmed a Bee reporter that
she heard the first shot and stepping
out of her door saw Mrs. Petlom
run out with her babe in her arms
screaming for help. '
When about twenty feet from the
house Mrs. Petlom fell on the side
walk, where she was found by the
neighbors in a pool of blood.
Mrs. Kozlik says after Mrs. Petlom
fell she heard another shot in the
Mrs. rrances Novotny, 5209 South
Eighteenth street, who resides nest
door, tells the same story as Mrs.
Detectives Fle.nine .and Sullivan
are working on the theory that Pcl-
loin used the gun on himself after he
shot his wife.
Dr. Ross, assistant city physician.
who attended Petlom at Ihc station.
alleges ,there were powder marks on
the man's forehead.
Quarreled Over Money.
The Petloms reside in a small
weather beaten cottage in a hollow at
the rear of Mrs. Anna Kozlik's home.
They rented the house from Mrs. Koz
Witnesses declare they heard the
Peltoms quarreling Thursday morn
ing over $75 which Mrs. Petlom had
drawn from the bank. The quarrel
was resumed in the evening. When
searched at the station Peltom had
$77.65 which he says he found hidden
in the basement of his home.
Hunger Riots Reported
At Stettin, Germany
Malmo, Sweden, June 22. Travelers
arriving from Stettin, Germany, report
hunger riots in that city, mainly by
women and children. Troops were
called out to quell the disturbance.
As Smi from th
Grain Eichang Buildiag.
Best Yet Taken
Send Home Office
Bee Photo Dept. Tyler 1000
Sample en exhibit in Farnam
treet windows of Wirthufter's '
cigar store in Be Building.
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