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The Omaha Daily Bee
VOL. XLVII. NO. 9.
OMAHA, THURSDAY MORNING, JUNE 28, 1917. TWELVE PAGES.
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AMERICAN SOLDIERS IN FRANCE;
MISSING MILLION GIRL FOUND
Papillion Girl Found at Kaw
Metropolis and White Slave
Charges Are Filed Against
Myrtle Alden, the missing 17-year-
old Papillion girl, was arrested Tues
day in Kansas City after a search
of nearly three weeks. The arrest
was made by Russell Eberstein of the
Omaha branch of the federal bureau
of investigation on information re
ceived from the authorities there.
The girl was found in company
with Frank McCarthy, a married man,
whose deserted wife lives in St. Jos
eph. McCarthy is held on a charge
of white slavery under the Mann act.
The girl will be used as a witness
Starts With a Flirtation.
Myrtle told the Kansas City officers
that until a few months ago she had
never met any young men, aside from
employes on her father's farm. Her
home ivae near the railroad track and
one day McCarthy, who was a brake
man, waved his hand at her as the
train on which he was riding, passed.
Another time when the train was
stalled near the farm, he called at the
house and they went for a walk.
This, according to Miss Alden, was
the beginning of their acquaintance.
-She pld the officers that McCarthy
made love to her, and, being in ignos
ance of the ways of the world, she
believed all he told her. She detailed
running away from home, coming to
Omaha with McCarthy, remaining
here a short time and then going to
Kansas City. She told the officers that
he was without money and that she
pajd their expenses out of $18 that she
' had been saving.
McCarthy and Girl Disappear.
The Alden girl disappeared from
her home in Papillion Saturday aft
ernoon, June 9. McCarthy disap
peared at the same time. Federal au-
rnonties ana tne ponce ancr county
officials immediately took up the
hunt. No word was received from
them until the arrest Tuesday night.
.The girl's father, J. W. Alden, Mas
tireless in his prosecution of the
search. He visited the federal and
police offices almost daily. He had
pictures ?nd descriptions of his
daughter published in the papers and
sent out many others by mail. He
offered a cash reward for the return
of his daughter.
Tears of Joy,
Tears streamed down his cheeks
v hen lie was told of the arrest.
"Myrtle will be welcomed back to
our arms," he said. "All will be for
given and forgotten. She was so
young and she was taken advantage
uf by this scoundrel. He was always
pestering her. He was always trying
to engage her in conversation. It
will go hard with him if any harm
has come to her."
The dispatch from Eberstein con
cerning the arrest states that Mc
Carthy paid the girl's railroad fare to
Kansas City. A charge of white
slaery has been tiled against him.
The warrant has been issued and he
will be brought here.
Wanted to Return.
McCarthy had been working at Pa-rto
pillion only a few davs with a railroad
signal crew when he and the girl dis
appeared. Miss Alden was employed
by the Elkhorn Valley Condensing
company. McCarthy told the police
that his home is in St. Joseph and
that he has a wife and children living
there. He is 30 years old.
When arrested the girl said she
wanted to return to her home.
For Nebraska Generally fair.
Teroperaturfs at Omaha Yesterday.
I i. m,
7 a. m.
8 . m.
3 p. m 7fi
4 p. m 78
fi p. m 79
6 p. m 78
7 p. m 77
8 p. m 75
Comparative Jjocal Record.
1917. Wtfe-'IHP. 191.
Hlprhost ypBtcplay.... " 81 8 78
1-rfiweat yesterday 6 - 67
Mean temperature. . . . 73 ' 72 7fi 70
Precipitation 1.08 .00 .00 .00
Temperature and precipitation departures
from the normal:
Normal temperature . ... 76
Deficiency for the day 8
Total deficiency since March 1 223
Normal precipitation 16 Inch
Excess for the day 92 inch
Total rainfall since Inarch 1 15.23 inches
Excess sine March 1 1.76 Inches
Deficiency for cor. period, 1916.. 4.26 Inches
Deficiency for cor. period, 1916.. 2.62 inches
Reports From 8 tat loos mt 1 P. H.
Station and State Temp. Hitch,
of Weather, 7 p. m. est.
Cheyenne, part cloudy,. 73 78
Davenport, cloudy...... 7 82
Denver, part cloudy.... 82 8
Ts Moines, cloudy. ... "l 76
Adte City, purt cloudy 93 94
Lander, ctoar 80 62
Nort Platte, clear 94 83
Omaha, cloudy 77 79
Pueblo, part cloudy 76 80
Rapid City, clear 68 76
Salt Lake City, clear... 84 86
Santa Pe, part clourly.. 82 84
Sheridan, part cloudy... 70 76 j
Sioux City, part cloudy 76 78 J
Valentine, cUudy 72 86 j
T Indicates trace of precipitation.
h. A. WELSH, MeteorolOffUt.
PAPILLION GIRL Who hi.
been milling nearly three weeki,
found by federal officers in
Kansas City after unremitting
search by her father and officers.
RIGHT OF REED
IN LABOR CASE
Attorney Bigelow for Laboring
Men Argues State Is With
out Authority to Enjoin
Attorney Bigelow yesterday after
noon attacked the right of Attorney
General Reed to appear in the legal
fight in district court in the hearing
on a motion to dissolve the injunc
tion against the State Board of Med
iation and investigation in -the labor
Opposing batteries of attorneys,
one headed bq the attorney general
and the other by Arthur Mullen,
waged an all day court fight over the
right of the Mediation board-to con
tinue its sessions. Ihe hearing was
held befbre Judge Leslie. He to'jk
the case under advisement and an
nounced that he would render a de
cision today or tomorrow.
Attorneys who argued during the
afternoon on behalf of the Mediation
board charged that factions repre
senting Governor Neville and Attor
ney General Reed had entered Onaha
courts to fight it out, as to whXi is
the best method of settling labor
troubles investigation or by obtain
No Precedent Says Bigelow.
Attorney Eigeldw decjared there
was no precedent where an attjmey
general had brought quo warranto
proceedings except at the request of
the governor. He continued that the
question of "hether the investigation
method is the better in settling hihor
troubles, cannct be determined by a
court, as it, he said, has already been
determined by the legislative body
creating the Modialion board.
Cases were cited, which puroorled
shov. th.it the attorney general
had no right to bring quo warranto
proceedings against the mediators.
"The attorney general." said At
torney Bigelow, "larks the preroga
tive to bring this action in court. He
is not the proper person, unless asked
by the governor."
He challenged Attorney General
Reed. as did Attorney Mullen at the
morning session, to point out any
specific act of the Mediation Board
that would foment trouble or stir up
stnfe or difficulty.
Laments the Controversy.
Attorney Vinsonhaler, arguing at
the afternoon session in the interests
of the attorney general's side of the
case, lamented the fact that the suit
had become a controversy between
Governor Neville's and Attorney Gen
eneral Reed's factions as to which
method of settling the strike trouble
was the better.
He contended that the Mediation
Board, even if allowed to continue its
sessions, could do no more than hear
evidence presented by both employes
and employers and then report as to
which sid was derelict.
"The Mediation Boa'rd has not the
power really to settle the trouble,"
said Attorney Vinsonhaler.
Denies Board's Existence.
"There is no state board of media
tion. The act creating the board con
flicts with the Junkin act, which I
invoked to end labor troubles in
Omaha. Members of the board are
not even de facto officers. In this
time of war we can't afford to be en-
(Continued on Page Two. Column Two.)
Cocchi's Attorney Says
His Client is Insane
Bologna. June 27. An effort will
probably be made to have Alfredo
Cocchi, the slayer of Ruth Cruger in
New York, undergo a mental exami
nation. Signor Venturini, Cocchi's at
torney believes such an examination
is indispensable, as he is of the opin
ion that the man is not entirely re
sponsible for his actions. According
to the defense even Cocchi's behavior
in prison is not that of an entirely
sane person. ;
Capture of Coal Mining City by
British Seems Imminent;
French Take Cavern
(AiMcteted Pres. War Summery.)
While General Haig is closing in
so closely upon Lens that the capture
by the British of that coal mining city
and its adjacent fields seems im
minent, it is a question whether the
British operation will be accompanied
by an offensive move by the French
on a like scale.
General Tetain's occasional strokes
give the impression that alll he is
trying to do is to preserve his vant
age points as the basis for resuming
the French advance at some future
time when that effort seems advisable.
The most important of the recent
French drives was that of Monday
at iiurtebise, west of Lraonne. Ihe
Uermans seem to have suffered a
considerable deprivation here, one of
the positions taken being a fortress of
The program of the entente in
Greece continues to develop more
and more tangibly. It is now evident
that it is their purpose to cause the
convocation of the Parliament of
May 31, 1915. which was controlled
by the Venizelists, having a majority
favorable to the ententes cause.
French Official Report.
Paris, June 27. Heavy artillery
fighting continues in the region of
Hurtebise, says today's official an
nouncement. The statement follows:
"The Germans made no further at
tacks on the position which we took
from them in that region on Monday.
"According to information on hand,
among the positions which we cap
tured on tha'. day is the 'cavern of
the dragon,' more than 100 meters
wide and about thirty meters deep,
which had been converted into a
yeritable fortress. Thi cavern, with
numerous exits and openings from
which machine guns were fired, con
stituted an armed position and post
of departure for enemy troops in
making counter attacks. A consid
erable amount of war material was
stored there, including nine machine
guns in good condition, equipment for
more than 300 men, numerous rifles,
ammunition depots and electric
searchlights and a hospital relief out
post, which fell into our hands. The
number of prisoners counted has
reached 340, of whom six are of
ficers. "In the Champagne the enemy made
a surprise attack west of Mount Car
aiillet. It was repulsed. We penetra
ted the German lines near Maison de
Champagne and brought back ten
Last night German aviators threw
several bombs on Nancy. No dam
age was done and tnere were no cas
Britons Repulse Counter Attacks.
London. June 27. British gunfire
checked in its incipiency a German
counter attack attempted early today
upon the new British positions on the
Arras front northwest of Jontaine-le-Croisillcs,
it was officially an
nounced in today's war office report.
Otherwise only raiding operations
along the British front are recorded.
Germans Expect British Rush.
Copenhagen, June 27. German
military writers, with enlightenment
furnished to them by the war press
bureau, express the opinion that the
British are preparing a new offensive,
but that no serious attacks by the
French are to be expected at this
Captain von Salzmann writes in the
Vossische Zcitung that the feints of
the British commander in the last
week evidently were to cover a re
grouping of troops and a surprise at
tack which probably will be made like
the Wytschaete offensive against a
narrow front with the extraordinarily
heavy concentration of artillery and
infantry. He believes the attack may
come north of Yprcs.
General von Ardenne in the Tage-
blatt declares a Russian offensive is
entirely impossible at this time. The
general dismisses the convention of
workmen and , soldiers' delegates
which decreed an offensive as "a meet
ing swayed by gold and alcohol,",
which was guilty of false pretenses in'
assuming to speak in the name of the
He says the army is impregnated
with mutiny and disaffection and has
been reduced to half its original num
bers by desertions and sickness: that
officers are murdered and that the in
auguration of an offensive is beyond
its power even should the soldiers
Submarines Destroy Twenty-Eight
British Vessels During Past Week
London, June 27. Twenty-one Brit
ish vessels of more than 1,600 tons
each and seven under 1,600 tons were
sunk by mines or submarines last
week, according to the weekly state
ment of losses issued by the admiralty
this evening. No fishing vessels met
The aggregate number of vessels
MAJ.-GEN. THOMAS H. BARRY.
One of tha department com
m.nd.rt who has mn much active
service. Ha e.rv.d through tha
Spanish war and in many of tha
minor campaigns. It was on his
r.comm.nd.tion that tha secretary
of war decided to fiva tha can
tonm.nt for tha Thirtaanth di
vision to Das Moinas.
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MILLION TO BE
PAID IN OMAHA
Omaha Building and Loan As
sociations to Make Distribu
tion of Profits July 1 ; Over
$34,000,000 in Assets.
Approximately $1,000,000 in divi
dends willlie paid to Omaha deposi
tors by building and loan companies
here July 1. -
This will be by far the largest
amount ever paid in dividends by
the combined loan companies of
Omaha. There are nownine of them
operating here with combined assets
carefully estimated today at more
Generally speaking the assets of
these companies during the year have
increased 12 per cent.
The Conservative Savings and Loan
association, the Omaha Loan and
Building association and the Nebraska
Savings and Loan association will pay
dividends at im rate of 5 per cent
per annum, or 2'j per cent for the
half year closing June 30.
The other six companies are still
talking of keeping their dividend rate
up to 6 per cent. The meetings of
the directors of the various associa
tions are being held this week and
these details are being worked out.
The companies paying 6 per cent
dividends are those that are keeping
their loan rale at 6.6 or 7 per cent.
Those having reduced their dividend
rate are the companies loaning money
at 6 per cent, or less.
The overabundance of money in
the country, and especially in this
western section, is given as a reason'
for reducing the rales of the loans
and the rate of dividends.
The Conservative Savings and Loan
association, the largest in the west,
has assets now totaling $14,000,000.
This is an increase in assets of $1,500,
000 for the fiscal year. The farm
loan department of this institution,
President Gilmore says, has $2,000,
000 out on farm loans and the depart
ment is only two years old.
The Omaha, which is the next larg
est institution of its kind in Omaha,
probably will show total assets of
more than $11,000,000.
The Occidental, next in size, prob
ably will show assets of $5,000,000.
The combined building and loan
companies of Omaha subscribed for
Liberty bonds in the sum of $1,000,-
000. These bonds are rapidly being
sold to customers, though the loan
companies still hold large numbers
of them. The investment in 3'A per
cent Liberty bonds, however, officials
say, does not aflect the rate ot divi
dend or interest in the company in
any way, as these bonds were bought'
out ot money in tne reserve account
and money which therefore was not
usually hearing interest.
Attend Canning School
Missouri Valley, Ta., June 27 (Spe
cial.) Fourteen hundred attended
the canning demonstrations in Har
rison county in the two weeks past.
Nineteen canning clubs have been or
ganized in the county.
flying the British flag destroyed by
mines or submarines last week shows
a net falling off of four as compared
with the losses reported the previous
week, which numbered thirty-two
twenty-seven of more than 1,600 tons
and five in the smaller division. In
Ihe larger category a decrease of six
vessels is shown, while among, the
smaller craft an increase of two ves
sels lost is indicated.
CAMP SITE ISSUE
Hitchcock and Lobeck Will In
troduce Resolutions Asking
War Department to Go.
Into Whole Matter. "
.f Th. Om.ha Rm,
185 FoartMnth Strt, N. W.
(By a Staff Corrsipondont.)
Washington, June 27. (Special Tel
egram.) The abruptness with which
the War department today turned
down the claim of Omaha for consid
eration for selection as one of the can
tonment sites was one of the greatest
surprises the War department has
sprung during the entire period since
the selection of the various camps
trhoughout the country have been un
To the members of the Omaha
Commercial club, who have exhausted
every effort to lay before the depart
ment the merits of Omaha's location
and facilities for a cantonment, the
brusque telephone announcement to
day by Secretary Baker to Senator
Hitchcock that General Barry's orig
inal recommendation of Des Moines
received at the department this
morning would receive the endorse
ment of the secretary, was in the na
ture of a blow beneath the belt, for it
was felt that the decision adverse to
Omaha had been reached before the
dpartmnet had had time fairly to con
sider the arguments for Fort Crook
presented to the department yester
day by Senator Hitchcock, Congress
man Lobeck and the Individual mem
bers of the Commercial club.
Brown Is Surprised.
President Randall K. Brown, of the
Commercial club made this state
ment to the Bee correspondent to
night: "Naturally, the committee is great
ly disappointed, also is grealty sur
prised, especially at the part the
president of the Chicago and North
western railroad is said to have
played in stating that the site chosen
was sufficient and adequate in rail
road and drainage facilities.
"However, we are game; we shall
try to forget our disappointment of
today and we feel that inasmuch as
the Omaha sites were palpably not
properly reviewed by the military
examining board, that instructions
are Omaha is to be held in reserve for
some other military purpose. While
we have been eliminated from can
tonment sites, General Barry surely
has in mind providing certain other
valuable purposes for the sites we
Troops in Due Time.
Keen as is this disappointment,
we feel that Omaha will receive in
due time its full quota of troops for
war purposes of all descriptions..
"I can state that the entire com
mittee of the Commercial club can
only feel that the action of General
Barry and the military committee of
investigation and the individual action
of President Aishton of the Norths
western can only indicate that Omaha
will be favorably taken care of in
other directions. The entire exclusion
of Omaha from consideration in the
present matter, we feel, could only
have occurred because of other im
portant views of location for large
bodies of troops of which Omaha
will receive its quota."
Senator Hitchcock introduced in the
senate today and Congressman Lo
beck in the house resolutions calling
upon the secretary of war to transmit
reports of the boards of officers ap
pointed to designate the cantonment
site which resulted in the selection
of Des Moines.
The resolutions were introduced as
a result of reports that certain rail
road courtesies had been extended in
connection with viewing candidates
for cantonment sites.
President Randall Brown. Commis
sioner Manley and Fred Davis will
remain in Washington for a few days,
Ward Burgess leaving tonight tor
New York, Mr. Biikinghain for Chi
cago and Mr. Haverstick for Carlisle,
Pa., to visit his mother.
Up to Baker, Says Barry.
Chicago, June 27. (Special Tele
gram). Conference with General
(Continued on Tage Two Column ,
Lutherans Will Build
Chicago, June 27. Appropriation
of $20,000 for a Lutheran consumptive
sanitarium at Belen, N. M., was
among the important actions taken
before the adjournment here last
night of the forty-seventh convention
of the general synod of the Evangeli
cal Lutheran church in the United
States. The most important action of
the convention was approval of a
resolution to merge the general
synod, the general council and the
united snyod of the south into one
Lutheran body with nearly a million
Mrs. Joslyn Pays $50fi00
Into County's Treasury
Mrs. Sarah H. Joslyn, widow of
the late George A. Joslyn, who left
nearly a $6,000,000 estate, has
paid into the county treasury $54,
276 state inheritance tax. The fed
eral inheritance tax on the estate
was more than t half million dollars,
SECOND CONTINGENT SAFE
ON FRIENDLY SOIL AFTER
PASSING SUBMARINE ZONE
Transport Lands United States Troops at French Port
Where They Are Received With Cheers by
Crowds Waiting for Coining of Ship;
General Pershing Arrives Today.
MAJOK IJUrt. JUHll
SLICES ARE MADE
IN TAX BOOSTS
Court House Rumors, Have it
Equalization Board Will Ad
journ Saturday Despite
Few Cases Heard.
Court house attaches say that the
County Board of Equalization, which
has been making wholesale reduc
tions, in taxes raised to dizzy fig
ures by County. Assessor Fitzgerald,
will adjourn Saturday night. ,.
Of the more than S.000 notices of
boosts in assessments sent out by the
county assessor the night before the
equalization board began its sessions
two weeks ago Tuesday, only 1,000
protests have been heard.
Reductions running into the mil
lions have been made, with approxi
mately 4,000 cases undisposed of. It
is understood any slight raises were
accepted by taxpayers.
Members of the equalization board
say the hulk of the big business in
terests will have been heard by Sat
The board remained in session until
11 o'clock Tuesday night and made
many startling reductions over the
county assessor's objections.
Attorney Mullen, representing Mrs.
Sarah H. Joslyn, "Omaha's richest
woman," raised from $562,715 to $4,
552.542, the "star" boost of the 5,000,
again went before the board to pro
test the boost, which he termed "ar
bitrary discrimination and unfair."
Taken Under Advisement.
Mrs. Joslyn's protest was taken un
der advisement. The Omaha plant of
the Western Newspaper Union, of
which Mrs. Joslyn is the chief stock
holder, was reduced from $200,000 to
Two big reductions were made
Wednesday morning on the assess
ments of the Bankers Mortgage Loan
company and the Haarrnan Vinegar
and Pickle company, respectively,
from $200,000 to $40,550 and from
$100,000 to $20,000.
Other reductions made in the last
twenty-four hours are as follows:
ever. Elavator company, from $30,000 to
Oman Wall Taper company, from 126,000
Alamlto Dairy company, from 150,000 to
Nnbraaka-Towa drain, company, from
175,000 to 155.000.
Omaha Bottling company, from 16,000 to
Bnilth Brlrk company, from 180,000 to
Sh.rmiin-M'-Connell Drue" company, from
$70,000 to $41,500.
Owl lruv company, from $IB,000 to
Luther L. Koontie, 429 South Thirty
ninth, peraonal, from $10,000 to $6,500.
Suffragettes Are Taken
To Washington City Jail
Washington, June 27. The six mil
itant suffragists who were fined $25
for violating city ordinances with al
ternative of three days in jail decided
not to pay the fines and were taken
off in a Black Maria to the local jail.
A French Seaport, June 27. 1
The second contingent of Amer
ican troops disembarked here
The troops landed amid tha
frantic cheers of the people,
who had gathered for hours be
fore in anticipation of duplicat
ing yesterday's surprise.
Enthusiasm rose to fever
pitch when it was learned that
the transports and convoys had
successfully passed the tub
marine lone. The port was
speedily beflagged in honor of
the occasion. .
All the troops now arrvied
were transferred today to a
camp not far distant from this
point, where Major General
William L. Sibert is installed.
Thence they probably will
to soon to a point near the
PERSHING TO COME.
All the troops are in excellent
shape, enthusiastic over the
successful trip and, their recep
tion and eager for action.
Major General Pershing, the
American commander, will be
Tha harbor is dotted with
convoys. The streets are -filled
with soldiers in khaki and blue
jackets. Great numbers of trucks
are transporting immense sup
plies to th camp in which tha
.troops art concentrating.
rnK&nutu. , IS INDEPENDENT..
. AV'ashingtbn, June 27. The epochal
landing ot American troops tn France
cannot bt fully discussed at this time
for obvious reasons concerning the
safety of other contingents.'
, It is entirely permissible to say that
they are part of the force which will
be under command of Major General
Pershing and for whose arrival the
general and his staff have been ar
ranging. The American troops will
be an entirely independent command,
just as are the British troops, work
ing, of course, with the French at the
head of operations as they are on
French soil. '
When the troops have had their
period of preparation behind the lines
they will take a place on the battle
front and probably soon will be car-
rying the Stars and Stripes in the as
saults which steadily are driving the
Germans out of France and Belgium.
All Are Regulars.
All'the troops under General Persh
ing's command are regulars, and com
prise the division which President
Wilson directed to proceed, to France
"at the earliest possible time." Infor
mation of what other troop move
ments may be made is surrounded by
censorship to insure, as far as pos
sible, a safe voyage through the sub
, It is not permissible to say what
precautions were taken to get the
American troop ships past the waiting
German submarines, but- there is no
doubt that the precautions were care
fully worked out, because it is gener-
tally believed that some time ago most
ot the Uerman submarine fleet was
withdrawn from its attacks on com
mercial shipping to make it ready
to ambush the American troop ships
The successful landing, while a
source of gratification to officials here,
viewed from the point of being a mili
tary operation, is regarded with added
significance for its moral effect on
Germany, if it is permitted to become
The reference in the cable dis-.'
patches to a duplication of "yester
day's surprise," intimating that there
was also a landing yesterday, passes
without comment here, but obviously
discloses a landing of a contingent
not recorded in yesterday's dispatches.
Belle Fourche Kiddies
"Doing Bit" for Defense
Belle Fourche, S. D., June 27.
(Special.) Interest has reached a
high pitch among the Belle Fourche
school children in their desire to' help
Uncle Sam. Forty-five plots, eleven
and one-half by sixteen and one-half
feet, have been planted to garden
truck by the grade pupils, and vacant
lots amounting to about three acres
are being cultivated by members of
the agriculture class. : A special
teacher has been employed for the
season, and sixty pupils have enrolled
in the manual training, agricultural,
and school garden classes for the
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