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The Omaha Daily Bee
VOL. XLVII. NO. 10.
OMAHA, FRIDAY MORNING, JUNE 29, 1917. TWELVE PAGES.
UlTlSdSffiSt. SINGLE COPY1 TWO CENTS.
U. S. FORCES BIG CUT M PRICE OF COAL;
OREGON TOWNSmPTA WA Y BY FlOO$
Fair ; : -' i
ROCK CREEK IS
WIPED OUT BY
BREAK IN DAM
Practically Every Building in
City is Destroyed by the
Flood from Killa
Baker, Ore, June 28. Report! from
Haines say the town of Rock Creek
practically was swept away today
when a fifty-foot dam at the flooded
Killamacue lake, fifteen miles west
of Haines, gave way.
Residents of Haines, which is in
' the path of the flood, are . reported
hurrying for high ground.
Almost every building in the town
is said to have been destroyed. Com
munication from the flooded district
has been cut off.
It is not known whether there has
been any loss of life..
Fleeing for Lives.
Along the entire path of the rush
ing water people are fleeing, carrying
with them what few belongings they
were able to gather, according to re
ports reaching here.
several randies nave been com
pletely flooded. The loss will run
into thousands of dollars, it is be
Jieved, as the district affected is con
sidered one of the most productive
gtain and hay sections of Oregon.
Killmacue lake is located on the
summit of the Elkhorn mountain
range. When the dam gave way the
vreters cut a path 200 yards wide
down the mountainside.
The dam belonged to the Eastern
Oregon Light and Power company,
which used it o supply , power to
towns in this vicinity. The lake covers
about thirty acres and is of natural
. Asks Society Women to
Work in Munition Plants
Chicago. June 28. Society women
were urged to sacrifice their week-end
outings fjr work in munitions factor
ies in order to relieve overworked wo
men with families, by Mrs. Raymond
Robins of Chicago, who addressed
the women's war convention.
"Many factories are working their
women employes toe long," she as
serted. "Many factories work women
at night because it is then that their
lusbands are at home to see that the
babies do not fall out of bed.
"If necessary, we women should do
as the women of leisure have done in
England and spend our week-ends in
the factories', so that these mothers of
future citizens may be protected."
Second Payment on
Liberty Bonds is Due
Washington, Tune 28. The second
payment of 18 per cent for subscrib
ers to the Liberty loan who bought
bonds on the installment payment
plan was due today.
The next payment of 20 per cent
is due July 30.
No official estimate has been made
of the payments on the bonds to date,
Lut it is believed that approximately
one-fourth has been paid in.
The engraved bonds probably will
be ready next week.
Watson's Paper. Held v
Up for Attacking Draft
Savannah, Ga., June 28. Under the
provisions of the new espionage act,
the local postoffice today held up de
liveries of Thomas E, W.atson's week
ly newspaper which has been attack
ing the army draft, pending a decision
by the Postoflice department.
For Nebraska Fair.
Temperatures at Omaha Yesterday.
6 a. m 65
6 a, m 6
7 a, m 69
fe a. in 72
ft a. m 74
, 10 a. m 75
U a. m 77
IS noon 79
1 P. TO SO
2 p. m 8t
3 p. m. 81
4 P. m 81
5 p. m 82
6-p. m 82
7 a. m 81
8 P. m It
Comparative Local Record.
117. 1916. 19JD. 1914.
Highest yesterday..., 82 87 86 74
Lowest yesterday 65 fig 65 66
Moan temperature..,. 74 78 75 65
Precipitation ',. ,03 .00 ,10 .00
Temperature and precipitation departures
from the normal:
Normal temperature 75
deficiency for the day ?y 1
Total deficiency since March tn. 24
Normal prerlpKation is inch
Pendency for th dny. .13 inch
Total rainfall since March 2 16.26 Inches
Kxceaa since 11 arch 1 1.62 Inches
lericlney for cor. period, 1916., 4.42 inches
Deficiency for cor, period, 1916.. 2.70 Inches
Reports From Stations at 7 P. M.
Station and State Temp. Hiffh- Rsln-
or w earner. J p. m. cut. fa t.
t'heyenqe. clear 78
lavrnport, clear 76 ftn
Denver, part cloudy
Les Holneai clear..
DodR-e City, clear...
North Platte, clear.
Puehlo, clear SR
Rapid City, clear 80 80
Salt Lake City, clear... 90 92
Santa Fe, part cloudy.. 82 Kit
Hherldan, clear 84 90
Blouic City, clear. ..... . 82 84
Valentine, clear so 88-
L. A. WKL8K, Meteorologist.
Caddie 8 at Elmwood
Are Bird Policemen
Caddies at the Elmwood park
golf links have a "gentlemen's agree
ment" not to molest the birds which
make their homes in this park. The
nest of a meadow lark was observed
this week beneath a bunker and this
happy family has little fear of mo
lestation. The caddies also serve as "bird
policemen," who read the law to any
who would violate the freedom of
the feathered inhabitants of this
HE BOOSTED FOR
. DES, MOINES SITE
President of Northwestern
Road Says He Had Noth
ing to Do With Locating
"Neither the Northwestern Rail
road company nor its officials had
anything to do with the location of
the army cantonment at Des Moines."
This was the statement made by Pres
ident Aishton yesterday during his
stop of ten minutes at the Union sta
tion, while enroute from the west to
Asked if he did not consider Omaha
a more logical location than Des
Moines for one of the cantonments,
President Aishton said:
"That's a question that I do not
care to discuss."
"Is it not a fact that the Omaha
railroad facilities for the efficient
handling of large numbers of soldiers
in and out of the cantonment are
much superior to those of Des
Moines?" was asked of the North
"That is a matter that is entirely in
the hands of the War department
and General Barry to determine. At
any rate, it's not a matter for the
Northwestern or its officers to pass
upon," was the reply of Mr. Aishton.
Was in the West
President Aishton, accompanied by
General Manager Wallers, had been
out on an inspection of the lines west
of the Missouri river. They had been
out a week and, according to Mr.
Aishton, he knew nothing concerning
the final determination to locate the
cantonment at Des Moines. The first
definite information he had of the lo
cation there was when he read the
announcement in the newspapers, he
Here President Aishton was Joined
by Marvin Hughitt, chairman of the
board of directors of the company;
Marvin Hughitt, jr., vice president in
charge of operation, and H. R. McCul
lough, vice president in charge of
traffic. They had come over from
Chicago to accompany President
The oresident of the Northwestern
gave just one minute of his time to
the newspaper men and then he was
grabbed up by Charles C. George,
chairman, and Jit H. Batdrige, George
W. Holdrege, T. C. Byrne and Luther
Drake, members of the Commercial
club committtee named to labor in an
effort to secure the cantonment loca
After the conference Chairman C.
C. George of the cantonment camp
committee said: "The cantonment lo
cation has been taken up by our sena
tor and representative in Washington,
and we are hopeful that the protest
filed by them will cause the matter
to be reopened and later settled on
its merits. Commercial club commit
tees are continuing their activities,
and the committee is still in Wash
ington." Darling Vice President
Of Press Humorists' Guild
New York, June 28. Chicago was
selected today bv the American Press
Humorists in fifteenth annual con
vention as the meeting place for 1918.
James A. Waldron of this city was
chosen president and J. N. Darling
of Des Moines, la., vice president.
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AT FORT CROOK
Big Military Post to Be Made
Mobilization Point for the
Troops Now Being Made
Ready for U. S. Service.
Fort Crook will be made a big mo
bilization camp. Fifteen hundred men,
comprising three regiments of the Ne
braska National Guard, will be mobil
ized there not later than July IS.
The quartermaster at Fort Crook
has made provision for receiving the
men who will be quartered in the
government barracks and in tent col
onies to be established about the fort.
Orders designating Fort Crook as
the mobilization point for the Ne
braska regiments have been issued
by the War department. '
All arrangements for quartering the
men and providing training grounds
are being made in order that every
thing will be in readiness when the
orders are received. Fort Crook, which
is one of the most central and acces
ible Kovernment plants in the countrv.
is now inhabited by a handful of men
numbering about SOO.
1500 Men at Fort.
With 1,500 men quartered at the
fort, each drawing a minimum of $30
per month, the fort will take on the
nature of a well-defined city when the
Nebraska regiments arrive. Two rail
roads running directly through the
fort will make the mobilization an
The regiments are the Fourth, Fifth
and the new Sixth, the latter two of
which have not yet been called into
the federal service. These regiments
will be augmented by the Hospital
corps of Lincoln and the Signal corps
The orders for mobilization by July
IS mean that the fifth regiment,
wnicn accompanied the fourth to the
Mexican border, but which has not
yet been called into federal service,
will receive their orders soon.
To Make Success.
While efforts of Omaha men to
have the cantonment camp at Des
Moines transferred to this city have
so far been without avail, despite 'lu
convincing nature of their arguments,
Nebraska military authorities are de
termined to" make the Nebraska mob
ilization such a success that the gov
ernment must recognize the fort's
"What success the lawmakers from
Nebraska may have at the national
capitol in reopening the cantonment
site question is problematic. Military
affairs of this nature of necessity
must og through many, hands and
with possession goes nine points of
the law," said a member of the com
niittee. Omahans are now doubtful
if the Thirteenth district camp can
be transferred to this cty.
Bill Is Passed by House
Washington, June 28. The bill to
count service in the army or navy as
equivalent to residence and cultiva
tion upon homestead entries, passed
recently by the senate, today passed
the house. Issue of a land patent to
the window or minor children of the
entrant would follow death in the ser
vice. North Island May Be
Taken for Aviation School
Washington, D. C, June 28.
North Island, in San Diego harbor,
may be taken over at a cost not to
exced $500,000 as a site for a gov
ernment aviation school by a bill
passed today in the house. The bill
goes to the senate.
Man Who Threatened
Wilson Given Year in Jail
Newark, N. J., June 28. Adoph
Swimcr, convicted in May of having
threatened to kill President Wilson,
was sentenced today to one year and
one day in the federal penitentiary at
Atlanta. He was a farm hand.
The House that "Jerry" Built
U.S. MAY SEIZE
Labor Troubles May Result in
Government Fixing Prices,
Which Will Automat
ically Fix Wages.
Washington, June 28. Industrial
Workers of the World leaders were
charged with working with German
agents in mines and fields of the
west to stir up strikes and among
Germans and Austrians, in corre
spondence laid before the senate to
day by Senator Thomas of Colo
rado. Particular reference was made
to strikes in Arizona, and Senator
Thomas charged there was a Ger
man conspiracy to cripple smelters
and industries in the west.
Salt Lake City, Utah, June 28.
"Strikes yare becoming so frequent
that I would not be surprised if the
federal government took over the
metal mining properties and the smel
ters of the west and fixed a maximum
selling price which would automati
cally fix the wages," declared John
McBride, representative of the De
partment of Labor, who is in Salt
Lake City trying to settle the wage
dispute between the International
Smelting company and its employes.
Mr. McBride declared that he would
wait here but a few days more to see
whether a settlement of the difficul
ties could be effected.
Mine at Bisbee Closed.
Bisbec, Ariz., June 28. The second
day of the strike of Conner miners
called by the Metal Mine Workers'
Industrial union, a branch of the In
dustrial Workers of the World, found
one large property closed, two oth
ers working with short crews and
several small independent mines shut
down altogether. The large opera
tors, the Shattuck Arizona Copper
company, Which suspended operations
yesterday because only a few men re
ported for work, the Calumet and Ari
zona and the Copper Queen branch of
the Phelps-Dodge corporation, an
nounced their determination to adhere
to the decision to close the mines
rather than treat with the new union.
Representatives of the latter two
companies said that not more than
50 rfer cent of their men had respond
ed to the strike call and predicted
that many Of these would return to
work today. A. D. Kimball, secre
tary of the union, however, said the
strike had the support of 90 per cent
of the miners and that they were con
fident of victory. The miners seek in
creased wages and improved working
Iron Ore Miners May Strike.
Virginia, Minn., June 28. Minne
sota range Industrial Workers of the
World members are prepared to
strike. This was revealed in min
utes of a meeting of the metal mine
workers' branch of the Industrial
Workers of the World found in a
pocket of Secretary Dominic Silver,
who late yesterday was held for ac
tion of the federal grand jury. The
minutes were introduced as evidence.
They call for a general strike "if
our fellow workers are not released
from the Biwabik jail. Fifty Indus
trial Workers of the World arc held
there as alleged slackers.
Y BOARD OF
JERRY' MAGEE IS
AGAIN SUED BY
HIS AGED AUNT
Miss Ellen Pratt, Almost Blind,
.Alleges Magee Used Her
Property to Engage in
The celebrated legal fight of Ellen
H. Pratt of Green Cove, Fla., aged
sister of the late Colonel James H.
Pratt, rich Omahau, against her
granduephew, Jerome Pratt Magee,
former prominent Omaha attorney
clubman and social light, has broken
out again in district court.
Miss Pratt, said to be in poor health,
almost blind and unable to read or
write, is suing Magee for a further
accounting of funds, property, securi
ties and stocks from the estate of
the late Julia A. Fletcher, rich rela
tive, who died in Clay county, Florida,
The aged spinster alleges Magee
in 1911, as her attorney, came into
posession of notes, money, stocks,
bonds and other securities aggregat
ing $165,000, which she says he prom
ised to hold in trust for her and in
vest in good securities and stocks.
Uses Her Property.
She alleges he has not kept the
properly intact and separate from his
own investments. It is alleged he
frequently converted her properly by
pledging it as collateral for loans
made to hi i and also sold part of the
estate and used the proceeds for his
Magee is accused by Miss I'ralt of
having gone into the sheep business
in Montana with money taken largely
from her property.
Early this year she demanded, she
says, that he deliver to her all her
assets in his possession. Miss Pratt
says he refused.
Her attorneys began suit in the
district court February 15, demanding
an accounting of the estate. Miss
Pratt says immediately after she tiled
suit Magee offered to turn over such
assets belonging to her on condition
she dismiss the suit without preju
dice. First Suit Dismissed.
The suit was dismissed February
17, but Miss Pratt alleges her grand
nephew failed to account for $75,000
in money and property.
Slie further alleges he purchased
with funds of the estate a one-half
interest in considerable Omaha prop
erty from Margaret Pratt Olsson.
To Be Put Under
(From a Start Correspondent.)
Lincoln, June 28. (Special.) No
tice was received by Governor Neville
today that the draft will start July 9.
That the draft will be conducted in
a fair manner is indicated by the fact
that no names will be used, hut the
assignment will be made by number,
the serial numbers being sent to
Washington and the selection made
Subsea Sinks Steamer
And Fires on Lifeboat
London, June 28. The Elder
Dempster steamer Addah was tor
pedoed without warning and sunk
by a German submarine on June IS.
The submarine fired on the cap
tain's boat killing eight men.
WEEPS WHEN SHE
Myrtle Alden Tells of Her Flight
With Frank McCarthy;
White 1 Slave Charge
"My little girl, my little girlF said
J. W. Alden of Papillion as he held
his 17-year-old daughter, Myrtle,
tight in his arm yesterday.
The father had been waiting in the
office of the federal bureau of inves
tigation. Russell Ebersteiu, head of
the service, brought 'he girl from
Kansas City, where Wednesday he
arrested her abductor, Frank McCar
thy, a married man. with whom the
girl fled from Papillion the afternoon
of June 9.
Myrtle is small, blond, pretty. She
was neatly dressed in white waist,
blue skirt and slippers.
After she had been embraced by
her older sister, who came up with
her father from Papillion, and they
had cried over the episode, Myrtle
told of the movements of herself and
McCarthy after they left Papillion.
"I didn't want to go with him," she
declared with bowed head. "But he
just kept threatening until I finally
gave him a dollar. And then later
I gave him more. I had about $19,"
First Came to Omaha.
The pair came to Omaha, went to
Council Bluffs on the street car,
stayed in the railroad station a few
hours and finally boarded a. train for
St. Joseph. . ...
"Did McCarthy .tell you his .wife
was living in St. Joseph?" Myrtle was
"He said ft was a woman Jie had
lived with," she replied.
From St, Joseph they went to Kan
sas City where McCarthy went to
work as a painter.
Alden we; tireless in his search or
his daughter. He called st the bureau
of investigation in Omaha almost
daily. Finally a clue was found. Rus
sell Eberstein went to Kansas City
and got track of McCarthy. Before
leaving Omaha Eberstein also got the
number of McCarthy's registration
card. When he met him in Kansas
City, he said:
"You're not registered. I'm a fed
McCarthy pulled out his registra-
(Contlnuod on Paso Two, Column Throe.)
Indicted by U. S. Jury
Cleveland, O., June 28. Chicago
police were asked today to arrest C. E.
Ruthenburg, secretary .of the Cleve
land Socialist party and candidate for
mayor, on a federal indictment charg
ing him with attempting to prevent
Huthenburg is one of the ten men
against whom a special federal grand
jury returned secret indictments yes
terday for war law violations.
Federal Judge Westenhaver today
released Alfred Wagenknecht of this
city, state secretary of the Socialist
party and Charles Baker of Hamil
ton, O., state organizer of the party,
on $3,000 bond each after they had
entered pleas of not guilty. Both
were arrested last night on secret' in
dictments similar to those against
"Bunny" Brief Bought
By Louisville Club
Louisville, Ky June 28. An
nouncement was made here today
that A. J. ("Bunny") Brief, who was
released by the Pittsburgh National
league team, has been secured by the
Louisville American association club
and will report at once.
Brief was purchased from Salt
Lake City of the Pacific Coast
league. Pittsburgh had returned him
to that club after a thirty-day option.
War Costing France Two
Billion Dollars a Quarter
Paris, June 28. France will require
for the third quarter's expenses.
9,843,000,000 francs, or about 218,000,-
UW more than for the' second quarter
of 1917, making total appropriations
for thirty-eight months of 98,832,000,
000 francs. '
These are the totals which will be
submitted to the senate tomorrow by
the appropriations committee.
Way July Seventh
by drawing the numbers on the lottery
No one will know who has been
drawn until the drawn numbers have
been returned to the exemption
boards and comparison 'made with
the registration cards.
These numbers will be sent to the
different registration boards and if
exemption is claimed it will be the
duty of the boards to investigate and
make the examinations.
DOLLAR A TON
Agreement Between Operators
and Government Effective
July 1; Further Cut
Washington, June 28. An immi-c
diate general reduction of $1 to
$1.50 a ton in the price of coal at
the mine was agreed upon today by
representatives of the coal operat
ors. This reduction it expected to be
followed by still further decreases
in price after investigition Into the
costs of mining coal and it is prob
able that the government will be
given a still lower price then that to
the general public.
Hundreds of millions of dollars
will be saved to the American peo
ple through this decision. The .
agreement on mice reduction is
understood to relate to bituminous
Washington, June 28. The con
ference of 400 operators, representing
all coal producing states, took quick
action today toward lowering coal
prices by adopting resolutions autho
rising their committees "to give as
sent to si. ch maximum prices for coal
free on board cars at mines in the
various districts as may be named by
the secretary of the interior, Federal
Trade commission and' the Council of
National Defense coal production
Plans v.cre agreed on for announce
ment later today of tentative "fair and
reasonable" prices, based on sugges
tions from the operators to be effec
tive July 1: . . . v
' The. resolution, giving "assent", to
fixing ' maximum prices was reported
by former Governor Fort, from a special-committee.
. He said he believed
the resolution .was entirely safe for
the conference to adopt and that any
responsibility as to the legality of the
fixing of the prices was put on the
sovernment. and not on the ODerators.
under the terms of the resolution.
Text of Resolution. .
The resolution) after pointing out
that a great national emergency now
exists in the nation's fuel supply and
that the coal operators and miners de
sire to closely co-operate with the
"Resolved, That it is the. sense of
this meeting. that. a committee of
seven for each coal-producing state
and an additional committer of seven,
appointed by the representatives of
the anthracite industry, be appointed
by the representatives of each state
now attending this : convention, to
confer with the secretary of the in
terior, the Federal Trade commission
and the committee on coal produc
tion of the Council of National De
fense, to the end that production be
stimulated and plans be perfected to
provide adequate means of distribu
tion, and, further, that these commit
tees report forthwith to the secretary
of the interior, the 'Federal Trade
commission and the committee on
coal production of the Council of Na
tional . Defense costs of and condi
tions surrounding the production and
distribution of coal in each district,
and that these committees are author
ized in their discretion to give assent
to such maximum prices, for coat f. o.
(Continued an Paso Two. Column One.) '
Thirty Mexicans Caught ,
' El Paso, Tex., Tune 28. A cavalry
patrol interrupted a band of thirty
Mexicans engaged in carrying" am
munition across the Rio Grande at
Rocky Ford, seven miles east of here
early today.. Two of the Mexicans
were caught but the others escaped
into Mexico. The ammunition which
was dropped by the smugglers, some
of it in the middle of the river, is
being guarded by the soldiers. The
sergeant in charge telephoned Fort
Bliss for reinforcements.
Italian Ennineer Invents
Unsinkable Cargo Boat
Rome, June' 28. Umberto Pugliere,
a naval engineer, hat designed a new
type of unsinkable cargo boat which
has been accepted by the Italian
ministry of marine.
The Revista Maritima says the ves
sel has a displacement of 10.300 tons
and can carry 5,800 tons of cargo.
It has a double skin, the space be
tween the inner and outer Jiulls being
filled with coal and other material
to protect the ship from mine or
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