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OMAHA, WEDNESDAY MORNING, JULY 4, 1917 TEN PAGES.
VOL. XLVIL NO. 14.
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TWO SUBMARINE ATTACliS
REPULSED BY DESTROYERS;
LAST BODY OF TROOPS LANDS
Naval Department Announces That Twice During Journey
of American Soldiers to France, Convoying Battle
ships Were Compelled to Battle German
Divers; At Least One U-Boat Sunk.
Washington, July 3. American destroyers convoying
transports with troops for France fought off two submarine at
tacks. The first news of the fights was given out late today by the
committee on public information with formal announcement of
the safe arrival of the last of the transports with their convoys.
At least one submarine was sunk. Both of the attacks were
made in force, showing that the Germans had information of the
coming of the transports, and planned to get them.
This announcement was issued:
"The navy department at 5 o'clock
this afternoon received word of the
safe arrival at a French port of the
last contingent of General Pershing's
expeditionary force. At the time the
information - was released announce
ment was made that the transports
were twice attacked by submarines on
the way across.
"No ship was hit, not an American
life was lost and while the navy dis
patches report the sinking of only
one submarine, there is reason to be
lieve that others were destroyed in
the first night attack.
Washington, July . 3. Secretary
Daniels made this statement:
"It is with the joy of a great relief
tJiat'I announce to the people of the
United States the safe arrival in
France of every fighting man and
every fighting ship.
. Safe to Disclose Dangers.
"Now that the last vessel has reach
ed port, it is safe to disclose" the
dangers that were encountered and to
tell the complete story of peril and
courage. ; ;
"The transports bearing our troops
were twice attacked by German sub
marines on the way across. On both
occasions the U-boats were beaten off
with every appearance of loss. One
certainty was sunk and there is reason
to believe the accurate fire of our gun
ners sent others to the bottom.
"For purposes of convenience, the
expedition was divided into con
tingents, each -contingent including
trooo shins and a naval escort de
signed to keep off such German raid-!
crs as might be met.
"An ocean rendezvous had also
been arranged with the American de
stroyers now operating in European
waters in order thai the passage of
the danger zone might be attended
by every possible protection.
The First Attack-
"The first atack took place at 30:30
on the night of June 22. What gives
it peculiar and disturbing significance,
is that our ships were set upon at a
point well this side of the rendezvous,
and in that part of the Atalntic pre
sumably free from submarines.
"The attack was made in force, al
though the night made impossible any
exact count of the U-boats gathered
for what they deemed a slaughter.
"The high seas convoy circling with
their searchlight, answered with
heavy gun fTre and its accuracy
proved the fact that the torpedo dis
charge became increasingly scattered
and inaccurate. It is not known how
many torpedoes were launched, but
five were counted as they , sped by
bow and stern.
"A second attack was launched a
few days later against another con
tingent. The point of assault was be
yond; the rendezvous and' our de
stroyers were sailing as a screen be
tween the transports and all harm.
The results of the battle were in favor
of American gunnery. ,
One Diver Sunk.
"Not alone did the destroyers hold
the U-boats at a safe distance, but
their speed also resulted in the sink
ing of one submarine at least. Gren
ades were used, in firing, a depth
charge explosive timed. to go off at
a certain distance under water. In
one instance, oil and wreckage cov
ered the surface of the sea after a
shot from a destroyed at a periscope
and the reports make claim of sink
"Protected by our high seas convoy,
by our destroyers, and by French wai
vessels, the contingent proceeded and
joined the others in a French port.
"The whole nation will rejoice that
so great a peril is passed for the van-
euard or the men who wiU tight our
battles in France. No more thrilling
Fourthiof July celebration could have
been arranged than this glad news
that lifts the shadow of dread from
the heart of America. . '
Potato and SugarKings
Talk With H. C. Hoover
Washington,, July 3. L. D. Sweet
of Denver, president of the National
Association of Potato Growers, and
George R. Rolph, president of the
Hawaiian-American Sugar Refining
company . . San Francisco, conferred
with Herbert C. Hoover today con
cerning ' the country s potato and
sugar supplies. Both the sugar and
potato industries will be asked to
name representatives to serve with
the food administration to direct
measures of co-operation between the
administration and producers.
Southerners Protest Against
' Government Fixing of Prices
and May Hold Up the
Washington, July 3. Addition of 4
cotton and its products to articles
which the government would control,
voted yesterday by the senate today
resulted inincreased opposition to the
food bill. Southern senators promised
a oew fight to. strike out the cotton
clause while others plan to later offer
amendments eliminating many other
articles from the "control" section.
Without record votes, the senate
adopted many important committee
amendments to the bill, including the
section d?fining and punishing hoard
ing of necessaries and the provision
for government licensing of imports,
exports, manufacture, storage, mining
and distribution- of necessaries.
Accept Farm Exemption.
The senate also adopted the pro
vision exempting farmers, gardeners
and live stock grpwers from the
Despite the progress made, lead
ers believed it still would be neces
sary to use the cloture rue in order
to reach a vote this week.
Lines of division on prohibition
were apparently holding fast with no
prospects of a compromise ana a
square fight and vote forecast over
the question of authorizing the presi
dent to suspend manufacture ot Deer
and wines, wkh both factions agreed
upon prohibiting distilling.
Leaders said private pons indicate
ai large majority in favor of prohibit
ing distillation but against giving tne
president any power over the light
Consideration Is Deferred. I
; At the request of Senator Reed
consideration of provisions prohibit
incr covernment employes or members
of advisory commissions from selling
their own products to the government
The senate agreed without discus
sion to the committee substitute
which would" give the president power
to commandeer food, teed, tuel and all
other supplies necessary for "military
purposes or the common defense of
the nation. This broadens the re
quisitioning powers of the president
as provided in tne nouse dim.
July Fourth Events
Third annual motor derby Omaha
Speedway. Seventeen drivers. $11,250
purse. Two races, ISO miles and fifty
Omaha against Lincoln, Rourke
park. Two games, 10.45 and 3:15.
Happy Hollow Special contests,
putting and approaching contests.
Field Club Liberty tournament for
benefit of Red Cross.
Country Club Handicap against
Seymour Lake Club Flag contest.
Elmwood Golf Club Flag contest.
Miller Park Golf Club Handicap
AQUATIC SPORTS. ,
Swimming, diving, canoe, rowboat
and yacht races at Carter Lake club.
Patriotic trap shoot for benefit of
Red Cross at Omaha Gun club. W.
D. Townsend and George Rogers
Marin Plestina against Henry Or
deman at Auditorium, 8:30 p. m.
Fontenelle park, 10 a. m. to 10 p. m.
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TAKEN TO TASK
BY MAYOR "JIM"
Charges United Improvement
Clubs Made Up of Clique,
: Folio wing rcfiticism v of
, .' ;treet:Department "
Mayor Dahlman ripped the cpver
off the ball during council meeting
He , hurled a defi at the United
Improvements Clubs of Omaha and
challenged that organization to pre
sent to the city" council such evidence
as will show that it is a representative
body. The mayor stood right up and
gave a demonstration of "pep."
The trouble arose over a communi
cation from the improvers, criticizing
the street cleaning and maintenance
Commissioner Parks presented to
the council records to show that his
department , has been giving a good
account of its stewardship and in
vited the council and the improvers
, Mayor Speaks Up.
"I offer a motion that the United
Improvement Clubs of Omaha be
called upon to give this council data,
showing how many clubs belong to
the organization, how delegates are
elected and how and when meetings
are held," began the mayor.
"My information is that from six
to ten men attend the meetings and
that resolutions are adopted by a few
men who don't really represent im
provement clubs.1 It is just the same
little buncfl at their meetings. The
council is entitled to know who they
are, because they are always butting
in. I would also suggest that the
United Improvement Clubs appoint
a committee to look into the records
of the street department. Mr. Parka
has just submitted a fine report to this
The council passed the mayor's mo
tion and the city clerk was directed
to advise the improvers of the action.
W. T. Hamand took up the defense
of the United Improvers, but the
mayor shut him off by telling him to
send in the desired information in
R. J. Sutton is secretary of the
United Improvers. He is brother of
Detective Paul Sutton.
In a statement submitted to the
council Commissioner , Parks stated
he is flushing streets at a cost of 28
cents per block under his motoriza
tion plan, as against $1.59 a block
under the old plan. He reported 6,221
street holes filled since April.
"Our pay roll has been increased
$25,000 a year by reason of increase of
wages. Gentlemen, if you will fur
nish me the money, I will guarantee
that all of the people will get the at
tention they deserve," stated . the
superintendent of the street depart
ment. Americans iff France Go
To Training Camp This Week
'Paris, July 3. The American troops
now at a French port will begin going
to training camps for instructions be
hind the lines by the end of this week,
it was announced this morning. The
first contingent may start thence after
the Fourth of July celebration.
Russ Schooner Sunk
By German Submarine
Chattam, N. B July 1. The Rus
sian schooner Sibens, 323 tons, from
Cadiz for this port with a cargo of
salt, has been sunk by a German sub
marine, according to cable aJvices to-d-
Greek Steamer, Manned
By French, Is Blown Up
Paris, July j 2. The Greek de
stroyer Doxa, manned by French
officers and crew, has been blown
up ia the Mediterranean. Twenty
nine men, including all the officers,
To Make Definite Plans for-the
'Conservation Program at
Meeting to Be Held
Plans for the registration of Ne
braska housewives for co-operation
with Mr. Herbert Hoover's food con
servation campaign will be made
Thursday or Friday of this week at
a called meeting - of the executive
board of the State Council of De
fense which was chosen at the meet
ing last Saturday in Lincoln.
The executive committee, consist
ing of the chairman, Miss Sarah
Hrbkova.Miss Anna Miller, state sec
retary, and eight other members, in
cluding Mrs. Z. T. Liiidsey of this
city, who represents the Red Cross
work in the state' will meet to make
plans how to raise money and how to
reach the women of the state in
pledging their co-operation.
"This probably will be accomplished
by dividing the state into wards
and precincts just as political machin
ery operates," said Mrs. Draper Smith,
who attended the meeting in Lincoln
Allege Denver Slacker
. Came From Inavale
Denver, July 3. (Special Tele
gram.) Willis Early Young, 29, who
says his home is at Inavale, Neb., and
according to federal officers is an ad
mitted slacker, was held by United
States -Commissioner Stone this
morning for the October term of the
federal court, district of Nebraska.
He was recently arrested on charges
that he had hastily left Nebraska to
dodge the draft regulation.
The Bee's Free Milk
4 rand Ice Fund
Claude F. Bossie, city milk and
dairy inspector, is in a position to
know the great good done by The
Bee's milk and ice fund. Here is a
letter from him:
"June 1, 1917. To the Editor of
The Bee: ' Your editorial ia The Bee
of June 1 should appeal to the gen
eroushearted people of our city and
state. A more' worthy cause could
not be fathered by any newspaper.
Enclosed find check for $5, same ta
be used for Milk and Ice fund of The
Bee. . "
"CLAUDE F. BOSSIE:"
A. L. Meyer also clipped out the
editorial in The Bee and sent it in
with his check for $5.
Do YOUR bit for the babies of the
poor who will suffer in the heat of
cummer unless they are provided with
cool, pure milk. , .
Send or bring any sum from 10
cents to $5 to The Bee office. Ack
nowledgment wijl be rnadp in this
The Bee ....$5.00
Claude F. Bossie $5.00
A Friend 50
A. L. Meyer .$5.00
Mrs. J. J. Brown $5.00
. Total.. ....$20.50 '
BE RESUMED B Y
Judge Baker, for Maloney, In
sists Upon an Immediate
Hearing of; the; Con;
-r ;.'? spiracy. Charges- "
t , ; ' i " 'j i t i -;-. '
The city council-definitely decided
to resume, hearing' of the original
charges against Captain Stephen Ma
loney at 10 a. m, next Friday.
Superintendent Kugel reiterated his
position in the matter as explained in
The Bee Monday. He wanted this
hearing postponed until after the
Chadron trial, but the other commis
sioners did not coincide with his
Attorney Ben S. Baker, represent
ing Maloney, made the following
statement before the commissioners:
Anxious for Trial.
"We are anxious to go on with this
trial and have it disposed of. Two
of the witnesses have joined the
army and may not be available in the
fall. So much poisonous matter was
allowed to enter into the first part of
the hearing that I don't believe it
would be fair to let the matter rest
with a bad taste in the public mind.
I think we should confine evidence to
the actual charges against Maloney.
That much is due him. Do one of
two things: Either dimiss the case
here and now or complete it without
any more delay. It is evident that not
much evidence has been adduced to
substantiate the charges against Ma
loney. The real point of the charges
is whether he was connected with the
conspiracy case at Chadron. I insist
we are entitled to a disposition of the
Commissioner Hummel asked City
Attorney Rine what effect would the
recent ninety-day suspension have on
the unfinished charges, the reply be
ing that each hearing, should stand
on its own merits.
Mrs. Margaret Melson will com
plete her testimony and Mrs. Elsie
Phelps, formerly of the Central Bath
institute will be called to the witness
stand for the first time since the
Omaha end of the affair was opened.
An expected feature of the conclu
sion of this hearing will be whether
Mrs. Melson can identify Mrs. Phelps
if she saw the woman detective face
to face. The latter has been keeping
out of Mrs. Melson's way since the
hearing started, as she contends Mrs.
Melson "wants to get a good look at
I.W. W. Men Hold Up Train
In Search for Strikebreakers
Globe, Ariz., July 3.-Two hundred
Industrial Workers of the World held
up the regular passenger train in
lower Miami last night while a com
mittee of ten was taken aboard to
search " the train for' strikebreakers".
More than 300 more . Industrial
Workers of the World members met
the train at the Miami depot pre
pared to prevent the strikebreakers
from getting off in event there were
any aboard. None were found.
' Is Visiting Milwaukee
Milwaukee, Wis., July 3.--Bel-gium's"
commission to the United
States reached Milwaukee today,
made a tour of the city, attended a
reception at the city hall; an overflow
meeting in city hall square and a
luncheon. The city was decked with
Belgian and American flags. Mayor
D W. Hoan welcomed the commis
sion and Baron Moncheur responded.
MANY BLACKS KILLED BY MOB
AND THREE HUNDRED HOUSES
DESTROYED; NIGHT OF TERROR
Twenty-four Bodies Have Been Recovered From Smoking
Ruins; Property Loss Estimated at Half Million
Dollars; Rioting Continues and Death
Loss is Increasing.
East St. Louts, 111., July 3. Fires, which were started by
rioters in three negro quarters at noon, were fanned by a high
wind and spread rapidly, getting beyond control. A general
alarm has been sounded and all fire-fighting apparatus in the
city has hurried to the scene.
Troops and police have hurried to the scene of the, fires,
where crowds of rioters also are assembled. The flames are
Two fire companies have arrived from St. Louis, Mo.,- to
help fight the flames, which continue to spread.
RUSS WIDEN GAP
IN TEUTON LINE
ON STRIPA RIVER
Six Thousand More Prisoners
Captured and More Ground
Occupied on Western
Bank of Stream.
- Berlin, July 3. (Via London.)
Russian troops have broken for
ward across the heights on the
western bank of the Strips In Ga
licia and succeeded in extending
northward, the gap they made in the -.Teutonic
lines the previous day,
army - headquarters announced .to
day. ' -... ',-.: :, ..,
(AfMoelatd ' rH War Suranuur.)
The great offensive of the regen
erated. Russian army, initiated under
the leadership 'of Minister of War
Kerensky in person, is being success
fully pushed. Advices to the Russian
government declare it is developing
"in an absolutely favorable manner."
The success of the initial thrust in
the new drive bv General Brussiloff
in Galicia was beyond question. Cost
ly as it probably was to the Russian
personnel, ' the taking of more than
10,000 prisoners by the attacking army
in the comparatively narrow sector
affected shows how disastrous it must
have been to the enemy.
There remained the question of
whether the drive could be kept up
with sufficient force to reap the 'full
advantage of the victory. . ,
While this question does not yet
seem to have definitely decided, the
indications are admitted encouraging.
Ground has been gained beyond the
line of the original attack and the
Russians are advancing in the direc
tion of Zlochoff.
Beyond this today's Russian official
statement shows, further heavy losses
inflicted upon the Austro-German
forces, including the capture of some
6,000 additional prisoners and twenty
Zlochoff, towards which the Rus
sians are pressing, is almost directly
east of Lemberg and slightly more
(Continued on re Two, Column One.)
A Banner Six Months
Comparative Advertising Figures
' Good Gains By The Bee
Every Month But One.
FIRST IN GAINS FIRST IN FAVOR
INCHES OP DISPLAY ADVERTISING
(Warfield Agency Measurements.)
Totals.... 197,448 154,162 153,500 179,681 166,951 158,381
World-Herald Loss.. 17,767 Inches
Bee Gain ...12,789 Inches
News Gain....,....,,... 4,881 Inches
INCHES OF CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING
Herald Bee News
January 10,589 6,873 fi,773
February 10,911 6,921 4,628
March 13,092 8,937 - 6,389
April 15,138 9,964 7,184
May 14,365 10,300 7,785
June .....12,463 9,181 6,681
Totals 76,558 62,176 38,443 73,47 J 60,768.40,209
World-Herald Lobs. 3,087 Inches
Bee Loss ,.1,423 Inches j,
News Gain , 1,766 Inches ' .
- GRAND TOTALS
World-Herald Loss 20,854 Inches
Bee Gain..... ......11,365 Inches
News Gain ... 0,647 Inches
Keep Your Eye On The Bee
Improving: Every Day!
Y With the flames still smouldering
in the path of destruction blazed by
last Wight's mobs, minor outbreaks
of race rioting continued today.
One group of negroes, fleeing from
the city, was attacked, by a mob, but
was rescued uj National Guardsmen,
who fired their rifles over the heads
of the crowd. ,
At noon firemen were fctill at work
in the burned district and reported
that 310 houses, valued at more than
$300,000, bid been destroyed. The
fire area covered sixteen and one-half
With twenty-four bodies recovered,
the search of the ruins for mere vic
tims was continued. Estimates of the
total number of the dead still ranged ,
as high as 250.
Twelve companies of the National
Guard are patrolling the Streets and
it has been decided that no more
troops will be asked for at present,
although a renewal of the rioting is
feared at nightfall. : . 7 ' V
,.3 .Jtfort 'Troops Ordered.
' Springfield, III, July 3., Governor
Lowden this afternoon brdered Troop
D of Springfield, and six companies
of the Second Illinois infantry at Chi
cago to proceed at once to East St.
Louis.' With the twelve companies of
National Guardsmen and two com
panies of federalized troops at East
St Louis, in all, twenty-one com
panies will be on hand to cope with
riot conditions tonight.
Five Hundred Arrests.
: Chicago, July 3. General Thomas
H. Barry, commander of the Central
department of the United States army,;
is co-operating with state authorities
in restoring order at East St, Louis,
it was said at his office today. In
formation on just what steps wer
being taken was refused.
Three More Bodies Found.
East St. Louis. 111., July 3. -The
list of dead from las.night's riot was
increased to twenty-seven late this
afternoon when bodies of three more
negroes were found. One of the
negro dead was a 2-year-old girl.
After burning out a few negro
shacks the fires which started at noon
today, were brought under control.
Later it was decided to remove the
homeless who could not be cared for
in this city, to the Missouri side of
the river. The first convoy, number
ing sixty-five men, women and chil
dren presented a pitiable spectacle as
they started across the free bridge
with their military guard.
They were in all stages of dress
and undress and carried what worldly
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