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VOL. XLVII. NO. 16.
Or .sPAlDAY MORNING. JULY 6. 1917 TWELVE PARES.
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RZEMS T0 TEH SfWF OF
ER 1M OMAHA MEETING
ON THE DRAFT
Unfounded Rumors Circulate
Quickly Concerning Nebraska
Drawing; . Neville's Trip
Stirs Up Talk.
Washington, July 5. Exemption
boards which will administer the
selection of the draft have begun
giving serial numbers to the men
who were registered on June 5.
Instructions from Washington are
to post the numbers publicly as soon
as given. This was being done in
some parts of the country today and
led to false reports that drafted num
bers had been announced.
No drafting whatever has been
done as. yet and probably will not
be done for several days.
Nebraska Not Yet Included.
No drafting whatever has been done
-as yet, according to dispatches from
Washington, despite persistent rumors
which circulated over Omaha shortly
after noon today. The "tip" came
through a local stock broker's office
that the numbers had been drawn.
Omaha literally "ate up" the stock
broker's tip, which gave out the infor
mation that numbers. 11, 17, 59, 61,
111, 145, 62, 67, 97, 100, 125 and 146
had been selected.
It was explained 1hat under the
workings of the draft persons holding
these numbers in every precinct in the
country were the ones summoned on
the first call.
The numbers were postefl at a num
ber of points about town and within
half an hour the report had become
known on every street corner. News
paper offices were besieged with tele
Washington dispatches declared no
drafting had been done. Exemption
boaydt aAich wH4 -administer the selec
tion of the draft, dispatches said, have
begun giving out serial numbers to
the men who were registered June 5,
and this led to the rumor that the
draft had started.
Governor Neville in denying the
rumor, vouchsafed the information
that the draft would not begin until
July 10. The governor also .said the
precinct numbers would not be used,
but that each county will be a unit
and the registered men numbered con
secutively from one up.
Neville to Washington.
(From a' Staff Corrrspondtnt.)
Lincoln, July 5. (Special.) Gover
nor Neville will leave for Washington
tomorrow to look up the matter of
me man. iie ucnies mat me irip nas
anything to do with a commission in
the JJandy bixth, but that his mis
sion is simply one to get first hand
advice on the methods of conducting
The governor yesterday notified the
War department that all local exemp
tion boards were organized and ready
German Commercial Agent
In New York Kills Himself
New York, July 5. Richard Adam
Timnierscheidt, representative of Ger
man commercial interests in China,
committed suicide here today by
jumping from his rooms on the tenth
floor of a bachelor apartment house.
He had first slashed his wrist with
a razor blade.
Timmercheidt, who was said to
have been at one time an agent for
the Russia government, took out his
naturalization papers here in Decem
ber, 1914. He was apparently a man
of considerable wealth.
No motive for the suicide has been
ascertained by the police.
For Nebraska Generally fair.
Temperatures at Omaha Yesterday.
6 a. m 68
6 a. m 68
7 a. m 69
8 a. m ., 6
9 a. m 70
10 a. m. . . ., 69
11 a. m 72
12 m 76
1 p. m..... 80
2 p. m , 80
3 p. m 89
4 p. ni 81
5p. m 82
6 p. m 8
7 p. m 83
8 p. m 80
Comparative Local Kecord,
1917. 1916. 1915. 1914.
Highest yesterday.. 83 89 78 89
Lowest yesterday.... 68 68 ' 64 ' 71
Mean temperature... 76 78 66 80
Precipitation IS .00 ' .00 .00
Temperature and precipitation departures
from the normal at Omaha since yesterday:
Normal temperature 78
Etcess for the day
Total deficiency since J larch 1 !!!227
Normal precipitation' 16 Inch
Deficiency for the day 03 inch
Total rainfall since March 1.16. .. 48 Inches
Excess since March 1 76 Inch
Deficiency for cor. period, J916. 6. 28 inches
Deficiency for cor. period, 115. 2.10 Inches
Station and State Temp. High- Bain
of Weather. 7 p. m. est. - fall.
Cheyenne,, clear .. 78 80 .00
Davenport, cloudy .... 78 84 ,00
Denver, p.-;rt cloudy ., 86 90 .00
1 les Moines, cloudy .... 78 Si y
Dodge City, clear .... 96 100 .00
Lander, clear 84 86 .00
North Platte, clear .... 86 90 . .00
Omaha, part cloudy ..83 r: .iz
Pueblo, cloudy 86 .00
Chicago, part cloudy .. 6S 72 .00
Salt Lake, part cloudy. S8 90 ,00
Santa Fe, cloudy 82 88 ' .00
Kherldan, clear 78 80 .00
Sioux City, clear 83 82 .24
Valentine, clear 84 84 .01
"T" indicates trace of precipitation.
L. A. WELSH, Meterologist.
PART OF CHINESE
ARMY BALKS AT
Military Governor of Chi-Li
Province Sends Ultimatum
to Chinese Dictator;
Nanking is Capital.
London, July 5. A dispatch from
Tien Tsin, China, to the Morning
Post says that Tsao Kun, military
governor of Chi-Li, whose attitude
hitherto has been dubious, has sent
an ultimatum to General Chang Hsun,
who restored the emperor, demanding
that he withdraw from Peking within
twenty-four hours. Tsao Kun is now
mobilizing his forces. His action, it
is considered, will endanger the
chances of the monarchy.
Tuan Chi-Jui, former premier, has
reaccepted that post and is mobiliz
ing 20,000 men in the province of
Shan Tung Hung to march against
Nine alleged traitors, including
Prince Pu Lun, chairman of the coun
cil of state, have been executed by
A dispatch from Shanghai says the
military commissioner of Shanghai
and the military governor of the
province of Che-Kiang refused to
recognize the empire. -
Dictator Ignores Ultimatum.
Tien Tsin, July 5. A military
clash in China is imminent. The
troops of Peking .are showing signs
of opposition to General Chang
Hsun's dictatorship under the guise
of a monarchy. At the same time
the troops of Tsao Kun, military gov
ernor of the province of Chi-Li, are.
mobilizing and preparing to proceed
Tsao Kun's action followed an ul
timatum sent to General Chang Hsun
giving him twenty-four hours to
withdraw troops from Peking. Gen
eral Chang Hsun took no notice of
A provisional government has been
established at Nanking, capital of the
province of King-Su. Baron Feng
(Continued on Page Two, Column Three.)
The Bee's Free Milk
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your kind and good efforts for the
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All Shot Off?
v ON WEST FRONT
Germans Believe British Local
Operations in Belgium Pre
lude to Offensive on
(Associated Press War Summary)
With Russia proving that its army,
now rehabilitated, can strike telling
blows again, the allied forces appar
ently are preparing to resume the
forward movement on the western
That the British blow will fall
north of Arras is the German expec
tation, according to General von
Stein, the Prussian minister of war.
He told a German Reichstag commit
tee yesterday that General Haig ap
parently, was preparing for an offen-
sive on a large scale in this area
In this connection it is to be noted
that the Britis'i in a local ODeration.
last nigiu pushed their lines forward
slightly on a 600-vard front southwest
of Hollebeke, in Belgium.
Petain Beats Back Assaults.
General Petain. on the French
front, is bending his efforts toward
retaining intact all the commanHintr
positions his troops now occupy. The
latest uerman attempt to wrest con
trol of an important sector on the
Aisne from him not only came to
naught, with exceptionally heavy Ger
man losses, but the French in their
reaction took a salient near Cerny
from the Germans,
Paris dispatches report the Amer
ican . contingent which paraded in
Paris yesterday as proceeding to the
permanent American training camp
and announce that the other units of
the army now at a French port will
leave there shortly for camp instruc
tion. The entire expedition is ex
pected to be encamped by July 15
under command of Major General
British Capture Trenches.
London. Ttllv 5. The Rritish marte
an attack" last night southwest of
Holebeke, in Belgium, near the
lYpres canal. Today's official state
jment says the British line was ad
vanced on a front of 600 ycards and
several prisoners captured.
"On Tuesday night bombing at
tacks were carried out by naval air
service machines on the airdromes
(Continued on T Two, Column One.)
Russ Democracy Formally
' Represented by Bakhmetieff
Washington, July 5 Boris Bakhme
tioff, the new Russian ambassador,
presented his credentials to President
Wilson today and was formally re
ceived as the premanent diplomatic
representative here of the Russian
democracy. He assured the orcsident
again of Russia's steadfast adherence
to the alliance against Germany, and
was told by President Wilson that
every confidence is felt here in the
purposes of the new government.
With the formal ceremony the am
bassador is given a permanent status
in place of his temporary position as
head of the Russian war mission.,
.tonight the ambassador gave a din
LIMIT DEBATE ON
Threat of Cloture Rule in
Upper House Decides to
Take Up Food Legisla
tion at Once.
Washington, July 5. With a resort
to the cloture rule threatened, the l
senate Jy unanimous consent late to
day agreed to begin consideration of
the prohibition section and of any
amendments or substitutes of the food
bill at 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon
with debate limited.
Final disposition of the prohibition
issue before adjournment tomorrow
night and passage of the bill next
weelc is deemed assured. Senator
Chamberlain, in charge of the measure
announced that Saturday he would
seek another unanimous consent
agreement for a final vote not later
than Wednesday or Thursday and be
lieved it would be obtained without
usng the cloture motion. Forty-two
senators have signed the cloture
measure, which required only fifteen
Limited to Ten Minutes.
When the prohibition question is
taken up tomorrow each speaker will
be limited Jo ten minutes upon the
Gore prohibition amendment, prohib
iting manufacture of distilled bev
erages during the war and giving the
president authority to suspend manu
facture of malt, fermented or vinous
intoxicants and to limit their alcoholic
contents. Upon amendments and sub
stitutes for the Gore plan each sena
tor's debate will be limited to five
minutes. - f
All the formal steps for a decisive
and spirited struggle on prohibition
have been taken. Senator Robinson
introduced the socalled "administra
tion compromise" substitute today for
the Gore plan providing only that dis
tillation of foodstuffs for intoxicating
beverages shall cease.
Private polls of the, senate,, leaders
of both .factions """admitted privately
tdnight, indicate a large majority for
the Robinson substitute.
May Sell Necessities.
After agreeing to proceed with the
liquor fight tomorrow, the senate late
today adopted Senator Kenyon's
amendment to a section ot the bill
greatly exceeding the government's
power to purchase and sell supplies
to secure reasonable prices. Under the
amendment m addition to foods feed
and fuel, the government would be
authorized to buy and sell, at mini
mun prices fixedsby the federal au
thorities, all other "necessaries"
named in the bill, n
A determined effort will be made
to broaden it so as to insure that the
government will have power to regu
late toal prices and to take over and
operate coal mines. "
Senator Pomerene of Ohio made a
lengthy speech today on the coal sit
uation, reciting alleged exorbitant
coal prices and necessity for govern
Prohibition also came in for some
attention. Senator Thomas of Colo
rado advocated national prohibition
"when squarely and fairly presented,"
but announced opposition to the pro
posal for immediate "bone dry" pro
hibition because both of effect uoon
public sentiment and from the revenue
Riots Are Discussed.
Senator Thomas brought up the
race riots in East St. Louis as an in
dication of social unrest which is
manifested in various parts of the
country at times. He declared that
one-tenth of the population of this
country is black and said their loyalty
in the present crisis is essential.
Senator Sherman declared the dis
orders in East St. Louis were due to
"It's the worst saloon town in
America," he said, adding that the sa
loons openly disregarded the laws and
for years the town had been an oasis
to the people of St. Louis, Mo., who
came across the bridge on Sundays
to get liquor.
"I. have no apology for East St.
Louis or for my state, or for any
other state which allows such condi
tions to exist," he declared. "I am a
bone dry senator from now on."
Eleven Millions in Farm
Loans Approved by Banks
Washington, July 5. A total of
$11,661,905 in first mortgage loans to
farmers at 5 per cent interest had
been asked by the 230 farm loan as
sociations, chartered by the Federal
Farm Loan board, up to July 1.
ner to American officials as an expres
sion of gratitude for the reception ac
corded the mission in this country.
Vice President Marshall, Speaker
Clark, members of the cabinet and
other high officials were invited.
Complete independence for Poland
and a wide degree of selfgovernment
for Finland, Ukraine, and other sub
sidiary nationalities of Russia was
said by Ambassador Bakhmetieff to
be the object of the new Russian gov
ernment. Plans now are under way,
he said, for the actual working out of
the principle that government should
rt on the consent of the governed
and to the widest degree possible for
a centralized autnoritv
Villisca Ax Murders to Be
Discussed in Mass Meeting
One thousand residents of Montgomery county, Iowa,
will come to Omaha Saturday to attend a mass meeting in
Boyd theater, at which the blood-curdling Villisca ax mur
der case will be discussed.
A majority of those who will attend the meeting will
travel 100 miles by motor car and special train.
It will be charged that free speech has been denied in
Iowa under an injunction against J. N. Wilkerson, a detec
tive, whose four years' investigation of the murders cast sus
picion on a prominent state senator. This state senator is
said to be using his influence and apparently is backed by
Attorney General Havner to prevent further disclosures.
No precedent is known for such a gathering. The audi
ence, composed of outraged citizens of one state, will travel
into another state to hear testimony against their neighbors
because state officials are alleged to have lent their influence
to proceedings which make free speech at home impossible.
Eight persons were cruelly murdered at Villisca in the
dead of night June 9, 1912. by a fiend who crushed their
skulls with an ax. Joseph Moore and his entire family and
the two Stillinger girls, who were overnight guests at the
Moore home, were the victims.
No person has been tried for the crime. Rev. Lyn
George J. Kelly, an itinerant minister, was arrested May 14
and now awaits ,trial in Red Oak on a murder charge. The
father of the murdered girls and a sister of Joe Moore openly
assert Kelly is innocent.
Attorney General Havner is pushing the prosecution of
Kelly. Residents of Villisca and Red Oak declare that Hav
ner was instrumental in obtaining the passage of a law by
the last legislature placing a ban on free speech under which
public disclosures in the murder case were stopped when they
attempted to hold a mass meeting at Red Oak. Havner is
said to have sought to commit Kelly to an insane asylum, a
step which would bar the prosecution of any other person
suspected of the crime.
State Senator F. P. Jones of Villisca prosecuted and. lost
a $60,000 damage suit against Detective Wilkerson, who will
address the Saturday meeting in Omaha.
TROOPS OF U.S.
Uncle Sam's Soldiers Presented
With Flags at Notable
Ceremony; Lay Wreath
On Lafayette's Tomb.
vraris, Wednesday, July 4. (De
layed.) When the 230th regiment of
French territorials with its band
escorted the battalion picked from
the regiments of United States in
fantry into the Court of Honor as a
part of the Independence day celebra
tion, the court, the arcades and the
corridors of the Invalides resounded
with the prolonged acclamation of the
company of massed spectators that
left just room enough for the troops
to form a hollow square.
Standing in the center were descen
dants of spldiers of the American rev
olution with fanons in United States
colors and the colors of a major gen
eral of the United States army a flag
of red ground with two silver stars
embroidered by French women; and
American veterans who fought with
the French in the war of 1870 with
the flag of the American volunteers
in the French Foreign legion.
A few surviving inmates from the
soldiers' home, erett and soldierly in
appearance in spile of their grey hairs,
stood behind as a guard of honor.
Alongside was a delegation from Le
Puy, the nearest city, the birthplace
of General Lafayette, carrying a lace
adorned flag to be presented to the
Amercian troops. .
Poincare, Pershing and Joffre.
The head of every spectator was
uncovered precisely at 9 o'clock when
the American band struck up the Mar
seillaise. The simultanteous appear
ance of President Poincare, General
Pershing, General Joffre, American
Ambassador Sharp and other digni
taries at the entrance of the building
was the signal for tremendous cheer
ing which continued until the offi
cial party passed the troops in review.
Hats were off again and impressive
silence prevailed when the fanons
sjid the flags were presented to the
American troops. General Pershing
was grave and apparently moved.
General" Noix, governor of the In
valides, received the flag of the Amer
ican Foreign legion for the war
The colonel commanding the Amer
ican battalion advanced and saluted
President Poincare. The bands began
playing and the cheering broke out
again as President Poincare shook
hands with the members of the official
party as the troops began to file out
of the court of honor.
Populace Goes Wild.
An airplane, circling a few hun
dred feet overhead, followed the line
of march some distance. Thousands
(Continued oa Pat; Two, Column Two.)
Fourteen Persons Hurt in
Trolley Collision in Ohio
Toledo, O., July 5. Fourteen per
sons were injured,1 four of them so
serious that they may not recover, as
the result of a rear-end collision of
two Toledo and Indiana irttcrurban
cars at Stryker early today.
Three of the injured suffered ampu
tation of limbs, while the leg of an
other was mangled. The cars were
runuing in sections, and when the first
stopped to release passengers the
other crashed into it.
BIG MUDDY IS ON
MAY BE FLOODED
Entire; Town of Decatur;
Threatened as River Cuts
Into Banks at Rate of
Fifteen -Feet a Day.
The entire town of Decatur, Neb.,
is in danger of being eaten up by the
The long-continued siege of high
water in the Missouri this spring has
cut 190 feet of the bank away, and
many small shaVks and houses have
The river is still cutting the bank
at the north edge of the town at the
rate of fifteen feet a day. Pickets
guard the river bank day and night
to be ready to warn anyone whose
residence or whose property it might
become necessary to move during the
The Gallup elevator, a huge grain
elevator, had to be moved a few days
ago, and now the river has com
pletely devoured the site where the
fine elevator formerly stood.
Iust Move Old "till.
The historic old" mill, one of the
oldest in the state, a landmark to the
old settlers and early pioneers of Ne
braska, will probably have to be
moved within the next fewtdays, as
the stream now is cutting 'danger
ously near its foundations.
The river strikes the northwest
part of the town on its southward
cfjurse and then swerves sharply to
the eastward. It is on this sharp turn
that it is cutting its bank. The bank
here is about ten feet high. The
swift current undermines the grounl
and the sodded bank falls in with a
succession of cmendous splashes.
People watching the ravages of the
river and workmen endeavoring to
save property dare not go nearer than
ten feet from the edge of the bank,
lest it be so undermined that it will
crumble away and fall in with their
Many Acres Devoured.
From six to ten acres, it is esti
mated, have already been devoured by
the Big Muddy.
The unusual ravages of the river
this spring and summer are attributed
to a combination of the heavy and
continuous spring rains, and the June
rise. Ordinarily, the river comes up
a little when the ice ges out. Then
it subsides, and does not rise again
until the snow water from the moun
tains brings on the annual June rise.
This year, however, the river came
up as usual when the ice went out.
Immediately the heavy rains followed,
unusual rains all up and down the
Missouri valley, which caused the
river to leap over its banks, a thing
(Continued on Vg Two, Column Two.)
Pilot of Robert E. Lee
Dies at New Orleans
New Orleans, July 5. Captain
Max Blanchard, for sixty-seven
years a pilot, captain and owner of
vessels on the Mississippi river,
died at his home here late last
night, aged 87. Captain Blanchard
was pilot on the old steamboat
Robert E. Lee in its celebrated
race to St. Louis against the Nat
chez in 1861, at the finish of which
the Lee Burned.
CRIME TO BE
Stillinger and Relatives of the
Moore Family Will Relate at
Unusual Gathering How
Eight Were Slain.
On the stage of the Boydyieater
Saturday afternoon will sit a fcup
of Red Oak and Villisca citizens who
are closely identified with the Villisca
One will be Joe Stillinger, father of
ax murder case.
two girls who were among the eight
Jersons murdered at the home of
oseph Moore, June 9, 1912. Another
will be Ros Moore, brother of Joseph
Moore, who was killed with his wife
and four children. Relatives of the
Moore and Stillinger families will oc
cupy seats on the stage.
It is expected that Joe Stillinger
will preside. Attorney A. L. Sutton,
who represents Rev. Lyn G. J. Kelly,
has been asked to preside, but de
clared it would be better if Stillinger
would serve as chairman.
COMING BY SPECIAL TRAIN.
A special train will arrive here from
Red Oak and Villisca shortly after the
noon hour and the meeting will be
called at 3 o'clock. A section will
be reserved for the Montgomery
county contingent who are coming to
Omaha to hold a public meeting, a
right denied them in their own county.
Attorney General Havner of Iowa
invoked the Thompson law, which
prohibits public meetings which may
influence witnesses or jurors. In this
instance it is contended that the Rev,
Mr. Kelly is awaiting trial, under a
grand jury indictment, on charge of
being the ax murderer, and that the
meeting would prejudice the case.
Detective J. N. Wilkerson, in the
employ of Montgomery county citi
zens, will return to Omaha Friday
morning. He will be the principal
speaker Saturday afternoon. -He at
tempted to speak at Red Oak last
week, but was prevented by an in
junction issued on the prayer of the
attorney general. The citizens im
mediately raised a fund of $700 to
defray the expenses of Wlkcrson,
rent of the Boyd theater and the spe
Say Kelly is Innocent.
In Montgomery county many sub
stantial citizens do not believe that
Rev. Mr. Kelly was in any way con
nected with the ax murders, and they
further declare and will reiterate Sat
urday that Kelly is being made the
scapegoat merely to get the case
closed. They contend that an effort
is being made to have Kelly adjudged
insane and thus bolster up a theory
that he was the ax murderer.
Ross Moore, brother of Joe Moore,
who was one of the ax victims, scout
ed the theory of Kelly's guilt to" a
Bee representative. Moore visited
Kelly at the time the minister was
brought from Illinois by Attorney
Sutton and could not restrain a smile
when asked if he thought Kelly was
i Montgomery county citizens who
will meet here Saturday contend that
Kelly had no motive and that his
movements on the night of the mur
der have been accounted for. They
have contended and will contend Sat
urday that evidence which might have
yielded results was not followed up
with zeal by the authorities at the
time of the murder.
L. J. Longnecker, an Omaha detec
tive, who was one of the first men to
investigate the case, alleges there was
gross negligence on the part of offi
cials in failing to take up the trail of
the case as soon as the murders were
discovered. Mr. Longnecker will at
tend the Omaha meeting.
Regular Army Will Be
Filled by Conscription
New York, July 5. United States
army recruiting headquarters here it
was said today that the ranks of the
army now about 47,000- men below
war strength, would be filled by con
scription, buch ;ntormation came
from Washington, it was asserted
and it was indicated that the draft
ing might begin withiu ten days.
Four Persons Drown In
Illinois River at Hardin
Hardin, 111., July 5. Mr. and Mrs.
George Houghtlin and their 4-year-old
son of Jerseyville, 111., and Miss
Rena Johnson of Los Angeles, Cal.,
were drowned in the Illinois river
here last night when Houghtlin drove
his automobile off -a, ferry boat
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