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But 649 Districts in Ten States
Have Not Reported; Regis-
: tered Men Urged to
Study Regulations. .
Washington, July 17. With only
ten states remaining to be heard from
on the organization of local exemp
tion boards, and with the serial num
ber lists of registrants from all bift
649 of the 4,559 exemption districts on
file in Washington, Provost Marshal
General Crowder wa hopeful today
that the preliminary stages of the
war army drawing would be com
pleted within forty-eight hours. He
prepared to take up with Secretary
Baker later in the day details of the
lottery process for final approval.
If there is no unexpected delay it
seems likely that the drawing can be
held Friday or Saturday. A single
district which fails to finish its pre
liminary work on time, however, can
hold up action indefinitely.
Once past the drawing stage, Gen
eral. Crowder pointed out today, the
necessity for concerted action by the
states :tases and the examination of
registrants and their assignment to
the army or exemption can proceed
in any. state without regard to
progress made in any other com
munity. Large States Delinquent.
" The t.n states not having com
pleted . their preparations for the
drawing are:
- Alabama, Illinois, New York, Mich
igan, Mississippi, Missouri, Kentucky,
Ohio, Pennsylvania and.,' Virginia.
The' "group includes the states hav
ing the largest population, and prob
ably the total population of all ten
represents about half of the popula
tion of the entire country.
The fact that reports from only
649 additional districts of the 4,559
are missing, however, shows thai
even -in the ten "states the work js
well advanced and each has only a
few districts behind schedule. , The
entire list may be completed today.
- Census on Registration Basis,
General Oowder declined to make
any comment on the statements made
yesterday in the senate attacking the
fairness of the census bureau esti
mates, upon which the allotment of
qyotas under the draft law is based.
Other officials pointed out, how
ever, that the revised estimates of
, the census bureau were not intended
to fix the actual population of any
community. The estimates are pre
faced with the statement that they
are for use' in ; connection with the
draft only, They are based upon reg
istration and represent the distribu
tion over the country between the
ages fixed in the draft law as liable
for military service. Large figures
for many of the cities are accounted
for by the concentration of men of
the draft age there for work in mu
nitions or other plants.
Men Urged to Study Rules.
Officials here are anxious that reg
istrants take , every .opportunity be
tween now and the day of drawing
to inform themselves thoroughly re
garding exemption regulations, so as
to reduce confusion to a minimum.
(Continued on ,Fage Two, Column One.)
Aviation Bill May Pass .
In the Senate Today
(By Associated Press.)
.Washington, July 17. Another
speed record in considering the $640,
000,000 aviation program bill, passed
last Saturday by the house in five
hours, was made today when the sen
ate military committee at a forty-five-minute
session unanimously ordered
a favorable report without amend
ment. .
Senate leaders hope to secure'an
agreement to set aside the food bill
temporarily tomorrow, and pass the
aviation measure with brief debate.
The Weather
For Nebraska Fair; warmer.
Temperatures at Omaha Veaterday.
' Hour.
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19 a. m. . .
11 a. m...
13 m
1 p. m...
2 p. ra...
3 p. m. . .
4 p. m...
5 p. m.
p. m...
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8 p. m...
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Comparative Local BecoreV .
1917. 1915. 1914
Highest yesterday..
Lowest yesterday...
Mean temperature,.
Precipitation ......
Temperature and precipitation departures
from the normal:
Normal temperature 77
Deficiency fo the day.. S
Total deficiency since March 1 237
Normal precipitation .13 inch
Deficiency for the day... 18 inch
Total rainfall since March 1... .16.70 inches
Deficiency since March 1,' 68 inch
Deficiency for .cor., period. 1916. 6.86 inches
Deficiency for cor. period. 1915. .49 Inch
Reports From Stations at 7 P. M.
Cheyenne, clear 78 82 .04
Davenport, clear .......78 82 .00
Denver, part cloudy ....84 86 .00
Des Moines, clear ......78 82 .00
Dodge City, clear 8 9 .00
Lander, cloudy 84 M .09
North Platte, cloudy ....83 i ' .no
Omaha, clear 82 S3 00
Pueblo; part cloudy ...'..80 SS T
Tlapld City, clear ...... 90 . .00
Salt Lake City, pt clody 90 92 .ni)
Santa Fe, part cloudy.. 74 86 T
Sheridan, clear 90 92 .no
Stour City, clear ; 80 82 .no
Valentine, part cloudy.'. 80 86 .00
T Indicates trace of perclpltatlon. i
I . , JU A. WELSH, Meteorologist. I
Mysterious Boat is
' Discovered on River
A mysterious boat plying the
Missouri river has been reported to .
Chief Dunn. The maritime squad of
the police department will be as
signed to apprehend the strange
The boat has made two trips from
the south and is said to have tied up
at Child's Point under cover of
darkness. Men in row boats have
been seen meeting the boat and tak
ing off many packages. - .
"It is difficult to imagine what
sort of a cargo this boat would
carry and why it should be con
cealed by the night," remarked the
chief. , '
One and. One-Half - Miles of
Trenches to Depth of Three
Quarters of Mile Are Cap-;
tured in Drive.
Paris, July 17. A powerful attack
by the French this morning on the
left bank of the Meuse resulted in the
capture of German positions on a
front of more than a mile and a half
to a depth of about two-thirds of a
The war office statement announc
ing this gain says the Germans offered
an energetic defense and -suffered
h eavy losses especially in their coun
ter attacks.
An important success has been won
by the French in the Verdun region.
As the Result of an attack last night
all the positions west of . Hill 304
which remained 5 in German hands
after the attack of June 29-30 were
recovered. German prisoners to a
number not yet ascertained by the
French high commarid.were taken in.
the action. .-
Picketing Suffs !
.Given Sixty. Bays f
In the Workhouse
Washington, July 17. The sixteen
members of the , woman's party ar
rested Saturday in an attempt to
"picket the White House" were sen
tenced today to pay a fine of $25 or
serve sixty days in the "District of
Columbia workhouse at Occoquan,
Va. ,-. . ; .
They decided to take the sixty days
sentence. An appeal will be taken.
Heretofore the suffragists have got
ten off with three-day jail sentences.
Members of the, party, are:. Miss
Doris Stevens, Omaha; Miss Julia
Hurlbut, Morristown, N. J.; Banner
bearer Mrs. J. A. H. Hopkins, Morris
town, N. J.; Miss Annie Abbott, At
lantic City; Mrs. Beatrice Reynolds
Kinkead, Mount View, ' Cal.; Mrs.
Betsy M. Raves Reyneu, Detroit,
Mich.; Miss Ann Martin, Reno, Nev.;
Mrs. Lawrence Bayard-Hilles, Wil
mington, Del.; Mrs.; Robert Walker,
Baltimore; Miss Janet Frothingham,
Massachusetts : Mrs. Gilson" Gardner,
Washington, D. C; Miss Mary H.
Ingram, Philadelphia; Mrs. John
Rogers, New York; Miss Eleanor Cai
man, Methuen, Mass.; Miss Louise P.
Mayo, Fraroingham, Mass.; Mrs. John
Winters-Brannen, New -York.
Miss Stevens is the daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. H. H. Stevens, 3647 Charles
Noted Medical Men Confer .
With Secretary Baker
Washington, July 17. Surgeon
General Gorgas of the army; Surgeon
General Braisted .of the navy,, and
noted medical men in civil life, headed
by Dr. William Mayo of . Rochester,
Minn., conferred with Secretary Baker
at the War department today regard
ing co-operation of the military medi
cal divisions with the profession
throughout the country.
GERMAN PUBLICISTS To whose efforts, with those of a
few other leading party men, is said to have been due in
large part the political- shakeup that has ' convulsed the
officialdom in the empire.
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Pastors and Officials of Ne
braska Synods Gather to
Answer Charges of Alleged
. Disloyalty of Church.
Complete harmony rul.'d in the
meeting of Lutheran clergymen of
Nebraska to reply to the aspersions
cast upon the loyalty of the Lutheran
church by the Nebraska State Council
of Defense.
The meeting was held yesterday
in Immanuel Lutheran churc'.i. Pas
tors and officials of tii . General
synod, General council, United Dan
ish Lutheran synod, Missouri synod,
German Nebraska synod and Norwegian-Danish
synod were present.
These are governing bodies of the
Lutheran church. Half a dozen dif
ferent languages are used in the
churches represented by the clergy
men present. Some of them came
from a great distance. , Rev. C. B.
Harmon, president of the Nebraska
synod, came from North Platte to the
"It is the most remarkable gather
ing1 of Lutherans of the various
branches ever held in Nebraska," de
clared Rev. Luther M. Kuhns, chair
maiKpf the meeting. "
Outspoken of Loyalty.
The pastors who represented the
Missouri synod and the German Ne
braska synod at the meeting we.e
most outspoken in their expressions
of loyalty to the government. The
churchc j in these synods use the Ger
man language and their members are
almost exclusively people of German
birth or ancestry. The Missouri
synjod has 25,000 communicant mem
bers in Nebraska. .
The only suegestion of any dissent
from the patriotic resolutions adopted
came near the close of the meeting,
when Rev. H. W. Saeger, a aiembcr
of the .Missouri synod,-arose and said
he must dissent from the resolutions.
He 'explained his position by declar
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"The 'Nebraska ' Council 6t Defense
-has -not-attacked the loyalty of the
Lutheran church. . The report of the
council distinctly says, 'We appeal to
the loyalty ot. trie men ana women
who. comprise the membership of the
Lutheran church to out a check pon
the un-American activities of some of
their conrpicuous -and influential rep
resentatives.' 1 1 think, therefore, the
action oHhis meeting is superfluous."
Rev."-Mr. Saeger was answered by
Rev. E.5T. Otto,- pastdr of St.' Paul's
German ? Lutheran r church, - pmaha,
who stated. that'Rev. Mr. Saeger has
only recently moved "to Omaha from
Iowa, and therefore had nothing offi
cially to do ;with the meeting."
Represent: 100,000 Lutherans.
'-Rer. Mr.' Kuhns stated in his open
ing address that the bodies repre
sented at the meeting spoke for 100,-
000; communicant Lutherans in Ne
"In the world there are approxi-
, (Continued on Pf Two, Column Four.)
American-Born Lead
Miners Go on Strike
Flat River, Mo., July 17. About 200
American born miners went on strike
at Leadwood this morning because
mine operators there employed for
eign born workmen. There has been
no violence nor attempt to drive for
eigners out of Leadwood, although
about sixty of them departed of their
own volition. :
American Ship Childe
Harold is Torpedoed
Washington, July 17. News of the
torpedoing of the American schooner
Childe Harold in European waters
June 20 reached the State department
today is a message from Monteveidio
announcing the safe arrival there of
the schooner's master and crew of
eight. , -
Dr. Spahn is leader f the Catholic
Sj center and president of the Reichstag.
Phillip Scheideman, a leading socialist
Sword of
From Four to Ten Thousand of
First and Second Conscripted
Divisions to Be Trained at
Sarpy County Fort. ,
Word has been received from Sena
tor Hitchcock that the effort of the
Commercial club to get the canton
ment camp in Omaha were not wholly
huvain. The War department has
approved the sending of from 4,000
to 10,000 men of the first and second
drafts here to Fort Crook, wli&sc they
will be thoroughly, trained before
they leave for the front.
Fort Crook will also be used for
an assembling point for certain state
troops before they are sent to the
border, according to the word of the
senator. -
The War department also an
nounces that the local quartermas
ter's department will be greatly in
creased and that thev will eauin from
25,000 to 30,000 men out of this de
partment. Omaha also gets the better equip
ment that they have been ask-in for
for the balloon school at Fort Omaha.
The government War department has
ordered to be sent to the local fort
several hydrogen plants to supply the
balloons. '
Explosives Control Bill
Is Reported to Senate
Washington; July ' 17. Senator
Walsh, chairman of the senate mines
committee, today reported out favor
ably,' but i with numerous amend
ments, the house bill to regulate the
manufacture, distribution, storage and
possession ot explosives during the
war. One of the amendments would
provide for the licensing of all man
ufacturers, venders and purchasers
of powders and other high explo
sives, licenses to be issued to citizens
of the United States only.
Belgian War Mission'
Welcomed to Salt Lake
'Salt Lake City, July 17. The entire
city turned out to welcome the Bel
gian war mission, which arrived here
today trom Los Angeles. An organ
recital was given for the distinguished
visitors at the Mormon tabernacle,
after which the party reviewed the
troops at Fort Douglas. The Belgians
will leave early tonight for th east.
British Royal House Now
"The House of Windsor"
London, July 17. King George to
day at a meeting of the privy coun
cil announced the new name of the
royal house and . family to be "the
House of Windsor."
King Georga is of the house of
Saxe-Cobourg and Getha. It was re
cently decided to drop titles or names
of German, origin.
Street Car Strike Ties
Up Traffic in Tacoma
Tarnma. Vali " lnlw 1ft Vnt
street car was running for Tacoma
city tramc today as the result of the
failure of the Tacoma Railway and
Power company and its employes to
settle their difficulties.
Gate City Furnishes Largest
Subscriptions of Any City.
WhHe Clay Leads in All
the Counties.
The announcement by the Federal
Land bank of Omaha, that a bond
issue will coon be made by that insti
tution under the provisions of the
federal farm loan act was promptly
followed by a rush of subscriptions
from the people having funds to in
vest in the states comprising the
Eighth federal land bank district
Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and
Wyoming. ,
The popularity of this inveslment
is evidenced among all classes. Bank
ers have subscribed for about $175,000.
Manufactuers are represented on the
list and the rest of the subscribers
are made up f individual investors
from cities and rural communities.
The city of Omaha has furnished the
largest subscriptions over any other
city of the district, while in the coun
try dictricts Clay county, Nebraska,
with subscribers in Fairfield, Clay
Center, Spring Ranch and the ad
joining territory ranks highest thus
Among the recent subscribers to the
Continued on Ps fteran, Column Sereu.)
Russians Abandon
Kalusz, but Hold
Crossing of River
Petrograd, July 17. The war office
announces that Russian troops have
abandoned Kalusz in eastern Galicia,
but have secured the crossing of the
Lomnica river. The Russians, drove
the enemy from the village of No
vica. Berlin, July 17. (Via London.)
Russian forces which recently cap
ture4 the Galician town of Kalusz,
the headquarters ofthe Austro-Ger-man
army, evacuated that town yes
terday, according to the official state
ment issued today by the German
army headquarters staff.
The statement says that Rhineland
regiments captured the woodlands to
the north of Kalusz. As the Germans
were approaching from the west the
Russians evacuated the town and re
treated to the southern bank of the
River Lomnica.
Y. W. C. A. Ushers to Do
' War Welfare Work in France
Washington. July-17. Formal ao-
plication has been made to the war
department Dy me loung women s
Christian association for permission
to send an organization of women to
France for welfare work among the
soldiers similar to activities of the
Young Men's Christian association,
Stewart Reappointed U. S. '
Attorney for South Dakota
Washington, July 17. Nominations
for reappointment were sent to the
senate by President Wilson today as
follows: v 1
Robert P. Stewart of Deadwood,
United States attnorney for district
of South Dakota.
Reichstag Will . Demand That New German Chancellor Accept
Its Peace Terms Declaration In Principle Before It
Will Agree to Co-operate With Him;
Progress of the War.
(By Associated Fress.)
Notwithstanding the change in the German chancellorship
and before any declaration of policy has been made by the new
occupant of the post, Dr. George Michaelis, the Reichstag re
volt against existing conditions appears to be going on un
checked. The majority in favor of a declaration of peace terms
it is declared, will present their resolution on Thursday, the day
Premier Says Empire is Fight
ing for Rights of All Peoples
to Decide Own Inter
national Destiny.
, Vienna, July 17. (Via London.)
Austria-Hungary's ideas on peace
we're made-known to the constitu
tional committee of the Rcichsrat in
an address by the premier, Dr. von
After referring to the unbreakable
unity between Austria and its allies
Dr. vott Seydler -declared Parlia
ment would work tor , "the srm for
which Austriajs fightingnamely, the
unassailable,' sacred right of its peo
ples to decide for k themselves their
international destiny, - . "'," '
Longs for Just Peace.'-
v This- task, at. the name time, will
be a lonff stride in the direction of
an honorable peace, which we desire
to create on the basis of justice, mod
eration and conciliation the firm unity
of all civilized peoples and their, uni
form endeavor to abolish those cir
cumstances which brought about the
world (war. We are longing for this
peace. Until then we are determined
to hold on in firm co-operation be
tween front and homeland."
Dr. von Seydler referred to the use
lessness o all past efforts to carry
out the principle of equal rights of
all nationalities laid down in the con
stitution.' This, he said, was the cause
of the politicaj troubles whish made
Austria appear sick, a state which,
however, every clear-minded person
knew to be untrue. All peoples of
Austria were united externally and
internally by a common tie, by lovf
of the dynasty and the uniformity of
all vital interests.
The premier said the constitution
did not contain provisions necessi
tated by the peculiarities of a state
composed of various nationalities. The
problem, he continued, was to carry
out such reforms as would enable
these nationalities to live together
harmoniously, demonstrating that in
Austria there was no oppressed peo
ple, no desire tor oppression and that
the right of self-government would
be assured to every nationality within
the state.
Enemy countries would thus be de
prived ot a pretext for interfering in
Austrian affairs and at the same time
there would be established a secure
basis for prosperous development and
a peaceful future.
Lower House Adjourns.
The lower house has adjourned in
definitely. The president in conclud
ing his speech said; We again have
freed the way for constitutional life.
We have strengthened the assured
position of the house. May it have
strength to fulfill the great task of re
building the empire."
Woman Accidentally
, Killed by Daughter
Sioux Falls, S. D., July ' 17. (Spe
cial.) Mrs. George Dillon, a promi
nent woman of Colome, was acciden
ally killed by her 12-year-old daugh
ter, while the latter was playing with
a loaded revolver. The mother was
holding a baby in her lap when the
12-year-old daughter picked up her
father's revolver, which -had been left
under a pillow. She thoughtlessly
pointed the weapon at her mother,
and at that instant he revolver was
discharged, the bullet striking the.
mother in the arm, passing through
the heart and coming out on the
other side. She died instantly. Mrs.
Dillon . and her husband formerly
lived near Burke and were very well
known in the Rosebud country.
Canners Asked to Hold
Part of Output for U. S.
Washington, July 17. To insure an
adequate supply of canned goods for
the army and navy, the defense coun
cil's supply -committee today asked
all the country canners to reserve
12 per cent of each canner' pack of
peas, 12 per cent of corn, 18 per cent
of tomatoes and 6 per cent of salmon.
These percentages ate based upon
the canners entire pack, not on his un
sold surplus. The request affects fully
2,500 canners in eighteen states.
The canners already have agreed to
accept a. fair and just price to be
established by the government, ' ;
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the new chancellor is scheduled to
I speak, and will demand that' he ac
I cent the declaration in principle be
fore they agree to co-operate witrt
The Russian armies are continuing
their vigorous offensive in eastern Ga
licia and other groups of the empire's
vast forces are 'apparently ready to
spring into activity at various points
along the 800-mile front.
Everything appears to be running
smoothly with the military machh.:,
or at least it seems in far more ef
fective shape than even the rosiest
forecasts indicated. Meanwhile Rus
sian governmental affairs, which .p
peared to have been doinj,' well for
some time past, are again ruffled with
a cabinet disagreement.
Four Russ Ministers Resign.
Four ministers, including Finance
Minister Shingaroff, have resigned be
cause of objections to the policy de
cided upon by the other ministers re
garding affairs in the Ukraine, which,i
like Finland, has desires for an in
dependent government A meeting of
the council of ministers has been
called to solve the crisis and it is
hoped the Resignations will be with
drawn'.. '.,-,;.;.'.,.
Coincidentally come reports of dis
orders in Petrograd instigated by the
radical faction of the social-democratic
' party as a .' demonstration
against the government. Rival parties
of demonstrators appear ,to have fired
on each other during a panic brought
about by a few stray shots and a num
ber of persons were killed, or
wounded. Quiet was soon restored.
Reichstag Prepares Ultimatum.
Copenhagen. July ' 17. A dispatch
from , Berlin say the majority bloc
plans to present peace terms in a res
olution to the Reichstag Thursday
and to demand from Dr. Michaelis
a 'statement that he accept it in prin
ciple, otherwise co-operation is im
possible. Meanwhile the execution
of this plan depends upon the ex
tent to which the bloc holds to
gether. ,
Chancellor Michaelis is described
as working night and day on his pro
gram, speech and the selection of new
material for the Prussian imperial
The Lokat Anzeigrr says the
changes have been completed and the
new chancellor. will appear in the.
Reichstag accompanied by all his new
colleagues. The Tageblatt says Herr Michaelis
is reticent on his policy. The Reich
stag is expected to adjourn Friday
until September, first voting the war
credits almost unanimously.
Foreign Office Still Open.
The selection of a successor to For
eign Secretary Zimmermann was still
unsettled yesterday. Pressure was be
ing brought from two directions to
block, first the proposed nomination
of Count Brockdorff-Rantzau, the
German minister at Copenhagen, and
to substitute Admiral Von Hintze,
minister to Norway, or Count von
Bernstorff, former ambassador to
Washington. The present minister to
Christiana is greatly desired by pan
Germans and advocates of a super
vigorous policy, not only on account
(Continued on Put Two, Column Two.)
Britons Given Permit to
Wear U. S. Decorations
London, July 17. King George to
day approved the granting of per
mission to officers and men of the
British forces to wear on their uni
forms decorations and ribands given
by. the United States for service.
Sixty-one per cent of the first unit
of the American legion in the Ca
nadian army hold American decora
tions or ribands for service in the
Spanish war or in the Boxer uprising.
Many of the men in the later' units
also have decorations. . -
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