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VOL. XLVII. NO. 38.
OMAHA, WEDNESDAY MORNING, AUGUST 1, 1917. TEN PAGES.
a.5i SINGLE COPY TWO CENTS.
SHOWERS IN THIS SECTION
STATE SAVE THE CROPS AND
BRING RELIEF FROM HEAT
"Million Dollar" Showers in Eastern Nebraska and West
ern Iowa Make Farmers Jubilant. Mercury Drops
Ten Degrees in One Hour in Omaha
and Vicinity. ,
. The drouth in Nebraska hat been broken.
Heavy showers fell yesterday afternoon generally in east
era Nebraska from north to south boundaries and extended in
spots as far west as North Platte, where the precipitation up to
7 o'clock was eight hundredths of an inch. Heavy rains fell in
Gage county and the rainfall in Valentine was .28 inches.
A glad shout was heard from every corner of Nebraska
that the drouth was broken.
MANY MILLIONS SAVED.
The hot winds of 1894 were estimated to have caused $20,
000,000 loss in Nebraska alone. With corn at its present high
price, the practical assurance that the crop will mature nor
mally, means a saving in millions to the state and nation difficult
to estimate in figures.
RELIEF FROM HEAT.
Next in importance to the good the rain did for the crops
was the welcome relief from the excessive heat of the last two
Showers, which began to fall in Omaha and vicinity shortly
after 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon, ; cooled the atmosphere
DEVELOPS INTO nOWMPOTIP ?
The mercury in the weather bu
reau's thermometer started to tumble
shortly after the welcome clouds
rolled across the sky.
The shower developed into a reg
ular downpour. From a temperature
of 101 degrees at 3 o'clock, the mer
cury dropped to 81 degrees by 4
Omahans and eastern Nebraskans
experienced their first comfortable
night for the first time in at least ten
. A restful night's sleep was possible.
The rain was general "in eastern
Nebraska and western Iowa,aecocM
ing to 'reports. Nebraska City and
points near received their share.
Thunderstorm at Bluffs.
At Council Bluffs a thunderstorm,
accompanied by a high wind, broke
late in the afternoon.
Several trees were blown down at
Stock in Omaha's war gardens,
which had dropped below par because
of the relentless sun the last few days,
soared with the visitation of sub
, Reports ta Union Pacific head
quarters told of good rain falls along
the lines in the eastern part of the
Railroads Report Rains.
Showers fell in the afternoon at
Kearney, Humphrey, Schuyler, Bea
trice, Lexington and Elm Creek.
Union Pacific dispatchers reports
prospects of "a fruitful rainfall."
The Burlington had reports of good
rains between Omaha and Lincoln on
the main line, and north from Ash
land to Sioux City on branches.
Soaking showers were reported
along the line of the Northwestern in
the eastern part of the state.
"The corn crop through the South
Platte country has not been injured
by the dry weather and the hot winds
of the last few days. Indications are
that rain within the next four or five
days in the south half of Nebraska
will produce the best corn crop in the
history of the state."
The foregoing statement was made
by General Manager Holdrege of the
Burlington, who Monday night re
turned from a tour through Nebraska.
Speaking of crop conditions, Mr.
"In the south half of the state the
(Continned on Fare Two, Column Two.)
Comparatively Local Record.
1917. 1916. 1915. 1914.
Highest temperature. 101 92 82 83
Lowest yesterday.... 78 74 8 60
Mean temperature.... 90 84 75 72
Precipitation 32 .00 .00 .00
Temperature and precipitation departures
from the normal:
Normal temperature 76
Excess (or the day '. 14
Total deficiency since March 1 131
Xormal precipitation II inch
lOxcess for the day 19 Inch
Total rainfall alnce March 1. .. .16.11 Inches
eflclency since March 1 2 17 inches
eficlency for cor. period, 1916. 8.61 Inches
Excess for cor. period, 1915.... .81 inch
Reports From Stations at 7 P. M.
Uation and State Temp. High- Ratn
of Weather. T p. m. est. fall.
'heyenne, clear 76 76 .00
)avenport, clear ..... 94 98 .00
Denver, clear 84 86 .00
;es Moines, clear .... 86 100 .00
lodge City, cloady .... 74 18 , .94
'.ander. Clear 76 84 .00
.'orth Platte, clear .... 96 92 .08
maha, rain 78 101 .82
.uebIo, clear .... 86 90 .00
Rapid City, clear ..... 7i 78 . .00
Salt Lake City, clear ..80 '80 .00
Sheridan, clear ....... 76 , 76 .01
Santa Ft, pt. cloudy .. 74 . " 84 .00
Bloox City, pt. cloudy.. 94 90 T.
Valentine, clear- : 78 86 ,.28
"T" indicates trace' of precipitation,
i LA. WELSH, Meterologiat
-For Nebraska: Fair,
i 5 a. m 86
Ajf 1 li. in 87
L4L V 10 a. m 0
J 11 a. m (2
7 12 m
5;. 1 p- m
fttifsSoVJi 2 p. m. (9
raAa ' 3 p- m 101
w, 4 p. m 84
5 p. m .78
.J"" mm P. m 80
a3a. 7 p. m 78
1 t n. m. 78
FOR HARRIES, IS
May Be Made Major General,
. ble for Gov. Neville to Lead
Nebraska Troops to War.
(From a Staff Correspondent.)
.Lincoln, Neb., July 31. (Special.)
Brigadier General George H. Harries
of the Nebraska National Guard may
be promoted to major general, and
Governor Neville may become briga
dier general to succeed him, accord
ing to rumors afloat in the capital
Insofar as the rumor affects Gov
ernor Neville, it is scouted locally, as
the same rule of propriety which for
bade him becoming colonel of the
Sixth would prevent his taking the
higher position, and also because it is
unlikely that the War department
would accept as brigadier general a
man not possessing active military
experience, and Governor Neville has
General Harries eighteen years of
active army experience makes it very
probable that he will be advanced in
rank and kiven a division to com
mand. If General Harries is advanced,
Colonel H. J. Paul of the Fifth, senior
colonel, would, from the standpoint
of rank, be next in line for advance
ment. Spain Seizes Teuton
Put Into Corunna
Corunna, Spain, July 31. The Ger
man submarine UB-23 anchored in the
harbor here late yesterday evening.
It entered the roadstead with only
its periscope showing. The subma
rine had been seriously damaged, but
the commander and crew refused to
tell the causes of the accident.
Madrid, July 31. Premier Dato an
nounced today that the German sub
marine UB-23, which had been an
chored in Corunna harbor, had been
taken to Ferrol, the chief navtd ar
senal of Spain, twelve miles northeast
The premier added that the gov
ernment intended to keep strictly to
the terms of the recent regulation re
garding the entry of belligerent sub
marines into Spanish ports.
Two German U-Boats
Are Beaten Off by
(By Associated Press.)
American Naval Base in British
Waters, July 31. American torpedo
boat destroyers were reported today
to have engaged two hostile sub
marines, causing them to submerge
without shooting. One of the U-boats
had just sunk a steamer and the other
was attacking a merchantman.
Salt Lake Imbibes in
Anticipation of Drouth
Salt Lake City, July 3L All rec
ords for drunkenness in this city
were broken last night and today,
according to the police, as the har
binger of prohibition in Utah, which
becomes effective at midnight to
night. Special policemen are cover
ing the downtown district to pre
vent and disturbances.
YiCH GUN IN ACTION One of the big French 164
reight car in action in Somme
WHO SHALL HEAD
STATE BUREAU OF
Nebraska Manufacturers and
Insurance Men Declare Gov
ernor Should Appoint Dep
uty to Relieve Norman.
A difference of opinion exists as to
who shall be , deputy compensation
commissioner in Nebraska, under the
new workmen's compensation and em
ployer' liability, law. "' " ' -
Thus far, the thing has been drift
ing with Deputy Labor Commissioner
George Norman calling himself the
compensation commissioner and act
ing in that capacity.
Many construe the law to provide
explicitly for the appointment of a
separate deputy compensation com
missioner. J. W. Steinhart, president of the
Nebraska Manfacturers' Casualty as
sociation, is one of the many who be
lieve it is the duty of Governor Ne
ville to appoint such a commissioner,
and he has written the governor to
Deputy Labor Commissioner Nor
man is said to be a half dozen months
behind in the filing of theycases sub
mitted to him for settlement, is said
to be somewhat in doubt as to how
to proceed with them, and the same
time it is held that the settlement of
all these cases imposes an additional
burden upon his office, which cannot
be properly handled there under the
Want New Man Appointed.
Insurance men in Omaha and
throughout the state are bringing
pressure to bear to force the appoint
ment of a commissioner Tor the place,
in order to get action on the cases
Under the law, every settlement
must be approved by the compensa
tion commissioner before the claim
(Continued on Page Two, Column Five.)
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Place of The Bee's "Lost Subscriber"
Promptly Taken by a Volunteer
Refusal to Knuckle Down to Kaiserism Has Quick
Public Approval and Endorsement.
7he printing of that facsimile "stop-order" sent to The
Bee because of its uncompromising stand for "America First"
has aroused patriotic citizens to an exceptional degree. . The
current talk is also reflected by responses to our exposure of
this flagrant case coming in through the mails responses that
carry no uncertain tone and indicate public approval and en
dorsement of The Bee's position.
No Intention to Stop Here.
Corning, la., July 29, 1917. To the
Bee Publishing Company: Dear Sirs,
I see by Sunday's Bee that a man has
become very angry and asked his
?aper stopped. That is sure the limit,
would like to know when my time
is out and what are your present sub
scription rates. I signed up for it two
years from your man that was here.
Hoping to hear from you at an early
date, Ianj C. L. CUPP.
A Volunteer Takes His Place.
Elkhorn, Neb., July 29, I917.-The
Bee Publishing Company, Omaha,
Neb., Dear Sir: Was contemplating
taking the Chicago Tribune, as the
hyphenated W.-H. is taken at the
house, but seeing you lose one as per
your front page signed "A. L. M., I
herewith inclose $6 for subscription
to The Bee. You have the most au
thentic paper in the middle west.
, H. C. CARLSON.
"Stop My Paper." '"
Editorial In Dfs Wolries Capital.
' The Omaha Bee publishes the fac
simile of a letter from a pro-German
saying, "Stop my copy of The Even
ing Bee." The editor of The Bee
knew what it meant The public will
region. (French official photograph.)
Suffer From Frost
Spokane, Wash., July 31. Cu
cumbers and tomatoes in the Col
ville district, about fifty milei from
here, suffered considerably from
frost, according to reports reaching
Attorney .for -Union in Strike
Hearing Tekes Back Apol-r
x bgy He Made to the
Anson Bigelow, chief counsel for
Omaha unions, was twice ordered to
sit down and then forced to desist his
talk after he had ruffled the judicial
feathers of three district judges to
day. The sensational court room episode
occarred when Attorney Bigelow in
sisted on replying to the action of
Judge Leslie, Judge Sears and Judge
Redick in overruling a demurrer of
the unions to the injunction proceed
ings brought against them and the
Business Men's association by Attor
ney General Reed.
Last week Judge Leslie sitting in
equity court, sharply criticized the at
torney for the unions and character
ized as "shameful" the filing of several
affidavits charging the court with
"bias and prejudice" in the row.
The affidavits were later withdrawn
and Attorney Bigelow, the court be
' Calls Other Judges.
Judge Leslie then called in Judge
Sears and Judge Redick to sit with
him in hearing further arguments on
'Arguments were finished Monday
(Continued on Pf Two, Column Three.)
know what it means. The pro-German
sympathizer deals in threats al
ways, provided he thinks he can get
away with it.
We congratulate The Bee on its sup
port of the United States of Amer
ica. The state of Nebraska will ap
preciate this patriotic service.
The pro-German element in Ne
braska is rather strong simply be
cause it has not been combatted.
When the government takes a hand,
as it should, the battle in Nebraska
for loyalty may be more interesting.
The Bee will understand that there
are copperheads everywhere in the
United States. There are copperheads
in Iowa. There are wealthy men who
refuse to buy Liberty bonds and re
fuse to contribute to the Red Cross.
These men will be dealt with some
what later on when Liberty bonds are
again offered for sale. The American
people will have to subscribe more
money. Patriotism will be put to the
It will be a good thing if The
Omaha Bee can put the traitor-sympathizers
in Nebraska out in the open,
where people can see them. This war
has only begun, as far as the Ameri
can people are concerned, and a part
of our war is at home and consists
in lining traitors up.
mm. guns mounted on a
JWicX Official PArto .,
IN OMAHA FOR
MEN OF DRAFT
They Are Now Being Examined
for Physical Disabilities;
Will Be Tested by Two
Exemption boards are busy prepar
ing list of double the quota of drafted
men in each district and sending out
notices for examination. 3 f-
'7S6'me districts" have already setit
out notices, while others, though no
tices have not been mailed, are daily
The fifth district exemption board,
Charles E. Foster, chairman, one of
the slowest in sending out notices, has
already examined more than s score
of drafted men who voluntarily ap
peared. Twelve men were examined by the
fifth district board Monday.
,The men rejected by the board phy
sician will have to be re-examined by
The second doctor is ignorant of
the decision of the first. In this way
fairness is assured and a chance of
Fifth district board has changed its
headquarters for examinations from
Judge Estelle's chambers in the court
ouse to the Army building, Fifteenth
and Vonot streets.
Facilities for conducting examina
tions, such as scales and dressing
rooms, are lacking in the court house.
The board also decided there was not
Fourth district board, headed by
Acting County Judge Sundblad, ex
amined several men Monday after
noon and Tuesday morning.
Headquarters for the Fourth dis
trict board have been changed from
the county court to Dr. C. W. Pol
lard's office in the Keeline building.
"We have what you might call the
'floaters' district, comprising the
Third and Eighth wards," declared
Attorney C. C. Redwood, chairman
of the third examining district, as he
reached for a stack of letters about
five inches high. "The boys from
this district are mostly those whose
business carries them out of the city
and vice versa."
"We have received many inquiries
and I want to advise those seeking
information to enclose a stamp, be
cause we have no authority to use
government franks for unofficial
business," he continued.
"It's a hard life," said Mr. Redwood
as he aroused himself from an early
morning nap over his cabinet of 4,000
draft names over which he had been
working since S o'clock in the morn
ing. "I have been practically living in
my office for a week now, but I con
sider that I am doing my 'bit' for my
country so I don't mind it.
"My chief occupation during the
last week has been to answer ques
tions. Letters are reaching me from
such places that it is hard to imagine
so many boys could get so far away
from home since registration day on
Physical examinations in the third
district are set for, Monday and will
(Continued on Para Two, Colnmn Fonr.)
Eighteen Deaths From
Heat in Windy City
Chicago, July 31. Eighteen deaths
attributed to the heat occurred in Chi
cago within the last twenty-four
hours, Coroner Hoffman said today,
The Rovernment thermometer reg
istered 97 degrees at 1 p. m. and was
Kaiser Visits His Army
Southwest of Riga
Copenhagen, July 3lsA dispatch
from Berlin says Emperor William
left 1 Mitau, . twenty-five miles south
west of Riga and went down the river
to the Riga front where he comoh
mented the troops
GREAT OFFENSIVE MOVE IS
LAUNCHED IN BELGIUM BY
GENERALS HAIB AND RETAIN
British and French Troops Have Reached German Second
Lines of Defenses at Many Points on
Front of Twenty MilesArtillery
of Allies Goes Forward.
(Hj Associated Press.) .
London, July 31. -The official statement from British
headquarters in France tonight reports the capture by the en
tente allies of the following villages:
La Basseeville, Steenstraete, Bixschoote, Verlorenhoek,
Frezenberg, Saint Julien, Pilken, Hooge, Westhoek and Hoi
lebeke. and more than 3,500 prisoners.
British Front in France, July 31. Three lines of German
trenches in Flanders have been captured by the British forces.
Most of the points stormed were between Boesinghe and
Warneton. . v
With a few exceptions, the entente allies accomplished all
they had planned for the first day of the battle in Flanders. The '
casualties of the French and British were surprisingly light
Six Bavarian divisions were withdrawn and replaced, at
they were demoralized by the inferno of fire. At one point the
British charged through their own barrage fire to prevent the
escape of fleeing Germans.
British Front in France. July 31.-The entente allied
forces, which launched their offensive this morning, have ad
vanced well beyond the shell
In many places they have
on a twenty-mile front of attack,
1 he British and French troops went into battle under cover .
AMD LIQUORS TO
PAY HIGHER RATE
Senate Finance Committee
Votes to Increase Taxes to
Be Raised This Year to
Washington, July 31. Increase of
the pending $1,670,000,000 war tax bill
to . total of $2,008,000,000 was decid
ed upon today by the senate finance
Increases on corporations normal
income taxes, on incomes of individ
uals of $15,000 and over and a further
increase of $1 per gallon on distilled
spirits and 50 cents a barrel more on
beer with a few other minor tax in
creases will make up the additional
levy. , '
The committee decided to increase
the present 2 per cent normal rate on
corporate incomes to 6 per cent as
againts 4 per cent in the bill as origi
nally drawn. It is expected to yield
$162,000,000 additional revenues. The
increase m surtax rates on individual
incomes of $15,000 and more was esti
mated to raise from $25,000,000 to
$36,000,000 additional. New excess
profits taxes will be agreed upon later.
In revising the liquor schedules the
committee estimated that by adding
$1 per gallon to the tax on distilled
spirits, making it $3.20 per gallon
$2.10 over the present law $90,000,-
000 more revenue would be secured
from that source. The increase of 50
cents a barrel on beer was estimated
to yield $25,000,000 more revenue,
makinar the beer tax $3.25 per barrel
as compared with $1.50. under existing
law and $2.75 as originally proposed
in the bill.
Income Rate Left Open.
The exact rates or the surtax in
creases on individual incomes of $15,-
000 and more were not decided.
The income tax increases would re
suit in a total levy upon corporate
and individual incomes of the war of
at least $1,049,700,000, as compared
with a yield of $330,000,000 a year un
der existing law. The original bill
provided for additional war levies
upon all incomes of $543,700,000, and
the committee's decisions today would
add at east $187,000,000 more.
In view of the heavy increase for
incomes, it was stated that the com
mittee might decide against a further
increase on excess profits.
The additional taxes, on liquor
would increase revenues from that
source from $155,500,000 to at least
$270,000,000. with the increase of $90,
000,000 from distilled spirits and $25,-
000,000 from beer. Senator Simmons
also stated that wine taxes also will
be increased, but adversion to the rate
was not made. The committee plans,
however, to raise $8,000,000 more rev
enue from wines, more than double
the new taxes proposed in the origr
inal bill, estimated to yield $6,000,000.
Increase of consumption taxes on
sugar and coffee were discussed again
today but decision was postponed.
Gay Crusader Wins
Derby .at Newmarket
Newmarket, England, July 31.
The new derby stakes were run to
day and won by Gay Crusader. Dan
sellon was second and Dark Legend
was third. Twelve horses ran.
- shattered front line German
reached the second line defenses
according to the early reports.
$of what perhaps was the greatest bar-
rage fare ever seen curing the war.
. l he entente sruuery is moving for- r
ward and the whole situation is satis- i
factory in .every particular.
Between Dixmude and Boesinghe ,
the attacker reported they had se
cured the two first lines of trenches
after having fought over : the most
difficult terrain imaginable. ,
Ths British again have captured La .
Bassville, which they recently re
linquished to the Germans.
The British and French forces are 1
facing a large concentration of Ger
man artillery and fresh troops which
have been rushed up. ;
The entente allies have established
complete air superiority.
The entente military officials say the '
morale of the Germans here is not up
to the old standard. ,
' (AmoctstUd "Press War 8 am ma 17)
One of th. big moves of the war
apparently is under way in Flanders,
where the right flank of the German
front is anchored upon the sand dunes
and flat fields that skirt the North;
sea coast. Unprecedentedly terrific
fire of big guns that has been raging
for days past has been succeeded by
a charge of the infantry and the com- ,
bined British, and French force is
sweeping forward over strongly for
tified Teutonic lines.
Early reports of the engagement do
not indicate exactly its scope and
there can only be surmise as to its ,
actual purport It seems significant,
however, that French forces have
combined with British for an as-'
sault on this front, where an attempt '
to break through or turn the German
flang has been expected for some
time. A keen desire on the part of
the entente command to get at the
German submarine bases, which line
the shores of Belgium, has also been,
in evidence, and this purpose would
be accomplished by any sweeping
victory achieved on the Flanders
Along Wide Front..
'The attack of the two allied armies
is marked on the southern boundary
of its field by the river Lys, about ,
thirty miles from the coast. "A wide
front" is the official British expres
sion describing its scope, which ob
viously does not make it clear how
far towards the coast the thrust ex
tends. Included in this battle area is the,
famous Wytschaete-Messines front,
where the British oh June 7, after ex
ploding 1,000,000 pounds ot high ex
plosives under the German lines, at
tacked on a nine-mile front and cap
tured the high ridge, several towns,
forty-seven heavy guns and more than.
7,000 prisoners. - -
The operation gives every evidence
(Continued on Face Two, Colnmn One.)
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