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HAJ PLENTY OF
RAIN FOR CROPS
Entire State Soaked by Copi
fous Downpour, Which Lasts
All Night and Continues
Into the Day.
'..lure rain and plenty of it is what
is happening to Nebraska, all of
which" is taken to mean a bumper
corn crop this fall, with plenty for
home consumption and an abundance
to send to the allies.
According to reports to the rail
roads, over all Nebraska, with the ex
ception of a small area in Nuckolls
county, in the vicinity of Surperior,
there was a steady rain that contin
ued a greater portion of Tuesday
While the "rain had ceased through
the southern and central portions of
the state, yesterday it was gen
eral and heavy all through the coun
try north of the Platte, the heaviest
being in Wayne county, where North-
jwesjtern agents reported a precipita-
' tion of two inches.
Rain All Across State.
Along the Northwestern lines dur
ing the night andin the forenoon
there was a heavy fall of rain all the
way from the Missouri river west as
far as Valentine, extending over the
Bonesteel and Winner branches to
Union Pacific reports rain Wednes
day night and Thursday all way from
- Omaha through into Wyoming and
Colorado, in many localities the pre
cipitation being an inch or more. The
same weather conditions maintained
over the branches to the north and
south of the main line. '
The Burlington's morning report
indicated rain during the night at
moVe than seventy-five of the sta
tions in Nebraska, being the heaviest
ud through the sand hills, where the
precipitation was one and one-half
tdtwo inches.. Across the eastern
portion of the state, from Walthill
to Lincoln, during the night there
was One-half to an, inch of rain, fol
lowedfby a heavy andjn continued
raflr'jTSlerday. . A "
Down the Missouri river, extend
ing far into Kansas, along the line of
the Missouri Pacific," there was a
heavy rain during trie night and. at 9
o'clock this morning the- downpour
had not ceased.
Norway Faces Grave
Condition Should U.
S. Cut Off Supplies
Washington, Aug. 2. Norway,
fating starvation if the United States
cuts off exports of food, is ready to
release 1,000,000 tons of its shipping
in return for the privilege of import
ing food principally from the United
! Dr. Fridtjof Nansen, head of the
Mnrwpcian mission to the United
States, declared today unreservedly
that Norway faced privation if the
United States enforced an embargo
Norway also would give a guaran
tee that none of the food imported
would reach Germany.
High Prices in Glasgow
Glasgow, Aug. 2. Today was ob
served as an "idle day" in the Lanark
shire coal fields. Fifty thousand men
were affected. Mass meetings were
held in twelve centers where rsolu
tions were submitted protesting
against the high price of food and de
manding that the government act.
For Nebraska Generally fai; and
somewhat warmer in north and ex
treme east portions. r
For Iowa Generally fair;, warmer
in northwest portion.
Temperatures at Omaha Yesterday.
6 a. m...
t a. m...
7 a. m...
8 a. m. . .
. . "0
-9 a. m 64
10 a. m..... 70
11 a. m..., 63
12 m 67
1 p. m ,
2 p. m.
S p. m . . . . .
4 p. m ,
5 p. m ,
6 p. m ,
7 p. m
8 p. m
Comparative Wal Record.
1917. 1916. 1915. 1914.
Highest yesterday .. 79 92, 74 St
Lowest yesterday ... SO 71 66 70
Mean temperature ..70 S2 65 , 78
Precipitation 40 .00 .39 .02
Temperature and precipitation departures
from the normal:
Normal temperature 6
deficiency for the day 6
jfotal deficiency since March i 138
Formal precipitation .13 Inch
fcxeess for the day 27 inch
Total rainfall since March 1... .16.75 inches
Deficiency since March 1 1.80 Inches
Deficiency for cor. period, 1916.. 7.88 Inches
Excess for cor. period, 1916 1.18 inches
' Reports from Stations at 7 Ff H.
Station and State Temp. Blah- Rain-
or weather. 7 p. m. est.
Cheyenne, clear 78 86
Davenport, cloudy .... 78 86 ,
Denver, clear ..' 86 86
Des Moines, cloudy .... 74 78
Dodge City, clear 90 . 94
lender, clear ,,,.88 90 "
Lander, clear 8S 90
Xorth Platte, clear .... 8S 92
Omaha, part cloudy.... 73 79
Rapid City, clear 82 82
Halt Lake City, clenr... 8 92
San'a Fe, pt. cloudy... 70 76
Sheridan, clear .. 83
Sioux City, clear 78 . 83 '
"8 Indicates trace of precipitation.
s AsJUtglgBt Meteorologist,
Three 'Million Stamps of the
New Issue Are Received in
Omaha, Ready for the
Three million 3-cent postage stamps
hare been received in Omaha and are
now in the vaults of the main post
According to Postmaster Fanning,
this means that the first-class post
age rate in the United btates is to
be raised from 2 aents o 3 cents
within the next few weeks.
Three million stamps at 2 cents each
bring $60,000; 3,000,000 stamps at 3
cents each bring $90,000, a gain of
a cool $30,000' for Uncle Sam's war
chest in this one item in Omaha alone.
The question of raising the first
class postage rate from 2 cents to 3
cents is now before congress. But
the shipment of these enormous quan
tities of 3-cent sta'mps is sufficient in
dication, Postmaster 'Fanning said,
that the increase will be made. He
advises Omahans to "catch up" on
their correspondence before the 50
per cnt increase in the price of car
ding letters goes into effect.
Enormous Increase Shown.
Receipts of the postoffice in Omaha
increased in July nearly 7 per cent
over the receipts of the same month
last year. The figures for the two
months were: July, 1916, $127,029;
luly, 1917, $135,427. C
In the fiscal year closed July 1,
1917, the receipts of the Omaha post
office rose above $1,750,000 for the
first-time, total receipts for the year
being $1,750,775. For the previous
vear the receipts were only $1,590,946.
The great growth of Omaha is re
flected in the phenomenal increase in
postal receipts. Ten years ago in
1907 total receipts were only $715,102.
The receipts for theylast year show
aa increase of 145 per cent.
Soon Will Be $2,000,000.
t "We will pass the $2,000,000 mark
n less than two years," said Post;
tuister Fanning. ' ' , f : j
Postoffice receipts in 'Omaha wefe
t76.21 in 1855. The next year they
were $594.64. In 1883, for the first
time, they passed the $100,000 mark.
In 1888 they passed the $200,000 mark.
In 1911, only six years ago, they
passed the million mark and already
the $2,000,000 mark is within easy
Postage on first-class letters was
reduced from 3 cents to 2 cents in
October, 1883. It has remained at
that figure ever since. Before the war
there was a well-defined movement in
congress to have it still further re
duced, to 1 cent.
Canadians to Have Two
Meatless1 Days Each Week
Ottawa, Ontario, Aug. 2. Canada
is to be puton rations and there is
to be a penalty if the orders are not
ODeyea. w. j. tianna, tooa con
troller of Canada, has made recom
mendations to the minister of justice
that the people of Canada shall be re
quired to observe two meatless days
a week, two baconless days a week
and that every caterer in Canada who
serves daily twenty-five meals must
supply b$ead that is other than pure
wheat bread. The government, he
says, must fix the penalties.
Death Toll Due to Heat
Continues to Rise in East
New York, Aug. 2. Twenty-two
deaths were he toll at noon today of
the torrid wave that is still grilling
Philadelphia reported thirty addi
tional deaths, making 105 in the last
three days due to the heat.
The New York Stock exchange will
be closed Saturday because of the
Here is Another Company Which
Claims to Have Handsomest Captain
"Handsome is as handsome does,"
runs the old saying. According to
this, say the machine gun company
at Fort Croo'-, they have by far the
handsomest officer in the Nebraska
brigade, all claims of other machine
gun captains notwithstanding.
Captain Wallace A, Fellers of the
machine gun company, Fourth Ne
braska, is noted for having the best
disposition in the National Guards.
No one has ever seen him ruffled, the
most awkward recruit fails to rile
him, for in the face of extreme provo
cation he only grows more placid.
The Fourth is counting greatly on
this steadiness of nerve. When the
kaiser's soldiers spot the "suicide
squad" from Nebraska, and the shells
come whistling along, the men ex
pect to see ' Captain Fellers stand
firmly as Gibraltar shooting down his
450 Germans a minute right along.
' Captain Fellc 3 has other claims
to the beauty prize, as this good look
ing photo shows.
He is an Omaha man and enlisted
with Company D, Second Nebraska
infantry, in 1910. In J913 he was
commissioned lieutenant, following
his work as guard at the tornado of
that year. He "Saw service on the
border last year in Company A of
the Fnnrlh NphrasVa. When th ma
chine gun company of the Fourth I in September, 1916, and was commis
waa organized Ji .was a3signed J iw stoned its catkin in March. 1917. .
Bachelors Galore Among Soldier Boys
Keep Omaha Girls at Home, and Dan
Cupid Has Big Job on His Hands
Some Intimate Personal Allu
sions to Men in Khaki as
They Appeal to Women Re
porters for The Bee.
By BEATRICE FURMAN.
Omaha maidens are staying home
this summer and the mountains and
lakes call them in vaiu.
Why not? Who wants to go to an
old summer resort with only one man
for each dozen girls to . dance with
when right here .at home are scores
of the handsomest and most romantic
soldiers you ever saw and the ma
jority of them bachelors.
Such a fluttering of hearts when
the twilight hop invitations go out
from For' Omaha 1 Such a, flocking
southward when the Fort Crook
Sunday evening concerts are given!
Cupid reports that he has exhausted
the ammunition in hts Omaha supply
depot and has had to send east for
Fort Omaha is a regular bachelors'
colony. There is Major Hersey, the
acting commander, to begin at the
The real reason for his remaining
so long in the ranks of the unwed,
his friends whisper, is because he is
so kind hearted. Major Hersey is so
popular with the ladies that it would
cause too many heartbreaks did he
finally make a choice. He can't bear
to do that, so he justs stays single
and is nice to all of them.
Captain Bower, the adjutant of the
post, is another bachelor. The habit
is growing on him terribly and some
nice Omaha girl ought to break him
U. S. WORKS OUT
PLAN TO RATION
Exports to Neutral States Must
Not Reach Germany or Re
place Food Sent Into
(By Associated Press.)
Washington, Aug. 2. Full informa
tion concerning food conditions in
the northern European neutral coun
tries has been asked of1 the neutrals
by the United States in notes handed
to their diplomatic representatives
The American government's plans
for rationing the neutrals through its
contrjbl of exports will be, finally de
termined on after replies are received.
The information sought concerns the
exact food needs of those countries,
their food production capacity and
details of their export and import
trade of the last few years.
Must Not Feed Teutons.
The intention of the United States
is to hold food exports to the neu
trals to the barest necessities to pre
vent American foodstuffs or food
they replace from reaching Germany.
Only actual food deficiencies will be
made up from America and assur-
(Contlnued on Page Two, Colnmn Throe.)
Killed by 800-Foot Fall
Mineola, N. Y Aug. 2. Captain
Ralph I. Taylor, in command of the
training section of the aviation signal
corps here, lost control of his airplane
today and plunged 800 feet to his
death. Sergeant Thomas Pell, who
was in the machine with him, suffered
a broken jaw and internal injuries.
"m- in.li i.i ti
of it. He says it is just because Un
cle Sam has kept him moving around
so long that he hasn't had time to
get well acquainted with any lady.
But he is going to be in Omaha quite
a while, so the girls are hopeful.
Captain Prentice has traveled so
much that he is really thinking of
settling down. So maybe he will stay
in Omaha if someone invites him.
Oh, I forgot; it isn't leap year now.
But, anyway, it will be all right to en
courage him a little. Captain Pren
tice is just the right age, neither too
young nor too old. One or two
charming widows here think so, too.
Captain Muller is from California,
where he was a famous aeroplane fly
er. He'd like a young woman of dar
ing who would enjoy traveling in the
air. Although he nas had one Dad
accident, he is still devoted to flying.
Perhaps he'd take the honeymoon
trip above the clouds.
The girls just, love to dance with
Captain Vaughn. He's nice looking,
too. But he's very quiet, so he'd like
a girl who would do the talking for
the two of them. Then there are Lieu
tenant Jotiett and Captain Hardin.
I almost forgot about Lieutenant
Davidson. He hails from West Point,
that cradle of heroes and heart
breakers, and he lives fully up to its
tradition in both lines. Lieutenant
Davidson can't really help it, of
course, if the girls are crazy about him.
But he should try to be careful and
not leave too many forlorn damsels
Navy Men Not to be
' Used as Poison Squad
Washington, Aug. 2. Navy men
are "no poison squad," says Pay
master General McGowan, chief of
the navy's bureau of supplies and
accounts, in an order insisting on
rigid inspection of food purchases.
"It is therefore directed," he said,
"'thar "every effort "to" try M tTie
navy airy experiments or tests of
any. food products whatever shall
be promptly suppressed. It should
be constantly borne in mind that
doubtful food is bad food and will
be treated as such."
IN AUTO CRASH
Mrs. Charles Nielson Crushed
to Death When Car Belong
ing to Byron Hastings of
Omaha Turns Over.
Mrs. Charles Neilson, maid in the
Byron Hastings home in Omaha, was
instantly killed at 5:30 Tuesday
morning when thrown but of the
Hastings automobile one and one-half
miles out of Crescent, la., seven miles
north jf Council Bluffs, when the ma
chine, driven by her, husband, Charles
Neilson, crashed into a telephone pole
and was wrecked.
Robert Hastings, 4-year-old son of
Byron R. Hastings, was injured inter
nally and now lies in a critical condi
tion in Edmonston hospital, Council
Another son, Byron, jr., and Kath
erine Hastings, were bruised and
dazed, but were able to leave the
hospital shortly after arriving there.
The driver, Charles Neilson, hus
band dTMrs. Neilson, is in the hos
pital with his face and head badly
cut and bruised, though his injuries
are not considered serious.
Mrs. Neilson was taken to the hos
pital along with the others, but died
before the hospital was reached, if in
deed she was not dead when picked
up from the ground. Her body;., has
been taken in charge by the coroner
at Council Bluffs.
The party was on its way to Lake
Okoboji, la., for an outing.
Mr. and Mrs. Neilson were employ
ed at the home of the Hastings fam
ily, Mrs. Neilson as maid and Mr.
Nielson as chauffeur.
An outing had been' planned at Lake
Okoboji. It was planned that the
chauffeur and Mrs. Neilson should
take the Hastings children to the lake
today in the car and Mrs. Hastings
was to follow Friday morning on the
In order to get a good start the
family rose at 4 in the morning
and started the party off. It was at
5:30 when the accident occurred.
Driving Too Fast.
Neilson was driving about forty
five miles an hour, it is said.
"It is a plain case of driving too
fast," said Byron R. Hastings, com
menting on the accident "He seems
(Continued on Pr Two, Column Three.)
Are Reported Drowned
London, Aug. 2. It was reported at
the American consulate here today
that twenty-four members of the crew
of the American steamship Motano
which was sunk by a German sub
maria en Juix 31. lost their lives.
in Omaha to mourn his departure
when he goes to France. There has
been great alarm lately because of a
mmor that a certain eastern girl had
a prior right to his heart.
These are just a few of the Fort
Omaha eligibles. Then there are that
dandy bunch of eight Yale boys and a
whole group from Columbia. There
is a detachment from St. Louis that
looks mighty good to the girls in
Nebraska. And, Besides, a hunderd or
so of the finest looking athletes and
sportsmen and college boys from
everywhere. There arc bachelors
from Washington and Texas, from
New York and California.
Is it any wonder the Omaha girls
are worn out trying to decide who
is the nicest?
Passing to our own guardsmen,
"hhere is a whole company of bachc
lors. Company B of the Fourth is
composed almost entirely of bache
lors, from the captain down. There
are Captain Hamilton, Lieutenant
Connelly and Lieutenant Wyman in
this company, all of them rich and
gallant and handsome. Not an of
ficer in the company and few of the
Out it Fort Crook are Captain
Fellers and Captain Rusland, Cap
lain Crosby tnd Captain Killian, and
But my space is all used up. The
girls have them all noted down, how
ever, and Cupid says he is going to
buy a machine gun and go after, them
FLOOR TAXES ON
TEA AND COCOA
Committee - Amends BlflTfo
Cover Large Stocks Accu
mulated in Anticipation
of Conscription Tax.
(By Associated Press.)
Washington, Aug. 2. Reduction
from IS to 10 per cent in the proppsed
tax on undivided surplus of corpora
tions, joint stock companies and as
sociations, and imposition of new
"floor" taxes upon large accumulated
stocks of sugar, coffee, tea and cocoa
were steps decided on today by the
senate finance committee in revising
the war tax bill. It is planned to
complete the bill Saturday and begin
senate debate next week.
Surtax on Corporations.
The levy on undisturbed surplus
virtually is a surtax on corporate in
comes, which now pay only a flat tax,
although individual incomes are sur
taxed. Reduction of the rate to 10
per cent followed the committee' re
cent decision to treble the normal
corporation tax increasing $162,000,000
more revenue from that soutce.
From the propose?! 15 per cent it
was estimated that $25,000,000 in reve
nues would result. The 10 per cent
tax will raise much less as, in addition
to the 5 per cent reduction the com
mittee decided to exempt from the
10 per cent tax surplus that is "actual
ly invested and employed in business
or retained for employment in the rea
sonable requirements of the business."
Dealers Have Large Stocks.
The new floor tax on sugar, coffe,
tea and cocoa is at the same rates
as are prescribed in the bill for con
sumption taxes on these products.
The provision was added to subject
to taxation large stocks of these com
modities imported in anticipation of
the proposed consumption taxes.
Some daelers are said to have a year's
supply on hand which would be
reached only by a floor tax. The
(Continued on Page Two, Column Two.)
Senate Committee Drops
New War Board Resolution
Washington, Aug. 2. The resolu
tion by Senator Weeks for a congres
sional committee to supervise war ex
penditures similar to the provision in
the food control eliminated because of
President Wilson's objections, was ad
versely reported to the senate today
by the rules committee. Administra
tion leaders are confident that the ma
jority vote required to secure senate
consideration of the resolution cannot
Montana Man Bests Rip Van Winkle:
Unaware U. 5. at War With Germany
Sioux Falls, S. D., Aug. 2. (Spe
cial Telegram.) The United States
authorities in this city were today no
tified of the finding of a man who
was not aware that the United States
and Germany were at war. He is
Joseph Sefranek a. rancher living near
Alzada, Mont., who was arrested
by a deputy marshal on the charge of
failing to register under the selective
When taken before United States
Commissioner Moore of Xawjrence.
FIGHTING OF UNPARALLELED
FEROCITY MARKS NEW DRIVE;
British and French Holding All Important Gains and Wait
for Clear Weather to Continue Further Blast
Into German Lines; Russians Resume
on Northern Front.
Amsterdam, Aug. 2. Emperor William has called a war
council of the high military and naval leaders in Germany to
meet at Brussels, Belgium, today.
Field Marshal Hindenburg, Quartermaster General Luden
dorfff the crown prince and other military leaders will attend.
German dispatches hint at dissatisfaction with lack of
progress in the crown price's drive against the French.
(Associated Press War Summary)
Germany is battling with a desperation probably unpar
alleled in the war to hold its lines in Flanders against the com
bined Anglo-French attack.
Notwithstanding the heavy handicap which the atrocious ,
weather has imposed on them, however, the entente forces
have made good their most important gains and apparently are
only awaiting clearing conditions to blast their way further
into the Teutonic front.
Jerestchenko Informs Diplo
mats Reparding Policy Af
fecting Allies and Future
V Conduct of War.
il'elrpgrad, Aug. 2. Foreign Min
islcr TerestchetiRo has sent the fol
lowing telegram to Russian diplomats.
serving the allied powers:
"At a moment when new and grave
misfortunes are threatening Russia,
we consider it our duty to give to our
allies who have shared with us the
burden of trials in the past, a firm and
definite explanation of our point of
view regarding the conduct of the
war. The greatness of the task of
(he Russian revolution corresponds to
the magnitude which it caused in the
life of the state. Reorganization in
the face of the enemy of the entire
governmental system could not be af
fected without serious disorders. Nev
ertheless, Russia, convinced there is
no other means of safety, has con
tinued in accord with tle allies' com
mon action on the front.
Blames Enemy Agents.
"Fully conscious of the difficulties
of the task, Russia has taken up the
burden of conducting active military
operations during rcconstitution of the
army and the government. The of
fensive of our armies, which was ne
cessitated by a strategical situation,
encounter insurmountable obstacles
on both fronts and in the interior of
the country. The criminal propaganda
of irresponsible elements was used by
enemy agents and provoked a revolu
tion in Petrograd. At the same time
part of the troops on the front were
seduced by the same propaganda, for
got their duty to the country, and fa
cilitated the enemy in piercing our
"The Russian people have been
stirred by these events. Through
the government created by the revo
lution and unshakable will the, re
volt was crushed and its originators
were brought to justice. All neces
sary steps have been taken at the
front for restoring the combative
strength of the armies.
Will Fight to End.
"The government intends bringing
to a successful end the task of estab
lishing an administration capable of
meeting all dangers and guiding the
country in the path of the revolu
tionary regeneration. Russia will not
suffer itself to be deterred by any
difficulty in carrying out the irrevo
cable decision to continue the war
(Continued on Face Two, Column One.)
Kansas Editor Ordered
-Abroad for Red Cross Work
Emporia, Kan., Aug. 2. William
Allen White, editor of the Emporia
Daily Gazette and a widely-known
author, has been ordered abroad as a
member of the Red Cross war coun
cil investigation committee.
county he was able to prove that he
was totally unaware of the declaration
of war and that 10,000,000 Amer
icans had been required to regis
ter their names for service in the
army, he said he was not in the
habit of keeping posted on. current
In view of the apparent truth of
his statements the case against him
was dismissed and Ite was released
after having gone through, the for
mality of bejfljtjd&tsredV s. . ,
STOPS ALLIES' RUSH
Q The joasts of successful resistance
to the entente thrust that have come
from the Berlin war office were based,
as usual, on the unwarranted assump
tion that an attempt had been made
to break through, and upon the fact
that at one or two points the German
reaction resulted in some of the far
advanced forces of the allies being
BRITISH HOLD LINES.
Today, however, comes the an
nouncement from London that, de
spite the hampering rainfall, the Brit
ish have negatived the results of one
of the German counter thrusts, com
pletely re-establishing their line in the
neighborhood of the Roulers-Ypres
railway ss the outcome of a night at
tack.' " - i .; :
While there may he some Inclina
tion on the part of lay critics to re
gard with some misgivings stress laid
upon the bad weather by the official
reports that indicate a holdup of the
allied advance,, military observers at
the front apparently are , in entire
agreement with the seriousness of this
The allies had established air supe
riority and the storm has prevented
observation altogether, entailing in
activity upon the big guns that are re
lied upon to blast a path for. the ad
Active on French Front.
To the low visibility, also, has been
attributed such success as the Ger
mans were able to gain in their coun
ter attacks, the poor sighting condi
tions preventing the entente gunners
from massing their fire effectively to
break tip the enemy, concentrations.
. Despite the hard fighting in Flan
ders, the Germans are continuing
their pronounced activities on the
French front. Paris reports two at
tacks on the French lines east and
southeast of Rhcims and assaults in
the Avocourt wood sector in the Ver
dun region' and in the Apremont for
est, southeast of St. Mihiel."All these
were fruitless for the Germans.
Some important movement appar
ently is under way on the Russian,
northern front, which has been hold
ing entirely firm, while the southern
end of the line was falling back. Now,
however, the Russians are reported to
have evacuate I the Uskull bridgehead,
fifteen miles southeast of Riga, the
Gefluans marching into the evacua
N British Come Strong.
London, Aug. 2. British forces to
day launched a counter attack against
the German positions in Flanders.
(Continued on l'age Two, Column One.)
U. S. Marshals to
Cedar Rapids, la., Aug. 2. An out
break which resulted from the arrest
of Rev. John Reichert, pastor of the
German Evangelical church at Low
den, la., on a charge of making trea
sonable utterances is being investi
gated by United States marshals to
day. A mob is reported to have
threatened to lynch Daniel McGill
vary, an- attorney, who gave the in
formation which lead to Rev. Reich
yDon't Be Misled I
The Final Count
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