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VOL, XLVII. NO. 56.
OMAHA, WEDNESDAY MORNING, AUGUST 22, 1917 TEN PAGES.
On Trains, at Hotli,
Ntwi Sisal's, Etc., So.
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Chancellor to Appear Before
Reichstag Committee With
Comment on the Pope's
Copenhagen, Aug. 21. At a meet
ing of the main committee of the
Reichstag called for today, Chancel
lor Michaelis was expected to deqlare
the pope's peace note in general ac
cord with the German government's
peace proposal of December 12, 1916,
and the recent Reichstag resolution
on the same subject, and, therefore,
to be sympathetically received in Ger
many. Germany cannot, howevcr,dis
cuss details and particularly under no
circumstances can it enter into a dis
cussion of the status of Alsace-Lorraine
as a part of the German empire.
The chancellor, according to this fore
cast, will say that "as Germany has
earlier indicated its desire to make
peace, the first word must come from
the other side.
Rome, Aug. 21. The reply of the
British government to the peace note
of Pope Benedict was handed to Car
dinal Gaiparri, the papal secretary
of state, by the British minister on
Monday. The reply says the pope's
note will be examined in a benevo
lent and serious spirit. 1
Cardinal Gasparri expressed to the
British minister the hope that the
belligerents would give approval to
four fundamental propositions in the
papal note, similar ideas having al
ready been set forth by responsible
ministers of Great Britain, Russia,
France, Germany and Austria, while
President' Wilson's peace message, in
the opinion of the cardinal, implied
almost the whole of the pope's pro
gram. It having been asserted iii the press
that the pope was urged to work for
peace by Empress Zita of Austria
Hungary, the Vatican states that the
pontiff ha. no personal acquaintance
with the empress and has never re
ceived any communication .from, her
on any subject. ' , - . .
(It has been reported om several
occasions that the Austrian empress,
who was born in the Italian province
of Lucca, has been working assidu
ously for peace.
Washington, Aug. 21. The United
States has not yet acknowledged re
ceipt of Pope Benedict's peace pro
posal, but will do so through the
British foreign office, which trans
mitted the communication through
Senators Flocking In I
'To Vote on Vital Bills!
Washington, Aug. 21. Senators
who had been absent from the capital
were arriving today in response to
telegraphic notice from the party
leaders to be on hand for the voting
on the war tax bill's chief features in
dispute, the war profits and income
taxes. Action on the bill itself prob
ably will not come until the coming
Senate sentiment in favor of higher
rates on war profits and income taxes,
akeady strong, apparently is gaining
Say German Instigated ,
Argentine Railway Strike
Buenos Aires, Argentine Republic,
Aug. 21. The principal instigator of
the recent railroad strike on the Cen
tral railroads n Argentine is said to
be a German named Von Lubeck. This
man, it is declared, is known to the
police of the United States.. , -'
For Nebraska Partly cloudy; not much
'iange In temperature.
Temperature nt Omoha Yesterday.
Comparative Local Record.
1917. 1916. 1915. 1914.
Hlsrhe-t yesterday. . S5 87 80 l
Lowest yesterday ..67 70 St 69
Mean temperature 76 78 70 80
Precipitation 27 .00 .00 .00
Temperature and precipitation departures
from the normal:
Normal temperature 74
Excess for the day !
Total deficiency since March 1 184
Normal precipitation 12 inch
Excess for the day IS Inch
Total precipitation since Mar. 1.. 19.54 inches
deficiency since March 1 1.21 Inches
Deficiency for cor. period, 1916 9.40 Inches
Excess for cor. period, 1915 64 Inches
Reports From fetation at 7 t. M.
Station and State Temp. High- Bain
of Weather. T p. m. est. fall.
Cheyenne, pt. clod.... 78 80 .00
Davenport, cloudy .... 70 '71 ,. .20
Chicago, cloudy 72. 72 .26
De Moines, cloudy .... 70 84 m .82
Dodge-City, pt. cldy... 84 90 .00
T-ander. pt, cldy 8t 91) i .00
North Platte, clear .... 84 99 .60
Omaha, pt. cldy" 72 S . '.27
Pueblo, clear 84 88 .00
Rapid City, clear 88 92 .00
Salt Lake City, clear.. 90 9 .00-
Santa Fe, pt. cldy 80 82 .00
Sheridan, clear (2 94 .00
sioux City, pt cldy 78 88 .00
Valentine, clear 12 tZ iW
L. A. WELSH, Meteorologist.
1 Vsww 6 m. ....... ... 88
. 1 "I 1 a. m.,.. 69
, , f 9 a. m 76
yAKj 19 a. m 7
f- i&L ir 4 P- m 4
K wdnkfWi"' S P- 84
3pm .... 7j
rw 8 p. in 70
Draft Evaders May
Face Firing Squad
San Francisco, Aug. 21. In time
of war .deserters are Shot when
army regulations are strictly ad
hered to, Arthur Mallen, an agent
of the Department of Justice, point
ed out here. He said that as draft
ed men who did not appear for phy
sical examinations were to be class
ed as deserters, all evaders would
do well Ao consider the conse
quences ot attempts to shirk serv
ice in the national army.
BIG WORK TAKEN
.Firms' Who Were Parties to the
Labor Injunction Suit
Have Contracts (Taken
Away from Them.
Some electrical ' contractors who
were parties to the; injunction suit
brought against the striking electri
cians some months ago are ..ow be
ing deprived of their contracts to
complete jobs in the city, -and the
work is being handled by day labor
through the general contractors.
I his is a means used by the gen
eral contractors to get the work.done
because the union electricians will
not work under the contractors in
volved in the injunction, and many
of the other tradesmen will not work
on the building as long as it is under
police protection. The job is consid
ered to be- under police protection
while an injunction is m effect in
volving a sub-contractor on the job.
Contractors Crow Impatient.
General contractors who were not
a party to the injunction proceedings
are grpwing impatient to have their
jobs completed and are finding it im
possible in many cases to go ahe..d
properly under, the present conditions.
Le Bron, electrical contractor, ha
4een deprived of his contract-to do
the electrical wojk on the St. Regis
fitteen union electricians are now be
ing employed by the, North, AnaericAn
Hotel company tO' go ahead with, the
work. ; Le . Bron was-involved in the
injunction, and unibfPiWeii would not
work for him under present condi
tions. Upon inspection of the work
being done by the nonunion men. it
was decided it was not satisfactory
and that union men must some way
be brought back to the job.
Trouble at Masonic Temple.
An effort is being made by the
unions to get the electrical contract
on the -Masonic -temple out of the
hands of the, James Corr Electrical
(Continuefl on Page Two, Column Three.)
Want Special Appropriation
For Building Destroyers
Washington, ; Aug. 21. Congress
will be asked ' for special rush ap
propriations for the immediate ex
pansion of ship and engine building
plants to carry out the bjg destroyer
program decided upon by the Navy
Secretary Daniels indicated , today
fhat the ship builders have said the
necessary expansion could be carried
out only if the government paid the
bill. The navy will ask immediately
to start the work and will not await
the regular naval appropriation bills
later in the year. ..; . -
FRANCIS BOWES SAYRE
Son-in-law of President WiUon,
in his uniform of Y. M. C. A.
worker, in Pari. He is one of
the association's chefs working in
the French capital. -
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LARDF i-ANDSIN'GA YPAREE'
Trif. V,ls French Vocabulary On a Native
WitlTResuIts That Are Truly Wonderful '
HE DIDN'T SEE NO PERISCOPE
By RING LARDNER.
(Special cable to the Chicago Tribune and Omaha Bee, Copyright by
Tribune company, 1917.)
Paris, Aug. 21.
Although prelimina'ry dope
v Had driven me tres frantic
I didn't see no periscope
While crossing the Atlantic.
Although my friends if any
Had told me we would have to cope
With one and maybe many
I didn't see no periscope.
I never hope to see one
I'd doubt it even if the pope
Should tell me that there be one
I didn't see no periscope.
And I believe by gorry
That Gibbons 'Laconia dope
Was just a fairy story
I didn't see no periscope.-
In darkest Paris: Your correspondent arrived at 9 o'clock Saturday
night. He first hired himself a room in Avec Bain and then went til
search of the Tribune Office. We finally found it but the proprietor had
locked up and gone home.
It was darker tha npitch when I started back to Ye Beanerie, and
although I have established a reputation as a regular bloodhound of di
rection, the abiding gloom threw me off the scent.
Summoning all my courage and a majority of my Francais, I stopped
"Pardonnez Moi Monsieur '8" Ou est L Hotel Ritz (Adv.) Sil Vouse
Plait," I stuttered.
"Pelt," replied the perfect stranger. "Go right ahead to that monu
ment and then sachet to the left." .
The double intent Besides attempting to save the
world from militarism, France also is trying to cure it of the
TRAFFIC LAWS IN PARIS.
Keep on buzzing airshipman
Burr-as long as E'er you can
Up above the streets so high
You are safer far than I.
Watching these taxis in motion
I've just got a sneaking idea
That it's safer to cross any ocean
Than to cross any1 street in Paree.
IN WHEAT FIELDS
FOR UNCLE SAM
Rev, Father O'Grady, Formerly
of Omaha, Does Practical
Farm Work in Interest of
Federal War Measures.
Tanned to an. autumn hue, with
horny palms and blisters, Rev. J. J.
O'Grady of Washington, D, C, quiet
ly slipped into Omaha last -week on
what was assumed to be his annual
vacation visit. In reality he had just
finished a sixty-day working tour of
the harvest fields of the middle west
as a government observer, and left
Omaha as quietly as he came to re
port the result of his mission.
Father O'Grady was assistanf at .St.
Cecelia's pro-cathedral prior to 1912,
when he was detached by Bishop
Scannell for the purpose ot taking a
post-graduate course at the Catholic
university at Washington. While a
student there he showed ouch marked
talent in the science of economics that
he was conscripted a 4 a teacher and
has been in the department of econo
mics for the las three or four years.
Studentp to Harvest Fields.
At the instance of the federal De
partment of Labor Father O'Grady
undertook the management of a party
of college students desirous ot work
ing as harvest hands during school va
cation. In years past there has been
much discussion of the value of stu
dents in relieving shortage of labor
during the harvest rush. Considerable
labor of this class had been sectjred,
but no actual first hand study of the
college man as a temporary expedient
in the labor market had been made, or
of the conditions surrounding such
labor. This was the-task set for stu
dent clergyman and the seventy col
lege bovs who started with him in
the middle of June and followed the
advancing harvest season trom Ukia
homa to North Dakota.
To Report to Government.
The result of the expedition is a'
privileged story for the department
alone. In talking about his experi
ence. Father O Grady said titty ot the
original party stayed on the job to
the finish, successfully overcoming
not only the aches of hard labor ana
long hours, but also the primitive liv
ing conditions which were taeir lot
In Oklahoma harvest conditionsfer
the workers were hardest. Ilh
working day stretched from sunrise
to sunset, and in most cases the
farmers were extremely exacting,
even where the farmer could measure
his wealth by thousands of bushels
of wheat. One typical instance hap
pened to the clerical harvest hamd.
. (Continued ea Fas Two, Column One.)
Lindsey Held for Sale
- - ; 0f Liquor to Soldiers
Emmett Lindsey, Twenty-fourth
and N streets, was .bound over to the
federal grand jury under $5,000 bond
after a hearing before 'United States
Commissioner . McLoughlin, on the
charge of selling? liquor to soldiers in
uniforfhT Several soldiers -were ores
j ent to testify against him. . -
SUMS 10 USE
AUTOS AND TEAMS
War Board Wants Roads to
Conserve Man and Motive
Power as Much as
In view of the vast amount of
equipment to be tied up by reason
of the movement of troops and gov
ernment supplies, the railroads of the
country have joined in an appeal to
shippers and others, urging them
wherever and whenever possible to
use automobiles, aut6 trucks and
teams for the short distance traffic,
both freight and passenger. ,
With the railroads it is no longer
a matter of going out and trying to
get business, but instead, it is a prob
lem of how they are to handle the
traffic in sight and that which is cer
tain to come along in the near future.
The war board has put the proposi
tion up to the officials of the traffic
and operating departments and is urg
ing conservation of man power, mo
tive power and equipment wherever
Fairfax Harrison, head of the rail
road end of the war board, points to
the fact that between now and winter
the railroads will be called upon to'
handle 1,037,000 men to the canton
ments that the government is building
to house the National Guard and the
national army. This movement, he
urges, will draw enormously pn mo
tive power and passenger equipment.
In addition to the troop movements,
the railroads figure that in the con
struction of the cantonments, haul
ing lumber and other army supplies,
100,000 freight cars are being mo
nopolized, together with all the crews
and locomotives needed in moving the
Powell Takes Overture
In Chicago Trap Shoot
Chicago, Aug. 21. Dr. E. H. Pow
ell of Valparaiso, Ind., won the Chi
cago overture shoot, a preliminary
event to the Grand American handi
cap, at thv South Shore Country club
today, tlefeating C. A. Gunning of
The event was at 100 targets. H. P.
Demund of Phoenix, Ariz., and C. A.
Edmondson of Indianapolis, in ad
dition, to Powell and Gunning; had
The shoot-off was a't twenty targets.
Demund and Edmondson were the
losers in this event. Edmondson
missed two targets and Demund' one,
which gave hi mthird place. Then
Powell and Gunning faced the traps,
Powell facing 17 to 17.
Trade Commission Says
Paper Advance Excessive
Washington, Aug. 21. The advance
in prices of book paper last year
was excessive and unwarranted, the
federal trade commission reported to
day to the senate. As a result of its
investigation the commission has or
dered proceedings against certain
practices of manufacturers.
More Thaiillalf Militia
Affected By Hook Worm
Washington, Aug. 21. Discovery
of hook worm infection in forty
seven out of seventy-five militia re
cruits recently mobilized for war
service has caused public health
service authorities to recommend
prompt examination of all units of
the ' National Guard and national
army, at present organized,' espe
cially those from the warmer por
tions of the country.
MAY GO TO FRANCE,
310 " iii1 iii
Battalion Major Arrives and St
Once Starts Intensive. Train--"
ing of Troops Destined
. for the Front:
Major 11. L. Harries, who com
mands the- Omaha battalion of the
Sixth Nebraska, arrived in .Omaha
Tuesday morning to inspect the four
companies of the battalion here await
ing orders to entrain for Dcming.
"We hope and expect to make the
Omaha battalion the best in the Ne
braska brigade," he said at the Au-
MAJOR -H. L. HARRIES.
ditofium, where he. had just finished
inspecting Companies A and D, and
the machine gun company. .
"This means we will have to work
hard. E-ery man has to work hard
and every officer even harder, if pos
sibler Few in the Sixth have had pre
vious military training, so it is going
to oe a tas': to train the companies.
But .we are-going", to .make this bat
talion the best in spite of our handi
caps." Major Harries is the only man in
the Nebraska brigade with West
Point training. 11c was at West
Point three years, when a foot ball
smaslmp incapacitated him for further
Major Harries will remain in Oma
ha and go with bis battalion to Dem
ing. Just when that will be he docs
May Leave Any Day. ...
"We may leave in a day it may
take a week. But it will come soon.
It is possible the entire Nebraska
(Continued on Page Two, Column Three.)
M Shortage of Rif lbs
For U. S. Overseas Troops
Washington, Aug. 21. There is no
shortage of rifles for the American
forces sent to Europe, although there
may be some delay in equipping all
men of the national army with Hie
weapons. they are to use in training,
it was said officially today at the War
$8,000,000 WIDOW TO MARRY
Mrs. Veneda Van Valkenburf,
knpwn as tha $8,000,000 widow,
has made formal announcement of
her betrothal to the duke of
Operto, uncle of ex-King Manuel
of Portugal. '
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NEW FRENCH LINES ON VERDUN -FRONT
HOLD AGAINST FIERCE
CHARGES OF PRUSSIAN TROOPS
Canadians Repulse Germans
In Mid field Before City of Lens
London, Aug. 21. Canadian troops around Lens launched another
attack on the western environment of the French mining city at 4:30
o'clock this morning, reports the Reuter correspondent from the British
headquarters in France. The attack developed into one of the most
desperate hand-to-hand battles of the war. , . -
When the Canadians went over the top they saw masses of (ray
figures advancing towards them in the thick haxe. Both sides had planned
the attack at the same moment. . y "
Fifteen minutes after the clash came the Germans were making their
last stand on the parapet of their trench. They then retreated rapidly.
Two thousand yards of German positions west and northwest of Lens
ha ve been captured by the Canadian forces in s drive started early today,
says the British official communication issued this evenning. Heavy fight
ing is still going on in the region of the coal city with Canadians having
the upper hand. Three counter attacks by the Germans met with repulse.
Germans Attempt to Retake j
Lost Positions, but Are
Driven Back, Leaving
(Hjr Associated Frass.)
The Austrian line on the Isonzo
front is beginning to bend and give
way at various points under the
furious attacks of the Italians, Rome
The Italians are making progress
toward a success, which, the state,
ment says, is becoming delineated in
spite of undiminished resistance by
More than 10,000 prisoners have
been taken in the new battle of the
Isonio and strong Austrian defenses
have fallen, into the hands of the at
tackers. Seldom during the war has an offi
cial communication been worded in
such confident terms, and, unless the
Austrians are able to rally their shat
tered forces, developments of tar-
The German reaction to the suc
cessful French Btroke at Verdun came
last night and the new French lines
stood firm in the face of counter at
tacks of extreme violence. On ' the"
front north of Verdun, especially at
Avocourt wood and north of Cauri-
ers. the fiehtinir was particularly bit
ter, the French war olfce reports. The
Germans, beaten back, met with heavy
losses. The numbef of prisoners
taken by the French now exceeds
The Germans also returned to the
attack on the Aisne front, striking at
Cerny and Hurtebise. Paris reports
the repulse of these assaults.
On the British front the Germans
this morning made their third attempt
to recapture positions recently
wrested from them near Epehy, north
west of St. Qtientin. A determined
attack was made, in which the Ger
mans employed flame throwers, but
they were repulsed completely by the
British, who' hold all their positions.
Heavy fighting continues on the
southern Roumanian front The Rus
sians and Roumanians are offering
stiff resistance, but Petrograd reports
officially they have be.cn forced back
further at several points. Austro-Ger-mau
troops reached the southwestern
out-skirts of the important Moldavian
town of Ocna, seventy-five miles
southwest of the provisional Rouman
ian capital , Jassy. On the northern
Russian front increasing activity is
reported. The Germans are bombard
ing heavily the Russian trenches west
of the Riga-Mitau railroad.
Mission to Russia
Submits Its Report
Washington, Aug. 21. Elihu Root
and other members of the American
mission which visited Russia recently
have returned to Washington to close
up the-affairs of the mission.
Hormal repo'rts by Mr. Root, for
the commission as a whole and of the
individual members upon the subjects
which they were specially charged to
investigate already have been ,sub
mitted to Secretary Lansing and been
referred to the State, War and Navy
departments. It is not the present in
tention to make any of them public,
although the substance of some may
appear later in development of the
war plans of the government.
Conference Calls Off
Gray's Harbor Ship Strike
Washington, Aug. 21. As the re
sult of conferences concluded here to
day, in which representatives of ship
builders, the shipping board and the
American Federation of Labor par
ticipated, a strike of more than 1,000
ship builders in the Gray's Harbor dis
trict of Washington was declared off
and the men were ordered back to
work. The strike is said to have bq n
syinpaihetic. The yards at Aberdeen
and -Hoquaim are working on wooden
ships for the government.
Young LeMars Girl Is
Outraged and Murdered
LeMars. la.. Aug. 21. The body of
12-year-old Alta Braun was found in
an alley in the residence district to
day. The child had been outraged
and murdered. An underskirt torn
from the child's waist was wrapped
tightly about her neck. No clew to
the child's slayer has been discovered
by the officers. The little girl was
last seen alive early last evening.
During Charge Following Ter
rific Bombardment Every
German Position At
tacked is Carried.
Paris, Aug. 12. The battle of
Verdun has not yet closed, -end on
the left bank of the Meuse the
French troops have captured sev
eral important points, including the
village of Regneville. On the right
bank the French have occupied
Samegneux and carried a system
of fortified trenches, . which links
this place up with Hill 344..
The official report from the war
office announcing the successes, says "
that all German counter attackes
have been repulsed.
(By Associated Trots. 1
Grand Headquarters of the French
Armies in France, Aug. Si. When
prisoners came back in hundreds
shortly after dawn yesterday morning
the observes knew that the sharp
blow; dgcjded. an by. the French higher
command in order to give more
breathing space at Verdun had been
successful.. ' -
After the artillery had pounded the
German positions stretching along a
front of fourteen miles' from south
of Bethincourt to Bezonvaux until
they must have been like pulp, the
infantry advanced as the first streak
of dawn lighted the sky and occupied
all the positions they had set out to
conquer, at the same time sweeping
into their net many prisoners of sev
eral divisions of the German crown
prince's army. , .
The French soldiers showed once
more that they were not yet bled
white. When the order was given
for them to go over the top in the
face of hundreds of batteries of heavy
and light artillery and thousands of
machine guns they "advanced singing,
and nothing could stay their dash.
Losses Are Slight.
They were handled in such a way
by their officers that they escaped
through the most dangerous part of
the ground they had to negotiate with
almost negligible tosses, reaching the
German positions before the German
The correspondent passed t the
night on tjhe battlefield in the vicin
ity of the thickest artillery fire and
can testify to its intensity. During
two famous French victories, on Oc
tober 24 and December IS, 1916, be
fore Verdun, the correspondent was
present cn both occasions, and this
time reached the conclusion from the
fierceness of the fire that the French
employed at least an equal number of
The night preceding this battle was
fairylike in beauty. There was no
moon, but the stars were brilliant and
the natural effects, enhanced by the
constant succession of flashes from
bursting shells, while all along both
French and German positions flares
almost incessantly arose, making the
surrounding area brighter than day.
Carnival of Sound.
The only disturbing sounds was the
terrifying :screeches and the whistling
of smaller shells and the trainlike
roar of larger projectiles as they tore
through the air, while the dull thuds
of trench torpedoes reverberated
along the ground.
The French troops awaiting the or
der to advance were hot in the slight
est dismayed by the difficulties of the
task confronting them. They knew
that this was unsuitable terrair for at
tacking forces," but the fullest conn
deuce reigned among them.
Facing them were German divi
sions which had been massed for re
sistance to : any effort the French
might make to extend their circle o
territory around , Verdun, which' the
Germans call the door to the heart
of France. The confidence of the
(Continued on race Two, Column four.)
American Airmen Listed
Among French Missing
Paris, Aug. 21. Oliver Chadwick
of NeXv York, a member of the aerial
squadron of Captain George Guyne
mer, the famous French airmail, has
been missing since Tuesday. It is be
lieved he was brought down in an
Corporal Harold W'illilf of Boston
a member of the Lafayette squadron,
whose disappearance already has been
reported, is believed to be a prisoner
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