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Italians Continue Furious Assaults and Pursue Retreating
Austrians; French Secure New Lines on Verdun
Front; Artillery Duel Forecasts Reopen
1 ing of Battle in Champagne.
Rcme, Aug. 25. The Italian troops on the Isonzo
front are marching to complete victory.
The battle along the Isonzo has developed further bril
liant successes for the Italians who, it is now plain, are making
one of their greatest efforts of the war.
General Cardona's men, who at the beginning of the of
fensive, made a new crossing of the river north of Gorizia, at
a point wnere tne Austrians Denevean
such a feat was impossible, have wonT
another spectacular victory by scaling !
Monta Santo, 2,245 feet high, and plac
ing their flag there.
This mountain, top, seven miles
north of Gorizia, dominates the plain
to the east of the city. The Austrian
line of defense was broken at several
points and the Italians are pursuing
the retiring Austrians.
Further south, on the Carso, fight
ing continues Violently and inces
santly. Austnaif efforts to win back
lost positions were defeated.
Having gained their principal ob
jectives on the Verdun front, the
French are completing their victory
by local attacks to round out and se
cure their new lines. Profiting by the
capture of Hill 304 yesterday, they
advanced last night to the north of it
Renewal of fghting in the Cham
pagne may be forecast by the state
ment in the official French report
that violent artillery engagements are
in progress there. In Belgium also,
in the vicinity of Bixschoote, the big
guns are heavily engaged.
Tri-Color is Flying.
Rome, Aug. 25. The tri-color of
Italy has been flying since yesterday
on the summit of Monte Santo, which
was an Austrian stronghohl on the
Isonzo front, according to tnc official
statement issued today.
The Italian second army, General
Cadorna reports, -has broken through
the Austro-Hungarian line of defense
at several points and is closely pur
suing the Austro-Hungarians, who are
retiring and defending the difficult
ground, yard by yard.
French Score Victory.
Paris, Aug.' 25. The French scored
a new victory on the Verdun front
last night north of Hill 304. Three
fortified works near Bethincourt were
captured. The number of prisoners
taken has been increased to 8,101.
uson Turns
Over Governor's .
Job to oHbby
Austin, Tex., Aug. 25. The official
transfer of the affairs of the executive
department by Governor James E.
Ferguson to W. P. Hobby, of Beau
mont, acting governor of Texas, took
place this morning in the governor's
private office.
Governor Ferguson was automatic
ally suspended last night as a result
of the action of the house of represen
tatives in filing impeachment charges
Active preparations for the hearing
of the charges in the senate are al
ready in progress. The trial begins on
next Wednesday morning. It is ex
pected that it wIl consume at least
two weeks,
against him.
Charge Manufacturers
Joined to Raise Paper Price
Washington, Aug. 25. Charges of
concerted action to raise book paper
prices were made by the federal trade
commission today in formal com
plaints filed against twenty-three man
ufacturers and the head of their bu
reau of statistics.
French Aerial Teacher
Killed in 'Plane Crash
Paris, Aug. 25. While Major Jac
quin, head off an aviation school, was
giving a lesson in an airplane 1,000
feet in the air yesterday a pupil's ma
chine collided with his. The major
was struck on the head and killed in
stantly. The pupil was unhurt.
The Weather
For Nebraska Fair.
Temperatures at Omaha Yesterday.
Hour. Deg.
5 a. m 57
6 a. m 58
7 a. m 62
8 a. m . . 6S
9 a. m TO
10 a. m 73
11 a. m 76
3 2 m 78
1 p. in 80
: p. m SI
:i p. m S3
i p. m 84
i p. in 83
ft p. m 80
1 p. ra 77
Comparative Im-al Record.
1917. 1916. 1915. 1914.
Highest yesterday ,, 84 84 75 77
Lowest yesterday ... 57 C4 54 61
-Mean Temperature. ., 70 74 64 63
Precipitation 00 .00 .01 '.00
Temperature and precipitation departures
frnin the normal:
Normal temvarature 73
leflctency tor the day ' 3
Total deficiency since March 1 Ui
Normal precipitation 12 inch
IWIclency for the day .12 inch
Total rainfall since March 1. .. .19.64 inches
"Deficiency since 'March 1 1.72 inches
Jtcflclency for-cor. period. 11S.. .1 Inches
Kxoesi tor cor. period, 1915 to Inch
Major General Says Military
Will Deal With Murderers;
Negro Troops Sent to
Houston, Tex., Aug. 25. The fate
of the more than 100 negro soldiers
who Thursday night shot up the west
end of "Houston, with a total of seven
teen deaths, today is entirely in the
hands of the military, notwithstand
ing the action of District Attorney
John Crookcr in filing murder charges
against thirty-four of them.
The battalion of the Twenty-fourth
infantry, which included the shoot
ers, early today was piled on a train
?.Pd . 5tajtc:cJuW.-),r,il il ylUjty
tion at Columbus, N. M. ' .'
Major General George Bell, jr.,
who arrived this morning from San
Antonio and took command, indicated
that there was slight possibility of
any of the men being returned here
for civil trial.
"I assume," he said, "that the local
authorities will seek to try the men
against whom charges have been
filed. However, their disposition is in
the hands of the military. Thev will
be court-martialed. The justice meted
out by army authorities will he much
quicker obtained than it could be by
civil procedure.
Mutiny Means Death.
"Mutiny in time of war is nunish-
able by death. Murder at all times
involves the death penalty. Punish
ment will be dealt out to those partici
pating in the disturbance oromotlv
and effectively."
Immediately after news was ob
tained that the thjrty-four negroes
held in the county jail had been
turned back to the military authori
ties, the Harris county authorities be
gan an investigation.
The affair was called to flip irraiul
jury's attention by Laurence William-
(Continued on re Two, Column Five.)
Mutton Chops Three Days From Bay Horse;
For the Rest of the Week Exist on Roan.
(Special Cable to Chicago Tribune and Omaha Bee. Copyright, 1917, by
Tribune Company.)
Paris, Aug. 25. For the benefit of our dozens of readers we have, at
great trouble and expense, learned the new "regies du vaie". of Paris:
1. Eau Chaud is procurable on Saturdays and Sundays and may be pur
chased and eaten all the days of the week but Mondays and Tuesdays.
2. Spirituous and intoxicating liquors may be purchased between noon
and 2 o'clock and between 6:30 and 9:30 at night.
3. On Fridays between 12 and 12:40 one may use one's handkerchief.
4. Every Monday you may put on a different necktie, provided you get
up before 9 o'clock.
5. You are permitted to carry a cane the third Tuesday of every month.
6. The stores are all closed every Sunday and between 12 and 2 on the
other days. At all other times you may go in and buy something you
don't want.
7. Collars may be changed at 2 o'clock on any afternoon of the first
rainy Friday of the month.
8. A toothbrush may be used every morning between 7 and 9, except
Tuesdays, Fridays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Thursdays.
9. At 2:15 every Shrove Tuesday you are allowed to buy a new supply
of shaving soap.
10. At 10:32 every morning you are compelled to borrow 100 francs
from the nearest sucker.
11. At 12:02 every sunny afternoon you can get a taxicab.
12. On Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays you may procure mutton chops
derived from a bay horse. On other meat days you must be content with
a roan. t ,
13. On the fourteenth" of September and the fourteenth of March you
can get the number you ask for on the telephone a needed reform.
In several New York hotel barber shops they advertise that on account
of the war and the demand for alcohol, perfumes will not hereafter be
smeared on the face free with each shave. We wish to heaven that they
would adopt the same rule here.
In a moment of unprecedented generosity your correspondent loaned
his portable typewriter to Floyd Gibbons, who was off for the British front
today. Mr. Gibbons owns a portable typewriter, being used by a fish some
where at the bottom of the Atlantic, so he says. Well, we asked a female
journalist trom somewnere in i exas it we might occasionally borrow her
machine during Mr. Gibbon's absence. "Sure," she said, smiling sweetly,
"but I don't believe you will get on venr well with it. The 'U Y rlnn'r
work." "Oh," we replied, "there will
T is available."
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Lord Cecil, Answering German Claim
That England Started World War, Lays
Blame for Conflict at Germany's Door
Congressman, Author of Big
Aeronautic Bill, Visits Fort
Omara With Head of
Aero Club of America.
Congressman Murray Hulbert of
New York, one of the authors of the
big Shcphcrd-Hulbcrt bill, which
granted $640,000,000 for the purpose
of aeronautics in the war, is in Omaha
to speak in the interest of aerial war
fare. With him are Allan Hawley,
president of the Aero Club of Amer
ica, and Henry Woodhousc, a gover
nor of the club.
The party were the guests of Ma
jor H. 15. Hcrsey at Fort Omaha all
morning and were then entertained at
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be no difficulty so lone as the capital
British Minister of Blockade
Tells How Teutons Delib
erately Brought on
(By Associated rresa.) "
London, Aug. 25. "I see they
again are talking in Germany about
how England started the war re
marked Lord Cecil, minister of block
ade, in his weekly talk yesterday with
The Associated Press. f
"It is an old song, but I think
the time has come, particularly in the
United States, when it is well to re
state briefly the bald facts regarding
the beginning of this great conflict.
"Frankly, I do not think anyone
can honestly believe that England be
gan the war. If any person had
arisen in a public assemblage in this
country two weeks before the war be
gan and asserted that in a fortnight
we wo,uld be plunged into the great
est international conflict the world
has ever seen, the speaker would have
been regarded by everybody as a
dangerous lunatic. Our people's
thoughts were the farthest possible
from war and our statesmen were
overwhelmingly occupied with domes
tic affairs, particularly the Irish
question, to the almost complete ex
clusion of international politics.
Warning's Unheeded.
"It is true that some of our people
had been saying for a year or more
before that time that Germany intend
ed to attack us, but their warnings
fell on deaf ears, so much so that
no preparations were made.
"Certainly we did not start the war.
Tin. a . - x . i . . .
vvno aiar i tninic the answer s
unquestionable. For at least a year
before the war began Germany had
definitely made up its mind to fight.
"An Italian writer has told us. how
in 1913 Germany approached the Ital
ian government with a view to taking
action in the Balkans, but Italy said
it would regard such a war as of
fensive and not defensive and would
not lend her support. Germany with
drew her proposals as she did' not
think she then was strong enough
to go it alone.
"American Ambassador Gerard has
told us the German crown prince
made no secret of his desire for war
and that he even expressed the hope
that it would come before his father
died. And he added that if it didn't
come before his father died, it would
come as. soon as he, namely, the
crown prince, ascended the throne.
Suggested Alliance.
Balfour's secretary, Ian Malcolm,
has also quoted his conversation with
the German crown prince, in which
the prince suggested that England
and Germany should combine to de
stroy France.
"There is no question but that Ger
many had made up her mind that
(Continued on Pae Three, Column Two.)
Wilson to Give No Talk
On Peace to Congress
Washington, Aug. 25. Talk in
congress that President Wilson
might possibly address the national
body on the subject of peace when
he makes reply to Pope Benedict's
proposal was silenced today when
the White House let it be known
that the president has no such in ten-,
United States Commission Com
pany's Liabilities Will Prob
ably Aggregate $250,000
Say the Creditors.
A petition asking that William R.
Richter, grain man. be declared .a
bankrupt was filed in federal court
by the Nebraska-Iowa Grain ' com
pany, J. F. Twamley, Sou & Co. and
the Omaha Elevator company. ,
These are three of Richter's cred
itors. Richtcr's total liabilities to
these firms and others will aggregate
$250,000, it is claimed. Henry T. Clarke
was appointed temporary receiver of
the Kk liter concern, which did busi
ness as the United States Commis
sion company with offices at 040
Omaha Grain Exchange building.
The failure followed the chaotic con
dition of the grain market a couple
of weeks ago.
Ed 1'. Smith and F. A. 1'rogan, at
torneys for the petitioners, declare
that Richtcr's affairs are in a chaotic
state. The petition alleges that he
paid $130,000 to A. V. Kinsler within
a few months before the closing up
of Richter's business August 11.
"We have found checks from Rich
ter to Kinsler for $109,000," said Mr.
Brogan, "and also a mortgage bond
for $20,000, making $129,000 alto
gether." It is said that these sums were lost
in grain operations.
Richter says he has enough assets
to more than offset his liabilities when
he is able to collect hills due him.
This was stated by C. 15, Keller, one
of bis attorneys.
.Hearing on the petition will be held
in about two weeks.
Boy From the Fourth Is Named to
Go to Annapolis Naval School
Ralph R. Cox, son of Mr. and' Mrs.
Thomas Cox, 2874 Ida street, has
been appointed to Annapolis by Con
gressman Lobcck.
At present young Cox is a member
of the headquarters company of the
Fourth Nebraska at Fort Crook. So
anxious was he to do his share for
his country that, although he hoped
for the Annapolis appointment, lie
joined the Fourth Nebraska to make
sure of getting into the lighting
While he likes the Fighting Fourth
very much, it has always been his
dream to go to Annapolis, so he will
ask for a furlough in which to pre
pare for the Annapolis examination
February 8.
He is sure of passing the physical
examination, having already passed
that for the army. The mental one,
although traditionally "stiff," will not
be too hard for him as he is a grad
uate of Creighton college.
First Train Carrying Officers Leaves at Noon; Companies
That Have Been Doing Guard Duty in Nebraska
Come to Omaha to Join Comrades
for Long Journey.
The long-expected entrainment of the Fourth Nebraska
began at 7:30 a. m. yesterday. By night all troops of this oldest
of the Nebraska regiments had left Nebraska soil enroute to
Deming, N. M. ,
President Wilson Directs Sup
plemcntal Explanation of
Rules Be Sent to All
Exemption Boards.
(By An.wlntnl rrf.)
Washington, Aug. 25. At the di
rect suggestion of. President Wilson
Provost Marshal General Crowder
telegraphed to all governors tonight
a supplemental explanation of regula
tion governing the status of married
men under the selective service law.
No change in regulations is made;
and the purpose of the new state
ment is to clear up misunderstand
ings which have arisen in what Gen
eral Crowder describes as "a few in
stances." In a letter to Secretary Baker,
quoted by General Crowder, Presi
dent Wilson states his opinion that
the regulation directing local boards
"to establish the fact of dependents
in addition to the fact of marriage
ought--Nr ler-ttU(t4f:V"iWtt
leaves the regulations as tliey are
and the supplementary utateinent is
designed merely to make the applica
tion of the rules uniform among all
Change in Mobilization.
While , the statement regarding
married men was in preparation new
orders were issued, changing entirely
the mobilization arrangements previ
ously made. Congestion of rail traf
fic and the necessity of making bet
ter provisions, for the reception of
the men at the cantonments dictated
the changes.
Under the new orders 5 per cent
of the white men, preferably those
with military experience from each
local area, will be started forward
to the camps September 5, insteady
of M) per cent.
They will go in five daily detach
ments of equal sie and form skeleton
company organizations and set up a
going concern in which the remainder
of t lie total quota can be absorbed
without confusion as they reach the
( Next Will Go September 19.
The next '.') per cent of the quota
will go forward September 19. when
the second ,i0 per cent originally was
scheduled to go; a second 40 per cent
will go forward 0;tobcr 3, instead of
the third 30 per cent and the re
mainder 15 per cent will be called up
as soon as practicable.
Local boards arc directed to disre
gard order of liability numbers to
some extent in selection the first 5
per cent as men of experience, such
as cooks and former soldicrs are de
sired at that time. Warning is given,
however, against getting into this
levy by reason of his experience, any
man who might not otherwise have
been included in the first increment
of the district at all.
Text of Order.
Following is the text of the mes
sage sent to governors dealing with
the satus of married men, prepared
at a conference late today between
secretary Baker and General
"A feeling has been expressed that
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O The regiment is moving in three
detachments. The first section left
Fort Crook at 12:30 noon. This con
sisted of the headquarters company,
the supply company and sanitary de
tachment and the band.
This train was preceded by the
train carrying the camp supplies and
equipment of the Fourth regiment,
consisting of mules, wagons, motor
cycles, automobiles, etc.
Mules in First Train.
The first "passengers" to go were
110 army mules, used for pack ani
mals and for baulintr camp wasons.
I As mules becoming harder to get
every aay, great care will be taken to
see that they arrive at Deming safely.
The second section left soipe time
later and consisted of all the rest of
the Fourth regiment at Fort Crook
and around Omaha, including the ma
chine gun company and Companies
A, R, C, D and K.
The last section took in the remain
der of the Fourth' out in the state, con- '
sisting of Companies E, F, H, I, J, L
ami M. These companies left some
time during the day. , They will join
the regiment somewhere on the way
to Deming and all will reach the
training camp together. The first de
tachment went directly from Fort
Crook to Kansas City.
Meals on the Train.
No stops for meals will be made on
the road. Fach company is allowed
three tourist Pullmans and a baggage
car. In the. baggage car the camp
stove will be set up and the meals ,
will be. prepared by the company ''
cooks jtfst- at they were in barracks.
yoTTth-eTfffiwry staivairrinffnTO'fr"
have been prepared. ' V
Ily 8 o'clock in the morning relatives
and friends of the boys began irriv
ing at Fort Crook to tell them good-
1y. Most of them brought boxes
in d baskets of good things to carry
on the way.
Tacking up at Fort Crook meant -much
work, for the men had been
there for several months.
Most of the officers of the Fourth
had their offices at the headquarters
building in Fort Crook and had been ' '.
living in the officers club there. These
include Colonel William Baehr, com
mander, of the Fourth regiment, and
the three battalion majors, Douglas,
Iiolderman and Todd, also Major
Birkner, of the sanitry detachment.
All the Officers Go.
Captain Kusland, adjutant to Col
onel Baehr, and Captain De Fratis of
the supply company also had their ' '
offices in the same building, while
Captains Fellers, Killian and Crosby
had offices ii the barracks. All of
fice equipment and valuable -papers
were taken away, as well as personal
possessions of the soldiers.
The Young Men's Christian associa
tion tent will still be pitched at Fort
Crook. The Young Men's Christian
association secretaries, as the soldiers,
have been given orders in secrecy, but
the fact that they will remain in the
post indicates that other troops are
expected ere long to take the place
of those leaving.
The Union Pacific brought in com
panies of the Fourth to make the trip
south from Columbus and Grand Is
land, the Northwestern from Fort
Robinson and Blair and the Burling
ton the men who have been stationed
at Ashland.
Two Privates Are Killed
When Shell Bursts at Fort
Fort Sill. Okt, Aug. 25. Privates
Nelson and James Kclley of Battery
A. Second Missouri field artillery.
were killed and four others seriously,
injured when a shrapnel shell explod
ed on the cantonment range here this
afternoon, completely wrecking the
mess hall in which they were prepar
ing their first meal after arriving at
the Oklahoma post.
The injured are Privates Oakley.
Bloomer, McGrcw and Raymond
The shell is believed to have ex
ploded after having been left par
tially buried on the field by the heat
of a fire near by, over which the men
were cooking.
Iowa Falls Man Killed
By Fall Down Stairs
Iowa Falls, la., Aug. 25. (Special
Telegram.) W. L. Hanna was in
stantly killed last night when he
stumbled and fell down a flight" of
stairs at his home here. His neck was
broken. ' '
Mr. Hanna has been in business
here for .thirty years, He is survived
by his widow and son.
South Dakota Asks For
Revised Freight Rates
Washington, Aug." 25. Railroad
commissioners of South Dakota today ,
petitioned the Interstate Commerce '
commission to put into effect revised
freight rates on ; grain and grain
products from South Dakota joints
to Iowa destinations, removing an
alleged discrimination in favor of
Minnesota mills.