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VOL. XL VII NO. 61.
OMAHA, TUESDAY MORNING, AUGUST 28, 1917. TEN PAGES.
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FIERCE COUNTER ATTACKS OF
GERMANS FAIL TO DISLODGE
PETAIN'S MEN FROM TRENCHES
Gown Prince Hurls Regiments Against New French Posi
tions on Verdun Front in Vain Effort to Recap-
(By Associated Press)
General Petain is holding all his gains of the great Verdun
offensive movement in the face of formidable counter attacks
which the crown prince is now launching. ,
The French commander reports the repulse last night of
strong assaults on newly won positions in this sector. He an
nounces also the capture of 1,100 prisoners in the fighting yes
terday, when the French lines were carried forward two-thirds
of a mile on a two and a half mile front, to the outskirts of
Beaumont village. '
ATTACK IN AISNE. 0
Possibly a6 a diversion.' the , Ger-
mans have resumed their attacks in
the Aisne region, where Jor many
days in July and early August they
met with repeated checks in desper
ate attempts to drive the, French
from the valuable ground on the
Chemin-des-Dames, won in the spring
offensive. The renewal of the at
tempt met with no better success, the
breaking up of the) crown prince's
thrusts being announced today by the
"Paris war office.
The British are continuing their
systematic smashing o,f aviation, and
other bases behind the German
front in Belgium.
The dropping of a. large number 6f
bombs by naval airmen on the air
drome at St. Denis Yvestren is an
nounced Joday. In infantry opera
tions the only activity reported is a
successful trench raid carrd out this
morning near Ossttaverne.
SayS Germany Has Plenty
: Of Men, but Little Food
Aft.. Atlantic Port, -Aug. - 27. The
people of Germany'ire'ttntjTrtrstft'frably
facing; a serious shortage of neces
sary food and the maximum efforts
of the authorities now are , required
to make what supplies the have' go
around, according to Vilfiam Bartho
lomew, former representative -of an
American oil company at Hamburg,
who arrived today on a Danish steam
ship. -' , 1
Regarding Germany's man power,
Mr. Bartholemew said there seemed
to be plenty of men not on the firing
line, but during the last six-months
hat he was permitted to see wh
was going on he could not fail to
notice a considerable reduction in the
number of men ..drilling and being
prepared for war.
The U-boat still is looked upon by
the German people as the nation's
chief asset in bringing about what
, they seem to have faith will be an ulti
'mate victory, he asserted. , ,
Veterans of Foreign Wars
rri New .York Encampment
New York, Aug. 27. With ' two
veterans of the Mexican war, both
over 90 years-old, present, the eight
eenth annual encampment of the Vet
erans of Foreign Wars opened here
today. v The veterans, of wlTom 2,000
will attend the convention, have not
fciven up hope bf fighting for . the
United - States simply because they
are old, according to Albert J. Rabin
of New Yorkv commander-in-chief
of the society. Mr! Rabin said 15
per cent 'of - the. organization had al
ready enlisted for the present war.
while eighteen members of the post
at "Tort Sam Houston are already
in France with, the colors.
'For Nebraska Fair; warmer.
Temperatures at Omaha Yesterday.
5 a, m..
4 a. m.
7 a m. .
8 a. m. .
a. m. .
10 a. m . ,
11 a. m..
1 p. m..
2 p. m. .
3 p. m. .
4 p. m.J
5 p. m.
6 p. in . .
7 p. m. .
I p. m..
. .1 63
' .Comparative Local Becord.
1917. 1915. 1915. 1914.
Hlglieat yeiterday.'... 66 75 75 68
Lowest yesterday...... f ES 62 57 56
Mean temperature....- 62 , 6V 66 63
Precipitation .2 .00 .00 .34
Temperature and precipitation departures
from tbe normal: ' . ' ,
Kormal temperature 72
' Deficiency for the day....!.... 10
Total deficiency since March ,. . . . . ...V
Normal precipitation.......... .11 inch
Excess for the day .13 inch
Total rainfall since March. 1. . . .19.7 Inches
Deficiency since March 1 1.71 Inches
Deficiency tor cor. period, 1916. .10.14 Inches
Excess for cor. period. 191C, .... .45 inch
Reports From Stations mt 7 P. M.
Station and State Temp. Higrh- Rain
of Weather. 7 p. m. '- est.
Cheyenne, part cloudy.. 60
Davenport, rain 64
Denver, cloudy... 68
Df3 Moines; cloudy.... 64
Dodre City, cloudy 64
T.snder, part cloudy. .-. .- 66
North Pfatte, pt. cloudy 62
Omaha, clondy. ....... . 61 '
Pueio, cloudy 6S .
Rapid City, clear ,.56
Salt Lake City, clear... 7s
Santa Fe, part cloudy..
Sheridan, clear 70
Won City, part cloudy. 65
- Valentine, part cloudy.. 6S
h, A. WELSH, Meteorologist.
HUGE WAR BOND
BILL TAKEN UP BY
H 0 USE CO tVi MITTEE
Consideration of Largest Single-Financial
Begins; Senate Threshes
Out Ppstal Increases.
Washington, Aug. 27. Considera
tion of the largest single financial bill
in the history of the United States,,
the $11,538,945,000 war bond' and cer
tificate proposal, was begun today by
the house ways nd means commit
tee. Plans were made to pass it this
week if pqssjbje. DifFerentxs'in the
commitfee cen te3 ' Around the pro.
posal to tax the issues, and with this
cleared up it appeared that passage
would be exped.:ed. 4 s
As drafted by Secretary McAdoo
and laid before the committee, the
measure would authorize the issuance
oi-$7,538,fl5,0Q0, worth of bonds to
meet allied loans and $2,000,000,000
worth of certificates of indebtedness
and war savings certificates, respect-1
ivejy, to discharge other obligations
not designated. All would draw 4
per cent interest and be subject only
to supertaxes anT war profits and ex
cess profits taxes.
Debate Postal Increases
While' the leaders prepared; for the
contest over var profits taxation, the
senate today began consideration of
the postage increase sections of the
war tax bills with debate on profits
dispute set for 'Wednesday. Increas
ing contention gave little promise of
(Continued on Fdge Two, Column Two.)
War Bill for Year
Washington, Aug. 27. Two bil
lion dollars may be adde to the total
of bonds to be authorized at the -present
session ofjcongress, making
a total of approximately $21,000,
000,000 available tb the government
during the fiscal year ending June
RING DESERTS BALL GAME
Sees Some Men Receiving Medals;
Hes Certain TKey Weren't Players.
CANADIANS COME TOO FAST
By RING W. LARD NER.
(Special Cable to the Chicago Tribune and Omaha Bee, Copyright by
the Tribune company, 1917.)
i A Letter to Home. , ' r ,
Paris, Aug. 26. Friend Harve"y: Well, Harvey, they picked on me
today to cover a base ball game between the American field service nine
and the Canada field service nine and they said that the game would start
out by St. Cloud at 2 p. m. '
St. Cloud is pronounced with all the vowels and consonants silent.
So I ask them how should I get there and .they said, "Take the Metro,"
which is French for subway, but they says keeps going iff circles. So I
hinted to a guy that I know; hehad moneyand he finally fell'and road
us out there in a taxicab. '-
The place we went to was some kind of hospital and "it was after 2
p. m. and there was no ball game raging, but a French general was pin
ning medals on a lot of guys, and I thoughtat first they was some of the
ball players, but afterwards I seen the ball players in action, and then I
The ball game was across a race track. We started .over, but an offi
cer told us we couldn't cross across thr track for fear of spoiling it
I wished you could have seen it, Harvey. The grass was so long that
Fred Falkenbcrg could of hid himself in it standing up. The American
boys was practicing when we got there and itwas not like, they did not
need it- -
- The game started a hour and a half late and the Americam team scored
in the first inning when they got the bases full up and the empire called
a fourth bill on a guy that was standing as far out of.Uie batter's box as
from here to Petrograd. -
. In "the second inning the Canada boys sort of lit into our pitcher, a
boy named Crowhurst Theyay he was from Philadelphia; andudging
from his control, I would say that lie was a refugee from the Philadelphia
Athletics. He had a No. 3 on the back of his sweater, but the Canada nine
didn't pay noattentioh' to that, and made it four before the inning was
over. ; t " ".' " r
At the end-of the fourth with the score 5 on each sidtf, I. got up and
left on accoimr of illness. , I found out later that the, game was stopped by
' rain at. the end of the. fir A half of the
The ram-came "about two hours,
' The game was probably a record
fielders stopped a ground ball.-.
Truck Squadrons Swoop Down on Camp
Cody Bearing "Eats" jor Army of Nail
Drivers Busy With Construction Rush
The Latest Arrival
KING OF CROPS
Weather Has Been Fine for All
Growing Crops and Pros-
1 pects Are Most Ex
cellent. The weekly crop report of the Bur
lington, having to do with Nebraska
agricultural conditions up to last Sat
urday night, indicates that there . is
almost a certainty of corn remaining
king, so far as' this state is con
cerned, . The crop data gathered by superin
tendens and agents of the Burlington
indicates that last week, except over
a small area in the southwestern cori
ner of -the state, there was an abun
dance of precipitation, and that now
the only thing required to assure a
bumper corn crop is hot and reason-
(Contlnued on Pnce Two, Column One.)
eighth. . '
- breaker in one respect -none of the
- , .
FT. RILEY READY
FOR COMING OF
Qeneral Wood' Arrives; at Can
tonment Camp,. Where New
National Army from Ne
braska Will Go.
Ballard Dunn of the Union Pacific
in from Fort Riley, Kan.,. where
he went to note the progress being
made on the Army cantonment that
is to receive the Nebraska and otfier
units of . the national army during
their training period. ,;. '
According to Mr Dunn, the can
topment buildings will be ready for
occupancy by .the time the soldiers
arrive there. In fact,, many of them
icr Gk xlecnaA Vood
IN COMMAND AT FORT RILEY
are completed now. Thousands of
workmen are employed on construc
tion, installing sewers and water
mains. The buildings will be heated
from, one central plant with auxiliary
plants that will be used when neces
sary. The heating system is steam.
General Leonard "Wood, who is to
be in command of the Riley canton
ment, was la passenger, on. the train
out from Kansas, City Sunday, and
upon reaching there established per
manent headquarters. The, general
will reside in a new bungalow, located
oaa hill 6verlooking the camp.
?New -Home of the Nebraska
Guardsmen 37 Per Cent Com
pleted, With Work Being
Forced at Top Speed.
Camp Cody, Deming, N. Aug.
27. (Srecial.) If it is true that sol
diers fighting qualities depend on
their meals, it is also true that the
"eats",of the army of nail drivers
keeping up the drumfire here are the
backbone of the construction drive.
There are about 4,000 of .these men,
brought here from the southwest
mostly, and they haveNprodigious ap
petites, when one. considers that their
dinners cost them only 30 cents.
Each noon squadrons of trucks
bring full loads from all corners of the
great clhip ground to the four mess
halls under charge of Commissary
Superintendent William M. Booth, of
Dallas, Tex., who dishes out, through
his 200 cooks and waiters, the best
grub that can be had.
Eight hurtdrcd loaves of bread, two
whole beeves, 400 pies and cakes and
ice cream sometimes are on the daily
provision requisitions. ,
37 Per Cent Complete.
Camp Cody is 37 per cent completed
and finishing work is going ahead at
the rate of 4 per cent per day. Two
weeks more, it is said, will gee the
army town about ready to turn over
to Major General A. P. Blocksom, and
This general assault upon nature
for the sheltering and provisioning of
36,000 soldiers assumes great magni
tude, in view of the fact that all its
raw material, likfe the army of build
ers, had to come over rail from great
distances. Up-to-date General . Con
tractor J, W. Thompson, of jStLouis,
has brought 284 cars of material of
all kinds, besides his workmen.
Thousands of wagonloads of gravel
were dumped on the main roads of
the camp .to keep the heavy motor
trucks from sinking into the sand,
for mud there Is very little. New
railroad spurs wer? laid daiby for de
livering lumber ana feofwrg -paper.
Two big well's weinvij,nk tfl, theiub
terraneanTrver.anrJ paraping felanfc in
stalled, and electric wires wera strung
in everv direction to make'the ex-
-panse findable at night All this before
tne capenters couia negm weir
devil's tatoo with. hammer. and saw.
1,100 Buildings, ; .
'There will be a total of 1,100 build
ings in tlje, camp when, finished. All
the tables, benches and' chairs 'must
be made on the premises.
The . mess buildings are made fly-
(Continued on Pase Tyio, Colnmn Four.V
Houston Back to
Normal, Now That
Martial Law Lifted
, Houston, Tex., Aug. 27. Houston
went about its normal way again to
day, following-the action of Major
General George Bell, jr., last night in
removing the city from martial law.
Saloons were reopeped. Business
houses sellinar Runs and ammunition
again were permitted to make sales.
Patrols were taken from the streets
and armed guards, which had been
detailed in pairs, were no longer sta
tioned on street, cars.
The city now is, turning fts attefl
tion to receiving the Illinois guards
men, who will train at Camp Logan.
Protests are still being sent to Wash
ington against the inclusion in the
Illinois troops of the Eighth regi
ment of infantry, negroes.
Camp Dodge Prepares for
Coming of. Draft Army
Des Moines. Ia.. Aug. 27. Prelim
inary organization for the reception of
drafted men , trom Iowa, part oi
IllinoisMinnesota and North Dakota
began today at Camp Dodge, the.
Thirteenth division cantonment, with
Major General E. H. Plummer for
mally assuming command.
Omaha to Send Irish Company to
, Join the British Troops in Fjrance
Ever since Captain Finn and Ser
geant Bowen came to town and opened
up the Bjfitish recruiting office every
lad with a bit of a brogue and the
love of a scrap has been hanging
around the British recruiting office at
1612 Farnam street, listening to the
tales told by the "byes" from the
"For the love of sruld Ireland, come
alone and help us lick the kaiser," be-
I sninrhr Cantain Finn and Sereeant
o - -
"Sure and we will," responded the
lads to a man.
So, i a few days, a whole company
of Irishmen from Omaha and Minne
apolis will join the British army at
the front' ,
That is why the fifty prettiest girls
in Omaha, the girls with the "true
eyes of blue" are sad today.
September 1 Captain Finn and Ser
geant Bowen will lead fifty brave .Irish
lads from Omaha. Before they get
very far they will be joined by fifty
more from Minneapolis, where Cap
tain Bowen has' been recruiting, and
the whole company will go to join the
famous Irish battalion at the front
which lately went from Canada.
Ho one who can't use a shihtlagh
NEGRO AND WHITE
MAN AT SCENE OF
NETHAWA Y CRIME
Sheriff and Deputies Say They Are Weaving Net of Cir
cumstantial Evidence Around Charles Smith, Negro,
Despite Prisoner's Protestations of
Sheriff Clark nd his deputies who have been working on
Omaha's latest murder horrors and attacks upon -women, say
they are weaving a net of circumstantial evidence around
Charles Smith, negro, arrested at Blair Sunday night on sus (
picion of complicity in the slaying of Mrs. C L. Nethaway a few
" i f f t s r"v?', VI 771
s, I .1
CHARLES SMITH IN HIS CELL
MARRIED MEN TO
BE EXEMPTED BY
Chairman Cones Interprets the
-New Ruling of Provost .
Marshal as Exempting ,
Married Men. K
Official confirmation of the late Or
der of President Wilson and Provost
Marshal General Crowder has been
received by the district exemption
board. Chairman Cones of the board
Stalked with. Governor Neville over
the telephone and the points ot tne.
. . ... . . . I
new ruling were soi iorin.
"Nearly all of the married men will
be exempted from the way I under
stand the ruling," stated Mr. Cones.
"If a man has a wife dependent on
him, whether she can work or not, he
will be exempted."
This will make a big difference in
the work "of the district board, and
it will probably be some time before
the armies can be-picked. Lists will
be sent back to the local boards and
it will be up to them to go through
them again and decide on the mn
that they want to call. , They will
then be sent back to the district be
fore any of the work iv touched here.
It would make it much easier for
the board if the pebple would be pa
tient until their claims are taken up.
In addition to the large amount of
claims coming in in every mail, many
write wanting to know it their claims
have been acted upon. These peo
ple seem to think that their claim
is the only one before the board.
With the exception of the Third
district, the Omaha local boards will
not be affected much by the change.
The other districts have exempted
all of the married men that they
thought could hot be spared without
the breaking up of a family. If the
(Contlnnrd on Pago Two, Colnmn Three.)
1 ' iff '- h
41 J 1
and who Tiasn't a Celtic twist of his
tongue need apply for admission to
this company. True, Captain Finn
promises them real guns and all that,
but each lad will have his shilalagh
tucked in his rear pocket for safety's
A company of 150 Irishmen from
Omaha and Minneapolis equals 6,300
Frenchmen at the front, says Sergeant
Bowen.TFor authority he receites this
At a recent ijattle ascertain general
whose name was McCarthy got
hard pressed. He wired back to head
,"Send me 25,000 Frenchmen."
'"Haven't got them," came the quick
"Then send me 400 Irishmen," said
Count; it up! Irishman worth sixty-two
Frenchmen, according to Gen
eral McCarthy. That makes fifty. Irish
man from Omaha worth 3J00 French
men. Mike artd Pat and their friends will
leave September 1. Maybe they will
round up enough 6t4lig"byes" to
make a whole company Irishmen
from Omaha. Captain Fjnn hopes so
and the outlook so far is good.
The two brutal murders, both vie
tims women, a third revolting assault
sons injured by a crazed negro who
ran amuck witir a butcher knue, are
crimes which have stirred Omaha to
fever pitch in the last forty-eight
' SMITH SEEN NEAR SCENE.
Several persons, ave identified
Smith, the big Mississippi negro, as
the one who was loitering in the vi
cinity of thej crime earlier in the day
and shortly after the murder occurred.
While Smith admits having been
near the place which afterwards be
came shambles, he protests his inno
cence of the murder. His stories dif
fer, however, and the sheriff's men be
lieve thy caen fasten the guilt upon
County Attorney Magney, ex-officlo
coroner, will conduct an inquest this
afternoon at 2 o'clock at Cole-McKay'
undertaking establishment over the
bodv of Mra. Oirisfine.. Anflrrnnn.
aged woman assaulted and murdered
Oby a fiend Saturday night. . . ' "
. Another Suspect Taken.
Sheriff Clark and deputies yesterday
aitemoon arrested a white man about
28 years of age on suspicion of his
being 'implicated in the murder of .
Ms. C. L. Nethawav. He Rave the
4 name; of Gerlt Smith and later-Said "
Aii.iui,ti4Uic, wra Aiimc i ester.
He lays Coon Radips is his home '
He could give no account of his.
whereabouts Sunday' He was sur
rounded and capturedV!at Military
Crossing near .Florence. He was
roughly dresserL , I '
He admits seeing ' the murdered
woman.. Upon ' examination -it was
found that he failed to register and
he will be held as a slacker in case
investigation proves his innocence of
connection with the murder.,
- Mrs. A. R., Herdman, wife of the
operator at South Cut, positively iden
tified the negro,. Smith, as the man
who stopped at the chanty near her '
home for a drink of water. She was
especially positive that he was the
same man after seeing him walk. He
has a peculiar gait
Partially Identified Smith. (
Asa Dixon of BUir, real estate
man, .yesterday afternoon partially
identified Smith as the negro he saw,
loitering in the vicinity of the Netha
way murder yesterday.
Mr. Dixon was driving along the
road that skirts the railroad track
when he noticed a negro squatting in
the brush near the bridge over the
track! He said his attention was at
tracted by the fact the negro ap
parently did not want to be seen.'
"His face looked like that of the
man I saw yesterday," said Mr.
Dixon when Smith was brought be
fore him in county jail "When I
saw the negro his suspicious appear
ance imprinted itself on my mind.
When I read of the murder I imme
diately connected the incident"
The assault and murders are be
lieved to have been the work of a
souther negro laborer of the type
recently imported from St Louis.,
One fiend could have easily perpe
trated both murders. The distance
from 4236 Corby street, where Mrs.
Christine Anderson, 75 year old, was
(Continued on Pace Two, Column Three.)
Red Cross Transportation
Service Has Been Created'
Washington, Aug. 27. The Red
Cross announced today the creation
of a transportation, service to handla
the vast quantities of medical and re
lief supplies being shipped almost
dail to aid the stricken peoples of
France, Belgium, Serbia, Russia and1
other belligerent countries.
The Sunday Score
Advertising in The Bee
(Warflrld Agency Measurement)
First in Gains ' ' .
Sunday, August 26, 1917.
Local Display 960 -
Foreign Display 88
Automobile .......... 802
Classified 796 V
Same Sunday Last Year
Local Display. ........ 445
Foreign Display.. 68
Automobile ,508 ft
Classified 624 -
Total ?.V.. . . - : 1,645 ft :
GAINS 1,002 INCHES.
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