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Washington Regards Presi
' dent's Note a$ Settlement
of Problem of Dealing
' With Emperor.-
Washington, Aug. 29. President
.Wi'son's rejecting the pope's peace
proposals was regarded here today as
finally settling the question of deal
ing with present German rulers un
conquered or uncurbed at home.
The president makes it clear that a
lasting and durable peace can be ne
gotiated only by a complete under
standing with the German people and
not alone on unstable guarantees of
the existing government.
The note indicates that the Ameri
can government does not intend post
bellum reprisals on the German peo
ple, but desires in the interests of
world peace that they be allowed to
share in international economic op
portunities, "if they will accept equal
ity and not seek domination."
The note with- its unequivocal de
nunciation of German military autoc
racy is believed to reflect accurately
the attitude of the allied governments.
The general tenor of the communi
cation had been anticipated, but dip
lomats were surprised to find in it a
virtual appeal to the German people
to strive for emancipation from mili
tary control and become fitted to deal
' with a world democracy.
Upon motion of Senator Brady,
who characterized it as a last farewell
to the autocracy of the world, Presi
dent Wilson's reply to the pope's
peace proposals was ordered printed
today in' the Congressional Record.
"While it rejects the pope's pro
posals," said' he, "it points the way
for the other nations to reach a peace
in a fair and honorable manner."
Chairman Stons of the senate for
eign relations committee, made this
"The note was just what I expected
it would be. It was a strong note, as
are all notes of the president."
"It was a very good note,", said
Senator , Lodge . of Massachusetts,
ranking republican of the committee.
Former Governor General
Of Canada Dies in England
London, Aug. 29. Earl Grey, for
mer governor-general of Canada, died
at 6 o'clock this morning at Howick
house, Northumberland, after a long
illness. The funeral will be held at
Howick on Saturday, when a me
morial service will be held in Lon
don. Born November 28, 1851, Alfred
Henry George, the fourth Earl Grey,
' was educated at Trinity college, Cam
bridge. He married in 1877 Alice
Holford of Westonbirt, England. Two
daughters, Lady Evelyn Grey ' and
Lady Sybil Grey, were the result .of
Twelve Dutch Ships Are
To Be Allowed to Sail
- Washington, Aug. 29. Arrange
ments have been completed by the
food administration for the release of
twelve Dutch ships which soon will
sail from an Atlantic port with corn
and wheat for Belgian relief and the
Dutch government. The first ship
ments will be practically half and half
for Belgium and Holland. ,
Says Labor Troubles in
' West Have Passed Climax
Washington, Aug. 28. Threatened
labor disturbances in war industries
on the Pacific coast and in the north
west have passed their climax, offi
cials declared today, and conditions
in the affected districts are rapidly
For Nebraska Fair; warmer.
Temperatures at Omaha Teiterdar.
5 8. m 67
6 . m 56
7 a. m 63
8 a. m ; ... 60
9 a. m 65
10 a. m 67
11 a. m r.s
12 m 69
. 1 p. m 68
2 p. m 67
3 p. m 63
4 p. m..i 70
6 p. m 71
6 p. m...: 70
7 p. m 69
8 p. m 63
Comparatlre Local Record.
1917. 191S. 1915. 1914.
Hichest yesterday . . 71 85 4 84
I-owpst yesterday.... 55 ' 60 61 60
Mean l?mperature .. 63 72 58 72
Prfeclpltation 60 :07 .00 T.
Temperature and precipitation departures
from the normal:
Normal temperature 72
Deficiency for the day , 9
Total deficiency since March 1, 218
Normal precipitation ....11 Inch
Deficiency for the day 11 inch
Total rainfall since March 1... .19.78 inches
Deficiency since March 1 1.9J Inches
Deficiency for cor. period. 1916 10.30 inrhes
Excess for cor. period, 1915 46 inch
Keporta from Stations at 7 P. M.
Jtatlon and Stato Temp. High- Raln-
of WW'eathcr. 7 p. m. est, fall.
Cheyenne, cloudy 63 70 . .10
Davenport, part cloudy.. 70 78 .00
Denver, clear ,....76 76' .00
Dea Molnca, clear 72 76 ' .00
Dodare City, clear 68. 76 .00
Lander, clear 80 93 . ,00
North Platte, p. cloudy.. 74 . 80 00
Omaha, part clopdy 69 il .00
Pueblo, clear 74 1 80 .00
Rapid City, clear 76 78 . .00
Salt Lake, clear 83 84 , .00
aSnti Fe, part cloudy. 66 74 .00
Sheridan, part cloudy.. 78 84 .00
Sioux City, part clopdy 68 , 70 .01
valenIne, clear,. ...... .76 78 .00
T Indicate! trace of precipltalton.
L. A. WELSH, Meteorologist.
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Central Powers Will Reply
To Peace Note Jointly
Copenhagen, Aug. 29. It will be
ten days before the central powers
answer. the peace note of Pope Ben
edict, says the Berlin Kreuz Zei
tung. Negotiations regarding the
note between Berlin and Vienna
have been completed, the newspa
per states, but are still, taking place
with Turkey. It expresses the
view that the central powers un
doubtedly will agree upon a joint
WAR PROFIT TAX
Senate Finance Members Adopt
Amendments Placing Larger
Share of War Levy on
Washington, Aug.' 29. To meet
the radi'dal movement for greater
taxation of war profits, the senate
finance committee today agreed to
amendments carrying war profits
taxes of more than 33 per cent in
place of the present provisions for
26 per cent.
The amendments would increase
the war profits tax yield from $562,
000,000 to $1,060,000,000 in addition
to the taxes under the present law
and yield a third of the bill's total
The pre-war profits rale of the bill
was retained by' the committee, but
it added a new maximum war profits
tax rate of 60 per cent on profits
in excess of 300 per cent. The maxi
mum in the bill was 50 per cent on
profits over 250 per cent.
Another substantial change was
made in provisions for exemptions.
A minimum of 6Sper cent and a maxi
mum of 10 per cent of income on
capital actually invested was ap
proved. Ihese ) provisions would
care for corporations suffering ab
normal depression during the pre
war period. Corportions making
less., than 4 per " cent during that
period would be entitled to at least
that exemption and if more than 10
per cent they would receive not
over 10 per cent deduction.
.By these changes the committee
estimated that the ' proposed levy
would take $1,286,000,000 of the
$3,000,000,000 or $4,000,000,000 war
profits estimated to be earned this
Senators La Follette and Gore,
prominent in the faction urging more
radical war profits taxation, did not
attend today's committee meeting.
Chairman Simmons and others of the
(Continued on Pare Two, Column Three.)
Germany Places Export
Tax On Coal to Sweden
Stockholm, Aug. 29. Swedish in
dustrial and business circles are
stirred greatly over an export tax of
25 kroner a ton which Germany has
put on all coal for shipment to
Sweden. The tax is effective at once,
no matter when the order for the coal
was given. Germany also has imposed
a tax on parcel post payable after Au
Germany Denies Attempt
'At Separate Russ Peace
Berlin, Tuesday, Aug. 28. (Via
London, Aug. 29.) The newspapers
denounce as wholly false the refer
ence made by Premier Kerensky in
addressing the Moscow conference
to a recent offer of a separate peace.
Nothing is known of such a move in
any official quarters here.
Omaha Knitters to Be Mobilized
To Fill Order for 12,200 Articles
An army of 1,000 expert knitters is
about to be recruited by the local
Red Cross chapter. This army will
be ordered to knit 12,200 articles in
National Red Cross headquarters
apportions 3,050 each of sweaters,
mufflers, pairs of socks and wrist
lets as Nebraska's share in looking to
the comfort of Uncle Sam's men in
France. The work must be com
pleted before cold weather begins.
November is . the beginning of win
ter in France.
Mrs. A. W. Jefferis Is commander-in-chief
of the. knitting forces. Ten
thousand dollars worth of equipment,
thousands of pounds of yarn and hun
dreds of needles are enroute to
Omaha. As soon as the supplies ar
rive a knitting school will be estab
lished in .the court house, where in
struction in bth hand and machine
knitting will be taught.
Chairmen of Red Cross auxiliary
chapters will be the captains working
under Mrs. Jefferis. Twenty of these
captains met with the Red Cross di
rectors Tuesday to plan the knitting
campaign. Red Cross chapters will
be expected to drop all other knitting,
such- as is now being done for the
Navy league and the National Serv
ice league, until the Red Cross order
is filled.', '
When the yarn arrives it will be
distributed to the auxiliary captains,
who will be responsible for the re
turn of finished articles.
"There will be no indiscriminate
giving out of yarn unless we are cer
tain the woman is an expert knitter
and the specified articles will be re
turned. Yarn is now $3 a pound and
Entire Division Retires from
Position, Enabling Germans
to Advance on Rou
(By Associated Press.)
While Russian leaders are debat
ing at Moscow with divided opinions
as to the best steps to take for saving
the country from threatened disaster
within and without, the Russian
armies continue to show perilous
weakness at critical points.
The latest break in the line through
disaffection among the troops oc
curred on the southern Roumanian
front, where the Austro-German
armies arc menacing Moldavia, with
the fate of Wallachia,' overrun in the
great Teutonic-Bulgarian drive of
In the Fokshani region a Russian
division abandoned its positions and
fled in disorder.
This facilitated a Teutonic advance
that continued all day yesterday on
the southern' Roumanian front, the
Austro - German troops pushing
northwestward toward the Ocna
Pantzin railway. The lines were still
yielding last ' night in the Varnitza
Stormy weather apparently is pre
venting any notable military activi
ties on the Franco-Belgian and Ital
For Success of
Pope Peace Plan
Kansas City, Mo., Aug. 29. A
cablegram offering "fervent prayer for
happy success of your noble peace
efforts" was sent to "Pope Benedict
by the American Federation of Cath
olic Societies at the closing session
of its convention today.
The federation today elected Thom
as F. Flynn of Chicago, president to
succeed John G. Whalen of New
York, who was not a candidate, for
re-election. .. . ..--... ,. -
. The choige of the neJct convention
city was left to the executive board.
Chicago, San Francisco, Philadelphia
and St. Paul have extended invitations
to the federation to meet there in
E. U. Graff to Head the
E. U. Graff, former superintendent
of the public schools, has been elected
superintendent of fhe schools at In
dianapolis, Ind. 1
Mr. Graff left Omaha last June and
has been succeeded here by J. H. Bev
eridge. He was unanimously elected to the
position for a four-year term by the
Indianapolis Board of Education at
its Monday night meeting.
Italian Troops Attack
- Strong Austrian Defense
Romej Au. 29. The Italian troops
niishinc forward on the Bainsizva
plateau have reached a powerful Aus
trian detensive line ana are now at
tacking it, the war office announces.
On the heights beyond Gorizia the
Italians made gains.
Berlin Torpedo Plant
Destroyed by Flames
Copenhagen, Aug. 29. The foundry
of the Schwartzkopf torpedo works
in -Berlin was destroyed by fire on
Sunday. There are rumors that there
was a considerable loss of life.
too expensive to waste," said Mrs.
No charge will be made for the
yarn with which the required articles
are to be knit, but a deposit will be
accepted from those who . wish to
Mrs. Jefferis' committee will soon
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NOVEMBER 1 MAY
SEE CLOSING OF
Froloff Tells Moscow Confer:
ence Disorganization Faces ,
the Slavs; May Ruin
Moscow, Aug. 29. At the third
general sitting of the national con
ference of railway representatives, in
cluding M. Froloff of the Engineers'
alliance, it was reported that there
existed a state of utter disorganiza
tion of transportation, which, unless
improved, would cease completely by
November. The representatives gave
warning that the consequences would
be terrible, both at home and on the
front, and that the army might turn
on the country and commit unexam
The extreme .demands of the rail
way workers, the speakers saidi played
an important part in this disorganiza
tion. They called on all those en
gaged in the transport service to sac
rifice personal interests for those, of
the country.. -
Tells of Reverses.
General Alexieff, former commander-in-chief,
made a long address, in
which he recounted the history of the
Russians' military setbacks and their
lie drew contrast between the
army of the old regime, poorly
equipped with mechanical resources
but strong in warlike spirit, and the
present army, well supplied with food
and arms, but completely poisoned
and enfeebled by ill-interpreted and
ill-applied doctrines which have been
put forward, notably in the famous
order of the day, No. 1. These doc
trines, he declared, had split the army
into two opposite camps, officers and
soldiers, whjch have become almost
The general maintained that after
publication by the government of the
declaration of the rights of soldiers,
all respect toward leaders disap
peared, the officers becoming veritable
martyrs and having to pay very
dearly for the offensive of August 1
and Jhe subsequent retreat.
Must Regenerate Army.
The general declared it would be
impossible to carry on the war to a
victorious conclusion unless the
strongest possible efforts were made
by the provisional government and
by the troops themselves to reani
mate and regenerate the army. '
After Madame Catherine Brcshkov
skaya, the" "grandmother of the revo
lution," had appealed to the govern
ment to pass from words to actions
and help the army conquer the enemy
Prince Peter Kropatkin, who was not
on the list of speakers, was heard at
the request of the whole conference.
He called upon all Russians to pre
vent the fatal eventuality of a Ger
This sentiment evoked a long con
tinuous ovation in honor of Prince
Other speakers who declared against
a Separate peace were loudly ap
plauded. Paris, Aug. 29. A Havas dispatch
from Moscow says that aftef Pre
mier Kerensky had read President
Wilson's message of greeting to the
national conference he said he had
instructed the minister of foreign af
fairs, M. Terestchenko, to inform the
American ambassador, David R. Fran
cis, of the feelings of gratitude which
the president's telegram had inspired
among thedclegatcs to the confer
ence. This statement of the orernier
was cheered enthusiastically.
POLICE SAY THEY
ARE POSITIVE OF
GUILT OF NEGRO
Declare ; Suspect ': is Caught in
Contradictory Statements in
Regards to Whereabouts
on Night of the Murder.
Acting Chief of Detectives Demp
sey this morning took Charles Smith,
negro suspect arrested immediately
following the murder of Mrs, C. L.
Nethaway, to Fifty-sixth and Ham
ilton streets, where Mrs. Fred Bas
comb identified him as the man1 who
! threatened her Saturday morning, and
started him in the direction he took
after he left the Bascomb house.
Smith started north on Fifty-sixth
street, but soon became confused with
the result that, police say, he was
caught in a network of contradictory
Two blocks north of Hamilton is
a ravine where from the disturbed
condition of the grass and under
brush it is evident that somebody
rested for a number of hours. Smith
denied stopping in the ravine. He
said that he cut down in an easterly
direction through a cornfield a little
farther north. He was taken there
and he followed the path he said he
took on Saturday.
When 'he came within sight of the
home of Mrs. Blinn at Thirty-fourth
and Franklin, however, he said that
he was mistaken and that he had gone
farther west. Detectives though
pushed on and questioned Mrs. Blinn,
who identified Smith as the negro who
stopped at her house at 9 o'clock Sat
urday and asked for something to eat.
(Continued on Tags Two, Column Two.)
Burn, Old Cars and
Ties? No; U. P. to
Save Them for Fuel
Orders have gone out from the
offices of the Union Pacific to dis
continue the custom of piling dis
carded ties along the right-of-way
and burning them. In the interest
of the conservation of fuel, the old
ties will be given to farmers along
the line in payment for their serv
ices as fire guards on company
Neither will wornout reight cars
be burned, The iron and steel
will be saved and the timbers con
verted into fuel and sold to em
The same rule will be applied
iwith reference to old bridge tim
bers. Old waste from car journal
boxes will be saved and used for
starting fires in furnaces of the engines.
Officer Captures Holdup Man
After a Hot Three-Mile Chase
After a three-mile chase Officer
Kelly of .Council Bluffs captured one
of three highwaymen who in the
presence of fifteen or twenty people
held up and assaulted John Snell at
the Milwaukee station on South Tenth
Using a paving brick to enforce
their demands and finally striking him
over the head, three negro highway
men robbed Snell of his watch about
6:40 this morning. Spectators made
no effort to assist him. Officer Kelly
was called and the robbers ran. He
CHIEF DUNN STARTS MOVE
TO STAMP OUT ALL OF THE
BOOTLEGGERS FROM OMAHA
After Conference With Governor Neville, Omaha Police
Are Instructed They Will Have to Apprehend All i
Who Sell Liquor Illegally; Dunn Asks for
a Special Investigator. '
"I will have to have a special investigator to work on boot
legging cases. He must be a man known only to myself and
his place taken by another man as soon as he has outlived hi'
usefulness. Some of the patrolmen are fluffing' on this work
of apprehending bootleggers," stated Chief of Police Dunn, re
ferring to his conference with Governor Neville Tuesday after-noon.
SING 'DIE WACHT
AM RHEIN' AT THE
Governor Neville Tells Mayor
that Three Policemen Saw
Drinks Being Served
Mayor Dahlman was asked ,many
questions today by city officials and
citizens regarding his ' conference
Tuesday afternoon with Governor
Neville at the state house.
"Did the governor express surprise
over the report of his special inves
tigator who worked in Omaha?" was
asked of the mayor.
"Well," he replied, "the governor
said he believed that the Omaha po
licemen were not doing their, full
duty." H .
"What places did 1 the", governor
mention in particular?" .
Sing "Die' Wacht Am Rhein.
"He referred to the German home;
said that within , the last few weeks
his investigator went there and found
100 men singing 'Die Wacht am
Rhein,' and some of the men were
drinking or being served drinks. The
governor added that his report stated
that three policemen were in the
crowd at the German home."
"Did the irovernor state that the
rpolicemen were singing, 'Die Wacht
"No, but he remarked that this is
not an appropriate year for singing
that song."- '
"Did you get the names -or num
bers of the three policemen?" ,
Seeking the Policemen.
"No, but I understand that Chief
Dunn is making an investigation and
may have something of interest on
this matter in the near future.."
"What else did the governor say?"
"Well, he stated that his special in
vestigator bought a pint-of whisky
from a bellhop at the Paxton hotel
and he added that he realized it is
hard to apprehend walking bootleg
gers, but could see no reason why
stationary bootlegging places should
not be suppressed."
"What is your recommendation for
the suppression of bootlegging?"
Governor to Send Men.
"I told the governor I believed that
he should send us two of his special
investigators, as they would not be
known and could get better results."
"These special investigators are
sometimes called 'booze hounds,' ar
"That's what I have heard."
The mayor emphasized the impor
tance of a special fund for the em
ployment of investigators whose serv
ices would terminate as 6oon as they
become known and their efficiency
ended by knowledge of their identity.
Red Cross Membership
Past Three Million Mark
Washington, Aug. 29. Membership
of the American Red Cross has
reached the 3,500,000 mark and is
increasing at the rate of 25,000 to
100,000 a day, according to a head
quarters announcement today. At the
beginning of the year the total was
Whitman Signs Senate
Food Control Bill
Albany. N. V.. Aug. 29. The senate
food control bill .enacted at the ex
traordinary session of the legislature,
was signed by Governor Whitman to
day. commenced chase and after a three
mile marathon he opened fire on the
winded robbers. One of them dropped,
although uninjured, while the others
escaped in the cornfields.
On being brought; into 'court he
admitted throwing the' brick and was
bound over to. the grand jury under
$1,000 bonds. ' He gave- the name of
Lester More and said his home. was
in St. Louis. The other two men
have not been apprehended. The
watch ws in his possession when
The chief added that it will be
necessary to obtain a special fund for
this (special investigation.
"I intend," lie added, "to find out
just which of the patrolmen and de
tectives are 'sluffing.'"
The chief held in his hand a mem
orandum of the , addresses of ten
places said by the governor to be
scenes of bootlegging. Some of the
places have been raided recently.
The chief says he is going to warn
the patrolmen and the plain clothes
men of the department that they must
exercise more vigilance in apprehend
Meet With Seville.
Omaha and Douglas county offi
cials returned to Omaha late Tues
day afternoon from the conference
held at Lincoln with governor Ne
ville at his request, in regard to al
leged open bootlegging in many
places in Omaha.
The officials returned with a list ,
of specific places to raid, the names
of the alleged bqptlcgging haunts hav
ing been obtained by a private in
vestigator n the employ of the gov
ernor. 1 -
Governor Neville, after a confer
ence with Mayor Dahlman, County
Attorney Magney, Chief- of "Police '
Dunn, Street Commissioner Parks,
City - Attorney1 Flehaf t'y, ' Prosecuting
Attorney McGuire, Sheriff Clark and
Deputy Sheriff Foster, assured the
officials of his earnest co-operation
with them in arresting and prosecut
ing violators of the liquor law to the
full extent of penalty,
- Detective at Conference.
A special investigator, employed by
the governor, attended the conference
and gave the officials reports of boot
legging in Omaha. He reported that
he bought liquor in many places in
the city without 'difficulty.
At the conference City Prosecutor
McGuire submitted to the governor
a report of every raid and violation
of the liquor law since May 1. The
,state executive told the officials -he
would place a court reporter in police
court to keep a detailed account of
every case of bootlegging. Omaha
and Douglas county officials related
to the governor the difficulty in af
fecting a raid. on certain places on
account of alleged "tips" given the
violators beforehand. .
Search Warrants Ordered.
Last evening Chief of Police Dunn
conferred with the morals squad in
view of conducting raids and serving
search warrants on every place sus
pected of violating the liquor law.
Subsequently City Prosecutor Mc
Guire spent all evening filling out
search warrants on all offenders re
portedsto the officials by the governor
at the conference. Municinal Tudce
LC. W, Britt was called, from his home
to sign Jhe warrants. He said:
"There is a law against bootlegging,
and it is going to be rigidly en
forced." Warrants were served on the fol
lowing named places:
The Arcade hotel, the Midway,
1122 Dodge street, and alleged boot
legging haunts at Twenty-fourth and
Cuming, Twenty-fifth and Patrick
avenue and Twenty-second and Izard
City Prosecutor McGuire handed
the warrants to Sergeant Russell of
'the morals squad when they started
out on their tour of raids at midnight. -
"Search every place from cellar to
garret," said McGuire.
He accompanied the officers and
assisted in the raids.
Raid the Midway.
1 The morals squad, assisted by City
Prosecutor McGuire, raided the Mid
way, Omaha's notorious gambling
house of the past, early this morning,
and found $800 worth of fine wine
and whisky hidden away. The own
ers of the place were absent at the '
time of the raid, but warrants are out
for their arrest. Homer Jonas, col
ored, porter at the Midway, was ar
rested and will be arraigned before
police court this morning.
Grace Franks, an inmate of the
place, was also arrested and held, at
the police station.
Warrants are out for "Billy'
Crutchficld and Asbury Pollard,
proprietors of the house. The Mid
way has been raided several times
in the last three mouths.
The Arcade hotel was also raided,
and one pint of whisky found. Harry'
Harrison, clerk at the hotel, was ar
rested and booked at the station for
illegal possession of intoxicating
liquor. He was later released , on
A restaurant at 1124 Dodge street,
known as the Little Missouri cafe,
was searched, but o liquor was
found. Police had re.ceived a "tip"
that liquor was being sold .there, and
a trunk, which could not be opened
last night, was taken and is held at
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