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VOL. XLVII. NO. 72.
OMAHA, MONDAY MORNING, SEPTEMBER 10, 1917.
IVtSX SINGLE COPY TWO CENTS.
Kill mRMMMS HOME TREMCH;
MISER SOOM TO BUTE PERCE TERMS
KELLY TRIAL TO BE RESUMED
TODAY; ALLEGED CONFESSION
GIVEN TO DEFENSE LAWYERS
Judge Boies Allows Considerable Latitude in Questioning
Jurors; State Asserts It Can Prove the Confes
sion Was Given Without Duress; De
i fense Alleges Third Degree.
TO MOVE TOD AV
; By EDWARD BLACK,
Staff Correspondent for The Bee.
Red Oak, la., Sept. 9. (Special Telegram. )v The work
V of impaneling a jury in the Villisca ax murder case will be re
sumed tomorrow when Judge Boies will reconvene court after
an adjournment Friday afternoon. ' - '
In the examination of fifty-scvcnn 1
...v.. w ttvva ftbgut; muj pallet
of thirty-six was exhausted and twenty-one
were taken from a special
venire of seventy-five. There are in
dications that the special venire will I
be exhausted and another call will
have to be made for talesmen., -WIDE
The judge is allowing attorneys for
state and defense wide latitude in the j
some instances it requires an hour to
examine one person and in a few in
stances the time is comparatively
snort. &ach side has exercised three
peremptory challenges and each side
has a limit of seven more, which will
require several days at the least cal
culation. The attorneys are confi
dent that the beginning of testimony J
win dc wen unaer way oetore a week
end adjournment shall be taken.
Expect Capacity Crowds.
Montgomery county is on the qui
vive over the trial. The attendance
at court already has been large and
it is believed that as soon as a jury
has been selected and evidence start
ed the crowds will exceed the capac
ity of the court room.
Considerable interest ' has been
manifested in the confession said to
have been made by Rev. Lyn G. J.
Kelly ten days ago at the Logan jail.
Attorney W. E. Mitchell of Council
Bluffs, one of the lawyers for defense.
received from' Attorney J. J. Hess of
Four Companies Hustled To
gether Between 9 o'clock
and Daylight Sunday
Still in Quarters. !
The four companies of the Sixth
Nebraska in Omaha, which Saturday
night received sudden orders to be
ready for entrainment to Deming, are
now all on hand, expecting orders to
move today. '
After working nearly all Saturday
night to call in members absent on
leave, which included fully three
fourths of the whole number, the of
ficers of Companies A, B and D, and
the machine gun company, reported
all of their members were iiv quarters
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a copy of the confession, as ordered
by the court Friday,
Was Anxious to Confess.
Attorney General Havner and At
torney Hess have reiterated their for
mal statements, that the confession
was not made under any questionable
' circumstances; that Kelly repeatedly
for Jwo weeks indicated a desire to
"get Jhe matter off his soul," and,
final!, asked to see the attorney gen
eral. They aver that before the con
fession was actually made in legal
form. Kelly was warned that whatever
he might say in such a confession
would be used against him at the trial
ind that he appeared to comprehend
the meaning of the warning..
Allege Third Degre Methods.
' On the? other hand, the attorneys
for defense are as positive in their
statements that Kelly was frightened
into making, the confession, which
they now discredit and intend to re
sist. They even allege that third de
cree methods were used, that charge
being denied by the state.
The alleged confession is one of
the most gruesome documents ever
written in criminal annals. Whether
truth or fiction, Kelly states in the
confession that on the night of the:
ax murder he heard a voice and saw
a shadow; that he followed the
shadow and did the bidding of the
vofce which seemed to be spurring
him ,on to the terrible crime of slay-
ing eight sleeping victims. He said
he had been affected by a sermon on
"Slay' Utterly" he heard delivered by
Gypsy Smith and had been writing a
sermon on that text when the strange
voice commanded him to commit the
murders. - .,--'
The state intends to summon repu
table witnesses from Logan to sub
stantiate the claim that the confession
was obtained in regular manner and
' - on the volition and free will of Kelly.
Two Thousand Entertainers
To Amuse Men. in Draft Camps
Washington, Sept. 9. Chautauqua
and lycetim entertainments' will be
provided at cost for every army camp
and cantonment within ten days,
under the newly organized Ridpath
activities commission, headed by
Harry P. Harrison of Chicago.
Temperature at Omaha Yesterday.
(J Hours. Deg.
i a. m
a. m .
7 a. tnv
I a. m ." , ...
18 a. m
11 a. m
1 p. m
5 p. m.
I p. m... ... .......
i p. hi............
7 p. m... ........
Comparative Local Record.
117. 11. 101S. 1914.
Highest yesterday.... 67 , 64 77 71
Lowest yesterday.... 69 64 - 66 67
Mian temperature... 63 74 66 64
Precipitation 00 T T .44
Temperature and precipitation departures
from the normal:
Normal temperature 66
Deficiency for the day 6
Toial deficiency since March 1 ...201
Normal precipitation. ......... . .14 Inch
deficiency for the day..... 14 Inch
Total rainfall since March 1. .. .20.02 Inches
Deficiency sinca March 1 1.79 Inches
Deficiency for eor. period, 1916.10.20 inches
Deficiency for eor. period, 1915. .16 inch
T Indicates trace of precipitation.
L. A. WELSH, Meteoroloflst.
There was little rest at the Audi
torium Saturday night, after the re
ceipt of the telegram. . Most of the
officers remained there till dawn dic
tating telegrams and supervising the
calling in of the men. As soon as a
soldier appeared he was' put to work
bringing in his comrades.
Surprise For All.
" No one in the Omaha battalion
was more surprised than Major Har
ries at the telegram ordering all to
be ready for entrainment. t -
"I had given all men who asked a
forty hours' leave," said the major.
"I had not expected the entrainment
so soon. But Colonel Hall was in for
the surpri.se, too.- Neither of us knew
anything of it till 9 o'clock last night."
Those members in town who could
be reached by telephone were sum
moned that way. Cars Vere sent for
the remainder, who ,were found,
sometimes with a good deal of diffi
cuty, and brought back in a hurry be
fore they realized .what v was the
As the first faint rays of light ap
peared in the eastern sky the officers
SCENE IN AME AMP BEHIND THE LINES IN FRANCE A scene in a camp of
the American vender Major General John J. Pershing, in France. The boys are seen
getting rea nner.
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Former Favorites at Brilliant Russian Court
. Are Sent to Sweden to Life of Exile :
By New Slav Government Order
(Continued on Paga Three, Column live.)
Find Lockjaw Germs in
Courtplaster in Washington
- Washington, Sept. 9, Presence of
lockjaw germs in two out oi thir
teen samples of courtplaster pur
chased in Washington, D. C, and
strong indications of the presence of
such germs in a single sample from
the Ohio state department of health,
have been found by the government's
AIM OF CONQUEST
Methodist Bishop Tells of the
Peril of United States l.f
". ." Germany Wins the
Present War. ;(
Scottsbulff, .Neb., Sept. 9. (Spe
cial.) One of the chief - features' oil
the Northwestern Nebraska .Confer
ence of the Methodist church, which
was in session in this city last week,
was the address given at the patriotic
meeting by Bishop Homer C. Stuntz,
D.D., L.L.D.. president of the gath
ering.' Among other portions of his
address, Bishop Stuntz said:
"The true explanationyof whatever
apathy exists, in our nation regarding
our participation in the present war
is that multitudes do not believe that
it js our war. .1 ,
' "They thin. and they say that we
have been drawn into the war to help
France, and to enable England and
Italy and Russia to triumph over
Germany and its allies. They say
that it is too much to ask of the
United States that we should help
rake Europe's chestnuts out of the
fire. . -
U. S. Vitally Interested.
"How short-sighted is all this. How
clearly it ought to be seen that no
nation is more vitally affected by the
issues of this war than the United
states; that no continent will be
more tremendously affected for all
the centuries ahead than the Ameri
"Germany plans nothing less than
world domination." This domination
is to be on the German model. .Unquestioning-obedience
to an auto
cratic dynasty backed up by merci-
(Continoed en Face Threei Column Two.)
Cooks, Baths and Great Big New
Laundry Features at Fort Riley
Camp Funston, Fort Riley, Kan.,
Sept. 9. (Special Telegram.) The
detailed organization of the com
panies and regiments of- the Eighty
ninth National army division are now
well under way.
Company commanders s.re selecting
clerks, sergeants,, corporals, cooks
and other help. One Kansas company
has, a county attorney for first ser
geant, a deputy county clerk as com
pany clerk and a hotel chef as a
cook. , '
The men will be fed on bacon at
approximately 40 cents a day. Very
good meals, can be served at 'that
price becadse there is no overhead
expense attached to an army kitchen.
All the help is enlisted. The fuel
doesn't cost anything and the food is
bought in such large quantities that
it can be had cheap. ,
Each company usually supplements
its mess fund with a collection, of
some kind, sometimes an . assess
ment ou the men or a contribution
from some kind-hearted patriot, and
then ther receive a share of the
profits from the regimental ex
change. , Ice Plant and Laundry.
The government is building an ice
plant here and a refrigerating plant,
so that all meats and vegetables can
be stored. A laundry that will be
capable of washing the clothing for
50.000 men is ndw under construc
tion. AH the material and machinery
is on the ground, and it is expected
the laundry will be operating within
four weeks. , - '
The rules and regulations govern
ing the. sanitary end of the camp were
approved today by Major General
Leonard Wood, and pamphlets will
be- distributed the first of the week
to all the officers and men. The sani
tary regulations are going to be very
stringent and enforced to the letter.
Strict Sanitary Rules.
There will be a division sanitary
officer who will represent General
Wood and his word on a question of
sanitation will be final. For instance,
every man in the army will have to
take two baths a week. :This will
work a hardship on a few of them,
particularly a bunch of Mexican track
laborers who have reported, but most
of the men will take their daily baths
in the showers.
Every man will be appointed ' a
"company policeman." v In the army
the word "police" means to clean up,
and each man will be held strictly ac
countable for everything that occurs
in his territory. -
The major of each battalion and
the colonel of each regiment will be
held to account to General Wood for
anything that goes wrong. One of
the first things the men will have to
do is to kill all the camp flies. These,
have been accumulating all summer,
but their time has come.
ft is expected ail the men who com
prise the first 5 per cent will have ar
rived and been assigned to tiuarier by
Mademoiselle Virubova, Fasci
nating, and Quondam Confi
y dante of the Empress, Ac
cused of Royal Intrigues.
(By Associated Press.)
Pctrograd, Sept 9. The first exiles
among the adherents of the old im
perial regime today were sent under
strong escort, "to the Swedish fron-
tt4rwniere 4eywiit oe,jeecur- - i
Extraordinary precautions were
taken to guard the exiles and access
to the - ralroad station where they
boarded a train was forbidden. .
At the head of the party with a
Sister of Mercy was the famous Mile.
Virubova, for twelve years the bos
om friend and confident of the former
empress and who has been called
"the female Rasputin of the revolu
tion." With her were the intriguer
Manseevich-Manuilov, and the Asi
atic BadmayefL.to whom the former
Emperor Nicholas gave a diploma as
a "Doctor of Tibetan medicine" in
recognition of his success in curing
all imaginable diseases of the cour
tiers with a certain cordial.
' Strikingly Handsome.
On the eve of her departure, Mile.
Virubova was interviewed by The As
sociated Press in the presence of a
detective. She is a strikingly" hand
somet somewhat stout, blackhaircd
woman, resembling the portraits of
Catherine the Great. She limps and
uses a crutch ,as the result of a rail
road accident.' There is a car on her
forehead which she asserted, was in-J
flicted by the guards at the fortress
of St. Peter and St. Paul, from which
she was recently released.
Mile. Virubova, who is personally
fascinating, but apparently not( a
clever woman, gave a striking outline
of the last year of the court of Em
peror Nicholas, declaring that the
memoirs which she intends to write1
will startle the world.
"My, life story is this," she said.
"I am the daughter of M. Taneyeff, a
former secretary of the emperor. I
was married at 18 to a naval officer
who fought in the battle of Tsuhima.
He went mad and I then divorced-;
him. Afterward came Alix (thus Viru
bova referred to the former empress).
After I came to know her I was her
only friend and her'champion against
the malice of the court.
"Our friendship was purely per
sonal. Untrue, therefore, are all the
stdries of my vicious influence in poli
tics. The proof of this is that a com
mission of extraordinary inquiry in
stituted while I was a prisoner in the
fortress declared me wholly innocent.
"The originators of the unexampled
outcry against me' were not the revo
lutionaries,? but the court aristocrats,
and the grand dukts, especially Dcmi
tri Paulovitch, These were jealous
of Alix's favor, and for more than a
decade waged a relentless war against
(Continued on Pace Two. Column One.)
Germany Has Bread and
Spuds Aplenty for Year
Amsterdam, Sept. 9. Herr von
Waldo, president of the German
food regulation board, is quoted in
Berlin advices today as declaring in
a statement to the press that the
supplies of bread grain for Ger
many for the entire year are as
sured. The prospect of the potato
harvest is satisfactory and the har
vest will be considerably better
than last year, the statement adds,
while the supply of fruits and vege
tables has recently improved. Plans
have been made for the seizure of
all milk products.
"With complete certainty it may
be anticipated that the difficulties
of the fourth; year of the war will
be overcome," concludes the tate-
WAITING THE U.S.
Rousing Meeting Held Sunday
:fterron. 4rma J-ake .
Park; With 4,000 Strik
ers in Attendance.
. . f . s .
Packing house workers to the num
ber of -4,000 gathered at Spring Lake
park yesterday afternoon and heard
rousing speeches from their leaders,
urging the men to hold out on the
strike until the packers met their
demands. The meeting was most
enthusiastic and although there was
no disorder, demonstrations against
the packers were numerous.
Strike leaders were still awaiting
word last night from Fred Feick, gov
ernment conciliator, who has been
sent to Omaha by the United States
Department of Labor, to see if some
thing cannot be done to stop any
further spread of the strike and to
r wig nuvui e& i U51 vviiivm i'.vivvii
tnc strikers s.nn tne packers.
To Arrive Today.
The Department of Laborsent Mr.
Feick in response to a message from
T. P. Reynolds, labor member of the
State Council of Defense, to Secretary
Wilson. Mr. Feick undoubtedly will
arrive this morning and set about im
mediately to settle the trouble, if pos
sible. The government is especially
interested, because the Omaha pack
ing houses have large government
contracts for supplying the soldiers at
the cantonment and training camps,
especially at Deming, Fort Riley and
Des Moines, where there will soon
be thousands of men. 1
South Side police are anticipating
some trouble if the strike continues
any length of time, because of the
women who are doing picket, duty,
this trouble was slightly forecasted
Saturday in a mix up on West Q
street between some women pickets
and some women employes.
Fewer men are expected to be at
work this morning because of the
action of the butchers in voting to
stay out with the laboring men.
Butchers Vote to Strike.
At a mass meeting held at Schlitz
hall Saturday, the beef, hog and sheep
butchers, whom the packers said were
to return to work, voted to stay with
the laborers and women workers till
the packers meet their demands. The
butchers represent three separafe or
ganizati6ns. Announcements were made that the
painters at all the plants had walked
out in sympathy with the other strikers,-
and alj but one fireman at the
Cudahy plant had struck. A report
was submitted that one of the plants
had laid (in a supply of cots in de
fiance of the law, which prohibits
any one sleeping in a packing house
Another report was submitted stat
ing that the Armour plant had called
on the Cooks' and Waiters' union for
(Continued on Page Two, Column Three.)
Nebraskans Now Are in
Training at Camp Mills, N. Y.
Mineola, N. Y., Sept. 9. The One
Hundred and Fifty-first field artillery,
formerly the First Minnesota, and the
Second field hospital, formerly the
First field hospital of Nebraska, ar
rived today at Camp Mills, which is
rapidly filling with soldiers from va
rious parts of the country, who will
compose the Forty-second division.
Two companies of California engi
neers,' some of whose comrades ar
rived yesterday, also came in today.
Position East of
Town of Villeret
German Engineers Bridge Lower Aa River in Livonia
And Concentrate Forces Under Cavalry over;
Russians Retaliate Along the Pskov
Road; Chaume Wood Attack Fails.
Germany Is on Eve of Stating
Peace Terms, Says Michaelis
London, Sept. 9. Germany will shortly be able to pub
lish its peace terms, according to Dr. Geors; Michaelis, the
German chancellor. Dr. Michaelis, in an interview, said he
had so informed the Reichstag main committee, an Exchange
Telegraph dispatch from Copenhagen today states.
The main committee, said Dr. Michaelis in the interview,
had "tried to make final arrangements regarding peace con
ditions and the question of Alsace-Lorraine, bu,t no decision
has yet been taken. The question, however, was eagerly
discussed and Germany will soon be able to publish its peace
terms." '''. ',--,'-.'"':
WILL BE GIVEN MONDAY.
Copenhagen, Sept. 9.-The committee of seven members
of the Reichstag and seven members of the Bundesrath ap
pointed to draw up an answer to Pope Benedict's peace note
will meet on Monday afternoon and the reply will probably
be drafted then, says a Berlin dispatch today.
(Br Associated Press.)
Paris, Sept 9. Violent counter attacks were made last
night by the Germans on the positions taken yesterday by
French troops in the Verdun region. ; f
One attack covered tn extent oi
nearly two miles on the right bank of.
Neutral Nation Made Dupe o
Kaiser's Agents; May Have
, Great Effect on Con
duct of the War.
(By Associated Press.)
' London. Seat, 9. The Washington
State department's revelation of a
Swedish diplomat in Argentina act
ing as an intermediary for transfer
ring erman messages to Berlin, has
created one of the greatest interna
tional sensations of the .war. The de
velopment itself is not, however, a
great surprise, the chief surprise be
ing the American officials were able
to obtain the messages as they did
Mhe Zimmermann note of last winter
r i! , i
regarding ucrnian overtures vo
The Swedish government with the
monarchy, the aristrocracy and the
army officers, has been rated strongly
pro-German throughout the war and
Queen Victoria in several public ut
terances has proclaimed her German
sentiments as strongly'as any German
could. The Swedish people on the
other hand are reported as leaning
strongly against Germany in the
more recent stages, of the war, par
ticularly since the unrestricted sub
Long Had Suspicions.
The suspicion has been current in
England throughout the, war that Ger
many was obtaining much informa
tion of military movements, which
could not be secured through ordinary
spies, the spy industry in fact having
been pretty well stamped out here
for more than a year past after a
few lessons taught by several execu
tions in the tower of London. -
Compliments to American diplo
macy for the skill displayed in secur
ing the messages are a part of all the
comment on the affair. Incidentally
there is much discussion as to
whether, in view of the British and
Argentine experiences with Sweden,
the right of sending code messages
(Continued en Page two, Column Three.)
the Meuse river. , K ' 5
After a hard struggle in which the
French artillery played a telling part
and in which the infantry surged for
ward, they again were driven back,
snd the French positions were left in
tact The German losses were ex
tremely heavy. Nearly a thousand of
their dead were counted in front of.
the Bois Des Fosses, says today's war
The Germans also made an attempt
against the new French positions
north of the Chaume wood, but with
out success. : ,,;t j , , , ... ;
British Enter German Trenches. .
London, Sept ' 9, British troops
holding the line east of Villeret,
southeast of Hargicoutft attacked
early this morning and succeeded in
entering German trenches on a front
of several hundred yards, taking a
number of prisoners, according to the 1
war office statement today. Enemy,
trenches also were successfully 'raided
during the night in the' neighborhood
of Gravelle and east of Vermelles.
Germans Bridge the As,
Petrograd, Sept. 9.-German en
gineers have bridged the lower Aa
river, in Livonia, and . the German
forcees are being concentrated oh the
north bank of the stream under Cover
of the cavalry,, the war office an
nounced today in its report on the .
Riga (operations. Russian cavalry is v
impeding the progress of the Ger
mans along the Pskov road. , :
Unusual German activity at ad-'
vanced railway stations of the enemy
in the Jacobstdt and.Dvinsk regions
is mentioned by the statement
Italians Fight Fiercely.
Rome", Sept. 9. -Today's official an
nouncement on operations on the
Austro-Italian front says: ,
"Northeast of Gorizia (the MonU
Sangabriele region) the artillery bat-,
tie is continuing without cessation. ' -
"On the remainder of the fronr
there were the usual patrol actions
and artillery fire."
Lonesome Soldier and
Sailors Want Letters
Here's your chance girls to do your ,
bit in cheering up the lonesome sol
diers and sailors. The following have
written The Bee requesting some girl
to write to them. Corporal Earl Os
borne, Company B, Sixth Missouri '
infantry, Camp Clark, Nevada, Mo.
Three sailors, Fred P. Butcher, Frank
K. Erwin and Frank R. Zents,. write
from Camp Ross, Great Lakes,' 111.
they are in the engineering corps.
8 Months In 1917
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