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VOL. XLVII. NO. 75.
OMAHA, THURSDAY MORNING, SEPTEMBER 13, 1917 FOURTEEN PAGES.
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TWELVE HEN CHOSEN TO TRY
MINISTER KELLY; LAWYERS
EFENSE PROTEST ONE
Sutton Objects to Court Passing Juror Brown When Latter
Has Opinions as to Guilt of Man, Other Than the
Prisoner, Whom Defense Says Will Play Im
portant Part in Evidence.
Milk Hxivriioosted So
Bossies Can Live High
St. Louis. Sect. 12. -The South.
em Illinois Milk Producers' asso
ciation, which furnished 80 per cent
of the St. Louis milk supply, de
cided at a meeting here today to
raise the price of milk from $2.20
to $3.50 a hundred pounds on
October 1 on account of the high
cost of feed.
Local distributors say such an
increase will mean that the price to
.customers must be raised from 11
cents to 15 cents a quart.
Uncle Sam, Arbitrator
Jury in Kelly Case Is
Empaneled at Red Oak
Red Oak, la., Sept. 12. (Spe
cial Telegram.) This is the jury
of twelve men that will decide the
guilt or innocence of Kelly:
J. D. Isaac, James Edwards and
George Bass of Sherman town,
ship; Samuel Erickson and Carl
Nimrod of Scott township; E. 8.
Straight,. Washington township;
Wesley Dodd, Pilot Grove town
ship; Helmer Walgrean, Frankfort
township; Jess Rankin, Lincoln
township; S. R. Pike and Henry
Bruce, Red Oak, and T. C. Brown,
Red Oak township.
All of the jurymen are married.
With the exception of S. R. Pike,
a telephone lineman, all are farmers.
Reef Oak, la., Sept. 12. (Special Telegram.) A jury was
empanelled and sworn in at 4 o'clock this afternoon for the trial
of Rev. Lyn G. J. Kelly, accused of the Villisca ax murder.
Seven days were taken for this phase of trial, breaking all rec
ords in Montgomery county in numbers of men examined and
time required. The jury now is in custody of Bailiff John F.
Rudolph, and has been furnished sleeping quarters arranged in
the court house.
Eleven of the men who will pass on the innocence or guilty
of Kelly are farmers and one a telephone lineman. AH
BROWN LAST ONE CHOSEN.
The last man to be accepted to
complete the jury was T. C. Brown of
Red Oak township. He was the
twenty-first man examined to fill the
:enth peremptory challenge of the de
fense, an eaual number of veniremen
being . .to fill the
state's eighth peremptory.
F. F Faville, special prosecutor for
the state, is ready to make his open
ing statement for the prosecution at
9 o'clock Thursday morning, he to be
followed by W. E. Mitchell of Coun
:il Bluffs for the defense. Then the
state will begin to offer testimony
From more than 100 witnesses who
have been subpienaed.
In the selection of jury 140 were
;xamined. The regular panel and
three special venires were used.
SELECTION IS DRAMATIC.
Determination of the last juror was
accompanied by dramatic fiinish. T.
C. Brown was promptly passed by
the state, but the defense questioned
him at considerable length. He said
he had an opinion regarding the in
nocence guilty of "Mr. Jones," but
averred he could and would sit as a
fair and impartial juror in the Kelly
C3sc if selected.
The defense resisted the challenge
of the state, but Judges Boies over
ruled the challenge and directed
Brown to take a seat in the jury box.
"There's been an awful sight in the
papers and I've read everything I've
seen on the trial," 'was a remark by
Brown during his examination.
Before the judge announced that
Brown would serve as juror, Attor
ney Mitchell asked privilege of fur
ther examination of the juror, but
the court made adverse reply.
Sutton Brings in Jones.
When court announced this deci
sion on acceptance of Brown, Attor
ney Sutton made this statement:
"Have you any opinion as to the
innocense or guilt of Mr. Jones?"
asked Mitchel of Brown.
"Yes," he replied.
"Have you any opinion as to the
guilt or innocense of Mr. Mansfield?"
The reply was an affirmative.
Mr. Brown added: "I don't under
stand that Mr. Jones is being tried in
"Before the jury is sworn I want
to make a little record. Counsel for
defense wishes to state in open court
that one of their defenses is that F.
F. and Albert Jones are guilty of this
murder and one of the jurors stated
positively that he does riot believe
either of the joneses guilty; and for
that reason, deprives the defense of
one of the legitimate defenses, and I
would lik to be heard."
"I don't care to hear you," "I don't
(Continued on rage Two. Column Three)
AT WORK AGAIN
Return to Jobs at South Side
Plants and Squeals of Passing
Porkers Once More Fill
For Nebraska Fair.
Temperatures at Omaha Yesterday.
6 a. m 6S
6 a. m 68
7 a. m 60
8 a. m l
9 a. m 62
10 a. m 60
11 a. m 63
12 m 67
1 p. ra 69
2 p. m 70
3 p. in 70
4 p. m 69
5 p. m 69
6 p. m 69'
7 p. m tn
8 p. m C6
Comparative Local Record.
1917. 1916. 1915. 1914
lowest yesterday .
from the normal:
Normal temperature '....67
Deficiency for the day 3
Total deficiency since March 1 220
Normal precipitation 13 Inch
Deficiency for the day 13 inch
Total precipitation since Mar. 1..20.07 inches
Deficiency since March 1 3.15 inches
Deficiency for cor. period, 1916 9.23 inches
Deficiency for cor. pcrtod, 191J. . .64 inch
Reports from Station at 7 F. M.
itatioii and State Temp. High- Rain-
of Weather. 7 p. n
!heyenne. part cloudy ..74
Davenport, cloudy 66
Denver, clear 80
Des Moines, cloudy 64
Sodge City, clear 82
Lander, jelear, 78
North Platte, clear ....74
Omaha, clear 68
Pueblo, clear 78
Rapid ICty, cWr 74
Salt Lake, rl--ar 82
Santa Fe, part cloudy ..68
Sheridan, clear 70
Sioux City. tclar 73
Valentine, car 78
"T" Imitates trace of nrrrlv.ltation.
. A. V.'liLSil, Meteorologist.
The 5,000 packing house employes
who have been on strike for nearly
a week, returned to work at the usual
hour yesterday morning under the
new agreement which call for 2Yi
cents per hous more pay.
The wheels began to turn at the
regular hour, the doors opened and
with an exultant shout the laborers
crowded into their various depart
ents and went to work with new en
thusiasm. All at Work.
"Everyone is at work," safe! M. R.
Murphy, manager of Cudahv's nark
ing plant. "They are ail happy and
contented. I know I am. The bovs
wanted a few days off. Thev fell bet
ter after their rest."
.Robert Howe, manager of Armour's
packing plant, said: "They are all
working again. It is a mistake to say
that we made the concession of recog
nizing the union. We did not ag'ree
to recognize the union. We simply
said we would not discriminate."
FARMER TO GET
MORE FOR WHEAT
Chauncev Abbott Declares
Price for This Year's Crop
is Fixed and Present
Figures Will Stand.
A misapprehension as to possible
future prices of wheat is causing farm
ers to withhold their wheat from the
markets, according to Chauncey Ab
bott, jr., of Schuyler, who is the Ne
braska representative in the milling
division of the. United states food
Mr. Abbott is now in Omaha. He
just returned from Kansas City,
where lie spent the day on the grain
"There were only nine cars of hard
wheat on the Kansas City market
Tuesday," said Mr. Abbott. "Think
of it, only nine cars of hard wheat
on the Kansas City market, one of the
largest grain markets in the world.
It is the hard wheat with" which the
government is concerned, for that is
the wheat from which bread is made,
and bread is what the government
needs now for its armies and what the
allies need also. '
No Chance for Increase.
"The farmers seem to be under the
misapprehension that this wheat price
fixed by the government is still sub
ject to change and that by holding
back their wheat they can force it to
rise in price. That is -mistake. The
Garfiel.fcqmrni.siojj, investigated the
grain situation, recommended the
$2.20 basis for Chicago and the presi
dent adopted it and fixed it there. The
commission was discharged and
there is no provision in the law for
a reconsideration of that-price.
"Thus the farmer can gain nothing
by holding the wheat back. Even
if we dismiss the patriotic side of the
question the farmer must be the loser
in holding back this wheat for the
reason that he is losing the interest
he might have on his money and the
wheat is subject to more and more
shrinkage the longer he holds it.
Is Handicapping Hoover.
"But, worst of all, the holding back
of this wheat impedes the progress of
Administrator Hoover in his manage
ment of food affairs, seriously handi
caps our army and the armies of our
While there were only nine ca-rs of
hard wheat in Kansas City Tuesday,
a very meager run of wheat was re
ported onthe market of Chicago and
on the Omaha exchange thefe were
only fifty-five cars offered all told, in
cluding soft wheat, which is only fit
for pastry purposes and is not con
sidered bread wheat.
Odd Fellows Recommend
Vegetarian Diet Once Daily
Washington, Sept. 11. Representa
tives of the Independent Order of
Odd Fellows' organization at a con
ference today with the food adminis
tration recommended to the society's
membership a wheatless meal and
a meatless meal each day.
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Ring Lar drier Attends Bomb
Listens to brand new bravery formula pro
pounded by Dr. Smith of Neenah, Wis.
Shower and is Not Afraid
(Special Cablegram to The Omaha Bee,
By RING W. LARDNER.
Paris, Sept. 10. They took us the
other day to a certain place, where
certain hospitals were bombed on a
certain night last week by certain
Germans. We visited one of the hos
pitals and talked to a nurse from
whom we learned that one of the doc
tors, who was wounded by a bomb
was Jr. Smith of Neenah, Wris. You
must call a man something, so why
I had heard of Neenah and I asked
the nurse if I might see its wounded
citizen. She was a nice nurse and
she said yes. Dr.' Smith proved to
be a nice doctor and was glad to
see me. ,
Dr. Smith has been over here a
little over three weeks. The boat on
which he crossed was the target for a
sub, but the darn thing missed fire.
The sub was sighted and all the pas
sengers were warned to get busy.
Dr. Smith was out on deck in time
to se. the-torpedo's wake and he con
fesses that the narrow squeak kept
liim nervous' for some time there
after. Well on a certain night last week
a boche came over this certain place
and began dropping bdmbs, probably
in the hope of killing somebody or
of destroying property, or perhaps, it
was for some other laudable motive.
The first warning brought out all who
were able to leave their beds. They
scanned the air and they distinctly
saw tne fritz tlier. It was a moon
It happened that Dr. Smith of
Neenah, Wis., was standing next to
Dr. William A. Fitzgibbons of Kan
sas City, Mo.
"We were in a pretty dangerous
spot," said Dr. Smith.
"We might as well be here as any
where else," said Dr. Fitzgibbons, and
an instant later the Kansas City man
was blown to atoms and Dr. Smith
was laid out with a cracked knee. Dr.
Smith was still laid up as he told
me about it.
"From now on," he said, "Fear and
I are strangers. The sub scared me
and scared me good, but it missed
me and the bom$ took the poor fel
low neat to me and left me with a
bad knee. I'm too lucky to be badly
hurt and I .don't believe I'll ever be
A ,piece of shrapnel had been re
moved from the Neenah man's knee
and with pieces of clothing he had
worn at the time the crash. I saw
them both and I am glad that it
wasn't my knee they entered so un
ceremoniously. Dr. Smith is resting comfortably
and he wants me to tell his partner,
whom we will call by the grand old
name of Dr". Donovan, that he has
been having a grand time and wishes
you was he.
Thrilling Chapter Added to
Annals of American Engi
neering by Addition of
Fine New Engine.
Washington, Sept. 12.The Liberty
motor, the airplane engine upon
which the United States is relying to
establish definite air supremacy over
the Germans on the battlefields of
France, has passed its final test and
is a complete and gratifying success,
Secretary Baker announced today.
In a 1, 500-word announcement Sec
retary Baker told how all the best
brains and business of American mo
tordom had contributed its secrets
and achievements to the government
to produce the Liberty motor, which
is to carry the thousands of Ameri
can airplanes over Germany.
Achievement of War.
"Probably the war has produced
no greater single achievement," the
statement says, -and relates for the
first time the story of the design and
construction of the new motor which
has added a thrilling chapter to
American engineering records.
Secretary Baker says the motor is
"now the main reliance of the United
States in the rapid production in
large numbers of high-powered bat
tle planes for service in the war."
"In power, speed and serviceability
and minimum weight," he continues,
"the new engine invites comp. ison
with the best the European war has
produced. The engine was brought
about through the co-operation of
more than a score of engineers who
pooled their skill and trade secrets
in the war emergency."
Ready for Manufacture.
For obvious reasons, specifications
of the motor, details of its perform
ance under test, and arrangements
made for its production in quantity
are withheld. In conclusion, how
ever, Mr. Baker says:
"Progress has already been made
toward organizing the industry for
the manufacture of the new machines
and deliveries will begin in a com
paratively short time."
Secretary Baker's statement fol
lows "The 'United States aviation en
gine' has passed its final tests. They
were successful and gratifying. The
new moto- designated by the signal
service as the 'Liberty motor.' is now
the main reliance of the United, States
in the rapid production in large num
bers of high-powered battle planes
for service in the war. Power, speed,
serviceability and minimum weight
the new engine invites comparison
(Continued on rage Five, Column One.)
OMAHA WOMEN ARE
PLEDGED TO DO
WORLD WAR WORK
Appear at- the Registration
Places and Offer Their Sery-"'
ices in Aid of Their Coun
- try at This Time.
Registration of the..- women in
Douglas county for war work began
promptly at 9 o'clock yesterday
morning, continuing during the day
at all polling places in the city.
At 10 o'clock the women In each
voting precinct took a bieathing spell
and counted up the cards filled out.
In most districts the results were en
couraging, though the numbers were
not as large as had been hoped for.
Forty automobiles were busy all
morning bringing in voters.
Miss Edith Tobitt, county chairman,
was at her desk in the library at 7,
but the telephone had begun ringing
before she came. She had even been
called out of bed during the night to
answer questions for women anxious
Open Till Eight Tonight.
"Where do I register?" was the
most popular question. "When" and
"Why ' came next. At 8 o'clock be
gan to come indignant calls. "Why
isn't the polling place open now?"
It was explained that it would be
open at 9. Many working women
would have registered before they
went to work if tm booths had been
open. However, this was provided
for by the orders to keep the rooms
open till 8 o'clock in the evening, so
that all might have a chance to reg
ister. "I am over 45. Can I register?"
asked many women who were glad to
do war relief work, and fully capable
of it, though a trifle over 45.
"There is no age limit," said Miss
Tobitt. "From 16 to 100, if you wish.
The 45-y.ar age limit applies only to
clerical and stenographic work and
such paid positions with the govern
Many women, therefore, offered
their services in sewing, taking care
of children, etc.
Pink Tea Appearance.
There was a general pink-tea at
mosphere at the polling booths which
did not detract in the least from the
efficiency of the registrars. At 721
Humane General Governor
Is Removed from Belgium
London, Sept. 12. Dr. Von
Sandt, the civilian governor of
Belgium, has been dismissed, says
an Exchange Telegraph dispatch
from Amsterdam today.
"The dismissal is incomprehensN
ble," adds the dispatch, "as the gov
ernment had trusted him to write
the history of the occupation of
Belgium. He was the only Ger
man official in Belgium who ever
gave any evidence of humanity in
treatment of people."
(Continued on Tage Fire, Column One.)
STOP KORNILO FF'S TROOPS
26 MILES FROM PETROGRAD
Premier Kerensky About to Assume Supreme Command
of All Russian Armies; All Generals at Front
Remain Loyal to Provisional Government
Except Denikine, Under Arrest
Military Dictatorship is Bound
To Come in Russia, Says Engineer
London, Sept. 12. Leslie Urquhart, one of the most prominent min
ing and oil engineers in Russia, who has just arrived in London, in an
interview in the Daily Mail, says: ..
"I have faith in Russia. I have known the country more than twenty
years and it will pull through. Whether General Korniloff will prove
'the saviour of society I cannot tell. But of this I am sure a military
dictatorship has got to come."
After paying a tribute to General Korniloff as "at least a man of ac
tion," Mr. Urquhart asserts there are immense risks and a few compen
sating gains for the Germans in a further advance on Petrogrsd, even if
the time of the year and the character of the country permitted.
Russia, he says, is tired of the war, just like all the other belligerent
peoples, but is not tired enough to make a separate peace. He added: "I
can say with absolute confidence that the whole Russian people would
be dead against a separate peace and would make short work of anyone
who attempted to negotiate it."
Mr. Urquhart characterized Premier Kerensky as "an honest vision
ary. At the bottom he is a talker, but little else."
TO FORM NEW
Will Try Again to Organize
Ministry Acceptable to
All the Political Factions.
paris, Sept, 12. Paul PainleveVmin
iste'r of war, has announced that he
has .been unable to form a new min
is try to succeed that of M. Ribot ow
ing to the eleventh hour withdrawal
of the socialists, Albert Thomas and
M. Painleve went to the Elysee pal
ace at 1 o'clock this morning, where
lie was joined by M. Bourgeois, other
statesmen with whom he had con
ferred awaiting him at the ministry
of wan He returned within an hour
and announced to newspaper mep that
President Poincare had insisted that
he continue his efforts to form a cabi
net and that he had asked for time to
think over the situation.
Will Try Again.
It is understood Prof. Painleve will
again try to construct a ministry.
Prof. Painleve's first combination
proved even more abortive than did
that of M. Ribot, the retiring premier,
and collapsed from the same cause,
namely, the exigencies of the social
ists. What these exigencies are is not
Prof. Painleve had completed fiis
list yesterday afternoon and his suc
cess in forming a ministry was re
garded as a foregone conclusion. At
'10 o'clock last night the new minis
ters assembled at the ministry of
war. At 11 p. m. Albert Thomas, so
cialist member of the war council and
minister of munitions, and Deputy
Alexandre Varenne, who had been
named minister of public instruction,
left the war ministry.
In reply to inquiries they said:
"It is nothing but a little difference
which certainly will be settled in
about half an hour."
The ministers did not return, how
ever, until an hour and a ha'f after
muinignt. l heir absence was :ue, ac
cording to reliable information, to the
necessity of consulting M. Renaudel,
Hubertrouger, Weber and Moutet,
the permanent delegates charged by
the socialist party to watch the cabi
A quarter of an hour later the two
socialists again left the ministrj , say
ing to reporters: we withdrt w in
definitely on account of the .tneral
composition of the ministry."
The other ministers-elect continued
their deliberations. Shortly before 1
o'clock this morning Prof. Painleve
received the newspaper men and said:
"I was charged by the president
P BATTLE NEAR CAPITAL.
(By Associated Press.)
Petrogrsd, Sept. 12. General Kor
niloff's armed forces marching on
Petrograd have been stopped in a
pitched battle fought twenty-six milei
from the capital.
Premier Kerensky ordered 1,000
sharp shooters to attack Korniloff's
At Gatchlna, nineteen miles from
the city, Korniloff has another body
of men, but these have made no move
toward the capital.
The Associated Press was informed
unofficially early this morning at the
winter palace that Premier Kerensky
w,ai,bout to assume the position of
commander-in-chief of all the Russian
armies at least until the revolt had
' Vise; Premier Nekrasoff, in an inter
view today said the political situation
could be considered perfectly favor
All 'the commanders at the front
with the exception of General Deni
kine, commander on the western
front, who has been arrested with his
chief of staff by the military commit- '
tee, remain faithful to the provisional "
Pskoff is in the possession of gov
COSSACKS QUIT KORNILOFF. ,
Cossack troops who formed part of
the army sent by General Korniloff
against Petrograd have sent delega
tions to the provisional government
expressing loyalty to the revolution
and declaring they would arrest their
officers who had deceived them.
Major Generaf Bonoh Bruyovitch
has been appointed commander-in-chief
of the Russian army in succes
sion to General Korniloff.
Alexander Guchoff, the Octoberist
leader and former minister of war
and navy, who, after leaving Petro
grad last Saturday, joined the Korni
Toff movement, has been arrested
He is now under guard at Pskoff.
The central committee of the rnn.
stitutional democratic party ' today
informed Premier Kerensky that the '
party was agreed to its members
joining a reconstituted Russian cab
met in order to avoid civil war.
Korniloff's Army Surrendering.
Members of the Kerensky govern
ment today informed the-Associated
Press that while they were unable to
report the final overthrow of General
Korniloff, they are optimistic con-
firmed reDOrts sav that a nart nf fon.
eral Korniloff's army is surrendering
to the government, f
M. Nekrasoff, minister of finance,
said the towns of Pskoff and Duga
and the railroad station at Dno were
all in the hands of the government
In the chancellory of the council of
ministers the correspondent was in- .
formed unofficially that at the front
the troops loyal to the government
have in many cases arrested their
Korniloff commanders and that there
fore there are indications that the
revolt will fail.
The government has suppressed
Novoe Vremya, a prominent Petro-
(Continued on Page Two, Column Four)
Rest of Drafted Men in the First
Call Soon Will Go to Camps
The list of the remaining 95 per
cent of the men to be certified in the
first draft for service in the national
army will be practically completed by
the end of this week, according to
officials of the exemption board.
The next 40 per cent of the first
draft will be ready for certification by
Friday of this week, and with the
exception of a few cases held for fur
ther investigation the lists for the
balance of the first draft will be
finished at about the same time, al
though the dates for the official cer
tification of the third division ot 30
per cent of the draft and of the final
15 per Cent have not been an
nounced. The case of Reuben A. Johnson of
Valley, Neb., offered a gratifying re
lief to the board in passing on ex
emption claims. Johnson stated that
he would rather be in the army in
the present circumstances than at
home, but that his two brothers had
joined the army, and it had fallen to
his lot to stay at home and keep the
The board in formally granting his
claim, wrote: "We find your applica
tion for exemption claimed upon the
statement of fact that you have two
brothers lately enlisted and accepted
in the United States service, and
upon this fine showing the board has
been glad to unanimously grant your
exemption, feeling that your fam
ily has valiantly contributed and that
no further sacrifices should be asked
at this time."
(Continued on Pare Two, Column One)
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the record of paid display
advertising for the first
eight months of 1917 was
made to read :
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The figures should have
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The figures given for The
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The Bee's Gain, 21,659 Inches,
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