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. OMAHA, THURSDAY , MORNING, SEPTEMBER '20, 1917. TWELVE PAGES.
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IS SECOND QUOTA
SENDS TO FONSTON
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Two Train Leave, Early for Ft Riley Cantonment as
Italian Liberty Band Plays Patriotic Airs and Mothers
and Sweethearts Shed Tears; South Side Boys
-' Leave Tonight After Banquet at Exchange.
Laughing and cheering, 350 of the finest young men in
ouglat county, the second delegation of the men in the aelec
tive draft, left yesterday for Camp Funston to start train
ing for the world war.
TWO LONG TRAINS. Q
An immense crowd of Omahans
OF JURY FIXING
Sensation Created in District
Court When Special Prose
cutor McGuire Tells of
Talk of Tampering.
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A special grand jury may be called
to investigate alleged jury tampering
in istrict court ........
special prosecutor McGuire, ap
pointed by Governor Neville to head
the drive against bootlegging in Oma
ha, created a sensation in district
court - yesterday, when- he declared
he had received well, substantiated re
ports that veniremen trying appeal
uquor cases had been approached.
!T Go After Guilty One
' "I -have reliable information ietfc
tain persons are trying to 'get to' dis-
h-r- to send , them off with-a smile. kast 'Je!iiJLVtlCt
(V. i r-Tr Throke Uthe ses carried tothe higher
in. mv ....... . o -- . t rAnrt "I : . nrnhah r aim II .j-.thfjf a
down sobbing.' Many lad-to grd jury cal make
Fourth district representatives proo-
tor a valentine
was at the train in spite of the early
hour to tell the boys goodby. Fully
8,000 were here, tearful mothers and
sad fathers, anxious sweethearts and
friends, all hiding their grief as best
they could that the last memories of
home the boys carried away might
be one of smiles and pride in their
At 8:45 a long Union Pacific train
left, carrying 259 men from the
Fourth, Fifth and Sixth districts. As
soon as, this had left the train shed,
the Missouri Pacific train carrying
boys from the Third district followed.
As the boys leaned out of the car
windows 1 before they left they- were
' a sight of which any city might be
proud. Chosen after severe examina
tions,' these who had passed the test
were a fine, clean set of young Amer
icans, with clear eyes and firm mouths
that told of the innate determination
that must make 'for victory on the
fields of France. , , .
Every Jad was laughing it might
hae been a pleasure party bound for
, some convention instead of the "youth
of the nation igoing forth to the stern
realities of war. . .
! Not a Step Falters. V
As they marched down to the sta
tion to the music of a military band,
not a step faltered. With shoulders
square jhey strode along, eonuerers
tlready in mind V
On sthe station plattorm- teartm
alitv will ha taken lor a
party all along the way, for from each
? k i man's coat 'dangled- large red paste
' board heart decorated with cupidsl At
a late hour Tuesday night the board
discovered it had no means of tag
ging its men for the entrapment, so
Richard Brady, son of T. E. Brady,
one- pf the members, volunteered to
get some "tags" and these were ail he
could find at that time. No one cared,
however, and the red hearts added to
the jollity of the occasion.
The Fifth district bore no cards,
but the members' were easily spotted
by their ' wrist watches, the flowers
in their buttonholes and the boxes of
candy and such souvenirs heaped upon
them by friends. One'young lad car
ried five boxes in his arms and friends
were still handing them up to him
when the train left
This , train picked up .162 more
r men at Lincoln and sixteen more at
" ' ' Beatrice, and is scheduled to reach
Camp Funston at 8:30 tonight.
a . rc,iirrtarf rtfhciaia tnrew open -uic
1 gates at the station and mothers andJ
sisters and sweemeans as
fathers and brothers crowded out
onto the tracks and filled up 5 the
space usually used in handling trains.
The Liberty Italian band of thirty
pieces was on hand tok cheer the boys
with patriotic airs and succeeded
right well, a ? - 'A ' -
The Omaha contingent made up
but one train oi the 300,000 men of the
national irmy today on their way to
sixteen 'cantonments to undergo au
intensive training period, preparatory
ijor service overseas. . .'
Second Contingent is A;
- : ; Arriving at Funston
' ' Camp Funston, junction City, Kan.,
Sept. - 19. Twenty-seven hundred
men, the first contingentr of; the. sec
ond division of - the initial quota of
the 1 national army, are arriving to
, lay at Camp Funston from Missouri,
' 'Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado and New
Mexico. . . ,
The new arrivals, like the first con
tingent now .In camp, will be equip
ped with overalls vpendiftg the .arrival
ai uniforms, officers, of" toe quarter
master's corps say.; ; r ; w .
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TMI American Vessels
Be Used for Army Abroad
Atlantic City; IN. X Sept : 19.
Within-the next six months the de
mand of the American army abroad
will require that the government di
rert every American merchant vessel,
:oastwise and others, to overseas
t eryice, R. B. Stevens, vice chairman
- af the United States shipping board,
oday told the war convention here of
American business men. -
Sues for Damages to
Her Electric Automobile
Louise Metz Funk is suing Fred De
Weber for $1,100 in district court for
alleged damages to her electric (car.
A car driven by De Weber crashed
, into the Funk electric at Twentieth
and Famam streets last July, accord
ing to the petition. ..
ough probe of these reports; Jury
tampering is a serious offense and
every effort will be made to bring to
justice anyone guilty of such a crime."
Complaint that veniremen hearing
liquor appeal cases were being ap-
froached was made to Judge Estelle
uesay night d
Would Arrest Suspects.
Another complaint was made to
Judge Sears, presiding judge for dis
trict court, Wednesday morning. The
judges said any persons suspected of
approaching jurymen would . be ar
rested, f ., ' "-
Judge Sears called in jurymen and
instructed them to report to him at
once if anyone attempted to approach
them. .", ;- .'
The first liquor appeal case in dis
trict' court resulted in a hung jury.
The second case was a victory for the
state. ' -
After being out twenty-two and
one-half hours a jury hearing the case
of the state ; against Frank- Kahout,
charged with illegal transportation of
liquor, came in and reported to Judge
Estelle a disagreement. The venire
men stook eight to four for acquital.
Judge Estelle discharged the jury,
ahout will be tried on the same
charge by a jury two weeks hence,
according to Prosecutor McGuire.
Did 'Not Like Witnesses.
It is said the Kahout jury failed to
arrive at a decision because of the
"character of some of the state's wit
nesses." In the case of the state against
DUE FOR SLUMP,
Food Administrator Sends
Wordi'here is No Hope for
Higher Prices and Advises ,
Farmers to Sell Now.
"Hoover says present price for
wheat will drop at least one-half as
soon as war closes and great stocks
in countries now inaccessible are re.
leased. He also says that present
price for other reasons may soon
be reduced. He says there is no
hope for- higher , wheat price and
advises all farmers to sell; now." .
(Continued oh Page Thref, Column Three.)
The above telegram was received
this morning from G. W. Wattles,
food administrator for Nebraska,' by
. V. jrarrish, vice chairman ot the
Nebraska food conservation commit
Administrator Wattle was called
to Washington to confer with Hoov
er in regard to conservation in Ne
The tone of the telegram is signifi
cant in that it gives no satisfaction to
the farmer who is holding his wheat,
Reports coming into Omaha since
the government , fixed the price of
wheat have told of the reluctance of
farmers to dispose of their grain at
the established figure. The reports
said the farmers were storing their
wheat and absolutely refusing to sell
at the fixed price. - Hoover s asser
tion gives no encouragement to the
farmers who is' following this prac
tice. The food administrator unquali
fiedly declares' there is no hope for
higher prices even, though;. the .war
should end. He even ventures-to pre
diet that wheat-wli;drop to one-half-!
its present, value if peace comes, ana
says that a reduction probably - will
come witnin a snort penoa anynow.-
Optiona! Clause in War, "
Insurance is Assailed
Washington,'" Sept, 19. Public
hearings" on" the soldiers' and sailors'
insurance bill were concluded today
before the senate finance subcom
mittees with insurance, men and oth
ers suggsiiaftiViWw Jctang esThc
subcommtWeTiopeS; to report 'the
measurd this week. . . ,'1
An amfndment nrrmittinc disabled
oldier to remain under the care-of
the surgeon general of the united
State's durine rehabilitation was
urged by Dr. Charles W. Richardson
of Washington. , "
The- section which makes optional
the taking of insurance, by enlisted
men was vigorously assauea , oy
George E. Ide, president of the Home
T.ife Insurance comoanv of New
York, who asserted it opened the
door for future' pension legislation,
was too vague, "utterly unsound in
principle, and was class legislation.
Government Price for
Copper Revealed Soon
WacViinortrin. Spnt. 19. Announce-'
mrnf nf the nrif c. to be naid bv the
irninmnl fnr rnnnfr la fxnected
within two days, possibly tomorrow.
Indications today were tne war indus
trial board would determine the price
and was about ready to make an
nouncement, but after a conference
with. The president ana a later meet
ing it was said a decision had been
deferred for a day or two.
The government is now - buying
large , : quantities of copper under
acreement to oav the price to1e fixed
by the board. ;
Killed by Bandits
Fargo. N. D., Sept. 19. George
Sheffield, telegraph operator at the
Great Northern station at Moorhead,
Minrt., was shot and killed early today
by two robbers when he snapped an
unloaded revolver at them instead of
obeying their command to hold up his
hands. The robbers escaped with $45.
Letters We Like to Get
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WIFE S FOLKS FOR
Kelly Slept in Ewing Home on the
Night of the Villisca Ax Murders
. By EDWARD BLACK,
- Stff Correpondent for The Bee.)
Red Oak, la.; Sept. 19. (Special
Telegram.) It -was at the home of
Rev. and Mrs. W. J.. Ewing at Vil
lisca that Rev. Lyn G. j. Kelly stay
ed Sunday night, June ,9, 1912 the
night of the ax murders. :
The Ewings testified in court that
they had never 'seen Kelly before
that Sunday. , Rev. Mr. Kelly had
been' assigned to rural churches, at
Pilot Grove and Arlington, near Vflr
lisca. Through someTnutual acquaint
ance .arrangements "were . made ior
Kelly to be a guest that Sunday night
at the Ewing home. -
Children's day exercises were held
at the Presbyterian church of which
Mr. "Ewing was pastor. The church
is across the street from th Ewing
home Kelly attended a young peo
ple's meeting . before the children's
program, returning with the , Ewings
to their home about 9:30, after, the
exercises.. . ,
The Ewuigs, slept in , a tent, .while
their guest occupied an upstairs room
and was, alone in the house. He
said he would leave about 5 o'clock
the next morning for Macedonia
where he intended to get his house
hold effects and return to Villisca.
Two weeks after the murders Kelly
returned to Villisca aid delivered a
sermon in the EwinijEhurclj. IIc oc-
I ' y a!
REV. W. J. EWING,
cupied the same room in the
home he used on the nisht of
sayings. : . .
Declares He and Spouse,, For
merly; Miss. Sarah Fogelson,
Happy When v Parents
s , . InteHered. .
; .Hyman I.' Goodwin has commenced
suit for $25,000 for alienation of his
wife's 'affection and conspiracy against
Mr. and Mrs. Hirsh F. Fogelson, par
ents of .his wife; Tillie Fogelson, her
cousin, and Henry Monsky, an Omaha
attorney, who is charged with con
spiracy. V- ' 1
: Goodwin alleges that he was a tea
and coffee salesman making $50 a
week when , he met Sarah Fogelson
in Lincoln. It was a case of loveVat
first, sight with htm and he immedi
ately commenced courtship. - .
, Jour Months' Courtship.
After four 'months' wooing he won
her love, respect and affection. They
became engaged and the date was set
for the wedding. He gave her : a
caret and a half diamond engagement
ring. The , engagement was publicly
announced. ' , . v
. From the first her. mother was ex
tremely Opposed to the marriage. The
bride, howevers proposed an elope
ment in' Case the parents refused to
give their consent. She insisted that
she would not break, the engagement
under.'any circumstance. -,
On August 5 they were married in
Lincoln and came to Omaha on a
wedding trip. AtfltfO the following
day he was arrested on complaint of
his (former employers for embezzle
ment. ; -' 4 - .... .,
, . Long Trip Planned.
He alleges that on August 7 they
were living together and planning ah
extensive trip. The defendants in this
suit came to their rooms and forcibly
took his wife to the office of Mon
sky. On leaving, he says, his wife
told him that they , could not . keep
her and that she would be back.
He followed her to .the office bf
Monsky, where , he was forcibly
ejected by Monsky. He alleges that
they blackened his 'character, to his
wife and (ndeavored to have her leave
him. i ..: ; .. -. . '
Last week Goodwin filed s.uit. for
$50,000 against his fqrmer employers
for damages. He . was released on the
embezzlement charge, as there' was
no prosecution. -. ' .... '
Mote Big, Loans Made
: To England and France
Washington, "Sept. 19. Loans of
$50,000,000 to Great Britain and $20,
000,000 to France were made' by the
government today, bringing the total
thus far advanced to the allies up to
U.S. OFFERS HALF
Builders Making Only Ten Per
; Cent Profit! to Be Aided
in Paying Higher t
(By Associated Presi.)
j Washington, Sept. 19. The govern
ment today opened a way for possible
settlement of strikes in Pacific coast
shjp yards ' by offering to pay half
of any wage, increases for companies
making, not more than 10 per cent
profits on commandeered ships. San
Francisco builders in whose plants a
strike of iron workers is in progress
agreed to consider the workers' de
mands, for more pay on. the shipping
board's costs, and prospects for set
tling the strike were reported bright.
Chairman Hurley of the board post
poned indefinitely a trip to the coast
on which he had intended to start to
night. Agents of the board and of
the Department of Labor in San
Francisco reported that the employers
and men seemed near an agreement
and that work on commandeered ships
might be resumed within a few days.
Ship BuilJing Must Not Stop.
; Mr. Hurley conferred again today
with Samuel Gorapers and other of
ficials of the American Federation of
Labor. 1 Tomorrow he will give atten
tion to the strikes at Seattle, Port
land and other -Pacific coast points
and indications were that they might
be settled on the basis of. the pro
posal made to San Francisco builders.
The shipping board's action . is con
sidered significant, inasmuch as it in
dicates belief that the workers' de
mand for higher pay should be
granted. The board also emphasizes
its determination not to let any dif
ferences prevent the speedy prosecu
tion of its big ship building program.
To avoid being compelled to pay a
proportion of wage increases for com
panies making big profits on govern
ment eontrtcats, however,1 the pres
ent offer specified that profits of more
than 10 per cent must be applied to
the government's share of the pay-
(Continued ea'Pace Three, Column Two.)
Bartlett Pears Go at
: Sacrifice in Auction
Chicago, Sept. 19. At the fruit auc
tion here today Bartlett pears from
the state of Washington sold at the
unusually' low average price of $1 a
box and in some instances down to
55 cents. It costs 75 cents a box to
ship the pears in refrigerated cars,
and 15 cents for the box, it was said.
Fruit was too far ripened to permit
holding in stock and 'had to he ac
rificed. . 1
HOV MURDER CONFESSION WAS
Y LITTLE MINISTER
J. J. Ferguson, Council Bluffg Reporter, Reads Shorthand
Notes Detailing Conversation Between Attorney
General Hamer and Prisoner Accused of Ax
Murder; Murderer Insane Said Kelly.
IN NORTH SEA
By EDWARD BLACK. ,
(Staff Correepontfent for The Bee.)
Red, Oak, la.. Sept 19 (Special Telegram.) That
Kelly mental condition will be made the paramount issue in
the defense of the little minister charged with the murder of
eight, persons it Villisca, la., June 10, 1912, be case evident
O VICTIM OF PARANOIA.
Counsel for Kelly brought out in
their examination of witnesses wher
ever possible that the accused preach-
er is a victim of paranoia. In this
connection they are seeking to show
that Kelly's mental infirmities are
such that he has become obsessed
with the idea that he committed the
crime of which he is innocent.
Stress was laid upon the fact that
Kelly has had many delusions during
the five years since the ax crime.
Witnesses were questioned about
Kelly's obsession along lines indicat
ing that tha defense will attempt at
the proper moment to entirely dh
credit the confession read to the jury
yesterday, in which he admitted hav-"
ing killed the Moore family and the
Stdlinger girls and told in cireumstan.
tial detail detail juat how he Wielded
the murderous ax.
J. J. Ferguson, Council Bluffs, court
reporter, referred to the defendant as
"rather nutty"; ' y
'.'Decidedly 1 unsound mind we're
the words of W. C Ratcliff of Red
Oak. i ' , w . , '
:,, Bachelor as Witness.
' A' feature of today's testimony was
the annearanre nf ThurU TWtioln.-
512 North , Seventh street, Council
Bluffs, former constable and now city
solicitor, for the Nonpareil. Bachelor
was one of the dec6y ducks," so
characterized by Judge Mitchell, who,
in lis opening statement to the jury,
charged that Bachelor and ,W. R,
Lahman of Missouri , Valley were
"decorated" with handcuffs and over
alls and placed in the cell with Kelly
at Logan last month for psycholog
ical effect. - . , ; vi ; . ,. - H-
' Bachelor said Sheriff Gronewtg .of
("niinril Rlliff arrancrrA tiita ha iknnlil '
go to Logan, explained the matter,
and upon his arrival at Logan Dep
uty Sheriff Atkins adjusted the hand- '
cuff unnn th witn't enit I aViman
and furnished the overalls: i
Bachelor was told Kelly was sus
picious of , detectives and 1 ''they"
wanted some responsible men to hear
what Kellv miirhf hav trl av H
said he went to Logan jail about 10
p. m. and left about 4:30 a. m. . .
"We were to appear as automobile
holdups andwere told they were go-
J i a.
ins iu itHu auumunai noiicca to
Kelly," said the witness, ,
Ratcliff And Jackson related sub
stantially the . same testimony regard
ing the trip to Sioux Falls during
April, 1914, to see Kelly, who was in
the federal jail there! ' Both prd
nounced Kelly of .unsound, mind, at
that time. Ratcliff quoted Kelly as
saying on that occasion that he did
not commit the Villisca crime. He
described the minister-defendant as -excitable,
wild and in a pitiable con-
dition. .. Thcae witnesses, related
Kelly's fear of detectives in general
and Detective Longnecker of Qmaha :
in particular. '. .
Afraid of Longnecker.
"Kelly told me Longnecker ac
cused him of the crime and had nearly
driven him crazy," said Ratcliff. Thi$
statement also was made in effect by
Jackson. , . . . ;
, "In your judgment was Keily of
Berlin Correspondent of Da
nish Newspaper Says Armed
Steamer Comes to Aid -of
( Christians, Sept. 19. The Bergen
correspondent of the Aftonsladet says
that the armed steamer which sank a
German submarine in the North sea
while the U-boat was shelling a' neu
tral sailing vessel was an American
vessel. . . - .. . .
British, Sinks Two Divers. 1
Two Germans submarines ' have
been sunk by British naval force, rer
Sorts the Bergen 'correspondent ol the
ideris Tegns. Si men from the U
boats Were taken prisoners, ,
An armed British steamef- IriJthe
North Sea sank a German submarine
which was shelling a neutral sailing
vessel. -The second enhmarin waa
sunk by a British torpedo boat de
stroyer wnne attacking. . an . .armed
steamer. ;v. .'
- More Steamers Sunk.
London, Sept. 19. The American
steamer Platuria was torpedoed by a
German submarine on September 15,
Fortv-five survivors hav hin inAA
by the Italian steamer Andrea. .The
master ot.the riaturia and eight of
the crew were drowned.
The Plafuria was a tantr ctaametiin
of 3,445 tons register, owned by the
standard uu company, and was for
merly known as the Diamant. It left
Newport News, Va., in-July with a
cargo of oil for Italian nnrta ' li wit
commanded by Captain John Leslie.
Chinese Smugglers Indicted i
; By Grand Jury at 'Frisco
Saft Francisco, Cal., Sept. 19. Five
indictments, charging twenty-five
Chinese men and wnmm uiith nn.
spiring to effect the illegal entrance
inw me unuco oiatei oi tnotisanas
of young Chinese; and, with perjury
incident to testimony iriven krforo
immigration inspectors, were returned
today by the federal frand-jury. The
indictments ' were the outgrowth of
an investigation conducted by Solici
tor lohn B. Densmore of thu- Tie.
partment of Labor, which resulted in
tne suspension irom onice ot tourteen
employes of the immigration station.
It was alleged that the indicted
Chinese' were members of an interna.
tional smuggling ring which main
tained in Hongkong a school at which
children wefc taught to evade the
Boston Observes , '
. . First of Wheatless Days
Boston, Sept. 19. This, was the
first of the two wheatless days a
week prescribed by the state food
administration. Responses to the
appeal received from hotels, restaur
ants' and clubs throughout the -state
indicated it would be difficult to buy
white bread with any meal today.
Thousands of housewives -also have
agreed to co-operate in the move
ment to save wheat. . "
Odd Fellows in "
: Convention at Louisville
Louisville, Ky.. Sept. 19. Odd Fel
lows from all parts of the' United
States and Canada, who are here at
tending the ninety-third session of the
severcidn grand lodge of their order.
sidetracked business today to . take
part in a patriotic parade with ap
proximately 25,000 persons in the line
of rriafch. '. ' . ' ,
Swedish Premier to Retire .
Lindman Will Suceed Him
Stockholm, Sept 19. The Associ
ated Press is informed that Premier
Swarts may retire and that Admiral .
Lindman, the foreign minister, will
reorganize the cabinet with . him
self as premier. In the event that.
Premier, Swart retires, new men,
will be named for the posts of 'for
eign minister , and minister of jus
tice, the rest of the present min
isters . being . retained. A decision .
will be made Wednesday. ; ' ', i
(Continued n Two, Column On.)
Report of British Casualties
, During the Last Week
London, Sept. 19. Casualties in the
British ranks reported for the: week
ending yesterday follow:
-. Killed or died of wounds: 135 offi
cers and 4,755 men.
. Officers wounded or missing, 431;
men wounJed or missing, .21,843,
House and Senate
Agree on War Credits
; Washington, : SepL - 19.Agreement
on the war credits bill authorizing,
$11,538,000,000 of new bonds and cer
tificates was reached , today by sen
ate and hduse conferees - .with no
change in the issues proposed. -
The Cry For Help!
It comes loud from all
sides in consequence of the
shortened " labor market
depleted by war demands.
The Answer i
is readily had if you' only
make eure of reaching1 the
people who are competent
and in position to respond.
All you need do is .
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