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AK-S AR-BEN DATES
Carnival..... September M t October
Elctrleal Parade, fveaiof ....Ocubsr 3
Deyllfht Parade. A . .October 4
Coronation Ball... ...October S
, THE WEATHER i
VOL. -XLVII. NO. 82. 1
OMAHA, FRIDAY MORNING, SEPTEMBER
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CITY WILL OPEN COAL YARD
IF GOVERNMENT FAILS TO
REDUCE OMAHA FUEL PRICES
To Act Under Authority of Law Passed By Last Legitla
7 hire, Giving Municipality Power to Operate Fuel
- ' Yard in Interest of People, Commi-
'7i,-7.:7 7 sioner Declares. 7"
City Commissioner Butler hat gone on the warpath and
Dmaha coal dealers are advised to take heed.
, Butler says he is determined coal prices in Omaha shall
go down. i7 ,v- "7-. -7 7' .
r OPEN CITY ? COAt YARD. , ,
"I'm going to wait until October
, 1" iid Butler, "then U the govern
, ment does not regulate prices and the
prices in Omaha fail to go down, the
city will immediately begin plans for
the proposed municipal coal yard au
thorized by the last legislature." r
Butler's declaration of war follow
, ed a telephone conversation with a
local coal dealer, who accused Butler
of misrepresentation of costs and
'. said the city could not sell coal at
the prices Butler said it could. .
.The commissioner had said he Had
learned the city obtained the same
coal for which local dealers charged
S9.50 a ton for S5.80 per ton." deliv
ered, in Omaha. Adding delivery
costs, the coal could be sold by the
rtuny yards for about $6.50, a saving
of $3 on each ton.
. COAL MEN SHOW HAND.
' "The coal men showed their hand,'
said Butler, "in that telephone con
versation.-. 1 hey re afraid to go into
competition with the city. Present
coal prices are absolutely absurd.
Probably it's the big operators who
are making the fortunes; but the re
tail dealers are getting ' theirs, too,
and it's time a stop was put to it. If
ttfc government doesn't pring down
the price October J. the city jwill take
steps t do isoiiietning " .1
. Sutler ha alrtaM written, to Den-
vlr n search- ol information regardr
ing' the municipal 'coalyards 'there
i oSerta to come to.,umana,,witnput
J compensation to .Sdvisc .the- Ofniha
' commissioners in opening one herv.
Mitcp Winslhe New
York Mayoralty Nomination
" New York . &ept ZU.-r-By. a narrow
margirf of 1.119 yotes, with two elec
tion districts missing, Mayor. Mitchel,
a democrat and fusion candidate, won
the republican nomination for mayor
over William M. Bennett in yester
i day's primaries. '"';., . ".'".!
Bennett, announced today that all
the-votes cast for him in Manhattan
- were not counted and that he would
demand a recount." ' : .' v - ;
John F. Hylan, democrat, supported
. by Tammany, was unopposed at the
primaries, and unless Bennett's action
' interferes,; the fight in? the coming
'. election will be .between Hylan-and
the mayor. : : . ''
More Than 11,OQ0 Men ;
Paid Pensions in Nebraska
(Prtm a Staff Correspondent)
- Washington, Sept. 20.-f(Special Te'l-egram.)-r-The
k on the rolls of the pension officeand
. the amount paid ending June JO in the
following states were: - '
" Nebraska-rPensioners, 11,799; paid,
, $28,203.14. ;
Iowa Pensioner v 22,831; paid,
$5,462,074 .? ;; ;.',v
South V Dakota Pensioners, 4,429;
C paid. $1,058,663. r - . y
Syoming Pensioners, 698; paid,
. 169.' . , '
OF COPPER AT 231
CENTS A POUND
Under' New Agreement Wages
Remain Same; Public to Pay
Same as Government
For Netraeka Pair; warmer. ;
Temperatarf at Omahs Teaterdar.
t a. m. ........... ii
a. m... ........ S7
7 a. m. ........... S7
t a. m.. ST
t a. m , B7
10 a. m. ........... 58
It a. m SI
IS m..... .....60
1 p. m.... 61
t p. in 81
. .. . "3
. . . "
. . S9
t p. m .,
4 p. m
6 p. m
: f p. m. .......
T p. m........
CompvatiT Loral Record. . ,
1 1117 11 11S ItU
HlKhrat jruterdajp .... 64 $t It 71
IiOweat yeaterday .... St . -. 61 ' -1 ti
: Mean temperature ., - 7! ''. 62 ' ', 74
clplUtlon T.Z 00 T. T.
- - Temperature and precipitation departures
from the normal at Omaha sine March 1,
and compared with the last two years: -
- Normal temperature 14
s Deficiency for the day 4
' Total deficiency since March 1...'. US
- Normal precipitation .07 Inch
Deficiency for the' day ,... .,.. ! ..C7 Inch
Total rainfall since March 1... .20.21 inches
Deficiency since March 1;..... S.76 inches
i Deficiency for cor. period,-lsi.10.0S Inches
Deficiency for cor. period, HIS. .61 inch -Reports
from Stations at T P.M. i
Temp. Mith- Rain
7 p. m. est. tell.
l ; Tl .00
Station and State
.. vdu . d. . ......... . rji twt ,
Des Moines, cloudy .... SI '' St
Dodf City, dear fl . "... 71
Lander" clear-! ..i (0 II
North Platte, clear ..... (1 ; , 71 '
Omaha, cloudy ...... SO (4
Peoria, cloddy ........ ill ' (I
Pueblo, cloudy ........ 70 : 74
Rapid City, Clear ...... 70 74 .
Bait Lake City, clear.. 10 14.
SantasFe, cloudy ...... 61 - It
' Pherldan. clear ......... 7 ' ' t l
Rloux City, cloady .... II ' .
Valentine, clear (2 'II-;
. T" indicates trace of precipitation
JL A. WELSH, Meteroloflst,
$2 STEAK MUST
GO FROM OMAHA
So Declares Chairman Munroe,
Who Also is Campaigning
Against Too Much Free :
.".' . .
The $2 steak must go from Omaha's
hotels and restaurants So says George
Munro, chairman of the state food
conservation committee. ; He is going
to see to it that they go.
' "We talk about conserving our
food supplies," said Mr. Munro. "But
the big steaks continue to be serVed,
They bring a steak big enough for six
people to a customer-and he often
e;ats just a little of the tendeest part
out of the middle of it., The rest is
taken out 'and thrown away; That
is why garbage collectors are so anx
ious to get the contracts for the gar
bage, from the1 downtown district
.I;, families Not So WasteulW
1 !It isn't the private families, that
waste things. I hav6 investigated that
carefully. ..Some of : them may make
i.big showing, but when,' it comes to
their-eating they use" things up pretty
economically, It is 'the big restau
rants and hotels 'where too liberal
supplies are given customers. 'It will
be saving, to- both hotel and cus
tomer to" serve half as large a steak
at half the price."
Mr. Munro will take up this proh
lem with' J.'F. Letton, head of the new
organization of state hotel and res
taurant men. Mr- Letton is already
directing his attention to cutting down
these wastes.- ( (
To Use Fresh Veegtables. ;
1 An effort will be made also to get
hotels and restaurants to use fresh
vegetables while they are in season.
It is said the cooks in. these establish
ments almost invariably use canned
vegetables even when the fresh are at
their cheapest. , , , ;
Also in cutting out much of the free
(Continued on Vagu Two, , Column Six.)
Saloons Closed When
Nationals Leave for Camp
Sacramento,' Cal, Sept. ; 20. In
compliance with - a request from
Provost Marshal General Crowder
Governor William D. Stephens has
issued a proclamation' urging the
closing of saloons for three hours
preceding the entrapment of men
of the new national army for train
ing camps at all entraining points in
p the state. . '
(By Associated Press.)
Washington, Sept. 20. Copper
prices were fived today at 23 Y cents
a pound, about 3 cents below the pre
vailing market by agreement between
the government and leading copper
producers, effective for four months.
Sales to the government, the public
and the allies will be at this price, f.
o. b. New York and producers agreed
not to reduce wages now paid in the
industry. They "also' pledged them
selves to maintain maximum produc
tion and to prevent copper from fall
ing mro ine nanas ot specuitors. :
Take Over Noncompliers.
Although the price is fixed under
voluntary agreement between pro
ducers and the government's war in
dustries board, with the president's
approval, it was announced cfficially
that under the executive's war power,
"thi proper departments of the gov
ernment will be asked to take over
the mines and plants of any producers
who fail to conform to the agreement
and prices." , - "
; Recent government' purchases of
copper for war purposes have been
made under agreement to . pay the
price to be determined by the war in
dustries board. -Early in the war
when copper sold at about 36 cents
the government contracted for 45,000,
000 pounds for the army and navy at
162-3 cents, but future contracts will
be at the new rate, r ' .
The price agreed upon today was
set after - extensive investigation of
production costs by the federal trade
commission. , The, commission's re
port was understood to have indicated
that copper could be sold profitably
at a much flower prices than- 231
cents, hut in reaching its decision the
was industries board, . headed by
prank A Scott, took into considera
tion that the price should not be
pared "down, to; a. point- where pro
duction would bt ', discouraged or
wage j reduced. : ' ', ' ' '
4 , Same Price io Public!
- 'Threeimportant' conditions- were
Imposed - by ; the board," - said an an
nouncement. : "First that the produc
ers would not. reduce the. wages now
being paid; second, that the operators
would sell to the allies and to the pub
lic at the same price paid by the gov
ernment and take the necessary meas
ures, under the direction of the war
industries board, for the distribution
! of copper, to prevent it from falling
into the,, hands or speculators who
would increase the price to the pub
lic; and, third," that the .operators
pledge thmeselves to exert every ef
fort to keep the production of copper
at the maximum so long as the war
Without the r wage stipulation, it
was explained, present wages, the
highest ever paid in the copper, in
dustry, would be reduced by the new
under-market price. .
Anticipated Price Fixing.
"Within the last year," said the
statement, "copper has sold as high as
36 pents per pound and the market
price would now be higher than it is
had it not been well known for some
weeks that the government would fix
"The principal copper producers
throughout the country have evinced
an ' admirable jpirit and for weeks
have promptly supplied every request
of the government for, copper without
awaiting decision as to price and
agreeing to accept the price which
the board should ultimately fix."
Almost Ready to Quit
IN EUROPE TAKES
OATH m ATHENS
Omaha Girl Supervises Surgical
Dressing Work for State Red Cross
Director Frank Judsonv Shcounces
the appointment of Miss Nellie Cal
vin as superintendent of surgical
dressings work in the state of Ne
braska. ' ;;' ' '' '" ,
Miss Calvin is especially qualifie'd
for this work, having had training in
the work both here and in France. .
When the war broke out Miss Calvin
was in Paris, where she immediately
began, to work for the! Red Cross. '
She is a member of the French as
well as the American Red Cross. '
Returning to America, she discon
tinued work' until the United States
was involved in the war. Going to
Chicago in April, she took a special
course in surgical dressings, ' which
fitted her to become an instructor. On
her return she organized intensive
training classes here and seventy-five
women are indebted to her for their
present knowledge and efficiency."
Miss Calvin has just returned from
Chicago, where she took another,
course in the work and learned how
to make the new dressings. She also
attended a teachers' conference, where
the work was outlined for the win
ter.; i t
As soon as-infgrmation is received
from Washington headquarters ; she
will organize new classes throughout
the state and will send instructors to
every chapter. Twenty-five of- the
women who took the course under
her are ready to go as soon as they
have the proper information. The re
mainder of the seventy-five are now
acting as supervisors here in Omaha.
Miss Calvin 1 Will direct the work
The re- from .Omaha and will be located at
the state director's office in the court
Pomp and '. Splendor s Mark
Change From Royalty ,to
Democracy as Alexander '
it Ascends Throne. -
' ' - - '
. (By Associated Press.)
Athens, Sept. .King Alexander
was the center of a brilliant scene as
he' made his first appearance before
"parliament today ' He looked boyish.
But he, is tail, "stalwart and good
looking and, in his ' uniform with
medals and ribbons of royalty, he had
the bearing and dignity of a monarch.
Neither this young man nor anyone
else supposed he would ever be king,
until a few weeks ago. His brother
had been trained to be a king, but
when the Entente allies gave King
Constantine an ultimatum to abdicate,
they required also , that the crown
prince should leave. And so this
younger son was suddenly competed
to become a monarch.
' From Royalty to Democracy. , ,
The event was chiefly notable in
being .a sort of transition from roy
alty to democracy. While this young
man was king, yet the oath l)e was
taking was to rule as a constitutional
monarch..: 1 ' '
The recognition of this principle
was very prominent in the ceremony
of today. Before the king were elected
representatives of the people,, all
about him were the ministers, and
there were, comparatively few court
attendants. The speech from the
throne had been prepared by the min
isters, and the prime minister, Veni
zelos, took it from his pocket and
passed it to the king for delivery .
Approve Course of Entente.
she pronouncement of the king,,
thus tramed by the ministry, carefully
avoided any offensive reference to the
dethronement of King Constantine.
But it openly reversed the policy of
the former king, referred to the En
tente as friends and allies battling for
the defense of humanity, as against
the rapacity of the central cowers.
The splendid coaches of the royal
estaDiisnmentHWith powdered grooms
and footmen, and heralds and out
riders in brilliant uniforms, made an
old world picture of royal pageantry,
as the king moved between ; dense
cheering masses,, with solid lines of
soldiers stretching from the palace to
the parliamentary chamber. The
marble colonnade of the chamber was
garlanded with wreaths and flowers,
and a great floral' crown above the
doorway indicated that even in this
abode of democracy there was still a
welcome for what , remained . or
Army Sergeant Discharged,
Interned as an Alien Enemy
Fort Oglethorpe, Ga, Sept 20..
Sergeant Alfred Bonhaupt of the
Sixth United States infantry, who
served with' General Pershing in
Mexico, has been discharged from
the army, it was learned today, and
interned at the German prison camp
here as an enemy alien. - ' .
Bonhaupt's dismissal from the
army followed the intercepting of
a letter which he wrote his sister
in Germany, in which he expressed
regret that the United; States had .
entered the war.'
ATTACK AT YPRES:
Troops Go Over the Top in Ef
' fort to Drive the Germans
.... from Belgian Coast :y
'1 v . Lines, v i -
British Capture 2,000"
', Prisoners in Flanders
London, " Sept. j 20. Two thou
sand prisoners have been captured
by the British, according to the of
ficial report tonight in the Flanders
drive.:! ' : " ; '
ED LANDERS SAW 1
IN M00RE HOME
Villic& Real Estate Dealer Testifies Passed House Eve-!
ning of Murder and Saw Son of Senator S. Jones
Open Door and Enter; "Bill" Mansfield
Testimony Ruled Out.
, , (Bjr tbe Associated Press.)
' London, Sept. 20. The British offi
cial statement announcing that Field
Marshal Ha?g had taken the offensive
this morning says; ;
, "We attacked at 5:40 this morning
on a wide front east of Ypres. Sat
isfactory progress is reported. Our
troops already have captured some
valuable positions," " "
The German infantry is making a
most determined resistance to retain
this vital ground and the Teuton ar
tillery is retaliating heavily against
the British big guns, '"'.' .
Early this morning the British went
"over the top" on a wide front east
of Ypres and the Flanders offensive
was on. again. ,The rush evidently
was successful at the outset, for the
capture of positions of value was re
ported by Field Marshal Sir Doug
las Haig during the forenoon and the
progress, made was described as satis
factory, r ;
The renewal of the offensive came
after a long pause, in which inten
sive preparatory work had been car
ried on unceasingly. ?
The object of the attack, it would
seem, is of driving a wedge further
into the German Flanders front and
eventually compelling a German aban
donment of the Belgian coast with its
valuable submarine and aerial bases.
The civil population is recently re
ported to have been removed from
delivery by grocery stores conserva
tion is to be effected.
"Delivery costs Omaha grocers
close to 10 per cent of their gross
(Continued an Para Two, Column Four)
', . (SUfl CerreiBondent far The Omaha Boa.)
Red Oak, la., Sept. 20. (Special Telegram.) The climax
of today's testimony in the trial of Rer. L. I. J. Kelly for the
vuiiacsi x muraers came wnen t.d Lenders, real estate dealer
of Shenandoah, spoke the name, "Albert Jones. 7
SAW HIM ENTER HOME.
, He testified that about 8:15 o'clock
on the Sunday night of the murder he
saw Albert Jones open the front door
of Joe Moore's home and enter.
N Landers is one of the principal wit
nesses for the defense and was in a
similar role during the Tones-Wilker-ton
slander suit last fall
- Landers testified as follows:
"On Sunday evening, June 9, 1912,
I went to my sister's restaurant with
my . wife. It was located one door
west of the Jones store. ,
-: "We left the restaurant about 8
o'clock or shortly rafter, not more
than four or five minutes. Wc walked
toward the Presbyterian church and
by the Moore home.
..."I observed a man who went cast
and I went east. ' The closest I got to
him was possibly ten feet, directly in
front of the Moore home, when he
turned to enter.. .1 knew who he was,
but before that I was under the im
pression it was another party.
' "I did not . see any light in the
Moore home. I know there was none.
"He went into the house, , - -JONES
OPENED DOOR. .
,"As it appear to me from memory,
he opened the door. I glanced toward
him as he went in. He was just pass
ing as I looked. -
f Perfect calm prevailed in the court
room; "Attorney. Facile-objected to
the witness answering, but the court
overruled the objection. . ;
"Albert Jones, witness replied.
, Landers testified he lived in Villisca
at the time of the murder and that his
sister's name was anna Posten. He
said he had know Albert Jones since
boyhood i and. attended ; school with
him. Albert Jones is a son of P. F.
Jones, president of the Villisaco Na
tional bank, 'former state senator,
member of the state board of educa
tion and prominent in Villisca Meth.
Attorneys for Prosecution and
Defense Clash Over Inter
pretation of Testimony .
Given by . Witness.
A jury hearing evidence in the trial
of John Pitloun, former South Side
packing house laborer, charged with
the murder of his wife, Bessie Pit
loun, went to the scene of the alleg
ed crime at Eighteenth and O streets
early Thursday. Counsel for the ac
cused man and state's attorneys saw
Pitloun act in; pantomime the move
ments of , he and., his , wife on-, the
night of the tragedy. ;
On the return to the court house a(
9 o'clock Pjtloun took the witness
stand, He testified of unhappy re
lations, declaring he was forced into a
marriage with his wife December 12,
1912, He testified he had ben "out
with her" only once prior . to . their
marriage. . . . ' ' ' :'
V, . Family Quarrel.
According to Pitloun, the shooting
on the night of June 21 was preceded
by a family .squabble over money
matters.' He testified his wife shot
him first, but declared he could not
remember who. fired the second shot.
He told the court she had possession
of a revolver, which, he testified, she
took from a holster on the wall, when
he lost consciousness after she shot
him..' ' . . .'..,.:
The state is trying to prove Pit
loun shot his wife and then made an
unsuccessful attempt to end his own
life. i ,.
' Fitloun's 'testimony was frequently
interrupted by clashes between his
counsel and Chief Deputy County At
torney Abbott, heading the prosecu
tion.. Abbott took exception to Pit
loun's lawyer's objections . that the
interpreter was not getting-the 'evi
dence, in right. All of the alleged
wife slayer's testimony ,wa4 made
through' an 'Interpreter. Neither : he
nor any of the other witnesses, with
the exception of police officers and
doctors, can speak English. Pitloun
and his neighbors are Bohemians. ; ';
'Longshoremen Agree to
" New ; York, Sept. 20. The 'Long
shoremen's union voted today to sub
mit to arbitration their' erievances
against, the. International Mercantile
Marine, against which they are - on
strike, and to return to work tomor
row morning.. -, sv. :
Is Busy at Deming
vs Tom a starr correspondent.)
Lincoln. Neb., Sept 20. (Special
Telegram) The following message
was received by Governor Neville
from General George Harries, com
mander of thev Nebraska brigade at
Fort Deming this afternoon: "All
Nebraska troops arrived here, are
now comfortably in camp and will
by tomorrow be hard at work on thr
program of construction. The
spirits, of the officers and men are
of the best." -
Omaha Dog Goes to France to Do
- Battle Against Its Grandparents
.When the Omaha ambulance corps
goes to the trenches of France it will
take with it one of the most valuable
dogs in Omaha. And the remarkable
thing about the incident will be that
this Omaha dog goes to France to
fight againstjts grandparents which
are already in the trenches for the
Germans. . ' ; '
The Omaha ambulance corps needed
another good dog for its work and set
about to secure one. Inquiry at one
well known Omaha - kennel showed
that the desired dog would cost the
company $150. The money was not
at hand, so further inquiry was made.
The need of . the company was
called to the attention of John Buck,
brewmaster for . the Storz Brewing
company. ; Buck, who lives at 2000
Sherman avenue, has the best dogs
of the kind in the country, having no
. . .7.-;
trouble in winning the ribbons when
entered in the dog shows. . . ,
Buck presented the -company with
the dog and showed, by the pedigree
which accompanies- him that his
grandparents are now doing similar
services for the kaiser's army.
While Wotens Ingo von Buck. is
not a Germany he is of German par
entage and is going to aid the allies
in the war against Germany.
' Wotens Ingo von Buck is a dog
with a pedigree that is as long as
himself. He is of the breed known
as Police dogs and in the, matter of
intelligence is said to be far superior
to the Airdaleor collie.
A few months ago Mr. Buck start
ed Wotens Ingo von Buck on a course
of intensive train ine, finishing his
work a few days ago. He looks as
though he might be a close kin to the
American wolf. .
"Tell the jury what time you saw
this msn go in,1 asked Judge Mitchell.
"About 8:15 o'clock as near as I can
fix the time." f
Cross-examined ky Attorney ' Fa
yille, the witness s&ted that earlier
in the evening he observed his own
and the Moore children playing in the
street. ' - . ,
"What else did you see , on the
way?" - : , .... . .
. " Don't recollect " " ,
"Who were in your sister's restsu
rant?" . .
"I don't recall." 7.' ,
i "Do you remember any particular
person you waited, on in the restau
rant, when you helped your sister?"
Remember No Others.
; "Hav'nt any positive, recollection,
of any particular person." .
Faville was unsuccessful in getting
the witness to fix any other particu
lar observation that evening, except
seeing Jones, enter the Mooore
Landers had no recollection 'of"
meeting anybody else on the street.
"Were.1 you in full view of the
man you saw?" asked Faville,,
"If I were taking notive I was."
, Landers describedones as wearing
a brown coat, dark trousers and he
thought a dark soft had.
"Could you see the form of a man
a block away that time at night?" ,
"I could." . ' - - F .
' Asked whom he thought' the man
was on first sight, . be said Ross
Moore, brother of Joe Moore. He re
iterated that he was about ten feet
from Jones, when ojnes entered ,the
Moore yard. . " . - ' " 7
. r Positive of Fact, i . " , '
"I know positively he opened . the
-door and I saw hirn go in, the wit
ness declared. ' , -
"Did you say anything to your wife,
didn't.you remark about Albert Jones
going into the Moore home?"
"I did not." ' " .
i Landers added he got a side view of
Jones 'face. ' , ' ' -::
t "Did not you reply at the coroner's
inquist that you saw no persons
around Joe Moore's house?" Favillo
asked.' . . ..- "'
"Not in those words. " I said Idid
not think I did, I could give an ex
planation of that- " ;
. "Did you every say "to' anybodySn
(Continued en Fare Two, Column One.)
Scott to Retire; New - v
: Chief of Staff to Be Named
Washington, ' Sept. ; 20. Secretary '
Baker said today there would be an'
announcement concerning 'the ' chief
of staff in a few days. Major General
Scott, chief of staff, reaches there
tirement age this month and the un
derstanding is that he is to be retain
ed in active service with a field com
mand. His successor is expected to
be Major General Tasker H Bliss,
now assistant chief of staff. .