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VOL. XLVII NO. 15.
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DRAFT RIOT AT GERING, NEB.,
IN PROTEST OVER RULING
OF OMAHA DISTRICT BOARD
Citizens Object to Findings of Omaha Exemption Board
In Overruling Local Board and Exempting From
Service Thirteen Men of Wealthy Families
of High Political Affiliation.
Scottsbluff, Neb., Sept. 22. (Special Telegram.) Jhe
first near draft riot in Nebraska took place last night at Gering.
It was not directed against the service demanded by the
government, but as a protest against the rulings of the district
board at Omaha, which recently overruled the findings of the
local board and exempted from service thirteen men of wealthy
families or high political affiliations.
SMEAR WITH YELLOW PAINT.?
Ugly feeling which has grown for
two days culminated last night in the
hanging in effigy of two of the young
men, Henry Horn, a real estate dealer,
and Raymond Neeley, a druggist, both
Yellow paint was also liberally used
on all properties owned by either of
the young men and the flags removed
from in front of their places of busi
ness. Notice was also given that
American flags must be taken down
from the interior of their offices and
stores or they would be removed by
The feeling has been greatly inten
sified by the fact that the district
board overruled several exemptions
granted by the local board as to mar
ried men in poor circumstances and
with dependent families who would
become charges of the county or gov
ernment should the men be sent to
Smear Newspaper Office.
Feeling was also manifested against
the exemption of Bryan Sands, a son-in-law
of. A. B. Wood, secretary of the
county council of defense, which was
manifested by dashes of yellow paint
here and there on the office of the
Gering Courier, of which Mr. Wood
is editor and proprietor.
Feeling is at a very nigh pitch to
day and Governor Neville has been
wired to give an unqualified ruling
as to the exact status of drafted mar
ried men and their liability to service.
Hand bills were distributed
throughout Scottsbluff early this
nioining headed "Has Scottsbluff
County Lost its Honor?" and asking
in substance if the citizens of this
community are to stand idly by and
watch the poor boys and young
farmers fill the trenches and leave
with I wealth and influence at
home to walk the street and acquire
OF KELLY CASE
Defense Rests in Villisca Ax
Murder Trial; Big Fund Ready
to Find Murderer of
Johnnie Gets a Chance to Stick His Tongue Out at the Nurse, Anyhow.
Draft Evaders Arrested
By United States Officers
Nogales, Ariz., Sept. 22. Eleven al
leged draft evaders were in custody
here today and federal officials were
searching for others. Among the
prisoners, according to officers, is
troit, Mich. All of them will be taken
to Tucson for a hearing.
Douglas, Ariz., Sept. 22. Henry
Shattuck, registered under the se
lective draft act in Yuma county, Ari
zona,' a son of L. C. Shattuck. of Bis
bee, millionaire mine owner, failed to
appear for transportation to the
training camp at Fort Riley, Kan.,
last Tuesday, and has been reportcJ
'to the Department of Justice, accord
ing to a message received tonight
from the sheriff of Yuma county,
, Warner -A. Shattuck. Another son
of the Bisbee capitalist faces a similar
charge in this (Cochise) county.
Roosevelt Says "I
Knew It All Along"
Chicago, Sept. 22. Colonel Roose
velt here tonight said the Wash
ington revelations of a Ger
man purpose to influence congress
were no surprise to him. "After
Dumba, Boy-Ed and Von Papen were
expelled from this country everybody
in the government service from the
lowest to the highest knew exactly
what the German government had
been doing trying to influence our
people through so-called peace or
ganizations," he said. Colonel Roose
velt spent two hours here on his way
to Kansas City.
For Nebraska Fair.
Temperatures lit Omaha Yfnterdajr.
6 a. m.
6 a. m.
7 a. m.
8 a. m.
9 a. m.
By EDWARD BLACK.
(Staff Correspondent for The Bee.)
Red Oak, la., Sept. ' 22. (Special
Telegram.) Red Oak is enjoying a
breathing spell after Jistening to the
awful details of the gruesome ax mur
ders of five years ago, perhaps, the
most sensational wholesale slaying in
Citizens of all classes are anxiously
awaiting the reopening of court next
week, which is expected to mark '.he
close of the great legal battle to deter
mine whether a diminutive Presbyter
ian minister not much more than five
feet in height and weighing 119 pounds
wielded the murderous ax which sent
eight sleeping persons to their deaths.
Believe Kelly Insane, i
The consensus of opinion in
Montgomery county is that Kelly's in
sanity has been established by the
testimony introduced by the defense,
which 'has presented its case and
"What Will they do with Kelly?" is
the quettion being discussed in almost
every home in Montgomery county to
The Iowa law holds a man respon
sible for his acts if he can differenti
ate between right and wrong.
What will the jury say? Will it
declare Kelly guilty, or innocent, or
will it declare him innocent because
These questions are asked on street
corners and at other meeting places.
Witnesses Come From Afar.
Testimony has been heard from 101
witnesses for the prosecution and de
fense and on Monday the state will
enter its rebuttal testimony.
Witnesses have come from twenty
five cities and towns, igfcluding
Omaha, Council Bluffs, Sioux City,
Missouri Valley, Logan, Des Moines,
Sioux Falls, Sutton, Neb., and many
small Iowa places. There were three
from Omaha, six from Sioux Falls,
ten from Carroll, la., and nine from
The testimony carried Kelly
through his many activities from the
day he arrived at Villisca, Saturday,
June 8, 1912, till he made the confes
sion at Logan on the night of August
30-31 of this year. His church work
at Winner, S. D., Carroll, Macedonia,
Sutton, Neb., Alta Pass, 111., Pilot
It was shown he maintained steno
graphic offices at Sioux City, la., and
Winner, S. D.; that he attended the
theological seminary at Omaha, lost
a valuable set of books in the
Omaha tornado, and that he had been
identified with Presbyterian, Metho
dist and Congregational churches.
He worked as a stenographer for
a short time, in a grocery house at
OF CIRCLE MONEY
Recent TrouBleTln v WotjrJmen
Circle to Cost That Sum
for Fees of the At
torneys. Forty thousand dollar! in attorney
fees as tJSie result of the recent fric
tion in the Woodmen Circle will have
to be paid out of the treasury of that
organization, according to a ruling by
the supreme court of Nebraska.
The supreme Woodman Circle had
its last turn in the supreme , court
yesterday covering the controversy
between the supreme officer, Mrs.
Emma Manchester, and the two other
members of the executive council, and
the court dismissed the suit after mak
ing legal the proceedings of the re
cent supreme meeting.
Attorneys to Be Paid.
In a short way Mrs. Manchester
wins the legal battle, but loses the
political battle. Mrs. Manchester's
attorneys receive $8,000 each. These
are Hallek Rose, Arthur Mullen and
J. J. Sullivan. The opposition attor
neys, Gaines, Jeffcris & Tunison,
Brogan & Raymond and Mahoney &
Kennedy are given $14,000 as a whole.
These are the amounts originally al
lowed by the court and agreed to by
the parties in litigation, but after
wards a suit was started to deprive
the Manchester attorneys of so large
The objection, however, has been
withdrawn and the attorneys are now
allowed the fees agreed upon. The
controversy ends by putting the mat
ter back into its original prop6sition,
Continued on Pace Five, Column Six.)
Serious Reverse in War
(By Auoclated rreas.)
In the midst of Russia's internal
troubles has come another German
Arlington was carefully I stroke on the Russian northern front,
resulting in the capture of the bridge
head and town of Jacobstadt, on the
Dvina, and the enforced retirement of
the Russians to the eastern bank of
The Germans gained possession of
new territory on a front of approxi
mately twenty-five miles and six miles
in depth, enabling them to push their
lines to the west bank of the Dvina
in this area, iney took only 4UD
prisoners, but gathered in fifty guns
(Continued on Pane Eifciit Column One.)
from the abandoned positions.
10 a. m 64 i
It . ni...., 67 1
12 m 70
1 p. m ......... . 72
2 iv m...,i 75
3 p. m 76
4 p. in 76
5 p. m 7S
6 p. m 7!
,7 p. m...-. 71
Comparative I .oral Record.
1917. 1816. H15. 1914.
Higlint y?itrr1ay.... 76 61 70 66
Lowest yetterday. . . . . 60 4S 49 46
vlaan temperature.... 63 64 60 66
Prei-lpliation 00 .00 - .00 .00
Temperatura and precipitation departures
from the normal:
Normal temperature 64
Deficiency lor the day 1
Total deficiency since March 1 181
Normal precipitation 08 inch
Deficiency for the day 08 Inch
Total Rainfall ainca March. 1....20.28 inchea
Deficiency since March 1 1.90 inches
Deficiency for cor. period. 1816.. 10. SO tnchea
Deficiency for cor. period, 1916.. .74 inches
- '- U A. WELSH. Meteorologist.
Balloon from Fort Omaha Travels
20 Miles and Lands Where It Started
Major Hersey, commandant at Fort
Omaha, declares that one of the most
unusual balloon flights that ever came
under his personl observation was
made at the fort Friday.
A free balloon carrying Lieutenant
Instructor Goodall and four army stu
dents of aeronautics traveled twenty
miles through the air at an elevation
of over 5,000 feet and landed within
a few yards of the place of ascent.
The balloon traveled in a gigantic
circle and landed in front of the bal
loon sheds at the fort.
"It is unusual for a balloon to land
so near the place it ascended," said
Major Hersey. "At. St. Louis this
year the same feat was duplicated and
that is the only other place I know
of where this took place.
The balloon carrying Lieutenant
Goodall and his four companions
rose from the ground and started
traveling in a southwesterly direction.
It was one of the 35,000 cubic ioi
capacity type and rose rapidly to the
5,000-foot level. Penetrating the
heavy clouds that enshrouded Omaha
all day, it broke through into the sun
shine. A shift in the air current car
ried the bag east over Omaha into
western Iowa, when another change
carried it back over Carter lake
and up to the fort. The balloon slow
ly landed directly in front of the shed
close to the spot from which it had
asceyded befege its record breaking
NOTE TO POPE
Kaiser Wants Peace "Compati
ble With Vital Interest of
j Germany " but Neglects
to Outline Terms.
Amsterdam, Sept. 22. The German
reply to Pope Benedict's peace pro
prosal declares special measures
taken by the government in closest
contact with the representatives of
the German people to discuss answer
ing the question raised, proved how
earnestly it desires to find a practical
basis for a just and lasting peace. .
Continuing, the reply says that
Germany fully recognizes with his
holiness the high peace-producing ef
fect of arbitration to decide interna
tional difference: of opinion and in
this respect Germany is ready to
supporf every proposal compatible
with the vital interests of the Ger
man empire and people.
The German reply says that the im
perial government greets with spe
cial sympathy the leading idea in
which his holiness clearly expresses
the conviction that the future ma
terial, power of arms must be super
seded by the moral power of right.
Emperor William, the German note
says, has been following the efforts
of the pope toward peace for a con
siderable time with high respect.
The reply adds that the effort of
the pope to pave the way to an un
derstanding might most surely be
reckoned to have a sympathetic re
ception from and the whole-hearted
support of the German emperor, since
he has regarded it as his principal
and most sacred task to preserve the
blessings of peace for the German
people and the world.
The text of the reply reads in part:
"Herr Cardinal: Your eminence
has been good enough, together with
your letter of August 2, to transmit
to the kaiser and king, my most
gracious master, the note of his holi
ness, the pope, in which his holiness,
filled with grief at the devastation of
the world war, makes an emphatic
peace appeal to the heads of the
belligerent peoples. The kaiser-king
has deigned to acquaint me with your
eminence's letter and to entrust the
reply to me.
"His mrjesty has been following for
a considerable time with high respect
and sincere gratitude his holiness' ef
forts in a spirit of true impartiality to
alleviate as far as possible the suf
ferings of the war and to hasten the
end of hostilities. The kaiser sees in
the latest step of his holiness fresh
proof of his noble and humane feel
ings and cherishes a lively desire that
(Continued on Page Two, Column One.)
Exempt Drafted Men
(From a Staff Correspondent.)
Lincoln, Neb., Sept 22. (Special
Telegram.) There appears to be
an understanding that Governor Ne
ville has authority to turn men
loose after the exemption boards
have refused to do so and in con
sequence the life of the governor is
made a worry. Governor Neville
wants it distinctly understood that
he has no authority in the matter
whatever, has not been authorized
to take any action; and will not do
10 THE GERMANS
Senate Awaiting Further Jnfor
mationlon Acts of Luxburg
and Kaiser's Approval of
Buenos Aires, Sept. 22. The Arg
entine government has sent an ulti
matum to Germany.
(By Associated Tress.)
Buenos Aires, Sept. 22. Argentina
probably will sever relations with
Germany tomorrow, as the result of
now developments today, the Associ
ated Press learns from a high official
News that Emperor William had
expressed approval of the loyalty dis
played by Count j von Luxburg, the
dismissed German minister, was re
ceived here just before the opening
of debate in the Chamber of Deputies
today on the resolution declaring for
a rupture of relations between Ar
gentina and Germany. This was
looked on in some quarters as likely
o hasten materially the decision in
favor of a break. Early approval of
the resolution was predicted.
The Chamber of Deputies late last
night postponed discussion until to
day of the crisis with Germany
caused by the unfriendly action of
Count von Luxburg, the dismissed
German minister. This postponement
was taken after receipt of a statement
from Foreign Minister Pueyrredon
that the government has received
new information, which he will pre
sent to the congress today.
It was announced that the govern
ment was prepared to take grave and
rapid measures in view of certain new
A high government official declared
that these measures probably would
include an immediate declaration of
war against Germany, to be followed
by the dispatch of troops to Europe.
Costa Rica Breaks.
San Jose, Costa Rica., Sept. 22.
The Costa Rican government by an
official account yesterday afternoon
severed diplomatic relations with Ger
many. Passports were handed to the
(Continued on l"ag Two, Column Four)
French General Marries;
Is Retired From Office
Paris, Sept. 22. General Marie
Robert De Buyer of the French army,
who on Wednesday .married Miss
Daisy Polk of San Francisco, has
been placed on the retired list. sHe is
one of a batch of eight generals of
division and ten generals of brigade,
who have been eliminated to make
roof for younger men in pursuance of
the settled policy of the French army
headquarters staff. I
KAISER 1 SUBORNED
U.S. WRITERS; AIDED
IRISH IN UPRISING
Government's "Official Expose" Reveals Wholesale Ma
chinations of Von Igel in New York Working With ' '
Bernstorff; Code Messages Intercepted Show
, Bombs Placed in Ship's Coal.
(By Associated Tress.)
Washington, Sept. 22. Further disclosures of far-reaching
German propaganda, intrigues and plots in this country
prior to the diplomatic break with Germany were made today
by the committee on public information.
Chairman of Foreign Relations
Committee Recommends In
quiry to Ferret Out Men
Swayed by Bernstorff.
Washington, Sept. 22. Chairman
Flood of the house foreign affairs
committee declared today, after con
ferring with Secretary Lansing, that
he thought there probably would be
a house investigation of Count von
Bernstorff's plans to influence con
gress by spending $50,000 as revealed
in his dispatches to Berlin;
Further details of Count von Bern
storff's plot to influence congress
through a subsidized pro-German or
ganiiation were sought todiyby Sena
tor Overman, chairman of the senate
lobby committee, and Representative
Flood, chairman of the house foreign
affairs committee, both of whom ar
ranged to visit the State department.
SEEK FURTHER DETAILS.
Whether congress will order an in
vestigation i into the aspersions cast
upon the body in the ambassador's re
vealed correspondence will depend to
a great extent, it is believed, on the
result of today's conferences with
The disclosure of Bernstorff's ac
tivities, following closely on the reve
lations of Prussian intrigue in Argen
tina and Mexico, continued an absorb
ing topic of discussion in official and
Secretary Lansing sees little that
a congressional inquiry could develop,
but charges made on the floor yester
day bv Representative Heflin of Ala
bamathat certain members have "act
ed suspiciously" and veiled accusations
made by other representatives in in
terviews, probably will force an inves
tigation, Mr. Flood said. After re
turning to the capitol from the State
department Mr. Flood began confer
ences with house leaders to learn their
views on holding an inquiry. He de
clared that Secretary Lansing gave
him no details regarding the von
Puts Evidence Into Record. ,
Senator King of Utah read into the
senate record today correspondence
and photographic copies of checks to
show payments aggregating $6,500 by
the German embassy here to the Fair
play Publishing company, with re
ceipts signed by Marcus Braun and
J. P. Bryan i.
Senator King did not disclose the
source of his documents, but vouched
for their authenticity. They also
showed payments by the Austrian
embassy to small foreign language
newspapers. All the payments were
"We will soon have to recognize,"
he said, "a stati of war with Austria,
Bulgaria and Turkey, because they
are aiding Germany and using their
influence against us."
Other revelations, he predicted,
would be made of the "sinister and
slimy course of German diplomacy
in this and other countries." .
"Many more revelations will come
of the intrigue and criminal conspir
acies of Germany and also of Austria
Hungary for the purpose of embroil
ing this country in a war with other
nations," said he. "Efforts have been
made to stir up the people of this
country against Japiit.. I think we
will learn .'ie source of very much of
Among the letters were some sign
ed by Baron Zwiedinek, former charge
of the Austrian embassy, transmitting
checks for Polish and Roumanian
newspapers, and also from the Aus
trian vice consuls at New York.
When the Utah senator concluded
inserting the correspondence the sen
ate adjourned until Monday.
Italian Triplane With Nine
Passengers Flies to Capital
Washington, Sept. 22. The big Caproni triplane, piloted by Lieuten
ant Silvio Resnati, the celebrated Italian military aviator, arrived at 11:40
and circled over the White House and the Washington monument before
landing in Potomac park. Beside the pilot it carried nine passengers.
Secretary Franklin Lane did not make the trip. The Fiat car, with
two Italian aviators, left Newport News at 9:30 a. m. and expected to
make the trip in one hour and ten minutes.
The third car to leave, the "Comolio," left at 9:45 a. m. with an
Italian pilot and Franklin K. Lane, jr.
EXTRACTS FROM LETTERS.
In a bulletin styled "official expose"
the committee quotes numerous let
ters and extracts from letters seized
by the Department of Justice In April,
1916, in a rsid upon the New York
office of Wolfe von Igel. Von Igel,
in carrying on his manifold pro-Ger-man
and anti-American activities, the
documents show, was in constant
touch with the German embassy and
with Count von Bernstorff, German
ambassador to the United States.
"In the form of letters, telegram,
notations, checks, receipts, registers,
cash books, cipher codes, lists of spies
and other memoranda and records" 1
the committee says, "were found in
dicationsin some instances of the
vaguest nature, in other of the most
damning conclusiveness that the
German imperial government through
its representatives in a then friendly,
nation was concerned with
PLOTS ARE DETAILED. ,
"Violation of the laws of the United
States. , ,
"Destruction, of lives and property
in merchant vessels on the high seas.
"Irish revolutionary plots against
Great Britain. -
"Fomenting ill feeling against the
United States in Mexico.
"Subornation of American wrtiera
"Financing of propaganda, - ' "
"Maintenance of a spy system un
der the guise of a commercial invest!-
buuu vuivau. .
"Subsidizing of a bureau for the
purpose of stirring up labor troubles ,
in munition plants.
"The bomb industry and other re
lated activities." v
Holland Way-Station to Germiny.
The committee, of which Secre
taries Lansing, Baker and Daniels are
members, and George Creel, chair
man, has this to say concerning Hol
lanjt: "It has long been an open secret
ttlir Itnllfiiirt ia ,,-,.rl,, - ......
for shipments of contraband into
Germany. There is official confirma
tion from the Von Igel records which'
would seem , to indicate .a suspicious
uiu tunuucnuai relation Deiween tne
'Holland commission' and the Ger
man diplomatic officials accredited to
this country, or possibly a Relief by
the Germans that they could not suc
cessfully get the munitions to their
own country. The message in code
with interlinear translations is en
tered as 'A 2493' and headed 'Ger
man embassy, Washington, D. C
April 26, 1916.' It runs as follows-,
"Telegram from Berlin by secret
round-about way for Carl Heysen'
Consent sale Holland three hundred.
hundred tons powdcri Please get in"
touch with Holland commission
Sender war minister, foreign office,
in representation. i ' . '
Prince Hatzfcldt was an official ol
the German embassy. ,
Sent Bombs in Coal.
The Hamburg-American line's bu:
reau of investigation, the committer
states, an "innocent pretending agen-
vj, ro ai me uuisci me secret serv
ice of the Hamburg-American Steam
ship company. Under Paul Koenig..
its manager, it became an adjunct of
the German diplomatic secret service.
A letter dated Tuly 20, 1915. from
"O. R.," one of its operatives, to
"7,000 (characterized by the commit
tee as Captain von Papen. former
German military attache) tells of the
payment of $150 to an unnamed per
son, under peculiar precautions, after
the recipient had made this state
ment: "I intend to cause serious damage
to vessels of the allies leaving ports
of the United States by placing
bombs, which I am making myself,
Continued on Pace Sir, Column On.)
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