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VOL. XLVII NO. 16.
OMAHA, SUNDAY MORNING, SEPTEMBER 30, 1917 NINE SECTIONS EIGHTY-SIX PAGES.
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RUSSIANS MAY UNS!
ONE . JUROR PRE V.
KELLY DEEENSf COMMITTEE
PLEDGES WAR UPON HAVNER
THROUGHOUT STATE OF IOWA
More Than Two Thousand Persons Hold Mass Meeting at
Red Oak and Vote Hostility to Attorney General;
Adopt Resolutions Calling for Prosecution of
Real Murderer of Moore Family.
Bruce Tells How Kelly Jury
Stood: No Faith in Confession
By EDWARD BLACK.
(Staff Correspondent for Tb Bet,)
Red Oak, la., Sept. 29. (Special Telegram.) Henry Bruce, foreman
of the Kelly trial jury, today returned from Council Bluffs, where he went
yesterday, with C. I. Miller and Oscar Rice of the defense committee, in
an effort to obtain Kelly's release bond.
Bruce tells an interesting story of the proceedings in the jury room.
"We took the first ballot within an hour after we first entered the
room, and that vote stood eleven to one," he said.
"It was evident then that W. C. Brown was the minority member.
We of the eleven believed Kelly could not have left the home of Rev. Mr.
Ewing that night and entered the Moore home with an ax and lamp with,
out disturbing either Mr. or Mrs. Moore.
"Remember, the alleged confession stated that Kelly killed the chil
dren first. We did not give the confession any weight. Brown, when
we would discuss the case with him, always came back to the confession,
which he relied upon. He. maintained that Kelly was insane at the time
of the ax murders, but sane when he made the Logan confession. Brown
further contended that Kelly in his confession related details of the crime
and therefore could remember." .,
Ak -Sap-Ben's Festal Shower
BY EDWARD BLACK.
(Staff Correspondent for The Bee.)
Red Oak, la., Sept 29. (Special
Telegram.) The Kelly defense com
mittee of Montgomery county today
adopted the name of the Iowa, Pro
tective association; declared it would
extend its activities to a statewide
scope, listened to a characteristic ad
dress from Detective J. N. Wilkerson,
and demanded the resignation of At
'torney General H. M. Havner. .
Standing room was not to be had
in the Beardsley theater and ' the
crowd was estimated at 2,000. Wilk
erson. chief rjublic spokesman of he
association, lambasted Havner,- Coun
ty Attorney Wenstrand ana the state
agents and announced his intention
of invading Harrison county with his
Joe Stillinger Presides.
Logan, county seat of Harrison,
will be the scene, of Havner's forth
coming trial on indictment by the
Montgomery grand jury for. in
timidating a witness, change of venue
having been granted this week by
Judge Boies oh the last day of the
Kelly trial. ' -
Joseph Stillinger, president of the
association, presided at the meeting.
L. B. Penton of Villisca read "ar
ticles of impeachment" of Attorney
General Havner. the articles being in
substance as follows:
"That he falsely obtained pass?ge
through the last general assembly
appropriation of $25,000, promising
That a large portion would be ex
pended -for investigation of the Vil
lisca ax murders. ,
"Violation of the promise alleged
and so evident as to bring shame up
on a free people. : .
"Denunciation of the anti-Wilker-son
law as ratified, the law being
mentioned as contrary to the consti
tution and framed by Havner as an
instrumentality to preverft exposure
of corruption in politics and adminis
tration of law."
Scoring for Havner.
Havner was condemned for alleged
interference of law in Montgomery
county affairs, by peremptorily taking
charge of the grand jury investiga
tion of the Villisca tragedy, and ac
cused of sending state agents to this
county to Annoy and intimitade and
influence citizens who had been or
will be witnesses in state cases."
Havner is accused of 'constant
association with a man whom publk
has reason to believe was implicated
in the Villisca murders." denounced
for "insulting questions to Mr. and
Mrs. Stillinger." accused of "import
ing a judr;e from another district to
try the Kelly case," 'reckless expen
diture of county and state funds by
bringing useless witnesses from great
ditances," denounced for "inhuman
and cruel grilling of Kelly at Logan."
"Using his influence to defeat ends
of justice by inducing County Attor
ney Westrand to consent to a change
of venue of the prial to be held on a
recent indictment against Havner.
Protest Against Removal.
"We protest against the removal
of Kelly to another county and urge
jepcal of the anti-Wilkerson law,
which is a disgrace to Iowa. We
pledge hearty co-oneration in further
ing the investigation which shall end
only when the real criminal has been
Attorney General Havner did not
attend the meeting.
Depicting with dramatic effect the
Logan jail scene. Detective Wilker
son rave this finishing touch.
"Kelly cried out in his aijonv, 'Oh.
God.' and Havner replied, 'Here I
"When Havner s name appears on
the ballot next time, let the slogan be
'Slav Utterly, " was Wilkerson's con
clusion. .... ,
Wilkerson entered this olea of per
1 sonal modesty. "I wish that in these
talks I would not have to refer to
myself, because that is distasteful to
a man who is naturally modest. I
am only the side show. I seek only
the vepy truth."
LIVE STOCK MEN
TO HELPWIN WAR
Requests Commission Men to
-Suspend the - Recent In
crease They Made in
TJi.e live stock cdmmission men on
the Omaha -market were asked- this
morning by State Food Administrator
Wattles to suspend, the recent in
crease in commissions charged for
selling live stock. Mr. Wattles majle
this, request in a speech made to the
members of the Live Stock exchange
in the Exchange building on the
South Side at 10 o'clock. He sa'd he
hoped his appeal would not be in vain.
He declared that the increase in
ommissions charged for marketing
live stock would only tend to retard
the development of larger herds, and
held that the increase in the herds is
what is wanted at this time to help
the food supply along.
Commission Men Grumble.
There was a good deal of grumbling
by the commission men on the side
lines, because they say their commis
sions are proportionately far lower
than those of the grain men.
"While the grain men are getting!
& per cent tor Handling grain here,
grumbled one commission man to an
other, "we are getting less than one
half per cent for handling live stock,
aftdlook at the work we have to do
and the force of yardmen and sales
men we have to maintain.
"A load of hogs which brings $3,000
at present prices yields the commis
sion man between $12 and $15 in
Touching on the increase in com
missions, Mr. Wattles said in part:
"The increase in commissions put
into effect September 12, 1917, on the
South Omaha market amounts ap
proximately to 25 per cent on cattle,
33 1-3 per cent on calves, 44 per cent
On hogs and 50 per cent on sheep.
Taking as a basis the receipt? for last
year at this market, this increase of
commissions will amount to $458,
917.80 during the coming year. If
other exchanges throughout the
United StaVs should follow the ex
ample of this exchange and put like
IN SUDDEN RUSH
OiJ SAfi GABRIEL
World in Dark Regarding Oper
ations on Franco-Belgian
Front; Bomb Austrian
(Cont'nued on iSg-e Two, Column Three)
(By Associated Prrm.)
At a late hour the, ban on press
dispatches from the Franco-Belgian
front apparently had not been raised
and the world was left to guess the
reason for it.
Field Marshal Haig's report in the
forenoon was of routine character,
merely announcing reciprocal artilleVy
The Berlin statement was similarly
unilluminating. From the French
front violent artillery activity was .re
ported east of the Meuse in the Ver
Gain On San Gabriele.
The official statement from Rome
shows General Cadorna giving his in
fantry rein again, with the result that
an important gain was effected in the
Monte San Gabriel region, northeast
of Gorizia. A surprise attack carried
out with complete success, give the
Italians a line rectified to their ad
vantage between Sella Di Dol and the
northern slopes of Monte San Gab
riele, 224 prisoners and a few
mechine guns being captured in the
operation. The new line was solidly
maintained against several Austrian
Bomb Submarine Base.
The Italian air pperation s were
again of importance, the airmen once
more sweeping over the Austrian
naval base at Pola. where'the arsenal
and submarine base were bombed by
a big squadron. Austrian military
establishments in the Carso zone were
also successfully attacked.
How heavy the fighting on the
British front in Flanders and north
ern France during September, despite
the absence of attacks on a large
(Continued on Pas Two, Column One.)
Japs Sink German U-Boat
Off the Coast of Spain
Vancouver, B. C, Sept 29. The
Canadian News, a Japanese daily
newspaper published here, received
;t special cable from Tokio today,
saying it; wa$ reported In Tofcio
'. that Japanese destroyers in a light
with German U-boats off the coast
of Spain, near Barcelona, had sentl
one submarine to the bottom.
Omaha Boy is Commissioned as
Aviator in the Regular Army
Kenneth Norton, son of Mr. and
Mrs. Frank J. Norton, 117 South
Thirty-eighth street, has received a
commission as first lieutenant, with
the degree of reserve military aviator,
aviation section, -signal officers' re
serve corps. '
Kenneth Norton is graduate of the
Omaha High school, after which lie
went to Cornell university or three
years in the school of architecture.
This spring he entered the Ground
Training school at Cornell, from
which he was certified to the Flying
school at Seffridge field, Mr.' Clem
ens, Mich., from which he graduated
with a degree of R. M. A. August 28.
He was then ordered to Minneola, L.
I., at which place he received his
commission as first lieutenant and is
now awaiting orders to be sent to
Norton is the first boy in the state
to receive a commission in the avia
tion section of the regular army.
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COVER If OR ASKS
SENATE TO EXPEL
Wisconsin Senator's Recent Ut
terances Bring Request from
Minnesota for His Expul
' sion from Congress.
Washington, Sept. 29. A com
munication from the governor of Min
nesota and the state public safety
commission requesting he expulsion
from the senate oi Senator LarFollette
of Wisconsin was presented in the
senate tqday by Senator Kellogg of
Minnesota and referred by Vice Presi
dent Marshall to the senate privileges
and elections committee.
Senator Kellogg received the com
munication, which was adopted by the
Minnesota state commission as the
result of Senator La Follette's recent
speech at St. Paul. Before present
ing it to the senate he conferred with
Vice President Marshall, Senator
Martin of Virginia, democratic leader,
and Senator Pomerene of Ohio, chair
man of the committee to which it was
referred. Any further action will first
come from the commitee.
Senator La Follette was not in the
chamber when the communication was
presented and there was no discussion
or other action.
hour had scarcely passed when the
folks, big and little, began surging
carnival-ward and the gates began to
click with the music that the king a.nd
the board of governors like to hear.
It promises to be the biggest day
the carnival has seen for a long time.
Kilties Band Arrives.
The Kilties band added its volume
of music to the Ak-Sar-Ben festivities
for the first time. The bagpipes began
their melodious whine early in the
morning when the kilted and bare
kneed Scots began pa.ading the down
town districts. They played on the
court house steps, at newspaper offi
ces, hotels and other places.
The Kilties band man have spent
months at the trenches in France.
There they gained the name from the
Germans . of "the ladies from hell,"
because of their apparent disregard of
shot and shell. Ihey will be the
guest of Ak-Sar-Ben for a week. Their
primary reason for coming to Omaha
is to belp the work of the British re
Says Guynemer Deacj
Canadian Army Headquarters in
France, Sept. 29. A German airman,
brought down wounded and taken
prisoner last night, asserted that
Guynemer, the famous French air
fighter, whose fate has been uncer
tain since he disappeared behind the
Teuton lines, was killed in battle with
a German airplane. Guynemer was
buried, the prisoner said, just behind
the front line
FOR BUYERS OF
Urges Americans to Loan
Money to Government, Which
Will Be Repaid in Full
Secretary of, the Treasury McAdoo
yesterday wired the Liberty loan com
mittee in Omaha an appeal to patriot
ic Americans for the second Liberty
loan, as follows:
"For the purpose of equipping with
arms, clothing and food our gallant
soldiers who have been called to the
field; maintaining our navy and our
valiant tars upon the high seas; pro
viding the necessary means to pay
the wages of our soldiers -and sailors,
and, if the bill now pending in the
congress passes, the monthly allow
ances for the support of their de
pendent families and to supply them
with life insurance; constructing a
great fleet of merchant vessels to
maintain the line of communications
with our brave troops in France, and
to keep our commerce afloat upon the
high seas in defiance of the German
kaiser and his submarines; creating a
great fleet of aeroplanes, which will
give complete supremacy in the air to
the United States and the brave na
tions fighting with us against the
German military menace, and for
other necessary war purposes, the
congress of the United State' has au
thorized the secretary of the treasury
to sell to the American people, bonds
of the United States bearing 4 per
cent interest, with valuable tax ex
emptions and convertible under cer
tain conditions, into other issues of
United States bonds that may be au
thorized by the congress. The offi
cial circular of the Treasury depart
ment gives full details. There is now
offered to the American people a new
issue of $3,000,G00,000 of bonds to be
known as the Second Liberty loan.
They will be issued in such denomi
nations and upon such terms that
every patriotic citizen will have an
opportunity to assist the government
by lending his money upon the secur
ity of a United States government
bond. It is essential to the success of
the war and to the support of our gal
lant troops that these loans shall not
only be subscribed, but oversub
scribed. No one is asked to donate or
give his money to the government, but
PREMIER ItERENSKY FACING
SUPREME CRISIS OF CAREER
IN MEETING OF CONGRESS
Provisional Government Determined to Carry the Wm:.
Through to a Finuh Despite Opposition of Work- .
ing Men's Council to Prevent Reorganize
tion of Army for Active Offense.
Petrograd, Sept. 28. (Delayed.) Premier Kerensky
took the initiative today and faced coldly what may he the
supreme test of the power of his government
'O At the very beginning of the demo
cratic congress, called by the Maxt
(Continued on Face Four, Column Two.)
OLD KING AK HAS
THE CHILDREN AS
110 (I0H ED GUESTS
Great Crowds Throng Carnival
Grounds and Subjects from
All Quivera Come Dur
ing This Week.
Saturday was, another big day in
the, Ak-Sar-Ben festivities. The
weather man came through with a
fine brand of weather and crowds of
folks from Omaha and many other
places surged to the downtown dis
trict sfnd to the carnival grounds,
which this year are twice as big and
busy as ever before.
It was children's day at the car
nival. Of course, this does not nian
that it wasn't grownups day, too. But,
for tha Jjenefit of the kiddies, the
prices were cut in half and a nickel
did the work of a dime. The young
sters were there in full force. They
came early and stayed late, not miss
ing anything. Some of them even
brought their lunches, so as to make
the nickel paid for admission do all-
Try to Sneak Over Fence. '
Sergeant 'Murphy discovered three
youngsters, evidently filled with the
spirit of conservation, climbing over
the south fence early in the day. One
of them landed inside, but the other
two were led by the sergeant to the
gate where they paid their nickels and
went in to join their more fortunate
. The Kilties band arrived in the city
early yesterday and soon the streets
were reverberating to the melodious
whine of the bagpipes. This band
comes here for the twofold purpose
of adding' to the gaiety of carnival
week and of helping out the British
recruiting mission. The . members
have been in France for months,
where their indifference to shell and
shot earned for them the title, "the
laddies from hell," bestowed by the
Germans on the men in short kilts.
The band will be here for a week, the
guests-of the Ak-Sar-Ben manage
ment. To Play in Grounds.
Tuesday evening the band will play
at the carnival grounds, where Urere
will be speakers to aid in gaining re
cruit: for the British and Canadian
armies. Wednesday morning the band
will give concerts at several hospitals.
Thursday evening the bagpipes will
sound at the fireworks spectacle at
Rourke park. Friday night at 8:50
the band will eive a ten-minute con
cert just before the opening of the
ball at the -Den.
Is a Huge Success.
The first week of the Ak-Sar-Ben
festivities which closed last night'was
certainly a success. But the biggest
week is still to come. The carnival
will continue in full swing, but the
crowds that characterized last week
wfll be swelled greatly because this
week the attractions are vastly
The electrical parade with its eight
een magnificent floats will pass over
the streets Wednesday night. Thurs
day afternoon will occur the military
and nationalities parade. Thursday
evening comes the fireworks spectacle
at Rourke park. Friday night the
grand ball, the culminating event of
an tne Atcoar-uen lesiivmes, win oe
held in unparalleled splendor at the
malists and the Council of Working
men's and Soldier'a Delegates to ques
tion bis power and perhaps to demand
a new government, the premier ac
cepted the challenge.
He told the congress- that ni
regime had saved Russia in its dark
est hours. . "
The government also indicated its
policy of a firm continuation of the
war when General Verkhovsky, min
ister of war, pledged the convention to
a final victory over Germany if disci
pline in the army was restored. The
general's reference to the return of
discipline and his announcement that;
the officers would be named by their
superiors instead of elected by tha
soldiers was applauded only mildly;
but his address as a whole evoked
more cheers than did the premier's.
M. Kerensky in his speech referred
to the revolt of General Korniloff
and declared; - . '
"I prevented it. I destroyed it I
was informed from the beginning of
When the premier declared that, the -good
of Russia necessitated the ob
servance of order and discipline one
of the most dramatic heckling inci
dents which punctuated the address' ,
occurred.1- He had reached a jause in
his address when a loud voice in tha
"You are the great mischief worker
of the country!
From bedlam of hisses, and ap
plause voices from the floor chal
lenged the heckler to rise. A com-
J mon soldier iri the back gallery arose
J !.t. I l.tJ.J 1 '
ana wnn arms ioiaea across nis
brown blouse stood calmly facing a'
torrent of hisses from the supporters
of Premier Kerensky. This was only,
one of the unusual scenes.
The convention was an unusual
sight, the somber colors of the
clothes of peasants, workmen and pri
vate soldiers predominating. Here
and there were the brighter. colors of.
the uniform of officers. The galleries
were jammed with a variegated crowd
of spectators who considered it their
right to interrupt the proceedings
There was an air of tense excite
ment as a result of rumors that the
agitator, Lenine, was in Petrograd
and would attend the convention. This
died down, however, when he failed
The applause which , greeted Pre
mier Kerensky indicated that he had
a small minority with him, The so
cialists supporting him contend that
he had a majority of the convention.
The government ministers had a
meeting late tonight to discuss the
effect of his appearanoe, but none of
the ministers would talk. .
A crisis probably will come today,
when the work of preliminary organ
ization has been completed and the
radical left presents its extremist pro
gram. The Bolsheviki and the con
servatives alike will make an effort
Morner Charges "Big Gus" With
ArrestingBoys for Licking Son
A general laugh at the expense of
Probation Officer Miller was created
in juvenile CQjjrt Saturday morning
when Mrs. Cora Hawkins, 4727 North
Twenty-sixth avenue, whose two sons
were in court on a charge of incorri
gibility and truancy, told Judge Les
lie "Big Gus" had had them picked up
because one of th lads had "licked
the officer's own son.
"It's a fact, judge," shrilled Mrs.
Hawkins, "My boys are here because
one of them gave Miller's boy a
When the boys were arraigned
Probation Officer Miller recom
mended they be sent to the state in
dustrial school at Kearney. A spirited
wordy battle between Mrs. Hawkins
and the court ensued.' ' 1
"You won't send my boys to Kear
ney. They haven't done anything.
I'll put them in a boarding school
first," challenged Mrs. Hawkins.
"We'll send them there if we want
to," was the court's rejoinder.
"No, you won't," defied Mrs. Haw
kins. The boys were ordered to River
view home until a further investiga
tion of the charges against them can
Mrs. Hawkins strenuously denied
the charge of Truant Officer Carver
that the lads re "bad actors." ,
(Continued an Pag-a Two, Column Two.)
The Most Powerful
Wireless in World
Washington, Sept. 29. The new
naval wireless station at Pearl Har
bor, Hawaii, the most powerful in
the world, was opened today with a
new world's record for long ditsance '
Messages exchanged between Secre
tary Daniels and the naval command
ant at Pearl harbor were transmitted
between Hawaii and Sayville, L. I.,
approximately 5,000 miles, 'within 3A
minutes. i ; -P
The Pearl Harbor station is one of
a jreat high power chain that virtually
will encircle the globe and keep
American ships everywhere' in con
stant communication with the Navy
department at Washington.-
Naval Guard Replaced ' "
v On Teuton Vessels
Buenos Aires, Sept.' 29. In view of
the popular demand for a rupture of
diplomatic relations, between Germany
and Argentine, the government has
replaced the naval guards on German
vessels in the harbor here to prevent
any attempt to destroy them. ,?
U. S. Asked to Attend ?
Copenhagen, Sept. 29.The United
States has been invited to send rep
resentatives to a conference at Copen-
hagen to discuss measures for the
feeding and relief of Russian prison
ers of war in Austria and GermaayA
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