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THE BEE: OMAHA, THURSDAY. OCTOBER 11. 1317.
ONE MORE BLOW
German Tenancy of Dominant
Positions in Flanders Ends
and Hold On Belgian .
Coast is Broken.
(By Associated Frees.)
Field Marshal Haig, with the help
of the French, has struck another suc
cessful blow in the Ypres salient and
the German tenancy of the dominant
ridge east of Ypres is nearing an end.
The British yesterday captured
further sections of the ridge in the
direction of Passchendaele and Erit
ish guns now dominate that part still
in German hands, as well as the rail
way centers of Staden, Roulers and
Menin, and the railroad between
Roulers and Menin.
German counter-attacks came
promptly last night after yesterday's
allied advance in Flanders, but were
launched in only a limited area and
without any success of moment.
French Press On.
The French were not disturbed in
the occupation of their new wqn
ground. The French, indeed, forged
further ahead, pressing eastward from
the village of Draeibank and occupy
ing Papegoet farm.
One more stroke perhaps two
and the Germans must bow before the
superior power of the allies in
Flanders, and retreat. Should the
Germans retire to the line of Bsuges-Thielt-Courtrai-Lille,
they would re
linquish their hold on the greater part
of the Belgian coast now used by
them for submarine bases.
Of Sabotage Plots
In U. S. and Canada
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factory for supplying munitions of
Railway embankments and bridges
must not be touched. Embassy must
in no circumstances be compromised.
Similar precautions must be taken in
regard to Irish pro-German propa
"Representative of Geueral Staff."
Planned Influencing Congress.
The following telegram from Count
Bernstorff o the foreign office in
Berlin was sent in September, 1916:
"September 15. With reference to
report of A. N., two hundred and sixty-six
of May tenth, nineteen sixteen.
The embargo conferenc in regard to
whose earlier fruitful co-operation Dr.
Hale can give information, is just
about to enter upon a vigorous cam
paign to secure a majority in both
houses of congress favorable to Ger
many, and requests further support.
There is no possibility of our being
compromised. Request telegraphic
Probably from Von Igel.
Presumably these papers form part
of those taken by the American se
cret service men in the raid oft the
office of Wolf von Igel in New York.
That Count Bernstorff" was fully
aware of the intimate danger in Mthich
he personally was placed by the raid
on the secret German files is now re
called by newspaper men who had
daily relations with him. He did not
hesitate to express the belief that his
official tenure in Washington was
bound to be very short. When re
minded that nothing in the state of
the negotiations then in progress be
tween his embassy and the State de
partment regarding interference with
American commerce indicated any
such critical situation, he darkly
hinted that there were other matters
not published that might cause
trouble, and that he himself might be
the victim of misrepresentation to
the State department
Dr. Hale Wilson's Biographer.
Dr. William Bayard Hale was a
special representative of President
Wilson in Mexico in 1913 and was
frequently referred to as the- presi
dent's biographer. Early in the war
his articles from Berlin attracted at
tention by reason of the intimate re
lations he seemed to have with high
officials of the German foreign of
fice. Mrs. Hale was with him in Ger
many. She also wrote many articles
that were calculated to give the
world the most favorable impression
of Germany's aims and methods of
warfare. She was one of the leaders
in the women's movement to secure
an embargo on arms and ammunition.
Evidence Explains Embargo Fight.
State department officials regard
the evidence that has come to them
as a simple explanation of the rapid
ity and strength with which the em
bargo movement swept the country,
finally finding expression in congress
in the McLenore resolution to forbid
Americans to travel on ships carrying
arms and ammunition to Europe.
One of the earlier focal points of
the movement was the conference
held in Chicago, where protests were
made. Afterwards meetings were
held in many cities and the mails and
telegraph wires were congested with
messages to the White House and
capitol, carrying appeals to stop or
so check the movement of supplies to
O'Leary Closely Watched.
Records at the department fail to
indicate that Keating, MacGharrity or
O'Leary ever were arrested, although
O'Leary, whose publication Bull re
cently was suppressed as of seditious
character, has been an object of secret
service agents' close attention for
At the office of Senator Husting it
was said John P. Keating was at one
time identified with the so-called
American embargo conference which
put up the money for a flood of tele
grams sent to congressmen early in
1916, advocating a munitions embargo.
No one here today, however, could
definitely identify the Keating men
tioned in the Zimmerman telegram.
Senator Husting has a copy of a
circular letter sent out in May, 1916,
by the American embargo conference
in a peace propaganda, urging "re
cipients to read Dr. William Bayard
Hale's book on the armed ship ques
tion, enclosing form letters to be
used in writing congressmen.
Boehm a German Agent." , .
Captain Boehm, mentioned in the
dispatch of January 3, was a German
secret agent who operated for some
time in the United States. His activi
ties included an investigation of the
Mexican crisis, on which he made a
lengthy memorandum on March 1,
Boehm's activities were brought to
i close- .because his tongue was too
loose for the good of the German
service. The government files here
contain a report of the German mili
tary information bureau dated March
21, 4916, which says:
"Captain Boehm decided to leave
after reports received here were sub
mitted to him to the effect that mem
bers of the press were informed as
to his personality and the purpose of
his being here. Too great confidence
of his fellow men, especially the mem
bers of the American Truth society,
was probably the cause of his be
coming quickly known here."
Secretary Lansing said the tele
grams had not been sent through the
State department, thus leaving the in
ference that they must have moved
through one of the neutral legations. .
Count Was Head of System.
In this latest step of exposures the
State department believes it has re
moved the last doubt that Count von
Bernstorff, was the directing head in
America of the German machine for
espionage. The revelations of the
part played by Jeremiah O'Leary was
not unexpected and the fact that his
name was suggested by Sir Roger
Casement, who later was executed in
England on the charge of treason, al
ready had been indicated in earlier
disclosures made -by the department.
The injection of the name "Dr. Hale"
into the German organizatin was
something of a surprise, however, and
gave immediate rise to speculation as
to just what individual was meant.
Dr. William Bayard Hale, acting as
a newspaper correspondent, was then
in Germany and admittedly close to
the Berlin government.
No Comment from Lansing.
Secretary Lansing adhered to the
same policy of silence today as has
characterized previous disclosures,
adding this last chapter of German
perfiry without comment or inter
pretation. It has been understood
that the State department and the De
partment of Justice have other records
of Bernstorff's activities.
Publication of the German foreign
office's message, referring to Jeremiah
O'Leary caused many smiles of grim
satisfaction at the White House. It
was recalled that during the last pres
idential campaign O'Leary, as presi
dent of the American Truth society,
telegraphed the president that he and
many xther Americans would not
vote for Mr. Wilson on account of
his international policy.
Wilson's Cutting Reply.
The president replied from his
summer home at Shadow Lawn, un
der date of September 29, 1916:
"Your telegram received. I would
feel deeply mortified to have you or
anybody like you vote for me. Since
you have access to many disloyal
Americans and I have not, I will ask
you to convey this message to them.
Connected With Bolo Pasha.
The correspondence made public by
the State department has connected
Bernstorff with the French traitor,
Bolo Pasha, whom he supplied with
funds to corrupt the French press and
strengthen the peace party in France.
Today's disclosures follow naturally,
developing the former ambassador's
close connection with the extensive
sabotage which prevailed, to some ex
tent in the United States and to a
larger degree in Canada, with the pur
pose of crippling the sources of mu
nitions and food supplies for the en
tente allies and also of wrecking Ca
nadian troop trains bound for the sea
board. For this purpose Bernstorff
was to have all necessary funds and
was to employ Americans as his
agents in this underhand work.
More Disclosures Coming.
Apparently the correspondence is
sued today must soon be followed by
additional disclosures to clear up
some of the mysterious transactions
referred to, as the State department
doubtless has. other material in hand.
FIND PLOT TO
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Golden state. It is said these two old
people were shipped back to Ireland.
When Wesley's case was first
brought to the attention of Ad
ministrator of Charities Hogan, the
county official wrote to California.
His letters, he says, were never answered.
Hogan then notified Governor Ne
ville, who got in touch with California
The administrator of chanties now
has letters from Governor Neville and
Charles F. Waymire, deportation
agent of the California state commis
sion ot lunacy, autnorizing mm to
him over the sheriff of Orange coun
California officials, however, refuse
to pay the expense of taking Webley
back, according to Robert Smith.
Officials in Quandry.
Chairman O'Connor of the county
board says Douglas county should not
be compelled to keep Webley in a
county institution here just because
the man happened to have been
dumped off in Omaha.
He is in favor of having the state
take charge jof Webley and place him
in a state institution, the state board
of control later to take the case up
with California authorities.
Other officials believe Webley
should be taken back to California at
the expense of th; state of Nebraska.
Webley was committed to the in
stitution at Santa Ana, May 21, 1913.
fortified and every window furnished
an opening for a machine gun. The
battle continued several hourst but
early in the ajternoon it was an
nounced that theGermans had been
forced to evacuate the brewery and
withdraw still further.
In the region of Toelcappelle the
forward line was held thinly by the
Germans, and except for the fight in
ALLIED DRIYE IS
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take Webley into custody and turnfthe town itself, the British had com
paratively little dithculty m tireaKing
The advance on the Passchendaele
ridge -involved the capture of many
redoubt positions. "A small party of
Rritish trooos who joined in the at
tack in this section had marched
eleven hours through the deep mud
and water before they reached their
assembly line. During their journey
they fell into shell holes full of water
and niten had to oausc to Dull one
another out of the boggy ground. Half
an hour after twir arrival they went
over the top and fought gallantly. The
story of the lighting in this section is
much the same as elsewhere, the Ger
mans apparently being demoralized
and offering little resistance.
One temporarily disconcerting fea
ture was encountered as the troops
neared the neighborhood of the town
of Passchendaele. The British shell
fire had not destroyed all the trees
here, and the Germans had mounted
machine guns ir them. From these
nests the enemy was able to worry
the advancing troops, but ultimately
the gunners were cleared out.
German Too Young to Die.
It was from this section that a
wounded British soldier came back to
a clearing station this morning, lead
ing a youthful German prisoner. The
young German had shot the Tommy
through the arm as the latter ad
vanced. The German was about to
follow this up with a bayonet thrust,
but Tommy pushed the steel aside and
made his antagonist a prisoner.
"He was so young I couldn't kill
him," was the Tommy's explanatkyi.
On the ridge north of Broodscinde,
the British pushed forward over the
ruins of the hamlets of Keerslaarhoek
and Nieuwemolen, without much dif
ficulty. Daisywood, just north of
Broodseinde, was still holding out at
the latest report, but it was virtually
A separate attack made by the
British south of the main offensive
line on a narrow front embracing
Reutel and Polderhoek was reported
to be successful. No deep advance
was attempted here, the operation be
ing mainly to improve the positions
On the whole the Germans made
a weak resistance. Their infantry ap
peared demoralized m many sections
and their artillery fire was weak and
erratic. No estimate of the total Ger
man losses is possible, but they are
believed to have been exceedingly
heavy. The British and French losses
are reported to have been light. It is
estimated at a conservative calcula
tion that in the attack last Thursday
the German losses aggregated
to wear the regulation khaki of Uncle
Judge Sears overruled a motion for
a new trial filed by Barkdoll's at
Nellie Vogan, the little girl who
was found with Barkdoll in a cottage
near Carter lake last August, is in
the custody of juvenile court au
thorities. LAWMAKERS OF
STATE DUPED BY
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allies would advance under such con
ditions. The appearance of the mud-covered
allied troops, coming out of the
marshes before the German lines, ap
parently unnerved the enemy. They
surrendered in large numbers in
many places, or ran away as fast as
Counter Attack is Smashed.
The Germans attempted one coun
ter attack of considerable size. This
was astride the YprevRoulers rail
way, and was smashed by the British
As in the battle last Thursday, a
large body of Germans was caught
unawares and virtually wiped out. An
entire German division the Two
Hundredth and Twenty-sventh was
brought up during the night to relieve
the division in the line between Poel
cappelle and the Houtholst forest
The men were transported in motor
lorries from Roulers and arrived at
the advanced positions about 3
o'clock this morning. They were
ignorant of the nature of the country
and when caught in the attack, some
two hours later they were bewildered
and put up little resistance.
The attack was launched as dawn
was breaking. The French army on
the left flank of the British were fac
ing probably the worst section along
the line, as the ground over which
they had to advance was interlaced
with little streams, and the rain had
turned the ground into a bog".
Crush Numerous ?ill Soxes.
The French pushed forward rap
idly, however, reducing numerous
German pill boxes and redoubts, and
had accomplished all they had set out
to do by 10 o'clock. This'meant that
they were some 500 yards beyond
Mangelaere and almost at the edge
of the Houtholst forest.
Heavy casualties were inflicted on
the Germans by the preliminary
bombardment and during the fight
ing. At an early hour the French re
ported the capture of several hun
dred prisoners and also that their own
losses were light.
The northern flank of the British
attack had to cross the Boenbeek
river and much mud and water was
encountered. The troops, however,
negotiated the crossing without much
delay. The region was studded with
concrete redoubts and the embank
ment of the Ypres-Staden railway
furnished good cover from which the
Germans could work their machine
guns to advantage. The other re
doubts gave little trouble, but several
near the railway northwest of Poel
cappelle put up strenuous resistance.
There was heavy fighting at Koikut,
north of Langemarck, where there
was a nest of redoubts. For the most
part the Germans in this region sur
rendered without making strong re
sistance. Force Germans from Brewery,
Some of the hottest work of the day
occurred in the town of Poelcappelle.
In last Thursday's drive the British
had established themselves in the east
ern half of the village and vigorous
fighting had continued there ever
since. At dawn hand-to-hand fighting
amidst the ruins began in earnest and
the Germans were gradually pushed
back to the western outskirts of the
town, where they took up a position
in a big brewery. This place was well
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With the incentive to save, new thou
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Twenty Years in Prison Is
Sentence Imposed on Barkdoll
Perry Barkdoll, 24 years old, sol
dier, convicted or having mistreated
a 12-year-old girl, by Judge Sears
Wednesday, was sentenced to twenty
years in the penitentiary.
Barkdoll, garbed in a faded jaiTsuit,
hung his head when Judge Sears
asked why sentenced should not be
pronounced. After ' a jury had re
turned a verdict of guilty against
Barkdoll a couple of weeks ago,
deputy sheriffs stripped the soldier's
uniform from him. The prosecuting
attorney had said Barkdoll was not fit
to finance the expedition. She misled
and deceived him by assuring him
that she had documents from the
neutral governments to the effect that
they were eager for the calling of a
conference and that thpv would nar-
icipate in such a conference.
Ford Victim of Scheme.
"I was with the Ford expedition as
a guest of Mr. Ford, and within the
first few days I realized tnat Henry
Ford was the victim of a bold adven-1
turess, that Mmc Schwimmer had iih
such documents as she described to
Mr. Ford and that she was working
for German and Austrian interests
rather than in the interests of a dur
It was pathetic to see Mr. rord,
whom I regard as one of the noblest
idealists of our age, when it dawned
upon him that something was wrong
with the expedition. I was the first
to declare to Mr. A'ord that I would
leave the expedition upon reaching
Stockholm. I felt that I could not
be identified with an expedition whose
moving spirit, Rosika Schwimmer, was
disguising behind the noble ideals of
Mr Ford and his purest motives, a
scheme which was intended to serve
not only her own self interest, but
perhaps also one of the group of
belligerents against another. Ttenry
Ford was the first man to leave the
expedition in Christiania. I was his
first guest ti leave it.
"The testimony of one of the wit
nesses in Petrograd against Colonel
Nekrasoff to the effect that Von Bern
storff, then German ambassador to roe
United States, and Colonel Nekras
off, a member of the Russian commis
sion in America, met several times
with Mme. Schwimmer in 1915, cast
a very strong suspicion on Mme.
Schwimmer's activities in this country
and her peace propaganda. The bring
ing together of representatives of en
emy governments is more than strange,
but, in the-light of the disclosures
brought out in the charges against
Colonel Nekrasoff, that he had be
trayed Russian military secrets to the
German and Austrian authorities, the
incident assumes serious propor
tions. "A shadow is thus cast on the Ford
peace expedition, which was engin
eered by Rosika Schwimmer, per
haps to serve both German and
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This it the Spot Cash Price.
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A full sized, up-to-the-minute
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guaranteed for ten years, is
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ments. Do you wonder that the trade
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rooms? We are compelled to
call for more Piano salesmen.
Don't fail to examine into
the doling out of nearly new
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J. & C. Fischer, Walnut.. $125
Kimball, Ebony $145
Vote & Son, Mahogany. . .$150
Kroeger, Walnut $225
Stager St Son, Mahogany, $125
Kimball, Ebony $135
Schmoller & Mueller, oak, $150
Water Bros., Mahogany . .$175
Emerton, Rosewood $175
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