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AHA SUNDAY I
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VOL. XLVII NO. 22.
OMAHA. SUNDAY MORNING, NOVEMBER 11. 1917. FOUR SECTIONS FORTY PAGES.
SINGLE' COPY FIVE CENTS.
. W. W'S FLEE, BLEEDJM-G F
ALLIES FORCE P&ZrBACK HALF MILE.
5,000 MEMBERS OF I. W. W.
MOVE ON OMAHA; ANNOUNCE
FHEY WILL HOLD CONVENTION
"awfully Worded Circulars, Issued by Local Construction
Workers' Union, Cause Police and Federal
Authorities to Lay Plans for Handling
Unwelcome Guests As They Arrive.
Just a Military Sandwich
A general convention of the Industrial Worker of the
World, generally known as "I. W. W.," has been called frs
.-i : n ..k. nt Mnnrlnv and TWftdav. according to cu
111 WU1 j - J' .
culars which have been distributed by the Construction Work
ers' union, No. 575, under Omaha date line.
U. S. Ambassador Makes First
Report Confirming Grave
Situation; New Cabinet
n xr I7APT rnJITM O
Local Iudustrial Workers of the
World claim there will be between
4,000 and 5,000 members of the or
ganization in Omaha next week.
Notwithstanding that the circular
which has jus tbeen sent out bears the
nam of the Construction Wofkers'
Industrial union, it is known that this
is one of the various names usea dv j
the Industrial Workers oi tne worm
and that it is the same organization
which has been driven out of Min
neapolis, Kansas City and Chicago.
URGE RUSSIAN METHODS.
Federal autnorities, Chief of Police
Dunn and the Commercial club are
fully informed of this project to make
Omaha the national headquarters of
the Industrial Workers of the World.
Notwithstanding that the circular
which has been sent out bears the
name of the Construction Workers'
Industrial union, it is known that this
is one of the various names used by
the Industrial Workers of the World
and is one and the same as the or
ganization which has been driven out
of Minneapalis, Kansas City and Chi
cago. The circular is dated November 5
and is addressed. to "felldw workers."
it reads in part: "We must pre
pare to use methods not unlike those
used by the Russian labor, for they
are surely 1 eing forced upon us. If
we are not allowed to do our business
openly, we will do it otherwise, for
we will never lay down."
"Reports sent in from all over the
country a.e indeed - encouraging.
Everywhere we find that the efforts
to wipe us out ' are having the
opposite effect, the members have
redoubled their efforts with the
result that everyone is busy. It is
quite likely that when labor speaks
democracy will make efforts to democ
ratize itself. Omaha will seel a
smoker and entertainment on the eve
of the convention. The proceeds are
to go for the defense."
"Everyone must do all lr his
power to aid the defense committee."
Feel Iron Heel.
Another paragraph: "Labor lias
again felt the iron heel. We have
been informed that our papers have
been suppressed. What will the next
act be? First, the raiding of our kails
and offices; then the arrest of our
most active members, and now the
suppression of the press.. What does
it mean? It means that unless we do
as we never did before capital will be
succ.ssful in its efforts to Crush us.
"To meet this reign of suppression
labor must awaken to the magnitude
of the situation. It must arise so that
liberty will not be further crushed.
American, labor must fight even
harder than Russian labor has fought.
, awakened to tne tuiiesi uc
? If we are we will never have
' Vl- . . . .. ...
a better opportunity to snow it. vjur
every effort must libw be made to
count. We must act without waiting
instructions, for the papers, can
longer inform us. We can even
expect the bulletins to be stopped,
and we must base our every act on
"American labor has been raped,
but they shall not foully murder us.
The militant labor will light and all
other labor will aid in that fight. Our
members will be released and all la
bor will help release them."
The local Industrial Workers of the
World headquarters are at Thirteenth
(f ontlnneon Tate Tvttlre. Column Six.)
Supposed Omaha Auto
Bandit Killed at St. Louis
St. Louis, Mo., Nov. 10. (Special
Telegram.) Joseph E. Franey. promi
nent insurance man, shot and killed
E. P. Shelton, an automobile bandit,
thought to have come here from
Omaha, who attempted to hold him up
at .3852 Westminster Place early to
day. . The Weather
For Nebraska Fair: colder.
Temperature at Omaha l'eiterday.
Washington, Nov. 10. The first re-
e I ports from American Ambassador
David R. Francis on the upheaval in
Russia arrived today.
The ambassador's dispatches, filed
November 7 and 8, said that up to that
time all the ministers of the pro
visional government except Kerensky
had been arrested.
American representatives of -the
Red Cross in Petrograd were all safe
and no mention of any harm befalling
any other Americans was made.
Although the city was quiet when
the ambassador sent his report, he in
dicated that it was then too early to
secure a definite idea of conditions,
especially outside the capital, - K
Until the situation tas been more
clearly defined thercj will continue a
practical suspensionlofiicial rela
tions with, Russia. It was explained
today; hat to continue negotiations
now was impossible because it is not
known who is jn power in the different
departments.' 1 ,
To obtain information from the
country beyond the . limits of Petro
grad, Mr. Francis reported, was next
to impossible because-the wires were
all in control of the Bolsheviki.
Ambassador Bakhnieteff returned
t6 Washington this morning and an
nounced that he would issue a state
ment later in the day. It was said at
the Russian embassy that no news
had been received from, Russia for
several days. '
New Cabinet Announced.
Petrograd, Nov. 10. The all-Russian
congress of workmen's and sol
diers' delegates is reported unofficially
to have named a cabinet composed of
Bolsheviki and then adjourned. The
cabinet is headed by Nikolai Lenine
as premier and Leon Trotzky holds
the post of foreign minister.
The cabinet will serve until the
constitutent assembly approves it or
selects a new one. -In addition to
Lenine and Trotzky the other mem
bers are reported to be as follows:
Minister of tlio Interior M. Rlckoff.
Minister of Finance M. Svortzoff.
Minister of Agriculture M. Mlliutin.
Minister of Labor M. Sbliapnikoff.
Committee on War anil Marine M.
Ovsiannlkoff, Krylenko and Blbenko.
Minister of Commerce M. Nogln.
Minister of Education M. Lunacharky.
Minister of Justice M. Oppokov.
Minister of Suoolles M. Theodorovltch.
l'osts and Telegraph! M.
Tr I!our- De'
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W T 6 ' 6 a. m 46
)S IJjSJJ A 7 a- m 48
jja M I a- m 41
ffipA y I 10 a. m 49
fl'OTO) JL H a. m 49
yxfJUv D J3 m 49
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..i-r . 4 p. m 47
tg&&3g$ 5 p. m 48
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Comparative Iwal Record.
1517 .1916. 1915.
Lowest yesterday .
Temperature and precipitation departures
from the normal:
Normal temperature 40
Excess for the day S
Total deficiency since March 1 330
Normal precipitation 04 Inch
Excess for the day 0'i Inch
Total precipitation since Mar. 1 21.30 Inches
Deficiency since March 1 6.47 inch-
Peficlency for cor. period, 1916.. 12. lft Inches
Deficiency for cor. period In 1915 2.16 Inches
Sd?I Crook V) zt Jtc; .
Minister of Affairs of Nationalities (a
new post In charge of the 'affairs of the dif
ferent nationalities within Russia) M.
Minister of Communications M. Hlazlan
off. The cabinet members are all Bol
sheviki and are supported by the left
and the social revolutionist party,
the other parties having withdrawn
from the workmen's and soldiers'
congress. Bibenko is a Kronstadt
sailor, while Shliapnikoff is a laborer.
In reply to a question from a peas
ant deputy, who protested against the
arrest of the former ministers,
Trotzky announced that the socialist
members of the Kerensky cabinet
would be released from the fortress
of St. Peter and St. Paul pending an
investigation. He said the others
would be held.
PIAVE RIVER IN
Invaders Checked in Odro Val
ley; Line Piave From Suse
gana to the Sea; Bridges
Blown Up in Retreat.
Italian Headquarters, Nov. 10.
British batteries have taken their
position along the front line pre
pared to give support to the heroic
services heretofore chiefly borne by
the Italian rear guards in the efforts
to stay the Austro-German advance.
CHECK FOR TEUTONS.
Rome, Nov. 10.' The enemy has
been checked in the Odre valley, the
war office announces. A hostile thrust
at Brocon, in the Tesino basin, also
has been checked. From Susegana
to the sea the Italian rear-guards,
disengaging themselves from the
enemy, crossed the Piave river, blow
ing up bridges. An Italian rearguard
force which " had been surrounded at
Lorenzago succeeded in forcing its
The announcement follows:
"From Stelvio tothe Sugana val
ley there was normal fighting activ
ity. Strong enemy detachments at
tacked our advanced positions in the
Ledro valley, but were .repulsed
promptly, in spite of the heavy artil
lery preparation which preceded the
"In the mountainous area between
the Sugana valley and the Piave val
ley local engagements took place. A
hostile thrust at Brocon, in the Te
sino basin, was checked. At Loren
zago one of pur rear guards, sur
rounded, succeeded in pushing
through the village, which was oc
cupied by the enemy.
"On the plains, from the railway
station of Susegana to the sea, our
rear guards disengaged themselves
from the enemy pressure and crossed
the river, blowing up the bridges
"Last niqjit five of our airships ef
fectively bombed the crossing of the
Tagliamento at Latisana, the town of
Motta de Livenza and troops mov
ing on roads leading to the river."
Berlin. Nov. 10. (Via London.)
The Austro-German forces which are
invading northern Italy have reached
the Piave river. Asiago' has been
The Piave river has been reached
all the way from Susegana to the
The breaking of the Italian front
at this point probably would entail
retirement of the Italians from the
Susegana is at the foothills of the
Alps. The Germans have reached the
Piave all along its course over the
plains of northern Italy.
Police Say King of Bootleggers,
But Billingsley Says He Has Quit
Alleged by authorities to be "king
of bootleggers" Logan Billingsley
was arraigned in police court this
morning on a fugitive of justice war
rant. II pleaded not guilty. Bond was
fixed at $500 and his hearing set for
the coming week.
Chief of Police Henry W. Dunn re
ceived a telegram from the chief of
police of Oklahoma City stating that
an officer would start from there at
once with requisition papers. He
asked that the Omaha police hold
Billingsley "by all means" as he was
badly wanted. The telegram said
Billingsley had received a line of
?I,000 and one year in the peni
tentiary. The charges were keeping a
gambling house and bootlegging.
Billingsley said "At one time I was
engaged in the illict liquor traffic. 1
was one of the worst enemies prohibi
tion ever had. But I have stopped
that now. The case against me in
Oklahoma is merely a frameup. They
are jobbing me."
Billingsley said he would light ex
tradition because he thought he was
wanted as a witness in graft cases
which are being acted on by the grand
lie lias a suit pending -against the
Rome Hotel compaqy for $50,001 and
is represented by Attorneys Ready
NEW DRAFT LA W GOES
INTO EFFECT DEC. 15
- (Ily Associated l'resn.)
Washington, Nov. 10. President Wilson formally put the new ma
chinery for the carrying out of the selective draft bill into operation to
night with he publication of the foreward he has written to the regula
tions under which the second call will be made.
The regulations themselves and the questionalres, which more than
9,000,000 registrants will be required to fill out are being forwarded to
local boards, but have nok yet been made public.
War department officials estimate that the whole process can be com
pleted within 60 days. This rrteans that no second call will be made on
the draft forces before the middle of next February, as the period for
classification will no begin until December 15. v
The president describes the new plan of dividing all registered men
not already mobilized Into five classes,, subject to military service by
classes, as being intended to produce "a more perfect organization of our
GREGG LEADS FDR
Nominations for All Offices
Are Tabulated; To Be Sub
mitted Within Thirty
F. M. Gregg of Peru leads the can
didates for president of the Nebraska
State Teachers' association, as shown
by the count of the referendum bal
lots for the nomination Saturday at
the Hotel Rome. The executive com
mittee spent all day tabulating 'the
ballots and checking over petitions
and other matters of official business.
Five candidates for each office will be
placed on the ballots which will go
out by mail to the teachers within
The five candidates for the respec
tive offices, together with the number
of votes each got for th nocmination,
are as follows:
P. M. Oregg, Peru 42
H. H. Latin, Wayne 2r
A. H. Dixon, Lincoln 24
J. H. Beverldge, Omaha lfil
XV. R, Pate, Alliance Ci
For Vice president
IT. H. Hahn, Wayne 1J
F. M. Oregg, Peru 6fV
llelle Ryan, Omaha M
A. H. l3lon, Lincoln 49
C. Ray Gates. West Point 4'J
J. F. Matthews, Grand Island 1,0)10
Helle Ryan, Omaha 25
If. if. Hahn, Wayne jo
A. It. Dixon, Lincoln 9
W. H. Clemmons. Lincoln ij
Executive Committeemen First District.
Mattle Ryan, Lincoln f,(i
Jessie Newlon, Lincoln , . ja) . . . j'l
P. . Picked, Lincoln X
J). V. Hayes, Peru r,
S. E. Clark, Auburn r
J. II. Jiuverldge. Omaha 36
Hello Ryan, Oinnha f7
J. 4,. Masters. Omaha 4 4
1). K Porter, Omaha 7
Martha Powell, Omaha C
A. V. Teed, Wayne 39
A. It. Waterliouse. Fremont 19
T. A. True, Schuyler li
H. H. Mann, Wayne 6
K. M. Campbell. Columbus 6
W. H. Magee, David City 17
C. N. Walton, Wahoo
J. A. Stoddard, Beatrice 7
J. A. Doremus, Aurora .. 5
W. K. Atkins, Stromsburg 4
R. J. Ilarr, Grand Island , 51
W. T. Davis, McOook 6
Chris Bumlerson, " ertrand 4
Discovery of Dread Spinal
Disease Among Soldiers
Closes Big Military Post
Gets Verdict Against
Former Saloon Keeper
Nellie Cunningham was awarded
$2,400 in damages against Dell J.
Green, an ex-saloon keeper, and his
bondsmen in her suit for herself and
oung son against the. cs-saloon man
for the loss of her husband's support.
She claimed that Irer husband, a bar
ber, was debauched and his earning
Camp Funston, the big cantonment
near Ft. Riley, Kas., has been placed
under rigid quarantine. A number of
cases of spinal meningitis have been
discovered among the soldiers.
Until the quarantine is raised visi
tors will' not be permitted on the
grounds and soldiers will not be al
lowed to leave.
An excursion train which the Rock
Island railroad had planned to run to
Camp Funston, arriving there Satur
day night, was abandoned upon re
ceipt of telegraphic notice that no vis
itors would be permitted to enter the
big military camp.
A telegram from the Kansas City
office of the Rock Island road -to
headquarters in this city stated that
a number of the soldiers in the train
ing camp were suffering with the
dread disease. Visitors as well as
military men were affected by the re
striction orders, the message said.
According id- the best information
obtainable the disease is not epidemic.
It is asserted that no Nebraska men
John Bold Injured When
Auto Strikes Street Car
About 8:45 this morning an auto
i.iobile driven by F. H. Bock of 2701
South Thirteenth street, with whom
John Bold, a tailor, was riding, skid
ded into a street car while going
south on Thirteenth street. The ma
chine was damaged slightly but Bold
was injured about the head and was
taken home by Bock.
TULSA MEN, DISGUISED,
USE CAT-O'-NINE TAILS
AND TAR AND FEATHERS
Seventeen Industrial Worker Taken From Police ano
Punished; 'Don't Let Sun Set On You In Tulsa,"
Is Warning; Flight Through Brush
Tulsa, Okl., Nov. 10. The whereabouts today of 17 half
naked, severely beaten members of the Industrial Workers of
the World, seized from policemen, flogged with a cat-o'-ninetails
and tarred and feathered here last night by a band of
60 black-robed and hooded "Knights of Liberty," was unknown.
. , o With the warning. "Never return to
Tulsa," the Industrial Workers of the
World were started through the
brush away from the city, followed
by a fusillade of shots.
"In the name ofthe outraged wo
men and children of Belgium," the
man in charge of the ceremony
uttered as he applied the hot pitch
to the bleeding backs.
ARRESTED IN RAID.
Eleven of the Industrial Workers
of the World were arrested in a recent
raid on state headquarters here The
other six ha'd testified last night at
the trials in city court of their fel
lows. All were being taken to In
dustrial Workers of the World head
quarters in three touring cars by city
I policemen when they were halted by
the black-shrouded figures who
pointed riflesnd pistols.
The policemen in charge were of
fered no violence, but were forced to
drive the motor cars to the rendez
vous in a wild ravine at the edge of
the city and watch the work of the
"Knights," none of whom was rec
ognized because of the disguising
When I the party arrived at the
ravine the cowed Industrial Workers
were ordered to strip to the waist. A
circle of ihotnr cars was drawn about
a huge tree in the glare of the head
lights man after man was tied and
lashed on the back until the blood
ran. Hot tar then was applied.
With each stro! of the brush ihe
black-robed men in charge of the cer
emony littered the words, "In the
name of the outraged women and
children of Belgium."
The men were being taken to In
dustrial Workers of the World head
quarters when they were taken in
charge by the band, police being
forcetl to drive them to a secluded
spot at the edge of town.
That the plot was carefully plannVd
was indicated by the machine-like pre
cision with which everything was
done. Later in the night large printed
signs appeared throughout the city
bearing these words:
"Notice to I. W. W.s: Don't let
the sun set on you in Tulsa. Vigi
According to the story told by one
of the. policemen upon his return to
the city, the organization is known as
the "Knights of Liberty."
The black robes, hoods and masks
made it impossible for the officers to
identify any of them. Not a word was
spoken during the process of torture
(Continued on re Two, Column One.)
NEW ATTACK ON
Germans Driven Back When
English Troops Go Over
Top in Storm of Wind
London, Nov. 10. The British
made an attack this morning on the
Flanders front, near I'asschemlacle.
The war oflice announces that early
reports indicate good progress.
The announcement follows:
"At sunrise this morning our troops j
attacked German positions northwest
and north of raSSchentlaele. The
first reports indicate that good prog
ress was made. The weather is
stormy, with heavy rain and high
(By Aocltrd l'rrw.)
British Advance Half Mile.
British Front in Belgium, Nov. 10.
The British troops which attacked
this morning in the l'asschcndacle
area were reported at an early hour to
have battled their way forward as
much as 800 yards at some points.
The British passed many strongly
fortified farms north and northwest
of Gocbcig. At this point they were
fighting nearly half a mile from their
The line was pushed northward
along the Passchcndaclc ridge almost
to the point at which the highest
crest starts sloping downward. To
day's operations were carried out on
a 2,500-yard front for limited objec
tives, which bad been virtually all
gained by H) o'clock.
In Federal Court
Thomas If. Matters was found
guilty on 14 counts of aiding Presi
dent Luebben of the 'now defunct
First National bank of Sutton in issu
ing' certificates of deposit unlawfully.
The jury returned with its verdict at
9 o'clock last night.
The case went on trial in federal
court before Judge Wade last Mon
day. The jury took it at noon yester
day. Judge Wade directed a verdict of
"not guilty" on five of the 19 counts
of the indictment, leaving the other 14
in the hands of the jury.
Matters will ask for a new trial
here. Failing 1 hat, he will appeal his
case a second time to the circuit court
of appeals. He is at liberty under
$5,000 bond. ,
To Send Warship as i
Mark of Friendship
Rio bt Janeiro, Nov. 10. The Ar
gentine minister called on Dr. Nilo
l'ccanha, Brazilian foreign minister,
today and informed him of the inten
tion of the Argentine government to
send a cruiser to Dio de Janeiro next
week as a mark of friendship toward
Robbers, Armed and Masked,
Take George Truax's Cash
While on his way home FViday night.
George Traux, 2407 California street,
was held up at the point of guns by
two masked men who relieved him of
some small change. The holdup,
which occurred at Twenty-first and
California streets, was reported to the
Little Jack Nugent's Solemn
Pledge of Food Conservatidn
ranacitv diminished liv linnrir wliirli
was furnished him at Green's saloon.' half of his slice of biead'u'jclly.
"Jack" Nugent, 5-year-old son of
John Nugent, 20.K? North Twentieth
slreet, has made a food conservation
bargain with his mother. It was the
result of the thoughtless waste of
half a slice of bread by "Jack after
his mother had placed a pledge card
in the front window. It happened
Jack" saw Arthur Leonard, who
lives next door, eating a piece of
bread ami butter, bo he went in and
asked his mother for a piece of
"brcad'n'jclly." Receiving it, he
joined Arthur. But before he had
eaten it all llic tire wagons came
w lust i Mi? nast ana lie threw awav
Shortly afterward ' some dispute
arose and Arthur went and told Mrs.
Nugent that "Jack" had thrown awav
half his slice of bread. So Jack got
an impromptu food conservation lec
ture from his ma, together with an
application of a shingle to the bosom
of his pants.
It was shortly after this painful
event that "Jack" made his proposi
tion to his mother:
"If you promise not to whip me
any more I'll promise to eat up
everything clean on my plate."
The treaty was promptly signed
and sealed with a kiss. And now, at
every meal "Jack" proudly calls his
mother's attention to the fact that he
lusu't wasted an thins.
"John Doe" Named
As Murderer of
Cleveland. O., Nov. 10. A warrant
charging "John Doe" with the mur
der of Dr. Harry L. Chapin was is
sued today, following the police ver
dict that Chapin lost his life as th
result of premeditated murder, with
robbery as an afterthought.
Dr. Chapin, a well known CIcve
land physician, author, poet and trav
eler, was found Thursday afternoon in
a downtown hotel suffering from a
fractured skull, and died a few hour
A careful check of the victim's ef
fects showed that a diamond ring,
diamond stud and two watches,
valued at $4,000, had been stolen.
Police now believe that the victim
was lured to the hotel by means of a
decoy package which was supposed
to contain a narcotic.
District Exemption Board
Sorry to Lose M. C. Peters
The district exemption boardk
which is not now in session, will re
convene Tuesday mornings Mean
while its members are either pursue
ing their ordinary occupations or elss
taking rest cures. The resignation ol
M. C. Peters has been sent to Presi
dent Wilson by Governor Neville,
who recommended that it be accepted
Board members say they regret ex
ceedingly that Mr. Peters contem
plates leaving, ts his good judgment
and ready sympathies would be sorely,
missed when the business of the sec
ond draft should come before them.
A few new; claims for exemption
arc still coming up, but these will ba
passed upon in good time. The of
fice force left in chaage of the exemp
tion work is working as busily as ever,
and still burning the midnight elec
tricity .in the court house, for there
is a large amount of detail work and,
many eports to be cared for.
Reports concerning the first two'
delegations sent to Camp Funston
have come to the Fourth local board.
But two individuals from -the two
sets of men have been rejected
at the camp. These have been sent
home for physical disability. Al
others sent by the board have beatf