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OMAttA, TUESDAY MORNING, NOVEMBER 20, 1917. TWELVE PAGES.
VOL. XLVII. NO. 133.
S CHECK MAMCE OM Pi ME;
USER SPURNS PERCE WITH RUSSIA
DIVORCE EVIL IS SHARPLY
CONDEMNED BY JUDGE DAY
BEFORE MINISTERS' UNION
Declares It Too Easy for Flighty Persons to Marry When
Prompted By Passing Fancies and Desire for Brief
Joy Ride In Matrimony; Blames ?rc:r-'-Day
' DISTRICT JUDGE DAY ADVOCATES THIS LAW
No man under 25 to marry without the consent of his
No' woman under 22 to marry without the consent of her
parents. N ' ,
A medical examination to determine the purity of the
Notice to be published for 20 days preceding the mar
riage. ' 1
Judge? Day addressed the Omaha
Ministerial, union on "Divorce" Mon-j
day morning. He advocated means of ,
making divorce more difficult by havJ
. . . m. .1..: 1. U.
in g me state taice a pan imuugu
county attorney with stringent inves
tigation of facts in all cases. He also
declared that "where' a decree is
granted neither party should be per
mitted to remarry within two years."
He laid bare frightful divorce condi
tions in Omaha and Nebraska.
"I almost blush with shame when
T tell you," he said, "that in Omaha
in the last five years there has been
one divorce for eviery three and one
half marriages. In the state of Ne
braska there lias been one divorce for
every five and one-fourth marriages.
The divorce rate in both instances
has doubled in the last 15 years.
"The divorce problem today is ap
palling. In 97 per cent of the cases
that have come before me there has
not even been a contest.- The divorce
merely goes by default.
"It is too: easy tor flighty persons
to marry. A fleeting iancy prompted
by a passing passion and then a brief
joy ride in jnatrimony that is the his
tory of a vast number of marriages.
One young womai who appeared in
my court said she married because
her friends 'dared her to do it and
she never took a dare.'
, Blames Modern Conditions. ' ,
"A big cause of divorce is the ar
tificial life we are living. We have
too much lace and powder and poodle
dogs, too much pleasure seeking, tod
little of the homely, healthy activi
ties of "our forefathers. '
"The latest figures on divorce show
that this evil is working its havoc
in the homes of the United States
more than anywhere else. The num
ber of divorces granted annually in
a number of counties is as follows:
Norway, 120;(Great Britain, 743: Italy,
819; German empire, 8,680; France,
8,864; United States, 53,502. .
"There is only one state in the
union which refuses to grant divorce
South Carolina. In New York divorce
is granted only on the ground of
adultery. In Nebraska we grant di
vorces on any of eight different
Divorce Rate Increases
"Our divorce rate is increasing as
it did in the Roman empire. In early
days of that empire, it is said, there
was no record of a legal divorce in.
300 years. Vet in the fifth century
divorce was so common that it was
not an uncommon thing tor a man i
to have, twenty wives in succession,
hi our own country in tfie colonial
days divorce was practically unknown.
"Since the Civil war days the ap
palling increase has come and no
where in the country is this awful
onslaught on the home more menac
ing than in Nebraska."
Judge Day then gave the above
mentioned laws governing marriage
which he believes would have a
great effect in checking the divorce
evil He stated that he believed a
marriage performed by a clergyman
stands a better chance pf being per
manent than one performed merely
jy a civil officer.
For Nebraska Fair, wrnwr.
Temperature at Omaha Yrslcrilsj.
5 a. m i
. C 0 m 51
tit jL j I 7 . m 31
? i7 B A i. m 31
B.3J A m 3-
X9rf in a. ra sr.
i?V r, I 11 a. m AO
A'ifSndWsi I 12 m... 45
yCIyiyW' r i p. m
J' W W 2 p. m 49
3 p. in .61
d&T P- " S3
10 & p. m. .........
i .J 8 p. m 46
Comparative Loral Kword.
1917. 1916. 1915. 19H.
Highest yesterday .. 5J 59 41 19
Lowest yesterday .... SO 37 31 11
Mean temperature .. 42 4 ,16 10
Vrecipitation 00 .00 .00 .00
Temperature and precipitation departures
from the normal:
Normal temperature , 42
Uxc'ss for lkf day 6
Total deficiency sinre March. 1 250
Normal precipitation 03 inch
Deficiency for the day 3 Inch
Total rainfall since Ma'eh 1.... 21.30 Inches
Deficiency since, March 1 6.79 Inches
Deficiency for cor. period, 1918.12.16 inches
deficiency for eor. period. .J915 ; 1.35 Inches
Reports From Station at T P. M.
Staticls and State Temp. High- Kain
of AVeather. 7 p. m.., est. fall.
'heyenne, clear 48 56 .00
lavenport. cloudy , 44, 4 ."0
Denver., ctear ' 54 BO ."0
-- M. lines, elondy 44 :, .00
t.. A. WELSH MelriiMlt.
MEN TO FIX FUEL
PRICE IN OMAHA
Sixteen Selected to Serve on
Douglas Countv Fuel
John L. Kennedy, fuel adminis
trator for Nebraska, yesterday an
nounced the appointment of 16 prom
iment Omahans to serve on the
Dorcas county fuel administration.
committee. 1 hey are as Jollows
"Walter T. Pae.
it:- Bofta. '
T. P. Reynolds,
Joepb Hayden. .
K. S. Wilco.
Frank J. Bttrkley,
W. G. Shrlver.
Evorett' Buckingham. Brype Crawford.
B. 8. Waetbrook. John TV. Gamble,
R. M. Swltzler. J. C. Robinson.
David Cole will be chairman of the
Committee is Representative.
The committee will hold its first
meeting at the Commercial club at
noon today. . Mr. Kennedy will
then instruct them as to their duties.
Practically every kind of business
is represented among the sixteen men
comprising the committee.
Coal Experts Here.
David Cole represents the jobbers,
John V. Gamble the manufacturers,
Joseph Hayden and Morris Levy the
big retailers, Everett Buckingham
the live stock men, E. S. Westbrook
the graiii men, Frank J. Burkley the
printers, R. M. Switzler the lawyers,
T. P. Reynolds labor and Walter T.
Page the smelter.
Reymond Richards and H. L
Landrie, representatives of the Fed
eral Trade commission, have arrived
in Omaha to confer with Kennedy and
investigate the fuel situation in Oma
ha. These men are fuel experts and
are assigned by the' Federal Trade
commission to Nebraska, Kansas and
Missouri. One of these; experts will
remain in Nebraska most of the time
and it will be their duty to solve the
many baffling fuel problems certain to
arise this winter'. They go to Lin
Boston Newspaper Sold.
Boston. Nov. 19. The sale oi the
Boston Advertiser to William Ran
dolph Hearst was announced today.
The sale dose not include the Boston
Evening Record, published by the
same company. The Advertiser was
founded by Samuel Adams in 1748.
Near Riot When Mayor
Sells 4 Tons of Sugar
Brockton, Mass., Nov. 19. Ponce
reserves were summoned today to
maintain order at the city hall, where
9,000 persons, attracted by an an
nouncement that Mayor McLeod
would sell four tons of sugar, gpt
beyond the control of the small
squad of officers.
Many persons were knocked down.
Six women and several children
were slightly injured. The mayor
ordered the , doors closed and sus
pended the sale until the police re
Neligh Men Peel Down to Shirts
For Benefit of Red Cross Fund
Neligh, Neb., Nov. 19. (Special. )
Two Antelope county men yesterday
took off their coats and' sold them
for the benefit of the Red Cross. A
sale of donated articles was in prog
ress when J. A. Myers, who was cry
ing the sale, at that time, asked a
man standing near why he did not
bid on something.
"There is nothing here I can'usc,"
was the reply.
'"Then why don't you donate some
thing to self." .
"I'll give this mackinaw coat I have
on if you will give yours" was the
' You're on," was the answer.
The two coats were peeled oil ;.iitt
Not Suclarfferr jtion
OMAHA KNIGHTS v
RAISE VAR FUND
111 SINGLE DAY
Mass Meeting at Commercial
Club Suffices for Knights
Mo Pledge More Than
One single mass meeting sufficed
for Omaha Knights of Columbus to
raise the $50,000 the gate city was
asked to subscribe to the $3,000,000
Knights of Columbus war fund.
The Omaha Knights held a mass
meeting at the Commercial club yes
terday noon and when all subscrip
tions were reported it was found
Omaha had pledged a total of $13,-
$425 more than $3,000 over the fig
ures set for an entire week's drive.
The largest subscriptions pledged
were for $2,000. . Cudahy Packing
company and the Live Stock Ex
change committee pledged that sum
Other subscriptions ran from $1,700
Tom Nolan presided at the noon
mass meeting and called upon Emmet
Tinlev of Council Bluffs and Arch
bishop Harty to talk. They made
pleas for support of (the fund and
Omaha, hearing, also responding,
promptly made good with crash.
' Parishes Aid.
The 10 parishes ot Umaha were
instfumental in raising the large to
tal so quickly. Subscriptions pledged
by parish committees were as fol
lows: Omnka l'arlnlimt St. Cei-lla, $4,625; Bt.
Patrick. $1,355; St. Savior, . $150; Sacred
Heart, $1,000; Holy Anicels. $1,950; St. John,
$760: Holy Name, $265; St. Agnes, $1,200;
St. 'Mary, $600; Holy Family, $550; St.
Bridget. $1,000; St. ' Phllomena, $643; St
Bernard, $500; St. Francis, $200; St, Teter,
$;i,325; Florence, $400.
Pledge at Meeting.
Subscriptions pledged at thf macs meeting
were as follows:
Cudahy Packing company,' $2,000; Live
Stock Exchange commutes (additional),
$2,000; Hayden Brothers, $1,700; United
States National Bank, $1,000; Omaha Na
ttonal Bank, $1,000: Merchant National
Bank, $1,000; Crelghton university faculty,
$1,000; Wholesalers committee (additional),
S.VIO fito Yards National Bank, Omaha
Crain Kclangc, Byrne-Hammer D. O.
company. First National Bank.
400 Carpeater Paper company, ttn Bis
cuit ewinpany, Paxton Oallegher company,
Jf. K. Smith A Company.
M.W Live Stock National Rank.
MOO Packers National Bank, Burgess
Nash company, J. L. Brandels & Son.
S230 Mrs. L. F. Crofoot, O. H. Ber-
(f nntlnued on Page Four Column Two.)
j put up for sale and brought $10.25
a common oarnyara rooster was
sold and resold, until it brought $42.50
into the Red Cross funds. The total
oi1 .the sale was a little more than
$400. Everything was donated and
the articles represented about every
Antelope county has not finished its
Young Men's Christian association
drive, but will go over its apportion
ment of $2,800. Neligh and Oak
dale have each raised a little more
than $1,000, while Elgin will have
bout Hie same.
Antelope's apportionment of the
Christmas boxes for the soldiers was
400, but the number shipped will be
at least 400 more than that number.
NEW LAWS KEEP
STRICT EYE ON
Required to Register and to Ob
tain Permits for Travel; Only
Germans Affected, Not
(Br Associated Pre.)
Washington, Nov. 19. -All alien en
emies are required to register and to
obtain permits for travel under a proc
lamation issued today by President
Wilson. Enemies also are prohibited
approaching within 100 yards of wa
ter fronts, docks, railroad terminals or
storage houses and are forbidden to
enter or reside iu the District of Co
All enemy aliens are required to
register at such times and places and
in such manner as may be fixed by
the attorney general of the United
States and the attorney general is di
rected to provide as speedily as may
be practicable for registration of all
alien enemies and for the issuance of
registration cards to alien enemies.
May Call For Aid.
All alien enemies and all other per
sons are required to comply with
such rules and regulations and the at
torney general in carrying out such
registration is authorized to utilize
such agents, agencies, officers and de
partments of the United States and
of the several states, territories, de
pendencies and municipalities thereof
and of the District of Columbia as
he may select for the purpose and all
such agents arc granted full authority
for all acts done by them in the ex
ecution of this regulatnSii when act
ing by the direction of the attorney
general. After the date fixed for
such registration no enemy alirti shall
be found within the limits of the
United States, its territories"or pos
sessions without having his registra
tion card on his person. '
Change 'of Residence Limited. I
An alien enemy may not change his
place of abode or occupation or other
wise travel or move from place to
place without full compliance with any
such regulations as the attorney gener
al of the United States may from time
to time make; and the attorney gener
al is authorized to make and declare
from time to time such regulations
concerning the movements of alien
enemies as he may derm necessary
in the premises and for the public's
safety, and to provide in such regula
tions for monthly, weekly or other
periodical report of alien enemies to I
federal, state, or local authorities; and !
all alien enemies must report at the
times and places and to the authori- j
ties fixed in such regulations." j
Only Germans will be affected by
enemies and not allies ot enemies.
The proclamation, issued as a sup
plement to the one declaring a state
of war with Germany, provides furth
er that an alien enemy shall not, ex
cept on public ferries, be found on
"any ocean, bay, river or other wa
ters" within the United States. They
are forbidden to fly in airplanes, bal
loons or airships and to enter the
Panama canal zone.
Water Travel Restricted.
Germans will be barred from
employment on all vessels on the
ocean or the great lakes, and
even from traveling cm private
motor boats of their own. and
ftcent on uuMic ferries, must not
(Continued on Tare Tno. Column Three.)
FEAR OF SUBS
British Premier Announces the
Navy Has Sunk Four Boats
in One Day; Allies' Con
London, Nov. 19. Five German
submarines were destroyed on Satur
day, Premier Lloyd George announced
today in the House of Commons.
In the House of Commons today
former Premier Asquith opened the
debate on the creation of an allied war
council and the recent utterances of
Premier Lloyd George.
Mr. Asquith : deprecated the set
ting up of any organization to su
persede or interfere with "the unfet
tered activity and independent posi
tion" of the genera! staff. He op
posed interference with the ultimate
responsibility of each allied govern
ment for its own forces and to its own
Ir. Asquith said he looked at the
new machinery without bias to see
how far it woiild conduce to increased
efficiency of prosecution of the waV
by the allies. The new scheme had
been 1 nched. he declared, in an in
dictment of the general strategy of
th allies on the ground that it had
been in several instances dilatory or
misdirected. Wc felt he would be fail
ing his duty if, he did not call atten
tion to it.
Replying to Mr. Asquith, Mr.
Lloyd George said the machinery for
consultation among the allies had
become inadequate and that they had
suffered previously on account of de
fects of the system.
Thefremier said that any criticism
which he had directed against the
conduct of. affairs in the past, in pro
posing the change, was not directed
against any starts or conimanaer-in-
cinet or tins or any auicr country.
The premier told the house . ar
rangements had been made to supply,
information in regard to nsvai mat
ters to the war council.
The premier said he had no fur
ther fear of submarines. .
TO JURY IN TRIAL
Red Oak, la., -Nov. 19. (Special
Telegram.) Nearly all of the testi
mony which has been brought before
the jury in the retrial of the Kelty
case today was read from the court
reporter's notes taken in the first trial.
V. C. Miller, laundry- agent, of
Macedonia, testified in person relative
to the package of laundry which Ke'.ly
sent to Cduncil Bluffs immediately
after the murder and which contained
a shirt alleged to have been covered
with blood. '
W. H. Fulwider of Winner, S. T).,
also testified in person, telling of Kel
ly's conversation with him, in which
the minister advanced his theories
relative to.4he manner in which the i
murder was - committed, witnesses
whose testimony was read were : J.
L. Anthony of Macedonia, William
Simons of Hamburg and Dr. Strait
of Sutton, Neb.
Another clash of counsel was avert
ed only by the prompt intervention of
Judge Wheeler. A controversy arose
between- W. E. Mitchell for the de
fense and J. J. Hess for the state, and
when the former suggested compro
mise, Hess replied he would show no
favors to the opposing counsel.
Mitchell promptly replied that he did
not expect any from an attorney who
had practiced iu police court as long
as Hess had,
It is believed the evidence will be
in the hands of the jury within three
days, at the. most.
Omaha Young Folks Go
To Chicago to Wed
Announcement comes from Chi
cago that license has been issued for
the marriage of Miss Marion Dolan
of Omaha and Mr. Lyle J. Roberts,
son of Mr. and Mrs. C. B. Roberts,
of this city. The parents of the young
couple refuse to give the details of
the wedding, but say that a formal
announcement will come later.
Combinations in Food Sales
Are Placed' Under Federal Ban
The sale of a food commodity
cheaper than the normal price on
condition that the purchaser buy a
given quantity of other goods in the
giocery store, is forbidden by the
federal food administration.
This, is what is known as combi
nation sales, and the food administra
tion says it must stop at once.
Combination sales frequently result
in the sale of foodstuffs than
the particular purchaser would ordi
narily buy, and are to that extent con
sidered wasteful practices within the
meaning of the provisions of the food
There are a few exceptions pending
further notice. One exception is
that the dealer may sell sugar in com
bination with cornmeal at 'the ratio
oX one oound of sugar with two of
TO CROSS PIAVE
Italian Troops Fighting With Hand Grenades, Bayoneti
and Bombs Repel Persistent Attacks and River
Is Filled With Bodies of German and
Rome, Nov. 19. Further attempts of the Auatro-Germaa
troops to crosa the Piave have been stopped.'
Oi the front west of the Piave, south of Quero, great nunv '
bers of Auatro-German troops are attacking the Monte Mon
fenera and Monte Tomba lines.
Berlin, Nov. 19.--The official announcement Says: "In
particularly desperate encounters Quero and Monteco Cornelle
extending to the northwest were taken by storm and the enemy
was driven from his strongly prepared positions on Monte Tom
ba. Eleven hundred Italians fell into our hands."
"On the lower Piave the artillery duel at times increased
to great violence."
n ny Amkm-UM Pmm.
IN FULL CONTROL
OF RUSSIAN REDS
Bolsheviki Resumes Govern
mental Functions and Treats
With. Kerensky, But is
Snubbed by Germany.;
! fretrogrsd,. Nov, 19 Emperor Wil
liam, actordingr to Petrograd news
papers, haa Informed the Russian
soldiers' and workmen's deputies
that he will treat for peace only
with the legal auccessor to the, im
perial government or with the con
stituent ' assembly.
Kaiser Refuses Peace.
Petrograd, Nov. 19. Germany has
vefused to treat for peace with the
new soldiers' and workmen's gov
ernment in, response to a recent pro
posal, according to the newspapers
here, which publish this news as com
iifg from a well authenticated source.
In this connection the Volia
Noroda says it has information that
the soldiers' and workmen's govern
ment, in the event of its failure to
receive replies from the belligents by
November 2i, reserves the right to
make peace on its own account, after
M-hich, if the war continues, Russia
will occupy a neutral position. .
London, Nov. 18. The Berlin Tage
blatt declares that Premier Kcnsky
and Nikolai Lcnitie, leader of the Bol
sheviki revolution in Petrograd, have
effected a compromise essentially fa
vorable to ' Lenine, , the Exchange
LTclegraph correspondent at Copen-
Peace in Moscow.
Petrograd, Nov. 18. Peace has
been definitely declared in Moscow
with victory for the Bolsheviki. The
white guard has been disarmed and
likewise the military cadets.
Two train loads of the red guard
I nrrmt frutn Pi'trnornrl tn ffisrrw
to support the Bolsheviki soldiers
there have been stopped an1 at the
same time railway telegraph reports
indicate that the Cossacks are making
progress northward and that the Bol
sheviki arc in panic in consequence
of their- near approach.
It is likewise reported that approxi
mately a corps of mixed troops from
the southwest front, intent on putting
an end to civil war. arc enroute to
Petrograd and have reached Luga. All
reports are impossible of confirmation
as the city is flooded with exaggerated
rumors of every description.
Try to Restore Peace.
Bolsheviki leaders are endeavoring
to effect the resumption of operations
by the various branches of the gov
ernment, most' of which have been
disorganized by strikes and the re-
(rontlnupd on Pair Two, Column Ow.)
corYimeal. Xo other combination will
be permitted, nor will any other ratio
than that her stated be allowed. The
toleration of this particular combi
nation is considered to be a wheat
conservation measure in itself, in that
it may held to encourage the use ot
A statement from the federal food
administration office says: "Dealer
shall not sell either sugar or cornmeal
at a price yielding him a profit greater
than he has normally enjoyed upon
the particular commodity. The dealer
is not required to make combination
sales of sugar and cornmeal, but may
do so at his discretion."
. Active steps will be taken at once
by the state food administration to
enforce this decision in Omaha and
In the Trentino and along the Piave
the Italians have the Austro-Germans
in check for the moment, and there
are indications of a reawakening o:
fighting activity on the western front,
especially in Flandera and around St
East and northeast of Yprea the
British are now well established on
the Passchendaele ridge.' . These posi
tions have been under heavy bombard
ment by the Germans for several daya,
apparent evidence that the Germain
are nervous and hope' by theirartil
lery fire to check a new British thrust.
Around St. Quentin, north-northwest
of the Aillete, where the French
gained a notable success recently,
German and allied patrols, hsva besn
busy. North of St. Quentin both the.
British and Germans carried ont raids.
French artillefy has beeiv shelling
heavily 'the German foBttlons. south .
of the town for aeveraL days' and .a
thrust by French troops, evidently as
a feeler, was repulsed by the defend
ers, Berlin reports. '
MARCH ON PETROGRAD.
Another army is reported marching
on Petrograd to oust the Bolsheviki
from control1 there. The vanguard,
which is said'to be near Gatchina,'3G
miles 'southwest of the capital, al
ready has had several brushes with
the Bolsheviki forcesJ It is rumored
that PremieJr Kerensky isireturninR
with the ew force.', All the reports
Jaffa, the ancient Joppa" and the
seaport on the Mediterranean for Je
rusalem, hfts beeif-occupied by the
British. . The Turks gave up this im
portant point' without resistance anc
are retiring northward tinder pres
sure. Jerusalem li 35 miles south
east of Jaffa and its occupation by
General Allenby's troops probably is
a matter of only a few days.
Italian Headquarters in Northern
Italy, Sunday, Nov. 18. The Aus;
trians who forced their way across the
Piave river above Zenson have been
thrown into the river, drowned, bay
oneted, killed or captured, until no,w
not an enemy remains on the west
bank at that mo:t threatened point.
The fight was one of the most fearfuJ
chapters of the war and one of the,
Details of the fight have been gath
ered from eye-witnesses who saw the
fearful carnage through Friday night
and yesterday, and who stayed until
the whole west bank was cleared ex
cept for the corpses on the shore and
in the foreground.
The w'ounded were so numerous
that many have not yet received suc
cor. The enemy had staked every
thing on getting to the west bank of
the river, and the Italians staked
everything on keeping him on the
eastern bank. This i.erved both to
desperation.- The Austrians made the
first move Friday in two separate,
crossings a short distance above Zen
son, first at the village of Fagarc, and
then an old mill called the Sega mill,
near Follina. -
They chose a place where a sand,
bar ran in midstream, giving them
landing and dividing the main stream
into two small shallow currents. AIsg
there was a heavy mist- screenins
their movements. They carried ma
terial for an improvised bridge with.
uprights and with iron plates for floor
ing. , f
About 5 o'clock in the morning and
in the mist at that early hour they
crossed the second narrow channel to
the west bank. The last 10 feet the
(Continued on Vrtgt Two, Column Two.)
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