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THE BEE:. OMAHA, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14, 1917.
FRENCH AND ITALIANS DRIVE
ON GERMANS ENTRENCHED IN
Teutons Have Great Strategic Advantage in Possession
of Tomba's Crest; Perfect Motor Equipment of
Allied Troops in Strong Contrast to
With the French Army in Northern Italy, Dec 13. -The
Germans have an unquestioned strategic advantage because of
their possession of the crest of Mont Tomba. The mountain
now held by the Germans are nearly the last of the big peaks,
but below them, stretching in solid rows for miles behind the
front is a series of peculiarly shaped hills, each from a few
hundred to 1,000 feet high, which make the finest imaginable
defenses and which would have to be stormed individually and
at a great cost unless the line to the' west should give way.
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WAR PRICES HERE
AND IN GERMANY
Wattles Quotes Figures
Show That Conditions in
Omaha Are Not So
READY FOR FOE. Y
The French appear in a position to
arrest any German advance for an in
definite period if the Italians continue
to resist the Austro-German on
slaught. The Italians themselves ex
press the greatest confidence that
their troops will succeed in checking
an Austro-German advance there.
The French already have acclimat
ed themselves perfectly and appear
,j to be working in the utmost harmony
with such of the Italians that are left
i", on their sectors, notably with artil
i lery, which, co-operates under joint
command. The French as well as the
n British armies have brought with
; them most complete equipment imag-
inable, including a bewildering num
! ber of motor trucks, so that their lines
may easily and regularly be supplied
i, with every necessity. '
The scene immediately behind the
; front is in vivid contrast to the scene
t behind the German or Austrian
,: fronts, which the correspendent re
; peatedly saw for more , than two
years, by reason of the superior trans
; portation facilities over the Germans,
.'.who are short of oil, gasoline and
') tures and must forwardheir supplies
r mostly in Jiorpe drawn yehicles.
Germans Fact Shrapnel
The . Germans who patrol, the
French sector apparently are more
.venturesome than they, are along the
front in France, for here they boldly
"cross their lines, regardless of the
, shrapnel bombardment, and invite at
tacks by French planes in their eager
ness to spy out batteries that con
stantly are bombarding German post
tions. .r f , ; :, , , "'
" The correspondent, during the
course of a four-hour walk along the
'French lines yesterday, witnessed a
series of aerial conflict, and although
the German, plants never were en
tirely driven off they obviously were
( so harassed by the shrapnel and ma
chinegun fire from protecting French
planes that , they never, were able
correctly to direct their own artillery
fife, which fell wide of the mark.
In artillery work the French ap
pear to be taking an aggressive in-
,'tiative, for their batteries and those
3t.the Italians Milt remaining in poa
icssion along the French sector, keep
ip1 a vicious pounding, in an effort to
each 'Jhe, Qcftnan guns in their ad
vantageous positions on the dominat
Governor Norbeck Asks
(That Dakotans Stay in Unit
Camp Cody, N, M., Dec. 13. -(Special
Telegram.) Governor Peter
Norbeck oi, South Dakota and J. E.
Mather of Watertown, S. D., con
ferred with Major General Augustus
PiBlocksom, division commander, to
day, with reference to ' the recent
order front the Wr department,
which is calculated to give South Da
kota fuller recognition in the reor
,Jt was said that the orguiization of
Officials of Projectile Loading
Plant Not Certain That Dis
aster Was Purely an
Wilmington, Del., Dec. 13. Offi
cials of the projectile loading plant of
the Bethlehem Steel company near
New Castle, where 4,000 three inch
shrapnel shells exploded during a fire
today, killing one man, art not con
vinced that the origin of the blaze
was an accident.
About 4,000 shells, all loaded with
"T. N. T." but not as yet filled with
shrapnel were exploded. All the rest
of the shells in the plant were n
loSded and there was no danger of a
greater explosion. An estimate (
the damage is hard to make at (his
time, but it is believed it will exceed
$50,000. . :
The man killed was, Theodore
Jacobscn, chief of tthe company's
guards. ' " v . '
Austrians Not Subject (to-
Restrictions Put on Germans
Washington, Dec 13. Austro-Hunr
garian subjects in the United States;
most of the 1,000,000 or more of
whom are laborers and are loyal t4
the. allied war cause, will suffer few,
restrictions as a result of war be
tween the lands of their birth and
, In a proclamation today declaring
a state of war with Austria-Hungary,
in accordance with the act of con
gress, President Wilson specified that
unnaturalized Austro-Hungarians, un
Jike . the Germans in this, country,
should be free to live and travel any
where, except that they may not enter
or leave the United States, without
permission and those suspected of
enemy activity may be interned.
They need not register with police
or postoffiee officials, Is Germans will
be required to do shortly, and are not
barred from the 100-yard zone! about
the piers, docks and warehouses
Closed to Germans and are, not re
quired to leave the District or Co
U. S. Builds Concrete ' ,H
Ship as Experiment
Washington, . Dec. 13. Construc
tion of a concrete steamship, largely
as an experiment, will be begun soon
B7 the shipping board and the United
States Bureau of standards. 1 lie ves
sel will be built after designs by ex
perts of the bureau and it it proves
successful many more may be turned'
out. , " , '
v Concrete ships have beeif built
abroad and one is under construction
now at San Francisco.
at, least one South Dakota unit will
be made from the nun scattered
through the 136th .infantry, Second
Minnesota and. other units. The mili
tary organization of south ' Dakota
. will be otherwise kept together as
far as may be.
. Comparison of prices prevailing in
Germany in September this year,
with those maintaining here at the
present time show the great tax that
is being placed on food stuffs and
other commodities in that country.
These figures were taken from a
Liepsic paper which pot by the cen
sor and are made public by Gurdon
W. Wattles, United States food ad
ministrator for Nebraska.
Eggs, which were 19.2 cents a
dozen before the war have risen to
91.2 cents. The Omaha price is 42
cents for best No. 1 storage eggs.
Buttjfr has soared from 28.8 cents to
69.6 with the grades not specified,
while Omaha butter, the best, is 51
cents. Condensed milk has jumped
from 13.2 cents per tin to 45.9, while
10 ounce tins in Omaha are 15 cents.
Fifty per cent coffee in Germany is
Scllin;; for 45.9 cents a pound, as
against 30 in Omaha for good cof
fee. Coffee is sold in Germany in
three grades, 10, 25 and 50 per cent.
Lard jumped from 21.6 cents per
pound during the war to $1,107. Tile
Omah price is 35 cents.
The statement is made that prices
have raised considerably since these
prices were published.
Other prices existing in Germany
will give the Omaha and Nebraska
housewives something to be thanki
ful for besides living in a country
of democracy. ,
Women's chemises which .formerly
sold for $1 are now $16; half wool
stuff, which was 38 cent a yard, is
now $5.75; wash voile has jumped
from 13 cents a yard to $2.88; cotton
socks for infants, which were 6 cents
a pair, are now 96c; women's woolen
stockings, formerly 66 , cents, are
$3.60; velvets have risen from $1.44
a yard to $12.
"War time prices are. ecessarily
higher than peace prices, because la
bor and' distribution re disturbed,"
said Mr. Wattles.. "Demand is ab
normal and production must be stim
ulated. We must not forget that we
have been greatly blessed by con
structive legislation. ! 'r Such striking
facts !as these Germany figures will
make us appreciate conditions here."
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Heating Plant at the .
: Central High Goes Wrong
The Central High school heating
plant is again out of order.- Due to
lack of coal, sessions started half an
hour late yesterday. Some parts of
the building were still without heat.
One of the boilers' leaked and two of
the three engineers are ill.
The Central -High-Council Bluffs
debate has been -Bar for January 9.
Ralph Cohn will captain the team for
this debate. Ralph Kharas has been
appointed business manager. ,
Hand painted Christmas cards are
being sold by the art department for
the benefit of the Red Cross.
s. Department Orders
Washington, Dec. U.(SpeelaJ TeloKr&m )
South Dakota.- poatm&ateri appointed:
Myelin, Pennington county,. Jitmes O. Davie,
vice Mr Ren Rlggs, roelgneeT; Oroufk.
Shannon eountjr. . Mre. Susan Clark, new
office. . , , . v ,
Rural letter carrier! appointed In town:
Adair, William Reha; Marcus, Oerdea W.
Made German Candies;
'Held as Enemy Alien
New ', York," Dec. li.Because
Frederick J..Henser, Yonkers con
fectioner,' sold takes decorated
with the German colors, candies
designed as iron crosses and Prus
sian helmets, and icings represent
ing things Teutonic', federal au
thorities decided he was 'spreading
German propaganda. . Today he
was arrested and interned, on Ellis
island as an enemy alien.
Red Cross Appeals
U For. Surgical Dressings
' New Yorlti Dec 13. ''A '. serious
calamity and a national disgrace are
inevitable," , if surgical dressings are
Jot sent to France with all possible I
peed, according to a.cablegram Ma
jor Grayson: M. P. Murphy, head of
the American' Red Cross in France,
which was made public today by head
quarters here 0 the American fund
for French wounded. ,.,.. ... . ; ,
."Nothing in the "situation here is as
important, the cablegram read. "Sur
gical dressings must be sent in mil
lions. ; ,
, Nerve Vigor and
Health Are Twins
' ' When Ellas Howe' Jr., In
vented the sewing machine,
he freed -the race of slavery
to the needle .
., Physical vigor and health
' have long been held to mean
the same, to travel In com
pany. Vigor depends upon
nerve power, and the back
bone is Its center. Any de
rangement of the twenty-six
vertebrae which make up this ,
'. flexible column, and there Is
nerve pressure, loss of vigor
;and resulting disease.
-When D. D. Palmer dis
covered such mechanical mis
alignments of the spinal col
umn could . be stdjusted by
1 hand, he opened a way to .
health that Is revolutionizing
tealth' methods, r ' ,
, Your health cannot be right
' when there is spinal nerve
. pressure. Write to me, or call
for free spinal analysis."'
, . Palmer Recoil Adjustments
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DX JOSEPH C.LKVKEKCE
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This Wing Chair,
There will be unusual,
yalues for you the re- .
maining 10 Shopping
Days before Xmas.
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Library Table, gimilar to
this illustration, among a
' hundred other big values, is
priced at $18.75, in Fumed
rhhi Kasy Chair, in Blue Velour'or dJ o C
Leather, for $tCfO3
Toys Toys Toys
8 AVE MONEY ON YOUR TOY PURCHASES HER5
WE SffiE YOU MONEY-. THEKE ARE REASONS
German Subs Get 21
British Ships in Week
London, Dec 13. A slight in
crease in the losses of British mer
chantmen by mine or submarine
in the last week is"noted in the ad
miralty statement tonight Four
teen vessels of more than 1,600
tons were sunk, as well as seven
under that tonnage.
The losses to British shipping by
mine or submarine the previous
week comprised 16 merchantmen
of 1,600 tons or over and one under
ON ALL EXPORTS
SAVE FOR THEU.S.
(Br Aeeoclated Preea.)
New York, Dec 13. An embargo
on all export freight, except for the
United States government, on all
railroads reaching north Atlantic
seaboard ports, was ordered today
by the general operating pf the east
In this connection the authority
of. the traffic managers comprising
the export division of the eastern
carriers was extended to cover the
issuance of railroad shipping permits
embracing all commodities for ex
port, except government freight, and
all existing permits are cancelled.'
. The drastic order was explained in
a statement issued by the general
operating committee which declared
that "it is vitally essential that there
be thorough co-operation in the
handling of traffic for overseas ship
ment, so that the railway equipment
which would otherwise be available
for fuel, food stuffs and government
freight, shall not be used in moving
traffic which cannot be promptly
trans-shipped when it reaches tide
It was pointed out that as all ship
ments to the United Kingdom as
well as all cereals shipments to
France and Italy, are controlled by
the British ministry of shipping
which is working in close co-ooera-
kion with the export division of the
general operating committee, it will
be necessary that similar relationship
be developed with those in control
of the United States, French, Italian
and Russian ocean tonnage."
DEATH TOLL AT
AT 1,226 PERSONS
Halifax, Dec. 13. the toU of
death resulting from the explosion
of the munitions ship Mont Blanc,
in Halifax harbor, was officially
fixed tonight at 1,226, including
identified and unidentified bodies
and the missing.
The figures, which were issued by
A. S. Bamstead, chairman of . the
mortuary committee, were:'
"Identified in various morgues,
476; dead who can be identified from
effects, 225; unrecognizable bodies,
125; missing, 400."
: You can secure a maid, stenogra
pher or bookkeeper by using a Bee
"Exercise and be well' siy the doctors. And add to
the pleasures of good exercise by drinking Edelweiss Cereal
Pure and delicious, with the strength and flavor of selected ;
grains, it is unequaled as a family beverage.
Serve it in your home at every meal. It makes a place
for itself at once. .
Order your case today. '
DtIi Phone Douglas 1670. , 13th anal Leavenworth.
000 Bny A10116 War Savings Stamp.)
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. C. ELDREDGE,
1 VM oiq of Individual $hopb
V.-Prei. and Qen. A;
The Joy of Christmas Giving
C-t ONSISTS largely ir) the certainty that the gift will be a lasting pleasure and delight to the recipient. Nothing can
'j so well express the; good wishes of the giver than some useful article iVwear. '..
Suitable for Gifts
GIFT that will be appreciated for its
w6rth and use.
LARGE square collar of taupe coney;
black coney square collars and black
fox collar, specially displayed and priced
BLACK coney and river mink muffs, in
large melon shapes, all well lined and
very warm. Unusual values for Friday.
A Record-Making December
SALE OF SHOES
$3.85,. $5.85, $9.85
Including Values up to $14.00
LL of our discontinued lines and high shoes left front
a suocessful season's selling. Plenty of sizes repre
sented In a variety of styles. Coming right In the
height of the high-shoe wearing season, this is Indeed a
shoe-buying opportunity. Values' that cannot be dupli
Discontinued lines of patents, Russia calf,
brown with pearl grey cloth tops all over
glazed kids, lace and button styles, welt and
turn soles, formerly priced up to $8.00.
Discontinued lines of calfskin shoes in cocoa
and black with fawn color tops 9, 10 and
11 inches high. Formerly priced to $10.00.
A splendid selection of high shoes from such dependable and well known
makers as Lounsbury & Mathewson; Wtcherjt; Baker's and Smaltz Good
man. Variety of new styles to choose from. All' bench made shoes in
cluded. Formerly priced to $14.00.
$385 1 y
Appealing Christmas Gifts
From the Silk Underwear Shop
K Acceptable as Gifts i
THESE are the "kind of days you want
sweaters good warm sweaters to
wear with or , without coats for outdoor
wear. Complete assortment of the newest
ideas in women's wool, fibre and silk
sweaters in plain and fancy combinations.
Price Range, .
$5.00 to $49.50
WOMEN'S sweaters, slip-on style, with
sleeves, assorted colors. jj
HY not give "her" something she
likes best of all frilly pretty
things to wear in the home.
Boudoir Caps, 25c
Dainty creations of lace and crepe de
chine combination and pretty floral pat
terend silk mull caps.
Boudoir Caps, 50c to $4.95
Exquisite works of art in lace and rib
bon combinations, finished with bows and
.Boudoir Sacques, $4.95
Loose, clinging s&cques of ribbon,
crepe de chine and lace combinations.
Silk Jersey Bloomers,
A special assortment of bloomers, mafle
of a splendid quality silk Jersey, cut full,
in all slses.
Howard, Between 15th and 16th.
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