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4. VOL. XLVIL NO. 159.
OMAHA. THURSDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 20, 1917. FOURTEEN PAGES.
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OMAHA BOY RESCUED AS SHIP SINKS;
RED CROSSuiMBERSHIP MOW 20,000
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THOUSANDS ENROLL IN BIG
OMAHA CHRISTMAS DRIVE;
ALL RECORDS TO BE BROKEN
Memberships Pour Into Headquarters Faster Than They
Can Be Tabulated; Committee in Charge Estimates
20;000 Tuesday; 1,500 Armour Packing
House Employes Join.
Age-Old Cathedral of France, Beautiful
. Even in Ruins From Shock of Teuton Shells
Fifteen Hundred Packing House Employes at
Armour Plant Join Red Cross in )iig Omaha Drive
Fifteen hundred of the 1,800 Armour Packing company employes have
already joined the Red Cross, according to a message telephoned to
headquarters at noon Ty Robert C. Howe, general manager.
Mr. Howe expects to line up the remaining 300 before he turns in his
This is the record breaking total of memberships to be turned in by
any business institution. The campaign committee is jubilant over this
"It shows that foreigners and workmen in all walks of life are with
the Red Cross in spirit," they say.
Castelar school reports 185 families in the district out of 318 had
joined through the school drive, during the first day of the campaign.
Miss Jennie Redfield is the principal.
MAKE NEW RECORD. O
Red Cross memberships are pour-
ng into headquarters in the Keeline
building faster than they can be tabu
lated. "We will not complete Tuesday's
Igures until late this afternoon," said
W. A. Pixley, publicity chairman,
'but the number is well over 20,000.
Many are holding out reports for 100
oer cent records."
Mrs. W. B. Tagg of the South Side
woman's committee, reports she h&
3,500 members. These figures are not
included in the totals issued by head
quarters, but are indicated on a
thermometer on the South Side head
quarters' building. When all the re
turns are made from the South Side,
they will be shown on the Christmas
stocking on the First National Lank
, Canvass by Traveling Men.
. . A squadron of traveling men who
canvassed the outlying- retail district
Tuesday under N. Stanley Brown,
nought in 1,027 memberships.
Dallas,, Tex., is the second city to
come in' oh the Omaha challenge to
better this city's membership record.
Denver was the first to accept, but
has been dilatory about sending in the
returns. No figures had been received
from, Denver this morning at Red
Cross headquarters on the result of
their second day's campaign.
The Omaha campaign committeejs
confident the 40,000 goal will be
I ' "Supplies for 90,000 memberships
have already been given out on the
most conservative estimate of mem
berships to be filled by the solicitors
taking out the supplies, and we arc
swamped with calls for more sup
plies," said one member of the com
mittee. "That augurs well for 45,000
members, anyway." j
Work Day and Night. .
The 90,000 membership supplies, in
cluding Red Cross posters, folders,
service flags, buttons, red crosses,
membership cards, Rgd Cross maga
zines and several offier items, packed
for the most part in quantities of 30
in one envelope, represents the work
of Mrs. W. A. Pixley and her small
army of helpers, night and day, for
tne last week.
J. E. Davidson, chairman of office
management, is strong in his praise
of the work done by Mrs. Pixley and
Nine girls working under H. , E.
Kagoss and W. J. Margin are tabu
lating the membership figures. They
were so crowded for space in the
headquarters that xtra rooms in the
.Keeline building had to he taken to
day to facilitate this work.
K. J. Curley, prominent stockman
from Bloomfield, Neb., who brought
in three loads of hogs to the Omaha
market Tuesday, took out a $2 mem
bership for himself, a $1 membership
for his wife and one for each of his
eight children. When Mr. Curley had
completed his business, he came back
to the Red Cross booth in the Live
Stock exchange and made a S100 con
tribution to the Red Cross.
"The war has helped to increase
die value of the live stock I had -to
(Continued on Pane Two, Column One.)
Progress to Summit of Import
ant Height Guarding Entrance
to Venetian Plains; Take
Berlin, Dec. 19. Austro-German
forces yesterday stormed the Italian
positions on Monte Asolone and the
adjoining heights, according to the
omciai statement issued today by the
German staff. More -than 2,000 sol
diers were captured.
(By AsuocUled Press.)
Headquarters of the Italian Army in
Northern Italy, Dec. 19. Extremely
heavy fighting has again developed
Dotn in tne northern mountain re
gion and along the lower Piavc.
The enemy has made five separ
ate attempts to cross the Sile, or Old
Its main effort was about three
miles above the mouth7 of the driver,
where pontoons and a bridge were
used. The first party succeeded in
getting across, but after a series of
furious attacks, was driven back to
the water's edge where it is still held.
Four othcr'sinvultaneous attempts to
the same region were repulsed in the
main, but fighting continues, accord
ing to the latest reports received.
Enem' Makes Progress.
In the mountain region the enemy
concentrated its whole pressure on
the height commanding the 'pass of
San Lorenzo leading down to the
plain and Bassano. It was repeated
ly repulsed, but with. heavy reinforce
ments succeeded in making some pro
gress to the summit of one of the
heights east of the Brenta river and
the Italian line was correspondingly
The fighting was desperate, as both
sides felt the importance of control
ling this vital line leading to the
"fife i'iBfIJ-i;- 11 '
LIEUT. MONTGOMERY OF
THIS CITY, COMMANDER OF
F-1, SURVIVES DISASTER
Son of Former Omaha Attorney and Graduate of Omaha
High School; Nineteen Perish as Result of Col
lision in Home Waters of Two United
CHURCH OF ST. JCa-W,. PEjyaoiTE.
DOG, TO STAY WITH
G. C. Wharton -Gives $25 to
The Bee to Save Four
Footed Companion of
Army Depot Subscribes 100
Per Cent to the Red Cross
Thirty minutes after Major Maher
of the army quartermaster's depot in
Omaha suggested' a Ked Cross drive
among the officers and enlisted men,
tnerworkers who canvassed the build
ing reported back to him a 100 per
cent record. Between 300 and 400
memberships were obtained. All of
the officers and many of the enlisted
men subscribed 100 per cent, paying
as much as $7 for themselves and
members of their families.
Old "Slup" has been granted a
respite. The faithful, duinb four-
footed ' companion and protector of
the Gardner "kiddie," 6148 Bedford
avenue., will not have to be sacrificed
to obtain funds with wljich'to pur
chase food and clothing. s
G. C. Wharton, president of the F.
P. Kirkendall Boot and Shoe com
pany, appreciates the attachment that
exists between dogs and children, and
rather than see the "kiddies" deprived
of their pet, he volunteeredto buy
"Shep" and give him back to the chil
dren with '.he understanding that
they be allowed to keep him.
Early Wednesday morning Mr.
Wharton presented The Bee with a
check for $25 to Ie given to Mrs.
Gardner. Later on Mrs. Wharton will
visit the Gardner "kiddies" and meas
ure them for shoes. .. ,
One woman who did not care to
have her name used drove out to the
Gardner home in an auto to sec what j
she could do for the family. !
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Chicago Musician Shoots
1 And Kills Mother-in-Law
Chicago. Dec. 19. Veto Destito, a
member of the orchestra of the Chi
cago Grand Opera company, who shot
and killed his motlier-in-law and
probably fatallv shot his wife last
night, gave himself up today to the
police. Mrs. Uestito told the police
that her husband had become morbid
over continued ill health. He was
unable to tell a connected story of
the shooting and appeared to be in a
state of nervous breakdown.
TO SEE SERVICE,
The Seventh regiment may yet see
Men of the much discussed military !
organization experienced a gleam of
hope today when the following tele
gram from Washington was received
by the adjutant general of Nebraska
"Recognition of Seventh infantry,
Nebraska National Guard, delayed by
missing enclosure inspection report.
All papers received yesterday. Ex
amination expedited. Metnoradum
corrections required mailed promptly.
The telegram was signed
"Carter, Chief vf Military Bureau."
Governor Keith Neville, colonel of
the Seventh regiment, commented
simply on the telegram.
"The delay has not -affected the reg
ment's standing in any way. Its status
is just the same as if the delay had
not occurred. When official recogni
tion is received, the men of the
Seventh stand just as good a chance
as Any to see actual service," he said.
The recognition would come quick
ly, the governor felt assured.
PRICE FIXING ON
LIVE STOCK ASKED
Resolution Before the Congress
to Come Up for Considera
tion at the Sessions to Be
' Held Today.
STAR OF HOPE,"
Daughter of Rev. James A.
Lamb Was Headlincr in
Mental Healing Parlor,
U-BOAT IS SUNK
Warn Against Burning
Candles Behind Flags
New York, Dec. 19. A warning
against placing lighted candles 'be
hind Ked Cross flags on Christmas
day has been issued by the National
Board of Eire Underwriters.
Electric flashlights have been sug
gested for use in place of candles.
Physical Exams to Come
Eya Tanguay and
Hubby "Split Up"
Chicago. Dec. 19. Eva Tanguay
WITfLP'700lCharities andBee Receive Ma
As soon as draft boards complete i
their classifications and as quickly as!
a registrant is classified in class one,!
pulled! examinations win De made.
obtained a divorce from John ,W.
Ford after the actress had given
her testimony before Judge David
M. Brothers. Ford was her dancing
partner and the actress swore that
after their marriage his habits were
so irregular that he would remain
away from the show for days at a
time. They were married at Ann
Arnor, Mich., in 1913
Gary, Ind., Dec. 19. Two robbers
who today escaped with $10,700 after
stunning Michael Pinzen, a saloon
neepcr, and killing Spencer Tillman,
i negro porter serving as a body
guard, are supposed to have fled to
Police of that city were asked to
juard all roads leading into it from
Between them, Binzcn and Till
nan carried $25,000 to be used in cash-
Paris, Tuesday, Dec. 18. The old
French cruiser Chateatirenault em
ployed as a transport, was orpedoed
and sunk in the Mediterranean on the
morning of December 14, and the
submarine which attacked it later
was destroyed, according to an
nouncement made tonight by the
French minister of marine. The pas
sengers on the Chateaurcnault, all of
whom were either sohers or officers,
were saved, leu members ot the
crew were lost.
The French cruiser Chateaurcnault
was laid down in 18. It was 442
feet long with a 55. 7-foot beam and
displaced 7,891? tons, Hs comple
ment before the war was 000 men.
Besides being used as a cruiser form
erly, the Chateaurcnault had 1jeen
fitted as a mine layer.
Coal Miners Will Have
Short Holiday This Year
Indianapolis, Ind., Dec. 19. Coal
miners of the country arc called upon
to forego their usually extended holi
day tin's Christmas time and take only
two days Christmas and New Year's
day in a statement issued here to
day at the international headquarters
of the United Mine Workers of
America. I he statement follows:
"The United States is in the grip
of a coal famine. Recent snows and
excessive cold weather have denleted
the coal bins throughout the country. I
Aever Detore lias a coal shortage
been so acute.
"Therefore, out of consideration for
! the public need, we are calling on the
! United Mine Workers of America to
; take only two holidays, Christ mas
i and New Year's. Our patriotic duty
i demands that this be done."
A resolution asking the federal food
administration to fix prices on fat cat
tle and fat sheep, as well as on hogs,
is bcing'consldcred by the" resolutions
committee of the Farmers' congress
in. session in Omaha. The resolution
will be reported on the floor Thurs
day. E. L. Burke, chairman of the live
stock committee of the state food ad
ministration, suggested the resolution.
He pointed out that the market for
fat lambs is not good at the present
time, and said that farmers are get
ting less per pound for their fat lambs
than they had to pay for the feeders.
He maintained that the consumers
at home should he urged by the food
atimmistration to use more mutton,
since mutton is not exported for the
soldiers and pork is.
He also said there is no money in
fat cattle at the present prices when
the price of the feeders is considered.
More Cattle Than Last Year.'
More calflc are being marketed by
over 18 per cent this year than last,
according to figures given by State
Food Administrator Wattles to the
Farmers' congress Wednesday after
noon, but the hogs and sheep ap
parently are being returned to the
farms to be finished. Hog receipts,
according to the food administrator's
figures, show a decrease of over 16
per cent and sheep show a decrease
of over 18 per cent. Speaking of wheat,
iir. wattles said m part: "(Jf the am
ount 62 j, 479,000 bushels required by
the allies, the United States can fur
nish about 70,000,000 bushels. Canada,
138,000,000, or a total of 208,000,000.
Australia will have 80,000,000 bushels
for export; India, 50,000,000, and Ar
gentina, 140,000,000, or a grand total
of 478,000,000 bushels.
"If we reduce our consumption by
one pound of flour a week per per
son or 20 per rent, we will have
raised our export surplus from 70,000,
000 bushels to 2(10,000,000, consequent
ly one of the greatest factors in the
United States supplying its part of the
wheat for export is careful conser
vation." Lieutenant, Governor Edgar How
(f'ontlmird on r Two, Column Two.)
Lieutenant A. E. Montgomery, commanding officer of th
Fl, which was accidently rammed and unk in home waters
Monday, is an Omaha boy, a product of the Omaha High school
and the Annapolis Naval academy. He is among the survivors.
(,i PATirnp niUTAMA T AM VCD
Carroll S. Montgomery of the law
firm of Montgomery, Hall & Young
of Omaha is the officer's uncle, and
Mrs. C. G. Jaycox of Omaha is his
i aunt. Another uncle is George Mont
gomery of Albion, Neb.
Lieutenant Montgomery's father
was the late E. Montgomery, who un
til the time of his death was also a
partner in the law firm with which
Carroll S. Montgomery is still con
nected. His mother was formerly
Miss Julia Smith of Milford, Neb. The
mother is now Mrs. Julia Montgomery
Pratt, living at Fort H. G. Wright,
GOES TO EUROPE.
The family of E. Montgomery,
while the young man was attending
school in OmahY lived near Thirty
sixth and Half Howard street. Sonic
time after the death of the father, Mrs.
Montgomery and the children went to
Europe, where they spent a year. Most
of the time was spent in Faris and
other parts of France, where the chil
dren were enabled to keep up their
school work through a tutor. That
was about 15 years ago.
When the young man entered the
naval academy at Annapolis, his
mother moved east with the familv.
and later remarriqd.
After he was graduated from the
Annapolis naval academy, young
Montgomery, made rapid progress in
his naval career. He is scarcely more
t'ian27 years old now: He was com
mander of the submarine when he was
but 26 years old. He has been com
mander of. this submarine since last
spring, when he was stationed on the
east coast, but the order came trans
ferring him to the west coast to take
command -A the F-1. During the trans
fer he stopped off at Omaha to visit
friends and relatives here.
Omaha relatives of the young lieu
tenant are very anxious to hear more
details of the accident. Thus far
they have heard nothing directly from
the lieutenant, hut has depended en
tirely upon press dispatches for their
"I am very glad to hear he was
saved," said Mrs. C. G. Jaycox, aunt
of the young t.fhccr, "for he is a very,
fine you-ig man."
Nineteen Lives LqstT
Washington, Dec. 18. Nineteen
lives were lost when the American
submarine F-1 was rammed and sunk
(Continued on Page Two, Column Ono.)
Lincoln, Dec. !'. (Special.) That
Mrs. Margaret E. Simmons, daughter
of Rev. James A. Lamb, prominent
Lincoln minister, posed as the "Star
of Hope" in a mrntaL healing parlor
at Chicago, was brought our during
testimony of witnesses in her divorce
case here today.
Mrs. Simmons is suing to have a
decree obtained 25 years ago by her
former husband, Dr. George H. Sim
mons, now editor of the, Journal of
the American Medical society, se,t
Mrs. Matilda Pctrie, -wife-of a Chi
cago physician, testified that she and
Mrs.' Simmons in 1002 healed the sick
together .md that Mrs. Simmons gave
them medicine and she administered
mental treatment. Upon cross-exami
nation by Dr. Simmons' attorney she
admitted' Mrs. Simmons was the "Star
of Hope in the partnership wh.ich
was called a spiritualistic corntiination
in a report made by the Illinois state
board ot health.
Drug Fiend, Says Witness.
Mrs. Olive II. Wood, professional
nurse, testified she had known Mrs
Simmons to be addicted to the mor
phine habit for 17 years. She admitted
during cross-cxamiifation that her
husband had owned the Christian hos
pital whic!: Dr. Simmons' journal had
denounced for the alleged sale of med
ical licenses for $25.
James F. Morrissey, former street
commissioner of Joliet, 111., said that
in the summer of 1892 Mrs. Simmons
practiced medicine over a saloon in
Joliet and that she was subject to
stupors as though under the influence
Mrs. Simmons formerly was a
teacher in the Lincoln public schools.
Shewas educated at the University
of Nebraska. She was married to Dr.
Simmons in 1881.
Young Women to Be
Taught How to Farm
Chicago, Dec. 19. Hundreds of
girls will be trained to replace men on
farms next summer by the Woman's
National Farm and (iarden associa
tion it was announced today. Two
experimental farms have ben donated
for teaching the young women.
One of Pershing's Men
Dies of Pneumonia
Washington, Dec. 19. General
Pershing reports today the following:
PRIVATE SCOTT P. MERRILL,
infantry, died December 16,. pneu
monia. He was from Anson, Me.
Government to Take Over
Appeals Prom Wnrthv Pnnr
' Output of Wood Alcohol
11-- . 1 ... 11 . ,n rr..
. , .... : " aMimgion, urc. IV. 1 lie coim-
ceivccl at 1 lie Rcc oftiec have been j try's entire output of wood alcohol
torwarded to Mrs. Doane's office for will he taken river innnertint.!, in, tU
according to the needs government under an agreement with
have been visited, the distillers announced tndav hv tbr
f 'ri. ... . - :. i . . . -'
ui i ne uee
Lulu lives somewhere in Omaha.
She wrote to Mrs. G. W. Doane, gen
eral secretary of tlje Associated
Charities, to state that she is an
orphan and lives with" an uncle who is
not able to do much for her at Christ
mas nine. sue lias meninncs nt
.t - i t. r-.-i..-,, ... . . ...... "ivii
i ig ne criers vi sieci mm employes. Uinstruas when her mother was with
i nc nuuiy os idM-u irum ine person ner
I lease send me something for
was her pica to Mrs.
oi binzen. the guard, who carried
-i large amount of silver in a bag, tire !
wo ineffectual shots and was si-'
y a return blast from a sawed- .
-hotgun. The bandits fled with-
cocking the money which he car.-,..',.
Pinzen was hit on the head with ..
niece ot lead pioe. His skull was nut
Santa Clans letters arc being re
ceived at the Charities office in in
creasing numbers and more needy
families have been reported during
the last few days.
Bundles of clothing and shoes re
of homes which
The co-operative work
and the Associated Charities has done
much good already. Mrs. Doane re
ports thcc arc many families yet to
be provided for and they will he as
sisted to the extent that money and
goods have been provided by the
T'elief in money, clothing, shoes,
stockings caps, mittens, coal or
Christinas basket dinners may be
sent Jo the Associated Charities of
fice, 519' Farnarn building, Thirteenth
and Fnrmun slreets. or to The Dec
vcu inuusines ooaro. j'rivatc con
sumers will !) supplied on licenses
issued by the priorities board.
Turn Vassar Into
School for Nurses
Poughkeepsie. N. Y., Dec. 19.
Vassar college will be used for war
purposes nest summer, it was an
nounced here today. A committee
of trustees has been appointed to
work out plans for a school for the
intensive training of students who
wish to become registered nurses.
Kennedy Announces Rules Which
Will Govern the Lightless Nights
Summary of the provisions of the new electric light order now in
Tllc Cl,'r applies only to '1 hursday and Sunday nights of each week,
p. Merchants' signs, theater signs, ornamental 'lighting on buildings,
display advertising, notices and announcements, arc cut out.
3. Lights inside stores, offices or places of business, are forbidden,
whptf not open for business, excepting as necessary for safetv.
4. Signs designating t,r. location or the nature of the business, when
not open for business, are prohibited.
5. Excessive street lighting, intended for display or advertising pur
poses, is prohibited. " .
6. Householders are urged to, observe Thursday and Sunday nights,
and burn as few lights as possible.
7. The order docs not apply to the federal government, or to the state
8. The order dors not apply to street lights,, but no city mav maintain
lights commonly known as "white way" or cluster lights, or other dec
orative street lighting, except necessary for safety.
9. The order docs not apply to porch lights on houses or hotels, or
at the entrances to buildings open during the night; or to lights upon
private driveways or walks, or in the grounds of any hotel, manufacturing
establishment or residence; or upon the platforms of railway stations, or
in railroad yards or grounds, when necessary to public safety. All such
lights shall be reduced at any time upon direction of the stale fuel' ad
ministrators. 10. State fuel administrators are charged with the execution of the
order and-required to report violations to the United States fuel admin
istrator. 11. Thr order will be strictlv enforced in Nebraska.
JOHN' I- KENNF.DY, Federal Fuel Administrator for Nebraska.
GERMAN PATROLS ACTIVE.
London, Dec. 19. German patrols
were active last night in Flanders
near I'asschcndaele. Otherwise there
were no operations of consequence,
the war office reports.
SHELL FIRST LINE TRENCHES
Paris, Dec. 19. Today's war office
statement follows: "The enemy's, ar
tillery during the nieht bombarded
our first lines south of Juvincourt and
m the Argonne, at Four de Paris.
Our batteries replied effectively. At
the latter point enemy forces which
made two attempts to approach our
positions were repulsed with losses.
GENERAL SARRAIL RECALLED
London, Dec. 19. General Sarrail,
commander of the allied ' armies at
Saloniki, has been recalled, according
to newspaper announcement in
Athens, says a Rcuter dispatch from
the Greek capital under date of De
cember IS. Tfce successor of Gen
eral Sarrail in command of the Mace
donian armies, it is stated, will be
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