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THE OMAHA SUNDAY BEEt DECEMBER 23, 1917.
FEAR GERMANS AS
MAD DOyAYS TAFT
.Tomer President Declares
" People Obsessed With Idea
That They Are Superhuman
(By AMwiatcd Piwm.)
Pittsburgh, Dec. 22. Upholding
the morale of the allies is the most
important task facing the United
States this winter asserted former
President William H. Taft in an ad
dress at a Red Cross mass meeting
After detailing the activities of the
American Red Cross in Europe Mr.
Taft said, we should do everything
we possibly can to help relieve the
suffering of the pefyie in the de
vastated countries of Europe. We
must study the psychological prob
lems of the war stricken peoples if
we are to understand the situation.
Discussing peace possibilities, the
former president declared: "Peace is
' not a question of terms. It is a
question of downing the ruling
power of Germany today the Ger
man military autocracy. It is a
question of helping the blinded peo
ple of Germany to see what their
government is and how they are be
"The German people have become
obsessed willi mcglomania, with
grandeur, with the idea that they
're superhuman and are God's
chosen people. A people thus ob
sessed are just as dangerous in the
family of nations and to permanent
peace as a mad dog in the domestic
family. That is the only way you
can explain the atrocities, violations
of international law and other crimes
of the German nation."
New York, Dec. 22. Important doc
tmients said to reveal an extensive
food traffic between the United States
and Germany through Sweden were
seized by federal agents in Brooklyn
tonight when they raided the apart
,ments of Gustav A. Meyers, a pur
chasing agent for certain German
firms, and arrested him as an alien
According to government agents
some of the seized papers showed that
Meyers had shipped to Germany food
stuffs valued at hundreds of thousands
of dollars and that he had been in
communication with Germany as re
cently a week ago. Bank books
showing deposits of $12,000 to his
credit also are said to have been
Meyers is about 40 years of age
and is said to have come to this courv
try in 1914 after the outbreak of the
war. He lived in a fashionable residen
tial section of Brooklyn.
General Harries Says
' South Place for Camps
(From a 8Uff Correpomlnt.)
Washington, Dec. 22. Special Tel.
gram.) Brigadier General George H.
Harries of Omaha, who was recently
transferred from the command oi the
Nebraska National guard, now in
camp at Deming, N. M., to the com
mand of a negro brigade in South
Carolina, is in Washington for the
Christmas holidays. "The south is the
only place to train soldiers," said Gen
eral Harries. ......
"At Fort Deming, which il 30 miles
from the Mexican border, there has
been no rain since September, and
there will be none until July in all
probability.' The mean temperature
is approximately 45 degrees, and it
rarely gets very cold.
"Even when the temperature falls
below freezing it is much more com
fortable than it is here at a very much
lower temperature, because of the dry
atmosphere. The soldiers training in
South Carolina and other southern
statea have the advantage of being
able to work every day. There is no
David N. Miller, for 48
Years Citizen Here, Dead
David N. Miller, age 74, died at his
home, 2819 Leavenworth street, last
night after two year illness. Death
was due to tubercular pleurisy.
He lived in Omaha 48 years and for
a number of years was bailiff in
Judge Munger's court.
He has two sons, James P. Miller,
who is in the navy and is stationed on
League island at Pittsburgh, and S.
E. Miller who is living here.
He is survived by his wife, and two
ilanffhtf r. Mm. Ueulah Shirlev and
Mrs. Louise Van Dorn, both living
Funeral services will be conducted
Sunday at 2 p. m. by Capital lodge
No. 3 of the Ancient, Free and Ac
cepted Masons in the old Masonic
Burial will be in Forest Lawn
Pittsburgh Carmen Get
Raise; May Boost Fare
Plttsburgs, Dec. 22. Demands of
conductors and motormen on the
street car lines of Piitsburgh for an
increase in wages were met late to
day when the Pittsburgh Railways
company decided upon an increase in
wages of 2A cents n hour, effective
immediately. Threats of a strike had
been made by the men.
In announcing the increase the com
pany gave notice that it would . eti
tion the Pennsylvania public service
commission for permission to increase
the fare from 5 to 5.55 cents when a
book of 18 tickets for a dollar is pur
chased or a straight 6-cent rate for
The city council tonight by a unan
imous vote decided to protest the pro
posed advance in fares.
Restriction on Thrift Stamps
Removed for Christmas
WasMngton. Dec. 22. To facilitate
the use of war savings stamps and
certificates as Christmaa gifts, First
Assistant Postmaster General Koons
has telegraphed postmasters in the
leading cities to sell an unlimited
amount of stamps to individuals, firms
or corporation wishing to give them
as Christmas presents. Temporarily
the rule forbidding persons to have
more than $1,000 worth of stamps at
a time will be waived.
MOTHER'S ST A TEMENT ABOUT
FUNST0N CAUSE OF COMMENT
The statement of Mrs. A. B. Mc
Connell in The Bee about the un
satisfactory conditions at Camp Funs
ton, where she has several times
visited her son, who is in training
there, was a lively topic of conver
"Your paper was hardly out when
my telephone began ringing," said
Mrs. McConnell last evening, "and
it hr.s kept me busy most of the time
since. Several women telephoned me
some whom I did not know to
tell about similar things, to which
their attention had been called.
"1 want it distinctly understood
that my own boy has not complained
and could have nc complaint against
his officers. He Tias been promoted
in his compa.iy and has been recom
mended for the next officers' reserve
training camp. Some of my friends
are tellin:' me that my talking to the
newspapers will have spoiled his
chance of getting a commission. But
I will not believe that as I have told
nothing but the truth and my son is
not to I blamed for what I say. I
received a letter from him this morn
ing and the only word in it about
camp conditions was a remark about
the boys needing helmets, because a
lot of them were freezing their ears
off. I immediately went downtown
and spent the morning buying all the
warm helmets I could find in the
stores, I invested $65 in woolen hel
mets and have sent them all to Camp
Funston so the boys in his company
may have warm head coverings.'
One of the protests against the
Mrs. McConnell interview conies in
the form of a lengthy typewritten
communication, over the name of one
Padernos, who says he has visited
Camp Funston and from which the
following are sample excerpts:
"The sooner Mrs. McConnell and
others of her inclinations will realize
that a cantonment camp in time of
war is no golf links or a parlor in a
swell residence and the life in it one
of merriment and joy rides the better
for them as well as for those in the
camp and mothers they left behind.
"It is not true that boys are freez
ing. Their barracks are all steam
heated and heated they are pleniy.
They also have plenty of clothing and
plenty of covering for the night. Each
boy has bis own cot, covered with
mattress stuffed with hay. This, from
a sanitary reason, because no one
sleeps on a mattress after another.
The contents are emptied, the tick is
washed and refilled with fresh supply
of hay, and the bed is as good as new.
It is not a downy, fluffy bed, that
many a boy has been used to at home,
but .it's warm and comfortable and
sleeping on it is good, especially after
a good day of exercises.
Mar Bur What They Wish.
"The boys get $30 per month be
sides their bed, board and clothing so
that, unless they gamble it away,
which in many instances is done,
they have sufficient funds to buy
what they need. 'Canteens' or 'ex
changes' are right on the grounds and
there one can Buy anything along the
line of refreshments the heart desires.
Of course, outside of liquors.
''I am writing this i6 to dispute
Mrs. McConnell in her statements but
rather to set out the situation as it
really exists and thus avoid a lot of
worrv amongst mothers and all the
loved ones our boys in khaki left at i
home. They have no snap, but they I
are not subjected to any tortures orj
privations. Government wants no sis-1
The Red Cross Beacon
TZEEP the Red Cross Beacon burning in your window Christmas Eve,
for it is planned that this illuminated symbol of relief for our
brave soldiers on the battle line in Europe shall glow from every Ameri
can home on that hallowed night, as a testimonial that we have not for
gotten; that wo are staunchly back of the boys under arms and are doing
everything in our power to assure them comfort in their performance of
i patriotic duty to democracy.
The Red Cross committee explains that the membership posters displayed in the
windows shall be illumined from the interior of the room, commencing at 7:30
o'clock on Christmas Eve.
This lighting can be provided by the use of a candle set in front of the poster, or
by electric lights. '
Insurance underwriters are of the opinion that the candle-lighting carries with
it an element of danger, and if they are correct it would seem desirable to arrange
some plan for electric lighting.
A portable electric lamp with the shade removed may easily be set up in front of
the poster and thus furnish the best effect. A drop extension cord, connecting with
any socket, may be used in hanging an unshaded lamp to light up ih poster, this being
one of the simplest devices. A still more simple idea is to raise the window shade
until the poster is exposed and then leave the electric chandelier burning during the
Just a little ingenuity will make it easy for the patriotic Red Cross member to
display the significant emblem in full illumination on Christmas Eve, and without the
slightest danger of fire electrical attachments furnishing this solution.
But whether by candle or electricity, be very sure the Red Cross gleams from
your window, as in every loyal home in the United States.
sies, they want men and men they
are making out of the boys by leaps
and bounds, and will make them much
faster if only over-sensitive women
who find it necessary to stay around
the camp in order to be near their
'dear boys' will keep their maudlin
feelings for themselves and not parade
with it into the public press."
Dr. Zhytlowsky to Omaha
To Address Zionists
One of the famous Jewish philos
ophers and leading personages in the
new Jewish nationalistic movement,
Professor Chayim Zhytlowsky, will
arrive in Omaha Monday, Decem
He will speak upon the great pres
ent problems now confronting the
Jewish people all over the world.
He will express his views concerning
the English government's promise to
restore Palestine to the Jewish na
tion. Dr. Zhytlowsky has become famous
not only because of his activities as
a nationalistic leader, but also on ac
count of his upbuilding of the modern
Jewish philosophy. Dr. Zhytlowsky
as quite recently joined the ranks
of the Poale-Zton movement in
America and has become one of its
most vigorous advocates.
Railroad Asks Public to
Cut Down Holiday Travel
Philadelphia. Dec. 22. An appeal to
the public to refrain from unneces
sary traveling during the holidays, so
as not to congest its lines, was issued
tonight by the Pennsylvania Railroad
company. The appeal sets fotth that
the company's lines will be called
upon to carry about 15,000 soldiers on
holiday leave from army cantonments
to their homes and back, and to meet
this situation successfully it requests
that "as an act of patriotism, pleasure
travel during the holiday period be
suspended and that railroad travel be
voluntarily restricted to necessary
trips on affairs of business."
Eight Hours Minimum
For Revenue Employes
Employes of the local internal rev
enue office will work a minimum of
eight hours a day instead of seven, as
heretofore, according to a telegram
received by Collector Looniis from
D. Roper, commissioner of internal
revenue at Washington.
Gold, Mahogany, Oak Enameled
December 24-33 J Off
A. HOSPE CO.
1513 Douglas Street
Nebraska Power Company
"Your Electric Service Company."
SUGAR MEN FIXED
Reed Declares Big Magnates
Able to Control Selling, Under
Food Administration; De
nial by Bolph.
(Br AMotiatcd PrM.)
Washington, Dec. 22. Airing of
troubles between the American Sugar
Refining company and the Federal
Sugar Refining company, which has
featured the senate sugar investiga
tion today, brought from Senator
Kenyon, a republican member of the
committee, a protest against under
taking to put these concerns on trial
at the hearings and a suggestion that
he could not see where the inquiry
"was getting any where."
Chairman Reed charged during his
examination of George M. Rolph,
head of the food adminstration's
sugar division, that the American
Sugar Refining company and its "al
lies," had been able under the food
administration plan to fix prices,
something the anti-trust laws had pre
vented them from doing for years.
Mr. Rolph emphatically denied this
and asserted that the administration
had performed a public service in
keeping the price down. Without
regulation he said, sugar now would
be at least 15 cents a pound.
Spreckels Makes Kick.
Much time was spent today on the
com lair.t of Claus,A. Spreckels, that
the food administration declined to al
low him to pay a slightly higher price
than agreed upon for some Cuban
sugar, to keep him from closing his
plant for lack of supplies. Mr. Rolph
said the request was declined, because
if the food administration deviated
from the price in one instance, it
would be compelled to in others.
The international sugar committee,
part of tne food administration is now
studying conditions for next year and
Mr. Rolph testified that its prelimi
nary estimate of raw sugar available
for the United States is less than the
probable demand. A total of 6,170,000
tons will be required and the supply
in sight is 5,795,000 tons.
A new consideration has entered
into the consumption estimates. Pro
hibition has caused an increase, Mr.
Rolph said, particularly in the south,
where there are thousands of soldiers
who, in the absence of liquor are
using more chewing gum, candy and
Three pounds of sugar per month
per person is what Food Adminis
trator Wattles of Nebraska suggest
as a fair average to be consumed, in
order not to augment the sugar
shortage. He makes the request that
people seek to limit themselves to
that amount. This would mean 12
pounds per month for a family of
The law permits persons to buy a
60-day supply at any one time, but
Mr. Wattles asks that consumers re
Values for Last Day
Mahogany Tea Wagons,
with loose tray tops,
$17.50, $20.00, $22.50,
$38.00 and up to $42.
Tuck-Away Tables, In
Madam Hendrou's Character Dolls,
$1.25 values. 89c $1.50 values, $1.19
$2.00 values, $U9$2.25 values, $1.79
September Morning Dollies, two
sizes, very specially priced at 7c
Dolls' Hats, worth to $1.00, for 10c
Dolls' Shoes, assorted sizes, worth
'to 30c, for 13c
EARLY STREET CAR SERVICE
Christmas Morning, December 25, 1917
For the accommodation of persons attending church services
on Christmas Morning, earlier-than-regular street car service will
be furnished on most lines.
THE SERVICE WILL BE AS FOLLOWS:
Farnam Line. First Car Subsequent Service
Leaving Depots (northbound) ?:52 a. m. 1:00 a. m. then every 5 minutes ...
Leaving Dundee 4:20 a. m. 5:20 a. m. then every 10 minutes
Leaving 45th and Cuming 5:00 a.m. 5:45 a. m. then every 10 minutes
Leaving Depots .4 :20 a. m. 5 :05 a. m. then every 10 minutes
Leaving 33d and Parker .4:45 a. m. 5:30 a. m. then every 10 minutes
Leaving Depots 5 :05 a. m. 5 :20 a. m. then every 10 minutes
Leaving 30th and Spaulding 5:35 a. m. 5:50 a. m. then every 10 minutes
Hanscom Park Line.
Leaving 24th and Ames (southbound) . . 4:50 a. m. Regular Sunday Schedule
Leaving 24th and Kansas Avenue 5 :30 a. m. Regular Sunday Schedule
Leaving Florence 5 :56 a. m. Regular Sunday Schedule
Leaving 32d and Valley 5 :35 a. m. Regular Sunday Schedule
Leaving 29th and Dupont. . , 5:30 a m. Regular Sunday Schedule
South Omaha Line. ,
Leaving 24th and Ames (eastbound) ... 4:45 a. m. Regular Sunday Schedule
Leaving 42d and Grand .5:20 a. m. Regular Sunday Schedule
Leaving 43d and Q 5:37 a. m. Regular Sunday Schedule .
Benson and Albright.
Leaving 13th and Vinton (southbound) .4:33 a. m.
Leaving 13th and Vinton (northbound) .4:17 a. m.
Leaving Albright 4:48 a. m. 4:56 6:05 then Reg. Sun. Sch.
Leaving Benson 5:00 a.m. 5;46 then Reg. Sun. Schedule
Leaving School for Deaf 5 :59 a. m. Regular Sunday Schedule
Leaving Elmwood Parkrf ...5:49 a.m. Regular Sunday Schedule
Leaving 24th and Lake 5:15 a.m. Regular Daily Schedule
Leaving 44th and L 5:30 a. m. Regular Daily Schedule
Omaha & Council Bluffs Street Railway Company
frain as much as possible at present
from taking advantage of that 60-day
clause in order that the present avail
able sugar supply may be sufficient to
tide the country over until the supply
He asks that grocers limit sales
to five pounds at a time to city and
town customers and 10 pounds to
rural customers who have not the
same ready access to the stores that
the town people have.
May Escape the Draft
Boston. Dec. 22. Engineering stu
dents, who have good records, will
be exempt from the draft if they en
list in the engineer reserve corps,
President Richard C. Maclaurin of
Orchard & Wilhslm Co.
That Will Make This
A Glad Reality
READ THIS LIST
-Then Bring It With You on
Genuine Cedar Storage Chests,
Smokers' Cabinets, from $5.00
Smokers' Stands, from $1.00 v
Mahogany Yam Holders, $11.00
All kinds of Book Ends, from, per
White Plaster "Good Fairies," 75c
Gate Leg Tables, In mahogany,
Royal Easy Chairs, from $28.00
Overstuffed Tapestry Chairs and
Rockers, from $16.75
Tapestry Davenports, from $49.00
Spinet Desks, In mahogany, $2540
Drop Leaf Sewing Tables, from
$1&50 to $24.00
Oriental Rugs, special at $25.00
Ferneries, in great variety, front
Reed Carriages for the New Baby,
Chairs and Rockers in great
Stately Hall Clocks.
Mission Sectional Bookcases.
A Thotisand and One Interesting
Gifts la Our Gift Shop
A List of Specially Priced
that will bring Joy an
Happiness to the Tots.
75c Doll's Bed, complete with
mattress and pillows, for 60c
?1.25 Doll's Bed, complete with
mattress and pillows, tor 90c
90c Folding Metal Doll Cabs, for
Artificial Christmas Trees, special
for 50c and $1.00
75c Doll Trunks, for 60c
$1.00 Doll Trunks, for 75c
Sets of Electric Christmas Tree
Lights, 12, 24 or 32 to the set, at re
Massachusetts Institute of Technol
ogy, told the students today.
A recent communication from the $
War department, he said, explained
that the student so enlisting would
be placed on the inactive list and al
lowed to complete his college course.
At graduation he would be given the
option of being called . into the active
service under his enlistment and be
ing' assigned to some of the engi
neering branches of the army, or of
being immediately discharged and
taking his place again among those
subject to service under the draft law.
Plans are already under way in sev
eral of the western states to secure
women farm laborers next year to
take the places of men who have
joined the colors.
and sizes, from.
$2.00 to $8.00 ' ;
Sewing Cabinets, as
pictured, in mahogany,
Priscilla Sewing Cab
inet, in mahogany,
$5, $6.50, $7.50
Smart Fernery, with
metal lining, ma
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