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MAUPiN TELLS OF
IT SEEMED TO ill
Nebraska Publicity Agent De
scribes Cantonment as Fine
, Place for Soldiers, Who
Are Well Cared For.
(From a Staff Com ponJnt.)
Lincoln, Neb., Jan. 3. (Special.)
Fortified with a letter from Governor
Neville to the commanding officer at
Camp Funslon, Will M. Maupin, di
rector of the State Bureau of Pub
licity, spent three days at Camp
Funston last week.
Major Lee. Major General Ballou's
chief of staff, gave Mr. Maupin two
passes, one the usual pass issued to
camp visitors, and another one to
use in case of emergency, granting
the bearer permission to go anywhere
he desired, see everything he wanted
to see, talk with the men, mess in
barracks and inspect the hospital
wards. Today Mr. Maupin made
public his report:
"I am not qaulified to speak about
the conditions existing at Camp
Funston early in the falh The men
in camp told me that the' conditions
have been good all the time, save for
the first few weeks, when everything
was new and in confusion. But I do
know that conditions today are ex
cellent. Taken as a whole the 45,000
men at Camp Funston and Fort Riley
are being better fed, better housed
and better clothed than the same 45,
000 men averaged when at home. All
the stories about the men suffering
from a lack of clothing and bedding
are false. ' The stories that the men
are not well fed are ridiculous. Those
who assert that the camp is not sani
tary are either ignorant or are wil
Finds Some Dust
"Camp Funston is not located In
a swamp. It is true that the camp is
located in the valley of the Kansas
tiitf fti omn crrntmfla tir. in
no more danger of being flooded than
are the high school grounds of Lin
colnindeed, hardly as much. The
soil is light and sandy, and it is only
natural that with nearly 50,000 men
constantly tramping over it that it
should be dusty. But the men in camp
suffer less from dust than the average
farm boy who spends the day in the
fields plowing or cultivating corn.
The roads inside the camp are
macadamized or concreted, and the
camp ground! have been oiled. The
dust nuisance, never very great, has
been abated. The camp js on the old
Fort Riley military reservation, "which
' has been owned and occupied by the
government since 1852.
Sleep on Mattresses.
"Every soldier at Camp Funston
eats ana sleeps in steam heated bar-
racks. The Friday I was there Was)
one of the coldest days we have had
this winter, and all day the barracks i
were warm warmer than the aver
age private home. These barracks
buildings are commodious, well ven
tilated and well lighted, naturally as
well as by electricity. Every man has
a separate iron cot, and every cot is
equipped with a mattress, two heavy
wool blankets and a heavy comforter. ,
In addition each man has his pouch
and hjs military overcoat. The sol
dier at Camp Funston who does not
sleep warm is a sleepwalker who gets
out on the roof.
Kitchens Are Clean.
"During the first year of Ne
braska's hotel inspection law I was
."the hotel commissioner of the state,
and, acting in ?uch capacity, I inspect
ed scores of Nebraska hotel kitchens.
I will back the kitchens wherein the
food is prepared for the soldiers at
fimn I'liiidtnn ncaincf th hut lintel
and restaurant kitchens in Nebraska
for cleanliness. They are spotlessly
clean. The same is true of the dining
room section, for the kitchens and (lin
ing rooms are in one. Of :ourse table
cloths are not provided, but I defy
any tablecloth to be cleaner than the
bare boards of the dining tables I in
spected, or the one at which I messed
with one company of the 355th infan
try. ' Overcoat for Each Man.
"About the clothing issued to the
men: It is true that not all of the men
have been issued the "O. D." woolen
uniforms: it is nat true that the men
are insufficiently clad. Those not yet
equipped with "O. D.'s" are either
wearing the cotton khaki pants and
blouses or denim overalls and blouses.
But every man has two woolen shirts
and a heavy woolen overcoat. They
are more warmly clad than the aver
age young man not in the military
i "Each man has been issued three
suits of heavy wool underwear and
two pairs of woolen socks. In addition
each man has been issued a pair of
woolen gloves, and these gloves may
be replaced whenever they become
worn. The gloves, however, are well
suited for handling cold rifles and
trenching tools in really cold weather.
I investigated the clothing issue, tore
several coats apart to see that they
were comfortable and interviewed the
men by the score as to their physical
. comfort. From first to last I did not
hear a man complain about being in
sufficiently clothed, and they were
unanimous in saying that they were
Better Than Hotels.
"The hotels of Nebraska do not
average up with the barracks at Camp
Funston in the matter of toilet facil
ities.' Each barracks building has its
separate toilet and shower bath. These
have concrete floors, with good venti
lation and the best of sewer connec
tions. Their only disadvantage, if it is
uch, is that they afford no individual
' privacy. They are kept spotlessly
clean and have no more odor than the
toilets one finds in the best hotels.
What There Is to Eat.
"1 ate dinner last Saturday with one
of the companies of the 355th infan-
.try. 1 was given a mess kit. marched
in with the. men and was served just as
'they were served. I received a goodly
portion of baked beans, a liberal chunk
of bacon that had been .cooked with
the beans, mashed potatoes, a chopped
'mixed pickle, white bread with but
'tcr, a palatable helping of pudding and
; seven-eighth of a quart of bully good
coffee, creamed when it was Served,
but I helped myself to the sugar.
Hungry as I was after tramping for
nearly five hours in the bitter cold, I
could cot get away with all that .was.
' served to me and only a few of the
I soldier boys asked for a second help
, ing of anything. They declare that the
camp "eits" leave nothing to be de
I sired in llic way of substantials, and
I they get pie and cake and sauce with
j gratifying frequency. The only things
they really want from home are let
I ters, and more letters.
Death Rate 3 Per Cent.
ji;e i,o.-p.ui wnu.ings i..r camp
Rilev. Thev are located in the stone
buildings formerly used as barracks for
regular ravalrv t roups. These are fine
old buildings, set amidst beautiful sur
roundings on the hills overlooking the
valley. Few private hospitals arc bet
ter equipped and none more cleanly
and airy. The staff of physicians and
surgeons is amply large ani although
the corps of nurses is smaller than it
should be. so far it has been adequate
to every demand made upon it. I visit
ed every hospital building and ward
except the contagious disease wards
which right now means the meningitis
"The silljvwtmor that 'they haven't
been able to make coffins fast enough'
has received credence. It never had
any basis in fact. Since October 11,
up Jo and including December 27,
there have been 147 deaths in camp,
or less than three per 1,000. Of these
deaths were from pneumonia and
51 from meningitis.
Too Many Deaths. '
"The medical authorities at the fort
admit that this is too high a death
rate, but it is less than the death rate
ef four national army camps and five
National Guard camps. There have
been 277 cases of pneumonia, 116 of
meningitis and 2,125 cases of measles.
On December 27 there were 1,001
measles patients in hospitals and can
tonments. Measles patients are treat
ed 14 days in the hospital and then
kept 10 days in cantonment to build
Use Every Precaution.
"Pneumonia at Fort Riley has been
of a peculiarly virulent type, but is
now under control. General Gorgas
and every reputable ( physician who
has investigated declare that menin
gitis was carried to the camp, and
that meningitis would have bee
prevalent among the same body ot
men no matter where they were lo
cated. Hen suspected of being menin
gitis carriers are kept in cantonment
until the disease appears or they are
declared free from it. All hospital
wards are steam heated, but the can
tonments are not, although kept com
fortable by stoves. No man admitted
to the hospital at Fort Riley has suf
fered from lack of medical attention
or nursing. The men who have been
in the hospital will be the first to
substantiate this statement.
Men Anxious to Fight.
"I made especial investigation of the
story recently told with great detail
by an Omaha woman, and believe I
had better opportunities for securing
knowledge at first hand than any
woman yet admitted to Camp Fun
ston. Her story is utterly without
foundation. She was probably im
posed upon by some "winners," of
whom there are a few. But the great
majority of the 45,000 men in Camp
funston are satisfied with their treat
ment, their only 'kick' being that they
are held there so long instead of being
allowed to 'get a crack at the kaiser.'
If the folks at home knew what
a blessing the Young Men's Christian
association is to us men they would
dig deeper than ever to keep that in
stitution s work at top speed. I hat
is the universal tribute the soldier
boys are paying to the Young Men's
I he mothers of the bovs at Camn
Funston need not worry about the
welfare of the boys in camp. They
are happily looking forward to the
day when they can show how well
they have been trained to fight. I
wish that every man, woman and child
in Nebraska might be as well fed. well
housed, well clothed and well cared
for when sick as the soldier boys at
Will Petition Congress to
Enact Law to "Swat" Disloyal
Fremont. Neb., Tan.' 3. (Special
TelegramOI'ctitions urging con
gress to pass a law for dealing with
persons who are disloyal, arc being
circulated and freely signed by Fre
mont voters. A committee of attor
neys drafted the petition and every
lawyer in the city has attached his
nSme to the paper.
5; iw M.
The Brandeis Little Players proved
conclusively that Omaha has several
fim stars in ernbryo, when they pre
Little Poet," Thursday
a large audience. The
picture, a tantasy, was written and
directed b Mrs. E. John Brandeis,
whose careful work was largely re
sponsible for the success of the play.
Doris Secord, the Moonsprite, has
had some coast experience with mov
ing pictures and expressed her fond
ness for acting before the camera.
Doris is a talented little girl and
Thomas Sutphen, the little poet,
bashfully declares that he pcrfers the
stage to moving pictures, although
his work in "The Little Poet" was
splendid with the exception of his
love scenes, which were awkward and
unnatural. He is "Penrod" sort of
a youngster, who prefers to take life
Gypsy lovers. Josephine Thomas
and George Perlman, are good danc
eis and wave their daggers in deep-dyed-villian
fashion. They work well
Ann Amcdcn, as "Cupid," received
The young players were the recipi
ents of many congratulations and
much candy after the performance.
"The Little Poet," Mrs. Brandeis
declares, "shall never be shown ex
cept for charity" and the proceeds of
SLOAN FAST RUNNER
IN POLITICAL RACES
Record Made in Fourth District
.Reveals Newly Announced
Candidate for Senator to
Be Popular at Home.
(From Staff Correspondent.)
Lincoln, Jan. 3. (Special.) As a
vote getter Congressman Chales H.
Sloan, who has announced his candi
dacy for the republican nomination
for the United States senate, appears
to be in a class by himself.
In 1910 when Mr. Sloan ran for
congress the first time, he had for
his opponent Judge B, F. Good, who
had been district judge in five of the
11 counties of the Fourth congression
al district for 12 years, and was very
popular. He had a large personal ac
quaintance, yet Mr. Sloan defeated
him, receiving a majority of 1,267
voles, Mr. Sloan. polling six of the 11
counties and received two out of every
three votes in his own county of Fil
more. Also Defeated Skiles.
In 1912, when Mr. Sloan was up
for a second term he defeated Judge
Swiles. another very popular demo
crat, the vote standing, Sloan 22,293,
Skiles 18,279, the majority being 4,014.
He carried every county in the dis
trict except one, Mr. Skiles' home
county of Butler, and received a larger
vote in the 11 counties of the district
than any other candidate on the state
and national ticket, either republican
or democrat. This is the only time
where the vote of Mr. Sloan could be
compared wtih the vote of Mr. Norris
with whom he will contest for the re
publican nomination for the senate,
Mr. Sloan receiving 22,293 votes, white
Mr. Norris received 20,727, 1,466 less
than Mr. Sloan.
Gave Rhoades Defeat.
In 1914 Mf. Soan tried conclusions
with Mr. Rhodes, an able young man
from Thayer county. This time Mr.
Sloan carried every county in the dis
trict except the home county of his
opponent and polled 4,790 votes more
than his democratic opponent. Tt is
interesting to note that in this elec
tion Mr. Sloan carried Butler county
by 243 votes, the only republican
candidate for state or national office,
who ever carried that county and re
ceived more votes than any candidate
of any party for any office, even
rirrming 1,684 votes ahead of Gov
ernor Morehead, who was next high
In the last campaign, that of 1916,
Facts, like rivets, hammered
home hold fast.
When the body loses effici
ency, it is time to remember
that coffee driiiking' does
Then is the time to change to
the delicious cereal drinR
OMAHA. FRIDAY, JANUARY 4. 1918.
the Thursday performance is for the
benefit of the CreChe.
when so many republicans felt the
weight of the Wilson popularity and
went down to defeat, Mr. Sloan de
feated Judge Stark, who had once
represented that district in congress.
It is interesting to note that notwith
standing the Wilson handicap, Mr.
Sloan increased his majority to 5,256,
receiving the highest vote he ever
received in the district, 24,054, keep
ing up his record of increasing his
majority each time he ran. President
Wilson carried the district by 4,341,
which indicated that Sloan led his
own ticket by 9,597 votes, again dupi
cating his former performances of re
ceiving more votes than any other
candidate on the ticket.
Increases. Vote Steadily.
A summary of the four years h
has been a candidate for office shows
his increase each, year in the follow
ing: Sloan. Opponent. Majority.
1910 20,807 19.640 1.28T
1913 ...22,283 18,27 4,014
1914 J1.7U 16,1121 4.790
1910 24,054 18,789 5,256
All of which would indicate that on
the political race track Mr. Sloan is
Canteen at Ft. Omaha to
Open Again Tuesday
The Red Cross canteen at Fort
Omaha, closed two weeks ago on ac
count of measles, will be reopened
Tuesday, according to Mrs. Luther L.
Kountze. All volunteer workers have
been asked to reassume duties on the
same schedule as before the closing.
Mrs. Kountze is preparing a report
of the canteen work for the central
No more oakum pads will be made
in the Baird building for present, Mrs.
Walter Silver, director of surgical
dressings, assures Omaha women.
Many have been overcome by con
tinued inhalation of the odor of the
disinfectant. Omaha's quota of the
oakum pads has been filled and the
making of other surgical dressings
will be resumed.
President Will Address
Congress on Railroads
Washington, Jan. 3. President
Wilson today finished the address he
will deliver to congress tomorrow on
the railroad situation. It is under
stood to be about 1,000 words long.
The president will make specific
recommendations for legislation to
carry out government operations of
Coal for theNeedy.
Washington, Jan. 3. Mrs. Wood
row Wilson took a hand today in
helping the city's poor, suffering -from
coal shortage, by putting a White
House motor trusk at the disposal of
the movement for free distribution
of coal to the tjeedy.
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FULL OFJEAL PEP
Red Cross Drive Nets 3,203;
North Platte Reaches 2,066,
and th End Is Not in
North Platte, Neb., Jan. 3. (Spe
cial Telegram.) The Red Cross
membership drive under the manage
ment of C. F. Temple and P. P. Mc
Evoy, which began on December 17,
is still in progress and membership
to date has reached 2,066, and the
county 3,203. At Hershey the total
is 215; Sutherland, 233; Maxwell, 150;
Brady, 250; Wallace, 126; Dickens,
150, and Somerset, 13.
Governor To Ride Goat
A special meeting of the Independ
ent Order of Odd Fellows will be
held this evening at its hall, at which
Governor Keith Neville will receive
four degrees in Odd Fellowship. Fol
lowing the exemplification work, an
informal banquet will be served. Mas
ter of Ceremonies J. S. Hoagland
will welcome the governor.
Howell Will Elucidate.
A mass meeting will be held at the
Franklin Auditorium Friday evening.
R. B. Howell of Omaha will make an
address on American and Syrian re
lief. Exernption Board Working.
The local exemption board is liter
ally swamped with work in regard
to mailing and receiving question
naires and classifying registrants.
County Clerk Allen, Sheriff Salisbury
and their assistants, are frequently
called uon to work overtime. The
majority of appeals are being made
on agricultural and industrial grounds.
The advisory board is composed of
local lawyers, ministers, and profes
Want High Class Bridge.
- Notices will be posted in a nunrber
of precincts this week, announcing
that bonds for a ?60,000 concrete
bridge across the Platte river at
Brady will be voted on by residents
of Brady and vicinity on January 29.
Bids for a $40,000 bridge to be
built south of town will be received
by the county clerk and county com
missioners on January 22.
Three Divorce Decrees
Granted at Madison
Madison, Neb., Jan. 3 (Special.)
At a short session of the district
court presided over by Judge Allen
today the following divorces were
granted: Verna Racley from Clarence
A. Racley, Minnie E. Allen from J.
Herbert Allen and Nancy A. Custer
from Jesse P. Custer.
Madison Red Cross has made a 100
per cent gain in membership for 1918,
having enrolled 1,075 in 1918 as against
537 for 1917. Enola enrolled 171 for
1918 as against 73 for 1917. and War-
nerville 137 for 1918 as against 33 for
1917. making the total membership for
the Madison chapter 1,383 for 1918 as
against 643 for 1917. Madison also has
a Junior Red Cross membership of
426, which makes a grand total of
The legal board having in charge
the qeustionnaires under Judge Mc
Duffee's direction has been unusually
busy averaging 30 registrants daily.
Upward of 450 have already been dis
posed of. v .
Fremont Stores Observe
Uniform Closing Rule
Fremont, Neb., Jan. 3. (Special
Telegram.) Fremont's merchants as
a general rule are comnlyin with the
request of the National Council of De
fense to observe the regulations re
garding uniform closing of stores. A
committee of home guards made the
rounds in the business district Wed
nesday evening to check up and pro
cure names of offenders. Three mer
chants who were open were notified
to close. Confectionery stores that
handle groceries will be required to
conform to theo rder.
"Digging" for Petroleum
Products at Superior
Superior, Neb., Jan. 3. (.Special
Telegram.) A week ago the Prairie
Oil company starte dto prospect for
oil on its le,ase about seven miles
south of Webber. This is what
known as SwiUer gap. The drillers
have been working day and night
since work was begun.
At a meeting of the home guards
last night some new officers were
elected. There are now about 150
No Loss of Morale Among
German Submarine Crews
Washington, Jan. 3. Admiral Ben
son, chief of operations, told the
house naval committee today it was
folly to believe there was any loss of
morale among German submarine
Master Violinist of the World
Ysaye, the illustrious Belgian Violinist who appears
in Concert Friday evening, January 4, at the Omaha
Auditorium, can also be" enjoyed in your home with any
of the following:
36526 ALBUNBLATT (Wagner).
36907 AVE MARIA (Schubert).
36519 BERCEUSE, Lullaby (Faure).
36525 CAPRICE VIENNOIS. Op. 2 (Kreisler).
36520 CONCERTO IN E MINOR (Mendelsshon). Finale.
36513 DIE MEISTERSINGER (Wagner). Prize Song.
36908 HUMORESKE (Dvorak).
36524 HUNGARIAN DANCE IN G. No. 5 (Brahms).
36516 LOINTAIN PASSE MAZURKA (Ysaye).
36521 MAZURKAS, (a) Obetass. (b) Menetrier.
36523 RONDINO. Op. 32 (Vieuxtemps).
36514 SCHERZO VALSE (Chabrier).
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On Treatment of Ruptures.
A Pioneer Rupture Specialist
For more than twenty years I have devoted my entire timz to
the treatment of ruptures. Previous to that time I was a liracticin-'-physician
and surgeon for twenty years.
It is my belief that I am the first physician to discover a succe p
ful treatment for the great majority of cases of rupture without re
sorting to the dangerous and unsatisfactorv surgical operation for
which the patent office of the United States issued to me a crtir'ioate
of registration in the year 1896, and the Dominion .of Canada, in 1897.
Mrflinrl lf TroafmPnf My .methocl ?f treating ruptures
lTlClUUU VI I reaimem consists of injecting a fluid medi
. T r." " x, ' caI compound into the edges of the
opening, through which the bowel protrudes, which causes th growl')
of new flesh, thereby closing it naturally and completely, nractica'lv
without pain or inconvenience. '
,. 7 7 ,d IUPtur2 in ten to 'fourteen days, but too--
living near to Omaha, who wish to spend their time at hone can b
healed by coming once a week for treatment, returning hoin? the ewl
day. Such cases will require from four to six weeks to complete th --o-'-
Free from Danger
ur;aunng me neaiing period. I
opservea any serums
adopting it in 1895. f
senpus results from this method of treatment since
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crews and that information gathered
from German prisoners indicated, he
believed, their morale was the best
in the German navy.
Germans Bomb Italian
Hospital, Killin'g IS
Rome, Jan. 3. The official state
ment issued today by the Italian
war office, says:
"On Tuesday night enemy airmen
dropped bombs on Castel Franco
Veneto, obtaining two direct hits on
two hospitals. Eighteen patients
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The Useful Light
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Omaha Gas Co.
1509 Howard Street.
Patients who remain in Omaha can b" tr?at-d
two or three times a week, which will lo-e
There is absolutely no danger re -ultinr
from this treatment, neither is thu pa
tient required to uep-Wf lii
have neither had a sintrle rith
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lemon juice, one-half teaspoon
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