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"hlE BEE: OMAHA, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23, 1U18.
1 WILD RIDE ON
Charles Litton, Missouri Pa
cific Switchman, Attempts to
' Stop Engine of Death as It
Plunges" Down G-ade.
A story of simple, unassuming
neroism surrounds the fearless ef
forts of Charles Litton, 1513 South
Twenty-fifth street, Missouri Pacific
switchman, to check the mad flight
of the runaway coal car, which
plunged down three miles of the
Belt Line grade and crashed into a
street car at the intersection of the
Belt Line and Twenty-fourth street,
killing two persons and injuring
Litton was a member of the switch
crew in charge of the train to which
the coal car was coupled. The traia
was moving slowly on its way to the
Suddenly, a drawbar broke. Al
most simultaneously the air coupling
, snapped. And the liberated car, un
' hampered by the connecting drawbar
and air coupling, began to run slowly
down the 2 per cent grade on the
first1 lap of its fatal ride.
Boards Speeding Car.
Litton was the first man to see
what had happened. Calling to C. T.
Raschke, his foreman, to sound the
warning down the line, Litton raced
after the moving car. He caught it,
swung aboard and made for the hand
brake with all possible speed.
Desperately he pulled, twisted and
tugged at the recalcitrant brake
wheel. It was rusty from lack of
use and it refused to respond to his
efforts. Straining every muscle, Lit
ton feverishly fought the hand brake.
But it was to no avail. The bake re-
fused to respond.
All this time the car was gaining
speed. Dangerously it careened from
side to side as it began to pick uo
momentum. It is three miles from
Forty-third and Hamilton streets,
where it started on its wild career to
Twenty-fourth street where it
crashed into the trolley filled with
passengers. The slight grade is con
sistent almost the entire distance and
every new second saw the death car
gain more speed. '
Still Litton strove desperately to
force the brake into position. The
car at last gained a speed of more
than 40 miles an hour, but still the
switchman remained at his post in
the hope that he might by some
stroke of good fortune be able to
avert the catastrophe he knew might
Sees Street Car Ahead.
Straggling passersby were amazed
to see the careening car with its lone
occupant struggling with the obsti
nate handbrake as it flew past them
at race track speed, l
' All this happened more quickly
than it can be told. And almost be
fore Litton realized it the wild car
had swept around the curve at Twenty-eighth
and Boyd streets Where the
Belt Line track deviates from its
northeasterly course to one directly
Litton's heart leaped into his
throat. For just a few scant yards
ahead he saw the street car crossing
the tracks. Hoping against hope, the
heroic switchman made one last futile
endeavor to apply the brakes. Then
he leaped overboard.
Tenderly nursing a few sore spots
on his legs and arms, the result of
bruises suffered from his fall the
switchman told a reporter his story.
It was a modest story as Litton told
it. Vlt was quite a ride," was Litton's
W simple coment.
A switchman whose name was not
learned, saw the racing car pass Thir
tieth and Boyd streets and realizing
the possible immient danger, at
tempted to notify the street car
barns. He told a reporter for The
Bee afterward that a few seconds
after he turnld his head away from
the speeding car, the object was out
of sight, so fast it was traveling.
South Side Library Has
' Great Demand For Books
Crt.tK QJa tiKrnrv rennri the
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greatest demand on books it has ever
had. . Saturday the library loaned
books to 330 persons.
"The people of the South Side seem
to appreciate that, in spite of the
war, we do not have bookless and
readless days," 'said Miss Hillis, hbra
"r v.av harl rppord runs for
books for the last month or so. Of
course the war books are the most
popular. We also have a strong de
mand for books in foreign languages,
of which we have quite a number.
The following new war books have
been received: '
"Fighting for Peace," Henry Van
Dyke: "Toward the Goal," Mrs. Hum
phrey Ward; "Fighting France,
. Edith Wharton; "Christine," (a war
time novel), Alice Cholmondeley;
and "The Eyes of the Army and
Navy," Munday. . .
New books are arriving at the li
brary nearly every day.
South Side Mothers Form
Unit For Red Cross Work
"Put on your slippers and fill up
your pipe, for you are not going bye
bye tonight," will be heard often by
South Side husbands on Thursday
night .hereafter. .
South Side mothers who wish to
help with Red Cross work but who
must devote the day to their house
wqrk and children have planned to
(' organize a class to meet every Thurs
day evening. They say they will be
free to attend class then, for papa
can stay at home with the children.
The class will take up the work in
surgical dressings, under the instruc
tion of Mrs. C. E. Scarr.
flmahfl Roterv Club to
Hflflr Talk on "Censorship"
Omaha Notary club will hold its
weekly luncneon ai """l"
tei yveanesuay --- --- -
the day will be on the. subject of
The gymnasium class on. Tuesdays
ana rnaays at "- -r r-
full swing under direction, of L. H.
t- i- . n- nrrasions KOta-
riairs cast dignity to the winds to put
. . a 1 . , ( cvorriu and tun.
Bnej City News
Ht Hoot Print It New Beacon Freaa.
Military Wrist Wotcheo Edhofm, Jeweler
J. P. Palmer has moved his . law
office to 563 Bee building.
OUR ELECTRIC WASHERS will
pay for themselves.1" Special terms.
Burgess-Gran den Co.
Robt. C. Druesedow & Co.. stocks
and bonds and local securities, 860
Omaha Nat Bank Bldg. j , , ;
Revivals at Benson Kevlval meet
ings are still on at the Benson Metho
dist church and converts are coming
forward every night Nearly 100 have
already hit the trail.- ;
Warm Wave Appears A warm
wave has appeared in the northwest,
the weather bureau reports, and it
will he warmer in Omaha Wednesday.
Beveridge In Chicago Superintend
ent Beveridge of the public schools is
in Chicago to attend a conference in
the interest of a Junior Red Cross
membership carApalgn among school
Lee Hobson to Demlng Lee Uob
son of the Omaha Young Men's Chris
tian association has been transferred
to Camp Cody, Deming, N. M., where
he will assist E. F. Dennison, who
has charge of the work there.
State Bank of Omaha, corner Six
teenth and Harney streets, pays 4 per
cent on time deposits; three per cent
on savings accounts. All deposits in
this bank are protected by the de
positors' guarantee fund of the state
of Nebraska. Adv.
Revoke -Soft Drink Permits City
council has revoked soft drink "per
mits as follows on account of convic
tions of law violations: Lawrence
Lund, 714 Worth Sixteenth street;
John Moberly; 4942 South Twenty
sixth street; Joe Jasper, 4910 South
Twenty-fifth street; .Walter Johnson,
1301 Davenport street; J. G. Lisco,
2002 N street
Firemen Get Raise City council ap
proved recommendation of Superin
tendent WUhnell of the fire depart
ment that captains and firemen of the
department shall be paid maximum
scale as provided in an amendment
to the city charter as follows: Senior
captains Increased from $120 to $130
per month; junior captains from $105
to $115 per month; firemen from $90
td $100 per month.
Benson & Thorne Buyers Go East
A group of buyers for Benson &
Thorne Will leave for the east this
evening on an extensive buying trip.
They will visit New York and Phila
delphia and other eastern markets.
Miss Mary Sturgeon, advertising man
ager, will make the trip for new ideas
in the way of merchandising. Others
who will leave at this time are Miss
Mary Olson, manager of the suits de
partment; Mrs. Agnes Rogers, man
ager of sweaters 'and underwear, and
Miss Helga Peterson, manager of the
Fine fireplace goods at Bunderlands.
NEW RED CROSS
The Casper E. Yost Red Cross
auxiliary, composed of 130 office
women employes of the Nebraska
Telephone company, held its first
meeting Monday night at the Scot
tish Rite cathedral. Telephone oper
ators are not included in this unit.
Mrs. Mae Davison and Mrs. Marie
Needham organized the unit which
will meet each Monday between the
hours of 7 and 9.
Mrs. Frank W. Judson will direct
the work of. the new unit which will
make surgical dressings. Mrs. Charles
Offutt, Mrs. Arthur Remington, Mrs.
Victor Caldwell, Mrs. W. A. Pixley,
Mrs. E. M. Fairfield and Mrs. F. I.
Ellick are her assistants.
Officers will be named at a future
funeral Services Held for
Real Nebraska Pioneer
Funeral services for John Young
quist, resident of Nebraska for a half
century, who died last Saturday, were
held at the home of a daughter, Mrs.
Arthur Kronstedt, -3030 California
street, at 2-o'clock Monday afternoon.
The body Was taken to Wilsonville,
Neb., for interment. Mr. Youngquist
was 87 years old. His daughter was
the only surviving relative.
Easiest thing in the world to radiate good cheer,
and it helps one ahead.
Cut out the harmful habits. Treat the nerves right '
and get proper sleep. If you're a coffee drinker the
first step is to use
TO SUBMIT BOND
ISSUE AT COMING
Voters Will Be Asked to
Favor $1,000,000 Proposi
V tion for New School
Board of Education Monday unan
imously voted to submit to the voters
at the spring election a bond propo
sition of $1,000,000 to relieve condi
tions at the High School of Com
merce. The board does not commit itself
at this time to the erection of an ex
clusive commercial high school, leav
ing open for further consideration the
proposal, as suggested by President
Reed, of building a commercial and
technical high school.
The $1,000,000 bonds, if approved
by the voters, would include the pur
chase of a new site if the board
should decide not to use a site' al
ready acquired at Twenty-second and
Chicago streets. The plan which has
been favored is to build on .the site
now owned and use the new heating
plant of Central High school for both
Students Number 1,000.
Last fall the board voted to submit
at a special election on November 20
a bond proposition of $2,250,000 for
new High School of Commerce, north
high school.junior high school and
several new elementary schools, but
rescinded that action- under, a. belief
that those improvements would be
against the policy of the ; national
council of defense. " '
There are nearly 1,000 attendants
at High School of Commerce. -
Engineers and janitors of the
schools asked in a petition for an in
crease of pay. of not less than 25 per.
cent beginning February l, and an
eight-hour day. '
Uphold Medical Inspection.
An objection of the committee of
protest, received in writing at the last
meeting, against the legality of the
medical inspection feature of, . the
school system, was overruled.
Member Bekins voted against the
adoption of the report of thejudi
ciary committee which concurred with
Resignations of Mabel Bliss and
Helen Morton, teachers,, were1 ac
cepted and the following were granted
extended leaves of absence: Myrtle
Graham, Grace D. Walker, Fern Eads
and C. A. Cairns, the last mentioned
having entered the balloon school at
Jessie Glass was appointed as li
brarian at High School of Commerce
and Miss Darle Taylor was placed on
assigned list of teachers.
The board voted expense money for
Superintendent Beveridge to- attend
the superintendents' meeting of the
National Education association at
Atlantic City, and to investigate junior
high schools at Cleveland and Buffalo,
and to Miss Myrtle Fitz Roberts to
attend a meeting of vocational guid
ance directors at Chicago.
Lowell school, South Side, will be
abandoned because attendance of 29
children does not warrant employ
ment of two teachers. These chil
dren will be transferred to other
W. E. Reed Occupied his seat for
the first time as president of the
board and D. C. Eldredge and E. G.
McGilton. new members, were seated.
Treasurer oi the school district re
ported that school warrants outstand
ing on February 8 amounted to $548,
081 34, and Secretary Bourke reported
a deficit of $508,683.65 on February 1.
Washington, Jan. !2. (Special Telegram.)
Ethel Persteln of Douglaa county, Ne
braska, han been appointed atenographer In
the Agricultural department.
Herbert W. Gray, Rapid City, 6. D., hat
been appointed teacher at Indian ochool at
f "V . II
Comes Up Smiling
instead of coffee.
"There's a Reason
ON. INCOME TAX
Tells Advertising and Selling
League How Law Affects
Business Men, Financiers
Members of the Advertising and
Selling League of Omaha, gathered
to the number of 175 at Hotel Fon
tenelle last night where they had a
discussion on the war income tax by
C E. Goddard, deputy collector of
internal revenue for Nebraska. Mr.
Goddard's talk covered in a general
way those phases of the war income
tax which affect business enterprises.
Hedealt also with the problems of
corporation and co-partnership, and
with the sub-division of the Jaw, as if
affects the manufacturer, the retailer,
the financial institutions, and the
Many Council Bluffs business men
including a number of bankers were
present. They came on invitation
of the Advertising and Selling
League, for the league is anxious to
merge the business men of Greater
Omaha, Council Bluffs and Pottawat
tamie county, Iowa, into this big new
advertising and selling organization.
Sectional officers were elected as
Financial section: E. P. Drostc,
chairman; J. B. Ferciot, vice chair
Advertising service: C. E. Corey,
chairman; C B. Ayers, vice chair
man. . Retailers' section: Charles Koeth
en, chairman; V. E. Kirven, vice
Manufacturers and wholesalers:
Penn P. Fodrea, chairman; G. D. Ad
mans, vice chairman.
Publicity: A. E. W. Halm.
Entertainment: J. E. McGlynn.
TO INVEST FUNDS
IN WAR SAVINGS
AH the Omaha Woman's club's
available funds, $49.44, will be invested
in , War Savings stamps, the club
voted at the meeting Monday after
noon in the Metropolitan club.
A budget committee, to consider all
club expenditures, was ordered.
Mrs. J. H. Dumont, in behalf of the
South Side Social settlement, asked
the club to raise it annual donation
to the institution. The settlement has
procured some lots and is planning
to build in the near future.
Captain E. L. DeLanney of Fort
Crook gave a lecture on "Insects"
following the business meeting. The
civics and health committees had
charge f the program.
Three Negroes Arrested on
Worthless Check Charge
Mark Louder and Alcan Louder,
2103 North Twenty-seventh street,
and Robert Louder, 2104 Patrick ave
nue, are under arrest at the city
jail, charged with passing worthless
checks. All three are negroes. Among
their "alleged" victims are W. W.
Cramer, 2519 North Twenty-fourth
street, Max Kurtzman, 120". Douglas
street, and A. Zauett, 705 North Six
Widow of Late Arthur Butler,
Printer, Dies at Age of 56
Mrs. Arthur E. Butler, 56 years of
age, widow of the late Arthur E.
Butler, a printer, died Monday night
at her home, 1503 Corby street. Mrs.
Butler had been a resident of Omaha
for 30 years. She is survived by one
son, Raymond. Mrs. Butler was a
member of the Degree of Honor and
Women's auxiliary of the printers'
Tuesday, Jan. 22, 19 IS.
Here Are More of Those Splendid
Values Made Possible by Our Fourth
ItVGreatly to Your Advantage to Profit by This Occasion
9 A. M. to 5 P. M.
SATURDAYS, 6 P.M.
W 'OMEN'S Union
Suits At 89c
An exceptional anniversary
special lor Wednesday. Wom
en's white, medium weight cot
ton union suits, ankle length,
with high neck and long eleeves,
or Dutch neck and elbow
sleeves, also : low neck and
sleeveless. We consider them
extreme values at the sale price,
Women's Sample Vests
A big lot of women's sample,
HghtwVight vests, white cotton,
low neck and sleeveless and
taped. Very special at 1S
Burf..-Nah Co. Miiln Fleer
These Silk Specials in The Anniversary
Sale Are Certainly Exceptional Values ,
mWO big groups which it took months of careful selection to get together for this
I big annual event.
Silk of the Most Wanted
tSort Priced at 98c
36-inch Silk Canton Crepe, in wanted
32-1nch Satin Stripe Shirting, in white
grounds, fast colors.
36-inch Black Chiffon Taffeta, for
skirts and dresses.
32-Inch Imported Natural Pongee
36-inch Black waterproof and per
spirationproof Jap silk.
36-inch white heavy Japanese wash
silk for waists.
36-inch Japanese silk with printed
figures for kimonas.
32-inch Imported pongee with, printed
36-inch Black Silk Poplin, rich raven
36-inch Colored Rangoon Shantung,
10 pretty shades.
p'MON Let's Go
AND there certainly was nev
er a better time, for the ice
was never better, and you can
buy skates here Wednesday at
a special price reduction.
We've reduced the price, even
in the face of our advancing
market, as a special for the
There are skates for the little
fellows, the double-runner kind,
as well as regulation. Hockey
skates for boys, men and
Price, 50c to $4.25.
Bur(Mo-Nub Co. Fourth Floor
Y! Til Shirts
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Nash Are The Best Values Tve Seen
95 c, $1.45 and $2.95
AND I'd advise you to get in on them quick, for
although they had a big lot of them, they will
not last long at these prices. v
Yes, they're samples, but you know what that
means, the cream of the line. New 1918 styles,
the road men's line of a big manufacturer, made
coat style, with soft turn-back and stiff cuffs, in an
extreme varied assortment of colors and patterns.
The materials are madras, pongee, fiber, fiber
silk, fine percales, cords and many durable ma
terials especially desirable for men's shirts.
Too much stress cannot be brought to bear on
the real importance of this sale-Ut's the one big
shirt buying opportunity of the season so come
prepared to share generously in it, and tell your
friends about it, too, they'll thank you for the tip.
BurgMO-Naoh Co. Mln Floor
STORE NEWS FOR WEDNESDAY.
A Clearaway of White "Dix-Made'.'
for Maids, Nurses and Governesses,
Specially Reduced to
HERE ia one of the biggest of
anniversary specials the
well known "Dix-made" uniform
dresses, made of a splendid qual
ity white material especially de
sirable , for such dresses. The
dresses are slightly soiled, but are
otherwise perfect, and are very
unusual values at the reduced
price of $1.50. All sizes, 34 to 46.
Women's Boudoir Slippers Re
duced to 75c and $1.00 pair
v Boudoir slippers, slightly
soiled, in different negligee
shades, specially reduced to 75c
and $1.00 a pair.
Infants' Silk and Wool Under
wear Reduced to 95c
Infants' silk and wool under
garments, in the anniversary sale,
specially reduced to 95c.
".., Burf.-Nih Co.
! Another Magnificent Col
lection of Silks r need
86-inch Black CharmeuBe Satin, raven
36-inch White Crepe de Chine, all
40-inch Printed Silk Chiffon, flowers
86-inch Fancy Stripe Taffeta, for
skirts and dresses.
36-inch Fancy Stripe Satin, for skirta
86-inch Check and Plaid Taffeta, for
skirts and dresses. -
40-inch Black Crepe de Chine, heavy
36-inch Black Peau de Swe, all pure
40-inch Brocade Silk Poplin, in
brown and green, i
86-inch Black Chiffon Taffeta, excel
lent for wear.-
36-inch Imperial Satin, 40 different
Burgen-NMh Co. Mela Floor
A Sale of Embroideries
A big group, , including
flounclngs, corset covers, wide
galloons and bands, in widths
12 to 18 inches. Sale price,
2Se a yard.
, Embroideries, 10c
Embroidery edges, insertions,
beading and flouncinga in
Swiss and nainsook, pretty pat
terns, at 10c a yard.
Val Laces, Sc
Val laces, edges and inser
tions to match, new 1918 pat
terns. Special, at sale price, 5c
. Allover Laces, 50c .
Allover laces, 18 inches wide,
Venice embroidered nets and
vals, in cream and white. Spe
cial sale price Wednesday, .50c
Bures-Neh Cev Mela Floor
in The Anniversary
Phone Douglas 137.
ANOTHER, anniversary salt
special our entire stock
of sleds and flexible flyers have
been reduced in price for
With the coasting good now
on all the hills around the city
this announcement should re
ceive a generous response.
The offering includes our
entire line of sleds and coasters,
as well as flexible flyers.
Price, $1.00 to $4.75. I
1 Burgue'-Nesh Co. Fourth Fleer
Sale at Burgess-
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