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Frenchman, on Trial for Treason, Accused of Brutally Mis
treating Woman Whose Affection He Won; Hus
band Duped Man Who Befriended Him;
Defendant Admits Cruelty. ,
(By Associated Press.)
Parts, Feb. 8. M. Panon, an artist, testifying at the treason
trial of Bplo Pasha late yesterday, said that he had known Bolo
jl since he was 10 years old He became Bolo's partner in vari
ous undertakings at Marseilles, where he lost his fortune of
100000 francs' when Bolo disappeared with Panon's wife, leav
ing Panon liable for debts aggregating 50,000 francs. Th
witness said he had paid off the debts. v
Sixteen years later, when he was I llffin a (11 Aft Alii
sign a paper declaring that he and
not Bolo had swindled a charwoman.
Bolo, he swore, sent him to New
York in March, 1917, to obtain from
the Amsinsck bank and Adolph Pav
enstadt a statement of Bolo's account
f from May, 1914, to February.,917.
Panon said he was asked by the pris
oner to send Bolo this message: "We
send your account from the first
transfer in May, 1914, of $1,600,000
or $1,700,000 to the transfers of Feb
ruary, 1916, to the Royal Bank of
Canada for the creation of a Cuban
Favenstadt told him, Panon testi
fied, tnat Bolo's request for the cable
gram was impossible and warned
Panon against Bolo, whose wife re
turned to him after Bolo had aband
oned her, concluded his testimony by
"Thanks to all this publicity my
wife has lost 26 to 30 pupils she had.
Slie is almost blind and ruined, thanks
lo that citizen, "pointing to Bolo. Ad
mitting that he had done wrong to
the witness, Bolo contended : that
Favenstadt had bribed Panon. He
then accused Panon of being a traitor
and was reproved by the court.
The court room became silent as
Madame Panon was led to- the stand.
She is an Instructor in elocution.
Madame 'Panon described how her
infatuation for. .Bolo had ruined her
life, how brutally Bolo had treated
her and how she had won her hus
band's pardon. . President Voyer
asked the witness -if she recognized
Bolo. She replied: "I am blind. I
canont see' him nor your '
Bolo Visits U. S.
Witnesses testified regarding Bbjo's
- visit to the United States in 1916.
Madame Buzenet told of attending a
dinner in New York in company with
a French captain, Verdier, and Adolph
Pavenstedt; former ; head of the
Amsinck bank, and Bolo Pasha.
Colonel Voyer, the presiding officer,
announced that the court would be
cleared if yesterday's scenes were re
peated. f f Lieutenant Prevost of the French
censorship department testified that
articles praising William Randolph
Hearst had been taken to Senator
Humbert's paper, Le Journal, in which
Bolo Pasha had an interest, by Charles
F. Bertelli, the head of the Paris
bureau of the International News
Service, who accompanied Bolo to
America and introduced him to Mr.
Hearst Called Germanophile.
The lieutenant said his attention had
first been called to Bolo Pasha by a
eu!ogy of Mr. Hearst printed in La
' . ictorie, whiqh ' also described Bolo
pasha's relations with the American
. 'lpress.v
. Lieutenant Prevost said he had been
commissioned to translate several ar
titles from the Hearst newspapers aft
er which the French censor had de-
cided not to allow further articles
laudatory to Mr. Hearst to appear be
cause he considered him thoroughly
, Hearst at Bolo's Dinner.
M. Bertelli began his testimony by
protesting at the report that President
Voyer of the court martial had said
Mr. Hearst was Gcrmsnophile.
"Mr. Hearst is not and never was
Germanophile," declared Bertelli. "He
always has been a friend of France."
The witness then recounted BolcV
Pasha's trip to New York. He said
Bolo had met Mr. Hearst only social
ly at a dinner at Sherry's for which
Bertelli sent out invitations, but for
which Bolo Pasha paid. The guests
included Mr. and Mrs. Gerard, Mr.
and Mrs. Hearst, Adolph Favenstadt
and Jules Bois. Bertelli said that Bolo
spoke like a true patriot and that Mr.
Hearst thought he was doing France
honor by receiving Bolo, who he be
V;eved one of its distinguished citizens.
Trhe" witness was cross-examined by
President Voyer.
Woman Takes Seat as
. Legislator in Canada
Victoria, B. G, Feb. 8. British
Columbia's first woman member of
the legislature assumed her duties to
day. Rounds of applause greeted the
appearance of Mrs. Ralph Smith from
Vancouver, as she took her seat at
(he opening of the British Columbia
legislature here yesterday. In intro
ducing Mrs. Smith, Premier Brewster
said her appearance marked a mo
ncnt historic in the legislature's his
tory. v
Aviation Cadet Killed.
Wichita Falls, Tex., Feb. 8.-Hu-bert
W. Game, 22. of Oakland. Cal..
an advance aviation cadet, was killed
today, when his plane crumpled at an
altitude of several hundred feet.
Preference Given to Transpor
tation of Cereals by Order
of Director General
(By Associated Frets.)
Washington, Feb. 8. To facilitate
the movement of grain for the allies
and home consumotion. Director Gen -
eral McAdoo today ordered prefer
ence given to grain shipments
throughout all the principal granger
The order directs that preference be
given in loading grain cars in Illinois,
Indiana, Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota,
North Dakota, South Dakota, Ne
braska, Kansas, Missouri and Okla
homa. Train Dispatchers Deny
tads Discredit U. S. Control
Washington, Feb. 8. Railroad
train dispatchers, in fne west today
telegraphed the railroad wage com
mission denying charges that they
were, delaying movement of trains
under gpvernment operation and said:
"Our instructions are that we must
earnestly and in every manner what
soever, continue to assist in the ef
ficient' operation of the railways."
The telegrams came from Arkansas
Lajnnta, Colo. They were in an
swer to statements made by heads of
the conductors and trainmen's unions,
that railway managements were at
tempting to discredit operation after
the eight-hour law. and government
management of the railways by in
creasing expeiiGes and inefficiently
operating the country's transporta
tion system.
Spain Protests Sinking.
Madrid, Feb. 8. The Spanish am
bassador at Berlin telegraphs that he
sent to the German government
Thursday evening a note of the Span
ish government protesting against the
recent sinking of the Spanish steamer
New Draft Law is
Favorably Reported
By Senate Committee
Washington, Feb. 8. Favorable
report on the War department's
bill amending the selective draft
law to require registration of men
as they reach 21 years and basing
quotas on the number of men in
class one, instead of state popula
tions, was unanimously ordered
today by the senate military com
mittee. The proposal to exempt men as
they reach 31 years, if they have
not been drafted, which was op
posed by Provost Marshal General
Crowder, was not included in the
An amendment proposed by Sen
ator New of Indiana to require reg
istration of youths at 19 years and
over, also was rejected.
American Aviator From Missouri
Brings Down First German Airplane
(By Associated Pres.)
With the American Army in
France, Thursday, Feb. 7. The
young American lieutenant who had
the honor of shooting down his first
German airplane while accompanying
a French escadrille on a bombing ex
pedition Tuesday night had never
operatecTa machine gun before in his
life while in flight and never before
had been over the enemy lines.
tHe got his man over the German
city of Saarburg. '
The bombing squadron was over
Saarburg and in the act of dropping
bombs when enemy airplanes were
seen approaching rapidly.
By the time the bomb dropping had
been completed the enemy was close
at hand and the French formation of
which this American and another
American aviator had accompanied as
gunners was at an altitude of 12,000
feet. ; '
The lieutenant, who is a Missou-
rian, took off his gloves so that he
might operate his machine gun more
1 effectively, when he saw an enemy
Temperature and Pulse Normal,
Say Doctors; Mrs. Roosevelt
Remains at Hospital; Wil
son Sends Message.
New York, Feb. 8. Marked im
provement during the past 24 hours
in the condition of Colonel Theodore
Roosevelt was indicated in a bulletin
issued at 9 o'clock tanight by the
physicians attending lum at Roose
velt hospital.
The bulletin said: "The outlook is
very encouraging."
Condition Is Unchanged.
(By Associated Press.)
New York, Feb. 8. The condition
of Colonel Theodore Roosevelt, who
was operated on Wednesday for
fistula and abscesses in both ears, was
pronounced as "unchanged" by Dr.
Harold K. Keyes, of Roosevelt" hos
pital, early today.
Dr. Keyes added that Colonel
Roosevelt had slept all night and had
rested comfortably.
Colonel Roosevelt's temperature
and pulse were normal, a bulletin is
sued at the hospital this morning said.
"Doctors Duel and Martin saw
Colonel Roosevelt at 8 a. m.," the
bulletin reads. "He has had a very
satisfactory night, having slept about
six hours. He will be able to take
nourishment at regular intervals dur
ing the day. His temperature and
pulse are normal."
Doctor in Constant Attendance,
Three special nurses and Dr. Keyes
were in constant attendance at the
i former's president's bedside during
the night.
! Mrs. Roosevelt spent the night in
an adjoining room or tne nospitai.
Her daughters. Mrs. Nicholas
Longworth and Mrs. Richard Derby,
remained at the hospital until a late
hour last night and then left for a
nearby hotel, leaving word they
should be notified in case of any
change in the colonel's condition.
It wtis learned today that it was not
found necessary to communicate with
During the night hundreds of tele
grarus from, all parts of t the. country
were rccived at the hospital and were
turned over to 5tfs. Roosevelt this
morning. - . . '
It was stated that visitors would not
be allowed to see Colonel Roosevelt
during the forenoon.
Unfounded reports that Colonel
Roosevelt had died, wich appeared
to have spread throughout the coun
try, resulted in a flood of inquiries at
the hospital today by telephone and
telegraph, many of the telephone
calls coming from long distance
points. - i
Message from Wilson.
Washington, Feb. 8. President
Wilson today sent to Mrs. -Roosevelt
the following message of sympathy:
"May I not express my warmest
sympathy and the sincere hope that
Mr. Roosevelt's condition is improv
ing." Turkey in Complete
Accord With Germany
Amsterdam, Feb. 8. Turkey is in
complete accord with the attitude of
Germany and Austria, as expressed
in recent speeches of Count Czernin,
the Turkish foreign minister, Nessi
my Bey, told the chamber of deputies
yesterday. He also declared:
"The Dardanelles will remain open
in the future to international traffic
as in the past and on the same con
ditions." W'hile he was aware of the desira
bility of peace he said, "we never will
conclude a peace at any price."
The foreign minister concluded his
address with the declaration that he
was in complete accord with German
and Austrian policies.,
Austrian Cabinet
Has Resigned, Says
Report from Vienna
Amsterdam, Feb. 8. -Dr. von
Beydler, the Austrian premier, has
tendered the resignation of his en.
tire cabinet to Emperor Charles,
according to a dispatch from Vi
enna., JL
plane driving in from the side and
firing its gun.
The bullets whizzed close to tha
French, machine before the American
acting as gunner could get his piece
into action.
Then he turned a stream of bullets
into the enemy and before the first
drum was exhausted the enemy ma
chine toppled and started to spiral.
Then it flopped and fluttered down
with a flare of smoke and flame in its
It crashed to the ground a short
distance from the German city.
The other American aviator, also
a lieutenant, was not so lucky as the
Missourian, for the machine he picked
out to engage dodged away quickly
and he was unable to get in any ef
fective shots.
When the squadron returned the
Missouri lieutenant's hands were
swollen to twice their normal size
from the cold, he having lost his
gloves during the encounter.
Otherwise, he is today about the
happiest officer in the American ex
peditionary forces.
Crawl Over No Man's Land Into
Front tine tfencfiesl Sharp
shooters Do Effective
Work Routing Enemy. .
(By Associated Press.)
With the American Army in France,
Thursday, Feb. 7. American artillery
and infantry have succeeded in clean
ing out a majority of the snipers who
caused considerable' annoyance from
the time the sector was taken over by
the troops.
Snipers' posts in buildings have
been destroyed by knocking down the
shelters over the heads ot the Ger
mans witn sneiis.
Americans Root Snipers.
Snipers hidden in bushes or in shell
holes have been routed by American
Night patrols have succeeded in lo
cating some of the positions and the
Germans in them have been finished
off later.
Last night a small patrol entered
an advanced German trench in search
of a nest of snipers.
A lieutenant, a corporal and two
men left the American wire and re
turned five hours later.
They walked across No Man's
Land, picking their way carefully to
avoid discovery.
Reaching the enemy wire, they
crawled beneath it cautiously and ap
proached the most advanced enemy
' Find Loaded Rifle.
The men looked down into the
trench, which apparently was aban
doned, but they were sure snipers
were there.
They dropped down noiselessly and
found a place where the trench bot
tom showed fresh footprints.
On the parapet the corporal discov
ered a rifle, loaded and pointed in the
direction of the American trenches.
There was not a German around.
The corporal broiiRht back the rifle
to the American lines. It is a typical
German weapon, made in Berlin and
in good condition.
At another point enemy snipers
were discovered in a shell hole. A
(Continued on Pace Two, Column Three.)
May Investigate
Lack of .Identity
Tags on Soldiers
Washington, Feb. 8. War de
partment officials are unable to
account for the statement made
in news dispatches that blank
identification tags were found on
the bodies pf 44 American sol
diers washed ashore.
Even if the men had not been
definitely assigned to an organ
ization the army regulations re
quirt that the tag bear on one
side the full name of the wearer.
When the soldiers is assigned
the number of his regiment, the
designation of his company and
his individual number in. that
company are supposed to be
added immediately to the other
side of the tag.
The organization commander
is held responsible by military
regulations for the completion
of these tags, .the purpose of
which is to prevent just such a
situation as is described in the
dispatches from abroad.
0, S."
Slid Down- Rope From Sinking
. Tuscania Into Boat and Then
, Helped Save Marty
(By Associated Press.)
London, Feb. 8. The correspond
ent of the Press association at an
Irish port says survivors' thene of the
Tuscania were greatly relieved to
hear of the safe arrival elsewhere of
Major Benjamin F. Wade, of Wash
ington, commander of a contingent of
the steamer, and hundreds of Ameri
can troops.
The only two women on board, the
correspondent's account says, Mrs.
Collins and Mrs. Parsons, went down
a rope into a lifeboat. The former
said that when their boat left the
Tuscania many of the troops had been
thrown out in lowering the next boat.
"We were immediately surrounded
by men in the icy water wearing life
belts," she said.
"We had only two men in our boat
who could manage the oars. They
did their best, and as we came across
a swimming or floating man we
gathered him into the boat. Soon the
boat was full.' Eventually we got
on . board a destroyer. I don't re
member a harder bit of work."
A soldier who heard Mrs. Collins,
a stewardess, tell the story, said:
"Yes, and you did as much as the
best man in the, world could have
done. I was in your boat and saw
Federal Food Speakers to Tour
State Last Week This Month
Eleven cities of Nebraska will be
visited by the team of federal food
speakers, which opens its state tour in
Omaha on February 25. The trip
through the state of this team will
require a full week, according to the
schedule arranged by Federal Foo'd
Administrator Wattles.
After all day in Omaha, the team,
which will consist of Dr. Ray L. Wil
bur, president of Leland Stanford uni
versity, and Everett Colby, Orange,
N. J., and Miss Elizabeth Kelley, Uni
versity of Wisconsin, will go to Fre
mont for Tuesday meetings. Tuesday
evening they speak in Norfolk, then
go to Columbus for a noon and after
noon meeting Wednesday, ' and to
Grand Island Wednesday night. -
Thursday morning they speak at
Kearney and that evening in North
Platte. Friday afternoon and even
ing will be given to talks in Gering
and Scottsbluff. Then they g to Al
liance for Saturday meeting, winding
ur in Broken Bow Saturday night
with a mass meeting there.
The schedule for the team which
will work from Lincoln and will cover
j the southern part of the state will be
perfected today by Mr. Wattles.
A heavv schedule is being arrangedV
for the day in Omaha and includes
meetings at the Chamber of Com
merce, the University club, the
Young Men's Christian association, a
mass meeting of public schdol teach
ers in the high school auditorium, and
Latest Casualty List Indicates That Nearly 200 Ameri
cans Went Down With Big Cunarder Off Irish
Coast; Many Soldiers are Reported
Among the Missing.
(Br Associated Press.)!,
London, Feb. 8. The British admiralty tonight informed
the Associated Press that the latest figures available on the
Tuscania disaster showed that 2,235 persons had been saved,
and that about 166 were missing.
' The saved, it was added, included 133 American officers,
and 1,917 American men, 16 officers and 183 men of the creyr
and six passengers., ,
The bodies of 126 American soldiers have been recovered.
Of the 148 survivors landed on the Scottish coast 134 be-j
longed to the United States army, including seven officers. Of
these one officer and 25 men' are remaining where they landed
to attend to the funeral arrangements for the American dead.
War Department Checks List
of Survivors; Impossible to
Learn Names Until Infor
mation is Centralized.
(By Associated Press.) (
Washington, Feb. 8. Physical dif
ficulties in preparing lists of surviv
ors of the Tuscania, it was said today
at the War department, niay greatly
delay publication of an aceuratejlist of
the .lost...' '-'
, The survivors have been landed at
various points. .Until officers manage
to get in touch with them and check
them off against the muster rolls or
until a complete list of the names of
survivors can be assembled at some
central point ftnd checked against the
ship's papers there is no way to de
termine who are missing, although the
number may be known.
tfhere also is a possibility that addwj
tional survivors may have been picked
up bjj patrol boats.
The list of lifeboats also must be
checked up, as one or two might
have made shore unaided.
P'here are instances in the subma
rine disasters where crews have been
taken from their boats by outward
bound vessels.
It is regarded as unlikely, however,
that any survivors of the Tuscania will
be found to have matched this experi
ence and when all patrol craft in the
vicinity have reported the list of miss
ing will be regarded definitely as the
list of dead.
Ambassador Francis
Quiets Government Fear
Washington, Feb. 8. Late today
the State department received a rou
tine telegram from Ambassador
Francis in Petrograd dated Febru
ary 4.
This was regarded as discounting
further the unconfirmed report that
the diplomatic representatives of all
the allies have been expelled from
the capital by the bolsheviki.
talks in eight moving picture houses
in the city at night.
Lincoln is arranging a similar
schedule for the team which will be
composed of Roscoe Mitchell and
Miss Kelley.
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Reports received at the American'
embassy yesterday indicated the loss
of 101 lives, while the British admir
alty's estimate was 210. v
This discrepancy now appears to
have been due to the fact that the
figures supplied to the embassy evi-
dently did not include the missing, of
which there are still many. ,
It was announced today that ar
rangements were being made by
British and American officials jointly
for great military funerals for the
Tuscania's dead. ,
AWAIT DETAILS. -Washington,
Feb. 8. Advices to
the War department accounting for
all except 113 of the 2,156 American
soldiers who were aboard the Tus
cania when it was submarined Tues-'
day night remained! unchanged to
day and officials anxiously awaited,
additional details expected to clear up
the conflict with foreign figures on
the losses, y ' - ,-- .
BODiEstvyXsiisBQisiipRr ;:
. Cable press dispatches from
Irish port last nht saying that 44
bodies of American soldiers, battered
beyond recognition, had been washed
ashore 15 miles from the scene of the
torpedoing dampened hope .that the
troop losses would prove very small.
According to figures given in earlier
press dispatches, only 101 of those
aboard, including soldiers, members"'
of the crew and passengers, were
missing. . , -
This had led officials to believe that
with , the heavy loss first indicated
among the crew that most American
soldiers had been saved.
Few Narcks Received. '
No attempt was being made thus
far to prepare a list of the lost or
,Only the names of a few survivors
have been received and indications
today were that names of survivors
would continue to come in slowly as ,
they are assembled in Ireland by rep
resentatives of, the War, State and
Navy, departments.
The report from the Irish port
which also said that army identifica
tion tags found on the bodies of tha
soldiers washed ashore bore no names
or numbers, making identification
impossible, caused considerable spec
ulation. -
Army regulations require identifica
tion tags bearing name, rank, com
pany and regiment of the wearer.
Although there was no official con
firmation of this report and officials
declined to comment, it was pointed
out that the dispatch said that the
soldiers had not been assigned , to
definite units.
.Reported 210 Missing.
According to advices in the hands
of the War department, the ,, total
missing from the 2,379 souls aboard
the liner is 210, of which 113 are
American troops.
Cable press dispatches say that
2,296 persons have been landed and
are being cared for in Irish 1 villages
and cities.
No official story of the sinking has
(Continued on Pago Two, Column Three.) '
London, Feb. 8. How American
soldiers behaved when they found
that the boats assigned to them on
the Tuscania had been smashed, is
told by an American officer who
landed at an Irish port.
The officer said that his men be
haved as they had expected them" to.
Two full boatloads under his com
mand assembled on the deck wfcen""
the torpedo struck the liner and
marched to the boats assigned them.
Arriving at their station. , they
found that both boats had been-destroyed.
"The men lined up on deck at at
tention," said the officer, "and all prer
served the utmost composure until a
destroyer came alongside and ef
fected the transier from the gradually
sinking deck. -
We stood alonesids until the last
man was taken off, who, as might be
expected, was the commander of the
ship. , , ; v".
The patients in the ship s hosmtaL
including several cases of scarletina
and fever, were among the first takO