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VOL. XLVII NO. 217.-
LYNCH, DENNISON AND
ON CRIMINAL CHARGE
Held Under Bonds of $1,200 Until Preliminary Hearing
Before County Judge Crawford Wednesday; Jack
Haskell, Now in Kansas City, Also Accused
' of Law Violations.
pi Tom Dennison, Billy Nesselhous and County Commissioner
Johnny Lynch will be arraigned before County Judge Bryce
Crawford Wednesday, in preliminary hearing to answer to
criminal charges filed by County Attorney Magney Monday
morning a sa result of the Lynch ouster hearing.
RELEASED ON BONDS. O
Sheriff Clark took Dennison, Nessel
hous and Lynch into custody on war
rants issued by Magney Monday aft
ernoon. They were released by Judge
Crawford upon bonds of $1,200 each.
The complaints filed by Magney
charge the three men and Jack Has
kell with (1) selling intoxicating
liquors without a license and (2)
keeping gambling fixtures at "River
side." Under the first complaint the men
are subject to a fine of $100 and im
prisonment for three months, and un
der the second complaint to a fine of
.$300 to $500 and imprisonmen for a
period not to exceed three years.
Magney suggests a grand jury to
supplement his work in, digging into
other matters disclosed in the course
of the Lynch ouster trial.
Dennison and Nesselhous signed
their own bonds, with Ed Peterson,
contractor and horseman, signing as
surety. Lynch asked to be allowed
to go his own bond without surety,
but wa refused. He had Arthur
Smith, boss painter at the Court house,
sign as his surety, t-.h.m : t,
Jjack Haskell, who was slscbarged
with illegal aetata. aim&ofi ,of
Riverside, is in Kansas City., Extra
dition papers will be necessary to
bring him to Omaha unless he returns
of his Own accord.
"If the county attorney says to go
get him, I'll go down after him," said
Dennison and Nesselhous reported
at Sheriff Clark's office and went with
him to the county court, where the
bonds were fixed and signed. Deputy
Sheriff Lindsey notified Lynch, who
soon appeared, prepared to sign his
Says 'Pretty Rotten.'
"This is merely action on my own
account," declared the county attor
ney. "If we call a grand jury we will
dig int this thing all the way around.
There have been suspicions that
things have been pretty rotten, and I
guess they were.
The operation of gambling de
vices is a felony. If I can make that
stick the court may send them to the
penitentiary. Our statutes provide a
penalty of from $300 to $500, or im
prisonment not exceeding three
"We kind of expected it," was Tom
Dennison's comment. "But what is
Magney going to do with those peo
ple who violated the law by commit
tif g perjury."
uhe complaints are the outcome, of
the Clark-Lynch ouster suit in which
the facts upon which the criminal
charges are based were brought out
by the men themselves in testifying
to Lynch's alleged misconduct in of
fice. "My name was dragged into that
dirty mess and insinuations made by
Clark s attorneys that I ought to have
known about the things they exposed,"
said the county attorney. I m not
a detective. Whenever evidence was
brought up to me by the sheriff or
other parties I have been willing to
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For Nebraska Fair; warmer.
Temperatures at Omaha Yesterday.
8 a. ra.
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1918. 1917. 11. 1915.
nigbest yesterday 58 68 45 37
Lowest yesterday ....28 27 24 22
Mean temperature 42 48 34 30
Precipitation T. T. .00 .Ofl
Temperature and precipitation departures
from the normal:
Normal "temperature 27
Excess for the day ,...16
Total deficiency since March 1 ..(35
Normal precipitation .02 Inch
(Deficiency for the day 02 Inch
Total precipitation since Mar. i 23. 36 incnes
Deficiency since March 1 7.23 incites
Deficiency for cor. period. 19U 13.09 Inches
Deficiency for cor. period. 1915 0.84 Inch
Station- and State. Temp. High- Rain.
of weather. 7 p.m.
Cheyenne, clear ..34
Darenport, cloudy It
Denver, clear 44
Des Moines, clear 30
Dodge City, clear 38
Lander, clear... 3
.'North Platte, clear 34
I Omaha, clear 29
1 Pueblo, elear 42
V.T" Indictee trace of precipitation,
AUTO SHOW GETS
ELL UNDER WAY
Great Crowds Throng Aisles of
Auditorium for Opening Night
Inspection of Displays
"Automobile week" began yesterday
with the official opening of Omaha's
thirteenth annual automobile exposi
tion at the Auditorium with an annex
in the McCaffrey Motor company's
new building. .
At the outset the display of passen
ger cars and trucks in the big exposi
tion hall was declared to be the great
est in the history of Omaha motor
dom. The exhibit is valued at more
than $1,000,000, with 58 exhibitors
showing 78 different makes of passen
ger cars' and trucks.
There was little uneasiness among
the exhibitors over the success of the
show and their optimism knew no
bounds last night when the Audi
torium was packed to capacity. The
success or failure of the automobile
industry for the coming year rests
with the response made by the public
to the Omaha show in the opinion of
exhibitors. The middle west, where
produce is grown and where the pop
ulace is not dependent upon the man
ufacturing industry, is said to be the
section of the country where automo
biles will be sold this year.
No Preliminaries. '
Crowds commenced forming in an
orderly line shortly after noon, and
when the doors were thrown open at
2 o'clock the big building rapidly
filled. Addresses were dispensed with
and the special demonstrators imme
diately commenced telling of the ad
vantages of their respective cars to in
terest auto enthusiasts.
Freak designs are few and far be
tween. The motto of all makes ap
The motto of all makes ap-1
pears to be service and economy. The
most radical change is in the sim
plicity with which cars are con
structed. Elimination of parts in or
der to simplify the motors is advo
cated by many.
Cold Snap to Make
Visit in Omaha;
The cold snap which descended on
Omaha Sunday night with a northern
gale will be of short duration, the
weather bureau reports.
Drops of 30 to 36 degrees occurred
in the northwest during the last 24
hours. -The thermometer stood-at 39
degrees in Omaha this morning at 7
o'clock and slight flurries of snow oc
curred during the- day. -
Colonel Welsh says the stiffening up
of the-weather is an excellent thing
because r sudden thaw such as spread
jover Nebraska and the north Satur
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Weakened Russians Yield Before Battering Teutons Who
- Now Occupy the Great Baltic Seaport Long and
Desperately Defended by One-time Power
ful Ally of Civilization.
Berlin, (via London) Feb. 25.-The German forces have
occupied Reval after an engagement with the Russians. The
Germans also have captured Pskov, (about 160 miles south-j
west of Petrograd). . t . -
A German expeditionary force landed at Vasa, Finland,
and pushed southeast toward Viborg. Another German army,
advancing from Moon island, has taken Leal and Hapsal, in,
Esthonia. Wenden, 55 miles northeast of Riga, has been cap
tured. Minsk and Dvinsk, populous towns in west central
Russia, fell to the invaders under General von Linsingen. Frop
Dvinsk the Germans advanced to Pskoff. 180 miles southwest of
Petrograd. The Austrians have
three great fortresses of Volhynia.
TO THEIR DEATH
Washington, Feb. 25. The deaths of
a lieutenant and four cadets resulting
from airplane accidents, were report
ed to the War department today by
General Pershing. The dead are:
Lieutenant Leland J. Hagadorn, Or
leans, N. Y.; Cadets Clark B. Nichol,
Philadelphia; J. F. Stillman, New
York City; Donald E. Carlton, Prov
idence, R. I., and Arthur H. Wilson,
The message gave no details of the
General Pershing also reported
that Private Ralph B. Spaulding of
Madison, Me., had been killed in ac
tion February 13, that two other pri
vates were severely wounded Febru
ary 19 and one slightly wounded Feb
ruary 23. The severely wounded were
Chester A. Hunt of Rolling Prairie,
Ind.. and the slightly wounded. An
drew Donko, South Bethlehem, Pa.
Private Paul Crabtree of Ports
mouth, O., died from wounds received
in action November 12. Lieutenant
Thomas W. McCoy of Elkhart, Ind.,
died from wounds resulting from the
explosion of a hand grenade, and
frivate ueorge o. uark ot noiyoke,
Mass., died from accidental gun shot
Private Charles A. Johnson of Mor
ley, Colo., was, reported accidentally
drowned. ' " " L'
day might occasion serious floods.
The western part of the state is
covered with a blanket of snow one to
six inches indepth, according to re
ports to the railroads.
Sunday afternoon snow began to
fall and continued during the night.
This morning the weather cleared and
temperatures of 16 to 40 degrees above
zero were reported. Later in the day
the snowstorm worked east toward
the Missouri- river valley, a strong
northwest wind ' in many localities
reaching the proportions cf a gale,
but not doing any serious damage.
reduced Rovono, one of theU
IS ALIEN ENEMY
(By Associated Press.)
New York, Feb. 25. Alleged to be
agent in the United States for German
interests which have been seeking to
corner the world's wool market,
Eugene Schwerdt, a wealthy wool
merchant of New York and Boston,
was arrested here today as an enemy
alien and will be interned.
Schwerdt's alleged activities were
disclosed to the federal authorities by
the attorney general of New York
state, Schwerdt's name having ap
peared in the correspondence of Hugo
Schmidt, banker and alleged paymas
ter in the Bolo Pasha case, which the
attorney general investigated. .
According to Deputy Attorney Gen
eral Alfred L. Becker, Schwerdt was
in correspondence with H. F. Albert,
former financial agent here for the
Although claiming to be a Belgian
citizen, Schwerdt was in fact born in
Muenster, Germany. He resided in
Belgium, but came to the United
States in 1914 at the time of the Ger
man bombardment of Antwerp.
The plan of Schwerdt and his asso
ciates, according to the attorney gen
eral, was to minimize the effects of a
possible British 'economic embargo
against Germany, after the war by
making it possible for her interests in
America to hoard their great stocks of
wool, which it was intended to send
Suffer Defeat in Spain
Madrid, Sunday, Feb. 24. General
elections were held throughout Spain
today. The liberals appear to have
maintained their position, although
complete returns have not been re
ceived. Republicans carried Madrid
and Valencia and the Catalinists were
victorious at Barcelona.
Danish Steamer Sinks.
An Atlantic Port, Feb. 25. An
American steamship arriving here to
day brought 17 members of the crew
of the Danish steamer Tranquebar,
who were picked up at sea. There
had been no previous report of the
loss of the Tranquebar, a vessel of
1 3,453 tons gross,
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KAISER TO ENTHRONE
FORMER R USS EMPRESS
Former Empress Whom
Kaiser Would Restore
To Throne in Russia
ALEXANDRA, THE DEPOSED
103 LOST WHEN
LINER SINKS OFF
Desperate Efforts at Rescue
-Almost Futiler In FacOf"'
Raging Storm; 43
St. Johns, N. F., Feb. 25. Forty
three persons aboard the Red Cross
liner Florizel, wrecked near Cape
Race in a storm yesterday, were res
cued today. Three rescue ships
brought the first batch cf survivors
to port, and others were on the way
in the afternoon.
Among the survivors are five saloon
and 6even steerage passengers.
Most of those saved were members
of the crew. Among the survivors
are Major Michael Sullivan, bound
for Halifax; Ralph Burnham of the
Royal Flying corps, Alex Ledingham
of St. Johns, Archibald Gardner and
two women, Miss Minnie Danief and
Miss Kittie Cantwell.
Latest reports show 103 lost.
The coastal steamer Prospero was
reported just before noon as on its
way here with the survivors. The
names of the rescued, so far as known,
and the identified dead are:
Passenger John Kielly.
Crew Captain W. J. Martin, St
Johns; Chief Officer James, Wireless
Operator Cecil G. Carte New York.
Identified Dead Passengers: Mrs.
Fred Butler, St. Johns, N. F.; Edward
Froude, St. Johns; Corporal Fred
Snow, royal flying corps.
There were 146 in the ship's com
pany, including 77 passengers. Re
ports up to noon showed definitely
that 22 persons had been taken from
the wreck and indicrted that 18 others
earlier reported still clinging to the
wreckage also had been saved.
Unable to Make Shore.
St. Johns, N. F., Feb. 2S.-The first
batch of survivors was taken off in
three life boats and four dories, but
the sea was so rough that they were
unable to approach the shore, near
which the Florizel struck early Sun
day morning while on a voyage from
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PREPARE WOMEN FOR WORK
Miss Helen Fraser Gives Timely Advice
and Tells of Difficulties to Overcome.
IS URGENT PLEA OF LECTURER
American women should begin at
once to prepare themselves for the
real war work they will have to do
if the war continues. This is the
point emphasized by Miss Helen Fra
ser, distinguished Englishwoman who
lectured on "Women in War Work"
this afternoon at the Fontenelle for
the benefit of the Duryea war relief.
Miss Fraser served as director in
the British war savings campaign and
will be entertained at dinner tonight
by the Nebraska committee for the
"The spirit of American women is
wonderful. I am sure they are will
ing to help to the utmost, but of
course the way has not yet been
opened for them. So far your work
has been mostly surgical dressings
and food conservation, but m England
and France, and even in Italy, women
invaded the industrial world to release
men for service, as well a serving
directly behind the lines. Some have
More the 1,250,000 English women are
On TralM. Hotli,
tm SUndt, Etc., So.
Ex-Czar Nicholas Refuses to Accept Reinstatement at
Teuton Hands; German Legions Take 3,000 Slavs
in Whirlwind Advance Toward Riga; Len
ine Admits Bolshevik! Position
(By Associated Press.)
London, Feb. 25. Germany plans to restore the monarchy
in Russia, according to a telegram dated Friday in Petrograd to
the Morning Post.
It says the grand duke of Hesse has been appointed com
mander in the Riga section of the German front.
"His sister," the dispatch adds, "the former Empress Alex
andra, as the guardian of her son, the former czarevitch, is the
favorite German candidate for the throne.
"The former emperor will not accept the throne from Ger
"The Bolshevik! have provided a form of government
which the Russians alone understand pure despotism. They
have paved the way for the return of the monarchy."
0. S. PATROL CUTS
TAKE 22 GERMANS
Sammies In Spirited Raid Pene
trate Teuton Lines, Seizing
Men and Officers; No
.Amef lean Casualties...! -
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With the American Army in France,
Sunday, Feb. 24. An American patrol
in the Chemin-des-Dames sector, in
conjunction with a French patrol,
early yesterday penetrated a few hun.
dred yards into the German lines and
captured two German officers, 20 men
and one machine gun.
There was some sharp fighting and
a number of the enemy were killed
and wounded. There were no Amer
ican casualties. The Franco-American
patrol was under command of a
The French war office communica
tion Saturday reported that north of
the Ailette river, which parallels the
Chemin-des-Dames, French troops
had penetrated the Germai. lines as
far as the neighborhood of Chev
rigny. They were reported to have
returned with material and 25 pris
oners, including two officers.
The presence of American units
along the famous Chemin-des-Dames
was disclosed in an Associated Press
dispatch last Friday. In a patrol fight
th; previous day American soldiers
had killed one German and captured
another. One American was slightly
Reclamation Department to
Save Old Army Uniforms
Al Dresher of Omaha has just re
ceived news of the appointment of Dr.
H. E.' Mechling of Louisville, Ky.,
president of the National Cleaners
and Dyers, as head of the new recla
mation department of the army.
The reclamation department was
established to reclaim soldiers' second-hand
uniforms and equipment.
When a soldier is sent to France he
is given a complete new outfit. The
old outfit used in the training camps
will be turned over to this reclama
As the suits to be reclaimed each
month will run into the thousands,
this $l-a-year job is no light task.
already doing war work, according to
official figures quoted by Miss fraser.
There are two divisions, the Volun
teer Aid Detachments, numbering 60,
000 nurses aides to assist the 10,000
Red Cross nurses; and the celebrated
W. A. A. C, the Women's Auxiliary
Aid corps, organized in strictly mili
tary fashion and now serving in
France, living in cantonments exact
ly like the soldiers. Their work is
clerical, signalling, canteen, motor
driving and salvage.
"What to do with these women will
be one of the greatest problems after
the war, though many women will re
turn to their home duties. The Eng
lish government has already named
reconstruction period commission on
which women are serving, to help
solve the problem. Allowances for
women to take training in any profes
sions to make thorn relf-supporting if
bereft of male support, is granted by
the government. Other women will be
encouraged to emigrate to the dominions.
SINGLE COPY TWO CENTS.
RUSS' LAST STAND.
General Brujevitch has been ap
pointed successor to Ensign Krylenko
as commander-in-chief of the Russian
armies, according to a Berlin dispatch
forwarded from Amsterdam by the
Central News agency. 1 " 1
General Brujevitch, according to
the message, has been proclaimed
dictator and has ordered the Russian
troops to fight to the last. He was
formerly chief of staff to Ensign Kry
lenko. 1 ''
THREE THOUSAND. CAPTIVES.
Berlin, ( Via London), Feb. 25.
German troona have occuoied Pernau.,
Russian seaport in Livonia, 99 miles, '
nonneasi oi Kiga, ana uorpai, isi
miles northeast of Riga, the German,
war office announced today. ,
In the German advance to Dorpat '
3,000 Russians ere taken prisoner.
This flying detachment traveled N130
miles in five and one-half days.
The advance guard of General von
Linslngen's troops, in the south, have
reached Zhitomir, 85 miles west of
Kiev. . V,- -
SLAV POSITION HOPELESS. ,
Petrograd, Sunday, Feb.' 24. "Their
knees are on our chest and our posi
tion is hopeless," declared Nikolai
Lenine, the Bolshevik premier, in the
course of his long speech to the cen
tral executive committee of the AU
Sussian council of workmen's and
soldiers' delegates, in which he in- ,
sistently urged the acceptance of the :
Austro-German peace conditions, how- t
ever oppressive and unfortunate they ;
"This peace must be accepted is a;
respite," he continued, "enabling us to .
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38 Firms Charged With
Unfair Trade Practice
Washington, Feb. 25. Complaints
charging unfair trade practices were
issued today by the federal trade com
mission against 38 manufacturing
firms as the result of a long and in
tensive investigation which has re
vealed "very serious and unhealthy
conditions in certain lines of indus
try." It was the largest number of
complaints ever issued at one time
by the commission. :
Thirty-four of the complaints were
against varnish makers, three against
manufacturers of printing ink and
one against a soap factory.
The 38 firms cited today were given
30 days to reply and ordered to ap
pear for hearing April 8. . .
Wilson Named Manager of !
Hawkeye Tire Branch Here
Announcement has been made that,
E. W. Wilson has been appointed
manager of the Hawkeye Sales
company at 1810 Harney street.
Wilson has been in the tire business
for a number of years and has built
up quite a reputation for inmself as
a tire salesman and organizer. Prior
to going with the Hawkeye people, he
was in charge of the Savage branch.
Wilson opened this branch in Omaha
and is credited with having made
quite a record from the standpoint
of sales for the Savage people.
Extend Fishing Privileges ; "
To Canadian Vessels
Washington, Feb. 25. With the ap-"
proval of President Wilson, - Secre-'
tary Redfield has issued orders to ,
customs collectors to allow Canadian .
fishing vessels to enter and clear be
tween American ports "and the fish
ing banks. Reciprocal privileges have
been asked of Canada for American
Gecretary Lane Asks
$250,000 for Mines Bureau
Washington, Feb. 25. To make use -of
minerals available at home and
save ships now to import them for
war industries, Secretary Lane to :y
asked congress to provide $21 ()-
for investigation to be expended
der direction nf the bureau of mines.
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