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V0L2 , XLVIL NO. 222.
OMAHA, -MONDAY MORNING, MARCH 4, 1918.
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ENTENTE ALLIES TO PLACE
ALL CONFIDENCE IN JAPS
TO HANDLE SIBERIAN CASE
Response of America to Japan's Invitation For Expression
of View Expected Within Few Days; General
Feeling Prevails That Nippon Must Stop
German Aggression in Russia.
By Associated Press.
Washington, March 3. The responses of the entente allies
and of America to the Japanese invitation, for an expression of
their views regarding the Russian situation, so far as recent
events there have affected conditions in eastern Siberia, are ex
pected to be returned within the next two or three days.
MO T.ONO DELAY. O
It is certain that there will be noj
long delay, as there appears to be no
disposition to enter into any extended ,
arguments on the subject of measures j
to combat German aggression in Si-1
bcria, and to protect the military:
stores at Vladivostok. ;
One distinguished foreign represen
tative said today that a situation has
devolped where the allies, and Amer
ica must place entire confidence in the
rectitude of purpose and military
ability of Japan. This belief is that
there can be no half confidence such
as would be implied by a demand
for a pledge from Japan, in advance
of any action she may contemplate
to limit her activities or to make cer
tain disposition of occupied territory
after the war. Such action, he said,
could cast intolerable suspicion upon
a devoted and powerful ally.
May Ask Intentions.
It is entirely possille that some in
quiries may be made to develop the
nature and extent of what Japan re
gards as the special German menace
that existed in eastern Sibera even
before the resumption of the German
drive against Russia. Aside from the
presence of a large number of Ger
man prisoners of war in central Si
beria, nothing is known here of any
new and threatening danger to Japan
or to her allies, unless such might
be found - in activ German' propa
ganda in .that section, which might
involve the transfer of allegiance
to Germany of the bolsheviki-con-trolled
population, or cause an out
break of absolute anarchy, which
threaten the lives and property of
Japanese and other foreign residents
in Siberia. . It is not doubted that
Japan is now satisfying her allies on
this point and consequently there will
be no necessity for any formal en
gagement or declaration of purpose
by Japan covering her aims in Siberia
beyond any such expression as she
might herself care to volunteer,
No Troops Gone Yet.
Reports reaching here and credited
to British newspapers that already
Japanese and Chinese troops have
been sent into Asiatic Russia, find no
confirmation here. They are believfed
to be founded upon previous reports
that Japanese ; marines had been
landed at Vladivostok to suppress dis
orders there of an anarchistic turn
that threatened the safety of the mili
tary stores at the port. It is known
that there are four large Japanese
cruisers at Vladivostok, but as they
have been there for some time, of
ficials said their presence could not
be construed as indicating any new
policy. As for the report that
Chinese troops have been sent into
Siberia, officials are convinced that
this is based on a misunderstanding
of the movement of some Chinese sol
diers into Harbin, which being in
Chinese Manchuria, is properly a sub
ject for Chinese military control. So
far as can be learned here the atti
tude of the Chinese government has
been marked by reluctance to join in
any international campaign in Man
churia. There has been an omission to
develop the feelings of the Russians
themselves towards any disturbance
of status in Siberia. However, a report
reaching Washington from an appar
ently reliable source today that the
Russians themselves are desirous, if
there is to be any foreign entry into
Siberia, that America above all pow
ers should participate. In the view of
some officials this probably is based
upon a belief that America's partici
pation would insure a complete evacu
ation of the country after-the pur
poses of a military expedition had
Temperatnres at Omaha Yeatcrduy.
6 a. m i . . 36
a. m 34
7 -8. m.. 34
' 8 a. m .15
a. m 37
10 a. m 38
11 a. m..... 38.
13 m 45
1 p. m , 46
2 p. in 48
3 p. m 47
4 p. m ,.. 47
5 p. m... 45
6 p. m 44
7 P. m 43
Comparative Local Bcord.
1913 1917 1816 1915
Highest yesterday 48 27 35 33
Lowest yesterday.... 34 10 1 24
i(nn temperature.,.. 4t IS 18 28
Precipitation T. T. .00 .81
-Temperature nafl precipitation departures
from the normal!
N'ormal temperature 29
livrcsf for the day 12
Total excess since March 1 34
.Normal precipitation 04irch
Vctal rainfall since March l, lu.: T.
Deficiency since March 1 11 irch
Iteficiency for cor. period, 19K.; .'.Olnoh
b"fii'iency for cor. period. lBJfi.. .14 r.fh
"I" hidiuHtca trace of precipitation,
i X. WELSH. MetcoralosisL
EET IN CRASH
Lloyd H. Carter Falls to Death
at Toronto After Collision
- With Machine of Fellow
Toronto, Ont, March 3. (Special
Telegram.) Flying within a couple
of hundred feet of the ground at the
aviation field of the royal flying corps
at Leaside camp, a few miles outside
the city limits, here thia evening,
Flight Cadet Lloyd Harvey Carter of
Omaha, 20 years old, died instantly
when the machine which he was driv
ing crashed into another aeroplane
going in the opposite direction. Both
machines dropped to earth a tangled
mas of twisted wood and wires.
OTHER FLYER ESCAPES.
Carter was taken out of the wrecks
age within two minutes after he fell,
but it is thought he was killed by the
shock of the collision rather than the
fall, as his body bore few marks of
Cadet Frederick Thaine, who was
driving the other machine, as well as
the mechanican who accompanied
Carter both escaped with broken legs
and nerve shock. They will recover.
Flight Cadet Carter had been in
training here but a short time. Car
ter's body was brought to the morgue
here and an- inquest will be held by
the civic authorities in addition to one
ordered by the officers of the aviation
Carter came to the Toronto camp
from Omaha, where his home is be
lieved to be. He received mail from
Family Not Found Here.
No family named Carter, living in
Omaha, could be located last night to
which Lloyd Carter, reported dead at
Toronto, might be related. Officials at
the local British recruiting mission
had no record of his enlistment here,
but they said he might have enlisted
OF UPSTATE MAN
The limited per cent of "good
natured" alcohol in some anonymous
horse liniment, put Hans Hansen's
larnyx in a hoarse condition last night,
causing him to be enthused with un
told gayety and mirth.
Hans just stepped into the metrop
olis from Petersburg, Neb., where he
was told about the biased actions of
Hans had heard about the secret
queries of asking some unrecognized
but suspicious appearing peddler to
"get him some whisky," and, filled
with an earnest craying for alcohol, he
stopped the first object of - his
thoughts, an unkempt and rough ap
pearing denizen of lower Douglas
A short time lapsed before Hans
had a package in his hand.
Hans thought he had good, old pure
and appetizing whisky. He uncorked
the bottle and proceeded to drink to
everyone's health without further ex
amining the label or contents of the
Hans did not know until later that
the bottle contained horse liniment.
The liquid made him feel quite
friendly with pedestrians, however,
and he flourished up Douglas street in
a rage of glory. Officer Bitter put a
stop to Hansen's escapade and ad
mitted him into the police station.
Runaway Touring Car
Smashes Dr. Dermody's Auto
A seven-passenger touring car,
owner unknown, became unmanage
able at Nineteenth and Dodge streets
Saturday night and raced down Dodge
street 'to Seventeenth, where it
crashed into the rear of an automo
bile driven by D. Louis A. Dermody.
1120 SouthTwenty-ninth street.
The car was taken to the police sta
tion. The license number is 92.20
Browning RapiFirer and
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tHEVsT PAWNING GUNg,.
The top picture shown an American
! army officer demonstrating ithe. new
1918 model of .the Browning machine
rifle,- which has been adopted" as' the
authorized rifle of the United States
army. The rifle weighs 15 pounds
and can be fired either from the hip
or shoulder position. Three hundred
a.nd fifty shots, with magazjne
changes requiring a pause of about
two and a half . seconds between
bursts of 40. may be fired' from the
gun before it ' becomes so hot that
stoppage i.i advisable for cooling pur
poses. Below is one of the Browning
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FIGHT GETS UNDERWAY
Ed P. Smith Principal Speaker With Host of Other Candi
cktec and Their Backers in Attendance; Mossman
Would Get Bolsheviki Out of City
. . Hall; Others Want Turnover.
"Let us sweep the bolsheviki out of the city hall; we are
done with them," was a proposal made by H. L. Mossman at
a citiezns' meeting Saturday in the Paxton hotel.
Mr. Mossman, one of the speakers of the evening, was also
one of the promoters of the meeting,' which had a prandial pre
lude and considerable post-prandial discburse.
SMITH IS SPEAKER. .' O- ' '. ' . .
Frank' S. . Howell was toastmaster
and Ed P. Smith was the principal
speaker, being the guest of honor in
that his candidacy for mayor was an.
nounced with much enthusiasm.
The speakers represented all politi
cal parties. Buttons reading "For
Mayor, Ed P. Smith," were dis
tributed to the diners.1 The attend
ance was 250.
At the conclusion of the speaking
program the chairman was authorized
to appoint a committee of 10 to ar
range for a permanent organization to
back Mr. Smith and any other candi
dates which later may be approved.
Charles Battelle moved that the chair
appoint this committee to get behind
Smith and a tkket, but that proposi
tion was vigorously opposed by E. E.
Howell, who said he would stand for
the committee selecting 10 or 15 or
20 candidates, but did not believe it
would be fair to restrict; the number
to seven for the primary race. I. J.
Dunn moved an amendment that the
committee be appointed merely to ar
range for the perfection of an or
ganization. Chairman Howell an
nounced he would appoint the com
mittee during the week.
Ure WiU Make Race.
After the meeting had adjourned,
W. G. Ure told a. group of friends
that he will be a candidate for city
commissioner and added that the can
didacy of Smith was agreeable to him,
but indicated -that 'he did not favor
any slate combination before the
primary. This sets at rest variant re
ports regarding the candidacy of Mr.
Ure, 'who now positively states he
will make the race.
It is also understood that Roy
Towl of the South Side will be in
the race. Frank Burgess filed yester
In his foreword as toastmaster last
night, Mr". Howell said: "Taking
stock of our civilization, I would say
(Continued on Pa; Two, Column
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machine guns, also adopted by the
government; It is fed from a belt of
2S0 rounds of cartridges. Jit in rt:
were fired in 48 minutes and 16
seconds, with only three stop
pages, each due to defective car
tridges. The gun weighs 34 V4 pounds.
(Readers of this newspaper who wish
a. photographic copy of this picture
may obtain it by sending, 10 cents to
division of pictures, committee on
public information. Washington, D. C.
Encjose clipping.) , ,
McA doo No A uthority
To Control Railroads,
Say 8 . Kentucky , Judge
' Louisville, Ky., March 3. Federal
Judge Walter Evans, in the course
of an opinion rendered here today,
denying - federal t courts - exclusive
jurisdiction in damage suits against
transportation companies, solely be
cause they are under government
control, indicated that he had failed
to find any statute authorizing Di
rector General McAdoo to take con
trol of the railroads of the country.
The text of the opinion, which
' became available here tonight, in
this connection says: v , ,
"Under no established -rule of
interpretation can it be doubted that
congress authorized in time of war,
the War department and no other,
to take over the railroads. If we
assume (which is inconceivable)
that the secretary of war declined
for that department, we Can find no
statute authorizing . the control of
the railroads under Treasury de
partment nor by a director general
of railroads." . ' '
United States C. of C. Asks
Congress for Daylight Plan
Washington,' March 3. Daylight
saving will increase production of . the
shipbuilding yards "and war material
plants and expedite training of the
national military forces, the Cham
ber of Commerce of the United
States told congress today in urging
passage of the daylight savi'n-g bill
now pending in the house after pas
sage by the senate.
"All along the line, daylight sav
ing means increased efficiency in the.
improvement ot tne neaitn. morair
and social welfare of the 20,000.00" 1
workers of the country," it was urged
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Reds, Fearing That Germans
Will Make Greater Demands,
Hasten to Accept Peace
. Terms of Kaiser.
Berlin, via London, March 3. "By
reason of the signing of the peace
treaty with Russia," says the official
communication ' from headquarters
tonight. " Military movements in
great Russia have ceased."
(By Associated Press.)
Tctragrad, Saturday, March 2. In
the fear that argument would result
in even more onerous terms, the
Russian t'clcgation, at Brcst-Litovsk
has accepted all the German peace
condition: and is about to sign an
agreement according to a . telegram
from the delegates received today
at the molny institute. The de
mands already have been increased,
thy reported. '
The message, which was addressed
to Premier I.enine and Foreign
Minister Trotzky follows: j i
"As we anticipated, deliberations on
a treaty of peace are absoljtcly use
less and could only make things
worse in comparison with the ultir
malum of February 21. They might
even assume the character of leading
to the presentation of another ulti
matum. To Stop Slaughter.
"In' view of this fact and in con
sequence of the German's refusal to
cease military action until peace is
signed, we have resolved to sign the
treaty without discussing its contents
and leave after we have attached our
signatures. Wc, therefore, have re
quested a train, expecting to sign
today and leave afterwards.
"The most serious feature of the
new demands compared with these
of February 2 is the following.
"To detach the regions of Kara
band, Kars and Batoum, from Russ
ian territory on the pretext of the
I right of thgj?coplci of self,-dctermj-InatibnVt
M;Vt ; :':
411c new territorial claims upon
Russia ure apparently advanced in the
interest of Turkey, Batoum. a strong,
ly fortified seaport on the Black sea
cost, in Transcaucasia, about 20 miles
north of the border of Turkish
Armenia, was one of the cities ceded
by Turkey to Russia after the Russo
Turkish war of 1877-78.
Kars, also in trans-caucasia, 105
miles northeast of Erzeroum in
Turkish Armenia, has been in" dispute
between Turks and the Russians for
nearly a; century and finally was
ceded to Russia at the same time as
was Batoum, The other region men
tioned probably is that of Karabagh,
transcausia, lying to the east of the
Kars region and north of the Persian
Eastern Speculators Lose
Heavy on 27-Cent Egg Drop
New Y,ork, March 3. Heavy losses
faced by dealers and speculators in
eggs because of a 27-cent drop in the
retail price have been given considera
tion by the federal food board. Their
trouble is die to the heavy shipments
received in this city. ' -'
Many speculators, who are hardest
hit, have refused to accept shipments
of eggs in the face of such a loss
and in these cases transportation
companies, which are holding 26534,
169 eggs here for delivery, have threat
ened to sell them at the market price,
and let shippers and consignees di
vide the losses. The food board, how
ever, will force consignees to accept
the eggs they have ordered, accord
ing to the board's director of trans
portation and distribution.
Many of the eggs started for this
city three weeks ago, when the re
tail price was 72 cents a dozen. Since
then the price has fallen to 45 cents.
Pershing Reports Death
Of Minnesota Soldier
Washington, March 3. General
Pershing reported to the War depart
ment today that Private Glenn H.
Campbell of St. Claire, Minn., was
killed in action February 27, and that
four men were slightly wounded; in
action on the same day. and 11
slightly hurt the day before. No de
tails were given.
General Pershing also reported that
Private Samuel A, Kaplan, Lawrence,
Mass., died . February 26 of , wounds
received in action and that Private
Harry Taylor, Springfield, O., died
February 28 as a result of an enemy
gas attack. 1 , . .
Manufacture of Salt Will
Be Restricted by Hoover
Washington, March ' 3. Special
regulations, devised to restrict the
manufacture of malt '.'to the minimum
absolutely required for legitimate pur
poses" have been announced by the
food administration. The new rules
are in line with the recent proclama
tion of President Wilson, limiting the
amount of grain to be used by brew
ers to 70 per cent of last year's con
sumption. Futures Trading in Rye
Is Barred at Minneapolis
Minneapolis, March 3. Futures
trading in rye, the last of the specula
tive grains, was barred by the Min
neapolis Chamber of Commerce to-
. iav and a maximum pri-:e of $2.71 a
, .ushel on outstanding contracts fixed.
TEUTONS STRIKE HARD
BLOW; MANY AMERICANS
KILLED AND INJURED
Shock Troops of Enemy Follow Closely Heavy Barrage
Laid Down in Sammies' Sector But Are Thrown
Back With Heavy Losses After Sharp
Fighting in Trench
(By Associated Press.)
With the American Army in France, March 3. Another
German raid on the American line was made at 9:30 o'clock!
last night in the Chemin des Dames sector.
After sharp fighting; the enemy retired, leaving four pris
oners, two. of whom were wounded.
-7- O AMERICANS KILLED.
Austria-Hungary Grows More
and More Dissatisfied With
Overbearing Tactics of
Its Master Ally.
By BORIS DERNGINSKY. '
Copenhagen, March 3. (Special
Cablegram to New York Ti ibune and
Omaha Bee.) Vienna's displeasure
over Germany's Polish policy is grow
ing daily. Although the German high
command has consented to modify its
original Ukrainian boundary plans, the
concession offered is considered inad
equate. . v
Unless Germany soon assumes a
more conciliatory attitude toward its
less powerful ally upon questions of
mutual interest, an open rupture be
tween, the empire and the dual mon
archy, is not Jinliktly' .4 .. ;. ..
i ,V' Austria Disriglrded.
' Germany co-operated with-Austria-Hungary
in laying down the original
plans for the establishment of a new
kingdom of Poland and the decisions
on constitutional matters have been
made jointly, but since the conclu
sion of the Ukrainian peace and the
German renewal of the war against
Russia, Austria's wishes have been
disregarded. ' ,
The Ukrainian peace treaty which
attempted to include territory inhab
ited by Poles, caused a near revolu
tion in Poland. As a result, Germany
ordered three Polish towns placed
under martial law until a commission,
appointed for the purpose, could set
tle the differences between Ukrainia
and Poland and fix a satisfactory
boundary line. ; '
Since the beginning of difficulties
in the east, Austria-Hungary has
sided with the Poles. The Vienna,offi
cial news agency published the Polish
manifesto attacking Germany and the
press of the dual monarchy severely
criticised von Hertling's statement re
garding Poland, that Germp.ny is "de
manding only what is indispensable
from a military point of vinw."
Austrian oooosition to - this mili
taristic policy caused the boundary
rnmminsinn to make greater con
cessions to the Poles in Cholm and
to fix the Ukrainian frontier along
the Bug river. ,
Reports from both Vienna and
Berlin indicate a widening of the
snlit between the two Dowers.
Count von Hertling's acceptance of
President Wilsons four principles
of -peace, meant evidently to lessen
the Austrian distrust of the imperial
chancellor, seems to have had some
But the Austro-Hungarians have
not ceased to blame Germany for
continuing the war and thereby
materially weakening the economic
oosition of ui the central powers.,
The food situation in Budapest, is
extremely grave. The latest bread
ration calls for onl: 220 grammes
daily and only 200 grammes of butter
are auowea monuuy per capita. ,
New England Telephone'
Operators Vote to Strike
Boston, March 3. Union telephon.
operators employed by the New Eng
land Telephone company in ex
changes of 19 of the principal cities
of Massachusetts, New Hampslnr
and Maine have voted in favor of
striking to" erfor:e their demands for
an increase in wages. Ihis announce
ment was made ty a special commit'
tee of the operators' union tonight.
"Asleep in the Deep" Composer
Sentenced to Penitentiary
Chicago, March 3. Henry W. Pe
trie, 60 years old, the composer of
"Asleep m the Deep," wa3 sentenced
to an indeterminate term 01 from on;
to fourteen years in Joliet peniten
tiary yesterday upon his plea of
guilty to tlit charge of abducting
Laura Hanson, 16 years old.
Three Ships Burn.
Norfolk, Va., March 2.-Th 1,700
ton ferry steamer Castleton, the coal
barge Edith and a government light
ship were destroyed by fire here early
this morning. Two firemen aboard
the Castleton were burned to death:
and Captain L. A Oleson of the Edith
severely injureii. An explosion of a
lamp aboard the Castleton caused the
The Americans lost some killed and
a number slightly wounded or miss
ing. All are New Englanders.
Three companies of shock troops,
one of which had been brought from
Laon by motor cars for the attack,
came up behind a heavy barrage
which had been put down along the
left flank of the American forces.
After sharp righting the enemy re
The American and French artillery
during the attack which was localized
and during his retirement.
It is not permitted to disclose the
number of American casualties. One
of . the prisoners captured said tl.at
this was the beginning of a series of
sinvlsr raids on a laree scale alomr
.the western front. ,
. Use-Masks Now :'
' The three recent raids, one in .
the Toul section and two along the
Chemin Des Dames, have demon
strated that the American soldier, not
withstanding ! his previous inex
perience, now is perfectly at home in
a gas mask, and able to fight just as
well as without it. ,
So quickly reaching this stage the
Americans have shown their unusual
adaptability. Gas was used in all
three attacks in just sufficient quanti
ties to make masks necessarj'i as the
Germans in their raids did not desire
tonc6untcr: quamaies of- MeU- owK ;
g.-'i-.-'-;4-f.;v;- . - '".M -When
the engagement at Toul be-
can, yu many u mc siuicncans were
masked. Some of the men, however,
are reported to have taken a chance, :
when the German infantry attacked,
pulling off their masks for freer
action. . One nftirpr rtclrrH Vila Iff tn '
give commands to his men during
the roar of exolosions. H win nnahlr
through his mask to unake his men
hear, so he pulled, it ;off and yelled '
his orders. As it happened there was
no gas in this particular section, but .
he did not know it. .- , '
' . All Are Brave. . "
The officer was willing to sacrificr .
his own life to get his men to s
place of safety where they could also '
strike 'effectively at the enemy.
There were many other instances ol
personal bravery. lieutenant, a
sergeant and two privates were in
a dugout, when some Germans looked
in. One cried in good English:
"Come out, Americans."
The four Americans. blazed , awaj
with their automatics, then rushed
the entrance to stumble over the
bodies of the men whom they had
apparently killed by their quick re
sistance. During the bombardment, which
hardly could have been more terrific .
two men who ' were concealed in a
shell hole were buried bv another ex
ploding projectile.- , i
They shouted for help and it cam
quickly. Their comrades left the shel
ters, from ' which they were ready
to leap into action the moment the
attacking infantry appeared and ex .
humed the buried soldiers with stones,
mud, earth, pieces of trees and shell
splinters spattered about them.
Americans , Use Pistols.
Notwithstanding the fierceness oi
the fight at close quarters, not more
than one bayonet was used and this
was on a German.-The Americans,
using their automatic pistols, sent bul
lets into the German attackers with
good aim in spite of the excitement.
Rifle bullets accounted for many
Although the army has been curs
ing the , weather and the. mud for
days, there is one man in the line
today who is glad it was muddy, for
he . owes his , life to . the , slippery
"duck boards" or the flooring in, the
trenches. With pistol in hand, he
rounded a trench corner looking for
the Germans. A huge Prussian ..saw
him first and fired, but at the same
moment the American- slipped and
fell on nis face. S :- ; ,
The-. Prussian tnought him dead
and turned away. He was quickly
dropped in his tracks by the prone ,
American, vho fired acurately from
in the fight from virtually all the "
states from New York to Texas.
With one or two exceptions all the
wounded are expected to recover. .
School to Be Established
For Boy Scout Master1
New York March 3. Men inter
ested in the principles of scouting as
practiced by the Boy Scouts of Amer
ica will become students at a series of
meetings at Columbia university,
where they will be taught how to lead
boys as scout masters. This orogram
was announctd here tonight as part
of the Boy Scouts of America's na
tionwide campaign to. enroll men :
scout ieaders for the organiziL4
war service. ... ,
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