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IN WHEAT OUTPUT
TO ALLIES ABROAD
Hoover Annonunces First of
Series of Steps Planned to
V Further Stretch Flour Sup
(By Associated Press.)
Washington. March 20. The food
administration tonight announced the
first of a series of steps, planned to
stretch flour supplies sufficiently to
feed the country and maintain ship
ments to the allies until the next'har
vest. Beginning with the baking trade,
which uses 40 per cent of the wheat
flour consumed in this country, the
administration has approved plars. for
a division of flour supplies between
shops, sharing of wheat substitutes,
and for a nation-wide educate nal
campaign to eliminate waste, which
will be worked out at a meetirg in
Chicago next Friday.
New Laws in Effect.
Further restrictions on the con
sumption of wheat, which were an
nounced last week as under consider
ation will be put into effect next.
Aside from the shortage of wheat
k in the United States another serious
problem is confronted by the food ad
ministration in making good its
promises to the allies. Not a single
week's shipment of grain and cereals
abroad has equaled the announced
program since January 1, so that there
remains a deficit of 812,000 tons ;c be
made up in addition to the regular
Shipments reached a low poiui in
the week of February 1 to 7, as the
culmination of weeks of bad weather
which demoralized both railroad and
overseas transportation. Only 84,658
tons went abroad in that week. Im
provement has been shown since but
even with clearing weather if has
been impossible to transport the 270,-
uuo tons promised every seven days.
In the week from 1 to 8, the ship
ments were 212,154 tons, but dropped
in the second week to 201,938 tens
and the expected surplus over require
ments has not gone forward. Since
January 1, shipments have totalled 1,'
Strict Ration Abroad.
Inasmuch as the allied people
ibroad are being strictly rationed, of
ficials here do not contemplate any
curtailment of exports, nor do they
admit of a possibility of failira in
supplying the food necessary to carry
off the war.
With the approval of state adminl
strators, a technical service commit
tee will be appointed in each state
which in turn appoint district captains
and county leaders, all of them ex
pert bakers, who have learned to use
wheat flour substitutes m baking vie
tory bread. Meetings and demonstra-
tions will be held in every town and
No bakers will have an excuse for
failure to produce victory bread of
the most palateable character after
the trade secrets pf, the Jeading mem
bers or the business have been im
parted to h im in the ODinion of the
TO CHANGE PLEA
' Attorneys for the five alleged auto
bandits, who arp charged with the
murder of Detective Frank Rooney,
filed a motion in district court Wed
nesday afternoon to withdraw the
plea of not guilty entered by the
bandits and to substitute a plea in
Counsel for the alleged jewelery
robbers contend no proper prelimin
ary examination was held, that the
state failed to prove that Rooney
came to his death at the hands of the
accused men and that the judge was
in error when he refused to permit
raiding of Frank Rooney's dying
statement at the preliminary trial.
If the motion is granted, the case
will revert back to the police court
for another hearing.
Women Buy More and Better
1 Clothes, Declares J. L Orkin
Although merchandise is difficult to
obtain and the prices are soaring,
women are buying more and better
clothes this year that ever before,
according to J, L. Orkin, of Orkin
Brothers, who has just returned from
a three weeks' buying trip in New
The explanation for this is the fact
that women and girls are earning
money now for work which last
year was done by men.
Orkin Brother's business is double
this spring what it was last year,
said Orkin. The firm will soon move
into new quarters in the Conant hotel
building. Sixteenth and Harney.
British Sea Lord Will
Announce Losses by Subs
London, March 20. Sir Eric Ged
des, first lord of the admiralty, is ex
pected to make a .statement in the
House of Commons today on the
amount of tonnage destroyed by sub
marines and the tonnage built to take
The Daily Mail today publishes a
Paris dispatch which says that the
Germans sank 2,938 ships last year.
Commenting on the dispatch, the
newspaper says that the figures sug
gest that publication of allied losses
now has been decided upon.
MRS. PERMELIA SHEETS, a resi
dent of Omaha for SO years, died at
her home, 3603 North Twenty-fourth
treet, Tuesday after an illness of
three years. She waa 58 years old
and was born in Davenport, la. She
is survived by her husband, - Frank
E. Sheets, road otflrer of the Omaha
and Council Bluffs Street ' Railway
company, four sons and two daugh
ters. Two sons are serving in the
army, Fred being a sergeant at Dem
ing, N. M.. and Frank at Jefferson
barracks, St. Louis. Dr. Charles H.
Sheets another son, Hves-at Cozad and
William at Louisville. Miss Ethel
Sheets, a daughter, lives at home with
hr parents and the other daughter,
s. Lida Campbell, lives in Manning,
President Wilson Agrees to Plan
Of Neville to Change Draft Quota
fVaiihinf ton Bureau ( The
Omaha Bm, IS It C Street.
Washington, March 20. (Special
Telegram.) Speaking of his confer
ence with President Wilson last eve
ning in conjunction with Representa
tive Dent, chairman of the militant
affairs committee of the house, Con
gressman Shallenberger said that he
read the president Governor Neville's
recent telegrtm with reference to giv
ing credit to volunteers and changing
the basis on which quotas are drawn.
Congressman Shallenberger analyzed
the Neville message and so successful
was he that the president acquiesced
in the position which Shallenberger
has taken about credit being given
for volunteers and the Nebraska man
was asked f prepare an amendment
to the resolution covering the matter
NAYY BILL CARRYING
Greatest Money Measure Ever
Passed for Department;
Daniels, Much Pleased With
Washington, March 20. The annual
naval appropriation bill carrying
more than eighty-one billion, three
hundred million dollars, and authoriz
ing a war time increase in the navy's
enlisted strength from 87,000 to 180,
000 men, was reported to the house
today by Chairman Padgett of the
Secretary Daniels tonight expres
sed complete satisfaction with the
measure, saying the committee had
improved upon official recommenda
tions, as a result of a thorough study
of the department and its needs.
"The bill is larger vy over $800,000,
000 than any prior naval bill, carryng
roundly, $1,327,600,000," said Mr.
Daniels. "This sum together with
last year's bill and the supplemental
appropriations carried in the two
deficiency bills of the preceeding ses
sion make almost three billions of
dollars provided for the navy in a
little more than 12 months, while the
total expenditures of the navy from
1794 to 1916, inclusive, a period of
122 years, only exceeded this sum by
three hundred and sixty odd million
dollars. I make this comparison
better to convey what it means to
support, and operate the navy on a
scale demanded by the present con
flict. Much for Aviation.
"Almost $200,000,000 is provided
for aviation purposes, and while I
cannot make public the details to
which this large credit is to be ap
plied it represents what our experts
felt necessary, and will be used to
greatly increase the efficiency of the
excellent services the naval aviators
"The bill provides the money neces
sary to carry forward the three year
program of dreadnoughts, battle
cruisers and other types of ships al
ready authorized. It provides, as
recommended, another emergency
fundof $100,000,000 which may be
used in the construction tif Htmv
and other smaller craft, which are the
present most pressing need in the
ngnt against the submarine menace.
Small craft and mprrhnnt china -.
the nee dof the hour, but I am going
to press the construction of the big
crait as soon as possible.
GROWS IN RACE
Milwatlkfff Wis farrri "7H A
, vil tmJ. i a
scattered returns from yesterday's so-
canea loyaity primary dribbled slowly
in. thi imnrccinn o-rii Im fV
' ' ., 51 vn uiai
gressman Irvine L. Lenroot of Super
ior, loyalist candidate for the sena
torial nomination of the republican
of La Crosse the La Follette candidate,
Dy a narrow margin.
Lenroot's lead approximated 2,500,
I.fn mot's Gimnrtrtffra rloiin a A U
- w w uHvnvig viuuin,u l ti a L
only two of the counties were dOUbt
fl Al 1. f
mi, me icsi uemg xor me congress
man. Joseph E. Pavies, the democratic
- - - - - 1 f m ,iivioiii ui
congratulation from Speaker Champ
Vigorous Prosecution for
All Income Tax Dodgers
Washington. March 20. Tax slack
ers who fail to file their income tax
report by April 1 will be prosecuted as
vigorously and relentlessly under the
war revenue act as draft slackers were
under the selective service act, oc
cording to a statement made today by
Daniel C. Roper." commissioner of in
Revenue officers in everv section of
the country are checking up returns
with a view to beginning prosecutions
against tax dodgers.
Gets Judgment Against
Union Pacific Railroad
John Humer recovered a iudement
for $1,500 Tuesday in district court
against the Union Pacific railroad.
He is alleged to have been assaulted
and held in jail by Special Officer Pip
kin. Pipkin tes'.'fied that Humer inter
fered with him when he endeavored
to take an insane woman from the
NEW NATIONAL SONG TO BOOST
LIBERTY LOAN IS APPROVED
Here is the national anthem for the third Liberty loan, which has
been approved by the loan committee of the New York federal reserve
district. It is intended to be used throughout the country. The music
was written by Mrs. George Barton French, the words by Charles W
"Our fathers fought for them, fought, bled and died.
"Heaven sent liberty our nation's pride,
"Then was our flag unfurled, emblem sublime,
"A light unto the world through endless time.
"Our last word still shall be, 'In God we trust,'
"Striving that all may see our cause is just,
"We fight for liberty and shall not cease,
"Till freedom's victory brings lasting peace.
"Now in our allies' land, breasting war's tide,
"Our sons march hand in hand, God is their guide
"Once more we hear the call 'keep the world free,'
"Rise, rise, and give your all, for liberty."
As now agreed to all volunteers will
be accredited to their respective
counties and states in the next call.
Congressmen Shallenberger cited
Hamilton county as a case in point.
It furnished its entire auota as volun
teers so haa to furnish no drafted
men, under the first call. But as the
bill was reported no credit for such
volunteering would have been allowed
any county, but under the Shallenber
ger amendment that will be changed.
On the other matter which took
Representatives Dent and Shallenber
ger to the White House, namely the
basis for the entire quota which is
sought to be changed in the new law
from the basis. of population to that
of the number of registrants placed in
Class 1. the president asked Congress
man Shallenberger to take up the
Question with the acting secretary of
URGE SCHOOLS FOR
Brigadier General William
Snow Appointed to Reor
Washington, March 20. The im
portance of accurate artillery borage
in trench warfare has so impressed
army heads that th War department
is considering plans to establish
schools of instruction, for artillery
men to supplement the work of the
service school at Fort Sill, Okl.
Ihe tort Sill school has oten
crowded to the limit since this rtiin
try entered the war, but the output
has failed to equal the demand for
Brigadier General William
Snow, an artillery officer of high
standing, recently was appointed
chief of artillery on the general staff
for the purpose ot reorganizing that
arm to meet the increased demards
He is .understood to have prepared
an expansion schedule which would
result in the turning over of one di
visional camp exclusively to in
struction in artillery work and the
establishment of. two or three add
tional centers for brigade instruc
Suggest Camp McClellan.
Camp McClellan at Anniston, Ala.
has been most frequently mentioned
as the logical site for the artillery re
placement camp. ,
Barrage fire, as perfected in
France, has been broucht to the
point where, over a front of several
miles, the wall ot bursting shells is
kept just ahead of the advancing in
One ill-laid gun, or even one badly
set fuse, will cause the explosive to
burst among the troops. Unless the
guns are absolutely accurate along
certain portions of the front .wtere
No Man's land dwindles to a strip of
only a few yards, friendly instead of
enemy trenches will be deluged with
shell. , ,
Gayety Red Star Fund
Soars to $748.53 Tota
Omaha continues in a most gen
erous manner to pour' in money to
the Red Star fund which is being
raised at every performance of The
Hastings Show at the Gayety
Comedian Dan Coleman makes the
appeal and the chorus girls pass the
baskets. 1 tiding last nights col
lection tl. 'ount is $748.53.
Yestero... Manager Johnston of
the Gayety received a telegram from
William (J. btillman, director gen
eral of the Red Star at Albany, N. Y.
congratulating Dan Coleman and the
ladies ot tjie Hastings Show for rais
ing the large special fund.
People in sympathy with the Red
Star relief for wounded horses at the
front may mail their checks to the
Red Star fund care Gayety theater.
Grain Exchange Subscribes
$1,000 to Advertise Fund
The Omaha Grain exchange has
subscribed $1,000 toward the $50,000
fund being raised by the bureau of
publicity of the Omaha Chamber of
Commerce to advertise Omaha na
tionally. The Gram Exchange offi
rials say they realize the importance
ofa movement to brine Omaha per
manently into the clas9 of the recog
nized oig important commercial cen
ters of the nation. This subscription
puts tne iunj past tne $Jo,wiu mark.
Police Arrest Lawyer
Charged With Larceny
Lnar cs vhipl mt Smith v
teenth street, who declares h is :
prominent lawyer of this city, was
arrested last night by Officers Vance
and Coffeyr charged with petty lar
ceny. Police charge Vogel stole five
rings from a local 5 and 10 cent store.
The rings were found in Vogel's
pockets when arrested. He was not
released on bonds.
Make First Seizure of
Alien Enemy Property
The first seizure nf a1!n nmu
prooertv in Omaha iinrW rVi ai;.n
enemy act, was made yesterday. It
consisted of the property at 1419
Farnam street, occupied by the
Drexel Shoe company.
The seizure came about when the
occupants made a report to Washington.
FOR 1918 DRIVE
Pooling of Reserves of All
Armies, Permitting Over
Key to New Riddle.
(By AMwIntril Pri.a.
Washington, March 20.--The key to
the 1918 riddle of the western battle
front is in the hands of the supreme
war council at Versailles.
Decision as to the time and place
of major offensives by the allies rests
with that body.
It directly controls also, officials
here believe, a new weapon forged
during the winter with which to make
effective its plan of grand strategy.
TO POOL RESERVES.
That weapon is believed to lie in a
pooling of the army reserves of all the
allies' armies, permitting overwhelm
ing concentrations at selected points
American observers now are con
vinced that the German . high com
mand plans a defensive campaign, and
that the long talked of drive on Paris
or the channel ports has been aban
doned. The initiative, according to
this view, rests with the allied and
American forces. Communiques are
Deing closely scanned lor the first in
dication of any offensive operations
mapped out at Versailles.
WILSON URGED ACTION.
v The supreme council was created
under the urgent insistence of Presi
dent Wilson for aggressive action vhis
year, based on co-ordinated plans and
under the direction of snmle acencv,
The exact scope cf the council's au
thority never has been disclosed It
was said both by Premier Lloyd
ueorge and by Lord Curzon. how
ever, in explaining the status ci the
British imperial general staff, an.l the
commander in the field, Sir Dougias
Haig, that certain British forces had
been assigned to the council's con
Decision by the war council, of
ficers here believe, as to the field
where these and similar forces from
other armies are to be concenfra-ed
will show where allied blows the
German defenses are designed to tall.
If there is to be no German drive,
as the war department predicted ves
terday in its weekly war review the
council will not be forced to hold its
reserves for defensive purposes, and
can devote this new agency to at
tempts to smash weak points in the
Italian Front Hottest.
Opinion as to the sectors offering
the best opportunity for allied assaults
varies widely here. There is sub
stantial agreement, however, that the
Italian front may in fact becomt the
main theater of war this year, Austro
German concentrations, and nosvible
offensives on that front, also noted by
the weekly war summary, may repre
sent the recognition of this viw by
the German hieh command.
In any event, even though the su
preme council might have decided to
make the ettort to break through in
Italy, it is believed the first moves
in ine game would bt played in
France and Flanders. Drives with
all the appearance of being the real
front of them. Along the Chemin
Des Dames, another portion 'of the
front held by the Americans there
has' been a rather heavv olav of cas
shells from the German guns, but the
men from overseas have answered
four fold all the German projectiles.
Everywhere the airmen of both
sides are keenly active. Particularly
so are the British who, in addition o
numerous air raids hhinri tli.
bombing points of vantage and in-l
uui(j.iig in iiguia in me air witn
enemy aviators, since October have
carried out 255 flights, or 38 raids,
into Gerjnan territory. The impor
tant town of Mannheim has been
their last target, explosive bombs
exceeding a ton in weight have been
dropped there. Both sides are
claiming a heavy toll in aviators shot
down during combats in the air.
While scant news now is cominc
out from Great Russia, advices
received from Siberia seem to indi
cate a precarious situation there. It
seems definitely established that
former German prisoners are actively
aiding the bolsheviki in their inroads
into the country, and that in addition
to numerous outrages on the popula
tion, chaos reigns generally.
"Wuxtry! Battleship Sunk;"
Newsy Gets Jail Sentence
Philadelphia, Pa., March 20. For
lavinar sold newsoaoers under the
pretense that thev contained an ac
count of the sinkincr of an Ainpriran
battleship, Abraham Krupp, 23 years
oia, was sent to the county jail for
The comm. Miner tnaonVtrt ci'.A
" a ...uIUW gqiu
this was the bearinninir of a rmsarff
he intended to inaugurate for th .
rest of persons who mulct and terrify
people with fake reports of disasters
in the armv and navv.
Son of General Wood
Enlisted as Private
Cambridge, Mass., March 20. Otis
. Wood, son of Major General Leon
ard Wood, today enlisted as a privite
in the regular army, and will report
for duty at Fort Slocum, N. Y Satur
day morning, iie is a sopliomcre at
Harvard university, and a captain in
the Harvard regiment.
Agree to Amendment.
Telegram.) The house in committee
of the whole tndav ai-rntH an
amendment offered by Congressman
aioan to tne war finance corporation
bill fixing the salaries of the four di
rectors at $12,000 flat. instMH nf
ing the amount of the salary to. the
aci-reiary ot ine treasury.
Berger Forecasts Victory.
Milwaukee. Wis., March 20. Vic
tor Berber claimed he
000 votes. The socialist candidate at
me primaries in mo received 11.479
Wafthlnvtnn. n r u . . i ,a -.
Telerram.) Appointment of Prlvt Klrnt
CIum John Jimes Huhe.
rerv corn, aa aecond lieutenant In tha
aviation aectloii. alsnal reserve corpa. la an
nounced at Fort Omaha to taka effect thia
Firat Lleutenent Adam H Knnlrmrh.r
Camp Ood( and will proceed to Fort Jtller,
FRENCH TARE 200
GERMANS IN RAID
Von Gallwitz' Army Nervous
and Falters Quickly in Posi
tions Heretofore Believed
(B.v AuMirlated Treas.)
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till IVIII III 1 I ttlUI.!
March 20. The center of military in
terest during the last few days has
passed from the Champagne to the
vicinity of Verdun, where both the
French and the Germans have broken
into marked activity.
In the Verdun region, the corre
spondent watched the execution of
two trench raids on a large scale car
ried out by the French on Saturday
evening and at dawn on Sunday, the
results of which exceeded all expecta
tions. Within 12 hours the French
had penetrated the remarkably strong
systems of German trenches in both
Cheppy Wood and Malancourt Wood
to a depth at some points of more
than a quarter of a mile. They de
stroyed all the enemy works, his
blockhouses and shelters, which had
taken the Germans three years to con
struct, and brought back two groups
of prisoners, each comprising 80 men,
while the French themselves suffered
only the slightest losses.
Germans Very Nervous.
General von Gallwitz's army, acting
under the direct orders of the Ger
man crown prince, displayed evident
nervousness under this pressure, as
was shown by the hurried arrival of
large reserves in motor lorries. They
were too late, however, to hinder the
The ground was very unfavorable
to the French attack, owing to the
clay soil, in which immense shell
holes from former battles had become
filled with water to a depth of some
six feet. Among these the raiders
were forced to pick their way under
the constant peril of slipping, in and
drowning. The artillery preparation,
however was so overwchltning, that
the French met with only slight oppo
sition to their progress.
The Cheppy wood operation was
the easier of the tw , owing to the
fact that it was daylight, and within
five minutes of the assault erouns had
left the parallel groups of prisoners
could be seen running toward the
French lines. Eveivthinff was carried
out on a time schedule, and when the
French returned to their own lines
they had obtained about 80 prisoners,
Was Wonderful Eight.
The second raidthat upon Malan
court wood, was a wonderfully im
pressive spectacle, in the darkness just
before dawn. The correspondent
passed the night on a knoll opposite
the objective, from which nothing
but the occasional rattle of a machine
gun could be heard and only a flash
of light seen now and then until a
half hour before the time it had been
arranged for the attack to begin.
Then German gunners, evidently sus
pecting that something was up, let fly
salvos all along the line, after which
quiet reigned again until, with a
thunderous crash, all the French bat
teries opened fire simultaneously, the
signals flashed and the infantry went
Colored lights showed that the
troops reached their objectives at va
rious times previously arranged. Then
groups of prisoners began coming
back and eventually the Frenvhmen,
after completing their work of
destruction, returned to their own
lines, bringing further squads of cap
tives, the total reaching cO.
Meanwhile, the German artillery,
which is very strong here, had opened
up with a heavy barrage and counter
battery fire, but without effect. Soon
after daylight, the front was agin
A nubmer of American infantry of
ficers attached for instruction to
French units were in the raids upon
Cheppy and Malancourt woods.
American Aviators Make
212-Mile Trip in Italy
Rome. March 20. Two American
aviators accomplished today a fast
flight from Foggia to this city, flying
212 miles in 158 minutes. Ihe avia
tors were Major Ryan, commander
of the American flying corps at fog'
gia, who made the trip as observer.
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Vaudeville and Photoplaye
NEW SHOW TODAY
A NIGHT WITH THE POETS
An Arttatle Creation in Sonf, Poetry
FRANK A CRACIE DEMONT
In a Seriea of Clatty Idaaa
Drama of Adven
ture and Romance
"The Ninthly Princess"
Billy Montgomery ft George Perry
Betaie Rempel and Play art
Kanazawa Boys; Doc O'Neilj The
Jordan Girlt; Ruth Oiborn; Or-
OMAHA'S FUN CENTIR"
Dl'y Mats., ISc, 25c, 80c
Ev'a 25c, 50c, 75c, $1
Harry Haillngi, Founder of Haitlngi, Nab.. Praianti
THE HASTINGS SHOW BMru,:i".
Faatur. nlll mi CMARJ Imarald
Oonooua rttiiiia Include tha Lind of rir,. r..
barnt Roof (garden, tlie flow of Cbainpagua. (jinking
of the U-Hoat. Elks nita Thursday ia
honor Brother Coleman.
LADIES' DIME MATINEE WEEK OAYS
Bat. Mat Wk.; Javk Conway "Liberty Girls"
For 10 Days
i THE COMEDY
Somethbif Worth Goinf Mils to See.
Mats., Sat, Sun., Wad., Sat., SOc to SI. 00
Nltaa, BOe to 1.8Q.
DIVE TAKES 2
Yon Worth. Tex., March 20. The
deadly spintiing nose div claimed
two more victims near Fort Worth
tlits afternoon. Lieutenant R. J. Bur
ley, 87 Gyden street, Toronto, Out,,
and W. Miles, mechanic, London,
England, were killed when the planes.
TTAStiltf 7$om FILMLAND
PHOTO PlAY' OFFERINGS . FOIt- TODAV-
f ft n nTn
1TI T 1 i
3 great nrii
9 1 Arts ""
IH iiiiiii iimni
They even "poetryized
Here's a "Humdinger
, "Do-I-Believe-In-You-Thoma? 1
Oh, if you will promise
To tell not a soul what I write,
' A confession I'll make,
Though my heart it will break,
In the hope that you care just a mite.
Since to Omaha you first were known,
And as hope never dies,
I am waiting in sighs
For your coming to take me home."
I'd sure take her home, too, if I wasn't married, so as to square
things, however, I am going to send her some passes to see
DOROTHY D ALTON
which we present the remainder
inai ner "Desi irtena taice my
war at home.
LOTH R OP ?ik
, Today JULIAN ELTINGE in
"THE CLEVER MRS. CARFAX"
Ipifoted by the lieutenant, was thrown
into the spinning nose dive 200 feet
A "vertical hank" that was too
"steep" is ascribed by eye-witnesses
as' the cause of the crash. Those
who saw the two royal flying corps
men fall declare they never had- a
rllDllfit lllA.'v lit' Ac fm.v. itA
vnnuL v'i iin.il una nvni IMC II IV
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iiitni nit iianc uipjjcu, husc uvwn-
Vou can secure a maid, stcnogra-
j pher or bookkeeper by using a Bee
i Want "Ad.
of the week, with the suggestion
piace men mere won t be any
MRS. VERNON CASTLE
in THE MARK OF CAIN
Today WALLACE REID in
Today ETHEL BARRYMORE In
"THE ETERNAL MOTHER"