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VOL XLVII NO. 241
OMAHA, TUESDAY MORNING, MARCH 26, 191 S-TWELVE PAGES.
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BWFSfl Bi4T OFF
Terrible Slaughter Inflicted On Teutons By ArtiHery,
Machine Guns and Low Flying Airplanes; Few
Tanks Are Lost By British; French Troops
kushed to Weak Points.
(By Associated Press.)
p London, March. 25. Monday morning the British on the
front from the Somme as far north as Wancourt beat off con
tinuous and heavy attacks with complete success. The text of
the British official statement, given out this evening, is as fol
"The capture by the Germans' of the towns of Nesle and
Guiscard, is confirmed. ,
"Heavy losses have been inflicted on the enemy by our ar
tillery and machine guns, whilst our low flying airplanes re
peatedly attacked the enemy's advancing columns further to
BriMunprifUPHTa apptvp. u
"A heavy attack delivered by fresh
enemy troops in the afternoon en
abled them to make progress west arid
I outhwest of Bapaume, in the direc
tion' of Courcelette. South of Peronne
our troops have been pressed back in
several places, slfghly westof the
vSomme, while further south the en
emy lias succeeded in making some
progress, and has captured Nesle and
"French reinforcements are arriving
in this neighborhood. n '
"Our troops, although tired, are in
good heart and are fighting splendidly,
and the enemy is only progressing at
the cost of heavy sacrifices," the eve
ning official statement says: "Our
losses in material have been heavy,
and include a certain number of tanks.
Hold Foe at Erviflers.
British ' Army Hea 'quarters in
France, March 25. EarlJ this morn
ing the Germans again hurled great
numbers of infantry against the Brit
ish line near Ervillers, but at the latest
. reports the onrushing troops had been
unable to force their way through the
intense artillery barrage ( which the
British maintained. . -A
heaVy battle also has been pro
k ceeding on the British right flank,
T where , the enemy had succeeded in
forcing his way across ,the Somme
and the canal south of Ham. The al
lies'were delivering ; counter-attacks
with the, purpose of pushing back the
invaders across the waterway.
German Troops Dog-Weary.
There seems small doubt but that
lie German attacking" troops are dog
weary, . fighting under great strain;
but this ismentioned merely as an in
teresting sidelight and not for the
purpose of sounding a note of optimism.-,
Harder fighting than has yet
occurred undoubtedly will follow.
Throughout the night there was
fierce righting north of Bapaume,
along the Bapaume-Arras road, but
except that Mory again changed
hands, the defenders held their own
Secretary of War Baker -Presented
to King George
''London, March 25. Secretary
Baker was presented to King George
'at Buckingham palace today by Am
bassador Page. The . secretary re
mained for an hour with the king,
discussing America's efforts in Eu
Mr. and Mrs. Page remained for
luncheonNvith the king and queen,
but 'Mr. Baker had to hurry away
to call on Premier Lloyd George, at
12:30 o'clock. Later he gave a lunch
eon to the members of his staff and
to Vice Admiral Sims and Major
General Biddle. The secretary spent
the remainder of the day at the war
office, in conference with the earl of
Derby, secretary -of state for war,
and other British military officials.
' For Nebraska Fair; colder.
Temperature at Omaha Yeeterday. '
5 a. m. .
6 a. m. .
T a. m .
8 a. in . .
10 a. m ;., 68
11 a. m 63
12 m 68
1 p. m 70
2p. m 72
5 p. m 1'i
4 p. m 73
6 p. m 74
6 p. m 72
7 p. m 70
i p. m 67
Comparative Local Record.
) 191S. 1M7. 1916. 1915.
Highest yesterday .. 74 66 36 36
Lowest' yesterday .. 43 36 31 24
Mean temperature .. 68 46 34 30
Precipitation 00 T .20 .02
Temperature and precipitation departures
from the normal:
ormal temperatura 41
Kxwsa for the day 17
) Total excess since March 1.... 274
Normal precipitation 05 Inch
deficiency for the day 05 Inch
Total rainfall since March 1 11 inch
Deficiency . since March 1..,.. 91 Inch
Kweu for cor. period, 1917 27 Inch
Deficiency for cor. period, 1916 68 Inch
4 i Beporis From Stations at 1 P. M.
SStation and State Temp. High-Rain-
of Weather. 7 p. m. esi. ian.
Chevenne. part cloudy.. 68
Davenport, cloudy 6
Denver, part cloudy... 2
Des Molncs, cloudy .... 68 72
Dodge City, clear 68' 74
Lander, cloudy 64 66
North Platte, clear.... 74 SO
Omaha, clear 70 j 71
Puehlo. cloudy ........ 6 72
Rapid City, part cloudy S9 72
Salt Lake City, cloudy.' 64 68
Santa Fe. cloudy 64 60
Sheridan, part cloudy.. 62- 70
fioui City, clear 68 76
ulentfhe, clear 74 80
T indicated trace of precipitation.
A. WELSH. Meteorologist.
BOY KILLED AS
Seventeen Are Dead and Seven
teen Missing From American
Destroyer Which Collided t
v With British Destroyer.
(By Associated Press.)
Washington, March 25. Vice Ad
miral Sims cabled the Navy depart
ment today that in addition to 17
dead, 17 metuare missing from the
American destroyer Manley as a re
sult of her recent -collision with va
British warship, and the consequent
explosion of a depth bomb on board.
Of the dead Lieutenant Com
mander Richard McCall Elliott, the
commanding officer, and fourteen en
listedmen have beenSJdentified, and
two enlisted men have not been iden
tified. Six men were seriously v in
jured and 16 slightly, injured.
-. List of Dead;
' The following" names of the dead,
in addition to those previously re
ported,' were given in today's dis
RICHARD BURKE, chief water
tender, Chekea, Mass.
TIMOTH M. CORCORAN, sea
man, Cambridge, Mass.
NICHOLS M. DREJA, machinist's
. GEORGE C. HARTMAN, elec
trician, Columbus, Neb.
CHARGES H. KLAHARE, mai
chinist's mate-Akron O.
WILLIAM HARRISON MIL
LER, boilermaker, Portsmouth O.
EUGENE D. MITCHELL, fire
man, Frankfort, Ky.
EDWARD VINCENT SULLI
VAN, coppersmith, Brooklyn, N. Y.
CLAUDE MANN, oiler, Joliet, 111.
CHARLIE WARD, fireman, Rose
dale, ,Kan. ' '
The death of Lieutenant Com
mander Elliott and four enlisted men
previously had been announced.
Seventeen Missing. .
The following 19 names include the
17 missing p.nd the two unidentified
EDWARD ELIAS BREWER,
gunner's mate, Lynchburg, O.
WILLIAM W. EDDS, fireman,
ALLEN FLEXING, JR., seaman,
LESTER O. HARTMAN, fireman,
ALBERT VAN H. HERDMANJ
: xt r i. r".t.. ' A
EDWARD -CLARK ISHUM, fire
man, Washington, Ind. t
"ALBERT-L. JOHNSON, engine
man, Worcester, Mass.
JULIUS ROBERT JONES, fire
MARTIN CHARLES , KURDT,
chief machinist's mate, Lindenhurst,
HENRY FREDERICK LOB
MEYER, machinist's matei Hartford,
JOHN DAVID LOWDER, JR,
fireman, Lisbon, S. C.
JOSEPH WALTER MALEWITZ,
fireman, no address...,
MICHAEL FRANCIS M'GQW
AN, blacksmith. Staunton. Pa.
JOHN JOSEPH O'DONNELL,
seaman, Lowell, MassA
ALBERT ANDREW ROSS. sea;
man, Hingham, Mass.
MARTIN ROSEANSKI, seaman,
Federal Charges Are Filed
Against Alleged Car Robbers
Federal charges were filed against
five men accused of being principals
in a novel scheme for robbery of box
cars in interstate commerce. Albert
Schwartz, alias Albert Houcek, is
charged with larceny pf interstate
commerce of freight. ' Jarold Sex
ton, Walter Knobbs, Richard Raven
and Edward Baker are charged with
aiding and abbetting Schwartz.
Three of the" men were captured
by Union Pacific special agents while
in the act of robbing a box car, in a
freight train in Lane Cutoff, west
of Omaha. One of the men ran along
the side of the moving car, which
jwas moving ,yery slowly up the steep
BRITIStmURL FOE FROM SOMME
RETIREMENT OF HAIG'S LINE
CONSIDERED FINE STRATEGY
London, March 25. Reuter's headquarters correspondent sends the
following on the great battle in France:
"With scarcely a lull and no abatement in intensity the titanic -struggle
continues. The enemy artillery shows a tendency to decrease
in volume, doubtless owing to the increasing difficulty of bringing guns
forward. The manner in which our guns, tanks and transport have
been withdrawn behind the obstinate retiring line amounts to a mar
"After falling back across the Somme, we cleared all the bridges
except one, which was so commanded by our gun fire that it was more,
advantageous to leave it standing. The enemy casualties in his efforts "
s to get across this narrow strip of water have been prodigious." a
M'ADOO SAYS NEWI0AN
TO BE THREE BILLION
DOLLARS AT 414 PERCENT
Bonds Will Be Non-Cdnvertible, But First and
Second Issues May Be Changed to Higher Rate;
Says Expenditures of America and Allies
, (By Associated Press.) '
Washington, March 25. Secretary McAdoo announced
tonight that the amount of the third Liberty loan would be $3,
000,000,000, at 4 1-4 per cent, an dthat all over-subscription
would be accepted. ' '
' The new bonds will be non-convertible, but bonds of the
first and Second Liberty loans may be converted into the new
4 1-4 per cent securities.
EXPENDITURES ARE LOW. O '
Authorty to issue $4,500,000,000 m
bonds in addition to the 33,666,000,000
already authorized and unissued, is
proposed in new loan lcgislaton pre
pared for submission to congress, so
that the total amount which may be
issued is $8,166,000,000.
Mr. McAdoo said expenditures of
the United States and the allied gov
ernments had been much btlow estl
matesrand that consequently t was
not necessary to make the loan larger
INTEREST RATE LIMIT. '
Congress will be asked for author
ity to male additional loans to the
allies during the coming summer. The
decision to make the new, bonds in
convertible, the secretafy announced,
was reached in order to put an end to
the expectation of higher interest
Secretary McAdoo issued this state
ment: "The secretary of the treasury in a
conference with Mr, Kitchin, chair
man of ways and means committee,
today outlined his plan for the third
Liberty loan. Actual expenditures of
the United States government and of
the allied governments having been
much less than had been indicated by
the estimates, the amount of tlje next
loan will be only $3,000,000,000, the
right being reserved to allot over-subscriptions.
"The secretary will ask authority
fiom congress to issue bonds bearing
interest at the rate of 4J4 per cent
per annum, acceptable at par and ac
crued interest, in payment of United
States . inheritance taxes, and having
the benefit of a sinking fund of 5 per
cent per annum during the period of
the war and for one year thereafter.
"It is the , belief of the secretary
that the rate now proposed is suffi
cient and that, by restricting unneces
sary capital issues, and by inducing
the people who subscribe for Liberty
bonds to save and keep them for in
vestment, and by purchases with the
sinking fund from those who find
themselves (.ompelled to sell, future
increases in the interest rate may be
avoided. In order to put an end to
the expectation of higher interest
rates, it is proposed that the conver
sion privilege shall be eliminated
from the new bonds but the holders
of Liberty bonds of all existing is
sues will be given an opportunity to
convert their bonds into the new 4$
per cent bonds. '
"In addition to the foregoing prin
cipal items of the proposed pro
gram congress will be asked for au
thority to issue bonds to the amount
of $4,500,000,000 in addition to those
now authorized in order to provide
for. future issues; for authority to
issue additional treasury certificates
of indebtedness; for authority to
make additional loans to the allied
governments by the summer, and for
authority to .deposit income and ex
cess profits taxes with national banks,
state bank and trust companies
(Continued nn Tage Two, Colnmn Foot.)
grade, and broke stlie seal, opened the
door and jumped in. He then threw
out boxes which rolled down the em
bankment add were picked up by the
lother men in an automobile.
When the officers swooped diwn
on them, two of the men escaped in I
the car, but were arrested later at tne
Neumayer hotel, Council Bluff J. The
federal t liarge alleges that thi men
stole 1,100 pairs of hosiery, vald at
$1,100. Federal officers say the 'ob
ject of the men was to get into box
of liquor which was passing though
the state from Chicago to a western
"wet" city. ' v
The five men are held under S5.000
ON ARMIES ATTEMPT CROSSING
HUGE SAVING OF
FOOD IS MADE BY
HOTELS OF STATE
Nearly Half Million Pounds
( Flour is flecord for Feb
ruary; J. F. Letton Com
Hotels and restaurants of Nebraska
during February saved 421,781 pounds
of flour as a result of the wheat-saving
campaign of the food administra
tion. Figures have been compiled by
J. F. Letton, chairman of the hotels
and restaurants committee of the food
administration of Nebraska.
The figures show a great increase
in saving of flour and meat over the
savings of December, which were
Out of 1,564 hotels and restaurants
in the state, 1,437 reported the Febru
ary figures. The(shQwed a saving
as a result of wheatless and meatless
meals and other regulations with re
gard to foodstuffs of the following:
Flour r. 421,781 Pounds
Meat ...641,217 Pounds
t Sugar 279,127 Pounds
Saving in December.
The saving of .these commpdities
by 1,297 hotels and-restaurants re
porting jn December was:
Flour 294,410 Pounds
Meat ' 422,822 Pounds
Sugar .;, 198,441 Pounds '
Hotels, restaurants ancl all public
eating places are required toserve
not more than six pounds of flour to
90 meals, which is only a fraction
more '.'ian an ounce per meal.
By April 14 the bakers will be re
quired to usa 25 per cent substitutes
in the baking of bread.
1 J. F. Letton , and Richard Kitchen
of Omaha, and probably E. L. May
of Beatrice, will go to Washington
Wednesday night to attend a confer
ence of hotel and restaurant men with
Food Administrator Hoover with re
gard td further lregui- ions to save
UP WHEN S0L0NS
FAIL TO ARRIVE
(From a Staff Correnpondent.)
Liicoln, March 25. (Special Tel
egram.) Preliminary meets of mem
bers of both the lower house and the
senate of the state legislature, sched
uled to be held tonighthave, been
postponed owing to the tradiness of
the solons in-arriving at the capital.
The house meeting was postponed
until 10 o'clock tomorrow morning.
J"he senate meeting was postponed
Indications tonight were that Rep
resentative Taylor and Senator Beal
of Custer, and Lieutenant Governor
Howard would make in effort to
force the prohibition issue at the spe
cial session starting tomorrow. They
will ask, it is said, that a vote be made
on the national amendment.
Wood Quizzed in-Senate.1
Washington, March 25. Major
Generak Leonard Wood, wha-jecently
returned from the battle front, was
called before the senate military
committee late today to inform the
committee regarding the general mili
tary situation and especially as to the
American expeditionary forces.
i v ; 1
American Engineers Engaged in Terrific
Fighting; Germans Claim Capture of Ba
paume; English Say Attack Repulsed
Berlin, March 25-More than 45,000 prisoners and more than 600 guns have
been captured, the statement issued by the war office says. .
British Army Headquarters in France, March Ibhmtncm engineers have
again been in the throes of fierce conffict, in which they have done excellent work
, , REPULSE GERMAN ATTACKS.
London, March 25. Fresh attacks by the Germans have developed north
ward and southward of Bapaume, the war office announces.
The British repulsed powerful attacks yesterday afternoon northward of
The British drove J)ack to the eastern bank of the Somme bodies of German
troops which had crossed the river between Licourt and Brie, south of Peronne.
Extremely heavy firing from the direction of Flanders was heard all last
night along the Kentish coast, according to the Central 'News.
t The heavy concussions shook the houses. The filing appeared to be at dif
ferent points over a wide area, guns of all calibers apparently being in action. There
were also violent explosions.
FRENCH AT GRIPS
WITH ENEMY FOR
Go to Assistance of British and
Take Over Sector of Front;
Heavy Fighting Near
Taris, March 25. France has
thrown the weight of, its forces into
the great battle raging with unex
ampled intensity on the western 'front
and the British and French armies are
row battling together against the on
slaught of the common enemy in his
desperate attempt to break through
the allied line.
The French on Saturday- went to
the assistance of the British and took
over a sector of the battle front, the
war office announces.
In the region of Noyon and op (he
right bank of the Oise, heavy fighting
with the Germans is in, progress
The official statement says:
"French troops began to intervene
on March 23 in the battle now being
fought on the British front. They
relieved certain of the allied forces
and took up fighting themselves on
this sector of the front.
Clash at Oise River.
"At the present time they are en
gaged in heavy fighting in the region
of Noyon and they are disputing the
heights of the fight bank of the Ojse
with important German forces.
"Northwest of Rheaus there has
been a violent artillery action in the
region of Courcy and Loivere. In the
Champagne two German surprise at
tacks east of Suipnes resulted in fail
ure, rrench patrols took some prison
ers near Tahure.
"There was much artillery activity
between ' Arracourt and the Vosges.
At daybreak German forces attacked
the f rench lnies east of Bleneroy and
east of Badonviller. The Germans
were repulsed with heavy losses."
Minister's Wife Injured
When Motor Cars Collide
Mrs. W. O. Anderson, wife of the
pastor of Calvary Saptist church, was
scvciciy injuicu ounuay evening,
when the automobile in which she was
riding, accompanied by her husband,
collided with another automobile at
the corner of Thirty-third and Hamil
The driver of the automobile which
struck her car has not been identi
fied. He drove away immediately
after the accident. The police, how
ever, have the license number.
Omaha Business and Social
Life Ready or Ddylight Saving
If you do not adapt yourself and
your clock to the new daylight sav
ing law next Sunday arid thereafter
during the summer months you are
going to be late and that is all there
is to it.
All Omaha is going ,on the new
schedule and if you do not move your
clock ahead and get up according (o
the clock you will be late to church.
The new law is a national law and
everybody is supposed to abide by the
new rule. Railroad trains will be run
by the new schedule and the news
papers will have to get outhheir eili
tibns to make the trains. The Asso
GERMAN LOSSES ENORMOUS. ,
The official statement says: '
"The battle continues with great violence on the whole
front.' Powerful attacks delivered by the enemy yesterday
afternoon and evening north of Bapaume were heavily repulsed.
"Only at one point did the German infantry reach our
where the enemy's attacks were
and artillery fire in front of our
driven back Vith great losses;
"uuring tne mgnt ana tins morning tresh hostile attacks
have again developed in this neighborhood and' also to the
south of Bapaume.
"South -f Peroqne bodies of German troops who had
crossed the river between Licourt and Brie were driven back
to the east bank by our counter attacks." J
BIG GERMAN GON
ROUTS ALL PARIS
FROM BED EARLY
Little Alarm Exhibited by Popu
lace; French Airplanes Hot
on frail 'of Monster
Paris, March 2S,---The long range
bombardment of Paris was resumed
at 6:30 o'clock this morning, bu: as
interrupted after the second shot.
After a brief interval, two more
shots were fired. The bombarJirent
was again suspended at 9:10 o'clock.
Another air raid alarm was sounded
shortly after 1 o'clock this nionv'rp.
After three-quarters Of an hour fire
men's bugles and church bcl.' an
nounced all was clear and the Paris
ians were able to return to their beds.
' As was the case yesterday, the eo
ple did not take to shelter. Cellars
which were filled on 'Saturday re
mained empty this morning. L'ttlc
interest was shown in the bombard
ment. Alarm by Drums.
Soon after they were awakened by
the .first shot the people were brorght
to their windows by the rattling of
drums. Policemen circulated through
each quarter of the city, introdiicing
the new system of alarm, which is
distinguished from the alarm n tlje
case of air raids. The police came
in for a great amount of cbafngy the
people being greatly amused at '.heir
lack of proficiency with the drum
' This appeared to mark their limit
of interest in the bombardment JVVork
was resumed under normal conditions.
All the transportation lines were
runniag. The streets were full of
people whose sole Subject of conver
(Contlnurd on Page Two, Colnmn Three.)
ciated Retailers of ' Omaha decided
their stores would open under the new
scheme and close the same. Big man
ufacturing institutions will start, at
the same hour (by the clock) as usual
and the railroad offices will do the
Gardening in Omaha will be given
a big boost, as well as the great game
of golf. Clerks and the bosses as
well will have the benefit f an extra
hour from tne. time of leaving their
place of business until slumber time.
Riders on the owl cars will finl
they have changed along with the
railroad trains for many of these are
based on the arrival of trains.
stopped by rifle; machine gun
positions and his troops were v
FIFTY PLANES DOWNED.
I The Intensity of the struggle is
shown by the official announcement
that British aviators on Saturday
brought down '54 enemy machines.
The, British ft only nine. In addi
tion to cattmg out their work in
the fightin xne, British airmen have
dropped bo. ibs successfully ori Mann
-The British this morning, were
counter-attacking between Nesle and
Reuter's correspondent at British
headquarters reports the French also
were in action.
North of tiapauW, he states, the
Germans were attacking in .consid,
erabl force at dawn, but did not ga
through the British barrage.
Rely on Numbers.
The Germans, says the correspond
ent, are relying upon sheer weight
of numbers in their heavy attacks on
the British lines, relieving their tired
troops by fresh, divisions which press
forward without waiting for artillery
The enemy all day yesterday and
through the moonlight last night kept
up his hammering of the British posi
tions, the message., states, the British"
troops resisting wit valiant stubborn
ness. The Germans are employing many
small bodies of Uhlans, mainly at
scouting patrols, it is added.
Germans Claim Bapaume.
The Germans are now standing to
the north of the Somme in the mid
dle of the former Somme, battlefield,
says ' today's official statement Ba
paume w:.s captured in night fight
mg. , .
In the evening Nesle was take.;, by
storm, the statement adds. B'inth,
Americans and French were thrown,
back through a pathless weled
Guiscard and Chauny were cap
tured in the evening.
Violent, fighting developed for jos
session of'Combles and the hiihts
west of the town. The enemy was de
feated, the statement says.
, WITHIN 24 HOURS
Washington, March 25. German
occupation of Petrograd within 24.
hours was predicted by American
Consul Tredwell in a dispatch reach
ing the State department today dated
March 20. Virtually all Americans
have left the" city, the dispatch said.
The consul reported from Moscow
after returning from a trip to Pet
rograd. v' '
The commissary of the city, he said,
had told hini that he expected the
establishment of German control with
in a day.
Another consular telegram from
Moscow cor.tirmed the report that tht
patriarch of Russia refused to sanc
tion the German peace treaty and
strongly condemned, it. . ,
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