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TTV-irir a Daily Be THE WEATHER p rair VOL XLVII NO. 241 OMAHA, TUESDAY MORNING, MARCH 26, 191 S-TWELVE PAGES. SV'sK. SINGLE COPY TWO CENTS. in nn uu UVUZAAUVJ IK UMAH V t : BWFSfl Bi4T OFF GERMAN SMASHES THROUGHOUT DAY 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 lows: 1 "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 the rear' 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 Guiscard. ' "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 gallantly. 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 rope. ' 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. The Weather ' For Nebraska Fair; colder. Temperature at Omaha Yeeterday. ' Hour. Ttg. 5 a. m. . 6 a. m. . T a. m . 8 a. in . . a. m. 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 62 .00 .00 .no .0 .00 .ov .00 .00 .00 .00 .00 .00 .00 .00 .00 Davenport, cloudy 6 Denver, part cloudy... 2 64 68 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. COLUMBUS, NEB., BOY KILLED AS MANLEYSTROCK 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 patch: ' RICHARD BURKE, chief water tender, Chekea, Mass. TIMOTH M. CORCORAN, sea man, Cambridge, Mass. NICHOLS M. DREJA, machinist's mate, Chicago. . 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 dead: EDWARD ELIAS BREWER, gunner's mate, Lynchburg, O. WILLIAM W. EDDS, fireman, Sherman, Tex. ALLEN FLEXING, JR., seaman, Athens, Ga. LESTER O. HARTMAN, fireman, Columbus. Neb. 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 man, Humbie.Tex. MARTIN CHARLES , KURDT, chief machinist's mate, Lindenhurst, N. Y. HENRY FREDERICK LOB MEYER, machinist's matei Hartford, Conn. i 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, Toledo, O. 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 TEW? 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 velous feat "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 New Bonds Will Be Non-Cdnvertible, But First and Second Issues May Be Changed to Higher Rate; Says Expenditures of America and Allies Below Estimates. , (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 than $3,000,000,000,000. 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 rates. 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 $3,000,000,000, the right being reserved to allot over-subscriptions. v "The secretary will ask authority fiom congress to issue bonds bearing interest at the rate of 4J4 per cent per annum, acceptable at par and ac crued interest, in payment of United States . inheritance taxes, and having the benefit of a sinking fund of 5 per cent per annum during the period of the war and for one year thereafter. "It is the , belief of the secretary that the rate now proposed is suffi cient and that, by restricting unneces sary capital issues, and by inducing the people who subscribe for Liberty bonds to save and keep them for in vestment, and by purchases with the sinking fund from those who find themselves (.ompelled to sell, future increases in the interest rate may be avoided. In order to put an end to the expectation of higher interest rates, it is proposed that the conver sion privilege shall be eliminated from the new bonds but the holders of Liberty bonds of all existing is sues will be given an opportunity to convert their bonds into the new 4$ 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.) 1 , 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 bond each. 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 piles Figures. 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 also tabulated. 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 wheat , MEETINGS HELD UP WHEN S0L0NS FAIL TO ARRIVE 1 r (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 indefinitely. 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 BULLETIN. 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 in transportation. , , 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 Bapaume. 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 HEIGHTS OWE Go to Assistance of British and Take Over Sector of Front; Heavy Fighting Near Noyon. - 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 ton streets. 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 : o BIG GERMAN GON ROUTS ALL PARIS FROM BED EARLY Little Alarm Exhibited by Popu lace; French Airplanes Hot on frail 'of Monster Weapon. i 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 sticks. - ' 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 same. 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. WHEN stopped by rifle; machine gun positions and his troops were v -"A . 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 heim, Germany. -The British this morning, were counter-attacking between Nesle and Ham. ; 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 support. 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 country. -" 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. GERMANS WILL HOLD PETROGRAD , 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. . , v !