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VOL. XLVII NO. 251.
OMAHA, SATURDAY MORNING, APRIL 6, 1918 SIXTEEN PAGES.
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IN GREAT SMASH
Horribly Burned Corporal Declares "I Am Avenged. It Is
Most Incredible the Way They Fell in Groups. Thou
. sands and Thousands Fell Before Our Onslaught."
(By The Associated Press.)
Paris, April 5. The accounts of carnage in the German
ranks, which has been wrought by the fire of the allies, as given
in the official communications and by correspondents at the
front, are more than confirmed by stories of the wounded in
"We cut down the Germans as a harvester cuts dow
wheat," said a wouded lieutenant back from Lassigny. "We
went on cutting them down until we emptied our cartridge
boxes. Then our dragoons on their mounts came right up to the
firing line and brought us more cartridges."
A corporal horribly burned by gas
but not all downcast said:
"Yes, they fixed me up this way,
but that does not matter. I am re
venged. It is almost incredible the
way they fell in groups in'companies.
I shall survive my burns, but the
thousands and thousands of Germans
whom I saw fall never will be seen
Captain Vidal of the British army
medical corps said after visiting a
hospital in which were men who had
bden brought in from the Oise front
that the wounded with whom he
talked were fully convinced the Ger
man losses had amounted to 500,000.
Of all the great numbers of wounded
he had seen during the war, he added,
these now coming back from the front
were in the highest spirits. They were
almost joyful, notwithstanding their
wounds, he said, because of their faith
in the approach of decisive victory.
Germans Lose Heavily.
The French lines have held below
Amiens and the Germans have been
defeated with great losses in what
probably constituted their most des
perate effort yet to break in and cut
off the communications of this im
i oortant base from the south.
' . Similarly, to the east or Amims the
British have maintained their stead
fast defense and prevented the" 'Ger
mans from making any important
Frerlch Advance Line.
This battle which raged yesterday
and virtually all last night was fought
along a line of approximately 30 miles
south of the Somme. Today, accord
ing to unofficial dispatches, the Ger
mans switched their attack to the
north of the river and engaged the
British along a front of some 17 miles,
but again were unable to make any
progress except a slight advance near
In the great battle to the south of
the Somme the contending armies
fought with fluctuating fortunes, the
French giving some ground in the
northerly sector of their battle area,
hut closing the engagement with their
line not only standing where it was
along its southerly course, but even
4 idvanced in one or two sectors where
me Germans had been violently
As a whole the entente line may be
considered, as the French official
statement puts vit, maintained in its
Chicago Auto Bandits
Stage Daylight Robbery
Chicago, April 5. Five automobile
bandits trailed P. A. Carrier, a saloon
keeper, to a bank today. A block
away from the institution they leaped
out of a motor car, beat their victim
into unconsciousness and lifted him
into the car. They overlooked $3,000
carried in an inside pocket, and were
disappointed in getting only $17. They
dumped Carrier into the street ' and
emptied their revolvers at him. None
of the bullets struck him.
For Nebraska Unsettled.
Temperatures at Omaha Testfrday.
5 a. m.
7 a. m.
S a. m.
9 a. m 38
10 a. m , 40
11 a. m 42
12 m 43
1 p. m 44
2 p. m 45
3 p. m 47
4 p. m 48
5 p. m 46
6 p. m 45
7 p. m v.... 44
8 p.' m 41
Comparative Loral Record.
1918. 19W. 1916. 1915.
Highest yesterday .. 49 57 43 72
Lowest yesterday .. 37 31 33 44
Mean temperature .. 43 44 38 58
Precipitation 01 .00 T .00
Temperature and precipitation departures
,'rom the normal:
formal temperature 46
deficiency for the day 3
Total excess since March 1 043
Vormal precipitation 08 inch
Deficiency for the day 07 inch
Total rainfall since .March 1 30 inch
Deficiency since March 1 1.45 inches
Pcflciency for cor. period, 1917.. .19 Inch
Deficiency for cor. period, 1916. .1.36 Inches
Nations and State Tern- High- Raln-
of Weather. 7 p. m. est. fall.
wnip. cloudy 30 32 .25
lavenport. cloudy "2
Jenver. part cloudy ....40
-es Moines, cloudy 5-
Jodir-; City, cloudy 4'!
v'orth riatte, part cloudy.44
uoblo. clear 4H
tanid C'ily. part oiou.Iy.n4
sit Lake, clear 4''
i r clear "
' Tr" inrlicatfs trace of vrc-iijitaticn
I A. WELSH. Meteorologist.
STAGE ALL SET
Fifty Thousand Citizens to
Take Part in Commemorating
Anniversary of America's
Entrance Into the War.
The Liberty day parade, com
memorating the first anniversary of
America's entrance into the world war
ani marking the starting point for the
third Liberty loan, will be held this
afternoon. Sunshine or rain, snow or
sleet, good weather or bad weather, it
will be staged. More than 50,000
patroitic Omahans will march.
The mass of details incident to such
an occasion, the "lining up" of the
many sections from"'. entire Greater
Omaha, the marshalling of the forces
and the furnishing of all persons with
flags are a few of the problems
which have been worked out. Ar
rangements are now completed and
the parade will move with clock-like
precision. No delays will be toler
ated. Big Reviewing Stand.
Colonel Pickering of Fort Crook,
Colonel Hershey of Fort Omaha,
Mayor Dahlman and other city offi
cals, Dr. E. E. Violette, members of
the Grand Army of the Republic,
prominent visitors in the city, will
form part of the great mass of on
lookers. A special reviewing stand
has been erected for them bni the
courthouse sidewalk, opposite the city
So many applications were received
from various drill .teams to march in
the parade in uniform, that the com
mittee has announced that no teams in
uniform will be permitted to march,
as this would defeat the plans of the
parade, wheh are that only bodies of
a military nature are to wear uni
forms. Many people have asked the com
mittee'where organizations and indi
viduals not assigned are to form for
the march. They have been told on
Twenty-eighth street, fom Farnam to
U. S. Flags Furnished.
All United States flags will be
furnished to marchers, but service
flags must be furnished by the indi
viduals who wish to carry them.
Liberty day festivities will he
started by a four bands, which will
arrive from Camp Dodge tonight, in
charge of Lieutenant Hamilton. The
bands will march from the station
about midnight, playing patriotic airs.
Penn Fodrea and W. A. Ellis have
been appointed captains in the manu
facturers' section by Howard Gould
"The Liberty Bond bank" where
the women will sell Liberty bonds
when the sale starts in Omaha, April
15, is being erected on the court house
(Continued 'on rose Two, Column Four.)
Omaha Rejects Suggestion of
Whirlwind Liberty Loan Drive
A suggestion that a great mass
meeting be held Saturday noon, April
13, to raise Omaha's quota of the Lib
erty loan in an hour and the news
telegraphed Ithroughout the nation
has been unanimously rejected by the
local committee as an unwise move.
"Omaha's quota could be raised in
such a fashion," explained Thomas
C. Byrne, chairman of the state com
mittee, "but it would defeat the pur
pose of our government, which is anx
ious for a wide distribution - of the
bonds, and it would not give all our
patriotic citizens -an equal chance."
"This is" not the last bond issue."
said William E. Rhoades, chairman
of the city committee. "There are
other larger issues to come. In order
that there may be no business stagna
tion we must not load up a compara
tively few individuals and firms with
bonds. It takes more time to sell
bonds to the other investors, hut it is
to tiic advantage of the general public
to secure the largest possible number
FOE CLAIMS 1,300
GUNS hB 90,000
Germans Declare Kaiser Gains
Ground South of Somme and
on Both Sides of IWoreuil
irv Late Battles.
(By Associated Trr.)
Berlin (Via London,), April 5.
Ninety thousand prisoners and more
than 1,300 guns have been captured
by the Germans in their offensive on
the western front up to the present,
says tue German official communica
tion issued today.
The communication adds that the
Germans gained successes south of
the Somme, and on both sides of
Moreuil Thursday, and that British
and Frerich reserves were repulsed in
The text of the communication fol
"After a hard struggle we have
taken, between the Somme and the
Luce river, Hanimel and also the
wooded districts northeast and south-
cast of Villers-Bretonneaux and the
Castle and Mailly on the west bank of
( "We attacked yesterday south of
the Somme and on both sides of
Moreuil and threw the enemy out
from his strong positions. English
and French reserves advanced against
our troops. Their storming attack
broke under our fire."
AS COUNSEL FOR
U. S. GOVERNMENT
Washington; April 5. Francis J.
Heney has resigned as counsel feu- the
Federal Trade commission in its in
vestigation of the packing industry.
Officials of the commission said Mr.
Heney had completed his work, the
results of his investigation having been
turned over to the commission for
compilation by. Commissioner Mur
dock. A report will be made to Presi
dent Wilson as soon as possible.
of purchasers and thus relieve our
financial structure of undue strain.
The more ready money in the banks
the more prosperous are our people."
"I am thoroughly satisfied that
Omaha's quota of $5,319,900 could be
subscribed for at one mass meeting,"
said E. F. Folda, secretary of the
committee, "but this would not be fair
to the individuals who ask for an op
portunity to have a part in this
world-wide history-making war. I
know of many individuals of moderate
means who would be sorely disap
pointed if not allowed a chance to do
something to support the boys at
the battle front."
The soliciting in the down-town
district will be done by a committee
under Franklin Mann, in the residence
by the women's committee under
Mrs. E. M. Fairfield, with a general
clean-up campaign by the Coy Scouts.
The soliciting in Douglas county,
outside of Omaha, will be in charge
of J. T. Wacbob.
The Kaiser's Nightmare
Casket Supposed to Have
Body Yields Much Booze
Huron, S. D., April 5. A casket
supposed to contain a corpse wai
seizedhere and when opened was
found to contain 20 gallons of whis
ky. The bootlegger had ordered a
grave dug in a Huron cemetery. The
coffin had been shipped to Huron
from the east
Debate on Sedition Bill Brings
Hot Words to jSurface Directed
at Neal of Nemaha; House
Lincoln, April 5. (Special Tele
gram.) "Any senator who makes
such a charge is a base coward and
slanderer," were the words that de
liberately came from Albert of riatte
in a warm debate over the sedition
bill in the senate taking up most of
the afternoon, in which Neal of
Nemaha had said that . the senator
from Platte had attempted to bolster
up his patriotism by reference to pat
riotic ancestors and a son in the army,
as an excuse for his amendment strik
ing out the house amendments to the
sedition bill and substituting others
prepared by the senate judiciary
"I refer to the senator from Ne
maha," said Albert as he took his
Senator Neal replied: "I have no
apology to offer. It was all forgotten
Says Bill Unnecessary.
The debate over the amendment
was warm. Senator Albert went into
the matter at considerable length in
an effort to show by the present law
against sedition that the bill from the
house was unnecessary and that the
amendment covered all that was
Sandtll followed with the same line
of argument, but McMuIlcn of Gage
made the real speech of the con
troversy. Mr. McMullen said there
should be no attenpt to strike at the
loyalty of any nationality. No one
should object to any bill which
specifically pointed out all kinds of
acts punishable. He did not believe
that there was a large a per centage
of disloyalty among Nebraska people
as some people tried to make out.
A bill that will punish any man, not
any particular nationality, and what
(Continued on Pagt Two, Column One.)
GERMANS CUT THROATS
OF CAPTURED AMERICANS
Chicago, April 5. A ghastly illustration of German hatred of Ameri
can soldiers is given in a Salvation Army letter, written in France by Ad
jutant R. C. Stabard, who has charge of a Salvation Army hut, to Com
"I visited a base hospital recently," says the letter, "and had this
story from a sergeant, who had passed through one of the raids. The ser
geant was horribly wounded by a grenade, and was passed by the Germans
as dead. Before the sergeant lost consciousness, however, he saw a dozen
Germans overpower three American boys and cut their throats from ear
to ear. The sergeant said the murder of the third American was the most
horrible. Four Germans held him, while a fifth fairly severed his head
from his body.
"I have just learned," continues the letter, "that this same company
of Americans passes through here today with their bayonets sharpened
like razors, sworn to avenge this awful crime against their comrades.
What can you say to men bound on such an errand. exceDt bid them strike
with all their might and harder, because
and the devilihness of the enemy?"
JAPS LAND NAVAL
FORCES IN ROSS
TO PROTECT LIFE
Incident Regarded as . Having
No Connection With Much
Discussed Possibility of
Intervention in Siberia.
(By ANfim'lAted rreni.)
Washington, April 5. Landing of
Japanese naval forcesHat Vladivostok
to protect me ana property-ras re
ported to the State department today
Dy tne American consm tnere.
The action followed an attack on
a Japanese officer by five armed Rus
sians who upon being refused monev.
killed one Japanese and wounded two
others. The force landed was said
to be small and only sufficient to pre
vent further disorders.
'It was learned officially that the
American government attaches no
political significance to this incident.
In other words, it is not regarded as
being connected in any way with the
much discussed possibility of Jap
anese intervention in Siberia. The
landing party was from a Japanese
cruiser stationed in Vladivostok har
bor. Trouble Is Local.
Since the return to Japan from Rus
sia of Baron Uchida, the Japanese
minister to Petrograd, the Japanese
prime minister has indicated clearly
that Japan does not intend, at present,
at least, to enter Siberia in a military
way without reference to the wishes
of the Russian government, unless
some extreme emergency should arise.
It has been assumed here that such an
emergency would be the organization
of the German military prisoners in
Siberia into an armed force designed
to seize control of the country, or the
taking possession by factions hostile
to the entente allies of the great quan
tity of military stores accumulated at
Neither of these contingencies has
arisen at Vladivostok and the State
department's information , indicates
that the trouble at that port is purely
local. While the bolshevik element
predominates at the port it never has
been able to assert its authority and
Bolsheviki Now Looking
For Russian Sea Fleet
London, April 5. The bolshvik
government is anxious to learn the
whereabouts of the Russian Black
sea fleet, according to a wirelss state
ment sent out from Petrograd Thurs
of the righteousness of our cause i
P0IL US HOLD BIG
French Conquer Epinette Wood and Advance Near Castel;
Wrest Foe From Arriere Cour Wood ; British
Suffer Slight Reverses On Front East
v of Amiens.
Paris, April 5. German forces continued their attacks
during the night, says the official statement issued today by the
Despite the superiority of the German effectives, which
were spent recklessly, the Teutons were unable to reach their
objective, which was the railway from Amiens to Clermont.
The French regiments, by their resistance and counter s
attacks, maintained the line in its entirety.
The French troops conquered the greater part of Epinette
wood, north of the town of Orvillers-Sorel. All German efforts
to dislodge the Frenchmen were in vain.
IN HEART TANGLE
Berlin Society Stirred by
Famous Libel Suit Center
. ing around Former New
Amsterdam, April 5. Berlin so
ciety is much stirred by a suit for
libel against Count Christian Gun
ther von Bcrnstorff, son of the former
German ambassador to the United
States, by Baron Walter von Radeck,
a member of an old Prussian military
family who. lived for many years in
Count Gunther's wife, who was
Mrs. Marguerite Vivian Burton
Thomason of Burlington, N. J., and a
number of others, including the wife
of. one of the generals commanding
an army on the western front, also
are defendants in the suit.
Baron von Radeck and his wife, ac
cording to the Rhenische Westfalishe
Zeitung, were divorced in October.
1917, and she subsequently married
Baron and Count Mix, i
The result was a physical encounter
between the two men in which Von
Radeck tore the epaulettes from Von
BernstorlT's uniform. Thereupon
Von Bcrnstorff declared that Von Ra
deck was not capable of giving satis
faction as a gentleman and lie de
clared Von Radeck with spying for
This resulted in Von Radeck lcav
(C'ontlnned on re Two, Column Tlirre.)
FOR MURDER OF
COMRADE IN CAMP.
Houston, Tex., April 5. In a little
arroyo within the limits of Camp
Logan a score of persons this morn
ing saw the first military execution
held here since the camp was estab
lished. John B. Mann and Walter Mat
thews, negroes, privates of Company
I, 370th infantry, paid with their
lives for the slaying of Private Ralph
M. Foley, Company G, 130th infantry.
The condemned men went to their
Private Foley was murdered while
guarding the two negroes while they
were engaged in cleaning up rubbish
around the camp.
Here's the Circulation
On Emmett from 20th to 21st
State of Nebraska
F.S. Dilley being duly sworn, says that on
March 28th he took a newspaper census of Emmett
street between 20th and 21st streets, Omaha, and
that there are five houses.
3 Houses take The Bee.
3 Houses take the World-Herafd.
2 Houses tatoi the News.
F. S. DILLEY.
Subscribed in my presence and sworn before me
this 30th day of March.
(SEAL) N Notary Public,
Another Block Tomorrow
Keep Your Eye On The Bee
IMPROVING EVERY DAY
V PUSH FOR MORE GAINS.
The French captured St. Aieman
farm, southeast of Grivesnes, and held
it against all assaults. In the north
the French withdrew their positions
to the west of Castel. They threw
back the Germans from Arriere Cour
wood, west of Mailly Rameval.
BRITISH REPULSE FOE.
London, April 5. The Germani
this morning attacked the British
forces on a wide front from Dernan.
court, a few miles south of Albert, to"
Moyenneville, north of the Somme,
according to a statement published bj
the Evening Standard,
The chief poiuts of attack, tht
newspaper' says, were Dernancourt,
Menin, Beaumont-IIaml, Brieguryaud
The Germans were repulsed with
heavy loss except at Dernancourt,
where theyjnade a slight gain.
There have been no attacks south
of the Somme so far today, the state
The British have been pressed
back short distance on the front
east ot Amiens to positions east'of'
Villers-Brcttonncux, the war office
.The Germans concentrated troops
early this morning near Albert. Brit
ish artillery took them under its fire.
In the neighborhood of Bucquoy and
in the Scarpe valley there was ac
tive artillery fighting during tht
The Germans hurled large bodies
of troops against the British between
the Luce and Somme rivers, making
repeated assaults. Forthe most part
the enemy was thrown back with ,
Repeated Evening Assaults.
The official statement says:
"Between the Luce river and tut.
Somme heavy fighting continued yes
terday during the afternoon and eve
ning till a late hour. The enemy em
ployed strong forces and delivered re
peated assaults on our positions.
These attacks were beaten with loss
to the enemy, but our troops were .
pressed back a short distance to pov
sitions east of Villers-Brettonneaux
(about nine miles east of Amiens), .
Af'hich they now maintain.
"North of the Somme the enemy's
artillery has been active during the
night in the neighborhood of Bucquoy
and in the Scarpe valley. Hostile con
centrations early this morning in the
neighborhood of Albert were engaged
by our artillery.
SUNK BY U-BOAT
New York, April 5. The Cunard
line steamship Valeria, a vessel of
5,865 tons gross register, has been
sunk in the Irish sea, according to
word received here by insurance in
terests. The Valeria left here March
4 with cargo for a British port.
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